Well, it’s a been a while, hasn’t it? Blogging has rather fallen off my to-do list this year and, I’ll be quite honest, I’m not sure whether that situation will improve… I am thinking of renaming this section of the site ‘news’ or ‘what I’m working on at the moment’ to indicate the more sporadic nature of the updates.
The blurb isn’t up yet (sign-up to my mailing list to be notified as soon as I have it!), but the book is set on the west coast of Scotland in the present day with a historical strand, set in Victorian Edinburgh.
In other news, I had a lovely summer and am now raring to go with my new writing projects.
I have just finished the rewrites on a supernatural thriller (darker and more violent than my usual fare) and am getting stuck into a new series idea… More on that as soon as I’m able to talk about it!
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.
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I have a cover and official blurb for my new book, In The Light of What We See.
I think the designers at Lake Union have captured the mood of the book perfectly and I’m thrilled. Hope you like it!
Here’s the blurb:
Brighton, 1938: Grace Kemp is pushed away by the family she has shamed. Rejected and afraid, she begins a new life as a nurse. But danger stalks the hospital too, and she’ll need to be on her guard to avoid falling into familiar traps. And then there are the things she sees…Strange portents that have a way of becoming real.
Eighty years later, Mina Morgan is brought to the same hospital after a near-fatal car crash. She is in terrible pain but recalls nothing. She’s not even sure whom to trust. Mina too sees things that others cannot, but now, in hospital, her visions are clearer than ever…
Two women, separated by decades, are drawn together by a shared space and a common need to salvage their lives.
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.
On Friday my publisher released the cover (and blurb) for my debut, The Language of Spells. Look – it’s so pretty!
The eagle-eyed may have noticed that this prompted a teeny-redesign of my blog/website and a minor assault on the social media hubs of t’interweb. Yes, I’m now on GoodReads, as well as FaceBook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
Plus, I got my very first advance review – from Clodagh Murphy, author of Frisky Business and Girl in a Spin. She said:
“Sarah Painter is a talented new writer, and her debut is a charming, romantic and intriguing story, with a little touch of magic. It had me enchanted.”
Thanks so much, Clodagh!
I’ve also been thinking about a way to celebrate publication and to say ‘thank you’ to you, my lovely blog readers, and it seems high-time for a giveaway. Watch this space.