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Indie Stars Bookshop

Hello folks

It’s very nearly Advent and I am happy to link hands with many of my author friends in a special bookshop for this festive season!

There are lots of festive treats

to buy,

to win

and to browse.

Why don’t you click on the link above and check it out?

YES, THERE ARE PRIZES AND GAMES TOO!

Do take a look. I’m working though reading works by the authors included in the ‘shop’ because, as you know’, I really like to promote books I’ve read and enjoyed.

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Book Blogger Hop ~ Signed Books 13th to 20th August

13th to 20th August

QUESTION: HAVE YOU EVER GOTTEN A BOOK SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR

A big yes to this one. If I see there’s a book signing at a bookshop I will usually (until the last 18 months) pop by and speak with the author. If they are famous I may leave it, but if there are only a few folks about I’ll give them some encouragement and buy a signed copy.

Here are just a few of my signed books on my book shelf.

I met Liz Harris, author of The Road Back; Ben Hatch, author of Are we Nearly There and Adam Croft in different bookshops. I met Adam Croft, now a famous Indie author and prolific writer, in Ampthill bookshop. This was his very first mystery, well before he was well known, at the very beginning of his writing career. I actually bought two books and he quipped

“Will you sell them when I’m famous!’

Two of the books above were at author talks; that’s You, Me Always by Jill Mansell given at Kirkcaldy library and EAST of WEST, WEST of EAST by Hamish Brown at Kinghorn Library.

I met Victoria Howard at a stall when she was attending Glamis Castle Classic Car Show.

Why do I support indie and trad authors in this way?

  • Because I enjoy meeting and encouraging other writers,
  • Because I like to think the reading of the book will be much more insightful having met the author,
  • and finally because I do book signings myself and appreciate the support of others too.

If you want to know more about Book Blogger Hop here’s a link.

If you would like a signed copy of Search for the Pearl Inside Yourself as a gift for a young adult who is struggling to know what to do next, send me an email on diana@dianamaryjackson.co.uk or dianariduna@yahoo.com and I’ll send you a free copy if you live in the UK. (5 copies to giveaway in August!)

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Earth Day 2021 ~ How to Value a Skylark Giveaway

I love today’s Google Doodle and it brings to mind fellow author Brian Kerr’s recently released book

HOW TO VALUE A SKYLARK

The Countryside in a Time of Change

Brian Kerr

In it he reflects on climate change and it’s immediate effect on our countryside, predominantly in the UK. Brian:

  • evaluates the current trends in making amends
  • looks in a balanced way on the impact on livelihoods and our countryside
  • makes further suggestions 

and in short asks two questions

    1. Can we put a value on what we treasure in our countryside? ie a skylark or a bluebell wood
    2. Can we hesitate any longer? 

Brian is offering two of his paperback books, currently marketed in Amazon at £19.99 but can be bought on Waterstones, Blackwells and Hive books or through the author or directly through the publisher Eventispress.

Brian asks only for two things;

  1. What is your interest as a reader in issues of this climate emergency?
  2. Would you be willing to give an honest review for publicity purposes?

Please respond to eventispress@outlook.com if you are interested.

Brian Kerr is a soil scientist and Fellow at Cranfield University. He is a hands on author who sells a great deal of his books locally through Waterstones, other independent booksellers and at author talks. This book is his most ambitious so far and reaches far beyond Bedfordshire, his usual focus in his writing.

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