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Thursday, 11 April 2019

Getting Over Gary by Jessica Redland


Getting Over Gary

has RECEIVED a


Chill with a Book READERS’ Award



How do you move on when life keeps throwing surprises at you?

Elise married her childhood sweetheart, Gary, straight out of college, and they've been happy together for over twelve years. Elise is now desperate to start a family, but Gary doesn't seem to share her enthusiasm anymore. Arriving home early from a party, she discovers why: Gary's been keeping a secret from her. A very big secret.

While her own marriage appears to be falling apart, being a supportive bridesmaid for her best friend, Sarah, isn't easy. Especially not when Clare, her nemesis from day one, is one of the other bridesmaids. If she's going to get through it, she needs to put her own feelings aside, find herself again, and get over Gary, fast.

Could recently-divorced Daniel be the tonic Elise needs, or is he full of secrets and lies too? Is his hostile, but strangely attractive brother, Michael, the genuine article instead? And why do the good guys like Stevie turn her down?

But then Elise discovers she has a secret of her own and getting over Gary suddenly becomes the least of her worries…


Genre: Family Relationship
Approx pages: 395


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Wednesday, 10 April 2019

War King by Eric Schumacher


War King

has RECEIVED a


Chill with a Book READERS’ Award



It is 954 A.D. and a tempest is brewing in the North.

Twenty summers before, Hakon Haraldsson wrested Norway’s throne from his murderous brother, Erik Bloodaxe, but he failed to rid himself of Erik’s family. Now the sons of Erik have come to reclaim Erik’s realm and avenge the wrong done to their father and their kin.

They do not come alone. With them marches an army of sword-Danes sent by the Danish King, Harald Bluetooth, whose desire to expand his realm is as powerful as the lust for vengeance that pulses in the veins of Erik’s brood.

Like storm-driven waves, the opposing forces collide in War King, the action-packed sequel to God’s Hammer and Raven’s Feast.

Genre: Historical Norse & Icelandic
Approx pages: 299


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Tuesday, 9 April 2019

The Silken Web by Maureen Boleyn


The Silken Web

has RECEIVED a


Chill with a Book READERS’ Award



In the mid-19th century in a mill town in Yorkshire Beth loses her mother in childbirth and is left caring for her father and two brothers but when discovering she is pregnant leaves home to live with an aunt. A tragic accident leaves her in the colourful world of the Romany Gypsies where she gives birth to her son, Joshua.

She keeps his birth a secret but when many years later he is falsely accused of murder by an evil man who is obsessed with Beth and wishes revenge on her she must choose where her destiny lies and secrets must be told if she is save him from the hangman's noose. But Beth is not the only one who has secrets.

Genre: Saga Fiction
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Monday, 8 April 2019

Viking Warlord by David K Mullaly


Viking Warlord

has RECEIVED a


Chill with a Book READERS’ Award


A Danish warlord long past his fighting days decides that he wants to share his life story with his family and an experienced story teller, hoping that his reputation will live on after his death. The realities of his old age and his vivid memories of his violent past provide the reader with a portrait of an unexpectedly complicated man. He doesn’t match the popular image of the brutal Viking warrior.

The historical Viking generally known as Thorkell the Tall was one of the most important figures involved in Viking raids and invasions of England during the period 990-1016 A.D.  David Mullaly provides a narrative that offers a plausible story of Thorkell’s growth from the son of a murdered jarl in the Danish holding of Skane into a brilliant leader of warriors who defies a king, and then becomes a king-maker. Blood feuds were a familiar thing for the Vikings, and Thorkell’s desire for vengeance is almost as strong as his love of personal honor. Although this novel is based on the historical record, like the popular musical Hamilton, it is a unique blend of history and imagination.

The Vikings defined themselves by their actions, and then by how they hoped to be remembered. Thorkell’s life ended a thousand years ago, but this novel provides a memorable experience for both the knowledgeable Viking fan and the general reader. Thorkell would be pleased.

Fans of the fiction of Bernard Cornwell, Robert Low, and James L. Nelson will appreciate this historical novel. Mullaly’s first novel, Eadric and the Wolves, deals with the same period from an English perspective.

Genre: Historical Norse & Icelandic Fiction
Approx pages:  327


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Thursday, 4 April 2019

Acre's Orphans by Wayne Turmel


Acre's Orphans

has RECEIVED a


Chill with a Book READERS’ Award


"A rollicking adventure with new peril at every turn"
Ten-Year-old Lucca the Louse narrowly escaped the worst disaster to befall the Kingdom of Jerusalem, but he’s not safe yet. His beloved but doomed city of Acre is about to fall into Saracen hands, and there’s nothing anyone can do to stop it.
Days after his return, he uncovers a plot to rip apart what remains of the Crusader Kingdom. Acre’s only chance lies in the last Crusader stronghold; the port of Tyre. Carrying an important secret, Lucca—accompanied by a young Lebanese girl, a leprous nun, and a Hospitaler with a dark secret—must make his way through bandit-infested wilderness to seek help. Will he find assistance for those left behind, or will it be too little, too late?
This exciting sequel to “Acre’s Bastard” is a rollicking, humorous and thrilling adventure story that stands alone, but adds to the growing legend of Lucca le Pou.
“… another rollicking and gritty medieval romp for the incorrigible orphan-hero, Lucca Le Pou. A delightful read for any historical fiction devotee… accessible, violent, and naughty enough for adventurous YA readers, too. “ Jeffrey K Walker, author None of us the Same

Genre:  Historical Fiction
Approx pages:  222


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Acre's Orphans
has also received a
PB Special Award