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Hi there,

Let me say from the beginning, Kindle Scout is not to be missed; it can only improve a writer’s skills.  The whole campaign was extremely well organized. Participants are given a web page, which includes the first five chapters of the book, a photo of the cover and one of the writer. I soon learned those two vital words,  ‘Hot and Trending’ would appear each day under the book on the webpage, if it had a sufficient number of nominations from readers. As you know my PC and email system crashed so I could only fully promote in the last week, but at least my book appeared for the whole thirty days.  So the experience has given me a really good appreciation of the value of the campaign.

On submitting my manuscript, I entered a bubble of creativity and nail biting competition. Kindle Scout staff are truly kind, supportive and encouraging to the aspiring competitor. The campaign took over my life for thirty days.During this time, I must say I lived for Kindle Scout, hopes, dreams, disappointment, euphoria all swirled together in this bubble of creativity and hope. Nevertheless, my experience with Kindle Scout was illuminative, disappointing and strengthening, a dissonance I know, but one which was necessary for me, for it could only lead to success.

The tables of statistics provided for each day of the campaign were enlightening. I was amazed to discover what avenues of promotion were best at least for my genre. From one of the listings, I could immediately see what promotional outlets were the most active.  So now I have a clear idea of what promotion companies I will use in future.

I also discovered that although the words Hot and Trending may appear under some of the books many times, it does not mean those books will be accepted. For example, I saw one book had the words appearing almost every day but it did not get through. This clearly showed that a book is accepted for its value and not because it had the most money spent on it in advertising. This is so reassuring for a writer who cannot afford to advertise as often as others. True you have to promote and show your endeavors in making people aware of the book, but you don’t have to despair if you cannot afford the big promotions.

As for non-acceptance, maybe you are a niche writer, or the genre is not popular at the moment.  Maybe you didn’t do enough proof reading, or your book was too badly formatted; whatever, you win on Kindle Scout. My book was not accepted, but I am amazed at its success when I put it on Amazon. I have won some fantastic support.  A major advantage is when you publish your book, the Kindle Scout team will contact every person who nominated your book to tell them you are now on Amazon. Wow what an incredible advantage, you will certainly collect more readers. Your book will have the exposure it needs to grab the attention of a reader. It’s an incredible way of advertising really, it might be negative but it can also reap such rewards, even fans. I did at first think that I would not want people to know my book was not accepted, that readers would think it was not good enough.  But then a friend pointed out the advantage of exposure, so I gritted my teeth and took action. I can say this in all sincerity, within hours of putting my book on Amazon, it raced up the ranks, 10,000 in and 21,000 in With that push, I can now happily promote the book even higher.

So I wish you all the luck in your endeavors, just remember you win either way. So keep writing and keep publishing.



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The Countess Refuses




The promotion by Kindle Scout. .

It is such an exciting, lip biting, heart racing time. Will it – won’t it? Will the book be accepted by Kindle Scout for publishing or will it be returned to me?

Hopes and doubts rise like droplets from a waterfall, sparkling orbs flowing down to the still pool below, stirring still waters into crystal foam. Maybe it is not a popular genre? Maybe it’s not saleable? After all Regency Romance is a sub-genre. Just mulling over thoughts.

Either way, the book is still precious to me. It’s my baby, formed through my love of writing, born from my mind, never an easy birth at the best. But what delight at the finished form, a miracle, to me at least, beautiful and complete. I always wonder how I did it. I frown questioning myself, as I read it. Was that really me? Or was it some spirit taking over my brain, filtering into my mind? Some writers cannot even remember the story they’ve written, characters or names. I guess it is a time of magic, of solitude, with only music to accompany the storm of creation. Hmm I think this is turning into a poem. I do actually love writing poetry, and if it is alright with you dear reader, I would like to put some on here. Also, some more videos and articles of historical, spiritual, metaphysical and Sci Fi interest. Maybe the odd quiz? Please write and tell me what you prefer.

Now it is countdown time, only four more days before the promotion ends. I will write and let you ou know either way. Being an Indie is always an exciting time, writing the book, having it edited, developing a book cover, finding beautiful graphics.

Until we meet again, wish me luck. Please nominate The Countess Refuses. The link is:


The Rainbow after the Storm.



The Countess Refuses

Please nominate. This book is up for a publishing contract with Kindle Scout


So much has happened since my last post. I have overcome the travesty of experiencing everything collapsing around me. As you know, I lost all my contacts, my email system and all my social media links due to my email provider collapsing. Even now it is still fragmented. However, thankfully through the advice of a friend, saved me.  The crash happened the day I launched my book for a publishing contract with Kindle Scout; I had no way of promoting the book; it would disappear into the vaults of the Internet, never to be seen again.  My sole support, my clever husband who works miracles on the PC, also disappeared from the scene of disaster, as he visited the family in Ireland. He wanted to stay, but family comes first, above all else. At the same time, my brilliant IT son was ill with flu. This left me with my frazzled brain, working day and night to try to sort out the myriad jobs on the PC’; save the email system and the book.  I can usually meet disaster with some grit, but give me the pulsing lights of a biosphere on the monitor, and the gory innards of the PC, and I collapse.

One thing I do have is an optimistic attitude that usually carries me through pain and disaster.  But that tiny flame of hope was buried deep this time, so deep it’s flickering light lay buried beneath an overhanging rock in the abyss. Even so, I knew where it was. I may be right down, heartbroken, feeling demolished, yet I know somehow, someway I will myself to survive.

People may murmur, come on it’s only a book. However, any writer will tell you, that book is their heart. It’s not money or fame; it’s flesh and blood pulsing between the lines and spaces of the novel; the words from the blood pulsing through arteries. A true writer does not begin writing to seek glory; their sole aim, is first to write, and then to share their hopes and dreams with another soul. There are usually reasons why people put pen to paper.   Mine were perhaps due to a dark childhood of pain and grief from which grew a grim determination to survive, and to share beauty and peace,  for there was none in my childhood’s dark tunnel of fear. But, enough of Poe’s ruminations, the raven has flown and the night is silent

I spent one evening looking at a blank screen. There was no other way, to save the book, I forced myself to climb down into the abyss. I had to find that tiny candle of hope; I had to pray it was still flickering. It was an arduous task and not without a few groans and tears. Hubby was not there to console me, or even make a cup of tea, or talk into the small hours of the whys and wherefores of crashing systems. I  determined to uncover that tiny candle.  However, it was a journey not without moans and groans, tears and some unrepeatable expletives.

Over a few days working almost day and night, existing on baked potatoes, crisps and the odd glass of wine, I managed to download a  fantastic email system – gmail. But then I had to grapple with linking to social media. I came across horrid words edged with nails, whipping through my flesh, for instance,  ‘ link in with your IOS’, or ‘link to your Android’. What were they? Was an android, a robot?  In desperation, I raced over to Tesco’s and bought a smart phone. Why I don’t know; it was a wild guess it would help, as my Motorola was over fifteen years old, and I only had it to go abroad, and even then didn’t use it.

Once in Tesco’s, I met a knight in shining armour, a shop assistant who was also an IT whizz with phones and social media. He gently explained what all those awful words meant. I could have kissed him, but he was far too young.  Back home, I began making up the links; the word Android no longer terrified me, and the IOS slunk into the background.  I had all I needed now to start promoting the book for Kindle Scout. But as usual, I found everything kept on upgrading and then again, a couple of days later upgrading; something I find so frustrating, as I’d only just got to know the upgrades!!  I was relieved and quite happy to stay with what I had just learnt, but like I said, everything kept on upgrading and new terms appeared that had my head swimming. I began seeing crystal lights – migraine without the pain! Nevertheless, I came, I conquered and began pulling it all together.  One morning, I looked down into the abyss and rescued that flickering flame.

After furious guesses, I managed to do some of the links, and started the promotions, my friends from social media sites contacted me and showered me with love, sympathy, and support.  Everything was teetering on fine.  Some days later, I danced for joy, as I saw the book and cover picture the Kindle Scout banner, alongside three precious words emblazoned in fire,  ‘Hot and Trending’ and there it stays, trending some hours on, some hours off. It’s a delight to keep checking. That’s not to say it will be successful, but it is a joy to see it up there.

Whether or not it is accepted, I am enjoying these last few days of promoting the book, and even had time to take Lily for some glorious walks under a winter sun beaming down on frost laden fields.



TRAVESTY – EMAIL SYSTEM CRASHES Unable to promote The Countess Refuses.



Since I last posted here, my world of hope crashed along with my email system!!   I never thought that losing an email provider caused such havoc. I really  do feel I should give out this message as  just relying on one provider, can lead to travesty and heartbreak.

It is a story that should be told.

Just over three weeks ago,   November, the 20th, I put my book The Countess Refuses up for consideration for publication with Kindle Scout, a branch of Amazon. This is such a fantastic organization that helps Indie authors so much.  I have been musing whether or not to apply,  one reason being I can be a coward.  I know I always put out I’m a cock-eyed optimist, but secretly underneath my blather, is a streak of unconfidence. There are reasons, but that is another story.  Anyway, to continue, I plucked up my courage and put the book up with Kindle Scout.

Can you imagine my delight when I learned the book was approved for submission and possible publication.  All I had to do now was to promote the book and ask to be nominated for a possible publishing contract with Amazon via Kindle Scout.

Just like the time when I managed to complete a video, I leapt around the room, punching the air. My delight was instant yet beneath it all was a little girl  was overwhelmed with being accepted.  Of course, the book is my major passion and raison d’etre,  but those few words, ‘Your book is approved’ jerked me to another level of feeling.

Then the day after being approved and advised to promote the book for nominations for a publishing contract,my email system crashed. My husband, the clever one with the practical issues of the PC, was leaving for a week in Ireland. I was alone looking at an empty screen where the emails were supposed to be.   I was unable to promote the book.

I later learned  thousands of people along the South Coast also lost their email systems. My only help lay in phoning the provider to clear the problem. I had to wait for ages and ages, only to be told when finally getting through they would ring back in a few days. I hadn’t got a few days, the promotion period had already started.

But this is where the horror really started, not only did I lose my emails and all my contacts; it also corrupted my links to Twitter and Facebook, Google and – the list is long. Suffice to say, I am still sorting it all out.  The upshot is people have advised me to have a back email system, so I am now happily ensconced with  gmail which I love, but will have a backup  with one of the other email systems as well.  I sincerely hope this message will alert other authors to the need for backup systems with emails.

So with only fourteen days to go I instead of thirty, I can promote the book.  I am delighted to share some teasers with you in the next post. I sincerely hope you will nominate The Countess Refuses for a  publication contract with  Kindle Scout.  You can find the book on

So I am looking forward to posting some teasers and extracts from The Countess refuses for your entertainment.

Have a lovely Friday and take care.







It has been such an exciting time for me, not only to be part of a fabulous box collection of Christmas romances but also because, during the process, I taught myself how to do a video. But I will say, it wasn’t easy. Oh no. In the first instance, I had great expectations, which like little Pip, met with disaster after disaster. I have done three now during my time with this wonderful group of writers. I was just so delighted and proud to be with leading best sellers, NYTimes and USAToday.

The first time I attempted to do the video, I realized it was far more intricate than I imagined. I so wanted to do it on my own. My son is a brilliant IT expert and so willing to help out, but I really wanted to say this was all my own work. I really thought MovieMakers Live for Windows was a doddle, but the nasty little programme proved me wrong. I am not alone in that, as a gentleman who is renowned in this field said the same. He didn’t want to go near it. But after hours of mind-numbing attempts, I was forced to swallow my pride and ask my son to help me. He came over immediately, as he only lives a fifteen-minute walk from us. Trouble is, once he’s on the PC, he’s like a dynamo; he works so fast, his fingers flying over the keys, so fast I don’t have time to write it all down.

He brightly said, ‘It’s okay mum; it’s all intuitive; it will just come to you.’

I looked at him balefully. Again my pride got in the way, and I nodded cheerfully, thinking well maybe it would be okay. I got the gist of what he was doing, and I could have another go on my own.  He still doesn’t know that I don’t know how to work a cell phone, well not the new ones, which are computers in micro. I bought one the other month and nearly threw it through the window, but instead, calmed down and took it back to the shop. Good thing I did, as some of that range have now exploded, actually caught fire. So to return to the video, a week later, I was tearing my hair out, and busy searching the Web for those hair topknots. But then the miracle happened; on his next visit, my son decided to slow down on taking me  through the painful steps of making a movie.

I watched his fingers flying over the PC and managed to write much  of what he did in  shorthand. I haven’t used shorthand for years but it came back to me.  When I sat on my own at three am in the morning, watching a finished video of Love Christmas,  actually work on YouTube I jumped from my chair and danced around the conservatory.  I expect I did look rather manic punching the air and dancing.

But, even in this delirium of delight, I knew I was kidding myself; I really still didn’t have much of a clue, as to how to do the darn video without Ben. I needed some solid, structured knowledge on how to proceed. I yearned to be able to sit down in front of PC and just do it all calmly and perfectly. I decided, for my own sanity that I would put two days aside and watch all the tutorials I could on YouTube – ‘How to make a movie on Windows Live.’ That was where I found my hero and his channel ‘Meejah.’ What an incredible man, besides giving a clear, kind and concise tutorial, he went even further and explained everything, as if he was talking to an alien, or a child who’d never seen a programme before.  He goes further and directs his virtual pupils to channels for free downloads of music and video blocks. Ha ha, that is a word I have just learnt. It means a video starter slip, a header of sorts, that starts the video’; one of those dramatic introductions with floating balloons, flying stars, or exploding planets. The music was out of this world, Beaster, what an incredible musician. Honestly on seeing the video up on the PC screen, I had such a great feeling, delicious actually, even better than eating chocolate, ice cream, or lemon meringue pie.

Much to my joy, I managed to actually put a movie together without picking up the phone and blubbering or swearing to Ben. But then came the dead Zone followed by unprintable words and jaw bunching, I couldn’t upload the darn thing to YouTube. I tried everything; time was ticking by, and the promotion had only so many days left. So … I had to pick up the phone. ‘Hello Ben. It’s mum, I … err … can’t  upload the bl…..dy thing.’


‘Mum, no-one can; you have to upload it manually. Hardly anyone can upload onto  YouTube from Movie maker.’

‘Oh, ‘ I sat back feeling mollified. My pride knitting back together.

Ben then gave instructions over the phone as I tried to upload the video. It didn’t work. But bless the child – man, he came straight over to the house and uploaded it. In half an hour, I  was seeing it on YouTube. It was perfect. Love Christmas was on the Tube. He stood back embarrassed whilst his mum again danced around in a circle.

Some weeks later, I managed to do not one, but three videos,  all on my little own. Hurrah, success at last.

So, I’ve put it on here for you and I desperately hope you will enjoy It.

Well, I’ve just gone to upload it for you, but would you believe it? After all this, I can’t put it on here unless I upgrade the website. So I can’t show the third video to you either. What is it with the universe? Is it trying to tell me something? Should I go back to painting? But, I’m not tearing my hair out – really, I’m not gritting my teeth. It’s 1.21 am and I can’t upload it here. I’ll just put up a poster. I was thinking of upgrading, so now I’ll have to, as my new hobby is ‘The video!!!’




FANTASTIC GIVEAWAYS on the 17th & 18th October.



Have you ever seen a GIVEAWAY like this one?? It’s a beauty…!!! Come to our website and sign up. Then grab a copy of our FREE book called Book Bites 7. A sampler of the 20 never-before published novellas in Love, Christmas!!!

If you think this is fantastic – come to our Facebook event – there’ll be a lot more Giveaways to enjoy: Oct 17 & 18th. Sign in here:

Five (5) $20 Amazon Gift Cards from Authors’ Billboard
Kindle Fire (US Only) from Leanne Banks
Paperback copy of SHE’S NOT YOU from Mimi Barbour
A beautiful Journal from Joan Reeves
Paperback copies of CHRISTMAS BABIES and CHRISTMAS PAPA fromMona Risk
A CD of Christmas Carols that includes ’Do You Hear What I Hear?’” (US only) from Patricia Rosemoor
A cool Wolf and Moon T-shirt (US only) from Rebecca York/Ruth Glick
Print copy of MERRY CHRISTMAS, DARLING from DeniseDevine/ Author Denise Devine Meinstad
Prize Pack – Signed copies of AMBROSIA BY THE SEA & PUPPY LOVE BY THE SEA from Traci E Hall
Paperback copy of AN ALMOST PERFECT CHRISTMAS from Donna Fasano
Paperback copy of PLAYING WITH FIRE from Taylor Lee
Necklace and earrings gift set from Stephanie Queen/Stephanie Giancola
Gift package of FOUR books to one lucky winner from Jennifer St. Giles
A pair of SILVER AND ONYX EARRINGS (US only) from Alicia Street/Alicia-and Roy Street
$25.00 Amazon Gift Card from Katy Walters
Paperback copy of A FATHER FOR CHRISTMAS from Rachelle Ayala
Scentsy Silver Bells candle gift pack from Jacquie Biggar
Paperback copy of NAKED IN THE WIND, first book in The Fairies Saga (US and Canada only) from Dani Haviland Author
Signed copy of APPALOOSA BLUES from Nancy Radke.


Come and join in this exciting party. lasting over two days. I wish you every success with any one of these super prizes.



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