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Paperback Book Sale

The Magic of Stories is delighted to offer a selection of new pocket books for £5. As I am also giving free post and packing they are only available to UK customers. The links take you to eBay to complete your transaction.

As there are so many paperbacks available, I wanted to make mine different. Most of them come with a personal letter from the author, plus a free bookmark. No other place offers this. Therefore they make an ideal gift for yourself or someone you know.

A Flash of Horror is an Electric Eclectic pocketbook.  The book will come with personal letter about the book from the author.

It is 6 x 4 and a novella that comes with free post and packing. 

Description

A Flash Of Horror is a collection of short and flash fiction from Karina Kantas’s two collections Heads & Tales and Undressed and some new ones thrown in.

Twelve chilling and though-provoking tales that will stay with you for nights to come. Are you ready to delve into the dark side? Don’t forget this comes with free post and packing so you only pay the one price of £5

An Amazon reviewer said:

‘I very much enjoyed this collection of twelve short stories, which are ideal for relaxing on a cold, dark night by the fire with a steaming hot cup of your favourite beverage. Only joking! Chances are, you’re more likely to be looking over your shoulder whilst reading some of these.’


Sasquatch Must Die is short story pocket book measuring 5 x 8 inches. 

Description

Bill is nicked named Sasquatch by the people in the town. A down and out person who has already got away with murder, according to pals Bernard and Anton. 
  Bernard’s daughter was murdered and the killer never found. Chewing the cud one night over a fire they discuss Sasquatch and decide that as justice was never done, they should meter it out themselves. 
Getting carried away by the light of the fire, they ponder on what would be a decent death for a man who would do such a thing. From then, things move quicker than they imagined and it ends up going horribly wrong.  

A short entertaining story.

Finding Amanda, is a novella and is a small pocket book measuring 6 x 4.

It comes signed by the author and includes a bookmark, and a personal letter about the book to the reader.

Description
After a series of family arguments Mandy walked out and disappeared. For her family, it was devastating. Changing her name to Amanda and moving to a different part of the country, she begins a new life working in a hotel.
One evening a programme about missing people comes on the television. Her face fills the TV screen. Everything Mandy had tried to forget returns with new clarity. Will she have the courage to face the past and realise the misunderstanding was caused by her family’s unique situation?
Finding Amanda is a story of courage and hope and a bond that never breaks.

An Amazon reviewer said: 

‘Finding Amanda – This is my first read by this author and I like it. A quickly read, sweet short story perfect for a coffee break.
She ran away from home, did some stumbling about until she found her path in life. I like Mandy, she grew into an even more caring, but still naive, young woman. With a satisfying job and a possibly temporary love, she discovers her family is still searching for her after eight long years.’


A Cry in the Night, is a novella and is a small pocket book measures 6 x 4. It comes signed by the author and includes a bookmark, and a personal letter about the book to the reader

Description

To the entire world Rick has it all, rock stardom, fame, fortune… but inside he is burning out. On the edge of depression and a breakdown he takes to an isolated shoreside hideaway and crawls into a bottle
But he is not alone.
Gemma is in the apartment below, a lonesome, solitary figure, who is always in tears.
Inevitably their paths cross, each time getting a little closer, until one day they break the unseen barrier and speak.
Can Rick comfort Gemma as she comes to terms with her past? In return can she help Rick face his own demons.
Past and future collide in this romantic story of heartache, passions and possible futures.

An Amazon reviewer said: 

Rick, a world famous rock star appears to have it all. But the price of fame is too much. He’s tired, physically, mentally and emotionally so goes off to an isolated seaside hideaway.
The only other apartment that appears occupied, is done so by a Gemma, a girl more miserable than him. Every time he sees her she crying, or shows the signs of having just been crying.
After bumping into each other a few times, and a mishap with keys, Gemma and Rick finally get to talk to each other. They speak about their past, and what they want for the future. Her smile is infectious.
What will happen when their few stolen moments have to come to an end?
Nice story with a lot of heart.’


Distant Time, is a novella and is a small pocket book measures 6 x 4. It comes signed by the author and includes a bookmark, and a personal letter about the book to the reader.

Description

Imagine visiting a village that has just been invaded by German WW2 soldiers. Now imagine you are no longer invisible.
What would you do if you woke to find yourself in a strange place, not knowing who you were? Running outside, you find yourself caught up in a war. Not only that – you run for your life and come face to face with yourself.
Julie is time travelling and something has gone drastically wrong. Read this thrilling adventure where the future needs evidence from the past.

An Amazon reviewer said: 

‘I never expected to enjoy a time travel short as much as I did this one. Mossman creates a unique what-if scenario in this short, and then provides quite a twist at the end. I really enjoyed reading this.’



Toxic is a novella and the book is 6 x 4, so its smaller than your average book It comes signed by the author and includes a bookmark, and a personal letter about the book to the reader

“A sensual, erotic read…Karina dares to figure out the nature of passion…thoughtful and thought-provoking.”

Description

Lexi isn’t your normal Malok. She craves adventure and freedom from the mundane life forced upon her. 100 years ago, the first drop of acid rain fell. Maloks fled to the mountains, building a new way of life—a desolate life—a life Lexi knows all too well. 
Lexi has a plan, her ticket out of this miserable existence, becoming a ranger. Aron, her partner, believes she’s not strong enough to fight alongside him. Lexi will stop at nothing, no matter what the danger, to achieve her independence, even if that means defying him.
Amidst everything, Marcus, Lexi’s childhood best friend makes a sudden return. Before she can rejoice in a reunion, her happiness is crushed when she sees Mae, the bully that had terrorised her in her teens. Marcus was aware of the mental abuse Lexi had suffered and yet the person she loved and the person she hated the most, stand before her, together.

“A surprising powerful dystopian thriller that captures the heart and imagination”.

Amazon Reviewer said:

‘This short story has more action, life, love, war, lesbianism, and paranormal in it than a full novel. In just 65 pages Karina Kantas literally held me captive to this astounding book. I absolutely loved it.’



Mechanical Mike is an Electric Eclectic pocketbook measuring 6 x 4. It is a novella by the prolific muti-genre writer that is Paul White. Giving a book as a gift will delight any recipient.  This is a novella and comes with free post and packing, a personal letter from the author, and a book mark.

  • Pulp Fiction
  • Action
  • Fast-paced
  • Comic book-esque 

    Mechanical Mike is a fun story, a modern retro pulp fiction tale set in Nazi-occupied France during WW2. A ‘gum-shoe’ style private eye is on a search and rescue mission of a beautiful blond ‘pin-up’ of a girl, whose mad scientist father is being coerced to work for the evil Nazi regime. CQ Magazine asks, “Mechanical Mike has it all; what more could you possibly want in a single story?”

    An Amazon reviewer said:‘I can imagine Paul White had a load of fun writing Mechanical Mike. A bit like a sci-fi in drag, well a mix between that and a thriller. Add in loads of World War 2 action, the Nazis with a devious plan to win the war -that’s enough from me – you need to read it. I loved it.

Down by the River has been described as a crime thriller with a touch of paranormal. This is not your average paperback, it is a dinky little pocketbook, 6 x 4 in size. A quick read that can be taken with you and put in your pocket for later. This will come with a personal letter by the author telling your a little about the book. It will also include a bookmark.

Description

When Shelby receives a troubling letter, she is forced to return to the childhood home she hated. As she walks down by the river where the body of her best friend was found, Shelby is overcome by a vision of that terrible night. But she can’t see the face of the killer. He always remains just out of sight. 
Mary-Jo’s boyfriend has something to hide. Shelby’s pa’s life is in tatters. And Rawden Hughes, the man who bullied them as teenagers, is now the town’s sheriff. Can Shelby discover the truth about that fateful night when every corner she turns is cast in shadows, haunting her?

An Amazon reviewer said:
‘This is the first story I have read by this author. For such a short story, it was very deep. The characters were relatable and real to life. I’d love to find out more about these characters.’

Karen J Mossman did an excellent job of appealing to my emotions and keeping me on the edge of my seat. Only problem – I didn’t want it to end.’


Warrior Betrayed is a prequel to Denna Holm’s Immortal Warrior Books. Therefore it can be read as a standalone. It is 105 pages long, so good value. It is a dinky little 6 x 4 pocket book, ideal for gift. Additionally, it will come with a  free bookmark.

Description
Calem is a wolf shapeshifter from the planet Laizahlia, a loyal pack member willing to do whatever his king and elders ask of him … until the day his daughter Abriel is born. 
There is a legend among his kind about a pure white wolf, a female born with bright blue eyes. She is called the Ghost Warrior, and it is believed she will bring about the destruction of their people. 
Throughout their history, only a few of these white females have ever been born and all were killed by their own pack shortly after birth. Calem’s daughter is born with pure white hair and bright blue eyes. The pack grows nervous as she enters adolescence, demanding Calem hand her over to them. With nowhere safe to take Abriel, Calem and his mate will have to fight to the death to protect her.

An Amazon reviewer said:
Great book, story line and characters well written, would recommend to those who like paranormal romance, highly recommended, I couldn’t put it down, loved it!


The Power of Love is an Electric Eclectic pocketbook.  It is 6 x 4 and a good length short story It comes with a personal letter about the book from the author, a book mark and free post and packing.

Description
A devastated king and queen must end the search for their lost child. From his turreted castle on a high hill, the king copes by playing his lament for the whole village to hear. People come from far and wide to witness his emotional performances on the pianoforte.
Though the sound is profound for everyone, it’s magical for one young pauper. Jorge doesn’t just hear it, he sees the crochet, clefts, and minions as they fall from the sky. As he grows, so does the lure of the mystical music, which buries itself deep in his soul.
Unable to resist any longer, Jorge and his betrothed make a trip to the palace to watch the king play. What he discovers there will change his life forever. 

This is a fairy tale to delight modern readers.

An Amazon reviewer said:
‘The power of love brings home a lost prince, his mothers longing and desire to see her son again sends out a magical thread that only her child can follow back to her. It is a poignant and sad story, that has so much potential to be extended. Written as a short story it is as breath taking as the smallest dragon boy by Anne Mccaffrey, and like that story the reader wants to know the rest of the story. What a wondrous give for so little. The synesthesia of the main character could almost be a wonderful magical gift, that many people in the modern age would love to have. To see music as it is made, as it is heard like colored rain drops would be an amazing gift.’



You’re an Aries by Lynne North. This book comes with a personal letter from the author about the book, a book mark and free post and packing.

‘You’re an Aries’ is the first in a series of illustrated astrology books for children. There will be one for each of the twelve signs of the zodiac. They are written and illustrated to educate, amuse and entertain children while letting them know about their own personal zodiac sign.You will read about your personality, the friends you choose, the things you love to do, and the other things you avoid whenever you can! Would you like to read a book that tells you all about yourself?Well, if you are an Aries, this one is for you!


Toxic is a pocketbook novella and yes, there are two versions of the books. This is the romantic version and the other explicit. The book measures 6 x 4 and comes and comes with a bookmark and a personal letter by the author.

Description

One hundred years ago, the first drop of acid rain fell. The people fled to the mountains building a new way of life, a life Lexi knows too well, and now she craves adventure.
She has a plan to become a ranger. Aron, her partner, believes she’s not strong enough to fight alongside him. Determined to defy him to achieve her independence, she knows it will mean a further deterioration of their relationship.
Marcus, her childhood best friend, and the boy she truly loved, makes a sudden return to the mountain. Before Lexi can rejoice in a reunion, she sees Mae, the bully who terrorised her by his side.
The person she loved and the person she hated the most, were standing together leaving Lexi to wonder when her life became so complicated.

“A powerful dystopian thriller that captures the heart and imagination.”

An Amazon reviewer said: 

‘Very well written novelette of romance and survival in another time. I always marvel how some authors can bring to life characters and surroundings is a world that exists only in their mind. A recommended read.’


A New Summer Garden is an Electric Eclectic pocketbook. It measures 6 x 4 and is a novella that comes with free post and packing, a book mark, and a personal letter from the author.

Description

  • Crime
  • Thriller
  • Revenge
  • 18Yrs+

A New Summer Garden tells the story of Sam, who was a down and almost out, with little prospect for the future, when he meets Rachelle, the beautiful wife of the philandering Peter, the kingpin of an international underworld empire.When Peter catches Sam ‘in flagrante’ with Rachelle, he ensures Sam’s simple life becomes… ‘complicated’. From then Sam’s life takes on a surreal path, where the only plausible outcome is for Sam to end up in prison or dead… most probably both.

Electric Press magazine says, “Intrigue, manipulation and outright lies abound throughout this story, making it a genuine ‘unputdownable’ book. This is a ‘Must Read’.”

An Amazon reviewer said:Just what the doctor ordered for a warm afternoon sat in the garden. A quick read in an easy style that tells it like it is. To top it off there’s a delicious twist at the end. This is what short stories are all about. Great stuff.


A Dream Come True is 40 pages long and will come with a personal letter from the author and a book mark and free post and packing.

Description

A Dream Come True is a dream shared by every young cowboy who has ever paid to sit on a 1000-pound fire breathing dragon and hoped for the 8 seconds.
Our character, Chance Morgan is a young bronc rider who is drawn in by an act of fate to the NFR (National Finals Rodeo), the super bowl of rodeo.Only the top 15 cowboys and cowgirls (barrel racing) make it to the finals based on money earned in the year.
It is every cowboy’s dream to win the world title at the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas. This year, will saddle bronc rider Chance Morgan’s dream come true?

An Amazon reviewer said: 
Awesome Read!
Chance Morgan is a rodeo cowboy. He likes to ride bucking broncs; a rough career even for those with a strong body and quick mind. Author Gary Winstead writes a fictional account (but, so true) of Chance Morgan’s journey to the National Rodeo Finals. Winstead’s passion for the rodeo shines as he takes you behind the scenes and into the bucking chute. A heartfelt, sincere short story that gives insight to the life of a rodeo cowboy.

You can watch Gary talking about this book and his other stories on YouTube.


Driven, a novella by Elizabeth Horton Newton. It measures 6 x 9 inches.

Description

Christmas break in a small college town can be dreary, especially when you’re a broke student. Running out of funds and unable to pay the rent on his room, a young man is desperate for a way to make money. Seeing an ad for “Drivers Needed” he signs up to be a “Transporter”. Late one night he gets a fare courtesy of a group of drunk party goers. Some passengers don’t know when the ride is over.

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