Wednesday, 1 May 2019

It's Publication Day... I Did It!

It's Publication Day for my debut thriller, What She Saw, so you will have to forgive me if I'm a tad over-excited! 

I still can't believe it.

It was a year ago when I received the email from my editor, Jennifer, from Bookouture (although, of course, I didn't know she was going to be my editor then). And this is what she had to say about the novel I'd submitted just four days earlier:

'I just spent a glorious weekend reading it and I think you've written an absolute page-turner.'

Could we arrange a time to chat on the phone?

We had that phone call the next day and, when I was offered a two-book deal, it didn't take much encouragement to say yes. Bookouture had, after all, been top of my list of publishers. 

Up until that point, having my novel published had just been a dream. But now, a year later, it's become a reality and I couldn't be happier.

It's been a busy year with many rounds of edits and a new book to write but there have been many wonderful milestones: the day I first saw my cover, the day I held the paperback in my hand for the first time, the day I heard the audio clip, my first five star review. But nothing has been as exciting as waking up to the announcement that my book is now 'out there'. Ready to be read by people I've never met or heard of... not just my family!

So I hope you'll join me in my celebrations, share my news if you'd like to and maybe even buy yourself a little present!

Here is the blurb.

How far would you go to keep your daughter safe?

Everyone knows Leona would do anything for her daughter, Beth: she moved to Church Langdon to send Beth to the best school, built a business to support them and found the perfect little cottage to call home. They hike together, shop together, share their hopes and fears. It’s the relationship every mother dreams of.

But Leona never talks about why they moved to the Lake District.

She’s never told Beth anything about her father.

She says Beth should never speak to strangers. She says Beth doesn’t need friends.

She’s only trying to protect her daughter.

When Leona answers the phone one morning, her heart stops as she hears a voice from her past. 

She’s given her daughter everything, but now she must tell her the truth. And once it’s out, can she keep her little girl safe?

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  1. Congratulations, Wendy! I knew you could and would do it. I never doubted it. This is only the first of many publication days to come, but it will always be the most special for being the first. Enjoy every moment. Love, Tracy xx

    1. Thank you so much, Tracy. I couldn't have done it without you x

  2. Congratulations, Wendy. I hope you revel in this very special day.

  3. Congratulations! Enjoy your day and hope it sells loads.

  4. Many congratulations, Wendy. Enjoy the moment, and many more to come!

  5. Well done, Wendy! Wishing you much success.
    Good wishes Kate Hogan

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  7. So pleased for you, Wendy. I've just finished it and enjoyed it very much. Apart from the suspense, you captured the Lake District so well.

  8. Congratulations Wendy, so pleased this has happened for you. May it be the first of many to come.x

  9. Congratulations Wendy I'm looking forward to reading it. Love the cover too. Relax and enjoy, its one of those moments you'll remember for the rest of your life