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…ssshhhh… the NON-secret of Author online self-promotion…

Sensible advice to the wannabe indie author from Seamus Gallagher.

Seumas Gallacher

…as much as we storytellers dabble in fiction, fantasy and folklore, finding the elusive silver bullet that drives our masterpieces to the top of the bestseller lists is unlikely to be appear under our pillow like some equivalent of the tooth fairy’s offerings… for almost a decade now (my, how time flies when ye’re enjoying yerself, eh, Mabel?), I’ve derived more pleasure than ever I could have imagined by becoming a writer… Lady Luck has bestowed her blessings liberally in the sales/downloads column, aggregating more than 100,ooo copies across all my Jack Calder crime thriller titles, and my wee guide to using the SOSYAL NETWORKS as a scribbler, SELF-PUBLISHING STEPS TO SUCCESSFUL SALES

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…I’m often asked what’s the secret to the marketing and promotion WURK that goes into being a modern scribe… okay, I’ll spill the beans… ssshhhh… there is NO secret... but for what it’s worth…

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The 20’s Girl, the Ghost, and All That Jazz by June Kearns

A fabulous review of 20s Girl by Sharon Booth.

SHARON BOOTH

1924. The English Shires, after the Great War.
When her jazzing flapper of an aunt dies, Gerardina Mary Chiledexter inherits some silver-topped scent bottles, a wardrobe of love-affair clothes, and astonishingly, a half-share in a million-acre ranch in south-west Texas.
Haunted by a psychic cat and the ghost voice of that aunt Leonie, Gerry feels driven to travel thousands of miles to see the ranch for herself.
Against a background of big sky, cattle barons and oil wells, she is soon engaged in a game of power, pride and ultimately, love, with the Texan who owns the other half.

I have absolutely no idea why it’s taken me so long to get round to reading this book. I think I’ve had it on my Kindle since publication day, and I also have the beautiful shiny paperback, too. No excuses. Somehow, time slipped away from me and the book remained unread…

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Twins of a Gazelle ~ An Ionian Affair by Margaret Cullingford #FridayReads @CullingfordMags #BookReview

A fabulous review of Mags Cullingford’s Twins of a Gazelle by Cathy Ryan. I hope it makes you want to download the book and read it . . .

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Fifteen months married to Adam Burgess, Calista Blake suspects she has chosen the wrong man. She looks forward to their holiday on the Greek island of Ithaca, hoping its magic will banish her disenchantment.

Calista Blake had no notion her affair would lead to marriage. She hadn’t wanted Adam to leave his wife but, carried away by the excitement and mystery of their relationship, here she was, married to Adam. The realisation she didn’t really know him at all left her disillusioned and confused. Once upon a time she was the other woman, has she now created an opening for someone else to fill? Adam spends a lot of time in London, leaving Calista, lonely and uneasy, rattling around their Leicestershire home with spaniel, Beppo. Luckily she has her career as a lawyer to occupy her.

Adam is…

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A birthday, a book bash and a Time Lord

From One Heilan’ Lassie to Another !

A Change of Heart (The Heartfelt Series #2) by Adrienne Vaughan @adrienneauthor #Drama #Romance #BookReview

Author: Adrienne Vaughan Published: November 2013 by New Romantics Press Category: Contemporary, Drama, Romance Escaping to a remote Irish isle, journalist Marianne Coltrane had not bargained for a…

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FUR COAT & NO KNICKERS by Adrienne Vaughan @adrienneauthor #Shortstories and #Poem collection

Great review for Adrienne’s short story collection via Rosie Amber.

Rosie Amber

Fur Coat & No Knickers: An acclaimed collection of short stories and poems by award-winning author Adrienne VaughanFur Coat & No Knickers: An acclaimed collection of short stories and poems by award-winning author Adrienne Vaughan by Adrienne Vaughan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fur Coat & No Knickers is a collection of short stories and poems.

The book is made up of twelve short stories and sixteen poems; tales and adventures from a wide selection of everyday lives of people, families and friends. It is often said that other people’s complex relationships make your own problems fade away, so this is a good book to escape into even for a short time.

I enjoyed the stories, some of my favourites were; Fur coat and No knickers, A seed of Doubt and A visit at Christmas. From the poems I especially enjoyed A Pink Day.

Another good example of story telling from this popular author.

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A mixture of thrilling…

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Writing – The Fantasy versus The Reality

Louise Beech

The other day, I shared on social media a scrappily-put-together meme of the me I like to think I am when I write… and the truth. My publisher, Karen Sullivan, was rather tickled, and we invited other writers to do the same. And what delights were revealed in the wake of my honesty. Want to see them? Of course you do.

So here’s my #RealWritingFace…

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The beautiful Claire King – author of The Night Rainbow and Everything Love Is – shared hers. I find this warm and comforting. I also want to get spectacles.

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And then Mr John Marrs – author of Welcome to Wherever You Are and The One – pinged me this beauty. I recognise the hunk at the bottom, but not sure who that nobody at the top is…

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Amanda Prowse – author of way to many novels to list here, my favourite being Three And a…

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Fur Coat & No Knickers by Adrienne Vaughan

If you haven’t downloaded Adrienne’s book of short stories and poems you should! Read Sharon’s fabulous review 😀

SHARON BOOTH

Oh, I really adored this book! I have read Adrienne Vaughan’s full-length novels and loved them all – The HollowHeart, A Change of Heart, and Secrets of the Heart, highly recommended! – so I was a bit worried, if I’m being really honest, about reading her collection of short stories. Could someone, so clearly gifted at writing novels, transfer that talent to the craft of short story writing? It’s not as straightforward as many people suppose. Full-length books and short stories are different beasts and take different skills. Could Adrienne do it?

Well, of course she could! And so she did. This collection is absolutely wonderful. It’s a series of snapshots – peeps into the lives of a varied assortment of characters. Each and every one of them is interesting, but for different reasons. Some are poignant, some hilariously funny. My favourite stories were: The Messenger

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My Review of 2016 #2 July – December