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Book of the Week - The Mistletoe Run by Mary Jane Hallowell, new for Xmas; Plus NYT Top books of 2014
12 December 2014

The Mistletoe Run, Mary Jane Hallowell The Mistletoe Run, Mary Jane Hallowell

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Book of week – The Mistletoe Run

My lovely writing pal Mary Jane Hallowell has finally released her little anthology with a seasonal Story called ‘The Mistletoe Run.’ If you liked her novel ‘To Touch a Rainbow,’ you may like this! Her other short stories are all under one cover for the first time and you can get them all in paperback for first time too. 

The Mistletoe Run follows a group of renegades from Devon who made a real life journey to France one Christmas with unexpected consequences! Read all about it via the free sample on Amazon. Also in the Anthology of short stories, her Thrill of the Chase - highly reviewed on Amazon - is also included. Plus you'll see the debut of her other new short stories like The Bird Yard and The Pearl Bracelet - a love story set in Victorian Times. Charming little volume of shorts from one of my fave writers. Go for it now - it's in eBook or paperback on Amazon.

Go here to see Mary Jane Hallowell's Amazon books page and to buy her novels.

My story

I am aiming to write you a short story as a xmas present – ‘the 12 Dates of X-Mas’ – can you guess what it’s about?! Watch out for more news in the next week or so.

And do sign up for my regular newsletters which send you all the links to my weekly blogs and snippets of info I don’t write anywhere else! The lazymans’ perfect guide to my writing! Click top left where it says 'subscribe' if you haven't already!


Other news

- Arvon Brochure is out - writing courses in the Uk in 2015 I've been on a couple of these now and love meeting like minded people all wanting to perfect their art - whatever that art is - scriptwriting, poems, novels - there's somethign for everyone. click here for the new brochure online.

45 Ways to use blogs to win more readers - part of the role of a self-publisher nowadays is of course marketing - here's another useful feature on how to help yourself do it - click here.

the 10 Best Books of 2014 - according to the New York Times - is your favourite in here? Do you agree with their choices? more here.


Getting my Paperbacks signed for gifting It'd be my pleasure! 

If you send me a SAE to QVC I will send you back a signed pic dedicated to the person of your choosing! Latest date to receive SAE’s is around 15th Dec. Send to me at QVC, 566 Chiswick High Rd, London W45XU. Order your copy and get the SAE in the post! (ordinary envelope size, as it’s just for a single postcard sized pic which you can insert into the book.)

Email me This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any comments about the books too! And do feel free to do me a kind review - would love that!


Beginners’ Guide And if you’re a complete beginner and want to self-publish, remember my basic guide published on here in the archives – click here for beginner's tips for self-publishing -  a summary of info, sites and links to help you on your way. Including my guest blog on, Go here to read more,

Archives Don’t forget to check out the other archives (to the left) for even more fabulous hints, tips, links and blogs. Plus - see below for my own list of books now available in paperback or eBook on Amazon!

Ps – see below for all my individual links to my own books.

Have a great week!

And don’t forget to kindly leave me a review on Amazon and Goodreads if you don’t mind!

Best wishes





As usual, here’s the round up of my own titles! Do give me feedback by tweeting or facebooking or just email me This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Otherwise I’d appreciate a review on Amazon (go here) and Goodreads (go here)! Enjoy! x


eBooks  - all available on Amazon – paperback or eBook (kindle or kindle app or kindle on PC or Mac)

paperbacks – five titles all available in paperback – via Amazon – see below.


HAWAIIAN TRILOGY (2013/4) – romantic fiction in either steamy or PG options!

Book 1 Hawaiian Escape Steamy or Hawaiian Escape PG, the prequel to Hawaiian Affair - is now available on Amazon in eBook or paperback in both PG original and steamy (just released last week!).

Book 2 Hawaiian Affair Steamy or Hawaiian Affair PG versions are both available on Amazon in either eBook or paperback.

Book 3 Hawaiian Retreat - Helen's Story is now out - Just click this link to see steamy version. Paperback also now available

STOP PRESS! Limited run extended, the PG trilogy all in one book! More news about it on my 'writing' page above… Available now on Amazon.

DIARY OF A WANNABE SHOPPING CHANNEL PRESENTER – a stand alone story – Bridget Jones meets Alan Partridge meets Eddie Murphy in ‘Holy Man’ –click here to buy Ebook on amazon, and click here to buy paperback.



‘When Dreams Return’ (2014) – spooky romantic short story – when Chelle’s pal Sara gets her to conjure up her ideal man with a full moon magic spell, she gets more than she bargained for…

The Valentine’s Surprise (2010) is a short story proving it’s never too late to find your Sir Galahad!

And coming for Xmas, a compendium in paperback of Dairy of a Wannabe plus the two short stories in one volume.

Also – for Hallowe’en – a free anthology of short spooky stories by 13 authors! Hocus Pocus ’14 – ebook or paperback.



Till the Fat Lady Slims 2.0 – the ‘When’ Diet - is my semi-autobiographical weight loss book – updated for 2014 to include the latest thinking about nutrition. Learn how to eat like slim people do, following freedom eating and the Food Freedom technique. As used and recommended on our Back to You QVC Facebook group!  In paperback or eBook. Here’s the original, just 99p on eBook. Till the Fat Lady Slims (2002)


OTHER WORK IN PROGRESS (see Work In Progress tab for updates!)

 ‘The How to Find a Husband Manual’ – hehe – more info in the winter. A spin off from the Hawaiian trilogy’s character Kate, Helen’s friend in New York.

‘Diary of a Rookie Shopping Channel Presenter’ – sequel - early 2015

‘French or Dutch’ – a cross between Mr Selfridge, Downton Abbey and Call the Midwife, following life-changing adventures around Britain of early pioneers of birth control.

'The 12 Dates of X-mas' - if I can finish it in time, your freebie for Xmas 2014 - to come! Sign up for newsletter so you don't miss it!

Have a fab week!





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