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Bruce A Borders, Rave Reviews SPOTLIGHT author

Hi everyone! It’s my pleasure to bring you a Rave Reviews SPOTLIGHT author guest post from Bruce A. Borders, author of Good Vs. Evil.  You can follow the Rave Reviews Book Club here.  Over to you, Bruce…! A huge thank you to all the members of Rave Reviews Book Club who agreed to host me …
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Interview With Author Lorraine Pestell (A Life Singular – Part One, Contemporary Romance)

The last stop on my Fire and Ice book blog tour. Thank you, Fantastic Indie Authors, for featuring me and my serial. And huge thanks to Shelly from Fire and Ice for organising the tour!

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New interview on the writing of the “A Life Singular” serial from Self-Publisher’s Showcase

Hello everyone, I have been fortunate to be interviewed by Self-Publisher’s Showcase about my writing.  They asked some particularly relevant and challenging questions – a very interesting exercise! Please check it out at:  http://selfpublishersshowcase.com/interview-lorraine-pestell-a-life-singular-author/ Thanks, Lorraine

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Great, new, professionally-designed covers!

Very exciting!  Thanks to the wonderful Ida Jansson of Amygdala Design in Norway, here are the covers for all six parts of my serial “A Life Singular”. If you’re looking for a creative partner, I can’t recommend Ida highly enough!

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Re-blogged interview from my host, The Complete Self-Publishing Indie Authors Resource Site

Hello! The end of January already!  Where did that month go? I’m halfway through my first book blog tour, put together by Fire and Ice (please see this link for the remaining dates).  Today’s stop is at The Complete Self-Publishing Indie Authors Resource Site (http://selfpublishingindieauthors.blogspot.com.au/), whom I thank for publishing my Qs&As.  Here is a transcript, which …
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Useful Writing Tools

Hello! For those in Australia, Happy Australia Day!  Hope you’re all having fun in the sun!  For those of you stuck in the northern hemisphere winter, here’s a picture of Bondi Beach, near Sydney, to keep you warm: This is the second of my contributory posts to Ruth Snyder’s Blog Hop, where this time we’re exchanging our tips and …
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My first book blog tour is live!

Hi all, Hope life is treating you well.  Yesterday (Australian time) saw the first day of my month-long book blog tour.  I have never done one of these before, so I’m looking forward to it immensely. If you’re interested, please check out the following site:  http://fireandicebooktours.wordpress.com/2014/01/04/contemporary-fiction-book-tour-and-giveaway-a-life-singular-part-one-by-lorraine-pestell-tour-dates-12114-21814/ I’m giving away an e-book version of “A Life …
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What would your characters’ social media profiles look like?

Hi everyone, I will confess upfront to cheating a little here…  For the third post on Ruth Snyder’s Blog Hop, we have been asked to create a character sketch of our hero.  I created this post a few weeks ago as a personal exercise on a sweltering Friday afternoon, and I’m offering it up again …
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Goals for 2014 – to finish what I started!

I’m delighted to be part of a blog hop run by Ruth Snyder. The group’s first topic is “Our Writing Goals for 2014”, so here goes! I always hesitate to set goals, simply because experience has taught me to expect the unexpected. For example, when I moved back to Melbourne from Perth in September last …
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Cereal Killers – it’s not eating fat that makes us fat!

Hi everyone, I’m sure I’m not alone in putting on weight over the festive season…  All those irresistible goodies in the shops and advertised all around us, coupled with a licence to eat and drink to excess in the name of whichever religion or creed we follow (or in my case, just because I can). But …
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Consolidation of book reviews across Amazon’s international “stores”

A question for my author friends: I’m wondering if anyone outside the US has solved the problem of book reviews provided by readers in regional markets not displaying in all “stores”?  This appears to disadvantage non-US authors, especially those from smaller markets like Australia / New Zealand. Amazon.com.au has been up and running for a …
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My dog’s five minutes of fame!

I was very happy to receive an invitation to feature on Marshal Zeringue’s “Coffee with a Canine” blog this month: http://coffeecanine.blogspot.com.au/2013/12/lorraine-pestell-jed.html My friends (four- and two-legged) and I have had a long tradition of visiting cafés and causing havoc, so it was great to write about it and join the many like-minded, caffeine-addicted dogaholics! Thanks for …
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E-book Freebies !!

Thanks very much to everyone for supporting me in my author efforts this year.  This post is to let you know that both Part One and Part Two of the A Life Singular serial will be available from Amazon for free on 7th and 8th January 2014, from their regular price of $3.99. The link …
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It’s official – the world is black and white.

Censorship rules OK – response from Xlibris Publishing’s “Customer Satisfaction Specialist”: Hello Ms. Lorraine Pestell— Good day! Thank you for your email, and for bringing this matter to our attention. We understand that there is a reason why you wanted your manuscripts to be published the way that they are; however, as a professional publishing …
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If only humans were cars… Healthy body available, free of charge!

Hello! Today I went for a follow-up doctor’s appointment after a barrage of tests which the Australian Government insists we all do once we reach our half-century.  I won’t list all the invasive and demeaning things I have been through, since they are all quite trivial and nothing close to the horrors of chemotherapy or …
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Censorship of sexual content by self-publishing company

Hi everyone, Happy Thanksgiving to all US-based readers, and happy weekend to everyone else! Today I’m calling out for ideas, similar experiences or advice when dealing with the self-publishing company I am using to create soft-cover books for my “A Life Singular” serial.  I have submitted the manuscript and cover design for Part Two of …
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Fantastic books for indie authors

Hi everyone, I have just finished reading two excellent books by Barb Drozdowich on Book Bloggers and how indie authors can maximise the power of social media.  I cannot thank Barb enough for the insights, practical suggestions and humour in these books, which have reignited my enthusiasm for the countless hours it takes to promote …
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Diversity in the workplace: blindingly obvious?

Hi all, I came across this great article in the Australian Financial Review today:  http://www.afr.com/p/national/work_space/ways_to_woo_women_to_leadership_EOLnfeAFisL6nQvZOX8MhI#! It’s an old chestnut in this form, but I will carry on beating my worn-out diversity drum!  The title of this article should really be “10 ways to woo anyone who isn’t a white, sports-loving, heterosexual, egotistical male with a …
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World Mental Health Awareness Day – 10th October: Much Work To Be Done!

Hello everyone, As we head into Mental Health Awareness Week, I have been tactfully introducing the subject wherever I’ve been going lately.  Since I’ve recently relocated 4,000km back from Perth in Western Australia to Melbourne in Victoria, I am gainfully unemployed at the moment.  So today I attended a seminar of Market Analytics, which is …
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Kate and Lucy’s Graduation from Guide Dog School

As a departure from normal posts, I can’t wait to share my amazing vision-impaired co-worker’s 15 minutes of fame!  She and her gorgeous black Labrador have become the poster children of Guide Dogs Western Australia and now have their own YouTube video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QoOWiqs5Mqs – please take a look! Some months ago, I arrived at LandCorp …
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