Happy Christmas and Thank You
I’d like to take the opportunity to say a very happy Christmas and a very big thank you to all of you who have supported my writing over the last year. It has certainly been a very exciting year for me and next year is looking to be just as exciting.
This year has seen the publication of The Complete Entlebucher Mountain Dog Book and Embers of the Day, both of which have been very well received. It has also seen both my novels The Appearance of Truth and New York Orphan doing well, so thank you all.
You’re going to have to wait to hear about next year’s plans. Although I can tell you that the prequel to New York Orphan is likely to be available in February, but I’ll bring you more news of that nearer the time.
What I may have omitted to mention is that together with three writing friends we have put together a short ebook, Are We Nearly Famous? which is available to download for free. It includes a short story by each of us and an extract from one of our books. We’ve done it as a way to introduce people to our writing who may not otherwise be familiar with it. Please feel free to share the link with anyone.
May this Christmas bring you and your families peace, happiness and health and may next year be a good one for us all.
Her birth certificate belonged to a baby who died. Her apparently happy upbringing was a myth. Does anyone out there know – who is Lisa Forster?
The Appearance of Truth is available for Kindle at just £0.99 in the UK and $1.99 in the USA until 4pm GMT on the Thursday 3rd August. It then goes up to £1.99 / $2.99 until Monday 7th at noon GMT. Then it goes back to its normal price.
With an average of 4.6 stars from Amazon UK reviews and 4.5 on Amazon.com, there’s a pretty good chance you’re going to enjoy reading it. Go on, live a little, BUY the book!
p.s. If you enjoy reading it, do leave a review to help others to find it too.
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The Appearance of Truth
Lisa Forster’s birth certificate belonged to a baby who died. Her apparently happy upbringing was a myth and her parents had a dark secret.
With Pete Laundon’s help Lisa sets about searching for the truth. She follows up all possible routes, until with no options left she goes to the newspapers for help. After 30 years, who if anyone knows: Who is Lisa Forster? Why was she never told? And who was the baby who died?
The Appearance of Truth is the gripping tale of one woman’s search for identity.
Now prejudice is a dreadful thing and one that I don’t condone in any form. On that basis the following probably totally serves me right.
For years I have disliked Jeffrey Archer. It’s totally unfounded as I have never met the man and have only based by reaction on media coverage, which I am the first to admit is not always either fair or rational. I vowed I would not read books by him as I didn’t wish to line his pockets. Then the problems started.
Firstly, Audible offered me the opening book in the Clifton Chronicles for free. I get through so many books that it seemed like a good idea and of course I still wasn’t giving him any money. Oh woe is me. I discovered that Jeffrey Archer is a very good writer. He weaves solid, believable characters with depth and a story line that will have you hooked from the outset. He is also the master of leaving you on a cliff-hanger, which was my downfall. I simply had to buy the next in the series… and the next… and the next…
If I could have stopped there I might have been able to condone my behaviour, but alas the problem ran much deeper. I have recently been learning about how best to use advertising on Amazon to extend the range of people who are finding and enjoying my writing. In order to do this you put in a list of words people might use in searching for a book and who might then like to consider yours. It turns out that readers of Jeffery Archer’s novels are also likely to be the ones most interested in my novel ‘The Appearance of Truth’. I am now shamelessly taking advantage of this fact in the hope that even a small fraction of his readers will go on to buy my books too.
There is nothing else for it but to adjust my views and so, Dear Jeffrey Archer, I take it all back (well most of it) and I’m now a fan of your writing and delighted that others of your fans are finding my own writing.
(ps if you have not read The Appearance of Truth then you can find it HERE)
It’s finally here – The Appearance of Truth is now out as an audio book. The narrator is Reagan Boggs and if you need any recommendation my husband says he could listen to her voice all day! It’s been great working with her to put the project together. Here is what she said about the book: ‘The concept is such a great one. You hit on all the questions that someone would have to have in a situation like that – addressing the uncertainty and upheaval that makes you question everything about who you are. The frustration of hitting wall after wall when trying to figure out what happened feels so realistic. The need to love and have a child that fuels the desperation to make Maureen to do what she did – the way you have written that is so compelling – I completely empathize with her. You have written the emotion so well, it makes it very easy to narrate. All the characters are so well developed – they all have depth and layers that make them interesting. The overall quality of the story seems to be so much better than what’s usually available on the ACX site.’
You can download the book from Amazon or Audible and, on condition that you are willing to listen and review the book on Audible, I have codes for a free copy to give away to the first five of you who reply to say you’d like to provide a review. If you would like to take part email email@example.com
I really am delighted to announce that in a couple of months my first novel, The Appearance of Truth, will come out as an audio book. It is currently in production and being read by a woman whose voice is perfect for it. I can’t give you the exact release date yet, but I should be able to tell you soon. I shall tell you more about the reader then too.
I listen to a lot of audio books as they really can go with me anywhere. Whether I’m driving or walking the dogs, I’ve always got a book on the go. Whilst of course I read paperbacks and ebooks as well, I do think the audio book has come of age and I will be delighted for my writing to join the ranks of good books available to listen to as well as read.
I was delighted to be interviewed by the website Virtual Book Club about some of my writing and in particular The Appearance of Truth. Better still was an email from a lady who went and bought the book as a result of the interview and read it cover to cover, unable to put it down. It’s things like that that make this the best job in the world.
If you’d like to read the interview you can find it HERE
A very Happy Christmas and New Year to all my readers.
This feels like more of an end of term report than my New Year’s Resolutions. ‘Must try harder’, ‘Would do better if she concentrated on one thing at once’, ‘Talks too much in class’ (for talks read spends too much time on Facebook!). However, what are resolutions borne out of, if not the need for change?
In the next year I want to achieve two main things. Firstly, the completion of my next novel – The Orphan Train. So far it is 40,000 words in and has been stuck there for a few months. Oh so I’ve been busy with Shadow’s puppies and the arrival of our own new puppy and of course Alfie Dog Fiction, but there is no excuse. Let’s be specific, by the end of January that needs to be at least 45,000 words. 5,000 words does not sound much, until I think about the fact I need to recap everything written to date to get back into the right voice for the book I’m supposed to be writing. Some writers can do that at the editing stage and believe getting words on the page in the first place is the most important. For me, that doesn’t work so well. Whilst the words on the page may not ultimately be the right ones, they do need to have the right feel to them.
Secondly, I want to record The Appearance of Truth as an audio book. Again, much of the work has been in preparation for a while – but there it stopped. I am resolving to complete the edits to the text, to make it read easily, by the end of January and begin recording in February. That is a lot easier than the novel as it is already in progress and the points which need editing have been highlighted on my Kindle version. The Kindle is much better to use for recording an audio book as you can turn the pages silently.
Should I stick at just the two? In terms of making sure I achieve them that would be wise, but I’ve rarely gone for the easy option. There is a short story that I have written for a forthcoming anthology that I had in mind making the basis for a novel. However, then I received a letter from a reader of one of my short stories saying ‘Have you thought of turning this into a novel? I want to know what happens next.’ I hadn’t thought about it, but when I sat down and did so I realised it would be rather fun. It’s a humorous story and I enjoy writing humour. The story concerned, ‘A Test of Friendship’ is available as free download HERE, feel free to send me your comments and just maybe you can influence the direction it takes in becoming a novel!
It’s been a busy time and that does include my writing, or at least ‘my dog’s writing’! Shadow’s puppies were born three weeks ago and Alfie has been reporting all the news at www.alfiedog.me.uk It’s no small commitment to blog twice daily, which when combined with sleep deprivation and taking care of tiny puppies means it is hard to fit everything else in. Now they are a little bigger time is become a little more available and I’m trying to catch up.
I have at last finished reading The Appearance of Truth out load as a practice read in preparation for recording it as an audio book. What have I learned? Despite much editing and proofreading prior to publication I have found a remarkable number of minor, niggling errors and for those I apologise. The good news is I will now do a complete edit ready for a relaunch when the audio version is ready.
I have also learned that it is not going to be easy for me to read something that contains so much emotion in places. Now I will need to find a way to get the balance between conveying that emotion in reading it and breaking down during the recording. I strongly suspect there will be a number of chapters which will take several ‘takes’ to record. There is a limit to just how much emotion it is practical to include in the voicing of the book. At a certain level the risk is the words cease to be able to be differentiated by the listener which would be most unhelpful.
I’ve also learned I need to do some more work on the voices and remember which character is which. I will do a short sample recording of each character so that I can check back as I go through to ensure they don’t morph into each other over time.
First off is to correct the text, which I shall hopefully start in the next day or two. In the meantime I hope you enjoy the gratuitous pictures of the puppies. They aren’t writing but you have to admit they are cute!
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