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!

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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

 

Time for another update…

It’s been a while but I’ve not been sitting idle, watching time tick by (well, not for the most part).  So, here are some updates that you may or may not be interested in… 🙂

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This photo has nothing to do with this post…However, it is one of my favourite photos from last year…

Blogging

Blogging-wise, I’ve been occupied with my reading challenges over at Sammi Loves Books (July was Indie Only Month and August was Historical Fiction Month).  And this got me thinking that, wouldn’t it be a great way to get back into posting regularly as well as unleashing a little creativity, to create a writing challenge for Sammi Scribbles.  And so, A Month of Mini Writing Challenges was born.  If you are interested in joining in / learning more, keep your eyes peeled for a dedicated post in the very, very near future 🙂

The Apparition

The Apparition has finally been uploaded completely to Wattpad.  If you don’t want to download it for FREE from Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, Kobo or iBooks, you can now read it entirely via Wattpad, by following this link.

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Also, there is a new Andromache Jones Mystery available to read.  This is the first Mini Mystery in the series.  It has been added to a book on Wattpad’s Short Story profile – 5 Minute Reads anthology.  Just click this link here.

I think this is an entertaining introduction to my witchy sleuth (of course I would), so if you haven’t met Andromache Jones yet, give this a try and let me know what you think.  And it is less than 1000 words long.

Website

My website has been updated and been given a new look.  What do you think?  I like the moving background – it invokes a sense of otherworldly mystery, I think…I also have a page now for my Wattpad stories, accompanied by excerpts (hopefully) tempting enough to persuade you to read them 😀

Facebook

If you look to the sidebar, you will see that I also have a (very bare looking) Facebook page now.  Please check  it out and give it a ‘like’.  The plan is to use it as a hub for my online writing activities, so I will be posting links to my writing, book reviews and anything else of interest.

And I think that’s everything…Hopefully with this mini writing challenge starting today I will be posting a little more regularly…at least for a while 🙂  Tomorrow begins the monumental task of catching up with everyone’s blogs.  There is a mountain of reading awaiting for me, and I’m looking forward to getting stuck in!

Thanks for stopping by and reading.

Brightest Blessings!

Busy be the month of June…(a few updates)

June has been a very busy month…

It began with my sister’s wedding last week.  It was such a lovely day and I was so proud to be Maid of Honour.  My bouquet is currently sitting in a cream-coloured jug on my mantelpiece.  Here is a snap of the flowers:

maid of honour flowersSo, what with the wedding, I’ve not had much of chance to be online much so far this month.  However, I have managed to keep on top of the following:

Ten Word StoriesUpdating Ten Word Stories

My “Ten Word Stories” now number 20.  If you fancy a few very, very quick reads, please feel free to check them out.  They can be found on Wattpad, by following the link here.

 

 

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I have been uploading The Apparition to Wattpad, one chapter a week.  We are currently up to chapter three.  If you fancy a short ghost story, you can begin reading it via Wattpad by following this link, or find all links to other sites its available to download from for free (including Smashwords and iBooks) on its page on my website, by following this link.

 

And here are a few other updates:

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My short anthology of paranormal, metaphysical, divination and witchcraft-based stories is now completed.  To read all thirteen stories / chapters, follow this link to Wattpad.

 

 

My Sammi Cox website

I have slowly been putting my website together.  I started this last October / November.  If you have a spare moment, please take a look and let me know what you think.  It’s almost up-to-date, but there are a few things that I still need to do.

http://sammicox.wix.com/sammicox

Writers Card

Finally, I thought I would share with you all a couple of photos of the writers card I carry around with me in my purse.  I designed, printed and laminated them myself and I love them.  I think they capture my personality and my writing…well, at least I hope they do…

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So what do you think?

As always, with any of the projects above, please let me know your thoughts, if you have any.  And if you are on Wattpad, don’t forget to follow me – I follow back 😉

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 🙂

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: