Please forgive me, I’m taking a break

I’m taking a short break from writing because I have family arriving very soon from Australia.

This is the family I wrote about in one of my earlier books. ‘It’s Penguin Shooting Day’ tells the story of when my son-in-law had a horrific car accident. I flew to Australia on the first available flight to help look after my baby granddaughter so my daughter could be by her husband’s side during his long journey to recovery.

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Those heartbreaking times are ten years behind us now, but I’m sure you’ll understand why I want to spend quality time with these very special people.

Please forgive me if I don’t write for a while. I’ll be enjoying lots of cuddles and playtime with my precious family.

If you’d like to read their story, you can find it here:-

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Work in Progress

The Christmas holiday season is now a distant memory and thoughts are turning to the year ahead. The summer of 2017 could be pretty amazing if all my wishes come to fruition. I’m hoping to travel to the USA in August with my family here in UK, and with a lot of luck, my Australian family might be visiting us in June.

I know I’m fortunate and I have much to look forward to, but I work hard to afford the things I want in life, and sometimes work a little harder to accomplish bigger dreams.

I’m back at my keyboard working away on my next book, and even though I spent the last two weeks coughing and sneezing, I’m already half way through the first draft and I’m quite excited about where this one is taking me.

Right now, I’m working on another Second World War novel. This one is a little darker and a more intense read. I’m attempting to show the war years from a different perspective and my girl, ‘Jane,’ has a lot to tell us about her life.

My heroine faces some complicated and dangerous challenges as she finds her way through a tangle of difficulties. Read the beginning of her story here for a taste of what’s to come. Please let me know what you think to the opening.

I’m hoping to have this ready for publication by the end of March of this year.

Happy Reading

Pearl

Merry Christmas – Bah! or Yo-Ho-Ho?

I think most people will be busy preparing for the Christmas holiday and I don’t expect many of my loyal fans or new readers to come anywhere near my web-site or Blog for a while, but I thought I’d put fingertips to key-board before I get completely swamped by the festive season.

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I see this time of year as challenging. As a woman with children and grandchildren; a husband, friends and extended family I feel pressured to perform like superwoman. Do any of you feel the same?

Christmas shopping for suitable presents for everyone is only the start of it. Would Aunty Dot like bed socks or might she think I was referring to her need to keep warm as she gets older and see it as an insult? What about my youngest sister? Would she appreciate some anti-wrinkle cream or would that be a step too far? If I bought my niece that lovely cropped top I saw, would I be encouraging her to express her sexuality too soon? She’s sixteen but would my brother-in-law still see her as a child? It’s a veritable minefield!

I find trying to remember what I bought the same people last year a nightmare. I don’t want to repeat the mistake of giving my brother a bottle of brandy when he swore off the booze in November and forgot to mention it to anyone! Then there was the time I watched my sister unwrap the very same perfume I got her the previous year, and only remembered when I saw the sarcastic smile of thanks on her face.

How do so many people seem to find hitting the right note of festive cheer so easy? If you’re one of them, what’s your secret?

Don’t even mention the festive food! I admit that my kitchen duties have now downsized since my daughter took over and now invites the family to her house. At first, we all made contributions to take with us, to ensure the preparations were easier for her. It all worked well, until the year I forgot to bring the cranberry sauce I’d slaved over the previous day, and the pigs in blankets were still nestled happily in my fridge at home. Now we turn up early and lend a hand peeling the sprouts instead.

I’m happy when the big day is well into the afternoon and nothing else can go wrong! It’s not a quiet day. Conversation flows among the adults, fueled by alcohol to keep the volume above the squeals of children playing with new toys. Then, just when I think I can’t put up with the younger ones under my feet a moment longer, it grows quieter as adults fall into booze-induced slumber and the young ones watch Frozen for the hundredth time on their new ipads.

Why do we put ourselves through this torture every year? Because we love it, of course!

Merry Christmas
Happy reading
Pearl

Discounted eBooks for one week

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Everyone loves a bargain – right? I love to keep my readers happy, so here are some discounted books for you at Smashwords.
Smashwords ‘Read an Ebook Week 2016 begins at one minute past midnight Pacific time on Sunday March 6 and ends at the stoke of midnight Pacific time on March 13.

Simply enter this coupon code RAE50 when making your purchase of, ‘For the Missing Girls’ and ‘Nicolette’ to receive the HALF PRICE discount during this promotion.

This discount code will only work on the Smashwords retail site. Links are provided below to my book pages.

If you’re not familiar with Smashwords, they are an online eBook distributing company. They provide eBooks in all formats for all reading devices.

‘For the Missing Girls’

‘Women of Verdun, Book three, Nicolette’
All the books in the trilogy, ‘Women of Verdun’ can be read as stand alone novels. They are written in chronological order, but each story can be read independently to the others.

Don’t forget, Belle, the first book in the trilogy is available FREE on Smashwords.

Happy reading.
Pearl

Pre-order paranormal book

Only one week remaining to oder your copy of ‘For the missing girls,’ available at the promotional pre-order price in Smashwords, Kobo, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com and many more online bookstores.

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‘For the Missing Girls’ is a paranormal, psychological crime novel and is a new direction for me. If you’ve enjoyed my historical romances, this work holds the same depth of storyline and character but in a darker genre.
I’m hoping this will be the first of a series about Kerry Malone and her clairvoyant gift.
I hope you’ll enjoy the read as much as I enjoyed writing it.
If you can’t wait a week to open the book, you can read the first pages here:-

Happy Reading

Pearl

Goodreads Giveaway Paranormal Crime Novel

Goodreads giveaway. I’m giving away two copies of my latest novel, For the Missing Girls, a Kerry Malone, Psychic Novel.

This book is a new direction for me, and I’m hoping my loyal readers will enjoy the change of genre from my usual, historical wartime romance, to this paranormal crime mystery.

While my characters are still the gritty, down to earth people I love to write about, the story is faster paced, darker, and more esoteric.

For a chance to win one of these copies, enter the Goodreads giveaway, starting on 16th February and ending on 24th March.

If you can’t wait, you can read the first pages on my website, here

For the Missing Girls, A Kerry Malone, Psychic Novel is available to pre-order now on Amazon, Smashwords and many other on-line stores. Publication date, 4th March 2016.

Happy Reading
Pearl

Goodreads Book Giveaway

For the Missing Girls, A Kerry Malone, Psychic Novel by Pearl A. Gardner

For the Missing Girls, A Kerry Malone, Psychic Novel

by Pearl A. Gardner

Giveaway ends March 24, 2016.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter Giveaway

Free copy for an honest review?

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Would you like a FREE copy of my latest paranormal crime novel BEFORE the release date, in exchange for an honest review?

Indie authors rely on good reviews to raise the profile of their book, and encourage new readers to try their work.

I will gift the first twenty responders a FREE copy of ‘For the Missing Girls’ A Kerry Malone, Psychic novel.

How to get your copy:-

1, Simply send me an email  with your kindle email address and I’ll send this straight to your reader.

2, Don’t have a kindle? No problem. I can send you the PDF version with instructions on how to download to your reader. All I need is your email address.

3, I will also require your Amazon, on screen ID. (The name you use to post reviews.)

What are you waiting for?
Happy reading
Pearl