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Blog Tour – ‘Sea Babies’ by Tracey Scott-Townsend ~ #LoveBooksGroupTours @LoveBooksGroup @authortrace @Wildpressed

It is a real pleasure to be taking part in this blog tour.  ‘Sea Babies’ was published as an eBook on the 21st February 2019 by Wild Pressed Books and will be available in paperback from the 1st May 2019.  I would like to thank Kelly Lacey of Love Books Group for inviting me to participate in this tour.

I have an extract from ‘Sea Babies’ for all of you.  First though, here’s what the book is about.

 


Book Blurb

Lauren Wilson is travelling by ferry to the Outer Hebrides, about to begin a new job as a social worker. When somebody sits opposite her at the cafeteria table, she refuses to look up, annoyed at having her privacy disturbed. But a hand is pushing a mug of tea towards her, and a livid scar on the back of the hand releases a flood of memories.                                                   

Some people believe in the existence of a parallel universe. Does Lauren have a retrospective choice about the outcome of a terrible recent accident, or is it the bearer of that much older scar who has the power to decide what happens to her now? 

 

Extract

I picture a slightly older Sheena with a toddler in her arms, the little girl’s skin the colour of toffee just like in the photos of Sheena before she messed up her face with piercings, and her neck with a foster-brother’s attempt at a home-made tattoo.

The ends of my fingers go numb from pressing so hard into Sheena’s handiwork.

I’ll lose myself in my book. I wish I could revisit my young self and give her some helpful advice like Henry in The Time Traveller’s Wife. He also visits his future wife when she’s only six years old, and gently eases her into the difficulties to come. If I could go back in time there are several things I’d put right. One would be rectifying the biggest regret of my life. Another would be to stick with Sheena – see her through her troubled adolescence. If I could only pay her a visit when she was six, take her away before things got too bad. In the end I gave Sheena five years, which is more than I gave the other special girl in my life.

The ferry lurches. My fingers tighten on the Kindle and I concentrate on breathing steadily in, out. It feels cold in my head. But I read doggedly on and before long I’ve re-immersed myself in the story of Henry and Claire. I’m at the part where Claire sees Henry in the present for the first time when she’s visiting the—

What the…?

Some bawheid is sliding into the seat opposite me. Plonking a couple of mugs of tea down, both of which overspill slightly when a galumphing foot nudges one of the metal poles that hold up the table. For God’s sake, it’s not as if there are no empty tables around. I deliberately came in late for this reason. I just wannae be alone. So I keep my head down to avoid acknowledging whoever’s squeezed himself (I catch a glimpse of a hairy hand) into the bench opposite me and is now, I notice from the corner of my eye, pushing one of the mugs towards me.

The cheek o’ it!

Despite my struggles to avoid looking, something about the hand nudges my consciousness.

The thing that’s familiar. A scar, running across the back of it from the bottom knuckle of the forefinger to just below the wrist bones.

It’s Neil’s scar, the one I gave him with the vegetable knife shortly before we split up.

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‘Sea Babies’ is available to buy from Amazon UK:-

https://amzn.to/2S4gydb

 

About Tracey Scott-Townsend

Tracey is the author of The Last Time We Saw Marion, Of His Bones, The Eliza Doll and Another Rebecca. Her fifth novel, Sea Babies will be released on 1st May 2019 in paperback. Her poetry collection, So Fast was published in January 2018.

Tracey is also a visual artist. All her work is inspired by the emotions of her own experiences and perceptions.

Tracey is the mother of four grown-up children and now spends a lot of time travelling in a small camper van with husband Phil and their rescue dogs, Pixie and Luna, gathering her thoughts and writing them down.

 

Links

Author

Twitter – https://twitter.com/authortrace

Publisher

Twitter – https://twitter.com/Wildpressed

 

Guest Post by Fiona Perrin ~ @fionaperrin @Aria_Fiction

I am delighted to have Fiona Perrin on my blog today.  Her book, ‘The Story After Us’ was published as an eBook on the 14th July 2018 by Aria Fiction and is also available in paperback.

Fiona has written a guest post in the form of Questions and Answers.

 

Tell us about The Story After Us…

It’s a story for everyone who found out that happy ever after had a sequel and for everyone who’s faced irreconcilable differences and survived. Here is the blurb:

If she tries very hard, Ami can remember when she used to have a dynamic and exciting career and a husband who she loved more than life itself, and who was equally smitten with her… 

Now she has two children, a terrifyingly large mortgage, and no idea who she has become – or why she and her husband can’t even be in the same room anymore. 

With life as she knew it in tatters around her, Ami is heartbroken, and in no way pulling off ‘consciously uncoupling’ like a celeb. But she’s starting to wonder if she just might come out the other side and be… happier? 

 As funny as Helen Fielding, as poignantly touching as Marian Keyes, Fiona Perrin’s dazzling debut is a story that is as much about finding out who you really are again, as it is about the exhausting balancing act of motherhood. Unmissable for women everywhere.

 

What was your inspiration for The Story After Us?

I wanted to write about messy, modern love. I know lots of women whose families don’t look like they belong in a magazine spread, but are filled with happiness, humour and hope. I am divorced myself – a long while ago – and good mates and parents with my ex-husband while happily married to my second. I’m a mother and stepmother to four kids and have had a fairly full-on job while they’ve been growing up. Ami’s story isn’t mine, but I hope it’s one thats relatable to lots of women – and makes them laugh.

 

How did you write it?

I’ve always written but, in 2012 I signed up for the Curtis Brown Creative writing course with a very rough draft of a novel. I learned loads about great storytelling during the short course and threw away most of my word count. Then, with the help of a spin-off writing group that met every Monday fortnight for years, I wrote it again.

Eventually I was lucky enough to get the editorial input of my agent, Diana Beaumont, who helped me write it again a few more times. Then Aria wanted to publish it, and everything got really exciting.

 

Are you writing another book?

I am. Again, it has a mad, modern family with a difficult dilemma at its heart. It’s different the second time – I have a lot more certainty about what I’m doing.

 

So, what’s writing life like?

I’m working as a freelance now so that makes everything a lot easier. And the kids are older and lovely (not that they weren’t but you know…) and I’ve got a study by the sea at the end of the Lizard peninsula in Cornwall. We call it life on the edge because it is (of England) and so far, it’s pretty great.

 

Links

‘The Story After Us’ is available to purchase from Amazon UK:-

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Story-After-Us-Fiona-Perrin-ebook/dp/B07BM58ZNN/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1521988626&sr=8-1&keywords=the+story+after+us

Website – http://www.fionaperrin.com/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/fionaperrin

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/fionajperrinauthor/

 

Guest Post by Linda Huber

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I am delighted to have Linda Huber on my blog today.  Her new book, ‘The Saturday Secret and other stories’ was published on the 15th February by Fabrian Books.  Profits from ebook and paperback sales of this collection are being donated to charity.

Linda has written a guest post for my blog.

 

The Saturday Secret and other stories

I’ve always been a ‘scribbler’ – I started aged seven when I did my writer’s badge in the Brownies, and I’ve never looked back. As a child, I wrote short then longer stories for children before the teenage phase of terrible poetry arrived, after which I went back to my children’s books – and I was still trying to write something publishable in the late nineties, when my mother challenged me to write a magazine story.

Once I realised that being published in a mag meant writing a story that would fit in with the other stories in the mag, and not something completely different, I got on quite well with this. It was great fun seeing my name in print, although for the first few I hid behind a pen name – I was Rosalind Farr for a while.

But when one of the mags I was writing for – The People’s Friend – accepted an article about family life in Switzerland, I had to re-think my pen name strategy. It seemed silly to have an article about Linda Huber and family, written by Rosalind Farr, so I used my own name for that and subsequent articles. Seeing my name in print made me want more, so I dropped poor Rosalind and stuck with Linda.

Then, around fifteen years ago, the idea of writing a psychological suspense novel pinged into my brain, and I wrote my next six books in this genre. (Apart from a brief escape when The Write Romantics asked me to contribute a story to their anthology Winter Tales, which supports The Teenage Cancer Trust and The Cystic Fibrosis Trust.)

I did have a wobble about names when I was preparing The Saturday Secret. It’s a collection of light-heated, feel-good stories about love and family life – a completely different genre to my other books. I didn’t want to resurrect Rosalind, but I did consider L.E. Huber. In the end, though, I went with Linda again. It seemed less complicated…

Like Winter Tales, The Saturday Secret is a charity collection. As an ex-physiotherapist, I’m very interested in medical research and medical help/aid, and the charity I donate to will be a medical one. But there’s a lot to think about – I live in Switzerland, have family and friends in this country – well over half my life is here. So I want to support a charity that works internationally. I’ll be talking to my accountant about it before publication, and then we’ll see. One idea is to wait until the end of 2017, see what’s happening in the world, and choose accordingly. More details about this will go up on The Saturday Secret’s page on my website, as and when we know them. I’m not expecting this little book to sell millions, but if it makes a few pounds – or francs – for a good cause, I’ll be happy.

And if anyone has an idea about an international medical charity – my ears are open!

 

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Book Blurb

The Saturday Secret and other Stories is a collection of fifteen tales of life, love, and family – perfect for a coffee-break! Previously published in UK national magazines, the stories are about relationships within the family and without – some are humorous, some bittersweet; all are upbeat and emotional.

The Party Partners   Belinda and Phillip have fun at weddings, engagement parties and all sorts of celebrations. But anything more personal was out of the question – or was it?

Family Matters   Gary shares Sharon’s dream of having children – but as far as he’s concerned, it’s something for the future.

Corinna’s Big Day   It was the most important day in baby Corinna’s life, but for Madge, it was one of the saddest…

Lucky for Some   You might say drawing number 13 in the cycle rally was bad luck. You might say falling off was bad luck, too. But Hilary knew better!

Patiently Waiting   Mike woke up after his operation and saw the girl of his dreams. The problem was the engagement ring she wore on a chain round her neck…

The Saturday Secret   What was she up to? The whole family wanted to know! But Gran wasn’t telling…

And many more…

 

About Linda Huber

Linda grew up in Glasgow, Scotland, but went to work in Switzerland for a year aged twenty-two, and has lived there ever since. Her day jobs have included working as a physiotherapist in hospitals and schools for handicapped children, and teaching English in a medieval castle. Not to mention several years being a full-time mum to two boys and a rescue dog.

Linda’s writing career began in the nineties, and since then she’s had over fifty short stories and articles published, as well as five psychological suspense novels. Her books are set in the UK, in places she knows well – Cornwall, The Isle of Arran, Yorkshire, as well as Bedford and Manchester.

After spending large chunks of the current decade moving house, she has now settled in a beautiful flat on the banks of Lake Constance in north-east Switzerland, where she’s working on another suspense novel.

Find out more about Linda here:

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Linda-Huber/e/B00CN7BB0Q/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LindaHuber19

Website: http://lindahuber.net/

 

‘The Saturday Secret and other stories’ is available to buy from Amazon UK:-

http://amzn.to/2lyhXbV

 

‘The Half-Life of Hannah’ by Nick Alexander

The Half-Life of Hannah

I got myself a copy of ‘The Half-Life of Hannah’ for my kindle when Black and White Publishing were doing an Amazon promotion.  This is the first of two novels, ‘Other Halves’ being the sequel.  Having heard a lot about this book I really wanted to read it for myself.

Hannah is thirty-eight years old, happily married to Cliff and is the proud mother of eleven year old Luke who means the world to her.  Its summer and they are on their way to the south of France for a two week holiday sharing a villa with Hannah’s younger sister Jill and her daughter, plus Jill’s good friend Tristan who is gay.

Hannah is really looking forward to relaxing with her family for a couple of weeks.  Little does she know that a ghost from the past is about to come back into her life.  Hannah makes some shocking discoveries about Cliff and realises that for years he has been deceiving her.  She ends up questioning everything.  Is it time for her to live the other half of her life?

I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘The Half-Life of Hannah’ and really didn’t want to put it down.  It’s one of those books that you just can’t wait to get back to.  This novel has been beautifully written and it has a good mixture of characters.  I really liked Hannah and felt bad for her.  Though her life wasn’t bad it could have been so different.

Tristan being a chef enjoyed cooking for the others throughout the holiday.  Some of the descriptions of the food he made were mouth-watering, even the salads.

Now that I’ve read this book I will most definitely be reading ‘Other Halves’ as I really want to know what happens next.

I give this book 5 out of 5.

 

For this and other great books from Black and White Publishing click on this link:-

http://www.blackandwhitepublishing.com/

To find out about Nick Alexander’s previous novels and what he’s up to now visit his site here:-

http://nick-alexander.com/

‘Beyond the Valley of Sex and Shopping’ by E. P. Rose

Beyond the Valley

Panpathic Communications sent me a copy of this book for my kindle to read and review.  ‘Beyond the Valley of Sex and Shopping’, published by Table Thirteen Books is E. P. Rose’s debut novel and since then he has written a second book.

This is the story of the Perry Family, but mostly it’s about Suzie and her younger brother by two years, George who is known as “The Porge” Perry, a nickname he understandably doesn’t really like.  As children they are looked after by their lovely live-in nanny, Mary Poppins.  Mary, having lost a number of her family members including her husband was a bit lonely and so when she saw the job advertised she applied for it.

Over the years as Suzie and George grow up they have many experiences.  Poor George starts wetting his bed which affects his confidence badly.  Suzie meets Victor, a man who thinks he can write but who keeps being rejected by publishers.  They eventually get married and have a daughter.

‘Beyond the Valley of Sex and Shopping’ is a tale about family and the ups and downs of everyday life.  As the title suggests this story includes sex and shopping but there is a lot more to it as I soon discovered.  It deals with a number of other topics including jealousy, money, drugs, leaving home, illness and death.

I found this novel to be a very entertaining read with aptly named chapters.  It was both funny and tragic at the same time.  Out of all of the characters I liked George the best.

I give this book 4 out of 5.

‘The Radio’ by M. Jonathan Lee

The Radio

Jonathan Lee asked me if I was interested in reviewing his book and very kindly sent me a gift certificate so I could get myself a copy to read.  ‘The Radio’ is his debut novel and the first of a trilogy.

This story focuses on the loveable and very thoughtful George Poppleton.  A henpecked father and husband, George never fails to let his daughter Sam down when she wants to go out for the night, always babysitting his granddaughter for her.  Likewise, he is always there to make cups of tea for his wife Sheila whilst she is watching the shopping channels on TV and looking for the latest bargains.

One day whilst searching around in the loft George finds an old transistor radio which soon becomes an obsession.  George starts spending hours in the conservatory in his own little world, escaping from reality.  His wife and daughter soon start getting fed up of his radio.

As the story progresses we learn a lot about George’s life and it is more than understandable why he wants to block things out.  Little does he realise though that his wife and daughter are busy planning a wedding and things are about to get very interesting indeed.

I loved every single minute of ‘The Radio’.  Well written, the words just flowed so easily.  There were some interesting characters too.  I found this book really funny at times but also very sad.  This is a story about real people and family life and I’m sure that lots of people can relate to it.

I so can’t wait for the next novel.  If you’re looking for a new read I really recommend that you get yourself a copy of ‘The Radio’.  I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.

I give this book 5 out of 5.

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