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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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FREE Books – Mystery & Crime (plus: Win a $25 giftcard)

If you’re a fan of mystery and crime books, then this is going to be right up your street.

Find your next crime or mystery novel among these FREE ebooks.

From cozy mystery to cold cases, suspense to hard-boiled police procedural, there is sure to be something to take your fancy.

You’ll be asked to sign-up to the authors’ newletters in return for your free book(s), but you can unsubscribe at any time. Although, hopefully you’ll be keen to see what else these authors have to offer and newsletter subscribers tend to get access to advanced copies and other freebies. Oh, and did I mention there’s a chance to win a $25 giftcard too.

What have you got to lose?

 

Follow this link for more details. You may even find you next new favourite author too.

Many thanks to Book Cave and author, Christer Tholin for organising this awesome deal.

 

PS – the prequel to my cold cases cosy mystery series is included in this promotion. This story is currently only available to my newsletter subscribers, so if you’re interested, please check out “Never Forgotten” under my pen name bea kendall.

As always,

 

 

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Book Blitz – Without Hesitation (with Giveaway)

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Free book alert!!! To celebrate the newly released Painted Skies (Beyond Earth: Book Two) by Talia Jager, the first book in this series is available for free download! Read all about Without Hesitation, download your free copy, and enter the amazing giveaway below!

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Publication Date: June 16th, 2017

Genre: LGBT/ Sci-Fi/ Adventure

Synopsis:

Without Hesitation is set a thousand years in the future. Earth has become a wasteland. Humans traveled into space to colonize other suitable planets. Labels and stereotypes are a thing of the past and gender and sexual identity are as fluid as love as humans strive to survive. Here we meet Everleigh, the commander of her ship named Nirvana. She is under the control of an evil madman, Caspar, who keeps her family captive. He sends her to Valinor to abduct the Empress Akacia. When she arrives, she is taken back by Akacia’s beauty and when the Empress fights back, Everleigh realizes she has met her match.

**This book is an LGBTQ story with a female/ female relationship.**

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Excerpt

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“Oh, bugger!” she muttered from her dressing room.

“What?”

“I’m stuck.” She giggled. “I’m going to find the sales lady to help.”

“No! I’ll help. Open your door.”

A few seconds passed before I heard the lock click. She opened the door and I walked in and locked it behind me.

“Zipper’s stuck.” She moved her hair so I could see.

I struggled with the zipper for a minute before working it loose. I pulled it down exposing the intricate tattoos down her back. “Wow…”

Pink flamed her cheeks. “Phases of our moon, Oro.”

I trailed my fingers down her back and she shuddered. It took everything in me not to lean in and kiss her. Our eyes met in the mirror. Her blue eyes were wide with curiosity and bright with anticipation. She tilted her head to the side just enough to expose the long line of her neck and that made my heart speed out of control. I closed the small space between us and let my lips touch her skin. Her breath hitched. She was so warm, so soft, and so perfect.

My lips trailed soft kisses up to her ear, she trembled and let out a low moan. I circled her waist with one arm to steady her. My heart felt like it was going to jump out of my body. Every inch of my skin warmed.

Akacia turned so that we were face to face and her hand came up to cup my cheek. I rested my hands on her waist. Her gaze darted from my eyes to my lips. She muttered something about hesitation and then her soft, supple lips were on mine.

It was my turn to be surprised. Nobody had ever been so bold, but I was only startled for a beat before I seized her lips and deepened the kiss.

When Akacia pulled away the tiniest of moans escaped my mouth. A smile played on her lips that I swear tasted like honey. She tangled her hands in my hair at the back of my neck.

There was a knock on the door. “Do you need help?”

Akacia giggled and I answered, “No. Just another minute.”

-Without Horizons

About the Author

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Talia is no stranger to labels and judgment. She has slowly been developing her voice for those who need help speaking up. She believes that someday labels will be a thing of the past, that sexuality will be fluid, love will be love, and mental illness will be handled with love and care.

Talia is an author with fifteen books published including: Damaged: Natalie’s Story, Teagan’s Story: Her Battle With Epilepsy, If I Die Young, Secret Bloodline, Lost and Found, The Gifted Teens Series, The Between Worlds Series and The Beyond Earth Series. When she’s not writing, she enjoys hiking red rocks or sitting on the beach with a Kindle in her hands and her toes in the ocean.

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Mega Giveaway from Author Adam C Mitchell

I’ve posted about Adam’s books before, having enjoyed his noir fiction with “Welcome to Central City“.

But from May 7th to 11th, he is offering more Central City Tales … and, wait for it, these ebooks are FREE!

Let’s take a proper look.

The Lost Angel

Eddy Kovakx robs the Lost Angel, central city’s newest night club, owned by Victor Renetti. Pulling off the job was the easy part. Now on the run with his partner’s broad, the sultry Kimmie Saint Clair, he also has an unstoppable PI on his case. Jack Malone is in hot pursuit thanks to the sadistic mobster Victor, putting a price on his head. Can Eddy and Kimmie get away with the money and their life. Or will Jack Malone get his mark.

Get your copy here

Central City Tales

When PI Jack Malone walks into his office one morning and finds a man dead on his floor, he has no choice but to take the case. Clues lead him to the door of Sally Kovax and her female lover, Mrs Josephine. Jack soon realizes he’s in over his head.

Rudy, another character from The Lost Angel, needs a lot of money and fast if he’s too help out his gal, Kimi who got herself in serious trouble. So when offered a job of robbing a toff’s house, he takes it. But things don’t go to plan.

A bunch of letters follow a flirtatious relationship between a young rich girl and a brewery owner. However, the love letters soon hint that all may not be what it seems.

Pick this one up here

and, last but not least

Chloe’s Justice

Central City has fallen on bad times, The Police force is now run by the corrupt.
But there are still a few, who respect the badge.
A drive by shooting of young Chloe brings Detective Harry Morgan into the sorry affair.
The law of the city under new Crime Boss the dark Allegra Renetti, stops Morgan from getting justice for Chloe. So he and a band of like minded Detectives take to the Streets, to stop Allegra once and for all and get justice for yet another innocent victim of their dark city.

Grab a copy now

Central City is depending on you. What have you got to lose? These books are pulling in five-star reviews. You wouldn’t want to miss out, would you?

Thanks for reading 🙂

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Supporting Indie Authors

Picture this – you see a book you’ve had your eye on for a while is suddenly  “FREE” for a limited time.

Do you snap it up, keen to get your mitts on it, and pat yourself on the back for nabbing a bargain?

Assuming it lives up to your expectations – which, naturally, are extremely high – would you then one-click another by the same author? Even if it involves spending a few pennies?

In answer to all the above, I’d say  YES each time. One can never have too many good books, can one?

But, what about those “PERMA FREE” books, designed to hook you in, again hoping you’ll become a fan of said author and buy – as in pay for – more?

Do they work?

If something is permanently free, do you still attach the same value to it as something that is only free for a limited time?

Are “FREE” books the way to get readers, then?

I’m not so sure.

Of course, I’ve run a few of these 5-day Kindle free promotions myself, and …as if by magic, the number of downloads during that period vastly outweighs all sales …EVER!!! All of which suggests that the process works.

But does it really?

I can honestly say the number of reviews doesn’t increase by the same number, or even at all.

Does that mean that people who take advantage of these free offers don’t leave reviews?

It seems so – but why is that?

Do they themselves not attach any value to a free book?  Is it not worthy of their time to leave a few words – whether good or bad – on the site from which they obtained the book? Or is it that they haven’t met the spend criterion of 50 pounds/dollars/euros because they only ever ‘purchase’ free books?

I reckon many readers are unaware of how much an author gets by way of royalties, assuming they ‘rolling in it’ and therefore don’t need any further support or help in spreading the word.

(Sarcastic, moi?)

Because indie authors are raking it in, aren’t they?

I’ve decided next time I download and ENJOY a free book, then I’m going to review it (which I’d do anyway) and then check out the author’s portfolio with the intention, whenever possible, to purchase another of their books.

Will you join me?

Thanks for reading 🙂

 

 

 

 

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It’s here …

Remember those awesome Black Friday deals I mentioned some time ago?
Well, they’re here – all singing and dancing and waiting for you to press the pretty ‘one-click’ button.

You can do that for me, can’t you?

Aww! I knew I could rely on you.

 

 

Here you go then, click on the happy word and let the fun begin – ENJOY! 

One last thing, I don’t want to keep you from these wonderful authors, but if you do buy – and subsequently read – any of these books, please consider leaving a review afterwards. Reviews keep authors writing!

Thanks for reading!

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Hey! Look over here …

Do you know what’s about to happen?

It’s coming sooner than you think …

Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

SOMETHING SPECIAL THIS WAY COMES

I’ll have more details soon, but it’s time to prepare your one-click finger.

You don’t want to miss out now, do you?