Thursday, 25 March 2021

Breaking News .... New Foreign Editions

Hi everyone,


I am delighted to announce that my three novels, The House on the Shore, Ring of Lies and Three Weeks Last Spring have some new foreign editions.  They can be download as ebooks or purchased in paperback formats in Italian, French and Norwegian and are available from Apple, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Kobo.

I want to say a BIG t'thank you to Angela Bulone. Isabelle DeRose, and Berit Hurst for their hard work in translating the books.  I has been a pleasure to work with you on the translations, which I know must not have been easy, especially when faced with the Gaelic terms in The House on the Shore!  


LA CASA SULLA SPIAGGIA

La paura incombe su una vallata scozzese

Reduce da una delusione d’amore, Anna MacDonald decide di abbandonare Edimburgo e di trasferirsi sulle sponde di un fiordo scozzese.


Lontana da tutto e da tutti, nel tranquillo cottage della sua defunta nonna, può finalmente guarire le sue ferite e gettarsi a capofitto nella stesura del romanzo che, per anni, aveva lasciato in un cassetto. La pace non durerà a lungo. Quando a bordo del suo yacht Luke Tallantyre, un noto artista, rimane bloccato nel loch, va in cerca di aiuto e bussa alla porta della prima abitazione che incontra: quella di Anna. Lei è infastidita da quella presenza. Lui, sin da subito, trova quell’eremita uno schianto, ma eccessivamente irritabile.   


Nel frattempo, al villaggio, affiorano tracce inconfutabili della presenza di un assassino. Sarà Anna la prossima vittima? E cosa nasconde Luke per mettere ancora di più a repentaglio la sua vita? Controvoglia, uniranno le forze e si imbarcheranno in un’avventura incredibile che consentirà loro di trovare… il vero amore.

 

 


ALLIANCE DE MENSONGES

Par une nuit pluvieuse comme l’Angleterre en connaît tant, Daniel Elliott trouve la mort, seul au volant de sa voiture. Grace, sa femme, est anéantie. Et même si leur mariage n’était pas parfait, Grace ne se résout pas à affronter l’avenir sans lui.
Elle découvre bientôt qu'elle connaissait mal son mari. Des secrets sont révélés : un nom d’emprunt, une étrange liste de chiffres, une maison en Floride, et une maîtresse qui est la copie conforme de Grace.
Terrifiée mais déterminée, elle s’envole pour la Floride. Elle est traquée par la pègre… et par cette autre femme. A son grand étonnement, le bel agent du FBI, Jack West, accepte de se charger de l’affaire. Grace et lui ont autrefois vécu une histoire. Et bien qu’elle s’y refuse, elle tombe à nouveau amoureuse de lui.
Le danger les guette à chaque tournant tandis que Grace et Jack naviguent dans les eaux troubles du crime du sud de la Floride pour découvrir la vérité qui se cache derrière l'Alliance de mensonges.

 

 


LA MAISON SUR LA COTE


Anna MacDonald, en pleine déception amoureuse, quitte Edimbourg pour trouver la paix au bord d'un lac écossais. Cloîtrée dans le cottage de feu sa grand-mère, elle peut enfin cicatriser ses plaies et écrire le roman qui brûle en elle depuis des années. 

 

Sa tranquillité n'est que de courte durée. Quand le yacht du bel artiste Luke Tallantyre reste bloqué sur le lac, il part demander de l'aide dans la maison la plus proche. La maison d'Anna. Elle le trouve agaçant. Il déteste immédiatement la belle mais néanmoins revêche ermite. 
 
Très vite, la preuve est faite qu'un tueur à gages rôde dans le village. Anna est-elle sa cible ? Et que peut bien lui cacher Luke qui pourrait augmenter le danger ? Contre leur gré, tous deux unissent leurs forces et s'engagent dans une aventure qu'ils n'auraient jamais imaginée - et qui pourrait bien les mener vers un amour absolu. 



TROIS SEMAINES AU PRINTEMPS DERNIER

 Friday Harbor, un village pittoresque du Nord-ouest Pacifique, est le lieu de rendez-vous incontournable des pêcheurs et des plaisanciers. Pour Skye Dunbar, c’est l’endroit où elle peut surmonter la douleur de son cœur brisé et remettre sa vie sur les rails. Elle loue donc un bungalow sur la plage. Mais la dernière chose à laquelle elle s’attendait, c’était d’être accusée de piratage informatique.

Jedediah Walker enquête sur la mort d’animaux marins retrouvés échoués sur les plages de l’île. Il découvre que les poissons contiennent une forte concentration de produits chimiques et envisage la possibilité que quelqu'un les déverse délibérément dans Puget Sound. Hâtif dans ses conclusions, il soupçonne la femme aux cheveux auburn qui lui loue son bungalow d’y être mêlée de près ou de loin.

Skye tente de l’ignorer mais les circonstances les réunissent et, ensemble, ils feront tout pour découvrir les responsables de cette abomination écologique. 



RING AV LØGNER


Daniel Elliott blir drept når han krasjer bilen sin en regnfull, engelsk natt.  Hans kone, Grace er tynget av sorg. Ekteskapet deres var ikke perfekt, men skjermede Grace gruer seg til en fremtid alene.  You can 

Hun finner snart ut hvor lite hun egentlig visste om Daniel.  Hemmeligheter, et dekknavn, en merkelig rekke med tall, et hus i Florida – og en elskerinne som kunne være Graces dobbeltgjenger.

Livredd men allikevel målbevisst, flyr hun til Florida.  Forbrytere i underverdenen følger etter henne og det gjør også den andre kvinnen.  Til hennes forbauselse, tar den kjekke FBI mannen Jack West saken.  Grace har en fortid med den problematiske agenten.  Til tross for at hun kjemper imot, faller hun nok en gang for Jacks sjarm.  

Med fare rundt hvert hjørne, må Grace og Jack navigere den kriminelle verden i sør Florida for å finne sannheten bak Ring av Løgner.  



You can find out more about these editions of my novels on my Amazon Author page or by visiting my website.
























Saturday, 4 July 2020

Bienvenidas Ailin Denoya


¡Hola! 





Mi nombre es Ailín y soy la traductora de los libros de Victoria Howard. La traducción es un método complejo que permite, a través de la debida contextualización de las palabras, el traspaso de un texto a otro. Es un puente de unión cultural que permite compartir algo sin tener que aprender un nuevo idioma. Personalmente, me gusta la idea de traducir novelas porque de esa manera puedo otorgarles  vida a los personajes en un sistema completamente diferente. Cuando leo en español, no tengo la misma perspectiva que al leer en inglés. Tal vez esto se deba a que el español sea mi lengua madre, o el hecho de que tenga un afecto diferente por el inglés. 

Les paso a comentar sobre éstos magníficos libros escritos por la autora. Cada una de las novelas contiene un tinte de suspenso y romance que hace que el lector desee continuar leyendo hasta el final. He encontrado muy originales las tramas; las mismas son llevadas a cabo en diferentes escenarios, y el desarrollo y la descripción de los personajes hace que uno se sienta como si en realidad los conociera. 

Personalmente, mi favorito fue “Anillo de Mentiras” porque configura una serie de eventos que permiten crear una sensación de misterio y ganas por saber que ocurrirá luego. Además tiene un final casi inesperado que da un vuelco a la historia y a todo lo que creíamos que estaba ocurriendo. 




Victoria Howard sabe transmitir, a través de palabras, el verdadero sentimiento del amor. Ese sentimiento que solo se puede ejemplificar pero que es imposible describir. Me he quedado enamorada apasionadamente de las personas que conformaron sus libros. Sería una mentira decir que me sentí feliz al terminar estas novelas, porque en realidad me dejaron con ganas de acompañar a los personajes por el resto de sus vidas. Me hicieron sentir como su amiga y mejor confidente. 






Uno de los grandes aspectos de estas novelas que me gustaría remarcar fue el hecho de que Victoria diera ambas perspectivas de los personajes principales. Comúnmente sólo tenemos el punto de vista de una de las personas que forma la historia del libro, pero no logramos saber cómo se siente el personaje con el que protagonista interactúa. Realmente valoro esto, ya que permite un mejor desenvolvimiento de sus características, y la espera que se crea por saber cuándo lograran cruzar caminos es inquietante y hace querer seguir con la lectura. 
Agradezco muchísimo a todos y a todas las personas que decidieron leer los libros traducidos y también los originalmente escritos por Victoria. Si desean contactarme, no duden en hacerlo, estaré encantada de responder cualquier duda.






Los libros de Victoria están disponibles en:


Thursday, 16 January 2020

¿Hablas español? - Do you speak Spanish?


 If you do, then you might be pleased to know that two of my novels, Ring of Lies and The House on the Shore now are available in Spanish.  Translated by Ailin Denoya, they are available in ebook and print formats.

Here for my Spanish readers is a look at the lovely new covers designed by the very talented Mae Phillips at Cover Fresh Designs and the translated synopsis for each book.


Anillo de Mentiras/Ring of Lies

Cuando Daniel Elliott, el contador inglés, muere en un accidente automovilístico en una noche lluviosa, su viuda, Grace, es superada por el dolor... y el pánico. Daniel era controlador, y en su matrimonio no había amor, pero él siempre cuidaba de la protegida Grace. 
 O eso pensaba ella.
Pronto descubre que Daniel tenía secretos: un alias, lazos con la mafia, una lista de números, una misteriosa casa en Florida... y una novia que se parecía a Grace. 
 Tragando su miedo, ella tomó un vuelo a Miami para reclamar la casa que Daniel le dejó. Pero el precio de su curiosidad es el peligro. Figuras del inframundo la persiguen. La otra mujer ha dejado un maldito sendero de evidencia que apunta hacia ella. Y el buenmozo y fastidioso agente del FBI, Jack West, había cruzado caminos precarios con Grace anteriormente. Él podía ser su salvación o su condena. Todo lo que ella sabe con certeza, es que anhela estar en sus brazos. 
 Con casi nada para seguir y peligro a cada paso, Grace debe depender de Jack para ayudarla a navegar el mundo criminal de Florida sur, y encontrar la verdad detrás del anillo de mentiras.
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La Case Sobre La Orilla/The House on the Shore
Anna MacDonald, con el corazón roto, deja Edinburgh para encontrar la paz al final de un lago escocés. Instalada de forma segura en la cabaña de su difunta abuela, finalmente puede sanar su corazón y escribir la novela que ardió dentro de ella por muchos años.
Su paz es de corta duración. Cuando el yate del elegante artista, Luke Tallantyre, se queda varado en el lago, él busca ayuda en la residencia más cercana – la cabaña de Anna. Ella, lo encuentra irritante. A él, le disgusta la maravillosa pero fastidiosa ermitaña. 
Pero hay una evidencia indiscutible de que un sicario está al acecho en el pueblo. ¿Está buscando a Anna? ¿Y qué es lo que Luke le está ocultando que podría agravar el peligro? Contra su voluntad, unen fuerzas y se embarcan en una aventura jamás imaginada… dando la oportunidad al verdadero amor.


Sales Links:
Amazon - available shortly
Apple  
Scribd - available shortly

Monday, 29 October 2018

Welcome Pam Robertson



I'm delighted that Canadian author Pam Robertson has taken time out of her busy day to be the guest on my blog today. 




Pam has worked as a teacher, soldier, and celebrity chutney chef. She gets her kicks writing about fearless characters, some with supernatural tendencies, despite being afraid of walking through the woods in the dark. Pam has had short stories, several chapters in best-selling self help books, magazine articles, a series of three journals, and books published. If she disappears from the internet occasionally, it’s probably because she is making a mess of the kitchen, or working on a large number of partially completed quilt projects. 

Pam's latest novel, Border Pieces - a Morgan Winfield Novella is due for release on the 30th October and if the synopsis is anything to go by, it is definitely one to add to your 'to be read list.'




 "As a 40ish Canadian Spy, Morgan may not be exactly what people expect, but she is who she wants to be and doing work she is good at. From her beautiful apartment in Halifax, she is assigned to work with an Irish spy she hasn’t seen in a few years, Jake Rory. Morgan is attracted to Jake, there is no question about it, and she has to remind herself more than once to stop looking at him so closely. 

They set to work, putting a stop to assassins in Nova Scotia, and then heading to Fort McMurray to find that there are more than just embers of discontent after the raging fire of 2016. 
Morgan is not a movie style spy. She doesn’t show up for work in 4-inch heels or Spandex. She prefers jeans and t-shirts. She’s a good shot in a firefight. She is serious about getting the job done, and doesn’t do well when there is a lot of down time, especially when she is forced to rest after a serious incident. 

While Morgan is recovering, she visits Wales and her cousin to explore her family tree and uncovers the source of her uncanny intuition. She is just getting the hang of being back at work when a terrible shock sends her into a tailspin and she suddenly retires, with plans to write a book. But, with her publisher saying her book is not quite ready, an unexpected offer for her apartment and a call from the agency pleading for her to return, she soon finds herself in a renovated bunker in London, England ready to help covert operators around the world. 

This is the first book of Morgan’s adventures with two more stories currently planned." 

Pam was kind enough to answer some questions about her writing process and offer some advice to budding writers.

Does writing energize or exhaust you? 

Depends on the day, honestly! When I first started writing Border Pieces, the novella introducing Morgan Winfeld, it just came out of me like crazy. I wrote 10,000 words over a long weekend and it really set the foundation for the book, and that level of progress also spurred me on to keep going. However, writing is cognitively demanding to me, too so I can feel physically drained after a long session, or several sessions over several days in a row. 

What are common traps for aspiring writers? 

There are lots. Thinking that your friends will buy your book, and that they are the only people you need at a book launch…people posing as publishers or agents when they are in no position to claim that and have no experience in the industry…writers thinking they can edit their own work…and being convinced that writing a book can be done for free. 

Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym? 

Yes. My first novel and short stories were published under a pseudonym because I thought I needed to keep my writing separate from the other work I do. It’s much more difficult, of course, to be an indie author writing under a pseudonym because you’ve got to build a brand under that name and absolutely nobody knows who that person is. 

Do you aim to be original or deliver a story that readers want? 

It’s an interesting balance. Certainly when you are writing fiction and want a large readership, an author better deliver what readers want. At the same time, I’m not interested in recreating what other authors have done…so my goal is to be original, and create a story that once readers hear about it, they can’t wait to get their hands on.

What was your hardest scene to write? 

Without giving something away here, the hardest scene was a turning point with Jake. I wrote it, and then took it out of the book because I felt like it took away too much from Morgan’s story to leave it in there, but I needed it available as a reference and part of the backstory. So, the scene is on my computer and firmly implanted in my head, but it’s not in the book.  

Finally, do you believe in writer's block?

I know people who are absolutely convinced they have writer’s block, and yet when you dig down there are usually one of two things going on: either they aren’t clear on what they want to write about (they’ll write to a certain point and then not know what should happen next), or they start to doubt their abilities as a writer. The first is remedied by getting clear on the message, and deciding where the book should go. To help, you can try writing from a different character’s perspective; or write about the end and then work backward to the middle; or “interview” the characters and get them to help you as a writer. These exercises don’t necessarily make it into the book; they are simply meant to get the writer writing again. 

If a writer is stuck because they are doubt their abilities then there are lots of things they can do, but they’ve got to apply discipline to make it happen. They might need to address issues around self-esteem, or they might need to confront the fear that is cropping up (fear of failure, fear of embarrassment, fear of being publicly acknowledged as a writer). Or, maybe it’s true that their writing really is not up to snuff. Joining writing groups and associations can help a writer assess their own writing and see what others are doing. Those groups can also be a safe place to test your writing, though you’ve got to find the right group. I’ve seen groups try to totally change the way someone writes because they have this “ideal” about what writing is, even though not everyone wants to sound like, say, Margaret Atwood. 

Border Pieces - A Morgan Winfield Novella is available from Amazon in both print and ebook formats. 






Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Welcome Rosemary Kind ...

I am delighted to welcome Rosemary Kind as a guest on my blog today.  



On Facebook Rosemary describes herself as having ‘A discomfiting habit of taking on projects that other people consider to be verging on the insane.’ She says that sums her up rather well. Whether developing the Entlebucher Mountain Dog Breed, or maintaining a blog which has run every day for thirteen years, she relishes a challenge. She ran the short story download site Alfie Dog Fiction for six years, building it to be one of the largest in the world, before concentrating solely on book publishing to give her more time for her own writing.



She has written ten books so far, covering both fiction and non-fiction. Her most recent novel, New York Orphan has firmly established her historical fiction credentials and will form the start of a series. She is currently writing both the second in the series as well as a prequel, the latter of which will be available as a free introduction.  New York Orphan is available to purchase from Amazon.

Rosemary has had a passion for books and writing since her first memories. She cannot imagine a life without both.





For more information about Rosemary and her books visit her website: www.rjkind.co.uk or her author page on Amazon by clicking on the links.  Rosemary is a member of Promoting Yorkshire Authors. You can find her publishing company at Alfie Dog Fiction.

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Welcome Rosie and Stuart Larner

I'm delighted to welcome Rosie and Stuart Larner onto my blog today.  Together they write under the pen name of Rosy Stewart.  They have just released their novel, Hope; Stories from a Refuge.



Rosie is a retired social worker and lecturer in Health and Social Care.  She was co-leader of a West Yorkshire Drama Workshop that welcomed participants of all ages and abilities.  She has directed and performed at the Edinburgh Fringe, and writes prose, poetry and plays. 

Stuart is a chartered psychologist, and worked in the National Health Service, and was mental health expert in XL for Men magazine.  He writes plays, including The Dilemma Advice Show, What Matters is What Floats, poetry and stores. 




Hope tells the stories of diverse individuals and their triumph in the face of adversity, and is  told through the eyes of Sue Barlow, the manager of a women's refuge.  Sue has learnt through experience that conventional support systems and policing are not always enough to prevent a tragedy. 

Following a brutal attack on one of her recent residents, Sue joins forces with Jade, a young police sergeant, and Nine a reclusive Russian I.T. expert to track down the abusers. 

Hope: Stories from a Women's Refuge is available to purchase from Amazon


Stuart's previous novels includes the novel Guile and Spin, a compelling and unforgettable story of cricket.  He has also written a Young Adult epic poem, Jack Daw and the Cat, and The Car, a sonnet sequence with illustrations, describing the human condition in terms of the mechanical components of a motor car. 








More information about Rosie and Stuart and their novels can be found by visiting their websites:


http://stuartlarner.blogspot.com/

http://slarner5.wixsite.com/hope

http://twitter.com/StuartLarner




Sales Links:

Hope:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hope-Stories-Womens-Rosy-Stewart-ebook/dp/B01BJ5Q6H0/

 Guile and Spin:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Guile-Spin-Stuart-Larner-ebook/dp/B00DUE35C8/

Jack Daw and The Cat:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jack-Daw-Cat-Stuart-Larner-ebook/dp/B005ECTXES/

The Car:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Car-sonnet-sequence-illustrations-ebook/dp/B01M0ACPNV/


Thursday, 26 July 2018

Welcome ... Toni Bunnell

I'm delighted to welcome Toni Bunnell onto my Blog today.




Toni Bunnell is a musician, a wildlife biologist, a broadcaster and a writer of songs and stories. Toni lives in York, has run York hedgehog rescue centre for 28 years and has written two books about hedgehogs: The Disappearing Hedgehog and Rescuing the Disappearing Hedgehog. 






Toni has also written a non-fiction book on Music Therapy, published by M&K Update, as well as several works of fiction. She lectured at Hull University for over sixteen years and has appeared on television many times, including on Love Your Garden, Countryfile, and in June 2015, The One Show. 

Her passion for writing developed following the loss of a close friend and resulted in a book of poems: A Life Well Lived. 



Her most recent works focus on the gothic and supernatural. The Nameless Children is Part 1 of The Soil Chronicles and is followed by the sequel: The Dead Space. 







For more information about Toni and her books visit her website: www.tonibunnell.com  or her author page on Amazon by clicking on the links.  Toni is a member of Promoting Yorkshire Authors