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Four Years On…

A lot has happened in the last four years since my debut novel was published. No more novels are out yet and that is a shame, but it is not that novels have not been written, just that things have slowed down since I was signed by my agent. I am hoping that 2018 is the best year ever by seeing progress in getting that second novel out there. So watch this space.

Well, today sees the 54th anniversary of Kennedy’s assassination: the event that inspired, first the short story and then the novel While No One Was Watching. So it seems right to slip in another quick blog post for the rare few that follow this blog that did not buy the book, with a blatant plug! I launched it on this day at the same place I will be launching the Canvey Writers book this Friday. November 22nd, 2013 was, in fact, a Friday and we showed the famous news clip announcing Kennedy’s death at almost the exact moment it broke some 50 years before!

I did see that the book Kindle version is only 99p today so do download it if you haven’t yet and the paperback is also on offer too!!!

So here it is… !!!

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In The Spotlight: Amanda James

Mandy James April 2017

 

I have great pleasure in welcoming the very talented Amanda James back to my blog to share her latest writing news… and to interview the protagonist of her fantastic new novel Behind the Lie that was out for Kindle on Friday.

This is part of Amanda’s busy blog tour so I am delighted she found time to pop over to mine!

Look where she’s been and where she’s going!

Blog Tour Mandy James

I met Amanda through Bridge House Publishing when we published her short story in our charity book for Born Free. It’s a collection of wild animal stories, and of all our collections remains a landmark success. We launched at the Hay Festival in 2010 with the wonderful Virginia McKenna. What a day. Amanda got to read at the festival. I have since followed Amanda’s career as she has gone from success to success.

Friday (just gone) saw the release of another novel and so I asked her to do something a little different. So we have an exclusive over here today. But first let me tell you a little more about Amanda.

 

She lives in Cornwall and is inspired every day by the beautiful coastline near her home. In fact, three of her novels are set there, Somewhere Beyond the Sea, Summer in Tintagel and the new one Behind the Lie – April 2017 published by HQUK ( HarperCollins).

So in an exclusive, I asked Amanda if she would interview her protagonist, Holly, for me and this is what happened…

So to set the scene… a beach house overlooking a windswept beach in Cornwall. We are on the balcony drinking tea and watching the Atlantic waves hurl themselves at the shore. We are huddled in thick sweaters, because even though it is spring, the wind is Arctic.

So, I thought we’d have a little Q&A session, is that okay? It will be fun. Please tell me your name?

The young woman sitting opposite gives me an incredulous look, her eyes reflecting the blue of the ocean.

Humour me.

You know my name, but okay, I am Holly West.

Tell me what you’re most afraid of?

Holly sighs and takes a sip of her tea. She watches at a kite surfer but I can tell she sees something else. She wrests a strand of golden hair from the wind and tucks it behind her ear. Eventually she looks back at me.

People thinking that I’m not telling the truth, that I am still the woman I used to be.

Why so sad? What has happened to you?

There is no hesitation this time.

So much has happened in such a short time …When my childhood sweetheart left for the army, I left too. I moved from my village in Cornwall to be a model in London. Caught up in everything that goes with such a glamorous life, I was lost, alone…disgusted with the person I became. But then I met Simon and he helped me turn my life around. I was so happy when we married and I fell pregnant with twins but then my son died. Well, that’s what they told me, but I know he’s alive.

What do you want most from the world?

A sad little smile turns up one corner of her mouth.

That’s easy. To find my boy, make a life for us all back in Cornwall and to just live an ordinary life.

What will happen if you don’t get it?

Her expression grows dark and the clouds roll over the sun.

I can’t think about that… I won’t think about it.

Is there something about you the reader never finds out about you, Holly?

There are secrets about me that only you know, Amanda…

 

 

Want to know what happens? This is it…

Behind the Lie Cover

Holly West has turned her life around. She’s found a successful and loving husband in Simon and is expecting twins. She is definitely a woman who has taken back control of her future.

Until she gives birth, only for one twin to survive. Holly can’t let it go.

Holly’s world is in a tailspin and suddenly she can’t trust herself or anyone else. No one believes her, not her husband or her best friend. Because she thinks she knows the truth…her son is still alive and she won’t stop until she finds him.

Buy me! 

Amanda can usually be found playing on the beach with her family, or walking the cliff paths planning her next book.

Author links – Amanda’s blog – http://mandykjameswrites.blogspot.com/

Twitter  @akjames61

Facebook mandy.james.33

 

I don’t know about you but this has certainly whet my appetite… so do download a copy… thanks, Amanda, and we wish you great success with this! Thanks for being in the spotlight today!

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Fab night!

Great evening last night at Daunts Book Shop in London celebrating Julie-Ann’s debut launch!

So all I will do, as I wish you a great great Friday, is leave you with a gallery of photos!

Thanks, folks 🙂

 

J A Corrigan

J A Corrigan

In the flow now...

In the flow now…

The adoring fans!

The adoring fans!

Julie- Ann and Laura Wilkinson in the background (another fab writer!)

Julie-Ann and Laura Wilkinson in the background (another fab writer!)

Reading

Reading more…

Half asleep this morning after all that vino :)

Half asleep & looking demented this morning! But this is the YAY! face

 

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2014 in review

Just popping in!

Interesting to see who have been reading my blog. I just wanted to thank everyone once again for your continued support in 2014 and I look forward to more literary posts in 2015. I am having a little rest before we resume our daily posts from next Monday, but I did spot that my novel is once again on offer on Amazon! 99p Kindle £6.18 paperback and $1.54 Kindle in the USA!

So if you don’t have a copy then please feel free to download or buy it now!

AMAZON UK KINDLE

AMAZON UK PAPERBACK

AMAZON.COM KINDLE

AMAZON.COM PAPERBACK

See my year in review as sent from WordPress:

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 7,200 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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What a weekend!

I just want to say a MASSIVE thank you to all those wonderful people who came along to our special launch event on Friday!

I will be sharing photos during the course of this week.  There was something really magical about holding it at a church (the one I was christened in no less!).

It felt like Christmas all day.

And when I read the review of the book in the local Echo it felt even more like Christmas day! A great review! Phew!

Echo Review 22 Nov 2013

Hair appointment in the morning and then Richard from Parthian Books arrived and came to the folks’ house. It did seem rather surreal that he, Dad and Rosie went for a walk to explore Canvey seafront while I was having my nails done. When he came back he sure knew a hell of a lot more about me than he did before! Thanks Dad!

After a light tea it was time to get ready and don another of my launch dresses. I was excited, not nervous in the least!

Lisa from The Book Inn Bookshop in Leigh was great and was there to sell copies that I signed before and after the main event itself!

I think it really worked showing the book trailer on to the huge white wall at the front of the church so it looked large right over our heads and was very well received. I will be publishing that to YouTube next week! So you will all get to see my efforts!

Then it was lovely that David Tudor, the reverend, also known as Father David Tudor, said a few words about where he was when Kennedy was assassinated and how he was at Arlington Cemetery 6 weeks before and saw Kennedy’s grave and the eternal flame that burns there. It was a very poignant thing he said about moments in time and remembering.

Then it was onto the interview with Richard and the readings and once again the African-American accent was well received!

I really enjoyed it and want to do it all again! And again!

I saw so many people there and was given flowers and champers and wine! I was amazed and grateful for the wonderful reaction I had. Also a few surprises in there, one of my clients who I’ve worked with for at least a couple of years but had never met came all the way from London! How wonderful and a shame we didn’t get to chat for longer!

Thanks everyone!

It was a wonderful evening.

I will share some of the photos friends posted on FB (thanks Paula!) and hopefully post some of the others, maybe even a short video clip from Dad as the week goes on.

I was also signing at The Book Inn the following day and have a photo of that as well.

I am attempting to try to work normally today, tomorrow I am at the library talking to the writing group and then will be on the local radio station Saint FM in the evening!

It’s a busy but truly wonderful writer’s life, but today I am itching to WRITE!

I also want to thank everyone who sent me a Where Were You? memory. I posted my favourite 3 and awarded a free signed copy to Ray for his very poignant account of that day. So a signed copy of While No One Was Watching will be on its way to the US at the end of the week! Very touching account, thank you, Ray 🙂 Read again here: https://wordznerd.wordpress.com/2013/11/22/22nd-november-1963-where-were-you/

Have a great week all!

Book Trailer

Book Trailer

Signing

Reading

Signing!

Signing!

Signing at The Book Inn

Signing at The Book Inn

So am I real writer now?

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Let’s talk cats …

Well it’s Friday and a wet one in North Wales but a lush green gorgeous one too!

Fellow writer and soon to be spotlighter in my series sees the launch of her début novel as both eBook and paperback today. Sarah England has had many short stories published in both collections and for the magazine market — and she has been working tirelessly to promote her book. I will be dipping in and put of her day long Facebook launch by her publisher Crooked Cat and you are all invited. Here’s the link: FACEBOOK LAUNCH EVENT

And I also wanted to send you a trailer. I had never seen or had anything to do with book trailers when I had the idea last year to make one for Wild n Free that some of you may remember and later for On This Day. But it seems they are a popular thing — I thought I’d invented the concept! Only kidding — but I thought I would share this to whet your appetites before we welcome Sarah to the spotlight soon.

Enjoy and have a great weekend!

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Oh what a beautiful day …

All I want to say today is wow, what a lovely walk we had in the sunshine, Rosie with her hair cut bobbing along happily at my side.

Sun shining, chit chatting to other doggy walkers.

And thinking how grateful I am for everything. TRULY.

I checked out the venue for my Bangor Book Launch yesterday so that’s all confirmed for October 25th.

And my editor sent me just the kind of response you want (but don’t expect!) about my revised ending — won’t brag or say what she said, but PHEW!!!

 

And that is all I want to say.

Have a wonderful day!

Llandygai Village Hall (by Penrhy Castle just outside Bangor in a lovely 'Miss Marple' type village

Llandygai Village Hall (by Penrhyn Castle just outside Bangor) in a lovely ‘Miss Marple’ type village

 

The Hall -- perfect for a book launch October 25th 2013

The Hall — perfect for a book launch October 25th 2013

Is it okay to get excited already, right?

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