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Win a signed paperback copy of Aversion on Goodreads

It is giveaway time again and this time you have a chance to win a signed paperback copy of Aversion, book one of The Mentalist Series, hosted on Goodreads (home of all things bookish). The giveaway is open to entrants worldwide – oh yeah, you read right – and runs from today until the 16th of October 2016. Feel free to spread the word as always.

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Pet Peeves List #1

courtesy of freedigitalphotos_Mister GC

Only 5 at the moment but you know this list will grow…

  1. People who chuck out an entire kettle of boiled water because re-boiling it means it loses its oxygen! Wasting a whole kettle of water! I DO NOT CARE ABOUT DEOXYGENATED WATER FOR MY TEA! It’s only a cup of tea! The number of times I’ve had to bite my tongue when I boil a kettle at work, nip out of the kitchen for a bit only to return to find someone boiling a fresh batch. Urgh!
  2. All those lovely ladies who wear high heels and stumble/waddle as a result. If you are going to cause observers to have a mini heart attack with every step you take, then don’t wear heels. Accept your height or practise in your room until you can grace the world with an acceptable walk (for the record, I occasionally wear heels so I am allowed to make this comment).
  3. The First World myth that reheating food is bad for you. Someone went as far as admitting to me that he thinks chicken tastes funny the day after so he always chucks his leftovers. Really? All chicken dishes? I stopped myself from asking if he kept the cooked chicken in a cupboard or something. It’s different if the argument is that food loses its nutritional value with multiple heat applications. Or if it is cream or something that actually smells like it has gone off. I know there have been countless cases of food poisoning from reheated food but, if your fridge/freezer is cool enough and your oven/microwave/hob nukes the meal to a reasonable degree, there is absolutely nothing to fear. I (and a few million people in the world) am living proof of this!
  4. Don’t get me started on false reviews. And I am not talking about reviews for my books. Stupid reviews in general. I once read a review on Amazon where the person admitted to not reading the book but gave it a single star rating because she thought she wouldn’t like it. Seriously???!!! Someone on Goodreads reviewed a book that hasn’t been released based on its cover. She gave it five stars. Why? Because the content is the same as the cover? Who are these people?
  5. And finally, joggers in central London who give pedestrian evil glares at rush hour. I was walking to work one morning and stopped to cross the road at a traffic light. A jogger from behind almost ran into me and swore profusely before continuing on his jog. Clearly if he was not so focused on jogging and had considered the fact that regular walking people have to stop and wait at traffic lights, he would have realised the idiocy of his anger.  He was not the first jogger I’d encountered who expressed rage over pedestrians being in their way. It’s a freaking pavement – if you want to jog in central London with no one in your way at 8.45 in the morning, find a park!

Rant over. And I feel so much better!

Book sites I’ll be stalking in 2014

booklikesleafmarksWhere I’ll be hanging out in 2014:

BookLikes – This seems like a pretty cool site. Basically you run a blog via their platform and post book reviews/vlogs/quotes.  A lot like Goodreads and they let me import all my reviews from Goodreads really easily. You can also host giveaways a lot easier than Goodreads (they let you give away ebooks!). Let’s see how this one goes.

Leafmarks – Touted as an alternative to Goodreads. Apparently formed by ex-Goodreads members. I think this might initially be filled with people who are hacked off by all the new policies Goodreads has come up with (censorship in 2014? shocking!) but it might be an interesting place to be. They also let you import Goodreads reviews etc (phew). Seems a bit sparse at the moment. Again, let’s see…

Where you’d have found me lurking pre-2014 (and I guess at the moment too):

Goodreads – Confession time…I am obsessed with this site. Like properly obsessed. I check it like 20 times a day! That’s way more than my Facebook or Twitter account. I’m not yet bothered by all the new policies everyone seems to be complaining about ever since Amazon bought them, but things might change. As of now, I think I need therapy to help me cut down my addiction…help! Continue reading

The Best of Kenny’s 2012 Reading List

2012 reading challengeWelcome to The Best of Kenny’s 2012 Reading List. I have to confess I’ve nicked this idea off a writer friend’s blog (thanks Cherese) but it fits in quite nicely with the end of the year theme for my blog. This year, on Goodreads, I set myself a challenge to read 50 books. It doesn’t sounds like that many books if you look at other people’s targets of over 100 books (sheesh) but I figured one book a week is not bad going for me. Although I’m a fairly fast reader and tend to have two books on the go, I do have other things to do besides read – e.g., write my own stuff. Well, I’m pleased to announce that I hit and passed my target a few weeks ago. Below is a list of all the books I rated 5 stars and a few 4 stars that also deserve a mention. I’ve linked to my Goodreads reviews, if people want to check out what I thought (they’re all terribly short so don’t expect too much).

5 stars

The Other Side of the Story by Marian Keyes (this was definitely my favourite read of the year)

Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

The King’s Concubine by Anne O’Brien

You Are A Writer (So Start Acting Like One) by Jeff Goins

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter #7) by J. K. Rowling

The Rockstar’s Daughter (Treadwell Academy #1) by Caitlyn Duffy

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter #3) by J. K. Rowling

4 stars (worth mentioning)

This Thirtysomething Life: A Diary by Jon Rance

Mockingjay (The Hunger Games #3) by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1) by Suzanne Collins

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter #6) by J. K. Rowling

Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter #5) by J. K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter #4) by J. K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter #2) by J. K. Rowling

This Week In Kenny’s World 4

So, after my (long overdue) sign up on Createspace, I spent all of last week formatting and setting up The Other Slipper for a paperback release. I’m pleased to say that I’ve ordered my proof copy and I’m awaiting its arrival from the US before I click the publish button. So excited! Photos will go up here once I get it and I will keep you all posted on this new venture.

I also set up a Goodreads page for my paranormal novella “Aversion”, in anticipation of its December release. The cover might change by the release date but in the meantime you can have a look at it here  – Aversion

In other news, I received reviews of both The Other Slipper and The Altercation of Vira by the lovely Angela of Angels are Kids and Furkids.

The Other Slipper review

The Altercation of Vira review
Will hopefully have more fun stuff to report next weekend.

Happy 1st Birthday To The Other Slipper!

Can you believe it? It’s been a year already! Thanks to everyone who has supported my dream by buying an e-copy of The Other Slipper. I’ve had positive reviews on various book review blogs, Amazon and Goodreads and I’m really grateful to all those who felt passionate enough about the story to talk about it. In recognition of this lovely anniversary, I’m looking into releasing a paperback copy pretty soon (thank God for CreateSpace) and I am currently going through all the formatting, editing, etc to get it right for printing (I now almost understand why publishers charge so much money for this!). It will be available via Amazon online stores so I will keep you guys posted. Exciting!

Indie Writing: Lessons Learnt So Far

It has been just over six months since I launched my first e-book (gasp! already?) and during that time I have learnt a lot of invaluable marketing lessons in what feels like a very short time. If you thought clicking publish was the end of the saga, think again! Be prepared for many hours of promoting your work and even more hours of self-doubt when it feels like all your hard work might go unnoticed in the large sea of published work out there. I thought I should share some tips I’ve learnt with anyone who comes across this site (only online marketing tips, sorry). As I always say, every little helps.

  1. Nobody knows who you are yet so stop hitting refresh on your sales screen and wondering why the figures are not going up. Get the word out there by creating an online presence or a following in your local area.
  2. Goodreads/Twitter/Facebook are your best friends. So are all other social networking sites where you can publicise your work (e.g. Kindleboards, Mobileread, Librarything, Shelfari…though I tend not to use them so much). Don’t forget to engage in other forms of activities on these sites (e.g. commenting on topics not related to your book) as heavy marketing alone will be sniffed out and frowned upon.
  3. Giveaways will generate reviews but you must remember to curtail your expectations. There are people who just want free stuff and people who will actually review your work. Patience is key to prevent enraged hysteria at the fact that your 1000 giveaways have yielded 5 reviews. Also don’t expect to get reviews within one day or your giveaway, a few weeks to a few months is normal waiting time.
  4. Use your friends. People are more generous than we give them credit for. Twitter, BBM, Facebook postings from one friend will reach hundreds of other people you don’t know. As unbelievable as I thought it was, I made a few sales from friends putting up display pictures of my book on their BBM.  
  5. Your masterpiece might not be your bestseller. Accept this and you won’t feel so bad when that book you spent five years slaving over doesn’t do as well as the one you spent six months on. One of my books is outselling the others at a ratio of 7 to 1 and it is certainly not the one I thought would be doing so well. Continue reading