I’m very pleased to welcome Margaret Skea, with a guest post and extract from her new book, Katharina: Deliverance, which is released today. Happy release day, Margaret, and over to you….
Sidetracked into a different world (and time).
So there I was, in March 2016, fresh from a month on a Hawthornden Fellowship – an all expenses stay in a 17th c Scottish castle with nothing to do but write. We were very well looked after – cooking, cleaning, clothes washing and so on all done for us – the only ‘rule’ a rule of silence in the castle from 9.00am – 6.30 pm. That, and the surroundings, made for an incredible work environment and having gone with heaps of research material, but not even the most sketchy plan for my next novel, I came home, after seventeen days of actual writing, ¼ of the way through Book 3 in my Scottish historical fiction series. It seemed my next nine months were taken care of.
The best laid plans ‘gang oft agley’ as they say here. A couple of weeks into March I headed down to London for my first visit to London Book Fair. The buzz was energising and I managed to get individual appointments with several agents and agencies, hoping that someone would be keen on Scottish HF – after all, Outlander was proving popular…
About the book
Fifty-three families looking for a new beginning board a ship and sail to an uninhabited island. Happily they live for well over two decades. Homes are built and the past is forgotten. Paradise, however, is no more after the adults suddenly vanish one night. For three years, the teens and children rule the island of Oridd. For three years, they survive. When an old woman unexpectedly appears on Oridd, all is cast into disarray as the strange and awful threaten to become commonplace. The old woman wants something, and she won’t leave until she gets it.
An unusually vibrant blob nudged its way into the periphery of Cayleth’s gaze. The elder’s heart came to an abrupt halt as she realized that a gray-haired woman clothed in scarlet had entered the clearing. Loitering at a hundred or so yards from the tree line, the elderly stranger assessed the assembled crowd. Her lips curled upwards disquietingly as she lifted her chin and gave entrance to menace—which danced maniacally upon her face. Cayleth felt her stomach churn violently. She watched the stranger expose her neck and run her fingers from her forehead to the collar of her gown. The ruby gloves donned by the old woman weren’t gloves at all. Had they been, her caresses wouldn’t have left her looking like one just bathed in a pool of gore. Continue reading
I’m very pleased to welcome Georgia Rose, author of The Grayson Trilogy, to BetweenTheLines today with a guest post and extract from her new book Parallel Lies, due for release on 12th September but available for pre-order now!
Don’t miss the link for a fabulous giveaway further down the post.
Over to you, Georgia…..
The Brilliance of Small Characters
I’m using the word brilliance here to mean vividness and wanted to clarify that before there’s any assumption that my characters have any special talents. They don’t. They are just normal people, like you and me. The main characters of a book are easy to write as you have the whole book to flesh them out, to add in the detail, the traits and flaws. But I particularly love writing the smaller characters. You might only have a few paragraphs in which to bring them alive, sometimes only a couple of lines.
We all live our lives with many people around us. Even if we try and live as hermit like as possible there are still those we interact with, if only briefly. I love people watching and particularly enjoy imagining the lives of those that cross my path, in waiting rooms, around town, I’m never bored. As some kind of amateur detective I pass the time when waiting in the queue at the supermarket by building a story line around someone else’s shopping basket – but then I imagine everyone does that, don’t they? Continue reading
Welcome, Glynis, it’s great to have you here!
The Healing Power of Prince
I have a very wise friend who once told me, “There’s nothing a little Prince can’t fix.” I met her my freshman year in college and besides finding a roommate and a friend for life, I found a new appreciation for this musical master. I had heard of him, of course, but my meager knowledge was merely the tip of the iceberg. So she graciously took me under her wing, regaling me with facts, photos and an endless supply of music. By the time I graduated, not only had I earned a B.S. in Psychological Services, but a healthy appreciation for the brilliance of Prince. Continue reading
The Courage to Really Live
Thank you to Cathy for hosting me today, and a big hello to Cathy’s readers! <waves> I’m currently on blog tour with my husband, Deek Rhew, to celebrate the release of his book and the spotlight feature my publisher is putting on my trilogy, The Fulfillment Series!
In 2007, I thought I was going to die. Not in the “OMG, I’m going to die” figurative sense, but in the literal “I’m sick enough to actually die” sense. I’m thankful to have a huge family and tons of friends who supported me through many surgeries and on the long recovery road.
This girl is dying. Continue reading
I’m so excited to be on Between the Lines! Thanks for having me on, Cathy, and hello to all you readers of Between the Lines!
Today I get to do a guest post, no limits, whatever I want. This Woop! Yaaaay! Okay, what do I do? Well, how about something fun! Erin and I are always talking about our literary cat, Trinity. We also call her Trinna Baby or Fatness or Fat Fat or Fatness Everchubs. She’s got a relaxed outlook on life and see-food-eat-it mentality. We love our, er, little ball of fur.
Trinny is the official leader of Rhewination, the street name for Erin and Deek and their fans. Have YOU joined the Rhewination?
Here she is looking down on her peeps.
She created her very first message to her Rhewvians. Check out her message:
But Trinna is more than just a dictator that likes to get her belly rubbed. The world is FULL of those! She’s also a literary cat! Continue reading
In the run up to the release of her new novel on May 10th, The Ten Year Reunion, T.S. Krupa is giving away a Kindle Fire. To enter the contest (open to all) just follow this link…
Ten years ago, Danielle ‘Dani’ Jackson graduated from Coastal State University in Wilmington, North Carolina and left her heartache behind –for what she thought was forever. Now a promising pediatric surgeon at Boston Children’s Hospital she is invited back for her college reunion. With the encouragement from her best friend, Dani begrudgingly goes back and faces her past – the death of her friend and her broken heart from Jake Dillon, her first love. During her trip she revisits the four years she spent at CSU. Her applying to CSU defied her father and the ‘perfect’ plan he had for her which was to attend an Ivy League school before medical school but Dani had other plans. She traded in her father’s dream for an institution with sandy beaches, soccer and one that made her feel at home. Dani never questioned the decision- she knew she was right but she didn’t know was how hard growing up was going to be.
At the reunion she is reconnected with her friends Adeline ‘Addie’ Smith and Colleen ‘Callie’ Schumaker. The girls met freshman year under Addie’s tenacity and quickly became inseparable but since graduation they have started to drift apart. The weekend is only further complicated when Jake shows up. Together they all realize that life has been hard on everyone and no one’s life has been perfect. The reunion weekend gives them the time to deal with the past and an opportunity for a second chance – for each of them.