Monday, May 21, 2012

Nottingham and a nice surprise

I had a great day at the Nottingham Writers' Club workshop - the room was  full with just about every ticket sold. Evertyone was very warm and welcoming - and  enthusiastic.   My special thanks go to Carol who organised everything and to Mars who helped with the  details of the day. And  thanks yto everyone who attended and joined in  to make the  event a really pleasant one. The time between 10 am and 4pm just flew by and I  really enjoyed myself.    I know some people travelled a long way to get to Nottingham so thank you for making that special effort . 

You can read Carol's report on the workshop here - with more details about  the Nottingham Writers' Club on their home page too.

And when I came home it was to find a  couple of parcels waiting for m. The Large Print edition of The Devil and Miss Jones -  - some new foreign editions  - Swedish and  Norwegian translations of A  Sicilian Husband - great to see a book that's almost  10 years old being reissued - and another one with a  great surprise gift from my special guest this past week.

The lovely Janet Laurence sent me a signed copy of her brand-new historical mystery Deadly Inheritance and it looks so good - that cover looks even better in realtu - and who can resist this blurb?

American Ursula Grandison accompanies Belle Seldon to visit her sister, Helen, Countess of Mountstanton, commissioned by their father, multi-millionaire Chauncey Seldon, to discover what is wrong with Helen's marriage and what has happened to her dowry. At decaying stately Mountstanton House, Ursula finds the Earl is a cold fish, the Dowager Countess of Mounstanton the mother-in-law from hell, and Helen has not forgiven her for stealing her great love. Ursula discovers the drowned body of Polly, the nursemaid, thought to have deserted the household. Neither the Earl's brother, Colonel Charles Stanhope, nor Ursula believes Polly's death was an accident. Investigating against the Earl's wishes, they uncover a tangle of deception reaching into the past that threatens the reputation of the house of Mountstanton. After another death, Ursula fights to reveal the truth, to save Belle from dreadful scandal, and to fulfil Mr Seldon's commission, with a final shocking denouement.

 Thank you Janet!  I can't wait to dive into it . . . tyhere's just the small problem of too many books on the TBR pile (and a few on the Kindle!)  and not enough time to read.

And Janet will be picking a winner  from the contest last week - one lucky commenter will win a copy of Deadly Inheritance too. I'll let you know as soon as Janet tells me  who has won . . . watch this space.


marybelle said...

It must be just rather exciting when different 'versions' of your books arrive for you.

DEADLY INHERITANCE looks like a great read.

PrincessFiona01 said...

Hi Kate
I do love your The Sicilian Husband book, even if it makes me sad. He is such an adorable hero.
ON the subject of your backlist, you'll be pleased to know I got a couple of sales for Return of the Stranger by mentioning it on a blog where they were talking about rewriting classics to give happy endings.

Carolb said...

Thank you, Kate, it was a wonderful day- we all enjoyed it.

How lovely to arrive home to more books.


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