Twin Cover Reveal !!! (and progress report)

To be the first to see the cover of “Twin”, the sequel to “Gifted” and the second installment of The Evangeline Devine Series, just follow the link below…

Twin Cover

So there it is… the finished product. Well, the cover anyway. As for the book itself…. that’s a different story (if you’ll pardon the terrible pun). As I’ve told many of you who have kindly contacted me directly regarding the “Twin” release date, I was aiming to be done by December, but realistically, I just don’t think this is going to happen.

I’ve been working really hard on “Twin”, but the other day it struck me; I think I’ve actually been trying a bit too hard. Because I’ve been so keen to meet my own self-imposed deadline, I’m in serious danger of rushing it. And as much as I don’t want to let anybody down, I think that’s exactly what I’ll end up doing if I keep on steaming towards that December deadline. And the result is going to be a sub-standard product. I don’t want to release “Twin” until it is absolutely the best that it is within my capabilities for it to be. To do that would be letting myself down and, more importantly, it would be letting you down, the readers who have supported me so far.

“Gifted” was my first novel and it’s taught me a few valuable lessons. When it was done, I was so excited about it that in hindsight, I think I probably released it too quickly. Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t change anything about the story, but as some reviewers have pointed out (and rightly so), the editing is less than perfect, the result of which is that it is now undergoing some lengthy and rather painful proof-reading before its release in print.

I don’t want to make the same mistake with “Twin” and realistically, there is just no way that it is going to be finished, re-drafted and thoroughly edited in nine weeks time, especially as during that period, I also have to make the several hundred amendments to “Gifted” and promote its launch in print (plus all the usual family, work and life stuff.)

So, although I’m so grateful that so many of you are waiting for “Twin”, it’s not going to be out until the first few months of 2013. I really really hope that you bear with me and understand my reasons for this, but I just don’t think that its the right thing to dash off a mediocre product and call it good. Someone once said writing a good book is a marathon, not a race. They sure weren’t kidding.

But in the meantime, “Gifted” is still out there (and will soon be in a format that you can actually hold in your hot little hands) and as I mentioned in my last post, for the month of September (at least) all proceeds from the sale of “Gifted” are going to three cancer charities in memory of my good friend and colleague Roy, who died last month. Please do help to support this worthy cause.

Thanks so much for your understanding, patience and support. It really does mean the world to me to know that some of you out there are prepared to take a chance on an unknown newbie like me and that you’ve actually enjoyed reading what I’ve written.

Happy Reading
Annalise 🙂

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Gifted Charity Appeal – Please please read and pass on

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This is Roy. I knew him since he was 15 years old. In his life, Roy was a son, a father, a husband and a friend. Above all else, he was a genuine, good person. He helped to create a company that gave jobs to 25 people, including me.

Roy died on Friday, 31 August 2012. He had just turned 39. To read Roy’s story, click on the link below.

http://www.penteratrust.com/charities#rs

When people who knew Roy asked him what they could do to help him in the last days of his life, he didn’t ask for anything for himself. He wanted instead for people to invest their time in raising funds for the charities and medical institutes that helped him and his family during his illness.

So in honour of Roy, for the next month (and possibly longer depending on how much we still need to raise) all sale proceeds of my novel “Gifted” will be donated to the cancer charities that supported and cared for Roy and other cancer sufferers like him.

So please, please support this cause and pass the message on. Not only might you have a good read, but you’ll be supporting some very worthy causes too.

Many thanks for your interest, time and support.

Annalise 😦