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Exciting News ~~ I’ve Been Published!

Hello dear readers. Just a quick update on some exciting news. I’ve been published!

It’s true. I heard about from my good friend Maddie over at Breezy Books. (Go read her blog and buy her books!) She sent me an email when she heard about Ether books. She believed my short stories were good enough to be published and I thank her so much for believing in me. Big hugs Maddie my friend!

Anyway, in their own words:

Ether Books is a new mobile social reading platform, connecting Writers and Readers around the world. Ether publishes “made for mobile” Quick Reads straight to Smart Phones, the fastest growing digital reading device on the planet. Discover talented new and bestselling writers right from your pocket.

my story on
my story on


The gist of it is that you download a free app onto your Smart Phone, that app leads you to the Ether Books site that lets you download short stories in many genres for quick reads. They have loads of stories and mine is one of them! Many stories are free, others cost 69p (pence, they are based in the UK). Payment can be made by credit cards or PayPal. It’s a cheap price to pay for some great reads. Wonderful  if you are waiting for an appointment, riding the bus to work or home, etc.

What is funny for me is that I don’t have a Smart Phone as yet (I’m saving up for one). I managed to download the app onto my iPod. You can also download it to an iPad or Android.

So please if you can go to their website, download the free app and then my story! It would be great to be supported by my readers! I would appreciate it to the moon and back. My story may be a familiar one to some, it’s called “Promises”. I did some editing before submitting it to Ether Books. (They have a team of people who read the stories submitted to them and then decide if it’s good enough to publish)  This story was accepted by them in less than 24 hours! Now that made me super excited.

Promises is under Sci-fi/fantasy. I will be submitting another story later today or tomorrow and then another later this coming week. Hopefully they all will be approved and published. I also go under the pen name of JL Phillips. What is exciting also is Ether Books has Paul McCartney on there too! He writes about vegan living. How’s that for some classy companions?

Go take a look around Ether Books! Thank you so much for your support! I couldn’t do this without all of you special people!




I enjoy reading, writing, and painting. I love animals and at present have one dog (Sam) and 2 cats (brother and sister, Notwen and Pouncer). I've lived in various places in the USA and now in Canada. I've always enjoyed watching life and people and have developed an appreciation for it all. My outlook is sometimes out of the normal.... but that's what makes things so interesting! I am always interested in the opinions of others. Everyone has their own outlook and it's always worthwhile to listen!

45 thoughts on “Exciting News ~~ I’ve Been Published!

  1. Wow, congratulations Jackie, that’s brilliant news! I hadn’t heard of Ether, but I will let people know who write short stories, what a great idea! I’m so pleased for you 🙂 x


    1. hey girl! how you be? isn’t it fantastic??! I am so excited! Just download the app then download my story! We both be doing good! I got more news to, but I will send that in email if that’s ok? it’s good news also!


  2. I’m so happy for you, Jackie. I saw your author page at Etherbooks yesterday and ran over to the den and made Rich download the app. You were on the front page of their newest authors!

    I’m glad this worked out so well. It won’t be long before they’ll be accepting your work for paid downloads, because your stories are so good. Congratulations!


    1. My husband is just the best! He dropped a lit cigar behind the stove by accident, so he ended up pulling the entire thing out and vacuuming and scrubbing behind it. Now he is smoking a new cigar (smokes at the stove with the fan on to pull the smoke/smell out), and he is reading your story!! He said he would give me a review shortly.


      1. He is the best! Oh no! A review??? I hope he likes it, but if he doesn’t tell me anyway, otherwise how can I get better? Hmm does your hubby make house calls, I need someone to clean behind my stove. hahaha! 😉


    2. Was I really? How great is that? Thank Rich for me! And thank you again Maddie! I”m going to be submitting more work in the next few days so keep your fingers crossed. 🙂 big hugs!


      1. Ok, Jackie! He’s done with your story, but he’s only halfway done with the cigar! He walked around the corner from the kitchen to my desk, and he had a big smile on his face. I said, “Well?”

        The first thing out of his mouth was, “I liked it. Very good. Perfect for me. It brought back memories of dad being frail in his last days.”

        The he gave me his review: 5 Stars! Her story is called Promises, and her description is, “A woman and her wolf companion fulfill promises made. It’s a matter of honor.” Which it was. I felt that immediately.

        The first promise she had to fulfill for her grandfather gives an in-depth look into her character and how much he meant to her. I understand how difficult keeping that first promise must have been for her. Had I read this shortly after my dad died, I would have been in tears. I thought it was fantastic. For such a short story, the more you ponder the story, the more in-depth you realize it is.

        And this comes from someone who doesn’t like to read! He only read my first book because I MADE HIM. He hasn’t read any of my other books. He said he would absolutely read more from you, and he really likes the short story format. 🙂


        1. wow, just wow. That review almost made me cry. I did get tears. First thank him for a great review! Second it means a lot that he got my story. Many men don’t like to read long stories, hell lots of women don’t either. But for a man to get a woman’s writing is huge to me. Yes it showed Neta’s love for her grandfather. It also showed she was a woman with honor who kept her word no matter how much it hurt. His review made my day! hugs to you rich!


          1. He left a review for you on the site, too. Your picture is on the Writers page. Go to the home page, at the top, all the way to the right – click writers. You are welcomed as a new writer. 🙂 This is all very cool.


          2. I will go check that out Maddie! thanks again. I owe you girl! hugs! thank Rich for me too. He’s too great for doing that for me. 🙂


  3. The biggest of congratulations! What an exciting announcement. I wasn’t familiar Ether Books, but I can’t wait to download the app AND read your story!!


  4. Congrats to you! I’m so happy to see that things are going well for you in the world of writing 🙂 I’ve never heard of that app before (and not sure if I can get it on my dinosaur Blackberry) but we upgrade soon, and when we do, I will check it out!!


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