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P.A. Davies

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Gongle Shanks sent me a message that read something like, “P.A. Davies is a great guy! Do a little post about him.” I thought, “I guess I’ll pencil it in!” It’s not often I say anything nice about that ridiculous imp, but he was right. (Don’t tell him I said that! It will go straight to his bulbous head!)

So, I set out to acquire a copy of George: A Gentleman of the road without doing any research first. Typically, I like to know what I’m getting into but when orders are given, one must jump. After some grumbling and a bit of whining, I put aside my baking and gardening to read.

George: A Gentleman of the Road is amazing!

Everyone should read about George. His life has been one that few people have the blessing to experience. He’s had his highs and his lows, but he also had…

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A helping hand for creative people.

P.A.Davies (Author)

WHATEVER your creative art might be … whether it’s writing novels, poems or music … you will know how hard it is to get yourself and your work noticed, especially if you are just starting out in this overflowing market of already established talent.

Yes, you might have a Facebook page or a Website and maybe you have managed to get yourself a few followers on Twitter, which is great. But how much time is spent away from your craft trying to generate some publicity for yourself and how much is all that effort actually helping to raise your profile? If you’re being honest, not as much as you’d like it to, correct?

Truth is, it’s hard to get your name … your talent, your creativity … out there and when I say OUT THERE, I mean getting others to notice you that aren’t your family and your friends.

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Quick update on VBL

Hello again!

Just to let you know there were some technical issues with the first broadcast, well I DID tell you it might not work! I am reliably informed that the show is going to be recorded and put on the site soon so you WILL get to see it.

Our technicians are getting smacked bottoms as we speak:-)

Stick with us folks, you KNOW we’ll get there in the end. I must go now as I have the job of cleaning Morton’s popcorn off the floor………and his slime off the seats, TCH!

Love Gongle x

Inspired to write a blog!

I have just read a blog post written by@Kirsten124 I

It was an interesting read and it got me thinking………….

Kirsten manages Robb Murphy, a lovely lad and a great songwriter who is featured in our ‘Hidden Gems’ series. She was prompted to write the blog after receiving a comment from someone advising her that:

“…you have the wrong understanding of how the music business works”

Some of the points Kirsten made in her blog resonated with me. I will put a link to her blog at the end of this one so that you can read it in full but it got me thinking that much of what she said in her post applies to what we Grimniens do on Twitter.

I think it’s fair to say that none of our team are ‘experts’ at what we do but we are learning as we go along. The main thing is that we do what we do because we have a vision and a passion for the arts and artistic people and as Kirsten says:

“The only thing that really matters is to do what you love, do what brings you energy, do what makes you feel good, do what you’re good at and become better. (This counts for anyone, regardless if you’re a musician/artist or not.) Don’t take any of the negative things happening personal. Just move on and surround yourself with people who motivate you, work with like-minded people and stay true to yourself.

Keep doing your own thing, do what feels right. Try new things and always keep in mind with everything you do that it’s always better to try and fail than a couple of years later thinking ‘What if…’ Believe in yourself, trust your instincts and never give up on what you love doing.”

That sums up (quite eloquently) our ethos. We are all like minded people, we believe in ourselves and we will never give up because we love what we are doing!

Yes, I’m sure we’ve made mistakes along the way and I, being a ‘very cheeky imp’ have also received ‘advice’ from a few folk but in general our followers tend to stay with us and also have faith in what we are trying to do.

One problem I find with having so many followers is that I tend to lose touch with people unless they actively keep in touch with me. I have just been chatting to a member of the team who commented that there is “so much talent out there” I have been astounded by just how many talented folk there are ‘out there’ since I arrived on this planet but I firmly believe that all creative people deserve a chance to be seen and heard and that is why we are here!

We try to highlight as many people as possible and will always retweet our followers’ tweets so if you have something you want retweeted don’t be shy! Send your tweets to one – or all of our team and pop in and have a chat whenever we are around. Remember we are here for YOU.

If you still aren’t sure who the team members are we are all listed on our website:thelamaison.co.uk

If you would like to read Kirsten’s blog you can find it here:

Thank you Kirsten for prompting me to write a post and by the way we think you are doing a FINE job for Robb!

As always, thank you for continuing to follow and support us, we couldn’t do what we do without you!

 

Love Gongle x

 

 

 

Happy New Year!

Yes I know it’s belated but A very Happy new year to all our followers, I can’t believe we’re still in January as so much has happened since Christmas!

Firstly our MineEye manager, Ursula  has been busy, not only has she created a newspaper which focuses mainly on book related matters but she has also set up a ‘promotional blog’ which links in directly to MineEye and helps to promote the authors’ books.

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She might act daft on Twitter that Ursula but she’s actually quite compus mentus when it comes to promoting books!

 

https://ursulalygarlis.wordpress.com/2016/01/22/calling-all-authors/

Our unsung hero wizard, Rob is also doing a tremendous job under the weight of all the new books that keep arriving for him to work his magic on.

In case you haven’t seen it we also have a website now which links to all our various sites: http://www.thelamaison.co.uk/

On top of all that the ‘Grimnien’ team continues to tweet for all our creatives and are soon going to be promoting our venture outside of Twitter.

Kara has changed The VoiceBoxLive Chronicle – Paper.li to a weekly paper now in order to dedicate more time working ‘behind the scenes’

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Oh when will the beautiful Kara agree to marry me!

 

 

 

We have lots of ‘best laid plans’ for 2016 so stay tuned! As always your continued support is very much appreciated!

Love Gongle x

 

Winner announcement

Hello all and a very happy new year:-)

I have received the following from Ursula regarding our recent competition:

Our January MineEye competition has come to end and the entries have been tallied. One very special winner will receive a £20 Amazon voucher! Another will get a signed print copy of Victoria Allred’s Taken.

Here is our very long list of ebooks to be awarded!

Girl with the Blue Umbrella by Heather Awad
Fantasy Child- The Key to the Kingdom by  Gavin Paul Carter
Bitter is the Salt by James Willard and Gavin Carter
Taken by Victoria Allred

Check your emails! Your MineEye representative will be contacting you shortly with your prize!

Congratulations to our lucky winners. A new competition will be announced shortly:-)
Love Gongle x

Happy Christmas

Hello everybody

Just wanted to wish all our followers a Very Happy Christmas from all the VBL team:-)

Thank you for all your support in 2015 and we have more in store for you in 2016 so stick with us!

Love Gongleshanks, Grimnien, Morton, AnMarie, Kara, Steve, Peace the poet, Ursula, Astrid, Lochy, Book Attic, Garlan, Garli, Rob, Wendel, Killgin, Meadow, Talos, Sian, Shona and Caroline:-)

Also………..

Competition winner!

Our judges have had a very difficult job deciding on a winner for our first competition but I am delighted to tell you that I have received the decision today! The following is the winner announcement which I received from@UrsulaLygarlis  and @bookattic1

Winner! Winner!

I’m so excited to finally get this HUGE weight off my chest! Today we’re announcing the winner of a £20 Amazon voucher, courtesy of MineEye. It was a very difficult decision, all of you seemed so interested in the idea of a website created for up-and-coming authors.

Drumroll please, without further ado!

Venuscallipyge! Don’t spend it all in one place! Well… I guess you have to since it can only be spent in one place. Don’t spend it all on one thing! You should be able to buy at least two books with £20.

Expect an email soon to receive your prize!

Since we were so happy with all of your comments, we decided to award two runner-ups a £5 voucher!

Irenemurdochcal and Shakrimad congratulations on your prize! I would tell you not to spend it all in one place, but… you know.

Thank you to everyone who entered, your comments were wonderful! I hope you stick around and share MineEye with your friends!

Happy reading and beware the pixies!

We hope you love it!