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I’m so delighted by all those who have bought a copy of Forgotten Women, which is selling at a special price of £1 this month and reached number one in Historical Fiction, Sagas and European as a result. I’ve started writing my next book, details of which I’ll share with you when appropriate. Right now I’m engrossed in working out characters and roughly planning the story. I feel the need to make a good start before we go off on our cruise to Iceland at the end of June. Really looking forward to that. I’ll put some pictures up on my blog when we return, which I love to do. Then I will be attending the RNA conference in Leeds and taking part in a talk before putting my head down and getting back to writing. Oh, and thankfully my wrist and hand are feeling much better, if slowly recovering, and we’re now happily settled here in the UK for the summer.
I was very fortunate back in 2010 to get the rights of many of my backlist reverted from a couple of publishers. Hearing about ebooks in the US I set out to learn how to produce them, finally achieving that I regularly self-published them over a period of time. Sales began quite slowly, which didn’t trouble me, as I was also writing for another publisher. But once Kindles arrived in the UK in Christmas 2011, I must say my sales shot up surprisingly well and I was amazed by my success. As a consequence in 2013, I was contacted by Amazon Lake Union for an interview, then later offered a contract by them. My first book with them, The Amber Keeper, soon sold over a hundred thousand, and has now sold more. Such a thrill. Selling ebooks is now much higher for me than print books. My second book was Forgotten Women, which is also doing quite well, as I’ve said above.
Publication of Girls of the Great War, which I loved writing too, comes out Tuesday, 22nd May, an epic book published by Amazon Lake Union. It took some time to research and write but I hope you enjoy it. You can view extracts of this story on my blog. Enjoy and good luck everyone. And there are some good reviews on my blog. Here is the latest from:
Review: I have a strong love for unique stories set during the Great War. Cecily is singing for the soldiers in France after her fiance was lost at sea, her sister, Merryn and her mother, Queenie follower her there. In the first pages, you learn that Queenie is a real doozy. She's a fading performer and an alcoholic who has secrets of her own. This was a stunning read about three women trying to find their place. I absolutely adored this book and any fan of historical fiction will enjoy it.
Rating; 5 flowers
Hi everyone, I hope you all had a lovely Christmas, not too cold a winter and are looking forward to a warm Spring. We had a warm period here in Spain over Christmas, but have had a cold spell recently. Good to feel that it is now brightening up.
Irritatingly, I had an accident and broke my wrist, having slipped and fallen when I was dancing while listening to Clive Sarstedt and Eden Kane playing. Grrh! I love dancing and it was a fun evening just before Christmas. I went to hospital the next morning for an x-ray. A week later after another x-ray I had to have an operation from an excellent specialist who put in a titanium plate to bring together my broken bones. Now, I’m slowly recovering, sometimes still with aches on my hand, and my thumb not quite behaving as it should. But at least I can now type again, plaster and pills are disposed of, so will hopefully be able to write again soon. I have various ideas, so it isn’t easy yet to make up my mind.
Today being Valentine’s Day, I have a Giveaway for you to try. Peace in My Heart is third in that PostWar Series published by Harlequin Mira Books. Six copies will be given away. If you would like a print copy and possibly willing to do a Review, then send me a note of the type of book you most like to read. I loved writing this one, as I do all my books. Some of my readers prefer more epic books, others like historical romance, but many enjoy sagas. It would be interesting to hear what you prefer. My darling husband will choose the winners on Sunday, 18th February, and I’ll then request your address, unless you’ve already told me it.
The war is over and Evie Talbert eagerly awaits the return of her three children from their evacuated homes. But her carefree daughters and son are barely recognisable – their education has been disrupted, the siblings split up, and the effect on them has been life-changing. Her son has developed serious behavioural problems and with her daughters, there’s jealousy and a nervous disorder that cannot be explained…
Evie’s husband also has problems. Having returned from being in action, he suffers nightmares and fits of rage. He’s no longer the gentle, quiet man Evie married. Peace may finally be here, but Evie’s family is in shreds. Now she must rebuild a loving home to achieve the happiness she’s always dreamed of…
Available in WH Smith and book shops, also online.
Review from Lancashire Evening Post: Lightfoot, the queen of romance and family dramas, weaves a compelling and moving story which offers readers a glimpse into the often unseen impact of wartime evacuation and the struggle to return to normality after years of estrangement and conflict. Brimming with heartache, secrets, romance and Lightfoot’s special brand of magical storytelling, this is the perfect winter warmer for the Christmas season.