Thursday, 29 December 2016

It's Holiday BookTubeAThon time!

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

A Christmas Kiss

Jenna's Story

Find out more about BookTubeAThon over at

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

Best Books Of 2016

Best Books Of 2016

I read a lot of good books this year. You can find my full list on Goodreads at, 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

3) Sister Dear by Laura McNeill

Watch my full review at:

4) The Judas Game by Ethan Cross

Watch my full review at:

5) Take a Chance on Me by Carol Wyer

6) Royal Games by Sariah Wilson

7) Every Little Kiss by Susan Hatler

8) Landry in Like by Krysten Lindsay Hager

9) The Bestseller Code by Jodie Archer

10) The Tao of Book Publicity by Paula Margulies

Watch my full review at:

Also worth a mention

My favourite children's picture book of the year was The Storybook Knight by Helen Docherty

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

Watch my full reviews:

Episode 1
Episode 2 
I skipped this one but have a copy now and will read and review shortly.
Episode 3
Episode 4
Episode 5
Episode 6
Episode 7
Episode 8
Episode 9
Episode 10
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Episode 13
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What books made it onto your best books of 2016 list?

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Wednesday, 28 December 2016

The AuthorTube Christmas Tag

The AuthorTube Christmas Tag

I was tagged by Jay Dee Archer (Thanks Jay Dee :)) to do the AuthorTube Christmas Tag.

AuthorTube Christmas Tag (Original) by Living Within Fiction:


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 ;)

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Interview on The Writing Train

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 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 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 

Monday, 5 December 2016

Winter Themed Pre-made Ebook Covers

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.

PMBC49 -€50


PMBC46 -€50

PMBC3 -€10

Friday, 2 December 2016

Post NaNoWriMo: I Wrote a Novel. Now What?

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!

Self-Editing For Fiction Writers

The Bestseller Code

The Everything Guide To Writing A Romance Novel

Getting Your Book Published For Dummies

WD Writer's Market (link to 2017 edition)

"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.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

The Box is FREE from 1st-3rd December

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

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

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

#NaNoWriMo2016: Week 4

#NaNoWriMo2016: Week 4

November was a good writing month. I took part in the NaNoWriMo challenge and wrote a complete 50k+ words novel in less than a month. In fact, I did it in just 25 days (my new personal best :)). 

This video is a vlog I did through out the month to document the highs and lows. I also share insight into tips and tricks that worked for me:

I beat writers block, dealt with my characters taking over, discovered a system that works for me, and I won!

#NaNoWriMo2016: Winner

#NaNoWriMo2016: Winner

#NaNoWriMo2016: Winner

Did you take part in NaNoWriMo this year? Got some of your own tips to share? Post a comment below.

The Author - Reader Contract: Reader Expectations

The Author - Reader Contract: Reader Expectations

Today I wanted to share with you a recent video I did about the Author-Reader contract and invite you to join in the discussion. 

In this video I discuss reader expectations, author obligations, and diversity in books, among other things. 

Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on the topics raised in this video.

Friday, 25 November 2016

Learn About Virtual Book Tours For Just $0,99

Learn About Virtual Book Tours For Just $0,99

Today I have a special offer for you. My award winning book Virtual Book Tours: Effective Online Book Promotion From the Comfort of Your Own Home will be available to download for just $0,99 from 25th-30th November 2016.

Grab your copy now at

Learn About Virtual Book Tours For Just $0,99

About the book:

Want to know how to sell more books online? This is the book for you! 

Virtual Book Tours are a great way to create a buzz for a new release or to put life back into an older publication. In this book I'll take you through everything you need to know to be able to set up and carry out a successful virtual book tour. 

The book is divided into 4 main sections for easy navigation:

1) What is a Virtual Book Tour?
2) How to organise your own tour
3) Promoting a tour
4) Useful resources

You'll find it packed with links, tips, and advice to help make your tour a hit.

Learn About Virtual Book Tours For Just $0,99

"I thought I knew everything about Virtual Book Tours until I read this book, I now know so much more! Virtual Book tours are a highly effective way to spread the news about your book, I did one for my own book (The Alien Mind) before I read this book and was amazed at how much more traffic and interaction it brought to my website as well as the boosts in sales and reviews. I can't wait to apply the tips Jo shares in this book to my future book releases and see how much MORE of a boost these tips will bring!
I think the next thing I want to try out, which Jo discusses in her book, is a virtual book signing!
Jo Linsdell has blown me away with her new book Virtual Book Tours: Effective Online Book Promotion From The Comfort of Your Own Home. This is seriously a book that EVERY author promoting any book absolutely NEEDS to read. You will not be sorry, as a matter of fact, you will want to keep it close at hand for reference. All the steps are clear and easy to follow and there are many tools discussed in this book as well. You will find yourself going back to it repeatedly for marketing advice!" 
Review Written by: Virginia L. Jennings, Author of 'Visionary From The Stars' & 'The Alien Mind'

Grab your copy now at All reviews are most appreciated ;)

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Top 5 Wednesday: Books You'd Like To Re Read

Top 5 Wednesday: Books You'd Like To Re Read

It's Top 5 Wednesday time again! This weeks topic is Books You'd Like To Re-Read. 

Books mentioned:

Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella

Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift

One Door Away From Heaven by Dean Koontz

Love Etc... by Julian Barnes

Secrets by Freya North

If you'd like to join with the Top 5 Wednesday fun you can join the T5W group at

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

AuthorTube: A Niche Group of BookTubers

AuthorTube: A Niche Group of BookTubers

I've been a BookTuber for several years now, and I recently found out about a niche segment now being called AuthorTube. Technically I've been doing AuthorTube for several years now too, but a new tag has been created to bring us all together. It was also fun to do ;)

If you want to know more about my writing and the types of videos I share on my YouTube channel, then this video is a good place to start.

If you'd like to join in with the AuthorTube Newbie Tag and share you're own answers to the questions, please consider yourself tagged. 

Monday, 21 November 2016

#NaNoWriMo2016: Week 3

#NaNoWriMo2016: Week 3

Wow this month is flying by so fast! Can't believe we're at week 3 already.

This past week has been full of highs and lows... lots of lows...

I got writers block. Yep, the words stopped flowing. I had days where I wrote 0 words. Others when I wrote just a few hundred. It wasn't good. In fact it wasn't until Friday that I actually did any significant writing. Friday was a good writing day.

The Block

A writers worst nightmare. The words just don't come. Those of you that have been following my progress this month will know that I hit a few slow days already during week 2. My characters took over and well, I ended up getting lost. This week I had to deal with the after-math of that.

I ended up doing some serious brainstorming. My antagonist had just turned out to be a whole lot more of a bad guy than I'd originally planned for, and my protagonist now has to face new challenges.

I roped in the help of others (brainstorming with others really helps me organise my thoughts). On Tuesday evening I chatted with a friend of mine about the story and why I was stuck. That in itself actually helped a lot. Explaining in a brief summary how I got to this point was really good for getting my focus back on the story. Together we started to find possible answers for the never ending list of questions that had arisen, and I started to get a better idea about the backstory of my antagonist.

I started to pull together my new ideas for where the story was going. Not great, but a start at least. It was enough to beat the block, and turn things around.

A Good Writing Day

Like I said, Friday was a good writing day. What I call a jet-pack day. I got down over 3K in less than two hours. The words began to flow again. I was back on track!

#NaNoWriMo2016: Week 3

Hitting 40K

On Saturday I reached the big 40K landmark. I have to say this felt pretty darn good :) It's great being able to see the end approaching. 

#NaNoWriMo2016: Week 3

Unfortunately I didn't get time to come up with any NaNoRewards though as my youngest came down with a fever :( 

Sunday was declared PJ day in our house, and the kids and I spent most of the day watching films from our DVD collection. Managed a quick word sprint session and got down 719, bringing my total to 40,719. 

As my youngest is still ill, and therefore off school for the day, not sure how productive I'm going to be able to be today, but hopefully I'll be able to squeeze in a word sprint or two at some point. Fingers crossed.

Monday, 14 November 2016

#NaNoWriMo2016: Week 2

#NaNoWriMo2016: Week 2  #NaNoWriMo #amwriting

Time to tick off week 2 on the writing frenzy known as NaNoWriMo, and what a week it was! (If you missed the week 1 update you can find it here:

Getting lost

I started week 2 by getting lost. My characters took me off my original plot outline, which was fine for a brief moment, but then everything suddenly became hard. Following my scene outlines everything had been going really well. Words flowed and I knew exactly where I was headed. Not any more. Thanks characters! 

So what do you do when your characters take over, and leave you feeling lost? Turns out you just keep on writing. It was that simple, and that hard. I kept writing through it and somehow managed to bring my story back on track with my original story plan.

Allow yourself to suck

A really important thing that helps in situations like this is something that NaNoWriMo creator, Chris Baty, talks about in his book No Plot? No Problem (grab a copy here: In chapter 5, he asks that I let the NaNoWriMo team "Take my inner editor". There is a very good reason for this. The goal this month is to write a first draft of a 50K novel. It doesn't have to be perfect, it just has to be written. 

Knowing that I'm not writing a great masterpiece, but instead building a foundation that can be worked on later, helps. Trust me, I've written some sentences over the past two weeks that are seriously cringe-worthy. I have written over 30,000 words in just two weeks though, some of which are even good.

There is no limit to how rough a rough draft can be.~Unknown #NaNoWriMo2016 #amwriting #quote

Big milestones

On wednesday I reached 25,000 words. The big halfway mark! This is a huge turning point in the challenge as what is written from now on is more than what is left to write in order to reach the 50K goal. It's no longer so much about how much you still need to write, but instead knocking words off the still need to write tally. It feels good.


Let's talk a bit about NaNoRewards. A NaNoReward could be something small like allowing yourself to eat a chocolate after you've written 500 words, or going out for dinner to celebrate hitting a big milestone (yes, both of these are on my NaNoReward list ;)). 

After the high of Wednesday, I gave myself a big, well deserved NaNoReward. I gave myself the day off. Yep, the whole day. A daily word count total for Thursday of 0. It was wonderful. I caught up with other tasks I'd been putting on hold, spent time with family, relaxed... bliss.

Friday was not so wonderful. You see the problem with taking the day off is that you come back with a sense of guilt. You see that big fat 0 on your progress chart and kick yourself. What was I thinking?!

Writing was hard going, and most of Friday morning was very frustrating. The words just didn't seem to flow. Then I remembered what had happened on Monday. I just kept writing... and it worked. I still made good progress. 

Writing with kids

Weekends are always hard for me to find writing time. I have two small children. With the help of cartoons, and video games I managed to squeeze in some word sprints though and met my goals. Don't underestimate the power of those quick 10 minute sessions. It might just gain you 300 words, but it makes a big difference at the end of the day.

#NaNoWriMo2016: Week 2
Current stats as of Sunday 13th Nov.

and then there was this....

Yep, looks like this is going to be a series. Still not sure how I feel about this.

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