I’m back!

Hello! Anyone there? I know, I know… it’s been a while. How’re you doing?

Personally, I’m very confused about all these new WordPress features. And at the moment, it doesn’t take much to confuse me. I’m in the middle of writing a new novel, I’ve got edits of another to figure out and – you might have heard – I’ve got a new book out in July!

Who-hoo!!!! A novel!

It’s a strange time to be releasing a book doing anything close to normal. Here in the UK we’ve been under vague lockdown orders, which in the past couple of weeks have become even more vague. Shops are shut, my usual coffee shop haunts are shut. In the past two months, I’ve only been out of the house to walk the dog, and I’ve only set foot in three shops over the past two months. What’s it like where you are?

Grace & Serenity

Due out 7th July

Available for pre-order at Vine Leaves Press, with links to all your favourite retailers

Also lurking on Goodreads and Bookbub

Living on the streets is terrifying and exhausting. Grace’s only comforts are a steady stream of vodka, and a strange little boy who’s following her around.

At nineteen, Grace has already had a child and endured an abusive marriage. But she’s also had her baby abducted by her vengeful husband and been framed as a neglectful mother. Even her own parents doubted her version of the story. So she did the only thing that made sense to her—run away.

The streets are unforgiving. Winter is drawing in. And Grace isn’t prepared for the harsh realities of survival. At her very bleakest, a Good Samaritan swoops into her life and rescues her. With a roof over her head and food in her stomach, she longs to see her baby again.

But nothing ever comes for free.

So, now I’ve dusted off this old thing, I plan to hang around for a bit. Hiatus is officially on hold! After all, I’ve got all these new features to play with, and what else does a busy author juggling three books, including a launch, need but a new distraction…

23 thoughts on “I’m back!

    1. Thanks Alex. We’re a long way off restaurants and gyms opening. As a fitness instructor, I miss the gym for work and play! Some schools for some kids will open from 1st June, but lots of them are going to remain closed. It’s hard to know what to do for the best. Enjoy the gym!


  1. Hi Annalisa – congratulations on the new novel … it sounds a disturbing, but interesting read. We’re all adjusting … I walk to town to see if I can get straight in to one of the small supermarkets and top up my supplies … otherwise walking along the promenade when it’s not too jolly cold! Today it’ll be beautiful. Good luck with all the projects … and well done with your weight lifting!! Take care – Hilary


    1. It’s certainly a dark read, but hopefully there are a few lighter moments too.

      Small supermarkets and corner shops have been so good at social distancing – our little shop has tape on the pavement to keep people 2m apart and people adhere to it. We’ve had some lovely weather recently – today is glorious, I’m looking forward to walking Artoo later.


    1. Thanks Madeline, it’s good to be back. I’ve spent an inordinate amount of time getting to grips with all of WordPress’s new features. That’ll probably be the topic of my next post 🙂


  2. Congratulations on the new book! Now’s a good time to focus on writing, seeing as how we’re literally not allowed to go to most places. I wanted to go on vacation this year, but the virus has made me nervous about traveling anywhere. I think I’ll wait until next year.

    BTW, I put an inactive email down below because it always links to my open Gmail account when I put my regular email address down on WordPress.


    1. Thank you! I’m half-way through a WIP at the moment, but having cold feet with it. I’m going to ask my hubby to read it – the silly man retrained as an English teacher, so now I assume he knows what he’s talking about 🙂

      I think putting off your travel plans is a good idea – let things settle down. Depending on where you go, there may still be plenty of restrictions this year anyway.


  3. Congrats, Annalisa! I wish I was half as prolific as you, or even a quarter. I look forward to reading it!


  4. Thanks for following my blog just now…Just for info, I had nightmares with the new WP “blocks” editor too last year. But then I started refusing it every time it offered itself and found I could carry on the old way. So far it hasn’t reared its ugly head again. Somebody said it must be because I’ve stayed in Admin mode – if so, I didn’t know that’s where I was or how I arrived there. Anyway I offer this gem of information/confusion in case it helps.


    1. I’m always up for a challenge. It’s not so bad when you get used to it, and you can still do just a straight text post, like my most recent one. I’ve got a draft post where I just played with every block and option available. I haven’t blogged for 18 months, so I couldn’t remember the old way either 🙂 Thanks for the follow back.

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