WIN THREE PAPERBACK BOOKS!

On Saturday, September 10th I will be Giving Away signed paperback copies of all the books in The Song of Forgetfulness trilogy!

Just click on the link below!

http://eepurl.com/cebU4L

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What people are saying about the Dystopian/Sci-fi/Action Adventure novels.

Whisper Gatherers:

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“If you like action, and science fiction then you’ll appreciate one of the first books EVER that gives you high powered adrenalin with chilling revelations of utter suspense!”

Echoes from the Lost Ones:

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“I loved the unique language, and both the style and the voice of the book reminded me of Patrick Ness’ Walking Chaos Trilogy. I would definitely recommend it to people who enjoy his books! A brilliant and unique read for adults and young adults alike. Very impressed and will be reading the next instalment.”

A Silence Heard:

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“A Silence Heard was action oriented and perilous! I was definitely on the edge of my seat as I read, waiting to find out what happened next!’

Just click on the link below to be in with a chance to win  books that are: “Addictive and engrossing-. It creates its own unique world where there’s danger, and fear, and regret, but where there is a barrel load of humour, too…”

Giveaway Link:  http://eepurl.com/cebU4L

Good Luck!!

The Competition ends at midnight 10th September – EST time zone.

For more information about The Song of Forgetfulness trilogy please visit the website:

http://www.thesongofforgetfulness.com

 

 

FREE Sci-fi and Fantasy ebooks!!!

On Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th June there will be 100 Sci-fi and Fantasy ebooks to download for FREE! Not only from Amazon but many other retailers too.

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Grab your copies here: http://pattyjansen.com/promo/

Including book 1 in my Dystopian/Sci-fi Action Adventure novel

Whisper Gatherers

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You can download your 100 FREE ebooks at the link below:

http://pattyjansen.com/promo/

Also on offer this weekend book 2 and 3 from The Song of Forgetfulness series only $0.99 and £0.99

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You can purchase Echoes from the Lost Ones and A Silence Heard from the following retailers:

Echoes:

Amazon:      http://amzn.to/1Tg9DHH

iTunes:         http://apple.co/1UN1XhA

Nook:            http://bit.ly/23hJMFH

Kobo:            http://bit.ly/1RIshqw

Silence:

Amazon:      http://amzn.to/1sRA2kL

iTunes:         http://apple.co/1qxQq95

Nook:            http://bit.ly/1NdpD70

Kobo:            http://bit.ly/1qxQJ3K

So why not grab yourself some Bargain and FREE ebook this Weekend!!

http://pattyjansen.com/promo/

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Writing Tips From Neil Gaiman

I’ve just finished writing a middle-grade action adventure book, working title – Revenge upon the Mummy Snatcher – yes, I know, not a great title.

2012-09-18 at 10-05-20 (1)Anyway, I gave it to a number of Beta readers and have had some really constructive feedback. However, sometimes, one or two readers went beyond the requirements of pointing out flaws in character, plot, dialogue etc, and sent me full-on editing with occasional re-writes they have done themselves.

Whilst I appreciate their effort and thank them profusely, it left me in a quandary, because they have given me completely opposite views/pointers on my work, leaving me somewhat confused.

My head was in such a whirl that I almost gave up on the novel until I came across Neil Gaiman’s 8 rules of writing. Number 5 resonated with me immediately, as did number 8.

https://www.brainpickings.org/2012/09/28/neil-gaiman-8-rules-of-writing/

Thank you, Neil Gaiman, you have rescued my befuddled brain and set me back on course with my book.

Just need a better title.

Here are the first 500 words  from Revenge upon the Mummy Snatcher:

Chapter 1: We Are Not Alone

Darkness pushed against Cleo Dalby’s arms and legs as she struggled to make her way through the narrow chamber. Hands outstretched before her, she slid her feet forward, straining to hear something, anything. But every sound, even the skid-slap of her sandals on the stone floor, became lost in the gloom. On Cleo walked slow and tentative, deeper into the world of corpses.

A sigh, long and weary-filled drifted towards her. It seemed to gather friends as it neared, and soon the sad laments of dozens of disembodied voices surrounded her. The moans continued, drifting in and out of her ears like tired moths trapped inside a lampshade. She tried to struggle on, but the wails tugged at her ankles, forcing her to stop and listen to the muffled chatter that swirled and scuttled inside her head.

“We, the dead, abide here. Quietly resting, hands on chest, faces tilted up to catch a ray of sunlight.”

“A futile gesture. For this far below the ground, there is only blackness and the weight of stone.”

“We, the dead, lie still, poised in readiness for our resurrection.”

“What a wait we’ve had. So many years spent lying in a state of half-remembered promises and expectations, grown dull with the passing of each century.”

“We, the dead, no longer know who we are. Memories fade and melt into our hollow skulls.”

“We, the dead, sometimes whisper to each other.”

“Husks of words from dried up lips that stick to the cold walls, waiting for the living to listen.”

Cleo touched the limestone with her fingertips and thought she heard a murmuring of souls.

“We, the dead, can feel a presence.”

A breath of ancient brushed past her cheek. She shivered and rubbed her naked arms. The chill slapped onto her legs and spread upwards leaving pimples of stiff-hair unease on her sunburnt flesh. She gulped and said into the blackness, “Hello? Is anyone there? My name is Cleo.”

“Found out!”

“Not Yet.”

“No.”

The voices ceased.

She called again, but no answer came. There was a smell of rot so strong that Cleo nearly vomited. It disappeared and she felt as if a heavy weight had been lifted from her shoulders. She stood tall, shrugged, and said, “The dark is just an absence of light,” then shook the torch that was gripped in her hand. “Stupid, froggin’ thing. Work.” She patted it against her palm. “Work.” Something touched her shoulder and Cleo jumped.

“I thought I’d lost you.”

“Mum, don’t creep up on me like that.”

“I can’t very well do anything else, can I? It’s darker than a black hole in here.”

“I know. I can’t see a froggin’ thing.”

“What do you expect? We are half way down a pyramid. And don’t say ‘froggin’ I know what it really means.”

Cleo mouthed the word again, and then once more, just because she could.

If you enjoyed the extract, you might like to have a look at  my YA Dystopian/Sci-fi Adventure series – The Song of Forgetfulness – here:

http://www.thesongofforgetfulness.com/

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Tips and sites to promote your FREE book to gain marketing success.

Like many authors, I am always on the look out for great ways to promote and sell my books. I’m still trying out some marketing ideas I have learned via the expertise of Nick Stephenson, who has a Free video on how to capture and keep potential readershttp://www.yourfirst10kreaders.com 

The inspirational Joanna Penn, has some very practical advice for the struggling self-published author. http://TheCreativePenn.com

Both authors are brilliant at promotion and passing their knowledge on to fellow writers. Being somewhat rubbish at self-promotion I am happy to attempt to implement their proven strategies for success.

Therefore, I am utilising one of their action plans to gain subscribers and a readers list, by making Whisper Gatherers – book 1 in The Song of Forgetfulness series, FREE to download from Amazon for two days – 8th and 9th October:

 http://http://bookShow.me/B00YMSP1UA

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The struggle to survive just got harder.

 In a land disfigured by famine and disease, fear spreads throughout the scattered population of NotSoGreatBritAlbian when the Agro Empire cuts food supplies and kidnaps special children – The Meeks.

But there is hope.

Adara, with her secret power.

 I’m Adara. I’ve got six fingers on each hand, and a secret I cannot share.

There is a rustling in the wind. Lights beyond the boundary fence.

A sign of Agro threat.

A murmur haunts Cityplace.

Something is coming.

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Both Nick and Joanna suggest making one of your books, if you have a series, or just more than one book for sale, perma-free to attract readers so that they will buy into the rest of your books.

Seems logical to me, and yet…

Free! Permanently?

This scares me.

So I have decided to ease myself into the concept of having one of my books forever free by doing a KDP promotion for a couple of days to see if I get people to subscribe to my reader list and eventually pay for the other books in the series.

To advertise my promotion, I have used some paid and free sites.

Paid:

Fiverr  https://uk.fiverr.com/ and a particular promoter – bknights. A lot of fellow authors recommended this particular promoter as they have had excellent results from him. Thousands of downloads in fact. We’ll see how it goes.

eBookSoda http://www.ebooksoda.com/authors/  “eBookSoda is a great way to promote your ebook. Our readers tell us what they like, which allows us to match books to readers, sending details of your ebook straight to their inbox.

kboards http://www.kboards.com/ads/ another great place for authors to promote and readers to find bargain and free books. I have done well promoting on this site

Free:

There are dozens and dozens of sites where you can promote your free book without paying. I have listed a few. Some I have used, some I’m trying out.

World Literary Cafe is a site dedicated to the promotion of Indie authors, and boasts a huge following of avid readers. It has a variety of promotional packages, both paid and free. You can list your free books without charge and reach thousands of potential readers.  http://worldliterarycafe.com/

Reading Deals http://ReadingDeals.com

eBookLister:  http://www.eBookLister.net

IDP Promos:  http://indiebookoftheday.com/authors/free-on-kindle-listing/

Blog posts. A chance to get the attention of another similar genre author’s readership. Always remember to reciprocate.

I am being featured on the wonderful Fantasy Author Autumn M. Birt’s blog: http://www.nomapnomad.com/ww/blog/

Her novel Born of Water: Elemental Magic & Epic Fantasy Adventure (The Rise of the Fifth Order Book 1) is perma-free. You can download it here: http://bookShow.me/B00XGC7ZP2

This time around I have utilised a device called KDRoi, an easy to use Chrome extension that automatically adds your Free book promotion to a dozen or so sites that promote Free books. A very useful tool that takes away hours of filling in forms. You have to pay for it, but if you plan on doing Free offers on  a regular basis, then it is well worth it

You can see how it works here: http://www.kdroi.com/v1/

So don’t forget – Whisper Gatherers is FREE to download 8th and 9th October:

http://http://bookShow.me/B00YMSP1UA

Still not sure?

Then maybe some reviews will help to make up your mind:

“If you like action, and science fiction then you’ll appreciate one of the first books EVER that gives you high powered adrenalin with chilling revelations of utter suspense ! This book is amazing to read and you will not want to put it down!”

“The author does a great job of drawing you in with her futuristic descriptions, at times it felt like I was watching a movie, that’s how enthralled I was with the book.”

“The central character has a convincing mixture of wilfulness and self-deprecation, and the imagined world is sufficiently complex to provoke thought and wonder. Nice to know that there are further episodes to pursue. A good read.”

“There’s danger, humour, pathos, and lots of fast-paced action that makes this book a very exciting read.”

You can purchase all three books in The Song of Forgetfulness series here:

http://amzn.to/1TlwaBP

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Sign up for my readers list and you can get an exclusive Song of Forgetfulness short story FREE!

To receive your FREE short story ‘Changeling Fog’ just click on this link: http://eepurl.com/buH8qH

I’ll let you all know how I get on with this particular promotion.

Thanks for reading.

You can find out more about The Song of Forgetfulness Here:

http://www.thesongofforgetfulness.com/

Five FREE Tools To Help Self-Published Authors Succeed.

It is hard being an author, whether self-published or traditionally, getting your manuscript/book looking good, free of grammatical/typo errors and noticed when it is published, is very difficult. So the more tools at your disposal that can help you do that is surely a good thing.

I have recently discovered a few neat little devices that can help to make those jobs easier.

1: Scrivener – The first and truly brilliant, especially if you are considering self-publishing, is this word processing and book formatting tool – You can download it for a Free trial to see if it is for you.

Don’t take my word for it, though – the self-publishing legend that is Joanna Penn (you can learn more about Joanna and her books to help self-published authors here:http://www.thecreativepenn.com/) has a blog about the value of using Scrivener. http://www.thecreativepenn.com/2012/02/04/scrivener/

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I’m sure most of you have heard about it, but until I actually used it, I didn’t realise how fabulous it actually is. Not just for formatting – which it is brilliant for – but for lots of other useful writing implements that help to make your manuscript the best it can be. You can store valuable research, photographs and lots more that can aid you with the planning and plotting of your writing project. Don’t forget that Scrivener allows you to format not only fiction manuscripts but non-fiction, screenplays and well, you’ll have to see for yourself just how useful it is.

http://www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivener.php

2: Grammarly – On a similar note, Grammarly, is a free spelling and grammar checker that goes beyond the capabilities of your word processor. It also helps you to choose the right word by showing ‘context-optimised synonym suggestions’ and asking you if it is the correct word to use in context with the sentence. It also claims to, ‘Grammarly corrects over 250 grammatical mistakes while also catching contextual spelling errors and poor vocabulary usage. Works wherever you write online. Grammarly helps you write mistake-free in Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, LinkedIn, and nearly anywhere else you write on the Web.’

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Great stuff really. I use it regularly and find it very useful. It is totally Free. Of course you can subscribe to a paid version, but for me, the free version is all I need.

https://app.grammarly.com/

3: Canva – Creating your ebook cover can be a nightmare. You can pay for someone to do it for you, or you can try to design it yourself. This is what I chose to do with the help of my husband who understands how to use Photoshop. Photoshop is expensive and difficult to use if you are not familiar with the programme. I recently discovered a website – Canva – that offers Free design templates and many free stock images for you to choose from to design and format your ebook cover. I have a very poor quality screen shot of a couple of ideas I had for my middle-grade action adventure book, currently titled: Vengeance of the Mummy Thief. The cover in the middle is one of their stock templates.

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Some of the better images you will have to pay for, but at $1 a time, it is very affordable. You can also download your own images and use their photo editor to create great-looking designs. Even if you only use it as an example, or to try out ideas, it can be done quickly and easily. It is very simple to use and has many other useful features, such as basic photo editing, Twitter, blog page, Facebook heading designs and much more. Well worth a go in my opinion.

https://www.canva.com/

4: Bookshow.me – One little tool that I find  really useful is the URL shortening device that sends customers to your selling page for any country. So that if for example, I live in France and click on the link, It will go to the Amazon page for France and not America or the UK so that I can buy a book directly from my own country.  All you have to do is go to http://bookshow.me/ type in the URL for your book, click the button and you get a shortened URL that will direct any buyer to the right page for their particular country.

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5: Yasiv – Lastly, something that I found very useful when deciding on Keywords to use for my books when uploading them onto Amazon.  Apologies for another poor quality screen shot here.

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This neat little free device helps authors discover categories that do well in their niche. Also works with anything that is for sale on Amazon. You can find out the keywords successful authors use. It doesn’t tell you what the keywords are as such, you have to type in words as I did for my book Whisper Gatherers: YA Dystopian Action Adventure, and up came one hundred and twenty-nine books in that category. Meaning, it is fairly popular, but not so popular that my book will get lost. Then I typed in: Sci-Fi Action Adventure Series. Only seven came up. Clearly that is not a popular category, therefore, I won’t use it in my keywords. Therefore, it is quite useful in helping to decide what keywords to use when listing them on Amazon.

http://www.yasiv.com/

There is a more in-depth keyword tool that isn’t free called Kindlespyhttp://www.kdspy.com/

This shows you lots of stats for the books in your chosen category in one click, thus saving you a lot of time and energy. You can then go to these books and look at word bubbles that show the keywords that are used to sell them, oh, and it does more, a lot more, go take a look.

I hope some of these suggestions will be of use to you in your writing ventures. If you know of any others, I would be glad to hear from you and so would many other authors too.

You can learn more about my YA Sci-Fi Action Adventure Dystopian series – The Song of Forgetfulness – here: http://thesongofforgetfulness.com

Want a FREE YA Dystopian Sci-Fi Action Adventure E-book?

I recently acquired the rights back for my Young Adult, Dystopian, Science Fiction, Action Adventure series – The Song of Forgetfulness.

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Two of the books in the series, Echoes from the Lost Ones and A Silence Heard, had been published by an Indie publisher, but when they closed down in June of this year, I decided to self-publish them with new covers and re-edited. I also had a Prequel – Whisper Gatherers – that I’d wanted to publish for a while. So I was sad, yet happy when my publishers closed their books.

I am not great at self promotion, in fact I’m hopeless, so I enrolled on a book marketing course to learn how to sell myself and my books.  It’s going slowly so far, but I am attempting to put into practice what I have learned.

I am giving away the Prequel to hopefully attract readers to my book series. I am getting some really great 5* reviews too!

Whisper Gatherers is  FREE to download from Amazon from 20th-21st August. 

http://bookShow.me/B00YMSP1UA

“If you like action, and science fiction, then you’ll appreciate one of the first books EVER that gives you high powered adrenalin with chilling revelations of utter suspense! This book is amazing to read and you will not want to put it down!”

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I hope you decide to download a copy, it would help me get my books a bit of exposure.

Thanks in advance!!”

Free Short Story Anyone?

It is nearly the weekend and I thought that I would see if anyone out there would like to have a short story from my Sci-Fi/Dystopian/Action Adventure series – The Song of Forgetfulness – to read for FREE!!!!

It is called Changeling Fog

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I’m going to put it up on Amazon and other sales platforms in the next couple of days for $0.99 and £0.99. So this is a chance to get it for FREE!!! 

All you have to do is either go to my website: http://www.thesongofforgetfulness.com/ and click on the ‘here’ button under the headline ‘FREE DOWNLOAD’.

Or you can buy a copy of Whisper Gatherers: http://bookShow.me/B00YMSP1UA and click on the link on the Free Download page. I know, cheeky of me eh? It is a good book, but don’t take my word for it. Here is part of a recent Amazon review:

“If you like action, and science fiction then you’ll appreciate one of the first books EVER that gives you high powered adrenalin with chilling revelations of utter suspense! This book is amazing to read and you will not want to put it down!”

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Still not sure?

Well, why not read this extract from Changeling Fog and decide for yourself.

Changeling Fog

The air became more natural the further away I sneaked from Puritytowers. My nostrils twitched as smells of rot replaced the artificial floral scents that were perpetually pumped around Cityplace. Despite my tum flip-flopping with nerves, I continued on towards the outskirts of my home. A part of me wanted to venture further, out beyond the perimeter fence and into the Wilderness where Carnies and Praisebees wandered. Where Woodsfolk dwelt deep inside the forest, and the elusive Ladies had their hidden dwellings. But, I would not dare go to a place so wild and fraught with danger. Wolfies also abided there. Nope, my trip to this forbidden outer-city location was adventure enough.

The light changed too. From a glaring radiance to a sinister, gloomy glow. Now, I was used to brightness everywhere, both inside, from the many round lanterns recessed in the walls and ceilings of our abodes, to the always switched on street lamps and towering info boards that lit up the sky so much, that we never really saw the moon and stars, unless we dared to wander away from the security of Cityplace Central. Like I was doing now. I peered ahead and saw the dark enclosure I needed to get to.

As I walked towards it, the gas tubes that were stuck in the ground to illuminate the path to the perimeter fence, dwindled until there were no more. I was left with nowt but the setting sun to guide me on. The ground changed from a smooth and even stone walkway to a cracked and gravelly trail devoid of any familiar landmark buildings. All became a bleak and empty area I did not want to be in.

To rid myself of the feel of lonely, I turned my head and gazed at the dazzling concrete structures of Centralplaza in the distance. How small it appeared to be. It looked like a vid I’d seen in history class. Teach had shown us a reconstruction drama of when NotSoGreatBritAlbion was not mostly under water, and was populated with many more folk than it is now. When trees grew in cities and animals still lived in the wild, and in people’s homes as playthings and companions. When birdies landed on the ground and let folk feed them without the fear that they would be snatched and gobbled up; since they are now the only animal-type thing left in this sorry land. Except for Wolfies, but they don’t count, they are too ferocious and mean to be caught. Poor birdybirds, doomed to live in the tops of trees and in constant fear of being ate. Just as well no one knows about my gift. Although I am not so good at calling the birdies down as yet, I am getting better, and one day soon, I will be able to sing and make the birdies come to me.

There were lots of birdybirds in the classroom vid. Pigons I think they were called. They were everywhere, plopping and flapping and making a “Hoohoo-hoohoo,” sound. But that was not the main thrust of this playacting vid. This drama was about some kind of ceremony thingy, a coronation, or something. It showed a fem sitting inside a strange wooden box that was perched on big wheels being pulled by massive horsles all dressed up with ribbons and feather plumes. She wore twinkly clothes and a tiara, and was sitting next to a manlyman, her hub, and both were waving to more folk than I could ever imagine even existing in all of this puny land, never mind just in the place called Lundon.

Teach said she was the Queen of Hingland and ruled the land until she was one hundred and twelve years old. Then her grandbub took over, and apparently, things started getting worse. Now, I’m not saying that this new and last king was to blame for the plagues, famine and diseases that began to sweep the nation and beyond, but like I said, it began when he took over.

Still all that was so long ago, who can say what is fact or fiction.

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Thank you for taking the time to read this.

Have a lovely weekend!