There’s only one way I could start this blog, and that’s with an almighty great THANK YOU! I have been completely overwhelmed with the response to ‘A New Kind of Normal’ – not just here on the blog – but on every other social platform. It has humbled me hugely, and also once again made me realise that there are so many of you who have far more than me to contend with in your lives, and yet you take the time out to support me. That is quite simply priceless.
Thanks to you, the Kindle version that was released on the 23rd October shot into the New Releases Memoirs chart, and hit number five – ahead of Sue Perkins and Jeremy Clarkson! 🙂 The paperback was launched yesterday and because of the unprecedented number of orders, I’m afraid may take a little longer to get it to you than I initially thought. I know that you will have received an email saying it could be three weeks, but having spoken to the printers, I can assure you it will be sooner than that!
I have my first radio interview with Jo Good at BBC Radio London today, Wednesday 31st at 3pm which I’m very much looking forward to, and on Saturday morning BBC Radio Shropshire are including me in their morning show with the lovely Eric Smith. Even Debbie McGee has asked me to come to Radio Berkshire the following Sunday (11th) for her morning show. I’ve been really flattered by so much interest in ‘A New Kind of Normal’.
When I started writing it well over two years ago, I wasn’t at all sure if I’d ever get to it to a stage where I’d be happy enough to see it in print, but now that it is, I’m so glad I persevered with it. If you would like a copy, it’s available on Amazon, and if once you’ve read it you’re able to write a review that would be marvellous. I’ve always read the reviews before I choose a book, as it’s great to know what other folk think! Much the same as reviews for products here at the Q.
Talking of which, a brand that has been a runaway success for years on the high street, but is one of our newer acquisitions, is Joules! They are just beginning to introduce sleepwear into their range here, and I’ve got a whole hour with them on Saturday 3rd November at midday. Before that though I thought I should alert you to our KitchenAid TSV today – 807319 – as those of you who regularly read the blog will know just how much use I get out of mine! This is a cracking offer at well under £300 and would make some lucky person a perfect Christmas present :).
Laura Geller has her Christmas TSV on Sunday 4th and includes everything you’ll need to create a fabulous face of make-up. Her Dusk to Dawn collection is available in 4 Easy Pay instalments, so make sure you’re following me on Twitter @alikqvc, as I will have an early bird link for you to make certain to get yours!
Colin and I were up with the lark on Friday as it was the first day of our long weekend away in Narberth, Pembrokeshire. We took Lucy and Honey to Bluestone National Park, where they have a wonderful purpose built holiday complex, complete with an indoor swimming pool, soft play area, outdoor activities, and a little village with special holiday entertainment.
It was quite a long journey so we broke it up by stopping at Ogmore-by-Sea – a fabulously dramatic bit of coastline, made even more so with the wind and showers! I was very glad of my Joules padded coat! The National Park at Narberth was equally beautiful, and we got to see a great deal of it from the little golf buggy that we hired to drive around in. Saturday morning was a little mixed, but after that the sun shone non-stop, and although it was cold, it was great to be out in the fresh air. We spent a morning on South Beach in Tenby – somewhere none of us had ever visited before – and I took these photos for you. Stunning isn’t it?
Having hurtled up and down the beach, and spent a fair bit of time skimming stones (throwing them actually) we all felt a bit peckish. We chose a fabulous seafront café to have brunch, so that we could enjoy the amazing sea views, and incredibly generous portion sizes. This was Honey’s cheesy garlic bread – from the children’s menu! Suffice to say we all helped her out with it, and decided it would be well worth going back there in the summer too, not just for the food, but the beautiful beach and pretty seaside town.
November sees the launch of another Diamonique Design of the month and this time it’s a pair of festive reindeer earrings! A bit of fun, and as always with this range, beautifully made. My regular Tuesday gifting show is on every week at 8pm, crammed full of other jewellery gift ideas too, so do join me.
Talk about perfect timing! With this really weird mix of weather we seem to be experiencing, it’s difficult to know what to wear on our feet most days, and so I’m delighted to give you a heads up on the Emu Explorer boot – our TSV for the 6th November. The Kerie is a classically styled, fashionable, feminine mid calf women’s boot available in Clay, Black, Mushroom, Claret and Charcoal and in sizes 3 to 9. It’s ALL weather ready, made with waterproof, full grain leather and lined with soft Australian sheepskin to keep your feet warm and cosy, while the rugged and waterproof rubber outsole will give you grip and traction if it’s wet or icy. If you keep in touch with me on Twitter @alikqvc, I’ll be able to give you a heads up on the price before the day!
Well, that’s all my news for now, but once again, thank you so much for all your support and positive responses to my book. It really was a labour of love with Ali’s Army at the heart of it, and I’m delighted it has been so well received.
With my love,