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Last Call for Submissions!

So with lockdown drawing to a close and the transitional phase of the world trying to get back to normal well under way, I thought it best I give a final call for submissions to my lockdown time capsule. (You can read the launch post here.)

Thank you to all of the submissions I have received so far. I’ve enjoyed going through them, despite their sometimes darker tones. You have been heard. 💕

However, I still feel I’m missing some important voices. Especially with the end goal to be a real depiction of life in lockdown. So I’m giving out one last call.

Art, photography, poetry, short stories, streams of consciousness, crafting, gardening, sign writing, articles, case studies, diary entries, even lengthy social media statuses. If it’s raw and real, I want it!

To submit your piece attach it an email, in any format, and send to brionymarshallauthor@gmail.com along with your preferred name.

My plan is to create a downloadable PDF that will be available from this blog. Something that we can download on many devices and share in the memories of this time. Taking forward with us the strength and creativity of the human race, even in extreme circumstances.

Thank you in advance for taking part and I hope to hear from you soon.

– B xo

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Guest Post: How to support your favourite authors on Amazon…

Hi everyone. 👋 Today I have something a little different for you. My publisher has written this guest blog post for me. After some rather sad and irritating situations we’ve found ourselves in recently, we both thought it best we share this information before things get out of hand. I hope you find it useful. Any questions? Feel free to leave them in the comments and I’ll be sure to pass them on.

– B xo

When an author publishes a book it’s natural for family and friends to be delighted. They’d be the first to support them, and to ensure that – should they buy a copy of their book – that some of the revenue goes into the pockets of their loved one. Because, let’s face it, Jeff Bezos doesn’t need the money.

However, when buying a copy of your favourite author’s book from Amazon, you may not be sending any royalties their way. Across the vast majority of book sales, only by buying copies directly from the publisher’s website is an author guaranteed royalties.

This post is probably pointing out the obvious, but it’s amazing how many people who wish to support an author mis-order on Amazon.

Amazon doesn’t just sell new books, it’s also a marketplace for second-hand books – and this is what some people forget when ordering from the site. If you’re not paying attention, and simply choose to buy a copy of the author’s book from the first supplier listed, you may not receive what you think.

We know of authors’ friends and relatives who have received damaged/well-used copies of their loved ones’ books after ordering on Amazon, and assumed they have come from the publisher. No publisher would send out a battered or used copy when fulfilling a ‘new copy’ sale (that said, they have no control over how well Royal Mail may treat the book during delivery!). The purchaser, in this scenario, will have ordered a second-hand copy from Amazon without realising. 

Authors only receive royalties on the sake of new copies; once a copy is in the public domain – whether sold at a car boot sale, on Amazon, from a charity shop or elsewhere – it’s like any other second-hand product…only the seller gets paid. If you want to ensure an author is rewarded for the wonderful content they’ve created, which you’re about to read, support them by purchasing a new copy of their book and not a second-hand one.

Sometimes, this mis-ordering is genuine error. Amazon doesn’t give any priority to new book sales, and therefore doesn’t always present the publisher/provider of new copies at the top of the drop-down list on a book’s sales page – you need to be aware, when ordering, exactly who you’re ordering the book from. Whilst you may not know the publisher’s name, Amazon will state the condition of copies and whether they’re new or not.

Of course, many people are happy to order second-hand copies of a title and, due to the rise of Amazon, we have all become used to purchasing books at rock-bottom prices. However, for book buyers who wish to consciously support a certain author, take care when ordering from Amazon. Our advice, as you’d expect, is to order directly from the publisher – not only will the author receive their respective royalties from the sale, it’s also likely that they’ll receive more of the revenue when there are no Amazon selling fees to meet.

Think of the amount of time and talent an author puts into the creation of their book. If we all only ever bought second-hand copies, how are authors expected to pay their bills? 

Support the writers of the world and buy new books!

(Originally posted on Hall Good Books Blog.)

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How will we remember this time?

Hello everyone. 👋

I hope you’re all keeping well and doing whatever you can to keep yourself going through these crazy times!

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking recently. Mostly on a bigger scale. Some days, when I can push past the fear and anxiety I realise that I am in fact living through history. Experiencing a time that will be talked about and even taught about in schools for decades to come.

And then I wonder, but how exactly will this time be captured? And will that capsule, whatever it’s form, resonate with me?

And then I had a light bulb moment. 💡

As an author I write about my own feelings and experiences as an inspiration for my works. Especially feeling what I am right now, the obvious idea would be to write a novel about all of this. But that is only from one perspective…

My experience won’t be the same as your experience, or your neighbour’s experience or your friend’s experience or your friend’s friend’s experience and so on and so on…

Writing for me has always had an element of catharsis to it. It’s one of the reasons why I originally started writing as a young confused teen. Without my angsty emo poetry Unravelled would most likely not exists. 😂 But I digress…

What I’m trying to say is that I’m know I’m not the only one that turns to their creative muse when the emotions hit.

Here’s a little taster of my lockdown so far….

So I want your creations! Your poems, your short stories, your streams of consciousness, your art, your excerpts, your monologues, your scenes, your letters, your doodles, your haikus. I’m really setting no limitations with this. Anything! Any creative splurge is welcome here.

My hope is to make our very own time capsule of these unprecedented times. I’m not making any promises. All I’m working with at the moment is ideas, passion and a good feeling. But depending on the success of this launch I’m hoping to have a new project on my hands.

So whether it’s isolation, rainbows, grief, community spirit, financial uncertainty, new found freedom, nature walks, PE lessons, clapping at 8pm or singing along to You’ll Never Walk Alone. I want to read all about it and who knows what we could achieve.

If you’d like to submit a piece to my Lockdown Time Capsule. Please email brionymarshallauthor@gmail.com with your piece attached and include your preferred pen name. I look forward to seeing what you guys come up with.

So there you have it. May your ideas flow like water and your pens drift across it’s ocean.

Happy Writing! ✍️

– B xo

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Happy Easter!

Happy Easter everyone! I know times might be hard and weird and just down right bizarre right now. With many traditions for today having to be thrown out the window. 😢 But we’ve got to keep strong.

Around this time of year we see nature come alive. It’s fought through the bitter cold and harsh trials of winter and now it’s blooming and growing, raising it’s head to the sun. In these crazy times I think we can learn a lot from nature as we watch it thrive.

I hope you all have a nice Easter, no matter what you get up too. Stay safe, eat some choccie and spread the love in any way you can. 🌸

– B xo

Posted in My Journey, News & Events, Unravelled

Thank you so much! ❤️

I have been absolutely blown away by the feedback from my publisher this morning regarding our eBook giveaway…

Guys! 164 downloads over 5 days… that’s incredible!!!

I’m lost for words…

That’s well over a hundred of you out there who now own my novel that didn’t less than a week ago! Wow… Thank you so much. ❤️

However the sad news is my free eBook offer has officially ended. 😔 But if you didn’t get a chance to take advantage of this fab offer do not fear! Because…

❤️ My paperback is still on sale for only £4.75! (And remember if you order through HallGoodBooks you get the free Adrian scarf knitting pattern too!)

❤️ The eBook is a still at a reduced price of only 99p! (So it’s still a bargain if you ask me. 😉)

Thank you again all for your continued support on this amazing journey of mine. To everyone who downloaded, liked, shared and commented on any of my content over the last 5 days… you’re all superstars. You make all the hard work and behind the scenes pedalling definitely worth while. ❤️

And finally, please remember that reviews feed authors! Just a few words from you could make such a difference to my visibility as an author and how my content and, more importantly, my novels are seen by the big big online world! So go on make my day, click here for my Amazon page. 🥰

And with that I suppose all that’s left to say is happy reading! I look forward to hearing what you think and if you have the eBook be sure to send me your selfies of you and your e-readers, I’d love seeing Unravelled in wild! ❤️

– B xo

(All images included on this post are thanks to Headshots & Hydrangeas. If you ever need a flat lay of dreams, make sure you drop Ginger a message. 😍🥰😘)

Posted in My Journey, News & Events, Unravelled

My gift to you.❤️

In these unprecedented times it can be hard to see a glimmer of light in all the darkness. However, I have been trying my hardest to use my little corner of the internet to spread as much joy as possible. Those of you who follow me across my various platforms will have seen I’ve been trying to post ever day. I’ve liked and shared as much uplifting content as I can and I’ve been trying to leave lots of positive comments. But today I’ve got an even bigger gift to give. ❤️

Right now I can think of nothing better than a quiet hour or two snuggled up with a light-hearted, cute and cosy love story to take me away from all the scary stuff going on. And I know Unravelled could be that escape for a lot of people.

As of right now the Unravelled paperback has been reduced to £4.75! (Yep, under a fiver!) This fab offer is available as of right now via my publisher’s website, Hall Good Books, and you’ll still get the free copy of my Adrian scarf pattern, whilst stocks last. That is an absolute bargain! (Even if I do say so myself. 🤪)

And… (Yep there’s more!)

If you just can’t wait for the postman, then why not download the Unravelled ebook and get stuck in right away? Because for five days only the Unravelled ebook is FREE! Yep you read that right, FREE!!! from the Amazon Kindle store.

Woah! Man it feels good doing all that giving! 😅 However, I do have one favour to ask…

If you do take advantage of either of these amazing offers then it would mean the world to me if you could just leave me a quick review on Amazon. Honestly, reviews open doors for authors and to me that would be the best gift of all. ❤️ (Come on, I’m sure we can get this up to 50 reviews! 😇)

So crack on guys! Go get yourselves lost in Adrian and Claire’s world and let me know your thoughts!

Stay home, stay safe & happy reading!

– B xo

Unravelled Paperback: http://hallgoodbooks.com/product/unravelled/

Unravelled eBook: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07K1YFJSN/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_rc0HEbVT71142_nodl

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World Book Day, What I’m Reading & More!

Hello everyone and Happy World Book Day! 🎉🎉🎉

On a day focused on books and reading and all the good stuff, I wanted to take the opportunity to celebrate by doing a little update post.

Last week I visited the Warner Bros Studio’s in London: The Making of Harry Potter Tour for a friend’s hen do. It was my third time visiting however, so much had changed since my last visit, it was like a totally new experience!

I’ve also started taking my 2020 reading goal a little more seriously! 😂 I’ve opted for only six books this year. A small goal, I agree. But I also don’t want to neglect any of my other projects or get a bit deflated when my goal seems waaay out reach come November. (Plus, remember I’m planning the most DIY Bride wedding of the decade! 😂) So six it is!

Last month I finished Sophie Kinsella’s sequel, Shopaholic Abroad. I love Kinsella’s work and this was no disappointment. Cute, cosy and a buddy in book form is always how I’d sum up her words! Moving on to book two of 2020and I’ve decided to go for something completely different. I’m currently reading Milk & Honey by Rupi Kaur. I’m only one section in and I’ve already learnt so much. Kaur’s words are powerful. But don’t take my work for it, check it out yourself! This is my edition, kindly gifted to me by my bestie. ❤️

However, the biggest news in my world at the minute is that I’m editing again!!! But the story in question might come as a surprise…

Since my last meeting with my publisher there’s been a few projects we’ve been tickling away at. One of which was sending over some raw drafts I’ve had saved on my computer for a while for Diane to have a look at. The highlight of last month was that, after I’ve put in places some suggested edits, we have a green light! 😍

Some of you may remember for my first ever win of NaNoWriMo I wrote a chick-lit named Rags to Richie about a movie star falling for the coffee runner? Well buckle up guys, because that draft just got a thumbs up! 👍

(P.S: Don’t fret, Hooked is still definitely in the works too. I have my first draft of it in fact! But why only stick to one current project when you can have two?!)

So there we go, the secrets out, your girls editing again! Chick-lit lovers watch this space! 👀

– B xo

P.P.S: What have you guys been reading today? Drop me some TBR recommendations in the comments! 😘

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Unravelled eBook flash sale! ❤️

Hi everyone!

So to celebrate Valentine’s Day, my publisher and I have put the Unravelled eBook on sale for a limited time.

That’s right, from now until Sunday head over to Amazon, bag yourself a bargain and download Unravelled for just 99p!!!

And, like you need anymore convincing?!, here’s a few snippets from my Amazon reviews:

Really believable protagonist with some laugh out loud realistic experiences.

Not just for knitters & crafters. It’s a wonderful read and would recommend

Let this novel ‘weave’ it’s way into you heart with every word and every stitch.
Highly recommended!

What better way to enjoy Cupid season than with a cutesy love story you can cosy up with on these dark winter nights? Go on, spoil yourself and fall in love with Unravelled today!

– B xo

Posted in Hooked, My Journey, Unravelled, Woolly Wonders

New Year and New Adventures!

Hello everyone and welcome to 2020! 🎉 I hope this new year finds you all happy and healthy.❤️

For me, the end of 2019 went by with a bit of a blur. However, from then til now some pretty exciting things have happened. So I wanted to take a moment to fill you all in. I’m pretty sure some incredible things happened to you guys too. So please, let’s catch up in the comments, if you fancy it. 😘

First off I entered and won NaNoWriMo for the second year in a row! 💃🏻💃🏻💃🏻

I set myself the goal of getting my next novel draft out and down on paper and I only flippin went and did it! NaNoWriMo is such a test on a writer’s ability, resilience and dedication, but such a rewarding experience and my month’s efforts were no exception. Hooked is here! Admittedly in it’s infancy, but nonetheless, it exists and, as I’m sure many of you will agree, that is a huge part of the climb! 🎉

Also during November, amidst Wrimo-ing, I had a meeting with my publisher.

(That’s what I looked like half way through a month of extreme writing! 😂)

I love getting to see Diane. Living so far apart, most of our communication is done online, so getting to see each other face to face is a real treat. I love our energy during those meetings, so creative and exciting. I always come away raring to go with the next project and this meeting was exactly that. We discussed some very exciting things that I’ll be able to reveal more of as the year progresses. But stay tuned guys, it’s going to be a good un!

On the back of said meeting; I joined in with the Black Friday shenanigans by doing a Red Friday Giveaway on Facebook.

One lucky winner got themselves a copy of Unravelled along with one of my exclusive buddles and a copy of the Adrian’s scarf knitting pattern just in time for Christmas. It was certainly not one to miss! In fact it was one of a few giveaways that we’ve launched through Facebook and I think with the success they’ve had, it won’t be the last. So make sure you like my page so you don’t miss out! You can search for @brionymarshallauthor or click here.

Then moving on to December, the Christmas madness hit. However, not without me just about managing to squeeze in everything I wanted to get done. 😅

The most important being finishing the video diary of my best kept secret of 2019. 😂 Last year I set myself the challenge of crocheting my, then, boyfriend a jumper and testing “The Curse of the Boyfriend Sweater” (Something I learnt about early in 2019 by reading Alanna Okurn’s book of the same title.)

The idea was that if your relationship was meant to last, it would be able to out last the time it takes to complete a jumper for said loved one. Okurn documented the loss of many a boyfriend before the end of a first sock or snood. However, by the time I completed my jumper, I got myself a fiancé. 😂 For Christmas I gifted him the jumper along with a secret video diary I’d been keeping of the whole experience. The fiancé jumper went down a storm! Such a sentimental gift after such a crazy year. ❤️

And now here we are in the new year! The first of this month officially marked my fifth year on this amazing journey, which sounds unbelievable to say if I’m honest. But one book down and more on the way, I still feel all the love, support and fuzzies I did back then. Just in a bigger quantity! I still cannot thank any of you enough. ❤️ And to top it all off last weekend me and my fiancé went to view our first wedding venue together. 2020 is already coming up Millhouse! ❤️❤️❤️

So there we go, I’m up to date. Can’t wait to read what you guys have been up to.

Cheers to the roaring 20’s and the adventures they will bring! 🥂 Bring it on!

– B xo

Posted in Hooked, My Journey, News & Events

Second Book Title News & Other Announcements! 🎉

Hello my lovelies, I write to you today to reveal some very exciting news! 😁

As you know, in my last post I asked you all to have a guess at what you thought my next novel will be called. I even uploaded a picture of my current crochet project to give you a clue. However, although some of you got very close, no one quite got it right. But that’s okay the wait is almost over… 😉

I posted this all intially on an Instagram Live, which is a platform I quite enjoy sharing content on. However, insta lives and stories don’t last forever, so in case you missed it, I’m gonna post video below. Enjoy!👇

So there we have it! Book Number in Two in the “Unravelled Yarniverse” will be called Hooked.

I think it perfectly captures this book’s new theme of crochet, whilst still making similar enough nods to Unravelled’s title to tie them both together. 👌

Thoughts?

And well, if that wasn’t enough excitement for you (!!!) I have a second, more personal, announcement to make! 💖

Being a writer of romance, I have often daydreamed about how this particular moment in my life would come about. However, it’s always the unexpected things that can bring the most joy.

On his own birthday, my amazing man, my very own Adrian, asked me to be his wife and of course, I said YES! 💍💕

Guys… I’M ENGAGED!!! 💖💖💖

And last week we had this super adorable engagement photo shoot and I feel all kinds of squishy and loved up. It’s so fabulous and exciting… I could burst! 🥰🥰🥰 Here’s one of my favourite shots that I just couldn’t not share with you all! 👇😍

(Shoutout to Subject to Status here for such a fantastic shoot and incredible shots! 😍 And special mention to Ginger Galore too for all the model mentoring. Absolute powerhouse of a team! 💪 I can’t thank either of you enough!!!)

So suddenly the future holds so many more exciting adventures that I cannot wait to share with you on this amazing/crazy journey of mine! When I say this year has been one hell of a rollercoaster, I’m certainly not lying!, but I’m fully ready to embrace this happiness and the excitement these announcements bring!

Much love! 😘

– B xo