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ANTics by Dakota Douglas @_DakotaDouglas

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Today’s author is Linda, otherwise known as Dakota Douglas; author of ANTics, a Middle Grade children’s book, for ages 7 years old and over. A big thank you to her for taking the time to do this!


ANTics By Dakota DouglasANTics By Dakota Douglas

About ANTics:

InhabitANT is a hidden world where thousands of ants eat, sleep, work, raise children and wage wars. Their fiercest enemy is an evil spider, a massive devious beast with magic powers, called RepugnANT. Three young ants –ExuberANT, BrilliANT and HesitANT – stumble across the fiend while looking for food for their nestmates. Their frantic efforts to escape the murderous monster thrust them into one heart-pounding adventure after another. The eight-legged brute is in hot pursuit and he’s vowed to catch them and wipe out their nest. The pals need to escape his clutches and alert the nest, using Zube’s own special powers and Brill’s clever brain. But is HesitANT up to the challenge? Watching his family wiped out by slaveraider ants has left the little ant nervous and timid. Can he shrug off his fears to save Zube and Brill from the world’s craziest spider and save InhabitANT in time?

About the Author:Dakota Douglas

I’m a retired newspaper reporter from the North East of England, following my childhood dream of being a novelist. As a kid I read books under the bedclothes by torchlight. Now I dive under the bedclothes, torch in hand, to scribble down conversations between my nutty book characters in case I forget them in the morning.
I’ve written stories since I was about eight years old. I had a toy typewriter (there weren’t home computers in those prehistoric days) and there I would sit, just like a real author, writing novels. I was a huge fan of British children’s writer Enid Blyton, but I invented my own characters, settings and storylines. My dad created me a book cover, on which I proudly put my name and the title of the book.

When I wasn’t hunched over my toy typewriter, you could see me smashing a tennis ball again the brick end of a block of garages beside my home. For hours on end I perfected my lob, backhand and forehand shots – all the time spinning stories in my head.

The love of writing led me down a career path as a journalist. So when I retired in 2011, it wasn’t a surprise that I returned to novel writing.

My first novel is a children’s fantasy story called ANTics. I get a lot of inspiration for my stories from dreams. And ANTics came from a dream after watching a group of ants carry a potato crisp back to their nest.

I believe you’re never too old to try something new or challenge yourself. In other words Reach For The Stars.


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Quintspinner – A Pirate’s Quest by Dianne Greenlay @DianneGreenlay

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Many thanks to Dianne Greenlay for sharing her book with us here at The Novel-List.


Quintspinner - A Pirate's Quest by Dianne GreenlayQUINTSPINNER – A PIRATE’S QUEST by Dianne Greenlay

About  Quintspinner – A Pirate’s Quest:

It is 1717 and sixteen year old Tess chooses to sneak out of the house against her father’s wishes. In the London marketplace, she is assaulted before narrowly escaping to a stranger’s home.

Once inside, she witnesses a murder and becomes the recipient of a dying woman’s ancient Spinner ring, only to be accused of having stolen it.

Upon her return home, she bears her father’s wrath and in defying his accusations, discovers a shocking family secret.

Her world as she knows it, has been turned upside-down, its comfort and familiarity shredded beyond recognition in one miserable day.

Even so, Tess never imagines that she will soon find herself to be an unwilling passenger on board a merchant ship bound for the pirate-infested waters of the West Indies, forcibly betrothed to the murderer, and fighting to stay alive. With increasing dread, she realizes a growing attraction that she has for a handsome sailor puts both their lives at risk. Moreover, she quickly discovers that her ruthless fiance covets her only for her Spinner ring and its legendary prophetic power, and will stop at nothing to obtain it for himself.

The stakes for survival become unbearably high when she is thrust into the hands of a marauding band of hostile pirates bent on gathering tremendous treasures, and she must make an agonizing and life-threatening choice for herself.

A tale of pirates and treasure, love and betrayal, all bound together by a dash of ancient magic, Quintspinner has been described by readers as “a wonderfully entertaining, fast and furious ride; Lord of the Rings meets Pirates of the Caribbean”.


Awards for Quintspinner – A Pirate’s Quest:

Quintspinner” has been awarded the following:

First Place Awards

  1. 2011 Best Historical Reader Views
  2. 2011 Tyler Tychelaar Book Award
  3. 2011 Teenage Category Hollywood Book Festival

Finalist/Honorable Mention Awards

  1. 2011 Best YA Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards
  2. 2010 Best New Book Sask Book Awards
  3. 2011 Best YA ForeWord Reviews
  4. 2011 Book Of The Year ForeWord Reviews
  5. 2011 Best YA Reader Views Book Awards
  6. 2011 Best Commercial Novel Creative Arts Council
  7. 2011 Best Historical Fiction National Indie Excellence Book Awards
  8. 2011 Best Commercial Category Eric Hoffer Award
  9. 2011 Montaigne Medal
  10. 2011 Best YA New York Book Festival
  11. 2011 Best Teenage Category Beach Book Festival

West” magazine (Western Canada’s Magazine), has highlighted “Quintspinner in their Issue 21 – Winter 2011 edition, as has The Green and White, alumni magazine for the University of Saskatchewan (Winter 2011 edition).


What Others Said About Quintspinner – A Pirate’s Quest:

I absolutely loved it. If you like Pirates of the Caribbean movies, you’ll love Quintspinner.”-books&brands Reviewer chickymara

Powerful, effective writing – the quintessential pirate adventure novel.”-Tyler R. Tichelaar, PhD., Novelist and Historian, Superior Book Promotions

Packed with action and intrigue at every turn.”-Ben Weldon, YA Reviewer, ReaderViews

Wonderfully entertaining – a fast and furious ride.”-Story On A Story Book Reviewer

Amazing talent – incredibly imaginative world building.”-Fade Into Fantasy Book Reviewer

[A] tale that captures instantly.”-Ann’s Book Nook reviews

Lord of the Rings meets Pirates of the Caribbean.”-Book Reviewer, Chapters/Indigo


About the Author:

Mostly, Dianne Greenlay saves lives by day (she is a physiotherapist in a sole charge clinic and frequently hears, “You gotta help me with this pain – it’s just killin’ me!” – so she does, and they seem to live through it) and she tells lies (a fiction writer) by night.

Her debut novel, Quintspinner – A Pirate’s Quest is the first book in an intended trilogy, and came about as the result of a Google search gone wrong. She was searching some medical condition, and in the search results, up came “Women Pirates”.  Quintspinner has gone on to win multiple awards in Best YA, Best Commercial, and Best Historical categories.

Although she has no formal writing training, Dianne is fluent in at least her mother tongue and she thanks her fierce English teachers for that. More of her thoughts on life can be found at


Where to Buy:

Quintspinner – A Pirate’s Quest is available to buy from as a paperback book and as a Kindle ebook.


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Chasing Pavements by Neha Yazmin @NehaYazmin

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I am pleased to share with you all the first Author submission to The Novel-List, courtesy of Neha Yazmin.


Chasing Pavements Book Cover CHASING PAVEMENTS by Neha Yazmin

About Chasing Pavements:

“It was very stupid but it was also very true. Mukti was in love with him and she didn’t even know his name.”

To introverted and socially withdrawn singer and songwriter Jamie, life has no meaning unless childhood love Sarah returns to him. Roaming through life without living it, shutting the world out, he has long since given up on a potential career in music.

It is only when he meets the unexpectedly inspirational Mukti, who instantly falls in love with him, that Jamie is lured out of the black hole he has banished himself to for years. Suddenly, his creativity knows no bounds and he feels torn – he has to see her, but what will she make of his tortured soul? Little does he know that Mukti has her own secrets and is just as troubled as he is. Her name translates as ‘freedom’ in her native tongue Bengali, but she is anything but free.

Torn between his unconditional love for Sarah, and his undeniable need for Mukti, Jamie’s life is in more chaos than ever before. And when his estranged mother Tanya becomes intent on sabotaging his relationship with Mukti, Jamie stands to lose the two women he cannot live without.

Set in contemporary London, ‘Chasing Pavements’ is a unique love story between two unique characters who will stay with you after you have turned the final page.


What Others Said About Chasing Pavements:

Chasing Pavements is like one of a kind.   I loved the book.   It touched me in such a way that I felt lost for a while without having Jamie and Mukti in my life.   I can’t believe that this is the author’s first book; the way it’s written is excellent.  I was captured from the beginning of the story.  A must read.” *****
“Unputdownable. I loved the London setting. The story is well told. Neha has a way with descriptions that make the scenes really vivid. The songs were a great mechanism to add to the story telling. I look forward to reading Neha’s other work but I hope I don’t have to wait too long!” *****


Author Bio:

Neha Yazmin graduated from University College London (UCL) with a degree in Psychology and now lives in London and works in the financial services sector. She writes both contemporary and paranormal romance. Her debut novel ‘Chasing Pavements’ was first published as an e-book in summer 2012. She is currently working on a number of projects.


Where to Buy:

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A lesson in humility (aka why I am grateful for my Twitter followers)

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I don’t intend to write many posts about me, but this is one time I will as I feel I learnt a valuable lesson.

When I made this blog I decided to announce it on Twitter by saying:

Sorry for the lack of RTs this weekend, but I’ve been busy. I hope I don’t regret this, but Authors that follow me: … ❤

I said I hoped I wouldn’t regret this because my imagination got ahead of itself. I am certainly no Twitter superstar, but I get new followers regularly, and my little Twitter family is growing nicely. I figured all the replies I’d get regarding this blog would be keeping me busy and would eat up some of my freetime. I was wrong.

Let’s go back a bit. When I started my Twitter account last month I didn’t think anyone would pay any attention to me. All I wanted was to drum up a bit of free promotion for some indie authors, maybe make their day that some random person on Twitter was giving them a shoutout, but that’s as far as my line of thought went. I was pleasantly surprised when I started to be followed back, and then followed by people following them, and my retweets were being retweeted (which was the whole point), and people were talking to me directly like what I had to say was worth discussing.

And so I thought about my little blog idea for a while. “If the majority of authors like being retweeted, and like having more of an audience, maybe they’d like to get their name out there on a wider scale” (Twitter is huge, but Twitter, plus WordPress, plus Google Search, is bigger – and blog posts don’t easily fade into obscurity if you’re willing to keep on promoting them). I created it, sent the link to Twitter, and logged off. Hours later I came back and… nothing. My hits were growing, but they weren’t from Twitter (which is where I’ve decided to concentrate on getting my authors from, although I’ll possibly rethink this at some point).

Now that’s not to say I think I’m all that, but it did remind me that I am a very small fish in a big pond. Authors are busy people. Twitter is quick and instantly interactive and I’m asking authors to take time out from their schedule of writing, editing, and promoting to click on a link and read what I have to say, AND email me (something not everyone would be comfortable doing), AND take the chance that time spent on this could be spent on promotion that is guaranteed to work. That’s a big ask, and then there’s the thought that many have hundreds or thousands of followers so my one little tweet was likely to be lost in a crowd anyway.

Since then, the link I added was retweeted, my blog has been followed, I had my first comment, two people from WordPress liked my first blog post, and someone has privately been in touch about it. I am grateful for each and every one of you that decided it was worth the time to do that. More than that, because of the lack of interest that I thought might have been there, it also makes me appreciate the retweets, favorites, mentions, follow Fridays, and all that other lovely Twitter stuff, all the more. I was always happy to retweet the majority of my followers, I never needed any thanks or reciprocation, but I am delighted to receive it and now I value it higher than I did yesterday. I might not get much interest here, and that’s fine because it’s a small project and I’m asking a lot for no guarantee it will help the authors it’s aimed at. And if it does get interest? Well, that’s fine too because it means you rolled the dice and decided to give this a go.

Time is precious; it should be spent exactly as you wish to spend it. If you read this blog post until the end (whether you’re an author or not) I am thankful for that as that took time away from what else you have to do in your life. I’m human and got a bit carried away in my head, but it was worth it to feel humbled and to see that my followers do more than I ever originally expected; I could not ask or want for more from them. Thank you all.

Have a great day everyone. 🙂


Welcome to The Novel-List!

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Thank you for stopping by! My name is Zana and I shall be your host this evening.

I decided to create this blog after observing authors in their natural habitat. They’re interesting creatures; they appear to sleep mostly in the day, and feed and Tweet during the night (like vampires). This could possibly be an incorrect assumption due to my timezone, but I will stick with this assertion until I discover something to contradict it.

Unfortunately, also like vampires, authors need help promoting their novels – have you heard of any vampires that have written a book? I think not! – and that is where I come in. I can’t give anyone the moon on a stick (that would be impractical and quite absurd), but I can tweet… and blog.

If you are a reader of books, and particularly fond of Kindle, Nook, and Smashwords, and you’re willing to give any Indie authors that may write a guest post a chance, feel free to follow this blog and see what delights you might discover in the future. It’ll make my day!

All the best.


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