Wednesday, 17 April 2013

The Jigsaw Puzzle Launch Party!


Hi everyone – it's Thursday 18th April and many thanks for joining me to celebrate the online launch of my new Tween/Middle Grade book, The Jigsaw Puzzle. This is aimed at roughly 9 to 12 year olds, but if you’re anything like me and enjoy mystery and slightly creepy goings on, it might appeal to you too.

The beautiful cover is by wonderful artist C.K.Volnek
The Jigsaw Puzzle is available to download in all formats from MuseItUp Publishing at the special price of $2.80, saving 20%!

It’s also available from Amazon UK and Amazon US



The names of everyone commenting will be entered into a hat and I’ll be giving away one of the following prizes to two winners who can choose from:
  • a free download of my previous tween book, Summer of the Eagles, in any e-format
  • a signed copy of the print version of Summer of the Eagles (different cover)
  • a signed print copy of my Victorian novella, Mischief at Mulberry Manor
Please help yourself to a drink  - champagne only for adults! - and some cake, or fruit if you’re being healthy, while I introduce you to the characters from The Jigsaw Puzzle with the back cover blurb, video trailer and a short excerpt. Enjoy!











The Jigsaw Puzzle
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?

Excerpt 1
“I know what we’ll do.” Amy suddenly ran into her room, startling him out of his thoughts. “I found an old jigsaw in the attic one day and I haven’t tried it yet. Let’s take it downstairs and we could start it now.”  
    Hardly pausing to see if Daniel agreed, Amy led the way down to the living room as though expecting him to follow. So, he did. He didn’t really care what they did today. Anything would do to stop him picturing his mother and father driving away without him.
    He didn’t even want to think about them flying across the Atlantic to America with the kinds of trouble these days, or accidents. No, don’t think of that. At least Amy kept him amused in her bossy way, taking charge. He used to like jigsaws and hadn’t done one for years. In fact, he loved any kind of puzzle, especially anything in code. It was a change from playing computer games, though his friend back at school, Paul, would never believe Daniel put together a jigsaw.
    Once seated at the big table in the corner, they opened the jigsaw box, standing the picture lid against the fruit bowl so they could see it clearly. Hundreds of small pieces lay in the box. Daniel picked one up, surprised to find the pieces made of thin wood instead of cardboard. It appeared very old and cut a bit differently from more modern jigsaws.
    Some of the curved edges had no cut-out bit to attach to another piece. He reckoned they probably shaped against another curve to join up. Other pieces looked more like the kind he knew with notches or spaces to connect to each other.
    Daniel stared at the picture on the lid. “Huh, a house and garden. Why can’t it be something interesting like wild cats or birds?”
    Amy shrugged, not bothering to answer. She might be bossy, Daniel thought, but at least she didn’t chatter all the time like the girls at school.
    Then he stared at the picture more closely, noticing something strange about it. The house did look a bit familiar. But the old-fashioned crisscross windows had tiny panes of glass which he’d never seen before. A strange doorknocker shaped like an old face hung on the door, and the garden bloomed with lots of colourful flowers and plants. A stone sundial stood at the bottom of the garden, casting a shadow across its surface. Daniel’s stomach flipped. The house in his dream!

Have another drink and some yummy chocolate – don’t leave me with all this food!

In the story, when Daniel and Amy discover the nearby woods are in danger, Daniel is sure he hears this strange bird that we can find in some parts of Scotland. Do you know what it’s called?
Photo by David Palmer (Creative Commons)

Daniel and Amy get trapped in the past, or is it a parallel time to the present? Would you like to visit another age? What period?
Try this time travel quiz and see where you should travel to in time. Since I’m a fairly content person, I’m not surprised I ended up travelling to the Present, although it agreed I like parallel time zones!
Here’s a little exciting bit from further on in the story.
Excerpt 2
They ran through the house again, checking the other door and all the windows. Nothing would open. Daniel’s heart beat faster. His face started to get all hot and sweaty. Then his chest tightened. Difficult to get breath… He gasped a few times, trying to suck in some air. He needed his inhaler.

He put his hand in his pocket. It wasn’t there! He searched the other pocket. Same thing. Then he remembered. He’d put it on the table in the real house during that asthma attack while watching the cartoons.

He started to breathe even quicker, panic taking over at not having his inhaler. Daniel leaned against the wall, half-bent over, gasping for another breath. He was going to die here! And Amy would be all alone, trapped in a house that didn’t exist like this any more.

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Well, I do hope you've enjoyed your visit here today - I've really enjoyed your company! Thank you all so much for helping me to celebrate the publication of The Jigsaw Puzzle!

I'll leave you with this fun little puzzle to do for yourself - click on the puzzle and hopefully it works! I'll announce the winners of the prize draw on Saturday if you want to drop by then.

Ros



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76 comments:

  1. Good morning Rosemary. Hope you have a great day and a fun party. I know it's a bit early but I'll have a glass of champagne, please ... seems like a good way to start the day.
    Love
    Chris

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    1. Hi Chris - you can have a glass of anything on offer! Thanks for being here.

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  2. Congratulations on your launch day, Ros. I loved the trailer and the evocative music. Wishing you great success with the book. It sounds intriguing!
    Emily x

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    1. Thanks so much for your comment, Emily - I appreciate it!

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  3. The Jigsaw Puzzle looks like a great read! I enjoyed the excerpts and I'm miles from a tween, but I fancy reading it myself :-)

    I did the time travel quiz and it said Near Past for me! But I think I'd be happy with a time machine so I could whiz back and forth all over time!

    I've seen that bird before, I think it was on Billy Connolly, but I can't remember the name!

    Thank you for the champagne, cake and chocolate and good luck with the book :-) x

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    1. Hi Teresa - many thanks for joining in the fun and for your kind comment! I think that's the only way I'd like to time travel - if I could get back easily! I'll post the bird's name on Saturday.

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  4. Lovely party, Rosemary! I know the bird but won't say here. wishing you great success.

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    1. Many thanks for coming over, Lindsay, and for keeping mum about the bird!

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  5. Congratulations on your launch day, Mum. Really enjoyed reading The Jigsaw Puzzle and love the trailer you've made for it! Have a fun day x

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  6. Congratulations, Rosemary! Hope you sell pure hunners of books!

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    1. Thanks a lot for coming over, Michael!

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  7. Hello Rosemary,
    I loved all of this -the trailer and the excerpts and the quiz. Apparently I should be living in the future -now all I need to do is save up enough money to have a place on that next spce flight!
    It's a bit early in the day for the champagne for me, so I'll be back later. The chocolate was yummy though.

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    1. Hi Myra - thanks so much! Now why am I not suprised you should be living in the future, given your love of sci-fi! Plenty of chocolate to go around!

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  8. Thanks for the invitation to your book launch, Rosemary, it's been fun! I loved the excerpts from The Jigsaw Puzzle. What a great idea for a story. And thanks for the buns - I haven't had a Bakewell tart in ages! Good luck with the launch

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    1. Many thanks for dropping in, Helena - and thanks for the lovely comment!

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  9. Intriguing, Rosemary, exactly as you intended. I've no doubt it'll be another great read. I was surprised to find that my time travel would only be into the near future. I'm already doing that every day.
    The party's had a good start and I'm sure it'll get crowded here when our US friends have woken up. Good luck with the launch and with The Jigsaw Puzzle.

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    1. Many thanks for your kind comment, Bill. It's quite a short book but hoepfully will appeal to the age group (and childish people like me!)

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  10. Great to be here sharing in your joy and excitement. Here is a bunch of fresh picked roses from my garden. The perfume is heavenly. And an extra large box of Lindt chocs - don't share them :) I had a glass of red to toast your success earlier. I think I'll have another one now. You have a wonderful new book to enthral young and old. Congratulations and lots of sales.
    I'm having another piece of that fruit cake -mmm yum. It feels like Christmas :)

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    1. Oh, roses - lovely, Wendy, thank you! I definitely won't share those chocs. Thanks for your support!

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  11. Hi Rosemary, congratulations and best of luck with the launch of The Jigsaw Puzzle! That champagne looks tempting, although it is a bit early in the day (11.20am) and I'll grab a cherry bakewell for my husb as they're his favourites.

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    1. Hi Anita - many thanks for popping over! I love cherry bakewells too.

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  12. Congrats on your launch day, Rosemary! I love the premise of The Jigsaw Puzzle.

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  13. Kate Blackadder18 April 2013 at 03:45

    The pre-lunch glass of champagne has gone down a treat, Rosemary, thank you, and I've taken a chocolate for afters. What a treat on a windy Thursday. Have downloaded The Jigsaw Puzzle and look forward to reading it - love a time travel story.

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    1. Hi kate - many thanks for coming over! Have some more chocolate, but you can leave the Bounty for me (only kidding). Thanks so much for downloading the book - hope you enjoy it!

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  14. Happy launch day, Rosemary. Oh, yes please, I'll have a glass of champagne with you to toast to the success of The Jigsaw Puzzle. The story is fab - I loved the excerpts - and my tummy flipped too when the picture turned out to be the house in Daniel's dream!
    I'm sure this book will give delight to children everywhere of all ages but I particularly love that it's set in Scotland. Congratulations Rosemary! *chink-chink*

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    1. Hi Janice - thanks so much for your kind comment and for tweeting this! Help yourself to another glass of Champagne.

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  15. Wow what a fantastic launch party. Thank you for the champers - lovely and cheerful today as the sun seems to have said bye-bye again! I love spooky, timetravel stories and this looks amazing.

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    1. Hi Sue - many thanks for coming over and for your lovely comment. Have another glass!

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  16. Best of luck with this and thanks for the cake!

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  17. I love the plot. Lots of action and adventure and solving things. Have a great Launch Day and let me say the champagne here is delicious.

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    1. Hi Antonia - many thanks for your comment! Please have another glass on me!

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  18. Lovely party, Rosemary, good luck with the launch. I think the bird's name is Hector! x

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    1. Hi Joanne - thank you! Ha, ha - I like that name!

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  19. Looks great, Rosemary. Congratulations! The snacks are very nice. (I've always found something slightly weird about jigsaw puzzles, although that might be because I'm not very good at them.)

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  20. Hi Anne - many thanks for coming over! That's funny about jigsaws - haven't heard anyone say that before. It's a while sonce I've done one!

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  21. This is wonderful, Romy. I already told you I was on a virtual diet, so I must pass up on the virtual food. I never said I couldn't tip a few, though.

    Seriously, I hope this book is a tremendous success. It certainly has all the ingredients—great characters, intriguing plot, outstanding author...

    All best now and always, xx Erin

    Btw, I own SUMMER OF THE EAGLES, one of the best YAs I've ever read, so no need to choose me as a winner!

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    1. Hi Erin - thanks so much for such lovely comments (blush)! I really appreciate your support.

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  22. Congratulations Ros!Loved the trailer & apt music. I too am a Traveller to the Present - progress for me!?! Eaten all the chocs already - sorry... Pouring another drop of fizzz ready to read TJP before Blane comes home & beats me to it! Love C

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    1. Hi C - thanks a lot for your comment! Don't worry, I'm a traveller to the present too! Hope you enjoy TJP x

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  23. Dear Rosemary,

    What a thrill, the launch of another great book! We hope it's the most successful yet. We look forward to your visit on our YA blog in June. After all the confetti is swept up this week, we'll just shred up some more.

    We loved your great novel SUMMER OF THE EAGLES, which we own. May this one bring you as much joy as you've given your readers.

    All the best, Bil and Bon

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    1. Hi Bil and Bon - thanks so much for commenting! You're so kind mentioning S of the E too. Looking forward to being on your blog!

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    2. I meant to add how very much I enjoyed your YA book, Running Over Rainbows - have put a review on both Amazons!

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  24. Dropping in for that promised glass of champagne, Rosemary. Remember to save a glass for yourself for later!

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    1. Hi Myra - have some chocolate to go with it. Don't worry - I'll have a glass too!

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  25. I love your book, Rosemary. The trailer is gorgeous - I really liked the music. I think the cover for the book is excellent too.
    I enjoyed the time-travel quiz and was not surprised that I am nostalgic for the past!
    Is the bird a capercaillie? And is that even how it's spelt?
    I so enjoyed reading the excerpts. The children's characters came across very well and I could picture them clearly in my mind.
    I recall jigsaw-puzzles made of thin wood. I loved those as a child. And I enjoy anything that reminds me of childhood. I really think I do love living in the past!
    Thank you for the invitation, Rosemary, and have a great launch! xxx

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    1. Thank you so much for your lovely comments, Joanna! I was surprised I wasn't more nostlagic in the quiz - and well done on the spelling!

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  26. Well Done, Rosemary! Cake and chocolate for brekkie is right up my alley!
    LOVE the excerpts and the concept. May you have wonderful success with this book--and I look forward to reading it!

    Hugs
    ~Jude

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    1. Hi Jude - thanks so much for coming over and for the kind comments! Hope your own writing is going well.

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  27. What a terrific blog to launch your book with, Rosemary. And The Jigsaw Puzzle looks just the sort of book that won't be put down once people start reading it.

    Thanks for all the goodies - maybe one day I'll settle for those of the virtual kind.

    Sharon xx

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    1. Hi Sharon - thanks a lot for coming over and for your lovely comment! I wish I could make do with virtual food too!

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  28. I've raised a glass of champagne to you and The Jigsaw Puzzle, Rosemary. I'm not going to be doing much time travelling - I'll just have to rely on books like yours to take me to another world. Don't ask my score on the jigsaw - you need some high scores to bring down the average! Great party. Best of luck with your launch and with your future sales.

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    1. Hi, Joan - many thanks for joining in the fun! Cheers!

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  29. I hope I'm not too late to the party! It's only lunchtime here in Canada. :)
    That video was great!
    All the best on your new book!

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    1. Hi Tammy - thanks for coming over. No, of course you're not late at all your time! By the way, you had lots of views on your blog post when you were here earlier in the week!

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  30. Hope I'm not too late to gatecrash the party, Rosemary. The trailer is great.I shall get the book for my stepson/grandson.

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    1. Hi Wendy - great to see you here, and you're not too late. Many thanks for buying - hope it appeals!

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  31. Hi Rosemary
    The trailer is really good and the book looks intriguing.
    Sorry to be so late to the party, it looks as though you had a good time.
    Patricia Keyson (Ruth and Mary)

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    1. Hi there - not too late at all. Many thanks for your lovely comment!

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  32. Love the trailer. Good luck with your book.

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    1. Hi Marian - many thanks for dropping in!

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    2. Oh this looks deliciously spooky!! Excellent yummies by the way and I adored your book trailer. Saw this advertised on the Muse Bookstore and meant to order it the other day. Will take care of that asap.

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    3. Hi Donna - many thanks for your kind comment! I'm so pleased it attracted your attention - thank you!

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  33. Thanks so much for all the great comments and support today - you've made it a brilliant fun experience. Time for me to head to bed very soon but I'll pop in again tomorrrow!

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  34. Hello Rosemary

    *out of breath and proffering a bottle of something sparkling*

    Sorry for being late for the party - I'm afraid a late shift at the hospital held me up. Many congratulations and wishing you every success with The Jigsaw Puzzle. Your trailer is a real teaser with such perfectly chosen music and photographs. I hope it's a huge success and somebody decides to make a tv programme out of it. It sounds the perfect story for a spooky teen film.

    I'll be watching for your up-dates.
    Love Ange xx

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    1. Hi Ange - thank you so much for coming over and for such a lovely comment! Wow - wouldn't that be something!

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  35. Great Launch Party! I really liked the tarts and the chocolate. The book sounds like a great read. I will recommend to my daughter who teaches 6th grade.

    Ros - Would you be interested in doing an interview on my blog?

    Cheryl Carpinello

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    1. Hi Cheryl - many thanks for dropping in to the party! Thanks so much for recommending - that would be brilliant. And yes, I'd love to be on your blog, thank you. I'll email your through MIU.

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  36. Hi Rosemary and thanks to Teresa Ashby for sending me over here - she told me she's eaten all the cake but I found a crumb or two. Enjoyed your video - very atmospheric music and a great idea. Good luck with the book sales! Debbie :-)

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    1. Hi Deborah - many thanks for dropping in and for leaving a lovely comment! Glad you found a few crumbs.

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  37. Congratulations, Rosemary. I enjoyed the excerpts and want to know what happens next. I've always found jig saw puzzles fascinating. Good Luck with the book sales, and thank you for the party.

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  38. SO sorry I'm late, but just wanted to say congratulations and that I really enjoyed the excerpts :o)

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