31 October 2012

A Cut Above the Rest - a thrilling short story based around the Heanor / Shipley area

By Neal James
"The body, or what remained of it, had been found by a dog walker out for an early morning stroll. He had parked his car close to Derbyshire’s Mapperley Reservoir in Shipley Country Park, and let his Jack Russell terrier out of the back of the vehicle, watching her disappear on one of her customary forages around Shipley Lane. Having seen the dog stop abruptly, sniffing the air, ears erect, he was surprised when she vanished into the trees to the right, instead of following their customary course left, and up to the wooded area encompassing the remains of what had been the Miller-Mundy estate.
“Where’s the body?” DS Fletcher crushed the stub of the cigarette beneath his shoe after the disapproving look from one of the park rangers..."
A published collection of short stories by Neal James titled 'Short Stories - Volume One' is available in the following eBook formats:

Neal James is the author of four books: 'A Ticket to Tewkesbury', 'Short Stories - Volume One', 'Two Little Dicky Birds' and Threads of Deceit

© Article and image source - Amber Valley Info


26 October 2012

Let's get rolling...'The Assembly Room' Blog Tour

Author Bryony Allen's new YA novel 'The Assembly Room' will be hosted for blog tour on the 'Reading Away The Days' YA blog in the last week of October 2012. The tour will feature reviews, guest post, an excerpt and some giveaway competitions too!
Click to see the full schedule on Goodreads

Bryony Allen is the author of three books: 'Mystery Deceit and a School Inspector', 'OTOLI' and her latest - 'The Assembly Room'.
'The Assembly Room' is available in the following eBook formats:

23 October 2012

Book Savvy Spotlight on Nathan Robertson

Bringing you exclusive interviews with authors featured in the Book Savvy Newsletter.
Our Guest is Nathan Robertson*
Enjoy the interview.

Q1. Can you tell us a little about yourself and your book 'The First Six Days?
I am currently a research scientist working in the Biotech sector. I feel very fortunate to be working in science as I have the opportunity to investigate the workings of biology on a molecular level and gain an appreciation of the complexity of nature. My book reconciles the world of science and the biblical words of Genesis from the Torah (Old Testament).
Q2. Why did you write this book?
A famous proverb in Judaism is that one can study the Torah (Old Testament) and understand the world, or one can study the world and understand the Torah. One only has to scratch the surface of the two worlds of science and Genesis and the perceived initial contradictions dissolve. I realised both science and religion are not only compatible but on the same page, both enlightening the other.
Q3. What was the most challenging thing about writing this book?
I was initially concerned about entering the debate of science vs. religion, as this can be a heated arena with strong views from both sides of the fence. However I have attempted to be true to Genesis and to known scientific ideas so that my conclusions are based on knowledge and not just opinion.

22 October 2012

Sue Hampton will be speaking at the Marvellous Women Conference

Sue is the author of the soon to be released book - 'Pomp and Circumstances' and she is one of the line up of female speakers to share their stories and life journeys. The Women’s Conference is an occasion to inspire, encourage, ignite passion and give hope to women from all walks of life.
A former primary school teacher, Sue always had a passion for English and a desire to work with young children. In 1981, she lost all her hair and began to live with alopecia, which for twenty-eight years meant a series of increasingly convincing wigs to preserve her ‘secret’. Sue is now in demand as a visiting author & leading inspiring workshops and lectures in schools and universities across the county. She will share how her experiences as a woman with alopecia have shaped her as an author. Shunning stereotypes, media spin-offs and marketing trends, Sue values language and real-life courage.
Visit organisers event page to book a place

Find out about 'Pomp and Circumstances'

We wish Sue Hampton the very best with this event.

18 October 2012

A book trailer for 'Jack the Ripper - Through the Mists of Time'

Over a century ago a series of shocking mutilation murders took place in a squalid, overcrowded district of Victorian London. Five women fell victim to a man driven by rage and violent fantasy. The newspapers of the day gave him a chilling nickname, a name that evokes images of gas-lit foggy streets and a top-hatted sinister figure carrying a Gladstone bag. From the outset, the murderer attained almost mythical status merely by virtue of his name and his uncanny ability to avoid detection.
The legend of Jack the Ripper was born.

Watch Book Trailer
Peter Hodgson is the author of two books: 'Critical Murder' and 'Jack the Ripper - Through the Mists of Time'

12 October 2012

'Deadlier Than The Male' or 'A Genuine Fake'? - Watch the Trailer

A book trailer for Fred Maddox's novels.

The Novels
Deadlier Than The Male - Peter Milton promised himself he would never again live in poverty, as he had done as a child. That promise became an obsession, so great, he robs and cheats to get his way, and it looked like he would succeed but is in for the shock of his life. A Fantastic read. More...

A Genuine Fake - A gripping tale of greed and deception with a tightly-woven, deft and thought-provoking plot, centred on the antique business. An obsession for revenge and for money creates a twist in this superb tale. Click the link below to read more. An Absolutely Cracking Read! More...

JOSS - A superbly written fantasy fiction novel with beautifully crafted characters. More...

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The novels are available in popular eBook formats such as ePub, PDF and Kindle (Mobi).

ePub - Kobo
Deadlier Than The Male
A Genuine Fake

Amazon Kindle
Deadlier Than The Male
A Genuine Fake

PDF - Tesco eBook
Deadlier Than The Male

10 October 2012

Stowmarket author's tale of the supernatural

'The Assembly Room', Bryony Allen's latest YA novel, featured in the 'In touch with Stowmarket' magazine.
The book
The ghosts of The Assembly Room have been waiting for someone to unlock their secrets, and 14 year old Merryn Stearne has arrived. For Merryn the future should have been perfect–a new home in the idyllic Suffolk countryside and romance with the gorgeous boy next door. If only the past would stop interfering with the present.
Read the feature (Press Cutting) below.

Bryony Allen is the author of two books: 'Mystery Deceit and a School Inspector' and 'OTOLI'.
Bryony's latest book - 'The Assembly Room' is due to be released on 11 October 2012.
'The Assembly Room' is available in the following eBook formats:

9 October 2012

Watch the Trailer - 608 Squadron Auxiliary Air Force

A book trailer for 'The Kipper Patrol' by Louise Wilkinson.
The Kipper Patrol serves as an insight into the history of this squadron, as well as the history of Thornaby Aerodrome itself. It uses as its basis, a series of interviews with veterans from the squadron and presents their memories of squadron life, along with many of their personal photographs. The book provides an insight into relationships between officers and other ranks within a military organisation and shows how these relationships changed over time..
Book Trailer

Louise Wilkinson is the author of two books: 'The Kipper Patrol'.

8 October 2012

Family secrets revealed

The Daisy Chain
By Elizabeth Cantle

Love and truth conquer all in this stirring story of a family, torn and mended by events both preventable and beyond their control.

Daisy is young and determined. Her relationship with her mother, Joanne is a difficult one. She has a deep need to understand her mother and feels the only way to do this is to find out what led to the breakdown of her parents’ marriage. Daisy’s father, Richard has made mistakes in his marriage and almost paid the price no father wants to pay.
Katherine, her grandmother, is the key to the truth but what Daisy finds out is more shocking than she could have imagined ….Find out more

Author Elizabeth Cantle says “The Daisy Chain proves truth and love conquers all. …as Richard, Daisy and Katherine find out in this difficult but cathartic story of family secrets that shock and change relationships. ”

“It’s a family affair”

Genre: Fiction: Modern and contemporary
Paperback ISBN: 9781782281825
Publication Date: 06 December 2012
Edition/Format: 1st/Paperback and eBook
Book Size: 210 x 148 mm, 192pp

Sales and Distribution: Spring Leaf Books
Landline: +44(0)1322 377445 | Mobile: +44(0)7944 352237
orders@springleafbooks.com | E: sales@pneumasprings.co.uk

5 October 2012

A collection of beautifully crafted and poignant poems

'Teach us of Love'
By Henry Disney

The verses are as challenging as ever, and they range over the poet’s varied experience and encounters with a diversity of people.

This assortment of stirring verses are primarily concerned with musings about the author’s Christian faith–a faith which is less concerned with abstract doctrine than with living out the Gospel in every day living. Topics range from family life, human nature, politics and a variety of poignant situations. The verses are as challenging as ever, and they cover the poet’s varied experience and encounters with a diversity of people. These poems shine a critical, but compassionate, light on contemporary people and events.
Author Henry Disney says in usual poetic fashion:
“At times I've had a close exchange with death,
But soon escaped to live again.
I've met a rich array of men
And women drawn from diverse walks
Of life, both high and low. With some
I've clashed. With most I've relished each
As I've beheld the child behind
The mask. The only tale I'll tell
Is one of thanks for love for wife,
For children too, for theirs as well.”

“Poems from an earnest soul and grateful heart”

Genre: Poetry
Paperback ISBN: 9781782281849
Publication Date: 15 November 2012
Edition/Format: 1st/Paperback and eBook
Book Size: 210 x 148 mm, 274pp

Sales and Distribution: Spring Leaf Books
Landline: +44(0)1322 377445 | Mobile: +44(0)7944 352237
orders@springleafbooks.com | E: sales@pneumasprings.co.uk

4 October 2012

"A good read but left me worried..." Sally Bunn, the Shropshire Star

Steve Morris' newly released novel, Playing Havoc has been reviewed in the Shropshire Star Newspaper.

Steve Morris is the author of 'In All Probability', 'Jumble Tales' and the newly released novel, 'Playing Havoc'.
'Playing Havoc' is available in the following eBook formats:

1 October 2012

Book Giveaway For The Assembly Room On Goodreads and fReado

What do the Suffolk witch hunts of 1645 have to do with Merryn Stearne’s family? Here's your chance to find out.
fReado Giveaway - Three Kindle e-Book copies.
For 14 year old Merryn, the future should have been perfect–a new home in the idyllic Suffolk countryside and romance with Jamie, the gorgeous boy next door. If only the past would stop interfering with the present.
Dreams of medieval witchcraft trials become so terrifyingly real that Merryn believes there is a mystery to be solved. With Jamie's help, she uncovers the truth about the Suffolk witch hunts of 1645.
Is there a curse hanging over the Stearne family, or is it all in Merryn’s imagination…?
Find out more