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    At the moment, one of my books is part of a fab promotion -- The Write Stuff: Female Authors - All Genres. It's a fun and eclectic selection of thirty-five free ebooks and sample reads.  

    As a reader, I’m not loyal to genres, I like to flit between the shelves, butterfly fashion. Although I prefer all my books to have at least a light sprinkle of humour.  As a writer, I don’t (can’t) decide on a category until I upload the latest book then it’s a last-minute decision after much head scratching.  I don’t really ‘get’ genres to be honest as I find it hard to pigeonhole things.   However, whatever your reading joy -- thriller, romance, mystery, magic, fantasy or a heady mixture of all of them -- separately or flung together in one fun read, don’t miss out -- the promotion ends on June 16th.

    I find eBooks such a boon and a joy. I’ll never forget the weight of my past holiday suitcases... more books than clothes. 

    Tomorrow I plan to read my selection on the beach with a cold Pimms.  Reality check -- I’m in Scotland, and the forecast is cloudy, wet and chilly -- make that a sofa (or hot bath) clutching a hot cup of tea, with a side order of chocolate. 

     Mind you, it was sunny the other day, and I treated myself to a glass of iced tea and an hour in the garden with Jack Reacher on a sun lounger. ‘Must have been a big strong sun lounger,’ my brother quipped. 

    Where do you prefer to read? Let me know in the comments. 

    The Write Stuff is offering the first of my Izzie Firecracker series, The Last of the Family Diamonds -- which introduces the adventures of a zany London self-help guru and her clients. 

    Have a super, relaxing, and booky weekend. I’ll be back soon with another freebie, promotion, or news of my latest book, which I’m about half-way through.  Again, I’m not sure of its exact genre, but it is full of magic, fun, romance, and mystery.  

    I look forward to chatting with you soon.
    Stay happy,
    Jan xx

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    As a self-published writer, I'm often overwhelmed by the sheer amount of stuff to do. Heck, writing books is a stroll in the park (okay I'm exaggerating) compared to finding categories and keywords, covers, and Uncle Tom Cobley and all.

    When I uploaded my first book to KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing), I was horrified to see how awful my description looked. It looked like it had been typed by a drunk spider -- the formatting was dire.

    Then, Dave Chesson came to the rescue on a white horse. No, he didn't, but I found his FREE and excellent Amazon Description Generator on his Kindlepreneur site. Phew, another thing made easier.  Of course, it works for other stuff, not just books.

    That's it for today. It's Sunday, and there is a cake to eat. I made a Victoria sponge and it resembles a ski slope -- not in the same league as the perfect beauties above (courtesy of Pixabay).

  3. I hope you are well and happy and enjoying some sunshine. After a dreich wet and windy winter here in Scotland, the sun condescended to pay us a brief but welcome visit a few days ago. It was even warm enough to eat an ice cream cones outdoors without freezing to death. I had three (not at the same time). The welcome visitor has now packed its bags and left. Please, come back soon.

    Just a quick blog update. The second book featuring Scarlett King (Reluctant Time Traveller series) is now available...

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    In book one Scarlett travels to a glitzy party in 1976 in a bid to rescue a famous Indian guru, replaced with an imposter. Oh, and maybe because she's in lust with her travel partner.

    In book two  we meet Fleur, a sweet teenage lovelorn ghost trapped in a condemned, once decadent, ballroom since 1946. Can Scarlett help? If so it means zooming back to 1946 England and 1951Hollywood. Oh, no, not another scary quest for our reluctant time traveller, Scarlett.
    As an introduction to the series, book 1 is, for now, just 99p or equivalent. 

    Bye for now,

    Jan xx