Friday 26 October 2012

Spellbinding Fun Today!

Today I’m celebrating the launch of my romantic and humorous Halloween flavoured novella How Do You Voodoo? and I’m delighted to have so many fabulous party peeps taking part in what I’m sure will be a spellbindingly fun event both here and on Twitter! #voodoo


Blurb: How Do You Voodoo? Loveless fashion model Nola Nichols thinks being beautiful is a curse; that is until she is cursed and her looks begin to fade just a week before the most important photo shoot of her career.

Nola rejects all rational explanation on what might be causing her lost looks and decides she has to find a way to get uncursed. This imaginative quest takes her from the Caribbean to Glasgow’s own City of the Dead. Along the way, she finds herself taking part in a rather unconventional funeral, involved in a voodoo ritual, reveals one or two unrests in her own past and falls madly in love with a doctor. Erm, that would be a witch doctor, right…?

How Do You Voodoo? has already been attracting some fabulous reviews on Amazon UK and Amazon US and has been described by top book bloggers as “a really fun and heart-warming read to curl up with over Halloween” (Love Reading Love Books) and for its novella length “perfect for commuting” (Jera’s Jamboree).

How Do You Voodoo? is available FREE OF CHARGE TODAY

It’s my party gift to YOU. So please click on the links and download it to your Kindle today and be sure to tweet and share and tell all your friends to do the same. It will be back at 77p / 99c tomorrow.


Other Amazon sites are also included!
No Kindle? No problem. Simply download the Kindle app from Amazon first – it’s free too. Click Here to go to Amazon to get a free app for your iPhone, your tablet, iPad, Laptop, Mac or other electronic mobile device.

I’ve invited you all here today to cast a magic spell – it can be anything you wish – and I can’t wait to see what you’ve all been cookin’ up!

This is my spell: It’s a Spell of Scottish Sunshine! It’s been a very wet and dreary summer here in Scotland or as we like to complain “a dreich and dour” one. So I’m going to rub some suntan lotion into my hands and chant this spell while I evaporate a drop of toads sweat from a silver spoon over a candle flame – and hope it works!


So now it’s almost time to visit all The Spellbindingly Fun Party Peeps! Each has a magical spell cast on their blogs today, so do pop over and leave a comment, share their links and click on their Twitter button.

On Twitter do remember to include the #voodoo in all tweets and please RT those you see in your Twitter stream today – as there is a prize draw for two of these voodoo love dolls just for #voodoo RT’s and MT’s!
Love is bewitching! Sometimes love needs a wee nudge.
Set your sights on your goal.
This voodoo doll gives you a way to spear him like a cupids arrow!
There is also a fabulous grand prize draw for all those party peeps who are casting spells and listed below. The prize is a beautiful Scottish Candle from The Highland Collection that reflects the contemporary essence of Scotland. It is a scented candle mixing delicate white heather with sweet Highland honey to produce a sensuous scent evoking the feeling of romance. It is a scent capable of transporting you to the beauty of the heather-covered hills of the Highlands. This candle is beautifully packaged in tartan and in a shade to exactly match the colours and the tartan cover of How Do You Voodoo?
This scented candle, beautifully packaged in tartan and and in the exact shade of the cover of How Do You Voodoo? is capable of transporting you to the heather covered hills of the Highlands!

Do click on each of the Party Peeps names below to see what spells they’ve been cooking up. I too will be visiting each and every one of them during the day to read the spellbindingly fun post and to leave a comment.
I’ll also be popping onto Twitter using the hashtag #voodoo to keep up with the voodoo chatter until I need to pop back and refill my chalice with a Voodoo Cocktail (see the fun recipes below for ‘The Voodoo’, The High Priestess’ and ‘The Witch Doctor’!) but take it easy – they are all incredibly potent!

Music: Join me in a wee dance about toThe How Do You Voodoo Playlist’ which contains such classics as ‘Black Magic Woman’, ‘I Put A Spell On You’, ‘Devil Woman’, ‘I’m Your Witch Doctor’, ‘Evil Ways’ and ‘That Old Devil Called Love’. Well, a party’s not complete without some magical music, is it?
Drinks: Grab a drink from the Voodoo Cocktail Bar:
The Voodoo: Dark Rum (to ward off dark spirits), Apricot liqueur, Blue Curacao, Tropical Fruit Juice, Grenadine. Serve tall over ice.

The High Priestess: New Orleans Vodka, Mango Juice, Anisette Liqueur. Serve with ice and mint leaves (to ward off evil spirits).
The Witch Doctor: (Recipe courtesy of the Voodoo Lounge in Las Vegas) Light Rum, Dark Rum, Peach Schnapps, Cruzan Raspberry Rum. Pineapple Juice. Grenadine. Sour Mix. Stir and serve over ice.
The Spellbinding Party Peeps

Lizzie Lamb (RNA Page)


So please do have a voodoo drink, have a wee voodoo dance, visit as many blogs as you can over the day and make your presence known to all the spellbindingly fun party peeps. Pop onto Twitter and use the hastag #voodoo to get together with other voodoo tweeps. Do send and RT tweets in your timeline with the hashtag  #voodoo to be entered into the draw for the Voodoo Bewitching Dolls.
If you are curious about the research I did for this novella at Glasgow’s ‘City of the Dead’, I’m talking about it over at The Romantic Novelist’s Blog today while over at the wonderful magazine style blog there is a special promotional voodoo post that you might want to tweet and share.
Lastly, don’t forget to download your FREE copy of How Do You Voodoo? today and spread the word to your friends and followers.
Get How Do You Voodoo?
Other Amazon sites are included!
Oh - and please leave a comment here on my blog – I’d love to know if you’ve enjoyed the whole voodoo party thing and, if you do read and enjoy ‘How Do You Voodoo?’ I’d also love you to consider leaving a favourable review on Amazon.
Thank you for all your support.
Love, Janice xx

Friday 19 October 2012

It’s only one more week...!


It’s only one more week to The Spellbindingly Fun Blog Party – hurray!

Lots of you are now signing up for the party but it’s not too late to do so right up to the day itself as I’ll be adding to the list of spellbindingly fun party peeps all this week. See the guest list at the end of this post to see who has signed up so far!

Next Friday, 26th October, I’ll have added the hyperlinks to all the names below so that with one magic click we can all pop over to the blogs taking part to see what Spellbinding Spells have been cooked up! Every participant will be in the draw for a fabulous prize and there will be Twitter prizes for RT's & MT's too. Hashtag #voodoo

This is how it works:

You make up whatever spell you want to – but fun ones only – no curses allowed.

Choose your ingredients – as many or as few as you like - from the Magic Ingredient List below.

If you want to add a spellbinding verse or show a picture of your object of desire that’s great too!

Post or schedule your spellbindingly fun spell to YOUR blog next Friday 26th October.

But please let me know you are taking part by signing up on the form so that I can add YOUR name and YOUR blog link here at Spellbindingly Fun Blog Party HQ.

Sign Up Here

There will be fun and there will be prizes!!
You can also follow the party on Twitter using hashtag: #voodoo
Spellbindingly Fun Party Peeps
Carol E Wyer
Nicky Wells
Melanie Robertson-King
Kit Domino
Patti DelValle
Sue Fortin
Linn B Halton
Sheryl Browne
Rosemary Gemmell
Andrea Buginsky
Jean Bull
Jenny Harper
Carol Wright
Jennifer Joyce
Louise Graham
suzy turner
Lindsay Healy
Ali Bacon
Caroline James
More Than a Review
Aviva Orr
Abbey Liddle
Robin Murphy
Kim Nash
Lada Ray
Alison Morton
Stephanie Keyes
Pauline Barclay
Lucinda Fountain
Gina Dickerson
Natalie Wright
Lizzie Lamb
Lynda Dunwell
David Louden
Jan Brigden
Rhoda Baxter
Mary Smith
Emily Harvale
Sue Watson
Anne Stenhouse Graham
Sharon Booth
Gwen Kirkwood
Linda Dickson
Janet Beasley
Susan Breece

Laura Dobbins

Cecilia Robert

Kate Jackson


Myra Duffy

Gill Stewart
Joanna Lambert

Francine Howarth

Sarah Taylor
Joan Flemming

Deborah Palumbo

Rebecca Emin


Party On!


Friday 12 October 2012

Exciting Times...!

It’s been an exciting couple of weeks - with so many fabulous author friends launching books and hosting parties - some with debut novels and others adding to their repertoire!

I’ve been busy preparing for The Spellbindingly Fun Blog Party which is taking place here in two weeks’ time – it’s not too early for you to sign up – in fact, it will give you time to collect your spellbinding ingredients and think up that spell you want to cast. No curses though – only spellbinding fun allowed!

While preparing for the launch of How Do You Voodoo? I’ve been sending out ARC’s (advance reading copies) to those who expressed an interest in reading and reviewing before launch day. I must admit to feeling a wee bit nervous as those copies went out to readers and book bloggers. Novella length fiction is new for me and writing in only one viewpoint (the heroine’s) is new too, as I usually use several viewpoints in my longer length fiction to tell the story. So you can imagine my delight when reviews popped up on book blogs and on Amazon this week. You can find out more about How Do You Voodoo? and read some of those reviews here:

I’ve also been writing up lots of launch week guest posts and answering lots of questions about being an author, about research and about the writing, and what I love about being an Indie – the pros and the cons. Well, I’ve answered that particular question more fully on Victoria Connelly’s blog, where next Thursday 18th October, I’m a guest as part of her fabulous ‘Indie Month’ feature. There are some cons of course but there are mostly pros – and especially over these past couple of weeks - being an Indie author is proving to be a very exciting career indeed. Please check out and 'like' my Author Facebook Page for midweek news features and links.

So what are your plans over the next couple of weeks?
Will you be atending the Spellbindingly Fun Blog Party perhaps and casting your own spell…?
Love, Janice x