Showing posts from March, 2012

I Need a Title....

I have been requested by my publisher to change the title of my upcoming novel due to be released early in 2013. They feel they need to, and I quote: 'place the book squarely within a historic context' 

They have a point, as my original choice was an emotional one linked with the heroine's personal dreams. So what would be a suitable title for an English Civil War Biographical Novel?

I need something that will make a prospective reader browsing shelves in a bookshop immediately want to read the story. [My novel is going into bookshops - yay!]

So what makes a title stand out, reflect the era of the story, its setting and the specific trials of the heroine as opposed to a general Civil War arena? I have been wandering about in a daze for the last day or so, reciting phrases aloud and scribbling in notebooks, so everyone thinks my laptop addiction has finally got to me and I have lost it.

I enlisted my agent's opinion as well, and would be interested to see what everyone …

Need A Laugh? Read This!

I read an article on this book in the papers and coincidentally heard an interview with the author, Jen Campbell on 'Open Book' on Radio 4 - it was so funny I am shamelessly quoting here - but only the tidbits she put on her own blog, so I hope she regards this as promotion not plagiarism. Jen Campbell's Blog is HERE

The book is exactly what it says on the tin, an anthology of things people are overheard saying in bookshops. Who could imagine setting out to write about that, but somehow it makes perfect sense - and it's definitely worth a look if you need cheering up or would simply like to shake your head over the odd things people say.

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Customer: Excuse me, do you have any signed copies of Shakespeare plays?
Me: Er... do you mean signed by the people who performed the play?
Customer: No, I mean signed by William Shakespeare.
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Customer: Hi, I'd like to return this book, please.
Me: Do you have the receipt?
Customer: Here.
Me: Erm, you bought this book at Wate…

How To Be A Novelist

'You write now then do you?' A face from the past waylaid me one day with a squealed, 'And how aaaaare yooooou?' across a crowded wine bar. Over Soave [her] and sparkling water [me] she probed my chequered past without giving away too much about her own and delivered the above line with a slightly bored voice.
'Um, yes. I've written a few, but they aren't all published.'
Authors are always reluctant to blow our own trumpet, because the first comment out of anyone's mouth at any sign of pride is going to be, 'I've never heard of you.'
'Oh, I never read books.' At my shocked/surprised expression she continues. 'Well, they take so long to get through don't they, when there are so many more interesting things to do. What type of books do you write?'
'Historical fiction.'
'Oooh, I could never remember all those dates and things.'
'Dates? I write about people caught up in historical events.'

FREE Book Giveaway

Anne Brear'snewly released Victorian Romance, 'To Take Her Pride',  is being offered FREE on Amazon for the next two days - Currently at No 5 in the Historical Fiction free bestseller list, I would love to help her make No 1!

Click the image for the download link.


1898 Yorkshire - Aurora Pettigrew has it all, a loving family, a nice home, a comfortable life. She’s waiting for the right man to offer her marriage, and the man for her is Reid Sinclair, heir to the Sinclair fortune and the love of her life.

But, Reid’s mother, Julia, is against the match and her ruthlessness unearths a family secret that will tear Aurora’s world apart.

Unwilling to bring shame on her family and needing answers to the allegations brought to light by Reid’s mother, Aurora begins a long journey away from home. She leaves behind all that is familiar and safe to enter a world of mean streets and poor working class.

Living in the tenements of York, surrounded by people of a class she’d never mi…

Book Plug Alert

What's a personal blog for if you can't say nice things about your friends? I want to promote one of mine who has written some fabulous stories.  She decided to self publish these two novels, and I'm impressed that she is doing well, to the extent she has been offered a foreign rights contract.

'Sultana' and 'Sultana's Legacy', both take place in Thirteenth Century Spain during the final rule of the  Muslim Kings when the marriage of Fatima, granddaughter of the Sultan of Granada, and the Sultan’s nephew Faraj, causes a civil war. Faraj, struggles to regain his lost inheritance and avenge his murdered parents. Through the rugged frontiers of southern Spain, the burgeoning Christian kingdoms in the north and the desert states of North Africa, Fatima and Faraj survive ruthless murderers and intrigues, united against common enemies bent on destroying the last Moorish dynasty.

In 'The Legacy', Faraj and Fatima are the devoted parents of a large fa…

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