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 ! ( 🙂 )