Sunday, 14 September 2014

Pirates ...

Before I became an author I didn't think that much about pirating, but my views have really changed since my first book was pirated.

Each week I send 'Take Down' notices to various websites - and there are thousands - where I find any of my books available illegally.  I waste at least half a day of my time doing searches then sending out notices.

Sadly, most sites ignore your request and it costs too much to fight them.  However a few sites do comply which is good news.

Today I found another 5 sites with 3 of my books, so sent off the official DCMA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) take down request. The good part is that the sites are hosted by Wordpress who immediately take action by closing the site because they violated the Terms of Service.

On each page that gives book information and the download link they also show the number of downloads of the file in the past 7 days.

There have been over 6500 downloads of the 3 books!

That equates to over $16000 - that's a lot of money that I don't get!

And that was only 5 sites - in the past few weeks I've sent out dozens of notices. That has to equate to a hell of a lot of money when you consider that on just 5 sites I lost over $16000.

Even sadder - they write reviews and give ratings!  My books are rating between 8 - 9.5/10.  What a joke!

UPDATE: Gggrrrr - just found another site - this one had three books on it with 3520 downloads in the past week!

I must lose at least $100,000 a year in pirates at the very least!

UPDATE AGAIN : Got an email from the server who I sent 5 notices to regarding 5 different sites that they hosted. All 5 are now gone!!

Chalk up one to the authors!  Only another 5,876,923 sites to go ..... lol

Friday, 12 September 2014

Deep Vein Thrombosis ...

My DIL has had problem. 

illustration of dvt
The week after Connor was born she got a lump behind her knee. It was the size of an grapefruit and was a blood clot. 

She had to go onto various meds to try and dissolve it. Not allow to walk around or do anything really.  Went back to the doc after a few weeks on all the meds and it was down to the size of a small orange but doc was still very concerned.

They changed the meds and at last yesterday she said it feels like it has finally gone. Been a very scary 4 weeks.

Hopefully she will be alright from now on!

Must be the day for good news.

Got an email and contract from my publisher - they accepted a new manuscript. A contemporary romance, menage a trois. Very excited.

Monday, 18 August 2014

Fed Up .....

Aarrggghh .... sick again!

I am so so fed up with this.  Been on antibiotics since December. Seen so many doctors, been poked, prodded, xrayed, ultra-sounded and scanned. Feel like tearing my hair out.

Now I have a cold and runny nose as well!

At least it's raining. I can feel miserable in the rain ... lol.

Wanted to spend some time with my grandson but each time I go to make a date I am sick. I can't risk him getting ill, his immune system is not good since his heart surgery.

Ggrrr the way things are going it will be his birthday!

Oh well, at least I can escape by writing.

Have written another 55000 words in one book and 13000 in a second.  Have a couple of other WIP's but concentrating on these two at the moment.

One is the third book in a paranormal series. The first two have been accepted by the publisher. They will be out in print form - one around January and the other in May of 2015.

I got the cover for the first one to approve and it is spot on to what I asked for.  I have been very happy with the artist that has designed all my covers. The first one was a mess and I sent it back. They gave me a new artist and she has been doing them ever since!

Tuesday, 12 August 2014


Well things have settled back to normal after the birth of Connor. The kids are getting themselves into a routine with a new baby.

I've gone back to writing ... lol.

We've had some weird weather here lately, reached 23f the other day, and today. Well today we are going to be lucky if we hit 14! It's damn cold! And it's overcast, not sure if it will rain. Think it has on the coast.

Read the sad news about Robin Williams. Such a loss. The man was a comic genius but it shows that depression can attack anyone - rich or poor, famous or unknown.

 They need to stop calling it suicide and call it death by is no different than cancer or a heart problem. It is a sickness that kills!
 It is an insidious disease.

Take a few minutes to ask family and friends R U OK?

And asked them every week, don't let them suffer alone. Believe me, suffering alone only makes it a thousand times harder to fight!

I've been there a few times. Unfortunately, most of us, when we reach that black hole tend to pretend we are fine. I know I do - or else I ask for help from the wrong person and it ends up worse.

But if just one person can hold out their hand and asked R U Ok? - someone who genuinely cares ...  it would make a big difference.

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Waiting Game ....

7 AM : - Waiting.... waiting ..... waiting.....

Finger's crossed today's the day.

After the two months of wondering, my DIL is booked in to be induced for my latest grandchild.  The little bugger refuses to come out and play since they stopped the premature labour at 32 weeks.  Now it is almost 42 and there is no way he is coming out without being evicted.

DIL went in this morning and last I heard she was hooked up and just waiting for a doc to come and begin the induction.

This post will be added to as things progress ..... lol

10:30 AM : - Water broken, a few contractions 12 mins apart......

11:40 AM : - HE'S HERE!!!!   54cm  (21.2") - 8lb 5oz (3.77kg)

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Book ....

My 5th book is still holding the #1 MF Romance Bestseller's spot - 11 days!!!!

Great big thank you to any of my blog reader's who have purchased the book and helped it stay at #1 for so long.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

No Baby Still ....


Still no baby!

Think the stork had got lost!

My DIL went into labour at 32 weeks, the Docs managed to stop it after a day or so. Theygave the baby steroids and hope she could hold the babe in for at least another two weeks to give his lungs a chance to develop.

Well, that was weeks ago - whe is now over 40 weeks and the little bugger refuses to come out.

It is as if he is saying " you wouldn't let me out when I wanted to so now I'm staying!"

Last Monday and yesterday they did a 'sweep' but still nothing.  The baby has been engaged all this time and she is partly dilated.  I have no idea when this baby is going to arrive but I do know his mother is fed up to the back teeth!

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Book Excitement .... Phones and Games ...

 Yahoo! Another #1 bestseller!

I did it again.  This time with book #5, made it to the top spot on my publisher's MF Romance Bestsellers list.

Just had to share it with everyone... lol.

So exciting!

Been such a great year as far as my books are concerned.  I have two that will be out in paperback - one in Dec and the other in Jan.  They are both paranormal romances.

This is the cover for the ebook version of one of them. It is about immortal Greek daemons and also has little green demons in it along with Greek gods.

Haven't got the cover for other yet, that one is about vampire hunters and it is the first in a series.

From what I understand, the publishers does something different or does the layout different for the print version.

It will be great to be able to put them on the bookshelf, makes it more real somehow .... lol.  Plus I get to look at the 'hotties' on the covers easier ... 

At least book males are less trouble ...  the ones I attract in real life usually are weird ... lol

Contemplating whether to get the new Samsung phone.  I got the S3 a few years back when I changed my mobile number.

 I am really happy with the Galaxy and have been toying with whether to upgrade to the S5 or not. I love all the features on them.  Funny how quickly we get used to having a mobile phone.

My elder grand daughter loves playing games and uses her Ipad. When I babysit she drags mine out to see if I have downloaded any games that she would like. If I don;t had it on me she grabs my phone instead and takes photos and videos.

I get home and have to clean off dozens of pics.

I play a game called Mousehunt and she loves 'tooting' the horn to set off the trap.  Then she has to inspect the mouse she caught and discuss whether it is a 'good' mouse or a 'bad' one .... lol.

My younger grand daughter isn't as fanatical, although she has her own Ipad and knows her way around the damn thing better than I do and she is only 2 1/2!

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Doctor Who .....

Look what my kids gave me for my birthday!

They know I am a Doctor Who nutcase and so they got me a whole pile of goodies that I didn't have.

As you know (if you follow this blog) I painted the door to my art studio/workroom as a TARDIS.  Now I have even more goodies in there.

They join my David Tennant figurines, my sonic screwdrivers, books, Dalek desk defender and Journal of Imposssible Things.

The cookie container shaped like the TARDIS had a light on top.  When you open it the light flashes and there is a sound like the TARDIS landing.

The bobble head David Tennant had his sonic screwdriver which also lights up.

I clipped the little red dalek book light onto the side of my lap top so he can watch as I work.  His buddy is much bigger.  He is my red desk defender dalek and he roams around my desk shouting 'exterminate, exterminate' .... lol.

Now somehow I have to convince my builder son to make me a TARDIS bookcase ...... ;)

I can't wait until August 24th when we get to meet the new Doctor - Peter Capaldi - my favourite had been David Tennant, the 10th doctor.  Followed closely by Tom Baker, the 4th doctor.  Didn't care much for Matt Smith (11th doctor) but after a while he sort of grew on me.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

A Whale of a Time .....

Fort Denison
 Had a wonderful day yesterday, despite the horrid weather.

Heading out to sea.  As you can see it was a very grey day.

Still we were excited to go.  Both of us rugged up with parkas.  Fortunately it didn't rain.

This is Fort Denison, a former penal site and defensive facility. 

The Sydney icon - the Opera House.  It always looks spectacular regardless of the weather.    

This red and white striped buoy stood out amongst the grey.

We saw lots of Black Browed Albatross flying and fishing.  Managed to catch one resting as we sailed past.

The whales were very elusive and it wasn't until we had been out a few hours that we finally found a Humpback.  Our guide was fairly confident it was a female.  I didn't care - I was just excited to see one.

"Thar she blows ....."

We followed her for about half and hour.  It was hard to take pics.  The swell was reasonable and trying to keep your balance and focus was hard.

I did manage to get some reasonable shots, considering she was a far way from the boat.  I had taken all my cameras and used the Canon EOS with my telescopic lens.

I was pleased when I got home and went through all the photos to find I had managed to get some reasonable shots.

It is hard to keep your balance, hold your camera ready, focus the damn thing and hope you are pointing  in the place where you think the whale will surface.

I liked the photo I managed to get of the whale and a Black Browed Albatross flying toward it.

On the way back we were lucky to have two dolphins come and play.  

I was lucky someone told us there were dolphins so we went onto the bridgedeck. I didn't get any photos as I was right on the bow pulpit and hanging on for grim death while I leant over to watch..... lol.

They rode in the wave at the bows.  They would swim just under the surface then jump out and back down again.  It was amazing to watch.

I have no idea how they managed to swim that fast, jump and not hit either of the hulls.

Kirribilli House
On the way back, we passed Kirribilli House on the starboard.  It is the residence of the Prime Minister when he is in Sydney.

Built in 1854 by Adolphus Frederick Feez, it is a twin gabled house built in the Gothic style.  William Morris Hughes, the PM (1915-9123) acquired the property for the Commonwealth Government in 1920.
Admiralty House
In 1956 Kirribilli House was set aside for overseas guests of the Commonwealth and for the PM's use.  Since then successive PMs have used it as their Sydney residence.

Alongside Kirribilli House is Admiralty House.  It is the residence of the Governor General.  
It was previously called 'Wotonga'.  It was built in the 1840s for Lieutenant Colonel J G N Gibbes. the Collector of Customs in the NSW colonial government.

It was sold a few times till it was purchased by the government in 1885  for the Imperial Navy's representative in Australia and then became known as Admiralty House.

It started to get bloody cold - in fact it felt freezing.  We rugged ourselves up but still stayed on the outer deck.  We didn't want to miss anything!

We arrived back at Darling Harbour around 4:30pm - cold and tired but very happy.
HMB Endeavour

My final photos were of the replica of the HMB Endeavour and the HMAS Vampire.
HMAS Vampire

Construction of the Endeavour replica began in 1988,in Australia, and the ship was launched five years later. Since then, she has sailed over 170,000 nautical miles twice around the world, visited 29 countries and many Pacific islands, and opened as a museum in 116 ports. 

The HMAS Vampire 'Bat' was the last of the country's big gun ships.  

The Vampire served in the Royal Australia Navy in 1959 - 1986.  It arsenal included :  
  • three twin turrets housing 4.5" guns (still in place)
  • anti-aircraft guns (still in place)
  • torpedo launchers
  • anti-submarine mortars.

I have a wonderful day - it was full of excitement and lots of laughter.  We struggled ashore, wrapped in our parkas and scarves, in desperate need of hot coffee, the ground kept moving .... lol.

There was a very nice bistro just near the dock so we sat almost on top of the outdoor fire and enjoyed a latte and a very yummy ricotta chhesecake sprinkled with home-made honeycomb and salted caramel ice-cream..... delicious!