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Everyone loves something for free. And most people like discounts too. So I’ve put together a special offer for anyone who subscribes to my quarterly newsletter through the link below.

You will receive a free copy of Book 1 in The Land of Miu series, in epub, mobi and pdf versions. You can pick the version you like the best and start reading. But, that’s not all! 😀 You will also get a coupon code so that you can buy book 2 in the series for $1.50.

All you have to do is follow the link below and sign up for my newsletter. Don’t worry, I won’t send more than four to six a year.

 

More Website Issues Fixed

I’ve had a productive day. No, not in writing terms, but in fixing website issue terms. You may or may not notice that the images in the shop are no longer blurry. And, the pages are aligned correctly (the sidebar is at the side, where it’s meant to be, and not pushed to the bottom of the page). I feel much happier about the way the website is looking. I might do some odd tweaks here and there, but mostly I’m done.

Now, to turn my attention to more important things. Writing. I’ll write an update in a few days, but I am writing consistently. 😀

Download Issues Fixed

It came to my attention earlier today that my ebooks could not be downloaded from this website. I’ve spent several hours today trying to work out why. All the settings were correct. Nothing seemed wrong, but alas no matter what I did I could not purchase and download my own books. And if I couldn’t, then that meant no one could. I wonder how many people tried, failed and moved on without letting me know. Never mind.

The problem was finally discovered and rectified. Please go ahead and try it for yourself. If you do experience issues, please let me know immediately.

If not, enjoy the book(s). Remember, The Land of Miu, book 1 of the series, is 100% free. Please download, read, share your thoughts, and share with others.

Thank you.

My next issue to fix, is the layout of the shop pages. Not happy with them. Haven’t been for a while, but haven’t had time to fix it. But I will. Soon.

eBook Review: Gregory and the Grimbockle

MagykGregory and the Grimbockle by Melanie Schubert is a middle grade book. What am I doing reading middle grade books, you may ask. Well, I write for middle graders so I should read books for middle graders. It’s that simple. Plus, I enjoy them.

This book was offered for free through Bookbub, which is a place where they email you great deals each day. I’ve got some great books through them, so it’s worth an email per day. (No, this is not an affiliate link.)

It was a classic case of judging a book by its cover. I saw it, liked it, downloaded it. Yes, it was free, but I don’t download every free ebook offered to me. If it doesn’t appeal to me, I just keep going straight passed it. In this case, I downloaded it and a few days later when I finished the book I was reading at the time, I decided to read this one.

I am so glad I did. Because this book was excellent. I had no idea what to really expect. Or what it was about. The first chapter was well written and pulled me in. And then the grimbockle arrived and I was hooked.

It’s a story about how our lives intertwine with other people’s. And shows what we do in our life and the decisions we make can affect others. It was brilliantly put together and a fun lesson for middle graders to learn. However, I suspect they wouldn’t even know they were being taught something valuable. The characters are rounded and believable. The plot is plausible, as far as I’m concerned. The writing style was excellent. Truly, if you have a youngster in your life who loves to read, get this book for them. If you haven’t got a youngster around who’d enjoy it, get it for yourself.

Highly recommended.

Just Married

White roseToday, 7 January 2018, G and I were married after 18 years together. We decided it was about time and both of us are extremely happy. We had a lovely, intimate wedding at a church, followed by High Tea at a local, old manor house. It was a perfect day. And now we are Mr and Mrs. Couldn’t be happier.

Book Review: Magyk by Angie Sage

I used to write book reviews for all the books I’ve finished. However, due to circumstances I could not control I haven’t done so for many months (even years).

I wrote the reviews for others to find and read, and hopefully give them a feel for what they might be in for. But I also did it for myself as it became a permanent record of what I had read and gave me the opportunity to look back and find out, again, if I enjoyed the book or not.

As it’s a new year, I feel it is the right time to try and start the habit again. Here’s my first review, it’s ultra short but, hopefully, that will change as I get back into the swing of things.

MagykMagyk by Angie Sage

I’ve had this book on my bookshelf for some time. Like most of my books I bought it second hand from an opportunity shop. I can’t say, because I don’t know, why I left it so long to read but I’m glad I finally got around to doing so.

I wasn’t sure about it at the beginning. It wasn’t anything I could point my finger on, as the saying goes, but I felt uncertain about the characters to begin with. However, I soon came to like them or accept them as they were, and I wanted to know what would happen to them.

I liked how the book “finished”. By this, I mean I appreciated that the author didn’t leave me hanging by stopping the story in mid stride. The book could be said to be a stand alone story as I don’t feel I HAVE to read any more of the series.

However, although I feel I don’t have to, I want to. I want to revisit this world of Magyk and find out what else might be in store for its people. I intend to return to this series shortly.

Happy 2018

Welcome to the New Year. Last year wasn’t the best for us, but 2018 is going to be so much better. G’s health WILL improve, I will continue to write and will publish the third and final book in The Miu Series, and life in general will provide us with reasons for laughter, love and happiness. This year is going to be great!

We saw the New Year in, however reluctant it may have been at the time (I really needed to go to bed, I was so tired). This morning I am heavy eyed, but the birds are singing and the world out there is sunny and otherwise quiet. Blue sky, warm sun, peace and quiet – the year has started well.

I have two New Year Resolutions that must be said “out loud”:

  1. This one has two parts: I will continue to write. I have been writing regularly for a few months now. Sometimes it is only a few hundred words, sometimes a few thousand. I put no pressure on myself and the manuscript is growing steadily. I’m pleased with the outcome so far. And, even better, I am approaching the end. The second part of this resolution is that, this year, I will publish book 3 of The Land of Miu, The Lions Gods.
  2. Due to the circumstances around G’s health, for the first time in my life I turned to emotional eating and have put on weight. This year, starting immediately, I will stop the emotional eating and I will lose the weight I’ve gained. I need to loose 10 kilo.

With that said, I would like to wish you a very happy New Year. I truly hope that 2018 is good to you and your family and that your life is happy, healthy and that you are surrounded by love and laughter.