Wednesday 25 August 2021

In Haste

 Very short post today as I am in the midst of second edits and as we know, everything stops for edits.  So - it's just a quick reminder that the book itself is out on 21 September and a trailer for forthcoming attractions. 

I've got a list of posts I want to share in the next few weeks with some glimpses backstage - outtakes that didn't make it to the final cut, a profile of the three important female characters, and a post on the book that I meant to write and the book I ended up writing - not quite the same! This book was a personal journey in many respects, using experiences from my own family history, my academic research and objects that I have inherited so I'll be talking about that too. 


Wednesday 18 August 2021

Writing Archaeology

 Not the kind that digs trenches, although I do have an archaeologist in the next book. I'm currently awaiting the next round of edits, and do not want to get too deep in the WIP so am doing a job I've been ducking for ages - excavating the house. At the moment that is all my cabinets with writing related contents. 

There are all sorts, old manuscripts that never saw a publisher and probably never will, the first drafts of published books, snippets on interesting stuff - from concierge services (Does that sound familiar) to white hat hacking, by way of forensics, old NWS reports, useful ephemera from trips abroad (mostly Italy!), notes from courses, conference papers. Some I'm keeping some I'm shredding. 

There are various awards and commendations. that I have never displayed. As part of this revamp I hope to have a proper 'study'   - which will not mean that writing will not take place all over the house, as now, but that my paperwork will be corralled in one place so maybe I shall have a chance to rectify that. 

I've not yet found the drawer full of rejection letters, but I know it is there. What to do with them? Mundane shredding, or a ritual bonfire? I'll try and remember to let you know. 

The edits will be back, probably today and then it is all systems go for release day on 21 September. E book first, then there will be audio and paperback in due course. I have a lot of things about the writing of the that book I want to share with readers, but I'm hanging on to those until it is actually out. Maybe I'll tell you a little about them next week though. In the meantime, A Villa in Portofino is on pre-order. 



Thursday 12 August 2021

Here it is!

 The cover is revealed and the book is live for pre-order if you want to be sure of your copy on release day 21st September - which is almost exactly one year since A Wedding on the Riviera came out. 

You can preorder HERE

I have a brief breathing space before the final edits come back - so today I'm might be catching up with Masie and Elliot from book four in the series! 

Wednesday 11 August 2021

Unveiling tomorrow

 I'm still working on the finishing touches for A Villa in Portofino, but in the meantime tomorrow Thursday 12th the cover will be revealed. 

Wednesday 4 August 2021

In Haste

 The edits for A Villa in Portofino have arrived, and I am elbow deep, so this is a quick post. The book is meant to be out in September, so you can see the problem! 

Once it is all done I'm really looking forward to posting about aspects of the book and it's back story. I'm planning to talk about some of the out takes - cuts I made to reduce the word count, about the family treasures and history of my own family that I used to form the story, and about the book idea that I started with and the book that I ended up with - that was a journey.

And of course there will be the all important cover revel. 

For the moment, I'll see you on the other side.