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We are a brand of books, rather than a publisher. What makes us different is that the author claims all royalities, and has full control of their own book. It was originally just novellas, created for readers to find new authors without having to purchase a full book. While this is still true, there are other things that Electric Electic Books now do.

  • Back Stories – are excellent ways to explore and individual (or several) characters life (or lives) in more depth, even from childhood or birth, delving into their lives to find what experiences moulded their temperament and persoanlity. What traumas or conquests brough them to this point in their lives?
  • Parallels give authors the prospect of exploring untold events from their books; these parallels are like a sidebar, allowing incidents not fully incvestigated in other volumes, now to be discovered by their readers.
  • A Prequel is, of course, telling the tale of what happened before the series started, the worlds, the events, the people, their endevours and conflicts, the formation and destruction of agreements, syndicates, cartels and collborations… there is no end of possibilty.
  • Longer books are now accepted, too.

Combined with our Novelletes, Electric Eclectic is proving to be the thinking authors marketing.

Who does not want to use a method of marketing which pays the authors to promote their own books?

Could your writing fill that criteria? We are looking for authors to join us and enjoy the many benefits we offer.

Interested? Want to know more about beoming an Electric Eclectic author?

First stop, contact us, visit the Electric Eclectic website today.

Click on the door and step into a new future!

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Why Did I write Play the Game?

Why did I write Play the Game and where did the idea come from?

PlaytheGameKJMcf copyIt originally came from a short story called Interview with a Charity Founder, which you can read here. I wanted to explore this more, extend that story, and introduce the meeting of the two characters.

Strangely, I wrote this story without character names. I couldn’t think what to call them. It was only towards the end I realised what they should be.

I’m a big fan of Chicago Fire and particularly liked the romance between Kelly Severide and Stella Kidd. They are both good on the eye and entertaining to watch. Stella’s real name is Miranda Rae Mayo, so I gave that as Stella’s surname. Ambrose, just came to me for Kelly and it also happens to be my uncle’s middle name. It has a nice ring to it, don’t you think?

I wrote this book in a completely different way and used a program called Scrivener. The one thing I like is that you can write several scenes and then change the order of them. So as I thought up new situations I wrote it out until I ended up with lots of different scenes to put in some kind of order.

The main two topics for the story were Stella who, because of her circumstances, struggles with making ends meet. She has a mortgage to pay and hers is the only income. She also does charity work with the homeless

Kelly is a footballer, a local boy made good. Only Stella does not follow football and doesn’t know who he is.

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I’m trying not to give too much away but also to give you a hook, something that will make you curious as the same time.

I believe in people, I also believe that weak people, or those that believe they are weak and worthless, are actually very strong. This is Stella. Despite her difficult circumstances, she has a kind heart and always believes that good will come out of bad; that her father’s illness will improve and he will return to the dad he always was.

She supports and loves him, and will do everything to make life better for him.

I worked in a call centre for a time, it was a good job with some good people. We worked in teams who bonded together with unsocialable hours. I could easily see how things could go the other way. I placed Stella in a call centre team and because she is quiet and introverted, it was easy for people to take advantage of her. On the team there are two loud girls who seemed to enjoy taking the mickey out of her.

I don’t like bullies and I loved seeing those two get their comeuppance. So it was an absolute pleasure to write these scenes.

Kelly feels something very special for Stella, he sees her for who she really is and when he learns the truth about her circumstances, he admires her even more. He sets out to build up again, make her believe in herself and that she is as good as everyone else. That’s their love story.

It was fun writing incidences where Stella takes a knock and Kelly is there to pick her up again. I wanted the story to be full of hope, promise, and self-belief, and in order to do that, I had to take the characters to some dark places.

Play the Game is one of my favourite books because it is different to my usual ones, and I like challenging myself. Please leave me a review from where you bought it, or even on my Facebook page. I really would love to hear what you think.

 

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Why did I write Play the Game?

Dangerous Times!

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This week I am featuring my book Play the Game.

It tells the story of Stella, and one of the things she does is to make and distribute sandwiches for the homeless. It was after one of these nightly treks that she meets Kelly as she takes refuge from the cold. He is at a function in the hotel and he presumes she is waiting for the lift.

However, during one of these nightly trips, Stella runs into trouble.

Wandering around dark places looking for people sleeping in doorways is dangerous and that’s when it happens.

Help comes from an unlikely source.

 

 

Tramp in darkness

‘Here you go,’ an arm shot out and a hand locked around my wrist. I squealed and tried to pull back but the grip was firm. A shadowy figure rose in front of me.

 “Hello little girl,” said a voice as I tried to wrench my arm back again.  He was wearing a tatty black woollen coat with sleeves that were a too short revealing grimy hands. His hair was thick and matted, sticking up like a perm gone wrong. His beard was also matted and his wild eyes told me he was on something. I gasped, my heart racing, my mouth suddenly dry.

“I eat little girls,” he said stepping out of the darkness as I stepped backwards.

“Let go, please let go,” I whimpered, knowing he wasn’t going to.

“Come with me, little precious.” He pulled me to the black shadows of an old building.

“No, please. Stop! Let go! Let go!” My pleading fell on deaf ears.

Out of the darkness came a voice. “Let her go.”

Pivoting round, my captor growled, “Says who?”

“Let her go,” the voice said again.

There was a movement, and another voice joined him. “Leave her alone, we said.”

“Oh yeah, two of you now. Wanna take me on, do you?” The man’s eyes lit up. “I’m up for a good fight.”

Looking round wildly, I couldn’t see anything. I was so terrified, I sobbed.

“There is more of us, than you,” said a different voice. It was then I became aware of shuffling around us, and although I couldn’t see anything, I knew a crowd was gathering. Was I going to die?

“Do you wanna take the chance, buddy?” a deep voice said somewhere to my right.

There was a moment’s silence, and the grip loosened. Shadows danced around us and the voices became louder. Their tone was menacing. Was this my last day on earth? 

Suddenly, I was free! The mad man moved away. I couldn’t move, not sure who was surrounding me. I heard a scuffle to my right and spun round. Soft biffing sounds were followed by grunts. Breathing heavily, I didn’t know what to do, afraid to move.

A voice close to my ear, said, “Go home food-lady.” I spun round to see the shadow of a man stepping away and didn’t need telling twice. I bolted dropping the rest of the sandwiches.

 

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Hope for Dad
Hope, Love & Charity

Have you found Found!

It it always lovely when someone blogs about one of your books. Found is one of my favourite stories because missing people are intriguing, don’t you think?

Visit Urbanhype to see what they have said, and don’t forget to follow the blog!

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Description:

Eight years ago, after a series of family arguments, Mandy walked out and disappeared. For her family, it was devastating.

Changing her name to Amanda and moving to a different part of the country, she begins a new life working in a hotel.  One evening a programme about missing people comes on the television. Her face fills the TV screen.

Everything Mandy had tried to forget returns with new clarity. Seeing the special bond families visiting her hotel have, she realises there is a hole in her heart where hers should be.

Will she have the courage to face the past and realise the misunderstanding was caused by her family’s unique situation?

Found! is a story of courage and hope and a bond that never breaks.

Download and start reading now for just $1

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That night, she woke in a cold sweat. Jamie tried to rouse her. Again…

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Joni Martin, Friends, Family & Love Series

Genre: Mystery/Romance

Description

When an obsessive admirer takes love to a whole new level, life takes a bizarre turn for 24-year old Lydia. She finds it difficult to adjust to and escape her new circumstances.

Her housemate Rob becomes more and more concerned about her when she does not return home from a night out with her friends and tries everything in his power to find out where she is.

Can Lydia escape the clutches of her obsessed admirer or will she be forced to adjust to living her life according to Sam’s beliefs and wishes?

Books the Friends, Family and Love series:

  1. Captive Love
  2. Freed Love 18+ / Freed Love censored
  3. Hidden Love
  4. Lost Love
  5. Holiday Love (due out August 2018)

This is the debut novel of this writer and weaves together love, suspense and psychological factors. If you like books by Karen Rose, Karin Slaughter and Kathy Reichs (some of the author’s favourite authors), you may wish to check this writer out as well.


Karen’s Book Buzz Review

This is a story about a guy who falls in love with a girl except he is obsessive and thinks that she will love him back. He want to set up house with her and live together happily ever after as she becomes his little wifey, cooking and cleaning and caring for him.

Of course, it is all in his head and the twist in the story is that he spikes her drink and kidnaps her and imprisons her in his basement.

The chapters are then divided into different first person viewpoints. We go into the main character, Lydia first and what she feels waking up tied to bed and not knowing where she is. She copes very well as I’d go balistic.

Then we move to Sam, her kidnapper and it is interesting to see what is running through his mind as he prepares to bring her home. He is totally irrational, of course. It makes interesting reading.

Finally, we go to Rob, Lydia’s flatmate. Here we go through the motions of him discovering she hasn’t come home, and checking with her friends and family.

I particularly liked the short chapters and felt like I was moving through the book quickly. It could have been a gory book but it wasn’t. it was all told in a without frightening scenes, all kind of matter of factly. In other words, anyone can read it and enjoy the fascinating insight into the minds of others, especially the psychotic Sam.

It is a good easy read. I will get to read the others soon, and am intrigued with the second which is an 18+ version.


Who is Joni Martins?

Joni, I met on a group that shares each other’s tweets on Twitter. She has the most glum and sad profile photo I have ever seen, and I thought it was an old fashioned photo she had got from somewhere. To my embarrassment she said, no that’s me. Luckily, she comes across as nothing like her photo suggests. She is very friendly and helpful and seemed to laugh at my faux pas. She uses it like that to keep her identity fairly private.

She was born in the Netherlands and now lives in the United Kingdom with her family. That’s why you will see on her Amazon page that her books are also available in Dutch.

Joni has always loved writing  but couldn’t do it while working full time, so now she has retired she can focus on it. Like me, she is a multi-genre writer, and I can tell in the book I read how there is a bit of romance, a bit of mystery, and crime. It makes it far more interesting when it is mixed up like that.

You can follow her on her blog and follow her on Twitter.

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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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Found!

CoverGenre: Mystery/Family Drama

Description

Eight years ago, after a series of family arguments Mandy walked out and disappeared. For her family, it was devastating.

Changing her name to Amanda and moving to a different part of the country, she begins a new life working in a hotel.  One evening a programme about missing people comes on the television. Her face fills the TV screen.

Everything Mandy had tried to forget returns with new clarity. Seeing the special bond families visiting her hotel have, she realises there is a hole in her heart where hers should be.

Will she have the courage to face the past and realise the misunderstanding was  caused by her family’s unique situation?

Found! is a story of courage and hope and a bond that never breaks.

 

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Excerpt

The moment she always dreaded had arrived.

The television programme had just started and featured people who were also classed as missing. Other photographs flashed up on the screen before they were all displayed side by side and hers was amongst them.

Jamie was incredulous. “You ran away from home?”

“Yes,” she admitted, “Eight years ago.” Her stomach churned as she remembered the awful winter of 1984.

“But why?” Jamie’s attractive features were scrunched up with confusion.

Amanda covered her mouth with her hand realising the secret she had kept for so long was out. Part of her always knew this day would come, just not now, not when she was with Jamie.

Their relationship was relatively new, and she liked him a lot. Luckily, he liked her as well.

Clearing her throat Amanda knew she couldn’t just brush it away. She had to tell the truth, or some of it. “Things became difficult at home and I had to leave.”

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Please consider buying directly from the author instead. This means I will get 100% of the cost, instead of less than a quarter. Just put Found! in your message and I will send you a mobi, or if you prefer, a PDF or ePub file. All Electric Eclectic books are just a £1/$1€1.

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All Electric Eclectic books are just one price – £1/$1€1 and will provide an afternoon or evening read, ideal for when you have time to relax or on the go traveling.

Add Found! to your Goodreads to read shelf.

Found! is the story of courage and hope and a bond that never breaks.