Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Truly by Summer Day

Summer Day has just released her latest novel, Truly. It'll going on my TBR list! Here's the cover and a little about the tale...

~ Cover courtesy of the author ~
What would you do if the love of your life left then returned years later? Parted as teenagers and reconnecting as adults in the tiny seaside town of Wentworth, Ben and Jane must decide if true love really waits. TRULY is a modern, teen romance inspired by the classic Jane Austen novel, Persuasion. 

The first chapter of the novel can be read on Summer Day's blog. 
It can purchased on Amazon and Amazon.co.uk

It looks set to be a fantastic read and I wish Summer Day lots of success with it!

Friday, 26 October 2012

The Spellbindingly Fun Blog Party!

Today I'm taking part in The Spellbindingly Fun Blog Party to celebrate the launch of Janice Horton's romantic and humorous Halloween novella, How Do You Voodoo? Isn't the cover fab? I think so! Here's a little about the tale:

Loveless fashion model Nola Nichols thinks being beautiful is a curse; that is until she is cursed and her looks begin to fade just a week before the most important photo shoot of her career.

Nola rejects all rational explanation on what might be causing her lost looks and decides she has to find a way to get uncursed. This imaginative quest takes her from the Caribbean to Glasgow’s own City of the Dead. Along the way, she finds herself taking part in a rather unconventional funeral, involved in a voodoo ritual, reveals one or two unrests in her own past and falls madly in love with a doctor. Erm, that would be a witch doctor, right...?

Now for my spell I decided to opt for something really, really, really important...

For The Want of Princessy-Hair

Oh hair, hair I do despair,
Make thee-self long and lustrous fair,
With regret, I clip for thee
A lock of mine own stubby hair.

I mix it all in a carved out toadstool.
With a twig of Hawthorne as my spoon,
Kissing my lucky wolf’s paw wishing
That the magic works real soon!

For the spell to surely work
I dance barefoot on a bed of Scotsman’s beard clippings,
Singing sweetly while manically snipping
A single rose into the boil
Being heated by the stench of Haggis scented oil.

I tiptoe around a sleeping beast,
Wishing upon my worry stone I will not be his midnight feast
And collect a vial of his dragon tears,
To soak into an Afghan dog’s-ear,
Creating exponential growth of hairness you see
For I want mine long and Princessy.

Now my potion’s done and made
I shovel it atop my head with a Thistledown magic spade,
Lather it up with a litre of refined toad-sweat,
I’ll look gorgeous - I just bet!

To top it off and keep it in place
I cover it neatly with a spider’s web from Bruce’s cave.
Now all that’s left to finally do
Is sit cross legged holding aloft a Pixie Dust encrusted shoe
Until the mixture turns crispy and skull-tight
Under the swirls of the Northern Lights.

Three long days have dragged and gone
My throat is hoarse from singing stupid princessy hair songs,
I crack the shell from my head
With chewed off nail clippings stolen from a giant’s bed.

And there to reveal, in my looking glass of moonstone
Is a mass of Princessy hair,
As silky soft to the touch as a velveteen seal
And far longer than Rapunzel’s had ever been.

But wait, it’s still growing...and growing...and growing...


Now, please excuse me while I dig myself out of this tangled disaster and make another spell - if that doesn't work then, well, the house will have nice new hairy carpets...

Whisk yourself over to Janice's Author Blog and visit all the other party-goers too! 

Find out more about Janice and her novels:
Janice Horton lives in Scotland and writes contemporary romance with humour. Her novels ‘Bagpipes & Bullshot’ and ‘Reaching for the Stars’ are both Amazon Kindle bestsellers. Her latest title ‘How Do You Voodoo?’ is a romantic and humorous novella for Halloween and out now!
Follow Janice on Twitter: @JaniceHorton  Like her Author Facebook Page
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Wednesday, 24 October 2012

A Postful of Randomness

I've been neglecting my blog a little lately so I decided to throw together a post of random pictures I've taken over the last few weeks. Sadly I haven't bought any shoes recently...oh wait, yes I have! 

I'm now busy working on my second novel, Exposing You, which I am hoping to release early next year. It's been quite an eventful year so far. I released my first novel, Lies Love Tells, and have been super pleased to have received some fantastic reviews, both online and in my local newspaper. It was hard work and, at times, I did feel sick (especially when clicking that button to publish) but it has been fun in a head-achy-sicky-panicky-euphoric kind of a way. I also released my first collection of short stories, Underleaf, and another free ebook containing two short stories, Love Lies at Viola's

I'm currently heavily into vintage clothes and can easily spend hours browsing online for fab finds, my latest purchases being black leather trousers and a pink leather midi skirt (which I still haven't worn out yet!) but whenever I do spend time vintage browsing I feel guilty as I should be writing!

Me (wearing some new glasses) and the big-mouthed dog!

Walking shadows!

First Christmas decoration of the year, isn't he cute?! When my mum was alive we would always buy early Christmas decorations whenever we saw one which grabbed our attention so it's a tradition I'll always carry on. 

Vintage boots by the couture designer label "Gina"  A bargain pair of never-been-worn arty boots for £30! I'm waiting for the perfect time to wear them, they're suede so there can't be even a hint of dampness when these step outside. 

Thanks for reading, back off to carry on with the writing now...well either that or looking for even more vintage bargains...

Saturday, 20 October 2012

A Shadow in The Past by Melanie Robertson-King

I'm pleased to welcome Melanie Robertson-King today who is talking about her book, A Shadow in The Past. So, over to Melanie:

Thanks for having me on your blog today, Gina.

Tell us a little about your book:

It’s a YA Crossover time-travel with romantic elements set in Scotland. (Saving the good bit for the blurb *grin*) entitled A Shadow in the Past. My one-liner is When a contemporary teen is transported back through time to the Victorian era, she becomes A Shadow in the Past.

What did you enjoy the most about writing it?

I loved researching the Victorian Era. I was fascinated by the things I discovered especially the strange death customs. But even better than the research, I loved the fact I was writing about the area where my father was born and I’ve visited many times.

What has been your favourite moment throughout the whole experience?

I’ve had a few and each one trumps the one before. First was the contract offer, then it was holding my book in my hands for the first time, making my first sale, and then hosting a launch in my hometown where I sold 22 copies.

Did you click your ruby-slippers heels when in Kansas?

No, and I only had them on for a short time because the event was outdoors and my heels would have sunk into the soft ground. But they were with me and I put them on for a few photo ops. When my editor and I drove back from Topeka to the airport in Kansas City, I looked over at her and said, “We’re not in Kansas anymore.” The airport is just over the Kansas/Missouri border.

About A Shadow in The Past:

When nineteen year old Sarah Shand finds herself in Victorian Era Aberdeenshire, Scotland, she has no idea how she got there. Her last memory is of being at the stone circle on the family farm in the year 2010.

Despite having difficulty coming to terms with her situation, Sarah quickly learns she must keep her true identity a secret.

Still, she feels stifled by the Victorians’ confining social practices, including arranged marriages between wealthy and influential families, confronts them head on and suffers the consequences.
When Sarah realizes she has fallen in love with the handsome Laird of Weetshill, she faces an agonizing decision. Does she try to find her way back to 2010 or remain in the past with the man she loves?

About Melanie:

I consider myself a romance writer but write in other genres, too. Currently, ten of my non-fiction articles have been published, with one being a feature cover article.

My father was a Home Child who came to Canada through the auspices of The Orphan Homes of Scotland. My article Always a Home Boy is his and his siblings story. I also speak to local historical and genealogical societies on the subject of Home Children.

I love to read but now that I’m writing, I have to be careful what I choose. I don’t want things from other people’s writings finding their way into my own work. So, to that end, I try to read from totally different genres. I don’t think I could write it effectively, but I love to read crime fiction.

My other interests include genealogy, especially the study of Home Children, photography and travel – particularly Scotland because of my kinship with my father’s homeland. It was on a trip to Scotland, that I had the honour of meeting The Princess Royal.

Where to buy A Shadow in The Past:

Melanie's Links:

Author Blog: Celtic Connexions http://www.melanierobertson-king.com/wp02/
Facebook Author Page    Twitter Account: @RobertsoKing 

Thanks for appearing on this blog, Melanie, I really enjoyed your comments and learning about how close to your heart the setting for your novel is.
 I too love photography and shoes - of course!
 Wishing you heaps of success with A Shadow in The Past.

Saturday, 6 October 2012

New Covers!

Lies Love Tells has a new cover which will be updated soon, here it is:

Love Lies at Viola's, which will be a free ebook, is due out next week and also has a new cover:

I'd love to know what you think. Thanks for stopping by!