Sunday, 30 November 2014

'Homecoming' by Kass Morgan


Release date: 24th February 2015
Published by: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
ISBN No:978 0316381963


In the thrilling, pulse-pounding conclusion to Kass Morgan's New York Times bestselling The 100 series, the Hundred face their greatest challenge yet. Because...Humanity is coming home. Weeks after landing on Earth, the Hundred have managed to create a sense of order amidst their wild, chaotic surroundings. But their delicate balance comes crashing down with the arrival of new dropships from space. These new arrivals are the lucky ones - back on the Colony, the oxygen is almost gone - but after making it safely to Earth, GLASS's luck seems to be running out. CLARKE leads a rescue party to the crash site, ready to treat the wounded, but she can't stop thinking about her parents who may still be alive. Meanwhile, WELLS struggles to maintain his authority despite the presence of the Vice Chancellor and his armed guards, and BELLAMY must decide whether to face or flee the crimes he thought he'd left behind. It's time for the Hundred to come together and fight for the freedom they've found on Earth, or risk losing everything - and everyone - they love.



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'As Good as it Gets? ' by Fiona Gibson


Release date:26th February 2015
Published by:Avon
ISBN No:978 1847563668


Charlotte Bristow is worried about her husband Will. Their fourteen years of marriage have been rather lovely so far, but things have been a bit odd lately.
With their stunning 16-year-old daughter Rosie newly signed to a top modelling agency and Will recently out of a job, Charlotte can’t help but notice that things are changing in their household.
As Will dusts down his old leather trousers and starts partying with their new, fun neighbours, Charlotte begins to wonder what on earth is going on.
So when Fraser, Charlotte’s ex – and father of Rosie – suddenly arrives back on the scene, Charlotte starts to wonder what might have been…


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'Killer Plan' by Leigh Russell


Release date: 27th May 2015
Published by: No Exit Press
ISBN No: 978 1843445395


DI Geraldine Steel is called to investigate the murder of a man who has been battered to death. His widow, Caroline, is terrorised into concealing the identity of the killer who then claims a second victim. This leaves Geraldine with a dark secret. The truth might help to solve the case, but it also threatens to cost Geraldine her career. When Caroline's ten-year-old son disappears, his distraught mother turns to the police, with fatal consequences.


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'Prodigal Son' by Danielle Steel


Release date: 26th February 2015
Published by: Bantam Press
ISBN No:978 0593068946


Twin boys grow up in the same family, in the same town.
Dramatically different, they become bitter enemies, even as children: one good, one bad.
One leaves his peaceful hometown, but when the prodigal son returns twenty years later, the brothers’ reunion will expose shocking revelations…

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'Serpents in the Cold' by Douglas Graham Purdy and Thomas O'Malley


Release date:29th January 2015
Published by: Hodder and Stoughton
ISBN No: 978 1444754278


They found her on the beach, frozen, like a statue carved in ice...
Post-war Boston is down on its luck, and desperate to reinvent itself. But promises of a brighter future sound ever more hollow as the worst winter in recent memory tightens its grip.
No one is interested in a string of murdered women - everyone would much rather pretend they don't exist. But the latest victim was loved...
Old friends Cal and Dante are both struggling to find a way to live in a city that seems to be leaving them behind. The hunt for a killer gives them new purpose, as well as making them powerful enemies. But they believe in justice and second chances, and they will see this thing through - whatever the cost.

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'Krysalis' by John Trenhaile


Release date: 29th January 2015
Published by: Hodder and Stoughton
ISBN No: 978 1444793659
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David Lescombe, one of the Whitehall's top civil servants, believes he has a happy marriage to Anna, a successful barrister. But when Anna disappears and, at the same time, Krysalis, a unique NATO file, is removed from David's safe at their home, security services on both sides of the Atlantic are quick to accuse Anna of treason. David determines to find his wife and clear her name. But every step takes him further into danger ... and the evidence against Anna mounts up.
As David uncovers more and more about the woman he married and thought he knew, he also begins to catch glimpses of another tantalizingly vague figure: Gerhard Kleist, the psychoanalyst first consulted by Anna some years previously. Is their relationship merely that of doctor-patient? Are they lovers? Or is Kleist's role something more sinister?

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'Golden Son' by Pierce Brown

 

Release date:1st January 2015 
Published by:Hodder and Stoughton
ISBN No:978 1444759020


Ender's Game meets The Hunger Games in this, the second in an extraordinary trilogy from an incredible new voice.
'I'm still playing games. This is just the deadliest yet.'
Darrow is a rebel forged by tragedy. For years he and his fellow Reds worked the mines, toiling to make the surface of Mars inhabitable. They were, they believed, mankind's last hope. Until Darrow discovered that it was all a lie, and that the Red were nothing more than unwitting slaves to an elitist ruling class, the Golds, who had been living on Mars in luxury for generations.
In RED RISING, Darrow infiltrated Gold society, to fight in secret for a better future for his people. Now fully embedded amongst the Gold ruling class, Darrow continues his dangerous work to bring them down from within. It's a journey that will take him further than he's ever been before - but is Darrow truly willing to pay the price that rebellion demands?
A life-or-death tale of vengeance with an unforgettable hero at its heart,Golden Son guarantees Pierce Brown's continuing status as one of fiction's most exciting new voices.

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'Fatal Impact' by Kathryn Fox


Release date:1st January 2015
Published by:Hodder and Stoughton
ISBN No: 978 0340919149


When forensic pathologist Dr Anya Crichton finds a dead child covered in blood and stuffed into a toy box, her thoughts immediately turn to murder. Then the post mortem reveals that the girl died from a deadly bacterial infection brought on by food poisoning. But does that mean Anya can rule out foul play?
Anya was only meant to be in Tasmania for a conference and to visit her mother, but when more people fall sick, including her father's cousin, Anya becomes intimately involved in the case. At the same time, her mother - with whom Anya has always had a difficult relationship ever since her little sister Miriam went missing thirty years ago - is acting strangely, talking about conspiracies and exhibiting classic signs of dementia.
As Anya deals with her increasingly paranoid mother, she is also racing to discover the source of the fatal bacterial infection. But Anya's investigations into the close-knit Tasmanian agricultural community where the contaminated food originated soon put her in grave danger as someone tries to kill her. As the deaths pile up, Anya's search leads her to an old murder case, and soon it becomes clear that her own family is closer to danger than ever before. But will Anya be able to discover the truth behind the poisoning and unmask the killer in time to save them, and herself?

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'Traitor's Kiss' by Gerald Seymour


Release date:18th December 2014
Published by: Hodder and Stoughton
ISBN No:978 1444760415


An English trawler strays into Russian waters. When it returns, the captain has a package to deliver to British intelligence. For the next four years a high-ranked Russian naval officer, Viktor Archenko, passes valuable information to MI6. Suddenly the flow of information stops. His contacts in London know nothing about him - but they know that he's under suspicion. The time has come to get him out.
But the new breed now playing the spy game have no interest in irrelevant Cold War sparring or the risk of a scandal. There are deals to be done, alliances to be made. They would rather leave Archenko to fend for himself. Only one veteran agent realises that there is much more at stake than one man's life. Only he dares ask the question: if the war is over, who will fight the peace?

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'Complete Write a Novel Course:Teach Yourself' by Will Buckingham


Release date:5th December 2014
Published by: Hodder and Stoughton
ISBN No: 978 1473600485


Designed to take you from the moment you first put pen to paper right through to the process of contacting publishers (or uploading an ebook file) and promoting your book, this is the most important book on writing that you'll ever read. It introduces you to the craft of fiction writing, the art of words and the way in which to use them. It gives you inspiration, ideas and practical advice.
It gives you the background and the skills you'll need to succeed.
Unlike other books on the market, however, it also helps you begin to critique your own work, meaning that at every step of the writing process you'll be producing the best art you can. There are plenty of other essential writing tools in this book, as well, including techniques for overcoming writer's block; with nearly a quarter of the book focusing on how to get published, how to publish yourself, which courses you do - and don't - need, the nuts and bolts of competitions and festivals and the importance of social media, this really is the most comprehensive companion to the subject available.

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Saturday, 29 November 2014

'Black River' by Tom Harper


Release date: 7th May 2015
Published by Hodder and Stoughton
ISBN No: 978 1444731460


When Kel MacDonald joins an expedition looking for a legendary lost city in the Peruvian Amazon, he;s expecting the adventure of a lifetime. But things are not what they seem. Paramilitaries, drug cartels, and wildcat prospectors all want what the jungle has to offer - while untamed local tribes will fight desperately to protect their way of life. Maps of the region have been doctored. And what exactly happened to the previous expedition, a government vaccination program that went upriver and never returned?
Soon finding the lost city is the least of their troubles. The jungle hides deadly secrets that must be hidden at all costs. And someone in the group wants to make sure they never get out.

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'Beatrice and Benedick' by Marina Fiorato


Release date: 9th April 2015
Published by: Hodder and Stoughton
ISBN No: 978 1848548039


Hidden in the language of Shakespeare's best-loved comedy Much Ado About Nothing, are several clues to an intriguing tale. It seems that the witty lovers Beatrice and Benedick had a previous youthful love affair which ended bitterly. But how did they meet, why did they part, and what brought them together again?
Messina, Sicily, 1588. Beatrice of Mantua comes to the court of her uncle Leonato, to be companion to his daughter, Hero. That fateful summer, Spanish lordling Don Pedro visits for a month-long sojourn on the island with his regiment. In his company is the young soldier Benedick of Padua.
Benedick and Beatrice begin to wage their merry war of wit, which masks the reality that they dance a more serious measure, and the two are soon deeply in love. But the pair are cruelly parted by natural disaster and man-made misunderstanding. Oceans apart, divided by war and slander, Beatrice and Benedick begin their ten-year odyssey back to Messina and each other.
In a journey that takes us from sunlit Sicily to the crippled Armada fleet and from ancient superstition to the glorious Renaissance cities of the north, Marina Fiorato tells a story of intrigue, treachery and betrayal that will shed a new light on Shakespeare's most appealing lovers.

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'A Lesson in Love' by Gervase Phinn


Release date: 12th March 2015
Published by: Hodder and Stoughton
ISBN No: 978 1444779356


Love is in the air in the little village of Barton-in-the-Dale. Anyone can see that Ashley Underwood and Emmet O'Malley are made for each other. They've just got to admit it to themselves . . . But as the saying goes, the course of true love never did run smooth.
While romance blossoms on one side of the village, an angry young boy struggles to believe in love. But when tragedy strikes, he learns that comfort and care can come from the most unexpected of places.
Meanwhile, head teacher Elisabeth Stirling faces a new challenge for the start of the school year. An eccentric teacher joins the staff, and there's also a worrying case of potential negligence to answer. In the village too, a puritanical new vicar stirs up trouble. But as always, mixed in with the drama there's plenty of gossip, laughter, friendship - and love - in Barton-in-the-Dale.

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'Arcadia' by JamesTReadwell


Release date: 26th February 2015
Published by: Hodder and Stoughton
ISBN No: 978 1444728576


Magic has returned, Chaos has arisen, And ten-year-old Rory is the only boy left in the whole world. In his world, at least, where home is an island where there is water on all sides, and the women who are left are coping as best they can with life as it must now be lived.
Then a strange threesome arrive on the island, two of them men, and Rory is drawn with them to the Mainland, where it all started, and where Rory is going to find out that the magic and adventure he has wished for when reading his comics have a darker and much more terrifying side...

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'Lost Lake' by Sarah Addison Allen


Release date: 26th February 2015
Published by: Hodder and Stoughton
ISBN No:978 1444787085


The first time she saw Lost Lake, it was just a picture on a postcard, but she knew she was seeing her future.
That was half a lifetime ago. Now all that's left is a once-charming collection of lakeside cabins succumbing to the Southern Georgia heat and damp, and an assortment of faithful misfits drawn back to Lost Lake year after year by their own secret dreams and desires.
It's not quite enough to keep Eby Pim from selling up and calling this her final summer at the lake. Until one last chance at family knocks on her door.
Kate spent her best summer at Lost Lake, at the age of twelve, before she learned of loneliness, and heartbreak, and loss. Perhaps, if she returns, her young daughter can cling to her own childhood for just a little longer... and maybe Kate herself can rediscover something that slipped through her fingers so long ago.
One by one, people find their way to Lost Lake, looking for something: a second chance, a mystery solved, a heart mended. Can they find what they need before it's too late?

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'Sentinel' by Jennifer L. Armentrout


Release date: 11th December 2014
Published by: Hodder and Stoughton
ISBN No: 978 1444798029


As the mortal world slowly slips into chaos, Alexandria Andros must overcome a devastating defeat that has left her shaken and in doubt that the war against the gods will ever come to an end.
There are many obstacles standing between Alex and her happily-ever-after with Aiden St. Delphi, and now Alex and Aiden face their greatest challenge yet: they must trust a deadly foe as they travel deep into the Underworld to release one of the most dangerous gods of all time.
In the shattering, action-packed climax to the series, Alex must make a terrible choice: the destruction of everything and everyone she holds dear... or the end of her own life.

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Friday, 28 November 2014

'The Here and Now' by Ann Brashares


Release date:1st January 2015
Published by: Hodder Children's Books
ISBN No: 978 1444921922


Seventeen-year-old Prenna James emigrated to New York when she was twelve. But Prenna didn't come from a different country, she came from a different time - a future where a mosquito-borne illness has mutated into a pandemic, killing millions and leaving the world in ruins.
Prenna and the others who escaped to the present day must follow a strict set of rules: never reveal where they're from, never interfere with history, and never, ever be intimate with anyone outside their community. Prenna does as she's told, believing she can help prevent the plague that will one day ravage the earth and take the lives of her younger brothers. But everything changes when she falls for Ethan.
She might be able to save the world ... if she lets go of the one thing she's found to hold on to.



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'A Time to Remember' by Anna Jacobs


Release date:1st January 2015
Published by: Hodder and Stoughton
ISBN No:978 1444787672


1945 - the war in Europe is over. Most women can't wait for their men to return, but in the small town of Rivenshaw in Lancashire, Judith Crossley fears having her husband back in the house. He'd grown into a bully and a drunkard, and on the occasions he'd come home from leave, he'd hit her.
He wasn't a good father either - when their eldest daughter Kitty won a prestigious scholarship to the private girls' grammar school, Doug had tried to stop her going, saying it would turn her into a snob. Luckily Judith had help from an unlikely ally - Maynard Esher, from an old aristocratic family on the other side of town - but Judith knows that when her husband returns, she'll be blamed for letting Kitty take up her school place. She decides that for the children's sake, she must leave her husband. But with the house rented in his name, and other accommodation scarce, where on earth can they go?
Helen Bretherton is returning from being a Land Girl in Wiltshire. Her great-aunt has left her a house bordering the park in Rivenshaw, but it was partly bombed and is in a poor condition. Still, she decides to camp out in it, if it's at all habitable, because she has nowhere else to go. However, when she arrives, she finds a displaced Polish man is already living there . . .


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'Home Comforts' by James Martin


Release date:4th December 2014
Published by:Quadrille Publishing Ltd
ISBN No:978 1849494724


He champions local produce and loves growing his own, and this irresistible collection of recipes ranges from fancy dinners to impress friends, to those times when you just need to grab lunch for one in a hurry.
Much-loved for his trademark wholesome, hearty British food, in this book James shows off a fresh, light and ultra-modern side, too, in dishes like Shaved cauliflower salad with barbecued honey tomatoes. The very British love of spicy foods is properly indulged with recipes from all over the world, including Indian deep-fried soft-shell crab with a delicious home-made lime pickle. There is also the true comfort food — such as Chicken and wild mushroom frying pan pie — and old favourites such as chicken Kiev.


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Thursday, 27 November 2014

'Art Jewelry Today' by C Mallette


Release date: 1st December 2014
Published by:Schiffer Publishing
ISBN No:978-0764346781


Hundreds of fascinating colour photos reveal the wearable artwork created by today's top art jewelers of Europe, including one-of-a-kind necklaces, brooches, bracelets, rings, and earrings in gold, silver, mixed metals, glass, enamel work, found objects, and more. The artists are arranged alphabetically so readers may see the entire scope of their work on the page together. The artists provide personal statements about their work and its significance. These artists have created small sculptures that adorn the body and draw attention. This is the first book in the series to focus solely on the artists of Europe. Included among them are new artwork from artists readers have come to know in the previous volumes and an introduction to the work of artists whose jewellery has not been previously seen. This is a valuable guide to current trends in art jewellery design for buyers, jewellery enthusiasts, collectors, and artists alike.


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'If This Is A Woman' by Sarah Helm


Release date: 15th January 2015
Published by: Little Brown
ISBN No: 978 1408701072


On a sunny morning in May 1939 a phalanx of 800 women - housewives, doctors, opera singers, politicians, prostitutes - were marched through the woods fifty miles north of Berlin, driven on past a shining lake, then herded through giant gates. Whipping and kicking them were scores of German women guards.
Their destination was Ravensbrück, a concentration camp designed specifically for women by Heinrich Himmler, prime architect of the Nazi genocide.
For decades the story of Ravensbrück was hidden behind the Iron Curtain and today is still little known. Using testimony unearthed since the end of the Cold War, and interviews with survivors who have never spoken before, Helm has ventured into the heart of the camp, demonstrating for the reader in riveting detail how easily and quickly the unthinkable horror evolved.


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'The Dublin King' by John Ashdown-Hill


Release date: 5th January 2015
Published by: The History Press
ISBN No: 978 0750960342


A year after Richard III’s death, a boy claiming to be a Yorkist prince appeared as if from nowhere, claiming to be Richard III’s heir and the rightful King of England. In 1487, in a unique ceremony, this boy was crowned in Dublin Cathedral, despite the Tudor government insisting that his real name was Lambert Simnel and that he was a mere pretender to the throne. Now, in The Dublin King, author and historian John Ashdown-Hill questions that official view. Using new discoveries, little-known evidence and insight, he seeks the truth behind the 500-year-old story of the boy-king crowned in Dublin. He also presents a link between Lambert Simnel’s story and that of George, Duke of Clarence, the brother of Richard III. On the way, the book sheds new light on the fate of the ‘Princes in the Tower’, before raising the possibility of using DNA to clarify the identity of key characters in the story and their relationships.


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'The Caves of Dunhuang' by Fan Jinshi


Release date:28th January 2015
Published by: Scala Arts and Heritage Publishers
ISBN No:978 1857598742


The cave temples of Mogao are near Dunhuang at the extreme western end of the Silk Road in China. Founded by Buddhist monks in the fourth century, the caves were inhabited as an isolated monastery for over 1,000 years. The murals with which the caves were decorated create one of the finest examples of Buddhist art in China, reflecting the changing styles of Chinese art for more than a millennium. The caves were also the repository of many other treasures, including works on silk and paper as well as tens of thousands of Buddhist manuscripts. The site itself, on the fringes of the Gobi desert, is one of great beauty and historical resonance. This book examines 50 of the finest caves in detail. Richly illustrated and beautifully designed, it gives an unparalleled introduction to the site, the quality of the murals and the other contents, and outlines one of the most fascinating stories in Asian history.


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Wednesday, 26 November 2014

'Unspeakable' by Michelle Pickett


Release date:10th February 2015
Published by:Clean Teen Publishing
ISBN No:978 1634220200


" Breathe. No one will break me. I'm strong. Breathe. Just breathe. " On the outside, Willow appears to have it all. She's beautiful, smart, from an influential family, and she dates the most popular guy in school Jaden. But she would walk away from it all in a second. Willow is tormented by lies and suffocating guilt, not the hearts and flowers people believe her life is full of. She carries a dark secret. Plagued by nightmares and pain, the secret dominates her life. If she hadn't walked away. "If she had just but she didn't." And now she has to live with her choices. But when someone uncovers her family's past, they use it against her, crushing her spirit little by little. She tells herself she just has to make it to graduation. Then she can leave Middleton, and her secret, far behind. When Brody transfers to Cassidy High, he turns Willow's life upside down. He shows her what it feels like to live again, really live. And suddenly, she isn't satisfied with just surviving until graduation. She wants a normal life with Brody and he wants her. But the closer they become, the more it threatens to unravel the secret she's worked so hard to hide. Willow finds true love with Brody. Will she let his love save her, or walk away from him to keep her secret safe?"



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'The Shadow Cabinet' by Maureen Johnson


Release date: 5th February 2015
Published by: Hot Key Books
ISBN No: 978 1471401800


Grieving, shaken, and feeling very much alone, Rory's life as a member of the Shades of London has changed irrevocably. It's only been a matter of hours since Stephen was taken from her, possibly for ever. Her classmate Charlotte is still missing, kidnapped by the same people who tried to take Rory. Rory is no longer a schoolgirl haplessly involved in the dealings of a secret government unit. She is their weapon in a matter of life and death. With hardly a moment to think for herself, Rory is back to work. Charlotte must be found - as must Stephen, if he is even out there. Lines must be drawn and forces rallied. Something is brewing under London, something bigger and much more dangerous than what has come before. Old friends and new are drawn into the effort. And Rory must come to understand the mystery of the Shadow Cabinet, which holds the key to everything.


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'Still Waters' by Linda Kavanagh


Release date: 1st December 2014
Published by:Mira
ISBN No:978 1848453173


There was a moment when Ivy could have told the truth.
But she didn't
Now she’s burdened with a terrible secret – something so awful that it could destroy her marriage, her career and turn her own son against her. For years her secret has been buried beneath the waters of the lake in the village where she grew up. Now she’s forced to return to the place she’s been running from for so long.
Will she ever be able to forget what happened that tragic night? Or will the unspeakable acts of the past destroy her future?



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'Cursed By Fire' by Jacquelyn Frank


Release date:24th February 2015
Published by:Piatkus
ISBN No: 978 0349400808


For centuries, Dethan has been trapped in a fiery inferno for defying the gods and snatching the power of immortality. Condemned to have his battle-hardened body licked by flames only to regenerate and be consumed all over again, Dethan has lost all hope-until the Goddess of Conflict appears. She will release him from torment-if he'll use his power and strength as a warrior to raise an army and defeat a fierce enemy faction of gods.
Free to live as a man once again, Dethan meets Selinda-heir to the throne of Hexis-and his thoughts quickly turn from the conquest of cities to the conquest of this headstrong beauty. Betrothed to a cruel, calculating powermonger, Selinda needs a champion, and so Dethan enters into another bargain: If she will share her bed-and her body-with him, Dethan will save her city from destructive forces within and without. As the lovers ignite a searing passion, Dethan will risk all-even the wrath of the Goddess of Conflict-for a chance to make Selinda his forever.



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'Patchwork Crochet: Crochet patterns for cushions, pillows, afghans and throws' by Kristel Salgarollo


Release date: 28th November 2014
Published by: David and Charles
ISBN No: 978 1446305331


Patchwork Crochet is a stunning collection of blankets, throws, afghans and bedspreads inspired by classic patchwork blocks. There are over 12 patterns with variations for throws, bedspreads and cushions that are both practical and beautiful. Designs include crocheted versions of classic patchwork blocks including the paper pieced Grandmother's Flower Garden and Nine Patch, as well as Log Cabin and Rail Fence. 

All the crochet techniques and charts are included to create these unique designs, as well as thrifty tips for using leftover wool and cotton thread. This colourful collection of patchwork patterns will inspire you to pick up your crochet hook and create beautiful blankets to liven up your home.


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'Darkness Falls' by Keri Arthur

Release date:2nd December 2014
Published by:Piatkus
ISBN No:978 0349401621


The search for the last key to the gates of hell has begun. Risa Jones is in more danger than ever - and one misstep could prove ruinous. It's only a matter of time before Madeleine Hunter, the dangerous head of the vampire council, begins her plan for complete domination. For Risa, that comes with an alarming ultimatum: hand over the last key to Hunter or, one by one, her loved ones will die.
Now it's a race against time for Risa to save those she loves and to stop Hunter's apocalyptic plan to open the gates of hell . . .

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'The Watched' by Casey Hill


Release date: 18th December 2014
Published by: Simon and Schuster
ISBN No: 978 0857209887


Quantico-trained forensic investigator Reilly Steel is back in the country of her birth. Unsure about both her future and her position within the Dublin police force, Reilly hopes that a relaxing stay at the Florida beach home of her old FBI mentor Daniel Forrest will help get her thoughts together. When Daniel's son, policeman Todd Forrest, is called to the scene of a gruesome murder where the body of a beautiful woman has literally been torn in two, he is stopped in his tracks. Not just because of the grotesque and theatrical nature of the crime but because he recognizes the victim as Daniel's goddaughter. In an attempt to find swift resolution on her old friend's behalf, Reilly finds herself drawn into the investigation. And when another disturbing murder occurs soon after, Reilly can't help but feel that she has come across something like this before. But where? The answer becomes apparent at a third crime scene - the killer is visually reenacting some of the most famous murder scenes in screen history and posting his 'work' online for his followers and the whole world to see. Will the investigative team be able to find the murderer before his thirst for 'screen immortality' drives him to kill again? And will Reilly's brief hiatus in the US force her into a decision about her future in Dublin, and the unfinished business she has there?


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'Vanessa and Her Sister' by Priya Parmar


Release date:12th February 2015
Published by: Bloomsbury Circus
ISBN No: 978 1408850206


London, 1905. The city is alight with change and the Stephen siblings are at the forefront. Vanessa, Virginia, Thoby and Adrian are leaving behind their childhood home and taking a house in the leafy heart of avant-garde Bloomsbury. There they bring together a glittering circle of brilliant, artistic friends who will come to be known as the legendary Bloomsbury Group. And at the centre of the charmed circle are the devoted, gifted sisters: Vanessa, the painter and Virginia, the writer.
Each member of the group will go on to earn fame and success, but so far Vanessa Bell has never sold a painting. Virginia Woolf's book review has just been turned down by The Times. Lytton Strachey has not published anything. E. M. Forster has finished his first novel but does not like the title. Leonard Woolf is still a civil servant in Ceylon, and John Maynard Keynes is looking for a job. Together, this sparkling coterie of artists and intellectuals throw away convention and embrace the wild freedom of being young, single bohemians in London.
But the landscape shifts when Vanessa unexpectedly falls in love and her sister feels dangerously abandoned. Eerily possessive, charismatic, manipulative and brilliant, Virginia has always lived in the shelter of Vanessa's constant attention and encouragement. Without it, she careens toward self-destruction and madness. As tragedy and betrayal threaten to destroy the family, Vanessa must choose whether to protect Virginia's happiness or her own.


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'The Holy Lance' by Andrew Latham


Release date: 24th February 2015
Published by: Knox Robinson Publishing
ISBN No: 978 1910282410


The year is 1191. A daring counterattack against the Saracens last-ditch effort to relieve the besieged city of Acre has not only saved the Third Crusade from a fatal defeat; it has also brought the leader of that counterattack, English Templar Michael Fitz Alan, to the attention of King Richard the Lionheart. In the days that follow, the king charges Fitz Alan with a life-or-death mission to recover the long-lost Holy Lance, a religious relic widely believed to be responsible for the near-miraculous success of the First Crusade. The ensuing quest leads Fitz Alan and a hand-picked band of Templars on a journey deep into enemy territory, where they battle Saracens, Assassins, hostile Christians and even a traitor within their own ranks as they seek to return the Holy Lance to Christian hands and thereby ensure the liberation of Jerusalem and the success of the crusade.


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