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Don’t worry; there’s still time ….and even if you decide not to, I’m still going to share these treats with you, because that’s the kind of gal I am. Okay, so “gal” is pushing it, “oldie but goodie” is more like it 😉

If you’re still wondering what I’m talking about, then let me clarify.

You Missed My Newsletter!

and, boy did you miss a lot. So, in true Blue Peter style, here’s one I made earlier (if you want to sign up for the next one in September, here you go!)

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Hi there,

how are you doing? Is the “new normal” treating you well? Here, I’m so happy to say life is pretty good; masks are mandatory in public, and social distancing is still possible despite the steady increase in tourists. I’m getting so much better at reading body language ..and, eyebrows! Who knew how versatile they could be?

Can you believe we’re in July already? This year has been bizarre, so here’s a blast from the past to bring a smile to your face. Do you remember when comics and magazines used to do a bumper summer version with headings like this?

The kind you could take on the train or the plane to read and it would last the whole journey? Okay, I’m talking of life before Kindles here (other e-readers are available too) and clearly showing my age.

Why?

You may well ask … simply because this is a bumper “holiday” edition of my newsletter, with more goodies than ever. You’ll be glad to know it’s not 100 pages long though. 
Before I start dishing out the sweeties, I’ll give you a super short update on the stories I’m working on.
 

First up, I’m close to completing Just a Simple Little Painting, the third book in The BlackLeaf Agency Series, aka the “cozy mystery with a hint of psychopath” series. I’ll have more on this next time, but I had such fun with this one. Here’s how it starts:

Honey traps, lost dogs and the disappearance of a large marrow were the first cases that came in to the Blackleaf Private Investigations Agency. 
‘Living in a village has its downsides,’ said Fern, clicking away at the spreadsheet listing the six jobs they’d completed successfully since they’d opened their doors only five weeks earlier. 
‘Yeah, who knew Framleigh would be such a hotbed for Lotharios?’ Raven laughed, moving behind her business partner and friend to assess their small-and-very slowly-growing task list.
‘I’m not sure we can include Mr Walsh in that category. He was only taking dance lessons to surprise his wife at their fortieth anniversary. I don’t think he intended to disappear off on a Caribbean cruise with that salsa dancer.’

I’m also halfway through the first draft of a standalone story, They Called Me Susan. It tells how a young girl discovers the truth about her ‘parents’ when the police come knocking. This is an emotional tear-jerker about the effect of child-trafficking on two families and has been quite the roller-coaster to write. To sum it up, here’s the pitch:

Eight-year-old Susan adores her parents, so when they’re arrested she’s convinced the police have the wrong family.
They don’t.
But she does.

Let me know what you think? If you’d be interested in joining my Advanced Reader Team, reply to this message and I’ll be in touch when the time comes.

The only real “news” though is that I’ve been plotting a new series.
You’d be right to roll your eyes! 
How does this sound? A historical mystery series set in the 1900’s with wannabe suffragette, Lady Eleanor, who refuses to attend the Court of King Edward VII as a debutante and is sent away to live with her Great Aunt Lydia to reconsider her conduct. Luckily for Eleanor, Lydia is a free spirit, and a wanton traveller at heart. She plans to spend her 60th year on Earth in the Med, island hopping, and is delighted to take Eleanor along with her. Mysteries abound featuring gem smugglers in Malta, a red coral curse in Cyprus, and murder in a maze of olive trees in Menorca.

Are you getting the European vibe? Is it subtle enough? Sorry, but I can’t resist it. As a continent it offers so much variety …and who knows, maybe I’ll get to take some more trips, for the sake of research of course. 

Of course, there’s more to come from The Cold Case Crew too, the next story for the students-turned-sleuths is Stranger Danger (If you still haven’t claimed your free copy of the series prequel, then here’s the link again)

It’s all a bit weird, right? The things that go through my mind… it’s quite scary, really. 
 
So, who’s ready for some treats? Starting in the “cozy” zone, here are a couple of mysteries that’ll see you breeze through the summer (or winter, if you’re in the southern hemisphere) with a smile on your face:
Paradise Down
Welcome to the island of Kaua`i where things under the water could make you rich or get you killed!

Lucia Santerez puts her education on hold and returns home to help her brother Nicholás run his new dive shop. When she arrives, he’s nowhere to be found. She’s told he’s run off with his girlfriend without a word to her.

Befriended by a vacationing firefighter and twin elderly sisters who run the C’Mon Inn B&B, together they try to unravel the mystery of her brother’s disappearance. They soon learn someone doesn’t want him found.

Aloha Nicholás! But will this be a hello or a goodbye?
 
Welcome to Bohemian Lake, where murder and mayhem can be rented by the room. Mallory Vianu, manager of Caravan Manor, attempts to summon the spirit of a loved one for guidance. Unfortunately, she seems to have connected with someone else instead–the town’s most notorious killer, a 17th-century witch hunter as dangerous as the torrential rains rolling through Bohemian Lake. Not great news, given Mallory’s family is currently hosting Hexfest: A Weekend of Witchery.

Perhaps the keynote speaker, Sylvia Broome, the world’s leading paranormal expert can help. But when the head witch Sylvia, herself, goes missing, Mallory fears the witch hunter she’s summoned back from the dead has started a modern day witch hunt.

As more witches come under fire, Mallory and her powerful posse begin to work with the town’s historical society, unraveling a three-hundred-year-old clandestine love affair, a plot for revenge–and a mysterious descendant hidden right in the manor.
 
If cozies are not your thing, then how about “mystery and crime“? From traditional detectives to Scandi crime and everything in between, there’s something thrilling in store here. You can even win a $25 gift card too. 



There’s more multi-genre fiction going free here: 

And, for those of you who you use Kindle Unlimited, why not check out these short reads and try a new author? 

Note these may require you sign up to receive the author’s newsletter in order to receive the free book.
Finally, I have a couple of really special stories to tempt you to the dark side.Two of my very favourite authors, whose books I can never refuse. I hope you’ll feel the same way. 

My Recommended Reads for 99p / 99c

Joanna by DM Wolfenden
Well, hello, Sugar, my name is Joanna…
That’s the introduction that all my victims get. It’s nice to be polite.
Even serial killers have manners.

I know what I do isn’t normal, but I also know that I do the country a service.
And the world is better off with me in it. You’ll understand.
See, I was once the victim.
Hurt by the one who should have taken care of me.
Let down by the system that should have protected me.
Now I vow to help others, and if I have to hurt people to do it. I will.
 
Malice And Forethought by Felicia Denise
Everyone is capable of malice and no one is immune to its outcome.

A Hint of Malice – When her last living relative commits suicide after having her identity and assets stolen, a grieving niece longs for justice.

Burned – When the masterminds behind a major drug operation get off with a slap on the wrists, a frustrated police detective warns them their wealth cannot shield them from everything.

The Marshall Sisters – After seeing her sister mistreated by far too many men, Leslie Marshall is proud of Paula for standing up for herself and accompanies her on a cold winter’s night to confront her boyfriend, but even Leslie isn’t ready for the new, assertive Paula.

The Watcher – Shamed into exiled by his family because of his sexual fetish and hanging on to the shreds of his sanity, a man plots the ultimate date night with his new neighbor.

What’s done in the dark always comes to the light.

Well, that’s it from me for a while. I’ll see you in September. I’ll try not to melt in the Spanish heat, but it’s going to take a lot of iceceam. Talking of which, my new favourite dessert is waiting: No Churn Lemon Curd IceCream! Well, when life gives you lemons, what’s a girl to do?


Take care, and stay safe.
Once again, let me thank new subscribers for signing up. It’s great to have you here. To my “regulars” who’ve been with me since the start, ¡Muchas Gracias! You are all superstars. 

¡Hasta luego!


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#CoverReveal Malice and Forethought – Short Stories of Malice and Murder

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Malice and Forethought:

Short Stories of Malice and Murder

by Felicia Denise

Cover Design: perry elisabeth design

Genre: Crime Thriller / Suspense / Short Stories

Release Date: June 1, 2020


Malice – noun; mal·​ice | ˈma-ləs

1 : desire to cause pain, injury, or distress to another

2 : intent to commit an unlawful act or cause harm without legal justification or excuse //ruined her reputation and did it with malice

Everyone is capable of malice and no one is immune to its outcome.

A Hint of Malice – When her last living relative commits suicide after having her identity and assets stolen, a grieving niece longs for justice.

Burned – When the masterminds behind a major drug operation get off with a slap on the wrists, a frustrated police detective warns them their wealth cannot shield them from everything.

The Marshall Sisters – After seeing her sister mistreated by far too many men, Leslie Marshall is proud of Paula for standing up for herself and accompanies her on a cold winter’s night to confront her boyfriend, but even Leslie isn’t ready for the new, assertive Paula.

The Watcher – Shamed into exiled by his family because of his sexual fetish and hanging on to the shreds of his sanity, a man plots the ultimate date night with his new neighbor.

What’s done in the dark always comes to the light.

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About the Author After writing as a hobby for most of her life, at the urging of a good friend, Felicia took on the challenge of NaNoWriMo in 2015, writing what would become her first published work, In the Best Interest of the Child. It was released in the fall of 2016. Free, a Novella, which began as a three-installment series on her website, was published as a short story in May 2017. Currently working on projects in several genres, Felicia plans to release book 2 of In the Best Interest of the Child – Family Matters, as well as anthologies of her suspense and women’s fiction short stories in 2020. A long-time blogger, she also features books by indie authors daily on her blog, Nesie’s Place. Felicia lost her husband of nearly 36 years of May of 2019, and is a strong advocate and supporter of the National Kidney Foundation. She has three adult children, four grand-pups, and as one of nine children, she has too much extended family to even go into! In her free time-when not reading-Felicia sews and enjoys experimenting with new dishes in the kitchen. She always has a cup of robust coffee and far too many pun jokes nearby.

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Not the Coronavirus COVID-19, but something much worse (A century ago, that is!)

Pandemics don’t come around often, but when they do …

In 2018 we commemorated the centenary of the Great Flu Pandemic of 1918, often known as Spanish Flu.

Despite only lasting a few months, the loss of life globally is estimated to be somewhere between 50-100 million. 

An article from The Atlantic has this to say:

That year, as pandemic influenza ravaged communities as diverse as California and Kolkata, no one knew what was killing them. Theories abounded. Some suggested it was a misalignment of the planets. (That’s what gave us the name influenza, from the Italian word for “influence.”) Others believed the cause was tainted Russian oats, or volcanic eruptions. Microbiologists focused on a bacterium they had discovered decades earlier in the lungs of influenza victims, and called it Bacillus influenza. But they had merely recognized a bacterium that invades lungs already weakened from influenza. Not until 1933 did two British scientists demonstrate that the cause must be a new class of disease, which today we call viruses. Finally, in 1940, the newly invented electron microscope took a picture of the influenza virus, and for the first time in history we could not only name, but also see, the culprit.

Will the Corona Virus COVID-19 be as damaging? Maybe not medically, but the economic impact may well be as devastating as the crash of 2008. Whatever happens, we’re likely to fare much better than they did a century ago. Speaking of which, why not take a look at how life affected the Medina family in my short story, “Surviving Enza”.

The family is fictional, but their story is based on real events in Spain during that time. Juan Medina, as a doctor, saw first-hand the impact on his village. Yet, despite everything, life had to go on. And it did.

And it will here too – just keep washing your hands 😉 and keep an eye out for family members and friends or neighbours who are more vulnerable during these times. 

#Bekind was never more appropriate.

Thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoy the story.

Available here – http://mybook.to/Enza

 

Did you know the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918 didn’t actually start in Spain?

Surviving Enza tells the fictional story of Dr. Juan Medina and his family, colleagues, and fellow citizens of Luarca (Northern Spain) during those times.

From his mother, furious that the local Fiesta de San Ramón has been cancelled, to his father, hiding the news from his wife.

From the exhausted hospital staff to the sanctimonious padre.

From his heavily-pregnant wife to his brother fighting for France in the Great War. 

And, last but not least, from the many victims to the surviving families. 

It was an extraordinary time … to be a doctor and a new father

“I had a little bird,

Its name was Enza;

I opened the window

And in-flew-Enza.”

 –Children’s jump-rope rhyme from the influenza pandemic of 1918-1919

© LS Fellows 2019 (writing as mayepalmer)

Previously published (2018) in 72 Hours of Insanity by The Writer’s Workout as winning entry in the Historical Fiction category “Remember When …”

As always, 

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Introducing … The Cold Case Crew Mysteries

Writing under my pen name of bea kendall, let me share with you my new series of novellas based on cold cases. Never Forgotten is the story of two young women returning home to student accommodation after a night out. Their bodies were found on the canal bank by a postman on his rounds the next morning.

It’s not always the dog walkers and joggers 😉

Their killer has never been found, but the fiancé of one of the girls has never given up hope. In fact, his life – and death – have revolved around the case for more than thirty years.

Now, his students – The Cold Case Crew – are tasked with bringing the killer to justice.

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One man’s fight for the truth never ends – even after his death.

When his fiancée is murdered, barrister Tom Finnegan vows to bring the killer to justice.

Constantly demanding updates from the police, he keeps the case visible for years to come. Hopes are raised, then dashed when leads don’t pan out. Eventually the case is assigned to the archives.

He won’t give in. As his first and only love, she can never be forgotten.

Retrained in criminology, and working as a professor, he teaches his students to profile perpetrators of the most heinous crimes. But there is only ever one case on his mind.

At last, some thirty years later, advancements in soil forensics provide the evidence he’s been waiting for.

By now, though, Tom’s health is failing and cancer claims him before he can solve the case.

Ever mindful of his own fragility, Tom bequeaths the challenge to three of his star pupils.

Can Amy, Ross and Liam pick up the mantle?

Time is running out. It may already be too late.

Does justice ever have a deadline?

Now available to pre-order from Amazon, the book will be released on April 25th.

I hope you enjoy it as much I loved writing it 🙂

I’m working on book two – No Safe Place – right now, and plan to add a third to the series before the end of the year.

As always,

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Still here!

I’ve been quiet about my own writing lately, but no more! Well, I may have been whimpering all year with nothing much to say, but 2020 is looking much more productive, and I might get shouty 😉

You have been warned!

As a thank you to everyone who has stuck by me, I am offering a free short story as a gift. No sales pitch, no begging for reviews since it’s not available anywhere but here. Consider it a small token of thanks from me to you ❤

For this one, I am writing under the pen-name of “maye palmer”.

If you fancy downloading a copy, then here’s the link SURVIVING ENZA

As a doctor during the worst flu pandemic ever, Juan Medina is surrounded by death.

Yet, at home, his wife is close to full term in her first pregnancy.

Could there be a worse time to bring a new life into the world?
Surviving Enza is a short story – 20 pages – following Dr Juan Medina’s life in Spain during the Spanish Flu crisis. It won first place in the historical fiction “Remember when …” category at The Writer’s Games 2018, and was written in under 72 hours because, yes, I am crazy enough to do things like that.

As you now know, “maye palmer” is a pen name for my historical fiction stories and will include women’s fiction too. I’ve also rebranded my mystery series, now under the pen name “bea kendall” and all future mysteries will sit here, but those one-off short stories (Magic O’Clock, Magical Memories etc) are staying where they are.

Why?

Well, it became apparent that the mix of genres under one umbrella wasn’t working. Fans of “Magic O’Clock” didn’t show interest in my cosy mystery series, and vice versa. This way, I hope to appeal directly to the intended audience of my books, rather than present a mish-mash of all sorts of interest to no one.

So, here’s a taste of what 2020 will offer:

These are all short stories or novellas.

Historical fiction: Surviving Enza & The Hardest Steps to Take

Mystery: Never Forgotten (the first in a mini series based on cold cases)

Suspense: She Hears Them (a Pied Piper retelling)

Romantic Comedy: Freedom

and, not forgetting the third book in my cosy mystery series: Just a Simple Little Painting

There’s one more story I’m working on, and I hope to pitch that one to agents and publishers later in 2020. Eek!

While 2019 has not been productive in terms of new releases, it has given me time to explore new genres and create more stories. I’m so excited about what’s coming up. Thank you again for sticking around.

As always,

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Blog Tour – The Fixer: The Last Romanov

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The Fixer:

The Last Romanov

by Jill Amy Rosenblatt

on Tour October 21 – November 23, 2019

Synopsis:

The Last Romanov by Jill Amy Rosenblatt

“My name is Katerina Mills. Make sure I disappear.”

Katerina Mills is getting out . . .

Desperate to escape a psychotic former client, a vengeful mobster, and a dirty DEA agent, professional “fixer” Kat Mills is ready to drop out and disappear.

She doesn’t trust her employer, the shadowy MJM Consulting, but Katerina can’t say no to one last job for the biggest score yet, enough money to get lost for good… until the client asks the impossible…

Dmitry Zilinsky claims he is a direct descendant of Russia’s last Tsar, Nicholas II, and he demands Katerina steal the item that will prove it.

Kat must get the job done or she can’t make her escape. But when professional thief Alexander Winter reappears in her life, Katerina Mills faces a new choice: go it alone or risk everything to be with the one person she doesn’t want to live without?

Book Details:

Genre: Suspense, Thriller
Published by: Jill Amy Rosenblatt
Publication Date: October 22, 2019
Number of Pages: 692
ISBN: 978-1-7332560-0-1
Series: The Fixer #3
Purchase Links: Amazon, Goodreads

Read an excerpt:

CHAPTER 1 Katerina Mills sat in the silver Honda Civic, peering through the lenses of the binoculars. The factory parking lot loomed larger as she watched the first shift employees filing out, heads bowing to brace against the frigid Vermont winds, and dashing to their cars. Katerina knew every inch of the toy factory her father had managed. In high school, she had helped out after classes, typing, filing, and bookkeeping. Following graduation and while caring for William Mills through his bout of cancer, Kat worked a few hours a day and carried paperwork back and forth to her father at home. Can you keep an eye on things for your old man? Bullshit, Kat thought. It was time to find out the truth. Kat snapped out of her thoughts as Richie Calico emerged. She watched him turn up the collar of his jacket as he hustled toward a shiny, red Dodge Durango. Kat knew Richie as a third-generation, blue-collar working stiff, always looking for an angle and an easy buck. That looks new, Kat thought as she sharpened the binoculars on the Durango. Richie’s head swiveled back and forth as he hurried to the SUV. That’s not the confident man I remember strolling up to my desk with a singsong “Kat-a-reeena.” As if we shared a secret. Richie slid into the Durango, revved the engine, and took off, speeding out of the lot. Time to spill your secrets, Richie. Kat put the Civic in gear. *** Katerina watched Richie pull into a strip mall, park in front of a run-down pub, and get out. She followed, parking in the back of the lot and cutting the engine. Leaning forward, Kat wrapped her arms around the wheel. I have to go in. I need him to fill in the blanks. How do I get in and out without being noticed? Steal in and out. Like a thief. She sighed. It had been a little more than two months since her first B and E. Alexander Winter, “Bob,” and “Professor,” to Kat, a good man and an expert thief, had walked her through it and brought her out. He would know what to do. She closed her eyes, the familiar ache of missing him threatening to overwhelm her. Not now, Katerina thought, opening her eyes and forcing herself to return to the business at hand. There’s a reason Richie is looking over his shoulder. Remember what Winter taught you, she thought. Once you go in, you give yourself five minutes. Every minute you linger, your risk of getting caught rises. Scanning the lot one more time, she flipped the fur lined hood over her chestnut hair, opened the door, and got out. *** Slipping in through the back door, Katerina stepped into the shrouded gloom of the deserted dive bar. She came up behind Richie as he slouched in a booth, drinking alone. Suddenly, Richie’s eyes shot up from his Coors and he jolted at the presence of a person looming over him. Shifting to face him, Kat brushed her hood back and watched his eyes grow wide. He gaped at her as she slid into the booth. “Katerina,” Richie said, his Adam’s apple bobbing as he swallowed hard. “Uh . . . Merry Christmas, Happy New Year . . . when did you get home?” “Hi Richie,” Kat said. “How’s the heroin business?” *** Excerpt from The Last Romanov by Jill Amy Rosenblatt. Copyright 2019 by Jill Amy Rosenblatt. Reproduced with permission from Jill Amy Rosenblatt. All rights reserved.

 

Author Bio:

Jill Amy Rosenblatt Jill Amy Rosenblatt is the author of The Fixer (Katerina Mills) series. The Last Romanov is the third book in the series. Book 2, The Killing Kind, was the 2017 Beverly Hills Book Award Winner for Suspense. She previously published Project Jennifer and For Better or Worse through Kensington Press. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Writing and Literature and her Masters Degree in Literature and Creative Writing from Burlington College in Vermont. She lives on Long Island and is currently at work on book four of The Fixer series, The Good Criminal.

Catch Up With Jill Amy Rosenblatt On:

jillamyrosenblatt.com, Goodreads, BookBub, Twitter, & Facebook!

 

Tour Participants:

Visit these other great hosts on this tour for more great reviews, interviews, guest posts, and giveaways!

This is a rafflecopter giveaway hosted by Partners in Crime Virtual Book Tours for Jill Amy Rosenblatt. There will be 3 winners. One (1) winner will receive an Amazon.com Gift Card and Two (2) winners will receive The Fixer: The Last Romanov by Jill Amy Rosenblatt (eBook). The giveaway begins on October 21, 2019, and runs through November 25, 2019. Void where prohibited.

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Blog Tour ‘n’ Book Review – Babe Driven plus a GIVEAWAY!

Babe Driven

Could you ignore the world’s hottest rock stars, if they moved into the villa next door? 

True love, humour and happy-ever-after. A sizzling romance read full of giggles, sunshine and searching for a soul mate in paradise by bestselling author Lizzie Chantree.

Brand new 2019 version!

Driving straight out of trouble and into paradise! A laugh out loud, contemporary romance read full of entrepreneurial women, powerful men and exotic locations.

Harriet’s crazily successful business idea is under serious threat, and the danger seems to be coming from inside her own family. She whisks her sister and her friends away to an exotic location to try and work out whose side they are on. It’s time to start damage limitation.

When the girls arrive at the glorious villa owned by Harriet’s maverick business partner Nikki, they find a gorgeous band and their sexy lead singer Max staying next door, out to entice their new neighbours into all kinds of trouble.

This isn’t a holiday for Harriet and she can’t afford to be distracted. She has to sell her business idea to the powerful resort owner, the elusive Mr Grant, while she is there, or she may not have a business to go back to. Harriet will have to choose between family and friends, business or pleasure. For someone who stays out of the limelight, even though her new company is the hottest ticket in town, she’s going to have to avoid the front pages of every newspaper if she wants to survive the ride!

I love the new cover! Just sayin’ 😉

Purchase Link – https://mybook.to/RomanceReads

Author Bio

Award-winning inventor and author, Lizzie Chantree, started her own business at the age of 18 and became one of Fair Play London and The Patent Office’s British Female Inventors of the Year in 2000. She discovered her love of writing fiction when her children were little and now runs networking hours on social media, where creative businesses, writers, photographers and designers can offer advice and support to each other. She lives with her family on the coast in Essex. Visit her website at www.lizziechantree.com or follow her on Twitter @Lizzie_Chantree
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Social Media Links

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Giveaway to Win a Lizzie Chantree paperback of your Choice (Open INT).

Choice of books is Babe Driven, Love’s Child, Finding Gina, Ninja School Mum and If you love me, I’m yours. 

*Terms and Conditions –Worldwide entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter link below.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then Rachel’s Random Resources reserves the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time Rachel’s Random Resources will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.

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My Review

This is my first Lizzie Chantree book, and now I know what I’ve been missing.

Not only is this a story with a vibrant leading lady, but she (Harry, short for Harriet) has some serious busines smarts as well as being gorgeous. It’s true to say, Harry breaks the mould, and the story is all the richer for it. She is no-one’s arm candy, despite some of the rockstars in the next door villa drooling over her (albeit some with ulterior motives in mind than you might expect).

The story revolves around Harry, who has taken advantage of the use of her friend’s villa while she prepares for a big meeting with the resort owner. Harry’s chauffeur business – Babe Driven – continues to be a success, so much so she needs new investors, and Grant meets her requirements perfectly.

Her companions on the holiday include her sister, Alex, and some of Alex’s friends (the friendliest of the bunch is Mai, the most troubled due to unrequited love is Helen, and the most under-dressed gossipmonger is Lucy) Their storylines certainly add some colour to Harry’s world, and she does wonder why on earth she let Alex invite them. But, the thing is, Harry and Alex haven’t been close for a while, and this break has another purpose in bringing them together again. Yet, the source of their conflict makes things tricky. Alex’s brother, Seb, is not a fan of Harry (slight under exaggeration) and he’s prepared to swoop as low as he can go to ruin her business. Harry wonders whether he might be using Alex to that end, so getting to the truth is not going to be straightforward since Alex is very close to Seb. Although, it may be that the penny is dropping for her too – but will it be enough to win her over to Harry’s side, prove her position regarding the business and rebuild their sisterly relationship?

While the ladies are a motley crew, the rockstars over at the villa are a mixed bag too. Flirting is inevitable, and sometimes much more. The interactions are fun, often hilarious, and sometimes even quite sad.

There’s quite a bit of head-hopping, and with so many characters it can get a bit hectic keeping track, but once I got used to the style of writing it was a fun read all the way. Truly original, larger than life personalities, a clever plot (some creativity with names here 😉 I’ll say no more!) interesting subplots, and believable characters with a real zest for fun.

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book news · Excitement · querying

A New Story – A New Challenge

Eight-year-old Susan adores her parents,

so when they’re arrested she’s convinced the police have the wrong family.

They don’t.

She does.

Alex & Hana Russell are parents seeking a child.

When their son is born without a heartbeat, and complications mean Hana

will never have another child, despair sets in.

When Alex steps in to break up a fight at the shelter where he’s a volunteer,

he doesn’t expect to be offered a solution to their parenting problem.

The offer presents them with a three-year-old girl they call Susan.

The same offer, however, has some nefarious strings attached.

Hugo and Emma Webb are parents missing a child.

When a hoax bomb threats creates panic at a popular family attraction,

their three-year-old daughter cannot be found anywhere.

Their search for her is fruitless, but they’ll never stop hoping.

Five years later, Susan undertakes a school project to draw her family tree.

Her parents are not exactly forthcoming.

What are they hiding?

Susan takes her questions elsewhere.

No-one is prepared for the events that follow

as her life unravels rapidly – along with her identity.

Now the truth must be told.

But just how do you tell a child she was stolen?

I was originally planning to publish this story in the summer.

Then PitMad happened.

So I’m now querying the story to a couple of agents who expressed interest.

Wish me luck!

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Book Promo – Play the Game

Play the Game

by Karen J Mossman

Excerpt:

Going on a first date is always daunting, and more so for Stella,

I was an idiot. Why would I ever agree to go to a posh hotel for dinner with a hot guy? Who was I kidding? Food! The thought of a hot meal made my stomach grumble. The last time I ate anything hot was payday in the work’s canteen.

Looking at the pile of clothes on the bed, I realised that each piece of clothing had been tried on and discarded, and now my wardrobe was bare. I couldn’t recall the last time I went on a date or bought something new.

It was awkward, as guys generally asked questions. I couldn’t tell anyone about my circumstances or my dad. Anyway, who’d believe me?

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Coping with past tragedies, Stella lives on hope in the present. 

She plays the game and hopes that one day she will beat the odds.

Is this all there is to Stella’s story?

Self shame is the enemy…. It is a power struggle.

At times it may seem hopeless and pointless to fight the inner demons.

Sometimes, when your self esteem is low, it takes a special someone to help build it up again.

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