Cover Reveal, Publication Day

The Little Teashop@janelovering ~ @ChocLituk ~ COVER Reveal & Launch Day!!! #RT

Congratulations Jane Lovering on your launch day. I am so excited to have the cover reveal here today on Love Books Group.  Books sounds like my cup of tea!  Good luck from me and come back soon.  Kelly x

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Secrets, lies, carrot cake   and an owl called Skrillex!

Amy Knowles has always been the plain sidekick to her pretty best friend Jules. And whilst the tearoom they both work in on the Monkpark Hall estate in Yorkshire is not exactly awash with eligible bachelors, it’s obvious where the male attention is concentrated – and it’s not just on the cakes!

There is one man who notices Amy. Joshua Wilson also works at Monkpark, where he flies his birds of prey for visitor entertainment. He lives a lonely existence but he has reasons for choosing isolation – and, in Amy, he may have found somebody who understands.

Then a management change brings slick and well-spoken Edmund Evershott to Monkpark. He’s interested in Amy too, but for what reason? Josh suspects the new manager is up to no good – but will Amy? Because Edmund could leave her with much worse than a broken heart …

You can buy your copy here now ~Amazon UK

Q&A

Air Guitar and Caviar @JackieLadbury ~ @FabrianBooks #RT #Q&A

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Busker Dylan spends his days pulling pints in the local pub and singing on the high street, waiting for fame to call. That suits him fine, until beautiful, but frosty, air stewardess, Scarlett, tosses some coins into his hat but ignores his killer smile and his offer of pizza.
He sets out to get the girl, but Scarlett isn’t in the right frame of mind to date anyone, let alone a penniless, if charming, busker boy.
Dylan’s desperate for his big break, but will it bring him the happiness he longs for? And with Scarlett’s past threatening to ruin her future, will Dylan be left to make sweet music all on his own?

Buy your copy here ~ AMAZON UK

My Q&A with Jackie Ladbury 

Describe yourself using three words?

 Mum, wife, writer.

What inspired you to write your first novel?

 I liked the idea of a busker falling in love with someone far out of his reach and working out how he could get the girl. It seemed natural to make her a snooty air-stewardess as I knew the airline world well. It didn’t quite work out like that though, as Dylan, my busker, became attractive, funny and clever and I no longer wanted him to be a smelly down and out. In the end, it turns out he wasn’t poor either, as he takes her to his parents’ house in Southwold, which if you’ve ever been, you will know is a decidedly middle class seaside town on the east coast of England. The pier on the cover of Air Guitar and Caviar is Southwold pier.

What time of day do you like to write? 

Early morning, except I keep checking emails and Facebook!

What is your favourite book and why?

 The Other side of Midnight by Sidney Sheldon. It was the first book I read as a ‘grown up.’ I was probably about fifteen! I used to sneak it from the shelves at the newsagents where I worked as a Saturday girl and read it in my lunch hour. It was the first time I’d read a book that kept me gripped and it opened my eyes to a new world.

How did you pick the title of your book? 

The title, Air Guitar and Caviar, came to me out of the blue one night–which is funny because it was nearly called Out of the Blue.

Are the characters in your book based on real people? 

No, sadly as I would love to meet Dylan. He’s a dish! I have met a few air stewardesses who think they are something special, though. There is a strange kind of hierarchy in the private sector of the airline world–a bit like labelling someone by the kind of car they drive. ‘What aircraft do you fly?’ is the question most aviators want to ask. It pretty much defines you. Watch ‘View from the Top’ starring Gwyneth Paltrow, and you’ll get the idea. I love that film.

What’s your favourite word?

 Lugubrious. Can never remember what it means, but it sounds so good. Oh, and ‘bucolic’ is always an interesting one, because to me it doesn’t sound anything like what it actually means.

If you were a colour what would it be? 

Pink- and glittery. Except I don’t think glitter is a colour.

Do you plan your story beforehand or go with the flow? 

Plan it, but not in massive detail. I did write myself into a corner once and it was such a lot of hard work wasted that I think I learned my lesson.

Who is your favourite author?

 I adore Anita Shreve’s emotional arcs. The Pilot’s wife was so beautifully written I read the first chapter about three times.

If you could give any literary villain a happy ending who would you chose? I always wanted Pinkie from Brighton Rock to mend his ways and fall in love, so I’d probably choose him–bit of therapy could work wonders on him.

Are you working on a new project? 

I’m desperate to get started on book three of the airline series but book two is proving more time consuming than I hoped. Book three is about an FBI man (handsome of course) who is sent to seduce an air stewardess believed to be a drug smuggler. It’s set in Africa and England with a bit of Russia thrown in, and I have planned it all out- just want to get started on it.

Do you have any upcoming events our members can attend? N

No, but there’s always a bottle of wine chilling in my fridge if you want to stop by.

Book Title – Air Guitar and Caviar

Publisher – Fabrian Books

Your Twitter – @JackieLadbury

Facebook Author Page – https://www.facebook.com/jackie.ladbury

Your Author Website – https://jackieladbury.com/

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Huge thanks to Jackie for being on my blog, we will have a review of Air Guitar and Caviar up soon too.

Kelly xx

Book Reviews

#InTheEyesOfAnAngel @KLNovels #Review #RT #ChickLit #Romance

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Camille Ryan is in her final year at Southern State University. Working as a bartender in a local establishment in order to support herself, she knows from her mother’s experience with her alcoholic father not to depend on anyone. That is until travelling businessman Rick Pantanelli decides to visit her bar. He is a handsome, well-off, successful professional and her senior by a full 17 years.

Camille is used to doing everything she is expected to do. But when she meets Rick she is swept away by his good looks, his charm and his ability to take care of her. Rick is used to getting what he wants. But when he meets Camille he is swept away by her beauty and her inner fragility. He finds himself believing he can take care of her. Is this belief strong enough to make him a better man?

Buy you copy here ~ Amazon UK

My Review

This book oozes and screams Chick-Lit. It is perfect as a beach read in the summer or cuddled up with a blanket in the winter. Camille is very relatable and loveable. The book takes you on a magical romantic adventure. With the dashing Rick to drool over and his and Camille’s journey, you are in for a roller coaster read.

The cover is beautiful and stands out with the beautiful angel on the cover.

There is soon to be a sequel coming our way from Kimberly.  Out now is also

Out now is also the fantastic On A Run, featuring Hannah and Daniel.

 

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Thank you to Kimberly Livingston for my arc copies.

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Dangerous To Know ~ @anneebuist ~ @legend_press ~ JA Warnock Review

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Natalie King is back: back from a stay on the psych ward. Her reluctance to live a quiet life has contributed to a severe depressive episode, and now it’s time for a retreat to the country, and a low-key research job at a provincial university nearby.

But Natalie and trouble have a strange mutual fascination. Her charismatic new boss Frank is friendly, even attractive. But it turns out his pregnant wife is an old enemy of Natalie’s. And when Frank’s tragic personal history is revealed – then reprised in the most shocking way – Natalie finds herself drawn deep into a mystery. And even deeper into danger.

Buy your copy here ~ AMAZON UK

#Fav Five with Annie Burst 

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Favourite book cover by another author and why?

I don’t judge a book by its cover, so this is tricky. That said, certain covers say “pick me up” over others. (Of mine I just love the pin-cushioned heart on Dangerous to Know UK edition). My husband’s book The Rosie Project had an incredibly successful cover in that it was gender neutral, romantic and active: most of the 40 countries who bought it either kept it or altered it slightly. The Taiwanese edition was great—it included a wrap-around voucher for a Margarita! I like the idea of the chess piece on the cover of some editions of The Eight (Katherine Neville), but none of them ever quite grabbed me (the book however did!). There’s a version of Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s The Shadow of the Wind that is very evocative of mood and the mystery of the book—it has a man with the shadow as a different, historical character in a cape. This problem wins outside my own and partners.

 

Favourite time to read?

Anytime and whenever I can. Many authors I know, find they can’t read anymore—they struggle because they start analysing and criticising, or else they are afraid they’ll be accused of plagiarism. Certainly, if I start something that is badly written I stop for the former reason, but I have read a book a week (at least) on average since I was eight and I’m not stopping now! I like to wind down with a thriller (this includes plane journeys, where I have been known to use a kindle because I travel on carry-on), always go sleep after reading, and also read when I need to be inspired. I mean as in lifting my game. I read Snowdrops (listed for the Booker) and then rushed off to write a description of outback Australia: Russia and snow are very different to the desert, but the tone and sensibility were what captivated me.

 

Favourite snack while reading?

Wine or a Margarita (one only) when I write and plan books—other than that, the book is all I need!

 

Favourite book character that has stayed with you after the book ended?

I have lived and breathed my own character Natalie King to the degree I get upset when I pass places where things went wrong for her! Some songs I relate to her issues make me nostalgic…

Beyond my own (and my husbands… I have lived with Don Tilman, Adam Sharp and Angelina Brown for quite a while too!)…wow, where to start.

Conchis in The Magus (John Fowles) fascinated me at eighteen.

So did Howard Roark and Dominique Francon in The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand) at twenty-one, however politically incorrect the book and author is now considered.

She’s the bad guy in this, but really got under my skin—a wonderful portrayal—the mother, Cathy/Kate, in East of Eden (possibly my favourite book of all time, by John Steinbeck).

Owen Meany (Prayer for Owen Meany, John Irving): exquisite at every level.

Catherine Velis (The Eight by Katherine Neville): might be frivolous fun, but I’ve read and re-reread it. Magical escapism—I am Catherine Velis!

Jack Reacher (Lee Child made an impression because I read 18 in a row. Now I just do him once a year).

 

Favourite book quote?

As quotes go this is a bit long and unwieldy but the essence of it has stayed with me ever since I read the book maybe thirty years ago (East of Eden by John Steinbeck). It’s ultimately what made the book so powerful for me, and something I have integrated into my own sense of what is important in the world.

‘But the Hebrew word, the word timshel—“Thou mayest”—that gives choice. It might be the most important word in the world. That says the way is open. That throws it right back on a man. For if “Thou mayst”—it is also true that “Thou mayst not”.’

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Twitter: @anneebuist

Review by Guest Blogger ~ J A Warnock 

Buist’s ‘Dangerous to Know’ picks up the story of troubled psychologist Natalie King which started in her earlier work ‘Medea’s Curse’. I’ll admit I found myself at a bit of a disadvantage, having not read the series opener, so would recommend readers start at the beginning rather than dive straight into this, the latest instalment.

Buist has found a different way of looking at the crime novel and very much concentrates on the psychological aspects of motivation and what we choose to reveal. By switching perspectives, the reader is privy to more information than each of the characters. I say information because, as much as we might suspect we know what is going on, answers and explicit conclusions are not presented to the very end. There were several moments in which I found myself asking; they wouldn’t, would they? Well….
The main characters are three-dimensional in that their own personal lives and histories are as much a part of the story as the immediate plot. Buist nicely captures the complexities and contradictions of real life as well as providing a nicely paced story of a criminal investigation.
‘Dangerous to Know’ is a subtle, measured and enjoyable read. If there were moments I expected the Cheshire cat to pop up and announce us all mad, blame my own psychosis, not the book. I hope we have not heard the last of Dr King.
Thank you to  @anneebuist for taking time out to visit my blog and to @legend_press  for the copy of the book for review.
Q&A

The Wedding Girls @katethompson380 ~ @panmacmillan ~ #Q&A

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If a wedding marks the first day of the rest of your life, then the story starts with the dress.

It’s 1936 and the streets of London’s East End are grimy and brutal, but in one corner of Bethnal Green it is forever Hollywood . . .

Herbie Taylor’s photography studio is nestled in the heart of bustling Green Street. Tomboy Stella and troubled Winnie work in Herbie’s studio; their best friend and hopeless romantic Kitty works next door as an apprentice dressmaker. All life passes through the studio, wishing to capture that perfect moment in time.

Kitty works tirelessly to create magical bridal gowns, but with each stitch, she wonders if she’ll ever get a chance to wear a white dress. Stella and Winnie sprinkle a dusting of Hollywood glamour over happy newly-weds, but secretly dream of escaping the East End . . .

The community is strong on Green Street, but can it stand the ultimate test? As clouds of war brew on the horizon, danger looms over the East End. Will the Wedding Girls find their happy ever afters, before it’s too late?

Q&A with Kate Thompson

Kate Thompson is a journalist, novelist and ghostwriter who lives in Sunbury-Upon-Thames with her husband Ben, two sons Ronnie and Stanley, and an elderly Jack Russell called Twinkle. The Wedding Girls is her third novel for Pan Macmillan.

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Three words to describe you.

Ha ha, great question. Loyal. Determined. Inpatient.

What inspired you to write your first novel? 

I visited Bethnal Green in East London and I met up with two great ladies, both in their 90s who told me all about the East End during the Second World War. In their words, ‘just like Call the Midwife, but dirtier and more dangerous’. They opened my eyes to the sacrifices, courage and humour of the cockney matriarchs who ruled the cobbles. They also took me to see a memorial to the 173 people killed at Bethnal Green Underground in 1943. It was a dark, wet night, when an anti-aircraft rocket went off during an air-raid, causing a panic which leads to all those people getting suffocated to death on the stairwell. It was one of the biggest civilian tragedies of the war, and yet so few people seem to know about it. When I read down the list of victims, I was shocked to see one of the women who died was called Kate Thompson, this leant such a personal connection to that tragedy and I knew I had to include it in my book. This is what I found out when I researched the other Kate Thompson, https://blog.whsmith.co.uk/kate-thompson-the-chilling-moment-i-discovered-i-was-a-victim-of-a-wartime-tragedy/ Her character and life sparked a love affair with the East End.

What time of day do you like to write? 

Ideally in the afternoon, that’s when I seem to hit my flow, unfortunately, that also coincides with the time I need to collect my two sons, Ronnie, 9 and Stanley, 5, from school, so mostly I end up tapping away into the small hours after they’ve gone to sleep.

What is your favourite book and why? 

Suite Francaise by Irène Némirovsky is a beautifully written novel about the love affair between a French woman and a German officer, during the Nazi occupation of France. It’s made all the more poignant and heartbreaking by the fact that Némirovsky’s death in Auschwitz in 1942 prevented her from seeing the day, sixty-five years later, that Suite Française, would be rediscovered and hailed as a masterpiece. When I read of her death at the end of the book it absolutely floored me. Apparently, she wrote the entire novel in a notebook, which was discovered many years later. It’s a stunning book.

How did you pick the title of your book? 

All my book titles are the result of collaboration between my publishers, Pan Macmillan and myself. The Wedding Girls conveys the sense of friendship and camaraderie that existed between girls working in the rag trade.

 

Are the characters in your book based on real people? 

The girls combine many traits of East End women I have interviewed, largely their determination, ambition and desire for escapism, but the character of Herbie, the photography portrait artist, is based on a real-life East End photographer. William Whiffin was an iconic street and studio photographer who was prolific between the wars, taking thousands of wedding portraits from his studio on the East India Dock Road. Whiffin also captured many memorable moments, including the dock strike from his studio windows. But it was the love and affection he had for the community he served which struck me the most. In the thirties and forties, Poplar was one of the most impoverished East End districts, so Whiffin set up wedding clubs, enabling brides to spread the cost of a portrait. He passionately believed that every bride had the right to a beautiful wedding portrait. Unfortunately his belief that ‘a little praise is of more value’ meant that by the time his studio was destroyed by a rocket during the Second World War, he was penniless. This big-hearted character is one of the East End’s forgotten heroes.

What’s your favourite word?

My favourite word is nuance. I also listened to someone give a talk the other day about how to display confidence in public speaking and one of his tips was not to dash off after the end of the talk. ‘Stay and bathe in the approbation,’ he said. Isn’t approbation a wonderful word! In case you’re interested, I can tell you my worst word too. Moist! Urgh!

If you were a colour what would it be? 

That entirely depends on when you catch me. If it’s a warm summer’s day and I’ve clocked up a good chunk of writing, then I’m definitely a yellow kind of person, if it’s a rain-swept Monday morning and I’m trying to get the boys out the door to school, I’m black!

Do you plan your story beforehand or go with the flow? 

Being a control freak, I have to go into it with a plan. You would never embark on a long car journey without a map or any idea of where you’re going, so why do it with a book? That said, when you’re well into the manuscript, the most organic and magical things can happen that you never planned. I love that moment where you feel you know your characters so well, they are almost dictating the plot. I always allow for changes and to deviate from the script.

Who is your favourite author? 

So many, I love Joanne Harris for the sensuous quality of her writing. When she describes food and wine for example it’s so evocative and rich. I also love Sarah Waters. I just finished her dark, ingenious novel, Fingersmith, which is superb. When she writes about the crooked alleys and passages of Victorian London, peopled by fingersmiths and fraudsters, I’m right there. It’s intensely atmospheric. She writes with such confidence and authenticity.

If you could give any literary villain a happy ending who would you chose? 

I always feel a little sorry for the Wicked Queen in Snow White. I know this is a moral tale, warning of the dangers of narcissism, but it can’t be easy seeing your looks fade while your stepdaughter skips around looking fresh-faced. Apparently, in the Brothers Grimm version, Snow White and the Prince reveal the Queen’s true nature and invite her to their wedding, where she is forced to put on red-hot iron shoes and ‘dance’ until she drops dead, which is a little harsh.

Are you working on a new project?

Yes, I’m writing a novel set in the East End match factory, Bryant & May, in wartime. My characters, all match girls, set up a Dig for Victory allotment in the grounds of a bombsite. The strap line will be ‘They dug for victory, but buried their secrets deeper’, so you can see the allotment is not all that is seems.

 Do you have any upcoming events our members can attend? 

Yes, I shall be discussing my book and interviewing a panel of experts about vintage weddings at the Museum of London on Friday 31st March 6pm. Come along. I’d love to meet you. 

Nancy Beaton dress Brighton

https://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/museum-london/event-detail?id=104809

Get in touch:

www.katethompsonmedia.co.uk

https://www.facebook.com/KateThompsonAuthor/

@katethompson380

katharinethompson82@gmail.com

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Buy your copy  here ~ AMAZON UK

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Tindog Tacloban @clairemorley15 ~ Q&A #RT

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In the aftermath of the fiercest typhoon on record to hit land, banners bearing the words Tindog Tacloban started to appear all over the city. Meaning Rise Up Tacloban, they were a testament to the determination and resilience of the Filipino people as they tried to rebuild their shattered lives. For many, things would never be the same: Izel Sombilon watched in horror as two of his children were ripped from his arms and swept away by the huge storm waves Eleven-year-old Lika Faye was plunged into the sordid underworld of Webcam Child Sex Tourism. For Helen Gable volunteering in the typhoon-ravaged area was a chance for her to come to terms with her own personal tragedy. This is a thrilling read, inspired by the author’s experiences gained when she was a volunteer after the typhoon hit. A must-read novel from this exciting new author. It is November 2013 and Typhoon Yolanda, the strongest tropical cyclone ever recorded, has just struck Tacloban in the Philippines. A local family is caught up in the devastating aftermath and has to fight for survival. One of the surviving daughters, 11 year old Lika Faye, is abducted by child traffickers and dragged into the sleazy world of webcam sex and worse. Will her family be able to save the child from a terrible end?

Buy Your Copy ~ AMAZON UK

ABOUT CLAIRE MORLEY

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Claire Morley lives in North Cyprus with her dog, cat and partner, Steve.

In her previous life, she has been a marketer, a journalist and a wedding planner. She now helps authors self-publish their books, running a business formatting and promoting fiction and non-fiction – www@myepublishbook.com

Tindog Tacloban is her first novel and was inspired by a trip to the Philippines as a volunteer to help after the devastating typhoon known locally as Yolanda hit Tacloban on 8 November, 2013 and of from this book will go to benefit charities working to stop human trafficking and helping in disaster areas.

You can also find Claire at

Twitter: clairemorley @clairemorley15

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/clairemorleyauthor

Q&A WITH CLAIRE 

Describe yourself using three words? 

Determined, active, positive

What inspired you to write your first novel? 

In 2013 Typhoon Haiyan, known locally in the Philippines as Typhoon Yolanda, devastated the city of Tacloban. I went as a volunteer to help rebuild schools, assist with feeding programs and work with building projects in the city. I had the intention of writing articles about my experience and therefore interviewed numerous survivors, volunteers and workers. On my return to my home in Cyprus, my partner suggest I write a fictional book instead and Tindog Tacloban was born! All proceeds from the sales of the book have gone to help the organisations I worked with in the Philippines.

What time of day do you like to write? 

I don’t really have a set time, more a daily word target, although I seem to work better in the afternoon.

What is your favourite book and why? 

There are too many books to choose just one!

How did you pick the title of your book? 

While I was in Tacloban, there were banners on buildings and fences bearing the words Tindog Tacloban, Tindog means Rise Up and it seemed appropriate for the title of my book, as it is about people rising up after such a dreadful natural disaster.

Are the characters in your book based on real people?

Some of the characters in the book were amalgamated from the descriptions I was given by the people I interviewed, but several are based on real people, including one of the main characters, Helen, who was drawn from my own experiences.

What’s your favourite word? 

Hmmm, probably one you wouldn’t want to print!

If you were a colour what would it be? 

Turquoise

Do you plan your story beforehand or go with the flow? 

A bit of both, I had a rough idea of where I wanted to go but tended to let the flow take me there. Living in a hot climate (in the summer at least) I swim every day and I found that was a great time to think storylines through and find ways to grow the story.

10.  Who is your favourite Author? 

My Favourite author has changed over time depending on the genre I have been keen on at the time, one of my favourites has been Paulo Coelho

Are you working on a new project? 

My current project is not a book of my own, I work with authors wanting to self-publish but who don’t have the time or inclination to learn how to do so themselves. I help them with formatting and promotion, having had to learn how to do it all myself and taken a number of courses on how to achieve the best results.

Do you have any upcoming events our members can attend? 

I do have a book signing coming up in April, however, it is in Cyprus, so could be a bit of a journey for some people!

Thank you for taking part in my Q&A Claire, come back soon.

Kelly

Book Reviews, Giveaway Prizes, Guest Reviews

Onyx Webb Book 1 @OnyxWebb ~ #GuestReview ~ J A Warnock ~ #Giveaway

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 J A Warnock’s Review 

I thought to open this review by likening Onyx Webb to being hit by a train but hesitate as people may take that as a bad thing.  So… Don’t think intercity express that is going to unceremoniously flatten you; think heritage engine, steam billowing, that will sweep you onto the footplate and carry you along at such a pace, you think you can fly.   To labour the metaphor, the impact is unmistakable and, rather than fight it, the best approach is to let the characters take you where you need to go.  The place is not constant, time is not linear; both curl around you like steam and smoke from the engines.  Relax, don’t overthink anything and (I promise this is the last train reference) enjoy the journey.

Book one of this ten book series opens with a warning that we should not expect everything to be sewn up in the first instalment.  I would go further for, in a world where we accept that death is not necessarily the end, we can never really know if something has been sewn up or not.  Traditional narrative is interspersed with journal extracts, poems and quotations which could have been off-putting but in fact flowed remarkably well.  Chapters, though I use the word loosely, employ an economy of language; although short there is a vibrancy and detail that conveys more than you might expect.  As much as the writers would have you believe they practically channelled the words onto the page, it has the feeling of being well crafted and carefully considered.

I am positive that anyone who reads this first book will want to read the rest if not because they are captivated then out of sheer curiosity.  I loved it and will (sorry couldn’t resist) be hanging on for the rest of the ride.

About The Onyx Webb Series

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You can buy your copy ~ AMAZON UK ~ CLICK ME

WIN Onyx Webb Goodies 

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We have two signed books up for grabs and three runners up winning swag bags and a magnet.

Click here to enter for free ~ ENTER HERE GOOD LUCK

 

Kelly Talk

Impress Prize 2017 ~ Panel Line Up @ImpressPrize @ImpressBooks1 #RT #Exciting

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The Impress Prize is open for entries!

Now in its 11th year, the Impress Prize for New Writers is open for entries once again. The Prize was created to discover and publish new writing talent in fiction and non-fiction. Entries to the prize are assessed by the Impress team each year and a shortlist is then produced from which a panel chooses the winner. The panel includes representatives from across the publishing industry and the writing community.

We’re pleased to announce that the panel line-up this year is: Laura Christopher, editor at Impress Books and will chair the panel, Annabel Abbs, author of The Joyce Girl which won the Impress Prize in 2015, Mel Mitchell, Publisher Relationship Manager at New Books Magazine and nudge-book.com, Lucy Powrie, book blogger and creator of UKYA chat on Twitter, and finally, Natasha Onwuemezi, journalist at The Bookseller.

The winner of the prize will then be offered a publishing contract with Impress Books with the aim of publishing the book in the year following the award. The Impress team also looks at all entries, whether on the shortlist or not, with a view to publication by Impress Books. Numerous entries from previous years have gone on to be published by Impress Books and other publishers. Many authors who have entered the prize have also gone on to be represented by agents.

To enter the prize you need the following:

  1. A 6,000-word sample chapter of your manuscript.
  2. A proposal that should include the following information:
  • Name and contact details of author (including email, mobile number, and landline number)
  • Author biography
  • Rationale for publishing the book (Why is the idea interesting?)
  • Synopsis and/or contents
  • Market readership (Who do you imagine will read your book and where would it sit in a bookshop?)
  • Illustrations (if appropriate) and proposed length.

For more details on how to enter, where to send your entry and full Terms and Conditions, please visit the Impress Prize website. For news and updates on the Prize, follow us on Twitter @ImpressPrize and @ImpressBooks1. The deadline for entries is 30 June.

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So all you budding writers that have that story inside, just bursting to get out. Now is your time ~ take the leap and sign up for this wonderful competition.

Good luck!

Kelly x

 

 

Event Review

#ForMySins @AlexNyeWriter @BlackwellEdin @FledglingPress Event Review

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I ventured up and into the wonderful city of Edinburgh last night. It was a very wet and cold dreich night, I arrived far too early which allowed me the treat of walking around the treasure trove that is the Blackwells bookstore.  I was there to hear Alex Nye talk about her book For My Sins.  There was an array of Authors at the event to hear Alex Nye speak. Amongst them were Mark Leggatt, Kirkland Ciccone, Roy Gill, Annemarie Allan with the upcoming star Esme and many more. I spotted my fellow blogger The Bookwitch but I was too shy to say hello.

We all took our seats and the magic of evening began.  We were introduced to Alex Nye by Clare Cain from Fledgling Press, along with Annabel who was in full costume as Mary herself.

Alex Nye is an engaging speaker and very compelling to listen too. The windows were rattling and it felt like Mary Queen Of Scots spirit was in the room with us. If she was, I would like to think she would be incredibly proud of Alex Nye and the voice that she has given her. With a wee dog barking out loud in the Edinburgh, Alex was quick to tell us it was Gideon, Mary’s little dog. All these things, the windows and barking made very atmospheric, to say the least.

The story behind the novel is just as fascinating. With Alex having the inspiration for the book back in 1989 as she sat in her tiny Edinburgh bedsit with turret windows. The hours of research she did back then, walking in Mary’s footsteps and learning about her in great depth.  The book wasn’t meant to be back then and Alex put it under the bed. Life took over and with kids and going back to London. Mary’s tale was put on pause. After venturing back up to Scotland to a cottage in Sherriffmuir during a very snowy period, Alex had the inspiration for her children’s book “Chill”.  Having found great success with her children’s book, you could imagine her publishers delight when Alex brought up the idea of the Mary Queen of Scot’s book she had written back in the 80’s.  A copy was found, dusted off and tweaked and at last we have For My Sins. Thank goodness it has found the light. It sounds thrilling and emotional.

HUGE thanks to Ann Landmann for organising the event at Blackwells. To Alex Nye, Claire Cain and Mary (Annabell) for allowing me to be part of the occasion.

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The Book ~ For My Sins 

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The year is 1586, and Mary Stuart is sitting in an English prison cell at the end of her life, stitching her tapestries, haunted by the ghosts of her past – including John Knox, Bothwell, her half-brother Moray, and Darnley, the husband she was accused of conspiring to murder.Darnley’s murder became a mystery crime which remains unsolved to this day. Only Mary can tell the true version of events, whilst quietly stitching her braid and entertaining the ghosts of her past.She has been Elizabeth’s reluctant ‘guest’ for eighteen years, but she still has her supporters, most notably a young nobleman called Anthony Babington. As her needle weaves in and out of the fine linen, she plots for Elizabeth’s downfall. Her life before this was marked by murder, conspiracy and intrigue in the dark Scottish courts of Renaissance Europe and for Mary it is not over yet. She confides in her servants, secrets which remain untold.

 

You can buy your copy here ~Amazon UK

 

Here are some photos from The Mary Queen Of Scots Visitor Centre in Jedburgh that I took last summer.

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Mary’s Death Mask
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A lock of Mary’s hair.
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Mary’s Execution Order
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Jedburgh
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Mary’s Shoe

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Mary’s Death Mask
Launch Day

Happy Launch Day! A Summer Of Surprises @janellis_writer @WaverleyBooks #RT

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An Unexpected Affair After her divorce, Eleanor Mace decides to begin a new life running a quirky bookshop in a quiet corner of Devon. She adores her seaside home in Combemouth and her bookshop is a hit and yet … Eleanor is still unsettled. So when she rediscovers an old flame online, she sets off for the South of France in search of a man she last saw in her twenties. But will she find happiness on the Continent or does it lie in rural England? A Summer of Surprises In this engaging sequel to An Unexpected Affair, Eleanor is finding life sweet and rosy in her Devon bookshop, but unexpected clouds on the horizon in the form of an ex-wife and a town planning monstrosity are about to bring our charismatic bookseller a summer of surprises.

Buy your copy  ~ AMAZON UK

I would like to wish Jan Ellis a happy launch day!  Book looks marvellous.

Kelly x