Now available for my patient readers – ‘Under The Thumb’ – book two of The Fortune Seekers Series.

It’s been a long year to complete, what with submission chapter by chapter to my wonderful tutor, Jordan Kantey from Now Novel.

Then followed cover preparations. With this book my cover artist Ingrid Gane, we sought to portray elements within the historical story. We chose a bright cover to contrast and also complement the first book of the series – Dan and Charlotte.

It’s a real thrill to hold the first copy – authors copy, in my hands this morning. Ebooks and paper books are now available, and if you order quickly copies will arrive before Christmas for your holiday enjoyment.

Ordering details are

10 Biggest Book Marketing Mistakes You Need to Stop Making

Hi dear readers, writers and followers,

Here are some of the biggest book marketing mistakes many authors make — and how to course correct if any of these sound familiar.
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Latest Book edited – tick

Latest Book released for publication – tick

Marketing underway, but am I on the ball? – No,, seems I’m still making marketing mistakes.

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.

Every day in every marketing way I’m getting better and better – Better believe it Glennis

Here are some of the biggest book marketing mistakes many authors make — and how to course correct if any of these sound familiar.
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Learn the 5 secrets to communicate your love for your dog in a language they’ll understand! They’ll DEFINITELY know you adore them when you try any of these. 🙂

Hi Annie,
We know you’re crazy about your pup. And you show that love every time you pet them, play with them, give them special snacks, or just tell them how great they are! 🙂
But did you know there are other ways to communicate to your dog how much you adore them — in dog language?
Here are 5 ways to tell your pup you love them in doggy language. ❤️❤️❤️

1. Gaze into their eyes.
The next time you’re relaxing with your dog, stare deeply into their eyes while telling them how much you love them. Sustained eye contact will release oxytocin in your dog’s brain — the same chemical that bonds mothers and children. (Don’t do this with a dog you don’t know, as direct eye contact can also be considered a threat!)

2. Lean on them.
Many dogs don’t like being hugged. But they do crave physical closeness. Instead of hugging your dog, try leaning on them or pressing against them in a gentle and reassuring way. Add a couple of tummy scratches, and your pooch will definitely be feeling the love!

3. Raise your eyebrows.
This one’s a little weird. 🙂 But dog behavior experts say that the more you move your face when you’re greeting your dog, the more your dog will know you think they’re awesome! Dogs tend to raise their eyebrows as a gesture of recognition when they see their beloved owners. So if you do it back, they’ll feel extra-loved in return!

4. Sleep next to them.
Cuddling with your pup when they’re sleepy will make them feel very close to you, as that’s when they’re at their most vulnerable. You can snuggle up to them in bed, on your couch, or even on the floor! What matters is the feelings of affection and warmth your dog will feel as they’re drifting off. 😴

5. Just be yourself!
Dogs are incredibly emotionally sensitive, and they can sense how you feel about them through your voice, your gestures, and your actions. So if you love your pup, just keep loving your pup! They’ll be able to tell, and they’ll love you back…even more than they already do. 🐶💕
The Dog Pawty Team

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Practices that active promoting authors do

Hello again! Today I received this helpful email from Xlibris, who are the publishers of my first and second books. Good reading here, authors, even as a reminder of what is possible.

By the way, The Fortune Seekers – Dan and Charlotte, is getting a new cover – and it’s not this one.

New book – Power and Authority – out very soon. Cover designs will be by Ingrid Gane

Here is the promotion email from Xlibris. Enjoy

I am Lea, your Book Consultant. To keep you abreast with the practices that active promoting authors do, I’m here to provide you with personal promotion and local distribution ideas. May this help your book increase its visibility in the market.

Authors (new or not) wishing to promote their book are often faced with a competitive marketplace. This is where book marketing samples come in handy. Offering book copy samples to prospective reading audience is beneficial, as it increases exposure, gives the readers a taste of what’s to come and allows them to feel confident with their purchase. By incorporating sample distribution into the marketing plan, the author will have the upper hand when it comes to competition.


The unfamiliarity of new authors may make readers weary of quality. By providing book samples, you eliminate the fear factor and allow them to taste the book for free. Sample reads are often short enough that if the reader likes the book, he is inclined to purchase and to share it with friends and family members. Establishing reader confidence is the first step toward developing brand loyalty.

Reader Feedback

By providing book copy samples, you are also welcoming readers’ feedback. When readers try a new author, they often make mental notes about what they love or hate about the book, and quite often, they compare it with a favored author. This serves as an opportunity to learn more about your target market and how you can improve the book so it exceeds reader expectations and gives you a competitive edge.

Cost Effective

Incorporating book copy samples into the marketing plan is cost-effective because it saves money in terms of pass-on rate (or the ability of a single copy to be seen by more than one reader). Unlike advertisements that are run in a limited period for a specific demographic. Furthermore, since the samples are often placed or positioned in areas where your target reader frequents, you have the ability to permeate a larger audience for a fraction of the cost.


To keep the samples short, they should be positioned in places where foot traffic is heavy and fast. Samples should be strategically placed with focus in sight. A target audience should be defined so that you get the most bang for the buck.

Sample Procedure

Drop off your book in waiting rooms. Drop off a copy of the book in a shop’s waiting area and the customers would read it while they waited for their service. Try this with barber shop, community centers, coffee shops, government offices, and any other office where customers wait. Most will be happy for a free reading material from a local author.

Sample Venues

These are listed for all genres, not everyone may be for you, but consider each carefully– imagine the best possible outcome – success will be much more obtainable that way. *You might rate the below options to give you more direction, and you should be adding more specific options you think of or discover on your own.

1. Yours or a friend’s Private Home – host a book party!

12. A Hospital

2. A Coffee Shop

13. A Public Community Health Center

3. Mall spaces

14. Convention Centers  (or Hotels with events going on)

4. Retirement Communities

15. Museums

5. Popular Boardwalks

16. Elks Lodge

6. Downtown areas

17. Breakfast club

7. A Public Library – Local authors’ corner

18. Parent Teacher Organizations (PTO)

8. A Farmers Market – do you have a friend with a stall at one?

19. Daycare (children’s books)

9. A Community Center

20. Grocer’s Market

10. Gift Stores

21. Novelty Stores

11. Clothing Store (for fashion related books – i.e. identify what works for you)


Your book, just like any brainchild, would need a drive for it to grow. Do not be afraid to showcase it. Be ready to show extra determination to have it read or noticed. Your investment, be in time or effort, would greatly help the book. The extra sweat and more hard work moving forward, is of utmost importance when you have devoted a lifetime writing it.


Lea Ross



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Gordon, NSW, 2072 Australia

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Dog Backyards Series – Part 3: Dog Friendly Plants Your Pooch Will Love – PetSecure

Dog Backyards Series – Part 3: Dog Friendly Plants Your Pooch Will Love – PetSecure
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Poisoned pet

After my puppy was poisoned a week ago, possibly by Flores or plants in my garden. Today the shrubs have been removed.

Our poor little puppy is almost back to normal after some time in the vet hospital and medication.

So grateful

Have you tried AutoCrit to polish your writing yet?

I have found AutoCrit to be a useful tool when completing chapters. By using this programme I now write more concisely and grammatically correct.

Try the free trial and discover for yourself.


How to Use Power Verbs to Amp Up Your Writing

Mark Twain said, “The difference between the almost right word and the right word is . . . the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.” Powerful language fills your writing with energy, which impresses agents, editors, and readers. Here’s how to use power verbs to make an impact.

10 Examples of Power Verbs Replacing Verb/Adverb Constructs

It’s okay to use an adverb here and there. It’s a matter of style, and occasionally an adverb is the only thing that’ll do the trick. But an excess of adverbs in your manuscript makes your writing look amateurish and even lazy.

The problem occurs when you use an adverb to give a verb a boost. If you have to prop up a verb with an adverb, you’ve chosen the wrong verb in the first place. In other words, you’ve picked the lightning bug instead of harnessing the lightning, and adding another lightning bug to the jar sure isn’t going to illuminate the way through your story.

LEARN MORE: Adverbs — What Are They and Why Should You Care?

Let’s look at some examples. In our before sentence, we’ll attempt to boost a weak verb with an adverb. In our after sentence, we’ll use a power verb instead.

The cat ran swiftly after the mouse.
The cat darted after the mouse.

Ella looked angrily at the clumsy waiter.
Ella glared at the clumsy waiter.

Like a typical teenager, Luke ate the pizza greedily.
Like a typical teenager, Luke devoured the pizza.

Mark took the book slowly and forcefully from David’s trembling hands.
Mark pried the book from David’s trembling hands.

The chimp cried mournfully when separated from its mother.
The chimp wailed when separated from its mother.

Marla pulled the letter quickly from the envelope.
Marla plucked the letter from the envelope.

The waves beat angrily against the shoreline.
The waves lashed against the shoreline.

He looked fixedly at her.
He gazed at her.

She jumped quickly into the pool to avoid her former high school crush.
She plunged into the pool to avoid her former high school crush.

Lola waited surreptitiously nearby, hoping to overhear some news about the party.
Lola hovered nearby, hoping to overhear some news about the party.

5 Examples of Power Verbs Replacing Prepositional Phrases

Prepositional phrases are also a source of clutter. Prepositions are words (such as on, above, over, at, and with) used before nouns and pronouns that show the relationship between the noun or pronoun and other words in the sentence. A prepositional phrase is a group of words containing a preposition, a noun or pronoun object, and any words that modify the object. (Here’s more info if you want to up your grammar game.)

In some cases, the first example uses both a preposition and an adverb. But, as you’ll see, a power verb can do the work of several words in a sentence, reducing wordiness and adding impact.

#TheFortuneSeekers-Dan AndCharlotte

Their wagon came over the top of the hill.
Their wagon crested the hill.

Her arms wrapped around him tightly.
Her arms engulfed him.

Ernie held firmly onto his lottery ticket.
Ernie clutched his lottery ticket.

Sheila went up the rugged face of the mountain.
Sheila scaled the mountain’s rugged face.

The groom got to the church just in time for the ceremony.
The groom reached the church just in time for the ceremony.

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Do readers care who published your book?

ders Don’t Care Who Publishes Your Book–Really!

Hi readers,
You know better than I about this. I am interested hearing your comments- telling me whether you agree or disagree with this blog.
Blog copied in full from Mary Carole Moore, with thanks

One of my private amusements is the serendipity surrounding how well my different books sell, or not. And how that really doesn’t align with who published them. A writing friend was bemoaning this with me, feeling bad about her small press status versus a Big Five publisher. But her book has sold well, very well. While other writers I know, published by a top echelon press, sell fewer copies.

When I recently came across this article from Grub Street’s blog, interviewing debut writers about the post-signing process (what happens once you do get an agent and a publisher), it confirmed my long-held belief that readers really don’t care who your publisher is.

Read the article here, to find out more about the surprises that await once you have “made it.” (If the link doesn’t work, go to and search for “The Eight Most Surprising Things.”

I’m amused by this because we writers are SO involved with who published what. The bigger the press, the bigger the name, the more we’ve arrived. Yes, to a certain extent, the bigger publishers have the potential for more sales, better reviews–but only if you are high on their list and get the required attention from their sales department. Big Five publishers release a large clutch of books each season, so salespeople often select a few titles to promote to booksellers. Yours may not be one.

Why do you think agents want to know about your platform? Because it tells them how much you’ll be involving in selling your book, through social media, Goodreads, newsletters or blogs, blurbs and reviews. The publisher may help, or may not, depending on your book’s placement on that list.

My friend’s small press (and my own experience with small presses confirms this) actually gave her more attention than many big publishers would, and her sales, combined with her own efforts, reflected this.

The Grub Street blog article talked about how these debut writers were pretty surprised that none of their readers ever asked “Who is publishing your book?”

I’ve published thirteen books in my writing career, three via agented submissions to major presses, nine to small presses sans agent, and one self-published. One of the small press submissions was a bestseller for the press because my editor put it up for a national award and it won third place (the sales and award landed me a second contract, but I can’t say this was more than sheer beginner’s luck–I didn’t know enough back then to market my own books effectively). Another small press, non-agented, book became a bestseller via word-of-mouth. One of the three agented submissions landed on that year’s top list for its publisher and sold a gajillion copies, so I got a couple more books via that publisher and royalties for ten years. The other bestseller of the group was my self-published book, which has only succeeded from my own efforts and that of my readers.

Nobody, except my writing friends, has ever asked who published any one of these books. None of my readers ever asked if it sold well or poorly. They just want a good book.

I realize the argument is not as simple as I’ve presented here, but consider this: where and with whom you publish, be it a Big Five house or your own, is nowhere near as important as how well your book is written. Writers get so twisted about this. Maybe it would be a relief to read the Grub Street article this week and reassure yourself?