Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Answering comments and questions.

Since my first book release in December 2016 I have had a lot of comments, questions and conversations per my written work and style. And as they seem to be recurring I thought it would be a good opportunity to write them on my blog for all to see. I feel that these are probably questions and comments that will continue to be asked so at least this way I can send people to my blog for insight.

Was the Carrero Trilogy based on real events and experience in your life?

The Carrero trilogy was based loosely on experiences in my life and those of close friends and family. I used people from my life to base some of the characters, memories and pain from my own childhood to help guide me, but the plot and exact experiences of Emma Anderson is fictional.

Why do you write in characters and situations that completely frustrate the reader to the point that there are times that you feel annoyed with them?

I feel that unless a book ignites some sort of emotional response then I have no done it well, be they sadness, laughter or anger. I want my readers to have a response, so if you say for example the main hero frustrated you to the point you wanted to bash him on the head, then I am thrilled. Because you won't like or love everyone in life and people do frustrate you. I am a realist who likes to add real human flaws and common personality traits to my characters. I like to take you on an emotional journey that is not always smiles and heartwarming. I want you to feel about my characters the way you feel about people you known and ignite genuine responses, be they good or bad. To me that is what writing a story that draws you in requires.

Just Rose was a completely different style from Carrero, was that a deliberate move to show you had the ability to write in different ways?

No. With Just Rose I was not aware of a huge deal of change in style, only that it was a gentler book with less saucy detail. I am someone who writes as a character so it makes sense that with a completely different type of girl the book would come across differently. I write in the part I am creating so I guess its a natural change that may occur with every book I write.

Why do you release books prior to full editing?

For two reason, initially because I have issues with grammar and did not have access to an editor, but now that I do her workload in going over my books takes time and I did not want to wait months and months to release the books again. Secondly, after my first book I gained an instant following and they were very impatient for the next books. They politely begged that I release them prior to full editing and would ignore the flaws just so they could have the books. I don't write for any other reason than to share stories with people who love them so how could I refuse?

Do you listen to fans while writing and let them influence the outcomes in your stories?

Of course I listen to my fans. They are the driving force that keeps me writing and I adore every one of them. Readers can give you insight like no other and I value that they take time to read what I have created. But in terms of adjusting my books plot then no. I listen to my beta readers for small changes and I listen to my editor Grace on suggestions, however with stories I am pretty stubborn minded and rarely alter a plot that I have decided upon to appease readers. Even if I think the details may not go down well, I stick with what I feel is right in the story and so far it has proven successful. Not that there has been any real need to change plots, usually my readers come to the conclusions I have already factored in anyway.

Are you anything like any of your female protagonists? 

Funny that you ask this as this has been discussed quite a lot in my fan group, I am like my female characters yes, but not the one who appears as the main character.  In Carrero I am a cross between Jake and Leila, there are a lot of parts in which I would totally be them, in Just Rose I am a bit of Abby I guess. She is like me more than Rose. I try not to put too much of myself in stories but there can always be found little hints somewhere.

What are you working on now?

Right now I have 3 works in progress. My next novel which is a stand alone comedy romance and two read along series on wattpad for young adults in the fantasy genre.

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Call for Bloggers and Reviewers

I am looking for bloggers and reviewers to try out one of my 4 published novels for themselves and give completely unbiased reviews.
You can contact my publicist for this opportunity Gracie House Publishing
Send her a message to set up the free PDF or Ebook being sent to you. You can choose from any of my published titles and I ask that you be completely honest in your review.

Alternatively, I am also looking for guest bloggers to volunteer some good content for this blog. Book related preferably, or if you have some fabulous idea that would be worthwhile and readable then please hit me up here .

Friday, 14 July 2017

The Cruden tale, new part to the story

After taking a long break to work on my Just Rose novel and release I can confirm I have added to the cruden tale once more. Not only has it a new part and I am still adding more later tonight but I have gone through and improved the rest of it too.

You can find the whole thing here - https://www.wattpad.com/story/92251129-the-cruden-tale-diary-of-a-3000-year-old-witch

Once this is a complete book I will be releasing it so do not worry if you don't want to follow along every week, I shall release it when it's all done and dusted.

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Carrero Effect - Free again and this time shareable on Amazon

That's right folks. Carrero book 1 with the limited edition cover is free from tomorrow on Amazon for kindles once more, and I have been assured that this time you can freely share this book with anyone you please after you download. I plan on doing this with books 2 and then 3 following this 5 day promotion, so keep your eyes peeled for that! All 3 books free in 3 weeks running .

5 days free from July 13th 2017

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Author of the week in a book club!

This week I have the great honour of being author of the week in The Smutty Girls Book Club, part of the honour is spending the week in their Facebook group being chatty and grilled by members while sharing my books.
To celebrate I am running a giveaway in the group. To enter you just have to join and comment on the post.

To enter you need to join the group
prizes are all 3 Carrero books in pdf format and a mini goody bag.

Look for this post in the group

Sunday, 11 June 2017

My Smashwords interview.

Interview with L.T. Marshall

Who are your favourite authors?
I don't really have a favourite or favourites as per say, I am a very eclectic reader and will read anything that sounds intriguing. Growing up I read a lot of Jackie Collins and Danielle steel and I think it somehow merged to make me a writer somewhere in between their styles.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
As a mum, artist and business owner then all of the above. And of course the need to write! I love to be organised and productive so pretty much will jump out of bed to continue with the previous days creations.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Crafting, housewife duties, making YouTube videos or socialising. I do a lot of events and shows connected to my business so I'm never bored anyway.
How do you discover the eBooks you read?
I like to go both on recommendations from friends and also sometimes I will just browse the blurbs on Amazon. Depending on my mood can sway which genre I look up. I also like to look at charity book shops and find pretty books for my own shelves, I like gorgeous covers for the artistic aspect.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, I am releasing it in a couple of weeks, rewritten and much more polished. After a 20 year gap the book was one I always wanted to redo and so I have done. It's called Just Rose and is in the editing finalisation stage.
What is your writing process?
I am a speed writer, I will get a story in my head and mull it over for a few days or weeks, building the characters and plot in my mind before I sit down. Once I do I will rush write the whole book as fast as I can, I don't ponder mistakes, grammar etc or even much description and usually end up with the bare bones. I'll then go through it again slowly and pad it out, fix things and delete anything I am not happy with. I am a writer who goes through my book several times, each stage has a different purpose and I only worry about actual editing in the last passes.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yes , it was Flowers in the Attic by Virginia Andrews, it pushed me to read the whole series and then her Heaven Leigh series too. I remember feeling so many emotions and knew this is what I wanted to do. Submerge people in a fantasy world where they can see and hear the characters and get lost from reality for a while.
How do you approach cover design?
I usually have the design in my head before I even write the book. I work backwards that way because I am an artist and designer, I tend to know exactly what I want from the characters I have built in my head and the tone or style I want the book to have. That way my books end up all completely different in look.
What are your five favourite books, and why?
This is going to sound lame..... I expect a lot of eye rolls. I love the Fifty shades books, because I think I have a weakness for torn, damaged heroes and heroins and liked that they were easy to read and get engrossed in. They were complete contrast to anything I normally read, but i found them enjoyable despite the writing style at times. I also love anything by Lauren Layne, she writes light hearted and fun novellas with really adorable characters.
What do you read for pleasure?
Usually Romance, chick lit or contemporary romance. I'm not one for too much erotica and I like a good story line that you can get invested in. I recently re-read a few Kat French summer books.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I use my iPad and phone for the Kindle app, most books I read that way but I still prefer paper books.
Describe your desk
I have two work spaces that I use for my writing and artistic business so my desk is a mash up of both, its stacked with trinkets and bright rainbow things, yet it's neat and tidy and has a lot of personal items surrounding my pc.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in several places in Scotland, due to a military upbringing that has us moving a lot. It made me more able to adapt and meet people. I think all the experiences it gave me helped me be a better story teller.

Monday, 5 June 2017

Just Rose - Free for 5 days

You heard it here - Just Rose is free as an ebook download for the next 5 days. It has already hit the top 100 of 3 categories of best selling books in the first 24 hours, so make sure you get your copy and don't delay.

It's beat The Carrero trilogy in downloads and sales of its first day and looks to be set to beat it overall. I cannot tell you how happy this has made me and cannot thank you as readers and followers enough.

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Just Rose is ready and out now!!

My book is finally finished and although it has not undergone it's master edit to catch minor flaws and grammar , it is ready for release and should be on Amazon within 72 hours!

I am excited to be able to share my newest work with you and hope you enjoy it as much as Carrero.

It seems like this book took an absolute eternity to get together and do the re-writes, after all it was a 20 year old manuscript and I have changed a lot in that time, the original is a far cry from what it is now and I am very proud of where it has gone in terms of improvement.

The book can be found here for UK - https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B071JKH7B5
and can be found here for USA - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B071JKH7B5
 I really love feedback so feel free to leave comments or reviews on any of my social media.
You can find all links on this blog or at www.ltmarshall.co.uk

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Just Rose is not far away.

My newest book is not far away from release now. It's in final stages of editing and rewrites and literally so close to being out  woohoo. I cannot tell you how excited I am to be finally releasing a new book. This one has a special place in my heart, seeing as I originally write it over 20 years ago. It has underwent a lot of changes from the original and is such a great read. I know I am biased , but I really do love these characters.

Unlike Carrero, this is a stand alone book and more of a warm hearted romance. The characters are equally lovable and I really cannot wait to share it with you all.
Won't be long now and I shall announce an exact date soon.

Saturday, 20 May 2017

The Carrero Solution - Free for 5 days

The lovely folks at Amazon have applied another promo on my Book 3 of The Trilogy.
For 5 days you can download the kindle completely free to our device. It starts tomorrow!

And if that's not good enough to tempt you, you can also download Book 1 free of charge from Smashwords!!

So, if you're wondering what all the hype is about and are curious enough to have a nosey then visit the links above and give it a go.

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Come meet me at an amazing weekend! Book Convention.

That's right folks. I will be meeting and greeting readers, signing books and dishing out Carrero flyers and merchandise at this event. The weekend looks set to be amazing and I am looking forward to attending. 

If you want to scope out the line up and events for the weekend then hit their Facebook page here!

From 11:00am to 17:00pm
Aug 19, 2017 to Aug 20, 2017

Lancashire Mining Museum formerly Astley Green Colliery Museum
Higher Green Lane, Astley, Manchester, M29 7JB

There are a lot of things going on through the two days, authors , models, bands and beer tents. Stalls, a buffet lunch on a long boat and much more. There is also an after party at the event that I will definitely be attending.

Come along and meet me, bring your book to get it signed or purchase one on the day. 

Friday, 12 May 2017

My new release is around a month away.

That's right, my newest book Just Rose is in the rewrite and edit stages and we are looking to release in the early part of June. I am really excited to be releasing a new book and hope you all love it as much as the Carrero Trilogy. As soon as it's released on Amazon I shall be linking on all my social media so follow me for updates. All links can be found on your right!

This is the mock up of the cover and has not yet been completely finalised, it may change a little but overall this is how it will look. This is the chosen cover model for Rose and I am super duper happy with it.

Wondering what it's all about? Here's a brief synopsis.

Just Rose!

The unexpected death of Rose’s beloved Aunt ends up being a driving force in her uneventful life. She gives up her lonely unfulfilled big city existence for the country home and life from cherished childhood memories. Can it live up to them? All she wants is to find her place in the world, finally find the happiness and independence she has been searching for and hopefully this move will do it… hopefully.
With her little dog Muffin by her side and a much needed new friend in the form of Abby it does seem possible. That is until a not so ideal first encounter with the handsome local Laird of the Munro Estate sends her spiralling from young professional woman to hormonal bundle of goo. The chemistry undeniable but with him not seemingly on the market this might not be the place for her after all. Thrust into the world of not so quiet country living will Rose ever find true love?
A roller coaster of emotions and a whole lot of country charm there’s one thing for sure Rose is certainly not going to be bored anymore!

Monday, 8 May 2017

Book 2 - FREE on Amazon for 5 days

Once again amazon KDP has put a promo on book 2. You can download it here - completely FREE for the next 5 days!

Don't delay. Book 2 is my favourite one of the 3!