Dec 082015
 

Five full length novels from best-selling contemporary women’s fiction authors in one boxset 

 

The School Gates – Nicola May

Winner of Best Author Read Award – Festival of Romance 

The school gates are a great social leveller, with parents from all walks of life brought together whether they like it or not at the start and end of their children’s day. For a few, friendships forged there will bring drama, for others consolation, for some romance… 

When single working mum Alana reveals the identity of her love-child’s father, she isn’t prepared for the consequences. Dana knows she should be content with her perfect house and perfect husband but finds herself longing for another child and wishing for more fulfillment. Mo’s life has always been hard, but the violence of her alcoholic husband could be the last straw, which only friendship with super-mum Joan can get her through. And what of gay Daddy Gordon? 

Will he be able to juggle parenthood and cope with his broken heart at the same time?

 

The Swan Lake – Lisa Ryan

‘Magical…really fabulous.’ Joanne Harris bestselling author of Chocolat 

When Astarte Weaver finds her boyfriend and best friend in her bed, she returns to County Clare in Ireland, a place that holds happy childhood memories, and buys a ruined cottage in an area that the locals call “the Swan Lake.” 

Trying to rebuild her home – and her life – with the help of local builder Flynn, Astarte gradually becomes part of the tightly knit local community, but when tragedy hits the small village, Astarte discovers that the only way to heal the sorrow of the present is to come to terms with the events of the past.

 

Going the Distance – Christina Jones

“A lively romp through rural England.” New Woman 

Book One in the Milton St John Trilogy. 

Maddy Beckett lives in the horse-racing village of Milton St John. Recovered from a disastrous love-affair and running her own small business, she’s happy being single until she meets and falls for the gorgeous Drew Fitzgerald. Everything about Drew is perfect – until his cool and impossibly elegant wife appears on the scene. Maddy loves Drew, but doesn’t know if she loves him enough to become “the other woman”? Morally, it’s out of the question, but physically…? 

Has their relationship got what it takes to go the distance?

 

Off the Record – Alison Rose

This is the chance of a lifetime, so don’t blow it! 

Journalist Kate Armstrong has always known that music icon Johnson Brand’s platinum-selling first album was written about his break-up with her mother, Alexandra. When Kate’s boss sends her out to interview the star himself, her life is turned upside down when her resemblance to Alexandra prompts Johnson to seek out her mother and renew their relationship. 

Kate suddenly has a lot on her plate – coming to terms with Alexandra and Johnson’s rekindling relationship, as well as keeping the two of them out of the public eye, all the while trying to resist the advances of Johnson’s playboy son, Paul. She thinks she has everything under control, until a threatening figure from the band’s past rears its ugly head. 

Will love tear them all apart … again?

 

Straight on ’till Morning – Lynne Barrett-Lee

‘It was then that it struck me, with terrifying clarity. I was going to die at any moment. I was going to die, moreover, in a pair of tartan pyjamas and a grubby black cardigan. For whatever was attached to the headlights in front of me was driving on my side of the road…’

So begins Sally Matthews’ date with destiny. She doesn’t actually believe in destiny, of course – she’s way too busy looking after her husband, arranging her step-daughter’s wedding, and humouring her mum-on-a-mission (which currently involves Tony Blair). No surprise, then, that she’s out late at night to pick up her teenage daughter with nothing but a dog and cricket bat for company. In short, Sally hasn’t time for a near-death experience. However handsome the man who’s about to run her off the road…

 

 

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Dec 072015
 

It’s two days before Christmas and Evie Harris finds herself both manless and jobless. After a chance encounter with handsome Greg (and egged on by her toy-boy-eating friend, Bea) she agrees to work at a homeless shelter on Christmas Day. 

Striking up an unlikely friendship with homeless Yves, Evie begins an unwitting journey of spiritual awakening, all set against the sparkling winter backdrop of London. 

A New Year’s Eve revelation is on its way … but will it leave Evie with a happy heart, or will she allow the pre-Christmas past to dictate her future?

 

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Dec 062015
 

Leaving Glasgow under a cloud when she is forced from her teaching job by a vindictive colleague, Lara Mason uproots herself and moves to provincial Loreburn, determined to put her past behind her. Needing a home in a hurry, she takes the first room she can find, in a house with handsome fellow teacher Mick, whose laid-back manner is infuriating and seriously distracting. Resolving to move out as soon as possible, Lara’s interest is caught by Ladybank Row, a dilapidated group of 1930s houses which remain a genteel haven in the centre of town. Developing them proves to be a serious commitment beset by endless problems. Mick offers to help, but Lara isn’t so sure she should let him …

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Dec 052015
 

The Silent Quarry is the first in the DI Winter Meadows series by Cheryl Rees-Price.

In 1987 a quiet Welsh village was devastated by a brutal attack on two schoolgirls, Bethan Hopkins and Gwen Collier. Only Gwen survived, with horrific injuries and no memory of the attack. The killer was never caught.

Now, nearly thirty years later, Gwen has gone missing and DI Winter Meadows is assigned to the case. Charismatic and intuitive, he has an uncanny gift for finding the truth. But in this small and close-knit community, the past is never far away, and those who have secrets will go to any lengths to keep them. Tensions run high as old feelings and accusations are stirred. And DI Meadows has to battle his own demons as he uncovers a truth he wished had stayed in the past …

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Dec 042015
 

A kindly voice from the ‘Lost or Stolen’ option at the other end of the phone confirmed that no one had taken money from her cards in the short time they’d gone missing. Thank heavens. She decided there was no need to cancel them …

When Georgie Hamilton’s car goes missing and then reappears outside her house hours later, her family is convinced she must have left it there – after all, her handbag is still on the back seat. But as her bank accounts start being emptied, and her husband’s and clients’ funds are raided too, it’s clear someone has stolen her identity and is playing fast and loose with it. Her marriage under strain and her business suddenly in tatters, Georgie is forced to confront her past. It’s time to face up to what happened to her over twenty years ago … time to face up to the real Georgie Hamilton.

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Dec 032015
 

A classic murder mystery by acclaimed crime writer Bernard Knight.

When super-rich Margaret Walker is found dead after a wild party, people assume it was an overdose – until a knife wound, almost invisible, is discovered on her body. But who would have wanted to murder her?

As the investigation progresses, it is discovered that some of the party guests may have had a motive to kill Margaret…but were those motives enough to make someone a murderer – or was it a case of mistaken identity?

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Dec 022015
 

Book One in the Dancing for the Devil trilogy 

Can her love heal his haunted heart?

Cape Wrath, Scotland, November 1847.

Bruce McGunn is a man as brutal and unforgiving as his land. Discharged from the army, he is haunted by the spectres of his fallen comrades and convinced he is going mad. And he is running out of time to save his estate from the machinations of Cameron McRae, heir to the McGunn’s ancestral enemies. When the clipper carrying McRae’s new bride is caught in a violent storm and docks at Wrath harbour, Bruce decides to revert to the old ways and hold the clipper and the woman to ransom. However, far from the spoilt heiress he expected, Rose is genuine, funny and vulnerable – a ray of sunshine in the long, harsh winter that has become his life.

Rose is determined to escape Wrath and its proud master – the man she calls McGlum.

Will she be reunited with Cameron McRae, the dazzlingly handsome aristocrat she married after a whirlwind romance in Algiers, or will she risk her heart and her honour to help Bruce discover the truth about his past and solve the brutal murders committed on his land?

Dream Catcher is the first book in the Dancing for the Devil trilogy and will be followed by Blue Bonnets and Sword Dance.

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Dec 012015
 

The first three of James Green’s bestselling series Agents of Independence in one boxset. 

Another Small Kingdom

In July 1790 the US Congress established the Contingent Fund
of Foreign Intercourse in response to a request from President George Washington for funds to finance intelligence operations. The Fund was granted $40,000 which, within three years had grown to $1 million, more than 10% of the Federal Budget. Successive administrations developed and expanded this Fund until, in 1947, President Harry Truman signed into law the National Security Act – and the CIA was born

A Union Not Blessed

1805. Thomas Jefferson is about to begin a second term, but with a new Vice President. Aaron Burr, dropped from Jefferson ‘s ticket, is a bitter and resentful man bent on revenge. In Boston Jean Marie Macleod, a middle-aged lawyer is a worried man. His young and beautiful wife, Marie, seems restless and dissatisfied. Macleod decides to seek advice from a friend in New York and, while there, meets an old acquaintance, Sebastian Francisco de Miranda, South American freedom fighter, Russian secret agent and adventurer. This chance meeting sweeps Macleod into a dark and dangerous world of espionage and violence. His young wife, Marie, sets out to discover what has happened to her husband, also falls in with old friends and is sucked into the terrifying vortex. A Union Not Blessed is a story of treason and betrayal by those who founded America and were appointed its guardians, the men who had become the enemy within.

The Eagle Turns

1850 and America is violently divided on the issue of slavery. When President Zachary Taylor dies, suddenly and under questionable circumstances, it is left to his Vice President, Millard Fillmore, a weaker man, to find ways to keep the North and the South apart.
In New York, child of Irish immigrants, Matthew O’Hanlon is fired from his job as a newsman on the Herald but, surprisingly, finds work as Foreign Correspondent for the Associated Press in Panama City. There he is given accommodation with a Dr Couperin, his wife and beautiful daughter, Edith, but finds himself caught up with the secret agents protecting America’s commercial interests during the struggle for control of Panama’s trade routes and, as it crashes about him, realises that he has been living in a house of cards. Set against the Gold Rush and the opening up of California and the Oregon Territories, when the United States walked a narrow and dangerous line, The Eagle Turns charts the course of history as America’s Secret Services struggle to bring prosperity amid the conflict

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Nov 302015
 

“As feel-good and cosy as a goosedown duvet” Jill Mansell 

“A lively romp through rural England.” New Woman 

“Warm, witty and wonderful” Katie Fforde 

 

The prequel to Going the Distance… 

Rosa Brennan loves her job as stable jockey at the Victoriana Grange racing stables in rural Berkshire, where wealthy Jersey-based owner Kit Pedersen keeps his string of top-class horses. But her happiness and the entire future of Victoriana Grange is suddenly thrown into jeopardy by the arrival of the beautiful and arrogant Claudia Rochelle who is determined that Kit should move his horses elsewhere. When Kit and Rosa meet for the first time sparks fly – but Rosa is determined that Kit mustn’t take his horses away – while Claudia, sensing a growing attraction between Kit and Rosa – is equally determined that she will win… 

Book One in the Milton St John series 

Maddy Beckett lives in the horse-racing village of Milton St John. Recovered from a disastrous love-affair and running her own small business, she’s happy being single until she meets and falls for the gorgeous Drew Fitzgerald. Everything about Drew is perfect – until his cool and impossibly elegant wife appears on the scene. Maddy loves Drew, but doesn’t know if she loves him enough to become “the other woman”? Morally, it’s out of the question, but physically…? 

Has their relationship got what it takes to go the distance?

Book Two of The Milton John series

Georgia Drummond and her grandmother, Cecilia, run a small but successful transport company. When gorgeous Rory Faulkner walks into her life – both personally and professionally – Georgia is delighted. Then things start to go very wrong: the business loses clients and a series of accidents looks more and more suspicious. Is there any connection between Rory’s arrival and the problems? Is Rory who he claims to be? And is Georgia prepared to lose the man she loves and run the risk to find out?

Book Three in The Milton St John series 

Jemima Carlisle’s father lost their home, their money, and even her mother through his gambling addiction, so it’s hardly surprising that his daughter hates everything to do with horseracing with a passion. 

Opening a bookshop in Milton St John, a village right in the middle of all the biggest race training yards in the country, isn’t the brightest thing she’s ever done. The bookshop suddenly becoming the focus for village intrigue doesn’t exactly help matters, but when Jemima falls for jump jockey and lady-killer Charlie Somerset, she quickly learns that jumping to conclusions is bound to end in disaster …

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Nov 292015
 

A festive special, complete with Beauchamps Major and Minor.

It’s nearly Christmas in Belchester and the carol singers are out in full swing. So too are the thieves! A spate of burglaries is underway and the police are baffled. 

When Belchester Towers becomes a target, Lady Amanda Golightly is determined to get to the bottom of it all. None of the usual criminal types in the city seem to be involved, but after a bit of lateral thinking and old chum Hugo’s help, Lady Amanda is off, sniffing after a totally unsuspected scent…

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