Monday, 28 November 2011

Fairytale Wonderland

What a wonderful day on Saturday for the Llay Park Youth Club Fairytale Wonderland. Christmas Fair.
The Resource Centre is fantastic and really does serve the community. The cafe, I believe, has become the hub of the village with its good food, cuppa and TV. The day was to raise money for the centre's activities. Sarah, the  Community Development Manager was a fantastic 'Good Witch' with her sparkly red shoes and jewel encrusted white dress, wand and tiara!
I dressed up as a pirate complete with moustache.   Mal Beer of Attitude Photography was busy clicking away for the official photographs. A few of us were in a room tucked away from the hurly nurly and had some good chats with aspiring authors, travellers, young people, Les, the Centre Manager also a pirate, and all.There was a stall from the League of Friends of the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital in Gobowen, Shropshire. This is famous worldwide for its orthopaedic work. At the moment they are raising money for e-readers and audio books for the patients in the spinal unit.

The turkey,stuffing and cranberry baguette was huge and fresh! The cafe there really does a good job as Len on Strictly would say!

Friday, 25 November 2011

Gearing up to Christmas

Christmas is coming and the goose is getting fat . .  so the nursery rhyme goes. well I have bought Christmas Cards and done most of the pressie shopping. Not sure what happened there, after all it is still only November.
After a busy week writing more on the Long Leg of Italy, I am still in Altomonte in Calabria. Re-lived the liquorice factory yesterday. It is amazing how those long strips we used to call 'boot laces' as a child, are made.  Well! Most unexpected.
A change of pace today as I had lots of preparation for my latest book event. This is tomorrow at the Llay Parc Resource Centre. A wonderful upgraded library/resource centre (computers and all sorts) and a cafe.
I have some special savings on offer  so do come along and solve some of those Christmas Present problems.
I have re-visited my Facebook Fan Page - at least I think that is what it is called. Anyway it is in addition to my normal page so if you click on the link at the side and go to it, could you 'Like' it for me? Thanks so much.

We will wind down tomorrow night by listening to our grandson James Thompson play his violin in the Wrexham Symphony Orchestra. It will be a contrast for him from playing his guitar with his band live on Calon FM in the morning!

Have a lovely weekend everyone. More chatter later.
Rosalie xx

Friday, 18 November 2011

Rosalie's Chatter: An electronically stretching time!

Rosalie's Chatter: An electronically stretching time!

An electronically stretching time!

Well, at last all electronic formats are up and running. Formatting for Kindle was one thing  they have their own specifications. Formatting for Smashwords was another. To be fair, I did follow their Style Guide when formatting for Kindle as it was so useful to know how to avoid pitfalls. Smashwords have a very clever piece of software which churns up the file into different formats so that virtually anyone can read on-line either on desktop or a reader. Very, clever. Follow the links to go to my page. All books are priced at $3.99 which is a bargain considering the work involved, not only in the formatting (the Lifelong Learning:Personal Effectiveness Guides have a quite specific layout which was challenging) but in the content as all books are full of valuable reference information. There are resource links to follow as well - all with a simple click of the mouse and free!

Hopefully, they will eventually find their way into the Premium Catalogue and be shipped to Apple iPad/iBooks, Nook, Sony Reader, Kobo,  for direct purchase but you can download now to these and and most e-reading apps including Stanza, Aldiko, Adobe Digital Editions, others, as well as to your Kindle or desktop from the Smashwords site.

It is important I feel to give readership as wide a choice as possible. I do not for a minute believe that e-books will replace print. Reports say that those with e-readers, actually read more. In my view, if someone gulps when they see a big fat book and turns away, or is not a confident reader, then seeing one page at a time like in bite-size chunks, can remove that barrier. Then if they start to want a physical book to keep or a signed copy, they can move on to that.

Being able to make font size larger is a huge plus. Who wants to go into a shop and ask for large print books? That's assuming that the one you want to read comes in large print. Important to retain dignity and independence.

So after all this tweaking and uploading, Chasing Rainbows:with Just Us Two, Lifelong Learning: A View from the Coal Face and Release Your Potential:Making Sense of Personal and Professional Development now give you more reading choice than ever.


PS. Finished off the week with my first visit to a WiRE event and had a leisurly ride home accompanied by sunshine and ClassicFM. Now back to more on the Long Leg of Italy. I am in the toe at present.


Wednesday, 9 November 2011

The Leader - News from Wrexham & Flintshire - Wrexham marina supporters urged to attend public meeting

The Leader - News from Wrexham & Flintshire - Wrexham marina supporters urged to attend public meeting

Wind down day and thoughts of a fairytale costume!

A wind-down day today after a busy few weeks of book events, formatting books  for different e-book formats. Spent some time this morning replenishing marketing materials etc ready for the next book events. 
This will be at the Llay Park Resource CentreLlay Park Resource Centre Llay,Wrexham. This resource centre is absolutely brilliant and if that is how our hard-earned tax money is spent - then carry on. We went down a few weeks ago to put up posters for the Waterstone's book event  in Wrexham and what a surprise we had. Not only a Library, there is a wonderful cafe with good wholesome food and a TV to watch while you eat your Big Breakfast or other meal. There are rooms for other activities as well and the cafe has, I believe, become the hub of the village. 
To cut a long story short, Sarah, the Community Development Manager, asked if I would like to have a stall at their Christmas Fair on Saturday November 26th from 11am - 4pm.. The theme this year is Fairytale Wonderland. Being a fairy is out. Well, I mean! Playing safe, I think I will be a pirate. I have a long sash from my pedal pushers; boots; a floaty baggy shirt. Just need to look for a pirate's hat etc.
Rosalie xx

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Another good day in Petrolheads

A busy evening last Friday at Petrolheads Roadside cafe in Bagillt, North Wales. We met old friends and readers old and new. It was Biker's Night and the cafe was busy in spite of the rain. We were back there on Sunday for our monthly Gold Wing meeting.
Pictured - Mandy,Bill and Allen 'Ned' putting the world to rights in a corner!

Lovely to chat about e-books as well.
 My three latest titles Chasing Rainbows with Just Us Two and the new Self Development series are now available for even more formats. PDF Adobe from on-line retailers worldwide. EPUB for iPAD,Sony,Diesel,Kobo, Nook;Mobi for Kindle and others from Smashwords.

Like Amazon Kindle there are downloadable free samples. At $3.99 USD they are a steal, especially as there is so much valuable information inside. That converts to about £2.99 GBP incl.VAT. Yes - there is VAT on electronic books in the UK but still a bargain.