Seeing my little book go out into the world last Thursday felt similar to watching my children go off to school on their first day – I was excited but anxious.
But just as Leo came out of school grinning from ear to ear back in 2010 my book’s first day went off much better than expected. I have been amazed and so pleased with the reviews it has received so far including
“Dark, intense and gripping beyond belief. I was swept along with this tale of lies and betrayals”
Linda, Books of All Kinds
“An amazing story with a reverie effect I couldn’t break away from”
Laura, Page Turners’ Nook
“Full of surprises, twists and turns and I just couldn’t get through the pages quick enough”
“Everything I hoped it would be and more”
“A perfect psychological thriller”
Like Love Do
Thank you so much to everyone who pre-ordered the book. The winners of the draw were Jane Bwye (£10 Amazon gift card), Awen Thornber (paperback of Lies, Mistakes and Misunderstandings) and Steve Johnson – no relation, I promise! (Prosecco and chocolates)
During publication week I took part in a blogtour to promote the book. I’d never done anything like that before but it was brilliantly organised by Emma Mitchell with a full schedule of Q&A interviews, character posts and excerpts.
I am so grateful to all the bloggers who were involved in the blog tour and everyone else who has helped spread the word about the book by sharing, retweeting etc. I am very lucky to belong to a great community of Crooked Cats whose support has been invaluable.
The online launch party was a lot of fun. Thank you to everyone who took part. Much virtual champagne was consumed and I was thrilled to have these amazing authors contribute book prizes for the competitions. Congratulations to the winners!
Lazy Blood by Ross Greenwood won by Sheila Howes
183 Times a Year by Eva Jordan, won by Awen Thornber
No Safe Home by Tara Lyons, won by Elizabeth Holdak
Walking Wounded Anna Franklin Osborne won by Tara Lyons
A DCI Bennett book by Malcolm Hollingdrake won by Beverley Hopper
Shadows by Conrad Jones, won by Elaine Fryatt.
Surprise book signed by Emma won by Dee Light
Sue Barnard won a copy of The Silence
The paperback will be officially launched next Thursday morning, 22 June at the Ascot Writers Summer Book Event in Sunninghill, Berkshire with real bubbly this time rather than the virtual kind! We’re also celebrating the launch of two other books by local authors – Tessa Harris, author of the Thomas Silkstone series whose book The Sixth Victim (Kensington) is the first in a brand new series of fascinating Victorian crime stories – and Tracy Corbett whose story The Forget Me Not Flower Shop (Harper Collins) is the summer romance novel everyone’s talking about.
There will be other writers to meet, signed books to buy and a second-hand book sale to raise money for the Grenfell Tower fire victims. Entry is of course free – we’d love to see you there!