Saffina Desforges

Website URL: http://www.saffinadesforges.com

11
Apr 2013
Okay, so it might have been officially Spring some time ago now, but if like me, you live in the UK, you will still be shivering in your Winter thermals and longing for the sun. It's been a very long, hard Winter and for it to have gotten to my birthday and the temperatures to still be in single figures is almost unheard of! So please, Mister Sunshine: make an appearance! Yes, you heard right - it's my birthday next week and it isn't just any old birthday. Oh no, it's the MOTHER of all b'days! My big 4-0! (I know, I know, stop it, you're too kind! I don't look a day over 39!) Anyway, in honour of me celebrating my last few days of my thirties and in order to bring a little long-awaited UV into your life, we have decided to run a Spring Special offer. Yup. From today, ALL Saffina Desforges crime titles (including the full-length novels) are reduced to the crazy price of 99c or 77 English P! (on both Amazon sites and B&N) Sugar & Spice Sugar & Spice (US edition) Rose Red 1 Rose Red 2 Rose Red Rhymes 1 Rose Red Rhymes 2 ALL are reduced! So get them now! And tell your friends! tweet, facebook it, pin it, share it, shout it from the multi-story whilst looking for your car! They won't stay at this price forever! What are you waiting for? (Oh and HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME...) ;-) Saffi
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18
Jan 2013
Here's one for you: What do a long-haired, middle-aged teacher/writer/trampolining expert residing in West Africa; a thirty-something football-mad scribe and snowboarding loud-mouth with a penchant for beer and Ray Ban's; a self-proclaimed neek (50% nerd, 50% geek) and super-hero wannabe (special powers - multi-instrumentalism) and a poem-writing, bibliophillic boarder (school, not snow) have in common? Indeed, you might ask! St Mallory's Forever! That's what. [caption id="attachment_1626" align="aligncenter" width="600"]The new Young Adult/Teen mystery from Miriam Joy, Charley Robson & Saffina Desforges The new Young Adult/Teen mystery from Miriam Joy, Charley Robson & Saffina Desforges[/caption] How could the universe throw such peeps into the melting pot and not expect chaos to ensue? And what would they come up with? Who are these people? We all love a good mystery right? Okay, before I introduce Miriam and Charley (because you already know the front and back end of the Saffna Desforges pantomime horse intimately), hands up those of you who can work out which one is which of us from the opening descriptions? I bet you all thought that I was the quiet one and that Mark 'Zebedee' Williams liked the odd chilled glass of Stella right? Sorry to disappoint, but Mr Williams doesn't get anywhere near enough snow to be a boarder where he is! ;-) So what of these crazy teen writers that we have gone and got ourselves embroiled with then? Who are they? How did we meet? And what do they do? Say hello to Miriam Joy (of neek and super-hero fame): [caption id="attachment_1630" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Double prosperity Double prosperity[/caption] Look, she admits she's a geek, okay! Anyway, don't take my word for it, here's a few words from her royal-neekness herself:
Miriam Joy has lived all her life in South-East London, plodding through the state education system, and has got as far as AS levels: English Lit, French, Music and Classical Civilisations. Never one to make things easy on herself, she plays three instruments (violin, flute and piccolo), does both archery and ballet, and is learning two dead languages and a made-up one on top of her schoolwork. She also makes YouTube videos and answers emails for the Teens Can Write Too blog, and still manages to find time to procrastinate. She also has an obsession with mythology, mainly Celtic and Norse, which started at the age of eleven. Far from 'growing out of it' as most people expected, she has simply become more knowledgeable, or as her parents call it, weird.
You can also read another blog interview with Miriam on St Mall's and collaboration here. So who is this fellow-geek and trekkie-cum-Sherlockian, Charley that she mentions? This is what Miss Robson had to say about herself when I battered her repeatedly with a virtual lacrosse stick asked her to jot a few lines down (they're sooo cool these girls, that they already refer to themselves in the third person. I'm surprised they don't have a middle initial!):
Charley Robson is a student, geek and bibliophile, and has passed the majority of her education in a private Dorset boarding school. She has been writing “seriously” for around eight years; at thirteen, she began writing a high fantasy novel that spawned into her very first trilogy – which, despite its flaws, she is still very proud of. She credits the fantastical works of myriad fantasy authors, both from childhood and into her ever-approaching adulthood, for her enduring devotion to the genre. Outside of fiction, Charley is also a fairly prolific poet – one of her poems was awarded a place in the Top Twenty of a Daily Telegraph poetry competition in 2010 – and enjoys writing articles for her school magazine. In 2012 she also followed up on a keen interest in theatre and acting by writing a pantomime for performance in the annual school Drama competition. St Mallory’s Forever! marks Charley’s first foray into the mystery genre, something she has long admired but eternally struggled to concoct plots for. St Mallory’s has also marked Charley’s first serious escapade into co-writing, and the mechanics of the publishing world at large.
Oops! Almost forgot - this is Charley: [caption id="attachment_1644" align="aligncenter" width="600"]She's a poet and she knows it She's a poet and she knows it[/caption] What other amazing facts can I share? Oh yeah: These two new kids on the block are still at school. Miriam will just have turned 17 by the time St Mall's goes live, how cool is that? We are thrilled to have been able to work with them and assist on this project. It has been great fun and I have no doubt that kids, teens and adults alike will love St Mallory's as much as we loved helping them write it! So what's it about? Well, St Mallory's Forever! is a good old, warm and fuzzy mystery novel. Set in an imaginary boarding school (think Malory Towers and St Clare's), but written as blog posts from the point of view of three girl boarders. Here's the unofficial blurb...
When her mother becomes head of music at St Mallory’s School for Girls, Helen is uprooted from her London comprehensive to start a new life in a totally alien environment – a boarding school. But before long, the behaviour of the other girls is the least of her problems: Helen picks up a piece of rare music from a shop in Brighton, and suddenly she is at the centre of what seems to be an enormous ...conspiracy.The bursar is behaving suspiciously. Her mother is lying to her. And now Tim Morrigan, a boy from the partner school, is getting involved. Do they all want the music, or are there other motives in play? And since the music appears to have been written after the composer’s death, is it real, or simply an elaborate fake?Accompanied by Abigail Roe, a veteran student with a penchant for Shakespeare and geek culture references, and Xuan Liu, the well-travelled daughter of a Chinese diplomat, Helen sets out to solve the mystery. But homework, lacrosse matches, and morally ambiguous members of staff all seem to be determined to stop them.
We are frantically trying to get this ready for early next week - mouse power and weather permitting, so please bear with us whilst we do.
 
But, if Mr Williams insisits on spending all his time bouncing on trampoline with the local kids, don't hold your breath! ;-)
[caption id="attachment_1639" align="aligncenter" width="510"]Mark hard at work on St Mallory's Mark hard at work on St Mallory's[/caption]
 
In the meantime, head over to the facebook page here and show some love by clicking 'like'.
 
It's a shame there isn't a 'flippin' love this' button, 'cos I am pretty sure you will!
 
Jolly hockey (or in this case, lacrosse) sticks!
 
Saffi
 
**NEWSFLASH**
 
St Mall's is available on Amazon UK here and Amazon.com here from today!
 
 
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06
Jan 2013
Happy New Year to all of our wonderful readers! What better way to celebrate 2013 than with a chance to win something? Here's the deal: So, what are you waiting for? All you have to do, is visit my fb page here, click like and then share the competition. When I have reached 400 likes, I will assign each person a number and use an auto-generator app to select a winning number at random. The winner will receive a personalized, signed copy of 'Anca's Story' in print. How easy could it be? ;-) Saffi
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13
Dec 2012
Well, it's been quite a year! 2012 saw the publication of our first print edition in France (Paraphilia - which we are lead to believe has FAR outweighed our expectations sales-wise. Come back in January to find out how it did) and marked the two year anniversary of Sugar & Spice. We now have a total of FIVE full-length novels, (two of which are available in print direct from Amazon), two novellas, two short stories, two anthologies and four novellas written under a couple of other names available on all e-reading platforms. Phew! And in-between that, we have found a little time to blog, tweet, fb, pinterest, stumble and even collaborate on a couple of e-publishing books written by others. Oh yeah, and sometimes we slept... ;-) "So, what are you gonna give us in 2013, Saffina?" Ah, well, I thought you'd never ask! ;-) I am sooooooo excited about the projects we are working on for next year. We will be releasing books three and four of the Rose Red crime thriller series. Beauty & the Beast will be out first quarter of 2013 and Little Red Riding Hood at the end of the year. [caption id="attachment_1428" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Coming early 2013 Coming early 2013[/caption] And just to make sure that you keep up with Red and the team, there'll be some more Rose Red Rhyme shorts in between! Speaking of Rose Red Rhymes, you readers have been sooooooo good this year, that we have a little pressie for you. Ring-A-Ring O'Roses is FREE for the next five days! If you live in the UK, click here.  RotW, here. (also free on all other Amazon sites world-wide) Just a little thank you for being so wonderful! ;-) Now, where was I? Oh yes, 2013. What else? Well, the fabulous St. Mallory's forever ! will be hitting your Kindles (other generic e-reading devices are available) in the New Year, so look out for it! Aside from that our BIG release and a slight swerve away from our usual stuff, will be the first in our new DARK HALO (urban fantasy) trilogy: First Blood. First Blood will change the way you think about vampires and angels, forever (and then some)... There might even be time for a few other surprises along the way. Who knows? Saffina Desforges, always entertaining. Never what you expect. So all that remains is for us to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year, we hope to see you all back again in 2013! Saffi
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13
Dec 2012
Well, it's been quite a year! 2012 saw the publication of our first print edition in France (Paraphilia - which we are lead to believe has FAR outweighed our expectations sales-wise. Come back in January to find out how it did) and marked the two year anniversary of Sugar & Spice. We now have a total of FIVE full-length novels, (two of which are available in print direct from Amazon), two novellas, two short stories, two anthologies and four novellas written under a couple of other names available on all e-reading platforms. Phew! And in-between that, we have found a little time to blog, tweet, fb, pinterest, stumble and even collaborate on a couple of e-publishing books written by others. Oh yeah, and sometimes we slept... ;-) "So, what are you gonna give us in 2013, Saffina?" Ah, well, I thought you'd never ask! ;-) I am sooooooo excited about the projects we are working on for next year. We will be releasing books three and four of the Rose Red crime thriller series. Beauty & the Beast will be out first quarter of 2013 and Little Red Riding Hood at the end of the year. [caption id="attachment_1428" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Coming early 2013 Coming early 2013[/caption] And just to make sure that you keep up with Red and the team, there'll be some more Rose Red Rhyme shorts in between! Speaking of Rose Red Rhymes, you readers have been sooooooo good this year, that we have a little pressie for you. Ring-A-Ring O'Roses is FREE for the next five days! If you live in the UK, click here.  RotW, here. (also free on all other Amazon sites world-wide) Just a little thank you for being so wonderful! ;-) Now, where was I? Oh yes, 2013. What else? Well, the fabulous St. Mallory's forever ! will be hitting your Kindles (other generic e-reading devices are available) in the New Year, so look out for it! Aside from that our BIG release and a slight swerve away from our usual stuff, will be the first in our new DARK HALO (urban fantasy) trilogy: First Blood. First Blood will change the way you think about vampires and angels, forever (and then some)... There might even be time for a few other surprises along the way. Who knows? Saffina Desforges, always entertaining. Never what you expect. So all that remains is for us to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year, we hope to see you all back again in 2013! Saffi
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05
Dec 2012
Finally! It's arrived! And just in time for Christmas too... The International best-seller, available for the first time EVER in print! Amazon.com The perfect Christmas gift! Saffi
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05
Dec 2012
Finally! It's arrived! And just in time for Christmas too... The International best-seller, available for the first time EVER in print! Amazon.com The perfect Christmas gift! Saffi
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02
Dec 2012
Here's a thing: We made the mighty 'Zon almost £15,000 in May of 2011 with sales for 'Sugar & Spice'. We got next to nothing. I wonder if I went to my boss at my day job and said, "I tell you what, I'm gonna work these four weeks for free. I don't want paying. Well, I DO want paying, but I'll give you 110% commitment and you just give me a third of my wages.OKAY?" You'd think I was crazy, right? Yeah, so would he. Hang on a minute, let's add something else to the mix here: "I know, not only will I work those weeks (and every other week that comes after it) for 30% of what I'm worth, BUT, I also want you to discount all the great things that my peers, colleagues and customers say about me. Right? Forget them. Wipe them from your mind like they were never uttered in the first place. Are we on the same page here?" I can see the grin splitting my boss's face in half right now. I bet it's not as wide as the smile on Amazon's face/packaging... amazon I wonder what our customers would say if I rang them up and the tele-con went like this: Me: "Hi, how are you? Having a good day?" Customer: "Yeah, great, thanks." Me: "Good. Listen, I'm really sorry to spoil it, but you know that 25 tonne of plastic compound you bought from us last month (bear with me here, we can't all be stay-at-home-full-time-writers. Got bills to pay etc), well, I kinda want it back." Customer: "Sorry?" Me: "Yeah, I know how it sounds, but my boss has decided that it doesn't matter if you paid for it and then told everyone how great it was, you're in the same industry as us, so your purchase doesn't count." Customer: "I'm really confused." Me: "Yeah, me too. But hey, he's the boss. So what he says, goes. We're only the little people, right? Hope we can still be friends? Oh, and I almost forgot; I hope you didn't get any of  give any of  your family and friends to buy that compound and let them use it either, 'cos if you did, we're gonna need that back too." Customer: "Right, I'm hanging up now. Please don't be offended." Yup. Wouldn't be in business for very much longer would we? (Oh, and my boss wouldn't have his dangly bits for too long either!) ;-) But wait. Hang on, there's more: What if a rival competitor of ours PAID some of his customers to take our compound and tell everyone how wonderful it was? Or, better still, what if we just pretended to be a customer and told everyone how brilliant our stuff was? Is that ok? Apparently so.  Apparently, also, integrity and talent is no longer a pre-requisite for success. You've only got to watch X Factor to affirm that. John Locke made millions from paying for people to review his books, and then, guess what? He wrote a book about it? (this should really be on my Banning the Bullshit blog) You can get it here if you really want to make a complete tw@t of yourself/take the piss out of the buying public and other species, like desperate writers... So, what is this rant about huh? Well, let me tell you. On Friday afternoon, we had 263 reviews for 'Sugar & Spice', 45 for Snow White and ELEVEN five star reviews for Anca's Story. I could go on. Take a look now. It's a mystery. Whodidit? Who decided that because my sister bought, read and loved a book that I had spent two years writing and voiced her opinion and pride on Amazon for all the world to see, that she had a 'financial connection' with the author and her comments weren't valid? What about the other writers that I know who coughed up two quid of their hard-earned dosh and spent three or four hours that they will never get back reading my wares and felt inclined to pass judgement on it? You know what? THEY. DON'T. MATTER. Writers/minions - know your place. minions You weren't traditionally published and we can't force you to set the price, so we don't love you any more. In fact, we never did. How do you know? (It's not you, it's me) Well, if we're gonna argue: You made a huge tech-error when our book was riding high in the charts and it disappeared for almost five weeks with NO explanation, but I wasn't allowed to ask... I don't want to drag up the past, but in case you forgot about your failures, you can read about it here. Oh, and then there was the day (days) when apparently, my book wasn't selling. You know, despite the fact that it has sold roughly the same amount for the LAST TWO YEARS and then I saw this little pearler: 'We apologise for the delay, but your sales figures are currently not updating.' Huh? So, you could be making money on my book and I just have to take your word for it that the numbers are right? Hmm, I don't think this relationship is working out. Do you? One more thing: You can't seem to pay me directly into my bank account for foreign currency, so after I have taken my share of the royalties, I'm gonna make sure that you get charged again for depositing a dollars cheque into a UK bank account. So there! Bam! Take that sucker! I think we're over. But wait. No, please don't call time on us. Surely we're worth more than that? And anyway... I NEED you. Nope. Not interested. Not listening. You've served your purpose. I can discard you like a rusty old bike wheel and not give you a second thought and don't you DARE ask questions. Do you know who I am? Everyone likes a good mystery (I mean, look at the 'Zon's bed-buddies, Blake and Crouch. Talk about sleeping with the enemy) but usually, the villain is caught. This one, Clarice, has a different ending. The world is a much nicer place with you in it. But is doesn't mean I won't rock up for some dinner, washed down with a nice Chianti. fffffffffff... ;-) Saffi (at your sevice) Desforges
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30
Nov 2012
"Holidays are coming, holidays are coming." Everyone knows that as soon as the Coke advert hits your tv screen (usually mid-November!), that Christmas can't be too far away, right. IT'S. THE. LAW!   And this year, there's a new festive treat for us: The John Lewis snowmen! John-Lewis-Christmas-Advert-2012-The-Journey This Christmas is going to be a little different for me. Whilst you lot are skidding around the high street desperately blagging last minute pressies for an unexpected Uncle and lobbing your still-very-much-frozen turkeys into a bathful of warm water, I will be chilling in the Lakes with my other half, sipping on Mulled wine and warming my feet next to a coal fire. We will smile with amusement at the thought of the pre-Christmas chaos unfolding back home, whilst the laid-back bartender brings us over another beer and sigh with contentment as we walk through the sparkling, frost-kissed lanes of Ambleside, back to our cottage and our peaceful, quiet Christmas. Your Christmas: christmas-busy Our Christmas: 162659_471733129435_6920516_n Anyway, I'm not one to gloat... ;-) No Christmas (no matter what it is going to entail) is complete without a good crime thriller or scary story full of festive cheer to get you in the spirit. So here's ours: The Night before Christmas is available now on Amazon! Here (UK) And here (RotW) RRR Nbxmas And seeing as it's nearly Christmas and we're feeling generous, you can get it now for only 99c/99p! Merry Christmas and remember: Keep-Calm-Christmas Saffi PS. Just a quick update: thanks to all you awesome bookworms, TNBC is number one! ;-) Screen Shot 2012-12-02 at 11.24.38
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16
Nov 2012
"You can't write in more than one genre." "You'll have to write YA under a pseudonym." "You're committing career suicide." "Your crime thriller readers won't want to read a literary fiction novel." I could go on. But I won't. Fact is, times have changed. Publishing has changed: forever. Anca's Story has already made #1 in Children's Historical fiction and European Biographical fiction on Amazon.com and stayed there for two months. It's only not there now because we had to take it down and re-publish it and it lost its ranking . Here's the new link for it on .com It is in the Top 25 in its categories on Amazon UK and will soon be available on iTunes, Kobo, Waterstones and Gardners. It is already available to buy on Nook UK & Nook.com. It has 11 straight  5 ***** reviews on Amazon UK.
This is Young Adult fiction, but not as you know it. "This is not easy reading, either in subject or style. Desforges takes us into a whole new writing style with this first-person telling of the last days of Auschwitz, and through the eyes of a twelve year old child. Not since Anne Frank's Diary has the Holocaust story been related in such powerful fashion. And so timely, as we approach the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. This book should be compulsory reading in schools and colleges." "I started reading this book 2 days ago, and have now finished, as I couldn't put it down. What a powerful and breathtaking story, it keeps you hooked from the first page." "I cried reading it and still can't get it out of my head 2 days after finishing it." Three young children smuggle themselves into Auschwitz in search for their parents. If you're looking for werewolves, vampires and faeries and paranormal fantasy, try somewhere else. The only wolf in this story is very real, and the only connection with vampires is the distant Transylvanian mountains in Romania, where this story begins. If you're looking for light-reading where they all live happily ever after then again, try somewhere else. If you want serious, no-holds-barred literary fiction set against the background of real historic events then this is for you. Saffina Desforges made her name writing hard-hitting crime fiction. This book is about that most horrific crime of all: genocide.
They said we couldn't publish Sugar & Spice. It has now sold close to 180,000 copies. In fact, they said we couldn't do a lot of things - so we did. Dare you read Anca's Story? Saffina Desforges - because readers deserve the best.
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