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A HUMUNGOUS THANK YOU!

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A big, gigantic, humungous thank you to Colleen Chesebro for creating this wonderful graphic header of our amazing Facebook club – Authors Bloggers Rainbow Support Club which is gathering such incredible support. We now have 173 members!!!!

I’d like to thank, hug, bear hug, the lovely Vashti Vega for producing these amazing graphics of members books and sharing them on twitter:

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I created the graphic below for the latest #ABRSC read and review – Brigid Gallacher’s 5 star review of Robbie Cheadle’sSir Chocolate and The Strawberry Cream Berries Story and Cookbook.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31378084-sir-chocolate-and-the-strawberry-cream-berries

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We now have a group on Goodreads for #ABRSC Christmas/New Year Read and Review a members book – https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/19083848-christmas-new-year-read-and-review.

I’ve just started reading an ARC of Lizzie Chantree’s Ninja School Mum for the read and review..

By the way I’ve just discovered that Lizzie is offering a wonderful prize on her blog at the moment  – A £10 Amazon voucher and a week of tweet support for your book/business/Twitter account from @Lizzie_Chantree with over 51.5K genuine followers.
Here’s how –  All you have to do to enter is to watch my book trailer in full and leave a comment on the YouTube video. You will then be entered into a prize draw. The winner will be notified a few days later. Click the ad above or this link to be taken to the YouTube video. https://lizziechantree.com/2017/12/17/prize-day/

NEWSFLASH – ARC’s of members books are now included in the read and review!!! I’m really enjoying Ninja Book Mum and will be reviewing on my blog soon. I’m so looking forward to hosting Lizzie on my blog in February 2018.

NEWSFLASHThe Curse of Time is on offer from now to Christmas…

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Happy reading!

Bye for now,

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Check out this amazing graphic that Colleen made for our group –

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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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#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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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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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.

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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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Are you a “Professional Reader” at NetGalley?

Very informative. Post from Heena Rathmore P. about Netgalley a site for professional readers to request galley proofs of new books

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Do you love to discover new books? Do you review and recommend books online, in print, for your bookstore, library patrons, blog readers, or classroom? Then you are what we call a “professional reader,” and NetGalley is for you. Registration is free, and allows you to request or be invited to read titles, often advance reading copies, on your favorite device.

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First of all, lets clear what NetGalley really means. In publishing world, galley is the uncorrected or in some cases corrected copies of the books that are not yet printed. And when these galleys are provided on the internet as e-books, you have what we call as NetGalley.

NetGalley offers a wide range of books for reviewers, journalists, librarians, professors, booksellers, and bloggers.

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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

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