Wednesday 26 June 2024

Last day of the exciting Coffee Pot Book Club Blog Tour for Novice Threads!

Hello again!

Here are all of the tour stops that Novice Threads (and me) has visited today. There are 2 guest posts to read; 2 excerpts; 2 interviews; 1 spotlight and one fantastic Review! I thank all of the hosts for the time taken to help me to promote Novice Threads. It's definitely appreciated. 

Click the links to visit and please feel free to leave a comment, so that we know you've popped in. 

June 26th

When Angels Fly

Guest Post

The Book's Delight


Oh look, another book!


Pam Lecky's Official Blog


Amy Maroney’s Official Blog


Linnea Tanner’s Official Blog


The Whispering Bookworm


Left on the Shelf

Guest Post

Enjoy the reads, and if you don't yet have a copy to read the full novel just click the sidebar link and get your Kindle copy at the huge bargain price of 99p/99c (offer only till the end of June so just 4 more days!) 


Novice Threads is on the last day of its tour with The Coffee Pot Book Club!


Since I'm having a bit of trouble with getting access to this 'create a new post' page on my Blogger Blog just now, I'm seizing the moment to thank my tour organiser for all the hard work it takes to organise a tour that is in excess of 25 different blogs. My thanks to my good friend and tour organiser Cathie Dunn!

I also give thanks to all of the tour hosts who have taken time out of their busy writing (and personal) lives to host Novice Threads by posting excerpts, promotional information, author interviews, guest posts or reviews. I know how much time is involved and do truly appreciate it. 

Check my Facebook page for updates if I can't post on here. 


Oh look, another book!: On tour with The Coffee Pot Book Club — Novice Thr...


I've been having some trouble signing in to my Blogger  blog since yesterday but lo, and behold! I seem to be able to share this with you right now. 

Today, Wednesday 26th of June, is the last day of my Novice Threads Blog Tour with the Coffee Pot Book Club. The host at 'Oh, look another book! has posted an excellent review.

This is the final sentence below, but there are so many fabulous comments that highlight the host's delight in the read:

"I absolutely loved this book and it is my favourite read so far in 2024!"

I'm so glad she enjoyed meeting Margaret and her fellow characters in the novel. A huge thank you to the host - reviews are always very welcome indeed. Please click the link below to read her review in full. 

Oh look, another book!: On tour with The Coffee Pot Book Club — Novice Thr...:  I love this book so much! Scroll down to check out my review of Novice Threads by Nancy Jardine. Thank you to The Coffee Pot Book Club for...

Thursday 20 June 2024

Novice Threads is out visiting again!


Yesterday, Wednesday 19th June 2024, was another extremely exciting and busy day for Novice Threads, Book 1 of my new Silver Sampler Series. The Coffee Pot Book Club blog tour, advertising Novice Threads every Wednesday in June, was busy again. I give thanks to the tour organiser and to all of my hosts - You are all stars for opening your blog to me and taking the time in your very busy day to set up the posts. 

We [meaning Novice Threads and me]  visited 6 different blogs and gained another super 5* review from the Book Bandits Blog!

The tour stops for 19th June 2024 were: (in no particular order)

1) Archaeolibrarian You'll find an Excerpt on this blog

2) The Book Bandit's Library You'll find a super 5* Review here

3) Carolyn Hughes’ Official Blog You'll find a Guest Post on this one. The topic I covered was Good Old Fashioned Victorian Morality!

4) Judith Arnopp’s Official Blog  You'll find an Excerpt here as well.

 5) A Darn Good Read Yet a different Excerpt here.

 6) Ruins & Reading There's another Guest Post on this one covering some of the historical aspects of the Victorian era that I included in the novel.

Please pop in and say hello - my lovely hosts will appreciate you paying a visit!

Happy Reading...


Thursday 13 June 2024

A new addition to my Roman bookshelf!

Good Morning!

Today I'm not promoting the Victorian era, since I've just been alerted to the fact that a friend, Alex Gough,  who writes adventures in the Roman era, has a new book out today. 

Caesar's General is Alex's second book about Mark Antony (Caesar's Soldier is Book 1). Here's the blurb to whet your appetite. (errr...It's snared me already) 

Rome will never be the same again…

The empire is at a crisis point. Caesar, Rome’s greatest general and conqueror of Gaul, now faces being stripped of his command and dragged back to Italy for prosecution by his enemies.

His former ally, Pompey, has sided with his opponents in the Senate and frustrates all efforts to find peace.

Caesar does the unthinkable. He crosses the Rubicon and marches his army into Italy to invade Rome, with Mark Antony at his side. The empire is thrown into civil war. Antony will either rise to the heights of power, or be executed as a traitor. The die has been cast.

This is the greatest story of Roman history retold from Mark Antony’s perspective by a rising star of the genre. Perfect for fans of Conn Iggulden and Ben Kane.


That's the link for Amazon UK but it may work across all Amazon territories. (If not, use the title to search wherever you are globally) 

Happy Reading! 



Wednesday 12 June 2024

Novice Threads Coffee Pot Book Club Blog Tour stops today!

Good Morning again! 

My Coffee Pot Book Club Blog Tour continues today, the second of my every Wednesday in June features. Here's the promised list of blogs I'm expecting to be visiting today, doing different things to promote Novice Threads, Book 1 of my Silver Sampler Series.

(N.B. Some of the features may not appear till later in the day, depending on the global location and schedules of my lovely hosts) 

  • You'll find an INTERVIEW at The WritingDesk  where Tony Ritches has asked me some very interesting questions. 


And on the following blogs you might find a different EXCERPT from the novel on each blog.  Lots of snippets for you to get to know my character Margaret. 


I'm off to do a bit more writing now on Book 2 of the series. 

Enjoy visiting my hosts today and please leave a comment to let them know you've popped in.  


A Super New 4* Review for Novice Threads

Good Morning!

It's Wednesday again and I don't quite know how that happened since the last week has flown by. I've been spending lots of time at my desk checking for new reviews for Novice Threads, checking how it's been doing on the Amazon Charts mainly in the UK, Australia and Canada - though also on the US site where sales are trickling in, even though that geographical area hasn't been targeted for any special paid promotions. 

I'm delighted this morning to find a super new 4* review from Lily who reviewed Novice Threads via NetGalley and posted on Goodreads. I absolutely love what she's written: it's very complimentary and makes this author very pleased that she's really appreciating my characters and plot. [It makes me wonder what else would have made it a 5* review.]  

Here's what she likes about my characters and their story. 

"In this fun historical fiction novel, readers travel to nineteenth century Scotland where Margaret Law finishes her schooling, much to her joy. Wanting to become a teacher after tutoring her friend Jessie, Margaret must put her dreams on hold because her parents’ business collapses and she must find work in Edinburgh, a big change from her small town life. Working as a tutor in the same household where Jessie is a maid, this new job is exactly what Margaret wants, except the tension in this household, her parents’ growing estrangement, and Jessie’s personal secrets are making things more complicated. As things change and become more complicated when tragedy strikes and questions get answered, Margaret must decide what she wants her future to look like. A charming, realistic, and straightforward protagonist, Margaret and her story are immersive and compelling, and the worldbuilding in this novel is absolutely masterful, bringing Victorian Scotland to life. With a fascinating story and wonderful characters, the setting of this novel brings the social class of Margaret and Jessie to the forefront while also emphasizing the differences between rural and urban Victorian Scotland. With excellent characters, a vibrant setting, and a fascinating plot, this novel is a must-read for historical fiction fans."

My thanks to Lily for taking the time to write such kind observations and...for enjoying my characters. 

I'll be back very soon to give a list of the blogs Novice Threads will be appearing on today, since this is Week 2 of my Coffee Pot Blog Tour. 

Click the link on the sidebar image to get your own copy of Novice Threads (which is still 99p/99c) if you've not read it yet, and see what is exciting the reviewers.

Happy reading!


Monday 10 June 2024

Novice Threads is making its presence felt!

Its a Hello Monday!

I've been busy promoting Novice Threads in lots of places across the Social Media network.

It has climbed the charts a little bit on Amazon (dot) com (US) regardless of the fact that I haven't specifically targeted the region. The recently released novel (not quite 4 weeks ago) has now garnered 7 ratings on the Amazon (dot) com site [a small number to be sure compared to some new releases but realistic for me] x5 of them are 5* and 2 are of 4* s. I'm absolutely delighted with that and love that readers are enjoying my characters and their settings. 

One of the social media sites I did try paid promotion with was BookBub where I got an International one-day deal. That meant the novel would be emailed out to BookBub readers in the UK, Australia and Canada regions on the 6th June. I'm on tenterhooks now because Novice Threads has zoomed to #9 in the British and Irish Historical Literature chart, and #11 in the Family Saga Fiction chart in the Amazon Australia charts. I must now remember to check not only how it is faring on UK and US charts, but also Australia and Canada. 

Novice Threads also has 3x5* and 2x4* on Goodreads, 2x5* on BookBub, 3x5* and 3x4* on BookBub and a few 5* reviews on private blogs! 

Reviews are so very welcome and I feel honoured when a reader posts one, whatever site they post on. 

Updates on how the novel is being received will follow in due course. Meanwhile I'm looking forward to Wednesday 12th June when Novice Threads will be featuring on a different range of blogs during the Coffee Pot Book Club Blog Tour. There will be different excepts, unique author interviews and guest posts specifically written for my host venues! Look out for the details and feel free to pop in and comment. 

Now, with all of my garden commitments and doing promotion on social media for Novice Threads, when am I finding time to get on with Book 2 of the Silver Sampler Series? Tomorrow is another day. 

Enjoy your reading. 


Wednesday 5 June 2024

Novice Threads tour stops today!


It's a lovely morning here, and especially so since Novice Threads is getting out and about, virtually visiting some excellent blogs! 

Here are the blogs where Novice Threads is being hosted today on my every Wednesday in June blog tour with The Coffee Pot Book Club. Please pop in and say hi - it'll be appreciated by my host and by me. In addition to 3 spotlight posts today, you'll find an excellent review of the novel, a teaser of an excerpt from Novice Threads, and an exclusive guest post written by me.

(In no particular order the stops are:) 

1) Yarde Reviews & Book Promotion - Spotlight

 2) Elizabeth St.John's Official Blog - Excerpt

3) Deborah Swift's Official Blog - Review

4) Let Your Words Shine- Spotlight   

5) Mary’s Bookcase - Spotlight

6)The Coffee Pot Book Club- Guest Post

My thanks to all of my wonderful hosts for taking the time out of their busy lives to feature Novice Threads today. 

Have a lovely day and hopefully an enjoyable 'reading' one. Here's the link to Novice Threads on Kindle at Amazon where you'll find it at the super bargain price of #99p/ 99c , if you've not yet got a copy! 


Tuesday 4 June 2024

Novice Threads is 99p/99c!


Novice Threads, my recent release, is going on a blog tour with The Coffee Pot Book Club! To celebrate, the Kindle version is now reduced to 99p/99c.

Novice Threads is going to be hosted on lots of different blogs during the next four consecutive Wednesdays, beginning tomorrow 5th June 2024. At each tour spot you'll find combinations of excerpts; a spotlight feature with the blurb and buy details; author interviews; guest posts written by me; and I hope also to find some reviews of the novel. There will be loads of variety, so please follow the schedule and visit the blogs! It would be lovely if you pop in a hello in the comment box on each tour spot, then I'll be able to reply and say hello back!

If you've not yet read Novice Threads then this is a really great time to buy.  (Click HERE to get a copy) 

There are some super reviews coming in for it. I'm delighted that readers are really enjoying my characters and the story of Book 1 of the new The Silver Sampler Series. If you do enjoy the read, then please consider posting a short review, or rating, on Amazon  - it would be so welcome. 

Here's the Tour Schedule. I'm really looking forward to visiting the amazing list of blogs who are hosting Novice Threads! 

See you soon!