Introducing Lorna Suzuki

It’s my great pleasure to introduce you to an author who I met whilst networking on social media, Lorna Susuki. Lorna also runs a popular blog and I was lucky enough to be interviewed there, just over a week ago. Lorna is having her work adapted for a cable television series, which sounds so exciting and I can’t wait for you to all find out more about this talented lady.

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Meet Lorna.

After multiple, failed bids at world domination, Lorna Suzuki was forced to create a fantasy world where she reigns supreme… until her characters orchestrated a military coup!

With over 35 years in the field of martial arts, she is a 5th degree black belt practitioner/instructor of Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu, an ancient fighting system incorporating 6 traditional samurai schools and 3 schools of ninjutsu.

As a freelance writer, she has tackled everything from biographies to scriptwriting for an adventure travel series. When it comes to fiction writing, she is best known for the 10-novel epic adult fantasy series, the Imago Chronicles. The first three Imago novels are currently being adapted for a cable TV series. She also co-wrote with her daughter, Nia Suzuki-White, the 5-novel YA fantasy series, The Dream Merchant Saga.

In writing the Imago Chronicles series she created a female protagonist, one that is reluctantly accepted into the brotherhood of warriors. Drawing on her own experiences as a woman in the once male-dominated field of law enforcement and martial arts, she brings the female warrior, Nayla Treeborn, to life.

When Lorna is not murdering her characters or destroying entire civilizations with a few keystrokes, she is either mangling people into submission, puttering in her garden or baking delectable pies and other tasty treats.

Lorna Susuki

Website: http://www.imagochronicles.com/IMAGO_FANTASY_REALM/Welcome.html

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/s?_encoding=UTF8&search-alias=books-ca&field-author=Lorna T. Suzuki

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/imago

 



The day after launch.

I finally launched my latest book with my first ever Facebook party last night. I had 86 guests and seven prize winners. It was so much fun and the party over ran and lasted three hours!

I ran a competition for readers to post a picture of their copy of Ninja School Mum and had great response and saw some photos I will cherish. Some of the photos are below.

I have now changed my launch page on Facebook to a team networking group for creatives. Join in if you’d like to. We will all be talking about new marketing ideas for our work. There are just under 300 members so far, so it’s a great place to chat about your ideas.

Today I am also very excited to have been invited back to the blog of wonderful author and amazing supporter of others, Jan Hawke. Jan has read and reviewed Ninja School Mum and the review almost made me cry happy tears! Check out Jan’s blog post and review here.

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Ninja Tour.

Today I am visiting the website and blog of wonderful author and super supportive member of #RRBC book club, Karen Ingalls. Pop by and check out Karen’s website, as it’s packed full of bookish news and has details on her own writing and pictures of her beautiful book covers.

It’s my ebook launch day tomorrow, so I’m super excited and can’t wait for Ninja School Mum to finally be available to download. Let me now what you think if you have a copy:)

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Happy Tuesday everyone!

Hello everyone. I hope you are having a fun filled day? Today I am visiting the Blissful Life Project blog with the lovely Naja. Check out her website here.

Different time zones mean that my tour posts are going out at all times of the day, but this just makes it more exciting! I have been posting my book launch tips into my FaceBook group page. This page will turn into a writers marketing and support group after the tour, so pop over and join the group any time you like. Ninja School Mum Online Launch.

There is also a competition running on my actual online launch party for the ebook. There are some amazing prizes, such as a £146.00 family day out voucher to Rope Runners tree climbing centre in Kelvedon, Essex, and £100 worth of Swarovski jewellery to those who can’t travel that far. Check out the competition here.

All you have to do to be entered into the prize draw, is post a picture of your copy of the paperback or ebook of Ninja School Mum on the launch page any time from now until midnight on the 30th Jan. The paperback is out now and the ebook can be pre-ordered. The pre-order will drop into your kindle, iPad, or phone on the morning of the 30th Jan, so there is still plenty of time that day to take and post your picture. Everyone who posts a picture with their book, will also get a shout out from my Twitter account @Lizzie_Chantree (over 52.3K real followers) in the few weeks after the launch date. Add your Twitter name to your competition entry, if you’d like the shout out.

Here are some examples of pictures readers have sent me:

 

 

Ninja School Mum blog tour!

Today is the start of my first ever blog tour for my latest book, Ninja School mum. A big thank you to today’s host, author Michelle Abbott for her support and wonderful post.

Check out Michelle’s blog post here:

http://michelle-abbott.weebly.com/blog/launch-of-ninja-school-mum-by-lizzie-chantree

I am currently organising the paperback launch for this book and have set up a Facebook page that explains my whole journey of planning my first ebook launch online, which is on the 30th Jan, to my paperback launch and organising my own blog tour. If you are planning an event for your own writing, there might be some tips from what I have learnt there. Anyone is welcome to join. Enjoy!

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A fresh start.

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Happy 2018 everyone! It’s a new year and time for a fresh start. I had an exciting 2017, but still want to try new ideas and have a good clean out of anything that doesn’t belong in my life now.

I am going to try to be more efficient with my time, so that I have space to be creative and have some fun! I believe that getting a balance will help me do more when I am at work or play. Being fully present in all that I do is beneficial too. If I am worrying about something else while I am seeing friends, in a meeting or at work, then the task at hand is wasted. I might as well be in the place I am worrying about.

Taking time out to truly nurture your inner-self, can bring fresh ideas, a zest for life and a whole lot of new energy to the workplace. I’m going to try it. I’ll let you know how I get on:)

Have you started the year with a New Year resolution and have you broken it yet?

 

Don’t forget to grab your pre-order copy of Ninja School Mum as the release date is fast approaching! viewBook.at/NinjaSchoolMum

 

Making a DreamBoard.

Happy Monday everyone. I don’t know if it’s just me, but I like to have inspiring things around me while I work. In front of my desk is a board with important information and some of my favourite things, like messages from my children, or notices of a few of my past achievements. I read once that its’ good to be able to glance up when you are feeling under pressure and realise what you have done so far. Some of the items I have pinned up are drawings from family, or inspirational quotes or notes from friends. I also have a few certificates or invitations.

Next to my desk is what I call my DreamBoard. It is a huge canvas which is hanging on my wall. On the front of the canvas are pictures of things I’d like to achieve. Gradually I add new dreams and cover old ones with pictures of my own fulfilled dreams, like pictures of my book covers, or work i’ve done to reach towards those dreams. This can be a great way to motivate yourself to keep moving forward towards your goals and a daily reminder that you are doing your best and trying hard.

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I call mine a DreamBoard as it’s ever-changing and is about fulfilling my dreams.

 

Just before a book goes live…

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It’s exciting times here, as my latest novel is being published by Crooked Cat Books in Jan 2018 and it has just gone on pre-order. I have never had a book with pre-orders before, so it’s another learning curve for me. Seeing the book available makes me jump around the room, but I have had to send many responses to people who have not bought a book this way before and don’t realise that it still means the book is delivered on the release date, wirelessly for an ebook, or through the post for a paperback.

What has astounded me, is how nerve-racking it is to have a book on pre-order. The book still has Amazon rankings and you are on the edge of your seat to see if anyone likes the book blurb enough, to give a new story a try and then hopefully leave a review at the end for others to discover the book. I’ve said this before, but leaving a review for a book you’ve enjoyed is like handing an author a rainbow. Novels can take months or years to write and a few words of kindness in return can send authors dancing in the street and hugging strangers! Maybe that’s just me?

I’d love to hear how you all found having books up for pre-order. Was it great fun, or a whole heap of stress?

Here is the blurb for my new book Ninja School Mum. Let me know what you think. The story is about a single mum who has forgotten how strong she is, but she’s never come up against anything as tough as playground gossip at her son’s school and the hierarchy of the other school mums!

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Book blurb: 

Obsessive-compulsive school mum, Skye, is a lonely elite spy, who is running from her past whilst trying to protect the future of her child. She tries hard to fit in with the other parents at her son’s new school, but the only person who accepts her unconventional way of life is new mother, Thea.

Thea is feeling harassed by her sister and bored with her life, but she suspects that there is something strange about the new school mum, Skye. Thea has secrets of her own and, although the two become unlikely friends, she hesitates to tell Skye about the father of her own child.

Zack’s new business is growing faster than he could have dreamed but, suddenly, he finds himself the owner of a crumbling estate on the edge of a pretty village, and a single parent to a very demanding child. Could he make a go of things and give his daughter the life she deserved?

When three lives collide, it appears that only one of them is who they seem to be, and you never know who the person next to you in the school playground really is.

Book link: Click here:)

 

 

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