Summer is here at last but no global warming when you need it! Where’s the sunshine?
You will be able to see from my website the country wide tour I am undertaking, visiting agricultural shows, steam engine shows, as well as giving talks to Rotary Clubs from Fife to Cardiff!
Thanks to what I do I visit places I wouldn’t normally see as well as meet interesting and pleasant people with whom I get to chat about my work.
This summer I am promoting all my work but will be concentrating on my fifth and final book in the Tears series. Shadow of a Tear is out in paperback this week and the official launch will be at the Stirling Agricultural Show tomorrow – 14th June. The book starts just after the Second World War and takes the Griffiths family up to the 60s. As usual with the series, I have incorporated many facts about the period. It has been a fascinating journey researching the decades of my childhood – my brother and I are definitely baby boomers. .
It has been a challenging book to write. After all, the novel is about the family and not a historic book of dry facts. So I hope I managed to bring the post-war era into focus in a way that is enlightening and enjoyable.
I would like to ask you a favour. Whilst my digital books have had really good uptake in the USA and Canada, I do not as yet have many readers in Australia and New Zealand. Thinking of the best way to break into that market made us realise that a word of mouth recommendation is far more powerful than any advertising. So if you have enjoyed the books please would you tell friends and family down under? To make this as easy as possible A Million Tears is FREE on Kindle for the next 4 days. Just CLICK HERE for the Australian link for the download. It is also free in the UK and the USA so please tell anyone and everyone. By the way, we have also put The Seventh Circle on a Countdown promotion which is available on all Amazon websites.
I hope to see you during my travels, as a criss-cross the country from Aberdeenshire to deepest Dorset and west to Glamorgan.
Thanks for the support and the great comments you have entered on Amazon. It really does make a difference.
It’s an interesting question because, believe me, it’s not for the money. As a small child I loved making up stories and games and I lived in a wonderful world of make believe. At school this translated into writing essays which always gave me pleasure.
I can escape real life and control the actions of my characters. Well mostly. It is difficult to explain – for sometimes it feels like they have lives of their own. When I am engrossed in writing I don’t always know where David, Sion, Nick, Susan and the others are taking me. Dorothy tells the story of bringing me in a cup if coffee when I was writing Tears II and I said “Sion’s on a train and has met this women Kirsty – it wasn’t meant to happen – I don’t know where it will lead!!” That unexpected twist that readers enjoy so much – it is even more exciting for the writer. This has resulted in me being wide awake in the middle of the night more times than I care to remember.
I can also ensure a happy ending to a story when we all know happy endings are often not the outcome of real life events.
But there is another element to why I write and that is the effect on others. I have had many e-mails and letters over the years from people who have been kind enough to tell me they have enjoyed my books. I have received messages that both humble me and make me glad that I do what I do.
I’d like to share part of an email I received a couple of weeks ago:
“Mary had survived the 2nd world war age12 by sleeping under her bed with a torch and a mattress surrounded by her books. She escaped into another life and forgot the horrors of war.
Mary read all your books during her 3 years of cancer and took great comfort reading them until her final exit.
I was looking for a gift for Christmas and when I saw you with your books little did I know the comfort you would bring over the next 2 years. I bought 3 books and mum was delighted with her gifts. I then bought more from you the next year for mum’s birthday and you were very kind as to pop in with them to her home. That day you made a very old lady’s day. Mum enjoyed your visit and was always interested in everyone she met. You were top of her list.
Thank you so very much for your kindness and for helping Mary through a very painful 6 weeks before she died.”
As I say very humbling and Dorothy shed a few tears at reading this heartfelt email. I asked Mary’s daughter if I could share the above. To me it is a tribute to every writer whose occupation is frequently a lonely one. There are very few writers who gain the public acknowledgement, the plaudits and awards. To me the words of Mary’s daughter are worth a million accolades.
On that sobering note I would just like to say that A Million Tears is being promoted on Sunday 30th and Monday 31st March on Kindle and you can download it for the giveaway price of nothing, nil, nada, gratis, zilch – you get the message. And finally to all the Mums out there – have a wonderful well deserved Mothering Sunday.
The heading refers to my liquid intake – not the weather which is far from dry.
My New Year’s resolution was not to drink alcohol throughout January. Now bear in mind I am an author and I have a tradition and even an obligation to maintain the reputation that authors are hard-drinking blaggards. Only kidding, of course, but it is tough.
Think about it. 18.00, the sun is over the yardarm, the fire is lit and Dorothy arrives home. We settle down to play a word game called UPWORDS, a sort of Scrabble where you can place tiles on top of each other as well as across the board. The crisps are in the bowl and…No wine! No beer! Only tonic water or soda water!
The first couple of days were tough. My hand itched when I was in the kitchen, reaching out automatically for the red wine when I castigated myself. I was most definitely NOT feeling combobulated. I wanted a glass of wine but I resisted. As Oscar would say “I can resist anything but temptation.”
But I continue to resist – proof that naval officer training can come in useful at times. And it is really no problem. You see how we author’s are able to write fiction so easily? Self-delusion is a good place to start. It has been 17 days and I can’t wait for February.
This weekend, The Seventh Circle (click here) is being promoted on Kindle. For those of you who don’t know, it is a thriller set against the background of revenge and terrorism. The main character is Richard Griffiths, who is Nick Hunter’s cousin. Hunter is the main character in the TIFAT series -The International Force Against Terrorism, and comes to his cousin’s aid.
For Kindle users the book is free for the next 3 days. So do the electronic thing and download the book and sit back, relax and enjoy. A glass of wine greatly enhances the pleasure of reading.
Did I say I was looking forward to the end of the month?
Set in the post war years it is a real roller coaster of a read. As the Cold War rages and conflicts erupt around the world, the next generation of the Griffiths family fight in their different ways for their beliefs and ideals. And behind them as always – Sir David; stubborn, determined and ruthless with those who dare to harm his loved ones. To download just click one of the following links UK version , USA version
The paperback version will unfortunately not be available before Christmas. We will let you know after New Year when this is published.
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It is amazing what you find - We are putting our house on the market and when clearing the attic came across a box of Paul’s first ever book “Never a Winner”. It is a hardback and set in the Cold War when the Russians were the baddies (?!). The hero is ex-marine Steve Barber and as you would expect there is lots of action. You can get your personalised signed copy for £5 plus £2.50 P&P. Phone Paul or Dorothy on 01360 440013 and we can take details and post you out a signed copy.
On Saturday 14th June Paul will be launching the paperback version of Shadow of a Tear, the fifth and final book in the Tears Saga, at the Stirling Agricultural Show. This is always a very busy fun-filled day and we couldn’t think of a better event to launch the book. Also perfect timing for Father’s […]Read More
I was born in 1950. In those days we had a party line telephone – two households to one line. Most communications were by letter or postcard or, if it was an emergency, by telegram. Today, contact is worldwide and virtually instantaneous. Not only can we speak but we can see each other. When I […]Read More
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