Author Lucinda E Clarke on Tell Me a Story

Annette Rochelle Aben


Friday, October 14th 1:30-2pm EDT ~ Join us as we travel to Spain to meet author, Lucinda E. Clarke who is our guest today on Tell Me a Story. Lucinda has led a remarkably interesting life filled with many diverse adventures which have included everything from raising children to having a highly successful career in media as well as growing up with a mother who had Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Having something to write about is one thing, but Lucinda has won the awards to prove she has the gift of being able to write with superb creativity and style. Visit her website to discover her highly successful books: Walking Over Eggshells, Truth, Lies and Propaganda, More Truth, Lies and Propaganda, Unhappily Ever After, Amie, An African Adventure and Amie and the Child of Africa. In fact, she has a new book coming out…

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This is the extra blog I threatened you with – it’s the cover reveal for my new book out soon.

It’s the third in the Amie series, remember her? She left – no she was dragged out of – England by her husband Jonathon to go and live in Africa. In Amie an African Adventure.


(I would like to add here that Amie book 1 is out in Spanish and very soon will be available in Italian). Amie settles into her new life but then comes to the unwelcome attention of a Colonel in the army who forces her to do something that she really doesn’t want to do (I’m trying not to give too much away here). Then civil war breaks out, and soon she is fighting for her life. She changes from being a naive, indecisive drip to being a brave, indecisive woman.

I am really thrilled she has an Honourable Award in Fiction – Action in the Reader’s Favorite Awards 2016. She was also the winner of the Adventure category in the Pinnacle Awards 2016 and got a bronze in Popular Fiction –Adventure genre in the Global eBook Awards 2016.


In book 2 Amie goes off in search of the foster child she lost during the civil war. She doesn’t realize that this will bring her up against an fanatical terrorist organization with international connections. She needs all the skills she’s learned to survive – but she ignores the witch doctor’s advice and suffers the consequences in Amie and the Child of Africa.


Book 3  Amie, Stolen Future sees Amie and her husband returning to Africa, but the terrorists have neither forgiven nor forgotten and they are determined to take their revenge. Amie is left powerless and forced into a life she never expected. She has a new employer, forced to do what they ask of her. She has become a mature, still a little indecisive, woman but danger follows her everywhere. Her future has been stolen and once again she struggles to survive not knowing who she can trust.

My editor tells me this is the best Amie book yet, in fact she’s very, very enthusiastic about it – I hope readers will like it as much.


Release date, hopefully early November in both paperback and ebook.coming-soon-amie-3

If I can threaten  blackmail persuade you to sign up to my newsletter list, I am planning to release the first chapter to those on the list.  You can contact me on and I’ll gladly add your address.


SECOND WARNING:  If you think the other week’s picture of the little, furry dead things with tails for sale in the market was bad – worse is to come in this blog. So close your eyes when the pictures come up or you may never drink again.

I know our guides came for us at 8.30 each morning but if felt more like dawn, as this was now day 16 and frankly we were knackered. We’d not had a rest at all, no weekend off and all the temples we had seen were now just floating before my eyes one after the other.

Back to the river, and while we spotted a few other tourists all cramming into one boat, we had a forty-seater all to ourselves. Guess that’s how the other half live? It was two hours up the river, according to my daily diary, until we pulled up on the left bank and our guide strode off leaving me to negotiate some rather slippery floating planks which had no intention of either keeping still or meeting each other.

We had arrived at the Pak Ou Caves. We guessed these caves were holy in some way as you can only reach them by going up some very steep steps and the nooks, crannies and shelves were all wall to wall Buddha statues, most of them quite small. Our guide explained that every family member places his or her own statue in the cave. There are thousands and thousands of them. Some are quite old and damaged, while others are obviously new.

They show all the different positions – meditation, teaching, peace, rain, and reclining (nirvana). It was difficult to feel we were in a holy place as there were other tourists there and a couple of locals selling souvenirs.

You could go up even higher into the top caves. I took one look and declined – being the #1 coward that I am – but DH hopped out of sight, after giving me a very condescending look. He was back a few minutes later after he saw just how many steps he would have to climb.

We boarded the boat again and were ferried across the river to have lunch on a floating restaurant (boat on water tied to the bank) and then it was off to other rural villages – Ban Xanghai and Ban Xangkhong. Here, I suspect the locals engage in papermaking, silk weavings and wine making mostly to sell to the tourists. Close your eyes now if you are of a nervous disposition.

We fell into bed that night and I set the alarm for 5.30 am. Tell you why next time.

What more can I tell you about William IV? He was known as the sailor king. Well I guess he never expected to be king as he was the third eldest boy born to George III and Queen Charlotte. So he was allowed to join the navy as a midshipman when he was only 13 years old, although Mum and Dad insisted a tutor went with him which spoiled the fun a bit.


But he got about and was arrested in Malta after a drunken brawl. Of course they let him go immediately  they realized who he was. It’s always who you know right?

Quick tip:- Walking over Eggshells is due for a promo on Thursday at $/£0.99 which is probably a bit silly me telling you that now, as no one is going to buy it for the next few days, but then remember, only my blog and FB page readers will know that.

Here are the links to Amazon and it’s also available on Nook, Kobo and Apple. (Smart pic with the silver medal on).


I’m writing an extra blog this week with more news. Take care and thank you for reading.

Indie Success –10 things that really matter

Sometime we are so busy frantically checking to see how many sale we’ve made and we forget the real reason for writing and we must remember to be proud of what we’ve done.

Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

From the vaults – June 2015:

Hans Christian Andersen by Anne Grahame Johnstone

Hans Christian Andersen by Anne Grahame Johnstone

There are a lot of articles and reports out there giving various and often conflicting figures about the Indie book market. All seem to agree, however, that the percentage of Indie writers and publishers is huge and growing. You only have to read a few Indie books to realise there is some seriously good stuff out there and marvel at the ingenuity and diversity of the imaginations from which they were born.

Yet there is still a stigma attached to independently published work. There are those, it is true, who see it only as a way to make a fast buck and churn out little more than rubbish. These are not writers in my opinion and it is not of their books I speak, they are little more than opportunists; marketeers who, seeing a potentially lucrative product…

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90 sites to advertise your book

A really helpful list – sharing this in case it helps.

James Calbraith


As far as I’m aware, this is the most comprehensive list of book promo sites anywhere on the internet. The list was compiled from various online sources, most notably – Rachelle’s Window (go there and thank her! 🙂 she also lists Alexa rankings for the sites) and my own research. As of updating this on April 17th 2016, all the links below are working. Note that I can’t guarantee that the sites themselves are still working, that the forms lead anywhere, or that you will actually get anything for your money.

Majority of these sites advertise books when they’re free, as part of KDP Select or Smashword promo. If you want to promote a paid book, you usually need to pay extra.

Don’t forget you can also promote your tweets and Facebook posts on Twitter and Facebook, though that is known to be not very effective unless you know…

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We visited Khouang Si Waterfall. This was set in a national park, and although our itinerary stated we could take a dip in the refreshing, sparkling pools, they had to be joking!! I saw no wet suits and flippers for hire. We watched some gay young things stripping off, jumping in and frolicking in the water, I hope they have recovered from their pneumonia and are out of hospital by now.

Lunch was interesting.


I was surprised to see they had a few bears I believe they rescued them to come and play on the tyres and wooden frames.

Then it was off to see – yes you’ve guessed it, another temple complex.

This was Wat Xieng Thong, a Buddhist temple, one of the most important Lao monasteries, located on the northern tip of Luang Prabang peninsula.

Sadly for some unknown reason, neither of us took any pictures of the little town of Luang Prebang itself. It was quite cute, with some Swiss type architecture, mixed in with low level modern concrete constructions and has been declared a World Heritage Site. For this reason traffic is strictly limited, which is just as well as the roads reminded me of Maputo not long after the civil war. A 4×4 is useful for the main streets.

Left to our own devices we dined in town and then decided to take a rickshaw ride back to the hotel. We agreed the few pennies for the trip and watched the sun go down as our happy cyclist pedalled along the road. Soon we didn’t recognize the route and still he pedalled. Past rice fields, a sort of industrial estate outside of town, and still he pedalled. We were getting seriously worried. On and on and on he went and then further and further. We weren’t being whisked off for the slave trade were we? No, not two old foggies like us. Suddenly he turned a corner, ignoring the speeding oncoming traffic and there we were, right in front of the hotel. He’d gone miles out of his way apparently to avoid that CIA bridge.

Well now that we’ve quite reasonably disposed of George IV the next king is William IV. When I looked it up on the net, it said that he reigned from 1830 until his death – well really, did they expect he would go on being king after that? A sort of ghostly spectre hovering over his court? He was only on the throne for 7 years, and for a moment I considered leaving him out, but thought maybe not.

william_iv_cropI mentioned his white waistcoat as that is how I remember him in pictures, but I see he is actually wearing some very trendy white leggings. I suspect he also got those in Primark where I got mine. Mind, a closer look at the picture makes me wonder if he’s wearing anything at all between the top of his thighs and those cute little shoes with bows on them. I’ll leave you to make up your own mind.





The advertising bit: As soon as I press publish on this, I am going to raise the price of “Unhappily ever After,” my Fairytale for grown-ups from $/£ 0.99 to $2.99 so you might want to grab it while it’s cheap.

I have been asked by one reader to warn people where they read it. Apparently she almost fell off the treadmill in the gym she was laughing so much and nearly had a nasty accident. But I have written a disclaimer in the front that I take no responsibility for the characters for the dreadful things they say and the even worse politically incorrect things they do.

Secrets Readers Don’t Know about Authors

I just loved this – so much truth here 🙂

Terri Herman-Ponce

A lot goes on behind the scenes in getting a book published. Stuff that readers don’t know and probably don’t need to know. Because, let’s face it, all a reader cares about is a story that takes them out of the real world and into another that, when well done, leaves them wanting more even after they’ve reached The End.

But, because I like to have fun, I figured I’d share some secrets readers may not know about authors. It’s a way of poking fun at an author’s reality (at least mine!). So let’s peel back Oz’s curtain, shall we?

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  1. We pretend the writing is going well when it isn’t. Ask a writer how their story is going and you’ll hear, “Oh, it’s all finally coming together,” or “I’ve hit a rough spot in the middle, but I know I’ll work it out,” or “I’ve got an…

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Laughter the Best Medicine – Weekend Special – Part One.

It’s the age thing 🙂

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

out-of-the-mouths-of-babesA dear friend sent me these by email and told me I could go ahead and share… good for several posts. Thank you Tina and hugs.

A Florida State Trooper pulled over an 87-year-old woman for speeding. As he looked at her drivers license, he was surprised to notice that attached to it was a concealed weapon permit. Taken aback, he couldn’t help but ask if she had a gun in her possession. She replied in her crackly voice that she indeed did have a 45 automatic in her glove compartment. The trooper then asked if she had any other weapons, to which she replied that she also had a 9mm glock in her center console. The shocked trooper asked if that was all, and the little old lady held up her purse and replied, “Well, I do keep a 38 special in my purse.” Finally the astonished trooper asked…

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