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 By this point the Persecuting series was unpublished.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.

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.

Why Indie Publish

I get asked this a lot. Why did I self-publish?

The main reason was because I get to keep full control of my book. Yes, I have to hire an editor, cover designers, find arc readers – all done by publishers if traditionally published, but I don’t have someone telling me to change the story, give the characters different names. I even know authors who are told to change the book’s name.

My editor is brilliant. I can fly ideas across her. She points out plot faults and problems. Makes comments on what needs changing, but at the end of the day, I make the final decision – usually I accept them all, she knows what’s she doing. Believe me, editoring isn’t easy.

Covers, which I’ve done myself, are now professionally done, apart from one series and that might change. The designer’s I use know what they are doing and the covers you’ll see coming through soon are great. If it’s not premade, they listen to what you want.

And the title remains the same. Characters I’ve grown to love aren’t changed. The book I put out there is the novel I wanted too. Just a hell of a lot better than my first draft.

I’m not dishing traditionally published books, they are just as good. But the time for Indie authors is growing. Give us a go. You can approach us just as easy, we don’t bite. We’ve just a friendly bunch who have stories to tell and will fight to do it.

NEWS

Yeah! I’ve sent Falling for Katie through to Amazon review. Release date will be 19th April 2019 – that’s Good Friday. My Easter present to you all.

So, how about a cover? All done too.

This romantic suspense will keep you turning the pages.

Running a business isn’t as easy as it appears, which is something Katie Gowen figures out when she opens a flower nursery.

While on a delivery she’s snowed in at the hotel and must delay her return journey. When she can leave she crashes. Found with amnesia, she is held against her will. With no leads the police are stumped, and her parents call in a private investigator.

Finlay Gallach never wanted to return to Gretna. Bad memories still plague him, and he still carries the scars from a painful childhood. However, as he opens the email, which asks him to help with Katie’s case, his heart pounds at the photo of the woman. With no choice but to return, Finlay realises his own heart cannot be saved.

Can Katie be saved? Will her memory return and what about the boyfriend she already has?

Read their story as it unfolds with twists you won’t see coming.

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