Posts Tagged ‘The Silent Touch of Shadows’

TSTOS on RoNA shortlist!

Today the Romantic Novelists’ Association released the shortlists for this years’ RoNAs (Romantic Novel Awards) and I was absolutely delighted to find The Silent Touch of Shadows nominated in the Historical category!

The complete lists can be found here and the winners of all the categories will be announced at an awards event on 26th February, which is to be held at the RAF Club in Piccadilly.  The prizes will be presented by Richard & Judy!

A lot of my RNA friends were also nominated – congratulations to them all!  I’m especially thrilled to find my fellow ChocLiteer Sue Moorcroft in the Contemporary category with her novel Dream a Little Dream, my fellow “Heroine Addict” Susanna Kearsley with The Rose Garden up against me in the Historical category and Victoria Connelly nominated in the Rom Com category with The Runaway Actress.

I’m very much looking forward to the awards event!

Festival of Romance 2012 – Nomination!

It’s almost time for this year’s Festival of Romance and I’m absolutely thrilled to have been nominated for one of the awards – Best Historical Read – for The Silent Touch of Shadows!  I’m in great company, with fellow authors and friends Liz Harris, Jean Fullerton, Jenny Barden, Nicola Cornick and Charlotte Betts also nominated for this prize.  My publisher Choc Lit has been nominated for the Publisher of the Year Award and Choc Lit authors Sue Moorcroft and Jane Lovering are among authors nominated for several other prizes.  I am really looking forward to seeing everyone at the gala ball on 16th November!  (For more information on all the shortlists please see here)

The Festival is taking place in the centre of Bedford this time, so if you’re anywhere near there, please come along – it’s going to be great fun!  There are still tickets for some of the events available and the Romance Fair, held in the Howard Room of the Corn Exchange on Saturday 17th November between 10.00-17.00 is free for everyone.  On the Sunday, I’m attending the ‘Historical Afternoon Tea’ at the Park Inn (3.30pm) – if you like historical romance and scones, do come (but don’t forget to book in advance)!  Sounds like a great combination to me 🙂

I’ll be there from Friday to Sunday and hope to see some of you there!

New Releases

I can’t believe summer is almost over and we’re into September already!  I’ve had lots of guests, so not much time for writerly things, but they’re all gone now and normality is about to return.  Some news from me:-

Today has been a busy day!  First of all, my Regency novella Marry in Haste was published on Kindle with a lovely new cover in my favourite colour purple.  Here is the blurb:-

‘I need to marry, and I need to marry at once!’

When James, Viscount Demarr confides in an acquaintance at a ball one evening, he has no idea that the potential solution to his problems stands so close at hand …

Amelia Ravenscroft is the granddaughter of an earl and is desperate to escape her aunt’s home where she has endured a life of drudgery, whilst fighting off the increasingly bold advances of her lecherous cousin.  She boldly proposes a marriage of convenience.

And Amelia soon proves herself a perfect fit for the role of Lady Demarr­­­. But James has doubts and his blossoming feelings are blighted by suspicions regarding Amelia’s past.

Will they find, all too painfully, that to marry in haste is to repent at leisure?

You cand find it on Amazon here.

My latest novel, The Silent Touch of Shadows, was also released today in Australia and the Australian Romance Readers’ Association (ARRA) very kindly allowed me to guest blog about it – here is the link.  Anyone who is a member of ARRA has a chance to win a copy of the book – just leave a comment on the blog!

Publication Day!

At last it arrived – publication day for The Silent Touch of Shadows!

The day began with the delivery of this lovely bouquet of flowers from Choc Lit – huge thanks to them!

More celebrations followed with a lovely lunch at the RNA London South-East Chapter meeting (including fizz and chocolates) – and finally dinner with my family.  Perfect!

(Thanks to Catriona Robb for the photo on the left)

TSTOS Competition – Final Week!

Official publication day of The Silent Touch of Shadows is getting closer, only a few days to go! Pre-launch celebrations continue here, on Twitter, FB and on the Choc Lit website, and as promised you’ll have a chance to win a Kindle loaded with some of Choc Lit’s fab novels.  So here’s what you have to do in order to enter the competition.

Simply answer the following questions (some research required):-

How many books has Christina Courtenay published with Choc Lit?

Highland Storms won which award?

Which century is The Silent Touch of Shadows partly set in?

Trade Winds is the prequel to which novel?

Who was abducted by a samurai warlord in 17th century Japan?

Save your answers, as there’s a catch – you need to email the answers to info@choc-lit.com on Publication Day – Saturday 7th July.  Emails must be received on the 7th July (GMT) to be eligible.  A winner with all correct answers will be selected randomly using random.org.  Emails received before or after the 7th July (GMT) will not be eligible.

GOOD LUCK!

TSTOS Competition – 2nd Week’s Winner!

Thank you very much to everyone who took part in the competition and tried to guess the ghost’s name!

So many of you were very close with Sir Joss, but Morton Gray got it right with his full name which was Sir Jocelyn!  Congratulations, Morton, please e-mail me your address and the little ghost will be on his way to you very soon!

For a chance to win a Kindle, pre-loaded with some fab Choc Lit novels, please come back tomorrow and I’ll give you the details on how to enter!

TSTOS Competition – Week 2 – Entry Details

If you’d like to enter the second week’s The Silent Touch of Shadows competition and win one of these sweet little ghost charms, here are the details again:-

All you have to do is guess the ghost’s name, either here or on Twitter or Facebook and as before, I’ll give you five clues – look out for them at lunchtime (weekdays only)!

The ghost in The Silent Touch of Shadows is called Sir Roger, as he’s a medieval knight and warrior.  That was also the name of the real ghost he is based on, so I didn’t have much choice when it came to naming him.  However, there was another name I considered giving him and that’s the one you have to guess.

Clue number 1 – “It’s a very noble sort of name” (and he is a knight, so ‘Sir [name]’ of course)

Clue number 2 – “It was used by the Normans”

Clue number 3 – “It’s the name of a famous actor”

Clue number 4 – “Half of it is the first name of a UK singer”

Clue number 5 – “The actor’s surname is Ackland and the singer’s is Stone”

I’ll announce the winner tomorrow – good luck!

TSTOS Competition – 1st Winner!

So here he is, the prize for the first week of the competition, and Sharon Wilden guessed correctly – a little ghost charm!  Congratulations on winning, he’ll be on his way to you very soon, Sharon!  And thank you to everyone who entered!

Tara Chevrestt, you were the runner-up and as your very first guess was brilliant, you’ll be receiving a signed copy of The Silent Touch of Shadows in the post – congratulations!

Anyone who didn’t win this week, don’t despair though as there is another one of these cute little ghosts to be won next week.  All you have to do is guess his name either here or on Twitter or Facebook and as before, I’ll give you five clues – look out for them at lunchtime (weekdays only)!

The ghost in The Silent Touch of Shadows is called Sir Roger, as he’s a medieval knight and warrior.  That was also the name of the real ghost he is based on, so I didn’t have much choice when it came to naming him.  However, there was another name I considered giving him and that’s the one you have to guess.  Look out for clue number 1 on Twitter and FB today!

(I’ll be posting them here as well so please come back tomorrow for another clue!)

TSTOS Competition – Final Clue Week 1

Here is the final clue for this week to help you guess what the prize is – “anagram CRAG SHH TOM (2 words) now open Pandora’s box”!

Previous clues were (1) it’s something you can wear on your wrist (and it’s vaguely related to the book)”, (2) “it’s made of silver”, (3) “it’s not very big” and (4) “it’s paranormal”.

The answer will be revealed tomorrow, together with the lucky winner of this item, plus details of how to win one more next week!

Have you guessed it yet?  Then please leave your answer below – thank you!

TSTOS Competition – Clue No.4

So the weekend is over and it’s time to give you clue no.4, which is “it’s paranormal”!

The other clues were as follows:-

1 – “it’s something you can wear on your wrist (and it’s vaguely related to the book)

2 – “it’s made of silver”

3 – “it’s not very big”

Please keep the guesses coming – tomorrow I’ll give you the final clue and on Wednesday we reveal the first prize winner and the prize!