Good Luck With That


I wanted to share this post with you from Nicholas Rossis as it makes a great deal of sense and also lays out a plan that is possible to emulate (provided you remove certain distractions and focus more) The one thing that I have learnt over the last 66 years is that it is worth listening to people who are successful… better get cracking on those five books…thanks Nicholas.. #recommended.

Nicholas C. Rossis

Luck | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's book Image by Gerhard Gellinger from Pixabay

I remember having a dialogue with a writer friend a few years ago. She was chastising me for stressing the importance of luck in publishing. Her argument was that, if you work hard enough, you’re bound to succeed.

At the time, I was wondering if she was right and hard work was all it took.

After a decade in this game, I changed my mind. have now added prayers to luck as the most important factors helping with your career.

Now, it looks like I’m not the only one to think so. J.A. Konrath, one of the best-known Indies in the world, recently shared a sobering post called, Your Book Marketing Plan Won’t Work.

Even though you may think he methodically destroys all of your dreams, what he really does is debunk the myth of writing being some sort of get-rich-quick scam. Konrath…

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The Afternoon video – Swallows take on crows in the intelligence game.


Automatic doors were fixed to a campus underground car park where swallows nested, within days the birds had figured out how to activate the motion sensors to open the doors to let them in and out!

We had swallows in our garage in spain and we had a covered stored car that rarely moved. When we took it out to clean and service the birds became confused and sat in the trees waiting until the car was replaced.

Every year when they swallows arrived back from Africa they would fly under the roof of the balcony where we would sit and have our evening glass of wine and out the other side to tell us they were back. When they left again before the winter, they would do the same to say goodbye.

Sally’s Café and Bookstore


Delighted to have been a guest of Ailsa Abraham today -talking about the origins of Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore and of course drinking great coffee and eating almond croissants from Pierre the mad baker! Only in France.. Must not forget to mention Lily… a four legged lovely.

The Bingergread Cottage

My dear friend Sally Cronin is coming in out of the rain today to sit by the fire and tell me about « Sally’s Café and Bookstore » so I’d better make some fresh coffee.

Dig in to those patisseries, Sally, my friend Pierre, the mad baker, gave them to me for nothing when I said I had a famous writer friend visiting.

Ailsa you have a wonderful way of making us feel very special and Lily has the same gift although somehow I feel that might be to do with the fact that I am eating her favourite almond croissant. Excuse me while I take a bit and let Lily have some too..

Tell us about the Café & Bookstore in your blog. What is it ?

Since starting the blog in 2013, I have wanted to promote authors and their books as creatively as possible. I ended up…

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Miss Laura Mae’s House Part 5


If you have not visited Linda Bethea’s blog before then you are in for a treat. Nutsrok is the place for nostalgia full of humour and pathos that will have you laughing and crying.. head over for another brilliant story.


baconI dawdled a bit to talk to Miss Laura Mae one morning as she put plum butter and a piece of bacon on the hot biscuit she’d split for me. “Floyd died twenty years ago today. It shore don’t seem like it?”

That caught my attention. “Who shot him?”

She and Mother both burst out laughing. “Why nobody shot him, honey. He just got sick and died.”

“Looks like she’s been watching too much ‘Gunsmoke’.” Mother said, but I could tell she wasn’t really mad. “Linda, don’t be asking stuff that’s none of your business. Get your biscuit and go stand on the top step!” Mother sputtered. I certainly knew better than to ask nosey questions, but sometimes my curiosity got the best of me.

“She didn’t mean no harm,” Miss Laura chuckled, “But I tell you who I could’a shot.”

I lingered on the top step to listen in…

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Bradley gets Giggles – end the day with laughter.


I saw this in 2011 – my mother 94 at the time and more than a little dotty got the joke immediately and started to laugh – we dissolved into giggles together which at the time was wonderful. Someone posted on FB and my husband came rushing up to find out why I was laughing so much – he joined in. I dare you to keep a straight face. Thank you Bradley for ending the day on a high note.