Olivia Stowe – Romance and Murder with a twist

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Curvy-figured Romance novelist Meghan Mason slips into the center of a twisted plot of misunderstanding, deception, and danger when, on a coincidence-driven impulse, she buys and renovates a derelict house, Bugler’s Retreat, on the Beaufort River overlooking the picturesque town of Beaufort in South Carolina.

Here she gradually falls under the spell of her handsome contractor, Bill Hamilton, who is beset by his own secrets and personal interest in Bugler’s Retreat.

Meghan’s uncertainties about Hamilton’s intentions and a shocking revelation ultimately propel her into a precipitous marriage to an older man, the dapper and sophisticated literary agent Donald Drake. When Drake’s grown son, Ted, appears on the doorstep of Bugler’s Retreat, the Drake household sinks into a gripping tension filled state coming to a squall point in a decrepit sailboat, dragging Meghan into the grip of the latest in a series of tragic Drake family coincidences that may not be all that coincidental.

As this unfolds, Meghan discovers an attraction to the attentions of other women, which challenges her understanding of her sexuality.

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Guest Blog – Abigail Thorne, author – an introduction to our local mystery writer and a free book

A Gift for you From Abigail

Hi there, everyone,

Let me introduce myself.

My name is Dawn Hawkins and I live in Galicia in Northern Spain. My husband and I moved here about twelve years ago. These days I write under the pen name of Abigail Thorne. I haven’t always been a writer though.

It started with a blog because so many friends were interested in our move. You see, we bought a wreck of a house in an area of Spain they had never heard of and it came with almost five acres of land and to top it off we had nowhere to live in the meantime, while we did it up. (They saw the lack of a roof and a bathroom as problems.)

The reason for the interest is that we weren’t the type of people to up-sticks and go on an adventure. We were, and still are, Mr and Mrs Boring. We lived on a modern housing estate with two children and a dog. Steve worked for a firm of accountants and I was a low grade civil servant. We didn’t do DIY or even gardening, if you don’t count a tomato plant on the patio.

I enjoyed writing a blog but didn’t think that I would continue once we were really settled because the chances are that we would go back to being boring again and our friends and family would lose interest.

We did settle down and when I found myself blogging about the life stories of chickens, and describing our neighbours tractor I started thinking that I would end it gracefully.

At about that time my friend, who now writes as J P Vincent, told me about her friend who was running a writing competition called The Good life in Galicia. I laughed, she sent me the rules.

The next week, as it happened, I was house sitting for another friend. I was without transport in the middle of nowhere and the excitement for the day was taking the sheep to a neighbours field and then bringing them back again.

After twenty-four hours I was so bored that I was contemplating leaving the gates open just so that I could go and round the sheep up again. So I sat down and wrote the outline for two stories and a poem. You see, I had misread the information. There were three categories to choose from. I thought it was like an exam, answer one question from each category.

To make it worse I also misunderstood the whole word count thing. I thought that the maximum word count was the exact number of words you must use. It took me ages to get the number of words exact. Far longer than writing the story. I have learned a lot since then!

The point I’m making is that anyone can enter, you really don’t need any experience nor do do you need to be especially clever. Although I am sure that Jackie’s friend SB at Cyberworld Publishing would be very happy if you are both experienced and clever it’s not a requirement. (I would have remembered that section of the rules)

Why not give it a go?

It’s open to anyone, anywhere, as long as you write about Galicia.

The books are available to buy and the stories give you a good insight into the area.

The reason I’m telling all this is because it triggered something inside of me. I couldn’t stop writing. Short stories at first then novella’s and now full length books. I wish I had started a long time ago.

This Month I have a special offer. If you join my mailing list Here or on my Facebook page

I will send you a Free Novella.

Rings Bells and Murder.

It’s also available to pre-order from Amazon and other major retailers.

Also Check out my website

Abigail Thorne Author – Storyteller, writer of words weaver of worlds (wordpress.com)

In the mean time, get that pen out, writing is so much fun even for the bemused and bewildered like me.

If you would like to, but you’re a bit scared or don’t think you’re good enough, email me. I will be happy to chat. abigailthorne1@outlook.com

Guest Blog from: Jacqueline Vincent Children’s Author

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Jacqueline reads the first chapter of her soon to be released near future sci-fi, LGBTQ novel The Longing. A moral dilemma which will tear at Stephen’s and Paul’s love for each other, will it destroy them. And time is running out!

Listen to Jacqueline’s read The Longing here and hear her other Podcasts:

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  3. Podcasts March 2021 Blog
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  5. Yay, Nay and Lockdown
Horse Tales

Thank you to S Bush for the invitation to write for the Cyberworld Publishing and The Good Life in Galicia blog, about my children’s stories.

A combination of my passion for horses, a love of Enid Blyton’s adventure stories, and a fascination for history inspired me to write my first book for children.

Amalie, A Perilous Journey, The Bronze Age chronicles book one, published on Amazon late last year, is a girl with horse adventure story written for children between the ages of 8 and 13, (in US terms Middle Grade). The first three chapters are in The Good Life in Galicia 2019.

A brief summary.

When Amalie and Roble, her pony, return from camping in the mountains, she learns of her family’s death caused by a sick traveller. At their gravesides, she makes a promise to journey to the market in Os Pericos on the Galician coast, sell her family’s produce and meet her mate. This journey will take her through perilous country, test her skills and courage, and expose her to wolves, raging rivers and thieves.

A work in progress cover

And another children’s, girl with horse novel, almost ready to publish is Gelvira, the Goth. The first in the Barbarian series, set along the northern coast of Spain during the 4th and 5th C. A time when the Romans were driving the local tribes, known as the Barbarian hordes, out of Germany as they retreated to Rome. Gelvira, is a spoilt only child who rides her chestnut stallion, Hawk, a present from her papa and avoids completing her chores. After the sacking of their village, the few remaining inhabitants, including Gelvira and her mama, travel with ox waggons and their few possessions to find a new home. The elders decide to give her and her friends the task of finding a new home for the tribe, and also to keep her and her friends out of mischief.

I have also written and self-published two non-horsey shorts available on Amazon.

Here Be Dragons is a treasure hunt with an unusual prize set in Galicia, the shorter version was first published in The Good Life in Galicia, and ‘X’ Marks the Spot, another treasure hunt with an historical bent.

Podcast Show: Horse Tales

Children’s story podcast

I have my first podcast show up and running – Jacqueline Vincent Author, for my adult content. My second podcast show especially for children will, as the title suggests, be about stories with horses. Aimed at 8 to 13 (Middle Grade) year olds who are my target audience and who love horses. The content will include complete short stories, and a series for chapters of longer novel length stories. The podcasts will also include my contact details and ratings to allow parents to choose whether my content is suitable listening for their children. This show is a work in progress and has yet to go live.

Thank you

From day one after my decision to press the Amazon self-publish button, life has been a gigantic roller-coaster ride with some exhilarating highs and crashing lows. I’ve learnt from other authors, editors and courses about the self-publishing industry and its complexities. I have so much more to learn but a day at a time I improve, fill my knowledge bank and develop into the writer I want to be.

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Guest Blog from Jacqueline P Vincent Author and Good Life in Galicia competition winner

Many thanks Jackie! A regular Good Life in Galicia contributor and a hard working author of adult and children’s books.

I want to say a big thank you to Stephen of Cyberwrold Publishing for asking me to contribute to the Good life in Galicia blog, it is an honour. I so enjoy writing for the annual anthology and seeing my and other author’s work in print. They gives us a great opportunity to get short pieces out into the public realm, without us having to do the hard work of self-publishing, and boy is it hard work.

A Bit About Me.

Hi, my name is Jacqueline and I’m an author. I write under the name of JP Vincent for my adult books and Jacqueline Vincent for my children’s books.

I live in the glorious region of Galicia, Spain, which has as many beautiful beaches as the Spanish Mediterranean coast but far fewer visitors. John and I arrived here by invitation from the Autocaravanistas de Galicia, which is a very long story already published in The Good Life in Galicia 2016. (Click on the link for a free copy of the e-book.)

I have two horses, Okupa, who had a very sad beginning to his life and Golosina who is my ballet dancer. She spends most of her time flitting from one place to another on her toes, and he spends most of his time stressing. I am working, successfully, with both, using a method of natural horsemanship. We also have a cat, Freddie, who we found with his brother and mum under the eaves of our rented house in Arribada. Mum has since died of old age and his brother stayed in Arribada. We could never catch him, and our neighbour feeds him and the small colony of village wild cats, so we knew he wouldn’t starve.

Ancient past; I have four children who’ve flown the nest and are on their own happy trajectories in life, two live in New Zealand and the other two in the UK.

I originate from the beautiful county of Dorset in the south of England, where my family have lived for several hundred years and in the main were farm workers. One of my ancestors, on the Boyt side of the family, was one of the first signatories to the first union signed in Tolpuddle, Dorset. I come from a long line of pitchfork rattlers and my outlook has changed little; To this day, I write and phone those in power if I believe they are perpetuating social injustices, including a letter to the Pope and a phonecall with the President of the EU.

Writing

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I have one adult novel published, Mrs Brown, available on Amazon in e-book, KU and paperback. An uplit, historical family saga which follows the life of Angelina Brown from Armenia, growing up in Milan, meeting Robert, who she marries, in London. Together they battle death duties and debt to keep the family estate afloat, despite the spending habits of the Dowager Lady Brown.

I have also published The Red Kimono a novella, which if you sign up to my newsletter you will receive an electronic copy, free! The story revolves around a china statue, which sat on the mantelpiece of Jenny’s family home since her childhood, until vandals break in, now it lays smashed on the floor. The shards reveal a secret. A moral dilemma tale.

I have The Longing, an LGBTQ near future, science fiction novel, set in Dorset, almost ready to publish. The Longing follows Stephen and Paul in their pioneering quest to have a family. Coming soon!

Podcasts

My podcasting studio!

Since publishing my books, I have looked at different ways to market them and one I like is creating a series of podcasts. I have noticed that audio sales of books have increased, so it seems the way to go. A podcast show is one way for me to reach a new audience, one that prefers to listen to stories. My podcast show Jacqueline Vincent Author is currently being broadcast on Spotify, Google podcasts, Anchor.fm, Breaker.fm and RadioPublic.fm.

It is very early days yet, but this blog for my lovely friend and editor of The Good Life in Galicia series, Stephen, plus my monthly blogs will be available to listen to via one of the above broadcasts. The Jacqueline Vincent Author show will also have stories, with transcripts for those who prefer a text version.

Find me also on FB and Instagram: Jacqueline P Vincent Author

E-mail: jax.p.vincent@hotmail.com

Website: jacquelinepvincent.wordpress.com

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The Dangers to Beware of in Choosing Titles and Author Names or Pseudonyms

Discoverability Online is Everything: The Right Titles and Author Names are Super Important.

Beware when choosing titles for your books, and using your own name or pseudonyms for your author name.

ALWAYS do a search in Books on Amazon before you settle on a title or author name. See how often its been used, what a search turns up.

Wherever possible use places or events or whatever people may search for in your titles. So for example a book set in Bulgaria about a theft – don’t call it A Stolen Diamond, the title is generic, there are a few books with similar titles on Amazon. Go search.

If you call it Bulgarian Diamond Heist nothing comes up on Amazon. It will stand out more and come up more easily in searches. Also people searching on Bulgaria and Bulgarian, or Bulgarian crimes will possibly see it in searches, and may buy.

Same with titles like Died for Love, To Die For, Her Killer, etc, they are generic and often used as titles or in part of titles, and your book probably won’t appear in searches till way down the page or on the next page.

Be careful with author names you use also. Never use Mary, David or even Ferdinand  Cross, or anything else Cross. A friend got caught out over this. James Patterson has a series of books out-huge selling books with a principal character called Cross, and those books come up dozens of times before anything written by someone called something Cross appears on the page. Remember Amazon is about selling stuff, not making Mary Cross easy to find, and they know lots of people will buy a James Paterson book if it appears in front of them.

If you are really called Mary Cross it’s a good idea to use a pseudonym, Say Mary Cruzar, cruzar is Spanish for cross and the name does not come up in Amazon searches in books, and this will help you sell books, unless of course you are famous in a particular area of non–fiction and have a following. Then you can possibly get away with being Mary Cross. Discoverability is everything. Never forget that. Being generic is death.

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