Just a quick one this week to let everyone know about the latest Authors XP Giveaway. Good luck everyone. We’re rooting for you!
(30+) Winners of Individual eBooks (randomly selected titles)
What do you have hidden in your closet?
Pam and I have been writing together as ‘Ellie Campbell’ for so long that sometimes even we forget we ever did things differently. Recently we rediscovered some of the 140 short stories we each had published in those early years and decided – huge shock – we actually found them really entertaining. So much so that we decided to gather some of them up into a collection. Between world travels, multiple changes of first stone age-style word processors, then computers, plus my inability to hold on to copies or the actual magazines, many are probably lost for good, but we managed to come up with twenty funny, romantic, twisty or reflective short tales, soon to be released as Love, Lies And Other Deceptions. It wasn’t easy to pick a cover to reflect so many diverse themes, but our talented designer Andrew Brown came up with the following. And here it is – ta-da, drum roll, please.
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Top o’ the morning to you all.
You’ll find out below why we’re feeling a wee bit Irish (and deepest apologies to our any readers actually from Ireland. We know, we know…)
Ah, t’is a blessed day to be sure.
Sure and Begorrah, we found the gold at the end of the rainbow! We’re taking part in the Kindle Books Reviews Lucky Reader Giveaway.
For a chance to win a Kindle Fire 8″, or Kindle Fire 7″, or Amazon gift cards galore, just click on the link. Sure, it’s that easy. You don’t have to do the Riverdance, outwit a leprechaun or kiss the blarney stone.
Giveaway has started already and ends tomorrow March 18th. To enter click here
OK, we can stop waving the shamrocks now – although I’m sure they’re very nutritional and my horses would probably love them. For those kind-hearted souls that were concerned by my last post describing windstorms, wildfires and collapsing shelters, I’m happy to reassure you that all four horses are well, happy and enjoying kicking back in this fine kicking spring weather
Fingers crossed for you all. And let us know if you win. We love good news!
Gifts Galore Ends 18 March
Well the is shining here in Reigate and Boulder, and we have lots to celebrate with our soon to be published book of short stories (cover reveal below) and a crazy fun new book trailer for When Good Friends Go Bad which is on sale in the UK for March. Oh yes, and there’s a brilliant opportunity to win 45+ cozy mystery books with Authors XP. Don’t you just love Spring!
Since our early February newsletter Pam’s been on a no-ski ski holiday in the French Alps where she risked life and limb stumbling on foot in the snow, falling down holes, while ten members of her family were all racing each other down treacherous mountain slopes. She’s kidding herself that she’s not a coward, she’s just saving her knees for the London to Paris charity cycle ride in July.
Meanwhile Lorraine has been to New Orleans and Las Vegas for no reason other than to escape the Colorado snows, hear some great music and to try her luck at the craps table. Came home from New Orleans to discover that 100 mph winds had blown the roof of her horse stalls and there were wildfires raging less than two miles from home. As for her gambling luck, well, you know, whatever happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. Along with most of her money, alas.
Moving on quickly to the book news. Whatever evidence suggests otherwise, we’re actually very (OK, reasonably) hard working when we’re at our desks.
When Good Friends Go Bad – On Sale in the UK
First our new book trailer. We have so much fun with these, trying to winnow down a whole novel into just a few sentences and see what our designer makes of it all. And, lucky for us, When Good Friends Go Bad has been chosen for Amazon UK’s monthly sale for March. Friendship, romance and some dangerous secrets for only 99 pence. Want to know more? Watch this.
And now for our cover reveal – Love, Lies & Other Deceptions!
This is our forthcoming collection of twenty funny, romantic, twisty or reflective short stories, chosen from the 140 tales we separately wrote and got published in top women’s magazines like That’s Life, Bella, Take A Break, Woman, Woman’s Own and Chat. It’s hard to pick a single image for such a variety of content and we struggled to choose between the options our talented designer came up with, so much so that we put it to a readers’ poll on Author’s XP. Thanks to everyone who took part! The final result is actually very different from where we started but we absolutely love it and all the reader insights and opinions were so inspiring and useful. If you’re interested in the challenges and pitfalls of how we came by our present book covers, check out Lorraine’s post on What’s In A Book Cover on our sister site Take Five Authors. And watch this space to find out when Love, Lies and Other Deceptions is finally released.
And now for the huge 45+ cozy mystery books Giveaway, including our own Looking for La La (six rows down sitting pretty in the centre). It’s great to hear that some of our blog post followers and newsletter subscribers have won in the past, so if you do win this time, please let us know.
That’s all. Good luck with the Cozy Mystery Giveaway. We’re rooting for ya!
Pam and Lorraine (Ellie Campbell)
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Reblogged from Take Five Authors
How important is your book cover? Well, crucial enough that publishers will change their entire design if a chain store buyer doesn’t find a jacket visually appealing. And yes, even as a tiny rectangle on an Amazon page, it has to stand out, conveying the tone and genre to attract the right readers. Now that’s a big ask!
Of course publishers have teams of experts leading the design process. Great if you love the result. Not so good as a writer if you’re unhappy with the way your book is presented, whereas indie authors have the sometimes daunting pleasure of total control. Obviously the first step is to hire a professional designer but it’s still you, the writer, assuming final responsibility.
Ellie Campbell has gone through both experiences, traditional and indie, and we’re still learning. So just for fun we thought we’d show you some of our book covers, old and new.
Left is the original Arrow cover. Originally we liked it. Later we decided it seemed too juvenile and we really hated that it was so easy to miss in a WH Smith promotional stand of Summer Reads – even with two of us desperately searching. Read more… at Take Five Authors blog
We’ve just this week published our new cozy mystery box set, Crouch End Confidential, featuring Cathy O’Farrell, our scatty housewife sleuth and her unusual cast of friends, in three hilarious novels: Looking For La La, To Catch A Creeper, and Meddling with Murder. For one week only we’ll be offering it on Amazon at a special, introductory, lower than low, price of 99 cents. Can’t miss this one!
For US Readers only
Want a chance to get it for free? We’re holding three Amazon giveaways, each with a 1 in 20 chance of winning the entire trilogy.
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3) To watch our booktrailer on Youtube click here
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For a taste of the fun in store, check out our exciting trailer on YouTube.
The Kindle Book Review – Win 1 of 6 Kindle eReaders
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Ends February 15
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To start the year right, Lorraine downloaded a trial coupon for a health club because a friend was extolling the virtues of her boxing coach. The minute she walked through the door, she realized how much she hated gyms and working out, but one smooth operator later, she found herself signed up for 3 packs of 5 sessions each. Wish her luck!
She actually prefers her app Zombies Run where you get to “Run in the Real World and Become a Hero in Another”. Even if her run is more of a zombie shuffle it’s much more her cup of tea.
Pam meanwhile has taken up jogging, hates every minute, but is using a new app Couch to 5K. So far she’s only missed two days (snow in Surrey), and is hoping that if she keeps it up she might start enjoying it a few months down the line. Let’s see how long that lasts…
Another great giveaway from Authors XP! This time the genre is Romantic Suspense and it includes our very own When Good Friends Go Bad.
Three once inseparable friends in middle school begrudgingly unite as adults to track down the missing schoolfriend who disappeared from their lives years earlier. In the attempt loyalties will be tested, secrets exposed, first loves re-ignited and a very real danger faced by all.
Good luck everyone!
Pam and Lorraine (Ellie Campbell)
Happy New Year! We have Amazon gift cards and mystery thrillers to be won, plus the cover reveal of our new Crouch End Confidential box set.
Hope you all enjoyed the holidays. Pam’s huge hints to her husband Ian for a blow heater (so she didn’t have to freeze her fingers off while working in the cold attic), didn’t come to fruition but she did get some great work-out gear. And the lovely Belgian chocolates she was given mysteriously disappeared before she could tuck into them. Something tells her that it could be a big hint from Ian that she needs to get fit before he allows her back on the tandem. We’ll see about that!
Lorraine had 30 guests over for Xmas dinner. Lots of drama when 90 mph winds took down the power lines and left her in the dark, searching for candles and wondering if she’d be serving half-raw turkey. Luckily her friends braved the gale force winds and the bird finished roasting on the barbecue grill. Lights and heat returned just in time to eat and before the indoor temperature plummeted to freezing. All agreed it was a Christmas miracle.
We made a few resolutions for 2017 but alas, we’ve already broken one of them. It’s now 10 days in and we still haven’t written up our super-duper new work schedule. See Take Five Authors blog
And now for the fun stuff:
Drum Roll, please! We proudly present our new cover reveal!
Yes, we finally decided to offer our three hilarious “Crouch End Confidential’ cozy mysteries, starring housewife sleuth, Cathy O’Farrell, as one box set with a smashing new cover. This will be published sometime this month. If you’d like to be kept informed of when it’s out, then follow us
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$400 Amazon vouchers in The Kindle Book Review New Year’s Giveaway!
Ring in an especially happy New Year by winning one of four $100 Amazon gift cards from the Kindle Book Review! Just click here to enter.
Ends 15th January
Crime/Mystery Thriller Giveaway – 35+ books to be won
And now for this week’s Authors XP Giveaway which includes our very own Looking for La La.
(2) Grand Prize “Gift Baskets” of ALL eBooks!
(35) Winners of Individual eBooks (randomly selected titles)
Click on the books or click here to enter
Ends 16th January
Good luck to all and best wishes for an amazing 2017!
Reblogged from Take Five Authors
It’s 2017 and after last week’s resolutions, it’s in with the new and out with the old – clutter that is. Pam’s clearing out her underwear drawer and has just discovered she owns 51 pairs of knickers (aka panties in the U.S.A.). She has no idea how it got so out of hand but clearly some of those must be past their sell-by date!
The slogan for decluttering seems to be ‘If it’s not useful and you don’t love it, throw it out’. If I truly obeyed that I’m not sure I’d have any clothes left and days like today when I’m feeding horses in a foot of Colorado snow who cares if my sweaters are old and baggy?
But our bulging wardrobes makes me think of the editing process and someof those huge unwieldy first drafts in our early collaboration. Pam and I have definitely got better at chopping away unnecessary pages, paragraphs and all those extra adjectives that tend to obscure rather than enhance the story. It’s a useful metaphor for life too. Now the crazy holiday season is over it’sa good time of year to take a mental step back from all the busyness to see what’s really valuable and what it might be better to let go.
Meanwhile, just as daunting, I’ve been tackling the thousands of old and unread messages in my two email inboxes. Why two emails? Well, my Yahoo account grew so overwhelming that ages ago I signed up for a second service, under the illusion that using this new exclusive address I could start afresh, be organized and not skip over anything that looked boring or leave opened messages to choke up my inbox. Hah!
So the last few evenings, I’ve been hard at it, sorting into folders any message about writing, money, or whatever, that might be important to save. Every email I open I’ve been putting the address in the search box to gather others by the same sender and am either filing or deleting in bulk. I identified a huge amount of junk by searching for ‘unsubscribe’, ‘no-reply’, ‘opt-out’ or likely words like ‘student loan’, ‘mortgage’. There’s also that trick of changing the sort option to see what rises to the top and a very clever app called Unroll Me which safely unsubscribes or rolls up the daily new subscriptions that appear in my inbox. In the process of organizing, I’ve found a frightening amount of things that were overlooked – dinner invitations, questions needing an urgent answer two years ago.
More entertainingly, read more at Take Five Authors…
Reblogged from Take Five Authors:
A new year, a new start? At Take Five Authors, we all have our own aims and goals for 2017 – we’d love to share them with you!
Janet Gover writes: So – 2017. What have you got in store for me?
We never know what’s ahead – but that should not stop us making plans – or New Year’s resolutions. I’m not a fan of the ‘lose weight’ or ‘exercise more’ resolutions. I know I’ll break those. But here are some resolutions I am determined to keep….
That all sounds good and achievable – wish me luck. And I hope 2017 is a wonderful year for you and yours.
Ellie Campbell says: Resolutions – seriously, why do we bother! We know that by the time February rolls around we’ll be back to our same old habits. Still New Year is a great time to kid ourselves we can change for the better, so here goes.