What an honour it is to host
from New Zealand today. Proactive, daunted by nothing, she just gets on with it. And she lives in a beautiful part of the world.
Tammy – you self-published three books last year. That’s an amazing feat. Tell us a bit about them, how long are they, what genre, and how do you manage your writing time?
Hi Jane, thanks so much for having me here! Yes last year was a bit crazy for me. In January I published Charlie and Pearl, a contemporary romance set in New Zealand with an unusual ending. It’s a relatively short book (around 45,000 words) I actually wrote it in 2011 and for a year tried the traditional publishing route. Then for personal reasons I had a rough year so the book was abandoned. At the start of last year I lost a dear friend to cancer…
So as per my post the other day, all three of my books are currently part of a Kindle Daily countdown deal. At the moment they are priced at a measly 99c!!!! “What??” (I hear you gasp) “That’s cheaper than a can of coke!”
Why yes, yes it is!!! (In NZ anyway, not sure about where you’re from)
I think they will stay that price for another day and then go up to $1.99 so don’t hesitate – snap them up right NOW!
Also feel free to share this on your blog/twitter/round the dinner table – in fact make sure you tell all your friends and family please :-)
The links to the books are on the page above ↑ ‘Links to my books’ ↑
(I would post them here but I think Amazon has made the Aussie page my homepage despite the fact when they asked I said no thanks so the links I post would have the incorrect price)
So I signed all three books up to the Kindle Countdown daily deal, starting 27th Feb at 99c and going until the 4th March. When I look at my bookshelf it says this promo is now in progress, but when I go to Amazon.com I don’t see any price difference? what I’m thinking is that Amazon in all it’s infinite wisdom is showing me the Australian site price for some godforsaken reason, even though when they created it and asked if I wanted to switch I said nope.
I asked a friend in the UK to have a look this morning and she couldn’t see any prices at all. :-/
Can someone please click on the links (on the separate page of this blog, above listed under Home, etc) and tell me what price is showing on Amazon.com for the books?
That with massive and heart-warming encouragement from some author/reviewer friends I’ve made online I’ve slowly started submitting my books to the odd agent.
I’ve also entered ‘When Stars Collide’ into the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award 2014 contest, and today I’ll be entering ‘Charlie and Pearl’ into the Dundee International Contest.
Oh and thanks to the most excellent help of a friend, Lorraine Tipene, that I met after she read and adored my books, Charlie and Pearl has been re-edited and should now be as polished as it can be. I will upload the new version to Amazon later today so if you’ve already purchased it you can automatically update it.
I can’t believe I haven’t blogged in so long! *Guilty face* I don’t even really have an excuse. I did lose a bit of confidence in opening myself up so publicly. But I’ve decided I’m not going to let that stop me blogging.
So I’m back. For good! I’ve really missed this.
Holly is doing wonderfully. Here she is having her first fish n chips at the park the other night. in true blue kiwi style everything got dunked in the tomato sauce repeatedly.
Baby number two is baking nicely. I am half way along now and getting lots of little pokes and kicks. We have our 20 scan next Monday, the one where we can choose to find out the sex of the baby, but as we did with Holly we are leaving it a surprise. Here we are on a walk in the forest the other weekend. You can see my bump is big already!
I love this little girl so much. She is just amazing. Her little personality is really coming out and she makes me laugh so much! I am blown away by how much love I feel for her. I do worry how I can love another as much, and how Holly will cope when my time is spilt between her and the new baby and I can’t give her as much attention as I do now.
My new book ‘Lessons from Ducks’ is coming along slowly. Holly’s sleep patterns are all up the woopsie so I’m writing when I can. So far I’m 35,000 words in.
My other three books are selling ok and getting great reviews. I am thinking about doing a Kindle Countdown deal soon, but will let you know if I do.
Charlie and Pearl just got this review from the wonderful and very talented Fiona Wilson. This lovely lady knows her stuff when it comes to books, so if she likes what you’ve written then you must be doing something right :-) This review has totally made my day! ♥
Charlie is slightly chubby and an occasional reader of women’s lifestyle magazines. He lives with his mum in the same small coastal town where he was born and works in the local bookshop with a boss suffering from the early onslaught of dementia and who wears a pot on his head for a helmet, as he thinks the country is at war.
Pearl has fled to her grandmother's beach house for some time out and to heal after the end of a relationship left her with a life altering revelation.
Their paths collide and Charlie falls instantly in love, although Pearl takes some convincing. She has a secret; one she knows will prevent them from living their happy ever after.
Charlie and Pearl is a quirky love story in the tradition of One Day. It’s a story of unconventional love; of finding that spare part you never knew…
Today this blog reached 600 followers!!! I’m pretty sure (although of course completely clueless as to how to find out) that I started this blog roughly a year ago this week. Soooooooooooooooooooo much has happened in that time. Good things, bad things, remarkable things, magical things and yes, some sad things.
I just wanted to say, from Holly and I (and the new baby bean) a HUGE thank you to each and every one of you for the support - you’re all wonderful ♥
I came across it in a bookshop in the Coromandel over summer and because it was by a fellow kiwi author decided to give it a chance. I’m so glad I did. I couldn’t put it down, reading it every chance I got (in between trying to keep up with the ever increasing mischievous Holly of course). It is beautiful. It is storytelling at it’s best.
You will love this book, I promise you.
PS – here is the review I left on Amazon
5 Stars – This is one of those books that will linger long after you turn the last page. The characters will have invaded your life and it will be impossible to shake them, not that you’ll want to.
I loved this book. It caught my eye in a bookshop in Thames as it had a little New Zealand flag on the cover and I always like to support fellow NZ authors. As money is tight I went back to my sister-in-law’s and googled the author and reviews before making my purchasing decision. I found out Greg first self published the book, and then last year emailed it to someone at Whitcoulls who loved it and who agreed to publish it and run it in their shops in the lead up to Christmas. (I’ve also seen it in various independent bookshops.) On amazon it only had a handful of reviews, but all were positive.
I went back and purchased it. Then I read it in two days. I could not put this book down! Which is a difficult feat when also looking after an active 14 month old!
Eddy, the main character, is abandoned by his young mother when he is born with Down Syndrome. The prologue featuring this desertion broke my heart :-( He is taken in by his reluctant grandmother. The next few chapters also broke my heart, and at one point I thought “I’m not sure if I can continue on with this!” But I did. And I’m so glad. I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but lets just say things get better for Eddy. In a way that will touch and inspire you, and leave you believing in miracles. I didn’t want this book to ever end, and I know it’s one I will read again and again. The author is an extremely gifted storyteller. You will not regret buying this book. Highly recommended.