This is my latest eBook and it’s completely different than anything I’ve written before. The eBook should be available in March or maybe even sooner – it depends on how lazy I get. I’m not going to ruin it but the title says it all really. I’m quite excited about this latest project. It’s comical and punchy. The Scam isn’t as long as others I’ve written but it’s long enough to tell the story I want it to. I’m advertising soon, so watch out for it.
I recently advertised a book through Bargain Booksy who send out an email with your book and others from the same genre to help gain interest. Everything helps, right? I sold a few copies and it got me thinking – there has to be other ways. So I started searching the internet and I came up with a few websites that give you a list of other sites that will help you with your advertising for free or a song.
When I discover stuff like this it makes me feel as though I haven’t been doing enough research but at the same time, it’s like a revelation and quite exciting. So, I have two more ads coming out. One is going live today and the other is on Monday so when they’ve gone out, I’ll let you know how it all went.
I know it might sound easy, but eBook promotion isn’t as simple as putting a picture of the cover and link to the eBook on sites like Facebook. If all of the people you were friends with shared the post and then all of the people they shared it with did the same and so on, it might be a success. That is far from what happens though. You might get a few likes and a few comments, but that’s as far as it goes. People who spend a lot of time on social media aren’t interested in how many likes someone else gets, or how successful another person is, they’re there because they want the attention themselves.
In this world I’ve come to recognise that the only person you can truly rely on is yourself. Something to think about!
I’m looking for people to help me launch my new eBook which is due to be released in March 2022. The eBook which is currently a work in process is based on a crime but it’s satirical and lighthearted. In short, nobody dies. If you decide you would like to help me out, you will receive a copy of the book in PDF format via email and when the book goes live, all you have to do is post a rating!
Let me know if you’re interested.
I recently advertised this eBook via Bargain Booksy and I sold a few copies. I’m proud of my work and although it’s difficult to get your name out there, I do like to think that somebody somewhere actually likes my stories.
This eBook is available through Amazon and Smashwords who distribute work to several eBook sellers. There is a link on the Gryffon Archives page within this website that will take you straight through to either one of those websites.
Once again, thank you and if you did read the eBook, please leave a rating.
It seems like only yesterday I was seeing in the the new year for 2021 and here we are in 2022. Over the past few years it feels like I’ve put things on hold due to the dreaded virus that has infiltrated our lives, but not any more. I don’t usually make new years resolutions but I’m making an exception. All though I’m not a list maker, here’s my tiny list for 2022;
Write more – every day, and finish the work I have started.
Post more – use my website as it was meant to be used.
Run more – my fitness has taken a dive and I want it back. Runners will tell you that the constant exercise makes you feel invincible.
Live more – having stayed cooped up in my flat has taken its toll and I need the social aspect to stop myself from inventing more imaginary friends.
Learn more – take chances and do what I want to do even if I don’t think I can.
During 2021 I learned to paint and painted portraits of my friends’ pets for them. They paid me too. I also learned to sew and crochet so the old skills that were once very popular entered my life. I did a bit of kintsugi and also gilded a mirror I had owned for a long time. This year I plan to do more. I’m in the process of writing another eBook and also finishing a few that I’ve started and put aside. It’s time to make sure I get my work out there for others to enjoy.
So happy new year to you all and be inspired. I know I am!
Twas the night before Christmas, when all over the world
Parents were trying to bribe boys and girls
The cattle were lowing in a manger somewhere
In hopes that Santa Claus soon would be there
The children were standing at windows to peep
Saying over and over I can’t get to sleep
With Mum in the kitchen and Dad in the pub
I lay there thinking of Xmas day grub
When in to my room on the tiniest breeze
Came the slightest sound of a feverish sneeze
I went to the window and stared into the night
On the rooftop next door I noticed a light
I crept from my room and into the hall
Down the stairs and out through the front door
When what to my wondering eyes did appear
But a miniature sleigh and eight tiny reindeer
With a little old driver who looked very sick,
I knew in a moment he must be St. Nick
“Hey Santa, what’s wrong?” I called to the man
And he beckoned to me with a slight wave of hand
“I’m sorry my dear I have a bad cold
My head is so sore and I’m just feeling old
I know that on me the kids all rely
But tonight I’m afraid I don’t want to fly”
“I’ll help you,” I said climbing into the sleigh
With Santa beside me I picked up the reigns
“Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! on, Cupid! on, Donner and Blitzen!
From the rooftop up high to the top of a wall!
Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!”
So off round the world with the reindeer we flew
With the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too
As he shivered we flew from village to town
To deliver the goods that for children, were bound
As we flew through the night I got such a thrill
Even though Santa was terribly ill
He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot
And his clothes were all blotted with ashes and soot
His eyes—how they watered, his dimples, once merry
His cheeks were all sallow, his nose like a cherry!
“It won’t be much longer Santa,” I said
“Just a few more stops and then straight home to bed”
He snuggled right up in his fluffy fine wear
And I smiled to myself because I was there
No one would believe me when I told my saga
They’d say what a shame, Sandra’s gone gaga
When I woke the next morn, on new day so clean
I pondered the night, had it all been a dream?
But tucked in the pocket of my warmest coat
From the jolly old man was a thank you note
A secret for me and one that I’d shield
‘Til this Xmas eve when I decided to yield
That Once upon a time in a wonderful way
Father Christmas was sick and I saved the day
So where ever you are when you read of this plight
“Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”
After quite a longtime and many wasted deadlines, the eighth book in The Hooper Mysteries is published.
Stepping Sideways takes the reader back to the beginning and reveals a few secrets too.
I never thought The Hooper Mysteries would be such hard work when I started. All I wanted to do was write a book and publish it online. So I did. But I liked Bess Hooper and Eloise Wescott so much that one book turned to two and now I don’t see an end to the series as the subject covers so much. It’s not just about solving mysteries, there are ghosts, gypsies and thieves involved. Just to name a few avenues the stories go down.
Time travel is so interesting and although I never expect anybody to invent a way to cross the years, it’s something that’s always in the back of my mind. What if I could travel in time? What would I do? Where would I go? If I went to the past would I warn people of the problems we have with the environment? Would this affect the way of the world now? A myriad of questions roll through my mind when it comes to time travel.
The next eBook isn’t related to The Hooper Mysteries. I’m trying something completely different. Maybe I’ll try blogging a little more often too, who knows!
When I first started this site I didn’t fully understand it. I thought – well, that’s not important. I know that this is a place for you to share these thoughts but mine are slightly convoluted. Anyway that’s enough about that. After neglecting my site for some time, I’m back with bells on and almost ready to share my latest eBook with the world.
Welcome to my tiny little space on the vast information superhighway.
What you need to know about me you could fit on the head of a pin. What I want you to know about me is infinite. But let’s start with what I love to do the most. The one word answer is – write. Not just blogs and comments on social media, I actually have several eBooks, and I’d like to share them with you.
That’s not all though. Since lock down started I’ve realised that there are many things that can be just as rewarding as writing so I’m sharing them with you. Being stuck indoors might just be the start of something new for all of us!