The 2021 Edition of 40 Inspirational True Stories is available to pre-order on Amazon Kindle. The release date is December 5th. You can reserve your copy here: getbook.at/40ITS
The paperback version will be published within the next few days.
Many thanks to everyone who contributed to the 2020 Authors Showcase and congratulations to those included in this new book.
The 2021 Authors Showcase will start in April and I look forward to publishing more of your excellent stories.
WELCOME TO THE 2020 WATCH “#RWISA” WRITE SHOWCASE TOUR! #RRBC #RWISAWRW
This month we have 11 awesome writers on tour, showcasing their writing ability via short snippets of their never-before-seen written works of art. Each day, one author will be profiled on multiple blogs until the next day, when it will be another author’s turn to shine in our spotlight.
Check out the Tour Home Page for more details.
Follow each day's showcase on this site's dedicated blog page
by clicking the links below:
Day 1 - November 9th
Day 2 - November 10th
Day 3 - November 11th
Day 4 - November 12th
Day 5 - November 13th
Day 6 - November 14th
Day 7 - November 15th
Maura Beth Brennan
Day 8 - November 16th
Day 9 - November 17th
Day 10 - November 18th
Joy Nwosu Lo-Bamijoko
Day 11 - November 19th
A REAL PAGE-TURNER: AN INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR ROBERT FEAR
This year saw the launch of the UK’s latest literary prize – the Page Turner Awards. Created with the goal of “changing writing careers”, the eBook Award sought out the very best work by national and international self-published authors, and the Writing Award searched for unpublished writers actively looking for a literary agent or publisher. Entrants from both awards were picked over by a prestigious judging panel comprised of bestselling authors and publishing industry veterans.
Among the winners in this year’s inaugural Awards is Eastbourne-based travel writer Robert Fear, who received a special commendation from the judging panel for his captivating memoir, Summer of ‘77: Beaches, bars and boogie nights in Ibiza.
We spoke to Robert, who was the top scoring UK author in the eBook Non-Fiction Award category, about his achievement and his writing.
Check out the full interview on Reader's Digest (Online) by clicking here.
Welcome to the #RRBC "ROCKIN' 2020 AWAY" BOOK, BLOG & TRAILER Block Party! @fredsdiary1981 #Giveaways
Welcome to Fred's Blog and to my stop on the “Rockin 2020 Away” Book, Blog & Trailer Block Party presented by the RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB.
HERE'S WHAT I’M GIVING AWAY
1 x $10 Amazon Gift Card
1 x paperback copy of my memoir - Summer of '77
NUMBER OF WINNERS AT THIS STOP – TWO (2)
Today, I am celebrating the first anniversary of the paperback release of my memoir - Summer of '77: Beaches, bars and boogie nights in Ibiza.
I hope you enjoy this trailer, which gives some background to my book. Click 'Play' to start.
Recent Amazon reviews:
Grab your copy here: getbook.at/Summerof77
Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to share your thoughts and comments at the bottom of this post. Good luck on winning my giveaways! I’ll see you at the next stop of this awesome BLOCK PARTY!
Check out the main page of this tour here:
ROCKIN' 2020 AWAY" BOOK, BLOG & TRAILER Block Party!
Our final contribution in the 2020 Authors Showcase is from Vernon Lacey, well known-author of South to Barcelona: A New Life in Spain, which is a highly recommended memoir.
You can read and enjoy Vernon's story Espressivo by clicking here.
Thank you very much to everyone who has contributed to this year's showcase. If you missed any of the 55 inspirational true stories, you can catch up with them here.
Vernon grew up in Cheshire, England and studied Applied Linguistics and Literature at Liverpool University. He qualified as a teacher and worked in schools in Liverpool and London before setting off for Barcelona to learn Spanish and teach internationally. He now lives in Munich where he has taught English and Philosophy. He is currently taking paternity leave and studying classical guitar with the German virtuoso Johannes Kreusch, fulfilling a long-standing musical dream. He is married to a German native and they have three children, two girls and a boy.
Our second last-minute contribution in this year's Authors Showcase is a very inspirational piece from another welcome newcomer to the blog, Carolyn Muir Helfenstein.
This is her introduction to the story:
This story takes me back to farm days in the ‘70s every time I read it. Our children did not sense how tough life was because our little family was filled with love. I’ve written several stories already about our life on that farm and one day of course I suppose I will turn it into a small book but for now, this is one that I have told our grandchildren as a bedtime story many times. Recently I found the picture of Bruce with a ladder!
You can read Carolyn's story Family Love by clicking here.
Carolyn (Muir) Helfenstein
St. John’s, Newfoundland 1937 Scottish Descent
61 years. Children: Twins: one son, one daughter; and - one more son
and 7 grandchildren.
1955: Toronto Teachers’ College: highest academic standing-600 students.
1980: On-line lessons: Lawrence Hill (later author of Book of Negroes).
An eight-week French immersion program through Western Ontario University held in Quebec. Total immersion in French for 8 weeks.
2010-13: University of Waterloo. I graduated with a “Bachelor of Independent Studies.”
Teaching in a one room rural school, 5 grades: I was 17 the first year.
Also four years teaching in larger schools, including teaching one year helping “forgotten” children (a story in itself).
Most recently in my seventies I turned to serious writing.
After dairy farming, we had turned to a new career, the opportunity to buy the local community newspaper: I had been their freelance writer.
I received several top awards Ontario-wide over the 10 years owning the paper.
Like many small Canadian newspapers, we were forced to close our paper due to lack of advertising. Our town lost most of its stores.
TWO BOOKS PUBLISHED:
It was published in 2018. Even today readers enjoy reading Why Not? Some call it a love story.
This saga came out my trying to find my Newfoundland identity that I lost when we left Newfoundland—I was 6-7 at the time and my dad died age 46 two years later. We were living so far away from Newfoundland near Toronto. I needed to find out what was a Newfoundlander? And how do I regain a sense of being a Newfoundlander? I was a lonely child, I think.
Writing Rock Solid in my seventies and researching through U. of Waterloo I received a degree, my saga continued to grow in degrees and has now been published. I am exploring having it published in England and as well if possible as a TV series. With writing Newfoundland characters into my saga, along with actual historical events, Rock Solid becomes a unique book, a one of a kind.
You can find out more on Carolyn's website, hosted by her writing club in Canada:
At 11:00 pm UK time last night, I thought that I had received all the contributions for the 2020 Authors Showcase. However, I was to be pleasantly surprised. Within the next hour, and before the midnight closing deadline, I received another three entries. These will all be featured on the blog today.
The first inspirational story is from Liliana Amador-Marty and is entitled In Caring for my Ficus. You can read it by following the link here.
Liliana Amador-Marty is a Colombian-American author. She has been writing since the age of ten honing her writing skills at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Liliana continued post-graduate work in Memoir Writing at The New School in New York City. Currently living in London, United Kingdom, Liliana writes personal narratives, travel stories and poetry, meeting weekly with an international collective of women writers, Primrose Pens where she develops her narratives. She is currently working on a Memoir. Her travel story, Blood Memory was featured in Fred's Blog, 2019 Authors Showcase, fd81.net and was selected for an anthology, 40 Memorable Life Experiences in 2020 Edited by Robert Fear. Liliana's personal narrative, Gypsy Curse is published in thecreativessoulcollection.com. Her latest story, Return Trip about her visit to Havana, Cuba will be featured in a new Blog set to launch at the end of October 2020.
I thought we had received our last entry for the 2020 Authors Showcase, but the following contribution from Alison Alderton arrived in my inbox earlier today. Welcome to the blog Alison and many thanks for your inspirational piece of writing and lovely accompanying photos..
You can read Alison's story It came from above by clicking here.
Alison Alderton was born in Chichester, West Sussex, and educated in the county, studying art, design and photography at the West Sussex College of Design in Worthing and later creative writing with NEC, Cambridge. For over 20 years she has been a freelance writer-photographer working mainly for boating associations and inland waterways publications.
Alison has cruised extensively through the inland waterways of England, Ireland, Northern Europe and Scandinavia on her Dutch barge Lily, contributed to several books and written over 120 articles for various publications. Accompanied by her beloved Buster on many voyages these exhilarating travels are the subject of her debut book ‘Boating with Buster – the life and times of a barge beagle’, which was published in 2018.
Boating with Buster Amazon Link: https://bit.ly/38qDfOz
After living and travelling overseas for the past 12 years, Alison and her husband along with their beagle puppy, Maksi, have recently returned to the UK where they are currently planning for the next chapter in their lives.
Alison does not blog but the travels of ‘Lily & the barge beagles’ are recorded and offer a rare glimpse into the world of those who dare to be different:
Public Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/lilyandthebargebeagles/
Buster with Alison and their boat Lily
Summer of '77
Beaches, bars and
boogie nights in Ibiza
by Robert Fear
Available in Paperback
and on Kindle
(including Kindle Unlimited)
is now closed
Read all 55 contributions here.