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Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Cover of the MONTH October - Swords of the King by Charlene Newcomb



Book Cover of the Month

October

Swords of the King





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





Swords of the King is automatically put forward for Cover of the Year 2018.



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





Tuesday, 30 October 2018

PB special Award - Ghost Walk by Melissa Bowesock


Ghost Walk

has RECEIVED a


A PB special Award



I have no hesitation in awarding, Ghost Walk with a PB special Award. This book engaged me from the very first page. It is well written and Ms Bowersock’s character, Sam Firecloud, who talks to ghosts, was very convincing. 
A thoroughly enjoyable read.


2017 Finalist New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards
2018 B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree

Lacey Fitzpatrick is an ex-LAPD detective with an axe to grind. Tainted by the betrayal of her drug-dealing cop boyfriend, she's on a quest to prove to herself--and the world--that she's still a competent crime-fighter. In order to do that, she teams up with Sam Firecloud, a half-Navajo man who communicates with ghosts. With his talent and her research, they tackle troubling unsolved crimes, but their latest case is the toughest. They have to solve a murder--where no record of a murder even exists. Can Sam glean enough information from the victim's ghost to unravel the mystery, and can Lacey convince the authorities that the murder actually happened?


Genre:  Women Sleuths / Cozy
Approx pages:  234





PREMIER Award - Ghost Walk by Melissa Bowersock


Ghost Walk

has RECEIVED a


A PREMIER Readers’ Award


The Premier Readers’ Awards are honoured to books that receive exceptional high praise from Chill Readers.


2017 Finalist New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards
2018 B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree

Lacey Fitzpatrick is an ex-LAPD detective with an axe to grind. Tainted by the betrayal of her drug-dealing cop boyfriend, she's on a quest to prove to herself--and the world--that she's still a competent crime-fighter. In order to do that, she teams up with Sam Firecloud, a half-Navajo man who communicates with ghosts. With his talent and her research, they tackle troubling unsolved crimes, but their latest case is the toughest. They have to solve a murder--where no record of a murder even exists. Can Sam glean enough information from the victim's ghost to unravel the mystery, and can Lacey convince the authorities that the murder actually happened?


Genre:  Women Sleuths / Cozy
Approx pages:  234





PREMIER Award - What's Left Unsaid by Deborah Stone


What's Left Unsaid

has RECEIVED a


PREMIER Readers’ Award




The Premier Readers’ Awards are honoured to books that receive exceptional high praise from Chill Readers.


Sasha is just about managing to hold her life together. She is raising her teenage son Zac, coping with an absent husband and caring for her ageing, temperamental and alcoholic mother, as well as holding down her own job. But when Zac begins to suspect that he has a secret sibling, Sasha realises that she must relive the events of a devastating night which she has done her best to forget for the past nineteen years.

Sasha’s mother, Annie, is old and finds it difficult to distinguish between past and present and between truth and lies. As Annie sinks deeper back into her past, she revisits the key events in her life which have shaped her emotionally. Through it all, she remains convinced that her dead husband Joe is watching and waiting for her. But there’s one thing she never told him, and as painful as it is for her to admit the truth, Annie is determined to go to Joe with a guilt-free conscience.

As the plot unfurls, traumas are revealed and lies uncovered, revealing long-buried secrets which are at the root of Annie and Sasha’s fractious relationship.


Genre:  Women's Contemporary
Approx pages:  208





Saturday, 27 October 2018

The Scribe's Daughter by Stephanie Churchill


The Scribe's Daughter

has RECEIVED a


Chill with a Book READERS’ Award



My name is Kassia, and I am reckless. Or at least my sister, Irisa, would have you think so. Maybe she’s right, but my recklessness helped us survive as orphans on the dusty streets of the Imperial city of Corium. Everything changed the day a strange customer showed up at our market stall to hire me to complete a task beyond my abilities. I probably should have asked more questions, because my decision set into motion a series of events that would change my life forever.

Before I realized it, I found myself deep in the center of an intrigue involving power-grasping noblemen and usurped foreign thrones. Revelations about the mysteries of my family’s past and clues to the disappearance of my father impelled me, but at what cost? Was the reward for my knowledge enough to make up for a future I didn’t want? I wasn’t sure I was strong enough, but my life depended on it. I had to survive. I had to finish what my father started. This is my story.
•2017 New Apple Award for Excellence in Independent Publishing - Solo Medal Winner, Fantasy
•2018 Golden Book Award
•indieB.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree


Genre:  Gothic Romance
Approx pages:  425


The Scribe's Daughter 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?





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Thursday, 25 October 2018

What's Left Unsaid by Deborah Stone


What's Left Unsaid

has RECEIVED a


Chill with a Book READERS’ Award



Sasha is just about managing to hold her life together. She is raising her teenage son Zac, coping with an absent husband and caring for her ageing, temperamental and alcoholic mother, as well as holding down her own job. But when Zac begins to suspect that he has a secret sibling, Sasha realises that she must relive the events of a devastating night which she has done her best to forget for the past nineteen years.

Sasha’s mother, Annie, is old and finds it difficult to distinguish between past and present and between truth and lies. As Annie sinks deeper back into her past, she revisits the key events in her life which have shaped her emotionally. Through it all, she remains convinced that her dead husband Joe is watching and waiting for her. But there’s one thing she never told him, and as painful as it is for her to admit the truth, Annie is determined to go to Joe with a guilt-free conscience.

As the plot unfurls, traumas are revealed and lies uncovered, revealing long-buried secrets which are at the root of Annie and Sasha’s fractious relationship.


Genre:  Women's Contemporary
Approx pages:  208


What's Left Unsaid 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?