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Friday, 26 February 2021

Bright Lies by A A Abbott



Bright Lies

has RECEIVED a

Chill with a Book READERS’ Award


She’s learned too much, too young. Can she break free?

Emily’s dreams come true when her mother marries wealthy painter, David. Thanks to him, Emily’s artistic talents shine. Then he starts teaching her things a 14-year-old shouldn’t know. When Emily escapes from David’s luxury mansion, she’s penniless and forced to sleep in a rat-infested alley.


Bad boy Jack has turned his life around. Working as a DJ with ambitions to open a club, he rescues Emily from the streets when he sees a woman in trouble. He doesn’t know she’s still only 15 - and trapped in a dark web of secrets and lies.


David must find Emily and silence her. As he closes in, Jack faces the hardest choice of all. If he protects Emily from the man who’s stolen her innocence, he’ll kiss goodbye to his future...


Genre:  Psychological Literary
Pages: 562


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Wednesday, 24 February 2021

Betrayal by TWELVE Authors



Betrayal

has RECEIVED a

Chill with a Book READERS’ Award


"Loyalty breaks as easily as a silken thread."
Misplaced trust, power hunger, emotional blackmail, and greed haunt twelve characters from post-Roman Britain to the present day. And betrayal by family, lover, comrade can be even more devastating.

Read twelve tales by twelve accomplished writers who explore these historical yet timeless challenges.

AD455—Roman leader Ambrosius is caught in a whirlpool of shifting allegiances
AD940—Alyeva and cleric Dunstan navigate the dangers of the Anglo Saxon court
1185—Knight Stephan fights for comradeship, duty, and honour. But what about love?
1330—The powerful Edmund of Kent enters a tangled web of intrigue
1403—Thomas Percy must decide whether to betray his sovereign or his family
1457—Estelle is invited to the King of Cyprus’s court, but deception awaits
1483—Has Elysabeth made the right decision to bring Prince Edward to London?
1484—Margaret Beaufort contemplates the path to treason
1577—Francis Drake contends with disloyalty at sea
1650—Can James Hart, Royalist highwayman, stop a nemesis destroying his friend?
1718—Pirate Annie Bonny, her lover Calico Jack, and a pirate hunter. Who will win?
1849/present—Carina must discover her ancestor’s betrayer in Italy or face ruin.

Genre: Historical Fiction Short Stories
Pages: 436


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Tuesday, 23 February 2021

Playing with Fire by Jayne Davis



Playing with Fire

has RECEIVED a


A PREMIER Readers’ Award


Premier Readers’ Award is honoured to books that receive exceptional high evaluations from Chill Readers.

This book is shortlisted for Book of the Month.


Phoebe yearns for a love match like her parents’. Revolutionary France is not where she expected to find it.

France 1793

Phoebe’s future holds little more than the prospect of a tedious season of balls and routs, forever in the shadow of her glamorous cousin and under the critical eye of her shrewish aunt. She yearns for a useful life, and a love match like her parents’, if such a thing could ever be possible for an unwanted, poor relation.

But first she has to endure the hazards of a return home through revolutionary France—a nation suddenly at war with the English. Her aunt’s imperious insensitivity soon arouses a suspicion that quickly develops into mortal danger. Can a stranger encountered on the road prove to be their unlikely salvation?

Alex uses many names, and is used to working alone. A small act of kindness leads him to assist Phoebe’s party, even though it might come at the expense of his own, vital mission in France. Ignoring his own peril, he is willing to risk all in the hope of getting them safely back to England.

Unexpectedly, as he and Phoebe face many dangers together, he finds his affections growing towards the resourceful and quick-witted red-head, despite their hopeless social differences. Alex dismisses the possibility of a match between them, not realizing that she feels the same way about him.

Before they can admit to their affection for each other, they must face the many difficulties that lie ahead.

Playing with Fire is Book 3 in the Marstone series, but can also be read as a standalone novel with no cliffhangers.

Genre: Historical French Fiction
Pages: 494


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Friday, 19 February 2021

When the Storm Ends by Rebecca L Marsh



When the Storm Ends

has RECEIVED a


A PREMIER Readers’ Award


Premier Readers’ Award is honoured to books that receive exceptional high evaluations from Chill Readers.

This book is shortlisted for Book of the Month.


As a child, Beth wished her abusive step-father would die. Erin didn't just wish her father dead, she made it happen.

 
Beth thought her violent childhood was something she left in the past—until she met Erin. Now the abuse of her step-father has returned in terrifying nightmares.


Beth became a child psychologist so she could help children who are broken and hurting, but Erin, the fifteen-year-old who killed her father, is different. If Beth can’t reach her and find out why she did it, Erin will spend the rest of her childhood behind bars. To most people, it looks simple—Erin is either crazy or evil, but when Beth looks into Erin’s haunted eyes, she’s sure that something terrible was done to this girl. Erin, however, isn’t talking.


Beth believes Erin might open up to someone with whom she feels a kinship. Of course, Beth knows she shouldn’t share her own past with a patient, but the clock is ticking toward Erin’s trial, and Beth is out of options.


Little does Beth know that taking this terrifying leap will not only reveal the truth about Erin, but will rip Beth’s past wide open as well—and a connection between them that will shake Beth to the core.

 
When the Storm Ends is a gripping psychological drama about the journey to hope and healing.


Genre: Psychological Fiction
Pages: 348


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Sunday, 14 February 2021

Ullandale by Liz Martinson



Ullandale

has RECEIVED a


A PREMIER Readers’ Award


Premier Readers’ Award is honoured to books that receive exceptional high evaluations from Chill Readers.

This book is shortlisted for Book of the Month.


Kate finds her dream job at an upmarket Scottish castle hotel, after silencing her doubts about the owner, the new Earl of Ullandale. Bitter experience has taught her to distrust the privileged elite

However, her career plans are compromised by Euan, the estate's good-looking factor. He seems to be everywhere, helpful and hardworking. 

But what is Euan's relationship with the late Earl's daughter? And where is the mysterious new Earl?


Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 259


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

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Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Book Cover of the MONTH - January



Book Cover of the Month
HUGE thanks to  Designer, Cathy Helms at Avalon Graphics for selecting this month's cover of the Month.



All books receiving a Chill with a Readers' Award in February will automatically be considered for Book Cover of the Month – February