Preview of The Official Downton Abbey Cocktail Book: Appropriate Libations for All Occasions, by Annie Gray, and Foreword by Julian Fellowes

Sounds like the perfect gift for the festive season!

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The Official Downton Abbey Cocktail Book (2019)“Drinking is very important at Downton Abbey. At least three types of wine are served at every upstairs dinner, plus port for the gentlemen after it. There’s alcoholic punch at parties, plenty of Champagne, and, as the years go by, the gradual adoption of the cocktail.”

And so, begins the introduction to The Official Downton Abbey Cocktail Book by food historian Annie Gray. Continuing, she goes on to describe the mention of American-style cocktails in season two, which takes four more seasons before we see the very proper British butler Mr. Carson reluctantly serving them to the Crawley family and their guests at a pre-dinner gathering. A cocktail party? Are the shades of Downton to be thus polluted? The Dowager Countess of Grantham is shocked. We are amused.

It is her granddaughter Lady Edith who embraces the consumption of alcohol in the series. Living a modern life after being jilted…

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Review of ‘The Laird’s Right-Hand Lady’

I’m delighted that ‘The Laird’s Right-Hand Lady’ has its first review on Amazon, with a 5-star rating!

Like all good romances, sparks fly, troubles appear, mystery abounds.  In the end love endures.  I enjoyed this quick read.”

Priced 99c / 99p on Amazon and still free via the Kindle Unlimited programme, ‘The Laird’s Right-Hand Lady’ is the perfect winter read.

http://www.amazon.com/Lairds-Right-Hand-Lady-Catherine-Chapman-ebook/dp/B01M6AXZ5O/

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Lairds-Right-Hand-Lady-Catherine-Chapman-ebook/dp/B01M6AXZ5O/

 

My First Month of Book Promotion: What I’ve Learned

Really helpful post on ways of promoting a newly-published book. I felt exhausted just reading it!

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First Month of Self Promotion I’ve been a busy bee

Just over a month ago, I self-published my novel Mervyn vs. Dennis on Amazon. A lot’s happened since then and I’ve been much busier than I expected. Here’s a fairly self-congratulatory list of the things I’ve managed to do in 5 weeks:

  • Design my cover
  • Buy a pineapple
  • Buy a larger pineapple from a different supermarket because the first one looked a bit pathetic and not bristly enough
  • Take a load of profile pictures
  • Eat both pineapples
  • Format my manuscript for Kindle and other devices
  • Write a new blurb (this actually took hours)
  • Completely redo my cover because I’d done the whole thing in the wrong size
  • Write a bio
  • Create an author site for Amazon
  • Buy a domain name and create my own website
  • Revamp my personal Twitter account into a more authory one
  • Write my first 4 blogs
  • Feed the cat

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My Crazy Experience with the Amazon Kindle Countdown Deal, March 8-13, 2016

Interesting post on using and promoting Kindle Countdown Deals

Grace Risata: Indie Author and Fountain of Useless Knowledge

Hello. As you may or may not be aware, I am an independent author who just published her first book with Amazon.  I am enrolled in the KDP Select program which means I get 7 days every 90 day period to discount my book and still get the same royalty rate of 70%.  I am a good researcher by nature, so I browsed countless message boards and forums to make sure I maximized this deal as much as possible.  Here are my results for any authors who have done this in the past and want to compare stories, or for any new author about to embark on this adventure.

2 Weeks before the deal:  I googled around to find the best bargain ebook sites to promote the deal and sent them emails. These are all places that are FREE to promote your book.  I also booked a deal on Fiverr. …

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High Sea

Many thanks to Limelight Literature blog for promoting ‘High Sea’:

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Free book time. For a limited time only you can download High Sea by Catherine E Chapman for free from Smashwords.

Samantha, a seamstress, stows away on a ship bound for Australia, disguised as a boy. Discovered by the ship’s doctor, John Seacombe, she becomes his assistant. However, she rapidly finds that her growing feelings for Doctor John mean that her disguise is a hindrance, rather than a help. And when the feisty Estelle McEwan enters the scene, things become even more complicated for Sam.

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Anne Brontë: Giving the Forgotten Sister and Badass Feminist Author Her Due

Happy birthday Anne Bronte! Here’s an interesting article about her. Personally, I have to admit that ‘The Tenant of Wildfell Hall’ is a novel I found very hard-going, to the point that I gave up on reading it. However, ‘Agnes Grey’ is a little gem of a Nineteenth Century novel and, if you haven’t already read it, I would heartily recommend it!

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Anne Brontë, born on January 17, 1820, is often the butt of Brontë jokes. She’s known as the forgotten Brontë sister, or the one with less talent compared to preternatural geniuses Charlotte and Emily. But this is a simplistic reading of her life. Anne lacked her sisters’ wild romanticism and affinity for dark heroes, but she had a strength and gift all her own, and leaves a strong feminist literary legacy.

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Tips for Writing a Synopsis

Good advice on writing synopses from UK literary agent, Eve White:

The Eve White Blog.

The synopsis is often the part of a submission authors are most apprehensive about. It is difficult to determine how to reduce your entire manuscript into just one page and how much of the plot to reveal. We hope that our comprehensive guide on how to write an effective synopsis will shed some light.

The aim of the synopsis is to guide us through the plot, so tell us exactly how your character gets from the beginning to the end, omitting anything that is not critical to the novel.

Don’t get caught up in extraneous detail – save it for your manuscript where you will be able to develop your ideas fully rather than underselling them in a few brief words in the synopsis.

Remember that this is a synopsis and not a blurb. We need to know what happens in the end, so that we can assess…

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