Life’s a Beach and Then…


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.

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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.

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We had a great view of the castle and the crystal clear sea while enjoying mezze and halloumi (which in Turkish is hellim) salad.

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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.

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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.

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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’!

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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.

IMG_0703Just 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.

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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…

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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.

Much love

Julia xx


  1. Teresa May 1, 2015 at 4:24 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia sounds like you had a great time in North Cyprus and some good times with Keeley.
    I love the cover of your new book and can’t wait for it to be published.
    Have a super few days back on QVC will be watching xx

    • Julia roberts May 8, 2015 at 3:07 pm -  Reply

      Hello Teresa
      I’m so pleased you love my book cover – I do too! It is now uploaded to Amazon so available to pre-order as an ebook. The paperback will follow shortly – still a couple of tweeks to make to the back cover.
      It was lovely to see Keeley on my hols – made it extra special.
      Julia x

  2. Sandra Gregory May 1, 2015 at 5:38 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, glad you and Cchris enjoyed your holiday, it certainly looks a beautiful place.

    I can’t wait for your new book to be launched. Really enjoyed your first book.
    Take care. Sandra xxx

    • Julia roberts May 8, 2015 at 3:10 pm -  Reply

      Hi Sandra
      It is a lovely place and very affordable compared to Spain, Portugal & Greece.
      My new book is available to pre-order as an ebook on Amazon now (out on May18th) and the paperback will follow shortly. Hope you enjoy it as much as One Hundred Lengths of the Pool.
      Julia x

  3. martin forbes May 1, 2015 at 6:39 pm -  Reply

    glad you enjoyed your holiday julia good news about d\aniel hope chris and sophie are well has she got a house of her own yet

    • Julia roberts May 8, 2015 at 3:12 pm -  Reply

      Hi Martin
      No news on the house front for Sophie yet but a big decision so she is best to take her time!
      Daniel was home for a couple of days last weekend – always lovely to see him and Wilfie the cat enjoyed it too!
      Julia x

  4. Lorna Connell May 1, 2015 at 6:57 pm -  Reply

    Glad you
    Had a great time and caught up with Keeley. We are going in sept for the first time, looks lovely. Good luck with your book, I shall take it with me x

    • Julia roberts May 8, 2015 at 3:15 pm -  Reply

      Hi Lorna
      I’m sure you will like Northern Cyprus and September will be a good time to go – not too hot! Thank you for saying you will be taking my book with you – you may need some tissues handy!
      It was really lovely to catch up with Keeley too.
      Julia x

  5. Jean Pugh May 1, 2015 at 7:23 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julie,
    It sounds as if you had a fantastic break. Lovely photographs, it looks very peaceful.

    Keeley’s house sounds as if it is going to be in a beautiful spot. Lovely photograph of you both.

    You did well with your swimming, lovely big pool.

    Love the cover for your novel. Looking forward to reading that when you have it finished.

    You looked great on the Yong Kim show, outfit really suited you. I love her clothes.

    Don’t work to hard.

    Love Jean XX

    • Julia roberts May 8, 2015 at 3:18 pm -  Reply

      Hello Jean
      It was so nice to get back into a swimming pool – I haven’t been for ages and I really miss it.
      I am so pleased you like the cover of my new book. As you will read on my latest blog it is now uploaded on Amazon so is available to pre-order as an ebook. Paperback to follow shortly.
      I’m not usually a jumpsuit person but I really liked the Yong Kim one and the Kim & Co one I wore a couple of weeks ago.
      Speak soon
      Julia x

  6. PaulineJohnson May 1, 2015 at 8:22 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia sounds like you had a good holiday when will your book be released looking forward to reading it got tickets for Wales looking forward to being spoilt for my birthday,speak soon.
    Love Pauline xx

    • Julia roberts May 8, 2015 at 3:21 pm -  Reply

      Hi Pauline
      We did enjoy our holiday thanks.
      The book is now uploaded on Amazon so is available to pre-order as an ebook – it’s actually published on May 18th with the paperback to follow shortly after.
      Hope you enjoy your birthday in Wales
      Julia x

  7. hazel May 1, 2015 at 9:02 pm -  Reply

    Oh Julia youreholiday looked out of this world .I so enjoyed you’re photo’s thank you for sharing them.what a stunning cover for you’re new book which I will be buying once it’s released love hazel.

    • Julia roberts May 8, 2015 at 3:23 pm -  Reply

      Hi Hazel
      I’m glad you enjoyed the pictures of my holiday – there were so many lovely ones to choose from.
      My book is available on Amazon to pre-order as an ebook now – I hope you will enjoy it.
      Julia x

  8. Annette Roberts May 5, 2015 at 11:03 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Sounds like you and Chris had a fantastic holiday with Keeley and family, what a lucky girl living in such a gorgeous place…don’t blame you for keeping the Restaurant a secret. Bet you were glad of your skechers, unfortunately I had to return mine as faulty because the left sole was about 1cm shorter all round, making the shoe too small and it stood out, shame because I really liked them, but my colour had sold out.

    I love the colours chosen for the cover of your new book and the picture reminds me very much of the one your Chris took of you a few years ago whilst you were sat on the edge of the pool, if I remember rightly…your hair was left long and curly and it was a back shot. Won’t be long now until the launch, no doubt you’re very nervous, but excited too!!!

    Well, wait for it…Good News!!! We’ve found our house at long last, it’s brand new, but looks cottagey and very efficient. I had a little episode over the weekend, after months of searching, then finding a place I think it all came to a head stress wise, felt really down and deflated for some reason. It is a lot smaller and we have got to have a really brutal sort out once and for all! Just got rid of one sort of stress and now another, waiting to find out if our landlord will let us extend by a couple of moths, otherwise it will be living out of a suitcase and stuff in storage…eek!!
    Hope Sophie finds her dream home soon.

    Nice to see you back, although when I tuned in you were flat out on your back…on a mattress!!

    Annette x

    • Julia roberts May 11, 2015 at 3:23 pm -  Reply

      Hi Annette
      So disappointed to hear you had an issue with your Skechers – I’m wearing mine as I write! What a shame your colour had sold out.
      I’m very pleased you like my book cover though – I loved the colours too, even though I had originally imagined it with blue skies and white sands! It is more relevant to the book now. I can see what you mean about the similarity between it and the back cover of One Hundred Lengths of the Pool.
      I am so so pleased for you that you have found a house you like – long time coming, but hopefully worth the wait. Hope it all goes through really smoothly.
      Sophie is still searching although this past weekend she devoted all her time to setting me up on Facebook to help publicise the book – good girl!
      Speak soon
      Julia x

  9. Tina S May 5, 2015 at 4:23 pm -  Reply

    Shwmae Julia,
    Stunning photo’s of your holiday in Northern Cyprus. The sun and water look so inviting especially as I gaze out of the window to my wind swept garden. It feels more like November today the way the wind is howling! We were wind swept again today as we walked along the sea front. We keep saying summer is on the way but it doesn’t feel like
    it lately.
    We had the offer on our house increased but it is still not what we were hoping for. I’m waiting for the Estate Agent to call us back. It is such a stressful time. Anyway finger’s crossed that it goes our way and that we can find a property in our price range.
    Any plan’s of visiting Wales soon? You’ll still need your Centigrade coat and Emu boots if you are planning on coming down anytime soon!!
    Best wishes, Tina S.

    • Julia roberts May 11, 2015 at 3:28 pm -  Reply

      Shwmae Tina
      I hope that maybe the offer on your house gas been upped a bit?
      I have a feeling that your move may be imminent.
      I was potentially going to come down to Swansea fir this few days that I am off QVC but with my sore back I thought the long car journey may not be such a good idea. Will have to come again soon as I need to get on with the new book and I do find I can really get stuck in when I’m away at Dan’s!
      Everything crossed for you
      Julia x

  10. Tony May 5, 2015 at 8:18 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, Glad you had a great holiday and congratulations on the test results. We are disappointed there was no bikini photo for your male following – Ali K and Jilly H have obliged after recent holidays haha.

    Take care,

    FF Tony

    • Julia roberts May 11, 2015 at 3:30 pm -  Reply

      Hi Tony
      The test results were better than my wildest dreams – just need to keep it that way now!
      You forget I have a few years on both Ali and Jilly – no more pics in a bikini for me – not for public viewing anyway.
      Julia x

      • Tony May 15, 2015 at 8:14 pm -  Reply

        Haha..You don’t look a day over 45 ;o). You have a stunning body and shouldn’t be covering up yet.

        FF Tony.

  11. Steven May 5, 2015 at 9:55 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia I posted a big reply to this one but cant actually remembered what I said and it doesnt appear to have worked!

    • Julia roberts May 11, 2015 at 3:33 pm -  Reply

      Hi Steven
      I have had that happen to me – exasperating isn’t it. I reported it for you.
      At least I know you wrote to me
      Are you in the play-offs?
      We’re safe now … Hurray!
      Speak soon
      Julia x

  12. Steven May 13, 2015 at 9:35 am -  Reply

    Ha yeah it is a bit. I was reading you are on Facebook now too.
    Thanks for reporting it. We won at Queen of the South on Saturday 2-1 in the 1st leg of the play off quarter final. IF we get through we play Hibs.

    Thanks for getting back to me and I hope this works this time lol

    Take care x

    • Julia Roberts May 19, 2015 at 1:08 pm -  Reply

      Hi Steven
      Well I’m sort of on Facebook! My daughter set up a Facebook page for updates on my book. I will try and sort out what I am supposed to be doing on there in the next few weeks.
      We had a great win against Liverpool!
      Good luck in the play-offs
      Julia x

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