Saturday, 30 November 2013

Scottish connection

It's St Andrew's Day today. I took this shot over the ancient rooftops of old Kenilworth the other week. It seemed appropriate.


It's similarly dazzling today. In fact, I may just take a turn around the castle - and pick up a haggis on the way back.

If I can catch one. It's a little known fact that they roam free on Kenilworth Common and they're quick as the devil as they shoot through the bracken.

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Voting for Half Life - not long to go ...

Voting closes today for the Yougottaread November video contest.

I'd love a vote for Half Life. It's a film noir-inspired 1930s romantic thriller, co-written with my husband Rob Deeth. Nefarious Nazis, northern lights, nuclear fission ... and cyclotrons!


Friday, 22 November 2013

Making fantasy real - author Rosemary Gemmell

Continuing the series about writing for younger readers to mark the launch of The Cloud Pearl, this week we hear from talented writer Ros Gemmell, author of The Jigsaw Puzzle.

The epublishing business is wonderfully global, however it was delightful to connect with a fellow-Scot. Rosemary and I have exchanged many an email over the past few months, so it's pleasure to have her as my guest today, to talk about interweaving fantasy with real-life issues.


Thursday, 21 November 2013

Seeking votes for Half Life

Half Life has reached the shortlist for the Yougottaread November video contest.

It's a film noir-inspired 1930s romantic thriller, co-written with my husband Rob Deeth. Nefarious Nazis, northern lights, nuclear fission ... and cyclotrons!

To vote, go here. Voting is from 21-27 November.
http://yougottaread.com/category/video-contest/

Scroll down to number #12 and click to vote if you like it.

You can also see the video here:
http://yougottaread.com/november-entry-12-half-life/

Friday, 15 November 2013

Picture power - thoughts from cover artist and writer Marion Sipe



The Cloud Pearl: cover design by Marion Sipe
Continuing the series about writing for younger readers, here's an interview with design artist Marion Sipe, who created the wonderful cover for The Cloud Pearl.

Welcome, Marion! Let's get straight down to business.  Apart from reading the cover artists forms, how do you set about designing a book cover? Do you ever revert to pen and paper, or is it all high-tech design?


Thursday, 14 November 2013

Seeking votes for Half Life

Just back from Berlin doing research for the sequel of Half Life, our 1930s mystery adventure and guess what? I see the Half Life trailer’s in this month’s You Gotta Read Reviews Video Contest.

It’s entry #12 and you can see it here.
http://yougottaread.com/november-entry-12-half-life/

If you like a bit of ‘film noir’, do vote from November 21 and November 26.

When it comes to the day, to vote, visit the site, find the red, white and blue voting button between those dates and click on the appropriate number.

Thanks!



Friday, 8 November 2013

Boost your book - tips from Beth Overmyer


A warm welcome to fellow MuseItYoung author Beth Overmyer.

This is the third article in a series on books for the teen/tween market, to mark the launch of The Cloud Pearl (Book One: Legends of Liria). Today, the author of In a Pickle shares her tips for boosting your book.

Writing a Teacher’s Guide

Congratulations! You’ve written a book and now you want to make a teacher’s guide to accompany it.


Tuesday, 5 November 2013

E-books and e-readers – are we expecting too much?


This is the second article in a series on books for the teen/tween market, to mark the launch of The Cloud Pearl (Book One: Legends of Liria).

I’m in the classic demographic to possess an e-reader. Female, mother, and of a certain age. I woke up to the revolution two years, submitted several manuscripts and I have now have six books deals. They are all initially e-books.

I assumed everyone was familiar with e-readers, even if they didn’t own one. Well, I think I’m horribly wrong.

I was at the hairdresser’s, a classic place to catch up on my reading. I left my e-reader on the table and a crowd formed. Not one of the women there had ever seen one before – and it was a wide age range, from late teens to post-retirement. When I showed them the cover of one of my books on the screen, there was a general ooh and aah. Far from being flattered, I was horrified.


Saturday, 2 November 2013

How old are you? Writing for younger readers ...


Hi Pam!  Hello Pam's followers! waves coffee mug enthusiastically.

How old are you?

Thanks so much for inviting me to contribute to this discussion because although I don't consider myself a YA writer, as in so many things, it comes down to reader's choice.

For example? I still read and treasure some books that came to me in childhood – Alison Uttley, Beatrix Potter, the Narnia Series, Henry Treece's Viking trilogy, apart from all the classics. I have used the Wind in the Willows in magical ritual (yes, Piper at the Gates of Dawn, of course) and  taught English to adult students with early-reader  books where the pictures tell the story and the words are there for vocabulary-gathering.


Friday, 1 November 2013

The Cloud Pearl - launch day

Today is the launch of The Cloud Pearl, book one of Legends of Liria.

The book's now on Amazon.com and Smashwords, among others. Hop over for some questing banter and epic pictures of swords and monsters. There's a giveaway, too.