A Blog Tour – Terra Incognita!

bannerLadywellblogtourBlog Tours are a ‘thing’ nowadays, but I’ve never been involved in one before so it’s uncharted territory as far as I’m concerned. In case you didn’t know, this is how it works: a lot of avid readers review books on their blogs and many of these book bloggers will join a Blog Tour organised either by the author or, as in my case, someone who has excellent contacts and knows which reader will like which book. Debbie, of Brook Cottage Books is an expert and she’s arranged for The House at Ladywell to be read and reviewed by bloggers on her list. So here we go, a bit of blowing my own trumpet!
The ebook of The House at Ladywell was published on 14th November, by Crooked Cat Books, and even in that short time people have been posting amazing and lovely reviews, but this one, by Nicola of the Short Books & Scribe blog, is my first ever review in a Blog Tour! And it made me cry because she loved it. http://shortbookandscribes.uk
This is her Amazon review:
Books where a house is a major part of the plot seem to have an invisible rope attaching them to me. They pull me in immediately and I’m rarely disappointed. So you can imagine that The House at Ladywell was a great draw for me. And I’m pleased to say that it didn’t disappoint, in fact I loved it.
Freya Gibson is a woman who has been through a lot and had a really difficult time of it. She then finds herself working for bestselling author, Patrick Underwood. All is going well and then one day she hears that she has inherited a house from a relative she didn’t even know she had. And this is no ordinary house. The scent of flowers seems to linger there, despite there being no flowers in the house. There’s a feeling of belonging for Freya and she straightaway feels a connection and a desire to be there. Right at the beginning she is told she must make a wreath from the rowan tree in the garden and then say an incantation to ‘restore the balance’.

The house is a major character in this novel. We hear of its past through the tales of Freya’s long-gone ancestors. These sections are scattered throughout Freya’s narrative and I did wonder if it would have helped to have the relevant dates and a family tree, but in fact I could fairly easily work out an idea of the timeline and at the end there is some information about the characters and the years their stories are from. I think the dates weren’t provided so that the story could flow and the historical elements could intermingle with the present day ones and that certainly did work well.

The parts from the past were fascinating, so interesting, and they provided a background to the house but I did enjoy Freya’s story most of all as she was the one discovering things about the past, the house and her own life.

There is quite a bit of folklore in this story. Hares play a big part and are revered in fact. I love hares so I liked that they were so important. There’s also a well with water that heals and a real sense that the house and the land are important.

I liked Freya and Patrick as the main characters, but I thought the supporting characters were fabulous too. Mary Draper was just brilliant, and all the other people that Freya meets when she moves to Ladywell add something to the story, however large or small.

This really is such an appealing book. It has modern elements mixed with historical, a love story, and mysteries galore. It’s fabulous!

Link to buy – http://amzn.to/2i7o2Z9

A Little Bit of Trumpet Blowing!

It’s one of life’s little ironies that writers – who tend to be pretty introverted – end up having to sell their own wares these days, not only when self-publishing but also when they are, as I am,’conventionally published’ (or, as I spotted the other day, ‘dead tree published’!) So, just for once, I’ll let others do the talking.

First, a review. Lizzie Hayes ran the association, Mystery Women, for thirteen years. The aim was to promote mystery fiction written by women and Lizzie was tireless in her efforts to get the authors’ names and titles out there. When Mystery Women folded, Lizzie Hayes came up with a new group, Mystery People, with the same aims but this time the membership is open to everyone, women and men, writers and readers. Find her review of Murder Fortissimo here: http://www.promotingcrime.blogspot.co.uk/
To find out more about the Mystery People group, go here: www.mysterypeople.co.uk If you’re a fan of mystery novels, do join the group. There are plans for all kinds of exciting happenings.

Next, an interview. I’m over at the Robert Hale Ltd blog talking about the inspiration for Murder Fortissimo, here: http://halebooks.wordpress.com/ 
If you’ve ever belonged to a public library the chances are you’ll have picked up and enjoyed one of Robert Hale’s books. For more than 70 years they’ve been producing a wide range of fiction in good-quality hardbacks, many of which are sold to libraries all over the world. All my novels are to be found in libraries across theUK and abroad, so if you can’t see them on the shelves, do please ask the library to order them in.

Warning: Blatant plug here! – authors get about 6p per ‘borrowing’ and the PLR comes in very handy. (Elsewhere in the blog you’ll have seen a photo of Fat Ed, the resident moggie and as you can imagine, at 14lb in weight, he takes a lot of feeding!)

 And finally, while I’m letting other people do the talking, here’s something that makes it all worthwhile:

‘I just wanted to tell you that I recently bought your books and I’m loving them! I’m half way through Death is the Cure and I’ve read the first and also Scuba Dancing. My only complaint is that I can’t put them down! It’s only the knowledge that I need to sleep otherwise I’ll not manage to get up for work that makes me put them down and even then it takes effort! So thank you for writing them and I hope your Charlotte series continues.’