Friday, November 24, 2017

And a Sixpence for Luck Author: Lilac Mills




Daisy Jones has hit rock bottom. Or so she believes.
A cheating boyfriend, trouble at work, having to move back in with her mother, and being forced to compare her brother's loved-up, newly-wed status and brand-new shiny house with her own dire lack of prospects, isn't what she imagined her life was going to be like at thirty. To top it all off, Christmas is just around the corner!


Daisy, bless her, thinks things can't possibly get any worse, but when her ancient great-grandmother persuades her to plant a silver sixpence in the Christmas pud for luck, Daisy is about to discover that they most definitely can.





Sandra made the brandy sauce and Daisy took centre stage as she carefully carried the flaming pudding into the dining room, images of accidentally setting the curtains alight popping into her head. What idiot had started the stupid tradition of pouring neat brandy onto a pile of cooked fruit and setting it on fire anyway? Someone who sold sprinklers or smoke alarms for a living, probably.
‘Ooh,’ Gee-Gee exclaimed. ‘It looks lovely. Did you make a wish?’
‘Yes, Gee-Gee, when I put the sixpence in, remember?’ Daisy replied.
‘What did you wish for?’
Elsie said, ‘Don’t tell, Daisy, otherwise it won’t come true.’
‘Since when did you believe in sixpences?’ Gwenda demanded. ‘You’re too miserable to believe in anything! You’ve never been the same since that man of yours did a runner.’
‘Pudding anyone?’ Daisy asked, seeing the very real possibility of the once-civilised meal deteriorating into a verbal mud-slinging match. Exactly the same thing had happened last year, except Elsie had started it first. This year it appeared to be Gee-Gee’s turn.
‘I’ll have some,’ David replied, gamely, as he held out his hand for a bowl.
Zoe shook her head, and Daisy thought the girl didn’t look at all well.
‘Gee-Gee?’ Daisy asked, praying she’d managed to head things off at the pass.
‘And whose fault was that?’ Elsie demanded.
‘Gee-Gee? Pudding?’ Daisy tried again, hearing the slight sound of desperation in her own voice.
‘Yours, that’s who!’ Elsie continued. ‘You frightened him off.’
‘If your daughter had come home at eighteen and told you she was up the duff, you’d frighten off the bloke who’d got her that way, too,’ Gee-Gee said.
‘Nan? Pudding?’ Daisy pleaded, looking at David for help when Elsie failed to respond. David had his head down and his gaze on his own bowl, and was pretending he was deaf.
Daisy saw her sister-in-law kick him on the shin, and he looked up at his wife in confusion. Zoe waggled her eyebrows at him, and jerked her head at the combatants.
‘Oh, er, right. Now?’ David asked.
Zoe nodded.
‘We was going to get married, before you went and interfered,’ Elsie stated.
Daisy decided she’d done all she could, and it was best to keep out of it and let the two old biddies have their slanging match, so she turned her attention to her own dessert and spooned some of the pudding into her mouth. Her eyes widened in surprise. It was actually quite good, and the brandy sauce set it off nicely. Why hadn’t she eaten Christmas pudding before now? Why hadn’t she made it before now?
David clinked his spoon against the side of his glass. Everyone ignored him.
‘Bah!’ Gwenda fired back. ‘He got what he wanted from you, then he took off like a rat up a drainpipe when he saw the size of your belly. And who ended up looking after you and your baby, eh? Me, that’s who!’ Gwenda tried to poke herself in the chest with a distorted finger.
‘I didn’t ask you to!’ Elsie cried, snatching up an empty bowl and angrily dolloping a generous helping of Christmas pudding into it.
‘We’re pregnant,’ David said.
‘Yes, that’s right, David,’ Gwenda said. ‘Your grandmother got herself pregnant.’
‘It takes two, you know,’ Elsie retorted. ‘I didn’t do it all by myself.’
‘No, but you had to raise the baby all by yourself, didn’t you?’ Gee-Gee’s face creased into a smirk.
‘I thought you just said you raised the baby,’ Elsie countered.
‘Pregnant?’ Sandra repeated.
‘Keep up,’ Gwenda grumbled. ‘Of course, your mother was pregnant. How do you think you got here?’
Daisy shot a swift glance at Zoe, who was staring down at her hands as they twisted in her lap. No wonder her sister-in-law was upset. Daisy’s family was enough to upset a gang of football hooligans on the way to a match. This sort of squabble tended to happen quite often between the three women, which was possibly one of the reasons why Freddie always found some excuse or another to avoid Sunday lunch at Sandra’s house.
‘I’m not talking about Mum,’ Sandra said.
‘Who are you talking about, then?’ Elsie asked, and Daisy, sensing she’d missed something important, hurriedly shoved the last spoonful of pudding into her mouth.
‘Zoe, my lovely wife,’ David said, ‘is expecting a baby.’
Daisy tried to swallow the mouthful of pudding and speak at the same time. She took a breath, felt something hard hit the back of her throat and swallowed convulsively. It was stuck. She tried to swallow again, but it didn’t budge. When she tried to take another breath, she realised what had happened.
That bloody sixpence!

If you've ever thought you had a run of bad luck, you should read about Daisy Jones. 
Daisy has a job few can boast. She is in a surprising relationship and has a close but contestible relationship with the women in her family. She calls her brother Saint David.

After a delicious first experience with Christmas pudding almost kills her, Daisy's life will never be the same. Humorous miscommunications make this a most enjoyable read, although frustrating for Daisy. Her eyes are opened and each of her relationships changes. 
Unlike any other romance you've come across, Daisy and her luck are unique.



Bio

Lilac spends all her time writing, or reading, or thinking about writing or reading, often to the detriment of her day job, her family, and the housework. She apologises to her employer and her loved ones, but the house will simply have to deal with it!

She calls Worcester home, though she would prefer to call somewhere hot and sunny home, somewhere with a beach and cocktails and endless opportunities for snoozing in the sun…

When she isn’t hunched over a computer or dreaming about foreign shores, she enjoys creating strange, inedible dishes in the kitchen, accusing her daughter of stealing (she meant to say “borrowing”) her clothes, and fighting with her husband over whose turn it is to empty the dishwasher.

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Thursday, November 23, 2017

My Sister's Intended by Rachael Anderson

 


Coming Spring 2018 My Sister's Intended by Rachael Anderson

For as long as Prudence can remember, it has been understood that her sister will one day wed the eldest son of their nearest neighbor. Such an alliance will benefit both families and bring a great deal of joy to all parents involved. Unfortunately, Prudence has never been able to feel as joyful. She believes her sister is mad to consider marrying a man she hardly knows, even if he will one day make her a countess. Titles and wealth shouldn't factor into matters of the heart, and as an aspiring romance novelist, Prudence cannot fathom how anyone could even think of settling for less than love. She certainly wouldn’t, and she doesn't want her sister to either. Unable to stand by and do nothing, Prudence sets out to help the awkward couple discover the best in each other with the hope that they will eventually find love. What she neglected to foresee, however, was that she might fall in love with Lord Knave herself.
 

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 A USA Today bestselling author, Rachael Anderson is the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can't sing, doesn't dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.
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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Illusion by Stephanie Elmas

Illusion
Author: Stephanie Elmas

Genre: Historical fiction, Victorian fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal, Suspense, Romance

London, 1873. Returning home from his travels Walter Balanchine is noted for the charms, potions and locket hanging from his neck.

Finding his friend Tom Winter’s mother unwell, he gives her a potion he learned to brew in the Far East. Lucid and free from pain, the old woman remembers something about Walter’s mother. Walter is intrigued, for he has never known his family or even his own name – he christened himself upon leaving the workhouse. Living in a cemetery with his pet panther Sinbad to keep the body snatchers away, word soon spreads of his healing and magical abilities and he becomes a sought after party performer. During one of Walter’s parties, Tom is approached by Tamara Huntington, who reveals she is being forced to marry a man she does not love. Will he and Walter come to her rescue?

Try as they might, sometimes all the best intentions in the world can’t put a stop to a bad thing, and she is soon married off to the cruel Cecil Hearst. Drama and tragedy ensue, and Walter keeps his distance from Tamara. That is until her stricken brother-in-law Daniel requires his magical healing, and he is forced back into her life. With secrets beginning to emerge, Walter finds his mother may be a lot closer to home than he realised… Filled with mystery, magic and larger than life characters, Illusion will keep you guessing until the very last page.

Praise for Stephanie Elmas:
‘Magical, masterful and mesmerising’ - Lucy Walton Lange, Female First ‘Captivating and delectable.’ - Liz Wilkins '...a modern day ghost story and a Victorian chiller.' - The Huffington Post 'Elmas is a first-rate storyteller.' - The Surrey Post



Blurb
London, 1873. Returning home from his travels with a stowaway named Kayan, Walter Balanchine is noted for the charms, potions and locket hanging from his neck. Finding his friend Tom Winter’s mother unwell, he gives her a potion he learned to brew in the Far East. Lucid and free from pain, the old woman remembers something about Walter’s mother.

Walter is intrigued, for he has never known his family or even his own name – he christened himself upon leaving the workhouse. Living in a cemetery with his pet panther Sinbad to keep the body snatchers away, word soon spreads of his healing and magical abilities and he becomes a sought after party performer.

During one of Walter’s parties, Tom is approached by Tamara Huntington, who reveals she is being forced to marry a man she does not love. Will he and Walter come to her rescue? Try as they might, sometimes all the best intentions in the world can’t put a stop to a bad thing, and she is soon married off to the cruel Cecil Hearst.

Drama and tragedy ensue, and Walter keeps his distance from Tamara. That is until her stricken brother-in-law Daniel requires his magical healing, and he is forced back into her life. With secrets beginning to emerge, Walter finds his mother may be a lot closer to home than he realised…

Filled with mystery, magic and larger than life characters, Illusion will keep you guessing until the very last page. 

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Author Bio
Stephanie Elmas was born in Hong Kong but spent most of her childhood in Bristol. Having worked as a head hunter, she taught English in Japan before returning to University to complete an MA in Victorian fiction. It was here that she developed her interest in the dark dangerous world of Victorian sensation writing. 
After the success of her first novel, The Room Beyond, Elmas has returned to write the tale of the early life of East End mystic and illusionist Walter Balanchine. 
When she is not writing, Elmas teaches secondary school English and juggles a chaotic household in Surrey.
Visit her at http://www.stephanieelmas.com/



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Gingerbread at Moonglow by Deborah Garner


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The small town of Timberton, Montana, boasts an ambiance of near-magical proportions during the Christmas season, due in no small part to resident artist and chef Mist's mysterious way of working small miracles in people's everyday lives. Each year, return guests and new arrivals mingle with local townsfolk to enjoy companionship, exquisite decor, and exceptional cuisine at The Timberton Hotel.

As the aromas of ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and molasses mix with heartfelt camaraderie and sweet romance, guests share reflections on family, friendship, and life. Although decorating the outside of a gingerbread house may prove easier than deciding what goes inside, no one leaves Timberton without renewed hope for the future.

The Moonglow Series...
Each book may be read as a stand-alone novel, or as part of the series.
Mistletoe at Moonglow, Book 1
Silver Bells at Moonglow, Book 2
Gingerbread at Moonglow, Book 3

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A true sign of a favorite series is that it only takes a few words to make the reader relax and feel as if she has come home. Like the holiday residents of the Timberton Hotel, you feel surrounded by loving family. Everything is warm and safe. 
Mixed in with the scents and special happenings of Christmas are lessons about life and relationships, how things happen for a reason and in their proper time.

Also available in The Moonglow Series
Each book may be read as a stand-alone novel, or as part of the series.

Mistletoe at Moonglow, The Moonglow Series, Book 1 

The Timberton Hotel has always provided a perfect Christmas retreat for regular guests, as well as newcomers. But the small town of Timberton, Montana, hasn't been the same since resident chef and artist, Mist, arrived, bringing a unique new age flavor to the old western town.

When guests check in for the holidays, they bring along worries, fears and broken hearts, unaware that Mist has a way of working magic in people's lives. Old-fashioned time spent together, exquisite food, conversation and a snowball or two offer guests a chance to trade sadness for hope. One thing is certain: no matter how cold winter's grip is on each guest, no one leaves Timberton without a warmer heart.

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A charming and sweet novella about the true reason for the holiday season.  This is a story of friendship and sorrow, of hope and healing. A story about a town that pulls together and makes the community a home for those needing it most. I doubt anyone reading this book will come away without feeling a little better



Silver Bells at Moonglow by [Garner, Deborah]
Silver Bells at Moonglow, The Moonglow Series, Book 2 

Christmas at the Timberton Hotel arrives each year with a unique set of guests, some returning, some new. When this holiday brings a celebrity seeking reprieve, sisters who are distant yet closer to each other than they think, a widow approaching a new horizon, and an eclectic smattering of local townsfolk and visiting relatives, the season is certain to be eventful. Add in a hint of romance and there's more than snow in the air around the small Montana town.

Elegant decor and exquisite cuisine from resident artist and chef, Mist, form a backdrop to much needed camaraderie, bringing strangers and friends together. When the last note of Christmas carols has faded away, the soft whisper of silver bells from the front door's wreath will usher guests and townsfolk alike back into the world with hope for the coming year.

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You will find the Christmas spirit captured in these pages. This is the perfect book to curl up with in a fleecy blanket or in front of a fire. Some would call it light romance, there is a touch of magic about it. 


About the author
Deborah Garner is an accomplished travel writer with a passion for back roads and secret hideaways. Born and raised in California, she studied in France before returning to the U.S. to attend UCLA. After stints in graduate school and teaching, she attempted to clone herself for decades by founding and running a dance and performing arts center, designing and manufacturing clothing and accessories, and tackling both spreadsheets and display racks for corporate retail management. Her passions include photography, hiking and animal rescue. She speaks five languages, some substantially better than others. She now divides her time between California and Wyoming, dragging one human and two canines along whenever possible.

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