This is the link for my post when New Zealand went into level Four Lockdown. The world has a count of over 11k dead. Let’s look at what it says today!
I use Covid Map Google… For the information. Be them right or wrong, it shows how many people WORLDWIDE have died alone. Many more will die.
CASES – 9.62 million cases
RECOVERED – 4.58 million
DEATHS – 490k deaths…
Think about it. 490,000 people have died worldwide alone in THREE MONTHS without family, friends…no one to say goodbye. Families have had to grieve without saying goodbye to husbands, wives, children. Mass graves have been dug to bury people… This is 479,000 more than the day New Zealand locked down.
New Zealand has 5 million people, nearly half the amount of total cases and still, people are dying alone. We lost 22 people. We had 24 days Covid FREE and now have 13 new cases as Kiwi’s return home. All are in quarantine. We are still at Level One and we all pray it will stay this way.
Finally… It’s arrived. My book cover for Cy & Rylan’s story of true love. A Wolf Shifter Romance with murder and mystery surrounding two lovers as they learn about each other. Looking at their differences, how to live together, how to grieve together. A unit and family. You can PRE-ORDER HERE
Publishing 30th June 2020
Cy is an Alpha wolf-shifter, heir to his father’s pack. Cy is also gay, something his father won’t accept. In fact, he’s already lined up a female mate for him. A woman Cy hates.
Cy found his true mate ten years prior. He waited and watched, praying for salvation.
Rylan Jessop is from the other sides of the tracks. Not good enough for the elite of the pack. A university graduate due to a scholarship, Rylan returns home and accepts a date with Cy. They mate. At first, Rylan is horrified, he wanted other things from life.
Mated, he finds himself loving Cy and taking a stand against Cy’s father who is furious. Cy takes the lead and their adventure begins as they travel across America to Canada, learning to love and getting to know each other.
Will they get their ‘Happy Ever After’?
This is the first novella in a series called ‘Forever Mine’. Mature content due to a new relationship. LGBT Erotic.
I’m British born and bred, although I have lived most of my life in New Zealand. Sweet as? (Kiwi Saying) I love New Zealand, the best little country in the world today, though I’m sure others will have different opinions.
First and foremost, I am a wife and mother of four children, though we lost our youngest 17 years ago. My husband and I have been married for 28 years this year. Our two eldest daughters are in the UK having their OE (Overseas Experience as they call them in Kiwiland). My son is about to start university to study architecture.
This will be the first time my husband and I will have true freedom to do as we wish, when we wish, without the phrase “Get a room” from the kids with our reply of “Don’t need one. Got a house.” And that was just about kissing…lol. Kids these days!
I am a Family History Researcher and have been for the past twenty years. I fell into writing in 2012 and became a multi-genre author because the muses…yeah more than one…wouldn’t shut the up. I have published over thirty books and have over a hundred drafts on my computer. My main genres are Children’s Adventure Stories, Young Fantasy, Young Adult Fantasy, New Adult Murder Mystery Romance under my own name. Under my pen name of Beth Bayley, I write Contemporary Billionaire Romance (reverse aka the woman is the billionaire) as well as a set of Mythical Welsh stories. I also have one wayward muse who I call Chloe King, who is an Erotic Author. Pain in the…and a nympho. Meanwhile, I’ll stay prudish, thanks.
In 2014 I established up my own Publishing Company called Plaisted Publishing House Ltd, which now runs Author Services for Formatting, Editing and Book Covers. We’ve helped over forty clients in various different ways. We also do Family History Books and Ghostly Anthologies.
I do wish the days of coloured hardbacks would return and get rid of the silly paperback covers which have to be so brilliant to get anyone to buy your book. I didn’t need an image on a cover to read a good book. I read the blurb/synopsis at the library or bookstore and …well read the book.
Now it’s all graphic design and it has to be a certain type for each book to be a winner and get sales. I hate this and I’ll tell you why. I personally don’t want to see naked male chests on my book covers. It’s not me. The reader should be reading the story because of the enticing synopsis on the back.
A lovely person gave me the link to Amazons top 100 books for a certain genre…it also linked into the top 100 FREE Books and since I was experimenting, I decided to do with five of the FREE books to see what I thought. I downloaded on the cover alone. Then read the synopsis…and then the story. OMG!!
Why would an author pay out hundreds for the perfect book cover and not an editor or interior book designer? All five stories had issues. One was all over the place with first-person mixed with third person, etc. Another had what looked like huge chunks left out or not written in the first place, a third one was a bear shifter story, it was cool, fun and funny and by the time I got to the end I realised the Main Character had not shifted once in the story. Sex scenes in another were much to be desired.
Now to my own books. My book covers aren’t great, they are ok and I do update and change them as well, especially if I have the money to spare. However, I do try and get the editing sorted and the interior design…I’m pedantic about interiors. It has to be as perfect as I can get it and it’s my day time job to do this. I love formatting.
As for the stories. Well most people I know who have read them, usually say ‘I want more’ or ‘When’s the next book out’ or even ‘You’re going to continue…’ I’m good with dialogue and I try to not be too boring with the background.
What I’m really asking is, would you prefer to buy a book with a fab cover and a wonky story or…read the synopsis and get a good story with a not so good cover?
Here in New Zealand, the Covid 19 Pandemic is OVER...for now at least. We are back to our new normal except our borders are closed to everyone but New Zealand citizens and permanent residents.
What is the new normal going to look like? Makes one wonder. Well, we all know there is going to be unemployment due to closures. It was expected in many areas. What wasn’t expected was the streamlining of big business, many of which are foreign-owned?
What do I mean by streamlined? Well… many of those essential workers and essential support workers and staff who worked through Covid 19, plus many who didn’t are finding themselves being made REDUNDANT...including my husband who worked through the pandemic until today where officially we are back on our NEW NORMAL. Charming isn’t it.
What big business noticed is that they could run their companies with less staff and still stay open and make a profit. In other words, we don’t need you anymore and we’re going to cut costs and make your job void. The company my husband worked for isn’t the only one doing this and yes they are all thinking they are business savvy by saving a few bucks.
My thinking as a small company owner… IDIOTS, we will have an upturn in the economy and those you got rid of won’t want to work for you, they won’t want to buy your products either. Many will start their own companies. Meanwhile, big business is going to get bitten in the butt with this.
Small companies are now banding together and building their own brands, supporting each other, helping each other get an income they can live off.
If there is anyone out there who is starting a company in marketing then we need to start supporting each other to gain traction and grow while we can. Assisting our Author and Family History Clients and being an Author is hard work with low pay at the best of times. I know I need to grow and bring in more clients to do this. My business survives because I’m stubborn and I like helping others. I also know I don’t charge enough for my services and do things for FREE. It is what it is.
I’m now looking at re-training in an area I can earn an income I can live off. My writing and publishing may need to be part-time. A hobby, unless something happens soon. I really don’t fancy living in a car and this is something we could be facing in the not too distant future if we don’t get jobs. Like most other countries, government benefits aren’t enough to live off in any shape or form. Been there done that a few times over the last thirty years.
I’d like to introduce you to my new employee. Please welcome Oxford Bear.
Oxford was born…bought on my 40th birthday while I was visiting Oxford in England. I’d been given a small teddy bear by my young children and sadly lost it. So with it being my birthday, I bought Oxford. He travelled everywhere with me. Still does. Though I’m slowing down now so I gave Oxford a job and he’s taken over my chair. Luckily I still have my desk.
I would sit in my recliner though Nero the cat seems to have decided it is his. He wasn’t happy to have his photo taken this time either. I must find a decent one. Where to sit. Well, Oxford and I came to a decision to share the chair. During his off time, he’s decided to sit on top of the printer instead. He doesn’t look overly impressed but never mind. If he wants to be in my office, then he needs to take his chances.
Meanwhile, I’m hoping he may help me with my marketing. You never know, he could help just by holding a client’s book or pretending to read it. I’ll let you know how it goes. First things first. I need to order some author copies for him to hold.