Archive for December 2015

New Year Book resolutions

Dec 31st, 2015 | By

Forget the self-flagellation of gym and dieting based New Year’s resolutions! Here’s a list of 10 great reading resolutions. Resolve to make more time for reading! Reading is one of life’s great joys, it’s also low cost and environmentally friendly, and there’s a lot of evidence out there to suggest that it also makes you

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New for December – Digby’s Hollywood Story

Dec 29th, 2015 | By

An exploration of the difference between fiction and reality, involving a movie-studio cop, an actress, and a mysterious death. A studio cop, an aspiring actress who uses what she’s got to get what she wants, a cross-dressing action star, a mysterious death – all are elements in this novella set in 1940s Hollywood… but the

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Why do we read?

Dec 27th, 2015 | By

By Nimue Brown What are we looking for when we pick up a book? Escapism? Excitement? Something to stir our emotions, or expand our empathy? Are we looking for reassuring reflections of ourselves and our world views? Or do we read to be challenged, or inspired, or for the catharsis of encountering other people’s horror

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The Mystery Of The Phantom Santa

Dec 23rd, 2015 | By

A Crampton of the Chronicle short story by Peter Bartram “You don’t need to ask me what I want for Christmas,” said Frank Figgis. He was holding the stub of Woodbine ostentatiously between his thumb and forefinger. He eased the dog-end between his lips and took a long drag. The ash dropped off and fluttered

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Time for the Wind – Excerpt

Dec 21st, 2015 | By

He was already half way through his second gin and tonic (having postponed preparation of his evening meal in order to continue his research) when his browsing was rudely interrupted. Several windows appeared in the middle of the screen in front of the material he was reading in the browser, the upper-most indicating the title

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Giving books for Christmas

Dec 19th, 2015 | By

Books make the best presents. If you’re buying for a reader, what could be better than a book they probably don’t know about and are therefore unlikely to own? Here’s author Carolyn Mathews, at a Christmas market recently with her new release ‘Pandora’s Gift‘. Pandora’s Gift is book three in a series of novels…  

New for December – Small Change

Dec 17th, 2015 | By

A Casebook of Scherer and Miller, Investigators of the Paranormal and Supermundane. While chain-smoking Roy Scherer might aspire to fill loafers better worn by Marlowe, Hammer and Spade, reality wears such a whim thin. His clients veer from immortal to monster-brow-beaten, and he’s up against foes that howl at the moon, one case of Lazarus

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Time for the wind – newly released

Dec 15th, 2015 | By

Time for the wind, by Dennis Waite Mankind meets its karmic retribution – but is it ‘real’? Something inexplicable lurks at the centre of the local landfill site and its influence is growing. Is it simply an unauthorized experiment with bioremediation or the beginning of the gravest threat ever presented to humanity? Intimately involved with

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Contemporary Literature and Cozy Crime e-book promotions

Dec 13th, 2015 | By

From Roundfire Books, some e-book bargains for December The Emancipation of B by Jennifer Kavanagh   B is not a child of his time. As an outsider, he hides his secrets well. Freedom is all he dreams of. But when it comes at last, it is in the most unexpected way – and at a considerable cost. I

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Pandora’s Gift, published today

Dec 11th, 2015 | By

The third novel in Carolyn Mathew’s Pandora series releases today! Pandora disappears on a secret mission, putting her relationship in jeopardy, so the prophecy of an archangel can be fulfilled. When Jay loses their home and business in the financial crash and Pandora’s job as a TV panellist comes under threat, the appearance of an

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