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Sentence of Marriage: a tale of Victorian New Zealand
« on: May 20, 2010, 08:17:03 pm »
Hello everyone! I've been enjoying Kindleboards since I joined, and have just realised that I've never got around to starting a topic in the Bazaar for my books. Better late than never!



In 19th Century New Zealand, there are few choices for a farm girl like Amy. Her life seems mapped out for her by the time she is twelve. Amy dreams of an exciting life in the world beyond her narrow boundaries. But two people who come to the farm from outside the valley change her life forever, and Amy learns the high cost of making the wrong choice.

This is the first book in the three-volume series "Promises to Keep". It's available as a free download on Smashwords in several formats, including for Kindle.

WorkingGirl Reviews called Sentence of Marriage "one of the best historical novels Ive had the pleasure to read in years". See the entire review here.

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    Re: Sentence of Marriage: a tale of Victorian New Zealand
    « Reply #1 on: May 20, 2010, 10:09:56 pm »
    Hi, Shayne

    Welcome! Glad you're enjoying it here. Me too...

    It sounds like a great book, and I'm glad to hear that WorkingGirl gave it a wonderful review.

    I'm sure many readers will be happy to download the "free" copy at Smashwords (in several formats including Kindle).

    Best of luck with your historical novel, Sentence of Marriage.  :D

    I'll tag your book... (Well, I tried to find the Kindle edition of your book on Amazon, but it didn't come up, just the paperback. Is there a reason why? So I tagged your paperback. Shayne, you are in serious need of tags! You need to visit Donna's tag thread.)

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    Re: Sentence of Marriage: a tale of Victorian New Zealand
    « Reply #2 on: May 21, 2010, 04:28:53 am »
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    Re: Sentence of Marriage: a tale of Victorian New Zealand
    « Reply #3 on: May 21, 2010, 06:02:12 am »
    I went to Smashwords and downloaded your book to my Sony.  I'm excited to get more books for my Sony. 
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    Re: Sentence of Marriage: a tale of Victorian New Zealand
    « Reply #4 on: May 21, 2010, 12:52:41 pm »
    Nancy: thanks so much for your kind words and good wishes. I'm waiting patiently (:)) for Smashwords books to be available in the Kindle store - the agreement's signed, but it's taking a while. Thank you for the paperback tags!

    Ann: thank you. You have a nice set of boards here, and very well moderated (I'm a moderator on a set of Tolkien-related MBs, so I do know how challenging the job can be :))

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    Re: Sentence of Marriage: a tale of Victorian New Zealand
    « Reply #5 on: May 28, 2010, 12:42:11 pm »
    I had a fabulous review this week from someone who's read all four books:

    http://americaneditor.wordpress.com/2010/05/21/on-books-the-promises-to-keep-quartet/

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    Re: Sentence of Marriage: a tale of Victorian New Zealand
    « Reply #6 on: June 05, 2010, 05:03:13 pm »
    This week I was interviewed about self-publishing:

    http://agnieszkasshoes.blogspot.com/2010/06/interview-with-inspiration.html

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    Re: Sentence of Marriage: a tale of Victorian New Zealand
    « Reply #7 on: June 05, 2010, 05:56:12 pm »
    Sounds good :)

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    Re: Sentence of Marriage: a tale of Victorian New Zealand
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    Re: Sentence of Marriage: a tale of Victorian New Zealand
    « Reply #9 on: June 06, 2010, 02:07:45 am »
    Hi Shayne,

    Just popping in to say hello. :)

    Have you decided to wait for Smashwords to distribute to Amazon?

    Bye for now...

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    Re: Sentence of Marriage: a tale of Victorian New Zealand
    « Reply #10 on: June 06, 2010, 01:39:49 pm »
    Vicki, thanks for dropping in :) I've decided to wait a little longer - though not indefinitely.

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    Re: Sentence of Marriage: a tale of Victorian New Zealand
    « Reply #11 on: June 13, 2010, 12:18:14 am »
    Warning: may incite fantasies of violence towards fictional characters. Here's what one reader said:

    "I admit to having cried and laughed and even having wanted to murder a character and beat another one within an inch of his life which is simply a testament to how well written these books are."

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    Re: Sentence of Marriage: a tale of Victorian New Zealand
    « Reply #12 on: June 20, 2010, 01:41:14 pm »
    It's my birthday! But hobbit-style, I'm giving gifts: until the end of the week, 50% off Books Two and Three in the Promises to Keep series.

    The first book in the series, Sentence of Marriage, is free.

    Enter the coupon codes at Smashwords' checkout to make use of this offer.

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    Re: Sentence of Marriage: a tale of Victorian New Zealand
    « Reply #13 on: June 20, 2010, 04:08:42 pm »
    Happy birthday, Shayne!

    "A birthday is just the first day of another 365-day journey around the sun.  Enjoy the trip."  ~Author unknown


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    Re: Sentence of Marriage: a tale of Victorian New Zealand
    « Reply #14 on: June 21, 2010, 08:30:59 am »
    Happy belated birthday, Shayne!  I had picked up the first book awhile back, must've seen it mentioned elsewhere, then I just saw the post in kinbr's Smashword's thread about the coupons on Books 2 and 3 so got them as well as the 4th book which is still a bargain at $1.99.  I look forward to reading them all very soon, I've been on a historical romance kick just lately [though mainly Regency England era] so will work them into the rotation in the near future. :)
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    Re: Sentence of Marriage: a tale of Victorian New Zealand
    « Reply #15 on: June 22, 2010, 12:10:23 pm »
    Vicki: thank you! The journey's going smoothly so far :)

    Steph: thanks for the wishes! I think it was still my birthday in your time zone, so not belated at all :) And thanks so much for trying the books!

    Drum roll I'm featured in the Indie Spotlight today. What a nice birthday present!

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    Re: Sentence of Marriage: a tale of Victorian New Zealand
    « Reply #16 on: June 22, 2010, 06:40:13 pm »
    Drum roll I'm featured in the Indie Spotlight today. What a nice birthday present!

    Great interview, Shayne. I had to smile when you said you married the farmer's son. Wonderful.

    Your active research sounds like fun. I've milked cows and churned butter (must be a Kiwi thing) but have never handsewn underwear. I think I'll leave that back in the 1880s. :D


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    Re: Sentence of Marriage: a tale of Victorian New Zealand
    « Reply #17 on: June 23, 2010, 12:24:23 pm »
    Great interview, Shayne. I had to smile when you said you married the farmer's son. Wonderful.

    Your active research sounds like fun. I've milked cows and churned butter (must be a Kiwi thing) but have never handsewn underwear. I think I'll leave that back in the 1880s. :D

    Thanks, Vicki! They ask good questions. And yes, the farmer's son's a keeper :) He's my most enthusiastic supporter.

    The research is huge fun, even at its dustiest. It makes a difference to know how things look and feel and (sometimes most importantly!) smelt.

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    Re: Sentence of Marriage: a tale of Victorian New Zealand
    « Reply #18 on: June 30, 2010, 12:42:43 pm »
    I was delighted with a recent review on Barnes and Noble. Excerpts:

    "I have had the pleasure of reading all four books in this series. I can only say that it was an amazing experience! The characters are so rich and vivid, I found myself thinking about them when I was at work or at the gym - this is a first for me..."

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    Re: Sentence of Marriage: a tale of Victorian New Zealand
    « Reply #19 on: July 08, 2010, 02:16:02 pm »
    Warning: reading this book may interfere with your sleep patterns. From a review this week on Barnes & Noble: "I couldn't put this down. I read till three in the morning when I first started it. I just purchased the next three and can't wait to start them."

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    Re: Sentence of Marriage: a tale of Victorian New Zealand
    « Reply #20 on: July 08, 2010, 04:31:43 pm »
    Warning: reading this book may interfere with your sleep patterns. From a review this week on Barnes & Noble: "I couldn't put this down. I read till three in the morning when I first started it. I just purchased the next three and can't wait to start them."

    If you're depriving your readers of sleep, you've done your job well. Very well.  ;D

    Congrats, Shayne.


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    Re: Sentence of Marriage: a tale of Victorian New Zealand
    « Reply #21 on: July 08, 2010, 06:04:58 pm »
    If you're depriving your readers of sleep, you've done your job well. Very well.  ;D

    Congrats, Shayne.

    Thanks, Vicki. It's certainly better than being told you're helping readers get to sleep :)

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    Re: Sentence of Marriage: a tale of Victorian New Zealand
    « Reply #22 on: July 15, 2010, 06:40:46 pm »
    Reading my books can be part of a weight-loss plan! From a review this week:

    I loved these characters; good...bad and ugly. I cried my eyes out and laughed my butt off.

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    Re: Sentence of Marriage: a tale of Victorian New Zealand
    « Reply #23 on: July 24, 2010, 02:02:48 pm »
    Take a trip in a time machine, and visit New Zealand as it was in the 1880s. Sentence of Marriage.

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    Re: Sentence of Marriage: a tale of Victorian New Zealand
    « Reply #24 on: August 01, 2010, 02:41:17 pm »
    "Life was so much simpler back then."

    Thats a sentiment I often hear expressed about the olden days.

    Its 1881 in a New Zealand farming valley. Amy is not quite thirteen. Her mother died when she was three, and shes recently nursed her dying grandmother. She keeps house for her father and brothers; she turns the milk from their cows into butter and milk to trade at the general store.

    During her spare time shes doing her best to train as a schoolteacher. Thats when shes not being dragged along as an amused and bemused ally in her cousin Lizzies efforts (putting her best apple pies forward) to nab a husband.

    As if thats not enough: just wait till she sees what Papas bringing home from the city

    A simple life? Maybe not. See what you think: Sentence of Marriage.

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