January is supposed to be the cruellest month but the new year has been extraordinarily good to me so far. First, I’m very happy to announce that I’ll be going on the road for a whole load of reader events between March and June 2019. The tour has come about after You Me Everything was selected as one of 12 ‘books by northern writers you MUST read in 2019’ for the Read Regional campaign. The initiative has celebrating books ever since it was launched by New Writing North in 2008 and I can’t wait to begin my library visits, which will be taking place throughout the North East, North West and Yorkshire. Check out my events page to find one near you. I’d really love to see you there.
The next great thing that happened is that You Me Everything was nominated by the Romantic Novelist’s Association in its Popular Romantic Fiction award. I’m in esteemed company, with nominees including Santa Montefiore, Lucy Dillon, Jill Mansell and Isabelle Broom. The winner will be announced on March 4 at a glittering ceremony (all ceremonies are glittering aren’t they?) – so watch this space.
For those who’ve read You Me Everyting you’ll know that it’s an ideal read for a book club, with lots of themes to think about and discuss. It was this that prompted my publisher and I to launch a new, interactive initiative for book clubs WORLDWIDE. Every month, I’ll be giving away FIVE copies of You Me Everything free of charge, to a selected book club or reading group. Once members have had the chance to read the novel, I will make a guest appearance at your meeting, either in the flesh or via Skype. You can be an official, structured group, or simply a bunch of friends who meet on a Friday night to talk books over a glass of wine. Either way, if your club is selected, I’m all yours! If you’re a member of a book club and would like to enter, simply sign up to my newsletter using the form on the home page and all the details will be in my next one. Good luck!