It’s always wonderful to welcome Nancy Jardine to my blog. Her new time travel novel, The Taexali Game, is out now in paperback and on Kindle. She is a prolific author with many books to her name, and for this title she decided to go down the self-publishing route for the first time. I’ll hand straight over to Nancy who will tell you more about this exciting novel and her adventures in self-publishing.
Hello again, Jeff. It’s always great to visit you but today it’s even more exciting since without your editing help I might not have been writing this promotional material. What follows is a bit of background for your readers.
On the 7th May 2015, I self-published The Taexali Game—a historical Time Travel novel for the Teen/YA market—in print via Createspace. On the 11th May 2015, the kindle version hit the ebook shelves across the Amazon network. This was my first ever venture into self-publishing and a huge learning curve. What prompted me to write the book? And why did I go down the self-publishing route?
Back around 2004-2005, so long ago I can hardly remember it, I was elated with the end of term ‘round up’ stories that my class of 11-12 year olds produced after studying Celtic/ Roman Britain. I joked that someday I’d write a companion novel about Celts and Romans that would be great as a class reader during a future project with the same historical context. It’s taken me a very long time to get this story to the polished version of today—with lots of lifting, redrafting and shelving once more—given that the very first draft was started during the ensuing school summer holiday.
Since I gave up teaching in 2011 and began my writing career, that manuscript has niggled and niggled at me. Last year, I asked Jeff Gardiner if he would professionally edit it for me. He came back with many positives about the manuscript and a ‘wheen o’ negatives’—but they were fabulous suggestions. I was absolutely delighted with the end result after I implemented Jeff’s advice and I hope everyone reading the book will be, too. So…that’s why Jeff has been crucial to me publishing this novel.
The reasons for self- publishing are that the action for the whole story takes place in the area where I used to teach, and the area in which I currently live—Aberdeenshire, Scotland. As well as a global selling market, I’m hoping for a local one for the print books since I already sell my Crooked Cat Published novels (for general audiences) at FOCUS Craft Fairs around Aberdeenshire. If I do the marketing and promoting successfully for The Taexali Game in the local area, I’m hoping to achieve my original intention for the novel to be read by students doing a historical topic on Ancient Celts and Romans.
Jeff (and author friends like him) plays a crucial part in my global promotions for the novel—by freeing up blog space as Jeff has done today—and I’ll be off-a-begging for more blogging opportunities as soon as I complete this post!
Here’s the blurb:
Everyone loves playing advanced interactive computer games, don’t they?
Callum Fraser’s games are totally awesome but when his Rubidium Time-Leap flips Aran Bruce and his best friends—Brian and Fianna Fraser—back to AD 210, the reality is incredible. They have a task list to fulfil, which includes solving a local mystery, but it’s a nightmarish business when Ancient Roman Emperor Severus and his legions heap death and destruction on the Taexali Celts of northern Britannia.
Giving help to Celts and Romans alike becomes a lethal assignment—some Celtic chiefs are as foul as Severus and his beastly son Caracalla. Dicing with death becomes the norm for the time travellers from Kintore, Aberdeenshire.
Will they complete the mission and return to Callum unscathed?
Thank you, Jeff, for being a fantastic editor. He’s one I can heartily recommend to anyone who is willing to listen to great advice. And thank you for allowing me to share with your readers.
The Taexali Game is available from Amazon outlets in print and ebook formats.
Nancy Jardine’s Amazon UK Author page: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Nancy-Jardine/e/B005IDBIYG/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0
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