Being Anne, Books Travel & Other Things That Make Life Interesting..., aka Anne Williams, has been an especially wonderful supporter of our authors over the years. The number of retweets we get whenever an @WilliamsAnne13 Twitter post is shared is phenomenal and, along with posts by the other top bloggers in the thriving bookblogger community, Anne truly, seriously, helps our #authorpower authors reach a wider audience.
Anne's posts are always entertaining and wholly sincere. As can be seen by this post, sharing an extract from our unusual, controversial even, new debut author memoir Call of an Angel, about an ordinary working mum and her two teenage sons who are suddenly able to communicate with angels & spirits, with her customary skill and generosity of spirit.
These days Anne must be swamped with requests for reviews by publishers large and small, and we are really grateful that she could find a space for a feature extract... It's wholly appropriate that Anne was the winner of the Best Pal award at the Annual Blogger Bash 2017 AND in 2016. Thank you, Anne! you're an angel of this world..
S. E. Lynes' popular psychological thriller debut Valentina has been signed to top US audiobook company Tantor Media. Valentina was a Good Housekeeping Thriller of the Month on release in July 2016, and has gone on to become a US, UK and Australian Amazon Top 100 [paid] ranking title.
Tantor's extensive catalogue includes Man Booker, Pulitzer, and National Book Award winners, as well as countless New York Times bestsellers and titles with starred reviews from all the major publications. Tantor then adds the most popular and talented narrators to the mix, taking care to match the right voice to each book. The end result is award-winning audio. Tantor is the recipient of numerous Audie Awards, AudioFile Earphones Awards, Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Awards, and starred audio reviews.
S E Lynes' 2nd novel, Mother, is out with Bookouture on 22 November.
Read C1 of Valentina here: https://read.amazon.com/kp/kshare?asin=B01EVRUUMU
Diane Chandler was at the UK Fertility Show this weekend, signing copies of her novel Moondance at the buzzing stand of the online fertility magazine, IVF Babble. Then she was on the Q&A stage talking about the emotional impact of IVF, as portrayed in her novel, with the incredible Jessica Hepburn, author of The Pursuit of Motherhood.
See Jessica's amazing 21 Miles video at Unbound Books - swimming the English Channel, no less, sharing 21 fertility journeys in her search for the meaning of motherhood.
IVF Babble will shortly be running a competition to win a signed copy of Moondance.
Click on the images below to read Chapter 1.
On publication day of her first book, The Spell of the Horse, Pam Billinge reflects on the fear of success. Guest post reblogged from Linda's Book Bag, first published on Sept 18th 2017.
Today my first book is published, The Spell of the Horse. Thank you to Linda’s Book Bag for the opportunity to write a guest blog to mark this special occasion. You can read Linda’s review of the book, along with the other publication week reviews, also on the Equest news page or on The Spell of the Horse Facebook page.
Writing a book, never mind publishing one, was beyond my wildest dreams a few years ago. When someone suggested that I should do so, to tell the story of how I came to do what I do for a living, I laughed with a self deprecating tone. ‘Yeah, sure!’ Owning a horse, too, was once a longing I thought would never be met. I still remember vividly the moment that my first horse Delilah was mine, after parting with way more money than I should have done. I was 28 years old and gazed at her over the top of her stable door with the adoration and wonder of a 6 year old.
My passion and respect for horses has only grown stronger over the intervening years and those I have known have helped me to be who I am. Now I work as a horse-led therapist and coach – a vocation which I wasn’t even aware could exist until many years into my career. The Spell of the Horse reveals how this path emerged for me and what horses have taught me, and others, about living a life with purpose and joy.
Writing The Spell, as I call her, took me on an emotional rollercoaster which I had not bargained for at the outset. Fear of failure and of being judged paralysed me at times, and almost stopped me signing my publishing deal. Yet continue I did and today The Spell is set free in the world to do her work. I hope that if you read her you will enjoy the stories and be captivated by the wonderful horses and people you encounter.
Perhaps the biggest surprise of all for me, in this writing journey, is that receiving praise for my book, and owning it, is a lot harder than hearing criticism (although I should like to add that if you do like my book please do tell me via the review pages!) This has led me to reflect on how it isn’t fear of failing which holds many of us back, it is the fear of being as great as we can possibly be. Because if you embrace your greatness fully, who knows what might happen?!
So today, do something to reach for your dream. That thing that you long for but feels out of reach. Why should you not have it? Be open to the path which is unfolding before you and trust where it is taking you, you are probably not even aware of your likely destination yet. Open your heart to receive and offer praise. Step into your own potential, and help those around you to do the same. And if a horse is still an unfulfilled childhood dream, remember…it is never too late!
'I confess, I thought The Spell of the Horse would be a twee book of sickly entries from a horse fanatic. My abject apologies Pam. There is nothing twee or sickly about the depth of emotion portrayed in this wonderful book. in fact, I found much of The Spell of the Horse so powerful I had to read it in chunks as I couldn’t deal with the emotions portrayed in big sessions. I shall be revisiting the pages of The Spell of the Horse many times and if you’re feeling lost in your life I urge you to read it too.' Linda Hill
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