Playing the Genetic Lottery by Terri Morgan

Red carpet at night.




A Red Carpet Day  for Playing the Genetic Lottery by Terrie Morgan.  this great book has been on tour all week and at each post there has been an excerpt.  Put all together it creates a whole peice.Today is the last day of the tour but if you want to read the preceding excerpts and gain the whole section I have included the previous stops at the end.

Todays part of the whole :

“My name, at least the name I go by now, is Caitlin. That’s the name I chose for myself 18 years ago when I fled my childhood home of horrors.”


Caitlin Kane knows more about the impact of schizophrenia than most people could imagine. Both her parents were afflicted with the devastating mental illness, a disease that tends to run in families, and Caitlin and her brother grew up trying to navigate the chaos of living with two schizophrenics. Her tumultuous childhood left Caitlin determined to forge a peaceful and serene life for herself. Now 32, she is living her dream. Married to her best friend, she and her husband are raising two bright young children in the suburbs of Seattle. While her unusual upbringing has left Caitlin with emotional scars, she enjoys the love and support of her extended family and her challenging career as a pediatric nurse. But no matter how hard she tries, she can’t shake the obsessive fear that the family illness will strike again, robbing her of her mind or stealing away the sanity of one or both of her children.

Buy now at Amazon: eBook or Paperback

“My name, at least the name I go by now, is Caitlin. That’s the name I chose for myself 18 years ago when I fled my childhood home of horrors.”

The eBook will be FREE on February  20, 21, & 22.


About the Author:

Terri Morgan is a book junkie and freelance writer from Soquel California. She reads at least 3 books a week, and gets nervous if she doesn’t have new reading material available. When not reading, she is often found writing. Over the past three decades, her work has appeared in hundreds of different magazines, newspapers, newsletters and on websites. The author of 4 non-fiction books for young adults, and the co-author of four additional non-fiction volumes, Terri released her first novel, Playing the Genetic Lottery, as an e-book in late 2011. Now, Playing the Genetic Lottery is also available in paperback.
 Connect with Terri: Website * Facebook * Twitter
To read the whole excerpt visit the stops below

Monday Feb. 18

Alli’s World (1)
Java John Z’s Giveaways and Reviews (2)
izz “pingle” bookish place & (3)
Bubbles. Deux. (4)

Tuesday Feb. 19
Library Girl Reads & Reviews (5)
Recent Read (6)
Lindsay and Jane’s Views and Reviews (7)
Brooke Blogs (8)

Wednesday Feb. 20
Mary’s Cup of Tea (9)
Books R Us (10)

Thursday Feb. 21
Ali’s Bookshelf (11)
Tyrneathem (12)

Friday Feb. 22
Alberta Ross (13)
Uttley’s Take – (14)

Donna Huber
Book Reviews & Author Promotion

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Fairy May by Jo Linsdell on the Red Carpet

I am really pleased to welcome Jo Linsdell back on the Red Carpet. Jo is bringing out her new children’s book Fairy May and is on tour with the book all this month.

Fairy May


Written and illustrated by Jo Linsdell

Fairy May dreams of one day becoming a tooth fairy but she struggles at school and always seems to get things wrong. With hard work and determination she prepares for her test. Will she realise her dream and become a tooth fairy?

Release Date: 1st February 2013

Product details:

Paperback: 32 pages

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1481951424

ISBN-13: 978-1481951425

Product Dimensions: 10 x 8 x 0.1 inches

Purchasing links:



I have read Fairy May and, although my days of reading to this age group have faded, I found it a delightful book.  I can imagine it will be fun to read to a child and fun for a slightly older child to read it for themselves.

The illustrations are lovely and the rhythm of the rhyming just right for ease and comfort.  As well as being a charming story it holds a message, beautifully subtle – no sledgehammers here:) that if you truly want something and are prepared to put in the effort you can achieve your dream (it also manages to sneak in some dental care as well:) it is clear  Jo understands children well.

Jo is presenting a guest blog today and is returning next week to allow me to  interview her


Red carpet at night.

Jo Linsdell

Goal Setting for Writers

 Having goals helps give some structure to our work and keeps us focused on our objectives. This is important for any career but especially important for careers like writing where, most of time, we’re left to our own devices. As the quote says “If it’s to be, it’s up to me”.

When it comes to setting goals you should have both short and long term objectives. Your long term goals are where you want to be and your short term goals are how you get there.

By setting your goals you are basically building a business plan for your writing career. Before you start though keep in mind that;

  1. Goals need to be something you can control
  2. Goals need to inspire you

Now let’s take a closer look at long term and short term goals:

Long term goals

Where do you want to be in 6 months, a year or 10 years from now? You need to know your desired result so that you can work towards achieving it.

Some examples might be;

  • become a best seller
  • publish a novel
  • sell over 5000 books
  • be a recognised expert in your niche

These are just a few examples but you get the idea. None of these things are going to happen over night.

Short term goals

How are you going to achieve your long term goals? What small steps can you take to send you in the right direction?

Some examples might be;

  • write X number of pages
  • submit X number of queries
  • get X number of new likes on Facebook page

Again these are just some examples to give you an idea. As you can see though, your short term goals are measureable. They are bite-size tasks that will take you that step closer to reaching your long term goals.

You can always redefine your goals as you go along. As you learn new skills you may find that your dreams change and as such you need to adjust your short term goals to reach your new objectives. Not feeling like your getting closer to your long term goals? Change what you do until you get the results you want.

For my new children’s picture story book Fairy May my long term goal is to make it a best seller. Some of my short term goals include; making over €600 in royalties in a single month and having over 30 reviews posted to the Amazon product page by the end of March 2013.

What are your long term and short term goals for this year?

Author Jo Linsdell

Jo Linsdell is an award winning freelance writer living in Rome , Italy . She is also the author of several books including the popular Italian for Tourists, A Guide to Weddings in Italy  and the best selling children’s picture book Out and About at the Zoo. Her latest book Fairy May was released on 1st February 2013. You can find out more about her at