The Lady in Yellow is my best selling novel, a Victorian Gothic Romance
For the next couple of days, the e-book will be 99 censt on all platforms.
The Lady in Yellow: A Victorian Gothic Romance!
A young governess gets her first job in a stately home in the wilds of Yorkshire, only to discover that the family she serves suffer from an ancient, bestial curse.
This is my best selling book. Some of you missed my first promo in February, so I thought I’d take advantage of my Amazon exclusivity and do it again. Amazon is setting the promo at Amazon.co.uk. This is great because so many of my stories take place in the UK and are based in British history and culture—and magic!
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I missed my first deadline, but made my second one. Not too bad for an Indie, is it? After all, I create my own deadlines.
It’s still a very serious thing. I hate to be a disappointment…
This is a book about shape shifters, so why not?
I was a amazed at what my beta reader, filmmaker Katy Planchette, had to say as she was hunting for typoes:
“Your story is gyhijfghnk there are no words! Soooo much progress and growth since that first draft. It all connects properly now.
I’m about a fifth of the way done on my check for typos but it’s hard seeing as I keep getting so involved in the story and want to read on quicker!!!
It’s so wonderful…also when he comes on horseback it reminds me of Eyes Wide Shut at the party…
Jane Eyre is my favorite novel and this is sioooo a modern day Jane Eyre but originally reconstructed..what a selling point too…you have NAILED IT!!!!!!!!
I really think that if you got hit by a bus tomorrow you could die happy because you have contributed a truly beautiful, inspiring meaningful and challenging, in a way, piece of art…
It is the culmination of a life’s work soooooo amazing!!!!!!
I am lucky I even know you! Also it even has the Twilight element of the unattainable guy coming round just for the girl… ”
I don’t get the Eyes Wide Shut thing, but is this resonates with you, don’t you think you should Buy This Book?
You’ve heard of The Woman in White and The Woman in Black now meet The Lady in Yellow.
When young Veronica Everly takes a position as governess to a pair of identical twins, she did not expect to join a family of werewolves, or to fall in love with her handsome employer, Rafe de Grimston. When Rafe makes her promise to redeem them all, she is faced with an agonizing choice. First she must uncover the mystery of the Lady in Yellow.
If you like Henry James’s “A Turn of the Screw”, Charlotte Bronte’s “Jane Eyre”, or “Beauty and the Beast”, I’m sure you will enjoy this story.
<TThe original book cover by Angela Holmes shows Veronica out on the moor. I love the image but her lack of a yellow dress confused my beta readers.
Veronica Everly grows up in a Catholic orphanage called Saint Mary’s where she discovers she has a talent for teaching. In Victorian England there were not very many options for girls like Veronica outside of marriage. At age nineteen, in order to support herself, she begins a career as a governess.
When the story opens we see her interviewing for a job. She needs it badly, for her only other option would be to stay at Saint Mary’s and become a nun. This is the last thing she wants to do! Based on Veronica’s experience at Saint Mary’s with a “mad child”, the agent, Mr. Crowe offers her the position of her dreams: live- in as governess to the children of a wealthy Yorkshire family. A lot is to be expected of Veronica, for their father is often away, and their mother has mysteriously disappeared.
When she arrives at Belden House, a stately home at the edge of the known world, Veronica meets her charges, identical twins, in the garden. Jacques and Jacqueline, who together are called Jack, love to play strange, macbre games. Mrs. Twig, the secretive housekeeper, warns Veronica that they will disappear sometimes, but will discuss it no further.
The twins do disappear.
Wolves howl in the distance.
A strange woman appears in the garden wearing an ancient yellow gown… When she sees Veronica, her eyes turn red as blood.
Who is the lady in yellow?
There were many sources of inspiration for this story that are a sort of compendium of some of my favorite things.
Victorian England, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, The Turn of the Screw by Henry James, The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins, A photos by Sir Simon Marsden, antique dolls, ancient grimoirs, ghosts, werewolves, tombs and ruins, walled gardens, twins, art, British folk ballads and lore, the symbolism in nature. There are shades of Charles Dickens, and the medieval Courts of Love as well.
All of these influences have built up an eerie atmosphere of mystery, curiosity and portent, designed to seize the reader, pull them and keep them chewing their nails until the end.
The Power of Intuition in Fiction Writing
I had no idea that the Turn of the Screw had been made into a film – again – in 2009. In looking for images for this page, I found a picture of Miles who looks the spit of how the twins in The Lady in Yellow. This kind of synchronicity never ceases to amaze me.
I wrote The Lady in Yellow as a novella and, in the interests of science, published it on Amazon Kindle and Smashwords in 2012. I had no idea what I was doing as publisher and was just testing the waters. But like all things Internet, things spread all over, including my publishing experiments.
The Lady got loads of downloads on Smashwords in one day! In three days well over 100. I was shocked and felt totally unprepared.
Reviews came in. Excellent reviews. The one criticism being that it was too short and should be developed.
Since I totally loved writing the novella, I embarked on expanding The Lady in Yellow. It had much more potential than I thought. It now is a full blown novel of over 100,000 words!
Just for you…
The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
Jane Eyre but Charlotte Bronte
Beauty and the Beast
Pre-Raphaelite painters and poets
This photgraph by Sir Simon Marsden of a mural at Chateau Villeneuve in France called The Lady in Yellow.