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THE GIRL WHO CRIED WOLF by BELLA JAMES

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A wonderful read. Bella James has created a very realistic protagonist in Anna – she’s a complicated and yet sympathetic character. She faces huge challenges and has a few personal issues to deal with. Great use of dialogue to create tension and depth of character. The novel contains a few surprises and goes in directions you might not expect – and that’s a good thing. The themes are handled sensitively and overall the novel is uplifting. ‘The Girl Who Cried Wolf’ examines what it means to be alive, and as one character says: “The road is more difficult for some, but that does not make it less extraordinary or beautiful or worthwhile’.

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FALCO is now out

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“Ancient powers are stirring”.

Luke discovers a new identity and realises that only he can stop humanity from destroying our beautiful planet. But what can one teenager do? Is one person able to change the attitudes of billions of people? How will he influence governments and corporations to change their ways? If only he had the ancient magic of Nature at his fingertips. And Gaia is finally awakening…

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FALCO NOW AVAILABLE ON PRE-ORDER

FALCO is the sequel to PICA, further exploring the ancient magic of nature in a contemporary setting.

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or here for Amazon US

Here’s the blurb:

Ancient powers are stirring.

As Luke continues to develop his skills as Felis, he finds himself hunting, surviving and using feline instincts, as well as fine-tuning his powers over nature, becoming more powerful than he’d ever dreamed.

However, Luke’s parents find him tearing away and struggle to understand how their son is changing so much – not realising the true extent of it. When a new transformation forces him to leave, he flies across the world and learns how to survive, meeting others who share his powers which opens up a new world to Luke, one he must learn to co-exist alongside.

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WHAT THE REVIEWERS ARE SAYING ABOUT PICA

“One of the most charming fantasy novels I’ve read in years. An engrossing and original story, beautifully told. Wonderful!”

Michael Moorcock

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“It’s one of those ‘one of a kind, never read that before’ books … it’s a great read that will change your perceptions of the world and make you think twice about what humanity really is.”

Confessions of a Book Lover

“Pica is beautiful, complex, forceful and always gripping. Jeff Gardiner is undoubtedly one of the greatest storytellers.”

Paulo Brito, Porto VIII

“I loved this book, it’s just so unique and eye opening. The story never gets dull. As the magic and fantasy aspect gets deeper and bigger, so does reality. It was an incredible read.”

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Indigo’s Dragon by Sofi Croft

I’m delighted to introduce YA author Sofi Croft to my blog. She is here to tell us about the Dragon of Krakow, which inspired her new novel, ‘Indigo’s Dragon’.Her post below also includes an intriguing extract. There are purchase links at the end of the post. Don’t miss out on this brand new Accent YA adventure. Over to you, Sofi…

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The Dragon of Krakow is a famous dragon from Polish folklore. He lived in a cave in Wawel Hill, on the banks of the River Vistula, and spent most of his time terrorising the population of Krakow. The cave, located underneath Wawel Castle and Cathedral, is now free of the dragon and has become a popular tourist destination. A metal dragon can be found outside the cave, breathing fire every few minutes.

Stories about the Dragon of Krakow have been told since at least the 12th century, and as with most stories of that age that are many different versions. All of the ones I have found end with the dragon being destroyed; sometimes slain by a prince, but more often poisoned by a tailor or shoemaker using a sheep stuffed with sulphur.

The Dragon of Krakow was one of the inspirations for Indigo’s Dragon. I took the story and thought what if …? I expanded it, weaved in other threads, and twisted it into another tale.

Like living things stories often grow, evolve and reproduce, and I hope by borrowing and changing the story of the Dragon of Krakow I have not done it an injustice, but helped to keep it alive.

Here is a short extract from Indigo’s Dragon, which features the indestructible story of the Dragon of Krakow:

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Rue sat and pushed her fingers into the sand. ‘He grew up in Krakow, when the city was young. It was beautiful. Cobblestone streets, wooden buildings, roofs painted gold and blue, willows drooping into the clear blue waters of the River Vistula, and a stone castle on a green hill overlooking it all. The people were peaceful and happy.’ She turned to Indigo and her eyes darkened with anger. ‘That was before Smok came.’

‘The dragon?’ Indigo sat next to her, and she continued.

‘Krakow never recovered from the damage he did. Dragons can be so destructive.’ Rue shook her head. ‘Over time the smoke cleared, the ash washed away, houses were rebuilt, crops grew back, livestock recovered, and trade returned. But it wasn’t the same. Every family had lost a loved one, either killed by Smok, or by the starvation he caused. The people changed from peaceful to warlike. They built armies and weapons. They were scared, suspicious, and selfish, thinking only of self-preservation. Orava was a tailor. He made beautiful clothes for the king and the princess. Smok turned him into a killer.’

‘Orava killed Smok?’ Indigo felt a pang of grief. He had thought Smok was alive – Omi kept pointing to the sky and saying his name, as if she were waiting for him.

Rue nodded. ‘Orava filled a sheepskin with explosives, sewed it up, and planted it near Smok’s cave.’

‘Boom,’ Indigo whispered, remembering the picture on the side of Opi’s book.

‘Orava never forgave Smok for making him do that, or for what he did to the town. He’s still angry about it, and the anger eats away at him.’ Rue looked at Wojtek, who was now swimming towards them. ‘So you see he has good reason to hate him. To hate all dragons.’

‘Indigo’s Dragon’ (Indigo’s Dragon #1) by Sofi Croft is a children’s fantasy novel full of adventure, mystery, monsters and dragons.

It is published by AccentYA on 23rd June

You can find out more about Sofi and her books on her website www.soficroft.com

PICA launched at The London Book Fair

 

LBF6On Tuesday 12th April 2016, Accent Press launched their YA novels at The London Book Fair – including my own YA fantasy, PICA.

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The London Book Fair – held at Olympia – is  an incredibly overwhelming experience. I wandered around for two hours and didn’t see it all. But I was lucky enough to hear author Peter James talk about research and plotting over at Author HQ.

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Accent Press had their own stall showing their fantastic array of titles with beautiful covers.

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At 4pm, AccentYA was officially launched with an annoncement, plus drinks and nibbles. It was a great opportunity to meet the Accent team, fellow authors, plus sellers and others in the book trade.

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Some were lucky enough to take away a bag of goodies.

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We were all well looked after by the incredibly friendly Accent Team, and treated to a delicious meal in Notting Hill. It was an exciting and fascinating day.

Thank you Accent Press.

To get connected with Accent Press and AccentYA:

https://www.accentpress.co.uk/

http://accentya.com/

Tom Williams launches ‘Back Home’.

Tom williamsI’m delighted to welcome fellow Accent Press author, Tom Williams, to my blog. His new novel, ‘Back Home’ completes his Victorian London series, The Williamson Papers. The tagline on the cover reads: ‘Desperation can drive you to do terrible things’… Tom offers us an insight into his world followed by a short extract with links for further details.

People often think that historical novels are form of escapism, and I guess many of them are. But the stories that people tell about history often reveal more about the world of today than about the past. Many years ago, when China was just opening to the West, we were able to visit there. We soon realised that in a country where open criticism of the government was impossible the stories that people chose to tell about their history were often not especially subtly coded comments on the political events of the (then) 20th century.

My series of books about the (fictional) John Williamson and his adventures around some (very non-fictional) events of the mid-19th century was always intended to allow me to raise issues that are more about 2016 than 1850. Back Home completes the trilogy and is the most overtly political of the books.

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While The White Rajah and Cawnpore explored issues around colonialism, Back Home sees John Williamson back in England and it looks at the social structures in this country that underlay Britain’s colonial adventures. The London of 1859 shares a surprising number of characteristics with the London of today. The city was undergoing a period of massive growth, much of it fuelled by cheap immigrant labour (from Ireland). The gap between rich and poor was enormous with the poor seeing few benefits from the economic success of the country. Unsurprisingly, perhaps, left-wing political extremism abroad was spreading to this country with Communism establishing itself here. The state responded with intensive surveillance and, where necessary, the substantial use of force.

We still hear, occasionally, politicians talk about returning to Victorian values. In Back Home John Williamson returns to the country where these values are being formed. Perhaps, before we blindly follow our leaders back 150 years, it is worth joining him on his journey to discover what those values actually were. This is where that journey begins:

When I had last been in England, King William was on the throne. Sailor Bill had seemed a cheery fellow. The war with France had ended less than twenty years before and King William’s reign always had something of a celebratory feel to it. Now, though, our monarch was Queen Victoria, and England presided over the greatest Empire the world had ever seen. Even in the Devon countryside, life moved with a purpose. Every man toiling in the fields, every woman hanging out her laundry – all played their part in the business of Empire, bringing, though the labourer might not have the leisure to appreciate it, unparalleled prosperity to the nation. Here was the very mainspring of that machine that sent its armies and its missionaries across the globe, to bring civilisation and Christianity to the peoples of the world, though, in my experience, they might be ignorant of their want of either.

The sight of so much industry was at once both impressive and unnerving. I felt as if I were a mere bumpkin, plucked from some obscure backwater and suddenly at the busy heart of things, but the people that I met were civil and, when I stopped for refreshment at a tavern, the ale was good and the landlord as friendly as might be. So I carried on my journey in an uncertain frame of mind, part excited and happy to be back in England, part apprehensive at the changes that I found.

Accent Press
Back Home
is published by Accent Press on 18 April.

 

LINKS

The White Rajah: myBook.to/WhiteRajah

Cawnpore: myBook.to/Cawnpore

Back Home: mybook.to/backhome

And here are the stories about James Burke.

Burke in the Land of Silver: myBook.to/LandofSilver

Burke and the Bedouin: mybook.to/Bedouin

Burke at Waterloo: myBook.to/BurkeWaterloo

 

I blog at http://thewhiterajah.blogspot.co.uk/

My Facebook author page is https://www.facebook.com/AuthorTomWilliams/

My Twitter handle is @TomCW99

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Interview with an Author: Jenny Kane

Jen and Abi's House 1I’m delighted to welcome bestselling author, Jenny Kane, to my blog – here to tell us about her positively wonderful novels…

What are the main ideas or themes in your book?

A typical ‘Jenny Kane’ story works around the idea of friendship, kindness, and coffee. The modern world is full of television shows that are based on laughing at the humiliation of other people, soap operas designed to depress, and reality programmes that work off the exploitation of failure. I try and make my books an antidote to that current popularity of negativity.

Without being sickly-sweet or twee, my books are about good people, trying to make their lives, and the lives of other people better. Usually while drinking a cup of coffee!

What is the setting or context of the narrative?

At the moment I am proofing the final round of edits for my next novel, ‘Another Glass of Champagne’, which will be out in June.

This is the fifth book in my ‘Another Cup of Coffee’ series, which is set in and around the Pickwicks Coffee Shop in Richmond, near London. With the popularity of coffee shops and cafes continually on the rise, such an establishment seemed the ideal location to bring together a group of characters to base my stories around.

As a daily coffee shop visitor myself (I am writing this from my personalised corner in my local cafe), I know that cafes are a hotbed of inspiration for stories!

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Tell us more about the main characters and their dilemmas.

In ‘Another Glass of Champagne’ the main characters are each facing a new challenge in their lives. When the first book, ‘Another Cup of Coffee’ was written, Kit, Amy, and Jack were all in their 30’s. Now they’re in the 40’s, and rather than their lives calming down- they are just as complicated as ever.

-Kit is coming to terms with her children leaving home.

-Amy is facing motherhood, just when she’d given up ever being a parent

-Jack on the other hand, is simply trying to start a brand new career- not to upset everyone- and maybe find himself a boyfriend that won’t let him down.

Why did you write this novel? Any other issues or ‘big ideas’ behind it.

I never dreamt that I would write ‘Another Glass of Champagne.’

When ‘Another Cup of Coffee’ was written it was going to be a standalone novel. It was a story that I had always wanted to write, about what might have happened to me if I didn’t make one major decision (that I did make) after university. I’m not going to tell you what that decision was- you’ll have to read ‘Another Cup of Coffee’ to find out!

I had no hopes to expand, it. But thanks to luck, and kind readers, I was asked to do a short Christmas sequel- and then another- and then another! ‘Another Glass of Champagne’, (a full length novel this time), will be the last one of this series.

How do you go about writing a novel? Is it a simple or complex process?

I find writing a novel fairly simple. The complex bit is finding the time to sit and write in between my three part time jobs and looking after my family.

What advice do you have for less experienced writers?

Be patient. Success in writing usually comes slowly- and it can’t be counted in monetary reward. Your success has to be assessed via the number of people you have made happy with your words.

What are you working on currently?

I am currently writing the sequel to my Cornish romance, ‘Abi’s House’. This new novel, ‘Abi’s Neighbour’, will be out in Summer 2017.

What would your perfect day be?

Coffee to hand, a fresh notebook and pen at the ready, and no ‘real’ work demands stopping me from writing!

If you could leave a message to the world, what would it be?

Be kind.

Thanks, Jenny, for your thoughts and for telling us about your wonderful books. All the best with your writing projects.

Many thanks for inviting me along today, Jeff.

Jenny xx

Buy link for ‘Another Cup of Coffee’ – mybook.to/cupcoffee 

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Jenny Kane Bio-

With a background in history and archaeology, Jenny Kane should really be sat in a dusty university library translating Medieval Latin criminal records, before writing research documents that hardly anyone would want to read. Instead, tucked away in the South West of England, Jenny Kane writes stories with one hand, while working for a Distance Learning Company with the other.

Jenny spends a large part of her time in the local Costa, where she creates her stories, including the novels Abi’s House (Accent Press, June 2015), Romancing Robin Hood (Accent Press, 2014), the best selling contemporary romance Another Cup of Coffee (Accent Press, 2013), and the novella length sequels Another Cup of Christmas (Accent Press, 2013), Christmas in the Cotswolds, (Accent Press, 2014), and Christmas at the Castle, (Accent Press, 2015).

Her next full length novel, Another Glass of Champagne, (Part 5 of the Another Cup of… series), will be published by Accent Press in June 2016.

Jenny Kane is also the author of quirky children’s picture books There’s a Cow in the Flat (Hushpuppy, 2014) and Ben’s Biscuit Tin (Hushpuppy, 2015)

Keep your eye on Jenny’s blog at www.jennykane.co.uk for more details.

Twitter- @JennyKaneAuthor

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/JennyKaneRomance?ref=hl

Jenny Kane also writes erotica as Kay Jaybee. (www.kayjaybee.me.uk)

 

Leonardo DiCaprio would enjoy reading PICA

Leonardo DiCaprio deservedly won the oscar for epic film ‘The Revenant’. Collecting his award he said a few things about the environment.

“Climate change is real… it is the most urgent threat facing our entire species”.

“Let us not take this planet for granted”.

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Like ‘The Revenant’ my novel, PICA, explores our relationship with the natural world. Luke is challenged to find a way to save our dying planet, and with the help of his enigmatic friend, Guy, he begins to uncover some of the secrets and ancient magic of nature.

Pollution, deforestation, garbage, over-population and our obsession with consumerism are some of the ways we are killing mother earth. Doing the recycling and not using plastic bags is great, but how can we stop the horror on a global scale?

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For more information visit my website or go to Accent Press