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Adventures Down Under… But where’s the Camper?

LOOK OUT! Adventures Coming Down Under

OK, guys, I know this is a campervan blog, but campervanning is all about getting out there into the big wide world and having a few adventures, right?

So I thought some of you might be interested to know about Steve & my travels in Australia back in October – even if they weren’t in a campervan!

Last summer, we decided it was about time we took a decent bit of time off. We’d uhmed and ahhed over the past few years about going to Oz to visit friends & family there, so now it was time to get our act together and book a flight.

We went for a month, all told, and if you want to see some of what we got up to, here’s a snap I took of  Steve feeding the camels on my sister’s farm (I’ve left out the spider pix for now!)

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The minute we hit the airport, I began scribbling in my notebook and, by the end of our time in Australia, it was full to bursting with adventures & reflections from our travels. So it won’t surprise you that all this gadding about has inspired a new book which is planned for release some time this year.

Here’s the cover and a link to find out more. If you wish, you can also sign up to get New Release news so that you’ll hear when the book is released…

Up a Creek Down Under - book cover

UP A CREEK DOWN UNDER
Adventures in an Australian Homeland

Fun & quirky travel tales from the pen of Alannah Foley…

CLICK HERE for more on UP A CREEK DOWN UNDER


The Jacaranda Trail - ebook & paperback cover

My earlier travel book set in Australia is called The Jacaranda Trail. In a nutshell, it’s the story of a journey I made to my Australian birthplace back when I was in my twenties.

I stayed Down Under for five years & got much more than I bargained for, that’s for sure!

Discovering I had another sister… Living on a camel farm… Picnicking with kookaburras… And City Farming, to name a few things. I also found my long-lost grandmother who had left my mother in an orphanage from an early age.

Click below if you’d like to find out more about The Jacaranda Trail – it’s available in print as well as in digital

CLICK HERE for more on The Jacaranda Trail

I’m now about half way through a first draft of Up a Creek Down Under, so look out for more news on that as we near completion.

Meantime, I hope if you live in England, you’re not letting the weather get you down too much… Storms, wind, rain – and snow in some areas (chance for a bit of ‘Arctic campervanning’ for you tough nuts out there!)… In amongst it all, though, we usually get the odd sunny day, even if it is a bit nippy.

If you enjoyed reading the blog today, why not comment to say so below. Or maybe it’s sparked off some travel memories of your own Down Under!?

Anyway, take care, and I’ll be in touch again when I have more news.

All the best!

Alannah

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Alannah Foley
aka The Pyjama Writer
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Campervan Fiction Bargains – this weekend!

Fancy some campervan fiction to accompany your travels over the Easter holidays?

Then why not check out my Campervan Bushman Mystery Series starring Aussie Scott Chevalier?

Forced by circumstance to go to a cold little island called England to film a TV show based on his enviable bush skills and campervan-surfie lifestyle, Scott & the crew inevitably wind up trying to solve mysteries along the way.

The series has an edge of humour, a sense of adventure, and a hint of romance. And this weekend, there’s a bargain or two running, so read on to see if anything tickles your fancy…


Book 1 – KILLER CLIMATE

Currently free when you subscribe to my newsletter – CLICK HERE to sign up on my website… Or else purchase it for $2.99 – CLICK HERE for the store links. 

Book 2 – DEATHBED OF ROSES

Until Monday 27 March, it’s in a 25-novel cosy mystery collection which retails at just $3.99CLICK HERE to get it. But be quick! If you miss out on that, CLICK HERE to pick up the store links for Deathbed of Roses.

Book 3 – CRIMINAL INTENT

Reduced to 99c – I’m holding the price-drop for a few more days – CLICK HERE for the store links.

 
I hope you’ll enjoy the read! Have a great weekend!

Alannah Foley
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FREE Campsite Tales

Tales from Corny Cove

Apologies, but I’ve been a bit slack… because yesterday I put a post up on my main Pyjama Writer blog then immediately shot out the door to enjoy a day of sunshine riding my bike, only realising this morning that I hadn’t shared my news on this blog.  (Some people are just plain selfish, aren’t they?)

Basically, I wanted to share a special treat where my loyal subscribers (err… that’s you, in case you were wondering!) can pick up a bunch of stories for free in the ‘new improved’ Tales from Corny Cove series.

WHY IS THIS RELEVANT to you on the Campervan Capers blog?  Because the stories are set on a campsite – but more on that in a moment…

Originally intended to be published as 5 separate novelettes, I instead released Tales from Corny Cove in 2014 as a single novel-length book.  Well, I’ve recently put the stories through the mangle…  They’ve been reworked and have shiny new covers, and I’m now re-releasing them as a series of 5 separate novelettes as well as a box set.

ARE YOU LIVING YOUR DREAM?

Well, Henry and Margaret Mooney are!  They’re the two main characters in the Tales from Corny Cove series.  And when Henry was facing redundancy, they decided to sell everything and travel in their campervan to the south of England in hot pursuit of their dream.

Eventually, they ended up running a campsite on the picturesque coast of Cornwall only to discover that there were a few nightmares along the way.

DARE I SAY MORE…?

Suffice to say, if you like easy, light-hearted reads with a feel-good ending, why not pick up the five novelettes in the Tales from Corny Cove series and join Henry and Margaret as they get to grips with a host of bothersome campers as well as the obnoxious red-bearded farmer next door?

Yesterday, the Tales from Corny Cove box set of tales was free on Amazon, so apologies that you’ve missed that.  But all is not lost!  Because the good news is that each of the FIVE novelette tales will be free on each of the FIVE days of this week – in turn from Monday to Friday (ie starting today, 16th May!).  Just click a link below to pick up each title on the relevant day

Individual tales

Monday 16th May – TALE #1 – BEASTLY ENCOUNTERS

Amazon US   Amazon UK   Other Amazon stores
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Tuesday 17th May – TALE #2 – FLY IN THE OINTMENT
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Wednesday 18th May – TALE #3 – CORNISH HOSPITALITY
Amazon US   Amazon UK   Other Amazon stores
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Thursday 19th May – TALE #4 – NO BED OF ROSES

Amazon US   Amazon UK   Other Amazon stores
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Friday 20th May – TALE #5 – HARVEST THE SUN

Amazon US   Amazon UK   Other Amazon stores

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O-oh!  I’ve been meditating in a cave all week and missed all this!

Well, the good news is, with all that meditation, you probably won’t be quite as stressed out about missing out on the above as you might normally be.  But if your brain is ready for some new input after all that retreat time, know that the box set is at a low introductory discount price which I’ll be holding for a limited period after this launch…

All you need to do is hit the link below for the Tales from Corny Cove box set to reach your country’s Amazon store:

Tales from Corny Cove box set

TALES FROM CORNY COVE
Box Set – Tales #1-5

Amazon US

Amazon UK
All Other Amazon stores

NOTE!  The box set includes some bonus ‘behind the scenes’ insights into the tales which you won’t find in the individual novelettes!

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One of my goals over the coming months is to continue to put out more fiction as well as build a readership of folk who enjoy my work.

One of the ways to do that is to encourage readers like yourself to spread the word.  So if you have a moment, please share this blog to pass on the news.  Or perhaps post a link on your favourite social media network.

Well, here’s hoping you enjoy your visit to Corny Cove where Henry and Margaret are waiting for you in the ‘new improved’ Tales from Corny Cove series!
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FREE Campervan Cosy Mystery

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I’ve mentioned my latest cosy mystery series (sorry, that’s ‘cozy’ if you’re in the States!) before on the blog, so I won’t go over old ground.  Suffice to say that the first book in my Campervan Bushman Mystery Series, Killer Climate, is FREE on Amazon this weekend.

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WHERE CAN I GET IT?

Find out all the info on Amazon – just click here to pick up the link to a store in your own country.

REMEMBER!  SHARE the good news on your FAVOURITE social network!

COMING SOON…

There’ll be news of more fiction coming your way shortly…  Yep, Tales from Corny Cove has been going through a re-edit and the ‘new improved’ version will soon be launching under new cover as a series of light-hearted, easy-read novelettes. All the tales have a feel-good ending and are set in an idyllic holiday location – on a campsite on the coast of Cornwall in the south of England.

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I’ll be promoting the tales for FREE for a very limited time, so if that sounds like your bag, why not subscribe to the blog so you don’t miss out?

In the meantime, happy reading and I hope you enjoy the cosy mystery!

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Campervan Mystery – FREE TODAY

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Just in case any of you campervanners out there might enjoy reading some campervan-related fiction, I thought I’d let you know that the first book in my new Campervan Bushman Mystery Series is on Amazon FREE TODAY – so why not pick it up before the promotion expires?

Here’s all the info in case you are totally in the dark on this one (pretty much a copy & paste job from my main blog to save time!)…

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT?

As with all the planned books in my Campervan Bushman Mystery Series, Killer Climate has an edge of humour, a sense of adventure and a hint of romance.

I kinda like to describe the star of the series, Scott Chevalier, as a bit like a young Crocodile Dundee, only with a campervan & surfboard.

You can read the full blurb on the Campervan Bushman page on my website, or the Amazon page for the book – link coming up.

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WHERE DO I GET IT?

Just click here to pick up the link to an Amazon store in your own country.  It’s available till midnight (Pacific Time).

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GET THE SERIES PREQUEL – FREE!

If you think Killer Climate and the Campervan Bushman series might be for you, then why not download the series prequel, WIPEOUT, for free by joining other eager readers on my hassle-free New Releases mailing list?  Just click here to get started.  Easy peasy!

Remember to SHARE the good news on your FAVOURITE social network!

Hope you enjoy the read!

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Campervan Mystery – OUT NOW!

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As per my brief blog a couple of days ago, my first mystery, Killer Climate, which features a campervan-driving ‘hero’ has now been released…

If it’s up your alley, why not check out it?  There were a couple of bonuses attached to this launch, and if you’re lucky, you might just manage to pick them up before they expire – but you’ll have to be super quick!

Click here for more info on The Pyjama Writer Blog.

Enjoy!

Best wishes.

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A Campervan Mystery Series – Launching Soon!

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I might not be busy writing blogs for the Campervan Capers site these days, but I’ve been well & truly occupied writing, editing and getting my latest book ready for release on Amazon in a couple of days…

And, guess what!  The book I’ll be launching this Sunday (6th December) features a main character who drives a campervan!  In fact, his campervan lifestyle is one of the things which led my ‘hero’, Aussie Scott Chevalier, into hosting a British TV show called The Campervan Bushman.

If this sounds like something that might tickle your fancy, why not click here to check out today’s post on The Pyjama Writer Blog to find out more?

See you there!

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LATEST NEWS – Too Much Grindstone?

Nose to the Grindstone

As mentioned on the blog’s homepage, my travel blogging has, over these past few years, had to make way for other projects.  I’ve posted the odd tiding, but I’ve had a lot going on over this past year and a half – including rebuilding and renaming my main website.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you’re still using the old Foley’s Forum website link, be aware that you need to update your favourites to pick up the new Pyjama Writer link instead – click here for details of all this in a previous blog.

In any case, here’s a quick round-up of my ‘latest’ escapades…  You can click on any of the images to find out more.


TALES FROM CORNY COVE

Life in a Cornish Paradise…
What could Possibly Go Wrong?

Tales from Corny Cove


CYCLOPATHIC TENDENCIES

An Action/Adventure-Style Novel with a Twist of Humour
Set in the World of Cycling

Cyclopathic Tendencies

RECENTLY RELEASED!…

CYCLING WIDOWS 2

The Trials & Tribulations
of Living with an Obsessive Cyclist

Cycling Widows 2

The Cycling Widow’s
SURVIVAL GUIDE

The Cycling Widow's Survival Guide

 

Beastly Encounters and The Cycling Widow’s Survival Guide are permanently FREE for anyone who wants to download them, and the other cycling-related ebooks will be running at a DISCOUNT for a very short time.  So if any of them takes your fancy, why not check them out and get them at a reduced price while the offer is on?

With all these book projects going on, it might sound like I’ve got my nose too close to the grindstone.  Well, that’s probably true to some extent, but I do still make time to get out and about.  Earlier this year, Steve & I took a trip up to the Lake District, followed more recently by a weekend shimmying along the Tarka Trail.  (I have to admit, after a couple of weeks off the bike, my backside was in need of a rub – thank goodness for Steve!).

And for my NEXT ACT?

Although I haven’t strayed too far into campervan territory with the above books (the nearest I’ve got is Corny Cove), my latest writing project does involve a chap with a campervan.  I’ve been beavering away on this one these past weeks now.  However, this is the first place I’ve mentioned anything, as the project is still under wraps, so I don’t want to give too much away at this point – I’m still in the ‘creative stage’ where anything could happen!

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As well as posting my latest news & offers on the Pyjama Writer Blog, you can also sign up to the Pyjama Writer NewsletterBy doing so, you’ll receive a free download as well as pick up the latest news and offers (some subscriber-only).  Just click on the image above to find out more.

By the way, I post far more regularly on the Pyjama Writer Blog – eg you can pick up a free read in the FREEBIE MONDAY slot each week.  Why not try it out?

Best wishes, and I hope you’re making the most of the summer – even if it does rain sometimes!

Alannah
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PAPERBACK out NOW – Tales from Corny Cove

Tales from Corny Cove by Alannah Foley
TALES FROM CORNY COVE
Life in a Cornish Paradise…
What could Possibly Go Wrong?

My latest book is out now in paperback and I’m posting news of this on the Campervan Capers blog because I think it’s bound to appeal to a few campervan lovers.

The tales are set down on the beautifully rugged Cornish coast, where Henry & Margaret have moved to run a campsite in the hope of ‘living the dream’.

A reminder that the Smashwords Summer Sale is on till the end of July, in which you can get the digital version for FREE.

For all the info, visit the Foley’s Forum blog.

 

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PREVIEW & FREE eBOOK… Tales from Corny Cove

Tales from Corny Cove - due for release 6 July 2014I recently blogged a brief message about my forthcoming book, which I thought would be of interest to those of you into campervanning, beautiful landscapes, holidays, or who just love Cornwall.  So in this blog, I thought I’d tell you a bit more…

The novel-length book is called Tales from Corny Cove (Life in a Cornish Paradise…  What could Possibly go Wrong?) and it’s set on a fairly remote cliff-top campsite in Cornwall, England, overlooking the golden sands of Corny Cove beach.

The main characters, Henry & Margaret, move down south to ‘live the dream’, only to discover that this involves dealing with a few nightmares, too.

Set during the course of a typical British holiday season, the interwoven tales are full of twists, turns, and tickles, with the bespectacled Henry having a hard time from the likes of ‘Rusty’ Gates, the obnoxious red-bearded farmer next door, and campers like the brutish Mr Botherham and unruly Mrs Gladstone.

As you can imagine, with delightful picturesque landscape on the one hand, and a host of bothersome characters on the other, life at Corny Cove can be both a blessing and a curse.

Beastly Encounters - Free eBook - Tale #1 from Tales from Corny CovePREVIEW & FREE eBOOK available NOW!
I’ve recently been posting up-to-the-minute news about the book on my Foley’s Forum blog.  In a nutshell, I’ve been posting Sneak Peeks, you can preview the first 20% of Tales from Corny Cove on Smashwords prior to its release on 6th July (2014!), and you can also get the first tale, Beastly Encounters, as a free ebook.  So why not download it now?

Remember!  You DON’T need an eReader to read any of my books.  Printable & screen-readable versions are available, as well as formats for your favourite eReader (including Kindle, iPhone & iPad!).

SHARE & LIKE!
Everyone loves to hear about free stuff, so why not share the above links with people you know?  On each Smashwords book page, you can also click a button to LIKE it on Facebook, Tweet it, or pass on the good news via other social media networks.

WHAT’S NEXT?
I hope you’ll celebrate the launch of the ebook version on Smashwords on Sunday 6th July.  It will then be distributed to the likes of major outlets such as Apple, Barnes & Noble and Kobo.  Shortly thereafter, I’m looking to publish in digital on Amazon and in print with CreateSpace.  You can subscribe to the Foley’s Forum blog to ensure you don’t miss out on any news & offers.

CAMPER LOVE by Jamie Tinney - click to preview it on AmazonDID YOU MISS…?
Camper Love is the latest release from Summersdale Publishing – a photo-book which I’ve been invited to review.  So if you’re into VW campers, check out my last blog which gives you the low-down on the book, as well as a few luscious Dub pix.

I know the weather is fickle here in England, but I hope those of you who live here have been getting out and enjoying the recent sunshine – be it in a camper, or just sitting out in the garden and mopping up the rays!

HAPPY SUN-WORSHIPPING!  (While it lasts!)

Alannah
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