It has been a pretty amazing few days for me with the announcement of my book deal on Monday, which I’ll elaborate on later. I’ve had lots of lovely comments on social media with some people even using the word inspirational. I don’t think I am, I just love writing, but I do enjoy being surrounded by inspirational quotes, so this week we hung some on the walls of our new downstairs loo/shower room – it will give people something to look at but might mean the smallest room in the house will be ‘engaged’ for longer!
Those of you who have been following the progress of our building work will know it is almost finished and, thanks to fellow presenter Ali Keenan’s husband, Colin, it looks as though the alterations to our conservatory will be done next week. He is actually too busy to do it himself but he ‘knows a man who can’! And then the following week we should be getting the decking done using something called ‘Millboard’ which was a recommendation from another QVC presenter’s husband, Dan, married to Claire Sutton! Personal recommendations are always my preferred option where possible and maybe that is why so many of you like to shop with QVC, because we presenters have often had the opportunity to try things and pass on our experience of them to you. It’s funny, I found myself doing just that in the hairdressers this week when someone was enquiring about the new Elemis eye product – she bought it as well!!
So, tomorrow we are flying out to New York to go and see the Jets v Patriots on Sunday. Everyone has advised that we wrap up warm, which I have every intention of doing in my trusty Centigrade coat that kept me toasty when we were there in January – these were some of the shots of me wearing it in the snow!
How funny then that this Sunday’s TSV is… you guessed it… a Centigrade coat (174533). I’ve already bought myself a new Centigrade coat this season, so I’m quite glad I’m not working as I would have been tempted, I’m sure.
Incidentally, if you are going to be replacing an old winter coat, don’t throw it away. Lots of charities are currently collecting winter coats for the homeless and to send overseas, and they don’t mind if they are a bit worn as long as they are warm. Along with my coat, I will be wearing my Emu boots (my Skechers TSV haven’t arrived yet) and thermal leggings as recommended by another QVC colleague, Lorna Ko. And the recommendations don’t end there! I’ve booked to see the Broadway musical ‘Waitress’, suggested by Jill Franks. It is opening in the West End of London in February so I’m really looking forward to viewing it early – that may well lead to a recommendation from me on here. And Jackie Kabler, a lover of New York, suggested a visit to the Intrepid Air, Sea and Space Museum. As well as the aircraft carrier itself, there is also the submarine, USS Growler, a Concorde and the Space Shuttle Enterprise – sounds like it is definitely worth a visit!
I’ll offer up a recommendation of my own now – do check out the Black Friday Deals shows over this weekend. They started yesterday and continue today, tomorrow and Sunday at 7pm – get some Christmas shopping done, and potentially earn yourself a money off voucher while you’re at it – see the full terms and conditions on our website.
Talking of deals, as mentioned above, my three book deal was officially announced by my publisher (it sounds so good saying that), Bookouture, who are part of one of the largest publishing houses in the world, Hachette. The deal was secured after I sent the manuscript of Cassie Come Home to them on the off chance just to see if they would be interested in publishing it. I had a really positive email response from one of their commissioning editors, but she did ask if I would be prepared to make a couple of adjustments to the storyline. I did, she loved the changes and what happened next was vaguely surreal. She asked if I had another idea that could become book two in a series, which I duly pitched to her and that prompted the question did I have a book three idea? I could hardly believe it. My standalone ‘Cassie’ (a title they will probably change) had become the first book in a psychological thriller/detective crossover series within a couple of weeks – amazing! It is a slightly different genre for me, but will still have the same emotion and twists and turns I love to put in my plots. If I stick to my deadlines, the first book will be out in July 2019, with the second in November and the third in April 2020 – I reckon I’m going to be tapping away on the computer on the honeymoon at this rate!!
I’ll be back on air next Wednesday, by which time I hope we will have had our dining room chairs delivered. There was a slight hiccup with the order when I noticed at the last minute that they were sending me chairs with brown legs rather than the black legs I had ordered – at least they were intercepted before we took delivery!
Then on Thursday we have a fab Nails Inc TSV, which I’m looking forward to sharing with you – the 6 piece Dreaming of the Disco collection (236967) – sounds very eighties to me!!
Stay warm, as the temperatures have definitely dropped this week, and I’ll see you back on air in a few days.