Once again it's that time of year where sleigh bells jing-a-ling and a strange man wearing a red robe manages to climb down all our chimneys (even if we haven't got any with the advent of central heating) . I'm opening this newsletter by wishing all my readers a very happy Christmas and New Year. May you all get what you are wishing for!
The video below is absolutely beautiful! I want to cry every time I watch it. All the children have special needs and singer Kaylee Rogers is autistic, but hey, what a voice!
A little bit of good news to start with. One of my new short stories 'Checking Out' was placed in the top 15 of the Creative Writing Institute's 2016 writing competition. It is now published in their collection 'Explain!', which can be found by clicking on the link here: http://bookShow.me/B01NAEKTBA
MORE GOOD NEWS!
My suspense drama 'Repent at Leisure' has been nominated for one of ReadFree.ly's 50 Best Indie Books of 2016. Please can I count on your vote? Voting ends on 16th December. Any votes are much appreciated! Thank you.
Paul despierta con una misteriosa mujer en su cama. Sin recuerdo alguno de cómo llego ahí, Cat Taylor se adentra en su vida y acaba mudándose a su apartamento. Este arreglo le funciona a Paul - hasta que conoce a Anita Fairfax.
Poco después, Cat es encontrada muerta en el apartamento de Paul. A pesar de la poca evidencia en su contra, la policía sospecha de él. Anita defiende a su nuevo marido, pero la duda acecha frente al comportamiento cada vez más violento e impredecible de Paul.
Relatado a través de perspectivas alternadas, Habrá tiempo para arrepentirse es un thriller psicológico fascinante y magistralmente escrito.
For those readers who like autobiographies, my new memoir 'Waiting in the Wings' is now published. It focuses on the love/hate relationship I have had with my mother over the years, and how her old age slowly transformed not only my mother's life, but also mine as I became her part-time carer. The book is also full of humour, as we look back and laugh at many shared memories.
Written in British English, the book tells the story, flipping clearly between the past and the present, of the author's life and interactions with her mother over nearly 60 years of life. Mostly it is told as a story of her mother's journey with aging as she reaches the age of 92. Nicely conveyed. Received via Netgalley.
I've not read anything by this author before, nor do I normally read this type of story but I was interested enough by the synopsis to give it a go.
The story begins when Clare is still a teenager when she meets Ross who's a singer in a band. Clare is totally in love with Ross and eventually brings him home to me her family. Her father who's a doctor and very opinionated where his daughters are concerned takes an instant dislike to Ross whom he views a long haired layabout. Undaunted Clare is besotted with Ross and introduces him to her older sister Izzy who's back home for a break from medical school after a bad breakup with her boyfriend. Once Ross and Izzy meet all bets are off, Izzy is more vibrant sexually experienced and this leaves poor Clare out in the cold. When Clare finds out about her sister and Ross a family feud begins that lasts for over three decades.
This feels so realistic all the drama and jealousy and refusing to talk things out it was so believable. The chapters are from the various characters POV. Clare and Izzy's mother is desperate for her daughters to reconcile, her fathers animosity towards Ross increases as he blames him for the feud between his daughters, but the more successful Ross's band becomes the more entrenched Claire becomes with her hatred towards her sister and Ross. Christmas's, illness, even death cannot deter Clare from her anger and hatred. It's easy to dislike Izzy and Ross, while initially feeling sorry for Clare, but as the story unfolds my opinion changed the longer it went on it was such a waste of their lives.
'From the word go this book grabbed my attention and kept it to the very end.
This was a book I could not put down and I read it in 3 hours.
The characters were profoundly flawed and that only added to the realism of the story, the relationships between them all are bittersweet yet heartwarming.
It's a story of one family who suffer because of one betrayal then as the story progresses you find that there was more betrayal that has happened in the past, it was so well written that I could see myself being one or another of the characters and put myself In their shoes at time I found myself rooting for one character then in the next chapter I was rooting for another and wishing I could grab the and shake them and tell them not to be so prideful and explain to them all they would loose out on.
In the second half of the story the main two characters find themselves reunited in the darkest of circumstance and they have to find a way to get through it all together and that leaves them both reeling! The final heartbreaking chapters moved me from disbelief to tears some of joy some of sadness, and it's a credit to the author that she was able to convey these emotions with the telling of this fabulous story'.
Paul wakes up to find a mysterious woman in his bed. With no memory of how she got there, Cat Taylor worms her way into his life and eventually moves into his flat. This arrangement suits Paul well — until he meets Anita Fairfax.
Soon after, Cat is found dead in Paul’s apartment. Despite little evidence, the police suspect him of murder. Anita stands by her new husband, but doubt creeps in as his behavior becomes increasingly erratic and violent.
Told through alternating perspectives, Repent at Leisure is a masterfully written, engrossing psychological thriller.
5 * NetGalley review of REPENT AT LEISURE on Amazon.com by 'Poppy' on October 30th:
This month is the turn of John Lindermuth, a retired newspaper reporter/editor from Pennsylvania, who apart from enjoying writing, reading, drawing and painting in his retirement, still writes a weekly historical column. Also, since retiring he has served as librarian of his county historical society where he assists patrons with research and genealogy.
John's new book, 'Shares the Darkness', is his 15th novel and the seventh in the Sticks Hetrick Crime series, and was published on September 13th 2016.
Jan Kepler and Swatara Creek Police Office Flora Vastine were neighbors and schoolmates, but never close.
When Jan, a school teacher, avid birder and niece of a fellow officer, goes missing and is found dead in a nearby tract of woods, Flora finds herself thrust into the middle of an examination of the other woman's life, as she searches for clues.
As usual, the police have more than one crime to deal with. There's illegal timbering and a series of vehicle thefts taking up their time. And there are other issues to deal with. Flora is concerned there's some shakiness in her relationship with Cpl. Harry Minnich, who seems to be making a lot of secretive phone calls.
Still, Flora maintains focus on the murder, and despite evidence implicating other suspects, the odd behavior of another former classmate rouses Flora's suspicion. Flora's probing opens personal wounds, as she observes the cost of obsessive love and tracks down the killer.
You can find out more about John's books by visiting his Amazon author page or his website. Links are given below: