Welcome

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Carol Cram at Banyen Books
Photo Credit: Heather Pennell

Thank you for stopping by my Web site! Here you’ll find my blog, information about me and upcoming events, and updates about my debut novel The Towers of Tuscany.

COUNTDOWN to LAUNCH: The revised edition of The Towers of Tuscany, published by Lake Union Publishing will launch on December 16, 2014. You can pre-order an e-book, paperback, or audio book on Amazon or order it from your local bookstore.

EDITOR’S CHOICE-HISTORICAL NOVEL SOCIETY: I’m thrilled to have received a review of The Towers of Tuscany in the Historical Novel Society’s November publication of reviews. The review, by Janis Pegrum Smith, also received the “Editor’s Choice” designation. You can read the review here.

OCTOBER WORKSHOP: If you’re on Bowen Island on October 4, join me for a three-hour workshop called “Exhilarating Indie.” The workshop covers topics such as preparing a manuscript for publication, publishing a book online and in print, and creating a marketing plan. read more about Exhilarating Indie.

COVER REVEAL! I’m thrilled to share the cover for the new edition of The Towers of Tuscany that will be re-released on December 16, 2014 by Lake Union Publishing.  Check out the new cover to the right!

NEW on the WEB: Check out my Author Video that introduces The Towers of Tuscany and includes footage of the launch of the novel at The Gallery @ Artisan Square on Bowen Island on March 30, 2014.

NEWS FLASH: The Towers of Tuscany has been picked up by Lake Union Publishing, an imprint of Amazon Publishing. The novel will be re-released in December, 2014 with a new cover. Very exciting!

Historical Fiction Virtual Blog Tour

Banner of the Towers of Tuscany Blog Tour: April 14 to 24From April 14 to April 25, historical fiction bloggers all around the blogosphere featured The Towers of Tuscany! There were reviews and interviews, and even some giveaways.

Click the links to read the reviews and interviews. The blog tour was great fun and really got the word out about The Towers of Tuscany to readers who like historical fiction!

Monday, April 14
Review at Historical Novel Reviews

Tuesday, April 15
Review & Giveaway at Kinx’s Book Nook

Thursday, April 17
Review at Book Lovers Paradise
Review & Giveaway at Peeking Between the Pages

Friday, April 18
Review at A Chick Who Reads
Guest Post & Giveaway at Just One More Chapter

Monday, April 21
Review at Celtic Lady’s Reviews
Excerpt & Giveaway at So Many Precious Books, So Little Time

Tuesday, April 22
Review at Oh, for the Hook of a Book
Guest Post at Kincavel Korner

Wednesday, April 23
Interview at Oh, for the Hook of a Book

Thursday, April 24
Interview at Flashlight Commentary

Friday, April 25
Review & Giveaway at Words and Peace

50,000 Downloads!

Amazing! The Towers of Tuscany was FREE on April 6 and 7 for download to Kindle. Over 50,000 people downloaded the novel! I’m hoping that some of them will actually read it and enjoy it. But wow!

 Goodreads Giveaway

Two Goodreads members in the United States just won copies of The Towers of Tuscany! I hope they enjoy the novel.

Historical Fictionistas Giveaway

Two members of the Goodreads Historical Fictionistas group just won copies of The Towers of Tuscany–one in the United States and one in Canada.

Reviews

Reviews are coming in fast and furious, with over 204 reviews on Amazon as of June 29, 2014. I’m grateful to everyone for taking the time to post reviews, and I’m particularly excited to include “blurbs” from three well-known historical fiction authors on the cover of the print version.

Roberta Rich, bestselling author of The Midwife of Venice and The Harem Midwife, very kindly provided the blurb “The clever dialogue and fast pace make the novel  zing” for the front cover of the novel.

On the back cover are short reviews by two other wonderful historical novelists: Anne Fortier and Deborah Swift.

“The Towers of Tuscany is a delightful escape to the Siena we all love. Carol Cram has crafted a delicious story about a strong woman torn between her secret past, her love of painting and the forbidden charms of her rich patron. Hard to resist and highly recommended!” – Anne Fortier, Author of The Lost Sisterhood and the New York Times bestseller, Juliet

“Carol Cram’s lush descriptions and intriguing characters bring this dramatic tale of medieval Tuscany to life. If you love Italian art, a feisty heroine, and a page-turning plot, you will adore this novel.” – Deborah Swift, Author of A Divided Inheritance

And finally, I’m over the moon to receive a lovely review from awesome Sci Fi writer Spider Robinson (and fellow Bowen Islander). “This is a startlingly first-rate piece of historical fiction, featuring one of the most endearing protagonists in years: an orphaned young girl who wants nothing on earth but the one thing that her society forbids her: the power to make art.  Her struggle to realize her visions in the face of almost-universal disapproval  of feminine creativity sets the stage for a superb story, so well told that it just seems to occur rather than being composed. Ms. Cram and I both live on a tiny island, so I was careful to buy a discreet Kindle copy of this book, so that if I didn’t care for it, I could pretend I hadn’t seen it yet. I should have saved my subterfuge: Ms. Cram is a distinguished colleague I am honoured to know however slightly, and I look forward eagerly to any future stories she chooses to tell.”

The Alliance of Independent Authors

I just joined ALLi and am looking forward to interacting with other like-minded indies.

The Alliance of Independent Authors — Author Member

I’m very much enjoying being part of the ALLi group. If you are an indie novelist, you may want to consider joining. Click to the right.

NaNoWriMo

2013-Winner-Vertical-BannerIn the month of November, 2013, I completed my first NaNoWriMo–National November Writing Month. I wrote 50,000 words of a brand new novel which will be the first in a series of novels about Isabette Gruber, a concert pianist who launches her career in Vienna on the day Beethoven is buried (March 29, 1827). Stay tuned! Isabette’s adventures during one of classical music’s most turbulent and exciting eras (the so-called “Romantic” era) are just beginning. For a sneak preview of the novel, read my blog post about Isabette Gruber.

Short Fiction

I’m also writing a lot of short stories, flash fiction, and other forms of short fiction. Recently, one of my stories “Old Friends” was included in a new online magazine – The 3Elements Review. You can read the story online. Another story “The Company Picnic” was published this year in This Island We Love, an anthology of stories and poems by Bowen Island writers. The book is available for sale from the Bowen Island Arts Council.

Pastel and Pen

Pastel and Pen: Two Ways of Seeing is a collaboration with artist Gregg Simpson that will be published in the next few months. Pastel and Pen chronicles our travels from the point of view of my writing and a selection of the pastels and small paintings Gregg completed on the road. In addition, I am the author of over fifty textbooks on computers and business communications, primarily for Course Technology-Cengage Learning in Boston. Check out the list of my titles on my companion business Web site: Carol Cram Consulting.

2 Responses to Welcome

  1. M. E. Kemp says:

    Your novel sounds exciting – I treasure a small picture of Tuscany my friend brought back from her visit – I’ve never been to Tuscany but it’s the place in Italy I’d love to visit. (I’ve been to Milan and to Lake Como, and our hostess came from Tuscany — she is a noted cook!) I write historical mysteries which are set in Puritan Boston. Fortunately for me there is still a great deal of Puritan Boston extant in the city for my research! M. E. Kemp: mekemp@nycap.rr.com

  2. Debbie Young says:

    Well done, Carol! I really enjoyed your novel and am so glad you’ve also decided to join ALLi – it will be great to have you on board!

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