Life is too short for ‘ifs’ and ‘buts’: it’s about grabbing it with two hands and making things happen! We hope you will find something to inspire you in the April LLm Bookshelf Newsletter.
It all begins here with our guests:
author Steena Holmes
and book reviewer Kim Nash
plus some fab articles in our online emag – everything from sunning in the Algarve, purrfect cats, to Les Miserables:
- did you miss anything this month?
First, a huge welcome to author Steena Holmes! She currently lives in Calgary with her husband and three daughters and loves to wake up to the Rocky Mountains each morning.
What do you enjoy most, Steena, about being in touch with your readers?
I love getting to know them! I found once I changed my focus to my readers, everything changed for me in regards to how I write my stories. Knowing who my readers are and what they like/expect/want … its more important to me now that I’ve started to get to know some of them than it was before. Before, I wrote my stories for me, but now I’m consciously thinking about what my readers liked about my last book, the characters and what they didn’t like. Each email I receive, all the messages on facebook and twitter – they are more important to me now. What do I love most about being in touch with my readers? I think it’s getting to know about them – their lives, their passions, what drives them, who they are as a person.
Time management is a problem for everyone these days, what are your top tips?
Oh dear…time management is a problem for me as well Top tips – know what is important to you and learn to prioritize! I hear so much lately that social media is a huge time suck … and yet, its also a necessary part of an author’s life – if they want to stay in touch with their readers, find new readers etc. Instead of seeing it as the ‘big bad wolf’, I’ve learned to delegate time to social media. Another tip – make your time work for you, not the other way around. Again, it’s all about prioritization. Life is always going to throw curve balls at us, but if we are flexible and can learn to distinguish between our ‘wants vs needs’ then it won’t throw us off the course too much when something comes up and you either need that book completed earlier or anything else happens.
Thank you! And those curve balls can be a nightmare… been there! Can you tell us a little bit about your latest novel?
Megan is the harried but happy stay-at-home mother of three little girls living in a small town. Her life implodes when her youngest daughter, Emma, disappears on her third birthday.
Two years later, Megan is preparing to commemorate Emma’s birthday and the anniversary of her kidnapping, compelled to keep her name alive in the minds of her community and her family. Her commitment to Emma, however, borderlines on obsession as she follows the families of little girls who look like the daughter she lost.
Her obsession with finding Emma has distanced Megan from both friends and family. Her two older daughters are resentful of her relentless and fruitless search for their sister, and her husband pleads with her to accept that Emma is gone so that the family can move on with their lives.
Meanwhile, in the same small town, Jack is beginning to question his wife’s secrecy about their adored granddaughter, Emmie. As Dottie slips into dementia and becomes increasingly protective over Emmie, he can’t help but wonder if there could be a dark secret that Dottie is keeping from him.
Jack and Megan’s worlds finally intersect at the town carnival, when Megan snaps a photograph of a little girl on her grandfather’s shoulders.
US - Finding Emma: http://www.amazon.com/Finding-
I also managed to catch up with the fabulous Kim Nash, known to everyone as Kim The Bookworm. Kim has been reading and reviewing for a long time and her reviews are well-respected and sought out by authors and readers alike! I asked Kim about her non-bookish life.
Kim is a Sales & Marketing Manager for The Marketing Room (www.themarketingroom.co.uk) which is a full service marketing agency and also writes for Have A Lovely Time (www.havealovelytime.com) which is a family travel and review site. Living near to Cannock Chase in Staffordshire, UK she loves to walk in the gorgeous countryside and spending time with her son and best friend Oliver, as well as having her nose stuck in a book at every possibility, and reviewing and blogging about books of course at http://kimthebookworm.
Today Kim is talking about her review for Sue Fortin’s United State of Love:
“Set in the towns of Arundel and Chichester, Anna is a single mom and a tour guide who gets rescued by the gorgeous and hunky AmericanTex. What she doesn’t realise is that he is the new owner of a disused church which is about to be turned into a pizza restaurant, much to her disgust.
Anna’s really annoying ex-husband Mark, is currently sleeping on Anna’s sofa and is trying very hard to cause trouble between her and Tex and also between her and their teenage son. Anna doesn’t know which way to turn to make life easier and her feelings for Tex and her feelings for Mark are pushed to the limits in this exciting, romantic tale.
I immediately disliked Anna’s back stabbing, jealous ex-husband and found myself getting really wound up by things he did to try to spoil her life while pretending he wants to get back with her. Sue creates her characters beautifully, you either love them or hate them, I loved both Anna and Tex and would quite like Tex to have cooked me a romantic meal!
Sue writes very descriptively, and her words flow really well with the book getting you interested from the very first few pages, leaving you constantly wondering what’s going to happen. The twists and turns along the way, leave you guessing right till the very end, how the plot will turn out and whether she’ll get back with Mark or take a chance on a future with Tex. And no – of course I’m not going to tell you! You’ll just have to buy the book and find out for yourself.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading United State of Love and will look forward to reading lots more from this budding new author.” Visit Sue’s bookshelf page for more details.
Destinations you’ll love – a fabulous place to visit – The Algarve
Furage fun – cat lover alert!
Make the most of your garden - is it contented?
May Day traditions in Germany, what fun!
Have you seen Les Miserables? Stage v film?
In search of a happy ending – 5 Dumb reasons for getting married
The village green – rural life in the UK
Bookshelf reviews – discovering new authors, what do the reviewers recommend?
People with a passion – Donna Trinder talks about life with MS & blogging
Some great new books for your Kindle and bookshelf!
We hope you’ve enjoyed our April highlights – it’s been great fun chatting to both of our inspirational guests and we have lots more exciting news, features and articles lined-up for the summer! Thank you for dropping by and if you get a moment, let us know what you would like to see featured in the LLm emag.
The Bookshelf Newsletter Editor