28 November 2016

Do you know about BookBub?

I discovered BookBub only a few weeks ago and, since then, have enjoyed receiving daily alerts about discounted and free ebooks. You may like to try it, too?

How does it work?

You join online here (it's free) and then choose the types of books you like to read and the authors you want to follow. Every day after that, you will receive a brief email with links to limited-time free and discounted ebooks. You can then browse the deals and download your selected ebooks to whichever of your devices you prefer.

Why would you want this?

You may discover stories you would never have come across before, by authors you've not read before. I have downloaded over ten new-to-me novels since I started using BookBub. 

How come it's free?

BookBub is a marketing tool for authors to connect with readers and they (or their publishers) pay for their books to be featured. All authors want to expand readership of their books so it's a win-win! You can read about BookBub's marketing tips for authors here

Here's a sample screen showing some of the ebook offers tailored to my selections. You can change your selections at any stage.

So, if you would like to widen your reading habits and you like to read ebooks (I know a lot of you prefer print format but BookBub won't help with that), why not try it? It's fun and easy.

21 November 2016

Can you change it?

Life can be complicated but some people seem to make it even harder than it needs to be. My philosophy is simple: I try to avoid worrying about events I can't control and, instead, attempt to work out what I can change to achieve what I want for my life. 

There are only two answers to this question - yes or no - so the choices are clear.

Can you change it? YES

Do it. Take whatever action required to make the change. 

It may be able to be changed quickly or could take ages. My step away from my 22 years of work in a public library into the world of quilt magazine writing and editing took me several years and a huge leap of faith to achieve but I did it. Now I combine the two work strands and am happier for it. 

Never lose faith if you want to make a change in your life.

Can you change it? NO

Stop whining. You can't change everything you want to be different.  

No one wants to read streams of complaints about how you don't like the government or the weather. Can you change either of these things? If you can, do something about it (good luck with changing the weather - it's more powerful than you). If you can't, stop grumbling about them.

Go find something else to make your life happier.  

Does this seem too simplistic? It's not always straightforward but it works. Go on, try it - I dare you!

14 November 2016

Character building: architect

It's a long process, researching and preparing to write stories. One of my current stories involves Janis who, as part of a new stage in her life, forms a relationship with an architect. 

Part of fleshing out the characters involves learning about work-related traits. This gives me a feel for the type of person I'm creating as I can work out what has attracted them to their professions. It's interesting learning about different types of jobs! 

Please say hello to my character Greg, who is an architect.


  • have excellent communication skills; they especially know how to actively listen and negotiate
  • believe firmly in collaboration; they know that without their clients' vision and their design and building colleagues' skills, their projects will not be successful
  • are creative thinkers; they can say 'what if?' and imagine potential outcomes
  • are great with details yet can still see the big picture
  • are flexible, adaptable, and patient
  • have good drawing and sketching skills
  • are curious; again asking the 'what if?' questions
  • are multi-skilled, with knowledge of business, marketing, real estate, and construction
  • have solid technical abilities; their buildings won't fall down
  • are problem solvers; this ties in with being flexible
  • are well organised
  • have a passion for their work and a strong work ethic.
Are you an architect or do you know one? What other traits of this profession would you add to my list?

07 November 2016

My book of the month: November

Since I read so many novels, I'm always surprised and delighted when I discover a new-to-me author. I hadn't read any Chris Brookmyre books before but this one looked intriguing so I thought I'd try it.

Wow! It's a fabulous thriller, told from two perspectives: the chief murder suspect and an investigative journalist. Nothing is as straightforward as it seems. The plot twists kept me intrigued until the end was revealed!

The journalist is Jack Parlabane. This is the seventh book in the Jack Parlabane series but Black Widow certainly succeeds as a stand-alone story. I'll be immediately seeking the first six books so I can start reading from the beginning. I love discovering a new series!

You can read more about Black Widow on Goodreads