Today’s posts in this series come from Isabella May and Julie Ryan. Despite being almost at the end of the series every post has been different and today’s two are another example of that so read on and find out what I’m talking about.
5 New Year’s Resolutions for a Bookworm – Isabella May
Thanks so much, Sandra, for inviting me onto your blog to chat New Year’s Resolutions for 2018. I’m hoping it’ll be an exciting and prosperous and healthy New Year for everybody – especially those of us who love to read and write books!
Truth be told, I am not one for making resolutions at all, having spent most of my teens and early twenties doing just that, then failing spectacularly to make it past midday on January 1st without devouring something saccharine and temple-achingly good. They rarely work, and I’m all about following the Inspired Action of the present moment and carpe-dieming…
That said, I DO think there are several things that we (and I include myself here!) as a book-loving community can do to make the world a shinier, happier place this brand spanking New Year. Yup, the Positivity Guru in me just can’t help herself. So here we go. Read on if you’d like to be inspired… and look away now if you are prone to eye-rolls!
1: Leave a NICE review on Amazon and Goodreads… or don’t leave a review at all. Now, I say this to myself as much as to anyone else. What we give out we sure as hell get back like a boomerang, after all. Frankly, why would anyone continue to read a book if they believe that it’s less than 3 star? And does it honestly make anybody feel good (sender of the critique included) to slate somebody else’s work? The answer is a resounding NO, so cut it out; the karma you receive back in the months ahead will work out oh, so much nicer for it.
2: Put the book down if you don’t enjoy it. I have spent way too many hours of this year reading books that just didn’t float my boat, skim-reading through pages full of wooden characters that just weren’t doing a thing for my excitement levels or attention span… because I felt obliged/was returning a favour/everybody else claimed X,Y or Z was ‘the best thing since sliced bread AND the advent of the Kindle’/I’d spent £1.99 on an eBook purchase and was going to damned well get my monies’ worth. Well, that equates to a whole lot of hours that could have been spent doing other things instead; other things like reading books that do make my heart sing! So no more of that in 2018 for me…
3: Stop comparing yourself to everybody else! That goes for all of us and it certainly goes for us authors. In the year that is 2018, I intend to quit using the success of others as my barometer, accept that I have a unique writing voice, and just get on with being unapologetically me. No more passing myself off as oddball and ‘maybe not everybody’s cuppa’, no more saying sorry for crossing genres. The world needs more kooky writers; the publishing world needs more variety. I am going to stand tall and proud (all 5 foot 2 inches of me) and get out there and do my thing! Oh yeah.
4:Make more bookish friends We can never have too many of them…
5: Go to a bookish event I live just a stone’s throw away from Gibraltar, yet for the past two years, I have managed to ‘be busy’ when the annual Lit Festival is on. Not good enough for a bookworm! My heart sinks when I think about all those fabulous and inspiring talks from authors that I’ve missed… not to mention the opportunity to settle the score with resolution number four while I was at it. In 2018 I will make it my mission to go to at least one!
Above all in 2018, here’s to LOTS more reading time, and the launch of LOADS more books to add to our ever growing To Be Read piles…
Isabella May lives in (mostly) sunny Andalucia, Spain with her husband, daughter and son, creatively inspired by the sea and the mountains. When she isn’t having her cake and eating it, sampling a new cocktail on the beach, or ferrying her children to and from after school activities, she can usually be found writing. As a co-founder and a former contributing writer for the popular online women’s magazine, The Glass House Girls – http://www.theglasshousegirls.com – she has also been lucky enough to subject the digital world to her other favourite pastimes, travel, the Law of Attraction, and Prince (The Purple One). She has recently become a Book Fairy, and is having lots of fun with her imaginative ‘drops’! The Cocktail Bar is her second novel, following on from the hit sensation, Oh! What a Pavlova, published in 2017. Her third novel is currently being polished up and involves copious amounts of churros con chocolate: watch this space…
Book 2 – The Cocktail Bar:
Published 13th February.
Rock star, River Jackson, is back in his hometown of Glastonbury to open a cocktail bar… and the locals aren’t impressed. Seductive Georgina is proving too hot to handle; band mate, Angelic Alice, is messing with his heart and his head; his mum is a hippie-dippy liability; his school friends have resorted to violence – oh, and his band manager, Lennie, AND the media are on his trail. But River is armed with a magical Mexican elixir which will change the lives of the Three Chosen Ones. Once the Mexican wave of joy takes a hold of the town, he’s glad he didn’t lose his proverbial bottle. Pity he hasn’t taken better care of the real one…
Universal Amazon buying link: http://myBook.to/thecocktailbar
My hopes and wishes for 2018 – Julie Ryan
Like many people I won’t be sorry to see the back of 2017. It proved to be a difficult year for us as a family as we lost my mother-in-law back in May so 2018 will continue to be a year of firsts – first mother’s day without her and so on. Trying to move forward I’m hoping that 2018 will be a year of firsts for me personally.
Having written three books in the Greek island mystery series and a Christmas novella, I am embarking on pastures new with a story about three sisters in conflict provisionally entitled Finding Rose. There’s a triple time shift too as the narrative moves between the present, The Tudor Court and WW1. I’m really hoping that this will be the year I find an agent and a publisher so January will be filled with submissions and crossed fingers. The book has been professionally critiqued and edited to within an inch of its life so other than polishing the blurb there isn’t much more I can do except wait with bated breath.
I don’t make New Year Resolutions as such – mainly because they have usually been broken by January 2nd. It’s also counterproductive to say I’m going to give up chocolate. Apart from the fact that will never happen, the minute I ban something I immediately crave it. Instead 2018 will focus on us getting fit as a family. There may have been a request to Father Christmas for new bicycles!! He also brought a soup maker and a low fat fryer so healthier cooking is on the horizon too.
I could say I wish for World Peace, for global warming to be reduced and an end to povery and hunger. Of course I do, but it leaves me feeling depressed and impotent. Perhaps 2018 will be the year that everyone makes a little difference. Together we can make a big difference one step at a time.
Author bio: Julie’s roots are in a small mining village in South Yorkshire. After a degree in French Language and Literature, wanderlust kicked in and she went to live in France, Poland, Thailand and Greece. Using the latter as inspiration she started a series of mystery romantic thrillers set in the Greek Isles.
Jenna’s Journey is the first novel in the Series, Pandora’s Prophecy and Sophia’s Secret make up the rest of the trilogy.
Author Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/julieryanauthor
Author Central Account: http://www.amazon.com/Julie-Ryan/e/B00F0VYX34/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_ebooks_1
Website Url: http://julieryanbooks.blogspot.co.uk
About the books:
When three sisters, Ginny, Sally and Molly are brought together at their father’s hospital bed, they are forced to confront not only the prospect of a future without him but also the secrets of the past that have kept them apart.
Their father, Eddie Matthews, drugged up on morphine, seems to be rambling but in fact is reliving his previous lives as a Tudor monk and as a soldier on the Front in WW1. Struggling to speak he reveals that he has a secret and urges his daughters to ‘Find Rose’. Can the sisters put aside their differences to fulfil his last wish?
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