But this book wasn't done entirely without help, although I did write a lot of it during the Professional Darts World Championships last December/January just to try and get a feel for some of the atmosphere of a large tournament such as that one, but I did get a bit moody when Paul Nicholson got knocked out in the second round because he was providing me with more research than he realised and I could have swung for him getting knocked out that early!! Anyway, no, I needed some real help as far as knowing what it was like both out front and backstage at a big darts tournament and without the help of Kristian Brown from the 'Darts, Beers and Cheers' website (a great fansite for any darts fan - check it out!) I'm not sure I could have got some of the scenes in this book quite as accurate as I hope they are. He's also helped me out by giving my eBook a plug on some of his sites and on Facebook and Twitter which, to an independent author who is still very much learning as far as self-marketing goes, is a huge help. I'm so grateful to him. He helped me make this book the best it could be, and he also made me realise that to actually get out there and attend some sort of darts event is something I really have to do. I've followed this sport for decades now and have still never been to a live tournament - although we did talk about going to the recent Premier League night at Newcastle Arena but we didn't like to leave the dog for all those hours and my other half was put off by the fact that he wouldn't be able to drink. He said going to darts and not drinking has to be against the law and I kind of agree with him!! We'll get there one day.
So, 'Too Much Trouble in Paradise' has finally been (self) published and I'm really proud of it. I really am. I hope it proves that I can write different kinds of books, although I am under no illusion that you can please all of the people all of the time. I can't imagine there's a person in the world who can do that. I just want to appeal to as many people as I can with my books, and I just want to try and make people aware of me, as a new and determined writer. I'm still at the beginning of a very long and very tough road to any kind of recognition, infact, at this stage I'm just ridiculously happy to know that I'm selling a handful of books, but I will stay on that road, I'll keep plugging away, and maybe one day people will finally know my name. I don't want to be Jackie Collins (well, it would be nice...) I just want to be able to keep writing books, and know that people enjoy reading them. Is that really too much to ask?
Anyway, before I start rambling - and that's a distinct possibility because it's Friday, my brain is frazzled, and I've had no chocolate all week - here are the first 2 chapters of 'Too Much Trouble in Paradise'. Take a look at them, read them through and see what you think. If it sounds like your kind of thing then pop over to Amazon and download the whole book (only £2.29 - bargain!!), and if you know someone who might like it then tell them about it. Oh, and although it's an eBook you don't have to have a Kindle to read it. There is a free app (Kindle for PC/iPhone/Blackberry etc...) that will enable anyone to read eBooks on almost any device. Have I sold it to you yet? I'm trying my hardest here!! Ok. The free chapters. Here we go....
'Too Much Trouble in Paradise'
Try the first 2 chapters for free!!
It's ready and available to download now - for just 99p/$0.99 until January 2012!
If you like your romance with a touch of humour (and you don't have to like darts to like this book, honest!!) and you fancy a nice, light hearted read that will make you smile, then give it a go. And if you like it, please let me know. Feedback is all important, especially to new writers. Only by knowing what readers like and don't like can we, as authors, continue to write the best books we can. After all, without the reader, there's not much point to us really...