Hello! Monday morning and the kids are back at school after the Easter break! Thank goodness!! I am 5,000 words away from a deadline, in the middle of my AAs (author alterations on another book) and planning my next story… The kids have been off for two weeks and my schedule has completely gone to pot.
So instead of a cohesive post I thought I’d let you know a little of what I’ve been up to since I was here last- not a lot of it involves writing!
The Rugby Sevens: Now that the kids are getting older we have been able to leave them a little to their own devices and get a bit of ‘us’ time back. We celebrated February with a weekend at the Wellington Sevens. ‘Sevens’ is seven aside rugby, I don’t know much about the rules but as far as I can make out they play 7 minutes a side with seven men. It’s fast and furious and lots of fun. There is a big tradition here in NZ to go to the 7s dressed up in fancy dress. As we were going with a group of friends we wanted a theme we could all join in with, hence we chose ‘Grease’ the movie, and had lots of laughs sourcing the costumes from far flung places. We took the train down from Auckland to Wellington which took 11 hours and was absolutely delightful, with lots of breathtaking scenery and weather and a little bit of alcohol. The whole weekend is now a blur of laughter and fun and, oh yes- a little bit of rugby (New Zealand won!).
WOMAD: Now firmly established as an annual family tradition we go on a pilgrimage to the World of Music, Arts and Dance Festival in NZ’s New Plymouth every March. It is as diverse and wonderful as it sounds. Something like 70 bands from all over the world come and perform- the whole weekend is alive with the sound of African drums, sexy south American salsa and, this year, a bit of rap and some 1940s swing. The sun eventually managed to raise its head and we danced for three solid days!
Entertaining: Over the Easter holidays we’ve been entertaining a Turkish student who came here to NZ specifically for the ANZAC commemorations (Remembrance Day/Memorial Day)…it’s been such fun showing him the sights of Auckland and he did very well reading a special poem at the Auckland Museum Memorial service in front of a huge audience and on live national TV. He’s heading back home on Tuesday and we’ll miss him greatly.
Trying to regain our youth…and failing! : When I met my husband a long, long time ago we shared an interest in hiking (or ‘tramping’ as they call it here). Many weekends, and even on our honeymoon in Scotland, we could be found trekking up hills and down dales. Having two babies put a quick end to that and we’ve never really got back into the habit of doing it again. However, we found ourselves uncharacteristically on our own last Sunday so decided to go for a hike. We walked along part of the Hillary Trail (named after Sir Edmund Hillary- 1st man to climb Everest). The section we did was 17 kms (about 10.5 miles)…which I, naively, thought would be easy…after all, I’ve walked more than that before, haven’t I?…Oh my goodness how I hurt- every part of me, lungs, toes, hips, knees… But it was beautiful scenery and there’s nothing like a good walk to blow the cobwebs away… I needed a very long bath to soak my aching legs at the end!
Just so we could encapsulate our lovely day we took a selfie…FAIL! I think we need to stop trying to be young and embrace middle age!!
Book Release! April was also the release month for my second Harlequin KISS/ Modern Tempted book, Her Client From Hell, which I’m really excited about and am trying to tell everyone, between all these lovely diversions. Alas- reality has now struck and I really MUST get back to the grindstone!
Her customer satisfaction guarantee…!
Cassie Sweet has a new mantra in her life—failure is not an option! Her good-for-nothing ex might have run off with all her money, but she’s determined to make her new catering business a success. So no distractions. Nothing. Nada. Zero. Which means her infuriatingly rude—and exasperatingly handsome!—new client, filmmaker Jack Brennan, is definitely off the menu…
After all, while the customer might always be right, Jack’s clearly every shade of wrong! So when his clothes end up on her bedroom floor why do they look so right? And the biggest question of all: is this a recipe for disaster—or the best mistake of her life…?
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Tell me, what have you been doing recently? Ever taken up anything you used to do and found it particularly difficult second time round- or was it easier?