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March 1, 2021

Time to plan ahead?

I know I’ve forgotten to mention, as promised, how I’m getting on with the current work-in-progress and some of you may be silently thinking ‘hurray’, but I’ve had another bright idea (yes, yet another). It’s sunny as I write and there’s a feeling of we’re nearly there: it’s nearly Spring, it's nearly over (Covid restrictions) and it’s possibly time to plan ahead.

It’s March in chapter 13 of the new book and the protagonist – OK, I’ll tell you her name, it’s Liberty – is about to have a bright idea. She’s looking around the suburbs of London (oh another giveaway) and thinking they are very drab - she's ended up in the wrong end of town. She comes across some pictures of the famous cherry blossom in Japan and thinks how wonderful it would be if towns in the UK planted loads of blossom trees. She’s not in a position to do much about it, so she must try and influence those who are.

If you’re thinking what a stupendously brilliant idea (I can dream) perhaps you can change your front garden/yard, a neighbourhood or green space for the better and in five years’ time trees will bloom, bees will dance, people will have honey and many will be cheered because of your actions. Plan ahead, and who knows what we can achieve. Take pity on my council, they’ve sent me a card saying I’m one of 6,000 people randomly selected to tell them how I feel. I feel they should plant more blossom trees! And a few other things need doing too. Same where you are? Mostly, though, they do a good job.

For writers: Joshua Grant’s The Diabolic Shrimp website is looking for stories, poems or chapters to be entered in its Shrimpy Awards Contest. www.diabolicshrimp.com Why am I mentioning it? Joshua Grant supports a number of worthwhile charities – take a look at the site – and he also plants trees!

Sage Saying: “If you’re going through Hell – keep going.” Winston Churchill
Handy Hint: If you’re having trouble opening a bottle top, use nutcrackers to grip and turn.
Jolly Joke: I can’t believe I got fired from the calendar factory. All I did was take a day off. (With thanks to Carole P Roman’s book of Silly Jokes for Kids.)

For readers: this month’s bargain at the bottom of the page is
Immortality This Is Probably a Novel by Anna Faversham

It’s available until 3rd March at 0.99 in the US and UK. I’d love to know who wrote the latest review: “A beautifully written, imaginative, supernatural and definitely unique story! ...Well paced story with wonderful characters and full of suspense and romance, too!” A big thank you to that person.
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Published on March 01, 2021 08:35

February 1, 2021

The Feel Good Factor

Do you sometimes feel that all these Covid-19 restrictions make you feel unable to help others as much as you’d like just when some need it most? Here’s one of my bright ideas, ahem! We could send little gifts to people for no particular reason other than to give them a surprise treat and to let them know that someone cares. The feel-good factor works both ways. I can never think of small items to send. I’d love you to share ideas on this. It’s a good idea to make the gifts small enough to be popped into the post/mail box rather than us needing to go to the Post Office. Probably best not to do this anonymously as some might wonder if a bar of chocolate has a sinister meaning, or might be poisoned! Agatha Christie readers in particular.

I came across an article about self-branding. It encourages us to speak up if we have something to offer, whether it is selling our crafts online, telling others of our new invention (if only!) or, in my case my books. Perhaps, the article says, we worry about being pushy. Ah... it’s hit the nail on the head. Who wants to be labelled as pushy? Now imagine if the people who have worked immensely hard to give us vaccines kept modestly quiet about them. We’re so grateful that they worked so hard and have spread the news around the world (vaccines to follow!).

The article then went on to say that it’s more arrogant or foolhardy to do nothing and expect your work to speak for itself. So, taking a deep breath, I am going to tell you a little (more) about myself which some of you may already know. I do not do social media other than Goodreads. No Instagram, no twitter, nothing. My brother sends me his Facebook notifications and that’s about it. I did try once or twice to like some nice authors’ FB posts but I haven’t got any further. It’s a time thing. And so... these next two paragraphs are for authors, everyone else might want to close their eyes.

I have an opportunity to mention the names of 3 authors and one of their books in my current work in progress. A character is packing three books to take with her so the books must be the sort of books an 18-30 year old would like to read.

In return, I’m asking if you would each mention any one of my books (millions of times please ;o) in your social media. I desperately need some help in this area. Please directly message me on GR if you’re up for it. I apologize in advance if I can’t use all the book names you send. You see, I am optimistic that more than three authors will respond. It would be a lost opportunity if I have to pick Charles Dickens again.

Sage Saying: Do all the good you can, in all the ways you can, for all the people you can, while you can.
Handy Hint: Lost a small earring, contact lens or similar object too small to see? Put an old pair of tights or thin, light coloured socks over the pipe/hose of your vacuum cleaner and sweep the area.
Jolly Joke: Apparently the old ‘knock, knock’ jokes are in danger of dying out. So to conserve the national groans, here’s one: Knock, knock Who’s there? Boo! Boo who? There, there, don’t cry.

This month’s bargain Hide in Time by Anna Faversham is available from 4th February – 10th February at 0.99 on Amazon if you have access to Kindle Countdown Deals. It's packed with feel good moments and provides a very good escape route from the virus!

I hope you’ll have lots of feel good moments throughout February and throughout your whole life.
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Published on February 01, 2021 02:34 Tags: helping

January 20, 2021

Best wishes from across the Pond

The United States of America is big news here in the UK because we are all wishing you well as you change your Guard.

With all my heart, I wish you peace and prosperity, and many other things too.
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Published on January 20, 2021 01:04 Tags: changing-of-the-guard

January 1, 2021

Pedalling to Pluto

2020 has been a bit like cycling to Pluto: pedalling furiously and still a long way to go. Yet the goal of being free to see friends and family when we want to is coming into sight at last. We just have to continue avoiding nasty things flying around with evil intent and 2021 has a chance to offer you a happy, healthy and successful new year.

And what is success? With apologies to Ralph Waldo Emerson, I offer you my paraphrase of his wise words.

Success is:

To know that you have redeemed a social condition, a garden patch or that you have the appreciation of a child.
To laugh often and much.
To look for the good in others and find it.
To avoid the unjust criticism of friends (and reviewers!)
To appreciate beauty.
To know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.

This home-made version hangs on my wall near my writing desk.

Sage Saying: Remind yourself of the exorbitant price you can pay for worrying in terms of your health – so don’t worry, it steals your health and your happiness.

Handy hint: Don’t make negative resolutions, e.g. don’t say that you won’t eat chocolate, say that you will eat more fruit. (I make this resolution most days as it allows me to eat chocolate if I haven’t already eaten it all.)

Jolly Joke: (from my Christmas cracker – sorry)
Q. How many letters are in the angelic alphabet?
A. 25 The Christmas alphabet has ‘no L’.
I hope you groaned as loudly as I did. And how were your cracker jokes? Any better?

And last and perhaps least, have I started my latest book yet? YES! I’m on chapter four. Definitely pedalling away furiously now. Um, perhaps that's an exaggeration...

Oh, that wasn’t last, I’ve just remembered that if you read this before 6th January, you can pick up all three ebooks in my Dark Moon series for 0.99 each.
One Dark Night (The Dark Moon Series #1) by Anna Faversham
Under a Dark Star (The Dark Moon Series #2) by Anna Faversham
One Dark Soul (The Dark Moon Series #3) by Anna Faversham
At least these covers ensure there's a bit of colour in this blog post.
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Published on January 01, 2021 03:19

December 1, 2020

A living Advent Calendar

A living advent calendar for you to create and bring fun and joy into your neighbourhood.

It’s a Swedish idea and catching on in the UK and US too, I hope. It’s great for lifting morale in these dark days and weird times.

The idea is to create window displays which can gradually be illuminated as the days go by, or perhaps on each Advent Sunday or whatever suits your creation.

I’m going to start tonight (1st December) by lighting one candle, tomorrow it will be two. By then I will have located my Christmas decorations and dragged them out and will attempt to create something worth putting on show. I’ve got quite a few windows to fill up.

Here in the UK, during lockdowns of one sort or another, we are encouraged to have some outside daily exercise so it's a way to spread some Christmas joy. It’s a safe way for families to walk around in the evenings enjoying the scenes that others are creating throughout Advent – something to look forward to as each dark night the windows get brighter.

Do share here any ideas to improve on this as I can see it needs developing and let us know how you are getting on.

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Sage Saying: If you can give only one gift, make it the gift of good examples.

Jolly Joke: Why do birds fly south for the winter? Because it’s too far to walk.

Handy Hint: Before lighting candles, place them in the freezer for a few hours. They should then burn more evenly and for longer. And remember to snuff them out; blowing them out sometimes means the wax gets blown over your precious furniture.
(Am I supposed to put a health and safety notice in here?!!)

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And the news you’ve all been waiting for? Have I started my next book? Hmm... truly it is any minute now. I've been working on the plot and I have an opening line ready to type. Now what was it...?
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Published on December 01, 2020 06:28 Tags: advent

November 19, 2020

Sage sayings, jolly jokes, household hints, puppy tales – what more do you want? Ah... a book bargain!

Rosie, the puppy I was telling you about in my last post, has made me think, which is more than most people can do. Little Rosie taught me that:

When loved ones come home, you must run and greet them (preferably don’t lick them).

Enjoy attention and don’t worry about what you look like.

You must take naps if you're tired (thank goodness Rosie did, phew!).

It’s a good idea to do a few stretching exercises when you wake up.

When someone is having a bad day, all you need do is sit close by, nuzzle them gently and keep your mouth shut.

The highlight of the day is a long walk, whatever the weather – except in torrential rain, snow, hailstones, tornadoes or searing heat.

Enjoy the feel of the wind in your face and, in the absence of a tail, energetically wag whatever you can.

Best not to bite the hand that feeds you.

Take notice of strangers who come to your door; growling can be useful. (The postman isn’t a stranger, Rosie.)

Be loyal.

If something good lies buried, keep digging.

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Immortality This Is Probably a Novel by Anna Faversham
Immortality: This is Probably a Novel - 0.99 in US and UK starts Friday 20th November for 7 days. Go on, investigate what lies beyond... Whatever Ralph Waldo Emerson says, it’s no tiny matter.


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Sage Saying: "What lies behind us, and what lies before us are but tiny matters compared to what lies within us." Ralph Waldo Emerson


Jolly Joke: What do you call a lazy spud? A couch potato.
(Courtesy of Carole P. Roman’s book of silly jokes) The Big Book of Silly Jokes for Kids 800+ Jokes! by Carole P. Roman




Household Hint: Need temporary extra worktop space? Pull out a drawer and place a tray over the top. (I have a desk drawer pulled out semi-permanently.)

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And if you made it all the way to the end here, award yourself your favourite treat, and be sure to tell us what it is so that we can all follow your lead.
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Published on November 19, 2020 06:45 Tags: household-hint, jolly-joke

November 3, 2020

A Wonderful World

How do you make God laugh? Tell him your plans, of course. You’ll possibly have heard that old joke before. Well my plans for looking after one of God’s little creatures didn’t turn out as I’d hoped. I didn’t actually hear God laugh but...

My daughter asked me to look after her new puppy while she was away. “She sleeps a lot,” she said. I packed my Kindle, a couple of books, laptop, a notebook to begin making notes for my new book, and slippers. Rosie and I fell in love with each other, no doubt about that: I fed her – she loved me. I did wonder if I wasn’t feeding her enough as she seemed intent on chewing my bone-shaped fingers, my ankles, my knees and it seemed my nose was a particular favourite, though she never got past giving it a good licking – I know when to retreat.

Distraction – that’s what was needed. Out into the lovely big garden and she ran straight into the pond, attracted by the plants growing in there, after all, they could be food. Somewhat quieter, she settled for a sleep on my feet. It was the soft slippers, I think, as they proved to be a comfy pillow. I was, therefore, successfully anchored to the sofa but the Kindle and books were in another room.

At the end of eight days my daughter returned and I felt triumphant – I still had eight fingers, two thumbs, two ankles, two knees and one nose intact.

Oh and did I mention the guinea pigs, the fish in the pond, the fish in the tank, the stick insects and the birds? As a good friend said: more like a small zoo. And all still alive, phew!

So please don’t ask if I’ve started the new book. Tomorrow, I am going to start it tomorrow.

As I write this, Louis Armstrong is singing “What a Wonderful World,” with those inspiring lyrics by Robert Thiele and George David Weiss. Yes, little puppies add their joy in being alive to our wonderful world, don’t they?

Hide in Time by Anna Faversham 0.99 until 9th November
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Published on November 03, 2020 11:46 Tags: hide-in-time

October 15, 2020

Bargains, bargains! Three for the price of one!

You might already know about this - I do try to shout as loud as possible.

From 15th October through to 21st the three books in The Dark Moon Series are on sale for 0.99 each in the UK and US markets. For the US, it works out to be three books for the price of one, and the UK arithmetic comes close, it’s just out by a few pennies!

The dark nights are coming and curling up with a good book, or three, has to be one way of getting through lockdowns, dark nights, snow, ice, storms, earthquakes (OK, I've gone a bit far there) and all for 2.97. If you're quick - of course you are!

One Dark Night (The Dark Moon Series #1) by Anna Faversham

It is 1821 and smuggling is rife on the English coast. Lucy doesn’t know who to trust, while those around her suspect she is a spy and treat her accordingly. Her problems increase when two men enter her life:

Lieutenant Karl Thorsen, sworn to avenge his father’s murder, is determined to hang the violent smugglers.

Daniel Tynton has smuggling in his blood. Undaunted by Thorsen's threats, he is respected and feared. When he witnesses a murder, he makes a bold decision, and many lives will never be the same.

When the smugglers and revenue men have their day of reckoning, Lucy is caught in the middle - endangering her life.

Our choices determine our future. A romantic thriller mystery.

Under a Dark Star (The Dark Moon Series #2) by Anna Faversham

In 1823, on an island off the south coast of England, there are activities worse than smuggling and all the conflict points to one cruel and ruthless man. The women on the island call him the Dark Star.
Lieutenant Karl Thorsen enlists the help of his old enemy, reformed smuggler Daniel Tynton who infiltrates the gang to defeat the evil that brings poverty to ‘the diamond isle’. Karl, entranced by a mysterious French woman, rescues her from the captivity of the Dark Star. The Dark Star takes his revenge.

One Dark Soul (The Dark Moon Series #3) by Anna Faversham
Journey into one dark, wounded heart. By 1825 Lucy has escaped from poverty and found true love married to a good man. Knowing Lieutenant Karl Thorsen still feels a hopeless passion for her, Lucy tries to help him find happiness with Elizabeth, a feisty young American. Then a charming, talented and mysterious artist comes into their lives. Intrigued, Lucy does not see the signs of impending tragedy stealing towards them. She ignores all warnings and pays a high price for her folly. When she disappears, the clues suggest one man but surely he cannot be guilty? Something is not quite right. A piece of the jigsaw is missing.
"The series gets better and better." Amazon Customer UK

So... 2.97? Make a hard-working author happy! You too, of course, with my best wishes for enjoyable dark nights ahead.

AND THE WHOLE SERIES IS FREE ON KINDLE UNLIMITED

Sorry about the shouting - I don't want any of you kind visitors to miss a bargain.
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Published on October 15, 2020 10:54 Tags: the-dark-moon-series-0-99

October 7, 2020

Oh no you don't!

October 2020
I ought to have done this years ago - setting up a blog, I mean. There's millions of people in this world with a blog, but not me - an author of five novels plus short stories. I always thought "What shall I say? Who'd be interested?" But if I were giving tips on how to get an idea or your work noticed I'd say "set up a blog" as one of the must do items on a long list. So, finally, I take my own advice and here is the beginning of my blog.
Immortality This Is Probably a Novel by Anna Faversham
I published my latest book in the summer and thought I'd give myself a couple of months off, see the family and sit in the sun and read books - oh to have the time to read, read, read. Well, that happened! What a good start. October arrived - and that is the date in my diary to start on my new book. Unfortunately, Life sometimes has a way of saying, "Ha, ha, oh no you don't." Not only did October arrive but storm Alex arrived. To cut a long story, strung out over several days, short, many tiles shifted on the roof and allowed the rain in here, there and everywhere. Buckets, jugs and pudding basins were strategically scattered, furniture moved away to safe spaces, and various men in overalls came to assess the damage. No writing was done. No planning even.

I'll start next week. Hmm... I see my diary says I might be required to puppy-sit for my daughter at her house for a whole week. Yay! I love dogs and who cannot love a doe-eyed puppy? OK, I know they're not everyone's cup of tea. She's likely to be lively and need a lot of attention and loving. Planning? Writing? Hmm...

So as not to waste a moment of time, I'll start to do a bit of marketing - well, perhaps a mass of marketing and this is a good time to start. Yes, I'll start a blog. (Well, I've got that far!)

I moved the start date for my new book back to the end of October.

Anyone else have a life like this?
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Published on October 07, 2020 03:27