Together again within my dreams…

I have shared this before, but as I have been dreaming about my Mum once again, I have decided to repost this poem.  I wonder if others feel this way sometimes?

Together – You and I

Walk with me once again-

Chat about the news like we used to.

When my eyes are closed,

The magic wand is waved

And you return to me.

I have the key to bring you back-

If only for those darkness hours

Amidst my slumber.

Together we share moments again.

For I carry you around

Within my aching heart

Which heals, but will never truly mend.

So please dear Mum,

Keep seeking my open door.

I will leave on a light and welcome you home,

And through my dreams

Together you and I will steal our time.

Ecclesiastical mix-up

A random sample of photographs which I have grouped together.  My particular favourites are the Goodrich and Parkend crosses.

Solo indie needs YOU!

1017579_10151450956741417_1003708502_n[1]As my release date looms in the near future, I am still desperately dreaming up ideas to promote, as well as trawling through the huge amount of advice on the internet.  It is daunting to a novice like me.  I thought I would share with you what I have done so far and how effective they have been.  But I would LOVE to hear from ANYONE out there, who has useful advice for me!

So far, this is what I have been doing to try and get the word out:

I have built up a fan page on Facebook for my book – good for spreading the word, but I have realised that you cannot overdo the posts as people become uninterested.

I link my blog and Amazon to Twitter – this does seem to bring more people to my blog, not sure how effective it is with Amazon link..how do you tell? Also have not worked out how to tweet Facebook stuff yet.

I have joined Goodreads –  I am on there, but have not quite gelled with this yet, do not have many friends on there and not sure how to go about increasing this.

I have created an author bio on Amazon – I am please with the changes I have made to this, it sounds more professional and although I did not have a pro-photo taken, it is a more formal picture than previously.

I am running a competition to ‘celebrate’ the launch of my book, on Facebook – This seems to be going well, it is a coffee set as my main character LOVES coffee, but if I am honest although it is spreading my name, I am sceptical that it will create more sales.

I have had little cards printed and have been trying to give those out to people locally(it is set locally) & sent them further afield to family and friends to give to a friend or two- people seem to really like these.  I made pretty ones, with enough information to be found on the internet and my hook for the book.

I have contacted the local radio station – do not think this is going to happen though.

I have contacted the local newspaper- still waiting on this one.

I have also joined some online free book promo groups – This is a more recent thing, so I cannot tell yet whether this helps or not, but my feeling is, that it is better to be in as many places as possible rather than hidden away.

So, as you can see, I feel as though I have pretty much exhausted what I can do!  Does anyone out there want to share ideas on here?  I am keen to hear FROM YOU!

Revisiting Ross on Wye

There are so many beautiful buildings in Ross.  Most are historical and I often feel compelled to pause and think about those deep in the past who once wandered the streets.  I also snap away if time permits and so I have pulled some of my favourite pictures to re-share with you all.

A random collection of flowers..shame I cannot name them all!

I often snap away at beautiful flowers – I cannot resist them.  Here are a few I have found – I have so many more! Hope you enjoy the colours!

Winter wonderland – seasons

In winter, we are often snowed in here.  These pictures are from the particularly harsh winter of 2010.  We had just moved here and to our delight had a visiting dove for a few months.  This was extremely comforting, as it arrived the morning before my mum passed away here, right by her window.  The icicles were incredible!

 

Summer sun – seasons

So much beauty all around.

Spring back – seasons

Spring walks in the Herefordshire countryside are beautiful.