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Cover of the Year Award Nomination!


My third novel, Dark Echoes, has been been nominated by AusRomToday for the Cover of the Year Award. I’m very excited to have made it through the nomination round to be one of the ten finalists in the category.

This final round of voting is now up to the public and will be determined by the cover that gets the greatest amount of likes. There’s no signing up for anything, needing to like a page – it’s looking at the ten contestants and giving a like to the cover you think is the best of the lot. If you click the graphic at the top of this post, it’ll take you to the album. Click on the cover you like and then give the one you like the best a like.

It’s that easy.

There are a lot of great covers there, so definitely check everyone out. I do think, though, that Dark Echoes is in with a chance.

If I do win, it won’t be me alone winning. The business I get my covers from – Cohesion – is a small, local business on the way up. The cover designer himself (who works with Cohesion) is from the UK (and is amazing).

If, for some reason, clicking on the image doesn’t work, here is the direct link to the album where you can like to vote:

Many, many thanks from a self-publisher who dreams of success.

All Ado About NaNoWriMo – Day One


It’s that time of year again when a lot of people around the globe prepare for a mad dash toward 50,000 words while a few other write blog posts about how NaNoWriMo does not an author make.

I can understand authors who get riled up about the subject. I imagine there are a few people out there who participate in NaNoWriMo, win, and then decide that they are suddenly authors. Writers, yes, but authors?

On one hand, it’s a very exciting event that gets a lot of people together and raises a lot of money for nice causes. On the other hand, it could lead to some people being disrespectful and/or dismissive of what it is – and what it takes – to be an author.

To be quite honest… I think getting genuinely upset about NaNoWriMo is a waste of precious time. It gets people coming together in a positive way, people have fun and connect with others around the globe, and there aren’t a lot of ‘bad eggs’ out there badmouthing authors because ‘they totally wrote a book in a month’.

In numbers, 50,000 words does not make a novel or a novelist. It’s a novella, and – according to most – until a piece is published, you are not an author.

But those things shouldn’t stop anyone from participating, and it certainly shouldn’t cause anyone to badmouth NaNoWriMo or what it does for people.

In the end, it’s like anything: it’s all what you make of it.

Free Read! Zombie Humour Flash Fiction

I haven’t been very active here or on my social media sites due to things you likely don’t care to hear about. As a thank you to those who stick by me even during the quiet times, here is a free read that will, I hope, give you a laugh.

Ask Me Anything…

Do you have a question? Is there something you’d like to ask, but you’d rather do it anonymously?

I’m now on Ask.FM, so you can.

I like fun ideas, and this one looks pretty interesting to me. While I might seem like a smarta$$ from my first couple of answers, please don’t let that stop you from asking whatever you’d like to know.

Boundaries apply, of course, but I trust most of you to know that.

Emma Watson to United Nations: I’m a Feminist

Survival of the Indies

Dark_EchoesIt’s no secret that, beyond the cover, people judge books by their reviews. Not everyone does it, but enough people do for it to make a huge difference to an author.

It’s with that in mind that I ask you to consider reviewing Dark Echoes – and/or any of my books, for that matter. Reviews can help a book to thrive – especially when you’re an ‘Indie’ author. Here are some direct links to where Dark Echoes is listed:

“Weird Al” Yankovic – Word Crimes

A friend sent me this, saying it reminded her of me. Love it!

Book Giveaway: Dark Echoes

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Dark Echoes by Jaime McDougall

Dark Echoes

by Jaime McDougall

Giveaway ends August 10, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

Dark Echoes Now Available on Smashwords


Dark Echoes is now HERE on Smashwords! That means you can get it in a wide variety of formats, and you can sample 20% of it for free!

Are You a Book Blogger?

I am always happy to send ebook copies of all three of my novels to people who review books online! Feel free to leave a comment here (with a link to your blog) if you’re interested.

NaNoWriMo 2014!