It's here at last - The Jewel Of St Petersburg. My latest book's Publication Day in the US.
I wake with the soles of my feet tingling and my pulse beating too fast. It's a great feeling after a year's hard work, not just by me but by my whole team at Berkley - my editor Jackie Cantor, as well as those in Production, PR, Sales and Marketing. Thanks guys. I want to say a particularly big thank you to Berkley's design department who have done a fabulous job on the cover. It's truly sumptuous.
Good early reviews are coming in:
"Gripping, elegant and fierce, this is a classic war-torn love story, and Furnivall's best yet." Library Journal
"A delight for Furnivall's fans, and equally a joy for those new to her work." Publishers Weekly
"A memorable love story that will speak to readers' hearts and minds." Romantic Times Magazine
"A jewel of a book." Barnes & Noble.com
One thing readers are probably not aware of is the significance of Amazon at book-launch time. Amazon is the largest bookseller in the world and during the first few weeks of a book's life, you'd be surprised at how many publishers and authors keep a sharp eye on what comments are being posted on the Amazon website. It gives them a finger-on-the-pulse feel of public reaction to a book. If you like an author's work, take the time to say so. It's easy if you are signed up to Amazon, and authors honestly do appreciate it.
Communication with my readers is part of what makes this whole writing thing so rewarding for me. So hey, if you enjoy The Jewel Of St Petersburg, do me a favour and stick a comment on Amazon. And if you want to talk more, you can email me as well on firstname.lastname@example.org - I promise I'll reply to every one of them.