‘The Hangar Dance’ reviewed by Book Angel

I’m delighted that Book Angel recently reviewed my WWII romance, ‘The Hangar Dance,’ and published the review in a newspaper circulated in Croydon.  Many thanks to them for their commitment to promoting indie authors.

http://bookangel.co.uk/blog/the-hangar-dance/

‘Braggot Park’ – Free Elizabethan Romance

'Braggot Park,' short historical romance

‘Braggot Park,’ short historical romance

My short romance set in Elizabethan England, ‘Braggot Park,’ is free on Smashwords over the festive period:

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/404382

I love my new book cover for the story, which sums up not only its historical setting, but also its fast-paced intrigue.  I hope readers enjoy it and would appreciate reviews, recommendations and ratings.

Happy holidays!

‘The Hangar Dance’ – Free Promo

Many thanks to ‘Ignite Your Book’ for featuring ‘The Hangar Dance’ in their current list:

http://igniteyourbook.com/read-free-ebooks/

The book is currently free on Amazon.com and Amazon UK:

http://www.amazon.com/Hangar-Dance-Catherine-E-Chapman-ebook/dp/B009K2P3V0/

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Hangar-Dance-Catherine-E-Chapman-ebook/dp/B009K2P3V0/

Grab it while you can!

‘The Hangar Dance’ – Short WWII Romance Free on Smashwords

'The Hangar Dance' - Free WWII Romance

‘The Hangar Dance’ – Free WWII Romance

To mark the month of Remembrance, ‘The Hangar Dance,’ my short WWII romance, will be free from Smashwords and its retailers throughout November:

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/277501

http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-hangar-dance/id596677433

http://itunes.apple.com/gb/book/the-hangar-dance/id596677433

I’m happy to report that I have recently finished writing another wartime romance – this time of novella length and set in the First World War.  I started work on it during last year’s NaNoWriMo event but only completed it in time for the start of this November – better late than never!

As usual, if you read and enjoy ‘The Hangar Dance,’ I would appreciate reviews, recommendations and ratings.

 

‘Collected Romances’ now on Smashwords

'Collected Romances' now on Smashwords

‘Collected Romances’ now on Smashwords

I’m delighted to announce that ‘Collected Romances,’ my anthology of seven short historical romances, is now published on Smashwords and is also available via its retailers (Barnes & Noble, Apple, Kobo, etc.):

‘Collected Romances’ on Smashwords

‘Collected Romances’ on Nook

‘Collected Romances’ on Apple US

I’m also happy to report that it’s enrolled in the Smashwords’ sale until the end of July, so you can buy it half-price ($1.50) from Smashwords until then.

‘Kitty,’ Short Regency Romance, Free on Smashwords

'Kitty,' Regency romance, currently free on Smashwords

‘Kitty,’ Regency romance, currently free on Smashwords

St George’s Day and the birthday of the Bard seems the perfect time to broadcast the fact that, ‘Kitty,’ my most English of short romances, is currently free to download from Smashwords and its retailers.  Intended as an homage to Jane Austen, the story has been praised for its social comedy but it is also very much a sweet romance:

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/338206

http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/kitty/id679449194

http://itunes.apple.com/gb/book/kitty/id679449194

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/kitty-catherine-e-chapman/1116263906

The book is also available free on Kobo in some countries and through other Smashwords’ retailers.  If you read and enjoy the story, reviews, recommendations and ratings would, as ever, be appreciated.

My Review of Edna O’Brien’s ‘The Country Girls’

My review of Edna O'Brien's novel

My review of Edna O’Brien’s novel

I can’t remember when I bought this book (maybe in my early-twenties) but I do recall attempting to read it in the past and abandoning it pretty quickly.  I’m not sure why – maybe it wasn’t what I was expecting at the time.  Anyway, I’m really glad that I finally got around to revisiting ‘The Country Girls’ because I found it a very easy and enjoyable read.

The first thing to say is that it’s a short novel but this is no bad thing as you get into the story very quickly and the main characters are very striking.  While ‘The Country Girls’ is set in a rural Ireland belonging to a bygone age, the relationship between Caithleen and Baba seems very modern, particularly in Baba’s relentless dominance and abuse of her more socially vulnerable friend.  I enjoyed the fact that Baba was a far less sympathetic character than Caithleen.

I felt that the most intriguing aspect of ‘The Country Girls’ was the ambiguity surrounding the first person narrator, Caithleen’s point of view.  As this is the first book in a trilogy, perhaps one needs to read the later books to gain a clearer perspective on Caithleen’s real feelings about certain aspects of the past.  But from this book alone, I was left feeling unsure about Caithleen’s view of her relationship with ‘Mr Gentleman,’ an older, solvent, married man.  The relationship reads as having been exploitative and yet the narrator’s presentation of it appears naïve as Caithleen’s own adolescent interpretation of it was at the time.  So the narrator doesn’t appear to be distanced from this episode, whereas she does seem to have an adult perspective on most of the rest of the story she tells.  I don’t know whether this is a flaw or a strength of the novel but it was something that left the narrative feeling unresolved.

Overall, I would recommend ‘The Country Girls’ to anyone looking for a relatively short but absorbing read.