Today, I am so pleased to have the wonderfully talented author and lovely lady, Rosemary Gemmell sitting round my pool. We have hot sunshine, far too many bottles of bubbly and of course, a few nibbles to wolf down whilst we talk about Rosemary’s fabulous new book, The Jigsaw Puzzle. I’ll hush for now as I sip my champagne and let Rosemary tell us all about this amazing book.
Many thanks for inviting me to lounge around the pool in the lovely warmth, Pauline, to talk about my new book for the 9 to 12 age group, The Jigsaw Puzzle, which was published last week.
I’ve always enjoyed jigsaws and other puzzles, and I wanted to write something with a little bit of magic and suspense that would take children out of their everyday lives for a while. As a child, and adult, I love to enter the world of a story that offers a little bit of escapism – the same with films. Yet, by giving Daniel a real-life problem too, some children might be able to relate to his situation. Hopefully, whoever reads it will find their inner child!
Twelve-year-old asthmatic Daniel stays with his bossy cousin, Amy, her mum, and two cats in the Scottish countryside during the Christmas holidays while his parents take a trip to sort out their problems. When Amy and Daniel make up an old jigsaw puzzle, the cottage and garden gradually change to resemble the Victorian cottage pictured on the box lid. In between searching for the missing Title Deeds of the cottage to save it from land developers, they complete the jigsaw and find a strange rhyming puzzle hidden within the box. What does it mean? Daniel and Amy soon find out when they become trapped in the past.
Will they solve the cryptic written puzzle and find their way back to the present before it’s too late to save themselves, the destruction of the woods, and their cottage?
A little about me!
A freelance writer for many years, Rosemary Gemmell’s short stories and articles are published in UK magazines, in the US, and Online and she has won a few short story prizes over the years. Her first historical novel, Dangerous Deceit, was published by Champagne Books in Canada in May 2011 (as Romy), and Victorian novella, Mischief at Mulberry Manor, was published on kindle in December 2012.
First tween novel, Summer of the Eagles, was published by MuseItUp Publishing in Canada in March 2012 (as Ros) and The Jigsaw Puzzle is now released in April 2013. She describes herself as a butterfly writer, as she writes in so many different genres and different styles. Rosemary is a member of the Society of Authors, the Scottish Association of Writers and the Romantic Novelists’ Association.
Here are all my links…
Available from MuseItUp: http://tinyurl.com/d2so3x9
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Jigsaw-Puzzle-ebook/dp/B00CB4RGLO/ref=pd_rhf_gw_p_img_4_1YKB
Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/The-Jigsaw-Puzzle-ebook/dp/B00CB4RGLO/ref=pd_rhf_gw_p_img_1_FR4N
Blogs: (children’s) http://rosgemmell.blogspot.com
and (main): http://ros-readingandwriting.blogspot.com
Rosemary it sounds a great read and I hope you sell zillions and some! Help yourself to more bubbly, I’ve stocked up!