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!!


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