14 August 2014


by Tony Riches

If you are wanting to build an author platform but don’t know where to start, this book by Tony Riches will set you on the right path.  It features each of the major media platforms including Twitter, Google+, Goodreads, Facebook, Pinterest, Linkedin and YouTube with 10 top tips for using each.  Also included are chapters on how to develop your blog, how to set up your Amazon author page as well as information on free book promotion sites.

All in all, I’d say it’s a must for your writer’s bookshelf!

Tony Riches lives in Pembrokeshire, UK.  A prolific writer, he has authored a number of books besides How To Build Your Online Author Platform.  These include Warwick:The Man behind The War of the Roses and Atlantis-The Final Space Shuttle Mission.  You can view these titles and more on Tony's Amazon author page at:-  http://www.amazon.com/Tony-Riches/e/B006UZWOXA

3 August 2014


by Leah Fleming

Leah Flemming has written several novels among them The Captain’s Daughter and The Girl Under the Olive Tree.  The Postcard is her latest work.

Set in present day, South Australia and London, UK, the reader is quickly transported back in time to 1923 and post WWI Britain.  There we meet Caroline (Callie) Seton-Ross and her Aunt Phee at Dalradnor, their home in the wild moors of Scotland.

Dalradnor is where Callie starts her fascinating and sometimes frightening journey through a life of not only privilege, but impoverishment and suffering.  Through it all, however, one thing keeps Callie going, the thought of her son, Desmond.

There are several wonderful sub-plots to this fascinating story all woven into the main plot with the skill of an accomplished writer.  The reader can look forward to a fascinating and enjoyable read travelling page by page through both countries and time, not to mention the mystery behind “the postcard”!

The Captain's Daughter Book Review

17 July 2014


by Georgette Heyer

Georgette Heyer wrote British historical romance but she also wrote detective fiction in the golden era of whodunnits.  Envious Casca is one of them.  First published in 1941, its setting is Lexham Manor, an English country estate where family and friends have gathered for traditional Christmas festivities.  It isn’t long, however, before the guests find themselves suspects in a murder investigation.

This book is a traditional detective story with a few witty elements and an interesting plot.  It reminded me of Agatha Christies stories about Hercule Poirot that were set in the same era.  The characters were well developed, believable and came with their individual idiosyncrasies to the point that I felt I was sitting in the drawing room with them.

An enjoyable read that kept me guessing 'whodunnit' until the very end.  I shall read more of Georgette Heyer's books.

11 July 2014


As you may or may not be aware, navigating your way through an eBook can be painstaking without a Table of Contents.  This being so it makes a lot of sense to add one to your book file before you upload it onto Kindle Direct Publishing.  If you have already published your eBook then you can upload a revised file with the TOC included.

If you haven’t had any experience making a TOC it can be a bit confusing but don’t despair, once you get the hang of it, it’s not that difficult.  Following are some easy to follow instructions:-

Step 1
Create Bookmarks for each of your Chapter headings.
Click Insert
Click Bookmark
In the window that comes up, type the name of your Bookmark, for example, Chapter_1.  (Note that there is an underscore in this heading.  This is because you can’t have spaces in your heading.)
Click Add
Repeat this until you have bookmarked all your chapter headings.
Next, make a Table of Contents bookmark.  You can call this TOC, if you like.

Step 2
Create a Table of Contents list, for example:-
Table of Contents
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3

Step 3
Create Hyperlinks for each chapter heading
Highlight your Chapter 1 heading
Click Insert
Click Hyperlink
On the left side of the window that appears, click on Place in this document. Your bookmark list will then appear.
Click on your bookmark TOC
Click OK.
Your chapter heading will become
highlighted in blue.
If you press Ctrl and click on your Chapter heading, you will be taken to your Table of Contents list.
Repeat the above for all your chapter headings.  When you have done so, all your chapter headings should take you back to your Table of Contents list.

Step 4
Create Hyperlinks for your Table of Contents list to your chapter headings
Repeat what you did for the chapter headings only this time doing it from your TOC list. For example:-
Highlight your first chapter heading in your TOCs list
Click Insert
Click Hyperlink
From the bookmark list choose Chapter_1
Press OK

This will connect each chapter in your list to its individual chapter.  To test it, press CTRL click on one of the chapters in your list, and you should be taken straight to that chapter.