‘Asylum’ ~ Update

It’s just over two months since I hit the scary publish button on Asylum – and I am absolutely delighted to say that the feedback has been fantastic and more than I could have hoped for.
As you know, I was a little apprehensive about releasing Asylum because it is so different to my other books – a world away in fact – and I wasn’t totally sure how my readers would react to such a genre change – but thankfully it has been well received – Phew!
I am glad now that I removed some of the more darker elements of the story – as I don’t believe that the book lacks without them, and I think that they would have been a step too far into the realms of gory and disturbing, which the book just didn’t need. I am happy that I have managed to get the balance right, as I really did agonise over it.
Here’s hoping the next few months will bring even more great reviews (because those buggers are really hard to get) and Asylum keeps on moving 🙂

ASYLUM
Waking in Melrose Manor Psychiatric Hospital, Emily Baxter is shocked to discover that she stands accused of the death of her mother, and that her father has all but abandoned her.
As Emily struggles to recall any memories of her life prior to Melrose Manor, she remains adamant that she is not the cause of her mother’s death, she is not crazy, and she will prove her innocence, even if it breaks her.
Facing the possibility of never being freed, and enduring daily abuse at the hands of the nursing staff, Emily must stay strong if she is to fight back and escape.
Emily has many questions, but each one is met with more lies, more confusion and more abuse.
Is her mother really dead?
Would her father have had her committed to a mental asylum?
Why can’t she remember anything?
Can she trust anyone?

Top reviews from United Kingdom – Amazon

Fezzy 5.0 out of 5 stars Draws you in to the story and keeps you there
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 February 2021
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I don’t get a lot of time to read books, but this one is so immersive I couldn’t put it down, you are drawn into the story and the author has done an amazing job of keeping you there throughout.
Highly recommended.

mrs d broome5.0 out of 5 stars Dark and thrilling
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 3 January 2021
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Wow wow wow . What a book, extremely powerful and couldn’t put it down. Hence the reason I’ve finished so quickly. Its a fantastic dark read. Highly recommend it.

Kim Parr5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 January 2021
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A gripping read, excellent plot, couldn’t put it down. Well done, looking forward to reading the next book by Emma.

Becki5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic and thrilling read
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 3 February 2021
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This book has a fantastic and gripping storyline. It will have you on the edge of your seat with its thrilling and intense twists and turns as the story progresses. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

anne5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping to the end
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 December 2020
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What a great read, this is gripping right to the end, gave me the shivers reading this, fantastic.




Asylum – update

So I reckon I have around twenty hours worth of writing to do before draft one of Asylum is complete, as I have made some serious headway this weekend.
I genuinely will be glad when this particular book is finished, as it’s been quite challenging to write.
My books are normally funny, sarcastic, light-hearted (with the exception of Relentless) but even Relentless wasn’t as hard to write as this one.
I suppose the difficulty is due to this book being a lot darker than I would normally write, and I have struggled with just how dark a book can be without it being too deranged, but I think I now have the balance right.
I will be proud of myself once it’s completed, but also glad that this particular journey will be over.



Book cover re-vamp

I decided to re-vamp Tiff and bring back her original covers.
I absolutely love these ones. 🙂
If you have these books on your Kindle, the images will automatically update within a week or so. 🙂* Book 5 (the final one in the series) is under way *

Promoting

So you’ve written your book, self published it, and you now have the finished product in your hands, you sigh with relief because the hard work is over, right?

Not right 😭

Now you need to promote, advertise and market your work, and boy it’s tough. 

I think I struggle most with this part of my writing life. It’s definitely a challenge to get your book noticed, to encourage complete strangers to part with their hard earned cash, to take a chance on an indie writer. It’s a daily relentless task. 

Seriously, writing the book is challenging enough, but promoting is craaaazy!

I think I’ve followed pretty much every advertising idea that Google search has to offer, and I’m always thinking of new ways to get my book out there.

I don’t want to become that annoying social media friend that just bangs on and on about my books, but I’m afraid I may be heading that way. (sorry, not sorry)

Definitely support our well known authors, they absolutely deserve it. But maybe also consider buying a book from an unknown, a newbie, a self published author. Trust me they will be extremely grateful. I know that I am. 

I’ll be leaving more copies of ‘Lost’ out and about for strangers to find, now that I have my next batch prepared. You can read more about this on my page ‘Lost’ so fingers crossed its as well received as previous drop offs.

Whatever you do to promote your book, I wish you all of the luck in the world. You’ve got this 👍