Benji – my gentle doggie Spirit in the Sky


Benji’s on the right with his usual sad, soppy expression. Toby was very fond of him and they cuddled a fair bit.

I’ll keep this short and (like Benji) very sweet and soft. He wasn’t feeling very well and, I think, had been trying to tell me for several days that he was really fed up and tired. So yesterday afternoon I took him to the vets to find out whether he was still losing weight and was already prepared for leaving without him. I stayed with him as he slipped away, and sat with him for a little while longer until I could face leaving him.
I had the extreme pleasure of sharing his long life (he was 16 years old which is ancient for a collie-springer cross) for nearly 4 years. Toby and I miss him like mad, but he’ll be coming back home soon, and will join his Dad out in the garden.

He’s gone to the right place, at the right time, before it became too painful for all of us. I expect he’s putting up pheasants and chasing rabbits in doggie heaven right now, and going for a long walkies with Pete.

Here’s some music to cheer me up more than anything – farewell my lovely.❤ Benji!❤

It’s not the classic version, but it is the most seasonal!

Hey – it’s #RRBC #PUSHTUESDAY & the Spotlight’s on LARRY HYATT!

Every Tuesday #RRBC celebrates one of our most supportive members by tweeting like mad about them and their book(s)… Today it’s the turn of veteran radio broadcaster, comedian, all-round entertainer and author LARRY HYATT  to step up onto the platform for a super day in the sun that lasts all week!😀


61x5aydugwl-_ux250_Since the age of five I’ve been a performer. I’ve written radio comedy, sketch comedy and plays, produced television and radio, worked as a creative director for an arts and entertainment magazine, and published numerous humorous articles and essays. Add appearing in operas, musicals, and a movie, and one would wonder how someone who has entertained so much, has so little. Well, I’ll tell you…but wait, that would be stupid, because I wrote the book on having what it takes, and now want you to buy my book on knowing what it doesn’t.
I didn’t want to write the worn out story of a celebrity induced rise and fall. This is a comedic “never risen,” written to inspire, teach, and explain that the paths of dreamers take many turns, go winding through many roads, but ultimately detour, to the highway of your heart.

& MY  4.5 STAR AMAZON REVIEW of his book
How to Reach for the American Dream (And Not Get It!)

51icmnevshl-_uy250_Once again I lament the lack of fractional stars, because this would definitely get a 4.5 from me. This book delivers – it does what it says it’s going to do. Chasing dreams isn’t for the faint-hearted, or those who give up easily. Larry Hyatt’s journey is full-on, funny and at times frantic, but always honest and gutsy.
Memoirs are sometimes seen as an easy option by non-writers – after all, how hard can it be to write about something you know all about and are the world expert on? Well, this one isn’t a ‘celebrity’ spill-all from a 20-something clothes horse who looks pretty and can kind of hold a tune most of the time, whose 15-minutes-of-fame story has been dangled out by their PR gurus for the highest-bidding publishing house to ghost-hack. No. This is written by a real, honest to goodness, veteran entertainer, who has tasted the tantalising heights of glory, the dregs of ashes, not to mention tobacco, liquor and creative highs and lows. Larry Hyatt may say that he’s reached out for the American Dream and NOT got it, but he’s had a hell of a lot of laughs, tumbles, adventures and trials, pursuing it with vigour and tenacity, as well as giggles and starry eyes. What he’s lost in fame and fortune (although they’ve been there at times), he’s more than made up for it in experience, friendships and spirit. I dare you to read about his unpredictable, and most joyous journey, without smiling most of time and even shedding a tear in places.
Good on you Larry – nobody can say your glass was ever half empty, because you were always ready to raise it in a toast to a life lived to the full, and always with a hopeful heart! I enjoyed the romp through your blazingly colourful life immensely.

Get to know Larry Better!


His Blog – Hy Hatt



Book Review: Milele Safari-An Eternal Journey … By Jan Hawke

Although INKorporated is primarily an author support blog and when I re-blog, it’s generally to showcase a great post or a new discovery that’s excited me for some reason – well this is all of that but it’s also a blog about me and Milele… I’m reblogging it so you can PLEASE FOLLOW THE LINK BACK to Sooz Burke’s original post and spend some time getting to know HER AND HER MOVING AND QUIRKY STORIES.
One of the true pleasures of immersing myself in writing communities is that you will find truly incredible people, lives and new friendships to treasure. Thank you for sharing your review mso generously, Sooz – I’m very glad to have met you and look forward to knowing you mor and moree😀

Welcome to the World of Suzanne Burke.

 Meet Jan Hawke.


Meet Jan Hawke.

I live near Launceston in Cornwall UK with Toby and Benji the Springer Spaniels – it’s a tie between the boys as to who’s maddest, but as I outrank all of them in being weird anyway it’s not open to debate really.

I’m physically lazy with things that don’t hold much interest for me (so that’s mostly housework and, increasingly, cooking…), but I love where we live, mainly because I chose it for being so quiet and off the beaten track, very close to the moors and quite near to the sea.

I also love books, both to write and to read, the latter of which can be very eclectic (I enjoy Julian Barnes, Kate Atkinson, Jeanette Winterson and will happily admit to Jilly Cooper too) but in the main I’m heavily into SF&F, particularly Tolkien, Terry Pratchett and Julian May, although I can…

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Will O’ the Wisp, on Lisa Burton Radio #RRBC

My favourite blog radio interviewer, Lisa Burton is interviewing Patty Hall from one of the best books I’ve read this year – Will O’ The Wisp by C. S. Boyack

Entertaining Stories

Lisa Burton

Welcome to another edition of Lisa Burton Radio. I’m your host, Lisa Burton the robot girl, and my very special guest today is Patty Hall. “Welcome to the show, Patty.”

“Thank you Miss Burton, it’s an honor to be here.”

“Oh please, call me Lisa. Tell our audience how old you are.”

“Okay, Lisa, I’m fifteen and live in rural Virginia. High School class of 1978, if I make it.”

“We’ll get to that last remark in a minute. You live with a certain disability, why don’t you tell our listeners about that. If that’s okay.”

“It’s alright. My mother makes me wear corrective leg braces. They aren’t any worse than lots of other people, and it’s embarrassing to wear them. They’ve made me a social outcast at school.”

“I wouldn’t exactly say that. You seem to have some pretty solid friends to me.”

“Pete and Laura are the…

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What’s your indie-literary community done for YOU lately? Why #RRBC is the book club that makes a difference…

To paraphrase a wise and charismatic man –

ask not what your book club can do for you, ask what you can do for your book club…”

Well – Rave Reviews Book Club (RRBC) is a place where the community does exactly that, because the premise on which it was founded is that we constantly 

profile, promote and propel our indie author members.


The idea behind this is that if we all participate in this celebration of other authors and their work, and they do the same for us, the world will get to know about us and what we do a whole faster and better than if we’re battling all on our own in a vast ocean of thousands of other writers, all trying to get their books noticed.

If you followed the last link, you’ll have an idea of what goes on with RRBC EVERY SINGLE DAY! We have multiple ways to focus and support our members, and, if you participate in supporting others, others will be doing exactly the same thing for YOU! Here’s something that I’ve been doing today –

As you know by now RRBC has plenty of ways to help support other indie authors. #PushTuesday is one of my personal favourites as I’ve been in this chair several times now and it never fails to give my titles a good shot in the arm for sales and reviews. Today it’s one of my favourite RRBC people’s turn in the barrel, so lets meet Gwen Plano and help support her wonderful and inspirational memoir, Letting Go Into Perfect Love.

 Gwendolyn Plano grew up in Southern California and spent most of her professional life in higher education. She taught and served as an administrator in colleges in Japan, New York, Connecticut, and California. Gwen’s academic background is in theology and counseling. She now lives in the Midwest, where she enjoys retirement.

As a college administrator, Gwen lived her professional life in a highly visible and accountable space–but as a wife and mother, behind closed doors, she and her family experienced the terror of domestic violence and abuse. The statistics are staggering–every 9 seconds in the United States, a woman is assaulted or beaten–but to Gwen, this was her secret; it was her shame. When her husband eventually turned his brutality on her son, she knew she could no longer stay quiet.

In Letting Go into Perfect Love: Discovering the Extraordinary After Abuse, Gwen bravely recounts a violent marriage that lasted twenty-five-years–and the faith that opened her heart to hope, to trust, and to awe again. As a survivor who came out of the relationship determined to start new, Gwen artfully depicts the challenges and triumphs of balancing the obligations of motherhood and career with her family’s healing process.

Alternately heart-wrenching and joyful, Letting Go into Perfect Love is a powerful story of triumph over adversity–one woman’s inspiring account of learning how to forgive the unforgiveable, recover her sense of self, open her heart, and honor the journey home.

If you love reading and are an indie writer as well – what are you waiting for? COME ON OVER TO RRBC TODAY and see how belonging to a friendly and supportive community can let you do good for others, as countless others do the exact same thing for YOU!