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    Pamela Kelt, Kathy Sharp, Ailsa Abraham, Catriona King, Nancy Jardine, Sue Barnard, T.E. Taylor, Carol Maginn, Nik Morton, Michela O Brien, Jeff Gardiner, Jane Bwye, Frances di Plino, Mark Patton, David W Robinson,

Crooked Cats’ Tales

by: Pamela Kelt, Kathy Sharp, Ailsa Abraham, Catriona King, Nancy Jardine, Sue Barnard, T.E. Taylor, Carol Maginn, Nik Morton, Michela O Brien, Jeff Gardiner, Jane Bwye, Frances di Plino, Mark Patton, David W Robinson,

As a publisher of predominantly full-length fiction, we always wanted to create a collection of short stories by our talented Crooked Cat authors – so here it is!

You will find twenty tantalising tasters from Crooked Cats from the UK and the US, all keen to showcase their writing skills with glimpses into their existing releases, or with something new altogether.

Twenty stories of historical and contemporary fiction, crime and drama, fantasy, humour and ghostly shenanigans. Murder. Love. Adventure. Gossip. Growing up. Scheming. Friendship – Crooked Cats’ Tales has it all!
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Crooked Cat authors and their contributions:
Cocktail Hour by Pamela Kelt
A Rescue in Graphite by Maggie Secara
Once Again by KB Walker
The Pied Piper of Larus by Kathy Sharp
Her Visitors by Ailsa Abraham
White Rose by Carol Hedges
A Bright New Copper by Catriona King
Altared by Adele Elliott
Misgivings by Nancy Jardine
Saturday Fever by Sue Barnard
The Wanderer by T.E. Taylor
Sheffield Steel by Trevor Ripley
The Blue House by Carol Maginn
Processionary Penitents by Nik Morton
The Second Summer of Love by Michela O’Brien Young Loves by Jeff Gardiner
Cradle of Man by J.L. Bwye
Silken Knots by Frances di Plino
The Thread that Binds by Mark Patton
Boo! by David W Robinson

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Pamela Kelt first managed to avoid any semblance of work by taking Spanish at the University of Manchester. On completion of the degree and after a subsequent six brain-fogging months on a local paper, she fled to Oxford and completed her M. Litt. thesis on ‘Comic aspects of satirical 17th-century comic interludes’, which was not only much more fun, but strangely relevant to coping with the vagaries of the 21st century. After becoming a technical translator, she discovered that English was easier, and did copywriting for anyone who would pay. On a stint in Australia, she landed a job as a subeditor and returned to journalism, relishing the chance to come up with funny headlines in a variety of provincial papers. Ah. Once a pun a time.  As her academic husband became a chemistry professor in something even she can’t spell, Pam moved into the more sensible world of educational magazines and online publishing – for a while, at least. A daughter arrived and reintroduced her to the delights of fiction, which she’d sort of forgotten about. So, one fine day, while walking the dogs at a local beauty spot, thinking ‘to hell with a career’, Pam took the plunge into writing for herself, and is now the author of five books to date (including one co-written with aforementioned prof, with more in the pipeline) ranging from historical drama by way of teen fantasy to retro mystery.
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True Haven 2014
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Kathy Sharp was born in Kent but now lives by the sea in Weymouth, Dorset. She is a prolific writer of short fiction and song lyrics, and is the author of the Larus Trilogy of novels, inspired by the wonderful landscapes of the Jurassic Coast. Kathy also sings with the Island Voices Choir on Portland, and is a keen member of local writing groups, as well as enjoying studying the local flora. Kathy says: "When I first began writing fiction, I asked myself what exactly it was I wanted to write. The answer came back, 'Something magical!' The result was three novels about the not-quite-real Isle of Larus. Since then, I have looked for that sense of the magical in all my writing."
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Ailsa Abraham retired early from a string of jobs, ending up teaching English to adults. She has lived in France since 1990 and is married with no children but six grandchildren. Her passion is motorbikes which have taken the place of horses in her life now that ill-health prevents her riding. She copes with Bipolar Condition, a twisted arthritic spine and increasing deafness with her usual wry humour – “well if I didn't have all those, I'd have to work for a living, instead of being an author, which is much more fun.”. Her ambition in life is to keep breathing. She has no intention of stopping writing. She writes pagan magical realism and detective fiction under a pen-name. Her passions are animals welfare and running an orphanage for homeless teddy bears. Shaman's Drum published by Crooked Cat Four Go Mad in Catalonia – self-published, available from Smashwords
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Alchemy 2014
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Catriona King trained as a Doctor and Police Forensic Medical Examiner in London. She worked closely with the Metropolitan Police on many occasions. In recent years, she has returned to live in Belfast. She has written since childhood: fiction, fact and news reporting. A Limited Justice was her first novel – and the 1st in the Craig Crime series – and follows DCI Marc Craig and his team through the streets of Belfast in the hunt for the murderer of three people. She continues working on the next instalment the series which enjoys huge success, particularly in the United States.
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Nancy Jardine’s Celtic Fervour Series of historical romantic adventures is set in first century northern Roman Britain whereas her contemporary romantic mysteries are set in fabulous world-wide cities, Topaz Eyes being a finalist in The People’s Book Prize 2014. She also writes Teen time-travel historical adventure in third century Roman Scotland. Her week vanishes in a blur of grandchild-minding, gardening, reading, writing, social media marketing and blogging—not necessarily in that order.  Roman Scotland archaeology evolves on a daily basis and keeping up with it is valuable for local presentations on her novels and on Roman Scotland. Regular book signing & selling sessions at local Craft Fairs are great fun. Watching TV Drama and the news is a luxury - as are social events with friends and family but she does a creative job to squeeze them in. She’s a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and the Scottish Association of Writers.
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Sue Barnard is a novelist, editor and award-winning poet whose family background is far stranger than any work of fiction.  She would write a book about it if she thought anybody would believe her. Sue joined Crooked Cat’s editorial team in 2013.  Her first novel, The Ghostly Father (a new take on the traditional Romeo & Juliet story) was released in 2014.  This was followed by the romantic intrigues Nice Girls Don’t (2014) and The Unkindest Cut of All (2015).  Her latest work, Never on Saturday (a time-slip novella based on an old French legend), is due for publication early in 2017. Sue loves to travel, and has visited every continent except Antarctica. She speaks French like a Belgian, German like a schoolgirl, and Italian and Portuguese like an Englishwoman abroad.  She lives in Cheshire, UK, with her extremely patient husband and a large collection of unfinished scribblings.
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Tim ‘T.E.’ Taylor was born in Stoke-on-Trent in 1960 and now lives in Meltham, near Huddersfield, with his wife Rosa. He studied Classics at Pembroke College, Oxford, and some years later did a PhD in Philosophy at Birkbeck, University of London. He spent a number of years in the civil service before leaving in 2011 to spend more time writing. Tim now divides his time between creative writing, academic research (he has published a book, Knowing What is Good for You, on the philosophy of well-being), and part-time teaching in ethics at Leeds University. Tim’s first novel, Zeus of Ithome, is set in Ancient Greece and follows the real-life struggle of the Messenian people to free themselves from Sparta. His second, Revolution Day, is about an ageing Latin American dictator who is clinging to power as his vice-president plots against him. As well as fiction, Tim writes poetry: he won the 2016 National Association of Writers Groups open poetry prize. He also plays electric and acoustic guitar, occasionally in public, and likes to walk up hills. As well as fiction, Tim writes poetry and plays electric and acoustic guitar, performing in public from time to time. He is chairperson of Holmfirth Writers’ Group and a member of Colne Valley Writers’ Group. He also likes walking up hills.
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Carol Maginn was born and has lived a lot of her life in the windy, Gothic city of Liverpool. She’s worked in education and law, and most recently she’s been a teacher of English as a Second Language in Rome. Carol has previously published short stories and non-fiction pieces. She likes slightly burnt toast, and dislikes beetroot. Carol’s first novel, Ruin, is a tale of how a family’s fortune changes following a big lottery win.
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Ruin 2013
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Nik served in the Royal Navy for 23 years and has been writing for over 50 years. He’s had 120 short stories published, some winning awards: in action, adventure, romance, ghost, horror, sci-fi, western and crime genres. He has edited books and many magazines, chaired writers’ circles and run writing and screenplay workshops, and judged competitions. He was sub-editor of the Portsmouth Post 2003-2007 and Editor in Chief of Solstice Publishing (USA) 2011-2013. He’s had 25 books published; the latest: Cataclysm, the third ‘Avenging Cat’ romantic crime thriller (Crooked Cat), a noir western Coffin for Cash (US publisher); and his co-authored fantasy novel To Be King, is due shortly. Reviewers recommend his guide Write a Western in 30 Days – with plenty of bullet points for writers of all genres, not just westerns. Nik lives in Spain with his wife Jennifer; their daughter, son-in-law, grandson and granddaughter live nearby.
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Michela O’Brien was born in Milan, Italy, in… well, let’s say some time in the last third of the 20th century. In Milan she grew up, studied, worked as a teacher, made friends and wrote, commending thoughts to page, imagining plots and characters, recording events in her life, noting observations about the world: stories, diaries, letters… In an era before personal computers, internet, blogs and social networks, it was pen and paper and she still carries a notebook and a pencil with her to sketch ideas on the spot. She moved to England in 1994 and for a while she focused her attention on her new family. Writing was sidelined, until, about ten years ago, she went back to her love for words and wrote a novel, published in Italy, and a series of short stories, all in her native language. Several people asked her if she would ever consider writing in English, but her standard answer was “I wouldn’t be able to. My English is not good enough.” Then, almost as a joke for some friends, she started writing Like A Rose, her first attempt to produce a piece of writing in English. It was received so well by those who read it that she thought maybe she could do it again. She wrote two novels, Playing on Cotton Clouds, published in April 2012, and A Summer of Love, released in January 2013. She is currently working on her third novel. Michela is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association.
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Jeff Gardiner is the author of Igboland, set in Nigeria during the Biafran War, and Myopia, a young adult novel exploring responses to bullying. He is also the author of Pica and Falco, two novels in a fantasy series of transformation and ancient magic, which Michael Moorcock described as “An engrossing and original story, beautifully told. Wonderful!” Jeff also has a collection of short stories, and a work of non-fiction to his name. Many of his short stories have appeared in anthologies, magazines and websites. “Reading is a form of escapism, and in Gardiner’s fiction, we escape to places we’d never imagine journeying to.” (A.J. Kirby, ‘The New Short Review’) Jeff is also an editor and performer. For more information, see his website: www.jeffgardiner.com and his blog: http://jeffgardiner.wordpress.com
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Igboland 2014
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Jane Bwye has been a businesswoman and intermittent freelance journalist for fifty-five years, mostly in Kenya. She cut short an Oxford career to get married, was widowed in her early twenties – but was lucky enough to remarry. Now her six children and seven grandkids are scattered over three continents, so she’s developed a taste for travel. She has “walked” round the world, buying a bird book in every country she visited. Her first novel, Breath of Africa, which is dedicated to the youth of Kenya, had a gestation period of thirty years. When this was published, she needed a break from Africa, but wanted to keep on writing; so the novella I Lift Up My Eyes, set in Sussex, was born.
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Frances di Plino is the pen name of Lorraine Mace, humour columnist for Writing Magazine. She is also a deputy editor of Words with JAM, writes fiction for the women’s magazine market, features and photo-features for monthly glossy magazines, and is a writing competition judge for Writers’ Forum. Winner of a Petra Kenney International Poetry Award, she has been placed in numerous creative writing and poetry competitions. Lorraine, a tutor for Writers Bureau, is the author of the Writers Bureau course, Marketing Your Book and the co-author, with Maureen Vincent-Northam, of The Writer’s ABC Checklist (Accent Press). She is a member of the Society of Authors and the Crime Writers’ Association.
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Mark Patton was born in Jersey in 1965, the son of an Irish father and an English mother. Like most islanders, the sea played an important part in his childhood: “I can’t remember whether I learned to swim or walk first, but pretty much at the same time – and later took up sailing and scuba-diving.” Jersey is also an archaeological paradise and Mark started exploring the island’s dolmens (the monuments that he later went on to write about in Statements in Stone) from about the age of nine. Mark studied Archaeology and Anthropology at Clare College Cambridge and then took his PhD at University College London (those stone monuments again!). After brief periods as a Research Fellow in Leiden and Paris, Mark became the Curator of Archaeology for the Jersey Museums Service in 1990. In 1993, Mark moved to the UK to take up an academic career, and has since taught at Trinity College Carmarthen (now Trinity University College) and at the Universities of Greenwich and Westminster. Recent years have taken him into academic leadership, serving as a Dean at the University of Westminster and taking the lead in developing global academic partnerships. Mark now teaches with the Open University, which leaves him more time for writing. He is a member of the Historical Novel Society and the Royal Society of Literature.
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David Robinson is a Yorkshireman living on the outskirts of Manchester, northwest England, with his wife and a crazy Jack Russell Terrier named Joe (because he looks like a Joe). David has been a writer, for over thirty years, having begun with magazine articles and short stories, before moving on to novels and TV scripts. Possessed of a huge, if cynical, sense of humour, he writes under a number of pseudonyms: As David W Robinson he writes cosy, often light-hearted novels and novellas, such as the Sanford 3rd Age Club Mysteries, all of which are published by Crooked Cat. As David Robinson, he turns out darker, edgier works, like The Handshaker and Voices, which are aimed exclusively at an adult audience. The Spookies Mysteries, while lighter and more humorous, are also written as David Robinson. Describing himself as the Doyen of Domestic Disasters, David can be found blogging at http://www.dwrob.com/blog  and frequently appears on video, dispensing his cynical, domestic humour at https://www.youtube.com/user/Dwrob96/videos
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About This Book
Overview

As a publisher of predominantly full-length fiction, we always wanted to create a collection of short stories by our talented Crooked Cat authors – so here it is!

You will find twenty tantalising tasters from Crooked Cats from the UK and the US, all keen to showcase their writing skills with glimpses into their existing releases, or with something new altogether.

Twenty stories of historical and contemporary fiction, crime and drama, fantasy, humour and ghostly shenanigans. Murder. Love. Adventure. Gossip. Growing up. Scheming. Friendship – Crooked Cats’ Tales has it all!
~~~~~
Crooked Cat authors and their contributions:
Cocktail Hour by Pamela Kelt
A Rescue in Graphite by Maggie Secara
Once Again by KB Walker
The Pied Piper of Larus by Kathy Sharp
Her Visitors by Ailsa Abraham
White Rose by Carol Hedges
A Bright New Copper by Catriona King
Altared by Adele Elliott
Misgivings by Nancy Jardine
Saturday Fever by Sue Barnard
The Wanderer by T.E. Taylor
Sheffield Steel by Trevor Ripley
The Blue House by Carol Maginn
Processionary Penitents by Nik Morton
The Second Summer of Love by Michela O’Brien Young Loves by Jeff Gardiner
Cradle of Man by J.L. Bwye
Silken Knots by Frances di Plino
The Thread that Binds by Mark Patton
Boo! by David W Robinson

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Publisher: Crooked Cat
Publish Date: 2014
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