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Jan Hurst-Nicholson (janhurst-nicholson) | 360 comments Always good to find another place to mention my books without being shot down in flames for spamming :)

Before I forget - here is my very own website: www.just4kix.jimdo.com Please drop by. Coffee and donuts are served at 11 am.

Something To Read On The Plane by Jan Hurst-Nicholson Something to Read on the Plane humour/travel/gift
But Can You Drink the Water? (Droll, witty and utterly British) by Jan Hurst-Nicholson But Can You Drink the Water? humorous fiction
The Breadwinners (a family saga of love, lust and betrayal) by Jan Hurst-Nicholson The Breadwinners family saga set in South Africa
Mystery at Ocean Drive by Jan Hurst-Nicholson Mystery at Ocean Drive YA action adventure
Leon Chameleon P.I. and the Case of the Missing Canary Eggs by Jan Hurst-Nicholson Leon Chameleon P.I. and the Case of the Missing Canary Eggs children's humorous animal detective
Leon Chameleon PI and the case of the kidnapped mouse by Jan Hurst-Nicholson Leon Chameleon P.I. and the Case of the Kidnapped Mouse
Bheki and the Magic Light by Jan Hurst-Nicholson Bheki and the Magic Light children's action adventure
The Race An Inspiring Story for Left Handers by Jan Hurst-Nicholson The Race: An Inspiring Story for Left Handers with info for parents and teachers

With the Headmaster's Approval
With the Headmaster's Approval A feel-good story of secrets, scandals and second chances by Jan Hurst-Nicholson

Would You Rather Be in the Coffin Than Give the Eulogy? how to take the terror out of public speaking and advance your career and social network
Would You Rather Be in the Coffin Than Give the Eulogy? how to take the terror out of public speaking and advance your career and social network by Jan Hurst-Nicholson

Hope you find something of interest in the above list. Remember that a book is a gift that you can keep on opening :)


Patti (baconater) (goldengreene) | 61757 comments Glad you've found us, Jan!
I feel I should spread some newspaper around in your thread what with the dogs n all. ;)

Do have a look around and enjoy the silliness in our group. I'm sure you'll be having visitors popping in to your thread, too.

Enjoy!

Just off to look at your book links now. Thanks!


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Philip Whiteland | 3116 comments Nice to see you here, Jan. I'm sure you'll find many appreciative readers.


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Jan Hurst-Nicholson (janhurst-nicholson) | 360 comments Hi Phil and Patti. Thanks for the welcome. Good to be among 'old' friends.


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Philip (sarah) Willis | 5174 comments Hi Jan,bought one for my holiday read.Thank you.


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Hi Jan - I loved But Can You Drink The Water?, I actually did laugh out loud in places - my favourite scene of all was the safari park trip with the grandparents, hillarious!!

:0)


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Jan Hurst-Nicholson (janhurst-nicholson) | 360 comments Thanks so much. Thrilled that Philip (sarah) has bought my book , and that it made Karen laugh. I'm still waiting for someone to make it into a sit-com :) (that's how it started)


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Jan Hurst-Nicholson (janhurst-nicholson) | 360 comments Can you change the title of your thread? Sadly, as of this morning, I am now personal chef to only 2 picky cats :(


Gingerlily - The Full Wild | 36808 comments Oh dear that is sad :( As far as I know you can change the title.


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Jan Hurst-Nicholson (janhurst-nicholson) | 360 comments Thanks, Gingerlily. Have just seen where you can edit the title.


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Philip (sarah) Willis | 5174 comments I feel for you Jan.My beloved spaniel Molly had to be put to sleep yesterday and I am just heart broken.Sending hugs.


Patti (baconater) (goldengreene) | 61757 comments :(


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Jan Hurst-Nicholson (janhurst-nicholson) | 360 comments @Philip (sarah)
Thanks. My condolences to you. It's difficult judging when it's 'time'. She was 15 yrs old, so had a good innings.


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Maureen (Mews) (Mews) | 719 comments Condolences to both Jan and Sarah. It's a horrible feeling losing a pet. I lost both my dogs within a few months of each other (they were 12 and 13). I lived alone at the time and they were both my constant companions. When I lost the second one so close to losing the first I ended up having to take a few days off work because I was so heart broken. Lucky for me I had worked there for a long time and my employers were understanding about it. Sadly, not everyone is sympathetic over the loss of a pet :(


Simon (Highwayman) (highwayman) | 4698 comments @Jan, as an animal lover I feel for you. As my vet once said to me on one occasion as he escorted me out of the tradesmans entrance to avoid upsetting his other clients with my whimpering :

It is the last act of kindness you can extend to your much loved pet and you should be proud that you gave your pet the best life possible and knew when it was time to say goodbye.


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Jan Hurst-Nicholson (janhurst-nicholson) | 360 comments @ Simon
It is the last act of kindness you can extend to your much loved pet and you should be proud that you gave your pet the best life possible and knew when it was time to say goodbye.

Wise words.

As someone said, "Your pets will all be waiting for you on the rainbow bridge." I always think of that when I see a rainbow.


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Kath Middleton | 25061 comments I'm the same with a budgie or a chicken. People think it's strange taking a chicken to the vets. Sometimes they get better but sometimes they don't and just because they are usually farmyard birds doesn't mean we shouldn't do our best for them.

Sorry to those who've had recent losses. They become part of our lives don't they?


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M.A. Comley (melcom) Hi Jan, nice to see you here. ;-)


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M.A. Comley (melcom) Sorry for your loss, Jan. You have my condolences. ;-(


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Jan Hurst-Nicholson (janhurst-nicholson) | 360 comments #Ignite
My friend took her goldfish to the vet.

Hi Mel.

Thanks everyone for the condolences.


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Jan Hurst-Nicholson (janhurst-nicholson) | 360 comments In case you missed it on the other thread, for a limited time I'm offering a FREE prc of Leon Chameleon P.I. and the Case of the Missing Canary Eggs

Leon Chameleon P.I. and the Case of the Missing Canary Eggs by Jan Hurst-Nicholson
This can be read on a Kindle (and possibly other devices - sorry, I'm a e-reader thickie)


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Jan Hurst-Nicholson (janhurst-nicholson) | 360 comments As holiday time is closing in I hope it's ok to give this a bump to mention that if you're travelling you might need Something to Read on the Plane
Something to Read on the Plane by Jan Hurst-Nicholson

Print copies also available on Amazon:o)


Patti (baconater) (goldengreene) | 61757 comments Silly Jan! This is your home in the group! You can do anything you like in your thread.

It's lovely to see you, too. :)


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Jan Hurst-Nicholson (janhurst-nicholson) | 360 comments Thanks. With all the down-voting etc it makes you wary of what to post where?


Patti (baconater) (goldengreene) | 61757 comments Not in our group. We love authors.


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Jan Hurst-Nicholson (janhurst-nicholson) | 360 comments Thanks Patti - that's good to know :o)

V pleased to get an order for 30 print copies of
Something to Read on the Plane from our local King Shaka airport. But fed up that they faxed the order on 31st October and I didn't get it! Only discovered the order when I phoned them this afternoon.


Patti (baconater) (goldengreene) | 61757 comments Argh! Glad you rang them!


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Jan Hurst-Nicholson (janhurst-nicholson) | 360 comments So am I. Didn't want to look pushy, but won't wait so long next time (might be Easter by then!)


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M.A. Comley (melcom) Maybe they were too busy reading the books. Good luck with the paperbacks, Jan. ;-)


Patti (baconater) (goldengreene) | 61757 comments Yeah! Jan needs a prod! Not been round for ages! Tsk.


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Jan Hurst-Nicholson (janhurst-nicholson) | 360 comments Thanks for the prod :)

Too many irons in the fire at the moment! Trying to sort out getting out of paying the US tax on my Kindle Books.

The good news is that I just got an order for 15 paperbacks from Cape Town airport and I posted them today. Will now have to phone King Shaka airport again (have put it in my diary).


Patti (baconater) (goldengreene) | 61757 comments Yay! Have looked at the IRS thread here in the group, Jan?


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Jan Hurst-Nicholson (janhurst-nicholson) | 360 comments I've been reading David Gaughran's instructions on how to get an EIN via telephone. Makes a lot of sense and circumvents so many forms. Just trying to find the number for South Africa :(


Patti (baconater) (goldengreene) | 61757 comments Post in the IRS thread, lovely. Perhaps someone can help you.


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Jan Hurst-Nicholson (janhurst-nicholson) | 360 comments Just dropping by to let you know I'm doing a Giveaway of five paperbacks of Leon Chameleon P.I. and the Case of the Kidnapped Mouse Leon Chameleon P.I. and the Case of the Kidnapped Mouse by Jan Hurst-Nicholson

Giveaway ends on 8th April. Hope you'll take the opportunity to enter (especially if you have young children or grandchildren).


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Jan Hurst-Nicholson (janhurst-nicholson) | 360 comments Seems I've been a bit tardy updating this thread.
Have two new books to add.

With the Headmaster's Approval by Jan Hurst-Nicholson With the Headmaster's Approval

The Race: An Inspiring Story for Left Handers
The Race An Inspiring Story for Left Handers by Jan Hurst-Nicholson


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Jan Hurst-Nicholson (janhurst-nicholson) | 360 comments Entered The Race: An Inspiring Story for Left Handers in a cover competition and received this comment from the judge:

JF: Cute and engaging, and that’s what you want for this kind of book.


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Jan Hurst-Nicholson (janhurst-nicholson) | 360 comments Just letting everyone know that With the Headmaster's Approval
is FREE from 20th to 22nd February. Hope you can take advantage of the offer.

Every school deserves a hero – especially St Mary’s …

A no-nonsense former US naval officer takes on the undisciplined teens in a prestigious British school, but faces his greatest challenge managing the aggrieved female teachers.


The girls at St Mary's Academy in northern England are becoming unruly. A quick fix is needed and the governing body controversially appoints Adam Wild, former US naval officer and widower, as the new headmaster. The all-female staff resent him for upsetting their group dynamics, and his new strict rules set him on a collision course with the sullen teenage girls.

His mission to reform the troubled school is undermined by a power struggle with the fiercely ambitious and popular teacher Jenna Murray, who feels the position should have been hers. The students hate the upheaval, seeking to manipulate or embarrass him in ways only girls can. And his digging into the root of the problems threatens to pull too many dark secrets and scandals into the light.

Hurt by fresh reminders of his tragic past, Adam's determination is tested daily along with his authority. But his patience is enough to win a few allies, and his firm, self-assured presence brings a stability the school hasn't seen in years. Overcoming years of dysfunction may not be impossible - if he can last at St Mary's long enough to see it through.


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Jan Hurst-Nicholson (janhurst-nicholson) | 360 comments I'm doing a COUNTDOWN on The Breadwinners: A Family Saga The Breadwinners A Family Saga by Jan Hurst-Nicholson It will be 99 p until 17th June. Hope you will be enticed to give it a try :)

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0...


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Jan Hurst-Nicholson (janhurst-nicholson) | 360 comments Thrilled to have a new cover for But Can You Drink the Water? (Droll, witty and utterly British).

But Can You Drink the Water? (Droll, witty and utterly British) by Jan Hurst-Nicholson

Now getting ready for the print version.


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Jan Hurst-Nicholson (janhurst-nicholson) | 360 comments The print version is now published :) But Amazon have not linked it with the e-book version and it's ended up in the 'environmental' genre on Amazon.com :( *sigh* Now awaiting reply from KDP as to what happened.


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Kath Middleton | 25061 comments They'll get it sorted, Jan. My first book wasn't linked to the eBook for about a week. It looks as if you have no reviews!


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Jan Hurst-Nicholson (janhurst-nicholson) | 360 comments Yes - the missing reviews! I've got 64 in the UK. I'm impatient to announce the launch of the paperback and don't want to do it until everything is in place. I guess I'll just have to learn patience :)


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Jan Hurst-Nicholson (janhurst-nicholson) | 360 comments Had a reply from KDP saying they have linked the e-book and print versions - but it might take 48 hours to show up, and five days to get the reviews added. More patience required. Considering I have waited at least a year to see my trad published books in print you'd think I could wait a few days :)


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Jan Hurst-Nicholson (janhurst-nicholson) | 360 comments Hurrah, print and e-book now linked - and I've had the first sale of the paperback version :)

But Can You Drink the Water? (Droll, witty and utterly British) by Jan Hurst-Nicholson
But Can You Drink the Water?

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0...


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Jan Hurst-Nicholson (janhurst-nicholson) | 360 comments Now had a few sales of the paperback version.

Sometimes your book finds the EXACT target market. Just got this review.

***** A BRILLIANT BOOK FOR LAUGHTER AND MEMORIES, 13 Sep 2014
Mr ****** - See all my reviews
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: But Can You Drink The Water? (Droll, witty, and utterly British) (Kindle Edition)
One word describes this book BRILLIANT. Obvious that the Author Emigrated from UK to RSA. I and my family left Liverpool same as the Author for RSA also in the 70s.Every situation, Every Page related to EXACTLY what happened to ourselves as the Author experienced, even down to when we returned to the UK on Holiday. Both the Wife and I shed tears of Laughter. It brought back many memories. We also had the Wife's Parents out on Holiday and once again we relived the humour and wIt. Even down to the MELBA TOAST. EXCELLENT and once again BRILLIANT. A MUST FOR EVERY Ex Pat to South Africa to read


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Jan Hurst-Nicholson (janhurst-nicholson) | 360 comments The Race (an inspiring story for left-handers) is on a Giveaway until 20th November.


Gingerlily - The Full Wild | 36808 comments That was a very nice review Jan :) They couldn't have matched the book better!


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Jan Hurst-Nicholson (janhurst-nicholson) | 360 comments Gingerlily - Elephant Philosopher wrote: "That was a very nice review Jan :) They couldn't have matched the book better!"

Thanks. I was thrilled with the review, especially knowing that they recognised the characters and situations.


Gingerlily - The Full Wild | 36808 comments I read the book a few years ago and enjoyed it too. Even though I have never been to South Africa, I have some friends from there.


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