My week in retrospect – blogging, writing, Goodreads Giveaway, fabulous presents – and surviving the dreaded lurgy.

Many thanks to blogger Linda Hill for inviting me on her blog to talk about Girl in the Castle. Linda is the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Media/blog star award of 2017.


You can read the blog post here

I’ve also been learning how to make animations on What do you think?

If you’d like to share my tweet here’s the link

I spent quite a chunk of the week monitoring my ‘paid for’ Goodreads promotion. Here are the results. The promo was limited to the US and the winner chosen at random. I was able to mail the book direct to her via my Createspace account. Simples.

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Would I do it again? If I see a spike in downloads, yes; if not, no. I’ll be blogging about it in more detail in the near future. Tune in for more details in a couple of weeks.

I spent some of the week composing guest blog posts and sending them off to bloggers/writing blogs to go out in March.

The highlight of the last ten days or so was being long listed for the Exeter Novel Prize. Fingers crossed I make the short list.

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I have also been cracking on with my work in progress which I hope to publish late spring. I have two fabulous editors working on this with me and when it’s ready I’ll be zooming it over to my proofreaders. I have also recruited a new member to my team to check accuracy of location etc.  I think I’ve got all the bases covered. Cover reveal sometime after Easter – hopefully.

While all this activity was going on, my husband (code name Bongo Man), and I have been smitten by the dreaded lurgy –  equivalent of the American term, cooties – and had to cancel our proposed caravan trip to the Cotswolds. We hope to try again in March.IMG_7299 (Edited).JPG

In the meantime . . . a fabulous present arrived from the Diva from Dumbarton2018-02-17 09.10.48 (2)We can’t wait to find a space for the gifts next to the hand-crocheted blanket and cushion our mate Carole Matthews made especially for the new van. I have Carole’s new novel – A Million Love Songs on pre-order, something else to look forward to.

Well, I guess that about wraps it up. Must dash. Bongo Man, still laid up with the dreaded lurgy, has requested a slice of Battenberg cake to accompany his mid morning cuppa. Better head for our local co-op and hope they have some on their shelves. Laters.

Have a great week. Keep on reading, writing, blogging and reviewing.

About Lizzie Lamb

I write contemporary women's fiction mostly based in Scotland with hot heroes, feisty heroines and always a happy ending. Along with three other authors - Adrienne Vaughan, June Kearns and Margaret Cullingford - I formed the New Romantics Press under which our books are published. I have published six books since 2012, the latest being Harper's Highland Fling. I am currently working on #7 which I hope to publish in 2022. In the meantime, do check out my Amazon page: and click 'FOLLOW' to keep up to date with me and my news.

Posted on February 18, 2018, in Lizzie's Scribbles and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. Hope Bongo Man is soon feeling better. Bet you can’t wait to get out in that posh caravan! Xx

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  2. Glad you’ve broken through the pain barrier Lizzie. Am about to embark on a new marathon, wish me luck!

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    • Good luck, Jo, so looking forward to reading your next one. What is they say about writing being 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration? Or something like that!


  3. A great catch-up, Lizzie. As ever, your work rate is amazing! Looking forward to that tour of the new caravan – love Carole’s Cushion!)

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    • Thanks June, we were both disappointed that our trip had to be cancelled. Afternoon Tea in the new van SDAP, I’ve got to christen that new cushion and blanky.

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  4. Lovely newsy post, Lizzie. Great to hear about all you’ve been up to. Congrats again on the Exeter Novel prize longlisting and with all your progress with your WIP. Sounds as if you have everything in order and I shall really look forward to reading your new book. You’re an inspiration. Hope the lurgy leaves both you & Bongo Man alone very soon. Much love xxx

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    • Thanks Jan. I’ve really missed seeing all my friends this week as I wouldn’t;t want to pass the lurgy on to anyone. Thank goodness for the phone line and social media. I’m hopping that a medicinally administered Battenburgh will soon have Bongo Man back on his feet.

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  5. You never get bored, do you? What a week! And thank you for the update. I told the Diva the parcel has finally been delivered and managed to calm her down. She was threatening to follow Il Postino and check he was doing his job. 😀
    Hope Bongo Man recovers soon and that you’ll make it to the Cotswolds!
    Love all round
    Isa (and the Diva from Dumbarton) xxx

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    • Thanks for dropping by Isabella and bring ‘our friend’ with you. Bored? Don’t know the meaning of the word. Have a great rest of Sunday and, if you’re good, I might let you try out the fusion for size.


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