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July has gone #timetogetmoving

Wow, July went in a rush. It happens when there is school holidays, two weeks tend to flash by with activities for the kids. It makes it difficult to get moving with writing. That didn’t mean I sat there idle. I have actually progressed with my publishing. My book is almost formatted correctly and the images are close to being correct. I am hopeful to upload my story by the end of the week. The cover is also coming along. We have the right photo, but not the actual cover yet. Again really hopeful I will be ordering the print proof by the next weekend….

I am probably a month behind where I want to be. The issue is when it comes to the cover and the illustrations I rely on another person. So things don’t happen when I want them too. I really wish I could actually do these things myself. That would make life easy, but at this stage I don’t have the time to learn. So I wait. It will get there. I was just hoping the second book would be out before Christmas. This one probably won’t take quite as long because I am already collating the illustrations and the cover format will be similar. I may get there in the end.

Change that to I will publish my books!!!

Back to work, lots to do. Have fun!

Ticking the Boxes #gettingthingsdone #milestogo

Wow I’ve really been neglecting my blog – wish I could say it is for a good reason. Actually it is for a good reason, but not because I have been writing. I have been to many soccer matches, swimming sessions, gyms sessions, playing volleyball and walking the dogs. In short I have been so exhausted by the time I have finally managed to sit down. My blog and my writing has been put on the back seat.

I have my writing sparkle back though. Actually during this time I have had something done. My husband is working on the cover for my first super hero book. That’s pretty exciting and there will be a big cover reveal soon. This means I need to get on with the formatting and everything else. This has given me some new motivation to actually get some work done.

What’s that saying? Slow and steady… well okay it probably doesn’t apply if you are actually not moving. I am getting on with things now. I have completed three jobs already tonight. One actually includes this blog. I have finally updated the pages. YAY!! I actually have my newer books on here. Ooops only took about a year… Oh well I got there in the end. I have also written a blurb for my creative kids tales story. That’s another job, will submit it by the end of the week. I also did some school work. Not too much, but enough that I can actually get my assessment done. That’s actually what saps my writing energy. There is nothing like putting together 350 reports to take away all that creative energy. Twice a year, it takes its toll. That’s all part of life and work though. What I love about writing is I can escape from all of that and just live in a fantasy world for a while.

Speaking of which I am going back into the world of the super hero right now – will blog again soon!
Have Fun!

Got the Writing Bug? #notsoboring1 #writingbook

Have you got a story busting to be written?

Check out the newest writing journal – it’s different and will get you writing.

The Not So Boring Book #1 – Write your own story

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Ten chapters full of writing activities designed to get the ideas flowing and help you create a story ready to be published. Each chapter gives you the opportunity to work on one story. Follow the book right to the end and bask in your finished product.

This book can be used by anyone (child or adult) who loves to write.

Just get your pencil and begin!

You can get your own copy here:

https://www.createspace.com/5050054

or visit my Amazon page:

http://www.amazon.com/Ashley-Howland/e/B00BQA4XRO

If you live in Australia and would like a signed copy email me at ashley@ahowland.org

Check it out today and get writing!
HAVE FUN!!!!

It’s What You Do Next #decisions #tweenbook

It’s What You Do Next that counts
So many things can change in a year. For Callie everything has changed so quickly she no longer knows where she belongs.

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This is the story of one year in Callie’s life. It is full of teenage adventures, sport, friendship, bullying and the journey to find her own place in the world.

You can check out your own copy here:

https://www.createspace.com/4980310

If you prefer kindle then check out my author page at amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Ashley-Howland/e/B00BQA4XRO

Have fun!

It’s What You Do #tweenbook #Aussie

It’s What You Do Next that counts
So many things can change in a year. For Callie everything has changed so quickly she no longer knows where she belongs.

Cover final

This is the story of one year in Callie’s life. It is full of teenage adventures, sport, friendship, bullying and the journey to find her own place in the world.

You can check out your own copy here:

https://www.createspace.com/4980310

If you prefer kindle then check out my author page at amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Ashley-Howland/e/B00BQA4XRO

Have fun!

Too much Homework? #perfectexcuse

The Perfect Excuse for not doing your Homework
Check out this one

THE HOMEWORK GOBLIN

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Jason has completed his homework for the first time, only to have it stolen by the Homework Goblin. He jumps out his window and into an amazing chase. Will he get his homework back in time?

Check out the perfect excuse here:
https://www.createspace.com/5513433

To grab a kindle copy and check out my other books go to my Amazon Author Page:
http://www.amazon.com/Ashley-Howland/e/B00BQA4XRO

If you live in Australia and would like a signed copy email me at:
ashley@ahowland.org

HAVE FUN!

Day 5: Standing out in the crowd #authorblogchallenge

Author Blog challenge

Every author wants their book to be different – to stand out in the crowd. But when it comes to selling your book, it’s also important to know what it’s similar to so that you can give people comparisons they can easily understand. For instance, who hasn’t heard Star Wars described as a Western set in space? What kinds of comparisons could you make in describing your book so that people know instantly what it – or isn’t – similar to?

A writing tutor of mine once commented that one of my books was Roald Dahl like…. It took me a few days to digest that compliment.

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I think that is a lot to live up to, he is and will always be one of my writing inspirations. Not sure if I would use those words to describe my work. I think I’d rather be unique.

Maybe a picture would work – they are apparently worth 1000 words. I could describe my writing like this

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Or this

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I think they would work well. Check out some of the other Author Blog Challenge posts here: https://authorblogchallenge.wordpress.com/

Have fun!

A Spooky Story #Halloween #spooky

GHOSTNAPPED!

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Alex and her sidekick Thuds (the Labrador) think they are going on a boring family camping trip. They soon find themselves in an amazing adventure and a rescue mission when Alex’s younger brother is taken by a ghost. To get him back Alex has to solve a mystery from 50 years ago and face the most unique monster you’ll ever meet.

Get your spooky book here:
https://www.createspace.com/5513427

For more of my books and the kindle editions go to my Amazon Author page:
http://www.amazon.com/Ashley-Howland/e/B00BQA4XRO

If you live in Australia and want a signed copy email me at ashley@ahowland.org

HAVE FUN!!!!

Books are better than lollies #booksforHalloween

I love Halloween, so full of great stories and adventures. BUT do the kids really need all those lollies??? My two would prefer books anyway. So this year go for books instead of lollies and enjoy the real adventure of Halloween…

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You can check out my books here:

CreateSpace: https://www.createspace.com/pub/simplesitesearch.search.do?sitesearch_query=Ashley+Howland&sitesearch_type=STORE

or

Amazon (Kindle and print): https://www.amazon.com/Ashley-Howland/e/B00BQA4XRO

or email me at ashley@ahowland.org
Have fun!

It’s What You Do #Tweenbook

It’s What You Do Next that counts
So many things can change in a year. For Callie everything has changed so quickly she no longer knows where she belongs.

Cover final

This is the story of one year in Callie’s life. It is full of teenage adventures, sport, friendship, bullying and the journey to find her own place in the world.

You can check out your own copy here:

https://www.createspace.com/4980310

If you prefer kindle then check out my author page at amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Ashley-Howland/e/B00BQA4XRO

Have fun!