#Spotlight on Fat Boy by Joseph Cobb, including an #Extract ~ Contemporary Dark Comedy set in the West Country

Today I’m pleased to share an extract from Fat Boy by Joseph Cobb. Before I do, here’s what the book is about…

Way out west, in the tumbling greens of England, something’s going down. Two boys attempt an escape from the clutches of their poisonous parents… A good policeman fights to sidestep the corruption that blows like hellfire down his neck… A calamitous filmmaker and her witless lead actor scramble desperately to overcome their mucky pasts and make a Hollywood hit… A trio of nude-nutted nasties thrash their way through the picturesque countryside, collecting debts but finding more than they expected… Then there’s Captain Grubbe: the eminent, manipulative and falsely titled antichrist. He hosts a spectacular annual Christmas party, and this year’s is set to be even more extraordinary than usual.

Fat Boy is a treacherously fictitious rhapsody, taking a tongue-in-cheek look at the best and the worst of humanity and treating it with the disrespect it deserves – love and hate, corruption and extortion, car chases, gunfights and high jinks, all set against the green and pleasant land of the English countryside. It is ludicrous. It is raucous. It is a modern classic.

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The Cheese Maker’s House by Jane Cable ~ Contemporary Fiction with #Romance & #Supernatural @JaneCable #FridayReads

Author: Jane Cable

Published: August 2013 by Matador

Category: Contemporary Fiction, Romance, Supernatural, Book Review 

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When Alice Hart’s husband runs off with his secretary, she runs off with his dog to lick her wounds in a North Yorkshire village. Battling with loneliness but trying to make the best of her new start, she soon meets her neighbours, including the drop-dead gorgeous builder Richard Wainwright and the kindly yet reticent café owner, Owen Maltby. 

When her husband left her for his secretary, Alice Hart packed up and moved to Yorkshire with William, the spaniel. Her mother and step-father have emigrated to Spain and Alice is more than ready for a fresh start and to move on with her life.

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Rewrite The Stars by Emma Heatherington ~ Contemporary Fiction #Romance @emmalou13 #NetGalley @HarperFiction

Author: Emma Heatherington

Publishing 6th September by Harper Collins

Category: Contemporary Fiction, Romance, Book Review

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From the moment they meet one December day there’s something between Charlotte Taylor and her brother’s best friend, Tom Farley. But Tom’s already taken and Charlie has to let him go…

It’s another five years before their paths cross again only a secret from the past forces Charlie to make a choice. She promises herself she’ll never look back…

Charlotte Taylor was twenty two when she met and fell in love with Irish American Tom Farley, her brother Matthew’s best friend and member of their up-and-coming band.

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The Art of Hiding by MrsAmandaProwse ~ Contemporary Fiction #FamilyDrama #FridayReads

Author: Amanda Prowse

Narrated by Amanda Prowse

Published: August 2017 by Brilliance Audio

Category: Contemporary Fiction, Family Drama, Audiobook Review

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What would you do if you learned that the life you lived was a lie?

Nina McCarrick lives the perfect life, until her husband, Finn, is killed in a car accident and everything Nina thought she could rely on unravels.

Alone, bereft and faced with a mountain of debt, Nina quickly loses her life of luxury and she begins to question whether she ever really knew the man she married. Forced to move out of her family home, Nina returns to the rundown Southampton council estate—and the sister—she thought she had left far behind.

Bestselling author Amanda Prowse once again plumbs the depths of human experience in this stirring and empowering tale of one woman’s loss and love.

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No Way Back by Kelly Florentia ~Contemporary Fiction #Romance @kellyflorentia #TuesdayBookBlog

Author: Kelly Florentia

Published: September 2017 by Urbane Publications

Category: Contemporary Fiction, Romance, Book Review

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When two eligible and attractive men are vying for your heart, it should be the perfect dilemma… Audrey Fox has been dumped by her unreliable fiancé Nick Byrne just days before the wedding. Heartbroken and confused, the last thing she expects when she jumps on a plane to convalesce in Cyprus is romance. But a chance meeting with handsome entrepreneur and father-of-one Daniel Taylor weaves her into a dating game she’s not sure she’s ready for.

Audrey Fox is lost and devastated when her wedding is called off by professional photographer Nick, her fiancé of eight years. It seems he’s not ready for marriage, unable to make the final commitment and wants to carry on as they are.

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Murder Beyond the Precipice by Penny Goetjen ~ #BookReview for #RBRT #Murder & Mayhem in Maine #FridayReads

Author: Penny Goetjen

Published: October 2018 by Secret Harbor Press

Category: Contemporary Fiction, Mystery, Murder, Book Review

The Livingston family is no stranger to tragedy. Losing both parents at a young age in what authorities ruled an accident, Lucretia Livingston, the sole heir to the estate, is left to pick up the pieces. But many locals question the circumstances surrounding their deaths and if the family’s wealth was an irresistibly seductive motive for crossing the line.

Elizabeth Pennington returns to the coast of Maine after receiving an unexpected wedding invitation. Hoping to surprise her friend, she arrives unannounced at the Livingston Estate-turned-inn, only to discover no one knows her whereabouts. Just as disconcerting is the disappearance of the innkeeper’s young bride, Lucretia. Frantic for answers, Elizabeth becomes tangled in a tortured trail of deception, betrayal, love lost and murder.

This is the follow up to Murder on the Precipice but can be read as a standalone.

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#ThrowbackThursday ~ Wake-Robin Ridge by @MarciaMeara #Mystery set in the North Carolina Mountains

My Throwback Thursday choice is the first of the Wake-Robin Ridge trilogy, a dual time line story with flashbacks to fifty years previously. I’ve read all three books and loved them.

 

My thoughts

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#CoverReveal ~ The Christmas Calendar Girls by Samantha Tonge @SamTongeWriter @rararesources

I’m delighted to be able to share the cover reveal for The Christmas Calendar Girls.

But before I do, here’s the book info…

This Christmas fall in love with the town of Chesterwood…

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Blog Tour #BookReview ~ Manipulated Lives by @HASLeuschel ~ Narcissists are everywhere #StoryCollection @rararesources  

I’m delighted to repost my review of Manipulated Lives for my stop on the blog tour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.

My Thoughts

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#Extract & #Giveaway ~ Elaine Robertson North #Author of I Can’t Tell You Why @RobbieNorth @rararesources

I’m delighted to be joining the blog tour for I Can’t Tell You Why by Elaine Robertson North, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.

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