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Phyllis Wong and the Crumpled Stranger by Geoffrey McSkimming




When Phyllis Wong, that brilliant young magician and clever sleuth, discovers a mysterious stranger who keeps appearing by the rotunda in City Park, little does she know that the Time he brings with him will lead her into a world of danger, intrigue and undiscovered threats from the past!


Will Phyllis's magic be enough to save her from the perils that will cross her path? Will she be able to solve the riddle of the stranger and the place from which he comes?

A haunting story, swirling through the world of words and the ticking of time!



The seventh Phyllis Wong: Time Detective mystery.





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Writers' Cafe / Syncing problems with Book Report?
« on: December 30, 2019, 02:18:06 am »
Is anyone else having syncing probs with Book Report? For the last few days Book Report is telling me it's unable to sync with KDP ...

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Voyage
« on: August 14, 2019, 03:01:50 am »
Pardon me if I'm coming late to the party, but has the Voyage been discontinued?

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Writers' Cafe / How do I email a PDF to my Kindle?
« on: June 02, 2019, 01:12:33 am »
As the title says. Thanks hive mind.

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Writers' Cafe / Paperback books showing up on Reports
« on: April 28, 2019, 03:17:50 am »
Do paperback sales show up on Reports when the sales have been made or when the paperbacks have actually been shipped?

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Writers' Cafe / Question for Australian publishers re Amazon proof copies
« on: January 03, 2019, 03:12:53 pm »
Is anyone in Australia able to order proof copies from Amazon, deliverable to an Australian address?

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Writers' Cafe / Check your series bundles listings on Amazon
« on: November 16, 2018, 07:51:28 pm »
Woke up this morning to find that the bundles listing for one of our series has disappeared. All books available but the bundle option not there. Our other series still has the bundle appearing on all its titles' pages. Have written to Amazon to reinstate -- is anyone else finding this with series bundles?

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Writers' Cafe / Also Boughts and Also Vieweds have returned
« on: November 13, 2018, 05:17:26 pm »
Amazon has apparently cleaned up all the Not Available problems (for us anyway), and I just noticed that the Also Bought and Also Viewed banners are back. Good news!

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The Book Bazaar / Phyllis Wong and the Vanishing Emeralds
« on: November 09, 2018, 11:40:22 pm »

Phyllis Wong and the Vanishing Emeralds
A Phyllis Wong Mystery

by Geoffrey McSkimming






When Phyllis Wong -- that brilliant young magician and clever sleuth -- happens upon a mystery from the past that has proved unsolvable, she knows she has to try to get to the bottom of it.

More than sixty years ago, an astonishing emerald necklace owned by the famous pianist Isabella Beaufort seemingly vanished off the face of the Earth! Ever since, the disappearance has stumped the police, detectives and those associated with the missing priceless jewels. How did the emeralds vanish? Where are they today? Is there any way they can be traced, after so many cobwebs have covered the case?


Another mysterious intrigue right up the alleyway of our favourite conjuring Transiter!


The sixth Phyllis Wong: Time Detective mystery.







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Writers' Cafe / Has the Give as a Gift option been removed from Kindle?
« on: October 17, 2018, 07:44:25 pm »
Just wondering ... I can't see this on any of the Kindle ebooks pages anymore ...

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Flirty singles?


Ukrainian Dating?


Square-Dancing Partners?


These keep popping up all the time, and no matter how much I ask for them not to reappear, they keep on coming ...


Anyone else getting this?

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The Book Bazaar / Phyllis Wong and the Waking of the Wizard
« on: August 15, 2018, 03:13:01 am »

Phyllis Wong and the Waking of the Wizard

by Geoffrey McSkimming




Phyllis Wong, that brilliant young magician and clever sleuth, is faced with a quest which began in the time of her great-grandfather, Wallace Wong, Conjuror of Wonder! He wanted to track down one of history's greatest magicians ... but does the person even exist? To find the answer, Phyllis will have to Transit across thousands of miles and hundreds of years.While she follows the trail of the master prestidigitator, a sinister figure haunts her every step. What is the Great Whimpering, and who is the dastardly man intent on bringing it about? Can Phyllis find one of the most mysterious figures from history? Can she complete her mission in time to prevent the greatest calamity ever to befall mankind?Another astonishing mystery starring Phyllis Wong, from the ever-scrawling pen nib of Geoffrey McSkimming.

The third Phyllis Wong: Time Detective Mystery.




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The Book Bazaar / Phyllis Wong and the Return of the Conjuror
« on: August 06, 2018, 01:05:21 am »

Phyllis Wong and the Return of the Conjuror

by Geoffrey McSkimming






Phyllis Wong, that keen young magician with a talent for sleuthing and getting to the bottom of the strangest mysteries, is back! Incredibly valuable first editions of Shakespeare's collected plays are appearing for sale, and Chief Inspector Barry Inglis of the Fine Arts and Antiques Squad suspects foul play. These rare First Folios are in mint condition, but seemingly are not forgeries. Where on Earth could they have come from? Has a crime been committed?

Luckily Phyllis is on the case. She suspects villainy dating back to the time of Shakespeare himself, which seems to be seeping into the 21st century. How can she convince Chief Inspector Inglis what's going on? And how can she do this without giving away the greatest magical secret of all time?


As Phyllis herself says: 'Fasten your seatbelts, ladies and gentlemen ... the ride will get bumpy!'


The most intriguing story yet from the ever-popular author Geoffrey McSkimming.


The second Phyllis Wong: Time Detective Mystery.







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The Book Bazaar / Phyllis Wong and the Secrets of Mr. Okyto
« on: July 05, 2018, 08:55:09 pm »



Conjuring is in Phyllis Wong's veins. The love for all things magical was passed down from her great-grandfather who, before his mysterious disappearance, was one of the world's most brilliant and successful stage magicians. Now Phyllis lives in what was his beautiful old home in the middle of the city with her father and her loyal dog Daisy.

When a series of incomprehensible robberies takes place in the city, Phyllis realises that there is more to the crimes than meets the eye. It all may be baffling her friend Chief Inspector Inglis, but Phyllis is determined to find out more. Who is this thief? What does he want? And how is he achieving the impossible?

An exciting mystery about a young sleuth with sleight of hand (and lots more up her sleeve) from the author of the ever-popular Cairo Jim chronicles, Geoffrey McSkimming.

The first Phyllis Wong: Time Detective Mystery.







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Writers' Cafe / New Related Video Shorts on Amz book pages
« on: April 11, 2018, 04:02:01 pm »
There's a new place on all books pages to upload 'Related Video Shorts'. This is exciting  :D

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The Book Bazaar / Cairo Jim and the Astragals of Angkor -- how it all ends!
« on: February 19, 2018, 12:36:15 am »


Cairo Jim and the Astragals of Angkor: A Tale of Extraordinary Entanglement (The Cairo Jim Chronicles Book 15)

The Astragals of Angkor, strange ancient carvings from Cambodia, are rediscovered in the Vaults of Abandonment, deep below the Old Relics Society in Cairo. Where did the Astragals come from? Who are the people depicted on them? And why are they shown in such outrageous positions?

Cairo Jim, that well-known archaeologist and little-known poet, finds himself faced with the most astounding revelations of his career in this fifteenth tale in the Cairo Jim Chronicles. Little does he realise that such bizarre contortions may lead to monumental destruction of all that we know ...

Yet more unexpected uncoverings from the chronicler of these annals of audacity, Geoffrey McSkimming!






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Writers' Cafe / Anyone else lost November sales reports on Book Report?
« on: December 15, 2017, 05:15:16 pm »
I noticed just now that the entire month of November has disappeared from Book Report for us. All November sales and pages read still register on KDP report charts, but Book Report has nuked November. Has this happened to anyone else?

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The Book Bazaar / Cairo Jim at the Crossroads of Orpheus
« on: December 04, 2017, 01:01:39 am »


Cairo Jim at the Crossroads of Orpheus: A Tale of Perfumes, Perils and Pompeii

All's smell that ends smell!

In the dusty ruins of the ancient House of the Perfumer at Pompeii, astonishing discoveries are taking place! Perfumes, long forgotten, are being reinvented and given new life. But when one of these whiffs of wonderment--believed to have legendary hypnotic powers--goes missing, it is up to that well-known archaeologist and little-known poet, Cairo Jim, and his friends to try to stop a rush of evil so gargantuan that the world could be plunged into a chasm of eternal terror!

The 14th subtle onslaught of whimsy and historical strangeness from that inky, tireless scribbler, Geoffrey McSkimming!





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The Book Bazaar / Astounding! Quick Slick Magic Tricks by Sue-Anne Webster
« on: November 20, 2017, 01:25:28 am »



Be Noticed -- Be Unique -- Be Astounding!

Use everyday household objects to ASTOUND your spectators! Perform one trick or three; perform a routine of five, and tap into over 12 million show combinations! Now, that's ASTOUNDING!
Magician Sue-Anne Webster presents: ASTOUNDING! Quick Slick Magic Tricks
It's more than just 70 tricks. ASTOUNDING! reveals to fledgling magicians the secrets to put sparkle into any act.
Sue-Anne shares showmanship techniques and encourages mind skills and dexterity, giving you an all-in-one course to become a confident, empowered and ASTOUNDING magician!
Have fun performing solo, or perform with friends and family.

Be ASTOUNDING!







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Let's Talk Kindle! / Cover fails to appear
« on: October 05, 2017, 11:41:43 pm »
A short while ago two of the novels I bought arrived safely on my Voyage, without their covers. Every other novel I've bought has been delivered intact, but these two titles--part of a series published by Vintage--have no covers. I've tried to reload the books but to no avail. Is there any way to get these covers onto my Kindle versions? These two look out of place amongst the other titles in the series  :( .

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The Book Bazaar / Cairo Jim and the Sumptuous Stash of Silenus
« on: September 25, 2017, 02:48:54 am »


Cairo Jim and the Sumptuous Stash of Silenus

Is it possible that one of the greatest and most powerful beings from ancient mythology could still actually exist in the 21st century? Is it possible that Neptune F. Bone, that dangerous and deluded evil genius, knows of his whereabouts? Is it possible that Cairo Jim, that well-known archaeologist and little-known poet, and his friends Doris the macaw and Brenda the Wonder Camel find themselves faced with another mystery of history, and a trail of gold, greed and gruesomeness?

The 13th account of unexpected delvings and ancient rediscoveries from Cairo Jim's ardent and exuberant chronicler, Geoffrey McSkimming!




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The Book Bazaar / Cairo Jim in Bedlam from Bollywood
« on: August 26, 2017, 12:31:58 am »


From a Bollywood film studio in India, Valkyrian Airways flight attendant Jocelyn Osgood finds herself flung into a subcontinent of intrigue, danger and curries, the likes of which she has never known. But this is only the beginning compared to what awaits her good friend, that well-known archaeologist and little-known poet, Cairo Jim, and his companions Doris the macaw and Brenda the Wonder Camel. Does the jungle really hold all the secrets of magic whispered of by those who believe in such things?

The 12th bout of suspenseful, breakneck nonsense and inspired whimsy from the man who marches to a rhythm all his own, Geoffrey McSkimming!





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The Book Bazaar / Cairo Jim Amidst the Petticoats of Artemis
« on: July 29, 2017, 01:54:27 am »


In the ruins of the ancient city of Ephesus in Turkey, an astonishing relic has been unearthed!

What connection to the bygone goddess Artemis does this relic hold? What extraordinary powers could be unleashed it it were to fall into the wrong, evil and manicured hands?

Cairo Jim -- that well-known archaeologist and little-known poet -- and his friends Doris the macaw and Brenda the Wonder Camel find themselves faced with the greatest threat to Nature itself! Another tale from the master of archaeological humour and suspense, Geoffrey McSkimming!







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The Book Bazaar / Cairo Jim and the Quest for the Quetzal Queen
« on: July 29, 2017, 01:52:02 am »


Strange paintings have come to light in ancient Mexican pyramids and temples. Is the mysterious woman depicted in the paintings the actual Quetzal Queen? Did she really reign for almost 800 years? And if so, how?

What has the sudden disappearance of Mademoiselle Fifi Glusac (the famous contortionist and harmonica player) got to do with it?

Cairo Jim, that well-known archaeologist and little-known poet, with his friends Doris the macaw and Brenda the Wonder Camel, finds himself faced with another flabbergasting mystery from times past...

The fifth astonishing adventure for Cairo Jim!





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