Friday, 26 April 2019

Friday Freebie – Trio of Terror by Alyson Faye

The winner of last week's  Friday Freebie book is Frances Garrood.   Please contact me with a UK postal address and I'll send it out in the next few days.

Today's Friday Freebie is Trio of Terror by Alyson Faye.

About the Author: Alyson lives in West Yorkshire with her husband, teen son and 4 rescue animals. She has been a teacher, a carer, a road safety instructor and a lifetime film buff. Currently she teaches creative writing workshops and writes dark fiction, both short (flash) and long. 

Her short stories have appeared in print in the anthologies, Women in Horror Annual 2, Stories from Stone, DeadCades:The Infernal Decimation, Coffin Bell Journal 1 and Crackers. 

Her debut flash fiction collection, Badlands, was published in January 2018 by indie publisher, Chapel Town Books and her own Trio of Terror - Supernatural Tales (all set in Yorkshire) came out in December 2018. Her flash fiction has appeared in several charity anthologies and can be heard on several podcasts. Her fiction has won, or been shortlisted in several competitions. Find all her books here.

When not writing Alyson enjoys singing, swimming, crafting, time with her Labador, Roxy and eating chocolate, the darker the better.

About the book: Trio of Teror contains hree tales of the supernatural from the dark heart of Yorkshire

Living in Yorkshire and getting out and about with my cross Labrador, Roxy, I drew on both my local history knowledge and our trips to Filey and Scarborough as the backdrops to these three supernatural tales of quiet horror. The first, 'The Resurrection of the Reverend Greswold' is set in a church which was inspired by an actual derelict church, up for auction, along with its graveyard, outside Halifax. I couldn't help but wonder who would want a graveyard as a back garden? 'Swan Song' is set in Filey, where we've holidayed many times and the last tale, 'Hospital Blues' is a time slip story, set just after WW1 and in present day Bingley, the market town where I live. There was a closed-up hospital in the town which I walked past regularly and a few local street names crept in too. I am drawn to derelict buildings and enjoy researching their history; I read quite a bit about the rehabilitation of soldiers during/after WW1 for that one. I wrote the story in the centennial anniversary of the end of the war after visiting a number of local exhibitions and going to a few talks. It seemed a timely topic.

Blurb: A trio of terrifying, haunting tales to torment your dreams; an aperitif to set the scene for horror writer Alyson Faye's upcoming collection due out in 2019. Are you brave enough to step into her dark world? What is on the other side? This trio of stories are set in Yorkshire, in the seaside resort of Filey; in BIngley, at a hospital for soldiers injured in the Great War (written to coincide with the 100 year anniversary of the war's conclusion) and another is inspired by a derelict church outside Halifax.

You can buy the book as a paperback or ebook here. To try to win a signed copy, posted to any UK address, simply leave a comment below by midnight on Wednesday 1st May. The winner will be announced next Friday, when there will be another free book to win.

Free ebook Are We Nearly Famous? by various authors is currently available as a free download.

Wednesday, 24 April 2019


To go withershins means to travel in a direction contrary to the sun's course and is sometimes thought to be unlucky. Another meaning of withershins is anticlockwise.

Withershins can also be wrtten as widdershins. I'm not sure which version I like best – do you have a preference?

Did you leave a comment on this post to be in the draw for a paperback copy of Escape To The Country? You have until midnight to try.

Friday, 19 April 2019

Friday Freebie – Escape To The Country by Patsy Collins

The Friday Freebie is a new feature for this blog. Each time it runs, there will be a chance to win a paperback, just by leaving a comment.

I'm kicking things off with my own book, Escape To The Country.

About the author: Patsy Collins spends her time making things up and writing them down from her home in Lee-on-the-Solent or whilst travelling in a campervan. She is the author of five novels, sixteen themed collections of short stories, and half of From Story Idea to Reader – an accessible guide to writing fiction. Hundreds of her short stories have been published in women's magazines worldwide. Learn more at

Patsy runs two blogs for writers. This one regularly features free to enter writing competitions, and Womagwriter contains all the guidelines and information needed to submit fiction to woman's magazines in the UK and abroad.

About the book: Escape To The Country won a novel writing competition. It was the first book I had published – on my birthday the year I got married! (It's one of that version on offer today.) Since then the publisher ceased trading (not my fault!) and I've self published it with a different cover.

Blurb: Leah is accused of a crime she didn't commit. She escapes to Aunt Jayne's smallholding in the countryside to clear her name. Soon she falls in love with Duncan, a dishy tractor driver, and has much bigger problems to deal with than missing money.

Does she want to swap her career in London for farm work? Is Duncan really the rescuing hero he seems? Just when it seems life can't get any more complicated, a fire destroys everything Leah had worked towards. She learns many of those closest to her have lied – and one of them is the real embezzler.

You can buy the book as a paperback or ebook here. To try to win a signed copy, posted to any UK address, simply leave a comment below by midnight on Wednesday 22nd April. (If the winner already owns this book, I'll send an alternative.)

The winner will be announced next Friday, when there will also be the chance to win a book by Alyson Faye.

Making Changes by Mary Grand is currently available as a free ebook.

Oh and No Family Secrets isn't free – but the ebook is on offer for the next few days at 99p/99c. 

Wednesday, 17 April 2019


Cosy, as I'm sure you know, means comfortable and warm. It can also mean friendly, as in a cosy relationship

Less favourably the word can be used to imply complacency. It probably is a good plan to leave the cosiness of the easy and familiar to try something different occasionally.

A cosy can be a canopied seat for two, or something intended to keep something else warm – usually a pot of tea or a boiled egg. My friend Anne Rainbow gave me this lovely tea cosy.

Cosy crime is a genre of writing, which although it may deal with terrible crimes avoids gore and gruesomely graphic details. I think this book qualifies – it's warm too.

The prize for this free to enter short story competition is a cosy pair of writing gloves. I've absolutely nothing against cash as a competition prize, but I have a soft spot for those which offer something more unusual. Perhaps that's because my first ever writing success (17 years ago!) earned me cake and books tokens.

What's the cosiest thing you can think of?

Monday, 15 April 2019

Book promotion stuff

I'm a featured author on Book Hippo today! My free ebook, Not A Drop To Drink, gets a mention.

One of my collections of 25 family related stories is on sale for 99p/99c (and similar offers will follow for my other books in the family range). 

Of course I'm not the only person with books to promote. I've been wondering whether this blog could offer an opportunity for others to do that.

My idea is that the author would write a guest post about their book and offer a free copy to one person, who'd be selected from amongst those who left a comment.

Does that make sense? Would you be interested in taking part, either as an author or by trying to win a copy?

Shall I start if off with one of my own books?

Wednesday, 10 April 2019


To assuage is to calm or soothe a person or issue. It also means to relieve or appease an appetite or desire. 

My wish to travel around in our campervan and visit castles and stuff can only be assuaged by travelling around in our campervan and visiting castles and stuff. If Gary reads this post and takes the hint then he'll be an assuager and the resulting trip will be a form of assuagement.

If like me you enjoy travelling, then don't forget the 'Just Back' travel writing competition. It's free to enter and there's a weekly £250 prize – winning that might assuage your guilt over how much you spent on ice creams!

And if you fancy trying other non-fiction writing competitions, you'll find lots here. (Unlike the ones I feature here, not all these are free to enter.)

I'm not at all keen on promoting my books, but having them on price promotion helps assuage my reluctance. Keep It In The Family, a collection of 25 family themed stories, is currently available for 99p/99c. 

Wednesday, 3 April 2019

Scene and IWSG

A scene is a place where events (real or fictional) take place. It can also be a description of an event, or a continuous portion of a play, film or book  – those are usually what we mean be a scene in writing.

If you display strong emotions in public then you could be accused of making a scene. The view or landscape can also be considered a scene. Is the photo a tranquil woodland scene, or about to become the scene of the crime?

A scene can also be a way of life, subculture or interest.

Today, I'm one of the Insecure Writer's Support Group co-hosts along with J.H. Moncrieff Natalie Aguirre and Chemist Ken who're all supporting our Ninja Captain Alex.

This month's optional question is –  If you could use a wish to help you write just ONE scene/chapter of your book, which one would it be? (examples: fight scene / first kiss scene / death scene / chase scene / first chapter / middle chapter / end chapter, etc.)

I have several free to enter writing competitions for you today. Whether you enter this sci-fi/horror short story competition, these stage and radio play competitions, this one for prose up to 17,000 words or even the monologue competition, you'll probably need scenes in your work.

Is entering writing competitions your scene? (If it is, keep coming back – I add more free entry ones most weeks.)