Photoperiodism – long nights, short days

“Photoperiodism refers to the physiological reactions of organisms to the length of day or night.”

book heartWell I can certainly relate to that. These short days and long nights which we always experience at this time of year in the Northern hemisphere are very conducive to my favourite pastime of reading (my physiological reaction).

Of course one of the dilemmas of our modern day society is in what format should I choose to read tonight? Perhaps an E-book with the ability to change the font and/or the light. Or maybe a paperback which is light and just the right size and weight to hold comfortably while sitting in the lotus position. Then again, I could go for a hardback book, sturdy and strong with a classic feel.

However, for now I may just read the Sunday newspaper, after all, its going to be a long night in the northern hemisphere.

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Red Letter Day: My novel is published

Publication date Alice by K.L LoveleyMy ‘red letter day’ has arrived, Tuesday January 31st, the official publication date of my debut novel ‘Alice’. This is an extremely significant day for me and I will enjoy every moment.

My love of writing began with a gift of a five year lock up diary at age seven, and I have never stopped writing since. I have spent a lifetime making notes in my journals, composing poetry and more recently writing novels. My journey from writer to author has been enjoyable and it has now reached a significant milestone – the official release of my first published novel!

Whilst this event will not be historically important to others, this is and always will be a special day for me and my family. So, let us celebrate together my friends, life is full of joyous moments.

My debut novel ‘Alice’ is now available to purchase at:

Amazon and Waterstones and other leading book stores!

 

 

I finally have the pleasure of holding my own book in my hands

The doorbell rings and I’m off the starting blocks. Alice by K.L LoveleyAfter many months of hard work, I finally have the pleasure of holding my own book in my hands. The familiar smell of the hard back book, the printers ink and the glossy cover, all add to the excitement.

My publisher Austin Macauley, as promised, have sent me ten hard back copies of ‘Alice’. The absolute joy of it all makes this a day to remember, a debut occurs only the once, this my friends is my moment.

If you want to be one of the first people to receive a copy of my debut novel Alice, then: 

Pre-order ‘Alice’ at Amazon or Waterstones today!

I am excited at the prospect of actually seeing and holding my first published novel!

Alice by K.L LoveleyI would like to share with you all, how excited I am at the prospect of actually seeing and holding my first published novel.

My publishing company, Austin Macauley have informed me, that today, yes today my friends I can expect a delivery of my debut novel Alice in hard back.

Now I eagerly await the sound of my front door bell ringing. I’m on the starting blocks ready.

If you want to be one of the first people to receive a copy of my debut novel Alice, then: 

Pre-order ‘Alice’ at Amazon or Waterstones today!

 

Lovely perfume for K.L Loveley

This morning as I applied my favourite perfume ‘Lovely’, it suddenly occurred to me of what an amazing coincidence it is that the name has a familiar ring to it.

Sarah Jessica Parker aka Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the CityLet me explain. Do any of you remember the romantic sitcom, on HBO television called ‘Sex and the City’ ?  The leading role of Carrie Bradshaw was played by Sarah Jessica Parker.  Carrie wrote a weekly column called Sex and the city. I was always fascinated about the way she was inspired each week to cover a subject that would interest the readers.

However, move forward a few years and guess what my favourite perfume is. Yes my namesake, albeit spelt a little different. Lovely by Sarah Jessica Parker. How about that!

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Summer Secrets by the author Jane Green: Book review

Summer Secrets – my GoodReads.com rating: 4 of 5 stars

Jane Green Summer Secrets

Summer Secrets

Jane Green has written with great insight about a sensitive subject and weaved it in such a way that she exposes the genetic origins of Catherine’s disposition to her addictive behaviour. I like the way that she leads us into thinking quite early in the story, that just maybe her father is not her biological father as they are such polar opposites. Jane Green portrays Catherine’s journey through every cycle of her addiction, while describing the consequences of her actions.

My debut novel Alice

My debut novel ‘Alice’ shares a few similarities to ‘Summer Secrets’ by the author Jane Green. The protagonist of my novel becomes an alcoholic. ‘Alice is at times, a gritty but realistic story of a woman who finds herself in desperate straits. The story tackles alcoholism head-on, and presents the reader with an empathetic account of a spiralling addiction and the resulting pattern of hopelessness that many fall into. My novel follows the protagonist Alice, mother of two and step mother to four, from when life’s problems first begin to scratch away at her self-esteem and follow her in her gradual, but steady, decline. ‘Alice addresses the seriousness of addiction and shows us the importance of love and support for an addict with astounding accuracy.

My debut novel ‘Alice’ will be published on 31st January 2017

K.L Loveley Alice available as pre-order at Amazon

Pre-order ‘Alice’ at

Amazon or Waterstones today!

 

 

Publishing my first novel: Each day brings me closer to my publication date

Each day brings me closer and closer to my publication date and the anticipated joy of seeing my first novel “Alice“ in print. In fact, it is now available as a pre-order at Amazon and Waterstones.

These past few weeks have been a steep learning curve for me, in terms of the marketing and production of the book. So much work has been going on behind the scenes. My Marketing Manager has created an author platform using a number of social media outlets. Furthermore, she has been working closely with the Publishing Company to secure media coverage and a Blog Book Tour. Plans are in progress for the book launch and additional book signings, all details will be posted on the website.

Newark Castle Copyright Richard Croft and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.For my part I have been researching additional retailers by visiting local book shops. Recently, I spent a very pleasant time with my husband in the historical market town of Newark on Trent in the East Midlands of England. The origins of which are possibly Roman. Newark has a rich and varied history which includes the well documented siege at Newark Castle by Parliamentary forces during the English civil war.

As I walked past the castle grounds, my mind wandered back in time. You will be wrong if you are now thinking I am imagining the great battle that took place at the castle.

No, this was recent history, just over a decade ago when my son and daughter organised a surprise birthday treat for me in the grounds of the castle. We watched an outdoor production of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet “they had packed a picnic basket full of delicious treats and drinks for us all to share. It was a cultural, fun filled day, etched into my memory forever.

My debut novel ‘Alice’ will be published on 31st January 2017

Pre-order ‘Alice’ at Amazon or Waterstones today!

La La Land – film review

Some sceptics might say that the writers of fictional novels have such a vivid imagination, they must live in La La Land.

With this in mind, my husband and I went to the cinema last night to watch the recently acclaimed film which indeed was named ‘La La Land’. The story of Mia (Emma Stone), an aspiring actress and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) a dedicated jazz musician. Both pursuing their dreams.

La La LandI was full of anticipation as a result of the media coverage, however as much as I enjoyed the film and understood the different layers of the story, it did not hold my full attention until the latter third.

The sets were colourful, bright and interesting, the music although not to my taste (Jazz is not my favourite) did lend meaning to the production along with the dance routines.

In summary it reminded me of the old romance movies brought bang up to date. Anyway enough for now, excuse me while I return to my own La La Land and continue writing my next novel.

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The Tea Planter’s Wife by Dinah Jefferies: Book review

I loved the setting of this story, Dinah Jefferies brings to life, the sights and sounds of Ceylon in the 1920’s. Her rich descriptions transported me to this beautiful country. The characters are very much of their time and place. The story gradually unfolds to reveal an interesting twist which kept me guessing until the author in a timely manner revealed the family history. I look forward to reading further novels by Dinah Jefferies.

This book review is also featured on myGood Reads’ profile,  along with additional books that I have been reviewing, many by bestselling authors.

On Good Reads you can also list my debut novel ‘Alice’ as ‘To Read’.