Hi fellow writers and lovely readers! I've two things to celebrate today. Firstly, it's the first anniversary of the release of Dangerous Waters, my romantic mystery - and what a year it's been! A real roller-coaster of highs and lows with the highs winning out – just. J Sales have been pretty good for a complete unknown writer and I'm looking forward to building on that this coming year. I'm starting a blog tour later this month and also taking part in an online radio interview in the USA. So, I’m not resting on my laurels. . . .
Secondly, Dangerous Waters has just received the Silver award for Adult Fiction from www.thewsa.co.uk . So exciting! It’s certainly an excuse to open a bottle of something and I don't think it'll be fruit juice !
Here’s a bit more about my book:
‘Oh my God, what’s happening to me? After all this time, please, not again!’
Jeanne Le Page, gripped by fear and panic, struggles to breathe as the ferry arrives in Guernsey – the island she had fled fifteen years before, traumatised by a family tragedy.
Now she has to return after another death. Her beloved grandmother has bequeathed Jeanne her old cottage. She intends to stay just long enough to sell her inheritance. Deeply unhappy after the recent end of a relationship, she has no desire to pick up her old life in her birthplace.
Jeanne is shocked to find that the cottage holds a secret going back to the German Occupation. She becomes drawn into learning more, delaying her planned departure. At the same time, while unveiling the truth of what happened to her family, she puts herself in mortal danger.
Jeanne has to relive the tragedy as the ghosts continue to haunt her. But over time the island works its magic, encouraging her to live and love again . . . .
I was drawn to write this story as I’d lived in Guernsey for many happy years and thought it would make a beautiful setting. The idea of a young woman who had suffered a terrible tragedy as a teenager opened up all sorts of potential stories. And I had to include an old house holding secrets as I’m convinced that’s what happens in reality. If only walls could talk! As they can’t, it’s up to us writers to step in and fill the breach. As a psychotherapist, I’ve learnt a lot about secrets over the years and shared many tragedies with my clients. Although my book is entirely fiction (apart from the references to Guernsey and its history) there’s an element of ‘realness’ in the sense that these things can happen. Is it not often quoted that ‘truth is stranger than fiction’?In order to celebrate both the Award and the 1st Anniversary of Dangerous Waters, I’m offering a giveaway on my blog. All you need to do is pop along and leave a comment! http://bit.ly/10tClYd
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