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In the Postbox

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Here are some of the books which I have been lucky enough to receive from Publishers recently. I have already read Tell the Wolves I'm Home so will be posting my review shortly. The Sleeping Army by Francessa Simon should be an interesting take on Viking Mythology and After Such Kindness by Gaynor Arnold features a fictionalised account of the friendship between Lewis Carroll and Alice Liddell. This is How it Ends looks set to be a bestseller with Kathleen McMahon tipped as an author to watch. I am also really excited to read the second thrilling novel from Julia Crouch as I adored Cuckoo (review to follow). The first one I intend to read though will be Dreams: Book 1 in the Sarah Midnight Trilogy by Daniela Sacerdoti. I adored Daniela's first novel and I can't wait to read Dreams.

Author interview with Nicola Pierce

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Are you from a family of readers and or writers? I have three sisters and one of them; Rachel is also a writer and editor, her children’s book will be out next year. We all read widely as children and our parents made sure we had plenty of books.
What was your favourite book as a child? Little Women by Louisa May Alcott was my favourite book growing up. I wanted to be Jo.
So it was an inspiration to you? Absolutely I wanted to be a writer like Jo and I’m thrilled to able to write for a living now. Writing is a fantastic job.
How did you get into ghost writing? I was working for Brehon Press and I wrote three history books for them and I heard that John Mooney from Maverick Press was looking for an editor. I called him up and he said “What do you know about Thailand?” I said “I’ve heard of it” He needed a book ghost written in six weeks. It was a big challenge but I ghost wrote three books about Thailand; “The Last Executioner”, “Angel of Bangkwang Prison” and “Miss Bangkok”. I also wrote “Mo…
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New Irish Author to watch

Click through to read an Irish Times article on Kathleen McMahon

Daughter of Smoke and Bone

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This book started really well with witty banter between friends and the great premise of a young protaganist who lives a double life; art student in Prague and messenger for a mysterious group of magical creatures hidden behind various doorways across the world.
I loved the writing style and really warmed to the central character but then she starts to fall for a strange angelic guy who is ridiculously good-looking even though her instincts tell her he is an enemy and I couldn't help thinking that a great fantsy premise had strayed into Twilight territory. The pace seemed to sag a lot in the middle of the book but then through section three we learn more about elsewhere and the magical creatures who exists there and the story seemed to come alive again.
I would recommend it to lovers of Fantasy Romance

My Journey with the Angels by Patricia Buckley

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My Journey with the Angels is a heart wrenching memoir of Patricia’s life growing up in a family where poverty and violence were daily realities. She knew from an early age that she could see angels and spirits but she was discouraged from talking about her gift, even beaten on occasion. Patricia has paid dearly for the gift she has, as a teenager her family were convinced that she was unstable and she spent time in a mental institution. She felt that in order to survive she would have to pretend that she no longer saw angels and she did her best to suppress her ability. She continued to suffer however, beaten by her partner and sleeping on the streets she finally found friendship and met the man who became her husband. Patricia began to heal her life and found great joy in motherhood. However she continued to suffer ill health until she finally accepted her gift and allowed her own spirit to flourish. Reading this memoir is like sitting down for a cup of tea and a chat with the autho…

Unrest by Michelle Harrison

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Unrest By Michelle Harrison

In contrast to her previous trilogy which appealed to 9-12 year olds and teens, Unrest is firmly in the teen category. The protagonist Elliott has left art school after a near fatal accident has destroyed his confidence. He is feeling depressed and disturbed and his sleep is interrupted by strange visions and dreams. Gradually Elliott realises that he had an out of body experience and is now able to see ghosts, as he is woken again and again by a young woman who took her own life a few years before in his flat. Elliot’s Mum is dead and his Dad is usually away at work so his only real confidant is his brother who is busy with his band and girlfriend Amy. Elliott decides to explore his ability by applying for a job at  Past Lives, a kind of historical and paranormal theme park with old buildings some original, some moved from other areas and rebuilt at the centre each portraying life in different eras and many with their own ghost stories. Here Elliott meets O…

The Underside of Joy

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The Underside of Joy By Sere Prince Halverson


The Underside of Joy is a deft, brave and truthful novel of love, loss, family and what it really means to be a mother. Ella Beene is 35 and for the last three years has been wife to Joe and mother to Annie and Zach. They met when she was newly divorced; alone and adrift and he was a struggling single Dad, it is a perfect fit, until the unthinkable happens and Joe is tragically killed. Now Paige, the children’s birth mother has retuned and she wants her children back. What Paige doesn’t realise is that Ella loves her children as fiercely as if they were own. A heartbreaking custody battle develops but this not a conventional tale of right and wrong rather it is a wonderful exploration of the many ways there are to be a mother. Halverson’s tight and seamless plot and heart wrenching story will entrance and delight fans of Douglas Kennedy and Anita Shreve but her light touch and warm characters will also appeal to fans of Jodi Picoult and Adrian…