Rewriting and Recovering

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Hello, my lovelies.

After boasting that I had finished my latest book, rewrites appeared from my editor, and I had to re-open the document and get back to work. I was expecting edits, of course, but they coincided with a busy time personally (I help out with my the local youth theatre group and it’s been the lead-up to show week) and a teensy fainting episode which resulted in me bashing my head.

In case you missed it, I did a short ‘update’ episode of my podcast, The Worried Writer, at the beginning of the month: The Worried Writer #21: Deadlines and Mild Concussion

I have been off the internet and social media in an effort to focus on my book and get the rewrites done by the deadline and it’s been very helpful. Much as I love the internet (and I do, truly, love it!) it was good to take a step back and reduce the number of external voices in my head. Especially with the turbulent (and terrifying) political times of the last couple of weeks.

I’ve also done lots of reading, which is always a good thing.

I will have to put together a ‘recommendations’ post soon, but for now I’m currently enjoying The Outrun by Amy Liptrot.

Also, a quick reminder that The Language of Spells is now available in audio format. If you don’t already have an Audible account, you can sign for up for a one-month free trial and get it completely gratis! (Or any other audiobook you fancy, of course).

The Language of Spells: Audible UK                      Audible US

Personally, I love audiobooks and if you have any recommendations, I’d love to hear them!

And, as always, thank you for visiting.

The Language of Spells Audio Book

It’s out! My very first (published) novel is now available as an audio book and I’m thrilled.

If you don’t already have an Audible subscription, you can sign up for a FREE one month trial and get The Language of Spells completely gratis!

It’s also available from iTunes and Amazon.

I also have a limited number of review copies available. If you are interested in one of those, send me an email.

In other news, I am very close to finishing my current WIP. I got very stuck with this story earlier in the year and couldn’t work out how it ended, which was, frankly, terrifying.

However, I have been working through the edits from my agent and I had a breakthrough. I now have an ending (pro tip – books need endings!) and lots of ideas for improving the rest of the book. Thank goodness! I was seriously worried for a while there…

 

 

 

 

 

The Language of Spells Audiobook – Cover Reveal!

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Look at the pretty!

The cover art for the ebook and paperback editions of The Language of Spells belongs to the publisher, so I needed to make something new for the audio book.

My wonderful designer linked the audio cover with the original by adding the curling teal vines around the edges of the image, but overall we went with a bolder, darker look. This cover is only ever likely to be seen as a thumbnail on the iTunes or Audible stores, so I wanted it to stand out. I really hope you like it !

I just finished listening to the audio files of the finished book and the narrator, Stevie Zimmerman, has done a wonderful job. It will hopefully be out by the end of the month, but I will keep you posted.

If you like audio books and are interested in receiving an advance copy (in exchange for an honest review posted on your blog, Audible, iTunes or Amazon), please sign up to my newsletter below, as I will be offering some to my subscribers (or email me!).

Summer Holidays, Reading, Writing and Catching Up

Hello, my lovelies!

As is often the way, I need to start this post with an apology for neglecting the blog. I find that writing here often slips to the bottom of my ‘to-do’ list and I need to have a good think about how I can remedy that…

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Zelda can't believe the summer holidays are over, either.
Zelda can’t believe the summer holidays are over, either.

So, the summer was wonderful (lovely family holiday to France, lots of lazy starts and relaxed days, and some beautiful sunshine here in Scotland) but it went far too quickly.

I allowed myself lots of ‘reading for fun’ time, which was pure heaven. Some notable favourites include Paradise Lodge by Nina Stibbe, Peter May’s Lewis trilogy (Scottish crime fiction, book one is The Blackhouse), A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman and We Are All Made of Stars by Rowan Coleman (which made me sob on the plane back from France. Embarrassing, but worth it!).

I also recommend The Art of Deception; a fun fantasy novelette by my friend Stephanie Burgis. It’s stuffed with scintillating sword fights and delicious deception and is available from all good ebook retailers!

The children (who are both in their teens, now, so I should probably call them something else) went back to school last week. Yes, autumn comes quickly north of the border, and we are, once again, neck-deep in after-school activities, uniforms, and homework.

And, I’ve also been writing lots. I finished a supernatural thriller and sent it to my agent for her opinion (meep!) and am now diving into the edits for a book I wrote earlier in the year. It is set on the west coast of Scotland in the present day and 19th century Edinburgh, and I’m planning to finish it in the next couple of weeks. Then the terrifying submission process can begin.

In other news, the audiobook for The Language of Spells is on its way. I’ve been listening to the files as they are recorded and the narrator, Stevie Zimmerman, is doing an AMAZING job. I’m so excited!

Do check back next week for the cover reveal and publication-date, and thanks for visiting!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday Motivation: Happy Author Is Happy

The sparkly owl I knitted also makes me happy. Essential companion when reading and stalwart book-cosy!

It’s Monday morning as I write this – not traditionally a time of deep joy – but I am fizzing with excitement. Okay, some of that may be the caffeine (I didn’t sleep well and possibly over-filled the tea bucket) but it’s mostly happiness.

I am just so damn lucky because I love my job. I went out for a meal with my lovely husband recently and do you know what I started blethering about as soon as my first beer hit? My job: My current WIP, my ideas for this website, how amazingly nice and supportive my readers are, how flipping lucky I am, and how I still can’t believe I get to do this…

So, thank you to you all for being here. I am so grateful to you for reading and talking about my books and for hanging out in my corner of the internet.

And I’m grateful to all readers, too. They (well, ‘we’, since I’m a reader, too) support an industry which promotes creativity and empathy and enables a (lucky) few to work in their PJs.

On that note, if you fancy winning a signed copy of The Language of Spells, there’s a GoodReads giveaway running at the moment (finishes Thursday). You can enter here.

 

 

Behind the scenes in The Garden of Magic and an interview

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!

I snapped this house (while on holiday in Wiltshire) as it's just the way I pictured Jon's house in Pendleford.
I snapped this house (while on holiday in Wiltshire) as it’s just the way I pictured Jon’s house in Pendleford.

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!

TLOS_21Aug_2romanticchartRight. That’s enough trumpet-blowing. As you were…