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Do Middle-Aged Woman Become Invisible? Guest interview Toni Kief — A Little Bit of Blake

These are two of my favourite writers! I couldn’t reisist reblogging this absolutely great interview. In  parts it made me laugh because Toni Kief is a great character, she often cheers me up with her posts, comments and writing.

Julia Blake, is a very gifted writer and she has just started this new blog. Previously she wrote Facebook posts with acompanying photos. When I saw she had posted, I always wanted to read what she had to say because it I knew it would be entertaining. Now I’m thrilled she has started blogging properly. So do go over and follow her as you will enjoy what she has to say.

I’ve also read some of her books, they are clever and all different. You can see the reviews on Karen Book Buzz Blog.

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Gosh, its not until I’ve listed them I’ve realised how many I’ve read. My favourite? It has to be Lost and Found closely followed by Fixture and Fittings, or maybe the other way round!

Do women become invisible as they get older? That is certainly the opinion of this week’s guest the fabulously funny author, Toni Kief. Author of five independently published books, she made a conscious decision to have her heroines buck the trend and consequently they are smart, opinionated, determined and are definitely what would be termed […]

Be sure to follow Julia’s blog and read this fascinating interview.

 

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The Changing World of Books

I’ve been thinking for a long time how times have been changing and this post via ‘Ramblings from a Writer’s Mind‘ came up today. It says a lot about what I’ve been thinking about.

Drastic action by writer’s to giveaway their books in the hope that readers will want to read another from them doesn’t work. I’ve tried it and it always grieved me. All that work, years in some cases, to be given away for nothing, No other trade would dream of doing this, would they?

Authors are stuck in their ways, just as this article suggests, and too many drop and go links land in various Facebook groups, so much so that it has almost become spam. Who reads them anyway?

What people do want, and enjoy is proper content. Something interesting they can read and be entertained by, not hard sell right in their faces.

This is what I’m trying to do now with any posts I make, yes it is taking a lot more time  but I am a writer afterall, as they say, Rome was not built in a day. We have to build up again from scratch and find new ways to do things. Make books valuable again.

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One of the ways I am also doing it, is exactly what is mentioned in this article. A new an innovative marketing brand that is aimed at helping authors and providing readers with something special

It is called Electric Eclectic Books, and I’m proud to have belonged to this since the beginning. It is also good to see how it is changing with the market and always taking on new opportunies.

Writing is a lonely job and hard work on your own. That is changing because being part of a team, part of something global is the best thing that ever happened to me. Read this article and give it careful consideration – but don’t take too long to think about it!

via Good news, for (a few) authors.

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It’s a Miracle!

This is a perfect title for this story and I love ones that have happy ending. There are several aspects to this story that I can relate as my hubby also suffered ill health for a while and you wonder what would happen if the worst happened. It didn’t, thank goodness, so do read Carole’s story and leave her a comment if you do.

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You Time

Sometimes you read something that captures something special. I saw this on the Miraculous Smile website – which you may want to follow – and it, well, made me smile.

Today, we are all so busy doing things and back in the 90s I was sat in an office and one of the guys was just sitting their staring into space. I asked him if he was all right. Yes, he replied, I’m just gathering my thoughts and have a bit of me time. I looked at him unsure why he was doing it. He turned to me and said, we all spend a lot of spend a lot of time working, planning or just doing things. Nobody stops and takes time out any more to just be.

That resonated with and these days even more so. Everyone is always on a mission, so you should stop and do something that gives you great pleasure. Something simple as sitting listening and watching the leaves flutter in the wind.

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Be sure to follow this link and read the few special words.

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Turn it off and wait for the twitching…

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This article caught my eye this morning. It’s really interesting and of course, I asked myself the same question.

Could I switch off my phone for one day?

Could you?

On 22nd September, it’s switch off your phone day, I’m considering it. If I do, i shall report back here. If you do, please let me know.

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Team — Miraculous Smile

I mentioned before that I worked at Olive Garden for 17.5 years as a manager. What I did not mention, as of yet, was something that rang true for me and/or any other manager on duty at the time. Your team is what can make or break you! This is true in real life as […]

via Team — Miraculous Smile

I wanted to share this post as it is uplifting and gives us all food for thought.