The Novel

I've been asked on a few occasions how the novel is coming along. Well, not too bad actually. It's been re-written about four times and edited umpteen times.
Thanks to the generosity of my dear friend Paula Martin who has edited, proof read, given lots of advice and made invaluable suggestions. All the time working on her own novel, the next one in her 'Irish Series' Irish Deception. This is going to be a fantastic read. Go and have a look at her website.

Back to Resolution. After Paula had put me on the right track and I added her suggestions and took out the padding or unnecessary scenes - the odd tear was shed here - the book was ready to be formatted in the hope it will be digitally printed in the not too distant future. I had 'typed' the manuscript in a pretty old-fashioned way, the way I was taught to type. This, of course, is not suitable for digital publication.

I've had a play with a photo and paintshop, plus a lot of help from a friend. Just trying to give myself an idea of what it could look like one day.
It is now with my beta readers and waiting for their comments is very difficult. I know they will be honest with their opinions and thoughts, so long as they are gentle!

I have also written a brief blurb, not quite a synopsis.  So if you're interested here it is.

Carly Mitchell returns to the small town of Yeardon in Yorkshire almost a year after running away on her wedding day. Now she wants to try to make amends with Steve, his family, and the townspeople who had prepared a huge party to celebrate her New Year’s Eve wedding.
She intends to stay only for a few days at the Resolution Hotel, owned by Steve’s parents. However, her plans change when Steve’s father is taken ill, and she feels obliged to step in and help with running the hotel. This also means having to deal with Steve’s antagonism since he has never forgiven her for humiliating him.
Another more pleasant complication comes in the form of Ben Thornton, the local doctor, to whom Carly feels an immediate attraction. They enjoy getting to know each other and falling in love, until a famous model turns up in the town, and monopolises Ben.
At the same time, Steve attempts to get his revenge on Carly by driving a wedge between her and Ben, and by threatening to reveal what he knows about Ben’s troubled past unless Carly leaves town.

The resolution lies in Carly’s hands as she struggles between wanting to flee from the town again and wanting to stay with the man she has grown to love.

What do you think?


  1. Thanks for the acknowledgement. Carol - and also for 'advertising ' my website :-)

  2. Can't wait to read it. It's always fun playing around with covers and photos...

  3. It was a first attempt and a bit of a struggle I have to admit. But, now I know where to go I'll be trying again!

  4. Wow ho kind of Paula to help you like that. Good for her and how wonderful for you. I like your 'not a synopsis' piece. It is intriguing and looks like a page turner. Good luck with it Carol. :)

  5. Thanks Jane. I'm still playing with the photo, just for fun.

  6. Brilliant. I know you have put a lot of hard work into this. Paula is a 'Godsend' and to novices like ourselves, it's wonderful to have a guiding hand. I'll keep my fingers crossed for its positive reviews and an acceptance.

  7. Sounds like it will be a good read Carol, can't wait for it to come out....

  8. Thanks. You may have a long wait!!

  9. SO glad to see it all coming together at last. Well done!

    You ask what we think about the blurb? I think it's great, but it could be shorter. There's a lot of information here that might be best saved for inside the book. Try cutting it in half without giving too much of the plot away.

    Good luck! :-)

    1. Thanks for the advice. I have used this 'blurb' for a publisher, although I have left loads of story out!! However if that doesn't get me any where I'll bear that in mind. But yes, it is starting to come together - looking real! :D

  10. It looks very inviting, Carol.
    Love the top cover photo, draws you in. Can't wait to read it.


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