Love, Fear, and Gratitude – Guest Post by Tina Frisco…

A relevant and thought-provoking post by Tina Frisco via Chris The Story Reading Ape. What is fear? What are courage and gratitude? Pull up a chair and read on…

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What is love? Not romantic love, but the essence of love, pure and unadulterated. Pure love lightens and enlightens. But what is it? In truth, love can’t be defined; we can only talk around it. In attempting to de-fine it, we con-fine it and thus lose it. Love simply is. And love is our true nature.

What is the opposite of love? Many would say hate. Seems logical, right? When we’re not sitting in love, expanded and with an open heart, we’re struggling to keep our heads above the quicksand of raw emotion. Truth is: the opposite of love is fear. All that isn’t love stems from fear. Love and fear are our primeval baseline emotions.

So what is this seemingly ubiquitous, all-consuming emotion we call fear? When we constrict – when our hearts close, our muscles tighten, our thoughts ricochet, our spirits dim – we sit in…

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Smitten, Bitten and Refused Entry – Guest Post by Ian Hutson…

So, how do you go about buying a narrow boat to serve as your main residence on the canals of England? Go no further! Mr Ian Hutson spins a great yarn to answer all of your questions by way of Chris The Story Reading Ape!

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Once upon a time I decided to buy a narrowboat to live so that I could escape the rat-race and pootle around England’s canals. The process is a bit like buying a used car, but with more chance of falling into water. In the end it seemed more a case of offering myself to various boats until I met one that was prepared to adopt me.

salespontoonswithducksSales Pontoon (with Ducks)

Sales marinas and boat brokerages vary drastically in aspect. Some look like scrap-yards on the Indian sub-continent. Some, at the other end of the spectrum, resemble the offices of Messrs Harland & Wolff before that little upset with the Titanic. A minority, those in the middle of the spectrum, and one that I ended up buying from eventually, are quite nice places. It is entirely a lottery. One key indicator is to find a brokerage without a parrot in…

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A Green Room welcome to ~ John W. Howell!

An excellent and unique interview with one of my favourite authors, John W. Howell! Thanks to Jan Hawke and Siân Glírdan.

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Today, one of my favourite authors and literary friend, John W. Howell, is visiting my island oasis of creativity here in the Seomra Glas (the Green Room)! 

John began his writing as a full-time occupation after an extensive business career. His specialty is thriller fiction novels, but John also writes poetry and short stories. His first book, My GRL, introduces the exciting adventures of the book’s central character, John J. Cannon. The second Cannon novel, His Revenge, continues the adventure, while the final book in the trilogy, Our Justice, launched in September 2016. All books are available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle editions.

John lives in Port Aransas, Texas with his wife and their spoiled rescue pets

Siân: Welcome once again, John!  I see you’ve got a hankering for the simple beach experience and nothing too fancy – good choice!

John: I’m thinking it would be nice…

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John’s Believe It Or Not… March 19th

It’s Sublime Sunday! Did you know…

* 1885 – Beginning of the North West Rebellion in Batoche, as Louis Riel seizes hostages and proclaims the Provisional Government of Saskatchewan. (This was the second great struggle to protect Métis (mixed blood: Native and French or British) rights as the new Dominion of Canada was expanding into their territories in the prairies and threatening their way of life. Riel had been exiled to the US after leading the successful Red River Rebellion in 1869-70. Leader of the buffalo hunt, Gabriel Dumont, rode to Montana to ask Riel to return and lead their fight against the Macdonald Government. Riel set up a provisional government at Batoche and Prime Minister Macdonald responded by sending British Regulars and Ontario Militia to put a quick end to things. However, the brilliant strategist, Gabriel Dumont, humiliated the troops sent against them until November when the Métis ran out of ammunition. Continue reading “John’s Believe It Or Not… March 19th”

Scaling Up My Amazon Ads

Nicholas Rossis shares how he plans to use Amazon Marketing Services to market his books in the next few weeks. Very helpful!

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Amazon | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books Image:

Well, the title says it all, doesn’t it? Following my small success with Amazon Marketing Services, I’m about to scale up my promotions. I have been reading up on AMS and to reach that goal I’m planning to increase everything, ie:

  • Number of keywords and products,
  • CPC bid,
  • Budget, and
  • Number of ads.


Keywords are probably the most important thing to research. According to Michal Stawicki, aka Kindlepreneur:

  • Amazon’s suggestions aren’t worth much so don’t rely on them, and
  • It’s better to target your competitors directly instead of using descriptive words.

So, with that in mind, what is the right number for my keywords? Michal suggests we use at least 300 keywords. I plan to use even more. I’ll select them by going to a similar book to mine, check out the “also boughts” in the same genre and respective sub-genres, and…

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John’s Believe It Or Not… March 18th

It’s Sizzling Saturday! Did you know…

* 1892 – Lord Stanley says he will donate a silver challenge cup to the champion hockey team in Canada. (The Stanley Cup (French: La Coupe Stanley) is the championship trophy awarded annually to the National Hockey League (NHL) playoff winner. Originally commissioned in 1892 as the Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup, the trophy is named for Lord Stanley of Preston, then–Governor General of Canada, who awarded it to Canada’s top-ranking amateur ice hockey club.) Continue reading “John’s Believe It Or Not… March 18th”

Dazzled by the ‘Spotlight’ on Rave Reviews Book Club!

Suzanne Burke is a talented writer and supportive Indie author. She was “SPOTLIGHT” AUTHOR for Rave Reviews Book Club in February and this is her remarkable report!

Welcome to the World of Suzanne Burke.

I love to share the special Highlights of my life! My month long featured tour as The Rave Reviews Book Club’s “SPOTLIGHT AUTHOR” for February 2017 ranks among the most memorable times thus far in my journey as an Indie Author!


Let me give you just a glimpse!


If you are expecting a “Rave” that’s precisely what you are going to get! BUT, I like to back up my rhetoric with some statistics. So let’s take a look at a few, shall we?

My “SPOTLIGHT AUTHOR TOUR” commenced on February 1st 2017.

My visitors to this site for the entire month of January 2017 numbered = 91.

My visitors to this site for the duration of the “SPOTLIGHT TOUR” February 1st/February 28th =181. Yes! My visitors doubled!

My visitors’ country …


The rest of the world contributed a further 20 visitors! Considering the fact that I’m an Australian…

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