Monday, 10 June 2013

Italian Affair? Yes please!

Monday morning and it looks like being a bit of a cloudy one, but, deep joy, I have a brand new Kindle delivery. How can a cover like this not brighten up my day?!

Free-spirited sex therapist Brianna Ballantine has four days to find a fiancĂ© so she can inherit her birth mother’s Italian villa. Commitment is not on the agenda. Writing her sex therapy book and signing legal papers are. And once all is said and done, she’ll return home to Scotland.

For finance guru Tomas Richards, relationships have been a bad investment—give him stocks and shares any day. When Tomas offers a marriage of convenience to help Brianna secure her inheritance, the sizzle between the sheets promises an affair to remember, despite family complications at every turn.

But Tom must convince Brianna to stay, and make this Italian affair a lifelong commitment.

I've been waiting for ages to read this new Entangled Indulgence release from my lovely Australian friend, Annie Seaton, so the post holiday laundry sorting and dump runs can wait. So can the dishwasher. And the cat won't mind me sitting down to read all day one little bit (nice warm lap). In fact I opened Italian Affair before I even had my first cup of tea and read the dedication - very intriguing! I'm jolly glad I've managed to get a chance to interview Annie over at The Hot Pink Typewriter on Wednesday 12th June because I have many probing questions!

Annie is hosting a riotous launch party on Facebook today, so if you want to beat me to it on the questions front, now's your chance! There's lots of lovely Italian food and drink too. Delizioso! The door is wide open here .

Curious about that dedication? Here are the links if you want to have a peek: and

Right, you know what I'm doing for the rest of the day. :0)

Thursday, 6 June 2013

Half-term holiday horrors: a remedy!

I've finally whipped the feather duster out and discovered my trusty laptop still works in spite of the dust that's accumulated on it - so here's an update on what I've been up to in the last few weeks.

After too many rain-soaked, miserable UK school holidays in the last few years we decided to chuck some money at the problem and leave the country for a week in search of some sunshine. Without upsetting the schools by taking the children out in term time, of course ...

No internet, no phone (I trod on my hideous Blackberry the day before flying!) just sun, sand and a selection of paperbacks I wouldn't normally read. And no trudging up hundreds of steps this year - ten seconds to the beach is quite enough. The view from our balcony and the master bedroom:

There was a flat screen telly in the apartment, but there were only two English speaking channels: BBC Global (surprisingly dull) and something called Clam with cartoons. Although after a few cervezas TV Canaria had its moments, reminding me of how innocent Saturday night viewing used to be in the UK. This is one of my favourite bits - it might have been the beer but I still laughed myself silly.

There were also a few 'firsts' on this holiday: I didn't take a hairdryer, didn't wear makeup on the beach and did no more catering than boil the kettle for tea. However I did go into a restaurant and say (for the first time ever) "I'll have the lobster."

Seven days passed all too quickly and I felt very sad to be coming home, but I needn't have worried because  things were kind of similar back in the UK. The sun was shining, my Blackberry still didn't work and someone doing roadworks in the Portsmouth area had severed Virgin Media's big fat underground cable. Thus, no broadband internet or television for 48 hours. Maravilloso! 

Seven washing loads later and I've broken the back of the washing, so it's just another book to write before the big summer holidays hit ... but I'm feeling ever so relaxed these days:

And The Exec has given me his iPhone 5 ... hehe!