The Consequences Collection – by Melanie Robertson-King

Melanie has a new book out (it’s been out for a while, I’m just remiss in posting about it). Isn’t that exciting? This one is different from A Shadow in the Past. Her new one is a collection of short stories called The Consequences Collection.

I’m all a-quiver waiting for her to unwrap the finished product. Hurry up! We want to see it.
Wrapping The Consequences Collection books 3 books 4Oh wow! Look at it. It’s gorgeous! Spooky, too. Here’s what it’s about.

Blurb:

The Consequences Collection is an eclectic compilation of twelve stories ranging from non-fiction through creative non-fiction to pure fiction, in prose and poetry.

The story of a Scottish Home Child is based on fact and told from the child’s point of view; The Mystery Woman of Kinettles is a non-fiction article on the appearance and subsequent disappearance of a woman’s body near the Wellington County House of Industry (Poor House) in 1879 Southwestern Ontario.

Some of these stories are lighter than others, and some might even beg you to leave the lights on.

The Consequences CollectionWonder if she’ll give a snippet of one of the stories in it? Yay! She said yes!

Excerpt from the cover story Consequences:

Splat! The mail landed on the ceramic tile floor of the foyer. Usually, the noise was followed by the snap of the mail slot door closing. Today it wasn’t.

Something must have stuck in it. Sylvia put her coffee down on the counter and walked to the front door. A large white envelope remained suspended in the door. She pulled it the rest of the way through. The flap snapped shut and even though she was used to hearing the metallic sound, it startled her.

She’d expected a letter from her solicitor regarding her divorce from Bill but it wasn’t there. However, that one in particular had piqued her curiosity. Emblazoned on the top left corner was an official-looking crest. The addressee’s name and address were correct. It was her. Why would this person or agency be sending her a letter? She’d never heard of them before.

Sylvia turned the envelope over and worked her thumb under the flap. Those self-sticking envelopes are a bugger, she thought as she tried to rip it open. Finally, she gave up and tore down the side and yanked the contents out.

She skimmed over the letter but it didn’t make any sense so placed it on the small table by the door. It could be dealt with later. In the meantime, she looked at the rest of her mail. Nothing else untoward – just the electric bill, gas bill, and the usual assortment of junk – mail. She dropped them on top of the letter and returned to the kitchen.

The coffee she’d poured earlier had gone cold. She dumped it down the sink and turned the water on to rinse it away before getting a fresh one.

Drawn by some inexplicable force, Sylvia went back to the foyer and collected the letter and the mangled envelope. She returned to the kitchen, flipped on the radio and sat down at her small table. Why had she opened it in the first place? She should have just binned it. That’s what she usually did with unsolicited mail. But there was something strangely familiar about it. The addressee information was on a computer printed label so there was no clue there. The sororities from University had crests or emblems to differentiate one from another. She wracked her brain trying to remember what they looked like. It had been over thirty years since she’d attended. Sylvia never belonged to a sorority because she thought the girls who did were snooty and stuck-up.

She’d call her friend, Laurie and tell her about the letter. They’d been friends since childhood, attended the same elementary and secondary schools and even the same University. She could tell her anything, couldn’t she?

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Where to buy The Consequences Collection

Paperback:

Lulu.com

Epub:

Lulu.com

iBookstore

Kindle:

amazon.com

amazon.ca

amazon.co.uk

Melanie will be selling signed copies of The Consequences Collection and A Shadow in the Past at the 1000 Island Mall, 2399 Parkedale Ave, Brockville on Saturday, 14th December from 9:30-3:30.

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Whoooop!!!!!!!!!

This is the most fantastic news! Okay, I’ve known for a while – just been sworn to secrecy but now that the news it out, I can share it. Well, try to anyway. I’m so excited I can hardly type. My hands are even shaking.

Melanie Robertson-KingMelanie is coming to Scotland! And best of all, she’s coming to Kendonald and is having a book launch in the village hall on 17 August. Isn’t that fab?

And she’s got a date at the Central Library in Aberdeen, too. Not sure of the date and time yet, but things are going so well for her right now, I couldn’t be happier. Well, maybe I could. She could get her skates on and finish her second book. But that’s another story.

I’ll be crossing the days off on my calendar with big red Xs counting down to the big day.

She’s hoping for a great turnout at both events, so please help me spread the word.

 

BOOK SIGNING AND GUEST BLOGGING

This is an exciting day for my creator, Melanie. In about an hour, she’ll be guest blogging at Savvy Authors talking about research. It should be good. When it comes to researching for her book(s), Melanie is fab. I’m not sure I would be so diligent.

Then this afternoon at 1:00 pm, she’ll be signing copies of A Shadow in the Past at her local independent book shop – Leeds County Books, 73 King Street West, Brockville, ON.

A-Shadow-in-the-Past-by-Melanie-Robertson-KingHere’s what folks are saying about Melanie’s debut novel…

I loved this Scottish time-slip novel. A great story expertly told.

Ms. Robertson-King has a gift for capturing dialogue that is familiar to today’s audience while remaining true to historical details that enrich her stories.

Great book and a very pro-active publisher!

A Shadow in the Past is a period drama/time travel combined with romance. The author’s research into life in Victorian Scotland, alongside her study of the horrors of being incarcerated in an asylum, is exceptional. The book is a must-read for me.

A Shadow of the Past brought a unique new voice to time travel.

A Shadow in the Past is an amazing story and the way author has described it, it’s really fantastic. When you read the book, you feel as if all this is happening right in front of you!

Fabulous book! A lovely adventure full of surprises!

Awesome book can’t wait for the sequel.

Awesome Book!

Fantastic book set in my home country. Well written and easy to follow and read.

And what a great story developed.

A charming time-slip love story with vivid description and authenticity throughout!

A great first novel and I will look forward to reading more books by Melanie Robertson-King in the future.

Doesn’t this make you just want to read it? And sequel? Wow! Even better. I have inside information on book 2 in the series but have been sworn to secrecy.

If you live close to Brockville, the sun is shining (yesterday’s horrendous snowstorm has passed), why not head down to the high street and get a copy of A Shadow in the Past.

And if you can’t get to Brockville, you can buy it from…

4RV Publishing: http://4rvpublishingcatalog.yolasite.com/robertson-king.php

Amazon.ca: http://www.amazon.ca/Shadow-Past-Melanie-Robertson-King/dp/0983801886/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1346607916&sr=1-1

ChaptersIndigo: http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/books/A-Shadow-In-The-Past-Melanie-Robertson-king/9780983801887-item.html?ikwid=a+shadow+in+the+past&ikwsec=Home

Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Shadow-Past-Melanie-Robertson-King/dp/0983801886/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1344434406&sr=1-1

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-shadow-in-the-past-melanie-robertson-king/1112348992?ean=9780983801887

Amazon.co.uk: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Shadow-Past-Melanie-Robertson-King/dp/0983801886/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1344434484&sr=1-1

I can tell you the title of book 2 but that’s it. You’ll have to let your imagination conjure up what’s going to happen. Are you ready? Book 2 is going to be… drum roll, please… Shadows from her Past! Isn’t that a fab title?

Book signing today!

A-Shadow-in-the-Past-by-Melanie-Robertson-KingMelanie is signing copies of her novel, A Shadow in the Past, starring moi at All About Books Internet Cafe, 126 King Street East, Gananoque, Ontario from 1-3 pm.

If you’re in the area, come out and support a hugely talented debut writer. And I’m not just sayin’ that because she created me.

Here’s a map of Gananoque showing the location of All About Books.

I’ll be there. Hope you will be, too.