UK Indie Lit Fest 2018 is underway…

So excited the date has been set for the 3rd Annual UK Indie Lit Fest I’m all signed up check out the post on Indie Book Banter 🙂

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Yes folks it has been confirmed the 3rd UK Indie Lit Fest is underway

Click on the logo to visit our main website for more info

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Applications are invited from UK Indie Authors & Poets

You may NOW register your interest for this event by clicking the image

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Applications are already mounting, so DO NOT delay.

Visit the webpage TODAY!

Not a writer or poet but want to be involved?

Then join our #IndieArmy

The UK Indie Lit Fest don’t just have volunteers, they have an army. The fantastic #IndieArmy are at the heart and soul of who the UK Indie Lit Fest are. Their recruits are avid readers of all ages from teens to the more mature members. They support the event and authors and have a blast along the way. Many of the recruits loved the 2016 event they returned in 2017 along with some new faces. UK…

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Re-Blogged ‘Ten Things You Might Not Know About Famous Poets — Interesting Literature’

I simply had to share this wonderful blog about Famous Poets. Please go check it out.

In this special guest post, Ana Sampson offers some fascinating facts about classic poets Matthew Arnold struggled a bit with the ageing process At Oxford University, Arnold made a name for himself as something of a dandy. It was only when he fell in love, and needed to prove that he had prospects, that he […]

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950: 1066 Remembered, Interview: Glynn Holloway

I absolutely loved ‘1066: What Fates Impose’ by Glynn Holloway and this is a wonderful blog to check out and find out about his reasons behind writing the book.

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1066: What Fates Impose is a recipient of The Wishing Shelf Book Awards Gold Medal 2014 (click image for more about the author)

Nearly a thousand years ago today—951, to be exact—a battle took place at Stamford Bridge at East Riding of Yorkshire, between the English King Harold Godwinson and Norwegian Harald Hardrada. Though the Norwegian was aided by the English king’s brother Tostig, the victory went to Harold. Icelandic historian, mythologist, poet and politician Snorri Sturluson writes that before the battle a lone man rides up to Harald and Tostig with a message that the latter could re-gain his lost earldom if he turns against Hardrada. Tostig asks what King Harald would gain from this. “Seven feet of English ground, as he is taller than other men,” comes the reply. Impressed by the now-departed rider’s fearlessness, Hardrada asks Tostig who the man was. Tostig tells him this was Harold…

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#SIBA Summer Indie Book Awards Winners


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.


  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


  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


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


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


  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)


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


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


  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


  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


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


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


  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


  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


  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


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


  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


  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


  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


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


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.

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‘…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

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Thank You and Happy Reading


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