Category Archives: Fiction

May is for Maizey and our Paperback Giveaway! 45+ copies to be won

Hi everyone

Lorraine here. Well, in a fit of May madness, I went to an auction to help a friend find a driving cart for her miniature horses and instead came back with a new addition to her herd, a pretty white mare called Maizey.  She has a bit of an Arabian look about her and my big bay gelding Amante fell instantly in love.  And here they are, our new Romeo and Juliet. 

 

And on to our book news. We’ve put two copies of Million Dollar Question into this most fabulous paperback book giveaway.  There are over 45 books to be won from some super-fabulous authors.

Win up to 45+ Paperback Books!

(1) Grand Prize “Gift Basket” of ALL Books!
(45+) Winners of Individual Books (randomly selected titles)

Good luck all!

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

A fabulous wedding comedy FREE for Spring. Plus Win up to 20+ Women’s Fiction eBooks

It’s Spring, hooray, and How To Survive Your Sisters is FREE  (15 – 19 April)  to celebrate those brave souls who opt for outdoor weddings in April.  Talk about starting your married life on a gamble! Pelting snow one day, sunshine the next.  Almost as risky as committing yourself to one person for the rest of your life.

Funny how people either seem to love weddings  or absolutely loathe them.  The mere sight of a white dress and veil always made my mother weepy, even if the bride was a stranger. Only one of her daughters did the traditional thing and it wasn’t either Pam or I.  Pam and her husband eloped in secret to Scotland (no chance to have her sisters helplessly giggling in the aisles). Gary and I, to keep me in the US, signed the marriage contract at our coffee table, fortified by a glass of wine, our dog Campbell the only witness.  Maybe not the most auspicious start but 20 years later we’re still going strong.  Anyone else got some good wedding stories?

Luckily most brides (and bridesmaids) aren’t as neurotic as Natalie and her sisters in our hilarious family drama in which the course of true love takes a multitude of unexpected turns.  But you can discover their crazy antics for yourself – FREE – if you order on Kindle between 15th and 19th April.  And read on for more great offers and prizes below.

Win up to 20+ Women’s Fiction eBooks!

(2) Grand Prize “Gift Baskets” of ALL eBooks!
(20+) Winners of Individual eBooks (randomly selected titles)

Who Wants to know?

And if you ‘re a fan of Karen Tomsovic (we are), then you might like to know that her novel Who Wants to Know? is on at the bargain price of .99 cents from now until 16th April. So grab that too while you can.

 

Who Wants to Know?: A Novel (City Lights New York)

By Karen Tomsovic

Usual Price: 2.99 Sale: .99

New Yorkers Vicky, Al, and Margy all come home looking for a second chance at life – and maybe even love – and the old neighborhood will never be the same.

Kindle Paperwhite * Amazon Gift Cards * 60+ eBooks!

Win a Kindle Paperwhite * Amazon Gift Cards * 60+ eBooks!

(1) Kindle Paperwhite This Week
(3) $20 Amazon Gift Cards
(2) Grand Prize “Gift Baskets” of ALL eBooks!

(60+) Winners of Individual eBooks (randomly selected titles)

Dem bones, dem dog biscuits and dem great free mysteries!

  • Before we get on to the free books, (yes, we said, FREE)  did you know February 23rd is International  Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day?   Oh, you didn’t?  Well no matter, because Pam’s border terrier, Milly, won’t touch the things.  Mind you, at 16 she’s allowed to be picky.  Whereas Remy, Lorraine’s whoodle (wheaten terrier x poodle) much prefers bones although only if there are no  varmints for the hunting.  Anyway, here they are, pictured below, man’s best friend and certainly ours, although when Remy buries his blood-oozing bones in her bed and destroys the lawn tractor seat in search of a rat, Lorraine sometimes has her doubts.

Talking of dogs, friendship and bones, we’re madly excited to offer TWO mystery novels on a very limited free promotion: our very own When Good Friends Go Bad, a story of divorce, love and friendship (in which a scruffy mongrel happens to play a key role), and Julie Frayn’s dark, suspenseful and highly entertaining Pocketful of Bones.   We also have Helen Smith’s Invitation To Die on sale for only 99 cents and a fantastic giveaway with a ton of Crime, Thriller and Suspense Novels to be won.  Only available for a day or two so don’t miss out!

Details below:

When Good Friends Go Bad

FREE until FEBRUARY 25 !!!

By Ellie Campbell

“Engaging story about the bonds of friendship stretching over 12 years, by the sister duo who gave us How to Survive Your Sisters.”  The Bookseller   Read Preview

Tomboy Jen, snobby Georgina, hippy Meg and gentle Rowan, were inseparable all through school until a childish prank gone wrong tore them apart.  One attempted reunion in their twenties was a complete disaster, with Rowan failing to appear and the others vowing never to speak again. And yet, ten years later, while a depressed Jen is suffering through a painful divorce, Meg calls, wanting her former friends to track down the mysteriously vanished Rowan. As they search to find the truth about their missing friend,  Jen, Meg and Georgina will test the bonds of love, loyalty and marriage, unearthing dark secrets, forbidden passions and a long-buried danger that threatens them all.

Buy now from Amazon

POCKETFUL OF BONES

FREE:  February 24 – 28!!!  

By Julie Frayn

“… a narrative that flows with often painful beauty. Rabid Reader’s Reviews

The story is dark, suspenseful, at times funny, and even heart-breaking. The ending made me gasp out loud. April Wood, A Well Read Woman

Finnegan MacGillivray, red-haired, freckle-faced social pariah, finds solace in his mother’s garden while she entertains “dates” in his home. When an accident takes the life of a friend, Finnegan buries the evidence amid the purple dead nettle and bougainvillea, and unearths a treasure trove of human remains. Did his house rest atop an ancient burial ground? Or was there a killer tucking him into bed at night?

His fascination with bones grows as fast as his obsession with his mother. She rejects his advances, and he escapes to the other side of the country. Years later, he returns to his childhood home, to the secrets and the guilt and the bones — and to fulfil his destiny.

Buy now from Amazon

Invitation to Die (Emily Castles Mysteries)

.99 SALE: ENDS FEBRUARY28!!!!

 

By Helen Smith
Offbeat and engaging, this entertaining comic mystery is the first full-length novel featuring amateur British sleuth Emily Castles.

Twenty-six-year-old Emily Castles is out of work again. So when famous romance author Morgana Blakely offers her a job helping out at a conference in London, Emily accepts. Just as eagerly, American blogger Winnie Kraster accepts an invitation from Morgana to attend as a guest, not realizing she has, in effect, accepted an invitation to die. As a cast of oddball characters assembles at the conference hotel, grievances, differences, and secrets begin to emerge. When Winnie goes missing, and then is found murdered nearby, Emily begins to suspect that someone involved with the conference is responsible. Could it be one of the organizers, one of the authors, a member of the hotel staff, or even the supplier of the chocolates for the conference gift bags? Emily teams up with guest speaker and eccentric philosophy professor Dr. Muriel to find out.

Buy now from Amazon

Win up to 35+ Crime/Thriller/Suspense eBooks!

(2) Grand Prize “Gift Baskets” of ALL eBooks!
(35+) Winners of Individual eBooks (randomly selected titles)

Leaping Lions! This cozy mystery giveaway is grrreat!

Hi there, cozy mystery lovers, for Ellie Campbell (and hopefully the rest of you) 2018 is already starting with a roar.  We have a fantastic giveaway for you below but first a little update on our eventful, often crazy, lives.

No sooner were the Christmas decorations put away than Pam (confirmed non-skier) was off to Val D’Isere with the family, visiting her chef son Alex in the French Alps, experiencing snow, blizzards, dog sledding huskies and all the dangers of some luscious French cuisine.

 

Meanwhile Lorraine was fulfilling a lifetime dream of a Tanzanian safari, tenting it under starry African skies, cruising in an open jeep through Tarangire National Park, Ngorangoro Crater, the Serengeti and Ruaha, snapping photos of lions, wildebeest, zebra, giraffe, antelope and of course elephants.  The big boy above decided our Land Cruiser was going to move or he was coming in the vehicle with us!  He literally could have touched us.

And of course there was no strolling far from our tents at night for fear of meeting these handsome but deadly characters  What do they have in common with our cozy mystery giveaway?  Well, they may all look like pussycats but you never know when one of them will turn into a natural born killer.

Win up to 40+ Cozy Mystery eBooks!

(2) Grand Prize “Gift Baskets” of ALL eBooks!
(40+) Winners of Individual eBooks (randomly selected titles)

SaveSaveSaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

Chick Lit Give-Away – Win up to 10+ Chick-Lit eBooks

 Win up to 10+ Chick-Lit eBooks!

(2) Grand Prize “Gift Baskets” of ALL eBooks!
(10+) Winners of Individual eBooks (randomly selected titles)

Donkey boy & other stories out now in paperback

donkey boy book-cover-k v1Reblogged from TakeFiveAuthors 

Huge Congratulations to author Mary Smith.  See her blog post below

I’m delighted to announce the paperback version of Donkey Boy & Other Stories is now available.

I had a launch event recently along with fellow author Lynn Otty who has also brought out her own collection of short stories called Having a Ball & Other Stories.

It was a lovely evening and great to see so many friends who came along to share in our celebrations with fizz and nibbles, a couple of short readings, lots of sales and a lot of chatter. Only, we forgot to take any photos apart from one Lynn’s son took before our guests arrived.

having a ball front coverDonkey Boy has already started to collect some fabulous reviews on Amazon and on review sites such as this one, which had me dancing round my desk, on Linda’s Book Bag:
“With under 80 pages, Donkey Boy and Other Stories can fit into any reader’s busy life.

What a little gem this book is. There’s a super variety of stories packed with atmospheric and entertaining writing containing both pathos and humour. Mary Smith manages to convey clear and distinct voices for each of her brilliant characters, from a Pakistani boy to an elderly Scottish woman. What I liked so much about every one of them is at I felt I knew them instantly and understood them completely but without the author imposing her own judgement on them as they make their way through life.

I loved the unifying themes across each of the stories too. Whilst each story has its own unique identity, Mary Smith explores themes that encroach into all our lives, from poverty in third world countries, through domestic abuse to mental health, grief, fear, love and disability. She does so with skill and finesse, never preaching, but conveying a wonderful sense of humanity for the misrepresented, lost and lonely and for those living unconventionally or outside social norms. I enjoyed every single tale, but especially the last in the book, The Thing in Your Eye, with its slightly supernatural undercurrent as Molly sees ‘Nasties’ in strangers’ eyes. The opening story, Donkey Boy, set in Pakistan also made me think about my own behaviour as I shall be travelling to India next year and will obviously be tipping those I come into contact with.

I really appreciated Mary Smiths wonderful craft in creating a sense of place, time and person so that although these are brief stories, each has a completeness and there’s real satisfaction in reading them.

I found Donkey Boy and Other Stories a moving, engaging and beautifully written collection that has the ability to touch the reader, make them thankful for their own life and to make them think. I’m delighted to have read it.”

And this ‘little gem’ of a book is an absolute bargain, if I say so myself, at only £4.50.

Buy it here: www.smarturl.it/dbaos

lynn and mary

Mysteries abound in August. Win 26+ Women Sleuths eBooks!

Under the shadow of this week’s eclipse, we ponder life’s great mysteries.  Why do multiple possessions vanish into a black hole the second Lorraine puts them down?  Why after many gruelling fundraisers on her tandem, did Pam choose a cycling holiday in Germany when she could be lying on a beach?  Why does Binkie, out of all Lorraine’s ten chickens, have her own Facebook page?  Why did she and her fellow hens choose to lay her eggs next to a massive snake. Most worrying of all, where is that snake hiding now?

 

We may never know the answers to these questions but we do have a fabulous giveaway featuring some brilliant and extremely entertaining women sleuths.

Win up to 26+ Women Sleuths eBooks!

(2) Grand Prize “Gift Baskets” of ALL eBooks!
(26+) Winners of Individual eBooks (randomly selected titles)

Americans vs Brits

Hi folks,

Pam’s about to shoot off to Hamburg where  she’s tandem cycling to Berlin over the next couple of weeks (her husband’s idea of a holiday), while Lorraine is nursing her husband’s bad knee.  Don’t know who’s got the best deal but in the meantime we thought you might like to hear about a great competition at Authors XP.

Win up to 13+ American/British eBooks!

(2) Grand Prize “Gift Baskets” of ALL eBooks!
(13+) Winners of Individual eBooks (randomly selected titles)

Good luck everyone!

4th July special! Win 58+ Beach Reads. Plus Gift Card Giveaways

Light up the fireworks for a blazing hot 4th July giveaway extravaganza!  And if America’s Independence day doesn’t mean much where you happen to live (like Pam), it’s still a winning situation.  OK, maybe those bunch of pesky colonists still can’t brew a decent cuppa tea but they did bring us Starbucks and Desperate Housewives, right?

So while Lorraine fires up the barbecue and chills the beer, (Coors, of course, our local Colorado brewery), Pam’s making sure everyone gets a chance to take part in these two great offers.  Free to enter, so good luck to all. Hope you win something.

Gift Card Giveaways

Follow one or more authors and enter to win one of two $20 Amazon gift certificates!  Just click on the picture and it’ll take you to Amy’s site at Authors XP.

Win up to 58+ Beach Reads eBooks!

Discover  new authors and win free books.  You may win one book or the grand prize – every book featured in this contest! 

(2) Grand Prize “Gift Baskets” of ALL eBooks!
(40+) Winners of Individual eBooks (randomly selected titles)

Happy Independence Day!  

And if you see something like this on the beach – run!