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A great review by Jacquie Biggar of Sally Cronin’s new book, Life’s Rich Tapestry.

Jacquie Biggar-USA Today Best-selling author

Life’s Rich Tapestry is a collection of verse, microfiction and short stories that explore many aspects of our human nature and the wonders of the natural world. Reflections on our earliest beginnings and what is yet to come, with characters as diverse as a French speaking elephant and a cyborg warrior.

Finding the right number of syllables for a Haiku, Tanka, Etheree or Cinquain focuses the mind; as does 99 word microfiction, bringing a different level of intensity to storytelling. You will find stories about the past, the present and the future told in 17 syllables to 2,000 words, all celebrating life.

This book is also recognition of the value to a writer, of being part of a generous and inspiring blogging community, where writing challenges encourage us to explore new styles and genres.

I am one of those people who has led an eclectic life. My father was in…

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A great selection of posts shared by Sally Cronin (yes, one of mine included, but read them all). I’m honoured to be in such fantastic company.

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The first post is from author Nicholas Rossiswho has his finger on the pulse of self-publishing and publishing trends. In this post he shares some of those for 2020 with some strategies for marketing your books in line with the changes.

Digital growth | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books

The Top Publishing Trends For 2020

Written Word Media (WMD) recently published a must-read article with the top publishing industry trends for 2020  written by Clayton Noblit. I am sharing here a summary that includes their main points.

1. Audiobooks will continue to gain popularity, and more indie authors will invest

A 2019 survey revealed that half of all Americans over the age of 12 have listened to an audiobook in the past year. Additionally, audiobook listeners trended younger. Fifty-five percent of listeners were below the age of 45. The survey stats showed an increase from 2018, and the expectation is that audio will continue to grow

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Unfortunately, two charities were also among the victims of a scam perpetrated on a group of authors. Any help will be welcome.

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79985588_10214393024052143_1232300905487925248_n.jpgMany of you know the authors of Do No Harm medical thriller set raised money for Operation Renewed Hope (for American Veterans) and Anicara Pet Care to support Senior Pets. We were told by the publisher, the now defunct Genius Media, that each charity would receive $1,800. Then Wid Bastian, owner of Genius Medial told us there were NO royalties for authors or money for the charities. In short, the 17 authors and named of DO NO HARM were #SCAMMED and #CHEATED along with our 501c3 charities. While we are pursuing criminal and legal action, I feel badly for the charities who have counted on those monies. I have enclosed the link to contribute to Anicara https://crm.bloomerang.co/HostedDonation?ApiKey=pub_9eadd07a-39d0-11e9-9f3d-0aa640fb8062&WidgetId=1615872

and Operation Renewed Hope https://operationrenewedhopefoundation.org/how-you-can-help/make-a-donation/

Please, if you can, help us raise these amounts as the charities has counted on these dollars. You can use your credit card. Every little…

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A warning all authors should heed from Christoph Fischer. Beware!

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Here is a little warning about a “service” I subscribed to recently:
Wid Bastian of Genius Media who now has a new business named Kairos Phoenix Company (KPC).

https://www.facebook.com/widb1
https://www.bizapedia.com/wy/kairos-phoenix-company-llc.html

I’m usually sceptical when it comes to professional indie author support but was taken in by his string of box sets. So many authors couldn’t be wrong?

Our book, Do No Harm, A collection of Medical thrillers, did well. Thanks to advertising and our own huge efforts we made USA Today and gathered 1.5 millions page reads during the short time it was in KU.

Two charities were named for this set, both 501c3 charities in the US and were to receive the pre-order proceeds.  The charities advertised and marketed the set along with the authors. I’ve seen predominantly the marketing efforts from charities and the authors involved – actually next to nothing from his company.

Anyway, when…

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Thanks to Sally for including me on her list. There are so many bloggers I’d like to include, and of course, Sally would be right there!

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I was thrilled to be nominated by author and blogger Stevie Turner for the Blogger Recognition Award and it has given me the perfect excuse to thank you to just a small selection of bloggers who are such a wonderful support for both the blog and my books. Some have already been mentioned in Stevie’s post but I hope they don’t mind being mentioned again.

I know how busy everyone is at this time of year… so participation is optional and please just accept my thanks for your kindness.  I have made up my own award plaque and hope you will find somewhere to hang it.

First there are a few guidelines attached to the award should you wish to participate….

My thanks of course to Stevie Turner on WordPress for nominating me..

Rules:

1. Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
2. Write…

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Sally Cronin is inviting us all to a party on the 21st of December, you only need to share a wish…

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The theme for this year’s party is ‘Just One Wish’. We are all familiar with the story of Cinderella and her Fairy Godmother, who was pretty liberal with that magic wand of hers and managed to turn a pumpkin into a golden carriage.

Unfortunately, she has long since retired and hung up her wand, but because I asked nicely (and she would like me to promote her memoir – The Prince Charmings I have Known!) she has agreed to allow you all one wish.

  • Your wish can be for anything you like, for you, for someone close to you, real, imaginary, massive such as world peace (that might be a bit of a stretch for her) or something you wish you had done or said in the past.
  • Humour is very welcome as it is tough for anyone to deny you anything if you make them laugh…

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A lovely book recommended for children between 3 and 6. Don’t miss it!

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It’s here! I am overjoyed to announce the release of my latest book!

Oskar is afraid of adventures. Yet one day he finds himself on a mysterious island which needs his help.

Join Oskar on this unexpected and magnificent quest, where he finds not only courage but so much more …

“It’s light, extremely enjoyable and very gripping.” Esther Chilton, author & editor

The first review is already in and thank you so much to Bette A. Stevens who read a pre-release copy of Oskar’s Quest.

DELIGHTFUL!

In this beautifully illustrated children’s book, author Annika Perry captures the importance of caring for others, overcoming fears and making new friends.

Young children are sure to relate as a fearful Oskar steps out of his comfort zone and embarks on a perilous journey in an effort to save a beautiful songbird and return happiness to an island where he’s been stranded…

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Thanks to Sally Cronin for this great opportunity showcasing author’s work, and special thanks for including one of my stories and a recent shining review!

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Welcome to this year’s Christmas book fair where I will be sharing the books of all the authors on the shelves of the Cafe and Bookstore with their most recent review in the last six months. I will be selecting authors at random so that there is something for everyone in the post.

The first author with plenty of books that would make great gifts this Christmas is Anita Dawes and her featured book is Let it Go.

About Let it Go

Mary Flanagan lives in south London with her ordinary family. Mum and dad, a stroppy older sister and an aging grandmother who lives across the road.

Her life is not so ordinary, but not as good as it could be. What with her dad spending all his wages in the betting shop, and the almost constant fighting with her sister Sally.
Her dad comes home with the…

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Don’t miss this opportunity to get Jaye Marie’s new book, Silent Payback, at a bargain price.

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A pleasure to share the news of Jaye Marie’s latest book – Silent Payback a psychological thriller that is on pre-orderfor its final day at 99c/99p before release tomorrow..

About the book

A serial killer roams the streets of Brighton, hunting for his next victim.
When the case lands on detective David Mallory’s desk, will his personal demon prevent him from bringing this vicious monster to justice?

As the body count rises, Mallory finds himself sinking under the weight of his heavy secret – one that could jeopardise his job and his reputation.

With the pressure building, can the troubled detective reconcile his issues and solve the case before more women die?

Take advantage of the pre-order price of 99p for today only:https://www.amazon.co.uk/Silent-PayBack-detective-shaky-ground-ebook/dp/B07YVB3HFF

And on Amazon US at 99c: https://www.amazon.com/Silent-PayBack-detective-shaky-ground-ebook/dp/B07YVB3HFF

A selection of other books by Jaye Marie

One of the recent reviews for Nine Lives on…

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#Bookreview A Matter of Interpretation by Elizabeth Mac Donald (@bizzieauthor) #Matterofinterpretation A fictionalised biography of a fascinating historical character searching for knowledge against all odds http://ow.ly/FiKZ50wEc8y

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“Ruffled feathers and endless squawking over a minor difficulty is typical of a crow’s life. I lean back on the counter and realize that could be my line….”

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