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.

4RV Publishing is entered in Staples’ PUSH It Forward Contest!

4RV Publishing, winner of the 2012 Best of Edmond Book Publishers, is entered in the Staples’ PUSH It Forward Contest aimed at promoting and assisting small businesses.
digital-award-best-of-edmond-2012cdbw-qn5a-u9bb.jpgMy creator, Melanie Robertson-King, along with other 4RV authors, is spreading the word via Facebook, blog, Twitter, and a number of other social media platforms.

You can help, too, by voting for 4RV by clicking here.

So what are you waiting for? It’s easy.

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.

 

Did you know that today is…

Tell a Fairy Tale Day

Living here in Scotland, I grew up with all the classic fairy tales but some local to my home country, too. Here’s the link to a list of the Scottish Fairy Tales over at Electric Scotland.

The story that scared me the worst was about Sawney Bean. The story was scary enough but when I was a wee girl, my dad used to tell me he’d get Sawney Bean after me if I didn’t eat my sprouts. To this day, I can’t look them without thinking of that creepy story.

By Otter (Own work) [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The Maiden Stone is one of the many Pictish standing stones here in Aberdeenshire. The local legend is that the daughter of a local laird was turned to stone when she bet a stranger she could bake a large amount of bread before he could build a road up to the top of Bennachie.

Well, the stranger turned out to be the Devil, and he won the bet. When she tried to escape, the Devil caught her right here on this spot and turned her to stone. The notch in the side of the stone is where he touched her shoulder.

Okay, being turned to stone by the Devil is scary but not nearly as bad as being eaten by Sawney Bean.

But if those stories aren’t quite to your liking, how about sticking with some of the Scottish myths and legends – stone circles, ley lines, sprinkled with a little romance and intrigue? If that’s more to your liking, then how about a great debut novel by Melanie Robertson-KingA Shadow in the Past featuring moi? A-Shadow-in-the-Past-by-Melanie-Robertson-King Here’s what it’s about…

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.

You can buy Melanie’s novel from her publisher, 4RV Publishing through their online bookstore, as well as Amazon, Barnes and Noble and in Chapters and Cole’s in Canada.

What’s your favourite fairy tale?

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.

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