Woohoo, The Secret Shopper's Revenge
is out in paperback this week! And very satisfyingly chunky it is too. It is also the first book I’ve had published that features glittery bits on the cover. Obviously other books have glittery stuff, but mine is extra glittery. Go on. Stroke the screen. Use your imagination. It feels a little bit rough, doesn't it, like festive sandpaper?
I’m always excited and nervous when a novel comes out, and this time is no exception. Especially as the book is the Asda Book Club book of the month for December
, which means it should be in all their stores AND if you buy it in Asda, you get an extra section at the back with special material from my three secret shoppers – a guide to luxury on a budget from Grazia, advice from Lucy on how NOT to be treated like dirt by shop assistants, and a shopper’s guide to spotting the best stores by Sandie. And all for the same cover price… I believe it’s also in the WH Smith’s travel stores as their book of the week, too (not sure WHICH week) so if you see one in a station or airport let me know. Or if you see one at all, I'd love to hear how it looks. I can never quite believe it's on sale until I have confirmed independent sightings...
The novel begins just a few days before Christmas, with my poor underdog heroine Emily (not Lucy, as I wrote before - doh! I get my characters confused!) realising that her dreams of a perfect celebration in London aren’t going to plan – read the first chapter here
– and as the book even looks a bit like a parcel, it makes a great present...!Right, end of hard sell. Back to reality.
In other news, have hit a bit of a block with the new novel. I’m at the 25,000 words stage of an extremely rough draft and am now wondering what to throw at my characters next. I also have a cold and have just hit my head on the door above the washing machine, so I don’t think I’ll be finishing the Nanowrimo
challenge unless I can write 25,000 more words in five days. This would be technically possible but utterly insane.
Ah well, knew it was too good to last.