Friday, 19 February 2016

UNCOVERED PICKS: Three New Thrillers

With so many new thrillers due to be hitting the shelves over the coming months, it's going to be a busy year of reading. For those fans of gripping psychological reads, here are three to add to the to-read list, including two debuts from Aga Lesiewicz and Melanie Raabe.

Re-Bound by Aga Lesiewicz (newly released)
I'm not a bad person, but maybe I did a bad thing...

Life is good for Anna Wright. She's a successful media executive working for one of the UK's largest TV corporations. She's got a great boyfriend, some close friends and a lovely home. She adores her dog, Wispa, and she loves to run to help her de-stress.

But Anna's perfect life starts to crumble from the moment when, out jogging on the Heath one day, she meets a handsome stranger. She takes a route into unfamiliar territory, and then she has to face the consequences.

There's a dark, growing creepiness as the atmosphere becomes unsettled and, as Anna's professional life becomes increasingly pressured and poisonous, her obsession with the intriguing stranger intensifies.

A startlingly addictive thriller from author Aga Lesiewicz, Rebound is an unputdownable debut.

The Trap by Melanie Raabe (published in May)
He knows what happened that night and she wrote a book about it but, when the doorbell rings, neither of them can be sure how the story will end.

Twelve years ago, Linda's sister Anna was murdered. Her killer was never caught, but Linda saw him. Now, all these years on, she's just seen him again. On TV.

He has since become a well-known reporter, and Linda - a famous novelist and infamous recluse - knows no one will believe her if she accuses him. So Linda does the only thing she can think of: she writes a thriller about a woman who is murdered, her killer never caught. When the book is published, she agrees to give just one media interview.

At home.

To the one person who knows more about the case than she does.

When She Was Bad by Tammy Cohen (published in April)
YOU SEE THE PEOPLE YOU WORK WITH EVERY DAY.

BUT WHAT CAN'T YOU SEE?

Amira, Sarah, Paula, Ewan and Charlie have worked together for years - they know how each one likes their coffee, whose love life is a mess, whose children keep them up at night. But their comfortable routine life is suddenly shattered when an aggressive new boss walks in...

Now, there's something chilling in the air.

Who secretly hates everyone?

Who is tortured by their past?

Who is capable of murder? 

Thursday, 18 February 2016

NEW RELEASE: Short story collection 'Tapestry' by Elle Turner

Tapestry is a new collection of short stories by author Elle Turner, containing twelve stories each focusing on relationships. The stories explore the complexities between life and love. Tapestry is available now, and you can find out more about Elle Turner and her writing over at her blog.

Never-ending
Imogen is unhappy in her brief marriage. She feels guilty because there is no “acceptable” reason to leave her husband, but she still wants to go. One day when Neil leaves for work she resolves to make her decision once and for all. Can she break free or are the ties of her marriage too strong?

Crush
Gemma’s love for Nicky is unrequited, but everything she does, she does with him in mind. Her feelings for him have ruled her life for years, any happiness she feels is short-lived because she recognises and is ashamed of her predicament. What will it mean for Gemma when Nicky finds out how strongly she feels?

The Letter
Maggie's life collapsed when her daughter, Mia, was sent to prison. Her marriage crumbled under the strain, she was unable to face Mia or deal with her guilt. But when she receives a letter from Mia explaining she is due for parole, Maggie cannot hide from her daughter any longer.

Fifty pence for the first step
Gemma turns to her boss, Andrew, for advice when she needs direction. Despite much soul-searching she finds that, sometimes, the most insignificant event can be the catalyst for positive action.

Never Let Go
Andrew may have given Gemma good advice, but he is unable to recognise the obsessive love his ex, Leanna, feels for him. Leanna is determined to get Andrew back from his new girlfriend, Merin, but what lengths will she go to?

Not Everybody Hurts
Nilbreaks is a fast acting wonder pill that cures and prevents broken hearts. Violet despairs that, as a result of taking the pill, no one actually cares about anyone anymore. She resolves to get Nilbreaks taken off the market but meets resistance from her friends and colleagues.

Again
After the end of her marriage, Freya finds love unexpectedly with Aidan and feels her life has begun anew. Everything is perfect until Aidan’s ex-girlfriend, Melody, returns to his life leaving Freya’s future uncertain. Again.

I hope you get your rabbit
A teenage mother makes a heart-breaking decision about her new born baby. This is her opportunity to tell him why.

Meeting Eric
After years of waiting, Kate nervously prepares for the day she will finally meet Eric.

Lost
Gerry is the love of Chrissie’s life, but they didn’t stay together. She thinks of him a lot, her past is always in her present and she expects it to stay that way. That is until her friend turns up with news of Gerry. What happens to the future when your past isn’t there anymore?

Living Without
Claudia starts to become her own person after years of living in her parents’, then husband’s and children’s shadows. She has her own flat; her professional life is going well, but is her newfound independence all that she expected it to be?

The Beginning
No matter how hard life gets, there is always hope and the memory of what love can be like, especially what it’s like in the beginning.

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

COMING SOON: So Now You're Back by Heidi Rice

What if your ex was about to expose your deepest secrets in a tell-all book? In So Now You're Back by romance author Heidi Rice, which is due for release this month, Halle is about to face this very predicament...

‘Domestic Diva’ Halle Best is world as Queen of the Kitchen, and for making a successful career in TV despite having a baby at sixteen. Now 38 and happy with her success, Halle panics when she discovers that her ex is writing a book that could expose all of her secrets. In order to stop him, she’ll have to speak to him face to face, which could also mean falling infuriatingly in love with him all over again!

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

NEW RELEASES: The Secrets of Happiness by Lucy Diamond

Pan Macmillan have recently published the latest novel from Lucy Diamond, author of The Beach Cafe, One Night in Italy and The Year of Taking Chances. The Secrets of Happiness (with its absolutely beautiful cover!) focuses on two stepsisters, Rachel and Becca. When Rachel fails to return home, Becca must help in any way she can, realising that things aren't exactly as they seem...

The best things in life ...can be just around the corner.

Rachel and Becca aren't real sisters, or so they say. They are stepsisters, living far apart, with little in common. Rachel is the successful one: happily married with three children and a big house, plus an impressive career. Artistic Becca, meanwhile, lurches from one dead-end job to another, shares a titchy flat, and has given up on love. The two of them have lost touch, but when Rachel doesn't come home one night, Becca is called in to help. Once there, she quickly realizes that her stepsister's life is not so perfect after all: Rachel's handsome husband has moved out, her children are rebelling, and her glamorous career has taken a nosedive. Worst of all, nobody seems to have a clue where she might be. As Becca begins to untangle Rachel's secrets, she is forced to confront some uncomfortable truths about her own life, and the future seems uncertain. But sometimes happiness can be found in the most unexpected places...

Monday, 15 February 2016

NEW RELEASES: Making It Up as I Go Along by Marian Keyes

Fans of bestselling chick-lit author Marian Keyes may already be familiar with her wonderfully funny (and very truthful!) collections of essays and articles, including Under the Duvet. Now, her latest collection, titled Making It Up as I Go Along, has just been released, and is packed with more great stories from the life of Marian.

'Fabulous shoes, my badly made stews, an Antarctic cruise and ten pounds to lose. Having to schmooze when I'd far rather snooze. Skin care and bad hair and what should I wear? All kinds of views, which I hope will amuse...' 

Welcome to the magnificent Making It Up as I Go Along - aka the World According to Marian Keyes (trade mark) - A bold, brilliant book bursting with Marian's hilarious and heartfelt observations on modern life, love and much, much else besides. Such as? you are determined to ask. Well, how about her guide to breaking up with your hairdresser? Or the warning she has for us all after a particularly traumatic fling with fake tan. There's the pure and bounteous joy of the nail varnish museum. Not to mention the very best lies to tell if you find yourself on an Arctic cruise. She has words of advice for those fast approaching fifty. And she's here to tell you the secret truth about writers - well, this one anyway. 

You'll be wincing in recognition and scratching your head in incredulity, but like Marian herself you won't be able to stop laughing at the sheer delightful absurdity that is modern life - because each and every one of us is clearly making it up as we go along. 

Friday, 12 February 2016

UNCOVERED PICKS: Five February Releases

New month, new reads! With so many new books being published during February, it was difficult to select just five. But here are some of the new titles being released this month, including novels from Ilana Fox and Fiona Gibson.

The Glittering Art of Falling Apart by Ilana Fox
1980s Soho is electric. For Eliza, the heady pull of its nightclubs and free-spirited people leads her into the life she has craved - all glamour, late nights and excitement. But it comes at a heavy cost. Cassie is fascinated by her family's history and the abandoned Beaufont Hall. Why won't her mother talk about it? Offered the chance to restore Beaufont to its former glory, Cassie jumps at the opportunity to learn more about her past. Separated by a generation, but linked by a forgotten diary, these two women have more in common than they know...

The Woman Who Upped and Left by Fiona Gibson
Forget about having it all. Sometimes you just want to leave it all behind. Audrey is often seized by the urge to walk out of her house without looking back - but she can't possibly do that. She is a single parent. She is needed. She has a job, a home, responsibilities...and a slothful teenage son's pants to pick up. But no one likes being taken for granted - Audrey least of all - so the time has come for drastic action. And no one's going to stand in her way... 

The Stylist by Rosie Nixon
London boutique is plucked from obscurity and mistakenly offered a job working with Mona Armstrong, the infamous, jet-setting 'stylist to the stars', she hits the ground running, helping to style some of Hollywood's hottest (and craziest) starlets. As awards season spins into action Mona is in hot demand and Amber's life turned upside down. Suddenly she catching the attention of two very different suitors, TV producer Rob and Hollywood bad boy rising star Liam. How will Amber keep her head? And what the hell will everyone wear? 

Opening Belle by Maureen Sherry
A whip-smart and funny novel told by a former Wall Street insider who reveals what it s like for a working woman to balance love, ambition, and family in a world of glamorous excess, outrageous risk-taking, and jaw-dropping sexism. In 2008, Isabelle a self-made, thirty-something Wall Street star appears to have it all: an Upper West Side apartment, three healthy children, a handsome husband, and a high-powered job. But her reality is something else. Her trading desk work environment resembles a 1980s frat party, her husband feels employment is beneath him, and the bulk of childcare and homecare still falls in Belle s already full lap. Enter Henry, the former college fiance she never quite got over; now a hedge fund mogul. He becomes her largest client, and Belle gets to see the life she might have had with him. While Henry campaigns to win Belle back, the sexually harassed women in her office take action to improve their working conditions, and recruit a wary Belle into a secret glass ceiling club whose goal is to mellow the cowboy banking culture and get equal pay for their work. All along, Belle can sense the financial markets heading toward their soon-to-be historic crash and that something has to give and when it does, everything is going to change: her marriage, her career, her world, and her need to keep her colleagues hands to themselves.

Making Headlines by Jennifer Hansen
Working as a TV reporter has its challenges, but when Rachel Bentley decides to aim high and become a newsreader, she faces a whole new minefield of explosive scenarios. 

Rachel's path sees her pitched against egos in the newsroom, office politics and corrupt politicians, not to mention rampant sexism and a mystery stalker. Juggling a messy personal life doesn't help, nor does the emotional impact of reporting on life's tragedies and when it all takes a toll and Rachel starts partying too hard, she finds herself making the headlines instead of reading them. 

Will she survive a world where dreams are shattered daily and will she find the man who can help her keep her soul?

Thursday, 11 February 2016

CUTE COVERS: Molly Miranda: Thick as Thieves

Having absolutely loved Jillianne Hamilton's action-packed debut novel Molly Miranda: Thief for Hire (let's face it, Molly is my kind of heroine), it was highly exciting to find out about the upcoming sequel - Molly Miranda: Thick as Thieves. And after seeing the cover, I'm even more excited! The novel will follow professional thief Molly in a brand new adventure...

Molly Miranda has made a successful living from "acquiring" valuables and delivering them to clients who pay buckets of cash for her unique services. Things go astray when she knocks boots with her charming roommate right before taking off to Scotland with an untrustworthy wildcard on a job assignment that doesn't go quite as planned. 

Join Molly on her hilarious adventures as she dodges bullets, trespasses, wears disguises, and steals her way into trouble...

"How much fun is this? I'm loving the debut from Hamilton—now I need more about her sassy, sometimes awkward and always brave heroine, Molly Miranda. Stealing other people's stuff has never been so charming. Bravo!" - Patti Larsen, award-winning author of the Hayle Coven series.

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