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The Good Pirate

What a lovely surprise this morning! A lovely review by author Ashely Marie Uzzell for my kidlit The Good Pirate (currently only $0.99). Thank you, Ashley!

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My review of The Good Pirate by Anita Kovacevic

Rating: 5 Stars


A wonderful story about a man who wants to be a pirate and find buried treasure for the woman he loves. The questions at the end of each chapter and word games at the end of the book are perfect teaching tools for teachers and parents alike.
A nice, short read for young children.

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Why authors ♡ their characters – by Karina Kantas

Karina Kantas is not just an author, but also a book promoter. Combining her own creativity and the desire to help other authors, she has quickly become a well-known person in the indie community. She has prepared the following post for this blog series. Read about her favourite character.

Why I love Thya –by Karina Kantas


Thya is my ego. She’s everything I strive to be. She strong, loving, loyal and very powerful. She also stubborn, selfish, and very dangerous. She’s taken from her home and then told her whole life was a lie. She’s thrown into a role that she doesn’t want or deserve and then told her wedding had been planned.

1) Becky, back before, when you were a marketing exec, did you feel like there was something off with your world? 

Nay, we partake in war, murders there are many strange and evil people.  Regrettably, this is the norm. I had not notion that Tsinia existed. I was adopted and I loved my adopted parents greatly and I did not search for my birth mother. 

Now I know I would never have located her.

2)   When Salco rescued you, what was your first reaction to him? 


Salco has a gentle temperate as do most of my kinsmen. He has intelligent eyes. I did not deliberate. I was frightened and this stranger was prepared to aid me. I trusted him wholeheartedly. 

3)  The people of your land are trying to forget the destruction at bay. What types of things did they do to feed this delusion to themselves? 

They knew that conclusion was close but they had not sadness or fear as the prophesy spoke of a Ganty that would deliver and save them. 

*shakes head*

4)  When you learned that you were to be betrothed to Darthorn’s son, how did it make you feel? This is on the surface, before you knew everything. 

*laughs sarcastically* 

Ha! How would you have reacted? I was just informed of who I was, where I originated and how superior my parents were. I did not retain knowledge of this Kovon & Darthorn and the Darkeye. Yet to be told that my future had been mapped out and I was to wed Kovon, was enough. Not one will ever command me.

5)  Why is the counsel of Tsinia so certain that a union between you and Kovon will create peace?

The Tsinians have existed by the codes and Oracles so when my coming was prophesied, they were uncertain how I would aid them. So, it was the council that formed the absurd contract with Darthorn. They were convinced this was the true path.

6)  Do you ever miss being plain old marketing exec Becky? If so, what you miss about it 

Life was simple, worries and stress were naught compared to my reality. What I miss the most is the laughter of children. 

*head bows down to the floor*

7)  We all tell little white lies. What’s the best (or worst) little white lie you told? 😎 

*Head comes up, big smile * 

Too many on earth. 

*looks sad again*

If you are hiding the truth from someone so it will not hurt them and remove their faith, is that a black or a white lie? That is the lie that will remain a secret.

8)  Let’s be girls and talk clothes for minutes. Which outfit do you prefer: Becky the professional, or Becky from the magical world, the fiancée of Kovon? 

*Thya splutters in her water glass and coughs*

Fiancé to Kovon! 

*mysterious wind blows here hair*

I was never his fiancé and I command you not to mention his name again or this interview will be concluded. 

*becomes relaxed again and breathes deeply * 

Yes. I prefer the garments in Tsinia. They are cool, flowing and elegant. The Tsinians dress in basic sensible but somewhat dull attire, save there is a feast or celebration then you will see my Kinsmen in their finery.

9)  In your magical world, your “real” world, do you have an official title? 

My title is Princess Thya, ruler of Tsinia, guardian of the changelings. My kinsmen address me as Lady or Thya.

10)  So, I understand that there is a mystery man who you have a certain… fondness for. Without giving too much away, can you tell us what you find attractive in him?

Where do you get your information from? Although tis not a secret 

* tears well in eyes* 

He is kind, with haunting blue eyes and his smile so tender and sweet. He understood me more than any other. He was commanding and bossy at times but all with good reason. We will conclude. Pardon, do you have a tissue?

Karina Kantas originates from the UK but has lived in Greece for most of her life. She is an author of 8 mix genre titles including the MC thriller series, OUTLAW, and the high rated fantasy, ILLUSIONAL REALITY. She also runs KKantas AuthorAssist, affordable author services for indie authors and is the host of a radio show on Artist First Radio Network.

Affordable author services for new and established indie authors.

Virtual Assistance, Narration, Book trailer design, Social media consultant, Marketing and Promotion management

Presenter of Author Assist with Karina Kantas on Artist First Radio Network


Why authors ♡ their characters – by Allaina Daniels

Allaina Daniels is one of the sassy young authors who come highly recommended. She is also one of the reviewers on Readers Review Room.  Here is why she loves her character. 

A bold yet surly redhead sits in the corner of my mind. She gives everyone who passes her a moody stare while daring them to approach her. That is, everyone but her best friend. The bubbly blonde who sits across the table from her and welcomes most of the world with her warm smile. These women are two facets of my huge personality, and because of that, I love them. They also contain pieces of my best friend, which makes me love them more. 

Hi, I’m Allaina Daniels, and I’m an author.

Have you ever met someone, if only briefly, that left a piece of themselves with you? It could be a beautiful memory, a laugh, a frown, or even a horribly twisted sense of self-entitlement. 


Me too. 

For me, though, these traits help me create multifaceted characters to write about in my stories. Some characters come from dreams, others from people I know or that random cashier at Walmart and they are all full of life which makes them more than just thoughts. I even have a series plotting itself in my head all because of my Tahoe, who I’ve nicknamed Tasha, who likes to do weird things for no apparent reason. These people in my head are real to me. I may be the only one who can see them with perfect clarity, but they are real, and they are my darlings. Darlings that I adore and yes, even love.

These characters are parts of everyone I cherish and small fragments of people I’d rather not know. They are so real that sometimes I feel like I’m going crazy with the amount of living that they do inside my mind, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. 

Allaina on Amazon

Thank you for being my guest, Allaina! Happy writing!

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Recognizing love

Sometimes people are so silly. They don’t see love staring them right in the face. I am so happy my readers have recognized Priscilla as a quirky, yet romantic modern woman with old-style dreams of Mr. Right.

Allow me to share some review links and quotes…
“The character of Priscilla is delightful. As the tale unwinds Priscilla’s personality explodes from the pages. Amusing, tender, and a little kooky she endears the reader with her daydreams of a doctor, a fireman, and a choreographer among others.” 

“I loved getting lost in Priscilla’s world and her carb diet with lots of coffee! A well written romantic comedy.”

“Priscilla is the ‘Average Daydreamer’ but there’s nothing average about her. Successful in her professional but not in her love life, she’s looking for her perfect Mr Right. But will she find him? ‘Average Daydreamer’ is Anita Kovacevic’s first comedy romance and it has plenty of funny and cringe-worthy moments. The characters are so well written that they feel real; I’ve certainly met a few Priscilla’s in my time!”

Reviews are much appreciated by authors – even the simplest one is a jewel!

This light romantic comedy is available as an e-book and paperbook on Lulu, Amazon, iTunes and Kobo.

PS: You can find my books (children’s and adult) on:






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Doing inventory, can you believe it? And suddenly it strikes me – teaching and writing CAN co-exist in my life. Time management-wise, it’s 90% teaching and 10%writing, but hey – epur si muove! 

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EXCLUSIVE – Charity Event

Pls join #charity #event by @rotosis1 #diabetes #children

Plaisted Publishing

Do you know someone with Type 1 Diabetes?  Are you willing to help them chase a cure for it?  If so read on.

‘Girlie and the War of the Wasps is a children’s book, which follows the adventure of Girlie, a young blue ladybug who follows a naughty wasp who has kidnapped her best friend.  Finding the next she learns they are not healthy normal wasps.  Seeing the dilemma she seeks out how to help the Queen wasp get healthy food again.

As many of you know a healthy, regular diet is part of helping those with Diabetes.  This book is to be released on the 28th April, to all online book stores as an eBook and in Print.  Al the work and those involved in this book have done so for free.  The aim is to give 40% of sales to ‘Chasing a Cure for Type 1…

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Reading Recommended

Every end of year we do some sort of an inventory of the things we did that year.

It has been quite a turbulent year for me, with some difficult moments at the very end of 2014 and the beginning of 2015, and, believe it or not, books helped me keep my sanity in those lonely moments when you are alone with your thoughts, confined to a bed, and your family off at work or school.

I have always loved reading books and creating stories, but it was a period when I read more books in a short time than ever before. Fiction and non-fiction, fantasy and reality, childrens’ and adult, romance and crime… There have been good books and great ones, books that show promise and books that need more work or are not my cup of tea… However, knowing myself what writing books takes, I do applaud all authors who endeavour to create stories and share them with the world. (And then humbly wait for our reviews.)

Some books stuck with me for some reason and they will be on my inventory of recommended books this year. You may or may not agree with me, but I do urge you to keep reading.

There is NO story that is perfect for everybody, but there are stories which reach you at the right moment and help you in life.

Stories matter. They help us filter our thoughts, empathize and understand, feel and reason. They help us communicate. So read on, people! Enjoy yourselves…


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New Indie #Awethor Elizabeth Horton-Newton

Liz rocks! Amazing woman!

Plaisted Publishing

Awethors.awethology.soonElizabeth Horton-Newton is an #Awethor who started writing stories as a young child.  She writes wonderful stories and her short story “April Shower,” can be found in Awethology Dark.


Elizabeth Hrton NewtonTell us a bit about yourself.

I’ve been writing since I was a child. In fact, when I was in the fourth grade we had to write an essay on what would we like to be when we grew up. I wanted to be an author. It took me over fifty years to reach this point. Along the way I married, divorced, and married again, had four children, earned a college degree and a few certifications, explored more than one career, had five grandchildren, and finally retired and began the career I dreamed of when I was ten years old. 

What bought you to the world of writing?

When I took early retirement from my career in social work I…

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