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Friday, 22 August 2014

Looking for Lucy Jo


Looking for Lucy Jo
Series: The Morgan Sisters
Release Date: September 20th
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy

It's their first Christmas since entering the Praxos Academy and 16-year-old sisters Lana Beth and Emma Jane Morgan are looking forward to some serious R&R. But when their little sister mysteriously disappears from her bed on Christmas Eve, all thoughts of fun disappear with her. Emma and Lana must do everything in their power to locate her and bring her home safely. Easier said than done, they are forced to go on yet another journey, this time taking them out to the murky depths of the North Sea as well as to the far reaches of southern Portugal.

Cover Designer: Ravven.



About the author
Although Suzy is a Yorkshire lass at heart, she left her home town of Rotherham, UK, to move to Portugal with her family when she was ten. The Algarve continues to be her home, where she lives with her childhood sweetheart, Michael, two neurotic dogs and a cat who thinks she's a princess.
Shortly after completing her studies, Suzy was offered the position of trainee journalist for a local English newspaper. Her love of writing developed and a few years later she moved on to become assistant editor for the region's largest English language publisher. Since then she has also worked as the editor of one of the Algarve's most loved monthly lifestyle magazines. Early in 2010 however, Suzy began working as a full time author. She has since written several books: Raven, December Moon, The Lost Soul (The Raven Saga), Daisy Madigan's Paradise, The Ghost of Josiah Grimshaw, The Temporal Stone (The Morgan Sisters) and Forever Fredless.



Previous books in the series:



The Ghost of Josiah Grimshaw
Adopted sisters Lana Beth and Emma Jane are polar opposites, but when the same strange 'tattoo' suddenly appears and winds its way up their bodies within days of each other, they soon realize there's more to their relationship than they could ever have imagined.
Sent off to London for two weeks of 'work experience', the Morgan Sisters soon find themselves being initiated into the ancient Praxos Foundation, one that protects the innocent while fighting evil, both human and supernatural.
At the same time, Lana Beth and Emma Jane must also investigate why the sweet but sometimes pesky ghost of Josiah Grimshaw just won't leave them alone.

What people are saying about The Ghost of Josiah Grimshaw
"I would go so far as to say that this book could be the beginnings of a series as good as those by J.K. Rowling!"

"This book is a great start to a potentially brilliant series"

"I loved the bad guys, the graveyard antics, the talking dead, the superpowers of the kick-a** ninja chicks, and the rite of initiation the sisters go through"





Daisy Madigan's Paradise (a novella)
When tragedy falls upon 15 year old Daisy Madigan, she escapes to the only place she feels safe, the cemetery of Abney Park. There, in the company of the dearly departed, she realizes she is changing, growing stronger and faster by the day. But in the darkness lurks a terror even she can't imagine facing.

What people are saying about Daisy Madigan's Paradise

"Wonderful addition to the Morgan Sisters series! I might suggest reading The Ghost of Josiah Grimshaw first, but this should stand on its own even if you haven't. Such a lovely, well written story - I highly recommend it and all of her books."

"A fantastically evocative YA novella perfect for both younger and older teens."





The Temporal Stone
It's been a couple of months since Emma and Lana entered the Praxos Academy and life has been hectic ever since. What with regular A level classes combined with learning all about the supernatural world, control classes, self defence and fight night, the girls are constantly busy.
But when their world seems to stop right in front of them, they and their fellow Watchers, have a huge mystery to solve. A mystery which will lead them on a long road trip across south west England where they will meet all kinds of strange creatures, some intent on causing harm and others desperate to put a stop to the problem.

What people are saying about The Temporal Stone

"Suzy has done it again! Her books get better and better.... this had me gripped from the start!"

"Another great read, this is the third Morgan Sisters book I have read and I loved them all. Can't wait for more."




Thursday, 21 August 2014

Night Watcher - What Readers are Saying!


Are you being watched?

These are excerpts from some of my Amazon reviews, I thought you might like to take a look. The book page, where you will find all the reviews listed, is on Amazon.co.uk, click the link to view them.

Here are the reviews:

Night watcher is the sort of novel that keeps the reader glued to its pages,frantically guessing as the plot takes numerous twists and turns. There is a terrific sense of place as well; the atmosphere within the Dundee store becomes almost claustrophobic especially when the night watcher of the title is around. A great read from a writer who knows how to set the pace very well.
Alex Gray – crime writer


How fabulous to read a book from a crime writer who is new to me. I absolutely loved this book and couldn't put it down. It's creepy, page-turning and completely believable right to the very last page. Can't wait to read another by this author.
Chick-It lover


Another fantastic read in Chris Longmuir's The Dundee Series of thriller, suspense novels. Once again, on the edge of my seat all the way through, eager to turn the page yet disappointed when it came to an end. And what an end it is! Massive WOW factor! Hugely recommended.
Kathryn Brown


At first I wasn't sure I was going to enjoy this novel and it took me a while to get into the storyline. However I then became hooked! Another fabulous book by Chris Longmuir.
Amanda Mccosh


This story moves along at a great pace and as a Dundonian the setting makes it all the more enjoyable however you don't need to live in Dundee to enjoy this or other books in the series. Great characters and plot make this well worth reading.
Linsey Roddy


Having read Chris' s first crime novel , couldn't wait for next! Very good storyline and I had to keep reading. Am now waiting for next book and wondering if we'll meet the watcher again. Well worth the read. Also her historical novel A salt splashed cradle is another extremely good read.
Sheila H


This was read in two sittings. This author has the ability to draw her reader right in to the plot, and to identify with her characters. The plot weaves through the book and guesses at the culprit are never certain as so much happens to make one rethink. Chris Longmuir is a skilled writer who makes the reader part of the plot by her descriptions of both character and place.
I would recommend this book to any reader who enjoys engaging in detecting crime.
I cannot wait to read more from this author
Donna


There are loads more reviews – 23 five-star ones, 3 four-star ones, and only 1 two-star review, which I think is pretty good going. And before you ask – no, they’re not all my relatives, and the majority of them are unknow to me, which makes the good reviews all the better. So, I want to thank every reader who left a review, it’s the best thing you can do to support an author whose books you like.

Check out all the reviews here at Amazon.co.uk

Chris Longmuir


Amazon author page - Amazon


Wednesday, 20 August 2014

I Never Win Anything





I was gobsmacked to discover that FLY OR FALL has been picked as a finalist in the fiction section of the Book Goodies Cover Contest. It’s true that I did go in for it, but I never win anything, so never imagined I’d get this far. What happens next depends on the public – or more specifically, the ‘online’ community.

If you feel like voting for me (leave a comment of 3+ words) this link takes you directly there. http://bookgoodies.com/cover-contest-fly-or-fall-by-gilli-allan/

If you want to compare and contrast, just click on Book Cover Contest on the bar above to see all the other finalists.


My thanks go to Cathy Helms at Avalon Graphics for her help in producing the print friendly version pictured at Book Goodies.

Find out more about Gilli at...
http://gilliallan.blogspot.com

Monday, 18 August 2014

TAKE A BOOK TO THE BEACH



If you’re packing for your holidays don’t forget to include your summer reading. There’s a great selection to choose from on the Famous Five website. Or, if you haven’t got a holiday planned, why not download one of my novels and travel to the highlands of Scotland and the Norfolk marshes with my engaging characters.



ABOUT MY NOVELS



TALL, DARK and KILTED will transport you to the highlands of Scotland where you’ll encounter a sexy, troubled laird - Ruairi Urquhart - and my feisty heroine Fliss. You’ll fall in love all over again as you live their story with them. Can Fliss convince Ruairi that she has no ulterior motives in opening a beauty therapy centre on his estate? Can she overcome the scheming machinations of his two spoiled half-sisters? The hero is the starting place for my novels and if I don’t get him exactly right then the novel doesn’t take off. Believe me, it wasn’t easy saying goodbye to Fliss, the gorgeous laird of Kinloch Mara and all the characters I created, but I had to do it!





BOOT CAMP BRIDE will mean you leaving the highlands of Scotland behind for the haunting marshes of North West Norfolk. Quite a contrast, you might think.  However, the hero I’ve created - Rafael Fonseca-Ffinch - is anything but flat or dull. He’s survived a kidnap attempt in the rain forests of Columbia and thinks life has thrown him every curve ball possible. But he’s WRONG. He meets boisterous, opinionated Charlee Montague, they go on a dangerous undercover mission together and their lives change – for the better. Do they find true love and have a happy ending in this novel? Read Boot Camp Bride and find out. An added advantage when writing this novel is that I got to travel (in my head) along with Rafa and Charlee in their vintage VW Camper van. I’d quite like one myself, if I had £25,000 to spare!



I am currently 63,000 words into my next romantic comedy, but I’m going to tease you and not reveal the title – yet. Suffice to say that in #3 you’ll be travelling with me to the west coast of Scotland where you’ll meet my new hero – BRODIE – an American who’s arrived on remote Eilean na Sgairbh (Cormorant Island) in search of his Celtic roots. But he’s not all that he seems. Intrigued? So is my heroine Ishabel Stuart who finds herself attracted to Brodie but can’t quite bring herself to trust him.  Honestly, the hoops I make my poor characters jump through!
So, dear readers, have a fabulous summer holiday and – if you do go to the beach, take one of my novels with you. They’re available as a paperback or kindle download.  But don’t spill the suntan lotion or pina colada as you turn the pages, will you?


As for me - I’m off to the Isle of Wight to spend two weeks in splendid isolation on in order to get the first draft of #3 finished. I might emerge for the odd cream tea or fish and chip supper eaten on Ventnor seafront, though. So if you see me, tell me to get back indoors and get on with the writing, the clock’s a-ticking!




Boot Camp Bride - Romance and Intrigue on the Norfolk marshes - November 2013

Tall, Dark and Kilted - Notting Hill Meets Monarch of the Glen - 2012

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Saturday, 16 August 2014

HUG A BOOK with The Death Game by Chris Longmuir



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It’s HUG A BOOK and this weekend it’s with Chris Longmuir

And

 The Death Game




Meet Chris



Chris is an award winning novelist and has published three novels in her Dundee Crime Series. Night Watcher, the first book in the series, won the Scottish Association of Writers’ Pitlochry Award, and the sequel, Dead Wood, won the Dundee International Book Prize, as well as the Pitlochry Award. Missing Believed Dead is the third book in the series.

Chris has recently published a non-fiction book entitled Crime Fiction and the Indie Contribution, as well as the first book in a new series set just after the First World War. This series features Kirsty Campbell, Dundee’s first policewoman,

Her crime novels are set in Dundee, Scotland, and have been described as scary, atmospheric, page turners. Chris also writes historical sagas, short stories and historical articles which have been published in America and Britain. Writing is like an addiction to me, Chris says, I go into withdrawals without it. She is currently working on a new Kirsty Campbell novel.

Chris lives in the seaside town of Montrose which is 30 miles north of Dundee. She is an Open University graduate and has a qualification in criminology. She retired early from a social work career in order to concentrate on her writing, but she has also worked in a variety of jobs including, shops, offices, factories, and was even a bus conductress for a time.

Chris is a member of the Society of Authors, the Crime Writers Association and the Scottish Association of Writers. She designed her own website and confesses to being a techno-geek who builds computers in her spare time.


Details of The Death Game



Kirsty Campbell, former suffragette and a policewoman in Britain’s newly formed women’s police service, returns to her home town of Dundee to become the city’s first policewoman. Her struggle for acceptance in the all male police force is not easy, and she fights for recognition. But Kirsty is not easily intimidated and, despite police attempts to curtail her activities, she defies her superior officer to pursue an investigation into a murder which is linked to missing orphan girls.

Kirsty is an unusual character with a fascinating history and background. She has demons of her own to fight, as well as becoming involved in a deadly game of sacrifice and death? But how will she cope when the sins of the past come back to haunt her?

This book was inspired by Mrs Jean Forsyth Thomson, Dundee’s first policewoman who worked in the city from 1919 to 1921. However, Kirsty Campbell is not modelled on Mrs Thomson and is a completely fictitious character.





Available for Kindle & paperback



Excerpt



Prologue of The Death Game

Friday, 31 October 1919
She presses herself into the wall when she hears the scrape of the key in the lock. Which one will it be? And which game will she have to play.
So many men. So many games. She does not want to play their games, but she has to. She has to show them whatever they want. Fear. Sorrow. Anger. Gratitude. And above all she has to show them how much pleasure they give her.
The door opens, and light spills into the dark, windowless room. Her ankle chain clinks as she tries to push herself even further into the wall. The silhouetted shape moves towards her, and she clutches her arms around her body in an attempt to protect herself. All the time knowing she will have to do whatever he asks.
The shape reaches her and sits on the edge of her bed. He turns to face her, so his face is faintly illuminated.
‘Oh, it’s you.’ She sighs with relief.
 ‘Yes, child. I have come to take you away, but we must be quiet.’
 ‘I can’t go,’ she says.
 ‘Why not?’
‘Because if I go they will make Cissy take my place.’
‘I have arranged for Cissy to come as well. No one will be able to hurt her, and you will not have to do this anymore.’
‘Where will we go? We have nowhere but here.’
‘Trust me. I have it all arranged. You will both be safe and no one will be able to hurt you again.’
She feels the chain fall from her leg when he unlocks it. Standing up, she takes the hand held out to her.
She hesitates before walking through the door. ‘You are sure we will be safe?’ A trace of fear sounds in her voice. ‘They won’t be able to come after us and make me play the games again?’
‘Of course you will be safe. There is nothing for you to be afraid of. But we have to be quiet, and you have to be brave.
Think of this as another game. The biggest game of all.’



Chris’s Links
Ebook: Amazon.co.uk
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Ebook: Smashwords

Paperback: Amazon.co.uk
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Friday, 15 August 2014

Getting my Mojo Back

Author, Suzy Turner

I lost my writing mojo earlier this summer. I just couldn't find myself in the right frame of mind to sit down and get any work done. As you can imagine, it was incredibly frustrating. I know I had been busy with the movie I was making but that was no excuse. The filming had wrapped and the hard work was now in the hands of the editor. I, on the other hand, had all this free time to finally do what I usually love to do: write.



But it just wouldn't come. And I just couldn't be bothered. That's when my gorgeous husband and I finally decided to build a summer house in the back garden. It would be my writing retreat. I don't know why but I just had the feeling that I'd be able to write again when it was finished. 



So we built it and we decorated it in a beach house style and then, the piece de resistance - a desk! Michael created it using old scraps of wood he'd kept over the years and I can honestly say I cried when he revealed it to me. It was the most beautiful desk I'd ever seen.

The next day, I took my Mac in there and sat down, put on some tunes and wrote... and wrote... and wrote! I was absolutely delighted. I'd got my mojo back and it was all down to this fabulous little wooden house in our back garden.




I've since completed the first draft of my next book (Looking for Lucy Jo, a Morgan Sisters novel) and am about to start writing my next chick lit novel too. Clearly, I'm over the moon! 



Not just that but we also use the summer house as a chill out place after dinner. We take over a pot of tea (I'm into eucalyptus at the moment), listen to some jazz or some country music and just relax. And we absolutely love it!

Find out more about Suzy Turner at...
http://www.suzyturner.com/



Thursday, 14 August 2014

Chill Out with a Great Read!

PaulineBarclay shares more great reads to keep you cool during the hot summer….




Having read Ms Longmuir's Dundee crime series, I couldn't wait to read this brand new series. What a fabulous read. Set in 1919 in London then Dundee you will walk in the foot steps of Kirsty Campbell. I feel that I have travelled the streets of Dundee and felt the humiliation of being a woman in a man's world. Twists and turns aplenty so if you love murder, thriller, this book is for you.






Suzy Turner's debut novel, RAVEN, is written for teens and YA and is a fantasy read. Sadly, I'm a long way from being a teen these days, but I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. If you are a YA reader who love fantasy, RAVEN will not disappoint, but you might think twice about walking into the forest alone!






From the moment I downloaded this book, I could not put it down. Leave of Absence is beautifully written. The characters are real and you feel their deep pain, their heartbreak and their struggle, but importantly you feel their hope. I loved this book and it deserves all of its 5 stars and more if there were available. I look forward to reading more from this talented author.





Foxden Acres is not only well written, but a beautiful story. Set during the second World War it brings to life changes that affected everyone during those terrible times, be they living in the cities or the country.

All of the above books are available at every Amazon site!




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