Snuggle up with @EmmaCalin’s #FREE hot crime #romance

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Get some steamy passion onto your e-reader this fall and keep away the winter chill. Meet Shannon Aguerri – street-cop sent to cool her heels in the countryside after one-too-many maverick missions.

Moved out from the city, Shannon discovers there’s more going on in the sleepy country village than meets the eye. The son of a local aristocrat arouses suspicion of drug crime activity… but his widower father arouses more animal instincts!

Could she really mix with the British royal family? Can she risk her heart and career on yet another high risk unauthorised investigation? Can she get justice for an innocent boy? Dare a kid from the gutter dream of being a countess?

Feisty London street cop Shannon Aguerri walks a dangerous line between her methods and justice. When the bosses lose their nerve, she is transferred to green pastures to play out the role of a routine village cop. In Fleetworth-Green she encounters signs of people and drug trafficking and homes in on billionaire criminals.

As a loner she has attracted men but nothing has stuck. When she meets Spencer, the hunky and widowed Earl of Bloxington, there is an immediate rapport between them. Their social differences mean nothing to their passion and need. Already in the mix is an upper class rival who has long plotted her way into the Earl’s bed. The jealousy is an evil shade of green and the anger is a violent scarlet. Will she stoop to blackmail to thwart Shannon and Spencer’s romance?

Often inhibited by a sense of duty and honour, Spencer is slow to reveal his feelings. When Shannon confronts him with the need to choose between her word and that of her rival, he does not immediately support her.

All the same, when they are forced together to carry out a desperate kidnap rescue mission, their love is stronger than everything ranged against them.

Free on Amazon 23rd, 24th and 25th September 2015.

  • “Move over Mr Grey – there’s a new Earl in town! Shannon’s Law is dramatic, mesmerising and incredibly sexy.” Jenny Marston, UK.
  • “Emma Calin writes brilliantly, and this book has a little bit of everything: mystery, action, comedy, romance, and some very steamy sex.” Caitlin M. Smith, USA.
  • “The woman is sexy, fearless, caring, and blunt as hell. Her joking attitude towards life kept me laughing throughout the whole story.” Ronda Tutt, USA.
  • “A fast-paced and intense story where two different social worlds collide in a vortex full of love, hatred, intrigues and passion.” Petra Rovere, Slovenia.
  • “This book very much reminded me of the comedy Hot Fuzz, (city cop goes to country, finds huge conspiracy), except instead of a cop-comedy, this is a cop-romance.” Owen Robinson, USA.

Keep the children quiet with a #FREE kids #book

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The third book in Emma Calin’s Amazon bestselling series the ‘Once Upon a NOW’ collection of children’s modern fairy stories is currently on special offer until the 2nd July. ‘Kool Kid Kruncha and The High Trapeze’ is totally FREE – Grab it for the kids and a little bit of peace during the summer holidays!
These books are aimed at intermediate readers and have been designed to encourage independent reading for children aged 6-10 years. They are classified as ‘Chapter Books’ – the stories are divided into manageable chunks to help build a sense of achievement. Whilst not picture books as such, there are illustrations sprinkled through the story.
As a 21st century feature that makes the most of the smart technologies that kids now use to read their e-books, there are links to related supporting material – for example videos and photos.  These can be accessed via live URLs in the text or by QR codes – where you scan the digital patterned square from a smart phone app.  There’s an example of a QR code below. We use an app called Red Laser to provide a scanning function and to connect my phone to the page on the QR code points to.
This code takes you to Emma Calin’s ‘Once Upon a Now’ series on Amazon.
We’ve found it particularly popular with boys – which we’re really proud of as there are often problems keeping their interest and anything that encourages a reading habit has got to be good.
Why not download the book and see how it works in practice?

All the fun of the book fair

Book Fair 1Gallo-Romano Media was one of 18 publishers exhibiting at the recent ‘Salon des Editeurs’ in the beautiful town of Saint Savinien sur Charente, in south west France.

Our colourful display of titles attracted a great deal of attention from local french readers who braved the freezing weather on ‘Mother’s Day’.  Many were bemused as to why a British company was on show in deepest rural France. They had not realised their little town was a hotbed of activity for book production on an international scale!

In France book pricing is strictly regulated.  Hardback and paperback editions are very expensive and the laws on discounting books put digital versions on sale at more or less the same price as print. There is much scepticism about e-readers and digital books in general.  BUT – we still have book shops in France.

There was a lively public ‘debat’ (discussion) in the afternoon – after a most convivial three-course picnic lunch kindly provided by the Mayor! The consensus was that most local folk could not see themselves reading to their grandchildren from a screen.  I showed them ‘Alf the Workshop Dog’ on my Kindle Fire –  with illustrations and links to video clips and downloadable colouring pictures.  All very nice, but they don’t believe it will catch on.

I worry that French culture will lose out in the long run if it is not accessible to the world. Watch out France – your younger generation is already downloading.  Older folk may not buy-in to e-readers, but the youth of today are using their smart phones, tablets and online devices to satisfy their entertainment needs.  Reading a story is just one small element alongside films, video clips, on-demand TV, gaming and social media that vie for our time. If you’ve got a link to the internet you can read stories from all over the world, regardless of national boundaries.  If there is not enough material at reasonable prices in French, there’s nothing to stop readers trying out the millions of books available in English, German etc.

It would be  shame if their efforts to protect existing publishing structures resulted in limited world access to their wonderful philosophy, poetry and written arts, from which we can all learn so much.

#Stockingstuffers: illustrated fairy tales for #kids this #Christmas

once upon a now series paperback standing smallJust in time for Christmas, the full set of modern fairy tale adventure stories for kids the ONCE UPON A NOW SERIES by Emma Calin is out in print, eBook and audio book.

Meet the plucky and brave Alf – a stray mongrel dog with a magical story of friendship and bravery going back in time, in the first book Alf The Workshop Dog.
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Who wouldn’t want to discover their very own Ferret Godfather in the woodshed? Find out about Isabella’s strange adventure with her new secret friend.

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Finally, a modern story of young lad facing family changes and learning how to stand up for himself in a difficult new environment in Kool Kid Kruncha and The High Trapeze.

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The print and eBook versions are full of illustrations by talented artist Miko Abellera, from the Philippines.  His anime style captures the key moments from the stories, his unique interpretations get close up and often inside the action and adventure.

The author has also created free bonus materials to enhance the reading experience. Throughout the book are live links  (and scannable QR codes in the printed version) to audio, video and downloadable pictures for colouring or printing, creating a fully interactive reading experience.

Oscar Sparrow, the talented narrator of the audio books, brings the characters to life and even sings the Zanubian National Anthem in  Alf The Workshop Dog as well as taking Frankie Ferret for a daring cycle ride in a video embedded in Isabella’s Pink Bicycle.

All three titles are available in all formats at pocket money prices on Amazon worldwide  and currently the Kindle eBook version is FREE to users of Kindle Unlimited!

The good news is you don’t need a Kindle to download a copy – Amazon now offer free E-reader Apps for just about every device – Pc, Mac, iPod, Android device, smart phones etc.

The website for the Once Upon a NOW Club is currently running giveaways to win paperback and audio book editions of all three stories. A little bird tells us there may be some extra special price promotions over Christmas where you can get the complete set on Kindle at a massive 92% discount…. take a visit on 24th 25th 26th December for this special seasonal treat!


A new genre from an established writer – a modern-day fairy story from @EmmaCalin #childrensbooks

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Emma Calin, Romance novel and gritty short story writer has now turned her hand to children’s fiction.

The first in Emma’s series of modern-day fairy stories ‘ALF THE WORKSHOP DOG’ has its debut on Amazon this week in print, Kindle e-book and audio book formats.

Amazon USA        Amazon UK

This chapter-book story tells of a real-life dog who works in an inner-city garage with a bit of magic and adventure thrown in. Anime and manga artist Miko Abellera has created beautiful illustrations to bring the story to life.

The story is sprinkled with modern magic – QR codes link to bonus features such as video clips, music, photos and downloadable colouring pictures.

This book is for young readers (reading age seven and up) or adults to share with younger children.

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Brand new #poetry #audiobook – get it #free with Audible 30 day trial

FreezeFrameAudioMP3Well it’s finally here – the FREEZE FRAME international poetry anthology has been re-mastered and is now on sale on Amazon, iTunes and Audible.

The brainchild of the poet Oscar Sparrow, he invited 5 other poets from around the world to write a collection of poems that would ‘freeze the frame’ on our bustling lives.  In addition to their written words, each poet recorded a performance of each poem.  To complete the project, a talented young pianist composed a theme for the anthology with individual motifs for each poet.

It’s a fantastic opportunity to hear works read aloud by these poets, in their own inimitable styles that really bring the poetry to life.

If you would like to get this audio book for FREE here are two suggestions ( you could do both of course!):

1. Sign up for a FREE 30 day trial membership on Audible and get FREEZE FRAME for FREE too. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

2. Get a FREE copy to download from Amazon.  We have a number of ‘review copies’ to give away – we are doing this via a draw, to make it fair.  The first draw will take place at the end of September.  Click here to enter:    a Rafflecopter giveaway

Congratulations to Oscar Sparrow, Paul Tobin, Jo VonBargen, Claude Nougat, Candy Bright and Jefferson Hansen on a great audio project.

Find the audio, print and kindle versions here too:

Amazon UK

Amazon USA

Giveaway – #FREE #audiobook version of historical non-fiction book about cycle racing and the Tour de France

As the cycling season continues with the Vuelta a España and the Tour of Britain, here’s something to keep you going during the resting periods…

Gallo Romano recently recorded an audio edition of Les Woodland’s historical non-fiction book “Tour de France: The Inside Story”. The kind folks at Audible have given us some FREE copies to share with our friends.

We are having a draw for 2 free copies – one for the other for So if you enjoy non-fiction audiobooks or fancy trying one, or if you love cycling or the Tour de France: enter below…

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The draw will take place on the 3rd of October.  To get more chances of winning visit Bill McGann’s Bike Race Info website and leave a comment on the interview he did with Emma Calin about how the audiobook was created. He also provides a whole load of up to date daily stats about each stage of all major cycle races.