Happy Monday! I’ve got news of a book birthday, some book bargains, and another book cover reveal for you today. Ooh! But first, what a glorious weekend it’s been.
Family Time and Mother’s Day
I’ve actually taken two afternoons off work and spent both of them in the garden. It’s been a real tonic. A couple of days before I was feeling so gloomy – what with the state of the world and little things like that – I vowed not to watch the news again, and I haven’t since that night. Honestly, though, being outside in the sunshine has made just as much difference to my state of mind.
I had children and grandchildren down on both days. We sat outside and listened to the birds singing in the trees, and marvelled at the gorgeous blue sky. It was easy to forget all the troubles and horrors in the world. I know it’s important to stay informed, but sometimes you just have to step away for the sake of your own mental health. Our youngest grandchild, who is nearly eighteen months old, had a fine time in the sunshine. Our seven-year-old granddaughter, on the other hand, said it was too hot and that she’d prefer to be indoors watching Netflix!
I hope your weekend was a good one. A belated happy Mother’s Day to all the mums, stepmums, and grandmas. I hope you were thoroughly spoilt. And hugs to those of you who, for whatever reason, find Mother’s Day difficult.
We’re nearly in April already, unbelievably, and spring is finally here, although the weather’s apparently set to turn chillier this week. Even if it does, as the saying goes, “This too shall pass”, and it’s only a matter of time before the sunshine returns.
Today (28th March) marks a happy seventh birthday to my first novel, There Must Be an Angel, and the seventh anniversary of me becoming a published author. Time flies when you’re having fun! It’s been a real whirlwind, I’ll say that much. There Must Be an Angel is the first in my Kearton Bay series, which is set in a fictional version of Robin Hood’s Bay on the North Yorkshire coast.
Now that spring is in the air and thoughts turn to holidays, why not treat yourself to a trip without spending a penny on petrol? (Not that a penny – or even a few pounds – would get you far!) The first book in the series is just 99p, so it’s a real bargain. Just look at that beautiful, sunny cover!
A Lot Can Happen in Seven Years
In the last seven years I’ve published twenty-three books. Five of those books have been turned into large print editions by Ulverscroft, and two others were produced as audio books by WF Howes. I’ve also had two pocket novels published by DC Thomson, and a short story in The People’s Friend. I’m currently editing book twenty-four and have started drafting book twenty-five. Not bad for seven years!
This month also marks the fourth anniversary of me becoming a full-time author, which still staggers me. I can’t believe I get to do something I love for a living. Last month I was so tired and emotional that I considered quitting writing – for about five minutes. The truth is, I don’t think I’ll ever give up as long as I’m physically capable of writing.
What I’ve realised, finally, is that my concentration wavers at around one o’clock in the afternoon, and I start faffing instead of writing. Now I make sure I’ve got my word count in before then, and spend the afternoon doing admin. (Or sitting in the garden!)
Bright New Shiny Ideas
Because I’m working that way, my writing mojo has returned and I’m bursting with new ideas. I’m currently working on both the Tuppenny Bridge and The Witches of Castle Clair series, but I’ve had four new series ideas.
They’re all in different sub-genres, but they’ll all have my voice and style. I’m not suddenly going to start writing gritty police procedurals or Stephen King type horror, I promise. One will be the cosy mystery I told you about. One will be a spin-off from The Witches of Castle Clair. And the other two will be – well, I’ll tell you later! What am I like? 😉 It’s very tempting to start working on them right now, but it would be impossible to juggle so many series at once. The good news is I’m not likely to run out of ideas any time soon.
I’ve got a new cover to show you. It’s for the second Witches of Castle Clair novel, My Favourite Witch, and I think it’s absolutely gorgeous. I’ll be revealing the third cover (To Catch a Witch) to my newsletter subscribers on the first Tuesday of the month, so don’t forget to subscribe to my newsletter if you haven’t already.
I’ll be uploading the new covers for this series very soon. I’m just waiting for the cover of the fourth book so that it can go up for pre-order at the same time. I can’t wait to see it!
New Doctor at Chestnut House, the first in my popular Bramblewick series, is currently enrolled in Prime Reading, so all Amazon Prime subscribers can read it for free. It’s also just 99p to buy!
And the fifth Bramblewick novel, Summer at the Country Practice, will be on a Kindle Countdown Deal from 3rd to 8th April and will also be just 99p/99c for that limited time, so pick up your copy at a bargain price.
Some real bargains there for you. That’s all for now, but I’ll reveal the cover of To Catch a Witch very soon, along with the title and blurb for book 4. Let’s hope the sun keeps shining.
Have a great week!