Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Calling all London Mums! Get your kids reading and win great prizes! #RPBP

London Mums!!!

Get your kids reading, keep them entertained then take a family day out to follow the Time Trap trail.
Read and win :)

Prizes to be won include:1st prize £75 Waterstone's book voucher 
2nd prize £25 Waterstone's book voucher
3rd/4th prizes Time Trap baseball caps

Read, enter and win!
Simply read the book and email the answers to the following questions to
What was the name of Hector's regiment?

What were the names of the two gang members Jamie and Todd went with to burgle the house in Soho Square?

What did Hector call the steam contraption he made? 

Get your copy of Time Trap here

The closing date for entries is 1st September 2015.

If you live in London or are visiting London over the school holidays you and your children might like to take part in the Time Trap Trail for more details visit Richards website 

Thursday, 23 July 2015

'A picture is worth a thousand words' introducing Jackie Parry author of A Standard Journey #RPBP 99c sale

Introducing Jackie Parry author of 
A Standard Journey: 5 horses, 2 people and 1 tent

'A picture is worth a thousand words.' This is a famous saying which is very often true, however when the words are used to convey a true story of courage, determination and commitment the words become very important. Therefore to celebrate and promote A Standard Journey during its 99c sale (because 50% of the royalties are going to a horse charities) I am going to share words and pictures with you today.

Here are some of the comments so far:

‘Equal parts adventure, comedy, and tear-jerking drama’ 
‘I was so sad when it ended because I didn’t want to leave this couple and their horses behind.’ 
‘Not only do I recommend this book, but I intend to get my hands on all of Parry’s other work as well.’ 
‘She’s an exceptional writer and a kind and thoughtful human being (donating fifty percent of the book’s profits).’

“A very special story that will be enjoyed by readers of many genres” 
A Standard Journey is more than a story of a couple adopting horses and deciding to tackle the Bicentennial Trail in Australia. 

Get your copy before the countdown ends just 99c's here 

You can find more photographs in Jackie's photograph album on her website

Jackie is also featured at Rukia Publishing here are the links:

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Aspiring or new authors get the inside story and start your book journey with Sarah Jane Butfield #RPBP

It's 99c to help you get started!!!

The Amateur Authorpreneur is a beginners’ guide for authors who intend to develop their writing into a business, addressing the important task of book promotion and marketing. We look at laying the foundations of the authorpreneur book promotion toolkit, building a fan base on social media and much more.
You've written a book or you plan to - what do you need to consider?
What does it offer readers?
Why will they buy it?
Where are your readers?
When will you publish it?
Who are you?
How do you promote it!
Find out how to take the business of being an author up a gear to become an authorpreneur. The Amateur Authorpreneur will describe, using the What, Why Where, When, Who & How template, the process of taking the first steps into combining the craft of being an author with the business of marketing your work

Take a look at the UK reviews:

5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Guide 10 Jun. 2015
By JLC13
Format:Kindle Edition
The Amateur Authorpreneur was all I had hoped it would be and more! Sarah Jane Butfield lays out a simple, doable and effective plan for becoming a successful author. She covers everything from the basics of setting up social media accounts such as Twitter and Facebook to how one can utilize them on a daily basis for building a brand, solidifying a promotional strategy and boosting sales. This book is the perfect guide for anyone who is writing or has written a book. I plan on keeping it handy for quick referencing of important hashtags and tips for growing my Twitter following. I can't wait to see what she has in store for all of us in Book 3 of this series.

5.0 out of 5 stars First class follow up for self pub authors in a frenzy! 27 May 2015
By Wussyboy
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have nothing but praise for this second in the series of Sarah Jane's marvellous `tool kits' for self published authors. Written in a highly accessible style, getting the basics in place using small bite sized tasks, pieces of information and actions, she demystifies the often daunting task of setting up as an "authorpreneur". From Facebook and Twitter to blogs and websites - even from acronymns to algorithms! - this wonderful primer is full of first-class tips and suggestions, and is - to my mind - essential reading for any indie author plunging into the choppy sea of self-marketing. Well done, Sarah Jane, can't wait for book 3!

5.0 out of 5 stars easy to understand guide to the marketing of books 23 Jun. 2015
By Ronald W. Sharp
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a well-crafted, easy to understand guide to the marketing of books, especially those of the self-published variety. In it, Sarah Jane Butfield takes us on a journey that illustrates the value of Facebook, Twitter and blogs as tools of promotion, and steers us away from unwise practices relating to their use. I recommend this book to both beginners and those who need to know the ins and outs of do-it-yourself promotion

5.0 out of 5 stars An insight into Authorpreneurship. 23 Jun. 2015
By Susan Keefe
Format:Kindle Edition
Whether you are writing a book or have been published a while, if you are at a loss how to manoeuvre in the social media worlds of Twitter, Facebook and Google this book has the answers.

Why use hashtags and @’s, why are they there, what purpose do they serve? Why share? Why give your books away free?

Are you considering if you should perhaps have a website or write a blog? Don’t know where to start, or which way to turn.

If you need answers to any of the above questions and many more you didn’t realise you wanted to ask, then this is the book for you!

If you missed Book 1 in this series it's available from Amazon/Nook/iTunes/Kobo/Scribd just 99c/99p Links on my author website

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Final day of Tom Winton's extraordinary countdown sale - 5 books at 99c each!! #RPBP

Author Tom Winton hatched a plan to make this generous offering, 5 of his novels for only 99c each for 2 days only!!! (Ends today)
Don't miss this opportunity to sample his work if you haven't already.

Get your copy of Within A Man's Heart for 99c here
Four years after burying his young wife, New York sales executive Christian Crews still can’t move forward with his life. Day after day, treasured memories of his beloved Elyse continue to drift through his spirit like an endless procession of mournful ghosts.
Then, on the fourth anniversary of Elyse’s death, Chris makes two shocking discoveries, and a part of him begins to believe that she would want him to go on with his life.
Could there be a future for them? Will Elyse allow it? After all, she’s still deep within Chris’s heart—a place no one else has ever been.
It has been said that author Tom Winton is a man who writes with his pen dipped in his soul. Like all his previous Amazon best-selling books, his new novella, Within a Man's Heart, is packed with intrigue and emotion.

Get your copy of Beyond Nostalgia for 99c here
Dean Cassidy looks back on a life filled with hardship and remembers Theresa Wayman, the bright spark that lit up his world when he was eighteen. As an adult, many years later, Dean becomes a successful author but still can't move past his betrayal and loss of Theresa.

Beyond Nostalgia is a poignant story about growing up, making choices, learning to forgive and moving on. A moving portrait of a man's transformation through life, from a teenager inspired by his first love to a man who finally learns to accept his fate, Beyond Nostalgia is an illuminating and poignant tale.

 Be sure to check out the new stand-alone sequel to Beyond Nostalgia--Forever Three.

Get your copy of The Last American Martyr 99c here

Unemployed doorman Thomas Soles has had it. Sick and tired of watching so many families lose their "Dream" because of Corporate America's insatiable lust for profit, he sits in the kitchen of his rented tenement and writes a book about the tragedy.

Working folks all over the world adore the book. Virtually overnight it becomes an international bestseller and a year later earns the unlikely candidate a Nobel Prize. But not everybody is happy. When Soles and his wife return home from Stockholm with the coveted award they find the walls of their modest apartment riddled with messages--death threats, written in blood.

Get your copy of Four Days with Hemingway's Ghost for 99c here
After big-time Hemingway fan Jack Phelan falls into a coma following an accident, he somehow finds himself in Key West, Florida, rubbing shoulders with his longtime hero. The legendary author has been sent down by "The Main Man in the clouds" to see if Jack has what it takes to write a book for Him. And though Hemingway knows his decision may very well determine whether or not Jack comes out of his coma, he doesn't have a clue that the book is going to be about him.
For the next four days, Jack and Hem not only knock around Key West but they also travel to more of Hemingway's old haunts. Together the two meet up with many of the famous author's long gone friends and have some rollicking good times. But it's not all fun and games. During their journey Hem and Jack both find themselves facing highly-emotional tests of strength as well. 

Get your copy of A Second Chance in Paradise for 99c here
Long Island salesman Sonny Raines has had it. He's sick and tired of living in a world where wrong always wins over right. Then, on his thirty-ninth birthday, when he loses his job and comes home to the most devastating shock of his life, that's it. He's dropping out.
With nothing left to lose, and little in his pocket, Sonny chucks it all and drives his aging van fifteen-hundred miles to the lower reaches of the Florida Keys. All he wants is to get over his recent losses and simplify his hectic life, and that's exactly what he thinks he's doing when he settles on a paradisiacal speck of an island known as Wrecker's Key. Then things get even worse. One night, under the cover of darkness, danger drifts up the deep, silent currents from the lower keys--serious danger--life and death danger. And Sonny Raines finds himself right in the middle of it.

Good luck Tom!!
Readers - Please share and RT this post and don't forget to leave a short review :)

I know you are fed up with this!!! #RPBP

Good morning everyone :)

I know you have all seen the posts about the shortlisted 50 Self-Published Books Worth Reading 2015. Those of us that have books nominated are filling up your news feeds with 'vote for me' posts! Well, that's because not only are we super excited to have got to this stage but because we are proud to be self-published and whichever books win we are flying the flag for indies and self-publishing.
If you can spare the time to vote you get three votes in three categories and there are some awesome books to choose from. Those of you who subscribe to RPBP news for daily free & 99c books plus author news from indie authors will have seen some of the authors who are nominated featured. 
Today I am plugging for votes for my book, but next week I will do a final listing of my ASMSG, TWFBG friends who have books nominated in a final push for votes.
Thank you for reading and voting :)
Sarah Jane

The 50 Self-Published Books Worth Reading 2015
Our Frugal Summer in Charente is nominated in the Other category (that sounds like something from the TV series 'Lost' - be afraid of the others!!! sorry I digress)
Here is the link to vote

What's the book about anyway???
Our Frugal Summer in Charente: An Expat’s Kitchen Garden Journal Meet Sarah Jane, a woman with a reputation for culinary catastrophe who tries to keep her family fed in challenging circumstances in rural France. Frugal living was not part of the plan when they arrived from Australia to undertake the renovation of a quaint cottage in the Charente. However, when life throws them a curve-ball the challenge was set. How to survive in France with very little money and two Australian cattle dogs. The answer came in the form of 5 chickens, 4 ducks and a vegetable garden! The frugal plan was to save money by any means possible, to enable any money they could earn to be invested into continuing the renovation of the cottage. In true ‘Good Life’ style Sarah Jane attacks this challenge head on by keeping some small livestock and converting a garden, that resembled a meadow, into a French ‘potager’ or kitchen garden.The French tradition of using produce from their ‘potagers’ is renowned for enabling families to create meals that are healthy, cost effective and simple. There are 31 recipes for a variety of food and drinks, included in a month by month account, of how they transformed a neglected garden into a frugal yet productive expat kitchen garden.

Find links to all book stores where you can find my books here 

Sunday, 12 July 2015

Free children's books and a colourful guest blog from Maretha Botha #RPBP

Introducing Maretha Botha 

Children’s Author and Illustrator of Fauna Park Tales, An African Adventure – a 5-book series for preteens

Maretha Botha is a South AfricanItalian. She was born in a Western Province town called Montague and grew up in nearby Worcester – a town reminiscent of living in Switzerland among the snow-capped mountains in winter. Worcester had a small library. At the time, the librarian limited her visits to three times a week, because“You spend too much time with your nose in a book and neglect your school work.” Maretha Botha has remained a confirmed bookworm and constantly strives to raise more bookworms who will enjoy reading, not just as a pleasant past-time, but as an excellent tool to be used when grown-up. Read more on my blog at Rukia Publishing.

Maretha has kindly written a guest blog over at Rukia Publishing and shared some of her illustrations. Her ebooks are on FREE promotion this weekend so pop over, get your copies and find out more about this talented author and illustrator.

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Get kids reading this summer with 'Read and Win' Great prizes from Time Trap author Richard Smith #RPBP

As the start of the UK school holidays draws closer Rukia Publishing and author Richard Smith have been working together on a competition that will encourage reading over the summer and offers some amazing prizes.

Before we begin, what age group is Time Trap aimed at?
Primarily, Time Trap is aimed at a 9-12 readership although the feedback I get is that many adults have enjoyed it too.

Prizes to be won include:1st prize £75 Waterstone's book voucher 
2nd prize £25 Waterstone's book voucher
3rd/4th prizes Time Trap baseball caps

Read, enter and win!
Simply read the book and email the answers to the following questions to rukiapublishing@mail.comWhat was the name of Hector's regiment?

What were the names of the two gang members Jamie and Todd went with to burgle the house in Soho Square?

What did Hector call the steam contraption he made? 

Get your copy of Time Trap here

The closing date for entries is 1st September 2015.

If you live in London or are visiting London over the school holidays you and your children might like to take part in the Time Trap Trail for more details visit Richard's website.
Good luck and happy reading!
Sarah Jane & Richard Smith