CanLit for Little Canadians!
This review of Thrice Burned over at the CanLit for Little Canadians blog is so glowing and lovely, I’d like to just transcribe it word-for-word (but I won’t!).
Here is a sample:
Reading A Portia Adams Adventure, whether it be Jewel of the Thames or Thrice Burned, is like revisiting the writings of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Just as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle often chose to recount several of Sherlock Holmes’ cases in a single tome, Angela Misri follows suit, extending the authentic and complementary nature of the series to those of the famous detective. Thrice Burned is like having new Sherlock Holmes mysteries to read, only now starring an inquisitive and astute young woman (without the Asperger’s Syndrome tendencies) and in a London of the 1930s. And it works so, so well. Elementary, wouldn’t you say?
And you can read the full review (and enter to win a copy of Thrice Burned) on the CanLit for Little Canadians blog.
Check it out on Wattpad!
When I joined Wattpad a few months ago I was using it as a reader, enjoying the fan fiction and original writings posted by thousands of people.
I finally decided to contribute to the Wattpad bookshelf, and have put out the first chapter of a story told from the voice of Constable Dawes. It’s kind of Jewel of the Thames as told from his point of view (the original as you know is told from Portia’s POV).
It’s called And in Walked Portia Adams.
Anyway, it’s a bit of an experiment, and I don’t know if I’ll do the whole book or just certain scenes where I think Brian’s POV adds to the overall character development.
Let me know what you think?
… is looking up synonyms to British cuss words.
Just wrote this little aside that I liked and wanted to share. It’s from book two in the series, in rewrites as I type, and occurs almost entirely in Portia’s head. Let me know what you think?
The next morning was a Saturday, and found me on the floor of my living room with several maps of London spread in front of me. I was circling and marking areas that I still needed to explore, some in the poorer areas of the city that my grandmother had grown up in.
A knock at the door caused me to pause in my work, but not taking my eyes from the papers, I called from the floor, “Who is it?”
“It’s me, Miss. Adams,” returned the voice of Brian Dawes.
I frowned. We had not really spoken since that awkward moment at Jenkin’s and he had since began a relationship with Annie Coleson. For almost two decades in Toronto, I had been a very solitary child and then teenager, used to being on the periphery of my schoolmates lives. I observed their relationships from the outside, in an almost clinical way, watching the young women of my class grow from bratty children who made fun of me to refined ladies who disdained me. Brian Dawes was one of the first true friends I had ever had, and now, now he was spending his time with a young woman who reminded me of those downtown ladies, who had looked at me aslant under long eyelashes with whispered condescension.
Maybe that wasn’t fair. Annie had never ignored me, she in fact had extended the hand of partnership if not friendship towards me. Brian knocked again. She had extended that hand to both of us, and one of us had taken her up on it.
PS: This is one of those scenes where initially I had written: “Portia feels left out” and decided that was another example of me ‘telling’ not ‘showing’ and fixed it.
Get in there people!
As you may have noticed in the right-column of this blog, my publishers are hosting a GoodReads giveaway to win your copy of Jewel of the Thames.
I say get in there while the gettin’s good my friends, it would make me grin to see one of you win.
I’m probably going to run a contest closer to the March launch date for a copy of the book + a patch, but till then, this is the contest to enter!
Courtesy of Emma Dolan
For those of you who already pre-ordered Jewel of the Thames, you got an email update about this, but for everyone else… here is the gorgeous book cover for the first book in the series, designed by Emma Dolan!
She did an amazing job and you should go check out some of her other work, cause this lady has SKILLS.
We’re working on the spine design now, so if you have any suggestions for series spines you really like (I for example love the spines for the latest Star Wars series), let me know?
AND tell me what you think of THIS beauty in the comments below!
Please share liberally, we’re still in Pre-Sale mode!