In The Light of What We See – Spotted In The Wild!

In The Light of What We See - Amazon Kindle Top 100
My book cosying up to The Night Manager in the Kindle Chart!

Hello, my lovelies.

I apologise for my continuing obsession with In The Light of What We See. Normal service (AKA book recommendations, cat pictures and writerly fretting) will be resumed shortly.

Reviews have been rolling in (eighty five-star reviews on Amazon so far!), it is still in the top 100 of the Kindle chart, and some folk have been kind enough to send me pictures of my book ‘in the wild.’

In The Light of What We See, Sarah Painter, book,

There’s one from my friend Rachel… Doesn’t my book look lovely with a glass of bubbly? What an EXCELLENT combination. Also, a big thank you to Aimee, who posted the lovely Kindle pic on Twitter.

Also, for those who may not know, this week was the London Book Fair (massive industry trade show). Keris Stainton (YA author and wonderful human being) spotted my book on my publisher’s stand and was kind enough to take some snaps. I almost fainted with excitement when I saw them. Seriously. I have been reading about London Book Fair (and deals struck there) for a decade and now my book was there: Displayed next to mega best-selling superstars Mel Sherratt and Mark Edwards. Meep!

I have also been thrilled with the number of book bloggers who have taken the time to read and review the book. Thank you to every single one – I am hugely grateful.

‘In The Light of What We See is a book that will stay with me for a long time, with two female characters who had such good stories to tell, in vastly different ways, but both were just as important and I never wanted to be done with Mina to get back to Grace, or vice versa. This was a delightful tale, and absolutely perfect for Sarah Addison Allen fans, you will not regret reading this book.’Bookish Escapes

In other news, I have been struggling with the WIP, drowning in a sea of admin (courtesy of my volunteer role at local youth theatre group), and trying not to let publication/deadline stress take over my life. Ha.

I am almost at the end of a new (very messy) first draft and that’s a bit of a tense time. I wrote about my fear of finishing over on The Worried Writer, if you’re interested.

Thank you for visiting and I hope you have a lovely weekend!


Toot! Toot!

A spring afternoon spent skimming stones on Elie beach.
A spring afternoon spent skimming stones on Elie beach, followed by fish and chips. Every conversation prefixed by the words ‘this time last year…’

Toot! Toot! Yes, I’m afraid that’s the unseemly sound of me blowing my own trumpet…

I’ve been feeling very nostalgic this month. The warm sunshine and the hedgerows bursting forth with cow parsley reminds me of writing The Secrets of Ghosts. Plus, we’re fast approaching the one year anniversary of my debut, The Language of Spells, being published.

This time last year I was unpublished. Now, I’ve got two books out and am well on the way to finishing another one.

I worked towards this point for so long (and spent so much time wondering if I would ever get there), that it still feels like a dream.

This time last year I was terrified. I felt exposed. I kept waking up in the middle of the night, fearful of my writing being ‘out there’. What if everybody hated it? What had I been thinking? I couldn’t do this… People were going to look at this thing that I’d made up and they were going to know how stupid/vapid/talentless I really was.

Instead, I had the most fabulous year. Friends and family were lovely and supportive and said so many nice things about the book that I just about swooned from happiness.

Book reviewers and readers were just as nice and I couldn’t have wished for a better reception.

Which brings me to my trumpet-blowing… Almost a year on and The Language of Spells is number six in the magical realism chart on Amazon (US), and people are still discovering it, tweeting about it, emailing me, and leaving lovely reviews.

I just read this one on Amazon:

I genuinely enjoyed reading this book and have purposely held off on buying the sequel so I will have something wonderful to read when I’m down. The whole story is well-written and engaging. I love the family dynamic. 

I feel so lucky and so grateful. My readers are the best! Thank you!


The Secrets of Ghosts Publication Day!

The Secrets of Ghosts coverThe Secrets of Ghosts is released into the wild today!

[Shameless Amazon link]

It’s the follow-up to The Language of Spells and, as some of you may know, it put up a bit of a fight. I can’t quite believe it’s finished. And I really can’t believe it’s now Out There.

I’m delighted, though. In a year I’ve gone from being unpublished to having two books out, which feels pretty amazing.

Plus, although the book was hard to write, it’s stuffed with things I think are fun:  A 1930s mystery, a reformed con man, ghosts, and revisiting Pendleford and the Harper family.

Thank you for reading my waffle and for your continued support. And, if you do read the book, I *really* hope you like it. Meep!

My book is a Kindle Daily Deal!

This is the life, @sarahrpainterYou guys! The Language of Spells is the (romance) Kindle Daily Deal! Meep!

I’m so delighted and really hope the bargain price tempts a few people to take a chance on an unknown debut author.

Perhaps you – yes you – have been hovering over the ‘buy now’ button? Maybe this one-day-only low price is the push you need… Go on! It’s only 99p!


Thank you to my lovely publisher and, of course, Amazon.


[Photo credit: Keris Stainton. Look how well my book goes with a glass of wine… Did I mention it’s only 99p today?]

In which I am published!

Ron Swanson is excited, too.

My first book is published today!

It’s out in the world for people to read – to enjoy (or not), to buy (or not), to hate (please not).

I’ve been striving for this day for a long time and now it’s here, I feel a crazy mixture of happiness, hope, excitement, anxiety and gratitude. If my feelings at this moment were a sound, they’d be an elongated and very high-pitched ‘meep’. So, business as usual, really…

I had fizzy wine (essential to calm pre-publication nerves) last night and have started today with an avalanche of kind messages, gifts, and cards. Thank you to my lovely friends and family for being so wonderfully supportive.

I’m over on Keris Stainton’s blog today for the first stop of my blog tour. Do stop by if you have a moment!

And, don’t forget, if you leave a comment on this post (or tweet a link), you’ll be entered into a draw to win a Nook Touch e-reader.

Announcing The Language of Spells Blog Tour

To celebrate publication (tomorrow!), I’m heading off on a blog tour.

A book tour you can do in your pajamas: Best. Invention. Ever.

Here’s the schedule. There will be guest posts, interviews and giveaways; hope you can make it!*

Thursday 30th May – Keris Stainton

Friday 31st May – Strictly Writing

Saturday 1st June – Novelicious

Monday 3rd June – Maria’s Book Blog

Tuesday 4th June – Carina UK

Wednesday 5th June – Derek Thomson

Thursday 6th June – Chick Lit Reviews

Friday 7th June – Novel Kicks

Monday 10th June – Katlyn Duncan

* If you think this post over-uses exclamation marks, just wait until tomorrow’s…