Before the Storm


I’m a bit caught up right now in putting the finishing touches to Minette before it is released in just two weeks time but I thought I’d just pop in to let you all know that for the foreseeable future my novel Before the Storm is going to be a measly 99 cents from Amazon US (it says $1.21 when I look at the page but I’m assuming that’s because I’m in the UK?) and a pathetic 79p from Amazon UK.

I know I’ve been chopping and changing a lot while trying to figure out how to promote the latest book but ABSOLUTELY promise that this is the last price change.

Anyway, I do hope people enjoy it. I loved writing Before the Storm as it was based on one of my all time favourite books, The Buccaneers by Edith Wharton except with a French Revolutionary spin as I was just as fascinated by the concept of French aristocrats being obsessed with English fashions as Wharton was by the cultural differences between the British aristocracy and their absolutely LOADED American counterparts. It seemed to me that there were some interesting parallels between the two periods, which it might be fun to explore.

Before the Storm is also notable for being a. the first of my books that was written entirely for the purpose of self publication and not submitted anywhere else and also b. for being the first instance of my own personal genre ‘posh doom’, which came about when I realised that actually I don’t write romance novels and am, in fact, completely incapable of doing so. There’s a smattering of romance in my books, of course, but I much prefer to write about unrequited love, bittersweet interludes, ill advised liaisons and unhappy endings because, well, that’s just life isn’t it?


2 thoughts on “Before the Storm

  • Karen Triggs

    I loved this book, especially as I read it just after I visited Paris and the Palace Versailles in Sept last year. I’m going back to Paris again this year and can’t wait to visit Le Concierge and many other sights and historic places which I missed. I love your blogs and photographs, and wish you all the very best for your newly published book.

  • Maribeth

    Wharton has always been a favorite of mine as well. I kind of fangirled out when I found out Wharton was a distant cousin of Teddy Roosevelt’s second wife Edith and our family is related to TR.

    But getting back to the subject, not many of Wharton’s endings were particularly happy, either. It seems–to me, at least–that in addition to posh doom, you’re going for that element of realism that Wharton did.

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