What I learnt this week: a book release and the dentist

Tuesday saw the digital release of Before You. Come on, you know the book I mean, the one staring the sexy racing driver, inspired by Jenson Button? Of course you know, I’ve been banging on about it for long enough (umm, yes, sorry about that).

Before You


Before you is my fourth book with Choc Lit, my fifth overall. I used to imagine authors spent publication day drinking champagne, staggering from one launch party to another looking something like Joanna Lumley’s Patsy from Absolutely Fabulous.

Perhaps some authors do manage this, but for this author there was a trip to the dentist to have a cracked tooth taken out.

Oh the glamour.

But before you bring out the violins (you were going to, weren’t you?) I did have a lot of virtual excitement, with friends on social media kind enough to send congratulations and virtual bottles of champagne.

As for the real champagne, sadly I couldn’t even have a glass of wine because I wasn’t allowed alcohol for 24 hours. The steak meal I’d planned had to be abandoned too, because my tender mouth was not in a fit state to chew anything – and I wasn’t prepared to watch the rest of my family scoff a nice steak while I sat with a bowl of soup. Call me selfish.

The thing is, despite my trip to the dentist chair, I did actually enjoy my publication day. Before You received so much support, both in terms of sales and reviews, that it reminded me of the excitement of my first launch.

Who needs champagne, parties or even a full set of teeth, when you have people like I do supporting you?

So, dear reader, from the bottom of my heart, thank you from me…and thank you from him.

Jenson and meemoji grinning


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