Spidey’s Serene Sunday #430 Overload!

“Sometimes sitting and doing nothing is the best something you can do.”

Karenn Salmansohn

Thanks, Spidey, for that reminder.

In fact, it’s why I am late posting, for a change.

It’s been half term, yes, but coupled with a couple of weeks off, I had my book launch, as well as deadlines for reports to be written… and I need to make a start on my class lists for next year, too.

So, the last week was BUSY.

Yes, the launch is still going.

Even with a publisher, you have to be hot on the heels of everything, with promotion and the inevitable checking of rankings and ratings.

And I have completed half of my reports. I hope to do a couple more today, so I have less over the next week.

Then I have to tackle that class list. It’s not just as simple as cutting it in half. I have to look at gender and age and take into account notes from the parents and nurseries to see if I can create a decent split that will work. Even though I know that until we finally get these children in, I will never know if I got it right!

So, this morning, I had a lie-in, then made a shed load of graphics for promo time!

And next week, the others are back to school, but I still have my week off. So I will finish those reports and the class list and then make time for my something/nothing!

But I can never totally switch off…Did you manage to order?


So, Peeps, how often do you do nothing? 😊

Spidey’s Serene Sunday #429 – Self-Promotion!

“Sometimes you just got to do things by yourself.”

Ritu Bhathal

Sorry for hijacking your post today, Spidey, but I have been rather lax recently, but there is the small matter of my new release happening on THURSDAY!

OMG, Peeps!

It’s out on THURSDAY!!!

Ebook preorder only 99p!

And I’ve been reliably informed the paperback should be available 10 days to 2 weeks later!!


“This is a delightful male-male sweet romance. Sunny is just adorable and Milan is the perfect guy for him! I raced through this book in one highly enjoyable weekend. “

Bestselling author Jeevani Charika


Who knew that an innocent trip to India in the year 2000 would have such an impact on his life?

Sunny had only gone as a chaperone for his sister and her best friend and to attend to a few business matters.

He’d ended up with a deal that would change the shape of his professional future and possibly his personal one, too.

Battling the pressures of marriage by his family isn’t Sunny’s only fight, as he finds his feelings for a certain ‘friend’ may be more than just friendship.

But how can he tell anyone how he truly feels?
Because the road to love isn’t always straight…

Ritu Bhathal is a fresh, new, and much-needed voice for British Asian fiction.

Straight As a Jalebi is Book 2 in the Rishtay Series, following the Gill family in the new millennium.


So, Peeps, have you pre-ordered yet? 😊

Spidey’s Serene Sunday #428 – Sunshine

“Here comes the sun.”

The Beatles

Thank you, Spidey, for this quote.

We all need a little sunshine, and yesterday we were blessed with a very pleasant day!

It was so lovely, that Lil Princess and I sat outside in the garden for a good three or four hours, soaking up the rays, and I read, as she watched videos!

We really needed that time together, quietly, but out in the fresh air. It was just wonderful. 😊

I’m not one for extreme heat. If it’s blistering, I would rather be in the shade or inside, but when it is like it was, yesterday, it is perfect.

Warm, with a slight breeze. Moments of respite as the sun played peek-a-boo with us through the clouds that were floating by, but so lovely.

So, Peeps, do you enjoy the warmer weather? 😊

Spidey’s Serene Sunday #427 – Empty Pot

“You cannot pour from an empty pot.”

Sissy Gavrilaki

Thank you, Spidey, for this quote.

I think it’s very important to remember this, especially if you are someone who has many plates to keep spinning, constantly.

That’s me.

Work, home, writing. Appointments, data, deadlines. Feeding, caring, creating…

It’s constant.

And we’ve had a death in the family, too.

My go-to is to want to care for everyone, spreading myself thinly, so I miss nothing, but recently, someone who cares for me reminded me that I need to look at my own mental health, and well-being first, followed by my little family.

Everything else comes after.

And I agree.

This weekend, I’ll make sure there are breaks involved, where I’m replenishing my pot.

So, Peeps, are you good at recognising when you need to refill? 😊

Spidey’s Serene Sunday #426 – Am Proofing

“Read obsessively. Write furiously. Edit carefully.”

Sissy Gavrilaki

A bit of a continuing editing theme this week, Spidey!.

So I finished my copy edits last week. And was sent the e-arc file to peruse on Saturday.

The whole day was filled with reading and skimming it to ensure it looked as it should.

Having already learned how to format on Vellum when I originally self-published Marruiage Unarranged, I know it can be simple in some ways, but certain things can be a real trouble to get set!

So I’ve done my bit so far and sent back the report of what is looking great and what isn’t sitting well and a couple of omissions or typos… (as far as I could see!)

One step closer to that proper book!

It feels like no matter how many times you read a manuscript or how many eyes pass over it, there is always something that gets missed!

So, Peeps, what would you do if you read a book and found errors? Would you contact the author or leave a bad review? 😊

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