A lot can happen in 4 weeks … @nholten40 @sarahhardy681 @KimTheBookworm @MWCravenUK @bookouture @sbairden @SSCav @MarkBillingham @Choconwaffles

It’s a sunny, Sunday morning and I thought I’d do a wrap-up of what has been happening over the last 4 weeks or so as there has been a lot! I’ll start with the not-so-good thing and end on a positive note!

Well, on May 21st I had to say goodbye to my best friend, Buster. I fell in love with this guy from the moment I saw him – #ThatFace just made my heart melt every-single-time. Buster was not “just a dog”. He saved me through a journey of some very dark days, sat by my side as I worked and wrote, was there when I sent off the submission for my #debut novel, listened to all my ramblings and rants, gave the best cuddles and was the one constant bit of happiness in my life. I still cry daily and know I’m still grieving, but I also know that I made the absolute right choice in letting him go. I could have been selfish, but I made him a promise that when that day finally came, I would be with him, tell him I love him, thank him for always being there for me and hold his paw when he took his last breath … I kept that promise. I am grateful that I got to spend his final year with him, working from home and I will cherish all the great memories we made! RIP #BusterBear June 7th 2006 to May 21st 2018 ❀

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It hasn’t all been sadness though! On June 7th, I finally got to go to Goldsboro books and see a good friend, MW Craven launch his amazing crime thriller: The Puppet Show at Goldsboro books with my #BFF, Sarah Hardy! I’d never been to Goldsboro before and being able to attend when it was someone whose writing I have been a fan of since day one, made it all the more special! If you haven’t bought The Puppet Show yet, I urge you to do so…it simply rocks! Check out my #coverreveal post HERE to find out more about the book – I’m waiting for the 2019 blog tour to share my review!

The following week, June 14th saw me shmoozing with some of THE finest authors and THE best colleagues when I attended the Bookouture Summer Party! It has been nearly a year since I left my job as a Senior Probation Officer and I have never regretted that choice – why would I? I haven’t stopped smiling, I work with amazing people and the books I get to read and promote are some of the BEST out there! HERE is the link to my post from nearly a year ago, when it was announced I was joining Bookouture. #DreamsCANComeTrue!

On June 20th, I was THRILLED to be able to see Steve Cavanagh, Mark Billingham and Chris Brookmyre at the launch for THIRTEEN & THE KILLING HABIT at Waterstones in Glasgow …and I bumped into my #Twinnie who did an excellent write up (read it HERE) as well as these awesome peeps! It was only a flying visit, but I had the most amazing time and ended up getting a little bit of Canadian love when Sharon stopped off at Tim Hortons’ before dropping me back to the station! Oh how I love TIMBITS β€πŸ˜‚ Catch my review of Thirteen HERE.

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And finally…I got to meet my favourite #WarriorPrincess, Meggy Roussel (aka Chocolate’n’Waffles) at an Author/Blogger Shenanigan’s event organised by the ever-so-awesome Kim Nash! Despite having to stand for TWO hours on a packed train to London and paying for that today…it was worth every minute. Meggy is as wonderful, gorgeous and sweet in person as she is online and I am lucky to call her a friend! An amazing way to end this post, as for every bit of darkness that falls in our life, there is also shiny, sparkling light to look forward to!

Have a fantastic day, peeps!

8 Replies to “A lot can happen in 4 weeks … @nholten40 @sarahhardy681 @KimTheBookworm @MWCravenUK @bookouture @sbairden @SSCav @MarkBillingham @Choconwaffles”

  1. That made my eyes fill up, too, Noelle. I don’t think there are many people who wouldn’t understand, empathise and feel for you. I also think there are a LOT of people out there who understand and appreciate your passion for writing and why you love what you do. We love you and appreciate your hard work and support. Keep doing what you do, lovely! Please. πŸ™‚ Much love and fat hugs, Noelle. Sorry I didn’t get to spend more time with you at the Bookouture party. We’ll catch up soon! xxx

  2. Awww Noelle, you’ve made my cry huge big tears, the loss of Buster, your dream comes true and all those fantastic authors and friends you have met. So wish I was one of them maybe one day xx
    I’m so inspired by what you have accomplished how you made it achievable, good luck in all your endeavours Noelle, be happy to stand with you xx

  3. A tumultuous 4 weeks, Noelle! Looks like lots of fun in London and Glasgow! Jealous you got to schmooze Cooper! xx

  4. I have so much love for this post, for Buster, for you my Queen. You are strong and smart and funny and just brilliant. Having you by my side yesterday was amazing. I am proud to call you my friend and here’s to many many wonderful years together <3

  5. I love this post great to see so much positivity even when you have had such a hard time of it. Buster will always be with you in spirit 😘