First and author interview by Jean Lee of Scottish historical romance author Shehanne Moore…showcasing her recently retrieved novels, re-released with stunning covers under her own publishing company Black Wolf Books
Shehanne Moore is a Scottish born author who writes gritty, witty, more risky than risqué, historical romance, set wherever takes her fancy–stories that detail the best and worst of human behaviour, as opposed to pouts and flounces. To celebrate the new release of two titles under her London Jewel Thieves series, I asked Shey to stop by and talk about how she creates such uniquely engaging characters and thrusts them into situations that promise spectacular fireworks.
Let’s first begin with what you write—smart, sexy, historical fiction. You delve into various time periods with your books, such as the 9th century in The Viking and the Courtesan and the 19th century in Splendor. What process do you go through when choosing the right century for a story’s setting? That is, if Splendor took place in another century, would it still be the Splendor we know?
Probably not. The stories are influenced by the time, the characters too, although they don’t always abide by the constraints of them. Mind you Splendor would be a shopaholic , running up debts galore in any time because some things are timeless. She’d be having to manage everything too. So I guess a bit of both would be true. I generally stick to the Georgian/Regency period—it’s a sort of genre in own right. BUT I do like to dabble and I do spend time thinking of how I will set a book physically within that period, in terms of imagery etc.. There’s also things that happen when I write.
Head over to Jean Lee’s blog and read the rest of the interview and find out about Shehanne’s characters, research and plots: https://jeanleesworld.com/2018/10/11/author-interviews-historicalromance-writer-shehannemoore-discusses-character-development-series-writing-research-starting-a-smallpress-publisher/
Shehanne is an author in the Cafe and bookstore.
If you are into the classic films of the 40s and 50s you will enjoy Beetley Pete’s retro review for Strangers on a Train… directed by Alfred Hitchcock…
For the last six years, I have debated the work of Alfred Hitchcock many times on this blog. I am famously not a huge fan of this man, who many believe to be the greatest film director of all time. But I do like some of his films a lot, and when they are good, they are very good indeed.
This is one of those.
The story got my interest immediately, for its unusual premise. Two men meet on a train. One (Farley Granger) is a professional tennis player, the other (Robert Walker) a strange character who appears to be a little deranged. During their conversation, Guy the tennis player tells Bruno that he wants to get away from his unfaithful wife, so he can be with the woman he truly loves. Bruno responds by saying how much he hates his father, and wants to be rid of him. As they continue to talk, Bruno suggests a plan, the perfect murder. He will kill Guy’s wife, and Guy will kill his father. He reasons that neither man will ever be suspected of the murders, as they would apparently be motiveless. Guy realises that what he thought was just a chat with a stranger has been taken seriously, and becomes concerned. He pretends to be amused by the exchange, and gets away as soon as he can, leaving his distinctive lighter behind.
Head over and read the rest of the review and watch a snippet and check out Pete’s archives for other gems: https://beetleypete.wordpress.com/2018/10/10/retro-review-strangers-on-a-train-1951/
Now for some book marketing expertise from Nicholas Rossis – if you are an author on Amazon, especially with more than one book, you should have an author’s page. It certainly makes it easier for readers to find all your books in one place. But it does not stop there as there are elements on the author’s page that can help boost your books and their visibility. Over to Nicholas.
This post is based on an article I helped write for SearchNurture titled How to Hit Your Target ACoS on Amazon.
Optimizing your Book Page
Toasters book page on Amazon | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children’s bookAmazon is, in effect, a giant search engine of products. To ensure that your book shows up first, you must target specific keywords both organically (i.e. based on your product description) and through Ads. However, no matter how successful your Ad is, all it can accomplish is lead shoppers to your product page. It is up to that to convince them to buy your book.
Ideally, everything on your book page will be tailored for your target audience. Let’s take, for example, my book, A Heaven for Toasters. I want shoppers searching for “sci-fi crime romance” to buy my book. What can I do to make sure they do so?
Start with your page title. Think of it as a hook. Let shoppers know they are on the right page by giving your book an appropriate title or subtitle. Even though my book is called A Heaven for Toasters, I added the subtitle, “A Sci-Fi Crime Romance set on the Greek Islands.” This will both help Amazon and shoppers know at a glance what my book is about.
Head over and let Nicholas guide you through making your author’s page more effective: https://nicholasrossis.wordpress.com/2018/10/11/how-to-optimize-your-book-page-on-amazon/
Nicholas Rossis, Buy: http://www.amazon.com/Nicholas-C.-Rossis/e/B00FXXIBZA
Blog:http://nicholasrossis.me/ – Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7426506.Nicholas_C_Rossis
Please visit Amazon or Nicholas’s website to view all his books.
Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will head over and enjoy the full posts – Thanks Sally