I’ve decided I need a physical reset after more than a year of (COVID) lockdown eating and divulgence.
My body feels out of synch; I feel out of synch.
Hence, I’ve been investigating extreme fasting as detox, and I’m going all in.
This means not a single morsel of food for seven days. After that, I’ll allow myself water, obviously or else there will be some severe organ failure consequences. I’ll also let myself cups of tea throughout the day. I have the smallest amount of milk in my tea and only a single tablet sweetener.
So, I should be good to go there.
I’ve completed keto diets in the past, where I’ve lived on between 500 and 600 calories per day. Hence, I’m used to controlled starvation methods.
I commenced this plan yesterday, 3rd July 2021, and as standard, day one was easy. So, day two rolls on, and I’m not expecting anything out of the ordinary. However, I often fast for the first few days of a keto diet, so I reckon the real test will kick in from day four.
Once I complete the fast, I will slip into the very-low-calorie keto diet and purge the extra pounds I have gained over many months. But, of course, the diet I follow gives me all the vitamins and such I need, so no concern.
I’m pretty excited about this experiment. It’s a first for me to fast for a whole week.
This has been a wonderful start to the launch of Earth 101.
Zoe @ https://zooloosbookdiary.co.uk/ is an amazing Book Tour Manager and the amount of prep work she did to get the tour together is amazing. It was so exciting to see lots of Book Bloggers wanting to come onboard with my debut novel.
Zoe has summarised the book tour on her website and you can see a collation of the reviews/link in the following:
Well if I am writing this post it means that the blog tour for Earth 101 has sadly come to an end – what secrets did we learn?
Let us recap
The tour kicked off today on 19th July
Jessica Belmont has this review, “The pacing is excellent. I loved all the twists and action. Scifi with some romance and a lot of action. I really enjoyed this and think you will too!”
LoupDargent.info shares this exclusive extract, “Whoever she is with has not uttered a raised word. All I hear is a male mumble of sorts. He’s obviously trying to calm her. But then an unwitting cough escapes me. I grasp my mouth, but then it happens”
20th July saw these posts come in
Red Pillows wasn’t disappointed, “By the end of the book, I was excited and thoroughly satisfied with how the story turned out. I cannot wait to read the next book (if there is one) and recommend this to all sci-fi fans out there! Give this book a try, you won’t be disappointed.”
From First Page to Last shares this extract, “I head for the third-floor admin office. I can tell what Isla’s thinking. But I had my accident over a year ago. My head trauma has gone. Hasn’t it? Just because I forget silly things like shopping lists, doesn’t mean I’ve invented classmates.”
Happy Hump – 21st July – day and we saw this review
One Book More found it interesting, “There are a lot of twists and turns, and the setting is not confined to Earth, which I found really interesting. Missing and unremembered teens, family tragedy, aliens, romance, new worlds, murderous threats, attempted murder, and more create a fast-paced read. “
Pre-weekend Yay day, and on 22nd July we saw this extract,
The Pufflekitteh Reads shares this extract, “Folding my laptop open, my fingers hover over the keyboard. I need a search definition for this. For what though? The web search engine offers various suggestions in response to my typing. Missing people. Forgotten friends. Kidnapped students. Erased from existence. Alien abduction?”
Happy FRI- 23rd July – DAY, what a way to end the week,
Just Katherine shares her review, “The good thing is that there were very unique characters and it was a joy to follow them through the story. The writing style is action packed and well thought out. I would love to find another book from Emae Church in the future.”
Sue Loves to Read found everything she wanted, “This book has a bit of everything in it. Romance alien’s new worlds threats and murder. This is full of action. Did not want to put it down and I didn’t want it to end.”
It’s a thunderstorm kind of day on 24th July, but it is storm-free here,
jay.rae.reads (IG) shares this review, “This book was science fiction, but somehow also weaved a mystery-like feel throughout the novel and splashes of romance too. The characters were fantastic!”
Jazzy Book Reviews puts Emae in the spotlight as we learn which fantastical fictional world she wants to live in, how she describes herself in 3 words, the first book to make her cry and so much more…
It’s a cooler day today but 25th July sees these posts
b for bookreview puts Emae Church in the spotlight, who she would love to co-write a book with, who she would love to interview, how she came up with the cover of her and so much more…
booksbehindthetitle shares this exclusive extract, “This house is where Laura lives. I’ve battled a mental tug-of-war for the past week, but I must discover, once and for all. The echoes of Laura’s voice haunt me. She was so scared. Why can’t my delusions be unicorns and faeries?”
A gloomy start to 26th July, it must know it’s near the end of the tour!
Donna’s Interviews, Reviews and Giveaways (FB) has this to say, “This is Emae Church debut novel, and there are hints towards this potentially being a series. I truly hope that is the case, and will be one of the first in line to read the next book…”
Dawn’s Book Reviews (FB) shares her thoughts, “The story is a HUGE idea in a setting that is our-world-but-not-our-world. The characters are complex and believable. Emae Church’s writing sinks you right into a story that will leave you wide-eyed after every chapter.”
It’s the penultimate day today, the weather is gloomy, just to match our mood on 27th July
readitandquip (IG) has her take on the book, “Quip Take: I was sold when I got some gaslighting vibes from the synopsis forbidden love Space travel”
The weather is reflecting our mood here, on 28th July, rainy and glum as it’s the final day
The Magic of Wor(l)ds shares this extract, “My hands are gripping the sides of the seat, and my heart is already thumping so loud, it wants to drown out my words. I can’t have the police on my case again. It’s becoming a habit now, and they will arrest me. Car theft and damage. The scene with Chloe’s mom and me escorted home. And now this. What if I’m sent to court?”
Feed The Crime is a fan, “The plot definitely didn’t disappoint, I constantly wanted to be reading this book because it was so intriguing and there were twists and turns that I just needed to find out more.”
So what did we learn?
That we need a second book..oh wait there is one in the works That no one can quite believe this is a debut and they want more. People are disappearing but no one knows where….and can’t remember them!! There are many many twists and turns and that the reading is compelling!
It’s nice to be reading positive words from various bloggers on the #Earth101 book blog tour. Some are asking if there will be another book, to expand on the universe?
The answer is simply, “Yes!”
While Earth 101 is a 100% standalone book, and does not require a sequel, there are unanswered questions. But more importantly, there are answers to those questions the reader may not have thought of, or never will.
No spoilers here!
But why the DELETING? To hide a secret?
Of course not.
Jayne raises the question in #101. Why bother deleting people when everyone will be gone soon?
There is a much more sinister reason for the Deleters to erase people and that will be discovered in Earth 201.
I’ve always known how this story ends and that will occur in the second book, which I am currently working on.
The end of the story has been hinted upon in Earth 101, but discretely. It’s a good ending and I look forward to reading the first draft of this, assuming I can see through the tears. 😀
I can’t imagine there will be an Earth 301, but you never know what may come out in the wash of #201.
I have been award The Firebird Book Award for the Sci-Fi / Time Travel category.
It goes without saying, I am thrilled at receiving a second award before Earth 101 is published and my huge thanks go to the amazing team at Book Award Pro https://tinyurl.com/BookAwardPro.
You can work on various approaches with Book Award Pro and either keep the award submission process all manual, or let them help you out. There are not enough hours in the day for me, so I know I can trust the team to pinpoint the best candidate awards and build my submission package.
Check them out!
But back to that award. I love an image so here it is:
Either award is a huge thumbs-up and two independent awards a massive boost.
I’ve had so much doubt about “Is my book good enough?”
Thankfully, this week has continued as I originally planned.
I don’t want a load of shouting and noise around my book, but I do like the thought of whispers.
The two weeks leading up to go-live were somewhat hectic, as an early ARC reader discovered some crazy errors in the text. I finally realise what has happened there.
When reviewing the document in MS Word, I hadn’t “accepted” or “rejected” all amendments. Hence echoes of changes or errors were still evident.
The book blog tour, managed by Zoé at https://zooloosbookdiary.co.uk/, is going along perfectly, with some lovely reviews from the respective bloggers. I will collate the links to all of these once the tour ends and create a page on here accordingly.
A big shout out to the peeps at Amazon KDP, Ingram Spark, Draft2Digital and Smashwords for their seamless publication processes.
The audiobook is still in the distribution stage, so I am hopeful it will launch at the end of August. I don’t mind this, though, as a gap between the book and audio version is good.
Otherwise, I’m just observing the release and reviewing the lessons learnt from the various aspects of the publishing lifecycle.
I must admit, the publishing aspect is gratifying. And I know I have to kick off the marketing stage soon, but not for another month.
The book has a planned and defined release strategy, and I’m at stage 1 of about 30 levels.
So, some time to go yet.
Someone asked this on Twitter the other day: “Sell me your book without selling me your book.”
And I responded, “You’re not allowed to buy my book!”
That is the truth.
I’m not going to ask anyone to buy my book. I don’t want everyone to buy my book.
My book is for an exceptional group of people. No-one else.
Should you belong to this select few, I hope you enjoy it.