Kindle Scout

Since 10th February 2016, I have been nominating books on Kindle Scout, but what is ‘Kindle Scout’?

Kindle Scout is a place where readers vote on whether a book should be published or not. Those books chosen by readers are then published by Kindle Press and the author receives receive 5 year renewable terms, a $1,500 advance, 50% eBook royalty rate, easy rights reversions and is also featured in Amazon marketing. Every book has 30 days in which to gather as many nominations as possible and readers can nominate up to 3 books at a time. It is worth checking back every day as campaigns start and end every day. If readers nominate a winning book, they will receive an early, free copy of the book. This is a great idea for people who love championing new books.

In a world where it’s harder and harder to get your book selected, it is great to see another avenue for authors to take, rather than simply approaching agents and publishers and hoping that their book doesn’t get stuck in someone’s slushpile.

I have been lucky enough to nominate some books that have been selected to be published, and once I receive a copy of the books, I will be reviewing them on this site.

I will list the Kindle Scout winning books, whether waiting to be reviewed or having been reviewed, here.

I think it’s a great idea!

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News round-up: Thursday 31st December 2015

Below are the interesting news stories I’ve found online today 🙂 (the last one for 2015!)

Are soundtracked books a stunt or the future of ebooks?
The Independent
http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/features/are-soundtracked-books-a-stunt-or-the-future-of-ebooks-a6791316.html

Anne Frank foundation fights plans to publish diary online on 1 January
The Guardian
http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/dec/31/anne-frank-foundation-fights-plans-publish-diary-online-1-january?

Is Dietland 2015’s Most Surprising Book About Women?
NY Mag
http://nymag.com/thecut/2015/12/this-2015s-most-surprising-book-about-women.html#

32 New Books To Add To Your Shelf In 2016
Huffington Post
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/new-book-releases-2016_5684607ae4b0b958f65b3a65

Biggest Book Trends: Print Is Back, and Everyone’s Reading Science Fiction
io9
http://io9.gizmodo.com/biggest-book-trends-print-is-back-and-everyones-readi-1750494059

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!

The Cat Who Came in from the Cold by Deric Longden
The little cat Deric Longden saw sitting forlornly on an upturned bucket belonged to the neighbours, but somehow when it began to rain it seemed only natural to bring him inside. Once there he slipped so easily into Deric and Aileen’s lives that there was an unspoken agreement that he had found his real home. Little did he know that he had entered the Longden world, in which the unexpected (almost) always happens. . .

Aileen being Aileen, it was probably inevitable that sooner or later the kitten would be trapped in the refrigerator. And Deric being Deric, the obvious way to thaw him back to life was to make a little coat for him out of a shrunken thermal vest. Thus the cat who came in from the cold got his name – Thermal – and joined the wonderful cast of characters in the ongoing Longden saga.
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The Things We Keep by Sally Hepworth
Anna Forster, in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease at only thirty-eight years old, knows that her family is doing what they believe to be best when they take her to Rosalind House, an assisted living facility. She also knows there’s just one another resident her age, Luke. What she does not expect is the love that blossoms between her and Luke even as she resists her new life at Rosalind House. As her disease steals more and more of her memory, Anna fights to hold on to what she knows, including her relationship with Luke.

When Eve Bennett is suddenly thrust into the role of single mother she finds herself putting her culinary training to use at Rosalind house. When she meets Anna and Luke she is moved by the bond the pair has forged. But when a tragic incident leads Anna’s and Luke’s families to separate them, Eve finds herself questioning what she is willing to risk to help them.
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Within This Frame by Lindy Zart
It comes in the mail—a beautiful invitation that promises humiliation and horror. Unless Maggie Smiley, former child celebrity and now overweight recluse, gets her courage and motivation in check, along with her health.

The phone call offering fitness expert Lance Denton a chance to work with Maggie Smiley promises retribution. He messed up a lot as a punk kid on the too-fast road to stardom, and how he treated his co-star never left him. It is that—and a long list of secrets she doesn’t need to know—that has him show up at Maggie’s doorstep.
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Jenny Lopez Saves Christmas by Lindsey Kelk
Jenny Lopez has had a crappy twelve months.

Determined to turn her festive frown upside down, she plans a super winter getaway for her nearest and dearest: ski cabin in Vermont, the best Christmas tree the world has ever seen and more bottles of champagne than is possibly legal to transport across state lines.

But nothing goes to plan and before she knows it, Jenny’s awesome super funtimes Christmas has turned into a dry, dull couples’ retreat. But this is Jenny Lopez. She’s going to have the best Christmas known to man and she’s not prepared to accept anything less, even if it means snowshoe-ing to the nearest store and dragging a turkey three miles in the snow. Even if it means chopping up her beloved Christmas tree to start a fire. Even if it means standing up a hot, wealthy doctor (a doctor, people!) to make sure everyone gets the holiday they deserve.

With her best friends, Angela and Erin, by her side Jenny Lopez is determined to save Christmas. Whether it likes it or not.
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Every Time a Bell Rings by Carmel Harrington
An angel gets its wings…

Belle has taken all the Christmas decorations down. This year they won’t be celebrating.

As foster parents, Belle and Jim have given many children the chance of a happier start in life. They’ve loved them as if they were their own. They shouldn’t have favourites but little Lauren has touched their hearts. And now her mother is well enough to take her back and Belle can’t bear the loss.

Hence, Christmas is cancelled.

So when Jim crashes his car one icy December night, after an argument about Lauren, Belle can only blame herself. Everything she loves is lost. And Belle finds herself standing on The Ha’Penny Bridge wishing she had never been born.

But what happens to a Christmas wish when an angel is listening…

Will Belle realise, before it’s too late, that her life is the most wonderful life of all?

Inspired by the timeless tale of beloved Christmas movie, It’s a Wonderful Life, Carmel Harrington’s next book tells the story of Belle, a young woman and foster carer from Dublin who faces the hardest decision of her life this Christmas on The Ha’Penny Bridge.

Full of Irish charm, magic, and the warmth of the festive season this is an emotional, heartwarming story that will stay with you long after you’ve reached ‘The End’. Perfect for fans of Cecelia Ahern & Jojo Moyes.

Carmel is the bestselling author of The Life You Left & Beyond Grace’s Rainbow, voted Romantic eBook of the Year 2013.

Audio extracts of our books

Something we’ve always been interested in, is having our books as audiobooks. We’re a bit (okay a lot!) low on funds, so I decided to record my own. I have created two audiobook extracts for both The Liverpool Vampire and Admin Is Hell, and I’m waiting to find out the verdict from the land of the internet peoples before I commit myself to creating them for the other eight books, as it takes so long to record them, edit them and then make them into YouTube friendly files. Please give me any feedback, positive or negative, as I’d like to improve on them if I can 🙂

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

One of the most excellent things about blogs and the internet 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!

Boy Band by Jacqueline E. Smith
Sam Morneau is Melissa Parker’s best friend. He’s also a member of The Kind of September, basically the hottest boy band on the planet.

After two and a half years, Mel is all too familiar with the day-to-day occurrences that come with being a member of the band’s inner circle, including hectic schedules, passionate fans, and gossip-mongering celebrity girlfriends.

Now, with the release of the group’s third album just weeks away, their lives have never been crazier and Mel is doing everything she can to keep up, all the while trying to cope with the ridiculous rumors that follow the band everywhere they go and pretending that she isn’t harboring a secret and hopeless crush on Sam.

It’s weird enough being in love with your best friend. It’s even weirder when the rest of the world is in love with him, too.
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The Story of My Tits by Jennifer Hayden
A landmark work of graphic memoir and a cancer narrative that pulls no punches.

When Jennifer Hayden was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 43, she realized that her tits told a story. Across a lifetime, they’d held so many meanings: hope and fear, pride and embarrassment, life and death. And then they were gone. Now, their story has become a way of understanding her story. Growing up flat-chested and highly aware of her inadequacies… heading off to college, where she “bloomed” in more ways than one… navigating adulthood between her mother’s mastectomy, her father’s mistress, and her musician boyfriend’s problems of his own—not to mention his sprawling family. Then the kids come along… As cancer strikes three different lives, some relationships crumble while others emerge even stronger, and this sarcastic child of the ‘70s finally finds a goddess she can believe in.

For everyone who’s faced cancer personally, or watched a loved one fight that battle, Hayden’s story is a much-needed breath of fresh air, an irresistible blend of sweetness and skepticism. Rich with both symbolism & humor, The Story of My Tits will leave you laughing, weeping, and feeling grateful for every day.
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Waterski Girl Wonder by Shellie Blum
Escaping instantaneous death and paralysis from a hangman’s broken neck, and shattered right jaw endured in a horrific watersking accident is only part of this unbelievable life story.

Follow Shellie on her journey from the Ozarks to Egypt and even the back alleys of Hollywood streets as she perseveres through more than her share of grueling set backs.

You don’t have to be a waterskier to enjoy this inspiring true story told by the first female freestyle waterskier ramp jumper in the world!
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Delayed by Daniela Reyes
One delayed flight can change everything.

Olivia doesn’t like airports. To make matters worse, she’s forced to spend her forgotten birthday waiting for a flight that will whisk her away to the start of a miserable summer. Everything seems to be going to schedule, until she runs into a crying boy at her gate.

Nick thought he would spend one of the saddest days of his life alone in an airport, waiting for a flight he never wants to board. Then he crosses paths with a strange girl named Olivia.

A delayed flight brings them together for a day, and the two teens find solace in one another. They go their separate ways, thinking they’ll never see each other. Until, two years later, a delayed flight brings them together again. And the randomness of their first meeting, unravels into something much greater than either one of them could ever imagine.

Set over the course of ten years, this is the story of two strangers falling in love, and the journey they face in trying to find their way back to each other.
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The KD Shindig by Philip Musson
The novel opens with the wedding of Kristin Nicol and Darren Maundeville in a small, historic cathedral in Northern Ireland. The guests returning to England, the author follows this toxic soup of friends and relatives for a year, opening a window onto the peaks and troughs of their lives: Maggie and Richard Dearlove, a reasonably happily married couple; Joanna Centofani, a self-adoring actress; the green-eyed Rosemary Icthus; the steely Mr. Cameron Scattergood and his antithetic wife, Ruth; the love-loathe duo Johnny Nicol and Charity B. as well as various other interrelated characters. The reader will sympathise, agonise and be antagonised!

The dark humour is evident throughout the novel – and although there are some characters who have only one scene within the book, sometimes these are drawn with more verve and wit than many of the others. The timescale is not linear either, sometimes jumping back and dealing with different characters to keep the reader’s interest. Plus the underlying story of spying, double-dealing and outright underhandedness definitely makes this story worth a second read.

Reading 30 Minutes a Week Can Make You Happier and Healthier

I’ve just spotted this interesting article, which I saw shared on Facebook, written by Jessica Stillman.

http://www.inc.com/jessica-stillman/30-minutes-a-week-can-make-you-happier-and-healthier.html

She says, “Folks who read at least 30 minutes a week are 20 percent more likely to report greater life satisfaction and 11 percent more likely to feel creative. They’re also 28 percent less likely to suffer from depression and 18 percent more likely to report high self-esteem.”

I think that’s true. I love reading, it really gives me the opportunity to escape the craziness of day-to-day life and peek into the world of other people. I know lots of people like to watch soaps, but I love to read 🙂