Three more sleeps until Christmas arrives!

It’s almost Christmas! It’s my most favourite holiday of the year. My sister, Rachel, and I went to Huntly to the Market Muir with Mum and Dad to pick out our tree on the 14th. We’ve done this every year for as long as I can remember.

After we got it home and untied, Dad cut some more off the bottom of the stump and stuck it in the stand by the window so that the branches would fall down into place before we decorated it the next day. Real trees are SO much better than artificial – least I think so.

christmas treeIt turned out really well and looks fab when the fairy lights are turned on and they’re the only lights on in the room.

Mum puts wreaths on all of the inside doors – guest lounge, guest dining room, ensuite bedroom, door that separates the guest area from our private one (although we often visit with folks who are staying at the B&B).

wreath 2But this year, she’s gone and put bells on the lounge door. Guess she thinks that we’ll be trying to sneak peaks at the pressies after they go under the tree. Who me? Never… 😉

christmas bellsThe house looks beautiful with the decorations and smells even better. Christmas baking aromas linger in the air – homemade mincemeat for tarts, fruitcake, and shortbread. All treats that aren’t prepared any other time of year.

Mum has a collection of scented candles that she burns, too. Cranberry, spiced-vanilla, balsam.

christmas candle And, on the mantlepiece in the lounge, her miniature village is set up and lit. It looks so pretty. All those quaint buildings, trees, and people.

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I think after the tree, I love mum’s villages the best. She used to have more buildings but Murphy knocked a couple off the mantle when he was looking for a place to sleep a few years ago. Since then, he’s not allowed in the lounge until all the decorations have been taken down and put away for another year.

Coming on 4 August – an ebook launch splash

E-book launch splash for A Shadow in the Past

4 August, 2013

I can’t wait! If I know Melanie, she’s got a great party planned for that day. And why not celebrate? Now people who prefer to read on an e-reader can enjoy her fab book, too.

ebook cover on readerBlurb:

When a contemporary teen is transported back through time to the Victorian era, she becomes A Shadow in the Past…

Nineteen-year-old Sarah Shand finds herself thrust back into the past. There she struggles to keep her real identity from a society that finds her comments and ideas strange and her speech and actions forward, unlike Victorian women. When Sarah verbally confronts confining social practices, including arranged marriages; powerful enemies commit her to a lunatic asylum. After falling in love with the handsome Laird of Weetshill, Robert Robertson, she must decide whether to find her way back to her own time or to remain in the past with him.

You can buy Melanie’s book at the links below (change the .co.uk in the amazon one to whatever your domain is) but not yet. She would like it if you waited until the 4th to make your purchase so that when all the sales are registered on that one day, A Shadow in the Past will soar up the charts.

So mark your calendars for that date and get your buying fingers limbered up.

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.

 

CONTEMPORARY NOVELISTS’ BOOK FAIR – Second Chances

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Okay, since I almost missed out on the Historical Novelists’ Book Fair, I’m going to get this one scheduled right away so that it will go live at the beginning of the Contemporary Novelists’ Book Fair.

I’m not sure why I’m so excited about my creator, Melanie Robertson-King taking part in this book fair because the book she’s put in it doesn’t include me – but two characters I’d just as soon never see or hear their names mentioned again.

Bittnerness aside, here’s the link to Melanie’s entry over at her blog, Celtic Connexions. Her post just went live.

I think when you read the excerpt, you’ll know why I’m feeling bitter… unless, of course, you’ve read A Shadow in the Past and you’ll already know why.

If you click on the Book Fair badge at the top of the page, it will take you to the site where the links of everyone taking part are are available.

 

HISTORICAL NOVELISTS’ BOOK FAIR – A Shadow in the Past

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Wow! I can’t believe I almost missed this. The Historical Novelists’ Book Fair ends on 15th April. I’m really glad I didn’t sign up for it because I almost missed the boat entirely. Besides, I’m only a character so I don’t think I could sign up. Oh well, at least my creator, Melanie Robertson-King, took part. You can see her entry on her blog Celtic Connexions.

Other great authors are taking part, too, so you can click on the Historical Novelists’ Book Fair badge at the top of this post and it will take you to the page where everyone has signed up. There are lots of brill books there, but I have to admit being partial to A Shadow in the Past by Melanie. Hmmm… wonder why?

 

Did you know?

That the Goodreads giveaway that Melanie is doing for her novel – A Shadow in the Past – starring Sarah Shand (that’s me), ends in 1 day, 17 hours and counting? Hard to believe it’s that close to the end.

So far 671 people have entered for their chance to win one of two signed copies. Can we boost it to over one thousand? Let’s try. Here’s what it’s about…

A-Shadow-in-the-Past-by-Melanie-Robertson-KingNineteen-year-old Sarah Shand finds herself thrust back into the past. There she struggles to keep her real identity from a society that finds her comments and ideas strange and her speech and actions forward, unlike Victorian women. When Sarah verbally confronts confining social practices, including arranged marriages; powerful enemies commit her to a lunatic asylum. After falling in love with the handsome Laird of Weetshill, Robert Robertson, she must decide whether to find her way back to her own time or to remain in the past with him.

Doesn’t that sound like a cracker of a read? If that doesn’t entice you enough, how about having a look at the trailer for it.

If you don’t win in Melanie’s giveaway, you can buy her smashing novel from her publisher 4RV Publishing, amazon.com, .ca, and .co.uk, Barnes & Noble, Chapters/Coles and some bricks and mortar stores, too.

Good luck everyone!

Romance and Intrigue for your Valentine…

Do you know what you’re getting for Valentine’s Day from your sweetheart yet?

heart chocolatesheart chocolates If you’re up for dropping hints to your boyfriend, then let me suggest Melanie Robertson-King’s novel, A Shadow in the Past.

 
It’s got romance, intrigue, suspense, and more! a shadow in the past cover 500x773

And just look at that fab cover! What isn’t there to love about it?

So what’s all the buzz about the book? Here’s the back cover blurb:

Nineteen-year-old Sarah Shand (that’s me) finds herself thrust back into the past. There she struggles to keep her real identity from a society that finds her comments and ideas strange and her speech and actions forward, unlike Victorian women. When Sarah verbally confronts confining social practices, including arranged marriages; powerful enemies commit her to a lunatic asylum. After falling in love with the handsome Laird of Weetshill, Robert Robertson, she must decide whether to find her way back to her own time or to remain in the past with him.

Now if that isn’t enough to get you hooked… then read what people are saying about A Shadow in the Past:

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.

Outlander for Young Adults.

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.

You can order A Shadow in the Past from the following:

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

Amazon.ca, ChaptersIndigo, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon.co.uk.