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Settling into Life

How lovely it is settling into my new life in this lovely little house. The house has so many windows and I love the light.

Yesterday a very talented musician friend was here with her hubby; I think I have known her longer than any of my friends, we go back to infant school in fact and I introduced her to her husband when we were both doing our A’Levels! They have now been married twenty-seven years! Wow! Anyway, Nic is the one who wrote and recorded the music that goes with the book trailer for While No One Was Watching, the one Dad and my best friend sang on… shared again below as it’s been a while! Anyhow, she is releasing a very special album and yesterday we turned our living room into a recording studio and I gave a reading as Lydia, the whole of Chapter 16 of the novel as it happens!

Once this is released I will share. I think she will use some of it as it’s ten minutes long, but there will be a link to hear it all, so that’s me talking in my African-American accent. Hope it sounds okay. How bloody exciting is that!

So what fun! And then we had a Chinese meal sat on our patio, so the house has had its first social gathering 🙂 How lovely 🙂

The garden is a work in progress but we are getting there! What do I look like? Don’t answer that!

 

Here is the book trailer :)CLICK  https://youtu.be/yu-FEliJflA

 

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Blog Post 600! Unique Extract and Giveaway for US followers!

US book reviewers, bloggers, book clubs! Giveaway if you reply to this blog!

While No One Was Watching is a novel about Eleanor Boone — a little girl who goes missing from the grassy knoll at the exact moment Kennedy is assassinated and is still missing 50 years on — so what did she see? It’s a story of love, loss and what what happens when you turn your back for a second. But it’s a lot more than that. Find out more on the publisher’s website:  LINK  Narrated by a local reporter, Dad, divorcee Gary Blanchet and a charismatic African- American retired police psychic Lydia Collins (yes I am British but I wrote an American novel!) it has many more layers, but everything comes together when looking for Eleanor Boone …

US Giveaway!

US Giveaway!

 

And this is Blog post 600! So time for something special!

I aim for 5 posts a week, the odd day off here and there and when I was in LA. I started blogging to talk about all things writing which I do, my critiquing, editing, publishing — and some! I also invite other writers to talk about their books. Sometimes we get into the nuts and bolts of narrative style  and sometimes I just talk about books and what inspires us, etc.

Anyway on this lovely Spring morning in Snowdonia I decided I was going to see if we can get some more interest in my novel in the US. The official release date should’ve been April 1st but now it seems like it will be by June 1st. Because it’s a UK publisher they rely on their US distributor and since this is an American novel with the Kennedy angle, I would really like to find a way to get it noticed out there! Hard I know!

As you know I did have a launch party in LA and the reaction from my US friends has been great. SO … while I think of ways to get the word out there, I am planning to give away up to 5 signed copies of the book at my own expense to US followers/bloggers/reviewers happy to review it for me and help me spread the word, mention it to their libraries, write a blog review — that’s if you like it of course! But I’m hoping you will. It’s a chance I’ll take.

So what do you have to do? Well reply to this and let me know if you’re happy to help and where you live in the US and I will pick! Might have to pick them out of a hat to be fair but we’ll see! You don’t have to be a follower of the blog but I do ask for this givevway that you are in the US and have a blog or are in a book club, or will post a review! So please share far and wide I’ll pick some at the end of next week, so a week’s time! MAY 2nd will choose so comment by midnight (UK time) on May 1st!

So to whet the appetite for those who have not read the book I am including a unique extract below!

This comes at the end of Chapter 3 when Gary a reporter for a local paper is called to a park  where a little girl is reported missing. Thankfully she’s already been found when he gets there, by an old woman …

I watched from the path until the small group had thinned right
out and then I could see one of the cops holding onto the arm
of the old lady. The other was talking to the girl. I took a step
closer to hear what they were saying.
“She was nice,” the girl said. She was thin, blue jeans, pink t-shirt,
a rain jacket draped over her arm.
“She bought you ice cream?” the cop said.
“She’s just a nice old lady.”
“I won’t press charges,” I heard the mom say. “Katie got lost,
the old lady found her. No harm done.”
So then I wondered if it was worth talking to them at all when
I looked down and realised the little old lady was wearing
slippers. Then one of the cops started talking into his radio.
That’s when I realised who she was. I laughed, thought about
Al. The old folks’ home was a few blocks east of Memorial
Park. As I watched the old lady, standing there in her slippers,
all bent over, I thought maybe I did have a story after all.
Missing Girl found by Missing Woman: All’s well that ends well.
A nice story for somewhere on page three or somethin’.

I recognised the cop holding the old lady’s arm. He looked in
my direction and nodded. I was about to say something about
a photograph and some names when the old lady reached out
her arms to the little girl. “Eleanor,” she said. “My Eleanor.”
The mom stepped closer to her child. “No this is Katie,” she
said wrapping her arms around her, as if claiming her possession.
“We had ice cream,” the girl said trying to pull away from
her mom’s grip.
Then the old lady stood statue still and I realised she was not
only wearing slippers but what at first I thought was a coat was
in fact a long blue dressing gown with chocolate ice cream
dripped on the front.
“Come along Edith,” the cop said. “Let’s get you home. I
think you’ve had enough excitement for one day.”
“Eleanor,” the old lady said again. There was something
about her expression; something I knew would haunt me later.
Maybe the emptiness in her eyes and the way she lifted her
hands out towards the girl.
“Please,” she said “I’ve been waiting for you to come home,
Eleanor.”
“Edith, this ain’t Eleanor,” the cop said, trying to shuffle the
old lady away and looking in the direction of the other cop.
“This little girl is Katie Brown and this is her mom. I’m guessing
your little girl will be all grown up now?”
The old lady lowered her head, looked down at her slippers.
The cop started to walk with her and I stepped back, caught the
expression on the mom’s face and took the moment to talk to
her. “Grapevine Star,” I said. “A photo and a quote for the
newspaper?”
But she turned away.
That’s when the old lady spoke again. “It was the day the
President was shot,” she said and of course we all turned back
to look at her when she said that.
“Eleanor went missing the day Mr Kennedy was shot.”
I saw the horror in the mom’s eyes; she was staring right at
me and then at the cop, the whole time pulling her daughter
closer to her. “Kids do that,” she said. “Wander off.” She
looked at Katie when she said that. “But you found her, right?”
The old lady said nothing, then the cop said. “That was a
long time ago. Let’s get you home, Edith.”
“Please,” she said, “Find Eleanor.”
I stepped closer.
“Come on Edith,” the cop said reaching for her arm.
That’s when she lifted her head, looked right at me. She tried
to shuffle towards me but the cop held onto her.
“What happened to Eleanor?” I said.
I had no idea if she knew what I was but she stood there for
a second and then she said, “Will you help me? Please dear, will
you help me?”
I saw the young cop roll his eyes and link his arm with hers.
He began to lead her away, whispered something to her,
something about it getting late.
“Edith,” I said and as she turned her eyes met mine, just for
a second but it was long enough. “Did you ever find her?”
In a voice as frail as lace she whispered, “She never came
home.” And then so soft I had to lean in real close to catch it,
she said, “Help me. Help me find my little girl.”

©Debz Hobbs-Wyatt, Parthian Books 2013. Can not be reproduced without permission of the author or publisher.

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So do you think you can blog about this book, post a review on some US book sites for me? Please get in touch! Get some discussion going? Would love to send a copy to a book group out there?

Reply to this post and tell me if you want your free copy and where you live in the US!  Tell me if you’re a book reviewer/blogger and I’ll email those I choose for where to send the book!

New cover WNOWWThere are still books in stock in the UK on Amazon! Buy me

And The Book Depository offers free world-wide shipping so if you just want a copy please do! And let me know what you think (hopefully something nice of course!)

Also on Kindle too!

And in case you’ve not seen it — here is the book trailer!

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It’s really about the writing

A Writer’s Life for Me

 

As you will know I have covered many subjects here from the nitty-gritty of writing technique to publishing, reading, MAs, books, authors etc, etc. And a few things about something different.

Lately it seems like a bit of an ego trip (sorry!) shouting about my novel but it’s proof that getting it published might be the hard part but writers also have to sell books, especially with the smaller presses.

When I met Sarah Banham last week before the Saint FM interview she asked me what I wanted from this book and perhaps somewhat flippantly I told her ‘I want it to be a bestseller.’ I think it took her aback and maybe me too! At the end of the day it’s about being the best writer I can be and it has always been about the writing. I wanted this book to be recognised as worthy of publication and then my hope is people will get it and love it — so far so good.

But very few become bestsellers!

So does it have to be one? Well it would be nice. And I hope somehow it does spread beyond my family and friends and reach a much wider audience but I guess we have to wait and see. I will use The Secret and imagine it does make it. And weirdly to some it’s not a focus on getting rich (I honestly don’t care about that) it’s about the book being read far and wide, at airports and on trains. Really I just want my characters to meet as many people as possible. Is that weird, maybe but hey, that’s how I feel.

Sales so far have not been  bad for a small press but now it’s about getting that message further. So I appreciate all those who have helped with that and written those great reviews.

What I mustn’t do is get hung up on it not being a bestseller! I was thinking that last night. Very few books are so we need to focus on what this is really about, good writing, total immersion in  process and loving it. And I do. The success can be measured in many ways and I feel successful for sure.

I kind of feel guilty with all the book things like last week that the emphasis was more on talking about me and my work and less on the writing, but then I realised that is part of the job too and a long time coming so perhaps no apology should be made for indulging in that, for a while?

This week is more normal with writing and working, lots of editing and critiquing this side and the other side of Christmas all lined up, which feels great. So off I go.

I will return to more blogging about writing technique as well … I think we need more of that again as I knuckle down and just write! I still might publish an eBook about writing … pondering it at the moment.

But egotist that I am I will share the piece in this month’s Writing Magazine for those who might have missed it!

Oh and the paperback is on offer on Amazon this week and the Kindle version is 99p! Do get it while it’s HOT!

PAPERBACK   KINDLE

PS I have had lots of lovely writers on my blog, so I hope to be on some of their blogs soon! Anyone else want me on, send me some questions!

The Writing Magazine, January 2014, Members' News Section

The Writing Magazine, January 2014, Members’ News Section

Good being a writer, in it?

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Capturing a novel in less than 4 minutes

I will keep it brief this morning as so much to do, but for those who haven’t seen it I have pleasure in sharing the trailer for While No One Was Watching as shown at the Canvey Island Launch, made by yours truly!

The novel now has 16 5-star reviews! Wow thanks all! And keep ’em coming! (She says cheekily!)

With a smaller press, like Parthian, a book needs to gain momentum through word of mouth so if you liked, please recommend it!

See you tomorrow!

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