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SeriesOld Year: in 2017 Amazon launched my ‘Just Woman’ books as a ‘6 Book Series’, which was very nice of them because I didn’t ask them to do it (see the picture above!). The Amazon UK link is here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Just-Woman-6-Book/dp/B0747QVC9G/ and the Amazon US link is here: https://www.amazon.com/Just-Woman-6-Book/dp/B0747QVC9G/

This is certainly the collection which has attracted the most favourable comment during 2017, although it was Wattpad rather than Amazon Kindle which brought the most beneficial contact. Sales: there have been a few, which is delightful as I’ve done virtually no advertising. There has also been one, 5-star, review on Amazon.

I still have to produce a proper cover for the final (to date) volume in the ‘Just Woman’ series, which might improve sales for it.

During October a reader using Amazon.de bought the entire ‘Star’ series: I hope they enjoyed reading it. I haven’t forgotten that I’ve promised to go back and correct the typos. There were too many typos in the ‘Star’ files, partly because the cataracts in my eyes made it difficult for me to spot the detail of text on the e-page.  Now that one eye has been operated on and I can see clearly through that one at least, I’ve been reading through the files spotting silly mistakes.  While I’m on Christmas leave from work this week, one of my jobs is to tidy up and re-upload the files.

New Year: I’m still considering whether to publish ‘The Just Woman’ stories on Kobo as well as Kindle. As the Kindle Direct Publishing platform requires Kindle to have sole distribution rights, this would mean abandoning Kindle Direct Publishing — and the paperback version of The Flat at Doughty Court. On the other hand, it would reach a wider range of potential readers.

Mirabelle’s next adventure is still at the planning stage. I’ve been thinking about which of the standard ‘Edgar Wallace-style’ plotlines should be brought in, and what to add to make the story work for my circle of readers. At present there will be a visitor from South Africa, and either Mirabelle or Lucy Baines will buy a new hat.

In The Star, Adelheide and Jan are struggling on in Reolt. Jan still hates being viceroy, but at the moment there seems no alternative. I’ll put finger to keyboard again when there is something more positive to report.

I’m currently working on a ‘Watchers’ story, which won’t be finished for a while. Unusually for the ‘Watchers’ it doesn’t have a strong plot but is more like The Star, meandering through daily events pondering the meaning of life, the universe and everything. Yes, it’s self-indulgent, in fact its primary purpose is personal relaxation rather than publication. It’s throwing up various questions relating to myth and legend which are interesting to look into and which may turn into other stories in the future.

But the immediate priority is to tidy up typos and book covers and fill a small plot hole I’ve spotted in The Most Dangerous Woman in the Galaxy. Oops.

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DIGITAL_BOOK_THUMBNAILI’ve just uploaded the 6th ‘Just Woman’ story to Amazon Kindle. This time I used Amazon’s ‘cover creator’ to create a cover reminiscent of the Edgar Wallace hardbacks of the 1930s. (I’m still working on a good 1920s cover …).

Price: the lowest price, as usual.  Book description:

Mirabelle Leicester has always known that her husband Leon Gonsalez is the ‘possessor of innumerable coats of arms, quarterings, family mottoes direct and affiliated’ (in the words of Edgar Wallace), but since their marriage she has  discovered that he also has a real family, including a revolutionary cousin from Barcelona and an aristocratic aunt. When the cousin asks for Leon’s and Mirabelle’s assistance in clearing his name, the investigation takes them to Spain: trailing kidnappers, dodging gunmen and encountering old friends.

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I’ve uploaded the fifth Mirabelle Leicester (a.k.a. the Just Woman) book to Amazon Kindle. It should be available for purchase within 72 hours; or you can get the beta version for free on Wattpad.

The cover picture shows Isola Koskina: Wallace fans have met her before in Again the Three, in the story of the ‘Happy Travellers’. In The Sapphire the events of ‘The Happy Travellers’ occurred last year, and somehow or other Isola has escaped prison and is back in Italy, still plotting against the government.

The Sapphire black and whiteAnd here’s the blurb:

London, 1924. After the dramatic events of Four Days in October and the exciting General Election, the Three Just Men and One Woman intend to return to solving some of the other criminal cases crying out for their attention. Mirabelle and Leon have an Italian banking case to investigate which would take them away from England and the influence of the irrational and disruptive Maria of Gratz. It’s time to return to the sort of cases that made them famous! But Europe in 1924 is a dangerous place; perhaps they should stay in London and investigate a missing jewel — a valuable sapphire brooch that was given away to a notorious criminal. But as it happens, Mirabelle and Leon know the criminal …
The Sapphire continues the story of Four Days in October and The Woman of Gratz. It is based on the characters in Edgar Wallace’s thriller The Three Just Men (1924)

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Maria of Gratz[3c]It’s Mother’s Day, a.k.a. Mothering Sunday, in the UK this weekend. In honour of this day — and as a mother — I’m making two of my ‘Just Woman’ books free for the weekend.

Find them at: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B06XDXBB53

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Busby and Pearce 2I’ve just uploaded the fourth of the ‘Just woman’ stories on to Amazon Kindle: it should be available to read within 72 hours. This book continues the story from where The Woman of Gratz broke off: Maria is lying wounded at Thorney Manor, while Mirabelle, Leon and Raymond are on their way back to Curzon Street. But it will shortly become clear that they need to get back to Thorney Manor to rescue Maria from even more enemies.

Here’s the blurb:

October, 1924: it’s just four days before the General Election which will decide the fate of Britain. As Socialist, Communists, Liberals and Conservatives prepare to battle for the hearts and minds of the electorate, the beautiful Maria of Gratz is fighting for her life. It seems that every anarchist in Europe is conspiring to destroy the woman who was once their leader, and every European nation has a warrant out for her arrest. … with so many enemies after her blood, how can Maria survive the four days until the election?

Mirabelle Leicester and her husband Leon, aided by their friends Lucy Baines and the policewomen Busby and Pearce, take on the task of protecting Maria for four days in October: Shoot-outs, ambushes, attempted kidnap and daring escapes will be their daily life while they struggle to ensure justice for Maria and her past victims.

 

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The second book in my ‘Just Woman’ parody-0f-Edgar-Wallace series will be free to download for Amazon Kindle this weekend, Friday to Sunday.
Mirabelle5 London, 1924: Europe is still reeling in the aftermath of the First World War. The birth of cinema, dance music, fashion and motor cars for the masses is opening up a brave new world of opportunity, where old barriers of privilege crumble and anything seems possible.
But across the continent, Fascism and Communism confront each other, while working men and women struggle to keep a roof over their heads.
When bold, sassy young Mirabelle Leicester left her bankrupt little farm in Gloucestershire to seek work in the great metropolis of London, she met the Three Just Men and swopped a life of rural tranquillity for high adventure.
Every day now brings new surprises and fresh challenges for Mirabelle as she and the Just Men strive to impose justice where the law has failed.
On a quiet morning when only Mirabelle is at home, a client arrives with a tale of attempted poisoning – but is she hiding an attempt at blackmail? Is a discarded cufflink enough to connect a man with murder – and when a suspected murderer is murdered, should Mirabelle intervene? A factory owner asks for help in identifying saboteurs – but when it turns out that his factory is really a sweatshop, does he have some darker plan in mind? A romantic moonlit walk becomes a criminal investigation when Mirabelle and her husband Leon witness a building accident, and reveal a network of local council corruption, forgery and blackmail.
In her battle against injustice, Mirabelle finds many allies: the resourceful and fearless housemaid Lucy Baines, the policewomen WPCs Busby and Pearce, and the redoubtable Nurse Wilson. But when the mysterious Maria of Gratz threatens the Just Men at their very heart, even Mirabelle is baffled.

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After some problems following Amazon’s Cloud failure earlier this week, I’ve uploaded books 2 and 3 of ‘The Just Woman’ series to Amazon Kindle: these are the sequels to The Flat in Doughty Court. With echoes of the golden age of crime and thriller fiction, they don’t set out to be great literature. I wrote them as a fun read for myself, friends and family, and hope that other readers will enjoy them too.

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