It gives me great pleasure to welcome the lovely Julie Shackman back to my blog. Her new book ‘A Room at the Manor’ was published in paperback and as an eBook on the 27th June 2018 by Allen & Unwin. I remember when Julie first revealed the cover of her new book on social media. I fell in love with it instantly. It is absolutely gorgeous and I could literally sit and admire it all day long.
Julie has written a guest post for my blog all about the cover. First though, let’s take a look at what ‘A Room at the Manor’ is all about.
When her Maltese love affair turns sour, Lara McDonald returns to her quiet Scottish hometown of Fairview heartbroken, yet determined – instead of looking for another PR position, she decides to follow her dream of baking. She impulsively takes the first job offered and finds herself working for local dragon Kitty Walker in her tea room, True Brew.
Lara’s life is full of surprises, however, not the least being an unlikely friendship forged with one of Kitty’s elderly customers, the former laird Hugo Carmichael. The Carmichael family has lived at the beautiful Glenlovatt Manor for almost three hundred years and, although in need of renovation, Hugo, his son and grandson currently make it their home.
There’s something about Lara that Hugo likes, and when Hugo suddenly passes away, Lara is stunned to discover she is mentioned in his will. But not everyone is happy with the old Laird’s faith in Lara.
A story of love, family, hope and trust, A Room at the Manor will delight every reader keen to find their place in the world.
“Cover Story” – Julie Shackman
Seeing the cover of your latest book for the first time is a moment you never forget.
My first two novels were published digitally and each time, this was a lovely experience.
But with A Room at the Manor, this is my first traditionally published book and I think this has made the whole journey an extra special one.
The last year has been a whirlwind of being signed by my wonderful agent Selwa, followed by my novel being accepted for publication by Allen & Unwin.
Several rounds of editing and polishing followed, as well as invaluable and constructive advice and editorial guidance from Selwa, Annette at Allen & Unwin and my very patient and understanding (!) editor Bec.
Then came the day my cover popped into my Inbox.
I remember sitting for a few moments, gazing at the bright colours; the tangle of thistles and the swirls of type face, announcing the title.
It almost didn’t seem real.
When I saw the tea cup and further thistle detail on the back cover – all those finishing little touches – couldn’t have made me more grateful to Romana and the art department at my publishers for their beautiful work.
It amazed me how like my fictional Glenlovatt Manor the house on the cover is, with its buttery stone and grand windows.
A Room at the Manor tells the story of what can be achieved if someone believes in you and how determined Lara is, to make a success of things.
The same can be said for all us writers.
All it takes is for one person to have faith in you and your writing and to say that magic word “Yes.”
Remember – A published writer is an unpublished writer who never gave up.
(A Room at the Manor is released in paperback and Kindle on 27 June. It is available in the UK online at this link https://www.bookdepository.com/Room-at-the-Manor-Julie-Shackman/9781760632861
In Australia & New Zealand, it is also available on-line, as well as in all good bookshops.)
About Julie Shackman
Julie had her first two books published digitally by Not So Noble Books. A,Room at the Manor is her first traditionally published novel.
When not reading or writing, Julie loves going for long walks; music; travelling and watching films.
She is married with two teenage sons and lives in Scotland.
Twitter – https://twitter.com/G13Julie
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/julie.shackman