31 December 2009

Perilous Exile


Artist and author Dawny Webb, releases a new highly enjoyable fast paced adventure thriller set around the Mexican border.

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You Don’t Need Bruises to be Abused


When people think of Domestic Abuse, the first thing they think of is violence, but violence is generally the tip of the iceberg. In fact there does not need to be violence for there to be an abusive relationship. Broken bones and bruises heal, but the mental and emotional scars can’t be patched up with bandages.
 
Apparently not just another self-help book, in reality this is much more. Author and Life Coach, Brian Fox shares insight into what really happens in an abusive relationship from various angles and what can be done to help.

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Power to the People


The government in Zimbabwe lacked a policy that valued its manpower retention. The ruling party, through its policies, pushed out most of the able-bodied manpower, the productive sector of the population and did not care even if it meant ruling a handful of the ailing and old people, after all the able-bodied had fled the dictatorship.

Nancy Lazarus, shares an insightful chronicle of the events of the troubled nation of Zimbabwe and the politics of the day


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All about healthy eating - The Creator’s Diet


The Creator’s Diet tackles some difficult biblical issues on food and diet and brings out a clear healthy eating message. Packed with verses from the Bible directing the reader to a healthy food plan for all. God’s word and nutritional science intertwined in complement

Nicola Burgher shares the parallels between professional nutrition advice and biblical recommendation on healthy eating.


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Self harm and mutilation - Dancing in the Rain: the Final Cut


Self mutilation has sometimes been quoted as the “new anorexia” with a reported 2 million cases in the US alone. It is estimated that one out of every 200 teen girls between the ages of 13 and 19 regularly practice self-harming behaviour. These numbers are staggering. Many teenagers have some issues they are dealing with; be it cutting, burning, depression, anorexia, bulimia, or suicide, these are all just part of life.

Tara Nicole shares her experience of cutting and tells her story of self harm and mutilation. She shares how she triumphed over this habit and reveals her passion to reach out and help other teenagers and young people.


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It’s the End of the World as we know it


Richard Bradbury, shares insight on future world events.

"The opening years of this decade have been typified by terrorist atrocities such as 9/11; wars in places like Afghanistan and Iraq; starvation and disease in Africa; natural disasters such as the Tsunami and the earthquakes in Turkey and Pakistan.

Are these ‘signs of the times’?...

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14 December 2009

Marketing Tips for Less - Strategies to boost awareness of your book for little to no cost.

Source: Bookhitch.com

Do something everyday to market your book.

Send one copy of your book out a week, or even a day. Personalize a note, and send it to someone as a gift. Is your book medically related? Maybe there is a newspaper article congratulating a doctor, send out a copy with your congratulations too. Is it a self-help book and you read about someone going through a trying time? Send out a copy of your book, and ask if there is anything you can do to help. There are ways to help other people that will help you too.

Do a free workshop at a local venue once a month, tip off the press, and sell some books. This will allow you to perfect speeches, and will gain you notoriety to the point that people may pay you for a speech or two.

Write. Write short pieces or articles. Post them online, or submit them for publication newsletters. Voice your opinion on relevant and current issues. Take a look at writing competitions locally, and on the web. Always providing references to your book and directing people to your website.

Subscribe to e-mails from the website www.helpareporter.com. Register your name and e-mail address and twice daily you will receive a list of media outlets, and contacts that are looking for help with articles they are writing. It may be a month before you can honestly help a reporter with their story, but it may be the break that you are looking for. Warning: This list does not mean contact a reporter everyday and stretch your expertise to fit in with a story…this is how you will be blacklisted!

Join social networks and network with fellow authors. Websites such as LinkedIn, are a great place to keep in contact with friends and co-workers within the industry and keep tabs on what everyone is doing. You can also use less formal websites such as myspace and facebook to create author, or book pages. You just have to be careful of who befriends you and who you allow to view your pages: make it professional, or make it personal, there should never be a mix of both if you are using it for marketing purposes.

Network. Don’t just use social networks online, use your close friends and co-workers to help spread the word about your book.

Review other people’s books, and they may do the same for you: Tit for Tat.

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The Who, What, and Where of Marketing

Source: Bookhitch.com

Marketing encompasses the 4 P’s, or your marketing mix. These are the elements that come together to form your marketing plan. So, when you talk about marketing, you are talking about your product, price, promotion and distribution (place).


Promotion is highly important because you have to define who your target market and target audience are, and use promotional tools such as advertising, direct mailings, social media, public relations, trade shows to reach these individuals.

We will explore ways to pinpoint your target audience, go over a few effective marketing strategies, and find the best locations to market your genre.

Know WHO your audience is: In order to effectively target an audience in your genre, you must clearly understand and define who your target market really is. You can also narrow down your target market by defining your target audience. For example, specifically define what genre your book is: If you have a historical Romance book your target market would be Romance readers, but you can narrow this audience down a bit by targeting Historical Romance readers as well.......Find out more.

Know WHAT you can do to market: It’s not enough to say I am going to advertise, or send out direct mailings these days. You have to think of unique ways to raise awareness of your book.......Find out more.

Know WHERE to Advertise: Once you are familiar with the who and what of marketing your genre, knowing the best settings to showcase your book is the next step. Remember, location is key
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Counterpoise


This is the story of a young man who decided to fight back using the same morals and tactics as those who had caused him so much heartache.
Danny Finnigan was born to a good family who taught him right from wrong and grew up to be a very compassionate young man. As a child he did what little he could to protect animals he felt were being mistreated by those he felt should know better. As he grew older he started to use the gifts that God had given him to help and protect everything and everyone that he saw being abused........

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The Wishing Book


This is an edge of the seat book that will keep the reader gripped right until the end. With the many twists, it is impossible to know who they can trust.
Back in 1940 on the Island of Tenerife, a young child - Pedro Armaz, is supernaturally given words for special book which made wishes come true.....

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The Great Exchange - Fundamental Theology Of The Biblical Doctrine Of Salvation


This book will challenge your mind by the lucid exposition of scripture in relationship to the technicalities of God’s saving work, and your passion rekindled regarding the manifold grace of God in the salvation of sinners.

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Eternal Wish


This book is for those who believe in romance and love, and despite life’s obstacles, know true love will last forever.
Have you ever longed for something so badly that you have wished and wished for it? Then when finally you find it, the last thing you want to do is loose it, so again you wish and wish to keep it forever, an Eternal Wish. Well that’s what it was like for Julie Jenkins when she met Peter Porter, she was in love and so was he, but was he in love with her, or Debbie the other woman in his life? Julie was sure it was her that he wanted, and nothing was going to keep them apart……..Nothing!

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Trawlers and Trawler Folk


Ernest's second book follows on from the story told in St Vincent’s Home Boys. It traces his adventures in the Humber fishing fleet between the wars. The book also describes the profound changes in the fishing industry that took place during Ernest’s years at sea.

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Aesthetics of folk art culture - Central Asia


The author demonstrates subtle understanding of poetic, decorative and applied art, showed mastery of literary analysis and research abilities in the field of aesthetic knowledge.

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Devils in the detail


Modern fantasy fiction. WHAT would you do if your best friend was kidnapped?
Shocking twists, all powerful demons and a Princess or two! …and just what exactly is the price of a good itch nowadays?
‘By far and away the best book I have ever written’ – The Author

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The Longdon Murders


On the night of a blizzard in January 1963, an elderly couple who live in a tiny Worcestershire village are summoned to their daughter’s cottage two and a half miles away at Longdon, on urgent but unspecified business. When eventually they reach their daughter’s cottage, exhausted and worried, they find it warm but empty. Unable to face the journey back home that night, they prepare a simple meal for themselves preparatory to retiring to bed in their daughter’s cottage. The following morning, the concerned neighbours find the couple still sitting at the table, poisoned by a bottle of contaminated wine. A student is found to have been killed by the same rare poison in his London bed-sit within days of the Longdon murders. Coincidence? Surely not! Inspector Wickfield is appointed to find out.

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The Unexpected Death of Father Wilfred


One February evening in the year 1968, Fr Wilfred, the parish priest of the Sacred Heart Catholic church in Droitwich, tumbles out of his confessional, stabbed to death. His older sister demands the best detective in the force, and Stan Wickfield is appointed to the case. Unfortunately he cannot identify either the means or the motive of the murder, much less the perpetrator.


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The Girl with Two Names


This is the story of the Fraser family and their three daughters, who inherit a house on the Kerry islands. They go there for a holiday and their youngest child, Philippa, falls over a cliff and disappears. The police do a poor job in following up this case and the Frasers go home without their youngest child.

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Pearls of Wisdom


Women of the Bible - there’s something to learn from each of them. From prostitute to Chief Justice, each one has a story to tell, if we care to listen.

Pearls of Wisdom takes a brief look at thirty-one of these women and pulls out lessons for practical living that will encourage and challenge you.

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5 December 2009

Mystery Deceit and a School Inspector by Bryony Allen


A teacher’s creation! This is a highly enjoyable witty fictional book centred around school life and the dreaded Ofsted Inspection. The fictional Beaver's Brook Primary School had received a justifiably scathing report . . . The fragile lives of the teachers are held open to scrutiny and ridicule. Their hopes and aspirations crumble beneath a diatribe of no-holds-barred mockery, in which love, ambition, jealousy, passion, guilt and innocence collide - with disastrous consequences.


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The King and the Casket by David Charles

The truths, half-truths and myths of the time combine with the skulduggery and connivances which permeate a royal household to make this an exciting and stirring tale.


However, matters of English royal lineage are puzzles to be resolved only by what we believe we know and, inevitably, a royal household is an extraordinarily secretive institution.

Such is the level of research, combined with a story taut with intrigue and vivid characterisation, it is easy to forget that this book is a work of fiction.

The rest, as it is said, is history.

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A matter of life & Death by Yomi Akinpelu



Talented author Yomi Akinpelu reveals why the words we speak are literally “A matter of life & Death”. You will never view the words you speak the same way again after reading this book.

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