Stirs the soul, touches the heart.

Great post – be sure to read the ens!

Rebecca Bryn

For a while now, I’ve been contemplating producing an audiobook. Sales of audiobooks have risen in recent years, apparently, and I can see the appeal. Many of us don’t have time to sit and read. With an audiobook, you can listen while doing something else.

But that isn’t the only reason for me to dip my toes into the audiobook market. My father lost the sight of one eye at the age of eight when he had an altercation with a two-ton truck while on his trolley and came off worst. My mother lost the sight of one eye due to a haemorrhage when she was in her sixties. In later life she had a cataract, glaucoma, and macular degeneration in her ‘good’ eye. My mother-in-law also suffered from macular degeneration. While Dad managed to read perfectly well with one eye, Mum and Mum-in-law both struggled to see, let alone…

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Better Strangers

Better Strangers (Written in Water Book 2) by Lesley Hayes

Cordelia, Beatrice, and Rosalind are back! Having survived their variously traumatic teenage years, we catch up with them at twenty-seven and live with them until they attain the “life begins at forty” milestone. All three women are intriguingly recognisable, true to themselves. Thinking back over Better Strangers, I should have foreseen everything, but Lesley Hayes is mistress of the art of hiding the obvious in plain sight.

Ms Hayes also has the uncanny knack of raising questions in her readers minds about their own lives. “Should I have –” “Would it have been better if –” “Was this the road I’d choose if I could start over?” Personally, I don’t know the answers; I see life in black and white, not forgiving shades of grey. I tend to turn “where there is discord, may we bring harmony” on its head, and I could say the same of Cordelia, Beatrice, and Rosalind.

Is the sequel better than Exits and Entrances? As in life, some characters make their final exit, others their first entrance, and all are a fascinating mixture of their genes and upbringing. Both books are intellectually demanding to read, and the answer to my own question is I shall await, impatiently, book three in the Written in Water trilogy.


My Guest Today is Harmony Kent


Hi, everyone. Harmony here. Many thanks to Sarah for hosting me. I have a new book on preorder called FALLOUT, which is a post-apocalyptic dystopia. This novel started out life by playing a little game. I sat and closed my eyes and imagined an empty room … in that room, a vial appeared. A dull orange plastic thing covered in scratches. It sloshed when I shook it. From that tiny beginning, the world of Exxon 1 and its deadly virus was born.

Did John betray Sasha?
Why wouldn’t he take this golden opportunity to get rid of President Terror?
How can she protect herself now?

Click the cover to preorder and get a lovely surprise on August 25th when it downloads.


The year is 3040.

The location is Exxon 1, part of a six-planet system in settled space.

Determined to avoid the mistakes of old Earth, the surviving humans avoided democracy and opted, instead, for a non-elective totalitarian system.

The new way worked well, until now.

A crazy, despotic president releases a nano-virus on the population.

No one was ready for the fallout. It came anyway.

In this post-apocalyptic world, can you stay safe?

Can you, indeed? Harmony, tell us more about yourself.

“After spending around thirteen years as an ordained Buddhist monk, living in a Zen Buddhist temple, and six years after a life-changing injury following a surgical error, I returned to the world at the tender age of forty.”

Welcome back, Harmony

“Now, she is famous for her laughter, and has made quite the name for herself … she’s also, um, a writer … and fairly well known for that too. She’s even won a few awards. Harmony lives in rural Cornwall with her ever-present sense of humour, adorable husband, and quirky neighbours.
Harmony is passionate about supporting her fellow authors.”

That is Harmony not blowing her own trumpet. Take a look at this!

We’ll have to imagine the adorable husband; she’s keeping him under wraps. I’d love to know more about her quirky neighbours – they probably appear in her books without recognising themselves. 

Find out more about Harmony and her books, especially FALLOUT

Story Empire (co-authored):
Amazon Author Page: Harmony Kent
Twitter: @harmony_kent
LinkedIn: Harmony Kent
Goodreads: Harmony Kent

FALLOUT Pre-order Link:


New release! Kindred and Affinity is out today.

I pre-ordered, so I’m reading it.

Rebecca Bryn

Launching a new book title is always an exciting time, fraught with possibilities of doom and failure. Kindred and Affinity is my eighth title, and I’m altogether too relaxed about it. The fact is that readers who like my books will probably try it, and those who don’t know my writing probably won’t. It’s a little more romance based than most of my books, but like the others, it has a bittersweet twist and is firmly based in the history of the time, which in this instance spans 1873 to around 1915.

The title is live today, so there is now a ‘look inside’ at, so you can see if it’s something you might like to read, and if you subscribe to Kindle Unlimited, it’s free.

It’s a tale inspired by snippets of family history that stuck in my mind from my childhood. It’s entirely fictional, but is…

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Books I haven’t Loved and Why!

Readers’ Favorite reviewers see books they wouldn’t have bought!

Make sure yours isn’t one of them. Comments from other authors on this post would benefit us all, so please add one.

Common Mistakes Made by Fiction Writers

Have you ever wondered why your work isn’t selling? You have a great cover and a tempting description, which leaves Amazon’s “Look Inside” feature, where you have seconds to persuade a potential reader to click “Buy”. Consider which opening would interest you most.

1. Janet was blonde with long wavy hair and a curvy figure, and her beauty did tend to attract unwelcome attention. For that reason, she preferred to take taxies, but tonight, she’d opted for a breath of fresh air. If anyone she didn’t like approached, she could put her self-defense training into practice.

2. Janet walked faster, and the footsteps behind her speeded up too, the thumps of heavy shoes on the sidewalk echoing the pounding of her heart.

A hand grasped her long plait, and a hot breath scorched her ear. “Keep quiet and I might let you live.”

Ignoring pain when blonde hairs came out by the roots, she turned to face her attacker and kneed him hard in the groin. “Get lost, scum.”

Head-hopping confuses readers. This means opening with, for example, Janet, but showing the thoughts of her attacker. Janet can assess them from what she can see and listen to what he says to keep the story going. What the author must not do is state the thoughts in the attacker’s head, like this >> The bitch had hurt him, and if she thought she was getting away with it, she was wrong.

So, you’ve hooked your reader. Amazon allows books to be returned for fourteen days.

Too many POV (point of view) characters make it difficult for the reader to remember them all. Told in the first person, there will only be one POV character, but most authors choose to write in the third person. Two characters are very easy to handle, particularly if one is male and the other female. Six or seven must be brought in at intervals. Some books have huge casts, but it is possible to show the majority from one of the POV characters.

Research is vital. Everything from the name of the transport system in Chicago, and the hours it runs, to whether you can drive past the statue of Eros in London’s Piccadilly, and don’t rely too heavily on Google. Join Facebook – an important platform for an author – and make friends all over the world willing to answer questions.

“A car” tells the reader nothing about its owner. Think about the information imparted by “a rusty old Ford Focus with a missing wing mirror and brake lights that didn’t work” or “a black Lamborghini coupé polished until he could see his face reflected in the paintwork.”

Editing, and this includes traditionally-published authors; mistakes do slip past professional proof-readers, but the buck – the returned book and the poor review – stops with the author. Always reread your work yourself. “But I had a 5-star review from Readers’ Favorite”. All that means is the typos were too few to draw the reviewer out of a great story. One poor Amazon review can stop sales dead for months.

Depressed readers – go to Books I’ve Loved – they avoid most of those ghastly mistakes.

Royal Command Family Saga, plus a new novella!

Have you ever wondered what happened after the “Silver Lady” end of Sweet Temptation?

Find out in the new novella Sizzling Sunset


If you would like an ARC of all but the new story, please join my reviewer group. Members will also benefit from the preorder price of 99 cents or its equivalent worldwide. The bargain of the year in exchange for an honest Amazon review.

Book Description

When the celebrity lifestyle goes horribly wrong, who will stand by the Diamond Superstar, and who will seek to profit from his downfall? Will appeal to fans of Claire Macintosh, Susan Lewis, and Lianne Moriarty. Mature readers only.

Michael, a poor wannabe actor, puts hopes of a career above romance, until he meets and marries Elspeth, only daughter of a wealthy Scottish laird. She persuades Clement, a musical impresario, into offering Michael a starring role and, later, the pair have an adulterous affair.

Lisette, Michael and Elspeth’s eldest daughter, influenced by a literary heirloom, indulges in a taboo practise by seducing her charismatic father and bearing his child. Determined to keep her family out of jail, Elspeth contrives to give birth secretly to Clement’s son, Kit, and the babies are registered as her twins.

A rejected boyfriend guesses the truth and blackmails Lisette. Michael involves the whole family, risking everything, to rescue her, but the seeds of a newsworthy scandal are planted, and they flourish to result in dangerous rebellions, illicit relationships, and murder. Does The Spy, a journalist who will stop at nothing to get a story, reveal the truth to the world?