Writing Competitions – September 2017 | Writing and Publishing My Book

Tweet Why enter writing competitions? It’s one thing to write, and another entirely different proposition getting others to actually read what you have written. Here is a list of writing competitions, awards, fairs, festivals and other book markets with deadlines in September, 2017. Find one or more that fits with your style and submit your work! …

Seaweed Bath Checked Off My Bucket List | Luxurious Nomad

While for many, the thought of being surrounded by seaweed is something straight out of a horror movie, for me, having one of Ireland’s famous ‘seaweed baths’ has been on my bucket list for some time. Seaweed baths are popular in Ireland, but are not a recent phenomenon as many date from Edwardian times, when they …

How to get people to review your book | Writing and Publishing My Book

It’s an age-old problem for authors – how do you get people to review your book? Once you have exhausted your mother, father, brother, sister, wife/husband, and pet rabbit, how do you get others to actually read and write a review for your book on Amazon? What if you could connect with people who …

How to sell more books | Writing and Publishing My Book

I am often asked, “how can I sell more books?”   There are more answers to that question than one could possibly provide in a year or more of talking and explaining, so rather than re-invent the wheel, I recommend the following three books as the best I have come across that give …

Loch Gill, W.B. Yeats, and Parke's Castle | Luxurious Nomad

The beautiful Lough Gill / Loch Gile / Loch Gill was my destination today for a boat ride, departing from Parke’s Castle.  If you look to the far left of the photo below, you will see Parke’s Castle with the white tower, and our boat moored slightly to the right. While Robert Parke’s fortified manor …

The Extraordinary Geographic Heritage in My DNA | Leigh (Bella) St John

Oh my!  I have been busily tracing a particular line of my ancestry and what I find most astonishing is not that I have been able to trace them back to the late 1400’s… (and to the left is the family crest) What astonished me – and, if I’m honest, … Continue reading

What an amazingly ordinary extraordinary week… | Leigh (Bella) St John

You know those weeks where nothing of great significance in the overall scheme of the world has happened, but yet there have been so many little amazing things that together the week has felt quite extraordinary? I have been struck several times this week with the thought that today – … Continue reading

Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way | Luxurious Nomad

Today it was a glorious 20oC and so Boswell (my cute little rental car) and I headed out exploring along the Wild Atlantic Way… …and managed to find Easky Pier and Castle – although this sign was not exactly encouraging! I love that dotted around the coast are the drawings made my local youngsters, encouraging …