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Funny Valentine

graphic of multiple heartsMy monthly columns for the Hawkesbury Parish News and the Tetbury Advertiser have to be submitted to their respective editors by the middle of the previous month, which is why my February column was composed with the shadow of the January 31st tax return deadline anging over me… 

I’ve never quite got Valentine’s Day. It’s not that I’m unromantic, nor have I been unlucky in love. It just seems to me that designating one day on which to celebrate your love smacks of doing your tax return on the 31st January deadline, then thinking “Phew, thank goodness that’s over for another year!” before ignoring your personal finances for the next 364 days (365 tin 2016, thanks to leap year – a 24-hour reprieve, hurrah!).

New cover of Marry in Haste
Now available in paperback and ebook

That’s why my latest collection of short stories, “Marry in Haste”, looks not at Valentine’s Day or “the big day” of the wedding, but at what I call the three key stages of love: finding a partner, deciding whether and how to get married, and surviving the long haul. The book contains five humorous stories in each of three sections: Seeking, Committing and Enduring.

If you can’t let Valentine’s Day go by without a gift for your partner, you could do worse than stop by the Hawkesbury Shop to buy a copy of my little book.

Meanwhile, I’d better get on with my tax return…

To find out more about Marry in Haste, visit the book’s page on my blog. 

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Author of warm, witty and gently funny fiction and non-fiction, including the popular Sophie Sayers Village Mystery series, beginning with "Best Murder in Show", inspired by her life in an English Cotswold community, short stories and essays about country life. As Commissioning Editor for the Alliance of Independent Authors' Advice Centre, she writes guidebooks authors. She speaks at many literature festivals and writing events, and is part of BBC Radio Gloucestershire's monthly Book Club broadcast. She is founder and director of the free Hawkesbury Upton Literature Festival which takes place in April, a member of the Romantic Novelists' Association, and an ambassador for children's reading charity Read for Good and the Type 1 diabetes charity JDRF.

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