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A summer read

It’s holiday time. It’s summer, or it is when the rain stops. For those of you taking a pre-brexit break, heading for somewhere with more regular sunshine, then here’s a little something you can take with you; a new Greek Island Romance, For Love of Mata, by my alter-ego William Gordon. Ideal for a quiet time on the beach, the sunbed, or simply your own garden. I’m making up for lost time which has, as regular followers will know, been lost due to house moves and renovation work. There’s plenty in the pipeline and I haven’t forgotten DI Mike Nash. He’s waiting patiently in the wings while my new publisher sets the ball rolling. In the meantime remember there’s always The Fountain of Daphne in support of ELEPAP, the Greek charity I support, who receive all the royalties from the sales.

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Reasons to be cheerful (pt. 1, 2, & 3)

Before my publisher Robert Hale Ltd. closed the business on retirement, my DI Mike Nash titles were always sent out for review to Paul Norman at http://www.books-monthly.co.uk/fiction.html Aware of his preferences, I asked if he would be prepared to review my independently published Byland Crescent Saga. I’m delighted to say he would – and has. I felt this worthy of sharing.

“William Gordon’s Byland Crescent series is a throwback to the heyday of great family sagas, a genre that has never gone away, but in his hands is assured of a bright future, because he is an expert at characterisation. Reminiscent of A Family At War, which dominated our TV in the early 1970s, and to a lesser extent, Downton Abbey, William’s families populate the pages of this and Book Three in a thoroughly believable way, recalling the great days of The Forsyte Saga (not terribly well written), the Whiteoaks series (of which I’m a huge fan), and Poldark, of which there is plenty to read in this issue. I don’t think you’ll find these books in bookshops (I may be wrong) but they’re readily available from outlets such as Amazon, and really, there’s nothing better than to be able to follow the fortunes of families like the Cowgills and the Fishers from one book to the next. William’s Byland Crescent books have everything you would expect, the heartache, the joys, the births and the deaths – beautifully written and a joy to read.”

Along with several other reviewers, Requiem Book One was reviewed by Paul on 31st August 2018 …..

A brilliant opener to Bill’s saga series, with attention to detail and a strongly character-driven narrative that draws you in and takes you by the hand as you get to meet the major players. Faultless historical detail and superb dialogue make this a hugely enjoyable family drama.”

 

 

 

 

Honey, it’s hot inside

In March 2018 I wrote a blog-post entitled ‘Baby it’s Cold Outside’; now conversely, it’s hot inside. Not only are the external temperatures rising but when the lounge reaches 27+ degrees, the bedroom 27+ degrees, and the conservatory … well just don’t go there: 36 degrees in the shade!

I am trying to type, I have twenty-two hand-written A4 pages to transcribe and edit into the computer, but my fingers are sticking to the keys. I’ve cooled down outside on the patio, had my daily treat of an ice cream, yet I’m getting nowhere.

Thankfully, when we were renovating this new home, the ‘in-house editor’ decided we should have a ceiling fan in the bedroom rather that the fitting already chosen. Back we went to the store and exchanged it for a fan. The only issue I have with it is that it makes a whirring noise. It does not compare with the air-conditioning unit we have on holiday in Crete which gently whispers a soothing lullaby. But it does move the air round and enable us to get some sleep.

So, without further ado, having mentioned holidays, I have an idea. I shall go and turn the fan on – and take a siesta.

An update

Well, I did say watch this space … now I can tell all, or nearly all, or a bit….!

The rights for my DI Mike Nash thrillers have been taken up by a new publisher, Joffe Books. It is the intention that the titles will be reissued as eBooks, and promoted with new covers. Obviously, this will take a lot of work and time. All I can do is to ask those of you who are awaiting the next thriller to be patient, just as I will have to be.

 

To keep myself occupied I have at long last finished book three of the Byland Crescent family saga, Retribution, covering life in post-war Britain; now available on Amazon in both paperback and eBook format.

Missed Me?

You may have wondered where I’ve been as it isn’t my usual holiday time, but I’ve been away for Easter. Not the UK Easter, but for the Greek Orthodox Easter in the little fishing village in Crete I call my second home. It is a long way to travel but the festival is as much celebrated by the Greeks as our Christmas, from the church service, to the bonfire on the beach with the burning of Judas and fireworks. (Think 5th November by the sea!)

On a more sombre note, the village has suffered sad losses over the winter, two older gentlemen who were well respected members of the community, and another younger family man from a nearby village. We wanted to pay our respects, which gave us another reason to be there.

 There’s snow on them there hills !

On our outward journey there was still thick snow on the mountains and we heard of the destruction caused by the harsh winter weather. Landslips, roads damaged and bridges washed away and no ferries. On our arrival everyone was still trying to set-up for the season, but did we care? No, because this is the Cretan way of life … it will get done … eventually. And it did.

 

1st floor terrace – sea level

We enjoyed our stay and almost ended up staying longer. The sirocco brought the sand, then the wind brought the high seas, again causing the ferry to remain in harbour for five days. The fact that there are no roads to the village causes problems but, sadly for us, the ferry resumed sailing on the day we were leaving and we headed home.

This was one occasion when I got very little work done but I don’t get off that lightly, we’ll be taking our annual holiday there later in the year.

In the meantime, there are exciting things afoot! You may be asking why I’ve been quiet on the publishing front. Well, there is a reason and on that note all I can say is … watch this space!!

Go to Greece for 99p

In the post this week I received a calendar, nothing wrong with that, everyone needs a calendar. But this one is special … it’s from my friends at ELEPAP in Crete. For those of you who are unaware, two years ago I published one of my Greek Island Romances, The Fountain of Daphne, in support of this worthwhile charity that helps to rehabilitate disabled children and young adults. When the charity lost government funding due to the country’s economic crisis I decided to help. All royalties either download or paperback are paid directly to ELEPAP. For full details see https://billkitsonblog.wordpress.com/2016/10/22/george

I shall soon be visiting Crete and the in-house editor is downloading her volume requirement of reading matter, and with Easter approaching this prompted me to enable everyone to visit Greece. For seven days from 31st March The Fountain of Daphne will be available on Amazon UK for the princely sum of 99p. On Amazon.com at the same time, for three days it will be 99 cents, $1.99 for three days and then revert to $2.99 on the seventh. So while reading over the Easter break, you can also help a very worthy cause.

Gremlins

There’s been a minor hitch. When I decided to support ELEPAP, the rehabilitation charity for disabled children and young adults in Greece, I arranged that all royalties from The Fountain of Daphne, either digital or paperback, are paid directly to the charity and not to me. To do so, I had to set-up a separate account but unfortunately the book did not appear on my Bill Kitson book listing on Amazon, although it did appear on my Author Page. All to do with technical jargon — and a complete mystery to me!

It’s taken some sorting out with Amazon customer services and at last the issue has been resolved. The title is now easier to find and I hope that the charity will benefit.    Click on the image for a direct link.

 

Three days off!

I didn’t intend to take a break over the holidays other than on Christmas day … when you’re on a roll you keep going! However, I did take three unexpected and very enjoyable days off when our granddaughter asked if we could babysit (or should that be doggy-sit?) Millie, her lovable Bichon Frise cross: we were delighted to oblige.

Sadly Millie has now returned home and although I have regained my chair, I have lost my tiny shadow that followed me when I moved from room to room. There’s no clicking of claws on the kitchen tiles and my wife is now complaining she’s lost her foot warmer and her feet are cold. I’ve returned to writing … but it’s very quiet.

Normal Service Has Been Resumed

It’s taken two years of strife in the turmoil of the housing market before I can say at long last normal service has been resumed. At this time of year reflections are usually on the past twelve months, but in our family’s case it’s twenty-four. Two years since we realised we had bought an unsuitable property, during which time we had buyers backing out, resulting in the loss of our ideal property thus causing a major renovation project on another. Two years, when I somehow managed to keep writing. But the good news this Christmas is that at last all the renovation work is finished and barring a few ‘touch ups’ we’re done.

It’s been a long road but now I can concentrate on future projects: more Nash thrillers, more Greek Island Romances, and hopefully more Eden House Mysteries with Accent Press as Harlequin have bought the North American rights to the first in the series, Silent as The Grave.

And don’t forget, as Christmas is a time for giving, there’s always The Fountain of Daphne, with all royalties going to ELEPAP, the wonderful Greek charity helping disabled children.

May I wish all my readers a very Merry Christmas and a good read in 2019.

One down; one to go

The latest Greek Island Romance The Orange Grove has now been published in both paperback and on Kindle. And while I try and keep juggling other titles in the air, I hope that those romantics amongst you will enjoy it. Meanwhile, I’ll stay at the laptop and just keep going as I haven’t forgotten the crime readers.