Celebrating Cupid’s Way Launch Day

Cupids Way cover smallCupid’s Way, the new romantic novel from Joanne Phillips is available today. Its release means she now has four novels (including bestseller Can’t Live Without), a novelette and a book of short stories to her name. That’s a pretty amazing feat in just over two years.

To celebrate the release of her latest novel Jo’s having a launch day party over on Facebook if you fancy joining in with all the fun. Otherwise Cupid’s Way is available to buy from Amazon and with a cover like that it looks like the perfect summer read.

 

When Evie Stone’s grandparents enlist her help to save their home in Cupid’s Way, Evie is happy to oblige. On the cusp of her thirties, and still disappointingly single, Evie’s so-called dream job with a firm of architects has been driving her crazy for months. What she needs, even more than a new man, is a challenge.

But saving Cupid’s Way won’t be easy. A perfectly preserved Victorian terrace, surrounded by modern estates and retail parks, the street is a proud oasis of quirky characters, cobbled pathways and communal gardens. Unfortunately, it also sits on prime development land worth millions.

Dynamite Construction have the deal in the bag, and soon the residents of Cupid’s Way will be forced to sell up and ship out – CEO Michael Andrews, charismatic and super-successful, has certainly never let sentimentality get in the way of business. At least, he hadn’t until he met Evie Stone.

Right, that’s another book to add to my ever-growing to read list, particularly as it’s set in my home town of Bristol.

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Joanne Phillips lives in rural Shropshire with her husband and young daughter. She’s the author of romantic comedies Can’t Live Without and The Family Trap, and the Flora Lively series of mysteries. Can’t Live Without was an Amazon top 20 bestseller in 2012 and her books regularly appear on category bestseller lists. Before becoming a writer, Joanne had jobs as diverse as hairdresser, air hostess and librarian, but now divides her time between writing and finding creative ways to avoid housework. She’s a fan of super-dark chocolate, iced coffee and Masterchef. Joanne blogs about writing and publishing at www.writersjourney.co.uk

 

Famous for Being a Missing Person – WIPpet Wednesday

Facebook imageI know, I know – in last week’s WIPpet I said the extract I posted would be the last one from Time Shifters but I have nothing else to share this week and so my trusty children’s novel is seeing the light of day again. It’s not yet gone out to beta readers so I guess it can still be classed as a work in progress (just).

This week I give you a neat 11 lines from chapter 11 for the 11th September. All I really need to tell you to set this scene up is it’s 1471 and Maisie and Lizzie have found a room for the night in an inn.

“I wonder what’s happening back home?” Lizzie said. “Do you reckon the police are out looking for us?”

I sat on the bed next to her. “I guess so. We’ve been gone for four days.”

“Maybe there’ll be a facebook page dedicated to us?”

“Are you worried you’re missing out on your fifteen minutes of fame?”

“I don’t want to be famous for being a missing person.”

“But you want to be famous?”

“Don’t you?”

“Not really, no.”

So there you have it, the final installment of Time Shifters until it’s published – unless you’ve kindly offered to beta read it of course.

I will have to miss WIPpet Wednesday next week as I’m going away for a few blissful days in Norfolk with my husband and our dog, Frodo. Five days of fresh sea air, good food and no internet – I can’t wait. However, if you stop by my blog on Saturday then Elaine Jeremiah will be kicking off her blog tour for The Inheritance with a guest post. Plus if you have time tomorrow then Joanne Phillips has got lots lined up on her blog including giveaways to celebrate the launch of her cosy mystery, Murder at the Maples.

Many thanks to K L Schwengel for hosting WIPpet Wednesday. Got a WIP you’d like to share then simply choose an extract that corresponds to the date (WIPpet maths is encouraged) and add the link to your post here.

Well I Wasn’t Expecting That – Results of the Free Weekend

Screen Shot 2013-08-12 at 09.34.56Around 9am on Friday 9th I watched as The Butterfly Storm lost its £1.98/$2.99 price tag and disappeared from the amazon rankings altogether. *Gulp* what had I done? But literally within minutes the downloads started and I breathed a little easier. I have to say though, if I thought I was bad at checking the sales stats before, I’ve been addicted to clicking on my ‘month-to-date-unit-sales’ over the last three days.

The very generous Joanne Phillips, author of Can’t Live Without and the soon to be published cozy mystery, Murder at the Maples, did a very helpful post after her first KDP Select promotion last year with a breakdown of how it had gone, so I thought I’d do the same. This weekend has surprised me in a very good way. I was hoping to achieve at least 1000 downloads over the three days; the final total has actually been a staggering 19,823:

  • US: 12,336
  • UK: 7,264

I’ve also had 79 downloads in Canada, 90 in Germany, 19 in India and a handful in France, Italy, Spain, Japan and one in Brazil. The really interesting bit will be to see what happens to the sales in the next few days now The Butterfly Storm has gone back to paid.

Screen Shot 2013-08-11 at 16.04.53So, over the past three days I’ve gained nearly 20,000 new readers, whereas there had been a grand total of 86 sales pre-promotion. There have already been a couple more reviews posted on amazon, including a 5* review from a ‘top 100 amazon reviewer’ who wrote ‘I Loved this read with a capital L.’ I made it into the top 20 of the US free kindle store, the top 10 of contemporary romance and was #1 in the family life genre on amazon.com. But the most exciting thing by far was from Sunday afternoon, right through to this morning, The Butterfly Storm topped the UK free kindle chart at #1.

Amazon.co.uk contemp romance Sun 11th at 16.06.48

A special mention has to go to my friends on facebook (Sam, Soula, Helen, Jason, Donna) who did an incredible job of getting the word out and promoting The Butterfly Storm to their friends, particularly the very lovely Paula who has been a woman on a mission helping to get as many downloads as possible over the past three days. Thank you!

Blog Tour Giveaway Winners and What’s Next

ButtStorm700x700CenteredI know I said I was going to announce the winners of the amazon voucher giveaway on Sunday but my excuse was I was doing lovely Sunday-type things and I ran out of time in the end. But I have put the names of all the fabulous people who bought The Butterfly Storm during the blog tour into the draw and can now officially announce the two winners:

  • Ben Dangerfield
  • Naomi Hopkins

Congratulations! I will be in touch with Ben and Naomi in the next couple of days to arrange their prizes of £5 amazon vouchers. Thank you to everyone else who bought the book and I very much hope that you enjoy reading it.

So, the blog tour is over and during the past two weeks an extract of The Butterfly Storm featured on Jade Reyner’s blog, guest posts appeared on Joanne Phillips’, Maryann Miller’s, Laurey Buckland’s, Raewyn Hewitt’s and Estelle Wilkinson’s blogs, plus I had interviews with Alana Terry, Elaine Jeremiah and Beach Bound Books. Thank you so very much to all my wonderful and talented blog tour hosts.

So what’s next? Well the promotion and marketing of The Butterfly Storm doesn’t stop but it’s no good having just one book published… My children’s novel is almost finished and so I’m going to dedicate July to doing the final edit before sending it off to agents and/or publishers. If I get any feedback, well then that’s great, and if I don’t then I’ll follow the same route as I did with The Butterfly Storm and self-publish Time Shifters. Then in August I’m going to spend the month writing my new WIP, The House of Stone, and see how far I can get with it. That’s my summer sorted. How about yours? What plans do you have?

Blog Tour Stop #9 – Beach Bound Books

ButtStormBlogTourIt’s the final day of my blog tour and it ends in the US – San Diego to be precise with an interview that Stacie Theis did with me for her super site Beach Bound Books. So that’s it, two weeks of lovely and welcoming blog hosts posting my guest posts, interviewing me and sharing extracts of The Butterfly Storm with their readers. But although all good things have to come to an end, The Butterfly Storm will still be a topic of conversation on Monday when Alison Strachan features me on her blog for her Moment of Truth slot, and then next Friday I’ll be back in New Zealand with Raewyn Hewitt answering some fabulous questions.

Talking about Raewyn’s blog if you’ve got a few minutes to spare over the weekend then she’s done a great interview with Alana Terry about the inspiration and stories behind her beautiful and moving novel, The Beloved Daughter. And if you fancy an entertaining read with a sassy heroine then look no further than Joanne Phillips’ Can’t Live Without, which is FREE this weekend!

With the blog tour over there’s only one thing left to do besides thank all my blog tour hosts and all of you who have bought The Butterfly Storm and that’s to announce the two winners of my amazon voucher giveaway, which I will do on Sunday. Until then have a lovely weekend and enjoy the tennis. Go Murray!

Blog Tour Stop #1 – Joanne Phillips

ButtStormBlogTourToday is the start of my blog tour to celebrate the publication of The Butterfly Storm. Wednesday’s launch day was fabulous and I spent from 8am until midnight (apart from stopping for an hour at lunchtime to take Frodo for a walk and eat and then again when Nik got home from work to have our dinner) on my laptop blogging, tweeting, facebooking and checking how many copies of the book had sold and its ranking on amazon like a million times. It was quite a day. So it’s lovely to think that today I’ll be a guest on someone else’s blog and that person is the very lovely and generous Joanne Phillips.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Jo (and if not why not), she’s a very successful indie author with two bestselling books and a book of short stories to her name. Her debut novel, Can’t Live Without came out last year and has done extremely well and was swiftly followed this February by its stand-alone sequel, The Family Trap.

Jo very kindly invited me on to her blog and so I’m kicking off my blog tour today with a guest post, ‘Finding the Confidence to Write’. If you’ve got a few minutes to spare I’d love it if you’d pop over to Jo’s blog and have a read.

I’ll be running another amazon voucher giveaway throughout the blog tour. The tour runs from today until the 28th June, so if you’ve not yet got a copy of The Butterfly Storm and you’d like to then simply email me the amazon receipt to kactus (at) kate-frost (dot) co (dot) uk and I’ll add your name to the draw for one of two £5/$5 amazon vouchers.

The Butterfly Storm Blog Tour 2013

The next two weeks are going to be all about The Butterfly Storm on my blog, although I’ll try and throw something else into the mix so you don’t get fed up of Sophie and Alekos, Leila and Despina and their exploits in Greece and north Norfolk.

Not only will I be blogging about The Butterfly Storm but some other lovely and very generous writers, authors and bloggers will be hosting me on their own blogs either through guest posts or interviews, so if you’d like to follow my blog tour and support both myself and the fabulous hosts then here’s where I’ll be stopping off at:

  • Friday 14th June: The tour kicks off with a guest post on the very talented and successful Joanne Phillips’ blog. She’s the author of bestsellers Can’t Live Without and The Family Trap.
  • Sunday 16th June: Review of The Butterfly Storm on Maryann Miller’s, It’s Not All Gravy blog.
  • Monday 17th June: Interview with fellow WIPpeteer the lovely Alana Terry, author of The Beloved Daughter and What, No Sushi?
  • Wednesday 19th June: A guest post featuring a conversation between myself and my main character, Sophie Keech, on It’s Not All Gravy.
  • Friday 21st June: A guest post on chick-lit novelist Laurey Buckland’s blog.
  • Monday 24th June: Interview with my friend and talented writer Elaine Jeremiah.
  • Tuesday 25th June: Guest post on the very lovely Raewyn Hewitt’s blog.
  • Wednesday 26th June: I’ll be visiting Jade Reyner, recently published author of Twelve Days – The Beginning.
  • Thursday 27th June: Guest Post ‘In It For the Long Haul’ on author of It Started With A Click, Estelle Wilkinson’s blog.
  • Friday 28th June: Interview with Stacie Theis on her fabulous blog, Beach Bound Books.

I hope you will join me on my blog tour as I cross the pond and visit Alana Terry, Maryann Miller and Stacie Theis of Beach Bound Books in the US; stick around in the UK with Joanne Phillips, Laurey Buckland, Elaine Jeremiah, Jade Reyner and Estelle Wilkinson; and head all the way down under to visit Raewyn Hewitt in New Zealand. Also, in July I hope to be doing a Q&A over on Off The Shelf Book Promotions with the lovely Debbie Young, author of Sell Your Books! and on the 23rd July check out a review of The Butterfly Storm on Chick Lit Plus.

In the meantime I need to stop blogging and tweeting for an hour or so to go take Frodo for a walk and grab some lunch!

Inspired by Peace and Quiet – Thursday’s Children

Thursday’s Children – A weekly blog hop where writers come together to talk about whatever inspires them.

This is a very quick Thursday’s Children post today as I’m swamped with a long list of things to do in preparation for the launch of my novel, The Butterfly Storm next Wednesday 12th. Six days to go. So much to write. And there have been so many other things going on that have taken up my time and concentration. Sometimes it can all get overwhelming but as author Joanne Phillips pointed out in a recent post you just have to pick one thing and do it. Wise words indeed.

So actually, when everything gets a bit too much whether that’s to do with writing or life in general, instead of fighting it just take some time out. Even five minutes to reflect can help put everything in perspective and inspire you to tackle your tasks with renewed vigor, whether that’s editing a blog post or starting a new novel. I wrote in a previous post that my ‘thinking’ time is when I’m out walking the dog. Despite my long to do list I took the time to take Frodo for a walk this morning and, apart from the obvious benefits of fresh air and exercise, it was just so lovely to do nothing except stroll in the sunshine, listen to birds singing and the sigh of the wind in the trees. Oh, and sneeze because I have really bad hayfever at the moment. See, it was almost perfect. That ‘me’ time today wasn’t to think about The Butterfly Storm or my new WIP or what’s going on in my life right this moment, but to clear my head of clutter before coming back to my desk and cracking on with writing.

Hopefully by the end of today I’ll have ticked a good few things off my to do list. Now that will be inspiring.

If you find yourself with 5 minutes to spare next Wednesday 12th then come and join me on my blog for the launch of my debut novel, The Butterfly Storm. I’d love to see you!

Inspire and be inspired by clicking on this linky and joining in with the Thursday’s Children blog hop. Big thanks go to hosts Rhiann Wynn-Nolet and Kristina Perez.

Blog Awards Special and ROW80 Update

I’ve been given three blog awards in the last week so I thought it was about time I said thank you to the lovely bloggers who nominated me for the awards and then pass on the love.

Firstly a big thank you to my friend Elaine Jeremiah who gave me the Seed of Light award on Wednesday. As you can see it’s a very lovely looking award and the rules for accepting it are simple. If you receive this award, simply pass it on to another blogger who inspires you through the beauty of their words/images as well as any blog which brings joyful awareness to nature and our connection to each other.

I’d like to pass this Seed of Light award to Raewyn Hewitt and Alana Terry for their inspiring posts and their wonderful way with words.

 

Yesterday both ReGi McClain and Emily Witt nominated me for the Wonderful Team Member Award. The rules of this award are as follows:

  1. Display the logo.
  2. Nominate 14 readers you appreciate.
  3. Announce the nominees, either all at once or over seven days.

 

Emily also very kindly nominated me for the Shine On Award. For this award I need to tell you seven facts about myself but as it’s Sunday and I really should be doing a ROW80 update as I missed last Sunday’s check in, I thought I’d use my seven facts to go through how I’ve been doing with my ROW80 goals.

  1. I have spent very little time working on my new WIP, The House of Stone, and definitely not the 30 minutes a day I had set myself at the beginning of April.
  2. I have, however, decided on the name for my main character… Poppy Stone.
  3. The cover for The Butterfly Storm is finished and I revealed it two weeks ago.
  4. I have the beginnings of a blog tour sorted for when The Butterfly Storm is launched on the 12th June, kicking off with a visit to Joanne Phillips’ fabulous blog on the 14th June.
  5. I’ve been busy planning launch day for The Butterfly Storm and deciding on giveaways and how to celebrate the novel being published after nine long years!
  6. I have finally joined Pinterest and Goodreads, both of which will hopefully be good ways of promoting The Butterfly Storm.
  7. I’m well into Alana Terry’s beautifully written novel, The Beloved Daughter and I’m loving it. I also interviewed her earlier on in the week so if you fancy finding out more about what she’s written and currently working on you can read it here.

So, down to business – I’m going to nominate the following five people for both the Wonderful Team Member Award and the Shine On Award, simply because they’re 1) wonderful, 2) talented and 3) supportive:

I will announce the rest of my nominations for the Wonderful Team Member Award in my WIPpet Wednesday and Thursday’s Children posts.

Phew! That’s a lot of nominations and probably a lot of duplications as there are a huge amount of awards doing the rounds at the moment. Everyone I’ve nominated please don’t feel obliged to accept the awards – I just wanted to pass them on to fellow bloggers and writers who I’ve found to be both lovely and supportive and whose own blogs I very much enjoy reading.


Cover Reveal – ROW80 Update

My ROW80 goals went a bit off target these past two weeks. Last week I made the final amendments to The Butterfly Storm as suggested by my proofreader, so I can finally say the editing process is finished. Since then I’ve had to concentrate on marking the creative folders for the undergraduate lifewriting course I teach so any time to work on The House of Stone, my new WIP, just didn’t happen. I did, however, finally have time to finish Joanne Phillips’ Can’t Live Without, a wonderful and heartwarming novel, which I urge you to check out and I’ve now started Alana Terry’s recently published novel, The Beloved Daughter.

As well as putting the final touches to the The Butterfly Storm, the cover is finished too and I thought today was as good a time as any to reveal it:

I’d love to know what you think of it…

With just over four weeks to go until I launch The Butterfly Storm my focus will now firmly be on how to go about marketing and promoting it. I also want to set up a blog tour, so if anyone is interested in me writing a guest post or being interviewed then please just let me know! (I’ll be more than happy to return the favour too.)