It’s Over!

Well, i got through the weekend’s events very well, though I was pretty peopled out and retreated to the garage to lose myself in painting for a couple of days.

To all the people who supported me and attended either the Meet-the-author night Friday evening or the workshop on Short Stories on the Saturday, I want to say thank you so much. I couldn’t have done it without you.

They were all kind enough to give lots of positive feedback. Here’s what a few attendees had to say…

“I enjoyed the presentation and readings. The information is very informative and helped me clarify a few things in my writing style.”

“I learned more about structure and story plots.”

“I learned new stuff–always a bonus.”

“…what NOT to include, as I find I write 100 words when 10 will do.’

“It was great please do it again.”

Not a bad outcome, I reckon. I’m so glad people got something out of it. I was terrified I’d bore everyone to death on Friday night. It was quite a task to get over my reluctance to talk about myself for so long, having had it pounded into my brain that you never blow your own trumpet.

I owe much to Townsville City Council for their support in the form of an Arts Grant, and to the Rollingstone Community Association for getting Behind me, especially Chris who helped me with the application. The local Lions Group fed and watered us. A good time was had by all and some great discussions entered into. Thank you all!

Book Cover Blues

Halfway through May, and I am still working on the Ruth In Pieces cover…slowly improving, but apparently still missing the mark. I am a stubborn ass and am determined to do something worthy of the genre. I must have done about 100 variations, and now have decided to take the last few to my Meet The Author/Workshop event in a couple of weeks 28/29th May. If your live in Townsville or environs. Come along and meet me on the Friday night and/or participate in the Workshop on short Stories. ALL FOR FREE.

I am going to write in more detail about this in the TIP-C group, if you’re interested in the gory details.

In the meantime, I have to confess I haven’t done much work on actually writing my mystery Series. Escape to Danger is available on Amazon in both ebook and paperback.The ebook of Tidal Secrets is up on Amazon and the paperbook will be up soon. The Curlew’s Cry is languishing badly, but I will be back on track by beginning June.

This link will take you to my page and You will be able to read some of the first pages, almost all of chapter 1.

The psychological thriller books, Ruth In Pieces being the first of the trilogy, is up on Amazon in ebook form also. However with a cover I”m told just won’t do…see above. Book 2 is with Allen and Unwin. Book 3 is in the pupa stage and vaguely mapped out with a start on Chapter 1 having been made…

I know you want to tell me to concentrate on one thing at a time, and I would if I could. Don’t worry I’ll get there…ummmm, yair of course I will.

My good twin Rosa Christian has been busy as well. Her blog will go up tomorrow on Rosa’s Work.

In the meantime, I need you to sign up for my newsletter and/or do a review for me on Amazon. If you do subscribe you get a FREE sample of the short story anthology Death, Danget and Dark Dreams. Just a mouse click away.

Thank you in advance.

P.S. If you are an author, formatter, cover designer or otherwise involved in book publishing don’t for get to visit TIP-C and share your invaluable knowledge, experience and insights.

Still working at it

Well the bad news is that I’m not really any closer to deciding on the cover for Ruth. The good news is that I’ve had lots of very helpful feed back from the good people in the Indie CoverProject Facebook group. We’ll see what they think of the latest ones I’ve just posted there.

My other news is a lot more exciting. I have been accepted for a grant from the Townsville City Council through my local community association RaDCA. So if you hapen to be at a loose end on the dates below come on over…

I’ll let you know how it goes. I’m very nervous. Lots of work to do beforehand. So I’ll leave you with that thought. ‘Bye

Ta Daa!


So, I’ve done it. Book 2 in the Beaufort’s Landing Series is now available as an ebook on Amazon. It was fun visiting Xelma again for the final read through. Hope I caught all the errors. Let me know if you find any.

Speaking of which, I went into my author page on Amazon and I have a big beautiful 5 star review on Escape to Danger Book 1 of Beaufort’s Landing Series.

“I really enjoyed this book. The characters were very vivid and I got a real sense of what life is like in the tropics! The lead character wasn’t your classic heroine. She didn’t need saving! But it was thrilling and nail-biting all the same when she found herself in dangerous situations. I also enjoyed the fact that she had psychic skills. A very absorbing and page turning read!”

Whoo hoo!

I have determined that I really need to learn the marketing side of this biz. but it all feels so big and so much to learn it’s overwhelming. Still I must make a start. So, presently am trying to find reviewers and start a newsletter for followers of my writing. Trouble is of course that everything costs, not necessarily a lot but each little bit adds to the other and before I know it I”m even more skint. Ah the woes, eh?

What this means for my blog post is that personal guff will now appear in my newsletters and the blog will be more aimed at the writing process and those authors that I love and their stories etc etc. God knows when this will happen but there will eventually be a button for you to subscribe to my newsletter. Watch this space.

Having said that, I’d better get stuck into it. Cheers, Percy.

Alack Alas

Sigh! Here I was getting all excited about having Escape to Danger ready for sale as a paperback before Xmas so my friends and neighbours here could purchase them for pressies, but the best laid plans etc.

I will now plan for a book signing for sometime in the new year, all ways supposing I can upload the cover to the printer to their requirements. I made some mistakes at first but went back and corrected them, however it proved impossible. I really wanted to have it printed in Australia, but looks like that won’t happen. I think I am on top of it now and will resubmit it though they have not responded to my last submission.

On a happier note, I did load it onto Amazon for printing without too much trouble and ordered a proof, which has arrived. Thank god I did ask for the proof. I found what to me was a big timeline error, and a number of typos, which I have now fixed. The quality and look of the book was pretty schmick. So, it will be available as a paperback from Amazon books soon.

I have started Book 3, but have put it on hold to work on the above and also do a further edit on ‘Daughter of Anger’ Book 2 of the DNA series to enter into a Allen and Unwin’s Crime novel competition. I need to get a move on cause it closes 26th Feb 2021. Plenty of time you might say, but don’t forget the silly season has started and I am bound to be distracted.

Speaking of which, allow me to get in early and wish you a happy, healthy and safe holiday season, celebrated in which ever way you do with the people you love.

I may get in another post before the end of the year but I make no promises. 2021 is going to be a ripper. Get excited and stay positive. Talk soon, Percy.

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I’ve moved out…

I am going to re-publish this as an update and see if it appears on my FB page…here goes…..

Well hellloooo fans,   I have grown up, moved out and landed in my own new home. which is here, where you are, obviously.

It has been a learning curve all over again. Thank god WordPress is relatively easy to negotiate. By that I mean, I still made lots of mistakes and that’s why its taken me so long to write my first post…lol.

Still, I’m up and running now. There are presently three pages One with the collection of short stories and poems...Death, Danger and Dark Dreams. 

The second is simply titled Mysteries and presently has Book 1 of the Beaufort’s Landing series…Twin Powers (Psycho or Psychic) earlier known as… Death of a Twin.

The third page is titled Thrillers and though they are not yet published the page will lead you to to my very dark writing…killer diller, psychological thrillers. They are not for the faint-hearted. More about them soon…

Peruse the pages and let me know what you think.  Talk soon,  Percy Rose.

 

PS Well that didn’t work …this site is supposed to have gone Public, but nothing has happened. I will investigate and hopefully it will happen soon.