Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves – #Fantasy Demon Tracker: 3rd book in ‘The Council Of Twelve’ series by A.J. Alexander #Pre-order – Written By Sally Cronin

This week I was a guest on Sally Cronin’s Smorgasbord Blog with Demon Tracker:

Delighted to share the news of the release of Demon Tracker: 3rd book in ‘The Council Of Twelve’ series by A.J. Alexander which is on pre-order at $2.48/£1.98 until April 30th.

N.B – If you are a blogger and could help out Aurora Jean with her book blog tour between May 2nd – May 17th then please contact her directly: Blog Tour Support



10 Data Sources That Self-publishing Authors Should Update Before Year End

Chris, The Story Reading Ape, published an extract of Debbie Young’s blog post about a list self publishing authors need to update end of the year. Thank you Chris – and thank you Debbie! This is very useful!

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Extract from an article by Debbie Young on Self Publishing Advice Site:


As indie authors, whenever we launch a new book, we spend a lot of time and effort choosing and inputting marketing-friendly metadata about our new books on our accounts with our chosen distributors, such as CreateSpace, KDP, Ingram Spark, and Draft2Digital.

However, it’s easy to forget to update other records about our books and ourselves that if regularly revised will help boost our sales.

With the year end approaching, now’s a good time to take stock and get tweaking. Here’s a checklist to start you off.

Update Before Year End

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Modernizing Brother Grimm’s Fairy Tales

Today I’ve been cleaning and found an old book with Grimm’s fairy tales, a memory of my childhood. I opened it and read a bit, trying to remember each fairy tale.


Later while continuing to clean up I was trying to figure out whether these fairy tales still would work with today’s children. And I concluded with a clear “no”.

Why not?

Well, because of today’s children and their attitude, technical progress, beauty makeovers etc.


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Let me explain: 

Hansel and Gretel find themselves in the middle of a forest with no cell phones and GPS and are stumbling around. Do you actually believe they’d get trapped in a gingerbread house? I personally would expect they’d rather be tempted by a drive-in with burgers and fries.


Or Red Riding Hood? Helloooo!! Mom asks: “Please, daughter, go and bring your sick grandma that cake and wine.” The girl would answer: “No way, Mom. I’ve got a Facebook Party this afternoon.”

The poor wolf is very likely to wait forever…

Nowadays Teenagers don’t move their butt anymore to visit their grandmother (unless to get money for their latest iTunes-order… but that’s another story…)


How about Rapunzel? The prince climbing up to her would fall down and break his neck. Why? She’s got extensions…


The Sleeping Beauty? She’s sleeping for years! I doubt a prince would take the effort and fight through everything protecting her just for a kiss? I don’t think so. Not after he’s got dating sites to get his dream girl. I guess it’s more likely the IRS is kissing her awake to ask why she stopped paying taxes!


I really like the idea of modernizing Grimm’s fairy tales somehow. Any ideas? Let me hear them, please.