Contracts and Consultants

Writing News:

A lovely surprise today to receive my author copies of The Hit List – they look amazing. I’ve packed up one for a friend, one for my mother and one for a reviewer, and plan to post these off tomorrow, hurrah.

Other nice news is that I’ve sent off my contracts for Tuluscan Six and the Time Circle (gay fantasy romance) to Amber Allure Press, and for literary short story,The Secret Thoughts of Leaves, to Untreed Reads Press – so thanks to both publishers for this.

Depending on volcanic ash and planes (of which more shortly), I may be on holiday at the weekend, so this is also a reminder that gay erotic short story, The Delaneys and Me, is published on Sunday 18 April by Amber Allure. I hope you’ll enjoy the read.

Strangely, I’ve also started writing a straight erotic short story (well, gosh!), whose title – The Boilerman and the Bride – has been supplied by Ruth at work (thanks, Ruth!) I’ve only written the first 130 words so it’s early days, but I think I’m going to enjoy this one. And, on a less happy note, along with a small group of like-minded authors, I’m now in the middle of extracting myself from a contract for an earlier novel. The response to our reasonable request has been as expected by us all, sigh. The plot indeed thickens! Meanwhile, we carry on, being polite but firm.

Life News:

I’ve had to go back to my lovely gynae consultant this week, and she’s moved hospitals from Guildford to Kingston, so I had to face the trauma of a longer drive to a new place – never my best concept, I admit. I arrived hugely early as parking is tricky, but at least I got a space. Thank the Lord for school holidays and a therefore easier journey. The upshot is that I’m doing okay at the moment – despite what the GP said … – though I’ll need regular check-ups once every 6 to 12 months or so. I also took another CA125 blood test while I was there so hope that’s okay, and she’s booking me in for a scan. Hey ho, and roll on the menopause, say I.

This morning, I’ve popped into see my neighbour in his Home in Woking – had a lovely chat and a stroll round the really quite beautiful gardens. The tulips are out! How glorious. The big news is that they’re getting tropical fish in the corridor outside his room – I am hugely envious as I’ve always rather fancied fish. So very calming. Aren’t they good for hormones? Surely they must be.

And, all things being equal and if the wind (ho ho) is in our direction, Lord H and I will be off to Naples on Saturday for a week’s holiday, including one trip to Pompeii and one to Herculaneum. I’m so looking forward to it – or will be depending on the current wave of volcanic ash sweeping over northern Europe, deep deep sigh. All flights are cancelled from the UK until Friday, so I really don’t know what will happen on Saturday. I do so hope we can get there, as I’ve always longed to go … However, at the moment I’m trying not to get tooanxious or excited, and hoping for the best. As ever.

Anne Brooke
The Prayer Seeker’s Journal

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