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Monday, 15 March 2021

 At last, only a year and a half late thanks to the evil events at St Luke's, the ebook is out with Smashwords, Kobo and Amazon. The print book has its launch party on the 31st of March. All welcome to a riotous hour of free books, free food and authors letting off steam in our local library.

One of the nice things about small local communities is that one has easy access to precious things. Our local museum has put many of its photos online. I found a trove of 1880s photographs in an album taken whilst the family was on a trip to the mountains. As my lass is in the cover of 'Wild Colonial Girl' these young women all went mountaineering in yards of petticoats, long flapping skirts, hats, gloves and  parasols. They were photographed in various spots all over the Alps and very sweet they looked too.

I was able to use one of the photographs as a background for my cover and Peter Langdon, the cover artist, used it then popped Melisande in the foreground. A real wild colonial girl. Actually the wildest trip she has in the story is exploring what is now Fiordland National Park by boat. But she's game for any adventure.

Now it's time to persuade people to buy a copy and write a review.

 Computer Rage.

I HATE computers! I hate the internet and pushy old Google trying to make me use google systems. And I really hate that they make me feel so stupid because I don’t understand how they work and can’t make ‘em work.

            You guessed it. I’m struggling to make the technology work. There has to be the promotion, to a landing page (what’s that?) then there must be a link from the landing page to a chain of emails which have to be written and set for certain dates. Ouch! And why is the computer screen writing so small on everyone else’s pages.  If I enlarge it satisfactorily half the screen disappears and some functions won’t work. The idea is to set up an automated system which will be triggered every time a reader click on the free or special offer button. It’s supposed to save me lots of time and effort and let me write. Ha!

            The real truth of the matter is that I can’t seem to get my head round the way a computer works. Everything I do results in hours of frustration, expensive expert help and it’s   a mess until some IT person does it for me. I hate that. Why can’t I make the thing work? I’ve tried separate keyboards, but the damaged wrist and arthritic hands and fingers mean loads of retyping, sliding the mouse accidently and losing work, dropping into other webpages and the mysterious disappearance of pages as I work. Writing is no pleasure any more and Microsoft’s stupid little Hellos and Welcome back drive me nuts. I’d be more impressed if Docx actually held on to the formats I use, and had a decent publishing template. The number of times all my templates vanish and I have to start again resetting everything instead of just writing. Why isn’t there a good reliable computer designed for writers without all the stupid games and apps and things most people don’t want but have forced upon them when they buy a computer? I’d love one which knew what a publishing standard format was.


Monday, 8 March 2021

Smashwords E-book Sale


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Thursday, 18 February 2021

 Authors supporting authors!

For those of you in New Zealand don't forget the book fair: Ages of Pages Book Fair
Saturday 27 March 2021 at Hamilton Gardens, Hamilton city.


Vicky Adin's historical novels are doing well.  New Zealand setting and some romance.

, The Cornish Knot, is currently on sale for .99US at Amazon.

Portrait of a Man  has received an IndieBRAG award.


Tuesday, 16 February 2021

Where's the year vanishing to?

Oh bother! the virus is out in Auckland and it would be the UK quick spreading version. We knew it would happen but the moaning and grizzling is a pain to listen to. What's more life threatening? A struggle to keep a business open or watching people die of the virus? Beat the  virus then we can sort things out. Things  have to change. Our far too much reliance of tourists means that there are too many little cafes, restaurants and small business aimed solely at the overseas tourist. They can’t all survive. It’s going to take at least another 6 years to knock the virus down to an annual corvid shot like the annual ‘flu shot. It’s no good fussing and it might be more positive to look at the new future and make it a better one people wise, nature wise and climate wise! That old selfish gene needs a boot, and each of us needs to think seriously about a decent future for our grandchildren.


All systems are working slowly to go for the launch of ‘Wild Colonial Girl’. I am checking the e-book proofs and finally have defeated a chunk of technology which has baffled me. I can now make Buttons for websites, and landing pages and link them up in my e-books. I have to learn the process by rote as I don’t understand the processes, which infuriates me. The next job is to tackle automating a series of emails and spreading them out over days! I’ve seen it done once but am not sure I have it fixed in my head. Fingers crossed.


The task of updating all my ebooks is daunting but I am determined. New Covers coming up too when I’ve earned some money. There’s a possibility of some acting as an extra in a film being made locally. We have yet to hear if it’s all go! It’s been a problem learning good marketing practices without being a pushy sales person. And the best practice seems to involve a heap of tech work which I can’t do yet. I’m getting there slowly. I’ve set aside one session a week for writing short stories or the lack of creative writing will drive me nuts! Our Writer’s Choice novels are prize winners yet unless we do some positive sales work we don’t get the sales they deserve. We’ll get it sorted eventually.


My new novel s cover is a gem. We used genuine photos from an album of the 1880s and my clever cover artist - Peter Langdon based at Reedsy.com - put the right young lady in place. Despite our modern minds falling about at the idea of anyone climbing in the mountains with hat, gloves, parasol and smart suit it is indeed what those intrepid young women did. I've seen their photographs!

The pre-launch sales and pre-orders will be opening shortly so anyone wanting an uplit cheerful and easy read to sooth their virus stressed minds do try this novel. The beta readers all say it was a happy read.