Bookish links #50 books hops

Halo to all of you lovely readers

Today I have only 2 links to share. Bookstores are absolutely my weak spot. Along with fabric and wool shops but don’t tell anybody!

In the UK are a list of 19 magical bookshops! I would loose myself in these spots…

And then our own Cape Town has quaint bookshops too. My biggest issue with this article is a shortage of pictures but definitely a list I want to work through when I visit there again.

Do share some bookshops you know of around the world.

That is all from my side of the world. Thanks for visiting.

Bookish links #49 digital vs traditional

Hi all

Thank you for visiting here. I published my first books on Amazon end of last year. It’s taken me years to figure out how I want to publish. In the process I read up too much I think but, o well. It’s done now. I share them here for one of you wanting to take the plunge as well. If you have other articles that helped you, please share them in the comments. And here they are:

  1. This is an older article but still very much helpful. Morgan Rice shared her views on self-publishing here.
  2. David Sable shared an article on LinkedIn that is very much close to my heart. As a mother of 2, I try to ignite a love for reading and books. Although they are totally technology junkies, I do find that they are more prone to cuddle with a paper book than an ebook of some sort. I myself avoided ebooks until about last year when I could lay my hands on free ebooks.
  3. The fabulous Joanna Penn shares an extensive comparison between traditional and self-publishing. She has experience in both sides of the coin.
  4. The Guardian boldly shared some truths that traditional publishing should know but seem to ignore.
  5. Another short transcript on Prezi about this subject that I wanted to remember.
  6. Kate D shared her thoughts as well.
  7. AuthorEarnings  shared a fascinating comparison of digital vs traditional publishing earnings. This is a report from 2014 and I think the picture might be more 50/50 now than then although the earnings still show a big divide. Another article that I couldn’t quite put my hands on, relayed that some stability has settled on the industry.
  8. Some common ground for both digital and traditional publishing.
  9. Chat eBooks compares digital and traditional publishing. Short summary.

This list is longer than my usual 5 links but I wanted to keep them all safe for future reference.

Thanks for visiting. Until next time.



Non-bookish links #1

Good morning all,

well, my life consists of more things than books and writing…almost. You know by now I’m a serial reader and I read basically anything. So you can imagine all the other things I read. Maybe you find these helpful as well.


Low carb has been all the rage for quite some time. We stumbled onto the whole thing about 3 or 4 years ago when my hubby had some serious health issues. Initially the greatest warning I could find were about ketosis. As time passed I started struggling with some imbalances and I started really digging into it. Turns out, low carb too quickly, too much is really really really dangerous. Ketosis is the least of your problems so take it very slowly. In this article Dr Cate touches on thyroid problems that could be triggered by going low carb too quickly. But go read for yourself. Dr Cate on low carb and the thyroid

Now I love music. Any music. But I have a special place for classical music. As a homeschooling mama, there are frequent buzzwords or buzz thoughts going around, one thing was the effect of Mozart on the brain when kiddos study math. I’ve always thought that classical music is just plain awesome for the emotional well being of any person. And many rumors circulated a few years ago. The latest article I found is this one by Drs Ely and Adele.
My blog is terribly neglected…and you may agree with it. So from time to time I go on a guilty indulgence of finding blogging resources to whip it into shape. It’s going to be a matter of epic proportions when I start as this boy has never been in shape! Rachel Whojo is a special lady that has made a whole list of blogging resources
Now a scary phenomenon has started in my life. I am a very passionate runner. Road runner. Have been running since my pre-teens and are still going strong. It has come to my attention though that mothers should not be running…can you believe it. It is like cutting your long hair short when your children are born. How stale minded can a society be. Anyways, the other day a friend of mine, older friend, I should add, told me that it was time for her daughter to stop working as she wants to start with a family. I was a bit dumbstruck. I must admit. Then she went on to tell me that I should have stopped long ago! How in the world?!? Anyways, I did give her my opinion and what I think of it. Just to prove that I am not insane, I found this article soon after… Not only is it good for me, it’s good for my kiddos. Not that I am running marathons yet but hey, I enjoy the process to there…
And that is it from me for today. Have a great Sunday everybody. Chat with you later!

Warrior by Karen Lynch is available today!!!

Warrior (Relentless Book 4)
Author: Karen Lynch
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy

The warrior has finally met his match.
Nikolas Danshov is the Mohiri’s finest warrior, fearless and lethal with any weapon. For almost two hundred years, he has devoted his life to keeping humans safe from the demons that walk the earth. Revered by his people, he is a legend in his own time, a warrior undefeated in battle, and prepared for anything. Until her.
On a routine job in Maine, a twist of fate brings Nikolas face-to-face with the one person he had never expected to meet – his mate. Sara Grey is unlike anyone he’s ever met. Beautiful and fiery, she ignites his desire, while her innocence and vulnerability awaken a fierce protectiveness in him. Now all he can think of is keeping his mate safe from the dangers that hunt her, even if she fights him at every turn.
You know Sara’s story. Now read it again, through the eyes of her warrior.
Karen Lynch grew up in Newfoundland, Canada – a place rich in colorful people and folklore to which she attributes her love of the supernatural and her vivid imagination. She moved to Charlotte, North Carolina years ago and was immediately charmed by the southern people but she says she will always be a newfie.
Though she loves supernatural fiction, she has a soft spot for Charlotte Brontë and Jane Austin. She is a fan of classic rock, country and classical music but her favorite music is the sound of a good thunderstorm or a howling blizzard. Two of her favorite past times are baking artisan breads for her friends and spending quality time with her two German Shepherds.
Catch up on the rest of the series. Relentless (Book 1) is FREE!!!




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Bookish links #48

Hi there. How did your scene building go? Some great tips in last week’s post. But on to this week.

  1. I love writing about our few travels. Preselling ones article could be a great way to earn some spending money.
  2. Every genre has its own required word count. Writer’s Digest gives a definitive post for both children’s and other genres
  3. POV. Complete guide to point of view. I think anything there is to learn, can be gleaned from this article.
  4. I finished 3 little childrens books. Only 1 of the 3 was okay. It broke my heart. This article is a gloves of reality check. Here is some truth about writing for children.
  5. Being an idea machine is quite a new concept to me. Although I have more ideas than I can write about, this article was quite insightful about developing this side of creative writing.

Well that is it for this week. Until next week.


Bookish links #47 (scenes)

Hi hi! This week I scoured some ‘scenes’ articles. Here they are.

  1. Amy Knupp explains her practical planning for writing scenes. Building blocks for every scene.
  2. Darcy Pattison has a wealth of help on her blog. Here she has a 30 day series to stronger scenes.
  3. Randy Jackson, the Snowflake Man, has another helpful article about the perfect scene.
  4. Kaye Dacus goes into detail about the length of scenes.
  5. KM Weiland gives us a 5 minute rundown to structuring a scene.

And that is it for me this week. Until next week.

Bookish links #46 (writer’s notebooks)

Welcome back. Another week has passed. Enjoy these links about writers notebooks of all sorts.

  1. Better Writing Habits listed and explained some notebooks for writers. There are all kinds of notebooks listed additional to the 3 writers notebooks.
  2. Jennifer Blanchard classifies the writers notebook as the secret weapon of success.
  3. Julia Cameron believes in 3 pages a day.
  4. This was a fun link. Here is a whole Pinterest board of famous writers notebooks. It is fascinating how us writers process ideas.
  5. This is my own suggestion. A suggestion in one of my subjects this year suggested that before one writes anything, you should write all your thoughts and ideas. Basically empty yourself out on paper so that you can focus on your story or article. I think this takes practice, but it is very effective.

That is it from me this week. Until next time then.

Bookish links #45

Welcome back. Here are some more lovely links from around the web.

  1. I listed an old link from Angela Savage last week. This week I have another old link of hers for you. This is a list of books that blew her away in 2014. Some beautiful books here.
  2. I found these quotes quite funny. Some inspirational, some optimistic, some pessimistic. Enjoy these quotes on becoming a writer.
  3. I am studying linguistics. From time to time I go on a reading  binge and this list of top 50 linguistic blogs came up. It is not always the easiest thing to find so maybe it can help you.
  4. I have children’s books to submit for publishing and one of the things I find incredibly difficult to write are synopsis or burps. Here is an article to help with the writing of synopsis. Let’s see if I can get these kiddies’ books published.

Thank you for popping in. Until next time

Bookish links #44

Hi there again.

It’s been how long…4 months! So sorry. Let’s see if we can share some more fun links from all over the web.

  1. This was such a fun article. Here are just some sci-fi-words that has been coined.
  2. Aerogramme Writing Studios has compiled a list of writing opportunities for July & August 2016.
  3. Another fun article about words invented by writers. I do love these types of articles. It’s funny how many of these words are in our daily vocabulary.
  4. This is an old article but that is the beauty of books. Never truly old. Angela Savage compiled a beautiful list of top 10 crime reads for 2014. I know, I know. It is 2016 but like I said, books are never really old.

Until next week. Have fun with these!

Bookish links #43

Well, halo there! Welcome to my list of bookish and wordish links this week. Let’s get into it.

  1. 5 English Words that utterly unique. I am a true word-nerd. These are cool.
  2. The author platform is a very important part of this writing adventure. At The Write Life you can find 7 tips to build your author platform. I have some amazing followers on Twitter and Pinterest and a growing following on Instagram. But Facebook and Google+ is struggling. But I am going to pic 2 and focus on that for the near future.
  3. The Guardian shared an article about 10 grammarly rules that you might break and get away with.
  4. 7 Ridiculous origins of every day words. Say no more.
  5. Since I am drooling over Instagram nowadays, here are a list of writers to follow on Instagram

I am looking for authors to follow on Instagram so please link your profile in the comments below.

Until next time then!