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“Say what?” I hear you cry. Jolabokaflod aka Christmas Book Flood For those of you up on these things, Jolabokaflod is an Icelandic term for a gift giving tradition relating to Christmas Eve. To be more specific it is the giving of books so people can indulge in a bit of cosy armchair travel. This wonderful tradition dates back to WWII when imports were limited. I think a certain pesky Austrian was responsible for that. At any rate, the tradition of book giving has stuck and it’s reported that over 90% of Icelanders read at least 1 book a year. Go Icelanders!   As a self-confessed bookworm I’m naturally highly in favour of this particular tradition and also of the opinion that you don’t necessarily need to have the Aurora Borealis or the midnight sun on your doorstep in order to participate. So in the spirit of things multi-cultural I’m fully supporting Jolabokaflod until my dying day. I urge you to join me in this support and do likewise.   Jolabokaflod News In the spirit o
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New Release: W A Project

  The Witch Adoption Project (sequel to The Lonely Dragon ) is now available to buy. The eagle-eyed among you will notice that a particular cover came out tops. It does however include some suggested modifications. As I’m now using Draft 2 Digital as my main publishing platform, it means the book is available on all e-book channels as well as in paperback, wherever you may be in the world. It will also shortly be available on the  Reader Subscription Services   I mentioned in my 3 October post. Since you’re on my mailing list you get a special ½ price deal on the e-book from 25 November - 4 December . Click on the image below to take you to your preferred e-book store. Available from Apple, Amazon, Barnes & Noble etc More Good News I’ve welcomed yet another world traveller into my home; this time from Sweden. I had to self-isolate with him as he’d travelled via Denmark. The police turned up at my door to check we were both abiding by the Lockdown restrictions and it was of cou

Sneak Peak: armour plating & witches

  As you know, my ART have been hard at work sending their notes on The Witch Adoption Project and the new poetry book is out there to buy. But I thought you deserved a tidbit or two. So here for you is a sneaky peak at a poem from Life Extinct and Chapter 36 of the sequel to The Lonely Dragon . For a look see just click on the relevant picture below. Enjoy! PPP Good News The old cat flap is open once more and Neighbourly Nala continues to visit regularly. Like every teenager out there, she prefers highly calorific treats over those concerned for her dental health. I continue to get new bookings for my spare room through Airbnb and so far have met a lovely sculpture specialist from France and a young man from Hong Kong who is under Nala’s thrall. I’m getting to grips with the whole Going Wide side of things and have joined a fantastically supportive group on Facebook called Wide For The Win . This means my e-books are now available for all e-readers and also reader subscripti

Old Dog, New Tricks - Reader Subscription Services

  During Lockdown I had to learn a raft of new online skills. One of the many things I discovered was the existence of reader subscriptions services. I guess the main reason this was so new to me, even though it’s been around for a while, is that I’m an avid library user and doubt this will ever change. However, for those not as library-bound as this particular potential Luddite, it seems ideal. How they work is: you pay a monthly subscription fee, much like you do for Netflix or Sky they have 30 day free trials they carry a large selection of e-magazines and books they are compatible on many device platforms including Kobo, Nook and more they are generally available worldwide The main reason I became aware of them is that I attended an online seminar run by the Alliance of Independent Authors on how to spread the reach of my e-books beyond Kindle Unlimited. The speaker mentioned a few names which were unfamiliar to me so I checked them out.   If you’re short on money I still h

Book Cover Battle: The Witch Adoption Project

  The Witch Adoption Project is due out in December which means it’s time to make a decision on the cover. I would very much like you to be involved in this so here goes. The rules are simple Watch the video Using the Blurb as your guide, pick the cover you think suits the story best Let me know either on Facebook , Instagram or in the comments which is your favourite. The cover with the most votes will be gracing the front of the book when it's released in December. Happy Voting!

Trailer: The Witch Adoption Project

  In other news... Life Extinct is now available for all e-readers with the use of this handy universal link from Books2Read   The paperback will follow by the end of September.

Nala's Neighbourhood Watch

  At my house, the standing summer tradition when the weather is particularly fine (started by my parents and continued by myself) is to always have the front door wide open from sunrise till dark. It’s a way of cooling the house. For those of you wondering the why of it. The recent delightful London weather resulted in the front door being left wide on many a day.   The postie shouts up when delivering mail and I pop down for a chat. Not so much during Lockdown, but it still happens. Neighbours stick a head in and I stop for a tea or coffee break, depending on schedules and commitments. Most recently I’ve had the pleasure of visits from my neighbour’s cat Nala. She’s newish to the neighbourhood, having been adopted from Battersea not so long ago.   These visits started out as shy forays up the stairs with a hasty dash back down if I spotted her. Gradually a ‘hello’ in her direction has turned into treats left in the hallway, then a stroke or two at the front door. We’ve now