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The wait is over! My latest mystery novelette, My Emerald Nightmare, is now available for pre-order for only $0.99. And for all you early buyers out there, I have a special treat for you. When you purchase a copy from any online retailer before April 27, you can enter to win the Mystery Box Giveaway! What's in the giveaway? That's the mystery!    


Simply pre-order using one of the links below and then fill out this giveaway entry form. All you need to do is supply me with the order number and you could be the lucky winner!


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Here's a little bit about the new book: 

Cameron Langbridge behaves as if two personalities war for dominance—the adoring husband who dotes on his new bride versus the beast consumed with the need to unleash pain. Olivia never knows who she’ll be confronted with when she walks through the front door. She understands that she should plan her escape or the next beating could be her last, but the thought of spending her life alone stings almost as much as the pain Cameron inflicts.

While Olivia struggles with her decision to leave, she has no idea the heinous plot her husband is devising. Will she uncover his secret before it’s too late… or will she be one more another victim in his deadly game?

My Emerald Nightmare Cover

Posted By Kelly Miller

I’d like to introduce you to a fellow Kindle Scout author from New Zealand, Katherine Hayton, who's written The Three Deaths of Magdalene Lynton (A Ngaire Blakes Mystery Book 1).

Katherine's book is featured in our Kindle Press Swap Meet where you can find books on sale, read any titles for FREE through Kindle Unlimited, and enter our $100 Amazon Giveaway.

Three Deaths

About the Book

Magdalene Lynton died forty years ago: a vivacious teenager who fell victim to an obscene, accidental drowning. The coroner's office issued a verdict of death by misadventure and filed her case. The farming commune she'd lived within, splintered apart. Her body was left behind in a small, private cemetery encircled by acres of fallow ground. 

Until Paul Worthington confessed to her murder.

Magdalene's case lands with Ngaire Blakes, a Maori detective recovering from a brutal stabbing. After fighting for the resources to investigate, Ngaire discovers that Paul's confession doesn't fit with the facts of Magdalene's death. The trouble is, neither does the original verdict. 

Together with her partner, Deb, Ngaire digs deeper into the case to uncover inconsistencies, lies, and mortal danger.

Author Q & A

1. How did you come up with the title?

I wrote my book under the working title “The Confession” and wanted to change it when I realized just how many other books are called that! The victim—Magdalene Lynton—had her death recorded as an accidental drowning forty years ago, then a man in present day walks into the police station to confess to her murder. I decided to name the book “The Three Deaths of Magdalene Lynton” because as the detective investigates the cold-case, she discovers that none of the evidence fits well with either version, and is compelled to uncover what really happened.

2. Describe your writing style.

Impatient perfectionism. I blurt out everything as quickly as possible onto the page and then become upset if it’s not perfect the first time. Editing and I have an uneasy relationship.

3. If I came to visit early in the morning would you impress me as being more like a chirpy bird or a grumpy bear?

If you came to visit me in the morning I would hide in the front room and pretend not to be home because I am an introvert and people—even lovely people—should not drop by. The effort to hide would be made by a reasonable chipper version of myself.

4. What are you currently working on?

The second book in my Ngaire Blakes trilogy—The Second Stage of Grief—has been accepted for publication by Kindle Press, so will be released on pre-order later this month. I’m also drafting up a six-part Thriller/Horror series—the Birdman Series—that I’ll launch in February with the first book “Eating Crow.” It’s awesome and you can check out the trailer video on

Read more about Katherine on her website or blog.

Posted By Kelly Miller

Have you ever wanted to see your name in a published book or short story? Well now's your chance. I've decided that before I concentrate on writing the next installment in the Detective Kate Springer series, I will write a short story that has been haunting me for months. It's called My Blue Nightmare, and it will be the first short story in a boxed set that I'm eventually going to create once at least three stories are finished. I'm already on chapter 3 of My Blue Nightmare so I really need a suggestion for a name that would fit one of my characters!

To enter the 3rd Annual Name a Character Contest, just sign up for my author newsletter. In the form's bottom field suggest the name you'd like to see used in my story. Give me a first name, last name, or both, your name, parent's name or dog's name—it doesn't matter, just suggest a name. I'll post the winning entry on my Facebook page, on my website, and in an upcoming author newsletter.

During the 2nd Annual Name a Character contest held for Splintered, the winning name was Lily Eastin entered by Jennifer Schusterman. I loved the name Lily Eastin so much, she became the major character of the protagonist's mom.

The contest is running now until March 12, 2016. Good luck everyone! 


Posted By Kelly Miller

Time is ticking! Only 14 more HOURS left to enter my giveaway for a new Kindle Fire! If you've read Splintered, why not go the extra step and post an honest review of the book on Amazon? Then you can enter my Rafflecopter Giveaway of a new Kindle Fire! 

Your review doesn't need to be an indepth analysis of the book, just a couple of sentences describing something you liked about the story. And if you already have a Kindle Fire, why not try to win another? It would make a great gift or donation to an organization that could then raffle it off for much needed funds. So far only five people have entered the giveaway. That means you have great odds of winning!

One lucky winner will be chosen at random tomorrow on Valentine's Day. I will post the winner's name on my Facebook page and in an upcoming newsletter. But remember, to enter you only have 14 short hours left. Good luck everyone!


Rafflecopter 14 Hours

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As I told you in my last blog post, my Kindle Scout campaign went better than I ever dreamed. Not only did the editors at Amazon decide to read my manuscript, they also chose to publish it. Who hoo!

Everyone who voted for Splintered already got their advanced copy of the ebook delivered to their email. But don't worry if you didn't get a copy, the book is now available for pre-order on Amazon with a delivery date of January 26.

Since I won my Kindle Scout campaign, I want to give you a chance to win as well. From 1/16/16 - 2/14/16 I'm running a giveaway of an Amazon Kindle Fire (7" display) to one lucky person who posts an honest review of Splintered on Amazon.

After you read the book, go to Amazon's Splintered sales page and click on the button "Write a Customer Review". Or you can use the link at the back of the ebook which will take you directly to the Amazon page to write the review. Once you've written the review, enter the Rafflecopter giveaway shown at the bottom of the page. To enter, all you have to do is give me the name the Amazon review is listed under and your email address so I can contact you if you win. I use Rafflecopter because once the giveaway is over, the program automatically picks one random winner and notifies me via email. 

Thanks in advance to everyone who writes a review. Even a sentence or two is extremely helpful. If Splintered has a bunch of reviews when it debuts on January 26, it's likely to get more sales.

Good luck everyone! And may the odds be ever in your favor!





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