|Pam Howes - Author||
Dear Readers, before I wish you Seasons Greetings, I just want to say a great big thank you to all who bought and reviewed my books over the last twelve months. Thanks to you guys I'm now officially an Amazon UK Best Seller. All three of my Rock'n'Roll trilogy are in the top 100 Family/Romantic Sagas and have been for some time. That's an achievement beyond my wildest dreams. I've even guested on blogs and websites, like real authors do! All this has spurred me on to write a fourth story about The Raiders, making the books into a series, rather than a trilogy. The fourth, "Not Fade Away" I hope to have finished and available on Kindle by mid-summer 2012, and paperback closer to the year end. At the moment I'm coming close to finishing my first stand alone novel. "Fast Movin' Train" will be available towards the end of January 2012 as an e-book only.
While recently browsing through computer files I came across the original version of "Three Steps to Heaven." I thought I'd lost it forever when my old computer died. But it had been saved, along with several long forgotten poems and short stories. I've sent the document to my Kindle and am currently reading it to see if it's possible to convert to a prequel to "Three Steps." The story began earlier in this version, 1959, when the boys are in their last term of school and initially getting The Raiders off the ground as a trio. It's also the time they are introduced to Jane, Sammy and Pat. Eddie is dating Angie, his first wife-to-be, but there's a definite attraction between he and Jane. I'd love to link this version, (after much re-jigging and editing etc, as it was my first attempt at writing a novel,) in with "Three Steps", but as a separate read. It will take quite a bit of thinking about but I'm up for the challenge if any readers would like to know what happened in The Early Days. For those familiar with "Steps" the first chapter is dated 1961. The second chapter begins in 1964, so it's my plan to fill in the back story from 1958 to that second chapter's beginning. Taking in the first three years of Eddie's marriage to Angie, Jane meeting Mark, The Raiders first gig, etc and tie them altogether. Watch this space. I'd be interested to get my readers thoughts. If I can pull it off I plan to call it "That'll Be The Day" as it's the very first song the boys learnt to play after seeing Buddy Holly and The Crickets in Liverpool. Part of the story time line is just prior to Buddy's tragic demise. But whatever I decide, I promise to write "Not Fade Away" first!
I've had a wonderful time developing The Raiders. I wanted to get to know them properly. After all, if they were to set up camp in my head for a good few years, I had to make certain I liked them first. It was never my intention to make them squeaky-clean heroes; musicians rarely are. My guys have a naughty streak, a twinkle in their eyes, but wear their hearts very much on their sleeves. Much more fun to create and move down the decades with than plastic stereo types who would bore me stiff after a few weeks. I like a challenge and so do my female characters. They don't suffer fools gladly, but are always willing to give their guys a second chance, and even a third in Sammy's case!
For readers who prefer a paperback, Always On My Mind is now available on Amazon and to order from all good bookstores. If you follow the e book link on this site, it's on the same Amazon page. Three Steps to Heaven and 'Til I Kissed You are also available in paperback.
Amazon will be offering free e books of Three Steps To Heaven on 26th and 27th of December. Please help yourself.
Once again, Dear Readers, thank you so much for your support in buying my work and for your great reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. I wish you all the very best for Christmas and The New Year. Stay safe and well and may all your dreams for 2012 come true. Love Pam. xxx