Wednesday, June 20, 2012

"Daisy's War" is here






It's sometimes disconcerting just how clearly characters can make their feelings known (as the mere author, I'm frequently not in charge), and Amy has made it very clear that she would much prefer a quieter life from now on, content to have a role in the lives of her grandchildren. While she is still an important presence in Daisy's War, the main focus has shifted from her, and I've had the pleasure of getting to know Daisy and Eddie much better.

Writing Daisy's War has held a new experience for me in how much this book's plot is shaped by a single historical event: the Great War of 1914-1918. In the earlier books events such as the Tarawera eruption, the baby-farming scandal and the struggle for women's suffrage affected my characters in varying degrees, but in this book their lives become increasingly intertwined with the War, as it grows from a shadowy threat to a very real one.

More than 100,000 New Zealanders served overseas in the Great War, and over 18,000 died; this in a country with a population of barely one million. The War must have had an effect on every household in New Zealand; it certainly touches everyone in my little valley.

Daisy's War is available now on Amazon.com and Amazon UK. It should appear at Barnes & Noble, iTunes and other retailers within the next few weeks.

21 comments:

  1. This is so exciting! Congratulations! I'm very much looking forward to reading it on my Nook, so let us know when it is ready for B & N sales.

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    1. Thanks, Revie! I'm watching B&N very closely, waiting for it to appear. :)

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    2. IT'S ON BARNES AND NOBLE!!! JUST DOWNLOADED!!! =)

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    3. AREVANYE- IT'S ON BARNES AND NOBLE! YAY!!!!

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    4. I a near the end and I am still loving reading about this family, will there be another one?

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    5. Hi cd - yes, there certainly will be! I'm working on the follow-up to "Daisy's War" right now.

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  2. OMYGosh!!!!! Like Arevanye, I have a nook.... and for the first time EVER, I have kindle envy.....Hurry Barnes and Noble!!!!
    Shayne---thank you! I can't wait to read this! Yay! I'll always remember that on Christmas Day, 2011 you were polishing this for us! :D
    OH I can't wait!!!

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  3. SHAYNE!!!
    DAISY'S WAR IN ON BARNES AND NOBLE!! IT'S 6:10PM, JUNE 25TH RIGHT NOW AND IT'S THERE!!!! YAY!!
    I JUST PURCHASED IT. I CAN' WAIT TO READ IT
    AREVANYE- I HOPE YOU READ THIS BLOG SO THAT YOU CAN DOWNLOAD IT.
    SHAYNE!! TELL EVERYONE!!!! :D

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    1. Thanks, Mary! Yes, it *just* arrived there this morning (my time). Very nice to wake up to!

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    2. Shayne- I'm already on page 480....I can't put it down....and Davy's curls have made their appearance. I always knew Beth was a smart girl :D

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    3. :-) :-)
      That really made me laugh out loud, Mary. Yes, those curls are quite significant! I was very glad to be able to include them. :)

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  4. ...hope I didn't scare anyone :/ I'm really excited.....I noticed after I posted my comment with the date and time that I could reply to each of you....since one response wasn't enough, I posted three.....
    Looking at the site, the shouty capitals look like I'm screaming, which shamefully, I was because I was that excited :] Off to read......

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  5. Just bought it can't wait to read it...I'm so excited!!!!!

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  6. I devoured it! Loved it, as I have loved all of the books! Have read each one twice. Simply cannot wait for another one... Thank you so much for the hours of pure entertainment you have provided me! You are my very favorite!

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    1. Hey, thanks, Tootie! I'm so glad you enjoyed it.

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  7. I've read all 5 books now (just finished Daisy's War) in just under a month on my Nook & about cried when I realized that there isn't another book in the series published yet! I've always been interested in life from this era but haven't been this enthralled in a series from this time period for a very long time. Thank you for all your hard work, and I'm SO looking forward to seeing where this journey leads next!

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    1. Thank you, Dani, that's great to hear! There *will* be more books (eventually) - all you lovely readers keep me motivated. :)

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  8. Hello Mrs. Parkinson,
    I miss your writing! I have re-read your books and even at least twice. What project are you working on now? You know you are an excellent writer when your readers are "waiting" for something (anything) from your talented mind. Just wanted to say hello. I wrote a review for Daisy's War on Amazon and got an astounding 20 helpful votes. But they all knew a loved you anyway, they were just agreeing. Take care, don't let us pressure you...

    Jag

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    1. Hello Jag! Thank you for writing a review - and 20 helpful votes is great!

      I'm working on the sequel to "Daisy's War". It's coming along nicely, though not very quickly. I'll never be a fast writer, I'm afraid. But I do love the encouragement and motivation I get from my readers.

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  9. Have just finished reading the 5 books from "Sentence of Marriage" through to "Daisy's War", couldn't put them down! What a fantastic read. I really do hope that there will be more, can't wait to follow this family, hopefully up to present day!

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    1. Thank you, Catz! I'm so glad you've enjoyed the books.

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