February 22: Flash Fiction Challenge

A great opportunity by Charli at Carrot Ranch Literary Community to be featured in her anthology. And the prompt is so awesome – Unicorns – how can I say no!

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White stretches all the way to nowhere. The apex kisses the horizon in secret and white cannot be separated from white like marble lips locked in eternity. Lady Lake is Michelangelo and sculpts her Superior domain into classical form. This is Keweenaw Bay.

Highway 2 curves around the bay and if I turn and look northeast I can glimpse this endless white where it’s impossible for me to discern the frozen lake from the cloudy sky.

Once beyond the bay, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan emerges a wintery forested wilderness. Lodgepole pines and slender, leafless birch cluster across rolling hills and open up to lakes and streams. The snowpack doesn’t measure up to a third of what the Keweenaw has and yet there’s plenty for snowmobilers.

Small towns come in and out of view as we drive through. We are headed to one of the largest rural VA hospitals in…

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Tried and Tested Spells

A tried and tested spell from Adele Marie Park, blogging at our writing collaboration, The Sisters of The Fey. Please pop over to our sister blog to see what we are all up to. 🙂

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Tried and Tested Spells
These will be simple spells that anyone can do with the ingredients you have in your store cupboard.
A few years ago, during what I call, the dark years, I needed the sum of £7 or the gas company would switch off my supply.
I turned to this spell as I had everything I needed in the house.
I did the spell and tried not to think about it.
On the way to meet my daughter from school I saw a lottery scratch card on the pavement.
I have always believed in luck so I bent down and retrieved the scratch card.
It was a winner. £2,not a lot, I know and not the sum I needed but hold on, there’s more.
My daughter and I went to the local shop where I exchanged the scratch card for 2 new ones.
Scratching off the second card…

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Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge – No. 69 – Bond and Seek

My Tanka for Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge which I have posted on our new blogging collaboration, The Sisters of The Fey.

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This week’s prompt words are Bond and Seek but Colleen has asked us to use synonyms. So I’ve picked fellowship for bond and invitation for seek and decided to post this on The Sisters of The Fey as it is a thank you to Colleen for coming up with this wonderful blogging collaboration. 🙂

A fellowship of Authors

As soon as I saw the prompt words this week I knew exactly what to write a Tanka about! My dear friend Colleen started a new blogging collaboration – The Sisters of the Fey – a collaborative blog of author friends Colleen, myself, Debby Gies, Adele Marie Park, Annette Rochelle Aben, Tina Frisco, and Wendy Anne Darling.

Such a lovely idea, this is my response proudly proclaiming that we all have a second blog home!


So do pop over and see what the Sisters have been up to!

And don’t forget to join in Colleen’s…

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49 Days In 1988: Week 4: Too Many Broken Hearts

Hugh’s wonderfully entertaining music and story feature continues with guest Charli Mill’s song choice Betty Davis Eyes – version by Kim Carnes. I was so honoured to be Hugh’s first guest. Pop over to visit all the week’s guests you won’t be disappointed. Hugh is a wonderfully inventive storyteller and a fantastic host.

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Click here to read the first week of this feature, and follow the links at the end of each post.


Gran Canaria – January 29th, 1988

I’ve never broken the heart of anyone (well, not that I know of). For days I’ve been feeling really guilty about ‘standing-up’ Wilfred. I asked myself how I would have felt if it had been me. No doubt I’m going to find that out as I continue this journey they call life.

I almost turned back when I got to Wilfred’s hotel. If it hadn’t been for one of his friends spotting me, then I probably would have. After all, Wilfred goes home tomorrow, and we’re probably never going to see each other ever again, but I don’t think I could have lived with myself if I had done that.

Not only was Wilfred dark and moody when I saw him but I could tell from…

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The Magnificent Bloodstone Crystal

Please give some love to the Sisters of The Fey. Such a wonderful idea of my dear friend Colleen Chesebro, a collaboration between the sisters, myself, Colleen, Debby Gies, Adele Marie Park, Annette Rochelle Aben, Tina Frisco, Belinda Miller, Wendy Anne Darling to share our love of magic.

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In ancient times the Bloodstone (Heliotrope) was considered to be the most beautiful of the Jaspers, a deep, earthy green gem invigorated with spots of brilliant red. It was known by the term Sun Stone, and later Christ’s Stone, its abundant energy holds the purity of blood and conveys the essence of life and birth, vitality and strength, passion and courage.

It is a magnificent stone with many wonderful, diverse and healing properties such as:

  • Purifying, and detoxifying
  • Grounding negative energy
  • Cleansing the body
  • Brings love into any situation
  • Heightens intuition and creativity – a must have stone for writers, artists and creatives!

A magical and mystical talisman with protective and nurturing qualities known to stimulate vitality, passion and courage.

As I mentioned before it is the most beautiful of the Jaspers, (a variety of quartz.) Due to its predominantly green colouration it represents the green energy of the earth, honouring Mother Earth, Gaia. With the…

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Looking To Increase Your Social Media Following?

A fantastic opportunity to increase your social media following via Hugh Roberts. Pop over to his blog to join the Social Media Link party!

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Me too. Join me at my social media link party and connect with lots of other people looking to increase their social media following.

#socialmedia #blogging

Social media is powerful. Love it or hate it, it’s one the most accessible free ways to get you, your blog and/or your books noticed. That’s one of the reasons why I’m holding a Social Media Link Party.

Take a look at this email I got recently from the team over at Buffer.

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Yes, my blog post ‘Coming Out Of The Closet‘ got retweeted and put in front of nearly 200,000 potential new readers. OK, given the way Twitter works, not all of them will have seen that tweet on their timeline, but I’m not going to complain about being helped in bringing potential new readers to my blog, am I?

I’m inviting everyone to leave me up to four links to their social…

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It is that time of year again – Smorgasbord Blog Sitters required – Part-time vacancy 15th – 20th February

Thrilled to be blog sitting Sally Cronin’s blog for a few days in February. Reblogged so that others can help Sally out whilst she is on holiday.

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

This is the photograph taken at my christening in April of 1953 along with my mother Mollie and my two sisters Sonia and Diana.

Apart from being sisters we also share another thing in common. We were all born in February and this year we have a couple of landmark birthdays.. I am 52 + VAT which is where I am staying!

Every year the three of us plan something special and as we all get a little older and as I have usually been living outside of the UK it is an important family reunion.  We have had some fun times, especially when my mother was still alive.

Last year I asked for your help in running my blog while I was away and it resulted in a wonderful array of posts on every conceivable subject from short stories to health and life related topics.

This year I am…

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#ABRSC review of The Fall of Lilith by Vashti Quiroz-Vega


Goodreads Synopsis:

“I merely assisted you in doing what you desired all along.”

So says Lilith, the most exquisite of the angels. The two most important pledges an angel makes to God are those of obedience and celibacy, and dire consequences await any who break their oaths.

At first, the angels are happy in their celestial home, learning and exploring together. As they grow older, though, Lilith begins to question these pledges, which now seem arbitrary and stifling. Her challenge of the status quo leads to disagreement, jealousy, and strife among her peers. As the arguing and acrimony grow, lines are drawn and sides are chosen. Is war inevitable?

Filled with robust characters, incredible landscapes, and exciting action, The Fall of Lilith is an epic tale of seduction, betrayal, and revenge.

Free Will involves asking difficult questions and making hard choices, choices that require strength and sacrifice. These decisions can tear apart friendships and cause rifts between allies.

They can even threaten the foundations of Heaven.

My review:

I read this as part of the #ABRSC read and review.

Amazing, I absolutely loved this wonderful novel by Vashti Quiroz Vega. I rarely read long books but this kept my attention throughout both book 1 and book 2. In fact, it was such a quick read. I’d highly recommend reading The Fall of Lilith if you love high fantasy books with amazing descriptive prose, unique and highly imaginative writing and fabulous characters. The main protagonist Lilith  isn’t at all keen on God’s decree that they should be celibate. She is a power crazed angel who plots and schemes, bringing a heck load of drama, horror and strife to the storyline!

Advisory: It’s not a YA book as there are passages of steamy scenes that take it beyond YA!

It ticks every single box. Splendid, a definite favourite. Highly recommended.

DISCLAIMER: “As of 13th September 2017 we are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.”
My opinions are my own and any reviews on this site have not been swayed or altered in any way by monetary compensation, or by the offer of a free book in exchange for a review. 

Amazon UK Kindle Buying Link: http://amzn.to/2mWoImC

Amazon UK Paperback Buying Link: http://amzn.to/2EX8ZuV

Connect with author Vashti Quiroz-Vega:


Twitter @VashtiQV

Congratulations to Vashti Quiroz-Vega for being a Rave Reviews Book Club – RRBC spotlight author:  https://vashtiqvega.wordpress.com/2018/01/08/rave-reviews-book-club-spotlight-author/

Link to the excellent Kirkus review: https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/vashti-quiroz-vega/fall-lilith/

Have you read The Fall of Lilith? Do comment below, I’d love to hear your opinion.

Happy reading!

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Tips for the New Goodreads Giveaways

Excellent advice from Chris McMullen about hosting a Goodreads giveaway.



As you may have heard, Goodreads Giveaways have changed.

  • One change is that KDP authors can now give eBooks away.
  • Another change is that it now costs money to create a Goodreads giveaway.

If you’d like to learn more about these recent changes to the Goodreads giveaway program, click here to read my recent article about it.

In my current post, I will offer some tips for making the most of it.


First off, there is the question of how readers will find your giveaway. It’s worth exploring the giveaways as a reader would before you proceed to create a giveaway as an author. This will give you some insight into the process.

Unfortunately, when I visit the homepage at www.goodreads.com, I don’t see any mention of the giveaways there. But that’s okay. Experience shows that thousands of readers already know where to find…

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Prologues – with hindsight

A fascinating post about prologues, from Jessica Norrie. Particularly as there is one in my novel! Apparently some folks don’t like them. I recommend reading this thoughtful article to discover the do’s and don’ts of prologues.

Words and Fictions

Browsing my favourite fiction authors, what do Helen Dunmore, Elena Ferrante, Zadie Smith, Margaret Forster and Kazuo Ishiguro (sometimes) do, that Margaret Atwood, Ian McKewan, Rose Tremain and Kazuo Ishiguro (sometimes) don’t?

1411219Clue: It was good enough for Chaucer and (sometimes) Shakespeare, but has a reputation as a turn-off in submissions to agents and publishers. At the Guardian Masterclass I attended, the invited agent said: “Never send me a submission with a prologue!” And here are two more, quoted on the Writer’s Digest:

“I’m not a fan of prologues, preferring to find myself in the midst of a moving plot on page one rather than being kept outside of it, or eased into it.”

“Damn the prologue, full speed ahead!”

In the Facebook group Book Connectors the thread “Do you read the prologue?” has given me a blog theme for the second week running. (Thanks!) It’s turned…

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