Monday, 10 December 2012

The Next Big Thing

Imagine receiving a Kindle Fire 8.9" HD as a Christmas present. Now, imagine that it's loaded with more than 500 ebooks. Think I'm joking? Nope. Have a peep here.

The gift is part of an ongoing contest by the Independent Author Network and all books preloaded into the Kindle are by IAN authors. How cool is that?

But before you rush off to grab the prize, let me quickly share with you five awesome-sauce authors you must read.

First, Frederick Lee Brooke. He tagged me as the Next Big Thing and you can read his work here. His blogs which covers anything from reviews to tips for writers can be found here.

Second, Aliefka Bijlsma. She's the brainchild behind the smoking hot book, The Consul General's Wife  which you can read here.

Thirdly, Kate Campbell. Journalist, photographer and novelist, her latest release Adrift in The Sound is a must-read and you can read it here.

Then there's the Laura Lee. Her way with words will leave a lasting impression and her latest release, Angel offers readers emotional insight and you can read it here.

Last but not least, there's Guy Magar. Remember, your childhood favourites like A-Team and Blue Thunder. He directed episodes from the series. And he even almost decapitated Drew Barrymore. You can read all those inside Hollywood stories, here.

Now, if you'll indulge me a wee bit more, here are some quick answers about my upcoming piece.

What is your working title of your book?
 My Mother Sang, The Devil Danced.

Where did the idea come from for the book?
 Waiting in a hospital for my shunt check-up. I know, depressing but as I observed the different types of relationship around me, the story developed in my head.

What genre does your book fall under?
 Women's Fiction.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
 Gemma, the lead character would be played by Anne Hathaway. Her father Ray, will be played by Liam Neeson and Russell, his brother will be played Adam Levine. (I know he's not an actor, but the tattoo covered body is based a lot on him). Gemma's mother, Katie, is still changing in my head but I would probably go with Heather Locklear.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
 About three months but the editing is taking at least ten times longer between my second guessing and repeated changes. I'll get there, I promise. 



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Books Sold - 6 Nov 2011 to 31 May 2012

Some of you have asked me for my total number of books sold to evaluate KDP Select so here it is. Bear in mind, that results will vary based on genre and author. Good luck and remember, Keep Moving Forward.

Total - 120,836

1. Excuse Me, My Brains Have Stepped Out
Amazon Kindle - 42,559
Paperback -
Smashwords -

2. Frequent Traveller
Amazon Kindle - 35277
Paperback -
Smashwords -

3. Dora's Essentials - Books, Blogs & Smiles 1
Amazon Kindle - 462
Smashwords -

4. Mirror Me Martha (Short Story)
Amazon Kindle - 281
Smashwords -

5. Drive On Hope (Short Story)
Amazon Kindle - 190
Smashwords -

6. Blog-A-Licious Directory 2012
Amazon Kindle - 1
Smashwords -

7. Pandora's Reading Room 1
Amazon Kindle -
Paperback - N/A

8. The Cat That Barked (Short Story)
Amazon Kindle -

9. Dora's Essentials - Examining Anxiety
Amazon Kindle -

10. Dora's Essentials - Books, Blogs & Smiles 2
Amazon Kindle -

11. Elevenses from Around the World
Amazon Kindle -

12. Genetically Modified Foods vs. Sustainability
Amazon Kindle -

Blog-A-Licius - Sherbet Blossom



Dealightfully Frugal

Blog-A-Licious - The Few, The Proud, The Wife


My Soul Slippers

Blog-A-Licous - Textbook Mommy

Blog-A-Licious - Blue Frogs Legs

Blog-A-Licious - Pretty All True

Pretty All True

Blog-A-Licious - tbaoo



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Blog-A-Licious - The Invisible Art

Blog-A-Licious - Rediscovering Domesticity

Rediscovering Domesticity

Blog-A-Licious - Quiver Full

Blog-A-Licious - Cori's Big Mouth

Blog-A-Licious - Great Fun


Blog-A-Licious - Busy Wife

Blog-A-Licious - Steps To Happiness

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Blog-A-Licious - Toby & Max

Blog-A-Licious - Amelie

Raising Amelie

Blog-A-Licious - Peas In A Pod

Blog-A-Licious - Riley

Blognostics - Poetry


My Awards - September 2010

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