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My ‘5pm Fictions Volume 5′ Collection is free today!

This collection is the fifth of five featuring the first fifty stories written at one a day for nearly a year and is free today, Monday 18th December.

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.

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

Below is the first story of this collection:

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Posted by on December 18, 2017 in ebooks, ideas, short stories, writing

 

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To free eBook or not to free eBook?

There’s a lot of contention over whether to give away our books. Many authors (and others) say no, given the amount of work that goes into them, but if you have a series of books, listing the first for free is a great way to introduce yourself to new readers so they can buy the others… assuming your book is so good that they want to read more. And that’s the crux of the matter, we all need to put up the best quality we can. This is why we need people like me (editors) to buff our work to within an inch of its life.

So, whether you agree with freebies or not, below is a site that offers 30+ every day. Take a look. I bet (one of my ebooks for free!) that there will be at least one book to tempt you.

 

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FREEBIE ALERT! My new quirky mystery novella After Jessica is FREE today 27 Nov!

after-jessica-cover-front-smallHello everyone. I’m delighted that my new quirky crime mystery novella After Jessica is FREE today, 27 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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Posted by on November 27, 2016 in ebooks, novels, writing

 

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Four of my 50-story collection eBooks are free today / this week!

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Hello everyone. I’m delighted that four of my 50-story 5pm Fictions ebooks are free today / this week.

1. My Fifty 5pm Fictions eBook Vol 2 is free today, Monday 21st November There are criminals, victims, revenge, men in uniform, luck and misfortune, sharp edges, sticky red hands, no faded circle of skin. We meet a generous aunt, a fan of Hawaiian shirts, a modern-day Cleopatra, and a young girl with wings. http://mybook.to/FiftyFictionsVol2

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

2. My Fifty 5pm Fictions eBook Vol 3 (50 shorts) will be free tomorrow Tuesday 22nd November. 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. http://mybook.to/FiftyFictionsVol3

3. My Fifty 5pm Fictions eBook Vol 4 (50 shorts) will be free on Thursday 24th November. Here we have young and old love, spirited and strained relationships, local and exotic locations, and those who love or loathe shopping, circuses and those who think their life is a circus. We meet a disillusioned artist, an eight-foot tall blue alien, untidy teenagers, a fortune teller, and several dogs and dead (human) bodies. http://mybook.to/FiftyFictionsVol4

4. My Fifty 5pm Fictions eBook Vol 5 (50 shorts) is free Friday 25th November. 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. http://mybook.to/FiftyFictionsVol5

 
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Posted by on November 21, 2016 in ebooks, ideas, short stories, writing

 

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Chick lit dating novel FREE on Amazon today, Sunday 20 Nov

tsdsl-cover-nov-2016-blogHello everyone. I’m delighted that my Northampton-based chick-lit novel eBook ‘The Serial Dater’s Shopping List’ is FREE today. I hope you enjoy and if you do (or don’t and can say why) please do leave a review. It means SO much to us authors. Thank you.

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31 dates in 31 days – what could possibly go wrong? 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.

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Download for free from http://mybook.to/SerialDater (this link goes to Amazon in your country)

 
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Posted by on November 20, 2016 in ebooks, novels, writing

 

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All five of my 50-story collection eBooks are free today / this week!

Hello everyone. I’m delighted that all five of my 50-story 5pm Fictions ebooks are free today / this week.

Covers montage - 5pms 1-51. My Fifty 5pm Fictions eBook Vol 1 (50 shorts and flash fictions) is FREE today, Saturday 19 Nov!

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.

This book is available via http://mybook.to/FiftyFictionsVol1

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

2. Then tomorrow, my Fifty 5pm Fictions eBook Vol 2 will be free on Monday 21st November There are criminals, victims, revenge, men in uniform, luck and misfortune, sharp edges, sticky red hands, no faded circle of skin. We meet a generous aunt, a fan of Hawaiian shirts, a modern-day Cleopatra, and a young girl with wings. http://mybook.to/FiftyFictionsVol2

3. My Fifty 5pm Fictions eBook Vol 3 (50 shorts) will be free on Tuesday 22nd November. 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. http://mybook.to/FiftyFictionsVol3

4. My Fifty 5pm Fictions eBook Vol 4 (50 shorts) will be free on Thursday 24th November. Here we have young and old love, spirited and strained relationships, local and exotic locations, and those who love or loathe shopping, circuses and those who think their life is a circus. We meet a disillusioned artist, an eight-foot tall blue alien, untidy teenagers, a fortune teller, and several dogs and dead (human) bodies. http://mybook.to/FiftyFictionsVol4

5. My Fifty 5pm Fictions eBook Vol 5 (50 shorts) is FREE Friday 25th November.

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. http://mybook.to/FiftyFictionsVol5

 
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Posted by on November 19, 2016 in ebooks, ideas, short stories, writing

 

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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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