Sunday, 22 April 2012

Coming Down

Well, after all the excitement, capped by the book launch, I'm finally coming down to earth. I'm actually finding it hard to get my head together.

Since the book launch I have had so many people ask how it went and other people tell them how great it was. There was a piece in the Evening Post with a photo, and I have been contacted by Swansea Life Magazine for them to do a piece. And the Gower News online magazine is devoting a whole page to me next month.

This is so unreal! But I have worked so hard for it, and there is more to come. Oystermouth Castle re-opens with a medieval fair on 16th June, and Alina built the chapel there, so it's a big opportunity. Kidwell-e Festival is a new ebook festival at the end of July, and I am speaking there, which is another new experience. Wow! Maybe I'm not coming down yet!

Friday, 20 April 2012

Book Launch Night

Sorry I haven't posted for a week, but it's been all go. The book launch was on Wednesday night (day before yesterday) and it went better than I could have hoped.

My daughters made gorgeous cup cakes and cookies, and Carrie (the illustrator)'s mum made punch and brought some other nibbles. The shop was so packed that we ran out of chairs and there were people standing at the back.

Carrie's family came down en masse, my family were there, my housegroup from church were well represented, and there were friends from my writers circle and a few others. David, the lecturer who put Carrie and I together, came, and so did Colin from the Historical Association, Swansea.

I was wearing my new T shirt with a picture of the book and 'Ask me about Alina de Breos' on the front and back, which went down well. I welcomed everyone and spoke about how I came to write the book and the beginning of the story, then Carrie spoke very well about the illustrations. Then it was everyone queueing to buy the book and have it signed by both of us, and Carrie sold lots of prints of the illustrations. She presented me with a print of the White Lady and we bought one of Queen Isabella on a horse, which seems to be quite a favourite.

I had my photo taken by the Evening Post the day before, as the photographer wasn't free on the night, but I didn't see the reporter on the night, and it's not appeared in the paper yet. We're keeping watch.

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Retail Outlets for Alina, The White Lady of Oystermouth

The book is now available at the following outlets in Swansea and Gower:

Swansea Museum
National Waterfront Museum
Town Centre Tourist Information Centre
Uplands Bookshop
Mumbles Tourist Information Centre
Cover to Cover Bookshop
Shepherds at Parkmill
Gower Heritage Centre
Gower Kite and Surf Centre, Pitton Cross Caravan Park, Rhossili
Reynoldston Post Office
Crofty Post Office

I am also talking to these outlets, with a view to them carrying the book:
W H Smith
Waterstones
Tesco

When Oystermouth Castle re-opens on 16th June, the book will be on sale in the Visitors Centre, in Alina's Chapel.

Thursday, 5 April 2012

There!

The book came from the printer and we have delivered it to some outlets, the rest tomorrow. So the book is out there, finally. And two friends have already bought a copy from me. Doesn't sound like much, but most people want to buy them at the launch event.

And the icing on the cake is that I was interviewed live on local radio today.  It was my first time, but I wasn't very nervous and it went really well.

Once the books are out there, I can concentrate on my talks, which I have the material for, I just have to organise it. The next big thing is the book launch on 18th April.