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It's Holiday BookTubeAThon time!

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It's Holiday BookTubeAThon time! #HolidayBookTubeAThon #TBR


YAY it's Holiday BookTubeAThon time!

From 29th-31st December I'll be joining in this fun, reading frenzy. 

This years challenges are to read:

1) a book with your favourite colour on the cover
2) a book in a genre you discovered this year
3) a book you were gifted

The overall goal is to read 3 books in 3 days.

This is my TBR list for this year:



The books I'll be reading:

Sweet Tricks http://amzn.to/2iuxG7x

A Christmas Kiss http://amzn.to/2ii08cM

Jenna's Story http://amzn.to/2hwEYsM

Find out more about BookTubeAThon over at https://www.youtube.com/user/BookTubeAThon


P.S. the official hashtag is #HolidayBookTubeAThon ;)


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Best Books Of 2016

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Best Books Of 2016


I read a lot of good books this year. You can find my full list on Goodreads at https://www.goodreads.com/user_challenges/4726737, but I thought I'd put the spotlight on the best ones. 

Here's my top 10 reads of 2016 (in no particular order):


1) The Fire Child by S.K. Tremayne http://amzn.to/2hZFQHp






3) Sister Dear by Laura McNeill http://amzn.to/2hh544J



Watch my full review at: https://youtu.be/Qfs5oYPpIjw?list=PLbxi8SuYKpoIJ06FTYuTWT2sTleQxqMWt

4) The Judas Game by Ethan Cross http://amzn.to/2ikkHEe



Watch my full review at: https://youtu.be/34QxZnsW_Ds?list=PLbxi8SuYKpoIJ06FTYuTWT2sTleQxqMWt

5) Take a Chance on Me by Carol Wyer http://amzn.to/2hMiR1Z



6) Royal Games by Sariah Wilson http://amzn.to/2hdUr0U



7) Every Little Kiss by Susan Hatler http://amzn.to/2hdLGUC



8) Landry in Like by Krysten Lindsay Hager http://amzn.to/2ikj8WY



9) The Bestseller Code by Jodie Archer http://amzn.to/2ik7sUb



10) The Tao of Book Publicity by Paula Margulies http://amzn.to/2hvTGhv




Watch my full review at: https://youtu.be/IBm8h_8nqZw?list=PLbxi8SuYKpoIJ06FTYuTWT2sTleQxqMWt


Also worth a mention


My favourite children's picture book of the year was The Storybook Knight by Helen Docherty http://amzn.to/2hvOREw





I also feel that the Remade series published by Serial Box Publishing should get a mention as it introduced me to short serial fiction, and although it had highs and lows, had me hooked. Get Episode 1 at http://amzn.to/2igmuOJ

Watch my full reviews:

Episode 1
https://youtu.be/M_tSL-gopcA?list=PLbxi8SuYKpoIJ06FTYuTWT2sTleQxqMWt
Episode 2 
I skipped this one but have a copy now and will read and review shortly.
Episode 3 
https://youtu.be/5nC_duoVEBU?list=PLbxi8SuYKpoIJ06FTYuTWT2sTleQxqMWt
Episode 4 
https://youtu.be/QRmdRAc10Ws?list=PLbxi8SuYKpoIJ06FTYuTWT2sTleQxqMWt
Episode 5 
https://youtu.be/dtKn4FWjMSU?list=PLbxi8SuYKpoIJ06FTYuTWT2sTleQxqMWt
Episode 6
https://youtu.be/eElzno76SXY?list=PLbxi8SuYKpoIJ06FTYuTWT2sTleQxqMWt
Episode 7
https://youtu.be/ose3xxmzhaQ?list=PLbxi8SuYKpoIJ06FTYuTWT2sTleQxqMWt
Episode 8
https://youtu.be/meYgJdd4rwI?list=PLbxi8SuYKpoIJ06FTYuTWT2sTleQxqMWt
Episode 9
https://youtu.be/H6j7fopqhEc?list=PLbxi8SuYKpoIJ06FTYuTWT2sTleQxqMWt
Episode 10
https://youtu.be/PvrC8x_zIBA
Episode 11
https://youtu.be/m0ouaFLJJNI
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What books made it onto your best books of 2016 list?

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The AuthorTube Christmas Tag

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The AuthorTube Christmas Tag


I was tagged by Jay Dee Archer (Thanks Jay Dee :)) https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCC790woUs4SEQGxVnHDJOyw to do the AuthorTube Christmas Tag.

AuthorTube Christmas Tag (Original) by Living Within Fiction: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC60Zr8vPdJf5n5WqWzsNrEg

Questions:

1. What would your main character’s favourite Christmas song be?
2. Pick one of your characters. What would be on their Christmas wish list?
3. Which one of your characters, as an adult, would still believe in Santa Claus?
4. Would your MC drink eggnog? If not, what would their Christmas go-to drink be?
5. Out of all of your characters, who would be the best gift giver?
6. Your MC got a gift that he/she hated. What would he/she do?
7. Does your MC sleep in on Christmas, or wake up early with excitement?
8. What would be your MC’s favourite part about the holidays?
9. Your MC and his/her love interest step under a mistletoe. What happens?
10. Which of your characters would you find in the kitchen baking Christmas treats?
11. Lastly, a question for the author. What are some of your favourite books to read during the holidays?

Watch the video for my answers:


I tag:


Jenny Bravo

Skye Hegyes

If you haven't been tagged but want to do the tag, please consider yourself tagged too ;)

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Interview on The Writing Train

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Interview on The Writing Train @thewritingtrain


I've met some really awesome people over on Twitter. It is definitely one of my favourite social media sites, and without doubt one of the most effective for branding, marketing, and connecting. 

Unlike some other main stream social media sites, Twitter is in fact very social. People comment on tweets, share tweets, and well just join in the conversation a lot more openly than they do on other social media sites (obviously this is just based on my own personal experience. Some people manage to get a lot of interaction on other sites and drive huge amounts of traffic to their websites).

Anyway, I use Twitter a lot. During November it was one of my favourite places for posting about my NaNoWriMo progress. It really made the event all the more special, and fun to do. I loved cheering on my fellow writers, and sharing the highs and lows of the adventure with them. The support network on Twitter is amazing, and not just in November. The writing community on there is great all year round.

But I digress. Today I wanted to share with you an example of why Twitter is so awesome, and introduce you to one of my new writing buddies. 

Today I'm interviewed by Benjamin Thomas, from The Writing Train over at https://thewritingtrain.com/2016/12/13/interview-with-the-multi-talented-jo-linsdell/. We talk about a whole bunch of stuff including; writing, blogging, and even graphic design. I hope you'll drop by and leave a comment.

I connected with Benjamin during NaNoWriMo via Twitter, and he helped cheer me on as I worked on my word count. I jumped at the chance when he invited me to be featured on his website.

Benjamin also organises Mystery Thriller Week which is an annual event that celebrates the whole mystery/thriller/crime genre (check out https://mysterythrillerweek.com/ for more details). The next event happens 12th -22nd February 2017. If you love writing and/or reading this genre as much as I do I hope you'll consider dropping by and checking out the event. 

You can follow Benjamin on Twitter at 


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Winter Themed Pre-made Ebook Covers

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Winter Themed Pre-made Ebook Covers


Christmas themed pre-made ebook covers available now. All text can be changed. Additional text can also be added if required.

PRE-MADE, AFFORDABLE BOOK COVERS by Jo Linsdell
PMBC49 -€50
 

PRE-MADE, AFFORDABLE BOOK COVERS by Jo Linsdell
PMBC45-€50
 

PRE-MADE, AFFORDABLE BOOK COVERS by Jo Linsdell
PMBC46 -€50
 

PRE-MADE, AFFORDABLE BOOK COVERS by Jo Linsdell
PMBC3 -€10
 

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Post NaNoWriMo: I Wrote a Novel. Now What?

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Post #NaNoWriMo: I Wrote a Novel. Now What? #PostNaNoWriMo #NaNoWriMo2016


With the writing frenzy of November now behind us, many NaNoWriMo's are left asking "I wrote a novel, now what?"

Writing the first draft of a novel in 30 days (or less) is a huge achievement but it's only the first step. Now you'll need to rewrite it, edit it, and do all the other things that lead to turning it into a published book.

This video takes a look at what I'm doing post-NaNoWriMo and some of the books that I'm using for research and reference:


Books mentioned in video:

No Plot? No Problem! http://amzn.to/2fSEJ7t

Self-Editing For Fiction Writers http://amzn.to/2guikRX

The Bestseller Code http://amzn.to/2gTZMY6

The Everything Guide To Writing A Romance Novel http://amzn.to/2fSKXUM

Getting Your Book Published For Dummies http://amzn.to/2guiCYZ

WD Writer's Market (link to 2017 edition) http://amzn.to/2fSLDcH

"Publication is a marathon, not a sprint. Writing the book is only the start" Jo Linsdell #Quote


Did you win NaNoWriMo 2016? Are you planning on jumping straight into rewrites and revisions, or will you wait for the new year? Got a suggestion of a book I should check out to help me in the post-NaNoWriMo stage? Leave a comment below.

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The Box is FREE from 1st-3rd December

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The Box is FREE from 1st-3rd December


We are officially in 'lead up to Christmas' time and so I thought I'd give you my bestselling children's picture story book The Box for free. That's right, FREE! 

From 1st through to 3rd December 2016 you can grab a kindle copy of this popular kidlit at http://amzn.to/2gOxFJL

The Box is FREE from 1st-3rd December


With all the boxes you'll probably have around the house over the next month, this book is perfect for your little ones. It's also a nice reminder that you don't have to spend a fortune on expensive gifts over the holidays. Even something as simple as a box can lead to hours of fun ;)

What people are saying about The Box:

The Box is FREE from 1st-3rd December


"I loved this book! The Box by Jo Linsdell has all the makings of a favorite children's book: simple,imaginative and fun." 

"The Box took me right back to my childhood and my children's childhood. Now, I can read it to my grandchildren and tell them how I played with a box and how their Mom or Dad did. Jo Linsdell has written a fun book with illustrations that will touch your heart and take you back in time. It has just the right number of words and sentences to connect to your toddler's imagination and stay within their attentive span. When I get a new book for the grandchildren I often bring something to go with it like seeds and a shovel for a book about a garden. How neat is this. I will only need to find a discarded box! Imagination is a wonderful thing to promote. This really does deserve 5 stars."
 

"The most expensive toy will never match up with a simple large box. Ms. Linsdell does an awesome job with this fun and simple children's picture book that brought back nostalgic memories for me. A box holds so many possibilities and the imagination is endless! :)The artwork is beautiful, clear and engaging for both a child and the adult reading the story. I really enjoy the clean simplicity. A great book for that special boy who will always remember the fun he had with a simple box! This is a great indoor/rainy day or outdoor fun story! Works all around! :)"
 

"Because a Box is just a box except when it is not! This book is so darn cute! My almost three year old giggled at every page and tried to name each of the things the boy in the book was making before I read them. The illustrations are colorful and inviting too... I think I need to go get some more boxes for my kids to play with now!I give Jo Linsdell's book The Box 5 stars- this is a book I can see reading again and again to my little one!"


It's already on the bestseller lists for free kindle books on Amazon. Download your copy today and help it reach the number 1 spot.


Not got a kindle? No Problem! Just download the Free Kindle Reading App to your phone, tablet, or PC and you can read any kindle book.


The Box is also available in paperback at http://amzn.to/2gb74H3

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