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  1. A quick update -- I released Angela’s Lashes yesterday. It’s a modern fairy tale novelette of just over 10,000 words; ideal if you want to find an enjoyable hour or two to yourself to languish on a sun lounger, or in a cosy cafe with coffee and cake.  Read the blurb (below the image)...

    In a  London Tesco Metro, beauty consultant Angela and wealthy, privileged Bertie fall in lust across the aisles...

    And soon plan to walk down a wedding aisle...

    But, Bertie’s snobby mother blackmails Angela into ending the relationship.  Worried her beloved dad could go to prison, heartbroken Angela complies.

    Heartbroken, she is amazed when a long-lost aunt turns up and informs her she’s a witch.

    Can she out-witch Bertie’s evil mum?...

    Angela's Lashes is just 99p or your country's equivalent or you can read it for free if you’re a Kindle Unlimited subscriber...

    Hmm, what else? Oh, yes, Izzie Firecracker’s Meditation Method is still free on Apple, Kobo, Barnes & Noble (Nook) and most Amazon sites.  I learned Transcendental Meditation in the 1990s and have practised it every day since (most days), and it definitely makes my life more pleasant and smooth. Yesterday I was ‘out of sorts’ and a little gloomy. Early evening I realised I’d forgotten to meditate due to sleeping late after binge-watching three episodes of the original 1970s Upstairs Downstairs.   What a treat -- the series, not waking late. Oh, Mr Hudson!

    If you don’t meditate and want to try it, you might enjoy Izzie’s straightforward but effective method, imparted in her lighthearted style.

    I'll blog again soon.

    Tata for now,

    Janet xx

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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).