Another month in the bag (well a month and a few days). I've been a bit hard on myself this month, as I feel like I've been dragging my feet a bit (not that I drag my feet when I’m in my wheelchair, but you get the idea). I feel like I’ve had a lot of … Continue reading Diary of an author with Multiple Sclerosis: April (Late!)
never really thought about this…
Now, when I say ‘characters you hate’, I don’t mean villains.
In fact, some of my favorite characters in pieces I’ve written and read have been villains.
What I mean when I say ‘characters you hate’, is the characters who are reprehensible pieces of crap who also (unfortunately) serve a significant purpose to the storyline.
It’s not easy to write them. That’s established.
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Sci fi giveaway! This is time limited, so act fast…
Here is a nice giveaway, perfect for lovers of science fiction. The Sci-Fi Bridge is a new group of authors dedicated to bringing you exclusive deals, new releases, and other exciting news from your favorite Sci-Fi authors straight to your inbox! In order to celebrate the Bridge’s recent launch, its Captains are excited to bring you the third of four massive book giveaways! There are FREE Prizes available for all who enter between April 20 and 27, plus the chance for 5 winners to receive 30+ e-books from Sci-Fi authors of every stripe.
1 Lucky Grand Prize Winner will also receive 20+ signed books, including Cyberstorm by Matthew Mather, Aye Robot by Robert Kroese and full series from Tom Reynolds, Rachel Aukes, M. Pax and Nathan Van Coops!
For anyone that has been following the Chapterbuzz 10k challenge. Here is a draft of ‘Jungle’ which appears to have risen to the lofty heights of #1. Have a read and let me know what you think…
Author Steve Boseley People are going wild for Jungle, a novel by Steve Boseley, over at ChapterBuzz!
It’s a story about two children who purchase an ancient book?itself called Jungle?that allows them to sample life in the rainforest without leaving their bedroom.
What a creative premise, I thought as I started reading, and soon I was wrapped up in a riveting tale that’s not just compelling, but also well written. Steve Boseley masterfully sets the stage for what promises to be a grand adventure, keeping the reader constantly in suspense as the kids’ book slowly reveals its magical power.
Have a good read and help Steve keep his #1 spot! At ChapterBuzz, the simple act of reading is what makes a book popular.
An author with an amazing debut novel. Read her interview, where she speaks of her inspiration…
When life is falling apart, good friends and companionship can help mend your broken heart – and maybe even give you the chance to fall in love again…
Life is good for nurse Kat. That is until the man she intended to marry legs it, she’s unexpectedly promoted to a position with too much responsibility, and a patient arrives on her ward under strange circumstances.
Susan is a mystery. She refuses to speak or interact with anyone, she’s obsessed with a book of fairy tales, and the only name in her diary is that of Rhys – a plumber she barely knows.
Down-to-earth Rhys is trying to get his life back on track after the death of his beloved brother. His mum is his priority, and she needs him as much as he needs her. Or at least she did, until she starts disappearing, leaving him to find comfort…
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Check out all the positivity surrounding MS. I think DDaMS has missed a big one, at least according to my children: not having to queue for rides at Disney…
A few weeks ago me and Dizzy did a blog post on 10 things about living with MS for MS awareness month. Living with any chronic illness is ridiculously difficult but I wanted to counter my 10 things about living with MS and think about the positives that come from it. Sometimes you do really have to look for them but they are there!
‘At every moment of our lives, we all have one foot in a fairy tale and the other in the abyss.’ – Paulo Coelho
- Trying different things. Having MS means I can’t always do the things I use to do but this does mean I’ve had time to discover new things! This has included blogging, photography, volunteering and my splashing around classes.
‘You have no idea what you’re capable of until you try.’ – Unknown
2. Appreciating yourself more and learning to looking after yourself. Having MS has taught me the importance of looking after myself…
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More free books in a variety of genres…
As promised in yesterday’s post, I’ve got another offer for – this time, free fiction in a mixed bag of genres…
In J Philip Horne’s First Friday Free Fiction promo, you can pick up titles via Instafreebie, as well as in Kindle Unlimited (scroll down the page for those).
Click the link below to check it out… ENDS 14 APRIL!
I hope you’ll find some new titles you’ll like, and if you do, remember to share on your favourite social media network!
All the best.
aka ‘The Pyjama Writer’
#Instafreebie #freeebooks #freefiction #KindleUnlimited
Facebook promotion tips to make the best use of this opportunity…
This is a guest post by Joan Herbert. Joan is an Assistant Manager atBank-Opening-Times.co.uk, a curious individual, avid reader, and a passionate creative writer.
Using Facebook Groups to Promote Your Book
Book promotion can involve a significant amount of effort and time, and thus, using the proper tools can be an advantage. If you have recently published a book, you will want to consider utilizing the power of Facebook groups to increase its exposure. When posting in this way, it is important to target the right audience and choose a group that has a large number of members. Furthermore, directing users to a landing page instead of an Amazon link will help maximize sales.
Here are five keys to finding success with Facebook groups:
1. Identify an Audience
While there is the possibility of achieving book sales by posting to virtually any group on…
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I thought I was a pantser until I tried NaNoWriMo, and I now think there has to be an element of planning in our stories. Here is a suggested happy medium, which I actually think I’m alright with…
by Tonya R. Moore
I used to be a pantser. Time was writing by the seat of my pants was the only way I could imagine getting any writing done. This particular approach to the writing process worked for me for a very long time. That changed, though, when a medical condition which seems to have affected the way my brain works, left me unable to focus or effortlessly string my ideas together.
I very quickly learned that to keep being a writer, I needed to change my whole approach to the art of writing stories. I needed a system.
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Authors take note…
The Next Great Horror Writer Contest started with one of Emz’s crazy, mad-cap ideas.
“What if we had a writing contest where the winner would get a book contract?”
HorrorAddicts.net had contests in the past. In fact, we’d run two writing/podcasting contests, the Wicked Women Writer’s Challenge and the Masters of Macabre Contest. Podcasters like H.E. Roulo, Rhonda Carpenter, Rish Outfield, and Philip Carroll won as well as awesome writers like Laurel Anne Hill, Shaunessy Ashdown, Rick Kitagawa, and Killion Slade. However, with the great “podfade” that happened in recent years, authors were less-willing to produce their own audio. So what to do?
We decided to base this new contest primarily on writing. The authors would not have to produce their own audioplays and they would be able to concentrate on their craft. But with an awesome prize like a full book contract, we would need a tougher competition. The author that…
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