Sneak Peek: Cairo Caper

Today we have a sneak peek from Barbara Silkstone’s mysterious comedy, Cairo Caper.

Part-time tomb raider and full-time real estate broker, Wendy Darlin joins her lover, archaeologist Roger Jolley, in a quest for Cleopatra’s tomb. All they have to do is get from Cairo to the Temple of Taporisi Magna alive. Armed only with a couple of hijacked ashtrays and faced with a trek across the blazing Sahara desert can Wendy out-maneuver Russian oligarchs, a dozen Dark Force mercenaries, and Roger’s chubby ex-girlfriend in time to find the tomb and seal it before chaos erupts in Egypt?

Cairo Caper is available through and Amazon UK.

Here is an excerpt from Cairo Caper

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Flash Fiction Voting Open

Who will be the next Flash Fiction Star? It’s time for IU readers to choose.

Check out this week’s entries here. Vote for your fave then use those share buttons at the bottom of the post to spread the word.

Remember, all our winners will be included in the next edition of the IU Flash Fiction Anthology. So, support your fellow writers and participate in this week’s voting, then spread the word, bang the drums, and share the link to let everyone know the vote is on.

Polls close tomorrow at 5 PM.


Whose pixels aggregated into the best flash fiction story this week?

  • Leonard Little (42%, 38 Votes)
  • Chris James (37%, 34 Votes)
  • Jon Jefferson (14%, 13 Votes)
  • Rich Meyer (3%, 3 Votes)
  • T.D. McKinnon (3%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 91

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NOTE: Entrants whose submissions exceed the 250 word limit are eliminated from the poll.

The Critique Process

Before I published my first book, I decided that I wanted to be seen as a professional that produced top quality work. I want my readers to trust me. I want them to see my books and think, “Oh yeah, Melissa Pearl, she writes good stuff.”

In order to get that kind of response, I need help from those around me. I am a big believer in constructive feedback. For me, it’s the best way to ensure that I produce quality work for my readers.

Over the past couple of years, I have refined my process. I thought I’d share my current process in case any of you would find it helpful 🙂 Continue reading “The Critique Process”