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Just a quickie, to let you know my third Rafferty & Llewellyn Box Set is GOING ON A FINAL-DAY OFFER AT 99c / 99p! Monday 30 January is the day, so if you missed my introductory offer, now’s your chance to get this bundle at a bargain price.


Plus all other countries in the Amazon empire!


This offer is only for Amazon (because I forgot to alter the prices for all the other retailers. Oops. I’ll do the same reduction on 4 February 2017 (or earlier, depending on when they alter the price.)

The novels included in it are:


But remember, this is the final day, so if you want it, then grab it! And if you think any of your friends might like it, why not forward it to them?

After that, it will be charged at it’s full price of $4.99. This really is the final day. If you miss it – it’s gone.


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My third Rafferty bundle is now ready, formatted, spellchecked, and all systems go! Well, apart from B & N Nook, who still haven’t put it up on their shelves. Slowcoaches! Yes, it’s now also up at Nook!


The bundle consists of these novels:


DI Joe Rafferty’s latest case is in an enclosed Catholic convent. It is anybody’s guess whether lapsed Catholic Rafferty catches the murderer before religion catches up with him.

Can DI Joe Rafferty find the real murderer before he is forced to arrest his brother, Mickey, for the crime?

With his wife-to-be’s wedding budget spiraling out of control, and a series of muggings now escalated to murder, DI Joe Rafferty’s attempts to control the situations, land him in hot water on both counts.

When Detective Inspector Joseph Rafferty visits his local pub for a quick drink, he’s looking to forget his troubles, not add to them. His ex-fiancée Abra is still refusing to talk to him, and he’s fast losing hope of a reconciliation. But Rafferty is not destined to enjoy his drink in peace. Because a man is found dead – stabbed in the pub’s car park – and a preoccupied Rafferty is to lead the investigation.






This book is on offer, too, at all the other Amazon sites – just remove the country extension and replace with your own countries’.



B & N NOOK: Yes! Finally up at B & N Nook!:




Dead Before Morning #1
Down Among the Dead Men #2
Death Line #3
The Hanging Tree #4
Absolute Poison #5
Dying For You #6
Bad Blood #7
Love Lies Bleeding #8
Blood on the Bones #9
A Thrust to the Vitals #10
Death Dues #11
All the Lonely People #12
Death Dance #13
Deadly Reunion #14
Kith and Kill #15
Asking For It #16
The Spanish Connection #17










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How we are doing on our USA Today Bestseller attempt.

I thought you might be interested in how we’re doing on this ambitious attempt at bestseller-dom.


Just a few minutes ago, I checked Amazon, and we’re at:

On – we’re 490 overall in store. Though I seem to recall somebody said at one stage we were at 150. 

Kobo Books:

Apple: Still waiting for it to appear on Apple

B & N Nook: BN ID: 2940153481937

Publisher: Ava Mallory
Publication date: 12/27/2016
Series: Killer Cozies
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 2,144

It’s pretty good! I don’t think we’re going to meet our main target of the USA Today bestseller charts, but that was very ambitious. Still, who knows – it’s available till March 27, so there’s plenty of time yet.

Thanks to all of you who have spent the 99c / 99p cost of this book, and also thanks to those of you who have reviewed it. You’re worth your weight in gold!

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Rafferty Mystery The Hanging Tree #4, at 99c / 99p for two days only

‘Terrific series.’ #4 in the Rafferty & Llewellyn mystery series.

I’m offering another of my mystery novels at the bargain price of 99c / 99p, for two days only, the 12/13 November 2016.

‘A great book. A wonderfully entertaining read.’

A Little Laughter. A Little Mayhem. A Little MURDER…

‘The old crossroads used to run by here,’ Sam told Rafferty. ‘Legend has it that this was the original Hanging Tree.’

The murder mystery of ‘The Hanging Man’, whose body disappears just before Christmas, and then turns up again, suspended from the ancient ‘Hanging Tree’, has Essex Detective Joe Rafferty questioning his belief in justice and his own role in its pursuit.

Rafferty knows he is expected to go after the murderer with as much vigor as he would any other killer. But he is in danger of becoming his own worse adversary as the victim was a man who escaped jail on a legal technicality after being accused of four child rapes. The case was a cause-célébre and caused much ill-feeling in Elmhurst’s community. In this police procedural, Rafferty must battle against the inner conviction that Maurice Smith – a man who ruined more than just his young victims’ lives – fully deserved to be murdered. He feels that if there is a self-appointed executioner at work, meting out his own form of justice on the legendary Hanging Tree, then Smith’s ‘executioner’ is more to be lauded than condemned.

Consequently, rather less than full of the Christmas Spirit as the Big Day approaches, Rafferty can only wish he hadn’t opened his big mouth and invited his partner, Dafyd Llewellyn’s mother to both his Ma’s spare room and the Rafferty clan’s festive meal. Because, from his own intuition and Llewellyn’s ever more dour expression as his mother’s arrival gets closer, he has reason to believe the wretched woman’s visit is going to end in disaster. And not just for Llewellyn’s burgeoning romantic relationship with Maureen.

Rafferty fears he is about to become the Fall Guy twice over. Because he is only too aware that if he fails to find the murderer because of his own repugnance for the victim, he will also fail as a detective and his moral dilemma will give him no option but to resign.

There are seventeen books in the Rafferty & Llewellyn series:
Dead Before Morning #1
Down Among the Dead Men #2
Death Line #3
The Hanging Tree #4
Absolute Poison #5
Dying For You #6
Bad Blood #7
Love Lies Bleeding #8
Blood on the Bones #9
A Thrust to the Vitals #10
All the Lonely People #11
Death Dance #12
Death Dues #13
Deadly Reunion #14
Kith and Kill #15

Asking For It # 16

The Spanish Connection #17


For 24symbols, scribd and inktera, it is available through this universal link:

Remember, it’s only on offer at this bargain price for two days.

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99c / 99p: 4 Rafferty and Llewellyn Novels – Books 5 – 8. Final Day!

LAST DAY! Final chance to grab a 4-novel mystery bargain. If you like a little laughter and mayhem in your murder mysteries, why not try Rafferty & Llewellyn? A steal at 99c / 99p.

Ends 4 November 2016.

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As always, they feature my DI Joe Rafferty, who battles crime – and his selectively law-abiding family – with wit, vigour, and sometimes sheer desperation. He is ably assisted by Sergeant Dafyd Llewellyn, whose moral certainties give Rafferty palpitations.













B & N

And as if that’s not enough, the follow on book #9 Blood on the Bones, is also 99c / 99p!


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4 Killer Cozies – Only 99c / 99p!

Continue reading 4 Killer Cozies – Only 99c / 99p!

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I want to say a big, fat, ‘Thank you’ to amazon. Without them and their kindle, I wouldn’t be in the position I’m in today.I also want to thank all the lovely people who buy my ebooks. I hope you enjoy them.
I am at last earning a living income from my writing. And I have kindle – and my readers – to thank for that. My ebook sales have increased, month on month. My income arrives month on month, unlike when I was with traditional publishers, when I’d get paid every ten months for each book. First, say in the January of the year, when I’d receive my advance on signature. I  wouldn’t receive another payment from my publisher until the October of that year (after the payment had gone via my agent). if I’d written another book, I’d  receive another advance.
There are none of these lengthy waitings around with amazon. For each month’s sales you get paid 60 days after the end of the month in which the sales were made. So for July sales, I’ll get paid end September/beginning October. And for July sales, I’ll know by the 15th of the following month what I’ve earned. I keep a tally of daily sales, of course, both for my accounts and my own satisfaction, as it’s good to see the numbers mount up.
As I said in my last post, my start with amazon wasn’t promising. I only made a few sales in my first month or two. But I suppose that was to be expected. Readers, in particular, American readers, to whom I make most of my sales, had to get used to the sight of my book covers. They had to prepare to buy, if you like.
So here’s a big thank you, to amazon and all my ebook purchasers. Between you, you’ve changed my life. That’s a nice thing to be able to say on a wet Thursday in August.

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To Kindle, or not to Kindle?

Are you thinking of buying a Kindle? So am I. I’ve read a lot about them and I want one! I’ve given my husband a few hints about what he can buy me for Christmas and it’s definitely not scarlet underwear. I already buy kindle books for PC and have quite a collection waiting to be read. I’m currently enjoying While the Savage sleeps by Andrew Kaufman.

I’ve also considered buying an iPad, but they’re too expensive for our budget. They look tremendous, but the screen on a kindle is reckoned to be far superior when you only want the gadget to read books, which is my requirement. And then there’s the amazon factor to consider. Amazon is the largest market for ebooks, I understand they even have an App which enables you to download from iPad and other ebook formats, though I’ve yet to find a need to try this. I read widely and I also have a need to buy non-fiction for research and sheer pleasure, so it’s the Amazon’s kindle for me.

Let me know what you think and what your preferences are.

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Sod’s Law Rules

Ever have one of those days when everything you touch goes wrong? I’ve had three of them on the trot. I tried to download some music to put on my third video. Would the music go in the shopping cart? Would it heck! Every time I tried, I got thrown off the site. Turned out it was a problem with the Java script and their techie was able to do a small alteration to the programming to set things right.

Then I tried to add exact amazon links to the individual books on my website. I had trouble with this, as well. I had these individual links once, but then I changed my website software and they disappeared; though I didn’t realize this for ages. And then when I tried to do the links I found I’d forgotten how to do it… Anyway, I have finally discovered that I shouldn’t copy and paste all of amazon’s code for a book, but only the bit from http to the end of my individual reference. Of course, there’s no mention of this on amazon associates’ website.

Before that I sent a signed contract to America for converting my ebook for use on iPad, iPhone, etc (it’s already up on kindle), only to discover when I emailed them several weeks later after not hearing anything, that they hadn’t received my letter. Then I tried to scan the contract. Would my scanner work? No, it would not. So I downloaded various drivers from the net. It still wouldn’t work. So then I thought I’d photograph the darn thing, which I did. Would the email with attachments send? You guessed it. The computer just kept telling me that due to ‘technical problems’ my email hadn’t gone. So it was back to snail mail for a second attempt.

Anyway, I’ve got my website book links properly set up now. The music is on my video and ready to upload once Dead Before Morning is converted from its Amstrad disc, edited and proofread. And the American contract is in the post.

I’m glad this week’s nearly over. Next week must be better. Mustn’t it?