Bloggers Books: Chaya Ubhayakar

I am very pleased to announce that Chaya has had her first book published. It is a nicely-illustrated book for chidren, ‘Different and Similar’.

This story is about the friendship between Missy, a Golden Retriever, and Billu, a cat, and their love for Jai, a ten-year-old boy.

Children will discover how Missy and Billu show love and kindness to each other by respecting their differences and appreciating their similarities.

Illustrated by Andrea Benko, the book explores how in a world where everyone is unique, similarities can always be found.
This is a tale of Jai and his dog Missy welcoming a new friend, Billu the cat. Follow how Missy and Billu discover the differences and similarities between each other.

Here is an Amazon link where you can find out more, and buy a very reasonably priced Kindle copy.

This is a link to Chaya’s blog, where you can read more about her and her work.
https://chayasheela.wordpress.com/

Film And TV Stuff

I have been watching a few films lately, and that got me thinking. Most of those I watched were being shown on TV. Mainstream channels, not Netflix or Amazon. (Both of which I have access to) I have Netflix through a relative, but I cannot remember the last time I watched anything on it. I am also a member of Amazon Prime, though I mainly use it for the next day delivery service, and don’t take any of the ‘free’ books or make much use of any other membership options. I have only ever watched three films on it, and none of their own popular series.

There is also the NOW TV box, which I have had for some years. Offering access to Sky Atlantic, and many ‘free’ films too. (Most of which I have seen)

I use the marks around ‘free’ as nothing is free of course.

My stepson pays for Netflix, and we are on his account. I pay for Amazon Prime, and also for the NOW TV box. Those monthly subscriptions start to add up, but we get used to paying them, and don’t even think about what we could do with that £18-40 a month people like me pay for streaming services.

Many people pay much more. I have a close friend who has the whole SKY Q package. That includes everything, and live sports too. But SKY currently charges around £70 a month for all that. As with mobile phone and broadband contracts, it becomes ‘normal’ to pay out for them every month, and we mostly forget about those costs.

New kids on the streaming block here include Disney+. They are getting wise though. Many streaming providers are outbidding regular TV networks for popular series. So if you are a long-term fan of things like ‘The Walking Dead’, or anticipating a new series of ‘Loki’, you have to pay up, subscribe, or not get to see your favourite shows.

I predict this will be the way of things, sooner rather than later. Streaming companies will outbid established providers like the BBC, and make many of our favourite TV shows only available to their subscribers. Anyone who cannot afford to pay out for all the various players in the streaming ring will be stuck with whatever everyday programming is left to the free channels.

And what about DVD films? Do you still buy them? I do. I mostly buy used copies from Marketplace sellers at much less than £5. But sometimes I have to pay full price for something unusual. I just checked the shelves behind me, and I have 52 DVD films yet to be watched. Most are still in their cellophane wrapping, and some I have had for as long as five years without watching them. The majority are foreign language films, and most of those could be described as ‘obscure’. They are never going to turn up on mainstream TV, or on a streaming service.

So what of those films in the future, when companies just stop making DVDs in the same way they did with VHS tapes?

I have no idea, but I suspect it will be a case of having to see them at a cinema that shows rare films (of which there is only one on Norfolk) or never be able to see them at all.

You know that I am old now, and resistant to change. But I will rue the day when streaming becomes the only option to watch anything, and anyone without the money to subscribe is sidelined.

Just my thoughts.

Blogger’s Books: Lorraine Lewis

I am very pleased to let you know that the lovely Lorraine Lewis from https://blindwilderness.wordpress.com/ has had five of her poems published in a new anthology that is available to buy now.

An anthology of faery places. Focused on the winter court and the darker fae.

With Stories By

David Powell

Ruan Bradford Wright

Victor Nandi

Serena Mossgraves

Keely Messino

Sean Padraic McCarthy

Raz T. Slasher

Russell Addams

With Poetry By

Beulah Vega

Patricia Harris

Lorraine Lewis

Ruan Bradford Wright

And Art By

Allene Nichols

Vonnie Winslow Crist

Patricia Harris

Here is what Lorraine has to say about it on her blog.

‘I am delighted to announce that today INTO THE GLEN published by Fae Corps Publishing Inc. is being released.

I am also absolutely delighted to announce that five of my poems are in the book’.

Available on Amazon U.K. here:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/s?k=Under+the+shade+into+the+glen&ref=nb_sb_noss

You can purchase it here:
https://books2read.com/Intotheglenundertheshade

If short stories and poetry are of interest to you, please follow the links to find out more, and show Lorraine some community support.

Amazon Returns: What Happens To Them?

I am always interested in Amazon. That company’s profits are gigantic, and they pay little tax. And like most people these days, I buy a lot of stuff from them. As well as that, I am on the Review Team, so get free stuff in return for fair reviews.

I rarely have to return anything though, and when I have done, I didn’t really think about what Amazon did with it. I suppose I believed they just sent it all back to the original manufacturer, and received a refund.

Apparently not.

I found this article about what happens to goods returned to Amazon.

https://getpocket.com/explore/item/where-amazon-returns-go-to-be-resold-by-hustlers?utm_source=pocket-newtab-global-en-GB

It interested me, so will hopefully interest some other Amazon customers out there.

Blogger’s Books: Lorraine Lewis

Lorraine is an English blogger and writer, based in Lincolnshire. She posts her poetry most days, and also some poignant stories about her struggle with surviving cancer, and coping with her blindness. There are also some very amusing limericks about fleas!
https://blindwilderness.wordpress.com/

She has just had some of her work published in an anthology of stories and poems, many of which are written by other bloggers.
It is called ‘Fae Dreams’, and is available from Amazon.



Poetry, Art and stories relating to a Theme. The theme of Goals, Dreams, and Plans.
Goals, Dreams, and Hopes are always worth reaching for.

This is a collection of Dreams. May it help you to find Yours.

Also Includes work from ZLA, Guna Moran, Ivor Steven, KT Seto, Linda Imbler, Lorraine Lewis, Rissa Miller, Robert Beveridge, Rose J Fairchild, Samir Mallick, Sammi Cox, Serena Mossgraves, Sruthi Unnikrishnan, Stephen Oladayo Oladokun, Surina Venkat, Thomas Elson, And Vonnie Winslow Crist.

The book was published this morning, and is available in all formats. Please check it out, see if it is your sort of book, and perhaps buy a copy.

It is also well worth visiting Lorraine’s blog, where you can enjoy her poems every day. Let’s show this lovely lady some support. She is an inspiration to others with impaired vision, managing to produce a daily blog using her i-pad.

Testing…One…Two

Long-term followers of my blog will know that I am part of the testing group for products supplied by Amazon UK. Members are known as ‘Vine Voices’, and are allowed to choose from a variety of free stuff which they get to keep, in exchange for a fair review.

Over the years, I have had my share of books and DVD films. Also electrical items like kettles, power tools, vacuum claners, lawn mowers, and various kitchen implements. Useful things like backpacks and holdalls, as well as numerous toys that have benefited my grandson when he visits. Ollie has received various different varieties of dog food, and some dog-related accessories too, like chew toys.

Some items are quite large and expensive, like a multi-function child car seat, and a modern buggy-style pram that converts into a carry-cot. Then there were hair driers and straighteners for Julie, and a plethora of make-up and cosmetic items. The only proviso is that you must review them within a certain time period, and that they cannot be sold or given away as gifts. After six months, they are mine to keep, and should they become faulty or defective this is dealt with by updating the review, as they are not eligible for return.

I have a profile as a member, and that includes a list of preferences. One item on my list is ‘photography’, but so far I had never been offered any photographic equipment.
Until recently.

I was delighted to see the new Sony ZV-1 appear on my offers, and requested it immediately. This small camera is dedicated to the ‘Vlogging’ market (video blogging) but also takes stills. I was even more pleased when it arrived complete with the expensive accessory handle/grip/tripod too.

Then imagine my delight when following my review of that camera, another was offered. A full-frame, mirrorless digital SLR, a new model launched by Nikon. The Z5 is an enthusiast’s camera offering a great deal of options in a small package. Mine came complete with the standard zoom lens, which is rather limited at 24-50 MM and only f/4.
But still, it was completely free!

I charged it up today, and ordered a memory card. Hopefully soon, I will be shooting full-frame 24 megapixel stills from a camera with a great pedigree. Sadly, if I put them on the blog, I will have to reduce them down in size to save space.

I get nothing from Amazon, Nikon, or Sony for mentioning this on a blog post, just so you know.

This will only be of interest to camera enthusiasts and photographers out there, I appreciate that.

A Mystery Gift?

***UPDATE***

I contacted Amazon on the phone, and spoke to a young lady who cleared this up.

Sort-of.

I had ordered a pack of spring door-stops, and for some reason, the code number for those translated incorrectly to an order with a Marketplace seller for the Mamma Mia DVD! I now have to return the DVD, to get a refund for the door stops, which will not be arriving. 🙂

You couldn’t make it up. 

To be fair to Amazon, I have never had this problem before, and have been a customer since they started.

When I got back from an early walk with Ollie, there was an Amazon delivery for me that had been posted through the letterbox. The envelope had all my details correct, printed on the usual Amazon form, including my alternative delivery instructions. It felt like a DVD film was inside the padded bag.

But I hadn’t ordered any DVD films from Amazon, so I was intrigued.

It was a film inside, a new copy of the special edition of ‘Mamma Mia’, starring Pierce Brosnan and Meryl Streep. It was the ‘Singalong Edition’, according to the cover, and had many extras on a special second DVD that was included.

That got me thinking it must be some kind of joke, as anyone who knows me will be aware that I couldn’t care less about Abba, and would sooner watch two hours of grass growing than ever bother with that film.

So I am posting this in the hope that whoever sent it will let me know why, before I donate it to a charity shop. 🙂

Blogger’s Books: Cathy Cade

Today I am featuring British blogger and writer, Cathy Cade. She has published a new book of short stories wich might appeal to many of you.

Here is her own short bio.

Cathy is a retired librarian. Her stories have been published in Scribble and Flash Fiction Magazine, and in anthologies, including To Hull and Back Short Stories 2018, Where the Wild Winds Blow and A Following Wind. Her story-verse, A Year Before Christmas, is available from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com. Her collection of short stories: Witch Way, and other ambiguous stories can be purchased from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com, and from Smashwords.


Find Cathy online at http://www.cathy-cade.com

Her new book is ‘Witch Way, and other ambiguous stories’.

Here are some links where you can find out more about Cathy’s work, and also buy any books that you like the look of.

http://www.facebook.com/cathycade.wordsmith

https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/cathincade
https://www.goodreads.com/cathycade

Please find some time to support this great member of our blogging community.

Blogger’s Books: Elizabeth Holland

I am very pleased to feature a new book by British blogger and writer, Liz Holland.

Here is her own short bio.

Elizabeth Holland is a keen writer of romance novels. She enjoys the escapism of picking up a book and transporting yourself into a new world. With her mind bursting with lots of different stories Elizabeth is exploring the world of self-publishing her novels.

The Balance Between Life and Death is Elizabeth’s first novella. Elizabeth suffers with anxiety. She wanted her first novella to focus on mental health (with a side helping of romance). This story is a reminder that you never know what someone else is going through.

This is her new book, self-published during lockdown.

Liz has also provided a synopsis for us.

“Nothing but our happiness should dictate what we do with our lives”

Prue Clemonte loves history. When Prue returns to Ivy Hatch after her grandmother’s death she has no idea just how much the village’s history is about to change her life. With endless secrets and ancient feuds Prue must uncover memories to discover the village’s history.

As Prue inherits The Vintage Bookshop of Memories she discovers a diary which details her mother’s thoughts, memories and secrets. The shop is like stepping in to her mother’s mind and Prue is determined to restore the shop. However, with a village full of people against her can Prue win them over and honour her mother’s memory, whilst trying to discover the truth about the past?

Prue won’t let a village full of people who hate her stop her from living her life and being happy. With the help of Elliot Harrington Prue is determined to win the village over and make herself a life back home in Ivy Hatch. However, she soon begins to realise that she’s lost herself in her quest for the truth. As Prue battles to find herself can she save the bookshop, whilst also stopping the village from ruining her life? There’s also Elliot Harrington, handsome and perfect and yet their relationship is doomed from the start.

If this sounds like something you would enjoy, then please use one of the following links to find out more, and to buy your own copy.

The links for different countries are below, I will also add a ‘relinks’ link which automatically directs people to their country.
UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B089NYWFGM
US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B089NYWFGM
DE: https://www.amazon.de/dp/B089NYWFGM
ES: https://www.amazon.es/dp/B089NYWFGM
IT: https://www.amazon.it/dp/B089NYWFGM
NL: https://www.amazon.nl/dp/B089NYWFGM
JP: https://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/B089NYWFGM
BR: https://www.amazon.com.br/dp/B089NYWFGM
CA: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B089NYWFGM
MX: https://www.amazon.com.mx/dp/B089NYWFGM
AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B089NYWFGM
IN: https://www.amazon.in/dp/B089NYWFGM
http://www.relinks.me/B089NYWFGM
My book is also available for free on Kindle Unlimited.

If you would like to read more about Liz on her blog, then here is a link to that.
https://anxietyandliz.com/

Please take some time to welcome Liz to my blog. She is a long-term follower, and a great member of our community.