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Thanks, Gatton, Laidley … and Ipswich #LitChat

One of the pleasures of an author’s life is to have the opportunity to speak about their work and I’ve been doing that lately, at Gatton and Laidley Libraries in the Lockyer Valley on Friday 3rd November and now today at the Indie Author Expo at Ipswich Central Library.

What a great resource the public library network is in Australia …. I invariably find the libraries are run by outstanding, dedicated professionals who are conscious of serving their reading public. Top marks from me.

If you look closely at my new banner you’ll see the prominent position still to be filled in my Belleville trilogy – that’s the book that will truly make it a trilogy. So I will have to get my head down very soon to finish the writing.

I so enjoy immersing myself in the lives of the Belleville family – there is still much to write about. They are real to me and, I hope, real to my readers ….. #realwomen

 

 

Announcing publication Date: To Love, Honour & Betray

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To Love, Honour & Betray
Book 2 of the Belleville Family saga
ISBN 9780994327611

A$24.95 print paperback – pre-order & special price now available at  www.pmabooks.com 

ISBN 9780994327628 – ebook (except Kindle) – available soon
Kindle edition will be uploaded in the next couple of days

Well, I’ve finished the book …. no more tweaking now. The cover has been finalised. Just doing the final production phase heading towards printing and the e-book version being available.

What can I tell you about To Love, Honour & Betray that won’t be a spoiler?

It’s 10 years since the end of book 1, The House of Secrets: Julia’s Story and the stresses are beginning to show in two marriages.

Julia Belleville, now Fitzroy, continues to mourn the daughter she was forced to give up, while her husband James begins to look elsewhere.

And Catherine, Richard’s wife, restless and unimpressed by her life in Australia, embraces the unexpected events in her family that draw her back to her English life.

Hundreds of miles from the Belleville family’s grand home, a terrible accident robs a young girl of her parents. It is only later that the consequences of this tragedy become known.

And what of Alistair McGovern, the late Francis Belleville’s bastard son? Now a young adult, he demands his share of the Belleville fortune but  he is spurned by the two brothers, Richard and William, who will do anything to ensure that this terrible secret never reaches their mother. When he is finally rejected, his anger and disappointment can only lead him in one direction.

And what of Philippe Duval, the man Julia loved and lost. What news from the past brings him back to Australia, a country he thought he would never visit again.

I hope this is a page turner for you. I think there may even be some tears …….

To Love, Honour & Betray: cover preview

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I have been very quiet on the social media front in recent months.

But now that I am close to finishing Book 2 of the Belleville family saga, I wanted to share with my readers and those who are interested the new cover designs.

The cover of Book 1 – The House of Secrets: Julia’s Story – has been redesigned to relaunch with Book 2 in the saga: To Love, Honour & Betray.

When are you likely to get your hands on Book 2? End of April/early May 2017.

I’ve just got to get stuck into the last few chapters – oh, and by the way, I’m heading off on Friday on QF1 bound for the London Book Fair. I’m hoping to interest an international publisher. Fingers crossed.

More soon. This is the first viewing of the cover of book 2. Feedback is welcome.

 

 

I’ve been a little quiet lately ….

No pictures, just a quick few words to say that my second book, following on from The House of Secrets: Julia’s Story is well under way. It will contain a few surprises, I’m sure. I will let everyone know as soon as it is close to being published ……. a couple of months at most!

Now, back to work …

Did you miss a bargain?

I haven’t been very active on my blog of recent times …. my excuse: busy with the day job and then trying to find time to write Book 2 of the Belleville family saga. Plus getting a bad virus that knocked me down for a while.

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I attended the recent pop up bookshop in Caloundra organised by the Tamarind Book Club on Sunday 6 November – a successful day for authors, I believe.

I wanted to sell down the remainder of Book 1 stock – and I did pretty well at that – the stack was much smaller when I left than when I began.

I’ll soon have the first chapter of Book 2 up on the site for you to read FOR FREE. Watch this space.

For those who weren’t at the Caloundra event and who would like to buy the first book for themselves or a friend at a reduced price, the price on the PMA Books website is now $14.95 + postage – LINK HERE

I must admit I’m taking inspiration from the Poldark series on TV at the moment. It’s always been a favourite of mine.

Excuse me, but wasn’t I meant to spend the day writing?

It is a giant mistake to think you can give your website an update in half an hour. I tell you now that is impossible, so the several Sunday hours I should have spent with my characters, progressing their lives and loves, I instead spent updating my website and learning more about the capabilities of the CMS (content management system, for the uninitiated).

I did achieve something though (I think).

For anyone interested in my writing, you can get, for free, the first four chapters of The House of Secrets: Julia’s Story (book 1 of the Belleville family saga) at this link.

http://www.jmarymasters.com/#!free-reading/c1ktj

You can also get a short story which will form part of my ‘The Women we are’ collection from the same link.

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I sincerely hope there is a glass of wine with my name on it downstairs.

For anyone reading this blog who is waiting on Book 2 of the Bellevilles, don’t fret. It’s well under way. I promise I’ll write some more after dinner tonight …..

 

What’s next? To Love, Honour & Betray

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What’s next? Well I’ve been busy writing Book 2 of my Belleville family series.

It will be entitled ‘To Love, Honour & Betray’ ……… but that’s all I am saying at this stage.

Sometimes I find writing just flows, other times it’s a challenge, but I remember that old adage about just getting it written. It’s always possible to revise pedestrian prose but it’s impossible to revise a blank page. When I finish a chapter, I tend to print it out and read it in bed, with a pencil to mark up the obvious bloopers.

Last week I was surprised by my colleagues at my day job giving me a framed copy of the cover of my first novel (see picture), for my birthday. Not saying which birthday, by the way. That was a nice surprise, totally unexpected and a lovely gesture.

I hear so many stories about difficult and unrewarding workplaces, it’s nice to be able to say that my small office in Brisbane is very friendly with good people to work with.

That’s all from me for now ….. back to the grindstone.