Thursday, January 2, 2020

Suzanne Kelman : Bookouture Re-signs Women's Fiction authors Kelman...

Suzanne Kelman : Bookouture Re-signs Women's Fiction authors Kelman...: We are delighted to announce that  Associate Publisher Isobel Akenhead  has acquired world rights in two new WW2 historical fiction nov...

Bookouture Re-signs Women's Fiction authors Kelman and Robinson

We are delighted to announce that Associate Publisher Isobel Akenhead has acquired world rights in two new WW2 historical fiction novels from Suzanne Kelman, author of A View Across the Rooftops and When We Were Brave.
Isobel says:
‘Suzanne is a remarkable storyteller with a powerful voice, and an incredible ability to get into the hearts and minds of her characters. I am so excited to continue to work with her and know her new novels will be every bit as heartbreaking, inspiring and gripping as her first two novels.’
Suzanne says:
I’m thrilled to have signed a further two-book deal with Bookouture. It’s been an amazing experience working with my fantastic editor Isobel and the whole team over the past year. I’m so looking forward to continuing to work with this powerhouse of a publisher who inspire me daily by their dedication and commitment to the success of my books and getting them into the hands of readers all over the world.’
We are also thrilled to announce that Isobel has acquired world rights in two further emotional women’s fiction novels from Emma Robinson, author of My Silent Daughter and the forthcoming The Forgotten Wife.
Isobel says:
‘I am so proud to be Emma’s publisher. She writes incredibly beautifully and captures real people’s experiences in such a truthful and powerful way. Her new novel – about a woman coming to terms with an unexpected stepchild – promises to be her most captivating, heart-wrenching and gripping story yet, and I am overjoyed to be working with Emma on it.’
Emma says:
‘I am beyond excited to continue working with Isobel. Her intelligent and incisive editing make my books the best they could possibly be. I’m also thrilled to stay part of the Bookouture family, whose attention to detail, creativity and support make the whole publishing process a joy. I can’t wait to publish two new books with them in 2020.’ 

Monday, December 2, 2019

December Book Giveaway - Books From Around the World

Enter to Win 1 Grand Prize of These Five Star
Dramatic Books from Around the World

Plus 6 additional winners of each book from Suzanne Kelman, Seumas Gallacher, Gloria Casale, 
KJ Waters, David P. Perlmutter, and Thomas J. Nichols.

The giveaway and accompanying blog tour start on December 2, 2019 and will continue until December 16.

Join us for an incredible journey around the world through the eyes of our authors and their protagonists starting in WWII Holland and continuing from to the Middle East over to Hong Kong, through the hills of Pennsylvania and deserts of Mexico, ending back in time in eighteenth century London. We are excited to share with you our own holiday traditions and what life was like for the characters featured in our books. 

On Monday December 2 we will begin our journey in 1941, Nazi-occupied Amsterdam with Suzanne Kelman in her international best-seller A View Across the Rooftops. Suzanne is a British author who lives in Seattle and delights in her English Christmas traditions every year. Please visit Suzanne’s video and blog post here:

Then we pop over to Seumas Gallacher’s blog on Tuesday, December 3 featuring is international crime novel The Violin Man’s Legacy. Seumas was born in Scotland and lives in Abu Dhabi. His main character, Jack Calder, investigates a murderous diamond heist in Holland that leads him to Hong Kong and South America. You can visit his video and blog here:

David P. Perlmutter takes over on Wednesday, December 4 sharing his Jewish upbringing in London, and will detail the true life and nearly deadly adventure in the hills of Pennsylvania where he spends Christmas with his boss in his book Five Weeks. David spends a decent amount of time in the #1 spot on Amazon with his soon to be movie, Wrong Place Wrong Time. You can visit his blog and video here:

Thursday, Gloria Casale shares her holiday memories from her youth in New Jersey in a strong catholic family where they celebrated the tradition of St. Nicklaus on December 5th every year. Her book, Bioterror: The Essential Threat,while fiction, covers an all too real situation of bioterrorism and brings us on a harrowing journey beginning in Washington, DC and carries us around the world from Russia and Eastern Europe, to Indonesia, England, Syria, and the White House, as we chase the outbreak of a mysterious small pox-like illness. You can find Gloria’s blog here:

Chief Thomas J. Nichols is featured on Friday, December 6, where he will talk about his poor upbringing in Missouri, some of which was spent in an orphanage. As a former police chief, he writes crime fiction with teeth and will detail what Christmas is like for his characters in the dry dusty backdrop of Mexico. His book, Color of the Prism, follows an undercover agent who spearheads an investigation into a violent Mexican drug cartel. You can find Tom’s blog and video here:

Finally, on Monday, December 2, we end the blog tour back in time with KJ Waters and her time travel novel to 1752 London, Stealing Time. What was lifelike in England in the year they skipped 9 days to jive with Europe’s Gregorian calendar? KJ grew up in Maryland and will talk about her Christmas family traditions in the south based on her Grandmother’s love of the holiday and overabundance of gifts and family fun in a split family. You can see KJ’s blog post here:

Monday, January 21, 2019

An Exciting New Book Deal - For Author Suzanne Kelman

Bookouture - Are delighted to announce that historical fiction author Suzanne Kelman is joining Bookouture for a two-book deal.

Associate Publisher Isobel Akenhead acquired world rights from Andrea Hurst at Andrea Hurst & Associates, with a view to publishing A View Across the Rooftops in October 2019.

A View Across the Rooftops tells the story of an ordinary man who finds himself forced to make an extraordinary decision – one that will change his life forever. It opens in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam in 1941, where a man called Josef Held has a secret that he must keep from the people he cares about, and even the woman he is falling in love with. Because his secret is that he is not alone in his house. Since the night that the Nazis came for the Jews, and he opened his door…

Isobel Akenhead said:
“This novel hooked me from the very first page. It is a powerful story, but a personal and emotionally devastating one – that will grip readers and leave them heartbroken but ultimately uplifted. I am so thrilled Suzanne will be joining us at Bookouture and am incredibly excited to be publishing A View Across the Rooftops.” 

Suzanne Kelman said: 
"I am thrilled to be joining the Bookouture team and working with them to bring, A View Across the Rooftops, to the world. This story was a labor of love for me, and I was overjoyed that Isobel Akenhead understood and connected with the heart of the story from the very beginning. I look forward to this new publishing adventure."

 It would be lovely if you were able to join us on Facebook and Twitter to celebrate. 

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Linda Brody - Episode 89 - A True Texas Pantser

Linda Brody - Episode 89 - A True Texas Pantser 

You will really enjoy our guest this month on Blondie and the Brit. We have Linda Broday on the show and she is a sheer delight. Linda shares her writer’s journey from humble beginnings to award-winning, New York Times, and USA Today best-selling author. 
Her delightful Texas cowboy stories set in a different time are not only charming, but she also explores a time of challenge and determination. This is reflected in Linda’s desire to write better endings for her friends who have difficulties in their own lives. She shares her journey from competitions to publication and her experiences of indie vs. traditionally published. Pull up a chair and be drawn back to a time gone by in the Wild West.   

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Make 'Em Laff - Writing Comedy

I actually didn’t set out to write comedy; I kind of fell into it one day as I was writing something serious and I’ve been trying to find my way out of the canyon of craziness ever since. What I’ve learned since traversing the humor terrain is that writing funny stuff is no laughing matter.
Here are some tips if you are thinking of falling into funny yourself.
FirstDon’t read books on writing funny stuff. What I’ve noticed is people who write comedy don’t tend to write books about writing comedy very well. It’s like trying to explain a joke after the moment has passed; it kind of gets there but the spontaneity is lost along the way. There are many books out there that claim to help people write hilarious stuff but, I have to tell you, the ones I’ve read, have been as entertaining as re-mortgaging a house. So. trust your gut rather than another writer’s process, even mine.
SecondDon’t force it. Forcing is like forcing someone to love you. Before you know it you’re boiling their bunny. The more obsessive you become over the comedy, the harder it becomes to work. This is not good. I once met a very straight-laced, old school teacher-type who looked me dead in the eye over her half-rimmed glasses as she handed me her manuscript and said in one long monotone, “I can write funny.” After reading it, I hadn’t the heart to tell her SHE was funny; her saying it that way WAS funny but, alas, her writing wasn’t.
You see, she approached it in a very rigid and controlled way. She read a bunch of books, commanded all her words to sit up straight in their chairs and line up quietly in very grammatically correct order. Then she slaved over the perfectly crafted punchline, but it fell flat.
Comedy for me isn’t like that. It’s just not rigid; it’s more like a form of free-falling. I jump in naked. I run with the wild bulls of the adjectives. I dance with my hair on fire. My first drafts are a mess.
It’s just a raucous can-can with the dancing red squiggly lines and me.
I just have fun with words. We hang out together like two old friends laughing at the bar. I type something funny and then I answer myself in a kind of schizophrenic double act. So try free-falling, and don’t edit that first draft.
ThirdThink I do is look for visual extremes to take along on my word journey, such as “run naked,” or “hair on fire.” The funnier you can make the visual for the reader, the more fun they’re going to have reading it. You can always pull back if your editors rolls their grammatical eyes. You can tell they are doing that when they send you back little bubbles in the “Track-Change” function accompanied by the tut-tut-tut of the three-question-mark disapproval—“???” This is editor talk for: “What the heck was that?
Lastly(because I can’t think of any more tips), I allow my mind to go on a constant party or Mardi Gras. Enjoy everything around me, especially characters that I meet. I’m always eavesdropping other people’s conversations too. Firstly, because it’s fun but mostly because I often hear nuggets that will take my mind into a million comical directions. Like the result of someone shouting “FIRE!” at a clown convention. Did I tell you I like writing in extreme visuals?
So, there you are—my process—read from the back of a postage stamp. If you want to make them laugh, I encourage you to find your own voice in it. Because, at the end of the day, you should enjoy it; after all, it’s comedy. And if you meet the tut-tut-tut of the bubble of doom, at least you had a blast of a time while you were free-falling