Writing update…

2 October 2011

Yes, it’s that time of the month when I push my books into the faces of an uncaring world. You can skip to the end (where I have a competition of sorts) if you like, I won’t be offended.

Blood Sisters is my latest book and is a French Revolutionary saga with lots of nice dresses, romance, drama, iniquity, cheating, death, bloodshed and even a bit of I Saw Something Terrible In The Gazebo, if you like that sort of thing and let’s face it, who doesn’t?

When the beautiful Comtesse de Saint-Valèry is dragged unwillingly from her Parisian home in the dead of night, her three young daughters are left to an uncertain fate at the hands of their father in a world that is teetering on the very edge of Revolution.

Cassandre, the eldest is a beautiful and heartless society beauty, trapped in an unhappy marriage and part of the dazzling court of Versailles. Lucrèce, her twin, is married to a man she adores but he pushes her away for another woman. Meanwhile, Adélaïde, the youngest, rebels against the destiny that her position in society appears to have doomed her to.

As the horror, turmoil and excitement of the French Revolution unfolds around them, the three very different sisters struggle to survive the bloodshed, find love and discover their true selves…

It’s currently $2.72 on Amazon US and £1.71 on Amazon UK, which is less than GIN but lasts longer.

The Secret Diary of a Princess is my debut work and is a totally fake diary written by Marie Antoinette in the years leading up to her marriage to the poor Dauphin Louis. It has a lot of family drama, nice dresses, iniquity, bitchy French ambassadors and even a hint of romance.

The dramatic and often tragic years of Marie Antoinette’s early life, told in her own words. This book follows her privileged childhood and adolescence in the beautiful palaces of Vienna as the youngest and least important of the daughters of the all powerful Empress Maria Theresa of Austria and invites the reader to share the long journey, both emotional and physical that ended with her marriage to the Dauphin Louis of France at Versailles.

This is the unforgettable story of a charming, fun loving and frivolous young girl, destined for greatness, coming to age in one of the most magnificent and opulent courts that the world has ever seen.

‘As soon as the introductions were over, the King took my hand and led me to the Dauphin, who I had barely noticed since entering the room. He seemed to be trying his best to hide from view and looked uncomfortable and ill at ease in his suit of white satin, sewn all over with diamonds and gold embroidery and I noticed with irritation that he was scratching at his neck underneath the fine white linen of his shirt collar, leaving red scratch marks beneath his powdered wig.

‘Are you ready?’ the King asked as he gave my hand to the Dauphin. ‘All of Versailles awaits you.’

I nodded, feeling the Dauphin’s hand grow hot and clammy against my own. ‘I am ready.’’

It’s currently $3 on Amazon US and £2.88 on Amazon UK, which is also cheaper than GIN. Maybe.

Please, please leave a review on Amazon and/or Goodreads if you’ve read either of them!

I still don’t know when my third book, Before The Storm is due out but am hoping for a release date before Christmas. Will let you all know more when I have a better idea of what’s happening! I’d like to end this year with three books available on Amazon though.

I’m working on my fourth and fifth books at the moment but progress is being stunted somewhat by the glorious weather we are having right now in the West of England. It’s hard to write about dank, foggy streets when the sun is shining outside. I’ve been thinking a lot about my Ripper book though – there’s still so many questions about the case that I need to tackle and come to a conclusion about before I can really get on with it.

I’m enjoying the research though, even if I can’t quite get to grips with just how poor people were in the East End in 1888. It’s just appalling and makes me even more furious with people today who are keen on dismantling the NHS and benefit systems that are in place to assist and protect the vulnerable and impoverished that still live amongst us. I suppose I feel it most keenly because now, just like back in 1888, it is women and children who suffer the most.

In happier news, I’ve decided that this book will definitely have a proper launch, probably in the Spitalfields area and with cakes, GIN and also paper copies of my book for sale (and also so that I can sign them in a diffident manner). I’ll dress up for the occasion and maybe do an ‘in character’ Ripper tour afterwards. What do you reckon?

Ooh, that reminds me – I rashly mentioned a competition didn’t I? Well, once again, I am offering TWO of you the chance to have your name commemorated forever more in my latest opus. Yes, you too could (sort of) wander the streets of Whitechapel touting for trade, sup GIN in the Ten Bells, be a slumming toff or working on a barrow in Spitalfields Market. All you need to do to win is comment on this post and I’ll randomly pick two winners on Wednesday.