Wednesday, 25 May 2016

First chapter of The Wrong Kind of Clouds (part 2)

The Wrong Kind of Clouds cover

I am releasing the first chapter of The Wrong Kind of Clouds this week. Part 1 was yesterday. Here's part 2. Hope you all enjoy it!

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Tuesday Morning


Summer Morris stared at the phone, blinking, rain dribbling off her hat and down her neck. For some time now, she wouldn’t have pissed on Patrick if he was on fire. Why the hell had he called her?

She tipped her head back, glared at the clouds and sighed heavily. Her short nails clicked over the keys on her phone to call him back as her emotions kaleidoscoped with colours she hadn’t felt for months, before fracturing into the hue of a day-old bruise. She recognised the colour as apprehension.

‘Hello! You have reached the mobile for Patrick Forrester. I am either already on a call or unavailable right now, so please leave me a message and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.’

She sucked in a quick, impatient breath.

‘Patrick? What the hell’s happening? Are you okay? It’s Summer. Call me back.’

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

First chapter of The Wrong Kind of Clouds (part 1)

The Wrong Kind of Clouds cover

Over the next three days I will release the first chapter of The Wrong Kind of Clouds. Hope you all enjoy it!

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Tuesday Morning


There it was. The face of the boy he had been searching half the world for, popping out of the computer screen like a firework exploding. A wide smile; the rippled scars from falling into a fire coursing down the right side of his face; a missing left incisor. Patrick had been hunting him for weeks and there he was, in Chicago according to this blog.

Patrick ran a stubby-fingered hand through his thatch of blond hair, pushing it back from a long forehead – a gesture more suited to an Oxford don than a liar and a thief. He sucked his teeth, picked up a pen and added ‘email Moyenda – tell him Limbani’s in Kent and Mabvuto’s in Chicago’ to the growing list of things to do that perched at the side of his laptop. He wondered how Moyenda would take the news.

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Meeting your heroes...

... and ending up looking like a painfully shy person.

Me and Frank Muir (TF Muir) in Waterstones

Last Saturday, one of my favourite authors, Frank Muir (who is also published as TF Muir) was doing a book signing in Waterstones in St Andrews. For those who don't know, he writes fabulous thrillers that are based in St Andrews, that you need to go and read, right this minute. (Well, maybe once you've finished reading this...)

I went along to get a couple of books signed. Now, in my past I have stood up in front of hundreds of students to lecture without batting an eye. But, put me on the spot and ask me anything about me... well, let's just say I can turn to jelly.

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Are you sitting comfortably?

Yes? How much of your day is spent sitting?

"Sitting is the new smoking" is the current mantra and perhaps that is very true for many people. Hands up those who get up (from being horizontal all night), sit down to eat breakfast, sit in their commute to work (car, bus, train...), sit at their desk at work for seven or eight hours, sit for their commute home, sit to eat their dinner and then sit to watch TV before going back to being horizontal in bed?

When I was at purgatory work, I used to cycle in and out (about 5 miles each way) but yes, then I sat and sat and sat some more over the rest of the day, unless I was teaching a class. Now I don't even have the cycle to work as I work at home and my 'commute' involves moving from the kitchen to my desk. I was going to turn into someone who sat all day...

Instead, I chose to stand to write. My husband also stands at his desk. He invested in a desk converter that sits on top of his desk and can be raised to various heights. This is his desk:


My desk is an old-fashioned wooden thing with lots of drawers and wasn't quite as conducive to having the addition my husband has. This is my solution!


So, what are the benefits and downsides of standing?

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Goodreads Giveaway

As well as the giveaway with my subscriber list (open worldwide), I am also giving away 2 copies of my book through Goodreads. Sign up for both and double your chances!
The Goodreads giveaway runs from 1st May through to 28th May (GB only). You can click on the widget below to enter.

Simple!


Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Wrong Kind of Clouds by Amanda  Fleet

The Wrong Kind of Clouds

by Amanda Fleet

Giveaway ends May 28, 2016.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
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Saturday, 30 April 2016

Z is for... Zikomo

Zikomo!


Thank you in Chichewa!

Thank you for sticking with me over this challenge.
Thank you if you've followed me or signed up to my mailing list.
(BIG!) Thank you if you've pre-ordered my book and snagged yourself a £2 discount (if not but you'd like to, click here (offer will end in May))
and
Thank you to all of you who commented, Tweeted,  flagged up or read any or all of the last 26 posts.

The challenge was indeed a challenge but I'm hoping you all had as much fun as I did.

Stick around? I'll still be blogging (but not every day!).

Just a reminder... if you haven't already, you can sign up for my mailing list just by filling in your email address in the box in the sidebar. No spam, just an email when I post anything new or have some exciting news or offers for you.
I'm giving away two copies of my book to people randomly drawn from my mailing list. See "G is for... Giveaway" for details.
I'm also offering a discount on pre-orders of The Wrong Kind of Clouds. Go here and use the code CLOUDS to get £2 off.

Friday, 29 April 2016

Y is for... Yclept

Yclept. Old English. Past participle of cleopian 'call'.

Meaning: by the name of

Example: My character yclept Summer Morris/ My character by the name of Summer Morris.


I LOVE Old English and Old Norse. Three Twitter accounts to follow to learn more about Old English or Norse are:

Old English Wisdom @OEWisdom

OrĂ° of the Day @OldNorseWords

Old English Wordhord @OEWordhord

And you just have to read this blog post about making an Old English Scrabble set!
https://wickedday.wordpress.com/2010/09/21/the-old-english-scrabble-project/

Just a reminder... if you haven't already, you can sign up for my mailing list just by filling in your email address in the box in the sidebar. No spam, just an email when I post anything new or have some exciting news or offers for you.
I'm giving away two copies of my book to people randomly drawn from my mailing list. See "G is for... Giveaway" for details.
I'm also offering a discount on pre-orders of The Wrong Kind of Clouds. Go here and use the code CLOUDS to get £2 off.