Dreaming in Purple – An Andromache Jones Mini Mystery

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It’s the day of the Bramblesgrove Village Fair and Andromache Jones is giving away free tarot readings. However, she woke that morning recalling she had dreamt in purple. And that can only mean one thing…something quite extraordinary is going to happen.

Dreaming in Purple is the first Andromache Jones Mini Mystery.  If you’ve yet to read the other Andromache Jones Mysteries, this very short story will serve as a great introduction to the witchy sleuth.

To read this free short story, click the cover above, or follow this link.  And if you do read it, don’t forget to let me know what you think!

The Magician, An Andromache Jones Mystery – 4th Birthday!

Of course, when I say birthday what I mean is that four years ago today, The Magician, An Andromache Jones Mystery, was released.  Yay!

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To celebrate, I decided to create a little bit of quote art, using some of my favourite snippets from the first two chapters of the story.  What do you think?  Which is your favourite?  Let me know in the comments…

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The Magician, An Andromache Jones Mystery, is available to download for free via Smashwords in a number of different formats – you can even use the online reader, should you wish!  If you would rather download it from a different retailer, including, Barnes and Noble, Kobo and iBooks, please see this page on my website for the links.  You can also read it via Wattpad.

Authors, especially those of the aspiring kind, rely on the feedback of readers to get anywhere in the world of writing.  I would be eternally grateful if you’ve not yet read The Magician (or the second short story in the series, The Apparition), to please give it a go.  And, if you could rate and / or review it on goodreads, where you downloaded it from, or on your own website or blog, again, you will have earned my eternal thanks.  Don’t forget to let me know so that I can thank you! 🙂

The Magician, An Andromache Jones Mystery

Andromache Jones has somehow managed to capture the attention of The Magician and finds herself caught up in The Game, his challenge that has very real life and death consequences, and not only for her. Can she complete the test he has set in the allotted time and live to see another day, or will failure, and The Magician triumph?

The Magician is the dark debut of the soon to be available Andromache Jones Mystery series. This is a prelude to the witchy whodunnit series, and your chance to get to know the heroine of the books.

Thanks everyone for your support.  It means so much to me.

sammi

 

The Fortune Teller Detective Update

It’s been sometime since I have written anything hereabouts regarding Andromache Jones and the first volume of short story mysteries that I have tentatively titled, The Fortune Teller Detective, apart from giving it the briefest of mentions here.  So an update is long over due…

The Magician 2014This first collection is now complete.  That’s five short stories in all, with a little bit of flash fiction introducing the collection and setting the scene, and another bit at the end to bring it to a close whilst setting up the storyline for the first novel.  Each story also has an ‘extra’ that ties in with it somehow, which was fun to create.  At the end of the book I have collated a list of characters from all the stories, as well as an explanation of all the places mentioned in them.

The Apparition Front CoverWhen I first started The Magician in September 2012, I had no idea that I would create a volume of short stories that would be set before the first novel.  At the time, I had already written what I thought would be the first two novels in the series, and was half way through a third.  That has now changed as the first novel in the series is also set before what was originally book one.  Another point that I struggle to believe is that it has taken nearly three years to get The Fortune Teller Detective this far.

But I have enjoyed every minute of it.  And I can’t wait to begin putting the finishing touches to novel #1.  The plan for the novels is to try and go down the traditional publishing route if it’s possible.  But at this time I don’t know what is going to happen with The Fortune Teller Detective.  The first two stories, The Magician and The Apparition are already available to read for free from a number of places, which although it helps to get the series known, must reduce the value of the short story collection as a whole in the eyes of a publisher…

Thanks for taking the time to read this update, and enjoy the rest of your week 🙂

The Magician: An Andromache Jones Mystery is 3 years old!

This week, or to be exact 7th October, marked the 3rd birthday of The Magician: An Andromache Jones Mystery, the short story that started my (limited) foray into the of world of self / indie publishing.  Naturally, it was marked by a little tea party.

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So, Wednesday morning was spent baking…Viennese whirls were this occasion’s baked goodie of choice, and for those who wanted something a little more chocolately, I knocked up a batch of cornflake cakes in rather short notice…I tried to make them as exciting as I could! 🙂

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Over the next couple of days, in celebration, I will be posting a few ‘Andromache Jones’ related posts (purely because it has been so long since I have done so!):

Read below for chapter 1 of The Magician and don’t forget it’s FREE to download the whole short story from a number of places (see here for the list) or you can go straight to Smashwords where you can get it in a number of different formats or read online over on Wattpad (which has the most recent version).  Don’t forget, if you do read it and you like it, please let me know by commenting here or rating / reviewing wherever you download it from.  Thanking you in advance 😀


The Magician: An Andromache Jones Mystery

Chapter 1

The metallic taste in her mouth and the lingering chemical odour were the first clues that indicated to Andromache Jones she had been abducted.  In quick succession, other hints followed: the blindfold over her blue eyes; the bindings around her slender wrists.

She was of medium height and not very broad, but she was stronger than she looked.  However, with the aid of a chemical or drug, she would have been easy to overpower.

Sitting as still as she could, Andromache strained to hear the sound of movement that would point to whether she was alone or if there was someone else in the room with her.  She heard nothing; nothing except the sound of her heart pounding in her ears and the repetitive drip-drip of a leaky pipe or tap.

The air was damp and cold, and clung to her purple-streaked, light brown hair that reached her shoulders and stuck out at funny angles when it wasn’t being restrained by a blindfold.

The air also had a peculiar taste to it, or so she thought.  However, her analytical mind quickly accepted that this might be the result of the combined effect of the taste in her mouth, the chemical soreness in her nose and the disorientation of her predicament.

Andromache, or Mac, as she preferred to be called as “Andromache” sounded far too formal and always led to questions about Troy, Prince Hector and The Illiad, had made a few enemies in her twenty-four years of life, and she had annoyed a few more on top of that.  This was directly the consequence of two things: her forays into the world of the private detective and the gifts she had been born with.

By trade, or perhaps destiny depending on which way you looked at it, Mac was a psychic.  However, her love of mysteries and puzzles had naturally pushed her towards helping out her policeman boyfriend on a few of his cases.  This led to his quick advancement up the ranks and inflamed her desire to solve crimes and conundrums, with the aid of her psychic gifts, naturally.

Mac was not clairvoyant; she didn’t see the dead.  She was sometimes capable of clairaudience where she could receive messages and guidance from a spirit in the form of speech, but this was quite a rare occurrence.  She was however, clairsentient; she could feel the presence of the dead.  Nevertheless, these abilities did not really help her in the pursuit of answers.  The tarot cards, crystal ball and pendulum on the other hand, very much did.

She had played her part in the capture of murderers, drug dealers, burglars and even a bank robber.  She had located lost children, stolen jewellery and once a kidnapped tenth generation pedigree dachshund.  Of course, her involvement in such cases was kept very much out of the public eye; she did not seek fame and the police did not want their association to become public knowledge.

However, that did not mean that others outside of these circles were oblivious to Mac’s role in such cases, as her current dilemma seemed to prove.  Mac wracked her brain, trying to think of who could have done this to her and yet it seemed somewhat of an over-reaction for most of the cases she had been involved with, especially recently.  So she turned her attention away from the world of sleuthing, instead focusing on her other area of employment.

From her little cottage in the village of Bramblesgrove, Mac ran River Gardens Mystical Services, from which she dispensed herbal medicine, periodically taught yoga, offered readings, and as a member of the Coven of the Silver Star, an international coven network, cast spells.  She regularly taught classes and wrote literature on metaphysical subjects, and within this circle, she was deemed quite famous, much to her embarrassment.

Yet here also enemies lurked, in the form of other witches jealous of her abilities and her success.  Sure, some of them would like to see my luck change, she mused, but would any of them go to the length of kidnapping me?

Just as she was about to answer her own question, footsteps, faint at first, could be heard.  Mac felt the first flurries of panic in her stomach, as she sent a silent plea up to the Goddess asking to keep her safe.  Then she mustered up all her courage and forced herself to calm down.  Looking weak and terrified would do her no good.

‘You’ve come round!  How delightful!’ exclaimed the voice of a man, a voice she did not recognise.  ‘Welcome to my lair.  This is where all the fun begins, and as always, I promise all my guests lots of that.’

‘You have people over often?’ Mac said dryly.  She was annoyed at the jollity in his voice; she had prepared for menacing, not merry.

‘Oh, regularly,’ he replied, clapping his hands together.  ‘Not as often as I would like, because my parties take so much planning.  It’s all in the detail, you understand.  Now, let’s not get ahead of ourselves, we have yet to be properly introduced.

‘I obviously know who you are.  Miss Andromache Jones, the “Fortune-Teller Detective” I think a newspaper once called you?  What am I saying?  I know that is exactly what they called you as I have the clipping on a board in my Library.  I do my research, you see.

‘Now your turn; have you worked out who I am yet?’ he asked, sounding thoroughly excited to hear what she had to say.

‘To be honest, I haven’t the foggiest.  The whole thing feels a little surreal to me.  Perhaps if you were to take off my blindfold I might have a better chance of working out who you are?’

He laughed heartily before replying.  ‘Clever, clever, but no.  I must admit I am a little disappointed in you. Out of all my guests I would have put money on you working out my identity.  Why not ask your spirit friends for a clue?  I would love to see how that voodoo-Ouija board-magic, or whatever you call it, works.’  Mac remained silent; she wasn’t going to play his games if she could avoid it.  ‘No?  What a shame.  I personally don’t understand any of it, this spiritual, paranormal, talking to trees nonsense, so any insights I gleam from our time spent together shall be worth their weight in gold, I have no doubt.

‘And as for my identity, I shall just have to tell you who I am, but it will have to wait for a moment.  You might have a more pressing question that you want me to answer.’

‘Such as…?’

‘Miss Jones, please try to play along,’ he pleaded.  ‘It’s more fun with two.’

‘This might be “fun” for you but don’t expect me to enjoy myself.  I am bound and blindfolded; I think I have been drugged…where is the “fun” for me in all of this?’

He quietly chuckled at her outburst.  ‘And I thought you didn’t want to play?’ he said, teasingly, ‘but you did exactly what I asked of you.  Your question might be better phrased as “why am I here”?’  He paused, before resuming.  ‘Go on, ask me.’

‘Why am I here?’ Mac asked, as she felt the fight draining out of her.

‘For The Game, of course.’

The Game? What game?  What are you talking about?’

The Game, the chase, the puzzle, call it what you will.  I am about to set you a challenge, Miss Jones, one that has very real life and death consequences.’


To continue reading, visit Smashwords, Wattpad or follow this link to The Magician’s page to see other download options.

Celebrating the little things…with tea and biscuits

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I believe in celebrating the celebrating the little things…The Apparition, the second of the Andromache Jones Mysteries short stories had it’s own little anniversary last month.  Tuesday 17th February saw the first anniversary of it’s publication.

And so, in honour of this little celebration, and in true Andromache Jones style, we had plenty of home-baked shortbread biscuits, naturally star-shaped and dipped in purple and white icing.  (if you have read the short stories, you will know how much Andromache loves her tea and biscuits!)

An Anniversary to Celebrate

Last week saw the anniversary of The Magician’s publication.

It has been two years – two years! – since I self-published my first short story, and thought seriously about becoming an author rather than it remaining an unfilled dream.  So, to me, the 7th October is quite an important anniversary in my life, which is why for the past couple of weeks I had been running a countdown in the sidebar.

To mark it this year I decided I want to do something a little special, something that Andromache Jones herself would approve of.  So, naturally, we had a tea party!  I did all the baking myself – the photos below are of the cakes and biscuits we consumed in ridiculous amounts, served, of course, with copious amounts of tea:

 

Oracle Forecast for the Week Ahead from The River Gardens Oracle

 

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This week will be one for hard work (Bee).  However, your effort will be rewarded and will bring success to your door.

If you work with balance as your guiding principle (Yin and Yang) harmony will reign and this hard work will feel effortless.

During this busy period don’t forget to take care of yourself (Mother Goddess).  It is a time for healing.  Make sure that you rest to recuperate your strength during quiet periods so that when the time comes, you are ready for anything.


This oracle forecast uses the River Gardens Oracle Card Deck, which I designed for my fictional witch, Andromache Jones.  To learn more about her and the free stories she features in, click here.

I would love to hear what you think of the stories, the cards and this reading, so please feel free to comment or contact me.

Please Note: It is worth pointing out that this reading is provided for entertainment purposes only; however, what you do with the information provided in it, is up to you.

© Sammi Cox, 2014