Monday, 31 October 2016

T'was The Night Before NaNoWriMo...

T'was The Night Before NaNoWriMo...#NaNoWriMo2016 #NaNoPrep #NaNoWriMo

So tomorrow is 1st November and the first day of NaNoWriMo 2016. Despite not being sure about whether I'd be taking part or not this year up until a couple of weeks ago (my health continues to give me problems), I'm actually feeling quite prepared.

You can check out the draft cover design, and read the synopsis here:

This year I'll be writing a YA. There will be a bit of romance, a bit thriller.... should be fun. 

I made the most of my kids swimming lessons to write up some plot notes. I always have a notepad and pen in my bag, and so pulled them out as I sat pool side and did some brainstorming, and plotting. 

I've written up some very basic character notes for the main, and secondary characters too. Things like; name, surname, age, height, build, hair colour and style, eye colour, and relationship to main character.

I also made a board on Pinterest for inspiration. I've been pinning inspiration pics for locations, and character outfits. 

As my book will deal with stalking I've also been researching stalking laws and statistics online. 

I even made a word count tracker (you can grab yours here I'm all set to be writer-tastic!

What I hadn't banked on was earthquakes. We've had a lot of earthquakes recently here in Italy, and some of them have been pretty scary. Due to damage to some buildings in Rome following the earthquakes, they've decided to close the schools for security checks today. Tuesday the schools are shut anyway as it's festive here. So, whilst I'm happy that they've adopted a better safe than sorry approach, this does not make for the best of starts to my writing frenzy month. I was hoping to have more time today to sort through my NaNo prep, and maybe do some more work on my plot. I may still fit in time for some work on my scene outlines though. Fingers crossed. 

In past years I found a good way to increase my word count was to do word sprints. Usually 10 to 15 minute sprints. I think I'll be doing lots of those this year. I've set up an event page on Facebook at where I'll be posting about my writing progress, and writing sprints I'm doing. I hope you'll join in with the sprints :)

Are you doing NaNoWriMo this year? How have you prepared for the challenge?

Sunday, 30 October 2016

NaNoWriMo 2016 Word Count Tracker

#NaNoWriMo 2016 Word Count Tracker #NaNoPrep

November is almost here and that means it's NaNoWriMo time again! 

I've put together a free word count tracker for you to help you make sure you're on track to meet your writing goals for the month.
#NaNoWriMo 2016 Word Count Tracker #NaNoPrep
Happy writing!

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

NaNoWriMo2016: Do You LIKE Me?

NaNoWriMo2016: Do You LIKE Me?

I'm all signed up and ready for this years NaNoWriMo challenge. You can find me at As always, the goal is to write a 50K word novel in 30 days. 

This year I've decided to try something a bit different. I'm going to be writing a YA novel. A little bit romance, a little bit thriller... it should be a lot of fun.

NaNoWriMo2016: Do You LIKE Me?
Do You LIKE Me? Cover Draft


Cyberstalkers may be located on the other side of the world, across the country, or across the street... 
When Teenage Talent launches a contest to find the next big Cyber Superstar, Jessica Owens is first in line to sign up. The contest could be her break into the big time. Her social media accounts are bursting the popularity ranks, and her dream of being famous is set to come true. It's not quite how she imagined it though. Hidden in the sea of likes are cyber trolls out to ruin her, and a fan that isn't what he seems. When her stalker goes from virtual to real world Jessica realises being in the spot light might not be all that great after all. 
Will you be taking part in the NaNoWriMo challenge this November? 

Monday, 24 October 2016

New Pre-Made Book Cover Designs Now Available

New Pre-Made Book Cover Designs Now Available

New pre-made book cover designs are now available at

New Pre-Made Book Cover Designs Now Available

New Pre-Made Book Cover Designs Now Available

New Pre-Made Book Cover Designs Now Available

New Pre-Made Book Cover Designs Now Available
More designs will be added soon.

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Wednesday, 19 October 2016

FREE Ebook Cover Design (Comment to Win)

FREE Ebook Cover Design (Comment to Win)

Do you need an affordable book cover? I'm your girl!

I'm busy working on new designs at the moment, and will be adding them to the Pre-mades page soon (Click here to browse available designs). 

I'm reorganising my pre-made book cover services to include discount covers for just €10 each, as well as the standard pre-made ebook covers (€50 each). I've also added the option of ebook cover + full wrap cover for print for just €100 for the complete package. With the full package I'll even throw in some free graphics that can be used for marketing your book.

I need to let the world know about my Pre-made book covers and so I've been brainstorming ways to help spread the word, and hopefully, drum up some business. 

Win a FREE ebook cover

As a special thank you to all you wonderful peeps that follow me (I really appreciate your support), I've decided that the first person to leave a comment on this blog post gets a FREE ebook cover design. Yep, I'll make a custom cover design for your ebook completely free of charge just for leaving a comment on this post. Pretty good deal right?

All you need to let me know is;

- Book Title (and sub-title if required)
- Author name
- Any additional text you'd like on the cover
- Any pointers regarding genre/style you'd like and/or brand colour

That's it. Comment and get a free ebook cover for your book. 

I'll even help you promote the book when it's published via my sites ;)

Premade Book Cover Designs by Jo Linsdell

Monday, 10 October 2016

Win a FREE EBook Cover Design [Giveaway]

Win a FREE EBook Cover Design [Giveaway]

I'm busy working on new cover designs and so thought it would be fun to do a giveaway of some of the older designs from the catalogue. That's right, you could win a free ebook cover of your choice from selected designs. 


The winner will be able to pick one of these designs as their prize. The text of each cover can be edited to suit your needs ;)

Win a FREE EBook Cover Design [Giveaway]

Win a FREE EBook Cover Design [Giveaway]

Win a FREE EBook Cover Design [Giveaway]

Win a FREE EBook Cover Design [Giveaway]

How to enter

Just click on the rafflecopter below. The more options you click, the higher your chances of winning. A winner will be chosen at random on 24th October 2016. The winner will be notified via email and then pick which ebook cover they would like from the selected designs.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Book Review: The Storykiller by H.R. Hunter

Book Review: The Storykiller by H.R. Hunter

I was sent a free ARC copy of this book from the publisher via Net Galley.

I'm giving this book a 4 star rating.

Pub Date: 29 Sep 2016 

About the book:

Some secrets are worth killing for...

Jack Winter was once an idealistic and brilliant news reporter who broke the biggest stories around. But after wrongly blaming himself for a young girl’s murder he changed sides and began killing stories for the rich and powerful, protecting them from exactly the kind of journalist he used to be. 

When a new client drags Jack into a lethal world of corruption and long-buried secrets, he finds himself wishing he could turn back the clock, because now he is fighting not just for headlines but his life. 

The début novel from Humfrey Hunter, The Storykiller is a new addition to the modern fiction traditions of Robert Harris, Harlan Coben and the House of Cards trilogy.

Watch the video for my full review:

Purchasing link:

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

My TBR List for October

October TBR List

As I often get asked what's on my to be read list, I thought I'd share with you my TBR for this month.

Faithful by S.A. Wolfe 

Pub date: 23rd October 2016

 A bombshell waitress who wants more. A former FBI agent who wants less … except for her. *This is a standalone novel in the FEARSOME Series. Imogene Walsh has always been unapologetically confident and ruthlessly opinionated with people, particularly men. No one is spared from her unfiltered mouth, but it hasn’t seemed to deter Cooper MacKenzie. Although he is not the clean-cut, businessman type she’s always thought she should pursue, Imogene is drawn to the sexy outsider who is the hottest topic in town gossip, the fantasy heartthrob women love to speculate about. She has spent most of her life in the little town of Hera, NY, putting her numerous forgettable relationships behind her and floundering in both her professional and personal life. Work and men—neither have gone well for her. Now it’s reached the point where she wants to stop playing it safe. It may be time to live up to her tough reputation and take a chance on Cooper, the only man who isn’t intimidated by Imogene’s brash personality. However, it could be a thrilling ride that doesn't end well.
The Royal Gift by Drae Box

Pub date: 26th January 2016

If everyone you grew up with were relying on you to save them, would you be able to do it? Thrust into the deep end, teen Aldora Leoma has to do exactly that. 
Her village under attack, she is asked by the king to locate the just stolen Dagger of Protection – one of six protection weapons made centuries earlier to protect others. With nobody else near enough to protect her home, Aldora can’t say no. Aided by a talking prince of the cats and a law enforcer hunting a murderer, failure is not an option. 
The Royal Gift is the first in a YA fantasy series, The Common Kingdoms (currently with twenty-seven stories). Following the lives of Aldora Leoma and Royal Official Raneth Bayre, the series is great for readers who love fantasy with magic, action, adventure and a dash of romance and crime.
Remade: Series 1, Episode 3 - Home, Perilous Home by Carrie Harris

Pub date: 28th September 2016

You live. You love. You die. Now RUN. ReMade.
Every minute, 108 people die.
On October 14th, 2016, from 9:31-9:32 p.m. EDT, 23 of those deaths will be teenagers.
Now they are humanity’s last hope for survival.
Awakened in a post-apocalyptic world and hunted by mechanical horrors, these teens search for answers amidst the ruins of civilization. Fate, love, and loyalty face off in this adrenaline -pumping YA adventure.
ReMade is running on from now through December, 2016. It will unfold across 15 episodes, be available in text and audio forms, and is presented by Serial Box Publishing.
Episode 3: “Home, Perilous Home”A second chance at life brings joy to at least one person the third episode of ReMade, the thrilling 15-part YA adventure. This serial is presented by Serial Box in text and audio and will take readers past the boundaries of time, space, and even death.Waking up in a strange and scary new world isn’t necessarily the worst thing, especially when you are grateful to wake up at all. When Nevaeh opened her eyes to find no hospital bed, IV drips, or cancer riddling her body she counted her blessings and sang for joy – happy to face the deadly jungle, killer robots, and (if she’s honest, perhaps the most disheartening) disgruntled companions. They say smiling is the best medicine, but does it still work after death?
This episode written by Carrie Harris.

Remade: Series 1, Episode 4 - The Most Dangerous Game by E. C. Myers

Pub date: 5th October 2016

Episode 4: “The Most Dangerous Game”A mouse fights back the fourth episode of ReMade, the thrilling 15-part YA adventure. This serial is presented by Serial Box in text and audio and will take readers past the boundaries of time, space, and even death.Respawning in an unfamiliar place with no resources, weapons, or fuel sounds like a gamer’s nightmare – and Loki knows a thing or two about those. As the group tries to navigate finding food, creating shelter, and staying calm in a jungle with killer robots, he can’t help but wish for a reset button that takes him back – though he knows more than anyone that his life hasn’t been great for the last several checkpoints. When a new predator begins to stalk the survivors he sees his chance to prove himself in the real world, but he’s pretty sure he’s already used his one life in this game.
This episode written by E. C. Myers. 

Every Little Kiss by Susan Hatler

Pub date: 3rd September 2015

When Wendy Watts left Blue Moon Bay, she vowed never to return to the small coastal town where her parents had abandoned her and her brother. Now she’s a successful Realtor, and a workaholic who stays away from complicated emotions—until her grandmother dies, leaving Wendy the Inn at Blue Moon Bay and mandating that Wendy sell the inn, and put it on the market herself “in person.” 
As soon as Wendy arrives in Blue Moon Bay, bad memories, the inn’s poor condition, and her brother’s pleas to save the inn overwhelm her. Then she meets a sexy laid-back stranger on the beach, and Wendy does something she never does . . . she opens up and confides her problems to him. Since Max Huntington’s only in town for one night, Wendy spontaneously kisses him, hoping to be distracted from her troubles for just one evening. 
But when Wendy begins the painstaking process of fixing up the inn in order to sell it, Max tells her he’s staying on longer. He’s enchanted by the charming inn and even more with the kisses they shared on the beach. He wants to help her with the repairs, and she reluctantly accepts his offer. 
Although she’s determined to remain detached from the allure of her inn, Blue Moon Bay and Max, every repair, every stroll on the beach, and every moment spent with Max, draws her in and reminds her of the local legend she’d believed as a child: that being kissed by the bay under a blue moon will lead to love that lasts forever.

What's on your TBR list for this month? 

Monday, 3 October 2016

New Premade Ebook Covers Only €20!

New Premade Ebook Covers Only €20!

Today I'm launching 2 new Premade eBook Cover designers, and decided to offer them to you at a discounted price of just €20 each. This offer is valid until 7th October 2016.

As always, once a cover is sold it is never old again. 

A subtitle or extra text can be added if required. 

New Premade Ebook Covers Only €20!


New Premade Ebook Covers Only €20!

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