#SIBA Summer Indie Book Awards Winners

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Well it is all over for another year and join me in sending our congratulations to all the winners and those who were nominated. A big THANK YOU to the organisers Metamorph Publishing.

Anthology

  1. The Collective by Riley Edwards and Jonathan Edward Ondrashek
  2. Ghostly Writes by Plaisted Publishing House
  3. Man Behind the Mask by David Owain Hughes, Alizabeth Lynn, Ashlei Hawley, Ashley Rose Gustavson, Cassie Ann L Millier, Chasity Nicole, Chris Genovese

Biography

  1. Breaking the Glass Slipper by Sherry Rentschler
  2. The Puppet Master by Stephen E. Crockett
  3. From Cropduster to Airline Captain by LeRoy Brown

Children’s

  1. Dragon Lightning by Jenny Burke
  2. Giorgio and the Olive by J.L. Gonzalez
  3. A Home for Emy by Chris Turnbull

Contemporary

  1. An Enlightening Quiche by Eva Pasco
  2. Ice – Knights of Silence by Amy Cecil
  3. Enigma of Life by Shandi Boyes

Crime

  1. Take You Home by T.J. Spade
  2. Right to Silence by Lily Luchesi
  3. Welcome to Central City by Adam C. Mitchell (Tied with Blood Lust by Markie Madden and Siren Song by Markie Madden)

Diversity

  1. Catch Me if I Fall by Kay Blake
  2. Freak by Erin Lee
  3. Her Name was Sam by Erin Lee

Dystopian

  1. Untamed by Madeline Dyer
  2. Border Lines by L.E. Fitzpatrick
  3. Operation Child by Jaci Wheeler

Erotica

  1. Disgraceful by Dee Palmer
  2. Blurred Edges (Volume 2) by Kane Caldwell
  3. Waiting by R.M. Gauthier

Fantasy (Tied for 2nd)

  1. Hat Trick by Jeremy Croston
  2. Color of Evil by S K Wee
  3. The Council by Kayla Krantz
  4. Playing with Fire by Clare Meyers and Cris Meyers

Historical

  1. Letters Away by Elias Raven and Sharon Johnson
  2. A Nest of Hornets by Robert Krenzel
  3. The Beekeeper’s Daughter by Jane Jordan

Horror

  1. Shadow Puppets by Carver Pike
  2. Odium IV by Claire C. Riley
  3. Dead Normal by D M Singh

Holiday

  1. Christmas Miracle in July by R.M. Gauthier
  2. Horny Santa by Ethan Radcliff

Humor

  1. Welcome to E. Mayberry by Chris Genovese
  2. Actually, Don’t Write a Book About Me by Leia Star
  3. FaeTal by Becca Moree

Mystery

  1. Severed Heart by Kristy Ferguson
  2. Agents of Shadow by Richard Crofton
  3. Patriots Passing by Summer Prescott

New Adult

  1. Tomoiya’s Story: Escape to Darkness by C.A. King
  2. Concealed by the Night by Michael James
  3. In Her Woods by Jaxson Kidman and London Casey

Novella

  1. Tomoiya’s Story: Collecting Tears by C.A. King
  2. The Ghost in the Mirror by Faith Gibson
  3. Kiss of Vengeance by E.A. Copen

Paranormal

  1. Deceit Can be Deadly by Nicky Charles
  2. Night Orchid by L. Lombard
  3. My Champion by Alanea Alder

Poetry

  1. Love Letters Destroyed by Winter M. Balefire
  2. Inhale Love Exhale Poetry by Lo-arna Green
  3. Nova by Joanne Van Leerdam

Romance (Tie for second place)

  1. My Light by Echo Hart
  2. Refusing to Expire by Tricia Daniels
  3. Fit for a King by Susan Fisher-Davis
  4. Hart of Country by Kris Nacole

Science Fiction

  1. Riddle of the Gods by Lyra Shanti
  2. Starstruck by S.E. Anderson
  3. Zeeka Chronicles by Brenda Mohammed

Self-Help

  1. Victor or Victim by YM Zachery
  2. One Good Reason by Erin Lee
  3. The Lion and the Peacock: How I Conquered Anxiety by Jennifer Peacock-Smith

Short Story

  1. New Horizons by Joanne Van Leerdam
  2. Freeing his Dark Edges by Kane Caldwell
  3. When Leaves Fall by C.A. King

Thriller

  1. Finding Forever by Amanda J. Evans
  2. Cain – Rage of Angels by Elias Raven
  3. A Tale of a Rough Diamond by P. J. Mann

Time Travel

  1. Booth by Jason Pellegrini
  2. Do You Realize? By Kevin A. Kuhn
  3. A Love Beyond Time by Bella Emy

 Young Adult

  1. The Adventures of Nick and Billy by Michael Hoard
  2. 16 Myths by Aim Rivivar
  3. Fragmented by Madeline Dyer

 

Congratulations to all the Winners

& all those Indie Authors nominated.

#ReadMoreIndie #IndieBooksBeSeen

Happy Reading

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#SIBA Summer Indie Book Awards ‘Lost Love In Spring’

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I feel overwhelmed that my little short story ‘Lost Love in Spring’ has been nominated for this years Summer Indie Book Awards. I do not even know who put the book forward but I am over the moon. So whoever you are Thank You.

So I just want to share with you a few teasers and if you like what you see I would love it if you could vote. Unlike all the other award sites I have seen it is just one click and one vote. No sign ups or subscriptions to join just a simple vote. That can be done daily. Thank you.

So here is the image that shows the opening line of the story.

Click any image to enlarge it (opens in a new window)

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Blurb

‘…And many a weary heart shall sing
The Snowdrop bringeth Hope and Spring.’

(From the book Poetry of the Flowers by Mrs CM Kirtland 1800)

Hope is all Emmeline has.

Under rolling storm clouds and raging thunder, the Gods unleash their wrath upon the earth, and in the chaos of the countryside awash with rivulets, Alfie Beeson is felled by some unseen force. With a desperate burst of strength, Emmeline drags her unconscious husband back to their cottage.

Throughout the winter she ministers to his needs, following her Grandmother Aspasia’s recipes collected over the years in her delicately penned ‘Home Remedies’. Alfie appears to be on the mend when the gentle, shivering snowdrops begin to raise their dainty heads above the snow, bringing hope. However, as the little flowers creep from the forest up to the cottage, Alfie takes a turn for the worse.

By the time the blooms are close enough to tap upon the door, she has lost her love. Grieving and bereft, Emmeline tries to cope without her soulmate. Her broken heart causes even her gentle artwork to suffer. Paintings are left unfinished in the parlour.

With the arrival of The Anniversary comes a surprise visitor. Will this visitor rekindle the light in Emmeline’s delicate brown eyes?

Can the hole in her heart ever be healed?

This heartfelt short story now includes a sample of some of Aspasia Cherry’s A~Z of Herbal Remedies along with poetry, a few myths and a little magic about the local flora that would have been found in and around Emmeline’s cottage.

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Reading and research are what I love to do most of all and I was swept away on a cloud of delicate plants and flora that were used for healing. In the story Emmeline uses an old tomb that her grandmother Aspasia Cherry penned over the years. I imagine the cover to have been like the one below.

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In the A~Z the layout begins with the common name and the scientific name along with its meaning. There follows a poem about the plant then its ancient and modern use. For some plants I have also added a short myth of how the plant may have derived its name. My example here is the Dandelion.

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In some of my earlier blog posts I have more examples of plants used in the book. You can search using poetry or floral poetry. Back in May I did a post on Hawthorn click HERE to check it out.

So if you have enjoyed reading about my little book, I would love it if you could vote

Voting ends Sunday 10th September 2017

To Vote click HERE

If you are interested in finding out more, or want to take a look inside on amazon.

Click the image below

ebook & print Lost Love

Thank You and Happy Reading

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My Indie Author Friends in #SIBA Summer Indie Book Awards 2017

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A few of my lovely Indie Author friends and I have been nomiated for this year’s Summer Indie Book Awards for which we all feel blessed. There are only a couple of days left to vote so I hope you will help me #SpreadTheWord to #ReadMoreIndie and vote for your favourites.

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Anthology ‘Ghostly Writes’ click HERE

Two of my lovely Indie Author Friends have their stories in the Children’s Category so if you wish to vote for both you need to do this together same day same time

Children’s Category ‘A Home for Emy’ by Chris Turnbull vote HERE

Children’s Category ‘Dragon Lightning’ by Jenny S. Burke click HERE

Horror Category ‘Dead Normal’ by DM Singh vote HERE

Mystery Category ‘The Curse of Arundel Hall’ by J New click HERE

Paranormal Category ‘Crimson Moon’ by Sherri A Wingler vote HERE

Romance Category ‘Stolen Dreams’ by Maddie Wade click HERE

Short Story Category ‘Lost Love in Spring’ by Rose English vote HERE

Time Travel Category ‘Carousel’ by Chris Turnbull click HERE

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Please show your support

Just one click on the link and vote

NO sign up, NO newsletter subscription, just simple voting

Thank You

Happy Voting

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#SIBA Summer Indie Book Awards 2017

I feel blessed to have been nominated for the #SummerIndieBookAwards there are so many wonderful Indie Authors out there today writing something for everyone. If you have read some of the books nominated why not show your support and give them your vote. Voting ends soon on Monday 11th September 2017 at midnight. You can vote daily too so what are you waiting for. Check out the full post below or pop into Indie Book Banter and check out each genre individually. Happy Voting 🙂

Indie Book Banter

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Great News some of our lovely #IndieFriends have been nominated for the 2017 Summer Indie Book Awards set up by the wonderful team at Metamorph Publishing.

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Voting is now open. Here are the categories and their voting links. You can vote for multiple books in each genre category, as long as you do it on the same visit. You may ONLYlog in one visit per genre per day.

Anthology https://goo.gl/ANRTlU
Biography https://goo.gl/7K7wcV
Children’s https://goo.gl/jeaB6v
Contemporary https://goo.gl/m57r61
Crime https://goo.gl/lwjy3G
Diversity https://goo.gl/CK1s7U
Dystopian https://goo.gl/7e22am
Erotica https://goo.gl/yAF8u7
Fantasy https://goo.gl/NP2b9S
Historical https://goo.gl/Yo5ad6
Horror https://goo.gl/ZVi5Uq
Holiday https://goo.gl/WwBkXN
Humor https://goo.gl/SSh53l
Mystery https://goo.gl/iVL3uI
New Adult https://goo.gl/TDxVX3
Novella https://goo.gl/g6A1ON
Paranormal https://goo.gl/JLWnKt
Poetry https://goo.gl/ULyPNo
Romance https://goo.gl/xqM6iE
Science Fiction https://goo.gl/958HYJ
Self-Help https://goo.gl/cyiaHb
Short Story https://goo.gl/EhANIJ
Thriller https://goo.gl/ToiMEQ
Time Travel https://goo.gl/RppAA0
Young Adult https://goo.gl/CdvPmW

For the rules of the awards visit Metamorph Publishing click HERE

We wish all the nominee’s the best of luck. Please go and show your support.

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Essential tips for authors at a book-signing convention or lit fest #indieauthors

Had an absolutely A~MAZ~ING time at the #UKIndieLitFest FREE book event in Bradford check out Helena’s experience

Helena Fairfax

Last month the UK Indie Lit Fest took place in Bradford, West Yorkshire, in the north of England. This author convention was a free event, with over 40 indie authors attending. The event included writing classes, author readings, activities for children, and the chance for readers to talk to best-selling authors around the world via scheduled Skype calls. The author convention was well attended, it was brilliant to meet so many other authors and readers, and I thoroughly enjoyed the day!

On October 27th-29th, the world-renowned LoveNVegas author convention is taking place at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. So, Las Vegas is a long way from Bradford – in every way! – and the US is far ahead of the UK in the size and organisation of this type of author event. Romance authors and readers in particular have massive conventions in America compared to ours here. But no matter…

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Inspiration behind ‘The Magic of Grandfather Time’ Part 2

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The Clock

1660-1680 was the time the longcase clock reached near perfection. It bore a newly designed anchor escapement believed to have been designed by Gulielmus (William) Clement of London in the year 1671, thus giving the clock more accuracy.

Some believe he is also the creator of the longcase that housed the longer pendulum.  The real William Clement is also credited with building ‘The Turret Clock’ for Kings College Cambridge in 1671 for which he was handsomely paid £42. The clock is now housed in the Science Museum, London.

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Here is an image of the top part of one of the Clement Clocks

c1965 Gulielmus Clement clock

This is where the magic was woven from. The story of the Clement family stems fictionally from Gulielmus (William) Clement.

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Quote from the book ‘The Magic of Grandfather Time.’

A big brass face, once bright and gleaming, barely shimmers as his long, black hands rotate slow, but sure. The intricately carved, flame mahogany long-case, was a warm golden reddish brown a year ago. Now dull, and softly muted by the accumulation of dust, it still wraps protectively around the golden pendulum heart.

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If you missed the first part of ‘Inspiration behind ‘The Magic of Grandfather Time’ Click HERE to go check it out.

Part 3 will follow soon, and will give a little insight into the characters from the story.

Happy Reading

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‘Battle of the Wind’ a poem by Rose English

Battle of the Wind

Battle of the Wind

War torn and battered,
Our soldiers are paraded
For all to see.
Tall and skeletal.

Worn down by the ‘Battle of the Wind’,
Deciduous soldiers seen
In faded uniforms of russet and gold.
While unscathed Officers
Are still adorned in coniferous finery.

Regiments can be seen lined up along roadways,
Or converging upon hills.

Sometimes a lone deciduous warrior,
Stripped of his uniform,
Can be glimpsed –
Struggling to hold his stance
In a vast sea of green.

These are our mighty British Warriors.
They will live through time and season,
Only to be regaled in new finery come spring.
To stand proud and tall
Amongst their regiments,
In true readiness once again
For the ‘Battle of the Wind’.

Copyright © 2016 Rose English

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This is one of my most inspired poems. The first one I published online, although I cannot for the life of me find it now. I suppose with so many wonderful writers out there it is very easily lost, tangled up in the world wide web.

It is available along with other poems and short stories in my full colour book ‘Rainbows & Roses ~ Poetry & Prose.’

Happy Reading

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