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

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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. 

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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)

 

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Good luck to all and best wishes for an amazing 2017!

Ellie Campbell

Cleaning out the Clutter

Reblogged from Take Five Authors 

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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 wardsugar-in-the-snowrobes 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 migunsubscribeht 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…

 

Facing the future – with resolution

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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….

  • Read more books
  • Take my readers and supporters back to Coorah Creek – and this time for a wedding.
  • Expand my reading – trying new authors and new genres because there are so many good books out there just waiting to be read.
  • Expand my writing – try writing something new and exciting because I love a challenge.

That all sounds good and achievable – wish me luck. And I hope 2017 is a wonderful year for you and yours.

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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.

  1. Finish what we started. We’ve always got at least two or three projects in the pipeline and often find ourselves bouncing from one to the other depending on our mood. But this year we intend to be more focused and linear in our approach – until the next inspiration hits, at least! Read More

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Gifts and Giveaways – Happy Holidays from both of us!

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Happy Holidays to All! Have we got some exciting gifts and giveaways for you! First, there’s a special Christmas present for everyone. Scroll down to find out more. Meanwhile it’s all hustle and bustle as we prepare for the festive season. This is Pam’s first Christmas without her youngest, Alec, who has hightailed it to the French Alps to work as a chef in a ski resort – she’s drooling over the thought of some fabulous cuisine when he finally returns. In snowy Colorado, Lorraine has the usual thirty-odd friends (some odder than others) congregating for a big social Christmas dinner. Strangely, it’s our husbands who like to take over the stuffing and roasting of the traditional turkeys. Could it be they don’t trust us to get it right? Or that they love basking in the glowing accolades? Either way we’re not complaining.

Sale: When Good Friends Go Bad

Amazon UK has chosen When Good Friends Go Bad for their “12 days of Kindle” sale at the rock-bottom price of 99 pence.

So as not to disappointment our American readers we’re also holding a Kindle Countdown from 23rd to 29th December. US 99 cents all 6 days  UK   USA 

We’ve done a whole new look for Million Dollar Question which will be uploaded shortly to Amazon. Hopefully it just shrieks of humor and romance!!! To celebrate we’re holding an Amazon giveaway so join in – you may win a kindle copy. 20 copies to be won. Enter here.

Coming soon: Love, Lies & Other Deceptions

Long ago we two sisters started our separate writing careers with short stories and we’ve had a lot of fun gathering up 20 short romances and twisty tales for our first ever collection. Available January – follow us on Amazon for updates. Your Holiday Gift: The Trouble with Charlie. To celebrate we’re offering one of our short stories from Love, Lies & Other Deceptions to any blog follower who emails us at ellie@chicklitsisters.com. Just tell us if you would like it in kindle, epub or pdf format.                                                                                     

 

 

Season‘s Greetings, One and All

Ellie Campbell

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What does Christmas mean to you? asks author Jenny Harper

256px-happy_new_year_06463When did Christmas start for you? In September, when the first decorations started to appear in garden centres and certain shops? In December, when postal deadlines loom? Or will it only finally happen on Christmas Eve, when the stress of juggling work, day-to-day family needs and shopping has almost become too much, but you can finally sit down with a glass of wine in the happy knowledge that everything is sorted?

Sometimes we lose sight of the reason for doing things. Christmas is a religious festival – in Scotland, when my parents were young (in the early 20th century), it wasn’t even a public holiday! But as our society

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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.

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The Not Too Perfect Heroine

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When I was fresh out of high school, my mother made an interesting observation about a friend of minee_o_vento_levou_-_rhett_e_scarlett. ‘Trouble with Kathy,’ she said, ‘she’s just too perfect.’ Now Kathy was a truly lovely person, sort of girl who taught Sunday school, made friends with homeless people, considered a glass of wine a walk on the wild side and discovered all kinds of intimate details about people I’d known for years and never bothered to ask. And she was popular – I’ve no idea, in fact, why she was hanging out with me. But would I want her as a heroine?  Maybe, if I was writing a certain kind of romance. Then again, possibly not. After all, wouldn’t most of us want to be or spend time with Scarlett O’Hara in Gone With The Wind rather than the saintly Melanie Wilkes?  Yes, Scarlett’s selfish, wilful, and likely…

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Today we’ve three offers we wanted you to hear about.

Australia

For our Australian friends, Looking for La La, How to Survive Your Sisters and To Catch A Creeper have all been chosen by Amazon for a Black Friday Sale. Ends tomorrow. We were thrilled this morning to wake up to find Looking for La La at #3 in the Aussie Kindle charts and #1 in Cozy Mystery with To Catch a Creeper racing up behind her!

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For our UK and US readers from today until 30th November we have Million Dollar Question on Kindle Countdown at 99 pence and 99 cents.

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And finally for everybody everywhere

the Authors XP Romance Giveaway

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Good luck to all!

Pam and Lorraine (Ellie Campbell)

 

Just close your eyes for a whole new world of books

Anyone for audio?

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800px-ernesthareradiosipConfession: I read very little these days. That is, I read a great deal for research purposes, and I read far too many newspapers articles (especially this year, when the politics everywhere has been so intense and dramatic!) – but as for sitting down with a novel … sorry, but I can’t remember the last time I did that!

Shocking? Well yes. Writers should read, shouldn’t they?

I agree, absolutely. My problem is, since I started writing novels myself, I’ve found my concentration span has shortened immensely when it comes to reading other people’s books. If a novel is fantastic, it makes me want to run off instantly and get back to my own writing – in other words, I find good writing inspiring. If something is poor, or just doesn’t catch my interest … well, frankly, life’s too short to waste.

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