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MEET SARAH JANE BUTFIELD

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This month is a trip down memory lane for me as Sarah is another long-time Facebook friend. It must be at least 3 years since I read her first book. She not only writes books but runs her own promotion company as well and is a great friend to other indie authors. Hi Lucinda and thank you for inviting me to your blog. Over the last few months, aside from pursuing my writing and publishing goals and ambitions, I have been dealing with some happy and sad family events. The happy events include the arrival of a further 3 grandchildren and the sad events include a family bereavement and some challenges involving our precious dogs. Anyway back to all things ‘writing and publishing’! I have been ni...
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Your book is out-of-stock (not)

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I often hear authors sound flabbergasted when their books, even their newly launched publication, the one they have been working on for so long and spent a fortune, in both time and effort promoting and marketing, shows as OUT OF STOCK on major bookstore sites. I mean, how can a brand-new novel, only published yesterday, already be out of stock? Besides, it has been published as a POD (print on demand) so it can never be out of stock… can it? Why, if it is available from one site, is it showing as out of stock in another? It all seems so confusing. I have been asked, “Surely if my potential reader sees out of stock against my book, they will simply by another book, someone else’s book… won’t...
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Music Monday: Two Versions of “St Louis Blues”


I am reading a book right now called Beale Street Dynasty , by Preston Lauterbach.  It’s the story of Robert Church, the first African American millionaire … but it’s also the story of Memphis’ music scene and the influence of musicians of color thereon. One of the most famous musicians discussed in the book is cornet player and composer W.C. Handy, who is considered by many to be the father of blues music.  He composed songs about issues of the day, such as “Mr. Crump,” which was about the mayor of Memphis.  He also wrote a song called “St. Louis Blues,” the idea for which came to him when he saw an inebriated woman wandering down Beale Street muttering about her hard-hearted man. Handy als...
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Stop Book Pirates! Share Book Titles not Books!


I have sent DACA notices to several sites. I have seen readers argue that they couldn’t afford to buy every book they wanted, so it was okay to use torrent sites to get the ones they wanted because “authors earn enough money as it is.” The simple truth is that none of us are getting rich. Please, if you want the book, pay for it. If you can’t afford to buy the book, check it out from the library (my eBooks are available in several library systems). The idea that an electronic book is worth less than a paper one implies that less work goes into the writing … and that is just not true. Lori King Books Imagine for a moment, that you’ve spent days, weeks, or even months, working on a huge sales ...
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MUSEUM AND MISCHIEF

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Now I’ll post general pictures of Singapore here as we spent a whole afternoon in the National Museum of Singapore and I don’t think you were allowed to take pictures in there. Honestly, these places have come a long way since I was dragged around them as a child. We followed the exhibits which told the story of Singapore from pre-historic times to the present day. It’s amazing how quickly it was developed from a small area covered in jungle with a population living in poverty to one of the most successful and thriving countries in the world. Photo:  Marcin Konsek It was accomplished under a dictatorship, but then general elections were called and the People’s Action Party has won every elec...
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Five Things I Learned in the Age of the Typewriter


Sometimes I think I’m the only one who still writes anything longhand! I find it helpful when I’m stuck, because the thought process seems to be a little different than when I’m at the keyboard. I agree with every bit of advice here! Kobo Writing Life by Barbara G. Tarn Next year I’ll celebrate 40 years of stories. I stopped counting before the indie revolution and I was already over 500 titles, with less than 10 unfinished. Before you ask: yes, they suck. No, I will never publish most of those stories, although I did throw the very first in a couple of books, because I wanted to show bad writing and I didn’t know how to show that except by using my own beginner writing. I’m not even rewriti...
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Sample Saturday: Bayou Fire … with Bonus Photograph

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Elvis Presley’s Pantera.  Photo by Sharon E. Cathcart Amos was leaning on a sleek black car outside of Louis Armstrong Park when Diana finished her tour and reading. She couldn’t help appreciating his good looks as she walked over to meet him. He wore a classic tan raincoat over his shirt and jeans, and managed to look both casual and dressy at the same time. “I’ve never seen a car like this,” she said by way of greeting. “What is it?” She mentally compared its low-slung, sporty lines to her sensible Toyota sedan back in Seattle. Her own car came up wanting by quite a long chalk. “It’s a Detomaso Pantera; this black beauty was my gift to myself after I passed the bar exam. My oldest brother ...
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Tips for new writers Part Four - Consistency, by Wendy Janes #AuthorToolboxBlogHop #writing


  As a proofreader I come across the same types of errors over and over again and thought it would be helpful to group some by theme and share them. The themes are repetition, dialogue, rules and consistency, and although they’re not intended to be comprehensive guides, I hope they’ll help you improve elements of your writing. These suggestions are things you can do when you’ve finished pouring the first draft of your story onto the page/screen and you’re revising, editing or proofreading prior to sending your work to an editor or proofreader. The more polished your work is before it goes to the professionals, the better job they can do. Here’s the fourth post in the series: Consistency In t...
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Weekend Reads … With a Twist


I was just going through my blog roll, and Carrie Rubin had a post in which she shared some indie and traditionally published books that she enjoyed.  She then invited authors in her readership to share a link to their latest work.  So, I’m paying that idea forward in this post. If you’ve read something that you really enjoyed, please share in the comments.  Also, please share your latest work if you’re an author.  Only one link per post, please; otherwise, you will wind up in spam. I won’t see your responses right away because I’m on my way home from Memphis, but I’ll look forward to reading them when I’ve landed.  Thanks! Original link
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Special Guest Post by Deborah Swift: Dissecting Pepys’s Diary


Available on Amazon UK and Amazon US Deb Willet is desperate to escape her domineering aunt and takes a position as companion to Elisabeth Pepys, Samuel's wife. Deb believes it will give her the respectability and freedom she craves - but it proves far more complicated than she could ever have imagined. Samuel Pepys, the foremost London diarist of the 17th century, is renowned for his fly-on-the-wall descriptions of the Great Fire and the Plague. He also has a reputation as a womaniser because of his frank confessions in his diary to his many adulterous affairs. What did these women think of Pepys, I wondered? His diary tells us he had relations on more than one occasion with various married...
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New Book Spotlight: Heroines of the Medieval World, by Sharon Bennett Connolly


New on Amazon UK and Amazon US These are the stories of women, famous, infamous and unknown, who shaped the course of medieval history. The lives and actions of medieval women were restricted by the men who ruled the homes, countries and world they lived in. It was men who fought wars, made laws and dictated religious doctrine. It was men who were taught to read, trained to rule and expected to fight.  Today, it is easy to think that all women from this era were downtrodden, retiring and obedient housewives, whose sole purpose was to give birth to children (preferably boys) and serve their husbands. Heroines of the Medieval World looks at the lives of the women who broke the mould: those who...
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My thoughts on Indie books


As a hybrid author (meaning that some of my works are published traditionally and others independently), I found this article interesting. Obviously, it’s important to me to support my fellow indies. Robbie's inspiration Yesterday I chanced upon a post that was, on the whole, critical of Indie books and the writers thereof. The view of the writer was that most bloggers and Indie authors collude together to give misleading and glowing reviews of each other books and that the books in question are often not worthy of the reviews given. To be fair, this post also mentioned that the writer had read some good Indie books. I found this post on Sally Cronin’s amazing blog, Smorgasbord. I salute Sal...
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Yesterday at the Lorraine Motel

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As you’ve gathered, I’m in Memphis this week.  I’ve been doing research for the new short fiction collection, the working title of which is Bayou NonStandard Time (that is definitely going to change). Anyway, itineraries have changed on the fly more than once during this trip, with things shifting in and out of priority and sometimes off the list altogether depending on circumstances, weather, and more. Yesterday afternoon, I shifted priorities once again and visited the National Civil Rights Museum .  It’s located at the Lorraine Motel, 450 Mulberry Street. Does that location ring any bells with you?  Perhaps it should. It’s where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated by James Earl ...
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MEET LINDA KOVIC-SKOW

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My guest this week is Linda Kovic-Skow (and I forgot to ask her the origin of her surname it’s very unusual). She’s written books about her time in France which I thoroughly enjoyed. Please tell us a little about yourself. Originally from Seattle, I currently winter in Saint Petersburg, Florida and spend summers on a boat in the Pacific Northwest Waters of Washington and British Columbia. I’ve been married for 32 years and I have two daughters. I am an enthusiastic traveler, but I also enjoy hiking, boating, reading, gardening and socializing with friends.   Can you tell us about your memoirs? In the summer of 1979, when I was twenty-one and working as a medical assistant, I wanted a career ...
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Bonus Track: Preston Shannon, “Dust My Broom”

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Preston Shannon sits down to entertain some diners at B.B. King’s, Beale St.  Photo by Sharon E. Cathcart As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, travel is a dynamic experience .  You never know what will happen if you’re open to new experiences or your plans changing.   The place where I intended to have dinner was closed last night, so I wound up in B.B. King’s Beale Street establishment.  I had some excellent crawfish, a very good peach cobbler … and I got to hear one of the best bands you’d ever want to have in your ear.  That only happened because my original plans fell through. Please enjoy this recording by gifted bluesman Preston Shannon , the King of Beale Street!     Original link
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10 Exciting New Ways To Get Offended Which Didn’t Exist 10 Years Ago


I just couldn’t resist passing this on. Tara Sparling writes 1. You follow someone but they don’t follow you back. Imagine this conversation 10 years ago: “Like, I followed her, but she never followed me back. What’s up with that?” The answer to that just one short decade ago would have been one or more of the following: (a) “Oh my God, are you stalking somebody?” (b) “I don’t get it. If you’re following someone, how the hell can they follow you?” (c) “WTF are you talking about?” And yet nowadays, not following someone back is considered very decent grounds for deepemotional injury. We live in exciting times, my friends. 2. Someone you will never meet is wrong. Once upon a time, the world wa...
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Travel Is A Dynamic Situation

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Photo by Sharon E. Cathcart I’m writing to you from my Memphis hotel room.  Even using a GPS, I managed to drive past it yesterday … and that’s okay.  Travel is an adventure.  I’m sorry to report that it’s in a rather seedy part of town … but the guidebooks warned me of as much and I proceeded.  The hotel itself is fabulous; I just won’t spend a lot of time venturing around the neighborhood. Which brings me to today’s plans.  I had originally planned to visit both the Historic Dyess Colony (Johnny Cash’s boyhood home) and the Elvis Presley Birthplace .  The former is in Dyess, Arkansas; the latter is in Tupelo, Mississippi. Visiting both of those locations would have meant a) a total of six ...
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Historical Fiction Spotlight: Strands of My Winding Cloth (The Elizabeth of England Chronicles Book 4) by Gemma Lawrence


New on  Amazon UK  and  Amazon US Winter 1560: Elizabeth Tudor has chosen never to marry. The man she loves, Robin Dudley, has lost his wife in mysterious circumstances. Knowing that were she to marry him, it would lead to his destruction and hers, Elizabeth has made up her mind...  But Robin does not know this yet.  Afraid to lose her favourite, Elizabeth has told Robin there may be hope. As times goes on, Robin attempts persuasion, pressure and trickery to take his place beside her on the throne of England. And it is not only with her beloved that Elizabeth is having problems...  Cousins aplenty this last Queen of the Tudor line has, and each one determined to cause her troubles. As Mary S...
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Music Monday: “Walking in Memphis”


Good morning, everyone!  One year ago today, I started this WordPress blog.  I’ve met some amazing people through the platform and am reading some fascinating blogs.  As of this writing, I have 77 followers … which is more than I ever envisioned.  I’m glad for every one of you who reads and shares my work. Today’s song is Mark Cohn’s “Walking in Memphis” … which is what I’m on my way to do today.  My regular features will be a little “off” this week as I do my research and exploration. Thanks again, and enjoy the tune! Original link
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Book Review: The Art of Hiding, by Amanda Prowse


Available from Amazon UK and Amazon US What would you do if you learned that the life you lived was a lie?  Nina McCarrick lives the perfect life, until her husband, Finn, is killed in a car accident and everything Nina thought she could rely on unravels. This is a good example of why you should read outside your usual genres. Hooked in by the blurb, I wasn’t expecting such a compelling story that would make me think about all the things we take for granted. It’s clear from the first page that Nina McCarrick’s life is far from perfect, so it’s good that we don’t have to wait long before the phone call that changes her whole world forever. In turns, I felt incredulous at Nina’s extreme naivet...
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