Julia Hughes - writing thrilling adventures - time after time after time.
of the river gods again! Good ol' Amazon have pressed a button and "A Raucous Time" is now free again - at least it's free in the States, and back in the charts at #1 in British Detectives. If it isn't yet free to download in your little corner of the world, feel free to harass the great ones. They love it really, any attention is good attention! I'm going to apologise once more to anyone who was charged for the download of this title. Return it and claim a refund, and then download a copy for free.
Also free - but only for two days - so hurry!
Marie's Journey is free today and tomorrow. Another beautiful written story of dystopian world of Ginecea, created by the talented Monica La Porta.
SYNOPSIS: Marie just turned fifteen and can’t wait to leave the Institute where she has been raised with thirty girls, all unwanted like herself. As a fathered woman, she is set to make the best she can with what she was given and dreams of when she will start training as a nurse at Redfarm, her new home. But Redfarm is far from the nurturing environment Marie had envisioned. She meets Grant and, through him, is exposed to the race of men—the workers whose lives are worth even less than hers—and discovers they aren’t as despicable as she had been taught to believe. Before she can understand her own feelings, the longing for hugs she can’t share with Grant takes hold in her heart and she soon wishes they could be anywhere else but there. Her desire is granted, but once again, reality is harsher than her dreams. Marie’s Journey is a companion book in The Ginecean Chronicles, a series set in the dystopian world of Ginecea, where women rule over enslaved men and heterosexual love is the ultimate sin. Although the story is chronologically set between The Priest and Pax in the Land of Women, Marie’s Journey can be read alone.
I love Monica's prose, and "The Priest" is one of my favourite stories, so I've already downloaded my copy. Click on the image to download your free copy of Marie's Journey.
Amazon have decided to un-price match book 1 in "The Celtic Cousins' Adventures", A RAUCOUS TIME. I may have inadvertently upset the river gods, although I can't think how.
Because a lot of our promotional material invited readers to try this first in series free of charge from Amazon, and because Amazon began charging for this title without warning, we didn't have time to change the links. Which is embarrassing for me, and must be annoying for readers who thought 'yes, okay, I'll give this Indie author a try.'
I can only apologise. If you have recently downloaded this title from Amazon, and been charged for the ebook, you can return it for a full refund.
A RAUCOUS TIME continues to be a free read from all other major ebook sellers. Here are the links:
SMASHWORDS (all formats).
BARNES & NOBLE (Nook)
and all the links for Apple's reader:
United Kingdom: http://itunes.apple.com/gb/book/isbn9781301591558
We are also currently working on a way to make A RAUCOUS TIME available to download free from this website, and this will hopefully be in place by tomorrow.
Once again, apologies. If you wish you can tell Amazon that they're charging readers for a book that's as free as the air via other virtual bookshops. Here's the link to report a lower price: A RAUCOUS TIME and then click on the link 'tell us about a lower price'.
It seems reviews are like buses ... several arrive at once! I'd like to say a massive thank you to Eileen Johnson, of Readers' Favorite Review, who kindly reviewed "The Griffin Cryer", giving the story five glittering stars. I at once lobbed "The Griffin's Boy" over to an unsuspecting Eileen, and anxiously waited to learn her opinion. Thankfully, "The Griffin Boy" also received a full complement of stars. We're now planning a free promotion on my latest title, and are feverishly emailing book bloggers and book related sites, requesting precious time and space on their sites. I think the final download tally for "The Griffin Cryer" was just under 10,000 copies. We'd like to beat that! If you'd like to add your support, there's a media pack ready and waiting to go - we've mocked up a page here so you can see what you're getting: The Griffin's Boy. If you like what you see, you can sign up here: Sign up genius or email mervyn@talonpublishing[dot]com.
... and five stars for "A RAUCOUS TIME"
Many thanks to a lovely reader, who "hardly ever gives five star reviews" but awarded top marks to "A Raucous Time". Putting my tongue in cheek, I'd like to run out an old saying: "To learn a new language is to gain another soul!". If you want to read the latest review on A Raucous Time on Amazon's.com site, you'll understand why! If you'd like to try Book one in "The Celtic Cousins' Adventures" - which by the way is a stand alone action adventure - no need to buy the sequel to discover what happens - click here to be taken to Amazon's site, or you can visit Smashwords to download to any ereader you prefer!
I'm old - or at least past the stage of being an approval junkie - and yet ... there's a gleeful child inside skipping and smiling, simply because a reader kindly took time to post their thoughts on "A Raucous Time" and (skip, skip, smile, smile) remarked: "One to savour and re-read ... very well done and love the cousins well developed balance between aggravation for each other and loyalty."
Book one in "The Celtic Cousins' Adventures" is completely off the wall - written entirely for pleasure, and is the one title I've never submitted to book bloggers or reviewers. So it's doubly fantastic when someone takes time to say they've enjoyed the read. Since going free, "A Raucous Time" has bobbed around the twenty top mystery/British detective genre in the UK, States, Australia, and Canada. One reader commented "Oddly Enjoyable ... ended up reading like an Indiana Jones Adventure" - and yes I wanted airplane chases, the threat of train crashes and of course there had to be buried treasure with preternatural precious relics.
Ready when you are, Mr Spielberg!
Contrary to what the sons think, I don't waste time playing Spider Solitaire, when I'm supposed to be writing - or re-writing. Instead, over on Pinterest, I've created a board, so when the call comes through from Hollywood, the cameras will be ready to roll for filming of "A Raucous Time". Check out the proposed cast and let me know if you agree with my choices!
and as a small token of my appreciation:) ...
If you've recently left a review for any indie author, email Mervyn@talonpublishing[dot] com with the link to your review, and at the end of this month, (Jan) we'll put all reviewers into a hat and if your name is pulled out first, you can choose any of the Celtic Cousins' Adventures - or Griffin Riders' Chronicles to read free of charge.
To be clear, your review doesn't have to be for any of my titles, as our friend Sean Campbell says, "a rising tide lifts all boats," and your support for indie authors is really appreciated.
btw: If you haven't yet downloaded your free copy of "A Raucous Time" here's the Amazon link for kindle readers, and the Smashword link to read in all formats.
More images from Crombie's Casebook at Pinterest - to reserve your advance review copy of Crombie's Casebook, email mervyn@talonpublishing[dot]com
Many thanks to those kind hearted folk who made time to comment recently on "The Griffin Cryer", "A Raucous Time", and "The Griffin's Boy". I'm going to say this; readers who enjoy my little stories certainly do write original reviews. Believe me, I'm not blowing smoke, but I can't help but feel that you guys are harbouring your own creative writing skills! Wild horses wouldn't drag my favourite review out of me, as I've noted before, these reviews are written by readers, for readers, and that's how it should be. But this website is for you and me, and if you ever want to get in touch, I'm always delighted to respond - email Mervyn@talonpublishing[dot]com.
Although, there's a couple of new stories in the pipe line, so from next week, I'll be a little less visible on social networks, though I can't wait to start sharing new adventures, so watch this space!
All best wishes and good health for 2014 - from me, the Celtic Cousins, and those fantastic Griffin Riders. Many, many thanks to all those lovely readers and lovely fellow indie artists who have offered unstinting support. I read most readers' comments, and those like the most recent review left for "A Raucous Time" makes all the long hours alone with only imagination, the keyboard, and copious bars of chocolate all worth while:)
If you want to contact me directly, I'll be delighted to hear from you. If you've written a book, whether you're still deciding about which publishing route is best for you, or if you're an established indie author, please drop by Words Unlimited. This is a site designed to support artists and authors in all things book related.
Wren Prenderson; "A Ripple in Time" best hero.
"The Griffin Cryer" best Urban Fantasy. Thank you to the hard working judges and everyone who voted at the eFestival of Words, organised by Julie Dawson, of Bards & Sages.
A Raucous Time, A Ripple in Time, and The Griffin Cryer. Thank you to Julie and her hard working panel of judges and reviewers.
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