One Day Only

One Day Only

You’ve got one night day only, one night day only
That’s all you have to spare
One night day only
One night day only … as the song almost goes …

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For today, the 16th of March only, you can download the first book in The Reluctant Detective series, Searching for Summer, FREE on Amazon Kindle.

As a special ‘Thank You’ for bearing with me while I have been ‘missing in action’ and not posting much here lately, I thought I’d give you this special opportunity to pick up one of my novels as a gift from me to you.

So here it is, but you’ll have to be quick. It’s only FREE today, 16th March.

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What genre is Searching for Summer?

Contemporary Women’s Fiction, a #CleanIndieRead, with no swearing, sex or violence.

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What’s it about?

Mirabelle’s daughter, Summer, disappears one Friday night, and Mirabelle would dearly love to rewind that day and live it differently. Instead, she is left not knowing if Summer is alive or dead, went of her own accord or was taken against her will. Casting all other concerns aside – food, sleep, work, relationships – in her desperate need to find the answers, she takes to the streets of Edinburgh in search of Summer. Searching along wynds snaking behind old buildings, through ancient doors and tiny spiral stairways, showing Summer’s photograph to everyone she meets in shops, museums and nightclubs, Mirabelle becomes a reluctant detective, gathering clues, trying to make sense of them in order to find her missing daughter.

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What do other’s think about it?

“It is unfair, in a review, to spoil the story for the reader by telling the outcome. So, you won’t find the answer to whether Mirabelle finds Summer from here. What you will find is an enthusiastic encouragement to read “Seaching For Summer”. This is so much more than a mystery to be solved. It is an endorsement of life lived with determination and, most importantly, hope.” ~~~Barbara A. Martin

“Searching for Summer confounded all my pre-conceived ideas of what a book about a missing teenager would be like. Of course there is despair and self-blame, but Summer’s mother Mirabelle is such a large, intense personality that I was instantly involved with her search around the streets of Edinburgh…” ~~~ Lizanne Lloyd

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Don’t forget, Searching for Summer is FREE for

One Night Day Only!

Click here to download your copy now.

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Now Would be a Good Time

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Now would be a good time to grab a copy of Searching for Summer. Three reasons:

One, it’s a great read.

Two, the eBook is reduced to only 99p/99cents.

Three, you’ll have time to read it before book two is released. It’s on its way.

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So what is Searching for Summer about?

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It’s the first novel in The Reluctant Detective Series.

Mirabelle’s daughter, Summer, disappears one Friday night, and Mirabelle would dearly love to rewind that day and live it differently. Instead, she is left not knowing if Summer is alive or dead, went of her own accord or was taken against her will.
Casting all other concerns aside – food, sleep, work, relationships – in her desperate need to find the answers, she takes to the streets of Edinburgh in search of Summer.
Searching along wynds snaking behind old buildings, through ancient doors and tiny spiral stairways, showing Summer’s photograph to everyone she meets in shops, museums and nightclubs, Mirabelle becomes a reluctant detective, gathering clues, trying to make sense of them in order to find her missing daughter.

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Set in Edinburgh, Searching for Summer could be called Kaleidoscope Fiction: a Cozy Mystery novel, but also a relationship novel with a hint of romance, a soupçon of crime, and more than a dollop of mystery.

If you don’t know Edinburgh, you will get to know it as Mirabelle wanders its streets and wynds.

Mirabelle loved living in Edinburgh: loved the atmosphere created by a city whose main shopping street looked across the road to a castle, Edinburgh Castle standing guard over Princes Street, its severe façade softened by the gardens skirting it, the gardens themselves cocooned from the bustle and noise, folded into their own tree-lined valley, with paths dipping into and out of its depths.

She knew the adage, Edinburgh was ‘all fur coat and nae knickers.’ She was well acquainted with its underbelly, its darker side, saw its dirty linen, but loved it anyway.

A novel to take you through a multitude of emotions as Mirabelle searches for Summer.

Trouble is, she keeps finding other people.

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Searching for Summer

Available NOW

both in paperback and as an eBook

On Amazon

FeedaRead.com

or to order in bookstores

It is only the eBook that is reduced in price.

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If you need further persuading to give Searching for Summer a try right now, here’s its beautiful book trailer:

Work in Progress Blog Challenge

I was invited by author Zenobia Southcombe to participate in the ‘Work-In-Progress Blog Challenge,’ and I accepted.

Zenobia Southcombe (hereafter referred to as “Zee”) lives in the beautiful country of New Zealand, where she spends her time writing, reading, teaching, playing her ukulele, and drinking tea (incidentally, she is currently drinking Twining’s wonderful NZ Earl Grey blend…. Mmmm!)

She has an undying interest in humanity and the way we work, so as Zee works on her personal health & wellness, she shares her inspiration on the blog “Making Happiness”.

Zee’s inspiration for writing comes largely from a childish sense of wonder for the world around her, nourished by the magical children that touch her life, and a love of children’s literature.

Zee is an avid blogger and you can find her blog at http://zeesouthcombe.com

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It’s a fun challenge – the rules are to post the first line from each of the first three chapters in my work-in-process (WIP), and select four other writers to do the same.

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My WIP at the moment in called  Traces of Red and is the first in a brand new series that I have been working on for some time. At the moment, it is in its third draft and still some way to go. The premise for the series is based on a ‘What if?’ scenario.

‘What if your teenaged daughter failed to come home one night?

How would you react? What would you do?

Would it change you? Change your perspective on the world? Would it change the direction, the priorities of your life?

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As a mother of five grown up children, two of them daughters, I have to say, “You’re darn tooting’ it would!”

I reckon it would cause seismic changes, and these are what I try to imagine as I write this series. All the stages of anger, grief, fear and uncertainty, to say nothing of euphoria and disappointment.

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Mirabelle is a feisty, fun and rather eccentric lady…until her daughter, Summer, goes missing. In this first book, Traces of Red, we get to know Mirabelle and her family, see how her daughter’s disappearance changes her and how she sees the world. And, when Summer can’t be found, how it changes the focus of her life.

Okay…

So, the first sentence of the introduction of Traces of Red:

Mirabelle thought they were happy.

The first sentence of the first chapter:

The letter had finally come and Mirabelle suggested they should go out for a meal and to the cinema to celebrate.

The first sentence of the second chapter:

Sam had never met Summer, he and Mirabelle having met up a couple of times for coffee in the police canteen, more or less by accident, and a couple of times for a stroll in the Botanic Gardens, more or less by design, before he found out she had a daughter.

Finally, the first sentence of the third chapter:

It rained all night and Mirabelle lay listening as heavy showers battered against her window until, sleep driven away, she gathered the duvet round her and stood there in the dark, watching the rain curtain the street lights, tracing the drops that ran down the other side of the glass, watching for moving shadows

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I really wish I could give you more, even a paragraph or two, as that doesn’t seem enough to make much sense or to tell you anything about the story — but them’s the rules!

Doing this is making me think about the importance of that first sentence, and I wonder now, ‘Is it strong enough? How can I make it stronger? More meaningful?’ Something to work on.

Thank you, Zee, for tagging me. It has been a valuable challenge.

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And now I must nominate four bloggers to carry on the challenge.

Hmmm! Let’s see…

I’m tagging the following writers, and can’t wait to see their chapter lines!

Travis Neighbor Ward at http://www.travisnward.com

Elizabeth Hein at http://www.elizabethhein.com

Bisky Scribbles at http://biskyscribbles.com

Leanne Dyck at http://authorleannedyck.blogspot.ca

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Have fun everyone!

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The Countdown is On!

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It’s almost time to pack my bags and head to camp.

Last November, I joined NaNoWriMo for the first time and enjoyed it enormously! I could not have imagined how much I was going to enjoy it when I embarked on the crazy idea of writing 50,000 words in the month. I had been struggling to discipline myself to write something, anything, every day, forget about the idea of writing around 1,665 words every day. In the event, I averaged 2,000 and came in a NaNoWriMo Winner with 60,000 words and a complete first draft of a novel.

That first draft became a second, a third and so on until it became my fourth published novel, HERE AT THE GATE.

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This July, I’ve decided to go for it again. Although I have written something every day since that glorious stint in November, I have not been writing anywhere near so much and most of it has been editing and marketing. I am ready to feel the excitement and exhilaration of letting words flow untrammelled from my mind to my fingers, leaving a story in their wake.

Bring it on!

Camp NaNoWriMo, here I come!

This time round, I’m a little more prepared. I hope that doesn’t spoil the fun. I have planned and plotted this novel, and it will be the third in a series I’ve been writing for some time. Some l-0-n-g time. The series is about Mirabelle, a lady whose daughter goes missing. While searching for her daughter, Mirabelle picks up the habit of finding other people. Not a habit she wanted.

July’s novel will partially be set on the Island of Skye, so next week, the first week in July, guess where I’ll be?

Yes, my bags will be packed in reality and I am off to the Island of Skye to do my research as I write my novel.

My Camp NaNoWriMo cabin will be a cottage, and my cabin mate will be my better half, but I feel confident I’ll get my writing done because there’s plenty of football on the television these evenings. Don’t know what that’s about!

Doubt I’ll have much internet connection, so I’ll save the gorgeous photos I’m bound to take till the following weeks, but, prepare yourself, as long as the rain stays away, there is some spectacular scenery on Skye and Mirabelle is bound to notice.

Just to whet your appetite, tomorrow I’ll introduce you to Mirabelle and her daughter, Summer.

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#Novelicious #NaNoWriMo #IslandofSkye #ReadaNovel #MissingPeople

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