Cover Makeover …

As several years have passed since my books were first published, I decided it was time to give them a makeover. The stories are the same, only the covers have changed to reflect the romance and suspense elements. I hope you’ll agree that Coverfresh Designs did a sterling job.

 

 

 

Not only are my books available in Spanish, Portuguese and Italian, Ring of Lies is currently being translated into French and will be available from Amazon, Apple, Barnes and Noble and a few other retailers later this year.  I will let you know as soon as I have a firm date for publication.  In the meantime, here’s a preview of the French cover.

Breaking News …

I am thrilled to announce that the Portuguese edition of Anel De MentirasRing of Lies –  is now available to pre-order for Kindle eBook readers and will be delivered to your device on the 9th April.

Available from Amazon

Quando o contador inglês Daniel Elliott morre em um acidente de carro em uma noite chuvosa, sua viúva, Grace, é tomada de tristeza … e pânico. Daniel era controlador e o casamento deles sem amor, mas sempre cuidou da proteção de Grace.

Ou assim ela pensava.

Translation:

When English accountant Daniel Elliott dies in a car accident on rainy night, his widow, Grace is overcome with grief… and panic.   Daniel was controlling and their marriage loveless, but he always took care of the sheltered Grace.

Or so she thought.

If you have Portuguese or Spanish friends who enjoy reading please do tell them that Ring of Lies is now available in both languages.

 

Available from:
Amazon,
Kobo
Nook
Apple
Barnes and Noble

¿Hablas español? – Do you speak Spanish?

If you do, then you might be pleased to know that two of my novels, Ring of Lies and The House on the Shore are now available in Spanish.  Translated by Ailin Denoya, they are available in ebook and print formats.  Both books have lovely new covers designed by the very talented Mae Phillips at Cover Fresh Designs.

Anillo De Mentiras/Ring of Lies

Available from Amazon  in both print and eBook formats, Apple, Barnes and Noble, Kobo and Scribd.

 

La Case Sobre La Orilla/The House on the Shore

Available from Amazon, in both print and eBook formats,  AppleBarnes and Noble, and Kobo.

And coming soon…

The Italian version of The House on the Shore!

La Case Sulla Spiaggia/The House on the Shore

 

News Flash…

Christmas has come early for me as I am delighted to announce that I have signed a contract with Brazilian Publisher Leabhar Books for the Portuguese editions of my three romantic suspense novels.  I’m looking forward to working with the editorial and graphics team toward the publication sometime next year.

The Spanish editions of Ring of Lies and The House on the Shore, with stunning new covers designed by Mae Phillips of CoverFresh designs will be released toward the end of the year.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who placed a bid in the Children in Read 2019 auction.  Over three hundred and fifty authors donated books, covering a wide range of genres.  A total of £8,519 was raised for this very worth cause

Sheffield Authors will be present at Kelham Island Victorian Christmas Market this year.  With over 100 stalls selling a variety of made in Sheffield gifts, seasonal goods and, of course, books, you are bound to find the perfect stocking fillers for family and friends.   The Market runs from Saturday 30th November to Sunday 1st December, with doors open from 10am to 7pm.

Finally, I shall once again be signing books at Aston Hall Christmas Fair on the 24th November. The fair is open from 11.30am until 4pm. So, if you are looking for a Christmas gift for hard-to-buy-for relatives and friends do come along as there will be a variety of crafts, jewellery candles, and gifts on display and be sure to stop by my table and say ‘hello.’

 

 

 

 

Time Flies…

I can’t believe it’s almost the end of February, and I am only just updating this page.  It’s not that I had forgotten or been disorganised, my only excuse is that I’ve been busy!  My diary is full of speaking and multi-author book signing events, all of which are listed on the Events page of this website.

I’m delighted to report that the audiobook versions of my novels have received some lovely reviews on Audible.com  So, much so, that I decided to include Jim’s review of The House on the Shore here.  What makes his review all the more satisfying is that he states he doesn’t normally read or listen to romance!

 

“A compelling mystery and great love story.”

The way I would start this sarcastically is: I didn’t hate it. In truth, I really liked it!

I usually don’t read or listen to romance. This audio book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review, though, so I thought I’d give the genre a chance. I’m glad I did. The writing is excellent; descriptive without being flowery, suspenseful with out being confusing, and romantic without being lewd. A love story written in and around a mystery story, both taking turns that could go in one of two or even three directions. The characters were described so well that, by the end of the book, I was seeing them have conversations, not just listening. Though I don’t often delve into this genre, I’ll be reading or listening to more from Victoria Howard, mostly because the suspense and mystery is so well done.

The performance by Ruth Urquhart was great. Her being able to shift between accents, even between varying Scottish accents, was superb, and her American accents were some of the best I’ve heard from a non-American. The pace of her read was consistent and clean, pronunciation excellent, and I was able to drop into that world without a thought as she brought the words to life.All in all, this is a great story, a good performance, and now I actually want to visit a small “House on the Shore.”

 

Did you know that if you’ve purchased a copy of either the print or ebook versions from Amazon you can download a copy of the audiobook from Audible for a fraction of the price?  So why not head over to Audible treat yourself to a copy of The House on the Shore or Ring of Lies?

Work on my next romantic suspense novel progresses, now that I have completed the research following a visit to Scotland in autumn last year.  As with The House on the Shore, this book is also set in the Highlands, and features Imogen Stark, a landscape photographer.  I’m hoping the manuscript will be complete by August or September and will be published sometime in 2018.

Until next time,

Victoria

Winter Newsletter….

First of all, a big, big thank you to everyone who’s purchased or downloaded one of my books, and who left lovely comments and reviews.  It really does make a HUGE difference.  Its also been nice to meet some of my readers at events. You’re a lovely bunch, and always so welcoming.

Those of you who follow this page will know that I met fellow members of the Romantic Novelists’ Association at the annual conference held at The Edge, part of the University  Sheffield. It is always interesting to meet fellow authors and chat about our current work-in-progress and industry news.

Contest!

I’m thrilled to announce the Audiobook version of Ring of Lies is complete and will be available from Amazon and Audible in time for Christmas. Produced by Dave Giorgio and narrated by Michelle Ford, it sounds fantastic.  I’ll be interviewing Michelle and Dave on my blog shortly.
To celebrate the release, I’m offering one lucky subscriber the chance to win a Kobo Mini ereader (worth £59.00)! All you need do to be in with a chance to win, is sign up to my newsletter via mywebsite or blog via the link above.  Two runners up will receive an autographed copy of Ring of Lies.

The winner will be drawn on the 20th December.

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I’m also working on another novel! The title is a secret, so I don’t wish to give too many details away at this stage, but I can tell you it is set in Scotland.

On Sunday 23rd November, I dusted  off my high(er) heels, put on my glad-rags, and headed for the new Leeds Arena for the Andrea Bocelli concert.   What can I say, other than his live performance is 1000 times better than listening to one of his CDs.  I have to give my lovely other half a huge pat on the back for this Valentine’s Day treat which he purchased for me back in January!  Sadly, no photography was allowed during the performance, but I did manage to take a a picture of the pre-performance screen.

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And Finally,
Are you stuck for that last minute Christmas gift idea?  Why not give someone an autographed copy of one of my books as a present? I’ll even gift wrap it for you.  £10 including postage/packaging and festive wrapping.  Email me for details.
The House on the Shore
Three Weeks Last Spring

If you purchased any of the above as an ebook, it’s still possible to have your copy autographed.  Please visit Authorgraph.com

Thanks for stopping by.

Until next time,

Victoria

 

The Romantic Novelists’ Association Annual Conference

On Friday, 12th July 1013, the hottest weekend of the year so far, I joined 180 members of the Romantic Novelists’ Association at The Edge, part of the University of Sheffield Endcliffe Campus, for their annual conference.

The Edge, Sheffield

Modern and spacious, The Edge offers superb conference facilities with onsite accommodation.  But my goodness was it hot.

The Edge

However, Romantic Novelists are never afraid of a challenge, and faulty air conditioning was not going to deter us.

I collected my ‘goodie bag’ full of books, chocolate, biscuits, more books and even more chocolate and joined everyone for the welcome speech from our Chairman (or should that be Chairwoman) Pia Fenton. News of new contracts and awards followed, giving us a reason to celebrate.  This, of course, was followed by wine, a chance to gossip, share tips and market opportunities, as well as to catch up with friends, and drink more wine!

Goodie bag

The serious business started the following morning with Maggi Fox’s very informative session on public relations.  Other sessions included using theme to deepen your work with Julie Cohen; how to manage your time, hot scenes and how to make them, and diversifying your career, had our heads buzzing with ideas.

The Gala Dinner took place on Saturday evening; sadly I was unable to attend, but the food, I’m told, was delicious, and the outfits and shoes were fabulous.

More sessions by followed on Sunday. Nina Harrington’s, in particular, on how to stop procrastinating was especially pertinent for me, and now I’m itching to finish the book that has been floating around in my head for the last 6 or 7 months!

 

Nina Harrington
Nina Harrington

Then all too soon it was time to say ‘goodbye’ to old and new friends, with whispered promises to catch up once more at RNAConf14 in Telford.

Novel Writing Crash Course

My novelist friend Milly Johnson and myself have pleasure in announcing that on Sunday 17th June at Brooklands, Barnsley – we will be holding a crash course in book-writing. Tickets will be on a first come first served basis, but will include refreshments and course literature. We hope to send you away raring to go and write your own book AND know exactly what a writer’s life is really like. See my events page for more details.

2nd Annual Authors Book Fair, Deltona, Florida


Visit the Vanilla Heart Publishing Author Table and meet fellow author, Melinda Clayton. Buy books, and pick up a bookmark and other goodies from Melinda and my fellow authors,

S R Claridge
Collin Kelley
Chelle Cordero
Marilyn Celeste Morris
Smoky Zeidel
Malcolm Campbell
Victoria Howard
Charmaine Gordon
Robert Hays
Anne K Albert
L E Harvey

New Editions and Reviews

May was a busy month, not only have I been researching my next book, but I have also been revising two of my novels. The House on the Shore, and Three Weeks Last Spring, have been revised for the Kindle, with Three weeks Last Spring being given a new cover. A revised Print edition will be available later in the year.

May also brought another review for Ring of Lies, this time from Ghostwriter reviews This is what they had to say:

Grace Elliott, a humbled woman and wife is devastated when her husband Daniel is killed in a terrible car accident. What she believed to be an honest and good marriage, despite some issues, turns out to be a lie with major issues that puts her life in danger and her heart in the comfort of a troubled FBI agent.

Ring of Lies lives up to its title. I could relate to Grace in many ways about deception and abuse, however, my love was for Jack. At one point in the story, I was overwhelmed with the many characters introduced, but kept my focus on Jack, Grace, Catherine, and the details that unfolded. Overall, it was a very good and interesting read.

Reviewer: Wanda

Genre: Romantic Suspense