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Friday, 31 October 2014

The Third!


This week has been a momentous week for me. On 26th my fifth novel, In the Cold Light of Day was published and today marks the 3rd anniversary of Famous Five Plus.

Yes, I know it is hard to believe it was three years ago I started Famous Five Plus. The concept was to help, support and promote new independent authors, whilst bringing them together to support each other. I think it worked! During the three years many authors have been part of the group and today most of these are now top selling authors. The genres from members cover the spectrum of interest; crime, thrillers, sagas, fantasy, romance, relationships, historical and much more. To add endorsements five star reviews have been posted on Amazon, Goodreads and several blogs in UK, Europe and USA to testify how much readers enjoy the books from FFP members. It is always heart-warming when readers share their thoughts.

By visiting the Books Page and Trailer Page it will give you a taster of what you can expect, and of course our wonderful showcase Author Trailer designed and produced by Avalon Graphics, says it all!



Thank you for visiting our web site, I hope you will enjoy reading some if not all of the amazing books on offer.

Happy reading…..
Pauline

Sunday, 26 October 2014

It's Publications Day for In the Cold Light of Day

It's arrived the day that my latest baby steps out into the big wide world. Yes, it's publication day for In the Cold Light of Day.

Despite this being my 5th published full length novel, I admit to being excited, exhausted and very nervous.  Thank goodness the bubbly is chilling in the fridge!

But before I slip away to pour a little celebration, I would like to say  a HUGE thank you to everyone of you. Your support and kindness during the last twelve months as I traveled down the road writing this book, has been amazing. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart.

Once again, here is the blurb...

Bertie Costain has worked hard all his life in the building trade and now owns his own London-based company. In 1967, approaching fifty and still unmarried he enjoys a playboy lifestyle, but when he meets Kitty, an attractive, wealthy widow ten years his senior, he swiftly proposes.

Swept off her feet, Kitty adores him. The happy couple seem to have it all, but Bertie has a secret. Kitty has no idea their home is mortgaged to the hilt, or that the many expensive gifts he brings her come out of his winnings at roulette.  Proud of his apparent success and ignorant of his gambling addiction, she happily loans him large sums of money, ostensibly for his business.

Convinced with each spin of the wheel that his run of bad luck will change, Bertie gambles for increasingly high stakes, falling deeper and deeper into debt until, facing financial ruin and with nowhere to turn, he resorts to fraud. As their lives begin to unravel, Kitty learns the horrifying truth.


In the cold light of day can their love survive the pain and destruction Bertie’s addiction has wrought?

Today you can download In the Cold Light of Day from ALL Amazon sites including


I hope you will enjoy my latest book.... thank you!

Pauline x

Friday, 24 October 2014

HUG A BOOK - My Life in a Nutshell by Tanya J Peterson




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Meet Tanya

Tanya J. Peterson has been on both sides of the proverbial couch, both as a nationally certified counselor and as a client herself. She has worked as a teacher and a counselor in a school for homeless and runaway adolescents, she’s been a play therapist, a leader in her local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and she’s given presentations nationwide about mental health and mental illness. She is also a regular columnist for HealthyPlace.com. It is from this arena that she reaches out to the world, using fiction to increase understanding and empathy; she is the author of two critically acclaimed novels, Leave of Absence and My Life in a Nutshell: A Novel, each featuring characters living with mental illness and addressing themes around mental health.


Details of My Life in a Nutshell



My Life in a Nutshell: A Novel is the story of one man's struggles with debilitating anxiety. Brian Cunningham has severely isolated himself, and while lonely, he feels powerless to change his life. Unexpectedly, his safe little world is invaded by one Abigail Harris, a seven-year-old girl who has bounced from foster home to foster home until recent placement with an aunt and uncle she has never known. Unsure if she can trust her new environment, she turns to Brian. Neither quite knows how to live in the world. Can they possibly help each other?



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Excerpt



Now my heart is pounding again. I’m dizzy. I have to get off this bike. I dismount and look around. Where did I even end up? I didn’t pay attention to where I was going. Yet another example of my pathetic irresponsibility. What is saving me is the fact that I’ve lived in this town my entire life and I know it well. I’ve stopped in an area nicknamed Bohemia, and I’m near a joint called Little Bohemia. The place sits between a second-hand clothing shop and a tobacco bar in a four-story brick building. Elaborate batik tapestries cover both of Little Bohemia’s large windows, concealing the danger that lurks within. The mini lights strung around the tapestries warn rather than welcome; their nearly imperceptible flickering sends a code carrying a simple message: run away as fast as you can.
I wish I could heed the warning, but I was ordered to eat, I’m running out of time, and I have no choice. I wipe my sweaty hands on my pants and breathe deeply, waiting for the lightheadedness to pass. I absolutely don’t want to go inside. I don’t enjoy cafés and restaurants. That’s why I take my own food to work. If I could, I would just turn around and go back to work, but I don’t know if Mrs. Clark will still be there. She’ll be disappointed in me if I come back hungry and she hears my stomach growl again. I’m not close enough to home to ride all the way there, eat, and then return to the school in time considering I should only take a thirty-minute break. So I suppose I don’t have a choice. I have to go in. This should be okay, though, as Little Bohemia tends to be more of a lunch and afternoon hang-out. With a deep breath, I swing open the door and step inside.
I was wrong. This isn’t okay. Light fixtures covered in stained glass mosaics descend and hang at various heights. There’s a veritable crowd in here. They’re cackling loudly. The entire atmosphere makes me think I’ve just burst into a coven. My heart is trying to match the speed of light, and it’s beating so hard my chest hurts. There’s a loud crash. I jump. I need to leave I need to leave I need to leave I…



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Thursday, 23 October 2014

Book of the Day - Applause by Madalyn Morgan


In the early years of World War 2, Margot (Margaret) Dudley works her way up from usherette to leading lady in a West End show.  Driven by blind ambition Margot becomes immersed in the heady world of nightclubs, drink, drugs and fascist thugs – all set against a background of the London Blitz. To achieve her dream, Margot rises to the heights and plummets to the depths – and risks losing everything she holds dear.

Applause is the second book in the Dudley Sisters Quartet – The first, published in 2013 is Foxden Acres.  Both are available for Kindle and paperback.


 CHAPTER ONE




‘Look out!  Stop!’
     Margaret didn’t look. She didn’t stop until she was pushed into a doorway. ‘What--?’ was all she had time to say before her body slammed into the door.  With the wind knocked out of her, Margaret gasped for breath.  She struggled beneath the body of a man twice her size until she found a pocket of air, and inhaled deeply.  A combination of sweat and brick dust filled her nostrils.  Her mouth snatched for air and she began to choke.  Her captor didn’t relax his grip.  He held her tightly as tiles from the roof of the once quaint Jardin Café on Maiden Lane, in London’s Covent Garden, crashed onto the pavement where Margaret had been standing seconds before.
     The cracking, splintering sound of snapping slates gave way to a heavier, duller sound like rolling thunder.  With a vice-like grip, the man shielding Margaret took hold of her wrist and threw himself at the door they were leaning on.  The door groaned, and the wood splintered at the side of the antiquated brass keyhole, but it didn’t give way.  Still holding her, the man lunged again.  This time there was a loud crack and the lock buckled beneath his powerful body.  The door burst open, propelling Margaret through its gaping entrance as the chimney from the café’s roof crashed to the ground, missing them by inches. 
     Frightened for her life, Margaret stumbled into the darkness, lost her footing, and slid bottom-first down a flight of stone steps.  The strap on her handbag snapped and the bag flew through the air, scattering its contents over the ancient flagstones.  With the cardboard box of her gas mask digging into her ribs, Margaret came to a halt beneath a huge wooden cross.
     ‘Have you had enough of life, young woman?’ the burly workman bellowed from inside the door at the top of the steps.
     ‘What do you mean?’ Margaret said, coughing and spluttering.
     ‘That was a bloody stupid thing to do.’
     ‘You’re the stupid one, for pushing me down these stairs.  I could have broken my neck.’ She put her hand up to shield her eyes and peered at him through swirling brick dust.  Because the light was behind the man she wasn’t able to see his face, but she could see he was wearing workman’s clothes.    
     ‘Didn’t you see that bloody great big sign sayin’ No Entry?’
     ‘I didn’t have time to look.’  Margaret put on her best voice, emphasising the aitch in have.  ‘I was on my way to an important job interview and didn’t want to be late,’ she said, in an attempt to justify her stupidity, while biting back her tears.
     ‘You could’ve been killed, never mind late!’ the man hollered, and he stormed off.
     ‘I’m sorry!’ Margaret shouted after him, but he had gone.  She could have been killed, and so could he.  The workman had put his life at risk to save her and she hadn’t even thanked him.  As the reality of the danger she’d put them both in hit her, tears welled up in her eyes. 



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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Kindle Unlimited

Amazon continue to create new and different platforms to encourage readers and authors to be part of their world wide group. As an author I have so far resisted trying out their various offers to promote my books that is until now.

Their move to Kindle Unlimited attracted my attention both as a reader and an author particularly as I enjoy the benefits from the music world who are now offering a monthly subscription for unlimited downloads. In fact we subscribe to Deezer and although we will never own the music, we download all the tracks we enjoy and have already created several playlists.

Kindle Unlimited is similar in this way in that you pay a monthly subscription and within this subscription you are able to download Kindle books, registered in the scheme, for free.

As a toe dipping exercise I have enrolled Storm Clouds Gathering into Kindle Unlimited, so if you are enrolled in this scheme you can now read this book for free! And yes, I still get a royalty too! 

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I’ll let you know how it all goes and if I will be enrolling my other books too. Here is a reminder of what you can expect from Storm Clouds Gathering.


Storm clouds are gathering, silently and slowly, too far away to worry about. Or so it seems. But ignoring what is brewing will have dire consequences for the people caught up in the maelstrom.

Shirley Burton is too busy cheating on her husband, having a laugh and looking for fun to alleviate the boredom of her childless marriage. Kathleen Mitchell is too wrapped up in running around after her beautiful family to worry about her health. Anne Simpson has two things on her mind: her forthcoming marriage to Paul Betham, who seems to want to control her, and her career, which she does not want to give up.

Can Shirley really expect to deceive her husband and get away with it? Can Kathleen hold it all together, and is Anne able to have the best of everything?


Storm Clouds Gathering is a story of human emotion, passion and heart-rending grief. Set against the backdrop of the mid-sixties, these three families will be tested to the limit as betrayal, loss and love threaten to change their lives forever.










Saturday, 18 October 2014

HUG A BOOK with Tall Dark and Kilted by Lizzie Lamb


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Meet Lizzie


Lizzie Lamb - After thirty four years as a primary school teacher, Lizzie decided it was time to find out if she had it what it took to become a published author. Leaving the chalk face behind, she toyed around with various romantic sub genres before deciding that rom coms were her ‘thang’.

She joined the Romantic Novelists’ Association and spent the next few years honing her craft. It was at an RNA Conference that she met Amanda Grange (Mr D’Arcy’s Diary) who was self publishing her back catalogue on Amazon -quite an innovation at the time. Mandy encouraged Lizzie to write from her heart and not to focus too overtly on what she ‘believed’ agents and publishers were looking for.

After some deliberation, Lizzie formed the New Romantics 4 with three other members of the RNA’s New Writers’ Scheme and went down the self-publishing route. It was the best decision she ever made. With help and encouragement from Mandy and the other three members of NR4 she finished Tall, Dark and Kilted and published it as a paperback and formatted it for kindle download on all amazon sites in November 2012.

Since then she has written and published Boot Camp Bride and has designated November 2013 her promotional month. Boot Camp Bride has won Lizzie a nomination in the New Talent Award at the forthcoming Festival of Romance. Watch this space !!



Details of Tall, Dark and Kilted


Fliss Bagshawe longs for a passport out of Pimlico where she works as a holistic therapist. After attending a party in Notting Hill she loses her job and with it the  dream of being her own boss. She’s offered the chance to take over a failing therapy centre, but there's a catch. The centre lies five hundred miles north in Wester RossScotland.

Fliss’s romantic view of the highlands populated by Men in Kilts is shattered when she has an upclose and personal encounter with the Laird of Kinloch Mara, Ruairi Urquhart. He’s determined to pull the plug on the business, bring his eccentric family to heel and eject undesirables from his estate - starting with Fliss. Facing the dole queue once more Fliss resolves to make sexy, infuriating Ruairi revise his unflattering opinion of her, turn the therapy centre around and sort out his dysfunctional family.

Can Fliss tame the Monarch of the Glen and find the happiness she deserves?


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Two hours later, Murdo pulled off the main road and started a long slow descent, leaving the mountains behind and following a minor road flanked by a mixed plantation of pine and deciduous trees. Eventually he stopped and pulled off the road, turning round to Fliss he gestured at the stunning view in front of them.
‘There she is: Tigh na Locha, Fliss. The House by the Loch
‘Oh God.’ Isla laid her head on her arms on the dashboard. ‘Dead man walking,’ she intoned, as if thoroughly dejected by the thought of the life she’d left behind in London.
‘Don’t be such a drama queen, Isla,’ Cat slipped in one last dig as she and Fliss clambered out of the Land Rover with Lassie hard on their heels. 

From their vantage point, the mountains behind them were hidden by trees and Fliss could see soft, rounded hills that swept all the way down to a large loch. The colours were dazzling; the green of the hills and trees, the blue sky reflected in the deeper blue of the loch and the ochre of the sandy beach, which gave way to paler sand near a pebble path. The shore line dipped in and out of the expanse of water and in the distance, at vanishing point, the opposing shores appeared to link hands, cutting the loch off from the sea.

And, way below them, nestled in the trees with a wide lawn leading down to the waters’ edge where it became a beach, was Tigh na Locha. Solid, ancient, a slice of Scottish history complete with white painted turrets and stepped gables, and with a look of permanency that said: ‘I’ve been here for a thousand years. Wha’ dares challenge me?’
After the car journey, the view of the loch was balm to her soul and Fliss let out a long, shuddering sigh. Unasked for tears prickled her nose and blurred her view. ‘It’s beautiful,’ she said, a catch in her voice. Then she whispered softly so that no one could hear: ‘I’ve come home.’


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Saturday, 11 October 2014

HUG A BOOK with the Death Game by Chris Longmuir



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Chris is an award winning novelist and has published three novels in her Dundee Crime Series. Night Watcher, the first book in the series, won the Scottish Association of Writers’ Pitlochry Award, and the sequel, Dead Wood, won the Dundee International Book Prize, as well as the Pitlochry Award. Missing Believed Dead is the third book in the series.

Chris has recently published a non-fiction book entitled Crime Fiction and the Indie Contribution, as well as the first book in a new series set just after the First World War. This series features Kirsty Campbell, Dundee’s first policewoman,

Her crime novels are set in Dundee, Scotland, and have been described as scary, atmospheric, page turners. Chris also writes historical sagas, short stories and historical articles which have been published in America and Britain. Writing is like an addiction to me, Chris says, I go into withdrawals without it. She is currently working on a new Kirsty Campbell novel.

Chris lives in the seaside town of Montrose which is 30 miles north of Dundee. She is an Open University graduate and has a qualification in criminology. She retired early from a social work career in order to concentrate on her writing, but she has also worked in a variety of jobs including, shops, offices, factories, and was even a bus conductress for a time.

Chris is a member of the Society of Authors, the Crime Writers Association and the Scottish Association of Writers. She designed her own website and confesses to being a techno-geek who builds computers in her spare time.


Details of The Death Game



Kirsty Campbell, former suffragette and a policewoman in Britain’s newly formed women’s police service, returns to her home town of Dundee to become the city’s first policewoman. Her struggle for acceptance in the all male police force is not easy, and she fights for recognition. But Kirsty is not easily intimidated and, despite police attempts to curtail her activities, she defies her superior officer to pursue an investigation into a murder which is linked to missing orphan girls.

Kirsty is an unusual character with a fascinating history and background. She has demons of her own to fight, as well as becoming involved in a deadly game of sacrifice and death? But how will she cope when the sins of the past come back to haunt her?

This book was inspired by Mrs Jean Forsyth Thomson, Dundee’s first policewoman who worked in the city from 1919 to 1921. However, Kirsty Campbell is not modelled on Mrs Thomson and is a completely fictitious character.





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Excerpt



Prologue of The Death Game

Friday, 31 October 1919
She presses herself into the wall when she hears the scrape of the key in the lock. Which one will it be? And which game will she have to play.
So many men. So many games. She does not want to play their games, but she has to. She has to show them whatever they want. Fear. Sorrow. Anger. Gratitude. And above all she has to show them how much pleasure they give her.
The door opens, and light spills into the dark, windowless room. Her ankle chain clinks as she tries to push herself even further into the wall. The silhouetted shape moves towards her, and she clutches her arms around her body in an attempt to protect herself. All the time knowing she will have to do whatever he asks.
The shape reaches her and sits on the edge of her bed. He turns to face her, so his face is faintly illuminated.
‘Oh, it’s you.’ She sighs with relief.
 ‘Yes, child. I have come to take you away, but we must be quiet.’
 ‘I can’t go,’ she says.
 ‘Why not?’
‘Because if I go they will make Cissy take my place.’
‘I have arranged for Cissy to come as well. No one will be able to hurt her, and you will not have to do this anymore.’
‘Where will we go? We have nowhere but here.’
‘Trust me. I have it all arranged. You will both be safe and no one will be able to hurt you again.’
She feels the chain fall from her leg when he unlocks it. Standing up, she takes the hand held out to her.
She hesitates before walking through the door. ‘You are sure we will be safe?’ A trace of fear sounds in her voice. ‘They won’t be able to come after us and make me play the games again?’
‘Of course you will be safe. There is nothing for you to be afraid of. But we have to be quiet, and you have to be brave.
Think of this as another game. The biggest game of all.’



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