Revamped and rejuvenated! Or sulking in the corner…

My dad’s is bigger than your dad’s…

book jacketI wonder if there is a collective noun for people who obsessively collect email addresses. Emailophiles? Electroepistleophiles? In the writing community it’s all the rage these days to collect readers’ email addresses, the better to bombard them with junk mail… um, sorry, I meant the better to keep in touch when Mr or Mz Author releases something new. A humungous email list has become a writers boast, like children swaggering in the school yard trying to puff themselves up: “My dad’s mailing list is bigger than your dad’s mailing list…” 

Doubtless an email list the length of War & Peace is a brilliant marketing technique for writers who can squeeze out a book every three months. And good luck to them too, I say. No malice on my part. I’m just outright jealous of their talent, that’s all. I got caught up in the craze for collecting email addresses too a while ago, but it turns out I’m not that sort of writer. I have other interests too, and I mentioned somewhere, I think, that I only write in winter, which one wag described as very Zhivago-ish. (Thinks…Hmmmm!)

book jacketIt’s marvellous what a break can do…

So after a spell of heavy duty boat building sent writing into the corner to sulk awhile, this past winter has seen me picking up the threads again. My Next Novel is still there in the pipeline and new ideas are forming, but meanwhile what used to be Sunset over Salhouse Broad has transmogrified (without a hint of irony on my part!) into the JUST ONE MISTAKE mystery and romantic suspense trilogy.

book jacketWhat’s in a title?

It’s not just the title that has changed. The new titles and jackets reflect new editions with substantial interior revisions. In each book the main character is now in first person POV and the endings are much more uplifting. Mixing first and third person POV’s in this way is a writers’ technique that I mentioned in a previous post. I think the result really suits the story too, as does the all-new Happy Ever After treatment of the ending.

My hero!book jacket

Or rather, my heroines (Sally in Sally Does Hair/Lucky, lucky Me! and Annie & Kate in Sophie Sews for You) now have a much stronger and more satisfying voice. They have become confident, sassy, independent young women each with a distinctive and I hope entertaining outlook on the world. In fact, I’d really like to meet them all, now. (What, they’re only fictitious characters in a book? Okay, okay, don’t send for the men in white coats. I’m not round the bend yet. But… Sigh!)

Look Inside and you’ll see…

To check out the new versions use Amazon’s free LOOK INSIDE feature to start reading a sample. Or download the Amazon sample direct to your Kindle for free. You’ll notice the difference right from the start. If anyone has a mind to critique the new versions they are available at Amazon now. If you’re quick you could be first to get your review up on Amazon too…

To read the free samples tap one of these buttons. Choose a book and click LOOK INSIDE.

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The more the merrier!

Just FYI, anyone who bought the original Sunset version will not be able to buy the new JOM3 omnibus (all three titles in one omnibus) because it retains the original Amazon identity number for copyright protection reasons. The three individual titles, though, are new books in their own right and can be bought and reviewed by anybody with a mind to do so. The more the merrier, and I hope you enjoy them.

OK, shameless plug over. Normal service will be resumed.

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