The launch party of The Rose Trail was great. I had a thoroughly good time and met some great people. My reward came later in the day as I totalled three reviews (The Rose Trail went live a week or so ago). So here are the first impressions:
You are welcome to join the on-line launch party for The Rose Trail this Sunday morning, 11th December between 10 and 12 am. There will be coffee and croissants and the odd glass of Buck\’s Fizz for your virtual breakfast.
There\’ll be lots of information about the background and research for the book and lots of lovely authors to meet who are also donating some great prizes..
Join in and answer some simple quiz questions and you could win a free copy of The Rose Trail ebook. It\’s a timeslip novel set both in the present day and the English Civil War, woven together with a supernatural thread.
Just click on the link below on Sunday morning!
The Rose Trail Book Launch Party
I\’m very excited to announce that my new book, The Rose Trail, is now published!
The Rose Trail is a timeslip novel set in both the present day and during the English Civil War. The complex story weaves through both eras with a supernatural thread.
I do love a challenge and this book presented me with several. Not only was there a great deal of research for the historical section, there were five voices to convey. Fay is the narrator of the piece and a flawed and troubled character. Definitely not your average heroine.
|Click on the book cover to go straight to the Amazon page where YOU live|
The germ of the idea for this story was born many years ago. I was working as a secretary in a legal firm and had to deliver a will to a house on the Wiltshire downs. With the errand achieved, I looked around the tiny village and felt drawn to one particular dwelling. It was a beautiful house, larger than a cottage, but nothing grand. It was ancient but still stood, square and sturdy, basking in the sunshine and smiling across to the other houses skirting the village green.
As I approached its whitewashed walls, I noticed it was empty. I peered in through the warped old glass windows, tucked deep under the thatched roof. Inside was a large room with a massive fireplace at one end. The floor was uneven, made of large limestone flagstones, glossy from the hundreds of feet that had worn it smooth over time. The ground floor was only one room deep and I could see straight through into the walled garden through the window opposite.
Although the house was much humbler than the Meadowsweet Manor featured in The Rose Trail, it spoke to me of the era in which half the book is set, the English Civil War. I sensed a family at war with each other; conflicted and arguing, heard the clash of swords and the clang of armour. I remember vividly the chilling sensation that crept up my arms, making them spring goosepumps all the way up to my thumping heart.
I knew then that I would never forget the place. I wondered if I had lived there before, in that war torn age, or perhaps I would live there in the future, with a family of my own.
Neither scenario has happened, as far as I know, but the memory remains crystal clear in my mind. Instead of giving birth to children, the moment of seeing into the past has created a story.
It is my fervent wish that I have done justice to the house that spoke to me that day so many years ago and that readers will enjoy the result.
I\’m so excited to reveal the cover for my new book, The Rose Trail.
This story is a time-slip novel with both a modern and historical narrative.
The Rose Trail is coming out very soon and its publication will be announced here.
Here\’s the blurb:
Today is Remembrance Sunday and all the wonderful tributes that have taken place are both uplifting and sobering. Daffodils is my tribute to the fallen of WW1 but in a way, it\’s a homage to any person who died trying to save their country and loved ones from oppressors. The world is less certain than it has ever been in my lifetime and so I\’m honouring those generations who gave their lives so that we might live in freedom.
Daffodils is currently #free and anyone is welcome to download my take on the war that was supposed to end all wars.
Great article that I’m reblogging here as it expresses my own feelings so well.
“I work with all different types of authors, those who are hoping to secure a publishing deal, those who are chasing the self-publishing dream and even a couple who have gone on to secure a deal wit…
Thanks to Bookbub and the advert I placed with them weeks ago, Daffodils hit the No 1 position in the UK and No 2 in the US for overall free books. I was stunned when I found out on the 8th September in a snatched internet moment at a cafe. I\’m abroad in France at the moment so didn\’t even witness this awesome event in my career but I\’m still as chuffed as could be.
Daffodils is still free so grab a copy. Pleased to report lots of reviews have also come through with many readers going on to read the rest of the series.
I\’m currently working on The Rose Trail, which isn\’t connected to The Katherine Wheel Series, but I still plan to write the fourth and final book in Katy and Jem\’s story next year, if I can get all the massive amount of research completed by then. Woodbine and Ivy will complete their story and bring a conclusion that I hope will satisfy all the questions I\’ve deliberately left unanswered in Peace Lily and Speedwell.
Thanks to all the 50,000 people who have downloaded Daffodils this week. I hope that each and every one of you will enjoy the story and come back for more.
Two writers well worth getting to know
Just sharing my interview with Thorne Moore. Author of the three following brilliant books:
I have decided, after a long period of hibernation, to restart my blog, concentrating on matters of writing, authorship and books. I am beginning with a interview with fellow Honno author, Judith Barrow. Judith grew up in Saddleworth, on the Pennines, but has lived in Pembrokeshire for more than 30 years.
Judith has written the Shadows trilogy, a wonderfully evocative trilogy, the life, loves and tribulations of Mary Howarth and her family.
The story begins, in World War II, with A Pattern Of Shadows. Against a domestic background of family strife, jealousies and dramas, Mary is working as a nurse at the Granville mill that is now serving as a prisoner of war camp for Germans. The one thing she should not do is fall for a German doctor, Peter Schormann, but she does. In…
View original post 2,184 more words