My books

** Breaking News!! Most of my books are also now available as paperbacks!! **

The following are now available on Amazon (US or click here for the UK store), with some available via SmashwordsBarnes & Noble, iTunes Bookstore (US or click here for the UK store) and Kobo. They’re also mentioned on ereaderiq. More details of each book can be found within the drop-down ‘Books – mine’ menu buttons.

  • hitman-sam-cover-front-smallI wrote the crime lad lit novella (48,000 words) Hitman Sam in 2008 and over the years, edited it, left it to marinate, re-edited it, put it back and finally this year (2016), I edited it again and sent it to my beta readers who were kind enough to give me their feedback which led to more alterations and finally, on November 2nd, it was published!
  • Tagline: Newly-redundant Sam is looking for a new adventure – a cryptic advert gives him that and more.
  • Blurb: Newly-redundant software designer Sam Simpson is looking for a new adventure – a cryptic advert in his local paper gives him that, and more. With two women vying for his affection, going behind their backs isn’t the smartest things he’s ever done.
  • It is available for 99c / 99p (or the equivalent in your country) via (links to Amazon in your country) or directly via, etc.
  • after-jessica-cover-front-smallThe second book I wrote, back in 2009, was After Jessica, a crime mystery novella published in October 2016. It is available via Amazon (see links below) at 99c, 99p or the equivalent in your country.
  • Tagline: Wind up his late sister’s affairs, Simon gets more than he bargains for.
  • Blurb: Jessica is an ordinary girl who comes across extraordinary circumstances and pays for them with her life. As well as identifying her body, her brother Simon then has to wind up her affairs but gets more than he bargains for. Who is Alexis, and why are Veronica and Daniel searching for her? Why is there a roll of cash in Jessica’s house, and what’s the connection between Simon’s sister and Alexis?
  • You can download this novella via (which links to the Amazon page in your country) or directly from or etc.
  • TSDSL cover new eBook smallAlthough I wrote The Serial Dater’s Shopping List in 2009, it was the first one to be published, partially because it is the only chick lit I have written to-date but also because a shade over 101,000 words long where as Hitman Sam and After Jessica are just under 50,000 so a more commercial length.
  • You can watch the YouTube trailer here or below. Given a new challenge, technology journalist Isobel realises that her ‘wants’ list and reality aren’t always on the same page.
  • Tagline: 31 men in 31 days what could possibly go wrong?
  • Short blurb: Given the challenge of dating 31 men in 31 days by boss William, technology journalist Isobel soon realises that her list of ‘wants’ and the reality of the men she meets are eons apart. Will she meet the man of her dreams or does the mix of the weird and wonderful instil in her that she’s destined to be single?
  • Long blurb: Isobel MacFarlane is a recently-turned-40 journalist who usually writes a technology column for a newspaper based in Northampton, England, but her somewhat-intimidating boss, William, has set her the task of meeting 31 men, via a local internet dating site, all within a month. Having an active, though fruitless, social life with her friend and ‘Health & Beauty’ colleague Donna, she knows what she wants in a man, so creates a shopping list of dos and don’ts, and starts ticking them off as she meets Mr Could Be Right Except For, Mr Not Bad, Mr Oh My Goodness and Mr Oh So Very Wrong. Follow the ups (there are a few) and downs (there are many) of the dating process and intertwined with her experiences, get to know her colleague and family, including her niece Lola who, apart from being an amazing storyteller, can eat ambidextrously whilst wearing a Princess glove puppet on her right hand, and Baby, William’s non-too-healthy African Grey parrot.
  • It is available for $2.99 / £1.99 from (this links to Amazon in your country) or directly from, and
  • the-little-parcel-thumbLate in 2015, I spearheaded a collaborative novella written by some of my winter 2015 Intermediate class creative writing students. You can read more about this here, and / or download it for free on Smashwords. Then in summer 2016, we (some of the same students, some new) did it all over again and that is also available for free on Smashwords.
  • I have written seven other novels (various shades of crime – not quite fifty, but I’m working on it) and am working on getting them edited (with help, of course) and either self-published or to agents in the next few months…
  • Below is the trailer for The Serial Dater’s Shopping List…
  • and a super new (September 2016) reading of part of chapter one…
Short Story Collections:
Story A Day May (just $0.99 / £0.77 each)

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5pm Fictions (just $0.99 / £0.77 each)

Volume 1  Fifty 5pm Fictions (Vol 3) cover small  Fifty 5pm Fictions (Vol 4) cover small  Fifty 5pm Fictions (vol 5) small

Editing guide

Writing guides

365 covers montage

eShorts (free)

FTF - green (final)  The Dark Side (final)  TTG (small)


44 responses to “My books

  1. Rosanne Dingli

    September 21, 2011 at 2:21 am

    I like the landscape but it looks more like a novel based in the country. Perhaps an object that signifies time, May, or stories should be included. Also – change the font. That’s a font so widely used (because it’s nice and legible) that most high school projects are written in it. You need something different. Download an unusual font to look more professional.

    • morgenbailey

      September 21, 2011 at 8:11 am

      Thanks Rosanne – that’s pretty much what Rachel has said… my homework for after work tonight. 🙂

  2. Marla Madison

    September 23, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    I think the Writer’s block workbook is a great idea. How about a small pic of some child’s ABC blocks in one corner? Is it serious or humorous? Maybe both. That might make a difference. Also for the story a day book. Could use something cheerful on the cover, how about a daisy or dandelion chain? With a sunny day in the background.

    • morgenbailey

      October 24, 2011 at 2:56 pm

      Thank you Marla. It’s so funny you should say that because draft 2 cover for that book had a beautiful sunny day (which I really liked and taken on a Norfolk beach on my birthday mid-August) but I was overruled (rightly so, on reflection) by my editor, and others, because it’s part-workbook (the “author’s challenge” bit) part-stories (the whole stories but I’m sure you know what I mean). I love the picture so I’ll definitely be using it elsewhere. I’ve been writing for several years so there are plenty more books to come. 🙂

  3. Rosanne Dingli

    October 24, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    OMG – great improvement. Yes – the blue works, and the fonts are a whole heap better. I am so flattered you value my opinion! I like the cyclone fence wire – great idea. Good luck with these.

    • morgenbailey

      October 24, 2011 at 2:52 pm

      Oh I do, I do, I do Rosanne. Thank you. The fence is actually looking through into one of the tennis courts at my local park. 🙂

  4. vonniewinslowcrist

    October 25, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    Covers should help a book stand out from others sitting beside it on a shelf or table. I’m worried that Writer’s Block, April’s Fool, and the Dark Side have a visual “sameness.” Story a Day and Feeding the Father are also visually similar – perhaps choose a different background color for one of them. Personally, I’d make the Story a Day with the May reference a field of grass (maybe even “up” the green via altering it with the computer). Green suggests newness and growth – not a bad idea for a book that encourages growth as a writer.

    I’d reduce the calendar image on Writer’s Block slightly, and add a color border (not too wide, just enough so when scanned and used on blog or review sites it “stands out” from the background and nearby type. This will also make the book more visually enticing on a webpage or book counter.

    Story content (which I don’t know) should suggest more visually enticing images for Dark Side & April’s Fool. You mention a farmer’s wife in April’s Fool – that gives you all sorts of images to work with.

    Good luck with this ambitious publication schedule. I know it’s hard work, but it’s quite rewarding when readers get back to you who’ve enjoyed your writing.

  5. morgenbailey

    October 25, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    Uh oh, back to the drawing board. 😦 Thanks Vonnie. I’ve just added the original background for Story a Day May which I liked but was felt too much like a country novel. SADM is a difficult one because it’s part-stories / part-workbook (saying what the prompt was and why I wrote what I wrote etc). I agree about the FTF background so will change the colour forthwith. 🙂

  6. morgenbailey

    October 25, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    OK – colour changed on FTF. 🙂

  7. morgenbailey

    October 25, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    And text put on the SADM background. April’s Fool was done with the calendar as it will be part of a calendar-inspired anthology but I know what you mean. Thanks again Vonnie.

  8. vonniewinslowcrist

    October 26, 2011 at 6:50 am

    I like the changes you’ve made. It will be interesting to hear what others think. 🙂 Now, SADM and FTF don’t look “the same” – but have both color and image to separate them. I ‘d still think about a thin color “border” of some sort around Writers Block calendar image (but not pink, since it’ll look too much like AF). Again – best wishes for success with the books.

  9. morgenbailey

    October 26, 2011 at 9:05 am

    Thank you Vonnie – much appreciated. 🙂

  10. morgenbailey

    October 26, 2011 at 9:50 am

    Border added – I think we’re there 🙂

  11. Magdalena Ball

    May 25, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    What a multi-talented person you are Morgen. I’m going over right now to check out some of those shorts – they look fantastic.

  12. morgenbailey

    May 26, 2012 at 9:27 am

    :*) Thank you very much, Maggie.

  13. Abbie Lipschutz

    June 25, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    Cover of my published Memoir, “Child of the 20th Century, Growing up Jewish in Holland, Belgium, Palestine, Israel, America. And Texas”
    Shows a Picture of myself at 18 months in Dutch fisherman’s outfit with wooden shoes (klompen) seductive for both Jewish and Goyish mothers, which added to its best-seller status.
    Inquire at my website,

  14. Christopher Farley

    October 24, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    And now?? Morgen, when is the next part? I am really enjoying this.

  15. authorpaulafriedman

    February 18, 2014 at 12:33 am

    Morgen, you are about the best person to happen for writers in the past 25 years or more!

  16. Short Stories Toronto

    April 22, 2015 at 9:30 am

    Amazing short stories… I am very much interested in reading short stories books. Thanks for sharing above links. I hope you will add more story books.

    • morgenbailey

      April 22, 2015 at 10:43 am

      Thank you very much. I enjoyed writing them and although I don’t have any more planned at the moment, I will be self-publishing a couple (perhaps three) novellas.


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