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Llandeilo Literary Festival Poetry

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CreateSpace Discontinues Paid Author Services

Nicholas C. Rossis

CreateSpace-Amazon logos | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's booksFollowing the closure of CreateSpace’s eStore, Amazon has now delivered a further blow to the company. This makes it all more likely that all of CreateSpace operations will eventually be rolled into KDP Print.

In a surprising statement, Amazon announced its decision to move CreateSpace out of paid author services such as professional design and editing:

After a thorough review of our service offerings, we’ve made the decision to discontinue Createspace’s paid professional editing, design, and marketing services. We will work closely with impacted employees through this transition to help them find new roles within the company or assist them with pursuing opportunities outside the company.

Amazon Statement

Even though most Indie authors I know prefer to use their own resources for such services, CreateSpace’s design and editing services were in direct competition to book publishers such as BookBaby and IngramSparks. Still, Amazon says the latest round of layoffs…

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Mystery Monday: 5 star review for #medical #thriller The Healer – “makes you think on multiple levels”

via Mystery Monday: 5 star review for #medical #thriller The Healer – “makes you think on multiple levels”

Let me tell you a story…

It’s been a long time – not just since Rock N Roll, as the song goes, but since I wrote a proper blog post here.



Well, not entirely sorry, as I’ve been busy. Trying to sell my house so that I can move has taken a lot of energy. I’ve almost come to the conclusion that, since Marx argued: ‘All property is theft’, anyone trying to buy a house should be locked up at once.  Certainly, a number of the people we’ve had round as prospective purchasers should be behind bars – some for their own safety as I would happily wring their necks in my darker moments, others as they clearly need to be Sectioned under The Mental Health Act and committed to a safe and secure environment where their fantasies cannot harm anyone and won’t cost me a fortune in wasted legal fees.


Sorry again.


Anyway, besides being besieged by lunatics masquerading as house buyers, I’ve also been working hard on material. I don’t think I’ve said so on my blog, but during this last year I’ve been working hard (stop laughing at the back. Yes, you. I have, honest!) on some new material and also on an artform that has been a revelation to me. I’ve been trying to become an oral storyteller. Now, as I know that most of you are bookish people, you are familiar with the concept of storytelling as it applies to a novel or short story: this is oral story telling in the grand old tradition that leads back through the Bards to Homer and beyond. I hadn’t realised until a year or so ago that the tradition of gathering to hear someone tell stories in the old way still happened – yet it does, all the time, all over the UK and indeed the rest of the world.

If you get a chance, seek out the nearest storytelling group to you and go and listen. You will be in for a surprise and a treat, I promise. Old tales, folk tales, new tales, you will hear all of them. Not repeated in the sort of monotonous drone you will recognise from many audio books, but brought to life as a piece of performance art.

I have to tell you as well –  telling stories is sublime, it is great fun for both the audience and the story teller.  The other night I was telling a longish tale from The Mabinogion, that great repository of wonderous Celtic stories and I looked up to see an entire roomful of people still, silent, and absorbed entirely in the ancient story. That was fantastic! Especially as it is quite rare for anything I say to receive such rapt attention. It doesn’t happen at home if Coronation Street or Eastenders is on, I know that.

I’ve a reasonable list of different stories that I can do, almost at the drop of a hat (as Flanders & Swann would say) so I wondered what I could do with this repertoire. And with the help of some friends came up with the answer. So I’ve had time in a professional recording studios, and laid down eleven audio tracks for a full audiobook, with CD and accompanying paperback of eight traditional Welsh Tales and three of my own short stories. That was a fascinating experience and having heard the first rough mixes, I’m looking forward to the finished result. Look out for The Tinker’s Tales in the spring.

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What else is coming this year?


There’s the long promised next instalment of The Banned Underground, as the collection of bad jokes is now tall enough to teeter alarmingly on the edge of my desk. Sci-fi too is in the final stages of preparation, and hopefully the conclusion of The Mister Jones Mysteries as well. 2018 promises to be an exciting year! And if I ever get to move, a rather busy one too.



New Release – Death Grip By Barbara Ebel M.D.

Ch'kara SilverWolf

Today I have a New Release for you, Death Grip, book four in the Dr Annabel Tilson series by my friend Barbara Ebel.

Death Grip


Something horrid is spreading in the great outdoors…

While fetching dinner for her internal medicine team, medical student Annabel Tilson comes face-to-face with Jae Nixon, a park ranger in need of medical care. Ever the Good Samaritan, she gives him a ride to the hospital where he is diagnosed with the flu and sent home. Around the same time, her best friend on the rotation has no energy to spare. He drops out due to a diabolical and mysterious disease.

>>>A super medical thriller based on real organisms and a growing national threat.

Jae Nixon’s illness soon returns and is more than Annabel, her teammates, and a bewildered infectious disease specialist can account for. As the team investigates the organisms that may be responsible, their…

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New M T McGuire release … sort of and Kobo Sale

Fantastic story, Mary.

M T McGuire Authorholic

Talking about books this week! Well, this is an author blog I have to interrupt the cat and dementia stories sometimes.

Christmas Lites VII is out! Woot!

Yes! I have a new release out. It’s an anthology of fantastic short stories with one dodgy one from me to lower the tone. Phnark.

Christmas Lites is a charity anthology to help victims of domestic violence. Even the story of how it came about is amazing and because I think that, I’ve made the bold assumption that you will, and decided to tell it to you, now.

As they used to say on Watch With Mother, ‘Are you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin.’

Back in 2011, a guy I knew a little from a thread on an Amazon forum, C S Splitter, was given the job of being Father Christmas for his work Christmas party. He hired the costume, bought some candy…

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Welsh Wednesdays: More confirmed names for the Llandeilo Lit Fest April 2018


It’s still early days but here are some more names confirmed for our event 27 – 29th April 2018:
Myfanwy Alexander, Mererid Hopwood
Aneirin Karadog, Gwion Hallam, Judith Barrow
Helen Lewis and Sara Gethin
Jon Gower, Nicholas McGaughey
Tim Hartley and Alun Wyn Bevan
Nathen Amin and Mari Griffith
Simon Brookes and Adam Price
Ifor ap Glyn, The Rock Hoppers
Spoken Word from Llanelli
Fflur Dafydd and Sion Tomos Owen
JK Samuels, Nina Vangerow
Luke Waterstone and Jean Gill,
Gary Raymond, Jeff Towns, Eddie Butler, Peter Lord
Terry Breverton, Colin R. Parssons, John Nichols, John Thompson, Barbara Scott, Cheryl Reese-Price, Gail Williams, Nigel Williams,

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