My debut novel The Girl on the Beach was released by Choc Lit on 24 January 2017, launching me into an unknown world of blog appearances, book promotion, rankings and review monitoring and readings!
Release day was exciting. Nothing compares to seeing your book cover (brilliantly designed by the lovely Berni Stevens – I officially love my cover!) appear on Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, iBooks and Google play.
You can’t help but try to monitor how the novel is doing in the market by looking at your rankings and reviews. Highlights so far have been reaching 106 in the Romantic Suspense chart on Amazon.co.uk (25 January 2017) and 80 in the Kobo Romantic Suspense chart (5 February 2017). I’ve been lucky to have some lovely words written about my book in reviews. I’ll put some of my favourites later in this post.
On the morning of 24 January, a few of my friends gathered to mark the occasion with coffee and cake. We had fun and I talked about my book and read out part of the first chapter. My first ever reading, but thankfully I got through without stumbling. It was almost surreal to watch my audience listening to my words. I had unexpected presents and cards too, which was a lovely surprise.
Since then I’ve discovered just how much time can be taken up with the promotion of your book. I’ve struggled to master apps to put clever book banners together and tried to work out how to promote my novel.
I have been overwhelmed by support from friends, some I have met in person, some only online, but they have been equally wonderful. Bloggers have come forward and asked me for posts – some asking challenging questions. Facebook groups have also been incredibly supportive, particularly my own little group, the ADC’s and Book Connectors. I am blessed with so much help.
If you’d like to learn more about me, than read some of the posts:-
Romantic Novelists’ Association
Lynda Stacey – Post on 27 January
I’m on more blogs soon. Lol.
A big thank you to everyone who has read the book and reviewed it. If you have read it and liked it, please do a short review for me – it makes a difference. Some extracts from my favourite ones below.
‘I read this book this weekend and thoroughly enjoyed it! Couldn’t wait to get back to it when I was halfway through. It was a really great page-turner, so easy to read because you can’t wait to find out the truth and see how it all unravels and who knows what! I loved the characters and the way she portrays them and understanding the dynamics between them and what their lives have held in the past and what they might hold in the future.’
‘A romantic mystery thriller in which the intrigue gradually unfolds against a backdrop of mutual attraction growing between the two main characters. There are several strands to this storyline, all of which are skilfully woven into an absorbing and immensely enjoyable novel.’
‘What a fabulous first novel. I loved it the romance and the suspence fabulous.
Brilliant characters especially every woman’s dream Harry Dixon.’
Gosh you’ve been busy, Morton and I love the size of your smile in the launch day photos! You are right to be proud of your cover – it’s stunning. So pleased The Girl on the Beach is enjoying such wonderful support. xx
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Yes, Rae I have been overwhelmed by support!
Hallo, Hallo Ms Gray!
I was so very overjoyed for this novel to be released! 🙂 It was such a pleasure of joy getting to converse with you round the time it debut to the world via the twitterverse! I had missed a few releases within the same time frame as yours; and being able to ‘catch one’ felt quite keenly refreshing! ChocLit is my jam for Rom – I have a healthy addiction to ChocLit (and the sinfully complimental ‘chocolate’) which is why I am ever so eager to see what is going to be dropping next in line! lol
This is a lovely recap of your debut greeting the world! How sweet of you to share your release in such a lovely collage of joy!
Love the foodie spread and what was in the cuppa!? Hmm.. I must have spied the photographs and missed on you dishing what was in the mug! lol
I’ll be happliy bringing you to my blog as soon as it goes into a print run! And/or in lieu of this I will feature you outside of a review – I simply meant, your on my ChocLit Next Reads List! Speaking of which I need to *update!* that on Riffle! lol Sticky note, anyone!?
Just overjoyed you had a wicked lovely #PubDay! Many happy returns to you and #sohappy your novel is being warmly received and happily devoured! Every writer’s hopeful dream: for their stories to gain traction and feel heart-connected to a readership thankful to ‘greet’ their words and worlds. Blessings all round, Ms Gray!
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Thank you, Jorie. You are Choc Lit’s number one supporter!
The mug contained a mugachinno, in other words a cappuccino in a mug, my fav at this cafe.
I do hope you get to read my novel in paperback format and would love to be on your blog.
Best wishes for a lovely day and hope things are sorting themselves out at home now.
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