Sunday, 30 September 2012

Terry Tyler's Blog: What I think about bad reviews

Terry Tyler's Blog: What I think about bad reviews: They're horrible at first, but they don't matter, unless you're getting more than about  7-10% bad ones.   Here are some of the things people say when they get them...
Click here to read more hilarious truths from author Terry Tyler!

Friday, 28 September 2012

Julian Fellowes to write Downton Abbey prequel!

Julian Fellowes to write Downton Abbey prequel.  

Younger actors would take on roles of the Earl and Countess of Grantham

Julian Fellowes, the writer behind the hit series Downton Abbey, is writing a prequel which follows how the Earl and Countess of Grantham first met....  Click here to read more!   

Glitches happen to even the 'big names'!

US-based shoppers who bought the new JK Rowling novel have been hit by a glitch that made it difficult to read.

A formatting problem meant that when The Casual Vacancy was downloaded to some e-readers it could only be viewed in a large size that showed a limited number of words per page, or in tiny-sized type.

The publisher, Hachette, has released a fixed version.

But many users who had pre-ordered the title will have been affected.

The novel topped several ebook charts ahead of its release due to high interest in JK Rowling's first novel for adults, following the success of her Harry Potter series.

A statement from Hachette acknowledged that it was responsible for the fault which prevented font and margin sizes being adjustable.

"As soon as Hachette was made aware of these issue, a replacement file was uploaded to all ebook retailers," the publisher said in a statement.

"Hachette has requested each retailer contact their customers directly about reloading their ebook.

"Any consumer who purchased the ebook on Thursday... who has not heard from the retailer, should contact them and request that their ebook be reloaded. No consumer should have to repurchase the ebook."

The Casual Vacancy's UK publisher, Little Brown, confirmed that users in the country had not been affected.

'Massive frustration'
Several users - some of whom had already taken issue with the ebook's $17.99 (£11.22) pre-order price - complained about the error on ebook store review pages.

The fault affected e-readers, but not tablets or phones that use ebook apps
"I got an electronic reader so that I could make the font large enough for me to read and I'm stuck with a damned magnifying glass," wrote one user on Barnes & Noble's site.

Another shopper wrote on Amazon's store: "The Hachette Publishing Group should be ashamed for having so little quality control on such a big release. For shame. Buy the paper edition."

The news site PaidContent, which first reported the issue, noted that strict embargoes imposed on the book's release might have prevented the retailers' staff picking up on the problem before the ebook went on sale.

Users affected by the mistake can now manually force their devices to install the update. But one industry watcher said the issue should not be underplayed.

"It was a massive frustration for the true fans who wanted the book to be delivered to them at one minute past the embargoed time, and it shows that publishers are not quite on the money when it comes to ebook formatting," Philip Jones, editor of trade magazine The Bookseller, told the BBC.

"This kind of mistake is not as unusual as it should be, and publishers need to get it right from the beginning. In the physical book world an error like this is much more rare.

"But I don't think it will have affected sales of the book or readers enjoyment of it once they have got it."

Click here to go to Amazon.

As for me - at £11.99 for the Kindle version, I think I'd prefer a glitch free version, however at that price, and after reading the blurb.... I don't think I'll bother!

Click here to see the full article on the BBC.

Thursday, 27 September 2012

Interview with Geri Clouston from B.R.A.G and Book Giveaways!!

Layered Pages: Interview with Geri Clouston and Book Giveaways: I have the pleasure of introducing, Geri Dunlap Clouston, the president if indieBRAG . Geri,what prompted you to get involved in t...  CLICK HERE TO READ MORE!!

Layered Pages Reviews - Review of CHARLOTTE

Layered Pages: Layered Pages Reviews:         Spitfire by Jack DuArte Spitfire is a thrilling third installment in Jack DuArte’s World War II Series. The settin...  CLICK HERE TO READ MORE!  (Scroll to half-way down the page!!)

Friday, 21 September 2012

Clean Romance Reviews: Author Interview: Karen Aminadra

Clean Romance Reviews: Author Interview: Karen Aminadra: Welcome, welcome.  Today we have a wonderful interview with author Karen Aminadra.  She'll be telling us a bit about herself and her book, ...  CLICK HERE TO READ MORE!

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

2012 B.R.A.G. Medallion TM Honoree

I am SO proud to announce that

Charlotte ~ Pride & Prejudice Continues 

has been awarded a 

2012 B.R.A.G Medallion!!

B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree

Click HERE to find out more about the award.

The Book Readers Appreciation Group, or B.R.A.G, give their medallion award to independently published books that reach their standard of excellence, represent a good read, and are great value for money. 
I am so honoured and proud to be the recipient of a B.R.A.G. Medallion for CHARLOTTE!

Friday, 14 September 2012

Layered Pages: Interview with Author Karen Aminadra

Layered Pages: Interview with Author Karen Aminadra: I have the pleasure of introducing Author Karen Aminadra.    
Karen, what book had the greatest impact on you that you have read? ... click here to read more

Verbal Sparring Shakespeare-style!

Always a good choice. 

Walking away?

Swearing....maybe, but overdone. 

When push comes to shove, here's a handy resource for verbal sparring, Shakespeare-style.

Happy Birthday Roald Dahl!

Happy Birthday, Roald Dahl! 

Dahl was born 13 September 1916  and died 23 November 1990. Dahl was a British novelist, short story writer, poet, fighter pilot and screenwriter.

Roald Dahl wrote at his writing desk in a hut.

Here’s what Dahl’s illustrator, Quentin Blake, had to say about the hut:

“I didn’t go into the shed very often, because the whole point of it as far as Roald was concerned was that it was private, a sanctuary where he could work where no one interrupted him. The whole of the inside was organised as a place for writing: so the old wing-back chair had part of the back burrowed out to make it more comfortable; he had a sleeping bag that he put his legs in when it was cold and a footstool to rest them on; he had a very characteristic Roald arrangement for a writing table with a bar across the arms of the chair and a cardboard tube that altered the angle of the board on which he wrote. As he didn’t want to move from his chair everything was within reach. He wrote on yellow legal paper with his favourite kind of pencils; he started off with a handful of them ready sharpened. He used to smoke and there is an ashtray with cigarette butts preserved to this day.

The table near to his right hand had all kinds of strange memorabilia on it, one of which was part of his own hip bone that had been removed; another was a ball of silver paper that he’d collected from bars of chocolate since he was a young man and it had gradually increased in size.”

Tuesday, 11 September 2012


I have been so overworked lately that it's taking a toll on my health.  So, I have backed off a little from my zillions of responsibilities, and it's working!  I am recovering.
The weather is fab, and I have been enjoying just simply sitting and reading in the garden.
As I recover I have noticed that my mind is perking up and there are a few stories brewing away in there!! :-)

I hope you are all well and that the transition from summer into autumn is just as lovely for you as it is here.

I'll keep you updated - keep reading and bless you! xxx