BeaconLit Second Year 500-word comp Round 8 – March 2019 winners announced

Drum roll please… The results for BeaconLit’s comp for March.

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We are delighted to announce the top four – yes, four this month! – stories from March’s entries are (in alphabetical order):

  • An Open and Shut Case
  • Blood Stained
  • Made in Toledo
  • Veg on the Edge

These stories will now go through to the final judging and the top ten prize-winning authors (not necessarily the same as the top ten stories as no author can win more than one prize) will be announced at the 2019 BeaconLit literary festival on Saturday 13th July. As with most months, there were more stories that could have made the top selected but those that did were either closer to the theme or stronger (provoked more of a reaction after reading) so don’t be disheartened if yours hasn’t been mentioned.

If your story for this month isn’t listed above, you are welcome to do whatever you like with your submission hereon in. If your…

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Join us at Morgen’s Free Monday Creative Writing Q&A Mentorship live chat

Hello everyone. If you’d like help with your writing, or just love talking about anything writing related, and you’re on Facebook, you’re welcome to join 100+ (and growing) of us at my free weekly live Q&A chat. It’s where members can post their questions and we all pitch in with our answers. We do this throughout the week but I’m (almost) guaranteed to be there from 7pm to 9pm (UK time) – in two hours – every Monday so much quicker replies.

To join us click here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/morgensmondaymentorship, answer the three question (What do you write? / What do you need most help with (if known)? / How can you contribute to the group?) then wait for me to approve you. See you there!

I also run a free anonymous (only I know who’s who) email critique swap for flash fiction, short stories or novel extracts – see Morgen’s (Free) Email Critique Group. There are also links on that page to non-fiction, script and poetry swaps.

#BlogTour #Review #AfterJessica by Morgen Bailey |@morgenwriteruk  @BOTBSPublicity

Woo hoo! Another glowing review (and another four stars) for After Jessica’s maiden voyage. Thank you so much, Nicola, Rachel, and of course, Sarah for arranging.

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Apologies for the lateness in the day for my review, internet has been terrible here today!
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book 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 his sister and Alexis?
meet the author
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Morgen Bailey (Morgen with an E) is an author (of novels, short stories, writing and editing guides), freelance editor (for publishers and indie authors), writing tutor (in person and online), Writers’ Forum magazine ‘Competitive Edge’ columnist, blogger, speaker, and co-founder of Northants Authors. The former Chair of three writing groups, she has judged the H.E. Bates Short Story Competition, RONE, as well as…

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After Jessica by Morgen Bailey #BlogTour #BookReview

Wow. Another five-star (and such a kind) review. Jumping for joy (on the inside or it would startle my dog!). Thank you so much, Berni. x

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Length:155 pages

Please note the cover image leads to an Amazon buy link for the book

What they say: 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 his sister and Alexis?

The Review:You may remember my gush on The Serial Dater’s Shopping List from someone I pretty much fangirl at this stage (am I using that phrase correctly?!?!)  You can read it here. Seeing this, and knowing it was a different genre, I have to admit I worried, but I needn’t have.

This is the story of Jessica, who seems…

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#BlogTour #BookReview for After Jessica by Morgen Bailey @BOTBSPublicity @morgenwriteruk #AfterJessica

Another super review. What an amazing few days it’s been and we still have two to go. Thank you so much, Donna and Sarah.

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BLOG TOUR (3)
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 his sister and Alexis?
MY REVIEW
I thought that this was a really well written story and I loved reading it.
The characters are really well developed and I loved seeing how the story developed and as everything started to become clearer to the characters too, I was waiting to see how it would all end!  I think that the ending was perfect for the book!
The book didn’t take me too long to read but I thought it was a great plot…

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After Jessica by Morgen Bailey @morgenwriteruk @BotBSPublicity #blogtour #bookreview

Wow. What can I say but wow (twice!). “Ms Bailey has packed plenty of intrigue and tension into this short novel.” and “This is the first novel/novella I’ve read by Morgen Bailey but it won’t be my last.” Beyond delighted. Thank you so much Claire and Sarah. x

A Knight's Reads

After Jessica coverHappy Friday everyone! The weekend is just about here (mine landed last night) and I’m thrilled to be welcoming the blog tour for Morgen Bailey’s After Jessica.

Massive thanks to the fabulous Sarah Hardy of Book On The Bright Side Publicity for inviting me on the blog tour and for my e-copy of After Jessica.

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#Review #BlogTour~After Jessica by Morgan Bailey

Woo hoo! Another fabulous review. Thank you, Susan!

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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 his sister and Alexis?

Review

I would like to thank the author, publisher and blog tour organiser for the ARC in return for an honest review.

It read like a dream, so much so, I finished it in virtually one sitting! Cwtched up in bed on Saturday night, I whizzed through it and loved every moment. Great escapism and a really enjoyable read, all rolled into a perfectly formed novella. It was only when I looked up after finishing it, that I realised…

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