Sunday, 29 November 2015

An Interview with the Author Freda Lightfoot

Born in Lancashire, Freda Lightfoot has been a teacher, bookseller and in a mad moment even tried her hand at the 'good life' as a smallholder in the English Lake District. Inspired by this tough life on the fells, memories of her Lancashire childhood, and her passion for history she has published over forty sagas and historical novels. Freda has lived in the Lake District and Cornwall but now lives in Spain in the winter but still likes to spend rainy summers in the UK.

A very warm welcome to you Freda and can I thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to talk to us today.
Thank you for the invitation. Lovely to be here.

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 live in Spain in the winter to enjoy a much better climate. We started with a holiday home there back in the 90s, then bought an olive grove and built our own house, which we love. It’s a very Spanish village high in the mountains in Andalucia. Beautiful and most peaceful. In the summer we live back in Lancashire in the UK.
Can I ask what sort of books did you like reading as a child?
I loved the adventurous Enid Blyton books, Susan Coolridge’s Katy books, everything I could get my hands on at the local library. My favourite of all time was 'The Secret Garden' by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

Do you think the books that you read as a child have influenced your writing in any way?
Perhaps, in that I always loved history and exciting page turners, and that’s what I write.

Do you have a set routine when you are working on a novel?
I work from 9am to 6pm each day, with an hour and a half off for a little gardening or a walk at lunch time. I write two books a year, doing research and indulging in reading, holidays and fun between.

Where do you do your writing best?
In the peace and quiet of my office. It’s like a womb to me.

What else apart from your obvious interest in history, helped you decide to actually write historical fiction novels?
I love remembering my family and life as it used to be. A person’s character becomes closely associated with his or her roots. We are what our parents made us but also greatly influenced by where we live, by the history we see around us and the shared memories of traumas, tragedies and significant events that the area itself suffered. This is particularly true in times of war. I love exploring all of that.
When you are writing a novel, how do you place yourself into the time period that you are writing about?

There is no better way of getting the feel of an occupation, issue or area than to talk to the people who have lived it. I ask them about their routine, the problems and dangers in the job, what life was like back then, and they are happy to share their memories with me.

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

I carefully plan each character in advance, giving them a back story, motivation, body language, chief characteristic and personality flaws. Then I present them with a problem, and as the story develops so does their character, which is always fascinating.
Did you ever encounter any difficulties in getting your many books accepted and published?
I suffered a few rejections at the start of my career, as all writers do, both with short stories and then three rejections from Mills & Boon before writing five historical romances for them. It’s a learning curve and with each novel I wrote my skills improved. By the time I moved on to writing historical sagas I had more than one offer from publishers. I’ve now published over 40 novels.
Did you have to undertake any research for your novels?

I love research and do a great deal, checking every detail and fact, as well as giving a strong sense of place and period.

What is your favourite book and why?
Sorry, don’t have one. I love reading and my favourite authors change over time. I fell in love with historical fiction by reading Anya Seton, Jean Plaidy and Norah Lofts. My latest passion is for Lucinda Riley, Leah Fleming, Rachel Hore, Elizabeth Chadwick, and many more.
Are you currently reading a book at the moment, and if so what is it?
‘The Tea Planter’s Wife’ by Dinah Jefferies. Beautifully written and most emotional.
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?
Hubby and I love to travel and visit different countries and places, castles and historic houses. I also love gardening, and of course our olive harvest is always great fun.

Can you give us a hint about any other books that you may have in the making at the moment?
I’m currently writing 'Always in my Heart', the second in this post war trilogy which deals with the issue of being interned simply because of your nationality, and the traumas this creates. The third will be about evacuees and how children had difficulty relating to their parents again when the war was over.

Would you have any advice for would-be authors?

To would-be authors I’d say keep faith in yourself. Write what you love from the heart, and keep the reader turning the pages. You need the three p's: passion, practise and persistence.

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

It’s been lovely talking to you. Thanks again.

Just Released:-


1945: Finally, peace has been declared. Cathie hardly dares believe that Alex, the fiancé she has not seen for nearly two years, is coming home. And, finally, life can begin again for Cathie and the orphaned baby in her care.
But the Alex who returns is not the kind, loving man Cathie remembers. He’s cold, selfish, sometimes even frightening. So Cathie has a choice: stand by him, and try to contain his violent temper? Or hold her tiny baby close…and run from the man she has yearned for.

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

Win a Copy of 'The Christmas Café' by Amanda Prowse (International)

As Christmas is not that far away now I have decided to hold a Christmas book draw, just to start to get us into the 'Christmas Spirit'! ;-) To enter you just have to be a 'linked follower' of my blog (either GFC, Linky, G+, Networked Blogs or my e-mail subscription list) and complete the Rafflecopter form that you will find at the end of this post. This give away draw is open to 'International' entries.

I have one copy of 'The Christmas Cafe' by Amanda Prowse to give away in this free draw thanks to Midas Public Relations.

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Bea does not believe in second chances.
A widow at fifty-three, Bea knows she must accept that she will be alone forever. She buries her grief in hard work, and soon the deli she runs in Surry Hills has a reputation for the best carrot cake in Sydney.
But then an email from a cafe-owner in Edinburgh leads her to take a trip to Scotland in the depths of winter. There, transported by the twinkling lights and falling snow of a traditional Christmas, Bea is drawn back to a secret past - and a secret love - that she has long ago tried to forget...

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Saturday, 28 November 2015

'Passenger' by Alexandra Bracken

Release date: 5th January 2016
Published by: Disney-Hyperion
ISBN No:978 1484715772

The highly anticipated novel from NYT best-selling author of The Darkest Minds trilogy. Etta Spencer is a violin prodigy. When tragedy strikes and a mysterious power tied closely to her musical abilities manifests, Etta is pulled back through time to 1776 in the midst of a fierce sea battle. Her capture was orchestrated by the Ironwoods, the most powerful family in the Colonies. Nicholas Carter, handsome, young, prize master of a privateering ship, has been charged with retrieving and delivering her to the family - unharmed. Etta learns her fate is entwined with an object of untold value from her past. Ironwood is desperate to secure his future, but Etta must find it first in order to return home. Embarking on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind from a mysterious traveller, the true nature of the object and Ironwood's dangerous game, could mean the end for Nicholas and Etta ...

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'Another Love' by Amanda Prowse

Release date: 11th February 2016
Published by: Head of Zeus
ISBN No:978 1784972172

In the early years of their love affair, Romilly was happy. She had worked hard for her stunning, modern house in one of Bristol's most fashionable suburbs. She adored her gorgeous, gap-toothed daughter and her handsome, kind husband. Sure, life was sometimes exhausting - but nothing that a large glass of wine at the end of the day couldn't fix.
And then a new neighbour arrived and everything unravelled. A glass of wine became a bottle; one bottle became two. Romilly's family were once everything to her. Now, after years of hiding the drinking, she must finally admit that she has found another love...

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'Exposure' by Helen Dunmore

Release date: 28th January 2016
Published by: Hutchinson
ISBN No:978 0091953942

London, November, 1960: the Cold War is at its height. Spy fever fills the newspapers, and the political establishment knows how and where to bury its secrets.

When a highly sensitive file goes missing, Simon Callington is accused of passing information to the Soviets, and arrested.

His wife, Lily, suspects that his imprisonment is part of a cover-up, and that more powerful men than Simon will do anything to prevent their own downfall. 

She knows that she too is in danger, and must fight to protect her children. But what she does not realise is that Simon has hidden vital truths about his past, and may be found guilty of another crime that carries with it an even greater penalty.

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'The Girl Who Came Back' by Susan Lewis

Release date: 25th February 2016
Published by: Century
ISBN No: 978 1780891828

When Jules Bright hears a knock on the door, the last person she expects to find is a detective bringing her the news she’s feared for the last three years.

Amelia Quentin is being released from prison.

Jules’s life is very different now to the one she’d known before Amelia shattered it completely. Knowing the girl is coming back she needs to decide what to do. Friends and family gather round, fearing for Jules’s safety. They know that justice was never served; every one of them wants to make the Quentin girl pay. 

The question is, what will Jules do; and which of them – her or Amelia - has the most to fear?

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'Blue' by Danielle Steel

Release date: 28th January 2016
Published by: Bantam Press
ISBN No:978 0593069042

Ginny Carter was once a rising star in TV news, married, with a three-year-old son and a full and happy life – until her whole world dissolved on a freeway in a single instant. In the aftermath, she somehow pieces her life back together, but struggles to truly find meaning in her existence.

Then, on the anniversary of the fateful accident, she meets a boy who will cause her life to change forever yet again. Thirteen-year-old Blue Williams has been living on the streets, rarely attending school, and utterly alone. Ginny reaches out to him, and slowly, their friendship grows. The two form an unusual bond and become the family they each lost. 

But just as he is truly beginning to trust her, she learns he has been hiding a shocking secret. Ginny wonders if she can help Blue to feel whole again, and at the same time heal herself.

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'Hadrian's Wall: Everyday Life on a Roman Frontier' by Patricia Southern

Release date: 15th February 2016
Published by: Amberley Publishing
ISBN No: 978 1445640259

Hadrian's Wall is a major World Heritage site, set in stunning unspoiled countryside in Cumbria and Northumberland, where the Wall and its forts are the most visited Roman remains in Britain. It runs through the narrow gap across the Pennines between the Solway Estuary in the west to the appropriately named Wallsend on the river Tyne in the east. For much of its length it is still visible, especially in the central sector where it runs along the north facing cliff known as Whin Sill. Building started around AD 122 after the Emperor Hadrian visited the north of Britain and inspected sites in person to mark out the line of his new frontier. Hundreds of Roman legionaries from Chester, Caerleon and York marched north to quarry the stone and build the Wall, which took several years to complete. This book tells the story of how the Wall was built and manned by Roman soldiers, what life was like on the frontier, and what happened to it when the Romans left. Includes over 70 colour photographs and black and white drawings and plans.

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Iceland Trip 2015

I have been a bit quiet here on my blog recently as I was visiting Reykjavik and its surrounding areas in Iceland! Here are a few of the photographs that I took while I was there. It is a very beautiful country. Needless to say I had a great time ;-)



Wednesday, 18 November 2015

'Assassin's Heart' by Sarah Ahiers

Release date: 2nd February 2016
Published by: Harper Teen
ISBN No:978 0062363787

With shades of Game of Thrones and Romeo and Juliet, this richly imagined fantasy from début author Sarah Ahiers is a tale of love, lies, and vengeance. 
Seventeen-year-old Lea Saldana is a trained assassin. She was born into one of the nine clipper Families in the kingdom of Lovero who lawfully take lives for a price. As a member of the highest-ranking clan, loyalty to Family is valued above all, but that doesn't stop Lea from getting into a secret relationship with Val Da Via, a boy from a rival clan. Despite her better judgement, Lea has fallen in love with him; but she's confident she can anticipate any threat a mile away.
Then she awakens one night to a house full of smoke. Although she narrowly escapes, she isn't able to save her Family as their home is consumed by flames. With horror, she realizes that Val and his Family are the only ones who could be responsible. Devastated over his betrayal and the loss of her clan, there's just one thing on her mind: making the Da Vias pay. The heart of this assassin craves revenge.

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'The Daughters of Palatine Hill' by Phyllis T. Smith

Release date: 16th February 2016
Published by: Lake Union Publishing
ISBN No:978-1503952485

Two years after Emperor Augustus’s bloody defeat of Mark Antony and Cleopatra, he triumphantly returns to Rome. To his only child, Julia, he brings an unlikely companion—Selene, the daughter of the conquered Egyptian queen and her lover.
Under the watchful eye of Augustus’s wife, Livia, Selene struggles to accept her new home among her parents’ enemies. Bound together by kinship and spilled blood, these three women—Livia, Selene, and Julia—navigate the dangerous world of Rome’s ruling elite, their every move a political strategy, their most intimate decisions in the emperor’s hands.
Always suppressing their own desires for the good of Rome, each must fulfill her role. For astute Livia, this means unwavering fidelity to her all-powerful husband; for sensual Julia, surrender to an arranged marriage and denial of her craving for love and the pleasures of the flesh; for orphaned Selene, choosing between loyalty to her family’s killers and her wish for revenge.
Can they survive Rome’s deadly intrigues, or will they be swept away by the perilous currents of the world’s most powerful empire?

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'The House of Eyes' by Kate Ellis

Release date: 4th February 2016
Published by: Piatkus
ISBN No:978 0349403083

When Darren Hatman reports his daughter missing, DI Wesley Peterson isn't too concerned. Leanne Hatman is an aspiring model, keen to abandon her native Devon for the bright lights of London. However, Darren's claim that a photographer has been stalking Leanne soon changes Wesley's opinion.
Leanne works at Eyecliffe Castle, once home to the wealthy D'Arles family and now converted into a luxury hotel. When Darren himself is found brutally murdered in the castle grounds, the police fear is that Leanne has met a similar fate. But, if so, where is her body?
Meanwhile, Wesley's friend, archaeologist Neil Watson, recently returned from a thrilling Sicilian excavation, makes a disturbing discovery near Eyecliffe Castle and surprises Wesley with the news that, while in Sicily, he met Leanne's alleged stalker.
With Eyecliffe Castle becoming the scene of another violent death, Wesley suspects a connection between the recent crimes, the disappearance of two girls back in the 1950s and a mysterious Sicilian ruin called the House of Eyes, a place feared by superstitious locals.
As he works to solve one of his most challenging cases yet, Wesley must face alarming revelations, rooted in centuries of fear and evil . . . as well as dealing with a nightmare of his own.

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'The Song of the Skylark' by Erica James

Release date: 11th February 2016
Published by: Orion
ISBN No:978 1409159551

Lizzie has an unfortunate knack for attracting bad luck, but this time she's hit the jackpot. Losing her heart to her boss at the radio station where she works leads directly to losing her job, and with no money in the bank she's forced to swallow her pride and return home to her parents. As if that wasn't bad enough, her mother finds her work at the local care home for the elderly, and it's there that Lizzie meets Mrs Dallimore.
In her nineties, Mrs Dallimore also finds herself in a situation which she's reluctantly coming to terms with. Old age has finally caught up with her, and with her life drawing to a close she gives in to the temptation to relive the past by sharing it with Lizzie.
She tells Lizzie of the day when, as a young girl, and shortly before the outbreak of World War II, she left her home in America to cross the Atlantic to England where she hoped to meet her English grandparents for the first time. At best she hoped for a family reconciliation, but before long her visit turned into so much more.
As Lizzie listens to Mrs Dallimore's story, she begins to realise that she's not the only person to attract bad luck, or make mistakes, and maybe things aren't so bad for her after all . . .

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'Tainted Love' by Kimberley Chambers

Release date: 11th February 2016
Published by: Harper Collins
ISBN No:978 0007521777

Three Butlers.
Two weddings.
One funeral.

Times are changing in the East End, from bad to worse . . .
Despite the love they share, Bella’s and Michael’s lives seem to be continually throwing grenades in their path to true happiness. Bella’s dark secret is threatening to spiral out of control – and has the power to destroy the Butler brothers’ bond once and for all . . .
Meanwhile, Little Vinny has truly turned over a new leaf and is doing everything he can to be a good husband and father. He doesn’t want to follow in his old man’s footsteps, but the apple never falls far from the tree, and despite everything he’s done to wipe the slate clean, his past is about to catch up with him.
Everyone knows the Butler family’s reputation – you don’t mess with them unless you’ve got a death wish. But there’s someone out there doing the unthinkable – and they are aiming for the heart of the family.
It feels like the end of a golden era – could it finally be the end of the Butlers?

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'A Summer at Sea' by Katie Fforde

Release date: 11th February 2016
Published by: Century
ISBN No:978 1780890852

Emily is happy with her life just as it is. 

She has a career as a midwife that she loves . She enjoys living on her own as a single woman. But she’s also feels it’s time for a change and a spot of some sea air. 

So when her best friend Rebecca asks whether she’d like to spend the summer cooking on a ‘puffer’ boat just off the Scottish coast, she jumps at the chance.

But she barely has time to get to grips with the galley before she finds herself with a lot on her plate. 

Rebecca is heavily pregnant and is thrilled to have her friend on board doing most of the work. Then there’s Emily’s competitive and jealous kitchen assistant who thinks she should be head-cook, not Emily. 

And there’s Alasdair, the handsome local doctor who Emily is desperately trying not to notice. 

Because if she falls in love with him, as he appears to be falling for her, will she ever want her old life back again?

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Thursday, 12 November 2015

'For The Most Beautiful' by Hauser Emily

Release date: 28th January 2016
Published by: Doubleday
ISBN No:978 0857523143

Three thousand years ago a war took place that gave birth to legends - to Achilles, the greatest of the Greeks, and Hector, prince of Troy. It was a war that made - and destroyed - both men, a war that shook the very foundations of the world. But what if there was more to this epic conflict? What if there was another, hidden tale of the Trojan War that had yet to be told?

Now is that time - time for the women of Troy to tell their story. 

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'The Book of Speculation' by Erika Swyler

Release date: 4th February 2016
Published by: Atlantic Books 
ISBN No:978 1782397762

Simon Watson lives alone on the Long Island Sound in his family home, a house perched on the edge of a cliff that is slowly crumbling into the sea. His parents are long dead, his mother having drowned in the water his house overlooks. His younger sister, Enola, works for a travelling carnival and seldom calls. On a day in late June, Simon receives a mysterious book from an antiquarian bookseller; it has been sent to him because it is inscribed with the name Verona Bonn, Simon's grandmother. The book tells the story of two doomed lovers who were part of a travelling circus more than two hundred years ago. The paper crackles with age as Simon turns the yellowed pages filled with notes and sketches. He is fascinated, yet as he reads Simon becomes increasingly unnerved. Why do so many women in his family drown on 24th July? And could Enola, who has suddenly turned up at home for the first time in years, risk the same terrible fate? As 24th July draws ever closer, Simon must unlock the mysteries of the book, and decode his family history, before it's too late.

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'My Kind of Wonderful' by Jill Shalvis

Release date: 22nd December 2015 
Published by: Headline Eternal
ISBN No: 978 1472223012

 If you'd been given a second chance at life, what's the first thing you would do?
Now that artist Bailey is finally healthy for the first time in forever, she's living life to the full. First on her wishlist is skiing in the Rockies - at least it will be if she can get down the mountain in one piece...
Luckily, a ski patrolling Prince Charming comes to Bailey's aid. Learning that her mysterious rescuer, Hudson Kincaid, is also the subject of the mural she's been commissioned to paint in Cedar Ridge, Bailey is intrigued.
As she uncovers the real man behind Hudson's strong, silent facade, Bailey begins to realise that the life of adventure she has always dreamed of could be closer to home than she ever imagined.

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'A Miracle at Macy's' by Lynn Marie Hulsman

Release date: 17th December 2015
Published by: Harper Impulse
ISBN No: 978 0008164348

One lost dog. Two lonely hearts. A Manhattan Christmas full of magic.
Shy homebody Charlotte is planning her usual quiet Christmas celebration: Turkey for two for her and her beloved pet dog Hudson. Only, this year, little Hudson decides to take matters into his own paws and give his favourite human a holiday adventure she’ll never forget.
When Hudson runs away the week before Christmas, Charlotte is devastated. She’d rescued him from the trash years before and gave him a place in her home – and her heart. But with the help of uptight Englishman Henry, Charlotte ends up on a magical treasure hunt around Manhattan to find her furry, four-legged bestie.
Spotted in Central Park as one of Santa's Little Helpers, or last seen in the arms of a supermodel in Times Square, Hudson leads Charlotte and Henry on a very merry dance around the Big Apple, where love, (or should that be Christmas?!) actually is all around.

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'The Holy Sail' by Abdulaziz Al-Mahmoud

Release date: 3rd December 2015
Published by: Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing
ISBN No: 978 9927101670

Oblivious to the invasions, massacres and religious fanaticism that characterise the 15th century, a young girl falls in love with a noble Arabian tribal leader. But all eyes are on the Portuguese fleets in the Arabian Gulf, intent on securing the profitable spice trade.
Abdulaziz Al Mahmoud weaves a tapestry of momentous historical events with stories of love, honour and nobility, while guiding us around the medieval world of Lisbon, Cairo, Jeddah and Istanbul.
The Holy Sail brings to life a neglected episode of history that impacted not only the region but the world for centuries to come.

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'Stymphalos: Volume 1: The Acropolis Sanctuary' by Gerald P. Schaus (ed)

Release date: 9th December 2015
Published by: University of Toronto Press
ISBN No: 978 1487520427

The buildings and artefacts uncovered by Canadian excavations at Stymphalos (1994-2001) shed light on the history and cult of a small sanctuary on the acropolis of the ancient city. The thirteen detailed studies collected in Stymphalos: The Acropolis Sanctuary illuminate a variety of aspects of the site. Epigraphical evidence confirms that both Athena and Eileithyia, goddess of childbirth, were worshipped in the sanctuary between the fourth and second centuries BCE. The temple and service buildings are modest in size and materials, but the temple floor and pillar shrine suggest that certain stones and bedrock outcrops were held as sacred objects. Earrings, finger rings, and other jewelry, along with almost 100 loomweights, indicate that women were prominent in cult observances. Many iron projectile points (arrowheads and catapult bolts) suggest that the sanctuary was destroyed in a violent attack around the mid-second century, possibly by the Romans. A modest sanctuary in a modest Arcadian city-state, the acropolis sanctuary at Stymphalos will be a major point of reference for all archaeologists and historians studying ancient Arcadia and all southern Greece in the future.

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Sunday, 8 November 2015

'Meet Me In Manhattan' by Claudia Carroll

Release date: 3rd December 2015
Published by: Avon
ISBN No:978 0007520916

In a New York minute, everything can change …
You don’t mess with aspiring journalist Holly Johnson! The man she fell for is not all that he seems – because sometimes dating online doesn’t quite go to plan. She’s decided to fly to the Big Apple to surprise him and to get some answers. And if her plan works she’ll also get the scoop of her career …
But as she steps out of her yellow taxi and the first snowflakes start to fall, it’s Holly who has the surprise of her life.
What should be a dream come true is looking a little like a nightmare. But Holly is determined to get her New York happy ending!

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'City of the Lost' by Kelley Armstrong

Release date: 14th January 2016
Published by: Sphere
ISBN No:978 0751562521

Welcome to Rockton: a secret town cut off from the rest of the world. If you need a place to hide, this is the perfect place to start again. There's just one catch. You can't leave. Even if there's a killer on the loose.
Detective Casey Duncan has a dark past, and it's about to catch up with her. When her best friend Diana is attacked by an abusive ex, the two women realise they have to disappear, fast. And they need sanctuary. Diana's heard of a hidden town that's so remote it's almost impossible to reach. A town that desperately needs a new detective.
Casey has barely arrived in Rockton when they discover a body. A man's been murdered - butchered - and there's no time to waste. Casey's job won't be easy: everyone in town has a secret. Meanwhile her boss, Sheriff Eric Dalton, is a brooding, troubled man who's hard to read and very hard to please.
With no chance of help from the outside world, Casey will have to rely on her own wits to solve the case. But she's running out of time. Rockton's killer is on the hunt, and this deep in the wilderness, no one is safe.

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'Truthwitch' by Susan Dennard

Release date: 14th January 2016
Published by: Tor
ISBN No:978 1447282044

In a continent on the edge of war, two witches hold its fate in their hands.
Young witches Safiya and Iseult have a habit of finding trouble. After clashing with a powerful Guildmaster and his ruthless Bloodwitch bodyguard, the friends are forced to flee their home.
Safi must avoid capture at all costs as she's a rare Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lies. Many would kill for her magic, so Safi must keep it hidden - lest she be used in the struggle between empires. And Iseult's true powers are hidden even from herself.
In a chance encounter at Court, Safi meets Prince Merik and makes him a reluctant ally. However, his help may not slow down the Bloodwitch now hot on the girls' heels. All Safi and Iseult want is their freedom, but danger lies ahead. With war coming, treaties breaking and a magical contagion sweeping the land, the friends will have to fight emperors and mercenaries alike. For some will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.

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