Friday, 3 April 2015

Launch party - Over The Garden Fence

Today is the official launch of my short story collection, Over The Garden Fence. It's available as an ebook and paperback.

Thanks for popping in - and for wearing that fabulous hat! Would you mind describing it for those who can't see it?

Do help yourself to a drink and a snack and feel free to wander round the garden.


















Sue fills a room with white carnations to celebrate her twenty-first wedding anniversary. Yvonne looks forward to the garden party and gets hot and bothered by charming Dr Mathews' bedside manner. Maria dreads Valentine's Day with all those red roses to remind her of past hurts.

Maddie longs to visit her brother's wonderful English garden. Dare she go? Luisha Summer was once Lucy Winterbottom, almost everything about her has changed. Does she still love flowers and remember those who aided her success? Old Myrtle promises the kids a trick along with their treats, but they're too greedy to hear the warning.

Adam has the chance to help his hero, PC Mark, and prove himself a worthy deputy if he can only discover who's responsible for stealing a prize-winning marrow and three old roller skates. Will the mystery caller persuade Beverley to make time to smell the flowers? Gran's forget-me-not brooch will lead Mazie to true love... eventually.

Gardens, plants and people all have their stories. Lean over my garden fence and I'll tell you a few.


Just like Up The Garden Path, it's a collection of 24 short stories all with a vaguely garden/plant/flower/gardener connection.

The party is on my facebook page and twitter too.

I'm giving a free e-copy of the book to two participants which will be selected at random from those Gary likes best. (If you've already bought the book by then, I'll offer an alternative)

45 comments:

  1. Hope I'm not too early but I thought I'd get here before everyone else to help eat... I mean prepare... the food. My hat is my nightcap as in my haste to get here first, I forgot to take it off. Good luck with your collection and I hope you don't have a hangover when you are guest on my blog next week!

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  2. Never to early to see you, Wendy! Nice hat, very ... fluffy.

    Shall I bung some hot cross buns in the toaster?

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  3. Hi, Patsy, congratulations on the launch of your new book. I hope it sells lots and lots!
    I am wearing a rather fetching wide-brimmed floppy straw hat, with paper flowers in purple and cream and dust to one side. I bought it for my son's wedding ten years ago and have had no occasion to wear it since. Hat on head, wellies on feet for garden wandering - mad writer personified! (Well, if the cap fits...)

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    1. That's a lovely hat, Lorraine - and the purple fits into my colour scheme perfectly.

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  4. Best of luck with the book, Patsy!
    Mine is a beige floppy hat to protect me from the sun in the garden. I bought it in Japan last autumn when my face swelled up due to an allergy to the sun (not pretty)! I've brought my parasol as well :D
    Sam x

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    1. Good thing it's not too sunny today then and you look your best. Please help yourself to a cooling drink to be on the safe side though.

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  5. Congratulations on launching your new collection, Patsy - the cover is a lovely touch of spring on our dreich and miserable day here!

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    1. Thanks, Rosemary. Pretty dreich here too, today. The drinks are sunshine coloured though, so that's OK.

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  6. Good luck with the launch, Patsy. May all your seeds come into bloom!
    I'm wearing a hand knitted strawberry hat - I use it for skiing and embarrassing the children :)
    alyson

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    1. Fabulous fat, Alyson - and just perfect for a garden party.

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  7. Hi Patsy .. good luck with the launch and a great description of your 24 stories over the garden fence - bet they've tons of tales to tell too .. I'll stay around and chat, enjoy a glass, have a snack or two .. and generally enjoy the company of those at the party. My hat - an old sou'wester as it's turned murky and damp and I had to keep my curls carefully coiffeured for the party!

    Good luck though and have fun .. and congratulations .. cheers Hilary

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    1. That sou'wester is a sensible choice today, Hilary. A nice daffodil yellow colour, too.

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  8. Cheers, Patsy - I'll raise a glass of the rosado to wish you luck with Up the Garden Path. A cheese scone will go down well too.

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    1. We must have scones, Lizy - Samantha Tonge is here! Can't think why, but there are scones wherever she goes these days.

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  9. Congratulations! Wish I could come and enjoy the cheese and wine.

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    1. Not quite the same on the internet is it, Alex? Saves on the jet lag though.

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  10. Hope you are enjoying your launch, Patsy. What a lovely, sunny cover your book has. Best of luck with it. :)

    marion

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    1. It's full of lovely sunny stories, Marion!

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  11. Congratulations with the new book, Patsy. Am loving the party especially with all that amazing food. Any excuse to celebrate and wear a big hat, I say! ;-)

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    1. And what a hat it is, Jan. Is that the Easter bunny I can see hidden amongst the flowers?

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  12. I'm starving, lead me to the table...just been out in a downpour fit to float an ark! Hat? Forgot my hat didn't I, hair well and truly plastered to my head. Throw us a towel will you?
    Food! Wow! You've gone posh...yummy!

    Was I supposed to say something else? Let me think while I kick my boots off, and what do you know someone has left a newspaper lying around. Don't suppose they'll mind if I fashion myself a hat will they? Origami never my thing, but I do remember how to make a boat. Not quite the QE2, but...

    There, that'll do, I'll just pop that on my head...

    What else before I set about the nibbles then? I know, I know...Patsy? Where are you?


    Congratulations! I remembered! Happy Publication Day my friend. I'm wishing you every success.

    Now, where is the cheese?

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    1. No, not the QE2, from some angles it looks quite like the Titanic though - especially the bits I spilled wine on, sorry about that - dreadful waste!

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  13. Look at all the food and drink, :-D What a good hostess you are. Congratulations on the release of your collection.

    As for my hat, when I'm outside it's whatever ball cap I grab--hubs has banned the use of his Navy ball caps and son has been known to come out and pluck his rock band ball caps from off my head (he even hides his rock t-shirts, can you imagine that?). I also have several straw hats but if the wind is blowing they don't stay on as well as a ball cap.

    Sia McKye Over Coffee

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    1. You were wise to stick with a stays-on-your-head ball cap, Sia. It looks very fetchy on you too.

      There's plenty more food - help yourself.

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  14. Woop Woop!! I'm jumping up and down for you. (did that sound right?)

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  15. Congratulations, Patsy. Nice cover. Looking forward to reading it.

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  16. Good luck with your collection, Patsy and thanks for inviting me! I've come straight from the swimming pool (yes, open on Good Friday!) - sorry about the drips - so I've still got my swimming hat on. Yes, it's very apt, isn't it, with the big daisies all over it? And of course, it doesn't matter about the weather because I'm already wet! Now, I've worked up quite an appetite, swimming all those lengths, so if you could just point me in the direction of the refreshments...

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    1. Wonderful hat, Helen. So iconic.

      Slice of pizza? Better make it a couple after all that exercise ... and maybe some cake and a drink?

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  17. *Wanders around in a wide-rimmed straw hat with blue ribbons* Fabulous party, dear! All the best with your book release. :-)

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    1. And not just any blue - they're a perfect match for the cover, Misha.

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  18. Wonderful party, Patsy. I'm wearing a huge hat covered with Easter eggs, because I know you like chocolate and I love big hats. I'll have a glass of that champagne, please, to toast the success of your new book. Cheers!

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    1. Oooh, is that a chocolate button egg? My favourite! Um, shall I put your hat over here to keep it safe? I'd really hate anything to fall off and get eaten. Yes that's right, you go through there and help yourself to a drink and I'll look after it for you.

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  19. Congratulations on your new book. I love the theme. I was going to wear my straw hat, but the weather here made the hat a client knitted for me this week more appropriate - a sort of beanie but in chunky black wool. It's rather fab!

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    1. Sounds rather nice, Lindsay. Cosy too I should think.

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  20. Congratulations!!! I wish you much success and many sales. :) My hat has pens dangling off the edges like fringe. And over the straw is a paper mache of antique book pages.

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    1. Gosh it's a work of art, Chrys. I love it.

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  21. Ignore me, I'm just going through your bin looking for part empty bottles and draining the dregs. Sorry I missed the party yesterday. Congratulations on the publication!

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    1. Come in, Beatrice - I over catered* as usual so there's food and wine left over.

      *so I can carry on the party for three days.

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  22. Congrats on another launch! Your covers are a ray of sunshine. And the wine and munchies--ooh-la-lah! Perfect. :)

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  23. Congratulations on the newest addition to your published books, Patsy.

    I'm sure all the wine and munchies have gone by now- they looked wonderful.

    Hope you get lots of copies sold, both digital and print.

    Happy Easter. :-)

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    1. Thanks, Carol.

      Sorry, not many refreshments left now.

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Thanks so much for commenting!