Suzanne Maguire – A Lady With a Mission!!

 

Here in the UK June is MND/LS awareness month and to help raise awareness as well as money author Suzanne Maguire is offering to donate all proceeds from this months sale of her books; Spellbound Chronicles – Bloodline and Witches Revenge, to  research into this deadly disease.

In 2003 Suzanne was diagnosed with Motor Neuron Disease and given around 5 years to live. With two small sons to think about, Suzanne put her mind to something she could leave her children other than memories.

Suzanne commented. “Having grown up with a mother writing and enjoying making up stories for children, writing a novel was the obvious choice. With the help of my mother ,Eve, Spellbound Chronicles was born. Now, almost 14 years on I am grateful to still be here and continuing to writing the sequels.”

Suzanne and her mother Eve, write magical children’s stories that will transport the reader through time on epic adventures. With beautifully written imagery and plenty of action there is something for everyone, regardless of age.

Last year (July 2016) Suzanne’s son Lance paid tribute to his mum in The Telegraph news paper.

“I remember the first time the severity of what she has hit me. I was about twelve and I Googled ‘MND’ and found all these pictures of Stephen Hawking.  No offence to him but man, that got me depressed. MND really hit hard and fast.  Seeing him in his wheelchair and with the whole computer for a voice and everything … it completely freaked me out.  Mum’s symptoms had been so gradual, it wasn’t until that moment that I think I fully grasped that MND is a hard-core muscle wasting disease that weakens you until it kills you. Looking at him and thinking that could be mum soon … I lost the plot a bit.”

You can read the full article here. My mum. the MND survivor

Here are Suzanne’s books. I do hope you check them out and find it in your heart to purchase one or even both. Finding a cure for MND and raising awareness is a cause close to my own heart. I wish Suzanne, her boys and Mum all the best for the future.

Spellborn Chronicles – Bloodline:-

A dark mass slowly descended out of the star strewn sky and hovered menacingly above twenty-three and a half Vulcan Mews, Doncaster, the home of the unsuspecting Gorry family.

Two figures sauntered into view, their footsteps crunching on the gravel. They stopped across from the Gorry house and stared hard at the spectre on the roof. Almost immediately the air began to crackle with electricity. Caught in the electrical current and unable to sustain its shape or position a moment longer the black mass angrily began to disperse.

The watchers braced themselves for they knew what was to come; then moved on.

Buy links

Amazon UK: http://tinyurl.com/y74xq47f

Amazon.com: http://tinyurl.com/y95ulzft

Spellbound Chronicles – Witches Revenge

TAP TAP TAP … An evil warlock’s wand is desperate to escape its tin prison and find a new black arts master …

Siblings Larna and Aron Gorry are once again pulled through time into a future magical Sherwood Forest where a terrifying new archenemy is waiting for them. Their friend Tiblou, and gothic fairy Violet are there to help and hopefully protect them. But, will they be forever trapped in the Kingdom of Ice; or imprisoned in Tophet the under Sherwood colony with the stinking Boggrets?

Will they have enough strength to fight and conquer more than one deadly foe and survive long enough to return to the safety of their own time?

Buy Links

Amazon UK: http://tinyurl.com/y6v76j7j

Amazon .com: http://tinyurl.com/yc94asvy

You can also order copies of these books from Waterstones books stores.

If you would like to connect with Suzanne here is her facebook page: http://tinyurl.com/ybe3fgpb

MND Links

MND Association: https://www.mndassociation.org/

MNDA’s facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/mndassociation/

MND Awareness, fighting for a cure: https://www.facebook.com/mndawareness2011/?hc_ref=SEARCH

Work Smarter Not Harder!

Today I was given this advice by a friend who helps me and several other indie authors to promote our work – she said “We need to work smarter not harder – We can do it.”

For a while, probably since the release of Dark Magic Rising, my concentration levels have been low to none existent!! I’ve lost count of the hours I have squandered away watching pointless TV. I used to spend a lot of my spare time reading but haven’t had the enthusiasm for it. Mind you, I have thankfully got over that phase and found several new authors and enjoyed reading their work.

From today I am making a new start. My first step was to move my laptop. I’d got it in a handy place so I could curl up on the sofa and use it while watching TV. This was bad for two reasons the first being lousy posture!! Sitting with my legs under me and the laptop resting between knee and sofa arm was the cause of several bad cramps and dead legs!! Second reason was the TV distracting me from what I was supposed to be doing.

So the laptop is now back on the desk where it belongs. My nice expensive keyboard is plugged and the elevated position of the screen (laptop is on a raised base) makes for a much more comfortable and hopefully productive session. Apart from a few photos, a couple of desk lamps and the much needed candle holders, I have all my notebooks and ‘stuff’ at hand. We don’t have the luxury of having a room we can turn into an office. One of my children still at home would have to move out for that to happen.

From being a teen, I would schedule my time to get the most out of my day. I’ve been called a control freak plenty of times for trying organise others, however, the past few months, probably since Christmas, I’ve stopped doing it. Nothing other than the essentials have been done. I needed a swift kick up the arse and my friends dedication and advice today has given me that.

If I leave it until Monday this new schedule will not get done. Procrastination is going out of the window and getting replaced by determination and smarter work ethics. I have some ideas I want to do with this blog and I need time to research and put it all together. Putting time aside for study is an important step I want to add. Figuring out how to market my own work should be at the top of my list, along with getting my head around all the social media that is out there!

SO…. here’s a huge thanks to my friend and her kick up the arse. She has worked tirelessly to help promote Dark Magic Rising and Bodelia’s Anguish, made promo images and pimped the hell out of them on Facebook and Twitter. Every so often she would send me a link to a book blog that was looking for authors to interview and even got me an author takeover on Whispered Thoughts Book Blog. That was so much fun to do.  Having someone that dedicated to YOUR work while you sit back on your arse isn’t fair on them or you….

Dark Magic Rising – Available For Pre-order.

Preorder available at:-
☆‿➹⁀☆In the mean time, enjoy the introduction to the series with a FREE E-copy of Bodelia’s Anguish! It’s a short story containing a little over 4,000 words. It also contains a teaser for Dark Magic Rising. ☆‿➹⁀☆
Download Bodelia’s Anguish from:-

Such a fun filled evening.

Well, the cover reveal event is over and even though I’m shattered it was well worth the effort. We had some fun with a name generator game and some awesome heavy metal band names were created.

The usual games where you show an image of a sexy guy always does well. It’s interesting to see the same famous guys getting around 😉 Alex O’Loughlin,  Joe Manganiello and Sam Heughan were very popular tonight.

 

Along with the cover I got to show of some new promotion images too.

A huge thank you to everyone that attended and hope to see you at the release party.

Dark Magic Rising will soon be available for  preorder at Ibooks, Kobo and Barns & Noble.

The release date is 31st March. In the meantime enjoy the teasers.

 

 

 

Release Party for Deceit can be Deadly by Nicky Charles

This one is going to be terrific!! I’m so excited about Nicky Charles’ new book and the release is getting closer. Monday 23rd January 2017!!! Here’s the link to the Facebook event, why not come along and join in the fun?

Deceit can be Deadly Release Party

In the meantime check out this teaser.

It took a moment for his vision to adjust to the dim light but it wasn’t hard to locate the body. Moonlight filtered in through the broken windows highlighting the mutilated remains in macabre detail.

Frozen in place, he took a
deep breath to force back the bile that rose in his throat. Even at this distance he could see the horror before him. It wasn’t the first time he’d come across such a scene. Each was burned into his brain in excruciatingly grotesque detail.

Burn marks on the ground in the shape of a large circle surrounded the body. It was the woman he’d seen earlier on the street corner. Her eyes were wide open, a look of horror on her face as she lay in a pool of her own blood. And the most telling sign of all, a gaping cavity where her heart had been.

Black magic.

He’d hoped he was wrong but there was no denying the signs. Testing the air, he picked up the scent of the killer but knew it would be of little use. There’d be no trail to follow. The malefic witch always seemed to disappear into thin air.

Firming his jaw, he approached the body to crouch beside it. Using a cloth to ensure he’d leave no finger prints behind, he checked her clutch purse for a cellphone. He might be a bastard who lived most of his life on the wrong side of the law but there was some decency left in him. An anonymous call to 911 would ensure her body wasn’t eaten by rats.

✰✰~•✰•~Watch The Trailer✰✰~•✰•~

http://tinyurl.com/zej6u3y

When an ancient curse surfaces, the world of Lycans collides with that of witches. Never forget that deceit can be deadly. The eighth instalment in the Law of the Lycans series.

✰✰~•✰•~ Pre-order sale price – only $2.99USD ~•✰•~✰✰
($3.99 after January 31st)

~•✰•~Pre-order Links~•✰•~
Smashwords: http://tinyurl.com/hyk8fxe
Kobo: http://bit.ly/2bwmp1K
B&N: http://bit.ly/2bLEDjk
iBooks: http://apple.co/2bQDoyD

(There are no preorders on Amazon, however the sale price will be in effect for the entire first week of publication.)

☆✿🌟✿☆Connect with Nicky ☆✿🌟✿☆
Facebook fan page ️ http://tinyurl.com/jdwmomv
Facebook Page ️ http://tinyurl.com/hsslq74

A Quick Review of 2016

In some senses, 2016 has been a slow moving year but in retrospect it’s been a year of healing, not just for me but also for my family. My spinal surgery was back in May of 2015 and by September I’d recovered well enough to join a burlesque class!!

2016 saw certain goals fall by the way side due to circumstances we had no control over. Our joint goal was to start hiking together. We have two beautiful German Sheppard Dogs who love nothing more than taking off in the car and getting muddied up or wet!! (Don’t you just hate the smell of wet dog in the car?). We took ourselves to Ladybower Reservoir and fell in love with being outdoors! We talked about coming back to that location and watching as winter turned into spring and summer!!

In April our daughter’s birthday turned into a disaster when my husband was knocked down by a car and broke his leg. He was very lucky as he bulls-eyed the windshield and was thrown over the car, other than a broken bone in his hand and cuts and bruises he was fine, just the six weeks off work and gaining the strength back in his leg.  I should add that he has made a full recovery from the ordeal.

The decision to change the date of my next book release had already happened by this point and now we knew it was the right thing to do. It was nowhere near ready! Finding out my eldest daughter (who is my editor, if you hadn’t already figured that one out) has fibromyalgia was hard! We sought second opinions and doubted the outcome, we didn’t want to believe at first.  Yet knowing the reason for some of her health problems helped us understand her much more. To make matters worse my daughter has mental health illnesses that she has struggled with for many years, this mixed with the fibro gives her a lot of down time. As a parent, it’s heartbreaking to see how it effects her life. She is such a talented woman! Which brings me to one of the highlights for this year, Debi Michelle’s Debut novella – Debi’s Naughty Nibbles – Rachel & Danny book one.

Another highlight was getting to meet friends from Israel. I’ve known this lady online for some years now. She is a fellow Indie author and editor for Nicky Charles. We have become good friends over the year and I cant wait to see her again! We spent a lovely, cold, day at Chatsworth house and enjoyed every minute of it. That evening Jan and her lovely hubby took Andy and I out for a meal. The food was great but the company was amazing. Andy and Jan hit it off and now he’s always asking about her. I’d love to save up and go see them in Jerusalem.

One of my daughters moved closer to home this year. She finally figured out that her boyfriend was an abusive idiot!! I now get to see her whenever I like as she lives about a ten minute walk away from us. It’s great seeing our grandson too. Watching the difference in him now he’s away from that relationship has been a joy. He’s a thriving 4 year old boy who is interested in everything he sees and loves Paw Patrol!

Things haven’t been too good for our other middle daughter, her youngest (our second to youngest grandchild) has been diagnosed with Global Delay. He is 3 years old but has the development level of an 18 month old. It’s been a stressful time for my daughter and us as we are learning to live with the problems this is causing. He is non verbal so we are learning Makaton sign language.  We have had, what some may see as, small developments – I entered her living room and he was sat on the floor and as clear as day said ‘Hello Nanna’ I could have cried at hearing his sweet little voice. There is light at the end of the tunnel but the journey there will be a long one.

So there’s a quick glance of 2016. I don’t make new years resolutions, however, I do make goals. I have a few set up already, a lot of them are to do with organising my time better and trying new juggling techniques  between work, home and writing.   I can gladly say the hiking goal is back on for 2017 and we are looking forward to our first hike within the next week!!

So on that note. Happy New Year to you all and may 2017 bring good health to you all.

My Editor and I! An update on Dark Magic Rising.

We finally have a release date for Dark Magic Rising, which we will share with you very soon. My editor and I have been working very hard and now feel we can work to a deadline.

Dark Magic Rising’s original release date was back in November last year (2015). After undergoing surgery on my spine in May of that year, my editor and I decided to push the date back but never gave ourselves a new goal. This year my editor was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, which gave a reason to some of the health issues she couldn’t overcome. Things started to make sense, however, her health has not improved and due to fatigue and brain fog the editing was at times very slow.

Working alongside someone with fibromyalgia  has taught me patience and a little understanding into living with a chronic illness. I could have taken the work elsewhere for a quicker result. But it’s never been about the speed and is more about the relationship I have with my editor. She not only puts me right when I forget about punctuation or get the words to a sentence muddled up and so on, she injects something into my work that wasn’t there before. We are a team that works well, even if I nag her a little when she is having a low week.

We are planning on hosting a cover reveal within the next few weeks and have decided to put the book up for pre-order from the cover reveal event. This was a huge decision for us and in some sense is a little daunting. We aim to put our best foot forward and simply do the best we can because this is about supporting someone and not just looking them over because they don’t fit in with your time table.

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☆‿➹⁀☆COMING MARCH 2017
*Dark Magic Rising*, the first book in The Sisterhood Trilogy. ☆‿➹⁀☆

Follow Lynwen and her colleagues as they try to unfold the mystery of the one who allegedly, will reunite the divided nations. They discover the fallen god who plans to wreak havoc on their world. Lynwen fast realises that magic is no match for this new foe and the reunifying of their people will have to wait. Romance flourishes amid a battle for their lives as the beast created by the fallen god tear their newly formed trust apart and send them hurtling into a trap. Will this new found unity be enough to save them all?

☆‿➹⁀☆In the mean time, enjoy the introduction to the series with a FREE E-copy of Bodelia’s Anguish!
It’s a short story containing a little over 4,000 words. It also contains a teaser for Dark Magic Rising. ☆‿➹⁀☆

Download from:-
Smashwords: http://tinyurl.com/hm7hbds
B&N: http://tinyurl.com/hytrcqr
Kobo: http://tinyurl.com/hd4aydh

☆Connect with SD Stevens☆
Facebook Profile – http://tinyurl.com/qfoc9bt

Facebook Page – http://tinyurl.com/ho2o6oa

Time for a Cover

Recently I have been listening to a band called Shindown. I love the lyrics to their songs. After listening to song where the words are more fun than anything else, it’s good to hear lyrics that have meaning and speak to me on some level. Shinedown do that. However, you know me, I love a good cover. This one is by Shinedown’s lead singer and guitarist. The song is one of my favourites from Bon Jovi. Here is is. Hope you like it.

 

Celebrating Nicky Charles

Nicky Charles is my favourite independent author and I am lucky enough to call her my friend. After reading her second novella, The Keeping, some years ago I started to follow her on Facebook (then went back and read her first book in the Law of the Lycans series, The Mating).   She would often interact with her fans and appeared friendly and approachable. As she wrote more and her popularity grew a fan page on Facebook gave her readers another way of interacting with her.  She always joins in the discussions and the fun stuff that Law of the Lycans page organise.  I was invited onto Nicky’s street team about a year ago and enjoy letting others know about her books.

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Nicky has been very busy lately reediting her books and preparing them for paperback and hardbacks. The Law of the Lycans series books have new covers and look amazing in physical print…. I know because I’m lucky enough to have the full set of paperbacks of ALL her books, gifted to my by Nicky and Jan Gordon (Co-writer to In The Cards and Nicky’s editor).

To celebrate the release of the physical books Law of the Lycans page are throwing a party!! There will be a chance to win a signed copy of Nicky’s books. All you have to do is come along to the event and join in.  So click HERE to join in and meet Nicky Charles, Jan Gordon, the lovely ladies that run the Law of the Lycans page and Nicky’s Lusty Lycans (Street team).

Here are the buy links.

PAPERBACKS:

TM link:
https://www.createspace.com/4718119
TK link:
https://www.createspace.com/6170696
TF link:
https://www.createspace.com/6170714
Bonded link:
https://www.createspace.com/6170723
Days of the Rogue link:
https://www.createspace.com/6159001
Road to Redemption link:
https://www.createspace.com/4714295
For the Good of All link:
https://www.createspace.com/5457616
Forever In Time:
https://www.createspace.com/4668842
In The Cards:
https://www.createspace.com/6018772

HARDCOVERS:

Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/NickyCharlesHB
B&N: http://tinyurl.com/nickycharle

Here’s a little note from Nicky about buying her books.

If at all possible, please buy paperbacks through Createspace. Here’s why:
Createspace sets the minimum price I can charge based on production costs plus the profit margin they want. Amazon then adds on their profit margin. Other stores, such as B&N, require a discount (between 30-50%) before they will carry the books. In the end, I earn about 3% royalties (e.g., 50 cents) on books purchased from B&N or other stores, 15% on books bought at Amazon and 30% royalties on books from Createspace.