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With the Romance Writers Conference just a page-turn away, it’s on to the last minute tweaking of Pitch proposals and Elevator length, spell-binding book blurbs.

Visiting Monaco again for the Tennis Masters 1000 and catching up with friends from all over the globe was always going to be hard to avoid. The effort well worth the expense.

– polishing up the schoolgirl French

– the routine of using lifts at the end of tunnels and passageways carved through the rock with entrances neatly tucked away in Church entrances, help to offset the trip back up the mountain. Staircases skipped down with a smile at 8am develop a less jovial appearance on return after 4pm.

– learning to calmly negotiate the buses to ‘je ne sais ou’ and find oneself there, more often than not.

– My sporting hero Rafael Nadal has achieved “La Decima” at Monte Carlo Country Club.