Archive for July 2014

Personal Reflections on Writing Purpose and Journalism

Jul 30th, 2014 | By
Autumn Barlow

by Autumn Barlow I used to write most beautifully, or so I was told. Great long lyrical passages of heartfelt emotion, wrapped up in a vocabulary to make my school teachers proud. I was happy with it, and writing the way I saw and felt the world helped me to make sense of it. Then,

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The Chosen – released next month!

Jul 28th, 2014 | By

One man, one planet, one destiny. Frederick Frater leads a hum-drum life working in a Victorian bookshop in rural Kent, until, one day, an apparition walks into the shop – a beautiful young woman. Her father is an eccentric genius and a friend of Karl Marx, with an ambition to change history. His extraordinary invention

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A Séance With A Difference – An Excerpt from ‘The Chosen’ by William Hatchett – Coming Soon to Cosmic Egg!

Jul 28th, 2014 | By

The Séance (an extract from Chapter Ten of The Chosen)   A few days later, the three of us stood on a pavement in Sevenoaks, in front of my aunt’s surprisingly ordinary-looking house. We all felt nervous, despite the stiffeners of whisky we had gulped from Alf’s hip flask. We had been uncertain of the

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Squaring circles

Jul 28th, 2014 | By

By Carolyn Mathews Like most of my generation, I was brought up to be modest and self-effacing. We were told to leave the praise to others and never blow our own trumpets. But O tempora! O mores! How times have changed. The revolution in book production, marketing and publicity means that nowadays all authors –

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Award Winning Cobalt Blue

Jul 26th, 2014 | By

Cobalt Blue  by Peggy Payne received is the 2014 bronze IPPY for Visionary Fiction. Here’s an excerpt! Moonlight was all over the room when she woke, the board floor grooved with shadows. She was in an instant fully awake. Surely such brightness didn’t come in at this hour every night, or every full moon, the

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Book sale! The Unknown Mother

Jul 25th, 2014 | By

Purchase The Unknown Mother: A Magical Walk with the Goddess of Sound on Amazon! Now on Kindle!  But it between the 25th July and the 8th August and you can pick up a copy for just 99 cents. About The Unknown Mother, by Dielle Ciesco It isn’t every day that one meets a goddess, let

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To the Devil’s tune

Jul 24th, 2014 | By

This fictional novel, based on true life stories, addresses difficult stress manifestations and addictions such as self-harm, co-dependency and alcoholism, as well as the sadness of endings and loss.  It also highlights the power that lies within us all; a power so strong that once we step into it, nothing is impossible. Publishing in August

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Tips for writer’s block

Jul 22nd, 2014 | By
The 49th Day

Wrestling with writer’s block? Here are Helen Noble’s thoughts on the phenomenon: You might as well be wrestling with fresh air. There is no tangible phenomenon of writers block. It is a paralysis of cognition, a bundle of avoidant and negative thoughts, emotions and behaviours; a subtle, stealthy, self-sabotage. For me, the two main culprits

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Book Promotion – The Never Ending Story

Jul 20th, 2014 | By

Insights about the book industry from author Gary Michael Vasey Go out and Google ‘promote my novel’ and you will find any number of articles that purport to be helpful. While some undoubtedly are, the vast majority of these articles add very little beyond the obvious.  If I have read once about the importance of

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Tears of a Phoenix excerpt

Jul 18th, 2014 | By

Excerpt from Tears of a Phoenix, by Helen Noble, published by Soul Rocks in 2012 Danny’s cell was somewhere I could go, where it was easier for me to forget where I really was, and a whole new world was starting to open up for me. He asked me if I ever played the drums. I

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