Wednesday, 5 October 2016

BOOKATHON giveaway

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Friday, 16 September 2016

CHRISTMAS AT THE LITTLE VILLAGE BAKERY by Tilly Tennant



CHRISTMAS AT THE LITTLE VILLAGE BAKERY by Tilly Tennant




CHRISTMAS AT THE LITTLE VILLAGE BAKERY by Tilly Tennant
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It’s time to get toasty by the fire with a glass of mulled wine and a slice of chocolate yule log sprinkled with a little romance. Welcome to Christmas at the Little Village Bakery.
Snow is falling in Honeybourne and Spencer is bringing home his American fiancée Tori for a traditional English Christmas with all the trimmings. But when his hippie mum and dad meet her high-maintenance parents, sparks of the wrong sort start to fly. Then Spencer bumps into his first love Jasmine and unexpected feelings come flooding back.
Millie is run off her feet with Christmas orders at the Little Village Bakery and new baby Oscar. Thank goodness her cousin Darcie is here to help her. Although she does seem to be rather flirty with Millie’s boyfriend Dylan.
Will Darcie ever find true love of her own? And is marrying Tori a terrible mistake for Spencer if his heart is with someone else?
A heartwarming Christmassy romantic comedy, perfect for fans of Carole Matthews and Milly Johnson.
THE LITTLE VILLAGE BAKERY by Tilly Tennant was published in June 2016.
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About Tilly Tennant:
From a young age, Tilly Tennant was convinced that she was destined for the stage. Once she realised she wasn’t actually very good at anything that would put her on the stage, she started to write stories instead. There were lots of terrible ones, likeThe Pet Rescue Gang (aged eight), which definitely should not see the light of day ever again. Thankfully, her debut novel,Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn was not one of those, and since it hit the Amazon best seller lists she hasn’t looked back. Born in Dorset, she currently lives in Staffordshire with her husband, two daughters, three guitars, four ukuleles, two violins and a kazoo.
www.tillytennant.com
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Chapter One
It felt like the world had been muffled. Their breath rose in plumes into the air against a landscape that was white as far as the eye could see. Gentle feathers of snow fell silently, frosting their coats and hair.
Tori gripped Spencer’s hand tighter and he looked down at her with a broad grin as they trudged along the path that led to the Old Bakery, his unruly black hair peeking out from beneath a woolly hat and his startling blue eyes alive with humour. Her tiny frame was bundled up in a huge padded coat, and he could barely see her flame-red hair beneath the hat and scarf wrapped around it, but the perfect nose that turned up a little at the end, and the blue eyes set in a face that looked a good deal younger than her twenty-eight years, peeked out at him from the layers, and he couldn’t think of a time when she had looked lovelier.
As he drew in a lungful of frosty air, he was filled with joy to see the paths and fields of Honeybourne that meant they were home – at least, his home; though, in time, he hoped that it might become hers too. He had enjoyed his time in Colorado teaching on the exchange programme at a school in Boulder – aside from being the place where he had found Tori it was a beautiful part of the world – but he had been away for over a year, apart from the one brief visit in the spring for the opening of the Old Bakery, and a year was a long time to be parted from the place he felt rooted to.
‘I bet you didn’t expect to go from snow in Boulder to more snow here,’ he said.
‘You get snow in England too.’
‘Yeah, but usually at Easter, not Christmas,’ Spencer laughed. ‘One of the supreme ironies of all those songs about white Christmases is that in real life you don’t get a flake of the stuff until at least March.’
‘I can deal with snow. It’ll shake the jet lag off a bit.’
‘Maybe we should have had another snooze at home before venturing out to meet everyone,’ Spencer said thoughtfully. ‘I’m sure they would have understood if we’d put off the reunions until we were feeling right.’
‘Best way to deal with jet lag is to battle through it,’ Tori announced stoically. ‘When you’re exhausted, your body won’t care whether it thinks it’s bedtime or not.’
‘If you say so. And is the jet lag being shook off?’
‘Not really,’ Tori grinned. ‘I never said it was a foolproof plan.’
‘Maybe it’s the wrong sort of snow… How’s our English snow holding up against your American stuff?’
‘It’s a bit wet.’
‘Don’t you dare add anything to that about it being like the English people…’
‘I would never say that,’ Tori smiled. ‘I love the English people. One in particular I love more than anyone in the world…’
Spencer’s grin widened, and he gave her hand a squeeze. He’d waited so long to hear those words. ‘I love you too,’ he said.
She turned to him with an impish gleam in her eye. ‘Oh, did you think I meant you? I was talking about your friend, Millie, obviously. After all, anyone who can make chocolate cake like she does has to be worthy of my love.’
Spencer bent to kiss her lightly on the lips. They were cold, but yielded and warmed beneath his own. ‘That’s exactly why I love you, chocolate cake or no. And you’re really getting the hang of the British sarcasm thing.’
‘I’m not sure that’s a compliment.’
‘Of course it is.’
Tori raised her eyebrows. The action was just about visible below the rim of her red and blue reindeer-motif bobble-hat. ‘Is that the British sarcasm thing?’
‘I’m afraid so.’
‘Then you’d better watch it, buster. We may not have sarcasm in Boulder but we do have fists.’
Spencer threw back his head and laughed. The sound echoed down the frozen lane. Then he scooped Tori into his arms and planted another kiss on her lips, this one more passionate than the last. ‘I really do love you, Tori Annabelle Dempsey.’
‘Hey…’ She smiled as she pulled away, catching her breath. ‘If you do that again we might not make it to the bakery.’
‘I’m sure they won’t mind if we’re late.’
‘That’s rude. Didn’t your parents teach you anything?’
‘You can ask them in a couple of days when they arrive back from Spain.’
Tori’s smile faded. ‘You think they’ll like me?’
‘Of course they’ll like you. Quite frankly, I don’t care anyway. I love you, and that’s the only thing that matters.’
‘You didn’t say that when you were stressing about meeting my parents.’
‘That’s different.’
‘How?’
‘It just is. Your parents are… Well, let’s just say they take a lot more impressing than mine will. And fathers are always more protective of daughters, aren’t they?’
‘Are they?’
Spencer nodded as he set her on the path again.
‘I don’t buy it,’ Tori said. ‘Your parents will be just as tough to crack as mine were.’
‘Ah, so you do admit that your parents are tough!’
‘Maybe a little.’
Spencer grinned. But then it disappeared. It was bad enough that his parents were going to meet Tori and her parents for the first time, but his anxieties weren’t helped by the fact that Tori’s parents had met Spencer once before and made it quite clear they hated him. But he tried not to dwell on that. Tori had told him not to worry, and briefly explained that it was all to do with some guy named Hunter that they had earmarked as a potential husband for her. It wasn’t Spencer’s fault that he wasn’t Hunter, she’d told him, but in time they would get over that. Maybe he could salvage things over Christmas, when people were feeling a little more charitable and disposed to love their fellow men?
‘Maybe we should have done all this before we set a date for the wedding,’ he said. ‘What if our parents don’t like each other?’
‘Well, at least they won’t have to see much of each other as yours live in Spain and mine live in Colorado.’
‘That will certainly put paid to a life of weekend bridge tournaments.’
‘Never mind that, what if they hate each other and it ruins Christmas for everyone?’ Tori asked, anxiety creeping into her tone for the first time. ‘We can always “forget” to ask them to the wedding, but they’re already on their way for Christmas so there’s no saving that.’
‘My mum would never speak to me again if we didn’t ask them to the wedding and Dad always takes her side over everything.’
‘Neither would my mom but I’m still prepared to risk it if you are.’
Spencer tried to smile but he couldn’t. He wanted to believe it was just because his face was so cold. ‘I’m sure it will be fine.’
‘No, you’re not. You’re chewing your lip.’
He clamped his mouth shut and pulled her close. ‘This is our first Christmas together – at least officially – and I won’t let anyone spoil that, parents or otherwise.’



Monday, 5 September 2016

Check out the New Trailer for a Coming of Age Novel of Murder, Addiction, and Lies… ‘TIL THE END


Check out the New Trailer for a Coming of Age Novel
of Murder,
Addiction, and Lies…
‘TIL THE END



Meet Ryan, Tyler, Avery and Jacob. They are high school football stars. Everyone looks up to them. They're living the life that young boys and men dream of and are right at the point of having it all: a state championship, college paid for, a chance for big money and even more glory in the NFL.

It's all there in front of them; the future they and everyone expects.

Then something happens that could bring it all crashing down. And they can't tell the truth because it's even worse than having to keep the secret for the rest of their lives. They make a pact to cover it up and never tell. Hiding the truth fuels their escalating addictions and pushes them in different directions as they try to erase the past, deal with the present and hope for the future. But at some point, in some way, there's always a price paid for lies told in ‘TIL THE END: A Novel of Murder, Addiction, and Lies.

This is an adult novel with profanity and adult situations.

View the trailer here: http://bit.ly/TilTheEndTrailer

I’ve included a press release and excerpts below. If you would like a review copy please
send me your shipping address.

Thank you for your consideration.


Scott Lorenz

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Detroit, MI -- Coming of age and contemporary sports can produce both benefits and conflicts that have lasting consequences in crossing that bridge into adulthood.

New Michigan author Joseph Patrick33 brings a story that, though fictional, offers considered views on what happens to our youth as they experience the choices and decisions facing them in schools and in sports that alter their future behavior. His debut novel is ‘TIL THE END: A Novel of Murder, Addiction, and Lies (ISBN 978-0997521603), Lexie Enterprises May 23, 2016, 216 pages available on Amazon $13.99 paperback, $21.99 hardcover, $5.99 Kindle or the author’s website:http://www.tiltheend.net/

Looking at the contemporary increased incidence of violence throughout the country and the globe begs investigation as to etiology or cause of the progression of hate, racism, and senseless deaths. A lesson too often forgotten is to turn to history as recorded by the great minds of the past, but equally significant is to find contemporary literature that opens some much-needed windows of insight.

The close bonding that occurs among team players has very positive aspects of learning self-confidence, healthy goal orientation, polished performance as individuals and with teammates; it also can create rules of conduct that include committed bonding to the point of looking out for each other, even if that means altered behavior off the field. This ’brotherhood’ can allow secrecy about events that should be shared with authorities but is withheld because of the bonding agreement.

Joseph Patrick33 has penned a timely and cogent novel that stands on its own as a tense coming of age story of four high school football stars who risk the benefits of their talent – athletic scholarships, state championships, big money, the dreams of playing in the NFL – by keeping a secret about a tragic event that eventually shreds their individual personal lives and invites alcoholism, drug abuse, involvement in drug cartels, the deaths of two and untimely ending of thwarted lives.

‘TIL THE END may be Joseph Patrick33’s debut novel, but the release of this immensely readable book turns our attention to facts too often neglecting discussion. The author does share that his first novel ‘may be fiction, but within that fiction are the keys to facts that every reader will discover and find universals within the events of the story and the characters that ring true to each of our life journeys.’ And that is one of the many reasons this new author is important to watch.

The setting is Detroit, Michigan, the timeframe 1988-1993, the stage is the football field, and the players are four fast friends and teammates whose lives are inextricably altered by a major error that is tragic. Joseph Patrick33 invites us into this story by saying, ‘‘Young boys dream and old ones ponder. They think about what could be ahead for them and as they get older, it’s not uncommon to wonder about what might have been. That is a constant feeling that all football players have and never entirely shake. They recall the victories and defeats, but mostly they think about those games they should have won. It will always be engrained and the memories will carry over to countless discussions over endless beers ‘til the end of their days. In the playing years, in those games, so many great traits are developed: leadership, teamwork, and a razor-sharp competitive edge. However, dark habits can begin to take root. It all shapes young men into the old men they become.”


Amazon Top 100 Reviewer Grady Harp states, “The book allows us entry into the interstices of coming of age, promises of glory, the dark finger of fate, and the impact of misjudged bonds of a lie and strange dissolution of dreams as tainted by those factors we all recognize as deterrents to a happy life. This is not only an important debut novel: this is a very finely written important novel about choices.”                 

About Joseph Patrick33
Joseph Patrick33 is a Michigan author who grew up in Shelby Township, a suburb of Detroit. He earned his bachelor degree and master’s degree from Wayne State University, and his advanced degree from the University of Detroit. He is concerned about the futures of young people in today’s challenging society of addiction and consequences of actions that lead away from a happy successful and rewarding life.

Media Contact: For a review copy of ‘Til The End: A Novel of Murder, Addiction, and Lies or to arrange an interview with Joseph Patrick33 contact Scott Lorenz of Westwind Book Marketing at scottlorenz@westwindcos.com or by phone at 734-667-2090 or by cell at: 248-705-2214.


Excerpts
 ‘TIL THE END

The scrap torn from the newspaper sat on the table next to a three-quarter empty bottle of Crown Royal. The glass beside it had held ice—now melted—the condensation ring seeping onto a scrap of newsprint, making it translucent. A car ad bled through from the other side and the top left corner had a ragged rip where it had been torn from the newspaper:

“…was once one of Metro Detroit’s best athletes playing on Utica Eisenhower’s first undefeated, regular season, football team in 1988. Services will be held July 1, 1991, at St. Johns Cemetery, Shelby Township.”



Young boys dream and old ones ponder. They think about what could be ahead for them and as they get older, it’s not uncommon to wonder about what might have been. That is a constant feeling that all football players have and never entirely shake. They recall the victories and defeats, but mostly they think about those games they should have won. It will always be engrained and the memories will carry over to countless discussions over endless beers ‘til the end of their days.


It was the 1988 football season; their senior year and a great time to grow up. A time of less restriction for a teenager and long before social media and smartphones tracked your every move.


After the bus ride back home, most of the team was exhausted. Though they had won, Ryan thought he and his friends should keep their celebrations to a minimum. But Tyler had different plans.



“There’s a girl looking for you. She said her name was Kelly.” Eddie scanned around them, his eyes pausing on Amanda, who had remained on the log but was watching them. “She’s pretty messed up.”
Amanda was usually a quiet girl but she had the kind of still waters that run deep. “I know who she is—the whole town does—and it sounds like you do have something to worry about.”
“Amanda, it’s nothing.”
“You say that about a lot of things Ryan.” She noticed Tyler sidestepping toward the bedroom he’d come out of. “You too, Tyler and you both know what I’m talking about.”


Avery and Jacob had come closer behind Gavin. “Hey, guys.” Jacob stopped. He saw the gleam of the knife’s blade in his hand. “Avery, watch out for th—” Avery had kept going a few steps and looked back at Jacob. Behind him, Gavin ran toward him slashing with the knife.


They stood there on the shoreline sick about what they had done… disgusted at what they were doing. One thing was for sure. Any thoughts of reporting what had happened were over.


            Tyler moved away from the edge of the lake. “Okay, let's go. Remember we stick to the story no matter what. Even if the cops get involved and try and turn it around on us and claim that one of us has said something or is telling a different story. We don't believe that shit. We never change the story ever. For the rest of our lives. Agreed?” He held his hand out as if it was a pregame huddle. “Til the end. Right!” Those were the words that had broken every team huddle since junior high school.
The others put their hand in. “Til the end.”


“What happened with that guy that came after you?” She was still upset but willing to let go of that part of her concern about his lie and about that girl, Kelly.
“It was just a fight.”
She shook her head. “No. Afterward. You guys looked scared when you came back.” She stepped forward and he backed up clearing the doorway. “What happened?”
“Nothing. Nothing happened.” He looked away. “We found where he’d wrecked and left the snowmobile. We never saw him.”


My future beyond graduation didn't have the same certainty as Ryan and Jacob's. Although I had opportunities to play ball at the college level, I fell into a category of prop-48. Lackluster grades and a meager 12 on the ACT would mean I would have to play football at some crappy small college under academic monitoring. With the hopes of raising my grades through a tutorial process. But what if my grades didn't improve? What path would I be left with? A failed existence.


The irony was that I was in such a big hurry to move through high school and onto those better things but other than football, I had done nothing to create a structure and foundation to get there. There was so much unknown in my future that scared the hell out of me.



            “I’ve heard some people talking. I think you should steer clear of those boys.”
Jacob Winslow got up and went to stand by his father who was looking out of his window on the sparse off-hour traffic. “Dad, they’re my friends. I’ve known them—you’ve known them—all my life.”


I can still hear my father talking. “Jacob, it happens to high school friends all the time; they go in different directions.” But he didn’t know—hopefully never would know—what had really happened at Torch Lake.


“I need your help.” The young man at the pay phone kept his back to the other students passing down the hallway near him. He took another pill and dry swallowed it, something he’d learned to do easily. The pain in his shoulder wouldn’t let up. You get hit a lot harder at the next level and the practices and games had been punishing. The man on the other end of the line answered him and he could hear the hard edge in his voice.  “I’ve done all I can for you.”



The five men weren't typical organized crime street thugs. They all had the build and movement of trained fighters—former Soviet special forces. Rick Jennelo was surprised to see Boris leading them.



He sat on the floor next to his bed and watched the LED indicator on the hotel room clock change minute by minute. He reached into the bag he had carried in and brought out the two fifths of Crown Royal he had made the cabbie stop to pick up from a liquor store. He filled the water glass to the brim. From his front pocket, he took out the baggie with the last of his pills. He had thought about throwing it out a dozen times to remove the temptation. Now he was glad that he hadn't. There was enough left to take the edge off of his latest failure.


Suggested Media Questions
For Joseph Patrick33
Author,

‘TIL THE END

1.     You have a keen insight into the minds of high school football players. Did you play football in high school?

2.     Your name on the front of your book says Joseph Patrick 33. Is the number significant in any way? Is it a football jersey number?

3.     A lot of athletes are addicted to painkillers today, making this story very timely.  Do you think there’s a way we can keep our kids off drugs, or do you think the pressure to play and win is so strong that it’s almost inevitable?

4.     On the back of the book, you say you wanted to capture “the essence of unpredictable fate” in this book. Can you explain?


5.     There’s a serious crime committed in this book. What do you think the takeaway is? In other words, (without giving away the storyline) do you feel justice is served in any way?

6.     You say at the beginning of your book that “Young boys dream and old ones ponder.” Reflection is a big part of growing older. Can you talk a little bit about making decisions as teenagers, and how they affect us when we grow older?


7.     The teens in your book obviously make some bad decisions. What are some of the biggest regrets you think most people have?

8.     Friendship is a strong theme in this book, and what friends will do for each other. Do you think that friendship should sometimes override morality? Explain.


9.     This book takes place in Michigan. Are the bars, etc. actual places or did you make some of them up?

10.  What type of research did you do before you wrote this book? (On Detroit history, drug addiction, football, etc.)


CUCKOO by Scarlett Finn



Yanking her to him to grab her other arm, he forced her body against his. “I’ll tell you what you fucking feel. You’re my girl. You love me and I’m not letting you go fucking anywhere, hear?”
“B—”
“Don’t you fucking turn your back,” he growled. “Don’t you even think about it for a second. If you dare try to walk away, I’ll hunt you down and make sure it won’t happen a second time. I won’t let it.”
The ferocity of his anger was fueled by his love. She knew what it was to fear losing the object of love. Opening her hands on the chest he pinned her to, she moistened her lips but lost her breath when he whipped her around and tossed her down to the bed where she bounced.
“I’m gonna remind you where we started and where we’re going, and it’s damn well not separate ways.”

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