Monthly Archives: January 2013

freaky folk tales

snow angel

I was out earlier taking photographs of snow-tipped Victorian angels in a local graveyard and was reminded of this morbid phrase …does anyone know its origin? (I believe its 17th C or earlier)

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Laurence O'Bryan - No 1 Best-Selling Conspiracy Thriller Author

Jean Gill, a Welsh author living in France, tells us about some of the difficulties authors can encounter. They will make you wonder why we do this.

Jean is the Winner of the Global Ebooks award for Best Historical Fiction

Song at Dawn is available from Amazon here.

winner jacket 1150 in Provence

Take it away Jean!

It is 25 years since my first book was published by a reputable small press. Since then, my work has ranged from military history to a cookbook. I’ve been published everywhichway except bestselling – yet – and have been rejected everywhichway except pleasurably.

Each publishing method carries its own pros and cons. Big publishers give you a good time for up to a year, then, if you haven’t become a Big Thing, your book is relegated to the warehouse, prior to being remaindered, while your Editor seeks the next Big Thing. And the publisher still owns you – it’s easier to sign…

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New : Love-to-Spook Blog Hop!

English: Bram Stoker (1847-1912), novelist bor...

English: Bram Stoker (1847-1912), novelist born in Ireland, author of “Dracula” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

M. R. James, scholar and ghost-story writer

M. R. James, scholar and ghost-story writer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A 3-day blog hop in celebration  of Sheridan Le Fanu, Bram Stoker, M.R. James and all the other crafters of scary stories; let’s make it as colourful/eery/ghostly as possible !

Sheridan Le Fanu

Sheridan Le Fanu (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The atmospheric, the suggestive, the creepy… the qualities that drew you to read your first ghost story (ghost, mind,not horror!) – can you recreate that same sense of the otherworldly, the inexplicable, the delightfully chilling ?

Grab a button, spread the word, add your link via the InLinkz tool and post up a story (fiction or non), an illustration, a video trailer any time between 1-3 February – mention any giveaways you have going ; full details here : Spooky BlogHop

Happy Spooking !

(running in conjunction with Kindle giveaway of Ungentle Sleep by B.Lloyd)


The Daily Post

All of your friends subscribe to your blog, right? What about your coworkers? Your family members? Your classmates or former classmates? People who don’t necessarily know you, but work in your field? People who don’t know you at all, but like to mock the same celebrities you do?

Chances are, your social network is larger than you think it is. Luckily, these days, there are more ways than ever to reach people who share your interests, your pet peeves, and your sense of humor. Done well, social networking is the single best way to make friends and influence people on the web.

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Debbie Howell is a Kristell Ink author whose fantasy novel Healer’s Touch will be launching 31st January 2013 – more soon!

Deb E.

… and I believe it really will be!

Anyway, without further ado, here is my New Year gift to you… the eBook Cover for Healer’s Touch!

So, now seems to be the time to think back on 2012 and look forward to 2013. I think it’s pretty obvious what 2013 will bring for me. The release of

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Darkspire Reaches

Darkspire Reaches.

via Darkspire Reaches.

C.N.Lesley is a Kristell Ink Author – her novel , Darkspire Reaches, a dark fantasy, is coming soon…more anon ! ( 🙂 )

Welcoming John Bayliss, Grey Cells Author, whose novel Five and a Half Tons, is due to launch early this year …

News From Westerby


My review of Agatha Christie’s classic The Mysterious Affair at Styles has been uploaded on the Grey Cells Press website. This book was Christie’s first published novel and the debut of her great detective, Hercule Poirot.

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Some eye-catching book covers….

The Paradox Series - By Patti Roberts

five covers wwe

Book 1 currently free from all online stores.

Book 5 due out late 2015

For those that love Witches, Ghosts and other enchanting characters, I am in the process of writing a book just for you.

Witchwood Estate - Going Home bk 1 2500 sunset

Alexandria Santorini must say goodbye to Catnip Cottage and the Barnabys, her

loving guardians for the past twelve years,

and go home to Ferntree Falls

to claim her inheritance

 — Witchwood Estate —

before it is too late.

On her journey, however, things take an

unexpected turn when Alexandria befriends

Andrew, a ghosts on a quest to find his

one true love.

A story about witches, ghosts and other creatures — that are only supposed to exist

in story books.


The Barnabys


The Count

“Every time I read another book from Patti Roberts her imagination amazes me.”

Natalie Hillier.

book stack

Facebook Page – HERE

Goodreads Page – HERE

witchwood logo

 Official Editors: Tabitha Ormiston-Smith

Brainstorming: Leslie Hansford

Poet: Chris…

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Welcoming Grey Cells Press Author Marlene Lee to AuthorsAnon – Marlene has kindly accepted to be interviewed on the Newsletter (more on this soon)…

Marlene Lee

Like everyone else, I’m in close communication with someone I’ve never seen.  This is nothing new.  For two centuries and more there have been business letters, diplomatic communiques, telegrams, conveyed by post, messenger, cable.  There have been pen pals.  Epistolary romances.

For me, it’s literary business conducted with The Editor in Europe.

The business is real but The Editor is an invention.

Is he effusive?  Yes.  I like warmth and so that is how I find him: warm.   Does he appreciate my writing?  Yes.  He has good taste.  Do I occasionally have to send him the same manuscript or answer the same question twice?  Yes, but that’s because I want The Editor to operate on memory and intuition, not records and data.  Besides, he’s busy with multiple publishing responsibilities bestowed on him by other discriminating writers.  And he may simply not have heard me.  It’s a long way to Europe.

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