Now, do come in and help yourself to a glass of fizz. Sorry about Bonnie – down, girl!
There’s Tattinger champagne (no expense spared) or, if you’re driving, there’s Bottle Green, which is almost as good.
Oh, I forgot to mention: the party’s fancy dress! Anything to do with ‘paper’ will do – so, can you guess what I am? Yes, a paperclip! I know, clever use of silver wire, don’t you think?
But yes, it is a bit chilly. I might have to get my cardi in a minute.
The doorbell’s ringing again and Bonnie’s jumping up on everyone as they come in out of the cold. Tut tut, what would our dog trainer say?
Right, everyone load your glasses. It’s time for my ‘speech’!
‘Ting, ting!’ (that’s me knocking a pencil against a champagne flute, to get everyone’s attention).
“Thank you all very much for battling through the wind and rain to get here tonight. I know I’m not the first to publish an e-book of short stories but it’s the first one for me and I’m excited! All the stories in this collection have been published in the past, or they’ve been placed in competitions. They’re all favourites of mine and I wanted them to have a chance to ‘live’ again and for other people to read and hopefully enjoy them.
One or two might leave you with a tear in your eye but ultimately they’re uplifting and feel-good stories. They won’t give you nightmares and might even send you off to sleep with a smile on your face.
So now, some thanks. I couldn’t have done it without the encouragement of my writing buddy, Sally, who read some of these stories and gave me her invaluable feedback and is the author of Kindle Direct Publishing For Beginners, without which I wouldn’t have known where to start!
Oh, they’re playing music now (or am I getting mixed up with the Oscars..?) so I have to stop there!
Thank you all for coming and if you should be so inclined as to download my book – a mere snip at £1.99 – and enjoy it, then please would you leave a review on Amazon? Love your fancy dress outfit by the way. Did you make it yourself…?”