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

May Day Bank Holiday Sale. 

✨MAY DAY SALE PRICE OF £0.99/$1.27 TILL 7th MAY✨
☆‿➹⁀☆*Dark Magic Rising – The Sisterhood Trilogy – Book One*☆‿➹⁀☆

BUY FROM :-
Amazon UK – http://tinyurl.com/mtto6rm

Amazon .com – http://tinyurl.com/loxb2v6

Smashwords- http://tinyurl.com/n6r8nyn

Kobo – http://tinyurl.com/z6klywl

B&N – http://tinyurl.com/h3vpu3a

IBooks – http://tinyurl.com/zej833m

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 beasts 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?

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….

I can’t believe it’s almost here!

It’s the 29th of March already!! Where did the first three months of 2017 go? There’s only two days to go until Dark Magic Rising is released on Smashwords! We have a fantastic facebook party planned. PLEASE feel free to come and join us. We have some lovely prizes to give away and some awesome guests lined up.

Here’s the link 🙂  To our release party.

And the preorder links:-

Preorder available at:-
Kobo – http://tinyurl.com/z6klywl
B&N – http://tinyurl.com/h3vpu3a
IBooks – http://tinyurl.com/zej833m

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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:-

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

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.

Open University – Broadening my education

I forgot to say, I started an Open University course four weeks ago. Yes I know it’s taken me a long time to write about it. I have been very busy with work, editing Dark Magic Rising and one thing and another. However, I thought I would share a few thoughts about the course, which is called ‘Start Writing Fiction’. I did wonder how I would cope with no teacher there to crack the whip, so to speak but I’m finding it fun and very enlightening.

It’s good to know that some things I was on track with like keeping a notebook and journal. I have expanded on this and started looking at myself more closely. One of the exercises was to  examine what matters to you, personally. I found this a little difficult as I’ve never really thought about what makes ME tick! It was interesting.

The past weeks have also helped me to develop my characters, especially one of them. I knew what she was doing and feeling but she was very one dimensional. Now, she has purpose and I now know why acts in certain ways and I deeper understand how she will react as her story unfolds (Second book in the Sisterhood Trilogy, it doesn’t have a title yet).

The writing prompts exercises are very fun to do. It teaches you to take something as mundane as what is on your coffee table or the next line the radio presenter says, and turn it into a story line. The key is to…. just start writing. What me to share? Just remember this is not edited and pretty much a first draft so grammar is crap! Oh that bit underlined is the line from the radio, it was a Slade song that was playing at the time. (Thanks Planet Rock!!) Please be aware there is a little bit of swearing in there.

“I said good bye to Jane. Are you happy now?” Reed turned his back on Diane and placed his hands on the window. His shoulders were stiff as if he was holding the weight of their problems alone. It pained her he felt that way. She could see his closed eyes in the glass, reflecting back through the darkness beyond the huge window that made up one side of their family room. Watching him take measured breaths, Diane thought of their life together, their unusual marriage, building their fortune, the twins, now coming to their fourth birthday; juggling their busy lives had once been a way to avoid each other but now, after all these years she had told him the truth.

“I’m sorry…” Diane’s voice broke, the stress of all the lies and constantly been on guard getting the better of her. Chocking back a sob, she wouldn’t show weakness. Not after she demanded he send his lover packing. “I should have told you sooner.” She breathed deeply and tried to still her shaking hands.

“How long?” He turned towards her. One blonde curl that he could never tame, fell on his creased brows. He shoved his hands in his pockets as he tried to control his anger. He didn’t come any closer but kept his usual, respectful distance and pinned her with his stormy blue eyes. “Talk to me Di.” His stern tone demanded her answer.

“If I’m honest with myself, it was on our wedding night.” She gauged his reaction and noted the one raised eyebrow. He nodded to imply her to continue. “I didn’t realise it back then. I was caught up in what was expected of me, ours is a marriage of convenience, two rich, powerful families converging. When our wedding night approached I expected you to, you know?”

His face darkened, “Push myself on to you? Fuck Di, have I ever hurt you?”

She stepped back at his injured tone. “No, but I hardly knew you back then. We had met once. Then our parents kept me that busy with wedding plans,” her voice lifted as she spoke their memories, “it was like they deliberately tired to keep us from even making friends.”

“Or stopping you from running.”

“I couldn’t, could I? All my life my decisions were made for me, forever to be a pawn in someone else’s game. I’m sick of living like that, I’m sick of feeling expendable!”

“Don’t be ridicules.” Reed’s voice took on his usual calm tone. “You have never been expendable to your parents or me.”

Diane struggled to find the words to explain how she felt. “Maybe it was the wrong word.” She hung her head in shame. Reed wasn’t the bad guy here, he had done the same and obeyed his parents wish that he marry her and join their families. The last six years had its good points. Only in public did they have to put on a show. It had all been worth it, she told herself.

“Where do we go from here?” He moved closer and rubbed her arms and shoulders, a comforting gesture she was familiar with. He was willing to give up his lover and make a real go of their relationship. Her heart melted.

“Did you love her?”

“Jane?”

She nodded and looked up into his troubled face. “Nope, I’m fond of her, we were together almost three years but she was a means to an end. I have needs Di, needs that I couldn’t take from you. Why do you think we paid for the IVF treatment?”

When she tried to look away he lifted her chin with his finger, the touch gentle and she revelled in the shiver that shot through her whole body. It fanned the flames of hope growing in her heart.

“I know the treatment was uncomfortable for you but I couldn’t come to your bed under the circumstances. It was the best solution for all.”

Diane laughed. “And we got the twins from our ‘bogoff’ deal.”

Reed joined in her laughter at their private buy one get one free joke. The conception of the twins was their secret.

“If you’re sure of your feelings, maybe the next one would be fun to make?”

She felt her eyes widen, was Reed flirting with her? She had not seen this side of him before and spluttered a response. “I…. I…” He placed a finger on her lips.

“One step at at time, hey?” He looked deep into her eyes and she felt the usual pull. His eyelids where half closed and it seamed to pull her deeper into their depths.. Reed blinked and the moment was lost. He turned back to the window and placed his hands on the glass to brace himself. A quiet control rolled off his shoulders. He sighed and shook his head. Until that moment, hope had welled within her heart. Telling him she loved him had seemed right but now something had changed. He stood trying to fight an emotion she couldn’t place.

“I need to tell you about Jane.”

“It’s OK, I understand why you…” She didn’t want to know. The knowledge of their affair was enough. After all she couldn’t deny him a physical relationship with someone. Their own marriage has never been consummated.

“No, you don’t.” He didn’t look at her but placed his head on the window. His refection was dark and grim. Diane’s heart sank. “Jane is a man, she lives as a woman but…”

Diane sat on the floor, her knees no longer willing to hold her as her mind processed the information. No, not her Reed, he couldn’t be? His sex appeal had women flocking to his side. She quickly sifted through her memories of the men they came into contact with. He had shown a cool indifference. Looking up she caught his reflection looking at her. She couldn’t speak, her throat suddenly tight.

“My parents knew, it was one reason they wanted our marriage.” He lifted his head from the glass but kept his eyes on her through the reflection. “But when you told me you loved me, it changed everything. I do love you Di, in my own way. How could I not, you’re the mother to my children but I…”

Not caring how strong she portrayed herself, Diane let the tears fall, each one taking a little bit of her hope away as it fell.