I've set up this blog so that all my friends, relations and colleagues in the world of writing can keep up to speed with what I'm doing - from now on, I'll never have to say sorry for not keeping in touch.

Or anyway, that's the plan.

So do please link up with me on Facebook and Twitter - https://www.facebook.com/margaret.james.5268 and https://twitter.com/majanovelist

You can find my novels as digital downloads on Apple iTunes, Kobo, Kindle and Nook, and most are available as print paperbacks, too.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010


Since The Silver Locket came out, I've done quite a few interviews in which I explain why I chose to write about Dorset, why WW1 and on into the Depression, and why three families!

I think this one comes closest to telling all - http://luciewheeler.blogspot.com/2010/09/interview-with-margaret-james.html.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The Golden Chain

It's always exciting to see a new cover, and I must say I'm delighted with this one for my forthcoming paperback The Golden Chain, which will be published on 1 May 2011. By then, the snow will have all gone and it will be summer, hurrah!

This novel is the sequel to The Silver Locket and continues the story of a Dorset family into the Depression of the 1930s.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Long time, no blog...

...as my friend and fellow blogger Cathie Hartigan once said. I've had my head down revising a novel for paperback publication, and I find it's always best if you can take a run at these things, because then you're more likely to keep the momentum going.

Of course, life tends to get in the way a bit, and you can't become a hermit for a month without the neighbours wondering if you've died, but this time I managed to meet my target and I'll be able to take Christmas off with a clear(ish) conscience before I do another read through and find all the plot holes I missed the first time around - and break my long, long sentences up a bit.

Apparently, Georges Simenon (the creator of Maigret, the French detective) never revised anything, and Samuel Johnson hardly ever did. I am seriously impressed.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Christmas is coming

Why does December zoom by faster than all the other months of the year? I'm racing to get the revisions of a novel finished by the end of the month, and normally that would seem like plenty of time. But in December Christmas is sitting there like a great beast about to spring, messing up my schedules and fouling up my plans.

Bah humbug - or I wish it could be Christmas every day? A bit of both, actually...

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Talli Roland - The Hating Game

Ebooks are here to stay. They've been a long time coming to the mass market, but in the past few months they've definitely arrived. Soon, say the futurologists, we'll all be using Kindles or similar, and the paper book will be no more.

Talli Roland's new novel The Hating Game is in the Amazon Kindle Store right now, is racing up the charts and is my December Book of the Month. You can find it at http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Hating-Game/dp/B004CLYIO2/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1291210467&sr=1-2

Talli is getting masses of positive feedback and lots of great reviews, so it's not surprising to see that the book is doing brilliantly in the Kindle Store today!

But, in case you haven't yet got your Kindle, there will be a paperback edition next spring.