Monday, 3 September 2012

Thumbs up - it's all go!

Well, the peace and tranquillity I felt whilst I was on holiday is now over and the excitement of being back in the thick of things has well and truly taken over and I've had a very busy week. GMTA's new A&R Consultant has been in touch with me and we'll be working together to create a strategy to get the Burly & Grum books moving off the bookshelves. He's already had me doing a lot of research and it's been an interesting exercise - there will be lots more to come!  I know it will be hard work but it'll also be fun because it's something I love and I have to give this my best shot or I'll never forgive myself.
     Last week I was both surprised and delighted when a friend of mine, Carol, made up some wonderful Burly and Grum Christmas cards. Yes, I know people tend to use e-cards these days but I still think that 'proper' cards are very special. I hope she can teach me to make them so they look as professional as hers do. Fingers crossed anyway!
     Pat has also been working very hard on the audio books and over the weekend I listened to the first full chapter. Getting the voice of the characters has been the most time consuming aspect of all, but it will be well worth it in the end. It's been a lot more work than I think either of us anticipated and Pat has the patience of a saint but we hope to have the three books available by Christmas at the very latest.
    Looking ahead, I'm going to write a short Burly and Grum halloween story and I can't tell you how good it feels to be writing again - I've missed them!
    I've made a lot of friends since I started writing and publishing and I'm finally getting into the world of blogging. Proper blogging, not diary blogging as one author firmly told me! I was delighted to be asked to write a piece for Jaimie Hope - Jaime is a remarkable author who is writing a picture book series which centers around a young, disabled girl and the books are well worth reading. I'll be inviting her on to the Burly and Grum blog very soon.
    So quite lot has happened this past week I'm pleased to say that I'll also be publishing a young adult book (no, not a Burly and Grum book!) within the next week or so via GMTA called 'Unlucky Dip' - this is the blurb:

There are always high stakes to play for in the world of gambling, but it’s a world Holly Maddon knows nothing about until her step-mother tries to kill her. The race is on as she tries to discover what her step-mother is up to and whether her father was murdered.  She comes up against gangsters, multi-million pound land deals, treachery and deceit, she’s kidnapped, shot at and loses just about everything she loves – it’s a rollercoaster of a ride and Holly's intent on turning the tables.

I asked a young artist, Liz Eisen to illustrate the cover. I knew I could probably put together a cover but I also know that my taste, as a middle aged woman, might not exactly be the same as a young adult!  I wanted something out of the ordinary and Liz has certainly done that - it's eye-catching, dynamic and I love it!  Here it is:
 

 

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