Tuesday, 29 July 2014

'The Night Garden' by Lisa Van Allen


Release date: 23rd October 2014
Published by: Ballantine Books Inc.
ISBN No: 978 0345537836


Nestled in the bucolic town of Green Valley in upstate New York, the Pennywort farm appears ordinary, yet at its center lies something remarkable: a wild maze of colorful gardens that reaches beyond the imagination. Local legend says that a visitor can gain answers to life’s most difficult problems simply by walking through its lush corridors.
 
Yet the labyrinth has never helped Olivia Pennywort, the garden’s beautiful and enigmatic caretaker. She has spent her entire life on her family’s land, harboring a secret that forces her to keep everyone at arm’s length. But when her childhood best friend, Sam Van Winkle, returns to the valley, Olivia begins to question her safe, isolated world and wonders if she at last has the courage to let someone in. As she and Sam reconnect, Olivia faces a difficult question: Is the garden maze that she has nurtured all of her life a safe haven or a prison?



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'A Time For Hope' by Anna Jacobs


Release date: 27th October 2014
Published by: Severn House Publishers Ltd.
ISBN No: 978 0727884435


When Gabrielle Newman throws her cheating husband out, Stu cares more about the money than the break-up, getting more than his fair share from their house sale. An unexpected bequest offers Gabrielle a new start and she tries to leave the past behind, heading north with Dan Monahan, the private investigator sent to find her.
Meanwhile, Stu has got entangled with organized crime in Eastern Europe and is desperate to pay his gambling debts. Gabrielle needs Dan's help to protect herself and her inheritance. She's very attracted to Dan - but dare she trust any man again?
Then Stu tracks down his ex-wife and Gabrielle discovers just what the man she once loved is capable of, as her life is threatened. Can she and Dan find a way to stop Stu and his ruthless new friends?

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'Two Strangers' by Beryl Matthews


Release date: 27th October 2014
Published by: Severn House Publishers Ltd.
ISBN No: 978 0727884473


Poplar, London, 1920. Fourteen-year-old Victoria Keats is horrified when her father demands that she go to work for wealthy Mr Preston – everyone knows why he takes young girls into his house. But her violent father, who’s never let her forget she’s not the son he wanted, won’t listen to her concerns – and when she stands up for herself, he throws her out of their dingy little house in the slums.
Intelligent, book-loving Vicki vows to make her father regret this day; but she is all alone in the world. Despite her courage and quick wits, it seems likely she will starve – until two men, both complete strangers, provide her with no-strings-attached help.

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'Chocolate at Home' by Will Torrent


Release date: 11th September 2014
Published by: Ryland Peters and Small 
ISBN No: 978 1849755733


Master patissier Will Torrent is back to show you the art of working with chocolate at home. Covering the history and provenance of chocolate, the varieties available, and the techniques needed to turn it into beautiful and mouthwatering creations, this book will inspire you to try all sorts of chocolate recipes. You will discover how to make a host of delicious ganaches, caramels and pralines. There are also chapters on Cookies, Biscuits and Bakes, and Desserts and Puddings, so that you can put your new knowledge and love of chocolate making to the best use in recipes like macadamia and white chocolate cookies, chocolate and salted caramel millionaire shortbread and chocolate fondants. Chocolate drinks and ice creams get a chapter too.


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'The Noble Houses of Scotland' by Charles Wemyss


Release date: 1st October 2014
Published by: Prestel
ISBN No: 978 3791347622


Written from a perspective that is at once personal and scholarly, this unique book examines Scotland's distinctive country-house architecture. Illustrated with more than 200 photographs, drawings and plans, the book guides the reader through the singular features of Scottish noble homes: the stately setting, the balanced facade, the formal appointments and fashionable furnishings, explaining how each was achieved. Architectural historian Charles Wemyss investigates the aspirations of the Scottish nobility and explores the underlying reasons for such a multitude of castles: Scotland's close cultural relationship with France and northern Europe, the military origins of the nobility and the vital role of the Scottish Treasury. The book also profiles the country's leading architects: William Bruce, James Smith, William Adam and his celebrated sons, John, Robert and James. Utterly engaging as well as informative, this book brings a fresh dimension to the study of Scotland's country houses, placing their achievement in the context of the country's economic, political and social history.




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Free GFC Followers Book Draw (August 2014): 'The Echoes of Love' by Hanna Fielding

This free monthly book draw is specifically for the followers of my blog! The only criteria for this draw is that you have to be a 'GFC Follower' of my blog. One extra entry can also be gained by each entrant by also leaving a comment to this post. Only one entry and comment from each GFC Follower will be allowed. These monthly book draws are open to my 'GFC Followers' Internationally!

Just click on the Book Draw tab at the top of this webpage page to enter!







This month I have one copy of 'The Echoes of Love' by the author Hanna Fielding to give away in this draw! Midas PR has very kindly provided me with a copy of this book for the draw. 

Recently 'The Echoes of Love'competed with titles by authors from over 33 different countries to win the Gold Medal in the Romance category at the 18th Independent Publisher Book Awards held in New York!

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Set in Venice, The Echoes of Love is a beautiful, poignant story of lost love and betrayal, unleashed passion and learning to love again, whatever the price. Venetia Aston-Montague has escaped to Italy s most captivating city to work in her godmother s architectural practice, hoping to put a lost love behind her. Paolo Barone, a charismatic entrepreneur who bears the scars of a tragic past, is endeavouring to build a new life for himself. Venice on a misty carnival night brings these two people together. When Venetia finds herself assigned to Paolo s magnificent country home, love blossoms in the beautiful hills of Tuscany and the wild Sardinian Maquis. But if they are to be together, they must first confront their past and dark forces in the shadows determined to come between them. Daring to love again after so many years, can Venetia overcome her own demons? Or will Paolo's carefully guarded, devastating secret tear them apart forever?




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'Bright Lights In The Dark Ages' by Noel Adams


Release date: 24th September 2014
Published by: D.Giles Ltd.
ISBN No: 978 1907804250


'Bright Lights in the Dark Ages' is a major new volume focused on Early Medieval personal ornament. It features over one hundred magnificent objects, many crafted in gold and silver and inlaid with sparkling garnet stones. These splendid brooches, buckles, and pendants, created to advertise power and wealth in the barbarian kingdoms, were later interred with their owners to be used in the afterlife. The exceptionally broad scope of the Thaw collection, spanning over a millennium, illustrates the continuity and evolution of fine metalworking traditions. It also reveals the profound influence of the classical world on the new political alliances formed during the Early Medieval period that united people from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Highlights of this volume, replete with sumptuous images, include stunning Sarmatian-period jewellery, rare examples of Hunnic and Gothic garnet cloisonne, and exceptional brooches from the Merovingian period as well as superb Early Byzantine gold belt fittings.




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Monday, 28 July 2014

'Kalona's Fall' by P.C Cast and Kristin Cast


Release date: 29th July 2014
Published by: St Martin's Griffin
ISBN No: 978 1250046116


From Warrior And Lover To Enemy And Betrayer, The Terrible Secrets Of Kalona's Past Are Revealed

He was laughing with her as he spread his wings and lifted her from the ground, twirling her around. Nyx gasped and clutched his neck. Kalona tightened his arms around her.
'Trust me, Goddess. I would never let you fall.'

From the Sun and from the Moon, two winged brothers are born: golden Erebus, playmate and friend, and mysterious Kalona, Warrior and lover, companions of the Goddess Nyx.

From the first, Nyx loves them both deeply, but differently. With Erebus, she can talk and laugh and dance, and take joy in the games he plays among the humans of the Earth. With Kalona, the fire in her body burns bright, and she can rest in the solace of his strength and protection. But for Kalona, Nyx's nights are not enough. Every second he is not with her he is filled with doubt and longing, and every time he fails to please her, he cannot forgive himself. Ruled by anger and jealousy of his brother, and consumed by his love for his Goddess, Kalona seeks the power to prove his worth, and to claim once and for all that Nyx eternally belongs to him.

And at the edges of the Earth, a Darkness is stirring, waiting for its chance, for the doorway in through a heart that it knows will welcome it...



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'The Skeleton Road' by Val McDermid


Release date: 11th September 2014
Published by: Little Brown
ISBN No:  978 1408704578


When a skeleton is discovered hidden at the top of a gothic Victorian building in Edinburgh, which is scheduled for renovation, Cold Case Squad detective Karen Pirie is given the task of identifying the decades-old bones. Her investigation leads her back to past conflicts, false identities and buried secrets...



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'The Doll Maker' by Richard Montanari


Release date: 14th August 2014
Published by: Sphere
ISBN No: 978 0751549317


Mr Marseille is polite, elegant, and erudite. He would do anything for his genteel true love Anabelle. And he is a psychopath.

A quiet Philadelphia suburb. A woman cycles past a train depot with her young daughter. And there she finds a murdered girl posed on a newly painted bench. Strangled. Beside her is a formal invite to a tea dance in a week's time.

Seven days later, two more young victims are discovered in a disused house, posed on painted swings. At the scene is an identical invite. This time, though, there is something extra waiting for Detectives Kevin Byrne and Jessica Balzano.

A delicate porcelain doll. It's a message. And a threat.

With Marseille and Anabelle stalking the city, Detectives Byrne and Balzano have just seven days to find the link between the murders before another innocent child is snatched from its streets.




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Sunday, 27 July 2014

Free Book Draw (August 2014): 'The Echoes of Love' by Hanna Fielding

This free monthly book draw is specifically for the followers of my blog! To enter my book draw each month, you just have to be a GFC Follower of this blog. To enter this free book draw just click on the Free Book Draw tab at the top of 'The Secret Writer' web page.

The only criteria for this draw is that you have to be a 'GFC Follower' of my blog. One extra entry can also be gained by each entrant by also leaving a comment to this post. Only one entry and comment from each GFC Follower will be allowed. 

 After the closing date for a draw (the last day of each month), the winning number for the free featured book will be chosen using the 'Rafflecopter' random draw feature. These monthly book draws are open to my 'GFC Followers' Internationally!







This month I have one copy of 'The Echoes of Love' by the author Hanna Fielding to give away in this draw! Midas PR has very kindly provided me with the copy of this amazing book for the draw. 

Recently 'The Echoes of Love'competed with titles by authors from over 33 different countries to win the Gold Medal in the 'Romance Category' at the 18th Independent Publisher Book Awards held in New York!

Book Synopsis
Set in Venice, The Echoes of Love is a beautiful, poignant story of lost love and betrayal, unleashed passion and learning to love again, whatever the price. Venetia Aston-Montague has escaped to Italy s most captivating city to work in her godmother s architectural practice, hoping to put a lost love behind her. Paolo Barone, a charismatic entrepreneur who bears the scars of a tragic past, is endeavouring to build a new life for himself. Venice on a misty carnival night brings these two people together. When Venetia finds herself assigned to Paolo s magnificent country home, love blossoms in the beautiful hills of Tuscany and the wild Sardinian Maquis. But if they are to be together, they must first confront their past and dark forces in the shadows determined to come between them. Daring to love again after so many years, can Venetia overcome her own demons? Or will Paolo's carefully guarded, devastating secret tear them apart forever?




Good Luck Everyone!

'Illusions of Fate' by Kiersten White


Release date: 9th October 2014
Published by: Harper Teen
ISBN No: 978 0062135896


Dive into a world of enchantment and romance in this lush fantasy, which Stephanie Perkins, international bestselling author of Anna and the French Kiss, called "an absolute delight—a magical, sparkling, dangerous world with witty repartee and a romance that will light your heart on fire." Fans of Libba Bray and Cassandra Clare will fall in love with this captivating stand-alone novel from Kiersten White, New York Times bestselling author of the Paranormalcy trilogy.

Jessamin has been an outcast since she moved from her island home of Melei to the dreary country of Albion. Everything changes when she meets the gorgeous, enigmatic Finn, who introduces her to the secret world of Albion's nobility, a world that has everything Jessamin doesn't—power, money, status . . . and magic. But Finn has secrets of his own, and the vicious Lord Downpike will do anything to possess them. Unless Jessamin, armed only with her wits, can stop him.



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