…GoReadMe!… m’Lady, Susan M. Toy’s fabulous idea for Authors and Readers…

Please note the campaign ends on 22nd September, so get signed up.

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…from daft ideas often come the next ‘great thing… the following Guest Post from my dear friend and fellow scribbler, Susan Toy, may interest other Writers and Readers… feedback on it is encouraged… please let us know if this is sum’thing yeez could support:

GoReadMe! – an idea on Crowd Reading

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Susan M. Toy.

The marvelous Seumas Gallacher posted a status update to Facebook, a joke really, that had me laughing out loud here in my little trailer …

“…thinking of doing a GoFundMe thingy for a movie about my ‘To Be Read’ pile on my ebook Reader… calling it ‘Kindler’s List’… all contributions welcome… J”

Then an idea struck me – “What if,” I thought (those great little words that lead to the beginning of many great ideas, stories and novels). And I wrote a message to the kind sir himself, running past him first the kernel of…

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Preparations for an Irish Wedding – Part 1

Sara and Colm had decided on the date almost two years ago. It seems a long time now. However back then August 13 2016 appeared like a speck on the horizon.

The reason for the long delay is simple, weddings are a popular and huge occasion.  Often finding the correct venue is relatively simple but it is getting a booking for that venue that often slows up the process. Also there is a marriage course to attend, church to book (this can be another tricky thing to get), priest, band, florist etc. You get the picture.

Our bride to be is an artist, Sara illustrated my children’s book: The Runaway Schoolhouse

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This meant Sara knew what she wanted for her wedding. This simplified things for all of us. She and Colm began the search for a venue and the place they chose is in the County.

Durhamstown Castle, is a house with a history. It was built by the Normans back in the 1420’s and retains much of its original features.

The wedding reception would happen in the barn (seen through the archway).

So began the preparations. Here are a few odd pictures to show what was worked on during the past 12 months.

Signs for the roads, a blackboard for the venue (please note Bob’s input – pawprints) and table decorations, sprayed etc.

 

Flowers were planted, in boxes, in flower beds, as you all know the hen night was celebrated, ideas spotted for decorating a church door and most importantly, The Dress found – triple wrapped and protected from those dreaded mice.

All carefully watched by Bob and Ellie.

#wwwBlogs Guest Post by @TerryTyler4 – August is ‘Post a #BookReview Month’ #AugustReviews

A simple way we can help another writer/author

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August 2016 is Write an Amazon Review Month!Author, Terry Tyler explainsall in her guest post -#AugustReviews

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On Monday 25th July, book blogger Rosie Amber wrote this post encouraging readers and writers alike to post a short review on Amazon for any book they’ve read and enjoyed ~ following this up,I’m starting this initiative along with other writer-bloggers including Rosie, Cathy from Between The Lines, Barb Taub, Shelley Wilson and Alison Williams.

The idea is that, from August 1st, everyone who reads this uses their Amazon account to post just one review on one book that they’ve read (but feel free to carry on if you get in the swing!). You don’t even have to have read it recently, it can be any book you’ve read, any time. The book does not have to have been purchased from Amazon, though if it is you get the…

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Pictures to make you smile

I had often spotted them doing this but never managed to get a picture until now.

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It is one reason why I worry about what will happen when old age takes him from her and us.

The next picture was pure fluke, the pups were in their kennel and a pipe had been left with them to see what would they make of it. After sitting on it, jumping over it, one pup went missing.

Then we found him…

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How to make hours disappear……

Never listen to an elderly academic when he says: I know I put the pipe down here..but the yard keeps flooding so I need to find the pipe it must be blocked”

Given that the man in question is 84 we decided to help our a heart attack was imminent.

This is where our weekend went: “The drainage pipe that I am looking for is to the right of that water meter”

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Sounds simple. But it wasn’t.

 

By Sunday evening we had located three different pipes and some were leading to the back garden. We were exhausted aching but a discovery had been made. Academics should never, ever do anything practical around the house. Or you end up with this:

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Hot Days, Cool Dogs & Flowers

It was hidden from sight for seven months but at last we have some “terrible hot weather” as we call it because Summer is here, again, however briefly. Truth is most Irish people wilt at anything above 21 degrees.

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But Bob has his own solution, which consists of sitting (no surprise there), in the shade.

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While Ellie as always is searching

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intently.

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Not noticing the beauty popping up around her.

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Summer Fruits

This year my garden is one long continuous battle, for a variety of reasons.

I spend a lot of time pulling weeds,or devising ways to fend off attacks from slugs and snails. These, I believed to be the worst offenders in the garden. This stupid belief was shattered as I went with a bowl to see what strawberries, raspberries and blackcurrants I could collect.

Take a look at this:

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And what was worse he went from  raspberry plant towp-image-1127710723jpg.jpg

 

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to strawberry, to blackcurrant!

So my greatest garden pest is a dog named Bob!

Funny things happen in the rain in Ireland

For one thing, we are so used to rain that we just continue on as normal. If we get wet, well then eventually, we will get dry and then wet again. So on it goes in a circle.

Even dogs carry on as normal, in their own particular way as you can tell from the following pictures.

Ellie continues on as normal looking for anything to play with, then cools off in the river.

 

Judy, just heads to the river to swim, chase balls, sticks and generally have fun.

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And Bob, well, he just finds a nice quiet spot, where he can watch the fun and they can come back and talk to him.

 

How do we know the weather is changing?

The answer in this house is simple. Take a look at these pictures,

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Bob hunkers down for a boring day of watching me clean the house,

 

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Ellie, gathers every sock she can find, and then hides them creating her own version of: “Go Find”

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Even the  sunflowers start to turn away, as though attempting to hide from the impending rain. (Also note, gate painting had to stop, though the painter was not sorry about this change of plans).

Think You Couldn’t Possibly Lose Your Amazon Publishing Account? Think Again.

If, like me, you are a writer who publishes on Amazon, you need to read this account of what happened to Pauline Creeden.

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There’s this indie author I know a little bit from the Kboards.com forum. Her name is Pauline Creeden, and she’s an ordinary midlister, like so many of us. I remember PMing her some time ago and gushing about how particularly beautiful one of her book covers is — the one for Chronicles of Steele: Raven.collection Here, I’ll include an image. Gorgeous, eh?

Anyway, today I tuned in to Kboards and noticed that Pauline had started a thread. It contained what’s surely the worst news possible for an indie author: Amazon had closed her publishing account. All her ebooks had been taken off sale. Permanently. Here’s the email she got from Amazon:

We are reaching out to you because we have detected that borrows for your books are originating from systematically generated accounts. While we support the legitimate efforts of our publishers to promote their books, attempting to manipulate…

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