IASD Competition – Free Books!!


A chance to win some free books from up and coming indie authors, as well as the opportunity to discover some titles you may not have come across before. And it’s free to enter!

The Quill Pen Writes


By clicking the above link, you too can enter the first IASD Reader Competition to win one of two titles. Up for grabs are SIGNED copies of both Salby Damned, and You’re Not Alone – An Indie Author Anthology.

You're Not Alone - Ian D MooreSalby - Ian D Moore

Just answer the three questions on the site page above, email your answers to me and keep an eye on the blog for the winning entries towards the end of February when the next giveaway will be posted along with the winners of this one. In the meantime, why not browse through the titles on the site, you’ll find a whole host of names from around the world with stories from every genre ALL of which are FREE to preview.

Good Luck!!

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“Light is precious in a world so dark”


For the past month, the nights should have been getting shorter, but it doesn’t feel like it. Day after grey day, the clouds that deluged this beautiful part of the world with devastating floods at the start of December continue to hide the sun like a threat. As I write this, it’s raining again and weather forecasts warn of more possible flooding in the north west of the UK.

More than two thousand people in my home city of Carlisle are either living in temporary accommodation or camping out in the upstairs rooms of their devastated homes. Those who have insurance find that the wheels of bureaucracy move slowly. And those who weren’t insured …

Of course, floods don’t sweep away the challenges people were already facing; illness, relationship breakdown, bereavement, stress, redundancy – the list goes on. And problems aren’t limited to one area of the world. Every country, every community, every family, every person has their portion of difficulties that come in every shade of dark.

Cassandra Rankin (if you haven’t discovered her blog yet, take a look – it’s a gem), shared a quote this week:

“Stories are light.” ― Kate DiCamilloThe Tale of Despereaux

Are stories light? Depends on the author. Depends on the story. There are some stories that are so dark their only flavour is hopelessness and fear. Others seem full of light when all they are is sweetness. And too much sugar is bad for you; too much sugar makes you sick. Too much sugar kills you. We’re hearing that all the time these days.

I looked up the rest of Kate DiCamillo’s quote and have précised it to: “Tell … a story. Make some light.”

Jesus had some things to say about light to his followers. One of them goes like this:

“You are the light of the world … let your light shine before others” Matthew 5:14, 16.

And in one of John’s letters he writes: “If we claim to have fellowship with Him and yet walk in darkness, we lie …” 1 John 1:5, 6

Believer or not, we can all find ways to write stories of light with our lives. That way, in the times when our chapters begin to grow dark, when the words become too faint to read, the stories of others will provide some light in our darkness. I want my life to tell a story. I want to make some light.

A lifetime of dreams


This is the time of year when many people reflect on the past year’s successes and failures, when they set out their goals for the twelve months ahead. I’m no different, but as each year passes and more lie behind me than before, I refuse to let my dreams be weighed down by regrets, have their wings clipped because they seem too hard to achieve. Persistence, resilience and getting up, dusting myself off and starting all over again are the order of the day. Oh, and a heart full of thankfulness for all the things that make my life wonderful and my dreams worth working for.

Whatever you set your sights on in the coming months:

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

Traditional Gaelic Blessing

Thank you to everyone who has travelled with me so far as I pursue my dreams, sharing a little about them along the way. Here’s hoping we meet many times in the coming year as we learn from and encourage one another.