A trip down Book Scam-mory Lane

If you think I’ve been making all this up about unscrupulous publishers fiddling the Amazon Sales Ranks to create instant Amazon number 1 bestsellers, have a read of the following.

I tripped over this chirpy email the other day while decluttering my old email archives, received from – I’m ashamed to say – a publisher who did three of my own titles (without scams). Here it is, with only the names and date redacted…book publishing scam

A lovely scam-vitation from several years ago

Hi Suze

As the last email stated, we have a plan for making
(book’s title) a bestseller on www.amazon.co.uk [Read more…]

Book reviews: the HTWB pick of the best for summer reading

Here are my reviews for a great choice of summer reading from sharp police thrillers to vintage whodunnits to a romantic family saga, and even a fictionalised memoir that will bring joy to your heart. Some of the original reviews were quite long so I have given them a haircut to save you reading my extended thoughts on the books!

book reviews

What books would you recommend for summer reading this year?

Let’s start with the hard stuff

Retired detective and now author Stephen G Collier has now published his second book in a chilling series of murder mysteries set in and around the city of Northampton, England where he served many years on the Northamptonshire Force. This being just up the road from where I live, I enjoy the stories even more as I know the places he’s talking about. [Read more…]

My favourite women authors – a double day celebration #IWD

With two important days to celebrate, I thought it would be appropriate to combine them – so we cheer for World Book Day March 7th, 2019 and International Women’s Day March 8th 2019.

As the theme for #InternationalWomen’sDay in 2019 is #BalanceforBetter, what better way for me to express my admiration, with a balance of excellent books and great women, than to list my top 20 choices of books written by women authors whom I admire.

INternational Women's Day World Book Day

Let’s celebrate World Book Day and International Women’s Day together.

Please feel free to add your own choices in the comments below. But for my own choices…

The top 20 books written by women that mean the most to me

Some of these authors are famous. Some are not – yet. Some are dead. But all have touched me deeply. [Read more…]

Want a naughty gift at the last minute? Read this review

In case you’ve still got a couple of gifts to get for the Big Day next week, you might like to read this review of my dearly beloved book, Mischieverse … adult poems about many of the little things that p*ss us off from day to day.

The review is from Muddy Stillettos, a lively online women’s magazine in the UK. 

Why Mischieverse makes a very good adult Christmas gift

The perfect book for the downstairs toilet…

The perfect stocking filler for the intelligent female in your life…

and we’re sure the blokes will like it too!

Let me start by saying I loved this book of poetry and I think your mums, daughters, sisters and friends will too. Mischieverse is proper rude humour that laughs at life’s every day irritations that you’ll all recognise. It’s social commentary at its wittiest best and perfect for the intelligent people in your life (especially those who don’t take themselves too seriously).

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So you want to write a book – listen and learn

Have people told you that you should write a book?
Do you feel you would like to write a book, but don’t know how to go about it?

I have written a nonfiction book. How do I get it out there?

Suzan St Maur and Jules White discuss how to write a book and get it published

Have you explored the idea of writing a book but been scared off by publishing scammers?

The “So You Want To Write A Book” podcast with sales expert and author Jules White

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Halloween special: a whole horror story from this amazing new book

Wednesday is Halloween and if you are anywhere near west Northamptonshire (England) and want to share some spine-creeping stories in one of the spookiest locations you’ve ever seen the night before, on Oct 30th, read on. And if you’re thousands of miles away but love the horror genre, take a long hard look at this book. Details here.

The Second Corona Book of Horror StoriesTo give you a flavour of the event – and the anthology – here follows my own story contribution in its gory entirety. As if only to make things even more horrifying I will actually be at this event and will be reading the story to the audience…

Whatever you’re doing, have an utterly gruesome Halloween. Enjoy.

Upside Down

by Suzan St Maur

Silence.

Then a few creaking sounds.

Then some mooing. Eldred opened his eyes, but saw no cows. [Read more…]

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