How can it be possible that it is already the last day of May? This year is speeding by at a rate of knots with my birthday just ten days away, publication day two weeks today, and the wedding less than three months away – more on all of that later!
Firstly, I hope you all enjoyed Bank Holiday, particularly if you had a day off from work. I was on QVC, but I didn’t mind as I had two hours of gardening shows, which I really enjoy. I wonder if any of you ordered the Gtech lawnmower? Mine arrived yesterday, just in the nick of time as the lawn will need doing at some point this weekend. Everything in the garden is coming on nicely, including my strawberry plants, which were a gardening Product of the Month earlier in the year. Flowers mean fruit, which I am looking forward to tasting.
I wonder if any of you recognise the lilies from the presenter lily-growing challenge – mine are still going strong and look as though they will flower in the next couple of weeks or so.
We also have the first poppy of the season – I have several poppy plants in the garden in memory of my beautiful old cat Poppy.
Speaking of cats, Wilfie got excited earlier in the week when this box arrived. Maybe he thought it was cat treats, but I knew better and was the one who was excited once the box was opened.
It was the paperback copies of my Little Girl Missing book, which is out two weeks today, along with the ebook and the audiobook. I have now listened to the prologue of the audiobook and I must commend the narrator for a great job – even I got goosebumps, and I knew what was coming!
I’ve also received the first round of edits for the second book in the series. It’s a bit nerve-wracking waiting to find out if your editor likes the story, but fortunately she did. The opening line in her email was:
‘Thanks so much for delivering a really fabulous novel, and a brilliant second case for DCI Rachel Hart!’
I didn’t add the exclamation mark, it was actually there!! Of course there are lots of stages of editing to go through, but what a fantastic initial reaction.
So my first book with Bookouture is out two weeks today, but between now and then I have another birthday. I can’t believe I will be SIXTY-THREE! On next week’s blog, I will be doing a list of my ‘can’t-do-without beauty products,’ but I’m not alone. All the presenters will be doing this at some point in the month as ALL of our beauty products will be on £1.95 P&P throughout June, which is QVC’s Beauty Month! If you’re interested in finding out what we can’t do without, keep checking our blogs.
I will most likely be making my own chocolate birthday cake, but I also baked one this morning. Taylor, my daughter Sophie’s stepson, was sixteen yesterday and they are hosting a barbecue to celebrate tomorrow. Taylor is a bit of a fan of my chocolate cake, so it’s the least I could do, particularly after he had a birthday fundraiser on Facebook and raised over five hundred pounds in aid of epilepsy, a cause very close to his and his family’s hearts.
So, this is my weekend off but I wanted to mention three fabulous beauty offers – two of which will be eligible for the reduced postage I mentioned, but the new Beauty Product of the Month from Elemis will have no P&P to pay, as is usual with the Beauty POM. It is the award-winning Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm but with a new fragrance… neroli! I’ve tried it and the aroma is gorgeous – it’s like walking through an orange grove. It will be at a special price too, so watch out for it launching on QVC tomorrow with Keeley.
As mentioned above, our wedding is less than three months away so the countdown is on for me to get everything in the best possible condition. I started with my eyebrows three weeks ago, using Revitabrow and I have already noticed the difference. They are thicker and darker, meaning better definition when I’m not wearing any make-up… most of the time on holiday! So next I need to start on my eyelashes, making it perfect timing for this Sunday’s TSV (238800) – Revitalash Conditioner and Primer Mascara. This has worked really well for me in the past but I had to stop using it as my lashes were brushing the inside of my glasses when I blinked!
Something else I need to stock up on before the wedding in Mauritius is Ultrasun, so I’ll be purchasing the TSV on Monday, 234998, the three-piece Supersize Sport Collection in a choice of SPF 20 or 30 – not for me, as I love my Ultrasun Tan Activator SPF 30, but for the male members of the wedding party. And remember, both these TSVs will have the £1.95 postage, along with all beauty products for the month of June.
Have a wonderful weekend whatever you are up to and see you on-air next Thursday,