Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Guest Post: Christmas Tips by Lola Smirnova

Christmas festivities are well and truly under way - trees are up, cards are written and presents are wrapped, however if you still have some gifts to buy then read on... especially if you know a writer! I'm delighted to be joined in my Book Corner today by Lola, who shares her Christmas Gift Tips for Writers!

Christmas Gifts for Writers

If you’re stuck on what to get the writer in your life this Christmas I think this list will help; these unique gifts are sure to bring a smile to any author’s face!
Writing can be a tough, thankless task so gifts which are witty or offer a little motivation during the hard times are idea.

Mugs and Coffee
There are all manner of mugs which have comedic messages written on them for writers; pick one of these up and why not team it with some heavy duty, high caffeine coffee for those tricky, tiresome moments when the brain just stops working!

I’m Writing: KEEP OUT!
A sign for your writing space is a great buy as it has a humorous element, but also a practical application in that you can use it for time and space when you need it most.

Writing Software
For writers who write every day, the risk of Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) is very real, so you can give your loved ones a welcome break from this by investing in a voice typing software.  Dragon Naturally Speaking is one of the market leaders and even has an App for writing on the go!
Dragon speaking and writing software
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a serious health risk for writers who write every day. I say one of the best gifts for writers is Dragon Naturally Speaking – it converts your writer’s spoken words to text. This reduces the amount of typing your writer has to do, which relieves the strain on thumbs, wrists, and arm muscles. It’s probably number one on my list of “best gifts for writers” (Baby, are you reading this?!).

Tickets Please!

Tickets to a writers’ conference is a super-special gift to buy; the writer in your life will be able to get away and network with like-minded individuals.  Often they happen in far flung places, but there are always more local events too depending on your budget.

Craved, by Lola Smirnova, is the highly anticipated sequel to Twisted. It was published in August 2015 and is available for sale on Amazon. Genres: New Adult / Suspense

Having been to hell and back, the eager sisters from Ukraine - Natalia, Lena and Julia - decide to retire from selling sex and walk the straight and narrow path back home. But when an old friend calls them with an opportunity to make buckets of ‘easy’ money in South Africa, they find it impossible to refuse.

Return to the nightlife of the entertainment business brings along all the old familiar temptations - alcohol, drugs, and prostitution.

Can the girls resist their vices and stay together? Or will this industry destroy their sanity and their family?

Inspired by real life events, Craved is a fascinating story of addiction, survival and the art of making a living in the sex trade.

About the Author:
 Lola Smirnova is an author from Ukraine. Her novels are inspired by real-life events. They are meant for the open-minded readers who are not afraid of a little blood, sweat and semen.

Lola’s debut novel Twisted was released in 2014. The book placed as Honorable Mention in the General Fiction Category of The 2014 London Book Festival’s Annual Competition.

Lola released Craved, the highly anticipated sequel to Twisted, in August 2015.

Lola has fascinating stories to share about the experiences of women in the global sex industry. Her thrilling tales will surely shock and surprise you, with both the storyline and literary value.

Lola lives in South Africa, and is currently working on the third book in her trilogy. To learn more, go to

Readers can connect with Lola Smirnova on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

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