Friday, 19 December 2014

More than Time for a Break…

What started out all those years ago as a glorified hobby, one that didn’t amount to a hill of beans at the time, has gradually rebuilt itself.
Like Frankenstein’s monster, built of odds and ends with a very limited knowledge of what would work, not to mention all the things that should work but for some inconceivable reason, don’t.
Just lately, the whole nine yards has snowballed, becoming something we hardly recognise.

Two years ago, we knew nothing of social networking and self-publishing, not to mention Amazon, Smashwords and Goodreads. Now we are writing and editing, blogging and reviewing, not to mention endlessly looking for places to promote our books.
All our efforts, I am pleased to report, are having some effect  and our individual and shared platforms are slowly growing.

Our days are filled with questions and ideas, sometimes we are pleased with our progress, and other times frustrated with our own shortcomings,
I have a feeling that next year will bring more of the same and hopefully a little good news along the way.

So, next week we will down tools and take a break. Concentrate on family matters and leave the PC turned off.
We will be back in the New Year, and hope that every single one of all the wonderful people we have met (and you know who you are) have a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year…

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Would You Read This Book?

Bad Moon was the first book I ever wrote, and came about I think, because I am slightly obsessed with the way the people in West Virginia talk.
Some people call them Hillbilly’s and years ago, there was a very funny television programme called The Beverly HillBilly’s. Maybe that was where it started, I don’t know.
I love the place too; it seems so wild and untamed. So much, I sometimes wonder if my father came from there and I have inherited something. I have it on good authority (from my mother) that he was an American.

So when this very distinctive voice began to speak in my head, all about her life and family, in no time at all I was completely hooked. Annie’s story is nothing like “The Walton’s”, no happy family in the usual sense of the word. They do seem to care for each other, but most of the time what they get up to is pretty hard to live with, a conclusion that the girl in my head had already arrived at.
The more she tries to change things, to make them better, the worse they seem to get. Horrible secrets are revealed and bad things keep happening, but this only seems to make her more determined than ever to leave all the pain and sorrow behind.

The trouble with writing such an unusual book is that most publishers won’t touch it with a barge pole. When I first wrote it, I tried very hard to get it published by the mainstream publishing industry. Most of them loved it, saying it was ‘powerfully written’. It very nearly made it, but, and it was a big but, they discovered to their horror that they didn’t know how to market it, and one by one they gave up on it.

I think it is a great story. It has everything, plenty of drama, horrifying storylines, love and passion, all wrapped up in a young girls rapidly growing sense of right and wrong.
Still trying to find people who will read it, and dare I say it, review it. It needs to succeed, if only because my next book Simple Says is based in West Virginia too and about a similar family group.
In some ways, Simple Says is worse, as it concerns bullying and the abuse of a mentally impaired family member.

I’m sure that if more people were aware of these books, they would receive more acclaim, but I fear my marketing attempts are inadequate at best.

I’m still in there, swinging…so who knows?

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Review: A Face Not Seen...

I love reading and reviewing people’s books and have taken part in many blog tours on Goodreads. So when Michael Ross on Facebook asked if anyone would like to review his book, I immediately said yes.
Most of the books I have reviewed have been very good, and this was no exception. I really liked the title and the cover, it suggested an interesting and mysterious read and I was not disappointed.
The story had me gripped right from the first page, and the gritty, action packed pace was brilliantly plotted. I loved all of the characters, even the bad ones. (don’t ask!)

I always judge a book by how it would translate into cinema, and I can tell you that A Face Not Seen would make a wonderful film. Full of action with no plot holes or awkward moments, and unlike most actions films, Michael has included a believable romance and characters who really care for one another.
All in all, I can thoroughly recommend this book and hope it does really well.