Sunday, 19 June 2011

New Cover

I have my new cover for Culloden Spirit, being released by MuseItUp Publishing in September.  Here's a little of the blurb to pique your interest, although I shall certainly post the rest closer to release day in case I risk prospective readers either forgetting it, or be overloaded! I would love to know what everyone thinks.

Carrie Gordon's season in her native York was an unqualified success, until the young man who paid her so much attention married someone else. When her parents arrange a trip to their ancestral home in the Highlands of Scotland, Carrie is not in the best of spirits, especially when she embarrasses herself in front of an attractive man who turns out to be her cousin, Duncan McRae.

Cair Innes Castle outside Inverness is spectacular, and when Carrie encounters Ruairi McRae in the tower room, she is captivated. However, Ruairi is not what he seems and the battle he intends to fight was actually lost by his clan a hundred and fifty years before. Will Carrie be able to accept the fact she cannot be part of  Ruairi’s world?

Friday, 10 June 2011

Trencarrow Secret Released Today

I'm pleased to announce my novel Trencarrow Secret is released today, and no doubt you will all see the lovely cover Delilah Stephans designed for me popping up all over place. This is because I have nagged, cajoled and pulled in favours from all my author friends to feature it on their blog this month.

So apologies if you are all sick of it by this time next week, but hey - I'm aiming for some sales! I have some lovely offers to do reviews as well, but if anyone would like to do one for me please e-mail me here

I have put together a book blog too to give prospective readers a flavour of the story and Isabel's era here.  [Or Click the link on the right hand bar]

Book Blurb:  Isabel Hart is afraid of two things, the maze at Trencarrow where she got lost as a young child, and the lake where her brother David saved her from drowning in a boating accident.

With her twenty-first birthday and the announcement of her engagement imminent, Isabel decides it is time for her to face her demons and ventures into the maze. There she sees something which will alter her perceptions of herself and her family forever.

Isabel’s widowed aunt joins the house party, where her cousin confides she is in love with an enigmatic young man who surely cannot be what he pretends, for he is surely too dashing for homely Laura?

When Henry, Viscount Strachan and his mother arrives, ostensibly to use her ball as an arena for finding a wife, Isabel is determined not to like him.

As more secrets are revealed, Isabel doubts she has chosen the right man, although her future fiancé has more vested in this marriage than Isabel realizes and has no intention of letting her go easily.

Will Isabel be able to put her preconceptions of marriage behind her and take charge of her own life, or is her life destined to be controlled by others?

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Shadows by Jen Black

And talking about promotion, here is the beautiful cover and some information on a great Contemporary story that has some paranormal elements from Jen Black.  I haven't read this book - yet. However reading the blurb and knowing what a great writer Jen is, this one is definitely going on my 'To Read' list.

Shadows Blurb

Melissa thinks she’s taking a huge risk in going on holiday with Rory Hepburn. He may be gorgeous, but she only met him three days ago. But when she sees the old watermill in rural France, she is delighted. Within ten minutes of her arrival, she sees the man in black, but thinks nothing of it.
Concentrating more on keeping her secrets and sleeping alone, she is shocked when ghosts disturb her first night at the mill. Not just one ghost, but two. When Christophe arrives at the mill, the chic Frenchman regards Melissa as his soul mate, and Melissa knows she’s in real trouble.

A chilling tale, written with humour and drenched in the sights and perfumes of the rural Dordogne, this is a must-read tale for those who like a romance with a ghostly twist.

This is Jen’s fifth published book, and her first contemporary tale. In many ways writing about character in this century is easier than writing about people in the sixteenth or eleventh centuries. Things like brand names, distances, food and fashion are more important for today’s readers because a contemporary hairstyle speaks volumes about a character’s personality now, but much less so in the previous centuries.

It was released as an e-book In April and is available here:

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Promotion Strategy

I have this English reticence about asking for things and when it was time to promote my first two books, I was, quite honestly crap at it. I sent out obsequious little notes asking to please please take a teensy look at my work, and if you don’t have time I quite understand and I'll just scuttle back into my corner and not bother you again.  Well why should they? If I wasn’t yelling from the rooftops how good the novels are, how can I expect a stampede to read or review them?

Since then, I have had almost three years in which to participate in the promotion of my author friends’ books, and come to the realisation that on release day, which happens to be this Friday for Trencarrow Secret, book blogs everywhere feature new releases repeatedly. That it doesn’t matter if the articles are unique for each one, it’s the appearance of the cover art that makes the impression. Readers will remember a beautiful image far better than that the author's Mama put a crayon in their grubby little fist at the age of six and they had been writing ever since. [I was four by the way]

This time, I have nagged, cajoled, persuaded and called in favours from my author friends to feature my new book on their blogs, and I have sent it to all the review sites I could find to garner some opinions. Not all responded of course, but one surprising thing is that people are now canvassing me, asking if they can do a blog post on Trencarrow Secret or an interview with me.  

I’m no longer the author who hides behind the door – No I can shout too - Go on, buy it, read it – it’s good!  Did I mention the title? It's Trencarrow Secret! 

Thursday, 2 June 2011

It's Official.......

........books are on the way out.  Last night, while watching an episode of a popular American crime series-the title of which I won't mention so as not to offer free advertising - or maybe because I always swore I would never watch it - anyway - one of the characters said, 'Books are obsolete, everyone uses electronic readers these days.' I knew if I was patient and hung around long enough it would happen.

PS.  Trencarrow Secret is due to be released on 10th June....