Monday, 29 June 2015

'Perfect Daughter' Blog Tour Stop and Book Launch with the Author Amanda Prowse

Amanda Prowse is a bestselling novelist with an incredible 155k followers on Twitter!! On Remembrance Day 2012 Amanda Prowse made headlines with her debut novel ‘Poppy Day’. She received widespread military support, celebrity endorsements and appeared in newspapers and on TV sofas everywhere. Amanda donated all her author royalties to the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal. This was followed by 4 more novels ‘ Clover’s Child’, ‘What Have I Done’, ‘A Little Love’ and ‘Will You Remember Me?’.  As well as writing she was Writer in Residence on ITV’s This Morning in 2013.

Amanda now has seven novels and a number of short stories under her belt, including the No. 1 bestselling ‘What Have I Done’?  Most recently, Amanda penned the critically acclaimed ‘A Mother’s Story’, which dealt with the issue of post-natal depression.

Amanda is an ambassador of The Sepsis Trust. Sepsis kills more people in the UK than breast, bowel and prostate cancers combined - over 37,000 people with a cost to the NHS of £2.5 billion a year. Sepsis is a life threatening condition that arises when the body’s response to an infection injures its own tissues and organs. In September this year, Amanda will release a book called 'Three and a Half Heartbeats' and all profits from the novel will go directly to the Sepsis Trust.

Amanda is married with two children. They live near Bristol.

A very warm welcome to you Amanda, and can I thank you, for taking time out of your busy schedule to talk to us today.
It is my absolute pleasure. Talking and writing are two of my very favourite things so this is a good opportunity to practice both!

For the benefit of our International readers can you tell us a bit about the part of the world that you are currently resident in and why do you like living there?
I am currently living in the beautiful West Country in the United Kingdom. The nearest big city is Bristol, which has a wealth of stunning architecture, from cobbled alleyways to Georgian crescents and everything in between. We are half an hour from the seaside and I wake each day to the green rolling hills and big sky. My husband is a Bristolian and this is where most of our family now reside which means riotous Sunday lunches and lots of visitors, perfect!

Can I ask what sort of books did you like reading as a child?
Any I could get my hands on! I had a passion for classics such as ‘Black Beauty’ and ‘Anne of Green Gables’, but equally could also get lost in ‘Grimm’s Fairy Tales’. I couldn’t believe that there were these whole other worlds that I could escape inside, and consider being taught to read the greatest gift anyone has ever given me.

Do you think the books that you read as a child have influenced your writing in any way?
I am sure they have. I like a good rounded story, with a discernible beginning, middle and end. I like things to be sewn up, cut and dried, problems to be resolved and I think that’s quite typical of children’s stories. I also try to write strong characters that stay with you, this too I think I got from reading books like ‘Cinderella’ or ‘Little Women’.

Do you have a set routine when you are working on a novel?
I wish I did! My life is rather hard to plan. I travel a lot and so have had to get used to writing wherever and whenever I can. That might mean jotting a few notes while in a queue, or tip tapping away on my laptop on a plane that travels through the night. All my writing is done around looking after my family. That comes first, whether I’m cooking supper, giving a lift or just chatting to the kids, writing comes second!

Where do you do your writing best?
If I had complete control over my time, I would wake naturally every day, put on clean pyjamas and sit on the sofa in my study with a mug of never ending tea and my laptop poised. This is where I do my best writing, with the French doors thrown open and fresh air keeping me sharp. I think this still, quiet environment helps me think.

What actually helped you to decide to become a writer?
I had always, always wanted to write stories. I remember reading ‘The Thorn Birds’ as a teenager and thinking that if I could make people feel how Colleen McCullough made me feel, then that would be the best thing in the whole wide world. I think what prompted me to actually start writing was the realisation that this is my one time around the block, what did I want to do with this life? I got sick in my thirties and it was a HUGE wake up call! So I quit my job, we sold the house and I took the plunge!

When you are writing a novel, how do you place yourself into the time period that you are writing about?

Whatever I am writing, I put myself in the environment and ‘live’ it in my head! So any accents that my characters have, that is the sound that I hear as I write. I picture the world, the clothes, the buildings, the music and this particularly helps when in a different time period. My novel ‘Clover’s Child’ is set in the sixties, I had my mum on speed dial, asking her questions like, ‘what shampoo did you use?’ and ‘how much was a cup of coffee?’ Think it drove her nuts.

How do you go about imagining, developing and giving real lives and personalities to the characters that we read about within in your books?

I am very lucky in that when a new story pops into my head, the characters and their traits, voices, etc are already fully formed, so its like being introduced to them rather than having to invent them! I then just write what as I see as I observe them.

Did you encounter any difficulties in getting you books accepted and published?
YES! I had a million rejections. I could wallpaper my house with the many letters that started ‘Thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to see you work... blah… blah… blah’ each one sent me reeling into the corner, feeling dejected and wondering whether I would ever make a break through. In the end, I self published my first novel and when that was a success, was picked up that way. I was very, very lucky.

Do you have to undertake any research for your novels?

I do. Many of my novels are issue based, looking at things like mixed raced relationships, domestic control within marriage, postnatal depression and others. It is therefore vital that I do my research to make the characters experience authentic. I am constantly amazed and in awe of the brave women who share their stories with me. 

Can you tell us a little about your latest novel ‘Perfect Daughter’?
‘Perfect Daughter’ is the story of an ordinary woman who lives in a little house in Weston-Super-Mare. She is a mum to two kids, a wife to her childhood sweetheart and daughter to her mum who lives with them and has dementia. It’s a look at what happens when the pressures of trying to be all things to all people becomes too much and how Jacks, my heroine, copes when she looks in the mirror one day and realises that she will never achieve all the things she thought she might. Jacks, like all of us, has dreams; a fantasy life that she dips into to brighten her day. We watch as one by one her dreams are shattered and when her past catches up with her, how she copes as the light at the end of the tunnel is blocked off. It details life in the pressure cooker of modern living, where time, space and money are all in short supply and it’s about learning to look for the good in the small things and appreciating what you have!

What is your favourite book and why?
TOO MANY! But if I have to choose one, then I will go for ‘Far From The Madding Crowd’. I can read it over and over and even though I know the story by heart, each re-read is like taking a new route to a familiar destination, always something new to see!

Are you currently reading a book at the moment, and if so what is it?

I am currently reading ‘The Worst Journey In The World’ by Apsley Cherry-Garrard about Scotts expedition to the South Pole. It’s a book about courage, hope, discovery and friendship, not always an easy read, but constantly gripping!

Do you have any other hobbies or interests that you enjoy in order to give you a break from your normal routine and your writing?

I am so boring! If I’m not writing then I am reading! I always have my face two inches from a book or a screen. I have been known to bake and when time allows I might whip up a creation for the family to mock. I also watch my favourite movie ‘Papadopoulos and Sons’ over and over as I love it! I can now say most of the lines with the characters but still get so much joy from watching it.

Can you give us a hint about any other books that you may have in the making at the moment?
I have just finished a book that comes out in September about a family who lose a child to the devastating disease of Sepsis, called ‘Three and a Half Heartbeats’, which is how often someone in the world dies of Sepsis, all proceeds are going to the Sepsis Trust to help educate about this horrible disease. Can I give the website? thank you xx

Amanda, to conclude our interview can I ask if there is another question that I should have asked you within this interview and what would be your answer?

Oh gosh! Let me think… my greatest achievement? My kids. My favourite place on the planet? Tutukaka in New Zealand. My top beauty tip? Smile! The one thing I wish I was better at? Spontaneously thinking of questions about myself…

Amanda, I have been absolutely delighted and very honoured that you agreed to be interviewed for my literary site. I would also like to thank-you again for taking the time to speak to us today.

It has as ever, been my absolute pleasure. I am so very thankful every day that people read and love my stories and so the chance to connect with readers is always brilliant!

'Perfect Daughter' is published in hardback on 2nd July 2015

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

Twitter: @MrsAmandaProwse

Sunday, 28 June 2015

'Warning Cry' by Kris Humphrey

Release date:6th July 2015 
Published by:Stripes Publishing
ISBN No:978 1847156051

When a raven drops a white feather at the doorstep on the day of your birth, it is a symbol of your destiny. You are a Whisperer - a guardian of the wild. The kingdom of Meridina is under threat. When Nara and her leopard companion, Flame, receive the call to attend a Whisperers' council of war, they begin the long journey north. But signs of the shape-shifting Narlaw are everywhere. Can Nara and Flame make it to the palace or will the demons reach them first? The future of the natural world is resting on their shoulders...

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'Masquerade' by Hannah Fielding

Release date:6th August 2015 
Published by:London Wall Publishing
ISBN No:978 0992994365

From the award-winning author of The Echoes of Love. Love, mystery and desire under the scorching Spanish sun. A young writer becomes entangled in an illicit gypsy love affair, pulling her into a world of secrets, deception and dark desire. Summer, 1976. Luz de Rueda returns to her beloved Spain and takes a job as the biographer of a famous artist. On her first day back in Cádiz, she encounters a bewitching, passionate young gypsy, Leandro, who immediately captures her heart, even though relationships with his kind are taboo. Haunted by this forbidden love, she meets her new employer, the sophisticated Andrés de Calderón. Reserved yet darkly compelling, he is totally different to Leandro but almost the gypsy s double. Both men stir unfamiliar and exciting feelings in Luz, although mystery and danger surround them in ways she has still to discover.

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'Fairytale Beginnings' by Holly Martin

Release date:10th July 2015 
Published by:Bookouture
ISBN No:978 1910751169

Love is an open door...except when it keeps slamming in your face Hopeless romantic Milly Rose has had her fair share of heartbreak. Obsessed with all things Disney, she refuses to give up on finding her Prince Charming - he's out there somewhere, isn't he? When Milly is given a job to investigate the origins of a historical building in the village of Clover's Rest, she's not sure what to expect. What she discovers takes her breath away - a beautiful real life Cinderella castle, complete with turrets, a magnificent drawbridge AND a very handsome owner...Cameron Heartstone. As Milly and Cameron begin to unearth the secrets of Clover Castle, they can't ignore the intense chemistry building between them. But they've both been hurt badly before. Can they take a big leap of faith and find their own happily-ever-after? 

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'High Tide' by Veronica Henry

Release date:24th September 2015 
Published by: Orion
ISBN No:978 1409146858

Returning to Pennfleet after years in New York, Kate can't help but feel a pang of affection for the little town by the sea where she grew up. If only she were returning in happier circumstances. This last trip is full of farewells: to her childhood home, her once-best friend and the life she left behind.
Kissing the widow of the richest man in town wasn't one of Nathan's best ideas. Now he can't get Vanessa out his mind. Skippering his grandfather's boat on picnic cruises up and down the river, Nathan wonders if it's time to move on. Small towns can be dangerous places if you're in the middle of a scandal.
Her husband's death has left Vanessa unsure what her role should be. After years of playing the part of a trophy wife, she can finally think about what she wants, for a change.
Sam moved to Pennfleet to raise his boys following the death of his wife. His deli has become the place where locals pour out their troubles and swap gossip, but amidst all the banter and laughter, has anyone stopped to notice what's troubling Sam recently?

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'Suffragette Girl' by Margaret Dickinson

Release date:24th September 2015 
Published by: Pan
ISBN No:978 1509803033

When Florrie Maltby defies her father by refusing to marry Gervase Richards, she sets off a chain of events that will alter her life. Instead she goes to London and becomes involved with the suffragette movement. She's imprisoned for her militant actions, and goes on hunger strike. With her health deteriorating, there is one person who can save her - Gervase.
After a brief stay in the countryside to recuperate, Florrie returns to London to continue her fight for women's rights. Only the outbreak of the Great War puts a halt to her activities. It is when James, her younger brother, is shamed by their father into volunteering, that Florrie enlists as a nurse and is sent to the Front. Amidst the fear and horror of the hospital close to the trenches, she finds love. But when her beloved brother is accused of desertion, help comes from a very unexpected source.

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'The Mill Girls of Albion Lane' by Jenny Holmes

Release date:24th September 2015 
Published by: Corgi
ISBN No:978 0552171496

On the cobbled streets of Bradford in 1931, Lily Briggs does all she can to keep trouble at bay for her and her family.
She works hard at Calvert Mill to make ends meet and take care of her parents and younger siblings. Saturday nights at the dance hall and dressmaking with her two best friends keep Lily upbeat, and now there’s a blossoming romance with childhood friend Harry Bainbridge to put an extra spring in her step, too.
But then a run of misfortune threatens Lily’s work, home and personal life, and she has to rely on the community at the mill to rally together for support. With so many others to worry about, will Lily always put them first or can she find her own happy ending?

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Thursday, 25 June 2015

'Dragonbane' by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Release date:4th August 2015
Published by:St. Martin's Press
ISBN No:978 1250029942

Out of all the mysterious boarders who call Sanctuary home, no one is more antisocial or withdrawn than Maxis Drago. But then, it's hard to blend in with the modern world when you have a fifty foot wingspan.
Centuries ago, he was cursed by an enemy who swore to see him fall. An enemy who took everything from him and left him forever secluded.
But Fate is a bitch, with a wicked sense of humor. And when she throws old enemies together and threatens the wife he thought had died centuries ago, he comes back with a vengeance. Modern day New Orleans has become a battleground for the oldest of evils. And two dragons will hold the line, or go down in flames.

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'A Curious Beginning' by Deanna Raybourn

Release date:1st September 2015 
Published by: New American Library
ISBN No: 978 0451476012

In her thrilling new series, the "New York Times" bestselling author of the Lady Julia Grey mysteries, returns once more to Victorian England and introduces intrepid adventuress Veronica Speedwell. "London, 1887." As the city prepares to celebrate Queen Victoria s golden jubilee, Veronica Speedwell is marking a milestone of her own. After burying her spinster aunt, the orphaned Veronica is free to resume her world travels in pursuit of scientific inquiry and the occasional romantic dalliance. As familiar with hunting butterflies as she is fending off admirers, Veronica wields her butterfly net and a sharpened hatpin with equal aplomb, and with her last connection to England now gone, she intends to embark upon the journey of a lifetime. But fate has other plans, as Veronica discovers when she thwarts her own abduction with the help of an enigmatic German baron with ties to her mysterious past. Promising to reveal in time what he knows of the plot against her, the baron offers her temporary sanctuary in the care of his friend Stoker a reclusive natural historian as intriguing as he is bad-tempered. But before the baron can deliver on his tantalizing vow to reveal the secrets he has concealed for decades, he is found murdered. Suddenly Veronica and Stoker are forced to go on the run from an elusive assailant, wary partners in search of the villainous truth."

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'Dark Ghost' by Christine Feehan

Release date:1st September 2015 
Published by: Piatkus 
ISBN No:978 0349405650

He wasn't civilized or tame. He had his own code and he lived by it.
Monk. Bounty hunter. Vampire slayer. Andre Boroi has spent centuries battling the undead, holding out against the dark with honor. But now, gravely wounded by master vampire Costin Popescu, Andre will be easy to track - his spilled blood marking the killing trail for Popescu and his hungry band of underlings. Andre's only chance is to disappear into the gray mist of the Carpathians. To wait. To hope.
She had a healing touch and a scent that was his lifeblood.
In the mountains in search of a precious crystal, geologist Teagan Joanes suddenly finds herself hunted by those she once trusted. Then she comes across the warrior- wounded, wanting and irresistible. Andre has been craving her for an eternity: his lifemate. Her warmth envelops him. Her scent pulsates. And with every beat of her heart, Teagan surrenders to a passion she can't possibly comprehend.
Now they are bound by destiny, but is it enough to keep them safe from a stalking, relentless darkness that threatens to swallow them alive?

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'The Gilded Hour' by Sara Donati

Release date:1st September 2015 
Published by:Berkley Books
ISBN No:978 0425271810

The year is 1883, and in New York City, it s a time of dizzying splendor, crushing poverty, and tremendous change. With the gravity-defying Brooklyn Bridge nearly complete and New York in the grips of anti-vice crusader Anthony Comstock, Anna Savard and her cousin Sophie both graduates of the Woman's Medical School treat the city's most vulnerable, even if doing so may put everything they've strived for in jeopardy. Anna's work has placed her in the path of four children who have lost everything, just as she herself once had. Faced with their helplessness, Anna must make an unexpected choice between holding on to the pain of her past and letting love into her life. For Sophie, an obstetrician and the orphaned daughter of free people of color, helping a desperate young mother forces her to grapple with the oath she took as a doctor and thrusts her and Anna into the orbit of Anthony Comstock, a dangerous man who considers himself the enemy of everything indecent and of anyone who dares to defy him. With its vivid depictions of old New York and its enormously appealing characters, "The Gilded Hour" is a captivating, emotionally gripping novel that proves Sara Donati is an author at the height of her powers."

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'French Warships in the Age of Sail 1786 - 1862' by Rif Winfield and Stephen S Roberts

Release date:30th August 2015 
Published by:Seaforth Publishing
ISBN No:978 1848322042

In 1786 the French Navy had just emerged from its most successful war of the eighteenth century, having frequently outfought or outmaneuvered the Royal Navy in battle, and made a major contribution to American independence. The reputation of its ship design and fighting skills never stood higher, yet within a few years the effects of the French Revolution had devastated its efficiency, leading to defeat after defeat. Fine ships continued to be built, but even under Napoleon s dynamic influence the navy never recovered sufficiently to alter the balance of sea power. It was only after 1815 that the navy revived, espousing technical innovation and invention, to produce some of the most advanced ships of the age. This book is the first comprehensive listing of these ships in English, and follows the pattern set by the companion series on British warships in the age of sail in providing an impressive depth of information. It is organised by Rate, classification and class, with significant technical and building data, followed by a concise summary of the careers of each ship in every class. Thus for the first time it is possible to form a clear picture of the overall development of French warships in the latter half of the sailing era.

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'Boucheron: The Secret Archives' by Vincent Meylan

Release date:26th August 2015 
Published by: Antique Collectors' Club 
ISBN No: 978 1851496679

The House of Boucheron is one of the great Parisian jewellers of the last 150 years. Founder, Frédéric Boucheron opened his first shop in 1858. Many of his clients were not women of society, but femme fatales of the demi-monde. Nonetheless, his skill with precious stones and his absolute discretion made him a favourite of both courtesans and princes. In turn his business flourished allowing him to move to the famous Place Vendôme in 1892.

Having been given unprecedented access to the Boucheron vaults, the book's author, Vincent Meylan, made some remarkable discoveries. Perhaps the most significant was a register labelled 'Book of Stones'. It is a record of all the precious stones that have entered Boucheron's stock; diamonds, emeralds, sapphires, rubies and pearls are all indexed according to weight, price and, most importantly, who bought and sold them. Meylan also uncovered almost 200 order books and 150 letters. It is these 'Secret Archives' that have enabled him to reveal the fascinating history of Boucheron and his extraordinary, colourful clientele.

From the 'Ladies of Sin' to the 'King and Queens of the World' Meylan reveals the riveting stories behind the jewels that the Parisian jeweller sold; the desires they aroused, the madness they provoked, the love they formalised, and the deaths they caused. Boucheron's clients included Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, La Belle Otero, King Farouk of Egypt, and the Shah of Iran. The demands of these wealthy individuals led to the sensational orders that elevated Boucheron to highest level of creativity.

This captivating and revealing publication includes original design sketches, black and white archive images and sumptuous colour photographs of the exquisite Boucheron creations, including Tsarina Alexandra's pearl and diamond coronet and The Queen Mother's tiara.

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Wednesday, 24 June 2015

'Every Word' by Ellie Marney

Release date:8th September 2015 
Published by: Tundra Books
ISBN No:978 1770497757

James Mycroft has just left for London to investigate a car accident similar to the one that killed his parents ... without saying goodbye to Rachel Watts, his 'partner in crime'.

     Rachel is furious and worried about his strange behavior - not that Mycroft's ever exactly normal, but London is the scene of so many of his nightmares. So Rachel jumps on a plane to follow him ... and lands straight in a whole storm of trouble.

     The theft of a copy of Shakespeare's First Folio, the possible murder of a rare books conservator, and the deaths of Mycroft's parents.... Can Watts help Mycroft make sense of the three events - or will she lose him forever?

     Sparks fly when Watts and Mycroft reunite in this second sophisticated thriller about the teen sleuthing duo.

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'The Road to Rangoon' by Lucy Cruickshanks

Release date:3rd September 2015 
Published by: Heron Books
ISBN No:978 1782063452

In 1980s Burma, the British ambassador's son goes missing.
Taken north from the capital Rangoon, Michael soon finds himself used as a pawn in a rebel war against the government. His best hope of salvation is to trust Zeya, a ruby smuggler from a town near the rebel camp who offers to help him escape.
Beautiful and deeply scarred, Zeya has spent her entire life in a frontier town between rebel and government forces, never choosing a side but trying to make a living from both. For Zeya, the ambassador's son is her ticket out of poverty. For Than, an ambitious military officer, rescuing Michael and returning him to Rangoon offers an opportunity for promotion and distinction.
But as all three learn to their cost, in this exotic, enigmatic and savage country, everyone has a price.
This is a tale of ambition, salvation and hope that confirms Lucy Cruickshanks as a master storyteller.

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'The Last Time I Saw Her' by Karen Robards

Release date:10th September 2015 
Published by: Hodder and Stoughton
ISBN No:978 1444797817

In this world, Dr Charlotte Stone is an expert psychologist, helping to catch serial killers. In the next world, Charlotte's ghostly lover - wrongly executed killer Michael Garland - is facing death yet again: the ultimate annihilation of his soul. Can Charlie prove Michael's innocence and rescue him from total oblivion?
A stranger has turned up in Big Stone Gap, Virginia - a man who could be Michael's identical twin. But the resemblance is only skin deep - behind the handsome face lurks the twisted mind of the real Southern Slasher, whose heinous crimes sent Michael to death row. Charlie intends to draw the truth out of the mysterious killer . . . whatever it takes.
But Michael will move heaven and hell - even make a devil's bargain - for the chance to save Charlie's life, and feel her touch once more . . . maybe for the final time.

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'The Cartel' by Don Winslow

Release date:25th June 2015 
Published by: William Heinemann
ISBN No:978 0434023547

It’s 2004. DEA agent Art Keller has been fighting the war on drugs for thirty years in a blood feud against Adan Barrera, the head of El Federación, the world’s most powerful cartel, and the man who brutally murdered Keller’s partner. Finally putting Barrera away costs Keller dearly – the woman he loves, the beliefs he cherishes, the life he wants to lead.
Then Barrera gets out, determined to rebuild the empire that Keller shattered. Unwilling to live in a world with Barrera in it, Keller goes on a ten-year odyssey to take him down. His obsession with justice – or is it revenge – becomes a ruthless struggle that stretches from the cities, mountains and deserts of Mexico, to Washington’s corridors of power, to the streets of Berlin and Barcelona.
Keller fights his personal battle against the devastated backdrop of Mexico’s drug war, a conflict of unprecedented scale and viciousness, as cartels vie for power and he comes to the final reckoning with Barrera – and himself - that he always knew must happen.
The Cartel is a story of power, corruption, revenge, honour and sacrifice, as one man tries to face down the devil without losing his soul. It is the story of the war on drugs and the men – and women – who wage it.

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'Quinntessential Baking' by Frances Quinn

Release date:27th August 2015 
Published by: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN No:978 1408862384

Frances Quinn wowed the judges with her imaginative showstoppers and extraordinary baking skill to win The Great British Bake Off in 2013. Here is Quinntessential Baking: a treasure trove of inspirational ideas to bring a spark of creativity and a teaspoon of wonder into your kitchen. Frances' combination of ideas and ingredients will provide you with straightforward master recipes or 'building blocks', and she explains how to apply a little magic to turn them into beautiful bakes. She'll show you how to take a basic flapjack recipe and create honey bee bites; transform shortbread into a giant jammy dodger; and turn chocolate sponge into hidden bulb cakes. Frances will give you the foundation to create distinctive and different bakes - and it's easy once you know how.
Whether you're a baking novice or an extraordinaire, you'll find achievable bakes for all occasions. With striking, graphic design and photography and Frances' own illustrations sprinkled throughout, this book will capture your imagination and become the classic you turn to for definitive cake recipes, original designs and quintessential baking ideas.

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'The World's Most Magical Wilderness Escapes' by Michael Pollza

Release date:31st July 2015
Published by: teNeues
ISBN No:978 3832732387

Michael Poliza's wildlife and landscape photography has fascinated us for years, and his photo books of Africa and the polar regions have already captivated tens of thousands of readers. His extensive travels into the most remote corners of the world are the basis for his artistry. The trips made him an expert on magical places where one can experience unspoiled nature, observe and photograph breathtaking landscapes and wild animals, and stay at hidden hideaways far from the beaten tourist path. For more than five years, a few lucky souls have had the pleasure of having the globetrotting Poliza as their personal guide on land, air, and sea. Now his readers can join in on these tours. Stunning photographs paired with useful travel information make this volume a one-of-a-kind experience.

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Monday, 22 June 2015

'Alive' by Scott Sigler

Release date:14th July 2015 
Published by: Del Rey Books
ISBN No:978 0553393101

“I open my eyes to darkness. Total darkness. I hear my own breathing, but nothing else. I lift my head . . . it thumps against something solid and unmoving. There is a board right in front of my face. No, not a board . . . a lid.”
A teenage girl awakens to find herself trapped in a coffin. She has no idea who she is, where she is, or how she got there. Fighting her way free brings little relief—she discovers only a room lined with caskets and a handful of equally mystified survivors. Beyond their room lies a corridor filled with bones and dust, but no people . . . and no answers.
She knows only one thing about herself—her name, M. Savage, which was engraved on the foot of her coffin—yet she finds herself in charge. She is not the biggest among them, or the boldest, but for some reason the others trust her. Now, if they’re to have any chance, she must get them to trust one another.
Whatever the truth is, she is determined to find it and confront it. If she has to lead, she will make sure they survive. Maybe there’s a way out, a rational explanation, and a fighting chance against the dangers to come. Or maybe a reality they cannot comprehend lies just beyond the next turn.

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'Arts & Crafts Stained Glass' by Peter Cormack

Release date:24th July 2015 
Published by: Yale University Press
ISBN No:978 0300209709

Beautifully illustrated and based on more than three decades of research, Arts & Crafts Stained Glass is the first study of how the late-19th-century Arts and Crafts Movement transformed the aesthetics and production of stained glass in Britain and America. A progressive school of artists, committed to direct involvement both in making and designing windows, emerged in the 1880s and 1890s, reinventing stained glass as a modern, expressive art form. Using innovative materials and techniques, they rejected formulaic Gothic Revivalism while seeking authentic, creative inspiration in medieval traditions. This new approach was pioneered by Christopher Whall (1849-1924), whose charismatic teaching educated a generation of talented pupils-both men and women-who produced intensely colorful and inventive stained glass, using dramatic, lyrical, and often powerfully moving design and symbolism. Peter Cormack demonstrates how women made critical contributions to the renewal of stained glass as artists and entrepreneurs, gaining meaningful equality with their male colleagues, more fully than in any other applied art. Cormack restores stained glass to its proper status as an important field of Arts and Crafts activity, with a prominent role in the movement's polemical campaigning, its public exhibitions, and its educational program.

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'Summer Secrets' by Jane Green

Release date:2nd July 2015 
Published by:Macmillan
ISBN No:978 1447285823

une, 1998. At twenty-seven, Cat Coombs is struggling. She lives in London, works as a journalist, and parties hard. When she discovers the identity of the father she never knew she had, it sends her into a spiral. She makes mistakes that cost her the budding friendship of the only women who have ever welcomed her. And nothing is ever the same after that.
June, 2014. Cat's life has come full circle. She wants to make amends to those she has hurt. Her quest takes her to Nantucket, the gorgeous New England island where the women she once called family still live. What Cat doesn't realize is that these women, her real father's daughters, have secrets of their own. As the past collides with the present, Cat must confront the darkest things in her own life and uncover the depths of someone's need for revenge.

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'The Solomon Curse' by Clive Cussler and Russell Blake

Release date:1st September 2015 
Published by:G.P. Putnam's Sons
ISBN No:978 0399174322

There are many rumours about the bay off Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands. Some say it was the site of the lost empire of the Solomon king and that great treasure lies beneath the waters. Others say terrible things happened here, atrocities and disappearances at the hands of cannibal giants, and those who venture there do not return. It is cursed.
Which is exactly what attracts the attention of husband-and-wife treasure-hunting team Sam and Remi Fargo. How could they resist? Clues and whispers lead them on a hunt from the Solomons to Australia to Japan, and what they find at the end of the trail is both wonderful and monstrous-and like nothing they have ever seen before . . .

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