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Posted on 17 Jun 2012 15:31:51 BDT
Congratulations Joyce, on that great review! :0)
As you know, I thoroughly enjoyed the book's uniqueness, and can highly recommend "A Gathered Radiance" as a gripping read to everyone. Very impressive for a debut novel imo. :0)
How's the next book coming along?

Posted on 17 Jun 2012 16:27:07 BDT
Juni says:
This is my first time posting.
I am a British author, after taking over 4 years to write my first book and taking the bold step of 'coming out' and admitting to all I knew that I was a closet writer. I published on Kindle in July last year. What an exciting experience to trust that others may like what you do and to find that they actually do. I would recommend it to anyone.
Buoyed up by the kindle publishing experience I am now 45000 words into my new novel, who knew!
As we all know heading down the traditional publishing route is akin to winning the lottery, thank God for self publishing.
My chick lit novel is called 5 Weeks here's the blurb and the link it would be great if some of you would read it, I would love to get feedback from other authors.
5 Weeks (chick lit, romantic comedy)
Annie Farnsworth is a 27 year old single mother, with a secret. Since the conception of her 7 year old son Harry, she has kept the identity of the father from everyone including the father, only one person knows the truth, her best friend Lissa but Lissa has just announced that she is to be married and Tom the secret father and the love of Annie's life, is coming home to be the best man.
The next 5 weeks are a rollercoaster ride which Annie is not prepared for, with two men on the scene her disgruntled parents to deal with, Harry's new family to impress and some lies and deceit thrown in for good measure, it's going to be a very bumpy ride.

Posted on 17 Jun 2012 16:41:23 BDT
Over at Grimney and via twitter, check out Grimnian and PaulMerton to name but two. We are tweeting about new writers. Giving them a chance to get their work out there and read. Pop over to Grimney, join the forum and leave a link with me JerichoJones in my forum New Writers and Artists and will give you a tweet or two. That way you can reach over 14 000 people. All the best.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jun 2012 19:30:09 BDT
A Gathered Radiance Hi Jan

Thanks so much for your support. The sequel, The Feral Spy, is about three quarters done now, but I've started rewriting it from the beginning, as I needed to bring in some more present day characters, in order to be able to resolve the ending.
See you soon

Joyce x

Posted on 17 Jun 2012 19:34:35 BDT
Joyce W

Nice to know other writers rewrite before the book is actually finished. I rewrite after every quarter.

Good luck with The Feral Spy

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jun 2012 19:43:28 BDT
Last edited by the author on 17 Jun 2012 19:44:26 BDT
Hi Roy

Thanks for you good wishes, it means a lot. To be honest, I rewrote bits of my last novel A Gathered Radiance about twelve times, even after it was up on Kindle, as I kept finding things that needed tweaking, so it's very gratifying when someone takes the trouble do a lovely review, it makes all that effort worthwhile.

Kindest regards

Posted on 18 Jun 2012 00:28:24 BDT
Last edited by the author on 18 Jun 2012 00:29:46 BDT
Joyce; Roy;
I so agree about rewriting... I constantly rewrite as I write and the story evolves, mostly because I never plot, as such. I just get my main characters and basic background setting and time, whether present or looking back... although I do have in my mind where and how I would like it to end. I always start with either a crisis or a very pivotal moment to create an emotional situation and some sort of conflict to hopefully lead the reader on to find out what happens next. Every book I've written has all this going on mainly in the first chapter. However this doesn't mean I don't sometimes go back and rewrite the whole first few chapters again. I probably will do about 5 complete drafts of my whole novel before I get it right, and like you Joyce, parts of my books are rewritten anything up to a dozen times. So yes, rewriting is absolutely vital.
Once the book is written, then comes the time to edit, tweak and hone, and so it goes on. Eventually I have a book, I hope, worth sending out to a couple of beta readers and an editor friend who will check it for typos and other anomalies.
It's a fascinating process and I find it totally addictive, because I go on quite a journey myself with various twists and turns as I write and the storyline evolves. And yes, Joyce, it is hugely gratifying when someone writes a good review to say how much they've enjoyed reading it. Makes all the effort so worthwhile. I'm sure you'll receive many more good reviews...
Btw, I love the title of the new book! Good luck with finishing it soon.
Jan x

Posted on 18 Jun 2012 10:45:29 BDT
Words to the Wise: Book One (The Awakening)
Words to the Wise: Book Two (Towards Darker Climes)
I have perceived tears in rain from a cloudless sky as I tread the plains of a slowly perishing world. The Earth laments; its groans infest the winds; its pleas plague dreams that slowly unravel the horrific truth of my past. Society scorns me; god reveres me, but still my reflection haunts me. Know me, for I am he who navigates the nightmares of humanity ... I am The Wanderer.

A Dish Best Served Cold (A Supernatural Thriller)
"I've done something ... terrible."
In the pre-dawn hours Michael's phone call to his best friend instigates a chain of events that propels them into uncharted avenues of despair.
Detailing the consequences of delving too deeply into the unknown, 'A Dish Best Served Cold' is a supernatural novella that explores the darker side of human nature and the beyond.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jun 2012 23:12:21 BDT
A. B. Syed says:
Link please Greg?

Posted on 19 Jun 2012 10:43:05 BDT
Henry Ngaeje says:

A young man; tired of his village life in rural Africa where he was born and bred, vows to seek greener pastures in the western world where he believes he can get all the riches the world can give. Misinformed and misguided, he embarks in an audacious journey fraught with all sorts of uncertainties. He learns the hard way that ignorance has a price tag - sometimes the price is a little bit too high.

Posted on 19 Jun 2012 16:33:59 BDT
Seb Kirby says:

Looking for page turning thriller full of suspense? Check out Take No More - the Murder Mystery Thriller.

`It was a few pages before I realized what I was reading: a sort of modern noir. I walked in the hero's shoes, was privy to his thoughts and intruded on his emotions as he was drawn into the mystery of his wife's death. Kirby's spare yet rich prose, his perfect word choices, made this a work that appeared to be effortlessly constructed. That seamlessness is the hallmark of a gifted writer. Definitely recommended.'

'Wow! This is action-packed from page one, and the reader is instantly thrust into murder, suspense, and intrigue. James is just a normal guy who thinks he has a normal life. Until the murder of his wife. He's forced on a journey from the UK to Italy to find her killers, and finds himself in the midst of a powerful Italian family, the hunt for precious works of art, and danger at every turn. The writing gives you the feel of actually being in Italy - you can taste and smell it. The plot is action-packed and a real page-turner. I'd recommend this to anyone who enjoys a great crime thriller! And fans of Harlan Coben and Simon Kernick will love it!'

Best wishes


Posted on 20 Jun 2012 07:39:16 BDT
A much loved family story


FREE for a day

Posted on 20 Jun 2012 09:00:49 BDT
Last edited by the author on 20 Jun 2012 09:03:31 BDT
J. Page says:
Read my uplifting and feel good book called "Mellow. It's aimed for anyone 10yrs and up.
Mellow is verbally bullied for her parents are very bohemian and they don't own any televisions or radios etc. Nobody really understands her lifestyle. She befriends a Songthrush who actually talks. It's moving and you wont get bored as it;s only 54pages. Ruth Page.
Also don't forget"The Long Silk Glove" it's free from the 26th June It's a good old fashioned chic flick starts just before WW2 and then jumps Four decades later.

Posted on 20 Jun 2012 13:21:48 BDT
S. C. Othen says:
Brand new on Kindle.
A compendium of grim tales of the British seaside.

Dark Resorts

Vampires and cockroaches trawl a bleak worlds end.
Mr Candyfloss endures eternity in a derelict fairground.
The world rots in an instant while Mr Sandman tip toes alone through his warehouse of dreams.

Thirteens stories unveil the darker side of living by the sea.

Posted on 20 Jun 2012 14:43:29 BDT
Marty is trapped down a cave beneath the Welsh mountains. Will his life begin at forty - or will it end?

Newly single and reunited with old friends from university, Marty finds life is no longer as idyllic as his memories of hot summers, music festivals and recreational drugs. He is persuaded to resume his hobby of caving, and, while twisted relationships play out on the surface, he descends into the strange and beautiful world of caverns and stalactites, where ghosts from the past are waiting to haunt him. But the others have secrets too - and as they are revealed, Marty unknowingly walks into danger.

Cave is a coming of age adventure, spanning twenty years of friendships and relationships. Set in Wales at the turn of the millennium.

108K words - that's around 340 pages (approx).


Also by this author,

The Girl on the Swing
Bloody Scared (writing as Melanie Dark)

Posted on 20 Jun 2012 17:26:49 BDT
Sharni says:
Hello everyone,

If your interested in women's fiction eBooks with a difference then have a look at my new eBook, 'Bombay Mixx'.

Here is the description:

One lavish celeb-style wedding.

Four friends with very delicate secrets, all hoping to avoid them being exposed.

One of the friend's unaware that the happy proceedings will be an event to remember, from a simmering secret that no one could have predicted.

With no morals, taboo's or thought of destroying the special moment or a family, can the Patel's pull together to get over this life changing revelation from this strange gatecrasher and her younger sidekick?


Walking through the door of this countryside mansion, you could be mistaken that you had walked into a rich Moroccan Sheik's tent. With a Middle Eastern theme, rich colours of deep red, orange and gold; the engagement party filled the entering guests with immediate Eastern promise.

Although she managed to escape the stresses of her current situation, with the constant demands from the dominating bride-to-be, her spoilt sister, Gabrielle, Nita always had her girlfriends Amelia and Anya to pass some of the burden to, along with her new `perfect boyfriend' Yatin.

Nita is 28, half Indian and half Irish, with a down-to-earth, loving personality who is desperate to meet Mr. Right. With a doting father, strong mother and close siblings, Nita has everything she needs until her first relationship ends and she has to move back in with her parents.

Getting the break she so desperately needs, she accepts a job in the city as a secretary and moves into her parent's apartment in North London and begins to realise the single life is not so bad when you have a cut throat Russian Escort, an eccentric Fashion Buyer and your WAG wannabe sister to welcome you to this new world!

With these wild, drunken nights, enjoying the high life by accepting the invitations to all the fashion after show parties Amelia would arrange each weekend, an affair with your boss and questioning her sexuality with a co-worker, it's not surprising Nita didn't see the start of her brother's and parent's marriage deteriorating with the arrival of this new mysterious woman! But who was she? Why did she have a strong affect on her father? And how was her brother connected to her immoral revelations?

Priced at 0.99 / $0.99 / 0.99 and is approx 52k words, it's a great read for the summer!

Bombay Mixx - Bombay Mixx

Posted on 20 Jun 2012 18:30:23 BDT
Danny Lancaster - former paratrooper, private detective, optimist, hero.

Who is murdering the members of a Seventies rock band?
Death Squad (Danny Lancaster Investigates)

What hidden cargo was aboard the container ship Margherita when the Channel storm hit?
The Wreck Of The Margherita (Danny Lancaster Investigates)

Posted on 20 Jun 2012 20:35:56 BDT
The Bub says:
As it is almost the Wimbledon season, I'm offering Break Point at 0.99.

It's the start of the 1999 Wimbledon Tennis Championships. Break Point is not only about an obsession with Wimbledon: the game of tennis itself becomes a metaphor for the other psychological matches taking place at the house of peevish old Gwen McMahon. Carers come and go, but who will survive to the final?

Winner of one of the Paparazzi Sports Fiction Awards 2010

Posted on 21 Jun 2012 12:12:50 BDT
twink1 says:
Linda Brant says,
Have just put my 2nd novel onto kindle. Who Was Tansy?
When Kirsty Howard leaves the security of Leyland Grange, Children's Home for a youth hostel at 18, she knows the future isn't going to be easy for her, as for all but 6 months of her life, this has been her home, But now she has to say goodbye to those who've cared for her, and her best friend Pippa Shaw. But unlike the others, she has a terrible secret to keep, which she hopes will never become common knowledge, as she blames herself for the death of a young woman who went by the name of Tansy. All she's ever told Pippa is, she's tainted with bad blood, and it would be wrong of her to love or ever be loved by any man. But as Kirsty is to discover, this isn't always as easy as it seems, esepcially after she meets Martha Pargetar,and her nephew Adrian Sandford. However, there is one person who goes by the name of Arthur Palmer, who is determnined to see she pays for the death of Tansy. Will he succeeed in his evil quest, or will Adrian and Martha be able to save her, and finally discover her secret, and the answer to the question they've constantly been asking, Who was Tansy?

Posted on 21 Jun 2012 13:32:11 BDT
'In the Club' by Gillian Marett: epublished on Kindle 13th June 2012
Sample chapters at : In the Club

Four mothers. Two decades. One guilty secret...

Alison, Ruth, Susan and Harriet meet at ante natal group. Alison and Harriet plan large families; Ruth wants one designer baby (and no more) to inherit her business and Susan, whose parents were separated, is determined to give her child a stable home.

But nothing goes as planned: Alison can't seem to have a second child and Harriet is exhausted by her large brood. Ruth gets pregnant again and Susan struggles to cope.

Unanswered questions abound: who is the father of Ruth's second child? What will Alison do with her life if she can't have another baby? How will Harriet manage when a tragedy occurs? And who is the strange man Susan sees at the back of the church?

'In the Club' explores the closeness of female friendships and the traumas that threaten to destroy them. It is a story that spans the years from 1987 to 2008 charting the challenges of parenting and relationships against the back drop of the latter Thatcher years, the economic recession, the millennium celebrations and even a European football cup final.

The novel focuses on the modern (and perhaps not so modern) dilemmas of juggling career and family, caring for young children and aged parents and redefining family life after a difficult childhood. As the title suggests, the novel is about pregnancy but it is also about the metaphorical clubs which embrace and exclude people, as well as literal clubs that children join and teenagers frequent.

Like David Nicholls' 'One Day', each chapter of 'In the Club' takes place in a different year. An additional twist is that each chapter gives us one of the women's viewpoints, giving us close insights into each character's story. It reflects the way groups operate - as a unified body and as individuals seeing events from different perspectives.This brings a fresh angle to a popular subject.

If you know what it is to juggle your life, this book is for you.

Posted on 21 Jun 2012 15:17:34 BDT
Miss Mayne says:
Please check out my debut novel The Curse of Fin Milton

Set in modern day London and Cornwall, England, this ghost story follows the quest of a young man who carries a curse that condemns him to a life without the woman he cares for most in the world unless he can lift it.

Please read one of my reviews:

A must read! 31 May 2012
By Ange
Format:Kindle Edition
The Curse of Fin Milton is a brilliant supernatural love story with twists and turns you just don't expect.
Vivian Mayne has cleverly intertwined London with the beautiful Cornish coast, and I particularly loved the great array of characters that spanned different generations. I am looking forward to reading her next adventure as it has definitely left me wanting more!
An exceptional first novel!

Posted on 21 Jun 2012 16:45:25 BDT
Margaret says:
Please take a look at my first ebook.The Secret of Golden Pond Wood
The Secret of Golden Pond Wood is indeed a secret.
Aimed at 8-10 year olds, it has adventure, is thought provoking, thrilling.
A book for this time, but the balance of both reality and fantasy has plenty of
excitement but also more subtle elements that appeal to the intelligence of the readers.

Posted on 22 Jun 2012 02:00:42 BDT
Dan Gregory says:
Avatar meets the Edge Chronicles with a twist of steampunk and shades of the Bartemus Sequence, the Hag Tree is a novel for Young Adults loaded with beauty, darkness and adventure.The Hag Tree

Posted on 22 Jun 2012 10:54:36 BDT
Henry Ngaeje says:
Free for a day on 23rd June

The Land of Milk and Honey (The Journey)

A young man; tired of his village life in rural Tanzania (Africa) where he was born and bred, vows to seek greener pastures in the western world where he believes he can get all the riches the world can give. Misinformed and misguided, he embarks in an audacious journey fraught with all sorts of uncertainties. He learns the hard way that ignorance has a price tag - sometimes the price is a little bit too high.

Posted on 22 Jun 2012 10:57:37 BDT
Henry Ngaeje says:
Free for a day on 23rd June

The Land of Milk and Honey (The Journey)

A young man; tired of his village life in rural Tanzania (Africa) where he was born and bred, vows to seek greener pastures in the western world where he believes he can get all the riches the world can give. Misinformed and misguided, he embarks in an audacious journey fraught with all sorts of uncertainties. He learns the hard way that ignorance has a price tag - sometimes the price is a little bit too high.
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