I am a bit shocked and horrified to discover it is over 3 months since I wrote a blog post, and I am becoming one of those bloggers who has to start every post with an apology that it’s been so long since the last one. So sorry, dear blog followers, I shall try to do better!
So in the last post I was between novels. Since then I have completed two rounds of edits on the ‘Irish novel’, which does have a title now but not one I am allowed to share just yet! I’m waiting to hear back from my publisher on the latest edits, and also to hear when it’ll be put up for preorder. I will, of course, announce it here!
And I am now 20,000 words in to the next one, working title ‘Drowned Village’. So there’s been plenty of writing going on in this house, if not any blogging.
And in another snippet of news, my book The Daughters of Red Hill Hall has been included in Amazon’s December monthly deals, so is priced at just 99p for the next 3o days. Go on, treat yourself!
Oh dear it has been over a month since I posted anything on this blog. I had a fortnight’s holiday in Ireland in May, travelling round in our campervan, and I feel as though I have barely stopped moving since.
There is a little bit of bookish news to share – The Emerald Comb is currently on an Amazon promotion – 99p on Amazon.co.uk until the end of this month. Grab it while you can!
As a result of this, I now have TWO books with best seller flags which is extremely pleasing. Obviously I needed a screenshot of this – and here it is.
While in Ireland we toured the south-west corner – counties Cork and Kerry. This is where my next novel is mostly set, so I found it very inspiring. No date yet for publication but I will let you know when I have one.
Gertie (our campervan) turned out to be perfect – better than we’d dared dream. I love everything about her. Just as well, because next year we plan to spend six months touring Europe in her! Here she is parked at the foot of Carrauntoohil, Ireland’s highest mountain, which we climbed on a beautiful and memorable day. That’s me, just before we set off.
Delighted to announce my blog tour, hosted by Neverland Blog Tours, begins on Monday! See the poster above for details of the sites I’m visiting. There will be a mixture of reviews and blog posts related to my new book.
I’ll post links to all reviews and articles on the Daughters of Red Hill Hall page here on this website, as they appear.
At last, The Daughters of Red Hill Hall has been published, and is out there in the big wide world! It feels like ages since my last publication – well, it is over a year. Before that I published 6 books in 2 years (including my self-published books for writers). I’m writing more than ever, but full-length novels simply take longer to complete!
Anyway – I am delighted to be able to say this one’s now available, and am looking forward to finding out what people think of it. I will link to related blog posts and reviews on the dedicated page for this novel – click the link at the top of this page.
If you read the book and enjoy it, please do leave a brief review on Amazon. I’d really appreciate it as it does help future sales.
I’ve spent half the day on Twitter and Facebook announcing the publication, and this evening I think I might just have to celebrate with a glass or two of something fizzy (and I don’t mean lemonade!)
There are, I think, three stages in a writer’s relationship with writing magazines such as Writers’ Forum or Writing Magazine.
- As a beginner writer you buy them, read them cover to cover and learn a lot from them. You dream of the day when your work, even just a reader’s letter, is published in the magazine.
- As a writer who’s beginning to submit their work, you enter competitions featured in them, send in letters, fillers and article proposals. Some are published. You dream of the day when the articles are about you, not by you.
- As an established writer you are interviewed for features in the magazine, and buy the magazine to see what the journalist has said about you.
I seem to be somewhere between 2 and 3 at the moment – am delighted to have been featured in a article by Simon Whaley on how best to make use of the Leap Day this year (Writing Magazine, February 2016). He’s written about me because of my little time management book for writers – Give Up Ironing. That issue is in the shops now.
For no real reason, just that my books are selling well and I feel like celebrating, I’m running a little competition to give away the goodies in the photo below – a mug with my book covers on, a fridge magnet and a signed postcard.
For a chance to win, just leave me a comment here, or go on over to my author page on Facebook and comment there.
I’ll draw the winner from a hat on Sunday 17th January.
Good luck, & may the best commenter win!
For a limited time only, my novel The Pearl Locket is FREE on Amazon UK! I’ll be promoting it like mad – would love to see it at the top of the free charts, so please help me out here with a bit of sharing or retweeting!
I found this GIF which I think reflects the book well – moonlight across the sea was an image I thought about a lot when I was writing the book. Pretty isn’t it?
I think that’s the right term – not having gone to the kind of school where they taught Latin I’m not 100% sure…. but what I am trying to say is where the blimming heck has October gone? One minute I’m up a mountain celebrating a big birthday at the start of the month, and suddenly it’s almost Halloween and we haven’t even stocked up on trick-or-treat sweets yet…
And all month I have been meaning to post here to say that my novel The Emerald Comb is currently on a 99p Amazon promotion. There are a few days left, so time to get it if you want to.
So here’s a little poster I made to advertise it. I really ought to spend more time and effort on promotion but until I get a Time Turner for Christmas (I asked for one) that’s not going to be possible.
Alternatively, and because it is almost Halloween, why not take a look at my little Ghost Stories book? Rena George gives it a lovely little plug on her rather beautiful blog – here.
Have a spooky Halloween, everyone! I will be spending it writing – am on the last chapter of my work-in-progress and can’t wait to move on to the editing stage. Remind me I said that in a month’s time when I am sick of editing, won’t you?
I have been making heavy use of the snipping tool today, capturing screen grabs as The Pearl Locket has climbed the charts. It won’t last long, so I’m enjoying it while I can. So please excuse this horribly self-indulgent post.
Here it is, #1 in Women’s Historical Fiction. It’s also #1 in Sagas, #50 overall, and has a lovely little best-seller flag.
Updated 5pm on 25th – book has continued to climb the charts even though it is now back at full price. Here’s the current snapshot which has me even more excited! Never thought I would hit top 10!