Cover Reveal – A Bakery At The Little Duck Pond @Rosie_Green1988 @rararesources #Coverreveal

Cover Reveal – A Bakery At The Little Duck Pond @Rosie_Green1988 @rararesources #Coverreveal

A Bakery At The Little Duck Pond

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Ellie’s dreams of opening a bakery in Sunnybrook are finally coming true and best friends Fen and Jaz are happily rallying round, helping her to plan a fabulous grand opening day. Everything in their garden seems to be rosy – until the arrival of a newcomer brings chaos to the village and tests relationships to the limit. Can the bakery succeed in the face of such upheaval? And more importantly, can firm friendships survive?

 

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Pond and Ducks seem to be in at the moment when it comes to cover reveals! What is there not to like about this cover it has pictures of cakes on it!!!!

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Rosie Green has been scribbling stories ever since she was little. Back then they were rip-roaring adventure tales with a young heroine in perilous danger of falling off a cliff or being tied up by ‘the baddies’. Thankfully, Rosie has moved on somewhat, and now much prefers to write romantic comedies that melt your heart and make you smile, with really not much perilous danger involved at all, unless you count the heroine losing her heart in love.

​Rosie’s brand new series of novellas is centred on life in a village café. The first two stories in the series are: Spring at The Little Duck Pond Cafe and Summer at The Little Duck Pond Café.

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Cover Reveal – Return to Lilly Pond Lane @emilyharvale Crescent Gate Publishing @rararesources #Coverreveal

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Return to Lilly Pond Lane

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Life couldn’t be better for Mia and her friends in Little Pondale – until tragedy strikes…

Mia Ward is on cloud nine after a magical Christmas and New Year and she isn’t the only one. Everyone on Lily Pond Lane seems to be living in blissful harmony. Until tragedy strikes… not once, but twice. And as Hettie Turner points out: ‘Bad things always come in threes.’

Whilst the other residents of Little Pondale are wondering what might happen next, Mia is busy worrying about her friends and trying to help them with their grief. But she needs to be careful. Just when she thought she had everything, there’s a very real chance she might lose the only thing she truly wants.

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Another cover reveal where the colours used by the artist really make the cover stand out! I LOVE IT! I’d even go as far to say it was pretty!

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Having lived and worked in London for several years, Emily returned to her home town of Hastings where she now spends her days writing… and chatting on social media. Emily is a Member of the SoA, a PAN member of the RWA and a Pro Member of ALLi. She’s an Amazon bestseller and a Kindle All Star. Emily loves writing and her stories are sure to bring a smile to your face and a warmth to your heart.

Emily says, “I write about friendship, family and falling in love. I believe in happing endings.” When she isn’t writing, she can be found enjoying the stunning East Sussex coast and countryside, or in a wine bar with friends, discussing life, love and the latest TV shows. Chocolate cake is often eaten. She dislikes housework almost as much as she dislikes anchovies – and will do anything to avoid both.

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Book Review: A Justified State @iainthekid #SelfPublished

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In the future, The State is ruled by the socially reformist Central Party Alliance. Poverty and homelessness have been eradicated, but overpopulation, an energy crisis and an ongoing overseas war are threatening the stability of the country. When a local politician is assassinated, Detective Danny Samson finds himself thrust into the middle of the investigation. Still grieving for his dead wife and children, Danny tracks down the assassin, an ex-military sniper called Gabriella, only to discover she may not be the real villain. The secret behind the murder of one politician may bring down the entire ruling Party, and Danny soon learns those in power will go to any lengths to protect The State. Joining forces with Gabriella and the mysterious government agent Phillips, Danny must unearth the truth and bring the guilty to justice, before they catch up with him first.

I became aware of Iain and his flash fiction writing when I joined Friday Fictioners, having decided to follow his blog I am treated to his writing on a regular occurrence. So imagine my excitement when I noticed he had published a novel.

I am not sure how I would describe A Justified State to a friend but in the centre of the story there is a crime fiction story which we all know I enjoy. This is also a Si-fi / Dystopian novel of how our world could be in the future. When Iain described the landscape and the things that were happening some of it felt a bit to close to home.

At times I got quite frustrated with the Detective in this story, whether intentional or not I felt like the character was just floating along in life and just getting by. Not really bothered about his job he was just there so be there. At time I kind of wanted to shake him and tell him to pull himself together.

I felt that Henrik was well placed to be Danny’s partner, someone who was so blinded by what was going on to not notice the cracks in the wall so to speak. Especially as he was the chief of police’s son, special placed to keep an eye on the investigation and report back to daddy. Not wanting to give away the ending, but I hope the actions we have seen in this novel improve lives when.

After reading the book I couldn’t help but wonder if Detective Phillips and Gabriella had been in it together from the start? Detective Phillips only really came to life part way through the book. After being a silent bystander for most of the beginning of the book. But the characters are both written in such away you realise they don’t know each other. But maybe that is intentional.

One thing I can say for certain the imagery in this book in immense, I could see the book playing out in my head as I turned the pages.  I wasn’t able to read the last page as the tears began to stream down my face, feeling a really connection to those characters and their journeys and the ending.

I wonder where Iain will go next with this, will he write more about Gabriella and Phillips or was that the last we see how them. What ever he does I’ll be in the queue for the next part.

I hired this book from the Amazon library and I am more than happy to go back and pay for a copy.

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Whisper To Me by @SherrieLowe2 @Rararesources #Q&A #Giveaway #selfpublished

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Whisper To Me

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A new wife and a vengeful ghost. Not a good mix.

Letitia – Tish – Stanyer makes husband Theo promise never to remarry if she dies and he complies just to pacify her. She isn’t going to die.

She does – and he does remarry. Tish isn’t happy. Her spirit cannot rest with another woman in her domain, sampling the delights of her husband. Theo belongs to her – Sheena will have to go.

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How good does this novel sound, the first thing I thought about when I read about this book was that film Over Her Dead Body . This book sounds  beautifully written with so much thought and experience behind it.

 

Q1: What inspired you to write Whisper To Me?

The inspiration for Whisper to Me came from a comment my mum made to my dad. She said to him, ‘If I died you wouldn’t remarry would you?’ Nobody thought she’d die but she did, aged 43 from breast cancer. He remarried 10 years later and my mum’s spirit wouldn’t have been happy. The characters in the book aren’t my family and the ghostly goings on are different to the ones that actually went on (those are covered in Shadow Across the Sun, my first memoir) but it gave me the idea for the story.

Q2: Who would you want to play the main characters in your book if your novel was optioned for tv / film?

I don’t know for Whisper to Me, someone well known to bring people to see it but also new people to help their acting career whilst helping my writing career. For my Willow’s Dip series Aidan Turner would have been fabulous for my Nathaniel O’Keefe although I did have Johnny Depp’s Jack Sparrow in mind as I wrote. Either would be much too big a star for my little story though.

Q3: How many rejections did you get before you got a publishing deal?

Enough to paper the walls! I lost count but that was for all of my books not just one. I had my hopes raised at times when an agency asked to see the complete manuscripts of three of my novels after I’d submitted the sample chapters only to have them dashed when they decided no thank you. I didn’t get a traditional publishing deal, I’m an indie author and self publish through www.feedaread.com for the paperbacks and Amazon for the ebooks.

Q4: How did you deal with them when you started out?

Initially I sunk into manic depression as the envelope dropped onto the mat; I’d hoped to be earning a living writing but you get back up and get on to the next agency on your list. That was at the time when it meant hiking off to the post office with your sample chapters and S.A.E.

Q5: Which authors inspired you to write?

Jilly Cooper, her Rutshire Chronicles gave me the idea for my Willow’s Dip series, in the sense that you can write other stories set in the same place and update the original characters lives. If your readers have come to love your characters they can follow them through.

James Herriot and Frank McCourt for the way they wrote memoirs, true life with a touch of humour. I tried to incorporate that into both of my memoirs, Shadow Across the Sun and Better or Dead. Even in difficult times you can find humour somewhere and it helps you through.

Q6: What are your writing routines?

I enjoy the physical act of writing with pen and paper, that’s the way my creativity flows, I can’t think on the computer, that’s where I tidy it all up and make it neat and legible, pen and paper is for the mess that is my thought process. I write it out, read it through several times over a couple of days, making adjustments, only when I’m happy with it does it go onto the computer into the main file. I have notepads all over the house, upstairs and down because conversations, scenes and ideas come at all times, when I’m in the bath, when I’m asleep and dreaming etc and I have to write them down as soon as possible or they are gone!

Q7: If you could go back to when you first started writing what one piece advice would you give yourself

Don’t think you’ll make a million! I had hoped I could earn a living by writing when I had to resign from my job as learning support assistant in a mainstream high school due to ill health. I should have listened to other people before me who had said there is no money in writing. It is a very enjoyable hobby though.

Q8: What would you say to someone who wants to write?

Do it because you enjoy it. If you become successful then great but expect to pay out more than you make, at least at first. Don’t be put off though. Keep at it. Whatever level of success you have you have achieved something to create a story, a poem, whatever you choose to write. It is very satisfying.

Q9: If you weren’t writing what would you be doing?

If I still had my health I’d still have been working as a learning support assistant in the high school. I may have changed schools but I loved the job. I would probably have written in the evenings though as my children grew up and left home.

Q10: Tell me something about yourself your readers might not know?

Sherrie Lowe is a pseudonym devised from the beginning of my Christian name and the end of my surname. It came about at a work placement when someone hurriedly said my name and mingled the two names. I thought then that if I ever wrote a book that would be my author name.

Thank you Sherrie x

Sherrie tells us more about herself below:

I am a divorced mum of two adult sons and nana to three grandchildren, soon to be four. I’ve always had a notion to write but didn’t get round to it seriously until I became ill with M.E in 1995 when I was 40 and was too ill to continue my job as a learning support assistant in a mainstream high school. I was devastated to have to resign from my job but writing saved my sanity. My first attempt was a memoir, Shadow Across the Sun which covered the loss of my mum to breast cancer two days before my 13th birthday. When the rejections began to flow in from traditional publishers and agencies I joined a creative writing class and learned to write fiction. Whisper to Me is my 10th novel. I have a strong belief in the afterlife due to events following my mum’s death so most of my stories have some form of supernatural aspect to them.

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Cover Reveal – Knowing You @SamTongeWriter @canelo_co @rararesources #Coverreveal

Cover Reveal – Knowing You @SamTongeWriter @canelo_co @rararesources #Coverreveal

Knowing You

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An abrupt change; a new friendship; a dark secret…

Kind-hearted Violet has never fitted in, but despite being bullied at school is now content. She is dating ambitious Lenny, has her dream job in publishing and runs a book club at the local retirement home.

However, when her relationship with Lenny begins to falter, Violet, hurt and alone, seeks the advice of her new flatmate, Bella. She changes her image and with her head held high aims to show that she doesn’t need Lenny in her life to be happy and successful.

Her long-term friends Mable and Farah worry about Bella’s influence and slowly Violet starts to distance herself from them. When she was a child, her closest confidant and companion was a boy called Flint. Her mother didn’t approve of their closeness and he suffered a terrible end. She won’t let the same thing happen to Bella, no matter what anyone says…

Knowing You is about friendship and knowing who to trust with your deepest secrets; it’s about taking control of your life and not being afraid to stand out. Perfect for fans of Ruth Hogan, Gail Honeyman and Amanda Prowse

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I love the colour of this cover! Anything with purple in and I am sold! It works so well with the yellow!

The book sounds like a great read to.

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Samantha Tonge lives in Manchester UK and her passion, second to spending time with her husband and children, is writing. She studied German and French at university and has worked abroad, including a stint at Disneyland Paris. She has travelled widely.

 

When not writing she passes her days cycling, baking and drinking coffee. Samantha has sold many dozens of short stories to women’s magazines.

In 2013, she landed a publishing deal for romantic comedy fiction with HQDigital at HarperCollins and in 2014, her bestselling debut novel, Doubting Abbey, was shortlisted for the Festival of Romantic Fiction best Ebook award. In 2015 her summer novel, Game of Scones, hit #5 in the UK Kindle chart and won the Love Stories Awards Best Romantic Ebook category.

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Flash Fiction -Nature’s fighting back. #fridayfictioners

Nature’s Fighting Back

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I always wondered how and why the car had been dumped where it now sat. It must have belonged to someone once.

Left to pollute the woodlands with its leaking oil tank.

But as the seasons changed the car started to become part of the woodlands as nature fought back, camouflaging itself into the background. While the woodland creatures made it there new home. Places to hide there bounty in all the cuby holes.

I’m glad that nature found away of reclaiming what had been left behind to have a chance to fight and make use of man made pollution.

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Written as part of Friday Fictioners which is hosted by Rochelle, we all come together a write a piece of fiction based on a photo prompt. Why don’t you join us?

So I have re started the submission slog! I saw my most favourite band last night and my body knows it. Hope everyone is well

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The Monsoon Ghost Image @Tomvater @crimewavepress @Rararesources #Q&A

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Dirty Pictures, Secret Wars And Human Beasts – Detective Maier Is Back To Investigate The Politics Of Murder

The third Detective Maier mystery is a taut and crazy spy thriller for our disturbing times.

When award-winning German conflict photographer Martin Ritter disappears in a boating accident in Thailand, the nation mourns the loss of a cultural icon. But a few weeks later, Detective Maier’s agency in Hamburg gets a call from Ritter’s wife. Her husband has been seen alive on the streets of Bangkok. Maier decides to travel to Thailand to find Ritter. But all he finds is trouble and a photograph.

As soon as Maier puts his hands on the Monsoon Ghost Image, the detective turns from hunter to hunted – the CIA, international business interests, a doctor with a penchant for mutilation and a woman who calls herself the Wicked Witch of the East all want to get their fingers on Martin Ritter’s most important piece of work – visual proof of a post 9/11 CIA rendition and the torture of a suspected Muslim terrorist on Thai soil. From the concrete canyons of the Thai capital to the savage jungles and hedonist party islands of southern Thailand, Maier and his sidekick Mikhail race against formidable foes to discover some of our darkest truths and to save their lives into the bargain.

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Continuing my renewed interested in spy novels, I was really excited to interview Tom Vater author of The Monsoon Ghost

Q1: What inspired you to write The Monsoon Ghost?

I live in Thailand, work in Southeast Asia as a journalist. Like The Monsoon Ghost Image, my previous two novels, The Cambodian Book of the Dead and The Man with the Golden Mind looked at stories in our recent history that connect us – Europeans, Americans – to Asia. The first book was about the Khmer Rouge genocide in Cambodia in 70s and how a German detective deals with that in relation to his own country’s past. The second book was set in Laos where the CIA ran a secret army of 30.000 soldiers in the 60s to fight the communists. The Monsoon Ghost Image is an action detective story looking at the CIA’s renditions program (the kidnapping and torture of suspected terrorists) in the wake of 9 11. I am principally interested in what white people do in Asia and that lies at the heart of these three novels.

I also have my protagonists question the official narrative, the one we are all bound by, the one we are fed through the media by politicians and corporations. I try to offer some small but poignant counterviews to that incredibly seductive, powerful narrative.

Q2: Who would you want to play the main characters in your book if your novel was optioned for tv / film?

As unlikely as that may be…. My dream cast would include Ryan Gosling as Detective Maier, Gérard Depardieu as his Russian sidekick Mikhail, Leonardo DiCaprio as photographer Martin Ritter, Léa Seydoux as his wife Emilie and Werner Herzog as the German bad guy.

Q3: How many rejections did you get before you got a publishing deal?

I’ve published some 20 books. Some were guns for hire jobs, others I wrote and sold. Some sold thousands of copies and became bestsellers, others no more than a few hundred. But for those books published, I pitched many more to publishers, which were rejected.

Q4: How did you deal with them when you started out?

How did I deal with rejections? I ignored them.

Q5: Which authors inspired you to write?

Joseph Conrad, Ottfried Preußler, Peter Matthiessen, Raymond Chandler, Katherine Dunn, David Goodis, Patricia Highsmith, Jim Thompson, Charles Bukowski, Hubert Selby Jr, Mikhail Bulgakov, Philip Kerr, Ross McDonald, Massimo Carlotto

Q6: What are your writing routines?

I write every day. I write several feature articles a month, as well as bits and pieces for no-fiction books. Occasionally I write TV documentary screenplays. When I am at home, which is about six months of the year, I wake up in late morning, have breakfast, do some sports and/or go shopping for food. Then I start dealing with the usual mountain of admin – emails, social media etc. Then I start writing, usually around 4pm and work through to 10pm when I have dinner. Then I often work through to 2am. After that I wind down for an hour or two before calling it another glorious day. On the road I don’t write all that much except for the assignments I am traveling for.

Q7: If you could go back to when you first started writing what one piece advice would you give yourself

Rob that bank instead. Only kidding. I would have been caught.

Q8: What would you say to someone who wants to write?

If someone needs to tell a story, they should tell it. As technology is cheap these days, there are many ways of telling a story. Anyone can make a film now. And anyone seems to write books as well, which is why there are so many self-published titles out there. So, if you have a good story and need to tell it, find the format that works best for you. Writing novels is going out of style and fewer and fewer good ones are published every year. Write a podcast, a short film, a TV series or a stage play instead.

Q9: If you weren’t writing what would you be doing?

Robbing banks. Sitting in a hut on a beach. I never thought about it since I sold my first story in 1997.

Q10: Tell me something about yourself your readers might not know?

I have walked across the Himalayas, had the opportunity to dive with hundreds of sharks in the Philippines, and witnessed the Maha Kumbh Mela, the largest gathering of people in the world. I have travelled with sea gypsies and nomads, pilgrims, sex workers, serial killers, rebels and soldiers, politicians and secret agents, artists, pirates, hippies, gangsters, police men and prophets. Some of them have become close friends.

Thank you Tom x

Tom Vater has published four crime novels and is the co-owner of Crime Wave Press, a Hong Kong based crime fiction imprint. He writes for many publications including The Wall Street Journal, The Daily Telegraph, CNN and The Nikkei Asian Review. He is a best-selling non-fiction writer and co-author of the highly acclaimed Sacred Skin www.sacredskinthailand.com.

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