Posts Tagged ‘saga’

Writing a Multi-Generational Story

Three Mothers – a multi-generational novel that deals sensitively with the infinitely complex and fascinating nature of mother-daughter bonds – releases today in ebook. To mark the occasion, Sonia Lambert discusses her experience of writing Three Mothers.

Hello. I’d like to tell you about how I came to write Three Mothers.

I started working on the book after my daughter was born.

The months just before and after the birth of a baby are such a strange time – wonderful and awful and emotional, all at once. I was surprised by how much the experience reminded me of two other big upheavals in my life – the death of a parent, and also the feeling of falling in love. It was exhilarating, frightening and unsettling. I lived from one moment to the next, and everything seemed turned upside-down. I had to reinvent who I was, and everything I thought I knew.

I began wondering about how this had been for my mother, and my grandmother. I started thinking about the big moments in their lives, and the amazing upheavals they’d survived. Through becoming a parent myself, I began to feel I had more in common with them. Perhaps they had hopes, and dreams, and secrets I’d never considered? I asked questions. I used some of their best stories – but the characters in my book evolved to become very different from my real-life family.

The book is about mother-daughter relationships – the way you rebel against your mother, but also keep her inside you. I was thinking about how we choose the things we’d like to pass on, and also about the way our decisions go on to affect our children.

I tried to be truthful, and to write, about how things felt to me. After Three Mothers was published, it was wonderful to hear back from readers, and to find that my story resonated with them.

I put everything I had into this, and it is very close to my heart. I really hope you like it too.

Three Mothers releases in ebook today and is available from all good retailers.

 

Happy publication day to Jessica Blair!

On a blustery winter evening, curled up in front of a fire or even snuggled up under the duvet, you’ll find the Entice team with (what else but?) a great read! And luckily, the perfect holiday ebook has released today!

Whispers in the Snow is the first novella written by saga author Jessica Blair and combines ghost story with Christmas in a bite-sized serving of period story-telling. And it’s out now!

 

December 1964.

Kate Slater has been brought up in London by an Aunt who she has always called Mum because she never knew her mother and father. Two years after her Aunt dies, Kate receives a letter from a solicitor in Lincolnshire, telling her that if she contacts him in person she could learn something which might be to her advantage.

Kate has never been north of London and does not relish heading to Lincolnshire especially as snow has been forecast. She is inclined to ignore the letter, but something or someone ushers her to head there. Kate learns from the solicitor that she has been left a property by an Aunt she never knew existed. She is taken to inspect the cottage. It is in bad repair, isolated, near an old wartime airfield. Kate’s immediate reaction is to sell it and return to London. But then the whisperings of ghosts grow stronger and urge Kate to stay.

Cynthia Harrod-Eagles introduces I, Victoria

Piatkus Entice are delighted to publish yet another wonderful novel by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles. Cynthia tells the story of Queen Victoria in this sweeping tale of a Monarch whose life was  colourful, enthralling and with love and romance always in her heart . . .

I used to have favourite periods of history, and those I avoided.  One of the latter was the Victorian age. I had never studied it, and thought it would be dull. The images one somehow absorbs – humourlessness, prudery, stuffiness and wall-to-wall domestic propriety – do not have the obvious magnetism of, say, the court of Charles II or the affairs of Henry VIII.

However, writing the Dynasty series forced me to cover everything, and taught me that every period has its fascination. And the Victorian age is one of the most dynamic and rapidly-changing times in our history. Machinery, manufacturing, medicine, travel, the arts, the sciences – every field witnessed a great leap forward. A million small inventions profoundly changed the lives of every citizen: safety matches, fountain pens, cooking stoves, chloroform… Just think of having washable cotton clothes, instead of heavy, smelly wool. Think how frozen and tinned food revolutionised the diet.

And the railway. In all of man’s history he had never been able to travel over the surface of the earth faster than a horse could carry him. And horses have to rest. Now, people, goods and ideas could race from one end of the country to the other in hours instead of days. You could read the London newspaper in Leeds, eat fresh mackerel in Mansfield.

At the heart of this social convulsion was Victoria. Brought up in obscurity and near-imprisonment, hurled at a shy and ignorant 18 into a firece spotlight and huge responsibility, this tiny woman came to rule half the world.

The Victorian Age takes its name from her, yet Victoria herself was in character a Georgian: a hearty, fun-loving hedonist, fond of dancing, food and wine, parties and games and silly jokes. She was quick-tempered, loyal, generous, determined and sentimental. She was a sensualist who loved the pleasures of the bedroom.

The traits we think of as Victorian really belong to her husband, the handsome, studious, intellectual Albert. He had seen in his own family the terrible consequences of debauchery, of drink, drugs, gambling and promiscuity. His adored mother had been sent away for adultery when he was a little boy; his father and brother suffered from syphilis. His understandable reaction was a retreat into ironclad virtue. Marrying Victoria, he wanted to preserve her and his children from the same degradation, to reform the court and if possible the whole country. Merry England should become Modern England. Rabelais was out, Rationality was in.

How did these two very different characters manage to live together? The answer is, stormily. The head-on clash between Victoria’s fiery temper and Albert’s chilly stubbornness seemed likely to split the marriage and the court apart.What saved them was a deep, tender and richly erotic love: however much they quarrelled, they could always be reconciled in bed.

This, then, is the background to I,VICTORIA: a love-story that changed the world and the birth-pangs of a new age. How could I ever have thought the nineteenth century would be dull?

I, Victoria is available from Piatkus Entice now!

 

The joy of a delightful saga!

Christmas might not be here yet, but Piatkus Entice are delighted to announce that they will be publishing a gorgeous festive novella by Jessica Blair, Whispers in the Snow, on the 4th of December. In the meantime, the Piatkus Entice editors couldn’t help but share their love for sagas with us all – and what these sweeping, heartfelt and memorable reads mean to them!

 

 

 

 

Grace says:

Just like my weekly fix of Downton Abbey or reading my treasured Jane Austen, UK saga books allow me to escape my present and explore the past. It’s remarkable to look into the normal lives of all classes and all ages and find what points I can relate to – surprisingly many! The strength of women is one theme I particularly enjoy and the perseverance of love – of course!

Anna says:

I remember, at about ten years old, discovering my grandmother’s collections of Victoria Holt  and Danielle Steele. Two harems, a struggling country lass and a Russian princess later I was absolutely hooked, a complete convert to the sweeping, gloriously epic, multi-generational story. I love staying with characters and seeing how they change over the years, love the different parts of the world they cover and the reassuring moral certainties – you know that the baddies will reveal themselves and eventually meet their just deserts in a satisfyingly horrible way! Finally, I also love their sheer weight – there’s something very soothing about a book with a bit of heft to it, promising happy hours of complete absorption in an altogether more dramatic world! I’m delighted to see them coming back and am definitely looking out for the next big saga author – we’re doing very well with Jessica Blair and Ken McCoy and it’s a genre I’d love for Piatkus to publish more of. If you’d like to discover some new, brilliant sagas visit our Entice Saga selection here.

Caroline says:

I absolutely love the saga genre and I’ve been a longstanding reader and fan of authors Annie Murray and Margaret Dickinson. There’s a wonderful sense of comfort in reading this genre, and I can find myself getting completely lost in the characters’ worlds for hours at a time! It’s addictive, page-turning reading! Just out on Piatkus Entice is Margaret Sunley’s Fields in the Sun and this compelling family saga, set in the nineteenth-century Yorkshire Dales, is a superb read.

 

Fields in the Sun is available from Piatkus Entice now!