I hope all is well in your world. Here in Bristol things have been frantic. As always, so much to do, so little time. Although I’m happy to say, if we ignore the state the world has found itself in, I have nothing to complain about, and I’m grateful for that.
I heard some sad news this week. Susan Haughton, one of Meredith & Hodge’s first readers, died unexpectedly. She hadn’t been ill, in fact she had only just returned from a dream holiday in Alaska. Susan was only sixty-two, and she was one of the nicest people I have never met. Genuinely one of life’s nice people. She cared passionately about animal welfare. Her dog, Mia, was a rescued German Shepherd. In February it was Love your pet day, Susan commented. “Seriously? This is “Love Your Pet Day”? If that isn’t every day, then you should not have a pet.” While in Alaska she and her husband were going to the Mushers Banquet, and she told us, “We will get to meet the Mushers. Shhhh, would prefer to meet the dogs, but this is second best!”
I laughed regularly at some of the things she posted on Facebook. We shared a similar sense of humour and taste in music. We exchanged numerous emails over the years, and Susan was one of the first to put her hands up to Beta read for me. I will miss her input on the trials and tribulations of Meredith & Hodge, and having a giggle with her on Facebook. It just goes to show, that you don’t need to meet someone for them to make an impression in your life. My sincere condolences to Susan’s family, I know they will be devastated. RIP Susan.
And, now the good news . . . The winners are ….
Thank you, if you completed the recent survey on audio books. The draw for the three $10.00 Amazon cards has been made, and the winners are . . . Actually, first, I’ll share some of the results.
57% of the respondents listen to audio books, but only 27% are members of Amazon’s Audible. Of those that are members, 45% buy extra credits to purchase additional books. Only 20% leave reviews. 41% of those who do listen have stopped because they didn’t like the narrator. Of the 43 who never listen to audio books, over 82% would consider it. But only two people, a tiny percentage, would pay over 7.99 for a book.
This is all very useful information for me, so once again, if you took the time and trouble to complete the questionnaire, thank you. Your contribution is much appreciated. However, as I’m finding out, there is an awful lot invested in producing an audio book, not least time, so please, if the author and narrator have entertained you, leave a review when you have a moment. It really does help and is very much appreciated. Which brings us to the winners, the following three readers were selected at random by my hubby, and in no particular order, the winners are: Angela Herron, Jan Meredith and Diana (Evs2Hui)
Congratulations! You should receive an email later today with your eVoucher.
In other news, Terms of Affection is nearly done, yes, I know I’ve said that before, but this time I think I mean it 😉, the audio version of Misplaced Loyalty is also progressing nicely, and I’m hoping to find a way of providing a link where you can listen to a snippet. Another thing on the to do list!
Finally, huge thanks to those of you who have written to me, and or reviewed Family Matters, I’m grateful and chuffed that you enjoyed it.
That’s it for now,
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