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Alex Brown Reveals New Book – The Wish

The WishAlex Brown has revealed her new book for 2018 called ‘The Wish’.

What the back cover says –

Sam Morgan knows he messed up with his wife Chrissie and daughter Holly – he wasn’t there when they needed him most, but now he’ll do anything to put his family back together again. Until then, he’s back living in the picture-postcard village of Tindledale.

Jude Darling is coming home for good this time. She’s taking over the antique shop in Tindledale, the place where she grew up and she’s going to make sure she’s there for her friend, Chrissie, and Goddaughter, Holly. They certainly need her right now.

As for Holly, there’s only one thing she wants and it’s not the sort of thing you can buy in a shop. She might be thirteen years old, but Holly still believes in wishes, and perhaps if she wishes hard enough, this one might come true…

Sounds like a lovely story to look forward to this Summer.

You can pre-order The Wish from Amazon and will be available from good bookshops from 17th May 2018.

The Fear Book Tour – Extract

The FearToday I’m hosting the book tour for C.L Taylor’s brand new book, ‘The Fear’ and I’ve an extract from the exciting book.

We are sitting so close that, when he just changed gear, I had to lean to my left to avoid his forearm brushing mine. A wave of panic courses through me. The last time I was in a car with this man we were driving through France. But Mike doesn’t recognise me. He did a quick sweep of my body as I rounded the van, a casual appraisal any man might do to a woman he’s never met before, but there was no spark of interest when I opened the passenger door and got in. Why would there be? I’m a grown woman, not a child.

As he navigates his way back down to the road and up the muddy track to the barn he chatters away about nothing in particular – the weather, the flooding, the news. I nod and shrug but I’m not really listening. I can’t stop staring at his face.

He’s forty-nine now and his hair is more grey than black, but it’s still thick and wavy, cut short above the ears and at the nape of his neck. Deep lines stripe across his brow and fan out at the corner of his eyes. He looks old and tired.

I was afraid that all the feelings I’d had as a teenager would come flooding back and overwhelm me, but I don’t feel love or desire. Not even hate or fear. What I feel, as I look at his long, thick fingers curved over the steering wheel, is revulsion.
 
‘Here we are then.’ He pulls on the handbrake and turns off the engine. We’re in the yard. Parked up outside the barn.

This is just a small taster from an exciting book that was unsettling and exciting in equal parts.

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

Sarra Manning Reveals New Book – The Rise And Fall Of Becky Sharp

The Rise And Fall Of Becky SharpSarra Manning has revealed her brand new book with Harper Collins and it’s an absolute stunner. The book is called ‘The Rise And Fall Of Becky Sharp’, with an exquisite cover and a modern take on the ‘Vanity Fair’ tale, this book is guaranteed to be a favourite of 2018.

What the back cover says –

Determined to leave her poverty-stricken roots behind her, Becky Sharp is going to take every opportunity offered to her to climb to the top. Whether it’s using her new BFF Amelia Sedley to step up into the rarified world of London’s upper classes, or seducing society’s most eligible bachelors, Becky Sharp is destined for great things – at any cost…

From London to Paris and beyond, the world is there for Becky’s taking – even though some people are determined to stop her along the way

A hilarious contemporary retelling of the classic society novel, ‘Vanity Fair’ featuring the irrepressible Becky Sharp, this book sounds fabulous.

You can pre-order The Rise and Fall of Becky Sharp from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 6th September 2018.

Guilt By Amanda Robsonn

Guilt’Guilt’ is the latest book by Amanda Robson.

When the body of a woman is found stabbed to death, the blame falls to her twin sister. But who stabbed who? And which one is now the woman behind the bars? Zara and Miranda have always supported each other. But then Zara meets Seb, and everything changes. Handsome, charismatic and dangerous, Seb threatens to tear the sisters’ lives apart – but is he really the one to blame? Or are deeper resentments simmering beneath the surface? As the sisters’ relationship is stretched to the brink, a traumatic incident in Seb’s past begins to rear its head and soon all three are locked in a psychological battle that will leave someone dead. The question is: who?

On Saturday, I started Amanda’s second novel and was unable to put the book down until I reached the page.

Compulsive, edgy with complicated characters, this book was the perfect book to curl up with.

The story is written in the past and present tense and is cleverly seen through the perspectives twin sisters, Miranda and Zara and Zara’s lover, Sebastian.

The story starts at the present tense, right at the moment that one of the sisters kills the other one in self defence and from that point on, the reader is kept on their toes as they try to follow the clues and figure out which sister is the killer and which one has ended up dead.

Twins, Miranda and Zara are polar opposites of each other. Miranda is cool, collected and organised in life, whereas Zara is artistic, scatty and suffers from depression. Miranda is protective of Zara, having witnessed her sisters multiple suicide attempts, her sisters wellbeing is Miranda’s priority and this is quite a big responsibility on Miranda’s shoulders.

When Zara introduces Sebastian into their lives, Miranda can’t warm to him. Sneaky, manipulative with a nasty streak, it’s obvious that he’s had issues in life and his main goal is to come between the sisters relationship.

This story was an intensely thrilling story, with short chapters that made for snappy reading and the multiple perspectives, it was impossible to put down. Riddled with deceit, drama and suspense throughout, ‘Guilt’ is a cleverly written story that made for addictive reading.

You can pre-order Guilt from Amazon and will be available to buy good bookshops from 19th April 2018.

A Grand Old Time Book Tour – Extract

A Grand Old TimeSit back and enjoy an extract from Judy Leigh’s new book called ‘A Grand Old Time’.

Four is the luckiest number. Born on fourth of April, 1942. Fourth of five children. Four hundred thousand euros from the sale of the house. Four sausages for lunch today. Four had always been lucky for her. Her da had given her a four-leaf clover, dried between the pages of a book, when she was four years old. She’d had her son on the fourth of March. He’d been her fourth baby, the only one who stuck.

Fifteen is not a good number. Left school at fifteen. Hated school. Married Jim on fifteenth of July. Married life, from then onwards, until he died. Moved to Sheldon Lodge on the fifteenth of December. Room number fifteen. No, fifteen is definitely not a lucky number.

Evie was deep in thought when Mrs Lofthouse spoke to her. Mrs Lofthouse spoke for the second time, and the third, more loudly and with slow emphasis.

‘Evelyn. Your son is coming to see you today. Brendan? He is coming to see you.’

Evie blinked. She put on her best confused look and stared directly back.

‘I’ll just give your hair a bit of a tidy up. Brendan will be here at four.’

‘Four.’

‘Brendan – and his wife Maura. Lovely couple, Evelyn.’

Evie pulled a face. Maura was always stiff, polite, putting on a pretence of wifely perfection. Evie didn’t feel she knew her well at all, even after almost twenty years. Maura was humourless, starchy. She reminded her of the nuns at school, who insisted she must be called Evelyn and not her preferred abbreviation. She’d decided at four years old that ‘Evie’ was so much nicer, cheekier: it suited her much better than the more formal version. Evie was a chirpy name.

Maura could do with being chirpier, she thought.

You can pre-order A Grand Old Time from Amazon from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 3rd May.