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About claire plaisted

Claire Plaisted lives in New Zealand with her husband, three children. She is a Indie Author and runs a company 'Plaisted Publishing House Ltd,' helping Indie Authors get their books online and looking professional. We are happy for people to submit their work for our team to look through.

David Videcette: My Guest – former Counter Terrorist Detective turned Author: ‘I can’t tell you the truth, but I can tell you a story…’™

Thriller Author with real life experience…A great interview from Jane Risdon who chatted to David Videcette

Jane Risdon

I am thrilled to welcome author David Videcette to my blog this week –

Author – Media Commentator – Detective

I think you are in for a treat as we discover more about his career in Counter Terrorism and his writing.

You may well have seen him on TV and heard him on the Radio giving his expert opinion about a terror attack or organized crime,

and unluckily for some, possibly been one of those unfortunate enough to come eye-ball to eye-ball with him as he buys his groceries – whilst he recalls when, where, and why he arrested you in his former life…let’s hope not!

Find out more about David before we get down to my interview with him:

As a former Scotland Yard detective, David Videcette has worked on a wealth of infamous cases.  With twenty years’ policing experience, including counter-terror operations and organised crime, David was a…

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My friend Draggy

A Rootschat get together…wish I’d been there.

When I first started to write I was part of a group called rootschat.  This website is where folks gather to research family history and make friends with each other and this is where I met Draggy. He was one of two people who influenced my writing when I first started in 2012.  He was adorable, intelligent, knew his stuff and had a book of his own which he’d been trying to write for ten years…He scrapped it in the end much to my dismay.  I probably only have one item he wrote…It is something I will go and look for. He helped me with fight scenes and grammar along with getting the right view point. 

In my first book he became a main character…well his name did. Even with this book he helped with the history from the Regency era…in face a lot of folks from rootschat did. It is an amazing place to get information for historical books.

So why am I talking about this wonderful young man (Greg)  Well today I learnt he had passed away.  He always knew he would die young though it is still a shock to my system and I had a bit of a cry right in the middle of the pub over my lunch.

I can’t tell you how much his friendship and advice meant to me.  His sense of fun and humour and how he enetertained my eldest daughter on FB messenger with his jokes and intelligence.  It was like having a younger brother.  I will miss him terribly. In fact I have done so for nearly 18 months.  I’m not sure why, though he must have known what was going on and perhaps not wanted to upset his friends with his illness.

I will always love you Greg. You will be missed by us all. Claudia will no tresure the joke books you sent her and plans to write a poem about you and how you helped her in life.

Thank you fro being our friend until next time REST IN PEACE.

Bubba Tails in LIVE

A new children’s book which helps youngesters understand the training needed for a Guide Dog/Seeing Eye Dog. The short stories are fun along with a great book cover and illustrations.

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Bubba Tails from the Puppy Nursery at The Seeing Eye Written by Patty L. Fletcher Told by, King Campbell Lee – The Seeing Eye Dog AKA Bubba

Spring and Summer 2017

In this magical and love filled tail, King Campbell AKA Bubba travels to the puppy nursery at The Seeing Eye to help ready a group of puppies who are just about to embark on the fabulous journey of learning to become Seeing Eye dogs. Just as he is about to finish his tail, a wee pup becomes very frightened of all that lies ahead, and one frightfully stormy night she runs away! Will King Campbell hear the urgent call from the puppy nursery in time? Will they find her and save her so she can fulfill her destiny?

The use of Tail instead of Tale for story and Magik instead of Magic is intended for these short stories. A…

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Love in the Sixties

It is time for the cover reveal for “Only One Woman.”  This is a story set in 1968, flower power days, romance, free love.  You get the gist.

This story is about two young women and a love in their lives.  A young man called Scott.  Two different meetings, two different romances.  What will happen? Keep your eyes peeled for this wonderful up and coming book by Christina Jones & Jane Risdon.

Only One Woman


Two women, one love story.

June 1968. Renza falls head over heels for heartthrob guitarist Scott. But after a romantic summer together they are torn apart when Renza’s family moves away.

December 1968. On the night she believes to be her last, Stella meets Scott at a local dance. He’s the most beautiful boy she’s ever seen and if this one night is all they have, she’ll take it.

As the final colourful year of the sixties dawns, the question is: can there be only one woman for Scott?


Pre-Order Link

Order yoru copy today and watch out for teasers, book trailers and much more.

Books on Writing

My journey in writing is the way I learn. “On Writing” by Stephen King is the only writing book I’ve read. Though I admit to looking at others with confusion on my face. Thanks for the blog post 🙂


Oscar Wilde once said, “Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.”

Writing as an art can’t be taught, and even though Creative Writing courses and workshops undoubtedly help writers grow, writing is a solitary process, and it’s up to each individual to reach within the confines of his mind for answers.

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September Book News (Part One)

My latest release Enchantments – The Beginning. Thank you Lizzi Newton for the blog article x

Between the Beats

As summer draws to a close and fall begins its uncertain advance to cooler days, evenings of fireside reading with a hot cup of tea at hand grow more frequent. There are quite a few books debuting this month (or some that launched at the end of August). I’ve added some to my To Be Read list; a list that grows longer daily. I’ve chosen a few to share. I’m also going to recommend some I’ve recently read you might enjoy.


is the latest release from

author Claire Plaisted

available August 29th.

Enchantments eBook (1)

The Shadow Realm had found a gap in space and time, a place where they could observe the Human world before they claimed it as their own.

Farron is one of six, chosen to embark on an epic adventure against the Shadow King and his evil Realm; but how can six Humans fight against the perils of the Shadows…

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What I need to Learn

Featured Image -- 1610Book Releases are hard to do. In fact the life of an Indie Author is difficult and time-consuming learning all the different things you need. As you may see many saying – It doesn’t stop at the writing.  In fact though the writing can be hard work…It can also be the easiest part.  AFter the first draft the real work begins.

Wait I have that wrong.  The work begins before you even start writing.  After all you need to find your niche readers, the genre you wish to write, connections, email lists, websites, blogs and don’t forget social media.

Then you need a business plan.  What do you want to achieve? Are you writing for readers? For money? For fun?  It is for you to decide what your journey is going to be. Your goal, your dreams, even when they change like mine did.

I am having an amazing journey.  With each learning curve, each change, experience and connection with other authors and business all over the world.  What is my story?  Strange you should ask that.

I never knew I could write stories, it happened by accident or perhaps by chance.  Since our family first bought a computer I have researched family history. Discovering my husbands line – OMG a right lot they were… Helping others with their research and formatting family history books for clients who wished to give gifts and sell books at reunions. I loved it.  Then writing took over.  Though I still do Family Research, I don’t do as much as I used to.  

I learnt a lot about English Language and how much it has changed since I attended school. I learnt how to create the correct type of document for editors and agents. I learnt when to laugh and when to rant.  My first novel (still not published) was Historical. Of course after a friend reminded me about 1st person and 3rd person along with present and past tense, I recalled how people spoke in Regency times (to a degree), what type of words were used (I generally kept with simple English needless to say) and what type of scene they were used in.  For example at a country house there would be a Cook not a Chef. In fact Chef’s weren’t much heard of even in London Town (Ton) unless you were incredibly rich – and they were generally French.

You can see straight away I went about things the wrong way. Not that I knew any better at the time. I was after all writing for fun rather than to sell anything.  I’d been bored waiting for information to arrive for a Family History book.  Anyway I continued to write, submitted a few manuscripts, got rejected and then found out about the world of Indie Authors.  YES.  And this is where I deviate yet again…

I still wasn’t doing things in the correct order. Actually I still don’t…oops.  What happened was my next learning curve.  Formatting! Learning to produce a book which was acceptable to use on Createspace and Kindle and pass their review. I LOVE FORMATTING. What did I do next?  I opened my own Publishing Company to help others. It is a continuing story of three years of growth and learning with over 25 clients.  It has been amazing.  Though not for my own novels.

I am a prolific author.  I have about twenty-six books published which few know anything about.  Why?  Because I don’t follow the rules for success. Many are at present being updated, new titles, covers and I still don’t do anything the correct way. 

What is the correct way?

Well though I am learning and reading, I now don’t have times to help myself get noticed. I’m more likely helping another author or growing my Publishing Company.  When I do have a moment in time I will read up on marketing and getting my name out there as an author. 

What I need!

A PA – which I can’t afford

A Street Team – which I don’t have time to run

An ARC Team – to assist with getting reviews

An Editor – yeah you got it, I can’t afford one…lol

A Marketing Guru – still learning.

So It seems I will be stuck for a few more years as an Author while I grow my Business as an Indie Publisher.

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Enchantments Book Trailer

Enchantments Book Trailer with buy links

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Why #Writers Need Stubborn Hearts #AmWriting #MyStubbornWriterHeart ❤️

Are you stubborn?


During a moment of writing frustration last week I fell into the soothing and comforting arms of Pinterest.

After some rapid pinning action and a few scrolls I found this image.

As I stared at the quote, I clutched a large glass of wine and wedged a giant slab of chocolate into my mouth (nearly dislocating my jaw). All my best thinking is done in the presence of a chilled rose and a nice bit of chocolate. I told myself magic would happen if I didn’t give up on this piece of writing and the universe would fall in love with my stubborn writer heart.

I returned to my writing and sat there, giving it a few filthy looks and then eye rolling it. Magic did happen…eventually…in the small hours when the house became silent.

Some might say the wine and chocolate helped me through this bad writing moment, but…

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Author Spotlight – Claire Plaisted

Thank you to Timothy Bateson for this Interview for Enchantments – eBook release 29th August. Paperback OUT NOW

Timothy Bateson (ramblings of an author)

Introducing Claire Plaisted

Claire Plaisted is an Indie Author and Small Indie Publisher. Claire works each day helping Indie Authors get their work together in a professional format. She assists them to publish their books online. Claire also writes and has twenty six books published so far.

At present Claire is working on updating her books in between working with various clients writing different genres.

Claire is a positive role model and will help where she can, or direct you to those who are more experienced. You can contact Claire on the attached links.

Why don’t you begin by sharing a little about yourself.

I wasn’t an early reader. Books didn’t interest me much. I loved to climb trees and go on bike rides down the country lanes in England. I discovered books at the age of twelve and haven’t been without one since. In fact I used to go…

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