Introducing Mary Wood.

 

It’s my great pleasure to introduce you all to Mary today. She’s an amazing writer and makes me smile every time I talk to her via email and through social media. She has such an aura about her (I checked that I spelt that word correctly after reading the text below)  that you can’t wait to find out what she will do next! Mary is running a giveaway today and all you have to do to enter is to leave a comment at the bottom of this post. Over to Mary:
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Hello Everyone
Really nice to be here today, I hope you like my photo. To all my Facebook Followers – this proves that I do rest, well, at least once a year. 🙂 Roy captured it without my knowledge – shows my double chins off nicely!! Well, I only have a paragraph to chat to you, so just in case you thought an authors life was all serious, I thought I would tell you about one of my many, many escapades that seriously happen to me, and I see the funny side of. – This was on one of my first visits to Spain where I winter for a few months each year. But this trip was to be for a full year, so I needed to register at the Central Cuidad – drop-in medical centre. I sorted out how to tell the receptionist that I was here for one year – ‘Me aqui para uno ano.’ My turn came. Up to the counter I go. Deep breath, and proudly say my sentence. Oh dear! The look of horror on the ladies face tells me that I have dropped a complete booby. She shakes her head and dismisses me. I sleek into a corner, where all eyes are on me and peep at my English/Spanish dictionary – this one tells you how to pronounce each word. I look up Ano. Pronounced – A – N – O then I see meaning – Arse! OMG I just told the receptionist that I was here for one arse!!! Face reddens – hastily check translation for ‘year’ this is the same word but with an inflection on the ‘n’ and is pronounced A – N – YO. Wait in queue again. My turn. Lady looks at me warily – I proudly announce, ‘Me aqui para uno anyo.’ ‘Ahh, si, si . . . what followed, I never understood to this day, but was eventually taken by the hand and shown to a table, given a form to fill in – this was in Spanish, but written Spanish is a lot easier for me than the spoken – string-all-words-together, kind. Happy ending, I got myself a very handsome doctor for uno anyo – boy was I ailing a lot that year!! Hope you enjoyed this insight into me and my world. Thank you so much Lizzie for having me – So looking forward to hosting you on 28th June. Much love to all, Mary.
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Click the photo for the Amazon book link.
THE ABANDONED DAUTHER – Blurb

Will Ella ever find what she’s looking for?

Voluntary nurse Ella is haunted by the soldiers’ cries she hears on the battlefields of Dieppe. But that’s not the only thing that haunts her. When her dear friend Jim breaks her trust, Ella is left bruised and heartbroken. Over the years, her friendships have been pulled apart at the seams by the effects of war. Now, more than ever, she feels so alone.

At a military hospital in France, Ella befriends Connie and Paddy. Slowly she begins to heal, and finds comfort in the arms of a French officer called Paulo – could he be her salvation?

With the end of the war on the horizon, surely things have to get better? Ella grew up not knowing her real family but a clue leads her in their direction. What did happen to Ella’s parents, and why is she so desperate to find out?

The Abandoned Daughter by Mary Wood is the second book in The Girls Who Went To War series.

Can be read as a stand alone.  First book was The Forgotten /daughter

PRIZE GIVEAWAY

Book Giveaway Terms and Conditions

To be entered into the draw to win a signed copy of The Abandoned Daughter and a themed mug, simply leave a comment on this blog post.  
Overseas entries will win a gift voucher for the same value as the book and mug.
Entries will close at midnight on the 30th May and Draw will take place on the 31st May. The winner will be notified on the 31st.
This competition is not administered by Facebook or Lizzie Chantree, but solely by Mary Wood.
Links to interact with Mary:
Books by Mary Wood and Maggie Mason http://www.facebook.com/HistoricalNovels
Books by Mary Wood and Maggie Mason webpage:
Twitter: @Authormary



First draft.

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Hello everyone. I’ve not been blogging much lately, as I’ve been trying to finish my latest manuscript. There are always so many things to fit into each day that I was finding my days full of anything but writing. I gave myself a stern talking to and now have almost 70k words of my latest book written. I still have the end of the story to write, but I can see the finish line. They storyline is getting tense, so I can’t wait to get back to it each day to help my characters find their resolution.

How do you cope with the ups and downs of your writing career if you are a writer? Do you jump into a story and feel emotional when a storyline leads you that way? As a reader, do you relate to the characters of a book of they are upset or excited?

I’m hoping to have the first draft of this manuscript ready to send to my editor in a couple of weeks, and then a new story will begin. It’s a whirlwind of writing, editing and fresh starts, as well as finding time to read fabulous new books. There are many great reads out at the moment that I can’t wait to open the first page of and making time to relax and enjoy a great read is, in my opinion, important for a writer too. Have a fabulous weekend. From Lizzie.

 







 

Monday Motivation.

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Happy new week everyone. I hope you all had an amazing weekend.

I drove to Norfolk at the weekend, stood in freezing cold field for five hours watching sports and then drove the two hours home again! I tried to find a little corner to sit and write in, but it was so cold outside that there were about ten people in my tent after five minutes. Needless to say I found a little coffee shop and drank about four pints of coffee to keep warm. I also scoffed at least twenty little biscuits after eating a salad, as they were so small, that I felt they didn’t count for calories. 🙂

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I’ve now updated my first three books and will have paperbacks going live over the next week. Babe Driven already has a beautiful new paperback version and Finding Gina and Love’s Child will be available in paperback soon. It’s exciting to have all of my books in more than one format. This also now means I can complete my latest work in progress and I can’t wait to write the last pages of this story. The main character is fiery and has a lot to deal with, so I’m happy to be able to bring her tale to a satisfying conclusion.

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Have a great week everyone.

Work in progress.

Hi everyone. This was supposed to be an introducing post for an author, but there was a last minute change of plan. I thought I’d tell you all about my latest book. I have written about 45% of my 7th book and have had to do a bit of juggling as I’m currently also updating the first three books I wrote. I’ve just got one more edit of the third book and all of my books will have shiny new covers and tighter stories.

I visited Spain for a few days and it was wonderful to walk by the sea, catch up on reading some books I’ve been meaning to read for ages and also to relax a little. I took some photos of the books I finished, as I thought the authors might like to see their books travelling abroad. I really enjoy seeing photos of my own books sent in by readers when they travel, so I decided to take some snaps too and let the authors know. They were very happy, which made my day.

Do you take photos of books you read whilst abroad and share them with the authors? It’s a big help for them if they are allowed to use them for publicity and it’s also a lot of fun. Have a great week.

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Monday blogs.

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Hello everyone. I’ve been working hard on my Pinterest page over the last couple of weeks and am pleased to see my monthly unique views numbers have grown, which in turn has brought new readers to this blog. Welcome! I’m currently updating my first three books with new covers, branding across my website and social media pages and to hopefully let readers know that my books are a great addition for a trip to the beach, or to snuggle up with at any time.

I like writing stories that uplift and make my readers smile at the antics of my characters, so although I do plot chapters and know where my story is going, I’m often surprised by something my characters do as I’m writing about them and this makes me smile too. It’s almost as if I’m reading the story as I’m writing it.

My ‘to do’ list seems never ending, but I try and blog twice every week, network and have a chat to people on social media and still find time to write. This can be tricky, but when I’m enjoying a story, I can’t wait to get back to it.

My latest story is about a woman who runs a business by the sea that has been in her family for generations. Her parents and grandad announce one day that they are selling the business, moving on and not looking back, without explanation. Being stubborn and refusing to lose her heritage, she tries to save their failing business, but soon discovers  the reason her family left so suddenly. It blows her world apart and makes her realise that she never really knew her family at all.

I’ve written about 55k of the book so far and although there is so much still to do, the end  of the book doesn’t feel so far way. What are you all working on this week? How do you find time to fit in everything you need to do in a day?

 

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Making Pinterest work for you.

 

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I’ve been updating my blog, now that I’ve finally worked out how to change my static and moving pages around! I’ve also been learning quite a lot about Pinterest in the last couple of weeks and I thought I’d share three quick tips with you. I’ve managed to triple my views in just over a week and from the people I’ve been talking to, there seems to be the opinion that Pinterest is a great way to get referrals back to your blog or website. Here is my Pinterest page, take a look so that you can see what I mean: Lizzie’s Pinterest page

  1. Make sure your Pinterest information is up to date, with the same photos you are using across your other social media pages. For me that means my author photo appears on all of my networking pages, so that customers can instantly recognise it’s my page.
  2. Make boards and make lots of them. To make a board you just go to the boards tab and click the + icon. Then upload your photos, or pin them from other sites to your board. Pin about 10-20 new pins a day between these boards to keep follower interest. These don’t have to be your own pins. Pinterest suggest pins for you once you make a board, so it’s easy to select some of those when you are starting out.
  3. Make your own pins and send them straight to your Pinterest page via free sites like Canva. When you are making your own pins, go to the pins tab, click the + sign and upload your own photo, or Canva image. I always add my website address to my homemade pins, whatever the topic. The most important thing to do, is to add your website URL. This is in the box next to the tweet you have just made. Add a short description of your pin and ADD your website link in the URL box. This means that every time someone clicks on your new pin, they will automatically be taken to your blog/ book page, or website. The more interesting you make the pins, the more likely they are to be re-pinned. Each time your pins are re-pinned, your website is pinned with the image and will take their followers to your page if they click on the image. Try and keep your pins relative to your work theme.

My friend has 700 referrals to her website every week just from Pinterest and she only does the minimum to her Pinterest page. It’s definitely worth giving it a try!

Thursday thoughts.

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I’m sure it’s the same for everyone when we begin a new year and we set goals and try to achieve fresh dreams. For me, I am trying to find more writing time each day to complete the updates I started last year on some of my earliest books. I have managed to redesign all of my website headers, social media branding and anything to do with my book to reflect my genre, which is romance. I am also thinking of new ways to make my readers smile. I put a Facebook post up at the very start of the year which said my aim is to get as many people smiling as possible from reading my books. It received some really nice reactions, which is wonderful. When readers tell me that my work has made them happy for a while, it makes me want to rush to my desk and write more. My first book really got me through some tough times, so I write stories to hopefully give people a little time out from everyday worries and to help them focus on relaxing with a fun filled read for a while.

I currently have a finished manuscript, which I hope will be out in the not to distant future and I am about 20,000 words into writing a new story, which I am really enjoying. I hope that you are all enjoying what you are doing in life and that 2019 brings you a year full of smiles! From Lizzie.

 

Monday Marketing News.

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Today is very exciting as I’m featured in the beautifully glossy and very informative Writers’ Forum Magazine! Author and regular contributor to the magazine Paula Williams interviewed me for her blog and column and I was thrilled to have been asked.

If you haven’t come across this magazine before, it’s packed full of advice for writers and has news, competitions and workshops to get involved in.

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Thursday Thoughts.

A change from introducing a different author here today, I’m going to share some of my favourite photos from 2018. I launched two new books with my publisher last year and there are so many wonderful memories. I had no idea how special it would feel to hold  the first ever paperback of one of my books and to be a traditionally published author. I had two virtual and physical book launches, which I’d never done before and begun my Facebook Group, Lizzie’s Book Group, for writers, to share my experiences.

I also saw my books become international bestsellers and to reach the #1 Hot New realise spot on Amazon. I couldn’t have done any of that without the support of my readers or the writing community, who have shown me endless kindness and shared news of my work with their friends and family and on their blogs and websites.

I’m excited to have finished writing a new book and have begun my 7th novel, so I will keep you updated on what is happening in 2019 and beyond! Happy New Year everyone.