The Harpy Megan Hunter

THE HARPY BY MEGAN HUNTER

PAPERBACK PUBLISHED BY PICADOR 11TH JUNE 2020

Lucy works from home but devotes her life to the children, to their finely tune routine, and to the house itself, which comforts like an old, sly friend. But then a man calls one afternoon with a shattering message his wife has been having an affair with Lucy’s husband, Jake, he wants her to know.

The revelation marks a turning point Lucy and Jake decide to stay together, but in a special arrangement designed to even the score and save their marriage, she will hurt him three times. Jake will not know when the hurt is coming, nor what form it will take.

As the couple submit to a delicate game of crime and punishment, Lucy herself begins to change, surrendering to a transformation, of both mind and body from which there is no return.

PRAISE FOR THE HARPY BY MEGAN HUNTER

Told in dazzling, musical prose, The Harpy by Megan Hunter is dark, staggering fairy tale, at once mythical and otherworldly and fiercely contemporary. It is a novel of love, marriage and its failure, of power and revenge, of metamorphosis and renewal.

PART OF CHAPTER 3

This is David Holmes. I am the husband of Vanessa Holmes. I thought you should know….

A gulp here, I swallow, something too guttural to hear over the phone, the inner liquid workings of another person’s body.

Your husband Jake, Jake Stevenson is sleeping with my wife. He is I found out today. I thought you should know.

He said that twice he thought I should know. The way he said it even an adolescent boy, between high and deep it seemed significant. Well thought out, as though he knew that knowledge was important in a marriage, that it was correct. He was careful to use surnames, for everyone. To make it official. He had a serious, professor’s voice, maybe that was it. I have always had a weakness for listening to academic men, for believing what they say. I trained in the art of this at one point.

And so when I heard him say those words, the first thing I did was nod, very quickly,…….

ABOUT AUTHOR MEGAN HUNTER

Megan Hunter was born in Manchester in 1984, and now lives in Cambridgeshire with her young family. She has a BA in English Literature from Sussex University, and an MPhil in English Literature: Criticism and Culture from Jesus College. Her poetry has been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize. She is the author of the dystopian novel The End We Start From.

Bride Squad Runaway Caroline Grace Cassidy and Lisa C. Carey

Bride Squad Runaway by Caroline Grace Cassidy and Lisa C. Carey

PAPERBACK PUBLISHED BY BLACK AND WHITE PUBLISHING

PAPERBACK PUBLISHED 30TH MAY 2019

MY PAPERBACK VERSION ISBN. 9781785302893

Ava O’Hara is finally marrying Simon, the love of her life. The wedding dress is on, the make-up is done, the bridesmaids are ready and the guests are eagerly awaiting her big moment.

Then, as she’s just about to walk down the aisle on what should be the happiest day of her life, she discovers a shocking secret about Simon. In utter disbelief, Ava makes a quick getaway rescued by her loyal Bride Squad.

Bride Squad Runaway is hilarious road trip around Ireland and moving story of love, loss and the importance of best friends.

PART OF CHAPTER 1.

How does my ass look? Ava O’Hara steps out from behind the velvet curtain in her bare feet and pulls herself up onto her tippy toes.

Take a picture from the back of me will you? She says, clasping her hands behind her.

Aucun probleme! No problem! Stefan exhales a sharp breath, his eyes taking all five feet six inches of her. Lifting his flap cap from his knees, he drags it over his black hair and stands up from the footstool he’s perching on. Their eyes lock momentarily, he shifts his gaze, joins his index finger and thumb together.

Look at you. Come on, tres bien. You look beautiful.

Ava smirks a little and deflects from him as she looks away. Stefan, seriously? Seeing myself is bizarre I dunno, it’s like an out-of-body experience. Is this me really standing here looking at this as my reflection? Ava leans closer, peering into the floor to ceiling chrome- framed mirror, her hand slightly shaking.

Oui, he replies quietly.

She thugs the bobbin loose from her low ponytail, her blonde hair tumbles in beach waves down her back.

So long, non? You always wear it up, he says.

ABOUT AUTHOR’S CAROLINE GRACE -CASSIDY AND LISA C. CAREY

Irish writer and actress Caroline Grace-Cassidy is the author of seven novels. She and her husband own Park Pictures, a film and TV production company, for which she has written and directed seven short films. She has been a panellists for The Elaine Show on Virgin Media One since 2021 and a contributor to Woman’s Way, Irish Country and Weekend Magazine. She lives in Dublin with her family.

ABOUT LISA C. CAREY

Lisa C. Carey has been a copywriter, creative director, celebrity handler, screenwriter, Eurovision jury member, and Green Card lottery winner. She has also escaped a hurricane, survived earthquakes, dug he way through a glacier, and lived on a remote island in Fiji. Born and raised in Dublin, Lisa lives in Los Angeles with her husband, and son. Bride Squad Runaway is her debut novel.

A Lancashire Lass Libby Ashworth

A LANCASHIRE LASS ( THE MILL TOWN LASS ) BY LIBBY ASHWORTH

PAPERBACK PUBLISHED BY ARROW BOOKS 6Th AUGUST 2020

LANCASHIRE, 1832

Maids Hannah and Mary finds themselves with no jobs and no home when their employer, Henry Sudell, loses all his money and disappears in the middle of the night, leaving them with no choice but to return to Blackburn. Hannah is lucky enough to be taken in by her sister Jennet and brother-in- law Titus, but Mary must seek lodgings in the infamous star beerhouse.

With no support for the working class and an influx of workers from the countryside, jobs are scarce, and Mary attempts to get her job back as a weaver are in vain. She has little choice but to remain at the beerhouse, forced to risk her reputation and even her life.

In the middle of a cholera outbreak and with political upheaval at its most tense, will Mary ever find a way to recover all she’s lost?

MY REVIEW

Lancashire Lass is a historical saga and the second page turning novel in the inspirational Mill Town Lasses Series. Libby Ashworth books are perfect for fans of Val Wood and Catherine Cookson.

PART OF CHAPTER ONE

Gone? Gone where? asked Hannah.

Sally, the scullery maid, shrugged her shoulders.

I came down to set the fires and get the water on to boil, but Cook never showed up and when I knocked on her door there were nobody there. All the bedrooms are empty. Upstairs and down.

Mary hurried in, pushing her hair into her cap.

What’s to do? She asked when she saw their faces.

Sal says everyone’s gone.

Don’t ever daft, said Mary, glancing at the row of bells high on the wall as if she expected them all to start tinkling at any moment. We’d best get started on making some tea and toast before MrsSlater gives us a telling off. I’ll scramble the eggs. She reached for a dish and the bowl of eggs and began to break them one by one, whisking as she went.

Sal says the family’s all disappeared as well said Hannah, reaching out to stay Mary’s hand as she picked up another egg.

ABOUT AUTHOR LIBBY ASHWORTH

Libby Ashworth writes sagas set in Lancashire in England where she was born and brought up. 

Libby still lives in Lancashire and is passionate about its history. She can trace her direct ancestors back to the village of Whalley in the Middle Ages. Many of her ancestors worked in the cotton industry – first as home-based spinners and hand loom weavers, and later in the mills of Blackburn. It is their lives Libby has drawn on to tell her stories.

Libby also writes historical fiction under the name Elizabeth Ashworth.
http://www.elizabethashworth.com

BOY PARTS ELIZA CLARK

BOY PARTS BY LIZA CLARK

PAPERBACK PUBLISHED BY IFLUX PRESS 23RD JULY 2020

ISBN 9781910312636

Irina obsessively takes explicit photographs of the average looking men she persuades to model for her, scouted from the streets of Newcastle.

Placed on sabbatical from her dead end bar job, she is offered an exhibition at a fashionable London gallery, promising to revive her career in the art world and offering escape from her rut of drugs, alcohol, and extreme cinema. The news triggers a self destructive tailspin, centred around Irina’s relationship with her obsessive best friend, and a shy young man from her local supermarket who has attracted her attention.

Boy Parts is the incendiary debut novel from Eliza Clark, a pitch black comedy both shocking and hilarious, fearlessly exploring the taboo regions of sexuality and gender roles in the twenty-first century.

Part of page 14

That my older boy. That’s Dean, you stupid bitch, that’s my older boy’s passport. Daniel is six. I’ll call the fucking police if you don’t take that down.

I’d scouted him on the bus and suspected he may have been in sixth form. He’d be wearing a suit. He must go to one of those colleges with an office dress code, but you couldn’t expect me to know that just from looking at him. I’ve seen blokes in their thirties who look twelve. That’s why I ID. That’s why I keep records.

Plus, no court could possibly convict me. The similarity between the brothers is so remarkable that only a mother could really split hairs over that passport photo. I can’t imagine a jury taking against me either, people always conflate beauty with goodness. I’m more Mae West than Rose. I can just cry a bit, talk like I’m daft, tease my hair up like a televangelist the higher the hair, the closer to God, you know?

Well Daniel lied to me and brought false ID. And I took these on a school day, so maybe keep a closer eye on him? I boot the backend of my website in front of her ( which takes for ages on mobile) and delete every single photo of him from my main portfolio. Gone.

I want to see a manager.

Hello, I gesture to myself.

I want to see your manager, then.

It’s just me in.

Right she says. Well then. She just stands there and glares at me. I come out from behind the bar, with the intention of opening the door for her, then she hits me. Like, hard.

ABOUT AUTHOR ELIZA CLARK

The Cleaner Mark Dawson

THE CLEANER BY MARK DAWSON

PAPERBACK PUBLISHED BY WELBECK PUBLISHING

M16 Created him. Now they want him dead.

John Milton is the man the government call when they want a problem to vanish.

But what happens when he’s the one who needs to disappear?

The cleaner is for fans of Jack Reacher.

Part Of Chapter 1

Control squinted through the windscreen of the Jaguar XJS as he pulled into the empty fast lane and accelerated past a lumbering articulated lorry. The sky had been a bloody crimson last night, and when the sun returned in the morning, it had risen into a clear, untrammelled blue sky. There was the heat and light in those early rays, and he angled the blind to shade his eyes. The radio was turned to the Today programme and the forecaster predicted a week of searing heat. The seven o’clock news follow the weather the lead item was the shooting of two tourists and a policeman in the French Alps. The victims had been identified, but as yet, a motive for the killings had not been found. It was senseless, a French policeman concluded.

That, Control thought, was not true. It was far from senseless. The operation had been the result of a long and meticulous planning, six months spent cultivating the targets and gaining their trust and then weeks settling up the meeting. The objective had been successfully achieved, but it had not been clean. There were two errors that would need careful handling, errors that had raised doubts over the performance of the man who had carried out the operation.

The fact that it was Number One was troubling.

It had been Control’s operation. He knew the targets intimately. Yehya al Moussa had been an atomic research scientist. Sameera Najeeb was an expert in microwave technology. They were married, until recently, both had been in the employ of the Iraq Atomic Energy Agency. Following the fall of Saddam, they had been recruited by the Iranians, and with their help, the Ahmadinejad regime had made progress towards its goal of becoming a nuclear power. A decision had been made, somewhere in M16, that the couple was too dangerous to live.

ABOUT AUTHOR MARK DAWSON

Mark Dawson is the best selling author of the Beatrix Rose, Isabella Rose and John Milton series, and has sold over 3 million books. He lives in Wiltshire with his family and can be reached at http://www.markjdawson.com

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The Move Felicity Everett

THE MOVE BY FELICITY EVERETT

PAPERBACK PUBLISHED BY HQ 26TH DECEMBER 2019

CAN YOU EVER REALLY START AGAIN ?

Karen has packed up her life and is making The Move. She’s on her way to the idyllic country cottage which her husband has painstakingly renovated for her. They’re escaping the London bustle and the daily grind. And they’re escaping their past.

A fresh start in a beautiful, peaceful village. It will be different here, right?

But something is awry. The landscape, breathtaking by day, is eerie by night. The longed-for peace and solitude is stifling.  And the house, so artfully put together by her husband, has a strange vibe. Now that Karen is cut off from her old friends and family, she can’t help wondering if her husband has plans of his own, and that history might be repeating itself.

My review

I love reading about husband and wife fictional stories. I was keen to find out how Karen and her husband’s new house, with new friends and basically a new life would plan out. Here in this part of chapter it look like the husband Nick is taking on task of doing the house up they have just moved in to, without including his wife, Karen.

Wow !

I had only seen the cottage once for half an hour after the vendor had moved out, leaving the ghostly silhouette of her mock regency furniture on her walls that needed a lick of paint. They had a lick of paint and more. Oak floorboards gleamed in the lamplight. Fat church candles flickered on the deep sills of the curtain less windows. Familiar items of furniture mingled with the new ones I didn’t recognise. The place looked like a photo shoot for Ideal Home.

‘ You’ve been busy’, I said.

‘ I wanted it to be nice for you. You don’t mind that I chose those things without you, do you ?’

He stooped slightly and looked straight into my eyes.

I shock my head with an amused grimace. Why should I mind about that ? For the past four months, I had barely been able to choose which clothes to wear, what meal to eat, what TV channel to watch. I don’t think I was going to have a hissy fit about whether he’d gone for Buttermilk or Dimity on the skirting boards.

‘That’s lovely, ‘ I said, nodding towards a scuffed leather armchair.

‘Local antique shop, ‘ Nick said smugly, ‘ it’s the real deal, not one of those reproduction ones. Would have cost twice as much in Shoreditch.’ I had to suppress a smile at my alpha male husband’s unexpected knack for home making. He had even had the rug cleaned. Or perhaps it just looked better in front of the rustic wood burning stove than it ever had besides our ugly Victorian fireplace at home. I needed to stop calling Trenchard Street home. This was home now.

I would like to thank HQ for sending me a proof copy to read and review.

ABOUT AUTHOR FELICITY EVERETT

Felicity Everett grew up in Manchester and studied English Literature at Sussex University. She worked in children’s publishing in London, whilst raising a family and is the author of more than twenty works of children’s fiction and non-fiction. After a short career break, Felicity returned to writing full-time and in 2011 published her debut novel, The Story of Us, a funny and touching account of the friendships forged between five women at University in the 1980s. Her second novel, The People at Number 9, published in April 2017, is a dark satire on sex, envy and betrayal in the suburbs. Felicity has recently returned from a few years living in Melbourne, with her husband and now lives in Gloucestershire. Her latest book, The Move, published in January 2020, is out in paperback this August. It’s a gothic tale of marriage and mental instability set in the dark heart of the countryside. You can follow Felicity @ittymay on Twitter and on Facebook, 
at Felicity Everett – Author.

The Silent Stars Go By Sally Nicholls

THE SILENT STARS GO BY: SALLY NICHOLLS

HARDBACK PUBLISHED BY ANDERSON PRESS 5th November 2020

Three years ago, Margot’s was turned upside down when her fiancée Harry, went missing in action on the Western Front. Worse she was left with a devastating secret which threatened to ruin her life and destroy the reputation of her family. As a respectable vicar’s daughter, Margot has to guard that secret with great care ever since, no matter how much pain it causes her.

Now it’s Christmas 1919, and Margot’s family is gathering back home in the vicarage for the first time since the end of the Great War. And miraculously Harry has returned, hoping to see Margot and rekindle their romance. Can Margot ever reveal the shocking truth to the only man she has ever loved?

My review

The Silent Stars Go By is a lovely story. My heart went out to Harry Ginger, when writes this lovely letter to Margot, thinking everything is his fault somehow, in reality it shows he really does love Margot deep down. But Margot is keeping a secret and one way or another she is going to have to face it, and I believe that she should tell Harry her secret.

Crowhurst Farm

Crowhurst

North Yorkshire

9th December 1949

Dear Margot,

I do not wish to be a milestone round your neck, and if you would rather have nothing more to do with me, I won’t be such an ass as to insist that you uphold your promise or anything beastly like that. But I think it only to polite to inform you that I shall be coming home for Christmas and we are likely in the unusual run of things to find ourselves somewhat in one another’s pockets.

We may no longer be lovers, but I would hate to think we were ever anything but friends. I cannot claim to understand why you chose to ignore my previous communications, but I trust that you have your reasons. I must say, I think you might have the decency to tell me what they are. If you have heard any ill of me, please allow me the chance to explain myself. Though I can’t imagine what the devil it is you might have heard.

I remain your most obedient etc ( truly, Margot, I do).

Harry Ginger

ABOUT AUTHOR SALLY NICHOLLS

Sally Nicholls grew in Stockton on-Tees, and after she left school she travelled the world, working for a period at a Red Cross Hosptial In Japan. Sally’s first novel, Ways to Live Forever, won the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize and she has been shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal, Costa Children’s Book Award, YA Book Prize and Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize. She lives in Oxford.

The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic Sophie Kinsella

The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic By Sophie Kinsella

Paperback published by Black Swan 19th January 2012

My paperback edition ISBN 9780552778329

All she ever wanted was a little credit….

Meet Rebecca Bloomwood.

She has a great flat, a fabulous wardrobe full of the season’s must-haves, and a job telling other people how to manage their money. She spends her leisure time shopping.

Retail therapy is the answer to all her problems. She knows she should stop, but she can’t. She tries Cutting Back, she tries Making More Money. But neither seem to work. The letters from the bank are getting harder to ignore.

Can Becky ever escape from this dreamworld, find true love, and regain the use of her credit card?

MY REVIEW

This is my second time I have read The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic, the first time was when it first was published, and then as I loved it so much I asked for it for Mothers Day, which I have only just recently read it again. The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic is the first book, where it all began from here for Sophie Kinsella having more books published all about Rebecca Bloomwood .

I found this book is a very laugh out loud! I loved the letters so much the bank sends Rebecca, with all her funny excuses in why she can’t pay her bank overdraft.

I honestly recommend any of Sophie Kinsella.’s books.

MY FAVOURITE LETTERS SENT TO REBECCA BLOOMWOOD BY ENDWICH BANK.

Endwich Bank

FULHAM BRANCH

3 Fulham Road

London SW6 9JH

Ms Rebecca Bloomwood

Flat 2

4 Burney Road

London SW6 8FD

Dear Ms Bloomwood

I am sorry to hear that you have glandular fever.

When you have recovered, perhaps you would be kind enough to ring my assistant Erica Parnell and arrange a meeting to discuss your situation.

Yours sincerely

Derek Smeath

Manager

ENDWICH – BECAUSE WE CARE

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LETTER TWO ( that I laughed out loud! )

Endwich Bank

FULHAM BRANCH

3 Fulham Road

London SW6 9JH

Ms Rebecca Bloomwood

Flat 2

4 Burney Road

London SW6 8FD

Dear Ms Bloomwood

I am sorry to hear that you have broken your leg.

When you have recovered, perhaps you would be kind enough to ring my assistant Eric Parnell and arrange a meeting to discuss your ongoing overdraft needs.

Yours sincerely

Derek Smeath

Manger

ENDWICH – BECAUSE WE CARE

ABOUT AUTHOR SOPHIE KINSELLA

Sophie Kinsella is a writer and former financial journalist. She is the number one bestselling author of Can You Keep a Secret?, The Undomestic Goddess, Remember Me?, Twenties Girl, I’ve Got Your Number, Wedding Night, My Not So Perfect Life, Surprise Me, the hugely popular Shopaholic novels and the Young Adult novel Finding Audrey. She lives in the UK with her husband and family. She is also the author of the children’s series Mummy Fairy and Me / Fairy Mom and Me, and several bestselling novels under the name of Madeleine Wickham. Visit her website at http://www.sophiekinsella.co.uk

Santa Post Emma Yarlett

SANTA POST BY EMMA YARLETT

HARDBACK PUBLISHED BY WALKER BOOKS 5th November 2020

HELP ! It’s a CHRISTMAS EMERGENCY !

I’ve just received some SANTA POST from a little girl called Amy, but I can’t work out what she wants for CHRISTMAS !

Will you ( YES You !!! ) help me open the presents and find the right one in time for CHRISTMAS EVE…?

Love from

SANTA

X

MY REVIEW

Emma Yarlett is an award winning illustrator author and that’s very easy to find out why. I know this book is for children, but adults like me will fall in love with SANTA POST, after all it’s a magical time of year!

SANTA POST is full of fun with humours letters.

Inside this book has the wonderful illustrations with big beautiful flaps to lift up and read with all shapes and sizes of different colours type of flaps.

With Santa not being able to read Amy’s Christmas wish, what did Santa give Amy for Christmas? Santa’s elves and all the reindeer’s play their special part within this gorgeous books. SANTA POST is the most exciting Christmas stocking filler, I jut know children are going to love this book. SANTA POST hardback book it one to treasure and keep.

ABOUT AUTHOR EMMA YARLETT

Emma Yarlett graduated from University College Falmouth in 2011. She is the creator of Nibbles the Book Monster, Orion and the Dark and Sidney, Stella and the Moon. She has also created animation artwork for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize. She is the winner of the English Association Picture Book Prize. Her first book for Walker was Dragon Post. Emma lives in Cornwall.

Nightshade Anthony Horowitz 

     





HARDBACK AND PAPERBACK PUBLISHED BY WALKER 2ND APRIL 2020 

HARDBACK ISBN 9781406389296 


When a secret agent is ruthlessly killed in Brazil, Alex Rider is sent to infiltrate a deadly organization know as only Nightshade. But as he gets closer to the truth, M16 is suddenly shut down and the fate of an entire city now rests in Alex’s hands. 

NIGHTSHADE IS COMING AND ALEX IS ALONE 


My Review 


As a big fan of Alex Rider that’s why i just had to read Nightshade book 13. I have read many Alex Rider books and watched the TV series. In my view there’s always something for the future Alex Rider can do for many more books skit it become book 14 and for many TV series’s to come. Nightshade is easy to follow with the loveable Alex Rider’s mission, with plentiful of action in Nightshade, that makes it a perfect present for teenagers or even an adult. Nightshade doesn’t hold back right from prologue, it me kept me glued making it become urgent to find out more about Alex’s mission. What I like about the Alex Rider books is that he is a young smart and clever and there’s nothing he can’t accomplish. Alex is just like younger version of James Bond. The author has cleverly written all books with Alex Rider to become quite addictive for anyone of any age, needing the whole set of the other 12. At this time of year all Alex Rider books by walker books are the perfect Christmas present for any children/ teenager or adults. I would like to thank Walker Books for sending me my favourite authors book to read and review.


 The other Alex Rider in the series 


Stormbreaker 


Point Blank 


Skeleton 


Key Eagle Strike 


Scorpio 


Ark Angle 


SnakeHead


 Scorpia 


Rising Russian Roulette 


Never Say Die 


Secret Weapon 


Nightshade 




Part of the prologue The British Airways Airbus A318 had been kept in a holding pattern before it landed at Heathrow. Looking out of the window, Alex Rider watched the familiar landmark slide beneath him for a third time. There was the River Thames, snaking it’s way past Slough and Maidenhead. Then Windsor Castle, built in the eleventh century and now home to the Queen, visible for miles around. In the distance, he could see the first high-rise apartments springing up around the edge of London. 





He glanced at Jack Starbright who was dosing in the seat next to him. The two of them were on their way back from a long weekend in Amsterdam a treat they had promised themselves ever since they had returned from Smoke City, the industrial compound in Wales where Alex had come face to face with the Grimaldi brothers, the last two survivors of the Griminal organization known as Scorpia. The Grimaldis had been planning the kidnap of the century, code name Steel Claw, and would have succeeded if Alex hadn’t stumbled across their path. But it had been a close thing. Alex still woke up at night remembering the huge steam train that had come blasting through the night, chasing him as he made for the single tunnel that provided the only means of escape. 


ABOUT AUTHOR ANTHONY HOROWITZ 






 Anthony Horowitz is the author of the number one bestselling Alex Rider books and the Power of Five series. He enjoys huge international acclaim as a writer for both children and adults. After the success of his first James Bond novel, Trigger Mortis, he was invited back by the Ian Fleming Estate to write a second, Forever and a Day. His latest crime novel, The Sentence is Death, featuring Detective Daniel Hawthorn, was a best seller. Anthony has won numerous awards, including the Bookseller Association/Nielsen Author of the Year Award, the Children’s Book of the Year Award at the British Book Awards, and the Red House Children’s Book Award. He has also created and written many major television series, including Collision, New Blood and the BAFTA winning Foyle’s war. He lives in London with his wife, two sons and his dog, Boss. You can find out more about Anthony and his work at http://www.alexrider.com @AnthonyHorowitz