I 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:
My publishing company ‘Austin Macauley’ have set up a goodreads giveaway, so that 10 lucky people can win a copy of my debut novel ‘Alice’.
How to win a copy of the book
Availability: 10 copies available
Giveaway dates: Jan 27 – Feb 03, 2017
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.
Let 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 – my GoodReads.com rating: 4 of 5 stars
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
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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.
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
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.
I 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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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 my ‘Good 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’.
As my journey towards the publication of my debut novel ‘Alice’ gathers speed, I decided to slow down my pace a little by retreating to our place of sanctuary, so on Saturday morning my husband and I made our way to our cottage on the water.
Of course, being mid-January, the boat was not very warm and welcoming. I immediately set the fire in the wood burning stove and within minutes the boat was filled with a warm cosy glow.
Time to put my feet up you ask? Those who know me well, will not be surprised to hear that after less than an hour I was as ambitious as ever to put in place further marketing ideas to enhance the interest in my debut novel.
While my husband busied himself with a little boat maintenance, I drafted a letter to the editor of our Marina newsletter, outlining the details of Alice and how it may be of interest to the many fellow boaters on our Marina, especially as the story has a thread running through it related to the British waterways.
Happy with myself that I had been a little proactive towards my journey of writer to published author, I curled up on a comfy chair beside the fire and began reading ‘Summer Secrets’ written by bestselling Jane Green. That’s me sorted for a few hours, for once I start reading a good book, I can get totally lost in the world of the story. Although I might have to stop reading occasionally to put a log on the fire.
Have you read ‘Summer Secrets’ by Jane Green, what do you think about it?
John le Carré ‘s ‘A Delicate Truth’ intrigued and transported me into the world of counter terrorism and all that it entails. The plot constantly kept me guessing about a potential conspiracy and what the outcome might be for the British Foreign Office. A Delicate truth wet my appetite to read further books written by John le Carre.
On GoodReads I rated ‘A Delicate Truth’ 4 stars.
Have you read the book, what do you think about it?
If you haven’t yet read it, you can purchase at Amazon, and other book stores.
Gently pulling the bedroom blind up this morning I anticipated a view that corresponded to my inner child. Thick, deep snow, glistening in the weak morning sunlight, enticing me to pull on my thick Aran sweater, woollen tights and old Levi jeans. I am such a dreamer at times, carried away by my imagination, which instead of waning as I approach a new decade, (not letting on, which one) is more active than ever.
Despite the double glazed windows I could still hear the gentle roar of the wind, which held a promise of the lull before the storm. However, much to my disappointment and contrary to my expectations, the sleety snow was disappearing into the ground, leaving just a scattering of residue between the blades of grass on my lawn.
Oh well, maybe later I can walk through the snow, as according to the lovely and lively Des Coleman who reads the weather forecast with such joy in his voice , there is likely more to come.
For now, I will settle for a nice mug of tea, sat beside my cosy fire and once more remember my happy childhood, when I played in the snow with my siblings.