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! 🙂

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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What happens if your book gets cancelled or series doesn’t continue to get published?

Carly Watters, Literary Agent Blog

contract signingThere are many reasons to have an agent in your corner, but the dreaded book cancellation–or having the plug pulled on your series–is a big one. Your agent will be your shoulder to cry on and help you with next steps.

Unfortunately, it happens and it’s not fun for anyone. This is not legal advice, but some experiences that you might have heard about.

Here are a few scenarios: 

1. Your book gets cancelled before you sign your contract. This is heartbreaking, especially for debut authors. You’re so thrilled to have a book deal. Your agent negotiated the terms and accepted the offer. Next is the contract. However, sometimes things happen in this stage that stop it in its tracks (the publisher gets bought, the editors leaves, the publisher shutters an imprint, you can’t agree on terms etc). This is why agents usually like to wait until publishing contracts are…

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If you’re waiting for something to happen in publishing…

Carly Watters, Literary Agent Blog

timeIf you’re waiting on beta readers…

Throw yourself into critiquing others; attend a writer’s conference, webinar, or workshop; outline your next book; set up your author website.

If you’re waiting for an agent…

Start working on (or finishing) your next book; avoid reading too much into agents’ social media posts; tidy up your author blog or website or revamp for a new look; decide on a blog or social media schedule that you can keep up with.

If you’re waiting for an editor…

Strategize with your agent about next steps; ask your agent questions so you’re up to speed when you talk with editors; avoid reading too much into editors’ social media posts; keep social media contact with editors to zero or a bare minimum; polish up your next project.

If you’re waiting for your book to come out…

Plan your personal publicity and marketing roll out; schedule a call…

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The last 5 books I added to my Goodreads ‘to read’ list

One of the most excellent things about blogs is finding out about books that are out there that I haven’t read yet. These are the last five books I added to my ever expanding ‘to read’ list on Goodreads!

Click on the book cover to go directly to the Goodreads page. Each synopsis is taken from the relevant Goodreads page. Enjoy!

Million Dollar Question by Ellie Campbell
Just as a huge financial scandal throws New Yorker, Olivia Wheeler, from wealth and success to bankruptcy and shame, struggling impoverished single-mother Rosie Dixon wins an unexpected million pounds. Good luck? Bad luck? Who can tell? Both women have more in common than they realize. While Olivia struggles to survive her humiliations, fleeing broke and homeless to London, shy unassuming Rosie discovers sudden riches arrive with their own mega-load of problems.

Can workaholic career-obsessed Olivia find a passion for something earthier and warmer than power and prestige? And can Rosie sift through envy and greed to discover true friends, true family and even true love? Two strangers who’ve never met. Yet neither realises how each is affecting the other’s destiny or the places their paths touch and fates entwine. But will they surmount the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune?

That is the million dollar question.
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What Would Ginger Rogers Do? by Caitlyn Raynes

Tosca Tonnino oversees Author Events at Carter &Co. a small, independent bookshop in a tourist town. Tosca enjoys her independence, a lively social life, and seasonal love affairs. She practices the worldly insouciance embodied by Ginger Rogers, that icon of Thirties’ cinema. In any social or romantic dilemma, Tosca asks herself: What would Ginger Rogers do?

A new hire comes to the bookshop under mysterious circumstances. Ethan James, an East Coast import from a wealthy family, is attractive, secretive, sometimes surly, often blunt, occasionally witty, and fiercely competitive. Tosca finds him generally annoying until one snowy night when, thrown unexpectedly together, their romance blossoms. To Tosca’s humiliation, the next morning Ethan thanks her for a one night stand.

Tosca’s personal life that winter tumbles from bad to worse, but professionally she snags a terrific coup. Lucy Lamont—author of the mega-bestselling series of saccharine Shannonville novels—invites herself to do a reading at Carter &Co, June 12th. Tosca’s boss and colleagues are thrilled, but her glory is cut short. Ethan announces that his old school friend, Win Jefferies, author of Body Electric, a bleak literary bestseller, a novel of addiction, rehab and suicide wants to come there too. June 12th.

These two towering egotistical writers on the same stage? Unthinkable! But the elderly, eccentric owner of Carter &Co thinks they will be wonderful. Appalled, Tosca protests to prevent this disaster; she lies, cries, swallows her pride, all to no avail. The day of reckoning approaches.

In this intolerable situation: What would Ginger Rogers do? Tosca’s response will alter the rest of her life.
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Jedland by Ruth Bradbury-Horton
Jed P Horton wanted a job. He’d walk your dog, cut your grass, even pull your teeth out, just please, please give him a job. This heartwarming story follows Jed on a journey of self-discovery that will find him poised to fulfil a once in a lifetime dream of visiting the legendary Jedland. Together with best mates, Jim from the chippy, no-holds bared Jessie, comb over Steve, and the ever-entertaining transgender Philly, Jed is unwittingly thrust into the limelight of 80s style talent shows, taking him from his small hometown of Leighton Buzzard, to the ever-buzzing city of London. Faced with rivals, unrequited love, a factory full of women, and the ever-obvious empty wallet, it’s not going to be easy. And it’s no surprise when Jed wonders if Jedland will remain exactly as it’s always been to him, a dream. If laughter and heartache are what you’re looking for, then Jedland is for you.
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Wanderlust by Thea Dawson
Monica Prescott, writer and world traveler, has everything she wants … except a man who’s free-spirited enough to join her for a life on the road. But when she bumps into Jason, the guy who broke her heart in college, she lets him think she’s engaged. It wouldn’t take much to fall for him again–and that’s one road she doesn’t want to go down.

Jason is everything she’s not and doesn’t want to be. He’s settled down in snowy Chicago and focused on his high-powered desk job, while Monica longs for foreign shores and sunshine. But the more time she spends with Jason, the more she starts to question her career and lifestyle.

Monica has two weeks before a new assignment starts in Bangkok, and time is running out for her to make the biggest decision of her life.
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I Am the Lion by Andrew Toy
Lydia and her widowed, bipolar father struggle to find common ground in the wake of her mother’s untimely death. Only when Lydia’s fourth-grade teacher steps into their lives do they slowly build a connection, but that bond is threatened when a secret comes out that threatens to scar Lydia for the rest of her life.