– because my new story is set in a cosy past which probably never really existed.
– because the house on the cover is special as you will learn in this post.
One of the first things I learnt when I began blogging around six years ago was that bloggers are kind, generous and amazingly supportive.
One of the ways they have helped me is by allowing me to use their pictures. I owe a lot to Danish blogger and amateur photographer Ellen who has donated cover pictures to no less than four of my books. Three of these are of The Malt House, a most beautiful house somewhere in Britain. Ellen posted some new photos of the marvellous house the other day so take this opportunity to enjoy a place that is more than five hundred years old. The post is Danish so I’d better explain that the front and back are very different, but it is indeed the same building.
Other bloggers have supported me by reviewing my books here, there and everywhere. Ding Dong Bell was published one month ago, and here are quotations from the first reviews:
“I enjoy these snapshots into the kindly Reverend Gershwin’s life as he visits his parishioners. And I love the way Jakobsen juxtaposes the quiet, peaceful village with the sinister, mysterious undertones. Nice study of human nature.” (Amazon.com)
“Recently Dorte Hummelshoj Jakobsen kindly made two of her short stories available to me (e-books) for review. They are both about the Gershwin family in Knavesborough, a fictional village in Yorkshire, namely Ding Dong Bell, the Kitten in the Well and Green Acres. I often find short stories lack the necessary depth to be convincing – either weak plots and/or characterisation, but these short stories are both convincing and satisfying. Maybe it helps that they are continuations of other stories, or in the case of Ding Dong Bell, the Kitten in the Well, a prequel.” (BooksPlease)
I love that about the blogging world too, Dorte. People are, in general, very supportive and kind.
Thanks for providing this information and the link to additional photos. It’s a lovely home and one I’ll always associate with Rhapsody and Knavesborough.
Margot: yes, you are! And don’t you blush now 😉
Kelly: The Malt House is indeed lovely, and as I said to Ellen, I feel I have a tiny share in it now 😉
Dorte, I just finished reading DING DONG BELL and am nearly through GREEN ACRES. I absolutely enjoyed both the stories. Knavesborough is just the kind of place I’d like to be in. Who wouldn’t? And I was wondering about the cover images—thanks for letting me know.
Oh, that is great news indeed! One should think I was getting used to it, but it is so daunting every time you send books out in the wide world 🙂
And I’m glad Ellen would let me share those wonderful pictures of ‘Knavesborough’.