Publishing a book is a team effort…


As I have discovered even the most famous of authors make mistakes and these can slip past the editor’s eagle eyes and make it onto the bookshelves! Human error is inevitable; however, the more of a perfectionist you are about your work, the less likely you are to have mistakes in your published works.

Editors make mistakes too. This is a fact and one I have discovered several times after receiving my manuscript back from them. At the cost of £700 for each book I really do expect a clean manuscript back from my editor, after all, this is their job. I can accept one or two errors that may have slipped by; however, I was shocked to discover just how many errors there are. When you are paying an editor so much money to cast their eagle eye over your precious work, you do not expect it to be returned in such a manner. Hence, I now have a new editor.

It is a team effort, publishing a novel. You the storyteller, the proofreaders, the editors, the formatters and of course the cover designers. It is imperative that each person involved in the whole process of getting that rough draft onto the shelves, does their job as best as possible. After all, your name is attached to that book; you will be mentioned in the author’s acknowledgements. Therefore, everyone involved should bear this in mind.

As I said, it takes a whole lot of people to produce a perfect book and complete for publishing. It is a team effort and each person involved relies heavily on everyone else. Therefore, from someone who has made every mistake in the book and learned from them the hard way. I will leave you with this final thought:  Be sure to have even your edited work proof read several times because no one is above human error. Stephen King is famous for one or two errors in his books and he has the best editors in the world! Proof. proof and more proof…



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Emily is still struggling to come to terms with her tragic loss two years on. Her entire being has been taken hostage by the poppy fields. The only place that reminds her she was once truly happy. James a military physiotherapist for the British Army has thrown himself into his work avoiding love at all costs. With several tours to Afghanistan under his belt he is fighting his demons daily. The loss of his unit during his last tour always at the forefront of his mind, until one day his eyes lock with the most beautiful and fragile woman he’d ever seen. From that day forth his life is changed forever.






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~~~ In God’s Waiting Room ~~~

I love you blue rose


I visited my Grandparents yesterday, my husband and I travelled up the M6 North singing along to our favourite songs all the way! This journey has become a regular one since both my Grandparents health declined drastically over recent months. They are both touching 90-years-old and are struggling with the day-to-day things now, simple chores like, washing, cleaning and cooking.


This has been extremely hard to observe with each visit. We do what we can for them as often as we can to make their lives easier, we do their shopping for them, clean the house and fix anything they need fixing. They have daily visists from the local health care to ensure they take their tablets daily as they kept forgetting. They have a nurse who comes in twice a week now too. They so look forward to our visits, as since my Grandad had to give up his driving license over a year ago they are practically housebound now. My Grandad has chronic asthma and cannot walk very well these days and my grandma has terrible memory loss and suffers with heart problems.


Having only found my grandparents five years ago, I always knew my time with them would be short. I have treasured my time with them and made the most of every single moment. Yesterday we took them both for a lovely meal not too far from their house, my grandma, still, loves a glass of gin and tonic or a tall cool stella artois! We clinked our glasses and toasted to life, I felt so sad. They are so young at heart and my grandma says the mind is willing but the body is not able. We talked about times gone by and she told me how she met my Grandad and how they used to be motorbike enthusiasts in their twenties! They drove around the whole width and breadth of our country on their motorbike! I tried to picture them young and fancy free flying down the motorway together… They reminded me how precious life is and how it fly’s by in an instant. My grandma hates being old, although, she has embraced it as best she can; however, she said she never got used to it.


As a couple, my grandparents came through the second world war together, my grandfather flew over Germany in his fighter Dakota dropping propaganda leaflets during the war and told me how some of his buddies were unlucky and got shot down by the Germans.  I am in awe of my grandparents, they have lived so much, and made the very most of their life. Travelling the world, exploring many cultures and embracing them too. I looked at them both with a tear in my eye and wished I had known them many years before. Nevertheless, like my grandma advised me, we cannot undo the past, but we can make the most of the time we have left together. My grandfather piped up over dessert! “We are in God’s waiting room now Dawn and we are at the front of the queue,” I didn’t know how to respond, because I know he was speaking the truth. The reality of his words remained with me all the way home.


I thought about the meaning of life on our entire two-hour journey. I questioned so many things and tried to make sense of the circle of life. It is true what they say, life goes full circle in the end. You come into this world needing help feeding, changing, and nurturing. Then, when you reach the end of your life, you need the same care. How strange this circle of life is, we all question life for different reasons, what I have learned is this: Life is made of singular moments and we need to make those moments count. I once heard a very poignant quote by an unknown author and it reads as follows:


Life is not measured by the breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away…



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Scott Bury’s Army of Worn Soles – Blog Tour


I have the  great pleasure of hosting Scott Bury’s “Army of Worn Soles” blog tour today. I have known Scott Bury for a couple of years now , he is an exceptional author and a great friend.  Scott Bury is based in Canada with his wife and two sons.

Read on for a chance to win  a signed copy of Army of Worn Soles plus an Amazon gift card…




About the author:

Scott Bury is a journalist, editor and novelist based in Ottawa, Canada. He has written for magazines in Canada, the US, the UK and Australia.

He is author of The Bones of the Earth, a fantasy set in the real time and place of eastern Europe of the sixth century; One Shade of Red, a humorous erotic romance;

a children’s short story, Sam, the Strawb Part (proceeds of which are donated to an autism charity), and other stories.

Scott Bury lives in Ottawa with his lovely, supportive and long-suffering wife, two mighty sons and two pesky cats.

He can be found online at, on his blog, Written Words, on Amazon, on Twitter @ScottTheWriter, and on Facebook.

Today’s clue: Maurice

from Army of Worn Soles

The Army of Worn Soles launch blog tour begins today, Sunday, June 15, with the first excerpt. Read to the end for the clue that will help you win the Grand Prize of a signed paperback copy of Army of Worn Soles plus a $50 Amazon gift card.

For a chance to enter the early-bird draw, enter the clue in the Comments section.

To see where the blog tour stops next, and to find the next clue, visit the author’s blog, Written Words.


About the book:

1941: Their retreat across Ukraine wore their boots out—and they kept going.

Three months after drafting him, the Soviet Red Army throws Maurice Bury, along with millions of other under-trained men, against the juggernaut of Nazi Germany’s Operation Barbarossa, the assault on the USSR.

Army of Worn Soles tells the true story of a Canadian who had to find in himself a way to keep himself alive—and the men who followed him.


Excerpt one:

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Chapter 1:

Prisoner of War

Kharkiv, October 1941


Maurice put the bottle on the ground beside him and took off his uniform shirt. He spread it on the smoothest piece of ground he could find, then laid the bottle near the officer’s insignia on the collar and pushed down. He rolled the bottle over tattered, light-brown material until the lice cracked under the glass. Back and forth, twice, three times. He felt a dull satisfaction at his first pathetic victory in more than half a year.

Crunch, crunch.

The effort was exhausting. His stomach ached and his throat burned with thirst.

He slumped back until he leaned against the barracks. Men in grey uniforms stood or walked across the cobbled courtyard of the ancient castle. One came toward him, a slim man with light brown hair and hazel eyes. He stopped in front of Maurice and leaned down.

“Maurice? Is it you?”

Breathing required effort. So did looking up. Maurice had not eaten in days, but he still trusted his sight. He knew the man with the light-brown hair and hazel eyes, even in a Wehrmacht uniform.

“Maurice?” the young man said again. “What are you doing here?”

He couldn’t swallow. His mouth held no moisture. “Dying. I’m starving to death.” Maurice closed his eyes and hung his head.

Bohdan crouched beside him. “You got drafted?”

Maurice made the effort to look up at his old friend. “The Red Army made me a lieutenant. What the hell are you doing here and in a German uniform, Bohdan?”

“The Germans kicked the Russians out, something we couldn’t do. Why shouldn’t I join the winning side? And it’s ‘Daniel’ now, not Bohdan.” He looked around to make sure no one noticed him, a Wehrmacht officer, talking to a prisoner of war. “I’m glad you survived, that you were captured instead of killed. The Germans killed a lot of Red soldiers.”

“I know. I was there.”

Bohdan looked around again. “How did you get here?”

“Like you said, we were captured, the whole army, outside Kharkiv. They brought us here.”

Bohdan shook his head. “Are you all right? I’ll see if I can bring you anything, but I have to be careful.”

Maurice looked into his friend’s eyes. “Get me out of here.”

“Set a prisoner free? Are you crazy?”

“Bohdan—sorry, Daniel, you’re my best friend. Or you were. If I ever meant anything to you, get me out.”