Friday, October 24, 2008

Blood of His Fathers

Finally, I can get back on track. I'm hoping to complete revision work on my latest WIP, titled Blood of His Fathers, by the end of the year.

It's rather premature, but here is one take on Blood of His Fathers, even in its raw stage:

'Blood of His Fathers' is an interesting and successful exercise in the establishment and maintaining of a high level of critical tension while also developing character and situation.

It's not quite what one might expect; it has some elements of the conventional thriller, the structure of a literary novel, and more than a touch of what one must call romance without the negative associations of that word. There is certainly dramatic tension in the story of the McCormacks, their strange background and history, and an interesting consideration of the power of coincidence. The plot is not simple, and is able to present a convincing exploration of motivation. The story, of misguided actions, emotional betrayal, murder and eventual discovery, is complex but nowhere loses its way.

Put very simply, it is a convincing imaginative exploration of the interaction of people and in the plot, the reactions to extreme events. the racist/political (secret cartels) situation is of course topical. Michelle Chambers creates a convincing and believable world, peopled by real characters.

This is a lively readable novel, with a plot that is by no means simple, but is well crafted and does not get too clever and lose its way, the characters are all believable and, in particular, the denouement is strong and effective.

The delineation of character and situation is good; people and places spring from the page with conviction and accuracy, and Chambers' prose is as clear as a windowpane. This is either a thriller concealed inside a literary novel, or a literary novel dressed as a thriller; the reader can decide which.'

Sounds good, huh? Watch this space.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Treason

I am now satisfied! The title of my new book is Treason. Sounds boring I hear you say; far from it, I cry.

The book centres around the gunpowder plot of 1604 when Catholics plotted to blow up Parliament (in England) and assassinate the king (James the First). Well, I came across information that Robert Catseby, the ring leader in this conspiracy, had in his possession a green, jade gemstone. Historically it belonged to Mary, Queen of Scots, the last Catholic to sit on the throne of England, and is reputed to have come from Excalibur- you know King Arthur's sword.

Now, here is where it gets interesting. Lord Salisbury, king James' principal secretary knew about this Catholic gem. He feared it would be used as a rallying symbol for all Catholics, so he wanted to find it and destroy it- as well as all Catholics, of course. My book begs the question: Was Lord Salisbury- a protestant- behind this Catholic conspiracy?

Want to know the answer? Read Treason.

Will be back with release date and such- but first back to editing the darn thing. Wish me luck!

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Treason

The prequel to Ripples in the Water is finished. It also has a new title- Treason.
Come back to hear more news on its editing and release date. Plus a great, big juicy BLURB!

For Emotional Romance

My short story- Fairytale Bride- which one the Through the Garden Gate contest has resurfaced again on a number of current bestseller lists at The Wild Rose Press.

Check it out in The English Tea Rose Line at The Wild Rose Press if you like your romance emotional rather than physical: http://www.thewildrosepress.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=176_138&products_id=645

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Article from local newspaper in England- The Bury Times

IT'S a fairytale come true for former Bury student Michelle Chambers.
The ex-St Gabriel's High School and Holy Cross College girl, who is a full-time writer, has won a short story competition organised by her publishers.
Michelle (41), who now lives in The Hague, Holland, had her first novel "Ripples in the Water" published last year.And her second book "Blood of his Fathers" is due to be published in 2009.

Now, she is celebrating after her short story, entitled "Fairytale Bride", won the writing competition organised by her publishers, New York-based Wild Rose.
Michelle, who left Bury for Holland in 1985, said the criteria for her short story embraced a heroine who holidayed in Bury, and how she time-travelled and found romance. The story can be downloaded from www.fictionwise.com or from www.thewildrosepress.com

Of life in Holland, where she lives with her partner and two children, Michelle said: "I came initially for a year, but life had other plans for me."

Monday, January 28, 2008

Work in Progress- 'Treason'

My current work in progress is 'Treason.' This is in essence the prequel to my published novel 'Ripples in the Water.'

I'm giving myself two months to complete it.

Michelle