#FridayReads If you like #HistFic I can recommend these books #amreading

If you like books with historical themes and elements I can recommend these books

18760917A privileged young wife on a large Cornwall estate gains responsibility and confidence when her husband leaves to fight overseas. This English home front saga then becomes something more when she leaves for France herself to rescue a friend from danger. Elin lives a luxurious but lonely life at Hiram Hall. Her husband Hugo loves her but never recovered from the Boer War. Now another war threatens to destroy everything she knows. With Hugo at the front, and her cousin Alice and friend Mouse working for the war effort, Elin has to learn to run the estate in Cornwall, making new friends – and enemies. But when Mouse is in danger, Elin must face up to the horrors in France herself. And when the Great War is finally over, Elin’s battles prove to have only just begun. Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

22011018Terry Tyler’s seventh novel is a romantic drama spanning the years 1971 – 2007, with an unusual echo from history …

“KINGS AND QUEENS” tells of the life and loves of charismatic Harry Lanchester, which just happen to mirror the story of Henry VIII and his six wives. All the passion and suspense of the Tudor court, but set in modern times.

Harry’s realm is his South of England property developing company, Lanchester Estates, while his ‘wives’ are the twentieth century sisters of their historic counterparts: Anne Boleyn is reincarnated as the equally intriguing Annette Hever, and Henry VIII’s fifth wife with the risqué past, Catherine Howard, lives again in 1999 as Keira Howard, a former lap dancer.

The saga is narrated by each of the six women, in turn, interspersed with short chapters from the point of view of Harry’s lifelong friend, Will Brandon.

Don’t worry if you know nothing of this period in history – “Kings and Queens” can be enjoyed as a contemporary family drama, very much in the vein of Ms Tyler’s previous novels. Readers with an interest in the Tudors, though, will pick up on many similarities, references and metaphors, some quite amusing. For those non-Tudor fanatics who would like a brief look at the life of Henry VIII before reading, the author has included, in the Kindle book, a link to a mini-biography on her blog. Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

18286661Shiri blocks her ears to her mother’s screams and sees the arrows strike her father’s chest. With their murderers bearing down on her she turns to obey his final command. “RUN!” Amenhotep, Prince of Egypt, burns her village, enslaves her people, and destroys all she loves. Only Shiri escapes. With tears in her eyes and vengeance in her heart, she races to warn the Shepherd King. If she doesn’t reach him in time, all Palestine will burn. It’s a race that takes her from the fields of Armageddon, to the sands of Ancient Egypt and the very heart of Pharaoh’s court. It’s a struggle that brings the deaths of kings and the birth of a god. It’s a quest that sees her fall in love.   Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

18752098‘Look upon this wretch, all of you! Look upon her and thank God for his love and his mercy. Thank God that he has sent me to rid the world of such filth as this.’ 1647 and England is in the grip of civil war. In the ensuing chaos, fear and suspicion are rife and anyone on the fringes of society can find themselves under suspicion. Matthew Hopkins, self -styled Witchfinder General, scours the countryside, seeking out those he believes to be in league with the Devil. In the small village of Coggeshall, 17–year-old Alice Pendle finds herself at the centre of gossip and speculation. Will she survive when the Witchfinder himself is summoned? A tale of persecution, superstition, religious fundamentalism, hate and love, ‘The Black Hours’ mixes fact with fiction in a gripping fast-paced drama that follows the story of Alice as she is thrown into a world of fear and confusion, and of Matthew, a man driven by his beliefs to commit dreadful acts in the name of religion. Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

28234601February 1603, the last of the Tudor monarchs is dying, but Death must wait for Elizabeth of England to finish her tale…

As The Bastard Princess, Elizabeth Tudor, daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, has fought through a childhood of intrigue and peril to her place as the heir to the English throne. But as her sister, Mary I, the first anointed and sole Queen of England takes the crown, Elizabeth must face her most dangerous challenges yet… for Mary I is determined to return England to the Catholic faith, and will have none stand in her way.

Protestant Elizabeth knows that she must survive the suspicions and distrust of her sister, in a reign where rebellion and war freely stalked the lands of England.
To survive, this heretic heir must hone her skills in survival, wit and wile, in order that she may one day… become Queen.

The Heretic Heir is Book Two of the Elizabeth of England Chronicles by G. Lawrence. Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

23496306The boy looks up and sees the foreigner’s rifle aimed at him. Why is this man here? This is not his conflict, it is not the boy’s… it is hell.

Jay has been home for a long time, but the ghosts of Yugoslavia
are still with him as he busks his way round the country.

Marilyn is fresh out of a controlling relationship and desperate
to reassert her independence. The last thing she needs is to fall
for an itinerant storyteller who has a strange relationship with
the truth. And then the police call on her.

When the past catches up with the present and stories become
reality, Jay and Marilyn must decide who to believe and who
to betray.

A compelling narrative of trust and betrayal, love, loyalty and honour from a talented debut novelist. Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

The #MysteryNovember Book Tour Day 19 – Alison Layland @AlisonLayland

Welcome to Day 19 of #MysteryNovember

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Today our guest is Alison Layland and her book Someone Else’s Conflict

someone Elses' Conflict

‘The boy looks up and sees the foreigner’s rifle aimed at him. Why is this man here? This is not his conflict, it is not the boy’s… it is hell.

Jay has been home for a long time, but the ghosts of Yugoslavia are still with him as he busks his way round the country. Marilyn is fresh out of a controlling relationship and desperate to reassert her independence. The last thing she needs is to fall for an itinerant storyteller who has a strange relationship with the truth. And then the police call on her. When the past catches up with the present and stories become reality, Jay and Marilyn must decide who to believe and who to betray.

Alison Layland

Where is your home town?

The easy answer is Bradford, West Yorkshire. I lived in and around the city from age 5 until my early 20s and still think of it as my home town, although my family are actually from Nottinghamshire and I was born in Newark. I have lived most of my married life elsewhere in the UK – for the last 18 years in rural Wales – but I returned to Yorkshire for the setting of my debut novel.

What do you like about writing in the mystery genre?

I love the fact that it gives me the opportunity to explore my characters, their backstories and their motivations in depth while involving them in a story that keep readers turning the pages. In Someone Else’s Conflict I particularly enjoyed exploring the conflict in Croatia in the early 1990s following the break-up of Yugoslavia, and the way war can have lasting, devastating effects through to the present.

What sub-genre of mystery does your book fit?

I’d say it’s mainly crime/thriller involving a strong love story and past mistakes committed during war time coming back to haunt the present.

Where is your book set?

The present-day action moves from the Yorkshire Dales to the streets of Bradford and Keighley, with flashbacks to the war in 1990s Dalmatia, southern Croatia.

Can you introduce us to the main characters?

Jay Spinney is a busker and storyteller who uses rootlessness, outward cheerfulness and stories to hide the guilt of his past in the 1990s post-Yugoslavian conflict. Marilyn is an artist and potter trying to assert her independence after the break-up of a relationship with a controlling man. When they meet and are attracted to one another, Jay realises he has to try and come to terms with his past in order to be honest with her. When Vinko – a troubled teenage economic migrant and himself an indirect victim of the conflict – enters their lives, stories become reality and the past is forcefully brought into contact with the present, with drastic consequences on their lives.

Where can readers find out more about you and your writing?

My website is at www.alayland.uk

and I am on Twitter: @AlisonLayland,

and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/AlisonLaylandAuthor).

You can also find me among the Prime Writers www.theprimewriters.com .

Where can readers find your book?

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00K9W416I,

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00K9W416I,

international via http://authl.it/B00K9W416I;

in the UK, direct from the publisher’s website http://www.honno.co.uk/dangos.php?ISBN=9781909983120

or Lovereading http://www.lovereading.co.uk/book/13461/Someone-Else-s-Conflict-by-Alison-Layland.html

June #BookReviews for local Magazines @FleetLife @EHDirectory

Here are the books which are featured in the June issues of Fleet Life and EHDirectory.

Fleet Life online version can be found here. http://www.fleetlife.org.uk, click on the online directory, and find my reviews on page 45.

New June FL

James Bone and The Italian Job by Frank Bell

Someone Else’s Conflict by Alison Layland

Imminent Danger: And How To Fly Straight Into It by Michelle Proulx

Before The Morning by Zee Monodee

Pattern of Shadows by Judith Barrow

EHDirectory can be found here http://www.ehd.org.uk, click on the online directory and then find my reviews on page 20

New June EHD

Reality Is In A dream by Lauren Mayhew

The War Before Mine by Caroline Ross

Fallen On Good Times by Rewan Tremethick

Cupid’s Way by Joanne Phillips

Catching Cassidy by Melissa Foster 

Someone Else’s Conflict by Alison Layland

Someone Else's ConflictSomeone Else’s Conflict by Alison Layland

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Someone Else’s Conflict is contemporary read set in the English Dales. Jay Spinney is a street entertainer, a man whose past means he’s unable to settle in one place, he’s constantly on the move.

Marilyn stops in the market place to listen to the entertainer and has her purse stolen by a desperate young man. Vinko is an illegal immigrant who yearns for a place to belong. He knows his Grandparents live in the area, but will they ever accept him if he can pluck up the courage to visit them?

A huge storm blows through and causes a landslide up in the Dales where Marilyn lives alone, the electric and telephones are cut off for several days. Jay has camped in a field near by and offers to help Marilyn clear away the debris. She’s unsure of him, shouldn’t trust him, but she needs the help. They form a shaky friendship. Jay has nightmares, he shouts out in a foreign language and his past haunts him daily.

Horrors of war torn Yugoslavia stay with Jay and even though the war is over the fighting is not yet past.

This book grabbed me from the start and sucked me in, I knew very little about what happened to all the innocent people who were caught up in the war between the Croatians and Serbians. Like so many wars is pulled in people with their ideals, their beliefs, but things change, power takes over, anger and madness become the leaders and soldiers make decisions they later regret.

The reader is cleverly drip fed the storyline as it mixes with the lives of those who live today in the Dales, it worked really well. There are so many layers to Jay that get peeled away right up until the very end. Loved it.

This review is based on a free copy of the book give to me by Honno Press

Find a copy here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

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Good Deeds Challenge Year 2 Week 49

Welcome to my second Year of Good Deeds, a challenge I set myself during April 2013. I decided to do at least one Good Deed a day for a whole year, now I am into my second year.

New Good DeedsThis week I’ve been doing the following;

March 22nd – I’m reading an excellent book by Alison Layland called Someone Else’s Conflict. Have put the finishing touches to my April A to Z Challenge theme reveal ready for tomorrow.

March 23rd – My morning volunteering at school. My April A to Z Theme reveal, here is a link if you missed the post http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-6B4

March 24th –  A lunchtime walk and picked up litter. I’m reading Kinetics: In Search Of Willow by Arbor Barrow

March 25th – Leant a book to a friend, bought birthday gifts in town and walked home picking up litter.

March 26th – I’ve been Spring cleaning my house and now it feels lovely to live in. A quick walk and litter pick over lunch-time. Am reading Imminent Danger: And How To Fly Straight Into It by Michelle Proulx

March 27th – Approving The proofs of my May book reviews for Fleet life, April issues due out next week. I’m loving this Spring sunshine, picked up more litter on my daily walk. I’m reading Before The Morning by Zee Monodee.

March 28th – Just a walk and litter pick today, really enjoying Zee’s book as mentioned above hoping to finish it later today.