Hello! Here’s my very first blog post for my pretty new website – don’t you love the colour and brightness of it? I’ll be blogging at the start of each month, bringing you up to date with what’s happening – if anyone would like to be notified of new entries, you can subscribe at the bottom of this page. Right now I’m in the thick of the next novel, due out next June, all going well. I’m approaching 80,000 words, which means I have another 10,000 or so to go – no sweat! My deadline to hand over the first draft is early December, which is perfect timing: it means I can put away the laptop in the run-up to Christmas and bake cakes and wrap presents while my poor editor figures out all the parts that need changing! After a bit of head-scratching, the new book has officially got a title, but I’m afraid I’m sworn to secrecy for another while. You will, of course, be the first to know! And in the more immediate future, the smaller (and cheaper!) edition of last Christmas’ offering, It’s That Time of Year, will hit the shelves on October 7, so that countdown is well and truly on…..I’ve added links to the Books page in case anyone wants to buy any of the books (print or ebooks) online. I’ve included my great local bookshop here in Limerick, O’Mahony’s, who’ll ship nationwide, as well as Easons and Kennys, two more excellent Irish bookshops. For readers ‘down under’ who’d like to shop local, I’ve put a link to Dymocks in Australia, and Amazon US might be handy for anyone on that side of the world.
In other news, autumn has definitely arrived here in Limerick – this afternoon I lit my first fire since the spring, and as I type I can hear the rain lashing against the window (it’s dark so the blinds are drawn). My two feline buddies, Fred and Charlie, are out and about – there is NO keeping them in – and will reappear shortly in need of a good towelling down and a bowl of grub for the night!
Signing off to put the feet up while I have peace and quiet …. hope you all have a good month, and don’t hesitate to get in touch via the Contact page if there’s anything you want to ask, or tell.