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Book Launch – ‘Kings and Queens’ by Terry Tyler

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Terry Tyler’s brand new novel ‘Kings and Queens’ is out today and is available on Amazon.  Just click on the link below:- 

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Kings-Queens-Terry-Tyler-ebook/dp/B00JX5ZU30/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1398410440&sr=1-1&keywords=kings+and+queens+-+terry+tyler

Terry 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 risque 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 just 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 and references, some very subtle, and some amusing ~ a rock band called Traitors’ Gate, for instance! 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.

A sequel, following the lives of Harry’s three children, is already planned.

‘Tiny Acts of Love’ by Lucy Lawrie

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Black and White Publishing very kindly sent me ‘Tiny Acts of Love’ to review. This is Lucy Lawrie’s debut novel and having read it I am already really looking forward to her next book.

Cassie, a lawyer and new mum has just arrived home from hospital having given birth to Sophie only to discover that Jonathan, her husband, has made a bit of an embarrassing mistake. He converses mainly through jokes, her best friend lives on the other side of the world and the mums in the Babycraft group aren’t exactly a help. Cassie finds herself struggling, but Jonathan doesn’t seem to be paying proper attention to her and dismisses her maternal anxieties.

Five months later Cassie returns to work part-time. She bangs into ex-boyfriend Malkie. Although he dumped her years ago he still stirs up old feelings inside her. On top of all the emotional turmoil she is going through, she also finds amongst other things that she has to advise a funeral director on ghost protocol. It just gets madder and madder. Cassie is about to discover that marriage and motherhood isn’t the fairytale she thought it would be.

I had the feeling I would enjoy ‘Tiny Acts of Love’ and I wasn’t wrong. For a start off the cover caught my eye. It’s just so lovely and it tells you all you need to know about the book. The story is set in Edinburgh which brought back memories of my holiday there last year.

‘Tiny Acts of Love’ takes a real look at motherhood.   I warmed to Cassie right from the start. I’m not a mum but I could still sympathise with her. How difficult must it be when you’re married and have just had a baby only to find that an old flame comes back into your life? Though this story is primarily about Cassie it also looks at her husband and the issues he is having. There are also a number of other characters, some of whom are really interesting.

Hilarious, touching and at times sad ‘Tiny Acts of Love’ is a winner.

I give this book 5 out of 5.

Interview with Elle Field

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Elle Field is a twenty-something chick lit author who lives in South London with her boyfriend. Her debut chick lit novel Kept was released last year, which was followed by Geli Voyante’s Hot or Not.

Elle was interested in being interviewed for my blog and kindly answered some questions.

 

What type of books do you write?

I write chick lit books, which some would call contemporary romantic women’s fiction. It seems that a lot people really don’t like the connotations of ‘chick lit’, but I think this rule should be applied: You should never judge a book by its cover; likewise, you should never judge a book by its genre!

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Can you tell me a bit about your latest novel please?

My last novel to hit the shelves was Geli Voyante’s Hot or Not. Geli works in the Gherkin as a newspaper’s Hot or Not writer. As well as scoring plenty of freebies, her job also has the added bonus of sitting next to Theodore Bones, the very hot political columnist who Geli has had a crush on ever since she started her job.

When her arch-nemesis Tiggy Boodles gets engaged, Geli finally sets about to try and convince Theo that she’s not as shallow as her light-hearted column suggests and, more importantly, that she’s the one for him. Geli soon realises though that like there are two sides to every story, that also applies to people…

Set in wintry London and sunny South Africa, Geli Voyante’s Hot or Not is full of twists and turns, glamour and glitz, as well as frolics and fashion. Make sure you read it to find out whether Geli gets her man!

What are you currently working on?

I’m working on the sequel to Kept, which was my debut novel, so you’ll be able to find out how Arielle gets on now she’s back in London. I won’t spoil it for those who still have Kept on their TBR pile, but I can tell you that there will be more of Obélix and Felicity in this book, as well as some interesting new characters who might not be all that they seem on first appearances…

Lost will be out this summer, and I can’t wait to share what happens next to Arielle!

How do you feel once you’ve had a new book published?

It’s the strangest feeling. It’s exciting, of course, but it’s also a day tinged with sadness as you’ve now done all you can for your characters. I imagine it’s akin to having your grown children go off to explore the big, wide world!

Have you got any advice for anyone wanting to write their first novel?

Never give up. It might take you six months to publish your first novel, or it might take six years… if you give up though, it never will. Sometimes you will want to, but you must keep at it!

What do you like doing in your spare time?

It goes without saying that I do a lot of reading in my spare time. I love exploring and photographing Blighty’s capital, seeing far too many musicals, and eating my way around London’s culinary delights. I’m also a massive fan of The Killers, Milka Daim, giraffes, caipirinhas, Audrey Hepburn movies, balsamic vinegar, Scrabble, sunshine and champagne, so I like my life to involve these as much as possible, too!

Who are your favourite authors and have any of them influenced your writing?

Maggie Alderson, Meg Cabot, Dorothy Koomson, Sophie Kinsella and Sarra Manning are some of my favourite chick lit authors, and they’ve definitely inspired my writing.

If you could be Prime Minister for a day what would you do?

I would probably get distracted and spend a hefty chunk of that day poking and peering into the secret nooks and crannies of Number 10 and the Houses of Parliament. It would certainly be the opportune time to garner some unique insight for a future book!

 

Below are some useful links:-

Kept: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Kept-ebook/dp/B00CHCOO7E

Geli Voyante’s Hot or Not: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Geli-Voyantes-Hot-Not-ebook/dp/B00FY12QUM

You can read Elle’s literary, London and life adventures on her blog: http://www.ellefield.co.uk

Follow her on Twitter: @ellefie

Like her on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ellefieldauthor

Connect with her on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7060681.Elle_Field

‘Sabre Six – File 51’ by Jamie Fineran

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Percy Publishing is an independent publishing house specialising in adult fiction. They very kindly sent me a number of their books to review. I chose to read ‘Sabre Six – File 51’ by Jamie Fineran first. An ex-soldier, this is his debut novel.

Set in 2013, this story is about Michael Fox, an ex-SAS soldier who served in many countries including Northern Ireland, Africa, Iraq and Canada. He now works for a private security firm abroad.

Michael is at Gare du Nord Station, Paris, waiting for his train to London. He can’t wait to get home to his family. However, he is waylaid by an old friend from the Regiment who needs a rather big favour. Michael soon finds himself working for the British Intelligence Agency M15, his task being to follow Ryan Killeen, an ex-IRA boss who now trades guns for the Taliban. Michael doesn’t realise it, but his whole life is about to be turned upside down.

This novel only took me a couple of days to read. It’s compact, fast-paced and thrilling which made me want to read on. The story itself goes back and forth a little bit giving the reader a good insight into the job Michael has just completed, plus his time in Iraq.

I would say that this book is more for men, but I’m sure like me other women will find it just as enjoyable. There is a lot of swearing throughout although I think that it is to be expected. It also gets graphic in places for which you might just need a strong stomach.

I give this book 4 out of 5.

 

‘Sabre Six – File 51’ has been shortlisted for The People’s Book Prize 2014. If you do read this book and find that you like it you can vote for it here:-

http://www.peoplesbookprize.com/section.php?id=6

For more information about Percy Publishing visit their website here:-

http://www.percy-publishing.com/

‘Surrounded by Water’ by Stephanie Butland – Blog Tour

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‘Surrounded by Water’ is Stephanie Butland’s debut novel.  It was published on the 10th April 2014 by Transworld in hardback and eBook.  We are celebrating the release of this wonderful book with this blog tour.

 

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Synopsis

Elizabeth’s world is turned upside down when her husband dies in a tragic drowning accident.

How typical of her kind, generous husband – a respected police officer – to sacrifice his own life saving a complete stranger’s.

Or so she thinks.

What exactly was her husband doing at the lake that night? And what if his death isn’t the most difficult thing she will have to deal with?

Elizabeth must face the consequences of her husband’s actions. As she does so, it seems that the end of Mike’s life is only the beginning of his wife truly getting to know him.

 

As part of the tour I had the pleasure of interviewing Stephanie.

I have really been enjoying ‘Surrounded by Water’.  How long did it take you to write?

It took a long time for SURROUNDED BY WATER to find the right shape. An early NaNoWriMo version stalled and sat waiting to be developed for about a year. Once I found the key to the story, the first completed draft took about three months. And then when I started to work with my editor we changed the structure of the book and it was about another three months to get into the form that it’s now in. So the genesis of SURROUNDED BY WATER was probably two-and-a-half years, and within that about eight months of serious, solid writing.

Where did you get your ideas for this novel from?

They grew. Believe it or not, SURROUNDED BY WATER started life as a comic novel about a committee. Feedback from an early reader persuaded me to drop the committee and then the real story of Elizabeth and her grief emerged. More than that though I believe the stories should be character driven, so once I was clear about the people in the book everything flowed from there.

Have you always wanted to write or is something you fancied doing later on in life?

As a child I wanted to be a writer. Life took me in other directions but cancer brought me back to the page, when I wrote two memoirs of my dance with the disease.

Can we expect more novels from you?

Yes! THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE YOU is well through the editorial process at the moment and will come out next year. I’m just started working on IT COULD BE TRUE. These novels are set in Throckton too, although they bring in new characters.

Have you got any good advice for anyone wanting to write their debut novel?

Yes. Just do it. It’s better to find 20 minutes a day and write something that you don’t think is very good than it is to wait until you think you have the time and the right words.

 

One very lucky person has the chance to win a signed copy of ‘Surrounded by Water’.  To enter just leave a comment about this interview.

Terms and Conditions

This competition is open to UK residents only.

The closing date is 11:59 p.m. on the 4th May 2014.

The winner will be notified within 7 days and his or hers details will be passed on to Transworld who will send out the prize.

Good luck everyone! 🙂

 

Visit http://www.theloveofagoodbook.wordpress.com tomorrow for another interview with Stephanie Butland.

Stephanie is on Twitter – @under_blue_sky

 

Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions, Stephanie.  You are one amazing lady and I am really looking forward to reading your next two novels.

Sonya x

 

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