Newsletter #September

Take a glimpse into Things Unseen…

For the past few months Clockwork Books has been telling you all about Pamela Power’s new book, Things Unseen. And now we finally get to give you a peak into this exciting new thriller!Emma’s quietly unsatisfying suburban life is thrown into disarray when she finds her mother beaten to death, her knickers around her ankles, in the mansion Emma shares with her husband in Westcliff. Police believe it’s an open-and-shut case and peg the crime on Surprise, the immigrant gardener. But Emma is convinced they are wrong.

The men in Emma’s life try to stop her asking questions: Rick, her philandering gynecologist husband; Ross, her errant and immature brother returned from Australia; and Craig, an ex-lover visiting from the UK who stirs long-buried feelings in her.

Emma’s search for the truth leads her to discover that trust is a fragile and elusive thing…

Aimee says: Things Unseen had me gripped from the very beginning! From the protagonist’s internal world to the spine-tingling murder scenes and shocking discoveries, Pamela doesn’t hold back for even a second! Her pacy writing style brings you face to face with the good, the bad and the ugly of the characters. The events that unfold lead us to question how well we know those closest to us and how well we truly know ourselves. A late plot twist will have you on the edge of your seat (or bed, gripping your pillow), as the characters’ fates become uncertain. Pamela does an excellent job of keeping the reader guessing! This is a great read for anyone who enjoys suspense and surprise, written from a proudly South African perspective.

For the love of books…

Love Books is my favourite independent Jozi bookshop. Not only is the air filled with the scent of books and coffee (life’s two essentials, no?), but you’ll find a great selection of the finest books for adults and children. Love Books are invaluable supporters of local authors, and their range of South African books is fantastic. If you don’t find the book you’re looking for, the Love Books team will track it down for you.

Love Books regularly hosts book launches, so I encourage you to sign up for their newsletter. They also have story time sessions for kids between the ages of 4 and 8 on a Saturday morning. Find this delicious store in the Bamboo Centre in Melville (next door to the Service Station), or visit their website.

Pamela Power’s tips for writing your story

Getting your story idea onto paper (or into Microsoft Word) can be as hard for the seasoned author as it is for the first-timer. Here are Pamela’s tips for getting your book written:
  1. Writing everyday is important. Try to write 500 words per day, 5 days a week, which is roughly a page. However, there are days when you might not get to writing and that’s okay. If you miss a day, don’t give up, you may get to write double another day!
  2. If you have a bad week, pick it up the next week. In a year, you will have written and edited your novel.
  3. I’m a huge believer in that shitty first draft. Don’t worry if your work is not perfect, just write. The most important thing is to finish your manuscript (my shrink helped me with this, and it only took 4 years…).
  4. Write what you would like to read! I have been the beta reader on a couple of manuscripts and have realised how important this is. ‘Ought’ is a terrible word. Don’t write the book you think you ‘ought’ to write. Write the book you WANT to write.
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