Drake: Tudor Corsair (The Elizabethan Series Book 1) by Tony Riches (346 pages)
1564: Devon sailor Francis Drake sets out on a journey of adventure.
Drake learns of routes used to transport Spanish silver and gold, and risks his life in an audacious plan to steal a fortune.
Queen Elizabeth is intrigued by Drake and secretly encourages his piracy. Her unlikely champion becomes a national hero, sailing around the world in the Golden Hind and attacking the Spanish fleet.
King Philip of Spain has enough of Drake’s plunder and orders an armada to threaten the future of England.
Genre: Tudor Histfic
The Starfolk Arcana by Martha Dunlop
They’ve spent lifetimes being pulled apart. This time, they’re ready to fight.
After years of hiding her psychic abilities, Beth meets Jonan – the man with the violet eyes – and starts to feel like she belongs for the first time. Jonan has waited lifetimes to be with the woman who haunts his dreams. Drawn together by deeply buried memories from before birth, they try to make sense of a soul connection that opens windows into both their histories and their destiny.
But when a woman from Jonan’s past starts weaponising their emotions and stirring up hate, distrust and a fear of the supernatural, Beth and Jonan find themselves targeted in a wave of suspicion.
Only they can see what she is doing. But can they hold out against her bombardment and be true to who they really are, or will they allow The Fear to tear them apart?
Genre: Paranormal fiction
Format: Mobi / e-pub
Hawthorne Woods by Patrick Canning (283 pages)
Summer, 1989. Reeling from a catastrophic divorce she just can’t seem to leave behind, Francine Haddix flees San Francisco for a two-week stay at her sister’s house in Hawthorn Woods, Illinois. The quaint neighborhood of shady trees and friendly neighbors seems like the perfect place to sort through her pain and finally move on with her life—but the tranquility doesn’t last long.
Beginning with a complete stranger throwing a drink in her face at her own welcome party, Francine soon discovers the supposedly idyllic suburb is hiding a disturbing number of mysteries. Why is the handsome-ish guy next door lying about who he is? What’s hidden in the back of the teenage troublemaker’s shed? Who wrote a threatening message in blood? Which of the smiling neighbors has a secret they’d kill to keep?
Seeking to reclaim a natural passion for sleuthing numbed by her divorce, Francine rewrites her prescription from one of relaxation to one of investigation. If she can detect the lies, follow the clues, and remember how to trust herself, she might get to the bottom of what’s so very wrong in Hawthorn Woods. She might even be able to believe the future can be good again—assuming she lives long enough to be in it.
Genre: Domestic Thriller
Format: Mobi / e-pub
Trick or Thief by D.E. Haggerty (120 pages) (Death By Cupcake #6)
A little haunting sounds like innocent fun until a ghost plunders your stockroom.
Kristie is convinced ghosts don’t exist until food starts disappearing without a trace from the Youth Center storage. There are zero clues as to who’s been inside the building. The security guard hasn’t seen a thing, and the security tapes are mysteriously blank. When the ghost widens his hocus-pocus to include Kristie’s office, the gals of Callie’s Cakes jump in to find the culprit before Kristie can get in a whole mess of spooky trouble.
Will the gals of Callie’s Cakes expose the ghost before Kristie’s facility is destroyed?
Cupcakes not included, although recipes for all the delicious cupcakes Anna bakes are.
Genre: Cosy mystery novella
The Lost Blackbird by Liza Perrat (325 pages)
A powerful story of sisters cruelly torn apart by a shameful event in British-Australian history. Clare Flynn, author of The Pearl of Penang
London 1962. A strict and loveless English children’s home, or the promise of Australian sunshine, sandy beaches and eating fruit straight from the tree. Which would you choose?
Ten-year-old Lucy Rivers and her five-year-old sister Charly are thrilled when a child migrant scheme offers them the chance to escape their miserable past.
But on arrival in Sydney, the girls discover their fantasy future is more nightmare than dream.
Lucy’s lot is near-slavery at Seabreeze Farm where living conditions are inhuman, the flies and heat unbearable and the owner a sadistic bully. What must she do to survive?
Meanwhile Charly, adopted by the nurturing and privileged Ashwood family, gradually senses that her new parents are hiding something. When the truth emerges, the whole family crumbles. Can Charly recover from this bittersweet deception?
Will the sisters, stranded miles apart in a strange country, ever find each other again?
A poignant testament to child migrants who suffered unforgivable evil, The Lost Blackbird explores the power of family bonds and our desire to know who we are.
Format: mobi / epub
The Story of the Huguenots: A Unique Legacy by Joyce Hampton (438 pages)
The Huguenots were the most successful refugees to leave their homeland in search of freedom. The book tells of their questioning of the established Catholic faith in France and continues through the rise of Calvinism, the wars of religion, the revocation of the Edict of Nantes, and the global diaspora of the Huguenots. It examines the national events that shaped their times, and brings to life some of their personal stories of persecution and flight, and how they travelled far and wide to begin new lives with the promise of religious and personal freedom.
The book not only tells their history but informs the reader of the numerous, diverse and ingenious inventions, many of which are still much in evidence in our lives today.
The book focuses mainly on France and the United Kingdom but within its covers can be found a kaleidoscope of information of their worldwide diaspora. Included within its pages are countless, often previously unpublished, Huguenot family histories set against the events they lived through.
The book covers 500 years of history from 1517-2017 and includes many courageous and selfless acts of Huguenot descendants during both world wars and identifies many well-known individuals who have Huguenot ancestry.
There is also information on how to research your Huguenot ancestors. The book has been described as a factual novel as it embraces both dedicated meticulous cross-referenced research with the easy read of a novel. A book with a difference that will suit both academic scholars and those who have very little knowledge of the Huguenots but would like to know more.
Genre: European History
The Forger and the Thief by Kirsten McKenzie (295 pages)
The Forger and the Thief is a historical thriller, set in 1966 Florence, Italy, amidst the devastating flooding of the Arno River. It has a small measure of paranormal activity.
Five strangers in Florence, each with a dangerous secret, and an apocalyptic flood threatening to reveal everything.
A wife on the run, a student searching for stolen art, a cleaner who has lined more than his pockets, a policeman whose career is almost over, and a guest who should never have received a wedding invite. Five strangers, entangled in the forger’s wicked web.
In a race against time, and desperate to save themselves and all they hold dear, will their secrets prove more treacherous than the ominous floodwaters swallowing the historic city?
Dive into a world of lies and deceit, where nothing is as it seems on the surface…
Format: Mobi or e-pub
Out Of The London Mist by Lyssa Medana (178 pages)
John Farnley, aether pilot, returns home when he learns of the murder of his brother, Lord Nicholas Farnley. As London suffers under the fog, John struggles to find the truth about his brother’s murder. Why was he in the East End of London? Was he killed by the monster rumoured to be lurking in the mists? And had he been involved in the creation of this monster?
Hampered by the enfolding London smog, and aided by the adventurous Miss Sylvia Armley and the erudite Professor Entwistle, John has to face his brother’s killer and put a stop to the mounting deaths in the crowded East End.
How I Saved The Planet by Stephen Quatro (188 pages)
Grab your space boots, buckle up, and join me in a wacky, out-of-this-world journey you’ll never forget!
After finishing freshman year at college and returning to my depressingly tiny hometown at the butt-end of nowhere, all I’m expecting is a summer full of boredom. I’m certainly not anticipating an alien to show up in my bedroom and ask me to help save his planet.
When Qarl the blue alien (not Carl, he hates that) demands my assistance, it’s clear an adventure is in store. His planet is in danger of being destroyed by the Great Leaders, Asdf and Jkl, and it’s up to me to travel to their lair and convince them otherwise.
It won’t be as simple as it sounds.
Genre: Ya Scifi
Format: Mobi / epub
The Murder Club by Nikki Crutchley (304 pages ARC now for Aug 31st publication)
‘Not all evil, on the surface, is ugly and menacing. It doesn’t always lurk in city centres after dark. It mows your lawns, frequents your local pub, takes its kids to school and contributes to communities.’
When the first letter arrives saying that ‘tonight it begins’, journalist Miller Hatcher ignores it. But then the body of a murdered woman is discovered, strangled, a scarf around her neck.
Cassie Hughes has always vowed to find the man who murdered her mother. Cassie knows he’s out there and wants him to pay, and Miller agrees to bring the cold case back into the public’s eye.
Logan Dodds has been obsessed with true crime ever since his sister was murdered thirty years ago. He has turned his obsession into a career and has created the True Crime Enthusiasts Club and his newest venture, True Crime Tours.
The lives of Miller, Cassie and Logan – all affected differently by murder – become entwined as The Scarf Killer, desperate for infamy, and Miller’s attention, makes his mark on the small town of Lentford. (Stand alone story, but it is also book #2 following on from Nothing Bad Happens Here)
Format: Mobi/ e-pub
Ghouls And Alchemy: An Amethyst Hunter Story by Amy Nixon (81 pages)
My name is Nathan Holloway. I was a US Marine before they transformed me into an Amethyst Hunter.
They are Nexus, a covert organization specializing in extracting dead soldiers from the battlefield, reviving them through alchemy and using them for wet work.
Hunting witches and sorcerers, vampires, fae, shapeshifters and magical lawbreakers? That’s the easy part. But being immortal? Well, that’s a different question.
For me, immortality comes with a hefty price tag.
My Materia Prima – the quintessence of every living organism – is growing feeble. Nexus’ remedies have turned me into an addicted junkie. My sardonic cynicisms are rewarding me with more enemies than allies. And the mysterious Alchemist, who gave me a second chance at life, has condemned my soul to the fiery pits of hell.
Things can’t get worse, can they? They can, and they just did.
One of our agents has gone rogue and stolen a supersonic combat aircraft. The country’s under a ghoul invasion. The ghoul-breeding Sa’alin queens are nowhere to be found. And in the midst of it all, we discovered something cunning, vile and even more lethal than the ghouls. Something we thought was erased from existence centuries ago – a necromancer.
Join Nathan as his journey weaves him into a web of ancient alchemy, high-tech science fiction and mythological fantasy.
Genre: Short story – Fantasy
Format: Mobi / e-pub
Short Cut (book #2 Reluctant Hustler series) by J Gregory Smith (ARC now for mid August publication)
Kyle Logan wanted nothing more than a return to his normal life after his shady best friend, Ryan, was killed in a misadventure six months earlier. But Kyle can’t tell the rest of the world about what happened because the Philly Irish Mob would send hitmen. Instead, he is stuck covering for all his friend’s petty schemes.
Ryan’s double life created a world where people trade favors to avoid legal obstacles. Now, people are turning to Kyle for everything from loans to insurance-denied cancer drugs. Kyle is mystified, with no idea how to help them.
When a colleague called Tom Thumb shows up and asks about preparations for a lucrative smuggling job called the “Mr. Beautiful Project,” Kyle realizes that Ryan meant to include him all along. With Tom’s help they crack the code to a treasure trove of Ryan’s resources: people, favors owed and information.
Since Ryan’s last gambit ended with him dead and Kyle cut to ribbons, Kyle is ready to pass on the “opportunity.” Unfortunately, a pair of hyper-violent mercenaries found out about the deal and will stop at nothing to take it for themselves. Even worse, they know how to find Kyle.
Now if he wants to survive, he and Tom have to complete the deal before the hired guns catch them.
Genre: Crime heist
Crimson At Cape May by Randy Overbeck (288 pages)
No matter how far you run, you can never really escape a haunted past.
Darrell Henshaw—teacher, coach, and paranormal sensitive—learned this lesson the hard way. Now, with his job gone and few options, he heads for Cape May to coach a summer football camp. The resort town, with gorgeous beaches, rich history and famous Victorian mansions, might just be the getaway he needs. Only, no one told him Cape May is the most haunted seaport on the East Coast.
When a resident ghost, the Haunted Bride, stalks Darrell, begging for his help, he can’t refuse, and joins forces with Cassie, another sensitive. As Darrell and the street-wise teen investigate the bride’s death, they uncover something far more sinister than a murder. Can Darrell and Cassie expose those behind the crimes before they end up becoming the next victims?
Format: Mobi / e-pub
It’s been ten years since Emma Stevens last laid eyes on Jake Murray. When he left the small seaside village of South Quay to chase the limelight, Emma’s dreams left with him.
Now Emma is content living a quiet and uneventful life in South Quay. It’s far from the life she imagined, but at least her job at the local hotel has helped heal her broken heart.
But when Jake returns home for the summer to escape the spotlight, Emma’s feelings quickly come flooding back. There’s clearly a connection between them, but Jake has damaged her heart once already – will she ever be able to give him a second chance?
Genre: Contemporary romance
Format: Gifted from AmazonUK
End Of The Bay by Kate Vane (ARC now for August 11th publication)
Everything must go from one affluent street on the English Riviera. The cliffs are crumbling and the substantial detached properties are sliding into the sea. The residents try to pull together but they are pushed to the brink when one of them is found horribly murdered. Laura has washed up there after studying and is living in the empty home of plastic-goods retail magnate Ron Royce. She tells anyone who asks she is the house-sitter. When her neighbour Charles, retired engineer and relentless gardener, falls under suspicion of the murder, they join forces to clear his name. Can they channel Torquay’s most famous daughter, Agatha Christie, to solve the crime? Or does Laura have other fish to fry?
Genre: Cosy mystery / dark comedy
Format: Mobi/ e-pub
Abstract Love by Sara Dobie Bauer (ARC now for September 4th publication)
I hate Sam Shelby. So why do I want to kiss him?
Sam never expected to move back to Cleveland.
Donovan never expected to be attracted to a man.
Well, shit happens.
After high school, Sam Shelby moved to New York. Eight years later, he returns to Cleveland and lands a job at the best ad firm in town. It would be the perfect gig, if his boss weren’t such an ass.
After his wife leaves, Donovan Cooper questions everything. The arrival of a young, arrogant, gifted graphic designer at Donovan’s firm is the last straw.
Tempers flare over office gossip, and following a nasty argument and scathing kiss, Donovan flails away from heterosexuality while Sam struggles to keep his “no relationship” rule intact.
Despite ugly socks, fiery fights, and their best intentions to not fall in love, these bullheaded coworkers can’t deny their chemistry. Donovan seeks happiness while Sam seeks success, but is there room for more?
ABSTRACT LOVE is a 71,000 word enemies-to-lovers romantic comedy with an age gap.
Genre: MM Romance
Format: Book Funnel link for your choice of format.
Listed Dead (A Brunch County Investigation #3) by Jan Edwards (ARC now for Aug 6th publication)
November 1940. The Battle of Britain has ended and the horror of the Blitz is reaching its height when two deaths on the Sussex Downs bring Bunch Courtney and Chief Inspector Wright together once more.
What could possibly link a fatal car crash with the corpse dumped in a derelict shepherd’s hut? The only clue our pair have is the handwritten membership list of a supper club meeting at London’s Café de Paris.
Two people on that list are now dead and the race is on to solve the mystery before any more end up on the mortuary slab.
Diabolica Britannica: A Dark Isles Horror (Various authors) 246 pages
Diabolica Britannica is a collection of 14 dark tales from the dark isles. It features contributions from the following authors: Adam L G Nevill, Tim Lebbon, Keith Anthony Baird, John F Leonard, Morgan K Tanner, Arthur M Harper, Christopher Henderson, Beverley Lee, Sarah E England, Catherine McCarthy, Stephanie Ellis, Janine Pipe, Sarah J Budd and Alyson Faye.
Genre legend Ramsey Campbell contributes with an insightful foreword and puts his stamp on another addition to British horror’s legacy. All for a good cause, the profits from this anthology will go to fund the NHS’ efforts in COVID-19 research.
So explore every corner of this compendium and be pulled into the shadowy depths of the dark isles.
Genre: Horror anthology
History Of Silence by The Van Show (313 pages)
What does a hard-nosed detective, a flying hooker, naked dwarfs, a screwy ladies’ room, and a smart-mouth attorney have in common? Seemingly nothing, but they all come together quite insanely in this sometimes quirky, sometimes tragic, always sexy, disjointed tale of love and betrayal.
Sylus is the detective with a penchant for cracking skulls. Cashmere is the girl-turned-woman from his past destined to bring him to his knees.
He broke her heart once. She’ll be damned if she lets him do it again…no matter what that fragile organ tells her.
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format: AmazonUS voucher for e-book / mobi
Of Reality and Dream: Tales for Underground by Loredano Cafaro (71 pages)
Hovering between reality and dream world, the twelve stories that make up “Of Reality and Dream” are a journey through suspended, dark and light atmospheres which share the absence of heroes or winners. The characters in the collection run towards their fate, clash with their instincts, their impulses, in a world muffled with rain, fear and regret, where even the illusion of free will slowly disappears. There are no answers, so the reader is left with the questions. Why, after all, expect the opposite?
Genre: Short stories and flash fiction
Format: Mobi / e-pub
Human Kind by Anton Eine (219 pages)
Anton Eine’s “Human Kind” is a thematic compilation of science fiction short stories dedicated to questions that have concerned humanity throughout time. Who are we? Where do we come from? What awaits us? Are we alone in the universe? Why can’t we travel in time or divide by zero? What does it mean to be human? And of course – what are we here for?
This collection comprises works in various formats – from flash fiction and short stories to novella. Funny and witty, kind and appetizing, sad and sometimes tense and disturbing. They are also all presented in various different styles ranging from traditional narratives, monologues and memoirs to modern stories in the form of pure dialogue, chat messages or an email thread.
The confession of a fallen angel, the ruthless business practices of corporate aliens, Napoleon in the heat of a decisive battle, experiments on human beings, role-playing games on a planetary scale, fantastic culinary competitions, unexpected future fashions, witch hunt, mysterious disappearances, monsters under the bed, temporal paradoxes, cosmic archeology and the artefacts of extinct civilizations.
Genre: Scifi short story collection
Love And Pollination by Mari Jane Law (325pages)
Shortlisted for Choc Lit’s 2019 Search for a Star competition
Perdita Riley is facing the greatest dilemma of her life.
Why had she taken Violet Freestone’s advice on how to make herself look more alluring? It led her into the arms of a womaniser. And now Perdita has to deal with a huge setback. Actually, Setback Number One isn’t huge yet, but it won’t be long before it is. To cheer herself up, Perdita goes shopping, where an extraordinary encounter deposits her, literally, into the lap of Saul Hadley. She would like to stay there, but Setback Number One is going to get in the way.
Will she find a way to deal with what has happened? Can she manage the complications of her growing attraction to Saul?
This hilarious situational romantic comedy will keep you gripped until the very end.
Format: Gifted kindle copy via AmazonUK
Desperately Seeking Normal by Tanya Bullock (240 pages)
Life as the single mum of a child with learning difficulties is tough… but it gets so much harder when puberty hits.
To single mum Izzie’s alarm…
…all her daughter Jaya, 18, wants from life is to get married and have babies.
This creates a moral dilemma for Izzie:
How can she continue to protect her daughter whilst at the same time letting her go?
In the small Midlands town where they live, there is little prospect of meaningful employment or continuing education for Jaya. So, Izzie wonders, would finding a ‘suitable husband’ via an arranged marriage for half-Indian Jaya be so crazy?
But when Jaya falls head over heels for a teaching assistant in her college’s Special Educational Needs department, a disastrous sequence of events are set in motion.
Life for Jaya and Izzie is turned around in ways that nobody could ever have foreseen.
Genre: Womens Fiction / Ya romance
Fukushima Dreams by Zelda Rhiando (224 pages)
Sachiko and her husband Harry live in a village on the North-east coast of Japan. They are both struggling to adapt to life as new parents to their infant son Tashi. In the aftermath of the tsunami, Sachiko wakes alone. Her family is missing. She begins a desperate search until radiation fallout from the Fukushima power plant forces her to leave the area. She moves to Tokyo, and a different life. Harry has fled to a refuge on an isolated mountain, abandoning his family. He lives there, haunted by guilt and hovering on the edge of sanity. Will they find each other and confront the question of their missing son?
Genre: Cultural Thriller
Format: Mobi or e-pub
Draca by Geoffrey Gudgion (384 pages)
Draca was a vintage sailing cutter, Old Eddie’s pride and joy. But now she’s beached, her varnish peeling. She’s dying, just like Eddie. Eddie leaves Draca to his grandson Jack, a legacy that’s the final wedge between Jack and his father. Yet for Jack, the old boat is a lifeline. Medically discharged from the Marines, with his marriage on the rocks, the damaged veteran finds new purpose; Draca will sail again. Wonderful therapy for a wounded hero, people say. Young Georgia ‘George’ Fenton, who runs the boatyard, has doubts. She saw changes in Old Eddie that were more sinister even than cancer. And by the time Draca tastes the sea again, the man she dares to love is going the same way. To George, Jack’s ‘purpose’ has become ‘possession’; the boat owns the man and her flawed hero is on a mission to self-destruct. As his controlling and disinherited father pushes him closer to the edge, she gives all she has to hold him back. And between them all, there’s an old boat with dark secrets, and perhaps a mind of its own.
Format: Mobi or e-pub
Horseshoes and Hand Grenades by S.M. Stevens (281 pages)
In this “entertaining story of female friendship and empowerment”, practical Shelby Stewart and ambitious Astrid Ericcson just want to start their careers in Boston’s PR world and maybe find a nice guy to hang out with. But long-buried memories of a childhood incident keep interrupting Shelby’s plans, affecting her health one way after another. And when will she actually date someone her friends think is good enough for her?
Astrid thinks she wrote the book on “How to Get Ahead by Flirting” but is forced to re-visit her career advancement strategy when her boss Brad takes the innuendoes to a whole new level, threatening her job and her safety.
In this “thought-provoking and entertaining” story, the women reach new highs and lows in life, work and romance, while struggling to make sense of the relationships that haunt them.
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Trial of the Red Rune by Kay MacLeod (26 pages)
What could be powerful enough to abduct five mages?
Make that six when frost mage Maeve recovers from an explosion to find her leader snatched away by a teleportation spell.
As part of the Peace Keeper order, along with Lilley, a flora fairy, she’s sworn to hunt down anyone that abuses their magical abilities. And remove the threat where necessary.
Beneath the depths of the city, something dark is stirring. An ancient ritual set in motion to transform a disillusioned kidnapper into an unstoppable legendary being. One capable of seizing the kingdom that dared to suggest those without power were his equals.
Can Maeve prevent his ascent to immortality? Even if she does, she’ll have to live with the cost…
The World of Orthaya books are all standalone stories you can read in any order. Trial of the Red Rune is a 7,000 word short story featuring the Peace Keepers.
Genre: Fantasy short story
Format: Mobi or e-pub
The Detour: A road trip with my mom, her pug & a 1986 Volvo by Jennifer Ammoscato (262 pages)
Michael Garland’s is so good at getting lost that the thirty-year old coder lives an almost virtual life. He works from home, shops exclusively online—and does not drive. The poor man is shocked to discover his mother’s last wish is that he bring her ashes in the old family Volvo from San Francisco to her childhood hometown of Lebanon, N.H. Guilt for reaching his mother’s deathbed too late will fuel the trip—with additional gas supplied by his mother’s Pug, Puddles, he must bring along. Armed with a GPS, a series of ever-more detailed lists, and the support of his best friend, Savannah, he embarks on an emotional side trip that will change his life.
Genre: Rom Com
Arrival by Henry Bassett (35 pages)
A bear, known only as Caver, recounts when his planet was covered in nature and not yet tainted by human touch. Since then, humans have branched out from another world and enveloped his planet. The differences between the two species result in an atmosphere of fear which rips apart the old way of life and enforces the creation of an apparently more civilised one. However, how much will be lost in the process?
Genre: Short story
Format: Mobi /e-pub
Burke in the Land of Silver by Tom Williams (259 pages)
James Burke never set out to be a spy. But with Napoleon rampaging through Europe, the War Office needs agents and Burke isn’t given a choice. It’s no business for a gentleman, and disguising himself as a Buenos Aires leather merchant is a new low. His mission, though, means fighting alongside men who see the collapse of the old order giving them a chance to break free of Spanish colonial rule. He falls in love with the country – and with the beautiful Ana. Burke wants both to forward British interests and to free Argentina from Spain. But his new found selflessness comes up against the realities of international politics. When the British invade, his attempts to parley between the rebels and their new rulers leave everybody suspicious of him. Despised by the British, imprisoned by the Spanish and with Ana leaving him for the rebel leader, it takes all Burke’s resolve and cunning to escape. Only after adventuring through the throne rooms and bedrooms of the Spanish court will he finally come back to Buenos Aires, to see Ana again and avenge himself on the man who betrayed him.
Billy (The Kid) by Peter Meech (160 pages)
Pueblo, Colorado,1932. Bootleggers thrive in a town where the sheriff is on the take and you can kill a man with impunity. In this thrilling narrative, a once-famous outlaw finds himself thrust into the middle of a bootleg war against his will. At stake is nothing less than the life of his best friend and his last chance at true love with the town beauty. But is the legendary gunman who he claims to be, or is he just a retired dentist with a vivid imagination? In this remarkable first novel, Peter Meech reimagines the figure of Billy the Kid in a story told with verve and humor. Visually magnificent, and brimming with small-town charm, Billy (the Kid) builds to a climax that is as powerful as it is unexpected.
Genre: Alternative History
Fair as a Star by Mimi Matthews (ARC now for July 14th publication)
A Secret Burden…
After a mysterious sojourn in Paris, Beryl Burnham has returned home to the village of Shepton Worthy ready to resume the life she left behind. Betrothed to the wealthy Sir Henry Rivenhall, she has no reason to be unhappy—or so people keep reminding her. But Beryl’s life isn’t as perfect as everyone believes.
A Longstanding Love…
As village curate, Mark Rivenhall is known for his compassionate understanding. When his older brother’s intended needs a shoulder to lean on, Mark’s more than willing to provide one. There’s no danger of losing his heart. He already lost that to Beryl a long time ago.
During an idyllic Victorian summer, friends and family gather in anticipation of Beryl and Sir Henry’s wedding. But in her darkest moment, it’s Mark who comes to Beryl’s aid. Can he help her without revealing his feelings—or betraying his brother?
Genre: Historical romance
Format: Mobi / e-pub
The Lake Never Tells by Alex Tully (321 pages)
Zoe has lived in Sunny Shores Trailer Park her whole life and she knows what the Memorial Day weekend brings—snobby rich kids who serve as a constant reminder of how pathetic her life really is. So when she meets Ethan, the awkward boy from the exclusive community of Crystal Waters, she can’t help being intrigued. He’s different, but in a good way.
Along with her stand-in little brother Parker, and her best friend Meredith, the four of them form an unlikely friendship. But one morning, their idyllic summer is turned upside down when a dead body washes up on the beach…
Genre: YA mystery
Death By Windmill by Jennifer S. Alderson (Travel Can Be Murder #3) 203 pages
A Mother’s Day trip to the Netherlands turns deadly when a guest plummets from a windmill. Was it an accident or a murder? For Lana Hansen, the answer will mean freedom or imprisonment for someone close to her…
Wanderlust Tours guide Lana Hansen and her mother, Gillian, haven’t seen eye to eye in over a decade, ever since Lana was wrongly fired from her job as an investigative reporter. So when Lana’s boss invites Gillian to join her upcoming Mother’s Day tour to the Netherlands, Lana is less than pleased.
What could be worse than spending ten days with her estranged mother? Lana is about to find out…
In A Pickle by Cindy Dorminy
After years of crying in her sweet tea, Regina finally has her life in order. She has a great job, wonderful friends, and a successful fiancé. But when the town council decides to do something special for this year’s Pickle Festival, life gets a little briny. As a former Pickle Queen, Regina has a chance to win fifty thousand dollars if she participates in a three-day photo scavenger hunt, but she must compete with her former Pickle King, Clint. He’s the guy who ripped her heart out when he left to play professional baseball and never looked back.
Clint Sorrow is as famous for starting bar fights as he is for stealing bases. Years ago, he vowed to never step foot back in Smithville, but when he finds out there’s a chance his baseball contract may not be renewed, he jumps at the opportunity to show his team he’s not a liability. As a bonus, he’ll get to spend time with Regina, the girl he left… and never stopped loving.
When Clint gets wind of Regina’s engagement, he decides he must stop it before she does something they’ll both regret. But Clint has a secret that will not only destroy her plans but may cause him to be benched for life.
Genre: Rom Com
Format: Mobi / epub
How To Stop Worrying by Kay Johnson (186 pages)
The book unravels the myths surrounding worry, and explains why it really is possible to find lasting relief from mind-numbing worries, even if you’re someone who has worried all your life. No matter what’s happening on the outside, there is a step-by-step process you can take to remain calm and relaxed on the inside.
You’ll discover how to tame your doubts and fears, and ease the worries out of your life. You’ll find out how to take back control of what’s happening and boost your confidence. And most important of all, you’ll learn how to lift your mood and restore your inner peace. It’s a process you can use to overcome the anguish associated with financial worries, relationship problems, health concerns and demanding work situations.
Genre: Self Help
Format: Mobi / e-pub
Plumas de Muerte: Tequila Journals and Dreams by Phil Motel (154 Pages)
Life in a long-stay motel, overseen by the on-site muscle: ‘if this was a movie, he’d be played by Steve Buscemi’. Twelve-hour shifts at a mundane job alongside a host of strange characters with their own struggle to make it to the end of the day. Anecdotes from journals of adventures past: wannabe musicians, ill-fated relationships and the bottom of a bottle.
Musings on life, death, dreams, and the frustrations of the writing process: the journal entries were written while during the creation of the author’s debut novel, Rum Hijack.
The second part of Plumas de Muerte is as it says: a small collection of dreams: what goes on while we are asleep?
A raw ride that makes no attempt to gloss over the darker side of the author’s life at the time, while acting as a cautionary tale about the nightmare of substance abuse – and the final road of alcoholism/addiction.
Format: Amazon gifted / gift voucher
Storm’s Breath by J. R. Ford (250 pages) ARC now for June 1st publication
Someone who didn’t know Pavel might mistake his heroic bravery for a death wish, and there’s no better place for either than the world’s first fully immersive game. Sure enough, the competitors are intimidating, and the monsters terrifying — though neither more so than blossoming friendships with two determined swordswomen.
Spurred by pure-hearted altruism alone, Pavel joins their quest to find the Storm’s Breath: an artifact that bestows magic powers — and real-world riches — upon the first player to find it. And with a ruthless mage on their heels, he’ll find plenty of opportunities for bravery.
Genre: Ya gaming fantasy
Format: Mobi or e-pub
Under Your Skin by Rose McClelland (227 pages)
When Kyle’s wife Hannah goes missing, the whole town is out in force to try to find her. One person knows where she is. One person is keeping a secret.
Detective Inspector Simon Peters and Detective Kerry Lawlor have been brought in to investigate the case, but Hannah has left no traces and Kyle has no clues.
Local Belfast resident, Julia Matthews, joins the #FindHannah campaign and becomes friendly with Kyle, sympathising with his tragedy. As Julia becomes more involved in the case than she bargained for, she begins to uncover more secrets than the Police ever could.
Julia was only trying to help but has she become drawn into a web of mystery that she can’t escape?
It’s Only Make Believe by J.S. Jack (217 pages)
1985, West Virginia.
Following several mysterious events and disappearances, Graceland Johns, 11 years old, joins forces with her leukemia-stricken best friend, Robby “Super Sleuth” Lee, to get to the bottom of a mystery that involves more than just the Sasquatch they set out to find. With a disastrous storm approaching, their discoveries will lead to a shocking revelation that could change everything they believe in. Set against the backdrop of the Appalachian wilderness, the troubles may threaten the very life and soul of their withered coal town.
With a mysterious beast, a brutal sheriff, and a psychotic child molester on the loose, will they solve the mystery that plagues their tiny hamlet before it is too late, and before Robby runs out of time?
Cruising the Mississippi: From New Orleans to Memphis on a Genuine Paddlewheeler by Sunny Lockwood (188 pages)
oin Al and Sunny on the decks of an antebellum paddle-wheel riverboat as they experience the culinary delights, rich architecture, breathtaking vistas, and famous hospitality of southern culture.
You’ll visit lavish plantation mansions, honor the fallen at Civil War memorials, and be swept away by the magical beat of authentic New Orleans jazz. Before the journey ends, you’ll witness how the couple’s first impressions are challenged, changing their hearts forever.
In Cruising the Mississippi, you’ll discover:
-Fascinating histories of riverside cities
-Little-known facts about famous landmarks
-Personal reflections and insights from their daily experiences
-Tested travel tips and advice for embarking on your own river cruise adventure
-The lifelong benefits of immersing yourself in different customs and cultural experiences
-A detailed tour of the historic paddle-wheel riverboat, and much, much more!
If you like cultural exploration, American history, practical travel insights, colorful characters, and authentic personal stories, you’ll love Al and Sunny Lockwood’s illuminating exploration of America’s mightiest waterway.
Genre: Travel Memoir
Format: Free Download from Amazon May 16th /17th / 18th
Matt: More Than Words by Hans M. Hirschi (254 pages)
…being locked inside your own body, unable to move at will, unable to speak your mind.
Born prematurely and with complications at birth, twenty-three-year-old Matthew Walker is neurologically injured and diagnosed with severe cerebral palsy. Unable to speak or voluntarily move his limbs, Matt depends on around-the-clock care and has never said a word—most people, including his mother, assume he never will. Then one day, Timmy, a new assistant to Matt’s care team, is sitting at the breakfast table with Matt when he notices a couple of regular taps from Matt’s right big toe. Has Matt finally found a way to break out of his involuntary prison?
Matt–More Than Words is the story of a life without that which most of us take for granted: the ability to communicate. It is a story of suffering, abuse, loneliness, family, friendship, love, hope, and—finally—a green light, a future.
Genre: Literary Fiction
Format: Mobi / e-pub
Knee Deep by D.E. Haggerty (Love In The Suburb’s Book 4) 200 pages
Just when I think I’ve got it all figured out – BOOM! – in walks trouble.
It’s taken me years, but my life is finally back on track – new job, new friends, a complete new Violet! I don’t even cry myself to sleep every night anymore. But then he walks through the front door of my new workplace. How dare he come in here and ruin everything for me – again!
Luke Freaking Bauer. Not the boy who got away. Nuh-uh. Not even close. The boy who tossed me aside when I needed him the most.
But when I look deep into those hurt eyes, I forget I’m the one who was wronged. Oh boy. I’m knee-deep in trouble and sinking fast.
Format: Mobi / e-pub
Miss Tavistock’s Mistake by Linore Rose Burkard (282 pages) ARC now for June 8th publication
Young Miss Tavistock is promised in marriage to Captain Rempeare by the wish of her dearly departed papa. But the captain’s been at sea for a decade. When she finally meets him, tempestuous sparks fly, and she impulsively adopts a daring false identity. Going by “Lady X,” she vows never to marry such an infuriating man.
Captain Gabriel Rempeare is prepared to fulfill his duty and marry Miss Tavistock—if only he can clap eyes on her! One circumstance or another keeps them apart, though he cannot seem to avoid the beautiful, maddening, Lady X. When fate throws them together in London, Miss Tavistock discovers the real nature of the captain, and regrets her subterfuge. But can such a noble man forgive deceit? Or has her mistake already cost her everything?
Genre: Victorian Romance (Heat Level: Sweet and clean)
Format: Mobi / e-pub
Running Haunted by Effrosyni Moschoudi (331 pages)
Kelly ran a marathon… and wound up running a house. With a ghost in it.
Kelly Mellios is a stunning, athletic woman, who has learned—the hard way—to value herself. Having just finished her first marathon in the alluring Greek town of Nafplio, she bumps into Alex, a gorgeous widower with three underage children, who is desperately looking for a housekeeper.
The timing seems perfect, seeing that Kelly aches to start a new life, and Nafplio seems like the ideal place to settle down. She accepts the position on the spot, but little does she know that Alex’s house has an extra inhabitant that not even the family knows about…
The house is haunted by Alex’s late wife, who has unfinished business to tend to. By using the family pet, a quirky pug named Charlie, the ghost is able to communicate with Kelly and asks her for help. She claims she wants to ensure her loved ones are happy before she departs, but offers very little information about her plans.
Kelly freaks out at first, but gradually finds herself itching to help. It is evident there’s room for improvement in this family… Plus, her growing attraction towards Alex is overpowering…
Will Kelly do the ghost’s bidding? How will it affect her? And just how strange is this pug?
Genre: Paranormal Romcom
Format: Moi or e-pub
Displaced by David Korson (211 pages)
Bea Cooper, a sixteen-year-old disc golf prodigy, has a lot to prove both on the course and off. But her real challenge begins when she inherits a bizarre device with unanticipated power. Finding herself unexpectedly transported to another place and time, she must rely on a stranger—a strong but aloof man named Durango—to help her get home. One question, however, lingers: Can she really trust a man whose motives seem to be self-centered at best? Making matters worse, unbeknownst to Bea there is an evil adversary that not only knows who she is, but also wants to stop her from ever returning to her own time. It will take everything in her power for Bea to find a way back home.
With the perfect balance of intrigue, suspense, humor and romance, Displaced is a time-travel adventure that you are sure to fall in love with!
Genre: Ya scifi time-travel
Format: Mobi or Perma Free from Amazon.com (check on site before downloading)
The Strange Book of Jacob Boyce by Tom Gillespie (298 pages) ARC now for July publication
A spiraling obsession. A missing wife. A terrifying secret. Will he find her before it’s too late?
When Dr Jacob Boyce’s wife goes missing, the police put it down to a simple marital dispute. Jacob, however, fears something darker. Following her trail to Spain, he becomes convinced that Ella’s disappearance is tied to a mysterious painting whose hidden geometric and numerical riddles he’s been obsessively trying to solve for months. Obscure, hallucinogenic clues, and bizarre, larger-than-life characters, guide an increasingly unhinged Jacob through a nightmarish Spanish landscape to an art forger’s studio in Madrid, where he comes face-to-face with a centuries-old horror, and the terrifying, mind-bending, truth about his wife.
The Vatican Games by Alejandra Guibert (242 pages)
Vera is born on the day an apocalyptic revenge is unleashed, annihilating half of the world’s population. Her birth marks the beginning of a new world order run by powerful gaming corporations. A warless existence with no poverty has been secured, until this fine balance becomes once more under threat. Vera is the female David to beat Goliath and prevent further devastation. The future lies in her hands. It’s a game that she needs to win.
Format: Mobi / epub
Generation W (approx 2230 pages)
Generation W is a collection of 100 uncensored interviews with 100 unapologetic and leading British women from all generation who answer the same ten questions about what it was like to live through the 100 years since women began to receive the vote.
Reading within you will find inspiring stories and truths on how remarkable women have overcome their toughest moments and be able to discover what makes them truly happy, beyond the accolades and legacy. Generation W is one of the most intimate and inspiring books of the 21st century. Now that is on Ebook you can read it anywhere and any time. Perfect for when you need a reminder what you can achieve when you fight for what you want in life.
Dr Averil Mansfield – The first British female professor of surgery.
Sally Gunnell – The only female athlete to win Gold at Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth level.
Laura London – At 16 years old Laura was homeless, at 18 years old she was the youngest female magician to be inducted into the Magic Circle.
Alice Powell – on the centenary of women receiving the vote, Alice Powell became the first female racing driver to win a race in Saudi Arabia, in the same year it was finally made legal for women to drive in the country.
Stacey Copeland – growing up, boxing was illegal for women to compete in, in 2018 Stacey Copeland would become the first British woman to win a Commonwealth Title.
The great-granddaughter of legendary suffragette Emmeline Pankurst, HELEN PANKHURST
The first Black leader of a British political party MANDU REID
Former Vogue cover model, leading actress and environmentalist LILY COLE
Beyonce ‘Freedom’ and ‘Runnin’ songwriter CARLA-MARIE WILLIAMS
The first mainstream celebrated female of rock music SUZI QUATRO
Ten times European Gold Medallist Speed Skater ELISE CHRISTIE
BBC Radio 1 DJ JAMZ SUPERNOVA
PR legend and activist LYNNE FRANKS
Elusive grafitti artist BAMBI
Former Chair of British Library and principal at Newnham College, Cambridge University DAME CAROL BLACK
Genre: Non Fiction
Format: PDF or a smashwords voucher code to download a mobi or e-pub
Making Space: Creating boundaries in an ever-encroaching world by Jayne Hardy (200 Pages)
When we have healthy boundaries, we create a space between us and all else, where we feel safe, clear and confident in who we are and what we want and need. Our boundaries – the limits we place on what we will and won’t tolerate – define our routines, habits, choices, parenting, jobs, relationships; everything. And there’s nothing more important for our self-care.
In this practical guide, Jayne Hardy – author of The Self-Care Project and founder and CEO of The Blurt Foundation – helps us explore our existing boundaries; the ones that work for us and the ones that work against us; and guides us on creating new boundaries so that our physical, mental, emotional and digital spaces are protected.
Packed with friendly advice, the latest research and worksheets to help you reflect on your own experiences, Making Space is for anyone who feels overwhelmed, disconnected or walked on by life, and wants to make a change in an ever-encroaching world.
Genre: Self Help
COVID-19 The Battle for Humanity by Loralyn Mears (201 pages)
This is a hard science and medical thriller that you won’t be able to put down!
2020 started off full of promise with a new year and a new decade. And then the world changed. The economy collapsed, healthcare systems were overrun and governments were exposed as woefully ill-prepared.
It was the perfect storm.
Seemingly overnight, daily life stopped. The COVID-19 global pandemic, caused by the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, created a ripple effect that was felt around the globe.
But science would save the day.
Peg Araro, PhD, an epidemiologist at Virubio, takes readers on an intense and thrilling ride in her quest to find a cure. Steeped in science and anchored by actual events, this Sci-Fi thriller demonstrates the power of “we.”
Join Peg and her collaborators on a journey fraught with peril, suspense and intrigue.
Genre: Contemporary fiction