Monday, May 17, 2010

Never a dull moment!

I know it's been a few weeks since I've posted, but I have good excuses. Really I do!

OK, I don't have much of an excuse for April, other than it was my birthday, then my husbands. We didn't go anywhere special, but we did spend a couple days in Dublin City. I blogged about this on my personal blog, Heart Shaped Stones, for anyone interested in a non-tourist part of the city.

After that, we've been getting out house ready for a family visit. It takes a while to get me motivated to clean, so I tried to do a little every day. Between stressing over a clean house, doing my 'day job', writing, keeping the dogs happy, and housewifely things, I also prepared for a great couple days with Long and Short Reviews.

I was remiss and didn't post a heads up message here, but my interview is posted at Long and Short Reviews from 4 May. Then on the 5th, I participated in a day-long chat with the LASReview newsgroup. This link will take you to their newsgroup on Yahoo Groups to the first of many questions passed my way. The others are linked at the bottom of this first message.

The whole experience was great fun. Good thing, as LASR is author spotlighting me on 7 June for the week! You *must* drop over to their site, as they'll be publishing a few articles I've written for the event. The spotlight will be on the Long and Short Reviews blog. When I have direct links to my articles I'll post them here, but until then, drop over and check them out. The LASR team really have a great set up for authors and readers.

After birthdays, cleaning house, visiting with the LASR group, 'day job' stuff, and getting dogs into the kennel last minute, my cousin then arrived on the 9th with his extended family. We had several days of touring around the Greater Dublin area and South Tipperary. Holidays are always too short so we were really sad to see them all leave last Friday. We had a wonderful time and made many memories. We hope they return again soon, and often!

After recouperating over the weekend, I'm now back onto my normal schedule and wondering where the last few weeks have gone. Holidays are like a good meal. It can take a long time to prepare, but a few moments to eat, then we're left with nothing but memories. And in this case, a lot of laundry that built up.

Today I received a lovely review on my book, A Piece of My Heart, from Clever Divas: If readers enjoy happy endings, Ireland and animals, they will be sure to snatch up this book and read it as soon as they possibly can. Thanks so much to the reviewer!

So, what's in store for this week? Still catching up on laundry, and also working on some new fiction. And looking forward to our next few days off and wondering where it will take us.

I will be posting an article about my cousin's visit on my personal blog, Heart Shaped Stones, which will include photos. That's also on the cards for this week, so keep checking the page. I'll be posting a note on my Facebook page when the blog is up.

Until then, I hope you're enjoying reading my book, A Piece of My Heart. I love hearing from readers, so please use the link above to send me your comments. And if you haven't read it yet, chapter one is posted on the book's page, and if you log into the LASR newsgroup, chapter two is there!

Thanks for stopping by!