Rate and review call from authors everywhere!

Read a book recently? Do you, like me, LOVE books and stories?

If so, and you haven’t had the time to do this yet, go and rate the books you’ve enjoyed. It only takes a few seconds to do and, whether you realise it or not, it makes a difference.

These days, consumer-led assessment of quality affects everything – Tripadvisor is a brilliant example of this – and the publishing business is no different. Your rating of a book affects the purchasing choices of the people who come to a product after you. They’re much more likely to risk their hard-earned wages on something that other people have liked and rated before them.

Why is this important? Because it could mean the difference between an author staying an author or going back to her day job. This is as true for me as anyone else.

So, please, if you’ve got a spare moment, leave a rating of your favourite books and keep the people who write them in a job!

And, if you have several spare moments, go a step further and add a review to your rating. It all adds up to something.

Something wonderful.

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My new home…

Only on the internet can you move house and stay in the same place simultaneously.

So I gave it a try. The result: my brand new shiny website!

I’ll hang around here, as usual, sharing my latest publishing news and literary views but it felt like time for some new energy.

TEASER: They say it’s an ill wind that blows no good, so, after a long period that will appear ‘fallow’ to the casual observer, there may be some really exciting news on the way. More soon…

Giveaway results

winner-winner-chicken-dinnerWell, the Goodreads giveaways that spanned most of January and February are over.

Following half a day of printing and signing letters, personalising title pages and stuffing envelopes, all the prizes are now in the post.

*pats self on back*

I gave away: Continue reading

Thank you with cats!!!

Just a quickie this morning, lovely people.

It turns out that so many of you downloaded the opening extract of The Veil it went straight into Lovereading’s Top Ten books of the week – I’m up there with Nadiya Hussain!

So it’s a big THANK YOU from me and a picture of my catsmaking-big-cats-look-small

(And if you haven’t read the beginning of the story, what are you waiting for? A quiet Sunday morning? 🙂 )

XXX

Give-away January!

I’m delighted to announce that all my proposed Goodreads give-aways have been approved.

This means that from the 11th to 24th of January I will be giving away six different titles, totalling 42 books! So entering means there’s a very good chance of winning something. Continue reading

Try before you buy!

The Veil

The Veil

The Veil has the honour of being a staff pick-of-the-week on book recommendation hub Lovereading.co.uk – as well as occupying a Book of the Month slot on the same site.

If you like a bit of Sci Fi with your Horror, why not read the free opening extract that Lovereading have made available. Not only will you be hooked, you’ll also give the title a boost and I might make it into the top 10 downloaded books of the week – awesome!

By the way, when you’ve had a mind-blowing experience reading one of my books – do share your thoughts by leaving a rating, review or both somewhere on-line.

It makes a difference to sales and knowing there’s another satisfied customer out there always makes me want to knuckle down and get the next story out there as quick as I can…