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A Plea from the heart

Hello everyone.

It’s not often that ol’ Gongle gets annoyed but…………

I ordered a book 10 days ago from a book seller on Amazon and it still hasn’t arrived. Even though I’ve been pacing up and down waiting for the postman every day since I ordered it, only to see Mr Postie walking past my door and whistling happily – which leads me to believe he has pinched my book – this isn’t the reason I’m annoyed.

I was speaking to an author friend earlier today and happened to mention that I was still eagerly awaiting the arrival of my book. What she said to me left me in a state of shock!

She told me that she had just received a royalty payment of 35p from a ‘third party’ book seller on Amazon from a book with a retail price of £9.00. My friend is a bit of a joker so I initially thought she was having me on.

But then she went on to tell me that she once did a book signing for Waterstones and for every book sold on the day she received £1 and Waterstones received £3 but she had to wait SIX MONTHS for her payment!

I asked her what percentage she received from Amazon and she said that it ranges from £1 to £1.50. for a book with a retail price of £12.99!

Now call me naive – remember I’m not from your planet – I don’t know much about the business of selling books, it’s mainly Ursula who deals with our online book store, but I was totally shocked by my friend’s revelations. So, authors spend – I dread to think how many hours – writing, re-writing and editing their work and when the proud day arrives to showcase their best seller they receive a pittance whilst the owner of the store  gets rich?? I’m still reeling from this news to be honest!

I’ve been with VBL for over four years now and have always known that Grimnien’s vision was brilliant which is why I’ve stuck with him from the beginning, despite several setbacks with the streaming site. Before today however, I didn’t realise what an innovative idea this was! After speaking to my friend I can now clearly see why people would think that  http://mineeye.co.uk/   is too good to be true!

Granted, we are not Amazon, but From little acorns…………

The price for authors to join MineEye is currently $2.99 per annum and they get to keep every penny (cent) from their book sales! This seems very fair to me as it is the author  who has spent the hours slaving away over that novel, not us!

We are TRULY here to help you, NOT to rip you off!

Please, Please, Please, if you are an author, join MineEye and upload your books. Please, Please, Please tell all your author friends about us and help to spread the word.

Please, Please, Please, if you love to read books, buy your books from MineEye in the knowledge that every penny you spend will go to the author. I PROMISE you we DO NOT MAKE PROFITS, our charges are simply to cover running costs.

Please, Please, Please, tell all your friends to buy books from MineEye because without sales our authors will leave us and go back to advertising on sites where all their hard graft will go to fund lavish lifestyles for the sellers.


I now realise that  http://mineeye.co.uk/  is the best thing since sliced bread!

If you have any questions about who we are and what we do please visit our website: thelamaison.co.uk

If you have specific questions about MineEye please contact:@UrsulaLygarlis


Love Gongle x





A lovely blog by one of our followers

Hi all

I’ve just had a lovely surprise in the twitterverse post and just had to share it with you. It was written by author PA Davies who has followed us recently. We’ve tweeted about his books a bit and he was so pleased that he wrote about us on his own blog to show his gratitude!

Thank you Mr Davies. We appreciate that you appreciate what we do!

Read the post here:

Love Gongle x

Latest News

Hello everyone

In case you’re wondering what’s going on at VBL Towers here’s a little update:

Thw Grimney wizards and elves are still beavering away at updating our virtual theatre and we are now on track for an Autumn launch. Our new team members, K and James R Hahn are also heavily involved with the process and are very excited to be part of it.

Melodie Melia will also be returning later in the year with a brand new series of ‘Hidden Gems’ which – she tells me – will be a monthly feature. She is currently ‘scouting’ for new artistes to interview so stand by your beds!

Don’t forget you can always catch up with us by visiting our website: thelamaison.co.uk There are links in there to all our various ventures as well as information about the team, there is also lots to entertain you from poetry and art to music – including a page dedicated to all our ‘Hidden Gems’ from series one.

Gongle is recruiting!…………. I am looking for two or three bloggers who would like a regular slot on the above website. There is NO PAY…..before you start asking, just the Kudos of working for a great Megastar:-) If you are interested please send your ideas to Gongleshanks@hotmail.co.uk

Please note there will be no Steve Luff show for the next two weeks but ‘The Luff’ will be back on the 12th August with lots of great music and banter!

Can I respectfully request that people stop gathering round my car and taking photographs? It is most annoying when I’m trying to quietly go about my daily business incognito!

Temp 2792

Love Gongle x





World famous artists to join VBL

After meetings with Grimnien I am pleased to tell you that James R. Hahn and K Hahn are joining the Grimnien team. They have seen our new site working and were so impressed that they were keen to get onboard and support our venture! They are working with our technical director to make some changes to the site which will hopefully be ready to launch later this summer.

For those who haven’t seen it, below is a Press release which has been put out by James and K.

We are delighted to welcome James and K into our little family. More news soon!


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




A little catchup

Hello everyone

There has been lots going on at Grimney Towers so for those of you who may have missed our tweets here is a litle catchup so that you don’t miss anything.

Our book site is proving to be  very popular and Ursula and Book attic are running a very interesting competition.All the details can be found on the site:   If you scroll down to the bottom of the ‘Home’ page you will find the competitions there.

There is a ton of information on our website about all of our various ventures and it is updated regularly so you should keep the link and visit often:thelamaison.co.uk

There’s lots on there to keep you entertained including poetry readings from our very own Grimnien: … … …a page where you can listen to songs and watch videos from our hidden gems: http://www.thelamaison.co.uk/hidden-gems    and some poems that have been written by the Grimniens including our official poet laureate: @Talk2PeaceX   

Poet Laureate ‘Peace’

 in Poetry corner: http://www.thelamaison.co.uk/poetry-corner:

Steve Luff
Steve Luff

Don’t forget you can catch up with all the Celebrity gossip at: Celebrity VoiceBox – ‘News, reviews, interviews & gossip … and read music reviews from:@SteveLuffRadio  and articles and interviews from @carro111  @Notsowiseowl28 , @aine425 and  Melodie Melia.



Kara’s newspaper: The VoiceBoxLive Chronicle – Paper.li is now a weekly newspaper which is published every Sunday and jam packed full of interesting stories from the previous week. You should subscribe to the paper and you will receive an email when it’s published. You will never miss an issue!

Kara Jarina






And of course if you are still not familiar with the Grimniens and what we do (Where HAVE you been!) you can read all about who we are at thelamaison.co.uk

Thank you for all your support:-)

Love Gongle x


A little update

Hello everyone!

I thought I’d better have a little catch up with all the latest news. It’s been a busy year for us Grimniens so far. MineEye is taking off in spectacular fashion thanks to the magnanimous efforts of@UrsulaLygarlis @Book_Attic and @Grimnien

Their tireless promoting has ensured that our technical director, Robert has been kept busy and therefore out of trouble!James Clode

The delightful @aine425    has joined the writers at Celebrity VoiceBoxLive. We are very pleased to have Annie on the team! If you haven’t read it you can see her interview with   @JamesClode  here: … …

If you haven’t visited our website yet you can find links to all our various ventures and we now have an art gallery and a photography studio on there where all you budding artists and photographers can display your work, for free of course!  If you would like to send photos or artwork to be shown in the galleries please email a link to: Gongleshanks@hotmail.co.uk

The website can be found here: thelamaison.co.uk

We are now on facebook (Due to poular demand) Please come and ‘like’ our page:

Please continue to support us so that we can continue to support you!

More exciting things are in the pipeline I’m thinking of sendingVoiceBoxLive


in there to fetch them out, muwahahaha! so stay tuned for more news to come shortly.


As s always, Thank you, Thank you, Thank you for your continued support!

Love Megastar 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.




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



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’




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



Hi everyone

In order to publicise our new site: http://www.mineeye.co.uk/ we will be running a monthly competition and the prize will be a £20 Amazon voucher. All you have to do to enter is to join the site (free to join) and leave a comment on there telling us what you think of it. It’s as simple as that! The competition will be advertised on http://www.theprizefinder.com in order to let people know that the site has launched.We are very interested in hearing your comments and suggestions and each month our site administrators will choose one of the most interesting/helpful comments and the member who posted it will win the prize.

Please note: To enter you need to log in to: http://www.mineeye.co.uk From the home page scroll down to the post entitled ‘What is MineEye?’ Click ‘Read more’ and leave your comment at the end:-) Thank you


The prize will consist of a £20 Amazon e voucher which will be sent to the email address provided by the member.

The competition is open to anyone over the age of 16 worldwide (excluding anyone connected with MineEye)

No purchase necessary, entry is free

Winner will be notified by email asap after the closing date.

Abusive comments will be disqualified.

Another piece of the VBL jigsaw in place!

Hi all

You may remember a while ago I told you that we had a new website, ‘CelebrityVoiceBox’  Well Caroline and Shona of @PROwls1 are the editors and have been updating the site. Well this post is to let you know that they are launching the site tomorrow!

Being a very important imp I have had a sneak preview and I can tell you that the two lassies have done an excellent job on the site. Here at VBL Towers we are very excited about the launch, so excited in fact that we are currently drinking champagne at Grimnien’s house to celebrate:-)

Grimnien is constantly looking for new platforms to showcase our talented Twitter friends and this, along with our daily newspaper ‘The VoiceBoxLive Chronicle’ which is edited by our lovely Kara Jarina, is set to be another fantastic medium for our talented friends!

We have some other sites coming soon – one of which – MineEye will be of particular interest to you writers and artists…….but more about that later.

Rest assured that our Live streaming site is still under construction after hitting a rather large obstacle and I hope to bring news about that soon now.

For now though, tomorrow belongs to ‘CelebrityVoiceBox’ and Caroline and Shona. I am advised that they already have a very popular and renowned music reviewer/writer on their team and will be introducing him tomorrow……..you’ll just have to wait!

If any of you are interested in writing for the website please contact Caroline and Shona @PROwls1 and they will explain more:-)

I am sure that they will appreciate your feedback/comments on the site too when they launch it tomorrow.

As always thank you for your continued support:-)

Love Gongle x