Happy Mother’s Day(UK)+ Free Download Weekend.

Good morning my loves!

It’s been forever and a day since I touched base with you. I really hope that you’re well. 2021 ended just as busy as 2022 started for me. This is my first real contact with readers (outside of social media), that’s personal and from me. I’ve not even interacted on my blog.

It’s Mother’s Day this weekend in the UK, if you’re in the UK, I hope you have a wonderful day/weekend. I will try my best to celebrate being a mother too, but it also marks one year since I lost my own mum, Viv. Some of you may recall around springtime in 2021, I was on a roll knocking out novel after novel. I wrote three unsolved mystery stories in about nine months, The Note I approved yesterday in audio version. I was and still am proud that I managed to do this, and battled with finishing the last one just as I learned my mum was about to pass away. I was fighting a publisher’s deadline to complete the third one. I did it, but I then took a well-deserved break from writing to process my loss, bury Mum, organise her estate, sell her home etc. It was so unexpected, I did write a memoir My Mum and Me, Messages From Beyond The Grave as my experiences after Mum crossed over were so out of this world! I couldn’t not document it in a memoir. It was a really special experience too, I’ll never forget it and gives validation to the whole ‘life after death’ theories.

 I’ve asked my publisher to make it a free download this weekend, to celebrate Mother’s Day in the UK and remember Mum. You can grab a free copy on Amazon from the 25th- 27th of March 2022 in all countries.  Click the cover to grab your copy, or the link above.

In other news, I have been well, healthy, and I am back writing prolifically again! This was one thing Mum made me promise I’d dedicate my life to. So I will for her and me!  I’m currently working on another unsolved mystery so different to the three I’ve penned so far. I will be sharing more details very soon. The last one I wrote before Mum passed, I’m about to enter into a competition for British writers, why not aye? Try my luck, wish me luck with a shortlist!

Spring has arrived, and I am so pleased, I love this time of year and summer being my favourite. I’m back to getting up before sunrise these days to write, do some yoga, home-school my boy, then start my day. I do love watching the sun pop up it floods in the living from, then by mid-morning it’s beating over the garden area which is nice. We adopted a six-year-old shelter cat that’s just soooooooo sweet but timid.  She’s a Russian Blue breed. She’s also tiny in size for her age.  That said, it’s funny as her age, and appreciation for the warm and cosy inside life has really shown. All she does is chill in her bed and snooze, when she’s not snoozing, she’s ‘supervising’ us LOL. Watching what we’re doing from her perch in her cat tree or bed. My son begged me for a cat he loves animals, I have always grown up with one. I kind of fell in love with Belle’s story of street life, then spending one year at a shelter before we got her, but her time there she was so stressed out and scared with the dogs and loud atmosphere that she just hid all the time, and wouldn’t let any human near her.  Judging by her behaviour when she arrived home, I do think that if she ever lived in a house, she was abused. She would flinch so much if anyone went to pet her. Now she’s a bit more confident and I can pet her with ease and not too much flinching, she has shown me her tummy to show she trusts me which is great. But, she’s still timid and likes to observe everything from afar in a comfy warm place. She doesn’t even have any interest in the outdoor life at all, I opened the back door she looked out, glanced behind her, and ran back to her bed. At the shelter she did have access to a garden. Maybe she’ll come around once the summer comes and it’s too tempting to not laze in the sun, I know I will be!

Anyway friends, I hope you have a wonderful weekend, you and your family remain safe and well, and that with all that’s happening globally you have some inner peace.

Until next time, keep well, and please do leave a review on Amazon if you grab a free download of My Mum and Me, Messages From Beyond The Grave.

‘Sacrifices’ Just 99 Cents 15th -19th of October

Yep! 99 cents for this week only on Amazon, you can grab a copy of Sacrifices. Please leave a review!

Sacrifices is a riveting romantic story with historical and suspenseful elements set in the 1960s jazz scene and the present day.

Jane O’Sullivan, a sultry twenty-seven-year-old singer, starts a torrid, forbidden affair during the 1960s jazz scene in London. Working hard, she makes a name for herself. She’s a woman with dreams, hopes, and a burning desire to leave Europe behind and travel to New Orleans with her lover, Louis.

Louis Simpson, a charming twenty-nine-year-old musician from Jackson, Mississippi, is on tour with his band in London. Back home, the height of the civil rights movement plays out in the USA. Driven by ambition, a forbidden love, and a desire to turn his life around, he pushes forward, living his dream.

Once their paths cross, a twist of fate crushes Jane’s world, forcing her to make a life-changing decision that impacts both her and Louis. This historical love story spans across the Atlantic and roams through Europe with love, loss, and broken promises.

Twenty-five years later, when Jane and Louis’ paths cross on a Greek Island, will the helping hand of fate bring them together, or rip them apart, once more?

Grab your copy here on Amazon before the 19th of October: https://bit.ly/SacrificesHistoricalRomanticSuspense

New Release: The Barrister and the Letter of Marque @ToddMJohnson @Bethany_house @lovebooksgroup @lovebookstours

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As a barrister in 1818 London, William Snopes has witnessed firsthand the danger of only the wealthy having their voices heard, and he’s a strong advocate who defends the poorer classes against the powerful. That changes the day a struggling heiress, Lady Madeleine Jameson, arrives at his door.

In a last-ditch effort to save her faltering estate, Lady Jameson invested in a merchant brig, the Padget. The ship was granted a rare privilege by the king’s regent: a Letter of Marque authorizing the captain to seize the cargo of French traders operating illegally in the Indian Sea. Yet when the Padget returns to London, her crew is met by soldiers ready to take possession of their goods and arrest the captain for piracy. And the Letter–the sole proof his actions were legal–has mysteriously vanished.

Moved by the lady’s distress, intrigued by the Letter, and goaded by an opposing solicitor, Snopes takes the case. But as he delves deeper into the mystery, he learns that the forces arrayed against Lady Jameson, and now himself, are even more perilous than he’d imagined.

The Barrister and the Letter of Marque combines the intrigue of John Grisham, the vibrant world of Charles Dickens, and a mystery worthy of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. . . . This richly historical and lively paced story has all the makings of a modern classic.”–JOCELYN GREEN, Christy Award-winning author of Shadows of the White City

“At once atmospheric and gripping, Johnson’s latest is a luminous and refreshing new offering in inspirational historical fiction.”–RACHEL MCMILLAN, author of The London Restoration and The Mozart Code

“A fascinating glimpse into a Regency London readers seldom see.”–ROSEANNA M. WHITE, bestselling author of Edwardian fiction

Author Bio
Todd M. Johnson has practised as an attorney for over 30 years, specializing as a trial lawyer. A graduate of Princeton University and the University of Minnesota Law School, he also taught for two years as an adjunct professor of International Law and served as a US diplomat in Hong Kong. He lives outside Minneapolis, Minnesota, with his wife and daughter. Visit his website at www.authortoddjohnson.com

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Book Review: Child in a Time of Tribulation- 3 stars!

A free download I received thanks to Bookbub.

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From the blurb, this short story comes across as an actual ‘crime or mystery’ story, not just a backstory, instead it’s a backstory on why a Detective does not want to return to a city to work on a case. This is where this short story fell short for me, it felt incomplete with just backstory, there’s no mystery to solve that readers see or experience. I felt misled by the blurb. However, the historical backstory was interesting as I happen to love historical fiction especially stories I’ve read in this part of the world, set during the Nigerian war.
Overall, this was an okay read, based on what it was. But I would have loved a more rounded story or to at least understand fully what the Detective’s assignment was. I would read more for the author as I love the idea of following a Detective actually solving a crime in Africa, but for this story three stars from me.

**BOOK ALERT** 99 Cents Download ‘ The Red Room’

Happy Sunday!

A short romance story I penned years back, The Red Room is also 99 cents to download on Amazon. Please leave a review if you dive into this one. Check out Amazon here: https://bit.ly/TheRedRoomRomance

Love and work does not mix, or does it?

Rita Lane lives a double life in her day job she’s a receptionist at the prestigious Park Hotel, in London. By night her adventures begin. As a woman in her thirties she is content with her single status.

Richard Clarkson a New York based guest at the Park Hotel has firmly closed the door to romance, after a rocky marriage. As soon as Rita checks Richard into the hotel as a guest the sparks and electricity between the two begin. After hours, the day before Valentine’s Day, their paths cross in an unexpected way.

Rita and Richard’s desire for each other is on maximum. Will they cross the line to become more than just friends? Does love and work mix?

The Red Room is a steamy stand-alone short story, set in London with diverse characters that will leave you wanting more. Each story in the Romance in The City series can be read in any order, as stand-alone stories.

**BOOK ALERT** 99 Cents Download ‘ Havana Heat’

Happy Sunday!

This little romantic suspense novella Havana Heat I penned years back is just 99 cents to download on Amazon. Please leave a review if you dive into this one. Check out Amazon here http://bit.ly/HavanaHeatRomanticSuspense

Overcoming the past is not easy, when the future seems just as scary…

Havana Heat is book one of the Romance Set in Paradise series of steamy, suspenseful, romantic stand-alone novella length stories, set in exotic locations around the world. Each story can be read in any order, as a stand-alone. Readers are transported to the paradise of Cuba’s capital Havana, following the romance and heat build between Spanish Detective Sebastian Garcia, and London born and bred wedding planner Melinda Jones.

Melinda’s path crosses with the handsome and charming Detective at Casa De Amour Hotel as a guest at her client’s exotic location wedding. Both characters are in search of a slice of paradise, away from their own troubled love life back home. Originally with different agendas, once their paths cross the romance and sizzle begins. After all hell breaks out at Casa De Amour Hotel, conflict builds over Sebastian’s past, both characters are faced with a decision to take a risk and see out their romance, or walk away. Forever asking themselves what could have been with their chances of love. Sebastian and Melinda both grow as individuals from their encounter in Havana, following a few bumps along the way they find the real meaning of love. Romance, thrills and excitement await in book one of this romance series set in paradise.