Do you remember what Christmas Eve felt like when you were a child? That sense of heightened anticipation. The hours dragging by. And, underneath it all, the vague disquiet that perhaps Father Christmas never received your list of presents and he'll forget to visit your house...
I'm full of those same mixed feelings, because the release date for my eBook is coming closer and closer. In all the excitement and exhaustion, I feel like a kid waiting for Christmas Day to arrive so I can unwrap my parcels and share them with others. And, underneath those good feelings, I'm filled with an awful sense of disquiet because the moment of truth about my novel is approaching more quickly than I thought.
Here's a sneak preview of the blurb that I'll be posting on the distribution sites such as Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords and Scribd:
After a decade in prison for a murder she did not commit, Lulu begins a new life at the Court of St Jerome in the Old Sea City. An albino, abandoned as a young child at a Holding Camp for unwanted children, she has always been ostracised, for her difference to others makes her an easy victim of prejudice.
Once, she believed, she had a friend to love her. Then that friend betrayed her and Lulu learned that hate is safer than love. But, from Jamila to Granny Zahra, the people of St Jerome’s appear to accept her into their fold. Against a backdrop of never-ending war, the women of the court fight their personal demons: hatred, ambition and greed. As Lulu shares their victories and their losses, she learns to trust again, perhaps even to love.
Nothing, however, is as it seems and Lulu discovers that love does not always wear the face of the one you yearn to call beloved.
This compelling story explores the sacrifices people make in the pursuit of a love that transcends everyday existence. Lulu’s quest, and that of Jamila and Zahra too, is to find the divine love that will fulfil their hopes and save their souls...if they can recognise the masks of those who seek to lead them astray.
What do you think? Does it make you want to peek beneath the wrapping? Do you think the book trailer I made accurately reflects the blurb? Any advice is welcome!
And would you be willing to host me as a guest blogger either as an author interview discussing my novel, or on another topic if you wish, such as a writing tip or a South African interest or a discussion topic? If you would like to host me, please email me so we can set a mutually agreeable date.
For those of you who like to source their quotes, the title of this post comes from Shakespeare's Anthony and Cleopatra, Act II, Sc ii.