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New Cover

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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 …

Trencarrow Secret Released Today

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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 …

Shadows by Jen Black

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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…

Promotion Strategy

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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 lit…

It's Official.......

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........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....

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