Chill with a Book Awards for Indie Authors

Monday, 25 September 2017

Dark Spirit by Susan Appleyard


Dark Dpirit

has RECEIVED a


Chill with a Book READERS’ Award


Born into the royal Wittelsbach family of Bavaria, with its legacy of madness, depression and eccentricity, Ludwig II's extravagant and ruinously expensive building projects, coupled with increasingly aberrant behaviour caused the people of his day to wonder. Was Ludwig mad? Was he a genius? Was he just a lonely man, having looked for and given up on love, seeking for some kind of spiritual fulfilment? Even today, we wonder. What was the impetus behind his compulsion to build? And was he really insane or a victim of his own government's scheming?

Dark Spirit was read and evaluated by Chill's readers against the following...


Were the characters strong and engaging?
 Was the book well written?
Did the story / plot have you turning the page to find out what happened next?
Was the ending satisfying?
Would you recommend to someone who reads this kind of story?





This book has also received...







Thursday, 21 September 2017

Someone Close to Home by Alex Craigie


Someone Close to Home

has RECEIVED a


Chill with a Book READERS’ Award

Talented pianist Megan Youngblood has it all – fame, fortune and Gideon.

But Gideon isn’t good enough for Megan’s ambitious, manipulative mother, whose meddling has devastating repercussions for Megan and for those close to her.

Now, trapped inside her own body, she is unable to communicate her needs or fears as she faces institutional neglect in an inadequate care home.

And she faces Annie. Sadistic Annie who has reason to hate her. Damaged Annie who shouldn’t work with vulnerable people.

Just how far will Annie go?

'Someone Close To Home' is a story of love, malice and deadly menace.


Someone Close to Home was read and evaluated by Chill's readers against the following...


Were the characters strong and engaging?
 Was the book well written?
Did the story / plot have you turning the page to find out what happened next?
Was the ending satisfying?
Would you recommend to someone who reads this kind of story?




Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Winner of Chill Awards 1st Anniversary is…

After an overwhelming interest in Chill’s 1st Anniversary Prize Draw the winner is…


Surviving the Fatherland by Annette Oppenlander




Surviving the Fatherland will be added to the Award Programme for consideration for a Chill with a Book Readers’ Award.

The Award Programme…

Each book in the programme is read by an equal number of readers.
Each reader evaluates every book they read against a five point criteria

Were the characters strong and engaging?
Was the book well written?
Did the story / plot have you turning the page to find out what happened next?
Was the ending satisfying?
Would you recommend to someone who reads this kind of story?

The collective results determine if a book receives a Chill Readers’ Award.

To learn more about Chill Awards click HERE

A huge thank you to all authors who entered their title in the Prize Draw.




Monday, 18 September 2017

Reality Rehab by Lisa Mary London


Reality Rehab

has RECEIVED a


Chill with a Book READERS’ Award

Faded TV star Gloria Grayson has hit rock bottom. Sacked from her starring role in a top soap, divorced from hell-raising actor 'Mad' Tommy Mack, and obese from binge eating, her days as Britain's sexiest blonde are well and truly over.

Gloria has gained 70 lbs when a paparazzi snaps unflattering photos, and a cruel tabloid article relaunches her career. Instantly, she and her fat, feisty dog Baby-Girl are booked for TV's Reality Rehab. Gloria is locked up with an American psychotherapist, a rabble of D-list celebrities and umpteen cameras, then put on a starvation diet. But worse is to come, with the shock arrival of her alcoholic ex-husband.

Tears and tantrums ensue, as the divorced couple's joint therapy sessions take over the show and ratings soar. The other celebrities are infuriated to be sidelined and Reality Rehab fast becomes The Tommy and Glo Show. But Gloria and Tommy are hiding explosive secrets from each other and 10 million viewers - Reality is stranger than fiction!

Reality Rehab is the debut novel of Lisa Mary London, a journalist and former reality TV producer. A cast of hilarious characters, cliffhangers galore and an authentic voice that could only come from a TV insider, Reality Rehab is this year's must-read!

'Could just be the funniest book of the decade' - Rajee Narinesingh, US Reality TV Star

'The perfect frothy but sharply satirical read. Great fun!' - Bee Jones, Glossed in a Good Book

Donate to Dogs! Mutts with Friends Dog Rescue & Rehoming receives £1 from every paperback sold. Enjoy a rollicking good read and help hounds - Like Joey Essex, it's a no-brainer!


Reality Rehab was read and evaluated by Chill's readers against the following...


Were the characters strong and engaging?
 Was the book well written?
Did the story / plot have you turning the page to find out what happened next?
Was the ending satisfying?
Would you recommend to someone who reads this kind of story?




Saturday, 16 September 2017

The Tissue Veil by Brenda Bannister


The Tissue Veil

has RECEIVED a


Chill with a Book READERS’ Award

What if you discovered a hundred-year-old diary under your floorboards - and then found references in it to yourself? Or if you lived in 1901, yet kept seeing glimpses of a girl from modern times? And what if both of you had problems that only the other could really understand? Emily and Aysha live in the same Stepney house and an inexplicable link develops between them, fuelled by Aysha's discovery of a journal and Emily's sightings of a 'future ghost'. Each takes courage from the other's predicament - after all, what's a hundred years between friends?


The Tissue Veil was read and evaluated by Chill's readers against the following...


Were the characters strong and engaging?
 Was the book well written?
Did the story / plot have you turning the page to find out what happened next?
Was the ending satisfying?
Would you recommend to someone who reads this kind of story?




Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Gwenna by Vicky Adin


Gwenna

has RECEIVED a


Chill with a Book READERS’ Award

Against all odds, the plucky sweet maker refuses to relinquish her dreams.

Amid the bustling vibrancy of Auckland’s Karangahape Road, Gwenna Price’s passion is making sweets. Her pa had great plans for the family confectionery business when they emigrated from the valleys of Wales looking for a new life, but he died all too soon. Gwenna promised she would bring his dreams to life instead - and she would, if it wasn’t for her domineering stepbrother, Elias. With him in charge, it would be a matter of time before the business collapsed.

Falling in love with the cheeky and charming Johnno opens up other opportunities, but every step of the way Gwenna is thwarted. If not by Elias, then by Johnno’s father and the restraints of a society with strict Victorian values, but Gwenna is irrepressible. Nothing will stand in her way.

Throughout the twists and turns of love and tragedy, Gwenna is a young woman with uncommon courage, determination and ambition in an era when women were expected to stay at home. There are people who love her and those who are willing to help her achieve her goal but, blind to anything that distracts her from creating her legacy, Gwenna risks losing the one thing that matters to her the most.


Inspired by a true story from the author’s homeland, Gwenna is a fascinating insight into life in Auckland at the turn of the 20th century.

From the award winning author of ‘The Cornish Knot’ and ‘The Girl from County Clare’ – winner of a B.R.A.G medallion and a Chill with a Book Readers' Award - and whose writing has been compared to that of Catherine Cookson.


Gwenna was read and evaluated by Chill's readers against the following...


Were the characters strong and engaging?
 Was the book well written?
Did the story / plot have you turning the page to find out what happened next?
Was the ending satisfying?
Would you recommend to someone who reads this kind of story?




Monday, 11 September 2017

The Gathering Storm by Julia Brannan


The Gathering Storm by Julia Brannan

has RECEIVED a


Chill with a Book READERS’ Award

THE THIRD INSTALLMENT IN THE GRIPPING SERIES THAT FOLLOWS THE EXCITING LIVES OF BETH AND ALEX MACGREGOR, THEIR FAMILY AND FRIENDS.

The year is 1744, and Prince Charles Edward Stuart is stranded in France, his hopes temporarily frustrated, as the planned French invasion to restore his father to the British throne has had to be abandoned. The prince, frustrated beyond endurance, makes an impulsive decision that will change not only the lives of the MacGregor family, but the history of Britain, forever.

Meanwhile in London, Beth, bored to distraction by the inanity of society life, hatches a plot with her friend Caroline to free the timid Anne Maynard from the clutches of her domineering guardians.

Once it is clear that the much hoped-for invasion has been postponed, Alex and Beth go to Scotland for a few weeks in order to introduce her to her new clan and family. She is both excited and nervous at the prospect, but nothing in even her wildest dreams can prepare her for the challenges she is about to face.

An unexpected meeting whilst in Scotland has consequences that may prove disastrous for Beth and Alex. In London, events take an unexpected turn, as Beth's good deed has repercussions that she could never have envisaged, proving that the past is not easily forgiven or forgotten.

JOIN THE REBELLION OF BETH AND ALEX AND THEIR FIGHT FOR FREEDOM IN...
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The Gathering Storm was read and evaluated by Chill's readers against the following...


Were the characters strong and engaging?
 Was the book well written?
Did the story / plot have you turning the page to find out what happened next?
Was the ending satisfying?
Would you recommend to someone who reads this kind of story?




Friday, 1 September 2017

Chill Awards Celebrates 1st Anniversary



Chill with a Book Awards Celebrates its 1st Anniversary


As part of celebrating our 1st Anniversary, Chill Awards is running a Prize Draw.



Indie Authors are invited to put forward a title they have published.
**note only one title per author**


Before the end of the month one title will be randomly picked and placed in the Award Programme
Find out more about Chill Awards for Indie Authors by clicking HERE

The winner will be announced on this web site and Chill's Facebook page


Participants simply email Pauline with one of their Indie Published titles along with their pen name.

Draw closes on Friday15th September 








Thursday, 31 August 2017

Book of the Month - The Curse of Arundel Hall by J New


The Curse of Arundel Hall

is 


Book of the Month

for August 2017

One ghost, one murder, one hundred years apart. But are they connected?

Ella has discovered a secret room in The Yellow Cottage, but with it comes a ghost. Who was she? And how did she die? Ella needs to find the answers before either of them can find peace. But suddenly things take a nasty turn for the worse.

Ella Bridges has been living on Linhay Island for several months but still hasn’t discovered the identity of her ghostly guest. Deciding to research the history of her cottage for clues she finds it is connected to Arundel Hall, the large Manor House on the bluff, and when an invitation to dinner arrives realises it is the perfect opportunity to discover more.

However the evening takes a shocking turn when one of their party is murdered. Is The Curse of Arundel Hall once again rearing its ugly head, or is there a simpler explanation? 

Ella suddenly finds herself involved in two mysteries at once, and again joins forces with Scotland Yard’s Police Commissioner to try and catch a killer. But will they succeed?


‘Miss Marple meets The Ghost Whisperer’ – Perfect For Fans of Golden Age Murder Mysteries, Cozy Mysteries, Clean Reads and British Amateur Sleuths







This book has also received....










Wednesday, 30 August 2017

PB Award for Gorgito's Ice Rink by Elizabeth Ducie


Gorgito's Ice Rink by Elizabeth Ducie

has been AWARDED


PB special AWARD

Gorgito's Ice Rink was runner up in Writing Magazine's 2015 Self-Published Book of the Year Awards.

Two small boys grieving for lost sisters — torn between family and other loves. Can the fulfilment of one promise make up for the failure to keep an earlier one?

When Gorgito Tabatadze sees his sister run off with a soldier, he is bereft. When she disappears into Stalin’s Gulag system, he is devastated. He promises their mother on her death-bed he will find the missing girl and bring her home; but it is to prove an impossible quest.

Forty years later, Gorgito, now a successful businessman in post-Soviet Russia, watches another young boy lose his sister to a love stronger than family. When a talented Russian skater gets the chance to train in America, Gorgito promises her grief-stricken brother he will build an ice-rink in Nikolevsky, their home town, to bring her home again.

With the help of a British engineer, who has fled to Russia to escape her own heartache, and hindered by the local Mayor who has his own reasons for wanting the project to fail, can Gorgito overcome bureaucracy, corruption, economic melt-down and the harsh Russian climate in his quest to build the ice-rink and bring a lost sister home? And will he finally forgive himself for breaking the promise to his mother?

This is a story of love, loss and broken promises. It is Gorgito's story, through the eyes of the people whose lives he touched.


Gorgito's Ice Rink has also received a Chill with a Book Readers' Award