The Beano Annual 2019.

Always a highlight of my year!

I know the jokes are rubbish and predictable. I know they are simple and childish, even. I know this because I’m sixty years old.
But I love it!

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REVIEW: ‘The Bottom Corner: A Season with the Dreamers of Non-League Football’ – Nige Tassell

As a follower of Non-League football myself, I found this book quite engrossing.

The format was tidy, accounting for the season and off-season on a month by month basis, and concentrating on only a couple of clubs each chapter. I would, though, have preferred to read about more teams from the middle the pyramid, my only slight criticism being that the book seems more focused on National League, and then clubs right at the bottom of the pyramid.

But that really doesn’t detract from providing a well written account of life at the Bottom Corner. of British football

SHIZZLE INC.

Shizzle, Inc (Isa Maxwell, #1)Shizzle, Inc by Ana Spoke
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Not really a ‘bloke’s’ book, I’d say – but a good, fun romp of a chick-lit novel. Some very funny lines and images created. The plot is simple enough, but I did feel it really stretched the bounds of realism towards the end. It felt that Ana had an idea for the follow-up and was keen to get it started, and so rushed the assumptions and situations that led to the end.

This is one of those books that I read as if in ‘film’ mode. It would definitely come across well as a TV movie.

Yeah – a good, fun read. And yes, I’ve already downloaded that follow-up. And again, yes – I am looking forward to reading it.

Five Star Weekend

How To SellAll Indie authors very quickly realise that promotion of their book is every bit as hard, if not harder, than writing the damn thing in the first place. Most would likely also acknowledge that marketing their work is more tedious and frustrating than the dreaded editing process.

It’s also alien to many of us to bum on about how good our book is. We view that as being ‘cocky,’ and certainly where I come from, bragging is viewed as a social ‘no no.’

But although the temptation is to cross our fingers and hope for the best, whilst concentrating on writing our new book, promotion and marketing is unfortunately  a necessary evil.

So, please forgive me. I’m not bragging. I’m simply ‘promoting’: this weekend saw another two 5/5 reviews of ‘Damp Dogs & Rabbit Wee.’   Damp Dogs & Rabbit Wee - final - thumbnail

The first comes from science fiction / fantasy author, Sarah Potter,and appears on both her excellent blog and on the Goodreads website. Coming from a more experienced writer, this means a lot!

The second review appears on the U.S. Amazon.com website and has been written by V. Demaine. Amazon.com logo -500

5.0 out of 5 stars It’s entertaining and funny, but also poignant

By V Demaine on February 27, 2016

Format: Paperback

An absolute must for all pet owners and animal lovers.

What a gem this is. It’s entertaining and funny, but also poignant. You can really tell that the author has a love of animals and truly cares about his work. I love stories based on real life situations and this book gives an insight into the complexities of what at first seems a straightforward job.I must say I admire the way this man has made a successful career change, not only from bank manager to pet sitter, but to author as well-it’s very well written. Read it yourself and it would make an ideal gift for any pet owner or animal lover.

Amazing! Thank you.

Come to think about it – I love bragging! (I mean, promotion.)

1,272 people can’t be wrong …..?

Goodreads

One thousand, two hundred and seventy-two people entered the recent Goodreads Giveaway to win one of four copies of ‘Damp Dogs & Rabbit Wee.’

I appreciate it’s simply human nature to sign up for anything ‘free,’ these days, even if the ‘prize’ is of no particular interest to the entrant. It would possibly make a half decent present for a friend or relation. Why not?

And obviously, I’d far prefer to have sold one thousand, two hundred and seventy-two copies of the book. I’d then have been one really happy wee bunny.

But hey – at least it’s created some awareness, even short term. All those entering the giveaway must at least, if only subconsciously, read the the title of the book. Perhaps it will remain with them. Perhaps they will take a punt and buy a copy for a friend or relative. Here’s hoping.

As for the winners: well, there was one from UK; one from USA; one from Canada and one from India!

At least I can now legitimately describe ‘Damp Dogs & Rabbit Wee,’ as an international best seller.

OK, if you must split hairs – an international freebie.