Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Meet The Author + New Book Release from Sharon Booth

Want to know more about author Sharon Booth? She's here on my blog today to take part in 'Meet The Author', so, read on to find out what inspires Sharon, who her ideal dinner guests would be, and what she's currently binge-watching. And also find out more about her brand new book release New Doctor at Chestnut House...



What genre do you write in? And what inspired you to write in that particular genre?

I write contemporary romance—usually with lots of humour thrown in. I call it contemporary romance; others may call it romantic comedy, women's fiction, or even chick lit. I don't mind what label people give it—although I do wonder why women need their own fiction. You don't hear about men's fiction, do you? Anyway, back when I merely dabbled in writing, creating "Chapter One" a multitude of times, but never reaching "Chapter Two", I tried to write sagas of the Catherine Cookson variety. Throughout my twenties and thirties, it was her books I read more than any other. Then I discovered Sue Townsend and Jilly Cooper, and realised I really, really enjoyed a laugh! I'd never read chick lit or romcoms before, but then I watched an excellent documentary series called Reader, I Married Him, which was all about writing romance novels. It really caught my imagination and I went on Amazon and searched for chick lit—not really knowing how else to describe it. I think the first book I bought in that genre was The Birds and the Bees by Milly Johnson. I was hooked. I quickly discovered Carole Matthews, Veronica Henry, Trisha Ashley, and so many others. I knew that this was the sort of book I wanted to write. Romantic but funny, with heroines who could be my best friend, and heroes I fell totally in love with. That's what I've stuck with ever since, although I've recently written a couple of pocket novels for The People's Friend, which are sweeter, gentler romances, and they are now published as part of the Fabrian Books' Feel-Good series.  

What was the inspiration for your current book?

My day job is working in a medical centre. It's a busy GP practice, with around fifteen thousand patients, and the work is non-stop. It can be very stressful, but there are some really funny moments. The things I could tell you—but, of course, I can't! I started to think about building a series around a different sort of GP practice—a small, rural surgery set in a village on the beautiful Yorkshire Moors. I'd already created a surgery in my Kearton Bay series, and mentioned another, larger one—the Castle Street Practice—in Kearton Bay's market town neighbour, Helmston. I thought, what if this new surgery was the branch surgery for Castle Street? I'd mentioned a village called Bramblewick, in A Kiss from a Rose, so I decided to place the surgery there. The story was one I'd initially planned to use as a Kearton Bay story, but it hadn't really worked so had been sitting on my laptop for ages. I reworked it and sent it off to The People's Friend, who published it as a pocket novel. Then I made a few tweaks until it was suitable as a Fabrian Books' Feel-Good Novel. Before I knew it, I had a whole host of characters and realised it would make a good series. I'm really hoping I have time to write a Bramblewick Christmas story this year, too. 

Do you get nervous reading reviews of your books?

Absolutely terrified! When I see I have a new review, my stomach starts churning and I feel really nauseous. That never goes away, and probably never will—although I know that a review, good or bad, is just one person's opinion, and I have to toughen up about them. It's funny, but it's always the negative comment you remember, even if the positive ones far outnumber it. I know that's not just me, though. Writers are a sensitive bunch!

Paperback or ebooks—do you have a preference?

I absolutely love paperbacks. The touch of them, the smell of them, and the look of them. Some of them are so pretty and sparkly! But, truthfully, these days I find it easier to read on my Kindle. It's easier to hold, and it's easier to see. Yes, that does make me feel old! Plus, I love the fact that, if I see a book I really want to read, I can simply click a button and it's there on my device—although, that's not so good for my bank account.

Do you plan your stories before you start writing them, or do you just "wing it"?

I'm definitely a planner. I've tried winging it before and stumbled into a dead end every time. I like to know where I'm going. Having said that, once I get going, the characters tend to lead themselves into surprising situations. They honestly are real people to me, and they know what they want. Rose, in A Kiss from a Rose, was the worst offender. She did something that completely took me by surprise. I had no idea! It changed the entire direction of the book. When I start writing a new novel, I know where the story starts, and I know how it's going to end. I have a few key scenes in mind, but I find that sometimes, the characters like to take a detour, and I usually go with that because it's interesting to see where it leads. When the first draft is written, I leave it a while then read it through and see which themes have developed. I then rewrite to make those themes stronger and pull the whole sprawling mess into some sort of order.

Can you tell us anything about any future projects you're working on?

Right now, I'm working on a Christmas novel, which is the second in my Moorland Heroes series—the first being Resisting Mr Rochester, which came out in June. I'm hoping to fit in a Bramblewick Christmas novel, too, for release in October or November. My plans for next year include the second Skimmerdale novel, featuring my absolutely gorgeous and irresistible Aidan Turner-lookalike sheep farmer hero, Eliot. I'm hoping that will be out in spring. Then, fingers crossed, the fourth and final Kearton Bay novel will be out in the autumn, and maybe another one or two Bramblewick novels. I also have plans for the third Moorland Heroes book but I don't know if I can manage it next year. Something's going to have to give!

Social Media, friend or foe?

Both, I think. Friend, because I get to talk to so many other people I would never otherwise know. It's lovely to think that, when you're sitting there all alone in your office, you're only a click away from a chat. Plus, there's no doubt that social media is the best aid to publicising my books. On the other hand, it's the biggest procrastination tool known to mankind. I can sit down, determined to write, and say to myself, "I'll just check out Facebook first". Three hours later, I still haven't added a word to my work-in-progress! That's not good. I'm really trying to limit social media time, but it's not easy.   

You're having a dinner party. Which 4 people, living or dead, would you invite?

Honestly, if I could invite people who had died I wouldn't be able to limit myself to four! I would love to meet all my ancestors. I've been researching them for years, and I have so many questions. But, if I had to limit them to four, I'd invite my dad and his parents, and my mum's mum, because I really miss them, and I have so much to tell them and so much I wish I'd asked them when I had the chance. If you want me to name "famous" people, I'd probably go for Enid Blyton, Charlotte Brontë, William Shakespeare and Aidan Turner. Enid was probably my best friend when I was a little girl, and if anyone inspired my love of reading it was her. I'll always be grateful to her for that. Charlotte wrote my favourite book, Jane Eyre, and I'd cherish the opportunity to ask her all about her siblings and life. As for Will Shakespeare, there are so many rumours about him. I'd love to talk to him about them and get to know the real William Shakespeare. And Aidan Turner…Well, er, he's Aidan Turner, people! No other reason needed. If I could pick fictional characters, I'd invite Doctor Who's Eleventh Doctor, Jamie Fraser from Outlander, Jane Eyre and Adrian Mole. What a dinner party that would be!

What's the last thing you binge-watched on Netflix/Amazon Prime/other streaming service? 

Stella. I don't know how I missed that first time around, but I decided to give it a try a few weeks ago and was completely hooked. On Netflix, I was persuaded to give Once Upon a Time a try, as my kids kept going on and on about it. I ended up watching the entire six series in a matter of weeks. I absolutely love Rumpelstiltskin, Regina and Hook, and the Charmings are so sweet. Before that it was The Crown—which was excellent—Game of Thrones, the entire first series of Outlander, and every single episode of Being Human. Right now, I'm working my way through old Doctor Whos again, and then I may try Grimm. I rarely watch "normal" TV these days. I've got quite used to being able to watch six series of something, as and when I choose. Having to wait a week for the next episode is so yesterday, darling! 

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New Doctor at Chestnut House - Book Blurb


Fabrian Books' Feel-Good novels are heartwarming romantic stories that leave you believing a happy-ever-after does exist.

Is home a place—or a person? 

Anna's about to leave Bramblewick behind. She's due to marry her childhood sweetheart in a few weeks, and then she'll be heading to Kent and a whole new life.
Connor's a new arrival in Bramblewick. He's bringing with him a whole lot of baggage, and he's doubtful that this small village on the Yorkshire Moors is the ideal place for him and his daughter, Gracie.

It's not easy for Anna, watching Connor move into her family home and take over from her beloved father at the local surgery, but she's determined to help him settle in and adjust to rural life, so that the villagers get the doctor they deserve.

Connor's not convinced. This country practice is very different to what he's used to, and the locals have some strange expectations of their GP. Protective of Gracie and hiding behind self-constructed barriers, Connor struggles to adapt to life in Bramblewick. Can Anna convince him that this is the place where he and Gracie can finally find happiness?
And can she convince herself that leaving Bramblewick is the right move for her?


Author Bio

Sharon wrote her first book when she was still at primary school. It was about a boarding school that specialised in ballet, and, given that she'd never been to boarding school and hadn't a clue about ballet, it's probably a good thing that no copy of this masterpiece survives. She is the author of seven novels, and has also written for The People's Friend. Sharon lives in East Yorkshire, with her husband and their dog. She is one tenth of The Write Romantics, and a member of the Romantic Novelists' Association. She has a love/hate relationship with chocolate, is a devoted Whovian, and prone to all-consuming crushes on fictional heroes.

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Monday, 14 August 2017

New genre. New pen-name. New book on the way...


It's been a while since I released a new book, but one is finally imminent! And this is one I've been keeping under wraps since March, but one I'm extremely excited about! Because I'm not only writing in a completely new genre, I'm also writing under a different name.

The Wife is a chilling, compelling and emotional psychological thriller written by me under the name of M L Roberts, and will be published through HarperImpulse, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

Check out the blurb below... 


For fans of TV shows Doctor Foster and The Affair. A chilling new four-part series...

Michael and Ellie are that couple.
The ones who have it all.
Success, charm, trust…but no relationship is perfect and the events of the past cast a shadow over their charmed life together.
When lecturer Michael starts to mentor a new student, Ellie fears that history is repeating itself. As paranoia takes its ugly hold, it’s clear some things just can’t be forgotten…or forgiven...



The story will be released in four parts:-

To Have and to Hold  -  Released September 1st
For Better, For Worse -  Released November 3rd
In Sickness and in Health  -  Released January 5th, 2018
Till Death Do Us Part  -  Released March 2nd, 2018

All four parts are available to pre-order right now!

For me, being given the chance to write a different genre under a different name, it was a challenge I couldn't wait to take up! Although, I've got some tough competition out there. There are some amazing authors writing some incredible books in the psychological/crime fiction genre. But I'm proud of The Wife. I think it's an amazing story, suited very much to my preference of leaning towards the darker side of things; emotional to the end. And full of twists you just might not see coming...

I do feel that I have to point out, though, that each of the four books is not an entire book. What you're getting are parts of the story, told in four installments, each one about 25,000/30,000 words long - the length of an average novella. Between 80-100 pages. Both a paperback and ebook version of the book in its entirety will be released on March 2nd, 2018, for those who would rather wait and read it all in one go, because I know there are quite a few readers/blogger/reviewers who are very anti this type of book series. And I'm aware that my publishers are taking a risk by trying it with this genre, as it's never been done before, but, the way I'm tackling it is as though I'm writing a four-part TV series. I think of each installment of the book as though it were an episode of a show. If you watch any TV series, and an episode ends on a cliffhanger - if a series finale ends on a cliffhanger, meaning that you have to wait months, possibly a year until you find out the outcome - do you suddenly think, no, sorry, I'm not watching it any more because it ended like that and now I have to wait ages for the next episode? I'm sure you don't. If you really want to find out how the story moves along, and finally ends, you stick with it, no matter how long you have to wait. We finished season 4 of Bates Motel last night and now have to wait until season 5 appears on Netflix, and yes, I'm impatient because I want it now, but I'm also just looking forward to watching season 5, whenever it might land on my TV!

So, although I'm a little bit nervous about this new series of books, and how readers/reviewers/bloggers will receive them, I'm also really, really excited for people to start Ellie's story, and begin her chilling, emotional journey alongside her...




To Have and to Hold (The Wife - Part One) is available to pre-order now for only 99p/99c!
It's also available to request from Netgalley!




You can keep up with all the news on my alter-ego, and The Wife Series by following M L Roberts on Twitter at @AuthorMLRoberts

Or click on M L Roberts to LIKE their new Facebook Author Page.

You can also keep up with all of M L Roberts' book news by following their Amazon Author Page:-

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Hopefully some exciting new times ahead. Have a lovely day, and speak to you all soon!

Michelle x

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Guest Post - Rachel Dove talks about her new release The Flower Shop on Foxley Street.

Today I am so, so excited to have the fabulous Rachel Dove on my blog talking about her latest release The Flower Shop on Foxley Street, which is out now!

I'll let Rachel herself tell you more about it...


Thanks for having me Michelle!

I am delighted that book 2 in the Westfield series, The Flower Shop on Foxley Street is published today, 26th July by HQ Digital. This book is the second in the Westfield series, which began with the competition winning entry The Chic Boutique on Baker Street. I have written 3 books since that one, and had a heck of a time being a full time author!

I signed with HQ Digital, an imprint of Harper Collins, in December 2016 and have been hard at work ever since. I have a standalone romance coming out in September with them too, which I am tight lipped about at present. I am extremely nervous about the September book, as it is very different to my other works, but I do love the story. I feel as though the characters came to me, demanding that their story be told.

The Flower Shop on Foxley Street was a pleasure to write. I love the village of Westfield and all the characters, so writing the book was like chatting to an old friend, and it was amazing bringing Agatha and others to life again.

I really hope you like Lily Rose Baxter, and expect to hear more from Westfield in 2018!




BLURB

A new love could be about to bloom for Lily in this bright, warm women’s fiction title that fans of Holly Hepburn and Cathy Bramley will love.

Lily Rose Baxter loves her little flower shop on Foxley Street and the freedom and independence from her family that it represents.

Lily still can't shake the feeling though, that something is missing from her life, but when mysterious stranger Will Singer comes into her shop looking for the perfect bouquet of roses, all that could be about to change.





AUTHOR BIO


I am a wife, mother of two boys, perpetual student, avid reader and writer of words. I sometimes sleep, always have eye bags and dream of retiring to a big white house in Cornwall, with 2 shaggy dogs, drinking wine on my seafront balcony whilst creating works of romantic fiction. All done with immaculate make up and floaty dresses. 

In the meantime I nearly always remember to brush my hair, seldom have time to look in a mirror and write many, many to-do lists.

My first solo novel, Crossing Life Lines is out now in Kindle and paperback format. Look out for my horror shorts, published through Bayou Brew Publishing: The House of Sugar Blood, August 2013 and Uni Assassin, out now, and my short story, Mallow Girl, out now.

In July 2015, I won the Prima magazine and Mills & Boon Flirty Fiction Competition, with my entry, The Chic Boutique on Baker Street, out now in ebook and paperback. 





You can contact Rachel, and find out more about her and her books, here:- 




And The Flower Shop on Foxley Street is available to download now! Have you got your copy yet...? Just click on the link below...


Thank you so much for stopping by today, Rachel. Wishing you loads of success with The Flower Shop on Foxley Street!



Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Guest Post - Author JJ Toner talks WW2 Fiction


Today sees the release of the movie 'Dunkirk', and to coincide with that, I'm really pleased to have author JJ Toner on my blog to talk about the kind of stories WW2 has inspired, and to tell us all about a World War II fiction promotion... 


WORLD WAR II FICTION


Announcing a promotion of World War II fiction to coincide with the release of the movie ‘Dunkirk’ on July 21. The promotion will include 50+ eBooks, many at reduced prices, all from up-and-coming WW2 novelists, in addition to a giveaway of paperback editions. To check out the WW2 fiction promotion,



World War II has provided a rich breeding ground for fiction over the years. Pretty much from the end of the conflict, fiction writers have used the War as the background to their novels, with household names like Ken Follett, Jack Higgins, Alistair MacLean, Hans Hellmut Kirst and Hans Fallada leading the way. When I was a boy, I remember reading ‘penny’ comics set during WW2. Who remembers those?

What could be better for ratcheting up tension in a thriller than the cut and thrust of an aerial dogfight, the claustrophobic conditions inside a lumbering bomber or the oven of a tank in the desert of North Africa. What could be more thrilling than running a resistance cell, or an escape line for downed pilots, in Occupied France, under the noses of the Gestapo. Or we have escaping prisoners of war, the German resistance groups, the threat of German super-weapons, daring commando raids, SOE and OSS spying operations, and all set against the backdrop of the Nazis oppression of their own people, the concentration camps, the ghettos, and, of course, the Holocaust.

The period is an ideal setting for a romance, too. Imagine the bittersweet feeling of meeting the partner of your dreams days or hours before they ship out to one of the major theatres of war, or fly on a dangerous mission over enemy territory.   
In addition, we have variations on the WW2 theme, like time travel stories that transport people from today back into the maelstrom of the 1940s, and alternative histories of the period. Truly, a rich hunting ground for the novelist.

The ‘miracle’ of Dunkirk, also known as Operation Dynamo, represents one of the most dramatic episodes of the War. Shortly before that, we had Operation Pike (featured in my own book, The Serpent’s Egg) and the Germans’ incursion into Belgium and Holland and the capitulation of France. After Dunkirk we had the Battle of Britain, and many other drama-filled events and incidents, leading up to Operation Barbarossa, the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, and culminating in Operation Overlord, the D-day landings in June 1944, the defeat of the Third Reich and the liberation of the concentration camps.

Take a look at the books on offer in the ‘Dunkirk’ promotion and take your pick. Rarely have so many WW2 authors come together in one place.



JJ Toner writes WW2 and contemporary thrillers, all of which you can check out HERE.

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Guest Post - Heidi-Jo Swain talks 'Coming Home to Cuckoo Cottage'

Today I'm absolutely thrilled to have the wonderful Heidi-Jo Swain on my blog, talking about her upcoming new release 'Coming Home to Cuckoo Cottage'. It's out on July 13th (and is available to pre-order right now), but I'll let Heidi herself tell you a little bit more about it...



As anyone who follows me on social media knows, I love to write about things that I feel passionate about. So far I’ve covered crafts, cakes, cider, chickens and Christmas and they have all been embedded in the fictional town of Wynbridge and the lovely countryside surrounding it.

On July 13th, the day after tomorrow in fact, my summer 17 book, Coming Home to Cuckoo Cottage will be hitting the shelves and e-readers and it is crammed packed full of yet more things I love. This time I’ve turned my attention to vintage and caravans, more specifically vintage caravans, and what new girl on the block Lottie Foster decides to do when she discovers she’s inherited a whole barn full of them.
Last year I had to undertake some pretty tough research in order to write this book and spent a week reading, relaxing and even writing, in a beautifully refurbished Airstream van on the Happy Days Retro Vacation campsite near Saxmundham in Suffolk. I know, it’s a tough job, but someone has to do it, right?

The vans, complete with their own decking were kitted out with fairy lights, bunting, Cath Kidston curtains and bedding, a whole array of polka dot crockery and bespoke washing machine drum camp fires for obligatory marshmallow toasting in the evenings. The vans even had their own names – mine was Gloria – and she provided the perfect inspiration for this latest addition to the Wynbridge family which just goes to prove that sometimes a little bit of fancy really does do you good!




So, if you like the idea of grown up glamping and a summer filled with hares, barn owls and celebrations under the stars, then pay a visit to Cuckoo Cottage this summer and help Lottie Foster fathom out which of the men on her doorstep she really can trust!







Heidi Swain - Author Bio

Although passionate about writing from an early age, Heidi Swain gained a degree in Literature, flirted briefly with a newspaper career, married and had two children before she plucked up the courage to join a creative writing class and take her literary ambitions seriously.

A lover of Galaxy bars, vintage paraphernalia and the odd bottle of fizz, she now writes feel good fiction with heart for Simon and Schuster.

Her debut novel, The Chery Tree Café was published in July 2015 (paperback June 2017) and Summer at Skylark Farm hit the shelves the following June. Mince Pies and Mistletoe at the Christmas Market was a hugely successful Christmas 2016 release and her fourth book, Coming Home to Cuckoo Cottage will be published on July 13th 2017. She is currently preparing for her October 2017 release, Sleigh Rides and Silver Bells at The Christmas Fair.

Heidi lives in Norfolk with her wonderful family and a mischievous cat called Storm.

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Thank you so much for stopping by, Heidi.🙂 Wishing you lots and lots of success with 'Coming Home to Cuckoo Cottage'. 


Michelle x



Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Guest Post: Sharon Booth - 'Resisting Mr Rochester'

Today I' m welcoming lovely fellow author Sharon Booth onto my blog to talk about her latest novel 'Resisting Mr Rochester', which is out now! Here's Sharon to tell you more about the book, and the inspiration behind it...


Thank you very much, Michelle, for inviting me onto your blog today, to talk about my sixth novel, Resisting Mr Rochester, which is now available to buy for Kindle—paperback edition coming soon!

As you've probably guessed, this book is loosely (very loosely) based on Charlotte Brontë's wonderful novel, Jane Eyre, and so it was the perfect excuse to drag my poor, gullible husband along on a research trip, to the Brontë Parsonage in Haworth.


The Brontë Parsonage
DH is not one for trawling around museums, stately homes and the like, and over the last year or so he has been very obliging—chauffeuring me around, and nobly accompanying me as I wandered the halls of so many fascinating places.
He's not a great reader, either. In fact, I don't think I've ever seen him pick up a book in all the years I've lived with him - and that's a lot of years. So, I think it was pretty decent of him to drive me all the way from East Yorkshire to the unfamiliar territory of West Yorkshire—especially since it was pouring with rain and there was no possibility of taking a walk that day. (See what I did there? It's a Brontë thing!)

Anyway, we duly headed off to Haworth, and found the Parsonage, and paid our entrance fee. Then, we wandered round to the front door and I reached for the handle...
It's not an exaggeration to say my hand was shaking at that point. I have been to the Parsonage before, but it was many years ago, and it felt like the first time all over again. Jane Eyre has been my favourite novel for so long. Knowing I was walking into the actual house that Charlotte Brontë lived in was an awe-inspiring experience.


At the time we visited, back in March, there was an exhibition on to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Branwell Brontë's birth. Having watched To Walk Invisible at Christmas, it was very moving to see the replica of his bedroom, with all its mess and chaos representing the turmoils of Branwell's troubled mind. Costumes, props and plans from To Walk Invisible were also on display, and will be—I believe—until next year, so if you want to see them for yourself, why not pop along?

There are lots of Brontë possessions on display. I was particularly moved by Charlotte's little glasses, and the tiny shoes she wore. 



You can also see the extraordinary little books they produced as children. How they ever made and wrote in such tiny things baffles me. There are also some chilling and sad things on display, such as Anne's blood-stained handkerchief, and Charlotte's grief-filled letters after the death of Emily.


On the walls, there are quotations from various Brontë books. Reading them gave me goosebumps. I particularly loved the ones from Jane Eyre, of course, because I was still writing Resisting Mr Rochester at the time, and they resonated with me.  My favourite was the one in the picture. 




Yes, it made me cry! DH amazed me by taking the time to read the notices, and studying the exhibits. The magic of the Brontës lured even him.

If you would like to know more about the Brontë Parsonage, visit their website at www.bronte.org.uk. It's well worth a visit, as is the pretty town of Haworth, which looks far more pleasant these days than it did in the Brontës' time! If you still need convincing, I can tell you that, when we got home, I watched To Walk Invisible for the fourth time, and DH was interested enough to sit and watch it with me (he hadn't wanted to before). He remarked on the programme's excellent recreation of the house, commented on the sad decline of Branwell, and had a big smile on his face when Charlotte visited her publisher and was greeted with such excitement and delight. Very impressive!

I loved my excursion into the world of the Brontës, and I loved immersing myself in the creation of my very own Mr Rochester. While writing my own story and inventing my own characters, I did draw on my favourite work of literature in some ways, hopefully paying my own small tribute to Charlotte's masterpiece.




I hope you enjoy Resisting Mr Rochester. I know I enjoyed writing it, and I'm missing my hero already. I'm in the process of creating another lovely hero, but Mr Rochester is a hard act to follow!



You can buy Resisting Mr Rochester at hyperurl.co/resistingmrrochester

Find out more about me and my books by visiting my website:  www.sharonboothwriter.com


Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Why 'Protection' has already had a cover change, and why this first book in a new series may be the last...

The book's been out less than a week, but I've already given it a cover change. So, why is that? Well, to be honest, although I really liked the original cover for 'Protection', my latest foray into the world of MC romance, I was never 100% sure it was going to work. For me. I'd thought I'd wanted something a little different for this new novel, and I hadn't wanted to go down that tried and tested route of sticking a half naked, ripped, tattooed alpha male on the cover. Although, it seems to work for everyone else...

The original cover image.
Anyway, after the release of 'Protection', I couldn't help but keep going back to the other biker series' I've written - The Lone Riders and Soldiers of Darkness

The covers for those books were very uniform, you could tell at a glance what kind of books they were, what genre they fell into, and it was also very easy to tweak the covers for new books in the series. I wasn't sure this was going to be so easy for the Death Knights series. So, after a few days of thinking about it, I came to the decision to change the cover now, while the book is still in the early stages of release. 

And here it is - the brand new cover for 'Protection'...



And it makes sense, in reality, to keep up some kind of theme for the MC books I write, as you can see from them all here, together...


This new cover is much more obvious in terms of knowing exactly what kind of book it is, and when/if new books in the series come along it's going to be very easy to tweak the image and keep the theme. 


But, you may have noticed I used the word if there. Which means I may not be writing any more Death Knights MC books? The answer to that is, I don't know. The reaction to 'Protection', compared to all my other MC books, has been a bit soul-destroying, to be honest. Sales are way, way down compared to the others, there's only been one review so far, and that wasn't even a good one, and almost a week after its release there's still been no reaction. Nothing. Now, it could just be the fact that the publishing world is changing once again, because it is, without a doubt, incredibly hard to get your books out there and noticed as an indie author. Or, it could just be that this book isn't grabbing peoples' attention the way the others did. I don't know. But what I do know is that to spend time writing another book in a series that is failing to win readers over, well... it doesn't make me excited. If readers wanted more, like they did with the Lone Riders and Soldiers of Darkness series', then I would absolutely write that next book. I already have the story outline drafted out and the first few chapters written. But if readers don't want to read it, it's hard for me to get excited about writing something. And I want to be excited about the books I write. 

Now, I'm extremely proud of 'Protection', don't get me wrong. I give a very different take on MC Romance, I don't write your usual MC books, as some readers have already pointed out. I write them my way, but if that way is failing to capture the attention the way my previous series' did, then I think writing another Death Knights book, at this moment in time, may not be the way to go. I wrote 'Protection' as a standalone novel, there are no cliffhangers, the story is tied up by the end of the book. It was always my intention to make all the books in the Death Knights series standalone reads, and now, a week after the book's release, maybe that was the right decision. And maybe I need to go and think about the kind of book that will grab readers' attention. And write it...


'Protection' is available to download now, with its new cover, and its also FREE if you have Kindle Unlimited!

And thank you, once again, to all those faithful readers out there who continue to buy my books, encourage me through the rough times, and keep me going on this crazy writing journey of mine. Without you lot I'd probably be drinking way more vodka than I already do! 😉

Michelle x