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Cover Reveal – ‘The Broken Hearts Book Club’ by Lynsey James

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Lynsey James has a new book coming out on the 1st September 2015, published by Carina UK.  I am very excited today to be taking part in this cover reveal.  Isn’t it gorgeous! 🙂  Read on to find out more about ‘The Broken Hearts Book Club’.

 

Book Blurb

Secrets never stay buried for long…

Lucy Harper has always been good at one thing: running from her past. But when her beloved Nana Lily passes away she has no choice except to return to the one place in the world she most wants to avoid…

Luna Bay hasn’t changed much in the eight years she has spent in London. The little Yorkshire village is still just as beautiful, but the new pub landlord is a gorgeous addition to the scenery!

Lucy only intended to stay for a day, yet when she discovers that Nana Lily has not only left her a cottage but also ‘The Broken Hearts Book Club’, Lucy is intrigued. Her Nana never have mentioned the club and Lucy can’t wait to get started, but walking into her first meeting she is more aware than ever that her past is finally catching up with her.

One way or another, Lucy must finally face the secrets she’s kept buried for so long – or spend the rest of her life on the run…

 

About Lynsey James

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Lynsey James was born in Fife in 1991 and has been telling people how to spell her name ever since. She’s an incurable bookworm who loves nothing more than getting lost in a good story with memorable characters. She started writing when she was really young and credits her lovely Grandad- and possibly a bump on the head from a Mr Frosty machine- with her love of telling stories. She used to write her own episodes of Friends and act them out in front of her family (in fact she’s sure she put Ross and Rachel together first!)

A careers adviser at school once told Lynsey writing wasn’t a “good option” and for a few years, she believed her. She tried a little bit of everything, including make-up artistry, teaching and doing admin for a chocolate fountain company. The free chocolate was brilliant. When Lynsey left her job a couple of years ago, she started writing full-time while she looked for another one. As soon as she started working on her story, Lynsey fell in love and decided to finally pursue her dream. She hasn’t looked back since.

When Lynsey’s not writing, eating cake or drinking tea, she’s daydreaming about the day Dylan O’Brien FINALLY realises they’re meant to be together. It’ll happen one day…

 

Links

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Lynsey1991

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lynseyjamesauthor?ref=ts&fref=ts

Blog: https://lynseyjames.wordpress.com

Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/1MWkC3a 

Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1H6HS9y 

Goodreads: http://bit.ly/1IudxHo

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Virtual Voyager Event

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I am one of a number of bloggers taking part in this event celebrating HarperVoyager’s digital authors.  Nancy K. Wallace has written a guest post for my blog.  I really hope you enjoy reading it.

 

 Literary Magic: Crafting the Perfect Concoction of Fact and Fantasy!

By Nancy K. Wallace

Fantasy lures us with rich detail, imagined realms, and unique creatures. It allows us to explore the depths of uniquely magical places we have never visited before. If the plot seems to lead down a familiar path, we are warned that its borders are not those we are acquainted with. What lurks within its hedgerows may grant our fondest dreams or send us racing from our worst nightmares.

What part could fact possibly play in this magical world of invention and imagination? More than you might think. Most fantasies contain some factual material threading through the sparkling, golden cords that bind the story together. They offer something that grounds it in the real world without disturbing our “suspension of disbelief” in a new magical one.

From the very beginning, fantasy writers have found inspiration in history and legend. Tolkien compared his novels to a sort of literary soup, complaining that the critics didn’t need to see the bones that had been simmered to make the broth. Oddly enough, it’s by identifying the bones of a story that we often catch a glimpse into the author’s mind, and the fledgling spark of a novel’s inception.

The Legend of the Beast of Gevaudan, a giant wolf that terrorized 18th century France by killing innocent women and children, anchors my novel, Among Wolves, in a place very much like pre-revolutionary France. The culture, people, and social issues are certainly comparable, but that’s where the similarity ends. Llisé isn’t France and my wolves are not Gevaudan’s wolves.

Stephen Moore’s forthcoming novel, Graynelore, which will be released Aug 13th 2015 by Harper Voyager, also had its beginnings in historical fact. Moore found its roots in his own familial tie to the 16th century Reivers on the border of Scotland and England. He used historical fact to trigger the plot of a totally unique fantasy.

Perhaps it is because fantasy is tied so closely to truth that it appeals to us so much. When we read fantasy, we become one with whatever magical world we have permitted ourselves to enter. It allows us to travel its roads, marvel at its sunsets, rejoice with its lovers, and weep at its heroes’ graves. We breathe its air, smell its exotic fragrances, and touch and feel treasures we have only dreamed of before. We grow to care deeply for the companions on our journey and are reluctant to leave them behind when the story ends. Ultimately, fantasy speaks to our hearts. It touches our souls, leaving us tearstained or joyful, tortured or terrified, but never quite the same. It leaves us wistful, wanting, and eager for more.

 

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You can buy Nancy Wallace’s book, AMONG WOLVES here, and find the author on Facebook and Twitter.

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