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First Reader Love Letter to a Favourite Novel

First Love Letter to a Favourite Novel

Libertà’s First Reader Love Letter to a Favourite Novel

Our Love Letter to a Favourite Novel feature is still a work in progress. We’ve now refined it in the light of comments we’ve received from (we hope) intending contributors. We’re really grateful for all the supportive and encouraging suggestions and we hope you will keep them coming.

At this stage, we’ve got a couple of watchwords for ourselves and our contributors as they write their Love Letters: sharing and authenticity.

  • chatting about authors we loveSharing — we want everyone who reads these posts to feel at home here, whether they’re a fellow author or not.
  • Authentic — the piece doesn’t have to be unalloyed praise. Love isn’t always blind, after all. If readers think a character was short changed or there’s something they wish had or hadn’t been in the book, but nevertheless they still love it, they should go ahead and say so in their Love Letter.

You can read more about the latest news on the Love Letter to a Favourite Novel feature on the main page.

Today with a fanfare of trumpet — we could only manage one, sadly — we’re publishing our first reader contribution. Beth Elliott shares her love for R D Blackmore’s Lorna Doone. Continue reading

Janus, god of beginnings, middles, endings


Janus, god of beginnings, middles, endings, looking both ways

If the Libertà hive ever needs a household god, we may well plump for the Roman Janus, god of beginnings and transitions. Janus usually appears with two heads. That means he not only tells you where you are, he can tell you where you’ve been, too.

Janus opens doors to all directions

Janus is also the god of gates, doorways, passages and endings, the sort of god who is useful for showing you, and us, the way.

So here we have a god of beginnings, middles, endings. Readers like all of those, and they’re pretty useful for writers as well. At Libertà, we’ve come to think that Janus is probably our guy.  Continue reading

Fanfare Of Trumpets

Libertà launch with fanfare of trumpetsThe Libertà website is now live!
Hence the fanfare of trumpets that you should see above this post.

Please come in and have a look around. We’d love to hear what you think.

Libertà website reveal SOON

For those hardy friends who have been visiting the blog, and have been frustrated by the lack of access to the website pages…  We promise it won’t be long before the great unveiling. The Libertà website will be revealed soon.

The pages are pretty much finished. Some of the detail is still to be sorted.
Then it will be Fanfare Or Trumpets Day.

And apologies for my last post. I moaned about the lack of winter. Winter has now arrived, in the shape of a storm buffeting much of the UK. That will teach me NOT to moan.

What happened to Winter?

Winter? There’s not much point in going up a ski jump when there’s no snow. And so far, November is looking to be one of the warmest on record.

antidote to winter, glorious beach, north-west Scotland

glorious — deserted — beach, north-west Scotland

Not quite as warm and inviting as this beautiful Scottish beach, perhaps, but warm enough to forget about fires and thermal underwear. Sellers of winter woollies will be tearing their hair out.

Meanwhile, Sophie and I are soldiering on with website preparation, ready for the great unveiling day. Oh, and we’re trying to finish the odd book, while we’re at it.

Libertà Day Four

Almost a week into the knotty process of website creation and I’ve launched myself off the top of the ski-jump. I’m flying!

Mind you, the feathers on my wings are looking decidedly tatty and the wind is gusting so much under me that I’m being buffeted all over the place.

And it’s still a VERY long way down.

But at least the snow has stopped and I’m beginning to see my way to the other side of the valley. Sophie and I have been beavering away this week. Lots of page content is out of the egg incubator and in the bag — apologies for all my mixed metaphors — and the pages will be public pretty soon, we hope. Watch this space.

To brighten up this pic-free post, I’m pasting in my fabulous new Joanna Maitland logo which will appear as branding on all my self-published books. It was designed by Jane Dixon Smith and I really love it. Hope you do too.

Joanna Maitland Logo PNG