#leeds2018 – Live Ticket Launch!

I was going to do Tuesdays for #TheDarkerSideOfFiction2017 posts but as more events are added to my calendar it makes sense to pick Tuesdays as the day for all my posts about live events and signings. Darker is creeping up on me just ver 7 months to go but this week it is the #leeds2018 event which takes precedence and that is because this Friday 3rd March at 8pm tickets go on sale, and in a brilliant move the ladies from Hourglass Events are heading north and will be hosting the launch live on FB from the venue. Of course being just down the road in Huddersfield means it would be rude not to go join them for a beverage or two, (though not too many need to be on a train back at half ten as I have work next morning and next train is half one!)

So if you live in Leeds or in the surrounding areas why not come along and join us for a little tipple but if you can’t do not despair, instead grab you chosen beverage, get comfy on the sofa and join us live on line in this group, which you really should join anyway because there are some amazing authors in there, so click here to pop over and join up.

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Have You Googled Yourself Lately?

Have you googled yourself lately, I just did it thankfully wasn’t too bad lol

Googling ourselves might seem like a fun thing to do on a rainy day, but it’s actually a smart thing to do if you’re building a brand or running a business. What will people find if someone does a Google search on your name? Will it help or hurt you?

WHY SEARCH FOR YOURSELF?

As writers, we are told we need to get a head start on our platform before we can be seriously considered by literary agents or publishers. This means we need to get going on blogs, websites, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Google+, and a partridge in a pear tree.

To further develop our brand, we are expected to build relationships on sites that belong to other people. We leave comments, post images, ask questions, or seek advice across a score of sites and forums.

That’s a heckuva lot of places where your name—and information associated with your…

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No Vlog Today

Normally Friday is vlog day and technically I have filmed one, unfortunately I can’t get it off my camera. A while ago I damaged the memory card, it still works perfectly well in the camera however when I put it in the computer it no longer registers, this has meant that to get the videos from my camera I have to connect it via the usb cable. While tidying the other day I put the cable, yes you guessed it ‘somewhere safe’ which of course means I now have no idea at all where it is. If I find the cable over the weekend I will post the vlog if not will post normal schedule next week. Have a review scheduled for Monday but am taking a few days off to concentrate on a personal issue so back in a week.

* 。 ღ˛° 。✫¸.•°* LEEDS AUTHOR ANNOUNCEMENT ˚ ˚ღ。* ˛˚ *˛˚

Today should be a Darker Post however I am sharing an author from the 2018 Leeds Event, as you know I attended the ball for this years event and had an absolute blast

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Please welcome E.S Carter to the Leeds author event!

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Avid reader and mother of 3, I previously worked in human resource management before taking on the best but most demanding job I’ve ever had … being a Mother 🙂

I have been writing since childhood, the bookworm gene an abnormal manifestation as no-one else in my family is obsessed with books.
I’m happy to say I have passed this gene on to my youngest child who has been devouring books since the very day she could hold one in her hand.

My debut novel ‘Nineteen’ released in May 2015, I hope you enjoy it!
Please feel free to get in touch, I would love to hear from you ♥

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You can find ES Carter here:

http://www.escarter.com

https://www.facebook.com/escarterauthor/

Excited to have ES signing at Leeds!

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An Excerpt from Break The Cycle… 14 days to go!

Another reblog from my fellow Dark Side author Sarah today, this book is dealing with an important subject especially cyber bullying, sadly too many sit hidden behind keyboards destroying lives of others

Sarah Michelle Lynch

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Excerpt:

“So he finally acknowledged something is wrong, but he didn’t suggest you should do anything about it?” My colleague Ruby is stood with me in the English office the morning after, scanning me for telltale signs of rage.

“He flat out said we should leave it until Joe is ready to tell us what’s going on.”

“Oh dear.” She reads my exasperation. “Listen… Jules. Joe is his son.”

I flash her my eyes. Has she forgotten about the things Joe and me have been through together? He’s as much my son as my twins are. I care about Joe just the same.

“Ruby.” I turn myself fully towards her, putting my cup of tea on the worktop, my hands free to make sweeping movements to enforce my passion on this. “It’s something in my gut, telling me there’s something wrong. I don’t know, but when it comes to kids…

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Excerpt from The Fix, Nightlong Book #2

Am incredibly busy today but luckily I came across a post by a fellow Darker Author sharing an excerpt from their new book to share with you, it does sound rather exciting and I may just have to add it to my want list

Sarah Michelle Lynch

nightlong2As the orangery filled, I counted at least double the audience I had last time.

I had also got rid of my skirt and blouse combo in favour of a tight latex dress. No point in hiding what I was.

“Good afternoon, ladies.”

“Afternoon,” they replied collectively.

“Apologies that I missed a couple of sessions, but I had to go out of the country for something that required my immediate attention. You’ll be glad to know I’m back now and going nowhere.”

I hated talking publicly; it felt like I was talking to myself.

They all smiled politely in response, eager for the lesson to begin.

“So last time I talked with you all about safe words and my colleagues have informed me that you’ve since covered ropes and spreader bars, am I right?”

Some nodded, while other women mentally groaned. I saw it amongst them.

I grabbed my whip…

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Welcome To The Dark side With DM Wolfenden

Today I am lucky to be able to share a Q & A with my fellow Darker signing author DM Wolfenden, she is into Vampire’s, Werewoves and Zombies and taking readers on a walk into the darer side of fiction so without further ado lets get to the questions…

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1)      When did you first decide you wanted to publish your work? What was the reaction of your nearest and dearest?

2013 I decided I would go ahead and write. When I told my family they were shocked, they knew I had a crazy imagination but never thought I would put pen to paper.

2)     Do you have a writing routine? Do you find you need to write at set times in a fixed place or is it a case of fitting it in around daily life?

I have a hectic lifestyle, I work away for 6 months of the year and when I am home there is a lot of catching up to do (as you can imagine), I write whenever I get a spare hour or two.

3)     Can you tell us a little bit about your latest release, and as a bonus give us the name of the song that would be the perfect theme music to it?

My latest release is a collection of short stories; they are all dark and have an element of mystery about them.  The perfect song would be Cry Little Sister would probably fit well with the most of the stories.

4)     Where was your first signing event and how did you feel in the run up to it?

I haven’t been to an event yet, 2017 will be my first.

5)     Are any of your characters based on people you actually know, even if only loosely? And if so do they know it is them?

I hope not, they are evil little …

6)      Now a bit of a silly one, as frequently seen on FB, the zombie apocalypse has begun, stick your hands out and tell us which two items you grab, and how you are going to use them to fight off the starving hordes.

Rather embarrassing, first thing is a jar of Vaseline (I’ve just had a Zombie tattoo, honest). Maybe I could smear all over myself and be too slippery for them. Second is my Frankenstein bobble head. Let’s face it, I’m dead.

7)     If you could see any celebrity reading one of your books who would it be?

Quentin Tarantino, he is so talented. Love him

8)     What is the last sentence you wrote in your current WIP?

“You need help, you need to sort your anger issues out. If you don’t we won’t survive.”

The knife clattered in the sink. “I promise I’ll see someone, babe.”

You better had, I won’t do this again. “Okay,” she said and walked away.

9) How do you celebrate finishing the final draft of a manuscript?’

I celebrate by sending of to an editor then sit there biting my nails.

10)  Do you have a secret talent or claim to fame you are willing to share?

Yes I was on the grassy knoll.

11)  If your books were going to be made into films do you have any ideas in your head who you would like to see play any of your characters?

It would actually be my short story, Carly. She is one bad arse. I love Jessica Messenger and Helena Bonham Carter to play the two female roles. For other books they would include Tom Cruise, Anotiono Banderas, Johnny Depp and Quentin Tarantino. (psst, I’m bigging you up here Quentin, call me).

12) What one piece of advice would you give to anyone sat at home, finished manuscript in front of them, debating hitting that publish button?

First of all I would say, get beta readers on it, if they love it, you are halfway there.

 If you would like to find out more about DM Wolfenden then hit the links below…
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Lazy Sunday #23

Hello, Sunday is here again and I cannot help but notice that the days seem to be flying by at the minute. I am incredibly busy with various things though today as I do this post I shall be wandering away doing house work and watching football as the local team is one Sky, and though I am not a Town fan I have plenty of friends who are, and who are trying to persuade me they can actually play decent football, I am not convinced lol but we shall see.

Okay several hours later Town lost and I was not impressed by their performance, think I shall stick to rugby, now cooking dinner so lets get on and share some blog posts while my veg cook.

  1. First up a cover reveal from my friend and fellow Darker Author Sarah Michelle Lynch, a book for a worthy cause which I know will be filled with great stories and I shall be buying myself https://sarahmichellelynch.wordpress.com/2016/10/13/cover-reveal-and-pre-order-break-the-cycle/
  2. Sometimes you don’t want to read really long posts you just want a picture that will make you smile, well I found the perfect blog https://animalsfantastic.wordpress.com/2016/10/16/baby-animals-4/
  3. I saw this picture and had to share I think they may have just found the most perfect window seat ever https://thewearytravelers.wordpress.com/2016/10/15/mesa-view-suite-amangiri-hotel/
  4. I had thought I would probably do NanoWrimo this year but not sure that will be happening but I shall be cheering on all my friends and fellow bloggers taking on the challenge https://emmyleigh.wordpress.com/2016/10/15/its-that-time-of-year

Lazy Sunday #22

Well it may be lunch time but I have actually been having a productive morning despite my late posting, I have been busy sorting out some video loops and music to start the process of making my vlogs more exciting for you, the content recently has been a little boring just random catch up videos, so I am determined to start giving you better content both in terms of topics and visuals. you might also have noticed the new banner at the top another of this mornings tasks as well as changing my profile pictures and going for something a little brighter, though I do hink I need to look into taking some more professional photos for my profile shots. So lets get to today’s shares…

  1. The first is a news article rather than a blog, though the person in the article is a blogger and a dear friend, arachnophobes look away https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2016/oct/07/i-have-58-tarantulas#comment-84872297
  2. There are some people who fight their demons and win, others blame the world and never have the courage, I am so in awe of this lady, she has been heart breakingly honest as she has shared her journey, the changes that have come about both as a result of her addiction and recovery, I am honoured to know this lady and even more so to have watched her journey from across the pond  https://rendezvouswithrenee.com/2016/10/08/the-day-the-music-came-alive/
  3. I love it when I have the opportunity to cheer on fellow WP bloggers and Indie Authors but even more so when I class that person as a dear friend, https://hnsieverding.wordpress.com/2016/10/07/book-trailer-for-prince/
  4. I have tried writing Flash fiction, you know the 500 word type but I struggle to contain a story to so few words, so you can imagine my admiration for those who can do it and throw in emotion in just 100 https://thereclininggentleman.wordpress.com/2016/10/07/friday-fictioneers-changes/
  5. I totally understand where Lucy is coming from, the idea that a stranger has taken the time and invested their hard earned cash on your work is something I think the big name authors forget at times and take for granted, maybe when you sell millions of books you lose track but for those of us at the beginning of our writing careers every sale represents a huge step on the path to success https://lucywilliamspoetry.wordpress.com/2016/10/06/lucys-diary-06102016/