Why did I set Drumbeats in the 1960s?

Guest post today – find out why I loved setting my novel Drumbeats in the 1960s. What was it about that time that intrigued me and made me choose 1965-6 as my context for the book? What was happening then? What was Jess’s mind-set? Why was West Africa in turmoil?

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BROOK COTTAGE BOOKS – BLOG TOUR FOR DRUMBEATS 8th – 19th September, 2014

Another brilliant review today on my book tour!

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First can I say many thanks to the author for sending me  a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest  review as part of the Drumbeats Book Tour

My Review 

Reading the synopsis for Drumbeats my first thought was that this is not my usual choice of book. However although I have definite preferences when I’m buying, I’m generally pretty eclectic in my taste and can very often be persuaded to step outside my comfort zone and try something completely different. If anything drew me to this novel it had to be the beautiful cover and I do think if I was not doing a professional review it probably would have played a big part in influencing me to buy.

The synopsis for Drumbeats gave all the indications of an interesting read. What I had not anticipated, however, was the wonderful quality of the writing.  It’s a brilliantly crafted book where sights…

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Goodreads giveaway 4 copies of Drumbeats to be won!

Get your skates on! 90 something people have already registered for a free giveaway copy of Drumbeats on Goodreads. Don’t miss out, go to the link below and request a copy. I just ask that you write a brief review if possible on Goodreads and/or Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com . That would be brilliant! Thank you. Please also feel free to get in touch with me via this website with any comments on my latest novel. It’s my debut novel, although I’ve written lots before but not published a novel until now. I already know some bits that I could have improved – oh dear, I’m such a self-critic! See what you think …

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Drumbeats launch tour

Starting today for two weeks the chance to read reviews, guest blogs, interviews about my new book Drumbeats which is shortlisted for the Romance Readers’ Awards at the Festival of Romantic Fiction.

There are giveaways too: a copy of my book, pens, keyrings, etc, so have a go: enter the Rafflecopter giveaway competition.

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Breaking news from Romance Readers’ Awards

So thrilled that Drumbeats is shortlisted for the awards, and especially because Sarah Taylor, the awards organiser, says this:

“With the highest number of entries the awards have had in their four year history, the standard this year was exceptionally high with many highly rated novels not making the shortlists. The breath and depth of quality writing in romantic fiction should be celebrated and that’s what these awards are all about.”

I’m honoured.

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