The book Are We Nearly Famous? has come about as a result of four writing friends looking for a way to promote each other’s work. Patsy Collins, Sheila Crosby and Rosemary Kind originally met through an online writing forum while Lynne Pardoe joined the group later.
Together with fifth group member, Susan Jones, they give honest feedback on each other’s writing projects and help to make sure that the work their readers see is the best it can be. “We all have published books,” says Patsy Collins, “and were looking at ways to help each other promote our writing. Offering a free back with stories written by each of us seemed an obvious route to take.”
The book contains both short stories and opening chapters from some of their novels. The writers hope that if readers enjoy this they may go on to try other of their available books. “Although some of our work is in different genres,” says Sheila Crosby, “we all write some women’s fiction and it was that which drew us together initially.” Between them they also write everything from science fiction to crime, and historical fiction to humour. All four also write non-fiction drawing on their individual areas of expertise.
“The great thing about working online,” says Rosemary Kind, “is that it doesn’t matter where we are. Sheila lives in the Canary Islands, while Patsy and I both do a lot of travelling. As long as we have an internet connection we can still work together.”
Between them the four have more than thirty published books to their names – and they are all working on more. Their stories and articles have been published in a wide range of magazines both in the UK and abroad. The book title Are We Nearly Famous? is a tongue in cheek question by the authors. “We’re not household names yet,” says Lynne Pardoe, “but we’re certainly working on it.”
Are We Nearly Famous? is published by Alfie Dog Fiction and is free to download HERE.
I am extremely proud to announce that The Complete Entlebucher Mountain Dog Book has launched today. This book is a real labour of love. ‘Hobby’ is just not a strong enough word describe what I do with my spare time. I have spent the last 10 years developing the breed in the UK and along the way become an accidental expert. What could have been better than to combine my love of this breed with my writing to produce the first completely breed specific book in the English language?
It runs to almost 200 pages of information on everything from the history of the breed, it’s development in the UK, caring for your dog and the sheer wonder of owning such an intelligent breed. If you are an owner it will help you know how to get the best out of your relationship with your dog and to manage their peculiarities and foibles. If you are thinking of getting a dog it provides all you need to know to decide if this is the right breed for you. If you are just a general dog lover, there is plenty to entertain and enlighten as well as 160 colour photographs. It’s also useful for anyone who might be thinking of breeding from their dog or who does not know where to start with introducing a puppy to their home.
To make sure there is an easily affordable option, the ebook includes everything that is in the paperback or hardback, but if you can stretch to it you really will be very pleased you’ve bought the hardback. Both the paperback and hardback are 7” x 10” (178 x 254 mm) and will look great on any coffee table!
For some reason in the UK the hardback is not showing up for sale but if that is the version you would like then please email me and I will get one sent out to you as soon as I have them. The hardback in the UK is £30.99 so I can sell it direct for £32 including postage. For postage to other countries please enquire first for a price – thankfully it is appearing on some Amazon sites as available direct from them but not all yet.
I don’t often gush about my work, but this book has me grinning from ear to ear! I know it’s more niche. I know I should be just as thrilled of the lovely five star reviews my latest novel is picking up, but I really am ridiculously pleased with how this has come out.
I can’t sign off this post without thanking all the wonderful people who have helped make this happen. I’ve been given access to photographs, knowledge, time – all of which has been very much appreciated. Thank you all.
One other thing, 10% of all royalties from the book will go to help pay the costs of the lovely Heidi who is in rescue care in the UK and help to make sure we can complete all the treatment she needs.
Why now take a look on Amazon now? You can find the book HERE
There is nothing more frustrating than having to hold yourself back from a project you’re excited about. I can’t wait to get started on the next novel in the Flynn and Reilly series. From the feedback I’m getting, many of you want me to do that too.
It’s wonderful for an author to have people finish a book and ask how soon they can start the next one. The second in the series will take up the story not long after the first leaves off when the campaign for votes for women in the US started to pick up.
You might ask why I can’t start it now. Well, apart from trying to fit Christmas in and having a busy family life, I’m just putting the finishing touches to a completely different book that will be out very soon. The Complete Entlebucher Mountain Dog Book has been a labour of love about the wonderful breed of dog with which I share my home. I hope to bring you news of its release very soon.
There’s still time to order New York Orphan in time for Christmas, so if you know anyone who enjoys a compelling novel do order your copy HERE.
New York Orphan - Book Launch
You are invited to the launch of New York Orphan! It’s on Wednesday November 15th at 7pm in Waterstones, 15 Coney Street York.
The book itself will go on sale from October 23rd and will be available in both ebook and paperback. You will be able to buy it from Amazon or your local bookstore or ask for it at your local library. The ebook can be preordered HERE now and preorders for the paperback will begin on 1st October.
The launch event itself will run to around 8.30pm and include a glass of wine, an interview about the book, reading from the book and questions, as well as the opportunity to purchase a signed copy.
If you would like to attend the Waterstones event then please r.s.v.p with the numbers attending to firstname.lastname@example.org
New York Orphan
From fleeing the Irish Potato Famine, to losing his parents on the ship to New York, seven-year-old Daniel Flynn knows about adversity. As Daniel sings the songs of home to earn pennies for food, pick-pocket Thomas Reilly becomes his ally and friend, until he too is cast out onto the street.
A destitute refugee in a foreign land, Daniel, together with Thomas and his sister Molly, are swept up by the Orphan Train Movement to find better lives with families across America. For Daniel will the dream prove elusive?
How strong are bonds of loyalty when everything is at stake?
Based on real history, the strength of the characters in New York Orphan will move you with their desperate plight to survive. A gripping story of love, loss, betrayal and bonds of kinship.
New York Orphan will be on sale from October this year. Sign up for updates and an invitation to the launch.
Which book are you going to put at the top of your Christmas wish list? Which book are you going to buy for everyone from your uncle to your best friend? Which book will you get an invitation to the launch event for?
The answer to all of those questions is, of course, New York Orphan. It has been years in the researching and the writing and now I am delighted that you can be one of the first to see the book cover and join in the excitement of building up to the launch.
For the next few months, I am going to tease you, tickle your literary appreciation bone, (trust me you have one) and leave you desperate to start reading as soon as it hits the shelves.
The book cover has been designed by Katie Stewart of Magic Owl Designs, and brings together key aspects of the book. It is 1853 in New York. Seven-year-old Daniel Flynn’s family left the Irish Potato Famine behind, in search of a better life. As happened to many children, Daniel’s parents died on the six-week crossing to America and he arrived on the wharf in New York as an orphan.
The current refugee crisis is nothing new. There were thousands of children on the streets of New York at that time, their families having fled from war, revolution and famine in Europe. New York Orphan, whilst a fictional account of how life played out, is deeply rooted in historical research and it’s shocking.
To make sure you don’t miss out on the build-up to the release of the book, then either sign up to my newsletter HERE, or like my Facebook page HERE in order to receive the latest news, and of course, your launch invitation.
It’s here. It’s available in time for Christmas and, though I say so myself, it’s well worth reading if you want to learn more about writing.
From Story Idea to Reader
From Story Idea to Reader is an easily accessible guide to writing fiction. Whether you are brushing up on your writing skills or starting out, this book will take you through the whole process from inspiration to conclusion. No matter if you are looking to submit your work for publication, enter a competition, or want to self-publish, this practical guide will help you every step of the way.
Between them, Patsy Collins and Rosemary Kind have sold hundreds of short stories, written sixteen published books and produced numerous articles for Writing Magazine and similar publications. They’ve both judged writing competitions and run workshops, and Rosemary has read and edited thousands of short stories and published dozens of books for other writers.
With the information, help and encouragement in this book, you too could see your work in print.
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