Saturday, 25 February 2012

Pay with a Tweet/Facebook share to get a free sample of If Horses Were Wishes by Elizabeth Sellers


Do you have a Facebook or Twitter account? If so, you can get a sample of the delightful If Horses Were Wishes by Elizabeth Sellers for the price of a tweet or a share. Now is your chance to try reading the opening chapters of the novel to see if you like it whilst sharing the great news about this opportunity with your friends and family on these sites.

                                                   About If Horses Were Wishes

Katy Robinson, an unhappy young foster child, daydreams constantly - of a proper home with her parents, of having good friends, and of being as popular at school as Sandra Magill. Sandra has an enviable lifestyle in the countryside, with her parents and her horse Tommy, and is always surrounded by friends. But when Katy dreams of doing something admirable to impress Sandra, the results aren't quite what she had in mind! Her initial shock at waking up to her new status as a horse gradually grows into acceptance. Being cared for by Sandra's posse, and becoming friends with Tommy, all help. But Katy-the-girl is officially missing and being looked for by the police - and when Sandra and her friends decide to undertake to find their schoolmate, Katy finds she is able to lead them in the right direction. Through various adventures, including putting the school bullies to flight, unexpected friendships and discoveries develop, and the question is - will Katy decide she prefers being a horse, or will she try to find a way to become a girl once more? 

Amazon reviewer: 'A really good read for horse-lovers, but with plenty of interest for anyone wanting a clever and engaging book.'

With World Book Day coming up this Friday, this book would make a wonderful gift for anyone who loves horses or a heart warming story. Children in the UK can also use their World Book Day voucher supplied through school in order to get a £1 discount in book stores during March! If  you like the sample, you can purchase the book through Amazon.uk or The Book Depository.

To get your free sample, simply click on the button below to sign into your Twitter or Facebook account through the reliable Pay With A Tweet server to share the news and you will be given the link to the sample. Please ask in the comments if you have any questions or problems!


Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Notice: Blue Freedom by Sandra Peut read-along cancelled

We hope everyone had a wonderful Valentine's Day yesterday!


Thank you to everyone who downloaded their free Kindle e-book of Just One More Summer by Julie McGowan yesterday. We hope you enjoy reading it and would love to hear your thoughts. If you like it, why not post a review on Amazon or any other bookish site to let other people know about it? 

Meanwhile, it is still available at the brilliant discounted price £1.02 on Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com for the rest of February for those who missed out yesterday so you can spread the word about this limited time deal to your friends and family too.


Cancellation of Blue Freedom read-along


Due to problems with Amazon which we are now working to resolve, we were unable to put the e-book of Blue Freedom by Sandra Peut on the Amazon Kindle store for free download. 
Unfortunately, we have decided to cancel the group-read along scheduled for this month until the e-book is available.

Apologies to everyone who was interested in joining our group read. However, if you were interested, you can still fill in the form here because we are looking to reschedule the event for later this year and can send a notification to your email as a reminder.

Thank you!

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Reminder: Download your FREE Kindle e-book of Just One More Summer TODAY!


For today only you can download our romance novel Just One More Summer by Julie McGowan for FREE on Amazon Kindle! It will also be available at 99p for the rest of February.



Remember: Even if you don't a Kindle, you can still download and read it on the free Kindle reading app that can be installed on Amazon.

Please feel free to share this promotion with your friends and family on Facebook and Twitter and share the love this Valentine period.


HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY <3


Sunday, 12 February 2012

Announcement: Valentine's Day Read-Along for Blue Freedom by Sandra Peut!



Today I am excited to announce a Sunpenny group read-along of our Rose and Crown inspirational romance Blue Freedom by Sandra Peut to celebrate Valentine's Day this year!

From the 14th of Feburary-13th March, we will be breaking down each of the chapters in this exciting and uplifting romance and discussing some questions each week about what we have read. This coincides with the limited time promotion on Blue Freedom where it will be free for download on Amazon Kindle on Valentine's Day (find out more information in this previous post.)

About Blue Freedom:

Bella Whitman is a freelance health and fitness writer with a tragic history. When she is offered a dream opportunity to undertake a writing assignment which will take her on a journey across the South Pacific islands, she grabs it, despite her misgivings about the arrogant but handsome editor in charge of the magazine, Ethan Gray - and Jay Hinkley, the contract photographer Ethan has hired to travel with her. Despite a rocky start, Bella finds herself being drawn to Jay as they work and travel through the islands. But can this relationship develop into more than a friendship, when he already has a woman in his life? And with a dangerous hitman trailing their every move, can Bella and Jay finish their assignment - despite the shadowy motives of their employer Ethan - and survive a deadly rendezvous with a Thai drug consortium in a nail-biting climax?

Through this fast-paced adventure, Bella is able to find healing from past pain and discover emotional and spiritual freedom.

Praise for Blue Freedom:

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A thrilling mystery of exciting anticipation, witty antics and laughs, with heart-felt truths all in a 'what happens next' plot. Simply and elegantly written - your imagination is caught in the perfect 'Pacific' drama that just keeps getting better to the very end.
--Elizabeth Findlay, Scriptwriter/Magazine Producer.

Sandra Peut’s Blue Freedom is a riveting, fast-paced novel that you will not want to put down. The story chronicles free-lance writer, Bella Whitman’s unwitting entanglement with an international drug deal, and her colleague, Jay Hinkley’s sudden need to be more than a photographer, when Bella’s life is in danger. Action, intrigue and romance, Blue Freedom is a novel that has it all.
-- Meredith Resce, author of ‘The Heart of Green Valley’ series, and ‘For All Time’.

If you're looking for an adventurous and romantic novel to get you in the mood for Valentine's Day and love sharing your thoughts with others, why not join us? All you have to do is fill in the sign up sheet below, start reading chapters 1-8 and join in with the weekly discussion questions that will be posted here on the blog either in the comment section of the post or in your own blog post....

Don't forget that a copy of Blue Freedom can be downloaded free on Amazon Kindle on the 14th and 99p for a few weeks after to be read on a Kindle device or a free Kindle reading app that can be downloaded for free on any computer. You can also find an excerpt of Blue Freedom and more about Sandra Peut on her website: http://www.sandrapeut.com

Schedule for discussion during read-along:

Week 1: Chapters 1-8
Week 2: Chapters 9-17
Week 3: Chapters 18-26
Week 4: Chapters 27-34



Thank you to everyone who signs up for the read-along- we hope you will have lots of fun discussing Blue Freedom with us!

Friday, 10 February 2012

Valentine's Day Events Announcement: Blue Freedom by Sandra Peut and Just One More Summer by Julie McGowan Kindle Promotions




In celebration of Valentine's Day, we're offering two of our romantic fiction books for FREE download on Amazon Kindle on 14th February! Blue Freedom by Sandra Peut and Just One More Summer by Julie McGowan will be available for free download for just one day and at a reduced price for the next few weeks after- the perfect Valentine's romances to curl up with.


About Blue Freedom by Sandra Peut:


Bella Whitman is a freelance health and fitness writer with a tragic history. When she is offered a dream opportunity to undertake a writing assignment which will take her on a journey across the South Pacific islands, she grabs it, despite her misgivings about the arrogant but handsome editor in charge of the magazine, Ethan Gray - and Jay Hinkley, the contract photographer Ethan has hired to travel with her. Despite a rocky start, Bella finds herself being drawn to Jay as they work and travel through the islands. But can this relationship develop into more than a friendship, when he already has a woman in his life? And with a dangerous hitman trailing their every move, can Bella and Jay finish their assignment - despite the shadowy motives of their employer Ethan - and survive a deadly rendezvous with a Thai drug consortium in a nail-biting climax?

Through this fast-paced adventure, Bella is able to find healing from past pain and discover emotional and spiritual freedom.




A thrilling mystery of exciting anticipation, witty antics and laughs, with heart-felt truths all in a 'what happens next' plot. Simply and elegantly written - your imagination is caught in the perfect 'Pacific' drama that just keeps getting better to the very end.
--Elizabeth Findlay, Scriptwriter/Magazine Producer


About Just One More Summer by Julie McGowan

Devastated by the breakdown of her marriage, Allie flees to the one place her heart can seek comfort: Cornwall, where she hopes childhood memories of a holiday with her father will sustain her while she sorts out her plans for the future. But fate has other ideas, and she finds herself drawn into an almost obsessive friendship with a band of strange bedfellows led by Marsha, an intense, ageing hippy with a life force that at once comforts, stimulates and infuriates Allie. Her growing attraction to one of the men in the group, Adam, bewilders her as she discovers that nothing in life is what it seems, and the only constant is change. Little by little the layers of her past are painfully peeled away. Initially ruffled and confused, and later deeply hurt by what she considers multiple levels of betrayal, Allie once again chooses flight. She heads back to London, but finds that her life-complications only deepen - her husband begs her to come back to him, her estranged father arrives unannounced from France, her loopy mother proclaims yet another marriage, Adam turns up to take her back to Cornwall - and the hardest part is yet to come for them all. Finally, Allie realises that she must confront the secrets and lies of her past - and Marsha's - before she can face her own future.


KATIE FFORDE:
"A lovely book, full of warmth and wisdom. I loved the dry wit and writing style. You should be very proud of yourself. Poignant, funny and realistic. A book for today's women, easy to relate to and meaningful. I really was impressed!"

You can find the link to download your free Kindle copy of Just One More Summer discounted from £5.14 on the 14th here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Just-One-More-Summer-ebook/dp/B006XJW81G/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&m=A3TVV12T0I6NSM

Write it in your diaries and share it with your friends so you don't miss out on downloading these adventurous and emotional romances!

Look out for information on a group-read along of Blue Freedom over the coming days too.....

Saturday, 4 February 2012

Author Interview: William Wood (A Little Book of Pleasures)


A Little Book of Pleasures by William Wood is a delightful anecdotal collection about life's little pleasures! 

About A Little Book of Pleasures:

In these days of 24 hour news many of us may feel smothered under an avalanche of anxiety, despondency or at best choking with rage over national and world events. Grand passions apart, however, there is still much to enjoy. The small pleasures of life lie all around us. They might be found in a state of mind, in the touch of a familiar object such as a favourite wooden spoon, or they may be found in fleeting observations: a baby's smile, the sudden appearance of a stag in your path; or they may be physical pleasures like sucking the wet flesh of a ripe mango or the aroma of coffee spilling out on to the pavement on a cold morning. In a mad and greedy world it is these small pleasures that keep us sane, and dare we admit it, happy. Told with wry humour and a gentle, sometimes quirky style slightly reminiscent of a bygone era, Wood's collection contains a mixture of description and observation with a smattering of autobiographical incident. Wood has lived in many places of the world, is well travelled and well read, with a keen sense of enjoyment in what he sees and experiences, and a talent for bringing that visually to the mind of his reader. The short, usually self-contained pieces make wonderful cameos both for those who do their reading in snatches, and those who will want to devour his stories in one sitting.

About William Wood

William Wood has led a nomadic life and his friends and relatives are far flung. He now lives and writes in Sussex when he is not visiting his children in France, Rutland and Cumbria or his in-laws in Norway and Slovakia. The diaries he keeps on these visits occasionally give him local colour and ideas for his stories. His short stories have been read on the BBC World Service and included in a number of magazines and anthologies. His first published novel, No Time, was brought out by Babesh/Ryan in 2003 and his next novel, Passing Wind has been shortlisted for an Amazon prize.


Interview with William on A Little Book of Pleasures 

1) Can you describe A Little Book of Pleasures in a short sentence?

It is a book about the small pleasures of life.

2) What inspired you to write about life's little pleasures?

I read the Philippe Delerme's best seller. La Premiere Gorgee de Biere (the first mouthful of beer) and it made me think of the small pleasures of my own life. I began to write them down and after a few years had enough for a book.

3) Which is your favourite out of all the life's little pleasures you have written about in A Little Book of Pleasures?

They are very different and some are very personal. We take pleasure in familiar objects, such as a fountain pen not so often used any more, or a place such as a particular Norwegian log cabin, or a state of nature or state of mind. As a migraineur I am always happy when I wake free of a headache. I do not think I have a favourite.

4) You have travelled to many places around the world. What is the most important thing you have learnt from your travels? 

That to get under the skin of a place you should at least make an attempt to learn the language and the culture. Short term tourism, however well earned by the holiday makers, can be damaging to both sides.
5) What do you hope readers take away after reading A Little Book of Pleasures? 
A sense of enjoyment and perhaps a re-discovery of their own pleasures.

6) Can you tell us about your other published work?

I have written stories since the age of 5. At university I put on my own plays, now long lost, I wrote a novel in Australia when I should have been doing a PhD. but never submitted it for publication. I have had short stories read on the BBC World Service, have had many published in the small press and three volumes published by Green Arrow Publishing. Sometimes I get included in prize-winning anthologies, usually as a runner-up. Earlvworks Press has several of my stories in their various publications and I can recommend that publisher. It is a similar story for poetry, though I take my prose more seriously. My first published novel was No Time, published by Babash/Ryan, but the publisher disappeared without trace and with it my novel. My next novel. Passing Wind I would dearly like to re write, but will probably concentrate on something quite new.

7)  How do you like to write? Pen or keyboard? Spontaneously or planned?

 Bit of each. First drafts are always written by hand. That is the hard bit. Once I type it up and in recent years thanks to word processing, the rewrite and changes are a pleasure. The hard work is over and putting it in shape is a different kind of activity. If it is a poem or a short story it is spontaneous, but if I do not finish the piece ie work at it every day until it is finished, it will never be completed. For a novel you need to work at it like any other full time job.
9) How did you feel when you first saw A Little Book of Pleasures in book form? 
Relieved.

10) There is a sequence of quotes playing on your website. Do you have a favourite and why do you like it best?

"Who speaks is not who writes ..Who writes is not who is." Roland Barthes. I find this so true. Even if we write an autobiography it is a kind of fiction. In answering these questions I am not the same person who wrote the book.

11) What is your opinion on e-books?

Living in a small house which is being taken over by books, I think it must be a good thing. I do not know if the authors get paid as much for sale of ebooks. Do they?

12)  What do you do when you're not writing?

For the last three years I have been a full time carer for my 91 year old parents. That is more than a full time job. I also have grandchildren but unfortunately they live a long way away.

13) What writing project are you working on now?

I am a bit superstitious about announcing projects in advance, but apart from the odd short story and poem that optimistically I send off for the odd competition, I am about to put together another book length experience, possible as a novel, possibly as non-fiction. I am not yet sure. It all depends if anyone buys A Little Book of Pleasures.

Thanks for the fascinating insights William! You can find out more about William Wood and A Little Book of Pleasures on his website and his book can be purchased in all good online retailers: