Firstly, a big thank you

I received my first cheque for A Witch In Time last week and it made my day ... or rather my lifetime. I never expected to sell as many copies as I have and whilst it wouldn't make literary news anywhere but in my household, it's really put a smile on my face and Penny's too!

I know I have all of you out there to thank for that, so, thank you all!!

I have plans to release more books into 'E' format and hope those are as well received as this one has been.

In other news, I imagine you will have guessed that we're now on-line again - at last. It's taken some getting, but here we are and we're so relieved. We were on-line briefly at the end of last week, but the wiring was so old it blew the box and we didn't get it fixed until today. Anyway, it's fixed. We have phones and internet, so despite being in rural France, technology is still possible. We have been warned about Mondays and Wednesdays however, so contact then might be a little flaky.

Life here is odd as all the plans we had went out the window. Nothing seems to be going as it should. I suppose, it is an adventure and would best be described as running like one of my stories - twisted and mostly unexpected. Now I'm beginning to understand what my characters go through. I wonder which one or ones are behind it all and what fiendish stuff they have in store for us further down the line.

I'm beginning to get to grips with the language, but then they do say that immersion is the best way to learn. I wonder how some people learn it at all since depending upon context, so many words have different meanings. Each word can have about nineteen tenses and about the only one I get right is Merde! I can usually drop that somewhere, usually to black looks from Pen, but I am interspersing it with other new words I learn.

I have discovered that whilst I understand only a fraction of what's being said, French TV is far better that the crap we were forced to watch in England. The ads are far less intrusive, fewer and further between and as a result, despite having a Sky dish put up two weeks ago, in all that time, we have watched British TV just four times and two of those were for the F1 Grand Prix races. We're currently getting hooked on Roland Garros, though are sad to see that Andy Murray isn't playing. Just two days in and we've already seen some stunning tennis.

We are trying to plan a trip to Avranches later in the year to catch stage 11 of the Tour de France and if possible, get down to see my brother-in-law and his wife in Annecy to see stage 20. I think stage 11 is possible, but we might be asking a lot to see 20 as well.

Work on the house is moving ahead slowly and costing a lot more than we expected, but then again, we're finding more stuff that needs urgent attention too. I guess that's what happens when you have an old house.

Anyway, I guess it's back to work on some more stories, housework, DIY (Destroy It Yourself) and getting used to that Gallic timbre all around me.

Thanks again for the support!

Nick