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Book Tour – She’s Not There By Joy Fielding

She's Not ThereToday on the book tour for Joy Fielding’s thrilling new book called ‘She Not There’, sit back and enjoy an extract from the exciting tale.

The trip had started out well enough. Samantha had fallen asleep almost as soon as the car was out of the driveway, and Michelle had seemed content playing with her new Wonder Woman doll. Unfortunately, fifteen minutes into the drive, an ill-advised attempt to get the doll to fly had sent Wonder Woman crashing to the floor, where she disappeared under the front seat, unleashing Michelle’s first flood of tears. Then heavy traffic along Interstate Highway 5 coupled with a delay at the San Ysidro border crossing at Tijuana had stretched the thirty-mile drive into a ninety-minute ordeal. Caroline wondered if she should have listened to Hunter when he’d suggested leaving the girls at home for the week. But that would have meant entrusting them to her mother, something Caroline would never do.

Her mother had made enough of a mess with her own children.

Caroline pictured her brother, Steve, two years her junior, a handsome man with sandy brown hair, a killer smile, and gold-flecked hazel eyes. His easy charm had made him their mother’s pride and joy. But what he had in charm, he lacked in ambition, and he’d spent most of his adult life shedding careers as regularly as a snake sheds its skin. A year ago he’d gone into real estate, and much to the surprise of everyone—except, of course, his mother, in whose eyes he could do no wrong—he seemed to be prospering. Maybe he’d finally found his niche.

“I’m thirrrrrsty,” Michelle wailed, the word threatening to stretch into eternity.

“Sweetheart, please. You’ll wake the baby.”

“She’s not a baby.”

“She’s asleep . . .”

“And I’m thirsty.”

“Okay, that’s enough,” Hunter snapped, spinning around in his seat and waving his index finger in the air. “Listen to your mother and stop this nonsense right now.”

Michelle’s response was immediate and complete hysteria. Her shrieks filled the car, bouncing off the tinted windows and pummeling Samantha awake. Now two children were screaming.

“Still think kids were a good idea?” Hunter asked with a smile. “Maybe your brother is right after all.”

Caroline said nothing. Hunter was well aware that her brother and his wife, Becky, had been trying unsuccessfully for years to have a family of their own. Their failure to do so was a constant source of tension between them, a situation Caroline’s mother took great pains to exploit, chiding Becky regularly for not providing her with more grandchildren and causing unnecessary friction between her daughter and her daughter-in-law.

Divide and conquer, Caroline thought. Words her mother lived by. What else was new?

“How much longer?” Caroline asked.

“We should be there soon. Hang in there.”

Caroline leaned her head against the side window and closed her eyes, her daughters’ cries piercing her ears like overlapping sirens. Not exactly an auspicious start to their vacation. Oh, well, she decided. It can only get better.

Sounds good, doesn’t it?

You can buy She’s Not There from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Win A Copy Of Darker By E.L James

DarkerE.L James has returned to our bookshelves with her new book called ‘Darker’ and this time, the narrative is seen solely through the eyes of Christian Grey.

What the back cover says –

Their scorching, sensual affair ended in heartbreak and recrimination, but Christian Grey cannot get Anastasia Steele out of his mind, or his blood. Determined to win her back, he tries to suppress his darkest desires and his need for complete control, and to love Ana on her own terms.

But the horrors of his childhood still haunt him, and Ana’s scheming boss, Jack Hyde, clearly wants her for himself. Can Christian’s confidant and therapist, Dr. Flynn, help him face down his demons? Or will the possessiveness of Elena, his seducer, and the deranged devotion of Leila, his former submissive, drag Christian down into the past?

And if Christian does win Ana back, can a man so dark and damaged ever hope to keep her?

I’ve a copy of ‘Darker’ to give away to one lucky person and to be in with a chance of winning, simply answer the following question by leaving your answer in the comment box below by Wednesday 20th December.

In the film adaptation of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey, who plays Christian Grey?

Good luck!

Carole Matthews Reveals New Book – Million Love Songs

Million Love SongsCarole Matthews’ is kicking 2018 off with a bang with a new book called ‘Million Love Songs’.

What the back cover says –

After splitting up with her cheating husband, Ruby Brown is ready for a change. She’s single for the first time in years and she’s going to dive into this brave new world with a smile on her face and a spring in her step. The last thing she’s looking for is another serious relationship.

Mason represents everything Ruby wants right now: he’s charming, smooth, and perfect for some no-strings-attached fun, yet Ruby can’t help feel that something is missing. Joe on the other hand is kind, attentive and good-looking, but comes with the sort of baggage Ruby wants to avoid: an annoyingly attractive ex-wife and two teenage children.

Ruby soon has some very tough decisions to make. Is she even ready for a relationship? Ruby may think she knows what she wants, is that what she needs to be truly happy?

‘Million Love Songs’ sees Carole Matthews at her feel-good best, with a wonderful and emotional story of starting over and finding happiness. An absolute must-read!

You can pre-order Million Love Songs from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 22nd March 2018.

Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards 2017

Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards 2017

On Tuesday 28th November, I had the pleasure of attending the annual Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards. For the last number of years, I’ve observed the coverage on social media and television and this year I decided to become part of the experience.

Held in the Clayton Hotel, Dublin, the black tie affair was hosted by RTÉ presenters Keelin Shanley and Evelyn O’Rourke and awarded some of the Ireland’s finest literary talent as well as a special accolade to David Walliams for his contribution to children’s reading.

I had the most wonderful evening at the awards. It gave me the opportunity to meet some of my favourite authors as well as meeting some of my Twitter friends in real life. Set against an opulent background with delicious food and company, the awards was most definitely a night to remember.

The successful winners of the evening were.

EASON BOOK CLUB NOVEL OF THE YEAR 2017
‘Midwinter Break’ by Bernard MacLaverty.

SPECSAVERS POPULAR FICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR 2017
‘The Break’ by Marian Keyes.

RTÉ RADIO 1’S THE RYAN TUBRIDY SHOW LISTENERS’ CHOICE AWARD 2017
‘He: A Novel’ By John Connolly.

SUNDAY INDEPENDENT NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR 2017
‘I Found My Tribe’ by Ruth Fitzmaurice.

THEJOURNAL.IE BEST IRISH PUBLISHED BOOK OF THE YEAR 2017
‘Atlas Of The Irish Revolution’ by John Crowley, Donal Ó Drisceoil, Mike Murphy and John Borgonovo.

IRISH INDEPENDENT CRIME FICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR 2017
‘The Therapy House’ by Julie Parsons.

NATIONAL BOOK TOKENS CHILDREN’S BOOK OF THE YEAR (JUNIOR) 2017
‘A Sailor Went To Sea, Sea, Sea,- Favourite Rhymes From An Irish Childhood’ by Sarah Webb and illustrated by Steve McCarthy.

NATIONAL BOOK TOKENS CHILDREN’S BOOK OF THE YEAR (SENIOR) 2017
‘Stand By Me’ by Judi Curtin.

DEPT 51 @ EASON TEEN/YOUNG ADULT BOOK OF THE YEAR 2017
‘Tangleweed And Brine’ by Deirdre Sullivan and illustrated by Karen Vaughan.

THE WRITING.IE SHORT STORY OF THE YEAR 2017
‘Back To Bones’ by Christine Dwyer Hickey.

THE LISTOWEL WRITERS’ WEEK POEM OF THE YEAR 2017
‘Seven Sugar Cubes’ by Clodagh Beresford Dunne.

IRELAND AM POPULAR NONFICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR 2017
‘Motherfoclóir’ by Darcha Ó Séaghda.

ONSIDE NONFICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR 2017
‘Wounds: A Memoir Of War And Love’ by Fergal Keane.

EUROSPAR COOKBOOK OF THE YEAR 2017
‘Cook Well, Eat Well’ by Rory O’Connell.

BORD GÁIS ENERGY SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR 2017
‘The Choice’ by Philly McMahon with Niall Kelly.

BORD GÁIS ENERGY INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITION AWARD
David Walliams.

S.D Robertson Reveals New Book – Stand By Me

Stand By MeS.D Robertson has revealed the name of his third book called ‘Stand By Me’.

What the back cover says –

Lisa and Elliot have been best friends ever since the day they met as children. Popular, bright and sporty, Lisa was Elliot’s biggest supporter when the school bullies made his life a misery, and for that, he will always be grateful.

Twenty years later, life has pulled the pair apart and Lisa is struggling. Her marriage is floundering, her teenage kids are being secretive, and she’s so tired she can’t think straight. So when Elliot knocks on the door, looking much better than she remembers, she can’t help but be delighted to see her old friend again.

With Elliot back in their lives, Lisa’s family problems begin to improve – he’s like the fairy godmother she never had. As their bond deepens, she realises how much she’s missed him, and prays that this is one friendship that will last a lifetime. But sometimes, life has other ideas…

A heartwarming story perfect for fans of Keith Stewart and Jojo Moyes, that will leave you with a tear in your eye but hope in your heart.

You can pre-order Stand By Me from Amazon and will be available from good bookshops from 11th January 2018.