Not long now for the release of the paperback of Dangerous Decisions. I am really looking forward to it, especially as the novel will go straight into WHS Travel. I have been busy working on publicity and promotion, and will be guest blogging during the next couple of months or so. It would be so lovely to have readers' comments - details and links will soon appear on my website's page for Dangerous Decisions.
Happy Christmas preparations . . .
And yes, I am able to praise the Indian summer we've had. Such lovely days of autumn sunshine and warmth. It will definitely make the winter seem shorter, so let's hope we have an early spring next year too.
I am now on Pinterest. I resisted this at first but am finding it a delightful relaxation.
The end of the month arrives with keen anticipation, and I'm delighted to say that the ebook of Dangerous Decisions is already live on Amazon, even earlier than the previous date of 7 November. Reviews on Amazon are always appreciated, and the lovely paperback will be released in plenty of time for Christmas.
Ah, Christmas - next month will mean the writing of cards and it seems no time at all since last year. Sadly, one or two names will no longer be on my list, as some of you may also find with your own. But life can often bring new friends and even new family members, so I will end on that note of optimism.
I'm writing this at the end of September during English weather at its very best. Blue skies, warm sunshine with just a hint of a breeze. After the first few weeks when we all despaired of summer ever coming, we have been so fortunate.
This has been a busy month for me, with the final copy-editing of Dangerous Decisions. I fall in love with the cover every time I see it! And now that Downton Abbey is on our television screens again, I'm becoming impatient for my own story to be published in December. The Edwardian era, being before WW1, is such a glamorous one. I can almost hear you saying - at least for the establishment! And of course that is true. But 'Downstairs' life, experienced by so many of our grandparents and great grandparents is equally fascinating.
Maybe at the end of October, I will be able to enthuse about an Indian summer! One can always hope.
And the good weather continues. Isn't it a joy? Just to see a blue sky lifts the spirits and to feel the constant warmth even makes one feel younger.
I have had a busy time working with my editor on the final stages of Dangerous Decisions, which will shortly be going to the printers. And am thrilled to see that in The Bookseller - a trade magazine circulated to all bookshops - that in its December Preview, included in its limited selection is - yes, you've guessed - Dangerous Decisions. I'm so looking forward to its pre-Christmas publication date.
Meanwhile I continue to receive emails from loyal readers, please do keep them coming as they're so very welcome.
And lastly, if Song for a Butterfly isn't yet in your local library, then an enquiry to your librarian will always be welcomed.
The Romantic Novelists' Association in Sheffield this month, fulfilled all my expectations. It was a wonderful weekend and the weather was glorious. But then these past weeks we have all been able to get our share of Vitamin D. Hopefully everyone will feel the benefit during next winter.
I've also had a lovely family holiday in Eastbourne. A truly traditional one, tea on the lawn, croquet and sea breezes. Bliss.
My good news this month is to announce that Magna have bought the Large Print rights, Audio Rights and digital download rights to Dangerous Decisions. I'm really pleased about that as they have also published all of my other titles. And the date of the paperback release grows steadily nearer!
Enjoy the sunshine.
I'm writing this on one of the rare sunny days of this month, and what a difference it makes to life! I'm looking forward to soon attending the Romantic Novelists' Association Annual Conference which is being held at Sheffield University this year. Lots of writerly chat and informative seminars. Absolute bliss!
This month, I thought it might be helpful to list the titles of my previous books which are once again available as paperbacks.
They are - Ring of Clay, A Girl of her Time, Friends and Familes and Ribbon of Moonlight.
Also of course my latest Potteries novel, Song for a Butterfly is now in paperback, and orders are already being placed for Dangerous Decisions (Choc Lit), I am so looking forward to it being published at the beginning of December.
Meanwhile, I really do love to hear from readers . . .
I'm so pleased to have a special page on the website for my romantic suspense novel, Dangerous Decisions.Set in the Edwardian times, this had been an exciting new venture for me and I can't wait for it to be published! Advance orders are already being taken on Amazon.
AND AT LAST. Song for a Butterfly is released in paperback and available from Hive, Amazon and all good bookshops. The ISBN is 978-0-9575108-0-7 So this means that it is now in available in paperback, as an ebook and in Large Print with an Audio edition anticipated.
Meanwhile I am hoping as I am sure we all are, that it will be a long, warm summer this year.
I am enjoying both Twitter and Facebook. So if you'd like to follow me it takes just a click on the icons at the foot of the margin.
The plot for my new novel is slowly unfolding and becoming very intriguing - it's a journey of discovery for me too! And I'm sorry that the paperback edition of Song for a Butterfly is taking so long to filter on to Amazon and into the bookshops. I've been lucky enough to see an advance copy, and it's lovely.
A busy month with the long-awaited paperback of Song for a Butterfly going through the publication process. Fingers crossed it will be very soon.
Meanwhile, I am becoming absorbed in writing my new historical novel, set again in the Edwardian era (how I love the elegant fashions of that time), with the story unfolding with each chapter.
What a cold month! I have spent a lot of my time promoting Song for a Butterfly, and would like to thank those lovely readers who have put reviews on Amazon for me. In these days of networking, word of mouth and reviews play such a vital part. Anyway, at least we can all hope that Spring is round the corner.
Remember that I told you about my New Novels, Dangerous Decisions? My lovely new publishers, Choc Lit have designed the most beautiful cover which is displayed on Amazon’s website, and although the release date isn’t until 7 December, advance orders are already being taken. Any comments or questions about the book - which is very different from my previous ones - are welcome. I always love to hear from readers.
With Christmas approaching, despite the flurry of activity the season brings, my mind is already turning to 2013.
I already know that it heralds the release of the paperback edition of Song for a Butterfly, which gives me great pleasure as many readers still prefer a printed version rather than an e-book. And of course the Large Print edition will be available in the public libraries.
I promised you more news and it is brilliant. Dangerous Decisions, my New Novels, is to be published by Choc Lit, who have recently won the Publisher of the Year Award. This is my first book not related to the Potteries, and is set in the Edwardian era mainly in London. The Bookseller described it as a tale of 'dark obsession', and so it is - and also deeply romantic.
Publication of the paperback is planned for 7 December, 2013 with the digital edition (ebook) being released one month earlier.
Song for a Butterfly will be on free promotion on Wednesday, 14 November and Thursday 15 November. To download the link is http://tinyurl.com/cxrj5js
More good news coming soon . . .
The Large Print edition of Song for a Butterfly has a new cover – and I think it’s lovely, I hope you do too. Amazon are already taking advance orders, and it may soon be available for loan from your local library. Again, publication date – 1 November.
Meanwhile, there is a hope on the horizon for a paperback edition – many of you have emailed asking me about this, and I’ll let you have more definite news on this next month . .
So many readers have asked when there will be a print book available for SONG FOR A BUTTERFLY, and at last the Magna Large Print Edition is almost here.
The actual publication date is 1 November - ISBN 978 07505 36424, but it should be possible to make an advance reservation at your local library. Or if you prefer, to pre-order a copy from either a bookshop or online.
Meanwhile SONG FOR A BUTTERFLY continues to receive excellent reviews on Amazon, and I do want to thank readers who support me in this way, I appreciate it so much.
The good news is that - and many of you, my lovely readers, have emailed asking me if there is any possiblity of this - that several of my titles that have been out of print, have now been re-issued as paperbacks.
The titles are -
Ring of Clay
A Girl of her Time
Friends and Families
Ribbon of Moonlight
Amazon will be offering a FREE download of Song for a Butterfly, on Thursday, 14 June and Friday, 15 June. Please tell your friends who may also like a free read.
Sorry if you missed the above, but it may help to know that on Amazon the book is now on promotion at £2.47. Just click on http://tinyurl.com/cxrj5js
THE GUEST ROOM
I was delighted to be invited by the well-known author and presenter, Jane Wenham-Jones to be one of the guests on her website and you may like to click on the link below.
It's a great site anyway, but if you want to find me, then just click on
The Guest Room.
NEWS FOR LIBRARY USERS
Being a long-standing supporter of public libraries, I was delighted to discover that many are now offering their members the facility to download ebooks on free loan.
My own 'Song for a Butterfly', set in the Potteries in 1950, has now been placed on the National Library Database and should be available on request from participating libraries.
An update to this is that Song for a Butterfly, due to being enrolled in Amazon KDP which involves exclusivity, has temporarily been removed from the library database. But it's worth asking at your local library, as they may already have it in stock. I'll let you all know if this situation changes.
ROMANTIC NOVELISTS' ASSOCIATION BLOG
I am a member of the Romantic Novelists' Association, and was recently invited to be a guest on their Blogspot. So if you have a spare moment you might like to read my short interview there. And for those of my readers who have often wondered about Staffordshire oatcakes which are mentioned in all of my books - did you guess that I love them? There is also a recipe there.
You will need to go to the side of the page and click on February and then scroll down to find my interview. There is also lots of interesting news about other romantic novelists and their books.