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Writers' Cafe / Re: Pathetic Peeves - Confess Yours
« on: June 14, 2018, 07:54:12 PM »
Hmmm. That really is a "wretched" error.

Pun! :)

Writers' Cafe / Re: A different kind of launch thread
« on: June 14, 2018, 05:18:48 PM »
So interesting! Thanks for sharing the details, Aimee. And that cover is AWESOME!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Pathetic Peeves - Confess Yours
« on: June 14, 2018, 05:15:18 PM »
Oh, these are good! and now I'm going to have new peeves, thinking of these.

On the could of, would of, should of thing - my Year 5 teacher cured us all of that by shaming us when we tried to spell out a sentence like "I could of done it." Ha! "could HAVE". Thank you, Mrs J.

Writers' Cafe / Pathetic Peeves - Confess Yours
« on: June 14, 2018, 03:51:11 PM »
On the whole, I don't mind typos in the books I'm reading. Typos happen, is my philosophy. Except for one. If a character is vomiting and they're described as "wretching" my brain explodes. Lose the W!

Okay, so what's your ridiculously tiny, nagging irritant - and I'm talking books, people! Don't tell me about your neighbours ;)

Writers' Cafe / Re: Good KU genres/Bad KU genres
« on: June 06, 2018, 04:09:08 PM »
When I look at KU books here in Australia, a whole lot of those "trending now" are mysteries; books by authors like Joy Ellis, Faith Martin, LJ Ross, etc.

I have a KU subscription and enjoy it. As Pauline said, I feel less guilt now if I don't finish reading a book, and without that pressure to finish (because I paid good money for the book) I try books I wouldn't have if I was buying them.

The books I find in KU and really enjoy I share on a FB page I started for that purpose

The $50 rule just caught me. Since I opened my Amazon Australia account, I buy my Amazon things through it. So now, I don't have the $50 in the last 12 months at .com to let me review there. Bah humbug.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Type of Fantasy Not Violence Laden
« on: May 12, 2018, 04:33:57 PM »
I liked Nathan Lowell's series too :) Also Honor Raconteur and Kate Stridling. And I think my Troll Bridge is in my signature?

Congratulations! I hope the lights stay on for you (I'm sure they will) :)

The Book Bazaar / New Sci-Fi novel, The Ceph Sector - aliens & more!
« on: April 25, 2018, 05:20:02 PM »
The Ceph Sector - 99c for a short time, or read it free in Kindle Unlimited.

The legendary Ceph have been in stasis for forty two millennia. In a century, they'll wake. History remembers them as an unstoppable force, employing a mysterious power to decimate sentient life on the planets they attacked.

Jaya's first mission as a new Shaman Justice is to lead an expedition into the perilous Ceph Sector. If she can learn how to contain or fight the sha-energy-using Ceph, Galaxy Proper might let them live. If not, destroying the Ceph's home world, with all of them on it, will prevent the Ceph from ever waking.

Jaya will do anything to avoid the annihilation of an entire sentient species. But she has no idea what her compassionate instincts will cost her. She has a century in which to save the Ceph - unless they wake early.

The Ceph Sector is a compelling science fiction novel featuring aliens, alien politics, and secrets that will destabilize the galaxy.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Retiring! Maybe. Probably. For now, at least.
« on: April 18, 2018, 03:28:35 PM »
Congratulations on your retirement!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Book Title Feedback
« on: April 11, 2018, 05:42:09 PM »
One of the things I regret is launching books with obscure titles. It seems to really help a release if the title screams its genre. I've noticed that the mystery-thriller genre goes for covers where the title is huge, also short and snappy. e.g. "bones, death, murder, blood," visceral and curt words. So options like "Murder Bridge", or a big part of your hook is the military element. Good luck :)

Writers' Cafe / Re: Critique my Urban Fantasy Blurb.
« on: April 11, 2018, 05:32:59 PM »
I like the first person blurb (connects with a lot of paranormal romance I've read) and the floorboards line.

I read Rain Dance when it came out, and enjoyed it, so I'm glad the sequel's out soon. I wrote this long response, but really, it boiled down to the fact that the original cover and blurb worked for me as a reader, engaging my interest, and the book held it. Good luck with the release next week :)

Writers' Cafe / Re: Cover for first book in my new series
« on: March 09, 2018, 02:28:38 PM »
Great cover! I'd be bragging too :)

Thanks! Just nabbed it in KU :)

The Book Bazaar / New Fantasy Novel - The Troll Bridge - 99c, KU
« on: February 15, 2018, 09:55:18 PM »
My fantasy novel, The Troll Bridge, has just hit the virtual shelves. Link:

A witchling child befriends a troll boy and changes the fate of a kingdom.

Trolls aren't born. They're made, and they fight for the kingdom of Adynn. They are its first and fiercest protectors, guarding the roads into the mountain kingdom.

When young Morgana befriends a newly made troll boy and names him Peter, she unwittingly reveals her magic to his creator. Sorcerer Veritas removes her from her remote village to the School of Sorcery. There she will learn to cast spells and forge charms, but she’ll also learn the high price of friendship, and the reality that someone with her magical ability will always be a target for others who seek power.

War is coming to the kingdom of Adynn. The Vlad Empire, with its death magic and slaves, is closing in. Morgana will be trained as a war wizard, but in her heart she resists the role. She doesn’t want to fight and she refuses to kill. So Sorcerer Veritas will provide a little motivation.

A powerful story of friendship, magic and high adventure.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Any Tips on Starting a Facebook Group?
« on: February 13, 2018, 06:39:57 PM »
Thanks, Elizabeth and Lorri. Providing a friendly space for talking about KU books is going to take some thinking about - you've both helped remind me to put readers front and central.

Writers' Cafe / Any Tips on Starting a Facebook Group?
« on: February 13, 2018, 03:25:37 PM »
I'll be starting a Facebook group to support my book review page shortly, and I wondered if anyone had any tips. Things that worked in kicking off your FB group and in keeping it buzzing. Also, if there's anything I shouldn't do...

The original FB page is here It has a Kindle Unlimited focus.

Thanks, in advance.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Am I the only one?
« on: February 02, 2018, 02:36:16 PM »
20 would be awesome! I currently have a list of books waiting for their time in the 10, and release dates for other books.

Writers' Cafe / Re: What do you think the next hot trend will be?
« on: January 29, 2018, 07:24:43 PM »
I had a few guesses in this post the other week Flat Earth - I'm not sure how that might work, but why not? Conspiracy theory fiction.

I use Canva. I really like it for making teaser graphics.

The Book Bazaar / New futuristic romance FREE till Dec 30 - Raid
« on: December 26, 2017, 03:02:46 PM »
My new short romance, "Raid", is free till Dec 30. It's also in Kindle Unlimited if you prefer to borrow rather than own it. Happy reading!


Happy New Year!

Writers' Cafe / Re: When are you going to publish your first book in 2018?
« on: December 15, 2017, 07:22:38 PM »
Jan 6, trying out a pen name!

The Book Bazaar / New Christmas Sci-Fi
« on: December 05, 2017, 08:33:48 PM »
"Jingle Stars" is my new Christmas novella, free to read in Kindle Unlimited (own it for 99c). When a starship plays Santa Claus ...

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