Genre: Romantic thriller
Release Date: 13th January 2017
Publisher: Acorn Independent Press
Kate is living an idyllic life in the Kent countryside until she falls in love with her new neighbour, Nick. She still loves her husband, Alastair, and she doesn’t want to choose. Inevitably, she has to, but escaping with Nick to his château in southern France proves to be the worst decision of her life.
The betrayal of her beloved husband, Alastair, leaves Kate racked with guilt, but things are only going to get worse. She never imagined how fiercely loyal Alastair’s best friend, Richard, would prove to be . . . nor the devastating consequences of his loyalty.
Instead of the new start that she’d hoped for, Kate’s life at the château descends into a nightmare, taking her to the brink of despair . . . and when you’re desperate you’ll do anything.
What starts as a romance soon takes a much darker turn as the dramatic and unpredictable plot unfolds, twisting and turning, always with the château at its centre.
The novel captures the essence of rural France, from the descriptions of the countryside and villages to the insights into the lives of the locals and in-comers alike.
An ideal holiday read, A Château for Sale is also a cautionary tale for anyone dreaming of starting a new life in the sun!
DI David Snow has a serial killer to catch, a killer as mysterious as the crimes he commits. Snow is due to retire, but not before he discovers who and why someone killed his sergeant, and is now coming after him. What Snow wants, apart from catching the killer, is to understand women and find one to share his life with. The killer seems to have a personal vendetta against Snow, but he is determined that no one else should die because of him. Snow’s efforts are hampered by his failing health, and the arrival of a new sergeant, ‘ruthless’ DS Ruth Winton. Ruth Winton is not what she seems. Alarm bells start to ring when Snow realises she is after more than just his job. Uncovering the truth almost costs Snow his life, but he manages to evade the killer. In a surprise twist, we learn that Snow cannot win, passing the reigns to his junior sergeant, Danny Smith. Can Danny finally outwit the killer, or is he doomed to fail too?
It was almost midnight, the cold rushing wind the only sound in the empty, deserted streets. The detective was unaware that someone had been following him ever since he left the public house. This had not been a social visit, he had been looking for information, seeking to loosen a few tongues with the help of the local brew. Continue reading
Genre: Chick lit/romantic comedy
Release Date: 19 June 2017
Life isn’t working out quite as Gemma had planned. Her breakthrough job turns out to involve writing clickbait articles about cats. Her boyfriend Jack is off travelling the world with his glamorous BFF and her mum’s social life puts Gemma’s own to shame.
Then, after a late-night online rant, Gemma’s YouTube channel goes viral and everything changes.
Suddenly, she’s living the dream – only it’s not turning out entirely as she imagined.
Gemma realises she’ll have to choose between fame, real love and being true to herself – because she can’t have it all. Or can she?
Eve has left her cheating husband and returned to her Norfolk roots to rebuild her life. But in a village of dark secrets, will she find more questions than answers?
Will enigmatic artist Lucas ever recover from the death of his wife eighteen years earlier?
What happened to troubled Justine’s mother, who disappeared around the same time?
Why is charismatic local MP Sebastian being so friendly to Eve?
Is Eve’s involvement with the villagers a way of avoiding facing up t her own family tragedies?
And did Eve really bring Black Shuck, the legendary dog whose appearance predicts death, to the village?
Katrina has started a Kindle Scout campaign to publish the book. There’s more to read by clicking the link but in the meantime, enjoy the excerpt.
‘And so this is Christmas and what have you done?’ John Lennon sings.
‘Actually, John, I just walked out on my cheating scumbag husband,’ I say. ‘And now I’m talking to the radio. It’s not a good sign.’ Continue reading
Blending reality, history and legend, about a time when women were considered as important as men, taking power in an oral society that worships the Goddess. A whole Celtic Druid world is laid out before us, incorporating beliefs, technology and the natural environment.
A Celtic boy, a beach scavenger, is pledged to the Learn, a life of endurance, a path to become sworn Druid: scholar and warrior. Young women and men progress, becoming Priests and Druidii. Friendship, affection, passion and care develop as novices mature, confidence emerging.
Seasonal battles of winter and summer bring rich festivals when seeds of men are taken by women in pleasure to prove fertility. Small damaged, hurt peoples on the margins of Celtic society blend in and out of vision. Continue reading
Welcome, Lee, and thank you for this thought provoking post. I’m sure I’m not the only one who forgets sometimes what police officers deal with on a daily basis.
Experiences in the police which have influenced my life.
The police has influenced my life in many ways, I am far more aware of my surroundings and who is standing in my company. I serve proudly and I respect the job we do, it is hard and very busy, sometimes dangerous, sometimes sad, frightening and sometimes very rewarding.
I have had my eyes opened to how other people live their lives, those less fortunate than myself and many others. Children, unloved, uncared for, never taught to respect, to love, to achieve, to believe that they are worth something, living close to squalor due to alcoholism and drug abuse by their parents, underfed, living in poverty. They finally find their place amongst like individuals, where they are accepted and wanted, ready to anything for the group to fit in, this usually ends up in crime, going out and taking what they don’t have themselves, with no remorse and a sense of righteousness, because they have never had. How can we, that have lived our lives, loved and well cared for, ever understand what these people have had to endure, just to get by and why they now do what they do now. We still have our job to do, which is to prevent crime and solve crime that has been committed and bring those to justice, but we have to work to try and break the cycle of crime itself. Continue reading
Joanna was born in the Australian outback, but grew up in Melbourne when she was adopted by her aunt and uncle. She was an only child, who knew who her biological father was but the identity of her biological mother was kept from her. She moved to England and married an architect. They live in Cornwall. In 2010 she was contacted by her sister. Unaware she had any siblings she was stunned to discover that she was one of eight children. She and her sister got to know each other and their reunion has brought joy to both of them.
Joanna’s novels are available on Amazon UK | US Continue reading
Welcome to my stop on Rachel’s blog tour for her new crime thriller Scared To Death.
Tell us a little about yourself, Rachel, what you do when not writing.
I currently live in Brisbane, Australia after emigrating here 11 years ago from the UK. Prior to emigrating, I played guitar in bands, helped run a pub, and worked in local radio as a freelance producer and broadcast assistant. To date, I’ve written eight books with Scared to Death being the latest.
If I’m not writing, I’m usually thinking about writing or sorting out the business and marketing side of the writing in between my part-time job! Continue reading