Here in Switzerland, schools have closed their doors for the summer. Yay! I hope for the school kids that this will be a nice sunny summer, even though 2016 is going to go down in history for a variety of reasons, not all – in fact, not many – of them positive. I saw a joke on Twitter the other day:
Pub quizmaster in 2030: ‘In which year did-?’
Participant: ‘2016. It’s always 2016…’
Anyway, back to those special offers.
I’m really pleased that Amazon UK have put The Paradise Trees into their Summer Sale this year. For the rest of July and most of August it can be bought on kindle for just 99p – a snip! You can order it here, and if you know anyone who might like it, please do pass on the good news. The pound isn’t the creature it used to be and us starving authors who live abroad are noticing that already…
Chosen Child is on special offer too – NEXT weekend. From Friday to Sunday, it’ll be 99p/99c on kindle – in the UK, US and the Eurozone. Again, please do pass on… So far, this book has been my biggest seller on both sides of the Altantic. 🙂
And – Book Five. (This is where the hospitals bit comes in.) As a young child I wanted to be a nurse. The idea of working in a hospital intrigued me, all those fascinating illnesses and injuries and pieces of equipment… By the time I reached the career choice stage I’d realised that nursing was only one of the medical professions, and eventually I chose physiotherapy. I went to work in one of the big Glasgow hospitals, and the fascination continued.
So with Book Five, I tried something I’d never done before – part of the story is set in a hospital. Sarah visits her foster mother after a knee operation, and finds herself pulled into a world that isn’t what it should be. In amongst the members of staff, patients and visitors Sarah encounters, someone has a schedule of his own.
After a lot of to-ing and fro-ing, my amazing editor and I came up with a title, and a subtitle. My book is called:
Ward Zero …the dead ward
For everyday purposes, Ward Zero will do. The cover is going to be really spooky – it’ll be back from the designer next week, and we’ll be sharing it after the summer break.
To finish off, the woods, taken from my balcony on a hot (30°C, a rarity this summer so far) afternoon last week. I’ll be back blogging in August with (hopefully) lots of summer-weather Swiss photos – though I might just send out a wee reminder about Chosen Child’s offer next weekend! Have a lovely summer!