THE VALUE OF A REVIEW

Reviews for authors are crucial.  They help to guide readers to books that will suit them and are of an acceptable standard.  Who wants to waste their time reading inferior material, or pages of content that holds no interest?  Who wants to write for an audience that will be disappointed when they open their book?  Yesterday The Quilt, Unravelled received a short, (no your review does not have to match the page count of a novel,)  5 star review that I would like to share.

Super awesome book for all readers..

This review is from: The Quilt: Unravelled (Kindle Edition)
My wife and I both read this. What a an intense and beautifully written book. The author really captures fantasiice dialogue and character development which I seek when reading books like this… definitely one of my favorite novels so far in 2015. If you to be seduced and hooked in by a solid read, this book is definitely for you. This should become a tv series or have its own movie. It’s that good in my opinion.
Thank you Mr Butler. What made this review special?  The first sentence!  Of course for anyone that has read The Quilt, Unravelled they will realize it is primarily women’s fiction.  However, isn’t it great that both a husband and wife have enjoyed the story?
Two days remain to download The Quilt, Unravelled for .99c.  If it is on your to read list please take advantage.  The offer finishes on the 18th. It can be yours with one click!  Have a great weekend.  If you read and enjoy the story of the Clarke family please don’t forget to review.
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The Quilt, Unravelled only 2 more days to download for .99c

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Have a great weekend no matter where you are!

ESCAPE FOR 0.99c

ESCAPE FOR 0.99c

Transport yourself to high country New Zealand and the deserted bays of Waiheke Island with The Quilt, Unravelled.

Behind the journey of a pioneering family is a romance complicated by circumstances A friendship pushed to the very edge and series of events that will tie together to form a story of love, loss and healing.

Available for the low price of 0.99 until the 18th of January. Download your little piece of New Zealand.

http://goo.gl/yrnj5L
Goodreads average rating 4.92

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Transport yourself!

The Quilt, Unravelled

The Quilt, Unravelled

ONLY FOUR HOURS TO ENTER!

Only four hours left to enter and have a chance of winning a copy of The Quilt, Unravelled!  To find out more or enter click on the link below.

https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/119395-the-quilt

I will reduce the price of The Quilt, Unravelled on kindle to just 0.99c!  This offer will start on the 13th (Pacific) and run for 5 days EST.  Look out for the special on the link below.  I will post confirmation when the offer is live.

http://www.amazon.com/Quilt-Unravelled-Rochelle-Carlton-ebook/dp/B00MCV1BO4

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The journey of The Quilt, Unravelled. A romantic saga set in New Zealand.

Enjoy a little bit of New Zealand and the life of the Clarke family.  Happy reading!  RC

The Quilt, Unravelled

The Quilt, Unravelled

LAST CHANCE TO ENTER!

Want to curl up and wrap yourself in the pages of The Quilt, Unravelled. Last chance to enter and be in to win one of two copies.

https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/sh…

Don’t forget this story will be offered at 0.99 on kindle (from the 13th of January until the 18th.)

http://www.amazon.com/Quilt-Unravelled-Rochelle-Carlton-ebook/dp/B00MCV1BO4

The Quilt, Unravelled

The Quilt, Unravelled

Enjoy the journey of the Clarke family. Experience their life and their hardship. The dilemma of Joanne Kyle as she is torn between career and love. The story of Twin Pines Station and the despair of wild Sandy as she fights every person’s worst fear.

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Spectacular South Island. New Zealand.

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“POO TO PUBLISHED”

The engineer and I sat in a small bay surrounded by a comfortable silence.  Apart from the seabirds, and the gentle sound of water on the boat’s hull, we were alone with our thoughts.  The harsh New Zealand sun beat down on our backs, and kayaks sat like fat slugs on the white sand of a crescent shaped bay.  I watched the nylon sitting neglected on the mirrored  surface of the water, and I wondered how long a lamb chop would take to defrost.  I looked at the vines silhouetted against a cloudless blue sky, and the bush clad hills that formed folds like a fat ladies belly before they kissed the granite coloured cliffs.

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Beautiful Waiheke Island, New Zealand. Home of The Quilt, Unravelled

“I think I will write a book.”

“Uh ha” sighed the engineer.  That sound by definition means, “oh no here we go again!”

“About what?” He sighed and slumped, already resigned to the news.

“A romance”.  The engineer struggled to stifle a groan.  I tried to regain his interest.

“Waiheke Island and the New Zealand high country.  Relationships and their dynamics. A real story, perhaps including my Joanne.”

A frown played across his face.  “Uh ha.”  He shook his head and his glazed focus returned to the unmoving nylon of his fishing line.

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Waiheke Island, Hauraki Gulf, New Zealand. The Quilt, Unravelled.

So begun two years of stolen moments on the keyboard, travelling the path of  Twin Pines Station, Marinella Vineyard and the Clarke Family.  I explored through my characters the heartbreak of loss, and the healing power of love, the dynamics of family and the constraints imposed by our upbringing.

Don’t get me wrong, my motivation for writing a novel cannot be completely attributed to a sunny day, when the fishing was hard, and the lamb chops were  frozen.  It was also born through a need to immerse myself in a new project.

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Waiheke Island Vineyards and countryside. Location of Marinella Vineyard, The Quilt, Unravelled.

Years of driving an archaic truck and watching my daughter compete in various countries, on various horses, of picking up endless piles of poo, from endless species of animals had left me a busy, but just functioning zombie.  It was time to think, to be selfish, to do what no mother can do until their children reach that special age, the age when parents are seen as little more than a hindrance.  I did something for myself.  I began the story of The Quilt, Unravelled and with it came a new life.  One of cold meals,  paddocks piled high with smelly heaps of poo and a mind that wandered off with a complicated family that had a story to tell.

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The Quilt, Unravelled

To find out more about The Quilt, Unravelled please visit:- http://goo.gl/PwzkCv

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Download e-book for the very special price of just 0.99 from the 13th – 18th January, 2015.

Review by Jackie Parry!

A lovely review 5# received today.  Many thanks for taking the time to write and post Jackie Parry.

This is a family saga, deeply immersed with friendship, romance, life, love, tragedy, and so much more. It is captivating right from the start, and it doesn’t let you go.
The protagonists’ lives reflect real life; they effortlessly show how different corners are turned and the decisions that are made can lead us to unexpected places.
With dark secrets, heartbreak, calamities, laughter and tears, this book will carry you through each emotion as if you are there. The female bonding of extraordinary characters will have you smiling at the pages and wanting more. You’ll suffer with them too.
All this, coupled with simmering love and immeasurable bravery, means that you won’t be able to put this book down. It is a beautifully woven story with magnificent descriptions that provide a vivid journey. The meaningful characters, intertwined with such reality, stitched together with a few surprises along the way, made me look forward to picking this book up each night.
The ending had me in tears; tears of every emotion; it is written with such powerful prose – the nearer I got to the end, the further away I wanted it to be. I’ll be reading more from Rochelle Carlton.

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A Griffon Bruxellois the same breed as Critter (Sandy’s dog in The Quilt, Unravelled).

http://www.amazon.com/Quilt-Unravelled-Rochelle-Carlton-ebook/dp/B00MCV1BO4 remains at a reduced price over the holiday period.  Best wishes RC.

SUNSHINE AND THE FALL OF THE TACKY TREE

A mass of foil, tinsel and the twisted foliage of our tacky plastic tree is safely tucked away in a cardboard box.  One day of gluttony has left us content, and our fridges bulging under the pressure of leftover salads and the half eaten legs of various delicacies. Our recycle bin is full of empty bottles that bear testament to a day of overindulgence.

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas however you celebrated it, and wherever you are in the world.

http://www.amazon.com/Quilt-Unravelled-Rochelle-Carlton-ebook/dp/B00MCV1BO4  A little bit of Joanne lives in all of us at some stage of our life.

Excerpt from The Quilt, Unravelled.  Joanne grappled for words to put an end to this conversation, a reason to excuse herself without further jeopardizing her employment and the words to help her regain control over the direction he was steering her. 

She needed to be careful, she repeated the word, breathe. If Joanne mishandled herself and lost control she could find herself looking for alternative employment as well as a new place to live.

Joanne’s thoughts drifted again. How had things changed so quickly?

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One of my favourite pictures by D. Clegg of a South Island, New Zealand landscape.

Sunshine and a tacky tree!

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Discarded farm machinery in the South Island of New Zealand. Photo by D. Clegg.

At last a day of sunshine and a reminder that it is summer in the Southern Hemisphere. Gone are the days of cheap plastic toys and a deep fascination with wrapping paper and cardboard boxes. Presents with gaudy pictures of a large man dressed in red announce that  Christmas is almost upon us.  Our tacky tree bends pitifully under an assortment of equally tacky decorations. 

Excerpt Chapter 3.  The Quilt, Unravelled.  It was these early historical chapters that she anticipated with dread. She saw the pain and the loss etched deeply in Sean’s face as he was forced to recall days of hardship, littered with unanswered questions and personal loss. But no matter how dark the ghosts that haunt us, how deep the hurt they leave behind, they are the fabric that combines to make us what we are and their story was Jeans to tell.

http://www.amazon.com/Quilt-Unravelled-Rochelle-Carlton-ebook/dp/B00MCV1BO4 purchase the paperback and download the kindle version for free!

WHAT HAPPENED TO SUMMER?

It appears New Zealand is not having  summer weather this year.  High winds have claimed several tree’s, high humidity has claimed our energy and record rain fall has kept the grass green and the weeds flourishing.  What has been lacking is  the arrival of barbeque weather and long days of suntan lotion, shorts and freshly caught fish.

New Zealand is comprised of two main islands  although most of the population (known as Kiwi’s and named after our native, flightless bird) reside in the North Island.

I have been given several photographs by a very talented friend.  He travels the South Island of New Zealand regularly and although my writing only briefly takes the reader to this wonderful landscape,  I would like to share his images with you in each of my posts.  Of course we, in the North, also have wonderful scenery, modern cities and diverse landscapes, the South has a wildness that is unique.

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Photograph by D.Clegg.

Excerpt Chapter 2.  Paul turned the bike into the Cottage drive. The light was still on, glowing dimly from behind the closed curtains.  As the headlight arched, his father stepped out of the darkness. He was alone in the miserable wet, his head bent against the weather, his oil skin running rivets of water to pool in muddy puddles around his gumboots.

http://www.amazon.com/Quilt-Unravelled-Rochelle-Carlton-ebook/dp/B00MCV1BO4

0.99c sale has ended.  However The Quilt, Unravelled and the journey of the Clarke family will remain at a low price for the Christmas holiday period.