Twists and turns!

Two weeks ago, I had posted about the great review my book The Labyrinthine Journey received from Literary Titan. Any writer will tell you that it is gratifying and pleasing to get reviews. It is validation that someone has spent their valuable time reading your book. As a writer, I am very grateful to those readers for their time and to those who write a review, even if they didn’t like the story. Thank you so very much!

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Born in a Treacherous Time Blog Hop

It is my pleasure and honour to present to you Jacqui Murray’s latest book release Born in a Treacherous Time.

Here’s a summary of the story:

Born in the harsh world of East Africa 1.8 million years ago, where hunger, death, and predation are a normal part of daily life, Lucy and her band of early humans struggle to survive. It is a time in history when they are relentlessly annihilated by predators, nature, their own people, and the next iteration of man. To make it worse, Lucy’s band hates her. She is their leader’s new mate and they don’t understand her odd actions, don’t like her strange looks, and don’t trust her past. To survive, she cobbles together an unusual alliance with an orphaned child, a beleaguered protodog who’s lost his pack, and a man who was supposed to be dead.

 Born in a Treacherous Time is prehistoric fiction written in the spirit of Jean Auel. Lucy is tenacious and inventive no matter the danger, unrelenting in her stubbornness to provide a future for her child, with a foresight you wouldn’t think existed in earliest man. You’ll close this book understanding why man not only survived our wild beginnings but thrived, ultimately to become who we are today.

This is a spin-off of To Hunt a Sub’s Lucy (the ancient female who mentored Kali Delamagente, the female protagonist).

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Q & A with Adam Haviaras

On this Hallowed Eve, I am very pleased to introduce you to Adam Haviaras, an archaeologist, who has turned his hand from digging the earth for artefacts to writing stories. Well, he is still a practising archaeologist. Adam has invested his passion for the ancient past and Arthurian lore into writing fiction steeped in history and the supernatural. A perfect subject for the impending Day of the Dead, just watch out for the headless horseman.

Adam and I connected quite a few years back through our shared interest in ancient history, in particular Greece and Rome, and of course mythology. I’ve been following his well written and informative blog Eagles and Dragons Publishing for many years now and if you are interested in Roman history and mythical stories, then I highly recommend you visit Adam’s blog. I reached out to Adam and asked if he wouldn’t mind being interrogated, ahem, I mean interviewed, and was so pleased when he said yes. Here we go…

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Results from Readers’ Survey – Part 2

Here we are, the remainder of the results from the survey.

Question 7: Do you prefer to read:
I gave people the option to choose more than one answer as I know I read both print and eBooks. There was only a 3% difference between paperback (53%) and eBooks (50%) and hardback wasn’t far behind with (45%). This does show people do prefer printed books over digital, which also goes to the statistics given last year with regards to the increase of sales in printed books and a decline in eBooks. The availability of both formats is good as it meets the demands for those who prefer one or the other or both. And really, once the genie is out of the bottle, you can’t put the stopper back on.

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Question 8: When do you usually read?
This had a good spread of answers but no real surprises. Most people like to read at home (82%), and before they go to bed (73%). Some like to read at work (14%), which I am guessing is during their lunch break. 41% like to read in the morning, 18% read at midday, while 32% read in the afternoon. No one read while cooking, except perhaps when you read a recipe.

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Question 9: How much would you pay for an eBook written by an Indie Author?
This also had a fair spread of responses; the ones that didn’t make the cut was $7.99 and $8.99. It was interesting to see what people were willing to pay, with most saying 99c (62%), a tie between $1.99-$2.99 (57%), then 48% for $3.99 and 43% for $4.99. This is most helpful as it gives me a guideline for pricing eBooks.

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The next three questions were more of a personal nature, as I wanted to gauge interest in the books I write. I wasn’t offended by the answers as everyone has different tastes and to be honest, there are genres I don’t read.

Question 10: Would you buy my books?
95% of the responses said they would buy my books and 5% said they would not.

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Question 11: How much would you pay for my eBooks?
The answers to this question was a nice surprise and again helpful when I come to pricing my books. 24% said they’d be happy to pay $4.99, followed by $1.99 (19%), $5.99 and $3.99 (14%), $2.99 and $9.99 (10%) and 5% would pay $6.99/$8.99. The distribution is diverse but gives me a good indication of what people will pay.

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Question 12: Have you read my books?
Of the survey respondents, 73% had read my books, while 27% had not.

Overall, the survey did provide the answers I wanted to know more about. I may revisit the survey sometime later in the year, and hopefully get a larger pool of responses. I also want to thank those who did take the time to complete the survey, I am most grateful. You have given me a lot of good information for me to consider especially when I launch my next book/s.

Thanks for visiting and reading. If you have any questions regarding the survey or would like further clarity, please leave a comment below.

A survey to kick-start the new year

I am glad to see the back end of 2015 although 2016 has started in the same vein but I will not dwell on it.

To get things moving on my blog this year (I will get back to the series on the Minoans, promise!) I’d be grateful if people would spend a few minutes completing a reading survey. I promise it won’t take long. I did a test run and took me all of 5 minutes to complete. As a sign of thanks, you’ll be entered to win an eCopy of my book Search for the Golden Serpent and a $25 Amazon gift card.

Please email me via the Contacts Me page to let me know you’ve participated, otherwise I can’t add you to win the prize!

Take the survey here

Thank you and all the best for 2016.
Luciana

The Holiday Historical Fiction Blowout!

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I am very excited about this blog post as it’s all about historical fiction and just in time for Christmas. It’s not often I get to participate alongside notable and talented indie/traditional writers in the same genre. Yet like fingerprints, the stories told are unique and as varied as the many flavours of tea. There’s something for everyone. Each book listed, including mine, will be on sale from the 1st to 8th December for 99c – US. If you need to fill the ole Christmas stocking, there is nothing better than ebooks. After you’ve eaten a wonderful and fulfilling Christmas lunch and/or dinner, why not curl up with an ebook? If you haven’t slipped into a food coma, that is.

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Results from poll

I must admit to being surprised and at the same time pleased by the results of my poll on Where entertainment and historical fact mix. There was a good range of votes and definite responses to the questions. Given the comments on earlier posts: The (uneasy?) marriage between fact and fiction and Entertainment over historical accuracy, I was expecting a lean towards creative leniency. It goes to show one should not makes claims on anything. Yet I am also aware this poll is not a true representation of everyone’s opinion and only expresses those who took the time to vote.  It is you I’d like to thank for spending your precious time to read and vote.

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Where did the year go?

It’s hard to believe but the first anniversary of Accursed Women is fast approaching. A lot has happened since 30 November 2013, high and low events. The greatest achievement was the publication of Accursed Women. The book launch was a wonderful success with support from family, friends and people I hadn’t met before. It had a positive vibe and great energy. I was buzzing and so was the room full of guests.

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Today’s Brief…

Today’s post is a brief yet poignant interlude into the usual articles. I was interviewed by two wonderful and lovely ladies and like to introduce them.

Effrosyni Moschoudi, Indie Author with two books published The Necklace of Goddess Athena and The Lady of the Pier. To read the interview please visit Effrosyni’s Blog. I have just begun to follow Effrosyni’s blog and have enjoyed the varied and informative articles she writes. Fun and interesting.

Linnea Tanner, writer and Celtic and Roman historian. I’ve been following Linnea’s blog for a while now and always come away learning something new about the ancient history of Celtic Britain. Apollo’s Raven is a wealth of historical information, well researched and written. Please visit to read the interview. I am looking forward to Linnea’s first book, the same title as her blog.

I do hope you have time to read the interviews and browse the blogs.
Thank you

As always, I love to hear from you.

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Accursed Women
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