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WriteIdea Author Panel & Book Signing - 1pm, Sun 18 Nov 2018

Write Idea Festival 2018
I, Sam Skyborne, will be participating in a London Lesbian Fiction Author Reading and Panel at the “2018 WriteIdea Reading Festival”, in East London, on this Sunday, the 18th November, at 1pm along with very lovely and very talented Clare Lydon and Veronica Fearson. The panel will be hosted by Debbie Smith.

Please invite all your friends and come along to join us. The tickets are FREE!

Paperback copies of our most recent books will be on sale at the festival and further copies will also be available at the Brick Lane Bookshop (166 Brick Lane, London, E1 6RU).

Get your FREE ticket here!


#Selfie Saturday

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#Selfie Saturday. Me on Hout Bay Beach doing research for my book “Alice: A Woman’s Flight for Freedom” Find out more at SamSkyborne.com .. Related Blog posts coming soon.

 


Alice in Wonderland meets Shirley Valentine - not quite

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Last year in June I decided I wanted to write a shorter LesFic novel with a romantic storyline. I had a little idea for a straightforward lesbian Alice in Wonderland meets Shirley Valentine, set in a wonderful holiday destination that I know really well — South Africa, specifically Cape Town.

Well, those were my famous last words.

I did manage to knock out a first draft of what I thought was a pretty straightforward LesFic holiday romance, but when I read it, I hated it! It felt like it was missing something key. I tried very hard to get enthusiastic, so that I could get on and write the next draft… but, I just was stuck.

As I started to reread my first draft again, I began thinking up all sorts of plot twists which then buzzed and fluttered around my brain and I almost had to sit on my hands not to start rewriting immediately. I sat with this, mulling away for about a month last summer, while I was in Lesbos and then the Maldives, where there was enough to distract me and keep me focussed elsewhere.

But, when I got back to the UK to start re-drafting in earnest, before my research recce to South Africa, I couldn’t resist the inevitable and soon my simple holiday romance took a more sinister turn. Before I knew it a psychological drama emerged, with plot twists and turns I could never have envisaged at the start.

Although “Alice” was always intended to be another one of the Toni Mendez adventure, it really was meant to be a straightforward romance!

I think I have to come to terms with the fact that I am incapable of writing a lesbian romance without complicating the plot!!!. Meanwhile, I had another idea for a short series of Maldivian romances, based on the island where Toni and Lizbeth go on holiday just before “Alice” in their timeline, but even those have turned into something more complicated and mostly darker… so, watch this space!

You can find out more about “Alice: A Woman’s Flight for Freedom” here >> http://Dukebox.life/Alice

 

 


"RISK" - October Count Down Deal!

Starts Tuesday 23 October on Amazon!

Risk - NIEA Finalist Awards WINNER

Risk: Three Crime-fighting Women Risk All for Love, Lust and Justicve.


Winner of the “National Indie Excellence Award – Finalist

Get your copy at http://Dukebox.life/Risk!

 
 


"Simulation" - October Count Down Deal!

Starts Friday 19 October on Amazon!

Simulation Best Lesbian Dystopian Romance

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“The best lesbian dystopian romance!” – Top Review

Get your copy at http://Dukebox.life/Simulation!

 
 


Problem with McVitie's Thins...

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Problem with McVitie’s Thins… It does not do what it says on the box!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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RISK gets FINALIST National Indie Excellence Award - 2018!!

RISK National Indie Excellence Award

RISK gets FINALIST National Indie Excellence Award.

So I discovered to my great joy that “Risk: Three Crime-fighting Women Risk all for Love, Lust and Justice” has been awarded “National Indie Excellence Award Finalist”.
I am so chuffed.

This is what they say about the FINALIST award:

“A WORD ABOUT OUR AWARD DESIGNATIONS

Different contests have different designations. We have structured the National Indie Excellence® Awards (NIEA) so that only one book per category may be designated a “Winner”, however, often there are more than one book in a category that truly stand out and we believe these too deserve recognition. While it makes the job of our judges a little harder, we are dedicated to celebrating excellence in self-published books so NIEA also has the “Finalist” category.

Books recognized as Finalists are outstanding. The differences between the Winner and Finalist are often so minute that the call might have gone either way. The bottom line is that gaining recognition as a Finalist is a high honor and something about which any author can and should be justifiably proud.

Readers appreciate NIEA Winners and Finalists as worthy of their attention and their book-buying dollars.”

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To see other finalists visit: https://www.indieexcellence.com/12th-annual-finalists


A Great Anniversary

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The publication date for “Alice”, my new psychological drama set in Cape Town, South Africa, really could not be any more fitting. I couldn’t have planned this better if I’d tried, and believe me I did try! I had great ideas about how I was going to publish “Alice” towards the end of 2017. But, no matter how much effort and sheer will and determination I mustered, I could not, for some reason, get “Alice” to progress any faster than it has. And that has been a good thing too, because now publishing “Alice” can coincide with and mark the momentous occasion of my 20 year anniversary of leaving South Africa – to go backpacking in Europe and get a bar job in London!

I never intended to leave South Africa permanently on that day, all those years ago. I was just going on a round-the-world trip abroad, to see what the world outside SA was like. So my reason for not having returned yet…? Well, I’m still looking for that bar job and unless I find an agent or a publisher soon, I will have to redouble my efforts in that regard!

Despite having been away for two decades, my heart has never really left South Africa. It is a beautiful country with so much to offer despite its troubles and challenges of the past, present and near future. Every few years I return gladly, to visit my friends and family and relish in the familiar landscape, sunshine, and fresh sea breeze – a pet hate from when I was young and living in the path of the brisk South Easter.

And when I now have the pleasure of meeting a fellow South African abroad, regardless of how long they have been out of the country, there is an instant, unbreakable, visceral bond because they know, they feel and understand in their bones what it means to be South African — something impossible to explain.

The one thing that saddens me when I return to the UK is that I’m unable to share my beautiful country and all that is has given me with my foreign friends. If I won the lottery, that is what I would do: take all my friends on an extended trip to Cape Town, Camps Bay, up the garden route, through game parks, to Victoria Falls, peep in at Kimberly, stop off at Bloemfontein, and venture up to Namaqualand….

In many ways, writing and publishing “Alice” is an attempt to do just that in the smallest, humblest of ways. By telling a story set in Cape Town, Camps Bay and the Cape Flats I hope to give my friends and readers a tantalising glimpse of my beautiful and complex country and what it’s like to live there.

Although the characters, businesses, organisations and legal entities in my book are entirely fictional, most of the locations are based on and inspired by existing places. Later, I aim to write a post giving a little insight into my research trip to Cape Town last year, with some photographs and images that inspired the fiction.

So, until then, be sure to get your copy of “Alice” here: >> http://Dukebox.life/Alice

 

 


Alice: COUNTDOWN DEAL!! ** 23 September 2018 **

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Great news… From the 23rd of September 2018 I will be running a COUNTDOWN promo on Amazon for “Alice: A Woman’s Flight for Freedom”.
So diarise that date and get over 70% off on your ebook copy.

 

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#LazyDays - Little Prince

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Some days with Little Prince are just #LazyDays at http://SamSkyborne.com
 

 


#MyOffice - back garden

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#MyOffice A lovely back garden at http://SamSkyborne.com

 

 


EllCon 2018

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I am so honoured to be participating in EllCon 2018 – European Lesfic Literary Conference in Bristol on the 23rd and 24th of August this year. It promises a full programme (http://ellconmeet.org/programme/) of all sorts of entertainment and fun, including panel discussions, author readings, book signings and informal chats with all the exciting lesfic authors present.
You can find out more about the even here:

Some of the authors who will be joining in: http://ellconmeet.org/authors/
My Author page: http://ellconmeet.org/blog/author-spotlight-sam-skyborne/
Ticket information: http://ellconmeet.org/registration-and-payment/
The Venue: http://ellconmeet.org/venue-information/
And last but not least the EllCon mission: http://ellconmeet.org/mission/

 
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Lazy Days...

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Lazy Days … at http://SamSkyborne.com
 

 


Alice: Review

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I am thrilled!! I have just received this amazing review on Amazon. Thank you Lily!

“I thoroughly enjoyed ‘Alice’ from start to finish. It is a compelling, can’t-put-it-down read. I have been waiting for more from this author since the last book, and this one does not disappoint. The characters are rich, the plot full of suspense and intrigue and the twists and turns of the story are very cleverly put together. All in all a very well written novel which I will read time and time again.”

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To find out more about “Alice: A Woman’s Flight for Freedom” and get your copy look here http://dukebox.life/Alice

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Alice: Review

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Just received this wonderful review on Amazon. Thank you Ellie!

“I loved this book! A really compelling and original plot, full of twists and turns that you won’t see coming. Most of the action takes place in Cape Town, SA, and the writer really brings the city, culture and landscape to life throughout the novel. The characters are well-drawn and develop in really interesting ways – I found myself very quickly invested in their fate and keen to read the book as quickly as possible to find out what happens to them! This book is an excellent, character-driven thriller that will keep you guessing right up until the last page!!”

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#MyOffice - Saunton Sands

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#MyOffice 8 weeks ago… I didn’t think I would actually finish “Alice”… #SamsStudy #AmEditing http://SamSkyborne.com

 

 


"Alice" is out! - I can't believe it

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“Alice: A Woman’s Flight for Freedom” is out on ebook, paperback and Large Print! Find out more at http://Dukebox.life/Alice

 

 


Got the T-Shirt

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Got the calluses, the bite marks and now the T-shirt, just in time for Brighton #Pride but “Alice” is finally out there! >> http://Dukebox.life/Alice

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"Alice" is out!!

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“Alice: A Woman’s Flight for Freedom”, my latests psychological drama is out today! Hurray! It has taken a long time to get here, but it was one hell of a journey! A very big THANK YOU to all those lovely people who have helped me get here!
You can find out more and get a copy of the ebook, paperback or LARGE print here: >> http://Dukebox.life/Alice

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A Wonderful Feeling - Paperback arrived!

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It is a wonderful feeling to finally hold a paperback copy of my new book in my hands. A feeling I can certainly recommend to anyone wanting to write!

But, to get here… has taken a long time and a lot of hard work, discipline and determination from me as well as generous help and thoughtful feedback from a select band of beta readers and editors.

Most people don’t really get to see the wiring of what goes into writing a book. When asked recently, I described the journey as a bit like growing your own artificial coral reef.

1) It starts with having the initial idea,

2) Turning that idea into something more substantial than a fleeting inspiration (which, I might add, is hard enough to find sometimes) or more than a paragraph or two of excitement burbled onto a page.

3) Allowing that idea to build and gather moss, debris, flotsam and jetsam and eventually form the backbone of an ecosystem large enough to sustain a coherent and full-length novel.

4) Stringing words together to effectively communicate the nature of that ecosystem and the events around it.

5) Then allowing other humans into that fragile ecosystem of newly-born fry and guppies with a metaphoric hedge trimmer – hoping they don’t bring their own chainsaw!

6) Rebuilding what your well intentioned beta readers and editors have trampled over and pulled apart, to create something hopefully stronger and better.

7) Applying yourself to the finishing touches that turns the reef from a rudimentary sunken ship to something people can recognise and might want to explore as a finished product.

8) Finally, embarking on the mammoth task of telling people your new creation exists – getting your book out there! The biggest struggle here is fighting back that part of you which wants to pat yourself on the back, say well done for the long hard slog and then put the book safely away in the drawer.

This last part of my journey with “Alice” has just started… yay! \0/ [said with no small amount of trepidation]

So, “Alice: A Woman’s Flight for Freedom”, the ebook version is current on a pre-order special offer – at a huge 70% reduction – to inspire initial interest and in the hope of encouraging my first readers to add a little review on Amazon and/or send me some feedback. You can find out more or get an ebook pre-order copy from here >> http://Dukebox.life/Alice.

This offer ends on the 1st of August when “Alice” will be published officially and available in ebook, paperback and Large Print from Amazon.

Please help pass on the news to anyone you think might be interested in a good read…

 

 


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