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Sunflower by Cass J. McMain

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SUNFLOWER

by

Cass J. McMain

Sunflower

Michael is a metalworker with a name for building good fences. He’s even known by some neighborhood kids as Mr. Fence Man. But he wants to be something more: an artist like his former business partner, Alex. An artist, like his girlfriend, Jess, wants him to be. The commissions are starting to come in, and along with steady work making fences, things are looking good. The only problem he has is with his closest neighbor, who won’t allow visitors to pass through a gate between their properties. This dispute becomes a fight and Michael, enraged, makes a wrong choice.


Haunted by the result of his choice, Michael starts to fall apart: a death weighs down on him, exposing the weaknesses in the persona he was creating for himself, the weaknesses at the heart of him.

 

Sunflower is a story about a man having a bad day and making one bad choice. But underneath that, it also about his coming to terms with himself: who he is – and who he is not.  Ultimately, Sunflower is about how we define ourselves as people, and how we seek to be what we are not.

An extraordinary and beautiful novel.

Available at

Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Waterstones and Foyles

Blind is FREE this weekend!

Blind July 2013 promo

Arthur Tremonton is a man of wealth and property, yet cursed from birth to live without sight.

Zachary Goodfellow is a young man raised in poverty, once blind, now deaf.

These two, though worlds apart in station and circumstance, have more in common than one might suppose. Not the least of which is the mutual acquaintance of Rebecca Adair, a young woman with an unusual gift, and the wisdom to know that the lack of physical sight is only one of many obstacles which might prevent a man from truly seeing.

Faced with the choice between seeing clearly and seeing truly, which would you choose? Rebecca intends to ask the question of them, but in order to do that, they must be persuaded to meet. Pride, vanity, fear, these prevent them from seeing what they might do for each other, what they might be to one another, if only they would open their eyes.

What would you sacrifice for the gift of sight? What, in fact, does it truly mean to be Blind?

Get your copy now!

What’s next?

hand writtenI’ll tell you.

I have just a few stories left to write in my Sixteen Seasons series, a few are written already and just need to be cleaned up. I think I have one more to write that is connected to Cry of the Peacock, and one to do that is connected to the third book, Gods and Monsters (excerpt one), and one more, I think happier, Christmas story. Once those are complete, I’ll remove the series from publication and publish them as a collection in one volume in autumn 2014.

That previously mentioned third book I will begin final edits on in September, with an anticipated release date of April 2014. I’m really looking forward to that. I really believe it’s my strongest work yet and I’m looking forward to rounding out the series. Those of you who’ve read Moths and Peacock will know it’s not a series in the traditional sense, but rather one connected by a common theme. In Gods and Monsters (excerpt two), however, the three books connect through common characters. I’m really excited to get working on it again. It really is my favorite of the three.

And then…? I think I’ll try something a little different. But I mean to be quiet about that, at least for the time being. Suffice it to say, it will not be historical.

Work on the house is waiting for some money to become liquid. At the moment there isn’t much more than peeling paper and paint and paper selection, which I will get to soon. I promise.

For now, however, I’m enjoying the rest of my summer and getting ready to roll up my sleeves and get back to work writing, rewriting, and getting that last book out there.

Keep your eyes peeled in the mean time for a series of promotions I have coming up. I’m planning on having one book free every month until Gods comes out. Exciting stuff! At least I think so.

 

Little White Liar

My short story for June is up and available! This is another of my more humorous ones, similar in many ways to Blessed Offense. This is another in the collection I’m putting together of loosely themed seasonal stories. It’s also the last, at least until autumn, that I have already written. Which means I need to be getting back to work, doesn’t it?

Prejudice comes in many forms. For Madeleine Woodson, it is the handicap of child’s eyes, which have not yet learned to see the man who has grown up beside her. Will she learn her mistake before it’s too late?

Book Cover Reveal ~ Greenwood Tree

I’m so excited about this! I’ve been waiting for this book for a long time. Greenwood Tree is one amazing concoction of Historical Fiction, Mystery, Fantasy and suspense. It is Agatha Christie and something else all in one. It’s pure imagination at it’s very finest. B. Lloyd is a talent to be reckoned with. She’s my beta reader, my editor, my illustrator and my friend. And I’m so pleased to see this wonderful book at last available. (Or very soon to be, at any rate.) And to celebrate it’s imminent release, I have permission to give you a peek of the cover.

But first…

A taste!

‘Well, what do all mysteries have?’ said Aunt Isobel. ‘Money, mistresses, and murder.’

1783 – and Lichfield society is enthralled by the arrival of dashing ex-officer Orville; he charms his way into the salons, grand houses and even a great inheritance from extrovert Sir Morton.

1927 – and detective writer Julia Warren returns to her home in Lichfield to work on her next novel. Initially she hopes to find plot material from the past and set it in the present. Aunt Isobel, while making preparations for the annual midsummer ball, has managed to root out an old journal from 1783 which might prove a source of inspiration. Once Julia starts reading her ancestor’s journal she becomes absorbed in solving the mystery surrounding officer Orville. Detective fever takes over, and she moves from reality to legend as events from the past seem set to re-enact themselves in the present, and she finds herself unravelling more than just the one mystery. Who was Orville? Who was the agent, Oddman, set to spy on him? And who is helpful Mr Grenall ?

Pagan gods don’t walk away just because you stop looking at them. The Gronny Patch sleeps. Perhaps it dreams. Or perhaps not …

A complex, multi-layered story unlike any other, full of whimsy, horror, and mystery, shifting between the centuries and from source to source, until all the threads are finally drawn together by the imperturbable Miss Warren.


Want more?

Take a peek at the trailer!

And now…

A little about the author!

A Bustle attached to a keyboard, occasionally to be seen floating on a canal …

After studying Early Music in Italy followed by a brief career in concert performance, the Bustle exchanged vocal parts for less vocal arts i.e. a Diploma from the Accademia di Belle Arti di Venezia.

Her inky mess, both graphic and verbal, can be found in various regions of the Web, and appendaged to good people’s works (for no visible reason that she can understand).

At present exploring the mysteries of Northumberland, although if there is a place she could call true home, it would be Venice…while the fields of Waterloo hold a certain resonance for her as well…

More here :

http://about.me/B.Lloyd

& here :

http://lloydanon.wordpress.com

For those who enjoy Twittery:

Do drop by @AuthorsAnon

as she enjoys a chat

(Warning: Please expect occasional bouts of nonsense).

 

 

And now…

The cover!!!

Are you as excited as I am?

It’s not too early to order a copy!

 

Amazon UK (pre-order) (hardcover) http://www.amazon.co.uk/Greenwood-Tree-B-Lloyd/dp/1909374563

(paperback) http://www.amazon.co.uk/Greenwood-Tree-B-Lloyd/dp/1909374571/ref=tmm_pap_title_0

Amazon US (pre-order) paperback: http://www.amazon.com/Greenwood-Tree-B-Lloyd/dp/1909374571/ref=tmm_pap_title_0

http://www.amazon.com/Greenwood-Tree-B-Lloyd/dp/1909374563/ref=tmm_hrd_title_0

Waterstones: http://www.waterstones.com/waterstonesweb/products/b-+lloyd/greenwood+tree/9610637/

Pre-order page on the publisher’s website : http://www.greycellspress.co.uk/pre-order-our-titles/

Release day is here!

After nine years of hard work

Cry of the Peacock

is now here!

Available for Kindle and all other digital formats. Paperback also available.

Hardcover coming soon!

(Click cover for an excerpt)

After the death of her father, Abbie Gray finds herself the recipient of an offer to assume a place within her wealthy landlord’s family.  She’s sceptical of the motivation behind such an extraordinary invitation, but having nowhere else to go, she accepts, though reluctantly.  While she is being groomed according to the ideals of society and of the eldest son, heir to title and fortune, the younger brothers, suspicious of her motives, attempt to expose her as a mercenary and an upstart.  But when they discover that her mysterious past is disturbingly connected with their own, they are brought to reconsider.  David, the elder of the two, is forced to ask himself some very hard questions about integrity, liberty and honor, and what it means to be worthy of the title “gentleman”.

To celebrate,

Of Moths & Butterflies is FREE

this weekend only!

Grab your copy quick!

An Announcement…

…or two.

Announcement the first!

The first of my big, BIG, BIG announcements, is that I am, AT LAST, buying a house! It’s a lovely Queen Anne Victorian, in the historic district where I live, and I’ll be blogging about it! So if you are an enthusiast of old houses, or of Victorian history, make sure you subscribe, because this is going to be FUN! (Our last house was a 1918 Colonial Revival. If you’d like to see pictures of that project, please click here.)

And of course I cannot forget…

Cry of the Peacock comes out in one month!

Are you excited? I’m excited! I’ve worked for a really long time on this book (like nine years!) and there’s never been a better time to release it, what with the hoopla over Downton Abbey and all. It’s set in 1890, around the time of the opening of the London Tube, and it’s a great love story, fashioned, in a sense, after Pride and Prejudice and Middlemarch. What has Peacock in common with Downton Abbey? Well, it’s set on a vast English estate, which is being, and has been, mismanaged. It’s about the rise of a reluctant hero (or in this case heroine) who is being groomed to inherit, though she’s not sure she wants to. Neither does she wish to be set up with the snobbish, aristocratic heir. But has she a choice?

Well…maybe.

Cry of the Peacock will be available in Kindle and paperback April 4, 2013.

(And in hardcover as well shortly following.)

Giveaway! Giveaway! Giveaway!

With the screaming success of my Amazon promotion (a week and a half later, it’s still a bestseller!), I’ve very nearly forgotten about my giveaway. But how could I? EBooks are one thing, a revolution in progress and all that, but PHYSICAL COPIES? How could anyone resist? I still prefer good ol’ hardcovers, but you know how old fashioned I am.

 

So here it is, the Rafflecopter giveaway. It looks complicated, but it’s really not. Just enter, click the buttons, do what it says and that’s it! You collect points for everything you do. Do one thing, do them all and increase your chances! If I get fifty entries, I’ll double the prize! How’s that? So please participate. And while’s you’re here, why not stay a while? There’s exciting stuff happening all the time.


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Of Moths & Butterflies giveaway and guest blog!

I’m being featured at

Literary Underground!

Check out their official website. (The link above is for the blog.) It is BEAUTIFUL! Isn’t it? These are some uber talented folks, as you’ll discover when you click around the site. Don’t forget the store. These people thoroughly amaze me, particularly Steven Novak, who is responsible for the site design as well as most of the cover art. He’s brilliant!

I hope you’ll visit, and check out my blog post there, and PLEASE participate in the giveaway! It’s easy, and fun! Details below.

And just a little reminder…

Amazon UK link here.

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