A funny thing happened to me in the book store the other day.
There I was, happily browsing the shelves looking for chicklit, parenting books, and @KerriSackville's When My Husband Does The Dishes, when I came across this:
Wow, talk about a surprise.
While Happily Ever Parted did okay by new author standards, it didn't exactly set the literary world alight.
Whenever I pass those bargain basement tables at book stores I always half-expect to see if sitting there for sale for $5 or some similar paltry sum.
But this one was still on the shelves, and what's more, the price appears to have gone up.
It made this fledging author go all warm and fuzzy inside.
Back when my book was published, there was a flurry of activity for several months as I promoted the hell out of it. Television, radio, newspapers, magazines, the internet ... Nowhere was safe. I was even invited to speak at writer's festivals - you know, with real authors.
While it was a lot of fun, the promotional and public part of writing, as an author rather than a journalist, was not something that I enjoyed. Because I had to come out from behind the computer and actually speak to people.
In addition, I suffered sickening anxiety before every television and radio interview. I have no idea why, considering I used to work in that industry before moving onto print, but there you have it. Completely irrational.
Anyway, having spotted the first copy of my book 'in real life' since those heady days, I decided to celebrate by giving away a copy of Happily Ever Parted.
It might come in handy, you know for propping up a leg on a wonky table or something. God knows, it hasn't helped me much this time around (divorce number two), but it might help you ...)
If you'd like to win, a signed copy of Happily Ever Parted (Surviving Separation And Divorce), just leave me a comment below.
Speaking of giveaways, the winner of the Bega Stringers Cheese competition was the lovely Caz from The Truth About Mummy.
And finally, check out Kerri Sackville's debut book below. Every woman needs a copy.