Thursday, 10 July 2014

Creativia - My New Publisher

I thought it was about time I told you a little about my new publisher, Creativia. You might recall that, on an earlier posting, I mentioned how Creativia had republished my novel, The Trojan Project.  However, since then they have been in touch about republishing my other two novels, Divorcees.Biz, and Only Twelve Days. I agreed to the merge some time ago, but it has taken Amazon over two weeks to complete the transaction. It seems they were having technical problems. Nevertheless it now seems that all is sorted and All three of my novels are published by Creativia Publishing.

To begin with, Publisher, Miika Hannila, is the great guy behind Creativia Publishing. One of the best things about him, apart from his friendliness to his authors, is that he always reads his emails and replies to our queries very promptly. What more could you want? He is always there to listen/read what we have to say.

So, who are Creativia Authors? Well for a start, we are all a really friendly bunch, who try to help each other along the rather difficult road of getting our novels out there.  Let's face it, getting a novel accepted for publication is only the first step of a long haul flight. Once published the book needs to be promoted. If the readers don't know it's there, how are earth are they going to be able to buy/download a copy? Don't you see? All those readers out there are missing out on a good read, because they haven't heard of our books. But promoting a novel is like walking through a minefield. However with the help of our fellow authors, it can be quite fun. Like I said, we are all very friendly and helpful towards each other. We are all enthusiastic about welcoming new authors who have signed up with Creativia.

However, there is always one person in any group whose enthusiasm stands out above the rest.and Creativia is no exception.  Julie M. Northup is a star when it coming to helping to promote our novels. Nothing is too much trouble for her. You just have to put forward an idea which has been milling around in your head, and before you know it, she has it up online for you.  Even on a trip to the Zoo, she was giving info about getting books out there.  Actually, while we are talking about Julie you might like to take a look at one of her books, Fears Of Darkness, which is only 99c/99p for a short time. I have downloaded a copy myself and am looking forward to reading it.

But it must be said that all the authors are brilliant. From Brian L Porter, writer of several novels about Jack the Ripper,
who I have known online for a number of years right down to some of the newest members, they are all keen to help each other. And this is how it should be. One person plugging away can't reach many people, but if several authors get together - watch out world!

So that's it in a nutshell. You heard it here first - Creativia  is a publisher to watch.

If you would like to take a look at all the books published by Creativia then follow the link and check them out.

Have a Great Day


Wednesday, 2 July 2014

This and That!!

How I would love to be able to tell you about all the wonderful things going on in my life at the moment!!  But I can't!

Not because they are a secret. No it's simply because Life is very quiet. I suppose I should be happy about that - and I am, I can certainly do without any problems rearing their head. I have had enough of those over the last year.  It's just that it would be nice if something wonderful would pop up now and again.

However, I suppose all this quietness has given me time to fiddle around with My Website. Fiddling around with widgets etc is no easy matter for me. Nevertheless, I have managed to add a Twitter live feed showing my tweets and re-tweets. I have also added a link to Amazon Shop Now, which means you can pop straight across to Amazon if you suddenly remember you want to buy something from them. Not necessarily my books, The link simply takes you to Amazon and from there you can buy anything you like. (though it would be nice if you dropped one of my books into the basket at the same time :-D.)

Tomorrow we are going to meet up with two of Phil's cousins. We haven't seen either of them for some while, so it will be nice to have a chat about old times. More about that after the event.

I understand that our gorgeous nephew, Christopher Ian,  really enjoyed his first birthday party. He has lots of young cousins who all came to help him celebrate.

He always looks so happy. Big smiles all the time. Or at least I think the smiles are there all the time. He is always smiling when we see him.  However that is not as often I we would like. Phil's health problems have meant that we can't get there too often.

Never mind, Tracey sends us lots of photos and we look forward to seeing them and  judging from the last few, he is certainly growing fast.

I think that is all for the moment. No doubt I will think of something once I publish this, but then I can always come back  :-)

Have a Great Day.


Saturday, 21 June 2014

Special offer This week!!

I doubt there is anyone in the entire universe who has not heard of my novel The Trojan Project. Well I am sorry to tell you that I am mentioning it again!

But I do have some good news, because all this week the novel will be on offer to download for only 99c or 99p whichever is your currency. It doesn't matter what your currency is, because on both sides of the pond, that is a darn good deal. Certainly one not to be missed.

Meanwhile, things in the Thornton household are going well. I am getting back to the sequel of The Trojan Project, which I started some time ago. I don't know why I suddenly stopped writing it. Perhaps I decided to go for something lighter and wrote Divorcees.Biz followed by Only Twelve Days instead. But for whatever reason, I am back and intend to carry on until the end. Well that is the plan and I have been assured that it is always good to have a plan.

Of course, just because someone has a plan, it doesn't mean everything is going to work out. I had a plan a long time ago that I was going to rich and famous, but so far that hasn't happened and those that know me personally realise that time is running out for me!!  Unless everyone reading this suddenly decides that they can't live another moment without a copy of The Trojan Project on their Kindle. It wouldn't make me rich, but I'm telling you it would certainly make me a very happy bunny.

At the moment, there is someone out in our garden painting our garage. It was starting to look very faded, so we thought it was time to have the whole thing spruced up. I have to say he is making a good job of it. I will add a photo here when he has finished.

Well I think that is all for the moment.

Have a good day wherever you are


Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Character Blog!

Julie Northup has added a short interview with me to her blog.

The interview was about the novel I am working on at the moment.  Why not head on over there and take a look.  Enjoy!

The Link is below:

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

More News!! + Update!

My new publisher, Creativia, has produced an new video trailer for my novel, The Trojan Project. How exciting is that? It was something I always wanted to do for myself, but sadly I had no idea how to produce videos. Hopefully you will all be keen to see it, so I have added the link here.

If you could possibly find the 'Like' button, I would be grateful if you would give it a nudge and then pass on the link to your friends and family. (might as well get them involved, too) I really need to get the news out there and I am relying on you all to help.

I hate to say this, but Kelso Town centre is still in a mess. It's a shame for all the tourists coming to see this quaint little town with its cobbled streets only to find the place in an uproar. It will be Civic Week soon, a time when lots of people come into the town to cheer on the riders as they ride the boundaries of the Borders. A tradition which celebrates the historic past of the area. At the moment, the Town Square, where the ceremony is held, is cordoned off while the cobbles have been taken up and are in the process of being relaid. Probably something to do with health & safety :-)  Quite honestly, I have tried to avoid going into the town and I am sure several other people have done the same, which must be a nightmare for the local shops.

Despite my husband being so wobbly on his feet due to his recent health problems, we have managed to get our garden swing out from hibernation in the garage. So now we are hoping for some sunshine so we can gently rock back and forwards while reading our books and sipping something cool and delicious. When you put it like that, it sounds wonderful, and believe me it is. But at the moment, you can never be sure that the heavens won't open and we will be drowned, while gathering up our bits and pieces and clambering indoors.

 The Borders Book Festival, held in Melrose, starts today until Sunday. I have 6 books in the Festival
Bookshop, so I am going to go along when it is quiet, to take a couple of photos. Did I really say 'when it is quiet'? I don't know why I said that! From my experience it is heaving all the time as people gather to hear their favourite authors talk about their books.  And before you ask, no! I am not that famous, so I won't be giving a talk. But if you keep on passing around the info at the top of the page.... you never know!

On that wishful note, I think I will call it a day.

Have a great day and if you are going to the book festival, look out for my books - The Trojan Project & Only Twelve Days. 

The photo above is the Update!!  
I have just got back from the Borders Book Festival and my books are on show.


Sunday, 1 June 2014

Back Again!

Things have been a bit hectic in the Thornton household of late. My husband was whisked away to hospital - again last week. However, they did seem to get to the root of the problem and have done something about it, so hopefully, all will be well.

Of course to find the cause of his problem involved a great deal of X-rays, CT scans, MRI scans and probably a few things that scientists around the globe are still working on.  But I have to say that the Borders General Hospital pulled out all the stops and got him sorted and home after 9 days. So with a bit of luck and a fair wind he is back on the road to recovery.

Today someone came and put some new windows in our garage. We now have glass windows. When the garage was first erected, the company doing the job used clear plastic. I have to admit the plastic or whatever the real name for it is, worked quite well. But as the years went by, the sun turned the clear plastic into a horrible yellowish colour. And if that wasn't bad enough, the  plastic was so thin it began to crack.

Anyway, like I said we have had the five panes changed and I have to say it is looking marvellous. So when the guy comes back to wash down the whole structure and give it a repaint, it is going to look like a Wendy House!

It's a shame I can't say as much for Kelso Town Centre. Oh my goodness! All I wanted to do on Thursday morning was to drop a letter from the hospital into our Dr. The letter was regarding my husband's discharge from hospital. It it hadn't been so important, I would have turned around and gone back home. All manner of things were going on. Including white lining along the road past Lidl's. Anyway, I took a different route home. Is this chaos in our lovely town ever going to end? But then on the other hand, Galashiels, a few miles away has problems, too.

It has been decided to re-open the railway from Edinburgh to Galashiels. The last time I was in Galashiels, I almost lost the will to live. I drove around and around trying to find somewhere to park. The car park nearest to where we were going was closed, as was the bus station! Can you believe it? Even the bus station was closed.  Is the train going to stop in the bus station I wonder??  Even the one way system had been altered, in that, what was once the going up up through the town centre was now the going down through the town centre. Quite honestly, the situation was so awful trying to sort out where I was and where I was going next, I thought I was going to lay an egg.

With all the problems of the Edinburgh Tram System, you would think they would have left well alone. But no! If you are going to muck it up, then really go for it!!
Okay, rant over!!

Our lovely nephew is home from his holiday in Corfu. I have seen one photo of him enjoying his holiday, so I am looking forward to seeing more very soon. I believe he kept his mum and dad on their toes during their stay, so no doubt he had a great time.

Well I think that is all for the moment..... except to remind you all of my new website -   and that my novel, The Trojan Project has now been re-published by Creativia.

Have a great day!


Wednesday, 14 May 2014


Yes, you read that right!  I am absolutely stumped: I don't know what to write about today. Nothing happened yesterday, so far nothing has happened today, and if the trend continues, then nothing will happen tomorrow!

That does not mean I want something horrible to suddenly descend on me just so I can write about it tomorrow. No, far from it. But just think, wouldn't it be wonderful something exciting were to happen today or tomorrow so that I could come back here bursting with news.

I can't even tell you anything about the novels I started am working on some time ago because I don't seem to be able to add anything to them. So you can see how serious the situation is. I used to sit here and ramble away, but I seem to have writers' block. At one time I didn't believe there was such a thing, but I can tell you here and now that there is - and I have got it!

I have just thought of one trickle of news. Our lovely nephew, Christopher sent a little card thanking, both me and my husband for the little Easter present we sent down for him. Of course the little man didn't actually pick up a pen and write it himself, his father did it for him. But I am sure he dictated the message and made sure his daddy got it right. :-)

Christopher is growing up fast. I understand he is going on his holidays to Corfu this year, so he has had a passport sorted out for him. And I am sure that he has made a list of all the things he wants to take away with him. Another big smile here :-D  The little man isn't a year old yet, but I know he has the family organised.  He has even got his first pair of shoes for when he is up and walking, which I gather won't be too long now.

I think that is all for the moment, but, as usual, if something suddenly blows into my mind, I will get straight back here with it.

Oops, nearly forgot, if you have a minute to spare, please log onto my new website. I need a little traffic to show Google search engine the way there!! 

Have a great day wherever you are,


Saturday, 10 May 2014

My New Website! & a few other things!

Two exciting pieces of news for you today!

I have just launched a brand new website. 

I would really be grateful if you would take a look and let me know what you think of it so far.

I still have a few things to add, but I am getting there. At the moment it is displaying my novels, which is why I set it up in the first place, but I hope to add a few other things of interest. Therefore I would love a few ideas from you all

The address is

The Trojan Project now has a new publisher

The recent promotion I organised for The Trojan Project was a great success. A big thank you to anyone who downloaded a copy. I do hope you enjoy the read and pass on the information to your reading friends, group and anyone you can think of.

Since the promotion, the novel has been picked up by a publisher. So how exciting is that?  They also negotiated with the artist who did the cover and have been given permission to use it, so I am quite delighted on all points. I love the cover and it has been well admired.  It seems that the new publisher loved it, too and wanted to keep it.

I have also upgraded my phone. However, I do still have the same number. I think I have got to grips with it now. Technology is way beyond me these days, but I am learning. And I have to say the people I spoke to on the EE help line were really very good.

So all round it has been quite an eventful week for me. I don't suppose anything more exciting will happen for some time - unless I win the lottery this evening.  But that is not going to happen!!

Nearly forgot - I am going on a diet!!

Have a great day wherever you are


Quick PS!!!  I didn't win the Lottery last Saturday :-(