The latest Serial Dater tour comes to an end

Two final reviews for my first born, The Serial Dater’s Shopping List in this latest tour. Do click on the links to read the full review and support (follow) these tireless bloggers. Thank you! And my thanks go to Sarah of Book on the Bright Side and Caroline, my ever-patient AA (author assistant). And now to the reviews…

I can’t tell you what a pleasure it is to know that my work’s getting out there. Thank you, everyone!

Day four for the latest Serial Dater tour

Day four already and two more lovely reviews for my first born, The Serial Dater’s Shopping List. Do click on the links to read the full review and support (follow) these tireless bloggers. Thank you!

  • “I was certainly reading the book with a big grin on my face as some of the dates that Izzy had to endure were quite comical… her best friend and co-worker Donna is an absolute scream… This is certainly a book that would not be out of place whilst packing for your holidays. With fun characters and situations that ensure it will keep you entertained from start to finish.” https://jenmedsbookreviews.com/2019/09/05/the-serial-daters-shopping-list-morgen-bailey Jen @JenMedBkReviews
  • “Bailey comes up with one crazy situation after another… The Serial Dater’s Shopping List was a fun read… If you have ever done internet dating at all, you will enjoy this novel as you never know what those first communications are going to bring you.” http://jessicasreadingroom.com/blog-tour-the-serial-daters-shopping-list Jessica @JessReadingRoom

It’s a thrill that so many people enjoy what I write. Thank you, everyone!

Three more lovely reviews for Serial Dater

Day three and three more lovely reviews for my first born, The Serial Dater’s Shopping List. Do click on the links to read the full review and support (follow) these tireless bloggers. Thank you!

How lovely they are. 🙂

Two more lovely reviews for Serial Dater

Day two and two more lovely reviews for my first born, The Serial Dater’s Shopping List.

  • “Morgen didn’t disappoint, providing 31 very different dates, men and scenarios that had me laughing out loud throughout… I fell in love with Izzy’s character… Donna, Izzy’s friend and work colleague whose Tigger-like personality provided some wonderful moments… The Serial Dater’s Shopping List is a fabulous light-hearted, humorous read and the perfect ‘easy read’…” https://frasersfunhouse.com/2019/09/03/blog-tour-the-serial-daters-shopping-list-by-morgen-bailey Melanie @FrasersFunHouse
  • “I’ve read a few of Morgen’s books and this is definitely my favourite! This is a fantastic read! I genuinely didn’t want to put it down… The story is well written and easy to read and follow and will suck you in as you go on your journey with Izzy.  As I say, this is a feel good, laugh out loud read that you don’t want to miss.  Most definitely recommended by me!” https://curledupwithagoodbook.co.uk/blog-tour-review-the-serial-daters-shopping-list-by-morgen-bailey Chelle @Curlupwithbooks

And Hitman Sam’s debut tour comes to a close

They say all good things come to an end and this has been way beyond good. The feedback I’ve received on my first born has been amazing…

The seventh and final day of the tour ended with…

I 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! 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.

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.

In case you missed any this tour kicked off at the following locations (arranged by the fabulous Sarah Hardy @BOTBSPublicity).

Monday 13th:

Tuesday 14th

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Thursday 16th

Friday 17th

Saturday 18th

In case you missed them… Hitman Sam’s blog tour so far

With just one day to go in the first ever blog tour of my first-written novel, a comic crime / lad lit novella Hitman Sam, here’s what’s happened so far (the @ are the hosts’ Twitter IDs) with some really kind and blush-worthy reviews. My thanks, as always, go to Sarah @BOTBSPublicity.

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Friday 17th

Saturday 18th

 

Book review – for readers and writers – no.173: Morgen Bailey reviews Holmes: The Darlington Substitution by Melvyn Small

Today’s book review of a novella is brought to you by yours truly, Morgen Bailey. I no longer take requests for reviews but you’re welcome to send me your book review of another author’s book, see book-reviews for the guidelines. Other options listed on opportunities-on-this-blog.

Being a writer and editor, I read and review books with both hats. If you’re a writer reading this review and found it useful, do let me know.

Holmes: The Darlington Substitution by Melvyn Small

Synopsis: With Watson’s literary career going from strength to strength, he secures a slot on local radio to publicise his new book.  Uncertain as how to well it went, he is still a little surprised when the recording isn’t broadcast. Although disappointed, he disregards this snub to his confidence as a peculiar but unimportant bend in the path of his literary career.

Sherlock Holmes is not so dismissive. He seizes upon the event, certain that there is more to this rebuff than meets the eye. He grills Watson to the content of his interview, convinced a key fact will reveal all. There is nothing. Watson is sure off that. An investigation ensues that takes Holmes to the end of the known world, a place just near Thirsk.

The Darlington Substitution is a retrospective account, occurring during the same time as the adventures chronicled in Holmes Volume 2. It sees Holmes at the height of his wisecracking, foulmouthed, law disregarding deductive brilliance.

This novella is available in chapter segments via https://www.indipenned.com/index.php?p1=short-stories with more information at http://www.melsmall.com/fiction/darlington-substitution.

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Melvyn Small is an author and the founder of Indipenned, a website that champions the work of independent literature. Thus far he has written two books, Holmes Volume 1 and the imaginatively titled follow up Holmes Volume 2 (Subsequently republished by Fahrenheit Press as the Victor Locke Chronicles).

Mel’s perhaps unique spin on Sherlock Holmes, which places the character in a different time, location and section of society, has found fans around the world and is fast becoming a cult classic.  His writing style is pacey and littered with gin-dry humour. It has been described as “hilarious, clever and hugely enjoyable.”  The Darlington Substitution novella is his longest story so far and perhaps his best work to date.

Review

As a crime fan, I love a murder mystery. Although my preference is for contemporary – not a fan of anything before the 1980s (I’m a late sixties baby) – I know the Holmes and Watson stories well enough, albeit from the television more than the written word. As an editor, I’m a tough crowd but was soon won over. During Watson’s first encounter (other than with Holmes), he’s invited to download another author’s book so I knew I was in even more familiar territory.

The swearing near the start might put off the more sensitive of readers but it’s far from indicative of the story or quality of the writing. You don’t have to be a Holmes efficienado but I smiled as there were familiar names (the Twisted Lip pub to name one).

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