The following represents all books currently listed within the genre, Contemporary:
Baby Dear: a gripping psychological thrillerCaro and Jeff Horne seem to have it all until they learn that Jeff is infertile. Caro married Jeff because her biggest wish was to be a mother, and he had the means to give their children a better life than she’d had. Jeff, who is besotted with Caro, is terrified he will lose her now they can’t have a baby.Across town, Sharon is eight months pregnant and unsure if she really wants to be a mother. Soon her world will collide with Jeff’s. He wants to keep Caro happy and decides that getting a baby is the only way. Then Caro is accidently drawn into an underworld of drugs…Meanwhile, Jeff is increasingly desperate to find a baby – but what lengths is he prepared to go to?Is Sharon in danger, and will Caro ever have the family she’s always dreamed of?
They stared at each other, and Maggie felt the tightness in her middle expand as it shifted, burning its way up… Painful sobs rose in her throat as Colin, his face expressionless now, reached for his mobile and tapped 999.
When three-year-old Olivia disappears from the beach, a happy family holiday comes to an abrupt end. Maggie is plunged into the darkest nightmare imaginable – what happened to her little girl?
Further along the coast, another mother is having problems too. Jennifer's daughter Hailey is starting school, and it should be such a happy time, but the child has become moody and silent. Family life has never seemed so awkward, and Jennifer struggles to maintain control.
The tide ebbs and flows, and summer dies, but there is no comfort for Maggie, alone now at the cottage, or for Jennifer, still swamped by doubts.
‘A psychologically astute, edge-of-the-seat story.’ Hilary Johnson
‘Unsettling and disturbing… I couldn’t put it down.’ Rebecca Muddiman
‘Breathtaking and utterly compelling.’ Debi Alper
Iran has long wanted to overthrow the Saudi monarchy, so it can control Mecca and Medina. Will three nuclear weapons and an armored invasion let them succeed?
The two Russian agents introduced in The Second Korean War have orders to stop Iran’s plans, but to succeed they’ll need the help of the General commanding Russian forces in Syria. Convincing the General will require a persuasive, in person account by someone with direct knowledge of Iran’s nuclear program. Getting that person out of Iran...won’t be easy.
The Saudis naturally ask the US for help. But with all US military bases near Saudi Arabia recently closed, only a risky experimental program is available. Will it work in time?
Tess Kingston is a young bride suffering the worst tragedy imaginable. Just as she is finally piecing her life together again, long-kept skeletons come clawing out of the closet and she finds herself at odds with her once-beloved in-laws and in the cross hairs of the police. Hudson Marks is a promising new lawyer hired to represent the beautiful widow in a bitter estate battle and ends up defending her against looming charges of murder instead. Together, with the help of Hudson’s older brother, Ford, the trio must find the real killer before Tess ends up in prison for a crime she did not commit.
“A blistering and breathless psychological thriller guaranteed to hold you captive...” (Bestthrillers.com)
City girl Amy seems to have it all—the high-flying job, the designer wardrobe, a beautiful home. But beneath the successful façade, Amy has secrets she’d rather her bully-boy boss Ed didn’t discover—like her troubled past and the little voice she hears in her head…
When a junior colleague is murdered, Amy’s fragile equilibrium is shattered. She suspects a client’s fraud links Ed to the killing, but is her paranoia working overtime?
As Ed tries to discredit her, Amy fears for her job, her sanity and her life. But she’s a tough professional, not a quitter, and somehow she must find a way to fight back...
Concealment is the second novel of British author Rose Edmunds. It’s a dark psychological thriller set in the cut-throat environment of the City of London, in which a high-flying executive struggles to expose the truth about fraud and murder in a toxic, corrupt workplace. At its heart, this is the story of one woman's struggle against her own insecurities - a universal theme.
Praise for Concealment:
“Concealment is brilliant thriller set in the cut-throat world of high finance.” (Scatterbooker blog)
“What makes this novel special is the way the author illuminates Amy’s deteriorating mindset”. (A Woman’s Wisdom blog)
“The psychological harassment handed out to the lead character made me weep it was so realistically portrayed” (Senior HR professional)
“Amy's own descent into psychological hell is fabulously well done, and I found the parts that looked back into her childhood absolutely fascinating”. (Terry Tyler book blog)
“There is treachery and confusion in a story I couldn’t put down!” (Lost in a book blog)
“Edmunds plays on Amy’s vulnerabilities like a master violinist” (Bestthrillers.com)
‘Matt shivered at the odd mix of images. It was almost as if they had the copper’s nightmare to deal with - a child’s murder. Except this was no innocent child but a young woman, he would guess around twenty-two and with everything to live for. Though it was obvious she was a woman, the bows in her hair, her pink party dress and white ankle socks said she was a little girl.’
Detective Inspector Matt Turrell returns from honeymoon to face the most bizarre and dangerous case of his career after the body of a woman is found at a luxury spa near Stratford-upon-Avon. However, struggling within the confines of his new marriage, and haunted by a past mistake, Matt finds it difficult to concentrate.
Killer, Clive Draper, is a clever, ambiguous character whose motives and personality is not beyond empathy. Empowered by his first kill, Clive uses his charm to draw further victims into his net. Seeing Matt as his mortal enemy, he uses his charisma to lure Matt’s new wife into his snare.
With the danger coming ever closer to home, Matt finds himself drawn into a deadly duel, where he must put his own life on the line and where the stakes have never been higher.
Urge to Kill is the first in a series of novels featuring DI Matt Turrell of the Warwickshire Police. It is a rich psychological thriller with great character development of both the detective and the serial killer. The reader quickly becomes engaged in the epic battle between the two men. The book is set within the historic district of Stratford-upon-Avon.
Ellie Blake is recovering from a nervous breakdown. Deciding to move back to her northern roots, she and her psychiatrist husband buy Tanners Dell at auction - an old water mill in the moorland village of Bridesmoor.
However, there is disquiet in the village. Tanners Dell has a terrible secret, one so well guarded no one speaks its name. But in her search for meaning and very much alone, Ellie is drawn to traditional witchcraft and determined to pursue it. All her life she has been cowed. All her life she has apologised for her very existence. And witchcraft has opened a door she could never have imagined. Imbued with power and overawed with its magick, for the first time she feels she has come home, truly knows who she is.
Tanners Dell though, with its centuries old demonic history...well, it's a dangerous place for a novice...
A STAND-ALONE NOVEL, WHICH CAN ALSO BE READ AS A FOLLOW-UP TO THE FATHER OF LIES TRILOGY.
An urban legal/crime novel set in the beautiful Scottish city of Edinburgh.
Part I of The Parliament House book series - 2nd Edition
When Glaswegian Brogan McLane completes many years of university education and legal training he crosses that great divide from Glasgow to Edinburgh. 'Called' to the Bar of the Scottish Supreme Court, he becomes a member of the most prestigious club in Scotland; The Faculty of Advocates in Parliament House.When High Court Judge, Lord Aldounhill, is found dead after a transvestite party in his sumptuous home, those who know the killer close ranks and need a scapegoat – who better than 'outsider' Brogan McLane?Out on bail with his career on hold, McLane and his band of blood brothers in the Calton Bar in Glasgow need to get ahead of their enemies or McLane will go down for life after Trial. But every time they discover a piece of evidence, it seems there is a mirror image to contradict it.Through the murky world of Russian controlled transvestite hotels and with some unexpected police and judicial help, McLane battles against 'Low Life in High Places in the Old Town' until the killer is found.But well protected and knowing all the tricks, will the killer ever stand trial in Parliament House
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What happens when a baby goes missing?
Twenty-two years ago, Erin and Vicky’s parents were killed in an explosion.
Now grown up, Erin and Vicky – who have been separated – are unaware they are siblings. But when Vicky is called to her great-aunt’s deathbed, she learns that she isn’t alone after all.
But where is Erin? Vicky’s search begins…
Elsewhere, Christine has problems of her own. In the first week of her new job, she makes a disturbing discovery and is struggling to come to terms with impending motherhood.
Vicky is almost ready to give up her search when an old foster mother calls with shocking news.
What links Vicky and Christine?
Will Vicky ever find her sister?
And can Christine’s baby escape the past that befell her mother?
“It was one stolen night. He was my soulmate and I’d never felt more alive. I couldn’t tell him I got pregnant. It would’ve ruined everything. But now his daughter wants to meet him and I need to make things right.” Another tear escaped down her cheek. “Everybody’s going to hate me.”
Three friends are rocked when a 20-year secret blows their world apart. Steamy, passionate, and unpredictable. If you like sizzling love triangles you won’t want to miss it.
Grace has kept her heart-breaking secret for twenty years – a love child she gave up for adoption. She was a penniless student - how could she raise a baby alone? Then she receives a letter out of the blue. Her long-lost daughter is searching for answers.
Her two best friends are married and don’t know one of them is the girl’s father. If Grace confesses now, the marriage will be destroyed and it will surely be the end of their lifelong friendship. But what choice does Grace have?
Set in the wilds of Poldark-country – the stormy cliffs and windswept beaches of picturesque Cornwall – an engrossing saga filled with suspense, simmering jealousy and heartbreak. Can a future be built on the quicksand of secrets and lies? Surely there can be no second chances when three friends discover they don’t know each other at all.
Meet Emma Grayson, heroine of The Grayson Trilogy, a series of mysterious and romantic adventure stories.
'The gun continued to be levelled at me. “Answer it...but don’t tell him I’m here or he’ll get to listen to you die.” That concentrated my mind considerably, and as I reached for my phone I came up with a plan...’
Emma Grayson was left devastated when her life was torn apart by tragedy and betrayal. Now someone believes it’s time for her to start again and puts an advert for a job through her door which leads her to the Melton Estate. Despite her desire for a solitary existence she finds herself discovering a life she could never have imagined, challenging her independence, her fears and her resistance to love.
Evie is staring into an empty future. Joe is the only man she ever loved. But he cheated and broke her heart.
Enter rocker Jake, hot and tempting, to sweep her off her feet. Why shouldn’t she grasp her own happy ending?
Is Joe too late to persuade Evie he loves her? Does he even deserve another chance? Old hurts are deep and forgiveness seems out of the question.
Don’t miss this award-winning romance – a sizzling second-chances page-turner that’s sure to melt your heart.
Gerard's only wish is to escape the dark of chronic paranoia to be closer for his lonely daughter. He accompanies Rosie to violin lessons with eccentric but friendly tutor Miss Stein. But could the old spinster's often foul-smelling "wishing" well really be a place for his wish ?
Music tutor Ruth, fascinating Rosie's father for her sensitivity, becomes his confidante and Gerard clings to the hope that the tutor can help bring him closer to Rosie, but soon he must wrestle with his suspicions again, for Ruth mothers Rosie, almost smothers...
Reaching out to a broken doll, propped in the darkness at the bottom of Ruth's garden wishing well, where Ruth plays with Rosie during the lesson intervals, Gerard wants to believe that what he touches and smells is just the decay of sacks enfolding a doll... the closest to a child that the lonely old spinster could cling. Investigating, Gerard's first doubts for Rosie's safety begin to mount. Is he just being paranoid again?
Rosie draws closer to her father, notices his new concern but, if she is in danger, can her Dad save her ? Can Gerard, in turn, triumph over the emotional void of paranoia; feel, accept, he and Rosie could share the parent-and-daughter love of which others speak so easily?
Winner of the Harper Collins Gold Star award May 2010 :
Sunday Times best-selling author, Barbara Erskine, comments:
' Beautifully observed characters, atmospheric, intriguing. '
Editorial reviews :
'All the characters are built up so stealthily we fail to notice that odd behaviour could develop into obsession and dark foreboding secrets.'
Daniel Manning - author of No Compatibility
' Atmospheric, vibrant, spooky page-turner. '
Reay Tannahill - historian, novelist and author of The Seventh Son.
'Growing up in a suburb of Chicago, the first scary movie I remember seeing was the 1965 Bette Davis movie, The Nanny. To this day, that movie has always stuck with me as one of the great psychological thrillers of all time. For me, A Child from the Wishing Well, is reminiscent of that movie.'
Candace Bowen Early - author of A Knight of Silence
Pepper Taylor took it on the chin in love and life more times than she cared to count. She has finally found the man of her dreams in Gabriel Seigal, but when he's diagnosed with a crippling illness, their future comes apart at the seams. As if that isn't enough, the prospect of an unexpected child give their world another spin in the cosmic blender. Can Pepper navigate the overwhelming paths through grief, loss, and unexpected motherhood?
Follow the hilarious lives of the naïve Turner family as they emigrate from Liverpool to sunny South Africa. Laugh out loud as they encounter ‘crocodiles’ on the wall, strange African customs and unintelligible Afrikaans accents. Cringe with them as their visiting in-laws embarrass them in front of their new SA friends.
If you enjoyed Educating Rita and Shirley Valentine, you will recognise Mavis Turner.
ABNA semi finalist. Publisher’s Weekly reviewer: With a droll, witty, utterly British voice, this manuscript tackles playfully and sincerely the age-old fish out of water tale. What sustains this book, however, is the narrative voice, the dry and self-deprecating humor, and the ability of this author to tell a story simply and well.
Should be a NY TIMES BESTSELLER
(spouse hoping to retire on royalties).
(the novel is based on a sit-com)
(74 400 words)
He had found exactly the right spot in the woods. A little clearing, green and dim, encircled by tall trees. He would bring his lovely Helen here… This time, it was going to be perfect.
When Alicia Bryson returns to her childhood home in a tiny Yorkshire village, she finds her estranged father frail and unable to care for himself. Her daughter Jenny is delighted at the prospect of a whole summer playing in the woods at the bottom of the garden, but as soon as Alicia sets foot in Lower Banford, strange and disturbing memories begin to plague her. What happened in her father’s house, all those years ago?
But coping with the uncertainty and arranging Bob's care plan aren’t Alicia’s only problems. Unknown to her, she has a stalker. Someone is watching, waiting, making plans of his own. To him, Alicia and Jenny are his beautiful Helens… and they should be in Paradise.
'An emotionally intelligent thriller - a little gem of a book.' --Caro Ramsay , International best-selling author
'Menace crackles through the prose in Linda Huber's disturbing thriller The Paradise Trees.' --We Love This Book
'I was gripped by the incredible writing style; the ability to keep the reader guessing and the love that the family share... I am glad I read this book.' --Newbooks Magazine
A psychological page-turner, perfect for fans of Linda Green, Alex Marwood and Sophie Hannah
What if you woke up one day only to find out that everything has changed forever?
Elena knows what she wants from life, she has her whole world charted out and is engaged to be married to Alex, but when she takes a trip across the Atlantic Ocean to the beautiful southern charm of Saint Simons Island, Georgia, her whole world is rocked and rolled when she meets handsome Chris. No one told her she may have to make a choice, but now, faced with the inevitable reality, she realizes that her final destination is not nearly as important as her endless Journey to the Ocean.
Praise for Lena Mikado
WRITER'S PERSONAL STORY STRANGER THAN FICTION
"ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) -- As a girl growing up in Voronezh, Russia, Lena Mikado loved the Southern classic novel, "Gone with the Wind." Of course, she was reading it in her native language - Russian..."
"Amidst the humor, very poignant and philosophical moments." - My Sweet Delirium
"You will laugh like you did with Bridget Jones, you will cry like you did with Eat, Pray, Love. It will stay in your heart forever." - Bookworm and Coffee
Vivienne Stark, a writer and military widow, has spent almost two decades of her life avoiding having a life. When she writes a bestseller, she is thrust into the limelight she never wanted. To complicate matters, an embezzler has wiped out the charitable foundation she created to help the families of fallen soldiers. Will Foster, the lead singer of world famous band Static Neverland, considers himself to be a regular guy in the right place at the right time. Surrounded only by fame seekers and gold diggers, Will’s been hurt too many times to trust women. Little does he know, a chance introduction to Vivienne Stark will change his mind completely. A not-so-typical set up leads to two people finding the love they never knew waited for them. But can they maneuver through the past hurts and current challenges to make their relationship last?
‘My name is Madeleine, Madeleine Ross. It is a name chosen with thought and because it is classy, and that is what is needed here…’
Madeleine Ross has life exactly as she planned it.
Cosy cottage, friendly village, satisfying job.
Company… when she wants it.
It’s an enviable existence for an independent young woman, and one she’s keen to protect.
Enter Daniel – strong, dependable and a danger to everything she’s built. He’s not something she was looking for, but hearts can’t be controlled and maybe, just maybe he might be worth letting into hers.
But, all is not what it seems. Because Madeleine is hiding a lifetime of secrets. Deep secrets.
And they never stay buried for ever.
Her darkest secret returns, like the proverbial bad penny. He is her first love, shadowy, dangerous, the baddest of bad boys. No matter how far she runs, or how well she hides, she can never escape him.
Or her past.
Here he is, on her doorstep, with a proposition she is powerless to resist but which could devastate the future she hoped to have.
Can Madeleine satisfy the old love while keeping the new?
You can’t always get what you want but, desperate to preserve the life she has worked so hard for, Madeleine is willing to risk everything to prove that she can.
Criminal justice fails. The street takes over. Heinous crime. Brutal and barbaric perpetrators. Overworked police and forensics investigators. The criminal justice system stretched and unable to cope. A residential neighbourhood where vigilante justice replaces the institutions of law and order. As things fall apart, Detective 'Nights' Mashego investigates. But he carries his own dark burden...
#1 AMAZON KINDLE BESTSELLER IN "Women's Fiction", "Drama'' and "New Adult & College Romance''True life story - dramatic and emotional˃˃˃ The book includes different facets of life, such as love, drugs, loss, despair and hope.What if early on your life changed drastically several times? What if you were betrayed more than once? Would you have the courage to fall in love again? How do you choose if you love two men at the same time? Will you be able to leave the past behind?These are the questions Annika asks herself in the novel Highfall.Annika falls down many times but never gives up and always gets back on her feet. Her life is one long roller-coaster with the unexpected at every turn. As a result she turns from unassuming teenager into a strong woman.Scroll up and grab a copy today.
...he moved closer and slowly ran the point of his blade along my jaw line as he spoke softly, intimately, to me.
“So, you are Trent’s woman. Now that is very...appealing.” I glared back at him silently.
There are testing times ahead for Grayson and Trent as trouble threatens Melton Manor. When an attack is made against those on the estate, Grayson gets caught in the middle finding herself and those around her in terrible danger. Terrified when she thinks tragedy has struck again she fights to protect those she now views as family and, suffering bloodshed and pain, confronts her fears – both brought by the enemy and by the one she loves.
Was he on a promise or just so used to girls falling at his feet he couldn’t tell the difference? Lust at first sight was more his thing than good old-fashioned love but she was stirring something forgotten.
Who doesn’t dream of being the girl he gives it all up for? If you love a rock-star romance, you won’t want to miss this captivating short story.
Flame-haired rock-god Aiden Delaney has it all. But three days before his sell-out headline gig, he takes off alone, disillusioned and on a quest for inspiration. Fame and fortune was never meant to be such a senseless treadmill. Where does he go from here?
In his recurring nightmare he’s trapped beneath the stage in a padlocked crate, frantically battering the sides. A few feet above him the show goes on, louder as he hammers for help. Nobody misses him. It’s time he got the hell out. But nobody jumps ship without a life-raft.
Is it fate he gets snowed-in with beautiful country-girl Marianne? But can he admit to feeling lost and scared of the future? He’ll sound like a lunatic. She could be his muse or his salvation but she doesn’t even own up to recognising him.
They have three days alone in her cottage, miles from the city. Three magical days which will surely change their lives.
This hot new romance is sure to melt your heart. Don’t miss out. Scroll up now and click buy to start reading.
This is a thriller of the “How&Why’d they do it?” category and the book stands alone with its intriguing trail of catch-up between the police and the criminals. It's in the "Columbo style" of a mystery where you see the crime committed then watch all of the recriminations unfold around it while detective Shantra pieces clues together and tracks down the felons.
A crime that goes badly wrong in its execution, and goes on to tragically affect the local school community, produces a trail of chaos. It’s a winding trail that the reader must try to follow and which two ex-pupils from the school, one a detective and the other his violent quarry, take around Britain only to end at its shocking conclusion.
In So What Do I Do?, the third novel in the So What! series, we see the return of a few of readers' favourite characters from the previous books. Constable Nigel Shantra returns as a detective, determined to bring to justice Kyle Crabbe, the psychotic adversary of his from the first So What! novel. And just what does a class of cheeky chimps, and a large black spider monkey, have to do with the traumatic events surrounding Hodgson's Hide - the legacy of retired Technology teacher Gil Hodgson?
Molly is back also, now as an experienced teacher and a new mum. She's trying to come to terms with the major changes planned for Birch Green High School, while she and Oliver have dramatic plans of their own that could seriously affect both their careers. Still anxious to save the natural environment and its wildlife, Molly is also troubled by the plight of the neglected children of the world and climate change. Is she ever going to settle down to a blissful life of domesticity with her family when so many problems insist on grabbing her attention?
When a conspiracy to defraud the local populace, devised by two apparently respectable but unscrupulous pillars of the community, goes disastrously wrong it results in an intriguing case for detective constable Shantra to solve. The traumatic events that ensue will prove to affect the haplessly incompetent pair of criminal perpetrators, hired by the swindling conspirators, as well as the teachers and pupils of Birch Green High School.
Recently promoted Molly discovers that the pressures of helping newly qualified teachers, like James Gibborn, to cope with unruly classes bear no comparison to the eventual strain that she and her colleagues experience when an ex-pupil of the school decides it’s time for payback. This bullying past enemy of Nigel Shantra and his brother, Adam, will prove to be far more ruthless and cruel than anyone could have imagined in order to achieve his criminal ambitions. But he is just as likely to turn his attention towards anyone who upsets his plans, with terrifying consequences for those who won’t comply with his wishes.
Why, Pavlos wonders, must he be hypnotised by his dad ? Why the nausea, that pit of obedience ... the next "Greek lesson" ? What 'family' could it be, when his father digs for relatives he knows were all incinerated during the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974?
Set in Paphos on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus.
Aristo's obsessive need to trace and belong to his family - even though he was told they were all burnt and left unidentifiable during the Turkish invasion of Cyprus - has estranged his English wife, and is gradually distancing his only child while, in turn, Pavlos has a consuming need to feel he belongs; that he has a Dad who will make time - for him.
As the practices at Papas' late-night museum 'staff meetings' unfold themselves to Pavlos, the boy is led deeper into a sinister confrontation with what Papas calls his 'family', but which brings Pavlos, through the ancient face-masks and relics, to the unquiet souls of Greeks believed to have been thousands of years dead.
Both a father's and a son's need to belong, so long mutually exclusive, so long tested, are at the core of this novel. Father and son... or strangers forever ?
There are tough times ahead for Emma Grayson in the final part of these mysterious and romantic adventure stories as she struggles to move on from her old life.
‘Vaguely aware of the tremor in my hand I ran my fingers up through the thick locks of his dark hair. Fear clutched at my heart as I sensed the icy tendrils of grief reaching for me once more.’
As the overseas action steps up a gear for Trent, Emma has her own challenges to face. Loyalties are tested and vengeance sought when she attracts interest from an unwelcome source.
Because someone is coming. Someone who has Emma in their sights.
Someone who will turn her life upside down... forever.
Has Big Pharma really suppressed a miracle cure for cancer?
Feisty journalist Claudia is doubtful until her source is brutally murdered and his papers go missing.
Hugo’s career in Corporate Finance hangs by a thread. A cancer cure conspiracy would scupper the deal he’s working on, but he can’t ignore the facts.
After meeting by chance, the unlikely pair embark on a search for the truth that takes them from London to New Jersey to Rio.
But dark forces are conspiring against them. Plunged into a world of mysterious hedge funds, secret insider trading and unexplained killings, can Hugo and Claudia stay ahead? Can they even stay alive?
And for your in-flight entertainment – A Bit of Light Literature, Short Stories & Other Fun Stuff. It’s a light-hearted variety of humorous articles, short stories ranging from hypochondria to murder, plus a quiz, agony aunt column, limericks and a collection of malapropisms to keep you amused and divert you from the tedium of flying. .
“This muesli must be old. It’s got weasels in it.”
A great book to keep with you whilst travelling, and a perfect gift (suitable for both men and women) for someone who is going on a trip.
"Should be compulsory reading to keep incorrigible chatterers quiet" - Frequent Flyer.
"Could also be used to ram down their throats" - Flight Attendant.
"The stories about me are hugely exaggerated" - Author's Spouse.
"Shredded drafts of this book line my litter tray. Royalties from this book will go towards proper deodorized litter and reduce complaints about the smell" - Family Cat
"What a relief that will be" - Family Dog.
The Hostile is a contemporary thriller with a heavy sprinkling of paranormal and fantasy. In a rundown area of Manchester inside a decrepit bathroom in a small terraced house overflowing with children and dysfunctional parents, an unfathomable, powerful entity infiltrates young Serena's life with disastrous effects. The enigmatic force not only dramatically affects introverted Serena’s life, but threatens the well-being of everyone she knows, especially those people who for some reason have earned the strange girl's displeasure. It soon becomes clear that nobody should ever upset Serena if they know what’s good for them. After reading The Hostile, you'll never look at D.I.Y. in the same way again. Available in Kindle, paperback, and audiobook editions.
Would you like an adventure on another planet?
This is just one of the questions Lara and her sister, Eva, must answer one sunny day in their garden. They wonder, how will they return to Earth in time for lunch? And how will they get there when the aliens' spaceship is so small?
When it's only big enough for ants!
But their help is needed on the planet Zeegrazzalo- Jeewoppza so off they go - into the unknown. Their feelings of helplessness only start to fade after a flight across the planet's Outerlands, in Kweezy Capolza's hummingcraft. Maybe, just maybe, the sisters can find some solutions to the aliens' problems. However, they think they might need their mother's help and she is back on Earth!
It’s the sixties, and London might be swinging, but not for our girl Edith. Raised in a miserable home full of anger and hate, life for poor Edith seems to hold little hope. But she finds plenty when she teams up with her older gay cousin, Ronnie, who makes her his mission to re-shape her into the fabulous young woman he knows she deserves to be.
Once free of her father and her weak, defenseless mother, her transformation is swift and dramatic as, suddenly, life is an exciting adventure, full of twists and turns. Edith’s coming of age becomes a roller-coaster ride of glorious highs and frightening lows, including a father who comes back to haunt her. But where will it take her, and how will it end? Who will win, and who will lose?
‘Can’t Buy Me Love’ is the first of six volumes in the ‘The Cost of Loving’ Series. If you like stories of success over adversity, family dramas and sexual diversity, then you will love Martin Humphries’ bitter-sweet voyage of discovery through some of the most exciting years in living memory. Years chock full of changes of every kind, when being gay usually spelt trouble with a capital T.
Start traveling this fascinating journey through the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s today by buying ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’. Follow Edith through London, Europe and Hollywood as she matures from troubled teenager to become an icon of her age.
They’re living the dream. But dreams aren’t real life. And secrets can’t be hidden forever…
Lucas and Nathan are sworn enemies. When Olivia gets trapped between them, old hurts run deep and trust is not on the agenda. Then Nathan’s worst nightmare comes true. His beloved daughter is missing.
With tragedy snapping at their heels, they’ll have to work together to find her. But how can they bury their toxic past before it’s too late? Get right to the heart of this sizzling love triangle. An intriguing tale of bad choices and second chances.
Brilliant but unstable City high-flyer Amy has crashed and burned. In rehab and with her career in tatters, it looks as though she's finally hit rock bottom. But as Amy is about to discover, things can always get worse.
When an old friend dies in suspicious circumstances, Amy's decision to investigate pitches her into a nightmare where no one can be trusted and nothing is what it seems. In mortal danger, and with enemies old and new conspiring against her, has Amy made her last mistake?
Although part of the Crazy Amy series, Exposure can easily be read as a gripping stand-alone thriller. But be warned, once you start, you’ll be glued to your kindle…
Is anyone ever really free of their past? Is it truly possible to start over fresh?
Etta was certainly going to try. After her turbulent undergraduate years, she was getting a fresh start in Marquette and finishing her dream. She’d pour everything she had into a healthy mind, body and spirit and work to become the best writer she could. What a dream spot to do it, along the shores of Lake Superior.
Tom was forging a new vision for his life after a career-ending injury as a power player on Northern Michigan’s college hockey team. The NHL was no longer in his future. But what were his prospects? Where would he find that something he’d longed for, to build a life like his parents had? How could he form what they had found together?
After a meeting of the minds, Tom and Etta create a bond from friendship. That friendship blossoms into romance. But is it really possible to start anew with so much baggage and no clear vision of the future? Do your experiences shape you into someone who can make something pure and clean from the crumbling embers? Or will the past always come looking for you when you least expect it?
Words from another Henrietta, who re-built her life from tragedy, bring the answers that allow Etta to move forward. But is it already too late?
Henrietta is stand-alone coming-of-age romance, which is the first in a three-book series, set in Marquette, Michigan and northern Iowa.
(Contains adult language and content)
Are you tired of romances that are always about a billionaire or a bad boy? Or better yet, the troublemaker who is in reality a good man but nobody knows it? They aren't realistic and after a few of them, they grow old. Patricia M Jackson strives to write romances about people you might meet in real life, people like you and I. They may do somewhat extraordinary things in her books, but their fifteen minutes of fame are quickly gone and they go on to live the lives of a Regular Jane and Joe.
Bad things are happening in a small Maine town. Chris and his young daughter arrive in the New England village in search of a fresh start after the heartbreak of a failed marriage. Within days he finds new career challenges, new friends, and new hope when he meets a beautiful, intelligent woman. Awkward conversations kindle affection that soon burns with newfound passion and love grows. But strange accidents begin to strike residents of the town as a long dormant curse lashes out from the Dark Ages, Nazi Europe, and New England's violent past. As the evil threatens those he loves most, Chris becomes embroiled in a lonely crusade to seek out and defeat the sinister force with only the assistance of an unlikely partner. Can they stop the devilish curse before it destroys those Chris loves most?
THE MIRACLES AND MILLIONS SAGA
Two minds, two bodies, two hearts, one soul.
On the day that Dorothy Lyle turns forty she is still single and living a boring, routine existence of a nine-to-five life. This has never been part of her great life plan, and is a niggling and constant source of frustration.
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That all changes, along with her life, forever, when she unexpectedly wins a fortune on the lottery and is suddenly propelled into the realms of the super-rich elite. Everything that money can buy suddenly comes within reach for her.
And while Dorothy likes the idea of being rich beyond her wildest dreams, she soon finds that it will bring its own set of problems. A set of problems compounded by her unique and amazing ability.
In the old days when she had been just plain old Dorothy, it had been easy to hide her psychic powers. But now, rich beyond belief, it’s going to be so much harder. When her dreams and visions start to become more vivid and frightening than usual, she wonders if any amount of money can protect her from her own gifts.
Since the age of nineteen she has been aware that a shadowy presence travels with her. This being provides solace and protection whenever the going gets tough, yet seldom provides a straightforward answer to her questions. What do the dreams and visions mean, and why does one particular strange and dangerous man keep appearing to her? The universe is talking to Dorothy, but is she ready to listen?
Book 1 of the Miracles and Millions Saga. A story of hope.
The novels in this series are not standalone and have caused many readers sleepless nights as they plough through all ten, determined to break their own reading record. Check out the boxed set of 1-3, available June 2016.
Keep your secrets close to home...
Bad things happen in threes – or so it seems to Nicola. The death of her mother-in-law coincides with husband Ed losing his job and daughter Kelly getting into trouble with the police. Time to abandon their London lifestyle and start again by the sea in far-away Cornwall.
It should be the answer to everything – a new home, a new job for Ed and a smaller, more personal school for fifteen-year-old Kelly. But the teenager hates her new life, and it doesn’t take long before events spiral out of control and the second set of bad things starts for Nicola.
Some secrets can’t be buried.
Or… can they?
A gripping family drama, perfect for fans of Diane Chamberlain, Linda Green, and Sophie Hannah.
Do you believe in the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow?
Mandy always adored Joel. But he was the local hot-boy and she was the schoolgirl neighbour barely on his radar. Their paths don’t cross again until they’re free and single young adults. They meet by chance in a picturesque seaside village, perfect for sizzling summer afternoons and endless sultry nights of newly discovered passion. They know instantly they’re soulmates, destined to be lovers forever.
But life isn’t like that. A curved ball is hurled right under their feet, wrenching them apart. Will real life conspire against them? Or can they find each other once again and live happily ever after?
A bittersweet short story for lovers of contemporary romance.
Manchester-based Serena, now eighteen and pregnant, discovers the shocking reason why Tile X has befriended her. She doesn’t like what she hears. Mayhem ensues, with a retired Irish police superintendent becoming more involved than perhaps he should have. The Hostile Game is the third book in The Hostile series of gripping paranormal crime thrillers. Each book in this unusual series can be read as a standalone.
Available in Kindle, paperback, and audiobook editions.
Olivia Douglas is undecided about becoming a priest even after she has completed seminary. She is adopted and for most of her life, she has had a curse over her that she has kept secret. In order to help her find out whether or not she is led to the priesthood, her parish priest gives her an assignment – to pray with an inmate on death row. Before he is executed, the inmate asks for Olivia’s help and in honoring his personal request, she discovers something in her past that threatens to uproot her ordinary life with her adopted family and causes her to desperately struggle to hold on to who she is and her life as she knows it.ease enter manually
When Kathy Wylde sets out to take revenge on the gang of youths who kicked her son, Jack, to death, she finds herself on the wrong side of a vicious and dangerous criminal...
As Detective Inspector Matt Turrell, of the Warwickshire Police, investigates the first gang member's death, another is brutally murdered. DI Turrell and his team must move fast to protect anyone connected to Jack's murder - including Kathy.
Unaware that she is now the hunted and in grave danger, Kathy selects Harry as her next victim but soon finds herself growing fond of the young man. With the killer drawing close, will the unlikely pair be able to work together in an attempt to survive? Can DI Turrell stop the killer before he strikes again? Or will he have to sacrifice himself to save them?
Echoes of Justice is the second in the series of novels featuring DI Matt Turrell of the Warwickshire Police. It is a psychological thriller/police procedural set in and around Stratford-upon-Avon.
This is a short story, perfect with your morning coffee, afternoon tea or while enjoying your late night tipple.
A tale of the morning after the night before, this story gives you a delicious glimpse into the background of a character who has proven to be a favourite for readers of the Grayson Trilogy. However, you do not need to have read that to enjoy this.
For those who have read the Grayson Trilogy, a series of mysterious and romantic adventure stories, this will be a tasty reminder of the lives and loves of those on the Melton Manor estate. For those who are new to my work, welcome, I hope you enjoy.
After shooting and killing his nephew, a gunman runs wild in a London park. What drives Edward to commit such heinous acts? Who will survive yet another of his moments of madness? The action takes place in Jersey, Cornwall, Manchester, London and other places not of this world. Set in 2015, Random Bullets is a crime thriller with a paranormal twist.
If I tell you that I was disinherited by my crazy father, you might understand why I feel a degree of sympathy for Edward. I was interviewed in February 2016 by two BBC Radio 4 producers as part of their Analysis programme on the subject of Inheritance. They’d heard that my book, Random Bullets, deals with the subject of disinheritance and its aftermath.
"Action-packed, thought-provoking, a real ride. I couldn't put it down," "crime with a twist," "An insightful look behind the many faces we wear, and how burning resentments can take you into madness and murder," "Kinetic... really zips along at a pace, I was really drawn in" are just a few of the reader reviews that Random Bullets has received.
Random Bullets is available on Amazon in paperback, Kindle, and audiobook editions.
A top police investigative unit breaks an illegal gambling operation in the context of rampant police corruption and drug-fuelled gangster violence in the city. Lead detective Jeremy Ryder is a physically powerful, quiet and meticulous investigator. His partner Navi Pillay is a small and exceptionally strong Tamil martial arts instructor, and she provides the speed and physical power to complement Ryder's incisive sleuthing abilities. Together with their other detective colleagues Ryder and Pillay crack open two interwoven criminal operations. There are two key villains. One is a corrupt murderous senior police officer at the heart of the illegal gambling operation and the other is a sinister and violent gangster dealing in drugs and murder. Each of them presides over lesser criminals and each of them controls separate domains of corruption until their paths cross in a spectacular climax.
Holiday for The Hostile, the second book in The Hostile series, is probably even stranger than the first. It can be read as a stand-alone. Serena, plus her unusual friend and partner in crime, Tile X, reluctantly find themselves suffering a family holiday at her eccentric grandfather’s hovel in Ireland. Who will escape intact from their dramatic holiday from Hell? A gripping paranormal crime thriller with a splash of horror. Available in Kindle, paperback, and audiobook editions.
After midnight on a moonlit beach six policemen led by a top detective execute four criminals who have perpetrated the most heinous rape, mutilation and murder of a young woman. The police are unaware that there is a witness to the executions. The action that follows is set against dubious tactical, ethical and sometimes criminal choices faced by the central characters. The reader is left with a stark image of moral ambiguity as the police struggle to maintain courageous and precarious control of the crime that engulfs them, and the work of ‘plain dealing’ cops comes under scrutiny. The third book in The Ryder Quartet takes the reader on an emotional and action-packed journey through the choices made by police in their day-to-day confrontation with rampant and brutal crime in contemporary South Africa.
#1 AMAZON KINDLE BESTSELLER IN "U.K. Short Stories"The short story ''Stars'' features in Paulo Coelho's blog.''Emotional Moments'' features 23 short stories. Each of them represents its unique shape of emotion. Each of them tries to reach your soul.Stories reflect life in different shades of colors. All of them evoke feelings or provoke thoughts. Some even do both at the same time.Scroll up and grab a copy today.
Four hot crime thrillers in a single boxset - a series that was ranked #1 in Crime Thrillers, #2 in Assassination Thrillers, and #3 in Police Procedurals in a free promotion on Amazon in December 2018. Each volume is also separately available in paperback, on Kindle or as an audiobook. Although they each stand as independent stories, together they form an overall cohesive narrative. Detective Jeremy Ryder and his colleagues pursue heinous criminals into the depths of the criminal underworld. Readers of the individual volumes have hailed them as action-packed thrillers steeped in authenticity and plausibility, reflecting the real world of police encounters with the dark world of crime.
This sequel to the action-packed ‘Devil Dealing’ depicts the ongoing search by detectives Jeremy Ryder and Navi Pillay for the evil gangster Skhura Thabethe, dealer in stolen weapons, drugs and murder. The secondary plot shows the detectives uncovering a link between stolen weapons and the local trade in drugs. The two main plots unfold in strictly-organised chronological sequence over ten days until a climactic ending when the two narrative-lines coalesce in a spectacular confrontation between the detectives and the two main villains. Against a background of delicate emotional exchanges between victims of crime and the police, 'Gun Dealing', like its predecessor, explores the moral and ethical choices made by the detectives in their day-to-day confrontation with rampant and brutal crime in contemporary South Africa.
Kalu, kidnapped from an orphanage at the age of fourteen and trained to pick pockets, is forced into a gang of thieves in Bangalore. When Babu, their ruthless gang leader, murders his best friend Ramesh, Kalu - fearing for his own life - runs away to Kolkata. While still being pursued by Babu he meets and falls in love with Tanya, a gifted career girl from an upper middle class family.
This powerful novel prsents life in contemporary India with vivid realism. Evocative and beautifully written, with a love story at its heart, it embraces a wide range of human emotions and has many intensely dramatic scenes.
Visiting his apartment to bring her teacher a long overdue essay, Kreasey noticed :
"Amy stood on her very highest heels, the ones that gave her an extra three-and-a-half inches over a world that had always seemed to look down on her beyond the narrow backs streets from which she'd been born. On her first visit, she had seemed almost undernourished, shivering in a short skirt with a slit up the side. He'd wanted to tell her that she'd made him happy - just by appearing on his doorstep with her essay and those eyes... eyes which spoke of deprivation and yet held, for him, openness and simplicity more beautiful than he'd seen in any student before.
Amy, alone among his students, had tried to help him. She was searching his eyes, confused. He recalled those moments when, beside him in bed, her face had shared that open comic side of her lovemaking with him. He couldn't forget how much she'd tried to be his passport to those roughnecks from classroom 12D... those who always seemed to be gathering with a hunting knife, getting closer...
'Well, are we going to see you in them?' she smiled, still holding his shorts out like a trophy. But as he watched her lips, they seemed to shape like those in a poorly dubbed film where the voice is out-of-sync with the words... reminding him to 'eat up' all his tablets and then he'd never be 'cut up' . "
Editorial Reviews :
" An atmospheric, vibrant, almost spooky page-turner and a psychological suspense, both moving and tender. "
Reay Tannahill - historian, novelist and author of The Seventh Son.
" As a former London teacher, Raymond Nickford has nailed the teacher's fear of the 'Lord of the Flies' pack mentality perfectly. And what a cliffhanger ! "
Marsha Moore - author of The Hating Game.
Lust shouts. Love whispers. Only the heart knows the difference.
When 40-year-old former US navy officer Adam Wild takes up the position of head teacher at St Mary’s Academy for Girls in England, he knows he’ll have his work cut out for him. But what he doesn’t realise is that his greatest challenge will be in managing the all-female staff.
Jenna feels the position should have been hers and undermines his attempts to reform the troubled school. Barbara (Babs) sees him as a romantic challenge, but Lisa, his confidante, believes she knows where his heart truly lies.
Adam’s strict new rules and sometimes cavalier approach set him on a collision course with a contingent of sullen and rebellious students who set out to manipulate and embarrass him in ways that only teenage girls can.
Still recovering from the tragic loss of his wife and two young children in a car crash, Adam is not in the market for new romance. But that does not prevent him from becoming the target of several predatory, repressed, or love-hungry libidos. His virile presence acts as a catalyst that upsets the entrenched order and stability of the school world, and proceeds to pull more than one dark, scandalous secret into the light … And then Nicole, his late wife’s tearaway kid sister returns from Africa - and she is hiding secrets of her own.
Intrigue, scandal and suspense simmer beneath the surface of this light-hearted and humour-peppered romance, where one man’s influence on a school full of wayward girls and their teachers changes their lives in ways none of them could imagine – and eventually his own.
Winner of the best Chick Lit/Women’s Lit category in the 2015 eFestival of Words
If you enjoy feel-good stories then don't miss this happy-ever-after read.
Learning to trust a man again, yeah sure, that sounds easy. It's hard when you're a struggling single mom with a beautiful daughter, that you feel you have to protect. My past is full of hurts and an ex-fiancé who was unpredictable and abusive. At times, I’m surprised I’m still alive. As much as I'd love to have a man in my life, he's going to have to prove that he's worth it this time.Five years of being alone would make any woman wonder what happened to the sexy side of her. My best friend thinks I’m ready to move forward but, I’m not sure yet. After meeting a law enforcement officer that captures my eye, doesn’t mean that he will change my mind, or my heart. Even if he is a freaking magician between the sheets. I’m not interested in getting into a relationship; I can manage fine on my own. The only way I’d be interested in a man, is if he’s capable of not only being the right man for me but, he would have to prove that he’s the man that my daughter deserves as well.Arrested Heart is a standalone sweet and steamy romance novel with characters that jump off of the page and sit next to you as you read. This book is full of hot sex, hard life decisions, big hearts and forever friendships. Take a peek and see if you can stop turning the pages. This is the first novel in the ARRESTED series.
FALLEN HERO is about a man who seems to spend his life building bridges. Bridges between his unknown origins and his aspirations in life. Once he finds a tenuous link to his biological father Chris Squires cannot help but follow its path. Despite his misgivings he seeks out his roots.
FALLEN HERO is also about a man who is trying to reconcile the realities of war, and life, with his disappointment over his lost inner hopes for the dad he needed to find.
Two boys about to become teenagers: Christopher, born just after the end of World War Two, grows up in the UK; Fritz, orphaned by a bomb dropped on his German home in that same terrible war, befriended by a US marine. When Christopher discovers he was adopted he seeks to find his biological father. Fritz never gets the chance to grow much older and is found dead in the back of General George Patton's Cadillac at the end of the war.
Chris Squires is a confused man, constantly seeking his hero father-figure. The British baby boomer is surprised to find he has a connection with Fritz. Chris discovers the link through Jimmy Lucas, a GI veteran, who he believes could be his father. But his surprise turns to horror when he learns that Jimmy was involved in the death of both Patton and the boy.
Did he kill General George Patton, one of the greatest Generals of the twentieth century? Did he kill an orphaned German boy at the end of World War Two? If the answer to any or all of these questions is Yes! how will Chris cope with the rest of his life?
A confrontation creates further tragedy for Chris, for Jimmy, and for Walt - the man who had saved Jimmy’s life! Chris panics and retreats back to Britain, trying to forget the incident he caused in San Francisco. Although appearing to lead a mundane and respectable life, for years he is tormented by guilt. He still hopes to find his hero, a guide to some kind of inner peace. And then Walt re-enters his life bringing with him a new bridge!
It is New Year and people in the village are making plans. A father and son visit a disused aerodrome and find a mysterious link to their past. In Spring a young boy is entranced by nature as he follows a hare. A marriage enters its death throes with a terrifying drive. In May a gardening competition re-kindles an old rivalry. There are dastardly deeds at the Summer Fete, but real violence erupts later in the year with an influx of newcomers at harvest time. In November a new arrival to the village learns the importance of first impressions. As the year ends the whole village comes together to overcome imminent danger. These twelve, inter-linked stories portray a year in the life of the village and its inhabitants, as four generations of the Marshall family negotiate the hazards of modern life. Babies are born, children grow, matches are made or marriages founder and death, both anticipated and unlooked for, pays a call.
Brogan McLane QC uncovers the despicable deeds of The Earl of Marchion who owes £7.8m in Death Duties and who thought he could kidnap an 11 year old African girl and use her to smuggle and cheat his way out of paying those taxes. Hiding in his world of privilege, he didn't reckon on the strongest ties of all: the love of a new mother and the legal skills of her husband Brogan McLane in Parliament House.
The story begins in an African forest with a desperate father trying to save his children from being butchered. When faced with no other choice, he sells the children to a diamond smuggler.
Through dark days of prostitution and slavery in Edinburgh one of those children comes under the protective wings of Mr and Mrs McLane. The battle between justice and injustice rages for months until, finally faced with deportation of the child they've come to love, McLane has an idea of how to play a legal Ace card.
Tina is young, her four children all in foster care. Charged with attempting to murder the youngest,her baby,she swears her innocence, and that of her boyfriend, Smiddy. Trouble is,he's a heroin dealer and she was one of his regular customers. Will they receive justice in the High Court of Parliament House in Edinburgh ? Can Brogan McLane find his way through the chaos of his clients' lives, and political cover ups to discover the truth of what really happened to Baby Luke ??
More Low Life in High Places in the Old Town of Edinburgh.
The third novel in the Parliament House Books series featuring Brogan McLane.
Stacy can’t believe her luck when her best friend Emily invites her on a holiday to Switzerland.
She arrives at the Lakeside Hotel with high hopes, but the problems begin straightaway. Emily’s recent injury doesn’t let her do much, and something is wrong at the hotel. Where are all the guests? Why is the owner’s son so bad-tempered? And then there’s the odd behaviour of Stacy’s fiancé, back home. It’s hard to enjoy the scenery with all this going on…
By the last day of the holiday, Stacy knows her life will never be the same again – but the end of the week is just the beginning of the Lakeside adventure.
"Mediterranean Noir with a comic twist."
Roy Groves has led a colourful career in business, during which he battled with corporate politics, deception, and even vicious criminals. But now Roy has retired and he is looking forward to a quieter life. He and his wife, Donna, have bought an apartment in an exclusive development on Spain’s Costa del Sol.
He soon learns, however, that there are financial problems: the community is, in effect, bankrupt. Roy is persuaded to take on the role of president of the community, confident that, with his extensive business experience, he should easily be able to sort things out. It soon becomes clear, however, that nothing is as simple as it seems.
As he tries to come up with a rescue plan, Roy discovers that a poorly-constructed retaining wall has begun to collapse, threatening the development with a landslide. And this is just the start …
As the problems mount up, one after the other, Roy becomes entangled with an astonishingly diverse cast of characters: the devious building developer; the vengeful former President; the Russian prostitute, and her mafia minders; the deranged Middle-Eastern doctor; the devastatingly glamorous French girl who moves in next door; and many more ...
Horizontal Living is an illuminating insight into the shenanigans which pervade an ex-pat community abroad: sometimes hilarious, sometimes hard to believe, but sometimes darkly disturbing.
The Patterson family leaves the U.K. to begin a new life in France. St Severin, in the Dordogne, provides the backdrop for the family's new home and all of the life-changing obstacles they are about to encounter. Maisie, who is almost seventeen, narrates this unpredictable story. Maisie struggles as she experiences the changes of coming of age, the pain of loss, and the rollercoaster ride of competing love interests. Maisie's older brother, Dan, rebels over the move and frequently threatens to return to England when his studies are over. Dan starts an affair with a married French woman. After a few months in France, he goes missing which begins to unravel the family. What starts as an exciting move becomes more difficult with each passing chapter. Maisie is left navigating this complicated new world, all while trying to plan the rest of her adult life.
A compelling story about love, loss, betrayal and redemption, as one woman discovers a family secret that changes everything she's ever known.
* 2018 Foreward INDIES Book of the Year Gold Winner - Romance Category
* 2018-2019 Reader Views Literary Finalist - Romance Category
* 2018 American Fiction Award Finalist - Chick Lit/Women's Lit Category
When Anna Miller's father is killed less than two years after the death of her mother, Anna finds herself alone in the world. Moving back into her family home, Anna has the arduous task of sorting through and packing up her parents' belongings. When she comes across some mysterious documents in her father's study she is confused but intrigued. Determined to complete the research her father began, Anna embarks on a journey that will take her back several generations in history to WWII. As she begins to unveil the mystery surrounding her family, her research takes her to a small town in Wyoming. It is in this town she meets a handsome rancher named Logan Harris, awakening feelings that haven't stirred inside her in a long time. As Anna gets closer to discovering the truth about her family secrets, she realizes it may be at the cost of her personal happiness.
Is family a bond of blood or connection of love? Can an ancestry of Vikings overcome a modern-day heritage of love, loss, and betrayal?
The main action in Potholes and Magic Carpets takes place mostly in rural Kent and London. This contemporary character-led novel looks at the dramatic incidents, challenges, and temptations in the past and present lives of four couples of varying ages, professions, and sexual persuasions who are all linked by either blood or friendship. Just as in life, the negative, selfish, sometimes violent natures of some of the characters in Potholes and Magic Carpets wreak havoc on the innocent. A tale of not so simple folk.
Available in Kindle, paperback, and audiobook editions.
How far are you willing to go to change your life?
Deserted by her husband and with her career in the doldrums, Scottish academic Layla Sutherland longs to escape her dull existence.
Half a world away, Australian journalist Stevie Nightingale is desperate to shed her identity.
The two are brought together in an improbable partnership by Professor James Blunstone, a celebrated Edinburgh neurosurgeon whose earth-shattering discovery tempts them to take an incredible leap of faith into an exciting new reality.
But when Layla and Stevie literally exchange lives to help further the professor’s clandestine research, the outcome is chilling. What dark secrets has each woman been hiding from the other? And who is the sinister figure whose terrifying stalking campaign threatens to send the unethical experiment veering off course?
Set against the Gothic backdrop of Bram Stoker’s Buchan coastline, in North-east Scotland, 'And I Am You' is a contemporary psychological thriller that spins a shadowy tale of three ordinary people who, in daring to crack the age-old mystery of consciousness, learn the true cost of tampering with our sense of self.
When the author was struggling with loss, illness, oppression and a perpetual cycle of anxiety attacks and phases of depression, she spent day and night stabbing keys.
And out poured poetry.
When the abyss spat her out she strung together those mutilated verses and compiled this book for the world to read what it feels like when you are swinging between sanity and insanity.
Miracles and Millions - Book 2
Two minds, two bodies, two hearts, one soul.
Colour picks up where Avarice left off, and continues the story of Dorothy Lyle's great adventure as a psychic woman whose fortunes have changed overnight. She is back, and she is brasher and sassier than ever. With a new-found wealth that allows her to holiday in Rome like a celebrity, while gambling away enough cash to feed a small Central American country. She is having fun, living life on the edge and to the full, determined to enjoy her status as a woman of wealth and leisure. And she’s doing it in style.
HUMOUR, MORE CRAZY VISIONS AND A MYSTIC MAN!
But when Dorothy decides to treat herself to a tarot card reading one day, she is stunned to hear the medium’s prediction for her future. Why would someone want to hurt her? What could she possibly have done to make such an enemy?
Dorothy tries her best to ignore the portent, but she cannot get the words of the mystic out of her head and they continue to haunt her, lurking in the deepest recesses of her mind. And when the spiteful text messages and malevolent phone calls begin, the words of foreboding return to her and she begins to question her very sanity.
She begins to wonder if there is some truth to the warning after all. Is it possible that betrayal and catastrophe are lying in wait, ready to destroy her new life before she can fully enjoy it, or blow all the cash?
Miracles & Millions - A Story of Gratitude. Be prepared for IRISH MAMMIES, THE COMPLETE AND UTTER ABSENCE OF VAMPIRES - HOT OR OTHERWISE. SOME PROFANITY - IRISH STYLE.
Colour is not a standalone novel.Check out the boxed set of 1-3 which is now available.
Humor. Love. Conspiracy.
Chad “Manic” Murphy, is an amusing and charismatic hockey star on the rise. His tutor is the gorgeous Isabella Donato, his teammate’s twin sister. If only he hadn’t promised never to touch her. Though his life is in turmoil, he charms his way into her heart. When she comes to her senses, her follow-the-rules mentality often clashes with his oblivious, impulsive ways.
Murphy’s one-sided decision to turn pro, throws them into a cycle of unanswered longing. He stumbles upon a lawless domain driven by a man who has the power to destroy his world. Can Murphy clean up his chaotic life and once again sweep Izzy off her feet? Tragedy leaves her wondering if they could ever make it work.
Isabella is the second in the new adult romance series “The House of Donato”. If you like an enjoyable light-hearted romance, with sensitive love scenes sure to delight and arouse, download this unpredictable and compelling read today.
The Trouble With Liam is a powerful psychological thriller set in Ireland and Sheffield. It tells the life story of Liam O’Sullivan in all its twisted glory. It begins with tales of his challenging childhood in Dublin and follows him through the tragic events which change him into a misogynistic, controlling, ultimately lethal bully living in Sheffield. Liam thought he could do as he pleased until he was taught otherwise. Prepare to be shocked in different ways throughout the book. If you enjoy lashings of dark humour, situations to make your eyes pop out, thrills of every kind, all wrapped up in a gripping, dramatic storyline, please read on.
'The woman’s cries floated down the passage and bubbled out through the front door in helpless, anguished, tortured spasms. For Ryder it was a sound that echoed down the ages. The horror of mothers from any species that might ever have lived on the planet: a parent trying to deal with the impossible. The death of her young ones: it was a sound to chill the blood.'
After three months in prison a notorious killer escapes. Detectives Jeremy Ryder and Navi Pillay are on his tail for the final showdown. The fourth volume of The Ryder Quartet contains heart-rending scenes as readers discover the kinds of trauma faced every day by victims of crime. These scenes take place against a tapestry of courage and heroism in the daily clashes between the forces of law and order on the one hand and brutal drug-fuelled crime on the other.
DESCRIPTION This is a comical collection of linked stories about four women who face life’s challenges and battle to keep shame at bay. Parenting issues include biting toddlers, adolescent pyromaniacs and entitled brides. One husband disappears with embezzled funds while another rethinks his gender orientation, and throughout it all the friends support each other while drinking wine. The collection includes the award winning stories “Adopt-A-Pet”, where a young couple’s desire to gain social status goes awry, and “Viking Cruise” in which senior citizens seeking the perfect vacation are abused by Viking warriors.
REVIEWS “Funny, well-paced, and perceptive: Reidel lays a writer’s ear on the human heart.” - Nancy Fischer, Editor "Marion's vignettes of familiar drama, are both insightful and comedic; each story is a focused snapshot of Canadian life." Natalie Little, Author "Marion's writing finds the subtle tenderness and humour within the complexities of everyday stories." Beth Anne Ellipsis, Guelph Spoken Word
Vicky is left-handed and teased for being clumsy, but a visit from her Gran changes everything.
Vicky’s Granddad has died and her Gran is coming for a visit. Vicky wants to cheer her up by embroidering a cushion as a gift, but Vicky is left-handed and she struggles to learn how to sew. She decides that winning a race in the school sports might be a better idea – but can she do it, especially when Graham threatens to spoil all her plans?
The story highlights some of the challenges faced by left-handers.
At the end of the book is advice on how to help left-handers; how to tell if a child is left-handed; the correct way for a left-hander to hold a pencil and to slant the paper; famous left-handers; percentage of the population who are left-handed; career choices for left-handers and cultural issues for left-handers.
Now also available in CHINESE
A retired Irish superintendent and his former colleague, a handsome DCI from Liverpool, attempt to rid themselves and the world of their lethal tile masters. Will they succeed in reclaiming their freedom, or will the bizarre killing games continue? Set in Manchester, Liverpool, and Ireland. Confronting The Hostile is book 4 in The Hostile series of unusual paranormal crime thrillers.
Available in Kindle, paperback, and audiobook editions.
Her demonic Angel and other short stories, published in 2016, is a collection of all of my short stories written thus far. This baker's dozen of short stories have been written in a variety of genres so hopefully there should be something for everyone. Some tales are stranger than others, but all could be said to be different shades of dark. Despite its somewhat suggestive title, Her demonic Angel is not erotica.
To whet your appetite, here are the titles of some of the short stories: ‘The boy they called Dragon’, ‘The day nobody gave a damn’, ‘An email from Jane’, ‘Stuff’, ‘Getting rid of the enemy’, ‘Skin’, ‘Too beautiful’, ‘Philately will get you nowhere’, ‘Mirror, mirror’, ‘In memoriam'.
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A Fabrian Books feel-good collection. Fifteen tales of life, love, and family – perfect for a coffee-break! Previously published in UK national magazines, the stories are about relationships within the family and without – some are humorous, some bittersweet; all are upbeat and emotional. Profits from ebook and paperback sales of this collection will be donated to charity.
The Party Partners Belinda and Phillip have fun at weddings, engagement parties and all sorts of celebrations. But anything more personal was out of the question – or was it?
Family Matters Gary shares Sharon’s dream of having children – but as far as he’s concerned, it’s something for the future.
Corinna’s Big Day It was the most important day in baby Corinna’s life, but for Madge, it was one of the saddest…
Lucky for Some You might say drawing number 13 in the cycle rally was bad luck. You might say falling off was bad luck, too. But Hilary knew better!
Patiently Waiting Mike woke up after his operation and saw the girl of his dreams. The problem was the engagement ring she wore on a chain round her neck…
The Saturday Secret What was she up to? The whole family wanted to know! But Gran wasn’t telling…
And many more…
Linda Huber has written over fifty short stories for magazines. She is also the author of psychological suspense novels Chosen Child; Ward Zero, and others.
The Hostile Series Box Set is a collection of books 1-4 in The Hostile series of unusual contemporary British paranormal crime thrillers. Book 1 is The Hostile, Book 2 is Holiday for The Hostile, Book 3 is The Hostile Game, and Book 4 is Confronting The Hostile. This ‘refreshingly original’ series is set mainly in Manchester, Liverpool, and Ireland. Get it before it gets you.
What if you had the same recurring dream, the same nightmare all so often? Imagine having to go to bed every other day wishing the dream would not come, yet knowing perfectly well that it will. Imagine waking up shivering and being scared to go back to sleep. And imagine yearning to, yet never knowing the meaning of this dream.˃˃˃ EmmaEmma should have been the happiest person around. She had everything, money, friends, a big house, a successful husband, a loving mom. Yet, everything was not as it seemed.˃˃˃ SaraSara had had a long, eventful life. At 83, she'd seen it all. Born to holocaust survivors, she felt blessed to have had a wonderful married life and a sizable fortune. She missed Adam though, her beloved husband who was now no more. She was lonely, but no one could guess the secrets she bore, and pledged to take with her to her grave. Fate had other plans though.˃˃˃ DikaDika believed the worst was over for her. The Gypsy girl had been married off to an abusive man at a tender age and had gone through all what a woman could ever bear before gathering up the courage to run away. In her job as a masseur she had found her freedom at last and life seemed so different from what she had experienced as a child.She had her set of dreams about life, much grander and much happier, but those were just dreams. She never expected them to happen, at least not this fast.In this page-turner, dreams, secrets, betrayal, love, compassion and hope all get intertwined as does the lives of these three women. Gypsy magic plays the role of the hand of destiny in all beautiful way which adds to the drama.Will Emma ever find the meaning of her recurring nightmare? Is she ready for it yet? Will Sara survive the biggest test yet in her long life, that of letting go of her secret?Best-Selling Author and two- time NaNoWriMo Winner Ani Alexander keeps us guessing in this beautifully crafted, thought-provoking novel.Scroll up and grab a copy now!
‘Today I am the soft summer rain,
You are my sweet golden sunshine.
Together we’ll build us a rainbow
To last, a life time.’
Need something for a cold, wet and windy day? ‘Rainbows and Roses’ is a delightful selection of whimsical short stories, along with a collection of poetry inspired by memories from childhood, the environment, together with a little bit of fun.
‘One Breath’: a heartfelt story of love and loss.
‘The Symbolism of the Rose’: with some basic history, myths & legends surrounding the ‘Queen of Flowers’.
‘Grandfather Time’: An ancient longcase clock with a spark of magic.
Short stories for the fireside (or wherever you have your e-reader). A diverse variety of humour, historical, murder, ghost, sentimental, adventure, and even a bit naughty - there is sure to be something to entertain you. There are even two BONUS read-aloud stories for children.
These stories have been published previously in magazines or newspapers. Some are adapted from chapters in But Can You Drink The Water? and some also appear in Something to Read on the Plane.
1. A ‘Tail’ of Woe.
Frank planned a quiet afternoon of model aeroplane building. But unfortunately he failed to take his father-in-law into account.
2. Proof of the Pudding.
The residents of Ladysmith were eager to escape before the town was besieged. Albert Swinbourne, however, had other plans.
3. The Tryst
He tried nibbling her ear. He wasn’t sure whether he should be licking, nibbling, or kissing it. Even after re-watching a movie he still hadn’t been able to make out the exact technique.
4. One Little Pig Stayed at Home.
When the young troopie was offered room and board in exchange for some light work, he thought his luck had changed.
5. The Secret.
Jenny wasn’t expecting to meet an old school friend, especially one who would revive memories best forgotten.
As the Spitfire soared into the air Bill wanted to impress his grandson, but would the old man’s nerves hold out?
7. A Matter of Convenience
Family holidays were not the happy events they had once been, especially now that Walter’s bladder had become a liability.
8. The Letter.
The two buddies were living and working together out in the sticks, and they were beginning to set each other’s teeth on edge. Then one of them made a very weird suggestion…
9. Night Noises.
Strange, the fascination and peculiar power of a man’s imagination; the terrors the silent darkness can hold. And who knows the tormented imaginings of those who have been led down the deep dark path of insanity...?
10. Reluctant Reunion
Pauline’s old school-friend, a slim, glamorous divorcee - who just happened to be an old flame of Pauline’s husband – was coming home to Liverpool to visit. Pauline wasn’t looking forward to it one bit.
11. Poste Haste.
Frank heaved a sigh of relief when his wife’s relatives went home. Little did he know his troubles were just beginning.
12. The Waiting Chalice
The she-fox had been biding her time. Finally the wait was over.
13. Grandfather’s Dream
Sipho set out to fulfil his Grandfather’s dream, and in doing so learnt the power of imagination.
14. Light’s Out
Tom enjoyed his job, even if it was a bit boring and predictable. He liked the routine, and today was going to be just another ordinary day...
15. Family Ties
Mavis had been so sure of where her heart lay, but now ‘home’ had a new definition.
TWO BONUS READ-ALOUD STORIES FOR CHILDREN
16. The Worried Little Christmas Tree
The little plastic Christmas tree thought no one wanted him, until he found an unexpected home.
17. Waldo and the Leather Thing
Waldo didn’t want to wear anything round his neck, but he soon found the importance of wearing a collar.
What is Fred's wall?
Who took the garden gnome?
Do the French have any redeeming features?
How far will you go to save your land?
When you're not good with words how do you find ways to talk?
And if you're not willing to change what might happen?
Find the answers in these stories and be entertained by how six middle aged men try to make sense of their middle aged lives in their own individual ways.
Alex doesn’t believe in ghosts, but he is about to have his beliefs challenged...
When Jimmy Devlin asks Alex and Donna to investigate the strange things that have been happening at his stately home, The Priory, Alex seizes the opportunity to prove to his sister that there is no such thing as ghosts. But as the twins start to investigate unexplained noises and ghostly figures, it becomes clear that unquiet spirits are not the only problem facing the Devlin family.
Are the family servants hiding secrets? Has a valuable antique ring been stolen, or just mislaid? And what has happened to Jimmy’s missing elder brother, Harry? As the twins and Jimmy try to solve the many mysteries of The Priory, they discover they are dealing with a very dangerous enemy…
Packed full of pulse-pounding action, Eye Spy II: Haunted is a must-read for future detectives, as well as fans of the twins’ previous adventure, Eye Spy.
Gary Troia is a writer, he has also been a bricklayer, a teacher, a philosophy student and a sufferer of several disorders, including: manic depression, alcoholism, fear of flying and a dislike of most people.
After Gary announces that he will no longer fly, his wife, Poppo books a coach holiday to Lake Como. One week later, with the newly acquired kittens dropped off at the cattery, Gary and Poppo embark on a twenty-four hour coach journey to Italy.
Gary always believed the restless, relentless, impossible-to-satisfy voice in his head was one of his greatest assets. It spurred him on. For a while, his strategy worked. But soon the energy of raw emotion would dissipate, and he would be back where he started. What happened next was completely unforeseen. Through a bizarre series of events - involving gangsters, the ICF, deportation from the States, Christian cults and the AA - Gary stumbled upon something that helped him tame the voice in his head: inspirational books. He spent years reading them before having a quiet revolution. Gary’s life was not transformed into a thing of beauty, but he did gain a passion for daily reflection and meditation. While the book itself is a narrative account of a journey to Lake Como, The coach to Como is ultimately the story of survival, recovery and evolution. The book is well crafted, with various threads being skilfully interwoven to give a colourful but incredibly honest account of the journey Gary has undertaken since he came to terms with his ego, his internal struggles with life, loneliness, rebelliousness and self-destructive behaviour.
In this inspirational romance novel, Rachel thinks she has her life under control. She has succeeded in starting a business and she tells herself all her dreams have come true. But there is one dream that lies buried in her past, so painful that she tries never to think of it. She tries to erase all memory of her heart-stopping first love...until Jonathon walks back into her life.
‘…And many a weary heart shall sing
The Snowdrop bringeth Hope and Spring.’
(From the book Poetry of the Flowers by Mrs CM Kirtland 1800)
Hope is all Emmeline has.
Under rolling storm clouds and raging thunder, the Gods unleash their wrath upon the earth, and in the chaos of the countryside awash with rivulets, Alfie Beeson is felled by some unseen force. With a desperate burst of strength, Emmeline drags her unconscious husband back to their cottage.
Throughout the winter she ministers to his needs, following her Grandmother Aspasia’s recipes collected over the years in her delicately penned 'Home Remedies'. Alfie appears to be on the mend when the gentle, shivering snowdrops begin to raise their dainty heads above the snow, bringing hope. However, as the little flowers creep from the forest up to the cottage, Alfie takes a turn for the worse.
By the time the blooms are close enough to tap upon the door, she has lost her love. Grieving and bereft, Emmeline tries to cope without her soulmate. Her broken heart causes even her gentle artwork to suffer. Paintings are left unfinished in the parlour.
With the arrival of The Anniversary comes a surprise visitor. Will this visitor rekindle the light in Emmeline’s delicate brown eyes?
Can the hole in her heart ever be healed?
This heartfelt short story now includes a sample of some of Aspasia Cherry's A~Z of Herbal Remedies along with poetry, a few myths and a little magic about the local flora that would have been found in and around Emmeline's cottage.
Two strangers, a UK married woman and an American movie star meet and said hello. Their hello turned into an online relationship. The online relationship turned into a wanting to see each other again. The desire for one chance encounter turned into something no one could imagine. Morya, a romantic at heart, meets a mysterious stranger, and her life would never be the same. Would fate or destiny lead her to one chance encounter?
This Great Blockbuster Trilogy of the So What! Stories has it all - Humour, heartache and criminal thrills and spills!
In Book One we follow the career of teacher Robert Jeffrey through the antics of his pupils - both in and out of the classroom. Giggle and gasp at the hilarious and sad tales of pupils; and with romance, bullying and intimidation, teachers that struggle and those that are popular you will be getting a full range of High School life!
In Book Two we find Molly Pearson, Robert's student teacher, attempting to create a wildlife and nature garden with the help of her Year 7 kids, against dramatic odds! Self-harming, arson, gang violence and teenage angst all seem to be teaming up as obstacles to block success from Molly and her class of 11 year-olds!
In Book Three the reader has to keep up with ex-pupil detective Shantra as he pursues the desperate criminals who caused trauma and tragedy to the school community. A criminal fireworks stunt that goes disastrously wrong leads to death and mayhem; while the conspiring fraudsters look like they might get away with things! Just how does a black spider monkey come to assist detective Shantra in his attempts to catch the felons?
Paul Tanner and Nicky Newman were two of the most highly recruited Point Guards in the country for Division II Basketball. New Coach at the ‘U’ Bob Barrows built his whole program around them. Everything was going fine and the team was on track to become one of the greatest ever in the region until Paul let fame and the attention
go right to his head. He partied hardy, drank, did drugs and had many women but mostly didn’t remember what happened once he started down that dark path.
He and Nicky became brothers that first year and even lectures and pleas from Nicky didn’t help straighten him out. Paul knew Nicky was hurting too—watching him destroy his life like that. Nicky lost his only brother the same way and feared the same would happen to Paul. Nicky felt he just couldn’t bury another brother.
Until….Paul met Maggie Sardo. He didn’t want to fall in love with her and knew she would hate his friends and bad habits but he just couldn’t help himself. He knew the only way he could be with her was if he changed his life around and was Nicky ever so happy he had someone to help him save Paul.
Somehow your past always finds you as in this story. Paul tried to live a good life but it always seemed to haunt him—even years later. This story is about tragedy, hope, kindness, friendships and most of all love.
In his late fifties Doctor X realised that he was in the ‘death zone,’ and didn’t want to go out feet up, sitting in front of the TV in the UK – he wanted to continue to live a life. Journey with him on his five-year love and hate affair with China, seeking out a new life, and enjoying strange encounters - boldly going where no English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher has gone before.
Doctor X gives us his unexpurgated insight into an ESL teacher’s life in China. What it’s really like in the high schools of China. He outs the unprofessional, and drunken behaviour of the riff raff that wash up professing to be teachers but are really professional bar flies. He also provides crucial hints, and tips for the new teacher thinking about giving China a go.
He writes frankly about his relationship with some of the women that were just ships that passed in the night. From Little Yellow, and the ladyboys of Bangkok to meeting E - his eventual life partner. This erotilogue will show you a China hidden from the tourist – the bathhouses, and the pink curtained massage parlours. Doctor X does not regret one moment of it - it has been an experience worth living – one moment close to death, the next in the arms of random women.
And to think Doctor X could be back home in Britain stacking shelves in Tesco.
A woman recovering from tragedy. A man with a troubled past. Will trust build a bridge between them or will it be destroyed by dark secrets?
Shattered by her daughter's death and tormented by her husband's infidelity, Emma Grayson seeks refuge in solitude. As she slowly re-enters the real world, she takes on work at the sprawling Melton Estate’s stables. Initially distracted by her painful healing process, she realizes that the property’s handsome manager carries his own sadness…
Shocked when she discovers the Manor’s powerful and shadowy connections, Emma fears the clandestine activities will put her quiet job and new romance at risk. But after the estate comes under attack from Russian gangsters, she must put aside her doubts to save lives, with or without Trent's help.As she tries to cope with her new reality, British intelligence agents deliver frightening news: someone is out to kill her. Can Emma use her newfound strength to defeat a determined assassin, or will her tragic past stamp out her bright future?
If you like engaging characters, dark twists, and heroic finales, you'll love Georgia Rose's captivating series.Start reading The Grayson Trilogy today to discover the mysterious and romantic adventure that awaits Emma!
'A Gem of Interwoven Tales' to engage, amuse and delight.Five stars on Amazon. Five stars on Goodreads. Readers are asking for the next slice of English village life.The fifth to the eighth tales in The Village; A Year in Twelve Tales. At May-time a gardening competition re-kindles an old rivalry amid mourning and bereavement. The June wedding seasons sees a quartet of couples making difficult romantic decisions. There is skull-doggery and dastardly deeds at the Summer Fete. Real violence erupts with an influx of transient newcomers as the harvesting begins. The next four inter-linked stories are about life in the village and its wide cast of characters, as four generations of the Marshall family negotiate the hazards of their own family saga, while, around them babies are born, plots are hatched, romance blooms and marriages founder.Check out the reviews on Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Goodreads and Riffle.Readers say'Anderson cleverly interlinks all the characters and ...you end up becoming extremely attached to the village and the people who reside in it. What a superb first publication, I look forward to many more titles.' A Cheeky Booklover (independent book reviewer)'The prose is clear and crisp, and the build towards the last story is subtly done, with many threads coming together for an exciting climax.' Stuart Wakefield Kindle best selling author'A tour de force..... I shall look out for the next publication from this talented writer.' Amazon review'I was totally absorbed in this book from page one. I... hope very much that there will be further publications telling more about the people I felt I was getting to know so well. I look forward very much to further works by this author.' Amazon review'The inter-woven layered nature of village life is captured perfectly. I was thoroughly involved...' Amazon reviewScroll up and download your copy today.
Facing their problems with humour, courage, or cheerful ignorance, cunning, guile or sheer women's cheek, these eight women find ways to make changes in their lives. They seize the opportunity to make a choice or decision, which might affect them in a major way.
Most of these stories were first published in print magazines in the U.K. then in Canada, Australia and the USA. Peninsular short story magazine editor, Shelagh Nugent, published some of them and says: 'They were a delight to me as editor, publisher and, above all, reader. It's great to see them again in this e-book. Rowan's stories are not only well written and thoughtful, they're entertaining, a quality which is too often missing in the short story genre these days. Enjoy them, I did.
'What can I say?’ (Writer, Jane Wenham-Jones, after reading the first story in the anthology) ‘Oh gosh, this just made me cry. I found 'The Paper Nautilus' intensely moving, evocative and beautifully written.’
The choices these women face are not uncommon. It's what they decide to do which makes each story unique. Read them, enjoy them and see. Would you make the same choice?
There are many ways to die. Plague is only one.
Work on a London tube line is halted by the discovery of an ancient plague pit and in it, a very recent corpse. A day later another body is found, also in a plague pit. This victim is linked to the Palace of Westminster, where rumours swirl around the Prime Minister and his rivals.
As the number of deaths climbs, the media stokes fear. Government assurances are disbelieved. Everyone feels threatened. This has to be resolved and fast.
A disgraced civil servant and a policeman must find the answer before Westminster closes for recess. Power, money and love curdle into a deadly brew that could bring down the Mother of Parliaments.
Time is running out. And it’s not clear what – or who – will survive.
The words in this loosely autobiographical second book in the Mug Trilogy were triggered by the entanglement between Mug, a recently divorced, disinherited, temporarily sex-obsessed woman and Michael. Her Gordian knot was a complex, mendacious, Scottish baggage handler who destiny threw her way late one night in early 2004. She was an honest, too trusting, troubled woman in her late forties. He was an enigma eleven years her junior who was hiding many shocking secrets. Mug's original plan was to write about their unusual story as a present to give to him for Christmas. Little did she know that her gift would almost kill him. She had wanted the opportunity to describe in her book her life prior to their meeting, because it shaped how she felt about him, why she tolerated what others might deem unacceptable. The purpose of Mug's book was to drastically change into a desperate effort to make sense of unfolding bizarre events and to help them both deal with the aftermath.
'A Gem of Interwoven Tales' to engage, amuse and delight. Five stars on Amazon. Five stars on Goodreads. Readers are asking for the next slice of village life.The first four tales in The Village; A Year in Twelve Tales. It is New Year and people in the village are making plans. A father and son visit a disused aerodrome, where they find a mysterious link to their past. In Spring a young boy becomes entranced by nature, he is growing up as he chases a hare. A marriage enters its death throes, with a terrifying drive. These four, inter-linked stories begin a year in the life of the village and its wide cast of characters, as four generations of the Marshall family negotiate their own family saga and the hazards of daily life.
Readers say'Anderson cleverly interlinks all the characters and ...you end up becoming extremely attached to the village and the people who reside in it. What a superb publication, I look forward to many more titles.' A Cheeky Booklover ( independent book reviewer )
'The prose is clear and crisp, and the build towards the last story is subtly done, with many threads coming together for an exciting climax.' Stuart Wakefield, Kindle best selling author
'This is a tour de force....The annual cycle of village life beneath a civilised veneer and against the backdrop of the natural world makes for an interesting but also an easy read... I shall look out for the next publication from this talented writer.' Amazon review
'I was totally absorbed in this book from page one. I... hope very much that there will be further publications telling more about the people I felt I was getting to know so well. I look forward very much to further works by this author.' Amazon review
'The inter-woven layered nature of village life is captured perfectly. I was thoroughly involved...' Amazon review
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The aftermath of Mug’s time whirling in The Lying Scotsman’s vortex. This third book in the loosely autobiographical Mug Trilogy documents her epic struggles to achieve a positive outcome in her turbulent relationships with men, family, work and life in general. Who will be Mug's final straw?
Ray Dennis does the secret, a simple law of attraction story is a humorous parody based on The Secret by Rhonda Byrne.
When Ray Dennis, an alcoholic English bricklayer, is deported from the US back to the UK on a drug charge, he has no idea that his life and identity are about to change forever. Shattered by his knowledge that he is a failure, Ray dedicates himself to self-improvement and unwittingly puts himself and his family on a path to disaster once he discovers The Secret.With a change of name and new passport, Ray returns to LA. He meets a Guru who introduces him to the teachings of The Secret, and shows Ray how to plant thought seeds. And so begins his quest to completely change his life. His thoughts seeds create a wife, kids, a successful business, and a big house. But his success comes at a price as serious drug traffickers eventually kill his wife and children, and the police won’t help when they find out he was in the country illegally.
Stacy’s new life in Switzerland seems idyllic – a lovely home amidst fabulous scenery, the man of her dreams and an interesting job. But then comes trouble…
Last winter’s snow means an overfull lake, Rico is moody and distant, and the daily problems attached to running a hotel range from head lice to irate guests and lost rodents.
It isn’t until Rico goes missing that Stacy realises she could lose everything she holds dear. Will the Lakeside Hotel survive the summer?
'A Gem of Interwoven Tales' to engage, amuse and delight.Five stars on Amazon. Five stars on Goodreads. Readers are asking for the next slice of English village life.The ninth to the twelfth tales from The Village; A Year in Twelve Tales. The harvest and new life are celebrated, as a long expected departure takes place. The villagers try to do 'the right thing' and almost come to grief. In November, in the rain, a new arrival to the village learns the importance of first impressions. The the village has to come together at the end of the year to overcome a major threat.These four inter-linked stories portray life in the village, with its wide cast of characters. Four generations of the Marshall family negotiate the hazards of their own family saga, while, around them babies are born, plots are hatched, romances bloom and marriages founder and death, both anticipated and unlooked for, pays a call.Check out the reviews on Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Goodreads and Riffle.Readers say'Anderson cleverly interlinks all the characters and ...you end up becoming extremely attached to the village and the people who reside in it. I look forward to many more titles.' A Cheeky Booklover (Goodreads book reviewer)'The prose is clear and crisp, and the build towards the last story is subtly done, with many threads coming together for an exciting climax.'A tour de force..... I shall look out for the next publication from this talented writer.' Amazon review'I was totally absorbed in this book from page one. I... hope very much that there will be further publications telling more about the people I felt I was getting to know so well. I look forward very much to further works by this author.' Amazon review'Totally absorbing, this book will delight anyone who is interested in people and their emotions, motivations and relationships.' Annette Souter (Amazon.co.uk review) Scroll up and download your copy today
A children's book of fantasy and adventure, with Bailey the Siamese Cat. A tale of knights, ladies and dragons in a fantasy world of Twiddledee
DEATH COMES IN MANY FORMS. NONE ARE GOOD.
This one was in the form of a black-clad ex-Special Forces soldier who looked like he could have stepped out of a Call of Duty video game.
Battling trophy hunters in the vast Great Bear Rainforest of British Columbia, mink farmers in Colorado and animal experimenters in Atlanta, ex-Special Forces soldier, Kenneth Joseph Ares Pearce wages a shock and awe, counter-war to save the lives of the thirty million animals a day that are killed by the Master Species known as Mankind!
But rocking the proverbial boat doesn't come without a price! Pearce quickly finds himself on the Public Enemy Number One list on both sides of the border.
When the FBI illegally renders his beautiful ally from Canada to a supermax prison beneath its headquarters in Washington, DC, Pearce has less than 24 hours to free her before she cracks under the Bureau's notorious "enhanced interrogation" techniques.
A fast-paced, military adventure novel that uncomfortably lines up trophy hunting, factory farming, and animal experimentation right in the reader's crosshairs.
The first three novels in the romantic, suspense, supernatural series, entitled
THE MIRACLES AND MILLIONS SAGA
‘UNPUTDOWNABLE’ – Says one reviewer.
This omnibus edition includes the first THREE books in the Dorothy Lyle series, and contains close to 1,000 pages of weird visions, vast sums of cash, inner musings on the cosmos, broken-hearted girls, friends with attitude, thrifty parents, relentless spending, vivid dreams, chocolate, fire-bombs, a gun-loving tough guy, humour and stalkers. This highly addictive series has it all.
Who is Dorothy Lyle?
She’s a woman who appears super-normal at first glance. She resides in a modest house in a small Irish town, and commutes to a typical office. She’s a lone parent who misses her children now that they are at college. Yet Dorothy is so much more than the obvious. She is a powerful psychic who has been masquerading as normal for twenty years. She is also a woman who has been avoiding men since a nasty breakup and divorce left her reeling in shock while still in her twenties.
The winds of change begin to blow around Dorothy as she approaches her fortieth birthday. An unfortunate affair of the heart means that her daughter, Diane, has distanced herself from her former home and doting mother. Dorothy wonders if some extra cash might alleviate the immediate problem.
Enter the lottery and one hundred and eight-five million tax free dollars.
How easy do you think it is to hide your true self when you unexpectedly become the fortieth richest woman in your own small country? How feasible do you think it is to avoid all dating and romantic involvements when you are single, and literally rolling in cash? How practical do you think it is to stay safe when so many of those around you seem to resent your good fortune?
This box set contains the following three books:
DOROTHY LYLE IN AVARICE – BOOK 1. Join Dorothy on the first leg of her rollercoaster journey as she discovers what an emotionally charged and complicated experience dealing with unexpected wealth can be. Clairvoyance may in handy on occasion, but it doesn’t help you decide who gets what!
DOROTHY LYLE IN COLOUR – BOOK 2. Relax with Dorothy as she begins to truly enjoy her wealth and changes in fortune. Only for her new-found pleasure to be jeopardised by a tarot card reading of all things! Once again, change is afoot, although this time it’s of a sinister nature.
DOROTHY LYLE IN HELP – BOOK 3. Watch what happens when Dorothy concedes that she cannot protect herself alone, and sets out to hire professional help. Ever wondered what it would be like to come face to face with your other half? The half you weren’t fully aware was even missing. And if he happened to be in a bad mood at that momentous moment, do you think it might colour your judgement? Read on, folks, and find out the answers to these questions and about a hundred more.
MIRACLES AND MILLIONS: TWO MINDS, TWO BODIES, TWO HEARTS, ONE SOUL
Helen finds more than she bargained for when taking a vacation in Rhodes, Greece. She buys a souvenir that, and with superstitious locals, the questions about it almost get her and those around her killed. She finds a relationship in Dimitris, that she fought to resist, but he tries to help her find answers to why anyone would try to take the little picture from her. She was told to leave it alone, don't pursue the answers to questions that have been hidden for decades, but her curiosity and stubbornness won't let her back off. She awakens feelings in Dimitris that he had not had in a long time. The magnetic pull they feel for each other becomes epic and all-encompassing, which brings complications with past lovers. Part 1 Book 1, The Shadows of Rhodes series.
The Ryder Quartet comprises four crime thrillers. Each of them is also separately available as an independent book. In this collection they form an overall cohesive narrative. Detective Jeremy Ryder and his colleagues pursue heinous criminals into the depths of the criminal underworld. The action takes place in Durban, South Africa, but the confrontation between the forces of law and justice on the one hand and criminal machinations on the other make these four stories relevant to any major city in the world. The author's field work involved detective-guided tours through forensic analysis, to the front line of drug dealing, and into the private pain of victims of crime. Readers of the individual volumes have hailed the work as action-packed thrillers steeped in authenticity and plausibility, reflecting the real world of police encounters with the dark world of crime.
Rise of the Supreme - Astrophysicist, Dr. Gornam Rand, who while conducting a routine photoscan from images taken by a space probe stationed just off of Pluto makes a shocking discovery. The emergence of a wormhole followed by the presence of alien beings from another galaxy bent on taking what they feel is rightfully theirs, the planet Earth. Dr. Rand and his staff try everything at their disposal to uncover and neutralize this threat but only through the assistance of a mysterious and ultra-powerful being does Dr. Rand realize that the power to turn back the invaders resides inside of him. Meanwhile four other beings posing as everyday citizens are discovered to be living on the planet and forced to reveal themselves; this sets off a chain of events culminating in the uncovering of a major conspiracy from a trio of beings known only as the Axis of Evil. Will humanity fall at the hands of the evil Draconian empire?
A wedding… that’s a happy time with love and laughter and catching up with old friends – isn’t it? But Stacy has problems she didn’t anticipate when it comes to organising this one.
The mother of the bride has been watching too many old films, something is troubling the bridesmaid, and above all, a mysterious guest called MJ is about to descend on the hotel – but Stacy and Rico have no idea who it is. And that’s before the emergency services of two countries start getting involved…
And even when the honeymoon starts in the lovely Bernese Oberland, it isn’t long before blue lights and sirens have Stacy's pulse racing again. Surely wedding bells have never been this complicated?
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