Friday, 9 September 2016

All Authors Blog:: Book Feature with Barbara Scott Emmett


All Authors Blog:: Book Feature with Barbara Scott Emmett: Dear Readers, Writers, and Precious Patrons, Today on All Authors Blog, we’re pleased to feature Barbara Scott Emmett, author of ...

Thursday, 8 September 2016


The ebook of THE MAN WITH THE HORN is free now and for the next day or so. I would love some reviews so please help yourself to a copy from Amazon and leave a few words to say what you think.


Saturday, 27 August 2016


Published by a small press many years ago, THE MAN WITH THE HORN has languished unloved until now.

Edited, revised and reformatted, it is now available as an ebook ftom Amazon. Other retailers will follow soon.


When Jezebel and Magdalena, a couple of whores of indeterminate sexuality, try to persuade her to host a sex party - 'not an orgy, that sounds so vulgar' - high class call girl, Passionaria, is none too keen. But when trumpeter Sal Pinksy puts her in touch with Kid McLean, a former child popstar, and Kid becomes her client, the party takes on a greater significance. 

Passionaria is a devotee of the pagan god Dionysos and the god needs a sacrifice periodically. Kid McLean - sexually abused as a child - needs to atone for what he believes are his sins. 

Perhaps all these events can be combined?

Special release price of 99p from Amazon.

General/Lit Fic/Metaphysical

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Seven brilliant novels at the price of an Easter egg.

The Green Fairy by Surian Soosay
The Green Fairy by Surian Soosay

Question 1 

What does ‘Green Fairy’ mean to you? 

A: Fauna in Disney’s Sleeping Beauty 

B: Washing-up liquid 

C: Absinthe 

The Specials by Chris Worden
The Specials by Chris Worden

  Question 2 

  I say “black and white”. You think: 

  A: Ebony and Ivory 

  B: 101 Dalmatians 

  C: The Specials

Image courtesy Creative Commons: Bioluminescence by Kris Williams
Bioluminescence by Kris Williams
Question 3  

The island across the Menai Strait in North Wales is called: 

A: Tenby 

B: Hornby 

C: Anglesey 

Image courtesy Creative Commons: Roman inside a hat by schadenfreude
Roman inside a hat by schadenfreude
Question 4 

If society breaks down and Wales goes feral, what do you want in your pocket? 

A: A gun 

B: A rat 

C: A ferret

Siria Palmira by Jose Javier Martin Espartosa
Question 5 

A woman’s place is: 

A: In the kitchen, with a spatula 

B: In the bedroom, with suspenders 

C: In battle, with a sword

Question 6  

All’s fair in love and war. But when both collide, where does loyalty lie? 

Image courtesy Creative Commons: Suite Fran├žaise by Eric Huybrechts
Suite Fran├žaise by Eric Huybrechts

  A: With your country, family and pride 

  B: With your lover and your heart 

  C: With yourself

Question 7  

Image courtesy Creative Commons: caution: itchy trigger finger by Flood G.
Caution: itchy trigger finger by Flood G.
You uncover white-collar malpractice. Do you: 

A: Turn a blind eye 

B: Blow the whistle 

C: Pull the trigger

All above images courtesy Creative Commons.
Image by Alan Levine

If you answered mostly C, we have just the thing for you:

A Time and A Place Box Set Cover LARGE EBOOK

Seven brilliant novels at the price of an Easter egg. 

 A Time & A Place is officially released on Good Friday 3rd April 2015. 

Available for PRE-ORDER now exclusively from Amazon for a limited period.

Crack these open instead of an Easter Egg. 
Who knows where you'll travel.
Who knows when you'll arrive.

Friday, 6 March 2015

Triskele Books Blog: Interview with Karen Mcleod

Triskele Books Blog: Interview with Karen Mcleod: Karen MacLeod is a Scottish writer of Highland extraction. Her novels Doubtful Blood, Counterfeit and Thorn Maker , which comprise The ...

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Escaping from the box by Kathleen Jones

Kathleen Jones
Today's guest blogger is Kathleen Jones, author of The Centauress, A Glorious Fame and A Passionate Sisterhood. Hers is the third in this series of blogs by writers with books in Outside the Box: Women Writing Women. Here Kathleen writes about the freedom of indie writers to step outside the box of traditional publishing genres.


Escaping from the box
by Kathleen Jones

I had a very unusual childhood. Brought up on a small hill farm in the English Lake District, I drove tractors, milked cows and carried around a Spotters Guide to motor cars (probably nicked from my young brother). There was a blue German sports car that I lusted after. I wasn’t conscious of being any kind of rebel. 

When I won a prize for English at school we were all asked to choose a book. There were two piles on the staff-room table; one for girls and one for boys. The girls’ prizes all had titles like Sue Barton: Student Nurse, Anne: Air Hostess – there was even one about a girl who dreamt of becoming a secretary! I kicked up a fuss and asked if I could choose from the boys’ pile and eventually they relented. I chose a murder mystery set on an oil tanker in the Middle East. I knew nothing of feminism, but it was already obvious that I wasn’t going to conform to anyone’s idea of what I should be. So, when I began to write books, it was a safe bet that I wasn’t going to do what was expected of me there either. 

My first book was a biography of one of the pioneer women writers, living at a time when it was considered positively immoral for a woman to publish anything. In fact, in the 17th century, even getting an education was believed to injure a woman’s reproductive organs and addle her brain. The marvellous, scandalous Margaret Cavendish was only the beginning of my fascination with women who lived ‘outside the box’. The biography was picked up by Bloomsbury and it was the beginning of my life as a ‘proper author’. 

I wrote about Christina Rossetti defying Victorian conventions, and then about Catherine Cookson – an illegitimate girl who was born into one of the poorest communities in the western world, left school at thirteen and went on to become one of the best-selling (and richest) authors of the twentieth century. One of my books was published by Virago – an account of the women who lived with the stars of the Romantic movement, Wordsworth, Coleridge and Southey – women who wrote journals and letters and the occasional poem, living in a society that considered it off-limits for women to write anything more.

But I found myself, unexpectedly, in a box. Publishers wanted me to continue to write about women, not men. I was a woman’s author, they told me. My readers expected a certain type of book. Novels? You want to write novels? Absolutely not! You’re a biographer. One publication even categorised me as a ‘women’s literary historian’. It was a strait-jacket I had written myself into and longed to get out of.

Never despise money. It buys freedom. One of my books became a best-seller, serialised in the Mail on Sunday, and suddenly I had enough money to be independent of that terrible killer – the publisher’s advance. I could take a year or two out and write just what I wanted to write. So I wrote the novels I’d been dreaming of and scribbling bits of in my spare moments. The only problem was that my agent didn’t like them. They didn’t fit any genre and the heroines weren’t conventional. One of the plots even had a lesbian in it. Shock! Horror! Would I consider taking that character out? Stupidly I re-wrote it, but my agent still wasn’t happy.

Neither was I. But fortunately, at that moment, along came the E-book and the self-publishing revolution. Instead of a dialogue with agents and publishers (and marketing managers) I could have internet conversations directly with my readers. I joined a beta-reading site and my novel shot up into the top 5 books, competing with crime, fantasy and romantic fiction. It had ecstatic reviews. I had one last conversation with my agent and hit the self-publishing button. The novel went on to win a Kindle award for historical fiction and I carried on writing.

My next novel was even more controversial, since it dealt with a character who had been born ‘between sexes’ in the nineteen twenties. The Centauress, the novel which is included in the box-set, was inspired by a wonderful woman I met in Italy about fifteen years ago, who was very frank about her dual gender, but who had obviously suffered intensely throughout her life because of it. The other protagonist, Alessandra, is a biographer like me – paid to poke and pry into other people’s lives, fascinated by the detective aspects of research, but uncomfortable with the elements of voyeurism.

I’m fascinated by the interplay between biography and fiction because there is no real boundary between them. A novel is a fictional biography and a biography is a ‘found’ novel – you’re given the characters, the plot and some of the dialogue and you have to bring the hero/ine alive for the reader. Every novel and every short story I write is influenced by my career as a biographer, researching and analysing people’s characters and finding ways to bring them to life. 

Since I became an ‘Indie’ author my own life has changed dramatically. Instead of the cut-throat, competitive world of commercial publishing I’ve become a member of a supportive, friendly tribe. We connect with each other on social media and in groups such as ALLI, sharing advice and information. 
We’re all rebels, free to write the books we want to write without being constrained by the false categories of genre. 

So, I was absolutely delighted when I was approached by other authors whose work I had always admired to be part of a 7-book ‘box-set’, show-casing women writers, writing about extraordinary, genre-busting heroines. We aim to give traditional publishing a run for its money and our readers a mind-blowing read! 

A movement that has freed and empowered authors is doing the same for readers. They are free to choose what they read in a vast online emporium of books that isn’t stocked by marketing managers and where best-sellers can’t be ‘engineered’ by publicists. 

Let’s hear it for the revolution!

© Kathleen Jones


Thanks, Kathleen. I'm happy to be an indie author too and to rub shoulders with such distinguished company.

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Monday, 26 January 2015


Book of the Day 
26 January 2015 

I am honoured to have had Delirium chosen as 
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Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Whose Genre Is It Anyway? by Carol Cooper

Carol Cooper
Continuing with the series of posts featuring writers whose books are included in the Women Writing Women Box Set, today's guest post is by Carol Cooper, author of One Night at the Jacaranda.


Whose Genre Is It Anyway?
Carol Cooper
If I close my eyes and think of genres, up pops a long list like this:

Thriller                        Detective fiction            Murder mystery
Action & Adventure       Psychological thriller      Science fiction
Supernatural                Western                       Horror
Steampunk                  Legal thriller                 Medical thriller
Contemporary fiction     Urban fiction                Women's Adventure
Women's Fiction           Chick-lit                       Romance
Historical romance        Domestic chiller            Women in jeopardy

And of course the big one: Literary fiction.

Most people can understand what a bodice-ripper is. But what, pray, is literary fiction? You can rely on Wikipedia to have an opinion:
Literary fiction is a term principally used for certain fictional works that hold literary merit. In other words, they are works that offer deliberate commentary on larger social issues, political issues, or focus on the individual to explore some part of the human condition.”
Ah, the human condition. There’s not much consensus on that either, but one thing is certain about the human condition. Once your publisher says you’ve reached the heart of it, you know you have arrived. With a capital A.

There may also be a big A on advance, but the book won’t necessarily earn it back. Maybe that should be in the definition? I can’t recall who told me that a literary novel is the kind that sells under 200 copies a year, but he had a point. Literary fiction appeals to a smaller audience.

I asked around, and got the following essential ingredients for literary fiction:

  • Beautiful style
  • Complex characters
  • Big ideas
  • Depth, but not necessarily action
  • Takes itself seriously, and may require years to write. 

Is it also difficult to read? So much the better.

If this is what you’re after, I’ll lend you my copy of A Brief History of Time. The most obvious snag is that it’s not fiction.

Outside the Box - Women Writing Women Box Set
I didn’t bother repeating the exercise for every other genre I could think of. Genre is a major preoccupation for publishers, agents, and writers. But how much does it bother the customers?

Talking to book clubs, I had my suspicions confirmed. Readers can’t always define their preferred genre. They don’t necessarily have one anyway. They enjoy far more than one kind of book, and it insults their intelligence to assume their tastes are narrow.

Broad categories can be useful when they assist in distinguishing, say, crime, contemporary and YA novels. 
They may help people twig that A Short History of Tractorsin Ukrainian is a novel, rather than a manual on dual diesel engines. Years ago, I proofread just such a manual. Take it from me: nobody reads it for its social comment or its riveting plot.

On the other hand, labelling books can also deter readers. I’m a fan of page-turners with vibrant writing and strong characters, so I loved IStopped Time by Jane Davis, as well as Maggie’sChild by Glynis Smy. But I nearly didn’t bother with either of them.

They’re both ‘historical,’ you see. I don’t really care for mannered speech, or for tons of period detail that weigh down the story and can sink the plot. And the sex scenes? Without running water, I’m sure everyone stank to high heaven beneath their hand-stitched bodices, basques, and bloomers. I’m a doctor. I know how people smell.

Many books don’t fit neatly into a genre anyway. My fiction debut One Night at the Jacaranda was, I thought, simply a novel. But as a newbie on the fiction scene, what did I know? 

One book doctor dubbed it ‘chick-lit’, even though it tackles many darker issues. It’s not even exclusively ‘women’s fiction’, since much of it is written from a male point of view. Certainly many men have read it and reviewed it. 

Excerpt from One Night at the Jacaranda
A friend calls it a ‘multi-viewpoint ensemble novel’. That may be nearer the truth, but what a mouthful! I prefer to think of it simply as ‘contemporary fiction’. What’s the point of shoe-horning it into a genre?

Genres are a means of branding, and I’m not convinced readers find them meaningful. Think back to the last few novels that carried you away. Was it the genre that persuaded you to read them? Or did you rely more on the cover, the first page, and maybe reviews, to make your choice?

The next time I see a phrase like, “With this latest book X, author Y has pushed the boundaries of genre Z,” I know I will think, “The hell with all that! Will the book be worth my precious time?”

As their own publishers, indie authors can afford to take risks, to bend the genres a bit, and to concentrate on producing what people enjoy reading. And surely that is the mark of a good book?

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Thanks to Carol for an insightful post. As someone whose books never seem to fit any particular category, I am happy to see independent authors stepping outside the box.

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