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Wednesday, 12 April 2017


Well here we are again, gearing up for yet another launch.  This will be my last one like this though.  Always good to have a change and for all sorts of reasons, we do need a bit of a different format to keep things fresh.  I don't want to be known as the woman with the begging bowl constantly out so it will be a good one, a big one, but the last of its kind like this.

It's also the last of its kind because my lovely friend and the BEST supporter any author could have, Jill Craven, died on 19th April.  Jill was always in charge of cutting up the cake. And doing any organising that needed to be done.  It just won't be the same without her.  We shall ALL miss her terribly.  We shall make sure she is with us in spirit because we shall talk about her on the day and send her a bouquet of applause.  I just wish she would be here to receive it in person.

But I'm so incredibly well supported by people to fund Yorkshire Cat Rescue and The Well and the prizes are starting to come in.  So here is a massive shout out to all the lovely people who have sent things so far.  The list will keep getting updated.  And if you see anything you like, please get in touch with the people and give them a  bit of trade.

In no order at all - here are what people who come to the launch are in for.
From the wonderful Masque Photography - a boudoir make up and photography session (with or without the bump).  Ladies who have had this experience have told me it is amazing and has given them an injection of confidence they didn't think possible.  These experiences make fabulous presents.

And this wonderful bundle from my gorgeous friend CAROLE MATTHEWS.  If you haven't signed up to her newsletter then you really should.  You can win all sorts of goodies.  I've been a fan of Carole's for many years - in and out of book world. 


SUNDAY LUNCH for 4 at our wonderful Holiday Inn up the road.


Two fabulous books by the lovely Debbie Viggiano.  She is a wonderful read!

We have a voucher for flowers from Andrea Graham.  Treat yourself if you win - we don't think of ourselves enough sometimes.  

This gorgeous agate bracelet arrived from Gina. It's really pretty. She has an interesting Facebook page here

I could do with this one!  A chiropody session - get all those corns off so your feet are beach ready!  Thank you Carmen (who can be reached on 01226 759660. 

This glass bowl is so pretty - my rubbish pics don't do it justice.  But do have a look at Pam's website where she makes the most beautiful things.  And with proper photography to show it off. 

There was a huge bundle of handcrafted cards, brooches and wallhangings from the very talented Ruth Zanoni.  Beautiful mermaids (big fan of mermaids me!) 

 Everyone who comes to my event will be given some MY TRUSTY SKINCARE oil.  I use it everyday and I want the world to know how good it is.  You can buy online or at Tesco and Superdrug now too.  

The TEA has arrived from Yorkshire Tea and the Walkers Shortbread so the goody bags will be nice and full.  

We have books by the fabulous DEBBIE JOHNSON 

 Jewellery by the ever supportive Ruth at Streton - beautiful hand-crafted goods which are just special

Vouchers for an amazing day out at Thirsk Birds of Prey Centre - and I can't tell you how fabulous this prize is because I'd live there if I could.  Amazing.  And these vouchers would be fabulous as presents.
There's a slap up dinner for 2 at Shaw Lane sports club!  

 Themed jewellery (keep your hands off the necklace with the rainbow and the pot of gold on it, because it's mine. Steph always makes my book launch jewellery!) Steph makes the most beautiful jewellery - you should ask her for some white rose jewellery for Yorkshire Day.  Mine always comes out then!  Steph's Crafty Bits Facebook page can be found here. 
On the ENORMOUS box of Walkers Shortbread are some local history DVDs of Barnsley from the delectable Dave Cherry (Facebook page) who is a one man machine.  Musician, historian, raconteur, all round great bloke and master fund raiser.  His films can be found on youtube and for local people especially are of real interest.  Thank goodness we have him doing his bit for posterity! 

We also have a £50 voucher for the lovely lovely Spencer Arms in Cawthorne and we all know what a fantastic place that is to eat at.  And drink in - and just linger in. A real treat for someone!