Thank you all for your messages. Today my friend entered the hospice for her final journey. It is now a case of waiting for a phone call and silent visits. Her strength of character and fight for life made me look at mine. I do not want to waste my life or time, and have spent a busy few days re-evaluating. These past two years have seen me lose several dear, close friends and I am thankful my health is good. My weight became an issue, so I have been on a healthy eating plan and lost a vast amount of weight since January. The healthier I feel, the more confidence I have gained, and this includes within my writing life. The reading material and information I have been ploughing through is finally sinking in, and I feel ready to become a published author.
I knew I needed help with cover creation, and the fantastic Talli Roland and Heather Woods were there with their knowledge and guidance. Heather creates graphics and websites for a living and I can recommend her, she has so much patience.
This week the cover has finally been finished and is now ready to be shared with you all. It will be a little while before the book is ready (I'm a plodder as you know), but I am on the right track.
Now some of you will look at the cover and think I have a typo on the top line. No, it is the way we Brits do things. An historical and not a historical. No doubt this will be something the 'critiquing readers with sharp knives', will tear the book apart for in a few months. I can live with that.
Something else that has given me more courage is the knowledge that I am not alone when it comes to typo errors. I am bound to have missed something in my ms, and have surely committed grammar sins. However, while reading a beautiful book published by one of the BIG houses, I found three errors, naughty errors, jump out at you errors. So I thought, to heck with it all, I am ready to share with the world.
Here is the cover!
I can't stop staring at it. So many scenes are rolled up in this image, and it is just how I envisaged it all from the day I wrote the first words four years ago.