Writing, Editing and a call for submissions…

As you will have noticed (if you’re inclined to notice this sort of thing, that is), I have only barely been keeping this blog ticking over for weeks.  Why?  For what felt like an age, I had the flu.  Then I turned my focus towards non-blog writing, which, when you haven’t got much done this year, seems like a sensible move.

I have been working on the final editing stage of my novel – it’s almost there, which is both really exciting and terribly nerve-racking at the same time, the reason being I will soon have to let others have a read of it and let me know what they think.  Gulp!  And after that…the long, hard journey of trying to get it published…

But that’s not all that’s been going on…here are a few highlights:

Whispers and Echoes – Issue 1

The deadline for submissions for the first issue of Whispers and Echoes has been extended to 24 March 2017.  A few days ago I published a post full of writing prompts (when I say “full of writing prompts” read “ten writing prompts” – I do have a tendency to exaggerate 😉 ).  Half are word prompts, the rest are photo prompts.  So if you are currently short on inspiration, why not head over to this post and while you’re there take a look around 🙂

Read an Ebook Week

Ending today is “Read an Ebook Week”, so why not head over to Smashwords to find discounted reads, many of which are marked as free for this week only.  Clicking the cool crow poster on the left will take you to the special “Read an Ebook Week” catalogue.


Dreaming in Purple

Last week I mentioned that the first Andromache Jones Mini Mystery can be found on Wattpad.  Here’s the blurb:

It’s the day of the Bramblesgrove Village Fair and Andromache Jones is giving away free tarot readings. However, she woke that morning recalling she had dreamt in purple. And that can only mean one thing…something quite extraordinary is going to happen.

To read the story, follow this link:


And there we have it.  Thanks for reading.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend 🙂

Time for another update…

It’s been a while but I’ve not been sitting idle, watching time tick by (well, not for the most part).  So, here are some updates that you may or may not be interested in… 🙂

bee in willowherb flower

This photo has nothing to do with this post…However, it is one of my favourite photos from last year…


Blogging-wise, I’ve been occupied with my reading challenges over at Sammi Loves Books (July was Indie Only Month and August was Historical Fiction Month).  And this got me thinking that, wouldn’t it be a great way to get back into posting regularly as well as unleashing a little creativity, to create a writing challenge for Sammi Scribbles.  And so, A Month of Mini Writing Challenges was born.  If you are interested in joining in / learning more, keep your eyes peeled for a dedicated post in the very, very near future 🙂

The Apparition

The Apparition has finally been uploaded completely to Wattpad.  If you don’t want to download it for FREE from Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, Kobo or iBooks, you can now read it entirely via Wattpad, by following this link.

Dreaming in Purple

Also, there is a new Andromache Jones Mystery available to read.  This is the first Mini Mystery in the series.  It has been added to a book on Wattpad’s Short Story profile – 5 Minute Reads anthology.  Just click this link here.

I think this is an entertaining introduction to my witchy sleuth (of course I would), so if you haven’t met Andromache Jones yet, give this a try and let me know what you think.  And it is less than 1000 words long.


My website has been updated and been given a new look.  What do you think?  I like the moving background – it invokes a sense of otherworldly mystery, I think…I also have a page now for my Wattpad stories, accompanied by excerpts (hopefully) tempting enough to persuade you to read them 😀


If you look to the sidebar, you will see that I also have a (very bare looking) Facebook page now.  Please check  it out and give it a ‘like’.  The plan is to use it as a hub for my online writing activities, so I will be posting links to my writing, book reviews and anything else of interest.

And I think that’s everything…Hopefully with this mini writing challenge starting today I will be posting a little more regularly…at least for a while 🙂  Tomorrow begins the monumental task of catching up with everyone’s blogs.  There is a mountain of reading awaiting for me, and I’m looking forward to getting stuck in!

Thanks for stopping by and reading.

Brightest Blessings!

Oracle Forecast for the Week Ahead from The River Gardens Oracle


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This week will be one for hard work (Bee).  However, your effort will be rewarded and will bring success to your door.

If you work with balance as your guiding principle (Yin and Yang) harmony will reign and this hard work will feel effortless.

During this busy period don’t forget to take care of yourself (Mother Goddess).  It is a time for healing.  Make sure that you rest to recuperate your strength during quiet periods so that when the time comes, you are ready for anything.

This oracle forecast uses the River Gardens Oracle Card Deck, which I designed for my fictional witch, Andromache Jones.  To learn more about her and the free stories she features in, click here.

I would love to hear what you think of the stories, the cards and this reading, so please feel free to comment or contact me.

Please Note: It is worth pointing out that this reading is provided for entertainment purposes only; however, what you do with the information provided in it, is up to you.

© Sammi Cox, 2014