Chaos or calm? The bookcase debate.

Hello everyone. I wanted to say a big thank you to everyone who visits this blog and shares it with friends and family. I will be blogging more about my writing journey this year, but I will still be shouting out about new books I discover and other author’s work.

       

I’ve been having some really fun-filled chats with the book loving community on Twitter, about colour-coded bookcases. Some people are horrified by the idea, as they sort their books in alphabetical order, or by the height of the spines. Others love to store them with similar shades of cover design. I enjoy the organised chaos of a colour coded bookcase, by book spine. This doesn’t mean I don’t read or respect the books, it just means seeing the covers makes me smile. I know which is which and often grab them to read, but I know this might make other people’s head spin.  Those who are possibly more organised than me! My house is full of colourful art that I’ve painted and I love handmade crafts from artisans, so it’s definitely not for everyone, but I love it. When I walk into a room and see the book covers, they lift my mood, as I know each cover has such magic hidden inside. How do you store your books at home, or at work? I’d love to know.

   

Wishing you all an amazing weekend. I hope you find time to relax and enjoy some great new books. Happy reading!

You can find more colourful bookcases here: Lizzie’s Pinterest page. 

The healing power of romance.

Hi everyone. How are you all? I hope 2022 has started off with some happiness.

There was an article in the media recently, about how forgettable romance books are and it hit a nerve with me. A few weeks before Christmas I was told I needed a biopsy and another procedure and I spent New Year’s Eve attending an anaesthetist appointment. I didn’t tell many people, as I didn’t want to worry them, or spoil their festivities. Isolating during such a busy time of year wasn’t much fun, but having these reads beside me helped my mental health.   I chose books by Heidi Swain, Katie Fforde and Mary Jayne Baker and all three caught my imagination, kept me turning page after page and eased a stressful situation.

I tried my best to enjoy every minute of the festive season, but worry simmered under the surface each day. I found it difficult to concentrate on writing my own romance novels, but turned to reading the books of other authors, to distract my mind with their beautiful stories and to give me moments of peace.  I even sat and read them as I was waiting to go into theatre, to help ease my nerves! These are books I will never forget. The NHS were absolutely incredible and I’m happy to say that my results are clear, which I’m very thankful for.

Romance novels make us happy and help us through hard times. The stories give us time to step away from worries and travel to places we’ve never been to before. They offer us comfort when we feel down and let us know we are not alone.  I have recently spoken to others who have also found solace from romance books before surgery. Any book of any genre, that brings enjoyment to our lives, is just as worthy as the next.

I’m very proud to have been writing romance books for about ten years now and the community of writers and readers I’ve met along the way, are something really special.  I write books to make people smile and if a story I’ve written, feels like a hug to the reader, then I’m happy. It doesn’t make the story or genre, any less important, if people enjoy it. Even if someone else doesn’t.

‘We can’t make everyone happy, we’re not pizza.’

Meet the Authors. Week Three.

Hello everyone! Are you feeling excited about Christmas?

I have been trying to support as many other authors as I can and have spent the whole year posting about other writers. This month I’ve showcased three or four authors each week, as I have tried to fit in as many beautiful books as I can, for you to discover, before the end of the year.  This week’s blog is celebrating the work of  talented authors, Hr Kemp, M J Mallon, Pinar Tarhan and Anita Belli.

Hr Kemp

About H. R. Kemp

I’m an Australian author and my debut novel, Deadly Secrets is a mystery/thriller. I’ve lived in Adelaide, South Australia, for about forty years although I grew up in country areas near Melbourne.

I have travelled extensively and have visited 40 countries (so far) – not counting short stopovers. I’m hoping that Covid hasn’t curtailed future travel, but our garage shelving system is full of albums from my 30+ years of travel. My writing draws on my experiences and anecdotes in these places, my latest book (due out early next year) has scenes drawing on personal experiences in Munich, Como and Amsterdam. I have a stack of travel diaries to refer to when I need a little more detail. I also lived in France for 6 months. It was my retirement gift to myself and I have plans to use that experience for one of my next novels.

My short stories have been published in anthologies and magazines, namely the UK anthology, When Stars Will Shine; the Australian anthology, Fledglings, by Birdcatcher Books; the online Canadian Scarlet Leaf Review Magazine; and the UK Writers’ and Readers’ Magazine. My second novel, another mystery/thriller, is due to be released early 2022.

Deadly Secrets: What unspeakable truths lurk beneath the lies?

In this multi-layered political mystery thriller, ordinary people uncover an extraordinary conspiracy. Their choice is to stay silent and condone unspeakable injustice, or speak up and risk everything. It’s about fighting the odds to do what’s right and saving lives.

Can ordinary people thwart a powerful conspiracy?

Shelley Ormond’s life is about to change forever. Her friend, a young refugee, dies suddenly and the federal police have shrouded her case in secrecy. Shelley has never been bold, but she will have to break the rules and jeopardise her safe, public service career to learn the truth.

Her new friend Adrian, a medical researcher, is studying a mystery illness in outback communities. Young children are falling fatally ill, but there’s no obvious cause although suspicious mining activity in the area is worth investigating.

Shelley delves deeper and is drawn into a sinister world of police cover-ups, organised crime corporate greed, and government corruption. If she obeys the law, the powerful will continue to break it.

The stakes are high, and the treacherous schemers will do anything to keep their deadly secrets. Lives don’t matter, not even hers.

 Can they expose the plot before more lives are lost?

Will the formidable and ruthless forces behind the conspiracy stop them?

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/hrkemp01
Website: https://www.hrkempauthor.com/

Amazon Author page: https://www.amazon.com/author/hrkemp

Or from your favourite online bookstore: https://books2read.com/u/bzoZVZ

The paperback is also available from

Angus & Robertson – – Australia online
https://www.angusrobertson.com.au/books/deadly-secrets-h-r-kemp/p/9780648766308

Book Depository

https://www.bookdepository.com/Deadly-Secrets-H-R-Kemp/9780648766308

Barnes and Noble
https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/deadly-secrets-h-r-kemp/1136661961?ean=9780648766308

M J Mallon

 My alter ego is MJ – Mary Jane from Spiderman. I love superheros!

M J Mallon was born in Lion city Singapore, a passionate Scorpio with the Chinese Zodiac sign of a lucky rabbit. She spent her early childhood in Hong Kong. During her teen years, she returned to her father’s childhood home, Edinburgh where she spent many happy years, entertained and enthralled by her parents’ vivid stories of living and working abroad. Perhaps it was during these formative years that her love of writing began inspired by their vivid storytelling. She counts herself lucky to have travelled to many far-flung destinations and this early wanderlust has fuelled her present desire to emigrate abroad. Until that wondrous moment, it’s rumoured that she lives in the UK, in the Venice of Cambridge with her six-foot hunk of a rock god husband. Her two enchanting daughters have flown the nest but often return with a cheery, heart-warming smile to greet her..

MJ’s motto is…

To always do what you Love, stay true to your heart’s desires, and inspire others to do so too, even if it appears that the odds are stacked against you like black hearted shadows.

Her favourite genre to write is

Fantasy/magical realism because life would be dull unless it is sprinkled with a liberal dash of extraordinarily imaginative magic!

Next Chapter Publishing – YA fantasy The Curse of Time series:

Book blurb:

Fifteen-year-old Amelina Scott lives in Cambridge with her dysfunctional family, a mysterious black cat, and an unusual girl who is imprisoned within the mirrors located in her house.

When an unexpected message arrives inviting her to visit the Crystal Cottage, she sets off on a forbidden path where she encounters Ryder: a charismatic, perplexing stranger.

With the help of a magical paint set and some crystal wizard stones, can Amelina discover the truth about her family?

A unique, imaginative mystery full of magic-wielding and dark elements, Bloodstone is a riveting adventure for anyone interested in fantasy, mythology or the world of the paranormal.

UK Book Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bloodstone-Curse-Time-Book-1-ebook/dp/B097QZBKNY/

US Book Link: https://www.amazon.com/Bloodstone-M-J-Mallon-ebook/dp/B097QZBKNY/

Universal book Link:http://mybook.to/bstmm

And the 2nd in the series coming soon

Golden Healer – The Curse of Time Book 2

 

Pinar Tarhan

Pinar Tarhan is a novelist, screenwriter, freelance writer, and blogger. She has always been fascinated by movies, rock music, and various forms of dancing. These fascinations sneak into her stories in the most fun combinations. She writes escapist romantic comedies and dramas. You can catch her musings about all things writing at writing.pinartarhan.com

Book blurb: 

Janie desperately needs a change, and she needs it yesterday.

Ever since her boyfriend died and their mutual best friends moved to Canada, she’s been lost and unable to enjoy life.

So she gets a new wardrobe, job, car, and place. In another city.

The new job and apartment are great, but her colourful neighbours will be a challenge to get used to:

Agoraphobic Michelle and her car-crash happy son who is obsessed with curing his mom,
Part-time model/fashion designer Ben who seems to be competing for the worst boyfriend award and his miserable girlfriend Linda who hates her career,
Goth metal chick Ashley who loves drugs, guns, and weird parties,
Lackluster cops Sam and Tom who want a more exciting life.

Luckily Janie has met Greg, a handsome therapist who might be the best friend a person can have. And her downstairs neighbour Kevin, a pro surfer with the looks of a Norse god, seems fun and friendly enough.

With all the antics and chaos going on, only one thing seems certain: Her neighbours provide her with more distraction and change than she was ever ready for, including an epic romance…

Amazon link for the book: 

https://www.amazon.com/Change-Would-Do-You-Good-ebook/dp/B08YJMRN4P

 

Anita Belli

I used to be a dancer and filmmaker which gives me plenty to write about, especially as my other passions are art and history. I have been writing since I was a child, when the Manchester Evening News printed my poems and stories on their children’s page.

I grew up in Manchester, studied Dance and Filmmaking in London. I currently live in Essex, UK. I am an eclectic writer, so my fiction spans 20th century history and contemporary romance. Most recently, I have stayed into magical realism which I love. Writing across genre, my books explore families and how to survive them; art and history; secrets and lies.

I am a hybrid author, both traditionally published as well as publishing independently through our own imprint Hard Pressed Books.

As an author and creative writing tutor, I encourage other people to get hooked on telling their own stories and I have worked with all ages from 5-95 in some very unusual settings; on the streets, on a train and in Keats’ Kitchen as well as the more traditional settings of schools and libraries. I have written non-fiction books to accompany my workshop series on Write Your Life and Kickstart Your Writing and I especially love to work with children. I was recently awarded an Arts Council Grant to create a children’s workbook for key stage 2 and was delighted to be able to work with an illustrator for the first time. Together we created The Story Moles.

 

Ruby Sixpence Whistles Up A Storm

Meet Ruby Sixpence.

A long time ago, Ruby’s father bet a silver sixpence that his child would be born on a leap day; a spare day in which magic happens. Born in that enchanted crack in time where opportunities, and people like her, slip through. Over the centuries Ruby Sixpence has aged one year in four and her mission is to bring together reluctant lovers.

In Ruby Sixpence Whistles up a Storm, Ruby attempts to bring Katie Hope and Joe Lawrence together, despite their very different backgrounds and temperaments. Will they survive fog and flood, invasion by sheep and press intrusion; or will urban Joe decide the countryside is just too much like hard work, and Katie Hope even harder? And how will Ruby manage all of this before her deadline of the Spring Equinox?

With the stage set, Ruby Sixpence Whistles up a Storm and stands back to stir the pot.

BUY LINK:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/s?k=anita+belli&i=stripbooks&ref=nb_sb_noss

The book I want to share with you today is magical realism with a character every woman would love to be; the ‘fairy godmother’ that many women already are.

And next up?

I have recently received a Literature award from Arts Council England to write a new novel which brings together my main themes; exploring how the past ripples through the generations with unintended consequences. It is the story of a young woman’s search for identity in the melting pot of a London art school in the 1960’s:

One imaginary friend. One long lost aunt. And a road trip to liberate Clara Brown from the ties that bind her to the hypocrisy of the past.

CONTACT DETAILS:

Blog: https://anitabellibooks2020.wordpress.com

www.anitabelli.com

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/anitabellibooks

@anitabellibooks

Meet The Story Moles here: https://thestorymoles.wordpress.com

 

 

Meet the Authors. Week Two.

Today, it’s my great pleasure to showcase four wonderful authors. Check out their work and discover some amazing new reads! Introducing, Abigail Osbourne, Liza Miles, Lesley lodge,  and Sonia Stanizzo.

 

Abigail Osbourne

Abigail is originally from the Lake District but moved to the West Midlands for University where she completed an English Literature & History degree. She lives in Worcestershire with her husband and is a board game fanatic, owning over 70 games. She has a huge collection of books, plays the violin, and used to play the piano until her husband sold it because it was too heavy to keep moving. Save Her is Abigail’s second novel. 
Blurb: 

Would you give up your husband to save your best friend’s life?

Bonded by their traumatic childhoods, Flora and Sophie are inseparable friends who married brothers.

What they could not have anticipated was their mother-in-law, Cecelia. Disappointed that her children have married beneath them, Cecelia takes every opportunity to belittle and taunt her daughters-in-law.

When Cecelia learns that Flora and her son are moving away, her wrath escalates, and Flora’s world begins to fall apart.

Meanwhile, Sophie’s life is also crumbling around her. Her marriage is not what it seems, and she is desperate to escape the clutches of the poisonous family she has married into.

Is Flora being tormented or is she losing her mind?

Will Sophie and Flora be forced to leave their husbands in order to survive?

With a mother-in-law like Cecelia, anything is possible…

Book Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B092ZT5BVC/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=abigail+osborne&qid=1618944328&sr=8-3

Liza Miles

Will the real Liza Miles please stand up!  Like many writers and creatives – indeed many professionals – the sneaky whispers of imposter syndrome can wreak havoc.  Having had my stated ambitions to be a writer at the age of fourteen rained on, I navigated several successful careers between then and now including documentary film making, writing nonfiction, expressive arts therapy, and family mediation.  I am now an MLitt candidate at the University of Stirling. Today as I sit at my writing desk overlooking a garden in Falkirk, accompanied by my two cats Kate and Cleo, I feel very thankful that my fiction writing career finally started in 2020, at the beginning of the pandemic.  And perhaps because I have a short attention span, or get bored easily, I find that I am drawn to writing many different kinds of fiction – but they all have one thing in common – a strong female protagonist.  I tend not to plan out the books I write – the characters I write about usually hang about day after day, and I get to know them really well before I start writing.   Much the same way I did when I worked as a counsellor and mediator.  I find out what makes them tick and then allow their story to unfold.  The old adage, write what you know stays with me, except in my case, it is more write who you know. Some of the characters have traits of real people whom I have met and worked with.  I have three more books in the Rose McLaren series to complete, I am beginning research for a historical trilogy, a domestic noir set in Edinburgh and Glasgow in the late 1950’s and early sixties and a follow up to Amelia’s story in My Life’s not Funny.  I feel, full, happy, and determined to wrestle that pesky imposter voice into submission!  https://lizamileswriter.com

Reviews:

My Life’s not Funny

 Powerful & Real

The stories we live vs the stories we tell. This novel packs such a powerful punch. I lived and breathed each step with Amelia as she found her way through such difficult life challenges. It speaks of grief and fear and love and trust. Yet, it’s this young girl’s resilience that really shines through. She has the love and support of others, but she succeeds because of her own innate sense of what is right, and her own self-worth. A captivating read.

Murder on Morrison

Fantastic debut mystery novel with compelling characters

Murder on Morrison is the debut mystery novel by Liza Miles featuring the fascinating protagonist Rose McLaren. In her first puzzle, Rose is a few years into opening her muffin shop and getting her life in order after a few years serving a prison sentence for a crime she didn’t commit. When a dead body literally ends up at her doorstep, she starts to investigate with the help of some friends. Between getting mixed up with the police and some criminals from her former life, she uses her wits from both worlds to try to solve the mystery and some demons from her past.
This novel is a wild ride with twists and turns. What I liked best were the very well developed characters that were flawed, but likable. Their relationships were wholly believable and not forced. It’s a diverse group that are using their wits to help each other and solve the crime. Rose McLaren is probably one of the most well rounded and fleshed out characters I’ve seen written in a while. And while she bakes and sells muffins in her shop, this isn’t a cozy, comedic light hearted romp. It has realistic and darker themes from these complex characters. You’ll be drawn into the story. There were moments in the final third of the book that I let out an audible gasp at some of the action and twists that were taking place. I definitely am looking forward to reading what lies ahead for these characters in future books.
Highly recommended.

For press and other inquiries please contact Tel:  07951626754

Lizamiles.writer@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lizamileswriter

Website:   https://lizamileswriter.com

https://linktr.ee/lizamileswriter

Lesley Lodge

Lesley Lodge grew up in the New Forest, a place where ponies roam freely. Her love for the outdoors and horses in particular stems from there but she spent many years in London, Colchester and Sheffield, studying and working.

A first degree in English, two Master’s degrees and careers in journalism, economic research and housing policy equipped her with some useful research skills – skills which she used to the full in the long processes of writing first Lights! Camera! Gallop! The Story of the Horse in Film and now Wayland’s Revenge, a historical crime novel. Lesley’s protagonist in this novel is a blacksmith who seeks to avenge his wife’s brutal murder. Blacksmiths had a degree of independence at that time, being neither gentry nor peasant class and were regarded with some awe and superstition for their mastery of fire, molten iron and horses.

Wayland’s Revenge is set in seventeenth century England – a time of civil war and bitter divisions which chimes with today’s turbulence. Can revenge ever satisfy – and if so, at what price?

Lesley now lives on a smallholding bafflingly close to Luton, Bedfordshire.

Wayland’s Revenge is available in paperback, eBook and Audiobook.

Wayland’s Revenge – blurb

It’s 1647: a time of bitter civil wars in England. Wayland, the village blacksmith, returns from war to find his wife, Rebecca, murdered and his son traumatised and struck dumb. Wayland’s thirst for revenge is thwarted by the dearth of clues to her sadistic killer. Thwarted, that is, until he discovers instead the body of a young boy, cut with the same symbols Rebecca’s body was. Now the clues confuse with elements of witchcraft, religious hatred and the enmities of civil war. Wayland sets out on a perilous journey to find the killer, taking with him his son Jonathan and Alun, a canny baker. But just as they find their suspect, they are trapped in the brutal Siege of Colchester, facing ever more dangerous challenges. Wayland, Alun and Jonathan must draw on all their strengths, devise new strategies and make agonising decisions, if they are to stay alive and find the real killer before he strikes again.

www.lesleylodge.co.uk

lesleylodge20@gmail.com

 

Sonia Stanizzo

About me

Thank you Lizzie for having me on your blog. I’m a contemporary romance writer who loves dreaming up stories about couples and their road to finding love—most times bumpy, but always a lot of fun. I first starting writing in high school when I used to write pages and pages long letters to my best friend (back before phones and text messages existed.) Usually about boys and teenage drama happening in my life. Little did I know that love of writing letters would turn into a love of writing romance novels and I now have four books published and another two on the way.

Blurb

He’s everything she’s turned her back on.

And she’s everything he didn’t know he wanted…

On a night she’d rather forget, aspiring makeup artist, Holly Ainsworth meets actor Ethan Doyle.

Holly wants to keep her distance from Ethan, but working on his movie set has thrown them together. She vows not to fall for his gorgeous looks and heated stares—it’s a disaster waiting to happen.

As hard as she fights, it’s not long until she can’t ignore the attraction when he’s near, and soon forgets the promises she’s made to herself.

The chemistry between them ignites but they realise their lives are heading in different directions. Ethan wants fame and fortune. Holly wants obscurity and simplicity.

Ethan and Holly are just another tragic love story… or are they?

Book link

http://mybook.to/RiskTaker

Website: www.soniastanizzo.com

Meet The Authors. Week 1.

This week’s showcase is a wonderful group of talented authors.  Angela Britnell, Drema Drudge, and Wendy Scott. Please take a moment to check out their books, find out more about their writing and discover some books to add to your Christmas wish lists!

 

Angela Britnell

Angela Britnell grew up in Cornwall, England and returns frequently from her new home in Nashville, Tennessee to visit family and friends, drink tea and eat far too many Cornish pasties!

A lifelong love of reading turned into a passion for writing contemporary romance and her novels are usually set in the many places she’s visited or lived on her extensive travels. Thanks to over three decades of marriage to her wonderful American husband she’s a huge fan of transatlantic romance and always makes sure her characters get their own happy-ever-after.

She is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association. Her first novel ‘Truth and Consequence’ was published in 2006 and she’s now had 35 novels published internationally and multiple short stories in women’s magazines.

From Angela: 

I only started to write because back in 1999 I had three very lively sons and taking a creative writing class promised me six quiet evenings away from breaking up arguments, listening to gripes about homework and feeding them! Another fun snippet is that I don’t suppose many romances get an Amazon UK bestseller flag in Manufacturing but my 2020 Christmas book did, Christmas at Moonshine Hollow, was set in a Tennessee moonshine distillery and I’m happy to claim it! I have to say that the research for that particular book was brutal 😊

CHRISTMAS AT PEAR TREE FARM

BLURB:

Pairing up at Pear Tree Farm in time for Christmas …
Pear Tree Farm in Cornwall, owned by the kind-hearted Nessa Vivian, is known for taking in lost souls, and ex-soldier Crispin Davies is certainly one of those. But the once sleepy caravan park is now a thriving business, and far from the peace and quiet Crispin was craving, he soon finds himself roped into helping out with a short-notice Christmas festival, organised by Nessa’s force-of-nature sister, Lowena.
But despite Crispin’s initial reluctance, his involvement in the festival serves to throw him together with Ashley Spencer, an American woman and fellow lost soul, who works at the nearby Tregereth House. Could Lowena’s ambitious scheme result in a more hopeful Christmas and New Year for them both – with a few surprises along the way?

BUY LINK:

mybook.to/christmasatpeartree

CONTACT DETAILS:

www.facebook.com/angelabritnell

www.twitter.com/angelabritnell

www.instagram.com/angelagolleybritnell

 

Drēma Drudge

From Drēma

Drēma wants a treehouse more than anything to both read and write in. When weather permits, she writes outdoors on the porch of her favorite coffeehouse which will have to do until her hubby gets her treehouse built. In fact, if she could live most of her time outdoors (but with all the creature comforts), she’d be one happy camper.

Author Bio:

Drēma Drudge suffers from Stendhal’s Syndrome, the condition in which one becomes overwhelmed in the presence of great art. She attended Spalding University’s MFA in Creative Writing Program where she learned to transform that intensity into fiction.

Drēma has been writing in one capacity or another since she was nine, starting with terrible poems and graduating to melodramatic stories in junior high that her classmates passed around literature class.

She and her husband, musician and writer Barry Drudge, live in Indiana where they record their biweekly podcast, Writing All the Things, when not traveling. Her first novel, Victorine, was literally written in six countries while she and her husband wandered the globe. The pair has two grown children.

In addition to writing fiction, Drēma has served as a writing coach, freelance writer, and educator.

Blurb:

Victorine Meurent is a forgotten, accomplished painter who posed nude for Edouard Manet’s most famous, controversial paintings such as Olympia and The Picnic in Paris, paintings heralded as the beginning of modern art. History has forgotten (until now) her paintings, despite the fact that she showed her work at the prestigious Paris Salon multiple times, even one year when her mentor, Manet’s, work was refused.

Her persistent desire in the novel is not to be a model anymore but to be a painter herself, despite being taken advantage of by those in the art world, something which causes her to turn, for a time, to every vice in the Paris underworld, leading her even into the catacombs.

In order to live authentically, she eventually finds the strength to flout the expectations of her parents, bourgeois society, and the dominant male artists (whom she knows personally) while never losing her capacity for affection, kindness, and loyalty. Possessing both the incisive mind of a critic and the intuitive and unconventional impulses of an artist, Victorine and her survival instincts are tested in 1870, when the Prussian army lays siege to Paris and rat becomes a culinary delicacy, and further tested when she inches towards art school while financial setbacks push her away from it. The same can be said when it comes to her and love, which becomes substituted, eventually, by art.

 

For more about her writing, art, and travels, please visit her website, www.dremadrudge.com, and sign up for her newsletter. She’s always happy to connect with readers in her Facebook group, The Painted Word Salon, or on Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Book links:  http://amzn.to/2QoEqXM

Bookshop: https://bookshop.org/shop/artfulfiction

 

Wendy Scott

From Wendy:

Back in March 2019, my sister visited from Canada, and we explored some of our childhood haunts.

We set a sister challenge to each write a short story while we were tripping around the lower South Island of New Zealand. This is when I crafted the first draft for ‘Sleighed’.

Author Bio:

Wendy Scott has a New Zealand Certificate in Science (Chemistry), which allows her to dabble with fuming potions and strange substances, satisfying her inner witch.

Wendy writes short stories, fantasy, and children’s novels. Her books have won multiple international book awards.

One of the creeds she lives by is to always – Live a life less ordinary!

Please visit www.wendyjscott.com to learn more, read Wendy’s blog, sign up for her newsletter, or to leave her a message. She loves hearing from readers.

 

Blurb:

Tinsel is the newest apprentice in Santa’s Workshop, but this young elf lands himself in strife on his first day!

He’s sent to care for the reindeer and instead ends up on a magical adventure.

Will the Toy-Inspector allow him back into the Workshop?

A fun Christmas story for younger readers and those young at heart.

Amazon Universal Link http://mybook.to/Sleighed

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/ChildrenAuthorWJScott

Twitter: @WendyJayneScott https://twitter.com/WendyJayneScott/

Pinterest: https://nz.pinterest.com/wendyscottbooks/

Children’s Websites: http://www.authorchildrens.com

Monday marketing.

 

Hello everyone. I’m thrilled to announce the winners of my book launch giveaway prizes! They have won some fantastic gifts before Christmas.  All of the winners have been notified and are listed on my competition page of this website.

I’m going to try and get back into my Monday marketing posts in the hope that they help authors with marketing, widening their readership and author branding. I try and do this as much as I can, but have to fit it in between home life and my own writing, so I hope these quick tips will be useful! I will mix it up from ideas I’ve posted in my author and reader group on Facebook, Lizzie’s Book Group and some other tips from my networking book.

Today’s post is about labelling images. 

Photos and files! Label your photos and documents correctly.

When anyone (newspapers, magazines, bloggers, other authors, anyone!) requests a photo from you, it will probably be saved to a file. That file will no doubt be full of other photos, even if they are in separate files. It is very confusing to have to look up author photos with names like: IMG10002534 or book photo, or paperback cover, or book image etc, amongst hundreds of other photos named the same.
Use your name, at the start of a photo name. e.g.
Lizzie Chantree (book name) paperback cover.
Lizzie Chantree social media links.
Lizzie Chantree author photo.
Lizzie Chantree multiple book covers.
This makes it very easy for anyone to search for your name and find the photos. The media and book bloggers are very busy people. This saves time and will help them remember you. It will also make your photos stand out amongst the rest of the files that are jumbled together.
Also: This makes the photos very individual. Google bots crawl sites to dump duplicates. If they see one thousand images called Book cover, IMG 1000236478 etc, they think they are all the same. Individually naming your photos makes them stand out as original and the page is bumped up the rankings.

 

 

Zoe Allison. Top Author Of The Week.

This week’s guest is Zoe Allison. Zoe is a wonderful romance author, published with totally Bound Books and if you are on TikTok, you are missing out if you haven’t popped by her TikTok page! It’s hilarious and full of fun and I’m always keen to see what she is doing next. Zoe posts about her writing life, research, imposter syndrome, reviews and all kinds of bookish traits that many of us have.
Author bio:
Zoe lives in Scotland with her husband and two children. A medic by day, she started writing in her spare time as a means to counter burn out and found that this was a balm for the soul. She is a fan of the romantic genre and its ‘happy ever after’ ethos. A sharp contrast to what she can, at times, see in her day job. Zoe is keen for the female lead in romantic fiction to disabuse stereotypes and walk on an equal footing with her male counterparts. She prefers male leads who do not display signs of toxic masculinity and believes that positive masculinity is much more attractive to women and healthier for men.

 

 

Book blurb:
Valentino has a secret—but he’s not the only one. Valentino Bianco is the leader of a covert league named The Organization. Made up of benevolent vampires, its objective is to thwart and destroy the malevolent of their kind and protect humanity. Operating under the anonymous guise of Mr. X, Valentino’s identity as leader is shrouded in secrecy, as is the very existence of vampires. Victoria Black has her own secrets, one of which is that she’s in love with Valentino. However, that isn’t the only matter she must keep from him at all costs. Valentino and Victoria, along with their allies, must investigate a devastating malevolent campaign that is destroying humankind on a massive scale. But can they unravel the mystery of who is behind it in time to prevent the fall of both humanity and The Organization?
And in the end, will all the secrets be revealed?

Launch day price promotion!

It’s launch day! I’m really excited to be launching a new book today, called, The woman who felt invisible.  A big thank you to everyone who has posted blogs for me, shared on social media, told their friends about it and written reviews after reading an early copy.  I really appreciate your support, so much.

The celebrate the launch, the ebook will be on offer from £2.99/$3.99 to just 99p/99c for a few days! x

A gorgeous romantic story of love and new beginnings. Learning to love herself and be content on her own is the first step. But will Olivia be able to leave her past behind, follow her heart and find lasting happiness? A read full of humour, romance and tear-jerking reality.

The woman who felt invisible: viewbook.at/InvisibleWoman

Book blurb:

Have you ever felt invisible? 

Working as a stationery supervisor and a sitter to a pair of internet famous, delinquent dogs, wasn’t how former cyber-specialist, Olivia, imagined her life turning out. 

Working in a tiny cubicle with a decrepit computer and being overlooked had suited her for a while, but now she’s fed up, lonely and determined to make the world ‘see’ her again. 

Old school friend, Darius, wants to fill Olivia’s days with romance, but their love of technology has taken them on very different paths. 

Gorgeous undercover policeman Gabe, is steadfast in finding out if Olivia was part of an online scam, but something doesn’t feel right and he suspects someone else was manipulating her life. 

Can love blossom from the most deceptive of starts? And can someone who feels lost, find a way to flourish against all odds?

 

Early reviews:

‘It’s just so good! My jaw had hit the ground on several occasions! Great writing!’

‘Boy, it’s good.’

‘The characters are believable and strong, with quirks, irks and flaws, damage and trauma. These make for a good story. 

It starts off steady and builds into some powerful and jaw dropping twists and turns. The dynamics shift and change at pace over the second half of the book. I had some laugh out loud moments and many giggles.’

‘I fully enjoyed this book and one more page turned into me reading the last 80 pages until 2am. I definitely recommend Lizzie and her new book. ‘

 

Jenny O’Brien. Top Author Of The Week.

This week’s Top Author, is Jenny O’Brien!  I can’t wait for you all to find out more about her work. I’m lucky to run a book group full of incredible authors and readers and I really enjoy showcasing their work here too.  Jenny is a nurse and a writer and I have no idea how she manages to fit all of that into her already very busy days.
From Jenny:
Firstly thank you, Lizzie, for inviting me on to your blog today. I started writing about 16 years ago, just after my twins were born, as a way of reclaiming a portion of my life back. I was also working as a nurse in a busy rehabilitation unit, a job I still hold today, so there was very little time to nurture my need to write. The truth is I was probably mad to try, but I have a healthy stubborn streak. I’m currently working on a series of police procedurals that are published by HQ Digital, an imprint of Harper Collins.
Bio

Born in Dublin, Jenny O’Brien moved to Wales and then Guernsey, where she tries to find time to write in between working as a nurse and ferrying around 3 teenagers.

In her spare time she can be found frowning at her wonky cakes and even wonkier breads. You’ll be pleased to note she won’t be entering Bake-Off. She’s also an all-year-round sea swimmer.

Readers can find out more about Jenny and her books on her blog:

(jennyobrienwriter.wordpress) and she can also be found on

Twitter and Instagram as ‘scribblerjb’.

Facebook (Jenny O’Brien Guernsey Writer)

BURIED LIES BLURB

HER PARTNER. HER SON. SHE’S NEXT.

Hannah Thomas returns home one morning to every mother’s worst nightmare: a missing child and a dead fiancé. When DI Gaby Darin questions her, Hannah insists she can’t think of anyone who’d want to hurt her family – and yet it all feels disturbingly personal.

Mere hours into the investigation, a second body is found. As Gaby and her team dig into the victims’ lives, they hit dead ends at every turn – particularly when it comes to Hannah’s past. What is the grieving woman hiding?

But when Gaby stumbles upon Hannah’s tragic secret, it doesn’t bring her any closer to the truth. Can she connect the dots before the killer strikes again?

BURIED LIES LINK

Susan Buchanan. Book launch week, celebrations.

Congratulations to author, Susan Buchanan, on the launch of her beautiful new book! We are lucky enough to have an excerpt from the novel, here today, as well as some reviews of the book, so enjoy every minute and we wish Susan a fantastic launch week.

‘Perfect for fans of Why Mummy Drinks.’

Thirty-eight-year-old Louisa has a loving husband, three wonderful kids, a faithful dog, a supportive family and a gorgeous house near Glasgow. What more could she want?

TIME.

Louisa would like, just once, to get to the end of her never-ending to-do list. With her husband Ronnie working offshore, she is demented trying to cope with everything on her own: the after-school clubs, the homework, the appointments … the constant disasters. And if he dismisses her workload one more time, she may well throttle him.

Juggling running her own wedding stationery business with family life is taking its toll, and the only reason Louisa is still sane is because of her best friends and her sisters.

Fed up with only talking to Ronnie about household bills and incompetent tradesmen, when a handsome stranger pays her some attention on her birthday weekend away, she is flattered, but will she give in to temptation? And will she ever get to the end of her to-do list?

A feel-good, heart-warming story of family and friendship. Ideal for fans of Fiona Gibson.

‘This fresh, well-paced story will have you groaning in sympathy as things go from bad to worse.’ Book Escapes BabsW67

book link – https://books2read.com/u/mKwnrP

 

Just One Day – Winter excerpt

Recap – Louisa’s hosting New Year’s Day lunch for her extended family, whilst her husband is away working on his oil rig.

‘So where to next?’ I ask as I crimp the edges of the pastry around the pie dish then use the remaining pieces to make leaves.

‘The Arctic.’

‘The Arctic? I thought Mum was a sun-worshipper.’

‘She is, usually, but she watched some documentary about the unexploited Russian Arctic and how it’s renowned for its “abundance” of polar bears–’ I roll my eyes at this ‘–and she’s intent on going now.’

My poor dad. I wonder how much, if any, say he had in this. I know he prefers sailing round the Med. And he last spoke to me about wanting to visit Jura, Mull, Luing and Shuna. He would have preferred a tour of the Hebrides on a luxury ship looking for seals, although I imagine they have seals in Russian waters too.

Dad takes Hugo’s sandwich through to him, and immediately I hear Aria moan that she wants one too. OK, it has been a while since breakfast. They were up far earlier than Genevieve. I pop the pie in the oven and am about to open the fridge to make some more sandwiches when the doorbell goes again. Honestly, Piccadilly Circus must be quieter than here. The clock shows it’s only twelve thirty. No one was meant to be here until one.

I walk into the hall only for Aria to accost me. ‘Mummy, I want a ham sandwich too,’ she whines.

‘In a minute, poppet.’ I disentangle her limbs from mine and get to the door as Hugo shouts, ‘It’s Uncle Rhys. I can see his car. Uncle Rhys, Uncle Rhys!’

I open the door and don’t even get ‘Happy New Year’ out before Hugo jumps up on Rhys and Rhys ruffles his hair and makes a fuss of him, setting his glasses askew as he does so. Hugo feigns indignation whilst Sandra chuckles. I beckon her inside, where Aria emulates her brother and makes a big deal of her aunt’s arrival.

‘Mummy, Aunt Sandra’s earrings have a number one on them.’

‘That’s because today is the first, sweetheart,’ Sandra says. ‘And the first is the same as one.’

‘Sandra, can I take your coat?’ I ask.

She undoes her coat and I see just how huge her stomach is.

‘Wow! I can’t believe how much more pregnant you look than last time.’ I avoid saying ‘bigger’. People can be so sensitive, although it never bothered me when I was pregnant.

Sandra grins. ‘I know. Although I suppose I am seven and a half months pregnant.’

‘Really? Where has the time gone?’

‘That’s what I was saying. There’ll be no peace soon,’ my brother-in-law chips in.

‘Hi, Rhys.’ I grin. Rhys and I have always got on well. He’s like a little brother to me.

‘Hi, sis.’ He leans in to give me a peck and then hugs me. ‘Happy New Year.’