As well as celebration, Christmas is a time for reflection and looking forward to the year ahead, and so here is my (small fanfare)
Not quite the 12 Days of Christmas.
1 Book Award (An Unknown Woman, Writing Magazine’s Self-Published Book of the Year.)
1 book shortlisted for Book of the Year (An Unknown Woman, Book Viral)
1 new release. (My Counterfeit Self, 1 October 2016)
2 book cover awards (An Unknown Woman, designed by Andrew Candy based on a concept by Jane Davis)
#4 highest ranking on Amazon.
5 authors discussing historical fiction. (Chairing the historical fiction panel at Triskele Lit Fest)
25 books given away for World Book Night.
35 beta readers!
36 books read.
48 authors interviewed.
130 new 4 and 5 star reviews from happy readers. (Thank you so much if yours was among them.)
557 copies of I Stopped Time given away to newsletter subscribers.
33,000 copies of A Funeral for an Owl given away in a single day.
Thank you for being part of my year. Every email, comment, download, purchase and review meant the world to me. I couldn’t do it without your support.
A Christmas Offer
I received an invitation to a Blue Christmas service at my local church last night. It is aimed at ‘those for whom, Christmas, this year, is sad and they are finding it hard to celebrate.’ An Unchoreographed Life is my Blue Christmas Novel and I have reduced the price to 99p/99p until 6 January.
‘The whole novel had a compelling honesty; I never doubted that things happened exactly as described, right to the very last word. I have discovered a new favourite author.’ ~ Jean Gill, Author and Photographer
‘Davis is a writer at the pinnacle of her craft. A damn good read and, dare I add, important.’ ~ Linda Carol
‘Beautifully written, engaging & heart-breaking. I loved every minute of it.’ ~ S M Spencer
‘The child’s character was so cleverly written that I felt I knew her.’ ~ Amazon Reviewer
‘Best book by a country mile I have read for a long time.’ ~ Sue Darnell, Reader
I was a reader long before I became a writer. Here’s what I’ve been reading in 2016
- Olive Kitteridge, Elizabeth Strout
- Last Night in Montreal, Emily St. John Mandel
- Half of a Yellow Sun, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
- Palestinian Walks, Raja Shehadeh
- Human Croquet, Kate Atkinson
- Olive Kitteridge, Elizabeth Strout (read twice)!
- Nora Webster, Colm Toibin
- The Secret River, Kate Grenville
- Hampstead Fever, Carol Cooper
- In One Person, John Irving
- Mulgrave of the Marshes, John Peel
- Cinema Lumiere, Hattie Holden Edmonds
- How to be Both, Ali Smith
- The Crimson Petal and the Rose, Michael Faber
- Our Endless Numbered Days, Claire Fuller
- Stoner, John Williams
- The Slap, Christos Tsiolkas
- The Glorious Heresies, Lisa McInerney
- Who’d Have Thought It? Christine Webber
- Haweswater, Srah Hall
- My Name is Lucy Barton, Elizabeth Strout
- The Bitter Trade, Piers Alexander
- Where the River Parts, Radhika Swarup
- Beach Music, Pat Conroy
- Aurelia, Alison Morton
- How to Paint a Dead Man, Sarah Hall
- Amy and Isabelle by Elizabeth Strout
- The Universal Theory of Everything, Adam Bethlehem
- Ali Smith, The Accidental
- Jules et Jim, Henri-Pierre Roche
- Flaubert’s Parrot, Julian Barnes
- Crow Lake, Mary Lawson
- The Green Road, Anne Enright
- Abide With Me, Elizabeth Strout
- That Still and Whispering Place, Kathy Shuker
- Haven’t decided yet!
How did I do on my targets?
23 books by women – v.g.
6 indie titles – could do better!
Over to you
What was your favourite read of 2016?
And what are your targets for 2017?
Virtual Book Club will be back in the New Year. Meanwhile have a safe and peaceful Christmas.
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