Crime box set of 6 complete mystery thrillers only #99cents

Buy one book, get  5 books free! Grab a bargain this weekend, my crime box set, “Killing Times 6 (6 Complete Mystery Thrillers)”, is now available for 99 cents until next Tuesday. Available at Amazon.com for $0.99 and at Amazon UK for £0.77. The Books:1. A Daughter’s Secret2. Killer Friends3. Killing Time4. Shattered5. The Offering6. WatchedFacts about the Books:*Thousands of copies sold*Bestseller rankings as high as #1*Hundreds of reviews with an average rating of 4 out of 5 starsReviews:A sign of a gifted author is the ability to transport her readers, place them right in the middle of the storyline and allow them to feel the range of emotions that the characters in the book are going through. Joanne Clancy is that type of author. ~ Erin Brady, Goodreads I love Joanne Clancy’s crime novels. They are always intriguing murder/mysteries written from different viewpoints. Plus, I always get to travel back to beautiful Ireland. Great characterization with very suspenseful, excellent plots. ~ Robin Lee, Amazon Top 500 Reviewer Clancy is a master of suspense. ~ Sandra, Amazon Customer Book Descriptions: A Daughter’s Secret Two can keep a secret…if one of them is dead… Millionaire businessman, Brent Ford, has a past that he has spent twenty years trying to forget. However, someone is lurking in the shadows, unwilling to forgive and forget. The seed of Brent’s murder was planted decades ago, and the killer has been on a one-way course to disaster ever since. Only two people know the truth behind the deadly secret…but they have promised not to tell… Killer Friends Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer… Flashes...

How to Market a Book

The publishing industry is changing quickly, consequently, so are the methods of book marketing. Authors, whether traditionally or self-published, must learn to market their own books. Ultimately, a successful author platform is all about showcasing an author’s individual personality and writing style through a combination of blogging and social media…try saying that in one breath! I have read (too) many marketing books over the past few months in my quest to develop my author platform. I wanted a book that would show me exactly what I needed to do in order to become a social media superstar, a blogging expert, and a technical whizz! Most of the books I read left me wanting to abandon the whole idea or fling my computer out the window, but that would have defeated the purpose, so I bravely soldiered on and kept reading and researching. Copious cups of tea and too many chocolate bars later, I am happy to bring you my top 5 author platform building books, which I will be reviewing in detail during the coming weeks.   1. APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur, by Guy Kawasaki and Sean Welch 2.  How To Market A Book, by Joanna Penn 3. Build Your Author Platform: The New Rules: A Literary Agent’s Guide to Growing Your Audience in 14 Steps, by Carole Jelen and Michael McAllister 4. Your First 1000 Copies: The Step-by-Step Guide to Marketing Your Book, by Tim Grahl 5. Book Marketing is Dead: Book Promotion Secrets You MUST Know BEFORE You Publish Your Book, by Derek Murphy  ...

How to Write a Book (Part 2 in The Irish Times Series) Don’t shoehorn yourself into the wrong form of writing.

Don’t shoehorn yourself into the wrong form of writing. Writers Nuala Ní Chonchúir, Ron Rash and Deborah Levy all feel it is important for beginners to try out different forms – poems, novels, short stories, plays – to see what suits them and what excites them. Last week’s article dealt with inspiration, but deciding on the right form for an idea may help find your story’s narrative. For anyone determined to write fiction, the novel is often the default canvas. It’s a marathon compared to the sprint of the short story, but both have very different rules and requirements. Short stories, by their brevity, are tempting because they can be completed in an accomplishable time period, but aspiring writers should never underestimate how difficult they are to get right. That said, 2,000-4,000 words is a far less daunting commitment than a 300-page novel – so how important is deciding on form? American author Ron Rash’s novels included Serena and The Cove. His short story collection, Burning Bright, won the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, and in 2013 he published Nothing Gold Can Stay. “New writers shouldn’t concern themselves about whether they are story writers, novelists, or poets,” says Rash. “They not only limit themselves but could also be mistaken as to where their talent lies. Faulkner and Joyce both wrote poetry early on but came to realise fiction was their métier. The important thing is to write every day. The rest will sort itself out.” I couldn’t agree more; writing every day is key. Writing is a habit: the more we write, the better our writing becomes. Reading a lot is also very important, but it’s...

Writing Prompts and Inspiration

Are you staring at the blank page or screen, unsure about where to begin? Have you hit a block in the middle of writing your story? As a writer, I know that feeling, and I’m always on the look out for writing prompts and inspiration. Imagine my delight when I discovered the wonderful website Six Word Stories, where entire short short stories are told in just six words. It’s a great place to jump start a story, to brainstorm or to invent your a back story. The site was inspired by Ernest Hemingway’s six word story: “For sale: baby shoes, never worn”, which is the original short short story. Hemingway’s colleagues bet him that he couldn’t write a complete story in just six words. They paid up. Hemingway is said to have considered it his best work. Six Word Stories invites everyone to contribute their own six word story. Some of my favourites are: “Found true love. Married someone else.” ~ Dave Eggers “We’re lying in bed. She’s lying.” ~ Seloc “Unwanted boy grows into wanted man.” ~ Nate Christen “Sharp new yellow pencil. Limitless potential.” ~ Melissa Wilson “Rain. Two strangers. One umbrella. Love.” ~ Megha “Left handed woman seeks Mr. Right.” ~ Amber What are your favourites?  ...