Kicked to the Kerb - Spam, Schedules 'n Birthright

Monday, December 3, 2012


I’m back home a week away and have some ground to cover in this post. I had to clear some spam off this blog and I’ve noticed that since I’ve been posting less frequently the spammers have set up a squatter settlement. Not sure how to fix the situation, but I don’t think comment moderation for me. It sounds like more work for me, which I don’t need. I guess I’ll see what happens in the next couple of weeks. 

Some time ago, I said I was working on volume 2 of Don’t Get Mad…Get Even (still free on Amazon). I’ve called this collection Kicked to the Kerb. Yes, I know kerb is English spelling, but I’ve kept these stories written in British English, which is what we use in Jamaica. Anyhow, that’s been out for a teensy while now and if you wanna have a look-see, it’s available at Amazon and Smashwords

My frenetic pace will continue for a bit, because a few people are asking about the sequel to Distraction. Words to the wise – stick to your writing schedule – No. Matter. What. You never know when you’ll be pulled away from writing for sustained periods and of course, that throws things waaaaaay off course. So, if I’m real quiet, you’ll know I’m holed up somewhere doing the necessaries. 

What about you. D’you have anything you’re working on that must be done before the holiday descends on us?  




Today, Lynda Young’s story, Birthright, published by J. Taylor Publishing is being launched as an e-book today. The stories range from paranormal romance to fantasy.

Birthright by Lynda R. Young
Christa can mask the pain and hide the scars, but running from a birthright is impossible.

She’s tried to escape her grief by fleeing to a small town in Florida. Much to her frustration, the locals think they recognize her even though she's never been there before. To make things worse, a man named Jack spouts outrageous theories about her.

Both spur Christa to bolt, to start fresh yet again, but there’s something about Jack that intrigues her enough to stay. The only problem? Someone else wants her to leave, and they won’t stop until she’s dead. 

Blurbs from all the stories in Make Believe are on the J. Taylor Publishing website HERE.

Purchase Links: All the links are available at J Taylor Publishing

Here's wishing Lynda much success with Birthright!

28 comments:

  1. Loved hearing about what you're working on, and THIS is what we do. Write. You inspire me.

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  2. I've been working on a short story and I'd really like to get it finished by the holidays but with all these bloghops going on this month and personal commitments I have right now, it doesn't seem like it's gonna happen. As for the spam, not sure how to stop that. So far, I don't get much spam but that's because I get less traffic than you. Good luck with the sequel! (:

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    1. Thanks, Elise. Try and put in a little time each day and you'll get more done than you think.

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  3. Good luck with Distraction part 2. There's a lot of directions that book could go.

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  4. Welcome back! Sorry to hear you're besieged by spammers. Good luck getting rid of them. I agree about sticking to your schedule. I hope to do a better job of that in 2013.

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    1. Thanks, Carol. Gonna write out a 'production schedule for next year. Sure, I know what I'm working on now, but it helps to know exactly what's supposed to come out when. I aim to stay on track too for 2013.

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  5. Welcome back! I've just got back too and was relieved to find no spammers. Woot. I moderate my posts after 4 days though (I upped it to 8 days for while I was away this last week). I once had some propblems with annonymous posters so I turned that off for a while. It seemed to work.

    Thank you SO MUCH for posting about Make Believe. You are wonderful!!! I really appreciate it!
    Hugs,

    Lyn

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  6. Hi Joy! I just got back after finishing the first draft of my NaNo novel but thankfully, no spammers. I only get this one silly guy who hates American women and sometimes google lets him through. You're right. Who wants to use the various tools available like moderating comments. Most of our blogger friends know when something's spam. It annoys me when a favourite commenter gets sent to spam all the time.

    Anyway, enough oxygen given to spammers. I'm glad to hear you're working on a sequel to Distraction coz I want to read it.

    I'm intrigues - what other way is there to spell 'kerb'?

    Denise

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    1. Hi, Denise,
      Congrats on NaNo. Yeah, monitoring comments is more work I have no desire to do. Retribution is coming along nicely and Americans spell kerb curb. :)

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  7. Congrats on your newest book and I too am waiting for the sequel to Distraction. Sorry about the spammers. Make Believe sounds nice. Oh and did you send me Hardware from that giveaway a while back? I've been having trouble finding the ebook in my email.

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    1. Hey, Sheena,
      Thanks. Yes, Hardware was sent to you, but it would have been sent from Wild Child Publishing or Marci Baun, you can check for either of those names in your email address.

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  8. JL - You inspire me to keep at it with your diligence! Great example.

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    1. Thanks, M.L.,
      Yup, diligence helps me get the job done, even when I don't feel like.

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  9. I really enjoyed 'Don't Get Mad', so 'Kicked to the Kerb' sounds great - congrats!

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  10. Welcome back.

    Congrats to Linda. I'm still on tour. 2 more days.

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  11. I'm very happy you remained true to the Jamaican English! Off to get your book after this comment. Know the feeling about being holed up. I've been the same. "Rings of Trust" officially launches tomorrow. It involves the KKK, not exactly something that's on everyone's happy lips, but the story pushed to come out. It was a great feeling hitting that button. BTW, I read about Publisher's Marketplace on another blog, looked into it and joined. It's $20/month but one can cancel at any time. I joined as a blogger. PM comes out of that crucial NY market. Lots of Jamaicans living there who'd probably enjoy a bit of home. Thought I'd share as the traffic on my blog skyrocketed.

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    1. Thanks, Kittie. Hope you enjoyed the book and thanks for sharing the info on PM. Definitely want to read your book as well. Just figuring out the quickest way to get a new Kindle to Jamaica before Christmas.

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  12. I hate the spammers. I've been having trouble with them on my blog, too.

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    1. I don't want to do moderation, so I'm hoping for the best. It's not a nuisance on the current stuff, mostly on posts a few weeks old.

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  13. I love that you use British English spelling. We use that as well in Canada. I don't know what I'll do when spammers come for my blog...

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    1. Well, I'm deleting the comments that have nothing to do with anything as fast as I can. :) Hopefully, they'll move somewhere else with time.

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  14. Spammers have set up shop on my son's blog, too. Luckily, I have comment moderation on that one.
    I have to take a blogging break starting next week. I have to hunker down, too. I look forward to your creative product when you reemerge, Joy!

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    1. Sorry to hear that, Susan. They make life more complicated than it has to be. Hope you get lots done during your time away from the blog.

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