Yes, its official my baby Kyrosmagica turned three this week! Where did those years go? Now that I’m past the infancy stage I’m puzzled. I have no idea where that time went. I can’t really say… but what I can say is this, I have enjoyed these years mightily and have grown so much as a person. Forget Popeye’s spinach, blogging has been amazing for my confidence. I’d recommend it to everyone!
In fact, one of my recent posts has been featured in SCBWI’s online magazine – self publishing discussion with authors Debra Edwards and Camilla Chester: Words and Pictures.
Recently, I set up a new initiative on Facebook – my Authors/Bloggers Rainbow Support Club. I have a new baby! It’s doing well and I can see it growing which is lovely.
What is is about?
Don’t worry it is not a cult! LOL… It is a friendly community of authors/bloggers/book reviewers working together to support each other in a multitude of ways – e.g. by writing or sharing reviews, highlighting author spotlights/book launches/interviews, and posting writing/poetry/blogging tips, or tips about writing reviews, or discussing general topics of interest.
DON’T FEEL THAT YOU HAVE TO DO ALL OF THESE!!!! LOL!!
Also, I hope that it will be a place that you can ask for help and advice if you need it. Writing can be isolating so feel free to find some writing chums here. Just join in as and when you can. Any content about books is really welcome whether it is pretty pictures of books you’ve read, or libraries you’ve visited, etc. Also occasionally do feel free to post news to tell your blogging friends what you are up to. Especially, if you’ve just published a book, won a prize, been nominated for an award, or you’ve been somewhere creative, interesting, or exciting! For instance, I posted my British Museum photos which I had uploaded using Ripl, which I thought might be of interest to fellow Instagram enthusiasts.
I’d like to share the following links that have recently appeared on the club page:
A writer’s dilemma – when to use which or that? A post by Adirondack Editing via
A get fit and healthy campaign that bloggers can join – Sally Cronin: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/21/lets-walk-a-marathon-the-internal-fitness-programme-coming-next-week/
Colleen Chesebro’s review of author Seumas Gallacher’s Savage Pay Back, which gets five stars but apparently isn’t for the faint-hearted! More about that here: https://colleenchesebro.com/2017/04/21/colleens-book-reviews-savage-payback-book-3-in-the-jack-calder-crime-series-by-author-seumas-gallacher/
Debby Gies interview with Sally Cronin: https://dgkayewriter.com/who-has-a-new-book-guest-author-sally-cronin-whats-in-a-name/
Norah Colvin shared Ten Things About Poetry and Me – J R Poulter and J R McRae: https://gumbootspearlz.org/2017/04/21/ten-things-about-poetry-and-me-j-r-poulterj-r-mcrae/
Debby Gies shared J. E. Spina’s Summer Reading For Kids of All ages https://jemsbooks.wordpress.com/2017/04/19/summer-reading-for-kids-of-all-ages/
Norah Colvin shared readilearn’s author/illustrator interview with Chrissy Byers. http://www.readilearn.com.au/meet-author-illustrator-chrissy-byers/
Marsha contributed a post about how to share Guest Reviews to her blog http://marshajustwrites.com/a-book-reviews/
Debby shared Sally Cronin’s interview with debut author Paige Adams: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/20/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-tales-of-ejoma-dual-realms-book-one-by-paige-addams/
And Sally’s airing of reviews of authors John W Howell and Marcia Meara: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/20/smorgasbord-book-promotion-air-your-reviews-john-w-howell-and-marcia-meara/
If you are interested in joining the club do pop over to the Facebook pages.
You are welcome to leave a comment on the Facebook general enquiries page above, or here, or email me: email@example.com to find out more.
So that’s it for now, I have to read through my manuscript. I’m on the final push, this baby is past the toddler stage – she has to stop her tantrums!
Before I go I’d like to invite you to celebrate with me. I’ve got a little question which you might like to answer below… How long have you been blogging, and what has it done for you? Please feel free to leave your answer and one link that you’d like to highlight in the comments below. Many thanks.
Bye for now,
Wishing you all a very Happy Easter.
I’m still on a bit of a blogging break until my eldest daughter returns to University so will be somewhat scarce in blogging land.
I had a wonderful holiday up in Edinburgh but it was all too short…
Here are some of my photos:
That’s one of me and my daughter Georgina before I had my lunch…. I tend to shrink when I’m hungry! We were at a very nice restaurant called The Railbridge Bistro in South Queensferry which overlooks the bridges and has haggis on the menu!
And here’s my lovely mum and dad… Missing them…
My dad hates the cold, and though the view at South Queensferry is amazing it was bitterly chilly… My mum looks okay, in fact she dares to look a bit amused but poor dad…
Since I’ve been back in Cambridge, I’ve had a lovely time with my eldest daughter who is visiting from University.
Recently we went out to a cafe in Cambridge…
And she approved of my photo… The drink looks like some sort of Dr Who concoction but I believe it is a green tea matcha. Oh, by the way did you see the Dr Who episode last night? If you did I bet you didn’t dare have a shower or bath before bedtime. I love it when Dr Who gets all scary!
Then, there’s me all dressed up as I had work afterwards. Recently, I started working part-time at Ann Summers – which is a strangest job I have ever had! It’s a bit like marmite some days I love it, some days I hate it! Ha ha…. It’s a tricky one for an introvert with extrovert tendencies. Anyway, that plate in front of me is the remains of a very tasty Orange and Polenta cake that we shared at Espresso Library cafe in Cambridge.
Before I go let me say a big thank you to all the contributors to my Facebook Rainbow Support Club in my absence.
Here are just some of the wonderful links that have appeared:
All the contributors have done a fabulous job of making the page a fantastic resource of information, help, and collaboration for fellow writers/bloggers.
Do pop over to the club page and take a look, and come give the club some love: Authors/Bloggers Rainbow Support Club.
If you’d like to join the club please do message myself either in the comment below or contact me on my email firstname.lastname@example.org, or chat about it with Colleen Chesebro or Debby Gies, my two fabulous blogging buddies who administer the running of the club with me.
All the best for a lovely Easter.
Do pop over to my Instagram page to see the rest of my photos: My Instagram
Welcome, it is my pleasure to introduce you to the latest members of my Author/Bloggers Rainbow Support Club.
The Rainbow Support Club endeavours to provide a friendly and welcoming community of like-minded bloggers, book reviewers and authors who support each other in every which way we can to promote and nurture our love of books, and writing.
First up to Team Awesome is Colleen Chesebro. Colleen is a totally supportive angel, and I’d like to nominate her as person extraordinaire of the club! I can vouch for Colleen’s worthiness, and angelic qualities as she is currently helping me with my manuscript – The Curse of Time – and doing an amazing job. 🙂 Author, Colleen Chesebro has recently released her first book: The Heart Stone Chronicles: The Swamp Fairy, which I had the delight of reading and reviewing recently: My 5 * Review of The Heartstone Chronicles: The Swamp Fairy by Colleen Chesebro. She has an awesome blog which I strongly advise you to follow: https://colleenchesebro.com/. Colleen and I have become great friends and have discovered that we have a wealth of shared interests. I enjoy joining in with her weekly Tanka Challenge so much: https://colleenchesebro.com/category/tanka-tuesday/.
Colleen is happy to help other authors by sharing their writing, editing, etc, and also will support them with posts about new book releases. In other words, if these lovely peeps write about writing, she will gladly take guest posts from them. Colleen strongly believes that writing about your own experiences helps other authors learn.
Colleen is an experienced book reviewer, but due to her huge TBR pile she is unable to take on any further reviews at present but her reviews to date are accessible via this link: Colleen Chesebro Reviews. Colleen shares lots of interesting and informative material under the heading: Authors Supporting Authors, and also has a second blog: A Mindful Journey which is full of tips about weight loss, and balance in life so do investigate to find out more.
Karen Oberlaender is my next member, Karen is a dedicated reader and book blogger who blogs at: My Train of Thoughts On. Karen writes about her favourite quotes, the word of the day, ten statements from authors and has a section where you can add your book review blog to her website: Add Your Blog – Book Reviewers
Her personal motto is:
Smile! Don’t look back in anger.
Her first book – ‘In a Small Compass, Vol. 1’ comprises 15 contemporary short fiction stories with paranormal streaks which take you on a journey to Boston, Dublin, Dundrum, Galway, Heidelberg, London, Munich, Nuremberg, Skerries, and other places.
In a Small Compass, Vol. 1 is currently available on Smashwords:
Yecheilyah Ysrayl is the author of Young Adult, African-American Literature and Poetry. The author of nine books, most notably The Stella Trilogy, Yecheilyah is also a Blogger and Book Reviewer and offers free Author Services through her blog: The PBS Blog Author Services. Yecheilyah is currently working on her next book series, “The Nora White Story. Yecheilyah Ysrayl blogs at PBS – Pearls Before Swine: The PBS Blog: To Support An Author. She reviews books on her blog, and adds these books to the Indie Author Page of her blog, and promotes author’s books through her email list. All for free. The PBS Blog: Free Author Services.
Author Allan Hudson supports many of his author friends on his blog by hosting guest author opportunities at his blog South Branch Scribbler. Allan has written: Dark Side of A Promise, Shorts: Volume 1 – four tantalising stories, and Shorts: Volume 2 – five tantalising tales, and Shorts: Volume 3 – Five tantalising tales. He believes as I do that ‘We are all in this together,’ and he ‘enjoys helping other writers find a new audience.’ Allan blogs at: www.southbranchscribbler.ca.
Vashti Q blogs at The Writer Next Door. Vashti is very friendly and oh so chatty and I always get the feeling that she really is the girl next door! Vashti takes part in many of my favourite link ups and shares my love of haiku. She enjoys doing author interviews, book/author spotlights, cover reveals and feature book releases. Her novel The Basement (Suspense/Thriller,) is aimed at the pre-teen/teen audience. To discover more about her writing follow the link: About The Basement.
Norah Colvin believes passionately about education and I do too! She does a once-a-month picture book author or illustrator spotlight on her readilearn blog http://www.readilearn.com.au/blog/ which is then reblogged on to her blog: http://www.NorahColvin.com 🙂
Read more about her wonderful resources via this link:http://readilearn.com.au
Mathematics is all around us. We use it every day for a wide range of purposes; from deciding on the sequence…
Annika Perry and I have been supporting each other for a good long while and have become blogging friends. She has a lovely, friendly blog which I urge you to follow. Her ‘interests include books,’ and ‘she is an avid reader with a book or two constantly on the go.’ In her words: ‘Life without books would seem unbearable.’ I couldn’t agree more!!
Annika’s love of books is evident in the depth of thought that goes into her excellent book reviews, so do pop over to her blog to find out more:
Author Elise E. Rawls Author of Bleeding Heart – A collection of faith-based short stories/poems/riddles by the author about life’s journey, wonder and trial. Every writing is a little story taking you somewhere. Elise is also in the final proofreading stage with regards to her Science Fiction & Fantasy / Speculative Fiction entitled Strayborn, Book #1 (V. Chronicles.) and has written an amusing personal account: Revising A Manuscript is Like Cleaning A Castle. Elise has been known to promote authors by doing author interviews on her blog. She offers this opportunity to (fantasy and sci-fi genres, and books that are clean reads). Follow the link to find out more: Author Interviews. Also, she hosts guest posts about fantasy, sci-fi, and writing topics, Guest Posts, Book Reveals, and Musing Reviews.
Phew… quite a few folks have now signed up for the club!!! In fact, I had to make sure that I didn’t forget anyone… I hope I didn’t – if I did I apologise profusely. It’s because my old brain cells don’t work as well as they used to, so if I have missed anyone out please don’t hesitate to give me a good old nudge!
In total, we now have 21 awesome members, including me! LOL !!
The first group comprises these lovelies: Shelley Wilson, Debby Gies, Sally Cronin, Jennifer Marston, Seumas Gallacher, Carol Hedges, Tina Frisco, Anita Dawes, and Jaye Marie, Heena Rathore Pardeshi, Loretta Milan, and Eloise De Sousa who you can meet here: Group 1: Rainbow Support Club Team Members.
We are now on Facebook for members and non members:Authors/Bloggers Rainbow Support Club
The group page for members only : Authors/Bloggers Rainbow Support Club Members Group Page
Kyrosmagica blog continues to support authors in whatever way I can by writing reviews, author/blogger spotlights and interviews, so please don’t be shy, do get in touch if you’d like to be featured on Kyrosmagica.
If you’d like to join the group and feature on my next listing please do get in touch by leaving a message here or emailing me at email@example.com.
Bye for now,