You can't have failed to notice my slipping you a quick one this Wednesday.
Oh. You didn't notice? Well, never mind, because I shall reiterate. No, that's nothing to do with lino - why would you think it would have something to do with lino, when have I ever talked about lino? Why would you even need to know about lino?
This week, the new cover of my new book, which is new, was revealed. It looks like this: -
There. A slightly different angle from the Wednesday one, but, you know, it's a book, you can turn them round and look at them sideways if you want, and this cover is designed to allow you to do just that!
So. As you can see, it's entitled Hubble Bubble,and has a very nice picture of a cauldron, a bottle of poisonous-looking stuff and an old book, so I think that you can guess what it's about. No, it's not my book of recipes. No-one would pay for that, because most of my recipes are written on little pieces of paper and shoved into inaccessible places, for the good of mankind, although I still maintain my 'Jam and Baked Bean Rice Krispie Crunch' is a noteworthy advance in the cause of cookery.
This is a book about witchcraft. But pretty rubbish witchcraft, as practiced by a group of women who each have one specific wish they perform spells in order to get. Mainly though, it's about Holly Grey, a woman who doesn't wish for anything, because she's happy with her life the way it is, doesn't believe in any of that 'magic' twaddle and is far too busy working, visiting her brother and hanging around with her friend Megan to have time for prancing around anything at all. Let alone a cauldron.
But, you know I wrote this book? And you know my books are never simple, don't you? So this one has a lot of truly chaotic elements in, some involving actual elements - well, it snows a lot at one point. A lot. It is set in North Yorkshire, where it does sometimes snow quite a lot.
There is also a woman who works in BHS, so if cushions and lampshades are any kind of 'trigger' for you, then approach this book with caution, some bonkers people, some people who are really quite normal, a Jeep, handcuffs, motorbikes - and a Welsh journalist called Kai Rhys, who not only doesn't believe in magic, he doesn't believe in anything very much at all.
And you have to wait until June to find out what the hell it's all really about. Mwhahahhahahahhahaha!
Oh, and there's also an enormous, sticky, badly-behaved, scruffy dog called Rufus. Who's based on my dog, Tiggy, only is much, much bigger.
Imagine this, only huge. And without the laundry basket.
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