Monday, 27 January 2014

'Illusion: Chronicles of Nick' by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Release date: 1st April 2014
Published by: St. Martin's Griffin
ISBN No: 978 1250002846

Be careful what you wish for . . . You just might get it.Nick Gautier is tired of his destiny. He doesn't want to be the son of a demon who's fated to end the world. Nor does he want to see another demon or other preternatural creature who wants to kill or enslave him. He just wants to be normal and have normal problems like everyone else. But normality isn't all it's cracked up to be. When he gets sucked into an alternate reality where his mother has married his mentor and his Atlantean god best friend has become a human geek, he begins to understand that no life is free of pain, and that every person has a specific place in the universe . . . Even the son of a hated demon. Most of all, he sees that his powers aren't the curse he thought they were, and that the world needs a champion, especially one its enemies can't imagine rising up to defend the ones he should destroy. Old enemies and new friends square off for a major battle that will either restore Nick to his real world, or end him forever in #1 bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon's fifth novel in "The Chronicles of Nick "series, "Illusion."

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'Meet Me Under The Clock' by Annie Murray

Release date: 13th February 2014
Published by: Macmillan
ISBN No: 978 0230769939

Growing up in Birmingham, Sylvia and Audrey Whitehouse have always been like chalk and cheese. When the Second World War breaks out, Sylvia is still dreaming of her forthcoming marriage to fiance Ian while Audrey jumps at the career opportunities the WAAF throws her way. Audrey joins the ranks at RAF Cardington but soon finds that her new freedom also brings temptation. When she goes too far, the consequences ripple through the Whitehouse family. Meanwhile, Sylvia is doing her bit as a railway porter, much to Ian's dismay. Ian thinks the job is unfeminine - unlike Sylvia's new friend Kitty, who is as sweet and pretty as can be. But Kitty's innocent nature hides a dark secret ...As the pressures of rationing, bombing raids and sleepless nights grow, the two sisters must decide what they really want from life and if they're brave enough to fight for it. 

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'The Museum of Extraordinary Things' by Alice Hoffman

Release date: 24th April 2014
Published by: Simon and Schuster Ltd
ISBN No: 978 1471112133

Coney Island, 1911: Coralie Sardie is the daughter of a self-proclaimed scientist and professor who acts as the impresario of The Museum of Extraordinary Things, a boardwalk freak show offering amazement and entertainment to the masses. An extraordinary swimmer, Coralie appears as the Mermaid alongside performers like the Wolfman, the Butterfly Girl,and a 100 year old turtle, in her father's "museum". She swims regularly in New York's Hudson River, and one night stumbles upon a striking young man alone in the woods photographing moon-lit trees. From that moment, Coralie knows her life will never be the same. The dashing photographer Coralie spies is Eddie Cohen, a Russian immigrant who has run away from his father's Lower East Side Orthodox community. As Eddie photographs the devastation on the streets of New York following the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, he becomes embroiled in the mystery behind a young woman's disappearance and the dispute between factory owners and labourers. In the tumultuous times that characterized life in New York between the world wars, Coralie and Eddie's lives come crashing together in Alice Hoffman's mesmerizing, imaginative, and romantic new novel.

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'Bridge to Haven' by Francine Rivers

Release date: 22nd April 2014
Published by: Tyndale House
ISBN No: 978 1414368184

To those who matter in 1950s Hollywood, Lena Scott is the hottest rising star to hit the silver screen since Marilyn Monroe. Few know her real name is Abra. Even fewer know the price she s paid to finally feel like she s somebody. To Pastor Ezekiel Freeman, Abra will always be the little girl who stole his heart the night he found her, a wailing newborn abandoned under a bridge on the outskirts of Haven. Zeke and his son, Joshua Abra s closest friend watch her grow into an exotic beauty. But Zeke knows the circumstances surrounding her birth etched scars deep in her heart, scars that leave her vulnerable to a fast-talking bad boy who proclaims his love and lures her to Tinseltown. Hollywood feels like a million miles from Haven, and naive Abra quickly learns what s expected of an ambitious girl with stars in her eyes. But fame comes at an awful price. She has burned every bridge to get exactly what she thought she wanted. Now, all she wants is a way back home. In this riveting and highly anticipated tale of temptation, grace, and unconditional love, New York Times best-selling author Francine Rivers delivers big-canvas storytelling at its very best.

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'The Fortune Hunter' by Daisy Goodwin

Release date: 24th April 2014
Published by: Headline Review
ISBN No: 978 0755348091

In 1875, Sisi, the Empress of Austria is the woman that every man desires and every woman envies.

Beautiful, athletic and intelligent, Sisi has everything - except happiness. Bored with the stultifying etiquette of the Hapsburg Court and her dutiful but unexciting husband, Franz Joseph, Sisi comes to England to hunt. She comes looking for excitement and she finds it in the dashing form of Captain Bay Middleton, the only man in Europe who can outride her. Ten years younger than her and engaged to the rich and devoted Charlotte, Bay has everything to lose by falling for a woman who can never be his. But Bay and the Empress are as reckless as each other, and their mutual attraction is a force that cannot be denied.

Full of passion and drama, 'The Fortune Hunter' tells the true story of a nineteenth century Queen of Hearts and a cavalry captain, and the struggle between love and duty.

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'Everyday Life in Medieval London 500-1500'

Release date: 28th March 2014
Published by: Amberley Publishing 
ISBN No: 978 1445615417

Our capital city has always been a thriving and colourful place, full of diverse and determined individuals, developing trade and finance, exchanging gossip and doing business. Abandoned by the Romans, rebuilt by the Saxons, occupied by the Vikings and reconstructed by the Normans, London would become the largest trade and financial centre, dominating the world in later centuries. London has always been a brilliant, vibrant and eclectic place - Henry V was given a triumphal procession after his return from Agincourt and the Lord Mayor's river pageant was a medieval annual spectacular. William the Conqueror built the Tower, Thomas Becket was born in Cheapside, Wat Tyler led the peasants in revolt across London Bridge, Chaucer made a living and a name for himself, and a century later his Canterbury Tales was the first book produced on Caxton's new printing press in Westminster. But beneath the colour and pageantry lay dirt, discomfort and disease, the daily grind for ordinary folk. Like us, they had family problems, work worries, health concerns and wondered about the weather.

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'Lionheart' by Douglas Boyd

Release date: 1st February 2014
Published by: The History Press Ltd
ISBN No: 978 0752476605

When people think of Richard the Lionheart they recall the scene at the end of every Robin Hood epic when he returns from the Crusades to punish his treacherous brother John and the wicked Sheriff of Nottingham. In reality Richard detested England and the English, was deeply troubled by his own sexuality and was noted for greed, not generosity, and for murder rather than mercy. In youth Richard showed no interest in girls; instead, a taste for cruelty and a rapacity for gold that would literally be the death of him. To save his own skin, he repeatedly abandoned his supporters to an evil fate, and his indifference to women saw the part of queen at his coronation played by his formidable mother, Queen Eleanor. His brief reign bankrupted England twice, destabilised the powerful empire his parents had put together and set the scene for his brother s ruinous rule. So how has Richard come to be known as the noble Christian warrior associated with such bravery and patriotism? Lionheart reveals the scandalous truth about England s hero king a truth that is far different from the legend that has endured for eight centuries.

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'From Pompeii' by Ingrid D. Rowland

Release date: 21st April 2014
Published by: Harvard University Press
ISBN No: 978 0674047938

When Vesuvius erupted in 79 CE, the force of the explosion blew the top right off the mountain, burying nearby Pompeii in a shower of volcanic ash. Ironically, the calamity that proved so lethal for Pompeii's inhabitants preserved the city for centuries, leaving behind a snapshot of Roman daily life that has captured the imagination of generations. The experience of Pompeii always reflects a particular time and sensibility, says Ingrid Rowland. From Pompeii: The Afterlife of a Roman Town "explores the fascinating variety of these different experiences, as described by the artists, writers, actors, and others who have toured the excavated site. The city's houses, temples, gardens--and traces of Vesuvius's human victims--have elicited responses ranging from awe to embarrassment, with shifting cultural tastes playing an important role. The erotic frescoes that appalled eighteenth-century viewers inspired Renoir to change the way he painted. For Freud, visiting Pompeii was as therapeutic as a session of psychoanalysis. Crown Prince Hirohito, arriving in the Bay of Naples by battleship, found Pompeii interesting, but Vesuvius, to his eyes, was just an ugly version of Mount Fuji. Rowland treats readers to the distinctive, often quirky responses of visitors ranging from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Charles Dickens, and Mark Twain to Roberto Rossellini and Ingrid Bergman. Interwoven throughout a narrative lush with detail and insight is the thread of Rowland's own impressions of Pompeii, where she has returned many times since first visiting in 1962.

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'The Parthenon Enigma' by Joan Breton Connelly

Release date: 30th January 2014
Published by: Head of Zeus
ISBN No: 978 1781859438

A radical new interpretation of the meaning and purposes of one of the world's most iconic buildings.

For more than two millennia, the Parthenon has been revered as the symbol of Western culture and its highest ideals. It was understood to honour the city-state's patron deity, Athena, and its sculptures to depict a civic celebration in the birthplace of democracy.

But through a close reading of a lost play by Euripides, Joan Connelly has developed a theory that has sparked fierce controversy. Here she explains that our most basic sense of the Parthenon and the culture that built it may have been crucially mistaken.

 Re-creating the ancient structure, and using a breathtaking range of textual and visual evidence, she uncovers a monument glorifying human sacrifice set in a world of cult ritual quite alien to our understanding of the word 'Athenian'.

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Thursday, 23 January 2014

'Lost in Thought' by Cara Bertrand

Release date: 18th April 2014
Published by: Luminis Books
ISBN No: 978 1935462934

Perfect for readers who love books and series such as Vampire Academy, Spellbound, and Sweet Peril, "Lost in Thought" is a sure winner for young adult readers interested in the paranormal, romance, and action-packed twists Lainey Young has a secret: she's going crazy. Everyone else thinks she has severe migraines from stress and exhaustion. What she really has are visions of how people died--or are going to die. Not that she tells anyone that. At age 16, she prefers keeping her crazy to herself. When doctors insist she needs a new and stable environment to recover, Lainey's game to spend two years at a private New England boarding school. She doesn't really think it will cure her problem, and she's half right. There is no cure, but as she discovers, she's not actually crazy. Almost everyone at Northbrook Academy has a secret too. Half the students and nearly all the staff are members of the Sententia, a hidden society of the psychically gifted. A vision of another student's impending death confirms Lainey is one of them. She'd like to return the crappy gift of divining deaths with only a touch, but enjoys spending time with Carter Penrose--recent Academy graduate and resident school crush--while learning to control it. Lainey's finally getting comfortable with her ability, and with Carter, when they uncover her true Sententia heritage. Now she has a real secret. Once it's spilled, she'll be forced to forget protecting secrets and start protecting herself.

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Bellagrand' by Paullina Simons

Release date: 27th March 2014
Published by: Harper
ISBN No: 978 0007493715

The passionate love story that led to The Bronze Horseman. They gave up everything to be together, but love was just the beginning ...Italian immigrant Gina, independent, compassionate and strong, desperately wants a family. Boston blue-blood Harry, idealistic and political, wants to create a better world. Bound together by tormented passion, they rail, rage, and break each other's hearts, only to come face to face with a stark final choice that will forever determine their destiny. Their journey takes them through four decades and two continents, through triumph and turmoil, from the wooden planks of the troubled immigrant town of Lawrence, Massachusetts, to the marble halls and secret doors of a mystical place called ...Bellagrand. From internationally bestselling author Paullina Simons comes the passionate love story that led to The Bronze Horseman.

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'The Templar Prophecy' by Mario Reading

Release date: 6th February 2014
Published by: Corvus
ISBN No: 978 1782393177

June 1190. A Knight Templar, Johannes von Hartelius, rescues the Holy Lance from his drowning King during the Third Crusade. April 1945. A courier arrives at the Hitlerbunker with a parcel. The Fuhrer calls for a vacuum canister to be brought, seals the documents he has received inside it, attaches the canister to a leather case containing the Holy Lance, and sends it away, guarded by a descendant of Johannes von Hartelius. Present Day. British photojournalist John Hart finds his father crucified, with the mark of a spear in his side. Shattered and bewildered, Hart learns for the very first time of his family's destiny - to be the Guardians of the Lance. As Hart begins to investigate, he discovers a German occult right wing organization called the Brotherhood of the Lance. Hart infiltrates the organization to investigate his father's murder - but the secret of the Lance is more terrifying than he could ever have imagined...

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'Gone With The Wind' by Margaret Mitchell

Release date: 13th February 2014
Published by: Pan
ISBN No: 978 1447264538

Tomorrow is another day . . . Set against the dramatic backdrop of the American Civil War, Margaret Mitchell's magnificent historical epic is an unforgettable tale of love and loss, of a nation mortally divided and a people forever changed. Above all, it is the story of beautiful, ruthless Scarlett O'Hara and the dashing soldier of fortune, Rhett Butler. Since its first publication in 1936, Gone With The Wind has endured as a story for all our times.

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'skeletons' by Jane Fallon

Release date: 27th March 2014
Published by: Penguin
ISBN No: 978 0141047263

Jen has discovered a secret.
It's not hers to share, but is it hers to keep?

If she tells her husband Jason, he might get over the shock but will he forgive her for telling the truth? She might drive a wedge through their marriage.

If she tells someone else in Jason's family - the family she's come to love more than her own - she'd not only tear them apart but could also find herself on the outside: she's never really been one of them, after all.

But if she keeps this dirty little secret to herself, how long can she pretend nothing is wrong? How long can she live a lie?

Jen knows the truth - but is she ready for the consequences?

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'The Butterfly Box' by Santa Montefiore

Release date: 2nd April 2014
Published by: Simon and Schuster Ltd
ISBN No: 978 1471132100

Federica Campione adores her father. No matter that Ramon, a distinguished traveller and writer, spends months away from their home on the exotic Chilean coast; as soon as he's back, his daughter has eyes for no one but him. When he gives her a magical box from Peru she believes he will always be there for her. As she grows to womanhood, Federica attempts to recapture that long-forgotten sense of security in the arms of the debonair Torquil Jensen. From the sanctuary of a seemingly perfect marriage, she embarks on a painful journey of self-discovery. But can Federica ever truly escape her gilded cage and learn the true lesson of the butterfly box?

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'It Felt Like a Kiss' by Sarra Manning

Release date: 30th January 2014
Published by: Corgi
ISBN No: 978 0552163279

Ellie Cohen is living her dream. A great job at an exclusive Mayfair art gallery, loyal mates, loving family, and really, really good hair. Well, there's the famous rock-star father who refuses to acknowledge her and a succession of 'challenging' boyfriends, but nobody's perfect.
But when a vengeful ex sells Ellie out to the press, she suddenly finds herself fighting to keep her job, her reputation and her sanity. Then David Gold - handsome, charming but ruthlessly ambitious - is sent in to manage the media crisis . . . and Ellie.

David thinks she's a gold-digger and Ellie thinks he's a shark in a Savile Row suit, so it's just as well that falling in love is the last thing on their minds . . 

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'Shadow Spell' by Nora Roberts

Release date: 25th March 2014
Published by: Berkley Publishing Group
ISBN No: 978 0425259863

Three cousins inherit a gift that will transform their lives...

Meara Quinn is in trouble. Fiercely independent and scarred by a tough childhood, she is convinced that love is for other people. She is certainly not going to fall for Connor O'Dwyer - her best friend's brother. He may be drop dead gorgeous, with a good heart and a wicked smile, but he's never taken his relationships seriously. Safer for them to stay friends, share the odd pint - nothing more.

And loving Connor would be a dangerous business. With his sister Branna and his American cousin Iona, Connor has inherited a dark gift, passed down through generations. The cousins use their powers for good, but they are being hunted by evil. An evil that is determined to destroy them - and everyone they care for...

In the enchanted woods of County Mayo, Meara must fight the one thing she fears the most - her own heart.

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'Shame and the Captives' by Thomas Keneally

Release date: 10th April 2014
Published by: Hodder and Stoughton
ISBN No:  9781444781281

A dramatic and fascinating novel based on a notorious breakout by Japanese prisoners from an Australian POW camp in 1944, encapsulating the impact of war on ordinary lives.

On the edge of a small town in New South Wales, far from the battlefields of the Second World War, lies a prisoner-of-war camp housing Italian, Korean and Japanese soldiers. For their guards and the locals, many with loved ones away fighting, captive or dead, it is hard to know how to treat them - with disdain, hatred or compassion?
Alice, a young woman leading a dull life on her father-in-law's farm, is one of those with a husband held prisoner in Europe. When Giancarlo, an Italian POW and anarchist, is assigned to work on the farm, she hopes that being kind to him will somehow influence her husband's treatment. What she doesn't anticipate is how dramatically Giancarlo will expand her outlook and self-knowledge.
But what most challenges Alice and the town is the foreignness of the Japanese inmates and their culture, which the camp commanders fatally misread. Mortified by being taken alive, they plan an outbreak, to shattering and far-reaching effect.

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'The Maid's Version' by Daniel Woodrell

Release date: 5th June 2014
Published by: Hodder and Stoughton
ISBN No:  9781444732856

In 1929, an explosion at a dance hall in a Missouri town killed 42 people. Who was to blame? Mobsters from St. Louis? Embittered gypsies? The preacher who railed against the loose morals of the waltzing couples? Or could it have been a colossal accident?
Alma Dunahew, whose scandalous younger sister was among the dead, believes she knows the answer - and that its roots lie in a dangerous love affair. But no one will listen to a woman from the wrong side of the tracks. Maid to a prominent citizen, wife of a hopeless alcoholic, her dogged pursuit of justice makes her an outcast and causes a long-standing rift with her own son. It is only decades later that her grandson listens to her account and unearths the sorry truth.

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Wednesday, 22 January 2014

'Deception's Princess' by Esther M. Friesner

Release date: 22nd April 2014
Published by: Random House Books for Young Readers
ISBN No: 978 0449818633

Some lies lead to true adventure. . . .
Maeve, princess of Connacht, was born with her fists clenched. And it's her spirit and courage that make Maeve her father's favorite daughter. But once he becomes the High King, powerful men begin to circle--it's easy to love the girl who brings her husband a kingdom.

Yet Maeve is more than a prize to be won, and she's determined to win the right to decide her own fate. In the court's deadly game of intrigue, she uses her wits to keep her father's friends and enemies close--but not too close. When she strikes up an unlikely friendship with the son of a visiting druid, Maeve faces a brutal decision between her loyalty to her family and to her own heart.

Award-winning author Esther Friesner has a remarkable gift for combining exciting myth and richly researched history. This fiery heroine's fight for independence in first-century Ireland is truly worthy of a bard's tale. Hand Deception's Princess to fans of Tamora Pierce, Shannon Hale, and Malinda Lo.

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'At Home in Her Tomb: Lady Dai and the Ancient Chinese Treasures of Mawangdui' by Christine Liu-Perkins

Release date: 8th April 2014
Published by: Charlesbridge Publishing,U.S
ISBN No:  978 1580893701

This middle-grade chapter book unearths the mysteries of the Mawangdui (mah-wahng-dway) tombs, one of China’s top archaeological finds of the last century. Miniature servants, mysterious silk paintings, scrolls of long-lost secrets, and the best preserved mummy in the world (the body of Lady Dai) are just some of the artifacts that shed light upon life in China during the Han dynasty.

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'Delphi' by Michael Scott

Release date: 25th February 2014
Published by:  Princeton University Press 
ISBN No: 978 0691150819

The oracle and sanctuary of the Greek god Apollo at Delphi were known as the "omphalos"--the "center" or "navel"--of the ancient world for more than 1000 years. Individuals, city leaders, and kings came from all over the Mediterranean and beyond to consult Delphi's oracular priestess; to set up monuments to the gods in gold, ivory, bronze, marble, and stone; and to take part in athletic and musical competitions. This book provides the first comprehensive narrative history of this extraordinary sanctuary and city, from its founding to its modern rediscovery, to show more clearly than ever before why Delphi was one of the most important places in the ancient world for so long.

In this richly illustrated account, Michael Scott covers the whole history and nature of Delphi, from the literary and archaeological evidence surrounding the site, to its rise as a center of worship with a wide variety of religious practices, to the constant appeal of the oracle despite her cryptic prophecies. He describes how Delphi became a contested sacred site for Greeks and Romans and a storehouse for the treasures of rival city-states and foreign kings. He also examines the eventual decline of the site and how its meaning and importance have continued to be reshaped right up to the present. Finally, for the modern visitor to Delphi, he includes a brief guide that highlights key things to see and little-known treasures.

A unique window into the center of the ancient world, Delphi will appeal to general readers, tourists, students, and specialists.

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'Military History of Late Rome 361-395' by Ilkka Syvanne

Release date: 20th March 2014
Published by: Pen and Sword Military
ISBN No:  978 1783462735

This is the second volume in an ambitious series giving the reader a comprehensive narrative of late Roman military history from AD 284-641. Each volume (5 are planned) gives a detailed account of the changes in organization, equipment, strategy and tactics among both the Roman forces and her enemies in the relevant period, while also giving a detailed but accessible account of the campaigns and battles. This volume covers the tumultuous period from the death of Constantius II in AD 361 to the death of Theodosius. Among the many campaigns covered, it therefore includes the Emperor Julian's fatal campaign against the Sassanian Persians and the disastrous defeat and death of Valens at Adrianople in 378. Such calamities illustrate the level of external threat Rome's armies faced on many fronts in this difficult period.

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Sunday, 19 January 2014

'The Finisher' by David Baldacci

Release date: 27th February 2014
Published by: Macmillan Children's Books 
ISBN No: 978 1447263005

The Finisher is the first young adult book from number one bestselling author David Baldacci. The Finisher is a thrilling fantasy adventure story that follows one girl's quest beyond her known world and into a dangerous realm full of magical beasts.

Welcome to Wormwood: a place where curiosity is discouraged and no one has ever left. Until one girl, Vega Jane, discovers a map that suggests a mysterious world beyond the walls. A world with possibilities and creatures beyond her imagining. But she will be forced to fight for her freedom. And unraveling the truth may cost Vega her life.

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'Stolen Songbird' by Danielle L. Jensen

Release date: 3rd April 2014
Published by: Strange Chemistry
ISBN No: 978 1908844958

For five centuries, a witch's curse has bound the trolls to their city beneath the ruins of Forsaken Mountain. Time enough for their dark and nefarious magic to fade from human memory and into myth. But a prophesy has been spoken of a union with the power to set the trolls free, and when Cecile de Troyes is kidnapped and taken beneath the mountain, she learns there is far more to the myth of the trolls than she could have imagined. Cecile has only one thing on her mind after she is brought to Trollus: escape. Only the trolls are clever, fast, and inhumanly strong. She will have to bide her time, wait for the perfect opportunity. But something unexpected happens while she's waiting - she begins to fall for the enigmatic troll prince to whom she has been bonded and married. She begins to make friends. And she begins to see that she may be the only hope for the half-bloods - part troll, part human creatures who are slaves to the full-blooded trolls. There is a rebellion brewing. And her prince, Tristan, the future king, is its secret leader. As Cecile becomes involved in the intricate political games of Trollus, she becomes more than a farmer's daughter. She becomes a princess, the hope of a people, and a witch with magic powerful enough to change Trollus forever.

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'Peach Blossom Pavilion' by Mingmei Yip

Release date: 27th March 2014
Published by: Avon
ISBN No: 978 0007570126

A seductive and evocative debut that opens the doors on life as a Chinese courtesan in the Peach Blossom Pavilion…

Behind the doors of the pavilion, a world of sensuality and intrigue awaits…

Falsely accused of murder, Xiang Xiang's father is executed, and her mother forced into a Buddhist nunnery. Xiang Xiang, alone and friendless at thirteen years old, is tricked into entering the Peach Blossom Pavilion, where she is given the name Bao Lan – Precious Orchid.

There she is trained in the fine arts of womanhood, studying music, literature, painting, and more importantly, the art of seduction and pleasuring men; and becomes one of China’s most successful courtesans.

However, Precious Orchid is determined to avenge her parents and sets out on a journey that includes passion, adventure, danger, fame, and finally, her chance to achieve the justice she has sought so long.

An enchanting tale of opulence and desire, perfect for fans of Anchee Min and Memoirs of a Geisha.

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'The Fall and Rise of Lucy Charlton' by Elizabeth Gill

Release date: 13th February 2014
Published by: Quercus
ISBN No: 978 1780878492

1920, Durham. Since she was a child, Lucy Charlton has dreamed of working with her father in the family solicitor's firm. But a scandal shatters her dreams and, when her father disowns her, she finds herself on the streets, fighting for survival. Joe Hardy has returned to London after the Great War to find his life in tatters - his father is dead and his pregnant fiancee has disappeared. Then Joe learns he's unexpectedly inherited an old river house in Durham from a stranger called Margaret Lee. With nothing left for him in London, he makes arrangements to travel north and claim it. Lucy's determination has finally secured her a job as a legal secretary, campaigning for the rights of the poorest in society. As Joe arrives in her office to collect the keys to his new home, she promises to help him uncover information about his mystery benefactor. But before long, the past comes back to haunt them both, with shocking consequences....

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'The English Girl' by Margaret Leroy

Release date: 1st February 2014
Published by: Sphere
ISBN No: 978-0751551761

When seventeen-year-old Stella Whittaker is offered the chance to study at the Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna it's a dream-come-true, made possible by old family friends, Rainer and Marthe Kraus, who offer her a room in their apartment. Seduced by the elegant beauty of the city, Stella explores the magnificent palaces, gardens and fashionable coffee houses, and after a chance meeting in an art gallery, falls in love with Harri Reznik, a young Jewish doctor. But as the threat of war casts a dark shadow over Europe, Stella soon discovers that both the household where she lives, and the city she has come to call home, are not as welcoming as they once seemed. And at the dawn of this terrifying new world, no one is safe. An exquisitely crafted novel about a young woman who risks everything for love.

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'The Tudor Princess' by Darcey Bonnette

Release date: 10th April 2014
Published by: Avon
ISBN No:  978 0007497782

From her earliest days, Margaret Tudor knows she will not have the luxury of choosing a husband. As daughter of Henry VII, her duty is to gain alliances for England.

 Barely out of girlhood, Margaret is married by proxy to James IV and travels to Edinburgh to become Queen of Scotland.

Despite her doubts, Margaret falls under the spell of her adopted home. But she has rivals. While Jamie is an affectionate husband, he is not a faithful one. And providing an heir cannot guarantee Margaret's safety when Jamie leads an invading army against her own brother, Henry VIII.

In the wake of tragic loss she falls prey to the attentions of the ambitious Earl of Angus – a move that brings Scotland to the brink of anarchy. Beset by betrayal, secret alliances, and the vagaries of her own heart, Margaret has one overriding ambition – to preserve the crown of Scotland for her son, no matter what the cost.

Exquisitely detailed and poignant, The Tudor Princess vividly depicts the life and loves of an extraordinary woman who helped shape the fate of two kingdoms – and in time, became the means of uniting them.

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'The Train to Warsaw' by Gwen Edelman

Release date: April 2014
Published by: Grove Press
ISBN No:  978 0802122445

Jascha and Lilka separately fled from the Warsaw Ghetto in 1942. Reunited years later, they live in London where Jascha has become a celebrated writer, feted for his dark tales about his war adventures. One day, forty years after the war, Jascha receives a letter inviting him to give a reading in Warsaw. He tells Lilka that nothing remains of the city they knew and that wild horses couldn't drag him back. Nostalgic for the city of her childhood, Lilka prevails; together, traveling by train through a frozen December landscape, they return to the city of their past. When they unwittingly find themselves back in what was once the ghetto, they will discover that they still have secrets between them. A riveting story of the nature of desire and the cost of survival, "The Train to Warsaw" is a haunting and unforgettable portrait of a man and a woman who cannot escape their past.

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Thursday, 16 January 2014

'Essence' Book Launch, Prize Draws and an Interview with Author A.L. Waddington

Release date: 14th January 2014
Published by: Booktrope
ISBN No: 978 1620152058

Jocelyn Timmons does not believe she is anything special — just an ordinary high school senior, living an ordinary life full of school-work, volleyball and friends. She’s about to find out how wrong she is. 

Jackson Chandler moved in to the house across the street. His dark wavy hair, green eyes and charismatic personality draws everyone to him. Everyone, but Jocelyn. 

Whenever Jackson gets near Jocelyn she feels ill and dizzy. When he touches her, she blacks out and has visions of another life, in another time. As the odd hallucinations evolve and become clearer, she feels a strong pull towards the people she sees there. Frightened, she watches her once stable life begin to crumble around her and she begins to question her own sanity. 

Could it be possible that these episodes are actually her own memories of a life she is living somehow, somewhere, some-when? Maybe this is time-travel or some other paranormal mysticism? Our minds often wander, but can our souls?

Angela, a very warm welcome to you, and can I thank-you for taking time out of your schedule to talk to us today.

It is my pleasure. Thank you very much for having me.

For our International readers can I start by asking you to tell us a bit about where in this great big world do you live and what do you like best about living there?

 I was born and raised just outside Indianapolis, Indiana. I have lived in both California and Texas, but Indiana will always be home to me. What I love best about Indy and missed the most while living in other regions was the changing of the seasons. I absolutely love autumn. It is my favorite time of year with its vibrant colors and the smell of apples and bonfires. And of course, we have the Indianapolis Colts!

Do you think books that you read during your childhood may have had an influence on your current writing in any way?

Most definitely. As a child and teenager, I spent hours reading. While I enjoy movies, there is no greater escape from reality than getting lost in a good book. My father is an avid reader and got me addicted from a very young age.

Did you always want to become a writer?

Yes. I grew up writing poems and short stories, worked on the newspaper in Junior High and took Creative Writing in High School. I started writing my first novel when I was about twenty-one. It is a YA fiction romance novel that is still sitting on a flash drive. Maybe someday I will revive it.

Do you have a set writing routine when you are working on a novel?

Yes, it is almost impossible not to. I spend my mornings on my home, errands and researching various time periods involved in my series. My afternoons are spent writing or editing. The evening hours belong to my family and when everyone retires for the night, I spend a few more hours writing. I typically write the most during the hours between nine at night and three in the morning.

Where do you write best?

Even though I have an office in my home, I write best on my laptop in my family room. I create some of my best work when I am surrounded by my family with the television blaring and the endless chatter between them.

Can you tell us a bit about your new novel entitled ‘Essence’?

Essence is essentially two separate stories with the same underlying premise that eventually overlap as the tails unwind into one. The narrator of the stories, Jocelyn Timmons discovers that she is living two drastically different lives on parallel planes of existence. Falling asleep in one and waking up in the other. Half of the story is told from 2009, Jocelyn’s viewpoint, while the other half is seen through her eyes in 1878. There is romance, suspense and drama all wrapped up with the boy across the street.

What was your inspiration for the theme that you have followed within this story?

My inspiration for the creation of the EVE series was my three teenage children and their strong love for the imagination of something just a little beyond their own existence. I have written my manuscript(s) in a fashion that will hopefully appeal to this particular genres ever-changing reality that translates into the adult world and allows them to melt into a world grounded in reality yet makes them ponder their own perception of reality.

You are planning other books as a follow on from ‘Essence’ which you have told us is called the EVE Series. Can you tell us something about this series?

I am currently working on the fourth installment,’ Illumination’ in the EVE series. The foundation for the series is created in ‘Essence’, elaborated further in the second installment, ‘Enlightened’ and blossoms in the third, ‘Perception’ followed by a unique twist in the fourth,  ‘Illumination’. The series chronicles the life of Jocelyn Timmons as she discovers that she has the inherited gift of Essence Voyager Era (EVE), which is where an individual possess the ability to live parallel lives on separate planes of existence. Throughout childhood and early adolescence, a barrier remains intact at the conscious level to prevent awareness of the other life from crossing each other. However, during late adolescence to early adulthood, the barrier between the two worlds begins to disintegrate causing the auditory and visual hallucinations of their other life to break into conscious awareness. The EVE series follows Jocelyn as she learns about her unique gift, the challenges she faces with living parallel lives across 130 years and the drastic differences between her two worlds.

What genre would you say that your books fit into?

The EVE series falls under the genre of Young Adult Fiction with the sub-genre of Romance, Time-Travel and Science Fiction/Fantasy. The main characters are relatable to a large audience in that their age group is late teens to early twenties. The narration of the story is
told from 18 year old Jocelyn Timmons viewpoint and the distinctively different lives that she leads on parallel planes when her soul travels nightly.

Do you have any hobbies or other interests that you enjoy in order to give you a break from taking care of a family, household, and the demands of writing under publishing deadlines?

I love gardening/landscaping. When we bought our new home several years ago my husband and I remodeled the entire landscape. We added numerous gardens and flower beds. Every year we add something new. It is still a work in progress that we enjoy sharing. We also walk about six miles every evening after dinner. It gives us a chance to spend some time alone, clear our heads and talk about our day, the children and anything else. He, as well as my children, have become a sounding board for my writing. If I get blocked or am having trouble with where the story line is going, I bounce ideas off them and get their input on various characters and/or events.

Can you give any advice to new writers, as they struggle to try to achieve a work life balance when possibly working, bringing up a family, writing and also probably trying to promote their books as well?

Don’t ever give up on your dreams. Write whenever you can, even if it is just a half hour a day. I remember writing in the afternoons during nap time when my children were small or after I put them down for the night. It is hard, but if it wasn't then everyone would do it.  

Believe in yourself and your writing. Don’t be afraid to sell yourself. Follow the guidelines that publishers/literary agents ask for. Don’t worry about the dozens of rejection letters you receive...and you will receive them. I have enough to wallpaper my entire house with! Don’t give up, it only takes one yes!

What is your favorite book and why?

My favorite book is ‘Gone with the Wind’ by Margaret Mitchell. Although Katie Scarlett was not exactly a nice lady, she had strength, character and gumption. She persevered in the face of tragedy and did what she had to do for survival.

My father is a huge history buff and as a child I listened to endless stories of not only American History, but World History. He made history come alive for me in a way that no classroom ever did. He made it fascinating in that he would show me how the cause and effects of events shaped the world into the place we now live in. I suppose that is why in my own writing I mixed history in with the current reality.

Are you currently reading any books at the moment, and if so what are they?

About six months ago I started reading George R. R. Martin’s ‘Game of Thrones’ series. I absolutely love them, love getting lost in them. His writings remind me of J. R. R. Tolkien’s ‘Lord of the Ring’ series.  

I recently started the fifth book, ‘A Dance with Dragons’. I am only about a hundred pages into it and am fighting the urge not to read it cover to cover because I have so many other demands on my plate that I must attend to first. I know I will become lost in it once I can take
the time to relax and breathe for a moment.

From what you have shared with us today, it can be clearly seen that you are kept very busy within your life but enjoy it to the full! To conclude this interview can you finally tell us what simple things in life make you smile?

My husband and my children. I absolutely love being a mom and a wife. They make me very proud and after spending all day at home alone working on the computer either writing or doing schoolwork, when they walk through the door in the late afternoon, it always makes me smile!

Angela, it has been a great honor for me to work with you on this interview for my literary site. I would like to thank-you once again for taking the time to speak to us today.

Thank you very much for having me. I have truly enjoyed it. I hope everyone has a great week and has as much fun reading ‘Essence’ as I did writing it.

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