Friday, 7 April 2017

REMEMBER NO MORE BY JAN NEWTON

REMEMBER NO MORE
BY JAN NEWTON



Genre: Crime
Series: A DS Kite Mystery # 1
Release Date:  16 March 2017
Publisher: Honno Press
A DS Kite novel – a city detective joins the mid-Wales force
bringing new insights and ruffling country feathers

Newly promoted DS Julie Kite is at a crossroads.  Her husband’s desire for a different life takes her away from urban Manchester and its inner city problems to tranquil mid-Wales. It is to be a clean slate for them both. On her first day at Builth Wells police station, Julie is thrust unexpectedly into the centre of an investigation into a suspicious death in a remote farming community.

Back in Manchester, Stephen Collins is set free from HMP Strangeways.  Bible in hand he makes his way to mid-Wales, the scene of the heinous crime for which he was imprisoned, in order to confront those who had a hand in his incarceration.

The twists and turns of the investigation into solicitor Gareth Watkin’s death force
DS Kite to confront her own demons as well as those of her rural community and, ultimately, to uncover the lengths to which we’ll go to protect our families…

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ABOUT JAN NEWTON

Jan grew up in Manchester and Derbyshire, spending her formative years on the back of a pony, exploring the hills and moorland around her home.  She lived and worked in London and Buckinghamshire for 19 years until moving to Wales in 2005, where she learnt to speak fluent Welsh. Jan has won several writing competitions, including the Allen Raine Short Story competition, the WI Lady Denman Cup, and the Oriel Davies Gallery competition for nature-writing. She has been published in New Welsh Review.

A WORD FROM JAN NEWTON
I wrote my first novel when I was seven, all about the adventures of a little green one-legged spaceman, who crash-landed his tiny ship in my north Manchester suburb.   We had plenty of adventures, Fred and me, filling fourteen Lancashire Education Committee exercise books and earning me two gold stars in the process.  But when I was eight, a rotund Welsh Mountain Pony by the name of Pixie trotted into my life, and writing was immediately relegated in favour of all things equine.  
It took more years than I care to admit for me to resume my writing career.  In 2005 we moved to gloriously inspiring mid Wales.  In 2009 I stumbled across an Open University creative writing module and the rest, as they say, is history.  After completing my OU degree, I fulfilled a lifetime ambition and enrolled on an MA course at Swansea University.  The whole experience was magical.  It was like being taken by the hand and led back to a place where my imagination could run riot.
I began by writing short stories, which I love, but I always feel disappointed when I have to say goodbye to my characters so soon, and so the next challenge was to attempt a novel.   It’s been a fantastic experience, from its shaky start in a brand new exercise book, but now, finally, I have my second novel.  I still have a horse – this one’s been with me for over twenty years - but these days I seem to be able to allow the two obsessions – books and horses – to run side by side.
Twitter:  @janmaesygroes
Website:  www.jannewton.net


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Thursday, 6 April 2017

The Summer House Party Caro Fraser

The Summer House Party by Caro Fraser  which we are publishing on 6th April.  Set during the two World Wars, in the gloriously hot summer of 1936. a group of people meet at a country house party...none has an inkling that the choices they will make will have fateful consequences lasting through the War and beyond.


The Summer House Party
Caro Fraser

Publication Date: 6th April 2017
Price: £18.99

PRAISE FOR CARO FRASER
"Fraser writes with fluent flair. Her irony is light but merciless,
benefiting from a good ear for dialogue."
The Daily Telegraph

"Fraser engages her readers quickly and never lets go."
Tatler

In the gloriously hot summer of 1936, a group of people meet at a country house party. Within three years, the country will be engulfed in war, but for now time stands still as they sip champagne on the lawn, engaging in casual flirtations and carefree conversation. Then a shocking death puts an end to their revelry, changing everything in an instant.

For all of them, that summer house party will be a turning point. The mistakes made during that fateful weekend will change their lives forever.

Author
Caro Fraser is the author of the bestselling Caper Court novels, based on her own experiences as a lawyer. She is the daughter of bestselling Flashman author George MacDonald Fraser.


You get real good value for money with this book, its a heaping 512 pages thick full of goodness, drama, intrigue and mystery.

I was very lucky to receive a proof copy from Head of Zeus which I will forever treasure.

Its the summer of 1936 and a group of people meet up at the Summer House. Its 'party' time. Champagne is flowing nicely, chit chatter being had and flowing nicely and what would a party be without a little bit of flirting. Dan had a 'thing' for Meg and she was in his thoughts as he was getting ready for the summer party.

A fight breaks out on the lawn between Latimer and Asher. Dan ran down the stairs needing to separate the pair of them. It turns out the fight was over a game of cards. 
A few rows, bickerings follow including some loving behind closed doors.

A death suddenly occurs that put a stop to all the high adventure and revelry which now suddenly alters the entire meet up at the Summer House party.

Its a fabulously written book which will have you turning page after page. The conversations that go on and the intrigue of 'oh what is going to happen next' is well on the agenda as you flip the pages.

Within 3 years war will break out. 

For anyone who loves to read books such as this, its a "must" read.


MURDER ON THE RUN BY LESLEY COOKMAN

MURDER ON THE RUN
BY LESLEY COOKMAN



Genre: Cosy Crime/Women’s Contemporary Fiction
Release Date: December 1st and January 31st
Publisher: Accent Press
The world of running is completely alien to Libby Sarjeant and her friend Fran Wolfe, but when Libby’s son Adam and Fran’s stepdaughter Sophie join the Nethergate Harriers, they have to take an interest. And when one of the runners goes missing in the middle of the Nethergate 5K, they take more than an interest! It’s not long before a body is found – and Libby and Fran are caught up in another investigation…

The seventeenth instalment in the hugely popular Libby Sarjeant murder mystery series.

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ABOUT LESLEY COOKMAN

Lesley Cookman is a former model, actor, DJ and air stewardess, among other things. She has been writing for money for nearly 40 years (no, I know she doesn’t look old enough), her particular areas of interest being Theatre, Old Time Music Hall and Pantomime. She lives on the Kent Coast and has four grown up Performing Children and two cats.


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Wednesday, 5 April 2017

blitz day HER ONE TRUE LOVE BY RACHEL BRIMBLE

HER ONE TRUE LOVE
BY RACHEL BRIMBLE


Genre: Victorian romance
Release Date: March 15th 2016
Publisher:  eKensington/Lyrical Press
She Can't Forget Him… 

Jane Charlotte Danes has loved the squire of her idyllic country town for as long as she can remember. He is good, kind, and alluring beyond words… and he chose to marry another. Tired of dwelling on her futile longings, Jane plans a move to Bath, where she dreams of a new beginning. But the man who has so imprisoned her heart is only a few steps behind…

He Can't Let Her Go…

Until now, Matthew Cleaves has endeavored to meet the responsibilities of his position with dignity and good spirits--including his dutiful marriage. But when his wife leaves him for another man, Matthew is at last free to pursue his one true love. Only one vital question remains: will the captivating, stubborn, beautiful Jane allow him the challenge, and the pleasure, of winning her back?.. 

EXTRACT
Matthew turned and faced Jane. “When are you leaving for the city?”
She took another step back, her gaze darting over his face. “The day after tomorrow. Why?”
“Because I will escort you. We can travel together in my carriage.”
“No, I do not need your––”
“I will be going anyway. I planned to visit some contacts in the city in the hope of securing guaranteed trade for Biddestone in the coming year. It seems unnecessary for us to make the trip separately when I have a carriage plenty big enough for us both.”
“There is absolutely no need. Jeannie will be coming with me.”
“My offer still stands.”
She glared. “It’s my intention to start on the path of independence, of finding out what the world has to offer me on my own merit. I will hardly be carving out my own path when at the first step from my home, I lean on you.”
“You are being stubborn.”
She pulled back her shoulders. “And you are not?”
The longer he looked at her, the more Matthew saw the quiet beauty he’d desperately tried to ignore. He took a steadying breath. “Please, Jane. Let me escort you to Bath.”
The seconds passed, but Matthew held his tongue. It was imperative she spoke next, that she understood he didn’t mean to bully her but wanted to ensure her safety to a city ravaged by danger, as much as opportunity.
She sighed. “Fine. On one condition.”
He held her gaze. “Which is?”
Her eyes softened, slowly lighting with mischief. “You smile. Now. You smile at me like you did before she left.”
Heat rose to his face. “You want me to smile?”
“Yes. Smile for me, Matthew.”
Empathy and passion swirled in her eyes, but they also bore a deep, painful awareness that scratched hard over his heart. The longer he stared, the more he wanted to make her happy.
He smiled, his gaze on hers…and was surprised to find the trade no effort at all.

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Rachel lives with her husband and two teenage daughters in a small town near Bath in the UK. After having several novels published by small US presses, she secured agent representation in 2011. Since 2013, she has had six books published by Harlequin Superromance (Templeton Cove Stories) and recently signed a contract for two more. She also has four Victorian romances with eKensington/Lyrical Press.
Rachel is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and Romance Writers of America, and was selected to mentor the Superromance finalist of So You Think You Can Write 2014 contest. When she isn’t writing, you’ll find Rachel with her head in a book or walking the beautiful English countryside with her family. Her dream place to live is Bourton-on-the-Water in South West England.
She likes nothing more than connecting and chatting with her readers and fellow romance writers. Rachel would love to hear from you!



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Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Head of Zeus Press Release The Married Girls DINEY COSTELOE

Brand new novel from Diney Costeloe - sequel to The Girl with No Name

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The Married Girls

DINEY COSTELOE


Publication Date: 4th May 2017 Price: £18.99
“Enlightening, compelling and emotional.” Living North
“The characterisation is incredibly clever...the attention to period detail makes this an incredibly evocative read...” The Bookbag
The gripping sequel to Diney Costeloe's bestselling drama, The Girl with No Name.
Squire's son Felix has married a girl who is hiding several secrets – one of them in particular could undo her new life.
Charlotte, who arrived from Germany on the Kindertransport during the war, is now happily married to farmer Billy. But for her too, the dangerous past is coming back, in the shape of fellow refugee, bad boy Harry.
The war may have ended, but for some people, troubles are only just beginning.
THE AUTHOR Diney Costeloe is the bestselling author of The Throwaway Children, The Runaway Family, The Lost Soldier, The Sisters of St Croix and The Girl With No Name. She divides her time between Somerset and West Cork.

This is book 2

I suggest you read book 1 as it definitely is not a standalone and you will miss out on vital things appertaining to this one.

The Girl With No Name is book 1

Set yourself back to 1949 and how life was then, get in the mood and the rightful setting to enjoy and devour these pages.
Charlotte once lived in a quaint Somerset Village, but due to circumstances she was transported to her adoptive home in Germany.
We learnt from book 1 how there was a secret that she was hiding, even from her husband.

In this book a person from her past appears on the scene Felix who has the potential to blow Charlottes nice life right out from under her feet. Then there is Harry too who knows.

This has been a well crafted story that I've loved to follow.

My thanks to Head of Zeus 


Monday, 3 April 2017

The Crying Boy by Jane E. James


The Crying Boy

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The synopsis:

Clayton and Avril Shaw have lost their little boy and are still grieving when they move into Swallow's Nest on the Yorkshire moors. In their new house Avril discovers a painting and is intrigued by the history surrounding it. When she learns that the boy in the painting was deaf, like her dead son, she starts to try and communicate with his ghost. Meanwhile, Clayton finds himself entangled in an equally undesirable friendship with a retired fire chief who knows more about the painting than he is prepared to let on. Is The Crying Boy painting cursed and can numerous house fires be linked to it? Struggling with their unstable marriage, the couple find themselves in further danger as an increasingly disturbing bond develops between Avril and The Crying Boy. In a twist of events Avril's irrational behaviour is brought to a dramatic halt when she discovers she is pregnant. With her affections once again restored for Clayton, she decides to dispose of the sinister portrait. But the cast off painting wants revenge and its anger towards Avril's unborn child might just prove immeasurable. Can Avril and Clayton live happily ever after or does The Crying Boy have other plans?


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The Crying BoyThe Crying Boy by Jane E. James
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is by far the creepiest, chilling reads I have read this year to date.

Its sadness surrounds Clayton and Avril who sadly lost their little boy. They are still grieving when they decide to move house.
They take up residence in the Yorkshire moors in a home called Swallows nest.


But in the house Avril discovers a painting. This has captured her curiosity, so she explores further only to find the painting is of a boy not disimilar to her child she is grieving for and once more, the boy in the painting was deaf just like her son.

Her grief takes her on a journey including the atmospheric and chilling complex history relating to the painting that hit the papers THE CRYING BOY.

I think I have been hiding under a rock as until now, this is the first I hear of this painting which took me on a Google search.

I love this authors books, she 'does it for me everytime' keeps my intrigued, interested and alert despite having supernatural overtures in this one, which I usually steer clear of as I am easily disturbed. I was totally hooked.

Chills ran down my spine plenty of times and the hairs on the back of my neck stood out.

Fab read which I would highly recommend.