Facing the future – with resolution

Reblogged from Take Five Authors:

A new year, a new start? At Take Five Authors, we all have our own aims and goals for 2017 – we’d love to share them with you!

Janet Gover writes: So – 2017. What have you got in store for me?

We never know what’s ahead – but that should not stop us making plans – or New Year’s resolutions. I’m not a fan of the ‘lose weight’ or ‘exercise more’ resolutions. I know I’ll break those. But here are some resolutions I am determined to keep….

  • Read more books
  • Take my readers and supporters back to Coorah Creek – and this time for a wedding.
  • Expand my reading – trying new authors and new genres because there are so many good books out there just waiting to be read.
  • Expand my writing – try writing something new and exciting because I love a challenge.

That all sounds good and achievable – wish me luck. And I hope 2017 is a wonderful year for you and yours.

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Ellie Campbell says: Resolutions – seriously, why do we bother! We know that by the time February rolls around we’ll be back to our same old habits. Still New Year is a great time to kid ourselves we can change for the better, so here goes.

  1. Finish what we started. We’ve always got at least two or three projects in the pipeline and often find ourselves bouncing from one to the other depending on our mood. But this year we intend to be more focused and linear in our approach – until the next inspiration hits, at least! Read More

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Gifts and Giveaways – Happy Holidays from both of us!

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Happy Holidays to All! Have we got some exciting gifts and giveaways for you! First, there’s a special Christmas present for everyone. Scroll down to find out more. Meanwhile it’s all hustle and bustle as we prepare for the festive season. This is Pam’s first Christmas without her youngest, Alec, who has hightailed it to the French Alps to work as a chef in a ski resort – she’s drooling over the thought of some fabulous cuisine when he finally returns. In snowy Colorado, Lorraine has the usual thirty-odd friends (some odder than others) congregating for a big social Christmas dinner. Strangely, it’s our husbands who like to take over the stuffing and roasting of the traditional turkeys. Could it be they don’t trust us to get it right? Or that they love basking in the glowing accolades? Either way we’re not complaining.

Sale: When Good Friends Go Bad

Amazon UK has chosen When Good Friends Go Bad for their “12 days of Kindle” sale at the rock-bottom price of 99 pence.

So as not to disappointment our American readers we’re also holding a Kindle Countdown from 23rd to 29th December. US 99 cents all 6 days  UK   USA 

We’ve done a whole new look for Million Dollar Question which will be uploaded shortly to Amazon. Hopefully it just shrieks of humor and romance!!! To celebrate we’re holding an Amazon giveaway so join in – you may win a kindle copy. 20 copies to be won. Enter here.

Coming soon: Love, Lies & Other Deceptions

Long ago we two sisters started our separate writing careers with short stories and we’ve had a lot of fun gathering up 20 short romances and twisty tales for our first ever collection. Available January – follow us on Amazon for updates. Your Holiday Gift: The Trouble with Charlie. To celebrate we’re offering one of our short stories from Love, Lies & Other Deceptions to any blog follower who emails us at ellie@chicklitsisters.com. Just tell us if you would like it in kindle, epub or pdf format.                                                                                     

 

 

Season‘s Greetings, One and All

Ellie Campbell

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What does Christmas mean to you? asks author Jenny Harper

256px-happy_new_year_06463When did Christmas start for you? In September, when the first decorations started to appear in garden centres and certain shops? In December, when postal deadlines loom? Or will it only finally happen on Christmas Eve, when the stress of juggling work, day-to-day family needs and shopping has almost become too much, but you can finally sit down with a glass of wine in the happy knowledge that everything is sorted?

Sometimes we lose sight of the reason for doing things. Christmas is a religious festival – in Scotland, when my parents were young (in the early 20th century), it wasn’t even a public holiday! But as our society

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Just heard about the great giveaway at Books Direct so here goes for a chance to win some great prizes. Entry options will be added as more donations are received, so check back daily. The giveaway is open internationally and will end on 22 December. Winners will be announced on the Books Direct blog and notified by email. Sponsors are welcome to enter as well.

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The Not Too Perfect Heroine

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When I was fresh out of high school, my mother made an interesting observation about a friend of minee_o_vento_levou_-_rhett_e_scarlett. ‘Trouble with Kathy,’ she said, ‘she’s just too perfect.’ Now Kathy was a truly lovely person, sort of girl who taught Sunday school, made friends with homeless people, considered a glass of wine a walk on the wild side and discovered all kinds of intimate details about people I’d known for years and never bothered to ask. And she was popular – I’ve no idea, in fact, why she was hanging out with me. But would I want her as a heroine?  Maybe, if I was writing a certain kind of romance. Then again, possibly not. After all, wouldn’t most of us want to be or spend time with Scarlett O’Hara in Gone With The Wind rather than the saintly Melanie Wilkes?  Yes, Scarlett’s selfish, wilful, and likely…

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Are you in the mood for a little romance?

Fab. We are too! 

Today we’ve three offers we wanted you to hear about.

Australia

For our Australian friends, Looking for La La, How to Survive Your Sisters and To Catch A Creeper have all been chosen by Amazon for a Black Friday Sale. Ends tomorrow. We were thrilled this morning to wake up to find Looking for La La at #3 in the Aussie Kindle charts and #1 in Cozy Mystery with To Catch a Creeper racing up behind her!

UK and US

For our UK and US readers from today until 30th November we have Million Dollar Question on Kindle Countdown at 99 pence and 99 cents.

Just as a huge financial scandal throws New Yorker, Olivia Wheeler, from wealth and success to bankruptcy and shame, struggling impoverished single-mother Rosie Dixon wins an unexpected million pounds. Good luck? Bad luck? Who can tell? Both women have more in common than they realize. While Olivia struggles to survive her humiliations, fleeing broke and homeless to London, shy unassuming Rosie discovers sudden riches arrive with their own mega-load of problems. 

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Good luck to all!

Pam and Lorraine (Ellie Campbell)

 

Just close your eyes for a whole new world of books

Anyone for audio?

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800px-ernesthareradiosipConfession: I read very little these days. That is, I read a great deal for research purposes, and I read far too many newspapers articles (especially this year, when the politics everywhere has been so intense and dramatic!) – but as for sitting down with a novel … sorry, but I can’t remember the last time I did that!

Shocking? Well yes. Writers should read, shouldn’t they?

I agree, absolutely. My problem is, since I started writing novels myself, I’ve found my concentration span has shortened immensely when it comes to reading other people’s books. If a novel is fantastic, it makes me want to run off instantly and get back to my own writing – in other words, I find good writing inspiring. If something is poor, or just doesn’t catch my interest … well, frankly, life’s too short to waste.

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Balance in the Life of A Writer

I was at a party once where a well-established mystery novelist told me she was lucky if she managed to write for an hour or two a day, the bulk of her schedule being consumed with book promotions, Twitter, Facebook, newsletters, her blog. Seems that many writers are performing the same high-wire act. Without a social media presence, without Bookbub, 99 cent promotions, Goodreads competitions, mailing lists, and all that ongoing effort, chances are that even the best-crafted novel will languish, lost and crying out unnoticed, in the wasteland of Amazon’s millions of fiction books. Well, boo-hoo, I can almost hear you say. After all, this isn’t high school English – no hoary old professor is forcing us to come up with the next Ellie Campbell book. And juggling time is nothing new for writers. Most of the literary greats had to fit in their artistic endeavors with full-time jobs, squeezing precious hours out of the early dawn or burning the midnight oil.

But still I wistfully think – wouldn’t it be nice to get a sense of balance? And have a life beyond the laptop? Are we all being forced to multi-task way beyond our natural capacity, checking our emails while sitting on the toilet while brushing our teeth? Lifting your nose from your mesmerizing screen only to discover six hours have vasalesnished, the husband has walked in the door and dinner is still a frozen chicken and a bag of groceries lying unpacked on the counter along with the breakfast dishes. We all have responsibilities shrieking for our attention: children, elderly parents, pets that need feeding or walking, even horses, (some of us). We have bodies that ought to be exercised more, friends that are feeling neglected, the guilty sense that however we spend our precious time, there is so much out there being left undone…

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Right now for this week’s fabulous competition.  Too good to let it go by.  It’s the humor giveaway at Authors XP and it runs through to Nov 7th and includes our very own Looking for La La. We would love our blog followers or newsletter subscribers to win one or more of these fabulous novels.

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Learning from the master

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