“…has anyone ever actually died laughing?”—CathyR for Between The Lines Book Reviews
“The off-the-wall snark’s all there.“—Terry Tyler, Author of Project Renova series
“Get this book and prepare to be entertained, you can thank me later.” —Georgia Rose, Author of The Grayson Trilogy
“This book needs to come with a warning: ‘Caution: Do Not Eat Or Drink While Reading This Book! You will spew food or liquid everywhere when you laugh out loud.’”—Kassandra Lamb, Author of Kate Huntingdon Mysteries
“This rollicking escapade had me in stitches one minute and pondering the next. I could see my own childhood through their…
Yes I know it’s ages since I last wrote a blog post, but WordPress went and changed everything didn’t they? It took me months to learn to navigate the old version and now I had to start all over again. And, frankly I just didn’t have the time or the energy or the inclination to do that.
I’ve been happy to re-blog posts which I think are worth sharing for one reason or another but now, I have a new book out and I want to tell everyone about it, so here I am.
I first began writing about the Brand family in 2019 and published A Year in the Life of Leah Brand, a psychological thriller. I took a break while we were in Australia and India and then lock down arrived with it’s peace and quiet and I wrote two more as a follow on.
I have just put book 4 up as a pre-order A Year in the Life of Belinda Brand. So, if you can please, please pass the word on I would be so grateful. I’m so hopeless at marketing I never know where to begin.
Each book can be read as a standalone but it’s more fun if you follow the saga all the way through and, as each book is now only $/£0.99 they are affordable in these hard times.
Belinda writes a best seller. How many of us have dreamed of that day? But celebrity status has its downside and now she is in the spotlight she is also in danger. The past continues to haunt the Brand family and threaten their lives.
Well that didn’t work did it? I typed in the link and it brought up the cover, but there is no preview on pre-orders. Sigh – defeated by technology again! I may on the other hand have embedded the link but I’ll have to post to try it out.
Yeah! I found the preview button and I did embed the link – that has made my day 🙂
Hi SEers, John here with you today. The last time we were together, I talked about sensibilities in writing. I made the point that authors should be careful when writing characters of a specific race, gender, age, nationality, and sexual orientation because of changing social norms. I also stated that I didn’t believe writers should not exclude themselves from writing about these groups because they are not part of them. If you would like to read that post, you can go HERE.
Today I would like to take it one step further and discuss books written in a different time of our societal development. I intend to explore the idea of what should happen to books or stories that reflected older periods and older thoughts about race, gender, age, nationality, and sexual orientation.
Welcome to the round up of posts that you might have missed this week on Smorgasbord
I hope you are all well and have some decent weather. Ours is still mixed at the moment with freezing showers forecast for tonight. The sun is shining at the moment and whilst still nippy it is a welcome sight.
As you know I prefer the Classic Editor. I did a trial of the block editor and whilst I appreciate that many are very happy with it. I don’t find it helpful for me, because of the posts that I upload. For example this weekly round up which I try to update daily as even with the original classic editor it would usually take an hour. There was an update about three weeks ago which added more steps into the process. Whilst they have said they will not support the editor I had hoped…
There are a few things going on in the Cafe and Bookstore and I thought this was a good time to have a recap of existing promotions and some new or revised ones coming up in the next few weeks.
I am always delighted to welcome new authors to the shelves of the cafe and if you are new to the blog then here is the link that tells you what I need from you to create your first promotion. It also shares some tips on how to get the best from your promotion.
For existing authors in the Cafe and you can check Cafe and Bookstore for your entry and if you have changed covers or have a new book recently released that I have missed please email me with the Amazon link to…
Today Sue Vincent shared what may be her last blog post. It’s so like Sue that it’s a message of hope as well as gentle regret.
Sue has given so much and so freely—to family, friends, and uncounted thousands she’s touched online. This post of loss and love is deeply personal. But it’s also universal. The world has faced loss and grief on an unprecedented scale over the past year. Sue is part of that pandemic recording. It might not be the coronavirus that ultimately beats her (a far older and even more egalitarian cancer will be credited with that victory) but it played a lead role in delaying treatment which might have bought time.
So here’s my challenge. Please share this post. Please share a tweet and add names of those you’ve lost this past year. Because the world needs to remember every loss, every person whose death was…
A great blog as I related it to A Year in the Life of Leah Brand as I didn’t want the usual tie up soppy happy ending but to leave the reader wondering. Did I do right or wrong? Who knows but it bothered a lot of people. The answer is in book 2, if you’fre curious. 🙂
It was 10pm, and I was trying to sleep when my door flew open and my sister came in, wailing like a wounded puppy. “Why did you kill him?”
I cleared the sleep from my eyes. “What the hell are you talking about?”
“Michael! You killed Michael!”
At that, I couldn’t help myself from laughing. Not a nice thing, I know.
Curiously, she went ahead to profess love for the story—particularly the ending that made her cry. Fascinating, right? My story was able to create such a strong emotional reaction because it avoided the safety of a happy ending and the depression of a sad ending. Instead, it opted for the more fulfilling happy-sad resolution.
Why Happy-Sad Endings?
Before we answer the question of why, let’s explore the story endings that we commonly see. To put it bluntly,