Cover Reveal: The Curse of Time – Book 1 – Bloodstone

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Today, I am delighted to share with you my cover reveal for my debut fantasy YA novel:

The Curse of Time – Book 1 – Bloodstone

I’m delighted with the cover – Wendy Anne Darling at BOOKXEEDO Book Covers has done a marvellous job. Isn’t the cover just beautiful? Thank you Wendy so much.
Cover photography credit: Chronopage and grasshopper – John C Taylor, OBE.

Cover photography credit: author photo – Georgina Mallon.

Cover photography credit (spine) :  Bloodstone – Alex Marlowe.

Synopsis:

On Amelina Scott’s thirteenth birthday, her father disappears under mysterious circumstances. Saddened by this traumatic event, she pieces together details of a curse that has stricken the heart and soul of her family.

Amelina longs for someone to confide in.  Her once carefree mother has become angry and despondent. One day a strange black cat and a young girl, named Esme appear. Immediately, Esme becomes the sister Amelina never had. The only catch is that Esme must remain a prisoner, living within the mirrors of Amelina’s house.
Dreams and a puzzling invitation convince Amelina the answer to her family’s troubles lies within the walls of the illusive Crystal Cottage. Undaunted by her mother’s warnings, Amelina searches for the cottage on an isolated Cambridgeshire pathway where she encounters a charismatic young man, named Ryder. At the right moment, he steps out of the shadows, rescuing her from the unwanted attention of two male troublemakers.
With the help of an enchanted paint set, Amelina meets the eccentric owner of the cottage, Leanne, who instructs her in the art of crystal magic. In time, she earns the right to use three wizard stones. The first awakens her spirit to discover a time of legends, and later, leads her to the Bloodstone, the supreme cleansing crystal which has the power to restore the balance of time. Will Amelina find the power to set her family free?

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Writer’s journey – How did it all happen?

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This is  my writer’s blog about me and my crazy journey to becoming a half decent author.

Well how did I start writing? It was quite odd really. I used to write as a teenager. At the time I had a ginger tom cat called Chester, Mr. Popularity, everyone loved him. He liked to venture afar and we would often have to rescue him. I remember one occasion in particular, my brother and I ended up trudging through the woods, in Blackhall in Edinburgh, to pick him up from a house in the vicinity. He ended up at the most peculiar places. One time he chose to visit a house with thirteen cats!

Here he is looking very much like a tom cat with attitude!

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My #ABRSC Review of The Box Under The Bed Anthology

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Goodreads Synopsis:
Come along for a chilling ride on a ghost ship, experience eerie daydreams and psychotic killers, explore haunted houses, and send the deceased to their final destination.

And that’s just a quarter of the thrills.

Edited and compiled by Amazon bestselling author Dan Alatorre, this anthology of scary tales brings together the minds and pens of twenty authors, including bestseller Allison Maruska (The Fourth Descendant), bestselling author Jenifer Ruff (Everett), Lucy Brazier (PorterGirl), J. A. Allen, Juliet Nubel, TA Henry, Ann Marie Andrus, Heather Hackett, Barbara Anne Helberg, Scott Skipper, Joanne R. Larner, Christine Valentor, Adele Marie Park, Curtis Bausse, Annette Robinson, Frank Parker, Eric Daniel Clarke, and Maribel C. Pagan.

Perfect for Halloween or any time, these stories will make you think twice before walking alone on the beach at night, reading a diary, or innocently watching a train from your car.

Consider yourselves warned.

NOTE: Warning! American and British spelling ahead. A few stories words are olde English, too. The story The Death Of Mrs. Billen by Mr. Alatorre is from his novel An Angel On Her Shoulder, used with permission.

My review:

I intended to read The Box Under The Bed around Halloween time but I was so busy I didn’t get round to it. I’ve made up for that now, I enjoyed the Box Under The Bed very much. Without a doubt anthologies are an excellent way to discover new authors. All of the stories were a little different, some scarier than others, some gory, and there were even little touches of humour to be found. So, I’d say there is something for everyone in this anthology compiled and edited by Dan Alatorre.

There are twenty authors in all, three of which are members of the #ABRSC – Dan Alatorre, Lucy Brazier and  Adele Marie Park.

Plus stories from: Jennifer Ruff, Allison Maruska, J.A. Allen, Juliet Nubel, T.A. Henry, Anne Marie Andrus, Heather Hackett, Barbara Anne Helberg, Scott Skipper, Joanne R Larner, Christine Valentor, Curtis Bausse, Annette Robinson, Frank Parker, Eric Daniel Clarke, Maribel C Pagan, and Carrie Ann Alexis.

Would I recommend it? Yes, indeed I’ve rated this anthology four stars.

I read The Box Under The Box anthology as part of my #ABRSC Christmas Read and Review.

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You can find out more about this here: https://mjmallon.com/2017/12/01/abrsc-christmas-newyear-blog-hop-party/

We now have a Authors/Bloggers Rainbow Support Club Goodreads Group too: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/383127-abrsc-read-and-review as well as our well-established and flourishing Facebook group: Authors/Bloggers Rainbow Support Club.

Next up, I will be reading an ARC of Lizzie Chantree’s Ninja School Mum which is being published by Crooked Cat Books in Jan 2018. I will be hosting Lizzie on my blog as part of her blog tour in the New Year.

Before I go let me invite you to …. fellow administrator of the group… Colleen Chesebro’s review of Annette Rochelle Aben’s Tanka Picture Book: https://colleenchesebro.com/2017/12/04/colleens-book-reviews-a-tanka-picture-book-by-author-annette-rochelle-aben/

 

Bye for now, happy reading! If you’d like to join in the #ABRSC read and review comment below, I’d love to hear from you. It doesn’t have to be a scary story! All genres welcome! xxx

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Colleen’s #Book #Reviews – “A Tanka Picture Book,” by Author, Annette Rochelle Aben #ABRSC

First up to review for the  Authors/Bloggers Rainbow Support Club #ABRSC Christmas/New Year Blog Hop Party is Colleen Chesebro with her 5 star review of Annette Rochelle Aben’s Tanka Picture Book.

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  • Title:  A Tanka Picture Book
  • Amazon Author Page: Annette Rochelle Aben
  • File Size: 1726 KB
  • Print Length: 38 Pages
  • Publisher:  Self-Published by Author
  • Publication Date: November 19, 2017
  • Sold By: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B077MWZXVQ
  • ISBN-10: 197791313X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1977913135
  • Formats: Paperback and Kindle
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  • Genres: Japanese & Haiku, Asian, Literature & Fiction, Poetry

IN THE AUTHOR’S WORDS:

Life is alive with poetry; all the sights, sounds and smells. Blend it all together in your mind, and you will begin to sing songs in your heart. You deserve a reason to smile, to feel good while pondering the magic of your world. You are closer than you think.

Open, A Tanka Picture Book! Consider the story each picture shares through its visual. Enjoy how each is enhanced with a tanka poem. Engage your senses while on a journey of passionate creativity. To feel the excitement…

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Bloggers Bash Tickets On Sale Now!

Guess what! It’s time to buy your bloggers bash tickets. I’ve got mine!

But I Smile Anyway...

So exciting!

It is time! The tickets are now officially on sale!!!!!!

May 19th Peeps!

The ABBA’s are BACK!

Source: Bloggers Bash Tickets On Sale Now!

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#ABRSC Christmas/NewYear Blog Hop Party

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Welcome to the Authors/Bloggers Rainbow Support Club Christmas/New Year Blog Hop Party. I am about to reveal the book I am reading for the Blog Hop Party –  it is….

Drum roll please…

Ninja School Mum by Lizzie Chantree… I am one of her blog tour hosts (I will be welcoming her to my blog on 3rd February,) for her launch tour with Crooked Cat Books.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ninja-School-Mum-Lizzie-Chantree/dp/1979613524/

Anyone can join in today’s party but there are a few guidelines if you want to take part in the read and review….
1. Buy a fellow member’s book. Read and review between 1st of December and 6th January and share on Amazon, Goodreads, and your blog if you have one. Link your review to your blog post party when you have completed it.
2. Share your blog post and reviews on Twitter using the hashtag #ABRSC
3. Try if possible to review someone’s book you haven’t read before or in a different genre from one you would normally read.
4. Link back to the last person who joins the party. So we have a chain effect of party goers! Don’t forget to bring music, cake and lots of cheer! Remember to include any Christmas news you wish to share.
5. You can buy and read more than one book if you want.
6. Write reviews that are fair but honest. Apply a star rating, and write as long or short a review as you wish.
7. Choose a date between 2nd December and 6th January to write your blog/review post and add it to the comments below. Select a person to review and the name of their book, add these to the comments below so we don’t get duplicate people being reviewed more than twice. One member per review. Please review #ABRSC members or honorary members (e.g. super supportive bloggers like Hugh https://hughsviewsandnews.com/.) If in doubt get in touch with me, Debby or Colleen – click on their photos below to see their blog links.
8. You may reblog other members posts on your blog if you wish, this may encourage new people to join the club which would be great!

Also I have some fantastic news to share about Debby Gies –  https://dgkayewriter.com/ book P.S. I Forgive You via twitter:

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And… Today is Debby’s launch day for her new book Twenty Years After I Do: https://dgkayewriter.com/introducing-booklaunch-twenty-years-i-do-published/

So popover to her blog and vote on Readers Choice Awards to give this lovely lady some support.

 

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Please stay a while, enjoy the Christmas ambiance… Let’s light some candles, read some books, eat some sweet treats and have mugs of hot chocolate with marshmallows!

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And for music let me point you in this musical direction…  a gem of a find via #SundayBlogShare on Big Up Your Blog: https://justanotherblogfromawoman.blog/2017/11/24/top-ten-tunes-1977/

Please feel free to leave your links below and don’t forget to say if you intend joining in the book review blog hop. Some dates to read and review are filling up so please comment with a few possible dates below.

Love ya! Many thanks, happy first day of Advent.

Bye for now,

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Happy Birthday His Geoffleship! And Happy Release Day! #LifeInAFlash @geofflepard

Happy Birthday Geoff Le Pard via Ritu at But I Smile Anyway. Guess what it’s Geoff’s release day. No he’s not been released from behind bars it’s his new book of short stories called Life In A Flash.

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Wishing a wonderful blogger and author, Geoff Le Pard, or lovingly know by me as His Geoffleship a very happy birthday!

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And if you are so inclined, his new anthology of short stories is out today too… It’s waiting for me to read already! I recommend it already even without reading as I have read his other collection which was fantastic, and I’ve loved all the other books of his I have read already!

Life In A Flash by [Le Pard, Geoff]

Available here!

Amazon.co.Uk

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Come on, Peeps! Wish a fellow Blogger a happy birthday!!!!!

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Be Inspired by Women Writers and Illustrators

Wonderfully inspiring authors and illustrators via Christy Birmingham at When Women Inspire.

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Today I proudly welcome educator and writer Norah Colvin here to guest post. I was delighted when she accepted my offer to visit and chat about some of the women she has highlighted on her website so far in their roles as writers and illustrators for children’s books. I hope you enjoy this post as much as I did upon receiving it. Norah, the floor is yours.

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#ABRSC Christmas/New Year Blog Hop Party December 1st!!!

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I will be hosting a Christmas/New Year Blog Hop Party December 1st where I will be revealing the book I have chosen to buy, read and review as my Christmas present to a fellow author and club member of the #ABRSC.

Please consider joining the #ABRSC group, it has grown and is a wonderfully supportive  club full of resources for authors/bloggers and reviewers. I am so proud of the group and the wonderful members. We currently have 164 members!

Here are the party guidelines:

1. Buy a fellow member’s book. Read and review between 1st of December and 6th January and share on Amazon, Goodreads, and your blog if you have one. Link your review to your blog post party when you have completed it.
2. Share your blog post and reviews on Twitter using the hashtag #ABRSC
3. Try if possible to review someone’s book you haven’t read before or in a different genre from one you would normally read.
4. Link back to the last person who joins the party. So we have a chain effect of party goers! Don’t forget to bring music, cake and lots of cheer! Remember to include any Christmas news you wish to share.
5. You can buy and read more than one book if you want.
6. Write reviews that are fair but honest. Apply a star rating, and write as long or short a review as you wish.
7. Choose a date between 2nd December and 6th January to write your blog post and add it to the comments below. Select a person to review and the name of their book, add these to the comments below so we don’t get duplicate people being reviewed more than twice. One member per review. Only review #ABRSC members. If in doubt get in touch with me, Debby or  Colleen.
8. You may reblog other members posts on your blog if you wish, this may encourage new people to join the club which would be great!

Hope you will consider joining in the blog hop party, I think it will be a fun way to start of Christmas advent.

Bye for now,

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Self-publishing Tips For New Authors

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Recently, I was asked by fellow blogger and friend Annika Perry how to fill in tax details for publishing on Kindle KDP. I messaged Annika the link below via twitter and this encouraged me to write this post to help others with some of the painstaking detail of self-publishing.

Here is the link :

KDP Tax interview:
https://catherineryanhoward.com/taxinterview

I have been collecting many other links which might be useful to people considering self-publishing. Most of these are related to publishing on Amazon Kindle:

Size of artwork for books: http://www.wordhook.com/publishing/correct-ebook-cover-dimensions/

http://www.writersworkshop.co.uk/blog/how-to-format-your-ebook/

https://chrismcmullen.wordpress.com/2015/01/19/kindle-ebook-formatting-example/

https://litworldinterviews.com/2015/07/02/how-to-create-a-ncx-table-of-contents-for-amazon-upload-using-calibre/

If you need to sign word documents this is useful:

http://www.writersworkshop.co.uk/blog/self-publish-book-amazon-kindle-kdp/#format

To make a table of contents use bookmark, typing the titles of each chapter heading briefly without any spaces.

 

Further self publishing links:

https://janefriedman.com/self-publish-your-book/

Ways to earn money by publishing online serially:

Tapas – A Serial Publishing Platform That Earns Money for Indie Creators via Jane Friedman

http://kindleformatting.com/faq.php

http://blog.the-ebook-reader.com/2015/04/28/how-to-use-custom-fonts-with-kindles-embed-fonts-in-kindle-ebooks/

How to embed fonts – this is only for paperback: http://www.pcworld.com/article/2984714/software-productivity/how-to-embed-fonts-in-word-documents-so-they-stay-even-if-you-send-the-file.html

How to schedule a free kindle kdp promotion: https://kdp.amazon.com/en_US/help/topic/A34IQ0W14ZKXM9

How to add kdp select:

https://kdp.amazon.com/en_US/help/topic/A6KILDRNSCOBA?ref_=_faq

How to do a kindle countdown deal:

https://kdp.amazon.com/en_US/help/topic/A3288N75MH14B8

How to add your details to Amazon Author Central. I made a bit of a mess of this to begin with, so this one is an important one to get right!

https://authorcentral.amazon.co.uk/gp/home

And the Creative Penn is an invaluable resource as are all the following links:

https://www.thecreativepenn.com/how-to-self-publish-an-ebook/

https://nicholasrossis.wordpress.com/2017/08/13/introducing-readerlinks-and-author-helper/

http://www.thesitsgirls.com/make-money/how-to-make-a-media-kit/
https://richardankers.com/writers-resources/
https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/help/285059/how-to-create-a-table-of-contents-by-marking-text-in-word

http://www.aliventures.com/formatting-microsoft-word-for-kindle/

Huffington Post Legal Issues in Self Publishing What Authors Need To Know

Oh, and ideas for marketing!!!

https://watchingthedaisies.com/2017/11/22/free-marketing-resources-for-new-authors/

Please feel free to add further links and tips to the comment box below, many thanks.

 

Bye for now, hope I got my facts right!

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Newsworthy Notes from DG Kaye Writer

As I am ultra busy trying to tend to life and preparing to publish my own newest upcoming book by next week’s end, I came across some fabulous finds while doing my blog travels this week. So I thought I’d note a few blogs and books I came across to share with you all…

via What’s the Scoop? New Books and Hot Deals – Hurry! — D.G. Kaye Writer

The Enigmatic Blurb

Fantastic tips from Annika Perry about the enigmatic blurb.

Annika Perry's Writing Blog

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Why is it that even the mention of writing a blurb strikes abject terror into the normally calm and sane writer?

The task of describing and summarising a whole book, months or years of work, into a few short paragraphs seems nigh impossible. In the process the blurb has to be unique, capture the reader’s attention, excite them and tempt them to read on, ultimately to buy the book. The blurb and obviously the cover are often the first and only sales pitches for the book. The undertaking ahead feels hopeless.

Fear and dread of the blurb were my immediate reactions once I’d committed to publishing my anthology…I knew I needed one, yet every time the thought surfaced I erased it from my mind and dove even further into editing! As ever I needed a deadline and one evening I cleared my schedule for the following day, ensured I would…

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