The paperback version of Linda’s Midlife Crisis has just been released, so you can now enjoy it in print. It’s a lighthearted, entertaining read with a sprinkling of suspense, drama, humour, and more than a touch of romance. I’ve been overwhelmed by the lovely reviews it has received, and look forward to sharing some more of those soon.
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Linda’s Midlife Crisis – just released! #new release #romance #womensfiction
I’m proud to announce the release of Linda’s Midlife Crisis, a feel-good women’s fiction book about a fifty-year-old woman who decides to turn her her life around. It’s a lighthearted, entertaining read with a sprinkling of suspense, drama, humour, and more than a touch of romance. Continue reading
5-Star Reviews for DESOLATION BLUFF
My latest release, Desolation Bluff, has recently had some wonderful reviews that I would like to share with you. Thank you so much to everyone who has been able to read it and leave a review. Every time I see a new review posted, it definitely makes my day! Continue reading
Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update- #Reviews – Robbie and Michael Cheadle, Toni Pike and Jan Sikes
Many thanks to the amazing Sally Cronin for including a review of “Desolation Bluff” in her Author Update. Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore is a great place to visit if you’re looking for a wonderful book to read.
Welcome to the second Cafe and Bookstore Update this week with recent reviews for authors on the shelves.
Delighted to share a recent review for the 6th book in the Sir Chocolate series of stories and cookbooks by Robbie and Michael Cheadle.
About the story
Number 6 in the Sir Chocolate series: Five zoo animals go missing and Sir Chocolate needs to find them. Includes five lovely new recipes. Not only a storybook but a wonderful opportunity for parents and children to create wonderful recipes together.
One of the recent reviews for the book
Robbie Cheadle and her son Michael, in the delightful book Sir Chocolate and the Fondant Five Story and Cookbook, combine children’s story, poetry and recipes together. The story is about a zoo in Chocolate Land with Fondant Five…
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DESOLATION BLUFF – now in Paperback
I’m excited to announce that Desolation Bluff, a short suspense thriller, has just been released in paperback. It’s now available in both ebook and print versions at all Amazon outlets. Continue reading
Guest Post on Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond
I was very pleased to be a guest on Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond this week – writing about how I achieve my writing goals.
You can read the article HERE
DESOLATION BLUFF – Just Released!
I’m proud to announce the release of Desolation Bluff, a suspense novella about a blind man who suddenly regains his sight. It is set in Australia, in the beautiful Southern Highlands region of New South Wales.
When blind romance author Oliver Cameron suddenly regains his sight, he uncovers a shocking betrayal – and a deadly game of cat and mouse begins. Continue reading
Deb’s World – List of Books Read in 2018
Debbie Harris from Deb’s World wrote an excellent article about the books she read in 2018. Her list would be a great place to start if you’re trying to find something to read, and I was thrilled to have three of my books included. Continue reading
Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update #Reviews – Daniel Kemp, Toni Pike, Marcia Meara and Gigi Sedlmayer
I was thrilled to have a wonderful review of DEAD DRY HEART included in Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore author update today.
DEAD DRY HEART – a psychological thriller is now available in Paperback
I ‘m excited to announce that my latest release, a psychological thriller called Dead Dry Heart, is now available in Paperback from Amazon. The digital version has already been published and is in Kindle Unlimited. Continue reading
Book Promo – New Release: DEAD DRY HEART – a psychological thriller…
I was thrilled and grateful to have a chance to talk about DEAD DRY HEART today on Chris The Story Reading Ape’s Blog. Chris is a tireless supporter of authors, so be sure to check out his wonderful for all the best articles on writers, writing and all aspects of publishing.
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I‘m excited to announce that my latest release, a psychological thriller called Dead Dry Heart, is now live and available at all Amazon outlets. I hope to publish the paperback version in the very near future.
This was something I wrote several years and recently took out of a drawer to rewrite. The story is close to my heart – an Australian thriller set in Canberra, the nation’s capital city, and in a remote area of Western Australian.
Here is the book description.
DEAD DRY HEART – A psychological thriller
Tyler Thompson is Australia’s young, brilliant and charismatic Prime Minister, riding high on a wave of popularity. But the past has come back to haunt him and there is a shocking secret from his childhood that he will do almost anything to conceal.
The one man who knows what happened twenty-five years ago is back – and he is hellbent…
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DEAD DRY HEART – A psychological thriller has just been released!
I ‘m excited to announce that my latest release, a psychological thriller called Dead Dry Heart, is now live and can be downloaded at all Amazon outlets. Continue reading
4 Tips about KDP Select for Beginners
I recently enrolled my books in KDP Select, which means they are now available exclusively on Amazon and available on Kindle Unlimited. Here are five quick tips I learned that you may find useful if you are new to KDP Select or are considering whether to enrol any of your titles.
13 Things To Do After Publishing Your Next Book – Guest Post by, Toni Pike…
Many thanks to Chris Graham from The Story Reading Ape Blog for publishing my article: 13 Things to do after publishing your next book.
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You have already published your first book. As part of that process, you set up your author pages on Amazon and other distribution sites such as Smashwords. You also established your own website, Facebook author page, Goodreads Author page, Twitter account and accounts on other social media platforms.
Now the time has come to publish your next book. You upload it and, hey presto, a short time later your precious creation goes live. Here is a list of thirteen housekeeping jobs to attend to before beginning the hard work of post-publication marketing.
1. Assemble your Buyer Links
Assemble a list of the new buyer links for adding to your website, signatures and posts.
2. Your Amazon Author Pages
Update your author pages on Amazon USA, UK, France, Germany and Japan: claim the new book and modify your biography.
3. The Author Page on other distribution sites, such as Smashwords
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How to Recognise a Thriller
I was delighted to have an article published on Chris the Story Reading Ape’s Blog about the characteristics of a thriller. Continue reading
The Theme of a Novel
The theme of a novel is the major issue that underlies the story, and is the lesson or message that it conveys. It is one of the most important factors to think about when planning and writing a work of fiction. When you studied literature at school, the theme of a novel was always an important point for discussion. Now that you’re a writer, don’t forget to give your own story’s theme the same careful consideration. Continue reading
The Benefits of Reading Ebooks
I was delighted once again to have a guest post on Chris The Story Reading Ape’s Blog. Continue reading
You need mini-goals to write your novel
Many thanks to Chris from The Story Reading Ape Blog for posting my article about having mini-goals.Here is the link to that article:
You need mini-goals to write your novel
The Health Benefits of Reading Fiction
Reading fiction is great for your health. On 6th September 2016, I was thrilled to have an article published on Chris The Story Reading Ape’s Blog. Continue reading
The Mood of a Novel
We all know what it means when someone says that they are in a good or bad mood. Every one of us has a range of moods, that cover the spectrum from deliriously happy to gloomy or sad, and that is a sure sign of our humanity. Continue reading
Author Spotlight on Writer’s Treasure Chest
I was fortunate enough to be featured in an interview on Writer’s Treasure Chest. Continue reading
Guest Post on Sizzling Towards Sixty: How to Become an Author in Midlife
I was thrilled to be a guest on the inspirational Sizzling Towards Sixty website.
Here is the link to that article:
Midlife Matters – How to Become an Author in Midlife
I’d love to hear what you think.
The Setting of a Novel
The setting of your novel is a critical element that needs careful consideration and planning. It is the backdrop to your story, and requires as much thought as you give to the characters and storyline. There are several aspects that you need to take into account, including the time period, the location, the mood to be evoked and the level of detail to be used in your descriptions. Continue reading
Fiction is normally divided into a range of categories that are referred to as genres. It will be the first way for readers and publishers to judge your novel, and every writer needs to select the genre of their own work. Despite that, many writers find it difficult to make that decision, even after completing the first draft. Many stories seem to fit into more than one category, making the choice even more difficult. This is a brief guideline to help you make that decision. Continue reading
The Role of Chapters
Chapters are a wonderful invention that help to compartmentalise a novel, breaking it up into sections that are easily read in one sitting. Continue reading
The Length of a Novel
Standard Word Counts
You are about to embark on a long and challenging journey and so far you have only stared at a blank sheet of paper or a computer screen in the search for inspiration. It might seem too early too worry about the length of your novel, but I consider that some forward planning is essential. You will know where you are headed and the size of the task you are about to undertake. Continue reading