Friday 28 July 2023

Blink and You Missed It


I have always enjoyed the challenge of telling a complete story within the discipline of a tight world count. It's up to readers to join the dots and complete what is left unsaid. This week Vine Leaves Press published my story below in their long-running 50-word micro-fiction series.


The Old Dog 

His uncle left everything to charity and he inherited the cantankerous dog. It was old, with a weeping eye. He paid the vet’s bills and gave it food but no love. They lived in mute, reproachful companionship until the dog died and the man mourned a life of failed relationships.

Not only are the stories short, they are also short-lived. One a day online. Then it vanishes, replaced by the next offering. A smorgasbord of light-hearted, sombre, wise or witty stories. Yet come the end of the year, they will re-appear in anthology form. 

In the meantime, fans of bite-sized fiction can sign up for their daily dose at

Madeleine McDonald







Friday 14 July 2023

Half-Price Ebooks!


Not all authors sell their ebooks direct via the many e-retail outlets available as it can be a lot of work keeping tabs on individual outlets. 

Linda Acaster uses the distributor Smashwords/Draft2Digital to gain access to Kobo, Barnes & Noble, Apple, and Scribd. It works well, as Smashwords offers ePub format as well as mobi format for a Kindle.

And Smashwords runs a twice-annual Sale 😃 

Until the end of July, Linda's titles via Smashwords are available half price - yes, 50% discount added at checkout. What could be easier? Do have a look.

Thinking about writing your own fiction? Linda's Writer's Guide does what it says on its cover - no waffle, ten full stories explained: 

Reading A Writer's Mind: Exploring Short Fiction - First Thought to Finished Story


For readers who enjoy a quick shiver as the daylight fades, there's a choice of three Chillers:


Want to lose yourself in longer reads? The time-spanning Torc of Moonlight trilogy of a modern-day water goddess, takes you on a journey through Celtic Hull, Roman York, and Medieval Durham. History is mere inches beneath our feet. And it never truly dies.


Available as a single trilogy or individual ebooks.

Enjoy your reading!