I write. I read. I review. #FridayReads #NonFiction #YA

Reading is a favourite hobby of mine, not just as a way to escape the daily grind but it also helps evolve my skills as a writer. It was Stephen King who told us “If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others. Read a lot and write a lot.”

Losing yourself in a good book is the perfect way to relax and unwind. It’s thought that reading for just six minutes a day can reduce stress levels by 68%.

Sharing the wonderful books I’ve read and reviewed is the highlight of my blogging life. When a book touches my heart or reduces me to tears, makes me laugh out loud, or shudder with fear, then I know I’ve found a masterpiece. Continue reading “I write. I read. I review. #FridayReads #NonFiction #YA”

Review of the #SelfPublishing Conference hosted by @matadorbooks 

On a beautiful spring day in April, I joined approximately one hundred and twenty fellow delegates at the Stamford Court Conference Centre, the University of Leicester for the 5th Self-Publishing Conference hosted by Troubador Publishing.

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I had wanted to attend this conference for some years, but life stuff inevitably took over, and the date never worked. However, 2017 was the right fit, and I was eager to dive in and learn as much as I could. Continue reading “Review of the #SelfPublishing Conference hosted by @matadorbooks “

You’re Never Too Old to be a Daddy’s Girl #familylife #SundayBlogShare

My name’s Shelley and I’m a daddy’s girl!

I’m incredibly fortunate to have a strong bond with my dad, and over the years he has provided me, and my three children, with more support, guidance, and love than anyone could ever wish for.

Dad celebrated a ‘big’ birthday yesterday. He told me that seventy is the new fifty and he’s sticking with that!

His humour has evolved over the years to put even the most cutting comedian to the test, his fitness levels continue to surpass anyone twenty years his junior, and his striking resemblance to Sean Connery continues to be a talking point for all bar owners up and down the Mediterranean coast. Continue reading “You’re Never Too Old to be a Daddy’s Girl #familylife #SundayBlogShare”

Does Everyone Have a Book in Them? #selfpublishing

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At the beginning of March, I attended the Women In Business Conference in Coventry hosted by the team at Socially Shared. I wrote about the day over on my motivational blog; you can read that post HERE.

As well as attending this empowering event, I was also honoured to run a couple of the afternoon workshop sessions on the topic of self-publishing. Getting me to talk about writing, publishing, or books, in general, is an easy thing to do, but trying to shut me up can be quite a challenge. As it happens, I had forty-five minutes per session to share my knowledge, experience, and tips with my audience, so keeping it brief was a necessity.

Normally, when I attend various fairs and author talks throughout the year, I am inundated with people telling me how they would love to write a book. Some people are still shaping an idea, others have begun getting their story down on paper, and a few have reached the stage where publication is the next step. At the self-publishing workshops, there were only two ladies who were thinking about or had started to write. I was initially surprised by this feedback, but the more we got into the session, the more I realised how difficult it could be for people to know how or where to start.

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As I write non-fiction, it was easy to base my talk on writing to enhance your business. My first two books were based on personal development classes I ran as part of my holistic health business; Meditation for Beginners and Vision Boards for Beginners.

Choosing a section of your business and turning this into a guidebook, a how-to book, or even a memoir can add another income stream to your company. It also works the other way too, as I am now asked to run talks and workshops based on my book How I Changed My Life in a Year.

Talking through the process of publishing via platforms such as KDP, Smashwords, Lulu, and Createspace showed my attendees how easy the procedure could be. We didn’t discuss dominating the best seller lists, or hitting huge sales targets; this workshop concentrated more on writing a book to use as a promotional funnel, sales tool, or a corporate giveaway.

I was delighted at the end of my sessions, to hear the majority of the ladies tell me how inspired they were to write. I was equally excited about the ideas they had unlocked throughout the forty-five minutes I’d been talking.

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Does everyone have a book in them? Yes, I believe that’s true. I’m also fully aware that not everyone has the skill, time, or desire to write. However, it only takes one idea. A concept that can be cultivated into something wonderful, even if it means employing a ghost writer to pen a book with you.

I thoroughly enjoyed running both workshops and received incredible feedback during and after the event. I hope to continue to support the ladies who were inspired, and hopefully, in the future, run more self-publishing and writing workshops.

The photographs included in this post were taken by the event photographer, Faye Green. You can find Faye on Facebook HERE.

Let me leave you with a couple of questions. For the authors – is there a book you long to write but haven’t started yet? For the novice writers – do you believe you have a book in you, and if so what genre would you like to write for?

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The What, Why, and How of Self-Publishing #TuesdayBookBlog

On Wednesday 8th March it is International Women’s Day, and what better day to attend a Women in Business Conference where I get to listen to influential speakers from a variety of backgrounds and businesses.

I’ve only been a member of the Socially Shared Member’s Group for a short time, and yet I’ve learned so much and met some incredible ladies. I can’t imagine a better way to spend my day than in the company of like-minded individuals.

To add to the excitement, I was invited to run one of the workshops during the afternoon sessions on self-publishing. Having published seven books with a further two titles due out this year, I should be able to fill my forty-five-minute slot quite easily. However, get me talking about books and writing, and you might have a problem shutting me up! Continue reading “The What, Why, and How of Self-Publishing #TuesdayBookBlog”

Get to Know Me Tag #Author #Blogger #SundayBlogShare

Huge thanks to @TraciYorkWriter for tagging me in on this fun feature, you can read Traci’s post HERE. I’ve enjoyed reading a few of these posts and learning more about my favourite bloggers, so I was delighted to be handed the opportunity to join in.

Get to Know Me Tag:

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Who are you named after?

My dad knew he was going to call me Shelley (if I was a girl) as soon as mum found out she was pregnant. He didn’t tell anyone (even mum) just in case someone pinched his idea! He also chose the extra ‘e’ variety of Shelley (not Shelly!) just like Percy Bysshe Shelley.

Do you like your handwriting?

Oh god, no! Years ago I had lovely handwriting, but then I discovered the beauty of typing my manuscripts directly onto the screen. This time-saving tactic was responsible for the demise of my curly script. If I write anything now, it looks like a two-year-old wrote it!

What’s your favorite lunch meat?

That would be chicken, preferably with crisp salad and lashings of mayonnaise.

Longest relationship.

I’m assuming this means romantic relationship rather than the forty-five years I’ve known my parents! Okay, that would be eight years (seven married), and there was nothing romantic about it!!

Do you still have your tonsils?

Yep

Would you bungee jump?

The extrovert me would say ‘hell yeah!’ to this question as I think it would be great fun (done over water in case the bungee snapped). However, the introvert me would run and hide.

Do you untie your shoes when you take them off?

The only shoes I wear with laces are my trainers, and the only time I wear my trainers is when I visit the gym. Therefore, no, I don’t untie them as I’m never in a fit state to bend over far enough to reach my feet after a gym session.

Favorite ice-cream?

Ooh, controversial answer alert – I don’t like ice-cream.

What’s the first thing you notice about people?

Randomly it’s their height. Only because I’m just under five foot eleven inches tall and it’s a constant challenge to stoop so I can hear what people are saying.

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Football or baseball?

I’m a Brit, so it’s got to be footy – Leeds United FC to be exact #MOT

What color pants are you wearing?

When I first read this question I was a bit shocked (how rude!), but then I remembered that these questions are American and ‘pants’ aren’t the same here as they are over the pond. So, in response, my ‘trousers’ are navy blue, and it’s none of your business what colour my ‘knickers’ are ha ha 😉

Last thing you ate?

Tea-cake (The biscuit base, marshmallow top, covered in chocolate kind that looks like a mini boob).

If you were a crayon what color would you be?

Yellow

Favorite smell?

My favourite smell is from when my children were little. It’s that clean baby smell when you’ve just bathed them. After that, it’s cut grass.

Who was the last person you spoke to on the phone?

The hospital receptionist – she was very lovely.

Hair color?

Original colour is Brown (now with a smattering of grey. Oh, who am I kidding! If I didn’t dye it I’d look like Helen Mirren!)  Dyed – Browny/red

Eye color?

Brown, or in my writer world, mocha!

Favorite food to eat?

Pizza! Pepperoni with stuffed crust is preferable but I’ll easily demolish any variety so long as there isn’t any pineapple on it – yuk.

Scary movies or happy endings?

I’m a bit of a horror fan, so a good scare is always welcome. However, I have a secret life as a chick flick fan where happy endings are mandatory, but shh, don’t tell anybody.

Last movie you watched?

Snow White and the Huntsman (can’t resist Chris Hemsworth).

Favorite holiday?

Summer. If there is a beach, sunshine, blue sea and a cloudless sky then it’s a favourite holiday. I’m also partial to the odd historical ruin.

Beer or wine?

Tee-total for three years so neither. I can make a mean mocktail mojito though 🙂

Night owl or early bird?

When I was younger, I was a night owl, but once I hit the big 4-0 my bedtime crept towards nine o’clock! I’m up just after six in the morning these days when once upon a time I would have been just getting in.

Favorite day of the week?

I’m a bit of a freak about this, but I do love Monday! It’s a ‘new beginning’ kind of day. The start of a fresh week full of possibilities – told you I was a freak.

Three or (four) favorite bloggers you want to learn more about?

Shaun from Clockwork Clouds

Matt (The Gay Step-dad) NB: I was too late nominating Matt as he already shared his Get to Know Me post – you can read it HERE.

Lucy from Blonde Write More

Terry Tyler – http://terrytyler59.blogspot.co.uk/?m=1

Who were the last three people to follow your blog?

Linda J. Wolff, Urban Poetry

Phil Taylor, The Phil Factor

Claire Huston, Art and Soul

Thanks for visiting my blog, I hope you enjoyed this post. Want more? Connect with me here:  Twitter @ShelleyWilson72, Instagram or check out my Facebook pages http://www.facebook.com/FantasyAuthorSLWilson and http://www.facebook.com/MotivateMeBlog. You can also find me on Pinterest

 

#RBRT An Unextraordinary Life by Jo Hollywood #TuesdayBookBlog #BookReview

Title: An Unextraordinary Life

Author: Jo Hollywood

Category: Paranormal Romance

Rating: 3*

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My Review:

Romance isn’t one of my favourite genres to read. However, paranormal fiction certainly is, so when I spotted that An Unextraordinary Life was a mix of the two I thought I’d give it a go.

The story switches point of view between the main characters, Tess and Jack. Tess is a young woman trying to move on with her life following the sudden death of her husband, and Jack is her dead husband back from the dead Continue reading “#RBRT An Unextraordinary Life by Jo Hollywood #TuesdayBookBlog #BookReview”