And the very best of Merry Christmases to all of you from Pam and Lorraine!!! Hopefully you’re all ahead of the game, wrapping presents while sipping eggnog by a beautiful decorated tree. Or maybe you’re like us, Pam frantically preparing for all the family to descend on her, Lorraine too busy playing with the adorable whoodle puppy Santa brought last Saturday to have ventured into a single shop. If so we’re here to help
Ebooks make great gifts and this month we have some fabulous offers for you from some best-selling authors! Plus a fantastic giveaway with over $150 worth of prizes
So we’re having an amazing, if broiling, summer with scorching temperatures in both England and Colorado (and everywhere else in the world, it seems.)
Pam completed the “French 500”, an amazingly difficult (she says) 500 kilometre tandem ride from Redhill in Surrey to La Rochelle, South West France. She swore her bottom swelled to double its normal size despite shedloads of padding!
After that it was time for her annual volunteering stint, this time in Devon providing lunch and support for the intrepid super-fit challengers tackling steep hills and rocky paths on rickety-looking mountain bikes. Still it was all for charity so hats off to them. And if Pam spent most of her time, snuggling up to the Dartmoor ponies that run free in this most wonderful part of Britain – well, who can blame her!
Meanwhile Lorraine went to Wyoming to gentle and train some untouched baby Spanish mustangs looking for homes and hang out with the lucky herd who’ve found permanent sanctuary in this beautiful ranch. She also managed a quick trip to Arches National Park and added baby goats to the list of household pets.
Three fabulous offers for you:
Offer 1 – Free Box Set
For the first time ever and for five days only (ends Friday) we have our cozy mystery box set, Crouch End Confidential prices at…wait for it… Free!
Follow the misadventures of bored chaotic housewife, Cathy, as she starts out investigating a lipstick-covered love postcard to husband Declan and discovers a talent for exposing murderers and running her own detective agency. Check out the book trailer below. Buy it here throughAmazon
Offer No 2 – Sale Historical Thriller
Injustice for gold in Africa
By Travis Knoll
INJUSTICE FOR GOLD IN AFRICA is a fast historical thriller of loss, love, hate, and hope. Filled with rich detail about the beauty of Africa and its inhabitants, this novel provides a new look at one of the most explored places in the world.
99 cents sale. Usual price $2.99. Ends 31st August.
Our third offer this summer is a chance to win up to 50 eBooks – multi-genre through Authors XP. Whether you taste is sweet romance, murder, thriller, romance, whatever floats your boat you’ll find it here. And don’t forget by entering you’ll also gain access to the AXP BOOK FAIR where you’ll find more books from this genre on sale or FREE.
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!
“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.
“… 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.
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.
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.
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.
Deadlines – you think when you’re an indie writer, you’ll be free of them. When I left magazine publishing, I was only too happy to escape the mounting panic as the dreaded date approached, production managers shrieking for copy, editors making last minute changes, art departments scrabbling to find a picture for that impromptu article just slotted in. Entrepreneur.com has an interesting article on it here.
‘Time urgency,’ they say, ‘kills attention spans, rational decision-making skills and, at its most acute, the body itself by contributing to factors that lead to heart disease.’ Now if that thought doesn’t cause you stress, I don’t know what would.
Still, deadlines can be both a blessing and a curse to authors. Reblogged from Take Five Authors
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
‘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
Yes, it’s just out – our short story collection, Love, Lies and Other Deceptions. Available now on Amazon at the very special launch price of $.99 or equivalent in your area. Each story was written either by Pam Burks or by Lorraine Campbell (writing as Chris Grant) but we intentionally left it to you to guess which sister wrote which! For those of you who like the feel of a real book, the paperback will be available soon. Watch this space. Price is going up soon so don’t delay!
Love can be quite a trip. Whether it’s that first magnetic encounter with a fascinating stranger, the desperate wait for a call that never comes, or even the lies and deceptions of an illicit affair, there’s nothing like the power of attraction to have us acting like crazy fools. Many of these twenty funny, twisty or thoughtful short tales by bestselling novelist Ellie Campbell, (aka sisters Pam Burks and Lorraine Campbell), were first published internationally in top women’s magazines like That’s Life, Bella, Take A Break, Woman, Woman’s Own and Chat. So grab a glass of wine, fasten your seatbelt and get ready for a bumpy ride along the rocky road to romance. It may be turbulent but it’s still a whole lot of fun!
And twenty get all twenty for free!
If you’d like to be part of our review team for this very special launch, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll gift the first twenty to respond either a mobi or epub copy. Limited time only.
Happy Easter everybody!
Pam enjoying herself on her friend’s farm. Don’t you just love springtime!
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.