Sorry for yet another blog interruption! In the past few weeks, things once again didn’t quite go according to plan (what’s new?). I got a bunch of bad news, my weight loss stagnated, and have you heard about the mess with Dorchester yet? And in case you’re wondering: yes, I’m one of the authors caught up in the mess. Hooray!
But to get something positive out of the whole situation (always look on the bright side, eh?), I sat down to work on the new website. I finished it earlier this evening, and it’s now up and running (there are only a few bits – the Bewitched audio file and some pics – which aren’t). So please check it out and let me know what you think of it: www.sandraschwab.com
Are you all enjoying the crispy-cold wintertime (well, or summer, depending on where in the world you live) (and if it’s the latter, I hope it isn’t crispy-cold right now …). Here in Frankfurt, we had the first dusting of snow last night — apparently St. Peter thought this part of the globe could do with a sprinkle of his version of confectioner’s sugar. 🙂 By late morning, the winter-loveliness had already melted away, but it was nice while it lasted.
As a 3rd-Advent-Sunday Goody, I won’t give you cookies because most of you insist on living so far away, which makes giving people cookies a tad difficult. No, I’ll give you a sneak preview of my brandnew, soon-to-be-launched website. I hope you’ll love it as much as I do!
On the pages about Castle of the Wolf, you will also find some new pictures of the Black Forest:
And some pictures of me when I was still little and we lived in the Black Forest:
(I’m standing in front of an old organ that used to be played at fairs. In the 19th century Waldkirch — the town where we lived and on which I modelled Kirchwalden in Castle — was famous for organ building.)
My new and improved academic website is now up and running (smoothly, I hope!):
A new and improved author website will follow soon!
Return with me to Bair Hall in the second part of the Holiday Epilogue to THE LILY BRAND. Enjoy! 🙂
This is an old photograph of Compton Wynyates, an early Tudor mansion, on which I based Troy’s country estate Bair Hall. The picture was taken in 1928. I found it here.
I hope you’ve all had lovely holidays and have recovered from those plentiful holiday dinners by now. *g*
I’ve just posted the first part of a belated Christmas present for you on my website: a holiday epilogue to THE LILY BRAND. Of all my characters, Troy and Lillian deserve a little bit of holiday cheer the most, don’t they? And now, in “Christmas at Bair Hall,”
they get it. 🙂 I hope you’ll enjoy reading the epilogue just as much as I enjoyed writing it! I’ll post the other parts in the course of the next few days.
I’ve just updated my website and put some new excerpts online: on the regular pages you can now find the Prologue and Chapter 1, and in the Members’ Section you now won’t find only the first three chapters, but also Chapter 4 — accompany Amy and Fox to the British Museum, let your sensibilities be shocked by nude marbles, and find out all about the Vegetable Lamb of Tartary! Enjoy!
To access the Members’ Section, simply subscribe to my newsletter and you’ll be sent the password. 🙂
I’ve just updated my website and now you can find all kinds of information about BEWITCHED there: read the cover blurb, an excerpt, and all about the drama of writing BEWITCHED. Enjoy!
I’ve just updated my website: among the new goodies is the first part of the Wolfenbach Library in the Members Section, that is, explanations of some of the intertextual references in CASTLE OF THE WOLF. In order to get access to the Members Pages, you need to subscribe to my newsletter (see brandnew icon at the top of the sidebar!).
Other exciting new things on the website include: more Secrets of Wolfenbach (e.g. about the very special cards Cissy receives from Mrs. Chisholm, complete with pictures of the little Queen’s two faces) and more reviews with an extra section of blogger reviews. So far, I’ve been extremely lucky with reviews: most people enjoyed CASTLE OF THE WOLF and have written lovely things about my novel (in one case, even a reviewer who didn’t like CASTLE wrote lovely things about it!). Among the reviews I’ve recently discovered is this from The Romance Studio:
“Castle of The Wolf was an enjoyable read from beginning to end. The setting being in Germany made for a nice, refreshing change from the typical English surroundings. Ms. Schwab does a wonderful job with descriptive details throughout the whole story. Celia comes across as a very strongwilled woman who gets very creative in her attempts to bring brightness into her husband’s dark world. Fenris is a dynamic character and the touch of paranormal surrounding him makes him even more intriguing. Celia will not back down from her husband’s dark side and both help the other put the past behind each other. This story is a treat and highly recommended to those wanting an entertaining, captivating read.”
Luuuuuvely, isn’t it? *beaming smile*
Anyways, I hope you’ll enjoy all the new things on my website!
So I’ve got the new author pics done — but I couldn’t simply put them on the old website, could I? Oh no! Renovations were definitely in order! Therefore I spent the past few days … er … nights overhauling my website and tried to give it a neater look. The results can be seen here. I’ve also added a few more CASTLE OF THE WOLF pages: the first reviews are up as is the reading guide for readers’ groups and the first few pages of the Secrets of CASTLE OF THE WOLF.
I hope you’ll enjoy the new pages and the new look!