Archive | June, 2012

Join THE GLIMPSE book party!

7 Jun

My book officially launches today! (Throws confetti). After years of dreaming about this, it seems pretty surreal.

80s Party--Confetti angel

To celebrate The Glimpse book birthday, I’ve decided I want to do something you can all take part in. So I’m going to be doing a giveaway with a special, one-of-a-kind Gimpse Birthday Prize.


A star necklace (an important icon in The Glimpse) and a signed copy of the book.



To win this gorgeous star necklace AND signed copy of The Glimpse all you have to do is:

a.) For 1 point tweet: The Glimpse @clairemerle is celebrating her first book birthday TODAY! Join the party & win prizes:

b.) For 1 point: Like my author facebook page and leave a comment to let me know you want an extra point for the Glimpse birthday prize.

The winner will be chosen at random tomorrow, 8th June at 10.a.m. French time.

IN ADDITION to celebrate The Glimpse birthday,  for TODAY only, I will send anyone who purchases a copy of The Glimpse a signed bookplate!

Email me at, with a copy of your receipt dated 7th June. (Doesn’t matter where you purchase from as long as the receipt in the 7th June & the name of the book is on the receipt.) The book must be paperback (otherwise you’ll have nothing to stick the bookplate into!) Though purchase must be made between 7th June, you can email me with your receipt up until 10th June.

If you are purchasing online you can buy from these retailers: U.K., U.S.,  Australia, Canada, Germany, Worldwide.


What a debuting author does the day before her book hits the shops:

6 Jun

Propping myself up on my elbows I squint at the clock on the far shelf – 7 a.m. It’s Wednesday and as I live in France that means no school for my boys. (Yes, they have EVERY Wednesday off.) No sounds come from next door in the boys’ bedroom, so I lie back down just for a minute, close my eyes, and the next thing I know it is 8 a.m. Leaving my husband still in bed, I creep down stairs and make myself some coffee, flip open the computer, check twitter (Wow, a year ago I didn’t even understand the concept of twitter – help!) Then I start work on writing posts for my book blog tour.

At 8.30 a.m. the boys trundle down the stairs, my three-year-old demanding that I ‘heat him up’ with ‘the cuddles’. I oblige. Make more coffee. Sneak my computer upstairs to my little office. Check Face Book. Husband comes and peeks head around the door for good morning kiss. (Wishful thinking) Husband goes downstairs to see the boys.  OK, he’s sorting the boys out with breakfast, I’ll let him off. Now he’s coming back up for his shower. I’m working – promise. Eventually, he comes in at 9.30 a.m. for a morning/ goodbye kiss. Once he’s gone, I jump into the shower, pack the boys up and drive to my dad’s. My dad’s about to go to Greece for four months and this is the last chance we’ll get to see him for a while.

By a strange twist of fate, my dad married a Bulgarian/French woman and moved to France six years ago, (four years after I moved here). He then bought a house on the river in the countryside five minutes from where I got married!

I spend the day relaxing, playing with my boys, chatting to my step-mum and dad, and going for a long walk. When we get back I check my emails and find out my book has been chosen as the editors’ pick for best books of the month on Amazon UK. Whoop! Whoop!

Great ‘wind down’ day. OK, I’m ready…