Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Friday, 24 January 2014

Review For Penelope Parker: Witch In Training

Reading Penelope Parker: Witch In Training, written by Susan McCaskill. It is written for Teens and Tweens, but adults will enjoy it too. Just published and available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle. I'm on page 54 and enjoying it immensely. If you liked Harry Potter, you'll like Penelope Parker.

Shout out to Sue and congratulations! Well written and humorous!

Jackie Harriz

Review of A Study In Ashes

I just finished the third book in the Baskerville series, A Study In Ashes, by Emma Jane Holloway, and overall, it was an excellent read. Evelina is eminently likeable, as she is not cut from the same cloth as most of the women from that era. She is smart, insatiably curious about all things mechanical, and has an aptitude for magic. 

The book is full of action from start to finish, as Evelina struggles to be who she is while staying within the bounds of who and what society says a woman should be. The only issue I had with this book and the second one is that she succumbs to the charms of more than one man. In my mind, it would have been better had she remained her own person, and not let her feminine side get the better of her.

Having said that, all three books are well worth the read, and one can while away many a delightful hour.

I would give it 9/10

Wednesday, 22 January 2014


It is so nice when another writer appreciates what you do! The post is my husband's, but the comment comes after.

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Tuesday, 21 January 2014

My Cover

I am so glad that the photographer and model are pleased with how the cover turned out!

ONE Photography

Between the pages & beyond.....: Author Spotlight with Sue McCaskill

Between the pages & beyond.....: Author Spotlight with Sue McCaskill: Can you tell us about yourself? Well, I was born in England, and lived there till I was nine, when my mom and I moved to Canada....

Saturday, 18 January 2014

Indie Publishing vs Traditional Publishing

This is my take on Indie vs Traditional publishing. Over the past year and a half or so, I've been reading many different articles, some for and some against Indie publishing.

I have a few author friends who went the traditional route, and were completely frustrated because their publisher or editor wanted them to make major changes to their novel. I'm not talking minor things like sentence structure or maybe rearranging things a bit. One author was told to get rid of all the dialects in her book. What?? The dialects helped make the book, and it would have changed it substantially. After weeks of arguing back and forth, she finally won, but at the cost of great frustration.

Then there is the rejection factor; J.K. Rowling was rejected twelve times before the Harry Potter series was accepted. Considering it can take upwards of six months to even get that rejection, one can see how much time is involved. That is even if one can find an agent willing to represent them, and most publishers do not accept unsolicited or unagented manuscripts.

Then there is the time it takes to actually get the book in print; anything up to two years and sometimes longer.

Another friend went the Indie route, observing that these days the publisher expects the writer to do most of the work anyway, and then takes 30% of the profit! "I may as well do it myself, that way I know if things go sideways, it's my fault!" Then there is the time frame; if one is on the ball, one can be published and up for sale in weeks as opposed to months or years. Granted, it is a LOT of work! I did my own editing, revising, polishing, book cover design,marketing, etc. But the satisfaction of holding one's printed book in one's hands is incredible, and worth all the work involved!

I started my novel way back in 2000, after years of life intruding, etc. I finally said that come hell or high water, I would finish the book and see it published before I turned 70. (I just turned 67). What I hadn't planned on, is that the book rather wrote itself, using me as its secretary! I also had not planned on writing a second book-or a third, but that seems to be where I am going at the moment. The last paragraph of the first book came to me long before I finished it, and as my daughter said, "I smell another book!"

Now that the first one is in print, I am busily marketing it locally for a start, and then we'll see. I have a convention in mid February, then I clear off my writing desk, get new pens and paper, and start the process all over again. After all, it is the journey that sustains us.

Friday, 3 January 2014

Revised Book Cover

My book cover has been revised, and I must say, I like it better. What do you think?