Tuesday, July 12, 2011

My new book, Ragnar the Murderer, by Lily Byrne

A Tale of Love and Treachery...

914 A.D.

It is a time of uneasy truce, of two races living side-by-side, inter-marrying even, but forever on the look out for treachery among their neighbors.

They meet, they bathe together and they consort. Life is short, fun is likely to be brief, and opportunity has to be seized wherever it can be found without unleashing long-held rivalries and carnage.

Then the youthful Dane, Ragnar, falls in love with Aelfwyn the Angle who is already promised by duty to one of her own village.

Ragnar and Aelfwyn's passionate love affair is a secret which will never be hidden for long, but theirs is not the only secret around.

When Ragnar finds himself charged with murder, he and Aelfwyn are forcibly parted. But is Ragnar really a cold-blooded, cynical killer or is there a more sinister plot being played out?


Some reviews on Amazon:

'Ragnar is the kind of escapist, sexy, blast of a book you read when you want to enjoy yourself and I did and you will too.'

'It is a book which is entirely believable and really good fun, a must for any beach, and indeed for any bed.'

'A very interesting book to read, the setting is easy to visualise and the characters are fun to read.'

If you fancy leaping into the world of Ragnar for a bit of escapism and more, take a look:

Ragnar the Murderer at Amazon

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Interview with Stella Deleuze

I am very pleased to welcome Stella Deleuze, author of 'No Wings Attached' and 'Excuse me,where is the exit?'

Please tell us more about your new book, No Wings Attached.


Of course. It's about Celia who's trapped in a life she didn't want and she has no idea how to fix it. She's heart broken, she's got two jobs she hates when all she wants is a bit of luck and some modest wishes come true. She writes a wish list and sends it to the Universe. Sort of.

Then we have Tom, a wish consultant, who has to make up for a former screwed-up case, who gets appointed to Celia's case. The wish-consultants live among the humans, have an office and just work like everyone else does. Needless to say that Tom is not keen on helping Celia after he saw some video footage of her, being grumpy, moaning and throwing hissy fits. But his boss won't have it and sends him anyway -- without his skills.

I won't say much more, only that's a romantic comedy with a few paranormal elements, suspense and many humorous dialogues.

What inspired you to write it?

If I'd be honest and tell you that it was purely by accident, would you believe me? I started out with a complete different story, but when I sent the first twenty pages to my friend, she ripped it apart, told me it's not working like this and made some suggestions. I didn't know if I could actually incorporate those suggestions into the story I had, so I scrapped it all and began afresh. Since I order from the Universe from time to time, I thought there might be a story in it and began plotting. Basically, it's probably sort of every girl's dream. Your wishes coming true with a little help of a drop dead gorgeous and truly wonderful man.

Does your book fit into a genre?

Yes and no. It fits into romantic comedy and into supernatural/paranormal. Some said into comedy and also chick lit. I class it as romantic comedy with a paranormal twist. The problem is that people immediately think of vampires and werewolves, which I find is a shame, my book couldn't be further away from that theme.

Do you think the idea of books fitting into strict genres is going out of fashion?

It really depends. If you write romance or comedy or horror, then there's nothing wrong with labelling it. But I think people will need to get themselves adjusted to a wider market now. There are so many wonderful books out there that don't fit into genres and shoehorning them into a certain genre might result in losing potential readers who might just love the book. It will take time to accept the 'different', far too long has the public been trained to orientate themselves on strict genres. Just take a look at bookstores.

Does religion play a part in your story, as the theory of angels is obviously a major theme?

No, religion doesn't play a part in the book at all. It confuses me that people would think so as my book is not about angels, nor is the theory of angels. It's a book about positive thinking, about not giving up, about decisions, risks. I'm an atheist. Yes, I do order from the universe, but it's more in a fun way, about positive thinking than anything else. I picture Tom being more of helper to reach positive thinking. If you really want something, then all you need is to believe in you. And it's a book about temptation, perhaps. Which is represented by the dark side.

You have been involved in charity work by selling your book/s for the Japan earthquake victims, can you tell us more about this?

Yes, with my first book, 'Excuse me, where is the exit?' a collection of humorous rants about every day life. I published the book on the 10th of March and a day later was the earthquake. Since I know some people in Japan and was deeply touched by the pictures and reports I've seen, I spontaneously decided to give the proceeds from the sales of March, April and May to Doctors without Borders and Red Cross. I received a great deal of support from people I didn't know, and some I knew (Thank you, Catherine) and it was wonderful to see that mankind hasn't lost its humanity.

How do you feel about publicising your books yourself? It can be daunting, how have you handled it?

It was a rocky road and a steep learning curve, but it's really rewarding, too. I have control over price, pitch, when, where and what, I watch the sales and jump in with marketing/promotion, if needed. It's fantastic to get to know all the lovely people who are dedicated to showcase and interview indie authors. Getting to learn all the marketing skills is an asset you have for life. At no point did I find it daunting, I do like a challenge and I've embraced it.

What are the projects you have coming up and where can we buy your books?

Well, I'm currently writing on the sequel to No Wings Attached, it's going a bit slow as my muse seems to have wandered off, but I'm also working on the second book of rants. Both books have been requested by readers, which, I assume, is a good thing.

I've also a finished literary fiction novel waiting to be edited and made ready for submission. I'm giving all my books the chance to be 'discovered' by a traditional publisher first. If that doesn't work out, I'll not hesitate to self-publish.

After that I have two more ideas going round in circles in my head, demanding to be turned into a book, so I'll be certainly busy and not running out of ideas any time soon.:-)

I'm glad to hear it Stella. I look forward to reading all your books and good luck with all the strings you have to your bow (there's a Cupid reference for you!)

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Sunday, July 03, 2011

Winner of the Night Reading June/July Poll

This month's winner is Rose Wall, with her 'World's Apart Series - Book One, Leah'. Well done Rose, she tells me this is her dream come true!

Synopsis
The World’s Apart series is envisaged as a collection of three books. The location for the whole series is a small Warwickshire town: reflected across alternate realities, all of which are controlled by a mysterious group called The Savants, who guide events by influencing key characters and their Life Choices, as well as controlling who is allowed to travel between the dimensions.

We begin the story with Leah, a nineteen year old girl, still mourning the recent loss of her mother. About to continue her education, and to support Leah in her promise to concentrate on her studies, her father makes the decision to uproot them both to a new location, for a fresh start. Here Leah meets a mysterious stranger whilst exploring the ruined castle near her new home. Nightmares she has experienced before intensify as this relationship deepens: but this seems to have an awful affect on Leah’s relationship with her bereaved father.

As his behaviour becomes increasingly bizarre, Leah’s fears worsen. Then an accident – was it chance?- results in her needing hospitalisation, where her father’s attempts to control her mind with drugs become apparent.

Her new friend’s real identity becomes apparent in the climax, as a final confrontation with Leah’s father reveals to her the truth.

Friday, July 01, 2011

My new book


I decided to put my new book, another short novella, on to Smashwords. Its called 'Crossing Over'.

Here's the link to my page on Smashwords:

http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/CatherineC

If you want to read a historical romance with a humorous twist, try this author Lily Byrne, she's had good reviews!

http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/LilyByrne



Synopsis of 'Crossing Over' with much help from Stella Deleuze:

Two very different people and one death lead to more complications than expected.

Librarian Olivia enjoys a comfortable life, academic and sheltered, until one day she finds a dead student at work. When Dave, a bitterly divorced caretaker, walks into the scene, the unlikely pair find themselves thrown together.

When the death starts affecting Olivia’s mental health, lack of support from her family and friends means she turns to the only person she feels she can confide in: Dave. Their shared experience brings them closer and when they give in to sexual attraction, everything gets more serious than they imagined.