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Friday, 31 January 2014

Review Excerpts for A Salt Splashed Cradle by Chris Longmuir



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:

The narrative stayed with me constantly while I was reading this - I could not wait to return to engage again with the characters. They are drawn so well by Chris Longmuir that one can see, and hear, them while reading. Belle's decisions and actions reflect the time and place, and yet can be related to modern times.
I could not stop reading this..................and yet was sorry I had finished. I hope fervently that the author returns to Belle and writes a sequel to let us now what happens to her.
I would recommend this to any reader.
Donna




thoroughly enjoyed this book, more so because of the local author. thoroughly enjoyable read. kept me enchanted to the very end.
Joyce Petrie


This was another great book from Chris. Very different from her other books but just as enjoyable. Can't wait for the next one.
C. Reid








Loved this book - swept me away to another time and place full of fresh air and the smell of fish!! Well researched, interesting characters and compelling plot. Not typical of Chris Longmuir's portfolio, normally dark crime stories, which I have yet to try, but I will.
Miriam Wakerley





I'm more used to reading Chris Longmuir's excellent crime fiction, so this departure intrigued me. This novel did not disappoint. From the first page, the reader is transported to a Scottish fishing village in the 1830s. With a strong cast of characters, A Salt Splashed Cradle tells a fascinating tale about the detailed everyday life of the fishing community and the impact on that community by the arrival of beautiful, incomer Belle. Although married to one of the young fishermen, Belle is not immune to the attentions of the local Laird's son. Belle is an unusually well rounded character, neither wholly good nor completely bad, and the story of her difficulties in being accepted into her new family ensures an absorbing read.
R. Gemmell


I couldn't resist a novel with such an intriguing title and I enjoyed it. There is some beautiful poetic writing and the complex life of the heroine, Belle, had me gripped from the beginning. She's not my ideal heroine - I liked wee Jeannie, Sarah, and the lovely Jimmy much more - and would love to follow the girls in a sequel, but I finished the novel respecting Belle. Perhaps if there was more of Belle's back-story, more about the truly ghastly minister, one might understand and sympathise with some of Belle's behaviours. The research sits easily - I love a book where I learn something without it being drummed into my head, and Ms Longmuir opened my mind to the truly gruelling life of the fisher folk of Eastern Scotland. Some of the loveliest writing is in the whaling sequences -one can feel the cold - and among the whalers she creates some outstanding characters. What I take to be the true meaning of the sale-spashed cradle of the title had me in tears. I will certainly look out for her next book.
Eileen Ramsay


Set back in the times of a class divided society that is neither fair to the rich or the poor having to do what is expected of them and not what they would choose to do.
This is a fascinating story, with an incredible cast of characters. This is another spellbinding novel from Chris Longmuir.
Nikki Bywater
  
Like Chris's other works, she draws you in to the story from the very beginning. Her characters are real and she makes you care for them. The backdrop of the North Sea and the fishing village clinging to the cliffside are brought to life vividly. You can smell the sea air the narrative is so descriptive.
Melanie King


There are currently fourteen reviews for this book on the Amazon website, eleven of them are 5-star, and the other three are 4-star. Pop over to the Amazon book page to read the others. The link is here for Amazon.co.uk. And I want to thank all the readers who took the time and trouble to leve reviews, it is the best thing you can do to support a writer you like and ensure they keep on writing.

Chris Longmuir


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Thursday, 30 January 2014

So . . . How was it for you?


So . . . How was it for you? Asks author of best seller, Boot Camp Bride.


It’s always a pleasure to receive a review from someone who’s bought, downloaded and read your novel. Most of the reviews I’ve received are balanced and constructive, but you can’t please everyone - and some reviews reflect that. In my opinion, the best reviews are the ones where the reader ‘gets your novel’, falls in love with your hero and roots for your heroine all the way to the final page. So thank you, dear reader, for buying my novels and sharing your views with me.


Here are some reviews for my latest novel: BOOT CAMP BRIDE


·        there's something extra special in Lizzie's books. It was there in "Tall, Dark and Kilted", her previous novel, and it's definitely present and correct in "Boot Camp Bride"
·        Funny, sexy and a good story, with a hint of mystery
·        perfect blend of excitement, romance and humour
·        It's a perfect romance novel for these long dark evenings and has a good mystery tale to carry you along


I really love my sexy heroes and it looks like my readers do, too!


·        I found myself falling for him, just like his leading lady
·        Brave, compassionate, noble and - of course - jaw-droppingly sexy
·        The wonderfully named Rafael Fonseca-Ffinch is a total hunk
·        Ffinch is the alpha male with a chink in his armour so beloved by romance readers
·        he fascinating Rafael is shrouded in mystery
·        (I loved) the mysterious but irresistible Rafael Ffinch


And you can’t beat a feisty, up-for-anything heroine


·        Lizzie writes great heroines
·        Fliss in "Tall, Dark and Kilted" was fun, feisty and realistic
·        In "Boot Camp Bride", the heroine is Charlee (is) the sort of heroine you'd happily hang out with
·        Lizzie has the knack of creating great female protagonists who quickly get the reader onside, cheering them on
·        I loved the Ugly Betty/Bridget Jones style character in Charlee
·        Charlee is just divine - full of fire and fury


I love evocative settings - in Boot Camp Bride it’s the haunting Norfolk Marches


·        fast-talking heroine, a deliciously erudite yet haunted hero, rollicking through all sorts of high jinks in the wilds of North Norfolk
·        Lizzie also uses the locations extremely well and paints them very vividly
·        her descriptions of (the north Norfolk coast) and its windswept marshes and big skies reminded me of this hauntingly beautiful part of the country
·        Lizzie Lamb paints as beguiling a picture of the magical Norfolk marshes, as she did of the Scottish Highlands



And finally . . .


As one reviewer put it . . .

(Boot Camp Bride is) Funny, sexy and a good story, with a hint of mystery. Don't just sit there go out and buy it. You won't be disappointed. 


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Boot Camp Bride - Romance and Intrigue on the Norfolk marshes 

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

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Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Satchfield Hall by Pauline Barclay

Satchfield Hall


Satchfield Hall is not about gentleness, tranquillity and privilege; 
it is about, power, love, lies and in the end revenge.






A compelling read

A Timeless love story

Hooked!

Breath-taking




"I stayed up long into the night to finish Satchfield Hall and closed the book with a satisfied (but tearful) sigh."

"Satchfield Hall by Pauline Barclay is a compelling read, a plot full of twists and endearing characters who will have you gnawing your fingernails and reaching for tissues."

"…the setting of the novel which brings to life the Great Britain of the 1940s, not only in the suffering of its soldiers, but in the struggle of a family and a land to survive their loss."

"This book evokes powerful emotions from the reader."

"There is much shedding of tears in those pages but, my goodness, they are credible tears in the heartbreaking situation in which the leading character finds herself. Beautifully thought through and tenderly written."

"I absolutely devoured this book - it is heart-rendering, full of drama, love, lies and deceit, the story grips you and makes you want to read on…"

"… she really can tell a story and make the characters come alive. I haven't cried in a book so much and so often. This is a must to be added to your TBR pile."




Celia Bryant-Smythe, beautiful and privileged could never have imagined one act would be the catalyst that would destroy so much and so many. But then Celia had no idea how powerful and ruthless her father could be. Instead of expecting a happy union with the man she had fallen in love with, she was banished from Satchfield Hall, her lover sent to the war effort and her child swiftly dealt with. Her mother, Muriel, a gentle lady, terrified of her husband knew she must somehow find the strength to stop him because if not more lives would be lost and destroyed. It was a huge undertaking, but she knew she must do it no matter what the price.


Satchfield Hall is a sweeping saga spanning several decades, readers join Satchfield Hall in 1943 at what will soon be described as The Situation, but it will be 1986 before the real situation ends. What is easily accepted in our society today was not only frowned upon years before, but was almost a crime. Satchfield Hall is an emotional book, a book that demonstrates how power can destroy and how love and family ties will eventually triumph.





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Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Reviewed: Night Watcher by Chris Longmuir



I was really excited to see a review of Night Watcher on the Harrogate Internation Festival book review site ‘You’re Booked’. It was published there on 21 March 2011, and if you want a look click on the site You’re Booked, and it will take you to the page.

Here is the review:-

Night Watcher by Chris Longmuir
Reviewer: Melanie King

Night Watcher is Scottish writer Chris Longmuir’s second published crime novel. Her first, Dead Wood, won the prestigious 2009 Dundee International Book Prize.
Chris makes her home near Dundee and uses the city and crime to create her novels. After a conversation with an agent who told her it was taking him four times longer to sell a manuscript to a publishing house, she took the plunge and decided to self publish this novel as an e-book with Amazon for their Kindle reader. You can buy the novel for yourself here.
While she has written other novels, as yet they remain unpublished.
Julie Chalmers leaves her home in Edinburgh, Scotland after a visit from the police telling her that her estranged husband was found dead in Dundee. Knowing that he left her for another woman, Julie pulls up roots, reverts to her maiden name Forbes, and moves to the city where he died planning on exacting her revenge on the ‘other woman’.
Little does Julie know that the Night Watcher has already arrived in Dundee and his Chosen One is the ‘other woman’.
Nicole’s reputation as a man-eater is well known within the store where she’s slept her way to the top and is currently having an affair with Ken, one of the senior managers.
Julie rents the flat above the one her husband had in the building where he died and puts her plans of revenge on Nicole into action.
Over the years, Nicole has amassed a number of enemies – Harry, the security guard at the store who she belittles at every opportunity, Ken – her lover who she dumps when it becomes clear he’s not about to leave his wife, Scott – her husband who has his own bit on the side who reminds him of Nicole when she was young, before she lost her innocence.
When Nicole thinks she’s being stalked and gifts mysteriously arrive for her – dead birds and animals – and just as mysteriously disappear, her husband doesn’t take her seriously.  He tries to convince her that it’s her imagination. But does he have an ulterior motive?
After Scott has left for Paris on business, Nicole finds his passport and knows he can’t travel abroad without it.
When the police are called in, the head detective on the case doesn’t take Nicole’s accounts of her recent happenings seriously. Only when she ends up dead does he realize he’s made a grave error.
Things get even more complicated when he falls for Julie and they embark on a relationship only to discover that Julie – the estranged wife of the apparent suicide in the building she’s moved into – becomes the next Chosen One.
Even when you think you have it all figured out, Chris throws in one final twist to throw you off. Her descriptive narrative draws you in making the sights, sounds and smells come to life. The dialogue is natural and makes the characters seem like normal folk you would meet on the street or in your local. For anyone who enjoys crime fiction, I highly recommend this as an addition to your must read list.

You can visit Chris’s website at www.chrislongmuir.co.uk
This post was submitted by Melanie King.

It was great to see this review on such a prestigious book review site, and I want to give a special thanks to the reviewer who submitted it.

Chris Longmuir



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Monday, 27 January 2014

Taster: The Traz by Eileen Schuh



A taster from The Traz by Eileen Schuh

"How's my girl with the sunshine curls?" Dave Buckhold asked as he swung Katrina over his head. His young daughter squealed. He hugged her to his chest and her laughter subsided.
"Daddy! Daddy! Give me a kiss!" He nuzzled his lips to her tiny ear and gave her a million kisses. Beyond a doubt, Katrina was his reason for living. He pried her from his neck and set her down. "Where's Mom?"
A scowl replaced her smile. "I don't know."
"What do you mean, you don't know?"
Katrina reached for his hand. "She's somewhere."
Dave picked her up. She was four but so tiny. It was as if he had a toddler in his arms. He headed down the hall, flicking on lights as he went. "Tanesa?" he called. He frowned at his wife curled on the sofa. "Why are you lying here in the dark? You have a child to look after."
Tanesa kept her eyes shut. "She looks after herself fine."
Dave hugged Katrina tighter and cast the woman a long, silent gaze. His wife was nothing like their daughter. She was dark, in both skin tone and mood, and had none of the fine features that defined Katrina. Her straight black hair contrasted with Katrina's amber curls, and Tanesa was tall, matching him in height at five foot ten. At one time, he'd loved both her vulnerability and coarse beauty.
"Aren't you even going to say hi to me?" he eventually asked.
Tanesa slowly opened her eyes. "Hi."
"Katrina's too young to look after herself. Where's supper?"
"Ever since my dad and you bought her that computer…" Tanesa swung her legs over the edge of the couch and stared at her stockinged feet. She wiggled her toes into the thick gold carpet. "All she does is sit and play on the thing. I can only stand watching that for so long. Supper's in the oven." She rose and brushed past them to the kitchen.
"What did you have for lunch?" Dave whispered to Katrina.
"I look after myself fine," the child whispered back. "Don't fight. Please don't fight with Mommy."
Supper started in silence except for the clink of silverware against china. Dave was wiping up the last of his gravy with a bun when the mantle clock struck six o'clock. As the last chime faded, Tanesa spoke. "Dave, you promised me that we'd...."
Katrina pretended not to listen and ran the tines of her fork around her mound of potatoes. The spiralling lines looked magical. She topped her creation with a carrot. Her mother kept talking. "...move down south once Katrina got to school age."
"She's just four," her father growled. "School age isn't until six."
"Four going on thirty-four," Tanesa mumbled, staring out the window. Had there been any sunlight at all, she'd have been able to see a thousand miles of flat white tundra spreading to the horizon. In December, though, there was no sun.

"She's four," Dave insisted louder. "She needs a mother, for Christ's sake."

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Saturday, 25 January 2014

HUG A BOOK with Suzy Turner


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Suzy Turner has worked as a journalist, assistant editor, features editor and magazine editor. Early in 2010 however, she began writing full time and has
since completed six books for young adults (the Raven Saga and The Morgan Sisters series) and one chick lit novel, Forever Fredless.
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 and husband of 15 years, Michael, and their two neurotic dogs and a cat who thinks
she's a princess.



Blurb for Forever Fredless


Kate Robinson has spent the past two decades yearning to find her soul mate, the boy she found and then lost during a family holiday.
Shortly after her twenty-eighth birthday, however, she inherits a fortune from an old family friend and becomes something of an overnight celebrity. Can her new-found fame lead her to him after all this time?


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Excerpt


Forever Fredless

Thank God for anti-perspirant, I thought as I sat on the couch and waited for the countdown to begin. I clutched at my hands until they were white and looked across at the two people sitting opposite, both completely at ease in front of the cameras.
Five, four, three, two, one...
'Welcome back to this morning's edition of Good Morning GB,' announced Ireland Rothschild, the blonde-haired, blue eyed darling of morning TV.
'I'm here with Fergus O'Reilly and we've a special guest with us this morning. None other than Britain's love-struck multi-millionaire, Kate Robinson.
Welcome, Kate,' she said with a dazzling smile aimed more towards the camera than at me.
As my cheeks began to heat up, I was so grateful to the make-up artist, who had insisted on caking on the foundation before the show had started. In fact, I had so much make-up on that I was hoping once I'd removed it, nobody would recognise me when I headed to the airport in my now rather stupidly chosen car. I couldn't exactly blend in driving a pink Mini could I?
'Good morning,' I whispered shyly.
Fergus grinned back at me, tilting his head as if he was about to speak to a child. 'Now, tell us, Kate dear, how does it feel to never have to worry about money ever again?' he asked, his toothpaste advert  teeth twinkling beneath the heat of the studio lights.
'Erm, well, I guess it's... erm, kind of... erm,' I felt so bloody stupid. Great time for my brain to stop working. 'I - erm. Great,' I nodded. 'Great, really great.' Idiot.
Ireland glanced across at her grey-haired colleague and pouted before nodding. 'Tell us how you knew this man. This,' she glanced down at the iPad on her lap and continued, 'Samuel?'
I cleared my throat and lifted my head, feeling like my brain was back in action. 'He was a very good friend of the family, some years ago,' I answered.
'Just a friend? Why did he leave you all his money and his property?' asked Fergus.
'He didn't have any family and I guess you could say that my mother and I were the closest he ever had to a family.'
'Isn't that lovely?' pouted Ireland. 'You certainly are a lucky woman. But what about your mother? Didn't she receive any of his inheritance?'
'No,' I said before swallowing hard. 'My mother lives a rather... nomadic lifestyle, in Africa. She doesn't want any of it. All she asked of me was to donate a sum to charity which, of course, I have done.'
'She lives in Africa? A nomadic lifestyle? That sounds intriguing. Perhaps we should interview her one of these days,' laughed Ireland and Fergus together.
'Have you splashed out on anything since receiving your inheritance back in June?' they asked, leaning forward eagerly awaiting my answer.
'Yes I have actually. I bought a car and a new house.'
'Well good for you, Kate. But now, most of us are curious about this boy you lost. Tell us about him?'
Oh no. Why did I agree to this?
Taking a deep breath, I knew I had no choice. Several articles had been printed since the one in Liberty; everyone wanted to know more and nobody was going to leave me alone until I told them everything.
'He was just a boy who I had a connection with when I was much, much younger. It was at Skegness. At an afternoon disco for kids. I was dancing and I felt someone touch my back and when I turned around there he was.  The most beautiful boy I'd ever seen,' I said, stopping and smiling as I reminisced. ‘It was one of the happiest memories of my life.'
Sighing, I continued, 'We just looked at each other and it was like everything else just disappeared into the background. We stood staring, for what seemed like ages. I could barely move. And then, almost as soon as it had begun, my dad appeared and took me away. I couldn't do anything as we walked to the car. I looked around for the boy but he was gone. And then, just as we were driving away, I turned around in my seat and there he was. He had a daffodil in his hand. I always assumed he'd gone to pick it for me, but that's just a childish fantasy, I guess. The whole thing is probably nothing but a childish fantasy, really.'
Ireland was very carefully dabbing at her eyes with a tissue, pretending to be moved, while Fergus smiled sadly.
'What a beautiful story, Kate. I don't believe for one second that this is a childish fantasy. It's romantic and beautiful,' Ireland said.
'Now, tell us, Kate. Why did you call him Fred?' asked Fergus.
Smiling, I explained about the Right Said Fred song, just as the music began in the background.
'What a wonderful tale. Thank you, Kate, for joining us today. It's been a pleasure having you with us to share your story,' said Fergus.
'Thank you,' I whispered before the camera moved back to Ireland as she straightened her skirt and looked alluring. 'Do you remember this moment in time?'
she asked. 'Are you the elusive Fred? We'd love to hear from you. You can contact us at...'
Before I could hear anything else, I was ushered off the couch and back behind the scenes where Jo stood, waiting patiently for me, with open arms.





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Friday, 24 January 2014

Magnolia House by Pauline Barclay

Magnolia House



A house full of memories

Beautifully written with warmth and understanding

A story with heart......

Lovely, easy to read and heartfelt

Magnolia House - A Must Read!







"…Pauline illustrates how a novel can be a page-turner without having to be action-packed."

"I liked that the ending was not in the slightest bit predictable…"

"A delightful tale of people interconnected with the selling of a house."

"I admit to having a few tears whilst reading this book. It is one I would recommend."

"Magnolia House is a gentle story told with real warmth and understanding of human nature, the good, the bad and the often misunderstood."

"What Pauline has written here is an amazing emotional story wrapped in so much sorrow but with the faintest hint of hope as you turn each page."

"Magnolia House is a beautiful story about families and how one tragedy can set in motion events that will change the lives of those involved in the selling and buying of Jane Leonard’s home."



When tragedy strikes the Leonard family instead of standing together as a united family they are instead bitterly divided. Jane Leonard’s gift, of less than a year earlier, of fifty percent of her house to her only son is now the cause of her imminent homelessness. The home she had not only lived in for five decades, but had conceived and brought her two children into the world and watched them grow, is now the centre of a hostile sale. Magnolia House must now be sold and the proceeds divided.




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Thursday, 23 January 2014

Review of A Salt Splashed Cradle by Chris Longmuir



This review was posted on Eclectic Electric, the Authors Electric book review site, on 28 September 2013. If you would like to view the site, click on Eclectic Electric and it will take you there.

Here is the review:-

A Salt Splashed Cradle by Chris Longmuir

Reviewed by Bill Kirton
Chris Longmuir's books so far have been mysterious, suspenseful stories concerned with some of the darker depths of human nature. So it's surprising to learn that this latest (although it was apparently written before the others) is a romance. But fans won't be disappointed. Yes, it's a romance but the murkier motives and actions are still in evidence.

It's set in a fishing community on Scotland's north-east coast in the 19th century and the author's familiarity with the setting and her research into the customs and attitudes of the time give it genuine authenticity. She's recreated a time and place in which men and women have their roles, their own moralities and a fierce strength born of living lives dependent on both the sea's bounty and its cruelties. She writes of its rhythms, of how men and women alike respond to its voice and its demands, and of the hard lives they live beside it.

The characters are varied and complex, none more so than Belle, the dangerous woman at the narrative's centre. This is no straightforward, old-style heroine. She has strengths, weaknesses, needs and a beguiling mixture of sexual magnetism and insecurity. She belongs to this community and yet is apart from it and, as the threads of the story weave around her, her stature grows and she learns, among other things, how to say no.

A Salt Splashed Cradle carries more than one love story as well as others from which love is missing. Ms Longmuir's control of her material is as sure here as it is in her dark modern novels and she makes you care about what happens to her people.

****

Thank you Bill Kirton for posting this lovely review. It’s such a pleasure when readers like an author’s books.

Chris Longmuir



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