Why Did You Write That Book?

Readers often wonder what inspired a writer to write the particular book they have just enjoyed, and it’s a fair question to ask, since the novel may deal with a subject that is somewhat out of the ordinary or a place they have never been. I know I find it interesting to have some background information about a book I have enjoyed.

What about you? Let me know in the comments if you feel the same.

For me, It is the same with a series. I like to know a bit of background, if possible. I love if I can find out what experience or snippet of information inspired the author to write on that particular subject.

The series I am currently writing, The Reluctant Detective Series, is about Mirabelle, a rather eccentric lady whose daughter went missing. While searching for her daughter, Summer, she builds up a network of contacts and, with the help of them and her friend, DI Sam Burns, she finds other missing persons and is able to reunite them with family.
People become aware of her expertise in this area and begin to come to her for help. Reluctantly, she becomes a bit of a private detective and her home becomes an unofficial missing persons agency.

The inspiration for this series springs from personal experience. I grew up not knowing my birth father and, over the years, concocted many stories to explain his non-appearance in my life. As an adult, I became a very private detective, since I was my only client, and set about finding out who he was and where he was. It’s a theme I return to in many of my writings.

41QJW-AUatL._UY250_ Family Matters, my first published novel, revolves around a woman whose husband abandoned her and her two young children. She’d like to know why, and what happened to him. Eleven years later, after her son dies, she discovers that he’d been trying to trace his father, so she follows the steps he took in an effort to find out how much he’d uncovered. In this book, I draw on some of the procedures I used to trace my father.

41C9fKLVtzL._UY250_Making it Home has, as part of its theme, leaving home and whether it’s possible to make one’s way back. The main protagonists are three women who become friends and help one another overcome their different problems while each works out what ‘home’ means to them and where ‘home’ is.

41WL0eRCVLL._UY250_ In Flying Free, the main protagonist loses contact with her father, when she and her mother leave the family home when Jayne is still a young child. So, in effect, it is she and her mother who are the missing people in this novel. The story traces Jayne’s efforts to come to terms with the why and how of the situation.

517rcMAIR-L._UY250_ Here at the Gate is a story of a secret past, one threatened with exposure. Who is Mhairi? And why is she so afraid of what her daughter might find out when she traces the family tree.

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In researching for my novels, I found that:
Approximately 2,300 Americans are reported missing—every day.
This includes both children and adults, but does not include Americans who have vanished in other countries, individuals who disappear and are never reported, or the homeless and their children.
That’s somewhere around 900,000+ a year.

In Britain alone, an estimated 250,000 people go missing every year. Many of those cases are resolved by police; just 2,500 people remain untraced more than a year after they disappear, some of them stay missing long after a year, ten, twenty, thirty years and more.

But that can still mean those who are contacted by police or other authorities do not return home and that families are not told if their loved one is alive or safe.
A closed case simply means the police are confident that no crime took place.

And how many of these missing people are children or young teenagers?

It is estimated that at least 8 million children worldwide go missing each year.
800,000 children in the U.S; 40,000 children in Brazil; 50,500 in Canada; 39,000 in France; 100,000 in Germany; and 45,000 in Mexico; 230,000 in the U.K.
And in most of the developing world—including Africa, Asia, and Latin America—no one is counting missing children.

These figures, while chilling, also show me that the fictional stories I have written or will yet write are a drop in the ocean compared to the true stories no-one is writing.

I know how it feels for someone to be ‘missing’ from your life. I wonder how many of you know that feeling too? If you feel you’d like to, please feel free to share your story in the comments.

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In The Reluctant Detective Series, Mirabelle is mostly able to find young women, in their teens or early twenties. Those who have not been missing too long. Though her expertise stretches further, and, with the help of her network of unusual contacts, she’ll have a try at finding anyone.

Searching for Summer Final

The first of the series, Searching for Summer, is mainly focused on Mirabelle’s search for her daughter, and the building up of her network of helpers. As her reputation for finding missing people grows, she becomes increasingly involved in other cases, the reluctance of the title of the series being because each case takes a bit of the focus off Summer.

Traces of Red, the second book in the series, is almost ready to be released, so, if you haven’t yet read Searching for Summer, now would be a good time to do so. It makes a great holiday read, absorbing enough to make your journey pass quickly or to keep you resting by the pool.

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***FREE*** Flying Free ***FREE***

FOR TWO DAYS ONLY
FLYING FREE 
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Flying Free is FREE on Amazon Kindle on Tuesday, 1st April and Wednesday, 2nd April

Not got your copy yet?

Why not download it now at

http://a-fwd.com/asin-com=B00HUHGQW2

What’s this book about?

Why not read the post from 30th March

You can also watch this video

and this one

and read the posts from 25th, 26th, 27th January

So many ways to find out what Flying Free is about.

And one way to download it FREE

http://a-fwd.com/asin-com=B00HUHGQW2

Get your copy now.

You’ll not regret it.

What’s That Book About?

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Flying Free is my third novel.

The blurb on the back of the book reads:

When Tom asks Jayne to marry him, he unwittingly opens her personal Pandora’s Box, and now she can’t seem to close the lid on all that rushes out at her, whirling her into a cycle of self-sabotage.
Unable to commit to a relationship, she pushes Tom away…along with everything else that’s important in her life.
There are things she had chosen to forget. There are others she can’t remember even when she tries. What she does remember is fear.
Feeling emotionally trapped by her past, her biggest challenge is to break through its bars and fly free.
Then she finds someone to help her make sense of what’s happening, but, instead of slamming the lid shut on all that has been let loose, he helps her open it wider and makes her face her fears in order to overcome them.
Remembering the past helps her make sense of the present and allows her to begin the process of healing and she finds that, as in the fable, there is one last thing left in the Box. That thing is hope.
But, when she is ready to commit to a relationship, will Tom still be waiting?

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There is also the short video I made where I read the first chapter of Flying Free.

You’ll find that over there on the right, in the sidebar.

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But what is Flying Free about?

I’ve made you a short video by way of explanation.

Amazon Link: http://a-fwd.com/asin-com=B00HUHGQW2

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I’d love to get your thoughts on both the subject matter of Flying Free and on whether it is helpful to have the video.

Thank you.

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Tagged again!

Hello everyone! I was invited to participate in another tagging Blog Hop by Vashti Quiroz-Vega, a delightfully exotic name and a delightfully exotic lady. Vashti writes a blog which you can find at http://vashtiqvega.wordpress.com/2014/03/09/writing-process-blog-hop/

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Vashti has published a novel called The Basement, a tale of angst, teamwork and solutions, treasure hunts and adventure, and facing fears. It is a focus on the small world of one group of preteens and the very real and wondrous world they face. You can buy it on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/The-Basement-Vashti-Quiroz-Vega/dp/162510555X/ref=cm_rdp_product

There are a few simple rules to this blog tagging:

1/ I must answer the four questions below.

2/ I must link back to the person who invited me to this Blog Hop.

3/ I must name four writers who will continue this Blog Hop and notify them.

Questions:

1) What are you working on?

I’m in the later stages of editing my NaNoWriMo novel. Its working title has changed several times and at the moment it is ‘Enough’  but I can’t make up my mind if that’s a great title or a terrible title. Any comment on that would be most welcome.

The novel is about Mhairi, a mother and grandmother who knows she did some terrible things when she was young, but can’t remember if she committed the heinous crime she was accused of. The trauma at the time and subsequent medication blacked out the memory, allowing her to built a good life with a loving husband, family and friends.

Her past feels like it belonged to someone else.

But now her daughter’s project is threatening to blow her life apart, exposing her for who she was. Rhona has decided to trace the family tree, to delve into the past and search out its secrets. Like a bloodhound, she refuses to be distracted from the hunt. Mhairi has to keep one step ahead or go on the run.

 2) How does your work differ from others in the genre?

The last time I was asked this question I kinda opted out by saying that every writer’s work is unique, and I stand by that, but perhaps, in fairness, I should give you more than that.

I think my work differs from others in the genre in that I don’t think it quite fits into any genre.

Yes, it is Contemporary Fiction, written about ordinary people living here and now. Yes, it is General Fiction, which could appeal to men and women, old and young, and it is about coping with extraordinary ordinary problems. But it is so much more than that. My novels have an element of suspense in them, often a bit of crime and detection, sometimes romance, sometimes Family Saga, always exploration of relationships. They are character driven but with a strong plot line too. So, if any of you have read any of them…could you please tell me to which genre they belong?

3) Why do you write what you write?

I write about things I care about and things I am fascinated by.

I have always been fascinated by how someone can just walk away from their life, their family, their friends and disappear, leaving no trace, only heartbreak and worry. I explore this concept in my first novel, Family Matters.

Being happily married and surrounded by family, I care deeply about the loneliness others suffer: the causes of it and the solutions. I’m also fascinated by the modern phenomenon of shopping addiction, and its causes and cures. So, in my second novel, Making It Home, these are the areas I investigate.

My third, newly-released novel, Flying Free, takes a look at another subject I feel passioately about: recovery for victims of childhood abuse. I don’t know that there is ever a true recovery, but it is important to try to help there be at least a measure of healing. In Flying Free, the main protagonist’s life has been blighted this way and the story traces her route to recovery, in as much as that is possible. It is an ultimately uplifting, optimistic book.

4) How does your writing process work?

I’ve always been a bit of a ‘pantser’. Writing as I feel and as it comes. I try to have a notion of where I’m going, but it isn’t usually clearly mapped from beginning to end. The things I have a clear grasp of are who the characters are, what they want, what they need and what stops them getting it. And I know how the story ends. Apart from that, I like to go where the story takes me.

Look for the Blog Hop to continue next week at these sites:


Alana Munro, the author of Woman Behaving Badly, a book that attempts to understand women and to make sense of the huge expectations women place on each other. How can we avoid toxic women? What bad behaviours should we be looking out for? This book attempts to understand what is really going on between the females in our life. Alana is a great supporter of other authors and her blog is rich in writing tips, author reviews and other great stuff. Link for Alana Munro: http://alanamunroauthor.com

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Dyane Ford, author of The Purple Morrow, book 1 of her adult fantasy series. As one reviewer says, ‘The Purple Morrow leads the reader on a romp through a detailed fantasy world at war.’ Another calls it, ‘A light fantasy with great characters.’ You can find out more about Dyane, her book and her writing tips on Dyane Ford:  http://droppedpebbles.wordpress.com

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Stuart Turnbull, a poet and author of stories both short and long, including the wonderful Tweeties, stories in 140 characters or less. Great fun. You can check out Stuart’s writing on his blogsites. I guarantee you’ll enjoy yourself.

Stuart Turnbull: http://diamondsanddross.blogspot.co.uk

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Amanda L Webster, author of two books, Loosely Collected: A Book of Poems and NaNoWriMo Gone Wild: The Quest for 50,000 Words. Plus she writes an amazingly helpful blog, which you can find at  http://writeontheworld.wordpress.com

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All blogs I’m certain you will enjoy for various reasons, so do visit them and be entertained and amazed.

Enjoy!

We Have Lift Off!

Okay! So I know I already had a victory dance for Flying Free when the Kindle edition became available, but this is it! This is the proper launch.

I have in my hands the BRAND NEW PAPERBACK EDITION of

FLYING FREE

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So, as well as being available to buy as an eBook on Amazon Kindle,

Flying Free is also now available as a paperback on Amazon.co.uk and FeedARead.com, Waterstone’s.com and Barnes & Noble…so look out for it there if that’s where you usually purchase books. And it can be ordered through bookstores everywhere.

Ask me if I’m happy?

Such fun!

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What’s the book about?

Well, it’s not all ‘happy-clappy’ —  but, nor is it misery-lit. Far from it. It’s a novel filled with hope and positive energy.

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 Flying Free is almost a contemporary novel, set in 1997, about someone who could be your neighbour, your friend, or even you.

~~~Perhaps you’ll recognise the situation~~~

Jayne has been hiding from her past. If fact, she thought she’d escaped from it when she and her mother ran away to Edinburgh when Jayne was a girl.

She thought the past would stay in the past, but, twenty years later, when her friend, Tom, asks her to marry him, he unwittingly opens her personal Pandora’s Box, and now she can’t seem to close the lid on all that rushes out at her, whirling her into a cycle of self-sabotage.

~~~Been there, done that, do I hear you say?~~~

Unable to commit to a relationship, she pushes Tom away…along with everything else that’s important in her life.

~~~Why, oh why do we do that?~~~

There are things Jayne had chosen to forget. There are others she can’t remember even when she tries. What she does remember is fear.

Feeling emotionally trapped by her past, she finds someone she can talk to, but, since trust is one of her major issues can she let this stranger help her?

Instead of slamming the lid shut on all that has been let loose, he helps her open it wider and makes her face her fears to allow her to begin the process of healing. When she feels ready to commit, will Tom still be waiting?

She finds that, as in the fable, there is one last thing left in the Box. 

That thing is hope. 

This novel traces a woman’s struggle to become the woman she wants to be in order to marry the man she loves.

~~~Hands up if you’ve never struggled with things from your past.

You win first prize. Lucky you.~~~

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If you click on the link to your right, you can hear me reading the first chapter of Flying Free.

I hope you enjoy both the reading and the novel.

Thank you.

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At Jo Robinson’s request :-)(see comments)

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and as a bonus for you, Jo…

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Can You Hear The Music? Look! I’m Dancing!

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“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche
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Look everyone! I’m dancing!
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It’s here!
~~~FLYING FREE~~~
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You can buy it on Amazon Kindle everywhere Amazon has a presence.
The paperback will be launched in a few weeks, but I couldn’t bear to hold back the ebook any longer.
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At last,
~~~FLYING FREE IS ON SALE~~~
And its music makes me want to dance.
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Tom’s Music

Bellini’s Oboe Concerto.

At first it was gliding… slowly, luxuriously… floating on the warm current of air that was the melody. It was all around her, lifting her gently, tumbling her softly in its caress. When she closed her eyes, she could look down from her lazy cloud and see Tom as she had seen him only a few short hours ago, sitting on a park bench, his long legs stretched out, his face turned to the sun, totally relaxed, contentedly waiting. The gentle warmth of the sun, it was soothing, so soothing. She was there beside him, relaxed, waiting. Like the music. She held her breath as it seemed to hover, watching, watching Tom open his eyes, the radiance of his welcoming smile.

He was off the bench and the music started to soar, taking her with it, making her laugh with sheer delight, catching her breath with its joyousness, its love of life. It made her want to dance, to spin round the room the way Tom had spun her as a teenager when he was teaching her and Rosie how to dance, the way he had spun her round in the park at lunchtime. Like this glorious music, Tom had spun her off-balance. She was intoxicated, drunk with its wine.

This was Tom’s music. It echoed his energy, his impulsive, spontaneous passion for life. She would never hear it again without thinking of him, without remembering their crazy, heady “flight” through Princes Street Gardens and all the way to London.

Elgar and Britten might have written their pieces for Jayne, for the tragedy of her past, but Bellini’s Oboe Concerto, this joyous romp, was Tom’s and she loved it. “Let go,” it seemed to echo. “Let go and love.” Yes, she could let go. She could let the past stay locked away. She could fly free with this music. She could fly free with Tom.

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Bellini Oboe Concerto in E flat Major

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There are more musical moments in the book, but I’ll let you find them for yourself. I may post links to them at a later date, but, in the meantime, I do hope these excerpts and links have given you a good taster of Flying Free. Enough of a taster, I hope, that you might fancy reading the book.

!!NOW AVAILABLE!!

FLYING FREE

The novel.

Available on Amazon Kindle all over the world.

Here are a couple of links for you:

UK:  http://www.amazon.co.uk/Flying-Free-Christine-Campbell-ebook/dp/B00HUHGQW2/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1390852975&sr=1-1&keywords=Flying+Free

US:  http://www.amazon.com/Flying-Free-Christine-Campbell-ebook/dp/B00HUHGQW2/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1390852891&sr=1-1&keywords=flying+free+by+%60christine+campbell

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… Play On

We’re still Flying Free, friends.

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I hope you enjoyed the music and the excerpt from my soon-to-be-released novel as featured on my last post.

This second piece of music is  by Elgar and is his

Larghetto from Serenade in E minor.

It is also the second piece played in the orchestral concert attended by Tom and Jayne in London.

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Britten had taken her back to her childhood and now Elgar held her there. She was still on the beach, feeling the old sadness, as the orchestra flowed into the Larghetto from his Serenade in E minor. Jayne felt the sad, haunting music reach deep into her, tearing at her, making her feel vulnerable, ripping memory after memory from her; just as the receding tide dragged everything into the depths of the churning sea, ripping creatures from rock and crevasse.

The music echoed the awful howling she could hear in her soul. She wanted to go, to run from it, but she knew the sound would follow her. It had been there all along, but she had turned the volume down, tuned it out to cope with ordinary living. Elgar had tuned it in again. She had no more power to hold back her tears or the encroaching tide of her memories, as she had to hold back the relentless sea.

The music paused, holding its breath, waiting for the answer of her heart. The hush in the auditorium was expectant, hopeful, as the music settled and calmed, rolling in on gentle waves, its energy spent, till it died away, leaving her stranded on the beach, agonising alone. Leaving her clutching her heart in her fist, unable to breath, afraid of the next onslaught when the past would smash over her in furious waves again. She was washed up, choking, drowning, fighting to crawl to safety but unable to see what safety looked like.

When Tom tried to put his arm round her, she drew away, her shoulders hunching, her arms wrapped across her body and her knees drawn up: a hermit crab withdrawing into its shell.

He smiled ruefully, his frown one of puzzlement rather than offence, and went to the bar to get her a drink. When he returned, she had done her best to rally, but her face felt pale and drawn, scraped bare by the outgoing tide. She couldn’t look at him, mumbling her thanks as she took the proffered drink and sipped it quietly. The lights dimmed and the orchestra prepared to play.

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Larghetto from Serenade in E minor by Elgar

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DELp2q8jOLs

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Enjoy!

For Jayne, this is a sad piece and, to her, it comes to represent her past.

Do you find it sad?

Or does it evoke different feelings in you?

Do you have a song or a piece of music that does that for you?

Is it sad, haunting, happy or mellow?

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Part three of our musical journey coming soon.

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If Music be the Food of Love

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~~~COMING SOON~~~

My third novel, Flying Free, is almost ready to be launched, so I thought I’d give you a bit of a taster.

Music plays an important part at several points during the story and I wondered if you’d like to hear some of the pieces I mention, along with reading a small excerpt from the novel.

Today, I hope you enjoy  The Four Sea Interludes from Britten’s Opera, Peter Grimes.

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Jayne had never been to a live orchestral concert before and was unprepared for the power of such a performance. It took her by storm. The first piece, Four Sea Interludes from Britten’s Opera, Peter Grimes, brought all the varying sounds of the open sea surging into the auditorium, shivering down her spine. All her senses sparked into life.

Eyes closed, she could feel the chill breeze of dawn over the desolate seascape, hear gulls whirling and crying, the tide slowly swelling, shingle churning on the beach. It was so real to her, prickling her skin with goosebumps, transporting her once more to the beaches of her youth and the mornings when she woke early and crept out of the house before her father was awake. She could smell the salty air, taste it on her lips. Her face lifted to the wind as it brought the chill of the water onto the beach. Her bottom cold on shingle and sand, watching dawn creep across the sky. In a world full of sound, smell and colour, there was emptiness.

She hadn’t been back since she was ten years old, yet the evocative music forced long buried memories to surface and she remembered well the chill of a seaside dawn. She shivered again.

In the last of Britten’s four interludes a storm raged out at sea. Excitement mounted in Jayne as it surged around her. The same fearful excitement she used to feel as a child, glorying in the power of the elements. She didn’t try to shelter at those times, but let herself be buffeted and drenched, having no fear of the storm’s fury. After such a tempest she always felt purged and renewed.

Exhilaration lifted her out of her seat as the orchestra brought the storm crashing to its end.

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Four Sea Interludes from Britten’s Opera, Peter Grimes,

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I wonder, do you ‘see’ the same things as Jayne when you listen to this music?

What does it conjure up for you?

Home Free on Friday

FREE on AMAZON KINDLE

FRIDAY, 10th & SATURDAY, 11th JANUARY

Making It Home

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In the run-up to the release of my third novel, Flying Free, I am offering you the chance to sample my writing without it costing you a penny. You can download it for free from Amazon Kindle wherever you are.

If you prefer reading an actual book, Making It Home, is also available in paperback, but I’m afraid that’ll cost you the price of a cup of coffee and a cream cake.

Let me tell you a little about Making It Home:

Kate had a home, but her heart wasn’t in it … or in her marriage.

So she left them both.

Phillis had a home, and her heart was in it … but she wanted something more.

So she shopped.

Naomi had no home, and her heart was in cold storage … she didn’t know what she wanted.

 So she shopped.

They found one another in a department store.

The problem with ‘retail therapy’: you can overdose.

As friendship grows between these three women, they help one another face up to their problems, realising along the way, that every heart needs a home and it takes more than a house to make one.

A contemporary novel about women who want more.

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Link to download for FREE: http://bookshow.me/B00BR9YS0G

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Reviews of Making It Home

By CJ Heck on June 8, 2013

Format: Paperback Amazon Verified Purchase

This wonderful book is one of my newest all-time favorites. Christine Campbell
has written a masterpiece, a book worthy of everyone’s bookshelf. I wouldn’t
be at all surprised to see it made into a movie — the characters are incredibly
real and the emotions evoked are profound. There were several times when I held
back tears and, by the final page, I no longer fought them and let them flow.Move over Nicholas Sparks, you have new competition in Christine Campbell.
This woman writes from a heart of gold to the hearts and souls of us all.
If only I could give it ten stars ..
Respectfully submitted,
CJ Heck, Author
Format: Kindle Edition Amazon Verified Purchase

In this book we meet Kate, who has a fairly normal life, but it is slowly unwinding like an old clock and she is beginning to realize that it is time for a decision about what kind of life she truly wants. Phyllis, an older woman who befriends Kate, helps open Kate’s eyes to how much she has been sleep-walking through her life. They both recognize that Naomi needs their help but they can’t quite work out how to offer that help or what all it will entail.So far it could be any politically correct book on the “women’s literature” market – but this book rises above that. The characters deepen and when men come into the story they start out almost as caricatures and then find their own realism as the women in the book begin to see them as real people with real thoughts and ideas. The people in this book stay with the reader and seem to grow even after the book concludes. It is a gentle read that sinks into your mind and soul and gently helps you change your assumptions about others.I am really impressed with this author and with this novel. I recommend it to anyone who isn’t looking for a cookie-cutter story-line. “Making it Home” doesn’t come at you with a message or a sermon; it simply shares the lives of the people in it and lets you decide for yourself. This book gives me the same peaceful experience I found reading D.E. Stevenson’s work – but updated for modern times.
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Amazon.co.uk links.

paperback: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Making-Home-Christine-Campbell/dp/1849237743/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1364061887&sr=1-1

ebook: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Making-It-Home-ebook/dp/B00BR9YS0G/ref=sr_1_1_bnp_1_kin?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1364061887&sr=1-1

Amazon.com links:

Paperback: http://www.amazon.com/Making-Home-Christine-Campbell/dp/1849237743/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1389111343&sr=1-1&keywords=making+it+home+by+Christine+Campbell

Kindle edition:  http://www.amazon.com/Making-It-Home-Christine-Campbell-ebook/dp/B00BR9YS0G/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1389111766&sr=1-1-catcorr&keywords=making+it+home+by+Christine+Campbell

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REMEMBER!
The Kindle edition of Making It Home is
FREE
on FRIDAY 10th & SATURDAY 11th, JANUARY
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Thank you! Is it a result?

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Goodness me! I was overwhelmed by your kindness in response to my request for help. Between comments here on my blog, in the Google communities and on my Facebook page, I had so many helpful suggestions and encouraging remarks, I feel quite blown away. Thank you all.

Of the pitches I put to you, number one was by far the most popular, but often with a suggestion to take bits out and add bits in, so I have done that.

I thought you might like to see what I’ve come up with now and I hope you’ll be so kind as to tell me if it’s any better. I think it tells you a little more about the issues addressed in the book and less about the emotions I hope you’ll feel when you read it.

I appreciated all the comments, learned so much from them and was encouraged by each and every one of them, but there is one comment that I’d like to reproduce here, because I found it rather interesting and fun. It was from Tanya Miranda  and she told me the following:

I went to a pitchapalooza competition in NYC where you pitch your book to multiple agents at once, at a podium, and then get critiqued by those same agents on your pitch. Here is what I took away from that session:

#1 – Your pitch should be SPOKEN in less than 1 minute. They actually use a timer when you’re speaking. Their whole thing is if you can’t describe the book in less than 1 minute, verbally, then you’ve lost your listener’s attention.

Sounds like fun, don’t you think?

With this in mind, I revamped my pitch and tried it out, timing it as I recorded it. It took exactly one minute, plus the few seconds I spent remembering to turn off the recorder. Duh!

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Jayne has been hiding from her past. In fact, she thought she’d escaped from it. But, when her friend, Tom, asks her to marry him, he unwittingly opens her personal Pandora’s Box, and now she can’t seem to close the lid on all that rushes out at her, whirling her into a cycle of self-sabotage. 

Unable to commit to a relationship, she pushes Tom away…along with everything else that’s important in her life.

The challenge she faces is to break free of the past, sort out the present and build herself a future. What she needs is a healing so powerful it will give her hope.

She finds help in an unexpected way from someone she has to learn to trust. But, since trust is one of her major issues, can she let this stranger open the lid of the past wider in order to face her fears and overcome them?

And, when she feels ready to commit, will Tom still be waiting?

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So, what’s the verdict?

Better? Worse? Needs more work?

Once more, I’d really appreciate your opinion. Would this one make you want to know a little more? Would it make you want to read the book?

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I revised the text for the back cover of the book  too, and I’d be grateful for opinions on that too.

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When Tom asks Jayne to marry him, he unwittingly opens her personal Pandora’s Box, and now she can’t seem to close the lid on all that rushes out at her, whirling her into a cycle of self-sabotage.

Unable to commit to a relationship, she pushes Tom away…along with everything else that’s important in her life. 

There are things she had chosen to forget. There are others she can’t remember even when she tries. What she does remember is fear.

Feeling emotionally trapped by her past, her biggest challenge is to break through its bars and fly free.

 Then she finds someone to help her make sense of what’s happening, but, instead of slamming the lid shut on all that has been let loose, he helps her open it wider and makes her face her fears in order to overcome them.

Remembering the past helps her make sense of the present and allows her to begin the process of healing and she finds that, as in the fable, there is one last thing left in the Box. That thing is hope.

This novel traces a woman’s struggle to become the woman she wants to be in order to marry the man she loves.

 A contemporary novel about someone who could be your neighbour, your friend, or even you. 

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THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!

 

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