…that’s it you can see above, now taking the place of the random pix WordPress so kindly supplies. It’s the work of my very good chum Wendy Patterson, who actually specialises in painting Scottish wildlife scenes on slate, so this is a new departure for her.
I first met Wendy more than 20 years ago when I owned and ran a wee pony-trekking centre in the Scottish Borders. She lived in the nearby village, but she was at my place as often as her Mum would allow, because she was madly in love with one of my ponies – a very pretty little Welsh Mountain called Thimble. The two of them made a very sweet picture!
Wendy now has two young children of her own and she’s doing a great job of passing on her love of horses, dogs and wildlife to them.
I’m really delighted Wendy’s done the cover illustration – I had nine books published with Mills and Boon (under the pen-name of Rachel Elliot) and while I could find no fault with any of their covers – I never really felt they were mine, because I’d had no say whatsoever in their design. Working with Wendy is so different – she took my ideas and interpreted them in her own way – a way she knew I would love. I hope this is just the start of a long and happy collaboration.
As you’ll gather from the title ‘Forbidden Love – and other stories’, this book is actually a collection of short stories. The main one is about bad-boy rockstar Jake Lee and his first love. Wendy and I had great fun deciding what sort of guitar he should be carrying!
The plan is to publish as an e-book – probably via Smashwords so that it can go onto various readers – but to also do print-on-demand for readers who prefer to have a proper, physical book – and it will be on audiobook, which brings me neatly to the third member of the gang.
TV reporter and presenter Kim Inglis is the voice on the audio version of Forbidden Love and Other Stories – and she does a fantastic job. I’ll tell you more about Kim in the next instalment – and, if I can get my head round the technology, I’ll upload a sample of the book. Wish me luck!