Julia Hughes - writing thrilling adventures - time after time after time.
With perfect timing, one of my wonderful readers has posted a new review on "A Raucous Time" - which is now available as a free download until Tuesday 28th May (offer ends at midnight EST - which is Wednesday morning here in the UK!)
And there's more ...earlier this month, I asked "The Mind Palace" if they'd be interested in an advance reader copy of my current work in progress, "The Griffin's Girl". The answer came back "Yes - but we'd like to read "The Griffin Cryer" first. One of their Palace Review Squad, A E Shaw has written an insightful and complimentary review, which you can read here, "The Indie Pub" along with other indie publications which win "The Mind Palace's" approval, this is their mission statement:
"Here at the Mind Palace we fully support those who publish through those amazing independent publishers who have kicked our viewing pleasures wide open. The books that are produced via this route are the little gems that keep us on the edge of our seat and begging for more."
A massive thank you to everyone who takes the time and trouble to review, book bloggers and readers alike! It's wonderful to have feedback, and I'm very appreciative. If you've read a great book lately, remember it's good to share!
Here are the links once again to download a free copy of A Raucous Time.
Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk or viewBook.at/B0062SDMV8
Would YOU like an advance reader's copy of "The Griffin Cryer's" sequel? Message me on facebook, tweet on twitter to @tinksaid, or join my mailing list. Thank you!
A Raucous Time hit Amazon's top twenty free downloads in Action and Adventure charts in the US, the UK and Germany - a massive thank you to everyone who took the opportunity to download this story.
Making his first appearance with the Celtic Cousins is Detective Crombie, who returns for a starring role in "An Explosive Time"
Crombie only manages a few mentions in "A Ripple in Time", the second title in the Celtic Cousins' Adventures: It emerges both Rhyllann and Wren are huge fans of "Life on Mars" and admire Gene Hunt as the "the only copper to make Crombie seem politically correct"! Wren enthuses over Crombie's "Great Elephant Stampede" but when pressed for details both the Celtic Cousins, and Crombie himself refuse to comment. Rumour has it that once upon a time Crombie was sweet on Rhyllann's mum, and of course, the Celtic Cousins and Crombie were on a mission to rescue this wayward woman. Africa is full of dark secrets and mysteries, and one day I mean to get to the bottom of this particular story!
Right now though, A Raucous Time is free until 5 March – download a copy to your kindle and if you enjoy the read, please take the time to post a line or two as a customer review – you'll be helping other readers find good books.
Rhyllann Jones's geeky cousin Wren is convinced an ancient diary can lead them to the mythical treasure of Bad King John, last seen 900 years ago. Trouble is, "The Brotherhood" will stop at nothing to get to it first. Even more dangerous in Rhyllann's eyes is Detective Inspector Crombie. This father of four daughters knows Rhyllann is lying, and is certain Wren is a master manipulator. Crombie is determined to keep the boys safe at any costs. This leads "The Brotherhood" to take desperate action to learn the secrets Wren keeps, plunging Crombie and Rhyllann into a race against time across the wild Cornish moors.
“But the treasure is guarded. He who wishes to enter the secret chamber must first ensure he knows of the Celtic rites and mysteries. No other hand is permitted to touch Caliburn, sacred sword of the Celtic Nations.”
Ten five star customer reviews on Amazon.com, six five star reviews from the UK.
"Story telling at its best".
Last day to enjoy two great kindle ebooks: for free: "Adventures in Mother-sitting" by Doreen "Dody" Cox and "It's Always Darkest" by Stephen Spencer
"Adventures in Mother-sitting"
"Adventures in Mother-sitting" by Doreen "Dody" Cox
For a daughter, at age 61, being called “mommy” by her own mother was a heart-wrenching experience. This happened to the author during the course of a three-year adventure as the at-home caregiver to her mother, much loved yet caught up in a downward spiral of physical, mental and developmentally regressed disabilities.
"It's Always Darkest" by Stephen Spencer
Small-town sportswriter Paul Mallory doesn't need much to keep him happy: Red Stripe beer, H. Upmann cigars, and enough money to put down a few bets at the track every so often will do the trick nicely. He likes his quiet, undemanding life in upstate New York, and he really likes his quiet and undemanding girlfriend Pam. Maybe he even loves her.
The free promotion on "The Griffin Cryer" is over; and it's been a wicked ride! Thank you so much to everyone who downloaded, liked and shared this flight of fantasy, and helped Frankie and the Rider make it to number one in free Action and Adventure: they stayed in the top ten for four consecutive days! No mean feat, and we couldn't have done it without your help!
It's delightful to think that "The Griffin Cryer" is now on thousands of kindles world wide, and even more delightful, I'm already having feedback via twitter and customers reviews from readers who are kind enough to say they're really enjoying the story – again thank you!
"The Bridle Path" remains free on Smashwords and has just received another lovely five star review – this romantic fairy tale for grown-ups has been likened by one customer to a "Mills and Boon romance, but with an edge!" Which is exactly what I was aiming for – I can't do anything about the price on Amazon unfortunately, but it is available there too, at a rock bottom price of 77p – here are the links if you'd like to try a sample: Amazon.com Amazon.co.uk Amazon.de – but my advice is grab your copy from Smashwords where it's free! "The Bridle Path" Free at Smashwords.
Also running free today, until Saturday, is Dody's touching memoir of caring for her dementia challenged mom, "Adventures in Mothersitting". Courageously honest, this is an inspiring account of coming to terms with change, and learning to see the world through more innocent eyes, as Dody's mom reverts to childhood. The bewilderment and grief of seeing a person you love so dearly, and respect so highly are finally swept away by love, understanding and acceptance. Please help yourself to a copy of this heart-warming true story, from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.de. Visit Dody's "Treasured Encounters" blog, where there's some enchanting short stories, poems and spectactural photographs of the wild life in Dody's back yard, you can also discover more about Dody here, when she dropped by for a chat earlier last year.
I'm all behind like a duck's tail, so instead of wishing all a Merry Christmas, I'm hoping that as always your Christmas time was spent with loved ones, with wonderful presents to open, great food and drink, and lots of laughter.
I've got an excuse – well three actually – in addition to getting ready to eat drink and make merry, I've also been deeply engrossed in Alesha Escobar's fantastic novel, Dark Rift, you can read my review on this site and of course my interview with Alesha. A magnificent imagination, a brilliant story.
To entertain my young neighbour, I also downloaded a copy of "Lionel's Christmas Adventure" – while her mum and I chatted, Molly giggled out loud as she read on my kindle. As soon as they were gone, I had to read this one – Paul Hewlett has created a delightful character in Lionel, and I thoroughly recommend downloading this to your kindle to share with young friends and family. Not last, and definitely not least, the fantastic Charlie Plunkett (of True Diaries fame) published a tribute to children – her "100 little words on Parenthood" was published – at time of writing this blog it's currently free – so grab a copy. An amazing idea to round up parents, grandparents, uncles and aunts and collect their best memories of the significant children in their lives – all captured in 100 words, and Charlie has not only sorted these into easy to dip in and out of chapters, but she's also added apt quotations from celebrities and authors, past and present. Don't miss this one!
Last, and least! I spent some time when I should have been wrapping presents polishing off a short story – Crombie's Christmas – the bane of the Celtic Cousins' lives is stuck in Italy for Christmas – when all he wants to do is go home – told in 3,300 words with a humorous slant – Crombie picks a fight with the wrong cat, finally thinks of the very last word – too late – but then gets the best Christmas present of all!
Right now, Crombie's Christmas is free & will be until midnight 30th December – a belated present from me to you! Thank you to everyone who's taken time to review or tweet via twitter that you've enjoyed reading my little stories – believe me it's even more fun writing them!
Wishing everyone a happy, healthy New Year, let's hope 2013 is one of the best yet!
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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