Launch day diary – Back to Reality

What a clever pair of boys you are…..

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Yesterday, we finally launched our book Back to Reality (I may have mentioned it once or twice on social media), and it was an incredible day. Here’s what I wrote in my diary last night…

Monday 16th October

Publication day! I’m completely knackered, so here’s a quick summary…

My first solo Youtube Live starts well, but soon descends into confusion as it becomes apparent that there was some kind of problem with the link and a bunch of people were on the wrong Youtube page.

I’m stuck in a glass cubicle at work and I’m sweating, but the sales and reviews are coming in. The reviews are completely heartwarming.

We try and hook up with Mike Morris, but he’s in Dubai and we can’t connect so we have to drop his slot. Not great – nothing techie is working!

Second session with Desvaux is better and by now…

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The best novel I have ever read…..

My husband Mark is a very busy man. We’ve been married for 22 years, but if you actually work out how much time we tend to spend doing stuff together each day, it’s very little. But then we accept that each other has their own interests and hobbies.

Over the past year Mark has been working unbelievably hard on a novel, as part of a podcast The Bestseller experiment, that he has been writing with another Mark. It’s available today only for 99p, then the price goes up.

Go on, you know you want to read a really good, funny, intelligent book, so why not give it a go. Grab your copy here….

Now this experiment is over, will I have to spend more time with him?  I hope so…..

After a year a weekly podcasts, daily writing, and constant anxiety, the novel that I’ve been writing with Mark Desvaux as part of the Bestseller Experiment podcast is finally here!
It’s called Back to Reality, and it’s available exclusively on Kindle and I’d really like you to buy a copy today, please… especially as it’s 99p (or 99c in the US/Can/Aus/NZ) for launch day only – Monday October 16th.
But don’t just take my word for it…
We’ve been overwhelmed by the amazing quotes we’ve had from authors and the incredible support we’ve had from our launch team. A year’s blood, sweat and tears for just 99 of your British pence. And it’s a pacy story about living your dreams, with fun characters, rock and roll, and a bit with a cow. What more could you want from a book? Grab your copy here…

Happy reading!



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One week to go!

Mark Stay Writes

We publish our book BACK TO REALITY in just a week’s time on Monday October 16th.

And, for some reason, we thought it would be a good idea to have a week of daily podcasts (because, y’know, the pressure of publication isn’t nearly enough).

In today’s episode we talk blurbs and I read it out in my best sexy voiceover voice…


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What a lovely clean patio!

I’ve been on my knees all afternoon. No not scrubbing the floor or grovelling, but weeding the patio. It’s been on my “To do” list for the garden for a while, but wasn’t very high on the agenda. But now I’ve got as far as I can with the garden, so the patio finally had it’s turn.IMG_4188

So there I was with my little sharp tool (you can see it in the photo above), that is able to get between the paving stones and remove the weeds. I started at one end of the patio, clearing little areas, and then sweeping and clearing the debris into my trug. The trug is now nearly full, and I’ll be putting it in my garden waste bin once it’s been emptied by the council.

Once I had cleared it all, I then sprayed with weedkiller between all the joints to make sure that I killed any roots of the weeds that are left in the ground. I took most of them out, but there are always some that won’t come out.

When I get a dry couple of days, I’ll re-point the patio so that it looks even nearer, but that’ll have to wait as it’s due to rain tomorrow. The knees of my tracksuit bottoms are damp, so I know I’ve had a productive day.


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My latest ebook is out, and it’s all about Tomatoes!

My series of ebooks is growing (perfect choice of words). My latest ebook all about Tomatoes is now out, and available for just 99p! Click HERE to go straight to my Amazon page.

Don’t forget, I have other ebooks also available, and I’m starting to write the next one now.

Happy reading and gardening!

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Tuesday 26th September 2017 – Pots away!!

Now, I’ve come to a point in the garden, where I can’t really do anything else until the trees are down. Then once the trees are down and all gone (where I don’t really care), then it’ll be all systems go again with putting the greenhouses in position, and the new shed for the chickens up and in position. And then finally get the raised beds in. But today I was just doing a few bits and pieces, and some general tidying. I had a few plants in pots and hanging baskets that I wanted to sort out. Some I would throw away, and others I would repot. So this afternoon I got all those sorted. I’ve just got to move the plastic shed closer to the house, so it’s away from the trees and therefore not in the way of the trees. It’s full of gardening equipment, so is a bit heavy at the moment. So I’ll move it tomorrow. And I’ve also got to mow the grass. Then I’m done.

Hopefully Paul, the farmer, will finish harvesting his onions soon. First it was his hops (great for the local beer, which is oh so tasty), and now it’s his onions. I’m not sure if he has anything else to harvest. I spoke to him a couple of weeks ago, and he said he’d not forgotten, but once he’d finished the harvest he would do the trees for me. I said that would be great, as soon as he can. So fingers crossed it won’t be long.

Now the pots that I sorted today are going to be placed around the patio, once I have decided where I’m going to put them, but for now, they’ll have to stay together. In the spaces I’ve planted various bulbs, so hopefully in the Spring I’ll have some lovely flowers come up.


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