It’s my 5th Birthday!

I seem to recall that after 5 years of being married, the traditional wedding anniversary gift is something made of wood.

But what about the 5th anniversary of your first book being released?

Amazingly it has been 5 years since ‘Always the Bridesmaid‘ was released in July 2009.

It would have to be something writing related… or perhaps linked to romance fiction?

Most of all it would have to be part of all of those “first” moments.

Like the time you open your first box of author copies.

And then you have your book launch at your local RNA chapter with the pals who supported you when you were still slaving at the day job and writing in every spare moment? And yes, the chapeau is a Nina one-off creation.

The icing on the cake? When “Always the Bridesmaid”- my debut book – was shortlisted for the RNA Pure Passions awards. A wonderful chance to share the fun and excitement with my pals such as the lovely Kate Hardy and Rosie Dean and fellow shortlisted author Nell Dixon who won the award.


Amazing to think that “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Boss” is my 18th romance for Harlequin!

Since then there have been more wonderful moments and fantastic times but you never forget the first. So perhaps the best present would be a photo album to capture those moments which represent the culmination of a lifetime of reading and writing.

So. Raising my beaker of tea to the screen. Here is to the next 5 years!