Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Parcel on my doorstep & a 5 STAR review

Friday was a good day. It was the end of only two working days last week. 

Due to Bank Holidays on Tuesday & Wednesday last week, my company decided to close its doors on Monday too. As there was another Bank Holiday prior to the 1st and 2nd May - that is on Friday 27th April - we were home for almost for a week, however this is not something I wanted to share with you.

Coming back, a parcel waited for me. Not exactly on my doorstep, as my OH was home, but on the table in the kitchen. 

Yes, of course you know by the label, what I got. Or do you really. Opening it up was something I needed to wait for, as my OH had lunch prepared for us and although my fingers itched to open it, I waited as a good wife.

However seeing those beauties after opening the box I was even more excited. 

Sure I needed to put them out and take another picture. 
Oh, by the way if I didn't tell you already... My novel At the End of the Summer is available for order as a paperback too, if you prefer paperback over the Kindle. 

And then later, when I was checking and wandering through the Amazon, this 
beauty of a review showed up on Amazon.co.uk.
A perfect ending to a good day...

Monday, 7 May 2018

Book Cover Reveal : A Woman's Lot by Carolyn Hughes

Release Date: 4th June 2018

Genre: Historical fiction

Series: Book 2 of The Meonbridge Chronicles

Publisher: SilverWood Books

How can mere women resist the misogyny of men?
When a resentful peasant rages against a woman’s efforts to build up her flock of sheep. 
…or a husband, grown melancholy and ill-tempered, succumbs to idle talk that his wife’s a scold. 
…or a priest, fearful of women’s “unnatural” power, determines to keep them in their place.
The devastation wrought two years ago by the Black Death changed the balance of society, and gave women a chance to break free from the yoke of chatteldom, to learn a trade, build a business, be more than just men’s wives.
But many men still hold fast to the teachings of the Church, and fear the havoc the daughters of Eve might wreak if they’re allowed to usurp men’s roles, and gain control over their own lives.
Not all men resist womens quest for change – indeed, they want change for themselves.
Yet it takes only one or two misogynists to unleash the hounds of hostility and hatred

A Woman’s Lot is the second Meonbridge Chronicle, the sequel to Fortune’s Wheel.

Do you like the sound of this book? You can review it as part of the review tour on 4th – 8th June 2018! 
Just email brookbooks@hotmail.co.uk to register your interest and with details of your blog!


Carolyn Hughes was born in London, but has lived most of her life in Hampshire. After a first degree in Classics and English, she started her working life as a computer programmer, in those days a very new profession. It was fun for a few years, but she left to become a school careers officer in Dorset. But it was when she discovered technical authoring that she knew she had found her vocation. She spent the next few decades writing and editing all sorts of material, some fascinating, some dull, for a wide variety of clients, including an international hotel group, medical instrument manufacturers and the Government. She has written creatively for most of her adult life, but it was not until her children grew up and flew the nest, several years ago, that creative writing and, especially, writing historical fiction, took centre stage in her life. She has a Masters in Creative Writing from Portsmouth University and a PhD from the University of Southampton.

A Woman’s Lot is the second of the Meonbridge Chronicles, her series of historical novels set in fourteenth century England. The first, Fortune’s Wheel, was published in 2016. The third in the series is well under way.

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Saturday, 5 May 2018

Trying to avoid potholes

Believe me or not, there are three – looking back now - of the busiest months behind me. Everything collided on my head and – again, believe me or not – it was all my own doing.

I had it planned – most of it. And it was planned perfect, but then… Life doesn’t always play by the rules, right? I should have been used to it, yet I have fallen again, sometimes I can be so na├»ve. Not seeing all the potholes...

By now you already know I planned the publication date for my third novel way ahead. I marked 1st May 2018 to be it. I scheduled almost everything, so that the publication date would go smoothly, with as much as possible notice to you readers ahead. Open pre-order possibility a month prior the publication date, so that the word would be out and around.

And after I made all the plans for the publication I managed to screw things up almost completely.  Instead of marking the publication date for 1st May, 2018, I marked it for 1st April 2018. When I tried to correct it, I got a ‘friendly’ notice from Amazon, that if I do that, I was about to lose the right for the pre-order for a year. I was, mildly saying – shocked.

With all my apologies to the Pict Publishing ladies, which already scheduled everything, I was advised to approach Amazon directly and explain them my honest mistake.

Due to almost every answer I got from Amazon was negative, I didn’t have my hopes high. But nevertheless, I wrote them a letter and surprisingly, got a very quick reply, letting me know that they understand the mistake I’ve made, however…

… they said that I need to correct the publication date myself and only after this will be done, they are going to be able to give the right for the pre-order status back to me.


I couldn’t believe it.

But they did as they said. I corrected the day, and the day after that, my novel was on pre-order!

So, April came. I worked my last day for the former company and started a new job a week later…

Boy was I in for a surprise…