MEMBER LOGIN

DON'T HAVE AN ACCOUNT?

Register & Login HERE

Here at AUTHORSdB we've formed the only database of authors, including social media, book listings and much more, for today's mine-field of thousands of aspiring and established writers.

We are a dedicated website that helps authors for free.

Special Guest Post by Author David Wilson: Inspiration and Perspiration for The Golden Bird


Thomas Edison famously said that genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.  I do not claim to be a genius by any stretch of the definition, but I certainly believe the same ratio applies to writing.  We all yearn for those shocks of divine inspiration when the hand of God itself reaches down and gives us a great idea, sending us into a manic frenzy of writing that lasts all through the night until the sun rises the next day.  Far more often, however, our stories come about one page or even one paragraph at a time, subservient to our priorities and our patience.  My own novel, The Golden Bird, is the result of teaspoon of inspiration and a few buckets of perspiration.  And unlike Thomas ...
Continue reading
0
  56 Hits

Using Photofunia To Create Content For Social Media #AuthorToolboxBlogHop


Busy writers don't have time for complicated image editing or creating  picture effects for their books, so if you’re looking for a quick and professional picture effects online service, then PhotoFunia could be the  solution.With PhotoFunia you can edit photos online for free in a matter of seconds resulting in high quality photo collages.I've seen an increase in likes and RT's on Twitter for some of the more creative effects, so it's worth a few minutes, costs nothing and can be used on any social media.Tony RichesDo you have tips and suggestions for using other tools you would like to share? Please feel free to comment belowThe #AuthorToolboxBlogHop is a monthly event on the topic of reso...
Continue reading
0
  66 Hits

Special Guest Post By Tonya Mitchell, Author of A Feigned Madness


Available on Amazon UK and Amazon US The insane asylum on Blackwell’s Island is a human rat trap. It is easy to get in, but once there it is impossible to get out. —Nellie Bly The story of Nellie Bly kind of fell into my lap. I happened to stumble across a post online about a woman reporter who feigned insanity in order to go undercover in a mental institution in 1887. I was not only fascinated that it happened, but equally fascinated I’d never heard of her. Who was this woman? What kind of person would put herself at risk like that? Nellie BlySo, I started digging. What I found was Bly’s own account she’d written for the newspaper that gave her the assignment: Ten Days in a Mad-house. It wa...
Continue reading
0
  62 Hits

Special Guest Interview with Phillipa Connolly, Author of Timeless Falcon - Volume One: A Novel of Anne Boleyn


Available on Amazon UK and Amazon USBeth, an enthusiast history student gets the shock of her life, when her professor's gold cypher ring opens up a mysterious portal that takes her to Tudor England and Hever Castle, where she becomes an integral part of Anne Boleyn's life. She's been warned not to meddle or risk changing history, but can she allow her dear friend to go on to become the second wife of King Henry VIII and to end up in the Tower of London to meet a horrific death? Can Beth save herself from the machinations of the Tudor Court, or will she meet the same fate as the queen to be?I'm pleased to welcome author Phillipa Connolly to The Writing Desk:Tell us about your latest book I h...
Continue reading
0
  73 Hits

Special Guest Interview with Steven A. McKay, Author of LUCIA: A Roman Slave's Tale


Available for pre-order from Amazon UK and Amazon USThis standalone novel from the bestselling author of The Druid tells the tale of one woman's life against a richly woven backdrop of love and hate, revenge and redemption.I'm pleased to welcome author Steven McKay to The Writing Desk:Tell us about your latest book  Well, I’ve just published the third book in my Warrior Druid of Britain series, The Northern Throne. That’s been out a month or so and getting lots of really great reviews which is always nice. Hot on the heels of that, though, will be my standalone Roman slave novel, Lucia. This was actually bought by Audible, who produced the audio version themselves and put it out on their pla...
Continue reading
0
  86 Hits

Guest Post: Writing a Novel, by Saga Hillbom ~ Part One: The Writing Process


Inspiration:  I have developed a love-hate relationship with the word ‘inspiration’. While I am fully aware of the fact that writing a book requires discipline in equal measure, I also know that writing without inspiration will eventually suck the joy out of the craft like a leech. I admit that I once wrote a novel simply because I was itching to write something, not because the story truly appealed to me. Today, I can barely recall what I wrote, because it did not matter enough to me at the time. With my other books, though, including my upcoming novel Princess of Thorns, the process has been different. I have been given the ultimate gift for an author, as cliché as it sounds, namely an ide...
Continue reading
0
  84 Hits

Blog Tour ~ The Brittle Sea (The Brittle Saga Trilogy Book 1) by Tom Kane


Available on Amazon UK and Amazon USThe Titanic disaster is the catalyst that sparks a bloody feud between two families in early 20th century America.Magda Asparov is travelling from her home in the Ukraine to be the chosen bride of American businessman Matthew Turner III. But the ill-fated voyage of the unsinkable ship has far reaching consequences for her and her savior.Magda has lost her memory and a new personality, Maggie, has taken hold. The Captain of her rescue ship, Richard Blackmore, has fallen for Maggie.A mental illness, betrayal, murder, and corruption destroy Blackmore's life until all that remains is for him to seek revenge.# # #About the AuthorAs a child, Tom Kane's family al...
Continue reading
0
  91 Hits

Book Review of Drake - Tudor Corsair (Elizabethan Series Book 1)


New on Amazon UK, Amazon USAmazon CA and Amazon AU1564: Devon sailor Francis Drake sets out on a journey of adventure. He learns of routes used to transport Spanish silver and gold, and risks his life in an audacious plan to steal a fortune.There seems to be so much ‘mis-speaking’ about historical figures at present that it came as a welcome relief to read this balanced, thoughtful and meticulously researched narrative of the life of Sir Francis Drake based on primary sources and first-hand accounts by one of his crewmen. Written in the first person creates an enthralling immediacy, combining fascinating details about ships and sailing with the personal themes of family, marriage and betraya...
Continue reading
0
  74 Hits

Special Guest Interview with D. K. Marley, author of The Fire of Winter


Available on Amazon UK and Amazon USShe is known as Lady Macbeth. What leads her down the path of murder? What secrets fire her destiny?Gruah, the granddaughter of King Cìnéad III of the Royal Clan Alpin, marries two men in less than six months, one she loves and one she hates; one in secret, the other arranged by the High King of Scotland.I'm pleased to welcome author D. K. Marley to The Writing Desk:Please tell us about your latest bookMy latest book, "The Fire of Winter" is a historical adaptation of Shakespeare's play "Macbeth", told from the point-of-view of Lady Macbeth. As part of my set of books known as the Fractured Shakespeare books, I weave his plays with actual historical events...
Continue reading
0
  99 Hits

Special Guest Post by R. N. Morris, Author of Fortune's Hand: The Triumph and Tragedy of Walter Raleigh


Available on Amazon UK and Amazon USDrawn by ambition to Elizabeth’s court, Walter Raleigh soon becomes the queen’s favourite. But his meteoric rise attracts the enmity of powerful rivals.Imagining the past, conjuring the future Fortune’s Hand is a historical novel narrated by Walter Raleigh. It imagines him at the moment of his execution, lying with his head on the chopping block. The whole of his life flashes before him, just as the executioner’s axe comes down.  The narrative follows the chronological timeline, sticking broadly to the historical record, although there are one or two incidents in there – such as Raleigh being transformed into Halley’s Comet and flying towards the sun – for...
Continue reading
0
  66 Hits

Special Guest Post by Alison Morton - Serious About Writing a Series


Available on Amazon UK and Amazon USFrom Book 1: "It’s about blood, survival and money. Mostly yours."New Yorker Karen Brown is running for her life. She makes a snap decision to flee to Roma Nova – her dead mother’s homeland, and last remnant of the Roman Empire in the 21st century. But can Karen tough it out in such an alien culture? And with a crazy killer determined to terminate her for a very personal reason? When I started my first novel, INCEPTIO, I had no idea what I was doing. Writing was an impulse, an outpouring, a reaction to a dire film and thinking I could produce something better. But not even halfway through the first draft, I realised I had a far bigger story than I’d antici...
Continue reading
0
  92 Hits

Special Guest Interview with Jacqui Hodder, Author of The Sentinel


New on Amazon UK, Amazon USand Amazon AUEscaping from a disastrous relationship, Kathleen Devine flees to an isolated lighthouse off the Victorian coastline. Taking up the position of Head Teacher to the lighthouse keepers' children, she is ensnared in the lives of those marooned on the lonely outpost and soon realises no-one can escape their past. When the fearsome Head Lightkeeper, Mr Johannsson forms an unlikely friendship with the daughter of one of the keepers, it threatens to destroy their fragile peace. Can Kathleen find the strength to survive and answer the question that haunts them all: what happened to Isabella and why?I'm pleased to welcome author Jacqui Hodder to The Writing Des...
Continue reading
0
  85 Hits

Special Guest Interview with Pamela Stephen, Author of Artists and Spies


Available on Amazon UK and Amazon US In 18th century France, artist and nun Charlotte Le Juge needs to change her life in a radical way. Her pioneering decision takes her on a journey which will bring danger and romance in equal parts. I'm pleased to welcome author Pamela Stephen to The Writing Desk: Tell us about your latest book This was the year I published my first novel, Artists and Spies. It tells the story of Charlotte Le Juge, who discovers that she is the daughter of a famous painter and realises that the talent that she has used to paint convent altarpieces is a passport to life in the outside world. She leaves the convent after the death of her father, to pursue her new career. Sh...
Continue reading
0
  104 Hits

Special Guest Post by Helen Hollick ~ Undoing The Facts For The Benefit Of Fiction?


Available from Amazon UK and Amazon USThe story of the Battle of Hastings, by the acclaimed author of 'A Hollow Crown' (Arrow/Random House). Two men. One Kingdom. One Crown. This is the story of the men and women involved in the tide of events that led to a battlefield near Hastings in 1066 1066, the Battle of Hastings. The event that most of us know a little about, although quite often that ‘little’ is what we were taught at school, and was not always correct. History was usually recorded by the victors – especially when such recording was limited to being written by a few, often biased, monks or the victors themselves who had a huge propaganda issue to maintain. So, the common ‘facts’ for ...
Continue reading
0
  86 Hits

Guest Interview with Laurence O'Bryan, Author of The Sign of the Blood (A Dangerous Emperor, Book #1)


Available on Amazon UK and Amazon USThe first Christian emperor faces ruthless enemies on his journey to power.I'm pleased to welcome author Laurence O'Bryan to The Writing Desk:Tell us about your latest book.The Sign of the Blood is the first novel in my three book series, entitled A Dangerous Emperor. The last novel in the series was published in the spring of 2020. That novel is called, The Cursed City. The trilogy tells the story of the rise to power of the first Christian Roman Emperor, Constantine the Great. It features Juliana, a slave who becomes his mistress and also Fausta his patrician wife, who schemes against her with Constantine’s son by another woman.One Amazon Verified review...
Continue reading
0
  98 Hits

Guest Interview with Tonya Ulynn Brown, Author of The Queen's Almoner


Available from Amazon UK and Amazon USThomas Broune is a Reformer and childhood friend of the young queen, Mary Stuart. When Mary embarks on a new life in her estranged homeland of Scotland, Thomas is there to greet her and offer his renewed friendship. But the long-time friends grow closer, and Thomas realizes his innocent friendship has grown into something more. Yet he is a man of the cloth. Mary is the queen of the Scots. Both of them have obligations of an overwhelming magnitude: he to his conscience and she to her throne. I'm pleased to welcome author Tonya Ulynn Brown to The Writing Desk:Tell us about your latest book.When the young, headstrong queen of Scotland returns to her homelan...
Continue reading
0
  102 Hits

Special Guest Post by Publishing Consultant Natalie Audley


My name is Natalie Audley, and I am a Publishing Consultant who has spent the last six years working across the industry. I have worked with hundreds of authors, from debuts to household names, and I know what makes them sell. In my work I have managed and marketed a variety of genres and learnt a great deal about how and why something sells. I have a great passion for literature, as well as respect for those who love to write. My abilities at selling books, from being a bookseller to pitching thousands of copies to Amazon, means I know how to communicate great ideas with personable flare.  The aim of my publishing consultancy is to support new writers in developing their fiction or plays, w...
Continue reading
0
  107 Hits

Special Guest Post by Suzanne M. Wolfe, Author of The Course of All Treasons: An Elizabethan Spy Mystery


Available on Amazon UK and Amazon USThe Elizabethan court is beset by traitors at home and abroad as spies, rogues, and would-be usurpers of the throne vie for power.I grew up in Didsbury, Manchester. My mother was a single mum who worked as a physiotherapist at a hospital during the day and at night took on private patients just to make ends meet. My brother was, naturally, involved in his own life. So, in my loneliness, I turned to historical fiction for companionship—Joan Aiken, Henry Treece, Geoffrey Trease, Cynthia Harnett, and many others were among my favorite authors. Something about the way they brought forgotten—or at least distant—voices to my inner ear touched me deeply. As someo...
Continue reading
0
  116 Hits

Special Guest Interview with Juliette Lawson, Author of A Borrowed Past (Seaton Carew Sagas)


Available from Amazon UK and Amazon USEscape into William Harper’s journey of discovery, love and loss in the first book of the Seaton Carew Sagas series. A Borrowed Past is a historical saga for anyone who’s ever felt that they don’t belong. I'm pleased to welcome author Juliette Lawson to The Writing Desk: Tell us about your latest book  ‘A Borrowed Past’ is the first in the Seaton Carew Sagas series, set in the 1870s in Seaton Carew, York and Scarborough. What would you do if you discovered your life was a lie? Young aspiring artist William Harper runs away to find out the truth. But the pull of the past is strong, drawing him into a web of deceit. When tragedy strikes, can he make the ri...
Continue reading
0
  108 Hits

Guest Post: Writing a Novel, by Kate Ferguson ~ Part One: The Writing Process


The first thing to do is take a walk. The road ahead is long and hard and paved with self-doubt. Might as well get some fresh air.     The overwhelming odds are the world won't take any notice. There's a pandemic to think about. Also ironing, Instagram, climate change and Netflix.  Accept this as the likeliest outcome and do it anyway. You cannot fall in love with a person while being obsessed with how to sell them. The same applies to your novel. What you should think about is that kernel in your head. That impulse you feel to write. Where does it come from? Maybe you saw a rat crawling through an upturned trashcan on your way to work. Maybe there's a fully formed alternate universe floatin...
Continue reading
0
  100 Hits