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Thursday, 11 February 2016

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Tuesday, 2 February 2016

What’s a girl to do when she discovers her boss is a wanted man?

Become a honey trap, that’s what
Poor Charlie, she really should’ve stayed home

For anyone (as long as they aren’t ginger)



Extract from A Proper Charlie (this book is available in all electronic formats) 

‘What the bloody hell have you done, Charlie?’ Mr Fanton stood behind her, his hands, somewhere beneath his large middle, were on his hips. He came forward and slapped down a wad of printouts on a nearby table. ‘I’ve just being ringing up the stationers to see if there’s been some kind of mistake, but apparently not.’ He jabbed at the printouts with a finger. ‘The quantities are all in triple figures! What were you thinking?’

Charlie felt terrible. ‘I’m so sorry Mr Fanton, I think the order must’ve gone through twice, somehow.’ She remembered how Faye had caused her computer to go blank while looking for her pen and Charlie had resubmitted the order.

‘Twice? Look!’ he shrieked picking up the printouts of her order and thrusting them into her hands. ‘That isn’t twice! What am I supposed to do with that lot?’

Charlie looked through the pages. It was her scroll on the bottom of the order. Oh God, she must have submitted it for the third time by mistake! ‘I’m sorry,’ she repeated in a small voice, realising that people in the canteen were taking great delight in witnessing her dressing-down. ‘I’ll sort it, Mr Fanton,’ she added.

‘Sort it?’ He glowered, spittle gathered at the corners of his mouth, and his jowls wobbled as he shook his head. ‘Are you going to pay for it, too? Are you going to work wage-free while you sort out the mess? Well, are you?’

Charlie felt close to tears. She was deeply troubled over her personal involvement over Sally, and felt that any moment now she’d collapse in a heap of convulsing sobs. She restrained herself.

‘For God’s sake girl, you are a hindrance to the company.’

Charlie bit her lip. This is it, you’re going to be fired, she thought.

‘What’s going on?’ said a deep voice.

‘Ah, Ben,’ Mr Fanton turn away from Charlie. ‘Nothing I can’t handle. There’s been a mistake in the stationery order.’ He turned as if to try and shield Ben from the stacks of boxes, not because he wanted to protect Charlie from further wrath, but because he wanted to be the one to dish it out. Ben side-stepped him and looked at the piles of packages and boxes.

Charlie had been looking at her feet, feeling fully chastened. She glanced up at Ben, with her bottom lip clenched between her teeth, and expected to see shock followed by anger on his face. Instead, he pulled his lips inside his mouth as if he were trying to stop himself from laughing.

Mr Fanton held the printouts of Charlie’s stationery order towards him. ‘Charlie can’t seem to understand the difference between single and double figures,’ he declared pompously.

Taking them, Ben glanced up and his gaze met with Charlie’s. He didn’t look at all angry or annoyed, and Charlie felt stupidly grateful. She had to stop herself from throwing her arms around his ankles and kissing his shoes.

‘Hmm, someone’s been a bit over-enthusiastic,’ Ben said, his mouth turning up at the corners as he read through them.

‘As I was saying to Charlie,’ Mr Fanton began, ‘she’s a hindrance to the company. It’s been one mistake after another.’

‘Really?’ Ben asked. ‘What other mistakes has she made?’

‘Well, nothing major like this, but she just causes disruption. She chats when she should be working—’

‘Excellent qualities in a reporter,’ Ben said. ‘It helps to break the ice, and encourages the interviewee to talk.’

‘She isn’t a reporter,’ Mr Fanton pointed out. ‘After this I doubt she’ll ever get a newspaper to hire her again! Charlie, I’ll have your P45 drawn up this afternoon. Don’t worry Ben, I’ll have this mess sorted in no time.’

Ben was taking off his jacket and unbuttoning his cuff buttons on his shirt. He rolled up his sleeves. He winked at Charlie, who stood miserably between both men. ‘I’ll not hear of Charlie being dismissed over a slight error.’

Charlie looked up, open-mouthed.

‘A slight error?’ Mr Fanton gave a small humourless laugh.

‘That’s right,’ Ben said. ‘Arrange a dispatcher would you? Er, you’d better make that several.’

Mr Fanton looked from Charlie and then to Ben. When his shocked gaze fell back on Charlie she controlled herself from sticking out her tongue, and instead permitted a smug smile to tease the corners of her mouth – well, if a girl can’t be smug in situations like this, when can she be?


Monday, 25 January 2016

British crime writer @RobRoughley shows that being dyslexic hasn't held him back

Robin Roughley
in WWBB’s ‘How was it for you’ guest post.
How times change, cast your mind back a mere twenty years and we have writers tapping away at their typewriter or, if you were at the cutting edge of technology, your word processor trying to write the next best seller. I was there, holding down a job and writing every spare minute I could get. Then sending the first three chapters out to agents only to get it back six months later dog eared and stained with coffee cup rings with the obligatory ‘not for us', post it note attached.

Fast forward and now you can upload a novel in a few strokes of the keyboard and hours later there it is in all its eBook glory, how wonderful, how bloody magnificent!

I can’t spell for shit, being dyslexic meant I left school with a good brain but scared to apply for any jobs that required the filling in of forms. So I drove trucks for a living, a solitary working life. But the stories kept growing in my head; fermenting like someone making their own home brew and sticking it in the shed waiting for it to mature.
Then suddenly everyone had a home computer, and I started to read about companies like Amazon who would allow you to put your book on their site for people to buy and read.

I remember feeling like a stone age man crawling from his cave only to see a spaceship go flying by.

It took me a while to fathom out what it was all about and yet here I am with ten books on sale and happy as a pig in muck.

It had always been my dream to be a published author I wanted someone in the ‘business', to say ‘yeah this guy can write, let’s sign him up.’  The call never came and now I thank god for that!

How fantastic that I can now call myself an ‘indie writer', instead of ‘vanity author', how amazing that I can write what I want and when I want. I control when I put a book out, the cover design and the marketing, not easy but so rewarding in a multitude of ways.

For those dipping their toes in the water of indie writing, I have found one or two things that you must do without fail.

Firstly, once your book is finished polish it, leave it for a couple of weeks and then polish it again, but don’t waste the time in between, start on the next one.  You
must write even when your writing feels like the ravings of the village idiot. I have sat at the computer and the words have flowed out of me, head bent, fingers flying like Beethoven on crack, going great and on a roll. Then when I have read it back it has been utter tosh, nonsense and pathetic. Beware of this euphoric writing stage. The best stuff comes out slowly, and can feel like rolling a pea with your nose, but this is the good stuff, the vein of silver that you can follow and use.

Secondly, never rely on one book to make your name, we have all read tales of the first time author who writes one book and it takes off and rises like the Wily Coyote strapped to an Acme rocket.

These are the exception and not the rule, so write and keep going, don’t stop, don’t falter, this is a job and must be treated as such.

If all the stars align and people start to grab a copy of your first book, usually for free, and start to leave reviews, then tell them how grateful you are that they took the time to take a chance.

Readers are our life’s blood, without them we remain the man in the cave looking up at the passing starship, good readers will tell others about your books and word will slowly begin to spread.

For the indie writer there is no other way, we rely on others to help, we need their input, be it the boffins who invented the computer to the people at companies like Amazon who thought of the idea to help unknown writers and make money in the process. To the wonderful readers who simply love to read and tell you how much they enjoy what you do.

So don’t contemplate writing that novel, just get it done, it will be hard and infuriating at times but it will leave you invigorated and wanting more, and that’s a promise.

Right I’m off to the shed to see what’s brewing.



The Needle House is the first of the DS Lasser crime books


The West Pennine moors, endless miles of unspoilt, windswept beauty and a haven for the weekend walker and nature lover—and a killer.
Seventeen-year-old Jenna Fotheringay, a wannabe researcher, investigates the powerful landowners who once owned great swathes of the countryside, including the farm, she now calls home.
Amazon.UK | Amazon.com

At first, grandfather, Ronnie Fotheringay, is delighted author Patrick Fossey takes an interest in her findings but that’s until a body on the moors is discovered. He’s left wondering if it was a mistake to get the writer involved. Some history needs to stay buried after all.

DS Lasser is determined to dig deeper than Fossey and further than Jenna. But this is a town on the skids: no jobs, no money and no hope, and with secrets stretching back over four decades, blackmail and murder reaches out to ensnare the innocent as well as the guilty.

Thursday, 21 January 2016

How has it been for you? Free promo opportunity!


It’s been six years since I discovered the potential of epublishing, indeed it’s what launched my writing career, without Kindle, Nook and the others I’d still be subbing to agents and publishers, waiting for their reply, and subbing out again (because you couldn’t send multiple submissions, remember that?), they ruled the roost and what they wanted they got (well, most of the time).
So when epublishing launched I dived in and published Eden, followed by A Proper Charlie a few months later (these were the books I subbed to agents with no success). Eden swam immediately although A Proper Charlie often needs a float.

Over the following years I added Oh no, I’ve Fallen in Love!, Hunted and Scruffy Trainers.

Epublishing has brought many challenges; the biggest one being that it used to be the home of the slush pile (unwanted submissions to traditional publishing) but that’s all changed. Oh, you still get the odd piece of rubbish but it’s becoming harder and harder to distinguish between trads and epubbers.

Many traditionally published authors have seen the success of indie authors and jumped ship to become 'one of us’, and others, who have been signed, soon realise the grass isn’t always greener and come back.

But I’m glad I struggled in the early days. I’m glad I went through all the submissions and rejections. It made me analyse my work, made me see what worked and what didn’t. Made the thick, writer, skin grow.
Writing is bloody hard work! You won’t become a success overnight so don’t expect it (J.K Rowling and E L James’ ‘overnight’ success took many years), do expect to become many others things during your writing career. It isn't all about writing:

Promoter – no one knows about you or your book so you will need to promote it.
Financer – not only will you have to fund your own promotions, you'll need to pay for your own art work and  formatter—or learn how to do it yourself. And most importantly, pay for a good editor.

Agony aunt – you’ll need to console yourself when you receive bad reviews because no one else will care. Some will even revel in your pain.
Cheerleader – to spur yourself on when you hit rock bottom.

Social media guru – you’ll need to learn about Twitter, blogs and websites. They aren’t just for wasting time; they can be important promo vessels.




PA – all of the above combined.

Have a story about your epubbing journey? My blog is open to guest posts on this very subject. FREE promotion for you and your book. It's shared to over 200K followers (via Triberr) Email me on louisewise3(AT)ntlworld.com







Prostitutes are going missing.


Charlie, the wannabe journalist, is on the case.


A Proper Charlie





Is a nightmare a horrific dream

or is it reality trying to get your attention?

Oh no, I've Fallen in Love!




A downtrodden housewife gets her own back

and other stories.

Scruffy Trainers




Fly was an unwilling experiment and Jenny was marooned.

Both were destined to meet.

Eden




Events remind Jenny that the man she gave everything up for isn’t human,

and the place she calls home isn't Earth - the concluding part to Eden.

Hunted (sequel to Eden)













Friday, 8 January 2016

Pack up your troubles in your old kit bag and suffer, suffer, suffer @DivouxElisa

Look what I found! This biography-styled book is about a woman with time on her hands (kids all flown the nest) who felt she could 'make a difference'. At almost fifty, she packed her bags and travelled to the slums of India to do humanitarian work. She's seen it all, and written about her experiences in this amazing book called...


The Girl Who is Worth 100 Cows
Elisa Divoux

From a small village in the Sudan to the slums of Mumbai, this story is a remarkable chronicle of humanitarian service and insight into places hardly imaginable. What begins as a simple desire to give back through charitable work becomes a fascinating tale of places where life is a constant struggle, and of the people who inhabit them. This true story records the journey of Elisa as she sets out on her own to give something back to the world, and how that process changes the people she meets, and ultimately herself. 



Out in Kindle and Paperback!

Wanting to perform service at third world locations badly in need, she ends up spending half a year working in a hospital in a small village in South Sudan, followed by 8 months working in the slums of Mumbai.

This story delves deeply into the lives, situations, and thoughts of people living in conditions hard to imagine by those of us fortunate enough to have spent our lives in the comfort of western civilization. This is the story of many people and the incidents that happen along the way, some funny, some poignant, some tragic. On balance, though, it is a story of hope and the perseverance of the human spirit, and the joy and satisfaction that comes from helping those truly in need,

Originally chronicled in a blog written while she traveled, this book expands the blog by filling in details of the things that happened, background, new stories, and fascinating insight into the lives of the people she touched.

Sunday, 27 December 2015

Can a nerd become a hero? Find out in this #childrensbook SUPERNATURAL HERO!



Supernatural Hero (book one) 
by
Eran Gadot

Don't try to be someone else, be yourself!
Reading this book will make you see that being yourself is the only way for success, all you need is to believe.

Buy NOW!
 Andy is the nerd everyone makes fun of. He's really skinny, wears glasses and talks to himself, but he falls in love with the prettiest girl in the class. One day Grandpa dies and turns into a ghost. Then, Andy discovers a new power, he can see ghosts and talk to the dead. 

Join Andy's journey and find out how a nerd can become a hero. 

Supernatural hero is a great children's book with an outstanding story, for the whole family to enjoy. This book series will stay with you forever.


Friday, 25 December 2015

It's Christmassssssssssssssssss!

Merry Christmas to you from me





We all look forward to the New Year hoping the bad times are truly behind us and the good is around the corner. We think 'it'll be different this year' or we go further and strive to change ourselves in some ways i.e. diet, job change, stop smoking.

My challenge is to finish my next novel. The story is complete, it just needs a tad more research on the brain and how/what is happening to it whilst in a coma, and then the rewriting can begin. I hope it'll be ready for my editor in February.

So whatever your challenges for the upcoming year, all the very best, and I hope you meet them, and if not, well, there's always 2017!

Thursday, 17 December 2015

New Kids' #Christmas #Book -- The Night Before Christmas by Rose Collins



The Night Before Christmas 

Friday, 11 December 2015

A reluctant princess...a farm girl sharing memories with her dead twin... it's all here in this #fantasy novel



SHADOW OF THE OWL
by 
Amanda Orneck

Betrayal has come to Shadowhaven, and a power mad wizard has overthrown the kingdom, bent on capturing their store of magic hidden beneath the castle. The royal guard have been sent off on a mysterious mission. Without their trusted warriors to protect them, the kingdom falls overnight. The queen is dead, and the king and princess have fled for their lives. Now only terror reigns over this once peaceful land. 

But the royal guard are coming back, and there are rumors that the king and princess aren’t dead, just merely in hiding. Can the captain of the guard find the king and restore the royal family to their place? Can a princess living in secret truly rise up and grab hold of her destiny, or will she hide from who she is if it means the destruction of countless lives? How are the royal family connected to this land, and to the well of power hidden deep beneath Illuminata Castle?

PURCHASE



Born in Fountain Valley, CA, raised in a small town called Montrose, CA, Amanda Orneck has never stayed in one place for long -- until now. She currently calls Huntsville, AL home, where she spends her days writing, gaming, and loving her family to pieces.

Amanda received her Creative Writing degree from the University of Southern California, learning her craft at the feet of David St. John, Aimee Bender and Carol Muske-Dukes. While at USC, she received the Middleton Creative Writing Fellowship for excellence in poetry.

For seven years she honed her writing craft as a video game journalist, writing for GamePro, WoW Insider, GameGeex, and handful of other outlets. In 2014 Amanda left the world of blogging behind to focus on her first love, fiction. Shadow of the Owl is her first novel, and she is currently working on a sequel.

SHADOW OF THE OWL


Preferring his rage to his reason, Chiave allowed his frustration to boil up within him, and he began kicking at anything within reach of his foot, rocks and sticks included. A log lying on a small island in the murk posed as an excellent target for his pent up anger and the heel of his boot. But when his kick connected with the dirt-encrusted thing, he heard not the crack of splintering the wood, but a moan of a decidedly more vertebrate sort. Chiave jumped back as best he could being sandwiched as he was between a huge book and a massive greatsword.

The log began to move, and unrolled itself to reveal a girl, her dark hair matted with mud and leaves.

“You would think that the world would conjure up something a bit less freckled to torture me with,” she said and attempted to go back to sleep. Chiave stood rooted in shock, so completely frozen it seemed likely he himself would become a tree, unsure at first what we was seeing, doubting it was real. “You oughtn’t have kicked a log like that. What did logs ever do to you?” The girl grumbled as she settled back into place, and instantly he knew it was real, this vision he was seeing of the log girl in the swamp. 

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