Jul 05

Rhapsody of Moon – Jupiter fights back?


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You may notice a change of theme from last time, having adopted a distinctly sci-fi look to this post’s appearance. This is in recognition of my seventh publication, the novel Rhapsody of Moon

Available in all online bookstores, in eBook and print, tapping Jupiter above will take you there.

For followers of the popular Rhapsody Series, this book continues the twists and turns, romantic escapades and global adventures of nuclear scientist Professor Lauren Hind. Writers amongst you who create series novels will appreciate that in time our well loved protagonists inevitably have to age and should get wiser with experience. But like life generally, things don’t always go to plan. Rhapsody of Moon is written in two halves. In the first half Lauren discovers that having finally achieved her idyllic dream life on the Côte d’Azur with husband Philippe released from a Russian prison, all does not continue in the logical direction she mathematically predicts. Despite enjoying the new experience of baby triplets Magda, Eve and Geri, she becomes restless, wanting to return from maternity leave back to the cut and thrust of leading her global power company Cassini. She is thwarted when a daunting series of complications and tensions creep into her daily routine involving elder daughter Charlotte, struggling with her own new baby, and inevitably involving the machinations of best friend Amélie. To top it all, Philippe’s new political interests create unwanted female problems of old, raising serious doubts about his true intentions and leading to an unforeseen catastrophe, which brings Lauren’s fears and uncertainties together with a dramatic climax.

The second half moves us seven years on and Lauren’s life is transformed, having gained a renewed level of independence alongside her three girls. News of an unexpected death throws her into a long needed reconciliation when she realises she may be falling in love again. She travels to the US to reflect on her feelings and to celebrate the marriage of step-daughter Svet. However, Svet discloses a strange series of research results involving infrared pulses from the depths of the Milky Way, recorded secretly during her astrobiology work at Harvard. Lauren’s visit to Boston becomes an unexpected fun reunion of five female physicists, eager to jointly solve Svet’s unusual problem. But their conclusions become too close to the real causal truth. Inexplicable happenings outside of their control suddenly unfold, leading to a devastating out of this world experience which will disrupt and permanently change all their lives forever.

This is my first venture into a sci-fi plot and has been a challenge to create a women’s fiction story quite different from what Rhapsody readers normally expect, whilst retaining the usual set of characters, humour, hilarity and unintended consequences which Lauren and her friends and family encounter.

Moving on, I’m doing work on further books for 2016. The sequel to Rhapsody of Moon is in preparation for winter 2017, not to be missed by Lauren Hind fans, to be titled Rhapsody of Deception. For writers, a year soon goes by. NaNoWriMo was upon us last November where I researched and then wrote my latest novel and Book 3 of the Mauveine Series Morag just published again involving dyes  and Victorian England. I’m also doing research for a brand new series set in early twentieth century England to be based around the relationship exploits of a fictional science based Bloomsbury Group. The end of the nineteenth century wasn’t only a tumultuous time of change for literature and art as modernism took root, but for science too – the young Picasso and the early post impressionists were very influenced by Einstein, relativity and quantum theory. Delving into past creativity can have interesting consequences. Activities which you take as new 21st century inventions may have been done extensively before. Take our present self publishing. Revolutionary it may appear to be, but Virginia Woolf did it throughout her incredible writing life to get content to readers. In 1916, she and her husband Leonard Woolf purchased a hand printing machine for $25 and set up the Hogarth Press, through which all their subsequent writings would be self published. In those days, to print off something like two hundred copies of a 50 page collection of short stories, required buying and setting up a load of lead type, inking and then hand-printing page by page, or if you invested more, a treadle which did four sheets simultaneously, not good for the knees. Then of course there was stitching in the bindings and covers by hand. Such a run might take six months before you could parcel up your books; you needed much stamina, ingenuity and persistence to get into publishing then. I’m sure Virginia Woolf would have approved of Lightning Source, CreateSpace and Scrivener!

Which takes me to 2016 and the services I offer to indie writers and authors. There is nothing better than a bit of work-based learning, putting in the 10,000 hours and making lots of mistakes to develop new book skills, which we have done with equal determination as the Woolfs. Are you engrossed with writing and no time or knowhow to get your books into print? I provide any typography, formatting and book design for print and eBook, to include colour and hardbacks. If you have any problems and want help, look over my book site Creative Gateway and email me.