Today, 18/09/2015, is my chance to welcome you all to the RRBC Back to school book and blog block party.
This month, to celebrate the start of a new school term, The Rave Reviews Book Club, or RRBC, has decided to throw a book and blog party. I hope that by now you have visited many other blogs in the party and some of you may have already won some prizes! Anyone is eligible to win a prize. You don’t have to be part of the book club to win. Just leave a comment on my blog page today and RRBC will select today’s winners.
My Prizes today:
1st prize: A £10 or $15 Amazon voucher.
A week of tweet support from my Twitter account @Lizzie_Chantree with over 23,800 wonderful real followers. (Writers: You don’t need a Twitter account as I can still promote your books/blogs/websites etc.) If you don’t have a book to promote, but do have a Twitter account or a business, I can promote your account/business, to hopefully find some new followers or customers.
The first prize winner will also gain a mention on my networking hour #creativebizhour. We have over 17.3M timeline views and 22K RT’s in 1 hour some weeks and we have been trending a few times so far.
Prize 2: A £10 or $15 Amazon voucher and a day of tweet support from my Twitter account @Lizzie_Chantree with over 23,800 wonderful followers.
Prize 3: A £10 or $15 Amazon voucher.
Back to school:
As this is a back to school party, I thought I would tell you about what I was like at school! I loved books and reading at school but was definitely not one of the cool crowd. I fell somewhere into the middle of trendy and uncool as I was overweight, but I was very good at sports! I loved art because I could wander off into a dreamland and let my imagination run riot. I lost four stone in my last year at school and started college to study art, design and product display. I remember my first day, walking into a huge building, filled to the rafters with art supplies, easels, clay, enamel, (life models!) and the buzzing noise of discussion and play. It was bliss.
Later, I attended The School of Communication Arts in London, where I learnt to interpret my creative ideas. At this point I invented a new product, called ‘Runaway Spray,’ which won me the accolade of one of the Female Inventors of the Year. Runaway Spray, is a lipstick size spray, that prevents further ‘running’ or ‘laddering’ in stockings and tights. My first customers were Superdrug and The Arcadia Group. It was so exciting and scary! Luckily my clients were fantastic and they helped me learn about retail placement along the way. If you have any questions about inventing a product, I would be happy to help in any way I can.
By now, I was also running my own retail and wholesale business, as designing and producing a new product is expensive, so I worked to finance the prototypes and production runs. It was hard work, but great fun. During this time, I often thought of plot ideas for books, as my mum had written stories for my sister and I and told them to us as children.
As a small child, my daughter became unwell and I would sit in my studio at night, writing to keep myself awake, so that I could hear her breathing. She was ill for many years, (she’s fine now), but in in the second year it helped to dream of glamorous people on sun drenched beaches with exciting lives, as this was about as far away from my life at that time as you could get. My first novel Babe Driven evolved and it really helped me to get through a difficult time.
My love for writing has grown and grown, until plots and characters clamber around my mind much of the time. It really is addictive. Now I am discovering the world of other writers. Not only their craft and skill of the written word, but the joy they have in sharing their time and advice with their fellow authors, bloggers, reviewers.
A few months after my book went on sale I decided to teach my self about social media and Twitter in particular. I wanted to find a way to help people, like me, who were starting something new creatively, who might need a support network. It’s my way of paying it forward. I began a networking hour, called #creativebizhour. I don’t get paid, but I spend quite a bit of my time chatting and promoting the writing, design and creative skills of some inspiring people. They in turn, support each other.
Each week someone wins a week of tweet support from myself and my co-hosts (Professional photographer Kelly and published author Maureen). You can win more than once. To be in with a chance of winning, add #creativebizhour to your tweets and replies to chat during the hour and then RT others using the # to create a buzz about each others latest work. It is a really busy hour that has generated sales and offered advice to many, which is all I could have wished for.
Currently, I am finishing my third novel and I have been offered a publishing deal for Babe Driven in America, which is very exciting. I am also contemplating starting a book cover design service on my website www.writewithsydney.com I really enjoy the creative process of capturing readers interest through design and am thinking of offering this service to other authors.
I hope you have enjoyed today’s party. Thank you for stopping by. 🙂
To see everyones comments today, click on the comment box at the top right hand side of this blog page.
Introducing my books:
Driving straight out of trouble and into paradise!
Harriet’s crazily successful business idea is under serious threat, and the danger seems to be coming from inside her own family. She whisks her sister and her friends away to an exotic location to try and work out whose side they are on. It’s time to start damage limitation.
When the girls arrive at the glorious villa owned by Harriet’s maverick business partner Nikki, they find a gorgeous band and their sexy lead singer Max staying next door, out to entice their new neighbours into all kinds of trouble.
This isn’t a holiday for Harriet and she can’t afford to be distracted. She has to sell her business idea to the powerful resort owner, the elusive Mr Grant, while she is there, or she may not have a business to go back to. Harriet will have to choose between family and friends, business or pleasure. For someone who stays out of the limelight, even though her new company is the hottest ticket in town, she’s going to have to avoid the front pages of every newspaper if she wants to survive the ride!
Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars A fun novel give it a go!!!! 19 Mar. 2015
By EMMA MAKEY
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
By the end of the first chapter I was completely gripped…
This is a really compulsive read and not easy to put down; but quite light hearted.
The characters are really fun, engaging and believable.
I am really looking forward to the authors next Novel… Give it a go!!!!
Jemima Trent is desperate to have a designer baby to keep up with her socialite friends, reconnect with her work-obsessed husband, Lucas, and regain some respect from her domineering father, but the number of women able to conceive each year is in decline and no one seems to know why.
Dr Cole believes that the answer can be found in a warehouse full of delinquent teenagers, where David Love and his beautiful girlfriend Tilly, have been hitting the headlines for turning youngsters’ lives around. Dr Cole’s violent and callous employer will stop at nothing to discover the reason behind their success and why girls at the warehouse are able to fall pregnant.
Jemima finally tries to step out of her father’s shadow, but discovers they are more alike than she could ever imagine. David and Tilly race to protect a secret they have held for years, that could have a bearing on family life for generations to come. An action packed love story, with powerful men and formidable women.
Lies, deceit and betrayal, all in the name of love!
Review: 5.0 out of 5 starsLoved the book 29 July 2015
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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Photos, book covers: Lizzie Chantree