This gives me more delight than I can adequately describe!
Happy birthday to me!
“A witch woman’s garden is different, even one where the woman is discreet.”
Nine weeks to publication!
17 March 2016. From Honno – the Welsh Woman’s Press
‘Someone needs to be forgiven, someone needs to forgive.’
GHOSTBIRD concerns Cadi Hopkins, a fourteen-year-old girl who lives in a remote village in Wales. Cadi wants answers her emotionally distant mother, Violet refuses to disclose. Lonely and surrounded by ambiguity, she is determined to uncover the mystery surrounding the deaths of her father and her little sister, both of whom died before she was born.
Caught in the middle is Cadi’s aunt, Lili the witch woman.
In a world of hauntings and magic, in a small village where it rains everyday throughout the month of August, the secrets and the ghosts are finally waking up, and none of the Hopkins women will be able to escape them.
If Lili won’t use her magic to make Cadi’s mother talk, can Cadi conjure some of her own?
In GHOSTBIRD you will find sadness and love; a small ghost, a little knitting, a lot of birds and a good deal of rain. And the Welsh myth of Blodeuwedd – like the rain – is a thread running through the story.
This morning I have mostly been… Running through the list of Things To Do.
Promotion & Marketing of Ghostbird begins in earnest. I knew it was coming, as sure as the fading festive season was destined to disappear down the darkened rabbit hole of last year.
Blog tours beckon. (I’m not even sure how a blog tour operates.) I must set up an author page on Amazon. (That’s half an hour of my life I won’t get back & I still can’t work out how to do it.)
Who might review my book? Write an article about me? And what about Goodreads Giveaways? I know nothing about Goodreads!
Yesterday, two of my loyal cheerleaders gave me a bit of a talking to. (One of them threatened to buy me a trumpet so I could learn how to blow it.) She asked me if I believed in my book & of course, I said I did. Because I do. I’m proud of it. I’m just not very good at shouting it from the treetops & I can’t stand the idea of being seen as some kind of self-promoting diva.
I guess I’ll get used to it. Three amazing authors have endorsed Ghostbird. My publisher believes in it & my wonderful editor loves every word. The extracts I’m posting on Twitter & Facebook meet with approval.
Back to the list then… As my lovely mum used to say, onward & sideways.