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Joe Mistletoe by Glenn Haigh


Dear Cristian,

Where are you, my love?

My soulmate. Christmas could never be the same after the last one, our final one together.

Since you have been gone, I’ve searched for you everywhere and in everything. I look out for signs, my ears straining and my eyes peeled. Sometimes, I think I can feel your presence standing behind me, but when I turn, you’re not there.

I want to tear Christmas down and burn it forever. There’s no cheer, no merry to be had in this house, Cristian. How could there be when all I have is your grave to visit now?

That’s why I’ve decided to do this. It’s the only way we can be together again. At the stroke of midnight, this Christmas Eve, I’ll end my suffering and be back in your arms once again. Oh Cristian, I can’t bear to wake on Christmas morning without you beside me. Will you wait for me, my love? In the orchard by the lake, our special place, meet me there and we can be together for all of eternity.

All my love,

Joe, your darling husband



This is a powerful and emotional story, totally unexpected. Whilst the premise of the story is a familiar and well known story, the author has put his own unique spin to the story with great success. The story was current and relevant, it tugged at my heartstrings with its raw and gritty dialogue. I started this book hoping to get into the Christmas spirit, but found myself sobbing and heartbroken at the beginning and then crying tears of joy at the end. This is a beautiful Christmas story that I highly recommend.

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2019 Signing

If you’re starting to plan next years events to attend take a look at Leeds!

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Saturday 2nd March 2019

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Fallen Angel, Part 6


A continuation of the Fallen Angel Series


By Tracie Podger




Italy, the mistress that Brooke can no longer compete with was consuming her husband. He changed when he was there, and she wasn’t sure the Band Aid she’s placed over their fractures was man enough to hold.


There was something about Italy that was both loved and hated for very different reasons by Brooke and Robert Stone.

For Robert, Italy was in his blood, she ran through his genes, tantalising, calling to him constantly.

After a month apart, Brooke and Robert are reunited and it isn’t all smooth sailing. Devastation, pain, and more hurt than the couple could ever imagine is to be endured, but can they walk hand-in-hand from it this time?

Does Italy and the change in Robert become too much for Brooke to cope with?


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A tsunami had washed through my family. A typhoon, tornado, and hurricane all rolled into one had rocked the very fabric that held us together. We survived, of course, we survive everything—Well, some of us did.

I don’t think I’d ever cried so much. I’d sobbed alone into my pillow at night, and I’d wailed onto the shoulders of my friends and family. The one I needed, I wanted, whose absence made my heart and chest physically ache was missing. My body hurt, my throat was permanently sore from the shouts and screams lodged in there. I had to keep my profanities, my anger, inside for the sake of my son. He had lost as well, and I had to remind myself of that on a regular basis. The bitterness that constantly bubbled in my stomach in the form of acid was beginning to rot me from within. I found myself constantly taking medication. I doubted the copious amounts of wine helped the situation.

During the day I smiled, I went about business as normal, or as normal as my life was at that point. I’d spent many a minute lying in the footwell of the car as we exited the house to dodge the fucking paparazzi and the constant flashes against the darkened windows of the Range Rover. Every time I blinked, I saw flashes of white light. I kept my son indoors for the longest period of time for fear of telephoto lenses capturing his tears and sorrow.

Security was so tight, I couldn’t breathe. I wanted it and I loathed it in equal measure. I switched from anger to sadness to resentment, and then to understanding like a swing in a strong wind.

I spoke to him, regularly. At first, all I could do was curse and shout. Then it was tears and explanations. I was still angry, I was still sad, but I understood, and there was a part of me that actually didn’t like myself for understanding. I was a ball of confusion. I craved normality, knowing that was never going to happen.


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Author Interview: Chris Turnbull

Welcome to our third author interview, Chris and I have met at several book signings and I really enjoy his stories. I hope you enjoy getting to learn more about Chris and his books.

So tell us a bit about you and your background.
Hi, I’m Chris. I’m a Yorkshire born and bred author who is a self proclaimed ‘multi-genre’ author. I love to delve into different genres as I feel it challenges me as a writer. What my books do have in common though is that they are all set in the past, whether it be WW2, Victorian England or 19th century Paris.
I live just outside the city of York with my husband of 6 years, and Jack Russell terrier, Olly. I love travelling, photography, graphic design and reading.

Have you been influenced/inspired by other authors?
I read a lot of different books (which is possibly why I write in different genres) but authors who have stood out for me are JK Rowling/Robert Galbraith, Charlotte Rogan, Helen Dunmore and RL Stine.

How do you start the writing process for a new book/idea?
For me any book starts with an initial idea. Whether that be an old military coat I buy in an antique shop (resulting in The Vintage Coat book) or the wish to set a book in a certain location (for example Paris in my book Carousel).

You don’t seem to stick to just one genre; you have books that range from children’s books to crime. Is there a genre that you prefer to write or would really like to write?
My children’s books were always a passion for me, and the text for A Home For Emy I had for many years before it was eventually released in 2016.
As mentioned above all my other books are set in the past, so I don’t personally consider my books to be too different, despite dipping into multiple genres. The book I am currently working on is a detective book (set in Victorian England) and this is a genre I’ve been wanting to try for many years and have finally become brave enough to do.

How do you overcome writers block?
Personally I don’t believe in writers block. If I’m struggling with a current story I often go back and look back over where I am at, and I am going and have often taken a story back to take it in a different direction. If that doesn’t work then I would either take a break (as tiredness can make it difficult to focus on the story) or work on something different for a while until enthusiasm for the current project returns.

Is your writing personal to you or do you write for the readers and what they would like to read?
I always believe that writers should write for themselves first. It’s important as the author that you love your own story, and that in turn come across on the page to the reader.

Would we be worried if looked at your search history?
I think most writers would agree that our search history is probably the most random thing ever. Setting my books in the past means I spend more time researching the time period than anything else, in fact I can loose hours doing this as I enjoy it so much.

Do you feel like it’s most important to have A) Strong characters B) Mind-blowing Plot twists or C) Epic settings?
I think the perfect story needs a bit of everything. Although if pushed for an answer I’d say A, Strong Characters. Your characters need to be engaging to the reader otherwise readers won’t connect to them.

Do you listen to music as you write? If so what’s on your writing playlist?
I can’t listen to music whilst I write, otherwise I end up just singing along and failing to write anything.

Do you get a chance to read for yourself, if so what was the last book that you read?
I love reading as much as possible and recently finished Eagle of the Empire by Martin Ferguson. It’s the first book of a series and I can’t wait to read the next one.

Is there any book that you wish you had written?
The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan – I love this Victorian drama and would certainly love to have written it.

What was your favourite book as a child?
I loved reading Roald Dahl books, the Goosebumps books by RL Stine and the Harry Potter books.

I know that you have a love of Harry Potter, what is it about Harry Potter that you love?
I discovered the Harry Potter books when I was 10 years old, just before the films, and instantly fell in love with them. I adore the imaginative world JK Rowling created, the complexities of the intertwining stories and characters and the escapism the books (and then films) give to the audience.

Which house would you be in?

On Pottermore I was sorted into Griffindor. Personally I can see aspects of each house in myself Haha!

What can we expect next from you?

I am currently working on a Detective book set in Victorian England. I also have a few other projects on the go including a project related to my first ever book The Vintage Coat.

Where can we connect with you? Facebook? Twitter? Own website?

You can find me at:

Thank you so much for taking time out to answer my questions.

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Posted in Cover Reveal

The Darkest Corners by Sydney Jamesson

The Darkest Corners

By Sydney Jamesson

Release Date: November 20th, 2018 (UK)

Cover Design: Michele Catalano Creative

Genre: Psychological Suspense


After surviving a life changing event, celebrated artist Maxwell Grant has not touched a paintbrush or a woman in four years. During that time, he has tormented himself over an unspeakable act he dare not admit to, even to himself.

His one chance at redemption comes through a journal left behind by Harriet Harper, a mysterious woman in his night school class.

Shocked by what he reads about her tortured existence, he becomes obsessed by her and falls headfirst into a dangerous game of he said, she said, not knowing who to believe—who to trust.

When a dangerous character from Harriet’s past appears, events take a turn for the worse and he must say and do whatever necessary to save his sanity and, more importantly, his four year old daughter, Poppy.

Some secrets never get to see the light of day; others are just waiting to be uncovered … with shocking consequences.



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About Sydney Jamesson

Sydney Jamesson is an English teacher by day and a USA Today bestselling author of romance, suspense by night. She is nocturnal by nature and loves nothing more than staying up late, listening to music and being inspired to write. She has always scribbled things down; in her home is one enormous waste paper basket full of discarded phrases, opening lines and pieces of dialogue that have hit her like lightning in the middle of the night or whilst parked up at a set of traffic lights. Her bestselling trilogy, The Story of Us is available worldwide, and she has been thrilled to continue her epic love story in The Story of Us Series: Into the Blue, comprising: Blue Genes, Blue Hearts, Blue Moon. The Darkest Corners is a standalone novel and not a romance. It is psychological suspense with a complex love story woven through it. Expect lots of angst, emotional scenes and edge of your seat suspense as a single father and a troubled young woman confront their deepest, darkest fears together.

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Posted in New Release

 Title: Chasing the Sunrise

Duet: The Young Hearts Duet #2 

Author: H.A. Robinson

Genre: YA M/M Romance

Release Date: October 23, 2018




At sixteen years old, Tom Williams has spent his entire life pretending to be someone he’s not. 


The perfect son. 

The perfect student. 

The perfect friend. 


After so long, it seems impossible he’ll find the courage to truly be himself, whoever that is.


And then he falls for his best friend—the one person in the world he knows he can never have. 


Good looking, charismatic and popular, Luke Chang is everything Tom wants, and everything he wishes he could be. 


There’s only one problem.


Luke is straight and thinks that Tom is, too.


As the wrong-shaped boxes get increasingly tighter and harder to force himself into, Tom has to make a choice between a lifetime of conforming or shedding the mould he’s struggling to fit and allowing himself the happiness he can’t quite believe he deserves.









H. A. Robinson is a jet-setting billionaire with a home on each continent, who spends her free time saving kittens from trees and babies from burning buildings. A graduate of Hogwarts and a frequent visitor to Narnia, she drinks coffee in Central Perk and tames dragons on Westeros. 


In her dreams… 


In reality, she’s a support worker living in a small town in Cheshire, who would almost always choose fantasy over reality. She’s been an obsessive reader from the moment she picked up her first Enid Blyton book, more years ago than she cares to admit, and enjoys nothing more than getting lost in new worlds and adventures from the minds of all the amazing authors out there. 


She’s had the voices of characters in her head for as long as she can remember, and puts them down on paper in order to convince herself and the men in white coats that she isn’t crazy.