Guest Post: Lucinda E Clarke

Thank you Christoph for hosting me on your blog today where I talk about my new boss from hell.


Today I have the pleasure and honour to host the very talented Lucinda E Clarke on my blog. I’m a big fan of her work and look forward to reading this new psychological thriller series of her. Books 1 & 2 are on sale @ $/£0.99 for a week beginning 12th September.
Now over to Lucinda and her experience as freelance writer

When you earn a living as a freelance writer you meet all kinds of people. You also get to visit all kinds of interesting places. I’ve been inside a power station, numerous factories, radio and TV studios, in helicopters, tunnels under the sea, behind the scenes at Ocean World, honestly the list is endless.

Each time you’re commissioned you have a subject specialist who may or may not be the main client. Either way, it’s a new boss.

I worked with some wonderful people and I also encountered…

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Housekeeping tips

This is sooo me. great advice. (Do check out Bob’s relatives while you’re here).

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❧ Layers of dirt on windows and screens provide a helpful filter against harmful rays from the sun. Consider it an SPF and leave it alone.

❧ Cobwebs draped over lampshades reduce glare from the bulb, thereby creating a romantic atmosphere. If your husband suggests that the light fixtures need dusting, say, “What? And spoil the mood?”

❧ Explain the mounds of pet hair by saying you are collecting it to use for stuffing hand-sewn toys for underprivileged children.

❧ If company is coming, shove everything unsightly into one room and close the door. As you show your guests through your house, say, “I’d show you the den, but Fluffy hates to be disturbed, and the shots are so expensive.”

❧ If dust is really out of control, place a fancy urn on the coffee table and say, “This is where Grandma wanted us to scatter her ashes.”

❧ Mix…

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Meet Guest Author, Lucinda E Clarke…

Chris the Story Reading Ape gave me a guest post so I could rant about my new boss.

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“Write what you know,” they scream at all new authors as they stare at a blank screen or page.

Well I tried. I really did. But I had a huge problem. I know a lot, or, that should be I knew a lot. To be honest I’ve forgotten most of it.

For almost three decades I wrote for clients of all shapes and sizes (and temperaments) for radio, TV, the print media, conference presentations, educational, mayoral speeches and all points in between.

I became an instant expert on such diverse subjects as Shakespeare, car manufacture, crop growing, splitting the atom, climbing ladders, building roads, banking, ocean pollution, geometry – the list is endless. I was one of those nightmare guests at cocktail parties who could rabbit on about anything while making little sense of anything and any in-depth knowledge.

The moment…

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As I sit here in Spain, the rain is pouring down, which is kind of amazing. Poor DH is out there trying to play petanque (Spanish version of the French boules), so I’m expecting a drowned rat home any minute.

I think I’m working with the block editor so not really sure what I’m doing here. I can’t see anywhere to insert the book cover. And have I lost my nice header? You know the one with me floating over the Big Hole in Kimberley, South Africa? It was once a small mountain but man dug that all away in his frenetic lust for diamonds and then went on down, down and down until he created this massive crater. I’ve been meaning to move me over to one side, but looks as if it’s too late.

This is just a really quick blog to announce that I have put Amie: Savage Safari on a Kindle Countdown for the very first time. No idea why I’ve never done it before.

The story. Amie the reluctant spy is persuaded to return to the African country of Togodo to oversee a safari camp where international representatives are invited to bid for the rights to mine Togodo’s precious minerals. There is infighting, intrigue and a group out to prevent the auction from taking place.

Amie, pregnant with her first child has no choice but to go and keep an eye open and report back to her British spymasters. To make matters worse, her partner and soul mate Simon has gone missing and she fears for his life.

Lots of fast-paced, page turning action and recent winner of a silver medal in the eLit Awards.

You can grab it for only $/£0.99 on all market places.

PS: Look out for the launch of the 3rd book in my psychological thriller series “A Day on the Life of…” the continuing saga of the Brand family set on the south coast of France by the Mediterranean Sea.

Well, I’ve got this far. Rather proud of myself! Take care and stay safe.


Before Michael sent me the material for his guest post, I had no idea he had written so many books. I read ‘Hell’s Gate some years ago, I grabbed it as it was set in east Africa, and really enjoyed it. I must look out for some of his other books. It was a surprise to learn that he also lived in the same province of Spain as I do now.

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Michael Parker: my story.

I have been writing thrillers for many years and have experienced the highs and lows of being a writer. My first novel, NORTH SLOPE was published in 1980.

I was married to Patricia for sixty years and so very sad to say, she passed away recently after a long battle with cancer.

(That is very, very sad to hear and I’m sure all our thoughts and loving wishes go out to Michael at this difficult time.

We lived in Spain for seventeen years, moving back to England in 2014. We have four sons, ten grandchildren and three great grandsons. My hobby is writing, of course, and to date I have had fourteen novels published (nine in hardback). You can see my list in Author Central. My other hobbies are (were) snooker, speedway, football and music. I used to play snooker every week, watch football and speedway, and used to play the keyboard (not too well). I am a born again Christian and played keyboard in my fellowship in Spain for several years. I worked as a maintenance technician most of my adult life, serving sixteen years in the Royal Air Force, and about seventeen years with a food manufacturer. I retired in 1996 (I was fifty-five years old) and moved out to Spain a year later with Pat. We are now living at Pagham in West Sussex. Other jobs I have done include Merchant Seaman, office boy, and general maintenance for a chicken farmer!

I have received many excellent comments about my writing, but the proof of the pudding, as they say, is in the eating. I am a member of the International Thriller Writers and used to be a contributing editor with them.

In 2009, I worked on a global project with eleven other writers and produced a novel called PASSAGE TO REDEMPTION. This is now available as a POD novel and Kindle by Acclaimed Books Ltd. ( of which I am an associate.

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My thriller novel titled THE BOY FROM BERLIN, which was released in December 2011, was published by Harlequin who purchased (leased) the English language paperback rights for North America and Canada for five years along with THE EAGLE’S COVENANT.

Meanwhile my current paperbacks: NORTH SLOPE; A COVERT WAR; ROSELLI’S GOLD; HELL’S GATE; THE DEVIL’S TRINITY; SHADOW OF THE WOLF; PAST IMPERFECT; A DANGEROUS GAME; WHERE THE WICKED DWELL; and NO TIME TO DIE are available on Amazon and other major outlets through Draft2Digital publishing.

My title, PAST IMPERFECT, a romance with a hard-edged back story, was released by my London publisher, Hale, in January 2015 — I never expected my publisher to accept it. The e-book followed in February. This is a romance with a rough-edged back story. Something of a change from my other titles. It is now available in paperback.

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 I have also published a non-fiction work titled: A WORD IN YOUR EAR (How God changed my retirement plans). This is an anecdotal account of how I became a born-again Christian after moving to Spain, even though I had no plans to do anything of the kind when we moved out there. I eventually preached at Christian fellowships around the Costa Blanca area and the book contains some of my earlier sermons. It is available on Amazon.

Most recent news: Joffe Books, one of the indie world’s successful on-line publishers, will be relaunching my romance, PAST IMPERFECT this coming autumn.


Thank you so much, Michael, for being my guest this week.

If you’re an author and would like to be featured on this blog, drop a note in the comments below or pm me on FB.

Stay safe and take care.



WordPress Owners: Please Read

My feelings exactly. – Why change? And now Facebook is at it as well! Do they know how long it takes wrinklies to learn a new programme!


If anyone who reads this is not happy with the new Block Editor, if you don’t want to use it, wish it had never happened, and quite literally hate the thing, then please reblog this post, share it constantly on social media, and let’s see if we can get WordPress to take notice of us.

Dear WordPress, you have started to force the Block Editor on your blogging community. You must have your reasons for this, and I supect they are commerical ones. After all, you have to make a profit, and you continue to provide a basic blogging platform free of charge to the majority of your bloggers.


You will also be aware that a significant percentage of your loyal bloggers absolutelyHATEthis new Block Editor. It is not intuitive, and we can see no good reason for it having to be forced on us.

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#BookSale: Survival of the Fittest!

A guest post on Jacqui coming up soon, but in the meantime, you may like to grab this.


Today, my latest prehistoric fiction, Against All Odds, is available for sale on Amazon. To promote that exciting event, I’m putting Book 1 of the trilogy, Survival of the Fittest, on sale July 24th-July 26th 2020. The way this Kindle sale works is it starts at $.99 and goes up $1 each day until it’s back to it’s normal price–$3.99. Like this:

  • July 24th: $.99
  • July 25th: $1.99
  • July 26th: $2.99
  • July 27th: $3.99 (normal price)

If you haven’t read it (or you aren’t in KU where you can read it for free), now’s a great time to buy it!

Spread the news!

#IndieSale #IndieAuthor #booksale #kdpsale

Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers, and the Man vs. Nature saga. She is also the author/editor…

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You READ – but do you leave REVIEWS? – by Chris Graham (aka The Story Reading Ape)

Heartfelt words, thank you, Christopher.

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A stack of books and words Read - Review - RepeatIf not, why not?

I don’t have time

The author probably spent a heck of a lot more time writing the story than you took to read it, no matter how slow you think you are, so why not take a few minutes to record your feelings about it.

I can’t write long fancy reviews like those I see on book review blogs

You don’t have to, Amazon, for example, only ask you to use a minimum of 25 non repeating words.

I can’t express myself very well

No-one is asking you to produce a literary masterpiece, start off with things you liked, didn’t like or a mix of both about the book, e.g.,

I liked this book because –

it reminded me of –

it made me think about –

it made me so scared I couldn’t sleep for –

it made me feel homesick for –


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Smorgasbord Laughter Lines – May 14th 2020 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin

Brilliant as always

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Firstly, with the results of sleuthing on the Internet are some funnies from Debby Gies followed by some jokes from Sally.

D.G. Writes is where you will find an archive full of wonderful posts across several subjects including writing tips, social issues and book reviews.

The humour about this global pandemic is still going strong, and whilst we appreciate that this is no laughing matter… it does demonstrate the lengths humans will go to to stay positive.

Thanks to Debby for finding this treasures… please give her a round of applause..

D. G. Kaye – Buy:Amazon USAndAmazon UK    BlogD.G. Writes – Goodreads: D.G. Kaye on Goodreads

Check out Debby’s new series here on Smorgasbord  D.G. Kaye Explores the Realms of Relationships 2020

And now a joke or two from Sally….stop me if you have heard them before….

An Old Ranchers advice

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Free to Choose

Lots fo good books on offer @ 0.99 including one of mine!

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Let’s be honest from the outset, few folks are going to spend their cash if they can get something free of charge.

In the world of eBooks there are many reasons for titles to be offered ‘Free’ which include:

–an author’s promotion.

–a website promotion.

— a story to attract interest in the author’s work.

— pirate sources offering authors’ work free illegally.

How about paying a reduced price instead of aiming straight for the freebie?

Again, we have a number of reasons but now we’re being asked to pay so why would we choose to do such a thing?

Instead of making a list, there is one main aspect I’d highlight. The author or the supplier is content that the product is worthy of being sold but for whatever reason, the price has been reduced. The onus is on the buying public to look at the reduction which is…

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