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Anne Allen. The Guernsey Novels ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


I read The Inheritance at the start of the year and promised myself that, when my latest book was completed I’d treat myself to the other books in Anne Allen’s series. I’d already read the first Dangerous Waters, but it had been a while. 

Wow. Anne Allen is the queen of duel time-line suspense and dysfunctional families. Her writing is easy to read and her books drew me in from page one.  I read these back on back and just loved that they were all set somewhere that I know and love – Guernsey. I cannot wait for her next. Individual reviews on Amazon. Books available here

DANGEROUS WATERS – 

Tragedy seems to follow Jeanne Le Page around . . .

Can she really go through it again and survive?

She is lucky to be alive … at sixteen Jeanne was almost killed in a boating accident which brought heart-breaking family tragedy. Now, fifteen years later, Jeanne returns reluctantly to the island of Guernsey following the death of her beloved grandmother. Struggling for breath as the ferry nears the island; she is overwhelmed by a dark foreboding as hazy memories of that terrible day resurface…

Only returning to sell her inheritance – her grandmother’s old cottage – Jeanne has no intention of picking up her old life. But the cottage holds a secret, dating back to World War II and the German Occupation, and Jeanne becomes drawn into discovering more. Then, soon after her arrival, a chance meeting with an old teenage crush leads her to thoughts of love.

Jeanne is forced to face her demons, reliving the tragedy as her lost memory returns.

When the truth is finally revealed, her life is endangered for the second time…
FINDING MOTHER

Three women. Three generations. Sacrifices for love…

Who is she really? Nicole is about to find out as she searches for her real mother; the woman who gave her away at birth. With her marriage in tatters, she sets out from England: travelling to Spain, Jersey and Guernsey before the extraordinary story of her real family is finally revealed.

Nicole becomes an unwitting catalyst for change in that family. Two women are forced to reveal long-buried secrets. One going back as far as the Second World War. Lives are transformed as choices have to be made and the past laid to rest…

GUERNSEY RETREAT –

Two violent deaths. Separated by time, but with a fatal connection…

A man loses his father. A young woman loses her mother. Both in tragic circumstances that lead, when they meet, to surprising revelations from the past. 

Louisa needs to find the father she has never known, to warn him of possible danger – for them both. Her search takes her from England to Guernsey. Malcolm’s journey is more complicated: conceived in Guernsey, his bereaved mother emigrates with him to Canada. Many years later he arrives in India, and from here he is led back to Guernsey to open a health centre at La Folie. This was his father’s home and where he was killed at the start of the Second World War. 

At the heart of the two deaths lie stolen jewels. Valuable enough to kill for. Twice. 

Finding her father brings Louisa more than she bargains for, and her life is transformed, while Malcolm learns that life is, after all, for sharing… 

THE FAMILY DIVIDED

One family, divided by death – and money

Andy Batiste, at loggerheads with his degenerate cousin, seeks to discover the truth of his family history. Why was his pregnant grandmother forced to flee to France? What really happened to her husband during the German Occupation, sixty years ago? Who accused Edmund, the elder son and Batiste heir, of being an informer? Was he really a traitor – and who murdered him?
With Edmund’s brother Harold now head of the family, enjoying the wealth which ought to have come to Andy’s father, the family is forever divided. Andy yearns to clear Edmund’s name and restore his father to his rightful inheritance.

Andy is introduced to Charlotte Townsend, newly divorced, lonely and struggling with writer’s block and the consuming threat of impending loss. They meet when she returns for healing at Guernsey’s natural health centre, La Folie, and Charlotte becomes involved in Andy’s family history.

Together they embark on a hunt for the truth…

ECHOES OF TIME
WINNER OF THE DIAMOND BOOK AWARD 2017 

The fifth of The Guernsey Novels, Echoes of Time is a dual-time story set in the German Occupation and present-day Guernsey and is likely to appeal to fans of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.

Betrayal, injustice and revenge echo down the years…
1940. Olive marries farmer Bill Falla. The Germans occupy Guernsey.

All too soon Olive realises she has made a mistake. Her life changes when she meets Wolfgang, a German officer-however there’s a price to pay. . .

2010. Natalie Ogier returns to Guernsey to escape an abusive relationship – only to be plagued by odd happenings in her beautiful cottage on the site of a derelict and secluded farm. Disturbing dreams, disembodied voices and uncanny visions from the past. She becomes increasingly ill at ease as someone else’s past catches up with her own…

Her only immediate neighbour, Stuart, is the grandson of the original owners, Bill and Olive.

Thrown together in a bid to find out what happened to Olive, can they each survive the repercussions of the past and move on? 
THE BETRAYAL

Book Six of The Guernsey Novels is another dual-time story set during the German Occupation and present-day Guernsey and is likely to appeal particularly to fans of the book The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.

Treachery and theft lead to death – and love

1940. Teresa Bichard and her baby are sent by her beloved husband, Leo, to England as the Germans draw closer to Guernsey. Days later they invade…

1942. Leo, of Jewish descent, is betrayed to the Germans and is sent to a concentration camp, never to return. 
1945. Teresa returns to find Leo did not survive and the family’s valuable art collection, including a Renoir, is missing. Heartbroken, she returns to England.

2011. Nigel and his twin Fiona, buy a long-established antique shop in Guernsey and during a refit, find a hidden stash of paintings, including what appears to be a Renoir. Days later, Fiona finds Nigel dead, an apparent suicide. Refusing to accept the verdict, a distraught Fiona employs a detective to help her discover the truth…

Searching for the rightful owner of the painting brings Fiona close to someone who opens a chink in her broken heart. Can she answer some crucial questions before laying her brother’s ghost to rest?

Who betrayed Leo? 

Who knew about the stolen Renoir?
And are they prepared to kill – again?

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One Christmas Star


Book Blurb 

Emily Parker is set to have the worst Christmas ever!

Her flatmate’s moved out, she’s closed her heart to love and she’s been put in charge of the school original Christmas show – with zero musical ability.

Disgraced superstar, Ray Stone is in desperate need of a quick PR turnaround. Waking up from a drunken stupor to a class of ten-year-olds snapping pics and Emily looking at him was not what he had in mind.

Ray needs Emily’s help to delete the photos, and she needs his with the show. As they learn to work together they may just open their hearts to more than a second chance…
Available here 

My Review

Christmas reading at its best. Two people who, under normal circumstances would never meet. But when Emily’s friend walks out and Ray, singer-songwriter with nowhere to go and media on his tail, get together sparks fly. An interesting inclusive take on the usual school Christmas offerings with lots of fun and high jinks from the year 6 kids to add both humour and back story. 

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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The Christmas Calendar Girls. Samantha Tonge 

Book blurb

This Christmas fall in love with the town of Chesterwood…

Christmas is meant to be a time of giving, so with Chesterwood food bank under risk of closure Fern knows just what to do to save it. She’s going to get the town to create a living advent calendar.

Fern, and her best friends, call for help from the local community to bring this calendar to life. When Kit, the new man in town, offers his assistance Fern’s heart can’t help but skip a beat (or two).

As they grow ever closer, Fern must admit that Kit’s breaking down the barriers she built after the death of her husband. But his past is holding him back and Fern doesn’t know how to reach him. No matter how hard she tries.

In this town, Kit’s not the only one with secrets. Domestic goddess Cara is behaving oddly, burning meals in the oven and clothes whilst ironing, and Davina’s perfect children are causing trouble at school leaving her son, Jasper, desperately unhappy.

Can the Christmas Calendar Girls find a way to bring the community together in time to save the food bank, while still supporting their families and each other? Can Fern find love again with Kit?
This is a story about kindness and letting go of the past. It’s about looking out for your neighbours and about making every day feel like Christmas.

Pre order here

My review

There’s nothing like a bit of festive cheer to make the world seem a happier place and Sam’s latest piece of glittery tinsel certainly ticks all my boxes.  But the book isn’t just that…

There’s tragedy here. Fern, still reeling from the death of her husband’s, moves with her daughter, Lily to pastures new in an attempt to move on with her life. But, instead she soon finds herself embroiled in trying to save the local food bank, coming up with a unique fund raising idea and, in the process stumbles on a new friendship with Kit. The sense of community spirit adds a richness to the plot as does the side stories seamlessly threaded through the story. Another well-written winner ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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The Birthday – Carol Wyer.

Book Blurb

One hot summer’s afternoon, five-year-old Ava Sawyer went to a party. She never came home… Two years later, Ava’s body is found and another little girl, Audrey Briggs, goes missing. Audrey also attended that party …

Leading the investigation is Detective Natalie Ward. A mother of two teenagers, this case chills her to the bone, and is a disturbing reminder of the last job she worked on. One that still keeps her awake at night…

Natalie soon discovers that Ava’s mother has some worrying gaps in her alibi and as she digs deeper, she’s sure Ava’s father is not telling the full story. And what did the owner of the garden centre Elsa see that day? Something that she’s not telling Natalie …
Just as Natalie is facing up to the grim possibility that Ava and Audrey were killed by someone close to home, another little girl from the party doesn’t come home from her ballet lesson. Can Natalie find a way to stop this killer before more innocent lives are taken? Available here

My review

OH MY DAYS! This is my first book by this author but not the last. I read this in a couple of sittings, soaking up the sun down in Hossegor, while the kids were playing around in the surf. Within seconds Wyer had dragged me kicking and screaming from the south west of France and into the nightmare of a missing child. I could have been sitting on a drizzly beach on Clacton-on-Sea for the difference it made, my eyes clued to the screen as the plot unfolded on every parents worst nightmare.

The writing is strong, the plot fluid and, probably more important for me, believable. So many books these days are far-fetched and with that new baddie character shoe-horned in over the last couple of chapters. This was good honest reading and tightly plotted fiction. I’ll be adding her to my list of favourite writers.

5 shiny pointy things

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Stabbed in Wales: Cover Reveal

Today I’m delighted to reveal the cover of book two in my Detective Gabriella Darin series of Welsh-set crime thrillers. Eip cover.pptx

In stabbed in Wales, Gaby has moved from St David’s and up to Llandudno, with FLO, Amy Potter, and it’s here that the craziest of cases is pushed into her lap.

Christine de Bertrand certainly got more than she was expecting from the casual hook-up after a night celebrating the anniversary of her divorce. Arrested at the scene she has no explanation or alibi. She also has no one on her side apart from her ex-husband. She’s as confounded as everyone else as to the unexplained presence of the dead body in her bed – the dead body of a woman when she’s positive she went to bed with a man…

Stabbed in Wales is now available for pre-order. Missing in Wales is out on Saturday – both books only 99p/99c here.

Happy reading

Jenny x

 

 

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Missing in Wales: Introducing Bucket @scribblerjb

With Missing in Wales on the 10 day countdown I thought it was time to introduce you to Bucket.

Demi and Ishy (Bucket)

Bucket started out as Ayesha – H Rider Haggard’s character from ‘She’. But Ayesha soon got shortened to Ishy when She became He 🤣

He was our first cat, the first of many. Snowy white and with the most amazing disposition imaginable. We’ve only had one pure white moggy but I think one is enough. No white cat could compare. He wasn’t perfect and just how he managed to get that seagull through the cat flap… The hall has never been the same since! Not to be left out, the cat on the right is Demi. Sadly we only had her for a year but a year of happy memories…

Back to Bucket.

Bucket is a major player in MISSING IN WALES. Found abandoned in an upturned bucket on the coastal path in Abereiddy, (St David’s), he’s Izzy Grant’s best friend, sometimes her only one. When Charlie, her partner of 9 months abducts Alys, her 7 day-old baby, without Bucket she often thinks that the madness in her soul would have spread to her mind.

Including animals between the pages of a book somehow seems right and something I’ve done many times before. When I draw from my own personal experiences it’s as if they’re still right by my side.

We lost Ishy, aged 16, nearly 10 years ago. Now he’ll live on.

MISSING IN WALES out in paperback for £7.99 pre-order here for 99p/c

Jenny x

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Using PowerPoint to create book promotions @scribblerjb

I’ve been asked how I created book promo posters on PowerPoint. So I’m an author and not a publicist or vlogger but here goes 🙂

1, Set up a new doc and, going to design, set up your poster size. This is mine.

2, Go to ‘insert’ and choose background photo.

3, Insert photo of book cover. Right click and choose bottom option ‘format picture’, as shown.

4, Go to 3D rotation and play around. I used pre-sets for mine, as shown.

5, Go to 3D Format and have a play. The options I used are shown. This gives your book depth.

6, Choose Text Box option from top, and place on your poster.

7, Play with font size and colour. I used 2 text boxes.

Finally go to file, ‘save as’ and choose Jpeg file. Ta da! Ready to share on Social Media.

Hope this was useful. Lots more on YouTube which is where I learnt from many artists too numerous to mention.

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A Summer to Remember: @SueMoorcroft @AvonBooksUK


I love Sue’s writing so much and, when the opportunity arose to help her publicise that A SUMMER TO REMEMBER was on a price promo I jumped at the chance. I was lucky enough to read this about 6 months ago and adored every word. 

SUE MOORCROFT ON WRITING A SUMMER TO REMEMBER

Clancy Moss, heroine of A Summer to Remember

When I create a heroine, I think of a woman who I would like for a friend – interesting, good company (because I’ll spend quite a lot of time with her) and who I think readers will like. 

I also throw conflict at her so I can see what she’s made of. Nobody likes a doormat heroine so while she doesn’t bulldoze her way through the book, she does have to stick up for herself and what she believes in. And stick up for those she loves.

In A Summer to Remember Clancy Moss spends a lot of time sticking up for her cousin Alice. Clancy and Alice are both only children and are almost like sisters. Apart from Clancy having spent over a year living with Alice and her mum, Clancy’s Aunt Sally, when a teenager, Aunt Sally and Clancy’s mum are identical twins. Did you know this means that DNA-wise Clancy and Alice are more like half-sisters than cousins? I didn’t until someone told me and it added an interesting dimension the relationship Clancy has with Alice. She spends most of the book being intensely loyal to her cousin, which causes her all kinds of problems.

Her life in London having imploded, when Clancy wants somewhere to escape to she chooses the tiny village of Nelson’s Bar on the north Norfolk coast. Alice owns a half-interest in holiday cottages in the village, Roundhouse Row, which Clancy has administered for her for six years. The cottages need a live-in caretaker and Clancy needs somewhere to live and work so it seems like a perfect match.

 In the heat of her flight, what Clancy hasn’t given enough thought to is that six years ago Alice jilted then-fiancé Lee at the altar and Lee’s brother, Aaron, is the co-owner of the cottages. He’s not thrilled to see Clancy take the caretaker’s job without consulting him, especially as their history consists of one fevered kiss, one blazing row and six years of carefully polite emails!

Learning how Clancy would deal with the challenges ahead of her in working with Aaron and becoming all-too-aware that how little Aaron and Lee’s family wanted her in Nelson’s Bar powered A Summer to Remember to it’s emotional conclusion. Clancy definitely passed my heroine-test of being someone I’d love as a friend. 

Blurb:

COME AND SPEND SUMMER BY THE SEA!

WANTED! A caretaker for Roundhouse Row holiday cottages.

WHERE? Nelson’s Bar is the perfect little village. Nestled away on the Norfolk coast we can offer you no signal, no Wi-Fi and – most importantly – no problems!

WHO? The ideal candidate will be looking for an escape from their cheating scumbag ex-fiancé, a diversion from their entitled cousin, and a break from their traitorous friends.

WHAT YOU’LL GET! Accommodation in a chocolate-box cottage, plus a summer filled with blue skies and beachside walks. Oh, and a reunion with the man of your dreams.

PLEASE NOTE: We take no responsibility for any of the above scumbags, passengers and/or traitors walking back into your life…

GET IN TOUCH NOW TO MAKE THIS A SUMMER TO REMEMBER!

The A Summer to Remember UK ebook is currently on 99P PROMO!

Apple iBook: buy

Amazon UK: buy

Kobo: buy

 Bio

Sue Moorcroft is a Sunday Times and international bestselling author and has reached the coveted #1 spot on Amazon Kindle. She’s won the Readers’ Best Romantic Novel award and the Katie Fforde Bursary, and has been nominated for several other awards, including the Romantic Novel of the Year Awards.

Her short stories, serials, columns, writing ‘how to’ and courses have appeared all over the world.

Part of an army family, Sue was born in Germany and lived much of her childhood in Malta and Cyprus before setting in the UK.

Twitter: @SueMoorcroft

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Author Spotlight: Clare Chase

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I’m delighted to share a few words about the amazing Clare Clase today. I first fell upon her books a few years ago now but it’s her current series following reporter/detective Tara that really had me sit up and take notice. The last in the series, Murder in the Fens, was released this week and I have to say I pretty much read it in one sitting.

About Clare

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Clare Chase writes character-driven mysteries set in the East of England, where she’s lived since she graduated with a degree in English Literature from London University.
She spent her childhood in the English midlands and got hooked on her chosen genre when she was given Richard Scarry’s The Great Pie Robbery, featuring detectives Sam Cat and Dudley Pig! She moved on through Tintin to golden-age crime and contemporary thrillers, raiding the library and her mother and grandmother’s paperback collections.
Like a lot of writers, she never really wanted any other job. This could be the reason for her eclectic ‘career’, which has been full of interest, but possibly lacking in direction! In the past she’s worked everywhere from the University of Cambridge to the local prison. Her most recent day job was at the Royal Society of Chemistry, where she helped teams of scientists organise the delivery of analytical chemistry courses in sub-Saharan Africa. Although she loved it, and her brilliant colleagues, she finally had to switch to full-time writing, to keep up with the deadlines! This fulfils a long-held dream, made possible by her publisher, Bookouture, and she adores it.
Clare’s first break in publishing was thanks to Choc Lit, who took a chance on her debut romantic suspense, You Think You Know Me, which had been shortlisted for Novelicious’ Undiscovered Award. Two more romantic thrillers followed before Clare switched to writing series crime and was thrilled to be taken on by Bookouture. The final novel of a four-book police procedural series for them, featuring journalist-turned-cop, Tara Thorpe is out this week. Meanwhile, the first, Murder on the Marshes, is currently on the 2019 ITW Thriller Awards shortlist.

About the Tara Thorpe series
The Tara Thorpe series is set in the ancient university city of Cambridge, where Clare lives, and is inspired by the location’s contrasts and contradictions. For her next venture – a new cosy mystery series – the action will move to coastal Suffolk, close to where her grandmother lived. Clare loves the picturesque villages in the county, and the way they contrast with the wild North Sea, and Suffolk’s beautiful but eerie estuaries and marshes.

Where next? 
The new series will publish in early 2020 and features obituary writer Eve Mallow. The idea for her profession came after listening to some fascinating interviews with Margalit Fox, who formerly fulfilled that role for the New York Times. (You can find the interviews on YouTube.)
As well as writing, Clare loves family time, art and architecture, cooking, and of course, reading other people’s books.

OOH, I’m so looking forward to Clare’s next. Sounds right up my street. Thanks, Clare for popping in and all the very best with your new release and next series x

To find out more about Clare and her books, here is her Amazon link.

 

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My favourite reads of 2019 so far.

I’ve had a strange week, which has included appearing in both the Guernsey Press and on local BBC radio, all in aid of Children’s charity, Ernie’s Angels and, for someone like me, that’s well out of my comfort zone. But, as it’s for charity, sticking my head above the parapet had to be done and there was cake… But the week got me thinking. As a writer I try where I can to support fellow writers and, as it’s nearly halfway through the year, I thought I’d do a book round up of my favourite reads so far. I’m doing a Goodreads challenge, although I have had to jiggle the figures somewhat and am now aiming at 100 for the year instead of my crazy 250 – I’m currently up to 70.

So, below are the book covers of my favourite ten.

Happy reading x