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Two extremely positive ways to launch a novel

Hi folks

Since launching my new mystery novel ‘MISSING Past and Present’ on line on 28th February I have enjoyed two events:

  1. Celebration of the Book Launch in Kinghorn Station Gallery on Sunday 15th March and
  2. A Coffee Pot Book Shop Blog Tour organised by the capable Mary Ann Yarde.

DSCN6388[1]Little did I know that, as my friend and distinguished author Hamish Brown said on the phone after the event,

“We will fondly remember your book launch, Diana, as the last social gathering in Kinghorn and Burntisland before the lock down.”

Once my novel had been released on line I worked towards the book launch, ever watchful of events on the other side of the world in China; creeping relentlessly across Europe towards the UK. Should I shouldn’t I go ahead as planned? I asked for advice and most folks said, ‘yes, go for it,’ only a couple rang and explained why they sadly decided they should not attend.

All who attended were greeted with a glass of Prosecco and nibbles, in separate little glass dishes if they wished, but I also made everyone,  about thirty in all sign in with contact details, telephone or email.

Invitation to launchcopy-page-001It was a wonderful social gathering. A blether was enjoyed and time sped by. I said a few words half way through and sold a good few books, but that wasn’t the main aim of the event. I spoke of the collective creativity of the folks in the area from writers, to Douglas and Lynette Gray who had kindly loaned my their lovely art gallery for the afternoon, to a friend Ulrika who had knitted the beautiful Shetland cardigan I was wearing to mark the occasion. We also had musician’s among us and gardeners too, with many from Kinghorn in Bloom represented, but also my friend Ann who works so hard organising areas of the Foodbank where I volunteer.

It was certainly a celebration of my achievement too, with friends and neighbours. There was a fantastic buzz and it was difficult to send the last few home at 5 pm!

It was the next day, in fact, that we knew a shut down was imminent. I have kept in touch with everyone to check all are OK, and thankfully they are. I have no regrets. Happy memories!

Three weeks followed to acclimatize to the new norm in our everyday lives and then was time for the blog tour. At first I found it hard to build enthusiasm, with so much gloom and doom in the world, but the event had been carefully planned and organised by since the end of 2019 and as Mary Ann pointed out,’

‘Diana, we have a livelihood to think about too!’

I’m so glad it went ahead. It was such a positive event, or series of events over the course of five days, which was a distracting time from our everyday lives but above all it was fun. I met several bloggers, hundreds of authors and readers who were prepared to reblog or retweet and the five days built another, very different, feel good factor around my launch. An on line way of achieving what my celebration at Kinghorn Gallery had done a few weeks before.

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The tour was varied, so much that only later, on reflection, I realised the full scope of the posts:

The whole week certainly caused a buzz on Twitter and Facebook. Great fun and I can’t thank Mary Ann Yarde enough!

Thinking back over these two events fills me with Joy and I would like to thank everyone involved, took part or attended in person.

Keep safe and well everyone!

 

 

 

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Announcing ~ MISSING Past and Present Coffee Pot Blog Tour

Many many thanks to Mary Anne Yarde for organsing:

THE COFFEE POT BOOK CLUB BLOG TOUR

for

MISSING Past and Present by Diana Jackson

(Links to the actual blog posts will be updated here each day next week)

MONDAY 6th APRIL 2020 ~ Derek Birks presents a book review on                                 https://dodgingarrows.wordpress.com/

TUESDAY 7th APRIL 2020 ~ Beatrice Rivers hosts a book and bio post on  https://candlelightreadinguk.blogspot.com/

                    and Diana Rubino where you will read an account of my research and planning on

http://dianarubinoauthor.blogspot.com/

WEDNESDAY 8th APRIL 2020 ~ Mary Ann Bernal where you will find out facts about me that very few people know!

http://maryannbernal.blogspot.com/

THURSDAY 9th APRIL 2020 ~ Mercedes Rochelle hosts extracts ~ the Prologue and first chapter on

https://mercedesrochelle.com/wordpress/

Also on THURSDAY Mary Morgan hosts an author interview ~ a background to my writing and other thoughts

http://marymorganauthor.com/

FRIDAY 9th APRIL 2020 ~ Emma Lombard hosts a spotlight ~ an extract of Millie’s story set back in 18th century:

https://www.emmalombardauthor.com/blog

Many thanks to all of the authors who are participating. I am looking forward to the tour!

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The Good News and the not so Good News!

COMPETITION POSTPONED UNTIL BETTER TIMES:

Firstly ~ the ‘not so good’ news!

My dice competition, planned in January, will be postponed until at least June. There is no way I can deliver the real book prizes and have not had time to do any lead up to the event.

 

Secondly ~ the Good News!

In ten days time I am going ahead with a blog tour kindly set up by Mary Anne Yarde from The Coffee Pot Book Club

I’m really looking forward to being back into the world of bookish things again, after the manic time we are all having trying to ensure that ourselves and our parents are set for the lock down ~ for as long as it takes!

I’ll put more detailed announcements in the next few days days, but it will run from Monday 6th April to Friday 10th!

I wish you all good health,
                       boundless cheer in these dark times,
                                                                     wonderful neighbours and friends like we have here in Kinghorn
                                                                                                                                                  and that you avoid becoming too stir crazy,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           keep safe and stay inside.

 

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