It’s Official – Your book is the WINNER of the sci-fi category in our 2018 Golden Quill Award Contest!

 

I entered this contest a few months ago never really thinking it would go this far. After a month, Playing in the Rain was selected as a semi-finalist along with five other books. Another month later and an email confirmed that it had moved on with one other book as a finalist, a winner would be chosen mid-July.  Tonight I received an email from Golden Box Books Publishing informing me that Playing in the Rain has won the 2018 Golden Quill Award in the Science Fiction category.

This is my first book award. I enjoy writing and everything it entails. Okay, not everything, editing is blah and marketing is even worse. I spend anywhere from 3 to 4 hours every weeknight when I return from my-full time job working on all aspects of writing. At the moment editing the second book of my first trilogy (Playing in the Rain was the first) is top priority. On the weekends I spend anywhere from 4 to 8 hours, maybe more, working on this craft that I love. It’s hard work as any author knows, but winning awards makes it worthwhile and keeps me going.

It may not be the Giller Prize but it’s a start and I’ll take that!

 

 

 

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Smorgasbord Weekly Round Up – Aretha Franklin, Late Spring Bulbs, Corned Beef and Esme’s Party Piece.. and that’s just for starters…

Thrilled to be a part of this weekly roundup. Thank you, Sally!

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Welcome to the weekly round up with the posts that you might have missed. I have been editing Tales from the Irish Garden and breaking that up with time in said garden, planting pots and (if I am honest) sitting in patches of sunlight reading! It is another lovely day here so will be doing the same, as around here one is not really sure if this is ‘summer’ and you need to make the most of it.

We have some major work coming up with contractors in to lay a lawn and add some new fencing. We have been in the house two years in June and these will be the last of the major renovations…really looking forward to having the garden in bloom again.

As usual the posts this week do not all originate from my keyboard, and a huge thank you to the contributors for their commitment…

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – Lyn Horner, Sandra J. Jackson, Mae Clair and Lucinda E. Clarke.

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Welcome to the Friday edition of the Cafe and Bookstore author update and time to share the recent reviews for more talented authors on the shelves.

The first author is multi-award winning  Lyn Horner with her latest release Tempting Adam: Romancing the Guardians, Book Seven

About the Book

He walked away from her once meaning to protect her and broke her heart.
Can she forgive him and overcome his stubborn resistance to love?

Guardian of Danu, Adam Dvorak has the power to make plants grow with a mere touch, but will he allow love to grow? An agronomist teaching better farming methods in a semi-desert region of northern Kenya, he has an accident and ends up in the local hospital where, to his shock, his former love Ellie Graham is a nurse. He’d never expected to see her again.

Ellie is equally shocked to see him. How could fate be…

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Smorgasbord Weekly Update. – Aretha Franklin, Restoration Women, Hot Soup and Texas Thunderstorms

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Another week gone but one with some sunshine which is always worth celebrating. I have also finished writing Tales from the Irish Garden and phase one is over. Catching my breath and then back into each chapter to tidy up and elaborate before another run through for the first edit. I really don’t mind this part and at least I am on target to publish mid-summer.

I am so grateful for the amazing columnists who contribute to the blog each week and it would not be the same without them.

Great to have William Price King back after his week away and we just have one more post to come in the Aretha Franklin series. I am delighted that it has brought so many memories back and thank you for your comments.

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Paul Andruss posted on his own site this week.. Plight of the Restoration Women.. when your money…

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Spring Showcase – Amy Hoff, J. Hope Suis, Lyn Horner, John W. Howell, Allan Hudson, Deanie Humphrys-Dunne, Karen Ingalls, Chuck Jackson, Sandra J. Jackson, Deborah Jay

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Welcome to spring….. and there might be a hint of colour in the garden, as daffodils push their way to the surface, but there is plenty of colour on the shelves of the bookstore that I thought I would share with you over the next week.

If you are looking for you next book to read then look no further than these talented authors and over 600 books currently on the shelves.

Instead of the usual Cafe and Bookstore updates on Friday and Monday.. I will be featuring a number of authors each day with their updated reviews.

I will give you their listing which also includes a link to buy the books but also discover others that they have written but are not listed. You will also find a link to their website or blog to find out more information, and as you can imagine… they write great posts…

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Author Spotlight – Sandra J. Jackson

Thank you, Lissa for having me on your Author Spotlight. I enjoyed your questions.

Lissa Dobbs, Author

View More: http://anotherperspective.pass.us/sandrajLet’s give a warm welcome to our spotlighted author, Sandra J. Jackson.

Author Bio

A graduate of a 3-year Graphic Design program, Sandra J. Jackson has always been creative, from drawing and painting to telling stories to her children when they were young. Her wild imagination lends itself to new and exciting ideas.

Sandra’s debut novel, Promised Soul, was released in 2015 and Playing in the Rain (Book 1 of the Escape Series) in September 2017 by Fountain Blue Publishing. A short story, Not Worth Saving, was published in New Zenith Magazine’s 2016 fall issue. She also has had several sports articles published in a local newspaper. She holds a professional membership with the Canadian Author Association and is a member of Writers’ Ink.

Sandra lives with her family in a rural setting in Eastern, Ontario. She is currently working on Book 3 of the Escape Series

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Smorgasbord Book Promotion – Air Your Reviews – Sandra J. Jackson, Jan Sikes and John W. Howell

A big thank you to Sally from Smorgasbord – Variety is the Spice of Life and congratulations to authors Jan Sikes and John W. Howell.

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Welcome to the first of the review posts this week and the first author celebrating is Sandra J. Jackson with a new review for Promised Souls.

About the book

Just as Krista’s summer plans are finalized, she is suddenly plagued by strange dreams and intense feelings of déjà vu. Feeling as though she’s losing her mind, she visits a psychic medium, only to feel more confused. When Krista arrives in England, her dreams persist, and she finds herself at the doorstep of another psychic; she needs clarity. Finally, the words she was afraid to say out loud, are spoken. Now Krista has to figure out what it all means. Promised Soul is the story of the past, the present, and the future of two souls that have been bound together by eternal and transcending love.

One of the recent reviews for the book.

Fantastic! on November…

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