Book Of The Month – Donkey Boy & Other Stories – By Mary Smith @marysmithwriter

from Hugh’s Views and News

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After a month’s break, welcome back to my book of the month feature. To kick us off for 2018, I’d like to welcome Mary Smith to my blog. Over to you, Mary…

Thank you so much, Hugh. I’m truly honoured and excited to be here on your brilliant blog.

What’s the name of the book?
Donkey Boy & Other Stories, which, as the name implies is a collection of short stories.

#books #shortstories #authorsTell us a little about the stories and the characters.
I’d have said there wasn’t a connecting theme but author Margaret Elphinstone who provided a testimonial for the back of the book describes the characters as ‘disinherited by mainstream cultures’, and I’m happy to go with that.

There’s the donkey boy of the title story, a young lad in Pakistan, who is confronted by a moral dilemma and there’s a visually impaired man in a residential home in Scotland…

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20 Marketing Tips for New Authors

This is a good read for all authors, new and not so new…:)

Watching the Daisies

The day your first book is published is incredibly exciting, but you now have to market and sell it…

“20 Marketing Tips for New Authors” is based on my own steep learning curve. The majority of these tips are FREE.

Begin with an E-Book

Consider having e-book format only for a few months. This will allow you to gatherreviews which you can include on the inside cover of your print copies.

It is also well worth investing in a good book cover. It will pay dividends.

I launched “Watching the Daisies” on 14th November 2016 with Amazon Kindle, and enrolled in KDP Select for six months – to create free deals and Kindle countdowns.

On 12th April 2017, I launched my print copies on Amazon’s CreateSpace. When my six months had expired with KDP Select, I distributed “Watching the Daisies” to all the other major online bookstores via

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Meet Guest Author Richard M. Ankers…

Guest Author Richard M. Ankers…

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How does one make an introduction when he hates talking about himself? Hm, I know, I’ll tell you what convinced me to give up everything to write. We’ll see how that goes because it’s something only I know.

It started with a Death.

richard-m-ankersI have a bad memory bordering on terrible, so when events stick in my mind, they’re significant. Peta was there from the start. She still is in one way or another.

One of my first memories of school was the day the headmaster announced during assembly that Peta’s father had died of a brain haemorrhage or something equally terrible. We were to give her space and respect. At six one’s comprehension of such things is sketchy, but we tried.

It was particularly cruel on Peta because she was brilliant. Clever, pretty, talented — she played the flute even then — she was everything I was not. Self-confidence…

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In The Lime Light #AuthorInterview – When Kindness and Inspiration Unite

Interview with one of my favorite bloggers, Erika Kind

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Today’s Lime Light is with someone (I Hope) you already know very well, Erika Kind from http://www.erikakind.com, a blog where Kindness and Inspiration, Spirituality and Harmony Unite.  Erika was born in Vienna but grew up in another part of Austria and in the Principality of Liechtenstein (within the Swiss Alps) where she still lives. In 1998 she moved with her little family to the States and spent there a bit more than a year. She is a part-time working mom and running a Practice for Aromatherapy and Self-Development and next to being a singer and author. Oh, and she has had a tortoise for 32 years….now if that doesn’t intrigue you to keep reading, Im not sure what will!

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