Facebook Takeover – Thursday 20th July

Well, tomorrow my friend Laura Greenwood‘s fabulous book the Awakening is being re- launced (cue clapping and general excited dancing). This is the first book in a dark/paranormal fantasy fairy tale series! Take a look at the front cover it’s gorgeous!!

To this end Laura is having a Facebook launch party to celebrate. All day tomorrow, and through to midday on the 21st July, for an hour a piece, authors will be ‘taking over’ the party.

I will be taking over for an hour between 7pm-8pm tomorrow (Thursday 20th July)… eek! So, If you want to join me, or indeed drop in at any time during the 20th -21st July please click on the link below, log into Facebook and come join the party!

Awakening Release Party – Thursday 20th July

This is the first time I’ve ever done a takeover myself and I am partly excited, but mostly terrified. What if I make a complete arse of myself? What if I bore the pants of people? What if no-one comes??? What then? It’s like this blog…. I write and write but no one appears to read lol! So, whilst I am used to talking to myself, I won’t lie, I’d be horribly disappointed if no-one turned up for my takeover hour!

This really is a wonderful opportunity to promote myself as an author, talk about my books, play some games, do a couple competitions and generally have fun. I’ve been to a couple and thoroughly enjoyed the interaction. A lot of work goes into them and I think that they are a fabulous way of getting to know current and future readers!

I’ve spent the last two days putting together some posts and images etc ready for tomorrow. I feel that this has taken the pressure of somewhat, being prepared in this way. I’m nothing if not organised – well with anything writing related, that is! Life in general, not so much!

My ten-year-old daughter can’t wait, I think she’s way more excited about it than I am…. perhaps I can get her to do a reading for me? Being so young, and growing up in the midst of social media frenzy, this kind of thing is no big deal for her. I mean, one of her friends already has a You Tube show for crying out loud!

For one as old as me (39, cough cough) I grew up in the days when to use the Internet we had to unplug the telephone line and it took half an hour to even connect. Cue lots of arguments over Internet use vs telephone use. All that waiting my brothers and I used to do…. now everything is so instant! It’s incredible really.

If anyone is reading this (HELLO!) and you fancy supporting myself, Laura and the other fabulous authors please do pop along sometime tomorrow. I, for one, would be glad of the company!

Welcome to the Party

 

 

 

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Best of British

In previous blog’s, I’ve talked about all the wonderful self-published authors I’ve met since entering The Soul Guide in the Kindle Scout programme. Even though I didn’t manage to bag a publishing contract, my biggest accomplishment since (apart from publishing two books so far this year) has been the great connections I’ve made along the way. One of whom, is the very talented, fellow Brit author, Laura Greenwood who writes speculative romance fiction.  Click on her name and head over to her website to find out about all her fab books and upcoming writing projects.

Laura, alongside Gina Wynn, another British author have now set up a website called Always Write Club where authors can promote their books and readers can find their next best read! Fantastic eh?!

Coming up next week is July’s Best of British promotion where readers will be able to find some fantastic books by British and Irish authors.  So, from Monday 24th July why not head on over by clicking on the Best of British link and find your next favourite author? Here’s some of the genres available:

  • Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy
  • Contemporary romance
  • Women’s fiction
  • Fantasy,
  • Thriller, Crime and Mystery (as well as Cozy Mystery)
  • Historical Fiction
  • Young Adult Fiction

and much, much more!

As the image below states – “Grab a Cuppa and a Book with the Best of British.”  You won’t be disappointed.

BoB Cuppa

 

 

Working hard, working hard (no playing to be had)

Well, it’s been ages. I realise I’ve not posted a blog for a while and there’s a good reason why. I’ve been working hard on book two, working full-time in my day job, being a mum to two under 11’s and generally burning the candle at both ends. 

Don’t get me wrong, no sympathy required here. This is just an honest blog about being a part-time writer…. frankly, a part-time everything. 

Recently, I’ve taken to waking up at 5.30 am every morning to write before my kids get up for school. Most mornings I have to peel my eyes open and give myself a good talking too, “No, you can’t go back to sleep. You’ve got a deadline to meet.” Yep, I even argue with myself. I’m told this is perfectly normal behaviour for authors.

You see I REALLY want to get the second book of The Soul Guide series ready for its (hopefull) release in September. I know I’m cutting it fine, and at some point soon, I may well have to push that deadline back (sob) but I’d rather release an incredible book than a book that everyone will hate for its plot holes and grammar errors. Sigh.

So, cue lots of late night writing, early morning writing, writing on my lunch break. Writing, writing, writing…. Just as well I love it so much, even on the days when I want to throw my laptop out of the window. 

Trouble is, when you aren’t able to write for a living, the other parts of your life tend to go by the wayside. For example, pre writing life I was a clean freak. My house was spotless, you could use my kitchen floor as a mirror it was so shiny (ok, I exaggerate but you catch my drift). I also feel guilty for being absent in terms of spending time with my other half. He is an artist (and also has a day job) so he understands better than most what I’m trying to do. But I still feel guilty about the lack of interaction. The only thing I try to maintain, because I’d feel like a shit mother if I didn’t, is to make sure I spend time with my kids daily. This is hard, at the best of times, when working full-time, let alone when you’re trying to squeeze in writing, promoting, blogging in around that too AND still ensuring that you are the best mother you can be. 

The GUILT is emmense. I feel guilty when I’m working, because I’m not writing, I feel guilt when I’m writing because I’m not spending time with the ones I love. Oh, and a brand new guilt; the guilt of not getting books out quick enough for the (few) readers I have. 

BUT I have to keep reminding myself that this is what I have to do right now if I want to make my books a success. If I want to have a chance at a successful future that will benefit not only me, but more importantly the ones I love. I started doing this in part for my kids, to prove you can achieve your dreams if you work hard enough. I’m continuing on this journey to prove to myself that I CAN be a successful writer. 

For now I’m getting back to work (work work, not writing work). Maybe one day all the hard work will pay off. I sure as hell hope so!