Writing, moving and a big thank you to you guys

Hello my lovelies! Sorry I have been so quiet lately, but I have been hard at work on the next book/s. Or, um, at least, I should be writing …. I have been a bit distracted because as of a week ago we are moving house!

My husband has been offered a job in a different part of the country so we are frantically looking for a house to rent somewhere in Sussex/ Kent. You know, if life hadn’t been busy enough, right?! But while it’s super sad to leave the friends we have made over the last year and a bit, I’m trying hard to focus on it being an adventure too. Sussex and Kent is pretty spectacular but in high demand so finding a house is a bit tricky … wish us luck!

Here are some rather fabulous pics of the county we’re moving to … of course we may not end up in one of these pretty villages which seems to require the deposit of a pair of lungs and a kidney, so I’m probably going to end up somewhere a little less picturesque … but a girl can dream, right?

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Aside from moving though, I really wanted to check in with you guys most of all because of the incredible messages I’ve been receiving lately – from emails to Twitter DMs and messages on Goodreads (how incredible all these ways we have of getting in touch nowadays, right?) you all have been so kind!

Thank you SO much for this guys, it means the world. I’ve had a few readers tell me that they have read all four of my books over the past few weeks, and I cannot tell you how honoured I feel, it’s surreal.  As a reader I used to do this myself but never imagined people would do it with my books so I can’t tell you how incredible it is to hear that some of you have done that! Thank you and for those who read them one at a time I love you just as much, grin.

The two books I’m working on for this year are coming along slowly but surely. The first one will be out in June, and is set on a small Spanish island and involves a secret that goes back to the years of the Inquisition … and the other, which will be out in October if all goes well, is set in Paris in a bookshop in the 60s. Writing two at once was never the plan (I bumbled deadlines) but I can honestly say that when I’m not panicking I’m having a really good time, grin.

How’s your January going? Is it just me or did it feel like this month had about 98 days in it and all of them with dust in the coffers since Christmas?







4 Comments Leave a comment

  1. Hi. Hope you find a house soon. Good luck with the move. Love the second picture you posted. So lucky to be living in the UK. I love it there. Love to both of you.

  2. Hi Lily,

    You may remember I posted a note telling you how much I enjoyed Christmas at Hope Cottage & how I was experiencing many of the same symptoms after my fall straight after knee surgery.

    Anyway things are slowly getting better, I’ve been told to allow at least 6 months😳😱for ligaments & tendons to heal. Getting there is pretty frustrating at times & I often feel I have a tiny man with a flaming sword 🗡 poking it into my ankle when I least expect it. If he’s not busy with that he lets loose an army of what feels like red ants 🐜 crawling over my foot, of course when I look down there’s nothing there but my foot. Silly really, but so like the symptoms Emma had in your book.

    Your move sounds like it’s going to be hard work, finding a new home isn’t easy at the best of times, & in an expensive area makes things so much harder. Having children always makes a move more difficult too. Best of luck in your search & I’m praying you find something suitable soon & settle in well, making new friends along the way. The pictures you posted are beautiful. I love the UK & have had some lovely holidays over there. Sadly a thing of the past now I think, as my husband & I are retired & our South African currency makes foreign travel very expensive. Still we have very fond memories of most places in England, Scotland, Wales & Ireland, having made many friends along the way.

    Wishing you all the best & looking forward to your next newsletter, Love Norma Den normasden@gmail.com

    Sent from my iPad


    • Hi Norma! How lovely to hear from you, I’m so glad to hear that you’re on the mend lovely! I can only imagine how frustrating it can be with your body doing its own thing.

      Thank you so much for the well wishes! We have found a house, yay! Just waiting to see if we’ve been accepted or not (crossing fingers) but yes, it is so stressful and hard to do with a family – we don’t have children but rentors aren’t always that keen on pets!

      That sounds wonderful with all your travelling – I know what you mean though about the SA currency not getting too far nowadays though. We had a similar problem when we moved here, which is why we’re only renting at the moment – but hopefully that will change in the next few years 🙂

      Thanks again lovely! Wishing you all the best with your recovery! Say hello to beautiful SA for me xxx

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