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Free Hallowe'en EBook!

Talking of Amazon, go over to Amazon at the end of October for your free ebook version of this anthology of 13 spooky tales with a twist! Created by me along with 12 other authors, some award winning novelists, this is a perfect way to spend Hallowe'en any year! Interlaces with real life spooky stories from readers and Facebookers, plus a bonus spooky poem.

 It's here and will go on sale for free around 27th October. 99p till then!

13 mystical short stories for Hallowe'en - 

From Haunted House to Fallen Angel, devious ghosts to soul stealers, these supernatural tales will give you thrills and chills, as the sun sets and the witching hour approaches...

Spooky rather than gory.

From thirteen authors - many of whom have their own amazon pages now - check out their other books, some are best sellers and award winners...

Seed of Doubt by Adrienne Vaughan
Letter for Ray by Carolyn Mahony
Heaven Must be Missing an Angel by Jules Wake
The Last Leg by S A Edward
Lovespelled by Jane O’Reilly
Clarissa by Lynda Renham
Orange Blossom by Mary Jane Hallowell (short novella)
Jumping the Queue by Lizzie Lamb
Haunted House by Alison May
The Soul Stealer by Tina K. Burton
Green Man Rising by Litty Williams
Insubstantial Evidence by Tracy Burton
When Dreams Return by Debbie Flint (short novella)
Bonus Material -– true life spooky tales & poem

  It's here and will go on sale for free around 27th October!

 

Win a copy in paperback

All you need to do is send an email to me, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., with 'subscribe spooky' in the subject line and you will be entered as well as joining my mailing list. Deadline is 3rd November, prize to be sent out first class post soon after winner is announced on this blog which will be updated. 

Good luck!

best wishes

debs

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ps stay in touch with me via my social media - go here to see it all

- find out about all my novels and my own books, some in bookshops, some on amazon - check out all my paperbacks together! Very proud. More about my writing is here

I've just a popped a little review on Amazon having read my pal Carolyn's new book which I bought this week. It's a long awaited book two in the Harry Briscombe series. Now I really liked this character and his sidekick in Cry from the Grave so was delighted to see them back. If you like well crafted, well plotted books with compelling characters, get this one.

HOW WELL DO YOU REALLY KNOW YOUR FAMILY? 
Kirsty Cartwright is licking her wounds in France after a breakup with her fiancé and a massive fall-out with her father, Dominic. Then she hears that her father has been seriously injured in an accident. Forced to come home and face her demons, she soon begins to wonder whether there is more to his accident than meets the eye – but the closer she gets to the truth the more she questions who she can trust – including her own family.
DS Harry Briscombe is facing a personal dilemma that threatens his career. Already immersed in a local murder investigation, Dominic Cartwright’s accident raises the unwelcome possibility that the two cases could be linked. It’s a race against time with more lives at stake if the killer can’t be stopped.
The Jagged Line is a book about family loyalties, and how far we’re prepared to compromise our principles for the ones we love.
Is loyalty but a step away from delusion?   

Amazon reviewer says -

"Highly recommend this book. A good read with interesting characters and a plot that holds your attention as it unravels. Well worth reading."

Get it on Amazon here on special offer.

Other news –

 

New dates for writing retreats with yoga and healthy menu. Since the August week is completely booked, I have arranged to more later in the year with local yoga instructor Jenny down from nimblelimbs.com. They will be on September 18 and October 16. £440 from Monday lunchtime to Friday lunchtime including morning and evening sessions of yoga, and a healthy menu. Do get in touch as soon as possible. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Other news - 

  • RFY July dates - Still time to book on one of next month’s hols at Retreats for You in Devon -writing holidays for people who want to do nothing but write and be looked after in beautiful surroundings. From £90 per person per night full board inc wine, both 7th August and 4th September have spaces. (Mon to Fri ) More here. Email us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
  • Memoirs offer - write your memoir - finally! With a four night stay 28th August - NOW FULLY BOOKED
  • Editor Week  - new dates for Bluepencilagency.com editor Sara Sarre - March 19th and September 2018 (10th Sept next year)

Beginners’ Guide And if you’re a complete beginner and want to self-publish, my basic guide can be found here - beginner's tips for self-publishing - a summary of info, sites and links to help you on your way. Including my guest blog on prestigious industry website, TheCreativePenn.com, Go here to read more.

Archives Don’t forget to check out the other archives (to the left) for even more fabulous hints, tips, links and blogs.

Best wishes

Debs

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My books - For the full list of my fiction and non fiction novels, novellas, short stories - info and links to buy them just go here. or see below.

As usual, here’s the round up of my own titles! I’d appreciate a review on Amazon (go here) andGoodreads (go here)! Enjoy! x

eBooks - all available on Amazon – paperback or eBook (kindle or kindle app or kindle on PC or Mac)

paperbacks – five fiction titles all available in paperback – via Amazon – see below.

 

 

FICTION

HAWAIIAN TRILOGY (2013/4) – romantic fiction in either steamy or PG options!

Book 1 Hawaiian Escape Steamy or Hawaiian Escape PG, the prequel to Hawaiian Affair - is now available on Amazon in eBook or paperback in both PG original and steamy (just released last week!).

Book 2 Hawaiian Affair Steamy - now called Take a Chance on Me, with Choc Lit publisher available on Amazon. Paperback coming to shops Dec 2015! yay!

Book 3 Hawaiian Retreat - Helen's Story - Just click this link to see steamy version. Paperback also available

DIARY OF A WANNABE SHOPPING CHANNEL PRESENTER – a stand alone story – Bridget Jones meets Alan Partridge meets Eddie Murphy in ‘Holy Man’ –click here to buy Ebook on amazon, and click here to buy paperback.

 

SHORT STORIES

‘When Dreams Return’ (2014) – spooky romantic short story – when Chelle’s pal Sara gets her to conjure up her ideal man with a full moon magic spell, she gets more than she bargained for… also appears in Hocus Pocus anthology.

The Valentine’s Surprise (2010) is a short story proving it’s never too late to find your Sir Galahad!

And Work in Progress, a compendium in paperback of Dairy of a Wannabe plus the two short stories in one volume.

Also – for Hallowe’en – an anthology of short spooky stories by 13 authors including many new shorts and my When Dreams Return in paperback! Hocus Pocus ’14 – ebook or paperback.

'Battle of the Exes', written for Valentine's Day 2015, features in 'Roses are Red' anthology of six short stories on Amazon ebook and paperback too.

NON-FICTION

Till the Fat Lady Slims 2.0 – the ‘When’ Diet - is my semi-autobiographical weight loss book – updated for 2014 to include the latest thinking about nutrition. Learn how to eat like slim people do.

Go here to get Till the Fat Lady Slims 3.0 – Tips and Tale to Inspire on amazon

Go here to get its predecessor (read 2.0 first) Till the Fat Lady Slims 2.0 – the When diet on amazon

Till the Fat Lady Slims 2017 version - 'how I broke free from Food Prison forever'

now available in bookshops to order, and online on all platforms, as well as on amazon here.

Read it Write it Sell it – my weekly look at all things book – LA update

If you didn’t see my home news on Monday, with the fab hummingbird pics, I’ve been on hol! One of the reasons I went to LA was to write. Had a great intensive writing session whilst away in LA too – tons sorted, as well as four blogs and lots of editing! For those who don’t know, my first three romance novels – the steamy ones! – have been signed up by Choc Lit the UK publisher, and the first one ‘Hawaiian Affair’ is going through editing now, to re-issue it early next year.

Plus as the Hawaiian Trilogy PG countdown continues, I’ve been working on finishing the PG version of the whole trilogy in paperback for release for Christmas presents early December. One more week till the cover reveal!

So I’ve been doing those edits as well as working on the plot for ‘French or Dutch,’ the series of novellas I’m planning about life in the 1920s - a cross between Mr Selfridge, Call the Midwife and Downton Abbey. Plus I like to meet new people.

Tough Times for Scriptwriters in Hollywood Well I met two lovely new contacts whilst out there, one of whom is a scriptwriter for films called Valerie Alexander. She’s kindly sent me some of her work to look at which I love doing – when I was with Mr Back of my Tandem I proofed a lot of his screenplays too; (long story if you don’t know it, but basically an old BF who used to be a scriptwriter – it was because of him a couple of years ago that I visited LA often.) Always good to meet new contacts eh? She’s a contact via Nick Barrucci – the comics guy, remember him? – well he’s now involved in creating superhero film ideas. His manager also met me, to discuss ‘the business.’ Very interesting chats and great new contacts. The overriding theme that came through from industry people during my visit is how much harder it is to make a living nowadays for jobbing scriptwriters, especially since the Writers’ Strike. And more than ever sure fire hits seem to flounder at the final hurdle, despite having all the ducks in a row – some funding, producer, director, great script etc. Just backed up what Mr Back of my Tandem had to say, really, and one of the reasons why he left it. Perhaps TV is the way to go for many? Certainly with openings like Amazon Studios, where they are taking submissions for scripts the same way they take eBooks etc, but this time they’re considering their merits for possible production. More here. Interesting times.

 

Audio Book of the Week – Moon Over Soho

I have also been listening to ‘Moon over Soho,' the sequel to last week’s ‘Rivers of London’ and it’s great too. As always with sequels, not quite as gripping as book 1 in the ‘PC Peter Grant Book Series.’ But fun anyway and had an interesting theme focussing on old style jazz, plus some pretty graphic scenes, so kept me wanting to listen on to the next bit. Let’s face it, that’s half the battle! I’d give it around 8.25 out of ten. Another good listen from Ben Aaronovitch, but narration from Kobna Holdbrook-Smith makes it, for me.   Click here to see it on Amazon

 

Freebie Promotion Boosts Sales


Self publishers need visibility for their novels, don't they? Well how about this technique?

 

Last week, I mentioned my guest blog listing what you can do to help boost sales of a new book. Well my writing buddy, author Carolyn Mahony had great success with a recent freebie promotion. If your book is part of KDP select (you tick a box when you’re uploading the book) it gives several benefits, one of which is offering your book for free but it’s limited to five days every three months. Carolyn’s freebie on her only cosy crime novel so far, Cry From the Grave, ran when we did Hocus Pocus ’14 at end of October, and by the end of the five days, she was high up in the freebie charts. But as soon as it’s not free any more, you disappear off the charts, right? Not so – her freebie had a knock on effect that translated into sales, following on from a freebie. Why? Carolyn thinks that it’s because of the attention and exposure the book was getting, so that people late to the party still wanted to buy it, even though it wasn’t free. Then because of the niche genre, she appears high up in Amazon’s chart called ‘kindle/books/literature&fiction/women’s fiction/mystery,thriller&suspense/crime’ (yes, that’s a real niche chart!) But being high up in any chart increases ‘discoverability’ and that’s what it’s all about nowadays.

Now that there are sooo many titles and so many professional authors and publishers releasing their own back lists, the challenge is how to get noticed. This obviously helped. Carolyn’s top chart position in the overall UK Kindle chart was in the 800’s, quite a feat, considering it came from nowhere and was below 40,000 in that same chart before the freebie. Even more so when you see that it’s £2.56, not a 99p promotion or anywhere near. It’s a good book, of course, and the great reviews have increased in number, which is one more side benefit of so many copies getting out there from the freebie. Get Carolyn’s book here.

 

Other news –

-          Amazon settles dispute with Hachette – regular readers of RiWiSi will know I’ve posted occasional updates about the massive publisher/author/amazon rights dispute that’s been going on for months. Well it’s finally been settled and here’s the BBC’s own inimitable concise summary as to what it’s all been about, click here. Otherwise, here’s the Daily Mail’s more in depth analysis giving implications for other publishers, and us self-publishers too.! Click here.

 

-          Submitting to a Literary Agent: Juliet Pickering One of our top UK agents, on a day in the life and what to do to get an agent. More here.

 

-          Does Blogging help build your audience? And how do you best do it? Learn from six authority bloggers – more here.

 

 

Beginners’ Guide And if you’re a complete beginner and want to self-publish, remember my basic guide published on here in the archives – click here for beginner's tips for self-publishing -  a summary of info, sites and links to help you on your way. Including my guest blog on TheCreativePenn.com, Go here to read more,

Archives Don’t forget to check out the other archives (to the left) for even more fabulous hints, tips, links and blogs. Plus - see below for my own list of books now available in paperback or eBook on Amazon!

Ps – see below for all my links to my own books.

Have a great week!

And don’t forget to kindly leave me a review on Amazon and Goodreads if you don’t mind!

Best wishes

Debs

x

 

MY BOOKS

As usual, here’s the round up of my own titles! Do give me feedback by tweeting or facebooking or just email me This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Otherwise I’d appreciate a review on Amazon (go here) and Goodreads (go here)! Enjoy! x

 

eBooks  - all available on Amazon – paperback or eBook (kindle or kindle app or kindle on PC or Mac)

paperbacks – five titles all available in paperback – via Amazon – see below.

 

HAWAIIAN TRILOGY (2013/4) – romantic fiction in either steamy or PG options!

Book 1 Hawaiian Escape Steamy or Hawaiian Escape PG, the prequel to Hawaiian Affair - is now available on Amazon in eBook or paperback in both PG original and steamy (just released last week!).

Book 2 Hawaiian Affair Steamy or Hawaiian Affair PG versions are both available on Amazon in either eBook or paperback.

Book 3 Hawaiian Retreat - Helen's Story is now out - Just click this link to see steamy version. Paperback also now available

STOP PRESS! Limited to pre-Xmas only, the PG trilogy all in one book! More news about release date soon… cover next week! Available for December 2014 only.

DIARY OF A WANNABE SHOPPING CHANNEL PRESENTER – a stand alone story – Bridget Jones meets Alan Partridge meets Eddie Murphy in ‘Holy Man’ –click here to buy Ebook on amazon, and click here to buy paperback.

 

SHORT STORIES

‘When Dreams Return’ (2014) – spooky romantic short story – when Chelle’s pal Sara gets her to conjure up her ideal man with a full moon magic spell, she gets more than she bargained for…

The Valentine’s Surprise (2010) is a short story proving it’s never too late to find your Sir Galahad!

And coming for Xmas, a compendium in paperback of Dairy of a Wannabe plus the two short stories in one volume.

Also – for Hallowe’en – a free anthology of short spooky stories by 13 authors! Hocus Pocus ’14 – ebook or paperback.

 

NON-FICTION

Till the Fat Lady Slims 2.0 – the ‘When’ Diet - is my semi-autobiographical weight loss book – updated for 2014 to include the latest thinking about nutrition. Learn how to eat like slim people do, following freedom eating and the Food Freedom technique. As used and recommended on our Back to You QVC Facebook group!  In paperback or eBook. Here’s the original, just 99p on eBook. Till the Fat Lady Slims (2002)

 

OTHER WORK IN PROGRESS (see Work In Progress tab for updates!)

 ‘The How to Find a Husband Manual’ – hehe – more info in the winter. A spin off from the Hawaiian trilogy’s character Kate, Helen’s friend in New York.

‘Diary of a Rookie Shopping Channel Presenter’ – sequel - early 2015

‘French or Dutch’ – a cross between Mr Selfridge, Downton Abbey and Call the Midwife, following life-changing adventures around Britain of early pioneers of birth control.

Have a fab week!