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… đŸ˜‰

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.

Author Interview with Melanie Robertson-King

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I’ve never done this before so I hope you’ll bear with me whilst I work my way through this new territory. I’ve read lots of author interviews so how hard can it be? Maybe I’m nervous because my first interview is with Melanie. After all, I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for her. She created my character.

Anyway, I’ve managed to catch Melanie between events and she’s agreed to this last minute idea of mine, so (gulp) here we go. Over to you, Melanie.

Thanks for inviting me to talk to your followers, Sarah.

How long have you been writing?

I started writing the summer after I finished what you would call primary school. Here in Canada it would be grade 8. Before I started penning my own stories, I read anything and everything I could get my hands on.

Before A Shadow in the Past, did you have any of your writing published?

It wasn’t until 2001 but yes. My first published article appeared in The Scottish Banner. It was about William Quarrier, the founder of The Orphan Homes of Scotland. I sent the article off and never heard anything. You can imagine my surprise when my copy of the Banner arrived (I subscribed to it) and there was my article – a two page spread!

All of my non-fiction work has been historical in nature, as is a portion of A Shadow in the Past. Believe it or not, I hated history in school and was ever so glad to be able to drop it after my second year in secondary school.

There’s all this talk out there about author brand. Do you have one?

If we can insert my cover image in here, I’ll try to explain my 4RV Publishing created brand.

A-Shadow-in-the-Past-by-Melanie-Robertson-KingIn this cover, the transparent band at the top and bottom of the cover image creates the brand. So, with any other projects that pertain to YA Paranormal/time-travel published by 4RV, I see the same font used, my name at the top and the title at the bottom in the same format as here. I see the mirror playing an important role in book two as well. Think author name in the top band as in this cover and title in the bottom band… see where I’m going?

When people see this style, they’ll know it’s me.

But I have another author brand, too. This one is completely different.

The Consequences CollectionThis is my King Park Press brand… author name at the bottom and title at the top, still with the hyphenated surname which is the combination of my maiden name and my married name.

Wow! I didn’t think it was so complicated. I’m glad you explained it. What are your next projects? And can you give us a hint to the content?

I’m working on the sequel to A Shadow in the Past. And no content hints… aka spoilers. I can say that I see the cover being similar in that the ‘brand’ will be the same and my idea of the perfect cover will be a reverse of this… you in the present looking in the mirror and seeing yourself in the past but there will be two, very important characters with you but their reflections will be transparent.

I can’t wait for the sequel to be published. You have an image in mind for the cover, what about the title?

Currently, the working title for the sequel is Shadows from her Past. It fits really well with the storyline.

Oooh… sounds like it will be a fab read. Any idea when it will be out?

Don’t get too excited. I’ve not got the first draft finished yet. I’ve got about 62,000 words done (which includes the ending) but there’s still stuff I want to add to it.

Thanks for taking time out of your schedule to drop by, Melanie. I always thought being a character was far easier than being the writer and now I know for sure that I’m right.

You can find out more about Melanie and her books at her Celtic Connexions blog and her website.

 

Melanie’s website has been hacked

I know a lot of you have been following Melanie as she blogs about her trip around Scotland but when she went online this morning to get the post written and uploaded from yesterday, she discovered the unthinkable… just what she needs when she’s travelling.

Anyway, until she’s back up and running on her own site again, she’ll be posting her travel blogs from here. She likely won’t get things fixed until she gets home but you’ll be able to find her posts here in the meantime.

A SHADOW IN THE PAST – now in all ebook formats!

I told you in my last post that Melanie Robertson-King’s novel, A Shadow in the Past, was available for amazon’s kindle reader. Well now it’s available for Barnes & Noble’s nook, the kobo and over at the iBookstore!

If you’d prefer to buy it as an ebook, all you have to do is click on the logo of your choice and you can download it. The link for all the amazon domains is the same, you just have to change the .co.uk to your own.

So what are you waiting for? It’s your opportunity to get a great read in ebook format!

Robert and I are at Famous Five Plus today with Peggy Stanton

The interview with Peggy Stanton that Robert and I did as part of Melanie’s Blog tour back on 5 October is now live on Famous Five Plus. Famous Five Plus.

I hope you’ll drop by and leave a comment. We had a lot of fun doing the interview back then and it’s just as much fun now re-living it.

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.

 

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.