This week I saw the draft cover of my new book, Our Beautiful Child, for the first time.
Nothing quite prepares you for opening that email - has the designer hit the right note, does the cover reflect the story, does it match your own vision of the story you've spent (up to) five years writing?
And the answer is... Yes!
Maggie Ward, who designed my cover for Cat & The Dreamer, has worked wonders on this new cover, and I'll be sharing it as soon as I have the final copy in my hand.
On the plus side, we got a new puppy - which Hubby named Artoo (nothing to do with me). He's so gorgeous, but spends a good part of his day trying to bite me. I must admit, I didn't realise just how much work a puppy was! We're under house-arrest at the moment, for another week, until his vaccinations get done... Hopefully life will be a lot easier once we get this bundle of energy out into a field!
... I broke my big toe.
Oh, okay, the truth? I cracked a small bone, and chipped another, in my big toe. It was a freak accident, and I'm really not sure how I managed to hurt the foot I did, or end up sitting on the floor with my legs folded up beneath me. I'm just grateful it wasn't caught on CCTV.
But I'm on crutches, and it's very swollen and very sore - and the dog keeps trying to bite it! So, I deserve sympathy, don't I?