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Alternative Book Launch

I have planned an alternative book launch. Why?

  • I am not sure that a face to face launch is appropriate and so have looked at alternatives.
  • The book I am launching is a paperback only at the moment.
  • The target audience to buy the book is different to the target audience to read. (more about that shortly)
  • It is a gift book.
  • It is a way of giving back and trying to support young adults.


Firstly I will GIVEAWAY the first 50 books.

If you would like a free copy and you live in the UK please click on my contact page and send me a message as to why you would like a book and a short sentence or phrase about the person you are giving it to (not the name).

I am thrilled that The Healing Paths of Fife raised nearly £700 for local charities, but since Search for the Pearl Inside Yourself is a gift book aimed to reach out to young adults who need a boost to their self esteem, I would prefer to give the first 50 away.


I will have a day of activities on my Facebook Pages on launch day, 25th June. More details on Monday 21st on this blog and on my Facebook page:

This will include givaways, quiz questions and mugs to win. Also links to useful sites.


Eventispress will be writing to local press. I’ll report back as to how that goes. Having enjoyed quite a bit of coverage down in Bedfordshire (local radio stations too) several years ago we’ll approach here in Fife too.


There will be a zoom night on Monday 28th for invited guests. Yet again I will report back on how this goes. If you would like to be invited then please let me know:

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Book Review of the Month ~ Secrets of the Sea House by Elisabeth Gifford

Today I am reviving my monthly book review, but this time I will post it on my blog before adding it to my rolling reviews on my Book of the Month Page.

Why did I choose this book?

I was drawn to Secrets of the Sea because:

  • I have visited Harris, Lewis and Uist and was drawn to the landscape; wild and rugged in contrast to the great expanse of machair, with wild flowers almost hidden by flowing grasses, a reflection of the sea and long sandy beaches.
  • I enjoy historical fiction and yet …
  • I also love reading novels in parallel time scales. I love the way they are woven to overlap and yet they are two stories in one, bringing history into the present day.
  • I have been inspired by local folklore in Scotland and Selkies intrigue me!

Did you feel empathy with any particular character?

Oh yes. Ruth’s struggles to shed her past memories. Memories are a bit like witness statements ~ it’s surprising how inaccurate they can be, especially those from childhood, and yet Ruth has resilience and a good man watching out for her.

Is there a lasting thought or memory of the book which remains with you?

Oh yes. I want to know more about the research and history behind the theory of where Selkies come from and I yearn to visit the islands again, especially Harris, North Uist and Benbecula, which we visited only briefly. I need more time to explore and absorb the essence of those places.

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May Book Blogger Hop

Hey, I’m a bit late for last week’s Book Blogger Hop but here’s my answer to:

What book character do you think you are most like and why?

Like Harriet (Hetty) Deveraux, from Sarah Maine’s House Between Tides, I have ancestry from a small island. In my case my great grandmother was Harriet Renier who was born on the island of Alderney.

Hetty is drawn to her ancestral home, as I have always been to Alderney. I now live in Fife where there are so many similarities between here and The Channel Islands, especially to Alderney. The pace of life, sense of community, the seascapes and landscape too. (although not so many forts, castles abound!)

Hetty is inspired and interested in history, as I am. If there is a mystery she wants to discover the truth. I love to research and ‘dig’ into the past, and so Libby from Sarah Maine’s Women of the Dunes also resonates with me.

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What character in a novel you’ve read recently are you most like?

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