Book Review: Anything for Love by Gracie Bond @rararesources

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Synopsis

Leah Jensen, Yorkshire lass born and bred, needs money and she’ll do anything – yes, Anything for Loveanything – to get it. Her Grandad Thomas is in pain and the cost of an operation on his bad knee is way beyond the family’s means. Leah tries everything to earn the fee – but in the end, and like so many before her, she turns to the world’s oldest profession.
Madam Butterfly’s exclusive escort agency in London is a different world to where Leah comes from. In Whitby, the sea air is sweet, and legends of Dracula jostle with jet-mining and whaling history; it’s a place where dog lovers meet and tourists come to marvel at the views.
Leah may be out of her comfort zone, but one daring, brief encounter will bring many surprises in this memorable romantic comedy full of pithy Yorkshire humour.

Purchase Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Anything-Love-Gracie-Bond-ebook/dp/B07XCQBGF1/

US – https://www.amazon.com/Anything-Love-Gracie-Bond-ebook/dp/B07XCQBGF1/

Review

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Thank you to the author and Rachels Random Resources for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

This was a really great entertaining novel that although I didn’t take the path I was expecting it too, really made me laugh out loud and have an altogether enjoyable time throughout. I loved the cast of characters all of which really brought something a little bit extra to the novel as well as their relationships with each other. I also loved the different places and settings and how the author was able to incorporate it all. Though perhaps it went on a tad longer than I was expecting it’s one I will definitely be reading again.

Rating: 4/5

Would I read again: Yes

Would I Recommend: Yes

Would I read another book from this author: Yes

About the Author

Gracie Bond loves a good romantic comedy, either to read or to watch on Netflix. Her favourite go-to novel is (Pride and Prejudice)- and she’s always happy to watch ( Bridgett Jones) any time of the day. Among Gracie’s interests are Newfoundland dogs, horses, and handsome Yorkshire men. Her idea of fun would be to ride a spirited horse along a Northumberland beach, followed by a pack of her favourite dogs.

Gracie lives in Yorkshire with her partner John and she has close connections with Whitby, the setting for this novel.

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Book Review and Giveaway: Fiona and the Whale by Hannah Lynn @rararesources

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Synopsis

With her life on the rocks, it is going to take a whale sized miracle to keep her afloat.Fiona and the Whale

Event planner Fiona Reeves did not have her husband’s sudden departure on her schedule. However, she’s certain that it’s only a hiccup and he’ll be back in no time, begging for forgiveness. Fortunately there’s a distraction of mammoth proportions swimming in the River Thames.

Absorbed by the story of Martha the sperm whale, Fiona attempts to carry on life as usual as she awaits her husband’s return. However, nothing can prepare her for the dramatic turn of events that throw her life into ever greater turmoil. The road ahead has many paths and for Fiona it’s time to sink or swim.

Fiona and the Whale is a poignant and often hilarious contemporary fiction novel. If you enjoy topical tales, second chances and a little bit of romance, you’ll love this new book from the Kindle Storyteller Award Winner, Hannah Lynn.

Purchase Links

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07XWSRRT9 Amazon UK

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07XWSRRT9  Amazon(dot)com

Review

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Thank you to the Author and Rachels Random Resources for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

This was a book that was definitely not what I was expecting! Not only was this a great contemporary read, but it is also a book that really made you think, question and evaluates\ your environmental impact. Not only is this a great subject to consider anyway, but the way the author has incorporated this into the story also makes it a really fun way to learn about things you may of not already been aware of.

Fiona herself is an incredibly relatable character who really stands by what she believes in, I loved the challenges throughout the story as well as how everything was ultimately resolved. The story moves at a good pace and I really found myself absorbed within Fiona’s world. A great story with a strong message.

Rating: 4.5/5

Would I read again: Yes

Would I Recommend: Yes

Would I read another book from this author: Yes

Giveaway

Whale Sized Giveaway  (Open Internationally)
Prizes are

$25 Amazon Gift card

2 print copies of Fiona and the Whale

10 ebooks of Fiona

5 ebooks of The Afterlife of Water Augustus

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About the Author

Hannah Lynn is an award-winning novelist. Publishing her first book, Amendments – aFiona and the Wale Hannah Lynn dark, dystopian speculative fiction novel, in 2015, she has since gone on to write The Afterlife of Walter Augustus, a contemporary fiction novel with a supernatural twist – which won the 2018 Kindle Storyteller Award and the Gold Medal for Best Adult Fiction ebook at this year’s IPPY Awards – and the delightfully funny and poignant Peas and Carrots series.

While she freely moves between genres, her novels are recognisable for their character driven stories and wonderfully vivid description.

She is currently working on a YA Vampire series and a reimaging of a classic Greek myth.

Born in 1984, Hannah grew up in the Cotswolds, UK. After graduating from university, she spent ten years as a teacher of physics, first in the UK and then around Asia. It was during this time, inspired by the imaginations of the young people she taught, she began writing short stories for children, and later adult fiction Now as a teacher, writer, wife and mother, she is currently living in the Austrian Alps.

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Books

Amazon.co.uk – Amendments

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Amazon.co.uk – The Afterlife of Walter Augustus

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Cover Reveal: Anything for Love by Gracie Bond @rararesources @gracie_author

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Today I’m super excited to be bringing you the Cover Reveal for ‘Anything for Love’ by Gracie Bond! Not only does this sound like a really awesome read (in fact I have a review coming up for it next week) but I just love the cover. Make sure you check it out!

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Synopsis

Leah Jensen, Yorkshire lass born and bred, needs money and she’ll do anything – yes, anything – to get it. Her Grandad Thomas is in pain and the cost of an operation on his bad knee is way beyond the family’s means. Leah tries everything to earn the fee – but in the end, and like so many before her, she turns to the world’s oldest profession.
Madam Butterfly’s exclusive escort agency in London is a different world to where Leah comes from. In Whitby, the sea air is sweet, and legends of Dracula jostle with jet-mining and whaling history; it’s a place where dog lovers meet and tourists come to marvel at the views.
Leah may be out of her comfort zone, but one daring, brief encounter will bring many surprises in this memorable romantic comedy full of pithy Yorkshire humour.

Purchase Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Anything-Love-Gracie-Bond-ebook/dp/B07XCQBGF1/

US – https://www.amazon.com/Anything-Love-Gracie-Bond-ebook/dp/B07XCQBGF1/

About the Author

Gracie Bond loves a good romantic comedy, either to read or to watch on Netflix. Her thumbnail_JeffJEFF4847Shirlfavourite go-to novel is (Pride and Prejudice)- and she’s always happy to watch ( Bridgett Jones) any time of the day. Among Gracie’s interests are Newfoundland dogs, horses, and handsome Yorkshire men. Her idea of fun would be to ride a spirited horse along a Northumberland beach, followed by a pack of her favourite dogs.

Gracie lives in Yorkshire with her partner John and she has close connections with Whitby, the setting for this novel.

Social Media Links – 

https://www.facebook.com/graciebondauthor/

https://twitter.com/gracie_author 

https://www.instagram.com/graciebondauthor22/

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Book Review: Gorgito’s Ice Rink by Elizabeth Ducie @rararesources

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Synopsis

Two small boys grieving for lost sisters — torn between family and other loves. Can the Gorgito's Ice Rinkfulfilment of one promise make up for the failure to keep an earlier one?

When Gorgito Tabatadze sees his sister run off with a soldier, he is bereft. When she disappears into Stalin’s Gulag system, he is devastated. He promises their mother on her death-bed he will find the missing girl and bring her home; but it is to prove an impossible quest.

Forty years later, Gorgito, now a successful businessman in post-Soviet Russia, watches another young boy lose his sister to a love stronger than family. When a talented Russian skater gets the chance to train in America, Gorgito promises her grief-stricken brother he will build an ice-rink in Nikolevsky, their home town, to bring her home again.

With the help of a British engineer, who has fled to Russia to escape her own heartache, and hindered by the local Mayor who has his own reasons for wanting the project to fail, can Gorgito overcome bureaucracy, corruption, economic melt-down and the harsh Russian climate in his quest to build the ice-rink and bring a lost sister home? And will he finally forgive himself for breaking the promise to his mother?

My website page: http://elizabethducieauthor.co.uk/book/gorgitos-ice-rink/

Kindle universal link: https://geni.us/3OHR

Until 14th October, Gorgito’s Ice Rink is only 99 p/c in all territories.

Review

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Thank you to the author and Rachel’s Random Resources for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

This was such an interesting novel and I really found myself getting heavily invested into everything that was going on. I think for me having read so little books set in Russia during any time it added an unexpected extra bit of intrigue and enjoyment as not only did I get to immerse myself in the story and the characters, but I got to learn about a time and a place I don’t often get to ‘experience’.

As mentioned I loved getting to know all of the characters and all of the different perspectives that this brings, although it did start out a slowish pace, the writing really brought everything all together. I also felt that this was such an original story that once again not only kept it interesting throughout but really added to the enjoyment. A great read!

Rating: 4/5

Would I read again: Yes

Would I Recommend: Yes

Would I read another book from this author: Yes

About the Author

When Elizabeth Ducie had been working in the international pharmaceutical industry Gorgito - Author.JPGfor nearly thirty years, she decided she’d like to take a break from technical writing—text books, articles and training modules—and write for fun instead. She started by writing travel pieces, but soon discovered she was happier, and more successful, writing fiction. In 2012, she gave up the day job, and started writing full-time. She has published four novels, three collections of short stories and a series of manuals on business skills for writers.

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Author Interview with Ann Harrison-Barnes @annwrites75

Today I am excited to be bringing you another author interview with author Ann Harrison-Barnes. Ann is the author of a number of novels and I really enjoyed reading her answers to my questions! Make sure you check out her blog and social media as well.

Author Interview

Where is your favorite place to write?

At the moment, I am writing in my parents’ camper, while my tiny house is being built. However, my favorite place to brainstorm is out on the front porch.

When did you write your first book and how old were you?

My very first book was written in 2006. I was 31 at the time. I can tell you, like all writers, that book was a very bad book, that I should have stuck in a drawer, but it was my biggest publishing no no. Advice to aspiring authors, don’t publish your first bad book. Make sure it is edited thoroughly and it has been sent to beta readers or a group of writers you trust.

What is your preferred method to have readers get in touch with or follow you (i.e., website, personal blog, Facebook page, here on Goodreads, etc.) and link(s)?

Readers can follow me in three different places. My blog is connected to my website at the following link:

https://annwritesinspiration.com

They can leave me a message at:

Https://annwritesinspiration.com/contact

My Facebook page can be found at:

https://www.facebook.com/annwritesinspiration

and readers can connect with me on Twitter at:

https://twitter.com/annwrites75.

I love to hear from readers and feedback is always welcome.

Could you tell us a bit about your most recent book and why it is a must-read?

My most recently published book is entitled Stories Outside the box: An Electric Eclectic book. What makes this little collection a must read is the fact that there are stories in a variety of genres. The stories range from fantasy to mystery, children’s fiction and a vignette. Readers can share these stories with their family members, and I keep each one family friendly.

What is the most difficult part about writing for you?

I find the editing process to be the most difficult, especially when I have to rewrite entire scenes and chapters of my novels.

Tell us about your first published book? What was the journey like?

The first published book that I am proud of is A Journey of Faith: A Stepping Stones Mystery. This journey was a tough one, because I did something no author should ever do. I paid a publisher to publish this book for me. It was published in paperback, eBook, hard cover and audio book, through Audible. At first, I was getting copies of my books within a week or so after I ordered them. However, the more I ordered the longer it took me to get books. The last time I ordered them, I never received them. I had to fight tooth and nail to get all of my money back. Therefore, I republished this book through KDP and Lulu and have had an easier time getting books when I need them.

What were the key challenges you faced when writing this book?

My biggest challenges were getting the story edited, marketing the book and getting it reformatted for self-publication.

Do you put yourself in your books/characters at all?

Some aspects of my life are in my characters, but there are other times, when one of my characters comes from someone I’ve come in contact with, or I get inspired to create a character from something or someone I saw in my dreams.

Can you recommend any new or upcoming authors to us?

Yes, I can recommend my author friend Jen Lowry. She has four bible devotionals on Amazon under the name Dr. Jennifer Ikner Lowry and she has recently published several YA, MG and children’s books under the name Jen Lowry. Visit her website at:www.jenlowrywrites.com to learn more.

About the Author

Ann Harrison-Barnes is the author of four books: A Journey of Faith, A Stepping Stones Mystery, Stories Outside the Box: An Electric Eclectic book, Maggie’s Gravy Train Adventure, an Electric Eclectic Book, and Inner Vision, an Electric Eclectic Book. She has also been published in several anthologies. Aside from her work as a Christian fiction author, Ann is a professional freelance writer. She also hosts the Inspirational Journeys Podcast, where she gives authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs a platform to share their stories. When she’s not interviewing special guests, she hosts solo episodes providing book reviews, reading selected poems, and sharing tips and encouragement for aspiring authors. Her podcast can be heard on your favorite podcasting platform at:

https://anchor.fm/inspirational-journeys

Some of her interviews have been uploaded to YouTube as well. Please subscribe to her YouTube channel for more author interviews and occasional live videos:

https://www.youtube.com/user/annsmusic1

Book Synopsis

A Journey of Faith: A Stepping Stones Mystery

Twenty-eight-year-old Becca Martin witnessed a tragic accident at the age of twelve. thumbnail_A Journey of Faith ebookSixteen years later, she embarks upon a journey that she believes has somehow been chosen for her by God. During this journey, she hears a voice in the back of her mind crying, “God help me!”, as childhood memories resurface in her nightmares. During the investigation at Sweet Water Park, Jason meets Becca and asks for her help, but in order to do so, she must face her fear of climbing, while caring for her ailing aunt and helping her uncle to run the diner. Jason vows to stay close beside her every step of the way, but can she fully trust him and the girl in the white robe that seems to pop up out of nowhere? Find out how God helps her and the Tensiltown Police find the culprit as the author pulls you into the first novel in her spine-tingling, heart-warming Stepping Stones mystery series.

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Maggie’s Gravy Train Adventure

thumbnail_Maggie's gravy train coverMaggie and her mother take a mysterious ride on a train made of gravy and other interesting food items. What happens to the cookie track and why do the biscuit wheels crumble at various points during the trip? Who’s behind the mayhem in the magical land of Eat-a-Lot? Find out as you ride the track with Maggie and her new friends.

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Inner Vision

“The past is but a whirlwind of memories,

there are those you want to capture,

and those you want to forget.

Hold on to the precious ones and let the rest spin away into the abyss.”

These are the words Kelly Dobson wrote after learning how to use her Inner Vision in InnerVisionEE2order to do the creative work God has called her to do.

After awakening in an unusual hospital from an operation she never had, Kelly and her physician, DR. Markey Andrews, work together to find the reason why she ended up in a hospital resembling a hotel, rather than a medical facility.

During the process of solving the mystery at hand, Kelly has strange dreams of being carried away in a whirlwind to places which hold memories she’d rather not relive. In order for her to face her fear of her Charles Bonnet syndrome and the accident that caused her blindness six years before.

After being released from the hospital, Kelly gets a brilliant idea to draw the images she sees in her heart and mind. As she does so, her mother stands in awe as the talent her daughter once had as a child returns in full swing, regardless of her blindness.

Even though Kelly’s father doesn’t want to believe in her talent at first, through the power of prayer and her faith in God, she teaches him how to use his own inner vision.

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Stories Outside the Box

Outside the Box_smashwordsA little book filled with magic, ferries, music, an angel or two, and even a bit of mystery.

Fly away on the wings of a simple drop of rain with Anna as she follows the music that fills her heart.

Have you ever had a breakdown in the middle of the road and wondered how you’d get home? Read about the miraculous end to what could have been a perilous journey for Bill and his family.

Mystery buffs and techno geeks will love An Unusual Glitch, a story about a county wide technology glitch that threatens to ruin the county’s computer infrastructure, if the problem isn’t resolved before it’s too late.  Enjoy a couple of new mysteries along the way.

You may be enchanted by a Christmas miracle that starts with a child’s prayer and a tinkling bell.

Ride in a sleigh carried on the wings of a snowflake, ride the wind on the wings of an autumn leaf or fly away on a swing!

There’s an adventure waiting for readers of all ages in each delightful little story.

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Author Interview with Jaqueline Davis @jaclyndavis01

Today I’m happy to be sharing an awesome author interview with author Jaqueline Davis! Jaqueline is the author of the Bedlam Series as well as the standalone novel ‘A Christmas Tour’. Make sure you check out her books as well as her interview below!

Author Interview

Interview about her newest book The Christmas Tour:

What did you enjoy most about writing your book?

I loved writing a Christmas story with a happy ending! Reading Christmas books is something I look forward to all year. It is one of my favorite genres, and I was thrilled to write one. The books I previously wrote were historical fiction with suspense, action, and not always happy endings. Writing The Christmas Tour was a change of pace for me.

How do you feel about ebooks vs. print books and alternative vs. conventional publishing?

I support authors on whatever route they take to publication (traditional, self, indie, etc.). Regarding ebooks and print books, I tend to read books primarily that are printed. I just love the smell of books, how they feel in my hands, how I can see how far I’ve read by using a bookmark. That said, I sometimes envy fellow travelers on airplanes who only have a lightweight e-reader in their hands, while I’m lugging heavy books with me! 🙂

Are you a full-time or part-time writer? How does that affect your writing?

I have a full-time day job and write as a hobby. My focus and time are split among many things, and this affects my writing in that it gets interrupted pretty quickly. I write when I can squeeze it in. I’m a quick writer when I do have time to write because I tend to think through my writing in my mind very thoroughly before sitting down in front of a computer. I am able to “write” in my mind while driving or eating my lunch and then sit down at a later time to actually put words on paper.

What inspired you to write your book?

I was inspired to write The Christmas Tour when I visited a historic building that was being renovated to be turned into a bed and breakfast. It was beautiful! It felt like it had a hundred stories to tell. I left that place feeling like I had the setting to a story. I had wanted to write a Christmas story for some time, so my mind started racing with ideas. The town that this bed and breakfast is in holds annual Christmas events every year, so I decided to incorporate those into the plot, and before I knew it, the book was being written. What is the most important thing about a book in your opinion? To me, books are a place to escape. When I feel stressed or overwhelmed, books help calm me. When I’m sad, books can distract me. Books serve a purpose in this world, and I’m honored I get to play a part by writing them.

Synopsis

The Christmas Tour

Penny Lark doesn’t know where Fort Wayne, Indiana, is, nor does she care. As long as its asnews reporter job is a stepping stone to her dream career – morning news anchor in New York City – she’s fine spending a little time in this sleepy small town. But not too much time. With her eyes on the prize, she has never stayed anywhere longer than six months, and she plans on making her stop in Fort Wayne even shorter.
Nolan Ash, born and raised in Fort Wayne, has made a reality of his late father’s dream of opening a bed and breakfast in charming downtown. In honor of his father’s love for the holidays, Nolan offers an annual Christmas Tour of Fort Wayne out of his inn, one that highlights the town’s Christmas displays and festive events. The Tour soon becomes a regional sensation, one that grabs the attention of the town’s newest reporter.
When Penny decides to run a month-long story on Nolan’s Tour as a guest in his bed and breakfast, Nolan must face that which he resents the most: reporters, who in his eyes are the most selfish people on earth and were a contributing factor in his family’s demise after his father’s death. Penny, in turn, must face Christmas, a dreaded holiday thanks to her own father, and pretend to love it as much as the town’s inn owner.
Can Nolan and Penny face what they despise this Christmas, if only for their careers’ sakes? And can they ever find a way to get along? Follow Nolan and Penny on their journey of discovering forgiveness, love, and new perspectives this holiday season.

 

Disorder

azKatherine Whittemore has been shielded her entire life from the haunts of Bethlem Royal Hospital, the notorious asylum of Victorian London. The daughter of one of Bethlem’s doctors, Kat was kept from madness until urged by her father to visit the hospital as a distraction from her household duties. It is at Bethlem that Kat falls for her father’s best friend and colleague, Dr. James Blair, even though many in her household warn against him. He has secrets, dark ones, and soon Kat discovers he’s not the only one.

Visiting Bethlem forever changes Kat’s life and what she believed to be true. Kat suspects that something is amiss in her home, the house she must now try to save. Not even her relationship with James is enough to quell this suspicion, especially as those around her begin acting erratically. As Kat prepares for a Christmas Ball at the insane asylum where her father once worked, she can’t help but wonder if her household may mirror Bethlem in ways she hadn’t before imagined.

 

 

Infirmity

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Katherine Whittemore, a girl who has just discovered seemingly horrifying secrets about herself, has fled her home and the man who loves her, Dr. James Blair. She now turns alone to Seven Dials, the slums of Victorian London, where those with nothing go to try to survive. The Dials welcomes her as it does any other: with the slap of pain, suffering, and violence that has been known to kill its inhabitants. Kat summons the strength to face these obstacles alongside some friends she encounters along the way, but many don’t outlive the treacherous Dials.

Meanwhile, James suffers in the wake of Kat’s absence, questioning his role as a doctor of the mad at Victorian London’s asylum Bethlem Royal Hospital, until he receives an unexpected arrival from his past. Elizabeth, whom he was destined to marry as a young man, appears in the midst of his grief, bringing with her the joy and comfort he’d felt while young. Torn between searching for Kat and rekindling an old flame, James must now choose between the love of his life and the love of his youth.

Set against the perilous backdrop of both Seven Dials and Bethlem Royal Hospital, Infirmity addresses the power of love, including loving oneself, in the midst of all difficulties and realities. Join Kat on her journey of discovering if she has the power to love all parts of her life, including those she has run from in Infirmity, the harrowing sequel to Disorder in the Bedlam Series.

 

Escape

awSean McGuire has finally returned home to Dublin, Ireland, after years of undercover work in London for the Irish Republican Brotherhood. Surrounded by fellow comrades in his homeland, he relishes in this new-found family and submits to his leader’s authority without hesitation. That is, until he’s assigned a new leader, someone he wasn’t expecting: a woman. And not just any woman; someone who’s a sharp-shooter and willing to give extreme orders.

Meanwhile, Katherine Whittemore, the woman Sean loved while in London, embraces her new life in Birmingham, England. Married to the residential physician at Yardley Green Road Sanitorium, she spends her days caring for her father whose health is finally improving. Her life seems to be a dream realized until Mr. Bertram Snead, the man who had once tried to kill her, is up for parole, and Katherine and her family find they must return to London for his hearing.

It’s been seven years since Sean left Katherine in London, yet the city beckons them to return, and they both heed its calling. As Sean devotes his energy to helping the Brotherhood pull off a prison escape at Clerkenwell House of Detention, Katherine arrives at the same prison to put the past to rest. What does London have in store for the two of them?

Join Katherine on her journey back to London to face both her fearsome and adventurous past in this thrilling final book of the Bedlam Series.

Author Spotlight: Suzanna J. Linton @suzannalin

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Today I am happy to be bringing you an author spotlight with author Suzanna J. Linton!! Suzanna is the author of the Stories of the Lorst book series as well as the Lands of Sun and Stone series. Both series look incredibly interesting and I just adore all of the covers! Make sure you check out the books down below and you can follow Suzanna on her twitter @suzannalin her WebsiteFacebook or Instagram!

Synopsis

Stories of Lorst

Clara, Book 1

Sold into slavery as a child, and rendered mute by the horrors she suffered, Clara’s life qrextends no further than the castle kitchens and their garden. Those who know about her just think of her as the dull mute girl who may be a little soft in the head, not knowing that she carries within herself a precious gift: the ability to see the future. This is a gift she keeps secret, though, for fear of persecution.

However, a vision prompts her to prevent a murder, shoving her not only into the intrigues and gilded life of the nobility, but also into a civil war brewing in her country. As events unfold, and she is drawn deeper into the conflict, she meets an old friend, makes a new one, and begins to unearth secrets better left buried.

Available through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and more.

 Clara is such an amazing character. She overcomes so much and becomes such a powerful force to be reckoned with. I loved that no matter what came her way, she always does what she feels is right in her heart and fights for those she loves.  – Tequila Rose

Clara’s Return, Book 2

Clara, lost and disillusioned from the civil war, hopes to discover answers about her qtlineage and abilities in the quiet village of Bluebell, where she once lived before being sold into slavery. However, as she and the Captain of the Royal Guard make their journey, a new threat to the kingdom arises in the form of a traitor.

Patiently brewing since the fall of the sorceror-king Marduk, there are careful plans now coming to fruition. Riots break out, a giant is sighted, and double agents quietly take their places. King Emmerich’s struggles with his new role and his ever-present nightmares leave him feeling inadequate to the task. What he needs most is Clara.

Available through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and more.

“A great book. Fast paced, action-packed, and filled with intense, well-imagined characters and some swoon-worthy romances and unrequited love. The cherry on the top is the quiet, kick-butt-take-names protagonist, Clara who makes her first appearance in the prior book of the series. While these could be read as stand-alones since the antagonist in each book is different, but the story about the antagonists and their reasoning is explained more thoroughly if read as a pair, which I’d recommend. The ending is left open for a third book, and I could hope for nothing less!” — Cady, Amazon and Goodreads user

Secret Burdens, Book 3

Jarrett failed everyone close to him. In disgrace, he resigned his position as Captain of qythe Royal Guard and entered self-imposed exile in Lorst’s Eastern Forests. As a common soldier, he fought the remainder of the sorcerer Marduk’s monsters.

However, after an assassination attempt leaves her bedridden, Clara summons Jarrett back to the capital city of Bertrand. Over his protests, she appoints him Captain of the Seer’s Guard. Though both her parents and her ability to see the future are restored to her, neither of these things can help her find her would-be killer. There’s also a greater threat on the horizon she must face and she needs someone she can trust.

Jarrett searches for both Clara’s enemies and his sense of honor. However, his investigations threaten to expose secrets that could ruin them all and shake the Lorst to the core.

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“Third book in the Lorst series, Secret Burdens, did not disappoint. Suzanna J. Linton has created a cast of amazing characters that you care and root for. The emotion in her writing is real. You celebrate and mourn along with them. This third book has secrets around every turn and you lose track or whose trust worthy. If you have already started the Stories of Lorst series than this is a must read that you don’t want to miss.” — Amanda Lavoie, Once Upon a Book Dream

Calculated Magic, Book 3.5

quBruin, exiled to Arvent, starts life over as a simple charm-seller. That is, until he learns of Emmerich’s plan to meet Precene in a historic summit of kings.

In this game of secrets and alliances, the one wildcard is Galeen. The small coastal kingdom is dying under the stranglehold of Tier. The actions of the Crown Prince Gentius could be the difference between peace and war. Bruin decides to go to Gentius and offer his services in the hope of preventing disaster. However, only smugglers can pass through Tier’s blockade. He buys passage on one such ship for himself and his newly acquired apprentice.

During the voyage, Bruin discovers the ship carries precious cargo stolen from Lorst. It’s destined for persons unknown—a person that might be Gentius. Caught out in the ocean with nowhere to go, Bruin must choose between what is convenient for his mission and what is right.

Lands of Sun and Stone Series

Willows of Fate, Book 1

All her life, Desdemona has seen things others haven’t. Dragons, knights, dwarves, kids qiwith three eyes. Heeding her mother’s advice, she keeps silent about this and struggles through life, pretending everything is normal.

At her mother’s death, Desdemona returns to a home haunted with memories but she is determined to not be shaken from what little normalcy she has. However, when her brother is murdered and she uncovers a family secret, Desdemona realizes that there is more to what she sees. Perhaps a whole other world, one that’s willing to kill to have her as its own.

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“The Land of Sun was a magical place filled with interesting characters.” ~ Amazon reviewer

“I’m hoping to see more adventures of Desdemona in the future and more of Ms. Linton’s captivating style!” ~ Amazon reviewer

About the Author

Suzanna J. Linton was born in Charleston, SC but grew up in rural Orangeburg County. qe.jpgAt age eight, she tried to read The Secret Garden by herself. After following her mother around for a day, asking questions about the Yorkshire accent, she gave up, but that didn’t deter her in developing a deep appreciation for books and the worlds to which they open.

Her appreciation for storytelling, however, was born from her family. There isn’t much entertainment in the middle of nowhere, and her father enthralled his children with stories about the mythical “Possum Brown”. His friends also told tales, but not all of the were the sort for little ears. Linton snuck out of her bedroom late at night in order to hear those.

In 2002, she attended the summer program at the SC Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, where she refined her poetry and wrote her first decent short story. In 2003, Suzanna began attending Francis Marion University, where she graduated with a Bachelor’s in English.

Today, she continues to live in South Carolina with her husband and their assorted pets. She self-published her first novel, Clara, in 2013.

 

Sample Blog Posts:

Finishing a Novel: One Writer’s Refection

Fan Fiction: Is It Really Publishing’s Savior?

Inspiration: What Helps Me Write

Introverts: A Guide for Extroverts

MFA Programs and the Alternatives: A Consideration

When We Betray the Trust of Those We Love

Quitting My Day Job to Live the Dream

The Novels I Loved Growing Up

Interview on Book-Delight.com

On Writing

 

Contact Information for Review Copies, Guest Posts, and Interviews:

Suzanna J. Linton

linton.suzanna@gmail.com