Local promotion

I have had an interesting week as, after the book launch, a local magazine printed an article about me which I have reproduced on my pages. Then the local newspaper decided to print my thank you letter to the Pavilion Cafe/bar together with a photo I sent them just on the off chance they might use it one day and it took up a quarter of a page!

I had my first comment from someone who enjoyed ‘A Bend in the Lane’ and said they had read it straight through. It’s easy to do that with my novels as they are only about 200 pages long.

The UK Southern Book Show is on again in October so we have another event to look forward to, as well as the Broadwater Carnival on Saturday. I’ll be there all day and hope to make some more sales which result in reviews as Goodreads list books by popularity and I need to get the new book on the first page of my dashboard.

So far I am resisting a free giveaway but if someone who has read my previous books asks for a copy I’ll send one in return for a review, even if they are abroad.9781999633400

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Whatsapp

Well, I did it! I didn’t leave you but I added whatsapp to my new phone, understanding that the only people I need to have on there are friends and family.

I tried the selfie phone and ended up with a horrible picture of myself but I left it there for now. All my best pictures were taken by professional photographers. All four of the ‘Lane’ books have a photo of me on the back. I used an old one for ‘A Bend in the Lane’ as I am so white and wrinkly I don’t look so good.

Now my copies have arrived I am choosing who to send them to for a review. Last time I sent ten to Goodreads I only got one review so I won’t be doing that again!

It seems that when I ask for help I get a ‘like’ but not a comment. I wonder what I’m doing wrong. It would be nice to have a conversation, especially as twitter seems to have vanished. I can live without it. Maybe I’ll search for another picture. Diesel again!img_0318

Experimenting

You must think I’m dumb. I have just noticed the paperclip on the top menu and supposes it makes a link. Nobody told me. Now to find out how it works. I guess you can link internally or externally. Goodreads already have my blog linked and one of my websites links to Amazon. I have just listened to Hugh about ‘Press this.’ It all makes me feel so ignorant. Someone did ask how to get my books and asked for a link but I didn’t know what to tell them. As soon as the next book is ready for publication I’ll delve further. Meantime, I’m in the zone, so forgive me. I’m writing!

Review. We need to Talk about Kevin.

I haven’t seen the film and I know I have come to this late but it is the first book for a while that I have felt urged to return to when I should be doing something else.

The idea that a mother could feel so estranged from her own child is not so peculiar as I have known that situation, when a mother tells her son “I wish you had never been born” and the effect it has on the child.

However, Kevin has a hatred of ‘other’ from birth and this would make any mother less loving. The conflict between her and her husband, and his self imposed blindness to Kevin’s faults makes one want to wring both their necks, or send them for counselling.

My one problem with the story is that, if she was as intelligent as she seems, why on earth did she have another baby?

Thanks to Lionel Shriver for writing a book that I didn’t want to finish and an ending that seemed as satisfactory as it was horrific.

Hallo Goodreads!

I have just found out why Goodreads couldn’t read my blog. It was the old one. Now members are aboard I can apologise for not being able to send out any more free copies of “A Lesson for the Teacher.” I have put copies in a few more libraries but if more are required please see http://www.juliecround.com.

It has taken me a long time to start to get familiar with Goodreads but I have had such good feedback from folk on there that I look at it every day.I thoroughly enjoy reviewing the books I am reading and have found some new authors,too.

I am writing for competitions at present so cannot put anything on line. Maybe a picture?img_0244

Book review

I usually stick to Goodreads for my reviews but I have just finished reading Oliver Harris’s crime thriller ” Hollow Man” and, apart from the fact that the title has been used by others I found it a great read with a fascinating hero and a plot that unravelled at just the right pace to keep one wanting to know what happened next. I would not normally read this type of book but now want to continue with the series.

As to my writing, that will probably be non fiction this month. I’ll show the panto and poem to the Sea Scribes but I’m quite lacking in imagination – especially as I was told this morning I had a 19% chance of a heart attack. I still refused the statins.

Communication

HI there, new readers. I hope you get the chance to scroll through some of my old posts. They may be more fun than the recent ones.

Also, I don’t know which website you came through. They have different email addresses.It would be great to know what aspect of my musings you prefer. I used to get ‘like’ when I wrote a poem so I might do that next. Also, I am reading an interesting futuristic book so I might put my review on here a well as Goodreads.

The Winchester Festival competitions are out now – very tempting but it’s years since I went there – too many steps.I would offer to speak on self publishing but it has changed so much since I started that I am way out of date. I still expect people to buy actual books! ┬áMind you, it is very encouraging when Amazon say they have put some money into my account even if it is for the ebook.

Now to get started on the Panto. First stop – the characters.