Melanie Robertson-King (my creator) is guesting on two blogs today…

Melanie is in Australia talking to Wendy Laharnar on her blog Wendy L about her love of Scotland and her inspiration for her novel – A Shadow in the Past.
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I love this cover. I hate getting my picture taken but Aidana WillowRaven captured more than just my physical image, don’t ya think?

Anyway, Melanie is also guest blogging over at Romancing the Genres so be sure to drop by there, too.

If you’re feeling all warm and fuzzy after reading these two posts, then maybe you’ll share a tweet or two?

Here’s one for each blog…

Join @Wendy_author as she interviews @RobertsoKing about A Shadow in the Past and her love of Scotland http://ow.ly/kIyWI

Love knows no bounds – time or place says @RobertsoKing http://ow.ly/kIz4S

And don’t forget to drop by her blog, Celtic Connexions, to see what she’s blogging about and where she’ll be next.

 

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.

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?

I’ve just received The Very Inspiring Blogger Award!

Wow! I’ve just received my first ever blogging award! I’m so excited. I’m happy dancing as I write this post. This brilliant award was given to me by my creator Melanie Robertson-King.

Very Inspiring Blogger Award

So I have to tell you seven random facts about me. Hmm… that could be hard because, after all, I don’t want to give anything away. But here goes.

  1. I’m the main character in Melanie’s novel, A Shadow in the Past.
  2. I have a sister, Rachel, who’s four years younger than me.
  3. My family owns an arable farm outside the village of Kendonald in Aberdeenshire, Scotland and my mum runs a B&B from there.
  4. There’s a stone circle on the farm where I spend a lot of time.
  5. Somehow I ended up back in the year 1886.
  6. I have a ginger and white cat called Murphy
  7. I fell in love with Robert Robertson, the Laird of Weetshill.

What ya think? Enough random facts without giving too much away?

Now for the toughest part. Choosing seven blogs to pass the award on to. Coming up with those seven things without including spoilers was hard enough.

Hmm…

  1. YA author, Suzy Turner
  2. Peggy Stanton (she interviewed Robert and me during Melanie’s blog tour last year)
  3. Saze Monnivan (Gina Dickerson’s character in Lies Love Tells)
  4. Patricia Capitain (friend of Melanie and “Godmother” to her novel)
  5. Nikki Bywater’s Books 4U
  6. YA author, Stephanie Keyes
  7. YA and 4RV Publishing author, Beverly Stowe McClure