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‘Dance with the Enemy’ by Rob Sinclair + Competition


Earlier this year Rob Sinclair published his debut novel ‘Dance with the Enemy’.  The first in a trilogy, the second book should be published next year.


Book Blurb

Carl Logan was the perfect agent. A loner, with no real friends or family, he was trained to deal with any situation with cold efficiency, devoid of emotion. But Logan isn’t the man he used to be, or the asset he once was. Five months ago his life changed forever when he was captured, tortured and left for dead by Youssef Selim, one of the world’s most violent terrorists. When Selim mysteriously reappears in Paris, linked to the kidnapping of America’s Attorney General, Logan smells his chance for revenge. Pursuing his man relentlessly, oblivious to the growing trail of destruction that he leaves in his wake, Logan delves increasingly deep into the web of lies and deceit surrounding the kidnapping. Finally, he comes to learn just what it means to Dance with the Enemy.


Author Bio


Rob began writing in 2009 following a promise to his wife, an avid reader, that he could pen a ‘can’t put down’ thriller.

Dance with the Enemy, the story of embattled intelligence agent Carl Logan, is Rob’s first published novel and the first in a trilogy of novels following Carl Logan.

The second novel in the series is planned for release in 2015. Rob is a qualified accountant. He has worked for a global accounting firm since graduating from The University of Nottingham in 2002, specialising in forensic fraud investigations at both national and international levels.

Originally from the North East of England, Rob has lived and worked in a number of fast paced cities, including New York, and is now settled in the West Midlands with his wife and young sons.


‘Dance with the Enemy is available to buy on Amazon.  Click on the links below:-







Three very lucky people have the chance to win a signed paperback copy of ‘Dance with the Enemy’.  To enter just leave a comment telling me what books you have bought or won recently.


Terms and Conditions

This competition is open to UK residents only.

The closing date is 11:59 p.m. on the 7th September 2014.

Winners will be notified within 7 days and their details will be passed on to Rob Sinclair who will send out your prizes.


Good luck! :-)

Interview with Jane Carroll


Jane Carroll, Author of Bertha-Size Your Life!, is a Life Coach, Registered Nurse, Reiki Master, Mother, Grandmother, and long-time student of life. She has seen the focus of her over 30 year nursing career change from illness to wellness to wholeness, a philosophy that permeates everything she does.   Jane very kindly took part in an interview for my blog.


You published your new book at the end of May.  Can you tell me a bit about it please?

Bertha-Size Your Life!, or Bertha as most of us call her, has been re-released by Master Koda Select Publishing. I’m really excited about being part of the MKSP family and Bertha is excited to be back in circulation.


Bertha is a book of personal transformation that reads like a series of entertaining and humorous stories. Bertha, a zany redhead, mysteriously appears in the narrator’s life during a walk in the park. Quicker than a man can hand off a baby with a dirty diaper, she has moved into the narrator’s empty nest and the fun begins.

You never know what Bertha will think up next from flying a hot air balloon to singing to her begonia, she’s always up to something. Bertha delights in standing on her soapbox while dispensing down-home wisdom and perky advice, explaining The Law of Attraction in a refreshing, humor-filled, practical way that has the reader going aha! instead of humph!

Throw in a conniving nemesis, an antagonistic cat, lime green spandex and high-heels and you’ve got a book that’s sure to tickle your funny bone and leave you wearing your thinking cap as you read and reread each vignette.


Where do you get your ideas from?

Anything and everything from cleaning the gutters to sweeping the kitchen floor to digging up monkey grass can spark my attention. I suppose it is a result of years of immersing myself in inspirational and personal growth information. It’s like something totally unrelated will suddenly make it click and a Bertha story is born.


What are you working on at the moment?

The sequel to Bertha-Size, Becoming Bertha, is slated for release by MKSP in the fall. Where the Joys Are: Bertha’s Guided Journal is on for late summer by MKSP. And there’s a cozy mystery in the works featuring Bertha as a senior sleuth along with a zany cast of teenagers and of course, a pesky cat and lots of shoes.


Did you always want to write?

I first remember writing some pretty sappy poetry in about seventh grade. I always enjoyed writing and considered journalism as a college major rather than nursing but Mama was paying the tuition and she chose nursing. And the rest as they say is history. As a young wife and mother I did journal some and always dreamed of writing a book that would help women in some way. I didn’t start writing in earnest until I was around fifty and I haven’t stopped since.


What do you like to do in your spare time?

I love to ride my bike, read, cook, do a little bit of yard work and of course, write. But some afternoons, nothing beats a good nap!


Describe a day in your life.

I’m a school nurse so during the school year I get up between three and four just to have some quiet time before I leave home. I generally meditate, read something inspirational, blog, and play on social media. Most people think I’m crazy for getting up so early, but if I don’t have that time to get grounded I’m not very fun to be around. Then it’s on to work where I pass out band aids, peppermints, medicine, and lots of TLC all day. By the time I get home there’s dinner and dishes and maybe some reading before a very early bedtime. I don’t watch a lot of TV but when I do it’s either a comedy or HGTV. Bertha says there’s enough drama in my life without me watching more on TV…and I have to agree with her.

It’s summer now, so my days are a bit more relaxed…it’s still usually dark when I get up but it’s also dark when I go to bed. I have more time for writing and marketing and playing on social media.



Bertha-Size Your Life! http://amzn.com/B00KNDIGCI

Website: http://www.janecarrollauthor.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/janecarrollauthor

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/janecarroll10

Publisher: http://www.masterkodaselectpublishing.com


Jane Lark – Review of ‘The Illicit Love of a Courtesan’



Jane Lark is a bestselling author of both historical romance and new adult genres.  To celebrate her novels various blogs have been taking part in a summer extravaganza.  Today I am reviewing her fabulous book ‘The Illicit Love of a Courtesan’, the first in the Marlow Intrigues series.


‘The Illicit Love of a Courtesan’ was published by HarperImpulse last year.  As a lover of historical fiction I was keen to read this book.

Ellen Harding appears to live a charmed life as mistress to Lord Gainsborough. However, no one knows exactly what is going on behind the scenes.  Ellen may always look glamorous and as if she is treated well, but inside she is empty.  She is trapped and wants desperately to escape from Gainsborough’s clutches.

Lord Edward Marlow comes on the scene and an unexpected encounter leaves Ellen with some hope and a longing for him.  Edward could prove to be her salvation.  He might just be able to help her and get her away from Gainsborough.  After enduring many years of abuse will she finally get the life she deserves?

From the very first page I just knew I was going to love this book.  The words flowed so easily and I found it very hard to put my kindle down once I got into the story.  Jane Lark writes beautifully and the descriptions throughout, from the gowns and jewellery Ellen wore to the ballrooms were wonderful.

It took a while for Ellen to trust Edward totally and to be able to feel that she could confide in him completely, but then that’s no surprise after what she had been through.  I think Edward did a lot to strengthen her character.

‘The Illicit Love of a Courtesan’ is an exciting and deliciously romantic novel.  If you love historical fiction this book is sure to keep you turning the pages.

I hope to read the rest of the Marlow Intrigue series.

I give this book 5 out of 5.


About the Author



Jane is qualified to the equivalent of a Masters Degree in People Management and is fascinated by the things that craft people’s personalities, so she has great fun exploring these through characters. She lives in the United Kingdom near the Regency City of Bath and has just bought her 400 year old dream home. History has always tempted her imagination and she loves researching and also exploring ruins and houses to get ideas. She equally loves a love story. Jane has always aspired to writing a historical novel so when she was thirty she put it on her ‘to do before I am forty’ list. She completed her first novel ten years ago, never sent it anywhere then started the next. She’s not stopped writing since, and escaping into a mental world of fiction is a great painkiller to help fight off her Ankylosing Spondylitis.



Twitter – https://twitter.com/JaneLark

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Website – http://www.janelark.co.uk/index.html

Visit Jane Lark’s Amazon page where you will find all her books – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Jane-Lark/e/B00CF5WXKI/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

‘Upside Down’ by Lia Riley

Upside Down

Lia Riley writes off beat New Adult Romance.  ‘Upside Down’ was published by Piatkus as an ebook on the 5th August 2014 and it is the first book in the Off the Map trilogy.  I was sent a copy to review.

Natalia Stolfi is twenty-one years old and lives in Santa Cruz, California.  Lately things have been very hard for her.  Natalia suffers from OCD and panic attacks, plus she has been trying to deal with a recent loss.  But she knows it is time for her to say goodbye to all those painful memories and sort herself out.  So Natalia decides to go on a six month trip to Melbourne.  There she will make out that she is an exchange student with absolutely no worries.  But will she succeed?

Bran Lockhart has had the worst year of his life.  After a failed relationship he returns to Melbourne to try and piece his life back together.  He doesn’t believe in love anymore.  However, he unexpectedly meets Talia and realises that he really wants to be with her.  Are they meant to be together or will they go their own separate ways?

I’ve never read a New Adult Romance novel before and although ‘Upside Down’ sounded interesting I didn’t really know how I would get on with it.  As it turns out I finished the book within a couple of days.  I didn’t get into the story fully until after the first few chapters and then I found it hard to put down.  I liked the writing style and it was interesting to learn what some of the words meant in Australia.  For instance ‘thongs’ means flip-flops and not underwear.  This story also had a wide range of characters.

I felt sorry for Talia and what she had been through.  She went away in the hope of forgetting her past and curing herself of her OCD only to discover that it wasn’t all that simple.  Her trip away and the experiences she had made her a much stronger person though and it helped her shape her future.

I am now looking forward to reading the next book as it will be interesting to find out how Talia’s life progresses.

I give this book 4 out of 5.


‘Sideswiped’, the second book in this trilogy is due to be published on the 7th October 2014.

Interview with Karen Magill


Karen Magill lives in an eclectic area of Vancouver in Canada.  She gets her inspiration from the history and stories around her.  Karen kindly took the time to answer a few questions for my blog.


Tell me about the type of books you write.

For my fiction works, I write paranormal. My latest series are paranormal mysteries set in Vancouver that combine historical fact with the fiction. To date, I have four published paranormal books – The Bond, A Paranormal Love Story, Let Us Play, A Rock ‘n Roll Love Story (Mystique Rising in Kindle), Missing Flowers and A Little Poison.


I have one non-fiction and that book is entitled On The Right Side, My Story of Survival and Success. This one is the story of my journey, so far, with multiple sclerosis.



Where do you get your ideas from?

Sometimes I can be influenced by a news article or a historical event and then I try to bring in characters and add something paranormal. Just to make it a little more interesting. For On The Right Side, I lived what happened.  When writing it, I consulted two diaries I kept when I was first diagnosed and the book grew from that.


What are you working on at the moment?

Besides promoting my books, I am also starting to plan the sequel to Missing Flowers and A Little Poison. That one should be out next year and will be entitled Eden Damned. As well, I am starting a career as a motivational speaker so I am working on speeches, learning PowerPoint and trying to find places I can speak at.


Have you got a favourite place where you do your writing?

I recently got a laptop and connected my desktop to my television. I like writing on the desktop now because I have such a big screen! When I write entries for my blog, the Vancouver Vagabond, (http://karen-magill.blogspot.ca) I love it because the photos are so large and clear now.


What advice do you have for anyone wishing to pen their first novel?

Just sit down and write and find the system that works best for you. Some people love to plan everything out while others just write. Get it edited again and again. Remember too that your first book may not be worthy of publication but it will be something good for you to do, to learn the discipline of completing a book.


Did you always want to be a writer?

I come from a family of writers and ever since I learned to put words together, I have written. I tried many things in the past but something always brought me back to writing. So I guess yes would be the answer.


Describe a day in your life. 

Usually I get up and check my email then maybe watch the morning news. I am on disability so I don’t go to a regular job. I spend my days working on promotion or writing or learning. Nothing really exciting.


What do you like to do in your spare time?

I like to walk and with my blog, I take photos of Vancouver and historical homes and places. I also enjoy curling up on the sofa and watching a good movie. Which is why I connected my desktop to my television. LOL


Karen Magill’s Amazon Page:-


Book Launch – ‘Guernsey Retreat’ by Anne Allen

Guernsey Retreat

Anne Allen recently published her third novel, ‘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 tortuous: conceived in Guernsey, he travels to Canada as a baby with his bereaved mother. 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, where Malcolm was conceived, but never lived and where his father 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…


To buy yourself a copy of ‘Guernsey Retreat’ click on the link below:-



‘A Place for Us – Part One’ by Harriet Evans

A Place for Us - One

Today saw the publication by Headline Review of the first of four instalments of this book.  It is available in ebook with the next part due out on the 28th August 2014.  The complete novel will be published in January 2015.  I was kindly sent a copy to review.

The story starts off with an element of intrigue.  It is August 2012 and Martha Winter’s eightieth birthday is fast approaching.  She had made a huge decision, one which is set to change things for good.  It’s time to tell all.  But how will Martha go about doing this?

The first part of ‘A Place for Us’ gives the reader a good introduction to the Winter family with each chapter being narrated by an individual character.  I felt that this worked well as it told me a lot about their lives.  I also like the way the story has been set in different locations.

A complex family with secrets from the past, I reckon Part Two is when things will really start to hot up.  I can’t wait to find out what happens next.

I give the first part of ‘A Place for Us’ 4 out of 5.


‘The Summer Guest’ by Emma Hannigan

The Summer Guest

‘The Summer Guest’ is being published in paperback by Headline on the 31st July 2014.  This is Emma Hannigan’s seventh novel and until now I had never read any of her books.

The story is set in Caracove Bay, Dublin.  In the first chapter the reader is introduced to the main characters, Lexie and her husband Sam.  Married for fifteen years they have spent ages lovingly restoring their home, No. 3 Cashel Square.  Lexie and Sam decided from the start that they didn’t want children, but her mum seems to think that they should now have a baby.  What with her art gallery which has really grown plus her rather headstrong niece, Lexie is more than busy.

Lexie arrives home one day to an unexpected letter.  A lady called Kathleen Williams has written explaining that she was born in and lived at that very same house over sixty years ago.  She would love to be able to revisit her roots by seeing her old home once more.  Lexie who has a good feeling about Kathleen invites her around to visit.  The two women get on instantly and soon become friends.

I started reading ‘The Summer Guest’ last weekend and I absolutely loved it.  With its pretty cover, it didn’t take me long to get into the story at all.  I really liked Emma Hannigan’s writing style throughout and I didn’t want this story to finish.

My favourite character was Kathleen.  I thought she was smashing.  Kathleen was so brave to have travelled all the way from America to Dublin on her own, especially after losing her husband.  Her words ‘live for the moment and relish the time you have together’ struck a chord with me.  I also really liked Lexie and Sam.  Soon after they had met they both realised that they had found their soul-mate.  That’s something I can totally relate to.

‘The Summer Guest’ is a beautiful, tender and emotional story.

I give this book 5 out of 5.


Emma, long may you continue to write wonderful books.

Book Launch – ‘From Paris with Love’ by Samantha Tonge


Samantha Tonge’s brand new book ‘From Paris With Love’ is being published today by Carina.



Every girl dreams of hearing those four magical words Will you marry me? But no-one tells you what’s supposed to happen next…

Fun-loving Gemma Goodwin knows she should be revelling in her happy-ever-after. Except when her boyfriend Lord Edward popped the question, after a whirlwind romance, although she didn’t say no….she didn’t exactly say yes either!

A month-long cookery course in Paris could be just the place to make sure her heart and her head are on the same page… And however disenchanted with romance Gemma is feeling, the City of Love has plenty to keep her busy; the champagne is decadently quaffable, the croissants almost too delicious, and shopping is a national past-time! In fact, everything in Paris makes her want to say Je t’aime… Except Edward!

But whilst Paris might offer plenty of distractions from wedding planning – including her new friends, mysterious Joe and hot French rockstar Blade – there’s no reason she couldn’t just try one or two couture dresses is there? Just for fun…



Author Bio

Samantha Tonge lives in Cheshire with her lovely family, and two cats who think they are dogs. When not writing, she spends her days cycling and willing cakes to rise. She has sold over 80 short stories to women’s magazines. Her bestselling debut novel, Doubting Abbey, came out in November 2013.



Twitter: https://twitter.com/SamTongeWriter

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SamanthaTongeAuthor

Website: http://samanthatonge.co.uk/

Doubting Abbey Blog: http://doubtingabbey.blogspot.co.uk/

‘From Paris with Love’ is available to buy on Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Paris-Love-Samantha-Tonge-ebook/dp/B00KYU49XK/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1404140133&sr=1-1&keywords=from+paris+with+love

Book Launch – ‘Round and Round’ by Terry Tyler


Today sees the publication of ‘Round and Round’ by Terry Tyler, a romantic/paranormal story.  Her ninth published work, this is a 36K word novella, i.e., between a third and half as long as a full length novel.


Four Valentine cards – from four different men!

Sophie Heron’s fortieth birthday is looming, and she is fed up with her job, her relationship, her whole life – not to mention her boyfriend’s new ‘hobby’, in which she definitely doesn’t want to get involved…

Back in 1998 she had the choice of four men, and now she can’t help wondering how her life might have turned out if she’d chosen differently.

The person to whom Sophie had always been closest was her beloved Auntie Flick, her second mother, friend and advisor.  Before her death in 2001, Flick said, “when I’m up there having a cuppa with St Peter, I’ll have a word with him about making me your guardian angel, shall I?”

As Sophie’s fortieth birthday draws near, she visits her aunt’s special place: a tree by a river, hidden from the world.  Here she calls on Auntie Flick to show her the way forward – and help her look back into the past so she can see what might have been….


‘Round and Round’ is available on Amazon:-



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