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  1. Bless me, lovely subscriber, for I have sinned. It’s been six weeks since my last newsletter. At least I didn’t tell a huge porky-pie when I said wouldn’t inundate your inbox too often.  Don’t you hate being bombarded with too much mail?  I’ve just shown my hubby how to delete masses of emails in one go, and he’s in the living room drinking tea and deleting messages going back to 2006.

    Where has this year gone? Mid-August already!

    I’ve been busy writing two more books which I’ve just released…

    The first is The Lie, the Witch and the Wardrobe (I know, can’t resist the silly titles). It’s the second in the Witches of London series. Here's a wee blurb...

    Newbie witch Angela is flying high. Her London business, Angela's Lashes, is going well, and she's soon to marry her beloved Bertie. But the Enchanted Oval Council throws a nasty spanner in the works. They order her to seduce Epoch Thrasher, a power-crazy politician and head of the Brexodus party. Mission — to divert his attention and stop him from becoming Prime Minister.

    Can Angela save the world? And, more importantly, her relationship?

    I can’t take all the credit for this story as I had some help…

    from a wood pigeon who turned out to be an editing genius. Here is a photo of Percy, the pigeon. For a while, he had a sore wing and liked to sit at my feet in the garden while I pecked at my laptop…

    as he pecked at nuts and seeds. 

    He’s better now but still pays an occasional flying visit. 

    The second offering is a short (6000 word) short story, The Lost Duchess, set in Edwardian London…

    The Duke of Dalby is frantic. The duchess's carriage has returned without her. But the footman and coachman swear she was in it when they left Madame Fifi of Mayfair in the brougham.

    Where can she be? What can have happened?

    When an unpleasant letter arrives, the duke is in a race against time to save his beloved. 

    A tongue-in-cheek Edwardian mystery

    And last but not least, Scarlett King and the Guru (Reluctant Time-Traveller Book 1) will be FREE on Amazon on Monday, August 19th, 2019, from 12:00 am to 11:59 pm (PDT). Put a note in your diary!

    Oh, and as you may have noticed, all of my books are now enrolled with Kindle Unlimited (apart from Izzie Firecracker's Meditation Method, which is free.  I love Kindle Unlimited as a reader, so it seems silly not to add my books to the library. 

    That’s it until next time. I don’t want to take up any more of your valuable weekend. 

    Have fun and see you soon!

    Janet xx

  2. Hello, Lovely Blog Reader,

    Just a note to tell you about one summer bargain and one freebie...

    If you were like me as a kid, you loved Summer Specials -- those fun extra-thick editions of our favourite comics. My favourites were Bunty and Beano. Perfect for taking on holiday. Usually along with a Chalet School book or two. I probably gave my age away there! 

    When I got a little older, and books took up more room than clothes in my suitcase, I was glad when e-readers were introduced. Not that I’ve been on holiday for ages. Sob. But when I do go my favourite thing is reading while languishing on a sun lounger...

    I live in Scotland, and the sun is sporadic. We had two full days of it last week, but it’s now back to being as temperamental as a stroppy teenager. So, however busy I am, I usually have my Kindle at the ready to dash into the garden - although it has often clouded over by the time I get there -- especially if I go via the kitchen for a cup of tea.

    Anyway, I have a ‘Summer Special’ for you. If you enjoyed The Last of the Family Diamonds (Izzie Firecracker Book 1), you’d probably love the crazy follow-up -- set in sunny Las Vegas: Movies Mothers and Murder (Izzie Firecracker 2). It's just 99p (or equivalent) for July and maybe a few days into August…

    Here’s the quick blurb...

    When an investment fails, Izzie Firecracker has days to vacate her luxury London home and office. When things can’t get worse, they do. Izzie’s Mum dies, leaving mountains of clutter, emotional and actual. At Izzie’s lowest ebb a beddable businessman, Bobby, summons her to Vegas to run a self-help seminar in his decadent new hotel...

    Soon, Izzie and Bobby are at the mercy of a mad Mommy’s-boy mobster who’s out for blood -- and therapy. Can Izzie and Bobby outwit the crazy gangster and escape with their lives, never mind their budding relationship?

    It's a tongue-in-cheek suspenseful, romantic romp with touches of dark humour...

    Here’s the link 

    Pull up a sun lounger and enjoy!

    And if you prefer just to close your eyes and relax in the sun, Izzie Firecracker's Meditation Method is currently FREE on most bookseller sites.

     

    PS. As I was writing this, Gnasher, of Beano fame, stole my sun lounger and my copy of Movies, Mother and Murder. And I daren't ask for them back -- check out those teeth...

     

  3. A quick update -- I released Angela’s Lashes yesterday. It’s a modern fairy tale novelette of just over 10,000 words; ideal if you want to find an enjoyable hour or two to yourself to languish on a sun lounger, or in a cosy cafe with coffee and cake.  Read the blurb (below the image)...

    In a  London Tesco Metro, beauty consultant Angela and wealthy, privileged Bertie fall in lust across the aisles...

    And soon plan to walk down a wedding aisle...

    But, Bertie’s snobby mother blackmails Angela into ending the relationship.  Worried her beloved dad could go to prison, heartbroken Angela complies.

    Heartbroken, she is amazed when a long-lost aunt turns up and informs her she’s a witch.

    Can she out-witch Bertie’s evil mum?...

    Angela's Lashes is just 99p or your country's equivalent or you can read it for free if you’re a Kindle Unlimited subscriber...

    Hmm, what else? Oh, yes, Izzie Firecracker’s Meditation Method is still free on Apple, Kobo, Barnes & Noble (Nook) and most Amazon sites.  I learned Transcendental Meditation in the 1990s and have practised it every day since (most days), and it definitely makes my life more pleasant and smooth. Yesterday I was ‘out of sorts’ and a little gloomy. Early evening I realised I’d forgotten to meditate due to sleeping late after binge-watching three episodes of the original 1970s Upstairs Downstairs.   What a treat -- the series, not waking late. Oh, Mr Hudson!

    If you don’t meditate and want to try it, you might enjoy Izzie’s straightforward but effective method, imparted in her lighthearted style.

    I'll blog again soon.

    Tata for now,

    Janet xx