Kev’s Great Indie Authors

If you are an indie author and you have a book trailer, you should contact Kev’s Great Indie Authors.

They say:
“THIS PURPOSE OF THIS PAGE IS TWO-FOLD:
It gives readers a chance to glimpse indie books that they may be interested in.
It provides Indie authors a platform to further promote their book on Great Indie Authors.

I have been watching the trailers that have already been added to the page, and there are some excellent trailers on there. I really need to create one now! 🙂

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Book review: Ellie Campbell – Looking For La La


Ellie Campbell, AKA The Chicklit Sisters are Lorraine and Pam. They are sisters who live a fair distance apart, with Lorraine living in Boulder, Colorado (USA) and Pam living in Reigate, Surrey (UK). They have just released their fifth novel, Million Dollar Question, and that fact reminded me that I had read their book, Looking For La La a while ago (back in July 2013!), but that I was very naughty and hadn’t posted my book review on this website.

As well as Looking For La La, Lorraine and Pam have written How To Survive Your Sisters, When Good Friends Go Bad, To Catch A Creeper and Million Dollar Question.

Synopsis (from Goodreads)
In a recent survey 65% of mothers admitted feeling undervalued, over-criticised and constantly tired.

Cathy is no exception. Her dull, uneventful days as a stay at home, mother of two, are radically transformed however with the arrival of a heavily lipsticked postcard addressed to husband, Declan. Who is the mysterious La La? Could Declan really be having an affair? And is Cathy actually being stalked?

Whatever – it will definitely prove riveting gossip for the Tuesday Twice Monthlies, Cathy’s ‘Mothers Restaurant Research’ group where scandal flows as recklessly as the wine. But what starts as a light-hearted investigation with best friend Raz, soon turns into something much more sinister.

With a possible murderer on the scene, a sexy admirer igniting long-forgotten sparks, and all her friends hiding secrets, it’s not only Cathy’s marriage that’s in jeopardy. Add in the scheming antics of Declan’s new assistant, the stress of organising the school Save The Toilet’s dance and the stage is set for a dangerous showdown and some very unsettling, possibly deadly, revelations.

My review
I read the Kindle version and I really enjoyed it. The characters were really likeable and it was a nice, relaxed, easy read. It really made me smile. My favourite character was Raz, as she reminds me of a friend of a mine. I’m looking forward to reading more by Ellie Campbell in the future 🙂

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

You can download Looking For La La on Kindle via Amazon

Publishing Talk and Publishing Talk Magazine

If you’re a self-publishing author, you should take a look at Publishing Talk’s website. I love their magazine, Publishing Talk Magazine, which is free to download as a PDF. They have recently released issue 7, and it is packed full of helpful articles and tips. I especially liked Ben Galley’s article, How to Get Started on #SocialMedia, which was so useful.

You can sign up to receive the magazine in your inbox, which I did, so I wouldn’t miss out on the latest issues.

You can find out more here: http://www.publishingtalk.eu/magazine/

Goodreads giveaways

One thing I really love about the Goodreads website is the facility for authors to offer their books as giveaways to readers, often before their release date. We have run a few book giveaways for our books through Goodreads in the past, and we found it a fantastic way to spread the word about our books. It was brilliant to receive reviews from people who might otherwise not have read our books, or even heard of them.

On the other hand, I have entered quite a few giveaways myself and have added lots of books to my ‘to read’ list that I hadn’t previously heard of.

In case you haven’t taken a look at their giveaway page, here is the link:
https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway

Have you ever won a book through Goodreads? Have you had any good/bad experiences with giveaways? Let me know in the comments 🙂

Colin Brown live on Mersey Radio on 20th April 2015

Liverpool historian Frank Carlyle hosts a two hour show every Monday from 8:00pm to 10:00pm on Mersey Radio playing “Hits from the 60’s and 70’s with a little bit of history thrown in”.

Tomorrow night (20th April 2015), Liverpool indie author Colin Brown is being interviewed by Frank. Colin wrote “Dachau to Dingle: A Toxteth Childhood” which is available from Amazon as a Kindle book here.

You can listen to Mersey Radio online. Mersey Radio is funded entirely by donations and sponsorship, so please consider making a donation to help keep the station on air 🙂

Authors: win a set of 2015 World Book Night Titles

To celebrate World Book Night on 23rd April, you can win 20 World Book Night titles. Below is the full info from the World Book Night website:

“This year we’re asking authors to tell us about their reading journey; about the book that first turned them on to reading, the books that they have been inspired by along the way and how reading has shaped them. We’re also asking people to tell us which book would set a reluctant reader on their reading journey.

Tweet us at @worldbooknight with the hashtag #readingjourney, and tell us about your own reading journey and win the 20 World Book Night Titles listed below.

Need inspiration? Visit our Facebook and Twitter pages to watch the World Book Night authors talking about their reading journeys and read the recommendations that your favourite bloggers have been talking about!”

Nomad Books

This sounds like a fantastic bookshop and I have added it to my list of places for us to visit in London in the future.

The Matilda Project

IMG_2837Nomad Books, 781 Fulham Road, London, SW6 5HA

Like many of you, I am, for all intents and purposes, a ‘grown up.’ I live in a flat, where I pay rent and bills and spend time between coming home from work and going back again. I have an alarm set for 7:20 every weekday morning. I leave the house at around 8:20 and take the Victoria line to work. I work until 6pm, when I walk back to the station and take the tube home. I worry about horrible colleagues, unmet targets and the damp in the corner of the bedroom. In other words, I have a routine. Most days, I do pretty much exactly the same thing. But some days, I do something different.

It seems to me there are two modes of everyday living. You can live in your little bubble or box, going back and forth between…

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