Anne Bonny Top 5 Picks UK #Kindle Monthly Deals @lanakortchik @KHughesAuthor @HeidiPerksBooks @FrancesLiardet @NicolaCornick 99p EACH! @headlinepg @HQDigitalUK @4thEstateBooks @arrowpublishing

*In no particular order*

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The Story Of Us by Lana Kortchik ~ *Ebook 99P*

Synopsis ~

Watching the Red Army withdraw from Ukraine in the face of Hitler’s relentless advance, Natasha Smirnova realises her life is about to change forever.

As Kiev is cast under the dark cloud of occupation, Natasha falls in love with Mark, a Hungarian soldier, enlisted against all his principles on the side of the Nazis.

But as Natasha fights to protect the friends and family she holds dear she must face up to the dark horrors of war and the pain of betrayal. Will the love she and Mark share be strong enough to overcome the forces which threaten to tear them apart?

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The Woman In The Lake by Nicola Cornick ~ *Ebook 99P*

Synopsis ~

‘I see it all again: the silver moon swimming beneath the water and the golden gown billowing out about her…’

1765: Lady Isabella Gerard asks her maid to take her new golden gown and destroy it. Its shimmering beauty has been tainted by the actions of her husband the night before.

Three months later: Lord Eustace Gerard stands beside the lake looking down at the woman in the golden gown. As the body slowly rolls over to reveal her face, it’s clear this is not his intended victim…

1996: Fenella Brightwell steals a stunning gown from a stately home. Twenty years later and reeling from the end of an abusive marriage, she wonders if it has cursed her all this time. Now she’s determined to discover the history behind the beautiful golden dress…

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We Must Be Brave by Frances Liardet ~ *Ebook 99P*

Synopsis ~

December, 1940. As German bombs fall on Southampton, the city’s residents flee to the surrounding villages. In Upton village, amid the chaos, newly-married Ellen Parr finds a girl sleeping, unclaimed at the back of an empty bus. Five-year-old Pamela, it seems, is entirely alone.

Ellen has always believed she does not want children, but when she takes Pamela into her home the child cracks open the past Ellen thought she had escaped and the future she had dreamed for herself. As the war rages on, love grows where it was least expected, surprising them all. But with the end of the fighting comes the realization that Pamela was never theirs to keep…

For anyone who loved All the Light we Cannot See and The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society, We Must Be Brave is a luminous novel about the ways we can rescue one another, and the many different forms that courage can take.

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Come Back For me by Heidi Perks ~ *Ebook 99p*

Synopsis ~

A SHOCKING DISCOVERY.
A COMMUNITY WRAPPED IN SECRETS.

A tiny island community is stunned by the discovery of a long-buried body.

For Stella Harvey the news is doubly shocking. The body has been found in the garden of her childhood home – the home her family fled without explanation twenty-five years ago.

Now, questioning her past and desperate to unearth the truth, Stella returns to the isolated island. But she quickly finds that the community she left isn’t as welcoming as she remembers – and that people in it will go to any length to protect their secrets.

One thing rings true…
You can’t bury the truth forever.

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Her Last Promise by Kathryn Hughes ~ *Ebook 99p*

Synopsis ~

Tara Richards was just a girl when she lost her mother. Years later when Tara receives a letter from a London solicitor its contents shake her to the core. Someone has left her a key to a safe deposit box. In the box lies an object that will change everything Tara thought she knew and lead her on a journey to deepest Spain in search of the answers that have haunted her for forty years.

Violet Skye regrets her decision to travel abroad leaving her young daughter behind. As the sun dips below the mountains, she reminds herself she is doing this for their future. Tonight, 4th June 1978, will be the start of a new life for them. This night will indeed change Violet’s destiny, in the most unexpected of ways…

#Novella 5* #Review #ADeathInSarajevo by @AusmaZehanat @MinotaurBooks

So, to follow on from my #TheUnquietDead #Review by Ausma Zehanat Khan. I have also reviewed the #Novella which picks up right at the end of, The Unquiet Dead.
I am super excited to share this review and my love for this series.
From Anne Bonny Book Review #HappyAusmaZehanatKhanDay 🙂

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A Death In Sarajevo by Ausma Zehanat Khan
Synopsis:

Detectives Esa Khattak and Rachel Getty are asked to help unlock the secrets of a woman killed during the Bosnian war in this captivating story from acclaimed author Ausma Zehanat Khan.

An old friend from Esa’s past has reappeared in his life, reaching out to ask Esa for help solving a mystery about the woman he once loved. But before Esa can travel to Sarajevo to help his friend, he and his partner, Detective Rachel Getty, must make it through a government inquiry that will not only affect their futures on the police force, but also test the strength of their partnership. Ausma’s trademark complex characters, atmospheric writing, and intricate plotting will mesmerize fans and new readers alike.

My review:

Having previously read and LOVED The Unquiet Dead by the same author, I was becoming desperate for my next fix, in the series. I was delighted to see it is scheduled for an October 2017 release via publishers No Exit. I was even more delighted to discover a novella that fits between the two novels. It is possibly the fastest I have ever downloaded an Ebook ever!!!!!!

The novella opens, following on from the previous case in The Unquiet Dead. With the crimes of Christopher Drayton looming over the lives of both community police officers. Esa and Rachel are facing a week long enquiry and their personal lives are being dragged out for all to see. In particular, Esa’s personal faith and beliefs. With the court assessing if fair justice was delivered, as Esa is a practising Muslim himself. Rachel is rather angered and dismayed at this and to be completely honest I was with her 100%. Esa has proven he is a fair and just man, yet time and time again he is vilified for his faith.
Is Esa going to suffer a fall from grace?

The enquiry is wrapped up and Esa receives a call from an old friend. The friend reminds Esa of a town called Waverley and a girl named Amira. The pair arrange to meet in SaraJevo. In SaraJevo, Esa is reacquainted with his old friend Skender. He shows Esa a photo which shows Amira months after she is believed to have died, when serb forces brought down her apartment block. Not only does she appear alive and well, she is dressed in the uniform of the ‘Bluebird Brigade’ an all-female army unit. But where is Amira now? Did she survive? Can Esa solve the mystery?

The novella packs on hell of a punch. It is a moving story with a moral message. Ausma Zehanat Khan knows how to blend historical fiction, with personal stories of those involved, to create heart-breaking reading!
5*

“forgiveness is all we have. It’s what makes us whole”

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Ausma Zehanat Khan
Authors Links:
Web: http://www.ausmazehanatkhan.com/
Twitter: @AusmaZehanat

#HappyAusmaZehanatKhanDay 🙂

#Author #Faves Q&A with @EllingtonWright M.P Wright #JT #DiverseNovels @bolindaaudio

M.P Wright is one of my all time favourite writers. As a voracious reader, I knew from only 50 pages in, of the authors debut novel Heartman, that JT as a series, was pure 5* genius! I have since been extremely lucky to have sneak peaks into the authors future releases The Restless Coffins and Holy Bones Blues. I was super excited when the author agreed to feature in a Q&A with my blog and also offer exclusive content!
Welcome to part one of the JT Ellington blog posts!

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Heartman
Synopsis:
Longlisted for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger 2015

Bristol, 1965. In the dead of winter, a young deaf and dumb woman goes missing without a trace. But the police just don’t care about a West Indian immigrant who is nowhere to be found.

Enter Joseph Tremaine ‘JT’ Ellington: a Barbadian ex-cop not long off the boat, a man with a tragic past and a broken heart. When local mogul Earl Linney hires him to track down the missing girl, JT soon finds himself adrift in a murky world of prostitution and kidnapping where each clue reveals yet more mysteries. What is Linney’s connection to the girl? Have more women gone missing? And what exactly is the Erotica Negro Club.

Facing hostility and prejudice as well as the demons he left home to escape, JT must unravel a deadly conspiracy in a dangerous and unfamiliar world.

All Through The Night
Synopsis:
“It’s quite simple Mr Ellington. When you find Fowler, just ask where we can find the truth.”

With these words, private detective JT Ellington embarks on a seemingly simple case of tracking down a local GP with a dubious reputation and retrieving a set of stolen documents from him.

For Ellington, however, things are rarely straightforward. Dr Fowler is hiding a terrible secret and when he is gunned down outside a Bristol pub, his dying words send JT in pursuit of a truth more disturbing and deadly than he could possibly have imagined.

Q&A:

Q) I am a huge fan of the JT Ellington series & have shouted loud about it on social media a fair few times. Can you explain to the readers the JT Ellington series, from their roots to publication?

A) Heartman is set in Bristol in 1965. Joseph Tremaine Ellington is a former Barbadian police sergeant who has left the island under a very dark cloud and made his home in the UK. Ellington falls into the mould of the loner detective, created by my crime fiction literary heroes, Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler and Ross MacDonald. It’s very much at the ‘Noir’ end of the crime fiction scale. Dark and labyrinthian in tone. It’s fair to say that the book is influence greatly by the works of the above writers. I’m greatly indebted to those who have gone before me, they led the way for Ellington to become a fully-fledge character in my head. By the time I came to write the story, I had every facet of the man’s life written in a ’Bible’ I’d created for him, family history, Police service record, the whole nine yards.

Heartman was a joy to write, but a devil to get into print. My literary agent, Phil Patterson of the Marjacq agency in London got the Noir feel of the book from the off, and offered me representation a good 12 months before we got a publisher to bite. In fact, we sold the option rights to Heartman to television and World Productions at least six months before we got a publishing deal with Edinburgh based, Black and White Publishing. Like Phil, my publisher, Campbell Brown enjoyed the Noir aspects of the novel, and noted that there was nothing quite like it in UK crime fiction.

Heartman was originally called Rock a Bye Baby Blues and the novel was always intended to be the first of three. By the time it came to editing the book with my wonderful editor, Karyn Millar we had a new title and I was a quarter of the way through writing the sequel, All Through The Night.

Q) One thing I absolutely love about the JT Ellington series, is the characterisation, the whole cast is so unique and so descriptively written, you really grow to love them. What is the process of creating each character & what is their inspiration?

A) First off, and perhaps rather controversially I have to admit that I become angered easily at modern crime fiction writing that lacks character depth.

It’s all well and good creating a ‘Time-worn, loner detective’, but a writer has to put flesh on the bones for that to be believable on the page. The old masters I’ve already mention could get away with being ‘slight’ in their characterisations, modern crime writers, in my opinion shouldn’t fall into that trap. I believe readers like to have as much detail as possible in regards the characters they are reading about. This belief has been borne out by the great response I’ve had from fans of Heartman and the subsequent follow up, you have commented on how much they enjoy becoming part of the characters’ lives. For me it’s a golden rule to impart as much background information about my characters as possible. That includes the villains.

In regards inspiration for the creation of the characters; there’s a great deal of research that goes into every character. I interview a lot. There’s nothing better than for a writer to hear facts and details straight from the ‘Horse’s Mouth’ as it were. Heartman would not have been possible without the generosity of many. I owe a great debt to the Caribbean communities here in Leicester and Bristol. The experiences of many first-generation immigrants from the West Indies was invaluable in my creating rounded and real characters.

Q) In Heartman you reference the Bristol bus boycott, the UK’s version of Rosa Parks. Where one man Paul Stephenson stood up for the rights of black workers, which ultimately led to the race relations act 1965 which made it unlawful to racially discriminate in a public place. What was the inspiration behind featuring this in the backdrop of the novel? Did you always intend to weave facts with fiction?

A) In a word, yes. A book like Heartman would never have worked unless it was strongly factually based. Yes, its crime fiction, but the subject matter, racism, segregation, bigotry are ones that I could not sweep under the proverbial carpet. I wanted to address attitudes to race and racism in the UK in the 1960’s head on. It’s a large part of the book, but it’s not it’s the sum of the novel. At its heart (pardon the pun), Heartman is about family, and the lies and secrets many of us perhaps tell and keep.

Q) JT develops a huge amount between books 1-3. Having read The Restless Coffins, myself, I know what a huge treat is in store for fans of the series. Fans will see changes in JT & learn more about his background. Is it the intention with a character like JT that there will be revelations in each novel?

A) I like to unfurl another layer of the ‘character onion’ in each of the books. As I said, I created a ‘Bible’ for the character and knew the complex world he came from and the importance of passing on that background information to the reader gradually. I wanted the reader to fall in love with the characters as much as I did, to do that successfully you have to offer up personal tit-bits, incrementally. That way it offers a great impact and resonance on the reader.

Q) One thing I really love is the elements of Voodoo, in each novel. Voodoo is something that fascinates most people & I have seen many Fb status regarding the mild hints of Voodoo in the TV series Taboo. Is this something that will remain in every novel? What made you include it in the debut Heartman?

A) The ‘Supernatural’ elements, for want of a better term, are the most enjoyable sections of the books for me when I am writing them. Personally, I’m not a believer in the dark arts, but I am very aware that religions, such as Voodoo have massive followings in the West Indies, and not to have reflected that fact in the books would have been very remiss. I look upon the inclusion of folklore and the ‘spiritual’ elements in all three stories to be vital, and should be considered as respectful nods towards other’s belief systems and the religions that many people embrace across the Caribbean.

I can say that The Restless Coffins see’s Ellington returning home to the island of Barbados, there he encounters superstition and the shadows of the voodoo religion. The title of the book is taken from an incident that occurred in a crypt on the island back in the 1940’s and even earlier, which saw coffins that were kept locked underground in a mausoleum which seemed to move across the ground and change positions. All very odd, and a just a little creepy.

The fourth Ellington novel, The Rivers Of Blood, which I start writing in late August sees J T Ellington back on Bristol turf and will include a splash of the superstition elements that readers found so popular in Heartman.

Q) Can you tell the readers a little bit about yourself & your background?

A) The writer’s nightmare, talking about oneself …

I’d written for twenty years. Told no one. Not parents, Friends, Nobody.

I had previously worked in mental health, the probation service, youth offending and with young people at risk, and for over 20 years. During that time, I wrote. Screenplays, poetry, song lyrics, prose; you name it … I scribbled it down. It wasn’t until I took early retirement and started a creative writing course at the Demontfort university here in Leicester that I started to take my writing seriously.

A wonderful chap, and my former tutor, Damien G Walter, a Guardian columnist and writer himself read a portion of the original Heartman/Rock A Bye Blues draft and advised that I make it into a novel form (It was a TV script), he also advised that I let a literary agent see it upon completion and get myself seen at Crime Fiction Literary Festivals. That’s what I did …

From there a fantastic writer called Emlyn Rees picked up the book and ran with it. He in turn raved about Heartman and should it to my agent, Phil. The rest, as they say, is history.

Q) Within the Heartman series, Racism is a central theme, yet I know that you live in the very multicultural city of Leicester. Do you think there are changes in public opinion? Do novels like yours raise awareness of Britain’s past history of racism, for the younger readers?

A) It would be nice to think so. It was never my intention to get on a soap box and rant about the injustices I saw in the world, but in truth that’s what happened. Heartman is riddled with my own anger, a rage I cannot contain when I see any kind of intolerance and bigotry to my fellow human.

I wanted to impart that sense of anger into the book without it sounding as if I had a personal axe to grind. I wanted the characters to voice my fears and my concerns without it seeming forced and to highlight a time in our history in which we should rightly, not be proud.

I’m very proud to live in Leicester. Proud of its multi-culturalism, I’m also very much in love with the city of Bristol and its people. It’s such a fantastic place to write about.

Q) Do you have any ideas for new series? I know you can’t give too much away, but will you possibly feature other cultures? Will you always write Historical crime novels?

A) I’ve never considered myself to me an historical crime writer. A Reader yes.

I’m a history nut, always have been and I devour historical works and biographies. I ought to come clean and admit I very rarely read modern crime fiction. It’s just not my thing. Working with real criminals for such a long time took the edge of any personal interest I had in reading about serial killers and the likes. I find those kinds of books far-fetched and can never get into the vibe of the narrative.

The exceptions to that rule of thumb are the genius American writers, James Lee Burke and Walter Mosely, who write about crime as a secondary

Whilst concentrating almost on the realities of the world and what’s going on around them. I find that kind of writing has a massive impact on me in the same way that a writer like, William Faulkner did when I was younger.

As for what comes next; I am half way through writing a contemporary novel set here in Leicester. The Holy Bones Blues is my love letter to the city as it is in 2017. It’s a crime novel that reflects on the city’s diverse multi-culturalism. I’m not aware that a modern crime novel has depicted the city in such a way and I’m excited to see the reaction from readers.

I also have a fourth, Ellington novel, The Rivers of Blood to complete by the end of next January. Then there is a collection of short stories featuring my Bajan detective which I hope will be out for Christmas this year. More news to follow on that shortly.

Heartman & All Through The Night are available in paperback & are currently on #Kindle #Ebook for just £1.89.
Heartman has been released in hardback on 28th June 2017 &
All through The Night is set for hardback release on 28th July 2017 from Ulverscroft

@UlverscroftUK  

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The novels will also be available in audio format from Bolinda Audio @Bolindaaudio on the following dates: Heatman 30th June and All Through The Night 28th August.

Vocals by Narrator

Ben Onwukwe
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Ben Onwukwe is a British film, radio, television, theatre and voice actor. He is perhaps best known for appearing as Stuart ‘Recall’ MacKenzie in London’s Burning, a dramatic television series first aired on the British television network ITV.

You can listen to an excerpt here:http://www.bolinda.co.uk/

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M.P Wright
Authors Links:
Web: http://www.marjacq.com/m-p-wright.html
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/M-P-Wright-1430454697199972/
Twitter: @EllingtonWright

*Huge thanks to the author for agreeing to be on my blog and stay tuned for part two of the #JTEllington blog posts planned today, for an exclusive look at The Restless Coffins 🙂

 

 

#Author Q&A with Em Muslin, author of, Before You Were Mine. @Quaintrellem @HQDigitalUK

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Before You Were Mine by Em muslin

Synopsis:

Sometimes hope has a way of changing everything…

Just hours after giving birth, Eli Bell is forced to give up her newborn baby daughter for adoption. Devastated, she tries desperately to rebuild her shattered life.

Then, over thirty years later, Eli catches sight of her daughter. And she knows that she must do everything to find a way back into her life. Even if it means lying…

While her husband Tommy must grow to accept his own part in the events of her early life, he can only try to save her before her obsession with the young woman ruins them both.

Don’t miss the breathtaking debut Before You Were Mine by Em Muslin! Perfect for fans of Jodi Picoult, Alice Peterson and Lucy Dillon.

Praise for Before You Were Mine:

‘A heartbreaking novel about what happens when we don’t have the power to make our own choices. Before You Were Mine is a moving and emotional story that is sure to touch readers’ hearts.’ – Karen Katchur, author of The Sisters of Blue Mountain

Q&A:

Q) For the readers, can you talk us through your background and the synopsis of your new novel?

A) Before You Were Mine follows a woman on her journey as she struggles to come to terms with the loss of her daughter after she has been forced to give her up for adoption many years ago. Eli, now a grown woman has spent her life not only grieving for her, but above all hoping that one day they will be finally reunited. Thirty odd years later, she bumps into a woman and knows that this is her. She ingratiates herself into her life, without revealing she is her mother – knowing she has to find the right time. She is determined, no matter what, to one day be reunited with her.

Meanwhile, her husband Tommy has to come to terms with his part in her story, and the guilt he carries from all those years ago. It’s a story about loss, regret and above all hope.

It partly came from a documentary I watched many years ago. It followed a group of people, whether they were mothers searching for their child they had given up for adoption, or children who were given up for adoption, looking for their mothers. It was a painful journey, as not only did you discover the stories behind the women who were placed in a position where they were either forced to give up their baby for adoption, or they felt it would be best for the child, but also it followed some families reuniting for the first-time. The fantasy they had carried in their head for so many years didn’t always live up to the reality.

I could only imagine how it felt for the mothers to give up the baby and the moment when they realise their child is no longer considered theirs. I wanted to explore the concept of absolute pure love, and the grief that follows once a mother and child are separated.

Q) Can you talk us through the journey from idea to writing to publication?

A) Eli’s voice came to me one day. She was a woman who felt deep regret for the loss of her daughter. She was a young girl and powerless at the time to change the circumstances. I wrote a short story about it called Regret. Many of us have regrets; some more than others and in retrospect there are numerous aspects of our life we would change in an instant. But that is the power of hindsight. If we knew then, what we know now. Often, we forget that either the path is chosen for us and we are powerless to change it, or -and it is an important point to remember, when feeling regret – we did our very best under the circumstances at the time.

I managed to capture Eli’s voice enough that I knew I wanted to develop it further. I had written a number of chapters many years ago, and then placed it in a drawer – not knowing if there was anything in it. I took a break for a few years from writing after I suffered a huge personal loss of my own and I felt unable to write. However, my agent encouraged me to continue with this idea and having experienced such profound grief myself, I touched on those emotions within the book. I felt able to really relate to Eli, despite the circumstances being different. I’ve mentioned in another blog post about the Hebrew word ‘Mizpah’ and how it can be interpreted as ‘an emotional bond between two people despite either distance or death separating them’. This is very much what ties Eli to her daughter, and vice versa. They are both searching for each other. They are both hoping. Hope is such a wonderful thing. It propels us forward, no matter what it is we wish for, regardless what has gone before. As Eli says;‘Without hope, what have you got?’

Once I had finished the book and sent it to my agent, I was of course thrilled to be taken on by HQ Digital! Harper Collins isn’t a publisher to be sniffed at – so it was a huge boost in my wavering confidence! And here we are, ready for my own baby to be introduced to the world!

Q) What are your favourite authors and recommended reads?

Wow. So many. I can only name a few, but here goes …

Rohinton Mistry’s A Fine Balance, Anne Tyler’s Dinner at The Homesick Restaurant, Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner, Elizabeth Strout’s Olive Kitteridge, Jeffrey Euginides Middlesex, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun, Jodi Picoult’s Leaving Time, Julian Barnes’ Levels of Life, Steinbecks’ Pastures of Heaven, Jasmine Warga’s My Heart and Other Black Holes, Joyce Carol Oates’ We Were The Mulvaneys, Anthony Doerr’s All The Light We Cannot See, Fanny Flagg’s Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café, Daniel Woodrell’s A Winter’s Bone, and I have just read a preview copy of Jesmyn Ward’s Sing, Unburied, Sing – stunning.

Q) What were your childhood/teenage favourite reads?

A) I loved so many books when I was a kid; but here’s a few – Enid Blyton’s The Faraway Tree series, Judith Kerr’s When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit, Charlotte’s Web, all Roald Dahl books, Nancy Drew, The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe, Robert Louis Stephenson’s Kidnapped ….

Q) What has been your favourite moment of being a published author?

A) Seeing how welcoming and lovely book bloggers are. Incredibly encouraging and extraordinarily important in the publication process. I mean that. To take the time out to read, review, offer posts, Q&A’s and promote someone’s book – for free – is incredible, and I cant thank you and them enough.

Q) Who has been your source of support/encouragement, throughout the writing process?

A) I have been so lucky with the encouragement from first of all my agents Harriet Poland and Maggie Hanbury – they have been fantastic. They have a great sense of humour (which you absolutely need in times of stress!), they are open and honest, they have been incredibly lovely and supportive throughout the whole darn process and I can’t thank them enough.

My friends have been amazing. I know I am very privileged to have the friends I do – they have been there through thick and thin. They all know how important writing is to me and they have encouraged me to continue through all my ups and downs. From that group of friends, I have also had a few trusted readers along the way, who have been incredible – but one in particular; Hilary Durman has been my little feathered friend. She has sat on my shoulder and whispered words of encouragement and advice throughout this whole process.

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Em Muslin
Authors Links:
Web: www.emmuslin.com
Twitter:
@quaintrellem

Book available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, ibooks, Googlebooks, W H Smith, Kobo.
Available for just £1.99 on #Kindle 🙂

*Thank you for taking part in the Q&A on my blog, I wish you every success with your writing career.