Monday, July 30, 2018

New release - it's got bunting and everything!

It's been a really busy day. That's what I've been telling everyone, along with mumbled explanations about uploading books, putting together covers, writing reviews and blog posts and so on and so forth.

What I've really been doing - spent an inordinate amount of time doing, in fact, is...

Finding somewhere to hang my bunting.

I kid you not.

I probably don't strike you as a bunting kind of person, but this is no ordinary bunting. Oh no. This is homemade, meticulously stitched and ironed(!) bunting.

Don't believe me? Well, feast your eyes on these splendiferous triangular beasties!


Good, eh? :D

The bunting is a lovely release day gift from Dawn Sister - one of my fellow authors in Seasons of Love anthology, which is released 31st July (officially - it's already out).

Thank you, Dawn. I intend to keep it up for at least a month. Then I'll carefully fold it away into its bag and bring it out again same time next year, and the year after, and the year after...

Why the bunting? Well, here's the cover for my story...


...and the shortest blurb I've ever written:


I think it's probably self-explanatory, but in case it isn't...


British humour, bunting, a village baking contest, a rockin' reverend with great T-shirts, a feisty older businesswoman and a young hipster, rolling pins at dawn... or something like that.

The Great Village Bun Fight is a 22k novella, available as a stand-alone story (paperback and ebook) or as part of Seasons of Love anthology, which is hooge! 192k words - ten stories themed around the seasons and love. Most of the stories are suitable for young adults (three are expressly YA fiction; three have 'mature content' flags) - there's contemporary, literary, fantasy, comedy/humour, romance and L+G+B+T+Q representation.

About Seasons of Love:
Love follows no rules. Like sun in winter and rain in summer, love can blossom in the most unexpected places. This richly diverse collection of stories proves that love is as universal and as varied as the seasons.

THE STORIES:
Tourist Season - Deven Balsam
Machete Betty and the Office Sharks - Neptune Flowers
Once Around Seven - Ofelia GrΓ€nd
Winter Blossoms - Paul Iasevoli
Year of the Guilty Soul - A.M. Leibowitz
The Great Village Bun Fight - Debbie McGowan
A Springful of Winters - Dawn Sister
Out of Season - Bob Stone
Seashell Voices - Alexis Woods
Courting Light - A. Zukowski


Reviewer copies available - please contact me via BTP Contact Page.

Thanks for reading!
Deb x

Sunday, July 01, 2018

Adopt an Indie Author Today! #IndiePrideDay


I had a tough time at school - for lots of reasons, but the one that's relevant here is competitiveness, and not my own. By the time I figured out what the problem was, I was in my mid-twenties and studying for a degree.

For brevity: I was fairly clever but shy, not good at sports, lousy at socialising, average height, average looking, an average musician - in general a bit of a wall flower. With adolescence, I put on weight, and that was so not the attention I wanted to bring to myself. In fact, I didn't want attention at all. I just wanted to get on with being me, doing what I was good at, which is also what I enjoy:

  • People watching.
  • Writing.
  • Reading.
  • Listening to music.
  • Discovering new things I'm good at.
  • Thinking round corners.
  • Being the best I can be.

So, all those competitive team sports? Pure torture. Being ranked on exam results? Much the same. Eventually, I realised that my position relative to my peers was of no consequence. I knew if I'd done my best, and that was absolutely good enough. It's my motivation, it's how I measure my achievements (or my progress towards achieving).

What has all that got to do with Indie Pride Day?

Well, there are an awful lot of authors out there, and all of us share the same goal - not necessarily to write a bestseller or make a living from our books. Many of us write for ourselves, but we publish for other reasons. I publish because I want to challenge people to think about the complexities of day-to-day life and enjoy my stories. If they don't, that's OK. There are plenty of other stories out there.

Which is the point of all the above. Like my performance on an undergraduate essay was not affected by the performance of my peers, nor does the success of other authors have any bearing on my success. Except, maybe, if we're all happy and bigging each other up. That's surely got to be a positive thing.

There are plenty of readers, all with different tastes, all looking for different kinds of stories. It doesn't really matter that the market is saturated with books, other than it makes it really hard for us wee indies to get noticed.

Thus, here's a shout out to my indie author buddies. Go visit their websites, find their books, buy/download and read them. And if you like them, tell people about it. Share the love.

And, in return, we will love you forever. πŸ’™πŸ’œπŸ’—

Some Indie Loveliness For You!

On the NewsNibbles blog, you'll find a round-up of Sparkly Badgers' recommendations, with links to books and authors:
http://www.newsnibbles.co.uk/2018/06/30/sparkly-badgers-recommend/

You can also find a whole bunch of indie authors on Beaten Track Publishing:
http://www.beatentrackpublishing.com/authors

And also on Supposed Crimes: https://supposedcrimes.com/

Quite a few authors I know have books available at discounted prices this month:

A.M. Leibowitz
C H Clepitt
Claire Buss
L.N. Denison
Lyra Shanti
Joanne Van Leerdam
Jacqueline Church Simonds
Margaret Adams Holmes
Timothy Casey

I'm going to link to Goodreads profiles (in no particular order), as this is the easiest place to find comprehensive links to authors' work:

Jeanne G'Fellers
Carrie Pack
Kaje Harper
Edmond Manning
Russell Ricard
Amelia Faulkner
Martin Belk
Donna Jay
David E. Manuel
Jonathan Hill
Kath Middleton
Julie McLaren
Matthew Drzymala
David Wailing
Tim Arnot

As always, thanks a million for reading.
Deb x