Sunday, 24 April 2016

'Flamecaster' by Cinda Williams Chima

Release date: 5th May 2016
Published by: Harper Collins
ISBN No:978 0062454904

Set in the world of the New York Times best-selling Seven Realms series, a generation later, this is a breathtaking story of dark magic, chilling threats, and two unforgettable characters walking a knife-sharp line between life and death. This dazzling beginning to a new series is indispensable for fans of Cinda Williams Chima and a perfect starting point for readers who are new to her work.
Adrian sul’Han, known as Ash, is a trained healer with a powerful gift of magic—and a thirst for revenge. Ash is forced into hiding after a series of murders throws the queendom into chaos. Now he’s closer than ever to killing the man responsible, the cruel king of Arden. With time running out, Ash faces an excruciating choice: Can he use his powers not to save a life but to take it?

Abandoned at birth, Jenna Bandelow was told that the magemark on the back of her neck would make her a target. But when the King’s Guard launches a relentless search for a girl with a mark like hers, Jenna assumes that it has more to do with her role as a saboteur than any birth-based curse. Though Jenna doesn’t know why she’s being hunted, she knows that she can’t get caught.

Eventually, Ash’s and Jenna’s paths will collide in Arden. Thrown together by chance and joined by their hatred of the ruthless king, they will come to rescue each other in ways they cannot yet imagine.

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'Florence Grace' by Tracy Rees

Release date: 30th June 2016
Published by: Quercus
ISBN No:978 1784296179

Florrie Buckley is an orphan, living on the wind-blasted moors of Cornwall. It's a hard existence but Florrie is content; she runs wild in the mysterious landscape. She thinks her destiny is set in stone. But when Florrie is fifteen, she inherits a never-imagined secret. She is related to a wealthy and notorious London family, the Graces. Overnight, Florrie's life changes and she moves from country to city, from poverty to wealth. Cut off from everyone she has ever known, Florrie struggles to learn the rules of this strange new world. And then she must try to fathom her destructive pull towards the enigmatic and troubled Turlington Grace, a man with many dark secrets of his own.

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'The Paris Secret' by Karen Swan

Release date: 14th July 2016
Published by: Pan
ISBN No:978 1447280699

Somewhere along the cobbled streets of Paris, an apartment lies thick with dust and secrets: full of priceless artworks hidden away for decades.
High-flying fine art agent Flora from London, more comfortable with the tension of a million-pound auction than a cosy candlelit dinner for two, is called in to assess these suddenly discovered treasures. As an expert in her field, she must trace the history of each painting and discover who has concealed them for so long.
Thrown in amongst the glamorous Vermeil family as they move between Paris and Antibes, Flora begins to discover that things aren't all that they seem, while back at home her own family is recoiling from a seismic shock. The terse and brooding Xavier Vermeil seems intent on forcing Flora out of his family's affairs - but just what is he hiding?

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'The Little Wedding Shop by the Sea' by Jane Linfoot

Release date:14th July 2016
Published by: Harper Impulse
ISBN No:978 0008197094

Brides by the Sea, the cutest little wedding shop in all of Cornwall, has it all, including cake baker Poppy who lives upstairs. But wedding planning is not the piece of cake Poppy thought it would be, and when her best friend Cate’s wedding planner walks out, Poppy has to tie up the loose ends so her bestie can tie the knot.
Double-booked venues, ‘rustic’ locations and gorgeous but grumpy farmer Rafe have this wedding pro feeling like she could be Cate’s ‘something blue.’
Will the wedding, the shop and the cake all come crashing down on her? Or will Poppy pull it off to give Cate – and herself – the happy ever afters they deserve?
This is the first full-length novel in a brand new series set in Cornwall. Look out for the next books in The Little Wedding Shop by the Sea series,

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'Letters from Lighthouse Cottage' by Ali McNamara

Release date: 14th July 2016
Published by: Sphere
ISBN No:978 0751558630

Sandybridge is the perfect English seaside town: home to gift shops, tea rooms and a fabulous fish and chip shop. And it's home to Grace - although right now, she's not too happy about it.
Grace grew up in Sandybridge, helping her parents sort junk from vintage treasures, but she always longed to escape to a bigger world. And she made it, travelling the world for her job, falling in love and starting a family. So why is she back in the tiny seaside town she'd long left behind, hanging out with Charlie, the boy who became her best friend when they were teenagers?
It turns out that travelling the world may not have been exactly what Grace needed to do. Perhaps everything she wanted has always been at home - after all, they do say that's where the heart is...

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'Between You and Me' by Lisa Hall

Release date: 28th April 2016
Published by: Carina
ISBN No:978 0008194505

They say every marriage has its secrets.
But no one sees what happens behind closed doors.
And sometimes those doors should never be opened…
Sal and Charlie are married. They love each other. But they aren't happy. Sal cannot leave, no matter what Charlie does – no matter how much it hurts.

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Friday, 22 April 2016

A Guest Post by the Author Fiona Harper: 'The Summer We Danced' Blog Tour Stop

As a child, Fiona Harper was constantly teased for two things: having her nose in a book and living in a dream world. Things haven't changed much since then, but at least in writing she's found a use for her runaway imagination.

Fiona lives in London, but her other favourite places to be are the Highlands of Scotland and the English countryside on a summer's afternoon. She loves dancing, cooking and anything cinnamon-flavoured. Of course, she still can't keep away from a good book or a good movie--especially romances--but only if she's stocked up with tissues, because she knows she will need them by the ending, no matter if they're happy or sad.

I am delighted to welcome Fiona to 'The Secret Writer' as part of the Blog Tour for her new book release entitled 'The Summer We Danced'. In the following guest post Fiona lets us in on some of the secrets that has led to her great love of dance and its influence within her latest novel!

Guest Post by the Author Fiona Harper

I've always been a sucker for a dance movie. Strictly Ballroom? Dirty Dancing? Save the Last Dance? Love ‘em all. Maybe it was because the dancing bug bit me as a teenager and I ended up getting a BA in Dance at university but, then again, maybe it wasn't, because I think appreciation of the perfect pairing of dance and celluloid began a lot earlier for me.

I've also always loved a good Hollywood musical. I blame it on the London weather. Too many rainy Saturday afternoons as a child, where I couldn't go and ride my bike outside, so I’d find something to watch on TV. Showing my age here, but since there were only a handful of channels, I’d often stump for a film on BBC2 – and that’s where I first met Fred and Ginger.

Oh, gosh! Where do I start? Fred glides through space like a hot knife through butter and Ginger? Well, she’s beautiful and sassy yet vulnerable and graceful at the same time. Right from the first time I saw 'Flying Down to Rio' I was hooked. I even did a whole project for my Dance GCSE on Dance and The Silver Screen, which included a section on every one of Fred and Ginger’s films, including hand-drawn illustrations.

So, when I had an idea for a story where my heroine was going to dance in a show, who else was I going to turn to for inspiration? I knew Pippa was going to return home to her village with her life in tatters, eager to hide herself away, but I also knew I wanted her to realise she couldn't let shame rule her life and that she needed to regain her confidence. What better way than to literally make her step into the spotlight and dance? To face her fears with everyone watching? And not just that, but she had to learn to work intimately with someone else, rather than keeping everyone – especially men! – at a safe distance.

The dance in question, of course, had to be the iconic one of Fred and Ginger’s from 'Top Hat'. I couldn't think of anything more beautiful and romantic. And, of course, I got to watch loads of Fred and Ginger films and call it work. Could a job get any more perfect?

Book Synopsis

Shall we dance?
After a humiliating divorce and watching her former rock star husband leave her for a model live on reality TV, Pippa is determined to disappear. So she returns to the small Kent village where she grew up to make a fresh start.

Little did she know that would mean saving her beloved childhood dance school or falling for her old school crush Tom too!

If you would like to find out more about Fiona and her writing, the link to her website is given below: