Friday 11 March 2022

How to get started as an indie author, as told by award winning author Sarah Jane Butfield

Have you ever thought about becoming an indie author, self-publishing, and how to get started? 

If so, then these self-help authors' guides which are based on award-winning independent author Sarah Jane Butfield's personal experiences will help to get you started.

The What, Why, Where, When, Who & How

Book Promotion Series

What reviewers have to say:

Book 1 The Accidental Author: Free to read!

"It's like we are having a valuable conversation with a friend who knows what she's talking about, rather than being instructed from on high."
"I think Ms. Butfield can add mentor, inspirational speaker, cheerleader and eternal optimist to her lists of credentials. As I devoured the words of this book, I felt a kinship to the author on a personal and professional level. With a kind and open heart she shares the gold nuggets of her wisdom and experience."

Book 2 The Amateur Authorpreneur:

"In this guide to the What, Why, When, Where, Who and How of self-publishing, Sarah Jane Butfield really gets down to the nitty-gritty. She begins with a general, and very useful outline of the needs of a new writer trying to promote their book, and then she goes on to the first few items on her list and examines each of them in detail, especially Twitter, Facebook, and blogs. I have been a published writer for several years now and have read a good many books and blog posts about promoting books, but none of them have covered so much ground so clearly as this one."
"Sarah Jane is a very talented writer and I now have all the books that she has written so far. This book gives you a boost and makes you think outside the box. An amazing book and well worth a read."

Book 3 The Intermediate Authorpreneur:

ARC Readers said:
"This guide is just what I needed to set my goals for the future"
"I am awe of what an indie author has to know and do on a daily basis, as a reader I applaud you all."
"A valuable guide and essential reading for all new authors or those that need to refocus their social media presence."
"The evidence-based graphs and statistics were a nice, reassuring touch. Sarah definitely keeps it real."

Let's find out a little more about indie author Sarah Jane Butfield

Sarah Jane Butfield was born in Ipswich and raised in rural Suffolk, UK. Sarah Jane is a mother, grandmother, Registered General Nurse and internationally published, award-winning independent author. Married three times with four children, three stepchildren, four grandchildren, and two playful Australian Cattle dogs she is an experienced modern-day mum to her 'Brady Bunch', and she loves every minute of their convoluted lives. Known as the 'roving Florence Nightingale,' Sarah Jane has had a successful career as a nurse and utilised her nursing qualifications and experience to take her across the world in the pursuits of her dreams. 

She is the successful author of a travel memoir series set in Australia and France. 

Glass Half Full: Our Australian Adventure, 

Two dogs and a suitcase: Clueless in Charente  

Our Frugal Summer in Charente 

This series s regularly found high in the Amazon rankings. 

Categories include Parenting, Grief, Christian faith, Step-parenting, Travel, Cooking, Gardening, and France. 

In addition, Sarah Jane has also written the first three books in a series of self-help literature for aspiring and new self-published authors.

Sarah Jane's nursing memoirs aptly titled, The Nomadic Nurse Series, consisting of Ooh Matron! and Bedpans to Boardrooms have won 3 book industry awards and have attracted 5-star reviews from the publishing industry and readers around the world. 

Sarah Jane loves to interact with her readers so feel free to connect on social media:

Twitter @SarahJanewrites 

Facebook - Author Sarah Jane Butfield

Instagram - sarah_jane_rukia.publishing

Tuesday 15 February 2022

Making the magic happen by Sarah Jane Butfield


Author and Freelance blogger
Sarah Jane is 
Making the magic happen

Hello and welcome to news of my latest challenge to improve my motivation, it's the #the100dayproject

Take a look at how I am going to achieve my writing goals with 100 days of accountability. #the100dayproject is not just for writers, this can be applied to small changes you want to make in your life or health and well-being.
Make a 100-day commitment to do or change something and let's check in on each other to provide support and encouragement.
Drop a comment below to say what you are changing or doing differently for 100 days and if you have a link to a page, Instagram Facebook or Twitter feel free to pop it in the comments!


Lindsay Jean Thomson for the idea related to global art that inspired me.
I am sure we can make this bigger by applying it to lifestyle, business, health, etc 😍

My 100-day project is to write every day, a minimum of 100 words (my personal aim is 1000 words) for my blogs or current work in progress, which is book 3 in The Nomadic Nurse Series

If you would like to join me and share your progress comment below so that I can follow you and your progress and share it on social media for you.

You can subscribe to #The100DayProject at

Day one for me was yesterday and 564 words were added to my work in progress plus a couple of social media posts.

Good luck everyone... Let's do this!

Thanks for reading and take care,

Sarah Jane

Saturday 9 October 2021

The Killer on the Heath #Mystery #NewRelease #99cent #sale by Karen Mossman

A woman is dead, and another is missing. The only person who can save her is Cassie.

With no clues and time running out, her brother, Detective Newbold, desperately needs her help. He is counting on Cassie’s clairvoyant and empathic abilities to locate Chantelle.

When Chantelle’s brother, Pedro, seeks out a psychic for help, he meets and falls for Cassie. Though he wants answers, neither Cassie nor Detective Newbold can give any, which complicates their relationship. To make matters worse, his overbearing mother adds further damage with her meddling.

Meanwhile, the killer has been caught, but he refuses to talk. Now, it’s up to Cassie to read the signs and rescue her lover’s sister.

Will she find the answers in time?


Available as a paperback and on Kindle Unlimited


The Killer on the Heath is the first of a forthcoming trilogy.


Meet Cassie, the main protagonist in a character interview on the blog of J. M. Northup

‘He could be anywhere, I realised. He might be striding down this very street, seemingly normal. That’s what made him even more dangerous. He could be choosing another victim from the crowd while everyone else just thought him to be a regular guy. They wouldn’t know what he’s done, or the life he’s taken for his own gratification.’


‘I considered how and why people could be so cruel to each other.  When I’d asked Seb, he’d said, “Not everyone’s wired the same.  Some people think what they’re doing is okay.”
“How is that possible?” I’d asked him. 
“Take Plinth,” he continued, “being brought up by parents who didn’t give a damn and mistreated him set the stage for the man he’d become. He didn’t have a proper standard to compare to, and the power he enjoyed only reaffirmed his beliefs.”’


‘“You can stop that right now!” A shrill voice crashed into us, throwing us apart guiltily. His mother stood in the doorway, disapproval written all over her face. For a fraction of a second, her eyes lingered on my chest where my nipple stood erect. Once more she had caught me in a compromising position. I felt like a child being found doing something I shouldn’t. What is it with this woman? Couldn’t she have waited until we returned?!’


‘The original short story was born in 2018. I liked it, and wrote another and another. I soon had a collection of short stories.’


The Killer on the Heath is published by Norns Triad Publications and was introduced to the world in September.

Watch and listen to the  author read an exciting excerpt from her book.


October 3rd to the 9th in honour of Mystery Week we are offering the book at the knock down price of 99p.


About Karen

Spending most of her life in the big city of Manchester, Karen and her husband moved to Anglesey, a small island off the north Wales coast. Along with their two dogs, she enjoys the freedom of the countryside and beaches that surround her.

Karen is also an avid reader and reviews every book she reads. On her website she also has two features - Pictures Telling Stories and About a book. And in keeping with the title – Magic of Stories, Karen believes in telling yarns in different ways. Check out the Magic Posts on her website.

If you would like a book featured in any of these, simply purchase The Killer on the Heath and send a copy of the receipt to and let her know which you would like. She will then send you the form to complete.


Link up with Karen on Social Media Where She Posts About – Anglesey, Books, Crafts and Dogs






YouTube - Magic of Stories

Wednesday 27 January 2021

It's time to face the music . . . #NewRelease #ebook #Series sale

Cory's Flight

New Release

Publication date : February 23, 2021

Cory's Flight: Facing the Music

A couple of bad decisions…

…and he was the perfect one to frame for murder.

But who is out to get Cory?

It was true, his ex-manager, back in his pop music days, had stolen from him, and it made him mad. Words were exchanged and maybe a threat or two, but for Cory it was all bluster. He never thought it would come back to haunt him.

Now, he sat in a cell.

The evidence against might be enough to convict.

What was his next move?

Barney Tower, at age 50, was a high-priced lawyer and had a reputation for winning. People said he would do anything to get the job done. He knew it to be true. Barney was just the sort of guy Cory needed on his side. There’s just one thing he didn’t know.

His lawyer might be playing a different game.

Could Barney be trusted?

Should Cory run?

You’ll love this suspenseful thriller, because this frame job may be watertight and if Cory is going to prove he’s innocent, he just might have to change the rules.

Get it now.


Friday 23 August 2019

Michaela McPherson Mysteries - Book Tour and Giveaway #RPBP #IARTG #Giveaway #ASMSG

The Case of Dr. Dude
Michaela McPherson Mysteries Book 1
by Judith Lucci
Genre: Mystery, Thriller 

Someone Is Kidnapping And Trafficking Women

When a young woman disappears after a job interview at a well-known dentist’s office in Richmond, Virginia, retired homicide detective Michaela McPherson and Angel her retired police dog are pulled into a crime that goes far beyond a missing person case. With the help of her close friend, the aging Countess Dorothy Borghase, and Richmond police, McPherson dives in.

Could Human Trafficking Really Be A Problem In The United States?

This case pits McPherson and her companions against evil and greed armed with tentacles that span continents and generations. Russian mobsters are in America, kidnapping girls to auction off to the highest bidder in the international black market. Is there any hope of stopping an underground operation that extends so far and wide?

The Case of Dr. Dude is a thrilling ride that will keep you hooked from beginning to end.

The Case of the Dead Dowager
Michaela McPherson Mysteries Book 2

A Team Of Serial Killers Is On The Loose, Hunting Children, Women And The Elderly

Retired homicide detective Michaela McPherson and the aging Countess Dorothy Borghase team up again”"this time to match wits with two serial killers stalking children, women and the elderly.
When Dottie Borghase's friend Camilla Rothrock collapses at a lunch gathering of old friends, the countess's only concern is to dial 911 for help. But Camilla's subsequent death has authorities buzzing about international safety and retaliation, because her son is decorated U.S. Army General Stuart Rothrock.

What Price Must The City Pay To Keep Its Citizens Safe?

As other restaurant patrons in Richmond meet similar fates, Michaela and Dottie join forces with the Richmond Police and the FBI to track down the pair of heinous murderers. But in order to catch the killers, they will put their own lives and the lives of others in in serious jeopardy.

Will McPherson and Borghase make it out of this one alive?

The Case of the Man Overboard
Michaela McPherson Mysteries Book 3

Two Murders, A Man Overboard, And A Run-in With Big Pharma And Organised Crime

After an intense year of solving crime in their home town of Richmond, Virginia, Michaela, Dottie and retired canine Angel, travel to Europe to spend much needed leisure time at the Borghase Estate outside of Rome. Unfortunately, their plans are upended by a series of catastrophes.

A Vacation From Hell

A luxury cruise around the Mediterranean culminates their trip and becomes a nightmare as Mic and Dottie investigate an American pharmaceutical company's release of a 'dirty' drug. The threesome meet up with lethal, dangerous and heinous criminals from their past and the cruise becomes a living hell.
How do you commit murder on a cruise ship while at sea and get away with it when there's nowhere to run?

Wall Street Journal Bestselling author Judith Lucci does it again with this third installment in the Gold-Medal Winning Michaela McPherson Crime Series! There is something for everyone in this story. Murder, mystery, humor---another great read by Judith Lucci!

The Case of the Very Dead Lawyer
Michaela McPherson Mysteries Book 4

A Dead Lawyer’s Body is an Instrument of Terror

Michael St. John never lost a criminal case. He wasn’t a nice guy. He cheated his clients, destroyed criminal evidence, paid off judges, and ran around on his wife. He was an albatross around the neck of the Richmond Police Department. The District Attorney’s office loathed him until they found his mutilated corpse – one lovely fall morning - after an unusual outburst in Court the day before. Little did they know that Attorney St. John’s body was key evidence in far more heinous crimes.

The Case of the Missing Parts
Michaela McPherson Mysteries Book 5


Michaela's love interest and Dottie's nemesis, Lieutenant Slade McKane, and the Richmond Police are puzzled by multiple murders where young victims are missing parts of their body. When a beautiful young mother turns up dead at a downtown hotel, the action escalates. Meantime, Michaela and Dottie, along with wonder dog Angel, investigate funeral home fraud only to learn more about mortuary science that they ever wanted to know

Missing Parts may be the best Michaela McPherson yet! It’s a powerhouse read!”

**Pre-order for only .99 cents!!**

Judith Lucci is a Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Amazon Best Selling author who loves to kill people - which is totally opposite what she's spent her life doing. "I love to think of heinous ways to dispose of people - sometimes a lot of people- but it must be creative. I don't use guns very often but rather rely on my medical background and research to figure out the best way to get the job done. Bullets are just too easy. I'm sure a psychiatrist would have a ball trying to figure out why someone who spent her life caring for people and saving lives, now spends hours each day in the creative pursuit of murder."

Dr. Lucci is a Gold Medal Winner for Best Sleuth 2017 for The Case of Dr. Dude, the first book in the Michaela McPherson Series and another Gold Medal for Best Political Thriller in 2017 for Viral Intent, the third book in the Alexandra Destephano medical thriller series. Her third Michaela McPherson mystery won a silver medal in 2018 for Best Sleuth. She's has contributed to numerous anthologies, some of which are currently available on Amazon. She has recently claimed the prestigious status of a Wall Street Journal best selling author. She is also a USA Today best selling author. Her Cozy Mystery series, Artsy Chicks, is set at Massanutten Resort in the Virginia mountains where she and several other artists and the local medical examiner, solve mysteries of deaths that occur at the resort.

Lucci's thrillers are a fast-paced, riveting reads that offer readers believable drama, memorable characters and true suspense. Her books are described as 'unputdownable."

Judith was born and educated in Virginia where she holds graduate and doctoral degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Virginia. She is also the author of numerous academic and health-related articles and documents.

Follow the tour HERE for exclusive content and a giveaway!

Tuesday 14 May 2019

#Facebook Event Alert! Join us for fun games, giveaways and entertainment! #Indie #IARTG #Bookboost #ASMSG @SarahJaneWrites

Do No Harm is an extraordinary, limited collection of medical thrillers written by USA Today, Wall Street Journal and Amazon best-selling authors. Come join the authors for a chance to win prizes!
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Sunday 31 March 2019

HUGE BOOK SALE! Entertaining and Insightful Reading! #99cent #booksale #RPBP #ASMSG @JohnSearancke via @rukiapublishing

A rescue mission originally thought of as lasting for a year or two turned into a 35 year lifetime love affair with a beautiful old building.

There were to be battles royal with neighbours not wanting their status quo to be altered, and with the local fire authority who sought to impose draconian new safety measures. 
John Searancke came to the role of hotelkeeper almost accidentally, and most definitely with much reluctance. After his parents’ marriage fell apart, he was dragooned in, at the age of 22, to pick up the pieces of their new venture, a barely-trading country house hotel that had, frankly, seen better days. Not only was it posting an annual loss, but the fabric of the building was crumbling and there was no money left to make improvements. 
Over the years, and with the steepest of learning curves, the grand old building was renovated and transformed to meet the requirements of the modern discerning traveller. Accolades for the hotel and its restaurant were won; together they became a well-regarded destination for a number of celebrities – and those that deemed themselves to be celebrities but were not. Stories abound featuring idiosyncratic guests, overbearing public bodies, fractured family life and animals of all shapes and sizes. The local fire station next door was demolished one foggy night, people were frightened by flying dogs and snakes in the long grass, and there were, as befits a country house, strange goings on in the night. Many were the guests who checked in who really should not have been seen together. 

This is a tribute to all the people behind the scenes who helped to make the hard-won transformation into a great success.

Now Available in wide distribution!

Meanwhile, for my part, I recalled the tale of how one morning, on the way to the new kitchen, and walking through what remained of the old original hotel kitchen, I thought that I had been transported into another lifetime, a cross between Dante’s Inferno and a Victorian Christmas. I had stopped dead in my tracks.

There at the far end of the room was an unrecognisable person covered almost entirely in feathers. Any feathers not attached to that person were swilling around the room like a cloud, all but obscuring the far doorway, before landing softly to form a light covering on the floor tiles, much as I imagine the interior of a duvet to be.

On closer inspection, the mystery person turned out to be my mother! What had got into her mind I do not know, but she had, unbeknownst to anyone else, decided that her contribution to that particular Christmas was going to be the plucking of all of the pheasants that had just been delivered. Swooping on the box of birds and snatching them away from the hapless potboy, she maneuvered herself into a spare space, which happened to be adjacent to the top of a chest freezer. Clearly, tidiness was not going to be her watchword during this process. Feathers were pulled out, legs and heads were chopped off with gay abandon, and finally, the right hand was plunged into the bloody interior, emerging clutching a large handful of intestines, slimy heaps of which adorned the top of the freezer. Cleaning up after her was a bit of a trial, but I was glad that she had made the effort. I suppose that she could identify that with long bygone times and tasks that she had undertaken all those years ago.

"The Reluctant Hotelkeeper by John Searancke is an engaging memoir that takes readers into the life of the author who ended up reluctantly being a hotelkeeper, and how his rescue mission ended up being a love affair with an old building. His parents had bought the place in the countryside to save their crumbling marriage, and the author was pulled into this venture when he was just 22. The role of a hotelkeeper is not as easy as many think because the reality of life in a hotel is very different, and the hours required to make it a success are punishing. The memoir is also a tribute to all the people who worked behind the scenes and helped in making this grand transformation a huge success.

The memoir is straightforward and honest, entertaining and insightful, and the author opens up about the difficulties he faced, and how he managed to keep his faith in long-term planning. There are a lot of interesting stories about eccentric guests, how many guests who checked in should not have been seen together at all, and how it ended up being one of the favored stops for a number of celebrities. The author goes through the entire process, speaking about transforming the hotel methodically and in detail, taking readers along with him and his experiences while getting the old building renovated to cater to the needs of a modern traveler. There is not one boring moment in this memoir and the positive narration and outlook make this memoir an encouraging and motivating read. The author's story and experiences are enriching, and the ups and downs of his life and the accolades he received for the hotel and its restaurant will encourage many readers out there to become hotelkeepers."Readers' Favorite(Mamta Madhavan)
‘Many years after the deaths of my parents, my aunt handed me a box filled with letters that my father had written to my mother over the period from 1940 to 1945. This was the starting point of a journey for me to rediscover the father I had never really known...’ 

This is the story of John Searancke’s parents, told mostly from the side of his father, Eddie Searancke, from the time of his calling up in early 1940 to his release from a prisoner of war camp in Germany in 1945, thence his return to England to try to pick up the pieces of his old life. Nothing could ever be quite the same afterwards. 

The letters take readers through five captivating years, telling of the ups and downs, the plots and counterplots, as Eddie rose through the ranks to end his war as a captain, elevated to that rank in the field as his troops faced the formidable might of the SS Panzers. The letters also reveal where his battle came to an abrupt end, in an orchard surrounded by the enemy and captured after a series of bloody skirmishes as the British army spearheaded its way from the beaches of Normandy. The journey as a prisoner across France and Germany in a truck, with comrades dying each day, may be as hard to read as it is to tell, particularly when a new life and new harsh rules had to be learned and rigidly enforced in a prison camp in northern Germany, the final destination. 

This is written as part memoir, part fictionalised retelling and partly in letter format; John draws together all sources to recreate the five years of war and hardship that the letters span.

Available in wide distribution:
On the brink of retirement, John and his wife Sally are determined to end a life at the grindstone in grimy and wet Lancashire. Together with their beloved Jack Russell/Staffie cross, Freddie, a rescue dog from the local RSPCA, they embark on the journey of a lifetime and relocate to the island of Tenerife. 

Selling up, they make the move to the north of Tenerife, a part almost unknown to the casual tourist – their very own hidden paradise, a world away from the 'tourist trap' that is the south of the island. Relaxed and surrounded by stunning coastal views, life in their new home, set amidst orange groves and banana plantations, is very different indeed! The weather is fantastic, the temperature idyllic, the people so friendly and the cost of living outrageously low… what more could they ask for? 
Adjusting to life abroad, and all of the costs that come with it, are explained in the book – from buying a new home and sorting out living taxes, to integrating into the local community and taking the dreaded Spanish driving test. Follow John and Sally as they learn a new language and take on a couple of new hobbies, while Freddie takes off on some unbelievable (but true!) exploits with his new canine friends. 
With a colourful collection of characters, travelling anecdotes that stretch from the English Midlands and all the way through mainland Spain in an old classic car, and some not so perfect moments that bring us back down to earth from time to time, this is a series of adventures that you will not want to miss. 
Dog Days In The Fortunate Islands is an ideal read for those contemplating retirement, moving to the Canary Islands or an extended trip through Spain. The book will also appeal to any dog lovers and holidaymakers who enjoy an interesting story. 

Available in wide disribution:

To learn more about John Searancke