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Morgen’s quirky mystery novella ‘After Jessica’ arrives 7 years late!

after-jessica-cover-front-smallHello everyone. A quirky mystery novella I wrote in 2009 has finally been published. This is not because I’ve been submitting it to anyone who would pay attention and they’ve all rejected me but because it’s been sitting on my computer until now (although it did go out to a publisher I’d met a few times who said he was very tempted but after several months pondering eventually  declined).

It was published on Tuesday this week and has already received a 5-star rating! The novella is available from https://www.amazon.com/After-Jessica-mystery-Morgen-Bailey-ebook/dp/B01LWY36LK at 99c, https://www.amazon.co.uk/After-Jessica-mystery-Morgen-Bailey-ebook/dp/B01LWY36LK at 99p, and available in your country at the equivalent rate.

This is the 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?

I wrote it after a true event (and to whom the book is dedicated) but, as we writers do, decided to put my own twist on it and Jessica, Alexis and Simon were born.

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I am currently making final tweaks to another novella, a lad lit crime, which originally started life in 2008 as the first act of a college course play, about a trainee hitman, and this should be available early October. Here’s the cover…

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Posted by on September 24, 2016 in ebooks, ideas, novels, short stories, writing

 

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Northants Authors had a great time at Weston Favell library

Northants Authors had a great time at Weston Favell library, Northampton (England), last week. We will return 12-15 December so if you’re in the area then do put that in your diary and come and meet us, and buy your Christmas presents! To find out more about us, click the blue link above (which will take you to our website) or here.

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My Story A Day Collection eBook is FREE today!

0 SADM Collection front smallHello everyone. My Story A Day Collection eBook (93 shorts / flash fictions which I wrote from daily prompts May 2011, 2012, 2013 and includes the list of prompts given by storyaday.org) is FREE today (Sunday). You can download it from

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Story-Day-May-Collection-Collections-ebook/dp/B01I220L2E

https://www.amazon.com/Story-Day-May-Collection-Collections-ebook/dp/B01I220L2E

or your relevant country.

The stories are…

Part 1

  1. Over
  2. A Military Couple (part one)
  3. Holding Her Hand
  4. May The Fourth Be With You
  5. Ghost
  6. The Threadbare Girl (part one)
  7. Do It Right Or Get Off the Horse
  8. Whatever You Say
  9. Norman The Conqueror
  10. Late
  11. The Big Game
  12. A Military Couple (part two – A Different Perspective)
  13. The Houseguest
  14. A Story For Amelia Earhart
  15. Alternate Reality
  16. A Scientifically Unexplained Occurrence
  17. Daphne The Tour Guide
  18. A Broken Dart / Of Moonlight – Splintered On The Sea
  19. Overboard
  20. In The Stars
  21. Court (A Shaggy Dog Story)
  22. The Case That Sherlock Couldn’t Crack
  23. She Suspects
  24. Sparkly Blue
  25. Don’t
  26. Into The Wild Blue Yonder
  27. They Said It Couldn’t Be Done
  28. Feeling Like A Child Again
  29. Small Town Drama
  30. The Lake At Dusk
  31. The Threadbare Girl (part two)

Part 2

  1. An English Summer
  2. You Are A Lovely Lot
  3. What He Saw
  4. It’s Not Every Day
  5. Two Out Of Three
  6. I Did My Very Best To Die In The War
  7. The Dancing Stopped In 1983
  8. Charity Shops On Saturday
  9. The Photographer No One Else Can Get
  10. White Chocolate Chocolate
  11. Just A Figure Of Speech
  12. Hold On
  13. Would Chuck Chuck?
  14. Don’t Talk To The Food
  15. Some Shoes To Match
  16. 1966 And All That
  17. The Legends Of Louisiana
  18. Bill The Bag Man
  19. The Quest For The Truth
  20. Deadly Serious
  21. I Always Did Hate Biology
  22. Being Ernest
  23. The Best Man
  24. The Perfect Place
  25. One Out Of Three
  26. Stronger Than He Looks
  27. Not Like They Used To
  28. Thank You For The Joy
  29. In His Shoes
  30. Sabbatical From The Rat Race
  31. Parallel Bars

Part 2

  1. How The Drabble Came About
  2. The Quarrymen
  3. It’s Not You, It’s Me
  4. RIP Lenny ‘Shades’ Froug
  5. The Thing And The Nameless Page
  6. Sally Never Listened
  7. Quiet And Noisy
  8. The Last Thing You Think About
  9. What Cost A Human Life?
  10. Death & Life
  11. Dating Paradise
  12. Making Up The Numbers
  13. A Win-Win All Round
  14. The Ramshackle Writer
  15. Beyond The Blue Horizon
  16. Progress
  17. Worth Every Penny
  18. Bubble And Squeak
  19. Wreckage
  20. Before Jessica
  21. Leaving A Gap
  22. Human Unfriendly
  23. It Wasn’t Me
  24. Scratch, Squeak, Bark
  25. All-Inclusive Package
  26. His Job Depended On It
  27. Eight A Year
  28. Billy No Mates
  29. Talking When We Could Be Walking
  30. Petrified
  31. Plenty More Fish

I hope you enjoy them and please do leave a review – it means so much to us authors. Thank you.

 
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Posted by on August 14, 2016 in ebooks, short stories, writing

 

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Morgen’s Weekend ‘What’s Up’date

Hello everyone.

Some of you may be wondering where I’ve been. Apart from the weekday exercises, I’ve been unusually quiet on here. Never fear, there are some guests coming along in the next few weeks (if you’re one of those and haven’t heard from me, I do apologise. I’m not ignoring you… I plan to blitz my emails next week).

I’ve been busy getting all my eBooks (apart from the single freebies) paperbacked – see pictures below and My books, and have even added a ‘Selected Shorts: Morgen’s Favourite Stories’ – my favourite twenty-two stories from my five collections of ‘Fifty 5pm Fictions’ and three ‘Story A Day May’ collections (see pic bottom right below) – which I’ve paperbacked before eBooking!

I’ve also created another online creative writing course called ‘Plot Scenarios Month 1’. As the other six courses, it’ll be £15 / $20 and like the other six, I have half-price coupon codes on my Online Courses page, or you can just go to my Udemy profile page, click on any of the courses and ‘redeem a coupon’ below the green ‘take this course’ button and type in MB-BLOG-HALF and you’ll get any of them for half the price I just mentioned. A bargain… although I could be biased.🙂

Speaking of my courses, I’m hoping that both Month 1 and a forthcoming Month 2 Plot Scenarios course will be available before I announce the results of April’s 100-word competition next Friday, 10th June, so that the successful entrants have more choice than the existing six courses. I’m also pleased to say that after a quiet few weeks’ worth of entries to the 500-word challenge, there are now* enough for me to pick my favourite three and I will be announcing the results of that the following Friday, 17th June. * those received up to the 15th May, any winning entries received 16th May to 15th June will be announced 1st July.

As well as editing my own writing, I’ve also been helping new and existing clients and if you’re considering taking on an editor, do take a look at my Editing & Critique page and take advantage of a free 1,000-word sample full edit. I now also offer a kindle-read through service (see option 6 on the Editing & Critique page) which is now included in the (post-freebie) full edit option.

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Morgen’s 500-word competition: Feb / March 2016 results

Hello everyone. There were just two entries to this competition from 16th February to 15th March (inclusive). This isn’t as popular as the 100-word competition, probably because most writers like writing rather than getting me to write but you can win free editing (perhaps daunting for some) and they’re both free to enter so definitely worth it… I think, anyway. Do it now… or better still, read these stories then enter.🙂 Everything you need to know is here.

So, with two entries, we have a first placed and second placed so I have written and published both here and on Smashwords. The first story is exactly 500 words but the second has gone over a little (542). Do let me know what you think.

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First placed: Jane Dutton (winning a free 5,000-word edit of her writing). The prompts Jane provided can be found after the story…

Wednesday’s child (500 words)

coverPeering over his John Lennon glasses, Byron Salisbury, of Salisbury, Peech and Talbot, studied the legal documents adorning his leather-topped mahogany desk, then re-read the birth certificate given to him by the young man sitting opposite. “Oh.”

George Foxbury edged forward on the Chesterfield visitors chair. “Oh, Mr Salisbury?”

“There is…” Salisbury scratched his right cheek. “There is a… er, bit of a hitch.”

“Hitch?”

“Just a small… very small…” Salisbury pinched together his right thumb and first finger then peeled them apart, leaving a miniscule gap. “Nothing that cannot be worked out, I am sure, Mr Foxbury. George.”

“Let me guess…” George sighed. “Grand pa pa Henry’s left all his money to a cat’s home?”

Salisbury shook his head.

“Most?”

Salisbury shook his head again.

“No, a dog’s home. It was Grand ma ma who loved cats.”

Salisbury coughed as he rubbed his hands.

George Foxbury looked from the solicitor, out through the window to the trees thrashing around thanks to Storm Katie, then back at the solicitor via the bland magnolia walls. “I don’t mind how much money he’s left to… whichever… but I’d really like the house.”

Salisbury frowned, pushing his glasses further down his nose. “I’m afraid it says here you inherit all of his wealth–”

“Yes!” George clapped his hands and leapt up, grabbing Salisbury’s right hand, shaking it vigorously.

Salisbury cleared his throat then watched George sit as the words “I’m afraid” sank in.

“Afraid of what?” the younger man asked.

“As his… legally proven next of kin, you are to inherit the estate of Henry Foxbury III, late of Foxbury Hall, Bumbington, Oxfordshire.”

“Yes, yes,” George chivvied.

“Yes indeed. You are to inherit the said estate on your eighteen birthday.”

“Right. The year after next.”

“I’m afraid not.”

“Why?”

“Because legally you are…”

George leaned further forward. “I am…”

“2000… 2016…”

“Sixteen, yes. I’ll be eighteen in two years.”

“No.”

“What do you mean ‘no’?”

“You were born at the end of February.”

“Yes.”

“The very end.”

“Yes.”

“The very very end.”

“Yes. 28th. So?”

“Have you ever looked at your birth certificate?”

“Not really. Grand ma ma kept it with all the other official paperwork after my parents die… her, Grand ma ma, and Grand pa pa Henry’s driving licence, shotgun licences, other guff, you know. She kept them all together, our three, in an envelope marked ‘Birth Certificates’. I just pulled out mine. Opened it to check.”

“And you know what year it is this year?”

“Of course. 2016. What’s that go to do with–”

“A leap year, George. What day do you think you were born on?”

“I’m not sure. I think Grand ma ma said it was a Wednesday. Far to go.”

“Wednesday is full of woe. Let me just check…”

George pursed his lips as the solicitor looked up something on his computer.

“It was a Tuesday, George. Full of grace, and I hope you will be as I explain how this is going to go.”

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  • Character name/s: George Foxbury, Henry Foxbury, Mr Salisbury
  • Location: Solicitor’s office
  • Object: Henry’s will
  • Dilemma: George is expecting to inherit on the 18th anniversary of his birth. He was born on February 29th.
  • Character trait / emotion / quirk: Henry is dead. Mr Salisbury rubs his hands frequently and pronounces his words carefully.
  • Colour / shade of colour: Magnolia
  • Other comments: George is sole beneficiary.

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Second placed: Ash Nazir (winning a free 3,000-word edit of his writing). The prompts Ash provided can be found after the story…

Number 18 (542 words)

Sébastien leaned into the microphone. “Hello. Good evening. My name is Sébastien Tellier. I am from France but I work here in London.” He waited for some kind of reaction from the small audience but none was forthcoming. He tried a wide smile as he announced, “I would like to start with one of my contemporaries. One of Shakepeare’s best known sonnets…” He ignored a groan from the back of the café’s audience. “Number 18.” Sébastien winced as someone nearby scraped back a chair, checking – louder than was necessary – their friends’ drinks orders.

Sébastien blew out a silent puff of air, coughed, rocked his neck around shoulders, then stepped closer to the mic. “I shall be playing one of my own melodies to this poem and in the key of C major… sorry, minor,” he blurted, then strumming his guitar, tilted it and himself further into the microphone. “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? Thou art more lovely and more temper–”

Someone giggled as something flashed on a screen behind him. Although he suspected he’d regret it, Sébastien turned round then blushed at a picture of a busty brunette inviting an oversized plumber into her kitchen.

“Sorry!” one of the café owners shouted then reverted the screen to the usual title of ‘Café Rouge Monday night Folk Fest’ accompanied by a dull logo of an orange sunset, an anaemic-looking cow, and an acoustic guitar.

Twiddling his handlebar moustache, Sébastien decided that Shakespeare was not the way to go. With most of the audience’s attention back on him, Sébastien announced, “This is a new song, with no help from Mr Shakespeare.” Sébastien’s upper lip twitched as a small cheer emitted from the region of the earlier groan. To a simple melody, he recited, “My girl she loved science-fiction…”

A louder cheer erupted.

“…but I could sense there was some friction.”

A boo replaced the cheer.

“And one day she said ‘enough’.”

Another boo emanated from the middle of the small crowd.

“To win her back, I knew would be tough. To win her love forever, I had to be clever. So I opened a love portal, for my love immortal. And while she went away, I vowed one day, to find another girl meant for me.”

As Sébastien took a deep breath to continue, a girl rushed forward, making him flinch.

“Oh, Sébastien, that was so romantic!”

Sébastien looked down at the girl, whose black t-shirt barely made contact with her tiny black and pink check pleated skirt. “Erm… thank you. I am very pleased you like it but I have not yet…” He squeaked as the girl jumped onto the stage.

“Eighteen’s my favourite number,” she sighed.

Sébastien frowned then remembered the sonnet. “D’accord.”

She held out a hand. “I’m Isobel.”

As he shook her hand, he looked closer at her t-shirt. It was black but with a small pool ball in the top right-hand corner, where a buttonhole flower would have been on a funeral suit jacket. The ball was pink, matching the skirt, with a white number eighteen. She had a beautiful smile and although she was much too young – about eighteen, Sébastien thought – he could see them as a couple. Sébastien and the eighteenth Mrs Tellier.

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  • Character name/s: Sébastien Tellier
  • Location: Folk singers’ café
  • Object: Guitar
  • Dilemma: Opening a love portal
  • Character trait / emotion / quirk: Eccentric, speaks poetry
  • Colour / shade of colour: Pink

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