Most important thing on the agenda this time around is the book launch for A Change For The Better, which is being published on 30th June 2010. I can hardly believe this will be my seventh novel. I can remember when my dream was to get one published!

Anyway, the launch is at Waterstones in Poole, Dorset at 6pm on Friday 2nd July 2010. My fabulous family and friends will be there - bless them all for their love and support - and everyone is welcome to come and raise a glass and, maybe, buy a copy of ACFTB (which has already been very favourably reviewed by thebookbag).

My new book Never Be Lonely was finally sent off to the publisher yesterday, so I hope it gets a favourable reception. I promised myself I wouldn't write another one yet - with surgery looming - but the plot for the next one is already beginning to take shape.

Following the superb RNA Awards lunch at the Royal Garden Hotel, Kensington High Street in London in March, I also enjoyed the Society of Authors regional spring lunch at the Ferndown Golf Club and then the fabulous Flair For Words Pow-Wow at the Hermitage Hotel in Bournemouth. I was asked to speak at the Pow-Wow and, as I often do, I wrote a poem for the occasion which seemed to go down very well. Finally, there was a fantastic Society of Women Writers And Journalists regional lunch at a member's beautiful riverside house in Salisbury in May.

That might seem like an awful lot of lunches in quite a short period of time, but beside the delicious food, the contact with other writers is the main attraction. Writing is quite a lonely thing to do, so it's wonderful to join up with groups of other writers to exchange news, to congratulate or commiserate and best of all to celebrate. You can't beat it!