Hey, I hope you've had a good week.
I've been plodding on with the second draft of book five in the Allie Shenton Series. I'll be revealing the cover and the title next month and I'm excited to get it published after the response I've had for Broken Promises.
A huge thank you to everyone who has bought it, read it, messaged me about it or left an amazing review. I have literally been blown away by it all. I was so nervous about bringing Allie back and yet it seems to be what you enjoy reading as much as I enjoy writing.
Tonight, I'm off to my first book gig since the pandemic began. It's two years since all my events and book signings for Liar, Liar, were cancelled, and I've had several books published since then. So tonight, at my local library, there will be wine and cakes and a welcome back to a place I love to visit.
I've also been on a secret mission this morning. I won't tease you too much but I can't say anymore until something concrete either does, or doesn't, come of it. But let's just say I very much hope it will come to fruition!
My meeting was in the city centre, at the QUARTER, where I had tea and crumpets for breakfast. Before I went inside, I took a few photos, as it's round the corner from where Allie is 'based.'
Allie is based in the old Hanley Police Station. It's in Bethesda Street and closed a few years ago.
I can see it as I drive around Potteries Way and I often imagine Allie hard at work in her office on the first floor.
In the background, down the side of the building is 'Chimneys,' the station's imaginary pub next door. It used to be a restaurant and has an original bottle kiln as part of its makeup.
The crown court is opposite 'Bethesda Police Station.' Not too far to go from the custody suite, I imagine!
And here is where I had my meeting today, the QUARTER, in our very own Piccadilly.