Book Promo Day: 5th September, 2013

Pick ‘N’ Mix by Francis James Franklin

Pick ‘N’ Mix is a collection of stories from various authors in order to raise money for the charity, Eaves for Women. Included in this collection are:

  • Duvet for One, Jacquelynn Luben
  • Fishing Pole Variation, Roger Cave
  • An Aromantic Romance, Francis James Franklin
  • Save the world, get the girl, Richard Mark Bacon
  • Morning Raga, Frances King
  • Jump, Richard Mark Bacon
  • The Camera, Jonathan Hill
  • Teeny Tiny Tale #15, Willie Wit
  • Wilted, Sandra Giles

Duvet for One
A man living rough on the streets thinks back on recent events, baffled at the way his life has fallen apart while his wife has grown independent.

Fishing Pole Variation
Alec Fincham, special operative with the elite Special Boat Service, is once again on a vitally important mission – but an utterly bizarre one. He’s watching goldfish!

An Aromantic Romance
Andy and Nina are friends and lovers, but Andy needs more romance than Nina is able to give. Both must compromise for the relationship to develop…

Save the world, get the girl (A story from The W.A.T.C.H. Chronicles)
Jennifer Austen, special agent, is in the middle of a firefight against alien clones when her partner suggests they go on a date – if they survive, that is.

Morning Raga (a poem)
A young woman is to meet her future husband today – her parents have arranged the marriage – and she sings the song her mother sang every morning…

In facing one fear, Neville finds the courage to face another.

Peter’s building rage against a local vandal reaches a violent peak just as he receives a mysterious and seductive gift that offers to solve the problem.

Teeny Tiny Tale #15 (flash fiction)
The shocking truth behind the disappearance of the dinosaurs…

Wilted (Collision of Worlds)
Skye’s father is dying but he’s determined that she should marry, so they hold a competition to find the right man.

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£0.77 Amazon UK / $1.15

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Tried & Tested – 101 Recipes by Carol Jones

I have recently had a book published for Kindle (currently only available on Amazon until 2nd October). It is a cookery book, primarily aimed at beginners, but it could also be used by anyone who enjoys cooking and creating good, wholesome family meals.

Tried & Tested – 101 Recipes contains recipes covering soups, poultry, meats, fish, vegetarian, pasta & rice, potatoes, vegetables, dressings, sauces & marinades, desserts, baking and sweet things. I have personally tried, tested and modified each recipe until it works easily, giving excellent results. I have worked in the catering industry for many years running restaurants in north-west England and Jersey (which is renowned for fine dining).

My book is approx 181 pages in length, or 253 Kb. It already has several 4 & 5 star ratings and reviews.

On 22nd July my book was no 12 in the top 20 Amazon Bestsellers for Food & Drink> Quick & Easy.

It’s available at:
Amazon UK

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Language in the blood by Angela Lockwood

Cameron Blair was born in 1895 in Edinburgh. He would have liked nothing better than to have married his fiancée Fiona and to have had the occasional pint with his friends, but the war and a stupid vampire changed all that. This light-hearted story follows Cameron from his first days as a hapless vampire in war-torn France to the glamour and riches of the Côte d’Azur of the present day, where Cameron has developed a taste for small dogs and champagne-infused blood.

Until the outbreak of the First World War, young Cameron Blair would have liked nothing better than to stay in Edinburgh and marry his childhood sweetheart. As the call to arms goes out, Cameron and his pals sign up to fight for their country. They are soon delivered into the nightmare of war, and there Cameron more than meets his maker.

The story follows Cameron as he comes to terms with his new ‘life’, from his first days as a hapless vampire in war-torn France to the glamorous modern day setting of the Côte d’Azur. Along the way, he develops a distinctive taste for the finer things in life: jewels, yachts, small dogs and champagne-infused human…

Available at £1.99 (3.00$) on

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The Tangram Zoo and Word Puzzles Too! by Bette A. Stevens

Summary: HOUR of FUN! The Tangram Zoo and Word Puzzles Too! by Bette A. Stevens is a resource for multicultural and interdisciplinary studies in the classroom or at home. Integrates Math (measurement and geometry) and Language Arts (research and writing) for elementary and middle school students, while presenting a few historical facts about tangrams. Tangrams and word puzzles (riddles/poetry) encourage students to have fun while they’re learning, and then to demonstrate what they’ve learned. Includes ideas for home/school projects. Tangram outlines, with rhyming riddles as clues, are even labeled for coloring for preschoolers. Fun for the whole classroom/family!

The Tangram Zoo is available in paperback from ($6.29) or your favorite online bookstore.

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The War of the Stolen Mother by Lorinda J. Taylor

In this first volume of my series The Labors of Ki’shto’ba Huge-Head, the Champion of the intelligent termite people becomes involved in a 10-year war where the life of a Mother is at stake.

The Kindle and Smashwords versions are on sale for 99 cents through Sunday at Amazon and Smashwords.

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Blog Awards and An Appeal To Readers

As Yoda would say: “Remiss, I have been!”  And it’s too true, I fear.  I have received two blog awards from very kind people and I have said nothing.  I am ashamed!  Let me correct the situation now.

Super Sweet Award and the Very Inspiring Blogger Award

Yes, in what was a double whammy, I received the delectable Super Sweet Award again, on 7th May, from the very sweet and generous Rachel of Spilled Ink blog.  I’m amazed that folk are so willing to share this toothsome award!  Or perhaps it’s because there’s no chocolate in the picture LOL!  Seriously, though, thank you so much, Rachel.

A few days later, on 11th May, the very kind jemsbooks nominated me for the wonderfully complimentary Very Inspiring Blogger Award!  This is the second time I’ve been honoured with this award, the last time being on 21st January.  Thank you very much jemsbooks!

I’m afraid that I must break all the rules.  Having received two awards already, and obeyed the rules, I’m afraid I’m lost for selecting more bloggers deserving of these awards.  That’s not to say that I couldn’t find any.  Far from it.  The problem is entirely one of time.  I’m endeavouring to write a third tale in the G1: The Guardians series and things are really not going as they should.  It’s my own fault.  I keep allowing myself to be distracted.  I hope I will be forgiven.

Support Your Local Sherriff Author

This is an appeal, and it’s one all too familiar for authors, I’m afraid.  We happily, and determinedly, put our work out there.  We do it in a spirit (usually) of sharing.  We hope that others, however few they may be, will gain some reward from reading what we have offered.  I know, for instance, that some of my free ebooks have been downloaded many times.  I’ve even had sales of my novelettes.  Sadly, like most authors, the ratio of feedback to sales/downloads is very poor.  It is disheartening, and some authors might even be so discouraged that they give up entirely!

What I’m asking readers to do is really not as difficult as might be supposed.  If you read a book (however long and whatever format), please leave some kind of feedback!  We commonly use the word ‘review’ and I understand fully that it sounds daunting.  In truth, we’d love to get full blown reviews, but we understand that not everybody has the time or desire to devote time and effort to that.  We are happy, therefore, to just receive a few honest comments and a rating (which is usually a matter of clicking on the number of stars you wish to award).  The simplest way to leave comments is on the site you obtained the book from.  If you’re very kind and generous, however, it would make us ecstatic if you could copy and paste your comments onto certain other sites commonly used by both authors and readers.  These are: Amazon, Goodreads, Shelfari, LibraryThing, and Smashwords.  Different authors have a different ‘spread’ of feedback sites and their websites/blogs will usually show you where they hang out.  It is also extremely helpful if you share your comments through social networks like Facebook and Twitter, which is usually a matter of simply clicking on ‘Share’ buttons when you submit you comments on one of the other sites.

Some readers may expect the courtesy of a ‘thank you’ for their kindness, and I wish I could say they would receive that.  Unfortunately, the fact is that most writers simply can’t respond to all feedback!  Most are busy writing or keeping blogs up to date, and maybe a Facebook ‘fan’ page.  Rest assured, however, that your comments are appreciated!  If you wish to interact with an author, check their activity on Facebook, Goodreads and their blog (if they have one).  I’m afraid that you might find that they are not hugely active online, and it can seem rather foolish to respond to a comment made some weeks previously.  Also, a few don’t actually run these places at all.  They are run by fans, agents or publishers.  It comes down to a choice, really.  Do you prefer direct, quick interaction or another book?

One last thing.  If you didn’t enjoy a book, that’s fine.  It’s your prerogative, after all.  We might be disappointed, and regret that we failed to please you.  That doesn’t mean that it’s alright to post inflammatory comments.  A wise author will ignore such comments anyway, and if they’re of a personal nature, then the site is likely to delete them.  Be honest, by all means, but be courteous too!

I’ll close this appeal with my personal “Thank you!” to everybody who has left comments, of any (courteous) nature, for any of my books.

~ Steve