Blog posts with the tag: "book"

 

 

Hello, readers!

 

It’s been a while since I have posted on here. I really feel that a blog is an online home and that it needs to reflect the author’s personality and interests. I haven’t been entirely happy with my online space for a while now, and to deal with this I end up ignoring it. Not good. I am not great with the more technical side of technology and I’m no designer so it’s not something I could fix myself, however, I am now working with a tech wiz designer lady who is going to help me whip this place into shape. I’m so excited about the changes coming soon!

 

In the meantime, I’m working on my second book, which is a lot harder than I thought it would be. I assumed that with one novel already under my belt, I had access to the secret formula of writing a book, but apparently not. Each book is its own individual entity, and like a stubborn child doesn’t always agree with your ideas, locations and characters. So while I try all manner of methods to feed and please the muse, I thought I would announce that I’m once again doing a book giveaway. The closing date is midnight PST August 1st 2017 and to enter and read the rules, hop on over to my Instagram account. Click here.

 

Good luck!

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Yikes, it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything and I can almost see a virtual tumbleweed blowing across the screen. If things seem to have gone a little quiet on the book front, it’s because I’ve been speaking with various experts on how to market my book and get it off to the best start. This is my first foray in to self-publishing so I have to make sure I get it right and not rush anything. I also had a wee holiday in Kefalonia in which I tanned my pasty body, ate far too much glorious food and devoured loads of books on my Kindle (for those interested, I read: Danse Macabre, #Girlboss, How to Build a Girl, The Wolves of Midwinter and Carmilla – because even an avid reader of the supernatural needs to mix it up sometimes).

 

Phew! So back to this post. I originally started writing it weeks ago. Where does the time go? Ok, so rewind back to July when I ventured out to Camber Sands in Sussex to shoot some new footage for my book trailer. So it’s not the mystical Scottish landscape of the novel, but it was beautiful and fairly close to get to.

 

I knew what I wanted in the trailer, or rather, what the existing version was lacking. For a start I needed someone to play Rowan, the protagonist. I can’t believe that I was actually considering playing the role myself and wearing a wig! For a start, I don’t look 18 anymore, and secondly, it was windy on the beach, and I can just imagine the wig taking off and blowing away (possibly frightening tourists later on. If you have seen the film ‘The Burbs’, you’ll understand). Anyway, we found a wonderful model to play Rowan, and I am so glad that Saskia agreed to help out for the day. She has a website full of delicious healthy recipes and guilt-free treats which you can check out here.

 

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I bought some extra witchy ‘props’ from the internet and set up a pentagram in the sand so we could shoot some footage of Rowan casting a spell. Let me say that it is not easy to draw a perfect pentagram! Even more challenging was trying to light the bundle of sage and lavender, known as a ‘smudge stick’ because the wind kept blowing out every match before it even touched the herbs. Still, we got there in the end (and got through a LOT of matches).

 

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Even though wet dogs and attention-seeking swimmers got in the way, we got plenty of good footage. Oz Koca filmed and edited the footage and did such a wonderful job. Check out his other work on his website here.

And in case you haven’t viewed the finished trailer, here it is. Let me know what you think.

 

P.S. In other news, how bloody marvellous is the TV series Penny Dreadful? I still haven’t finished watching it but that’s because I am slowly savouring it as you would letting a square of divine chocolate melt in your mouth. It is just so perfectly Gothic! I love all the classic Gothic characters brought together, the script and the acting. Eva Green’s witchy, mysterious beauty is perfection.

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So, my debut novel should have been out and available to buy already, but there have been a few further delays. Basically I want the best start for my book and I’ve been finding out more about book marketing, and selling the book internationally, especially in the US which has a strong paranormal/supernatural novel fan base. This means that it may take an extra week or two until Dark is the Sea is available on Amazon as well as other possible distribution sources. Although the delay is frustrating, it is really important to me that I do this right and take my time, so please bear with me.

 

Another reason why things slowed down was because I was really ill a couple of weeks ago, and haven’t quite managed to feel 100% better since. This is also why I haven’t posted on here for a while. Basically, I keep getting terrible stomach pains and feel exhausted all the time, as well as various other symptoms. I’m off to the doctor’s though and hopefully she can get to the root of the problem and sort it out. I’ve always suffered from fatigue, low energy and stomach issues so it would be nice to actually feel normal and function properly!

 

Back to the book. Despite the delays, my husband Paul threw me an amazing secret book launch party and told me we were going to a client dinner. I arrived at the restaurant and there were my family and friends, all dressed up and gorgeous! Not only that, but Paul had got some preview paperback editions of Dark is the Sea printed as well as a poster. Everyone encouraged me to do a reading, and after much cajoling and Prosecco I went ahead, and even attempted a Scottish accent for some of the characters (I did used to have a real Highland accent but it disappeared around the age of 12 when I moved to Yorkshire and wanted to fit in).

 

It was such a wonderful night and I felt so special signing everyone’s book and seeing my name typed up on the menus. It lead to a hangover but it was definitely worth it!

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Heather Blanchard

Welcome. Are you a writer, a bookworm, a daydreamer? Are you still clinging on to that magic that pervaded childhood? Pull up an armchair and get cosy. This blog is my dreamscape through an enchanted forest to a world of stories and the little things that make me happy; a chance to add a dash of sparkle to the daily grind. Here you will find the whimsical, the coveted, the Gothic and the romantic. Happy exploring!

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