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For all you ebook lovers out there I have some great news, I am in the process of publishing my books on Amazon Kindle. I am also intending to make them available for other types of digital ereaders soon.
The first of my books available for digital download is
Pieces of a Rainbow

In the next few weeks, Love and Loyalty and A Time To Tell will also be available on Kindle.

A reminder: The 'Green Group' here on Goodreads are currently reading 'Pieces of a Rainbow'. Now that it is available on Kindle, I hope more of you will be able to read it and take part in the discussions. I look forward to chatting to you all about it.
Here's the link for the Green Group discussions:
Green Group

To buy Pieces of a Rainbow on Amazon.com for $2.99, go here: Amazon.com

To buy from Amazon.co.uk for £2.23, go here: Amazon.co.uk

Pieces of a Rainbow by Maria Savva
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Published on September 11, 2010 03:24 • 201 views • Tags: amazon, kindle, kindle-book, maria-savva, pieces-of-a-rainbow, rainbow, short-fiction, short-stories
Following on from my last blog post, I am pleased to tell you that Love and Loyalty is now available to download for Kindle.
I am in the process of formatting A Time To Tell into Kindle.

Just a reminder that Pieces of a Rainbow is currently being read by the Green Group here on Goodreads. Please stop by and join in the discussions.
Green Group

Finally, a reminder that you have a couple of days left to enter Pinnacle's giveaway to win a paperback copy of Second Chances
Enter to win Second Chances!
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Published on September 14, 2010 08:39 • 238 views • Tags: book-giveaway, kindle, love-and-loyalty, maria-savva, pieces-of-a-rainbow, second-chances
To celebrate getting all my books on kindle (well, most of them -- I still have to figure out a way of getting 'Coincidences' on kindle as I don't have a copy of the manuscript on my computer...), I'm offering my two short story collections at a special promotional price for a short time. At Amazon.com you can download 'Pieces of a Rainbow', and 'Love and Loyalty (and Other Tales)', for just $0.99! and at Amazon.co.uk for just £0.71!

Here are the links!

Amazon US: Pieces of a Rainbow
Love and Loyalty


Amazon UK: Love and Loyalty
Pieces of a Rainbow

Remember, you don't need to own a kindle ereader to read kindle ebooks. You can read them on your pc or mac, iphone, ipad, Android or Blackberry... just download the free kindle app from Amazon.

Enjoy!

Also, a reminder that 'Pieces of a Rainbow' is still the current book group read over in the Green Group here on Goodreads, so when you've downloaded your copy, why not head over to that group and join in the discussions.

Green Group

Pieces of a Rainbow by Maria Savva
Love and Loyalty (and Other Tales) by Maria Savva
As many of you already know, I am a resident author on BestsellerBound, a website dedicated to promoting independent authors.

One of our most active members, author Joel Blaine Kirkpatrick has put together three anthologies of excerpts from BestsellerBound authors' books. The anthologies include short stories and chapters from books. I am sure that anyone looking for a new book to read will find something in at least one of the anthologies. We have authors of romance, historical fiction, political fiction, thrillers, mysteries, crime fiction... you name it, it's in there!

The first volume contains the full version of my short story 'Forever Blue' from my collection Pieces of a Rainbow

The anthologies have been produced as a promotional tool for our members who are all independent authors and have to do all their own marketing. If you find the anthologies interesting, I hope you will share them with your friends and tweet about them, add links to your Facebook sites, blog about them, etc., etc. This would be very helpful and much appreciated by the authors involved.

You can read the three anthologies by following the links below:

Volume one

Volume Two

Volume Three

Make sure you also check out the websites and blogs of all the participating authors, as some of them are (or will soon be) offering downloads of the pdf files from their websites. I am in the process of arranging for the pdf files to be available as downloads from my website. I'll blog about that when it happens.

We are also trying to find a website where we can publish the anthologies as free ebooks. Watch this space for news on that.

Please take a moment to check out the anthologies. I hope you'll find lots of new authors to read.
For a limited time, I am offering my short story collections, Love and Loyalty, and Pieces of a Rainbow for just $0.99 or £0.70 on Amazon kindle.

Remember, you don't have to own a kindle ereader to download and read the books. Amazon offers free apps for iphone, ipad, mac, pc, blackberry, etc.

I am hoping to make my new collection Fusion available on kindle in the next couple of months.

At the moment I am also working on formatting my books as epubs so that I can offer them for sale more widely. Bear with me while I try to get to grips with the formatting!

As a free short read - because I love you all so much :) I have uploaded a story from my new collection to fReado. The story is aptly titled 'The Valentine's Card' so I thought it would be the perfect gift to you all this Valentine's Day.

Click here to read the story: The Valentine's Card Enjoy!



Fusion by Maria Savva Love and Loyalty (and Other Tales) by Maria Savva Pieces of a Rainbow by Maria Savva
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Published on February 10, 2011 05:55 • 263 views • Tags: -0-99, bargain, free, fusion, kindle, maria-savva, pieces-of-a-rainbow, short-stories
Okay, so for the past few weeks I have been introducing you to some of my favourite authors, and will continue to do so in the coming weeks, but some of you (I hope) will have been wanting to hear more about what I have been getting up to recently.

I thought this would be a good time to update you with my news, just before the release of my new novel.

I have been working hard putting the finishing touches to my latest novel, 'The Dream'. It's not yet published, but will be soon. Look out for an announcement in the next few weeks. 'The Dream' is a romantic comedy, edged with a touch of the paranormal and featuring a time slip. It's my first paranormal novel, but I had so much fun writing it that I may well write some others in the future.

Here's a sneak preview of the cover, which I designed myself:




The final edits will take me a few more weeks, then I'll be announcing its publication with a couple of interviews.

In other news, I'm currently participating in author Stacy Juba's ebook spring sale: Stacyjuba.com

Take a look at Stacy's blog, she has four books on sale at just $0.99 until 8th May 2011. Take a look at the comments from other authors and you'll find lots of bargain ebooks!! I hope you'll find lots of books to read there.

My own short story collections Pieces of a Rainbow and Love and Loyalty, are also currently at $0.99 on kindle at Amazon. I'll keep them at that price throughout Stacy's sale, until 8th May, then the price will go up to $2.99.

Also, don't forget that Cutting The Fat, the murder/mystery novella I wrote with Jason McIntyre is available at $0.99 on kindle.

A reminder that you don't need to own a kindle to read kindle ebooks, as there are free apps you can download from Amazon, so you can read them on your computer or phone.

A recent interview I did with Jason McIntyre about 'Cutting The Fat', can be found on author R A Evans's blog: 7 Deadly Questions

That's about it for now. If you want to keep up with all the latest, visit my website for all the links to my networking sites.

My author interviews will resume on this blog on Friday, with the lovely Lisette Brodey, author of 'Crooked Moon'.
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Published on April 12, 2011 06:02 • 1,106 views • Tags: author, ebook, jason-mcintyre, kindle, love-and-loyalty, maria-savva, novella, paranormal, pieces-of-a-rainbow, short-stories, stacy-juba
As a short story writer, I am thrilled to discover that there is such a thing as National Short Story Month! I found out today from my good friend and fellow author, Stacy Juba, who has a free short story available for download on Smashwords entitled, 'Laundry Day'. I've read some of Stacy's work and would encourage you all to download this story; it's bound to be good, she's a very talented writer.

The short story seems to be getting more popular these days because people live busy lives and often don't have the time or energy to really get into a novel. A good short story can be a really satisfying way to end the day. You can read a whole story in one sitting, without having to wonder what happens next, or worry about forgetting important facts by the time you next sit down to read it.

I am an avid reader as well as a writer, and I used to only read novels, but have recently been finding that I enjoy short stories and short story collections just as much.

I'm very happy that short stories seem to be making a come back because I love writing them as well as reading them.

To celebrate short story month, I thought I would recommend a few short stories and collections that I have read and enjoyed in recent years. I hope you will choose one or two of them to read. (I've included quotes from my reviews of the stories, you can read my full reviews on the relevant pages).

In no particular order:

Forsaken by J. Michael Radcliffe

With this short story, Michael Radcliffe is introducing the world of the Guardian's Apprentice, his fantasy novel... If you like books about witches, wizards, magic, curses etc., you will love this story. It kept me interested and I loved the little twists contained within it. Nisha wants to save her father, a powerful Wizard who is dying. Will she be able to find the stone that will cure him, and at what cost?

The First Kill by Darcia Helle

A skillfully written crime short story, taking a minor character from Darcia's Michael Sykora series of novels, and giving him the spotlight. Sean Riley is a man with a dark past and this story shows just what effect his past has had on the way he now lives his life. If you like crime fiction, you'll love the way Darcia Helle writes. This character oozes pure evil, and the dialogue-driven prose helps to give the reader the impression that they are a fly on the wall witnessing this brutal scene. Definitely not a story for the fainthearted!

Losing Addison by Marty Beaudet

More of a novelette, but still a quick read :)
A psychological thriller exploring schizophrenia and the unexplained bond between twins. It's a story that will have you glued to the page. The suspense is well constructed and made me want to continue reading until I found out what was happening. The story unravels bit by bit, slowly revealing the reasons behind the characters' behaviour. Beaudet drip feeds the information in the most effective way, with flashback scenes and high drama. A wonderfully entertaining story. I'd recommend it to everyone who likes a good suspenseful thriller.


Oblivious by Neil Schiller

(collection of short stories)
This is a book that will give you a fly on the wall look at ordinary lives and the common scars and ties that bind us. It will reveal to you the hidden side of life, the side most people will never reveal, and of which we are usually oblivious.



A Valentine for Victoria by Lainey Bancroft

Those who love a good romance story will love 'A Valentine For Victoria'. It's a sweet story about how an unlikely couple fall in love. Apart from being a story about how love can blossom in unexpected ways, this story has more depth; it looks at the feelings of insecurity that come with loneliness, that can make us reach out to someone who may or may not be ideal... An underlying theme to this story seems to be 'never judge a book by its cover', and it reminds us that sometimes what we've been looking for has been there all along, but we just don't see it for one reason or another. An entertaining read.

Mannequin  A Short Story by Susan Helene Gottfried

A wonderful, well written story, about a young girl and her father, who doesn't always live up to her ideal. She has created a fantasy figure in her mind of what a real father should behave like. The mannequin in an expensive store looks just right for the part. One day, her world changes when a mystery man appears and challenges her view of the world. An insightful and interesting read.

Road Markers by Jason McIntyre

A story that many will relate to. Dean is a 40 something sales rep who is tired of his humdrum life and job, and of the things in his life, like the road markers, that keep him hemmed in. He wants to break free. In the past he has had suicidal thoughts. We follow him on a ride along a dark highway as he deliberates about the consequences that would follow if he were to cross that line and end it all. His mind meanders like the twists and turns of the highway and McIntytre keeps the reader hooked with many a diversion in this skillfully structured short story. A recommended read.

The Heroes & Other Stories by Kat Hausler
(collection of stories)

'The Heroes and Other Stories'is a well composed collection of short stories. Kat Hausler has a wonderful talent for describing and portraying the nuances of human behaviour. For me this collection included absolute gems... Two stories in particular stood out for me, in that they grabbed my attention from the first page and would not let go: 'Peripeteia' and 'La Fee Noire'... I loved the ending of the first story 'What Makes Us Happy', a study of self-imposed loneliness; the ending is very fitting and thought-provoking, and that is one of the better stories in the collection too. I would recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of short fiction. Many of the stories are so intricately detailed that I am sure I would enjoy reading them again and again. This is a promising debut from a talented author.

The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

A man wakes up one day to find he has been changed into a large insect/beetle. The story follows his efforts to deal with this, and his family's reaction to the change. But it's not just a story about a man turning into a beetle, it's a clever way of writing about how a family would deal with the main breadwinner in the house becoming unable to work, and also on a wider scope, the way a family (and the world at large) reacts to someone who is disabled, or terminally ill... The once able and hard-working man, transformed into a beetle, is now rejected, and his family blame him for their financial situation and the fact that they cannot move to a smaller house, because they need to have a room to keep him in.
The descriptive quality of the writing is excellent, and although it is a sad and gruesome tale, it is also very funny in parts; I couldn't help laughing out loud a couple of times... The main thing that struck me, was that even though this story is nearly 100 years old, it is still totally relevant to today's world.

Mourning Doves and other stories. by Tom Upton

(collection of stories)

Tom Upton's talent seems to lie in being able to grab the reader's attention and draw them into the story, and most importantly to keep the reader's interest. There are many believeable and well-observed/developed characters in these tales... My personal favourites are, 'The Hanging Boy', which I felt was particularly insightful, and, 'Life Along the Okie-dokie Highway'...
I enjoyed reading this book and it's definitely a collection worth reading.

Without Feathers by Woody Allen

(collection of stories and plays)

This book is hilarious. If you like Woody Allen's humour I would highly recommend it. It's totally ridiculous, but brilliant at the same time — which sums up Woody Allen as a comedian. This is a book to make you laugh out loud. It's a collection of short essays, short plays and other strange observations... If you want a giggle you should pick up this book.

Deliveries  A Collection by Richard Yee

I have to start this review with a word of warning: you have to read with an open mind, and I would not recommend this collection of stories to anyone who is of a nervous disposition or who dislikes graphic descriptions of sex and violence, or who has an aversion to the use of swearwords. With that out of the way, I have to say that on the whole, I really enjoyed reading this collection. The author is a very talented writer and has a fantastic imagination. He has created many interesting and compelling tales... The stories are written about the darker side of life and some are frightening, some shocking. All the tales will make you think. Most, if not all, are controversial... definitely a book which you will want to read to the end.

And now, of course, I have to mention my own short story collections :)
I have three collections

Love and Loyalty (and Other Tales) by Maria Savva

A diverse collection of short stories, dealing with subjects such as love, luck, loss, and other things beginning with L (LOL).

Pieces of a Rainbow by Maria Savva

A themed collection of stories. 7 stories, each one inspired by a different colour of the rainbow.

Fusion by Maria Savva

My latest collection. Contains ghost stories, love stories and even a bit of sci-fi :)


I hope you will find some short stories to enjoy, and perhaps you'll be persuaded, like I was, that short stories can be just as much fun to read as novels.

Happy National Short Story Month!!
Until the end of August you can get my Kindle books at Amazon for just $0.99 or £0.86 (except for my latest novel The Dream which remains at $2.99/£2.10)

Enjoy!

Amazon US

Amazon UK

Fusion by Maria Savva Second Chances by Maria Savva A Time to Tell by Maria Savva Pieces of a Rainbow by Maria Savva Love and Loyalty (and Other Tales) by Maria Savva
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Published on August 10, 2011 10:40 • 1,114 views • Tags: a-time-to-tell, bargain, discount, fusion, kindle, love-and-loyalty, pieces-of-a-rainbow, sale, second-chances, the-dream
My short story collection,Pieces of a Rainbow, is one of 3 books in this month's Novelrank giveaway. This will be the last ever book giveaway by Novelrank, so don't miss your chance to get involved.
The other two books in the draw are:
Trust No One by Teresa Cooper
and The Ball's in Her Court by Heather Justesen.

Click the following link to enter:
Novelrank Giveaway

Good luck!

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Published on September 03, 2011 10:20 • 187 views • Tags: book, giveaway, heather-justesen, novelrank, pieces-of-a-rainbow, teresa-cooper, the-ball-s-in-her-court, trust-no-one


My latest novel The Dream is now available in paperback at Amazon US and B&N

B&N have a special price at the moment of only $6.86 for the paperback! Here's the link: The Dream at B&N

Here's the Amazon link: The Dream at Amazon

In other news, I have reduced the price of Pieces of a Rainbow, my themed collection of short stories, to just $0.99/£0.86 on Kindle at Amazon for a limited period:

Pieces of a Rainbow Amazon US

Pieces of a Rainbow Amazon UK


My books are also making their way onto Nook.

As ever, all the 'buy' links can be found on my website: Official Website: Maria Savva

You can also read excerpts from all my books on my website.





Fusion by Maria Savva Second Chances by Maria Savva A Time to Tell by Maria Savva Love and Loyalty (and Other Tales) by Maria Savva Cutting The Fat by Maria Savva Pieces of a Rainbow by Maria Savva Coincidences by Maria Savva
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Published on October 10, 2011 14:11 • 229 views • Tags: bargain, kindle, maria-savva, nook, paperback, pieces-of-a-rainbow, the-dream