Sunday, 28 September 2014

Debut Spotlight: Catherine Ferguson

As many of you will know I am a huge Christmas addict so when I recently saw a cover reveal for Catherine Ferguson's debut novel Humbugs & Heartstrings I immediately contacted Catherine to see if she'd like to do a debut spotlight feature to find out a little more about the book.

Catherine Ferguson lives in Northumberland with her teenage son. Humbugs & Heartstrings is her first book and will be published as an eBook on 2nd October...

Sprinkled with lots of Christmas magic, Humbugs & Heartstrings is a fun, romantic tale about love and friendships.

Bobbie’s boss, Carol, is a real misery-guts skinflint, dedicated to making the lives of everyone around her unhappy. What makes it worse is that the two women have history: once upon a time, they were best friends.

When gorgeous hotelier Charlie steps into the frame, the two women march into battle (quite literally, at one stage, as flying mince pies find their target).

Will they ever be able to resolve their differences and have themselves a merry little Christmas?

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Author Interview: Alice Peterson

Today I'm delighted to welcome bestselling author Alice Peterson to talk about her latest book One Step Closer to You which was published this week.

Can you tell us a little bit about your latest book One Step Closer to You?
One Step Closer To You is a story about family secrets, addiction and relationships, both good and bad. Ultimately, it’s a love story with a dramatic twist, exploring the choices we make and how it is possible to change direction on even the darkest path in life. I think it’s my most romantic book so far… 

After Polly ends her relationship with the father of her young son, Louis, she is determined to move on. All she wants is to focus on her job, her friends and to be a good mum. No more looking over her shoulder. No more complications...

Then Polly meets Ben.

Ben is guardian of his niece, Emily. They become close, with Polly teaching Ben how to plait Emily's hair, and Ben playing football with Louis. Their friendship is unexpected. Polly’s never been happier.

But when Louis's dad reappears in their life, all Polly’s mistakes come back to haunt her and her resolve weakens when he swears he has changed.

Will she give herself a second chance to love?

Friday, 26 September 2014

Guest Book Review: Rebecca Stonehill - The Poet's Wife

Reviewed by Emma Crowley

Granada, 1920. Free-spirited Luisa and young poet Eduardo fall in love, cementing a bond that can never be broken. 

Behind the jasmine filled courtyard, perched amongst houses like clouds on a hilltop, stands a beautiful villa; Carmen de las Estrellas. Beneath its walls live Eduardo and Luisa with their thriving family, but war is looming, casting its shadow over the household. 

When Civil War finally breaks out, Luisa and Eduardo must fiercely protect those dear to them. Yet these are turbulent times, and as each of their children begin to make their way in the world, the solace of home cannot shield them from the horrors of war. 

Amazon links: Kindle

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Author Interview: Jennifer Burke

It's hard to believe that it's little over a year ago since I did a debut spotlight feature introducing readers to Jennifer Burke and her prize winning debut novel The Secret Son and now today it's publication day of her second novel Levi's Gift. Hope you enjoy your launch in Dublin tonight Jennifer x

It's my pleasure to welcome Jennifer back to the blog to give us an insight into the inspiration about Levi's Gift which I for one cannot wait to read.

Can you tell us a little bit about your latest book Levi's Gift?
Shortly after I finished my first book, The Secret Son, I travelled to Italy with my choir. We travelled up into the Tuscan hills to a seminary, where we sang and listened to the seminarians sing too. It was one of the most beautiful places I had ever visited, and I found the lifestyle intriguing – it was so far removed from my own life. I decided then that I wanted to write a story that was set in that place and, before I knew it, characters were popping into my head and storylines were tripping over each other to be told. 

What inspired you to write about mother and daughter going together to a seminary as a healing process?
I decided that if I was going to set a novel in such a beautiful place, it would have to be a deep and powerful story. I knew then I had to write about love, and not just romantic love. One of the key relationships in Levi’s Gift is that between Lena and her twenty year old daughter Mattie. The story centres on their difficult attempt to get to know each other after years of emotional distance. What better backdrop than a picturesque seminary nestled in the Italian hills, a place that has the appearance of tranquillity, but which for Lena stirs memories that are anything but peaceful.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Guest Book Review: Kirsty Ferry - Some Veil Did Fall

Reviewed by Emma Crowley

What if you recalled memories from a life that wasn't yours, from a life before?

When Becky steps into Jonathon Nelson's atmospheric photography studio in Whitby, she is simply a freelance journalist in search of a story. But as soon as she puts on the beautiful Victorian dress and poses for a photograph, she becomes somebody quite different...

From that moment on, Becky is overcome with visions and flashbacks from a life that isn't her own - some disturbing and filled with fear.

As she and Jon begin to unravel the tragic mystery behind her strange experiences, the natural affinity that they have for each other continues to grow and leads them to question - have they met somewhere before? Perhaps not just in this life but in another?

Amazon links: Kindle or Paperback

Debut Spotlight & Giveaway: S D Sykes

Tomorrow sees the publication of another debut novel, Plague Land, a historical crime novel, by S D Sykes.

S D Sykes lives in Kent with her family and various animals. She has done everything from professional dog-walking to co-founding her own successful business. She is a graduate from Manchester University and has an MA in Writing from Sheffield Hallam. She attended the novel writing course at literary agents Curtis Brown where she was inspired to finish her first novel. She has also written for radio and has developed screenplays with Arts Council funding.