Radio Broadcast

Preparing for this book launch has been full of new experiences. The craziest was the film we made – it’s not released yet. But I will share the photo.

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Another fun hour was making a radio programme which broadcast on April 11th. Our bit starts at 3.30 seconds and lasts about half an hour, including excerpts from our books.

On Tuesday we are embarking on the craziest thing of all, a Facebook launch party, which could go horribly wrong. But it’s all a steep learning curve and we are having trials beforehand. Join us along with 4 guest authors for fun, music, giveaway competitions on the Arun Scribes Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/groups/1124757317646074/ between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. British Summer Time.

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Six Days To Go

Ranter’s Wharf becomes available on Amazon on April 15th as an e-book and on the 27th as a paperback. For the first time, I am also trying out Kobo, Scribed, Apple etc. It’s an experiment to see if it really is worth being on KDP select or not.

The next big thing is our Virtual Launch Party on Arun Scribes Facebook Page on April 18th. I do hope we get lots of people joining in to win book prizes. We have guest authors, Ruth Dugdall, John Broughton, Jane Cable and Michael Parker as well as my Virtual party invitationcolleagues in Arun Scribes, Angela Petch and Patricia Feinberg Stoner.

Then the big day itself, the book launch at Arundel Museum on Sunday, April 30th between 10 a.m and 1 p.m.

In addition, we have made a radio programme which airs on April 11th. I will add a link to it once it comes out.

And last Thursday the three of us sat on a bench in a shelter on Worthing seafront and were filmed. This must be the most bizarre publicity stunt ever. Three Ladies on a Bench, not Forgetting the Dog, is the title. I cannot describe it. You will just have to wait for it.

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Book Trailer for Search for the Light

I’ve just had lots of fun playing around with Powerpoint. You can’t sell books without marketing and with the launch coming up, my launching colleagues are brainstorming continuously. Now we’re thinking of a virtual launch for out friends overseas. What do you think? Are you up for it?

So I have made a Book Trailer for Search for the Light am working on a trailer for the Digger’s Daughter and then the new book, Ranter’s Wharf. There is actually a song about Ranter’s Wharf I must ask if I can use it.

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Ranter’s Wharf Synopsis

This is what I have settled on.

When Betsy, a strong and determined spinster, of independent means, adopts her motherless nephew, she doesn’t mean to fall head over heels in love with the child. When she plucks William from the bosom of his family, she does it out of self-interest, hoping to thwart unwelcome suitors. Her plans to raise William as a gentleman, allowing his respectability to rub off on herself almost work. But things don’t always go to plan.

One person she hasn’t factored in is Joe, William’s brother. Years later he comes to avenge his loss, with devastating consequences for Betsy. William is horrified by his brother’s betrayal and vows never to forgive him. It takes a travelling preacher to bring the brothers together once more. William sets off on a journey of discovery and fulfillment he never expected.ranters_wharf_front_cover_small

The next generation fight their own battles against the evils of poverty and greed. Can William prevent his son, John, from losing everyone he loves?

This is a family saga about love, loss and betrayal.  It is an intimate portrayal of a family dealing with big ideas of the times.

The backdrop is the decaying, coastal town of Grimsby trying to reinvent itself amid the turmoil of the Napoleonic wars, dissenting religion and the fight for voting reform.

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New Blurb for The Digger’s Daughter

I experimented after Christmas with a new blurb for Search for the Light on Amazon. It didn’t work. Sales went down, so I reverted back to my old one. So I am now experimenting with this blurb for The Digger’s Daughter. Comments please.

Based on the life of Jane Dugmore Timms, this fictional account is a dramatic, historical adventure. It follows the life of the early settlers in Victoria, Australia. Bush Fires, Bush Rangers, Gold Diggers, and rebellion all feature in Jane’s early life. But she and her husband are driven DDpbackto succeed against all probability. She is a convict’s daughter who manages to escape her background, building a life of relative prosperity for her numerous children. All the time, the threat of bankruptcy haunts her family. One fire, one drought can bring all she has striven for tumbling down.

Jane never talks about the past, hiding her background from everyone. Her son, Joseph, mixed with the great and the good, from Nellie Melba to Sir Sydney Kidman, the cattle baron, but only Jane knows the truth about the family’s origins.

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her death, her nurse, Mary, encourages Jane to talk, to tell her stories, to reveal her secrets. Mary nursed in Egypt and on the Western Front, and has her own dark past. Sometime
s their stories collide. Excitement mingles with the bleakness of disease, war, and poverty. Families sometimes support each other and sometimes tear each other apart, but at last, Jane learns to love and receive forgiveness. Mary wishes she could do the same, but her sin goes too deep.

 

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Ranter’s Wharf Cover

Thanks to Verite CM in Worthing I now have my cover. The image is courtesy of the Primitive Methodist Museum. It’s an image of Thomas King, an itinerant Primitive Methodist preacher on his mission to Grimsby.

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Is Search for the Light a romance?

In February we have Valentine’s Day – the month for lovers and romance. But romance comes in all sorts of guises and may not be the same now as it was in the 19th century, when a woman depended on men just to survive. There are three ‘love affairs’ in Search for the Light’ from the purely transactional, (Helen’s) to full blown love.

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When I started writing it I had no idea how it would end, other than with the one character, I knew intimately, my husband’s three times great grandmother. She had to marry to create her family.

I think it was when we got on board ship to face the five-month voyage to Van Diemen’s Land that I first identified one of the sailors to be a possible love interest for Nora, the heroine of the story. I strongly believe that the characters find me and George’s empathy with the convict girls grew on me. He knew what it was to have an unhappy and bullying childhood. But, of course, they couldn’t declare their love for each other, it had to carry on secretly, but in plain view. Congress between the convict girls and the sailors was forbidden, or was it? The Henry’s ships’ surgeon, in real life, made one of the girls his mistress and had a child with her. But George and Nora conduct their love affair with subterfuge and song.

And Sarah, what about timid, abused Sarah, could she ever learn to trust a man? All my readers love Sarah. At one point I was considering whether she should die, probably by her own hand, but I couldn’t do it. She spoke to me, as she speaks to everyone. Never give up hope. Read now on Kindle 

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