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Where did the last two weeks just go?

Happy Friday, folks! So, two realisations struck me this morning. The first was that it is only ten days until Christmas (I know, how on earth did that come around again so quick?!!). The other was that  it has already been two weeks since Ethersay was released. I just can’t believe where the time has gone, which I suppose is what happens when you’re busy. And no doubt about it, these last two weeks have been an absolute whirlwind, between the launch, doing online events, and taking bookings for future events, I’ve barely had chance to draw breath!

So, today’s post is all about taking stock and saying thank you. Thank you to everyone who has bought Ethersay in the last two weeks. Thank you to those who managed to get along to the launch or who participated in my online party or one of the online events which I guest-hosted. Thank you to those who have liked and shared my posts about Ethersay on social media. Thank you to all those who have been in touch with me to tell me how much you enjoyed the book. Thank you to those who have left a review on Amazon, Goodreads or somewhere else on the internet. And thank you to those who have told a friend about Ethersay, or who have bought it for a friend or loved one as a Christmas gift.

All the advertising in the world does not come anywhere near the power of word of mouth and personal recommendation. This is true for all writers but especially important, I think, for indie authors – without a vast marketing machine at our fingertips we are so, so reliant on people talking about our books. So, once again, thank you.

I have been absolutely blown away by the great reception that Ethersay has received, and really delighted by some of the reviews readers have left. Here are a few quotes from what readers have said on Amazon UK and US:

“A book you can lose yourself in on a winter day…I have honestly never read anything like it.”

“I was hooked from the start. Strongly recommend.”

“Exciting and well-paced.”

“The way King infused Scotland’s political history into the story was brilliant, and all the mystery, suspense, and drama kept me intrigued and clutching my chest at times.”

As a writer, there is no better reward than hearing that someone has enjoyed your book. So, I’m going to say it again, thank you!

 

Ethersay: The Launch

Happy Tuesday folks! This weekend was very busy and exciting, with Ethersay keeping me well and truly occupied! Since the book came out on Thursday I have held online events, done some guest blogging and of course, held the paperback launch in my hometown, Armadale in West Lothian, on Sunday.

The launch event was immensely successful and I would like to thank all those who came along to support me – the turnout was excellent! I would also like to thank local MSP Fiona Hyslop for  hosting the event. Here are some photos from the day:

The launch event also saw the premiere of the trailer for Ethersay, created by Stewart Kerr Brown of The Imagination Engine and starring West Lothian based actor Jodi Findlay. I am delighted to share the trailer with you – it is available on YouTube and on my Facebook page so if you like it, please do share it!

Ethersay is available now at Amazon / iTunes / Barnes & Noble / Smashwords / Kobo

Ethersay Release Day!

Today is release day for my third novel, Ethersay.

The full trailer for the novel is still to be released, but here’s a wee snippet of what’s to come:

Are you intrigued yet?

Ethersay is available now in ebook and paperback format at Amazon / iTunes / Barnes & Noble / Smashwords / Kobo

And remember, it’s not too late to join my Release Day Party on Facebook tonight, or to come along to the Paperback Launch in Armadale, West Lothian on Sunday.

I hope you enjoy the story!

The Making of Ethersay: the Trailer

Happy Wednesday, folks! It’s cold and wintery here in Scotland, the days are getting shorter, and Christmas isn’t quite near enough to get excited about it just yet. So, if you’re like me, you might be in need of a bit of cheering up, right? Well, for a midweek treat, I thought I’d share a bit of trailer-related news with you.

Last week I spend a couple of days on location in Aberdour, Scotland, filming the trailer for Ethersay. The trailer is being created by Stewart Kerr Brown of The Imagination Engine and stars West Lothian based actor Jodi Findlay. This was the first time I’d ever been involved in film-making and I had so much fun! Being a writer can, at times, be a solitary business and it was refreshing and inspiring to collaborate on a creative project with such wonderful, talented people.

The trailer will be premiered at the Paperback Launch Event on 3rd December and will be posted online just shortly thereafter, so watch this space, but in the meantime here are a few photos taken during the making of the Ethersay trailer:

Hopefully these photos have intrigued you. I’m very excited about the trailer – can’t wait for the big reveal!

Ethersay Release Day Party is announced!

As I mentioned last week, I will be holding a paperback launch in my hometown of Armadale, West Lothian on 3rd December so if you live in the area and would like to come along, simply join the event here.

However, for readers who are further away I am pleased to announce that I will be holding an online release day party on Facebook on 30th November, from 7pm until 10pm GMT. The party will take place on the Event page and it’s easy to get involved – simply RSVP by clicking ‘going’ and don’t forget to invite your friends, too! Then come along on the night to play games, chat about the book and above all, have fun! Oh, and there might be a giveaway or two along the way! So, to get involved, join the event now by clicking here.

I look forward to seeing you all on 30th November to celebrate Ethersay’s release!

 

Nineteen days to go…

…until Ethersay is released.

Follow me on Facebook and Twitter  to keep up to date with everything Ethersay – teasers, trailers, and launch events.

I will be holding a paperback launch in my hometown of Armadale, West Lothian on 3rd December so if you live in the area and would like to come along, simply join the event here.

For readers who are further away, I will be holding an online launch party on 30th November – details coming soon!

Ethersay will be available to buy in ebook and paperback format on 30th November from Amazon and other major online retailers.

Ethersay Cover Reveal & Release Date

I’m really pleased to announce the release of my third novel, Ethersay, on 30th November 2017. I’m also delighted to reveal the book’s cover in this fantastic teaser trailer created by the incredibly talented Stewart Kerr Brown of The Imagination Engine, with voice-over provided by the fantastic Jodi Findlay:

Frankly, I am over the moon with this trailer, with the cover, and with how the book has turned out. This novel is quite a change of direction for me – my first contemporary story, my first dual narrative, and my first novel which combines politics with a healthy dose of suspense!

In the coming weeks I will be releasing more intro material, including a full length book trailer. But for now, here is the cover image along with the book’s blurb:

Ethersay CoverEthersay
Release date: 30th November 2017

“The day after the referendum, my life fell apart…”

The day after the Scottish independence referendum in 2014, Glaswegian Yes activist Rebecca Owen decides to run away. After being involved in a car accident she is knocked unconscious and when she wakes, she finds herself inexplicably marooned on an isolated Scottish island, Ethersay.

Suffering from memory loss, Rebecca finds herself drawn into the island’s mysteries, particularly those surrounding the strange disappearance of a young woman, Delilah Berry, whose fate seems to be inextricably intertwined with her own. As Rebecca draws closer to the truth about Delilah, she is forced to confront what happened to her in Glasgow, and everything she lost, with devastating consequences…

A stirring tale of passion, loss and betrayal, Ethersay is a novel about the search for truth, but also the pain of remembering.

Like the sound of Ethersay? Add it to your Goodreads reading list today. 

The Art of Patience

The hardest thing about writing is waiting. At least, that’s the conclusion I came to earlier this week.

I was standing at the sink, washing dishes to the umpteenth time that day and allowing my mind to wander over my recent writing endeavours. Since I returned from my summer holidays, I have submitted queries for my forthcoming novel to countless agents and publishers (okay, I do have a count of them in a spreadsheet somewhere, but the number doesn’t immediately spring to mind). I have also submitted short stories for quite a few competitions, and a number of anthologies. In all honestly, I haven’t really stopped – I even penned an entry for the Costa Short Story Award while on holiday, literally using a pencil and a notepad, since I was stateside sans laptop. So old-school.

I wrote and wrote, and I submitted and submitted and… well, I’m still writing. And waiting. And waiting. And…waiting.

The rejections are one thing, and there have been a few of those, but the silence is definitely the hardest part. Silence allows space for questions – what do they think of my work? What if they hated it? Is it already in the bin? Will they ever reply? How long should I wait?

Argh – questions.

So, by the end of the week I had decided to take matters into my own hands. I would use this waiting time productively. I would keep writing, of course, but I would identify other things I could be doing as well, and I would get on and do them. For example, if my next novel is not picked up by an agent/publisher then I will be self-publishing it this autumn. I can be ready for that – I can have the blurb, cover and graphics all done, I can prepare the promotional material I want to use, I can plan the launch. If my book gets picked up – great. If not, I’m organised.

Hopefully in the coming weeks I’ll be able to announce that I’ve been successful in an anthology or competition, or that my book has been signed up. But if not, my third novel is coming soon, nonetheless.

So watch this space for Ethersay-related announcements.

If the days of the week were people…

Good morning everyone and hope you’re having a wonderful summer!

It’s been a busy time over the past few weeks with family holidays, birthdays, events and trying to enjoy the sunshine – well, when it appears. This is Scotland, after all…

Anyway – I digress. As well as being busy with family commitments, I have been writing lots of query letters to literary agents and independent publishers in an effort to secure a publisher for my forthcoming novel, Ethersay. Hopefully more about this soon, but for now, watch this space…

Some writers are able to move from one novel and straight onto the next with little difficulty. Unfortunately, I have found that I am not one of those novelists. Whenever I reach this stage with a book, where it is finished, the manuscript is edited, honed and being touted around the publishing world, I find it difficult to start my next project – I suppose you could call it a book hangover, of sorts.

I used to find this frustrating but, thankfully I’ve learned now to put this lull to good use. Big projects might be off the table (for now), but a time like this is a good opportunity to reflect and to explore, and to create smaller pieces. So, over the last few weeks I have focused on pulling together ideas for future books (and there are plenty of them; indeed, where do I begin?!) as well as working on some short stories, many of which I have submitted for competitions and anthologies.

I have also been writing some poetry which was a surprise even to me! Since so much of my focus over recent years has been on prose, I thought I had forgotten how to write a poem. Today I thought I would share with you a piece I wrote this week. It was inspired by a prompt provided at my writers’ group, which was to write about the day of the week as though they are people. Originally I had intended to write a prose piece for this but a poem just seemed to fit better, somehow. I am pretty pleased with it, and it is this sort of pleasant surprise which is one of the many reasons why I love going to a writers’ group. If you’re a writer too, please, please look up your local group and consider joining – a good writers’ group can provide so much support and inspiration, as well as friendship and fun. I really cannot recommend them enough.

Anyway, here is my piece – I hope you enjoy it.

If the Days of the Week were People…

Monday – he’s the guy who likes to grumble,
The reluctant one, likely to stumble
Over his own two feet
Like the drunk who’s ready to greet
At his own misfortune.
Well, it is the start of the week.

Tuesday – she’s feeling a bit better,
She’s found her rhythm now, and if you met her
In the street, you’d see a smile
That’s been hidden for a while
(For twenty-four hours at least).
Well, there are only four days left in the week.

Wednesday – he’s all about feng shui,
Balance, equilibrium, he knows it’s better that way;
Like the Zen-master filled with peace
This guy will never cease
To relish his happy medium.
Well, it is the middle of the week.

Thursday – she’s the lady who likes to hope,
The optimistic one, never likely to mope,
To grumble or to complain.
She knows there’s so much to gain
Because she’s almost there:
It is almost the end of the week.

Friday – he’s the one who’s giving it laldy,
Well, what else should he and his pals dae?
Beers, parties, having fun –
He looks back on his week and knows he’s won!
He’s made it this far and he’s going to enjoy it:
After all, it is the end of the week.

Saturday – yawn, she wishes she was tougher,
Friday went on too long and now she’ll suffer.
Snuggled down in her blankets she tries to sleep
But all her efforts at counting sheep
Are thwarted – damn week-day body clock, go away!
After all, it is a weekend day.

Sunday – he’s as wholesome as a roast beef dinner,
Naps, television, gentle strolls – he’s onto a winner.
Refreshed and recovered from the week’s traumas,
He’s the guy who will never bore us.
Although when evening comes we begin to fear:
We know that the start of another week is here.

Pitch/Blurb for Ethersay Revealed

I’m pleased to reveal my pitch/blurb for my forthcoming novel, Ethersay. Currently pitching my novel to literary agents, fingers crossed!

The day after the referendum, my life fell apart…

The day after the Scottish independence referendum in 2014, Glaswegian Yes activist Rebecca Owen decides to run away. After being involved in a car accident she is knocked unconscious and when she wakes, she finds herself inexplicably marooned on an isolated Scottish island, Ethersay.

Suffering from memory loss, Rebecca finds herself drawn into the island’s mysteries, particularly those surrounding the strange disappearance of a young woman, Delilah Berry, whose fate seems to be inextricably intertwined with her own. As Rebecca draws closer to the truth about Delilah, she is forced to confront what happened to her in Glasgow, and everything she lost, with devastating consequences.

Woven across two timelines which draw together one woman’s experiences of remote island life and the climax of the Scottish referendum in Glasgow, Ethersay is a contemporary, literary novel about the search for truth, but also the pain of remembering.