Monthly Archives: June 2016

From Author to Indie Publishing Company

Authorship and Publisher

Plaisted Publishing House

A short  blog on my business.

Some of the questions I am continually asked is – How & Why did you become a Publisher? Why didn’t you stick it out as an Author. (I am still an Author.)

I have no idea who knows what rules on Amazon and other similar websites, so the first part out-of-the-way is – Did you know authors who live in a country without an Amazon site don’t get paid out straight away. (28th each month)  This means in the four years I have been an author, I have yet to be paid.  Amazon won’t pay out until you reach the $100 threshold or equivalent in each country you sell in aka  USA, UK and Europe and Australia. As you can well imagine from this comment, I don’t sell many books at all. There again I don’t overly market them either.  On Smashwords it is…

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Blog Tour with Peachy Insights

love-150277_1280Please share and follow this wonderful woman and her blog tour today.  Meet Indie Authors and get to know them on the Love Clamined Blog Tour.

Fabulous Authors with awesome stories.

Thank you Lavern for doing this Tour.  You’re amazing.

Make an Authors Dream Come True


10616266_1468076420145386_6606341483130415792_nMichelle Diana Lowe is a British Author of Multiracial Books which deal in Young Mental Health Issues.  Her Dream to to achive a signing with Britian’s Next Bestseller, helping to draw in more readers and understanding of Mental Health in Youth.  PLEASE support this author by pre-ordering her book today.  You can find the link here : Broken Roots


Overview of Broken Roots

1465057343454To mend her broken roots, Teisha must look beyond her origins…

Broken Roots is a gripping and compelling story about a teenage girl’s hidden life, fractured ties and shocking family secrets.

This powerful novel enters the turbulent world of brave and courageous teenager, Teisha Cole, who’s betrayed by her birth mother and sent on a whirlwind journey to find a loving foster home. It is an extraordinary tale filled with love, betrayal, suspense, crime and mystery, that will take readers on a rollercoaster ride of emotions.

Broken Roots is a multicultural novel for older teens that may also appeal to adults. The book embraces the #WeNeedMoreDiverseBooks campaign.

Order a copy of Broken Roots from Britain’s Next Bestseller website between 17th June 2016 – 26th August 2016 –

Help this book achieve a print and ebook deal.

Broken Roots


Genre: Suspense/Crime/Thriller

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Seventeen-year-old Teisha Cole lives in the lap of luxury. On the surface, you would think she was happy. She is an inventor’s daughter, and moved from London to Florida after her father’s invention made the family millions. This young woman has everything, it seems, except for love, kindness and affection. Following a huge argument on a trip to grandma’s house in rural England, Teisha insists on being adopted. Finally, she will have a loving home with Grandma Dana. But when Dana dies suddenly in a tragic accident, her life changes forever…

After Dana’s funeral, Teisha is re-planted in the English countryside. In this unstable home, peculiar things start to happen: her father’s unexplainable illness, the disappearance of the family’s wealth and her mother’s shady dealings. Slowly unravelling are secrets, the family’s deepest, darkest secrets. Turning detective, trying to discover the real truth, this young woman finds herself in grave danger. As the authorities investigate the mysterious happenings in the Cole residence, an expert game of cat and mouse begins. Soon, Teisha is taken on a whirlwind journey across the country, in search of belonging and a new home.

Will she ever find a safe haven to re-plant those damaged roots?

This fast-paced novel will take readers on an emotional rollercoaster ride from start to finish.

Michelle Diana Lowe was born in East London in the early 1980s. She grew up in the London Borough of Newham. Writing from the age of six, Michelle wrote short stories, poems and novels, to self-heal from a somewhat difficult childhood. After graduating from Roehampton University in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature with Philosophy, Michelle started working as a Children’s Centre Administrator, where she helps and supports others by way of referring and signposting families to key services. Over the years, Lowe has also discovered novelists such as Zadie Smith, Malorie Blackman and Andrea Levy, who have inspired her to pursue a career in publishing. Since her early 20s, Lowe has crafted powerful and diverse novels that centre around young mental health and gender violence. These punchy novels tackle teen issues.

In January 2015, Michelle’s debut novel UnShatter Me was published by US Publisher UrbanEdge. She in the first, and only, UK author to be published by this American company. Appearing on the Chrissy B Show and featuring in The Voice Newspaper and the Newham Recorder, Michelle has received national exposure and recognition for her writing. Lowe was signed by Britain’s Next Bestseller in May 2016 for her second novel, Broken Roots. As a published author with urban foundations, Lowe has a commitment to bring more diversity and multiculturalism into the publishing industry.

When she is not writing, Michelle loves watching period dramas, US shows and blockbuster movies.


Gems of Strength

Great reviews for the first book ‘Gems of Strength’ by The Sisterhood. My story is ‘Deep in the Valley’

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GOSI’m presenting this one a little differently to my usual book review posts as it is a collection of different stories.

Strong female characters written by women authors and it was published by Metamorph Publishing in 2016.

There are two more books  planned – Gems of Gratitude and Gems of Freedom.

Indeed, you will find some little gems amongst these stories and everyone of them deserve its place in this great read.

Please note – This is my own interpretation of what I understood from the stories. You quite possible might have a different perspective. I would be interested to know what those are in the comment section below.

Angel Strong by Alana Madden

It’s a an interesting concept that God is a women, although one I have heard before. Ms Madden goes one step further and makes God a title of office, which is an interesting concept, too.

The main character…

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I love writing, because I can kill people off.  Warning to family, friends and enemies – you may just find yourself at the wrong end of the gun or knife and be sliced or diced, depending on my mood.

I’m not usually one for deliberately killing characters off, however after a few irritations in recent months, I am seriously thinking about it. What better way to make me smile and relieve my stress, what little I have.

Frankentech by Mike Elliott

One of my stresses recently has been my technology dying or doing silly stuff, ok so not a character, I could still write something and probably be funny about it too. my new buddy. He keeps me level-headed and kicks serious ass when something technology links or items go wrong.

Frankentech is my saviour, he helps me each and everyday – even when the internet goes down – with his jokes and compassion, his loyalty and kick ass attitude.  I think we all need someone like this.  I hate it when technology fails, generally I lose parts of manuscripts. Oh yeah i have stuff backed up, however when it is sudden…there isn’t much you can do except scream in frustration.

This year I have had my laptop back at factory settings three times, I bought a tablet hybrid and an external hard-drive  All good…until the darn external hard-drive decides to get a loose wire and stops working, meaning I can’t get at my latest stuff or just about anything.  Yeah silly me was only saving to the external…duh.  

Now I have everything saved on One Drive, Google Drive, External Hard-drive (I hope to have working in the next couple of days – hurry up postman)  and saved to my computer as well, and away we go again. Fingers cross Frankentech and I will make more progress this time and actually get some books out for you lovely lot to read.

First Top Entry for Sponsorship Voting

Plaisted Publishing House

Old typewriter on a vintage wooden floor isolated on white

Well this is the exciting part for everyone…  We have chosen the two best entries for the Sponsorship of 2016.  Below is the first 1K of one of our competitiors.  Please read it.  If you like it, that will be considered your vote.

If you are members of ‘The Awethors,’ Author Professional Co-op,’ or Author 4 Author then you can vote in those groups too via a poll.  Thank you for participating.

Competitor One

Chapter 1

The Pulse

The pulse came every two point five seconds and from its location it took seventeen minutes and seven seconds to reach Earth, according to the computers in the SETI laboratory. Code scrolled down monitors, sheets of data printing off at near break neck speed to coil on the ground.

James Faulkner was asleep at his desk, legs propped up next to his computer, arms folded across his chest just beneath his…

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Second Top Entry for Sponsorship Voting

Plaisted Publishing House

book-1012275_1280Well this is the exciting part for everyone…  We have chosen the two best entries for the Sponsorship of 2016.  Below is the first 1K of one of our competitiors.  Please read it.  If you like it, that will be considered your vote.

If you are members of ‘The Awethors,’ Author Professional Co-op,’ or Author 4 Author then you can vote in those groups too via a poll.  Thank you for participating.

Competitor Two

The Grubbers Book One.


Collie’s Growler assault craft with two Interceptor class Falcon escorts swung in low orbit above the planet Armon waiting on countdown to planet drop. The configuration reminded her of the last operation on Jimson Three. That was another rush job covering someone’s arse. Intelligence had screwed up yet again. The first troop elements had grounded in the middle of a multi battalion sized firefight. Murphy’s Law, the brawl they were…

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