Monthly Archives: August 2016

Truly an Author

The last few months have been hard to deal with.  A lot of negative vibes impacting on my life as a publisher, author and in general.  Yep, I was broken.  Now I am on the mend. Slow and steady, taking time for myself and my family. Spring cleaning, de-cluttering and having some fun as well.

Truly an Author.

Yep that is me too.  I am not sure who knows and who doesn’t know this about online book sales.  Be it kindle, smashwords or createspace etc.  They all pay out once you hit $50 or $100 US dollars if you live in New Zealand.  There is no monthly payments.  In fact, there is no payment until you have the numbers.  Mine has taken 3 years. I suppose it could have been shorter if I had marketed better, though 3 years ago I was still learning the ropes.  In fact, I will always be learning.  So I finally got my first ever payment.  Yes it is exciting. Not only am I now a published author, I am now one who gets paid.  It is a wonderful feeling.  

On a local scale, I have an article in our free newspaper for my book ‘Girlie and the War of the Wasps.’  The article is well written, my photo…oops, mind I had been sick just the day before. Recovering is sometimes a slow process.  Hopefully this article will create sales for the chosen charity and help beat diabetes with a cure.

This is a lovely come back from so many negative influences in my life.  Time to get on and get sorted. Edit a few more books, and finish others. I know one thing I will be doing in future and that is blocking anyone who can’t leave positive comments on any posts I make.  

Thank you for all the support from the last three years.  You have all been amazing.

Please Nominate This Book

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As an indie author, I can tell you it’s hard work trying to get noticed. Between spending hours on social media and paying for advertisements, it can be time consuming and costly. So you can image how excited I am that my latest Young Adult Fantasy, Dragon Moon, has been admitted into Amazon’s fabulous program, Kindle Scout. I can hear you asking…what’s that?

How It Works

Kindle Scout is reader-powered publishing for new, never-before-published books. It’s a place where readers help decide if a book gets published. Selected books will be published by Kindle Press and receive 5-year renewable terms, a $1,500 advance, 50% eBook royalty rate, easy rights reversions and featured Amazon marketing.

Browse new, never-before-published books.

Every book has 30 days to earn your nomination. Authors are submitting new books all the time so check back often.

Nominate your favorites.

When you discover a book that you think is great, nominate it and the book will be added to Your Nominations panel. Keep up to three books nominated at a time, and update your nominations whenever you want

Published!

When a book’s 30-day campaign ends while in Your Nominations panel, your nomination is tallied and removed from your panel – freeing up that nomination for another book. You will receive an email to let you know whether your book has been selected for publication.

Enjoy free books.

As a thank you from us and the authors you support, you will receive an early, free copy of all the Kindle Scout books you nominated that are published. Continue to champion the books and authors you helped bring to life by leaving reviews and sharing with friends.

So this is where you can really make a difference to an indie author…by nominating their book.

Click the link to Dragon Moon on kindle scout…read the first 5k… and if you think this is a boo you’d like to read in full… click nominate. EASY PEASY LEMON SQUEEZY!

In case you need a little encouragement to click the link…here are some details about Dragon Moon

https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/28UY3TSTYZACT

DRAGON MOON – Young Adult Fantasy

Synopsis

I’m nineteen and wish I had a clue about my future. Instead of my own bed, this morning I woke in the strange land of Lur Neval. My name is Scarlett, but the Nevalese call me Dragon Mage. Seems it’s my job to preserve the all-important dragons and oh, while I’m here, bring peace to the warring clans. Piece of cake if I can outwit Madoc, the manipulative, evil seer who wants every dragon destroyed. Whatever it takes, I’m here to fulfill my destiny under the light of the Dragon Moon.

Thank you so much for your time

 

Dragon Moon with Julie Nicholls

Thank you very much for letting me take over your blog today to reveal the cover for my latest novel, Dragon Moon. 

 

This is a Teen & Young Adult Fantasy, and I hope to publish with Amazon’s Kindle Scout program.

The story concerns Scarlett, an almost nineteen year old who is undecided about her future. Throughout her school life she has been the subject of ridicule and bullying because of her flame, red hair. While college was easier, because she stood up for herself, she can’t make up her mind if University is the place she wants to be, and is taking some time out from studying to decide. She visits the Nottingham Goose Fair, and meets Dizelli, a psychic, who gives her a gold pendant and instructs her to wear it to bed.

Scarlett wakes up the next morning, but she’s not in her bed, or her home. She’s in a field. In her pajama’s.

Her adventure begins and she’s thrown into a world of dragons and magic. She’s the Dragon Mage, and it’s her responsibility to save the dragons from slaughter, and also bring two warring tribes together.

There are just a few days left before the Dragon Moon arrives. All the dragons currently asleep, protecting their eggs could die unless Scarlett finds a way to unite the silver haired, and black haired races together and to stop Lord Ithel from killing the elder dragon who knows the secret location of the dragon eggs.

Here’s a sneaky peek!

 

No matter what Elyan’s surprise is, at least it’s another lovely day out. The sun is shining and despite the cool breeze, it’s perfect for riding. We set off at a walk but once outside the
city walls, Elyan kicks his horse and he’s off. I have a hard time keeping up on Sootli; bless her. Once he reaches the foothills, he slows and when I catchup to him, he pulls off to the left instead of the path through the mountain.

“Where are you going?” I ask.

He doesn’t answer and just waves at me as he trots ahead.
He’s in charge again; he can’t help it.

We ride for only a little way, and then the smell hits me.
Vanillian.
Soon we’re looking at a blanket of white flowers. They
stretch along the side of the track as far as the eye can see, and the smell is
amazing. Elyan dismounts and wraps the reins around a fallen tree. He helps me
down and leads me to the huge log where we both sit.
I can’t stop sniffing the air and notice he’s staring.
“What?”
He smiles and I notice for the first time how charming he looks when he’s not scowling.
“I know how much you like Vanillium and thought you wouldlike to see where it grows. Am I right?”
“Yes! Thanks.”
I’m smiling as I look at him and see him in a different light. He can be thoughtful when he puts his mind to it. He stares at me for several moments, his gaze unfathomable. Do I want to know what he’s thinking?
“I am sorry for my behavior yesterday with Mostyn,” he says.
Wow! Didn’t see that coming.
“I expect learning he and your sister were an item was a bit of a shock.”
“I learned something else too. From my father.”
“What was it?” I ask as if I don’t know.
“That there was someone else he loved before mother. I am not angry about that. He expected me to be, though. I have a reputation, it seems.”
I can see a hint of a grin forming.
“My father relies on me to protect the town. While I have my warriors to aid, I am constantly on my guard. My responsibility to our people is foremost on my mind.”
“That’s why you’re so wound up, Elyan. You’re stressed out.”
I know how he feels. In my last year of college I was worrying over my exams, the bullying, and concerns about my life after college. My dad said when someone is stressed, they are short-tempered, have trouble sleeping and are unable to see the positive side of things. Elyan ticks all of the above. People don’t realize they are stressed, but once it’s pointed out to them, it becomes clearer.
“What am I to do? This is my life. I am responsible for our people.”
“I understand you have an important role, but you don’t have to do it on your own. You have warriors who follow your lead. They are just as capable as you are. Let them take some of the pressure.”
Elyan narrows his eyes as he looks at me. He’s listening to what I’m saying rather than spouting off. That’s a good sign.
“But will they then act as I do? Become ‘snippety’ as you say?” He grins.
“No, I don’t believe they will. If you divide the tasks between yourselves, it will be less of a burden. Do you see that?”
“Yes, I do.”
It could be my imagination, but I swear he looks less stressed already. He’s a smart cookie and I know I whined about him plenty of times, but he isn’t a bad person. Actually, as he is now–calm and thoughtful–he’s very attractive. He was already ranking high on my “hot men” chart, but it was his attitude that stopped him reaching a higher position. Oh, I know you think I’m mean, but I bet I’m not the only one who has a score card.
“When we return home after the meeting today, you can gather your warriors and delegate your duties. Start enjoying your life, Elyan.”
“I like the way you think. You are as smart as my father said.”
“Did he say that?”
“Yes, last night after you left. I spoke with him for a while, and he believes you are too wise for your age.” He chuckles.
Ha! I think what the Earl said probably went something along the lines of “she’s too big for her boots.” But I’ll accept it as a compliment anyway. Elyan is looking at me again. Not quite a stare but his gaze is lingering and I know I’m blushing. My cheeks are on fire. I’d like to know what he’s thinking. Wait…maybe that’s not a good idea. There’s a glint in his
eye, which isn’t a bad thing, but I’ve got too much to think about at the moment. Extremely bad timing.
“Are all the women in your town like you?” he asks.
“No. They are much nicer.” I laugh. “Women are equal to men, though. They share responsibility, work and some earn such a good wage that the man plays househusband and takes care of the children.”
“That is a story you have made up.” He laughs. “It is a woman’s responsibility to tend the children.”
I’m surprisingly calm after that misogynistic statement. In all fairness, he lives in a world where men are chivalrous and women are skivvies, and that’s not entirely his fault. However, I will nevertheless attempt to enlighten him of why a role doesn’t need to be filled by only one sex. Here goes.
“Elyan, I’m going to explain something to you which you may find surprising. Women are quite capable of fulfilling any job a man is tasked with. The only difference is that some women might struggle depending on the physical strength required, but that does not mean that some women are not a strong as some men. There are some who are stronger.”
He’s shaking his head, so I continue. “Women are in the Army, Navy, and Air Force. Where I’m from, we are ruled by a Queen, as are many other countries. So you see… there’s nothing a man can do that a woman cannot. As for taking care of children, why shouldn’t a man look after his child? There’s no rule that says a woman should be the only person to wipe a baby’s bottom!”
He laughs and shakes his head. “You are making this up, surely?”
“No, I’m not.” 
I look at him and wonder how he would cope if he were to visit my world. Not only because of the women’s issue but all the technology we have as well. I don’t think he could take it all in, although he might have fun playing my X box.
“I should like to see this for myself. Your world sounds interesting. Do you think I would like it?”
“There are some wonders that would impress you, Elyan, but just as you have problems here, we also have them. Countries fight one another and man has built horrendous machines and created poisons that could kill us all. People starving to death live side by side with people who are so rich, they will never be able to spend their money before they die.” He’s listening closely. “Our world is full of different races and we are not all the same color. Whole nations have been targeted because of the color of their skin or religious beliefs. So you see it’s important that we try and resolve the issues here before they escalate.”
Elyan narrows his eyes. He’s thinking hard, I can see from his expression. He will be the Earl once his father passes and he could help implement changes now that would stop future warring.
“This makes you sad, does it not?”
“Yes, very much.”
“We are from different worlds and yet, we are not so different.”
He takes my hand in his and smiles softly. He’s capable of becoming a great leader, I feel it. He has already made changes to the way he acts based on information he’s acquired. He is a smart cookie.
“We have a saying—‘there’s nothing new under the sun’–and this is so true. Wherever we are in the world, whether we’re black-skinned or white, if we have black or white hair, or we worship the sun or the moon, we are all human beings and we have a right to be free and to live.”
“We shall have that here, Scarlett. I promise. I will do everything within my power to make Lord Ithel understand we must live together in peace.”

 Elyan pushes up and pulls me with him. “You will show us how to make a start. Will you not?”

Thank you for taking the time to read the sneaky peek… you can read another on my official website www.julienicholls.com to the page, Dragon Moon where a link will be added once the book is available for purchase.

DETOURS IN OUR DESTINATIONS – BOOK RELEASE

 

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Nominated for Best Anthology of 2016 in the Summer Indie Awards! Reaching #23 on Amazon’s Best-seller List for Literature & Fiction Mashups during preorders! This beautiful anthology is the brain child of Author Jennifer L. Roche https://www.facebook.com/AuthorJenniferLRoche CEO of Rainbows of Happiness LLC http://www.facebook.com/rainbowsofhappiness2013 who wished to create an anthology that would serve as a living legacy not only for the three babies she had lost, but for all those mothers who had lost a child regardless of the age.

Jennifer asked Author Terrie Meerschaert owner of Indie Editing Services to join on as her partner in this venture after learning of Terrie’s loss of her own son.  Together they began to form the anthology group of authors known simply as the #DetoursCrew today.

Hope & healing are integral emotions required to allow an individual to overcome extreme circumstances allowing the human body to reset itself back on its path in life. We may have a life plan laid out ahead of time in our minds, but sometimes unexpected changes occur causing our paths to take a Detour In Our Destinations.

When we follow these new routes down life’s road, the experiences we encounter turn out to be rewarding, and meaningful.  Slowly our bodies adjust to change, allowing us to heal from our emotional turmoil and find a sense of hope.

Detours In Our Destinations Anthology is a collection of inspirational short stories & Detours 2original poetry created by 13 Indie Authors know as the #DetoursCrew who seek to inspire hope & healing in families affected by #childloss through stories touching on real-life issues.  Each short story in the #DetoursInOurDestinationsAnthony shows the #strength and #perseverance of individuals when confronted with emotionally poignant issues such as child loss, loss of a parent or spouse, infertility, dealing with rare health issues, or dealing with issues of inferiority & lack of self- confidence.  Proceeds from the sale of this anthology will be donated to the non-profit organization 3 Hopeful Hearts  www.3hopefulhearts.com

Authors participating in this anthology are dedicated to helping make a positive impact in the lives of others. The short stories & poetry in Detours In Our Destinations are all written to be inspirational, emotionally poignant pieces of literature.  This anthology will have you feeling the emotional struggles each character overcomes, while simultaneously reaching for your tissues to dry your tears.  The purpose behind creating Detours In  Our Destinations is to display stories about people that positively impact the lives of others despite dealing with personal setbacks. Many of the authors choose to use stories taken from their own personal lives helping readers realize  dreams are possible to achieve despite the obstacles you encounter in life.  One should never give up hope. Continue to defy odds by staying true to themselves & believing they can accomplish their dreams!

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The Detours Crew Members

I believe sharing heartfelt stories such as these is what helps set Detours In Our Destinations apart from most anthologies.  It allows the readers to see the vulnerability of authors and view them as “real” people.  In this sense Detours In Our Destinations is an anthology that creates optimism, inciting a spark of hope in the hearts ofthose who need something to help them in their journey of life!  This is a feel-good anthology rich with emotion. Are you ready to join us in an amazing journey? We’re waiting for you!

Detours Co- creators:      Author Jennifer L. Roche – CEO Rainbows of Happiness LLC http://www.facebook.com/rainbowsofhappiness2013 Author Terrie Meerschaet -Indie Editing Services

Contributors to Detours  In Our Destinations:       Author Jennifer L. Roche, Author Terrie Meerschaet, Author Carmen Alicea,    Author Alicea Cole, Author Debbie Dickinson, Author Mary Anne Edwards, Author Andrew Hess, Author Cathy Jackson, Author Terra James, Author Bella Jeanisse, Author Tessa McFionn,     Author D.A. Roach, Author Aimee Shayee   

We are throwing a fabulous #threedaynewbookreleaseextravaganzablowout party on Aug 19-Aug 21 on Facebook, to launch Detours In Our Destinations into the world! We would love to have as many #friends, #family, and #supporters at our #event as possible! https://www.facebook.com/events/560882220746482/

 We have a wonderful #authorlineup for the three days along with fabulous #giveaways including #paperbacks #swag #ebooks, #Amazongiftcards , and more! Don’t forget about our #Rafflecopterof28Harlequinpaperbacks for one One lucky winner!

 

#EventlinkforDetoursInOurDestinationsExtravaganzaBlowout! : https://www.facebook.com/events/560882220746482/

Feel free to contact us and visit our website on Facebook we are close to reaching 1k followers in less than 6 months! Get your hands on a copy soon this anthology will only be available for sale for a limited time!

#Detours Facebook Facebook pg: https://www.facebook.com/DetoursInOurDestinations.01/

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#Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/624605

#Amazon ebook link:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01HZXQI9Q

#Paperbacks also available : https:// www.createspace.com/6345314

**Remember Proceeds from the sale of our anthology go to the non-profit organization 3Hopeful Hearts to aid in helping families affected by child loss!


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GET YOUR SIGNED COPY NOW!!

Ladies, Gentlemen and especially Children!  
My  book ‘Girlie and the War of the Wasps,’ NOW in stock.  You can message me on Facebook or email me at claireplaisted@gmail.com if you wish to have signed copy.
Girlie copyWelcome to the amazing world of Girlie the Blue Ladybug and her adventures.  Girlie lives in part of a cottage garden and goes on adventrues to other parts – a bit like humans travel to different towns and countries.  The is a hero and loves to explore, making new friends along the way.  
Children love to explore so why not buy a copy of this first book in the series and adventure into the unknown – a bit like Chistopher Columbus sailing the seas of the world. Meet different insects and mamals, Pedi the Centipede, Sammie the Cat and Matron who runs the Ladybug Orphanage.  
At the back you will find drawings you can photocopy and your children can enjoy clouring in. I will even sign a copy for you.
Get your autographed copy NOW!
Books are:-
NZD $10 Postage is $5NZD.
Book/postage & packing
Australia is $15AUD.
USA it’s $17USD 
UK it’s £15.20GBP.
For price plus postage of any other country, please ask.
Synopsis and Reviews:
Girlie sets off on an adventure to rescue one of her best friends. In doing so, she meets many different creatures along the way, and ends up helping a Queen wasp work out what is wrong with her worker wasps. 40% of the royalties will be going to the charity ‘Chasing a Cure for Type 1 Diabetes’. It’s for a good cause and it’s a good read whether you’re a child or adult or an adult with children.
Amazon Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars – Loved Girlie and the War of the Wasps!

By K. Meador on April 30, 2016

I loved this children’s book. The adventure keeps you interested and the sketches are adorable. I really enjoyed how there were several lessons interwoven into this story without it seeming like it were “teaching” moments. There is no doubt that children of all ages will enjoy this book! Highly Recommended
5.0 out of 5 stars – What a great story. 

By Maureen on May 11, 2016

I began this story with some reservations – but, I quickly changed my mind. What a great story. I will be looking forward to the next book in the series. It is so good to be able to read this type of story to a child even as young as 3, but it would be lovely as a ‘starting to read’ book as well. Well done.
4.0 out of 5 stars – Adventurous and interesting

By Lorraine on May 13, 2016

A thoroughly enjoyable book, for children of all ages.
The story is adventurous and interesting, and the illustrations were delightful.
I liked how the ‘lessons’ in healthy eating, bullying and discrimination were worked into the story without being preachy!
5.0 out of 5 stars  – I loved this book

By Barbara on May 12, 2016

Purchased recently, this brightly colored cover smiled at me from my kindle, so my late night reading began. I could picture the story as Girlie tries to rescue her best friend, Grassi, kidnapped by the wasps. Girlie and a centipede named Pedi form an alliance, and together, they discover the wasps have kidnapped other insects to do their work for them. The wasps have grown lazy and mean, and after speaking with the understanding Queen wasp, Girlie and her centipede friend embark on a journey to another hive to discuss the problem and find a solution so Grassi and the other captives can be freed.

I loved this book. There are lessons to be learned–stand up for yourself, accept people as they are, and admit your mistakes. The visual of a centipede having to put shoes on his one hundred feet each day brought laughter. Excellent. 5 stars

That is not VERY clever.

Very Good…… LOL. Excellent, i do try not to use this word along with THAT and WHICH…another two word not needed as much as people use them

Ramblings from a Writer's Mind

o-STEAMPUNK-WRITER-facebookIt is, however, the way to announce to world that you are an amateur writer, that you have not honed your skills, that you are not a master of your craft.

It is something, I suggest, you would want to do and yet, I have an inkling, that it maybe something you are doing right now.

WHAT IS? I hear you ask!

Simple. It is to use the most useless word in the English dictionary in your writing.

That word is ‘very’.

Honestly, if you are using this word in your novels, your stories or essays you are making a rather large error.

Mark twain once said “Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very;’ your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.”

Florence King is quoted as saying that “’Very’ is the most useless word in the English…

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