What is Ranter’s Wharf About?

Ranters_Wharf_FRONT_cover_smallI’ve really struggled to describe my new book to people. I think the reason is that it’s very personal and may not fit with  current genres for historical fiction. But one of my beta readers has said that some chapters remind him of Dickens and others of Hardy. While I would never dare to put myself on a level with those masters of 19th century classics, it has made me realise something. I have not written this book to please other people, but myself and if that does not appeal, so be it. My new book, in its small way, is a social commentary on  difficult times and how that affected one particular family in the early part of the 19th century. Some of the themes I touch on are  women’s place in society; poverty both in agrarian and industrial settings; the casual disregard for life; the influence of religion for both good and ill and the awakening recognition that things must change.

But there are also resonances with life today, especially how the poor are still at the mercy of the powerful, and I don’t mean just economically. The poor are still vilified, only now we are berated by tales of benefit cheats, whereas the reality is that very few people cheat. I recently listened as a reporter from the Daily Mail on television said that such stories sell papers and people don’t want to hear the truth. So certain newspapers are not in the business of reporting truth but obfuscating, how surprising!  Plus ça change.

Many fought long and hard to improve living and working conditions. Let’s not slip back to these times. They weren’t so long ago.


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More News on the Book Launch

These are the books we will be launching on April 3oth, but of course, we will have some of our previous output available on the day as well.

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Book Launch

Now the big announcement. Our launch is booked for Sunday April 30th. Please put it in your diaries. We have a great venue with good parking facilities. Do come and help us celebrate.


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More Successes

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New Year’s Day 2017 by Juliet Lockwood

Last month’s exercise was to write a piece about A New Year’s Resolution Gone Wrong

The Oxford dictionary describes a resolution as “good intentions that one formulates mentally for virtuous conduct” – wow, I don’t really make New Year’s Resolutions, and certainly don’t believe in telling them to other people, and as for the virtuous conduct… but this year I had made a secret vow to myself that the year was going to have even more exercise in it than usual.  Well, usual is to walk anything between 20 and 40 miles a week and to play tennis at least two or three times!!!  Not only that, but in view of a booked holiday next month,  where the aged body was going to be exposed to sunshine and swimming costumes, I promised myself I would go without all edible sweet stuff, chocolate, biscuits and cake etc – and that’s really virtuous from someone with a very sweet tooth! Continue reading

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Some ideas on Social Media

They’veWell we have four books that are likely to launch around Easter. How about that folks? How amazing for our little group of writers – more about that later.

We need to talk about launch ideas, so I’m going to put a few relevant ideas on here plus maybe some whacky ones too. Please email me to add more.

  1. How authors can maximise their descriptions, Jane Friedman tells us how.
  2. We’ve heard about blogtours – how do we get involved? What is a blog tour?
  3. Here’s are links to blog tours – must check them out to see how useful they are Lola’s Blog tours  Goddess Fish Promotions
  4. Don’t forget those important Facebook sites that allow you one posting on release date.
  5. Here’s another Facebook site which may be useful One stop fiction authors resources group
  6. Awesome Gang – a Chindi member reported this organisation as being awesome.
  7. Twitter adverts – well Book Tribe is free, but there are plenty which charge,which to choose? There’s the rub.
  8. Of course, the important local stuff, like the launch itself and accompanying advertising, book signings etc.
  9. Advice for book launches General advice  Further launch tips & 7 essentials for the book launch 10 Steps to a successful book launch
  10. Author Hour – Are you an author? Tweet us with hashtag plus details of your book. Wednesdays 8 – 9 pm GMT.
  11. If you are prepared to give paperbacks away do it with London Underground Fairies are hiding books to be found on the Underground, Finders tweet and post pictures of them reading the books. They’ve just gone global. Send for the stickers and plant you’re books wherever you want.
  12. Cross Promotions – where authors within a genre will cross promote each others work Bookhubonline
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Arundel by Candlelight

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