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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.

Diane Allen

Diane AllenDiane Allen was born in Leeds, but raised at her family’s farm deep in the Yorkshire Dales. After working as a glass engraver, raising a family, and looking after an ill father, she found her true niche in life, joining a large print publishing firm in 1990. Rising through the firm, she is now the general manager and has recently been made Honorary Vice President of the Romantic Novelists’ Association. She is the author of ‘For a Father’s Pride’ and The Mistress of Windfell Manor, and its sequel, The Windfell Family Secrets’.

  1. To readers of the blog who may not be familiar with you or your writing, can you tell us a bit about yourself and how you got into writing
    Up to two years ago I was the manager of a publishing firm dealing in large print and unabridged audio. A mother of two grown-up children, with families of their own I had started to go through the feeling of empty-nest syndrome a few years earlier. So to fill in my evenings as my husband watched the football, I decided to try and write a book. This, after many pit-falls, turned into books, now being six published and a seventh in the pipe-line.
  2. If you were to start your own book club, what authors would you ask to join?
    I’m true to my trade, so if I was to start a book club it would have to be one based on Family Saga’s. Authors on my list would be June Tate, Helene Wiggin, Rosie Goodwin, Annie Murray, Margaret Dickinson and I would have to re-print the best saga writer ever, the wonderful Catherine Cookson.
  3. What’s your favourite part of the writing process?
    Starting a new novel, you have a basic out line and roughly know the ending. But how you get there is entirely where your imagination takes you.
  4. Why did you decide to write historical fiction?
    I have a great love of local history. My book shelf is full of books written about my home in Yorkshire. I also love the Victorian period, being an avid collector of all things from that period. I could not have written anything other than historical fiction to bring my two loves to life.
  5. If you were starting your writing journey again, would you do anything differently?
    Definitely, pay more attention to English grammar! I’m so busy telling my tale, my grammar seems to go out of the window. Making me spend more time on proof-reading than actual writing.
  6. 'The Windfell Family Secrets

  7. What’s your favourite opening line from a book?
    Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.” From ‘Rebecca’ by Daphne Du Maurier.
    It just captures you straight away.

  8. Who’s your favourite literary hero or heroine?
    Scarlett O’Hara from ‘Gone with the Wind’ by Margaret Mitchell. Followed closely by Catherine Earnshaw from ‘Wuthering Heights’. They are both strong women who know their own minds.
  9. What do you think makes a good book?
    A good opening line, a good plot and believable characters.
  10. If you were stranded on a desert island, which three books would you bring with you to pass the time?
    Leo Tolstoy, ‘War and Peace’, ‘Jane Austen’, ‘Pride and Prejudice’ and James Joyce, ‘The Dubliners’. I have in the past started all three but never had the patience or time to finish them, which is a terrible sin in my eyes.
  11. What area do you suggest a budding writer should concentrate on to further their abilities?
    Plot building, so often I read a book that sags in the middle. A plot must be strong enough to continue to keep you intrigued with every turn of the page.
  12. When sitting down to write, what is the one item you need beside you?
    Coffee, I live and function on coffee.
  13. And finally do you have any projects or releases on the horizon which you would like to share with the readers of the website.
    The third book in the Windfell Series is to be published this next summer entitled Daughter of the Dales and I am about to start work on two books set in Swaledale.

Follow Diane Allen on Twitter Diane Allen for updates or check out her website at Diane Allen

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.

Anything For Her Book Tour – Extract

Anything For HerOn today’s book tour, I’m featuring an extract from G.J Minnett’s thrilling new book called ‘Anything For Her’

She has no wish to talk to Aimi Bradshaw . . . or Vedra as she is now, always assuming she hasn’t moved on already. Probably not, she thinks to herself. The Aimis of this world tend not to turn their noses up at the sort of money and influence that comes from being a member of the Vedra family. She’ll have recognised the golden egg the moment it rolled into her path and for as long as the goose keeps on laying, Vedra will be as good a surname as any.

If she doesn’t like Aimi very much, she trusts her even less. At the root of it is the seemingly unassailable and, in Mia’s estimation, utterly inappropriate place the girl has assumed in Billy’s affections. If she could be granted just one wish in whatever time is left available to her, it would be for some miraculous event to rip the blinkers from his eyes and enable him to see the girl as she really is. Failing that, she’d settle for knowing he was in a happy relationship with someone who cares deeply about him, someone who might take the gloss off his warped memories of Aimi that owe more to his feverish imagination than anything else. Their so-called relationship was one of those teenage things, an unfortunate collision of circumstances – for Billy a first crush at a time when his emotional radar was, quite understandably, all over the place and for Aimi a chance to share and revel in some of the attention that settled on him around the time of the inquest.

Although she was relieved at the time, Mia can see now that it was unfortunate that it all came to a sudden and dramatic end when Aimi’s parents split up. She went to London to live with her father and Billy was left feeling his soul mate had been ripped from him. Anyone with an ounce of common sense could see it wouldn’t have lasted much longer than the six months or so they’d had together anyway. Unfortunately, when it came to Aimi, even that ounce was way beyond Billy’s reach.

So yes . . . Mia is keen for Billy to move on with his life. For some time now she’s been hoping he’ll find someone else to obsess about, which is why she’s been paying such close attention to his presence on a variety of social media of late. She’s resorted to this – almost stalking him online – out of desperation. He’s always been good about staying in touch – in fact, ever since he first left home he’s made a point of phoning her on a regular basis – but these calls never shed any significant light on his social life. She knows more than enough about his work, even if she still can’t remember what a front end developer actually does on a day-to-day basis, and she can describe in detail the strengths and weaknesses of his techie friends, so effusive is he when it comes to talking about that side of his life.

Relationships however are another matter altogether and unless she embarrasses them both by asking pointed questions the subject never comes up.

You can buy Anything for Her from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 22nd March 2018.