Monday, 10 December 2012

Inspirational Move to Wales leads to Book Success

Embark on Nina Milton and you won’t stop reading…
(Naomi Lewis, Sunday Observer)

 I moved from Bristol to Ceredigion in west Wales a year or so ago with the desire to live simply, eating our own veggies and the eggs from our hens, and to enjoy the rolling green landscapes and slower pace of life. I also hoped it would inspire my writing, and that’s certainly been the case. Since arriving, I’ve divide time between the writing desk and the garden, not to mention our lively, ever expanding social life. Tranquil, yes, but boring? Not in our house.

 I’ve been concentrating on a number of projects since moving, and the first bears fruit today, with the publication of my latest book for older children. It’s out as an ebook today, Monday the 10th December, and already other writers are acclaiming it.
Jane Rogers,winner of this year's Arthur C. Clark award for her novel about a 16 year old girl, The Testament of Jesse Lamb, says of Tough Luck...Gripping storytelling – Brandon’s voice is strong and convincing, his world vividly imagined...

 Tough Luck is for kids who are becoming confident readers, and is the story of Brandon, a 13 year-old boy who’s tough luck always leads him in into trouble. There’s a gang out to get him, and a mystery to solve, and Constable Webb is on his case, catching him out whatever he does. All because a conker fell on his head! But when Brandon and his class mate Helen get to know Jake Silver, a slave boy from the eighteenth century, they learn just what tough luck can really mean…

 Jean Burnett, historic author (Who Needs Mr Darcy? published by Sphere) says; Tough Luck is a multi-cultural fable, a painless history lesson, and very good fun.  A first rate young adult read...

 Tough Luck is set in my home city of Bristol and deals with powerful themes, especially racism, belonging and of course, luck! Through Brandon’s and Helen’s eye, the reader enters the world of children growing up in a tough city today, but also the world of a child who was growing up as a black slave two hundred years ago. Tough Luck is out from ThornBerry Publishing as an ebook available on Kindle and other ebook media from 10th December.You can buy it via the link :

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Tough-Luck-ebook/dp/B00AKYS0O4/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1355128861&sr=8-2

 When sales are established, it will also come out as a paperback.

My previous novel for older children is Sweet’n’Sour published by HarperCollins. It is available now as a paperback from Amazon.  

Thank you, everyone who has endorsed the book; I’m so glad you enjoyed reading it. Now I’m asking all my friends and acquaintances to download Tough Luck onto their Kindle, Ipad or whatever, and leave a review on Amazon if you possibly can, as my writing compatriot, Shirley Wright,  author of Time out of Mind (also published byThornberry) already has....
An engaging and moving novel, Tough Luck tackles issues that confront most teenagers today. Drawing upon Bristol’s dark history of the slave trade, this story of inner-city racial tensions challenges children to think about the ability of individuals to make their own luck and so change the future...

Don’t forget, with Christmas coming up, Tough Luck will make a great gift for screen-keen kids of around 8 to 13, and, with its low price and even lower postage costs, it won’t break the bank. Just contact me on kitchentablewriters@live.com if you would like me to ‘sign’ the book via email.




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