Hello my amigos and forgive me (I always seem to start this way!) but this is going to be a very short little note. I hope things are well with you. I just wanted to alert you to the pen raffle I’m holding on twitter. If you follow me on twitter @mariankeyes, you will see details. Lovely sparkly pens and other stationery to be given away. Entry open to all – there is no catch!
Also here is an article written for Sunday Independent, which will give you some idea of what’s been going on. Our roof is now fixed – HUZZAH! – and normality (at least what passes for normality in my head!) is being restored.
The Mystery of Mercy Close is nearing completion. The copy-editing is done, the cover is finalised (and beautiful.) Just proof-reading to do now and it will be out in September and thank you all for your patience and for sticking with me and I really hope you’ll be happy with Helen’s story. In all fairness, I’m very happy with it and I NEVER say that about anything I do! In case you haven’t gathered, it’s Helen Walsh’s book and she’s a private detective so it IS a mystery book, but it’s about the Walsh family also and about Helen’s internal landscape and her ex-boyfriend Jay Parker and her current boyfriend Artie Devlin and it’s funny and because she’s investigating a missing person, it’s gripping (well, people tell me it is and nobody guesses where Wayne is, but it’s obvious once you know, sort of thing…) and parts of it are sad, because it wouldn’t be a book by me if it wasn’t… One day I’ll write a proper happy book… Well, we’ll see!
Also, if you’re a twitter person and you might not be, but if you are, Helen Walsh will be starting up her own twitter account around the end of June and she has plenty to say on plenty of things!
Come here! Did you watch The Bridge? The Swedish/Danish murder yoke? Wasn’t it utterly fantastic? If you haven’t seen it, I beg you on my bended knees to get your hands on a copy, it was BRILLIANT. I am TERRIFIED of when they stop making Swedish and Danish show! What will I watch? Hah? Episodes, I’m loving that too. Matt Le Blanc is so funny.
Reading wise, I’ve discovered the magnificence that is JoJo Moyes. I read Me Before You and I cried buckets, it’s such an impressive book, such great writing and she tackles a taboo subject with astonishing courage and sensitivity. Also I’m reading katie Piper’s book Things Get Better and she is utterly inspirational. No matter what woes you’re dealing with, she seems to have an attitude to life that can make anything bearable. She’s a hero.
So lookit, I’ll hop off now. But try to enter the raffle – the prizes are MIGHTY. And as soon as possible I will produce lovely long newsy newsletter for you.
PS (Two days later) Here is the video of the raffle draw: