New book release: Revelation

It is with great embarrassment that I reveal that on checking on the Finch Books website for the release date of Revelation, the third volume of The Pathfinders I discover that it’s today. Unnoticed by all, including me, which is a shame, because it’s a bloody good story though I say so myself.

Authors are supposed to be gung ho about promoting their work, praising it to the skies and shoving excerpts and banners in the faces of the general publick until they provoke rioting and lynch mobs. I’m going to kick against tradition and just say that I wrote it, I enjoyed writing it tremendously, and I think it’s pretty good. But nobody in their right mind would take the author’s word for the quality of a novel. You have to read it for yourself. There’s always the ‘look inside’ feature before you commit your pennies. It costs nothing.

The Pathfinders is a trilogy to be read in order, so if you haven’t started it yet, there’s not much point in banging on about number three. If you have read Abomination and Devastation, you can find Revelation here.

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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

63 thoughts on “New book release: Revelation”

    1. Thanks Annette πŸ™‚ I regard it as a success to have written this one. I hadn’t intended there to be a third one in the series, but it turned out to be a story that wasn’t quite ready to end, and I loved every minute of writing it.

    1. It’s difficult to promote a third book when the first one ought to be pushed a lot more. I’d expected Finch to have put their backs into promotion so that each book in the series would have a potential readership. Obviously until significant numbers have read book one, you’re not going to generate much interest in book two. As for book three…Can’t say it hasn’t been a big disappointment, but I’m glad the select few are enjoying it πŸ™‚

      1. Well, yeah, I would think a publisher would push the first book as much as possible to make the rest of the books successful. Dropping a book without even telling you it was to be published seems a little strange to me.

      2. They told me the release date a while ago, and I knew it was some time mid-September. There was no splash for either of the other two, so I didn’t expect there to be one for number three. Me popping over to look at it on Amazon today or tomorrow wouldn’t make any difference.

  1. Well done Jane. Very proud of you. You work so hard, you have talent and discipline in equal measure and you are admired and respected by us all. Most of all you are deserving of this and I for one shall be reading.

      1. I love children’s books they are by far my favorite if I think of all the books I have read and I have read a ton, then children’s books will always be among them. Out of interest when you have time, let me know what your favorite children’s books were that you read as a kid? I liked The Magic Faraway Tree, obviously Narnia, but my favorite was The Homecoming by Cynthia Voight (sp?) that one really hit home (it’s around 12yrs plus) I recommended it for years. I would just as easily read a kids book because they’re more truthful than adults – Judy Blume being the classic example.

      2. Just lost the great long spiel I wrote 😦 I’ll make it short
        The Box of Delights by John Masefield (pure magic)
        All the Moomin books by Tove Jansson are far too deep for most kids, many adults too.
        The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge.
        The Little Bookroom by Eleanor Farjeon
        The Silver Sword by Ian Serraillier
        and all of Patricia Lynch’s books though I think they are all out of print nowβ€”a literary tragedy.

      3. (I always lose the long ones I write, what IS that?)
        Oh good! I am going to the library THIS WEEKEND because I have actually not heard of some of these! I love Moomin agree, and have read The Little White Horse in fact I own a copy! The others I do not believe I have read so I’m so excited to find them all (along with your latest book also of course, but that I shall buy) thank you!

      4. See and I wondered that as well. I think the ‘awesome’ factor must be very wrong-headed as personally I have disliked many of the so-called touted brilliant books of late, even Harry Potter did nothing for me (though I admire the author’s meteoric rise) and so there definitely is the snob-factor but it also seems much of the artwork of children’s books (thinking young children here) isn’t a patch on the older stuff. I’m a bit of a snob about art, I really dislike some of the modern children’s books design-wise. Much like Virago Press brought back books written by women, you should start your own Children’s Press and bring back all the wonderful books that are out of print, I wish someone would, I collect some of the old ones and they are increasingly difficult to find.

      5. When we left home, my mother donated our books to the primary school. I was uneasy at the time, then shocked later when I realised that many of my books were lost and gone forever, as they couldn’t be replaced. Patricia Lynch was hugely popular in Ireland for decades. She was a remarkable woman, a journalist around about the time of the Great War, a Suffragette, a Socialist and she was Irish! She wrote beautiful childrens books up until the 1950s I think,, and not a priest in them except as a figure of fun, rather like the policeman. They are all out of print now.

      6. Oh no. The worst thing about moving as you know from having moved quite a bit I suspect, is what you lose in the move. I wonder at parents who donate our memories but all seem to, I long for parents who have a huge attic with all memories intact, but maybe like Facebook and re-finding friends from the past, we would be disappointed with the truth and it is rosier in our memories? I don’t know. I do know those kinds of books are irreplacable. The art work alone is worthy of framing. I shall be sure to read Pat Lynch. Greatly admire suffragettes, did you see the movie? I put off seeing it thinking it would be trite, and yes it was a little but I still liked it although Meryl Streep seemed a little pointlessly cast. Wow and a socialist irish woman! Go Lynch! Remember that story about the Irish journalist who was shot waiting at a cross roads, I read a book about her, and saw the film with Cate Blanchette, superb, such strength, but that’s what they say about Irish women, the strength of them.

      7. I haven’t seen the film, either the Suffragette one or the other one you mention but I rarely go to the cinema so that’s not surprising. The Irish are a great people altogether, woefully let down by their politicians it has to be said.

      8. Do you think Ireland is set to follow on the heels of Scotland in wishing to separate themselves from the UK over-all and ally more with the EU and Europe than UK/America? I think they probably will, the only concern being the two sides, deciding together, but should they do this, then it seems they may be free of some of the history of tyrany between England and Ireland and maybe given a chance to just be Ireland without any grabbing from other quarters.

      9. Although the Northern Irish voted majoritairement to stay in Europe it was a Catholic vote. The Protestants voted to stay with England and opt out of Europe. They are Unionists after all. If there was a referendum, the north would probably vote to join Eire through sheer weight of Catholic numbers, but it wouldn’t solve the Protestant problem. Nor does everyone in the south relish having to sort out the problem. The English have created discord everywhere they’ve colonised. Rahter like the Americans…

      10. Yep. Hard to say anything to that except shake my head and nod my head and wish that things could be resolved that too many years in the making, never will be. That said, I hope Ireland sees a new lease of life, I recall when the prices went crazy over there, Dublin being one of the most expensive cities in Europe, then the crash, people just do not consider the locals when this happens, the speculators they don’t suffer nearly as much, it’s just rotten. Anyway it’s been years since I went to Ireland, I went to the Rose of Tralee (sp?) festival and Dingle (sp?) lovely, lovely. And beautiful people.

      11. It’s lovely down in the south west. The scenery anyway. Tralee’s not much to look at like a lot of small Irish towns. I’m not from down there, but I could still weep over it.

      12. Sometimes it’s not so much what it looks like in a grand way, but a smaller way. The feeling of the earth and people. I have been to ‘grand’ places and been very underwhelmed because you build them up and they are magnificent and then what? A real charm is slow and often imperfect. I felt that about Wales and spent a lot of time there.

      13. Have you noticed how often you hear people say of a great work of art ‘Oh, isn’t it small!’ We expect anything famous for being incredibly beautiful to be huge. What I love in Ireland is the grass and the stone. There are magical stones everywhere. Every field seems to have one. They are protected and revered though nobody, least of all the ancient Celts, knew what they were there for.

      14. Yes very true. I suppose it’s building something up in our minds then when we see it, there is a certain ‘oh is this it?’ yet I still think if something is magical it will be irrespective of size, this is true of countryside that may not be as huge as other parts of the world but still filled with so much. A corner of the world we all should have.

      15. As an aside, a humor in the visit came when trying to find ‘good authentic Irish food’ in the pubs etc, my friend (who is Irish) and I, found mostly CURRY. Seems at the time curry was all the rage and we couldn’t get a decent Irish meal the entire trip but did try about 40 different currys! Now the Guinness was a different matter, the first time someone did a shamrock in the foam I shall never forget. I didn’t like Guinness (or beer) prior to the visit but positively adored it upon my return.

      16. Guinness isn’t beer, that’s why. It’s stout. I love it though in my family you were supposed to prefer Beamish. Jameson was frowned upon too, though for years it was the only Irish imported to the UK. Jameson was counted as a collabo. Irish food is notoriously terrible. Not surprising there is no culinary tradition when they were deprived of even the basics of existence for centuries. Maura Laverty wrote a lot of cooking into her stories and even wrote a cookery book that was standard on Irish kitchen bookshelves until very recently. It’s all very simple, uncomplicated and absolutely mouth watering. If you want an idea of what country cooking could be like in rural Ireland in the twentieth century, read Never No More. It’s a lovely story too. I think Virago published it.

      17. I shall look for Never No More. Thank you. I forgot it’s a stout, but of course you’re right. I like uncomplicated cooking that was what I disliked about living in big cities, everything had to have frills, no need if it’s good, now I live near the border of Mexico, it’s all simple homecooked food, the best kind.

      18. Well I would love to say in all honesty that were true. I think I’m guilty of running away, thinking that I would leave everything negative behind. Near did I know (wherever you go / there you are) so of course, that isn’t what happened. That said, I have tried to create new roots – I miss some aspects of ‘home’ but I like re-creating as well. A little of both. It is odd being in two worlds. I know as an Irish woman who has lived in the UK also (right?) and now France you must feel that at times, I admire anyone who moves it is not easy and it takes a fortitude to make it work xo

      1. I’m glad you think so. A story’s a story as far as I’m concerned. This one has kids in mind, but you can’t fob them off with second rate illogical stuff full of plot holes.

  2. Congratulations, Jane! I quite love that you didn’t realise it was today. Publicity is, I think, the hardest part of writing a book and I enjoy your approach in this instance. Fingers crossed for great sales πŸ˜€

    1. I’m in a quandary with this one. ‘Revelation’ is a book I really love, but to get to it, a reader has to have gone through numbers one and two of the trilogy first. Number two is still sitting in the starting blocks, and until that one shifts, number three isn’t going anywhere either. If I’m going to promote anything it has to be book one I suppose.

      1. I’m finding that as well, with my series. I can’t really do giveaways or anything on books two and three, as they won’t make sense without one. Note to self: stop writing series πŸ˜€

      1. To say I’m getting enough sales would be somewhat of an exaggeration, but my publisher has the sole rights on the books I have with them. As the author I can’t give somebody else a cut. Do you ever approach publishers with this service?

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