And it was such a day. On September 27th, around the Spring Equinox, my novel, But For The Grace, was launched at Aratoi in Masterton by Fraser Books. Shirley Corlett, an award-winning novelist and the convenor of our Quill writing group did me the honour of launching it with a very profound and amusing speech.
Such an excitement; relatives, old friends, new friends, acquaintances, past and present colleagues, all came and honoured my long journey with ‘that novel.’ I was so humbled by the support I received and am still receiving. .
My publishers, Ian and Diane Grant have been generous with their time in what was a busy, busy year for them but surpassed themselves that Sunday. They had been down to Featherston in the early morning hours to see the men leave on the memorial march over the Remutaka hill as young men 100 years ago to go to war. They left home at 3am and still turned up on time for the launch.
My beloved husband acted as a super capable MC, the women of my family, dear Kathryn and dear Emily sold books with the help of dear Max, while my dear friend, Janie Nott and her family provided food to go with the wine.
So many thanks to give and so much gratitude to feel.
By the way, the book is selling well and I have been excited by the conversations I’ve had with people who have read it. It should be obtainable at all good booksellers by now and still available online. If your bookseller doesn’t have it tell them they can order it from Nationwide Distributors.