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Rememberance

Remembrance Day this year, for me, is particularly poignant, bringing back memories of my parents, now both at rest. My father spent his youth in the army during WW2, largely as a motorcycle dispatch rider, who sometimes found himself behind enemy lines. I am so grateful he survived. He had good times as well, spending […]

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Sunday Interview – Deborah Jay with an extract from The Prince’s Man – Book One of The Five Kingdoms Series

Originally posted on Smorgasbord Blog Magazine:
Please welcome my guest today, author Deborah Jay who will also be sharing an excerpt from The Prince‚Äôs Man which is Book One in The Five Kingdoms Series which is also on offer at 99p/99c this weekend. Firstly a brief introduction to Deborah… Deborah Jay writes fast-paced fantasy adventures…

Celebrating the life of an amazing woman – my Mum

My beloved Mum passed away last week at the amazing age of 99 – what a life she had, and what changes she witnessed over the best part of a century. Going through all the old photographs, I’ve found it fascinating to trace the influences on my character and life choices, so for any who […]

Reblog: (More thoughts on) How to Develop Your Brand as a Book Author

Nicholas Rossis published this post around a week ago, and I kept it on file, knowing I was about to write a post on the same topic, but with a different slant. SO, here is another take on author branding, to expand on the topic further: via How to Develop Your Brand as a Book […]

Nymans Gardens – another gorgeous #garden wander

Nymans is another National Trust property, a fabulous garden with an impressive semi-ruined house, in Sussex UK. I’ve lived nearby for most of my life, but this was the first time I’d visited, which was at the end of May. Most spectacular (aside from the house) is the wisteria walkway, thought there is a lot […]

#SpringSale One Week ONLY! All #WakeRobinRidge and #Riverbend Books Just $.99

Originally posted on The Write Stuff:
Starting Today! All of my novels are on sale for the crazy low price of $.99, today through next Sunday, April 14! Yep, now’s the time to grab any of these books you’ve missed out on. Find out what’s hidden in the kudzu behind Sarah Gray’s cabin. Meet Rabbit,…

10 Things to update each time you release a new book

Continuing in the spirit of the last couple of weeks, today I’m sharing the list of things I am in the process of updating (please feel free to scroll down to the meat of this post) with the imminent release of THE PRINCE’S PROTEGE. Did I mention that already? Book #3 in the Five Kingdoms […]

A Free Mockup Book Cover Maker

Originally posted on Nicholas C. Rossis:
I recently discovered DIY Book Design (thank you, Krystallia!) and just had to share the news. DIY Book Design has a number of useful tools and tutorials, all aimed at helping you produce the perfect image for your book. From a number of tutorials helping with the design of…

7 Things Writers Can Do No One Else Can (or Wants to)

Originally posted on WordDreams…:
I’m reposting this from a few years ago. Back then, I didn’t have many readers so now, I wanted to share these pithy thoughts–including a few updates–with all my new efriends! There are a lot of difficult parts to writing. I mean, besides the whole write-edit-revise-rewrite-market-start over thing. That cutting a…

Fantasy Sub-Genres

Originally posted on Nicholas C. Rossis:
Image: Pixabay When I finished my first book in the Pearseus universe, I was faced with an unexpected problem: everyone kept saying that identifying your genre was important. But my book crossed many genres. It was, essentially, a fantasy tale taking place in the future, with technology and a…