Well, it’s been quite a day and I’ve been glued to my laptop since about 8am blogging, tweeting, replying to comments on my blog and messages on facebook. Thank you to everyone – friends, strangers, fellow writers and bloggers who have taken the time to stop by and read my posts and comment, and to post such supportive tweets on Twitter. A huge thank you too to those of you who have bought The Butterfly Storm; you’ve all helped to make a longstanding dream of mine come true and that’s to be a published author and to have people read my books.
This morning I said that I would add the names of anyone who bought The Butterfly Storm, followed this blog, left a comment, or tweeted about my book into a prize draw to win amazon vouchers. I put all the names into a hat (metaphorically speaking) and here are the two lucky winners:
- Helen Hart
- Bec Jones
Congratulations! A £5 amazon voucher will be winging its way to each of you.
There’s one other amazon voucher remaining and that’s for the most romantic story left in my blog’s comments. The stories can be found here (scroll to the comments at the bottom) and you’ll read about a Florida beach proposal, a romantic dinner in Paris, the start of something special in Russia and a cycling trip for two on Kefalonia. The stories are uplifting and heartwarming and each of them deserves to win. The one that I ultimately felt was the most romantic and also very appropriate for the launch of The Butterfly Storm was Debbie Young’s Greek romance with her Scottish husband. Thanks for sharing your story Debbie and a £5 amazon voucher is on its way to you. I have to say though that Kate Sparke’s tale about her husband sticking by her through thick and thin was the most moving (I had to whip out the tissues) and so I’m going to send Kate a copy of The Butterfly Storm as a runner-up prize so to speak.
There have been many people over the last nine years who have been instrumental in helping me to see The Butterfly Storm through from initial idea to today’s launch. My fellow MA workshoppers Judith van Dijkhuizen, Paul Dale, Tamsin Reeves and Andy Warburton were invaluable in giving constructive feedback on what worked and more importantly what didn’t in those early drafts. My mum and dad have always supported my writing dreams and have encouraged me throughout (I even got a butterfly themed card and present from them for launch day). My husband Nik has stood by me through all the ups and downs over the last nine years and couldn’t be more supportive of me pursuing writing as a career. He’s not read The Butterfly Storm yet (he only reads computer books – I know, scandalous!) but he might have to now it’s published. Even the process of submitting to agents and publishers and getting the feedback from those that read the whole novel helped shape it into the book I’ve just published. Kate Haigh proofread the book and did a fabulous job of making it as good as it could be. Lastly thanks to all the lovely and talented writers I’ve met via Twitter and the bloggersphere over the last year (you know who you are). You’ve all been so encouraging and supportive and have made me feel confident that self-publishing The Butterfly Storm was absolutely the right thing to do.
Thank you everyone! This Friday I kick off my blog tour with a guest post over on the wonderful Joanne Phillips’ blog, so if you do have time to stop by please do. That’s it, I’m signing out after a very lovely and memorable launch day. xx