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Posted by on February 25, 2016 in Guest Posts, Just A Thought

 

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A graphic designer you HAVE to know: ELIZABETH MACKEY

I cannot recommend Elizabeth Mackey enough in words,

so I’ll let her covers speak for themselves.

 

 
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Posted by on July 21, 2015 in Guest Posts, Just A Thought

 

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#Free Book Alert

NucorAmazon US

Amazon UK

I heard good things about this series, so I’m getting it. I thought you might like it, too.

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Nucor – Season of the Moons Book 1 

Nucor – a vast wasteland of ice and snow with a six hundred mile belt of jungle around its equator. Its inhabitants consist of genetically modified humanoids set on killing one another until an army of lizards invades.

Thomas Hardwick – On the run from the law finds himself caught in the middle, at the same time discovers his past, and discovers who he really is.

 

 
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Posted by on February 17, 2015 in Guest Posts, Just A Thought

 

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Changes

Good Morning, my friends.

Photo Attribution: Christian Southworth

Photo Attribution: Christian Southworth

 

Isn’t it funny how the end of a year brings with it the need to step back and gain some perspective over one’s life? Yeah, I fell for it, too. It was unintentional, I assure you. Most of the time, I keep myself too busy to notice the passage of time, and not only days, but whole seasons change without me noticing their passing.

I could barely keep my head above the metaphorical water – the waterfall of life flew by too fast for me this year. I just burned out. Not once, but several times I found that I simply could not find the will to carry on. So then I dug deeper and tried to figure out where I went wrong. Did I go wrong? Am I simply not cut out for this writing gig?

Turns out I find solace in writing – the first good sign. Even on a short trip to town, if I’m not the designated driver, I play word games, or stare out of the window at the rainbows and clouds (I live in Ireland now, guys. Rainbows are a daily certainty, especially here, right on the coast). I still like editing, and I have found great friends among the authors on my list.

So what caused the burnout, then? Well, it seems I’ve simply been doing too much. I have seven (soon nine) titles to my name, and have been editing an average of 1.6 books per month in the last few years. I learned how to write a book in a week. From zero presence, I have built myself an extensive online platform, and I know more tricks for leveraging the power of the web than is safe for any person to know (and if I don’t know something well enough, I know where to find out about it).

I love this blog, and yet there were large stretches of time when I could not give it any attention. Heck, I didn’t find the five minutes necessary to add my latest book on the bar to the right. Writing and editing came first. Any spare moment I had, I spent reading articles and attending webinars in a quest to better myself. It shows, I think, in the quality of my work overall. I write better and faster, I see the problems in a manuscript easier. Solutions come to me in seconds.

Who’s missing in this scenario? Oh, right. The people closest to me: my family. Twenty years ago I chose to spend my life with a man – a man I neglect most of the time. He bears it well, and still makes me cups of coffee or even dinners when I forget to eat. I have a daughter who is now standing on her own two feet (and whose number one priority is ‘the boyfriend’) and another who is almost seventeen. She’s saving up to buy her first car (a 4×4 – rural Ireland, remember? She’ll need it here).

So where does that leave me? Well, I know for sure I love my family, and I love writing. So from now on, if I feel like writing a blog post, I will. If I feel like sitting down with a cup of coffee and ignoring the social media, I will. I will write when the urge takes me and I will give myself no more deadlines. I will drop my editing to a reasonable level, and I will find a way to help every author I cannot fit in in some way that is acceptable to every party involved. I will promote when and if I can, and I will delegate the jobs I cannot get to. I will continue to learn, but I will not hesitate to delete any articles that have lingered in my inbox for more than a month.

That’s it, then, my pledge to you, my family and myself. A happier Ella, more rested, more able to take in the beauty of the world around me. Hopefully, the blur will clear from my mind, and great ways forward will become clear once again. I love you all, and value your friendship more than you know. Shameless promo coming up.

Keep Calm TR

 
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Posted by on December 11, 2014 in Just A Thought, News

 

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The Hunter Series – And A Call For Help

Hello, my friends.

The time has come for me to wrap up my thriller series. I will be starting writing the last one sometime this week.

I enjoyed writing this story, despite having started it simply as a reaction to the agenting/publishing world in the UK back about three years ago. I like the characters, and there may be a chance I will pick up the odd one and give them their own stories and adventures. However, Nick Hunter will have come full circle with the third book in the series, so I will encourage him to retire.

My cover designer, Patti Roberts, has surpassed herself this time and made a new set of covers for all three books, as well as the box-set. I will be revealing the new look for the series soon.

But that’s not what I need help with. I thought of a wonderful title for book three at some point in the middle of the night. Oh, it was so perfect! Not in a million years could I forget it – it fitted that well!

And I forgot it.

So now I’m asking for help in trying to find something resembling ‘Blood is the end’ or ‘Blood is final’ or something similar. The plot will again be action-driven, just as relentless as the first books, and it will lead to Nick’s son uncovering a modern-day forced work camp in a South American country. Blood will feature in the plot, and therefore should stay in the title.

So, any help? Please comment, or PM or email me if you can think of something. I’m open to all suggestions. I’ll dedicate the book to you, if your suggestion ends up being the title I use. Love you forever. Thank you, my friends.

 
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Posted by on September 11, 2014 in Just A Thought, News

 

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Not Juliet is doing the rounds. I think this reader likes it.

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The Friday 56 #29 ~ Not Juliet by Ella Medler.
Thank you, Laura!

 
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Posted by on July 25, 2014 in Just A Thought

 

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Why Traditionally Published Authors Should NOT Get 100% of Their Book Sales

… According to Hachette

If ever I saw a wake-up call, it’s this one!

Remember all the articles about the bad-boys Amazon refusing to allow the good-guys Hachette to pay next to nothing for using Amazon’s marketspace? And how all the Hachette authors are being caught in the middle, deprived of a good chunk of profits (those from ebook sales) and suffering at the hands of ruthless-business Amazon?

Well, look what Amazon did next: they offered all Hachette authors 100% of their ebook profits. And what did Hachette do? Agree, of course, you say? Well, no. Not exactly. Don’t take my word for it. Read it all here.

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Posted by on July 10, 2014 in Just A Thought

 

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