Please forgive me, I’m taking a break

I’m taking a short break from writing because I have family arriving very soon from Australia.

This is the family I wrote about in one of my earlier books. ‘It’s Penguin Shooting Day’ tells the story of when my son-in-law had a horrific car accident. I flew to Australia on the first available flight to help look after my baby granddaughter so my daughter could be by her husband’s side during his long journey to recovery.

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Those heartbreaking times are ten years behind us now, but I’m sure you’ll understand why I want to spend quality time with these very special people.

Please forgive me if I don’t write for a while. I’ll be enjoying lots of cuddles and playtime with my precious family.

If you’d like to read their story, you can find it here:-

Link to Amazon USA

Link to Amazon UK

 

 

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It's Penguin Shooting Day by Pearl A. Gardner

It’s Penguin Shooting Day

by Pearl A. Gardner

Giveaway ends June 10, 2014.

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Released in paperback 2nd May 2014.

Be one of the first to read the paperback edition of this amazing true life story of hope and inspiration. The Goodreads giveaway starts at midnight 3rd May. Click the link above to enter the draw for one of 2 copies available. Winners will be drawn and notified by the end of 10th June 2014.

Reviews on Amazon for the kindle version:-
‘This is based on a true story and it is very emotional and very touching.
It is very well written and makes you feel the pain and the joys of those actually involved.’

‘This is a book about family and the feelings of love and responsibility that start when your child is born and never diminish. I enjoyed it from start to finish.’

The story
The phone call that parents dread came on the 29th June 2008 at 11am.
Natalie’s voice shook when she told us, ‘Mum, Simon’s had a car crash, he’s in a coma.’

Compounding this awful news was the fact that my family lived at the other side of the world in Australia. Within hours I boarded my flight to be with them and started a diary of Simon’s journey back to us.

From Simon’s point of view, he wakes in a bizarre place full of strangers and doesn’t know why he is there. His yesterday is ten years ago and the only memories he has between then and now are hazy fragments.

Amazingly, his emotions are still intact, even though his memories don’t support them. He has no recollection of his wedding day, or of his daughter’s birth, but the love he feels for his wife and child are overwhelming in their intensity.

So we use Simon’s emotional strength and Natalie’s inspirational positive attitude to help him through the first traumatic weeks and try to set the foundations of a future we can only begin to imagine how to build.

eBook price reduction. Marketing experiment.

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Marketing is a cutthroat business, and as an author, I don’t profess to know much about it apart from what I’ve gleaned on forums.

Once the cover, blurb and price are set, there’s not much more the author can do – or is there?

Writing blogs, creating a Facebook author page, Twitter account, and website are all advised marketing strategies, but unless you can reach the target audience by these methods, what good are they, really?

It’s all well and good putting all these marketing aids in place, but if the likes, tweets and followers are not actually interested in the books the author writes, what is the point? A Facebook page can have hundreds of likes from fellow authors and a twitter account can have as many followers, but if they don’t lead to actual sales, what is the author actually achieving?

I have all those strategies viable and I update them and keep them active on a regular basis, but the only way my books gain popularity is by lowering the price for a limited time.

As an experiment in marketing, I’m lowering all my eBook prices on Amazon to $0.99 or £0.99 or equivalent in your country. Promotional prices on all titles will be effective from 23rd March, but for The Scent of Bluebells, which will be effective from 31st March.

The price promotion will last until the first week in May, but may be prolonged if the experiment is successful.

I will be blogging the results as a percentage increase or decrease per title at the end of the experiment.

It will be very interesting to see what happens.

See all my titles on Amazon.com here Pearl a Gardner

See all my titles on Amazon.co.uk here Pearl A Gardner

True account of surviving a massive brain injury

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“It’s Penguin Shooting Day, a true account of the first weeks living with brain injury”, will soon be available in paperback.

The eBook version is currently available in Amazon stores worldwide. If you don’t see the link to your local Amazon below, please search for ‘Penguin Shooting Day’ in the store.

Amazon.co.uk  Amazon.com  Amazon.com.au  Amazon.com.ca

I dedicated this book to my brave daughter. During the initial days after her husband’s accident and throughout his long recovery she was, and still is, an inspiration to us all.

You kept us strong my darling, even when your heart was breaking; you found the courage to uplift us with your tireless positive attitude.

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I kept this diary for a number of reasons. Firstly, my nature is to put everything down on paper, from shopping lists to seating plans. Secondly, I needed to channel my emotions. Setting it down in black and white helped contain the threatening avalanche of emotion, and made it easier to focus on what might lie ahead. Thirdly, it was going to be a bloody long flight, and if I didn’t do something, I would be out of my mind before my jumbo got off the ground.

I was about to set out on a familiar 30 hour trip, but this time, I didn’t have the anticipation and flurry of pretty butterflies in my tummy to shorten every minute of that journey. Instead, the lonely, panic filled, hours stretched endlessly before me, and I felt as if a dozen fruit-bats with scratchy claws were doing aerobatics in my insides. I had no one to share my distress with, and couldn’t face idle chit-chat with fellow travelers who were innocently going away on holiday.

Over the following weeks, my diary became my confessor and confidant, my dumping ground for sorrow and a place to share the joys and laughter when there was no one else around. It became the saver of my sanity, and I hope it will now give hope and maybe a little inspiration to others who may find themselves in a similar situation.

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The phone call that parents dread came on the 29th June 2008 at 11am. Natalie’s voice shook when she told us, ‘Mum, Simon’s had a car crash, he’s in a coma.’

Compounding this awful news was the fact that my family lived at the other side of the world in Australia. Within hours I boarded my flight to be with them and began the diary that would describe Simon’s journey back to us.

I started the diary for a number of reasons. Firstly, I’m a writer and my nature is to put everything down on paper. Secondly, I needed to channel my overwhelming emotions. Thirdly, it was going to be a bloody long flight and if I didn’t do something, I would be out of my mind before my jumbo got off the ground.

I was about to set out on a familiar 30 hour trip but this time, I did not have the anticipation and flurry of pretty butterflies in my tummy to shorten every minute. Instead, the panic filled hours stretched before me and I felt as if a dozen fruit-bats with scratchy claws were doing aerobatics in my insides. I had no one to share my distress with and couldn’t face idle chat with fellow travellers who were simply going on holiday.

Over the following weeks, my diary became my confessor and confidant, my dumping ground for sorrow and a place to share the joys and laughter when there was no one else around. It became the saver of my sanity and I hope it will now give hope and maybe a little inspiration for others who may find themselves in a similar situation.

From Simon’s point of view, he wakes in a bizarre place full of strangers and does not know why he is there. His yesterday is ten years ago and the only memories he has between then and now are hazy fragments.

Amazingly, his emotions are still intact, even though his memories don’t support them. He has no recollection of his wedding day, or of his daughter’s birth, but the love he feels for his wife and child are overwhelming in their intensity.

So we use Simon’s emotional strength and Natalie’s inspirational positive attitude to help him through the first traumatic weeks and try to set the foundations of a future we can only begin to imagine how to build.

The bizarre title came from Simon’s fuddled brain. When asked if he knew what day it was, a few days after emerging from coma, he replied, ‘It’s Penguin Shooting Day.’

This diary is now available in Amazon as a Kindle eBook, and will shortly be released in paperback.