Sleep Tight: do you want a sneak preview? Read the prologue!


I am looking forward to reading Rachel Abbott’s latest book, Sleep Tight, having previously enjoyed Only the Innocent and The Back Road. Only one more day to wait!

Originally posted on Rachel Abbott:

I promised I would reveal the Prologue to Sleep Tight a week before launch – well I’m two days early, but here you go! 

I hope you like it – and there are some tweets at the bottom if you’d like to share. Just click “click to tweet”.

If you want to be updated when the book is launched, please fill in the contact form below.

Sleep Tight


The girl was smiling as she left the noisy, packed pub, and shouts of laughter were ringing in her ears as she wrestled the heavy door open, letting in an icy blast of cold air. She turned and shouted, ‘Night!’ to anybody who might be looking her way and a few arms were raised in a farewell salute, but most were otherwise occupied with pint glasses, or were gesticulating wildly to emphasise some part of the latest funny story being shared…

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Make a Joyful Noise

Make a Joyful Noise.

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Introducing eBookSoda. Download new books now!

Readers and authors alike would do well to have a look at eBookSoda for the information and opportunities it gives. Fully launched yesterday, the site will provide you with a tailor made list of recommendations based on the preferences you choose when you sign up.

Have a look!

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Rosie’s Good Read Collections; Comedy/Humour

Rosie’s Good Read Collections; Comedy/Humour.

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Kindle Countdown Deal – Make a Joyful Noise

‘Make a Joyful Noise’, the musical romantic comedy about a choir at Christmas, is reduced to 99p (under $2) from today until early January as a Kindle Countdown Deal in USA and UK.

Download a copy now and find out if the choir get what they deserve for Christmas!

Make a Joyful Noise August 2013

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‘Infant Barbarian’ – two short stories to download FREE!

‘Infant Barbarian’, a pair of short stories, is free to download to your kindle or other ereader from Friday 29th to Tuesday 3rd December.

The stories deal with everyday family situations and their sometimes surprising resolutions.

In the first story, Old School, we meet an interfering mother-in-law who is due for a shock. The second story introduces us to an Infant Barbarian spoilt by an indulgent parent. Justice is again dispensed in an unexpected way .

This is a very quick read, ideal for a snatched coffee break. Enjoy!

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Author Interview with Julia Hughes

Today I am delighted to host author Julia Hughes as part of her ‘Celtic Cousins’ Reloaded Blog Tour – A Ripple in Time.’

I have long been a fan of Julia’s adventure stories and am delighted that she found the time to answer my questions.

When did you start writing?

Almost as soon as I could hold a pencil! When my sons were small, I’d bang out short stories on an old manual typewriter and send them off to “Women’s Magazines”. That was over twenty years ago, but I can still recall the excitement of receiving my first cheque and seeing my name in print!

What authors inspire you?

Those who are not afraid to take chances and write outside the mainstream. Although having said that, I thoroughly enjoyed “No Country For Old Men” by Cormac McCarthy, but only managed to struggle through the book because I’d previously watched the film.

What is your favourite book?
“To Kill A Mockingbird” by Harper Lee. No other book comes close. When re-reading, I’m constantly amazed at how she allows her reader to see the world through a child’s eyes. I first read this classic at the age of ten, or thereabouts, and immediately identified with Scout.

What is your favourite piece of music?
Claude Debussy, “La Mer”

If you had to choose a new national anthem, what would it be?
I’m with Billy Connelly. I think the theme tune from “The Archers” is more suited to our country!

What is your favourite poem?
Walter De La Mare’s “The Listeneners”. It’s haunting, and although the traveller has fulfilled his promise, it’s way too late.

Have you any advice for other indie authors?
LOL! I wish I felt qualified to give out advice! My own novels are a mixture of organic and structured writing. Whatever rocks your boat, but until you start getting words down, the story won’t get written. Carol Rivers swears by putting glue on her seat, and that one works for me too!

How important do you think marketing is for authors these days?
Marketing isn’t going to work unless you have a book readers want to read. Yes it’s important, but don’t expect things to happen over night. Instead of marketing, I enjoy opportunities such as this, to be able to appear on popular blog sites, and hope your lovely readers will want to check out my books.

Thank you Julia! I love Debussy’s ‘La Mer’ too. You will find more information about Julia’s blog tour on the fantastic site Words Unlimited.

I thoroughly recommend the ‘Celtic Cousins’ series; you can download Book 1 ‘A Raucous Time’ FREE and Book 2 ‘A Ripple in Time’ will be available again from 10th October – just see below! And don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway for a truly unique prize.

A Ripple in Time: Synopsis

Celtic Cousin Wren makes a psychic connection with a girl emigrating to America in 1912. Through his eyes, she is able to foresee the fate of the ship taking her across the Atlantic. 
Consequently, RMS Titanic steams safely into New York Harbour: an anomaly which creates devastation for future generations. Twenty-first century Britain still has an Empire, and World War One continues to ravage Europe. 
Wren must somehow turn back time, and repair history; even if it means sacrificing everything he loves.

From the author, Julia Hughes: 

An iconic image of the last century, the Titanic represents hope, ambition and tragedy. It also marks the beginning of the end of an era.  However, “A Ripple in Time” isn’t all about the Titanic. It’s about making unbearable decisions, taking chances and allowing faith, and love to grow. 

About this book:

“A Ripple in Time” is a time travel romantic adventure. Protagonist Wren Prenderson was nominated for “Best Hero” in the E-Festival of Words 2013 Awards Hall, and voted by readers into joint second place. 
“A Ripple in Time” has been newly re-edited for a smoother reading experience on your ebook reading device, and is Book two in “The Celtic Cousins’ Adventures” series. 
Book one, “A Raucous Time” is free to download from Smashwords, and Barnes & Noble. “A Ripple in Time” is available from all good virtual bookstores, including: Nook Books, Amazon, WH Smith and Smashwords from October 10, and in paperback from December 10. 

WIN! A customised copy of “A Ripple in Time” FREE entry: unique to you, as your name will appear in print as a passenger on board RMS Titanic. Paperback to be released on December 16. 


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