Dancing with Lions and Other Stories

 

Short story collection, Dancing with Lions and Other Stories is now available at Amazon for just 99p!

Relationships, whether contemporary, fantastical or those lost in biblical history, can make or break us all. When love falls in a place you least expect it, the consequences can be life-affirming, life-destroying or even, on occasions, funny. Discover what happens when an artist falls in love with his model; when something as simple as fruit leads to passion; when marriage provides unexpected opportunities for lust or despair; and even when a dictionary encounters love. The results are guaranteed to surprise you!

Happy reading!

Anne Brooke Books

Blog 76: Beware! Pointless marketing advice for writers

Ho hum, I really don’t think much of the  book marketing advice from some high-selling author or other to use the Kindle Countdown facility in Amazon. I usually do manage to shift three or four books at least when I put a Free Book offer up on site, but I’ve had my short story collection The Singing Road and Other Stories on the Kindle Countdown for the last week at her advice at the discount price of 99 cents and it’s sold ….

…. absolutely nothing.

So I don’t think I’ll be doing that again, eh! Or indeed listening to the aforementioned author. I do have a couple more Kindle Countdowns on other books in the offing, so I suppose I’ll let them run and see what happens, because I’m just too exhausted to change anything – but I’m not holding out much hope. At least with the Amazon Free Books facility, I do manage to shift some stock (as it were) even though I don’t get paid for it. Then again, not getting paid for my books is my default position, so at least I’m used to it!

Anne Brooke Books
Gay Reads UK
The Gathandrian Fantasy Trilogy

Blog 67: Cyber Monday Sale at Untreed Reads!

For today only, you can get 40% off all my fiction at Untreed Reads!

This includes:

Thorn in the Flesh

Kate Harris, a lecturer in her late thirties, is attacked in her home and left for dead. This terrible assault and the anonymous hate letters she starts to receive bring to light the past she’d prefer to leave behind, a past which includes the son she bore in her teenage years and whom she chose to give away.

What happens to Kate also affects the people she counts as friends and colleagues now. She has been in love with her best friend, Nicky, for a long time but Nicky is happily married with two young children and Kate is determined never to upset the lives of those she cares for.

However, when she makes the momentous decision to contact the father of her long-forgotten son, and then to trace her son as well, Kate inadvertently sets in motion a series of frightening events she seems to have no control over. Can she protect herself and those she loves from the menacing enemy who stalks them all?

The Girl in the Painting and Other Stories

A brand-new collection…and three new stories!
For years, Anne Brooke has wowed reading audiences with her ability to write exceptional tales in multiple genres. From science fiction to romance, horror to tales based on stories from the Bible, Anne has consistently produced some of the most intriguing and gripping works available.
For the first time, Anne’s stories from Untreed Reads are collected in one volume.

Butterfly Girl and Truth or Dare

Two great erotic short stories in one volume!
“Butterfly Girl”: Abi’s marriage is happy enough, but she’s bored. When she meets Tina online, they quickly become friends. Soon their virtual friendship becomes the mainstay of Abi’s life, and when Tina propositions her, Abi’s initial surprise gives way to an unexpected and overwhelming desire.
“Truth or Dare”: Kate and Suzie have always been best friends, for as long as they can remember. However, one night at the pub away from their menfolk leads them both to startling revelations as they resurrect their old childhood game of Truth or Dare.

Not only that, but all my Lori Olding children’s fiction has a 40% discount as well:

The Origami Nun

Seven-year-old Ruth can’t speak, but that doesn’t mean she can’t think. She knows her birthday is going to be good as her beloved great-aunt has exciting plans for her. What she doesn’t expect is a magical paper nun, an encounter with a bully who may not be what she seems, or a school day to remember. Because, before her special day is over, Ruth is in for some very big surprises.
A short chapter book recommended for ages 6-9.

Queen of the Fluffy Pens

Queen of the Fluffy Pens, Queenie, is keen to move her beloved brood across their owner’s kitchen to be nearer the window. Life will be wonderful there as they’ll have lots of space and sunshine to enjoy. First, however, Queenie has to learn how to fly. Once she’s mastered that skill, she and her two friends, Betsy and Tanya, set out on their epic journey. On the way, they encounter a very strange fly indeed, a friendly bee and a frightening hornet. They also learn something very important about the value of friendship. Can they survive their great adventure, and will their new home be all they’ve hoped for?
Recommended for ages 6-9.

So whatever you choose, have a great Cyber Monday and happy reading!

Anne Brooke Books
Lori Olding Children’s Fiction

Blog 52: FREE book – The Singing Road and Other Stories

For today only, The Singing Road and Other Stories is FREE at Amazon.

A woman listens to the song of the road and wonders if she has the strength to stay with her husband, this time. A journalist visits the opera and discovers a bitter history of failure alongside the music. An angry young boy finds the beach is not always a place of healing, and two lovers face their last day together with something like courage.

In this collection of twelve thought-provoking stories, a variety of very different characters confront the brokenness and despair of their lives, and begin a tentative journey towards the possibility of hope. Can they ever find their way back to the people they used to be?

Why not pick up a copy today? Even better, if you like it, leave a review on Amazon and you’re guaranteed to make it into my Top Ten Lovely Readers list!

Blog 41: FREE book – The Singing Road and Other Stories

Short story collection The Singing Road and Other Stories is FREE for this weekend ONLY at Amazon, so pick up your copy today!

A woman listens to the song of the road and wonders if she has the strength to stay with her husband, this time. A journalist visits the opera and discovers a bitter history of failure alongside the music. An angry young boy finds the beach is not always a place of healing, and two lovers face their last day together with something like courage.

In this collection of twelve thought-provoking stories, a variety of very different characters confront the brokenness and despair of their lives, and begin a tentative journey towards the possibility of hope. Can they ever find their way back to the people they used to be?

I hope you enjoy the read!

Blog 18: Singing Road success and Nun news

Huzzah and put out the bunting, but I have astonishing news indeed. To my shock and horror, short story collection, The Singing Road and Other Stories, has been downloaded a whole 30 times from Amazon where it’s been free for the last couple of days. It may not sound very many downloads to you, but to me it is an absolutely HUGE number. I never even thought it would get into double figures.

Not only that but I have to say that the second draft of the cover for children’s book The Origami Nun is really very good and I love it. Such a relief and it was worth gathering the small amount of my courage together to bleat pathetically (in the manner of all stalwart writers everywhere, ho ho) about the first offering. I’m also happy to announce that the book even has a publication date – Monday 8 September, so that’s something for me and my 2 loyal readers (God bless you both) to look forward to …

Finally, I have also decided not to continue to put all my foolish hopes into the cruel world of fiction (alas, cruel world, etc etc …). So I have this week started a blog for a series of online articles taking a light-hearted look at being a Stressed Secretary in the modern world. Which is, in essence, what I am. There are only 2 entries up there at the moment, but I have a third in hand. At the very least, I hope it will make you smile.

Writerly confidence rating: 6

Blog 16: FREE book – The Singing Road and Other Stories

Literary short story collection, The Singing Road and Other Stories, is now FREE at Amazon today and tomorrow ONLY. You can find it at Amazon UK and Amazon US, amongst other countries.

A woman listens to the song of the road and wonders if she has the strength to stay with her husband, this time. A journalist visits the opera and discovers a bitter history of failure alongside the music. An angry young boy finds the beach is not always a place of healing, and two lovers face their last day together with something like courage. 

In this collection of twelve thought-provoking stories, a variety of very different characters confront the brokenness and despair of their lives, and begin a tentative journey towards the possibility of hope. Can they ever find their way back to the people they used to be? 

I hope you enjoy the read.

Blog 13: Cover nightmares

Ah, book covers. They can be a total joy or an absolute horror, and they can make or break your feelings about your book. On the whole, I’ve been happy with the covers my publishers have provided about, well, maybe 80% of the time. Which I suppose is quite good really. Not that I object when I dislike a cover as I don’t have the confidence to say anything. Also, I’m terrified that if I say I don’t like it, then I’ll be classed as a “difficult author” and they won’t bother publishing me again, as on the whole I certainly don’t sell enough books for me to be an author a publisher can’t afford to lose.

Anyway, I always feel I’m hugely lucky to have any commercially published books at all out there really, and I think of the covers – if I don’t like them – as a necessary evil. So, in cover terms, it’s a joy to be self-published and choose my own covers for my Anne Brooke Books line. For those, I tend to use Book Graphics which, while their offerings tend to be mixed, do always have enough gems to suit my style and story. I was particularly pleased with the covers they provided for the ebook versions of the Gathandrian Trilogy books, which were far better than anything produced when the books were commercially published (ah, those heady, far-off and very unsuccessful days!). I’m also equally pleased with the cover for The Singing Road and Other Stories, my latest offering – which is another Book Graphics winner.

Mind you, I’ve been very brave recently and put my objections in to the publisher who will be producing my children’s book, The Origami Nun, in September (this year, I assume …). I thought the draft cover – which arrived in my email last night – was too babyish and made a mess of the origami nun picture herself. Still, the font was nice! Which I suppose is something. I was only encouraged to say anything at all because the publisher themselves didn’t like it and wanted to know what I thought – if they’d not said that, then I would have kept quiet as usual, hey ho. Still, my extra worry now is that the next draft I see will be even worse and I should have stuck to the first one and kept my big mouth shut! That’ll teach me, anyway … We will have to see.

In other earth-shattering news (fame! fortune! not!), The Singing Road and Other Stories has now sold a grand total of 3 copies (one of them to the lovely Claire – thank you, my dear) and one of them to a stranger. Gosh and heavens above, my book in the hand of strangers – whatever next?! Not only that but The Apple Picker’s Daughter has actually sold 1 copy – which I can’t understand at all as nobody ever buys it and the only rating I’ve ever had was a terribly sad one star on Goodreads. Really, I felt sorry for the reader in that case as it had obviously seriously upset them. And – hold your horses and put out the bunting – Hallsfoot’s Battle (Gathandria *2) has sold 4 copies. Four!!!! I’ve never sold more than 3 copies of anything in 1 month on Amazon, so perhaps some unfortunate buyer has picked up the wrong book by mistake, Gawd bless ’em. It is the only explanation I can think of.

Meanwhile, free book The Prayer Seeker has now reached the equally dizzy heights of 429 downloads. Will it reach 500 in this quiet August month? One can only hope, eh.

Writerly confidence rating: 4

Blog 12: Amazon gloom and the frustrated writer

Hey ho. After all the bunting and jamboree of yesterday’s self-publication of short story collection, The Singing Road and Other Stories, I’m very much back down to earth now, as not a single copy has been sold. Well, that’s not quite true, as one actually has been sold but that’s to me, as I always buy one copy of anything I self-publish in order to get an Amazon rating. Yes, I am that frustrated and sad (welcome to the twilight world of writing, eh), but over the years I’ve learnt that sometimes it’s the only way to sell anything, ho hum.

Which is why Amazon really irritates the hell out of me – though at the same time I love it as it’s such an easy way to get published – it’s just that every so often they send me hugely annoying newsletters focusing on how successful Kindle publishers are. Said newsletters are usually accompanied by Smug Self-Publishers (SSPs for short) smiling and holding a copy of their magnum opus that’s sold six zillion copies in 3 days. Well, not in my neck of the woods they don’t. These days I delete the newsletters, give a muttered curse and move on. Heck, I’m lucky if I manage to shift a couple of books in six months, and that’s only if someone out there is feeling particularly kind.

Mind you, I have been truly astonished this morning with the shock news that the Gathandrian Trilogy has sold some copies in the UK – huge hugs galore to whoever has bought them, and I’m still reeling from the astonishment, I can tell you! So, in trilogy order, that’s one copy of The Gifting, 3 copies of Hallsfoot’s Battle, and 2 copies of The Executioner’s Cane. Well gosh. Having absolutely zilch confidence whatsoever, I’m waiting for the returns to be marked up or the poor reviews. One or the other anyway.

Meanwhile, in terms of free books on offer, a massive 46 copies of The Apple Picker’s Daughter were downloaded yesterday (thank you!) and this month’s total of free downloads of The Prayer Seeker is 347. Gosh indeedy.

Writerly Confidence Rating: 3

Blog 9: The Singing Road and Other Stories: of love, loss and journeys

Literary short story collection, The Singing Road and Other Stories, is now available on the Kindle. Here’s the blurb:

A woman listens to the song of the road and wonders if she has the strength to stay with her husband, this time. A journalist visits the opera and discovers a bitter history of failure alongside the music. An angry young boy finds the beach is not always a place of healing, and two lovers face their last day together with something like courage. 

In this collection of twelve thought-provoking stories, a variety of very different characters confront the brokenness and despair of their lives, and begin a tentative journey towards the possibility of hope. Can they ever find their way back to the people they used to be? 

You can buy direct at Amazon UK or Amazon US. I hope you enjoy the read.