Yesterday I arrived home after a memorable Christmas and New Year in LA with my son and his family. As you know from my last post I'd been struck down with the lurghy, possibly RSV, which sadly did take the shine off things somewhat. It's final gift to me (I certainly hope it is the final gift!) was earache, which was no fun on landing at Heathrow yesterday morning. My hearing is slightly impaired but with regular doses of Ibuprofen, the pain is now easing. (If you have any advice or tips, do please share!) I hope your New Year is off to a better start for you all!
In more cheering news, there are bargains to be had for your Kindle this month! My very first book A Breath of Fresh Air (published in 1996) is currently 99p on Amazon and my most recently published novel Mothers and Daughters is also available for 99p.
I used to have smelling salts!Air hostess recommended them. Hope they help you xx
Sorry to hear you haven't been well but hope you managed to enjoy Christmas. I'm getting over a very painful ear infection and have a burst ear drum so you have my sympathy x
Very glad you are safely home xxx I hope your poor ears settle down but if they don't might be worth getting some antibiotics with them being poorly before your flight x much love & hoping to see you touring soon x
Welcome home Erica. I'm so sorry that you are still not feeling a hundred percent well. Earache is one of the most painful things, I hope it soon feels much better. So many of us had a Christmas spoiled by illness. I wish you all the best for 2023 xx
Yes I had that on returning from St. Lucia so incredibly painful - never had it ever before. My hearing was impaired and I eventually went to my GP. He gave me a steroid spray and it cleared up straight away. Hope it clears soon.x
Welcome back!!. I had problems with my ears after landing. They recovered after a week or so.
I use Sterimar Hayfever and Allergy Relief nose drops. I don't have hay-fever but they help with mucus, when it is damp and nasty weather. The drops are sea water, obviously refined. They were suggested by an ENT Nurse Practitioner, although it was my own decision to buy the allergy ones. Sterimar make two types I think.
My Gran used to make a salt water solution for me to 'sniff up'. So these are obviously based on the old idea!!!
Hope your ears feel better soon. X
Happy belated New year. Glad you are feeling better. Warm olive oil is good for earache. Take care and good luck with the writing ✍️ 😊 x
Welcome home on English soil ..
sorry you weren’t well whilst visiting your family.. I hope you recover quickly and get the best medical advice.. looking forward to reading your latest novel which I will be adding to my collection.. Happy New Year to you x
John said to tell you his tinnitus started that way. Be sure and see if your ear needs draining so you don’t get ear damage.
I can't seem to purchase kindle books on Amazon anymore, I've tried a few times recently 🤔
Welcome back 🤗 and I’m sure you enjoyed being with your family even though you weren’t 💯well.
Read it really enjoyed.Hope you get well very soon.
Happy New Year Erica. Hope you’ll be feeling well again very soon. xx
Happy New Year. Hoping you're soon 💯 % well. Love & hugs ❤️ 🤗 xx
Welcome home Erica. Our germs are much nicer than the US ones. There’s a lot going around now. Stay safe. x
Welcome back. I hope you feel better soon.
Sympathy for the ear pain on landing Erica James as I have had that same painful issue myself a few years back, however I read Mothers & Daughters over.... it's a wonderful read! As all your books are so Thank You 😁
Thank you. Get well soon. Ol as Oil and a facial steamer may help. (Pharmacist’s advice).
Happy New Year Erica, hope you get we￼ll soon I’ve had a terrible cough for nearly a week now, no sleep at all at night !
I just looked up the meaning of lurghy. I had never heard of the word (I am Canadian) even though I read a lot of British authors' (including you, Erica). Possibly we might say we had the plague, referring to a virus making the rounds at the time. Anyway, I hope you are as fit as a fiddle very soon!
Hope you're feeling better soon.
As someone who has problems with my ears aside from drops I do give myself a steam session whereby I fill a bowl with nearly boiling water with a teaspoon of vicks vapour rub dissolved in it and then place a large towel over my head close my eyes and enable the steam to ho into my nose znd ears. I find it does ease the tinnitus and blocked feeling. Hope this helps
Welcome home you have been through the wars. Hope you are feeling better soon. From a sunny but wet Cheshire xx
Welcome home and sorry to hear you have been poorly. I hope you are better soon 🥰. I'm going to buy those books xx
Happy New Year. Hope you will be feeling well soon.
Here in LA where I'm continuing my stay with my son and his family it's only mid-afternoon so a while before we'll be bringing in the New Year, but of course for many of you 2023 has already begun for you.
My stay in LA seems to have been jinxed with bad luck in that my flight here was cancelled, then the rebooked flight was delayed and from Christmas night onwards I've been feeling wretched with what my son reckons is RSV - I'm constantly exhausted and short of breath, and my throat is horribly sore. Oh, and just for fun, I've had an eye infection too. All Christmas presents I could have done without, thank you very much!
Yesterday I managed a trip out with my son and granddaughter to the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, which was beautifully tranquil. As you can see from the colour of the sky in the photos, LA is currently not looking its sunniest best, in fact the weather has been quite cool and rainy.
But the New Year beckons and so it's onwards and upwards, just as soon as I've shaken off this tiredness. I wish you all the very best for 2023, may it bring us all happiness, better health, fabulous books to read, and a world without war - Putin, take note!
P.S. Thank you each and everyone of you who responds to my posts here on FB and for your wonderful support of my books. It really means so much to me knowing that you're happy to keep reading the stories I write. ... See MoreSee Less
I visited the Arboretum about 40 years sgo, and remember inn was very impressive. There was a massuve area planted with Australian native plants and eucalypts back then, and now they are used as street plantings on the wedt coast, especially in San Diego.
The area all all looks very familiar. So much like where my other half was born & grew up before making his move to Oz 60 years ago. And he is still still here
I do hope no more jinx during your holiday and that you feel better very soon. Am also very much looking forward to the release of your next novel!!
Happy New Year.
Hoping you feel better soon my dear xxx very glad you are saying LA !! One of my favourite places in the world!! Worked there for 10yrs nearly 25rs ago, oh my goodness getting old!!! Xxx looking forward to getting your new book next year!!! 🥂
Happy New Year, hope you get well soon. Planes are like giant Petri dishes aren’t they? ❤️
Oh I’m so sorry you’re poorly. Sounds horrid. Warm water with honey lemon and fresh ginger, so soothing. Vitamin C and Zinc. The gardens look beautiful. Get well soon. Love your work.
Thankyou for the stories. 🙏♥️♥️♥️
Happy New Year to you too Erica 💖
I hope you feel better soon.
I so look forward to the release of your books - they are always an engrossing read. Thank you so much for the pleasure you give us
Wishing you a very Happy, Healthy and Prosperous 2023. Sorry the famous California weather has not turned on the sunshine for you; I live in Colorado, we have beautiful blue skies, lots of sunshine....shining brightly on the snow - with more of the white stuff on the way tomorrow 😀 I hope you start feeling better soon, have you had a COVID test at an Urgent Care facility? if their test is negative, then you are!
Happy Mew Year Erica. Hope you feel better soon. Just got up this morning to begin a new book, on New Year’s Day, one of yours! Just love your books! Thank you for sharing your gift.
Happy new year Erica! You've not got Strep A have you? Might be an Idea to get it checked out, hope your feeling better soon. Regards to all your family. Xx
Beautiful photos. I hope you feel better very soon. ❤️
Happy New Year Erica. I am so sorry you have been so ill, it is so debilitating. I hope that LA turns on the light for you very soon.
The photos are fabulous, I am glad you managed to get out and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.
Have a great 2023.
HappyNew Year Erica, sounds like you have covid. I hope you are feeling better soon and can enjoy your break with your son and his family XX
Happy New year to you, hope you're better soon, so looking forward to reading your new book. X
Happy New Year to you. Thank you for all your glorious books, I think I’ve read them all with The Holiday being one of my all time favourite books. Looking forward to the next one
Happy new year Erica. Sorry to hear you are so unwell. It certainly sounds like RSV and takes weeks to go, so I hope you feel better soon. Enjoy the rest of your stay xxxx
Looks wonderful. Happy new year x
Sorry to hear you have been unwell. Hope you get better soon. Happy New year to you Erica. So looking forward to reading the few remaining books of yours that I haven't read xx
Sorry you have been unwell. I hope you soon improve. Healthy happy New year.
Oh dear Erica poor you! There are a lot of similar infections here, my daughter was due to fly to Seattle Saturday ( works for BA) but went sick with tonsillitis and conjunctivitis! Luckily, she’d been delayed in Boston a couple of weeks ago, which meant she couldn’t do her next scheduled flight which was to LA! Same time as you! It’s all rather chaotic at present, I bet you can’t wait to get home to your own bed! Good luck xx
Get better soon Erica. Not nice being I’ll on holiday. A Happy NewYear to you and yours xx
Best wishes for a speedy recovery and a Happy New Year! Love your books! Always looking forward to the next book! 😘📚
Happy New Year to you and your loved ones from Australia....Hope you feel better soon...can't enjoy your family and trip when you're not well...☹...(A hot toddy might make you feel a little better...or 2)🎆🎇✨🎆🎇✨👋👋👋👋🇦🇺🐨🦘
You keep writing, we’ll certainly keep reading!! Do hope you feel better very soon. Happy New Year 🥳
So very sorry to see that you have been under par since your arrival. So awful when you had so looked forward to your time there..Wishing you a speedy recovery and a Happy and HEALTHY 2023. xxx
Such a shame you've been poorly! Love LA, enjoy your time there, Happy New Year 🎉
To all my followers and loyal readers here on FB, I wish each and everyone of you, wherever you are in the world and however you celebrate this time of year, a truly wonderful Christmas.
I'm experiencing a very different Christmas this year as I'm spending the festive period with my son and his family in Los Angeles. At one stage I didn't think I was going to make it as while queuing up to check in at Heathrow on Tuesday morning, I learnt that my British Airways flight to LA was cancelled because of an IT glitch. I was then booked onto a flight for the following afternoon, only for that to be delayed. All in all I spent 48 hours at the airport complex and it was such a relief finally to arrive in LA and see my son waiting for me in the arrivals hall.
But happily all that is behind me and I'm now having a brilliant time with my son and his wife and my grandchildren. As I write this, it's Christmas Eve afternoon (and 25c!) and we're preparing for Santa to show up late tonight when the children are fast asleep. There may still be some last minute wrapping to be done ...
A most Merry Christmas to you, Erica. Thank you for the many Boxing Day reading sessions I’ve enjoyed over the years! My favourite day of Christmas! 📚🎄🎄
Happy Christmas to you and family. Glad you got there eventually. Our daughter used to live in Laguna Hills but is home now. Just reading Mothers and daughters. Enjoy your time in the ☀️
Happy Christmas Erica! Glad you made it eventually! It’s heating up here while u have the cold! Have a special time in LA and let yourself be looked after. Christmas Day here and I’m home alone for now but going to Beth and Mel’s for dinner. They have 4 dogs and six cats so sure won’t be lonely there. They only 15 mins away. Have a special day and love from Tasmania… Jeanne xx
Good luck on your return journey too. But then full of the Christmas love from your family. xxx
Merry Christmas Erica. Thanks for work…. May your books be read on beaches all over the world. JD
So happy you’re spending the holidays on our side of the ocean. And glad you’re on that side of the country. Happy Holidays from Illinois where the temperatures are sub-zero.
Hope you are enjoying your day with your family.I am spending Christmas Day with my Grandson also my Great great grandchildren Twins one boy & one girl.
Thanks Erica have a lovely time with your son his wife and your grandkids on christmas day and best wishes for a wonderful new year too
Happy Christmas and glad you are spending time with you son. I am too but in a very grey Framlingham 😂. Have a super time.
Merry Christmas Erica dear xxx So Happy you are safely in L.A xxx much love Anne xxx
Have a wonderful time Erica I’m so envious of you as my daughter lives in LA but I can’t afford to go there to see her at the moment! Xx
Merry Christmas Erica. You're in my time zone now, just about 1200 miles north of you.
Glad you arrived safely - enjoy your family! 🎄
how exciting for you and glad you arrived safely. Merry Christmas xx
Have a peaceful and joyfully Christmas Erica
Merry Christmas Erica.
Have a wonderful family Christmas and thank you again for bring so much pleasure with your magical books 💖
Happy Christmas to you too Erica. Have a fabulous time with your family. 🎄🎅🎁❤️x
Merry Christmas, have a wonderful holiday with your lovely family 🎄 xx
Wishing you a lovely Christmas with your family Erica 💚❤️. Mothers and Daughters is my holiday read! Festive greetings from Wellington, New Zealand
Happy Christmas to you and your family. Enjoy yourselves.
Merry Christmas to you & yours. Have a wonderful time with Child1 & his family 🎄🎅🏻🥂xx
How wonderful you have seen both your sons this year. Have a merry Christmas all of you. X
Wishing you and your family a very Happy Christmas xx
In my last post I shared with you the artwork for my new book - A Secret Garden Affair - and today I have these amazing proof copies to show you. I can honestly say that in all the years I've been published, these are the most beautiful proof copies I've ever received. My publishers HQ Stories have done a wonderful job and I can't praise them enough.
Come the New Year I think we should have a little competition for two lucky readers to receive a proof copy ahead of publication, that's if you'd like me to do that! I shan't do it now because there's so much going on in the run up to Christmas and the post is a little chaotic too, and anyway it might be nice to have something to look forward to in January.
Anyone watching the England v France match this evening? I for one shall be on my sofa with a drink and a few snacks to calm the nerves, especially if it goes to penalties!
Absolutely I love your books and miss sharing them with my mum who we sadly lost suddenly this year. We have read and thoroughly everyone of them x
Beautiful cover. Can’t wait for the new book. I’ve read everyone of your books as you know. Going to order Mothers and Daughters. Have a great Christmas in California with your family xx
Absolutely amazing cover, love it, ( to be honest though I'd be excited about any cover on one of your books 🤣😂) can't wait for it to come out👍💕💕
That competition is a Great Idea!! Beautiful cover x very impressed!! Will be watching the match but am presently Celebrating being able to get in our bath after four months recovering from a Very Successful Knee replacement!!! Love love love a Bath!! Xxx
Hello Erica, I’m looking forward to your next book , I’m a great fan
Hello Erica. I have been a huge fan of your books for many years and can’t wait to get my hands on this one. I too am watching the World Cup live in sunny Queensland, Australia. It’s just after 6 am here. Go England! (And I love baths!).
I would love a proof copy! Please please do the competition! Merry Christmas Erica
Absolutely beautiful. Jeepers do you have to choose?!!!!
Looking forward to reading the book but I love your cushion.Will certainly be watching the match finger's x
It is a beautiful cover Erica. Your competition will be fun too. Yep, wine, curled up on the recliner and football......could definitely be a nail biter!
Book covers definitely lead me to buying a book and this is a beaut! Though any book of yours will always be on my list. Snacks and vino are at the ready, as am I! Good luck England!
Looking forward to this Erica… loving the cover .. may even enter your competition x
The cover is wonderful. I love it ❤
Not the result I was hoping for Erica. I had 🤞🤞🤞, but it didn't help. 😪
I love your idea, count me in please!
Beautiful, I can’t wait for the release unless I’m the lucky winner then pre release 😊. Enjoy the football Erica x
Love the cover ideas - so pretty x Always love a competition…..
Great idea. Love the proof copy of your new book x
Brilliant art work. Looking forward to reading another best seller.
Beautiful cover 😍🥰 Do you know when we can buy the book in Norway?
Beautiful artwork. Can't wait to read this! ❤️
Fabulous cover and love the competition idea 😊
oh gorgeous, love these
Beautiful art work and look forward to reading it as haven't read one that l haven't enjoyed yet.
Hi Erica James I wish it had gone to penalties but hay ho. Good luck with the book the artwork is amazing. X
Stunning book covers, very eye catching. And yes watching the football 🥳🥳🥳
Hot on the heels of my return from seeing my son, I have BIG news for you! It's been a while in the making, but it's cover reveal time for my new book to be published next spring!
A Secret Garden Affair was a joy to write and in my opinion the art department at HQ Stories have created a stunner of a cover for what will be my 25th published novel. I adore the look of it and just wish (on this dreary grey day) I could escape into that beautiful sun-filled garden.
If you'd like to pre-order a copy of the hardback/ebook here's a link. Of course, other retailers are available, but I'm not sure pre-ordering with them is available yet. Publication is currently planned for the beginning of March, however it's possible that there might be a teensy delay to that, but rest assured I will keep you updated.
I love reading about your life and your adventures! I was very friendly with Marcia Willett you may have heard of her and her work with stories based in her beloved Devon. She communicated very like you with tales of her adventures and we shared music particularly the summer Proms. She contracted cancer and refused treatment and she died in June this last year. I miss her so much.
Thank you for all your wonderful books i have enjoyed them all.
Also one of my sons im law is a sports photographer who does mainly F1 I know you love it. Have a look at his FB page Clive Mason you will enjoy his photographs.
Thank you Erica
Lovely cover Erica. Looking forward to reading your new book. Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Love Diane xx
Ooh, so exciting! I'll look forward to that - and maybe I can get my daughter to buy it for me for Mother's Day (win win!) 😊
Wow, 25 best sellers! Congratulations 🎊
Yippee! I love your books and am excited to read this! 📚😊👍
I usually can’t pre order from the US...they don’t come out here as early. But I’ll try!
Gosh it doesn’t seem five minutes since Mothers and Daughters was getting us all excited 😆 Something to look forward to. X
Beautiful cover.Looking forward to reading your new book x
Beautiful cover, makes me think of warm sunny days in the garden. Looking forward to reading it.
Best cover ever, love it ❤️
If you've enjoyed writing the novel, we really have a lovely read to look forward to :).
Made my day!! How exciting. The cover is beautiful x
Hello, hello, I'm back from a wonderful week visiting my son in Japan! After not being able to see him for three years, thanks to Covid, it was such a special moment when I finally flung myself at him in the arrivals hall at Haneda airport.
Every minute of my visit was precious and we certainly made the most of the days travelling from Tokyo to Kyoto and Nara before heading back to Tokyo for me to fly home. When it was time to say goodbye I managed to keep a hold of myself with only a few tears and a wobbly lip, but it took all of my strength not to embarrass us both!
Japan has not really got itself up to full speed for tourists yet, they only lifted their restrictions for independent tourists last month, but the service was as excellent as ever. I'd say 99% of Japanese wore masks in all public places, and that was inside or outside, the only ones who tended not to were westerners which I thought was bad manners. Most of the places we visited were fairly quiet, apart from the Kiyomizu-dera Temple (as shown in the first photo) but then it was a national day of holiday. The place was absolutely heaving, but you can see why from the photo, it was just so beautiful.
Look away now if you don't want to see a squillion holiday snaps, because here they come! Oh, and Samuel gave me permission to post a photo of us together, and you'll see it at the end of the selection, if you make it that far!
My daughter lived and worked there for 5 years where she met and married her husband who had lived there for nine years…both were teaching English ..they both love Japan
So happy that you finally got to go to Japan & visit Child2…..3 years is a long time! Beautiful photos and I agree that tourists should be wearing masks outdoors as the locals do. AND, lovely pic of you & I assume Child2 🥰
beautiful photos and I seem to remember they wore masks before the covid restrictions
How wonderful. I’m so glad you were able to see him. (But does this mean you missed the last race?😉)
Just beautiful and I’m sure you had an amazing time with your family 👌🏻🤗
Stunning photos. Thank you for sharing them. The love between mother and son - priceless 💙
Fab photos Erica. Were you also gathering info for a future book as well as seeing family?
How lovely you got to catch up with your son again. Interesting to hear how Japan is opening up again slowly. I’ve been to Kyoto and Nara. Are the deer still roaming in the park there?
So pleased you managed to see your son in Japan.. what a fascinating country! My daughter visited a few years ago and loved the culture, the people and the scenery..
This is a wonderful post Erica. I know how it has been for you over lock down. Our son has been there for 6 years and the last time we were there was 2019! However he did manage to visit us this August and it was fantastic! You, like us opted not to go through the almost impossible task of getting a special visa to visit in lockdown! We should have renamed Japan Alcatraz 🤣🤣. Xxx
What a special moment for you both. Looks an amazing country. X
Hi Erica glad you had a great time, I know how I felt when I saw my niece in the summer, hadn't seen her for 2 years, very tearful and she's only in Bedfordshire.
Welcome back Erica. So glad you had an amazing time. The photos are amazing. It all looks so lovely. Such special memories made I can imagine. Let’s hope it’s not so long this time till you can go and see you son again. xx
Hi Erica, so pleased you got to see Samuel you are so alike, and the colours are so vivid in your pictures. Glad all was well x
Beautiful photos thank you for sharing them
Such wonderful photos, I’m so glad you got to spend time with your son and in such a beautiful place too xx
Lovely photos, so pleased for you. 😀
It looks a beautiful country Erica and you and your son look so happy, so pleased you had such a great time.
Wonderful that you were finally able to get together and beautiful photos.
What a beautiful country! Thank you for sharing such fabulous pics!
Lovely photos Erica, especially the one of you and your son together. ❤️
Such wonderful scenery , amazing colours.. Delighted that you have had some special time with your son after such a LONG wait....Family time is so precious! xx
Wow wonderful photos thanks for sharing the. Bet it was a wonderful reunion after so long xxx
It must have been a fantastic x heart felt
Reunion Blessings I pray the partings will
Return to closer much more visits Amen x D
So pleased you had such a wonderful time. Your photos are lovely, the colours are beautiful. Your son looks great.