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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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5a.m. Flash 251212 – Free eBooks by Ethan Jones 25-29 December

I know how much you love free eBooks so I put out the call for authors with special offers for me to shout about them in these 5am flashes. Here is a campaign from Ethan Jones (for Amazon.co.uk just swap the .com for .co.uk and the links should work):

I’m preparing a promotional campaign during December 18 to January 15. It’s called “29 Days of $2.99” and all my works will be priced at $2.99 during this time. I will appreciate any help you can give me to spread the word about this deal.

I’ve also scheduled a number of days in December when my works will be free on Amazon as follows:

Burying the Truthhttp://www.amazon.com/dp/B009DSPRI0

The Last Confession and Other Short Storieshttp://www.amazon.com/dp/B00A0DL9PM

EJones_CarvedinMemory_VER1Carved in Memoryhttp://www.amazon.com/dp/B0084R0196

The Last Confessionhttp://www.amazon.com/dp/B0084R021S – free on December 25-29, and

Tripoli’s Targethttp://www.amazon.com/dp/B009M8W5ZY – free on December 25-29.

I hope you’ll have a chance to download and read these books. Feel free to share these days with anyone on your social media or circle of friends. And if you enjoy them, please leave a review on Amazon. This is very important as it helps other readers and allows my books to be listed on more websites during these free days.

Ethan

You can follow Ethan on Twitter at http://twitter.com/EthanJonesBooks. See the 5am flash on 121212 for details of Ethan’s books.

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** NEW!! You can now subscribe to this blog on your Kindle / Kindle app!

See http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B008E88JN0

or http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008E88JN0 for outside the UK **

You can sign up to receive these blog posts daily or weekly so you don’t miss anything. You can contact me and find me on the internetview my Books (including my debut novel!) and I also have a blog creation / maintenance service especially for, but not limited to, writers. If you like this blog, you can help me keep it running by donating and choose an optional free eBook.

For writers / readers willing to give feedback and / or writers wanting feedback, take a look at this blog’s Feedback page.

As I post an interview a day (amongst other things) I can’t unfortunately review books but I have a list of those who do, and a feature called ‘Short Story Saturdays’ where I review stories of up to 2,500 words. Alternatively if you have a short story or self-contained novel extract / short chapter (ideally up to 1000 words) that you’d like critiqued and don’t mind me posting it online in my new Red Pen Critique Sunday night posts, then do email me. I am now also looking for flash fiction (<1000 words) for Flash Fiction Fridays and poetry for Post-weekend Poetry.

 
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Posted by on December 25, 2012 in ebooks, novels, short stories, Twitter, writing

 

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5a.m. Flash 171212 – Free eBooks by Ethan Jones 17-29 December

I know how much you love free eBooks so I put out the call for authors with special offers for me to shout about them in these 5am flashes. Here is a campaign from Ethan Jones (for Amazon.co.uk just swap the .com for .co.uk and the links should work):

I’m preparing a promotional campaign during December 18 to January 15. It’s called “29 Days of $2.99” and all my works will be priced at $2.99 during this time. I will appreciate any help you can give me to spread the word about this deal.

I’ve also scheduled a number of days in December when my works will be free on Amazon as follows:

Burying the Truthhttp://www.amazon.com/dp/B009DSPRI0

The Last Confession and Other Short Storieshttp://www.amazon.com/dp/B00A0DL9PM

Carved in Memoryhttp://www.amazon.com/dp/B0084R0196 – free on December 17-21

The Last ConfessionThe Last Confessionhttp://www.amazon.com/dp/B0084R021S – free on December 25-29, and

Tripoli’s Targethttp://www.amazon.com/dp/B009M8W5ZY – free on December 25-29.

I hope you’ll have a chance to download and read these books. Feel free to share these days with anyone on your social media or circle of friends. And if you enjoy them, please leave a review on Amazon. This is very important as it helps other readers and allows my books to be listed on more websites during these free days.

Ethan

You can follow Ethan on Twitter at http://twitter.com/EthanJonesBooks. See the 5am flash on 121212 for details of Ethan’s books.

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** NEW!! You can now subscribe to this blog on your Kindle / Kindle app!

See http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B008E88JN0

or http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008E88JN0 for outside the UK **

You can sign up to receive these blog posts daily or weekly so you don’t miss anything. You can contact me and find me on the internetview my Books (including my debut novel!) and I also have a blog creation / maintenance service especially for, but not limited to, writers. If you like this blog, you can help me keep it running by donating and choose an optional free eBook.

For writers / readers willing to give feedback and / or writers wanting feedback, take a look at this blog’s Feedback page.

As I post an interview a day (amongst other things) I can’t unfortunately review books but I have a list of those who do, and a feature called ‘Short Story Saturdays’ where I review stories of up to 2,500 words (and post stories of up to 3,000 words!). Alternatively if you have a short story or self-contained novel extract / short chapter (ideally up to 3,000 words) that you’d like critiqued and don’t mind me posting it online in my new Red Pen Critique Sunday night posts, then do email me. I am now also looking for flash fiction (<1000 words) for Flash Fiction Fridays and poetry for Post-weekend Poetry.

 
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Posted by on December 17, 2012 in ebooks, novels, short stories, Twitter, writing

 

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5a.m. Flash 121212 – Free eBooks by Ethan Jones 11-29 December

I know how much you love free eBooks so I put out the call for authors with special offers for me to shout about them in these 5am flashes. Here is a campaign from Ethan Jones (for Amazon.co.uk just swap the .com for .co.uk and the links should work), further details of the books below:

The Last ConfessionI’m preparing a promotional campaign during December 18 to January 15. It’s called “29 Days of $2.99” and all my works will be priced at $2.99 during this time. I will appreciate any help you can give me to spread the word about this deal.

I’ve also scheduled a number of days in December when my works will be free on Amazon as follows:

Burying the Truthhttp://www.amazon.com/dp/B009DSPRI0 – free on December 4-6

Sorry, I missed that one… it looks a great book so worth the $2.99 (£1.92) 🙂

The Last Confession and Other Short Storieshttp://www.amazon.com/dp/B00A0DL9PM – free on December 11-15

Carved in Memoryhttp://www.amazon.com/dp/B0084R0196 – free on December 17-21

The Last Confessionhttp://www.amazon.com/dp/B0084R021S – free on December 25-29, and

EJones_CarvedinMemory_VER1Tripoli’s Targethttp://www.amazon.com/dp/B009M8W5ZY – free on December 25-29.

I hope you’ll have a chance to download and read these books. Feel free to share these days with anyone on your social media or circle of friends. And if you enjoy them, please leave a review on Amazon. This is very important as it helps other readers and allows my books to be listed on more websites during these free days.

Ethan

Thank you, Ethan. It’s very kind of you to let us know. 🙂 You can follow Ethan on Twitter at http://twitter.com/EthanJonesBooks

1. The Last Confession and Other Short Stories – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00A0DL9PM – free on December 11-15

A collection of three short stories: The Last Confession, Burying the Truth, and Carved in Memory.

The Last Confession
A New York mobster on his deathbed. A priest struggling to make things right. A policeman facing a tough choice. The Last Confession is a great Mafia tale of betrayal, revenge and justice.

Burying the Truth
A married couple faces their worst nightmare when they fall prey of a home invasion. Something goes terribly wrong, and two shotgun blasts seal their fate. Now, what will it take to bury the truth?

Carved in Memory
When Justin Hall, a Canadian Intelligence Service agent, is captured by terrorists in Libya during a rescue operation, he is left with only his mind games to escape certain death.

The bonus content includes the prologue and the first four chapters of Arctic Wargame, the first book in the wildly popular Justin Hall spy thriller series, which came out in May. Arctic Wargame hit the Amazon’s Top 100 Best Sellers in Suspense Thrillers list in July and October, standing at No. 1 and No. 8. It also includes the prologue and the first four chapters of Tripoli’s Target, the second book in this series, which came out on October 4.

2.  Carved in Memory – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0084R0196 – free on December 17-21

Carved in Memory is a short story prequel to Arctic Wargame, the first book in the wildly popular Justin Hall spy thriller series, which came out in May. Arctic Wargame hit the Amazon’s Top 100 Best Sellers in Suspense Thrillers list in July and October, standing at No. 11 and No. 8.

When Justin Hall, a Canadian Intelligence Service agent, is captured by terrorists in Libya during a rescue operation, he is left with only his mind games to escape certain death.

The bonus content includes the prologue and the first four chapters of Arctic Wargame and the prologue and the first four chapters of Tripoli’s Target, the second book in this series, which came out on October 4.

3.  The Last Confession – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0084R021S – free on December 25-29

A New York mobster on his deathbed. A priest struggling to make things right. A policeman facing a tough choice. The Last Confession is a great Mafia tale of betrayal, revenge and justice.

The bonus content includes the prologue and the first four chapters of Arctic Wargame, the first book in the wildly popular Justin Hall spy thriller series, which came out in May. Arctic Wargame hit the Amazon’s Top 100 Best Sellers in Suspense Thrillers list in July and October, standing at No. 11 and No. 8. It also includes the prologue and the first four chapters of Tripoli’s Target, the second book in this series, which came out on October 4.

4.  Tripoli’s Target – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009M8W5ZY – free on December 25-29.

Tripoli’s Target is the second book in the wildly popular Justin Hall spy thriller series.

Justin Hall and Carrie O’Connor, Canadian Intelligence Service Agents, find themselves in lawless North Africa on the trail of an assassination plot. The target is the US President, and the hit is scheduled to take place during a G-20 summit in Libya’s capital, Tripoli. But the source of their information is the deceitful leader of one of the deadliest terrorist groups in the area. Ambushes and questionable loyalties turn an already difficult mission into a dark maze of betrayal and misdirection.

Forced to return to Tripoli, Justin and Carrie dig up new intelligence pointing to a powerful Saudi prince bankrolling the assassination plan. What’s worse, Justin and Carrie realize something crucial is very, very wrong with their plan. The summit is only forty-eight hours away and they still have to stop the Saudi prince, dismantle the assassination plot, and save the life of Tripoli’s target.

Tripoli’s Target promises to take the reader through a great story as it becomes the next international bestseller. Fans of David Baldacci, Vince Flynn, and Daniel Silva will love this high-octane spy thriller.

The bonus content includes the prologue and the first chapter of Arctic Wargame, the first book in this series, which came out in May. Arctic Wargame hit the Amazon’s Top 100 Best Sellers in Suspense Thrillers list in July and October, standing at No. 11 and No. 8. It also includes the prologue and the first chapter of Fog of War, the third book in the Justin Hall series, which is expected to come out in the summer of 2013.

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** NEW!! You can now subscribe to this blog on your Kindle / Kindle app!

See http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B008E88JN0

or http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008E88JN0 for outside the UK **

You can sign up to receive these blog posts daily or weekly so you don’t miss anything. You can contact me and find me on the internetview my Books (including my debut novel!) and I also have a blog creation / maintenance service especially for, but not limited to, writers. If you like this blog, you can help me keep it running by donating and choose an optional free eBook.

For writers / readers willing to give feedback and / or writers wanting feedback, take a look at this blog’s Feedback page.

As I post an interview a day (amongst other things) I can’t unfortunately review books but I have a list of those who do, and a feature called ‘Short Story Saturdays’ where I review stories of up to 2,500 words. Alternatively if you have a short story or self-contained novel extract / short chapter (ideally up to 1000 words) that you’d like critiqued and don’t mind me posting it online in my new Red Pen Critique Sunday night posts, then do email me. I am now also looking for flash fiction (<1000 words) for Flash Fiction Fridays and poetry for Post-weekend Poetry.

 
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Posted by on December 12, 2012 in ebooks, novels, short stories, Twitter, writing

 

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Writania Best Book Pitch Challenge: 15-30 November

I’ve entered my chick-lit novel in a competition to win a free book trailer and voting started today!

You don’t have to vote for me (obviously) but please do vote:

http://writania.com/the-writania-best-book-pitch-challenge-entries

you’ll need to scroll down to the ‘comments’ bit for the choice of elevator pitches then scroll back up to vote.

There are plenty (33) to choose from… 🙂

… and voting ends November 30 so plenty of time.

Winners are announced with their book titles on December 3.

Good luck to everyone taking part (I don’t expect to win but you do have to be in it to have a chance, as the saying sort of goes).

 
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Posted by on November 16, 2012 in competitions, ebooks, events, NaNoWriMo, novels, writing

 

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5AM FLASH 250712: two flash fiction pieces accepted in CAKE

Every now and then at 5am (probably posted by my clone) I will be bringing you a newsflash, update on what I’m doing, invited guest piece, or whatever takes my fancy, and today I have a little woo-hoo for yours truly.

I’ve had two flash fiction pieces accepted for issue 3 (July 2012) of ‘CAKE short and sweet’, a magazine that is distributed free around eating establishments in Manchester, England and available online. My two pieces (out of the ten stories in the magazine) are…

The last two digits

Tucking herself away in the darkest corner of the town’s only library, Rosie opened the book where the corner was creased and started reading.

Click here to read more…

For the first time in a long time

As you turn the key you wait for movement, anything, but nothing happens. It’s old so you don’t wind it again, but you’d love to see the ballerina in action.

Click here to read more…

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Thank you, Sarah. 🙂

I love flash fiction and write mostly shorter pieces for my daily 5pm Fiction slot. This blog lists various submissions and competitions for this format. If you know of other opportunities that aren’t listed, please do email me.

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You can sign up to receive these blog posts daily or weekly so you don’t miss anything… and follow me on Twitter where each new posting is automatically announced. You can also read / download my eBooks and free eShorts at SmashwordsSony Reader StoreBarnes & NobleiTunes BookstoreKobo and Amazon, with more to follow. I have a new forum, friend me on Facebook, like me on Facebook, connect with me on LinkedIn, find me on Tumblr, complete my website’s Contact me page or plain and simple, email me.  I also now have a new blog creation service especially for, but not limited to, writers.

Unfortunately, as I post an interview a day (amongst other things) I can’t review books but I have a feature called ‘Short Story Saturdays’ where I review stories of up to 2,500 words. Alternatively if you have a short story or self-contained novel extract / short chapter (ideally up to 1000 words) that you’d like critiqued and don’t mind me reading it / talking about and critiquing it (I send you the transcription afterwards so you can use the comments or ignore them) 🙂 on my ‘Bailey’s Writing Tips’ podcast, then do email me. They are weekly episodes, usually released Monday mornings UK time, interweaving the recordings between the red pen sessions with the hints & tips episodes. I am now also looking for flash fiction (<1000 words) for Flash Fiction Fridays and poetry for Post-weekend Poetry.

 
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Posted by on July 25, 2012 in short stories, submissions, writing

 

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5AM FLASH 230712: Free photos – for creatives by creatives

Every now and then at 5am (probably posted by my clone) I will be bringing you a newsflash, update on what I’m doing, invited guest piece, or whatever takes my fancy, and today I’d like to mention a great site for free photographs…

Morgue File

At some stage in their writing, blogging, eBooking, writers need photographs. Some will have their own stash of ‘could be perfect’ shots they took thinking it might just come in handy one day but if that’s not you or it is you but you just don’t have what you’re looking for try Morgue File.

The home page is http://morguefile.com and shows their favourite photograph of the moment.

There are thousands (probably tens of thousands – there’s a great one of green icing cupcakes no. 542347 – http://morguefile.com/archive/display/542347) of free photographs to choose from and all you do it put a keyword (or more than one) and, unless you’ve picked a really obscure photograph, you get a gallery of thumbnail photos to choose from. Click on the ones that appeal and you have the option (on the left, under the photo) to download it.

Licence

Most free photo sites restrict your use but Morgue File is the most flexible I’ve come across. They say… “You are allowed to copy, distribute, transmit the work and to adapt the work. Attribution is not required. You are prohibited from using this work in a stand alone manner.” And they don’t mind if you use it commercially.

Do take a look though at the photographer’s comments underneath that licence statement as they usually love to know that you’re using their photo (as we writers love to know that someone’s read our free stories :)). For instance the photographer of our green cupcakes says… “Let me know if you use my photo :)I would love to hear about your project. Thanks and enjoy! http://photodaisy.blogspot.com.”

Why is it called ‘Morgue File’?

As the site explains, “a ‘morgue file’ is a place to keep post-production materials for use of reference, an inactive job file. This morgue file contains free high resolution digital stock photography for either corporate or public use.

The term “morgue file” is popular in the newspaper business to describe the file that holds past issues flats. Although the term has been used by illustrators, comic book artist, designers and teachers as well. The purpose of this site is to provide free image reference material for use in all creative pursuits. This is the world wide web’s morguefile”.

Picture origin

I would recommend making a note of the reference number (i.e. the end of the photograph’s website address, the 542347 of our cupcakes) because should you use a photograph somewhere and its origin be challenged* you have a record so I rename the file e.g. green cupcakes 542347. I found that photograph, by the way, from a keyword search of ‘pretty’. 🙂

http://www.roniloren.com has an interesting article on that subject.

File size

When you download the photograph you’ll probably find that it’s a huge file size. This is fine if you’re creating something like an eBook cover and you need it to be a certain size and clarity but for day-to-day (for instance I use a picture for my daily 5pm Fiction slot) you can shrink it (I use Preview or PhotoShop and reduce it to c. 100×150 pixels), crop it, whatever you want to do with it really.

So, whatever you need your photograph for, or of, you’re bound to find something on Morgue File and I couldn’t recommend it highly enough. 🙂

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You can sign up to receive these blog posts daily or weekly so you don’t miss anything… and follow me on Twitter where each new posting is automatically announced. You can also read / download my eBooks and free eShorts at SmashwordsSony Reader StoreBarnes & NobleiTunes BookstoreKobo and Amazon, with more to follow. I have a new forum, friend me on Facebook, like me on Facebook, connect with me on LinkedIn, find me on Tumblr, complete my website’s Contact me page or plain and simple, email me.  I also now have a new blog creation service especially for, but not limited to, writers.

Unfortunately, as I post an interview a day (amongst other things) I can’t review books but I have a feature called ‘Short Story Saturdays’ where I review stories of up to 2,500 words. Alternatively if you have a short story or self-contained novel extract / short chapter (ideally up to 1000 words) that you’d like critiqued and don’t mind me reading it / talking about and critiquing it (I send you the transcription afterwards so you can use the comments or ignore them) 🙂 on my ‘Bailey’s Writing Tips’ podcast, then do email me. They are weekly episodes, usually released Monday mornings UK time, interweaving the recordings between the red pen sessions with the hints & tips episodes. I am now also looking for flash fiction (<1000 words) for Flash Fiction Fridays and poetry for Post-weekend Poetry.

 

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