A Lake in Switzerland

The first time I saw Lake Constance was when I spent a long weekend there with a girlfriend and her parents, way back in the eighties, shortly after I came to Switzerland. We arrived at the hotel, went up to our second-floor bedrooms, and – wow. There it was, a huge expanse of blue, stretching from Austria on the right, all the way along the Swiss bank in front and to the left, with Germany just visible on the opposite side.

Little did I know back then that one day I’d be living on the banks of this lake, and even less did I imagine I’d ever be a published writer. Now, X years and nine books later, I finally have a novel set here.

The view I saw that first time is the one admired by Stacy and Emily at the start of A Lake in Switzerland. Like me, they were gobsmacked, and like me, they visited many of the local tourist attractions during their time at the Lakeside Hotel. It’s a very picturesque area, though maybe not as well-known as the Matterhorn, for instance, or Lake Lucerne, or the mountains of the Bernese Oberland.

And that’s part of its charm. We have tourists here, but not in swarms. There’s space, and peace along the lakeside even in summer. Stacy and Emily have a hard time sightseeing at first, due to Emily’s injury, but with a little help they manage a cable car trip, a visit to the truly spectacular Rhine Falls, and of course, a boat trip on the lake. And all the time I was writing, I was sitting at my desk by the window, blue water flickering through trees along the lake bank in front of me, remembering my own visits to these places.

How lucky am I that I can re-visit so easily?

 

If you’d like to know more about life in N.E. Switzerland, have a look at my blog – regular posts about books, writing, and of course, lovely Switzerland! https://lindahuber.net/blog/

Or follow me on Twitter: @LindaHuber19 and @MelHuberCH

And you can read about Stacy and Emily’s adventures in A Lake in Switzerland here: getBook.at/ALIS

My (not so) Strange Addiction by Jo Bartlett

Okay, I’ll admit it, I’m addicted… to watching medical documentaries.  It’s not the blood and gore that grips me, or even the drama of the pending diagnosis, it’s the emotions of the people involved. My favourite is probably 24 Hours in A&E, because they film talking head segments with the patients and their loved ones, alongside footage of the action in the emergency department itself.  These segments give such an insight into relationships, love, loss and the ties that bind, that each one could probably warrant a novel in itself.

With this addiction and the impact that the stories behind the emergencies have on me, I guess it was only a matter of time before I wrote a novel with a medical theme.  A Highland Practice is set in the wilds of Scotland and, whilst it’s centred around a rural GPs’ surgery, it has its fair share of high octane emergency, between the more routine consultations.

I was in America recently and watched a documentary over there about a woman in India who was purportedly crying blood. To cut a long story very short, it turned out she was actually biting the inside of her cheek so hard that it bled, so she could use it to convince her family she was crying blood. Why? Because she’d suffered agonising stomach pains for years and no-one would take any notice of her. In the remote Indian village where she lived, it took the perceived threat of supernatural forces to make anyone notice her pain. The happy ending was that the doctors in the city realised what was happening, gave her a placebo for the crying (so her family were none the wiser about what she’d done) and operated to resolve her stomach pain.

Medical staff have to deal with all sorts of situations and it seems to me that as often as not the emotional and psychological needs of patients are just as demanding, if not more so, than the physical ones. I hope I’ve manged to capture that in A Highland Practice too. It’s got medical themes, of course, but ultimately it’s about people, friendships, love and the uniqueness of life in a rural community. And if you’re kind enough to download it, I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did researching it.

Jo Bartlett

Happy Publication Day, Jackie Ladbury!

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Air Guitar and Caviar is the book of my heart, and I’m so happy that it’s finally seeing the light of day. It was the first full length book that I actually finished and it went through the New Writers’ Scheme in the Romantic Novelists’ Association about five years ago. It wasn’t ready for publication then, and as my ‘reader’ noted, for a light romance, it probably wasn’t the best idea to have a young girl die in it! Think I was just trying to up the ante on the emotion front.

Moving forward a few years, I unearthed ‘Blue Skies and Stars,’ as it was then called, and read through it again, remembering how much I’d loved my hero Dylan, the busker. I completely re-wrote the story in the NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) challenge and at the end of it, I just thought–yep, this is the book that’s going to mean something to me!

I resurrected Dylan because he is so lovely and although he becomes famous, he is a bit of a caring chap, so no bad boy, rock star dude there, just a charming, charismatic man who is desperately in love. I almost think of him as a real person, which is probably not as weird as it sounds, to anyone who has ever written a book.

So, I hope you love Dylan as much as I do, and will forgive Scarlett, the air stewardess, her foibles- she is a bit of a damaged lady, but as with any romance, love wins through.

Dylan Willis and Scarlett De Verre- it’s your turn to shine!

 

Jackie.

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We are so delighted that, finally, Jackie’s debut novel, Air Guitar and Caviar, is available to buy. We absolutely loved it as soon as we read it, and we know you’re all going to love it, too. Congratulations, Jackie! You can buy this fabulous novel here.

Double Delight for February!

agac-final-coverWe are absolutely delighted to announce that February will bring two new additions to Fabrian Books. Jackie Ladbury’s gorgeously romantic debut novel, Air Guitar and Caviar, will be published on February 5th and will be available in Kindle and paperback formats.

Here’s the blurb:

Busker Dylan spends his days pulling pints in the local pub and singing on the high street, waiting for fame to call. That suits him fine, until beautiful, but frosty, air stewardess, Scarlett, tosses some coins into his hat but ignores his killer smile and his offer of pizza.

He sets out to get the girl, but Scarlett isn’t in the right frame of mind to date anyone, let alone a penniless, if charming, busker boy.

Dylan’s desperate for his big break, but will it bring him the happiness he longs for? And with Scarlett’s past threatening to ruin her future, will Dylan be left to make sweet music all on his own?

the-saturday-secret-ebook-for-amazonA little later in the month, it’s the turn of established author, Linda Huber, who – in a dramatic change from her usual psychological suspense novels – has put together a collection of fifteen feel-good short stories, previously published in magazines. The Saturday Secret will available from mid-February in Kindle and paperback formats. Here’s a glimpse of what you can expect:

The Saturday Secret and other Stories is a collection of fifteen tales of life, love, and family – perfect for a coffee-break! Previously published in UK national magazines, the stories are about relationships within the family and without – some are humorous, some bittersweet; all are upbeat and emotional.

The Party Partners   Belinda and Phillip have fun at weddings, engagement parties and all sorts of celebrations. But anything more personal was out of the question – or was it?

Family Matters   Gary shares Sharon’s dream of having children – but as far as he’s concerned, it’s something for the future.

Corinna’s Big Day   It was the most important day in baby Corinna’s life, but for Madge, it was one of the saddest…

Lucky for Some   You might say drawing number 13 in the cycle rally was bad luck. You might say falling off was bad luck, too. But Hilary knew better!

Patiently Waiting   Mike woke up after his operation and saw the girl of his dreams. The problem was the engagement ring she wore on a chain round her neck…

The Saturday Secret   What was she up to? The whole family wanted to know! But Gran wasn’t telling…

We can’t wait for February so we can share these wonderful books with you at last. Look out for more news coming soon, and remember, this is just the start of another amazing year at Fabrian Books!