10 March 2011

I May Be Some Time

Hello lovely Fat Girl on the Run Readers

As you might remember, I have been completely consumed over the past few months with this new project thingy at work I've been working on ....

And to be honest - I am still absolutely up to the very top of my eyeballs with it all. Don't get me wrong, I'm having the very best time of my life, but I am truly struggling to find the time to do anything here on Fat Girl.

So for the time being I'm going to sign off of the blog - but you can, if you so wish, find me over on the booksandthecity.co.uk website with my monthly column, on facebook as BookMinx Sjv and @bookminxsjv on twitter.

I've loved talking to you over the past few years, so thanks for listening.

Fat Girl, Over and Out.

14 February 2011

Books and the City

So, remember that thing I told you about, the secret project I was working on that was super hush hush... well, we launched today!

Do take a look, and let me know what you think.

8 February 2011

What's not to like?

Win 2 return flights to New York with Air France and 3 nights accommodation at the Hotel on Rivington including breakfast!

To celebrate the publication of Adriana Trigiani’s Encore Valentine, S&S are giving you (yes YOU!) the chance to win a trip to New York courtesy of Air France and Hotel on Rivington.

Go on, you know you want to....

4 February 2011

And another thing...

The lovely Jane Costello is looking for some readers to star in a promo video for her brand new book - Girl On The Run. If you’re interested, simply upload a video of yourself on YouTube answering the following questions:
1. What do you enjoy about her novels?
2. Which is your favourite Jane Costello book and why?
3. Who is your favourite Jane Costello character?
Then, email the link to jane@janecostello.com – those chosen to appear will receive a signed copy of the new book… and her eternal gratitude! x
So, to celebrate Pay Day last week, I treated myself to a long overdue Book Buy and ordered 16 gorgeous glittery, flittery, embossed, spot UV’d PB’s. Box one was delivered on Wednesday…

Here are my jacket highlights:

The design and font of the authors name -

The embossed title -

The continuing branding -

The flitter on the snowflakes -

The raised gold embossing -

The illustration -

The (quite rare these days) photographic look -

Everything! -

Have started on the Harriet Evans - and as expected, am completely in love with it already.

In other news:

Have a look at a great video Adriana Trigiani has posted for us...Encore Valentine is out in time for Valentines Day (keep your eye on my blog, twitter and facebook pages for an exclusive competition coming soon...) Click Here

Talking of Valentines Day - who wouldn't want to receive a box of these instead of a crumby (see what I did there?) old bouquet?

And those lovely people from Penguin have launched a competition to win a t-shirt in celebration of the paperback launch of Marian Keyes latest book - The Brightest Star in the Sky...

25 January 2011

What Have I Been Doing?

I’ll tell you what I’ve been doing…

I did my civic duty (under duress I may add) and sat on Jury Service for the first time. Now, in the interest of my own private security I’m not going to reveal the case I was on on my second week – but suffice to say, the national press have reported on the case in great detail, and yes, the defendant was as guilty as a guilty person can be, wearing a guilty hat and coat, sitting in the guilty chair, drinking a cup of guilty coffee and reading a guilty book.

I finished that brilliant manuscript we are publishing late this year. The title hasn’t been decided as yet, but it’s an absolute joy, very romantic, very nostalgic, very heart-warming – and Ali Harris (the author) is going to be huge.
Me and Him were invited for a rather scrumptious lunch date with Bernie S (and her people) and Lou C (and hers)and I managed to rope both of them into doing the Shine midnight marathon walk with me… bless 'em. Please sponsor me at the Just Giving site, if you can spare a few quid, and think about all three of us come October this year, eating cakes and drinking cocktails whilst tottering around the O2!

I took The Mother to see the Matthew Bourne version of Cinderella again, and as ever, he didn’t disappoint. It’s a slightly different version to the one I first saw in 1997 (ish), but it was great, as are all the Adventures.

And finally, The Girls had a great night at Paramount to celebrate Mel's birthday. £330 bar bill worth of great night. Ah, the Roseberry Fizz champagne cocktails. Much better on the way down than the way up, according to Lorrie!

7 January 2011

New Year, New Stuff, Same Stuff

So. Christmas came and went in a puff of pj's, snacks and sofa action.... in fact, I think the very most action that took place in the Virtue household was the day we turned on the Wii, played a round of Sword Fighting (for the record, I beat him... again) and turned it off again to resume the slumped position.

I think I watched enough Poirot, Marple, Midsummer's and Columbo to last a lifetime - and I never thought that day would come.

Santa was very generous - bringing a host of gorgeous things like a weekend away, (more) Asics trainers, a Cath Kidston purse, Tiffany earrings, a new leather bag, electric toothbrush, the very softest slippers you've ever felt in your whole life and a lovely wedge of cash, and the Christmas meal with three meats and more trimmings than was entirely necessary went off without a hitch - despite forgetting the red cabbage till teatime!

And now it's back to work, back to tube delays and price hikes, rain, increased VAT, bills and the longest time till pay day.

But there is new stuff too. There's this thing at work. All a bit hush hush really till Valentine's Day... but it's kind of mine. My idea, my project, my passion. So I've got to learn some Twitter stuff, and have a Facebook fan page, and help design a microsite, and start writing some articles - and then I'll be leading it, and developing it - and running wild and free, and I'm so excited I'm fit to bursting. So if you are a tweeter (or whatever it is) I'm at @bookminxsjv - so please follow me, or whatever it is. Thanks.