Thursday, June 22, 2006

Pink Champagne and Apple Juice launch, and one good review!

Got up this morning to find a very positive review of "Pink Champagne and Apple Juice" on the Writewords (http://www.writewords.org.uk) site - thanks, Nell! You can't ever imagine how much better that has made me feel ... And because I'm so excited about it, here's the review itself:

"Pink Champagne and Apple Juice is a rollicking roller-coaster of a ride from the moment we first encounter Angie, legging it along Platform One, her mother in hot pursuit. She just makes it onto the train to the big city, leaving her mum either gesticulating or waving on the platform. ‘There, I’ve done it,’ she said to herself. ‘I’ve finally left home.’ It was only then she realized she’d forgotten to pack any knickers. The knickers turn up again – in fact knickers both actual and metaphorical pop up (and down) fairly frequently before the end of the story. All the ingredients needed for a few hours escape from the mundane are here: there’s John, Angie’s transvestite uncle, concealing more than his sexuality beneath the paint and feathers; a gorgeous French waiter called Philippe; Heinrich, an intimidating German chef and the colourful staff and clientele of The Den Nightclub, as well as Angie herself, trying her wings for size and creating chaos in the process. But nothing and nobody in this novel, except possibly Angie herself, are quite what they seem. There are lessons to be learned, family secrets to be uncovered and a way to be made in the big wide world that’s so different from the quiet Essex village she’s abandoned. The writing carried me along at a cracking pace, and I laughed aloud more than once. Anne Brooke makes it look so easy. An enjoyable and light-hearted read and the perfect holiday novel or pick-me-up for a grey day. I couldn’t put it down and finished it in a single sitting. Pure escapism!"

Hey, that made me feel good. I've read it so many times now I could probably recite it verbatim. Which just goes to show how sad and needy writers are. No surprises there then.

Popped into Godalming and signed five copies of Champers for Ottakar's (thank you, Kevin and Sarah!), who were sweetness itself. Then ran the uninterested gauntlet of "The Surrey Bookshop". Goodness me, that was like getting blood out of a stone - and seeing that I am a valued customer there, I was distinctly not impressed. They barely managed to take one copy, and even then at a raised discount. Thanks a lot, guys - not. I shall definitely commence my book purchasing over the road at Ottakar's then.

Lord H came home for the afternoon, and has been working on the cover of Jay Margrave's "The Gawain Quest" for Goldenford (http://www.goldenford.co.uk). Later, it will be the launch of Champers, and Jacquelynn Luben's "A Bottle of Plonk" (spot the alcoholic theme!) at the Guildford Institute, so am very nervous about that. God, I hope it's all right. I've taken 2 calming pills, and will have a secret calming spray later, so maybe it'll be fine. And talking of which, I am very much fed up with the high numbers of church people who have backed out of the launch (or not even had the decency to respond ...) at the last minute. Bad show, people. Don't you have any idea how much it means to me? It seems that as long as I do my sacristan job Sunday by Sunday, no-one actually gives a damn about what really matters to me. Sounds harsh? Hell, that's the way it feels - live with it.

And I've done my monthly round of competition entries - mainly poetry. It's always good to tick something else off the writing list.

Meanwhile, onward to the launch ... wish me luck.

Anne Brooke
http://www.annebrooke.com

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

The Surrey Bokshop is closed now so maybe you are happy. Also, did you even take the time to think that they had less of a budget to buy books than a MAJOR UK CHAIN SHOP, especially to buy books that only sell to a small cutomer base?
Well.... the big chain wins again! And I suppose that you are were only to happy to get into bed with them. This is why high streets up and down the country are dying.

Anne Brooke said...

Certainly am, hurrah! I'm delighted they closed. Waterstone's are soooo much nicer to deal with, and happy to stock our books too. Double hurrah. You should try it, tee hee!

:))

A
xxx

Jack Williamson said...

Honestly.... Ignorance like this makes me weep for the state of the world. Chain shops will do ANYTHING to get customers in. Including selling books at stupid prices that nobody can compete with. Harry Potter for 8.99 instead of the RRP of 17.99. It's a loss leader to get people into the store, and tough luck to any small enterprise that can't keep up. They LOST money HP for heavens sake! But it got the sheep like yourself into the store.
Some people really are that cheap. By the way, if you think that Waterstone's are really that warm and fuzzy bare this in mind. They don't want the smaller stores that they inherited from Ottakars and are unveiling plans to close all of the "Small Town" stores over the next 2-3 years. Godalming will then be without ANY bookshop. Hurrah indeed. No problem for you I am sure (just as I am sure you don't care), but a big problem for those cutomers that are less mobile. Let us not forget that there are now 3 Waterstone's shops within 3 miles of each other. Hmmm that seems soooo fair. Soem people will no bet happy until every highstreet in the country is full of Waterstone's, McDonalds, Disney Stores, Pizza Huts, HMV's (owners of waterstone's)ect.

Anne Brooke said...

Ooh, you have a name - good for you!! I'll send tissues - hope you're not weeping too hard, tee hee!

I really like being a cheap sheep - it's so me, dahhhlings! Or is that bahhhlings!

Looking forward to the day when Amazon rule the world - naturally!

:))

A
xxx

Simon Mills said...

I,ve been keeping an eye on these posts for a while. FANTASTIC! Lets hope AB replies with yet another witty comment that covers her rank bitterness as a Human being. GO ANNE! You're so funny.

Anne Brooke said...

At last! My true rank bitterness as a human being has been discovered!! Hurrah!! My work here is done, Carruthers, tee hee! ...

:))

A
xxx

simon mills said...

Ha! Brilliant!

Anne Brooke said...

Shucks, I'm blushing!

:))

A
xxx