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A Glutton For Punishment

60327234_293245704897584_3377219427220062208_nGenre: Horror

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This is an Electric Eclectic Book, and a novelette especially if you want a quick read or are looking to find new authors. The book is being officially launched on the Electric Eclectic Facebook page on 20th May. You’re welcome to join us.


Karen’s Book Buzz Review

Oh this book!

I was reading a story in one of the author’s short story collections –  Choice Cuts and came across a story called Happy Religious Observance. Although I’ve read a few from this author before, it suddenly stuck me how imaginative he is. How he comes up with his ideas, I just don’t know. All his stories are clever, but now and again one of them is sheer genius. This book is one of them.

A Glutton for Punishment tells of a future where it is a crime to be fat. The story seems  plausible as the author picks up on things in our every day society. Lynda is the main character and she is in denial about her weight (aren’t we all!) until she is sent to Fat Camp, but this isn’t the Fat Camps we know. This is a internment camp.

I liked Lynda; she grows in confidence and becomes stronger. Due to circumstances she loses weight and even meets a man. Being the romantic person I am, I had hopes. Then I remembered: This is Michael J. Elliott.  He doesn’t do romance, he does horror, and I knew I was in for a bumpy ride.

I’m not going to give you any kind of clue as to what happens, but I’ll warn you – it’s chilling to the core. I’m still shaking at the thought, and it’s really the stuff of nightmares. Very cleverly thought out and crafted.

This is the genius of Michael J. Elliott.

As always, if you read it, I would love to hear what you think as well.

 

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The Anglesey Murders – Unholy Island

Screen Shot 2019-05-29 at 18.31.38Genre: Crime/Police Procedure

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DI Alan Williams is called to the recovery of two bodies from the sea at Trearddur Bay, during a storm. The lifeboat crew suspect they’re fishermen, washed away by a wave but they’re wrong. Alan and his detective sergeant, Kim Davies, realise the men were beaten and tied together before they entered the water. Two miles along the headland at Porth Dafarch, a third victim is found but there are no obvious links. As the number of victims increases, a major investigation team battles to unravel a deadly puzzle which, appears to have links to a series of historic murders from the 90’s.

In 1995, Peter Moore owned and operated the cinema in Holyhead. It is thought he assaulted over 40 men and he was arrested and charged with four murders, which he’d committed in as many months. He was jailed for life in 1996 and is still the only recorded Welsh serial killer. Fast forward to today and Detective Inspector Alan Williams is investigating a series of murders with uncanny similarities to the Peter Moore attacks. Is there a copycat on the loose or are the murders connected to the local underworld, which controls the supply of narcotics across North Wales and the North West? Finding a motive, is the challenge he might not win. ALL THE TIME THEY’RE TRACKING THE KILLER, THE KILLER IS STALKING THEM…

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Karen’s Book Buzz Review

I saw this advertised in one of the Welsh Facebook groups and was immediately drawn to the cover. It’s a house called Craig y mor and sits on a hill overlooking Trearddur Bay in Anglesey. Locals call it the haunted house because as children it scared them. It’s actually quite stunning. Last year the BBC used it as a location for filming The Safe House.

The book is based on Anglesey, and on the side of the island where I live. I particularly loved that the lead Detective stopped into my local Spar shop. I was also able to relate to many of the places it talked about, and those I didn’t know, made me want to run off and find them just so I could walk in the character’s footsteps.

Apart from all that, it is a great story, told really well, with good strong characters. It’s a bonus for me living in the place it is based. If you don’t know the area, you’ll still enjoy a really good crime novel.

I often talk about twists at the end and things I didn’t see coming. This had an ending I’ve never seen before. Yes, there was a surprise which wasn’t hinted at previously, only it wasn’t that which caught my attention. It was the very poignant author’s note that came after the story had ended. It endeared me to the main character even more.

Great story that I would give six stars to if I could.

Undercover Crime Shorts

Screen Shot 2019-05-20 at 09.38.09Genre: Short Stories/Crime

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Under one cover for the first time a collection of Crime Shorts from Jane Risdon featuring previously unpublished stories which will have you on the edge of your seat.

Seven very different crime stories for you to enjoy.

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Karen’s Book Buzz Review

When I found out this author had written some crime shorts, I knew they would be good as I’d previously read some of her short stories. Jane Risdon has a magic pen. She knows how to write a tale that will intrigue and lure you in.

Seven ‘long’ short that were cleverly inspired by crime and murder.

Sweet Sable: The Red Siren is the first story and set in the thirties, it immediately created an atmaosphere of a times gone by. This crime noir tale was good start to the book.

Apartment 206c, couldn’t have been more different as it brings us bang up to date. We’ve all overheard people talking through walls, and China, the main character, hears her neighbours arguing. A fast past, heart thumping story with a twist.

Murder by Christmas – this was very clever. It’s started with the reading of a will, and certain people have to do certain things before they get their money. Very clever story.

The Watchers was a sad crime I felt. Two people who didn’t quite connect up again as we find out all it not what it seems.

The Honey Trap, and we have all heard of them and this one plays out as we meet the assassin.

The Look is similar to the previous one, and another cleverly written story. Although they were both good, I liked this one better because I love a strong female character.

The seventh story is called Undercover and is an extract from the author’s forthcoming book. I didn’t read this one, so you will have to make up your own mind about it.

I enjoy Jane Risdon’s writing and read her book Only One Women, which I absolutely loved. It takes the reader back to the rock n roll sixties. You can read my review here.

Jane also wrote a short story which I featured on the Magic of Stories site called Summer of Love, and is well worth a read.

Happy Birthday

by Karen J Mossman

Today, 23rd April is my birthday. So let’s have a little bit of fun.

Name any one of my books. Comment on this post with – ENTERED, not the answer. Then use the contact form to send me your answer. If it is correct, then you can win this book.

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Six eclectic tales – A rescued dog, a women scorned, a nun paying penance, a brave man, a girl who sees dead people and a family of wine makers.
An Electric Eclectic book introducing you to new authors.

Jody’s Tale by Markie Madden

“Not all dogs live in such a fairy ‘tail’ world. I didn’t, for a while. My name is Jody, and I’m a golden retriever.”

The Cliffs of Rathburn Heights – by C.A. Keith
There were so many things he lied about. Susan wondered how many more secrets he was hiding.

Penance by Michael J. Elliott
Sister Elizabeta closed her eyes tightly as if this would block out the fear that was creeping up on her.
“This Council has carefully considered all options and we feel there can be but one punishment.”

I Am Not Me by Paul White
Stealing yourself for major surgery, or a course of debilitating treatments while holding onto the hope of recovery is not being brave. It is making a choice, an informed decision.

The Embers of Webster Street by Karen J Mossman
When I was a child, I talked to people they couldn’t see. Jessica, who didn’t laugh often, thought it was funny until she realised I was serious.

The Vineyard by Elizabeth Horton-Newton
“It too is a secret. This is what makes us successful. As long as these secrets remain within our bloodline we will prosper. This secret is now yours as well. Treat it with respect.”

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Happy Birthday

by Karen J Mossman

I’ve always been terrible with figures. I’ve failed at maths all my life. Those few maths exams I took, I panicked, and even today, when I run into a maths equation, I go number blind. Now I feel I have a sort of dyslexia for numbers, is there such a thing?

Like many other people I forget things and have often wondered how actors learn and remember their lines. I know I couldn’t.

So, it’s very strange that from a young age, I’ve remembered people’s birthdays. My children used to joke with me by randomly naming family members asking when their birthday was.

What makes it more odd is how I remember the birthday of everyone I have ever known. Not at all useful when you see a date and  know it is someone’s birthday who you haven’t spoken to, or seen for forty years!

Consequently, I was always buying birthday cards and have now started a new venture of making and selling my own. Previous to this, I would sought out people who made them, as they are much nicer to send than shop bought ones.

The other thing that niggled me over the years is if you provide a service, one that you work hard to produce, you generally wouldn’t expect to be only paid a quarter of what it is worth. Yet that is the case for indie authors, like me.

Take Amazon for instance, although they are a great retailer and offer a good service, they take the majority of royalties from my books. I only sell them for a £1, which is the market value these days. So imagine how much I get of that. Less than  twenty five pence out of every pound.

So why don’t readers buy directly from authors? Wouldn’t it be better the full amount went to the person who did the work, or provided a service?

Online shopping has really taken off these last few years, most people use it. You can buy a birthday card online and have it sent directly to your recipient and you don’t even have to leave your armchair.

So how about buying and e-book and a card and have them sent directly to the person of your choice?

This is what I am offering on Kazz’s Books and Cards. You can buy cards individually or in packs. You can have them posted to yourself or the person of your choice. More importantly, you can also buy a gift of an e-book or a paperback alone with a pretty card.

This is an invitation for you to come and like my page and when you next have a birthday to buy for, consider me and my books.

 

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Will you share my page on your timeline? Everyone. buy cards and gift sand it will help me spread the word as far as possible.

 

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Down by the River

KindleGenre: Thriller/Crime/Paranormal

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What happened that night down by the river?

When Shelby’s best friend goes missing, she has to return to her hometown to search for her. As soon as she steps off the bus, she knows it is too late. Her visions are vague but the sense of foreboding is not.

What is Mary-Jo’s boyfriend not saying, and why is Sheriff Rawden Hughes so convinced he is guilty?

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Down by the River is an Electric Eclectic book. Novellas that satisfy your desire. All genres, different authors. Add Down by the River to your Goodreads to read shelf.

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Rawden smiled again, a slow patient kind of smile. “A year away from this place has done you good. You look prettier than ever.”

She hated the way he looked at her; hated the way his belly squeezed into his trousers. “I couldn’t marry you, Rawden. You know that.”

“I always live in hope.”

“Blackmail is a dirty game,” she reminded him.

“Blackmail? Come on,” he clicked his tongue. “Blackmail is a dirty word, little Shelb.”

She hated the way he said her name like that. It felt like slim spilling over here. She looked around, but they were alone. It was unnerving. She didn’t trust him. He was capable of anything.

“My Pa was sober when I went home,” she said, changing the subject as her heart thumped.

Losing Mary-Jo hit him badly,” said Rawden, and she wasn’t sure what he meant by that. Mary-Jo’s death had hit everyone badly. This was a small town. People took things personally. The shock of a death would reverberate for a long time.

“What about Ricky? Have you charged him?” she asked.

“Not yet. He’ll crack. His type always does.”

“Not if he’s innocent, he won’t,” she pointed out.

“Even if he’s innocent. But he isn’t. He did it, all right.” Rawden sounded confident.

 

This story was inspired by Richard Marx’s 90s song, Hazard.