Cassandra DeBrown saying Thanks

When you have been blessed with the help and support of lovely people as much as I have in the past year, saying thank you comes easy. In fact if I don’t keep a lid on it that’s all I’ll be saying, all day, everyday.

Still some things need to be said. Here goes…
A big thank you to all my ARC readers who helped keep me buzzing and on track. Your enthusiasm was inspiring, your eye for detail much appreciated.
A roll call thanks and shoutouts to all the people who left reviews for me on Amazon, Smashwords, Goodreads and Library Thing. Unpaid for I might add though Amazon saw fit to take a couple of them down( the less said about that the better =( I think). Thankfully the ones on Smashwords are still there – You can see them at

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/172808

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/140576

Cheers Liza, Sharon, RennyRoo, Crystal, Bella,  Micheala, Emeka, Scott, David, Theresa Dawn.
To the wonderful blog hosts I have had the privilege of working with, the supportive family of the World Literary Cafe, the NNBook club on Twitter and a host of others, I must say I am humbled by your activities and truly truly grateful. I especially want to thank Lauren and Victoria. You guys should totally check out their blogs – they are quite something.

http://lauriethoughts-reviews.blogspot.com/2012/11/fiery-gemstones-by-cassandra-debrown.html

http://alwaysabooklover.blogspot.com/2013/01/author-feature-cassandra-debrown.html#links
Saving the best for last, my family and friends who have been outstandingly supportive and encouraging. I love you loads. I really do <3.
Alright then.
That’s all she wrote.
Cheerio

CASSANDRA.

2013:What lies ahead?New features for the blog

A couple of days ago we were all ringing in the new year with fireworks, kisses, wine and friends ===> or at least I was. I trust everyone had a lovely time as well. Even though there were no monumental events or changes in life as we know it, time has moved on. Less than two weeks have past but already the year past is fast becoming just a memory.

In other words, the year 2012 is over and done with. The year 2013 is already off to a great start and so far holds the promise so many possibilities and new responsibilities. Let’s hope things will only get better.

In line with the optimism of the new year I’ve decided to add more pizzazz to this here blog and I hope you all come along for the ride.

First and foremost i hope to post more often and more regularly this year but no promises. Between my day job, writing, social life and social media, some days I barely have time to think. But I like it that way so , yeah, not like that will be changing anytime soon so I will just have to do better.

Secondly, I have added a Wednesday book quote to the weekly Friday book quotes i have going on twitter but with a twist. Inspired by the World Literary Cafe and other legendary Indie Author networks, I’ve decided to open this feature to other writers, readers, bloggers and agents. If you would like to share quotes from your favourite books, just tweet me with the hashtag #WedBookQuote and I promise to retweet. I think this will help raise exposure for lots of great books that are out there just waiting to be discovered.

The Writing Shorts  section of this blog is still open to writers who want to share snippets of their work with appreciative audiences from all around the blog.

Finally for now, I hope to hold three Fiction Fests this year, and the first one will be coming up in February. This is mainly a FREE PROMOTIONAL activity so if you have a book release coming up in or around February 2013 and would like it featured here just get in touch by leaving a comment down there or by sending me a DM on Twitter where my handle is @CassandraDeBrow. For now will only be promoting books that are available in digital format. Your book does not have to be free at the time of the promotion and you don’t need to have a giveaway either but it might help ( just saying ;). Did  I mention that it is totally free?? What are you waiting for?

Ok That’s it for now.

Much love and kind regards

CASSANDRA

Feb features book releases twitter buzzes

I have been abominable

I have been abominable, not blogging or saying much for so long -except on Twitter where I have discovered I spend way too much time. But I digress. I’ve been away it’s true but I have a *good* reason. Or list of reasons actually. I was abducted by pseudo aliens and then the dog ate my blog posts. I kid you not.=) . Actually it’s a much more mundane sort of list but I think in the interest of NOT boring you all to death I’ll skip the list and say I’m sorry, I apologize and unfortunately, yes, this might happen again but hopefully not till next year. What was that you say? Next year is just a few days away? I know that (scoffs). What’s your point? Ok ok. On a more serious note I hope the new year brings us many more opportunities to laugh like loons and be more …human. Being an alien is no fun at all. Much love my friends Much love Cassandra http://m.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.co.uk%2FFiery-Gemstones-Heston-Novella-ebook%2Fdp%2FB00ABPAN4C&h=yAQFObURo&s=1

Cover reveal…da da

This is it.

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Thanks to all the wonderful readers and friends out there who took the time to contact me here or on twitter or otherwise to give me a few pointers. Your input and support was well appreciated.

Will be visiting two blogs in November 2012 for short author interview-like features and I hope you’ll all join me there as a thank you to my most gracious hosts. There might be an extract or two available there … and maybe a giveaway as well.

A wise woman once told me sone years ago that most things in life are like buses – none when you want one but then two come along at the same time.

Profoundly true and also makes me think she had more than a passing acquaintance with TFL’S 107 BUS route. As in seriously! Very very seriously, the 107 bus route needs a touch or two (or twenty five). And it gets worse in winter. Thankfully, I no longer have to catch this bus to get to work but I sometimes miss the other frustrated looking people who will undoubtedly be late for work as well since the previous bus inexplicably decided to make a u -turn at Stirling Corner.
Ah
I’m ranting aren’t I. I’ll stop there and fume in private over nostalgic memories of the 107 8-). To be fair it did give me extra reading time on the way to Barnet Station.

Much love people, much love
CASSANDRA

My Graphical Comedy of Errors

alternate cover 2I ‘ve been having a little bit of an issue with getting the book cover for my latest project in order. As I started preparations for a guest post and author interview I was scheduled for later this month (details to follow) I suddenly realised that oops, no cover …….none at all.

Let me explain…

Fiery gemstones is a Heston Witch Novella(YA Series) and if you haven’t been introduced to the clan, do take a peek at the short story on Writing Shorts (http://wp.me/P2mNT1-U). Edna was the one who introduced me to the family so to speak. It wasn’t the next up on my list of projects seeing as I have three other Works in Progress that are, well still in progress, but when the Hestons became the last thought I
have at night and the first thought in the morning, I realised that I’d get no
peace till it was done. Tentatively, the release date is  set for November but hmm, well, let’s just say we’ll see.

I had a picture in my head about what I wanted but after browsing images for about five hours looking for the miracle of having my mental image expressed visually
online, I finally threw in the towel and went back to the basics. Settled on some stock images from iStock_photos.com- their collection is pretty awesome.

Maybe I’ll get the award winning cover photo for my next book but I won’t hold my breath.Anyway, with a little imput from my favorite Graphics Assistant, I came up with two tentative covers. They’re my first pick but nothing is set in stone.

Thought I’d share so here they are in all their generic and boring glory. If you can spare the time , do tell me what you think either here or on twitter (@CassandraDeBrow). If it provokes a “What the hell is she thinking response,” please do tell me in a hurry so necesary changes can be made.LOL! I’m adaptible ;).

Fiery gemstones?

Meanwhile, the Heston clan are being their usual pushy selves, encroaching on my personal time and throwing me curve balls that make me say ooh while cooking or in the bathroom. Wish I could get used to them but for now I will settle for getting all they have to say down in a readable format. I am enjoying the ride… hope you’ll love the finished product as much as I already do.

This so was not how I imagined spending my Sunday when I got up this morning.

Much Love People, much Love,Cassandra DeBrown.

That’s Life…

If you were tasked to define your life in three short sentences, I wonder what criteria would first spring to mind.
Would you define yourself with regard to your financial status? Your marital / relationship status? Or would you go with your gender? Your age? Perhaps your profession?
Forget what you see on social media profiles because BEING a human being is a much more complex, much more …intense experience than can be put into a few phrases or paragraphs.
For instance, two people of the same gender in living in roughly the neighborhood might like a song that plays on their local radio for two totally different reasons. One might like the beat, the other might like it cos it brings to mind a fun day out.
IMHO we are defined as individuals in any number of ways depending on the context in which we choose to define ourselves at that particular moment in time. Or we could always decide to ignore labels and classifications and just keep it simple : I am a Human Being and as the old saying goes
I’m simply an ‘exquisite contraption that has the ability to turn the finest red wine into urine ‘.
(Can’t for the life of me remember where I read that, have vague memories of a pathology text I think. If you know pls do let me know.
Enjoying my humanity at the moment
Much Love people
CASSANDRA.

The Making of Books, The Writing of Words.

It’s no easy task to write a book and I am not even talking about good books. Just stringing along enough words to make a sizeable tome to throw at the dog. Or not throw as most folk might be a little averse to the idea of throwing their e-readers about.
Like with most human pursuits, some days are easier than others. The ideas are crisp and fresh and finding the right phrase to express oneself just flows like pure undiluted magic. On those days it’s a real pleasure to write. It isn’t a task, it’s a joy.
Then there are those days that every writer dreads. When completing a single sentence is like pulling teeth and you find yourself staring for hours at blank pages.
Dispirited and uninspired, it takes a while for the creative juices to start flowing again.
Happily, for me, there is always a way out of the doldrums. My strategy is simple: RELAX AND RECHARGE. A nice movie (probably an oldie, anything with Johnny Depp will do) or rereading one of my favorites will work wonders. Then,hmm, who can say what I will write next? The adventure continues…
Much Love My Friends, Much Love.