Julia Hughes - writing thrilling adventures - time after time after time.
The nation's household names, John Lewis, M&S et al have released their Christmas masterpieces, so I'd like to add a little something to welcome the festive season.
I would dish out sparkly advent calendars with delicious chocs behind every window to all my OL friends, but WonkaTelly hasn't been invented - yet - so I've placed a short story up on Instafree - just shoot over there, say 'Hi' and mention my name:) Or rather, Crombie's name.
Click here to claim your free copy of Crombie's Christmas.
As you can guess from the cover, Detective Inspector Crombie's having a miserable time of it. Out of his comfort zone, a zillion miles away from friends and family, and constantly mistaken for a German Gentleman.
And why shouldn't he suffer?
For most men, Christmas is a walk in the park (- or a stroll down the pub). A fortunate favourite female is nominated to take care of the gifts, food shopping and other sundries. On the big day, the man of the house might deign to saunter into the kitchen, but only if certain conditions are met:
Men - I love 'em really. I keep two as house-pets. And I've worked in male orientated jobs, where guys more than pulled their weight, then cheerfully lent this ol' gal a hand. But in my view chaps tend to have it easier on the domestic front.
Agree? Disagree? vote here!
Once a week, somewhere between midnight Saturday and Stupid o'clock on Sunday morning, a new story pings into my mail box.
The author is Randall Peterson, and the stories might be Sci-Fi; old Wild West, Animated Scarecrows, man eating spiders, sentient fridges (yes, really!), legends of Rock n'Roll, sweet romance, coming-of-age ... the list is endless, two constants remain: Originality and Entertainment.
Last week's tale of zombie nasties genuinely scared, this week's story of a hapless wolf and Malodorous the witch had me rocking with laughter. "Frogs 2" is so witty, it deserves a second and even third read through to catch all the word play.
Part 1 of "Frogs 2" is up on Randall's site now: There's Magic in Everything. Read and enjoy for free ... Part 1, "Frogs, An Original Fairy Tale" is also up there. But if you're smart, like me, you can join Randall's Readers and have the story delivered straight to your mail box.
If you're an avid reader, it's like Christmas every week!
A short story to complement "The Griffin's Boy" is now free to download, exclusive at Instafree. Click here to claim your free copy: Samara's Salvation.
"I remember the sweet meadow grass skimming my thighs as I waded towards him. He clung onto his griffin as though scared I might steal it, and made a sign against evil. I have that effect on strangers; there's Pict blood on my mother's side, and I've heard the word 'Pictsie', and even 'pixie' muttered by the ignorant. But then his griffin gave a welcoming cluck and nuzzled at my hair. Lillian came skipping over to join us, we explained about Luke, and begged for his help. Now that I know him better, I know he'd risk his life for others. "
I hate running. Loathe and despise it with every inch of my being. I'm not talking about the odd scamper on the tennis courts, or while out with the dogs. It's organised planned "run a mile in four minutes" that has me reaching for the chocolates.
However, every now and then, a woman's gotta do what a woman's gotta do. One of the sons is in training. Since I've obviously got all day to spare and obviously looked in need of a hobby, I've been appointed chief cheerleader. I would say trainer, but all I know about running is "pick your knees up" "move your feet faster" and "suck it up". I believe the "suck it up" bit refers to the pain.
Said son needs to run 2.4K in 11 mins 33 secs. This distance and speed will be instantly recognisable to many :) Now here's the problem. He's done it on a gym treadmill. But out there on the track ... it's a different story. He is missing this time by seconds, but a miss is as good as a mile.
As my fellow cheerleaders know, singing when they're winning is easy. A great cheerleader has to pick up the loser, dust 'em down and get 'em to try all over again. And hope that the next time they try, they succeed ...
... if only for the sake of my own sanity.
All tips on running gratefully accepted!
As you've probably noticed, this site is currently going through changes ... hopefully in a few weeks time I'll announce, "Look! A beautiful butterfly" or words to that effect :)
All my books (with working links) will be here ... until then, like life itself, this site is a work in progress.
The Griffin cryer's new cover
... is also a work in progress. So far, I'm enchanted with the preliminary art. As a Londoner, I've always imagined griffins to resemble those great stone statues dotted around the capital. They're not the convention griffins of legend. These beasts have teeth. Maybe the Victorians who created these statues had never seen a griffin before. Or maybe they had.
I've sent over a few images of the iconic London griffins to the wonderful Christabelle, of Deviant Art, and I hope she can work her magic and breathe life into my daydreams, but before then, I'm so excited and thrilled with this artwork that I simply couldn't wait to share with my readers. I think the image of Frankie summoning the griffin from another dimension is just perfect, and hope you agree.
Christabelle's portfolio is here on Deviant Art, and she also shares with her fans on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/christabellelamort.official/
An original romance with a thrilling story line, All That the Heart Desires is the debut novel of June Moonbridge, Set in the millionaire's playground of Monte Carlo, at first glance the heroine has a charmed life ... especially when she attracts the attention of a handsome Formula One driver.
Synopsis: All That the Heart Desires by June Moonbridge
At twenty-five, Desire Hart has experienced enough grief for a lifetime.
Changing everything in her life - her identity, her hometown and her country of residence, Desire is determined that nothing will prevent her achieving from finding her missing son. Not even love.
On a spring evening, she meets the golden boy of F1 racing, Lorcan Shore, and finds herself falling for him. Struggling to suppress her feelings, she realises he could help her get closer to the child she believes is her long lost son.
But nothing goes according to plan. Her identity is revealed by the press, Lorcan has a terrifying accident, and the trail to her son finishes in another dead end. So Desire does what she does best - she runs away.
Set against the glamorous backdrops of Monaco, Paris and Nice, ‘All That the Heart Desires’ mixes romance and mystery as Desire struggles to come to terms with her past.
Will she learn to accept love into her life again?
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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