Archive for December 2014

A feast of historical fiction

Dec 30th, 2014 | By

Top Hat Books strives to publish historical fiction that is slightly different to the mainstream norm. If you’re looking for a Tudor romance with a headless woman on the cover, you won’t find it on our shelves. You will find stirring tales of the political machinations of the woman behind Sparta, re-imaginings of how Britain

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Bald New World

Dec 28th, 2014 | By

We are so pleased to announce that our title Bald New World by Peter Tieryas Liu is nominated for the prestigious Folio Literary Prize for 2015.  There are 80 books nominated by The Folio Prize Academy for consideration. These are the 80 works of fiction published in the UK in 2014 that, in the eyes of

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Festive Fiction – The Intended

Dec 26th, 2014 | By

The protagonist is a Nordic survivor stranded in the West Indies.  When he faces the prospect of imminent death, what does he cling to most intensely and fondly?  A memory of snow, of course!  For him, the moose hunt had been almost like the fox hunt for an Englishman.  This snippet is from “The Intended – a Pirate’s Confession”

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Festive Fiction – Godwine Kingmaker

Dec 24th, 2014 | By

Not only is this a festive scene to bring you festive cheer, but it’s a peek into something coming next year: Godwine Kingmaker, from historical fiction author Mercedes Rochelle   As the winter days reached their shortest, the hall resounded with laughter and excitement. The biggest oak Jul log was selected and brought inside so

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Festive fiction – the loneliest mouse

Dec 22nd, 2014 | By

She had once heard somewhere, though she couldn’t remember where, that people had a saying, ‘poor as a church mouse’, but she couldn’t understand it at all. She supposed it had something to do with the fact there wasn’t much in the way of food to be had in a church. But every church had

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Festive fiction – Master Yeshua

Dec 20th, 2014 | By

From The Master Yeshua: the Undiscovered Gospel of Joseph by Joyce Luck. This is your first sneak peek into a book that won’t be published until spring 2015. No, an angel did not appear and inform my grandparents that Mary, a virgin, would conceive a child by the Holy Spirit descending upon her. Neither was

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Festive Fiction: Scorpio Moons

Dec 18th, 2014 | By

Early December witnessed the Christmas decorations adorning the walls of the Jugglers Arms. Ella had some great designs in mind and both Ed and Jude were grateful for her sharing her ideas. As she sat quietly in front of the log fire, describing a decorative centrepiece for the bar consisting of an arrangement of three

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Books for Christmas

Dec 16th, 2014 | By

The modern Christmas owes a lot to books – first and foremost to Charles Dickens, and a Christmas Carol, which defined the imagery, the sense of duty to show up to family gatherings and the need for cheery seasonal jollity, whether you like it or not. From which you can safely infer that I am

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Literary Arts Open Mic

Dec 12th, 2014 | By

WESTBOROUGH, MA –IWA Publishing Services is proud to announce the new host for the Literary Arts Open Mic, author and storyteller Jan Krause Greene at Tatnuck Bookseller, Gift Gallery & Café, 18 Lyman Street in the Westborough Shopping Center on Route 9 every second and fourth Thursday of each month from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Soul Rocks

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A reader’s guide to imprints

Dec 10th, 2014 | By

By Nimue Brown People in the book industry and authors pay a lot of attention to who publishes what, but readers are often less interested. It’s the author name that is most likely to matter. Very few houses are more famous than their creators (comics publishers Marvel and DC are probably the exception).  However, who

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