…it’s my ugly mug on them there shelves…and I LUV IT!!…

Brad_Pitt…for those of yeez who may have difficulty in telling the difference, at the side here is Master Brad Pitt





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…and this is not Master Brad Pitt

…in my parallel universe, running ‘long side my quill-scraping endeavours, I have my own company troubleshooting firm… boring business-y stuff like restructuring divisions, realigning management structure and all the other corporate Master-Of-The-Universe gobbledegook… in the pursuit of that (and it’s kinda handy when it comes to paying-the-monthly-bills time), I’m currently shuttling regularly twixt Abu Dhabi and Bahrain… when I arrived in Abu Dhabi this time, I chanced by W.H.Smith’s outlet at Terminal One at the airport… and behold and lo, gleaming away proudly on their shelves are the only two of my crime thrillers I currently have in print, VENGEANCE WEARS BLACK (pride of place in their ‘Books You’ll Love To Read’ tableau)…



…and THE VIOLIN MAN’S LEGACY (number 12 in their bestsellers, fiction section)…


…the third in the Jack Calder series, SAVAGE PAYBACK, is still only available on the Great God Amazon Kindle… now, usually this ol’ Jurassic is not enamoured of the Web’s ubiquitous stream of endless ‘selfies’… the modern-day nemesis of the Professional Portrait Photographers Union… but how easily I slipped into that mode with my wee literary masterpieces… of course, they are infinitely more photogenic than I… and I DO have a mutual understanding with Master Brad Pitt (see above)… he stays out of writing crime thrillers…and I stay out of the movies… and, bless him, he’s kept his end of the deal… yeez never see him on the W.H.Smith author hoardings do yeez?… now, the good news is that  yeez don’t have to grab an airline ticket to Abu Dhabi to get a hold of my wee babies, they’re all right here:

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Savage Payback                :  http://amzn.to/1oyHNah

Vengeance Wears Black    :  http://amzn.to/W59BB3

The Violin Man’s Legacy    : http://amzn.to/10wnMXB

…see yeez later… LUV YEEZ!





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…my incomparable Author compadress, Ailsa Abraham, adorns my blog today…enjoy…

…there’s sum’thing compellingly attractive about a Literary Lady of *cough* *a-hem* vintage who attempts manoeuvres a la Cirque de Soleil… on a motorbike!… triple somersaults from two-wheeled transport at speed without a safety net tends to cause, at a minimum, a slight dent in one’s personal immediate diary schedule… m’Lady Ailsa Abraham visited her local hospital in France where she currently resides, but without an appointment, and, more to the point, without her conscious awareness… it appears, pro tem, that a mild slowing-down of m’Lady’s activities has taken place as a direct consequence of her imitation of the Human Cannonball stunts… I for one, would not bet a single sou against m’Lady’s enforced leisure being reversed in early course… be that as it may, I’m honoured to have Author, Ailsa Abraham pen a few bon mots for our quill-scraping perusal… enjoy…


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My serials’ killers.

Many thanks to my dear friend Seumas for inviting me to scribble a little something for the blog. Obviously I turned for my inspiration to his latest publication   Self-Publishing Steps To Successful Sales.

At the moment I’m not self-published but don’t take that as cast in stone. The sales problem faces all of us. One of the vital things is productivity. Now I sound like I’m equating the author with a story-factory. Well, yes, in a way we have to be. If readers like our stuff, they will want more and if none is available they will go elsewhere. Rather like your local store not stocking your favourite brand any more.

So one of the most glaring answers is “I know! I’ll write a serial.”

There are advantages to this. Mostly they will fit into a convenient niche or genre and some time is saved by establishing the basics in the first novel. Main characters, locations, jobs will be familiar to the readers by Book Two. Apart from development, there is nothing to do but tell the story. That is what we are supposed to be good at.


Great – let me at it.

Except that “being organized” is vital. Having enough time and a tidy mind help enormously. Oops! I screwed up on that by writing Book Two first. I didn’t mean it to happen but readers clamoured for more and wanted the back-story, so Book One got written pretty quickly. Yay! Characters were popular with readers, they wanted more, so all that remained was to keep up my sales of the existing books while writing Book Three. Previously I had started with a real quick-read and had to produce a full-length in double-fast time, so another Book Three was needed in another series!

This is where Fate stepped in and shoved a few sticks in my wheels. In the last year I have managed to be severely injured twice and an operation which I was assured would put me out of action for six weeks, ended up being six months.

If I had been writing stand-alone books, I could perhaps have completed one but noooooooooooooooo. I was writing two series because that was the accepted wisdom. That meant that I needed to link back to the previous stories, remember my characters’ particularities and generally make it gel. Having had a stroke this proved awkward.

Both Book Threes are now back in production and I have had many ideas of other, stand-alone books which will be my next WIPs when I get through.




Ailsa Abraham is published by Crooked Cat Publishing under her own name and as Cameron Lawton (who masquerades as her twin brother) by MLRPress. You can find her books on Amazon 

She has lived in France since 1990 and retired from teaching English to adults due to ill health.  An animal-rights activist and shaman, she enjoys knitting, cooking and until recently motorcycles.

Her web page is here and she can be found on FB and Twitter too. Please get in touch, she loves chatting and has a group on FB – Ailsa and Friends.


…many thanks for these wisdoms of pearl, Ailsa… up and at ‘em, m’girl!… see yeez later… LUV YEEZ!…




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…how can an Authoress miss with a name like hers?… Guest Blogger, Wendy Anne Darling…

…sum’times yeez just don’t see the obvious… my LUVLY Guest Blogger today, Authoress, Wendy Anne Darling, carries two of her three names with ease in the Land of Quill-Scrapers… ‘Peter Pan’ come to mind, emb’dy?… whatever her handle, m’Lady writes exceedingly good stuff… I’m delighted to let her talk for herself… enjoy :

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‘I was born in Somerset, England and lived in the south of England until my dad left the navy and got a job with South African Airways when I was 12. We lived in Kempton Park, which is where Jan Smuts Airport actually is, right near the end of the runway. 747s taking off filled the sky overhead quite often, forcing all conversation to a halt! One of the best things about where I lived was that there was a public library about a two-minute walk away – I got some good exercise carrying large piles of books back and forth!  I lived out most of my high school days there, returning to England when I was 17. My family moved to California when I was 31 and have lived in the States ever since.

I was one of the ‘quiet ones’ growing up. I had a couple of friends, but most of my friends were characters from books who I had long conversations with in my head. Loopy, I know, but I think that’s just the way it is with shy kids! When I wasn’t reading, I was writing poems or stories, and drawing pictures to illustrate them. I don’t think it’s very surprising that I’m a sci-fi geek… I was reading Asimov by the time I was 13 and am now addicted to Doctor Who! My long-term goal is to invent a whole new world and write books about it. Something like my all-time favourite, The Lord of the Rings.

I read aloud from an early age too; reading the entire Lord of the Rings to my sisters when I was 14, so it’s not surprising either that I have recently started narrating audio books for Audible.  That’s another thing I should have started a long time ago, but there’s no time like the present, right? Quite honestly, there really isn’t ANY time BUT the present – not without a TARDIS anyway! You can listen to my narration if you click the link at the bottom for ‘The Big Blind’, authored by Nicolette Pierce.

It’s amazing the things that can put you off of publishing your first book. My parents both wrote but their ‘voices’ were eventually muffled under piles of rejection letters. Right now, I’m encouraging my dad to finish a novel he’s been writing for years by promising to help him get it out there when he’s done. He can type 130 WPM so it shouldn’t take too long! My mum wrote most of an excellent sci-fi fantasy book that I will be finishing for her posthumously and publishing as a tribute to her immense creativity. I am so glad that the publishing landscape is changing and so many people are taking advantage of publishing themselves! Go, Indies, GO!

My debut book, SILVER LIGHTNING, is mid-grade fiction with some magic at its heart. It is based on a dream that I had some years ago – a dream that was so vivid that it has stuck with me ever since, demanding loudly in my head to be my first. The cover artwork is my own – Lightning flatly refused that I let anyone else draw him, and he’s a wizard so I do what he says! It’s about a boy who finds a motorcycle that changes his life, and the lives of everyone he meets. OR… it’s about a motorcycle that finds a boy. A boy it has been searching for for a very long time. I hope you enjoy it!



SILVER LIGHTNING: http://amzn.to/1D5BUqc

Blog: http://wendyannedarling.wordpress.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WendyAnneDarlingAuthor
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AuthorWDarling
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/AuthorWDarling/
Amazon.com Author’s Page: 

Amazon.co.uk Author’s Page: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Wendy-Darling/e/B00O3DJTQ6/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

Narration: ‘The Big Blind’ by Nicolette Pierce (1st in a series of 4): http://amzn.to/1yKczDl

…there yeez go, Lads and Lassies of Blog Land… a real product of a scribblers’ family… give her a follow, good people…thanks for coming aboard, Wendy…see yeez later… LUV YEEZ!



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…the Authors’ literary SOSYAL NETWURK equivalent of ‘WURKIN’ THE ROOM’…


…the distinguished author, J.M.Barrie is the first person credited with the immortal lines, ‘…there are few more impressive sights in the world than a Scotsman on the make.’… and he was Scottish himself… it says a lot for how comfortable we Scots are in our own skin… lift that idiom on to the universal diaspora of all we quill-scrapers, of whatever nationality… and particularly as it applies to the constant barrage of presences (plural) on the SOSYAL NETWURKS as we clamour to have our authorial voices heard amidst the din… it is by now a well-established given, our scribbling is merely the beginning of the journey to Nobel-ic fame and fortune…the need is ever-present to be available on the Web circuit, peddling our masterpieces to all and any who care to take heed… in a parallel life, this ol’ Jurassic spent several decades in the international financial arena, where part of the ‘game’ involved attending endless functions, cocktail parties, and events in order to ‘see and be seen’… most industries have similar carnivals… but, I posit with yeez that we of the global virtual candle-lit garret planet have a head start on all of these… we are enabled to do it all sitting in front of our computers and laptops…


…access to yer favourite SOSYAL MEDYA channel poisons of choice is so simple… also, no belly-to-belly finger-food and cocktail-spilling occasions that I attended ever had in excess of a couple of hundred people in the room/hall/hotel chamber at any one time… on here, yeez can plug into gazillions simultaneously… it’s the Authors’ literary SOSYAL NETWURK equivalent of ‘WURKIN’ THE ROOM’… and it’s fun when yeez get immersed in it… yeez can plug yer priceless periodicals… yeez can nominate yer narcissistic novels… yeez can blazon yer books brazenly… and, like all the best news feeds, yeez can do it 24/7… good is that… see yeez later… got some plugging, nominating and blazoning to get in with… LUV YEEZ!



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Promote Yourself: Lorraine Montgomery

Seumas Gallacher:

…a post well worthy of a reblog… from m’Lady Jane Dougherty, featuring another m’Lady, Lorraine Montgomery… with a poignant piece included about the late Robin Williams…


Originally posted on Jane Dougherty Writes:

My guest this weekend is Lorraine Montgomery who is quite simply a wonderful blogger. Lorraine writes about all kinds fo things, and has two blogs—one for life in general, the other mainly books, films, and reviews. I recommend you go and have a look, particularly at some of her book recommendations.

Here is Lorraine to introduce herself.

Retirement is Wonderful!

Having taught elementary school for more than 25 years and been involved in many amazing technology and curriculum projects, I find I’ve developed a myriad of interests based on literature I’ve read and music I’ve heard. I’ve followed The Wright Three to Chicago, Ansel Adams to Colorado, The Kon Tiki Expedition to Easter Island, Simon & Garfunkel lyrics to New York City, Frank Lloyd Wright to Fallingwater, Pennsylvania, and have only just begun.  I began writing my Bookshelf blog in May and am enjoying the challenge of keeping up…

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How-To Writer’s Books

Seumas Gallacher:

..hey, m’Lady, Karen Einsel mentions me in the same post as Stephen King… a-hem.. what’s HE doing on there?…


Originally posted on karensdifferentcorners:

There are many “How to Write” books out there and quite a few people that I’ve talked to recommend Stephen King’s “Stephen King on Writing”

I enjoyed the book, but felt it was more of a memoir than a writer’s self help book.

One of my favorites is, “How to Write and Self- Publish Your First Novel” by Paul Dorset


Check out his blog here. Paul‘s a great guy and a wonderful friend to have. Not just for me, but for all writers.

Anyway, I picked up a few freebies today and I wanted to share them with you.

First, I picked up “Self-Publishing Steps to Successful Sales” by Seumas Gallacher And it’s FREE right now.

I received an email letting me know that Seumas is having a Goodreads event and of course I responded with a big yes!

While I was on Amazon…

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…make shine while the hay suns… or sum’thing like that …

…as yeez can see from the blog title today, my wee grey cells are currently shooting off in all directions… I’m a bit dizzy with the response to my little masterpiece’s FREE Kindle promoSELF -PUBLISHING STEPS TO SUCCESSFUL SALES has been chortling away, radiating in it’s sector slot at # 1 in Amazon.Co.UK, # 1 in Amazon.com, (USA), # 1 in Amazon.ca (Canada), #1 in Amazon.de (Germany), # 1 in Amazon.fr (France), and (sob, sob), only #2 in Amazon.com.au (Australia)… frankly, it’s blowing my mind… here’s a couple of generous reviews already this week :

From Carol Anne Hunter
This review is from: Self-Publishing Steps To Successful Sales (Kindle Edition)
I found this book very helpful indeed. There were no obscure anacronyms or techno-jargon to confuse me and no intricate details I couldn’t get my head around. I have tried LinkedIn but had no success with it and to be honest, there are only so many hours in the day and I do need time to write plus have a life so I don’t want to work too many SN sites. But the advice relating to twitter and Facebook was excellent and although I was already a member of Goodreads, I realised I wasn’t using it properly and have put an author profile on it tonight. A very handy wee book, well written, clear and to the point. Definitely worth the reading.

From George Polley
Underlying this excellent little book by author Seumas Gallacher is this mantra: “Treat your writing as a business.” Then he walks his readers through each simple (but not necessarily easy) step. I found the book very helpful, particularly when it comes to understanding how best to use Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin and Goodreads to build loyal followers and readers. If you are a writer, especially a self-published writer, I highly recommend Mr. Gallacher’s books as a must-have, must-read, must-use tool for building your writing business. Because, after all is said and done with the writing part, that’s what it’s all about. And we, as authors, control the outcome by treating our writing in a businesslike way.

…many thanks Carol and George…

…to other scribblers out there, it’s still FREE for another three days… fill yer boots…see yeez later… LUV YEEZ!

UK: http://amzn.to/Qq2c3y
US: http://amzn.to/1lt6bcv




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