Inspiration

One, remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Two, never give up work. Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it. Three, if you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is there and don’t throw it away. Stephen Hawking Everyone must choose one of two pains: The pain of discipline or the pain of regret. –Jim Rohn There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor. Charles Dickens December 19, 1843: Charles Dickens self-published one of his most enduring works, A Christmas Carol, 171 years ago. He wrote it in just six weeks. Beauty and ingenuity beat perfection hands down, every time. Nalo Hopkinson The Jamaican-born sci-fi and fantasy writer often draws on her Caribbean heritage in books like Brown Girl in the Ring and The New Moon’s Arms. I have spread my dreams under your feet. Tread softly because you tread on my dreams. W.B. Yeats Poet W.B. Yeats held a lifelong torch for famed revolutionary Maud Gonne (born December 21, 1866). Though they were close friends and he proposed often, she always turned him down, in part because she thought that his yearning for her made him a better poet. That luminous part of you that exists beyond personality–your soul, if you will–is as bright and shining as any that has ever been….Clear away everything that keeps you separate from this secret luminous place. Believe it exists, come to know it better, nurture it, share its fruits tirelessly. George Saunders The big-hearted American writer’s short stories concentrate on the beautiful, the weird, and the profound. He is the recipient...

Don’t Quit

DON’T QUIT When things go wrong, as they sometimes will, When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill. When the funds are low and the debts are high. And you want to smile, but you have to sigh, When care is pressing you down a bit, Rest if you must, but don’t you quit. Life is strange with its twists and turns. As every one of us sometimes learns, And many a failure turns about When he might have won had he stuck it out; Don’t give up though the pace seems slow– You may succeed with another blow. Success is failure turned inside out– The silver tint of the clouds of doubt. And you never can tell how close you are, It may be near when it seems so far, So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit– It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit. Often the goal is nearer than It seems, Often the struggler has given up when they might have captured the victor’s cup. And they learned too late when the night slipped down, how close they were to the golden...

12 Kindle Book Deals #4

Welcome to the fourth day of my 12 deals of Christmas celebration, where I am running a special $0.99/ 99p sale on 12 of my best selling Kindle books. Today, I am featuring THE OFFERING. It was the beginning of everything and also the end… The full moon crept across the sky, spilling light on to the gaps between the trees. The search party pushed their way deeper into the forest. The light from their torches showed them the way. Laura Kildare walked in a dream-like state, past the barriers and the groups of police officers. The forest was full of strange faces, searching in the wrong direction, oblivious to where Sofia and Ben lay. Laura sensed something in the moment before she saw it.  A sudden shot of adrenaline pumped through her blood. Something caught her eye as she pushed her way through the dense undergrowth; it was Sofia’s gold necklace. Then she saw Sofia’s body. The rust-coloured pine needles had fallen on her like decoration. Laura screamed; her face was the colour of a ghost. It was a gruesome canvas that would haunt her. There was no sign of Ben. Sofia Sheridan was a French musician who moved to the remotest part of Ireland to forget her past and start again. It was the beginning of everything and also the end… Click here to buy now at Amazon Praise for THE OFFERING: 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...

A Christmassy Friday Finds

On Fridays, I like to share the interesting and entertaining articles I’ve discovered online during the week, and so today I would like to share my Christmassy “Friday Finds” and also my last post of 2014. I’ll be taking next week off to enjoy the holidays with friends and family. Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas. A huge thank you to all my wonderful readers for their support during 2014. See you in the New Year! Nigella Lawson’s Christmas Recipes, including Ham in Coca-Cola Delia Smith’s Classic Christmas Recipes Christmas Deals and Gift Ideas at Amazon Listen to free Christmas music online A perfect Christmas indulgence: my favourite Banoffee Pie recipe Free Christmas e-cards Christmas Gift Guide for Caffeine Fiends Christmas Gifts for Writers Christmas Gifts for Book Lovers Christmas Gifts for...

Facebook Book Club Recommendations #Mystery #thriller #crime

A huge thank you to the fabulous Tracy Fenton at The Book Club for compiling this amazing list of recommendations! You’ll never wonder what to read again. I’ll post Tracy’s recommendations for romance and other genres next week. Enjoy! GENRE TITLE/AUTHOR Jewish Fiction / Mystery A Beautiful Family – Marilyn Cohen De Villiers Thriller / Mystery A Single Breath – Lucy Clarke Thriller / Mystery / Crime Above Suspicion – Lynda La Plante Psychological Thriller Accident (The) –  C L Taylor Thriller – Samuel Carver Book 1 (6 in series) Accident Man (The)- Tom Cain Contemporary / Family / Suspense After the Fall – Charity Norman Psychological Thriller Alex – Pierre Lemaitre Thriller – Mitch Rapp Book 1 (14 in series) American Assassin – VINCE FLYNN Psychological Thriller Apple Tree Yard – Louise Doughty Thriller / Mystery / Crime Back Road – Rachel Abbott Psychological Thriller Before I go to Sleep – SJ Watson Thriller Before Nightfall – Rachel Amphlett Psychological Thriller Before We Met – Lucie Whitehouse Thriller – Jack Caffery Book 1 (7 in series) Birdman – Mo Hayder Thriller – Harry Bosch Book 1 (15 in series) Black Echo (The) – Michael Connolly Thriller – Ren Bryce Book 1 (3 in series) Blood Runs Cold – Alex Barclay Thriller / Mystery / Crime Boy that never was (The) – Karen Perry Thriller / Mystery / Crime Broken Dolls – James Carroll Thriller / Mystery / Suspense Copycat – Erica Spindler Thriller – Robert Hunter Book 1 (4 in series) Crucifix Killer (The) – Chris Carter Psychological Thriller Cry (The) – Helen FitzGerald Psychological Thriller Cry Baby...