The Ruby of Egypt – Christmas Book Trailer

SUNDAY 23RD NOVEMBER 2014

It’s a fairly mild November night and the smell of Christmas cake lingers in the Wilford household.

Yep, I’ve attempted to bake a Christmas cake.

For those who know me, baking is not one of my strong points. Neither is running but I’m conquering that nemesis too.

So as I’m feeling festive (I discovered Smooth Xmas FM this morning and watched Elf this evening) I thought I’d briefly pop my head into the blogging world  to show you my Christmas Book Trailer for ‘The Ruby of Egypt’.

Apologies for my absence of late but the current day job takes up more time and energy than I first anticipated. I hope to be back to writing and blogging again come the new year.

But for now …

The Ruby Of Egypt

Love Missuswolf xxx

Happy Third Birthday Blog!

SATURDAY 23rd AUGUST 2014

It’s three years ago today since I made myself comfortable on my corner sofa in our little flat, fired up the laptop and created Missuswolf’s StoryLand.

Blogging

We’d not long been back from a fabulous holiday in Mexico, where I’d been a bridesmaid to one of my best friends. Despite the high of that holiday, I’d come home to discover there was trouble in my parents’ paradise. That August, I was also in my third month of being redeployed into a job working shifts in a role that I didn’t want to be in.

Seventy ThousandBut it gave me the time to focus on my reading and writing, and so this blog really did become my world – my distraction. I’d always read books, usually a couple of chapter’s a night before bed. I found that I started to read a lot more and used books as a form of Ruby Competitionescapism.

It gave me the drive to self publish the paperback version of ‘The Ruby of Egypt’ in December 2011. The kindle version shortly followed in January 2012.

That year, I wrote the first draft of my novel ‘Little Miss Pooshoe’ in January and February, attended creative writing classes at the local high school (which became my Creative Writing Café feature), joined Melissa Foster’s Awesome Support Team #GoTeamPIF in the September and my nephew was born in the October. During all of this, the author interview feature ‘Cuppa and a Catch-Up’ was born. It was a hard year as my parents separation became final.

Go Team PIF2013 was a busy year – after eight years of waiting we finally managed to sell our flat and buy our house. This left little time for writing. It wasn’t for the want of trying – I did try to complete NaNoWriMo in the November however there was too much to do around the house and general day-to-day life got in the way. On a positive note, it gave me the makings of a Science Fiction novel ‘The Arm of Northumberland’ which is a longstanding WIP. It’s a story I need to tell as it all stemmed from an Cuppa and a Catch up picextremely vivid dream …

Oh – and Ruby’s book trailer was created in February 2013.

Ruby of Egypt Cover 2013The Ruby of Egypt was also revised and revamped with a new cover, courtesy of Carl Harvey.

The start of 2014 was a struggle as my working lifestyle really did get me down. Fast forward to August and I’ve got a new job, two new nieces, set up my own freelance writing business and I’m now ghost-writing a historic novel for a family member. My parents sold the family home yesterday and officially went their separate ways – which all seems so fitting now.

 

Life has a funny way of just falling into place.

Today, I had the wonderful surprise of meeting up with my grandparents (from Nottingham) whose mystery tour bus holiday they were on brought them to Gateshead.Freelance Bus Cards

The last three years have been a chapter of my life that have moulded me. There’s been difficult times but there has also been really good times. I’ve surrounded myself with other people’s stories by constantly immersing myself in books. Looking back I’m proud of the work that I’ve accomplished. Here’s to the next three years and what opportunities they may bring.

So thank you for reading and thank you Charity Rattiner for pointing me in the direction of wordpress.

This really has been Missuswolf’s StoryLand.

Love Missuswolf xxx

 

 

As one Chapter closes on my life, so another opens …

WEDNESDAY 16th JULY 2014

Today, I said farewell (again!) to working in a busy emergency services control room, which has been my ‘day’ job (the role has involved working to a shift pattern) for the past three years.

I was redeployed into this role in May 2011 following deletion of a Project and Performance job that I adored. This meant adapting to a new lifestyle so, to stop myself going stir crazy, I launched myself into the wonderful world of books. I read on every break, during down time on nightshift and on all of my days off. Agents

Books became my comfort blanket.

In August 2011, four months into the job, I went for a lovely lunch with my American friend, Charity. Over fizz and food in Bar Luga, we discussed our shared interests; reading, writing and photography.

Charity

Picture from Facebook by Eric Fritschi

It was Charity who suggested that I set up a blog and pointed me in the direction of WordPress. After sitting on this suggestion for a few days, I finally took the plunge.

Missuswolf’s StoryLand was born.

It’s strange how some people come into your life and have a profound effect. Charity lives on the other side of the world and I see her once a year if I’m lucky. That date back in August 2011 was definitely one of those clichéd life-changers.

So here I am, nearly three years later, a happy blogger.

Editing2Alas, the frustration and anger from being redeployed wasn’t wasted; I took that pent up negativity and set up my Novel Project 2012. In January and February 2012, I wrote my recession based chick-lit novel, which is still in the heavy editing stages and undergoing a title change.

September 2011 saw me join Melissa Foster’s Awesome Support Team, where I’ve met a solid support network of like-minded people from across the globe.

In December 2011, I polished off a children’s story that I had written the previous summer and self published it.

Ruby of Egypt Cover 2013

The Ruby of Egypt was born.

I introduced a weekly Author Interview feature on my blog ‘Cuppa and a Catch-Up’.

Cuppa and a Catch up pic

In March 2014, I set up self-employed as freelance writer and I’m now ghost-writing a historic novel.

Freelance Bus Cards

As I look back on the last three years, as tough as they have been, it’s only fuelled my determination to do what I love.

And perseverance certainly pays off.

Tonight, one chapter closes on a section of my life. It’s been a tough one, but one I will no doubt look back on in my later years with a fondness. It’s been a character building chapter.

Tomorrow, I wake up to a whole new chapter. A Project Manager job that I have always wanted and back in the ‘real world’, a Monday to Friday nine-til-fiver. Oh, and my first drinks evening networking for Engage Magazine. Another positive to come out of the last three years.

As I close one chapter tonight, I will sleep well knowing that although the road was rocky, I never gave up – that I found my inner strength and determination to lead me to this cliff-hanger where I’m desperate to turn the page …

Good night readers.

Love a very happy Missuswolf xxx

 

 

 

 

 

 

Missuswolf’s Makeover – Brand New Book Cover Reveal – The Ruby of Egypt

FRIDAY 18th JANUARY 2013

The moment is here!

I am so happy and proud to reveal my new book cover, created by the fabulous Carl Harvey, for my children’s book The Ruby of Egypt.

Ruby of Egypt Cover 2013

Not only has the cover had a makeover, the story has as well and is freshly back from it’s round of proof reading and edits by the lovely Dale Cassidy.

Ruby pf Egypt back cover 2013

Second Edition due out late January 2013

Love Missuswolf xxx

Missuswolf’s StoryLand….The Story So Far

THURSDAY 23rd AUGUST 2012

Well here I am everyone, it is exactly a year ago today since I embarked on my blog journey documenting my reading and writing through Missuswolf’s StoryLand.

What a year it has been!

It has seen me self publish my Children’s Story The Ruby Of Egypt (cheeky book plug opportunity – download/buy it here)

It has followed me through the reading of 26 books; from classics such as Pride and Prejudice to a variety of genre from Marian Keyes Chick-Lit, Stephen King Horror, and Patricia Cornwell Crime.

I have not only jumped on bandwagons and read The Fifty Shades Series, I have supported the works of fellow Indie Author’s on Twitter and downloaded their masterpieces too.

It has documented my attendance at Geek Club, a creative writing class I did last Autumn.

And finally, it captured my gruelling Novel Project 2012; to write a novel in 2 months back in January/February of 2012, Miss Pooshoe. She has endured round one of editing, is now being subjected to critical proof reading prior to another round of editing. I want this baby to perfect before she is unleashed to the world prior to the age of Three Zero.

Who would have thought a lovely ladies who lunch would lead to a blog being born on the advice of someone I see very little of, lives on the other side of the globe yet whom I now consider an inspirational guardian angel.

You know who you are.

I have loved every minute of my first blogging year and can’t wait to get stuck in and see what Year Two brings me.

So thanks to everyone who has followed me and supported me so far.

Love Missuswolf xxx

 

 

An Ode to Lulu.com (pssst there is also 12% discount this week)

TUESDAY 24th APRIL 2012

Good Morning All!

The fabulous Lulu.com is a website where you can self publish your books through them and distribute to Amazon, iBookstore, Barnes and Noble and Nook. For all you writers out there just starting up, this is an ideal site to go through; it is free to set up and format, the only cost is that you have to purchase a copy of your book (you get reduced rates) in order to proof read it before it can be sent for distribution.

You get a decent royalty on your books when they are purchased direct through Lulu.com. The Royalty if they are purchased through Amazon from Lulu’s distribution is a lot less, however the positive side is that it is on one of the most used sites in the world to purchase books.

This week, Lulu.com are offering 12% discount off any of their books!

Just enter code EARTHUK at the checkout (sneaky chance for a plug of my book – you can 12% off The Ruby Of Egypt – click here)

So, here’s to Lulu.com! A great platform of opportunity for us Indie Authors.

Love Missuswolf xxx

Thank You!

THURSDAY 19th APRIL 2012

Yesterday, I took advantage of a marketing opportunity with Amazon’s Kindle Direct Self Publishing. You have the option of up to 5 days free promotion; which can be used for consecutive days or it can be used independently.

I chose the one day option to promote The Ruby of Egypt [saving the other 4 days for future creations 🙂  ]

It proved successful in more ways than one. Not only has my book been downloaded across the world now, I discovered it prompted a few sales today of both e-books and paperback. Excellent!

However, Self Promo is exhausting and even I got sick of seeing my own tweets! 

So I just wanted to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who downloaded my book, Retweeted my tweets, followed me and to those who went on to buy it today. I really appreciate it.

Now to reward myself with yummy food and vino….

Love Missuswolf xxx

The Ruby of Egypt – Kindle Promotion

TUESDAY 17th APRIL 2012

Happy Tuesday everyone! I hope you all had a fab weekend and the start of the week is being kind to you.

My weekend was great, despite the fact that I was working this couldn’t dampen my spirits as I spent some quality time with lovely friends and their family, as well as being delighted to discover that, on Sunday, I reached 1,000 followers on Twitter woohoo!

As a little thank you I am pleased to announce that any of you Kindle Lovers out there will be available to download my book The Ruby of Egypt for FREE from Amazon from Wednesday 18th April for one day only! (this will be from Pacific Standard Time which i thinks is 8 hours behind us so it should be avail from 8am on the 18th until 8am on the 19th – however I may be wrong – this Pacific Standard and GMT Time malarkey is not my strong point!)

So hop on over to Amazon on Wednesday 18th April to get your free copy and Happy Reading 🙂 xxx

Thanks again

Love Missuswolf xxx

A Ruby Easter – 5* Review on Amazon

MONDAY 09th APRIL 2012

Happy Easter everyone!

I know I’m a day late but I was celebrating my lovely friends wedding yesterday.

I wanted to share with you lovelies a fab 5* Review that was given to my book The Ruby of Egypt by a fellow author Jeremy P Bowen.

The Ruby of Egypt by Gemma Wilford
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, fun story!, 7 April 2012
Awww… what a great story. Not read a teen / kid book since, well, since I was one! This was recommended so gave it a go. It is so not what I would usually read, but I really enjoyed it. The story flows well from the start, the main character is immediately likeable, and it has a pace that will keep anyone, not just kids, hooked. Loved the way it brings alive Egypt, past and present – gave me an almost Poirot-style impression of the place. It had all the classic elements of a great action plot, knitted together perfectly.

Go read it. Better still, get your tweens and teens to read it too, they will love it.

So I want to say a huge thanks to Jeremy P Bowen for his wonderful review. I have recently read his book In the Shadow of Death which I also reviewed on here and I highly recommend it.For all you Kindle Lovers, it is available on Amazon for £1.94, click here. Follow him on Twitter @Ginner_B.

It’s lovely to write stories and even more wonderful when you find others enjoy them.

The Ruby of Egypt is available to buy on Amazon click here £4.99 in paperback, £2.58 for Kindle.

Love Missuswolf xxx