Saturday, 25 August 2012

A Weekend of Books

Just have to mention Benedict Cumberbatch (of course) after watching him in the first part of Parade’s End last night. I loved him already as Sherlock Holmes and hoped I wouldn’t be disappointed with his blond look. It mattered not a jot, as his voice, eyes, and acting kept me mesmerised. I haven’t read Ford Madox Ford but I’d definitely like to read Parade’s End sometime. Meanwhile, roll on next Friday evening and the second part of this excellent drama.

I believe it’s a bank holiday in England this weekend, although not in most of Scotland, and most of our schools are now back to business. In fact, it’s decidedly more autumnal here now and I couldn’t be more pleased since I love the final third of the year. I’ve already started putting away some of my very summery clothes until next year.

So, to celebrate the holiday weekend and ‘back to school’, here are a few opportunities to add to your book list over the next few days.

Champagne Books has their annual 50% off sale on all their books until September 10th - use coupon ref: BTS4FALL. Free shipping for print copies – ref: FREESHIP.

Reaching for the Stars (with its great new cover), by lovely romance writer Janice Horton, is available free to download from Amazon on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. I thoroughly recommend this very entertaining romantic read set in Scotland around the world of celebrity chef, Fin McDuff.

The Figurehead by Bill Kirton was featured on my blog ages ago and I highly recommend his book which is free to download from Amazon on Saturday and Sunday. Set in Aberdeen in the late 1800s, it combines historical research with a murder mystery and a touch of romance.

If I hear of any more free books, I’ll add them later.

Today, I believe Dangerous Deceit is the featured book on thelogline blog, where you have to promote your book in just one sentence! And I’m in the Writers Pieces slot on the Edinburgh Festival eBook site today.

Happy reading weekend,


Teresa Ashby said...

Thank you for all the links :-)

It is very autumnal here today too - I have been wearing a fleece and some woolly socks.

All my children love the final third of the year like you :-) x

Janice Horton said...

Hi Rosemary! Thank you so much for mentioning my three day free book download this weekend. I'm literally following you around at the Edinburgh Ebook Festival but will pop over to find out how to describe a book in one sentence at the logline blog too!

Janice xx

Bill Kirton said...

Thanks for the plug, Rosemary. As generous as ever.

Deborah Carr (Debs) said...

I'm spending the rest of this bank holiday weekend working on my NWS submission, but thought I'd pop over to see your blog.

Thanks for the links. The Figurehead sounds intriguing, I'll download it now.

I also enjoy the Autumn and it's decidedly cooler here this weekend.

Rosemary Gemmell said...

You're welcome, Teresa - glad other people like autumn too!

Hi Janice - hope you get lots of downloads as it's a fun read!

Glad I could oblige, Bill - it's worth plugging!

Hi Debs - very best of luck with your NWS entry!

Joanna said...

Thank you so much for all the links, Rosemary.

I love autumn. It's my favourite time of the year. The weather is cooling down now and we've noticed the nights drawing in. The girls have been buying all their back-to-school stationery. And I couldn't resist some more notebooks for myself as well.

Jean Bull said...

Thanks for all the links. Yes, this back to school time is rather like the New Year, isn't it? Adults starting to buckle down to jobs that have been neglected during the holidays. Like writing?!!

Diane Fordham said...

I've been getting my summery things out. Weather is warming up and I am so looking forward to these warmer months. I love that beach! Thanks for the links Rosemary x

Diane Fordham said...

I've been getting my summery things out. Weather is warming up and I am so looking forward to these warmer months. I love that beach! Thanks for the links Rosemary x

Talli Roland said...

I read and enjoyed Janice's 'Reaching for the Stars'. Definitely recommend it!

suzy henderson said...

Hi -New follower here! Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed your blog and looking forward to following your posts.
Thanks for the mention of 'Reaching for the Stars.' Looking forward to reading it.

Best wishes

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Joanna - I love the cosy evenings and all that lovely stationery in the shops!

You're absolutely right, Jean - I always feel like this in late August!

I had to look twice at your post, Diane, until I remembered you're in Australia! Funny to think of you going to the beach at this time of year.

Rosemary Gemmell said...

It's a very good read, Talli - thanks!

Hello Suzy - good to see you! A very warm welcome and thanks for following.

Joan Fleming said...

Thank you for the links, Rosemary. I've been on to logline and left a comment. Interesting site.

Suzanne Jones said...

I agree Benedict Cumberbatch is a terrific actor.

Thank you so much for the links.

And yes, decidedly autumnal in my little corner of Scotland, too :0)


Rosemary Gemmell said...

Thanks for that, Joan - it was a good exercise!

Thanks for commenting, Suzanne - glad you like B.C. too!