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The Avanta/JobCentre Saga, Part 2 ?>

The Avanta/JobCentre Saga, Part 2

This is Part 2 of the story I began last night. Writing it down like this, it’s made me realise just how unbelievable it all sounds. Because it gets worse. Really. On 3rd July I received a letter from Avanta, the people who conduct the work-focused interviews, telling me they’d made me an appointment for 28th July. Yeah, they really held off, didn’t they? I phoned them and politely enquired if this could be a mistake because I’d been told…

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Something I Need To Get Off My Chest ?>

Something I Need To Get Off My Chest

I wrote this post as a draft on 17th June, but chickened out on posting it because I hate to sound like I’m whining. Let’s face it, people that read this want to know about the books, not this sort of thing. But in the end I decided to post it because I would rather sound like I’m whining than have people think I’m simply lazy! There are things happening in my life that are taking away from my work…

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My Take on the Censorship of e-Books by Amazon, Kobo, and WHSmith ?>

My Take on the Censorship of e-Books by Amazon, Kobo, and WHSmith

There’s been tons in the media this week regarding the mass panic of companies such as WHSmith and Kobo, and the ridiculous solution they came up with to prevent potentially damaging erotica from being sold through their websites. Their answer was not to pull all erotica titles until they’ve been screened, which would have been understandable, but to pull ALL self-published books regardless of genre or content. Meanwhile, many trad-pub novels with similar content has escaped the cull unscathed. I…

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Thank You ?>

Thank You

Before I set my nose to the grindstone today, I want to take time out to say thank you. Earlier this month I had a sudden splurge of sales, and I woke this morning to find that not only had it happened again, but I had a wonderful 5-star review on Amazon.com, three new registrations on this site, and a request that the Juiced Edition be made available again. It knocked me for six, getting so much encouragement in one…

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A Kindred Spirit and a Blog I Wish Every Reader Would Visit ?>

A Kindred Spirit and a Blog I Wish Every Reader Would Visit

I know my last two blogs here have been somewhat . . . down. Over several months I’ve slowly been discovering something about a number of modern readers which I never suspected: They don’t like series. This genuinely flummoxed me because there’s nothing I like better than to engage with a world and its inhabitants, make friends with them, and come back to visit again and again. I’m re-reading The Vampire Chronicles right now for just that reason. So it’s…

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