Consequences For Melanie Robertson-King / @RobertsoKing / #LLm

Today we’re spotlighting The Consequences Collection by Melanie Robertson-King. Read on for an excerpt!

The Excerpt

Drawn by some inexplicable force, Sylvia went back to the foyer and collected the letter and the mangled envelope. She returned to the kitchen, flipped on the radio and sat down at her small table. Why had she opened it in the first place? She should have just binned it. That’s what she usually did with unsolicited mail. But there was something strangely familiar about it. The addressee information was on a computer printed label so there was no clue there. The sororities from University had crests or emblems to differentiate one from another. She wracked her brain trying to remember what they looked like. It had been over thirty years since she’d attended. Sylvia never belonged to a sorority because she thought the girls who did were snooty and stuck-up.

She’d call her friend, Laurie and tell her about the letter. They’d been friends since childhood, attended the same elementary and secondary schools and even the same University. She could tell her anything, couldn’t she? Sylvia picked up the cordless handset and dialed. “Hi Laurie, how are things?”

“Not bad. Just getting a load of laundry ready to go on the line. You?”

This was her chance to bring up the letter the mailman had shoved through her door. “Fine. I’ll let you go since you’re busy. Call me back, okay?” Sylvia hung up. There was something strange about Laurie’s tone, she thought. Like someone was there or something was wrong. She’d find out later. She knew Laurie would return her call. Rather than put her lifetime friend into a panic, she decided not to mention what she’d got in the mail earlier that morning.

Instead, Sylvia picked the letter up and read it out loud. “I know about that night. I know about your illegal abortion. You might think you were alone that night at the backstreet clinic but you weren’t. I saw you.”

Bloody hell, Sylvia thought. Who could have been there that night? She knew who took her there – it was Marianne’s boyfriend, John. He was the one who got her pregnant in the first place. They’d been at a party. He had fought with his girlfriend, Marianne, and she’d left in tears.

Sylvia recalled the crush she had on John. She stayed with him rather than go after her friend and comfort her, thinking they’d broken up. He didn’t need consoling she remembered. He took her off to the backseat of his car and they had sex. It had been her first time and she hadn’t known what to expect but being fumbled and fondled in the back of a ’57 Chevy wasn’t it.

The Consequences Collection

The Consequences Collection

The Consequences Collection is an eclectic compilation of twelve stories ranging from non-fiction through creative non-fiction to pure fiction, in prose and poetry. More info →
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Melanie’s Café Order

“I don’t go to cafes very often, but there is one close to me (within walking distance) where they make cheesecake that is to die for. You need someone with you to help eat it because it’s so rich! So, it’s a good thing I have willpower and don’t stop every time I walk by.”

Melanie’s Music

“I wouldn’t say that music inspired my writing, but since my novels (so far only one published) are set in Scotland, the influence would come from Scottish Folk music – bands like The Corries, Old Blind Dogs, Runrig etc. I used to write to music, usually sitting in the kitchen where our satellite radio is listening to BBC Radio 1. Unfortunately, BBC Radio 1 is no longer available in that format. Since then, whether I’m reading or writing, I prefer to have things totally quiet.”

Let’s listen to one of the groups Melanie mentioned, Old Blind Dogs.

Emma Calin Is The Chosen / @EmmaCalin / #LLm

Hello everyone! Today, we’re featuring Emma Calin. Read on for more on her title, The Chosen.

Emma Calin: A woman pedalling between Peckham & Pigalle

Novelist, philosopher, blogger, poet, would be master chef. A woman pedalling between Peckham & Pigalle, in search of passion & enduring romance. Emma Calin was born in London in 1962. She currently lives in France.

She has been writing since childhood and has won numerous local, national and international prizes for poetry and short stories.

Emma currently writes action romance novels and gritty short stories in digital e-book, paperback and audio book formats. She has recently announced a series of illustrated children’s modern-day fairy tales

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The Chosen

The Chosen

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Series: Love In a Hopeless Place, Book 0
Genre: Romance
A woman, a man, a van and a plan. When the luck runs out; the lucky walk away. A short story set in the extremis of everyday. More info →
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Fall In Love With Julia’s Violinist / @anneli33 / #LLm

Welcome to the café! Today we’re featuring Anneli Purchase’s title, Julia’s Violinist.
And here’s an excerpt…

Excerpt From Julia’s Violinist

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Three days later the POWs gathered their few possessions and lined up at the Stalag gates to have their passbooks stamped on their way to freedom. The last distribution of mail was done as the soldiers passed through the gates. Only a handful of POWs had mail. Karl thought he must have heard wrong when his name was called. The Russian guard tossed a tatty bundle of letters to him and read the next name. Karl was stunned. Not a single letter for over a year and now, on the last day, a bundle of … thirty-one, he counted. All from Julia.

He was frantic with wanting to open them, but nothing, not even these special letters, could make him lag behind in the POW camp. Out! Out! Just get out first, and then I can look at them.

As soon as he was out of sight of the prison camp, he sank down on the ground beside the road. His hands trembled as he opened the first letter. Through tears he saw her lovely handwriting, so perfect and neat; words that spoke of loneliness and longing. Each letter contained a small anecdote of Julia’s home life and ended with the hope that they would see each other again. Around the edges of the pages his name was written over and over in a border design, “KarlKarlKarlKarl. I miss you, Karl.”

He wasn’t sure how long he sat there. Other recently released POWs walked by. No one stopped. They had seen it all and there was nothing unusual about a man sitting in the dirt crying his eyes out as he read his mail.

 

Julia’s Violinist

Julia’s Violinist

The lovely Julia has it all—a seemingly perfect life. The aftermath of WWII changes all that. Widowed and homeless, Julia and her two small children become refugees in their own land. As she tries to rebuild her life, Julia is drawn into a love triangle. New flames or old flames—both can burn and destroy. More info →
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Anneli’s Café Order

And what would Anneli order at our café counter?

“My favourite treat is an almond croissant with a tall Americano coffee.”
Sounds fab! But what about the music?

 

Anneli’s Music
“Music that contributed to the inspiration of JV was from an old German choir book that my parents brought to Canada with them over 60 years ago. The sheet music for the song is pictured on the cover of Julia’s Violinist. It is a song calling for the peace of night to come to take away the troubles and fatigue endured during the long hard day.”
Wonderful. Here’s a little German choir music to get us inspired!

 

Meet The Author Moment: Caroline James / @CarolineJames12 / @anneli33

Good morning! Today we’re going to spice things up at the café with a new feature: Meet The Author Moment. Today, we’re introducing LLm’s own Caroline James. Welcome Caroline!


CJ SYTYACC with book and caption[AC]: What do you absolutely need to write?

[CJ]: I have a passion for food and the hospitality industry. When my fingers touch the keyboard and my head clicks into gear on this subject, the words start to flow and I’m off! I met so many fascinating characters in my years as an hotelier and latterly as a consultant and the hotel environment is a hot-bed of characters and gossip. The best piece of advice I ever had was to write what you know, so I work on that basis and adapt incidents and experiences that I’ve come across or been part of. I often think the stories seem far-fetched, but in truth I’ve generally toned them considerably!

[AC]: What inspired you to create the lead characters?

[CJ]: I’ve worked with chefs for many years and had a good insight into the machinations of what makes a so called ‘celebrity chef,’ seen constantly on our TV screens. I also appreciate how hard they work and wanted to weave a story around the industry from a different point of view – backstage and how it might work. The lead male character is loosely based on a chef who had a reckless lifestyle off-stage but was a completely loveable rogue.

[AC]: Was there an alternate ending?

[CJ]: I remember listening to crime writer Ian Rankin talk about his writing and he said that he never knew the ending of his novels until he wrote the last page. I felt like this with So, You Think You’re A Celebrity…Chef? It wasn’t until right at the end that I knew for sure what would happen and was then able to write it. So I guess the ending could have had many alternatives.

[AC]: Where were you when the idea for this book came to you?

[CJ]: Stonked off my face at a food festival in Ireland, enjoying Irish hospitality at it’s best! The festival was Kinsale’s Annual Gourmet Food Festival – a truly incredible event and for those that can stay the course, it is three days of total food and drink debauchery. Paradise for me! Wonderful people and fantastic entertainment; sadly the host of the festival, the enigmatic Derek Davies, died earlier this year but the show goes on and will ride successfully into its 40th year in 2016. It was blindingly obvious to me to base a book around this event because it is so colourful and interesting. Some of the plot came from an experience I’d had with a crazy chef in France but again, no one would believe me if I’d kept to the truth!J

[AC]: You’re in a café, like this one, and you go up to the counter. What would you order?

[CJ]: A large Americano, with hot skimmed milk on the side, then I’ll loiter around the glass dome that covers a tray of chocolate brownies and tell myself not to go there, but deciding that life is too short not to, I’ll order two to have with my coffee.

[AC]: What’s up next for you? Anything you can share that’s in the works?

[CJ]: I’m continuing the Coffee, Tea series. My debut book Coffee, Tea, the Gypsy & Me has a strong fan base and I am constantly asked what happens to the main characters, Jo and Hattie. So, Coffee, Tea, the Caribbean & Me is about to be born and we find Jo and Hattie have moved on in years and following life changes for both, go on holiday to Barbados. The book is a romantic comedy – a story about the friendship between two women who have both suffered loss. The story shows that there is hope in middle years, romance can happen and life really does begin again. I loved writing this book and enjoyed the research, especially the pina coladas which were compulsory throughout! Two more books will follow next year: Coffee, Tea, the Boomers & Me and Coffee, Tea, Christmas & Me. Can’t wait – 2016 is going to be busy!

Author: Caroline James
Let’s Hear It For the Boys

Let’s Hear It For the Boys

Let’s Hear It For The Boys is a tribute to the men of Movember. The HitLitPro authors have created nine short stories to celebrate the men in our lives, the effect they have on our hearts, our minds (and our bodies), and the difference they can make to the world around them. All profits from the sale of this anthology are being donated. More info →
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Coffee, Tea, the Gypsy & Me

Coffee, Tea, the Gypsy & Me

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Jo’s romance with the gypsy began with his first kiss, she never forgot it… When Jo Edmond’s husband runs off with their nanny and disappears into a Spanish sunset, Jo resolves to make a new life with her baby son. She impulsively purchases Kirkton House a run down guest house and with the help of a colourful cast of characters, establishes a thriving country house hotel. Jo opens the hotel during Fair Week, a famous 300 year old gypsy tradition, hated by the locals and loved by every tinker and traveller in the country. Romance is the last thing on her mind, until the enigmatic John Doherty walks into her life... More info →
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So You Think You’re a Celebrity…Chef?

So You Think You’re a Celebrity…Chef?

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"AbFab Meets MasterChef in a soap!" ... Mix together… A tough-cookie media agent who's clawed her way to the top, and a con-man who wants to open a cookery school. Add in a washed-up celebrity chef whose career needs re-building…Flavour with…An aging rock star fresh from rehab, and a Sloane Ranger food writer who gets her own TV show…Bring to the boil…At a Gourmet Food Festival, in Ireland, where anything goes! More info →
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Welcome Zara Stoneley and Julie Ryan! / @ZaraStoneley / @julieryan18

Hey, I told you we were mixing thing up this month! We’ve got two move members to share with you. Say hello to Zara Stoneley and Julie Ryan. Read on to learn more about these two new authors!

Meet Zara

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I live in deepest Cheshire surrounded by horses, dogs, cats and amazing countryside. When I’m not visiting wine bars, artisan markets or admiring the scenery in sexy high heels or green wellies, I can be found in flip flops on the beach in Barcelona, or more likely sampling the tapas! I write hot romance and bonkbusters.

My most recent releases, Stable Mates and Country Affairs, are fun romps through the Cheshire countryside and combine some of my greatest loves: horses, dogs, hot men and strong women (and not forgetting champagne and fast cars)!

You can find out more about me, and all my contact details at www.ZaraStoneley.com.

Zara’s Featured Book:

Country Affairs

Country Affairs

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Series: Tippermere, Book 2
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
As the heart of the village, Tipping House Estate, makes its move into the 21st Century, pulses start to race in a novel packed full of charm, hunky stallions (the guys that is), and a daring plan that just has to succeed… More info →
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Meet Julie

Julie RyanJulie Ryan was born in a small mining village in South Yorkshire. Not venturing too far from home, she studied French Language and Literature at Hull University, where she also trained as a teacher. Then the wanderlust kicked in and she lived and worked in France, Poland, Thailand and Greece. This broadening of the mind has had an enormous impact on her writing. She now lives in rural Gloucestershire with her husband, son and dippy cat with half a tail.

‘Jenna’s Journey’ is her first novel and is set in Greece, a country to which she has a strong attachment. It was never her intention to write a series but the beautiful location and strong characters wouldn’t leave her alone. As a result, ‘Sophia’s Secret’, a story of love, hatred and revenge was born, closely followed by ‘Pandora’s Prophecy’, a paranormal mystery thriller.

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Welcome Rachel Brimble and Jenny Harper! / @RachelBrimble / @harper_jenny

Things are getting stirred up here at LLm. Nothing gets a group buzzing like new members! Today, I am excited to feature two of them. A big welcome to Rachel Brimble and Jenny Harper! Read on to learn about these two amazing authors!

Meet Rachel

picture1I live with my fantastic husband, our two young daughters in a small market town near the famous Georgian City of Bath.  Having always ‘played’ with writing, I didn’t seriously sit down and write toward publication until I became pregnant with my second daughter – then I told myself to get my butt in the chair and get on with it before she grows up and I’m forced to get a real job!

Lots of short stories followed as did lots of rejections!  I took a few distance learning courses, joined some online writers groups and basically, learned my craft.  Finally deciding short stories weren’t working for me (they are an art form in themselves!), in 2006 I decided to embark on my first novel and voila Searching For Sophie was born!  Since then, my other books have followed each year.

And when I’m not writing? You’ll find me with my head in a book or walking the beautiful English countryside with my family.  And in the evening?  Well, a well-deserved glass of wine is never, ever refused.

Rachel’s Featured Book:

What Belongs To Her

What Belongs To Her

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Series: Templeton Cove, Book 3
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
With what matters most at stake, she'll have to risk a brand-new future with John, or walk away from the man whose heart belongs to her. More info →
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Meet Jenny

Jenny HarperI was born in Calcutta, India. My parents were Scots, but I didn’t live in Scotland until I was 18. I started to discover the country for myself when I went to Stirling University. I loved it and have never quite got round to moving south again. What’s not to love about our beautiful countryside?

I eventually settled in Edinburgh and for a while commuted to Glasgow, where I was an editor at William Collins, Publishers. After a decade in publishing, I made a small leap and became editor of a magazine about professional craft workers. This took me into a new career in journalism and writing, mostly non fiction. Novels came later!

I wrote initially under my first married name of Carter and married Robin Harper in 1994. Life took an exciting turn in 1999 when Robin became the first Green to be elected to any UK Parliament. He took up his seat in the Scottish Parliament and held it for 12 years until he retired.

I designed Romance Matters, the magazine of the Romantic Novelists’ Association for seven years, and was instrumental in redesigning   their website and bringing in the RNA’s new brand.

Jenny’s Featured Book:

Sand In My Shoes

Sand In My Shoes

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A trip to France awakens the past in this heartwarming and tear-jerking short summer read from the author of People We Love. More info →
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Welcome to these two fabulous authors! Don’t forget to check out some of their fabulous books right here at the café! Enjoy your daily dose of caffeine and fun!

Special Feature! The Rest Of My Life by Sheryl Browne / @SherylBrowne

Well, hello again! I am super excited because just twenty-eight days ago we announced a new release, Death Sentence, from Sheryl Browne. Now, we have a second! The Rest Of My Life will be released from Choc Lit on July 10th, 2015. Read on to learn more about Sheryl’s latest…

The Rest Of My Life

The Rest Of My Life

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Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Choc Lit
Publication Year: 2015
ASIN: B00YSS6QTE
ISBN: 9781781892800
Adam sees Sienna as the kind of woman he could commit to. But can he change his damaging behaviour – or is the road to destruction a one-way street?
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“You can’t run away from commitment forever … “

Adam Hamilton-Shaw has more reason than most to avoid commitment. Living on a houseboat in the Severn Valley, his dream is to sail into the sunset – preferably with a woman waiting in every port. But lately, his life looks more like a road to destruction than an idyllic boat ride…

Would-be screenplay writer Sienna Meadows realises that everything about Adam spells trouble – but she can’t ignore the feeling that there is more to him than just his bad reputation. Nor can she ignore the intense physical attraction that exists between them.

And it just so happens that Adam sees Sienna as the kind of woman he could commit to. But can he change his damaging behaviour – or is the road to destruction a one-way street?

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Excerpt From The Rest Of My Life

Sienna was tucked up in bed with Tobias when she heard him. Was it him? Hardly daring to breathe, she cocked an ear and listened.
‘Sienna!’ She heard again. It was! Scrambling out of bed, much to her dog’s chagrin, Sienna flew to the window and yanked it open.
‘Sienna,’ Adam shouted from down below. ‘I love you!’
Oh, no. Sienna closed her eyes, realising her dad was outside her front door, looking from Adam and then up to her, astounded.
‘I love you, Sienna!’ Adam repeated, loudly.
Sienna peeled an eye open, risking another peek at the inebriated man, declaring his love for her in the rain. Oh God, he was swaying on his feet. He wasn’t even facing the right window.
‘I love your mind,’ Adam went on, now addressing the entire boatyard, including Lauren, who’d joined her at the window, and Nathaniel, who’d appeared, bewildered and bleary-eyed, from the chandlery.
‘I love your body.’ Adam stopped and glanced down at his feet. ‘God, I love your body,’ he reiterated, throatily.
Lauren sighed and rolled her eyes. ‘Perfect. Well done, Adam.’
‘I love you, Sienna! I don’t not want you. I don’t not want you more than anything in my entire life. I’ll sort myself out. I promise!’ Adam went on determinedly – and drunkenly, turning around and heading in the vague direction of his boat. ‘No more booze, no more women, no more … anything.’
Pausing, Adam stopped, and turned back. ‘I’m sorry,’ he said, more quietly. ‘If you don’t want me, Sienna, I don’t blame you. Totally, absolutely undersh … under … get it.’ With which Adam turned to reach for his handrail, and missed it.
****
Jolting awake as something pressed heavily down on his chest, Adam coughed and spluttered, puking up a bellyful of river, as he did.
‘I see you’re back with us,’ the man looming over him, looking mightily unimpressed, said. ‘David Meadows, Sienna’s father,’ he introduced himself, smiling the kind of smile an executioner who enjoyed his job might. ‘I’ve promised Sienna I’m not going to break your legs. If I’m going to keep that promise, your explanations had better be good.’

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Sheryl PhotoHeartache, humour, love, loss & betrayal, Sheryl Browne brings you edgy, sexy, poignant fiction. A member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and shortlisted for Innovation in Romantic Fiction, Sheryl has seven books published with Safkhet Publishing.

Sheryl’s new contemporary romance novel was recommended to the publisher by the WH Smith Travel fiction buyer. THE REST OF MY Life comes to you from award winning Choc Lit.

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Special Feature: Under The Stars by Linn B. Halton / @LinnBHalton / #LLm

Hello all! Welcome to another Special Feature day here on at the LLm Author’s Café! Today’s post highlights Under The Stars from our fabulous Linn B. Halton!

Under The Stars

Under The Stars

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For twenty-one years, the focus of Katherine Dale’s life has been her work. Love interests and hobbies came and went, but what has always been there for her—her only constant other than her cat delightfully named No. 4—was her nine to five habit. Until she’s replaced. With her confidence dented, Katherine is angry at life and at herself. She has ignored hints of “changes to come” in her horoscope forecasts, written by the wonderful and renowned astrologer, Mark Ainsley-Thomas. Mark is now an “A” list celebrity in the UK and his new agent is determined to raise his profile in America. So, he has to take on the new, and very talented, astrologer James Kingman to help him run his web-site. When Katherine discovers James has been writing the forecasts, rather than Mark, her life explodes in confusion as the three lives become inextricably tangled. Insecurity, self-doubt, guilt, stress, and frustration, coupled with village gossips and merciless reporters wanting eye-catching headlines leave Katherine feeling vulnerable and in need of guidance. The stars might be telling her that love is going to feature in her life, but when Katherine finds herself implicated in the headlines ‘Mystic Love Triangle’ she’s just as surprised as everyone else! None of the men in her life are love interests – so what exactly does fate have in store?
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For twenty-one years, the focus of Katherine Dale’s life has been her work. Love interests and hobbies came and went, but what has always been there for her was her nine to five habit. Until she’s replaced.

With her confidence dented, Katherine is angry at life and at herself. She’s ignored hints of “changes to come” in her horoscope forecasts, written by the wonderful and renowned astrologer, Mark Ainsley-Thomas. Mark is now an “A” list celebrity in the UK and his new Agent is determined to raise his profile in America, so he has to take on the new, but talented, astrologer James Kingman to help him run his web-site. Katherine lives her life according to her daily horoscope.

When Katherine finds James has been writing her daily horoscopes rather than Mark, Katherine’s life explodes in confusion and, unexpectedly, love as the three lives become inextricably tangled. Now Katherine has to learn that the stars might be telling her that love is going to feature in her life, but when Katherine finds herself implicated in the headlines ‘Mystic Love Triangle Surprise’ she’s just as surprised as everyone else. None of the men in her life are love interests – so what exactly does fate have in store?

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So far, I’ve had seven disastrous dates, all of which started with promising email exchanges and ended virtually the moment we met face to face. My gut instinct told me instantly that it wasn’t going to be worth the effort involved, but I felt I had to try it. My old friend, Rich, says I scare men away. I met him when I was at University, and he’s been happily married to Georgia for twenty years. He says I’m too proactive, too much of a perfectionist and too well-organized. Men, he says, don’t like that in a woman—I come across as being too self-sufficient. His theory is that I need to learn to act needy.

Funny he should say that because Mark Ainsley-Thomas has been saying something very similar lately. Not in those exact words, but the gist is the same—I need to learn to need other people. Today’s contribution is quite clear.

Gemini: Monday’s Daily Forecast by Mark Ainsley-Thomas

Now is not the time to overthink things, remember that actions speak louder than words. Your usual ability to think clearly is being hampered by the events around you, and while we all have to accept this may happen from time to time, you do need to push forward. Doing nothing is not an option. Isolating yourself from others is also not an option, you need to make an effort and you’ll be glad you did. Try to see past the stars and you will begin to see things from a different perspective. A day to take care of you.

Well, I did see stars when I hit the floor this morning, and I did get to see a very different perspective I hadn’t enjoyed before.
Hmm. I pull up my forecast for the year on the screen to read again, in case I missed anything the first half a dozen times I’ve read it to date.

Gemini: Your Forecast for the Coming Year by Mark Ainsley-Thomas

We all look forward to the start of a New Year, in some ways it can feel like wiping the slate clean and a chance to start all over again. You will indeed feel like this year is a new start, but are you prepared to be open and receptive to what is ahead? That is going to be the challenge for you throughout most of the year and while, on balance, it promises many things, it will be a year when contentious issues arise. Not only in the way things are presented to you and how you handle them, but in terms of a level of aggression aimed at you, arising mainly through a misunderstanding. You will need to put aside old ideas and re-think some of the fundamental beliefs that have become almost a ritual to you. The year will start with a bang and you won’t be disappointed with the way it ends.

Oh, I love the way he phrases his thoughts and advice. He’s so…so…wise and reassuring. He always manages to imply a level of optimism, even when his words are delivering a message that is, in essence, a little worrying. Aggression for instance, what does he mean? Still, he’s right about the year starting with a bang; I just didn’t think that meant I would end up losing my job.

Reading his words is a comfort, though, and reassures me that my little world isn’t about to totally fall apart. Before long my fingers are flying over the keyboard, and I have a title that will hopefully intrigue the readers and make them want to pluck my book from the shelf.

 

New Release Spotlight: Death Sentence by Sheryl Browne / @SherylBrowne

Don’t you love release days? Today, we’ve got a great one for you. Award-winning author, Sheryl Browne, releases Death Sentence! Read on to learn more about this gripping title!

Death Sentence

Death Sentence

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Genres: Contemporary, Murder, Thriller
Tag: Recommended Books
ASIN: B01EB5N9AC
Death Sentence - He's killed your child and kidnapped your wife. What would YOU do?
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Death Sentence – He’s killed your child and kidnapped your wife. What would YOU do?

Detective Inspector Matthew Adams and Patrick Sullivan, drug dealer, pimp, murderer: two men on opposite sides of the law. A history that goes way back. A bully even in his youth, Sullivan had made it his mission in life to make the goody-two-shoes copper’s life a misery. Now Matthew has made it his mission in life to make sure the pimping scum responsible for prostituting young girls, abusing them, and beating them to death, is locked up for life.

When Matthew’s child becomes a casualty of the war between them, does Matthew want justice? Or does he want retribution? When Patrick’s brother is shot down like a dog in a drug bust gone wrong, Patrick wants payback. He wants Matthew. Or the copper loses his pretty, pregnant wife. As far as Patrick is concerned, it’s quid pro quo.

Death Sentence: an edge-of-your seat story of revenge.

What the reviewers say:

Unyielding! I found myself having to force myself to breathe. (Best Selling Thrillers)
Fast paced. Fabulously written thriller! (Rachel’s Random Reads)
Will totally blow your mind. A powder keg of revenge (Brook Cottage Books)
It’s gritty, graphic and violent – I absolutely loved it (Being Anne)

 

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Bedroom, he instructed himself, foreboding at what he might find there ratcheting his fear to a whole new level. His limbs heavy, his heartbeat now sluggish, Matthew located the main bedroom. Faltering for a split-second, his hand visibly shaking, he pressed down the handle and took a tentative step inside. Wall-to-wall mirrors, he noted. Triple bed. Upholstery: black and grey silk. In the middle of the bed; placed strategically centre-duvet …

Matthew’s heart stopped dead.

One single shoe, red leather, suede panels, zip front, Lolita ankle boots: bought for Becky’s birthday. His stomach lurched, Matthew turned instinctively for the en-suite, where he was violently sick.

Where was she? Dear God … Please don’t do this. Glancing at the ceiling, sweat saturating his shirt, Matthew swallowed back the acrid taste burning the back of his throat, rammed on the taps, and threw cold water over his face. Please don’t, he prayed harder, to a god he didn’t much believe in, clutched the sink for support, and squeezed his eyes closed. Still they came, staccato images, seared into his mind: Lily, life extinct, eyes vacant. Becky …

No! Emitting a guttural moan, which ricocheted distortedly off the tiled walls around him, Matthew panted out short, heavy breaths, tried to still the walls which seemed to be closing in on him, to stave off the imminent asthma attack, and then froze, as his mobile rang in his pocket. Sullivan? Matthew groped for it and pressed it shakily to his ear. He didn’t speak. Couldn’t.

‘Cat got your tongue?’ Sullivan enquired, causing the walls to shift in another inch. ‘Or do you need a minute, Adams, is that it? Take your time.’ His tone grew sickeningly more gloating by the second. ‘Slow breaths, Matthew, just like you did when you were a shit-scared, snivelling little kid.’

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