Friday, 12 December 2014

Self Publishing Update- Tips on Sigil, Calibre & Social Media

Releasing The Awakening was a steep learning curve & I am still learning but I have picked up some tricks & tips along the way & thought I'd share.

When I self published The Awakening I was terrified of formatting & had no idea what epub & mobi files actually meant. I paid for someone to format for me & do the conversions so I ended up with a word document, epub and mobi file. This was quick & easy but had its own problems. When I later wanted to edit the file I couldn't & I ended up very stressed.

I decided with The Reckoning I wanted to do a lot more myself and keep the control.

I've seen many posts, videos & I even bought a book on formatting but it still seemed terrifying so I used a brilliant free software called Sigil.

Sigil is an epub editor & formats the book for you.  I edited in word & the transferred each chapter over. It creates a Table of Contents for you & looks really professional. You validate your file by using the flight crew & I only encountered 1 problem.  I had the chapter headings underlined & it didn't seem to like this.  I tried to resolve the issue but I'm no IT bod & ended up removing the underlines & then got a perfectly validated file. Sigil looks like this & the green tick is the button you use to validate.  I loved this software & would definitely recommend.


You can upload your lovely shiny epub file onto Kindle Direct Publishing & release it into the world.

For giveways, reviews etc you may also need a mobi file & I used another free software called Calibre to do this.  I'm not so confident with this software but it did the job.  It looks like this -


I also made sure I updated my social media.  When I first started I was not on Twitter or Goodreads but now have a presence on both.

For personal use I love Facebook but don't find it so successful for book posts as it now has a habit of hiding posts & sending promotion boost messages which I find annoying.  I have a fairly small Facebook following 229 & my last 5 posts were seen by, 73, 46, 100, 229 & 73 people.  So as you can see you do not always reach your full audience.

I know some people have started using an alternative platform called tsu https://www.tsu.co/ but I have not explored this avenue yet.

I have found Twitter has been the best source for me & is where I get most of my interaction.  I have just over 1000 followers which is small compared to many but I am pleased with the results in just over a year.

I am undecided on the benefits of Goodreads & am uncertain how much interaction I should have.  I'm in two minds as to whether I should actually rate books myself & find the star system a little frustrating from an author point of view. I received a 1 star the other day & of course there is no feedback so you have no idea why.  Goodreads state Don’t engage with people who give you negative reviews. We cannot stress this enough. The number one mistake new authors make is to respond to negative reviews. I completely understand why they say this but it can be frustrating & I'm deliberating coming of the site.  I know some authors love it & it has been very successful for them.  I think the downside for me is Goodreads actively encourage giveaways but Ebooks are not valid & my books are ebook only so it means I cannot use this vital tool.  The terms & conditions state Ebooks are not allowed. Every winner must receive a physical copy of the book.

Although Twitter is by far my best social media source my favourite has become my blog & has been an unexpected upside from self publishing.

I have now released 2 novels & a short story & am having a self publishing break but will continue to blog, write, read & keep an eye on the self publishing world.

Good luck & hope this has helped any newbies out there.

Emma x

Monday, 1 December 2014

Giving a Kindle eBook as a gift - Possible work around

I have been frustrated since self publishing about the lack of give as gift button on Amazon.co.uk.

Our American friends have had the feature for years & I cannot understand why we can't have the feature here.  I did email Amazon months ago & was told my feedback would be passed onto the appropriate team but that appears to be that.  Maybe everyone effected should email them & they'll realise its an issue that needs addressing.

I have been searching for an alternative solution for months. Recently I stumbled across Echo eBooks Digital Publishing and a blog post http://echoebooks.com/blog/160-giving-a-kindle-ebook-as-a-gift#.VHjW_iVybIU  this offers a solution to the frustrating problem.  To try it yourself follow the instructions on their site.  I can take no credit for this & am just sharing the information as I think its brilliant.

You still cannot buy Kindle eBooks as gifts, but you can buy gift cards which people can then use to buy Kindle eBooks.  The system Echo eBooks has come up with is to customise a gift card.  This will then show the eBook name & cover of the book you wish to suggest/gift. This is then emailed to the recipient.  Obviously the recipient could still use the credit to buy something else but it does look quite professional & seems to be the best work around I've found.

I tested it on my mum who said the gift card looked very good.  This is what the gift card looked like.




What do you think?

Have you found any other solutions?

Let me know if you give it a try.

I hope you find this interesting.

Emma x

Friday, 14 November 2014

The ££Price££ Factor! My facts & figures.

Since self publishing I have messed about with my pricing structure.  I have offered free promotions and used the kindle countdown all to varied degrees of success.

I have just released my second full length book The Reckoning so for the release weekend I offered the first book The Awakening free.

The free promotion really took off & for the first time in ages I got into the charts reaching the dizzying heights of number 1 in the FREE Teen & YA Paranormal chart & 182 overall. Woo Hoo!!!

Overall 299 free copies were downloaded.  My hopes are that people will then go on to The Reckoning and I may get a few more reviews & adds to Goodreads TBR lists. However I have seen numerous debates about whether these free promotions actually work with some people suspecting that the free book will never actually get read!

Do you read free books you download?
Do you add to Goodreads?

The Reckoning has got of to a slow start with only 10 books downloaded at the full price of £1.92/$2.99.  I have therefore taken the decision to reduce the price to £0.77/$0.99 which is the lowest Amazon KDP will let you go.

Amazon KDP have 2 pricing structures with 70% royalty or 35% royalty.  If you want 70% royalty you have to price at $2.99 or above which is why a lot of books are around this price. I have however opted for the lower 35% royalty in the hope that I will sell more at the lower price.

Today is the first day of the low price so I'll see how it does over the weekend.

I have noticed that quite a few of the digi-print books with publishing houses like Carina start of with low price points to generate interest and good sales rankings.

I have today checked the bestseller list on my kindle and 31 out of 100 are priced at £0.99 or less.

Personally I think up to £2.99 for an ebook is a reasonable price but know being a new author I cannot expect anywhere near this price point.  For a paperback I used to pay around £3-6 depending on the book and store bought in.

I currently have several books on my wishlist but I refuse to buy them at what I consider an unreasonable price.  For example Seeing Other People by Mike Gayle is £9.99 and The Woman Who Stole My Life by Marian Keyes is £6.99 and Before You Die by Samantha Hayes is £4.72. I think these prices are ridiculously high for an ebook.

What do you think?
How much do you regularly spend on a single ebook?
What price would make you want to buy a book by a new author?

Thanks for reading.

Emma xxx



Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Letting in Light New Cover!!!


The lovely Emma Davies has changed the cover to her book Letting in Light.

What do you think?

I think it reflects the book perfectly. I'm currently half way through.  I would have read more but the kids hijacked my Kindle and its now in my partners car who is not home!!!


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Letting in Light has a brand new cover





The book blurb -

Rowan Hill. Come first out of curiosity, explore as a guest, return as a friend. 

When Ellie arrives at Rowan Hill all she wants is peace and quiet and a place to lick her wounds, but fate it would seem has other things in mind for her. 

Firstly there’s Will, who has a reputation for being a humourless grumpy loner; things would be perfect if everyone would just leave him and his estate alone. Is he just plain grumpy, or is it the big fat secret he’s keeping that makes him act the way he does? 

Then there’s Finn, who's drop dead gorgeous, but who ran away from his past. He’s now planning a return home to Rowan Hill, and although he knows Will’s secret, he’s not about to tell Ellie. Is it loyalty to his brother that keeps him quiet, or perhaps it's just that he has a few secrets of his own? 

The perfect solution for all of them is staring Ellie in the face, trouble is she’s been accused of meddling before. Her vision for Rowan Hill could be just what everyone needs, so should she follow her heart or her head? 

As Ellie puts her plans to save Rowan Hill into action, romance and friendships blossom, however the complications of the past are never far away, and a shocking revelation soon threatens their hopes for the future. Suddenly the beliefs they once held true become the biggest obstacle they have to overcome. Will Ellie find the courage to learn from the truth and finally let a little light into all their lives. 

After all, life, like art, is all about perception, and sometimes it just depends on your point of view…. 





If you would like to buy Letting in Light the purchase link is - amzn.to/1kZLlka

Emma x

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Point Horror Club Part 3 - Trick or Treat - Plus Halloween special pictures & chat.


Trick or Treat (Point Horror, #6)
Trick Or Treat Richie Tankersley Cusick

Martha knew there was something evil about the house she was moving into. It was so cold...and creepy. And it wasn't just the house that was giving her a weird feeling. Martha was sure someone was following her...watching her every move.

Then the practical jokes began--the scarecrow with the carving knife in its head, the fire. And the phone calls: 'Trick or Treat, Martha...you're dead.'

It was October, but these were no Halloween tricks. Someone would be coming home this year with more than just a bag of treats. And Martha was the prize. Trick or Treat"              
  
I enjoyed this point horror book. I vividly remembered the title & cover but not the actual story. I liked the build up to Halloween although for me I would have liked more references as I'm a big Halloween fan (more on that later). I felt for a large chunk of the book it could have been any time of year. As with many teen books I always find the parents absence odd particularly in this book. You move your daughter from Chicago to a small town & a house she's never seen, enrol her at a school she's never visited & then go on honeymoon & leave her in the care of a stepbrother she doesn't know & is only 1 year older. Good parenting!!! ha ha!!!
 
I liked the build up although think we never really got the background on Martha. We know her Dad thinks she has an over active imagination but no explanation & nothing is really said of the fact her mum died 2 years ago. Throughout the book you are drawn to doubting Connor & Blake but I thought this too obvious & Greg was my killer. I really liked the ending although think it needed a epilogue.
 
Did you guess? Have you read this Point Horror before?

Halloween Special

I absolutely love Halloween but was not aware of its origins so decided to search.  Most websites have a lot of waffle but basically it appears to be the eve of a major Catholic festival, All Saints (1st November) and the eve of the pagan Celtic festival known as Samhain.
The three days between 31st October and 2nd November see pagan and Christian celebrations intertwined and is about superstition , religious belief and nowadays all the fun associated with dressing up, trick or treating and ghosts!!!! Oooooooh!!!!

Bonfires also became associated with Halloween in the past as a way to frighten the spirits away and a way to get through the long dark winters.  In England bonfires are now largely on 5th November Bonfire Night and most towns have firework displays to celebrate the anniversary of the Gunpowder Plot of 1605.

In the past I've had Halloween parties but only moved house 4 weeks ago so this year will be quieter.  My children also usually go trick or treating but we don't know our new neighbours & area yet so am not sure if we will still be participating.  I will still be carving my pumpkins and getting some treats in for any kids that knock at the door.

For anyone that lives near Gulliver's Land  https://www.gulliversfun.co.uk/milton-Keynes
They do a Halloween week.  We went back in 2010 & luckily had brilliant weather. It was decorated with pumpkins and ghosts, was fairly quiet and my daughter loved it.  It is primarily for under 10's and for a theme park is quite reasonable priced.  We've been a few times now.  It could do with a bit of an update paint wise but is a lovely site for young ones.
There is also a site in Warrington & Matlock Bath.
My daughter's pink & sparkly spider & web for Halloween
Me in all my witchy glory minus the annoying hat




On the 8th November we are going to our local Bonfire night which will be fun. There's a mini funfair, hotdogs, hog roast and my daughter is thrilled they will be serving pancakes.  My son who is not so keen on the noise of fireworks will be wearing ear defenders which is a fab idea I only thought of recently following a visit to an air show ( Thank you Abrahams) & him disliking the noise!!!

Happy Halloween Everyone!!!!

Emma xxx





Wednesday, 10 September 2014

The Crying Game?

Recently I've read two books. From reviews & especially twitter feedback I was prepared for both being real tearjerkers & to have the tissues ready. They were If I Stay by Gayle Forman and The Dead Wife's Handbook by Hannah Beckerman. I enjoyed both books but didn't think they were outstanding and at no point did my eyes water & my heart strings were not pulled.
 
It got me thinking that emotional scenes obviously effect us all differently I don't think I've ever cried reading a book and I love reading & have read hundreds. Even older books like My Sisters Keeper and The Lovely Bones left me dry eyed although I absolutely loved both & felt the emotion.
 
I've recently watched the new BBC1 drama In The Club & again twitter was full of people saying how emotional it was. I enjoyed the series but the only scene that made me feel emotional was Will Mellor's character asking to keep the photo of his children. I think Will Mellor played a brilliant part especially considering  he is well known for 'two pints of larger and a packet of crisps' which couldn't be more different.  Anyway slightly getting off topic!!!
 
I'm not sure if because I already have children I found it less emotional. I have been in the delivery room, held a newborn etc. I kept getting distracted by minor issues.  I know its a drama & things are exaggerated but I kept thinking you can't just run onto a labour ward? Who walks out with a newborn with perfect makeup & clothes? Why are they all so slim within days of giving birth? Maybe I'm too cynical ha ha!!!
 
I'm not completely heartless as a child I blubbed over many a film/programme.  I got upset at the cinema watching Never Ending Story (the horse scene), cried watching Tarzan and an episode of Lassie where a dog died.  As an adult I've been known to shed a tear watching Call the Midwife and an episode of The Royle Family where Barbara was doing Nana's hair had me sobbing my heart out.

I think as I've got older maybe real life and my cynical side mean I don't really cry as easily and books have never really had that power over me. I've recently been working on my own Book 2 and it has an emotional end scene.  I was thrilled that a beta reader said it tugged at her heart strings. I wonder what others will think when its released.

What do you think?

Do you cry reading emotional scenes?

Emma

xxx

Friday, 8 August 2014

Self publishing & me - an honest account

When I started this blog I wanted it to be an honest account of self publishing & I hoped any newbies who stumbled across it may find it helpful.

However as time has gone along I've not revealed my true feelings as I didn't want to appear unprofessional or moany but feel this therefore is not doing what I originally set out to do.   

In truth self publishing is creative, hard work, rewarding & a little lonely. Sales are slow & hard to come by. In the last 90 days I've sold 4 copies of The Awakening & 57 free copies of Origins were downloaded in my summer promo. I hope the free downloads might lead to some future sales but worry they may simply end up unread on kindles around the globe.
I'm not very good at blowing my own trumpet & in the early days received a bad review in America which seriously dented my confidence.

Here's the review -1 star

Most of you know by now that I am what I lovingly refer to as a "book masochist"; meaning that I will read pretty much anything I start all the way through, no matter how hard it is to get through, just so I can write a review on the entire book.
Unfortunately, despite the interesting synopsis and the cover of this book, this has earned the title of "First Book I Could Not Read". In fact, I made it a whopping 18% into it before I was forced to move on. Normally, I would wait a few days and try again, or just forgo the review entirely, but I feel in just that 18% I can write an honest enough review. After all, what I write may still appeal to readers of a certain taste. To me, this book reads as either a bad role-playing narrative, or as something that was written by a very inexperienced (and young) writer. I could not get into this story at all. I didn't care about the characters, what their secrets were, or how their story would end. Perhaps after reading for as many years as I have, I have become a bit of a book snob (I would like to hope this is not the case), but I need more to a story than this drabble.

Its a little upsetting my hard work is reduced to the term drabble & only 18% was read but I've learnt to brush it off.  You need a thick skin & a strong belief in your own product.
I love my book but have had periods of self doubt.
I've been working on the sequel & am really happy with it. I've included a lot more dialogue as this was feedback I received & love the ending.
Along the way I think you can get bogged down by KDP, Twitter, Facebook and updating your blog & forget how much you enjoy writing. Some people advise you need a strong presence online & others say don't post too often and annoy people. Its a minefield!!!
I've actually really enjoyed the blog side of things although I don't think mine is read much. This however doesn't bother me. I love my little blog.

Anyway back to self publishing I think I've forgotten a little of why I first self published. It was simply to share my story which consumed my thoughts & the sense of achievement. Obviously I wish it was being downloaded in larger quantities but the fact its out there & has some good reviews is amazing & I strongly believe the sequel is better.

I've decided to take a little step back. Not worry about stats, reviews, kindle countdown (which doesn't seem to work for me) & wait for my beta readers to come back to me & then polish book 2. Although my laptop is currently poorly & in the shop argh!!! Fingers crossed they can mend it otherwise book 2 will be delayed & I'm currently in the editing zone.

When book 2 is ready I've decided I'll do a proper one day book blitz launch & then fingers crossed it does well. If not I love it & am proud of it & that is the most important thing. After book 2 I feel I will have achieved what I set out to do.

I do have another teen book idea & have wrote 30000 words but am unsure if the present format works. I'd also love to write a holiday chick lit one day and have the beginnings of a book at 10000 words although that may never get finished or may end up for my eyes only. I enjoy writing & think I need to remember that & not the pressure I have put on myself. The pure beauty of self publishing is you are your own boss. No deadlines, timescales or limits. You decide & I think I needed to remind myself of that.
Sorry for the long post but hope someone out there will find it useful or interesting & if not I simply feel better for doing it.

Love

Emma xxx

Monday, 4 August 2014

Point Horror Club - Part 2


The Snowman R L Stine

The Snowman (Point Horror, #21)

Heather feels cold all the time. Alone. Her guardian hates her. He'd like to see her dead. He'd like all her money. But for now he settles for controlling it, and making Heather's life miserable.

Poor little rich girl, just like Cinderella...

Then the gorgeous, ice-blond guy shows up at the crummy restaurant where Heather works after school. He understands about Heather. He's her Prince Charming. No one can get to Heather now.

Heather feels so safe. So loved. So warm...


Heather lives with her aunt & uncle and hates her uncle with a passion.  The very first chapter starts with her fantasising about his death.  At her diner job (how American is that?!?) she meets the mysterious Snowman & things change. She splits up with her boyfriend Ben & spends more time with the supportive and exciting Snowman.  However he soon asks her for money & the £2000 cheque she gives him comes back to haunt her. One day Heather's uncle dies and you find out the Snowman did it & starts blackmailing her. I found this twist slightly odd and the FBI bit even more so.  A 50/50 book for me and not one I remember from my teenage years.  Still a good quick read. I won't reveal the final twist.

Do you remember this one? What did you think?


The Yearbook Peter Lerangis

The Yearbook

Pity, pity Laura Chase
Pretty hair and pretty face
Isn't it a sorry fate
She won't live to graduate?


Somebody has a morbid sense of humour at Wetherby High School. The yearbook has been sabotaged and nasty poems have appeared next to some students' photographs.

David Kallas thinks it's just a sick joke - until his friends start disappearing one by one. And when he finds a dead body, he realises that something far more sinister is going on ...


This starts with Davis Kallas agreeing to help the lovely Ariana with the yearbook so he can get closer to her & she might actually notice him.  However students start to die and it is connected to the yearbook and the two try to work out what's going on.

I found this book too weird and its the first Point Horror book I actually didn't like at all.  The weird squid monster, calcium requirements, odd number system to work out which kids are taken/killed it was all a little odd. The whole squid monster thing didn’t work for me. I’m more into ghosts, stalkers, vampires etc. The end was also rubbish to me why didn’t they just pour loads of coke on? It did seem a bit ahead of its time which was good but felt very different to other Point Horror books.

Do you agree? What are your thoughts?

I think I might read The Waitress next.

Emma xxx

Friday, 18 July 2014

Point Horror Club - Book reviews & thoughts

I have always loved Point Horror. I used to read them in one sitting as a teenager and recently have re-read several.

After seeing some other people on Twitter also still love Point Horror I decided to read & review some for my blog. Please feel free to join in and give your thoughts on favourites from your teens and books from the series you still love today.



459353The Funhouse is one of my favourites.

When the Devil's Elbow roller coaster goes off track, killing one teenager and maiming two others, everyone thinks it's just an accident . . . except Tess. She saw someone tampering with the track. Then another "accident" occurs in the Funhouse and Tess may have been the intended victim.
I loved the extracts from the killer who found an old journal and wants the boardwalk to suffer.  I didn't guess the killer till right at the end which is good.  I found it a little annoying how all Tess's friends were like its all fine, there's nothing to worry about when clearly something is wrong and why didn't Tess go back to her dad's sooner? Strong, stubborn or stupid? The other thing that struck me was the odd names Doss, Beak and Guy-Joe!!! What?!? It reminded me a little of the film Final Destination and although seemed dated largely due to the clothing/hair descriptions was still a good read.

What did you think?  Was it a Point Horror you remember?



April Fools (Point Horror, #7)April Fools - Coming home from a forbidden April Fools party, Belinda and her friends witness a horrible accident. When no one appears to have survived, the three friends vow not to admit they were there. Then the sick pranks begin, and Belinda must discover the truth to save their lives!

I did enjoy this book but found Hildy and Frank horrible from the beginning and couldn't really understand why Belinda was friends with them and went along with covering up the accident.  I also thought Belinda going back to the house repeatedly annoying as she was clearly terrified of Adam.
I loved Cobbs although it makes me laugh how Americans view English people!  What was with the cream in tea. Does anyone actually do that?
I wish we'd seen a little more of Mrs Thorne I think she was a great character and reminded me of Angelica Houston.
I didn't guess Noels involvement did you?

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Twitter - Things I've learnt that may help/interest you including #FP

I joined twitter a little late 12 January 2014.  For any new self pubbed authors I would really recommend you get on twitter as soon as possible.  My following has increased steadily on twitter whereas Facebook has stalled.  I have conversed with more people on twitter than I expected and met a few lovely people.  You can search for like minded people by using key words so you can find people that maybe interested in your page i.e.- keywords book/reading/ya/paranormal.

One thing I stumbled across was #FP this stands for Friday Phrases.  It is a creative writing game. You write a short story or poem and put #FP at the end. I absolutely love the challenge of fitting something interesting into 140 characters.  It is really fun and gets your creativity flowing. I will check throughout the day other amazing writers contributions. You can favourite or retweet other #FP and it is a lovely community.  I've also followed some new people via #FP and had a few new followers myself.  It is not for self promotion and is just for fun. If you want to see more info check out- http://fridayphrases.com/


Here are a few of my contributions -


The rain pounds on the rooftop waking me. I am warm under the duvet & smile. An icy foot touches mine & I shiver from the cold & lust.


Life is nothing now you are gone.  I have no strength, no happiness, no love. I pray for the day I do not wake & can join you again.


"Wakey wakey sleepy head, its time to get out of bed. The sun is shining high in the sky, lets build a plane & see if we can fly."


A bulb flickered. I watched from the shadows as she smoked on the porch step. I should have stopped coming but the grave was already dug.


Ennie meenie minie mo, Shall I let you live or let you go? You look so sad you pain me so, I must kill you as you are foe.


I jolted awake. Heart racing. A passing cars headlight sent a warm glow over the room. I sighed relaxing but then saw a figure move.


I woke only remembering fragments of a dream. A shopping trolley, beer, laughter. I looked outside confused to see a trolley on the lawn.


The tarot reader shuddered. She looked up visibly upset. "Do not travel by car today." As I left she grasped my hand. "Promise." 


Screech! I heard a heart wrenching thud. Everything went quiet & then screaming. It was only after a few seconds I realised it was me. 


I have learnt about manage flitter. This is a system that allows you to review followers. It will tell you who's not following back, inactive users and use keywords to find new followers. If you 'd like to take a look the website is http://manageflitter.com/


I've also come across #MondayBlogs.  This helps your blog post get noticed, meet others in the blogging community and you can stumble across some fab posts.  The basics are to share posts, RT others and use the # it is restricted to Mondays and No Book Promo allowed.


Update Dec 2014 - other useful # to promote blogs are #ArchiveDay on Saturday's #SundayBlogShare obviously on Sunday's & #wwwblogs on Wednesday's.

The final thing is to make lists.  Twitter has the function to make lists so you can categorise groups of people.  Your twitter following can grow rapidly and you can't possibly read all the tweets.  I have 4 lists currently. 1.Authors 2.Helpful & fun bloggers 3. Celebs and 4. Family & friends.


I find this method means I can keep up to date with relevant tweets easier and I'm sure I'll add more lists in the future.


I hope this helps anyone out there.


Thanks for reading.


Emma x



Origins - Word Cloud


Word cloud made with WordItOut


I saw Word Clouds ages ago on someone's blog and decided to have a look. They look amazing and are so simple I used http://worditout.com/ What do you think? Why not have a go yourself.

Emma x

Friday, 27 June 2014

Book 2 Update

Hiya everyone time for an update.

I have finally managed to crack on with the sequel to The Awakening.

I seemed to get stuck on 50955 words and didn't seem to have the time or motivation.

We are in the process of selling our house so spent 4-5 weeks house hunting. This combined with my day job and two children meant not much writing got done. However I have managed to get loads done in the last 2 weeks and typed the end on Wednesday.

The finished draft is 67000 words and I'm really happy with it.  I have gone through the draft once and removed obvious errors and separated it into chapters using natural breaks.  I think a couple of the chapters maybe too long so I might need to jiggle this a bit.

The draft has been sent to 4 beta readers who will let me know what they think. I'm hoping they will like the new characters,storyline and most importantly the end which I love.

Once I have received their feedback I will make any changes required and it will then need proofreading and a new book cover made.

I am going to have July off and hope to have all the replies back in August. It will depend when my house sale goes through as to when I'll be able to make the changes as we expect this to be in August but have no date yet.

I feel so happy to have finished it as it had been at the back of my mind for weeks.

Take care everyone and have a fab weekend.  I'm going to wait with baited breath for the replies. Eek! hope they like it.

Emma xxx

Monday, 16 June 2014

Welcome to Melissa Holden-Searching for Katherine is out 1st July

Welcome to Melissa who's new book is out 1st July. Please check out her blog & twitter for more information, reviews and blog tour dates.
 





“Searching for Katherine” is the new fiction novel by Melissa Holden.

Release Date:
July 1st 2014 on Amazon Kindle
 
Book Description:
Jennifer and Katherine are living the typical post-university life, drinking lots of tea and going clubbing. But when Katherine is kidnapped in a night club, Jennifer’s whole world is turned upside down.
Could her luck finally have changed for the better when Marcus enters her life, or is it about to get a whole lot worse?

Author’s Note:

I loved writing this novel; it was gripping (even for me). It was also a personal challenge as it’s the longest book I’ve ever written. I look forward to my readers thoughts.




Other works by Melissa are: The Snow Killer, From Me,With Love, The Little Things: A Book of Haikus and 52 Writing Prompts. These are available to buy on Amazon.co.uk




If you would like to contact Melissa Holden’s you can find her on loads of sites the links are below.  Please pop along and say hi! -


 
 

Friday, 6 June 2014

Welcome to Hazel Robinson author of Something Missing

Product Details


Welcome to Hazel who published her first book Something Missing on the 1st May 2014.
 
 
SYNOPSIS: When Susan is left orphaned, she begins a harrowing journey through the care system. Left with both mental and physical scars, Susan approaches adulthood with a self-destructive impulse. However, there is hope in the figure of her childhood friend, Max; the first boy she ever  kissed.  

Now a grown woman, Susan returns to her childhood home of Winchelsea, where she hopes she will find the answer to the gap in her heart that she’s carried with her since she left. With Max by her side, she attempts to find the path her life should have taken, to build a home, to heal old wounds, and to finally create a family that will stop the terrible feeling of something missing.
But Max has a secret, one that risks destroying all hope of a happy ever after, unless they can find a way to heal one another.

The book is available as ebook and paperback and is available from Amazon.

Author Bio: I've always had a passion for reading but over the last several years it has become an obsession, a few months ago I decided to put fingers to keys to keyboard (or pen to paper!) and write "Something Missing" a story I’ve had hidden away in the back of my mind for a long time. 

Hazel lives in the small town of Rishton in Lancashire. England, with her husband, three children, two cats, dog, rabbit and lizard. She fills her days dashing between school runs, pets and housework and at night she comes to life either writing or watching her favourite program ‘Supernatural’ (yes she is Supernatural obsessed)

Her road to writing started with a love for paranormal romance novels, and after finding a passion for tragic romance she set out on the mission to share her own story. After long nights writing and a lot of ‘Supernatural’ episodes she is finally ready to share ‘Something Missing’. Hazel loves nothing better than sitting with a cup of tea, a chocolate biscuit and a good book.
 
If you would like to contact Hazel you can find her at the following links-
Hazel Robinson at h.f.robinsonbooks@gmail.com
 
If you would like to purchase Something Missing the purchase links are below -  
 
Here is one of Hazel's favourite scenes from Something Missing -

Max cautiously strode forward, smiling when he saw that she was wrapped up in
his hoodie. His smile quickly shifted to concern. His true love now looked frail,
skinny and very tired. His eyes roamed over her baby bump and he felt his heart hurt.
He had missed touching her so much. Her eyes were brimming with tears. He held
out his hand to touch her, but she shifted back from him like a timid animal. The
room was silent. He cleared his throat… it’s now or never
 
Below are a couple of teaser pictures from Hazel I love the black & white shot -
 

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Thursday, 5 June 2014

Back to Books!!! What I've been reading, buying & liking.

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1. My most recent book purchase was Amy Bird Yours is Mine which was a bargain 99p.  It is currently still this price for eBook on Amazon (I checked today 5 June 2014).





2. I mostly read e-books.  I have had a Kindle Fire for approx. 18 months and have only purchased one paperback since then for myself.  I have bought several for my children as I firmly believe paperback books are brilliant for children.  My daughter is fast becoming a book addict like her mum.


3. I have loved meeting new authors and bloggers on Twitter since I self published my own book.  I have discovered several new authors this way and purchased books via blog tours I wouldn't have known about.

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4. The book I'm currently reading is Irish Girls on Holiday by Marisa Mackle, Michelle Jackson and Niamh Greene. It is a collection of short holiday based stories. It is light-hearted fun and as they are short stories can be read easily if short on time.



                   
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5. I love book shops although I rarely buy paperbacks anymore.  I still love the smell and feel of a book shop.  I recently visited my local Waterstones and bought a book for each of my children. My son has Pirates Love Underpants and my daughter has another Daisy book. She loves them and I can thoroughly recommend for a 7 year old.
 

Product Details6. The book I have just finished is The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa. I thought it was a good end to the trilogy and tied up a lot of loose ends.  I loved the character of Jackal and was happy with the outcome to Kanin who is another brilliant character. I don't want to reveal too much but Allie/Zeke was a little to cliqued for me and stops it being a 5 star read.
7. I have several unread books on my Kindle (about 25) but still buy more!!! I really need to reduce my list ha ha!
 
 
8. I always finish books but have recently struggled with Before We Met by Lucie Whitehouse.  I made it to 32% but have now abandoned it. I will go back to it at a later date.  It has good reviews so maybe I was just not in the mood for it.  I found it incredibly slow but hope it will pick up.