Monthly Archives: July 2012

Lily Marin – the book

Dear reader, This title may make you wonder. Why ‘the book’? There are already 2 books. Yes, there are 2 books with 3 short stories each. However, considering the success of these two books and mainly the wonderful feedback I received, I am venturing into writing a proper book about Lily Marin, the singer with her mysterious background. I don’t… (more…)

Indie promotion

Dear reader, It is another Monday. How time flies. So without further dilly-dallying I present to you: today’s Indie Promotion: Where The Heart Is by Jeanette Hornby Ebook Short Description: After the breakdown of a relationship, Daniela (Dani) Sante moves from Perth where she has lived for a year, and returns to her hometown, Waroona. Surprised by house-guest, Antonio Bartolini, Dani… (more…)

Spotlight on “Life in Death”.

Today I am hosting Harlow Drake, author of Life in Death. At the end of the post there is a giveaway where Harlow is giving away 3 autographed paperbacks and a $15 Amazon Gift Card. Check out this great novella and enter to win! When a girl that social worker Kari Marchant places in foster care is brutally murdered, she’s compelled… (more…)

10 things about reading

Reading is one of the best hobbies a person can have. But it’s saddening to know that majority of us aren’t introduced to the fabulous world of books. If you are one of the non-book readers who feels you “don’t need no stinking books”, here are some reasons to start the habit…before you are left behind! Reading is an active… (more…)

When going gets tough, publishers turn to celebrity books and Tumblr blogs

By Chris Meadows from Teleread. It’s certainly a great age of uncertainty for publishers. These are the days when publishers, scared silly by Amazon’s price-chopping tactics, (allegedly) band together to try to put an end to them—and then get told that’s a big no-no and the Department of Justice will see them in court. Falling margins, the uncertain future of bookstores, changing public tastes,… (more…)

Featured quote

You yearn to turn out a book-length, your typewriter is silently shrieking abuse, you are itching to go. First read! Read the work of top-notch writers in your field. They know how! Read first for entertainment, then reread for analysis. Soak yourself in their stuff-for atmosphere, color, technique. – Fred East, June 1944

Writers can be mean

Dear reader, Writers have a very mean side, a dark streak, a danger zone. It is uncanny how much pleasure a writer can get from thinking up misery, setbacks and other problems for the characters in a book. For now I have: a hidden discovery, fires, a fire engine gone out of control with someone aboard who does not know… (more…)

Two years

Dear reader, It’s amazing but true. Two years ago I published my first little book, about a wicked witch called Grimhilda. Hilda for friends. When I pressed that “publish” button for the first time, little did I know… What followed was a small avalanche of books (at least that is how it seems to me). More Hilda books, and people… (more…)


Lets face it English is a stupid language. There is no egg in the eggplant No ham in the hamburger And neither pine nor apple in the pineapple. English muffins were not invented in England French fries were not invented in France. We sometimes take English for granted But if we examine its paradoxes we find that Quicksand takes you… (more…)

School fail

Dear reader, Sometimes the IT departments of institutions are not doing the smart thing. You may have seen evidence of that here and there. Last year a Dutch school made the headlines as they were the first school in the Netherlands to hand and ipad to all their students, to move into the digital age. This school invested a quarter… (more…)