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.
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 Lahas 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.
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!
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.
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. SeeTake 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 hereto 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.