Last weekend was amazing. I am one lucky and truly blessed lady. On Friday 27th Feb, we had the second scan. The sonographer was amazing, talking us through everything she was doing and why. Our little Peanut is growing as they should and everything seems to be going well. I have another scan at 28 weeks. We also found out the gender but as family want it be a surprise, you’ll just have to wait until July.
The first image we got was of a little fist coming up to punch at the sonographer as she pushed the wand down. Fiesty little thing. Can’t imagine where they get that from. (Knows exactly where it comes from)
On the 28th, it was my book birthday! I’d had the books for the better part of a week and half of them were pre-orders. I’ve sold every single one of them, bar four pre-orders that still have to clear. But before I get to the launch itself, the most amazing thing happened on Friday evening. I’m still buzzing from seeing Peanut, Adam’s tidied the house after I went back to work and a knock comes at the door. I open it and standing on my doorstep is my best friend of 16 years. I had no idea that Julie was coming. She and Adam had arranged it and kept it secret that she was coming over for my launch.
I am not ashamed to say I burst into tears. I love Julie. We have been through everything, good and bad together and to have her at my side at the fruition of a life long dream means more to me than I could ever adequately express (somewhat ironic).
On Friday night, we made some chocolate and guiness cakes to serve at the halfway point after my first reading and then we just talked about baby stuff for a while.
On Saturday, I woke up early despite the fact the launch wasn’t until 2. I gathered up the books, the posters that Adam had had made for me, and the cakes and refreshments. My friend Stacey was amazing too; as we don’t drive, she popped up to help us load and carry stuff down. She and Julie took charge of refreshments during the break, when I would be signing books. They also set up the signing table and the chairs as pregnant me is not allowed to lift things.
Julie and me
I have to say thank you to Father David Morris who let me have the Church hall for free, means that we make more money from these direct sales, and he has been really supportive as we drew closer to the launch.
Amazing friends from dayjob
The launch itself was amazing. I was really touched to have some many friends, and a few new faces, come to support me. My editor, the amazingly talented Joanne Hall (side promotion: buy her series, ‘The Art of Forgetting’, buy it, buy it, BUY IT!) came from Bristol with some people and she’d bought cakes from Amanda at Cakes Galore which were cameo cupcakes, like my front cover. They were delicious!
I was nervous about reading passages, as I’ve only done one public reading before but once I got into it, my voice got more Irish and I became more confident. I talked about my influences before I started reading and people seemed to really respond to what I was reading. Everyone took part in the raffle for one of the posters (signed of course) and I sold 15 books. And I didn’t mess up and sign my real name instead of my pen name.
It really was an amazing weekend and I already have some awesome reviews on Amazon and Goodreads Reviews. People at my day job have been awesomely supportive and have either bought one of my copies or Kindle versions. I am very blessed and very happy. Especially as my book is the first thing that comes up when you search for Cruelty. I hope everyone who has bought it enjoys and recommends it.
Here are some other photos: