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Happy Launch Day To Me Pt. 2

My book, 100 Words About Love (Stories) is on sale from today.

They are also FREE with Kindle Unlimited and Prime via the Kindle Owner’s Lending Library.

This book was also part of an InstaFreebie Giveaway which has now ended. A couple of copies were claimed so hopefully, this will lead to some reviews.

Nobody has bought or borrowed my releases from yesterday. I knew nothing was going to happen overnight but I can’t help feeling a little twinge of disappointment. All I can do is have my titles available and promote and advertise them.

I just need to keep plugging away and if I believe enough in myself and my work something will happen.

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Love is a universal emotion that everyone feels at some point and can take many forms. In ‘Deep & Lowdown’ a woman feels her baby kick for the first time when her lover abandons her. In ‘The Old Woman Who Lives Down The Lane’, a young girl carries out an act of kindness for a neighbour. In ‘To Miss, With Love’, a young boy finds a way to express his crush on a teacher. In ‘What Sisters Are For’, a teenage girl helps her younger sister deal with a life-changing situation. These stories and the rest in this collection explore the idea of love and what it means for different people in different situations.

The book can be bought/borrowed 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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100 Words About Love ANNOUNCEMENT

416jgk1m9lSo it’s official, my book 100 Words About Lust is available to pre-order from Amazon. The price is £1.99 and the book will be released on the 21 February.

The link above will direct you to the Amazon site where you live and was created by a really useful site known as BookLinker.

The book is FREE via Kindle Unlimited and Prime.

This is quite short so I don’t plan on releasing a paperback at the moment.

The stories are the ones I wrote during January for my 100-word story writing challenge.

 

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The Sinner’s Song Volume 1: Lust ANNOUNCEMENT

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So it’s official, my book The Sinner’s Song volume 1: Lust 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 B01MYE1IQZ.

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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The Sinner’s Song Volume 1 Lust

coverI completed the final proof-read of my story collection, The Sinner’s Song Volume 1 Lust.

This will be published on the 20th February. Further details to follow.

The image on the left is the final cover art. I designed it using Canva. The image itself is a custom word cloud I made using Tagul. Tagul lets you chose a custom shape for your word cloud so I chose lips as this fits well with the theme of lust. Tagul has a lot of shapes already but you can upload any image you want and use this as a shape. The words used include the title of the collection, the words seven deadly sins and lust plus a lot of words linked to lust such as passion, desire, covet and need.

I’m really pleased with the cover. I have used the same colour scheme for the other six volumes so it’s clear the collections are linked, just the shape and words are different.

I made very minor changes to the ten stories in the collection. Once I have finished proof-reading the other titles I want to release I’ll upload them to my distributers and make them available for pre-order.

Things are moving swiftly.

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Where The Heathens Go (Stories)

Image result for regretI compiled a collection of stories called Where The Heathens Go (Stories).

The stories also explore grief and sorrow.

The title story, for example, is about a woman whose estranged son dies before they can reconcile.

This is also part of my prep-work to self-publish early in 2017. This is the final collection compiled from existing stories.

Daddy’s Favourite
Losing The Light
Where The Heathens Go
Sangria After Dark
Driftwood
The Bee Keeper
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The Stations Of Grief (Stories)

Image result for GRIEFI compiled a collection of stories called The Stations of Grief (Stories).

The stories explore the theme of grief and death.

The title story, for example, is about a woman who struggles to remain in one piece after the death of her lover.

This is also part of my prep-work for self-publishing early in 2017.

After The Party
In Sheep’s Clothing
Marcus Pole’s Last Stand
Sweet Obsession
Angie’s Last Night
The Stations Of Grief
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The Path Of Thorns & Other Stories

Image result for path of thornsI compiled a collection of stories called The Path of Thorns & Other Stories.

The stories explore the complexities of modern relationships including breaking up.

The title story, for example, is about an old woman who bumps into a flame from her past while out walking her dog.

This is part of my prep work for self-publishing early in 2017.

Those Left Behind
This Juliet Is Bleeding
The Prodigal
The Story Of What Was
The Love We Once Shared
That’s Just What You Are
The Art Of Calligraphy
The Path Of Thorns