Friday, 18 November 2011

We are Go For Launch!

Yesterday, with much excitement, I sent ‘Reaching for the Stars’ off to my lovely editor Kit Domino to be professionally edited, so we are on schedule to launch as planned on Wednesday 14th December!

On launch day I’m hosting a ‘Wish I Was Here...’ blog party and you are all invited to take part.

There is no writing or diary checking involved you will be pleased to hear - all you have to do on the day is post up a photo or a picture on YOUR blog of a place you’d like to escape to for a little while or forever! It might be a paradise island, a secluded beach, a woodland hut, a mountain ski lodge? The possibilities are endless - but fun to imagine right in the middle of December!

On launch day I will post a full list of all the blogs taking place and I’ll be visiting to see where YOU would like to escape to and to leave a comment! You can pop along to all the blogs too of course but there is no obligation to do so. I’ve had a fabulous response so far - so sign up now to join the party!

In preparation for the big day itself and the blog tour to follow (more details next week on the fabulous Reaching for the Stars blog tour!) this week I had some new author photos taken. I’m embarrassed to tell you that I’ve been using the same old photos for the past couple of years, photos taken at the same time as a Prima Magazine shoot, and I’m sure I look quite different now - not to mention a bit older!

Now, I don’t mind having my photo taken, but I do tend to blink at the click of a shutter and want to suck off my lipstick at the suggestion of a zoom lens, so you can imagine what my photos usually end up looking like?! I asked my lovely photographer friend Sara, who always makes me smile, to come along and take my new author photos. I think she did a really good job - as you can see I actually have my eyes open and my lipstick in place. Thank you and well done Sara!

Other news this week is that my lovely blogger and twitter friend Liz Crump awarded me the Liebster Blog Award and kindly said she thought my blog was creative, fun and friendly. I was so delighted as that is EXACTLY what I want my blog to be!

So, in accepting the Liebster Blog Award, the recipient agrees to:

- Thank the person who gave them the award and link back to that person's blog
- Copy and paste the award to their blog
- Reveal the 5 blogs they have chosen to award, commenting on their blog to break the news!
- Hope those people in turn pay it forward by accepting and awarding "The Liebster Blog Award" to bloggers they would like to honour

This award is for anyone with fewer than 200 followers. :)

The 5 blogs I’ve chosen to award are……

So until next week my friends, when I will tell you more about my fabulous Reaching for the Stars blog tour plans, please consider signing up to take part in my ‘Wish I Was Here’ blog party on 14th December - I know it’s a busy time of year but I would so appreciate your support - and promise fun and prizes!

Janice xx


Old Kitty said...

Great pics of you! Yay!

Congrats with your award and all the best for your launch!

Take care

Ananda said...

Love the photos Janice! You look amazing! Congrats on the award as well! As for your launch party, I WILL BE THERE! Can't miss a super party like that! Hugs x x

Melanie said...

Your new author photos are amazing!

Thanks for awarding me the Liebster Blog Award. I'll get everything up on my own blog this evening. Thank you for passing the award on to me.

Bill Kirton said...

Thanks for the award, Janice. I'm flattered. I wish I could say the same about the pics Sara took of me a while back. She's a great photographer and, technically, the shots were excellent, but the subject ... well. Yours, on the other hand, are terrific.

Janice said...

Thanks Old Kitty - can't wait to see your 'Wish I Was Here' photo on the 14th December!

Ananda - you too! Thx for your wonderful support.

Melanie - you are most welcome - I'll pop over later my lovely!

(Ananda and Melanie are two of my lovely Assocaite Readers at

Bill - you are such a charmer - although slightly scary looking in that particular photo! :)x

Rosemary Gemmell said...

I love those new photos, Janice. Please send Sara up here as I could with some! Not long to go now to the launch.

Anonymous said...

Love the new photos of you, Janice. But guess who's getting nervous now?

Maggie Craig said...

Great new photos, Janice. No surprise, with such a good subject and such a good photographer!

Pauline Barclay said...

Love those pics and will be coming to the party..... try keeping me away.... laugh! x

Joan Fleming said...

Lovely photos, Janice. Looking forward to the party!

K. Rosenberg said...

Thanks for the blog award, Janice! And good luck with your launch! The countdown is really on now, huh?! :-)

Jenny Harper said...

Great pix Janice. Sorry to miss your launch, I was in London helping to launch the new RNA brand. Hope it's all going will - look forward to reading it.

Sarah Tokeley said...

Those pictures are lovely Janice :-)

Talli Roland said...

Love the new photos, Janice- you look fab! And how exciting on your upcoming launch!

Cathie Dunn said...

Sounds great fun, Janice. Can't wait! Loving the new pics, by the way...

Good luck!

Cathie x

Angela Barton said...

Thank you so much for awarding me the Liebster Blog Award. You are a wonderful support. I won't forget the 14th! Love Ange xx

Karen S. Elliott said...

Very nice photos! And best wishes on your launch.