Love’s Endings and Beginnings, Book 1 of The Narrowboat Romance Series came back from the editor this week. I made the corrections and re-read the story and I love it. I don’t intend to sound boastful but the story is good. It’s about real people in love, people like you and me. As the title implies one love ends, painfully and another begins cautiously. Many of you will relate to this story and I confess that although it is not autobiographical, there is a lot of me in this story. Katie, the protagonist is not a young twenty-something, swooning for her prince, (although I think there is a little princess in all of us looking for our prince). Katie has just turned fifty and after she suffers an unexpected and painful divorce, she has to re-invent herself as many of us have done. She moves from suburbia and settles in a small English village with a narrowboat marina where she meets some very interesting characters and love might just be in the air on one of those narrowboats. More information on narrowboats. I expect this book to be ready in September maybe sooner.
I am looking for 10 ARC readers. If you would like to be an ARC reader, (sorry e-book or PDF only) please contact me. What is an ARC reader? ARC stands for Advanced Reader Copy, which means you get a free digital copy before the book is officially published on the understanding that on launch day you will post a review on Amazon. This is a short novel of about 140 pages if it was a paperback about 3.5 hours reading time.
Writing Updates: The article above updates the progress of Love’s Endings and Beginnings. My wonderful editor Meghan Negijn has worked her magic on the manuscript. It is now ready for formatting and a cover design. Sophie has made little progress this week as my multitasking skills do not run to working on two books at the same time.
Books I’m Reading…. Fiction – I have finished Elizabeth George’s The Punishment She Deserves and I have to eat a little crow because the ending of this book was fabulous. Ms George has a knack of pulling everything together and then giving the story a good twist and ending it with great satisfaction and she certainly did with this book. My star rating 4 3/4 stars, almost 5, I found there was just a touch too much of Isabelle Ardrey’s issues for my taste. But in the end it did not detract from the book. A great read!
My latest read is historical fiction Gill Paul’s No Place for a Lady, set in the mid 1800s. A time when ladies were allowed to accompany their officer husbands to war. I am a fan of Gill Paul’s ever since I read the Secret Wife; she is a great story teller and I can recommend her books.
Nonfiction – No reading or research this week
Writing Courses – First Sentence to First Sale – A three-part online writing course. Course one is almost complete. Thanks to the Apple Store workshops. I have all the material and just need to blend the slides with the video.
Would you like to write? I hear this comment all the time. “I want to write a book?” But few people actually write. First Sentence to First Sale is an online writing course that helps you decide if writing is for you and gets you started on your writing journey. Due for release soon, we’re a little behind schedule so please stay tuned Click here for details
The books are available at online retailers. Click the title, make your choice
First in series The Blue Pendant on sale on 2.99 A perfect summer read 560 pages of reading pleasure
Anna’s Legacy and Sarah’s Choice E-book at all online retailers $4.99
A gift of an e-book Ruins in Silk prequel to the trilogy. A perfect summer afternoon read. And the opportunity to sign up for Susan’s Reader’s Group.
“Her mother’s death sets a path of tragedy; betrayal, misguided love and even murder ”