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Prodigals with Tea and Cake

My third book has been published this summer by Onwards and Upwards – a novel called The Lost Journey Homeward. It is a contemporary take on the parable of the Prodigal Son, though in my book the prodigal is a daughter, Kate, who strays off the rails and falls into bad company overseas. The son, David, is a stay-at-home workaholic who runs a debt-ridden hotel. They try to get things back on track as they look for love but find disaster. Their father, Theo, is a renowned sculptor who tries to help his wayward children. My story interweaves the relationships between the family members, people they encounter and the ones they love.

I have a Book Launch on Thursday 10th September at 4pm in Salisbury at the Sarum College Bookshop in the Cathedral Close. I shall be giving a short talk with a reading from my book and there will be free tea and cake. Not for free but good value is the paperback which sells for £9.99 and the author – that’s me – will be there to sign your copy! Everyone is welcome. Do come – and bring a friend.

Book Signing Satisfaction


Authors must help their publishers to market their own books these days. We tend to target local booksellers to hold book launches, talks and signings in our own areas, where we know people and can spread the word or words (literally) to our contacts and friends.  It’s quite easy to sell to friends, who are generally supportive and buy.  But selling to strangers is the most satisfying – they are buying the book not because they know you but because they like the look of the cover, or they are intrigued by the story outline. Perhaps they’ve read a review or heard about the book, or they’ve just met you, chatted with you and decided to buy it. What a compliment!  How satisfying.

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Book Launch in the Garden

My new book ‘The Lost Journey Homeward’ has been well and truly launched – on Sunday 14th June. I decided to do this At Home –  in my own garden in Dorset.  My last two books had their launch parties in London – the first was held on  a houseboat in the Thames and the second took place in an auction gallery at Bonhams in Knightsbridge. This time my husband, Michael, organised the whole thing: drinks from a bar that was a genuine Edwardian handcart, delicious canapés, staff to serve, fine weather, children running around, balloons, ice cream and – most important of all – many friends from South West.  All I had to do was provide the books, get someone to sell them – and then sign them.  Friends usually buy my books; the harder job is to get strangers to buy them – in bookshops and online.  But on my third book launch, we were all outside, the sun shone and it was fun!

Publication Day


Strange to think, now my new book is for sale, that soon people might be reading ‘The Lost Journey Homeward’, turning the pages and assessing whether they like the story and what they think about my friends, the characters.  It’s a long journey writing a book – this one has consumed over three years of my life – but during the ‘work in progress’ stage, there is a intimate, private relationship between me, the author, and my characters and their secret lives within my plot. When a publisher and an editor become involved, as they did seven months ago, some of that privacy and secrecy is peeled away but there’s still enough of a protective shell left between us  – me and my story – and the rest of the world to feel safe and comfortable.  Today, now that we, author and book, are not only in printed form but also published as a eBook, that final layer is cast off, like a discarded husk, and we are exposed, quivering oyster-like with raw apprehension, vulnerable to criticism and open to attack.  It’s daunting.  Painful.  And exciting!

My Novel as an E-Book – Free!

Just published: my novel “To the End of the Day” about a troubled friendship (published in hardback in summer 2011) is now available as an eBook in a Kindle Edition from Amazon. Price £4.50/$6.99. Here is the link:- But you can download it for FREE during the 5-day launch promotion next week. This free download is available from Thursday 3rd September until Monday 9th September. So if you haven’t already read it, do enjoy my book in its eBook form. Summer holiday over, I’m now back at work … writing.

U Kresu Dnia

My novel “To the End of the Day” has recently appeared in Poland with the title: “U Kresu Dnia.” It was translated by Teresa Komlosz and published in paperback by Proszynski Media in Warsaw with a price tag of Cena 29,90 zl. I hope it sells well! It’s available on Amazon (if you read Polish) for £9.90 I like the front cover illustration which depicts a couple sitting on a river bank beneath a tree with the sun gleaming through the branches. However, I was a bit puzzled as to why their designer chose this as I cannot recall such a scene in my book!

Going International!

I have just heard from my publisher that they have sold the publishing rights to my novel in Poland.  So it seems that my book, and also the eBook, will be on sale next year in the Polish language.  “To the End of the Day” is going international!  Great.  There is to be an advance against royalties and here’s hoping that my publishers sell rights to my book in other countries too!

London Book Launch

A book launch party has been arranged to celebrate the publication of my new book “To the End of the Day” by Book Guild.  It will be on Tuesday 24th May, two days before the actual publication date, and is to be held at Montpelier Galleries in Knightsbridge by kind permissionof Bonhams Fine Art Auctioneers.  This is where I used to work and conduct auctions some years back. Familiar territory!  Lots of friends are coming so it should be fun.

Madness Lies

Since ‘Madness Lies and other stories’ was published in September, I have been busy with book signings and events. The London Launch was held aboard a large houseboat on the River Thames at Putney on 18th September, which was reported in Mandrake in the Daily Telegraph. On October 14th I was on a panel of local authors discussing the Booker Shortlist at an event organised by Waterstones at Bridport Arts Centre.