Unashamed promotion and advertisement for an e-book: ‘The Twilight Lawns Chronicles’
Would my mother approve, and anyway, is it in very good taste?
Ever since I have been writing, like all writers, good or bad, I have wanted to see my words in print.
Before I came on HubPages, I had not had the pleasure of seeing anything that I had written in the wider arena than my own home and a few friends, apart from when I won the Prose and Poetry Prizes at my Teachers’ College.
But self publishing, or the more pejorative expression: Vanity Press?
For years I held out, feeling that somehow I would lose some form of integrity by publishing my works myself.
And integrity is not a trait with which I am brimming in any shape or form. Like the milk of human kindness, which is not flowing in vast amounts through my veins. Like kind bones, which do not make up even a small part of my skeleton whatsoever; well, no more than the odd clavicle or little toe bone.
I am not, as they would say, brim full of integrity or any others of those worthwhile attributes.
There’s a dearth of the stuff inside me. So I didn’t want to use up what little I had, by self publishing.
The thought also entered my mind that e-books might be the answer. I didn’t want to be a Luddite, and perhaps if I were to publish in an e-book that would be “the way to the future”.
But I also loved snuffling around those paper and cardboard book things, and reading dusty old yellow paged books I had bought on line or in second-hand bookshops...and e-books sounded so iconoclastic and soulless.
I wanted to be published, but what was I to do?
Then my Knight in Shining Armour came galloping to my rescue.
This particular K in S A happens to be one of my favourite presenters on LBC radio, a chat show originally known as London Broadcasting Company.
James O’Brien is that particular presenter, and the man is articulate, incisive, funny, intelligent etc.. The man can do no wrong in my eyes.
I was listening to him one morning and he was speaking to someone on the phone when I heard him recommend a book by an author who he said was a great writer, Then he said the magic words:
“Her book hasn’t been published in hardback or paperback yet, but I have read it on Kindle.”
My mind raced. If Kindle was good enough for James O’Brien, then it was good enough for me.
And of course it wasn’t a Quantum Leap for me to decide that if I could read a Kindle, then it would be OK for me to publish on Kindle
Just to refresh your memory in case you forgot
I think you know where this is going
So I did.
I bought a Kindle.
I published my first e-book.
Now I’m unashamedly telling you all about it.
The book is entitles: ‘The Twilight Lawns Chronicles’.
(That’s a coincidence, isn’t it?)
‘The Twilight Lawns Chronicles’: prologue (or something like that)
This isn’t a prologue, really. It’s the introduction from the book itself, but it will give you an idea of what to expect
Twilight Lawns, Residential home for Distressed Gentlefolk
Enter through the great gates of Twilight Lawns and meet some of the residents, the staff and not least, Mrs Hilda Plantagenet-Featheringstonehaugh, Matron of this well organised facility.
Take in the lovely grounds and outbuildings and the gracious house itself.
Gaze in awe at a tide of pastel cardigans and felt hats.
Meet Maude, the knower of all things.
Watch Tom Mould, the gardener, and his talented assistant, Raj, as they tend the lawns and herbaceous borders, and wonder what on earth Raj is up to now.
Take afternoon tea, and share a slice of Battenberg cake with Mrs Prendergast.
Try to have a meaningful conversation with one or two of our older residents.
In this amazingly well written book you will find a series of tales concerning Twilight Lawns, Residential Home for the Elderly, the Distressed, but most importantly, the Well Bred.
Join the Residents at play.
Take tea with Elspeth and Hermione.
Marvel at the wisdom and organisational abilities of Maude.
Join us at night for a last digestive biscuit and Senapod tea.
Then Medication Time and bed.
Are you up for it?
If so, look no further than here.
Good luck, and thank you for your interest.
If you would like to know more, go to amazon.com (US) or amazon.co.uk(UK).
Do you have a Kindle? Do you have Mac? Do you have a PC? Do you have any kind of e-reader?
And don’t worry of you don’t have an e-book or a Kindle or any of the other ways of reading this. Amazon can hardly wait to sell you one or you can get a free app for almost any device imaginable. I believe there’s an app so that you can read it on a set of heated rollers, a microwave oven or a standard steam iron.
Hub pages won;t let me put in any link so I'll have to hope that you won't be deterred.