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New Books, Awards, Events And Launches – ALLI Members’ Showcase #123

New Books, Awards, Events and Launches – ALLI Members’ Showcase #123


Every Saturday ALLi will tell the world about our members' latest book launches, news, awards, freebies, workshops and updates on the writing life and take a look at the projects and businesses of our partner members.


#123kristenKristin Gleeson

The Imp of Eye

Just published- a collaboration between Moonyeen Blakey and Alli author, Kristin Gleeson:

London, 1440. While the storm clouds of the Wars of the Roses gather, Barnabas, a streetwise thirteen year-old orphan, dreams of sailing away to foreign countries.

His mistress, Margery Jourdemayne, the Witch of Eye, and his guardian, Canon Thomas Southwell, plot to use his clairvoyant talents to further their ambitions.

Can this young imp, Barnabas, steer a safe path through the dangerous web of intrigue and suspicion that surrounds him? Will his ‘sight’ save him from burning in the flames of a witch’s pyre? And will Eleanor conceive a child, or will her follies prove her undoing?

‘Fast-paced and moving, ‘The Imp of Eye’ is the memorable story of real events told in the distinctive voice of a unique and loveable character.’ – Karen Charlton, bestselling author of The Detective Lavender Mysteries

‘A jewel of a story, set among the royal courts and the dark alleys of medieval London, where intrigue, betrayal and witchcraft are woven into a poisoned web to trap the innocent. The characters are so compelling that I was struggling to breathe as the net tightened around them. This is story-telling at its best.’- Karen Maitland, author of Company of Liars

Book One of the Renaissance Sojourner Series. Pre-order here at Amazon

#123clareClare Lydon

This London Love

Could you make the leap and trust in love?

Kate Carter is a stylish and charismatic designer with the world at her feet – but that’s hard to remember when she’s single and everyone around her is annoyingly coupled up. Meanwhile, florist Meg Harding is all work and no play – far easier than trying to clear up the debris of her last relationship and move on with her life.

When Kate and Meg meet, their attraction is instant and undeniable. But will Meg be able to patch up her past so she can grasp the future with confidence? Can Kate make the leap and trust that this London love is worth a shot?

Two jaded hearts, one death, a tsunami of flowers & family overload. Get set for a sparkling romantic comedy, packed with British wit, played out in the UK’s love-struck capital city!



Paul Murphy's winning homage to Laurie Lee

Paul Murphy's winning homage to Laurie Lee

Rubery Award Short Lists for ALLI Authors

According to their website “the Rubery Book Award is the longest established book award based in the UK for independent and self -published books.”

Paul Murphy has been shortlisted for the non-fiction category for As I Walked out through Spain in Search of Laurie Lee.

As I walked out through Spain in Search of Laurie Lee is an account of the author’s personal journey across Spain. He is retracing the footsteps of Laurie Lee, who travelled just before the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War and wrote about his experiences in As I Walked out One Midsummer Morning.

What could have been an exercise in imitation that couldn’t match the original turns out to be a poetic treatment of the author’s own journey. He explores his own troubled circumstances against the background of his knowledge and obsession with Lee, skilfully weaving their two experiences together in his own potent language.

Rosie Morgan has been shortlisted in the children’s category for Time Smugglers

#123rosieThe Time Smugglers – The Camelot Inheritance Book 2 is the second in a series of books set in Cornwall. The four protagonists, based on Arthur and his knights, are drawn into a secret parallel world where nothing is as it seems, and where the Crow Man and his colleagues are plotting vengeance and destruction.

It’s a world where apparently ordinary people possess secret knowledge, and help comes from unexpected sources. Fast moving, dramatic and exciting, with pleasing pencil drawings placed throughout, and with a promise of further adventures to come.'
The cover was designed by the rather wonderful Katie W Stewart of Magic Owl Design in Australia.


#123damonDamon J. Gray

I am humbled, yet very pleased to announce that Finding Faith in Slow Motion has been awarded The indiePENdents' Seal of Good Writing.

Since its inception in 2011, The indiePENdents has granted this award to only 91 books. I am deeply honoured to be the 91st recipient of the award.

For more information on The indiePENdents and the specifics of this award, you can read the ALLi blog posting on it here:


Leila Dewji

Kingston University Needs Self Published Writers for Survey

Our partner member, I_AM Self-Publishing, is working with Kingston University’s fantastic Publishing MA students who are extending and updating the comprehensive self-publishing research carried out by Alison Baverstock.

Please spare a few minutes to fill in this survey so that Kingston can collect some great data on the hows, whats and whys of self-publishing to get a really accurate picture of self-publishing today. Thanks in advance for your time. Here’s the link.

Di Castle, Lorna Fergusson and Debbie Young

Di Castle, Lorna Fergusson and Debbie Young

Debbie Young

ALLi Authors Are Guest Speakers at Winchester Writers' Festival

ALLi authors Lorna Fergusson and Debbie Young were pleased to be part of the speaker programme at the prestigious Winchester Writers' Festival last weekend, held at the University of Winchester in Hampshire, UK, and headlined by Sebastian Faulks.

Lorna, who has been regular speaker there for many years, gave a talk on self-editing, and Debbie's seminar offered 20 top tips on successful self-publishing. Lorna also ran a workshop on building characters, and both of them offered one-to-one consultations for delegates.

They were also delighted to have the chance to network with other ALLi members there, including local author Di Castle (pictured here with Debbie and Lorna) and partner members CompletelyNovel.

Joanna Penn

#123joannaHow to Make a Living with your Writing – by Joanna Penn

Would you like to leave your job and make a living with your writing? This book will show you how.

Joanna Penn shares how she makes a six figure income by writing books, blogging and more. Available now in ebook formats. Coming soon in print.


Webinar: Put your book marketing on autopilot and find your first 10,000 readers with Nick Stephenson and Joanna Penn.

On Thurs 16 July at 3pm US Eastern, 8pm London.

In this free webinar, we'll go through:

  • Why Amazon and the other retailers are not bookstores and what this means for you
  • How to use Reader Magnets and grow your email list
  • Why social media and blog tours aren't as effective as other tactics
  • How to sell without being ‘salesy'

Click here to register for your free place and if you can't make it live, you'll get the recording if you register.


If you are a member of The Alliance of Independent Authors and you would like to showcase your work on our ALLi Showcase, please send it to [email protected] to reach me no later than the Thursday proceeding the Saturday you would like it published.

Author: Karen Lotter

Writer, photographer, workaholic info-junkie, Wordpress fan, blogger, aging geek, toyi-toying optimist, social media trainer, web writer. www.ethekwiniweb.co.za


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