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Cover reveal "Dog Town" and Oz Apocalypse update

I really don't know how people who are deep into editing a novel have time to do any social media. I used to write blog posts and send out regular newsletters and lots of Facebook posts. Then I remember that I've not only been neck-deep into writing and editing for the past year, but I've had to deal with life's challenges too. My mother went into hospital twice, my husband broke his leg, I took a little holiday, we had to deal with bushfires, I sprained my ankle. Not complaining, just wondering where all my time has gone and is there somewhere I can ask for a do-over. But I did manage to squeeze in production on this kid's book. I wrote it ages ago and it just needed a tweak. It should be ready for March release. The cover is done and ready to reveal. What do you think?

And finally, book one of my post-apoc trilogy set in Oz is very close to having a release date.
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New post apoc series launches

The newest Frozen World® series from Mission Critical Publishing and international bestselling authors, Jay F. Falconer & M.L. Banner, is now available. Grab your copy of these pulse-pounding, action-thrillers today while the Silo trilogy is on sale! 

Which means that my series, set in this world is coming soon. I'm busy doing final edits to book 1, edits to book 2, and then write book 3. It's a big task and I'm so happy to be a part of this project.

For now, check out the first three Frozen World® books to find out how it all started…

·Silo: Summer’s End ( $0.99 – 75% off during launch promo ·Silo: Hope’s Return ( $1.99 – 50% off during launch promo ·Silo: Nomad’s Revenge ( $2.99 - 50% off during pre-order

Coffee chat with Australian author Shelley Russell Nolan

Welcome to my virtual cafe. I haven't had a coffee chat for a long while. I'm delighted to invite fellow Aussie author Shelley Russell Nolan onto my virtual couch for a chat.

DL: Firstly, since this is a coffee chat, how do you take your coffee (or not as has been the case), and what is your favourite time of the day to partake?

SHELLEY:I have always been a tea drinker, but after going to coffee shops with family and friends and getting annoyed at paying for hot water and a teabag while everyone else had fancy coffees, I decided to give coffee a go. I started with ordering caramel lattes and then moved on to mochas, so not a strong coffee for me. But at home I will have a cup of Moccona after school drop off, usually while catching up with other mums. For the rest of the time I am back to my black tea.
DL: You are an avid reader. Do you feel the tug of writing while you are reading? Or you able to fully immerse yourself and separate the writer from the reader?
SHELLEY: I have…

Have we forgotten what it means to be entertained?

I finally got around to watching Aquaman last night. "I enjoyed it. It was fun." I would probably give it 3 stars. Not a bad movie. Not mind-blowing. It was entertaining, therefore it did its job.

Why am I making a point about this?

I recently read a post on Facebook where an author was complaining because someone gave them a 3 star review on Goodreads. 

3 stars mean a reader "Liked it". I know as authors, we all want to get 5-star reviews all the time. It pushes our ranking and makes us more credible as authors to new readers. Makes us feel loved and pushes us to keep going.

Got it. No argument there. 5 stars equals good. But when did 3 stars equal bad?

It makes me wonder if some authors have become so focused on having everyone say "thebook blew my mind" that they have overlooked the fact a reader enjoyed the book enough to say they LIKED it? Have we forgotten that we "entertained them"?

Back to the movie. I heard the backlash about Aquaman when it …

New cover, new blurb - when the old ones just aren't working

My teen paranormal romance book, "One Little Spell " has a gorgeous new book cover and an updated blurb that I'm so pleased to share with everyone.

When 17 year old Ruby Parker dies and becomes a ghost, she discovers how one little spell can reunite her with her true love. But with all magic, there is a catch. She cannot return from the afterlife in her own body. What happens next is a magical journey of mayhem while Ruby tries to fix the problems from when she was alive. Instead, she discovers that her death has set off a chain of events that can’t be stopped. Can she trust magic to help her fix this new mess? Or will she slip quietly into the afterlife and leave everything she loves behind?
A unique paranormal romance that will have you believing in true love forever. And ever. And ever.
“Brilliant paranormal read.” “LOVE THIS!” “This was a marvellous book.” “Great book for teens and adults.”
Author note: This book was originally published as "Little Red Gem"…

Top 10 songs to write post-apocalyptic fiction by

Lots of writers like to write to music. Some don't because it can be distracting. That's me. Music distracts me so it depends on what stage of writing I'm at as to whether I want the distraction or not. But sometimes I need a little inspiration. I'm currently writing a post-apocalyptic fiction series, and I've chosen 10 songs that would be on my playlist for this project.

Here are my top 10 songs to write post-apocalyptic fiction by.

#1: Thunderstruck by AC/DC

What's not to love about this thumping piece of music. And my current apocalyptic series is based in Australia so this is the perfect choice for when I'm writing a past-paced action scene. This song was released in 1990 on the album "The Razor's Edge". I had this album on vinyl, if anyone remembers them.

Wiki fact: In 2010, "Thunderstruck" topped Triple M's Ultimate 500 Rock Countdown in Melbourne, Australia. The top five were all AC/DC songs.
#2: Sweet Dreams by Ma…

Steampunk - The Department of Curiosities - new release blog tour

Steampunk author Karen J Carlise is about to release her sixth book in The Department of Curiosities series, "For the Good of the Empire".

The Department of Curiosities is a steampunk tale of adventure, a heroine, mad scientists, traitors and secrets.

About the book:
Miss Matilda Meriwether has a secret. Actually, she has several. One of them has shaped her adult life. Another now controls it. Her Majesty Queen Victoria has control of the Empire. She is the Empire, and creator of its secrets. Sir Avery works for The Department of Curiosities – the keepers of secrets – especially if they are useful to the Empire. When Tillie finds herself in the employment of The Department of Curiosities, she realises this is the perfect opportunity to uncover the truth she has been searching for. But the Queen has other plans for her.

About the characters:
There are new characters: main characters are Tillie Meriwether and Sir (Professor) Avery Allington.
Tillie is about to…