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.”
It’s very exciting as it’s already won an award at the Hollywood Book Festival 2014 (this month, July) when it was barely hot off the press. I’m touring with it in September with Fiction Addiction Book Tours and have a couple of articles on Indie Author News coming up in August. I’ll post the links when they appear. We’ll also be at the Festival of Romantic Fiction in Leighton Buzzard in September; will link that later on too.
This coming week I’m going to be busy creating a book trailer video to post up here shortly. Hope you enjoy it!
What a lovely chat with the wonderful Janice Ross yesterday on US blogtalkradio show, Saturday Cultural Cocktails! The hour flew by so quickly. We talked about my new book Drumbeats which is due out in the next couple of weeks and will be available through Amazon in paperback and ebook formats. Because it’s set in Ghana (West Africa) in the 1960s we talked about preparation for writing, ie research, and how to become immersed in the atmosphere of a book so that you can write authentically. We talked about my “little box of tricks”, tips for writers, and the fine line between fiction and reality. Do I log in the back of my mind places and people I meet so that I can use them in my novels? Well, maybe, but they have a habit of changing and going their own way as I write. Hear more if you click on the link below …
My new novel, Drumbeats, is the first of a trilogy following Jess through her life. Drumbeats starts it all off in the mid-1960s as eighteen year old English student, Jess, flees to West Africa on a gap year, escaping her stifling home background for freedom to become a volunteer teacher and nurse in the Ghanaian bush. Apprehensively, she leaves her first real romantic love behind in the UK, but will she be able to sustain the bond while she is away? With the idealism of youth, she hopes to find out who she really is, and do some good in the world, but little does she realise what, in reality, she will find that year: joys, horrors, tragedy. She must find her way on her own and learn what fate has in store for her, as she becomes embroiled in the poverty and turmoil of a small war-torn African nation under a controversial dictatorship. Jess must face the dangers of both civil war and unexpected romance. Can she escape her past or will it always haunt her?