I enjoy mixing with a variety of folk on Facebook, and have an account where I ‘meet’ only authors, it is also linked with a page. We all share our work, and up and coming releases, and recently a very well-known British actress/author shared news of hers. To my horror, the title of her book was so like mine, it was amazing. Her book will be released first, and by a publisher, so I did not want to look as if I had plagiarized the title, despite blogging about it in 2010.
The Man in Room Eighteen is no longer the title of my latest novel, and the new title has grown on me. I am not going to mention the title just yet, but will do so when the book is complete, and due for release. I know this is not a wise move as readers like to see what I am writing next, however, I do not want to have to think of another title that sits just as well as the first one did, and now the second. Coincidence can be such a pain!
The new title has a very Victorian tone to it, and is completely different to the first. Once the cover is created, I will share it with you all. My writing time has been cut in half since becoming a carer for Mum but I am managing to get some, ‘me time’, so that is great. I will be purchasing a bicycle soon, and peddling along the seafront to the library. There, I sit and soak up the atmosphere, and make up for eight years of not having one.
Thanks to all who supported my book, Ripper, My Love, during the free days. I am thrilled to announces I made it to #1 in the historical Victorian bestseller (FREE), list. I can’t tell you how this made me feel. Over 5,000 people around the world downloaded it on Dad’s birthday, he would have been tickled pink, much as I was. I know not everyone will read it, but the interest was there, at a time when I needed comfort.
It is also interesting, the latest readers have declared it, ‘not a romance’, but a suspense, thriller. A New York agent wrote to me once and said, although she loved the book, she couldn’t place it genre wise, and therefore would pass. Another said it was a mix of romance, suspense, and thriller and she didn’t know which one to put it into, ( I declined her offer to publish when she wanted me to remove two key characters!).
I write, Historical Romance with a Twist, that is my tagline. The Ripper Romance books do have romance within them, but they also have thriller/suspense touches. I have now removed it from the romance section of one link in Amazon, and it now sits in the Historical romance, suspense, thriller section.