Tuesday, 28 April 2015

The winner of the $25 Gift Voucher is...

JO WALKER!!! (Aus)


Congratulations!

If you haven't received by this time tomorrow, let me know. (I haven't sent a gift voucher by email before, so it's quite possible that I will muck things up!)

Have a great day. Another subscriber giveaway next month. 




Saturday, 25 April 2015

One Year Author-versary!!!



Hey, lovelies. :)

On 27 April I'll be celebrating my one year author-versary. That's the day I first launched Vadim and Martha into the unsuspecting world. :)

Twelve months already, and what a ride it's been! Two books out, and during that time, not only have I sold, loaned, and gifted literally thousands of copies of my books, far exceeding my humble expectations, but I've made some wonderful friends from all over the world too.

To celebrate this special day, I'll be giving away a $25 Amazon gift card to one lucky newsletter subscriber (on the morning of the 28th GMT to avoid any time zone confusion.) Spread the word because if I hit 100 newsletter subscribers before the end of this month, I'll give away another $25 gift card during the first week of May. How does that sound? :)

Thank you all SO much for the support and friendship you've given me during the past twelve months. I appreciate each and every one of you. After all, what's an author without readers?

Good luck, and may the odds be ever in your favor. <3

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Saturday, 18 April 2015

Book Three Update...

Hello campers! How's the weekend treating you all so far? What have you been up to?

It's been an absolute belter of a day here in Blighty. Nothing but blue sky, and wall-to-wall sunshine. Even better, I cracked on with the first draft of book three, and the finish line is finally in sight. And about flamin' time too!

I can't remember if I've mentioned this before, but I'm what's known in the trade as a bit of a pantser (ie: a non-plotting writer.) What this means is that when I start writing, apart from a rather vague general heading heading, I have absolutely no idea where the story will take me.

My writing day mainly consists of me bimbling about and taking notes as I follow my characters around their lives inside my mind.

This may sound rather odd but the story is frequently as much a surprise to me as it is to you. Yes, really!

Take Anselm, for instance. I thought I knew him inside out and back to front, but it turns out I was wrong. So very wrong. That guy has depths that I never imagined. As a result, his story has been much more difficult to write than I anticipated. And to think, I once considered him shallow. My mistake.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend, lovelies. But before I go, here's a piece of music that always summons my wandering muse - although it does date me a bit! :)




Friday, 17 April 2015

A CAUTIONARY TALE...

For all the writers out there. (Or should that be 'righters?' Lol!)


Tuesday, 14 April 2015

I'm so chuffed...

... which is a good thing, btw!

Hemlock the first book in the Tales of a Traveler series is currently in the number one spot in it's category in the FREE Kindle store both in the UK and in Australia.

Okay, so it's a free book, therefore it doesn't really count, but I don't care. I've never hit number one before, Not ever.

Anyway, a huge thank you to everyone who has downloaded it so far. After recent events, I really needed a moral boost.

Here's a little bookish something I pinched from one of my FB groups, just for you.


Friday, 10 April 2015

My kind of mood Music...

 "Ja Nus Hons Pris." Written by Richard the Lionheart, and performed by Owaine Phyfe. Enjoy!


   

Poetry Corner...

I don't usually "do" poetry, but  some of these are just lovely. "Funeral Blues" by WH Auden is one of my all-time favorites. (Who can forget THAT scene in "Four Weddings and a Funeral"?) I particularly love this section:

"He was my North, my South, my East and West,
My working week and my Sunday rest,
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
I thought that love would last for ever: I was wrong."



*sniff* But not all rhyming stuff is about death and misery. Here's another favorite of mine: "Warning Poem" by Jenny Joseph. Here's a wee taster:

"When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
With a red hat which doesn't go, and doesn't suit me.
And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
And satin sandals, and say we've no money for butter.
I shall sit down on the pavement when I'm tired
And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells
And run my stick along the public railings
And make up for the sobriety of my youth.
I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
And pick flowers in other people's gardens
And learn to spit..."

S'funny. It's almost exactly how I see myself in a few decades from now!

Do you have a favorite poem? :)

Monday, 6 April 2015

Newsletter Subscriber Competition Winner...

Ladies and Gentlemen, we have a WINNER! 

*drum roll*

***Congratulations to... ANNE SELLIN!***

Message me your home address, hon, and I'll get that cute little library kit in the post to you asap! :)

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Freebies!

Hello lovelies! Guess what the Easter Bunny brought me?

A Kindle Paperwhite!!! Yay! Twenty-first century here I come!

I've been having a real blast downloading lots of lovely free e-books (because authors love free stuff too!) Here are a couple of the freebies I've grabbed so far:

Daughter of Time by Sarah Woodbury

Love Beyond Time by Bethany Claire

[Are you already seeing a theme here? :D]

They look very nice, sitting alongside my own free book Tales of a Traveler (Hemlock)!

Do you have any book recommendations for me? If so, don't be shy. Please leave me a link in the comments. Let's share the freebie love.

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