COVER REVEAL: THAT ENGLISH LADY!

Your reward for being so very patient and waiting for That English Lady’s cover reveal¬†is finally here!

This was EXACTLY what I had in mind for the cover. I mean exactly! Giant KUDOS to Snow Leopard Publishing’s ultra-talented cover designer! He did an absolutely phenomenal job. See what you think ūüôā

That English Lady Sample 4

Reviews Are Important

The Blue Door.final cover 2 KindleJust a friendly reminder. If you have read my books and haven‚Äôt written a review yet, I would very much appreciate it if you could do so. I know you are all busy with life, as am I, but reviews are extremely important ‚Äď especially for books by little known authors such as myself. It doesn‚Äôt have to be long or go into every aspect of the story, in fact, it is better if it short, to the point, and contains no spoilers.

You can reach my book pages by clicking the below links and choosing the book you want to review.

Amazon; http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_1_13?url=search-alias%3Ddigital-text&field-keywords=the+blue+door+trilogy&sprefix=The+Blue+Door%2Cdigital-text%2C343

And/or Goodreads; http://www.goodreads.com/author/list/48126.Alice_White

And/or Barnes and Noble; http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/-the-blue-door-trilogy-alice-white?store=book&keyword=+the+blue+door+trilogy+alice+white

and http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/-twisted-labyrinth-alice-white?store=book&keyword=+twisted+labyrinth+alice+white

Please, also follow my author page on Amazon; http://www.amazon.com/Alice-White/e/B00DJUC4X4.

Thank you so much in advance xox ‚̧

My Writing Process (writing process blog tour).

My Writing Process (writing process blog tour).

A couple of weeks ago Madison Woods invited me to blog about my writing process as part of the Writing Process Blog Tour. Four questions are posed: 1) What am I working on? 2) How does my work differ from others of its genre? 3) Why do I write what I do? and 4) How does my writing process work?

1) What am I working on?
I’m currently working on a novel/novella called That English Lady.Cover 1 TEL fourth draft It is a tale of time travel with a love story mixed in. Emily, an English lady,¬†and August, an¬†American Army¬†Veteran,¬†meet on the internet. Both have had¬†reason to be in a support chat room, but do not divulge too much about themselves to each other right off the bat. August suggests they meet in person, and invites her to visit him in America.This is their journey. Time travelling to prehistory, Medieval times, and¬†parallel worlds, this is their journey¬†of¬†enlightenment for the places they visit and¬†each other. But who is behind the strange willow tree, which entices them time after time to enter its shroud, and what is that shape in the sky that Emily keeps seeing?
2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?

My work crosses genres, and I think my books offer something fairly unique, in that I am from England myself, but writing/publishing in America. My first four books, The Blue Door Trilogy and their sequel, Twisted Labyrinth, were written in the UK about time travel and the Victorian era in the UK, Such as .which already makes them different to most books published in the US. With my current project I am able to mix the two cultures, I hope with some success.

3) Why do I write what I do?

I have always been fascinated with time travel, fantasy, and “what if?” stories. And that is what my longer works encompass.

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However, just lately I have been branching out into short stories and essays. But these are mostly non-fiction. More of a memoir feel.

4) How does my writing process work?

I try to write every day, but I don’t beat myself up if I can’t. Sometimes life gets in the way, and that is all right. Also, sometimes one has to take a step back in order to see progress ūüôā

I’m a seat of your pants kind of writer. I allow my characters room to tell me what they are up to next. And I think that if the story turns surprise me, sadden me, or cause me to guffaw, there is a strong likelihood the reader will be effected the same way.

Click here to view Madison Woods’ answers, published last week. For next week (September 10th), I invited three more writers to participate, but only two were available for this blog tour:

Can’t wait to read¬†Gil Miller‘s and¬†Pamela Foster‘s answers!

Birthday # 49

The day before yesterday was my 49th birthday. First of all, thank you so much to everyone who sent greetings. I was overwhelmed and moved by all of them

Hubby and I started the day gently, planning to go to Olive Garden for lunch. Well. We got there and the parking lot was chock-a-block!

We had already decided to go over the road to The Tilted Kilt for a bevy afterwards,0824141527-00

(only one, since hubby was driving), so headed over there to see what they had to eat.0824141527-01

Whilst Tiffany served us with our drinks on the spacious and airy patio, I ordered fish ‘n’ chips, and hubby ordered the Irish stew. Let me tell you, both were delicious and ample servings. So ample, in fact that neither of us could quite finish.0824141510-00

So it came time for us to move along, and we paid for our lovely meal, giving Tiffany a good tip for being a perfect hostess. I made an off-the-cuff remark that it was a reverse birthday present.

“Whose birthday?” Tiffany asked.

“Mine.” I blushed.

“Oh my goodness! Why didn’t you tell me earlier? We have something we do for that.”

How was I supposed to know I should have blabbed about my special day right off the bat? I blushed some more, and wondered what she had in store for me.0824141512-00

I didn’t have to wait long. After a five-minute pause, she¬†carried to our table¬†an ice-cream-topped brownie with a candle on top. Then posed with me for a photo.0824141513-00

I think, if you look hard, you can just about see the blown-out candle, but not the ice cream. I was both relieved – I’d had no idea what was in store – and humbled by this gesture. To me, it was a nice touch ūüôā We shall definitely be visiting The Tilted Kilt again.

Onward to the Mall, where I was instructed to seek out some black shorts, (to interchange with my ONLY other pair of khakis. This, dear reader, is easier said than done. Let me assure you most emphatically of that. I had been searching for the article in question for some weeks, without success. The shorts were either too long in the leg, too fancy, (I like plain things), or the wrong material, (I like cottons, canvases, etc.). So. We enter the second store, Express clothing, and lo and behold!WP_20140825_002 There they were in the sale section.

Hallelujah! I supposed that all good things are worth the wait and grabbed them, after making sure they fit, before they were gone.

On we trekked, in search this time of liquid refreshment. No. Not beer, water in my case, and Dr Pepper in hubby’s. I was parched. We walked past Hot Topic, chatting away and I turned.

“Ooh lookie. Doctor Who stuff!”

Of course, we went in, and this is what we ended up with:WP_20140825_006WP_20140825_004

A tee-shirt and a pendant each. As you see, the one I chose is a T.A.R.D.I.S. (Of course it is).

Hubby chose a Weeping Angel, but it did not manifest onto the camera so well. Perhaps it’s for the best, because every Whovian knows that you Don’t Blink when a Weeping Angel is in your sights!

Onward and moving past Spencer’s. We decide to enter and I find a tee-shirt with a skull. WP_20140825_003Now, anyone that knows me is aware of the fact that I like things with skulls on. Hubby bought the tee for me and then we noticed what it actually said.

THE WALKING DEAD.

One of my favourite TV shows. Double Delight! So. We head home, safe in the knowledge that I had enough birthday presents for the next ten years…

I planned to post this blog yesterday, the day after my birthday, and that is another story, which I shall briefly impart:

The other week we bought a TracFone. On the 24th, I took photos, (those above), with the article. Yesterday I attempted to move them to my computer. Simple job, right?

WRONG.

My computer kindly allowed me to install driver software for the new phone, when I had plugged it into a USB port. Then refused to recognize either one…three times. I messaged our T-Mobile “smart phone” with the photos, only to have the “not so smart phone” accept the text, but refuse to show the pictures. Somewhat frustrated,¬†I phoned customer support, who were little to no help, and decided to try the email option. That didn’t work either!

Close to giving up, I noticed a Bluetooth option on both phones. The Trackie and our T-Mobile. Once I got it working there was success! However, it was far too late to do anything about it. Hence, I am posting this blog today.

Cover 1 TEL fourth draftThe whole farce left me so annoyed and lost for time that I didn’t have time to work on THAT ENGLISH LADY, my W.I.P., yesterday at all. Better get a wriggle on with it today…

That way it can, hopefully, soon, (or soon-ISH),  join my other books and become available for all you lovely readers to buy.

On that note, toodaloo, until next time ūüôā

An excerpt from The Blue Door.

In The Blue Door, Katie wears a black dress.

Here is one of my favourite excerpts from the Blue Door Trilogy.

A tastefully decorated, still lavish, room surrounded me. The walls were a dusky pink. The customary chandelier and fireplace were both unlit, and the pink drapes were open in here.

I decided I should really look in the cream wardrobe. I expected to find some more modern clothing than I had seen him wear…but his charade, apparently, stretched to his sister‚Äôs closet too. The black dress he mentioned was evident immediately. It stood out as a black Onyx set among a cluster of Diamonds. It was indeed beautiful.

Black lacy sleeves tapered to fit close to the arms; a long skirt of black lace and velvet panels flowed out and away from the legs; and a velvet bodice, fitted and flatteringly shaped. At the back of the waist sat a large, floppy bow of black velvet. The whole was completed by a ‘sweetheart’ neckline. I liked the dress, which he had chosen for me…I liked it a lot…I liked him.

Next to this dress was a peculiar looking article indeed! It looked like a skirt, of sorts, but was made of some kind of ‘wire’ and seemed far too large to be what it seemed. I decided to leave it where it was and put on the dress.

To find out more about The Blue Door Trilogy, please visit http://alicewhiteauthor.com/ where you can read sample chapters, find out a little more about the author (me), and follow links to purchase books.

THAT ENGLISH LADY. Draft One Complete!

The first real draft of That English Lady, my new book,¬†is complete. I actually typed “THE END” after chapter fifteen and the Epilogue.

Cover 1 TEL fourth draftAnd, as you can see, I have a “provisional” cover. This likely won’t be the final cover, then again…one never knows ūüôā I really just wanted to put a picture in here, truth be told ūüėČ

The much appreciated and continued assistance of my critique group, Northwest Arkansas Writers Workshop, is invaluable to me, especially during the next stage. Cleaning up/editing/polishing. A lot, up to chapter four, has been done, (first time around anyway). I have been trying to keep up with it as I go, so that perhaps it isn’t so daunting to go through the entire book and have to do EVERYTHING all at once.¬†I had to do that with all three Blue Door books and found it rather overwhelming.

I do have a couple more things I would like to add to the first two chapters, (more fore-shadowing, hints, and magical happenings Рbut NO spoilers for later events!). I am already in the process of that, though. The rest is tweaking and polishing.

So, I think I must crack open a Boston Lager this evening in celebration of completing the first stage ūüôā Long way to go still, but the biggest hurdle is out of the way – finishing the first draft. The editing, I really don’t mind. In a lot of ways I find it as much fun as writing the story, and I get to see¬†my work¬†come even more to life through the process ūüôā

Thanks to everyone who has stood by me in my madness of being an author. Especially my husband, Huey. I love you, Honey.

 

FREE E-BOOK: The Blue Door by Alice White

To celebrate the one year anniversary of The Blue Door‘s publication, I have decided to give away The Blue Door, first book¬†in the¬†The Blue Door Trilogy, FREE for five days¬†from¬†June 12th¬†to June 16th, 2014.

I hope many of you will jump on this opportunity to own my first book for free!

Overview of book one, The Blue Door.

                    Introducing Katie; a young woman, living in the 20th Century.The Blue Door.final cover 2 Kindle With her friend, she finds a strange, overwhelmingly enticing, blue door.
Mystery, intrigue, riddles…and, perhaps, romance may lurk behind that door…if the fates are with them. The Blue Door would seem, to them, to be steeped in history and magic.
A halo and a click…and the door opens, of its own accord. The people who dwell behind this mysterious portal would seem to be obsessed with the concept of time travel.

Perhaps they are living in a fantasy world…then again…perhaps they are not…

You can buy The Blue Door Trilogy and its successor, Twisted Labyrinth (Erik‚Äôs Adventures) ‚Äď a stand alone mini-novel, connected loosely to the Trilogy ‚Äď at any of the links below.

Alice White’s Author Central page at Amazon. Here, you have access to all four books, in both digital and paperback, as well as information about the author. As a bonus, if you buy the paperback here, you can get the digital (for Kindle) absolutely FREE!

Alice White at Barnes & Noble, for those who prefer paperback books alone. No digital versions here!

You can also access the books and information about them at;

Alice White’s Facebook author page, The Blue Door Website, and Goodreads.

Other books in The Blue Door Trilogy series.

Overview of book two, Beyond The Blue Door.

                    In this second instalment of The Blue Door Trilogy: Katie is all set to continue her time-travelling adventures, with her true love, Xavier. They will visit times and places that are new, some that are familiar, and some places; which had regressed into myth and legend; until now. One of these places holds the key to a new friendship, a new story; and perhaps, a new destiny…

Overview of book three, Return To The Blue Door.

                    This final instalment of The Blue Door Trilogy will see Katie and her beau; shocked to discover that they, once again, must face the Blue Door. Strange times lie ahead for the pair, as wrongs are righted; ghosts are laid to rest and a family member is acting very strangely… Old friends will re-appear and new friends will enrich their, already extra-ordinary, lives. They will embark upon the most surreal journey of their lives, with a love story that, literally, spans the ages; arriving at a final destination neither could have imagined possible…

Overview of Twisted Labyrinth (Erik’s Adventures), the stand alone mini-novel, connected to The Blue Door Trilogy.

¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† In this postscript to The Blue Door Trilogy: Erik embarks upon an incredible adventure. Katie and Xavier, his new ‚Äėtime-traveller‚Äô friends from the 20th Century had gone through their ‚Äėblue door‚Äô. He did not know if he would ever see them again Erik had immediately regretted his decision not to take them up on their wonderful offer to go with them and had been wishing for them and the year 2009‚Ķ Katie‚Äôs era. On a possible miscalculation, he meets ‚ÄėElizabeth‚Äô, in the year 2000, and falls in love. She seems to be perfect. Like Katie: Elizabeth is kind, unique and honest. Erik thinks he has finally found the happiness he always craved and is prepared for a blissful, trouble-free life with Elizabeth in 20th Century England. However, nothing is ever as it seems‚Ķ

Amazon promoting my books

I just received an email from Amazon about my own books!
I am assuming they send these out to anyone who has bought books of these genres, (apparently, including the author of said works), which is awesome.
The wider reach the better.
WTG, Amazon, and thank you!¬†ūüėÄ

A Jeep, a burger, shopping and a nice house

We just had a wonderful afternoon in town, just shooting around in our gorgeous Jeep in the sunshine, ending with a little grocery shopping.

How can that be wonderful?

You may well ask.

We went to Marvin’s, a completely different experience to Wal-Mart, and all together more relaxing. I bought part one and part two of Stephen King’s “Under The Dome”. It looked interesting and apparently has an Iraq war veteran in it. Since the¬†main character in the book I am currently writing is also an Iraq war veteran, it struck a chord ūüôā

I shall place both books on the bottom of the VERY long list of books I have yet to read…

We had lunch at Backyard Burgers. If any of you live in NW Arkansas and have never been there I suggest you give them a try. Their burgers are to die for.

On the way home, Huey made sure we drove past some of my favourite houses en route. I love our house, of course, but that doesn’t stop me admiring others too ūüôā I particularly have a soft spot for this one and always have had. I love the style. SANYO DIGITAL CAMERA