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TWCS Publishing House 4th Birthday celebrations!

From their very first book, Blind Faith by Michael Schneider, to their most recent release, Twelve by T.M. Franklin, The Writer’s Coffee Shop Publishing House has been dedicated to giving their readers the best stories they can. Their books have hit The New York Times Best Sellers List, Amazon Best Sellers List, and Amazon Hot 100. After four years of success, The Writer’s Coffee Shop Publishing House wants to celebrate and you all are invited.

Join TWCS from October 12th to the 17th on their Facebook event page for daily giveaways. Answer the question of the day to enter for a chance to win print books, eBooks, and Amazon gift cards. Join the party on Facebook!

https://www.facebook.com/events/310622705807547/?sid_reminder=7322495596990824448

You could win books like

Blind FaithMore (MORE, #1)The Six (The Gateway Chronicles #1)Immortal (Immortal, #1)Redemption (Redemption, #1)Wellesley WivesLegacy of a Dreamer (Dreamer, #1)A Thin, Dark LineSupernova (Supernova Saga, #1)Slave (Finding Anna, #1)Roadkill (Allie Lindell, #1)Old Wounds e-book CompilationCode RedLast Call The Last Keeper (The Keepers' Chronicles #1)Blood Flows Deep in the Empire (The Szolites, #1)Exotic Music of the Belly DancerThe Enemy Inside (The Enemy Inside, #1)Out for BloodFeather LightPearls of Asia: A Love StorySpotlightThe Wrong WomanThe Righteous and the WickedObvious ChildJust Sing (Seven Oaks #1)The Silver CrescentInnocence (A Forbidden Love, Book 1)Synchronized BreathingFire on the Water: A Companion to Mary Shelley's FrankensteinGuilty Pleasures (The Food and Fornication Fables)Ready to Love AgainRuthless People (Ruthless People, #1)ZombifiedGhostwriterRed Zone (Daniels Brothers, #2)Éire's Captive Moon (Éire's Viking, #1)How to Get Ainsley Bishop to Fall in Love with YouBehind the Scandal (Reluctance, #2)Mountain Charm (Appalachian Heart Collection, #2)

And there are many more to come!

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My musie has come back!

Of course, that’s not to say the wonderful darling has abandoned me completely in the last couple of years, but she has been, shall we say… resting.

Two years ago I wrote a book called The Stars Are Falling. I wrote that book start to finish in ten days. Prep, research, planning, writing, and even the first round of editing.

But then I stopped. It is natural to need a break after such a mammoth task, but for the past two years I haven’t written anything over a couple of thousand words. I have tried. And I have failed.

At first I thought my musie has simply gone away on a well needed holiday and would be back. At the end of year one, I wondered if that holiday was a permanent one.

It wasn’t until earlier this year that I realised what the problem was. Stress. Now, my life is pretty easy, in my mind. I look after my husband, I cook, I clean, I read, I write. I sit at home a lot of the time with nothing more to do than watch the TV and write. Which is how this writing thing got started again: because I was sick of doing the housework and having a spotless house.

So what exactly happened?

I had a guest in my spare room. The first one moved in when I was writing The Stars Are Falling. And I was fine for a bit. Then she moved out, and six months later, my friend moved over from Germany and stayed with me for a while as she got herself sorted. Then over Christmas last year a friend of mine was made homeless, and so stayed with us until he got himself sorted.

The problem wasn’t that there were extra people in my house, it was that they were in my writing space. I recently moved from a three bedroom to a two bedroom house. So my husband lives under the stairs. (Before you consider calling the police on me, he has a desk in there and a chair and a whole bunch of teddies, there are no locks on the door, and he is free to come and go as he pleases. I mention this because in the past saying my husband lives under the stairs has caused some issues and earned me something of a reputation where I live.)

So I no longer have a dedicated writing spare where I am surrounded by books and an endless selection of wine. At least, I HAD no dedicated writing space. Not whilst I was living in one bedroom and someone was in the other. All of the writing was done in the living room, under the watchful eyes of whoever was in the house.

But it’s been about a month now since our homeless friend became not so homeless. This evening, something beautiful happened. I had inspiration. Nothing big (lord knows I have enough ideas in the ideas folder begging to be written!), but something.

Someone asked me to what mulled wine was. So I described it. Not just what was in it, but what it tastes like: it tastes like snuggling up under a warm duvet on a cold winter morning when you don’t have to get up.

And just like that it hit me: my mind was working again. It was alive with colours and descriptions and a way of looking at the world that I have sorely missed lately. And all without going off the wonderful medication that keeps me going and stops my mind from wandering too much.

So after almost two years of my musie being in a huff at the invasion of people, she finally has her space, I have my writing room back, and there is a whole trove of ideas that are begging for attention again.

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Why I will always do some work for free.

You’ve probably heard the saying ‘if you love something never do it for free.’ And the various renditions of said quote. Well, I disagree. Pretty much entirely.

I love my job. I get to wake up in the morning, put my jammies on, sit down on my couch, load up my laptop and go to “work.” I make stuff up for a living. What’s not to love about that?

So why exactly do I do it for free?

It’s no secret that not everyone makes the huge figures by writing. There are hundreds of books released every day, and only a small percentage of those ever make it onto the best sellers lists. So in theory, I should be charging for every piece of work I do no matter who it is for. But that’s not the case.

I have three short ebooks that are free. I recently gave a short story to an anthology for free. I have given numerous short pieces to charity anthologies, and all for free. I will never see a penny in royalties for those pieces of work. And these aren’t shorts that took me ten minutes to write, didn’t get any editing, and don’t have covers or formatting. These are short stories between 1000 and 4000 words that have been edited, the free ebooks have covers and have been formatted. I have put hours of work into each of those pieces. All for nothing.

And that’s what isn’t true. they have not all been for nothing. What many people seem to think is that if you aren’t getting paid you aren’t getting anything out of it. That is not true.

People are far more likely to give my other works a try if they have enjoyed one of my free short stories. My name is out further about in the world due to the anthologies, and my shorts being included in charity anthologies has helped raised money for people in need.

So far from getting nothing out of working for free, I am getting exposure, the chance to reach new readers, the opportunity to help others when I perhaps don’t have the money to just give to charity. Not to mention the feel good factor of helping others.

Which is all why when people say if you love something never do it for free, I would like to remind them all that just because you don’t get any money out of it doesn’t mean you didn’t get something out of it.

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Opening Weekend Update

I’ve got good news and I’ve got better news.

In the US The Stars Are Falling spent the whole of its opening weekend in the top 100 on Amazon.

The better news is that The Stars Are Falling opened at number 5 and spent its entire first weekend in the top 20 on Amazon UK!

It’s always exciting when a book sits happily in any of the best sellers charts, and I have done many a happy dance with my short stories when they are released, but with The Stars Are Falling it was all that much better. Number 5 is the highest I have ever been in the charts. And after the disaster of a release day (thanks to Amazon for that mess!), to see my baby book so close to the top was fantastic! Top that off with a fantastic release party on the evening and more books sold there than I had hoped, and I had a fantastic weekend last week.

So what can possibly top the opening weekend? Well, I have a second release party at the start of next week, two more signings this month, two signings next month as well as a couple of possible conventions, and a trip to Texas later in the year. And I am booking things in for Christmas and 2015 already! So it promises to be a long ride between now and my next book release, but an enjoyable one!

If you haven’t got The Stars Are Falling yet, here are the links.

http://www.amazon.com/The-Stars-Falling-Michelle-Birbeck

http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/the-stars-are-falling

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-stars-are-falling-michelle-birbeck

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The Stars Are Falling, Blog Tour Stop

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It’s Excerpt day on the blog tour today! So it’s time for something a little longer than the Tuesday Teaser posts you’ve been getting for the last couple of weeks.

Here’s a bit from chapter 11.

I got to the railing just in time to see the splash. But when I glanced up, Mark was already being set upon by the gang. Dark as the water was, I couldn’t see if Stacy came back up. Given the blows to her head, I doubted it.

“Ah, hell,” I muttered.

Turning on my heel, I sprinted back to the car. There was a torch in the glove compartment, always was.

“Help Mark,” I shouted when I passed Dale and Alexis.

They went shooting off to assist him, and I continued racing for the car, for the torch.

I had never met Stacy before, but seeing her go over the bridge… I had to check that she’d come up again.

Torch was exactly where it was supposed to be; in the glove box, at the back. One flick to make sure it was working, and I was running back for the bridge.

The gang had dissipated some by the time I got there. With Dale, Mark and Alexis they had fled, only a couple of stragglers staying behind to shout obscenities. I shone the light over the edge frantically, but couldn’t see her. Couldn’t hear anyone gasping for breath in the relative quiet, either. No splashing. Nothing.

On the other side, I leaned as far as I could, shining the torch as far under the bridge as the railings would let me.

There! The light caught something and I swept it back. Up against one of the bridge supports. A face, dark hair. No movements. She was out of the water enough to not drown, but not enough to survive the icy soak.

“I can see her!” I called.

At the sound of my voice she flinched, moved. Eyelids fluttered against the light, but she wasn’t awake enough to swim yet.

There was only one way that came to mind to get her out of the water.

“Dale, can you get the car down there?” I pointed to the piece of park land that ran alongside the bridge.

“Yeah.”

“Okay, you do that. Mark, you know where she lives?”

He nodded.

“Alexis, get every blanket we’ve got in the car and meet me by that little pier.”

Dale was the one to ask, “What are you doing?”

“These waters are cold, Dale, she stays in there, she’ll die. Either the current will wash her free and she’ll drown, or she’ll die from the cold.”

“So what are you doing?”

I smiled up at him and reached up to place a hand on his cheek. “What do you think I’m doing?”

Before he had chance to say it or talk me out of it, I leapt. Up onto the railings, first. Then down, straight into the water.

 

As you can see, things are heating up! Or cooling down, as the case may be.

The Stars Are Falling is now out, and available across all the platforms, including B&N, Kobo, Amazon, and the ibookstore (just search for Michelle Birbeck).

And for those of you who are inclined to enter giveaways, there’s one of those happening, too! Where you can win a paperback or an ebook of The Stars Are Falling!

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The Stars Are Falling, it’s finally here!

The Stars Are Falling
By
Michelle Birbeck

“Is saving the one she loves worth killing the whole world?”



Release Date: 3rd July 2014

Genre: Young Adult/Sci-Fi
Published by: The Writers Coffee Shop

Available from: AmazonKoboBarnes and Noble, and TWCS PH
 
Summary:

 
Jenny is content trying to survive university and sneaking glances at her housemate, Dale, in between hours spent watching the night sky. When the first meteor streaks through the night, landing close enough to shake the house, however, everything changes.
What’s left in the crater isn’t a lump of rock from outer space, but something that looks like a man. Soon after, the killing begins. Anyone who gets in their way is disintegrated with an all-consuming light so hot nothing remains.
Hundreds more descend from the heavens, bleaching the night sky, shaking the ground. They want to eliminate all threats to Earth, starting with the biggest one: the human race.
Jenny and Dale know a way to do both: save Earth and stop the human race from being wiped out. They just have to stay alive long enough to convince the falling stars to spare the human race.

Author Bio: 


Michelle has been reading and writing her whole life. Her earliest memory of books was when she was five and decided to try to teach her fish how to read, by putting her Beatrix Potter books in the fish tank with them. Since then her love of books has grown, and now she is writing her own and  looking forward to seeing them on her shelves, though they won’t be going anywhere near the fish tank.












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Teaser Tuesday, The Stars Are Falling

With less than 48 hours until The Stars Are Falling is out, have a final teaser for Sherri Hayes’ Tuesday Teasers.

The Stars Are Falling, by Michelle Birbeck

YA Science Fiction

http://www.amazon.com/The-Stars-Falling

Excerpt:

By the time I’d finished packing it up and turned around, Dale was still standing there, waiting for me. There was an expression on his face, somewhere between fear and something I couldn’t quite put my finger on. I didn’t dwell on it. Instead I slung my telescope over my shoulder and trudged up to the house.

He was still stood there when I reached the door.

“You coming?”

Don’t forget to check out some other teasers over on Sherri’s blog.

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