Saturday Sale – 10th December

Today it’s the turn of my blogging friend Jaye Marie.  Her books ‘The Ninth Life’, ‘The Broken Life’, and ‘The Last Life’ will be reduced in price until Christmas:

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Purchase links on Amazon:

The Ninth Life:

The Last Life:

The Broken Life:

Find Jaye on social media:

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The Ninth Life is the first in Jaye’s mystery series ‘Lives’.  It is a dark and disturbing mystery thriller of a middle-aged woman who has escaped dying so many times she would appear to have nine lives.
At least that’s what the annoying voice in her head would have her believe.
Always a bit of a loner, with a failed marriage and relationships behind her, Kate Devereau’s life has not been kind, and despite her apparent immortality, death might have been welcome.
Set in present day England, Kate’s reputation as an artist has grown, but she has no life other than art. No friends or husband.
When people around her start to die at the hands of a sadistic serial killer, she begins to wonder if she will be next.
Is she finally running out of time? Is it her turn to die?

In ‘The Last Life’, Kate Devereau wakes up in a hospital, unable to speak or move. Her brain has shut down, refusing to acknowledge her dark and disturbing past, concealing a web of painful secrets.
Michael Barratt brought her to the hospital, insisting that her ex-husband had tried to kill her. And from the state of him, had tried to kill him too. He had been searching for Kate for years, ever since their doomed love affair, only to discover someone else had been hunting her too.
With the help of the DI David Snow, Kate will gradually piece her life back together, only to discover the nightmare is far from over.
Her first instinct is to run, but David Snow convinces her to stay and help him put an end to the nightmare. A nightmare that will get progressively worse before it gets better.
Haunted by his own demons, will the Snowman manage to catch the twisted killer?
Evil lurks in this story and people die, but amidst the tears and heartache, a lost love struggles to survive…

In ‘The Broken Life’, DI David Snow has a killer to catch, a killer a mysterious as the crimes he commits. The killer seems to have a personal vendetta against Snow, but he is determined that no one else should die because of him.

If anybody has a book on sale that they’d like me to feature on a Saturday, please leave a comment.

Friday Roundup – 9th December

1.  Thanks to Rachel Poli for these December 2016 / January 2017 writing competitions:

December 2016/January 2017 Writing Contests

2.  L.C.W Allingham asks ‘Are there too many aspiring writers for you to succeed?

3.  A Lover of Books welcomes bestselling author Louise Voss to their blog:

4.  Thanks to A.S Chung / Pigeonhole Books for these 30 Facebook groups for writers to join:

30 Facebook Groups Every Author Needs…..And It’s Free!

5.  Thanks to  Christoph Fischer for these new book promo sites:

6.  Thanks to Pearls Before Swine who gives us this info on how the WordPress blog subscription system works:

7.  The Millionaire’s Digest gives us some tips on getting our blogs noticed:

8.  My good friend Lucy V. Hay gives us some tips on genres:

9.  Sacha Black gives us some info on how to be a smarter author in 2017:

10.  Ever wondered about the origins of some words?  Aurorawatcherak gives us some clues:

11.  Rachel Poli gives us 35 questions to ask when critiquing a novel:

35 Questions to Ask When Critiquing a Novel

 12.  Thanks to D.E Haggerty for making it clearer regarding using who and whom:

Thanks to Chris, the Story Reading Ape, Don Massenzio, Christoph Fischer, and Writer’s Treasure Chest  for the re-blogs.


My books and Reviews – Sally Cronin

Re-blogging for Sally Cronin, a great supporter of Indie authors.

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Sally Cronin is one of the most supportive of bloggers, every day she features and promotes the work of writers, illustrators and photographers…so much so that it is easy to forget that Sally is a writer too…


Here are my current books available on Amazon, the Moyhill site and  Smashwords.  I have also included some of the reviews for the books on Amazon and by bloggers.  The icing on the cake..

All except for Just Food for Health are available in E-versions for most readers. You can buy all my books from my own bookstore at the links beneath the titles below but also on


Amazon UK:

Amazon India:

Most are slightly cheaper on the Moyhill publishing site with secure payments as there is no withholding tax or VAT.  The link for each book is at the bottom of the descriptions.

Continue reading here: My books…

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Always wanted to write for TV or Radio? Here’s your chance

Writersroom are accepting unsolicited scripts. Thanks to Bridget Whelan for this information.


Every so often BBC Writersroom accepts unsolicited scripts. They are read blind (without names attached) so it’s an equal opportunity – your idea and writing ability will be judged alongside scripts submitted by experienced authors. The next window opens tomorrow Friday 9th December 2016 at 10am and stays open for a month until  Monday 9th January 2017 at 5pm.


You can submit:

  • 1 drama script of at least 30 minutes / pages in length for TV, Film, Radio, Stage or Online (If you are submitting a sample script for Children’s TV or Online, you can submit 2 x 15 min episodes)

  • A brief biography of your writing career

  • If you are submitting an episode script for a series/serial, you should also attach a brief outline (1-3 pages) of further episodes and the series/serial as a whole.

The BBC are looking for talent rather than a script that can go into…

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Thursday Cite & Insight Invite 8th December

This is rather a long quote this week, and it’s from the late, great reggae singer and musician Bob Marley:

“Only once in your life, I truly believe, you find someone who can completely turn your world around. You tell them things that you’ve never shared with another soul and they absorb everything you say and actually want to hear more. You share hopes for the future, dreams that will never come true, goals that were never achieved and the many disappointments life has thrown at you. When something wonderful happens, you can’t wait to tell them about it, knowing they will share in your excitement. They are not embarrassed to cry with you when you are hurting or laugh with you when you make a fool of yourself. Never do they hurt your feelings or make you feel like you are not good enough, but rather they build you up and show you the things about yourself that make you special and even beautiful. There is never any pressure, jealousy or competition but only a quiet calmness when they are around. You can be yourself and not worry about what they will think of you because they love you for who you are. The things that seem insignificant to most people such as a note, song or walk become invaluable treasures kept safe in your heart to cherish forever. Memories of your childhood come back and are so clear and vivid it’s like being young again. Colours seem brighter and more brilliant. Laughter seems part of daily life where before it was infrequent or didn’t exist at all. A phone call or two during the day helps to get you through a long day’s work and always brings a smile to your face. In their presence, there’s no need for continuous conversation, but you find you’re quite content in just having them nearby. Things that never interested you before become fascinating because you know they are important to this person who is so special to you. You think of this person on every occasion and in everything you do. Simple things bring them to mind like a pale blue sky, gentle wind or even a storm cloud on the horizon. You open your heart knowing that there’s a chance it may be broken one day and in opening your heart, you experience a love and joy that you never dreamed possible. You find that being vulnerable is the only way to allow your heart to feel true pleasure that’s so real it scares you. You find strength in knowing you have a true friend and possibly a soul mate who will remain loyal to the end. Life seems completely different, exciting and worthwhile. Your only hope and security is in knowing that they are a part of your life.”  

Do we ever find that ‘one’ person who possesses all these wonderful qualities, or do we make do with somebody who has quite a few of them, some of them, or only a couple?  Does being in love make us blind to somebody else’s faults, which only tend to appear once the rose-tinted glasses are taken off some years down the line?  Who knows?  It’s a perilous business, this falling in love lark.  We never know quite what’s waiting for us when the novelty of it all has worn off.  We might stay happily in love forever, or perhaps soon be living at the Heartbreak Hotel!

Muslim-Owned Restaurant Offers The True Spirit of Christmas.

What a wonderful thing to do.

Kindness Blog

A Muslim-owned restaurant in London is offering a three-course meal to homeless and elderly people on Christmas Day so that “no one eats alone”.

Shish Restaurant, in Sidcup, is asking local residents to spread the word of its offer and has put up posters saying “We are here to sit with you” on 25 December.

The restaurant urged people to share its plan through social media – where the initiative was widely praised.

Vicky Lanfear wrote on Facebook:

“This is the most selfless gesture I have ever seen and they should be recognised as a pillar of the community.”

Suzannah Harris added:

“What a lovely gesture; a restaurant that gives something back instead of merely seeing Xmas as a time to cash in. Will definitely visit in the new year if ever in the area.”

Linda Leach wrote:

“There is still kindness in this world. Amazing people.”

The FREE three-course…

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Tuesday Newsday – 6th December

On the BBC News App recently:

Managers at Crown Post Offices (the larger branches in High Streets) held a third strike on Saturday December 3rd in a continuing dispute over jobs, pensions and branch closures.   The strike involved more than 700 managers, who were joined by the Communication Workers Union (CWU).  The CWU is in dispute over jobs, the franchising of Crown Post Offices, and the closure of the final salary pension scheme.  In April 2016 the Post Office announced plans to transfer up to 71 branches into WH Smith stores over the following year in a 10 year plan to cut costs and save money.  However, the CWU said it faced up to 2,000 job losses as a result.

Merry Christmas!


Our main Post Office at Bury St Edmunds closed on November 2nd after more than 100 years, and a smaller version has set up shop in WH Smith’s next door.  I assume that the widespread use of Internet, texts and emails, online shopping, other more speedier parcel delivery firms, and a move away from writing letters has hit our post offices very hard.  It’s called PROGRESS.

Recently I bought all my Christmas card stamps – 10 large letter stamps, one overseas stamp, and about 40 second class stamps.  The bill came to nearly £35!  Is it any wonder that people send emails rather than letters?

PROGRESS is slowly wiping out our High Streets, but hey, what can be done about it?  It’s cheaper to shop online, and it’s less expensive to send an email or a text rather than a letter. This is bad news for people who work in post offices, but good news for Joe Public.  Our High Street is rapidly turning into just cafes and restaurants and yet more shops selling mobile phones.  Perhaps the Post Office needs to diversify and find other ways of making money? What do you think?

Ludwika is #freeonkindle for the next few days #Freebook #Promotion

Christoph’s book ‘Ludwika’ is free for a limited time!


download-10I’ve decided to take advantage of my KDP Select arragement for Ludwika and share her story for a limited time for free. We’re still hoping to connect with more of her relatives in Poland and to learn more about her time in the Dalum Lingen camps. 7d276-12360399_10153067444957132_5703419004838921262_n

Please, download, share and have a merry Christmas / happy holidays!

Ludwika: A Polish Woman’s Struggle To Survive In Nazi Germany
It’s World War II and Ludwika Gierz, a young Polish woman, is forced to leave her family and go to Nazi Germany to work for an SS officer. There, she must walk a tightrope, learning to live as a second-class citizen in a world where one wrong word could 14322418_10153634910882132_6527470197106954044_nspell disaster and every day could be her last. Based on real events, this is a story of hope amid despair, of love amid loss . . . ultimately, it’s one woman’s story…

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A Few Tips On Life by Clive, at ‘Take it Easy’.

Clive’s giving some good advice here!

Take It Easy

I’ve recently been invited to become a guest contributor by the good people on a blog called Make It Ultra. This is a great place to go to if you’re in need of some inspiration and I recommend it to you – and not just for my posts there! This is the second post they have done with me, and hopefully there will be more. They have featured it today in their top five recent posts, so hopefully I’ll be asked back again sometime!

This is what they posted for me:

A Few Tips On Life

I’m a little bit older than other contributors here, and while that doesn’t bestow on me any extra wisdom it does mean that I’ve experienced more years of life and what it can throw at us. Life is a series of phases: school, college, university, relationships, job changes, and then retirement. But just…

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Open Book Blog Hop – December 5th

This week we have to make a list, so I’m going to list my 10 favourite places where I like to be (or have liked to be in the past), but they’re not in any order – just as I think of them:

1  Up on the cliffs of the Tennyson Trail (still wearing my festival poncho) at Freshwater, Isle of Wight:


2.  Walking through the Suffolk countryside in summer and feeling the warm sun on my face:

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3.  Seeing all the daffodils in Nowton Park, Bury St Edmunds every April:


4.  On Isle of Wight again at Seaclose Park during the annual music festival.


5.  With my favourite auntie, but alas she is no longer with us.


6.  London at midnight on New Year’s Eve.

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7.  Home at Christmas!

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8. On a Caribbean cruise like this one we went on in 2005.

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9.  At a book signing event getting loads of customers!


10.  Under a sunshade on Copacabana Beach…bring it on..


What’s your 10 favourite places?  Click on the blue button below to join in the fun…

1. Link your blog to this hop.
2. Notify your following that you are participating in this blog hop.
3. Promise to visit/leave a comment on all participants’ blogs.
4. Tweet/or share each person’s blog post. Use #OpenBook when tweeting.
5. Put a banner on your blog that you are participating.