31 July 2022

Some skills we hone. And some we mess up.


After taming new wordprocessing software to my will (ooh, calm down there...) the good news is that the interior of the paperback of The Forever House is finally finalised: headers, footers, blank pages, et al. 

Hurrah! and all that jazz. Do you like the Half Title page? I thought I did quite well with that.

However, just as when reading a good-news missive from an agent or editor, we know there's a but lurking in the wings.

The but isn't so much lurking as staring out from that embarrassed pink border which should not be there. I am so used to working with covers for ebooks that is what I've done, whereas the height & width specifications of a paperback are not the same. The trick, I now realise, is to create the paperback cover first and pull the ebook cover from it. And it is no compensation to read that I am not the first to mess this up, not by a long chalk.

But there we go. Some skills we have to hone more than others.

Smirking alone on its Amazon page, you'll find the ebook HERE.

Thanks for not throwing cabbages. I will get there - eventually.

1 July 2022

A Brilliant Break and a Brilliant Review

We've had a few days down London way - Windsor Castle, Kew Gardens, Stratford-up-on-Avon - and doubtless I'll be writing about the visits when I get myself back on an even keel.

I returned to a mountain of washing and a garden going rampant after much-needed rain, but found awaiting me a brilliant review for The Forever House by Terry Tyler, writer of dark suspense and member of Rosie Amber's Book Review Team.

...I did enjoy this book, and read it in just three days.  It's so well-written...  

...The story did not develop as I was expecting it to - it turned out to be something completely different...

...a nicely rounded-out novel with complex relationship dynamics...

Check out the full 4* review HERE.

The Forever House is currently only available on Amazon (global link) to purchase or read for free as part of the Kindle Unlimited subscription. 

Regarding news on the paperback...[pause for silent scream followed by much gnashing of teeth]... there was a slight problem with page formatting which I should have foreseen but didn't. However, new software is loaded and now I am home I shall lock the office door so as to concentrate on taming it. 

I'll keep you posted.