Just signed Daffodils off with www.feedaread.com for the paperback version. Will have to check the first copy and then can offer it for sale. Somehow holding your own book in your hands is much more exciting than an ebook for me – and that\’s pretty exciting! It will feel so good to hold the physical version and stare at it for a few hours until I convince myself it\’s real.
Month: April 2013
The Rose Trail
I am getting excited about my new story, #The Rose Trail. It is a ghost story set against the backdrop of the Civil War but also in the present day. There is humour and tragedy and the action takes place once again, in the county of Wiltshire that I know so well.
I\’ve posted the first few chapters on #www.youwrite.on.co.uk which is a website for peer review for burgeoning writers. The first review was favourable and I can feel the energy rising to write the remainder of the story.
I\’m deeply engrossed in an A level textbook on that period. It makes fascinating reading , not least because so much of our Parliamentary process is defined by the events that took place then.
It\’s going to be a while, but The Rose Trail is on its way.
Latest review for Daffodils
I\’m thrilled, gratified, satisfied and generally chuffed to bits with this latest review. Yes, I\’m grateful for 5 stars but more than that, this reader really got what motivated me to write this story. It was an ambitious aim – to show how country life in the depths of Wiltshire was irrevocably changed by this massive war. How no family, high or low born, was untouched. How life was tough for the working classes and how the gaps between them and their employers narrowed through the crisis caused by global conflict. THis is an intelligent review by a thoughtful reader.
Here it is:
Alex Martin has clearly done her research and she uses it skilfully. For me one of the great strengths of the novel is the way it brings out how at first the war seemed far removed from the concerns of the insular, parochial life of an English village in Edwardian days. As time went by, however, the juggernaut of war broke down the protective barriers of lives that had changed little in hundreds of years. It is also interesting to see how much the horrors and sacrifices of the war led the lower social orders to question and doubt the time-honoured authority of their \’betters\’. The scenes in France are particularly good in this respect.
I enjoyed The Twisted Vine, Alex Martin\’s previous romantic novel. In Daffodils, she has taken on a much more challenging subject and made a very good job of it. It will be interesting to see what she tackles next.
Kindred spirits connect across the world – Interview with Prue Batten
Daffodils is selling steadily I\’m happy to report, despite my wobble over the blurb.
This is the version I\’ve finally settled on:
new 5* review for Daffodils
This one came from the States:
Just could not put it down. A wonderful story leaving me wanting to read more. I loved The Twisted Vine also, could not put that one down either , so now I am really, really, looking forward to her next.
Lost in France
Absence due to holiday in France. We booked this week off in February, hoping that some warmth and sunshine would buck us up. It was so cold the first night when we camped at the dockside that the gas bottle froze. We had no electricity so we froze too. It stayed cold until yesterday (and I mean icy) when we had a storm with hailstones and violent winds that brought down tree branches. We have one day left so now it\’s warming up a bit – the heady heights of double figured temperatures – yes about 12 degrees – wow. The sky is still grey but there are hints of blue. Just hope the sea is smooth for tomorrow\’s ferry crossing!
Still the coffee is good and the food and we are staying next to a beautiful lake surrounded by well managed woodland and wildlife. The birdsong is amazing. It has been very peaceful and a good rest.
I have struggled and struggled to write the Blurb for Daffodils. It\’s not an easy book to encapsulate into a few crisp words and so far I have not yet hit on the right note. WW1 was a big event and the story is ambitious. It seems at first to be a simple love triangle but aims to show how society changed and in doing so, became the springboard for the way we live today. Women\’s roles were reversed by necessity as so many men were killed in battle. Little villages like Upper and Lower Cheadle were devastated by the loss of a whole generation of young men and divided over conscientious objectors.
here\’s my latest effort:
Comments would be welcome.