Coronavirus #Self-Care #Daughters #Nails #Beauty #Authors #Bloggers #Promos #Montreal #Travel #Dreams #Disturbing

Last year in May my daughters and I went to Montreal and treated ourselves to salon nail gels.

So, we thought as we’re in Lockdown why not do it this at home instead? We clubbed together to buy a gel nail set from Amazon complete with nail gel polish, base, and top coat.

Saturday 4th April we cheered ourselves up, by painting our nails.

It wasn’t quite salon luxury – I donned the necessary hygiene accessories: gloves, disinfectant wipes to clean, a fresh sheet of newspaper for each person, etc, and we were ready to go. (Don’t do this at home if anyone is ill – i.e. has a cough, sore throat or any symptoms of Coronavirus, or if you are at high risk of getting the virus, or have serious underlying health conditions.)

I pretended I was a professional! And we had a good laugh. We even joked with my hubby that he could have a go to but he declined.

When it came to my turn I chose a neon colour, I love jazzy nail shades. Inadvertently, I chose the same brightness of colour I had last year in Montreal, though the shade this time is more pink/red than pink/purple! My eldest daughter went for red and my youngest for a pink, plus she decided to paint one nail on each hand in glitter purple.

They turned out really well and took ages to do, so it’s a great way to spend time!

Poor hubby felt a bit left out. He disappeared in the garden with earphones to listen to music but when he saw our nails he said he thought they were very nice. And, he even said my longer hair, (which I normally get cut every 6 weeks,) suited me.

Later on I skyped mum and dad which really cheered me up too. My dad always says the nicest things – I think he thinks I’m perfect! Lol, so if I ever need a boost to my ego all I need is a five minute chat with him. Mum and dad are both staying fairly cheerful considering everything. Bless them.

Then…

A Frightening Dream

Last night I had the most frightening dream. I was on campus somewhere, (a mature student!) and these three young lads terrorised me, (one was only fifteen,) as I walked home one night, They taunted me with sexual innuendos and followed me all the way to my bus stop. Then they sat near me on the bus home. I was terrified that they were planning to get off at the same stop as me. By chance a friend of mine joined me on the bus, and they started chatting to her as if everything was normal. I asked her to move with me to the back of the bus, so I could tell her what happened without them hearing. She seemed a bit surprised by my request but did as I asked. As soon as we were seated I explained what had happened – how they had been suggestive, threatening and lewd. She was shocked to hear that. We were so relieved when they got off the bus before us.

If I was analysing this dream I’d say it shows the depth of my anxiety and uncertainty about life at the moment. We have no idea how long Lockdown will continue, how many people will become infected, or how many will die. It is so unsettling, upsetting and disturbing.

So, it’s even more important to focus on those things that will lift your mood and take your mind off the situation. Whatever makes you happy – whether it is pottering in the garden, drawing and painting, watching TV, reading a book, keeping fit, caring for your house plants, meditating, or painting your nails! Everything that makes you happy is so important right now.

Here are my Montreal inspired posts:

https://mjmallon.com/2019/06/16/scrummy-food-tulips-and-cocktails-food-montreal-canada-holiday-tulips/

https://mjmallon.com/2019/05/26/grafitti-murals-montreal-canada/

https://mjmallon.com/2019/06/06/notre-dame-basilica-montreal-canada-travel-holiday/

https://mjmallon.com/2019/06/11/colleens-2019-weekly-tanka-tuesday-poetry-challenge-no-131-synonymsonly/

Some links from my blogging and author friends:

A scam to be aware of via Hugh: https://hughsviewsandnews.com/2020/04/02/warning-covid-19-scam/

From my friend Ritu –

From Charli Mills at Carrot Ranch: https://keweenawnow.blogspot.com/2020/04/guest-article-keweenaw-joins-grassroots.html/

An article featuring a couple of bloggers/authors I follow: Darlene Foster, Debby Harris:Views of COVID 19 – Thailand, Mexico, Spain and Australia – https://traveltalesoflife.com/views-of-covid-19-thailand-mexico-spain-and-australia/

From Richard Dees who is in self isolation in Devon – all his daughters are in the nursing profession – one daughter is a midwife, another one is a nurse in ITU, (her husband is a consultant,) and daughter three is in her third year nursing training. Do pop over to his blog to say hello. He has some books on sale: https:///another-week-has-passed/

Natalie Ducey is offering a free download of her poetry: https://natalieducey.com/2020/04/04/the-hearts-lullaby-poetry-collection/

Last day of Anne Allen’s promo #booklovers Bargain! The Guernsey Novels Books 1-3 boxset only 99p/99c until 5/4/20 drama/love/mystery on a beautiful island https://books2read.com/TheGuernseyNovels1-3 @AnneAllen21 #guernseynovels

Stay safe, stay well, stay in!

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#SCBWICon19: Tips for Newbies #Writing #Illustrating #Conference #Agents

I had a wonderful weekend at the SCBWI conference in Winchester and thought I’d share my experience with you.

It was a first time for me and I have to say it was such an amazing conference.

For newbies there is a wealth of support, including a SCBWI Newbies & Lone Rangers Facebook group which I joined a bit late, so here’s the link: Newbies & Lone Rangers SCBWI group

On the first day of the conference, Friday 1st of November, there were arrangements to meet up and gather newbies together to help them out. Unfortunately, I missed the earlier part of these, as I struggled to find my airbnb which was a little out of the centre of Winchester but I did catch up with the newbie crowd later at 5pm.

TIP: book your accommodation early and try to find a hotel, or airbnb in the centre of Winchester.

It’s a full-on conference with so many seminars and talks plus the invaluable one-to-ones with agents too.

TIP: keep an eye on your one-to-one times. If like me you get really engrossed listening to a speaker talking about i.e. your first page of your manuscript you might just miss your all important one-to-one like I did! That was so embarrassing! But, the lovely conference organisers managed to reschedule my one-to-one with agent Catherine Pellegrino who (was lovely.) We chatted after I’d sneaked away for a much needed calming down/don’t panic lunch. And wonder of wonders Catherine said that she liked my writing style and my characters, so I am submitting the first few chapters of my first novel and synopsis to her soon. Wish me luck!

All the conference goers, helpers, etc… are so friendly that it is easy to make new friends wherever you go and you might even find yourself dining with fellow authors you’ve never met before as I did prior to the fancy dress party on Saturday night. That was such fun! I love dressing up… I went as the black cat Shadow in my book.

TIP: talk to everyone!

Highlights for me were:

  • The Hook which was judged by the following agents: Amber Caraveo (Skylark,) Megan Carroll (Watson Little,) Gemma Cooper (The Bent Agency,) and Clare Wallace, (Darley Anderson.) They are looking for submissions particularly in the YA romance category.

All four hook contestants were amazing but my two favourites were YA authors: Helen MacKenzie SCBWI Scotland who was in my Friday night critique group (and she won first prize,) and Ellie Rose McKee.

Here’s a Twitter announcement from Ellie’s feed:

Ellie had a terrible cold throughout the conference. I had huge respect for her that she managed to get on stage and deliver a pitch whilst feeling so poorly.

TIP: bring drugs/sweets/comforting elixirs to combat viruses, warm clothes, etc. Just in case you or someone else needs them.

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  • The Friday Night Critique with Matt Killeen, Helen MacKenzie, and Angela Murray which I found really helpful.
  • Geraldine McCaughrean’s Keynote Speech.
  • The one-to-one that I had with agent Catherine Pellegrino.
  • The ruthless revision workshop with Sara Grant – which I found very useful as I am in the editing phase with the second book in my series The Curse of Time.

 

There are many awesome videos of the conference on the Facebook KidLit TV page which are well worth perusing. The link is here: https://www.facebook.com/KidLitTV/

I have come away with lots of positive vibes about the conference and the experience in general. Oh, and Winchester itself was a lovely place to visit, but the weather could have been better! Here I am looking particularly windswept and wet waiting for a bus…

Wait a minute… across from the bus stop I spotted this tree with its lovely heart.

So that’s why I walked in the rain!

I’ve found my tribe… I have two now! The Bloggers Bash Tribe who I meet up with every year in London at the Bloggers bash https://twitter.com/BloggersBash and now I have the SCBWI tribe too: https://www.scbwi.org/

Other posts about the conference:

Words and Pictures SCBWI Conference

Helen Murzin SCBWI-BI Conference 2019 — Curiouser and curiouser

Finding your Tribe: http://www.bbtaylor-books.com/finding-your-tribe/

Preparing for a writers conference: https://catherinerosevear.wordpress.com/2019/10/25/preparing-for-a-writers-conference/

Are you intending on coming to a SCBWI conference?

Or were you at this year’s conference? Do let me know in the comments below.

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Platform: Self-Publishing

Debby Gies covers all the essentials of self-publishing in this fantastic blog post.

Carrot Ranch Literary Community

How to Build a Readership with Blogging
and Prepare for Publishing by Debby Gies

As writers who choose to self-publish, we must understand that we’ve chosen to be not only writers but publishers, marketers, and promoters of our work because these components are all essential parts of running a business. Yes, your business! If we intend to sell books, it’s in our best interests to learn about these things as well as building an author platform. If we don’t put in the time to promote our work, our books will surely sit and collect dust on the virtual shelves, lost in a sea of hundreds of thousands of other books.

Although we may be publishing in a digital world, our business is no different than if we opened our own brick and mortar store. We wouldn’t leave our doors unlocked and wares left unattended, would we? So, let’s get into…

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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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Fellow Administrators of our Authors Bloggers Rainbow Support Club #ABRSC on Facebook, myself, my good friends Colleen Chesebro and Debby Gies. Click on Colleen’s and Debby’s photos to be directed to their awesome blogs. These ladies rock!

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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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Authors/Bloggers Rainbow Support Club

Fellow Administrators of our Authors Bloggers Rainbow Support Club #ABRSC on Facebook, myself, my good friends Colleen Chesebro and Debby Gies. Click on Colleen’s and Debby’s photos to be directed to their awesome blogs. These ladies rock!

Twitter: @Marjorie_Mallon and @curseof_time

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#SundayBlogShare Authors Bloggers Rainbow Support Club #ABRSC

 

The Authors Bloggers Rainbow Support Club #ABRSC has gone from strength to strength. I founded this Facebook group on 26th of February 2017 nearly six months ago, (goodness how time flies.)

This is the first post: https://mjmallon.com/2017/02/26/authorsbloggers-rainbow-support-club/

Just recently I was astonished to discover that we have over 150 members!!!

We have an amazing team of bloggers who add content everyday and I’d just like to thank them for being so active on the page.

Here are some of the wonderful,  informative links that have been shared of late…

Some informative information via Belinda Miller https://belindamiller.me/I spend a lot of time on marketing my children’s books. One thing I do is produce videos. Since I have worked with some fabulous illustrators, I have blessed with an abundance of illustrations. Two of my favorite apps are: Animoto and Ripl. Check them out. There’s another app, Lumyer, that can be used to enhance, add elements to cover art. I use that, too. Hope this gives you some great ideas! PSA — very addictive.

Via fellow Administrator of the club, Colleen Chesebro  who suggested some design service alternatives which are similiar to Canva: https://crello.com/home/

Via fellow Administrator – Debby Gies – D G Kaye Writer

Via Richard Ankers – Articles and tips for writers – http://www.liternauts.com/articles-for-writers/

Also, I have linked our group to three other Facebook groups which I’d recommend joining too:

To give you an indication of the benefits of joining The Author Helper. Here is one example. Recently, I enquired about  international sales and setting up international author pages.  I had help from:

Ben Zackheim who suggested – Fiberead which translates and distributes internationally.   https://fiberead.com/auth/login

Debby Gies suggested this useful link: Setting up your international author pages by William Cook

Drue Hoffman said that –  France, Japan & Germany also have Author Central pages and put up a graphic which suggested that the UK and the UK are the biggies in the e-book market. 

Please support the following upcoming activities mentioned on #ABRSC if you can:

Charli Mills at her welcoming Carrot ranch are having a right all blogging knees up in October – Carrot Ranch New Barns Raised At The Ranch

Colleen Chesebro  is having an October Spectacular  with Author Guest Posts. This sounds such fun, I love halloween! So keep an eye out for that. Colleen shared this link too:  https://buildbookbuzz.com/quirky-october-holidays-offer-book-promotion-possibilities/

Some of my recent finds:

https://book-publicist.com/2017/03/10/35-top-book-awards-for-authors-in-2016/

http://writerunboxed.com/2017/08/25/your-publicity-timeline-is-there-a-best-month-to-publish-your-book/

http://digitalbooktoday.com/join-our-team/maximize-your-kdp-select-free-days/

Recently, I had the good fortune to be a guest on the #LisaBurtonShow. My interview: Lisa Interviews My Character Esme

I was curious about the poster art that Craig used. Here’s a link to the fabulous artist on Deviant Art:  https://artbrosean.deviantart.com/art/Lisa-Walks-like-an-Egyptian-705536763

And I can’t remember whether I found this via rainbow or not but it might come in useful to someone…. if you want to enter at some point… https://www.tckpublishing.com/2017-readers-choice-awards/

Also there was a recent discussion kicked off by Colleen Chesebro about collaborations, which I am a big fan of.  This became an on-line brainstorming session!!! Many #ABRSC got involved in this particular topic and we hope to have a Xmas collaborative event with this in mind. So stay tuned!

Before I go I’d love to share this lovely human interest story from Ritu, which is bound to put a smile on your face: https://butismileanyway.com/2017/09/14/i-love-our-oldies/

There are so many lovely bloggers and authors who participate in #ABRSC. Sadly, I haven’t mentioned them all due to time constraints but please take this as a huge thank you to each and every one of you for helping make #ABRSC such a fun, engaging place to share ideas, and help each other.

If you’d like to join the #ABRSC please do. Comment below. Let me know if you have any questions about the club, add your links to posts of interest, chat, come say hello.

Bye for now,

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Fellow Administrators of our Authors Bloggers Rainbow Support Club #ABRSC on Facebook, myself, my good friends Colleen Chesebro and Debby Gies. Click on Colleen’s and Debby’s photos to be directed to their awesome blogs. These ladies rock!

 

Authors/Bloggers Rainbow Support Club – News and New Members

 

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Fabulous News!!! Colleen Chesebro and Debby Gies have joined me as marvellous group Administrators of the Authors/Bloggers Rainbow Support Club.

I’m so thrilled to have Colleen and Debby helping me.

I’ve had some questions regarding the Facebook club, so to answer these I’ve decided to write a sort of statement of club intention….

What is the Authors/Bloggers Rainbow Support Club?

Don’t worry folks, it is not a cult! LOL…

It’s 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, or would like to. 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 a award, or you’ve been somewhere creative, interesting, or exciting! Recently, I posted my British Museum photos which I had uploaded using Ripl, which I thought might be of interest to fellow Instagram enthusiasts.

IF THERE IS ANYTHING ELSE YOU HOPE TO GAIN FROM THE GROUP PLEASE LET ME KNOW.

Members can add your own blog posts to the members page, (email me, or Colleen, or comment below, if you want to become a member: marjma2014@gmail.com, or colleenchesebro3@gmail.com) and do feel free to share, like and comment on your friends posts too.

Who runs the group?

Currently little old me, and Colleen Chesebro, and Debby Gies.

Also we have quite a few new members!! Yippee….

First up, is….

Lizzie Chantree

Lizzie is pretty much woman extraordinaire as far as I can see. I’ve just had the delight of welcoming Lizzie recently for an Author’s Spotlight on my blog: Author’s Spotlight: Lizzie Chantree

Bio:

Lizzie is an enthusiastic inventor, businesswoman and artist. She founded her first company at the age of 17 and has been creating products and driving her family mad ever since.

Lizzie appeared on Sky News, ITV Lunchtime News, This Morning, The Big Breakfast, BBC’s Worldwide Radio Service, amongst others for becoming one of Fair Play London’s Female Innovators for her invention, Runaway Spray. Runaway Spray is a ‘ladder’ stop spray for stockings and tights, which has been on sale for over fifteen years. She has also developed a range of greetings cards and puzzle books for children with phonics and short stories inside to encourage independent writing skills in children.

Lizzie lives in Essex, with her gorgeous husband, two bouncy children and a very unusual dog. In between the school run and baking cakes (or burning them!), she sits in her rooftop studio daydreaming about gaps in the market and how she can fill them. Babe Driven is her first novel and she has written two other novels, Love’s Child and Finding Gina. Lizzie is currently writing her forth novel.
Twitter: @Lizzie_Chantree
Facebook: Facebook.com/LizzieChantree
Email: liz@chantree.com
Blog: LizzieChantree.com

Debbie Harris

Debbie’s blog is a visual delight, as soon as you step in you feel as if you are immersed in a land of wonder. Just like Lizzie, she sounds like a wonder woman:

I am Debbie – I am a wife; mother; daughter; sister; friend; blogger; reader; runner; walker; cyclist; Rail Trail enthusiast; traveller; Rotarian; Whovian; teacher.

And now I’m a retiree!!  Very early retirement!

I’ve been called a humming bird on speed and WonderWomanDebs. There are stories there believe me!!

Debbie has a page on her blog where she lists all the books she’s read and she’s broken them down into years under the main menu.

https://debs-world.com/books-ive-read/

Debbie loves reading, travel, family, photographing, running, cycling and blogging at debs-world.com.

She tries her hand at most things, poetry, flash fiction, even a children’s story: https://debs-world.com/2016/06/05/big-debbies-purple-boots/

Debbie participates in a book club but doesn’t always like the books she is given but she reads them anyway and learns a lot from the discussion. I couldn’t agree more – broadening your reading is such a fabulous adventure!

Debbie’s twitter: @wonderwomandebz

Goodreads: Debbie Harris

Marsha Ingrao

Marsha is a retired school teacher who loves to blog about books, travel, photography, blogging and writing tips.

I blog on two sites. The first one I started as an experiment 5 years ago after I retired from education. This is my travel, community activities and photo challenge blog primarily. https://tchistorygal.net/

My other blog is where I use my experience as a teacher, writers, and administrator to help new and hobby bloggers, writers and photographers with tips and longer articles. Both blogs started out as an experiment, and have blossomed from there. This one is my experiment in monetizing as well as helping people from my mistakes as I branch out! http://marshajustwrites.com/

Hi, my name is Marsha Ingrao and I created Always Write for us. You and me! Together learning.

If you know everything there is to know about blogging, writing, and photography, you will hate this blog! If you want to share what you know and learn from others, come on in.

Grab a cuppa coffee and sit down and visit. Blogging is my hobby, my experiment, my life changer. Welcome! Maybe, like me, blogging is your hobby. Or maybe you write books or are an amateur photographer. Join the party.’

I was very impressed recently upon discovering this excellent article written by Marsha about writing professional book reviews: Always Writes – Marsha’s advice on writing top book reviews

Marsha’s twitter : @MarshaIngrao

Adele Marie Clerk

Adele is  a ‘writer of horror/fantasy/urban/wordbuilding all those nice things which mean I get to use my imagination.’ Adele has just been nominated as a contestant in The Next Great Horror Writer Contest. Her bio on her blog reads, “Horror invaded my life and I devoured everything it threw at me. Stephen King, Ramsay Campbell, Anne Rice and Clive Barker. Horror holds my hand tightly. I can’t escape and I don’t want to. I write to scare. The monster under the bed is my reality. Welcome to my world.”

On her blog’s about me page she describes herself thus:

I’m Adele Marie Park a writer. Simple.....what? I`ve got my muse in my ear telling me I have to write more than just that. Okay….sighs.

Im originally from Rousay. An island in the Orkney which is rich in folklore and legends. I learned these legends and folklore from the cradle lol. I write about folklore but with a modern or faerie themed twist. I am also passionate about horror. I love vampires and grew up with the Hammer Horror version before cutting my teeth…pardon the pun…on Buffy and Angel.

So…I write urban fantasy, folklore fantasy urban or otherwise, horror and apocalyptic fiction. I like to write character-driven fiction and I hope that somewhere someone reading my work will gain an insight into themselves from it. That is not meant to sound all egotistical, I gained many insights into myself through reading others work and still do.

I am happily married. We live in a very happy house, a mad house but a happy one.

Adele Marie Park’s blog

Adele’s Twitter: @Binky567

Sacha Black

Sacha’s blog is a delight – full of writing tips,  art, and her weekly wonders. Sacha is the founder of the Bloggers Bash, a fabulous annual event held in London: Sacha Black’s blog, which I have had the pleasure of attending twice since its inception in August 2015.

These two short paragraphs sum up Sacha’s love of writing in the most wonderful way: Sacha was always meant to write, she was the girl who spent her lunch break tucked away in the corner of the school library, head buried in a pile of books, pencil in hand, weaving stories on the page. But she grew up, stumbled and fell forgetting her dream and then spent a while lost in a dark and twisted place.

Then, one day she sat in front of her laptop and started to write. She remembered that all she’d ever wanted to do was write stories in far away places filled with curious creatures and magical happenings. Characters started to talk to her, fill her brain with incessant chatter and demanded their stories be told. And so, The Netherworld was created, and Eden’s story began.

Sacha is currently in the process of editing two novels: Keepers, the first book in a planned trilogy, and Adultland. More about that here: Sacha Black – Novels

Sacha also has a non-fiction book entitled 13 Steps to Evil, ‘the ultimate guide to crafting Villains,’ which will be released in 2017.

http://sachablack.co.uk/

Sacha’s twitter: @sacha_black

Lorinda J. Taylor

Lorinda’s (also known as TermiteWriter in cyberspace) is a retired librarian who worked in academic libraries as a cataloger and now lives in Colorado Springs, CO.  Besides an M.L.S, she has a B.A. and an M.A. in English, and some work toward a Ph.D.  As a child, she was always making up imaginary worlds, but she didn’t start writing fantasy until she read “Lord of the Rings” in 1969 and discovered that even serious scholars like J.R.R. Tolkien can continue to create such worlds far into their adult lives. In the early days she attempted unsuccessfully to get published, and then family considerations forced her to take a hiatus from writing from 1983 until 2000. Since then, she has self-published twelve books, mostly science fiction or a science fiction/fantasy hybrid, all with a literary slant.  Her books deal with future history, psychological subjects (one of the most interesting alien environments is the human mind), and first contacts, including the adventures of a species of giant intelligent termites who relive Earth myths.  She has a special interest in constructing languages for her extraterrestrials to speak.  She has published the first part of The Man Who Found Birds among the Stars, a fictional biography of the spaceship Captain who first made contact with extraterrestrials in the 28th century, and she is continuing to work on additional volumes (it’s epic length!)

All her books may be found at:

Amazon http://amzn.to/u9bYWa

Amazon UK http://amzn.to/KdNtR1

Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/TermiteWriter

Barnes & Noble http://bit.ly/1Lz1NRQ

She has two blogs, mostly inactive these days.

www.termitewriter.blogspot.com (Rumination of a Remembrancer, covering general topics and material on The Termite Queen and The Man Who Found Birds among the Stars, plus information on my Mythmaker syster)

www.termitespeaker.blogspot.com (The Labors of Ki’shto’ba Huge-Head, covering that series plus information on myth in literature)

Her twitter handle is @TermiteWriter

Teagan Genevieve

Bio:

I’m Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene and I write fantasy fiction.  This blog is mostly limited to writing and related topics.  It began as part of my “grand experiment” in indie publishing.
 
By day I’m a career professional, a technical editor and writer in the information technology (IT) field.  That’s my “real” job.  Of course I’d love to be able to put a roof over my head just blogging and writing novels!
Although I was born in the southeast (USA), I call the desert southwest home.  I left those enchanting lands for a major east coast city.  Now my goal, wish, and desperate dream is to move to either the southwest, or a small city with a milder climate.
Here’s a link to all the information about my books:  About Teagan’s Books  It includes my debut novel, an urban fantasy called Atonement, Tennessee. (https://www.amazon.com/Atonement-Tennessee-Teagan-Geneviene-ebook/dp/B00HGSVA8A/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1490288789&sr=8-1&keywords=Atonement%2C+Tennessee )
At my blog, Teagan’s Books (https://teagansbooks.com/ ) I do a variety of things.  You’ll see posts on writing process, snippets from my novels, and short stories that are usually taken from the “universes” of one of my books.
It was originally a “pantser” serial, driven by random “things” sent by readers of my blog. It was absolutely spontaneously written.  
I went on to do four more serials in that manner.  Some time this spring I will publish the second serial, Murder at the Bijou, Three Ingredients-I.  That one is a culinary mystery!  Here’s a blog post where I introduce the characters:

 

Well that’s it for this members post…….. I’m too shattered to do anymore as I have a bit of a cold this week….

 

I will be featuring the next bunch of members next time: Geoff LePard, Galit Balli,  Wendy Anne Darling, Daniel Rumanos, , Annette Rochelle AbenLaurie Peterson Oien and Cynthia T. LunaShehanne Moore.

Our group page is growing: Authors/Bloggers Rainbow Support Club

 

So do come and join the club!

Bye for now,

 

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#Read #Authors – #Copyright #Infringement #Notification…

Reblog of Chris the story reading ape blog’s post about authors copyright infringement. Worth keeping a copy of this so here it is.

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I have been hearing from a LOT recently that more SCAM BOOK SITES are appearing online in ever increasing numbers…

What can YOU do about it?

If you are an author and YOUR book(s) are being offered without your permission – issue DMCA Notices (SEE BELOW FIRST)

If you are a readerPLEASE DO NOT USE THESE SITES!

It may be tempting to get books FOR FREE or at greatly reduced prices but…

They may be a click farm looking for your email

and you will be infected with a virus.

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AUTHORS – VERY IMPORTANT!!!

DO NOT SEND THE OFFENDING SITE A DIRECT NOTICE.

If they are on Facebook – Use Facebook’s reporting form to remove their link source from Facebook’s server.

My attorney warns me not to click on them, but to send a form letter to their server.

You can find out their server here:

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Useful Marketing links for Authors, Bloggers, and Book Reviewers

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Some useful marketing sites which I thought I’d share with you.

Book Covers. Useful information about book covers. http://mmjayewrites.com/2014/11/21/time-saving-tips-for-using-stockphoto-sites-plus-casting-for-fate-accompli/

Authorama. Public domain free books: http://authorama.com/

Delicious is a free and easy tool to save, organize,
and discover interesting links on the web: https://delicious.com

Popular topic ideas for e-books:

Wordtracker. Reveal high performing keywords: http://www.wordtracker.com/

Google keywords toolbox: http://www.googlekeywordtool.com/

Click bank Performance marketing suite: http://www.clickbank.com/

Affiliate programs:

Useful for book reviewers who wish to participate in an affiliate program.

Amazon affiliate program: https://affiliate-program.amazon.co.uk/

Apple affiliate program: https://www.apple.com/itunes/affiliates/

Barnes and Noble affiliate program: http://affiliates.barnesandnoble.com/

The site wizard. How to make money from your website: http://www.thesitewizard.com/archive/makemoney.shtml

Google adsense: http://www.google.com/adsense/start/

Links to writing for Readers Digest, newspapers etc: https://esthernewtonblog.wordpress.com/markets-for-freelancers/

Good design tips for blogs: http://digitalhegemon.wordpress.com/2014/11/28/good-design/

How to build a media kit for authors: http://www.molly-greene.com/how-to-build-a-media-kit/

Spangaloo specialize in free and low cost publications for our distribution. Available in many formats like EPUB MOBI PDF as well as paper back editions.http://spangaloo.com/

Puzzleflip Twitter help. all your twitter info in the one place : http://puzzleflip.com/

Scrazzle Micro blogging at a new level 300 characters instead of 140 on Twitter: http://scrazzle.com/

Found the following link today via @TuiSnider on twitter.

Create your online newspaper in minutes. Authomatically find, publish & promote articles, photos and videos from across the web. http://paper.li/

Self publishing on paper. li: http://paper.li/TuiSnider/1389223255#!tag-selfpublishing