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Carnival of Hope – Goodreads giveaway winners

Congratulations to the winners of the Goodreads giveaway of Carnival of Hope. Your paperback copies have been ordered from The Book Depository and should be with you in 2-4 weeks: Jaime Ravenwood (NZ); Deepak Sharma (IN); Kirstie Horton (AU); Sarah … Continue reading

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Do US readers prefer a different cover to UK readers?

I ask myself this because when I recently put up my original cover for Carnival of Hope on KBoards.com, mainly visited by US readers and writers, to get opinions for the paperback cover (in order to do a Goodreads giveaway … Continue reading

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Is free just another way of spending the advertising budget?

I was drawn to write this post after reading Chicki Brown’s Thursday Thoughts, where she responded to another blog as to “Why are More and More Authors Faking Their Way to the Top of Bestsellers Lists?” Since I started on … Continue reading

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Attack for posting a scene led to devastation and then a new realization

I recently wrote a guest post for Book Reviews by DDS about how I got over being attacked online for posting a scene from my novel Carnival of Hope. Check it out here: Attack for posting a scene lead to … Continue reading

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Author’s Research – before or after the first draft of your manuscript?

I recently finished the first draft of my next novel, provisionally titled The Disease. For my previous two published novels, I did a great deal of the research before I started to write. In the case of Secrets From The … Continue reading

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Author Interview at Confessions of a Reader

I am interested in peoples struggles, be they for freedom, inclusion or to be loved. I also like to travel, when possible, and learn about different cultures. This has led to incidents from around the world generating ideas for my … Continue reading

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What is the vibrant and colourful event of carnival all about?

The Brazilian 2012 Carnival officially kicked off in Rio on Friday 17th February (festivities started the previous day in places like Salvador de Bahia), and will run for five days. Carnival provides one of the main turning points in my … Continue reading

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Carnival of Hope – due for publication 20 November 2011

Today, Brazil is one of the fastest growing economies in the world. But in the 1990s, only a few years after the book burning military dictators returned to their barracks, the country experienced severe economic stagnation with hyperinflation running at … Continue reading

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To create natural conflict in your story, insert a major difference between your main characters

Shirley Valentine, from the Willy Russell play, is at heart adventurous and yearning for excitement in her life. This is shown best by putting her with an unadventurous husband, and it leads to conflict in their relationship because of their … Continue reading

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