Hi! I’m Janna Gray, author, wife, mother, ex-teacher and a novice when it comes to tooting my own trumpet, tinkling my own piano keys, clanging my cymbals and banging my drum in the cause of promoting my novel Kilingiri.
I was told a blog would help enormously to get out there whatever it is that I want to be got out there, and give me the opportunity to ‘meet’ readers and like-minded people so here goes …
Kilingiri was published in October 2012 and went straight to No 20 in the Amazon’s Top 100 New Releases. Needless to say, I had a smile on my face for a couple of hours until I noticed it had slipped, nay careered down the chart each time I checked! The following day, expecting to be gutted, the book had rocketed up again. How? Why? No idea really, though someone said it had something to do with the number of purchases and reviews and likes. Still, entering at No 20 was an amazing start and at the beginning of this week it was at No 17. I haven’t checked today …
‘Kilingiri’ will appeal to readers who enjoy sagas with elements of romance, mystery and drama, loss and gain, religion and redemption played out in exotic locations over a timespan of thirty years. In telling the story of Nina and Michael, it addresses the issues of celibacy within the Catholic church, the heartbreak of rejection and separation, the difficulties of raising a child as a single parent, the effects of post natal depression on a marriage and the family and the healing power of forgiveness.
1968, Srinagar, Kashmir and Nina is devastated by the death of her new-born baby girl. Sister Angela and Father Michael at the mission hospital step in to nurse Nina back to health but when the friendship between Nina and Father Michael turns to love, Michael makes a decision which will resonate through the years.
It is 1981 and in Kinsale, Ireland, Nina, devoted to her son Joshua, lives a loveless existence, but a chance encounter changes everything. Michael is back in her life, he leaves the priesthood and happiness is within their grasp.
But when past and present collide, their whole world is turned upside down.
Only by facing the consequences of what has gone before, can Nina and Michael embrace the future.
Janna Gray guides us masterfully through this poignant story of love, loss, betrayal and hope.
Janna Gray is a storyteller, something to be regarded as a gift, not all that easily found, so when agents/editors come across an author who is a genuine storyteller, their hearts do indeed leap up as does a flying bird.’ Hilary Johnson, HJ Authors’ Advisory Service
‘Janna Gray’s writing reminds me of Maeve Binchy … I sense something of the same story-telling gift in her work … A. R. Hilary Johnson Author’s Advisory Service
5 Star Reviews on amazon.com
‘In my busy life I don’t find much time to devote to a good book without guilt stabbing me in the back as commitments elsewhere beckon. This book put an end to that and I highly recommend it – an absolute page turner. Janna Gray is a brilliant story teller, her descriptions allowing the images to burst forth in 3D around the reader. She writes with humour and passion enticing one to speed up so as to discover what’s to come or slow down in order to absorb the beauty of her descriptions. I’d encourage everyone I know to read this first novel by Janna Gray and wait eagerly to see the publication of a second. In fact, this book is worthy of the Big Screen. Don’t hesitate to buy it!- Valencia
‘This is a beautiful painting of a book, its exotic location magnificently woven such that you can feel yourself right there with Nina as she moves through the ups and downs of her life. Right from the beginning I was hooked into wanting to know where we were leading. Nina’s story may be universal but that is precisely what makes it so appealing in so far as the reader can readily identify with her dilemmas and reactions – and agree or disagree with her decisions, which draws you further into the plot. I loved the fact that we see the saga right through to the end and the story is much the richer for allowing us to visit Nina’s life as she gets older and to witness the effect that her younger life has on her more mature self’- Jane KM
‘A beautifully written book, with gorgeous language , that really draws the reader into the atmosphere of the story. I thoroughly enjoyed it and recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good read. I would call it a page turner but need another expression for a kindle book I think!’ – Pansyvenus
‘Kilingiri is a magical story which takes the reader on the roller coaster journey of life. Beautiful descriptions which give just the right amount of detail to satisfy the senses. The story telling is spell binding and keeps the reader completely engaged, to the detriment of all other jobs that may need doing around the house! A real page turner! Reading this book was like sitting down with a long lost friend for a good catch up about life over a few glasses of wine! Congratulations Janna Gray!’ – Valeria Limentani Burlon
I am overwhelmed by the response from these wonderful readers and can’t thank them enough for their enormous support!
You would make me a very happy hen if you post this message on your FB pages and encourage your friends and families to re-post on theirs, thus giving the novel wonderful publicity. Of course purchasing a copy would make me happier still, but I guess you’ve worked that one out already!
Kilingiri by Janna Gray is available on Amazon Kindle http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=Kilingiri