Book Tours and a plot ‘spoilers’ challenge

The brand new Drumbeats Trilogy Omnibus edition is just out in ebook from my publisher Endeavour, and it’s available on Amazon right now – all three novels together in one place for only £5.99. The trilogy overall is a saga about love, betrayal and second chances – and one woman’s search for the strength to rise above adversity.

http://mybook.to/DrumbeatsOmnibus

It’s the story of Jess and we first meet her in Drumbeats as an 18 year old in 1965 on a gap year in Ghana (West Africa) where she’s teaching and nursing in the bush. She goes with a naive mission to make a difference in the world, but faces tragedy, civil war, and a new romance – with the echoes of the village drumbeats warning her of something … but what?

The next, Walking in the Rain, follows Jess back to England, and marriage, motherhood, and disaster … and the drumbeats continue to pervade her dreams.

The final book, Finding Jess, published singly just last August, sees Jess coping with betrayals, family problems and desperately trying to juggle a job at the same time … and finally returning to Ghana to try to ‘find herself’ again as an individual. Will she succeed? And what are the drumbeats trying to tell her throughout it all?

Some of the wonderful reviews I’ve already received: “scenes of raw emotion”, “an emotional roller-coaster”, “a heart-warming read, wonderfully written, compelling, warm and uplifting”“feel the searing heat of Ghana burning right off the pages”, “a powerful story”, “so evocative, it transported me to a different time, different place; I couldn’t put it down”.

There’s a major launch of the omnibus edition and a book blog tour with Rachel’s Random Resources from January 26 to February 8. The tour’s full and all ‘sold out’ for 42 stops. So, I’m busy preparing content for the tour: guest posts, Q&As, selecting extracts …

How do you select extracts from all three books without giving away ‘spoilers’ for the plots? Goodness, it’s difficult! I’ve worked on several attempts. One host wants an extract from just one of the books, OK, but I have to select very carefully as it’s the second book in the series. Two of the hosts want extracts from all three and a few words about the context of each one. Fair enough, but what a challenge. All three hosts need a selection of different extracts, because I guess many blog readers will be following the whole tour and obviously don’t want to be reading the same stuff over and over! I wouldn’t! Should I take a different ‘theme’ for each, maybe? But even so, how do I do it, especially the context statements, without giving away too much of what happens to Jess through three whole novels and 30 years?! Well, I’ve given you enough above! Yikes.

Any advice, gratefully received! In the meantime, I’ll be ensconced in my study for the duration.

Get those brain cells working overtime, Julia. I WILL get there … eventually! In the meantime, I’ll pop up the official book tour banner from my tour organiser shortly. Six guest posts and Q&As drafted … nearly there …

Global virtual blog tour September 2013 The Old Rectory

Touring with Pump Up Your Book in the USA

What they said….

UK edition front cover“A very charming book…” True Book Addict

http://thetruebookaddict.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/the-old-rectory-escape-to-country.html

“The drawings enhance the charm of this delightful book…” Thoughts in Progress

http://www.masoncanyon.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/the-old-rectory-by-julia-helene.html

 “I loved the visual imagery…Julia really was able to draw you into the warmth of her kitchen and the charm of her home. Fantastic job!”  A Year of Jubilee Reviews

http://www.jubileereviews.com/2013/09/the-olde-rectory-by-julia-helene.html

 “An engaging book that evokes similar feelings to Under the Tuscan Sun. A lovely memoir…Perfect for curling up in front of your fireplace with a cup of cocoa or tea!” 2kids and tired

http://www.2kidsandtiredbooks.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/the-old-rectory-escape-to-country.html

“Listening to the author weave her tale, while incorporating her recipes, was a real treat…”

http://reviewfromhere.com/2013/09/05/the-old-rectory-by-julia-ibbotson-book-review/

“In reading any memoir it always helps when the main person is one that you can see yourself sitting at the kitchen table having a coffee or an English tea with, and Julia is just that sort of person…The Old Rectory is certainly a book you’ll enjoy!”

http://www.peekingbetweenthepages.com/2013/09/the-old-rectory-escape-to-a-country-kitchen-by-julia-ibbotson.html

“The story is full of detail and charm…If you like memoirs of historical significance and charming stories that will bring a smile to your face, check out The Old Rectory, brew yourself a cup of English tea and settle in for an enchanting journey.”

http://www.sincerelystacie.com/

Guest blogs:

The story behind the book

http://thestorybehindthebook.wordpress.com/2013/09/03/the-story-behind-the-old-rectory-escape-to-a-country-kitchen-by-julia-helene-ibbotson/

English afternoon tea and cakes on the rectory lawn

http://www.bibliotica.com/2013/09/in-their-words-a-guest-post-from-julia-ibbotson/

Can you tell a book by its cover?

http://thetruebookaddict.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/the-old-rectory-escape-to-country.html

Inspired to write!

http://www.lorisreadingcorner.com/2013/09/guest-postvirtual-tour-the-old-rectory-escapte-to-a-country-kitchen-by-julia-helene-ibbotson.html

Thoughts about publishing

http://www.queenofallshereads.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/virtual-blog-tour-for-old-rectory.html

Interview with the author:

http://blogcritics.org/interview-with-julia-ibbotson-author-of-the-old-rectory-escape-to-a-country-kitchen/

Global virtual blog tour August 2013 The Old Rectory

Fiction Addiction Book Tour

What they said…. 

UK edition front cover“A delight for those who love to cook and those who love to read about old English villages…” (Carol Wright, DizzyC’s Little Book Blog) http://dizzycslittlebookblog.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/the-old-rectory-julia-ibbotson-blog-tour.html

“A fascinating and absorbing book for fans of biographies and cookery books…” (Sarah, Today I’m Reading)

http://todayimreading.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/review-of-old-rectory-by-julia-ibbotson.html

“Julia’s writing style is so warm and engaging!  I found it hard to peel myself away from the pages.” (Heidi, Cosmochicklitan)

http://cosmochicklitan.wordpress.com/2013/08/23/review-the-old-rectory-escape-to-a-country-kitchen-julia-ibbotson/

“You’ll be salivating at all the lovely recipes” (Lindsay, Book Boodle)

http://bookboodle.co.uk/2013/08/26/book-review-the-old-rectory-escape-to-a-country-kitchen-by-julia-ibbotson/

Guest posts:

Book reviews by Dee: Can you tell a book by its cover?

http://bookreviewsbydee.com/julia-ibbotson/

Jera’s Jamboree (Sharon Goodwin): The Old Rectory to Drumbeats.

http://jerasjamboree.com/2013/08/05/jeras-jamboree-feature-post-julia-ibbotson/

Interview: a book I inherited and a book I would like to leave to the next generation.

Rhoda Baxter Inheritance Books:

http://rhodabaxter.com/2013/08/26/inheritance-books-julia-ibbotson/

Tour organiser:

Fiction Addiction Book Tours (Sharon Goodwin):

http://fictionaddictionbooktours.com/2013/07/24/fiction-addiction-book-tours-tour-details-the-old-rectory-by-julia-ibbotson/