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Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Blog Guest - Nancy Jardine - and book launch news!

Hello, Nik. I’m totally delighted that you’ve let me come to share my new launch news with your readers.

Glad to have you visiting, Nancy. I'll hand over to you now.

Those who already know me a little will have learned that my writing spans the fiction sub-genres of historical romantic adventures; contemporary romantic mysteries; and time travel adventures for a middle grade/YA market. My next two books to hit the launch pad are from these quite different styles of writing – though both were delightful to create!

I’m very excited that on the 27th March 2015, Crooked Cat Publishing is re-launching a new general reading edition of Monogamy Twist, a light-hearted contemporary romantic mystery. The fabulous quirky new cover, designed by Laurence Patterson of Crooked Cat, reveals a grand house at the centre of the story which is a really excellent image since the plot is based around a Dickensian theme.
 
Monogamy Twist
Luke Salieri finds he’s been bequeathed a dilapidated mansion in Yorkshire… but he can only fully inherit after some weird and antiquated stipulations are fulfilled! He’s never met his benefactress Amelia Greywood; hasn’t even heard of her, but Luke’s never one to back down from a challenge. He needs expert help, though, to find out why he was chosen. Rhia Ashton, a historian and family tree researcher, seems perfect but it turns out that she has her own ideas of what will make Luke’s strange request worthwhile. Compromise is the name of the game for Luke… and for Rhia.

It’s probably no surprise that the plot for the novel came about as a combination of my watching the then current BBC TV Charles Dickens serial of late 2010 and while I was also embarking on the first forays in researching my own ancestral background. I found a decided black sheep in one of my great-grandfathers: and Rhia finds a good few family surprises for Luke in Monogamy Twist. Rhia and Luke were lovely characters to invent but some readers have told me that they love Thor, the Irish wolfhound, even more!

I extend a warm welcome to your readers to join my Facebook Launch Party for Monogamy Twist on the 27th March 2015. Quirky goodies can be won. There’ll be music; food; lovely locations in Yorkshire… Why not pop in and say hello!


PRE-ORDER AVAILABLE NOW FROM AMAZON:


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The Taexali Game
My other new launch – The Taexali Game, a time travel historical adventure for a middle grade/ YA readership − will be in April 2015. Set in northern Roman Britannia (current Aberdeenshire) in AD 210, my valiant trio – Aran, Brian and Fianna – must work through a set task list, part of which is to help both the ‘baddies’ and the ‘goodies’ in the story. The problem is that there are local Celtic tribespeople who are just as nasty as the invading Roman Emperor Severus and his barbaric son Caracalla. Working out who to trust is a perilous business. Literally sparring with death is a daily occupation back in AD 210, but in The Taexali Game, my teens are up to the challenges facing them!

Graphic designer Neil Saddler has done a fabulous job of blending the main elements of the story in the wonderful cover design he’s created − depicting locally recognised background scenery in Aberdeenshire; the threat of invasion from the Ancient Roman Legions; and my time trio who are about to launch themselves into the adventure!  The Taexali Game will be available in both paperback and ebook formats.

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Nancy Jardine lives in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. She currently shares a home with her husband, daughter, son-in-law, 3-year-old granddaughter and 1-year-old grandson. It’ll continue to be a busy household till late summer of 2015 when the new build home will be completed for the young ‘uns in what was Nancy’s former back garden. The loss of that part of the garden won’t be missed, she says, since there should now be more writing time available this spring and summer! Childminding is intermittent over the day and any writing time is precious. (If interested in how a new house is built these days, follow her blog posts named ‘Gonna build a house’ )

All matters historical are her passion; ancestry research a lovely time-suck. Nancy regularly blogs and loves to have guests visit her blog. Facebooking is a habit she’s trying to keep within reasonable bounds. [Not easy – Nik] Any time left in a day is for leisure reading and the occasional historical series on TV.

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Author links:

Twitter @nansjar 

Amazon Author page for books and to view book trailer videos:   


Novels also available from Barnes and Noble; W.H. Smith; Waterstones.com; Smashwords; TESCO Blinkboxbooks; and various other places.

Thank you, Nik, for the opportunity to share my news with your readers! 
 
Pleasure's all mine, Nancy. I hope you find lots of readers!
 

2 comments:

Nancy Jardine said...

Hello, Nik! My thanks for letting me share my news today. It's really nice to pop over to spain for a little while. ;-)

Nik said...

A pleasure, Nancy. I hope your books sell well!