It’s the day before my second novel The Truth Lies Buried published by Choc Lit is launched into the world. I’m excited and in trepidation all at the same time.
I thought this might be a good moment to focus on the dedication and acknowledgements included in the book.
The Truth Lies Buried is dedicated to my little sister, Stephanie. We don’t see as much of each other as we once did and she has a somewhat stressful existence, so I hope she’ll be able to read the book and have a little down-time for once.
I find acknowledgements difficult to write, as I don’t want to forget or indeed offend anyone. Below are the acknowledgements included in this book.
Acknowledgements for The Truth Lies Buried
This novel was conceived during a writing exercise run by author Linda Gillard at the 2011 Romantic Novelists’ Association Conference. During the session, we had to choose a postcard and write a descriptive piece based on the image. My postcard was a wooden castle amongst trees. I gave the postcard back at the end of the class, but when I later told Linda it had formed the basis of a novel, she very kindly sent the postcard to me. It has been on my study wall ever since.
The first chapter of the fledgling novel, now actually the third chapter, was shortlisted for the Festival of Romance New Talent Award in 2013.
Thank you to the staff on the Makita stand at the Tool Show at Kempton Park Racecourse, who demonstrated the use of a chainsaw for carving sculptures and kindly marked up the equipment and clothing my hero would need in one of their brochures.
It has been lovely to bring my love of family history into the novel – and yes, I did once actually meet a lady researching her house ghost.
Particular thanks to Susan Wood for naming Owl Corner Crafts and thinking of a brilliant nickname for my hero, Carver Rodgers.
Appreciation must go to my lovely writing friends the ADC’s, members of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, especially the Birmingham Chapter. Margaret Ruess-Newland read an early version of this book, Victoria Cornwall has been a constant support and helped me with some of the scenes. Thanks must also go to my family and my good friend Susan Wood for putting up with me during the writing and editing of the book.
My editor has been invaluable in helping me shape the novel into its final format. Thanks also to the Choc Lit tasting panel members who voted for my story: Rachel A, Jenny M, Cordy S, Hilary B, Lizzy D, Melissa C, Rosie F, Christine Y, Jenny K, Gill L, Katie P, Jo O and Alma H.
Thank you also to Choc Lit for believing in my stories.
About The Truth Lies Buried
Two children in a police waiting room, two distressed mothers, a memory only half remembered …
When Jenny Simpson returns to the seaside town of Borteen, her childhood home, it’s for a less than happy reason. But it’s also a chance for her to start again.
A new job leads to her working for Carver Rodgers, a man who lives alone in a house that looks like it comes from the pages of a fairy tale – until you see the disaster zone inside …
As Jenny gets to know Carver she begins to unravel the sadness that has led to his chaotic existence. Gradually they realise they have something in common that is impossible to ignore – and it all links back to a meeting at a police station many years before.
Could the truth lie just beneath their feet?
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Thank you for visiting my blog – Morton S. Gray – Author. I hope you enjoyed this post. You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. My novel The Girl on the Beach published by Choc Lit is available from all eBook platforms – Amazon, Apple iBooks, Kobo, Barnes and Noble and Google Play. The Girl on the Beach will be available as a paperback from 10 April 2018 – to order click Amazon. My new novel The Truth Lies Buried is published as an eBook on 1 May 2018 and can be pre-ordered here.