First Book Talk

I’ve been doing craft fairs for a few years now. Always before I actual began writing. So now I sell my books at the craft fairs, I can talk direct to potential readers.

It was at one of last year’s fairs that a lady brought a copy of Persecuting Abi. After mentioning me to her book club, I got an invite to talk to them. Imagine me shaking and not in delight.

Public speaking? Me? Eh, no way? Yes, you heard. I do not do public speaking. So why on earth did I say yes? Eh, even I can’t answer that one.

Anyway, I went to meet them earlier in the year and booked in for June. Still shaking here. If anyone felt an earthquake, it was me. Sorry. So, I toddled of for the evening and they were so nice.

Anyway, June appeared, I ignored the talk as long as I could. By this point the Persecuting series was unpublished. The first thing I spoke about was myself. Another thing I hate, talking about myself. This is where you are probably asking yourself why I became an author. If you ever get an answer, can you let me know? Next, I talked about the Persecuting series. The woman who bought the book told me it gave her nightmares. But that series is very dark. Next I talked about the Romancing in Scotland series and my future Fareious trilogy.

After that came the questions. Which I think I fielded quite well. I remained nervous the whole time, and repeated myself a few times. However, the experience will make me better the next time. I hope.

The happy group.

Holiday

So, last week I was up in sunny Scotland. Yes, the sun does shine up there. It rained all week at home, so I’m glad I went.

I managed to increase the first draft of Fareious three to 42,000 words, I’m re-reading what I’ve done at the mo. Fareious one is still at the editors and number two – I’ve just started editing through.

Anyway, I had a great time up in Dunoon. Went to Oban and visited the chocolate shop – you don’t want to know how much I bought. Inveraray was another place we went. The coach driver, Greenline, were fantastic. Couldn’t have had a better time.

And I dropped off a book fairy copy of Falling for a Katie in Luss, and Falling for a Duke in Gretna. Hope whoever has them, enjoys them and leaves them in another public place for someone else.

New Newsletter sign up

I’ve re-set up my newsletter and have a competition.

How would you like a kindle copy of Persecuting Abi? I’ve one, or maybe two, to give away and all you have to do is sign up to my newsletter.

This book is now out of print. Yes, it’s being re-vamped, but come on, an original copy? You know you want one.

And, you get to stay up to date with the latest news and a chance to become arc readers – get the new books before release.

And those who were signed up, need to re-sign.

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Thank you’s

Yeah, I got the cover I wanted for the first in my Hunter’s series. By the way, that’s not the actual series title, just shortened stand-in. Don’t want to give too much away.

It’s stunning and I’d like to thank Kim at Atlantis designs for producing the prefect premade.

I’ve also got a second cover to match another premade I fell in love with. It was a standalone, but now a series of two – but will that change? Another thank you to Moorcrooft designs, who will hopefully deliver the latest cover to my collection tomorrow. They are going to match the typo and remove the border. The colour base is blue.  Going to be a fab series.

Plots are outlined for all of the three above books, but the Fareoius trilogy must come first. I’m close to three quarters through the first edit of the first book. Hope to get that over to my editor by July. A month behind.

I’m nearly 20,000 into the second book, after deleting the whole 21,000 words last week. But it’s stronger and better.

And last but not least. Not been a bad month fore sales. So, a big thank you to my newest readers. Enjoy.