Free Book Just for Today

Hurry! Get your free copy of Stevie’s book. One day only! And please don’t forget to give it a fair review after reading.

Stevie Turner

My family drama ‘Barren‘ is free just for today. It was published in October 2020 and so far has one 5 star rating:

Esme Jones and husband Aron have completed their family and have twin sons Jared and James. Esme’s older sister Eden Reece is desperate for a child, but a hysterectomy has put paid to any chance of her becoming a parent. When Esme offers herself as a surrogate, Eden and husband Billy are delighted. However, when Esme notices the first fluttering of life inside her and a scan reveals that she is carrying a girl, both sisters are not prepared for the outcome which threatens to tear the fabric of the whole extended family apart.

As always, if you enjoy reading it, please consider leaving a review.

Apart from the usual blog hop on Monday, I’ll be winding down on writing blogs next week. We’ll be…

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There are some things a poet cannot accept

Jim says it all-via Tallis Steelyard- about the tragic loss of the lovely Sue Vincent. This community will be poorer without her, and she will always be remembered by anyone who encountered her on her blog, and in her writing. RIP, dear Sue.

Tallis Steelyard

There are times when a poet must make a stand and say, “This has happened without my cognisance and I will not accept it!” Today has not been the best of days. Today I got a note from a patron. Common enough, especially from her, as she was always quick to praise, swift to encourage. But today the note had a bitter flavour. She was sitting awaiting death. A week? Longer?

And what can a poet do? A poet can protest, a poet can stand tall and say firmly that this will not do. A poet can bang the table with his wine glass obvious of the fact it has shattered and the pieces lie glistening but incoherent, shards of dreams never now to be dreamt.

Others have known Sue for longer than I, others will doubtless feel the grief more keenly, will mourn longer, but my job as a…

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Concern For A ‘Missing’ Blogger

Has anybody heard anything from Michel, who blogs at https://raistlin0903.wordpress.com/ ?

He hasn’t posted anything for ages, not since November 2020, and didn’t reply to an email I sent him a while ago.

I remember him saying he had been unwell, so I am really worried about him.

Perhaps you can let me know, if you have been in contact with him.

Thanks, Pete.

Her last post. Your job? Say #GoodbyeToo @ SCVincent

Please use the link to read Sue’s full post. Courageous, and inspiring. We are losing one of the best bloggers and writers this community has ever known.

Barb Taub

Today Sue Vincent shared what may be her last blog post. It’s so like Sue that it’s a message of hope as well as gentle regret.

Sue has given so much and so freely—to family, friends, and uncounted thousands she’s touched online. This post of loss and love is deeply personal. But it’s also universal. The world has faced loss and grief on an unprecedented scale over the past year. Sue is part of that pandemic recording. It might not be the coronavirus that ultimately beats her (a far older and even more egalitarian cancer will be credited with that victory) but it played a lead role in delaying treatment which might have bought time.

So here’s my challenge. Please share this post. Please share a tweet and add names of those you’ve lost this past year. Because the world needs to remember every loss, every person whose death was…

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Blogger’s Books: Candy Keane

I am happy to feature ‘I’m Going to My First Comic Convention’, the new illustrated book for children from blogger and writer, Candy Keane.
https://geekmamas.com/

About the Author: Candy Keane is a former professional costumier and cosplayer, turned author and blogger. For over a decade she made custom costumes for cosplay, TV and movies in her Three Muses Inspired Clothing boutique. After the birth of her son in 2015, she decided to close her store to concentrate on family and writing projects. She now writes about “geek mom life” on her blog GeekMamas.com. Her first children’s book, I’m Going to My First Comic Convention, was inspired by her son and her experiences at comic cons across the nation.

About the Illustrator: Katherine Margaritis is a Jacksonville native and self-taught artist who draws her inspirations from her favorite animations and games from her childhood. Because of her nerd-centric themes, Katherine has been a contributing artist with GAAM (gaamshow.com) since 2013 where her art has been auctioned off yearly to help raise money for local charities. This is Katherine’s fourth illustrated children’s book and she hopes to create more in the future.


Brief synopsis: Many comic cons have been cancelled this year, but you can still share the experience with your child with the children’s picture book, I’m Going to My First Comic Convention! The book tells the story of a little boy excited to attend his first comic con, and imagining all the things he might see and do at the convention. With bright illustrations and a rhyming verse, the story leads you through an imaginary convention day filled with things like cosplay, attending panels, meeting celebrities, and more!

Two Geeky Moms Share the Magic of Comic Con in New Children’s Book

Going to a pop-culture convention is an exciting adventure, and the new children’s picture book I’m Going to My First Comic Convention aims to give kids and parents a peek into the world of comic cons from a child’s perspective. The book tells the story of a little boy waking up excited to attend his first convention, and imagining all the fun things he might see and do. From cosplay, to panels, to meeting celebrities, there’s more to comic cons than just comics!

Author and well-known cosplayer Candy Keane wrote the story after finding there wasn’t a book to show her son what to expect at a pop-culture convention. He had books on visiting zoos, airports and museums, but there was a lack of information on nerdy endeavors like cosplay, gaming and cons. Knowing she needed an illustrator that had actually seen and done the things in the book, she teamed up with local artist Katherine Margaritis and together they created a book that shares the magic and excitement of a world where you can meet (or be!) your favorite superheroes.

About the book: I’m Going to My First Comic Convention, $11.99, self-published September 20th, 2020, 32 page softcover children’s book, 8.5” x 8.5”, fully illustrated, and available on Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/firstcomiccon ISBN 978-1-7352584-0-9

Special Super Hero Gift Sets with the book, stickers and accessories available on Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/SewGeekMama

Please check out Candy’s site and follow the link to find out more about the book, and perhaps buy a copy.

48 Free Books and Samples for Fans of Women’s Fiction

A book promotion from one of our community bloggers, Stevie Turner.

Stevie Turner

This is a scheduled post as I’m now off the radar every Tuesday and Wednesday for the foreseeable future to enable me to reconnect with creative writing without any distractions from social media notifications.

However, BookFunnel promotions still run, and there are 48 Free books or samples of women’s fiction available on the link below until the end of January:

https://books.bookfunnel.com/janlistbuilder/h59mr928vo

My family drama ‘The Daughter-in-law Syndrome’ is part of the promotion, and by clicking on the link above you will be able to download a free sample.

The Daughter-in-law Syndrome investigates the complicated relationship causing much friction between Grandmother Edna Deane and her daughter-in-law Arla. In addition it focuses on the sometimes tumultuous partnership between Arla and her husband Ric.

Arla Deane sometimes likens her marriage to undergoing daily psychological warfare. Husband Ric will never voice an opinion, and puts his mother Edna up high on a pedestal. Arla…

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Blogger’s Books: Sally Cronin

There are few bloggers who can rival the community spirit and support that Sally offers. Reblogging posts, featuring bloggers, and supporting everyone in our WordPress family. Sally is also an accomplished writer, and she has a new book out just in time for Christmas.

Life is Like a Bowl of Cherries: Sometimes Bitter, Sometimes Sweet is a collection of short stories with scattered poetry, reflecting the complexities of life, love and loss.

The stories in the collection dip into the lives of men and women who are faced with an ‘event’ that is challenging and in some cases life changing.

Even something as straightforward as grocery shopping online can be frustrating, and a DNA test produces surprise results, the past reaches out to embrace the present, and a gardening assistant is an unlikely grief counsellor. Romance is not always for the faint-hearted and you are never too old for love. Random acts of kindness have far reaching consequences and some people discover they are on a lucky streak. There are those watching over us who wish us well, and those in our lives who wish us harm.

Sounds good, doesn’t it?

Please use the link above to see more, and buy your copy too.

Here is a link to Sally’s blog, for anyone who doesn’t know her.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/

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.

Gosia’s Soaps: The Best I Have Ever Used

Christmas is coming, and it is time to think about giving something useful as a gift. I am happy to suggest the wonderful soaps made by the wife of fellow blogger, Eddy Winko.

Gosia produces them with 100% all-natural ingredients, in a real home-crafting situation in Poland. Even better, you can choose from a great variety, including those suitable for sensitive skin, like mine. Prices are fair, and much better than those so-called ‘Artisan soaps’ seen for sale at craft fairs and trendy markets around the country. The soap I buy even softens Norfolk’s hard water, and makes the bath easy to clean after use!

Gosia will post to anywhere in the world, and advance payment is easily arranged by using Paypal. You can contact Eddy through the website for any special requests, or to leave your order and address details. I am not the only blogger who uses these soaps regularly, and every customer always comes back for more!

The latest updated link, in English.

Soaps

This link is in Polish, but can be translated using Google.

Zielona Koza

Here is a link to the site in English, where you can scroll through and look at photos and descriptions of the products available.

Soaps

Blogger’s Books: Stevie Turner

I am very happy to feature the latest book from author and blogger Stevie Turner.

Here is her synopsis of the new novel.

Esme Jones and husband Aron have completed their family and have twin sons Jared and James. Esme’s older sister Eden Reece is desperate for a child, but a hysterectomy has put paid to any chance of her becoming a parent. When Esme offers herself as a surrogate, Eden and husband Billy are delighted. However, when Esme notices the first fluttering of life inside her and a scan reveals that she is carrying a girl, both sisters are not prepared for the outcome which threatens to tear the fabric of the whole extended family apart.

‘Barren’ is released on the First of October, and is available to pre-order now. For the whole of that month, it is on offer at just 99p/99c.
It is also free on Kindle Unlimited.


For readers outside of the UK, here is the Amazon.com link.

Stevie is a very engaged member of our blogging community.
To find out more about her writing, or to visit her blog and social media pages, please follow the links below.

Website: http://www.stevie-turner-author.co.uk/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/StevieTurner6

Blog: https://steviet3.wordpress.com/

Pinterest: https://uk.pinterest.com/stevieturner988/

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Stevie-Turner/e/B00AV7YOTU/

Email: stevie@stevie-turner-author.co.uk

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7172051.Stevie_Turner

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClWFuLQHDqGmOM3KbKJ-Z0g