Today I’m taking part in the celebration for fellow Choc Lit author, Rhoda Baxter, and her fabulous new novel, Please Release Me. If ever a cover could be described as dreamy and romantic, this is it!
The theme is being stuck and I’m sharing my answers with you, but I’m also inviting you to have a go because sometimes I think fun things like this actually trigger thoughts that ripple outwards. It’s as much about the answers we don’t choose to give, as the ones we do … so try it and analyse yourself!
The thing I’m stuck on now…
I’m answering truthfully and as I put this post together it’s 56 hours since our cat, Mr Tiggs, disappeared. He went out for his usual nightly run about in the forest of Dean, which borders on our garden, and hasn’t been seen since. He usually returns at 1am, 2am, 4am, 5am … and comes into the bedroom to let us know he’s back for food. Most of those visits we ignore, although either my other half or I will give in at least once to go downstairs to sit with him while he eats. Then he’s back out hunting. He was a farm cat and the runt of the litter, so he had a hard start and is a canny, but nervous, little guy. He has the face of Brad Pitt and the walk of John Wayne – and if you had seen him you’d agree!
So we are well and truly ‘stuck’ at the moment. We miss our ‘boy’ and the cottage just isn’t the same without him. Yes, we spoiled him – empty nesters after our two grown sons left to start their own families. And, yes, they do return with their offspring and we have fun times. But Mr Tiggs was with us for the last 11 years on a daily basis. If he returns, then we’ll be thankful to the universe for returning him to us safely. If he doesn’t … well, we’re already shedding the tears and starting to go through a grieving process. He’s my writing buddy and sits with me when I work – home all day to catch up on his sleep ready to hunt at night. As a writer working from home, I see more of Mr Tiggs than I do of my other half! Being stuck in life isn’t easy, but somehow we all have to learn to move on.
If I could be stuck anywhere (with anyone)…
It would be fun to say something off the wall, like Tatum Channing, or Zac Efron, but I’m going to keep it real. Why? Because a stranger might be interesting for a short time, but if I’m going to be stuck anywhere for an unlimited period then I’d have to choose my other half. That might be boring and predictable, but the thing with having found your one true soul mate is that you NEVER get bored in each other’s company. I’m sure Tatum and Zac are fascinating guys, but it’s a two-way street and I’m not sure they’d want to be stranded somewhere with someone who talks endlessly about writing. So, sorry guys, no offence but my guy never fails to keep me entertained!
If I could plaster random stickers everywhere, here are the things I’d like to share:
Rhoda’s latest novel is all about people who are at a point in their lives when they are stuck …
Sally Cummings has had it tougher than most but, if nothing else, it’s taught her to grab opportunity with both hands. And, when she stands looking into the eyes of her new husband Peter on her perfect wedding day, it seems her life is finally on the up.
That is until the car crash that puts her in a coma and throws her entire future into question.
In the following months, a small part of Sally’s consciousness begins to return, allowing her to listen in on the world around her – although she has no way to communicate.
But Sally was never going to let a little thing like a coma get in the way of her happily ever after …
Grab your copy now: myBook.to/PleaseReleaseMe
Connect with Rhoda www.rhodabaxter.com
and have fun answering those questions!