This has been an amazing couple of weeks. I’ve had the great pleasure of seeing my first UK novel, Molly’s Millions, in the bookshops. Here I am in a branch of Smith’s next to Cherie Blair!
I also did a spot of signing with fellow author, Lola Jaye. We ventured into central London on the hottest day of the year and signed as many of our books as we could find. If you can find an unsigned one, it’s worth an absolute fortune!
Here we are at Smith’s in Victoria. Thanks to the lovely Ines who was so sweet and helpful.
I also attended a wonderful garden party at Oxford’s St John’s College with my Great Uncle Peter who was a student there in 1949. The sun shone for us and there were cucumber sandwiches, heaps of cake and strawberries and cream. It was perfect!
Whilst in Oxford, we visited The Eagle and Child (also known as The Bird and Baby) where the ‘Inklings’ used to meet. It was amazing to step into the pub where early readings of The Lord of the Rings and the Narnia stories would have taken place, and my uncle told me he was in Oxford at the same time as Tolkien and CS Lewis!
Out and about a lot again this month. My hubby was very busy delivering paintings to exhibitions and Molly and I accompanied him to Salisbury and to the Kent and Sussex Art Fair. Check out his beautiful website to see some of his paintings: and his blog can be found: here
Had the most wonderful week in Kent this month – house, dog and chicken-sitting for friends. I was meant to be proof-reading my latest novel but the weather was glorious and I spent rather a lot of time sitting in the garden watching the beautiful bantams. Here are some pics of my gorgeous friends.
And, at long last, my first UK paperback, Molly’s Millions, is available to buy online. I’ve been sent my author copies and they look so pretty with their shiny covers and embossed flowers. I love them! Some good news for the book too – WH Smith Travel will be stocking them in a buy-one-get-one-half-price deal so be sure to grab a copy if you’re off on your summer hols!
An event-filled month, this one. First, there was the wonderful Romantic Novelists’ Association’s awards lunch where I met the author, Cecelia Ahern.
Victoria Connelly and Cecelia Ahern
I also got to meet fellow Allison & Busby writer, Susanna Kearsley whose book, Sophia’s Secret, was on the shortlist, and chat to the wonderful Linda Gillard who was also nominated for the main prize for her magical novel, Star Gazing. It was a gorgeous event. There aren’t enough occasions to leave the keyboard and get dressed up but this is one of them!
Nine years ago, I helped to set up the London/SE Chapter of the RNA and I was delighted to give a talk there this month. I told them about the long arduous journey of my first published novel, Flights of Angels, and how it made its way through countless rejections to become a bestseller in Germany and to be adapted as a film.
And I’ve heard a wonderful rumour that some hardbacks of Molly’s Millions have found their way to a branch of WH Smith’s at Gatwick. I may have to book a holiday and go and find out for myself …
And then the snow came …
Here’s a pic of Molly enjoying her first proper thick snow in a wood in the Chilterns.
And I am now the proud owner of a pair of glasses. Yes, all those years of reading and writing have finally taken their toll and I need a little bit of help. I’m hoping that they make me look even more bookish than usual and slightly more intelligent to boot!