Thursday, 21 March 2013

5* review on Amazon

Today I'm over the Moon, I have just received notification of my first 5* review on Amazon for Titanic Twleve Tales. A huge thank you to the reader(s) out there who not only downloaded my ebook but also enjoyed the stories enough to write about them. Feedback from readers is a real boost to any author and this one is especially grateful to you guys for taking the trouble.

Last weekend was my first venture into the free ebook promotion market. I was feeling rather nervous but thanks to a great crowd of supports and guys only too willing to take a chance on me the download figures ran into the hundreds. I shall certainly consider a free promo again when I have my next book out.

What has also been exciting about Titanic Twelve Tales is bringing out the paperback version. Many people still like the feel of a book in their hands, so again another new venture for me. The process was a steep learning curve and I have to admit I did have the help of Romantic Reads Publishing, so thanks guys. I haven't regretted going for a paperback version and with the help of CreatSpace I have been very pleased with the end product.

So, on with the writing and have a great day everyone, mine has been marvellous already!

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Friday, 15 March 2013

Titanic Twelve Tales - Short Story Anthology

Writing Titanic Twelve Tales ( FREE ebook opportunity)



Whilst completing the final edits for my Titanic novel, Tomorrow Belongs to Us, I wanted to write a few short stories with a Titanic theme. I had been writing short stories for several years, had some published and picked up a few writing prizes. One of my stories, Trapped! had a Titanic twist at the end and was published in My Weekly magazine. So, I began planning a variety of stories which enabled me to step outside my usual romantic fiction comfort zone. I was able to include ghost stories, sci-fi and a couple of character based stories told from one point of view. I based all the stories on my research but ensured my tales were all fictional.

I have been a Titanic enthusiast since childhood, so writing the twelve tales has been sheer indulgence for me. However, I do hope reader you will enjoy them.

Why twelve tales?

I wrote most of the stories in 2012, the centenary year of the disaster.  It seemed appropriate to have twelve of them.

Which is my favourite?

That is a tough question. I like the stories which tell the tale of the desperate situation passengers were forced into. Perhaps that is the underlying pull of the Titanic phenomenon –we can ask, what would I have done if I’d been on board?

Over the years I have read many accounts of the disaster, the speculation, the scientific analysis behind the structure of the ship and the misfortune of some of the passengers, especially those in Third Class. I have visited several Titanic exhibitions, viewed the memorials and visited the cemetery in Halifax, Canada. I have watched films made about the ship and read several novels set on board. It constantly surprises me that the Titanic story still holds interest. I believe that interest is the human one. Tales are about people – well all but one of mine is. The exception?

Why not read Titanic Twelve Tales and find out?

Available in ebook format and paperback from Amazon.

SPECIAL OFFER: On March 16 and 17 2013 the ebook version will be available FREE

(starting Saturday 12am Pacific Standard Time until 11.59 pm PST Sunday)



I hope you enjoy reading Titanic Twelve Tales – A short story Anthology RMS Titanic.




Friday, 1 March 2013

Regency Matters - New Novel

To celebrate the official launch of
Captain Westwood's Inheritance, the heroine of the novel, Miss Catherine Ellis has called upon us today.

Thank you for coming to chat with us today, why do you think Lynda Dunwell choose you to represent her?

We are both independently-minded and believe women have the right to make their own way in the world. Lynda loves to write, my talents are artistic.


Tell us a little about yourself.

My ambition is to become a professional portrait painter, but my father will hear none of it. He brought me south to Hampshire to stay with my Aunt and Uncle at the Parsonage in Aston. The visit was arranged most speedily because I was about to elope with Rossi, my Venetian art master, until it was discovered he was already married. Being most particular about my reputation, Papa insisted I was removed from the county.

Reputation? What is your birth date?

I was born June 18th 1782 in Lancashire, I haven’t yet reached my majority but the life Rossi promised me was very appealing. I would have assisted him in his London studio. I have never been to London.

 How do you find the society in Hampshire?

It is a fine county, I like it very much and the company is very congenial. My aunt, she has a tendency to talk too much but she has a good heart and helps the poor of the parish, considers it her duty to introduce me to eligible gentlemen. Why I had only been in the neighbourhood for three days when I met Captain Sir Jonathan Westwood. I was struck by his dashing good looks, charm and good manners but I understand his father has met with a violent death and Sir Jonathan has been cheated out of his inheritance.

 Do you play and sing Miss Ellis?

Your question has made be blush, because Sir Jonathan asked me the same the night he stayed at the parsonage. I was playing some Mozart on the pianoforte and he paid me such compliments. When I started to ask him about his life in His Majesty’s Britannic Navy, I couldn’t resist playing Hearts of Oak. Little did I expect him to sing the chorus and verses. He has the most engaging tenor voice.

 As an artist, what do you think about the cover of Lynda’s book Captain Westwood’s Inheritance?

It is most appealing and I do not believe I could have portrayed Aston Grange better. I especially enjoyed my stay there as Mrs. Quentin’s guest.  She is the daughter of Admiral Richmond and they both featured in Lynda’s debut novel “Marrying the Admiral’s Daughter” which was also published by Musa. But I digress, I am a portrait painter and I am indebted to Lynda because she allowed me to sketch people around the village of Aston without hindrance. Of course, I drew Sir Jonathan several times and, unwittingly I drew Admiral Richmond’s nephew which proved very useful in my story, but I must not give the plot away, that would be most unseemly.

 How do you feel about being in a sequel?

I’m not sure I understand the term, if you mean Lynda has used the same setting and some of the characters from her debut novel, then I am very pleased she invited me to be the heroine of her new novel. The neighbourhood and society are new to me and there is one very special gentleman I would very much like to introduce you to, of course, you’ll have to read “Captain Westwood’s Inheritance” if you wish to meet him.
Thank you Miss Ellis for coming to talk to us today.