Well blow my socks off!
A few days ago I received a Facebook friend request which I confirmed after looking at the person's profile and seeing that it was respectable and decent.
As usual, a little 'hello' went backwards and forwards between the two of us. But then I got a big surprise when I read this :-
"Thank you Carmen for your add and pleasure to meet you as well. Would like to say that I have actually read your first book of The Owners here in Australia after my partner read it and it was quiet enjoyable and I like the way you bring all the characters into their own form and existence...Sorry haven't had much time on my hands to go and read the other 2 as yet but I'm sure I'll find time."
The reason I was so surprised was because it was a response from Australia, that land so far away, which my great-great-grandmother emigrated to on the £10 assisted passage way back in the 60s.
Australia is a land I have always dreamed of visiting, with it's warm climate and white clean beaches, vast outdoor spaces and almost daily barbeques. And maybe...just maybe...if my book can reach those warm Antipodean shores, maybe I will manage it someday too!
Keep that surf going Australia....I'll get there yet!