I can’t believe we’re almost at the end of May already! Time definitely seems to speed up the older you get, doesn’t it? Anyway, the final part of my big birthday celebrations has now been completed – my 50th birthday gift to myself, a new dressing room/office at home.
We have a three-bedroom house so obviously hubby and I have the big master bedroom, and when we moved in a few years ago we decided to make the second-largest bedroom the spare room and the smallest room my office (hubby has his own office area in another room). But recently I’ve felt really squeezed for space, and when we were out for dinner one night we were chatting about how we could rearrange things and had a brainwave.
Why on earth did we have a lovely big, bright spare room which was empty ninety per cent of the time? We don’t have people to stay that often, and when they do stay they just use the bedroom for sleeping, so it really doesn’t need to be so big. It suddenly seemed such a waste of a lovely room, which we could be using ourselves every single day. So we decided to swap the two rooms. The small one which was previously my office is now still a perfectly lovely spare room, just a little more bijou! And I’m absolutely delighted with my new space.
I now have a wall of open rails, shelves, drawers and shoe racks where I keep my everyday clothes and footwear, plus two big wardrobes for dresses, coats, handbags and lots more. I’ve also been able to get a much bigger desk and a huge noticeboard where I can pin all the notes for my novel writing (more on my new book in a moment!). There is so much more room, and two windows so it’s lovely and bright. It was such a good decision – I love it! You may spot some QVC touches in there – there’s a purple Peony flower on one of the window sills and some of the fab storage ottomans too.
So – my new book! I signed a three-book deal in 2014 and The Dead Dog Day, my first murder mystery novel, was published last October. It became a bestseller, getting to number 21 on a major book chart, and number 2 on a crime, mystery and thriller chart so I was beyond thrilled. The second in the series, The Deadline, will be released on 20th October this year, and the cover has just been finished. Here it is – pretty, eh?
The paperback version is now available for pre-order on a well-known book seller’s website, with the e-book to follow soon. I’m getting nervous already, and I still have five months to wait until publication day!
Oh – one more quick mention of my big birthday, then I promise I’ll stop talking about it! Clare, one of our lovely producers, gave me the most FABULOUS gift. Do you remember Fuzzy Felt? I used to adore it as a child and I didn’t realise it was still around. Well, it is, and she gave me a Farm Animal set for my birthday (don’t ask me why…!). I got it out the other night and made a picture – oh my goodness, so much fun! It was very therapeutic too – I reckon it could take over from adult colouring books as a mindfulness tool. What a brilliant present.
Have a lovely week.
Love Jackie xxx