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FREEBIE ALERT! My new quirky mystery novella After Jessica is FREE today 13 Nov!

after-jessica-cover-front-smallHello everyone. I’m delighted that my new quirky crime mystery novella After Jessica is FREE today, 13 Nov via http://mybook.to/AfterJessica.

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?

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Extract:

He slammed both hands on the emergency brake and the train jolted, slowing nowhere near as quickly as he was pleading it to. He could hear shouting from the carriage behind him, but was too busy concentrating on what, or who, was in front of him to pay any attention. His first thought was another clueless animal, but as he got nearer, he realised it was a car and something inside it was moving.

As the two machines grew nearer, he could smell burning rubber and saw the smoke as the car’s tyres made contact with the edges of the track. As he stared at the inevitable, he knew nothing he or the car driver did would be enough to avoid the impact.

He stared at the driver facing him. He could see her hands gripping the steering wheel. She’d screwed her eyes shut, seemingly knowing her fate, but he guessed by her right shoulder dancing forwards and backwards that she was still trying the pedals.

Then to his surprise, she stilled and opened her eyes, staring straight at him. When they were just a few feet apart, she mouthed something which looked like “sorry” but he couldn’t be sure.

As metal hit metal, it was the highest pitch noise he had ever heard. Expecting the inevitable grinding sound, he remembered afterwards being shocked that it sounded like a beautiful violin. Of course, there was nothing beautiful about what had happened but instead of being afraid, he was calm. As calm as the woman he’d been face to face with; the woman with green eyes.

He wasn’t sure why he’d smiled and she’d done the same, just before mouthing that one final word.

 
 

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Freebie! Selected Shorts, my favourite 25 short stories, is free today 12 Nov.

screen-print-cover-front-smallHello everyone. I’m delighted to share with you that my Selected Shorts, my favourite 22 short stories, is free today, Sunday 12th November via http://mybook.to/SelectedShorts which links to the Amazon store in your country.

These stories are some of my favourites and have been taken from my ‘Fifty 5pm Fictions’ and ‘Story a Day May’ short story collections which are available as eBooks and paperbacks.

These stories are: Too Beautiful for Words, Sometimes I Forget, I Knew a Joyce Once, Stuffed, Waiting for the Number 12, Popped Out For A Pint Of Milk, The Picture On The Mantelpiece, Knew Better, Valentine’s Day, The Accident, And No Lucy Either, A Stranger Would Understand, Elimination, They Try To With The Food, Sentimental Keepsake, Over, Court (A Shaggy Dog Story), An English Summer, I Did My Very Best To Die In The War, The Dancing Stopped In 1983, The Quarrymen, Death and Life.

 
 

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FREEBIE! Fifty 5pm Fictions eBook Vol 5 (50 shorts) is FREE today, Friday 11 November!

Fifty 5pm Fictions (vol 5) smallHello everyone. I’m delighted to share with you that my Fifty 5pm Fictions eBook Vol 5 (50 shorts) is FREE today, Friday 11 November! http://mybook.to/FiftyFictionsVol5

Here we have a passion wagon, a full moon, police escorts, tugged hearts and curved smiles. We meet a variety of dogs (including borrowed and best in show), a ghost from a half-empty bed, an American werewolf in London, a contented tree, and spouses with revenge on their mind.

The stories are: I could have cried (491 words), Even the dog is borrowed (302), Me, myself and I (895), Transparent (433), The ghost of the half-empty bed (622), Andrew would have been proud (330), Furry like a dog (698), Passion Wagon (60), All he wanted (198), Best in Show (795), Two backwards, one forwards (476), Full Moon (166), Eddie’s Fault (454), Getting to seven (204), Smile (140), Incessant Vera (194), Elimination (294), Lock jaw (29), Hold On (725), They try to with the food (670), Just getting started (60), An American Werewolf in London (710), No joke (127), A lot to learn (933), Sentimental keepsake (547), Ocean Drive (321), Police escort (619), Spice of life (238), Giving Gene Simmons a run for his money (55), Two Rows (567), Half-human (292), A Bad Feeling (300), Off by Heart (120), Hot Air (55), Write what you know (141), How hard can that b- (55), All Heart (504), Through (111), Curved into a smile (663), Tumble Turn (167 words), Bringing Work Home (87), Muddied By Misfortune (163 words), A Right Miss Marple (333), Mum Thinks It Was Me (210 words), Trust Me (391 words), Attracting Airheads (427 words), Erlina Didn’t Mind (94 words), First Day (151 words), Cleaning Up The Town (71), Holding Hands (400). Total word count: 16,998.

You can see the writing prompts that inspired this collection at https://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/my-writing/short-stories/5pm-fiction.

 
 

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FREEBIE ALERT! Fifty 5pm Fictions eBook Vol 4 (50 shorts) is FREE today, Thursday 10 November!

Fifty 5pm Fictions (Vol 4) cover smallHello everyone. I am delighted to share with you that the fourth volume in the Fifty 5pm Fictions series (that’s 50 short stories and flash fictions) is FREE today, Thursday 10 Nov! The http://mybook.to/FiftyFictionsVol4 link will take you to the Amazon store in your country.

 

Here we have neighbourhood watch, chalk and fromage, a picture on a mantelpiece, , a whooshing sound. We meet a daddy’s girl, a cry baby, Dad’s Army, a borrowed dog, an African grey parrot, amateur actors, and others who don’t listen, are doing their best, feel stupid, or should have knocked.

The stories are: Two short (551 words), Dog collar (60), Just like Christmas (213), He doesn’t look right (133), Neighbourhood Watch (219), Daddy’s girl (200), Red suit and all (150), African grey blues (360), Cry Baby (284), Chalk and fromage (part 1) (251), Chalk and fromage (part 2) (339), Most people (114), The picture on the mantelpiece (199), Like a newborn (347), Hand-painted £2.50 (451), Just a couple of initials (264), Without knowing (470), Until the red light (306), Not listening (198), Dad’s Army (264), Others would knock (214), Not red like I asked (465), Stage left, Henry! (262), Everything that doesn’t remind you of him (342), A glint of gold (133), She’d expected a whooshing sound (338), Less than green these days (240), Something borrowed (159), To no-one in particular (225), Idiosyncratic (133), Almost (233), Knew better (429), Such a pterodactyl (215), Valentine’s Day (157), A figure to die for (200), Thud on the floor (332), Thistle (222), Feeling stupid (338), A different kind of speechless (330), It’s ’ot in ’ere (378), As if a new-born (385), Stupid is (170), Doing a job I love (533), Rumbled (100), Not the wisest of actions (251), Do his best (167), Scream like a girl (354), Warped out of recognition (294), Easy to compare (226), He’ll know what to do (294). Total word count: 13,492.

You can see the writing prompts that inspired this collection at https://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/my-writing/short-stories/5pm-fiction.

 
 

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FREEBIE! My Fifty 5pm Fictions Volume 3 is free today, 8 Nov!

Fifty 5pm Fictions (Vol 3) cover smallHello everyone. I am delighted to share with you that the third volume in the Fifty 5pm Fictions series (that’s 50 short stories and flash fictions) is FREE today, Tuesday 8 Nov! The http://mybook.to/FiftyFictionsVol3 link will take you to the Amazon store in your country.

Here we have neighbourhood watch, chalk and fromage, a picture on a mantelpiece, , a whooshing sound. We meet a daddy’s girl, a cry baby, Dad’s Army, a borrowed dog, an African grey parrot, amateur actors, and others who don’t listen, are doing their best, feel stupid, or should have knocked.

The stories are: Two short (551 words), Dog collar (60), Just like Christmas (213), He doesn’t look right (133), Neighbourhood Watch (219), Daddy’s girl (200), Red suit and all (150), African grey blues (360), Cry Baby (284), Chalk and fromage (part 1) (251), Chalk and fromage (part 2) (339), Most people (114), The picture on the mantelpiece (199), Like a newborn (347), Hand-painted £2.50 (451), Just a couple of initials (264), Without knowing (470), Until the red light (306), Not listening (198), Dad’s Army (264), Others would knock (214), Not red like I asked (465), Stage left, Henry! (262), Everything that doesn’t remind you of him (342), A glint of gold (133), She’d expected a whooshing sound (338), Less than green these days (240), Something borrowed (159), To no-one in particular (225), Idiosyncratic (133), Almost (233), Knew better (429), Such a pterodactyl (215), Valentine’s Day (157), A figure to die for (200), Thud on the floor (332), Thistle (222), Feeling stupid (338), A different kind of speechless (330), It’s ’ot in ’ere (378), As if a new-born (385), Stupid is (170), Doing a job I love (533), Rumbled (100), Not the wisest of actions (251), Do his best (167), Scream like a girl (354), Warped out of recognition (294), Easy to compare (226), He’ll know what to do (294). Total word count: 13,492.

You can see the writing prompts that inspired this collection at https://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/my-writing/short-stories/5pm-fiction.

 
 

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FREEBIE ALERT! Fifty 5pm Fictions eBook Vol 1 (50 shorts) is FREE 5 Nov!

Volume 1FREEBIE ALERT! Hello everyone. I’m delighted that my Fifty 5pm Fictions eBook Vol 1 (50 shorts) is FREE 5 Nov! http://mybook.to/FiftyFictionsVol1

Here there are family heirlooms, thefts, murders, kidnapping, Chelsea buns, and alien hums. We meet mothers, strange little girls, characters looking to improve themselves, and several cold feet.

Stories include: Life in the Old Dog (447 words), Strange Little Girl (425), The big black one with the space in the back (655), First impression (266), Joining the 21st Century (365), They always look at the shoes (223), Like out of space or something (173), Until Daniel (377), Too beautiful for words (356), Phonetics – A Winter’s Tale (670), Just that extra (297), The innocent brick (158), How’s your mum? (221), Our Joanie (240), Family heirlooms (227), Art theft (185), The Chelsea bun (240), An alien hum (110 one-sentence!), Scratch at the door (67), Thin enough (300), Having something in your mouth (166), Cold feet (145), Under (467), Same time tomorrow (587), Once the love’s gone (626), a prequel to my free eShort April’s Fool, Thinking big (228), Sometimes I forget (357), Funny peculiar (359), Varying degrees of German (346), Light – a guest story by my sci-fi writing friend Tony Tibbenham! (163), Raven hair flying – by Tony again (243), Getting off lightly (141), Quirky boots (60), Oh brother! (948), Double trouble (112), A woman by comparison (270), Stalemate (371), I knew a Joyce once (285), Every days (155), Weapon of choice (573), My one regret (335), Bath for two (147), Her eyes have never been bluer (176), Not even as affection (227), Just desserts (112), Carry on with the show (886), Not imaginary like Jack’s (402), Feeding the Father (658), Are you going to tell her or shall I? (347), and Not visiting day (100). Total word count: 15,994.

 
 

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Hitman Sam is alive!

hitman-sam-cover-front-smallI wrote a crime lad lit novella (48,000 words) called Hitman Sam in 2008 and over the years, edited it, left it to marinate, re-edited it, put it back, then 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!

It is available for 99c / 99p (or the equivalent in your country) via http://mybook.to/HitmanSam (links to Amazon in your country) or directly via Amazon.co.ukAmazon.com etc. but before you rush over to purchase this quirky novella, do read on to find out more about it…

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.

Extract:

Fresh cuppa in hand, Sam scoured the paper but nothing leapt out at him from the job pages. He’d almost written the section off when he got to the last row of small ads when the final one shouted at him.

Bored with your life? the text read.

“Yeah! Jeremy Kyle, Judge Judy, Rinder… blah, blah.”

Do you want some excitement?

“Who wouldn’t?”

Ring 07007 007007.

As Sam dialled the number, he sang the theme tune to his favourite James Bond movie, Live & Let Die “when you were young and your heart was an open book… dah nah nah, nah nah nah, dah dah… dah dah dah…” until he was interrupted by a recorded message in a woman’s voice.

Welcome to THP Services. You will be asked a series of questions which you must answer truthfully. After the final question, please leave your name and contact details. There are no right or wrong answers but they must be honest. If you pass this stage, you will then be sent an information pack. Good luck!

After a prolonged silence, Sam wondered whether he should hang up but the voice started again.

Please state your height. You may answer in feet and inches or in metric.

“Six feet four” Sam said, not seeing the point in lying.

‘What size shoes do you wear?’

“Ten.” Sam wondered what that had to do with anything, thinking the advert a vacancy for an undertakers.

Are you right or left-handed?

He paused. “Right.”

‘Red or black.’

Red or black what? he wondered, but answered “black” as he thought of the percentage of black vs red clothes in the half-empty-since-Michelle-left wardrobe. He’d almost missed the next question, only hearing ‘pockets’. He wasn’t sure what he was supposed to do now so kept quiet hoping she’d repeat it.

‘Do you own a pair of black trousers with pockets?’

“Ah, yes.” Sam had a pair he used to wear to work, with deep pockets for the USB flash drives he’d had to carry from department to department. Although this still tied in loosely with the funeral home scenario, he found the question strange as surely they’d provide a uniform.

‘Do you play computer games?’

“I’m a bloke. Of course I do… sorry, yes.” Okay, so that ruled out undertakers. He didn’t imagine they’d let him blat aliens, find desert island treasure or Pokémon in the off-peak dying season.

‘And your eye colour please?’

“Brown.”

‘And now your hair colour please?’

“Brown but going a little…”

‘Favourite film now please.’

“Um, how to choose? I’d say overall ‘Leon’, but ‘In Bruges’ and ‘Collateral’ were cool. And of course, ‘Skyfall’ and ‘Casino Royal’ the Daniel Craig version rather than the David Niven but he’s very good too. I especially liked him in–”

The voice didn’t wait for Sam to finish. ‘What is your favourite flavour ice cream please?’

Sam wondered what that had to do with the price of fish but answered “Rocky Road.” If nothing else, she was polite. The subject of food made Sam’s stomach grumble. He’d have some supper when he’d finished with this farce of a phone call. The thought had also crossed his mind that it was a practical joke but then why would someone pay to have an advert, albeit a cheap one, in the local paper? It had to be some kind of psych evaluation. Medical research perhaps? Or more likely market research for some consumer company packaged up as a job vacancy to boost their ratings.

The voice continued. ‘Do you drive?

“Yes.” Sam figured he’d take it seriously although wished the questions would get to the point as he was calling a mobile at peak rate and wasn’t made of money.

‘Two more questions to go,’ the voice said, as if psychic. ‘Do you eat pizza?’

Sam screwed his face up at that one but answered, ”Yes”. The questions seemed to be getting more bizarre and not particularly unique. Surely everyone played video games, ate ice cream and pizza and had a car. He finally settled on market research. One more to go. What would be the harm?

‘And the last question, do you live alone?’

Sam hesitated. He wondered whether if he answered positively to this one they’d send someone over to check him out or beat him up. He’d always loved dramatics and pictured the scene. A dark figure skulking up the path looking around him (it was always a ‘him’) making sure he wasn’t being watched. He looked for lights in the house. There were none. Good. He reached inside his pocket for the gun and twisted on the silencer. He fired at the nearest light, a good twenty yards away, and it smashed into pieces. He’d never missed a shot in his life. The victim would be in bed. Where else would he be at three a.m.?

On the other hand, would it benefit him to say “No” to appear to make him more stable? But then they’d not asked for his address yet. He decided to stick with the truth and said, “Yes”.

‘Thank you for your time. Now please leave your full name and details and should you be successful, we will contact you in due course.’

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‘Hitman Sam’ is available for 99c / 99p (or the equivalent in your country) via http://mybook.to/HitmanSam (links to Amazon in your country) or directly via Amazon.co.ukAmazon.com etc

 
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Posted by on November 3, 2016 in ebooks, novels, self-publishing, writing

 

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