Freedom From Distractions

Story Empire

Good morning SEers, Joan here. Happy first day of Spring! I don’t know about you, but I look forward to the longer days of summer, especially those summer evenings. But I digress.

Are you a disciplined writer? I admit to being easily distracted, and it often interferes with my writing time. Here’s what an ideal writing day might look like for me.

I have the entire day to myself. I’m on vacation from my job. I don’t have any chores to do, errands to run, and I’m not expecting any visitors. My husband is at work, the cats are asleep, and I plan to write.

So, I sit down at my computer, open Scrivener, and get busy. An hour has passed, and I’ve written 2500 words.

Feeling energized, I take a short bathroom break and grab something cold from the refrigerator. The words are flowing, and I feel as if…

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The State Of The European EBook Market

A Writer's Path

by Michael Kozlowski from Good e-Reader

The European e-book market has been growing since 2007 when Amazon started selling the original Kindle. Over the course of the next ten years many companies have started to sell digital books, magazines and newspapers. Have you ever wondered what EU markets have the highest e-book penetration and how much the format is generating in revenue? Welcome to the state of the European e-book market.

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Book Review: “Trafficking” by Bill Ward

About The AuthorBILL.WARD

Bill’s love of reading commenced at a very young age. He credits his Gran for encouraging his interest by regularly taking him to the local library after primary school. At boarding school, when the lights went out in his dormitory, he was often encouraged by the other boys to tell stories. English Literature was always his favourite school subject.

A long and successful career in IT saw him live and travel all over the world. With hindsight it was the start of his writing fiction but they were called business proposals in those days!

Having always enjoyed different cultures, the one life lesson Bill has learned is “wherever you go you will find good and bad people. This is not determined by colour, race, religion or country.”

Recently retired from the corporate world, Bill has finally fulfilled his lifelong ambition to become an author and has now written seven thrillers, with the expectation of many more to follow.

Bill lives in Brighton, UK with his German partner and has seven daughters, a son, two horses, a dog and two cats! When he’s not writing he’s probably watching his football team West Brom, who he has now been watching for over fifty years!

About The Book

BILL.WARD-TRAFFICKINGTrafficking is big business and those involved show no remorse, have no mercy, only a deadly intent to protect their income.

Afina is a young Romanian girl with high expectations when she arrives in Brighton but she has been tricked and there is no job, only a life as a sex slave.

Facing a desperate future, Afina tries to escape and a young female police officer, who comes to her aid, is stabbed.

Powell’s life has been torn apart for the second time and he is determined to find the man responsible for his daughter’s death.

Action, violence and sex abound in this taut thriller about one of today’s worst crimes.

My Review

Disturbing Gripping Read

This is a very disturbing read, especially when you think about it in real-life terms. Shortly after reading this, I listened to a radio show dedicated to helping women and children, victims of human trafficking in India. To think that sometimes parents sold their children into this life is disconcerting. However, that’s not how it happened in Bill Ward’s novel, Trafficking. In his novel young women were tricked into taking a job that offered them a better life in another country. This too truly happens.

Mr. Ward has created strong characters and a true hero, Powell, who is out to find justice for his daughter’s murder. Although Powell would prefer revenge to justice, he knows his daughter wouldn’t want that and he abides by her wishes.

This is a character-driven, fast-paced read that you don’t want to miss. I look forward to reading, Abuducted – Book 2 in the Powell series.

Purchase your copy of Trafficking today!

Coming up Next –  Scheduled books and short stories for my Review List are: (may change at any time)
Beyond the Hidden Sky (Star Trails Tetralogy Book 1) by Marcha Fox (currently reading)
Jem by Michelle Abbott
Everything to Lose – Gavin Shawlens Thriller #2 by Gordon Bickerstaff
Jazz Baby by Beem Weeks
Glade by Harmony Kent
Captured Lies by Maggie Thom
My GRL by John Howell
The One Enlightened by Yvette Calleiro
Nikki Magee by Peter Wendt
She Dies at the End by A. M. Manay
Daydream’s Daughter, Nightmare’s Friend by Nonnie Jules
Shadow of the Drill by Rhani D’Chae
The Black Fox by Gordon Bickerstaff
Bound by the Summer Prince by Mistral Dawn
Home at Last by Jan Sikes
Toxic Minds by Gordon Bickersaff

How To Survive Reading A Romance Novel With An Unwanted Ending #SundayBlogShare #BookWorms

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Bad endings in books can leave you feeling cheated and cross.

I can just about cope with weak endings in other book genres, however if I am given a romance novel with an unwanted ending I will struggle….emotionally….for days after it’s finished.

When I read a romance novel I want:

  • Chemistry between the two characters.
  • A bit of romantic conflict.
  • A happy ever after ending.
  • Epilogue explaining how the couple are doing a year down the line.

In my view the following are unwanted endings:

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How to use keywords for authors.

Lizzie Chantree

I have been reading new ways to use meta tags or keywords as a powerful marketing tool. I have been blogging for a little while now and have finally started adding tags to my posts!  There are pages and pages of advice on how best to implement keywords in your book marketing strategy, so I tried a few of them this week.

What is not advisable, is the use of other authors names in keywords, in the hope of enticing the fans of this genre to your own work. I haven’t tried this, but have heard it’s not the way forward. Some other advice I read was to add the word kindle to your keywords as Kindle ebook is a popular search term. Again, this is not advisable as it is too broad a search term, with millions of variations which confuses everyone and probably won’t help your book’s rankings. A good idea is to use…

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Prologues and Epilogues – Is There a Point to Them?

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by Helena Fairfax

Prologue and Epilogue. Do they have a use? Should they be used? Can you have one without the other?

First of all, the Prologue. Oh, the dreaded question of the prologue for writers. How I’ve agonised over this at times.

According to my useful friend Wikipedia, a prologue is: an opening to a story that establishes the context and gives background details, often some earlier story that ties into the main one, and other miscellaneous information.

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Scaling Up My Amazon Ads

Nicholas C. Rossis

Amazon | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books Image: dailyfinance.com

Well, the title says it all, doesn’t it? Following my small success with Amazon Marketing Services, I’m about to scale up my promotions. I have been reading up on AMS and to reach that goal I’m planning to increase everything, ie:

  • Number of keywords and products,
  • CPC bid,
  • Budget, and
  • Number of ads.

Keywords/products

Keywords are probably the most important thing to research. According to Michal Stawicki, aka Kindlepreneur:

  • Amazon’s suggestions aren’t worth much so don’t rely on them, and
  • It’s better to target your competitors directly instead of using descriptive words.

So, with that in mind, what is the right number for my keywords? Michal suggests we use at least 300 keywords. I plan to use even more. I’ll select them by going to a similar book to mine, check out the “also boughts” in the same genre and respective sub-genres, and…

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