It’s Christmas. A time for love, generousity, and for giving, or ‘forgiving’. For this reason, ALL my kindle books will be free both today (Christmas Day) and tomorrow (Boxing Day) as a way of saying thank you to all my friends old and new, and spreading more of the spirit of the season.
All I ask in return is, if you download a copy of my book, please take a few minutes to honestly rate and review the book on amazon 🙂
NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS:
I’m not really one for making resolutions for New Year, but at this time I do like to reflect back on the past few months and take stock. Like many of you, I’m sure, this has been a great year, but also a bummer of a year. I lost two very great and dear friends: Dr. Wayne Dyer, a motivational force in my life, and Richard Anthony Eyre, an old school friend.
They will both be missed.
On the upside, I’ve met and made numerous new friends, mostly in the film and TV industry. Another positive to the year: I’m very excited at the great progress I’ve made since April of breaking back into the acting world again. A short film I starred in landed at Cannes, thanks to the wonderful director Miho Sugita. I finally got an agent! And I have two new film scripts doing the rounds. It’s almost as if my life has come full circle and I’ve arrived back where I was before I left sixteen years ago!
On the writing front, my books continue to sell – Thank you all for that! Although I feel a little lazy at not having completed ALL the new books I had planned to publish this year, they are still in the works and WILL BE published in 2016. How about that for positive thinking?!
Talking of positive thinking, it’s been wonderful to connect with some old friends (Tony Wilson, and Trevor Oakland, to name just two!) from the distant past and indulge my other passion for self-development and motivation. When there’s something you just can’t help yourself from doing, then that’s a good sign you should be doing it (if it’s positive in nature!)
Did I Give Enough, Live Enough, Laugh Enough, and Love Enough…?
When I reflect back on this year, there’s one question I ask myself, and that’s written above. I have certainly laughed a lot this year, thanks to new friends, Stephen, Jo, Louise, Helen, Ness, Rachael, and Darryl. Did I give enough…? I’m sure I could have given more, but within my financial constraints I think I gave as much as I could monetarily, on a personal level, definitely! As far as living enough, I don’t think there’s much more this little chap could have crammed into the last 12 months. I always consider myself as lazy, but then look at what I’ve managed to do and wonder why I keep thinking that! And then there’s love… ah, that sweet, alusive thing… As far as giving my love away, that has been joyously done over the year. More on a platonic level than romantic, but there is always hope…! I’m sure, somewhere out there, there is a young lady that has the patience to put up with my ‘insanity’.
Well, if you’ve read this far, I commend you. What a ramble! Here are the links to my free books. Enjoy! Share! And for all of you I have not yet wished a very Merry Christmas and a superb New Year, that was it.
Click on the book cover to take you to the amazon link for the book (sorry, these are US links. You’ll have to transfer to the country link you need!)
A delighful, powerful short read accompanied by 19 exceptional watercolour paintings. Peace, love, harmony and balance.
A new age parable about connecting and listening to your heart. Let the Shepherd guide you to where you should be in life.
Can we learn about ourselves from probably one of the most detested creatures on the planet? Find out through a series of ten letters this brave, little thing writes back to those at home fighting the Eternal War…
Not an easy read this one, I’ll give you that. This is an experimental novel, part of a trilogy, a film, and a musical album that never quite made it off the ground. Read at your peril, is all I say… It almost drove me mad writing it, but it’s full of philosophy, ridiculousness, and mischief. It’ll make sense once you’ve read it!
Remember, if you download a copy, please leave a rating and review, thank you very much!
MERRY CHRISTMAS ONE AND ALL,
AND A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR!
I’m always on the lookout for exciting ways to motivate writers – myself included – and share the good stuff that’s out there on the internet.
Via one of my new twitter followers, I found this great idea that has developed out of the wonderfully successful NaNoWriMo phenomenon: it’s a monthly 500-word a day writing challenge WritingChallenge.org
Writing, by its very nature, can be a lonely process, and this is an excellent way to connect with other writers in the challenge and share the motivation and encouragement, as well as developing relationships with other writers.
Since I have two projects on the go at present: BALLS-DEEP IN PARADISE – a new, semi-autobiographical novel about some of my experiences in Costa Rica, and THE SHEPHERD WORKBOOK – a self-help companion guide to my inspirational parable “The Shepherd”, this challenge seemed like a brilliant idea to participate in. Those that know me know I’m a terrible distraction-freak… and the slightest thing can send me into a tizwas of procrastination for no reason whatsoever!
I joined late, but that’s okay, they are a relaxed bunch – it’s all about encouragement and enjoying the experience of writing, not about the birch and cane! For me, it’s just nice to have an accountability group out there to keep me focused on my goal of actually getting these both finished in a timely manner.
Click on the links above to find out more, or simply tweet with ‘#janwritingchallenge’ and I’m sure we’ll find you soon enough. Enjoy your writing experience, good luck, and a very happy New Year to you all!
ANTHONY DONNELLY blogs about all things writing, inspirational, and motivational. He has published a number of books for children and adults. His first novel 49Q? THE ENIGMA CONTINUES is currently climbing up the Amazon charts, and is available in Kindle or paperback. When not sat at his keyboard writing, he can be found in Costa Rica, North America, or somewhere in Europe motivating and coaching individuals and groups in self-development techniques and life-balance.
Offering free review copies of my book The Cockroach Chronicles to interested readers for a limited time.
Do you know of anybody that loves to read and review books? Perhaps YOU would love to read and review this short story of mine? I hate to mention Christmas so early in the year, but in order to boost my online exposure, I need more reviews and ratings on amazon, so I’m offering the book for free until the end of November.
Send me an email, and I’ll send you a copy to read and review!
This short, easy-to-read story follows the adventures of Flyserou, a brave, young cockroach, tired of the endless battle against the Enemy (humans), who leaves home in search of answers to the relentless war. The story is told through a course of ten letters sent back home. As we read about Flyserou’s adventures and encounters, it is as much an engaging parable as it is a self-reflection into our own lives. As Flyserou ventures deeper into the Enemy realm, the reader learns much about themselves (from the viewpoint of a cockroach!) It sounds like a strange story, but the strangest part is the discoveries you will learn as you read this personal correspondence!
MANY THANKS FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT!
Happy weekend to you all! I am very happy to say that I rediscovered this older work of mine from 1998, back when I still lived in London, and wrote for a younger friend of mine, and felt I should let it see the light of day. I thought it had been lost amongst my travels and crashed computers, but stumbled upon it just recently.
It is a very simple, almost old-fashioned story about a common house brick named Eric, who is ‘brick-napped’ from the building site he’s delivered to. Thankfully, a local ‘Brickologist’ (someone that makes a study of bricks!) is close by to save the day. Cute, charming, and educational, this little work will allow parents to discuss topics of ‘doing the right thing’, ‘good vs bad’, teamwork and unity, amongst other things, all via a very simple and engaging story.
Now for those of you who aren’t Brickologists and don’t know much about the subject, let me just explain a few things about bricks. Bricks come in all different shapes, sizes and colours. There are red bricks, yellow bricks, grey bricks – oh! far too many colours to go into for one story. Bricks also have many uses. There are house bricks, paving bricks, bricks that don’t even look like bricks, all fancifully carved and frightfully pretty.
Now, not many people know this (apart from Brickologists of course, who have spent a great deal of time and effort studying them in depth) but bricks also have some amazing abilities. For example, did you know that bricks can talk and have a language all to themselves? Well they do, it’s called Arabrick. How terribly boring it would be for bricks standing all day long next to each other in a wall without being able to talk! Seeing as only the very highly qualified Brickologists can understand Arabrick, I have taken the liberty of writing their speech in English so that you can better understand what they are saying. You’ll discover more about their talents later on in the story. Well, just so that you know what sort of brick Eric was, he was just your ordinary red house brick.
Now, on with the story…
Available to buy in about two weeks, if you go here: Book Country books
I have lived outside of the British Isles most of my adult life, only occasionally stopping back there for important family gatherings, funerals, and the like. And so it was, whilst visiting friends in Canada recently, I stumbled upon Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson.
What a delighful read. Bill writes with fondness and appreciation of my homeland, liberally smattered with big dollops of his unique wit and humour. Part tour guide, part homage to a country he called home for two decades, he retells his early experiences with the strange and quirky land, the things that have changed – for good and bad – and gives a very unbiased observation of many regions of the UK I also love, and love to hate.
It was a nostalgic journey for me, and quite lovely to hear the reflections and observations of a ‘foreigner’ to my little island. I found myself all at once crying, as I remembered fondly places from my childhood, and laughing out loud (which I rarely do when reading!) at his spot-on observations about us Brits. It was great to be reminded of what makes the British so unique and cherished.
This is an easy read and page-turner, in fact, I easily used this book as an excuse NOT to do more important chores! Bill has a wonderfully engaging and conversational style. If you’re a fan of the UK, planning a trip there, or just like a jolly good read, this book gets two thumbs up from me – I’d give it more, but I only have two hands!
Thank you Bill Bryson for taking the time to jot down your love of my country.
If anybody would like a FREE copy of any of my books in exchange for a review on Amazon, I’d be more than happy to send you a copy via email.
Please send me a short note, and I’ll be in touch: email@example.com
Here’s a quick overview of the titles I currently have online:
CHARLIE THE MIGRATING SNAIL: a young, curious snail sets off on an adventure to find answers to all the questions in his head, and is very surprised by what he discovers.
THE COCKROACH CHRONICLES: a cockroach explores the world of The Enemy (humans) to discover why they are hated so much. A reflection on humanity and a mirror to how we, as humans, are not living in balance with the natural world.
MICHAEL AND THE MAGIC HICCUP – The Adventure Begins: a quaint fairytale about a common garden gnome that hiccups his way into a magical kingdom.
MICHAEL AND THE MAGIC HICCIP – The Teapot’s Revenge: part two of the story of a special garden gnome, that rescues the Princess and her friends, and becomes a hero afterall.
I’ll also post the reviews on this blog, and if you have a link to your site, or books, I’ll add them to my resources section.
Many thanks for your help and support.
Since I was a young lad, I have always enjoyed quotations of all types, but especially those of an inspirational or spiritual nature.
Many I have altered over the years and added a new spin to, as they either didn’t make sense or resonate with me, or I simply felt they just didn’t go far enough. In moments of contemplation and meditation – often while writing – little gems fall into my mind.
This is the case with the quotation below, that appears in one of my ‘children’s stories for adults’, The Cockroach Chronicles.
“As we enter, so shall we exit.
What we leave behind can be
a beach to walk upon, or
footprints in the sand.”
In expansion of this quotation, some of my readers have wondered if there was a hierarchy to this. That is to say was I implying that creating a beach to walk upon was a better pursuit than merely walking upon one. My point doesn’t draw a comparison, as the opening suggests, we arrive with none of the illusionary, physical trappings many of us strive to acquire during our short ‘vacation’ here in this strange, perceived reality, and we cannot take any of that ‘stuff’ with us at the end. What we can do in this preciously short period of experience is create something of pleasure for us (and others) to enjoy, or enjoy all the wonderful things that are already here. It is all transitory and impermanent.
We came here to share and enjoy all the love and beauty that surrounds us.
Thank you for finding and stopping by my author site.
Please pop back regularly for updates on new works-in-progress, reviews, musings, and spiritual observations. From time to time I shall be posting more in depth articles about various spiritual themes and awakenings that I allude to in my Children’s stories and writings.
As always, I encourage comments, suggestions, personal reviews and feedback.
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