Friday, 14 December 2012

My Christmas Gift To You!





I would like to wish you all a wonderful Christmas and all the best for 2013!



To celebrate Charlotte ~ Pride & Prejudice Continues and Relative Deceit are going to be FREE through AMAZON on the following dates...

   


Christmas Eve - 24th December


Christmas Day - 25th December


Boxing Day - 26th December


New Year's Eve - 31st December


New Year's Day - 1st January





This is my gift to you! 

Thank you for all your support and encouragement over the last year!

Simply click on the links below or go to the Amazon homepage for your country and search for my name there! 

Again, THANK YOU ALL!
xxx











  
















Friday, 16 November 2012

The Next Big Thing: Authors Tagging Authors!


The Next Big Thing: Authors Tagging Authors!


I am really pleased to be taking part in The Next Big Thing: Authors Tagging Authors! 
I was tagged by my really good friend, author Ginger Myrick and it's my pleasure to keep this going. 

So, what I do is answer the questions below, tag a new set of authors, then they answer, tag authors, etc.

I’m answering questions about my second novel, Relative Deceit, which has been released today in paperback and is also currently available through Amazon!



What is the working title of your book?

The working title was actually Jane Bancroft, which is the name of the heroine but that was too bland and I was worried people would think it was just a romance.  It's a crime/thriller/mystery and so I needed a title which reflected that.  Eventually we came up with Relative Deceit which explains the plot rather well.

Where did the idea come from for the book?

I started the book over ten years ago and then it got shelved.  I really cannot remember where the idea came from for it, but I do remember that I wanted to write something a little darker than what I usually write.

What genre does your book fall under?

It's Historical Fiction, but also a Crime/Mystery. 


What is the one sentence synopsis for the book?

Driven by jealousy, greed and desire, nothing, not even Jane, will stop Gregory Rogers from taking that which he believes is his... including murder.


How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

It took me years!  It sat on a disc for about 10 years.  When I finally picked it up again, it took me another 4 months to finish.


Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Siobhan Finneran who plays Sarah O'Brien in Downton Abbey would be perfect for Mrs Barnard.  The way she plays O'Brien really resembles Mrs Barnard's character and life.
I don't know who I would pick for Gregory Rogers.  Years ago I would have said someone dashing like Gabriel Byrne or Ciaran Hinds... but now they're much older than the character.  Perhaps William Moseley (Peter from Narnia) would be nice as William now that he's all grown up.  I, also, have to admit that I think Paul Copley (Mathews from Hornblower) would be great as Samuel Harris too.   Oh, the possibilities are endless!


What other books would you compare this story to, in your genre?

Good question!  I can't think of any one book specifically but readers have said that it has the feel of Agatha Christie and Downton Abbey / Upstairs Downstairs in it.


What else about the book might pique the readers’ interest?

Greed, Jealousy, murder... lots of murder actually ;-)  There's love and romance, it's full of emotion really, both positive and negative.  There's mystery and of course the cops! ;-)



Relative Deceit is available through FeedARead and Amazon.  It will be out in paperback through all major stockists before Christmas! 

And for the authors I have tagged:


Judith Arnopp - Author of Peaceweaver, Dear Henry, The Song of Heledd, The Forest Dwellers, and A Tapestry of Time.

Nicole Kuhn - Author of Mohawk Moon, and Mohawk Sunrise.

Jo Ann Butler - Author of Rebel Puritan (A Scandalous Life).

Michele Kallio - Author of Betrayal.

Miranda Stork - Author of Erin, Conner, Craving, Playing with Fire, An Ill Wind, and With You In Spirit.


Friday, 9 November 2012

Relative Deceit Paperback Cover and a Tempting Exerpt!


I am so pleased to tell you all that Relative Deceit is now ready to go to print in paperback! :-)


It has been out for kindle for some time now and I can breathe a sigh of relief that the publisher is ready to print.


Of course these things take time to organise and I am told that it could take up to 10 weeks to get the book into all major high street stockists and on their websites too.


So, to make the wait seem shorter here is a sneaky peek at the cover design! 





























I was so happy when we found the man on the cover to depict Gregory Rogers - he has a sinister look about him, don't you think? ;-)


I cannot wait until I have a copy in my hands and I look forward to you all getting it too!



I also promised you an excerpt....  well, here it is!  Enjoy! xxx



He found Sir George in the study drinking whiskey, “It’s a little early for that, isn’t it cousin?”
“I couldn’t care less,” George shot back at him.
“So I see,” he sighed, “Mind if I join you?”
“Help yourself.”
Gregory poured himself a single shot of whiskey, topped the glass up with water, and came to sit opposite his cousin, studying his face while sipping at his drink, “Want to talk about it?”
“Not really.  What use would that be?”
Gregory shrugged his shoulders, “It might make you feel better.  A problem shared and all that.”
Sir George spat out an expletive at that, “Won’t make my troubles go away though.”
“You could at least tell me, I might be able to help.”
Sir George looked up at his cousin.  Everything had been wonderful before he had come along.  Was it just bitterness?  Or was Gregory truly involved in all his bad fortune?  Would Gregory really help, or was he the cause of it all, as he suspected?  He shook his head to clear it; this was nonsensical thinking.  Finger pointing never solved anything.  “I feel as if I am losing everything.”
“I am truly sorry about Mary-Ann, but you still have all your children, Sir George.”
“No, you don’t understand.”
“Try me.”
Sir George downed the remainder of his whiskey in one gulp and went to refill it.  He returned to his chair and sat staring down into the glass, “Firstly I lost all our money.  Then, we moved up north, and Mary-Ann fell ill and …” the words caught in his throat.  He sipped from his glass, and swallowed to clear the lump in his throat, “And all the business at the publishers.”  He shook his head, “I swear, none of that is my doing.  I had nothing to do with the missing money.”
“I never said you did.  I don’t believe the allegations either.  The investigations will show the truth.  It’s just a misunderstanding, and it’ll all blow over soon enough.”
“Will it?” He looked up and stared with watery eyes at his cousin, as though imploring him to make it all go away.
“I am sure of it.  Why would there be any evidence pointing to you?  I mean, real evidence,” Gregory stared back.
Why did that not make Sir George feel any better?  Why did that fill him with dread?  He stood up and walked to the window, with a sinking feeling that his fate was sealed.  He leant his forehead against the cool pane of glass, wishing for an escape route.
He span around, “What if I were to go to America with Peter?”
“And do what exactly?” Came the reply.  “If the authorities want you, they can ask the Americans to ship you back home again.  No, it’s better to weather the storm.  It will pass soon enough.  I will have the best solicitors untangle this nonsense, if and when necessary.”  Gregory stood, “Now cousin, I have business to attend to,” he placed his still half-full glass on the desk and left the room.
Sir George stared at the closed door after Gregory had departed, tears welling in his eyes, “But you won’t deem it necessary, will you cousin?”






Monday, 5 November 2012

Happy Guy Fawkes Day!!

HAPPY GUY FAWKES DAY!!


Guy Fawkes Night, also known as Guy Fawkes Day, Bonfire Night and Firework Night, is an annual commemoration observed on 5th November, primarily in Great Britain. Its history begins with the events of 5th November 1605, when Guy Fawkes, a member of the Gunpowder Plot, was arrested while guarding explosives the plotters had placed beneath the House of Lords. Celebrating the fact that King James I had survived the attempt on his life, people lit bonfires around London, and months later the introduction of the Observance of 5th November Act enforced an annual public day of thanksgiving for the plot's failure.

The Gunpowder Plot of 1605, was a failed conspiracy by a group of provincial English Catholics to assassinate the Protestant King James I of England and replace him with a Catholic head of state. In the immediate aftermath of the arrest of Guy Fawkes, James's Council allowed the public to celebrate the king's survival with bonfires, so long as they were "without any danger or disorder".  This made 1605 the first year the plot's failure was celebrated.
Days before the surviving conspirators were executed, in January 1606 Parliament passed the Observance of 5th November Act 1605, commonly known as the "Thanksgiving Act". It was proposed by a Puritan Member of Parliament, Edward Montagu, who suggested that the king's apparent deliverance by divine intervention deserved some measure of official recognition, and kept 5th November free as a day of thanksgiving while in theory making attendance at Church mandatory.  A new form of service was also added to the Church of England's Book of Common Prayer, for use on 5th November.





Remember remember the fifth of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
I see no reason why gunpowder, treason
Should ever be forgot...







(Taken from the film V for Vendetta)

Remember to keep safe when using fireworks!  Have fun! xxx


Wednesday, 31 October 2012

November is National Novel Writing Month!

November is National Novel Writing Month!


Yep - NaNoWriMo time is upon us again.

I was persuaded by an author friend to give it a go this year.
I am not entirely sure this is a good idea though! ;-)

The goal is to write (no editing, all tatty and raw) a novel of 50,000 words or more and upload it to their website www.nanowrimo.org by midnight on 30th November!

Sounds easy, doesn't it?  
Pah!  That's an average of 1,666 words per day!  Including weekends... no rest for the wicked!


So, I have officially entered and here is my official word count to date...  

Well, of course it says 0 words!!  It's still October! ;-)

(But, if you keep an eye on it throughout November you will be able to see my live word count tally!)


All that's left for me to say is Happy Halloween.... and all the best to my fellow NaNoWriMo participants!

Wish me luck! :-)


Tuesday, 23 October 2012

A tantalising excerpt and a sneaky peek at the paperback cover!

A tantalising excerpt and a sneaky peek at the paperback cover!


Greetings!!  

Those of you who keep your eyes open and have caught my posts on Facebook will have seen that I now have to go-ahead for the 2nd edition of Charlotte - Pride & Prejudice Continues to be published in paperback!!

I am so happy about that as those of you with Kindles have had the 2nd edition since August, and those of you who prefer to have a paper book in your hands have had to wait.

So without further-a-do here is the mock up cover for the new paperback edition!! :-)



























Don't you love it?!  I do - well, I guess I am biased.  

Unfortunately I haven't yet had a real copy in my grubby hands yet, but as soon as I do I will take oodles of photos and post them for you all to see! :-)

As promised I said I'd share an excerpt with you....  
Here we see that Lady Catherine de Bourgh's constant presence is beginning to grate on Charlotte's nerves... poor woman!  ;-)   

Enjoy!




The day passed with the usual occupations of having returned from a journey, and soon the bell rang, and the maid gave Mr Collins the expected invitation from Rosings in his book room.  With the arrival of the invitation, Charlotte’s spirits sank, and she found she could not abide the thought of taking tea at Rosings that day.
“My dear Charlotte,” Mr Collins declared happily as he entered the drawing room, “Lady Catherine always gives little attentions to those of her acquaintance that are deserving.  We are exceedingly honoured.  Indeed we are.  As I expected, it has arrived not too soon and not a minute too late.  You see,” he waved the letter at her; “an invitation has arrived from Rosings asking us to take tea with Her Ladyship.  What say you to that?”
Charlotte had no desire to go to Rosings to deliver a minute account of the entire proceedings of the wedding of her dear friend.  She stated as much to her husband. 
“My dear, surely you are unwell.  Indeed you must be, for I cannot believe you would be so unkind or unjust to our cherished patroness!”
The term cherished irritated her, and she gave her tongue free rein.  “Indeed I am not unwell.  Why did she not attend the wedding if she is so interested in it?  I do not like gossip, I do not like gossips, and I will not ruin the memory of such a delightful event and week as we have just enjoyed by giving into such activities.  Please, William, you must see it is not becoming.”
“My dear Charlotte, I cannot see that any fault or injury should arise from informing Lady Catherine of the happenings of a wedding!  There is nothing of gossip there!”  
Charlotte was not to be placated.  She sat down heavily on the sofa, and he, seeing her distress, joined her.  “Charlotte, I have not convinced you.  Indeed, you are discomfited.”  He was uncomfortable too now; Charlotte did not usually counter him, and it disconcerted him exceedingly. 
“William, I believe that our behaviour could be seen as wanting.” 
Mr Collins was taken aback.  “Our behaviour?  Whatever could you mean?  Honestly, Charlotte!” 
“A family of our close acquaintance suffered a tragedy: a daughter eloped; Mr Darcy found her; and fortunately, then she married.”
“Yes, it was a terrible situation.  Lydia is a stupid, thoughtless girl!”
His statement piqued her even more.  “I would have said the same thing about the conduct of the clergyman who related the entire situation to someone wholly unconnected with the family.  Someone, I might add, who had no rights whatsoever to know such information.  Had the information been withheld, then after the resolution there would have been little or no damage to the family in question.  However, the said clergyman, having told the greatest gossip in all England the exact facts of the matter, did more damage than he could have imagined to that family’s reputation.” 
He sat agog listening to his wife. 
She did not want to say these things. She knew they would hurt his pride, but she did not have the willpower now to prevent herself.  “Do you not realise that the blessed events, which we witnessed at Longbourn this past week, might not have taken place because of gossip and the damage arising from that gossip, Mr Collins?”  A tear escaped down her cheek, much to her embarrassment, which she quickly wiped away. 
“I see what you are endeavouring to do.  You mean to put me on my guard.”  He blushed, profoundly humiliated by his wife’s scolding but refusing to take her words seriously, and, making light of the situation, continued, “But my dear, it is done, and no harm has come of it.  Truly, no harm, I am sure, can ever come from relating any events or circumstances whatsoever to Lady Catherine.”  
Charlotte looked at the man she had married and watched in disbelief as he continued to ignore her remonstrance and persisted in praising Lady Catherine.  
“Indeed there is no greater woman in all of England with such a kind, generous heart.  She would never act out of selfishness or malice.  Dearest Charlotte, you must not make yourself uneasy on behalf of the Bennets.  Indeed, you must not.  I insist upon it.  Come, let us make ourselves ready to go to Rosings.”  With that, he rose from the sofa and quitted the room, leaving his wife to weep desperately.
She knew that crying in such a way would give her a headache, but was glad of it.  She was a little ashamed of the way she had spoken to her husband, even though she had told him only the truths she thought he needed to hear; she knew she could have done so in a more sensitive manner.  The headache, when it came, she was glad of. It gave her an excuse not to be part of the conversation that evening at tea












Who are IndieBRAG and why does their medallion mean so much to me?




As you know, I was recently honoured with a BRAG Medallion.  I am very proud of this accolade for my debut novel Charlotte - Pride & Prejudice Continues.  I thought I'd share with you a little bit about IndieBRAG from their own website www.bragmedallion.com






Who We Are

BRAGMedallion.com is owned and operated by indieBRAG, LLC, a privately held organization that has brought together a large group of readers, both individuals and members of book clubs, located throughout the United States, Canada, and the European Union. The word “indie” refers to self or independently published books, while B.R.A.G. is an acronym for Book Readers Appreciation Group. By their nature, our readers are passionate about all books, but for the purposes of the service we provide, we focus exclusively on the work of self-published authors of print and digital books.

What We Do

Our mission is to recognize quality on the part of authors who self-publish both print and digital books. As such, we are constantly on the lookout for the work of talented men and women who have written indie books across a wide range of genres. Our primary focus is fiction, however, we selectively consider non-fiction books as well.

How We Do It

From the large and rapidly growing library of indie books that are available today, we select those that we believe deserve to be considered. These books are then read and evaluated by members drawn from our reader group. The readers judge the merits of the books based on our proprietary list of criteria. The single most important criterion that we ask our readers to use in judging a book is whether or not they would recommend it to their best friend. Once a book meets this standard of quality, we award it our B.R.A.G. Medallion™, and along with other medallion recipients, it is presented on this website.




And here Charlotte - Pride & Prejudice Continues is on their website.
  
IndieBRAG LLC is an independent, broad-based and reader-centric source to advise the public which indie books merit the investment of their time and money.  This is why it is important to me, as an independent author.  All my hard work has been recognised and I am proud to display the B.R.A.G Medallion on the front cover of Charlotte - Pride & Prejudice Continues!!




When Charlotte Lucas married Mr Collins, she did not love him but had at least secured her future. 
However, what price must she pay for that future? She once said she was not romantic, but how true is that now after almost one year of marriage? 
Mr Collins is submissive in the extreme to his patroness, and his constant simpering, fawning and deference to the overbearing and manipulative Lady Catherine de Bourgh is sure to try the patience of a saint, or at least of Charlotte. 
As Charlotte becomes part of Hunsford society, she discovers she is not the only one who has been forced to submit to the controlling and often hurtful hand of Lady Catherine. 
She feels trapped and realises her need for love and affection. She is not as content as she once thought she would be. The easiest thing to do would be to maintain the peace and do as she is told. But as Charlotte witnesses the misery around her due to her inimitable neighbour, she must decide to remain as she is or to begin a chain of events that will change not only her life but also the lives of those around her in the village of Hunsford forever. 
But...after all, doesn't every girl deserve a happy ending?











10 Quick & Easy Things You Can Do To Help Your Favourite Amazon Author!


10 Quick & Easy Things You Can Do To Help Your Favourite Amazon Author!

by D.M. Andrews


Want to show some reader love to your favourite authors on Amazon? Here are ten quick and easy things you can do to help make your beloved authors more visible on Amazon!

In the points below we will mainly be looking at the product page. This is simply the page you arrive at when you click on a book in the charts, categories or via a search. So, for my middle-grade novel, The Serpent in the Glass, the product page on Amazon.com is http://www.amazon.com/Serpent-Glass-Thomas-Farrell-ebook/dp/B0062A7UVE/

Of course, you can repeat the activities below on Amazon.co.uk and on other Amazon sites where the book exists. You should also make sure you are logged into Amazon for most of these, too.

So let’s get to helping out your authors! ......

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE!

Saturday, 13 October 2012

Review: Willow Pond by Carol Tibaldi


Book Review


Willow Pond by Carol Tibaldi

4 Stars


Carol Tibaldi’s Willow Pond has all the elements of a great story.
It also has more than its fair share of possible dilemmas.  A divorced couple, a selfish actor, an aunt who runs a speak-easy and not to mention her connections with the seedy gangster underworld, set the scene for this tale. It has a whole tribe of characters, a few of whom you just want to slap!  Put all this together and you have the makings of a fabulous romp through the rich 1930’s New York society.
It is, however, a heart-rending kidnap of a little boy – Todd, which really rocks the boat and sets the story going, but I admit it was slow going.
The book is set in 1930, and I wasn’t sure about that until the author actually mentioned the date.  The roaring 20’s had just ended and the world was changing after the crash of ‘29.  I would have loved to see the author write more of the history that she knows so much about.  It would have added more to the story to be immersed more into the period.  The Author clearly knows her stuff, history-wise, writes well and I particularly loved the gangster side of this book.
The characters weren’t too developed, unfortunately, by the time the kidnap took place, so I hadn’t built up a rapport with the main character Laura.  In fact, she irritated me a lot by doing things that I believe were out of character for a mother.
However, her Aunt, Virginia, is fun.  She’s edgy and a little bit dangerous.  She’s the kind of girl that can handle herself and a gun!  I would have liked to have seen more of her.
Philip, the father and ex-husband is an actor and stereo-typically irritating and self-centred.  I wanted him to be the one who was thrown in jail, simply because I didn’t like him!
The narration moves you slowly through the tale, leaving you suspecting each character in turn and egging Erich on to find the kidnapper.  There are parts that made me mad, some that made me laugh or smile, and others that surprised me (such as a distraught mother going out on a dinner-date).  I’m glad I read this book, and Carol Tibaldi is someone to watch out for in the future.
I am giving this a 3.5 star rating – it has all the ingredients, it’s well written, but it just doesn’t come together somehow.  I do, however, look forward to more from this author!

(I was given a copy of the book to review by the author.)

Click here to buy Willow Pond from Amazon.com!





Monday, 8 October 2012

Happy Thanksgiving Canada!

Happy Thanksgiving Canada!



May love and happiness fill your homes and lives! 
xxx



Monday, 1 October 2012

Part of my research for my one of my works-in-progress.


As you know, when we write a book we have to do a lot of research.

My latest book is based in England during World War II.
As part of the research for this work-in-progress I have had to read many documents and first-hand accounts, and listen to some very moving speeches.  Many of them are very famous, especially the ones given by Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill.

However, I want to share with you this speech.  It is the speech given by Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain on 3rd September 1939.  It is the declaration of war.
I cannot read the transcript nor listen to this without getting goose-bumps.

I hope you enjoy it and I look forward to sharing more about my work-in-progress soon.
xxx






Extract from the radio broadcast Prime Minister Chamberlain made on 3 September 1939, declaring war on Germany.

"I am speaking to you from the Cabinet Room at 10, Downing Street. This morning the British Ambassador in Berlin handed the German Government a final note stating that unless we heard from them by 11 o'clock that they were prepared at once to withdraw their troops from Poland, a state of war would exist between us. I have to tell you now that no such undertaking has been received, and that consequently this country is at war with Germany.
You can imagine what a bitter blow it is to me that all my long struggle to win peace has failed.

Yet I cannot believe that there is anything more or anything different that I could have done and that would have been more successful. Up to the very last it would have been quite possible to have arranged a peaceful and honourable settlement between Germany and Poland.

But Hitler would not have it. He had evidently made up his mind to attack Poland whatever happened; and although he now says he put forward reasonable proposals which were rejected by the Poles, that is not a true statement. The proposals were never shown to the Poles nor to us; and though they were announced in the German broadcast on Thursday night, Hitler did not wait to hear comments on them, but ordered his troops to cross the Polish frontier next morning.
His action shows convincingly that there is no chance of expecting that this man will ever give up his practice of using force to gain his will. He can only be stopped by force and we and France are to-day, in fulfilment of our obligations, going to the aid of Poland, who is so bravely resisting this wicked and unprovoked attack upon her people.

We have a clear conscience. We have done all that any country could do to establish peace, but a situation in which no word given by Germany's ruler could be trusted and no people or country could feel themselves safe had become intolerable. And now that we have resolved to finish it, I know that you will all play your part with calmness and courage."

"At such a moment as this the assurances of support that we have received from the Empire are a source of profound encouragement to us.

When I have finished speaking certain detailed announcements will be made on behalf of the Government. Give them your close attention. The Government have made plans under which it will be possible to carry on the work of the nation in the days of stress and strain that may be ahead. But these plans need your help.

You may be taking part in the Fighting Services or as a Volunteer in one of the branches of Civil Defence. If so, you will report for duty in accordance with the instructions you receive. You may be engaged in work essential to the prosecution of war or to the maintenance of life of the people—in factories, in transport, in public utility concerns or in the supply of other necessaries of life. If so, it is of vital importance that you should carry on with your jobs.

Now may God bless you all and may He defend the right. For it is evil things that we shall be fighting against, brute force, bad faith, injustice, oppression and persecution.

And against them I am certain that the right will prevail."



Sunday, 30 September 2012

Terry Tyler's Blog: What I think about bad reviews

Terry Tyler's Blog: What I think about bad reviews: They're horrible at first, but they don't matter, unless you're getting more than about  7-10% bad ones.   Here are some of the things people say when they get them...
Click here to read more hilarious truths from author Terry Tyler!

Friday, 28 September 2012

Julian Fellowes to write Downton Abbey prequel!





Julian Fellowes to write Downton Abbey prequel.  




Younger actors would take on roles of the Earl and Countess of Grantham

Julian Fellowes, the writer behind the hit series Downton Abbey, is writing a prequel which follows how the Earl and Countess of Grantham first met....  Click here to read more!   





Glitches happen to even the 'big names'!




US-based shoppers who bought the new JK Rowling novel have been hit by a glitch that made it difficult to read.

A formatting problem meant that when The Casual Vacancy was downloaded to some e-readers it could only be viewed in a large size that showed a limited number of words per page, or in tiny-sized type.

The publisher, Hachette, has released a fixed version.

But many users who had pre-ordered the title will have been affected.

The novel topped several ebook charts ahead of its release due to high interest in JK Rowling's first novel for adults, following the success of her Harry Potter series.

A statement from Hachette acknowledged that it was responsible for the fault which prevented font and margin sizes being adjustable.

"As soon as Hachette was made aware of these issue, a replacement file was uploaded to all ebook retailers," the publisher said in a statement.

"Hachette has requested each retailer contact their customers directly about reloading their ebook.

"Any consumer who purchased the ebook on Thursday... who has not heard from the retailer, should contact them and request that their ebook be reloaded. No consumer should have to repurchase the ebook."

The Casual Vacancy's UK publisher, Little Brown, confirmed that users in the country had not been affected.

'Massive frustration'
Several users - some of whom had already taken issue with the ebook's $17.99 (£11.22) pre-order price - complained about the error on ebook store review pages.


The fault affected e-readers, but not tablets or phones that use ebook apps
"I got an electronic reader so that I could make the font large enough for me to read and I'm stuck with a damned magnifying glass," wrote one user on Barnes & Noble's site.

Another shopper wrote on Amazon's store: "The Hachette Publishing Group should be ashamed for having so little quality control on such a big release. For shame. Buy the paper edition."

The news site PaidContent, which first reported the issue, noted that strict embargoes imposed on the book's release might have prevented the retailers' staff picking up on the problem before the ebook went on sale.

Users affected by the mistake can now manually force their devices to install the update. But one industry watcher said the issue should not be underplayed.

"It was a massive frustration for the true fans who wanted the book to be delivered to them at one minute past the embargoed time, and it shows that publishers are not quite on the money when it comes to ebook formatting," Philip Jones, editor of trade magazine The Bookseller, told the BBC.

"This kind of mistake is not as unusual as it should be, and publishers need to get it right from the beginning. In the physical book world an error like this is much more rare.

"But I don't think it will have affected sales of the book or readers enjoyment of it once they have got it."

Click here to go to Amazon.

As for me - at £11.99 for the Kindle version, I think I'd prefer a glitch free version, however at that price, and after reading the blurb.... I don't think I'll bother!

Click here to see the full article on the BBC.




Thursday, 27 September 2012

Interview with Geri Clouston from B.R.A.G and Book Giveaways!!

Layered Pages: Interview with Geri Clouston and Book Giveaways: I have the pleasure of introducing, Geri Dunlap Clouston, the president if indieBRAG . Geri,what prompted you to get involved in t...  CLICK HERE TO READ MORE!!

Layered Pages Reviews - Review of CHARLOTTE

Layered Pages: Layered Pages Reviews:         Spitfire by Jack DuArte Spitfire is a thrilling third installment in Jack DuArte’s World War II Series. The settin...  CLICK HERE TO READ MORE!  (Scroll to half-way down the page!!)

Friday, 21 September 2012

Clean Romance Reviews: Author Interview: Karen Aminadra

Clean Romance Reviews: Author Interview: Karen Aminadra: Welcome, welcome.  Today we have a wonderful interview with author Karen Aminadra.  She'll be telling us a bit about herself and her book, ...  CLICK HERE TO READ MORE!

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

2012 B.R.A.G. Medallion TM Honoree





I am SO proud to announce that

Charlotte ~ Pride & Prejudice Continues 

has been awarded a 

2012 B.R.A.G Medallion!!


B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree

Click HERE to find out more about the award.


The Book Readers Appreciation Group, or B.R.A.G, give their medallion award to independently published books that reach their standard of excellence, represent a good read, and are great value for money. 
I am so honoured and proud to be the recipient of a B.R.A.G. Medallion for CHARLOTTE!







Friday, 14 September 2012

Layered Pages: Interview with Author Karen Aminadra

Layered Pages: Interview with Author Karen Aminadra: I have the pleasure of introducing Author Karen Aminadra.    
Karen, what book had the greatest impact on you that you have read? ... click here to read more

Verbal Sparring Shakespeare-style!



Diplomacy? 
Always a good choice. 

Walking away?
 Sure. 

Swearing....maybe, but overdone. 

When push comes to shove, here's a handy resource for verbal sparring, Shakespeare-style.







Happy Birthday Roald Dahl!






Happy Birthday, Roald Dahl! 


Dahl was born 13 September 1916  and died 23 November 1990. Dahl was a British novelist, short story writer, poet, fighter pilot and screenwriter.

Roald Dahl wrote at his writing desk in a hut.

Here’s what Dahl’s illustrator, Quentin Blake, had to say about the hut:

“I didn’t go into the shed very often, because the whole point of it as far as Roald was concerned was that it was private, a sanctuary where he could work where no one interrupted him. The whole of the inside was organised as a place for writing: so the old wing-back chair had part of the back burrowed out to make it more comfortable; he had a sleeping bag that he put his legs in when it was cold and a footstool to rest them on; he had a very characteristic Roald arrangement for a writing table with a bar across the arms of the chair and a cardboard tube that altered the angle of the board on which he wrote. As he didn’t want to move from his chair everything was within reach. He wrote on yellow legal paper with his favourite kind of pencils; he started off with a handful of them ready sharpened. He used to smoke and there is an ashtray with cigarette butts preserved to this day.

The table near to his right hand had all kinds of strange memorabilia on it, one of which was part of his own hip bone that had been removed; another was a ball of silver paper that he’d collected from bars of chocolate since he was a young man and it had gradually increased in size.”







Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Update




I have been so overworked lately that it's taking a toll on my health.  So, I have backed off a little from my zillions of responsibilities, and it's working!  I am recovering.
The weather is fab, and I have been enjoying just simply sitting and reading in the garden.
As I recover I have noticed that my mind is perking up and there are a few stories brewing away in there!! :-)

I hope you are all well and that the transition from summer into autumn is just as lovely for you as it is here.

I'll keep you updated - keep reading and bless you! xxx




Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Work In Progress!


Today marks the first day of my new work in progress!

Due to popular demand I am starting a sequel to Charlotte - Pride & Prejudice Continues :-)

Yes ... a sequel!

However, this novel will focus not on the Collinses, but on Lady Catherine de Bourgh and her daughter Anne!

So many of you have emailed me, tweeted me and facebook-messaged me, and asked if I would work my own particular brand of magic on Her Ladyship.... well, I can resist no longer.  The muse is calling and Lady Catherine herself is inside my head, and loudly demanding to be heard! :-)

Watch this space - I will keep you updated and in the mean time you can still get the updated/revised version of Charlotte here in the US and here in the UK!




Happy reading! 
:-)




Thursday, 16 August 2012

Great New Review for RELATIVE DECEIT!


This morning I discovered a lovely new review for 

RELATIVE DECEIT!


Take a look!






"I enjoy a good mystery and this book `Relative Deceit' is certainly good. It held my attention from beginning to end. I love Miss Marple and Downtown Abbey, so it's no surprise I enjoyed this too.
The story is based around an upper class family, the Bancroft's.
Sir George Bancroft, his wife and three children find themselves suddenly bankrupt. Their situation is desperate...enter their saviour, distant cousin Gregory Rogers. He seems to have all the answers to their problems. But is he all he appears to be?
I quickly found myself immersed in the life of each character, especially Jane, Sir George's young daughter, a vulnerable and sweet girl. This is a fast paced story, with plenty of murders, villainy and deceit. I worried for Jane's safety...the sign of a good book.
The story is cleverly crafted, and kept me guessing right up to the end, and what an ending. It was perfect!
I also love the title and cover of the book, it's what attracted me to get it, and I'm glad I did.
If you like an exciting mystery, then you'll love `Relative Deceit.' I hope there will be more books from this author and soon."




Friday, 10 August 2012

Weekly Update


Hello all!

I hope you've had a smashing week!


With temperatures soaring outside, I have been stuck in the cave working hard. 


As you all know, the 2nd Edition of Charlotte is up and out for sale.  However, I have noticed that people are still reading the old, let-down, version.  So, please email Amazon and get your copy updated - I want you to read the best version! :o)

YOU WILL HAVE TO EMAIL KDP-SUPPORT@AMAZON.COM CONFIRMING YOUR PERMISSION AND WHICH TITLE/S YOU’D LIKE TO HAVE RE-SENT.


In other news; my WIP (Work in progress) is coming along nicely :o)  I am hoping for an October finish to that now.


This weekend sees our 7th Anniversary, and we are hopefully going to celebrate that with the usual dinner for two etc. ;o)


So, whatever you do this weekend, have a good one! xxx



Monday, 6 August 2012

This is important, especially for those who have downloaded CHARLOTTE...




KINDLE READERS - Has your favorite author revised their book? 


Did you know that it will not automatically update on its own? 


They request your explicit permission prior to sending revised files because the new version will not have previously saved Highlights, Last Page Read, Bookmarks, and the location of notes may not match. 


You will have to email kdp-support@amazon.com confirming your permission and which title/s you’d like to have re-sent.


Charlotte has been updated - email the above address to be able to download the updated version!





New Cover for the 2nd Edition of CHARLOTTE


Announcing the new cover for the 

2nd Edition (revised)

of

CHARLOTTE - PRIDE & PREJUDICE CONTINUES




We believe that all issues have now been resolved - thank you for your patience 
and we apologise.







Weekly Update

Hello all!

What a fabulous weekend it's been!  I am so proud of Team GB and all the medals they are winning.  I haven't managed to watch a lot of the Olympics because I am so busy, but what I have seen has been amazing.
I loved watching the women's marathon - the Kenyans showed such team spirit!  And Congrats to Ethiopia there for that Gold!
I watched the sailing and Ben Ainslie's fight for Gold actually made me cry! :-)

It's been a really busy week for me, as you may or may not have noticed the second edition of CHARLOTTE is now live and up for sale.
It was recently brought to my attention that there were errors in the original version - as you can imagine I was horrified.
I have a new proof reader who is doing a marvellous job for me and I am so happy to finally have those problems solved!

I wish to apologise for the poor quality of the 1st edition.

We also have updated the cover to show that it's a new edition.  (I changed the publication date to show the date of the 2nd edition - Amazon say it's updated - I cannot see it at all!)

Here is the updated cover - I hope you like it.

Thank you and bless you all xxx





Thursday, 26 July 2012

Weekly Update

Good Morning all!

I hope your summer is going well and your plans for your holidays turn out exactly how you want them to!

As you have noticed I have changed blog site.  This was mainly because of problems people were having posting and also because on this one I am able to do more.  I have transferred all posts over to this new one too.
The old one will stay where it is - I will not take it down.  So if you posted there then you can still see those posts and comments.

I am still writing away as you will be glad to know.
Due to popular demand a sequel to CHARLOTTE is being planned at the moment.  I have a few ideas about that one and where it will go.  It'll be interesting because as CHARLOTTE is a sequel in itself, then the new one is technically a sequel to a sequel.  Confused? Well, don't be.
So many of you have written to me asking me things which I cannot write here for fear of giving away the plot of CHARLOTTE - but I am confident that a sequel will happen and it will be just as much fun as it predecessor.

You can buy CHARLOTTE here for the US or here for the UK.

But that's not all!!

I am writing a Chick Lit book too.  It's a contemporary novel and will appeal to most of us as I am sure we can relate to what the heroine is going through in this book.

And.... (yes I am a busy bunny!)

I have another Historical Novel in the works too.  I won't tell you too much about either of those two books because during the early stages things can change... a lot!

Finally, I wish you a great weekend and keep on reading! :o)

CHARLOTTE ~ PRIDE & PREJUDICE CONTINUES - US - UK  
LIFE & LOVE (SHORT STORIES) - US - UK 
RELATIVE DECEIT - US - UK



Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Last week of Introductory Price for RELATIVE DECEIT!


This is the last week that 

RELATIVE DECEIT

will be out for its

Special Introductory Price
of
99 cents!


England 1911 - 1912
Driven by jealousy, greed and desire, nothing will stop Gregory Rogers from taking that which he believes is his.
He'll do anything to gain money, Bancroft Hall and the power that comes with the title of Baronet.
Including murder.
...Until his eyes fall upon the beautiful Jane. 
Can she rescue him from himself? 
Will she be the one thing that he cannot ruin in order to have?




Interview with Karen Aminadra


So we ‘The Powers-that-be’ decided that we’d like to interview Karen Aminadra and ask her how it’s going in Author-land.
We know that the life of an independent author is never easy.  We wanted to know how she was fairing.
Karen, thank you for agreeing to do this interview.

No problems, I’m glad to.


It’s been a month now since Charlotte was published, has it been exciting?

Yes, it’s been very exciting.  A roller coaster for my emotions and also a very sharp learning curve.  

What do you mean by that?


Well, no matter how much advice you get and no matter how much research you do, you still make mistakes and have a lot to learn.  But once learnt I can build on that knowledge for the next book.

Are there any things you regret or wouldn’t do again?

Oh I don’t think there’s anything I regret.  But, there are things I wouldn’t do again.  Or, that I’d do in a different order.  For example, I wish someone had explained to me that the American IRS try to get you to register for tax in the US and as a Brit that isn’t necessary.  I don’t live there and so I don’t work there.  But unless someone tells you that or has experienced that themselves it hits you like a brick wall, and you think now what?!  It caused a headache or two I can tell you.  Finally, I discovered a few British independent publishing companies that will deal with all of that for me which is a relief.

Would you share that information with anyone who wanted it?  

Yes, of course!  Leave a comment below and I will send you links to British and European indie-pub companies.  
I don’t want to endorse one in particular on here until I have more experience with it all.  But so far the paperback publishing with Feed-A-Read, which is Arts Council and Lottery funded, is going well.  That is instead of using Createspace and having to deal with all the tax forms.  Also I will try out another company for the ebook publishing in August when my 90-day exclusivity with KDP is over, and let you all know how that goes too.


That’s great.  I am sure that information will be a lot of help to new and established authors outside of the US alike.
You mentioned the next book, how’s that going?

Very well.  I can see the finish line and I am excited about it.  I need to make some time and get writing!
From the blurb on the website it’s different from Charlotte, why is that?
Yes it is, very different.  I have actually had that on my computer for about 10 years.  Well, it was transferred from computer to computer to computer to be honest!  
I decided that it would be good to get that one finished.  So, although it’s my third to be finished, it’ll be the second published and was the first started.
It’s much darker, there are a few murders in it, as well as romance.  Either historical crime or as the Aussies say Crimance. 


What does that mean?

It’s a cross between crime and romance.  I like that term!  

So, you’ve had to murder a few characters.  How was that?


Oh it was horrible!  The first one had me in tears it was really hard to do.  It took hours to write quite a short scene.  I had to drag up a lot from deep within me.

When will that book be out?

I hope in July.

We look forward to reading it.  What comes after that? Any ideas?

Yes I do have a few ideas.  But I’m not giving away any clues right now!

Oh shame!  You mentioned that your next book will be your third finished.  You’ve written another that we don’t know about?

Yes!  About two years ago I wrote a children’s book.  The only reason that hasn’t been published is because of funding.  It needs to be illustrated and we know that isn’t cheap.  But I do hope in time that will be published too.


How lovely!  It’ll be great to read that too!

Thank you so much Karen for speaking with us today!

Any time!  I look forward to speaking with you all again soon.


So there you have it folks!  Lots going on in the world and mind of Karen Aminadra.  Lots to look forward to too.
I know we ‘Powers-that-be’ are certainly looking forward to more great reads from Karen!  So keep your eyes peeled for news and updates!
If you have any questions you’d like to ask Karen Aminadra then please let us know in the from below and we’ll be sure to include your questions in the next interview!