Cover reveal for Clipped Wings

I am very honoured to be a part of Jennifer Gilmour’s latest project, Clipped Wings. This is a book of domestic violence survivors’ stories that will help raise awareness of people living in these awful situations, and give hope to those trapped in abusive relationships. This book looks at every type of abuse, from physical to emotional to economical, shedding light on all aspects of this delicate subject. Some very brave women have shared their stories for everyone to read.

Here is the blurb for the book:

The silent chorus.

Just imagine you thought that you had met the man or woman of your dreams. This person was charming and you thought they were the one or perhaps that this was fate; it was just meant to be.

But as the months go by things start to change. Their behaviour towards you isn’t the same, they are more critical, more particular about your appearance, what you do, how you do it, who you see. Time goes by and you feel isolated from your friends and family because that behaviour has now changed to threats, maybe violence and you feel that your identity is all but gone. But still you stay. Where would you go? Who would help you? You are not worthy.

But you are.

A group of survivors have spoken about their own experiences. In their own words they show that survivors do have a voice and that it needs to be heard. They show that abuse isn’t unique or strange but that it is, unfortunately, a surprisingly common problem in today’s society.

The message of this book is one of courage, as with courage comes awareness and an ability to understand what has happened to you and take the steps needed to become a survivor yourself.

Jennifer Gilmour

About the author:

Born in the North East, Jennifer is a young, married mum with three children. In addition to being an author, she is an entrepreneur, running a family business from her home-base. Her blog posts have a large readership of other young mums in business.

From an early age, Jennifer has had a passion for writing and started gathering ideas and plot lines from her teenage years. A passionate advocate for women in abusive relationships, she has drawn on her personal experiences to write this first novel ‘Isolation Junction’. It details the journey of a young woman from the despair of an emotionally abusive and unhappy marriage to develop the confidence to challenge and change her life and to love again.

Since the publication of her debut novel Jennifer has continued to be an advocate for those in abusive relationships through her blog posts, radio interviews and Twitter feed. Jennifer also gained a qualification in facilitating a recover programme for those who have been in abusive relationships.

Jennifer continues to publicly support those who are isolated and struggle to have a voice. Jennifer hopes that ’Clipped Wings’ give’s a voice to survivor’s experiences and raise’s awareness further of the types of unacceptable behaviour which fall into the category of domestic abuse.

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Reader Extravaganza Event!

Today, the 7th October, a bunch of indie authors are getting together to give away copies of their books, chat with readers, and get to know more people. There’s also a grand prize of a $200 Amazon gift card!

In order to have a chance of winning the gift card, you need to visit each author’s link and comment ‘done’ on the main post in the event. Click on the link below to see all the links and for more information!

Author links for entering grand prize

Hope to see you at the event!

Reader Extravaganza Event!

This Saturday, the 7th October, a bunch of indie authors are getting together to give away copies of their books, chat with readers, and get to know more people. There’s also a grand prize of an Amazon gift card!

Click on the link for more information, and to see what times the various authors are on.

Reader Extravaganza Event

It’s a great way to find new authors, maybe win a few books, and have a chat with authors you may already know. Hope to see you there!

News

Just a quick update for you, seeing as I haven’t written anything for a while! I’m busy working on my new book, The Healer’s Secret, which has just come back from the editor. So now it’s time to knuckle down and work through the manuscript so that I can get it to my beta readers in the next few weeks.

If you’d like to be a part of my beta reading team, click on the link and ask to join. All it entails is reading through my manuscript, giving me some feedback on it, and maybe writing a review when it’s finally published.

Helen’s Beta Readers

My debut novel, Walls of Silence, is free to download on Amazon today and tomorrow (the 29th and 30th September). If you’ve never read it, now’s your chance! It is a story of abuse and desperation, but also of courage and hope, and is helping to bring awareness of abusive situations to people.

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Lastly, my children’s book, Dreamland, written under the pen name of Julia E. Clements, is proving a hit with children from 8 to 14, and their parents are enjoying it too! Both the ebook and paperback are still at a low introductory price until the 1st October, if you’d like to read it.

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I am also excited to announce that Dreamland has also been nominated for a Readers Choice Award. If you’d like to help out, you can vote here, it’s on page 12 under the YA/Middle Grade category.

Readers Choice Awards

How To Use BookLinker and Twitter The Right Way

A very useful article on how to use booklinker and Twitter, and get the most out of them.

Nicholas C. Rossis

You may remember Alfageek from his previous tips on book marketing with Twitter. He has recently shared his findings on using Booklinker to compose the perfect tweet about your book. Here is the gist of it, although you’d be well advised to check out the original post for the full details.

Using BookLinker

BookLinker logo | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's booksFor those unfamiliar with Booklinker, it creates universal links–ie. book links that automatically lead to the Amazon bookstore that corresponds to your geographical location. This is extremely helpful, as no one who clicks on your link will get the dreaded “This title is not available in your region” error. Booklinker is hardly the only player in town when it comes to universal links (it’s part of the service offered by ReaderLinks, for example). Still, it’s probably the most commonly used one, as it offers links in the form of “mybook.to/[title]

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Dreamland

I’ve finally published my children’s book, Dreamland! Written about ten years ago, I’ve been toying with the idea of publishing it for quite a while now. Then, a couple of months ago, I decided it was now or never.

I organised a group of friends’ children to read and give me back some honest feedback – thank goodness it was all positive! Thanks to them and their suggestions, plus lots of help from their mums and other friends, this final version is the best it could be and I’m very happy with it.

My 14-year-old son designed the cover for both the ebook and the paperback, and I think he did a wonderful job! You can see a video of me showing off the paperback on the Pink Quill Books Facebook page, where you can also read some excerpts from the book.

Tuesday 5th and Wednesday 6th September you can download the ebook for free, and then it will be available at 99c/99p for a while. The paperback will be available shortly as well.

Please let me know what you think of it if you read it, and if you’d like to leave a review on Amazon or Goodreads, that would be appreciated!

Buy on Amazon

Daniel Green is a typical ten-year-old boy with just one difference – when he goes to sleep at night, he travels to Dreamland, a magical place where he can create amazing adventures using only his imagination.
But he is not alone. An evil being follows him into his enchanted world and joins forces with Stregona, the powerful witch who reigns over the Dark Forest. Together they are determined to destroy Dreamland.
Who is this dark entity, and what does he want with Danny?

Join Danny in this magical story for children age 9-12.

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A big thank you to everyone who got involved in the publishing process, it’s been a long struggle but worth it!

Walls of Silence – behind the book

I wrote Walls of Silence about 7 years ago, during a particularly stressful separation from my ex-husband. I originally wrote it for myself, as a way of getting rid of a lot of pain I had inside me, after a long, torturous relationship.

The more I wrote, the more involved I got with the story, the emotions, everything Maria went through – it was as if she was a real person, and I was writing her biography. I invested heart and soul in every page, making Maria suffer physically as much as I’d suffered mentally during those years.

This is why the book focuses on Maria’s journey from her childhood to adolescence, the period of her life that her husband knew nothing about until he finds some notebooks she left for him. Awful things happened to Maria in that time, things that Pietro could only imagine, but never know for sure. Until he reads the books and discovers the terrible secrets she’d been carrying inside her all her life.

The third part of the book touches lightly on Pietro and Maria’s life together, without going into too much detail. Pietro reveals some of his early life with Maria to their daughter, Antonella, tying up loose ends that she never knew about. But he doesn’t explain why he fell in love with Maria, what compelled him to help her escape, or how his family came to accept her past and welcome her with open arms.

Over the next weeks, you can follow Pietro’s story in more detail, in a series of articles which will fill in some of the gaps from the book and hopefully answer the questions I know some readers have.

If you haven’t already read Walls of Silence, you can check out a preview at the link below:

Look inside on Amazon

New book!

I’m very excited to announce that I’ll be publishing my first children’s book, under a pen name, towards the end of the month!

I wrote this book 10 years ago, sent it off to a few publishers who sent back some lovely rejection letters in return, put it in a drawer and forgot about it. Until a couple of months ago, when I decided to dust it off and use the experience I’ve gained over the last years to improve it and polish it up.

The result is Dreamland, a book for children ages 9-12, full of adventures with unicorns, giants, dragons and, of course, an evil witch. I have a group of children currently reading it, and they’re giving me some wonderful feedback. As are their mums, who can’t resist reading it either!

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My 14-year-old son designed the ebook and paperback covers for me and has done an excellent job, as you can see below. As soon as I have a confirmed release date, I’ll let you all know. In the meantime, you can find sneak peeks and all the info on my Facebook page Pink Quill Books

Here’s the description:

Daniel Green is an ordinary boy who loves reading and playing in his tree house.

On his tenth birthday, everything changes. He falls asleep and drifts through a strange mist, finding himself in Dreamland, a magical place where he can create anything he desires.

Together with his new friends, Lucy and Tom, he begins an amazing adventure, complete with unicorns, giants, dragons and aliens.

But he is not alone. An evil being follows him into his enchanted world and joins forces with Stregona, a powerful witch who reigns over the Dark Forest. Together, they are determined to destroy Dreamland.

Can Danny face his demons and defeat Incubus in time to save his friends?

And here are the covers!

Watermarked Cover

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A short break in Tuscany – Part Two

I’ve been a bit busy lately, but I’ve finally found five minutes to carry on telling you about my trip to Tuscany.

My husband, youngest son and I spent four days exploring the area around Gallicano, a picturesque town surrounded by mountains. My main reason for wanting to go there was because I wanted to visit the Grotte del Vento, the Wind Caves. I’d discovered these caves online while doing some research for my current work in progress, and I’d written a scene set inside them. Now I wanted to see them for myself, to check if the scene would work or not!

After a half-hour drive up into the mountains, we arrived at the caves, a very unimposing place that looked more like a park rangers’ station than a tourist attraction.

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I love caves, having been to the Cheddar Gorge in the UK a few times when I was little. This was on a much smaller scale, but fascinating nonetheless. The locals used to use the caves as a fridge up until the end of the 19th century, taking advantage of the cool air that blasts through the tunnels.

The caves are pretty impressive, with their stalactites and stalagmites and various formations. Towards the end of the tour, the guide asked if we wanted to her to turn off the lights and experience the caves as the first explorers had when they found them. Obviously we said yes, and it was a pretty tense few minutes, standing there in the pitch black. All I can say is that those first explorers were very brave people!

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It was a tiring but thrilling experience, and I’m so glad we went. In particular as I found out that my scene will work, exactly as I wrote it! This dark, creepy tunnel will feature in it (apologies for the blurriness).

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For more information, click on this link (in English): Grotta del Vento

My book, The Healer’s Secret, should be out later this year or early next year.

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