Book Launch: Amazon Didn’t Let Me Down!

Oh gladsome day:

Copied and pasted from Amazon very on Kindle Site (sight?)

Our Skirmishers of Lace, Steel, and Fire

With Text 6

Free Book Promotion Monday, June 10, 2019, 12:00 AM PDT Wednesday, June 12, 2019, 11:59 PM PDT

Set your clocks! Arm your phones! Train your parrot

fed_up_woman-620x412….. (‘Train your parrot?’….Seriously???  Oh no not another one of his book launches….Please God make them stop….Please!!)


Guaranteed to stop even the most vitriolic of Brexit arguments.

But seriously though folks…..

Official Book Launch


To be or not to be? Maybe not!

Audrey has posted up and most instructive post on how to sharpen up the narrative.
Take note folks

Audrey Driscoll's Blog

I’m reading a lot of posts these days about “crutch” words, weak words, and other words that writers should avoid. One of these pariah words is “was.” “Was”? Really? The past tense of the word designating existence or essence? “I am what I am” and similar declarations come to mind. I remembered a post I wrote in 2012 about this very topic. Instead of reposting it, I reworked it here to explore the issue in a more nuanced way.

In a recent meeting of my critique group [in 2012], someone said that “was” imparts an inherent passivity to a sentence or paragraph. I agree that the true passive voice often used in academic writing, as in “A was killed by B,” has (almost) no place in fiction writing. But does that apply to any instance of “was”?

This is a tough one [for me]. You can’t just sweep through a…

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Official Book Launch


If you happened to have read

Of Patchwork Warriors

Amazon Kindle

And wondered what became of Trelli, Arketre & Karlyn

Then the answer is

With Text 6

Amazon Kindle

This volume should have been out 2 weeks ago, however the amazing cover produced by Matthew David Sharpe – (See Instagram: Odiousrule)  required one more re-write to do justice to his work. ( ie Karlyn & Hummingbirds, alteration for Arketre’s weaponry and  Trelli’s amazing hands)….and a couple holes being filled in the narrative. (the ones I noticed that is)  As stated previously actually folk will be buying a an image with a free book thrown in…see… Forthcoming Attraction!!

Whereas thanks to the miracles of Amazon science and technology the image (with free book) which was uploaded at 10.00 am (UK-BST) is now available, all interested folk are advised to wait until Monday 10th June 2019 when they will be able to get copies free…for 3 days only.

And for those of you who helped, suggested and inspired….please email for a free Word doc, or PDF (or pud-huff as it is known in our house).

It was fun, I can truly say I enjoyed the whole process even ditching a whole half of a book      Re-rewrites, Highlights and Reality-Bites (A journey through writing of The Skirmishes of Lace, Steel and Fire-Part II of a Fantasy )

Meanwhile onto Volume 3, fired up by the wonderful words of   Rachael Ritchley

‘Keep writing you mad, glorious man’

Do Not Call Me, Father

I have been looking for this poem for some time. Has to be reblogged

Mere Observations

As I talked about in this post, Nolan and I have been watching The World At War on DVD. This poem, read by Sir Laurence Olivier, particularly struck me as a father with a young son. It’s heartbreaking in its simplicity and emotion.

Do Not Call Me, Father
Anonymous, Soviet Union, 1942

(Son to father…)

Do not call me, father. Do not seek me.
Do not call me. Do not wish me back.
We’re on a route uncharted, fire and blood erase our track.
On we fly on wings of thunder, never more to sheath our swords.
All of us in battle fallen – not to be brought back by words.

Will there be a rendezvous? I know not. I only know we still must fight.
We are sand grains in infinity, never to meet, nevermore to see light.

(Father to son…)

Farewell then my son. Farewell then my…

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Good People Doing Good Things — Finn Lanning

Jill has this lovely segment on her blog ‘Good People Doing Good Things’. I urge folk to read this and here is a wonderful example.

Filosofa's Word

His name is Damien, last name unknown, and he is 13 years old.  Let me tell you a bit about Damien.  He was placed in foster care at a very early age, and as so often happens, has been bounced from one foster home to another.  When he was eight years old, Damien’s kidneys both stopped working and he was diagnosed with a serious kidney disease, focal segmental glomerulosclerosis.  The only cure is a kidney transplant, and meanwhile Damien must spend more than 12 hours per day hooked to a dialysis machine.

DamienThere is a rule in the medical community about transplant recipients … they must have a stable home — homeless people are not placed on the list because they tend to have more complications.  Much of the time, Damien’s only home has been a hospital, when foster homes have not worked out, often because of the intensive care…

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5 Reasons to Finish your Writing Project

Here is a post which contains valuable advice for any writer be they starting off or experienced (but not getting very far). Read and reblog

Uninspired Writers

Inspiration and ideas can strike writers at any time. They’re always lurking, those little moments in life that spark the plot for a novel or short story. And that spark is electric, it’s exciting, it pulls your pen to paper until you’re fizzing with the sheer need to tell that story.

However, although it’s hard, it does not do to abandon projects to write new ones. That’s not to say you can’t work on two at once, only you know if that’s something you can manage. Each writer is different, after all. This post is all about highlighting the reasons you must finish your works in progress, no matter how tough it gets.

1. It’s a great discipline
Being a writer requires a huge amount of self-motivation and discipline. The more you write, and the more you edit, the story becomes over familiar. The twists are no longer shocking

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Now this fellow writers is what it is all about. Read this post, keep it dear to your writing heart and also reblog!

Stephanie Parker McKean

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God has blessed us with a lovely, intelligent rough collie puppy. She has only one flaw—stubbornness. When she doesn’t want to go the way we are going it evolves into a tugging match and ends up with me dragging her.

It seems cruel to drag a puppy across the street or down the sidewalk—but when the light changes and cars are coming from both directions, or when there are workers ahead with dangerous equipment—dragging is a kindness that saves her life.

Stubbornness is an admirable trait in a writer. With 150 rejection slips from publishing companies in the U.S. and U.K.—I kept writing. With 40 years of disappointments and agony, I kept hitting the keys. My new Christian Cozy Mystery “Croft Murders,” featuring Mike the Headless rooster, Fiona the pouting rooster, and croft owner Nora whom someone wants to kill would not have been published without stubbornness.

CroftMurders_CVR_SMLNor would I…

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