Jaye is in the chair today...
Sounds great, doesn’t it, leaping into 2015?
When I first saw this picture, I thought wow, that’s what I want to do.
But I’m afraid my leaping days disappeared a while ago. What with the dodgy hip, damaged knee and general stiffness, I won’t be leaping anywhere anytime soon.
Mentally though, that’s quite different. I can still leap with the best of them, in my mind. But the trouble with all this enthusiasm at my age is that it tends to fluctuate. A lot. One minute you are firing on all cylinders, the next you can’t be asked.
As the editor (oily rag) of this establishment, at present I am busy editing Anita’s fifth book “More Lives Than One” (wip), and trying to promote her other four plus my own. I am writing the sequel to “The Ninth Life”, called “The Last Chance” and maintaining two blogs keeps me busy.
I also try to maintain a reasonable presence on Facebook, Goodreads and Twitter.
If all of this wasn’t enough, we manage to fit in some hilarious and valuable brainstorming sessions, where we discuss our WIP, and if there is any spare time left, there are my hobbies. But I have to admit, some of them haven’t seen daylight in a while.
Considering all my techie shortcomings, I think we did reasonably well last year. Didn’t quite get the response we were looking for, but did manage to sell a few books and the blog did attract more visitors.
It is always possible that we have gone about as far as we can with my limited promotional skills, and may have to accept the fact that we need to write more, better books and just get on with it.
So I will keep this blog running and make it as interesting as I can, and we will both write our socks off. Something that does seem to be getting easier, must be all the practise!
For I think I am almost done with all the frustration and feelings of inadequacy that seem to beset my every waking moment. With racking my slowly shrinking brain to learn techniques that would baffle better minds than mine.
Having said all that, I have become fascinated with this new thing called ‘Scrivener’ and can never resist a challenge. Writers everywhere are going on about how wonderful it is, and how it makes the process of writing easier, so I am going to have a go…
It might be good, or a disaster, watch this space to find out what happens!
This weeks promotion is for ‘Simple Says’, Anita’s second book.
Here is our favourite review;
5.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing, but compelling and heartwarming
This is a story about some very tough and mean people somewhere in the backwoods and mountains of America. It is told from the perspective of a young girl whose mission in life is to protect her big, but simple-minded brother from harm. The story is compelling, frightening and sometimes brutal in the manner of the film Deliverance, but it is also a heartwarming story of loyalty, love and deep affection. It was not what I was expecting, but I'm glad I read it. It has an unforgettable quality about it and the characters are complex but convincing. It really is a great story and unputdownable.