May the force of the darling buds be with you

Another month has ended. My real life, my writing life and my working life have all been very busy throughout April and May doesn’t look as if it will be any quieter.

In real life, the Easter holidays were enjoyable and fun. The husband recovered from his lurgy and we got over the disappointment of our cancelled holiday. This was made easier when our daughter, son-in-law and our gorgeous granddaughter, Eva, came to stay. The wee one is four months old now and smiles and babbles away at anyone who pays her any attention. She also developed a liking for one of our floor-lamps and it got the most enthusiastic chatter of any of us – especially when lit.

And then it was back to school. It was lovely comparing notes with the granny colleagues as several of us had been able to spend time with our grandbabies during the break. It’s hard to believe that it’s term four already and that the school year will end in eight weeks time. We’re already preparing for the new intake of five-year-olds in August and it only feels like yesterday that our present Primary Ones arrived. The school is already going Olympics crazy and there is an absolute extravaganza of stuff planned for the next few weeks – all related to the Games.

As for the writing – it can be hard going after a busy day at school but I usually make it to my desk after dinner – and I always get a bit done at the weekends. Novel number two is coming along nicely. I’m two-thirds of the way through the first draft and I’m at that stage where the characters are always with me – and I half expect to meet them at the co-op they are so real to me.

I was very chuffed to be mentioned on the cover of April’s issue of Words with Jam, http://www.wordswithjam.co.uk/  the writers’ magazine that I’m a ‘staffer’ on. I’ve been with the magazine from the start but never had billing on the front page before. The founding editor, Jane Dixon-Smith, is amazing and has taken WWJ from solely free online editions to e-format and print versions. It is now a well-established, high circulation and entertaining and informative journal. The staff is even getting paid now!

I was also very pleased with the results of offering my novel ‘Change of Life’ as a free download for Kindle on one weekend in April. Hundreds of copies were downloaded and paid sales also experienced a boost afterwards. The book made it to number 3 on the Kindle paid Women’s Fiction chart on Amazon and to number 63 in the paid general fiction Kindle chart. I did enjoy my fifteen minutes of fame.

And still on the subject of writing I have also joined The Alliance of Independent Authors http://allianceindependentauthors.org/ . This is a new body started by Orna Ross and it aims to support, represent and advise independent authors and looks well worth being a member of if you’re a ‘struggling’ indie author.

As for island life – well – lambing is over. The weather has been amazingly good and the lambing snow has been confined to the hilltops. Foxes are proving to be a pest as always and a colleague lost a lamb the other night to Mr Fox. I know they have to eat but it’s the way they just take the head that gives me the shivers – and they leave behind these wee headless corpses. On a happier note, there’s already a healthy number of tourists enjoying our beautiful surroundings.

The days are lengthening and the beautiful sunny days are ending with spectacular sunsets and magnificent displays of the Northern Lights. For some amazing photos of the Aurora over Skye go here: http://www.glendaleskye.com/sightings.htm#aurora .  Skye is truly Hebridean heaven at the moment.

Slainte Mhath to all my readers and tioraidh for now.

A novel for those who are over ‘Chick-Lit’

Shameless self-promotion alert!

I thought this would be a good time f0r a bit of a summer book promo.

Are you, or any of the grown-up, intelligent women in your life looking for a good beach, cottage, staycation read? If yes, then please consider my novel ‘Change of Life’. According to Amazon reviews it’s ‘delicious’ , ‘moving’, ‘gripping’ and ‘romantic’.

The book is available on http://www.amazon.co.uk and http://www.amazon.com and is in both paperback and ebook format.

Below is the press release for the book:

New Generation Publishing

Prize-winning novel ‘Change of Life’ – for those who are over ‘Chick-Lit’.

‘Change of Life’ by Anne Stormont, winner of Edinburgh Writer’s Club 2010 Unpublished Prize, has been receiving rave reviews and lots of  interest. In particular its appeal is to those readers who have graduated from ‘Chick-Lit’ – an intelligent, mature readership.

Anne Stormont set about writing the novel following a cancer diagnosis from which she has fully recovered. She lives in the stunningly scenic Hebrides and is currently writing a second novel.

‘CHANGE OF LIFE’ is an emotional tale, full of warmth, love, hope and moments of sadness – a contemporary story of a modern family under pressure – with very real and three-dimensional characters.

Be careful what you wish for… Wife to heart surgeon and control
freak, Tom and mother to four adolescent children, Rosie feels taken for
granted as she juggles family life and her work as a teacher. She longs for a
change of life. When she hits a teenage boy with her car, her life explodes
into uncharted territory. The boy is Robbie – and Rosie discovers he is part of
a terrible secret that Tom has kept for seventeen years. Then Rosie is
diagnosed with breast cancer. Rosie leaves home and begins the fight for her
life. Meanwhile Tom, is forced to learn what it means to be a husband and
father. He struggles to keep his family together and strives to get his wife
back.

‘CHANGE OF LIFE’ was selected by Waterstones St. Andrews as a
Summer Read and Anne Stormont has been featured in print and on radio.

 

To request a review copy, please email info@newgenerationpublishing.info

 

For more information on New Generation Publishing, see: www.newgenerationpublishing.info

 

Radio Star – My Fifteen Minutes of Fame

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The Cuillin is the magnificent granite mountain range on the Isle of Skye and our local radio station, Cuillinfm  is named after it. Last year I was invited to got to the radio station to take part in Alister Ross’s  afternoon show. He wanted to interview me about ‘Change of Life’, my first novel, which had just been published. I was very nervous, especially since it’s a live show. However, it proved to be a thoroughly enjoyable experience. You can hear the unedited and unairbrushed interview for yourself by clicking on the link below.

 

Anne on Cuillin FM Radio

And if you would like to buy a copy of the novel, you can do so by clicking on the link below.

Paperbackhttp://www.amazon.co.uk/Change-Life-Anne-Stormont/dp/1907461728/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1298753465&sr=8-1 

For Kindle http://www.amazon.co.uk/Change-Of-Life/dp/B004IEAF0Y/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1298753744&sr=1-1

Taking the e-book plunge

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Cover via Amazon

 It’s a year since my novel ‘Change of Life’ was published in paperback. To mark the anniversary I’m relaunching it in e-book format for Kindle.

Having got a Kindle at Christmas – thanks Santa – I’m now besotted with this way of reading. I’m not giving up paper books entirely – they’ll always have their place as far as I’m concerned. But reading on a Kindle screen is just so easy on the old eyes and it’s so light to carry around.

‘Change of Life’ is A tale of life. A poignant mix of sadness, hope and love.

You can purchase the new e-edition on http://www.amazon.co uk for £2.29 and on  http://www.amazon.com for $2.99. Links below –

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Change-Of-Life/dp/B004IEAF0Y/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=digital-text&qid=1294864750&sr=8-2 

http://www.amazon.com/Change-Of-Life-ebook/dp/B004IEAF0Y/ref=sr_1_cc_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1294864868&sr=1-1-catcorr

And here’s what it’s about –

 Be careful what you wish for…

 Wife to Tom and mother to four adolescent children, Rosie feels taken for granted as she juggles family life and her work as a teacher. She longs for a change.

When she hits a teenage boy with her car, her life veers into unpredictable and uncharted territory. The boy is Robbie – and Rosie discovers he is part of a terrible secret that Tom has kept from her for seventeen years. Then Rosie is diagnosed with breast cancer.

Rosie leaves home and begins the fight for her life. Meanwhile heart surgeon, Tom, learns what it means to be a husband and father. He struggles to keep his family together and strives to get his wife back.

‘A good convincing voice that had me identifying with the characters from the outset.’ David Wishart, Novelist

‘It’s a real emotional roller-coaster of a read. I was completely involved in the characters and their lives.’ Romantic Novelists’ Association.