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!

O Horrid Night

So, the books arrived a few days ago.  Aren’t they beautiful?

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And, I’ve just come across the Facebook group hosted by the publishers, FunDead Publications, where each evening in the run up to Christmas they are going to discuss one of the stories.  My story, A Midwinter Haunting, is scheduled for 13th December.  Oh my!  This is exciting and just a little bit scary…

“Fairy Magic” in The Lost Door

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The Lost Door is a Zimbell House Publishing anthology released in August 2016, and I’m extremely excited to say that my short story, Fairy Magic, is in it, alongside the stories of a great many talented authors.

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About Fairy Magic

Fairy Magic tells the tale of Violet – known as Aunty Vi to her young niece, Amy.  Violet’s been going through a tough time, and so goes off to stay with her sister and her family.  As she tries her hardest to solve the problems she is facing – the grown up way – little Amy is doing her best to help her aunt in the only way she knows how…magic.

You can learn more about the anthology over at the publisher’s website.

And now for something a little bit different…

I am pleased to announce that I have a short story and a poem in the latest issue of Free Lit Magazine, the theme for which was “paradise”.

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My idea of paradise…in the mountains, by a river, on a pebbled beach or in a forest at the end of summer / beginning of autumn…

The “something a little bit different” mentioned in the title of the post is referring to the short story, The Paradise Question.  It’s a genre I don’t usually write in…Set in the future, it raises the question of what the term paradise means to different people.  Why?  Because science has found a way to create paradise on earth…but what does that mean?

If you do have a spare moment, please feel free to check out the latest issue of Free Lit Magazine.  And if you are a writer or poet, don’t forget to visit their site to see what themed issues are coming up and consider submitting something yourself.

Feedback is always welcome on my work, so if you do read any of it, let me know 🙂

Jousting for Murder – Short Story News

I love historical fiction.  I love to read it.  I love to write it, but I find it’s not something I write very often.

At one time, I believed, as did those around me, that I would be primarily a historical fiction writer.  I have in fact written two complete novels set in ancient Greece as well as a number of stories of various lengths and in various stages of completion set in other time periods.  But over time I gradually wrote less and less historical fiction and more fantasy and paranormal pieces.  Why that happened, I’m not sure.

Sometimes I will blend historical fiction and the paranormal together, like I did for the first story I got published, Idus Martiae, which was a re-imagining of the dream Caesar’s wife had the night before his murder. (You can read it here).  But still, my historical fiction writing has been limited, at least until these past few months, when I wrote The Sultan’s Daughter, set in a period and culture that I was unfamiliar with, and then Jousting for Murder, set in the Middle Ages, a period I have a great interest in.

And it is this latest historical short story that has been accepted and published in Tournament Games, an anthology dedicated to the Middle Ages and the Age of Chivalry.  The anthology is published by Zimbell House Publishing and edited by Evelyn M. Zimmer.

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Jousting for Murder

The baron is celebrating his birthday with a joust and one of his closest friends, Miles Chevalier, is competing in a much anticipated competition.  However, when his opponent falls off his horse in front of the lists, it appears that Miles has killed him.  However, things are not as they seem.  Will Miles be able to find the truth behind the joust?  And more importantly, will he able to find the real murderer?

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You can learn more about the anthology over at the publisher’s website.

A side note:  Thanks go to Ben, whose knowledge of the Rule of St. Benedict proved extremely helpful in adverting a disaster in my story.  I will never forget that Benedictines were forbidden from taking food and drink outside of the walls of their religious house.  Brother John was almost in a lot of trouble… 😀

The Apothecary’s Tale

I’m very pleased to announce that I have a story in the Zimbell House Publishing short story anthology, The Key.

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My offering, The Apothecary’s Tale, tells the story of Amberia, an apothecary who one day wakes to find an old key sitting on her front doorstep. Having no idea of where it has come from or what it could be used for, she goes off to see her friend, Redden.  As they undertake the adventure of the key together, they find much more than they could ever have dreamed of.  Soon, they will be in possession of the answers Amberia has craved all her life, but everything has its price…

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I must say, out of the stories I have worked on this year, this might just be my favourite.  The reason for it?  The characters of Amberia and Redden.  Together they have persuaded me that there is still so much more of their stories to tell…

I also think that this might be the prettiest of the anthology covers that I have made it into so far.  There is something so very magical about old keys…they could open anything!

I’m looking forward to spending a little time reading this collection.  As I perused the content’s page, and glanced down the list of titles offered by the other amazing authors, I couldn’t help but think that these stories sound thoroughly fabulous!


Some useful The Key links:

The Key on the Publisher’s website | Amazon UK | Goodreads

Writing the day away…

I’m not exactly sure where this day has gone.  The weather has been pretty miserable here, which in turn has meant a day for writing, naturally. Yay!

I’ve been spending the day trying to update my Wattpad…why?  Probably because I’m struggling to decide just which of the many writing projects floating around Sammi Scribbles HQ I should be focusing on for Camp NaNoWriMo, which is frustrating to say the least.  Apart from that, I am very excited about Camp, which starts in less than a week and I’m so pleased with the cabin I’m in – big hello to any of you, if you’re reading 🙂

Anyhoo, I can’t believe that it’s been nearly a year since I was last on Wattpad  Oh my!  So much needed updating (there is still more to do).

First, let’s start with my profile.  I now have a new background image and changed my profile pic to the one I use pretty much everywhere else.  It’s nice to be consistent 🙂  These two changes alone have brightened up my profile and made the whole page feel fresher and infused with the right kind of energy…you know what I mean.  It feels less neglected.  I’ve also updated my bio.  The old one sounded so fussy, but that’s gone now.

Then I decided that the version of The Magician: An Andromache Jones Mystery on Wattpad needed its right and proper cover.  It only had the other one because I wanted to play around with Wattpad’s cover creator.  Looks better, right?

The Magician: An Andromache Jones Mystery Wattpad Cover (July 2014)

The Magician: An Andromache Jones Mystery Wattpad Cover (July 2014)

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The Magician: An Andromache Jones Mystery Cover – this is the cover that you will see if you download the short story anywhere else.

Chronicles of the Craft has had a face lift too.  A new cover and an edited summary has made this writing project look loved again.

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Chronicles of the Craft – Old Cover

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Chronicles of the Craft – new cover

Which of the covers do you prefer, old or new?  I would love to hear your thoughts…

I completed the thirteen short stories / chapters for Chronicles of the Craft (vol. 1) as part of NaNoWriMo 2015 (I was a rebel and wrote 50,000 words for a number of short stories and on top of that I edited about the same again! Phew!) And yet, I never got around to uploading the last seven stories.  The plan is post these remaining stories over the next couple of days / weeks – and just so you know, some of them will be exclusive to Wattpad.

On top of that, I’ve also been working on two volumes of poetry, one of them at least destined for Wattpad.  It’s now just a question of working out which poems should go in which volume…it sounds easy but it’s been remarkably hard work…Of course, I love it! 😀

So, if you want to see what’s new over at Wattpad, follow this link here to my profile, and my stories.  Looking forward to seeing you over there!  It would be great to find some more Wattpad-folk to follow – my reading list is still a bit empty…

Past Lives

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The stranger smiled.  Alice smiled back, wondering why he looked familiar.  Why he felt familiar.

She forced herself to look away, to stop staring, but she couldn’t stop wondering.  There was something about him.  She would have said it was the energy he was giving off, if she had believed in such things.  But she didn’t.

Instead she made herself concentrate – her stop was coming up and if she missed it, she would be late for work.  As she made to press the button that would get the bus to stop where she needed, Alice’s hand brushed the stranger’s ever so slightly, and a jolt of electricity passed up her arm, causing her to gasp and her cheeks to flush in embarrassment.

A thousand thoughts crossed her mind, none of them sensible, so she fixed her eyes on the floor, feeling foolish.  She spent the rest of the journey wishing either that she was invisible or that a gaping hole in the floor would open up and throw her under the bus.  Neither happened.

When the bus slowed, she made her way down the short aisle before stepping off on to terra firma, but pulled up short to avoid colliding with a pushchair on the path.

A hand on her arm came from behind to steady her, and the pulse of electricity again tingled her skin.  For some reason, nerves fluttered like butterflies in the pit of her stomach.  What was going on here?

‘I’m so sorry,’ the voice said apologetically as she slowly turned round, wondering what would be the quickest way to end the most uncomfortable, awkward journey to work she could remember.  However, the stranger kept on talking.  ‘Your name’s Alice, isn’t it?  I know you from somewhere,’ he continued, perplexed, ‘but I can’t think where from.’

As Alice looked into his eyes she suddenly saw reflecting back at her how she knew him.  Visions of times past flashed before her, visions of her and him, in strange places and wearing even stranger clothes.

‘Jack…?’ she whispered, at once not believing what she knew to be impossible, and yet completely certain that it was the truth.

On A Dark and Snowy Night…

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…Is the title of an anthology released earlier this month by Zimbell House Publishing, which includes my short story:

The Wood-Shades of WinterAnd, like all their fabulous anthologies, it comes with a matching bookmark, which, when they send out the contributor copies is set alongside the author’s story.  A great touch!

On a Dark and Snowy Night bookmark(Apologies for the poor picture quality)

So, what is my story, The Wood-Shades of Winter about?

The story tells of a young woman named Seren, and her connection to an older witch, Dorothea.  Seren is running for her life, but from what?  When Dorothea dreams that Seren is in danger, she sends her son, Bryn, into the forest to find her.  But will he reach her in time?  And what secrets, kept hidden for decades, are about to be brought out into the open?

The Wood-Shades of Winter is a tale of winter magic, set in a forest where all is not as it seems…


Some useful On a Dark and Snowy Night links:

On A Dark and Snowy Night on the Publishers website | Amazon UK | Goodreads

A Teller of Fortunes – Short Story News

I am honoured / overwhelmed / excited to announce that I have a short story in the Zimbell House Publishing anthology, Travelers, which was released a few weeks ago.  My contributors copy arrived in the post yesterday and I am in love with the cover:

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I am so new to having my work published that each and every time I see something that I wrote included in a print anthology, ebook or online magazine, it takes my breath away. I can’t quite believe it.

A Teller of FortunesMy story, entitled A Teller of Fortunes, focuses on a few days in the life of Astre, a travelling fortune teller and a seller of charms, as she plies her trade at a market.  But a chance encounter with a troublemaker will leave her feeling unsettled, until she is given the opportunity to ensure he gets exactly what he deserves…

A Teller of Fortunes sits alongside four other gyspy-inspired tales of magicians and soothsayers, and I can’t wait to read them.


Some useful Travelers links:

Travelers on the publishers website | Amazon UK | Goodreads