Wow! This might only be 40 pages long, but it doesn’t half pack a punch! I have read, and loved, Claire Douglas’ books before so I know what a brilliant writer she is and I knew I’d be in for a treat. If you’re looking for a short story to lose yourself in for a hour then you won’t go far wrong with this one.
Emily sends a rushed text to her boyfriend, whilst extremely annoyed with her boss, and doesn’t bother to check it before sending. Unfortunately for Emily she sends it to the wrong recipients and it contains a very unfortunate typo! The next morning brings very bad news and the police knocking at her door.
This is an excellent little crime thriller which makes you suspect everyone and question everything. It also goes to show how important proofreading is! And the moral of the story – be careful what you wish for.
Brilliant! I highly recommend.
It is actually FREE on kindle (true at the time of posting – 23rd December 2018).
**A new short story from the Sunday Times bestselling author of Local Girl Missing and Last Seen Alive. Her newest novel, Do Not Disturb, is out now!**
A single text changed her life. Did it end his?
Emily Latimer is furious. Her boss Andrew is being so unreasonable, as always. She fires off a text to her boyfriend, only in her haste she sends it to her whole office group.
In it she says Andrew’s being difficult about letting her have time off work. That she is angry. That she hopes he dies. The next day her face burns in the office. No one believes her when she says it was a typo, she meant to say does. She hopes he does.
It’s a nightmare. But it gets worse – Andrew doesn’t turn up for work. And then the police come knocking. Because Andrew Burton has been murdered . . .
About the author…..
Claire Douglas always wanted to write novels and, after many years of trying to get published, her dream came true when she won the Marie Claire Debut Novel Award in 2013 with THE SISTERS.
Her subsequent novels LOCAL GIRL MISSING and LAST SEEN ALIVE both reached the Sunday Times top ten bestsellers list and are published in over fifteen countries. Her fourth thriller, DO NOT DISTURB is due for release in August 2018.
You can find Claire on Twitter at @DougieClaire, instagram as clairedouglasauthor or visit her Facebook page clairedouglasauthor.
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I have absolutely LOVED this story! I just wish I could have devoured it in one sitting.
I did finish it quite late last night, despite needing to be at work for 8.30 this morning, as I just had to find out if the ending was as happy as I’d hoped. Let’s just say I wasn’t disappointed. 🙂
Having said that this is far from a straight forward boy meets girl and they live happily ever after love story. Never have I ever wanted to bang two heads together as much as I did through part of this story. Why people have to faff about instead of being honest about their feelings, I don’t know! I know it’s fiction, but people are often like this in real life and don’t always see what’s staring them in the face and I really felt like I connected with these characters. I so wanted them to find happiness.Their drama made for an entertaining read!
I instantly warmed to Frankie, and almost all of the other characters to be honest. I found Frankie’s Mum’s story sad, and quite frightening, especially as she’s only a few years older than my Mum. Heart-warming though also. I don’t know who Roux is based on, but he is just gorgeous!
Little Perran sounds like a lovely place to live. I could totally imagine myself part of that kind of community where everyone knows everyone and all look out for each other. I quite fancied nipping to the Hand and Shears for a glass of wine.
This is so beautifully written and is full of characters I loved. Set in a beautiful village at the most magical time of year. A story of friendship, family, love, heart-break, Christmas traditions, misunderstandings, new romance and cake competitions! What more do you need from a Christmas romance? I highly recommend! Book 2 has already been downloaded to my kindle.
Romance is the last thing on Frankie Bell’s mind as she gets ready for Christmas in the English village of Little Perran. It’s going to be a quiet affair once the annual Great Little Perran Christmas Bake Off cake competition is over, with Frankie, and her little dog Buster, tucked up warmly in Primrose Cottage. Fate, however, has other plans and Little Perran is thrown into turmoil when the film star, Roux Lockhart, comes to stay.
The spirit of the season weaves its magic and a freak snow storm that blows in a surprise visitor. Frankie discovers love from an unexpected quarter, but can she trust it? And is someone cheating with their Christmas cake?
A delightful Christmas love story to be enjoyed with a mug of hot chocolate and a roaring log fire.
About the author…..
‘At last, another Gillian Flynn’ — Amazon Reviewer.
Lynda Renham is author to many popular romantic comedy and gripping psychological thriller novels. She lives in Oxford, UK. She has appeared on BBC radio discussion programs and is a prolific blogger, Twitter and when not writing can usually be found wasting her time on Facebook.
Lynda lives in Oxfordshire with her second husband and cat. Her web page: http://www.renham.co.uk and Twitter: @lyndarenham
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I am thrilled to be today’s host, and the lucky blogger to be rounding off Rachel Sargeant’s The Good Teacher blog tour! I have a fab extract to share with you all. I’m sure you’ll all be adding this book to your tbr list as soon as you’ve finished reading this post! It is certainly on mine!
Many thanks to Rachel Sargeant for the opportunity to join in 🙂
Thank you, Kerry, for hosting me on your lovely blog. I’d like to share an extract from my latest book, The Good Teacher. In this scene, police officers and the media attend a memorial service for murder victim Carl Brock at the school where he taught. DC Pippa “Agatha” Adams is the narrator.
A vast assortment of children in white or green polo shirts mill about the playground. Some of the smaller ones head for the puddles left by the earlier downpour. There’s a hum of excited chatter that I associate with a school fire drill. A level of noise never tolerated inside school but somehow acceptable in the fresh air.
On the far side of the playground a tarpaulin covers half a dozen stage blocks. Two police officers raise a line of police tape, its job to corral the media that comprise: a longhaired man with a large movie-type camera; a stocky man snapping photos of the crowd and two young women with shiny hair. One holds a tape recorder, the other a notebook.
I stand among the children, uncomfortable in my raincoat now that the sun’s out again.
Mr Cunningham mounts the stage. His movements are slow and considered, with a well defined pretence at gravitas. He surveys his empire, lapping up the ripple of attention that moves through the assembled children, aided by taps on shoulders and shushes on lips from their teachers. After several moments, too many in my opinion, he sits in one of the two chairs that have been placed on the stage.
Then I spot the occupant of the other chair. How on earth was I so wrapped up in the buffoon Cunningham that I missed her arrival? Although she’s seated, I can tell that she’s tall and lean, definitely lean. A panther of a woman in a black, short-sleeved trousers suit. I’m no fashion guru but I can tell it’s expensive. Her legs are lightly crossed, revealing a dark brown ankle and a slim foot in a flat leather sandal. She’s at her most striking from the shoulders up – long neck, small head framed by cropped black hair, high cheekbones and huge brown eyes.
Matthews, who’s been moving through the pupils, comes into earshot.
“Is that …?” I whisper.
“Where’s DI Bagley?”
A warm glow comes over me. Bagley bounced me off the McKenzie interview yesterday and now she’s been bounced off the press conference. Poetic justice.
When Cunningham’s sure that the audience has reached an approximation of silence, he signals to Trish, the school secretary, below him on the tarpaulin. She slips on her spectacles and gingerly examines an old-fashioned tape player. Eventually she finds the appropriate knob. Strained organ music bleats out of a speaker at the far side of the stage. The music has the same effect on the children as headlights on deer. They stand transfixed for almost half a minute before the usual shuffling and whispering begins. Cunningham holds his nerve for another thirty seconds before motioning Trish to kill the music. The fidgeting dies down as he stands up. He switches on the induction loop around his neck sending a loud clang through the PA system. One of the uniformed constables sticks a finger in his ear, and the cameraman moves his equipment back a few feet.
“Colleagues, students and welcome visitors,” Cunningham begins. He pauses for effect as I silently fill the gap with lend me your ears.
“We are gathered here today.” Another pause. In the sight of Mid TV. “To pay tribute to one of our own who was cruelly and savagely taken from us earlier this week. We, at Swan School, are a family, always there for one another.”
“Agatha, forget the soap opera,” Matthews whispers. “Watch the kids.”
I snap back to my duties and look about me. Keenly aware of the renewed warmth in the now cloudless sky, I put my hand up to undo my raincoat.
“And keep that mac on,” he growls. “We aren’t here to provide the cabaret.”
The Good Teacher by Rachel Sargeant
About the book
Published (HarperCollins Killer Reads) in eBook: 14 December 2018; paperback 21 March 2019.
Even the good have to die.
A beloved teacher is murdered and left in a ditch beside a country lane. His wife is found beaten and gagged in their suburban home.
Even the best schools have secrets.
New detective Pippa Adams learns that the teacher ran a homework club for vulnerable pupils. But what did he really teach them?
Even the perfect family has something to hide.
When Pippa scratches the surface of the school community, she meets families who’ve learned a shattering lesson. And finally uncovers the good teacher’s darkest secrets…
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About the Author
Rachel Sargeant is the author of Kindle Top Ten bestseller The Perfect Neighbours. She is a previous winner of Writing Magazine’s Crime Short Story competition and has been placed or shortlisted in various competitions, including the Bristol Short Story Prize. Her stories have appeared in My Weekly and the Accent Press Saucy Shorts series. Rachel grew up in Lincolnshire, spent several years living in Germany and now lives in Gloucestershire with her husband and children.
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I promised myself I would read more Christmas stories this year and I have to say that I have really enjoyed these ones. I haven’t read anything by Jan Ruth before, but I definitely will again and I highly recommend that you give these stories a go if you’re looking for a good festive read to add to your list this Christmastime.
This book is made up of three separate short (but not mega short) stories. All are very different, but similar in the sense that they are all set at Christmastime (obviously!) and are all about love and relationships in one way or another.
Rudolph the Brown-Nosed Reindeer is about Rick who doesn’t realise what he has until it’s gone. He faces a lonely Christmas with only his work’s ‘team-building’ trip to look forward to! This is a lesson to us all about life being too short and not taking those we love for granted.
In Jim’s Christmas Carol we meet Jim who really does want his cake and eat it! Some people are never satisfied with what they have, sadly, and Jim is one of those people. Will he get the comeuppance he deserves?
Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly….. is quite an amusing story. Pip returns home for Christmas having split with her boyfriend, but finds herself telling a tall story to save face. However, all backfires and her little lies are revealed. Will she have her happy ending?
These stories are very well written. Each grabbed my attention immediately and held it to the end. A fascinating bunch of characters!
Many thanks to Jan Ruth for my review copy.
An emotive trio of stories with festive themes.
Rudolph the Brown-Nosed Reindeer
Rick isn’t looking forward to his lonely corporate Christmas, but it’s the season of goodwill and magic is in the air.
An off-beat love story. It’s time Rick wore his heart on his sleeve, or is it too late? Lessons in love from an unlikely source.
Jim’s Christmas Carol
Santa and Satan pay a visit. One brings presents, the other an unwelcome presence.
Paranormal reality. Jim’s played with fire it’s time he got his comeuppance, but from who?
Home for Christmas
Deck the halls with boughs of holly. Fa la-la la-la, la-la la-la. Tis the Season to be jolly…
Romantic-comedy. Pip might accidentally find her true vocation, but the folly of her fibs are about to catch up with her.
About the author…..
Jan Ruth lives in Snowdonia, a mountainous area of North Wales, UK. Jan writes contemporary fiction about the darker side of the family dynamic, often blending life in rural Wales with a touch of city business. Her style is best described as fast-paced and realistic, with a sprinkling of dry humour.
The real story began at school, with prizes for short stories and poetry. She failed all things mathematical and scientific, and to this day struggles to make sense of anything numerical.
Her first novel – written in 1986 – attracted the attention of editor Anne Dewe, Andrew Mann Literary Agency, London. Dewe’s own company, Love Stories Ltd, was a project aiming to champion those books of substance which contained a romantic element but were perhaps directed towards the more mature reader and consistently fell through the net in traditional publishing. Summer in October was contracted immediately but sadly, the project failed to get the right financial backing and the company dissolved.
Many years later Jan’s second novel, Wild Water, was taken on by Jane C Judd Literary Agency, London. Despite Judd’s enthusiasm, the book failed to find the right niche with a publisher. And then Amazon changed the face of the industry with the advent of self-publishing and Jan went on to successfully publish several works of fiction under her own imprint, Celtic Connections. After a brief partnership with Accent Press in 2015, Jan chose to return to the freedom of independent publishing.
Wild Water won the Cornerstones competition for the most popular self-published book in 2011, and Midnight Sky won the Romantic Review Magazine Award (2013). Silver Rain (2015) and Wild Water (2016) were both finalists in the Wishing Shelf Awards. Jan’s books are available globally via Amazon as ebooks or paperbacks and locally, you’ll find them in North Wales libraries and Hinton’s bookshop of Conwy.
When she’s not reading or writing – Jan loves to ride and walk the Welsh hills; a constant source of inspiration. She is also an active trustee member for the RDA (Riding for the Disabled) and an Assistant Equine Facilitated Learning Practitioner.
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A Reason To Grieve has been a thoroughly enjoyable read. It is the first book I’ve read by Mick Williams, but I will be adding his other books to my list.
We meet Emma and Tom as they meet each other in somewhat unusual circumstances, but it is obvious there is an instant spark between them. However, what should be the start of a beautiful romance is far from straight forward as they both have their own issues and personal barriers. I have to say that I didn’t really warm to Emma, but I loved her friendship group as a whole. I thought Tom was totally adorable and I really wanted to shake some sense into Emma at times. I found her character to be quite frustrating for the most part, although I did empathise with the betrayal she had suffered. I loved her Dad though and really felt for him. He had also been betrayed, but makes much more sense of the world and of how short life can be (even if he doesn’t always take his own advice!).
Tom and his friends are a good bunch. I found their banter highly amusing at times. All very different character’s, but all very likeable.
Doris is just the most beautiful character. I can’t imagine anyone not loving her! She actually made me laugh out loud on several occasions and her story brought a tear to my eye. Bless her and her blue rinse 😉
This book has it’s fair share of sadness and heart-break, but overall it’s an uplifting love story and a lesson to us all about making the most of life and those we share it with.
Many thanks to Mick Williams for my lovely signed paperback copy.
Tom and Emma drift through life, both burdened with a heavy sense of grief. Both have suffered devastating loss and have closed themselves off to the possibility of happiness. Then, at a funeral, their eyes meet and they feel something neither expected.
Supported by their quirky friends and a ‘right to the point’ pensioner, will they overcome their fears and find the solution to the pain within each other, or will they give up and go their separate ways?
In turns funny and sad, A Reason to Grieve is a romantic tale about two people fighting their feelings, about love and loss. And about funerals.
About the author…..
Mick Williams moved to the US from Stoke-On-Trent, England.
In between reading and writing, he still watches proper football and follows his local team, Port Vale, although he does also cheer for the Indianapolis Colts.
He was adopted by two cats and resides in Louisville, Kentucky.
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Hi, I hope you’re all having a lovely December so far and are looking forward to Christmastime, if you celebrate it.
I LOVE Christmas! I love the quality time spent with family and friends, Church, the food, drinks, films and of course, books! Time is ticking on so I thought I’d share some of the Christmassy/Wintery reads that I highly recommend, and that have been recommended by some of my fellow book lovers, for you all to enjoy! A big thank you to all who contributed xx
‘Twelve Christmas Crackers and a Boxing Day Treat’ is the ultimate escape kit from the rigours of the family festivities; a chance for you to take five and unwind before pitching back into the fray! These adult short stories will have you puzzling and pondering, laughing and crying, snorting and sighing. Most have a twist in the tail and will keep you guessing until the last line; all are themed around Christmas. ‘The Anniversary Trip’ has been filmed under the title ‘Second Honeymoon’ and was shown at the Cannes Film Festival. Keith Bullock is the author of two published novels: ‘Winning Ticket’ (2017) and ‘Beyond the Sad-faced Clown’ (2018). Work begins on a feature-length film of ‘Winning Ticket’ by award-winning director Kaush Patel, in the autumn of 2018. With this collection of short stories, Keith has set out to amuse and refresh the weary Christmas celebrant in need of a little escapism and “me” time and themes range between cold, blood-thirsty reality, wishful virtual reality and wild, unadulterated fantasy. Relax, turn over the pages and meet your perfect fireside companion.
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‘Literally couldn’t put it down!… makes you laugh and tugs at the heartstrings, all in one go!… absolutely perfect!… breath-taking… made me cry and it made me laugh… filled me with festive warm feelings… Love love LOVED it!!.’ Stardust Book Reviews, 5 stars
Christmas is coming but it doesn’t feel that way for Esme. Jilted by her cheating fiancée Warren and mourning the death of her beloved grandmother she’s determined not to let life beat her and books a trip to Lapland, on a holiday that her grandmother had always dreamed of taking.
Beneath the indigo skies of Lapland, love is the last thing on Esme’s mind but she can’t ignore a spark with Zach, a broodingly handsome actor, also nursing a broken heart. But when Esme is bombarded by messages from Warren promising he’s changed and she discovers that Zach is hiding something-will her head be turned? And when a trip to the northern lights reveals the full extent Zach’s own secret past is there any hope that Esme will get the happy ending that her grandmother wished for her?
Readers are falling in love with The Christmas Wish:
‘Put a smile on my face!… I’ve LOVED it!… the most heart-warming of stories… loving every single page… drawing you in and not letting you go until the end of the very last page… totally captivated!’ Chat About Books, 5 stars
⇑⇑⇑ That’s me! I didn’t realise I’d been quoted here until now! 🙂 🙂 🙂
‘I absolutely loved this story. Got me feeling festive and ready for Christmas already! I lost myself in this story… It was perfect!… A brilliant heart-warming ending too… Beautiful.’ Between the Pages Book Blog
‘I loved this book from the first page, it was so enchanting… had you hooked… full of heartbreak, romance, finding out what you really want from life… Worth far more than five stars and didn’t want it to end… Simply brilliant.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘5++++stars. Loved this story right from the beginning… it was like I was there… I fell in love with the characters… Highly recommended.’ Goodreads reviewer
‘I loved everything about it and devoured it in one day straight!’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars
‘Loved, loved, loved this Christmas book. I would highly recommend it to all. Thank you Tilly Tennant for this wonderful story.’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars
‘Amazing… I read this story over the course of 48 hours and that says a lot considering my kids are needy lol.’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars
‘Fabulous… I only meant to read a chapter or two but have ended up finishing it in one sitting!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘Beautifully written… romantic, heart–warming… unputdownable. I loved it.’ The Cosiest Corner
‘Once started I had to finish.’ Fabulous Book Fiend, 5 stars
‘A book that I couldn’t put down. Pretty awesome… I read it in one sitting… I have no words to describe the emotions it invoked.’ The Karibbean Kollective, 5 stars
‘A once in a life-time trip of discovery, learning to love yourself, finding yourself and taking back your life. A heart-warming festive story set in a stunning location. Once I started reading I just could not stop!!!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘This book had me in tears! A wonderful story of love, Christmas, and reclaiming yourself!!!’ My Life as a Dog Bed
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Bunch Courtney stumbles upon the body of Jonathan Frampton in a woodland clearing. Is this a case of suicide, or is it murder? Bunch is determined to discover the truth but can she persuade the dour Chief Inspector Wright to take her seriously?
In January of 1940 a small rural community on the Sussex Downs, already preparing for invasion from across the Channel, finds itself deep in the grip of a snowy landscape, with an ice-cold killer on the loose.
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In this book that you hold, a true story unfolds,
Of a Christmas not too long ago.
Where I’m lead to believe, on a cold Christmas eve,
Three Siblings played out in the snow.
As all children do, when the snow bustles through,
They built an acquaintance to scale.
But not a snow man, as suggested by Dan,
They built a snow queen, Elaine Gale
And they started to tell, how she’d cast an old spell,
For every child to be cruel.
For if no names exist, on Santa’s nice list,
There would be no Christmas at all.
But little did they know, as they played in the snow,
Before the night was through.
That story they told, would find life in the cold.
And every word would come true.
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A gorgeous country house hotel, a liberal dusting of snow, a cosy weekend away…what more could Lizzie ask for at Christmas?
Every Christmas Lizzie promises herself that things will change and she will leap into the new year a new woman. And yet here she is again, at the beginning of December and nothing is different. Her girls have grown up and left home, her husband Henry is slumped in front of the TV and she is alone in the kitchen, seeking refuge in the cooking sherry and talking to her Gary Barlow calendar. She’s also been very diverted by handsome new neighbour Marcus and she knows she shouldn’t be …
So when best friend Ann suggests a weekend away in the country, Lizzie jumps at the chance. Will this Christmas escape give Lizzie some much needed perspective and allow her to mend her marriage? Or will Marcus prove to be too much of a distraction?
A funny feel good festive read about rediscovering the magic of Christmas – just the thing to curl up with on a cold winter’s night.
What everyone’s saying about Lizzie’s Christmas Escape:
‘This is sooo much more than a festive read…a powerful and emotional story that will stay with me for a very long time to come …simply stunning!‘ By the Letter Book Reviews
‘What a corker of a book! Relatable, enticing, full of humour and drama in double doses and with a huge dollop of Christmas sprinkled in! It’s pace doesn’t slow down for a second, from the first page you are hooked!’I Blog Books
‘I loved every page of this amazing, beautiful, lovely book. Highly recommended! Renita D’Silva
‘It makes you laugh and cry in equal measure, completely draws you in and on finishing I felt I had spent time with a couple of good friends. Like a glass of mulled wine it left me feeling warm and fuzzy. inside – perfect Christmas reading.’ Bloomin’ Brilliant Books
‘Heartwarming and will make you smile and shed a tear or two. A cosy jim jam and dressing gown kind of book to snuggle down with‘The Reading Shed
‘Make sure this is on your Christmas shopping list!’Deja Reads
‘It made me laugh and cry in equal measure … A great book about the strength and support of friendship no matter what life throws at you and how making the wrong decision can sometimes be the right one all set to the background of Christmas.’Jo’s Book Journey
‘Very relatable characters and a story written to make you laugh and cry makes this a great read!‘Angry Grey Cat Reads
‘An all round fun author to read!’Eat Your Books Out
‘This is an excellent book which swept me along so well that I read it in less than a day. I loved the characters and the story and will definitely be reading more by this author. This is definitely a book to read curled up with a mug of tea or hot chocolate.’ Bookloverwormblog
‘Fresh and funny!’For the love of Books
‘A very good story’ Rachel’s Random Reads
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Via Heide Goode…..
A delicious selection box of Christmas tales
Festive Treats is a selection box of Christmas tales stuffed full of delicious delights and surprises. Fifteen of the best writers around present you with seasonal stories that are, by turns, joyful, wondrous, bittersweet and heart-warming.
Includes stories by:
Justin Lee Anderson
A Stuart Williams
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Will this Christmas romance be just for the holidays?
A fun, festive romantic comedy to curl up with this winter. If you love Josie Silver’s One Day in December, you’ll love Mandy Baggot’s heart-warming festive romance.
Lara Weeks is heading to New York with best friend Susie for the Christmas trip of a lifetime.
A festive break in the snowy Big Apple visiting the tourist hotspots, not to mention the shopping, seems like the perfect way for Lara to get over her ex-boyfriend. Or maybe make him so jealous he begs for a second chance.
Enlisting the help of gorgeous actor, Seth Hunt, doesn’t quite go to plan, but there’s something about him that has Lara wishing for a different kind of happy ever after…
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‘Embraces the spirit and the message of the movie…A must read’ – Karolyn Grimes, actress, ‘Zuzu’ in ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’
‘Beautiful and uplifting…Written with such heart it warms the soul’ – Claudia Carroll, bestselling author of ‘Meet Me in Manhattan’
‘A compelling, magical, festive cracker of a book’ – Alexandra Brown, bestselling author of ‘The Great Village Show’
An angel gets its wings…
Belle has taken all the Christmas decorations down. This year they won’t be celebrating.
As foster parents, Belle and Jim have given many children the chance of a happier start in life. They’ve loved them as if they were their own. They shouldn’t have favourites but little Lauren has touched their hearts. And now her mother is well enough to take her back and Belle can’t bear the loss.
Hence, Christmas is cancelled.
So when Jim crashes his car one icy December night, after an argument about Lauren, Belle can only blame herself. Everything she loves is lost. And Belle finds herself standing on The Ha’Penny Bridge wishing she had never been born.
But what happens to a Christmas wish when an angel is listening…
Will Belle realise, before it’s too late, that her life is the most wonderful life of all?
Inspired by the timeless tale of beloved Christmas movie, It’s a Wonderful Life, Carmel Harrington’s next book tells the story of Belle, a young woman and foster carer from Dublin who faces the hardest decision of her life this Christmas on The Ha’Penny Bridge.
Full of Irish charm, magic, and the warmth of the festive season this is an emotional, heartwarming story that will stay with you long after you’ve reached ‘The End’. Perfect for fans of Cecelia Ahern & Jojo Moyes.
Carmel is the bestselling author of The Life You Left & Beyond Grace’s Rainbow, voted Romantic eBook of the Year 2013.
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‘I love all of Sue Moorcroft’s books!’
One Christmas can change everything…
Georgine loves Christmas. The festive season always brings the little village of Middledip to life. But since her ex-boyfriend walked out, leaving her with crippling debts, Georgine’s struggled to make ends meet.
To keep her mind off her worries, she throws herself into organising the Christmas show at the local school. And when handsome Joe Blackthorn becomes her assistant, Georgine’s grateful for the help. But there’s something about Joe she can’t quite put her finger on. Could there be more to him than meets the eye?
Georgine’s past is going to catch up with her in ways she never expected. But can the help of friends new and old make this a Christmas to remember after all?
Curl up with the gorgeous new book from the Sunday Times bestseller, perfect for fans of Carole Matthews and Trisha Ashley.
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THE MOST PERFECT CHRISTMAS FEEL-GOOD READ!
‘Every time you discover a new Milly book, it’s like finding a pot of gold’ Heat
Eve Glace – co-owner of the theme park Winterworld – is having a baby and her due date is a perfectly timed 25th December. And she’s decided that she and her husband Jacques should renew their wedding vows with all the pomp that was missing the first time. But growing problems at Winterworld keep distracting them …
Annie Pandoro and her husband Joe own a small Christmas cracker factory, and are well set up and happy together despite life never blessing them with a much-wanted child. But when Annie finds that the changes happening to her body aren’t typical of the menopause but pregnancy, her joy is uncontainable.
Palma Collins has agreed to act as a surrogate, hoping the money will get her out of the gutter in which she finds herself. But when the couple she is helping split up, is she going to be left carrying a baby she never intended to keep?
Annie, Palma and Eve all meet at the ‘Christmas Pudding Club’, a new directive started by a forward-thinking young doctor to help mums-to-be mingle and share their pregnancy journeys. Will this group help each other to find love, contentment and peace as Christmas approaches?
The brand new novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Perfectly Imperfect Woman; a gorgeous read full of love, life, laughter – and crackers!
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One day, four lives, and a wintery web of secrets and lies.
On a chilly morning in December forever friends Shauna and Lulu touch down at Glasgow Airport on a quest to find answers from the past.
George knows his time is nearing the end, but is it too late to come to terms with his two greatest regrets?
His grandson Tom uncovers a betrayal that rocks his world as he finally tracks down the one that got away.
And single mum Chrissie is ready to force her love-life out of hibernation, but can anyone compare to the man who broke her heart?
After the success of the No1 best seller One Day in December, comes the second unmissable read in Shari Low’s Winter Day trilogy.
Perfect for the fans of Jojo Moyes, Debbie Johnson, Amanda Prowse and Marian Keyes.
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Recommended by Sharon Riley Sant (AKA Tilly Tennant!)
One night will change their lives forever…
Georgia Bailey is closing up her little charity shop in Oakbarrow when she gets a mysterious late night call from a stranger, threatening to jump off the town’s bridge.
Something about the man’s voice is faintly familiar but all she can do is stay on the line and after talking for hours, losing sense of time passing, coax him back from the edge.
The next morning, Georgia walks to work, buys a festive latte from Leo (who she’s had a crush on for months!) at the local coffee shop, and is shocked when she suddenly recognizes the voice from last night…
A heartwarming festive love story that reminds us that even in the darkest of times, hope is always just around the corner!
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One twinkling winter’s night, Ruby wakes her sleeping children and escapes for a new life in the countryside. It’s a choice that will change her life beyond all recognition…
Arriving at the cosy little rental cottage as the first snow begins to fall, Ruby doesn’t regret leaving her bully of a husband for a moment, but she does feel guilty about uprooting her kids so close to Christmas. She can only wish that one day soon her son will forgive her.
It’s not long before the family are settled in and drinking hot chocolate by the fire, the flames kept roaring by a neighbouring woodsman called Angus. As big as a tree, but as gentle as a dormouse, all Ruby’s instincts tell her to be wary of letting this gorgeous stranger get too close. Is that the first tingle of festive magic Ruby can feel? Or might it even be hope?
As Christmas day approaches and a blizzard sparks a power cut across the entire village, Ruby must force herself to believe in Christmas miracles again. Was she right to put her trust in Angus? With only flickering candles to guide her through the darkness, will she ever find her way back to the light?
Wrap yourself up in this utterly gorgeous festive romance, perfect for anyone who loves Heidi Swan, Jenny Colgan, Lucy Diamond – and Christmas!
**This novel can be read as a standalone.**
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Recommended by Carla Buckley (Kovach)
‘A heart-melting and laugh-out-loud read that you do not want to miss … will have you hooked from start to end.’ By The Letter Book Reviews, 5 stars
Escape to the cosy little village of Appledore for an absolutely hilarious second chance at love. Will this Christmas prove that miracles really can happen when you least expect them?
A year after she separated from her husband, Gianni, on Christmas day, Chloe’s heart is finally on the mend as she unpacks the decorations for her first ever festive holiday alone. That is, until the phone rings…
It’s the manager of Gianni’s new seaside restaurant in Appledore, begging for Chloe’s help. Equally famous for his gold-leaf Christmas puddings and his explosive temper, Gianni has been really stirring up a sensation with the locals – and not in a good way! It’s the last thing she wants to do, but Chloe knows she is the only one that can help.
As pans fly and the temperature in the kitchen rises, Chloe’s calming influence and magic touch might just get critics back on side in time to save the restaurant from sinking like a sad soufflé. But as Chloe’s eyes meet Gianni’s as they tussle over a plate of turkey tartlets, could there also be a chance for new romance on the menu?
A laugh-out-loud festive treat that will give you the tingle of freshly hung tinsel. Perfect for fans of Jenny Colgan, Abby Clements and Debbie Johnson.
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Recommended by Mick Williams –
From the writer of Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill and Bridget Jones’s Diary comes the essential companion to the smash-hit movie, LOVE ACTUALLY.
Set in contemporary London just before Christmas and weaving together a series of touchingand hilarious stories, LOVE ACTUALLY is a romantic comedy that looks at the funny, sad and often stupid sides of love.
With an all-star cast, including Colin Firth, Hugh Grant, Laura Linney, Martine McCutcheon, Liam Neeson, Bill Nighy, Alan Rickman, Emma Thompson and Rowan Atkinson, LOVE ACTUALLY is for everyone that’s ever been in love and laughed about it …
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Recommended by Aileen McKenzie –
A powerful psychological thriller to chill you over Christmas – the twists of Karen Swan, the suspense of BEHIND HER EYES, the gripping intensity of THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR …
‘Packs a killer twist’ Prima
‘Wickedly funny’ Sunday Mirror
I am missing. Held captive by a blue-eyed stranger. To mark the twelve days of Christmas, he gives me a gift every day, each more horrible than the last. The twelfth day is getting closer. After that, there’ll be no more Christmas cheer for me. No mince pies, no carols. No way out …
But I have a secret. No-one has guessed it. Will you?
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So, do any of the above take your fancy? I hope so!
Are there any books you think should have been included? I’d love for you to share your recommendations with us in the comments.
Happy Christmas reading 🙂
Welcome to my stop on Mark Leggatt’s The Silk Road blog tour 🙂
Interview with Mark Leggatt…..
For those who don’t know already, could you tell us about yourself and your book(s) please?
I’m Mark Leggatt, an author based in Edinburgh. History and international conspiracy are the backdrop for the adventures of ex-CIA technician Connor Montrose, THE NAMES OF THE DEAD, which hit Blackwell’s bestsellers charts, and was joined by the sequel THE LONDON CAGE, starring Connor’s new partner, Kirsty Rhys. She’s an ex-hacker, wanted by MI5, and a force to be reckoned with.
Where did/do you get your ideas from?
Anywhere and everywhere. And I write them down and put them all in a notebook. For example, I’m watching the news of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 being shot down over the Ukraine by Russian backed rebels with Russian missiles, and then the Russians say it had nothing to do with them, and then I think “What if someone shot down an airliner and then blamed it on another Government? And who would you pay to do it for you, so it couldn’t be tracked back to you? And why would you do it? Apart from lots of money?”
Are any of your characters based (however loosely) on anyone you know?
No, with one exception. Kirsty Rhys in The London Cage and The Silk Road, is based on every Scottish female I’ve ever known. Tough, clever, resourceful, and a bit mental.
How do you pick your characters’ names?
I pick names that I like the sound of when said out loud, and would suit the character. For example, my new character is called Hector Lawless, because Hector is a bit of an old fashioned boring name, and that suits his character. He’s called Lawless, because he’s anything but. He’s never had a parking ticket in his life. But that’s about to change, in a very big way.
Can you share your writing process with us, in a nutshell?
Get an idea, write it down, and run with it. Pencil and paper, every time. I’ve got over a hundred notebooks filled with scribbles, plots and ideas that might not work, daft suggestions for a plot, but then as you write them down, ideas leap out at you. If you don’t go through that process, nothing will happen. So I write it down. Then when I have a firm idea that might work, I expand it to a plot covering one page. If that hangs together, I expand it to ten pages. If that works, I expand it again to greater detail until I have the whole thing worked out, then I start writing.
Who are your top 5 favourite authors?
George MacDonald Fraser
Lewis Grassic Gibbon
If you could meet any author, who would it be and what would you ask them?
Spike Milligan. I’d ask him to sing the Ying Tong Song while I accompany him on the spoons. My ambitions are small and pointless, but mildly entertaining.
Were you a big reader as a child?
Yes, the house had plenty books, and the library was visited often. My dad also had a stack of Readers Digest in the toilet. Heaven!
When did you start to write?
Probably in my teens, but I’ve written in notebooks most of my working life rather than use technology, so I write every day, even if it’s not stories. The physical act of writing helps me work things out, in my professional as well as writing career. If I don’t write with a pen or pencil every day, I get quite edgy.
If you could re-write the ending to any book what would it be and what would you change?
Is there a book you wish you had written?
I wish I’d written Sunset Song. Then I’d die happy. But there is no book where I’d change the ending, apart from The New Testament. I’d change that to the ending in The Life Of Brian.
If you wrote an autobiography, what would your title be?
“I’m Making This Up As I Go Along.”
If you could invite any fictional character for coffee who would it be and where would you take them?
Sir Harry Paget Flashman VC, KCB, KCIE. I’d take him for a coffee at the most militantly feminist coffee shop I could find watch the bastard suffer.
What are you working on right now?
A Scottish psychological crime novel, called “Where No Light Shines,” where my main character, Hector Lawless, is forced to examine the reasons for committing murder, and whether or not he is justified in doing so. As the reasons become clearer and urgent, Hector has a difficult choice to make.
Tell us about your last release?
The Silk Road is the third in the series, where my main characters Kirsty and Connor must uncover the layers of duplicity between governments, arms dealers, and the sale of anti-aircraft missiles to terrorists. This leads them first to the CIA in Rome, then the exclusive clubs of the Monaco ultra-rich, and finally to the subterranean ruins of a medieval German town wiped off the map in World War 2. And they must discover the remaining cache of missiles before the CIA catch up with them, and before carnage is unleashed over the skies of Europe.
Do you have a new release due?
My Scottish psychological crime novel, being written at the moment, is called “Where No Light Shines”, which will be released in 2019.
Try to stay sober so I don’t talk a lot of nonsense at the launch. After the launch though…
How can readers keep in touch with you?
Twitter and Facebook are the best mediums, they are very good for interacting with writers and readers.
Is there anything else you would like us to know?
The best thing you can do to an author is give them a review on Amazon and other sites. Even if it’s a bad review, they like the attention, and it makes a difference in the promotion that Amazon gives.
Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions, Mark 🙂
You’re very welcome! 😎
Third in the Connor Montrose series by Mark Leggatt, following on from the success of Names of the Dead and The London Cage.
Ex-CIA technician Connor Montrose tracks two suspected terrorists to a deserted mountain village in Tuscany, where he witnesses an attack on a US Air Force troop plane, using a ground-breaking portable Surface to Air (SAM) missile. Unaware that the CIA were also monitoring the suspects, Montrose is blamed for the attack and narrowly escapes. The CIA receive orders from Washington to shoot him on sight, and a shadowy organisation begins to track his every move.
Then a spate of terror attacks threatens the fabric of NATO and the entire Western alliance. Civilian airlines are the new target, and the overwhelming evidence points to a CIA false flag plan to bring down aircraft and blame it on Moscow-backed terrorists. Montrose’s investigations lead him to underground arms sales on The Silk Road, the secret marketplace of the internet, hidden deep in the Dark Web. Montrose must assimilate himself into the society of the European aristocracy and the ultra-rich fascists, assisted by Kirsty Rhys, to pose as a middleman for the purchase of arms on The Silk Road and find the remaining cache of missiles. Montrose uncovers the layers of duplicity between governments and arms dealers, leading first to the CIA in Rome, and eventually to the palaces of the last Russia Tsar and the new oligarchs. Montrose must discover the remaining cache of missiles before the CIA catch up with him, and before carnage is unleashed over the skies of Europe.
Happy reading 🙂
Mark Leggatt was born in Lochee, Dundee and lives in Edinburgh. A former specialist in Disaster Recovery for oil companies and global banks, his career has taken him around Europe, especially Paris, where he lived for a number of years. History and modern global conspiracy lie at the heart of his work, and are the backdrop for the adventures of CIA technician Connor Montrose. Leggatt is a member of the Crime Writers Association in the UK, and the International Thriller Writers in the USA.
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Hi and welcome to my Flashback Friday feature 🙂
On the first Friday of each month I like to have a little look back at what I was reading during the same month in previous years, since starting my blog.
Feel free to join in! Please do share your link with us in the comments if you do 🙂
Flashback Friday December 2016 & 2015…..
#FlashbackFriday with @ChristieJBarlow @Caroline_writes @Fab_fiction @LouiseRoseInnes @AlexMarwood1 @HollyKammier @Marcie_Steele & Bill Clegg
Have you read any of the above?