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Calling all cozy mystery fans. Warning, Cathy's on the loose!

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Publishing globally on April 9th, 2016 by Across the Pond Press.

Yes, the secret’s out.  Cathy’s back and this time our madcap housewife, mother and wanna-be sleuth is MEDDLING WITH MURDER in our third cosy Crouch End Confidential mystery series that started with LOOKING FOR LA LA and TO CATCH A CREEPER.  And how do you like our stunning new cover from the very talented Design for Writers?

In this hilarious stand-alone novel, Cathy’s up to her usual crazy antics, juggling best friends in trouble, delinquent teens, illicit murder weapons, stolen bicycles and  drug-dealing yobbos, while masquerading as an extremely inept maths tutor and scheming to derail husband Declan’s plans to move the family to rural Norfolk.  Yes, it may help if you’re familiar with the first two books but even new readers will enjoy this one!

And you have the chance to read it first for free!

We made this offer to our newsletter subscribers and now we feel it’s only fair to extend it to a few of you.  If you’re a discerning reader (or blogger) who is interested in joining our Review and Launch Team, drop us a line at chicklitsisters@gmail.com.  We’ll send those selected the ecopy of Meddling with Murder in either mobi (kindle), pdf or epub format, in exchange for an honest review on Goodreads or Amazon around publication date.   And anyone who contacts us will be entered  into a prize draw to win one of our six paperback novels!

Meanwhile stay tuned for news of our blog tour and pre-order date on Amazon.  It’s only the beginning of the pre-launch fun!  And don’t forget to check out our other co-hosted writers blog at Take Five Authors.

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And, whew, aren’t you all relieved to see the end of another winter?  We just can’t wait for April 9th to arrive! Pam will be flying to the States to join Lorraine in a celebratory bottle or two of bubbly. Bottle_drunk

That’s all, folks. As the horses and the rest of us kick up our heels, we wish you all a happy Spring!

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Million Dollar Question – read and review FREE with Choosy Bookworm

**We’ve teamed up with Choosy!**

Pam and I are so thrilled that our  fifth novel Million Dollar Question is finally finished and is up on Amazon awaiting publication date and launch week 27th April.dfw-ec-mdq-cover-large

 

As a special thanks to all those that have supported us, we have joined Choosy Bookworm’s Read and Review Program.  First 25 people to sign up will receive a free digital copy of the novel, in exchange for a short review. We think that is a terrific idea!

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So remember  – date for your diary 27th April.  Or if you can’t wait, then join Choosy’s great program. If chicklit or women’s fiction is not your thing, then there’s tons of other brand new novels in there to choose from.  All free.

http://choosybookworm.com/product/million-dollar-question

 

Indie Book Of The Day Award – When Good Friends Go Bad by Ellie Campbell

Hey, we won a badge and a certificate!

When Good Friends Goes Bad becomes The Indie Book of the Day for 20th of January

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via When Good Friends Go Bad by Ellie Campbell | Indie Book of the Day.

Rabid Readers Reviews – Book Blogging Fun for the Person Who Loves to Read

HUGE thanks to Rabid Readers Reviews for making Looking For La La one of their favorite Rabid Readers Reads of 2013. To find out who else made the list, click the link below…

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Book Blogging Fun for the Person Who Loves to Read

Best Rabid Readers Reads of 2013!

The best of the year is one of my favorite posts to do but its also one of the most difficult. How do I narrow down the many outstanding novels that I read this year to the best? What follows are some of my favorite reads this year in no particular order and if any fall into your genre, you should pick them up. These are novels that deserve to be read.

Looking for La La by Ellie Campbell: A UK based story of a woman whose husband receives postcards and goes on a quest to discover if he’s cheating. The story was funny, strange and everything that is right with chick lit.

Click here to read my review.

via Rabid Readers Reviews – Book Blogging Fun for the Person Who Loves to Read.

Don't miss out! The clock is ticking…

Yes, this week only, Monday 21th to Sunday 27th September, we are offering WHEN GOOD FRIENDS GO BAD in the UK only at the bargain price of just 99 pence!   It’s another Kindle Countdown Promotion and the seconds are ticking away.

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 Need more encouragement? Check out a few of the many 5 star reviews at Amazon.com!

‘Bloody Good. Quirky humor, crazy personalities, zany situations…This book has it all.’

‘A most wonderful book….the best book I’ve read in a while. CONGRATULATIONS Ellie Campbell you knocked it out of the park…’

‘Fun and Quirky. A book full of interesting characters leading very full lives, and lots of great Brit quirkiness. I… loved it.’

‘This is a book you can recommend to all your friends. I love “chick lit” stories and this one had twists and turns, secrets and….  well I don’t want to give away the ending.’

WHEN GOOD FRIENDS GO BAD…

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.  The events of that night changed their lives forever.

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… 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.

TIME IS FLYING BY  One_handSO DON’T DELAY…

And to our UK readers, sorry we can’t include you in this great promotion this time around but don’t be sad…  Crying_Smiley_clip_art_hight

we’re sure to have something else for you very soon!

Miki's Hope: Book Review/Giveaway-When Good Friends Go Bad

Miki’s Hope Book Review/Giveaway-When Good Friends Go Bad-Ellie Campbell (US, CAN, UK)-Ends 8/15

REVIEW: FRIDAY, AUGUST 2, 2013

I really enjoyed reading this book about 4 friends who for various reasons don’t really keep in touch. They were trouble makers in school–but always had each others backs. When Rowen decides to contact all the others for a reunion-but then does not show up herself-the others are worried BUT other problems have to be worked through first. They intermittently try to track Rowen down–but road blocks keep getting in their way. They do ultimately find her-and trouble! I do not want to give away the ending–so I am going to stop right here–If you decide to read this book (I would suggest the book although it does come in e-book format) you will not be disappointed! AND for 3 Days you can get this book from

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via Book Review/Giveaway-When Good Friends Go Bad-Ellie Campbell (US, CAN, UK)-Ends 8/15 | Miki’s Hope.

And La La wins… Amazon.com #1 bestseller!

FABULOUS NEWS!   Our Free Download Weekend for Looking For La La was a huge success  – much better than anything we could have hoped for.  Number One in the Kindle Free Top 100.

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Over 40,000 downloads in three days – that’s enough new readers to fill an America football stadium!

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Thanks so much to all the lovely people out there who blogged, tweeted and best of all downloaded.  We hope you’ll enjoy reading Cathy’s misadventures as much as we enjoyed writing them.

We’ve just got our first review from the Kindle promo and – whoopee – she loves it!   It’s the greatest feeling in the wolrd when people like your books… I don’t know why but it always takes us slightly by surprise.  So keep those reviews coming… some authors claim never to read them but we love ’em!

Thanks again, so much for helping make this promotion such a success.

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Rabid Readers Reviews: “Looking for La La” by Ellie Campbell

A great review post from Rabid Readers.  Thank you again!

When Cathy O’Farrell’s husband, Declan, receives a saucy postcard from the mysterious La La, Cathy is thrilled. Not seriously suspecting that her husband is having an affair, Cathy and her friend Raz start an investigation aided in part by the Tuesday Twice Monthly’s, a tight-knit group of local moms. Soon the notes turn sinister and Cathy notices a red estate car following her.  Is this mystery perhaps more than she bargained for?

“Ellie Campbell” is the pseudonym of sisters Pam Burks and Lorraine Campbell. Looking for La La is their third novel as a writing team.

I received a copy of this novel from the authors in exchange for my review.

Looking for La La was inspired when Pam Burks’ husband received postcards from a mystery admirer and the story that built is astounding.  I certainly hope that poor Pam did not travel Cathy’s path to find the culprit. Campbell’s writing style is seamless with humor reminiscent of “Shirley Valentine.” Cathy is a very real character, warts and all. She is a stay at home mom who feels undervalued and a prisoner in her role, one who is desperately afraid to leave her jail. Her children are in school and she spends the days chasing after something she’s not quite reaching. Cathy fears Declan’s inevitable discussions of a return to work but sees herself as his employee at home rather than his wife. Cathy’s last job interview before pregnancy and marriage to Declan was with the company for which her future husband worked. The interview went horribly and she ran out followed by her would be employer and future husband not to return to the work force again. She reminds at the start of the novel a lot of a woman I once knew who grew tired of going to school and didn’t want to work so decided to get married. It didn’t work well as a plan for the woman I know and it doesn’t seem to work so well for harmony in Cathy’s home.

There are a lot of catty women in Looking for La La and while I’m not usually a fan of catty women as they always seem to be written as evil without purpose, the women in this story are very real. Not everyone in a group of friends will like each other and they’ll be civil when with the key person in order to jockey for preferred friend position but civil doesn’t mean nice. Raz is being pulled by two worlds. On the one hand she has her professional friend and on the other Cathy. Neither Cathy or the other woman like each other and their byplay is hilarious. The conflicts with each other made these women simply a lot of fun to read. Despite the extensive cast of characters, we get to know the people with whom Cathy associates and others as she gets to know them.

Campbell infuses a sub-plot of mystery in a beloved teacher is struck down in a hit and run accident. There are little mentions in the story-line of her until her ultimate demise and the tie-in, when it comes, is inspired. I did not in any way see the ending coming.

Campbell’s writing style reflects Cathy character perfectly. In flashbacks we see “Old Cathy.” This is a woman who finds grocery lists in shopping carts and purchases items on them to “expand her diet.” She may think she’s changed into a more composed and matronly sort of woman but as we follow her on madcap adventures, Cathy proves to be the free spirit and somewhat airy person she was when she and Declan met. Scattered, neurotic, and loveable. Those of us who are working moms may roll our eyes at Cathy’s insistence on not working and feeling of betrayal when her fellow moms go back to work but there is an undercurrent that shows that not even Cathy believes her own arguments as to why she couldn’t work. As Cathy develops as a character so does our understanding that she doesn’t always quite mean what she says.

I didn’t want to like Cathy when I first met the character. Over the course of the novel which was really she gets the postcard, embarks on the investigation and her daily life, I grew to find her enchanting. She was warm and funny. One of her friends tells her that another friend said that she looks like a mature Eva Mendes and Cathy is flattered for a while but then wonders how mature the person thought she looked. The subsequent conversation with the friend was side splittingly funny. Cathy could have used a headslap a time or two but who couldn’t? Looking for La La is a wonderfully funny chick-lit read.

Readers will want to take note of the wonderful cover which truly conveys the story within. The plotline and smooth flow are perfect for reading by the pool or on the beach. If you like British humor and quirky characters, you will love Looking for La La.

via “Looking for La La” by Ellie Campbell.

Reading Renee: Review: How to Survive Your Sisters by Ellie Campbell

A big thank you to Reading Renee for a fabulous review of How To Survive Your Sisters. She likes it so much she’s even doing her own giveaway of all three of our books!!!  Click the button below to visit her website and sign up.

How To Survive Your Sisters is special to us because the mother in it, Peggy, was based on our own wonderfully wacky eccentric mother – Pam and I wanting to preserve the memories of her originality and humour.  Look out for our post dedicated to her on Mother’s Day, May 12th.

Reading ReneeHow to Survive Your Sisters by Ellie Campbell **review** @ecampbellbooks

First let me say “refreshing” that is how I will describe this book. I was loving the witty take on weddings. Of course the entire family is supposed to be bowing at Natalie’s feet. She wants the perfect wedding and I will compare her to a bridezilla.  Another sister Milly just wants to be out of maternity clothing, and Hazel (love the name) wants everyone to take her serious. Avril could be my fave sister!

The premise is Natalie and Jeremy’s wedding. It is ideal and the fact that this is the reason why they are thrown together. I sometimes think that if I was to spend a week with my sisters we would be in an odd circumstance. Funny how families are family, but they grow apart. After about six years of being engaged, they set a date! So the sisters unite, not easily or truly wanting to reunite. They all come back to Little Hooking. There is a reveal from a sister who gets there with a guest. Her plus 1 blows everyone out of the water. (I hate holding secrets, but I ain’t a plot spoiler.

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Milly is the only married one. Her and Ivor (strange name to me) have four kids. They seem to be happy and have a good relationship. While Avril is older and single living in London. So there is a certain event that gets the girls together. There are a few demons, shall I say, that interfere. There are many (I almost think too many) turbulent waves coming to the MacLeod shores.

The conversations between the sisters and Hazel urging her to go to the wedding. Then urging her to get fitted are hilarious. I hope they were meant to be funny, because I laughed!

I totally ate this one up. I know lot’s will say it is a great vacation or beach read. There is a lot of humor, which I liked. There is also an equal amount of family squabbles. A great book for anyone with a sister! Heck you don’t even have to have a sister to get the humor!

via Reading Renee: How to Survive Your Sisters by Ellie Campbell **review** @ecampbellbooks.

'Thrilling, Gripping and Unique' 23 Review Street reviews Looking For La La

“If I had to sum up Looking for La La in three words they would be:- Thrilling, Gripping and Unique.”   Sophie Kate.

A wonderful review by Sophie Kate, 23 Review Street.  Thank you, Sophie Kate.  Read it for yourself at www.23reviewstreet.blogspot.co.uk   And don’t forget to enter our giveaway to win a free copy.23reviewstreet

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thousands of choices, hundreds of decisions. One review you can trust..and love.

About Looking for La La –

This amazing novel is written by Ellie Campbell, a pseudonym of two sisters that are Pam Burks and Lorraine Campbell. This novel is so perfectly written, it has humour, drama and depth to the story.

Looking for La La’s tag line is So many secrets…so little time. This fits this book so well, from the mystery postcard to possibly being stalked. The story is set in Cathy’s point of view, she is a mother of two children and is married to Declan.

As a stay at home mother, her days are filled with tidying and cleaning up after her family, that is until the day a postcard arrived. It is signed Love from La La, who is this La La? and what is she doing sending her husband a postcard? Confused by the postcard, and not knowing if her husband is having a affair or if it is some kind of joke? It’s not long before more things come to light and the whole situation gets even bigger with every passing problem.

Cathy’s husband, Declan has no idea who La La is and what she is doing sending him a postcard but does he really? Cathy’s best friend Raz is always there to help her and is more than ready to investigate the odd things that keep happening. With every problem falling into the next one, but with the growing questions there are even more answers.

If I had to sum up Looking for La La in three words they would be:- Thrilling, Gripping and Unique. This book is great for anyone who loves a book that keeps you holding on till the end. I would definitely recommended this book to everyone, it has humour, drama and most important a great story line. The story was very believable, with lots of twists along the way.

My favourite character of the book was Cathy as the story is in her point of view, you get to see the events unfold through Cathy’s eyes. You also get to see have her family and friends are portrayed through her eyes, this makes the book even more intriguing.

My favourite quote in the book was:- Put Nemo down at once! she yells suddenly, then her voice changes. I’m sorry, my two-year-old’s cuddling the goldfish. What were you saying?

Thank you to Pam Burks and Lorraine Campbell who together make Ellie Campbell for giving me a copy of their book.

via Review of Looking For La La by Ellie Campbell.