HOROSCOPES 2014 – Astrologer Lisa Lazuli reveals


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Capricorns like to plan and dislike being taken by surprise; you guys like to be the boss and you are decidedly uneasy when life is calling the shots.  This is a year where more than ever you can take the reigns and make powerful and lasting changes to the direction of your life, but you need to be flexible and alert as there will be storms which build up suddenly and threaten to change your course.

AQUARIUS Definitely a sexy year when passions will flare and where your own actions may surprise you.  I am not only talking about bedroom sexy, I am talking about reawakened passions that may or may not be carnal in nature.  Aquarians are seekers: they seek to understand human nature and the nature of life and this year you are not simply undertaking that seeking laboratory style from a distance, you are immersing yourself in close and personal relationships and deeply personal projects.

PISCES 2014 will be a far more productive year where you will feel that you have made concrete steps towards both making progress and implementing change in the projects and areas of life you desire.  Your optimism and energy will both carry you through and your obvious enthusiasm will win you support and help inspire those around you.  Pisces are not leaders in that you find it hard to give orders, however you do lead in a different way via your vision, insight and passion for what you do.

ARIES 2014 is marked by an enormous electrical thunderstorm of activity in your life.  You are at the starting blocks screaming for the gun to be fired.  Aries are known for their energy, motivation and the gusto with which they tackle life and this year will be a case in point.When it comes to winning friends and influencing people: the latter is in the bag although the former may need some attention.  But winning friends is not what Aries are all about in 2014; it’s more to do with getting where you want to go in a hurry and making some far reaching changes to revolutionise your life.

TAURUS Vibrant, magnetic, focused and ready to take things on.  Taureans suffer from inertia more than any other sign and dislike change, but 2014 is a year when they will see opportunities to make changes in a slow and steady fashion that will improve their home life and their work and future prospects.  Changes will occur within your structures of security and are thus enjoyable rather than stressful.  These changes will flow and not provide the kind of disruption you so dislike.

GEMINI  Gemini are taking the proactive, go getting attitude from last year into 2014.  Gemini often scatter energy and tend to lack focus, but from the end of 2013 and into 2014 the drive to tackle life, improve efficiency and  jump into the things which usually you don’t have the courage to tackle is yours.  You are competitive and will take action to get your life on track.  Finishing jobs, speeding up your routines and making your life run more smoothly is your aim.

CANCER Cancer are approaching 2014 filled with ideas and very mentally motivated.  Cancer are at a crossroads and they can feel themselves being pulled in several different directions at once.  Coping with this means taking a massive amount of information on board.  Life is changing quickly and Cancer do not have much choice about some of these changes, so learning new skills, meeting new people and possibly even learning a new language may be part of the whole new world that you find yourself in.  

LEO As 2013 went on things began to reach crunch point in many aspects of your life; decisions were called for and it was a make or break time. Often we continue with certain things as we are ok with them or we do not have the heart to call time on them and start something new.  In 2014 situations will come to a head and demand that you either put in far more effort and time to make them work or you make the tough decision that no amount of time is worth it and you end it.  

VIRGO This is a year of building bridges and forging new relationships which can prove mutually helpful from a love, business and personal level.  Virgos are very practically minded and able to put aside differences which may hinder them in favour of moving things forward.  You may be called on to be the go between and while being piggy in the middle can be uncomfortable your pragmatic approach is very solution orientated and will help resolve many conflicts.

LIBRA  As a cardinal sign Libra like challenges and are quite happy for their lives to be dynamic and ever changing, but you guys need those changes to be organised, harmonious and systematic and you want to be in control of them.  Hence stems the problem for you in 2014: life will contain some surprises and some disruptive changes that you did not expect or account for.  Do not over stretch yourself financially in early 2014 as you will want to maintain flexibility.

SCORPIO Scorpios are loners and they prefer solo quests and their own company a large proportion of the time and of course they shun the social whirl to surround themselves with a few select and trusted friends.  This year however Scorpio can achieve more when connecting with others in a common goal – this can bring out a new side of you and help you to achieve your private aims at the same time.  There is also an indication that contact with an influential male or authority figure could provide an opportunity for both growth and career advancement.  

SAGITTARIUS Life is always so busy, but we have to recognise when we are in a relatively settled patch and take advantage.  2014 is a window of opportunity for Sagittarians to whip out the bucket list and check up on all those things you have wanted to do but have never had time to do.  In a way it is a time to look back and perhaps finish things you started with good intentions but which got dropped in a flurry of more pressing activity.  It is also a time to look forward and start laying down plans for the things which would enhance your life and bring you more fulfilment.      To Buy the book click hereImage

Is Self Publishing No Longer Plan B?

The future is bright, the future is Indie! Amazon, Audible and Create Space have made it easy for even the techno phoebe to get their book into kindle, audio or paperback versions: what’s more the author retains all rights and up to 70% of the profit.

For decades, perhaps even centuries aspiring authors gazed at the gleaming palaces of the big publishers in awe, wishing that the Kings and Queens of publishing would recognise their talent and decree that the sorcerers and wizards of the realm cast the spells that would transform dusty manuscripts into rows of slick hardcovers on the best seller shelf.  The journey of authorship was one of disappointment.  The publishing palaces were surrounded by deep and murky moats where the agents swum menacingly with their sharp fins making sure the literary hoi palloi was kept at bay.  But, one day the publishing Gods decided to shine on the aspiring author – it was not a burning bush or a tablet of stone which was revealed, but rather Kindle Fire and Amazon.

For years I was one of the aspiring literary hoi palloi, consistently searching for the answer to, “What do publishers want?”

Of course in the current economic climate many mainstream publishers are dropping even mid-table authors and the responsibility for marketing is increasingly down to the author.  Unless an author already has a public profile or proven journalistic track record, it is highly unlikely that an agent or publisher will give their submission a second thought.  When I asked an agent what she was looking for, her answer was, “It has to be really exceptional.”  Which made me wrack my brain in search of the last “really exceptional” book I had read.  Maybe I read the wrong genres.

I spoke to five fiction writers currently self publishing about their experiences, ambitions, successes and advice.  Their candid comments should be very useful for anyone embarking on the journey.  Paul H landes

Is Self Publishing No Longer Plan B?
“S”elf Publishing now Plan A.

Paul H Landes (San Fransico) Pictured to right – “I had two mainstream publishers look at my first novel, Wings to Redemption, and each one was prepared to make me an offer. I didn’t pursue it any further, however, because neither one was going to provide me with any help in marketing my book.”

Clive Hindle (Newcastle UK) – “I have written many scripts over the years, two of which got past rejection slip stage but things did not work out.  I published three books with self publishing companies Janus, Authorhouse and Matador, it was expensive and they retain copy-write.   I self-publish because I’m not done with a book until I am done. So I ping it out to register it on eternity’s microscope slide. There it is, endless, immutable, a little unchanging piece of me at a snapshot in time.”

Rick Quinn (Alaska) –  “Initially I was going to self-publish but instead elected to go with a new local (in Alaska) publisher. However, after firing my original publisher, I have self-published and am very happy. It is easy as Amazon, B&N and Create space give you step by step instructions on formatting and ultimately you have TOTAL control of your work and are able to reap 100% of the benefits – which allows you to keep prices lower in order to see a decent return on your efforts.”

Karen Andor (Northampton, UK) –  “I read a lot about self-publishing. It seems that whether I sell one book or a million books, I will make more money self-publishing. I can write the type of book I want the way I feel it should be written. As I am not a celebrity or a known writer, I would not get an advance or much help with marketing. In fact, I learnt that I would have to do my own marketing either way. The only advantage I could see with going to a mainstream publisher was having a professional in the industry’s opinion of my work, which I would love to have and the ego-boost of having a book accepted by a big publishing house.”

Alan Annand (Toronto) Pictured below – “During the 80s I had four novels published in the traditional manner.

In the 80s it was relatively easy to get read by publishers, and equally easy to get an agent. But things began changing in the 90s, and changed hugely in the 21st century. The last time (2005) I sought an agent, I sent out about 75 queries, got three interested responses and in the end, one agreement to represent.

Nowadays, I think it is far harder to get an agent than it was to get published 20 years ago.”

Alan Annand

On success and marketing tools:

Rick Quinn:  “I believe I am moderately successful. I use social media and word of mouth along with some internet sites to get my work noticed and reviewed. Since it is your work, you care more and will do more to make it better and work harder to get it noticed. Don’t expect anyone else to care as you do.”

Paul Landes: “I sold over 9,000 copies my first book.  As an independent publisher I need to work every angle I can find and there is no end to marketing sites and tools available today.”

Alan Annand: “Modest success, but then everything is relative to your expectations. I’ve always taken the long point of view, and believe that a writing career is not just one book but a body of work. I love to write, have to write, so there’s really nothing else to do but persevere. I gave away one of my books free for a year, which provided necessary exposure and lots of positive reviews, so hopefully there’ll be a trickle-down effect to my other books.

Clive Hindle: “Authors should write. Life takes care of the rest. If you build it they will come. If you doubt that let it go. Be content with your creation as a fulfilment in itself.”

Karen is starting the journey with the release of her thriller, ‘Shadow Jumper’ in December, 2013.

Karen, Rick, Clive, Alan and Paul gave me such meaty answers that I feel a follow up article on publicity and editing your self published book is in order.  Keep checking Newswire.

HOROSCOPE 2014 – Astrologer Lisa Lazuli releases book of horoscopes.




Are you pleased to see the back of 2013 or does it hold special memories?

However you feel about the past year, one thing is for sure – it’s on its last legs and 2014 is all that counts.

If you love astrology and have an eye on what the future holds, this kindle book is for you:

BBC Radio Astrologer Lisa Lazuli reveals all about 2014 in her book:

HOROSCOPE 2014: Astrology and Numerology Horoscopes

What will those planets be up to?  What are the opportunities at work, in love and for our own development?  How can we use the energies of the universe to turn our lives around?


Lisa Lazuli was a regular astrologer on BBC local radio for many years before turning attention to writing. Her kindle book HOROSCOPE 2014: Astrology and Numerology Horoscopes is available at buy right now on amazon.  


If you are used to newspaper horoscopes, you are in for a pleasant surprise, as Lazuli’s forecasts are no nonsense, down to earth and all encompassing; written in her chatty style it feels like you sitting with her having a reading.


How about some spoilers to wet you appetite:


Capricorn: “New relationships will form which are more exciting and more fulfilling on a deeper level – thus relationship-wise this is a significant year for those who are single and those who are in dead end relationships.”



Pisces: “You are feeling sexually attractive and pro-active. Existing relationships will have to gear up to satisfy your needs and so partners of Pisces take note…it’s no longer just a weekend thing OK!”


Sagittarius: “You have swept some things under the carpet and put up with others and now it is time for a long rational talk when you are both calm, to lay down some new relationship guidelines.  .”


Leo: “If you are a single Leo and have your eye on someone you will patiently work your way into their heart and will be more than happy to do practical things to help them out, yes you are very chivalrous at this time.”


Aries: “Superficial relationships with no deeper connection and where there is no mystery, no pain and no awakening of the soul will suffer as a part of the Aries is craving the feeling of an ethereal, surreal connection, something beyond Valentine roses, chocolates and a shag..”


Libra: “For relationships that have been in difficulty this year could be a turning point where you either separate or where things turn the corner.  Whichever way listen to your gut and assume nothing.”


Taurus: “Since Taureans have pressure in many aspects of life, the last place they need it is in relationships and so supportive partners who understand where you are at are better than the finest wine and perfume.”


Scorpio: “People will look to you for advice more than ever due to your keen insight and inner self-assurance.  Your balance of wisdom and keen perception will mean that you get some key decisions bang on – woe betide those who ignore your advice or go against you.”


Aquarius: “Definitely a sexy year when passions will flare and where your own actions may surprise you.  I am not only talking about bedroom sexy, I am talking about reawakened passions that may or may not be carnal in nature.”


Gemini: “Gemini like change and are notoriously fickle in relationships and friendships, but this year it is stability, security and depth that you are craving in all your close one to one contacts.  Marriage is certainly a possibility.” 


Cancer: “Communication and keeping your partner informed about where you are at emotionally and how you are doing and coping can certainly help you both navigate this time of change.”


Virgo: “The best way to tackle problems this year with people especially, is not head on.  You should play your cards close to your chest and keep your true motivations to yourself until the last minute.” 



Each chapter begins with a detailed yearly overview followed by a quarterly forecast broken down into general, love and work.


There is a focus on life trends and personal growth rather than an ‘X Factor’ style of horoscope where love, money and success appear to be around every corner.


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