Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Sharing … Amber Reed CCIA Mystery Book One: And The Earth Moved by Zanna MacKenzie. You have to love that title! Ohhh, and the cover!

And The Earth Moved  - “Romantic comedy meets celebrity murder mystery”

Book Blurb:
When celebrities need a crime solving quickly and discreetly they call in the specialists, the Celebrity Crimes Investigation Agency, otherwise known as the CCIA…

One desperate phone call is all it takes to turn Amber’s day from boring to completely crazy.

The call? Her old university boyfriend Ennis, now a heartthrob actor, begs for Amber’s help.
His brother Joel is dead and Ennis has to discover the truth about his death before the world’s media hear about it and batter his door down demanding answers.

The CCIA has already assigned its top agent, Charlie Huxton, to the case.
Amber’s mission? Ennis doesn’t trust a stranger to keep quiet so he pleads with Amber to shadow and help Charlie throughout the investigation. Ennis was her first love and she still has a soft spot for him – how can she refuse?

Scarily out of her depth Amber knows she needs to somehow get Charlie on side with her involvement in the case – and fast.
Plunged into the world of crime Amber’s battling something darker and far more dangerous than she’d imagined – and it has nothing to do with the equally scary chemistry fizzing between her and Charlie.

Will Charlie agree to work with her to find out how and why Joel died?
Can she help uncover the truth before word gets out and an already distraught Ennis is hounded by story-hungry journalists?

Just as importantly, can she keep her sanity and still be alive when the mystery is finally solved?

Find the book on Amazon UK
Find the book on Amazon USA

Author bio:

Zanna Mackenzie lives on the Derbyshire/Leicestershire border with her husband, 4 dogs, a vegetable patch that’s home to far too many weeds and an ever expanding library of books waiting to be read.

Being a freelance writer and editor of business publications is her ‘day job’ but, at every opportunity, she can be found scribbling down notes on scenes for whatever novel she’s working on. She loves it when the characters in her novels take on minds of their own and start deviating from the original plot!

Find out more about Zanna at:


Amazon Author Page

Thanks for sharing details, Zanna! I’m loving it. Review to follow. Watch this space!


Monday, 12 January 2015

With A Little Help from my friends, (namely, avid reader and fabulous book blogger, Sharon Goodwin, without whose patience and technical knowledge I would be weeping at my keyboard), I finally have a functional website and blog. I’ve been putting myself about a bit, trying to find a blog that was fairly easy to load and schedule. Landing on Sharon’s superb site at Jera’s Jamboree, I thought, I want one(!) and immediately emailed Sharon, who soon realised I was a complete technical incompetent and proceeded to lead me gently by the hand and help me to insert a template into Blogger. The result… Well, take a look around. It’s pretty neat, if we do say so ourselves. Thank you so much, Sharon. I’ll be around to wash your car every week for a year, beginning Saturday.

And so, I’m back to doing what I like to do best, sharing. Obviously, I like to share my own news, but I also like to share other people’s book news, whether that be via an interview, review, excerpt or simply a stunning new cover, thus my new blog home. Welcome!

In regard to my own latest developments, a recent post on the Romantic Novelists’ Association blog I think sums up my 2014. It was quite a year, with some downs, as life tends to deal us, but also some lovely ups. Briefly, I am super-pleased to announce that I have recently signed with Choc Lit for my upcoming novel, currently titled The Rest of My Life. This development is all the more special because Choc Lit read the book on recommendation of someone who restored my faith in my writing. Excitingly, the news was announced first in The Bookseller! Wow! Little me rubbing shoulders with Burt Reynolds and Julian Clary (form an orderly queue, guys). I owe this person a huge debt of gratitude for picking up my book, loving it, and being prepared to say so in the right ears. I would also like to thank the lovely JB Johnston of Brook Cottage Books for reading and tweaking this manuscript in its infancy. Ta, JB. I owe you too!

I also owe huge thanks to Safkhet Publishing. I have six books published with Safkhet, who not only commissioned me to write my first book for them, having read and loved my writing, but opened an imprint for three further novels. Despite my determination, I was at a point then where I wondered whether continuing to pursue my dream was sheer self-indulgent madness. Safkhet believed in me.  Bloggers, readers and reviewers believed in me, cheering me every step of the way. After fifteen years writing my little heart out, I really can’t say thank you enough to those wonderful people, who give of their time and work so hard for authors.

Um, I suspect that’s an awful lot of car-washing I have to do.

Things on the personal front continue to remain positive, so we count our blessings. Ooh, I almost forgot, I’m off to collect my MA Award at the Birmingham Symphony Hall this week. Bearing in mind I’m a walking disaster, please wish me luck (on making it to the podium without falling over my feet)!

More to follow – possibly a little less about me and more about some wonderful fellow authors! If you’d like to have a peek at my previous site, some of the themes on which will be continuing here, please feel free to browse at: http://sherylbrowne.weebly.com/blog

A BELATED HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL! I wish you much luck, love and happiness for 2015.