Tomorrow I’m going on a week’s break to St Malo in France with my niece and great-niece. We’ll be travelling on Brittany ferries overnight, eating what I hope will be an excellent meal in their restaurant and then retiring to a luxury cabin. It’s only a fifteen minute walk from the ferry terminal to the mediaeval walled city and our luxury apartment. I’ve got an unbelievably long list of things to do before I go – writing a blog is one of them.
We used to go to France to three times a year when my husband was well – many years ago – so quite excited about being able to spend several days in what I think is my favourite foreign country. I always pack too much but better to have things I don’t wear than to run out of clothes et cetera. I don’t suppose Loki will be impressed by my absence but my lovely neighbour is coming in three times a day to feed him, also to water my garden a couple of times. I’m so lucky to have such neighbours. Cats are much better off at home, in familiar surroundings, then cooped up in a small run at a cattery.
On the writing front everything is tickety-boo. My third book, Duty Calls at Goodwill House will be coming out on July 26th. The fourth one has just been edited and returned and will be out on November 6th and I have written the first three chapters of the fifth book which will be out in January next year. It was the best decision I ever made to move to ballpoint and I’m so grateful to the help and support they’ve given me – and every other writer in the stable.
Do you like my new photo? Was taken at my grandson’s sports day – the first one I’ve been able to go to years because of the pandemic. I’ll tell you all about my holiday when I get back.
Fenella J Miller
This weekend the UK is celebrating the platinum jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. Seventy years on the throne – this will never happen again in anybody’s lifetime so I think it deserves a bit of celebration even if one isn’t an active supporter of the Royal family. I actively disliked them after Princess Diana died but over the years I’ve mellowed and can now respect the dedication and hard work of a woman who is still giving her all at the age of ninety-six.
Where I live we’re having a party on the communal green but the weather forecast is dire and I think it’s going to rain. I’m making four dozen cupcakes which have to be decorated in red, white and blue and have little toppers with the Queen’s face on it. My neighbour is making the same number of crown -shaped cookies. I’ve got my bunting up, and the green area is already decorated in a similar fashion.
I think with everything being so grim in the world, mass shootings in the US, war in the Ukraine, millions of children and families slipping into the most awful poverty in the UK, it’s a good time to celebrate the amazing achievement of this elderly lady. We have an extra bank holiday and I think we all deserve it.
Until next time – Fenella J Miller
I now have two bestselling books with Boldwood – and already six 5*reviews for, New Recruits at Goodwill House, the one that’s just come out. I am so happy about this and want to share one of the reviews with you all. The War Girls of Goodwill House is also doing so well.
A new genre for me, thank you #netgalley and #boldwoodbooks for allowing me to read this lovely ARC. I am an Army Veteran so some of the experiences of the girls made me giggle. I grew up on an RAF Base in Germany so some of the Lingo is very familiar to me. I enjoyed this book, I had moments where I laughed out loud, gasped, held my breath and cheered. I fell in love with the character Millie, her best friend Di was a touch tougher to like. The good old NAAFI Van gets a fair few mentions, those NAAFI breaks brought back fond memories, but also warmed my heart to the knowledge that many men and women before me and after me are enjoying NAAFI van Sarnies. Ted and Millie hit it off from the get go and their blossoming relationship captured my imagination. People forget the important part the women played. It definitely turned into a page turner for me.
Thank you to all who review my books and seem to love them.
Fenella J Miller
I don’t know about you but I’ve stopped watching the news as it is unrelentingly grim. The war in Ukraine is horrendous – it doesn’t seem possible that in the 21st-century a European country is being invaded by another. The world is on the brink of catastrophe because of the madness of Putin.
Johnson insists that there is no longer a pandemic in the UK – that it’s now an endemic – and we’ve just got to learn to live with it. At the moment one in twelve people are testing positive, schools and workplaces are falling apart because so many staff and children have got this unpleasant illness. Although there are no legal requirements to wear masks or self isolate even if you test positive I think people are doing so long as they can work from home. It must be so hard for families hit by Covid and at the same time with fuel prices going up by hundred percent, food by 10% and their income decreasing.
Is it me, or do you think that the world is at a pivotal point in its history? That we are on the brink toppling into the abyss? I know that sounds dramatic and depressing but with plague, famine and flood, as well as war ravaging our beautiful planet one begins to think that maybe things have gone past the point of no return.
Having got that rant off my chest – I’ve been unwell and that always makes me tetchy – onto the good things. My lovely British shorthair cat, Loki, can now use the cat-flap and is very pleased with himself. My books with Boldwood both have bestseller flags on Amazon and the books with Head of Zeus are also still doing well. I now have three books on the shelves at The Works and another one sold but it’s not yet appeared.
My Regency books no longer sell as well as they did – there are so many brilliant indie books in this genre that it’s hard to compete. I also don’t publish as many as I did now that I’m writing three books a year for Boldwood.
It’s now officially British summer time as the clocks went forward last week. Someone should tell the weather as there is snow on the ground today.
Until next time
Fenella J Miller.
The War Girls of Goodwill House is on promotion.
A Convenient Wife is on pre-order.
My first book with Boldwood, The War Girls of Goodwill House, is reduced to 99p. An absolute bargain and it won’t be at this price for very long. The second book, New Recruits at Goodwill House, is out on 7th April. The third book is now with my editor and will be out in July.
The fourth book in my The Earl’s Disputed Inheritance series, A Convenient Wife, is on pre-order and will be out on 29th March. The final book in this series, An Arranged Marriage, is written, , with my editor, and will be on pre-order in May.
I’m still getting to grips with this website and haven’t worked out how to get the text to flow around the pictures. Am unwell today – tooth extraction yesterday -so won’t be investigating this at the moment
Fenella J Miller.
First blog post in my new website. I’m hoping I’ll be able to blog more often now I’ve got this fabulous new website.
It’s been a long time since I wrote a blog post. A lot has happened in the intervening year and you can catch up with this in my diary
so I won’t repeat it here. What I will do is tell you about the two new books I’ve written for Boldwood.mybook.to/GoodwillHouse –this is the link to buy viewed by The War Girls and the link to the pre-order book is below.
Boldwood also have setup a newsletter linked to my books with them. If you sign up you get the chance of winning signed free copy of whatever book is current as well as other competitions. I apologise for the random nature of this blog I still haven’t got to grips with it. Hopefully, I’ll be able to organise it better next time.
New Recruits at Goodwill House is on pre-order and will be released on April 7th.
This is by way of an experiment so my website can go live I promise I’ll do better next time. (My dragon dictation software works perfectly which it didn’t on my other website – but I can’t work out how to remove the bold from the first paragraph.
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