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Let’s Get Published by Val Penny

I am thrilled to announce that my first non-fiction book, Let’s Get Published, is available. I do hope it will be helpful to many people. The Blurb At last, a book that is easy to read and tells it how it is! A book written to assist authors maximise their success when submitting work to agents …

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Revelation by Jo Fenton

I have always enjoyed the books by Jo Fenton that I have read and her most recent book, Revelation, was no exception. The action takes place around a university setting in Manchester. The students are shocked by the apparent suicide of one of their number and the student, Rick, is found dead in halls of …

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The Daughter of Lady Macbeth by Ajay Close

This book was by an author new to me and outside my usual genre reading. It explores the relationship between parents and children and the importance of motherhood. Freya and Frankie’s longing for a baby has put their marriage under strain. IVF is their last hope – but how do you bring a child into …

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Identity Thief by Alex Bryant

I am thrilled to have been asked to support the launch of the new book by Alex Bryant, Identity Thief. Love Book Groups have organised a great tour that you can follow. The Blurb A shape-shifting sorcerer called Cuttlefish unleashes a terrifying wave of magical carnage across London. A strange family known as the River …

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The Lewis Man by Peter May

The Lewis Man is the second book in Peter May’s acclaimed Lewis Trilogy. I found it for sale in a charity booksale and chose it because I enjoyed the first book in the series, The Blackhouse, so much. The story finds Fin return to Lewis after the death of his son and the collapse of …

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The Greatcoat by Helen Dunmore

The ghost story, The Greatcoat by Helen Dunmore was book of the month in my book group. We had not read a ghost story for a while so everybody was looking forward to this one. The Greatcoat is set just after World War II, in the summer of 1954, newly wed Isabel Carey arrives in …

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The Death of Bees by Lisa O’Donnell

The most recent book of the month in my book group was The Death of Bees by Lisa O’Donnell. The author won the Orange Screenwriting Prize in 2000 for her screenplay The Wedding Gift. Recently she took a break from screenwriting when she moved to LA with her two children. The Death of Bees is …

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A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

I had A Man Called Ove by the Swedish author, Fredrik Backman, in my TBR (to be read) list for too long. However, when it became book of the month for my book group, the book suddenly became top of my list. Ove is a quiet, practical, grumpy man who married a vivacious, outgoing woman …

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The Secret River by Kate Grenville

Although Kate Grenville is one of Australia’s best-known authors, I had not read any of her books before. She has published eight books of fiction and four books about the writing process. Her best-known works are the international best-seller The Secret River, The Idea of Perfection, The Lieutenant and Lilian’s Story and The Secret River …

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The Twenty-Three by Linwood Barclay

The Twenty-Three is the last book in Linwood Barclay’s Promise Falls Trilogy and I really wanted to like it. I wanted to like it because the author is a great guy and I have enjoyed his books previously. Also I wanted to like it, because it always makes the review easier – and I enjoyed …

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