Life and work, including writing the new equestrian book, is pretty busy just now, and I’m cramming in what I can before I have to take a bit of downtime – I’m having my first hip replacement towards the end of April. I’m both anxious, and at the same time I can’t wait! I have two of these to get through this year, so I’m very much looking forward to getting the first one out of the way.
In the meantime, I promised to keep you updated on our building project, extending our lovely farmhouse in the Scottish Highlands. As it is a Victorian era building, there are NO storage spaces anywhere inside, so you’ll understand the excitement about the prospect of having places to put stuff!
Started in July, it was scheduled to take 3 months. Almost finished 7 months later, courtesy of Covid and the shortage of building materials that seems to be plaguing much of the world at the moment, it’s almost completed!
We have gone from this
And then the drains went in
And the interior is taking shape – the interior glass door leads to the kitchen, the doors ahead are a lovely, HUGE wardrobe for our many warm coats, and the door on the left is the dog room. On the right, where you can’t see, are the laundry room and toilet.
Dog room, with benches for the bigger dogs, and lots of underneath space for the smaller ones. Not to mention places for all their gear!
Laundry room, with space also for fridge, freezer and bins – a huge step forward in terms of keeping the bins safe from the dogs, many of whom are former Spanish street dogs who stayed alive by raiding bins.
a fabulous butler’s sink, with shower over, for washing (small) dirty dogs
In addition to the light coming through all the glass doors, there are also a pair of huge skylights that went from this:
And yet to be completed, the spacious porch, which will have a bench seat on the right, to sit for putting boots on, with space beneath for short boots, and racks for tall boots on the left, with coat hanging above. Oh, and that fabulous view!
Today, the electricians are in to complete light fittings (including outdoor floodlights) and smoke detectors. It’s getting exciting…
BookBub Featured Ad update
I also promised to keep you updated on the continued effect of the BB ad. If you remember, before the ad on Christmas Day, I was selling in the region of one book a day.
Now, obviously things went a bit nuts during the promo – in a good way – but you always wonder what sort of tail there will be afterwards. A few years ago it used to be great – high sales for several months afterwards. Recent reports from many authors have shown little or no tail, with sales returning to the same level as before the sale period almost immediately.
Well, I’m very happy to announce that this hasn’t been the case for me. Throughout January, I have sold an average of FIVE books a day, all at full price, and although it is starting to tail off a little now, I have yet to drop back anywhere near my pre-sale figures.
So anyone thinking of having a go at scoring a BB featured ad, I still say – go for it!