Good morning one and all.
I hope the sun shines where you are, after a weekend of rain it’s lovely, if a little nippy, here in Bristol.
As you know the fabulous Lindsay designed some wonderful covers for Meredith & Hodge Bear Witness. I managed to narrow it down to four and then put it to the vote. I did this on the basis that if one really does judge a book by its cover, I’d use the one voted the most popular. The winner was the Icy Globe. My personal favourite was the Street with Candles, but that came third, the Desolate Tree beating it to second slot. To maximise the number of people who saw the covers, I asked here, on Facebook, and in a group Lindsay is involved with on Facebook – Manchester Terrier Lovers Worldwide. I had a great response from them, and once the winner was known, I put those who voted for the Icy Globe into a draw.
The prize for the winning dog is a cameo role in the book. Despite coming from a dog loving family, I’d not heard of the Manchester Terrier before. I found this wasn’t surprising as this breed is endangered, almost disappearing at the end of WW2 – but thanks to a few dedicated souls it survived. An affectionate and loyal breed, originally used for rat catching and rabbit coursing, they are described as elegant and sleek, black of body and tan of leg. And here’s an added twist, and we all like a good twist, Agatha Christie owned several. I thought this was very apt, as it was Agatha Christie who drew me into the world of Murder Mysteries.
The winner was Ince- a two year old bitch from Tasmania, Australia. Isn’t she stunning? For those of you who read my opening teaser, Ince will be owned by Sandra Wright, the mother of the victim, so I have a little rewriting to do now.
I’m about halfway through the novel, and really enjoying the interaction between the two sets of characters. Its moving along quite quickly for me, lets hope that continues.
I’m going to give it another week, and if it keeps moving at this pace, I’ll get it up for pre-order.
I’ll leave you now and get back to writing, before I go a little reminder that Witness for Wendy is still on offer at 0.99 until 9th October if you want to grab a bargain.
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