Monday, 18 November 2013

Happy Book Birthday!

*A picture of my wedding cake - the best cake EVER!
Marking Time is one year old this month, and to celebrate its book birthday, I'm giving it away.

Yep. Free.

Well, the digital version anyway. Here's the link for Marking Time on Amazon, but it's also free at Barnes and Noble, Kobo and iTunes.

Last year I made big promises of a November release for book two in the Immortal Descendants series: Tempting Fate. Sadly, I may have overstated my rule-of-thumb that all other books can't take longer than a year.

(Sigh) Let's face it, I lied.

I'm not proud of that. It's been the big pink elephant in the room for a couple of months now, staring at me, laughing its pink elephant know, through it's nose.

So in the interest of wresting control of my floorspace away from Pink, possibly regaining a little of my ability to look readers in the eye when they ask about the second book, I'm tossing a couple of details from Tempting Fate into the winds to see if they catch anyone's eye as they float past.

1. I'm currently in London, ostensibly homeschooling my kids for a month while we spend time with my husband as he works here. Really, I'm inventing excuses to drag said kids all over the city so I can research locations for Tempting Fate.

2. There's an amazing exhibit about Queen Elizabeth 1 at the National Portrait Gallery. Just saying.

3. I LOVE the history of the Tower of London. A castle, a prison, a fortress, and a royal residence with a history of secrets, tunnels, torture, death, dismemberment and very famous prisoners - Ahhhh!

4. Ringo is an excellent thief.

I'm not going to promise a new release date for Tempting Fate because that would be, well...tempting fate. I live too much in fear of the sophomore slump, the first-book fluke, or whatever it is that makes readers say "Oh, that author had an okay first book, but, you know, that one took years to write. After that...(shakes head), well, you know."

I'm writing as fast as I can, I promise.

And I'm really having fun with this story. Saira's voice is alive and kicking (in my head, of course - anything else would be just weird) and all the characters continue to surprise me with the things they do (did you know Adam gets really sick when he travels through spirals? I mean like really, don't-try-this-at-home sick).

In the meantime, I've raised my glass to Marking Time and made it free to celebrate its first year of publication. May it enjoy a long life making readers as happy as it's made me.


  1. Happy Book Birthday! Thanks for keeping us in the loop re:- Tempting Fate. I often click the link for updates. I really loved Marking Time, having stumbled across it in a random "not looking for anything specific" kindle search a few months ago. I've since read a plethora of books; but MT has really stayed with me. Thanks for that. Wishing you and your family a fascinating, inspiring time in the UK

    1. Thank you so much for your lovely words and kind support! And we ARE having a great time, thank you!

  2. Same here! I really enjoyed the book and have a huge appreciation for how well written it is! Can't wait for the next one, but good things are worth waiting for! Not to mention, so jealous that you are getting to traipse around London for a month! Maybe you could take pictures of locations and inspirational sites and post them with the next book? It's always cool to have a visual when reading about real places. Have a great time and thanks for keeping us updated!

    1. Thank you, Juls! I really appreciate your support and very kind words. Great idea on the photos. I already have some great ones. And all my questions to the curators of the Tower and Hampton Court keep raising more questions which I might just have Saira answer in book two. Just because...she can.

  3. And can I also add that this would be a great movie!! :-) Series....