First, just so we know, the Think of England blog tour is underway, with a giveaway through the tour of a copy of the book and a $25 gift certificate to All Romance ebooks. Here’s the dates, links as they go live:
Sunday 29 June MM Good Book Reviews (“The suspense was excellent! … There are also a lot of layers to this story, which I find to be the best marker for success of any plot. I loved it all!”)
Monday 30 June Boy Meets Boy Reviews (Spotlight)
Sinfully Sexy Blog post about Edwardian attitudes to homosexuality, and separate giveaway, plus lovely 5* review. (“Downton Abbey meets M/M romance ~ an absolutely brilliant historical novel with industrial espionage, murder, blackmail and two unlikely heroes up against the odds. What more could I wish for?”)
Tuesday 1 July The Blogger Girls (Excerpt) and a great review
Charlie Cochrane’s blog (interview)
Wednesday 2 July Boys in our Books (Interview)
Thursday 3 July Prism Book Alliance (Excerpt)
Friday 4 July Joyfully Jay (Guest Post on sex and the inexperienced hero). Also a fab review: ” another fabulous story from K.J. Charles. I have totally fallen in love with Curtis and Daniel and was thrilled to hear Charles plans more for them. Excellent story and very highly recommended.”
Saturday 5 July Love Bytes (Excerpt)
Sunday 6 July The Novel Approach (Guest Post)
Think of England is out 1 July. Lovely reviews coming in already (“witty banter and rich dialogue…sizzling erotic tension…a fast-paced, action-filled plot full of imaginative twists and quirky ideas and a smoothly flowing narrative.”). It’s a Heroes & Heartbreakers Best Read of June with a fabulous review by Kate Rothwell (“I love those two separately, but they’re even better together—which is the mark of a successful romance, after all.”)
After all that… The big news is that I’m quitting my job to go freelance. This means
bankruptcy and doom more time to write; it also means that I’ll be available for editing work from September (years of experience! reasonable rates!). There will be details on my exciting brand-new website in due course.
I’m really excited about this. I’ve spent nearly two decades in publishing and there is no denying that the admin-heavy treadmill of book production gets draining. I’m doing too little of what I love and am good at: the actual getting MSS into shape and making them work as their authors hoped and readers want. And I have a lot of stories of my own to tell, too.
This is inevitably going to mean marketing. I have a Facebook page and, more interestingly, a Facebook group. Do join the group if you want sneak peeks into works in progress or forthcoming MSS, advance info, and general chat about my books and stuff.
I’m also racing through a Regency short for a charity anthology, and then I have a whole lot of exciting writing plans to make for my new life. Given all that, this blog may go a bit quiet for a couple of weeks, because there’s only so many words a woman can scrape together at one time. See you on the other side of Promotional Mountain.
I’m so excited for you!!! I’m lucky that, even though I work about 60hrs a week, I get to do it from my flat and pretty much choose my hours/projects. I can’t even imagine how you’ve managed working/family/writing awesomeness all this time. It’ll be a super spectacular adventure! (plus, I will totally be taking advantage freelance editor work at reasonable rates).
It’s been a bot too much and I’m really glad to be stepping back. Working from home is the business.
Oooh! Wowow, congratulations! More time to write means more KJ books, yes? Yes. Good. Excellent. :3
why thank you!
All fantastic news — look at you go! I will definitely keep you in mind for editing, too. I think around September I’ll have my first novel written, and I could really use a professional eye to look it over for me.
Well, you know where to find me! I’m really glad your book is going well, good luck. 🙂
The very best of congratulations even though I’m sure your decision is going to cost me most of my book budget….if I had one.
Don’t think of it as a book budget, think of it as feeding my children. /puppy eyes/
My very best wishes on your new venture. I may have need of your services one day if only I can get that book finished….
Thanks! And good luck, I hope it goes well.
Congratulations on the new path!! So exciting! 🙂
Congratulations and many happy clients! And reviews! And sales! 😀
Amazing news! I’m definitely looking forward to new books.
Congratulations on your big news! I wish you much success! 🙂
You know that gif of an octopus running away with Nope Nope Nope as the caption? Well imagine that right here:
I can only be grateful that WordPress doesn’t allow gif comments. And if it does, nobody tell Jayne.
Thanks for all the lovely comments, everyone, I feel marginally less alarmed…
As always I’m looking forward to your new bodies of work. I’ve read everything you written and loved it. I’m petty sure this is going to be different. Pick me for the contest. tamikamclaurin (at) hotmail dot com
Augh! I just wrote you the best fan letter and WordPress ate it. Now I have no time to recreate my brilliance. 😉
But I wanted to say that I just discovered you, I love your writing, I read the 2 Magpie books last week and fell in love, then I read all of Think of England today and adored it, and I’m very pleased to hear that you’ll have more time to spend on your writing from now out. Yes please, write more!
Thank you! That’s lovely to hear. And encouraging. 🙂