… Authoress, Nancy Jardine, one of my litter-mates from Crooked Cat Publishing, pops in again to say hello…

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…hi, Nancy, great to have you aboard again…

…what are yeez doing, Lassie?

These days I’m ‘encouraged’ not to overdo the use of adverbs and adjectives. That’s something I have a problem with as an ex-‘senior stages’ primary teacher who had to teach the use of both, though I know that my title has to be an overdone phrase as well.

…I’m sure that doesn’t mean ye’re floundering?

I hope not, but I am bemused by the to-ing and fro-ing these days. For a while, it seemed to me, that an author was published by traditional means or they were self-published. That distinction has, thankfully, gone and it’s perfectly possible for an author to be a comfortable mix of both.

…and yer scribbling, how’s it doing?

I’m about to embark on the road of self-publishing, having had two small publishers presenting my work since 2011. The initial contracts having come to their agreed terms on my first two published mystery romances means they are free to be re-launched by Crooked Cat Publishing this coming spring. That will bring my ‘cat’ total to six novels.

…and why the self- publishing road?

To date, my stories have been for the general adult market – romantic mysteries and historical romantic adventures but my recently completed time-travel historical adventure (superbly edited by Jeff Gardiner) is different. The Taexali Game is intended for the lower end of the YA market although there’s readability for all ages.

My biggest quandary as I wait for my cover design to be created is what name do I put on that cover to distinguish it from my writing for a more mature audience? Do I still call myself Nancy Jardine?

…are yeez thinking of adopting a pseudonym?

The problem with a pseudonym is that I’d be back to being a complete unknown in my home territory of Aberdeenshire, Scotland. That would be a downright shame because for the last three years I’ve been working hard to make my Nancy Jardine author presence (brand) more prominent through giving author talks to local libraries and community groups. I’ve been selling my print books at local Craft Fairs, and gaining recognition through being featured by the local press. Since The Taexali Game has an Aberdeenshire setting, there is a potentially local captive market.

So what do you think? Should I keep my name as Nancy Jardine on the front cover of The Taexali Game?

…my not so ‘umble opinion, m’Lady, is to keep with yer own name… it’s got plenty of ‘street-cred’ now… if yeez really want to differentiate on the JONGGR, p’raps add a middle initial on the fresh stuff to distinguish it from the existing back list… the fact that yeez are producing in a different genre doesn’t detract from the quality of yer quill-scrapping… besides, ‘Nancy’ is a smashing name!

 …and next up?… 

Anyone who wants to know what Taexali means might just have to wait and read my YA novel. Though that will be after I use the inimitable Seumas Gallacher’s fantastic tips in his wee guide ‘Self-Publishing Steps to Successful Sales’ which I happily reviewed – even though at the time of writing the review the thought of self-publishing the completed novel was a bit pie in the sky!

Thank you for giving me blog space, Seumas. I’m looking forward to fielding any suggestions and responses

clap…I remember yer review well, m’Lady. and thanks a bundle for that… we all appreciate it when people take time to drop a few lines, don’t we? …thanks a ton also, for taking time out of yer hectic diary to grace my wee blog… come back anytime… the haggis sandwiches’ll be ready for yeez… see yeez later…LUV YEEZ!…

…Nancy Jardine lives in the fabulous castle country of Aberdeenshire, Scotland. A lover of history, it sneaks into most of her writing along with many of the fantastic world locations she’s been fortunate to visit. Her published work to date includes two non fiction history related projects and six novels. Three novels are contemporary mysteries (two of these are due to be re-launched in the spring of 2015 by Crooked Cat Publishing) The others are her Celtic Fervour Series of historical romantic adventures set in first century Roman Britain (great covers, huh?)…

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Ancestry research is an intermittent hobby; tending her garden is in on a ‘fair-weather’ basis but her grand childminding duties are regular and take up chunks of her week. The Taexali Game, a time-travel historical adventure for the YA market is due for publishing in the spring of 2015.

Author links:


Celtic Fervour Series of Historical Romantic Adventures – set in AD 71-84

Amazon UK author page    Amazon US author page   Blog    Website   Facebook  Goodreads   About Me   LinkedIn   Twitter @nansjar  Google+ 

 Amazon Author page for books and to view book trailer videos:

US http://amzn.to/RJZzZz   UK http://www.amazon.co.uk/Nancy-Jardine/e/B005IDBIYG/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

Novels also available from and http://crookedcatbooks.com ; Barnes and Noble; W.H. Smith; Waterstones.com; Smashwords



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6 responses to “… Authoress, Nancy Jardine, one of my litter-mates from Crooked Cat Publishing, pops in again to say hello…

  1. Nancy Jardine

    Thank you, Seumas, I love haggis and eat it all year round! You’re a lovely man to visit. I’ve been considering the middle initial ‘thingy’ as well – though since I’m a lazy lass, I’ll maybe continue to use my own name (that way I won’t forget who I am – *insert big fat smiley face here * )

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  2. Nancy’s books sound very interesting, especially her latest one and the Roman Britain novels. They’re going on my list of books to read. Thanks Nancy and Seumas for this great review. 🙂

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  3. Nancy Jardine

    Hello Suzanne. It’s good to know your TBR list has just increased with my Celtic Fervour Series/ others. Thanks for leaving a comment – it’s very welcome.

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  4. Hello Nancy. I agree with Seumas and think you should stay with your real name, regardless of genre. Years ago, I used a pen name and that work has sorta gone down the tube. Actually, I don’t know if I could prove it was my work. Oh well! Last comment. You live in a castle. How exciting!


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