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  1. 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...


  2. 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

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    At the moment, one of my books is part of a fab promotion -- The Write Stuff: Female Authors - All Genres. It's a fun and eclectic selection of thirty-five free ebooks and sample reads.  

    As a reader, I’m not loyal to genres, I like to flit between the shelves, butterfly fashion. Although I prefer all my books to have at least a light sprinkle of humour.  As a writer, I don’t (can’t) decide on a category until I upload the latest book then it’s a last-minute decision after much head scratching.  I don’t really ‘get’ genres to be honest as I find it hard to pigeonhole things.   However, whatever your reading joy -- thriller, romance, mystery, magic, fantasy or a heady mixture of all of them -- separately or flung together in one fun read, don’t miss out -- the promotion ends on June 16th.

    I find eBooks such a boon and a joy. I’ll never forget the weight of my past holiday suitcases... more books than clothes. 

    Tomorrow I plan to read my selection on the beach with a cold Pimms.  Reality check -- I’m in Scotland, and the forecast is cloudy, wet and chilly -- make that a sofa (or hot bath) clutching a hot cup of tea, with a side order of chocolate. 

     Mind you, it was sunny the other day, and I treated myself to a glass of iced tea and an hour in the garden with Jack Reacher on a sun lounger. ‘Must have been a big strong sun lounger,’ my brother quipped. 

    Where do you prefer to read? Let me know in the comments. 

    The Write Stuff is offering the first of my Izzie Firecracker series, The Last of the Family Diamonds -- which introduces the adventures of a zany London self-help guru and her clients. 

    Have a super, relaxing, and booky weekend. I’ll be back soon with another freebie, promotion, or news of my latest book, which I’m about half-way through.  Again, I’m not sure of its exact genre, but it is full of magic, fun, romance, and mystery.  

    I look forward to chatting with you soon.
    Stay happy,
    Jan xx