Monday, 23 January 2012

The joys of a good book.

There is nothing better than curling up with a good  book in a quiet room and relaxing. You may think that,as I embrace wholeheartedly the advent of electronic books, I think that good old print books are on the wane.
Not so! For many, an e-reader provides some flexibility and more opportunities for reading.
Why do I say this? At a book event a while ago, someone who had bought the first Just Us Two book was pleased to hear that our titles are available on Kindle with other formats coming out. It was easy to take to work and read in the lunch-time period.
This is a good example. Storage is easy and takes up little space.
One other important aspect of a reader is its flexibility. Print can be enlarged to suit:
1) without the embarrassment of asking for a large print book -if the book is even published in large print.
2)avoiding books with off-putting very small print.
The background can be changed so that if a white page for instance does not suit your eyes, it can be changed to sepia. It works the other way too. If you don't like a cream paper, an e-reader has a default white background.
They are great on holiday. Even if you like to get sun cream all over your favourite holiday reading, you can't deny that it is inconvenient having to put your cool drink down while you change a page and struggle to hold the book open.
And there is no glare. Unlike a computer screen - yes you can have e-books on your PC - sunshine does not affect an e-reader.
We all know how strict the airlines are about luggage allowance, even hand luggage. An e-reader will fit into a jacket pocket or bag.
I read a lot of articles from newspapers and blogs on-line,mainly on my compact Net book. It is so handy to sit in a comfy chair and follow Twitter and Face book links.Glare in the sunshine outside though is a drawback, as I said earlier.
So on the grounds of choice and flexibility, yes I am sold on electronic formats. I do like to curl up with a print book though and physically turn the pages. But then I have a land line and mobile phone.I just use them in different circumstances.
One other thing. If people who have previously had a 'barrier' about reading,find that using a Kindle, iPad or Kobo for instance is actually enjoyable, then they are going to read more and start to explore that huge vat of information out there and perhaps progress to the print versions eventually. And that can only be a good thing. After all most of us are already reading electronically though Internet browsing. E-readers are another step up.

So #print #kindle #Kobo #nook #iPad/iPhone #Sony #Diesel #PC,  there is room for them all. Just tap in 'Rosalie Marsh' in the search box and don't forget that WHSmith have a direct link to the Kobo store and its apps for other devices!

Visit Rosalie Marsh page on Amazon US store, Amazon UK store
Rosalie xx

PS. Award winning Just Us Two:Ned and Rosie's Gold Wing Discovery 2nd Edition will be released on May 1st Same inspirational, hilarious story with a new jacket,new format and new lower price.In the same print and e-book formats as the sequel Chasing Rainbows:with Just Us Two
Contact me - for a clean signed copy of the first edition with award seal, while author stocks last, at a huge discount.£5 plus p+p

Friday, 13 January 2012

Now the Lifelong Learning Personal Effective Guides go electronic

2011 really was a busy year where I wrote about another subject close to my heart. Personal development. My website, Discover-Rosalie states: "My abiding ethos is that all should be able to develop and achieve their potential as a 'whole' person. This is the focus of a new series of Lifelong Learning:Personal Effectiveness Guides  published in 2011."
On September 1st, the first two in the series were published in print at £6.99GBP or $9.00USD and available on-line worldwide or from your local bookseller:
Lifelong Learning:A View From the Coal Face
Release Your Potential: Making Sense of Personal and Professional Development.
The print format (perfect bound soft cover) was followed swiftly on November 1st with electronic formats. To give my readers a wide choice, both books are available for download on: 
Amazon Kindle or Kindle Apps for most readers, Android and PC.(US .com, UK,, France .fr, Germany .de, Amazon stores) and Smashwords
Adobe Digital Digital Editions for readers and PC from e-retailers worldwide such as Diesel ebooks
ePub from Apple iTunes,  Barnes and Noble NookDiesel e-books, Sony e-book store,  Kobo and not forgetting that in the UK, Kobo have teamed up with WHSmith for downloading their e-books.
So with plenty of choice for your favourite reading method, curl up and shut out the cold why you read how you can take ownership of your learning and development to achieve your goals.
Release Your Potential in particular is reaching readers in both print and electronic format across the globe. At £2.99 GBP(incl VAT) or$3.99USD they certainly won't break the bank!

Rosalie xx

Reviews for Just Us Two series

2011 has been a good year for Just Us Two books as Chasing Rainbows:with Just Us Two hit the bookshelves in both print and ebook formats. It is the sequel to 2010 International Book Awards winning Just Us Two:Ned and Rosie's Gold Wing Discovery and the real ending to Rosie's Gold Wing story. 
What readers say:
"Not just for bikers"Chrisoula Sirigou, 
Inspiration for us all to motorcycle touring overseas
Editor Motorbike Search Engine on ‘Just Us Two:Ned and Rosie's Gold Wing Discovery’.
“Another great book by Rosalie Marsh that should not be missed. The flow of words employed to narrate it, is in itself most refreshing.” 
Joseph Abela, Author, on ‘Chasing Rainbows:with Just Us Two’ via Amazon.
Excellent ReadJust finished reading 'Just Us Two' by Rosalie Marsh. Rosalie's description of the countryside made be feel I on was on the motorbike, wind blowing through my hair and sun on my face. A book I will read again, and maybe again.
Jean Mead, Author, on Just Us Two:Ned and Rosie's Gold Wing Discovery’.via Amazon
“A celebration of life”. 
Paul. CalonFM on Just Us Two:Ned and Rosie's Gold Wing Discovery’.
“A gifted author who can bring her travels books alive. She has a wonderful sense of the ridiculous and her style as a raconteur means that the reader feels she is talking personally.”
Judith Sharman. Well-Tree-Learning on 'Just Us Two:Ned and Rosie's Gold Wing Discovery’. via Linked in.
“A great follow up to Just Us Two.”
Amazon reader, on ‘Chasing Rainbows:with Just Us Two.
"This new book by Rosalie Marsh is a heart-warming tale of two Born-Again Bikers and their adventures on their Gold Wing bike and then trike. It's a great read that'll make you smile and nod your head in appreciation and might even inspire you to get out there and do a bit of travelling yourself!"
Editor, Trike Magazine 04-09 on 'Just Us Two:Ned and Rosie's Gold Wing Discovery

Great book,"Hi Rosalie. I have seen other reviews of this book in particular by ............. My wife June and I have just returned having spent the weekend in Menorca. My reading material was your lovely book. I really enjoyed reading it and it brought to life places we visited on our Wing in 2007. Thanks for taking the time to put this all together. I finished reading your book on our return flight today high above the Pyrenees. I have to say I found the ending a little touching and I had to look out of the window as I suddenly got something in my eye. Cant wait to see the video. All the best and Thanks again for sharing." 
Paul Mann. Leeds. via Amazon

Dreams Do Come True"I have read this book and totally get it. Thoroughly enjoyed it and found it completely absorbing." Helen Appleby, Lancashire on 'Just Us Two:Ned and Rosie's Gold Wing Discovery via Amazon.

"What a beautiful read ! At times I felt there was another seat for me somewhere . With imagery like this in a book of fact I'm eagerly waiting another, fact or fiction." 
Amazon reader on Just Us Two:Ned and Rosie's Gold Wing Discovery via Discover-Rosalie website.

" I have had the privilege of reading your book and thought it was very good.I wish I could have had the opportunity you had of such an amazing trek on the back of a Gold Wing.I hope your book does very well for you as it is a fantastic story. Regards. Sandra Bangor Rugby Club. PS Give my love to Ned." on Just Us Two Ned and Rosie's Gold Wing Discovery via Discover-Rosalie website.

"Not just for bikers"Chrisoula Sirigou, 

Hitch a ride with Just Us Two and share their adventures.
Where to buy -download
Both books are available in print on-line worldwide or from your local bookseller. e-book formats on Kindle or Kindle Apps; for most readers.   Nook and e-retailers worldwide. Visit Rosalie's website for links.
Latest News** Chasing Rainbows  e-book can also be downloaded from Smashwords in most formats and direct from Apple iTunes Bookstore;Kobo,  Diesel ebooksSony e-bookstore
About the books:
Just Us Two:Ned and Rosie's Gold Wing Discovery. The first in the Just Us Two series 
He wanted a little bike to tinker with ... She had well-groomed hair and wore high heels ... Just Us Two: Ned and Rosie's Gold Wing Discovery is a romp through ten happy Gold Wing years of discovery, adventure and fun! The adventures start when Ned wanted something to tinker with after a number of years bike-less. Rosie pleaded: "If we buy a scooter will you travel? Will you brave the ferry? Will you? Can we? ... and bought a Honda 1100cc.They planned to visit Ireland to find Rosie's roots on what was to be a profound emotional journey of discovery. However fate took a hand and Rosie discovered a Honda Gold Wing sitting in a showroom waiting for them. Ned thought he had died and gone to heaven and they sailed off to Ireland two weeks later on what was to become known as Ned's 'baby'. Join Ned and Rosie and they go coast to coast in France and Spain; cross the French and Swiss Alps; follow the Champagne Route; ride through the sun scorched earth of the Sierras to follow a dream; brave torrential thunderstorms in the Andorran mountains, praying for safety as they ride into the unknown; ride in the intense heat into the 
Chasing Rainbows:with Just Us Two 
Chasing Rainbows is the sequel to Just Us Two:Ned and Rosie's Gold Wing Discovery and the real ending to Rosie's Gold Wing story.No longer able to ride, Rosie still has dreams to follow. But this time they are are not quite 'Just Us Two'. This time they are accompanied by a hidden controller. You know boys and their toys?.   
Lots of tongue-in-cheek humour from Rosie as she grabs every opportunity to stick pins into maps and says `Let's go . . .' A peek into Rosie's life as she pleads for maps instead of the hidden controller. You know boys and their toys?
Many reminiscences as `Just Us Two' re-visit beautiful County Mayo in Ireland where Rosie leaves her heart.
With photos, routes, historical and geographical facts to guide you, go Chasing Rainbows with Just Us Two as they return to awe-inspiring Andorra with their Gold Wing friends; discover the majestic French Alps and Spanish Pyrénées; retrace their steps through the Têt Valley and Central Massif, north to Versailles.
And then a strike almost stranded them in Paris . . . 
Where to buy -download
Both books are available in print on-line worldwide or from your local bookseller. 

E-book formats on Kindle or Kindle Apps; for most readers. Nook and e-retailers worldwide. Visit Rosalie's website for links.
Latest News** Chasing Rainbows  e-book can also be downloaded from Smashwords in most formats and direct from Apple iTunes Bookstore; Kobo , Diesel ebooksSony ebookstore

Rosalie xx