Those of you who know me well, know that I have a full time job which is being Head of Publicity at Bookouture, as well as being an author.
When one of my authors has a book go on NetGalley, I tell them not to look, if they are easily offended because they might not always like what they read. After all, you’re putting your work out there to be read. The majority of people who are signed up to NetGalley are lovely genuine reviewers who love books and just want to share the book love but there are also some people who feel that it’s an opportunity to do a detailed critique of your work. Genuine constructive critisism by someone qualified to give it, can be good and your writing can grow because of it but it’s still hard to hear! It’s like when you take your new baby out for the first time and someone pulls a face and says “Oh, she’s an interesting looking little girl isn’t he?’ when you’d rather them say “Oh, she’s a beauty!”
Last week, my second book Escape to Giddywell Grange went up on NetGalley! It’s an exciting time, but it’s also a really scary time. Sitting waiting for the first review to come in, made me literally feel sick. I couldn’t eat (so not like me!). The following morning I woke up to a message from the lovely Rachel Gilbey, who is organising the blog tour for this book, and she had read it that night and said that she absolutely adored it. I literally cried with relief. It’s a blooming rollercoaster this authorly journey and I have way more empathy for authors since I’ve been this side of the fence!
I’ve had some lovely tweets from people who have been reading it, and the majority of reviews that have come through have been so lovely. I thought I’d share a few comments with you here and just say thank you to the people who have reviewed it so far. Your comments are very much appreciated.
If you like the sound of ESCAPE TO GIDDYWELL GRANGE, it’ll be out on 18th September and you can pre-order it here:
A dog’s life is just what Maddy needs.
Maddy Young thought she had it all.
Swanky city apartment? – yep. Fancy car? sorted. High-flying career? – tick.
Even if she’s lost most of her friends because of spending all her time at work, and can’t remember when she last had fun, it’s worth it.
Until she’s suddenly made redundant. Now she’s 37, jobless, and after the breakup with the former love of her life, unhappily single.
Enter Maddy’s childhood friend, Beth, the owner of Growlers, the doggy daycare centre at Giddywell Grange, on a mission to make Maddy see there’s more to life than work.
Soon, Maddy is swapping spreadsheets for volunteer duty at the library, daily Starbucks for cups of tea with elderly neighbours, and her Prada handbag for doggy poo bags… And with Beth’s gorgeous brother, Alex, back from the States, Maddy starts to think that Giddywell Grange might just be her happy place.
But when her old life – and her old boyfriend – comes calling, will Maddy go back to the job she loved so much? Or will she discover that the key to happiness lies in making others happy?
An uplifting romantic comedy that will warm your heart – perfect for fans of Cathy Bramley, Milly Johnson and Katie Fforde.