Book Tour!

Anyone in Ludlow, Shropshire?

I will be at the Castle Bookshop next Friday (13th February) from 10am till 12pm hoping to interest you in Her Parents’ Daughter (and my other titles). I will also be happy to discuss my self-publishing experience and offer – not advice, I wouldn’t presume – any benefit that may be gained from my, very individual, experiences. I am looking forward to renewing acquaintance with the Charlton Arms and the Church, not to mention the shops – I wonder how many of my once regular suppliers still survive three years after I left….

Anyone in Heswall?

I will be at Linghams Booksellers next Saturday (14th February) from 11am till 1pm. It’s a few years since I was actually on the Wirral though I have spent much of the past ten years there in my head as four of my six books have been rooted in my life there in the 50s, 60s and 70s. Changed beyond all recognition is the phrase that springs to mind.

Hoping to see you there….

2015 ? So far so good!

It’s nearly the end of (for me, a dry) January and progress on A SET OF LIES has been made.
The style proof was received and approved – the designers at Troubador have done a grand job – next step there is the typeset proof and – for me – the final chance to read and make any necessary amendments. Hopefully these will be minimal. Since its conception (in Plymouth in 1999/2000) it has been a very long gestation but it is about to engage!
Running alongside this is the beginning of the marketing and sale process.
The Advanced Information has gone out to booksellers and local shops. This, hopefully, will encourage at least a few shops to stock it!
The Facebook page for A Set of Lies has been set up
The Twitter account has been set up (so my fellow The Archers tweeterers are not inundated with book related stuff and my readers are not inundated with information about what used to be ‘an everyday story of country folk’ and is now contemporary drama in a rural setting’ @carolyn_mccrae for the author bits and @iowauthor for The Archers.
I also have a page on – which includes all my titles – and which I am trying to get my head around.
All I have to do is keep all these social media up to date – will there be any time to write the next one?

Book Signings Continued…..

This coming Saturday morning, 1st November, I will be at Ryde Bookshop, 135 High Street, Ryde, Isle of Wight, PO33 2RJ between 10 am and 12 pm to talk to anyone who cares to meet me – whether they buy signed copies of HER PARENTS’ DAUGHTER or not!
I look forward to seeing you there….

PS I’ll also have copies of my other books available…..

PPS Thanks to those who talked and bought at County Press Shop, Newport, Isle of Wight last Saturday including ‘Beanie’ from Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

Anomaly Competition

Anomaly Competition!

When I was a teacher back in the early 70s I used to check that my classes were concentrating by inserting something completely daft into my discussions.

For example, when talking about the formation of volcanoes I would mention men and women working deep underground turning on taps to allow lava to flow or when discussing the reasons for the development in Roman times of a settlement where London has developed I would make the suggestion it had something to do with the location of Heathrow Airport……

The idea was to jerk pupils out of their complacency by saying something so completely, utterly and obviously wrong that they just had to respond.

I have done something similar in all my books and I have done it again in the first 100 copies of Her Parent’s Daughter.

This time the anomaly is the basis of a competition.

Contact me via this website with the details and the page number.

Tell me your name and address and I will send you the 3 volumes of The Iniquities Trilogy by way of reward.

2014 – Well the first few days anyway

Images of 2014 to date:

Our part of the island saved the worst of the weather though it has been wet and windy.

Roads are really suffering with pot holes opening like sink holes.

Road works are making it increasingly difficult to get into Yarmouth – roll on Easter!

Cricket a disaster – hopefully it will improve for the ODIs and T-20s – can’t be any more depressing.

Absence of alcohol in my diet (since 8pm 31-12-2013) is beginning to pay dividends

@iowauthor is tweeting a lot on #thearchers tag and getting lots of retweets and favouriteds (I never thought I’d think those were real words.)

Real progress on A Set of Lies