Friday, 14 October 2016

Do i return to blogging?

Several times over the past year or so I have considered wether or not to return to blogging, for author spotlights, etc.
I have previously worked hard on helping promote other authors, because I believe we should all help each other where possible. When I began my journey, several years back, there were people who helped me and I am still friends with many of them today. As a new author I really appreciated their friendship and advice, so like to pay it forward.

If I do return to regular blogging it will not be limited to the book world this time, I may occasionally blog about other subjects that are either important to me, or which interest me.

If anyone reading this would like a blog spotlight let me know and I can arrange that for you.

Monday, 16 May 2016

Author Spotlight - Maree Alexander

Today's spotlight post is dedicated to Maree Alexander, a new author who just published her debut book, links to which can be found below.

Maree's style of writing is informal, and modern. Her debut book is one that is well written. The plot unfolds as you read through the book. The main characters are strong, yet with a gentle side, and as we read on we also see them develop. It is an excellent debut book and I look forward to reading Maree's future publications.

Maree Alexander resides in the United States of America. Her life is crazy, but she still finds time for books - be that writing or reading. Ever since she was a young girl, she dreamed of doing something with writing. At the time she wanted to be a journalist, but life happened. She forgot her dream and went on with life. Books were never far from her mind. 

When she started on her pursuit of this dream, she knew it would be a long hard road. She hadn't factored in, however, the incredible people she'd meet along the way. Though her journey is just beginning, she's ready for whatever lies ahead.



Maree Alexander
The Fall of Tomorrow (Day series, #1) by Maree Alexander

BLURB:

Adult content: Suitable for 18 years of age or older only.

The problem with tomorrow is it never truly comes. It doesn’t exist. No matter how many times you fall asleep, tomorrow will always be there… just out of reach and always changing. Every decision changing the way tomorrow looks, and what it holds.

Katelynn Irwin thought she had everything, thought she was the happiest she’d ever be. But as the days moved forward, the things she was certain of seemed to move further and further behind her. When all was said and done, Katelynn quickly realized that today was the fall of tomorrow.

#Betrayal #ContemporaryRomance #RomanticSuspense #SecondChances #Intense #PageTurner #HEA

BUY LINKS:
Amazon:
http://smarturl.it/the-fall-of-tomorrow
Nook:
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-fall-of-tomorrow-maree-alexander/1123740451
iBooks:
http://www.ibookstore.com/products.php?i=B01E9UUSAS
All Romance:
https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-thefalloftomorrowdayseries1-2030663-149.html
Print Copy:
https://www.createspace.com/6215384



If you would like to look Maree up her social media links are below.

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:
Facebook:
www.facebook.com/MareeAlexanderAuthor
Twitter:
@MareeAlexander
Website:
http://mareealexanderauth.wix.com/maree-alexander
Amazon Profile:
https://www.amazon.com/author/mareealexander
Goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/AuthorMareeAlexander


Tuesday, 10 May 2016

The history of writing.

I thought I would write something about the history of writing, in the hopes of sparking some interest in at least one person. Personally I love learning about the history of writing, and etymology (the origins of words, and how their meaning has changed over history).

I guess this comes from wanting to know something about words, and writing. I love learning about classical authors, and their style of writing. I also love making friends with authors through social media, and learning about their style of writing, as well as the places they live.
I've heard some authors saying that a certain genre of author isn't really "proper" writing, that they aren't a proper author because anyone could write that genre. Mainly, the genres they refer to are erotica and romance. I disagree with them though, I believe everyone who writes a book is an author. It takes time to write a book, as any author will tell you. You put your blood sweat and tears into book writing. Ok, maybe less of the blood but you get the idea! Sometimes a book can take years to be written. No author is going to write a book that isn't the best that THEY can do, why would you?
Sure, some books are better than others, and the market is flooded with badly written books, but I would never tar authors of an entire genre as bad.
Genre isn't a big issue to me.

So, getting back to the history of writing, what do we know about it?


We know early writing was done on slates, parchments, paper and these days more often than not on a computer or smartphone etc.

In about 3million BC clay tablets were used for wiring on. A small triangular shaped instrument, called a calamus, was used to make impressions in the wet clay, which was then fired  to dry them.

In the seventh century BC , a collection of arranged tiles was found belonging to the Kings of Aasyria. This is thought to be the first library found.

The first types of recorded "writing" was thought to be picture glyphs, simplified drawings such as those used by cavemen. Over time these glyphs developed into symbols, with developments of a certain symbol meaning a certain thing, rather than random markings.


The first evidence of a book written on papyrus was the account books of King Neferirkare Kakai in 2400 BC.  Paper was invented in China in the first century AD, China is also where the first printed books original from, somewhere between 618 and 907 AD. The exact date isn't known.  The oldest printed book is the work of the Diamond Sutra which dates back to 868 AD.

I wasn't able to find out what the first ever written ebook was, not when it was written. Several websites all had different theories on this, but it's something I would love to
Know about. 

The development of the Internet has opened up a massive platform for indie authors to publish their books. I doubt I would have ever published a book without it. 

So there is a brief history of writing and books. Not too boring I hope?





Sunday, 8 May 2016

Back to blogging!

After quite a lengthy break from blogging, I've decided to come back and start blogging again. 

There's been so much happening since my last entry, new friends made, old ones lost, and those who have stayed the course and shown me endless support. 

Books have been published, anthologies written, and WIP's ongoing. My passion for writing might have wained on occasion, only to be re-ignited by the amazing people who encourage me to continue. I think that every author, at some point, questions why they write. I certainly have done, and the answer is always the same - because it is something that I love doing! I don't write for financial gain, sure it's a very nice added bonus but so far my royalty payment (yes, just the ONE) hasn't been anything to write home about. 
Don't get me wrong, when Amazon notified me of my royalty earnings of a whopping £10 / $15, it was a very exciting for me. It made me feel like I finally had the right to call myself an author. It won't ever be enough to live on, but it helps towards the costs of putting a book together. 
I have always loved to write, from an early age it was a passion of mine, and with the development of online self publishing platforms it's now easier than ever to publish books. In my younger years I couldn't foresee me ever having a book published, in those days your only option was to be accepted by a large publishing company. The mix of excitement and dread when you press publish, is something that never leaves an author. The dread of those awful reviewers who seem out to only ever criticise anything they ever read, is always going to be there. Those sort of people are always going to be there, but you grow a thick skin and realise you are never going to please everyone. The main thing a lot of these reviewers seem to forget is there's a huge difference between not liking a book, and it being badly written. 

Of course, the only thing that improves anything you do in life is experience. Hopefully I can do justice for my small band of readers, and write books that at least a few people will enjoy reading. 

If you are an author interested in a spotlight on my blog you can get in touch at janiestorer35@gmail.com

Sunday, 18 January 2015

A quick countdown of this years events

Seeing as it is the start of a new year I thought I would give a countdown here to all the events that I hope will be taking place.

I know I am past my self.imposed deadline for both Bittersweet and Babylon, I am hoping they will both be published by march, may at the latest.
I am still writing them both, or rewriting as is the case with Babylon.

The aim for the rest of the year is to publish at least two more books. I have plenty of ideas for future books, they should keep me going quite a while.

I have had the first author of the week, and blog of the month.
I currently don't have anymore booked in, so will be looking about for some to fill in the gaps. Let me know if you know anyone that would be interested at all.

There will be a giveaway with each book release. These will include ecopies, as well as handmade jewellery items. I actually don't have any swag or anything at the moment but hope to get something soon, either bookmarks or postcards.

I hope to hold a second publiversary give away towards the end of the year, as well as trying to organise another multi author giveaway. In the previous one we had gift cards, postcards, bookmarks, key chains, phone charms and signed paperbacks as well as ecopies, so it could turn out to be quite good.

I also hope to run son book awards near the end of the year, where I will give facebook and twitter followers the chance to vote on various topics such as best author, bed book, best new author, best anthology, best blog, that sort of thing.

And who knows what else might crop up along the way!

This months little thank you give away is exclusive to my blog...send me a message on my facebook wall or twitter to let me know the name of any authors that have had a blog spotlight on my blog here, and I will send you a copy of two of my short stories.
if you already have those I will sort another thank you gift out.

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Book Review. 'The Anger Within', by Tom Ericson

The Anger Within. Ton Ericson.

The Anger within, by author Tom Ericson is available both as an ebook and in paper back.
Ebook on amazon.co.uk priced at £1.99
What readers have said:
" It is beautifully written."
"I absolutely loved it and highly recommend it."
"It's the best I have read this year (2014)."
"Absolutely gripping."
My review:
Using a star rating of 1-5 I definitely rate this as a five star read. Without a doubt this is an outstanding book from a very talented author.
The Anger Within is a story about a sniper, called 'AJ', who sets out on a mission he feels is a public service; killing corrupt and dishonest men in the public eye. Working with members of the IRA / RIRA he sets his plan in motion. His motive? Revenge and retribution.                                      
The Metropolitan Police start a huge man hunt to discover the identity of the sniper. They work closely with a multitude of specialists, including The Parachute regiment, COBRA, MI5, forensic scientists, a profiler at the top of her profession and, inadvertently the SAS.
This book is packed full of thrilling action, mystery, suspense, intrigue and even a smattering of romance. The author has managed to pack a bit if everything in, and the outcome is an explosive read that you will not want to put down.
There are many strengths to the book. It is obvious a lot of research has gone into this, and also that the author has extensive knowledge of his chosen subjects. This makes the book extremely factual and realistic for the reader.
The title suggests a story of someone that is full of pent up anger about something, and the story throughout reflects this.
The author shows a high level of skill and knowledge through the entire book, and the plot reflects this perfectly.
The story has been written from the point of view of various different characters. Some chapters written from the view point of the sniper himself, some from senior police officers, and others from some of the various characters. This is well executed and written in a way that the reader can easily follow and understand.
There is a definite sense of fluidity through the entire book, and the originality of it shines through. A semi formal tone is evident and this works perfectly for both this genre and the authors style of writing. The concepts of the book are clearly defined, and the author's ideas are very well developed.
As we read on through the book we almost build up sympathy for the sniper and his plight.
All of the characters are strong and well portrayed, the author clearly illustrating their different personalities extremely well.
Tom Ericson is a fairly new author, but his work has the feel of that if a very well accomplished author, and is written to a very high standard.
I love to read thrillers, murder mysteries and action books, amongst other genre's too, and this js by far the best of it's genre that I have read in many, many years. It has definitely made me a fan of this author and i can't wait to read more by him
It is a story that will certainly appeal to the readers imagination, drawing them in and making them feel they are in the book
There is strong narration throughout, all of it relevant and very well written. It has the perfect balance of descriptive text and the plot, whilst being very exciting and superbly written, is easy to follow whilst at the same time managing to be intricate.
It is very evident the author is extremely skilled, and genuinely admires his characters. It is an extremely interesting read. The characters are lively and intriguing, and we see how they develop through the book. The real plot is revealed a slice at a time and this works extremely well too.
A book jam packed with suspense, mystery, and an excellent thriller, one that I highly recommend all lovers of thrillers read

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Author Spotlight - Tracie Podger

Tracie Podger - author
Tracie Podger currently lives in Kent, UK with her husband and a rather obnoxious cat called George. She's a Padi Scuba Diving Instructor with a passion for writing. Tracie has been fortunate to have dived some of the wonderful oceans of the world where she can indulge in another hobby, underwater photography. She like getting up close and personal with sharks.
Tracie writes contemporary romance but likes to explore relationships that are not always easy and there isn't always a happy ending. She likes to have her books feel real with realistic timelines and with strong women who don't run because the going gets tough. Sex is important between loving people therefore all her books contain graphic scenes but are not classed as erotica. The character's relationship is more important.
If you would like to know more, please feel free to contact her, she would love to hear from you.
Twitter, @Tracie Podger
Facebook, Tracie Podger, Author
or via www.TraciePodger.com
Available in ebook and paperback....
Fallen Angel, Part I
Fallen Angel, Part II
Evelyn - a novella (ebook only)
Coming soon....
Fallen Angel, Robert
Fallen Angel, Part III
A Virtual Affair

Fallen Angel Series - Book Summaries
Robert  - September 2014
Robert Stone was six years old when his parents were killed and he was left to live a life of abuse at the hands of a mad, religious aunt in America.  At the age of eleven, alone and rejected, he cracked - with terrible consequences. But he survived.
Today he lives a life immersed in the world of crime and deadly secrets.  As the head of a powerful organisation, he is a wealthy and very powerful man.  He enjoys his very private life and he answers to no one.  Until one day he meets a woman - a woman that will challenge everything he is and everything he has been.
This is the story of a remarkable man, a dangerous man.  His life in his words.  This is the story of Robert Stone.
Contemporary romance for readers over 18. 
Although part of the Amazon best selling Fallen Angel series, Robert can be read as a prequel to Fallen Angel, Part I.
Evelyn – July, 2014
~ The Background ~
Evelyn is a pivotal character in books 1 and 2 of the Fallen Angel Series.  In books 1 and 2, readers learn a little of her background, how she met principal characters Robert Stone and his best friend Travis, and how she became such an integral part of their lives.  But that is far from all there is to know about this wonderful character. She has her own story to tell, and it's a powerful one.
If you've read the Fallen Angel series, you know that every character has secrets ~ sometimes bittersweet, sometimes utterly devastating, even tragic; and as their secrets unfold, the story deepens with a passionate intensity, weaving the characters' lives together with bonds that cannot be broken.  In every character's life, choices must be made, and very often the past not only determines the choice, but produces its outcome, especially given the complexities of "family culture" explored in the Fallen Angel series.
In this novella, Evelyn tells her story, ultimately connecting it to the sequence of events as they unfold in Fallen Angel 1 and Fallen Angel 2.  As you read it, it is easy to imagine sitting across a table in a quiet cafe', sharing a bottle of chianti, listening as Evelyn tells her story, her way.
Contemporary romance for readers over the age 18. Although part of the 5* Fallen Angel Series, this novella can be read as a standalone.
~ The Synopsis ~
Evelyn was sixteen years old when she fell in love. She fell in love with a murderer.
Rocco has been sent from Italy to live with the Morietti family in Washington, DC, for his safety, for his protection. He hadn’t banked on meeting the beautiful, but young, Evelyn, the daughter of the man who has given him refuge. He hadn’t banked on falling in love.
How hard is it to love the daughter of the man who holds your fate in his hands? And once you fall, how hard is it to keep your love a secret? Which is the greater threat to them both, to keep their secret, or to admit and fight for each other?
Evelyn and Rocco are forced to accept a life of secret meetings, lies, love and loss. Few relationships can survive it, and not every romance has a happy ending. But if there is a chance....... is it not worth a try?
This is the story of young love, of dreams and hopes for a future not possible. This is the story of Evelyn.
~ Discover The Rest of the Fallen Angel Series ~
Available in ebook and paperback....
Fallen Angel, Part I
On the first day of her holiday to Washington, DC, Brooke Stiles meets Robert Stone.
Dark eyed, damaged and dangerous - Stone has never had a normal relationship for fear of his past being exposed. Not knowing how to respect nor love, he struggles with his feelings for a woman who makes him question everything that he is.
Brooke falls in love with him and as their relationship grows she learns who he really is. Her future is set. She is to heal her man and mend his broken soul. But can she do the one thing that he asks?
This is a story of an ordinary woman who falls in love with an extraordinary man and has to discover whether she is strong enough to forgive him his past.
Fallen Angel, Part II
When Brooke Stiles had said, “It was in a small room in an office block in Washington, DC, that my life changed, forever,” she had no idea of the enormity of that statement. Just a few short months ago, Brooke, had lived a quiet suburban life in the UK. She now owns a closet of clothes she could only dream about and has been swept off her feet by trouble with a capital T. Once Robert Stone came to terms with the fact that he was in love with Brooke, he knew he could never let her go. Not letting her go means introducing her to his life, past and present. However, when Robert’s past and present collide, Brooke does the one thing that Robert begs her not to. Does it change her? Has that light that he sees in her eyes been extinguished? This is a story of an ordinary girl who finds the strength to become the extraordinary woman, and keeps her promise to the man she owes her existence to.
~ The Fallen Angel Series Continues in 2015
Travis
Fallen Angel, Part III 
and later, the beginning of a new series,  A Virtual Affair .
Here are links for Tracie's books, video trailers and more...
Important Tour Links – Tracie Podger
Social Media

Amazon Author page: http://amzn.to/Zg69f8
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/TraciePodgerAuthor
Twitter - https://twitter.com/TRACIEPODGER (@TRACIEPODGER)
Web - www.TraciePodger.com
Book Trailer – Robert!
http://youtu.be/OJWvYsWW75I

Buying Links

Robert:
UK: amzn.to/1t2tOYF
US: amzn.to/YjNUER

Fallen Angel Series 1, 2, Evelyn:
UK ebook Fallen Angel, Part I - amzn.to/1oURWvp
UK ebook Fallen Angel, Part II - amzn.to/1kApYFN
UK ebook Evelyn - amzn.to/1mNpqc5
UK Print Fallen Angel, Part I - amzn.to/1sSMwkS
UK Print Fallen Angel, Part II - amzn.to/1obJUgl
UK Print Evelyn - amzn.to/1p5ocem
US ebook Fallen Angel, Part I - amzn.to/1p8TrVP
US ebook Fallen Angel, Part II - amzn.to/1sSLWUm
US ebook Evelyn - amzon.to/1XUmNQU
US Print Fallen Angel, Part I - amzn.to/1uQewKm
US Print Fallen Angel, Part II - amzn.to/1mxaeqb
US Print Evelyn - amzn.to/1uQeMZZ

Tracie's Fallen Angel Playlist:
https://play.spotify.com/user/1263640971/playlist/5E236J2Khww48Y4fdrWFyi