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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.

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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.

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Invitation to Die (Emily Castles Mysteries)



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)




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)

185 Grrr-eat Reasons to Check out Today’s Post

May madness brings prizes, promotions, a mega-giveaway and some crazy weather! Pam is basking in English sunshine while Lorraine and four horses shivered this weekend through a foot of snow dumped on Colorado after the driest mildest winter ever.

Meanwhile we’re packing for our next exciting destination, Costa Rica where we’ve planned some intensive explorations – searching for toucans and howler monkeys, along with the best beach, best national park, best zip-lining experience, best lethal cocktail – naturally, all done in the worthy and extremely professional goal of collaborating in some future Central American novel 🙂 And of course we’re bringing hubbies and Pam’s family along to, well,  assist in the…ah-hem…hitherto-mentioned research and also because they refused to let us go without them.

And here are the promotions we promised. 

For all Australian readers

Looking for La La has been chosen by Amazon to be in their Mother’s Day Sale. Price drop to AUS $1.49.

For all UK Readers

For those in the UK, both of these novels are on a 99 pence May Madness sale.

Looking for La La UK                 How to Survive Your Sisters UK

For US Readers

   For readers in the US, here’s two new Amazon giveaways. Love, Lies & Other Deceptions, our brand new collection of short stories, and When Good Friends Go Bad, our chicklit romance. All you need do is follow us on Amazon for a chance to win – 22 winners!

For Love, Lies & Other Deceptions Click Here   

For When Good Friends Go Bad    Click Here

And for everyone else: Authors XP are holding a MEGA giveaway where you can win e-books from 180+ of your favourite authors.

Win up to 180+ eBooks!

(1) Grand Prize “Gift Baskets” of ALL eBooks!
(1) Gift Basket for each major genre!
(180+) Winners of Individual eBooks (randomly selected titles)

So choose your favorite genre, pick your favourite authors, and good luck to all.

See ya!

FREE short story! Plus Giveaways and chance to win 50+ Sweet Romances

Hi Folks, 

Seeking your opinion on book trailers (our new one is below) but first some people have asked us about Lorraine’s dog, Remy (aka) Rembrandt.  He’s a whoodle – a wheaten terrier/poodle mix -abandoned by a puppy mill and rescued from a Kansas City shelter. Lorraine had to drive 9 hours to get him but she feels it was worth it.  He’s non-shedding (which basically means a dirt and mat magnet) and has to have his dreadlocks shaved off at least once a year.  It’s a bit like owning two dogs, one of which happens to be a Wookie.






About those book trailers…do you watch them?  Do they make you want to know more?  Or are they just another distraction you don’t have time for?  Personally we love them.  And the lovely Rachel Bostwick has produced another just in time for the launch of Love, Lies and Other Deceptions. (Still on sale at 99 cents)

If you’d like to read one of these stories, see below

Simon Says

‘I said may I help you?’
I look up. There’s a young guy standing beside my table, pen poised waiting to take my order.
‘Sorry,’ I mumble. ‘I didn’t see you there.’
‘No problemo,’ he says cheerfully, flashing me a friendly grin. ‘Would you like something to drink? Wine, beer, cocktail?’
‘Mineral water please.’ One part of me wants some alcohol, needs some alcohol, but at the same time I must keep my wits about me... 

Amazon Giveaways of Love, Lies and Other Deceptions

To celebrate, during launch week we have three Amazon Giveaways: 

For a chance to win an e-copy of Love, Lies and Other Deceptions, all you have to do is tweet a message

Click here

or to watch the book trailer


enter this giveaway by following our  

Unfortunately Amazon Giveaways are for US residents only, but for everyone in all territories, we’ve news of another AXP Giveaway. This weeks it’s sweet romance and includes some fabulous novels

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

That’s it for now. Good luck everyone and have a great week!

Ellie Campbell

Help the Zombies are Attacking!

Happy January!

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…

Win up to 35+ Romantic Suspense eBooks!

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

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. 

Click here to enter

Ends 23rd January

 Good luck everyone!

Pam and Lorraine (Ellie Campbell)

35 Book Giveaway, $400 Amazon Vouchers and Smashing New Cover Reveal!

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



and they’ll send you a new release update.

$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

Win up to 35+ Thrilling eBooks!

(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!

Ellie Campbell

Books Direct Christmas Giveaway – Cash Prizes to be Won!

PRIZES to be won!


Just heard about the great giveaway at Books Direct so here goes for a chance to win some great prizes. Entry options will be added as more donations are received, so check back daily. The giveaway is open internationally and will end on 22 December. Winners will be announced on the Books Direct blog and notified by email. Sponsors are welcome to enter as well.



$80 Amazon gift card or PayPal cash (winner’s choice)

$20 Amazon gift card or PayPal cash (winner’s choice)

$10 Amazon gift card or PayPal cash (winner’s choice)

$5 Amazon gift card or PayPal cash (winner’s choice)

Prizes will increase as more donations are received.


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Enjoy your books!


Balance in the Life of A Writer

I was at a party once where a well-established mystery novelist told me she was lucky if she managed to write for an hour or two a day, the bulk of her schedule being consumed with book promotions, Twitter, Facebook, newsletters, her blog. Seems that many writers are performing the same high-wire act. Without a social media presence, without Bookbub, 99 cent promotions, Goodreads competitions, mailing lists, and all that ongoing effort, chances are that even the best-crafted novel will languish, lost and crying out unnoticed, in the wasteland of Amazon’s millions of fiction books. Well, boo-hoo, I can almost hear you say. After all, this isn’t high school English – no hoary old professor is forcing us to come up with the next Ellie Campbell book. And juggling time is nothing new for writers. Most of the literary greats had to fit in their artistic endeavors with full-time jobs, squeezing precious hours out of the early dawn or burning the midnight oil.

But still I wistfully think – wouldn’t it be nice to get a sense of balance? And have a life beyond the laptop? Are we all being forced to multi-task way beyond our natural capacity, checking our emails while sitting on the toilet while brushing our teeth? Lifting your nose from your mesmerizing screen only to discover six hours have vasalesnished, the husband has walked in the door and dinner is still a frozen chicken and a bag of groceries lying unpacked on the counter along with the breakfast dishes. We all have responsibilities shrieking for our attention: children, elderly parents, pets that need feeding or walking, even horses, (some of us). We have bodies that ought to be exercised more, friends that are feeling neglected, the guilty sense that however we spend our precious time, there is so much out there being left undone…

Read more at Take Five Authors blog


Right now for this week’s fabulous competition.  Too good to let it go by.  It’s the humor giveaway at Authors XP and it runs through to Nov 7th and includes our very own Looking for La La. We would love our blog followers or newsletter subscribers to win one or more of these fabulous novels.

Win Up To 20+ Humor eBooks!

(2) Grand Prize Kindle “Gift Baskets” of ALL eBooks!
(20+) Winners of Individual eBooks (randomly selected titles)
Nov. 1-7

 One last thing we heard about and again it’s an offer to good to miss – Count the Roses by Jackie Weger’s novel and it’s free until 5th Nov. Check it out below

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First time offered FREE

“Fantastic.Really a Wonderful read…Just a job well done.” ~ avp

“The author’s descriptions of the bayou and New Orleans are fantastic. I loved the characters–all of them.” ~ avp

Travel with Jennifer DeWitt from New Orleans—that humid, high-stepping city of music and magic on the Mississippi River to the depths Louisiana swamps where real life happens. And a sexy Cajun just happens to live.

November 2- 5, 2016
Print edition on Amazon
Print edition on Barns & Noble