It was a rare treat to be approached by Female First an online magazine to provide a feature and to enable me to promote “Dragoon Serenade”
I had been asked to provide only ten things about writing a Historical Romance.
In truth, there are a lot more topics one could draw on to make the story as real as possible. For now, these were the ten that I deemed essential. You can read them on the following link:
I hope you’ll enjoy the article.
How do you move on when you have recounted a story that you believe is the best one you have ever written?
Where do you start to write an even better tale?
My current work-in-progress, “Balor’s Landing” [Book 3 in the Romance in War series] is set in September 1944 on the tiny island of Toraigh, county Donegal and is centred on a local girl falling in love with a ship-wrecked mariner who had been washed ashore after his ship had been torpedoed by a German U-boat.
The problem is that I began writing it at the same as Book 2 – “Dragoon Serenade”, and because I was so engrossed with it, that Book 3 in my opinion is just not good enough.
In fact “Balor’s Landing” is too quiet a tale, and is more likely to make readers fall asleep rather than keep them entertained.
For this reason I have decided to shelve it for another time. Although it was a difficult decision to make, I believe it’s for the best.
“Dragoon Serenade” is scheduled for release as an e-book on 26th October 2017. Watch the Book Trailer on YouTube and make your own judgement: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yo2PHH2gjmQ&feature=youtu.be
To take the place of “Balor’s Landing” I will now bring forward Book 4.
“Warm Nights in Alex” is set in North Africa immediately following the Allied landings of ‘Operation Torch’ in November 1942. I shan’t divulge anything else about it just yet as I’m still doing the research and initial planning. All I will say is that the hero and heroine are [were] real [both now deceased], and this story is to be written in their memory.
I hope “Warm Nights in Alex” will be able to equal “Dragoon Serenade”, perhaps even better it. After all, isn’t that what we all strive for – to improve as we move forward?
Time will tell if I’ve made the right call…
As a lead up to the release of my latest novella in the Romance in War series I have been experimenting with some promotions through Facebook.
I’m not too sure how it works, but if all the ‘views’ represent people who have viewed the advert then it is hoped they will be impressed enough to buy a copy of the e-book “Dragoon Serenade”
The promo is of course backed up with a book trailer created for me by Luminosity Publishing which can be viewed on YouTube at:
I hope you’ll enjoy the trailer… but I also hope you’ll buy the book.
Luminosity Publishing has created a wonderful promotional video for Dragoon Serenade ahead of the book’s release on 26th October 2017.
I hope you like it as much as I do: