Monday, 27 January 2014

Writers and Authors makes Top 25 Writing Blogs 2014

Positive Writer

My Writers and Authors blog is a Champion! I'm honoured to be included in this list of the Top 25 Writing Blogs 2014. Acknowledgements like this mean a lot and make all the work worth it.

Saturday, 25 January 2014

Another 5 star review for Virtual Book Tours

My book Virtual Book Tours: Effective Online Book Promotion From the Comfort of Your Own Home gained another 5 star review today. Reviewer +Alina Popescu was kind enough to not only feature it on her blog but also posted it to Amazon and Goodreads (us writers LOVE it when readers do that ;)).

screenshot from Alina Popescu's blog
This is the link for it on her blog: please drop by, click the share buttons, and leave a comment so I know you visited.

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

New review for Virtual Book Tours: Effective Online Book Promotion From the Comfort of Your Own Home

Screenshot from The Book Connection

As Cheryl has a lot of experience with virtual book tours I was particularly interested to know what she thought of my book. Here's just a small piece:
"Before you plan your first virtual book tour, or even if you've planned one before and would like to brush up on the ins and outs of promoting your book online, pick up a copy of Virtual Book Tours: Effective Online Book Promotion From the Comfort of Your Own Home by Jo Linsdell".

If you've read the book please take a moment to post your own review to Amazon and/or Goodreads. I love reading your feedback and reviews really do make a big difference to how the book shows up in online algorithms.  

Monday, 20 January 2014

My new office

Towards the end of last year I did a blog post where told you that I was planning for my new office area and shared with you some images I'd found on Pinterest that were serving as my inspiration. Well, last week I went to Ikea and got my new desk. Happy dance :)

It wasn't the easiest of tasks but I managed to build it all by myself and love the end result. Despite being a bigger desk than my last one I now have more space.

My new desk
Since the above photo was taken I've added a white board to the right of the TV and added some boxes to better store the paper supplies below the desk. I've also strapped on a battery powered back massage cushion to the chair (best €3 I think I've ever spent!).

I love that the back panels are magnetic. They'll come in handy for putting notes and inspirations up where they can be easily, and often seen.

There's plenty of space to put my laptops on the desk too without having to move anything. Being able to set up multiple computers all on the one desk will come in useful for when I'm doing events like Promo Day

Friday, 17 January 2014

Featured Friday: Free Fall by Amber Lea Easton

Title: Free Fall
Author: Amber Lea Easton
ISBN: 0615879543

Purchasing links:
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Book blurb:
"Understanding suffering always helps the energy of compassion to be born."
~ Thich Nhat Hanh

In an instant my husband stripped away my identity as wife, stay-at-home mom, and best friend. With his suicide, our world changed forever. He'd been the center of our universe, but then he was gone.

Grief is a dark journey, one often tainted with judgment and false perceptions. Add the word 'suicide' to the mix and more complications arise. This memoir, Free Fall, is intended for those who may be facing their own tragedy and feeling alone, hopeless, confused, scared, and misunderstood.

Free Fall is the journey of piecing our lives back together—overcoming children's anxiety as we traversed the brutal grief and trauma process, learning to say the words 'widow' and 'single mom' without cringing, surviving the fall out with friends and family who simply couldn't understand our healing process, triumphing over the stigma of 'suicide', forgiving my husband, and finding peace after chaos.

Free Fall is for widows, widowers, parents, survivors of suicide, family members or friends of one who mourns. This story is for anyone who needs encouragement that there is another side to grief. There is. We're there now. We're looking back and holding our hands out to you saying, "hang in there, you're not alone, and you'll get here, too."

Video book trailer:

Author bio

Amber Lea Easton is a multi-published author of both nonfiction and fiction. She spent years working in journalism and advertising with a brief detour into the financial sector. She has three published romantic suspense novels—"Kiss Me Slowly", "Riptide", and "Reckless Endangerment"—and a contemporary romance novella, "Anonymity." Her memoir about surviving the suicide of loved one, "Free Fall", published in September 2013.

Easton is also an editor and professional speaker. Links to radio interviews can be located on her website, .

Easton currently lives with her two teenagers in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. She gives thanks daily for the view outside her window and healthy children. As long as she's writing, she considers herself to be simply "a lucky lady liv'n the dream."

Author website and social links:

Some of the review comments:
"A heart-wrenching read, Easton's courage to share her experience is of great benefit not only to those who have lost a loved-one to suicide, but also to those not knowing what to say or how to deal with the family trapped in the nightmare. The insights are invaluable to anyone surviving such a profound loss." 5 stars Tanja Bruner

" This is a story that must be told, but is not easy to tell, which I think speaks to the bravery of the author. Life can be viciously dark at times, especially regarding the death of a loved one; even more especially in the manner that it happened for the Easton family. This story is important to share, not only for those who need the encouragement, but also for those who are ignorant of the internal struggles of the impacted family. I feel that by reading this memoir, those of us that might find ourselves on the outside of a devastation such as this, can better understand and be a better resource to those who need us in such a crisis." 5 stars Ceri

"A remarkable woman, an inspiring book, outstandingly told and indispensable on the self-help / inspirational publishing market. Tragic, raw, without make-up but with a message of hope and encouragement for others.
Unlike the author says in the foreword, this book is certainly not just for people with such a bereavement and/ or their friends. It is a good read for anyone. If the book taught me something it is to be more aware of how such a drama may feel. I'd like to thank the author for opening up and sharing her story for the rest of us to learn from it." 5 stars Christopher Fischer Books
Amber Lea Easton

Mini Interview:

Why did you write this book?
When I endured the suicide of my husband, I felt very alone. Scarred. People around me couldn't understand why I grieved because they thought I should automatically hate him because of the way he died. Some blamed me for his death. It was an isolating experience in a very emotion-filled time. I wrote this book because I want others to feel like they are understood, that they are not alone, that what they are feeling is okay.

Anything in particular you'd like to share about this book or it's creation?
It was a painful experience to go back in time and open journals written with raw pain. I poured over each page, sometimes tracing tear stains with my fingers while reading words I remembered writing but now I read them from a different perspective. I felt compassion for the woman I was then. That's why I knew I was ready to write this. I wouldn't have been strong enough a few years ago. This ultimately a story of hope and inspiration. I made it to the other side of grief...that's what I want to convey. I write about the savagery of grief, but I also write about the triumph of hope and love.

What can we expect to see from you in the future?
More romantic suspense novels! In fact, I just released a contemporary romance novella, Anonymity. It's pure fun. I think I needed to write something lighthearted and after writing something so serious.

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Talking VBT's on the Moxie Girl Musings Blog.

Today I'm hosted by my friend and fellow author +Amber Lea Easton on her Moxie Girl Musings blog to talk about virtual book tours. Check out the full feature at:

Screenshot from Moxie Girl Musing's
If you drop by please leave me a quick comment so I know you did. I love connecting with you all :)

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Ready to be Awesome!

Before I start today's blog post I'd like to wish you all a happy 2014! A bit late I know but I was ill at New Years and so my year started a bit late. Back to normal now though and busy catching up with various projects.

2013 was a busy year but I have even bigger plans for 2014. My new years resolution for this year is simple, to be more awesome than last year.

New release

The Jasmine at Work Coloring book is now with author Maria Rochelle and will be released on Amazon in the very near future. Here's the cover so you know what to look for ;)

BTW... Jasmine At Work was a best seller (print version) over Christmas, and a best seller (kindle version) this month on Amazon.

VBT review campaign

Over this week I'm doing a review campaign for Virtual Book Tours: Effective Online Book Promotion From the Comfort of Your Own Home. This is the first one to be posted to Goodreads:

I was given this book for review always a chancy business what does one say if it is a terrible read? I have read Jo Linsdell before so I felt fairly safe :) 

When I first wandered up into cyberspace with my first publication I tried a virtual book tour - it was hard hard work. With little knowledge of the web and insufficient know how it wasn't an overwhelming success, but I learnt a few things from it, I also lost confidence in doing another! 

How I wish I had had a book such as this back then. For those of you who, like me, need a little helping hand, read Jo's book. She writes in clear, concise language, has laid out each point without clutter. She takes us step by step through the process gently and firmly. 

A book tour is not the easy option without a great deal of work organization and it will fail - but anything worthwhile requires that.

Not only has she laid out the steps succinctly, Jo is also generous with links and suggestions of other sites, which will prove useful to the reader. I have read it through cover to cover and now I will go back over it slowly, notebook in hand. Obviously not everything mentioned needs to be done, it is a matter, as Jo says, of working out what will work for each individual. I am pleased to say I have no hesitation in recommending this book.

Work in progress

I'm currently working on a new children's picture story book, a non-fiction book about Twitter, and doing revisions of my romance/thriller novel Vengeance.

I'm also working on a guest chapter for a marketing book I'm collaborating on. My topic; Virtual book tours.

Other stuff

As if all that wasn't enough, I'm also working on a series of e-courses that will be available later this year.


Given the work load I've set up for myself I'm doing some serious thinking about what current tasks I do that could be cut and basically organising my time better. One thing I'm going to be changing is stopping the Writers and Authors TV channel on YouTube and running all my video's through my Jo Linsdell channel

I also want to make more time for illustrating and hope to work with new clients this year as well as work on new projects with current clients. If you'd like a quote for your book email me at 

How are you going to be more awesome than last year in 2014?

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