UPDATE: The winner of my book + chocolate giveaway, drawn by random name wheel thingy (as pictured!) is Jennifer Green. I’ve been in touch with Jennifer and the goodies are on their way to her. Well done Jennifer!
Yesterday was publication day for The Highland Girls at War, which meant that if you’d pre-ordered it, at midnight it would have ‘pinged’ onto your Kindle and of course, if you didn’t pre-order it, you can download it now for the princely (less than the price of a cup of coffee) sum of £2.99.
The audiobook is also out now, should that be of interest and the paperback is out on 22nd December, just in time for Christmas!
It’s a little weird, having an e-book ‘launch’ because of course there’s nothing tangible to wave about or to sign! So, there’s no launch party (just in case anyone thinks that I must have had one, in a swanky venue, with bubbly and glittery dresses and why weren’t they invited..!). Everything’s done virtually, on ‘socials’ as I am learning to call them (just as yesterday was my ‘pub day’! Should I have gone to the pub? Probably!).
Anyway, I’m not complaining: I had lots of congratulations on Facebook and Twitter and some lovely flowers arrived from my publisher (from Bloom & Wild, so they are still in bud but will bloom over the next few days). And there’s going to be a blog tour, the week after next, involving 21 bloggers (!) but more about that another time.
But I DO have in my possession, a small box of actual paperback copies of the book (not available generally until next month). These are my author copies, (10), which arrived a couple of days ago. I’ve already given a few out to people who’ve helped me (e.g.: my Canadian friend Carole checked the ‘Canuck-speak’) but I do have a couple reserved as ‘promo copies’ (get me, with the lingo).
So, first one is up for grabs on here!
If you’d like to win a signed paperback of ‘The Highland Girls’ + bar of Cadbury chocolate, all you have to do is this:
– Follow my blog, if you don’t already. The button to subscribe is in the bottom right-hand corner. Keep scrolling down and you’ll see it. I promise I don’t do anything with your email addresses, so you won’t get any spam. It just means that every time I write a new post, it will pop into your inbox.
– Live in the UK. Sorry I can’t post overseas because that involves going to the post office, etc and I don’t have time!
– Leave a comment below, saying anything you like (well, nothing rude, please!) You can simply write ‘Count me in, please!’ if you like.
I will pick a winner at random from all entries received on Monday 7th November at 8pm. One entry per person.
I’ll dedicate the book to whoever (whomever?) you like (it doesn’t have to be you, as you may wish to give it as a present, which is fine). Or I can leave it blank,
in case you want to flog it on Ebay.
More Of ‘Me’ (!)
Skip this if you’ve had enough of me by now but there are a couple more things to tell you about:
I’m appearing on romance writer Rachel Brimble’s blog today in her ‘Guest Author Saturday’ slot and answering questions like, ‘What was your first job?’ and ‘Do you have a pet peeve?’ (it was very difficult to keep that down to just one, believe me!).
How did I get on that? She was asking for authors who might be interested in ‘appearing’ and I said ‘yes please’!
DOAD – Diary of a Debut Novelist
The brilliant crime novelist Emma Christie who was herself a debut novelist not that long ago, set this up last year and I really enjoyed ‘tuning in’ (on Zoom) to some of the panels that she led.
She gets 4 or 5 ‘debut novelists’ to talk about a particular topic related to writing and getting published. What I like is that everyone apart from the panellists are muted and ‘blanked out’ so you can actually do something else while you listen (like eat your dinner or do the dreaded ironing) and there’s a chance to ask questions by typing them into the ‘chat’ and they also have giveaways for the authors’ books. And it’s free!
Last Wednesday’s topic was ‘How I got my agent’ – and even if you missed it, you can watch the video here (it starts a couple of minutes in to the session because Emma, by her own admission, is a bit rusty on Zoom – aren’t we all – and forgot to press ‘record’!).
Next Wednesday (9th November) from 7pm – 8pm, the topic is ‘How I Got My Book Deal’ and I am one of the 5 panellists (eek and double eek!), so if you fancy it, register for the event here.
And the Facebook page, for more info, is here.
Hmm, so much for a ‘quickie’ post, eh?!
Have a good weekend, bye for now!