Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Thought you might like to see this

This is what my books look like while I'm working on them. This is Johnny Doesn't Drink Champagne, Book One of my time travel trilogy, just after I completed the first draft. I've covered it with little sticky notes to remind me about stuff I have to fix. After that I listen to it, using TextAloud, and pick up heaps of typos and missing words, and after that, it goes to my editors, critique partners and beta readers. I ask a whole variety of people to look at it, and I try hard to listen to what they have to say. I like to know which lines made them laugh - and it's always great news if they picked the lines that I liked best too.

Just heard that my freebie e-book, the Lady and the Locksmith has hit #8 on the 'historical romance' list in the UK - which is fantastic news! It is stomping up the rankings at Barnes & Noble too, garnering lots of four-star ratings. It has the first chapter of Johnny Doesn't Drink Champagne inside, so if you haven't got yours yet, go grab a copy. I'm looking forward to announcing the release date of the time travel series. It's going to be so exciting! Time travel, with vampires, and an American girl falling in love. 

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Baring My Bookshelves to the World

Hi guys,
Ever wondered what an author's bookshelves look like?  Here's a chance to have a peek at mine. This is, can you believe, a 'reduced' collection, because we had a major house fire last year and had to throw out quantities of smoke damaged books (if you want to know more about that, see my other blog post 'Courage Under Fire').

As you can see, I'm one of those people who loves 'real books' and yet I'm embracing the e-revolution whole-heartedly. I got my e-reader LAST Christmas and it has opened up a whole new world for me. I also read a lot of books on Kindle for PC - the free application that anyone can install on their computer. How often these days do you find yourself explaining to someone how they can get hold of an e-book - instead of how to find a great bookshop?
As an author, I am finding that most of my royalties now come from my e-book sales - although I'm still keen to have everything I've written released in print, because I still get lots of emails from people who like print books best. I can well believe the predictions that most books sold will soon be e-books though.

At the moment, only my full-length novel American Smile, is available in print, soon to be joined by the first book in my time travel trilogy, Johnny Doesn't Drink Champagne - which will be released in all formats. In 2012, a lush new story will appear. The title will be RAF HERO and it's about a handsome young pilot and a nineteen year old Irish girl with a guilty secret. They meet in a bombing raid in London in 1941, and he saves her when she doesn't want to be saved. Can't wait to share it with you! Meanwhile, I shall be writing ... fast!