Having just come back from holiday this seemed an appropriate title for my blog this week particularly as it is also the title of my novel, the full cover of which I will reveal further down this post having promised last week that I would.
I enjoyed my week away in Northern Cyprus especially meeting up with Keeley and her family on their home turf.
We had dinner together last Friday during which my Chris and Keeley’s son, Kaya, had a drawing competition (I think Kaya edged it!) and then Keeley took us for lunch and on a sightseeing trip on Tuesday. I won’t name the restaurant in Kyrenia that she took us to for lunch as it was away from the main harbour and less touristy and I’m sure the locals would like to keep it that way.
We had a great view of the castle and the crystal clear sea while enjoying mezze and halloumi (which in Turkish is hellim) salad.
Then Keeley drove us up to the Bellapais monastery, above Kyrenia, from which vantage point there is a panoramic view of the coastline and some pretty amazing houses.
She then took us to see her new home which is currently being rebuilt. It’s in a lovely location with a secret path through woodland at the end of her road that leads to rocks from where you can clamber down to an isolated sandy cove.
My only regret is that I was wearing my flip flops rather than my Skechers which would have been much more suitable for our ‘expedition’!
We had been on another bit of an expedition the previous day.
We hired a car for three days to see a bit of the island and on Sunday had discovered a beach called Kaplica before driving into Kyrenia for a walk around the harbour and an ice cream while sitting in the late afternoon sun. On Monday I wanted to go in search of Golden Beach, purportedly the best beach on the island. We had been warned that it was about a two hour drive from where we were staying but we were quite keen to see the Karpaz peninsula so that didn’t put us off.
Just one slight problem, we couldn’t see any signposts for Golden Beach. Eventually, after asking a policeman for directions, we arrived two and a half hours after we set off only to discover that our vegetarian packed lunch from the hotel had meat in it!
We didn’t let it spoil our day though and we thoroughly enjoyed walking along the two kilometre stretch of sand and paddling in the clear water. I was tempted to go for a swim but it was just a nudge too cold for me.
I did get plenty of swimming in though as the hotel had a really good size indoor pool along with the outdoor pool that I braved once. I managed to get up to sixty lengths of the indoor pool but not quite One Hundred Lengths of the Pool, the title of my first book for those of you who didn’t know!
That brings me neatly to the reveal of my book cover for my novel, Life’s a Beach and Then…
I will be putting a couple of excerpts on here over the next couple of weeks, prior to publication but here is a little taster:
Holly bit her lip to stop it trembling as she thought of her father and wondered what he would have made of her travelling to a five-star resort on an island paradise in the back of a limousine. He would probably have been quite sad that I am on my own, she concluded.
I showed the proof copy of the cover to Simon Wilson last week and he loved it so I hope you do too.
Well I have a very busy few days ahead at QVC including Spoil Yourself Saturday – hope to see you there.