Cherry Blossom Monday

Every Monday I post a photo of cherry blossom, taken in Japan or London. I took today’s picture at the Albert memorial in London in 2014.

Albert MemorialThe Cherry Blossom Murder – An East-West fusion murder mystery. Discovering a body under the cherry blossom sets expat Londoner Josie Clark on a trail that takes her backstage at Japan’s unique and spectacular Takarazuka Revue as she fights to expose a murderer, save a priceless treasure and sort out her tangled love life.
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Cherry Blossom Monday

Every Monday I post a photo of cherry blossom, taken in Japan or London. I took today’s picture at the Heian Shrine in Kyoto in 2013.

Heian Shrine 2013

The Cherry Blossom Murder – An East-West fusion murder mystery. Discovering a body under the cherry blossom sets expat Londoner Josie Clark on a trail that takes her backstage at Japan’s unique and spectacular Takarazuka Revue as she fights to expose a murderer, save a priceless treasure and sort out her tangled love life.
UK Kindle | UK paperback | USA Kindle | USA paperback | Kobo | Barnes & Noble

I give The Cherry Blossom Murder five out of five stars and would recommend to both crime and mystery lovers.’ – Blogcritics

Cherry Blossom Monday

I’m starting a new series, Cherry Blossom Monday. Every Monday I’ll be posting a photo of cherry blossom, taken in Japan or London. I took today’s picture at the Heian Shrine in Kyoto in 2013.

Heian Shrine cherry blossom

The Cherry Blossom Murder – An East-West fusion murder mystery. Discovering a body under the cherry blossom sets expat Londoner Josie Clark on a trail that takes her backstage at Japan’s unique and spectacular Takarazuka Revue as she fights to expose a murderer, save a priceless treasure and sort out her tangled love life.
UK Kindle | UK paperback | USA Kindle | USA paperback | Kobo | Barnes & Noble

I give The Cherry Blossom Murder five out of five stars and would recommend to both crime and mystery lovers.’ – Blogcritics

Neo Magazine features The Cherry Blossom Murder

Tokyo Takarazuka Theatre

The Tokyo Takarazuka Theatre entrance

2014 is the hundredth anniversary of The Takarazuka Revue, the spectacular all-female Japanese song and dance company, and, to mark the occasion, Neo Magazine has just published an article about the history and background of the Takarazuka Revue, plus coverage of a fascinating and hugely popular commemorative event held by the Japan Foundation in London called A Hundred Years of Song and Dance. Continue reading

Opinion: Quantity Plus Quality – Why Sometimes More is More

badge-185x185-authorI’m a member of ALLi – the Alliance of Independent Authors, a non-profit association for self-publishing authors and advisors, that provides advice and help to independent writers and a writing community to share thoughts and problems with. As part of that sharing, I wrote a post for them on how I reconcile the commitment to quality with the need to write more, and they’ve kindly allowed me to share that post with you here.

Opinion: Quantity Plus Quality – Why Sometimes More is More

‘I write only when inspiration strikes. Fortunately it strikes every morning at nine o’clock sharp.’ William Faulkner Continue reading

The Cherry Blossom Murder reaches Round 2 of ABNA!

I’m so pleased and excited! The Cherry Blossom Murder is through to Round 2 of ABNA!

ABNA is the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. It runs annually and is open to books in the English language regardless of where in the world they are written. It accepts ten thousand entries so you can see it’s a big competition.

There are five categories in ABNA – The Cherry Blossom Murder has been selected in the Mystery/Thriller category. ABNA selects the top four hundred books in each category to go through to the next round, which means that, overall, eighty percent of the entries fail to make it through to this stage. So you can see why I’m pretty thrilled still to be in the running.

So have I won anything? Yes! I get a third prize, which is an Amazon Editors review of the first chapter of my book. If I make it any further there are more goodies. Second prize, for getting though to the quarter final, is a Publishers Weekly review of the book, first prize is an Amazon publishing contract and the grand prize is a publishing contract plus 50,000 dollars.

A long way to go yet, and plenty of fabulous books to compete with. But I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed for the next round!