Writing and Not Writing!

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I write and am published. Every so often my books are promoted. My publisher, decides when and that’s fine. But when they are scheduled, I go and hawk the hell out of them. I have to. I’m not Anne Rice or Stephen King and if there is no mention that a book or boxed set is greatly reduced, no one, unless they are clairvoyant, would know. I use the social networks to get the word out.

When the promotion is over, it’s almost a relief. I write whether I’m promoting or not, in fact, I always write. I do this because for the past several years, I have been producing books. Last year I got two new releases out (novels) plus a collection of stories.

I’m writing two books now. One is nearly done. I’m excited about it but because I do write at least 6 days a week, daily…

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Guest Post with Janice Spina by K J Rollinson

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I have great pleasure in presenting my guest post with Janice Spina, author of Jemsbooks.

1. Please tell us something about yourself.
I am a former administrative secretary from a school system in Massachusetts – retired in 2010. Writing has always been my first love since the age of nine. I started with poetry then short stories. Since 2013 I have published eight children’s book and one novel for 18+. I am a copy editor, avid reader, book reviewer, blogger and supporter of fellow authors.

2. When did you know that you wanted to be an author?
I always loved writing poetry since age nine but didn’t realize my dream to be an author until I retired in 2010. At that time I started blogging and getting involved with online social media and getting myself out there before I published my books in 2013.
 
3. What conditions do you…

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10 Inspiring Facts for Indie Authors

Nicholas C. Rossis

I found this wonderful post on Wise Ink Creative Publishing and am sharing. As always, there’s been some editing to add my thoughts, but you can read the original post on the Wise Ink‘s website.

10 Inspiring Facts for Indie Authors

If I had a dime for each time one of you has told me you’re going through a rough patch with your writing, I’d probably be able to get Michelangelo to illustrate my book covers (yes, I’d also have enough to build a time machine). It’s probably even harder for Indie authors, as we have to do everything ourselves. So, I thought you might appreciate these statistics that should bring a smile back on your face.

  • Self-published books accounted for 31% of all e-book sales in the Kindle Store in 2014.
  • Indie books account for 31% of e-books. However,
  • 40% of all e-book revenue is going to indie…

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Dracula and Mina: Where Do We Go From Here?

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I did a blog post a while ago about what stirs my imagination and gives me the inspiration to write the dark gothic romantic horror that I write.
The novel, Dracula and particularly the film: Bram Stoker’s Dracula are the two key examples responsible for that inspiration. In fact, The Fourth Bride (of Dracula) was inspired by that film!
Here are some memorable clips of Mina and Dracula from the film played with the magnificent soundtrack from Hannibal (music created especially for the film).

This particular music, along with the compilation of clips touches my soul and my heart. It demonstrates through sound and picture exactly what I endeavor to do with my fiction.
How it tears us up to see Dracula gazing at Mina. We know she reminds him of his lost love, Elizabeta. And we know too, that he can still feel genuine, gentle love. Love that is…

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Guest Post, Sally Cronin (Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life)

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Sally Cronin 5 April 2015

I proudly present a guest post on Sally Cronin. Here are her answers to a questionnaire I submitted to her.

She kindly did a five star treatment on my five books, particularly ‘A Twist of Fairy Tales’. If anyone hasn’t seen the blog here is the link. https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/05/04/five-star-treatment-a-twist-of-fairy-tales-by-k-j-rollinson/

Questionnaire.

1. Please tell us something about yourself.

I was in a number of industries including hospitality, retail, advertising and telecommunications and by the time I was 43 I was at a crossroads. I decided to retrain in something that I was very interested in which was health and nutrition and for the last 18 years I have been working in that field. To ease the frustrations of self-publishing we formed Moyhill Publishing back in 2004 with the aim of working on a one to one basis with other authors too. We currently live in Madrid and write about health and good…

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‘WHERE LIES MY HEART’ BY K J ROLLINSON

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I am detailing part of my ‘Notes to the Reader’ and the synopsis of my latest book ‘Where lies My Heart’ shortly to be published on Amazon.

What do think of the cover, designed by myself? I painted the background blue, sketched lightly an outline of Africa, cut it out, inserted a photo of heart-shaped palm trees, drew a lion, painted it, ‘collaged’ it in place, printed off the finished picture, and posting it to the publisher, WordPlay Publishing, to add the title and my name, in fancy lettering as my ‘Fallyn Trilogy’

‘Notes to the Reader’

This is a faction book − some of the characters are people who exist, or existed, or resemble them closely.

Unfortunately, some of the facts concerning female circumcision and all the inhumane torture depicted in the book, together with the sale of illegal human organs, actually happened, and is not something dredged…

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