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In book news, the audio version of The Garden of Magic is out next month. I just received the cover from my talented designer and I’m really pleased… I hope you like it, too!
Also out next month is my first non-fiction title for writers. It’s called Stop Worrying: Start Writing and it reveals everything I have learned over the last decade about overcoming fear, self-doubt and procrastination in order to get books written.
In other news, I had a lovely research trip to London for a new series idea which I am incubating, and I woke up this morning with a completely new book idea which I’m really excited about…. So many ideas, so little time!
First off, a huge thank you to everyone who has bought, reviewed, or spread the word about The Garden of Magic. I am so grateful. The truth is, without reader support I don’t get to do this, so THANK YOU!
If you wish to peek behind the scenes for some of my inspiration for The Garden of Magic, you might like this book board on Pinterest.
The very beautiful Bradford-On-Avon was my model for Pendleford, and you can read more about how I chose the setting here.
In other news, there’s an interview with me in the latest episode of the Joined Up Writing Podcast. It’s my first time as a guest and I was, predictably enough, super-nervous. Wayne and Leah (the hosts) were great, though, and we had a lovely chat.
Finally, a quick squeak of excitement:
The Language of Spells was in the Kindle Daily Deal on Friday and it got to number two in the romantic comedy chart and number 22 overall on Amazon UK! Meep!
Right. That’s enough trumpet-blowing. As you were…
Meep! The Garden of Magic, a novella-length prequel to The Language of Spells, is out today! You can order it from Amazon and Kobo for just 99p.
(iBooks and Nook links are coming soon.) Here’s the blurb:
Iris Harper has lived in Pendleford for decades. The local witch is mistrusted by the townsfolk, but that doesn’t stop them from coming to her for potions, spells, and quick fixes. However, time has marched on, and Iris is aware that her days are beginning to fade. Her sumptuous garden is turning against her, the sweet scent of rot potent, and now a young girl has come begging for a solution at her door. The problem she brings causes Iris to remember a man from long ago – a man she loved, the man she could never trust…
I had lots of fun writing it and I really hope you like it. If you do decide to check it out (thank you!), I’d really appreciate a quick review – they are so important.