Monthly Archives: September 2016

Indie Editing & Local Book Stores

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Bashed after professional editing and no it wasn’t by my excellant Editor.  It seems to get a book into a bookstore your book has to be perfect if you are an Indie Author – never mind the bloody Traditional Published books which nearly always have one or two errors in them. The Bookstore owners sure as hell aren’t going to read them just to point out errors otherwise they’d not have a business.

I am sick of it.  No only is spelling and grammar different in each English speaking country, you then have to fight for the right to sell them locally.  Online it is fine, if someone points out an error you fix it and re-publish, be it print or eBook.  

I do wish New Zealand would catch up with the rest of the world with Independently Published books and give them a chance.  Personally if I ever…

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Pirated Books

Don’t you just hate pirated books 😦

Plaisted Publishing House


Pirate Books – No not a children’s story sadly, like with music they are books stolen from the author.  We tend to know why – The reader is to poor (cough, choke cough) and can’t afford a cup of coffee let alone our books.  They should be free, after all the author only writes them so we can read them.  

Like another blog I read this morning, said, they seem to forget all those businesses we contract out to, those who make our book covers, book trailers, editing, formatting and all the other things need doing to give the book (you only wrote) a fair chance.

I heard about a program called Blastythe other week.  Apparently it find your priate books and you can blast them – whatever that means.  After much thought, I decided to try it, expecally after seeing more pirate sites and having recommendations from…

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Meet Claire Plaisted – Author & Publisher

Author and Publisher, Claire Plaisted Interview

Source: Meet Claire Plaisted – Author & Publisher

Mojo has disappeared

For a prolific writer, my mojo has gone.  The muses are quiet, how the heck they can all be thinking at the same time I have no idea.  I actually have a bit of time to write and..BAM gone.  Maybe it’s been to cold for them here in New Zealand, though spring is on the way, you can smell it in the air – well when it’s not full of sulphur.  

I have been working on several drafts recently, most of them old ones which need finishing.  Fun times, I’m wondering if my lovely muses have forgotten the story lines – no wonder they need to think.  I can’t say I have writers block either, or I wouldn’t be writing a blog.  Oh the days of…

Soul Man

Soul man is a story of a young native american whose body is washed up on the shore of New Zealand. He finds himself looking down at his body in shock when a dog jumps on him and a Kiwi lass finds his body.   Is he dead? Is he having an out of body experience? What is his name? Some of the questions he trys to unravell over the following days.

Reed’s Bounty

Did you enjoy reading and watching Mr & Mrs Smith.  A couple who didn’t know they were both operatives.  Well Meet Reed who is a retired Assassin and his lover Bounty who is a retired operative.  Unlike Mr & Mrs Smith, they are not trying to kill each other, they are trying to work out who is after them, or which one of them is on the target.  The past comes back to haunt the present. Who can help them find the truth or will they lose their lives trying.

The Mystery at Crosswick Manor

This is the first book I ever wrote and due to changes in how I write, I am still having problems with it.  A lot of my books are – or so I’ve been told – like watching a movie. With Crosswick there is lots of swaps and changes of POV, there are about six or more lead characters – Downton Abby anyone? So what does one do.  

The story starts with a servant girl called Jane who is laying a fire for her mistress.  The mistress is near destitute – in the rich world – and a widow.  He childhood beau returns and the first romance and mystery starts.  There are at least four romances in the story, along with backgrounds and social history.  After all, I am told you don’t have to write a story with only one protagonist.  The mystery is over various missing items which are thought to be stolen by the staff as they left due to lack of money.  Like any good book, you have to have a villan as well. His story is rather sad, and he may not be as bad as he seems. Will all be well in this late Regency novel? Will they solve the mystery or has a series been born?  Hopefully later this year you will find out.

The Quest for Pedi’s Family

Another of Girlie’s Adventures.  This time she is off hunting for Pedi the centipede’s family.  He thinks he is an orphan because he doesn’t remember his family. All his life he worked in a wasp hive in charge of the babies the Queen wasp delivered.  Now that all was been set right at the wasp hive, Pedi was suddenly without a home and family.  Or was he.  Will Girlie and her new friends find his family? What will they find in the dark musty area of the garden called Compost Hill?  Book one is at all mojor online stores now.  By September/October I hope this book will also be pubished.  Also don’t forget when you buy a copy 40 % of the net earnings from the book will go to charity.



Little Birdie Grows Up


Join us in celebrating the release of Little Birdie Grows Up

little birdie grows up

Little Birdie Grows Up is a picture book about a fuzzy little blue bird that yearns to fly up in the big blue sky. His Mama encourages him and he tries his best. He is charming and sweet and the illustrations are delightful.

About the Author

Wanda published her first children’s book, The Lilac Princess, in 2014. Next came her wonderful tale of Tad, in A Turtles Magical Adventure published, March 2016.


Wanda Luthman has her Masters of Arts in both Mental Health Counseling and Guidance Counseling from Rollins College located in beautiful Winter Park, Florida. She worked at a local Community Mental Health Center for 10 years before transferring to the Public School System as a Guidance Counselor. She’s worked at a High School for the past 18 years. She has also been an Adjunct Professor at the local Community College and worked with teens who had lost a loved one through Hospice. She has always loved reading and writing and wrote many books and poems as a child growing up in Missouri. She presently resides in Brevard County Florida with her husband of 21 years and 2 dogs. Her daughter is away at college, like Little Birdie, she has left the nest.

From the Author

“I want to inspire young children to be the best people they can be. If I can capture children’s imaginations and entertain them, they’ll catch the underlying positive character message in each of my books.”

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Quotes from reviews

“Wanda Luthman does a very good job with this book. Lots of colorful pictures. Lots of rhyming that small children could quickly learn. Highly recommend this book for children ages one to five.”

“Although “Little Birdie grows up” is written for very young children, who cannot fail to be immediately and deeply attracted to Bryce Westervelt’s vivid pictorial narrative, it is a book which most likely will also engage genuine adult interest.”

“This was the first picture rhyming book I have read and the first time a book has made me cry – but a good cry. Little Birdie Grows up is such a beautiful story.”

Where to find Little Birdie Grows Up

Audiobook – Listen to a sample here.


Voting begins on Summer Indie Book Awards

Voting has started for the Summer Indie Book Awards.  Voting is for the next ten days and you can vote daily 🙂

I have two in children’s books and other adult books as well.  Please participate and vote for me and others you may have enjoyed reading. Please vote for Girlie and the War of the Wasps, Zoe’s Journey, Hidden Secrets, Secrets Past, Hidden Agenda, Double Crossed under my name.  Also in Contemporary as Beth Bayley.  I have a story in Awethology Light an Gems of Strength.

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