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November News at SilverWood

Published: 29 Nov 2019  - updated: 21 Feb 2020

Self-Published Dear Magpies Eve Bonham Author

What’s New in the Learning Zone?

The Dreaded Bad Review: How to manage it, and your own (understandable) reactions

Author and life change catalyst Becky Walsh has written our latest article for the Learning Zone. Here’s a snippet:

The more successful you are as a writer, the more you are likely to have a bad review.

Having a little personal resilience to critics will help you stay in love with your craft. You can even handle a bad review brilliantly and turn book-buying customers into author fans.
However, if someone has paid for your book and if they are unhappy, there are some things you can do to turn the situation around.

Read Becky’s tips for resilience in the face of criticism here.

In Author News:

Blog Tours

• The Louise Fawley Symphony has been on tour: author Rikki Evans has held a blog tour with Rachel’s Random Resources. The book has been getting lots of great reviews! Here is a taster:

"Imaginative and quirky. Full of humour and sexy moments. The vivid imagery gives you a good sense of place."

"Irreverent, original and steamy."

• Jill Treseder held a blog tour with Anne Cater from Oct 7 - Oct 15 for her novella, The Birthday House. "An engaging, accomplished, structurally-bold examination of a Fifties family tragedy." - Peter Stanford

Jill says, "there was a great response from bloggers - some days as many as three on a ten day tour and only one who didn’t get on with the book. So I was very pleased. It’s selling well locally - the combination of small, reasonable, great cover, local interest and crime seems a good recipe."

Here are some quotes from her reviews:

"Don’t be fooled into thinking that this novella is a light and breezy read. It’s a beautifully told story of childhood, friendship, love, betrayal, regret and murder and it packs a punch."

"Haunting and masterfully told. The characterisations are perfection, and the writing just wonderful. I had actual goosebumps as I read...will stay with me for quite some time."

• Lucienne Boyce will be holding a tour with Rachel’s Random Resources for her latest Dan Foster novel, Death Makes No Distinction from 25 November - 1 December.

Keep an eye on Twitter @LucienneWrite for the reviews! Here’s one of the first: "An absorbing walk on the dark side of Georgian London."

• Launch and event news: Eve Bonham launched her latest book, Dear Magpies, at Winstone’s bookshop in Sherbourne. This is the story of a woman who loses everything and everyone...but still has hope. See photos from the event on Eve’s Facebook page.

• On publication day, both the Kindle edition and print editions of PR School: Your Time to Shine appeared in the top 10 bestsellers in Public Relations on Amazon. It also placed #1 in Hot New Releases in Public Relations.

Hot Off the Press

Published this month...

The Secret Wave was published on 1 November. This charming children’s story by Debbie Brookes features vibrant illustrations by the author.

On 6 November, Karen Eugenia Boreham’s family memoir, Song out of Darkness was published. This account of an American-born woman of Ukrainian extraction, married for 50 years to a Devon farmer, "offers a small but entrancing vision of what unlikely meeting of culture, blood and tradition can produce." - Salley Vickers

The work of many years: Nikki Copleston’s latest crime thriller featuring DI Jeff Lincoln, The Price of Silence, was published on 11 November, to coincide with the three year anniversary of Silver Crow Books, which Nikki is a co-founder. Follow Nikki’s news on Facebook, Twitter @nikkicopleston and @SilverCrowFrome,

Stars in their eyes: Elizabeth Price’s second book in her series, The Meadow Farm Talent Show was published on 12 November. Ideal for young readers, this shows how friendships and support can grow your confidence. Take a look at Elizabeth’s author events on her Facebook page, Meadow Farm Books.

18 November was publication day for Dear Magpies by Eve Bonham. The launch was held at Winstone’s bookshop in Sherbourne on 21 November. She has also held talks and book signings in Dorchester. Her next event will be on 6 December in Salisbury - see our calendar here. Read more about Eve and her books at, and on Facebook.

A fascinating retelling of the Odes of Horace by Sean Patrick Taylor, What Foreign Shore was published on 27 November.

Finally, on 29 November, PR School: Your Time to Shine by PR guru Natalie Trice was published, and it’s already getting lots of media interest! Go to and for more.

Take a look at our Coming Soon section for a sneak peek of our upcoming titles...

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