Sunday 26 March 2017
As well as being spoiled on 'Mother's Day' I'm also out blog posting. You'll find me over at the One Stop Fiction Readers Blog discussing locations used in my contemporary novels and I'm also sharing a little secret about Topaz Eyes.
Click HERE to read the post.
Monday 20 March 2017
The characters are well-drawn and the action is fast-paced as befits the idea of a computer game. As Aran, Fianna and Bruce attempt to complete the tasks set by Callum, we are swept back to a time far more dangerous than our own and are able to explore the risks of time travel from the comfort of an armchair.
This is the first in a series and the underlying premise of a particular kind of time travel promises well for future stories."
My thanks to Myra Duffy, (aka the amazon customer) who has posted this review.
Now I need to persuade a few more people (like thousands of) to try it out -
Now why is this Monday any more hectic than the usual? It would be mainly because I've got an extra piece of blog posting to fit in today. I also need to play domestic catch up after having been away for a long weekend.
My reason for being away was to attend my FIRST EVER writers conference. I hopped into the car last Friday lunchtime and drove the 140 miles or so to get to Cumbernauld, near Glasgow, Scotland. The Scottish Association of Writers (SAW) conference was being held at the Westerwood Hotel, a very nicely appointed conference/leisure facility.
I wasn't attending the Friday evening session which kicked off the conference because I was staying with my relatives who live approximately a mile and a half from the hotel. That proved to be an inadvertent mistake because I missed hearing Myra Duffy, the adjudicator of the Barbara Hammond Trophy competition giving her updates on Friday evening. Unbeknown to me at the time, my time travel novel was placed second = and I missed the public announcement.
All of the SAW awards are only disclosed at the conference (some adjudicator updates are Friday night and some first thing Saturday morning) many of which are entered using pseudonyms to promote fairness during the selection/reading and finalising processes. This means that no-one knows in advance if they are a competition winner or are 'runner-ups'- but I din't know all of that till the Saturday when it was too late!
The Barbara Hammond Trophy for Best Self Published Novel is a fairly new award from the Scottish Association of Writers.
When I joined SAW a couple of years ago, I looked at their competition listings which are very extensive. Many of them are for poetry and short stories but there were a couple for full length novels, and ones for fiction for younger readers.
In autumn of 2016, I decided that my self-published time travel novel The Taexali Game fit the self-published criteria for the Barbara Hammond Trophy so I sent off my submission. Then I forgot about it till just before the 2017 conference. Since I found no updates anywhere to tell me who won, I reckoned that I hadn't been successful.
On arrival at the hotel I knew none of the sea of faces surrounding me, the conference being a large one with hundreds of attendees. However, I'd 'virtually' met a fellow Crooked Cat Books author, Rosemary Gemmell, and we met during the extremely brief coffee session before the first workshops. After greeting each other her words made no sense to me in the throng. I had to make sure to talk to a woman named Myra Duffy who particularly wanted to speak to me. The first opportunity came at lunch time. To my great surprise she commended my novel highly, told me she had really enjoyed it and had had a very difficult time choosing which novel should be placed first. She had ultimately chosen another novel to be first and placed The Taexali Game second.
Her adjudicatory comments on The Taexali Game are exceptionally well received by me and I look forward to the reviews she has promised to place on Amazon.
The conference workshops I attended were varied and entertaining and I had a thoroughly good day. The hotel is to be recommended for excellent decor, food and friendly service. I'm pretty sure that I'll probably do the whole '3 day ' conference next year.
Now to get on with more writing!
Wednesday 15 March 2017
It's the Ides of March, the 15th, and it's always a great day for me since it's my birthday. I've been given some fabulous gifts so I'm returning the favour to my readers.
As I indicated in my recent spring newsletter, I have some special gifts for you on this day of Mid March Madness.
The Taexali Game, my historical time travel adventure for early teens, is now available on Amazon at the seriously reduced price of 99p/ 99c/ 0.99 euros so now's a fantastic time to hope on over and get your bargain copy HERE!
FREE **competition** for you!
My WINNER will receive a signed copy of one of the above contemporary romantic mysteries.
THE RULES are simple. To WIN:
- Like my Author Page on FaceBook (click this link to access the page)
- Tell me which of the covers shown above that you prefer and why.
- Tell me which of the titles you think you would like to read and why.
**Competition** open till Midnight Sunday 19th March 2017. (UK time)
But neither expect love to enter the game.
Can Nairn persuade Aela she’s the woman for the long haul as the mystery is solved?
Monday 13 March 2017
She's been doing a series of 'tips to help before and after your story is published'. I really was unprepared back in 2011 when I got my first publishing contract but with some help and guidance that needn't be the case for someone in 2017.
You can find my guest post HERE.
Sunday 12 March 2017
This time it's called Thunder Moon by Joanne Mallory.
Saturday 11 March 2017
I posted this a five star read on Amazon and Goodreads - though I'm aware that the subject material might be just too graphic for some to handle.
Friday 10 March 2017
Just Kindle Books today, Friday 10th March 2017.
I haven't tried this site before for marketing my novels so I'll be keen to see if there's any movement of Topaz Eyes on Amazon.com.
If you haven't yet read Topaz Eyes but love a deep mystery that has yet another mystery to solve just when you think you've cracked it then you can grab a copy on the Amazon US site for only $2.45 or £1.99 on the UK site. Other Amazon domains have it at an equivalent of £1,99.
If you've been to #Amsterdam or #Vienna or #Heidelberg or even #Edinburgh you'll love the descriptions of these cities as my characters move around the world to find the Tiru Salana emerald collection that was once in the hands of Geertje Hoogeven, a member of an Amsterdam 'jewellery store' family in the 1880s.
Other locations in Minnesota and the US also feature as my main characters Teun Zeger and Keira Drummond avoid the nastiest of the cousins who are also seeking the long lost 'family jewels'.
Just click the link HERE if you fancy an engrossing weekend read.
Wednesday 8 March 2017
~ India Drummond, author of the Caledonia Fae series
The case is further complicated by unhelpful senior officers who make pre-judgements on colour, creed, race and sexuality. Yet the insight of the investigators helps them uncover a sinister plot, although they too have something to hide: their own fledgling relationship.
Will Angus and Raff be able to solve the murder without giving away their secret?
The best and worst of human nature is represented in this story, which is why it is suggested for over 18s only.
Friday 3 March 2017
It's a bright and lovely morning, a great start to the day. It was also lovely to find that one of my novels, The Beltane Choice, was given a Discovering Diamonds Award today.
The Discovering Diamonds site is a prestigious one and the awards are given out sparingly which means it's great to get one regardless of what the reviewer likes or dislikes about the historical novel.
I agree with the reviewer that The Beltane Choice is a more standard romance than the next two books in the series but it's also not a historical romance in the normal sense either.
There's a little point to mention, though, that the reviewer says that I mention Boudicca throughout the novel when I actually don't mention her at all- though I do mention the northern Brigante Queen Cartimandua a number of times.
I can now use the logo on my blog and will be delighted to do so.
Wednesday 1 March 2017
|National Library of Scotland|
|Sir George Mackenzie|