While working on the final revisions for The Secrets of Ghosts, I found time to turn 37 (I know, I’m a multi-tasker extraordinaire).
I had a lovely birthday with a surprise trip to Edinburgh (which included delicious red wine in my favourite bar), and a brilliant gift from my brilliant husband. Look! Aren’t they pretty!
It’s been a fantastic start to 2014 and I’m feeling very lucky. And I can’t believe my second published book is out next month. Meep!
I’ve been mulling over ideas for a ‘release day giveaway’ and will be back soon with full details. I hope you’re all having a good (or, at least, productive!) January and, as always, thanks for reading.
Yes, it’s true! There will be a sequel to The Language of Spells. It’s called The Secrets of Ghosts and it comes out next month! 25th February, to be precise.
My lovely publisher has released the cover and title and it’s up for pre-order on Amazon. Meep!
I’m incredibly excited and grateful, but it also feels a little surreal. I’m still working on revisions and there’s lots I want to do to make the book as good as it can be. I’m going to take several deep breaths and remind myself that it’ll all come together, but if I’m quiet during this month, you’ll know why.
I love the cover and think it works really well with the first book. Hope you guys like it, too!
Oh, and here’s the blurb:
On her twenty-first birthday Katie Harper has only one wish: to become a real Harper woman. Mystical powers are passed down her family generation after generation – some even call them witches – yet every spell Katie attempts goes disastrously wrong.
When her magic does appear, it’s in a form nobody expected and suddenly Katie is thrown into a dangerous new world with shadowy consequences. For the realm of the deceased is not as peaceful as she once thought. The dead are buried with their secrets and only Katie can help the ghosts of the past finally find peace.
2013 was amazing (a word I can no longer say without hearing the Horrible Histories version of Professor Brian Cox), and, at the risk of sounding greedy, I’d love more of the same in 2014.
As well as the highs (becoming a published novelist, connecting with lovely book reviewers and readers, becoming a bestseller – yay!), I was quite stressed out for a lot of last year.
This year, I’m hoping to be more organised and to have more faith in myself.
I also want to write more. Fiction just for myself/for fun, as well as contracted projects and freelance.
With that in mind, my goal for the year (I don’t make resolutions, as such, but I love a goal or two), is to write fiction every day.
I’m a great believer in the ‘little and often’ approach to getting things done. If you can build something into your daily routine and stick at it long enough, it becomes habitual (like brushing your teeth).
How about you? Whatever your plans are for the coming year, I hope you have a good one.