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How To Be Bare (Haiku) ANNOUNCEMENT

The haiku I wrote last month has been compiled into a collection called How To Be Bare (Haiku).

This collection is now on sale on Amazon.

The collection is £1.99/$2.49 and FREE with Kindle Unlimited and Prime via the Kindle Owner’s Lending Library.

Blurb: Haiku is the shortest form of Japanese poetry, consisting of only three lines. Poets can string several haiku together to form a longer poem. Traditional European haiku use a strict syllable count per line: 5/7/5. During February poets can take part in National Haiku Writing Month (NaHaiWriMo) where they can explore everything this short form has to offer. The haiku in this collection were written in February 2017 during my first time taking part in NaHaiWriMo. Some were written as a result of official prompts others just came to me. These haiku explore universal ideas of love, relationships and seasons with the intensity.

If you boy or borrow the book I’d appreciate an honest review.

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20 Signs Things Are NOT Okay ANNOUNCEMENT

So it’s official, my book 20 Signs Things Are NOT Okay (Poems) is available to pre-order from Amazon. The price is £1.99 and the book will be released on the 1 March.

The book is £1.99 / $2.50 or FREE via Kindle Unlimited and Prime.

This is a sequence of poems written over a few weeks which explore a woman’s descent into alcoholism as her life and drink habits spiral out of control.

The link above will direct to the correct Amazon site where you live.

The book is short so I don’t plan on releasing a paperback version. Not at the moment anyway.

BLURB: Joanne likes to go out drinking and have a good time. Since the love of her life left her for someone younger and prettier she goes out a lot more and drinks a lot more. Time passes and she realises she’s not in a good place. She likes drinking a bit too much and struggles to remember the exact sequence of events when she’s been on a binge. The poems in this collection explore her gradual descent into depression and binge drinking and the signs something is very wrong in her world.

You can claim a free copy of the book until launch date via InstaFreebie here.

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Happy Launch Day To Me

I can now officially call myself a published author.

Three of my titles are now available for sale, exclusively as e-books on Amazon. They are FREE with Kindle Unlimited and Prime via the Kindle Owner’s Lending Library.

The InstaFreebie giveaway for each book has now ended. A few titles were claimed so hopefully, these will lead to some reviews.

I’m not expecting to become a millionaire. I have my feet a bit more grounded in reality. Today is also my birthday. I turned 36. I am edging closer to 40. I knew I had to self-publish now or I never would.

I can’t just wait for the things I want to happen.

Life is short and I need to do what makes me happy. Writing and publishing my work ticks the box.

I have another release tomorrow, one on the 1 March and another on the 1 March which I am finalising just now.

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This is a diverse, kaleidoscope of poems and stories, many of which were published over a number of years. My first published pieces including Girl on A Riverbank, Lonely Heart Letters and Sewing Season which were published in Carillon magazine in 2009 and 2009. In For The Sake of June, a woman struggles to keep smiling in the face of her daughter’s struggle with anorexia. In The Left of Centre, a young man pays the price for breaking from his routine and investigating animal mutilations in the area. In What Will Be, an old woman realises she is haunted by events from her past. In The First Sight of the Enemy, a woman is confronted by the harsh reality of her affair with a married man. These pieces and the rest of the work in this collection cover a wide array of subjects including love, death, grief, desire, growing up, getting old and struggling to find your way in the world.

Buy/borrow here.

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Everyone is capable of sin. You, me, the old woman on the bus in the seat across from you who nibbles a packet of cheese & onion every day, the woman in the business suit you see on the subway every day who’s always on her phone, the old woman who lives next door and never opens her curtains, even the chubby, red-faced, slightly balding man who’s usually ahead of you in the chippie queue every lunch time. Lust is considered by many as the most cardinal of sins but is about more than surrendering to passion. The Girl In Question is told from the viewpoint of a man who has impure thoughts about his teenage daughter’s friend. Them Next Door is narrated by a gossip dishing the dirt on her unsavoury neighbours. Waiting to Breathe is about two people struggling to define what is acceptable touching when it comes to friends with benefits. These stories and the others in this collection explore the many different aspects of lust; an intense, often all-consuming desire for someone or something.

Buy/borrow here:

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Not everyone is happy all the time. Some people are unhappy most of the time. I used to be the latter. For as long as I could remember, I knew something about my life didn’t quite add up. Years of bulling emphasised the fact I wasn’t like other girls. I grew up thinking I had a red circle around my head with the word ‘Freak’ inside it. My life changed forever, for the better in 2003. I fell in love with a woman, some stranger I saw on the bus every day. If my life was a fairy tale we’d have ran into sunset holding hands. Real life tends to be a little different. She never loved me back, of course, this isn’t one of those stories. My heart got broken. I cried a lot. I realised something fundamentally important about myself I sort of like girls. This was a revelation, a key that unlocked my heart and I was happier, healthier and better for it. The fairy tale never happened. I fell in love, got hurt, picked myself up, got knocked back down and just kept going, feeling my way into a bright new world with a wide open heart. The poems collected in My Heart, Laid Bare were written over a period of two years when I was still learning who I was and who I wanted to be. They explore the themes of sexuality, love, growing up, relationships, desire, passion and loss.

Buy/borrow here:

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On How Life Is ANNOUNCEMENT

51qmkpljlnlSo it’s official, my book On How Life Is is available to pre-order from Amazon. The price is £1.99 and the book will be released on the 1 March.

The book is FREE via Kindle Unlimited and Prime.

This is a sequence of poems written over a period of few months. The poems focus on encounters between lovers, husbands and wives and strangers.

The link above will direct to the correct Amazon site where you live.

The book is short so I don’t plan on releasing a paperback version.

BLURBAn important part of life is our encounters with people; family, friends, loved ones, people we work beside, familiar strangers we see on the train every day, our neighbours and even people we pass in the street. In ‘One For Sorrow’, a woman wakes up to discover her lover has abandoned her and her life is forever changed. In ‘Three For A Girl’, a woman is changed forever by a chance encounter in her local library. In ‘Seven For A Secret’, a woman’s life is turned upside down when she exposes her husband’s lies. These poems and the others in this collection explore life-changing encounters between lovers, husbands and wives and strangers.

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My Heart, Laid Bare (Poems) ANNOUCEMENT

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So it’s official, my book My Heart, Laid Bare (Poems) is available to pre-order from Amazon. The price is £2.99 and the book will be released on the 20 February.

Clicking on the link above will direct to the UK site. The book is available at all Amazon sites using the ASIN B01N5UV5PG.

The book is FREE via Kindle Unlimited and Prime.

The paperback will follow soon via CreateSpace. I am awaiting to recieve my proof copies for approval. I habe chosen not to go with Lulu because I heard their professional services are offered by Author Solutions and everything I’ve heard suggest they are a dodgy bunch of b*******.

I have set up a FaceBook Author Page.

I have a Good Reads Author page as well.

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A Feast of Scraps (Poems & Stories) ANNOUNCEMENT

coverSo it’s official, my first book A Feast of Scraps (Poems & Stories) is available to pre-order from Amazon. The price is £1.99 and the book will be released on the 20 February.

Clicking on the link above will direct to the UK site. The book is available at all Amazon sites using the ASIN B01N5WWX2C.

The book is FREE via Kindle Unlimited and Prime.

The paperback will follow soon via CreateSpace. I am awaiting to recieve my proof copies for approval. I habe chosen not to go with Lulu because I heard their professional services are offered by Author Solutions and everything I’ve heard suggest they are a dodgy bunch of b*******.

I have set up a FaceBook Author Page.

I have a Good Reads Author page as well.

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The Day I Became An Author (Almost)

Image result for happy, dancing gifSo big things have happened over the past few days.

Not massive, life-altering events but some pretty good stuff none-the-less.

My first three books, The Sinner Song Volume 1 Lust, My Heart, Laid Bare (Poems) and A Feast of Scraps (Poems & Stories) have all been created on Lulu.

As they are going to be in paperback, Lulu’s T&C’s state I need to buy a copy so I can proof-read it and make sure it looks good and there’s no colour or print bleeding. I have ordered two and will order the third next week.

Once I am happy and approve the changes the books will go on sale. If I change anything I need to order another copy. I already know the first title will need a second copy because I fucked up the positioning of the images on the cover, which I did not learn until I worked on the second book. I also forgot to add the blurb which is pretty important.

Once I am happy with a book I will create it on Kindle, make it part of Kindle Select and set the publication date. This will be the ebook only.

I am beyond excited and terrified by this.

It takes ages to create your book on  Lulu because I had to choose what size I wanted, download a word template and then copy and paste my book into it. I then had to make sure there were no blank pages or random sections with different sizes of font.

It took forever to get my cover. The cover designer is easy to use but can be a pain in the butt. I was using my custom made cover designed by Canva. Unfortunately, the position of the title was outside the bleed area and I had to tweak Canva several times to get it right. Lulu automatically adds a text box which I didn’t need and forgot about so I kept freaking out thinking my title was all blurry. I almost cried when I remembered the damn text box, deleted it and voila – cover perfect!

I will be stalking the postman until my books arrive then I will kiss them, hug them and sob!

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My Heart, Laid Bare (Poems)

coverI finished the final proof-read of my soon-to-be-published poetry collection, My Heart, Laid Bare (Poems).

The image on the left is the final cover art.

I added the comma after My Heart because it felt like the right thing to do.

This is the longest of my poetry collections at 175.

The poems are autobiographical, written over a period of several years and deal with:

  • Coming out as a lesbian
  • First steps on the gay scene in Glasgow
  • First sexual experiences
  • First relationship
  • First break-up
  • Second relationship
  • Second break-up

Some of them have been published in magazines and anthologies.

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A Feast Of Scraps READY TO PUBLISH

art, color, colorfulSo I made a big step today.

My first book, a collection of poems and stories called A Feast of Scraps is ready to publish.

I used Canva to create the cover and selected an image from Pexels for the cover photo.

Smashwords have a free style guide you can download and a free ebook template. I read the Style Guide a while ago. I used the template to help format the ebook, cutting out instructions and updating links. It was straight forward.

I saved the file as a Web Page then uploaded it to Calibre, a great free resource for managing and converting ebooks. I uploaded my cover which I downloaded from Canva and converted it to an Epub and Mobi file.

It looks really good so far. I’ve sent the mobile file to my kindle so I can read over it and get a feel for it.

Unless I decide to make any tweaks the book is good to go as soon as I have my tax code.

I’m really excited now.