Talking about Sir Robert Carey

My book GUNS IN THE NORTH is out now – a triple helping of Sir Robert Carey, with the first three books of the series in a handsome omnibus edition (Head of Zeus).

That’s A FAMINE OF HORSES (Sir Robert Carey arrives at Carlisle and wonders why there are so few horses available.)

A SEASON OF KNIVES (Sir Robert’s servant Barnabus is accused of murder)

A SURFEIT OF GUNS (Sir Robert travels to Dumfries to meet King James VI of Scotland where he gets into a lot of trouble)

So I’m going to be at Waterstones Kew, London UK, on Wednesday 26th July at 6.30 pm talking about it. I’m hoping the trains to Carlisle will be running the next day (27th July), because I’ll be at Waterstones Carlisle, UK, at 6.30 pm, talking about Sir Robert Carey’s adventures and the awfulness of the Border reivers.

Now I really enjoy doing these events – and I’ve been doing them since I was 18 which is (mumble mumble) years ago. A long time anyway. And if you’re called Armstrong, Graham or Fenwick or any other Border name, I’ve got some interesting news about your 16th century ancestors.

However this blog is really all about me having proudly made a little video about my events this week and trying to work out how to put it in my blog. It seems to take ages to  upload videos so I’ll try a Youtube link.

Good god, it seems to have worked. Amazing!

I’ll see you at Waterstones.

Hooray! Hooray! “An Air of Treason” by P F Chisholm is out now!

I could do sock-puppetting and tell you that P F Chisholm is a wonderful writer and you should all go and buy this book… If you’re American or want Kindle – buy it here. If you’re British, buy it here.

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But I won’t.

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I’ll just bashfully tell you about the sixth in my series of Elizabethan crime novels under the pen-name P F Chisholm. “An Air of Treason”, starring that dour Borderer, Sergeant Henry Dodd and the dashing courtier and man-of-action Sir Robert Carey. Published by Poisoned Pen Press, is OUT NOW in treebook and ebook.

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What’s in it? Well, Dodd’s in big trouble on the way from London to Oxford and Carey’s tracked down the Queen at last – but she’s ordered him to investigate the most dangerous cold-case of the Elizabethan era. Meanwhile someone wants to poison him.

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Once you’ve bought it and read it – please write a review on Amazon (especially if you liked it). And if you can get at least two of your friends to buy the book too, you’ll ultimately make me a very happy author.

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And then you can read the five earlier books: “A Famine of Horses”, “A Season of Knives”, “A Surfeit of Guns”, “A Plague of Angels”, “A Murder of Crows.” – you can find them here.

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And then you can read my Elizabethan noir ebook about the ambiguous lawyer James Enys in “Do We Not Bleed” – published on Kindle by Climbing Tree Books Ltd – plus a number of other books by me.

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Including a contemporary love-story set in Cornwall in the 1990s which I’d forgotten about until the Publisher insisted on putting it out there. It’s called “Love without Shadows” – it’s not historical but try it anyway. You might like it!

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There are five more historical novels in my backlist which Climbing Tree Books will be bringing out in ebook formats over the next year or so.

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And then there are the very silly stories about Jack the Dog – “I, Jack” and “Jack and Rebel the Police Dog” – all written in Doglish. For those you’ll have to pester HarperCollins, but a new ebook in the series “Jack and the Ghosts” is also available from Climbing Tree Books.

 

And then you can find my Facebook Author Page and Patricia Finney’s Renaissance Facebook Group (someone will ask you about my books to stop spammers).

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Once you’ve done all that, I might have finished the next Enys story – possibly even the next Carey. Climbing Tree Books might have even more weird and wonderful things to read by me and others.

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Enjoy!

The Man in Red – and Nerdy Joy

I\’m a little over-excited at the moment – I\’ve just blogged about it on my publishing company page – find it here at Climbing Tree Books.
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There\’s a wonderful exhibition on called In Fine Style which I naturally went to see. They pose a bit of a mystery: who was the Man in Red, a young man wearing very expensive red clothes from Henry VIII\’s reign?
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I took one look and thought – I know who that is!
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It\’s Carey\’s Dad!
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Follow a discussion about it on Google+ on July 22nd at 2.00 pm UK time.

Hooray for Climbing Tree Books

Sometimes you have to join the party. Ebooks sales are surging – so I\’m turning up with a large bottle of wine and my best party frock. Climbing Tree Books is the new publishing company I\’ve started with a friend called William Essex, specialising in quirky ebooks and occasional beautifully produced collectible treebooks.

There is a new website for Climbing Tree Books and I\’ve just posted something on it. We\’re calling it a soft launch until we get the hang of this publishing lark.

Go on. Take a peek!

 

Ebook Sceptic Converts to Ebook Fan!

How I published two ebooks and learnt to love Kindle.

It\’s not that I have technophobia. No, really, I don\’t. Honest. (Offspring, family and friends, please stop laughing so much. You\’ll hurt yourselves.)

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It\’s just that technology seems to have me-phobia. For instance, doctors now have clever little machines that take your blood pressure so they don\’t have to use their stethoscope. Alas, whenever nurses try to use one on me, it stops working. When an actual doctor uses an old-fashioned sphigmomanometer, no problem. Anything with electronics and a silicon chip – it goes crazy, going from off-the-scale to dead and frightening people.

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All three of my childbirths were marked by machines going wrong, stopping or (on one occasion) bursting into flames. When I was having my third child I warned the nurses not to bring any machine they valued anywhere near me.

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\”Yes dear,\” they said kindly, \”Don\’t worry, it\’s the latest thing.\”

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And they wheeled in the great-grandfather of the dinky things nurses use now for blood pressure. The nurse attached the cuff to my arm and I said, \”You really don\’t want to do that.\”

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\”Yes dear,\” she said, \”Don\’t worry, it won\’t hurt,\” and she switched it on and turned to chat to her friend.

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I swear I did nothing at all except lie there – and watch with interest as the cuff inflated… and  inflated… and inflated… Just as my arm went blue and the cuff looked like a balloon I coughed and said,

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\”Is it supposed to do that?\”

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The nurse turned to tell me it was fine, caught sight of the cuff on the verge of explosion, said a very un-nursely word and switched it off. Then she gave me a fishy look, took the cuff off and wheeled the thing away.

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I once talked about this to the intensive care nurse girlfriend of one of my husband\’s colleagues. \”Yes,\” she said, \”There are people like you. They\’re really ill, they\’re unconscious and full of drip lines and still the machines keep going wrong. You\’d better not get into any bad car crashes because you\’d probably die in ITU.\” My husband found this hilarious.

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It\’s a fact that my computer goes wrong when I\’m in a bad mood (no, the mood comes first!) and my fancy digital cameras never work properly. So you\’ll understand why I don\’t yet own a Kindle or any kind of ereader. They\’re apparently quite sensitive to static electricity.

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However. HOWEVER. With a friend – known as The Publisher – I have just started a tiny publishing company called Climbing Tree Books and we have published two short books of mine as ebooks. Tremulously, I downloaded the Kindle app for PC (so far so good) and looked at my two books…

\”How to Beat Your Son at Computer Games.\”

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\”Writeritis – the Novel Writing Bug.\”

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Oh wow! I\’m so happy. At last I can write and publish without having to deal with corporate publishers and especially not corporate publishers\’ legal and publicity departments. We can market-test some splendid wheeze we have (like \”How to Beat Your Son at Computer Games\”  itself) with only the cost of a cover design and the work of writing the book. The Publisher is a brilliant editor so he does the editing and comes up with catchy titles and chapter headings and blurbs. I\’m now waiting impatiently for him to finish rewriting and editing his extremely scary crime novel and upload it so I can read it again.

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I haven\’t actually \”done\” an ebook myself yet and The Publisher feels it would be a better use of my time just to write things. Can he be afraid that I\’ll crash the Amazon Kindle site? Surely not.