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Million Dollar Question – 5 star review

Great 5 star review. Thank you so much

From A Drip Of Truth:

Honestly this isn’t my sort of book in the least… have no clue why I agreed to read it… and went in expecting to be drudging through pages of boredom… obviously that wasn’t what happened… instead I was up reading till I couldn’t keep my eyes open and picked back up the moment I woke up again… and it’s a rather realistic look into someone whose life has undergone a huge change… this is sadly a look at how people tend to react when you’re in the midst of a scandal… or when you win a lot of money and people either try and take advantage of you or hate you for being better off… Olivia and Rosie are both people that could easily be someone you know… they’re not stereotypes… but genuine people trying to come to terms with what life has thrown their way… just as I could see myself reacting the same way they do even as I want to smack them upside their head for their stupidity… but the best part was just how Campbell managed to tie in every little piece that was mentioned… everything building up to a surprisingly plausible end… nothing was mentioned just for the heck of it… there isn’t anything random and tossed in just to help with the wrap up… it was a perfectly laid out story of two people whose lives were intertwining in ways they could’ve never seen coming…

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Yay, #1 bestseller today in Oz – Kindle Daily Deal – When Good Friends Go Bad

Update – stop the presses!  We are #1 today in Kindle Top 100 Paid, Amazon Australia.  Also #1 in women’s fiction and #1 in humour.  That’s something to celebrate.

We love you, Amazon Australia!!!  animated-kangaroo-image-0007Look who’s featured on today’s Kindle Daily Deals.  And only $0.99 (if you live in Australia, that is.)

If you like books about friendships, marriage, loyalty, betrayals, first love rediscovered, marital crises, pending divorce, parenthood, secrets from the past, a modern day quest… this one’s for you.

When Good Friends Go Bad eBook: Ellie Campbell: Amazon.com.au: Kindle Store.

Synopsis:

All through school, tomboy Jen, snobby Georgina, hippy Meg and gentle Rowan, were inseparable. Until, that is, the unfortunate consequences of a childish prank tore them apart. As adults an attempted reunion went disastrously wrong. Rowan failed to appear. Meg behaved outrageously and – sharpest cut of all – Jen discovered just how deeply Georgina had betrayed her.

So now, a mother herself, in the midst of divorce, the last thing Jen needs is a call from Meg. Or is it? Will Meg’s strange mission to track down the missing Rowan re-open old wounds or is it a chance to heal the rift – or to recover Jen’s never-forgotten, first true love? As their quest unearths secrets and feelings best left buried, Jen, Meg and Georgina will be tested on love, loyalty, and friendship, discover the truth about Rowan – and wake a danger that threatens them all.

Reviews:  ‘An engaging story about the bonds of friendship stretching over 12 years, by the sister duo who gave us How to Survive Your Sisters’ BOOKSELLER
‘When Good Friends Go Bad really was a fabulous novel and I wholly recommend you read it’ Chicklit Reviews and News
 
 
Editorial Reviews
Quirky and intriguing and kept me interested throughout… all the key ingredients for a gripping read: love and lust are angling for room with an unsolved mystery, lots of juicy secrets (old and new) and a nice bit of suspense and surprise towards the end.’ The Bookbag
‘Excellent fun book’ Wilovebooks
‘Quirky humor, crazy personalities, zany situations…This book has it all’ Table4Two
5 stars. ‘Would I recommend? YES! Arlena, Night Owl Reviews
‘Will make you Laugh, Cringe, and Wonder!’ MikiHope

The amazing horse rescue… and other distractions in an author's life

Hooray, it’s February and Amazon Australia has decided AGAIN to promote How To Survive Your Sisters, Looking For La La and To Catch A Creeper.   Also Amazon UK is also doing a 99 pence sale with Sisters.  Pam and I are busy with Twitter and Facebook, trying to spread the word. And I’ve been nominated to update the blog.

So once again the day is sliding away from me.   Admittedly I sometimes have a little trouble with time management.  There may be two of us writing, but at least one of us can always find a million distractions.

1503825_10100778876911739_8510128431740271215_nSeriously intended to write beaucoup pages this weekend until I had an emergency call telling me to bring my horse trailer because 23 horses had to be rescued from feed lot before they were shipped to a kill auction.

1964793_10100778877490579_6866542196854390963_nOf course same estimated 2 hour rescue operation turned out to occupy 3 days, including repairing fences in temporary field, and moving horses yet again two days later. Great sense of personal satisfaction but not a lot of time left for writing. And yes, now that they’re safely installed at Zumas Rescue Ranch they will need training…and homes.268531_10100778877460639_5325315518308154703_n

My own lovely horses are galloping around, just outside the window, playing in the snow. Is there any sight more beautiful than that? What, you expect me to be staring at a computer screen? It’s all I can do not to run out there and join them. Besides it’s imperative I watch and see no one gets kicked.IMG_3466

Long, long phone conversation – all work-related of course – with writing partner, Pam, who has finished for the day, thanks to 7 hour time difference, and is probably sitting with feet up and a glass of wine. Well, actually she claims she’s working like a dog till midnight, answering our chicklit sisters email, and contacting promo sites for our future book launch. But then sometimes I’m incredibly productive too.  I remember there was that time back in…

I need to check my email, Facebook and Twitter and then Google something amazingly trivial.  By the time I load up tweetdeck, pick up a package from the post office, (hopefully the saddle I bought on ebay) and drive to the ranch store for horse feed, I’ll be lucky to get any words on pages, except perhaps for this long overdue post.

IMG_3461Remy, the wonder dog, wants to go for walk. And I did make that resolution about keeping fit. 10,000 steps, I think it was.   Probably got another 9,400 to go. Besides I do have those errands to run.

Cat keeps walking all over the computer keyboard, demanding to be petted. Which reminds me her litter box needs cleaning.IMG_3381

The kitchen is a mess. And while I am tidying it, I might as well have a snack/lunch/coffee/tea.

The laundry basket is overflowing.   I’ll be able to concentrate much better without that nudging persistently at the back of my mind.

The feed tubs and water tanks absolutely HAVE to be filled before it freezes tonight. Likewise the chicken’s water.   And there’s manure to scoop. Might as well start feeding all the animals now.

Husband arrives home early, wanting to know what’s for dinner. (Good question.) And why I’m eternally tapping on the computer, filling up Buffer, and ignoring him. Must be time for a glass of wine. And maybe an early night, yawn, yawn. After all I did get up at 5.30 so I could cram it all in.   Just let me quickly check this one thing on Google.

Oops, it’s midnight. And I didn’t even ride my horse or get a useable paragraph out of the day. But seriously intend to write beaucoup pages tomorrow…

Given my ability to procrastinate, it’s frankly amazing that we actually have a new novel, Million Dollar Question, coming out this year – and you’ll hear more about that soon, I promise.

But all that said, the good news is that three of our books are once again rapidly rising up the Australian Amazon charts…  Will they do as well as last time?  We have our fingers crossed…  Ah, well back to Twitter.

Cheers,

Lorraine Signature

Giveaway, Amazon UK 99 pence promo and More…

Lot of excitement these past few days.  Cowgirl lorraineBy some miracle – maybe the 10,000 downloads on our KDL free promo wekend – we got into Amazon UK’s 100 books for under 2.99 for June with Looking For La La priced at 99 pence all this month.  Suddenly Pam was calling me every hour – we were #8 on the list, wait… we were #6, then #5, then #4.  Ahead of some big names too.  And our Amazon rating had changed too – from being somewhere in the stratosphere… ranked 30,000 or 300,000… 3,000,000… or whatever it was, we’d jumped into the Top 500, a never before achieved feat for us.  And with a self-published novel.  Doesn’t sound impressive until you realize how many books must be in that list.  Then we were at 312, then in the Top 200, then suddenly we were in the Top 150 at #146.  Will we break into the Top 100 before the promo ends?  It remains to be seen.  The initial rush has slowed down, we’ve slid back to #180 but there is still the rest of the month ahead.  And our Amazon US ratings have improved too.  Oh, if only some of those people who bought La La or downloaded it for free would review!  People always think they need to write an essay or a book report – remembered horrors from school – but even a few words that meet Amazon’s minimum work fine.

We’ve had loads of support too from people who had reviewed or featured us on their blogs and sent out tweets twitter birdand Facebook messages on our behalf.  Thank you, everybody – you know who you are and we love you for it.  And it’s not over yet.  Although Pam has gone to Paris to fry bacon as support for this year’s YMCA cycle challenge and is no longer sending me 15 emails a day.  (I’m sure she has gone into total withdrawal.  I know I have;)

Also wanted to spread the news about our new GIVEAWAY on Facebook, offering both an ebook and a paperback copy of Looking For La La.  It’s so far gone undiscovered – only 10 entries as opposed to 800 on our last Goodreads giveaway.  So anyone who enters has a great chance of winning.  All you have to do is like our Facebook page and sign up.  Of course if you’re a UK kindle owner, you can spend the 99 pence and not wait for the drawing but what fun is that..!

Thinking about reviews and school book reports reminds me… I was always anamber avid reader, finished all the required books for English within a few days of getting the list, devouring four J T Edson westerns in a day (he wrote dozens and the cool handsome heroes rode great horses), sped my way through all of Jane Austen, Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers plus the bodice rippers of the time (anyone remember Forever Amber?) and anything else I could get my hands on.  But book reports… hated ’em, loathed doing them with a passion.  The bane of my existence.  (Well, actually all homework came under that category.)  Used to copy from my friend during tutorial.  And what did I end up doing in my publishing career?  Book reports, book reports and more book reports.  For the literary agency I worked in, for Woman magazine reading novels for serialization, for Penguin books as a reader, for the Book of the Month club, also as a reader.   And now when I review a book, I still struggle over what to say… even though, as I said, I’m well aware it doesn’t have to be a work of art or even very clever.  But then again I can never think of what to say on birthday or sympathy cards either.  A problem I share with Cathy O’Farrell in Looking For La La.

Anyway that’s it for now.  Beautiful day in sunny Colorado.  Had what I hope was our last major snowfall about 3 weeks ago and now we are plunged into summer.  And I hope to join our local swimming lake and plunge into that.

Lorraine