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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Help Me Raise £250 For The Dogs Trust By Leaving Me A Link To Your Blog

Help Hugh Raise £250 For The Dogs Trust

Hugh's Views & News

The Christmas tree is up, but something is missing. There are no gifts under it, and I need your help to put that right.

#charity #appeal #christmastree #christmas

For this year’s Christmas charity appeal, I’m asking you to help me raise up to £365 for The Dogs Trust.

The Dogs Trust, formerly known as the National Canine Defence League, is an animal welfare charity and humane society in the United Kingdom which specialises in the well-being of dogs. Click here to go to their website.

Want to get involved? Here’s what you need to do.

  1. In the comments section of this post, leave the name of your blog and a link to it. This can be a link to your ‘about me’ page, a favourite blog post you’ve published, or the home page of your blog.
  2. If you’re an author, you’re also welcome to leave me a link to any books you have published. So, for…

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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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My Daily Observation: 10/6/17

from Dream Big, Dream Often

Dream Big, Dream Often

DannyYesterdayI wroteabout how I grew up a little bit in relation to my favorite sports teams.  The fact is that I needed to grow up a little, but I don’t want to grow up too much.  I do want to maintain some of that child-like enthusiasm for life.  I don’t know a lot of people who have kept their inner-child alive.

I noticed this week that it is incredibly important to do child-like things that remind us of simpler times; that remind us of what life is really about.  Adulting fogs the window of life.  Being an adult and growing up is not always something to wear like a badge of honor.  Don’t get me wrong I think it is important to act grown up sometimes and be responsible, but sometimes we need to be a little irresponsible.

It is good for the soul to roll around…

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