Two New Audio Books!

I got exciting news this week, not one but two of my short stories are now available on Audible and iTunes.

First off my cancer memoir, THE BIG C, is narrated by the awesome Fiona Thraille who previously narrated Tea and Dark Chocolate and Adana the Earth Dragon.

As with the Kindle version all of my royalties from this version of THE BIG C will go to the breast cancer charity, Knitted Knockers.

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Next up is my short story set in the world of P.A.W.S., RAMORA.

Ramora is a young girl who encounters a green fairy and learns the hard way that you should be careful what you wish for.

The story is narrated by Falon Echo who is currently working on an audio version of the P.A.W.S. Saga (Books 1 to 3).

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Want a chance to pick up a free copy of one of these titles? Leave a comment on this post to be entered in a drawing. Contest stays open until Monday.

Rerelease – The Big C – a cancer memoir

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Hey everyone, as some folks know on here I’m a cancer survivor. I wrote this short memoir to help others who might be going through treatment.

All money raised from the sale of this book goes towards yarn and materials for creating Knitted Knockers, special handmade breast prosthesis for women who have undergone mastectomies or other procedures to the breast.

For more details contact www.knittedknockers.org

I just relaunched The Big C through Pronoun, a new publisher, and it is now available as an ebook in all outlets including Amazon, Itunes, Kobo, Nook, and Google Play.

Find all the links here.

Please consider picking up a copy and sharing this post, thank you.

 

Ready, Set, NaNo 2016

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Five years ago I started my author journey with NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). I’d just come out of cancer treatment a few months before and had always wanted to write a book, but before cancer I’d thought I had all the time in the world for that. That it could wait until the kids were older, until my life was more in order. Cancer made me realize that we never know how much time we really have on this earth and if I truly wanted to write a book I needed to stop talking about it and do it.

I’d heard of NaNoWriMo – a friend had attempted it the year before, so when an idea emerged during October 2012 I decided to have a go at writing it. And so P.A.W.S. was born. That first NaNo was amazing. I launched myself into my story. Forgot to eat and sleep, but by the end of the month I’d written “The End” on that first draft and achieved something I’d wanted to do my whole life.

Five years later I’m start writing Book 4 of my series today. Each one of the previous books started as NaNo projects. Why don’t you join me?

(Oh and remember to reward yourself with a little chocolate or whatever you prefer whenever you complete your daily words.)

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The Big C – Release Day

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Six weeks after my father passed away I discovered the lump in my breast. I was terrified as I’m embarked on the road of cancer treatment, but it’s amazing what you can get used to. At the time I shared little with others beyond my close family, but today I’m ready to share my story to help other women have strength to go through treatment. You are much stronger than you think you are.

All money raised from the sale of this book will go towards yarn and materials for creating Knitted Knockers, special handmade breast prosthesis for women who have undergone mastectomies or other procedures to the breast.

For more details contact www.knittedknockers.org

Pick up your copy today – only 99 cents on Kindle.

And please share this post – the more copies I sell, the more money gets to Knitted Knockers.

The Big C – available for preorder

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For those who do not know, I’m a breast cancer survivor. This is my story, probably the most difficult story I’ve ever written. I wrote it one afternoon in Starbucks – sat down with my tablet and lost myself in my memories, starting with the day my father passed away, through finding my lump, and going through treatment.

The story was originally published in the anthology, Shades of Fear, and now for Breast Cancer Awareness Month I’m releasing it as a standalone story on Kindle for just 99 cents.

Please pick up a copy. All royalties received will go to Knitted Knockers, a wonderful organization that provides handknitted breast prostheses for women who have had mastectomies.

The Big C is available for preorder on Amazon today and will be released on October 1st. Spread the word.

Seven Things You Didn’t Know About Me as a Writer

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Over at The Dragon’s Rocketship (the coolest group on Facebook) we’re doing a thing, so I thought I’d share it here too.

So here are seven things you (probably) didn’t know about me as a writer:

  1. I had my first mention in a publication when I was nine years old. I wrote a story about turning into a ladybird and sent it to the Puffin Post. I sent lots and lots of stories and poems to the Puffin Post, but this was the only one that got a mention.
  2. I wrote a series of novels at about the same age in exercise books. I even still remember the titles: Rodney and Me (Rodney was a big Old English Sheepdog that hung around our school playground), The Day the Workman Came (based on the time the workman dug up our school playground), The School Flood (Barking, where I grew up was in a flood zone, so we had drills – Back then I thought it would be cool to have a flood!) and Parents Week (when the parents got to go to school instead of the kids.)
  3. I won a poetry contest run by my Sunday School about eating Kosher food – I remember the first line of the poem – “You always must try to keep Kosher, whether you’re in Paris or Nova Scotia!”
  4. I used to keep diaries all the way through Senior School and College, then one day after I’d broken up with my boyfriend I tore up and threw away the whole lot! (My mum on the other hand kept her teenage diary and I found it when I was cleaning out her house – she let me keep it and today it’s one of my greatest treasures – she even wrote some stories in the back of her diary.)
  5. In my adult years I started many novels, but never finished any of them. There was one fantasy novel I might go back to some time (if I can find the exercise books it was written in), I remember it had a very funny vegetarian ogre in it.
  6. I am a cancer survivor – It was going through cancer treatment that made me start taking my writing seriously. I realized that if I really wanted to finish a novel (and maybe be published) I couldn’t wait – none of us know how long we have on this Earth.
  7. I’m addicted to tea which I drink hot, strong, and with milk (though it doesn’t have to be Earl Grey!). I make many many mugs of it during each day and can’t write (or think) without a mug of tea close by.

So there you have it – think I’m going to get myself a new mug of tea now . . .

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