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UK Indie Lit Fest 2018

lit fest

My first book event ever was the second UK Indie Lit Fest in 2017. I went on my own, listened to some readings and bought a lot of books, but struggled to interact much with the authors. I had planned to attend the first one, but couldn’t get there due to family health issues.

The third annual Lit Fest took place on Saturday 28th July. This year I took my granddaughter, Shanice, who enjoys reading and we both had a fabulous day. We left home at 8am and arrived back, with our bags full of books, bookmarks and other swag, twelve hours later.


The UK Indie Lit Fest is a FREE Book Event but there was the option to download a free ticket, which acted as a raffle ticket. I couldn’t have been more shocked, and delighted, (and yes, embarrassingly, I squeaked quite loudly!) to hear my name read out as the winner. I was given a signed copy of The Case of The Curious Client by T G Campbell and the choice of any book available at the event.

After looking round for the umpteenth time, I decided, eventually, to get Shanice her own copy of K S Marsden’s The Lost Soul. I was going to lend her my copy, but she couldn’t promise not to crack the spine. 😉


From left to right Pete Singh leader of the #IndieArmy volunteers, Directors Chris Turnbull, Rose English and Joe Kipling. At the back Nick Singh representing the sponsors IngramSpark, then Shanice and me, and last but not least, Dawn Singh the main Director and the brains behind the event.


I bought Shanice two other books that she was interested in reading (The Storm Creature-Maria Gibbs & Transfixed-Bella Rose), and the wonderful author, Rose English generously gave her her own copy of the Fantasy Snowflakes Coloring Book by J. S. Burke.

Shanice's Books

Shanice and her books.


My own book haul was slighty larger than Shanices’ and included a few that I knew I was going to buy before I set off. These were:



I added a few books from a couple of authors that I’d bought books from last year:



I also bought a few other books to my bag, after chatting with the ‘new -to-me’ authors:



Although the author wasn’t at the event I also picked up, from Rose English’ table:



Thank you to all the awesome authors who took the time to put me at ease and make me feel not quite as awkward as I usually do with people.

I never take enough photos, but the following are a few videos from the day.


Fashion Statement

A poem from Rainbows and Roses, read by the author, Rose English.


Tombe Independent Dance Company

The newly formed Tombe Independent Dance Company performing a piece choreographed and written especially for the UK Indie Lit Fest based on the popular series of books, the Mortal Instruments, written by Cassandra Clare.



A 360 view of the UK Indie Lit Fest 2018



A brief tour of the UK Indie Lit Fest 2018- disturbed by Shanice.



For more info and photos from this years event, past and future events visit


Indie Pride Challenge: Day 2

Show and Tell

Find a picture of.. or a link to.. the indie book you’re reading today. Post it on Twitter and/or Facebook.

Dont forget to incude the hashtags #IndiePrideChallenge #IndiePrideday and #IndieBooksbeSeen





The Locksmith
by Jo Ullah





Come back tomorrow for day 3 of the challenge!

Take part in all 5 days of the challenge for a chance to win one of three $5 gift cards.

You still have time to take that selfie!

Indie Pride Challenge: Day 1

Indie Pride Day 2018

In 2015, I took part in the #INDIEROAR 10-DAY CHALLENGE, the event introduced me to many new-to-me authors, quite a few of whom I am now privileged to count among my friends.

Since then I have tried to support as many indie authors as I can by buying, reading and reviewing their books. Also by interviewing the authors and spotlighting their books on my blogs.

To coincide with Indie Pride Day, 2018, I’d like to take the opportunity to try and introduce more readers to the world of indie, by hosting my own five day Indie Pride Challenge.

Indie Pride Challenge Day 1:

#IndiePrideDay Selfie

Print out the picture below and take a selfie with it. Post it on Twitter and/or Facebook, including the hashtags #IndiePrideChallenge #IndiePrideday and #IndieBooksbeSeen

Indie Pride

Come back tomorrow for day 2 of the challenge!

Take part in all 5 days of the challenge for a chance to win one of three $5 gift cards


12 Days of Christmas Book Buying Event


During December of last year I took part in the 12 Days of Christmas Book Buying Event on Facebook.

The event was hosted by author, Rose Montague

It was a great way to support the Indie Author community as well as finding some new books and hopefully discovering some great new-to-me authors to love.


As a reader, I posted in the event at the beginning of December listing what type of books I was interested in buying, as well as the price range I would buy.

I listed horror, paranormal, fantasy and thrillers for my genres and in a price range of $0.99 – $3.99.

Authors then listed their books in the comments.

Starting 12/13/17 I bought one book each day for 12 days, chosen from those listed.


By December 12th there were nearly 50 books listed and more were added during the next few days, from which I had to choose just 12 books to buy!

It was not an easy choice

There were two or three that had gone over my price range and unfortunately had to be ruled out, and a couple that were already on my kindle. That still left over 50 books!!


I don’t know how many times I read through the blurb for each book, but it was a lot! Many of the books I didn’t get during the event ended up on my to-read list to buy at a later date.

I did manage to chose and buy one book for each of the twelve days, and over the next few weeks I’ll be reading, and reviewing, each of them.


These are my 12 books:


Day 1:  The Caging at Deadwater Manor by Sandie Will

Day 2:  The Red Rider by Randall Allen Dunn

Day 3:  Aaspa’s Eyes by Jane Jago

Day 4:  Recall by Connie Cockrell

Day 5:  Angel: The Mithista Incident by Scott Borgman

Day 6:  Sweet Nightmares by Zizi Cole

Day 7:  The Temptation of Dragons by Chrys Cymri

Day 8:  Blackrock by S. K. Gregory

Day 9:  Falter by Haven Cage

Day 10: Kindred: Book 1 A Realms of the Otherworld Book by Jana LaPelle

Day 11: The Werewolf Whisperer by Camilla Ochlan

Day 12: Guardian by Gillian Joy


Saturday Spotlight – The Caging at Deadwater Manor by Sandie Will

Saturday Spotlight – The Red Rider by Randall Allen Dunn

Saturday Spotlight – Recall by Connie Cockrell

Aaspa’s Eyes by Jane Jago

UK Indie Lit Fest


This year’s festival will take place in the heart of Bradford, at the beautiful Kala Sangam.
The festival will run from 10am until 5pm on Saturday 26th August 2017.
This year we will comprise of the following:

Nearly 40 authors attending from all over the UK, they will be available to talk to readers, take pics, sign books and chat.
FREE workshops for readers, aspiring writers and authors.
Readings from some of our authors and poets.
Books available to buy throughout the day.
2 international hubs with best-selling authors from across the globe via Skype.
FREE entry.


Don’t forget that your FREE virtual ticket could win you a FREE, signed paperback from one of the attending authors.

Who is UK Indie Lit Fest?

The UK Indie Lit Fest is a non-profit community interest company, the sole purpose of which is to promote indie authors, smaller publishing houses and allow writers to reach new readers.

The UK Indie Lit Fest is an exciting new project which made its debut in 2016. The brain child of Follow This publishing and UK indie authors, the UK Indie Lit Fest, took place on the 23rd of July 2016 at St James hall, Bolton Road, Bradford, West Yorkshire.

The festival brought together indie authors from around the UK, for an amazing FREE event. Fans met authors from around the country, talked to authors from all over the world in our international hub, learned all about being an indie author, how to become a published author, took part in in our exciting workshops, listened to readings by the authors, entered our exciting competitions to win signed books And much, much more …

Some of This Years Authors!

Mark CantrellMark Cantrell Zoltan PosfaiZoltan Posfai Helena FairfaxHelena Fairfax David WickhamDavid Wickham
Felicity SnowdenFelicity Snowden David ProctorDavid Proctor Joshua SuttonJoshua Sutton Irene LofthouseIrene Lofthouse
Razwa Ul-HaqRazwa Ul-Haq Joe KiplingJoe Kipling Ian WoodheadIan Woodhead Maria GibbsMaria Gibbs
Leanna RathboneLeanna Rathbone Samantha DenisonSamantha Denison Emma Warner-ReedEmma Warner-Reed Victoria HowardVictoria Howard
Melody WinterMelody Winter G M SherwinG M Sherwin Michael WombatMichael Wombat Rose EnglishRose English
Meg CowleyMeg Cowley Roger J BartonRoger J Barton D M SinghD M Singh Katherine BlessanKatherine Blessan
PR EllisPR Ellis Adrian BaldwinAdrian Baldwin D.G. TorrensD.G. Torrens KS MarsdenKS Marsden
TL WainrightTL Wainright Keith HoareKeith Hoare GK HollowayGK Holloway Elaine R ChissickElaine R Chissick
CA BellCA Bell Marie LavalMarie Laval Debbie IoannaDebbie Ioanna Lynda StaceyLynda Stacey
Chris TurnbullChris Turnbull David DriverDavid Driver Frank EnglishFrank English Sharena Lee SattiSharena Lee Satti
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I had planned to attend last years UK Indie Lit Fest, but things happened and I was unable to get there.

Fingers crossed I make it this year!

2016 Summer Indie Book Awards!



The cold of winter is setting in, at least for those of us in the northern Hemisphere of the world. But we at Metamorph Publishing aren’t letting that get us down! We’re already looking forward to a sizzling summer, and we’re here to announce our first annual Indie Book Awards! You heard that right, a summer book awards! The event officially begins on January 1st of each year, and nominations will be accepted through midnight CST on August 31st each year. Voting will begin on September 1st and end on September 10th each year.

“What’s the big deal,” you ask? “There are all kinds of contests out there.” And you’re right, there are hundreds, probably thousands of book awards. But many of them are only for unpublished authors, or authors who only write in certain narrow genres, or for authors who have never published before in a particular genre. Plus, there are plenty of them that charge an entry fee, some of which are prohibitive to authors who publish independently, without the backing of a large and powerful publishing house.

So, we’re hoping to do something different with the Summer Indie Book Awards! Entry is free, and nominations will be accepted from any indie or small-press author, regardless of their current published or non-published state, or what genre they write in. We are accepting donations of print or e-books, author swag or novelty items (bookmarks, pens, keychains, etc.), but donation is not required for nomination. We’re taking nominations from authors as well as from readers, and authors can nominate their own books; we only ask that authors who do so also nominate a fellow indie author. Nominations can be made using this form: http://goo.gl/forms/T1L8sQJGVx, while donations can be made at: http://goo.gl/forms/6DkAK4MeqI.

Feel free to join up with the event on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1099924726693772, and like the official Facebook page of the Summer Indie Book Awards at https://www.facebook.com/summerindiebookawards. You can also sign up for the newsletter at: http://eepurl.com/bL43cf so you can stay up to date with all the latest news! In the pinned post of the Facebook event, you’ll find these links, along with links to a Google Drive folder where you can look and see who’s already been nominated! And any author who is nominated will have access to an official contest nominee badge, that they can use on their book covers or any promotional media, if they so desire.

Winners in each genre will receive a prize (hopefully we’ll get enough donations for this), beginning with the 1st place winners. If we get enough prizes donated, we’ll go next to 2nd place winners, and then to 3rd place. Regardless of the prizes, winners will get a high-quality winner badge, stating their place and the genre of the book. These will be of high enough resolution for authors to use on their print books, if they want to!

But it’s not only the winners that will benefit from the Summer Indie Book Awards! All nominated authors will have the potential to reach hundreds, if not more, of new readers (readers often have a preferred genre, and while they’re voting for their favorite author, will come across others they may not have tried yet), and reach a huge new audience through the social media forums! And best of all, it’s meant to have fun, to reach out and network with other authors, potentially forming long-lasting relationships. And readers will benefit from having a wealth of new books in front of them, as well as a vast amount of new stories to immerse themselves in.

Though we’re using Facebook and other social media as a platform to reach more authors and readers, none of these social media outlets are affiliated with the awards. They are hosted strictly by Metamorph Publishing.
For more information, please visit Metamorph Publishing at https://metamorphpublishing.com.