Book Collaborations

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Book Collaborations by Wendy H. Jones

Should We Do Them?

This topic has been on my mind lately, mainly because Creativity Matters: Find Your Passion for Writing – the third book in my Writing Matters series releases on 1st September 2021. The first two books in the series were written by me but in Creativity Matters I wanted to invite chapter contributions from a variety of different authors. This was a real step into the unknown for me as a publisher and I was keen to see how the experiment went. I have published anthologies previously, but these were on behalf of other publishers; this one is the first under my own publishing house – Scott and Lawson.

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Dear Reader #119

Hannah Howe

Dear Reader,

My latest translation, the Portuguese version of Snow in August, Sam Smith Mystery Series book sixteen.

Recently, I had the pleasure of interviewing author, playwright and journalist Tim Walker for Mom’s Favorite Reads. Meanwhile, Tim’s just published a new book, his thoughts on meeting stars of stage and screen. You can learn more about Tim’s book here

Ancestry have updated my DNA result. I’m 65% Welsh. The other 35% is shared between Belgium, the Channel Islands, England, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, France, Switzerland, Germany, Ireland, Scotland, Faroe Islands, Iceland and Norway.

My main genetic communities are Wales, Pennsylvania, Eastern Ohio, Northern West Virginia and Maryland.

I have cousins in Australia, New Zealand, California, Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Ontario, Toronto, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New Jersey and North Carolina.

I’m sure I have relatives in other countries and territories that this DNA test doesn’t cover…

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Five Publishing Secrets for Indie Authors

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Five Publishing Secrets for Indie Authors by Val Tobin

I’m one lucky indie author.

When I wrote my first novel, I spoke to already-published authors, and the advice they gave me saved me time, money, and embarrassment. I’m always happy to save time and money and relieved when I’m spared embarrassment.

The following five tips will help you release your novel to the world with less pain.

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The Primordial Pouch

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The Primordial Pouch by Ceri Bladen

The primordial pouch is a saggy layer of skin (typically covered in fur) found on cats’ bellies. It is located along the length of the stomach but tends to be most noticeable closer to the back legs.

All felines have this abdominal flap, although it is more prominent in some breeds of cat. It can be more pronounced in older cats or formerly overweight ones. Big cats, such as lions and tigers, also have a primordial pouch. It is more common for male cats to have one.

Why have they got primordial pouches?

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Return to Hades

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Return to Hades by John Greeves

A Skyrian Experience

It’s the third week of September and already many of the Athenians have boarded up their summer homes and headed back to the city. On this island you sense summer is shifting to another place. Time has elapsed and pomegranates are to be harvested, along with the quinces, fennel leaves and root, the peppers and radishes and the beans.

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Dear Reader #118

Hannah Howe

Dear Reader,

My Sam Smith mystery The Hermit of Hisarya has been included in academic lectures this week in Bulgaria, discussing cultural studies and world literature, and the interrelation between cultural identity and the imagination. What an honour, I’m blown away 😱

My latest translation, The Hermit of Hisarya in Portuguese.

My article about my ancestor John Howe features in this month’s Seaside News.

c1926, five generations from the Iveson branch of my family. More about the Ivesons next week.

My 5 x great grandmother Jennet, aka Jane, Williams was born to David Williams and Mary Jones in 1787 in Newton-Nottage, Wales. In the eighteenth century Newton-Nottage was a rural community and the majority of its inhabitants earned a living from the land.

Nottage, 19th century tithe map. Source: The National Library of Wales.

Jennet married Thomas Morgan in nearby Laleston on 10 October 1815. The couple produced five…

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