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  • No Time Like the Present

    No Time Like the Present

    There’s no time like the present, especially for authors. How long does the present last; a year, a week, a day, a second? My novel ‘Brief Encounters of the Third Kind’ was set in the present; that was where I intended it to remain. I did not want to name a year; the characters lived in London and […]

  • HUMOUR: An Underling Love – Riley J. Froud

    HUMOUR: An Underling Love – Riley J. Froud

    Foreword: This story is about the world and some of the characters from the book John Sharpe: No. 1,348 but it in no away affects or is affected by reading said book and is set many years before the book.   A long time ago, in a land far away, there was an almost handsome young […]

  • Diary of a Kindle Self Publisher

    Diary of a Kindle Self Publisher

    Diary of a Kindle Self Publisher When I received a Kindle for my birthday I vowed not to download hundreds of free books by dead authors; we have a house full of those already. Instead I enjoy reading about living writers on the internet; buying books I wouldn’t have thought of trying. How addictive it […]

  • Interview with Jo Rodrigues (writing as Jo Roderick)

    Interview with Jo Rodrigues (writing as Jo Roderick)

    Interview with Jo Rodrigues (also writing as Jo Roderick)   Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing? Grow up? Don’t be ridiculous! What a preposterous idea. What’s the story behind your latest book? I decided that I should immediately stop writing books that people didn’t want to read, and opt […]

  • URBAN FANTASY: Twice Born – Marina Finlayson

    URBAN FANTASY: Twice Born – Marina Finlayson

    About the Book: Still grieving her beloved son, Kate O’Connor’s just going through the motions. She doesn’t care that strangers often shadow her on the unorthodox courier jobs she does for a friend. She doesn’t even care what’s in the packages until the day she returns from a special rush job with no memory of […]

  • Editing is absolutely critical!

    Editing is absolutely critical!

    There are a few components that go into making a good book. First is making sure you’ve got a great, well established story that you LOVE. Second is a professional book cover. The saying of “never judge a book by its cover” is a noble thought but unrealistic – especially in the digital world. Your […]

  • General Fiction: Roast Pork – Janet Gogerty

    General Fiction: Roast Pork – Janet Gogerty

    The smell of roast pork tantalised his nostrils and made his mouth water. It was a long time since he had eaten his sandwiches and his circular route through the New Forest should have brought him back to Hinton Admiral Station by now. But there had been no sign of a railway line, let alone […]

  • Utilizing Social Media to Gain New Readers

    Utilizing Social Media to Gain New Readers

    Contributed by David Dunham This is the first blog post from BookGrabbr. I am one of the founders and CEO, and have worked over 40 years in book publishing. This first one is an introduction to BookGrabbr and intended for authors and publishers who are looking for more efficient and effective ways to market and […]

  • A Reader’s Experience with Indie

    A Reader’s Experience with Indie

    By Pinkmads Picks Nicola Hudson is a self published British New Adult author. I first became aware of her in December 2014 when she held a take over on the Facebook page of a blog that I have followed for a while. I see these happen quite regularly but often miss them either because I’m working […]

  • THRILLERS: In the Name of Honor – Richard North Patterson

    THRILLERS: In the Name of Honor – Richard North Patterson

    From My Bookshelf by Lynn Willoughby: In the Name of Honor ~ Richard North Patterson This is a legal thriller where most of the action takes place in a courtroom. Lt Brian McCarran is on trial for murder and adultery. Both criminal acts in the military. I’m not usually a fan of courtroom drama, but […]

  • Writer’s Blockage: A Guide To Writing

    Writer’s Blockage: A Guide To Writing

    Writer’s Blockage A Guide To Writing The World Wide Web is filled with advice on how to beat writer’s block. You could beat it with a large stick, for example. Go on, give it a good old thump! At least you will feel better and allow yourself to partake in a little physical exertion. Get […]

  • Letting Go

    Letting Go

    Just got back off my holidays. Lovely time. Devon, then home. Scotland, then home. Maybe not the most adventurous of choices, but it was fun, and that’s the most important thing. It’s when you go away, and then come back, that you realise what kind of person you are. There are people who can get […]