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Every Picture Tells a Story…

…or so they say. For me, one of the nicest parts of bringing out a new book is choosing – and working on – the cover image. This is the fun bit after the stress of editing and proof-reading.
My cover designer is the fabulous Debbie at The Cover Collection. I’ve worked with her since my third book, and the-saturday-secret-ebook-for-amazonwe’ve always managed to produce an image that created a suitably spooky and sinister atmosphere… and exactly that was the first problem I encountered when I started to look for a cover for The Saturday Secret, my first collection of feel-good short stories. My other books are psychological suspense novels, so my usual rummage round the horror section on The Cover Collection’s website was unlikely to produce results.
Okay, I said to myself. The romance section is huge, surely I’ll find something there. And I have to say it was a refreshing change, scrolling through lovely scenic photos, and pics of wedding rings and flowers etc. Not a dead body or a zombie in sight…
My usual modus operandi with book covers is to find an image on Debbie’s website, and then we work together, tweaking it according to the feeling I want to create. But again, this time was different. I hadn’t been two minutes in the romance section before the next problem hit me.
What was I looking for, actually? The Saturday Secret is a collection of short stories. Some are romantic, some humorous, some bittersweet. I should maybe add that at this point, I hadn’t settled on a title for my book either. Ideas like Tea Break Tales were floating through my head – or should I take the title of one of the stories? A thorough search of the website didn’t produce any images I fancied for Tea Break Tales, but several pics could fit one or other of the stories. I could choose that bride and groom pic, and call the book after The Party Partners. Or the pic with the bike, and call it after Lucky for Some. Or something with a baby??? There are a couple of baby stories in there too…
Then I saw it – the ideal cover image. A garden bench, just like the one in my story The Saturday Secret. Perfect! It was the work of a moment to change the original wisteria in my text to roses, and give one of the characters an apple to munch. The image needed no tweaking, apart from some contrast on the edging.
And here it is, my first-born non-psychological suspense book. I’m really pleased to have the support of the magnificent Fabrian Books team with this venture – doing something completely different can be scary, so huge thanks there!
The Saturday Secret is a charity collection. All 2017 profits will be going to Doctors Without Borders, so everyone who buys this book will be contributing to making some poor soul’s life a little easier. I’ll finish off now by saying a big ‘thank you’ to everyone who does exactly that!

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Congratulations, Linda! The Saturday Secret is available to buy here.

 

 

 

 

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!

Endings and Beginnings

We’re edging towards the end of 2016, and at Fabrian Books we’ve been looking back at a great year, during which we’ve published some amazing titles.

Eden for Susanna's blogOur year began in April, with the release of Sharon Booth’s romantic comedy, This Other Eden. Featuring a sexy sheep farmer called Eliot, an ageing rock star and his spoilt princess of a daughter, a cheating politician, and a rather confused young woman called Eden, it was described by one enthusiastic reviewer as “a hugely entertaining jaunt of a novel through the Yorkshire Dales”, This Other Eden is the first in Sharon’s new Skimmerdale series.

 

beltane-newistJune saw the publication of Beltane, the first of Alys West’s amazing fantasy series, The Spellworker Chronicles. It’s  set in mystical Glastonbury, and follows talented artist, Zoe, who is plagued by strange dreams. Working in Glastonbury, she encounters the rather gorgeous Finn, who seems disturbingly familiar to her. Dark forces are gathering around the two of them, and it’s no wonder one reviewer admitted she “couldn’t put this novel down”.

 

tdkd-coverIn August, Alys turned her hand to a different genre, with the release of her steampunk novella, The Dirigible King’s Daughter. Set in an alternative Whitby, this gorgeous story features feisty heroine Harriet, and the utterly charming Charlie, as they face a race against time to clear Harriet’s name, when she’s accused of a rather serious crime. Described by one reviewer as “a tale of romance and peril against the background of the thrilling flights of the dirigibles and escapades on steam-powered omnibuses” it’s “terrific fun and a lovely romance story”.

 

51uc3fcsfslSeptember brought the publication of the third in Sharon Booth’s Kearton Bay series. Once Upon a Long Ago is set in the gorgeous former fishing village and smuggling stronghold of Kearton Bay on the North Yorkshire coast, and, this time, it follows the adventures of stubborn, practical Lexi Bailey, and the sweet-natured, gentle lord of the manor, Will Boden-Kean. Will has been in love with Lexi for many years, but she’s never even noticed. Unfortunately for Will, she quickly notices his rather handsome cousin who arrives in the village when Will’s father passes away. Secrets, lies, hidden treasure, and a hero from the past,  plus a beautiful stately home, and a cute chocolate Labrador called Buttons, all feature in this story, which one reviewer described as “Downton Abbey meets Upstairs Downstairs with a touch of Cluedo!” Another hailed it as “Another super read from the pen of Ms Booth”.

 

baxter-ebook-coverOctober saw the release of not one, but two new books – both feel-good novellas, and just 99p each. The first was Sharon Booth’s Baxter’s Christmas Wish. Starring Baxter, the boisterous Boxer dog, it’s a tale of love, home, and second chances. As one reviewer put it, “This is a lovely, warm and fuzzy love story with a wonderful dog and a little boy who adores him at the heart of it”.

 

gmyad-ebook-new-version-finalJo Bartlett’s October offering was the lovely Give Me Your Answer Do. Set on a farm overlooking the English Channel, and featuring lots of cake, weddings, and the world’s naughtiest donkey, it would be difficult to find anything not to love about this story! The reviewer who wrote “a completely charming read which is as enjoyable as a slice of Ellie’s Mum’s Victoria Sponge cake” clearly agrees.

 

a-holly-bay-christmas-ebook-cover-v2Finally, November brought our last release of the year – Jo Bartlett’s Christmas novella, A Holly Bay Christmas. Another Fabrian feel-good book, priced at just 99p, this tells the story of Maddie, who runs a combined bookshop and tearooms in the Cornish village of Holly Bay. Maddie is completely devoted to her business, but when a handsome stranger arrives in the village, she finds herself drawn to him. But Ben has a secret, and when Maddie founds out what it is, it looks as if her budding Christmas romance is over before it really began. But, after all, it is Christmas…A Holly Bay Christmas became a best-seller just days after its release!

 

So that’s our round-up of this year’s Fabrian releases. But we’re not just looking back. Oh, no! We’re also looking forward to a glorious 2017. We’ll have new books from all your favourite Fabrian authors, but we’ll also be welcoming new authors into the fold, and releasing their amazing stories into the world. We’re very excited about them, and we’re sure you’re going to love them, too!

In the meantime, we’d like to thank you all for supporting Fabrian Books, and to tell you how much we appreciate all you lovely people who have bought, read and maybe even reviewed our stories. We’d like to wish you all a very merry Christmas, and a happy New Year.

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