Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Jemima's December @AprilA2Z guest post: Making friends through Blogging

This is probably Jemima's last guest post on the A to Z Challenge blog.  I know she's up for more if invited - but the preparation for April starts with a vengeance after Christmas, with tips and suggestions and rules and the all-important sign-up list. Don't miss it!

Blogging from A to Z April Challenge: Making friends through Blogging: It's December, in case you hadn't noticed.  All around me people are sorting out gifts for friends and family, and making arrangeme...

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

BookElves Anthology - pre-release details and Giveaway

The BookElves Anthology Volume 1 is now available at the following locations as an ebook:

and coming soon at other online retailers worldwide including txtrr, Scribd!, Oyster and Flipkart.

The paperback is on sale at Amazon and at the Createspace estore.

Friday, 14 November 2014

BookElves Anthology publication 25th November 2014

BookElves Anthology Volume 1 previously described here is set for publication on 25th November.

Seven authors have contributed a story each, ranging from a cosy tale of a dognapping plot foiled by a combined army of canines and avians, to a wistful life-affirming first kiss under the mistletoe.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Jemima's November Guest Post on the A to Z April Challenge

Blogging from A to Z April Challenge: Holiday season is upon us: If you haven't noticed, it's not long to Christmas, Hanukkah and many other festivities relating to the middle of winter or the sols...

Monday, 3 November 2014

Kindle Fire HD Kids Edition - Holiday Giveaway

We're very pleased to be part of a massive giveaway for this hot new piece of kids entertainment.  Read on, support the bloggers and authors who have sponsored the Giveaway, and good luck with your entry!

Holiday Giveaway Kindle Fire Kids Edition 2014 - button

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Coming soon - the Book Elves Anthology Vol.1

Princelings Publications is proud to announce the imminent arrival of the first BookElves Anthology.

Last year twelve intrepid authors of novels for older (middle grade) children got together to bring you a great giveaway and blog tour.  This year eight of them are working on an anthology of stories, each between 4,000 and 7,000 words long, with a Christmas or seasonal theme.

The featured artists are:

  • Rebecca Douglass (the Ninja Librarian, Return to Skunk Corners)
  • Julie Grasso (Caramel Cardamom series and Frankie Dupont, PI)
  • Fiona Ingram (The Secret of the Sacred Scarab, The Stone of Excalibur)
  • M G King (Fizz & Peppers at the Bottom of the World)
  • Wendy Leighton-Porter (The Shadows from the Past series)
  • Jemima Pett (The Princelings of the East series)
  • Sandy Smith (The Seed Savers series)
  • Ben Zackheim (Shirley Link detective stories)
Watch out for further details in November!

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Coming in December: the Deja Vu Blogfest

Thanks to Arlee Bird at Tossing It Out we can draw your attention to a great blog hop happening in December.

The Deja Vu Blogfest is being revived this year by D.L. Hammons and Nicole Zoltack.  This is when you can repeat one of your blog posts from the past year that you felt was neglected and give it new life.  This is a great way for an underperforming blog to give readers a taste of the best of what your blog has to offer.   One day of content with minimal effort can be a win-win situation for you and your readers.   It all happens on Friday December 19th.   Sign up now!  You can find the Linky List at D.L.'s blog.

Friday, 17 October 2014

The Read Tuesday Thunderclap

 Reposted from Chris McMullen's READ TUESDAY website.


Read Tuesday—a Black Friday type of event just for book lovers—now has a Thunderclap promotion underway.
The idea behind the Thunderclap is to create hundreds of simultaneous posts on the morning of Read Tuesday (December 9, 2014) to help spread awareness on the morning of the event.
You can help announce Read Tuesday with thunder. It’s easy:
  • Visit
  • Click Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr and sign in.
  • Customize the message. (Optional.)
  • Agree to the terms. All that will happen is that the Thunderclap post about Read Tuesday will go out the morning of December 9.
When I first supported a Thunderclap for an author, I had been a little nervous when it asked me to confirm. It turns out I had worried over nothing. The only thing you’re agreeing to do is to have a single message go out on your Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr on December 9. Thunderclap, of course, needs your permission to send this one message.
The goal is listed as 100 supporters. Really, that’s just a bare minimum. If the Thunderclap doesn’t reach 100 supporters, it won’t go out at all. The real goal is hundreds (no, thousands!), with a reach in the millions.
We can do it. We just need your support. :-)
We have until December 9 to get as many supporters as possible. All supporters have to do is click the link and agree to support via one scheduled message (on the morning of December 9) through Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr.
Thank you for your support.

For more information read the full post here.

At time of posting, the thunderclap was approaching 40% - not bad for just one and a half days after launch.
Please spread the word, we are!

Thursday, 9 October 2014

October guest post on A to Z April Challenge: The Moon is round

Jemima seems to be lacking in inspiration for her guest post this month - but she managed a topical one...

Blogging from A to Z April Challenge: The Moon is round: It's full moon tonight, and it'll be low enough in the northern sky to shine through my bedroom window when I'm asleep.  I ex...

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Jemima's Blogging A to Z April Challenge Guest post for September

It's the second Wednesday of the month, and that means Jemima's guesting on the A to Z blog.  She starts with sunflowers, a reference to the tributes to Tina Downey.

Blogging A to Z April Challenge: Sunflowers and other garden themes: You've probably been out and found a sunflower this month.  Or even just a picture.  A long, long time ago I had a little book called ...

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Why you should write what you love, by Chuck Wendig

Chuck Wendig blogs a lot of good stuff, but this is probably his best ever.  It's not only a discussion of what to write, but also gives an insight into the madness that is the traditional publishing world.

If you ever wonder why you write and whether anyone will ever read it, read this (and skip any language choices you dislike).

Friday, 29 August 2014

If you live in Norfolk or Suffolk ...

...  why not take a trip to the independent booksellers Diss Publishing Bookshop, tomorrow, Saturday 30th August, to meet M T McGuire, author of the K'Barthan Trilogy and other sci-fi stories.

As M T says on her blog:
[the booksellers] will be letting me lurk on their premises between 11.00 and 1.30 on Saturday – this Saturday that ever was – and devaluing my books by scribbling in them. I’m looking forward to it but also a little bit nervous. If they’ve been kind enough to put their faith in me I am keen to repay it by selling some books.  Anyway, for more about the signing, click here.
 Jemima is planning a trip down there (Diss is 'down' from Norwich - almost out of the county!), and although she aims to arrive on time, if any guinea pigs require extra attention in the morning she may be delayed.

Good luck, M T!

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Jemima's A to Z April Challenge guest post: Can we blog from Aardvark to Zebra?

This month's guest post on the A to Z Challenge was on pets blogging in April and also a reminder about backing up one's blog.

Blogging from A to Z April Challenge: Can we blog from Aardvark to Zebra?: Dylan at work Some time last month my guinea pig Dylan announced he was going to do the A to Z Challenge next year.  He wouldn't be...

Monday, 11 August 2014

How to Promote Yourself and Your Books by Chuck Wendig

That was how the title looked in my email header - but knowing Chuck Wendig, it was of course so much more.

Chuck is a bit potty-mouthed, so beware, but his content is excellent.  I particularly like the bit:
"Talking about your book should come from you. It should come from your heart. Say it differently every time. Talk about your books in the same voice you used to write the books."

How To Promote Yourself And Your Books On Social Media Without Feeling Like A Soul-Selling, Sleaze-Sucking Slime-Glob

Thursday, 7 August 2014

First Review of Bravo Victor by Rebecca Douglass

We are very grateful to Rebecca Douglass aka the Ninja LIbrarian, for her lovely review of Bravo Victor - the first we've seen.

"I recommend the whole series to anyone who enjoys a bit of light fantasy/alternative history and highly imaginative action."

The Ninja Librarian: Middle Grade Review: Bravo Victor, by Jemima Pett:   Title: Bravo Victor (Princelings of the East #6) Author: Jemima Pett Publisher: Princelings Publications, 2014. 181 pages S...

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Viridian System website and Facebook page

It's less than a week since Jemima finished the first draft of The Perihelix, the first book in the Viridian System series.  Despite her other website trouble, she has built a website and a Facebook page for them, and indicated she is planning three books in the series, at least.  Well, she said that about The Princelings of the East.

The website:
Note that this uses one of the new-style domain names - just .uk.

The facebook page:

Why not pop over and Like the facebook page or sign up for the newsletter on the website?

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Website trouble for Jemima

Jemima is having trouble with her blog, and with the website for the Princelings series, and also the same fault appears on a new installation of a website for the Viridian System series.

It manifests itself as an inability to load new images, and then breaks links with images - it seems to have a progressive chain back to images loaded after 1st July.  Her blog is most affected, and now refuses to load the 'dashboard' - the back office area to manage the site.

Other people using are affected, according to the support forum, but their solutions have not so far solved her issues.  Work is on-going, and we apologise to users of her blog, and especially anyone hoping for a book blast or review.  Some posts have been scheduled, but they may not have been checked or completed, and we don't expect links to images to work.

Good luck with fixing it, Jemima.

She was hoping for a holiday after finishing the first in the Viridian System scifi series, The Perihelix, on Thursday night.

Friday, 1 August 2014

Bravo Victor now available in all eReader formats

Bravo Victor is now live on for all eReader formats, so if you keep away from Kindle and want it for your Nook, or Kobo reader, or for your iPad, or just as a pdf for your phone or PC, you can buy it here.

Victor is trying to find a partner to develop his velocipede, but when a stranger walks into the inn of the Seventh Happiness and tries to sell him Wozna in disguise, Victor tells King Fred, and is sent on a mission to discover who is at the root of the smuggling ring, and find out why George has gone missing, too.

It's a twisted tale of mischief, misrepresentation and missed opportunities, with the added complication of dealing with a person who really shouldn't be here.

Get Bravo Victor from Smashwords or Amazon. Suitable for age 12 and upwards.

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Publishing plans for the rest of the year

Things are busy here at Princelings Publications.
  • Bravo Victor comes out of its exclusive period on Amazon on 31st July, and will be published on Smashwords soon afterwards.  It will then be distributed to the other major ebook stores - B&N, the Apple iBookstore, Kobo outlets, etc - and also be available at a special price for libraries.
  • The major project for August will be to publish White Water Landings, Geoffrey Pett's memoirs of his life in Africa in the late 1930s, setting up the ground arrangements for the Imperial Airways flying boat service.  This departure into the memoir genre is a new venture for us.  We're partnering with Blurb to bring this through as a quality paperback as well as an ebook.
  • We are currently also helping Blurb test their new ebook formatting system for trade paperbacks (text-heavy, like the stories).  
  • Onwards from there, the project is to bring out the first three Princelings books as paperbacks with Blurb.  These will have a new cover, and be different editions.  The Amazon versions will still be available, but these new paperbacks will be our new focus.  We have been unhappy with the quality of the trim of the Amazon POD facility, which has re-emerged after they said it had been fixed.  We feel our readers deserve better.
  • Danielle English has been revising the covers for these paperbacks, and here's a sneak peek at the drafts for Pirates and Lost City - still unfinished, but you can see the more detailed, three-dimensional style.

  • If you have any ideas for the first or fourth cover illustration, feel free to comment!

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Blogging from A to Z April Challenge: Time to go travelling

 It's Jemima's guest post on the A to Z challenge blog today - see it here!

Blogging from A to Z April Challenge: Time to go travelling: Yes, we're well into July now, and it's time to go travelling - and not just on the #atozroadtrip. One of the things I enjoy most ...

Last chance to get Bravo Victor FREE

Your last chance ot get BRAVO VICTOR free for your Kindle is today, 9th July or tomorrow, 10th July (or up to 8 am Friday if you're in the UK).

Bravo Victor Bravo Victor is the sixth in The Princelings of the East series, and stars Victor, keeper of the Inn of the Seventh Happiness, a much-loved character in four of the previous books.

It’s now 2015.  Victor has grown up, but in spite of his ambitions to be a business guru, he’s still running the Inn of the Seventh Happiness in his spare time.  Fate takes a hand when he visits King Fred of Castle Marsh and is whisked off on a mission to help the mysterious Sundance and his beautiful accomplice unmask a criminal, and investigate why George has not returned home after his visit to a flying festival. He narrates the particulars of his travels in the Rhinelands, and his quandary when he meets a friend from his past – or is it his future?

Bravo Victor is FREE on kindle on July 9th and 10th, PST.

CLICK HERE to get it from Amazon

Don't forget you can get Book 1 free any time, from Amazon or from the iBookstore.

Monday, 7 July 2014

Jemima is at Camp NaNoWriMo

Jemima's gone off to virtual summer camp to write her next novel - a scifi book featuring Big Pete and the Swede, stars of numerous flash fiction stories so far.  Last I saw she'd written over 16,000 words of an anticipated 70-75,000.

This is a busy week though, since BRAVO VICTOR has its last FREE days on AMAZON.  That's on July 9th and 10th (Wednesday and Thursday Pacific time).  Check your store here.

You can also find special offers on the rest of the Princelings series on Smashwords this month.   All the books are either free or half price, so it's a great chance for you tostock up on the series.  Check the Princelings of the East site at smashwords and link to the next in the series there.

On Wednesday, Jemima has her guest post on the A to Z Challenge blog.  This month she's talking about vacations and blogging from A to Z with a Travel theme.

I hope she doesn't let up on the writing front.  We need 27,000 words by the weekend!

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Cool Mom's Quick Social Media Tip: Twitter Pin to ...

We'd like to thank Cool Mom (Stanley & Katrina's technical support) for this really good twitter tip.

Stanley and Katrina: Cool Mom's Quick Social Media Tip: Twitter Pin to ...: A quick Twitter Tip just for you.  Hi! Stanley & Katrina have given me permission to share social media tips with their online fr...

Thursday, 19 June 2014

The Ninja Librarian Review: The Talent Seekers

Another review from the Ninja Librarian, who has certainly been on a Princelings-fest recently!  I love her use of the word 'riveting' to describe this - and the 5 star rating, of course.

The Ninja Librarian: YA Review: The Talent Seekers:   Title:  The Talent Seekers Author: Jemima Pett Publisher:  Princelings Publications, 2013.  168 pages Source:  Smashword...

Monday, 16 June 2014

The Ninja Librarian Review: Traveler in Black and White

Many thanks to the Ninja Librarian for her lovely review of Traveler.

The Ninja Librarian: Middle Grade/YA Review: Traveler in Black and White:   Title: The Traveler in Black and White (Princelings of the East Book 4) Author: Jemima Pett Publisher: Princeling's Publications

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Jemima's A to Z April Challenge June guest post

Blogging from A to Z April Challenge: How's Your To-Read List?: To-Read, TBR, the pile of books in the corner... whatever you call it, is it under control, or eating you alive? About three years ago, ...

Monday, 9 June 2014

FREE Victor!

Bravo Victor will be FREE for your Kindle on June 10th and 11th Pacific time. 

If you're in the UK you should be able to pick it up from 8 am Tuesday to 8 am Thursday. 

It is the sixth in The Princelings of the East series, and stars Victor, keeper of the Inn of the Seventh Happiness, a much-loved character in four of the previous books. Bravo Victor

It’s now 2015.  Victor has grown up, but in spite of his ambitions to be a business guru, he’s still running the Inn of the Seventh Happiness in his spare time.  Fate takes a hand when he visits King Fred of Castle Marsh and is whisked off on a mission to help the mysterious Sundance and his beautiful accomplice unmask a criminal, and investigate why George has not returned home after his visit to a flying festival. He narrates the particulars of his travels in the Rhinelands, and his quandary when he meets a friend from his past – or is it his future?

Bravo Victor is FREE on kindle on June 10th and 11th, PST.

CLICK HERE to get it from Amazon

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

BRAVO VICTOR Cover Contest Entry

Bravo Victor, book 6 in the Princelings series, has been entered for the BookGoodies Book Cover Contest.


The entries opened at the beginning of June and close on July 6th.  First round judging will be by a panel, and complete by July 30th.  Then it's all down to the public to choose the winners of each section.  That will finish on August 31st, and the winners announced by the end of September.

In making the entry, Jemima highlighted the swirly theme representing the time tunnel, the main action taking place at the castle of Laurel-Eye, and the role of the flying boat in the plot.  She also commented on Dani's excellence at drawing dragons, and gave her web address for any reader or author wishing to see more of her work.  Bravo Victor is entered in the YA section, targeting readers under 18.

You can see all the entries at

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

from Stanley and Katrina: We interrupt your blog hopping for this important announcement

Woo-hooo!!!  We've found space on out friend's publisher's blog and they said we could interrupt you too!

Come and see our vitally important video about our next project and how you can help.

Stanley and Katrina: We interrupt your blog hopping for this important ...: To view the full video in all of its glory, click here . Where the project stands now:  As always, thank you for reading.

Monday, 26 May 2014

Lost City entered for Reader's Favorite awards

The Princelings and the Lost City has been entered in the Readers' Favorite International Book Awards 2014, in the categories Book: Children's SciFi/Fantasy and Illustration: Fiction.

Lost City, the conclusion of the Trilogy, was awarded 5 Stars by the Readers' Favorite reviewer last autumn.  She said:
The Lost City, Book Three of The Princelings trilogy is a great read for those who love fantasy with young male protagonists. The plot is new, interesting, and will engage your mind in the story. A great work was created by the author with this trilogy. I enjoyed the well-developed characters and their many adventures. [...]

In all, this is a very nice piece of writing. The trilogy has been completed without leaving any loose ends. I would have to say that this has been an overall enchanting trip into a fantasy realm. It is suitable for readers from pre-teens to adults alike. It is a clean and wholesome series and readers will be happy owning these books. Happy readings.
The contest deadline is June1st (late entry).  Finalists will be announced on July 1st and winners on September 1st.

Saturday, 24 May 2014

Princelings of the East (Book 1) is now FREE

We set the price for the ebook of The Princelings of the East, the start of the whole series, to FREE on Smashwords at the beginning of May.  The idea is to promote the whole series by enabling new discoverers to try a new author - and then not be able to stop at one book!

Smashwords 'sales' came in steadily, and went up once the book's details had been updated at places like B&N, iBooks and so on.

Then noticed, and 'sales' hit the roof!   As is usual in these matters, they have also dropped to a steady number, but we also had a sale in the Australian store last week, our first.  Amazon have not discounted the ebook anywhere other than the .com store, so if you're in Europe or anywhere else, try using the Smashwords store.

So we are proposing to leave the book out FREE for the time being.

You can find the links to the Princelings of the East at your favourite store here.

If you check the Princelings website, you'll find some special offers on other books that were listed during Children's Book Week - these will expire at the end of May.

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Our special Children's Book Week 2014 Promotion

As well as featuring on the Princelings website,  our great offers for CBW are announced here on Mother Daughter Book Reviews.

Children's Book Week 2014 Sponsors ~ Includes Great Deals on Books!

Jemima has a monthly guest post on the #AtoZChallenge blog

In her first post on the A to Z Challenge blog, Jemima asks what else readers did in April, discusses chapter illustrations for her books and the problems of writng and promoting a series.

What else did you do in April?

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

There's a party going on...

There's a party on Jemima's blog and the Princelings website today, to celebrate the launch of Bravo Victor.

Anyone who leaves a blog comment on either or both posts will be entered for a draw, to take place on Thursday evening (UK time) for a number of signed goodies like chapter illustrations and book cover photos.

On 6th May, Bravo Victor is FREE on Amazon worldwide:
Amazon com - - - - - - -
and also in Spain, Italy, Mexico and Brazil.

Bravo Victor is the sixth in The Princelings of the East series, and stars Victor, keeper of the Inn of the Seventh Happiness, a much-loved character in four of the previous books.

Friday, 2 May 2014

Bravo Victor on Amazon

Jemima Pett's new book Bravo Victor, is now being published on Amazon. It should appear on all Amazon sites within 48 hours.

In the sixth book of the series, Victor Barton, of the Inn of the Seventh Happiness and would-be business guru, uncovers what appears to be a plot to bring Wozna cola back into the Realms.  At the same time George disappears while on a visit to a flying festival in the Rhinelands.  Secret agent Sundance is already on the trail of some Wozna smugglers, so King Fred sends Victor off with Sundance to see if he can solve the problem and find George at the same time.

Victor finds himself mired in a tangled web of lies, deceit and treachery, compounded by the appearance of a shady character from his past - or is it his future?

Bravo Victor is suitable for teens and adults, and contains a handy chronology of key events in the series to assist new readers in settling into the timeline.

Genre: adult science fiction or juvenile mystery, it's a mashup of feudal systems with advanced technology, invention, flying, business speak, time travel and the endearing characters we've come to love over the previous books.

Amazon com - - - - - - -
and also in Spain, Italy, Mexico and Brazil.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Monthly Short Fiction Contest

Since Jemima and many of her friends write flash fiction/short stories we'll record this monthly competition from The Cult of Me.  The prompt for May is the Moon.

The Cult of Me: May Short Fiction Contest: Welcome to the latest monthly short fiction writing competition here on The Cult of Me blog. Every month I post a new picture and you can th...

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Jemima's Writing Process

Jemima was tagged by Stanley and Katrina to take part in the Writing Process Blog Tour.  See her post on her blog:

You may also be interested in a post reblogged by Chris the Story-Reading Ape: What kind of writer are you, Gardener or Architect?

Monday, 14 April 2014

Jemima guests on Vidya Sury's blog in the AtoZ Challenge

Jemima was the guest on Vidya Sury's blog on Friday.  Writing about J for Juliet, Jemima gave Vidya's followers a haiku and a discussion of Romeo and Juliet.  You can read the whole post here:

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Bravo Victor - Cover and Giveaway

Jemima is blogging from Alpha to Zulu in the A to Z April Challenge - her theme is the NATO Alphabet.  Which came first, the title Bravo Victor or the theme?

We revealed the cover on 2nd April as her post for B for Bravo - and also launched the AtoZ Giveaway which runs till the end of the month.  You can see them both here or pop over to her blog to see what else she's up to - it was K for Kilo on Saturday (on Sundays bloggers have a day of rest).

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Stanley and Katrina blog on Ways to Increase Your Book discoverability

Stanley and Katrina, pet authors, have an awesome support crew to help them promote their book(s).  Neighbor Girl and Cool Mom have put together this excellent post full of tips for using those wonderful things - reviews - on blogging sites.  

Stanley and Katrina: AUTHORS: Five Simple Ways to Increase Your Book's ...: This post makes a few assumptions. You understand the importance of book blogger reviews. You have had at least one book blogger legit...

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Friday, 21 March 2014

Advance Review Copies of BRAVO VICTOR

Jemima has finished final editing and we are now able to supply advance review copies of Bravo Victor as pdf files (although without the chapter illustrations).

If you can commit to providing a fair review on your blog and on Goodreads and Amazon by mid-May we would be delighted to send the pdf, and the ebook once it is published. 

Coming in May, Book 6: Bravo Victor. Our young bartender has grown up and is trying to make his way as a business guru. He encounters a shady traveller and seeks advice from King Fred, who sends him on a mission to aid the mysterious Sundance and his beautiful accomplice, and to find Fred’s brother, George, overdue after a visit to a flying festival in the Rhinelands. Victor tells how he uncovers a tangled web of lies and deceit, and an old friend from the past, or is it his future?

This is the sixth book in the series, and brings together some of the loose ends from books 1 and 4, mixing in some of the underlying developments in the Princelings world from books 3 and 5 as well.  We hope that it can stand on its own, but we recommend that you've read 1-4 to get the most from it.

Just leave a comment below and we'll get in touch with you.

Thursday, 20 March 2014

The Ninja Librarian: Writing Short

A lovely article here from the Ninja Librarian on the book How to Write Short by Roy Peter Clark.  Sound advice for all writers.

The Ninja Librarian: Progressive Book Club: Writing Short:  Time once again for the Progressive Book Club!  I thought I was going to have to punt on my writing-related posts, but thanks to ...

Friday, 7 March 2014

Blogging from A to Z April Challenge: Like #blogging? Join the #AtoZchallenge an...

Yesterday Jemima guested on the A to Z Challenge main blog.  Shame the formatting went a bit strange.

Blogging from A to Z April Challenge: If you like #blogging , join the #AtoZchallenge an...:  Today, we have Jemima Pett from #TeamDamyanti tells us about how to make the most of the A to Z Challenge. --------- So, you...

Monday, 3 March 2014

First Book Reading Video

Jemima has created her first book reading video.  It is now on YouTube at

The duration is ten minutes, and it covers part of Chapter 4 of the Princelings of the East, where Fred and Hugo have arrived at the Inn of the Seventh Happiness and Hugo has just gone to chat to Prince Lupin of Buckmore.

Other than George, most of the key people in the series are in this short clip - and we also hear about Wozna cola for the first time.  I hope you enjoy it, and feel free to give feedback, on technical as well as artistic issues.  It's the first reading and the first video Jemima has ever done and uploaded, so all help is gratefully received.

Sunday, 2 March 2014

Read an E-Book Week 2014

March 2nd to 8th is Read an EBook Week and once again some of Jemima Pett's Princelings of the East series ebooks will be free or at ridiculous discounts.

It may surprise you to know that the fastest growing use of ereaders is in Africa and Asia - specifically in poor communities that cannot afford books.  As western technophiles upgrade from one eReader to another, second hand ones find their way to communities who can make very good use of them.  The key partner in this is the non-profit organisation Worldreader.  You can read more about the work they are doing, and their new programme in conjunction with the UN Refugee Agency in this article. If you've got an old kindle that you no longer need, you can donate it to the Worldreader program.  Check the REBW facebook page for details

See the Princelings of the East series here and click through to get the discount code for each of them.  The books in the Trilogy are free and The Traveler in Black and White and The Talent Seekers are half-price at $1.50. Check out all the other great books on offer too.

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Do You leverage #Socialmedia for #blogging?

This really interesting post from one of Jemima's team-mates on #TeamDamyanti covers just about every trick in the book about sharing posts on social media.  You can also follow the links to sign up to the #atozchallenge and the theme reveal blog fest #a2zreveal.

Blogging from A to Z April Challenge: Do You leverage #Socialmedia for #blogging? 20 #at...:  Today, one of #TeamDamyanti , Vidya Sury , tells you how to spread your blog far and wide via social media.  ----...

Monday, 10 February 2014

Farewell Sony Reader Store

 We will be removing all the sales links to the Sony store on this blog over the next month.  Read Mark Coker's article to discover why:

Smashwords: Farewell Sony Reader Store: Goodbye to our friends at the Sony Reader Store. Sony today announced the imminent closure of its Sony Reader Store in the US and Canada...

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Blogging from A to Z April Challenge: Copyright and Copy Wrong

A useful reminder about content and how to protect it, from the A to Z Challenge team.

Blogging from A to Z April Challenge: Copyright and Copy Wrong: By M. J. Joachim Copyright Defined Copyright is the exclusive right given to an originator or an assignee to print, publish, perfo...

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Special offer for Valentine's Day

From now until 14th February, you can get The Princelings and the Lost City for just 99c (about 77p) from Smashwords.
In The Princelings and the Lost City, Fred has made a commitment to his true love, Kira, but must win her father's approval. George, meanwhile, is near to fulfilling his destiny, but gets sidetracked by the arrival of a new flying machine. A simple journey to introduce Kira to their home castle turns into a case of kidnap, mistaken identity, heartache, and the discovery of a totalitarian society hidden in the forest.

You can download or gift The Princelings and the Lost City from Smashwords for just 99c using the coupon code NF74C.  You can also get the first book in the series for 99c, and the second, The Princelings and the Pirates, for $2.99 - that's under $5 for all three ebooks.

And if that's a little cheap for you, why not buy all five ebooks, in preparation for the launch of Bravo Victor - or buy the trilogy in paperback from Amazon or Createspace.

Thursday, 30 January 2014

Plans for Bravo Victor

The sixth book in the Princelings of the East series will be called Bravo Victor.

It stars Victor, the son of the innkeeper at the Inn of the Seventh Happiness, who has been in all the books except Talent Seekers. The only other characters that I think share that distinction are Prince Lupin, Baden and possibly Lord Smallweed, and none of them have ever had a chapter to themselves, let alone a whole book!

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Websites restored

We are pleased to say that Jemima's blog and the Princelings of the East website  are now restored and working reasonably well.  The posts due for Friday, Saturday, Monday and today have posted successfully.  Thank you to those of you involved in the blog tour for your patience with us.

Friday, 24 January 2014

Apologies for loss of Jemima's blog and website today

We apologise for the loss of service on Jemima's blog and also the Princelings of the East website today, which is due to server database corruption.  Our third party hosts are busy working to get this up and running and data restored as soon as possible.

Jemima is particularly disappointed as it's flash fiction day.  It'll be there as soon as the database has been restored.

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Follow Jemima's new blog

Pop over to Jemima Pett's new blog and click the 'follow' button and you could win a copy of the Princelings of the East in paperback.

We are giving away one copy of the Princelings Trilogy in paperback for every 50 sign-ups. If everybody that signed up before re-signs, that would be 7 copies.  Let's see if we can make it eight... nine... ten!!!

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Blogger and Word Platforms are Not Compatible

I am indebted to M J Joachim and the AtoZ Challenge team for helping me find out why I was having trouble with Jemima's new blog feed. All fixed now.

Blogging from A to Z April Challenge: Blogger and Word Platforms are Not Compatible: By M. J. Joachim   All those glitches! If only we had known! A simple notice from Blogger in the “Create a Post” or “Edit Post” window wo...

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

New blog and a giveaway

Jemima Pett has moved her blog to a new host.  This means the blog is now advert-free.  The blog is still at, but due to the way the internet works, you may still be directed to the old site unless you clear the history in your browser.  You probably need to check your 'tools' or 'history' or 'favourites' in your browser to carry this out.