Year 2 Good Deeds Week 3

Welcome to my second Year of Good Deeds, a challenge I set myself during April 2013. I decided to do at least one Good Deed a day for a whole year.

New Good DeedsThis week I’ve been doing the following;

May 4th – There’s a lovely bit of a buzz for my new page on Editing, Publishing and More I hadn’t realised it might be quite popular.

Our bird box with its camera and our Blue-tit family which I began to tell everyone about last week has had several people chatting too.

May 5th – May Bank Holiday today so things are a bit quiet, not helped by having no internet for most of the day. I was able to add book reviewer “A Woman’s Wisdom” to the growing resources for writing as mentioned above. I think I’ll rename the title of the page, I’m still playing with it all. Sent the eldest child off with edible goodies when she met up with friends.

May 6th – Yesterday’s lack of internet went downhill , when within an hour of its return the whole area lost all its electricity. 5 hours later we were connected back up by a huge generator which is parked outside our back gate and is powering the whole estate. It’s noisy but at least we have electric. Finally got my review of Kings and Queens by Terry Tyler written, and it will appear here on the blog early June. Let a gentleman go before me in the supermarket queue as he only had one item. Added 2 more people to the page that I’m now going to call Resources for writers, Editing, publishing and more.

May 7th – Stuck at home today with a sick child, I have agreed to review The Manila Strangler by Steven Donahue it will join a small queue of books that I have at the moment. Today on the blog there was a guest author interview with Jack Croxall click here if you missed it

May 8th – Getting back to normal today, picked up litter. WE HAVE BABIES! The blue-tits are starting to hatch this evening. So far we have 3 out of 7.

May 9th – There is a bundle of grey fluff in the blue-tit nest so not sure how many we’ve got to, with the glimpses we’re getting. Lots of activity and mad feeding going on.

Dropped some books off at the charity shop, picked up some litter. Friends came over for a Spring-watch session on the TV. We watched a grainy grey picture of tiny fledglings stumbling about the nest, climbing over each other and the un-hatched eggs, the Dad coming in with caterpillars so huge he didn’t know how to get them into his offspring’s mouths and the mother bird taking them from him and mashing them up for the babies in her own mouth. Nature is so amazing.

May 10th – A bit of IT help for my Mum this morning. Picked up litter on the way home. Finished reading The Hollow Heart by Adreinne Vaughan and sent off my review. Started the second book in the series, A change of Heart. Good deeds received ; Off out for a 50th birthday party tonight and being picked up by friends.

Year 2, Good Deeds, Week 2

Welcome to my second Year of Good Deeds, a challenge I set myself during April 2013. I decided to do at least one Good Deed a day for a whole year.

New Good DeedsThis week I’ve been doing the following;

April 27th – I’m reading Business as Usual by E.L.Lindley, the first book in the Georgie Connelly series. Fellow blogger John Howell, suggested I call my April A-Z tour, my 26 Good Deeds, not a bad idea! I must tell you about our bird box, we installed a camera recently and we have a Blue-tit sitting on 6 or 7 eggs, it’s like a new TV channel. Nothing to do with Good Deeds, but I thought it might make a few of you smile. E-mailed a friend whose daughter should be quite excited and want to come and have a watch.

April 28th – My morning volunteering at school.

Always on a mission to help others, I’ve set up a page on the top of the blog giving details of fellow bloggers who provide editing, publishing and marketing services for authors and writers. There’s just 3 names at the moment but I’m sure it will grow.

April 29th – We are having a lot of heavy rain showers, but I needed fresh air and exercise after I came home from work, so I set out on a walk to re-energise myself. Picked up loads of wet soggy litter for my days Good Deed.

April 30th – A busy day in social media land. I’ve completed the April A-Z tour and shall be sad to see it go for another year. May editions of the 2 magazines I write book reviews for are both out online today so I’ve been writing a post and letting authors know that their books are being showcased. Here is a link to the post. Have also been over to help my Mum out with her latest computer niggles.

And of course I’ve been watching our own Springwatch channel and keeping an eye on Mummy Blue-tit (Daddy might be helping too, but the picture is a grainy black and white so we can’t tell) and her eggs. We have considered naming the identical  eggs just for the sake of it and have come up with Shell-y, Shell-by, Shell-don, Shell-enka, Shell-et. Shell-wah and Shell-om, not that we can tell them apart! The eggs are also moved and turned several times a day as part of their incubation, so it’s all good fun watching. Can’t wait for them to hatch I’m sure there will be some right little characters. Have friends coming over on Friday to sit and watch out new TV channel too. It’s lovely to see teenagers mad keen on nature.

May 1st – Happy May Day! So what’s it doing? Raining! Another cricket match has been cancelled, we’re not having a lot of luck. I’m reading the new Terry Tyler book Kings and Queens, a modern day interpretation of the life of Henry VIII. I love all the names she drops in such as Harry Lanchester (our main man), Cathy Ferdinand (first wife), Tom Morely (advisor), Wolsey has just turned up and I’m on to the lady whose role echoes Anne Boleyn, absolutely brilliant so far. If you know anything about Henry VIII, but you love contemporary fiction it’s well worth a read.

I feel the need… go out for a lunchtime walk and pick up some more litter, after I’ve checked the Blue-tits….

I’m back and I’m wet, but I filled a bag with litter, I’ve recycled the drinks cans and the glass bottle and thrown the rest in the bin I have a request to all my readers; Every-time you go out please pick up 1 piece of litter. Thanks.

Good Deeds received; Thank you to the lovely Lizzie Lamb who got my blog a mention on Thursday on Look 4 Books , The UK’s Premier Independent Book Site, run by Gary Walker, it’s a FREE promotional book site for Indie authors

May 2nd – Have baked a Tea bread and some fairy cakes as we have friends coming over this afternoon to watch the new Bird Channel on TV, no sign of the eggs hatching yet! Good Deeds received, our friends brought around cakes for us and some information about University for my daughter.

May 3rd – Fascinating! We spent an hour and a half just watching the bird channel last night, the Mummy bird is hardly ever still. We saw the Dad come in a feed the mother for the first time. Today my Mum came over to view the new channel, we’ll have to start selling tickets soon!

I have changed my book gallery on the side of the blog to advertise new books for authors, there are just so many new books I want to tell people about.

That wraps it up for this week.

Romancing September author – Cheryl Koevoet (Day 8)

Day 8 of the Romancing September World Blog Tour and today we meet author Cheryl Koevoet. Then in a few hours time you can go over to Georgia to Stephanie Hurt’s blog and meet Cheryl again for a discussion on writing romance in today’s society.

Cheryl Koevoet

Let’s meet Cheryl;
1) Where is your home town?
Good question, but not an easy one to answer! I was born and raised in West Linn, Oregon, U.S.A., (a suburb of Portland) but from the time I married a Dutchman in the early 90’s, I have been living just outside The Hague, The Netherlands for most of my adult life. I consider both cities as being my “hometown.”
2) How long have you been writing?
I have been writing in one form or another since grade school, but mostly just “functional” items such as newsletters, articles, short stories and the occasional poem. I didn’t sit down and actually start writing a novel until 2010.
3) Why did you choose to write a fantasy romance? What inspired you?
I’ve had this epic love story of two star-crossed lovers swirling around in my head for more than twenty years, but have just never had the time to write it down. Then, one day out of the blue, I finally decided that if I didn’t get the story out of my head, it would burst! I was surprised at how fast I was able to churn it out — probably because the story had many years to simmer in my brain before it was finally released onto the page.
4) You’ve published “The Carnelian Legacy” with WestBowPress which specialises in helping authors self-publish, would you recommend this route to others?
Yes and no. I chose the self-publishing route because it fit my needs, but it is much more expensive and time-consuming than traditional publishing. Probably most important of all, one must really believe in the quality of their story enough to put their money where their mouth is. If success is important to you but you’re not willing to spend hours of your life promoting your book and networking in every way imaginable, then you probably shouldn’t be self-publishing.
5) Can you explain how the title of your book relates to the story?
This is one of those books that the reader will only truly understand the significance of the title once he or she has finished the book. At the risk of spoiling the story for those who have not yet read it, let me just say that part of the title will become immediately apparent to the reader, but the other part will only make sense on the very last page! Oh that sounds intriguing!
6) Marisa, our heroine gets sent to an alternative world, does she ever master the skills of swordsmanship?
In The Carnelian Legacy, Marisa is just learning the ropes of survival the futuristic-medieval world of Carnelia and knows nothing about self-defense. However, in book two and three of the trilogy, her knowledge and skills increase exponentially through special lessons she receives (such as history, philosophy, protocol, sword fighting and self-defense). One of the most rewarding things about writing this series is to observe Marisa’s growth from first being a helpless teenager into becoming a strong, independent woman and leader. The transformation doesn’t happen overnight, but she manages to work hard and develop herself into the woman she is meant to be. Believe me, that is so exciting to watch!
7) You’ve also got monsters in the book, tell us about some of them.
The “monsters” in this book were one of my favorite parts to write. Being from the Pacific Northwest, I grew up with the urban legends of Sasquatch (Bigfoot) and re-imagined them for this series. They aren’t the cumbersome, skittish beasts that shy away from humans portrayed in documentaries on TV, but rather, in The Carnelian Saga, they are an incredibly fast-moving, giant-sized, bloodthirsty beast that run in a pack and chase humans as their prey. They’ve been described as a three-way cross between a bear, ape, and wolf, but more deadlier than all three animals combined. You’ll have to read the book to find out more about  them and the other monsters they run up against!
8) Fight scenes can be hard to write so that the reader can follow the action, how hard was it to write fight scenes in your book?
There are action and chase scenes sprinkled throughout the book that thrust the plot forward, and they were so fun to write! Some of the sword fighting scenes were more difficult, but when I close my eyes, I can see it as it happens and then try to describe in words the scene that is playing out before me. And not just visually. I try to infuse as many senses as I can in order to put the reader right into the middle of the action. The metallic clanging of the sword. The scent of sweat dripping from the man’s stubbly chin. The roar of agony when the hero’s sword meets its mark in the beast’s chest.
9) You’ve had some brilliant reviews for “The Carnelian Legacy”. One person said you were a cross between Stephanie Meyer and Johanna Lindsey. What marketing plans have been a success in getting this book out to the readers?
Thankfully, I am a natural-born marketer and have embraced (not repelled) the promotion side of publishing the book. But back when I was still writing, I received some super advice about building a platform before the novel is published. It is so important for a writer to understand that in today’s market, you must establish a platform and build up a network of friends, fellow writers and followers that you can draw from later.
I asked several writer/author friends to help me launch the book and each of them rose to the occasion. It’s very much a give-and-take relationship with other writers, and I have very much enjoyed that process of getting to know them. And I haven’t forgotten those who have helped me along the way. I am always looking for ways to help other authors get their foot in the door. Having said that, I discovered early on that you must stand alone in “branding” yourself as an author. When someone hears your book or name in a conversation, what images or ideas do you want to convey? Your brand is what makes you uniquely you in a sea of voices all screaming to be heard. Be yourself, and be consistent. You owe it to your fans, and you owe it to yourself.
10) Fans can’t wait for the next book in the series have you got a title and release date yet?
Book two of the Carnelian saga is titled: The Carnelian Tyranny: Savino’s Revenge. I am shooting for a late November/early December 2013 release, but the exact date is not yet known. Fans can keep updated with the launch date on the official Facebook fan page at:
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Guest Author Charles E Yallowitz

Please join me in welcoming Charles to the blog, come back tomorrow for the launch of his second book, but first, meet Charles and check out his first book in the Legends of Windemere series.

Name: Charles Yallowitz

Comment: 1) Tell me your name:  Charles E. Yallowitz

2) Where do you live?  East Meadow, NY

3)When did you start writing?  I started writing in high school after reading Fred Saberhagen’s Book of Lost Swords series.  I loved the way he drew me into his world.  I was already interested in writing and telling stories, but this is when I realized how much I truly loved writing.  I set out to make it my career and began working on a science-fiction, superhero series called Immortal Wars.  It was very juvenile, but it was a start and it helped me learn a lot before I started my current series Legends of Windemere.

4)What type of books do you like writing the most?  I love writing fantasy books that are character driven.  The freedom to create a world from the bottom up is invigorating to me.  There are standards for the genre, but you can get away with anything as long as you can explain it beyond ‘magic did it’.  The genre definitely has this freedom that Earth-based genres don’t have.

5)Pass on 3 tips about writing or publishing.
1.  Never stop writing, especially after you published a book.
2.  Be active in the community of self-published authors because this will help you make friends and contacts.  This can be done with blogging, reviewing, and using all levels of social media.
3.  Always have fun.  If you don’t enjoy what you’re writing then your audience probably won’t enjoy it either.

6)What was the last book that you read? How would you rate it?

The last book I read to completion was Shadows Over Sheradan by Scott Barker.  I rated it 4 out of 5 because it was a fantastic world with amazing characters, but there was some choppy exposition sections in the beginning.  I would recommend it.


Beginning of a Hero (Legends of Windemere, #1)

Good Deeds June 16th – 22nd

Good deedsIt’s the start of another week of Good Deeds, if you are new to the post please check out my Good Deeds posts.  I’m trying to do at least one Good Deed a day for a year after I was inspired by Judith O’Reilley’s book.

A Year of Doing Good: One Woman, One New Year's Resolution, 365 Good Deeds. by Judith O'Reilly

June 16th – Father’s day today so a family day at home. Did manage a book review.

June 17th – A help at school morning, so that ticks the Good Deeds easily today, 5 more weeks until the summer holidays! It’s also my wedding anniversary, 18 years! I share it with a friend, so I sent her a best wishes e-mail. Found some money on the floor at the supermarket and popped it in the charity pot rather than my pocket.

June 18th – A really good blogging friend has just set up a publishing company! Offered to do a promotional post for her. Posted a book review.

June 19th – Passed on some of my rice and pasta that I won in a competition. Posted my piece on Horseshoe Publishing, the new company that my WordPress friend has set up.

June 20th – Picked up litter today with only a slight hesitation, this is still a hardship to me, I get embarrassed about doing it when I shouldn’t. Sent my daughter out with cookies when she went to her friend’s house.

June 21st – Today we have been organising some pick up times for Monday when I’m dropping off my daughter and a couple of others for a taster day at college. Took a little drive and got the best route sorted out for Monday morning. Went shopping with my daughter and had a spending splurge! Not really a good deed but it made us both Happy!

June 22nd – Well I’ve made it to the end of another week of Good Deeds. Today I visited my parents, gave a lady directions and put money in to the charity box at the hairdressers. I’m really behind with my book reading, the trouble is I often have several books on the go at once and I read them depending on my mood. I’ve got a educational book from a friend, I picked up a Reiki book at the book shop on Thursday, I’m reading a book for a September promotion and a few weeks ago I had a mad downloading session of free books all on self-help and motivation which I like to pick up when I need a boost in life.

A Post for Horseshoe Publishing

I’m dedicating this post to  my very good WordPress friend Stephanie Hurt. I have featured several books written by Stephanie here on my blog and now I’m extremely pleased to tell you that she is turning her hand to publishing. Horseshoe publishing is going to start out by helping authors prepare their book covers and final drafts moving on to getting their work out there.

Check out the first steps of Horseshoe publishing and give Stephanie your support;




Guest Author Robyn Oyeniyi

Today my guest author is Robyn Oyeniyi, who has an interesting story behind her book. Please join me in welcoming Robyn.

I hope you may consider my book interesting!

1)       Tell me your name   Robyn Oyeniyi

2) Where do you live?    Melbourne, Australia with my wonderful husband and four noisy step-children from Nigeria.

3)When did you start writing?     On and off for years, but this is the first time I have published a book. I’ve written articles for professional and hobby journals in the past and write technical manuals – very dry and boring stuff! Our story is important. Civil Rights is important. Human Rights is important. So I wrote.

4)What type of books do you like writing the most? My published book is a memoir. Now I am writing a science fiction piece. Defining my sci-fi characters is fun, much more fun that writing about government bureaucrats in my memoir.

5)Pass on 3 tips about writing or publishing. 1) Edit until you just can’t face reading it one more time, then get an editor. 2) Network. 3) Believe in your work.

6)What was the last book that you read? How would you rate it? I haven’t read anything for ages – fighting the government doesn’t leave a lot of time. However I have three books on my side-table that I am going to start every night. One has to read in order to write, but life has been more hectic than I ever bargained for.

7)Now choose just one of your books and add a link to it. Love versus Goliath or information page on my website:

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Guest author Melissa LeGette

Please welcome Melissa to the blog today and join me in showing your appreciation by reading her replies to my guest author questions.

Hi Rosie! This is a brilliant idea.
Here are my answers.

1) Tell me your name

M.L. LeGette, but feel free to call me Melissa.

2) Where do you live?

Washington, GA, USA. It’s a little town.

3)When did you start writing?

I can’t say for sure what my exact age was, but I’m pretty sure I was 6-9 when I started writing for fun.

4)What type of books do you like writing the most?

Fantasy. Fantasy is my comfort zone. Fantasy has always been my favourite to read. I love creating kingdoms and countries with old-world England vibe. I write what I love to read, which would generally fit under the children to YA categories.

5)Pass on 3 tips about writing or publishing.

  • Revise. Multiple times. Rewriting your work is the best way to improve. It’s hard and at times super annoying, but spending time revising helps you and your story tremendously. Think of it as rehearsal for the concert. If you don’t practice for the big opening night, do you expect to do well? Of course not! So why not treat your book with the same respect.
  • Though it is tempting, I don’t recommend choosing to write a topic only because it is the hip genre and getting lots of buzz. Most likely you will always be behind and on the downward slope of the craze. Instead, write the story that is in your brain and in your heart, even if it’s off-key with mainstream fiction. And if that story happens to be dystopian (for example) then you get an added bonus!
  • It’s important to listen to what critiques and readers say about your work — it’s another way to improve. Sometimes you won’t like what you hear, but try to listen. However, ‘listen’ does not mean ‘do’. Writers always have the final say. We rule the universe we’ve created. Follow your gut feeling and your voice, but keep your ears open to reactions and thoughts. You’ll find some of them to be glistening lumps of gold.

6)What was the last book that you read? How would you rate it?

Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke. It’s a brilliantly fun book. Without a doubt 5 stars.

7)Now choose just one of your books and add a link to it.

The Unicorn Girl.

The Unicorn Girl

Thank you so much for making this feature available! It was great fun!


Unicorn Girl will be available as a FREE kindle download Saturday 25th May – 27th May.

First Guest Interview with Jenny Worstall

Here is my first guest interview with a great author that I met online after I had read her book “Make a Joyful Noise”. You can read my review of the book by following this short link. My review of Jenny’s book is due to appear in the March Issue of “Fleet Life”.

Here are Jenny’s replies;

1) Tell me your name: Jenny Worstall.

2) Where do you live? London, more specifically Addiscombe in Surrey.

3)When did you start writing? As soon as I could hold a pencil.

4)What type of books do you like writing the most? I like writing about what I know, using the worlds I am familiar with – family, music and teaching. I like writing in a style that is sincere but has more than a touch of irony and humour too.

5)Pass on 3 tips about writing or publishing.

Use little bits of time as they crop up. If you wait for undisturbed time, you may wait forever, so carry your notebook around and use the time you spend waiting for the kids after school and queuing in the supermarket. I once wrote the first draft of a complete short story while waiting with my daughter in a hospital clinic for her to have a blood test.

Don’t be afraid to self publish, even if you are a bit of a technophobe like me. There will be someone out there who can help! In my case it is my long-suffering husband.

Thirdly, and I know this goes against most people’s advice, don’t show your book to too many people before you publish. You may want your punctuation checked, but don’t allow your authentic voice to be muffled. Keep your book’s individuality intact!

6)What was the last book that you read? How would you rate it? I have just read ‘Me Before You’ by Jojo Moyes and would give it 5 stars. It is heartbreakingly beautiful and I feel sure she must have shares in Kleenex tissues. Thoroughly recommended!

7)Now choose just one of your books and add a link to it. I choose ‘Lemon and Lace’, a collection of short stories that I have recently published for free download on smashwords.

Be My Guest

Calling all authors, would you like to be my guest? Answer a few questions, then add a link to one of your books? Then read on….

Send me an e-mail with your answers to or fill in the form below, with answers to the following questions and once I’ve read them I’ll sprinkle them through my blog. I will reserve the right to make the ultimate decision regarding publishing any authors replies on my blog.

1) Tell me your name

2) Where do you live?

3)When did you start writing?

4)What type of books do you like writing the most?

5)Pass on 3 tips about writing or publishing.

6)What was the last book that you read? How would you rate it?

7)Now choose just one of your books and add a link to it.

8)Finally send everything to me via the contact form below