Thank you!! A wave of support.

We started our two “Thunderclaps” mere days back.  I didn’t realize the process was that exciting!  We’re rallying people from Facebook, Twitter and the blogs (and hopefully from Linkedin and Goodreads too) to come and support.

There are a few Power Bloggers, networking superstars, who have lent their support so far.  I note they are authors and reviewers, helping other authors.  I’m getting very excited about this, because of course if there is one thing gipsika believes in, it is karmic return.  May they receive as abundantly as they are giving, and more!  I wonder if they know how happy they are making us.

Then there are the members from P’kaboo Book Club itself, coming through in spades.  I am so happy!  People, friends, fen, you make me feel all warm and fuzzy!  I’m sitting with a perma-smile.  I had no idea you liked your book club that much!

And also, authors from P’kaboo are cross-supporting.  This is greatly appreciated!  We are a team, you’re so right, my wonderful authors.  You are awesome, and you, too, will experience the great Turn of the Wheel and your ship coming in.

And then there are the “opportunities”.  Krowdster weighed in with 21000+ social reach.  (I’m not sure – does Krowdster own Thunderclap?)  A voice from Fiverr wants to support for $5.  Well now, $5 is not much and my hand hovered over that button, and then, instead, bookmarked the site to explore for what he has to offer in other marketing ways.  It looks like an interesting site.  Why is it that I don’t trust that $5 voice? Maybe I will, still.

We aren’t anywhere near 100 voices for each Thunderclap, but for the short while we’ve been going, we’re impressively far.  People are helping, and people are pushing.

If you want to get involved in helping two beautiful authors launch exciting new books, please follow both links below (or pick your favourite), and let Thunderclap walk you through what to do.

Carmen Capuano’s “Split Decision”:

(Other update about the book:  The temporary cover you see on the book page is only a temp.  It’s a lo-res net hash-up.  The real cover is in design, in technicolour, and should be reaching completion shortly.)

Andrea Kaczmarek’s “Pink Wish Ice Cream”:

(We’re having fun with this one, launching an author and her illustrator at the same time.  The drawings are to die for – and so is the ice cream.)

And the second Thunderclap!

The second Thunderclap has been approved too.  Andrea Kaczmarek writes about a lovely “Polly Pink Witch” who sells pink wish ice cream to children.  Do they get a wish?  Only if they can say please and thank you!  But she does occasionally bend the rules…

I would like to say a very big Thank You to everyone who has already supported Carmen’s Thunderclap, and would ask you nicely, Please, if you could support Andrea too?  I’d like to wish on a Polly Pink Witch ice cream that both reach their goal of 100 supporters.


Click here to support this author’s Thunderclap.

Then follow the instructions step-wise.

Thank you!!

Two Thunderclaps for P’kaboo Authors, and e-launches to come

(The story so far:  Exams, sick children, load shedding and missing megabytes notwithstanding, we soldier on towards that mekka, that promised land called “Holidays”…and this morning, we made it!)

Testing out that system of social media publicity raising called the “Thunderclap”, I applied for two…


(This is a virtual image, smoke and mirrors – point out when you spot it…)

The first one has been approved.  Carmen Capuano’s launch of the ebook “Split Decision”, which is scheduled in the P’kaboo Book Club, on 4th of July at 20h00, has been thunderclapped here:

Please click the link to find out what to do, if you want to add your social clout to spreading the word about this very readworthy novel.  Every voice counts; we’re up against incredible odds, having to find 100 supporters (they don’t give a smaller option) in less than a week.  If you would really like to help, please also share the link so that more people can decide to help.

The book can be previewed at this link.  Please note that the cover is not yet the final version, only a temporary image while design is completed. 

I’ll keep you posted when the next Thunderclap, for Andrea Kaczmarek and her children’s book “Pink Wish Ice Cream”, is ready.

I sincerely appreciate the help of every blogger who wants to help spread the word.


If Jane Austen Got Feedback From Some Guy In A Writing Workshop


This is just brilliant! :-D Enjoy!

Originally posted on Marie Marshall:

image: Dan Meth image: Dan Meth

BuzzFeed contributor Shannon Reed came up with this wonderful piece, in which a bloke in a Writers’ Workshop commented on ‘Pride and Prejudice’. Any of you who are writers and are part of such a gathering will recognise his type instantly, sitting there in his hat, glasses, and beard, reading out his epistolarily-framed critique. I gave in to a whim and penned Jane Austen’s reply. So below you will find Shannon Reed’s original, and my rapid response in the persona of Jane Austen. Enjoy!

Dear Jane,

I don’t usually read chick lit, but I didn’t hate reading this draft of your novel, which you’re calling Pride and Prejudice. I really liked the part where Elizabeth and her aunt and uncle went on a road trip, which reminded me of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales (also about a road trip — check it out!). Anyway, good job. I…

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