Safkhet Publishing ~ Summer Reads

Friday, 14 February 2014

Dizzy C's Little Book Blog: Guest author - Sheryl Browne

Dizzy C's Little Book Blog: Guest author - Sheryl Browne: Sheryl Browne is joining me today to celebrate the re-launch of Learning to Love  Learning to Love The good Dr David Adams has been...

Monday, 6 January 2014

COVER REVEAL ~ SHANNON'S LAW by Emma Calin!

COVER REVEAL

SHANNON'S LAW by Emma Calin

 

Thanks so much for hosting the Cover Reveal for my forthcoming contemporary romance SHANNON’S LAW. This is the second in my ‘Passion Patrol Series’ - steamy action-romances that feature sassy female cops who solve crimes, catch crooks and always get their man.

Blurb

Wild child inner city cop Shannon Aguerri walks a dangerous line between her methods and justice. When the bosses lose their nerve, after yet another maverick mission, she is transferred to green pastures to play out the role of a routine village cop. When she encounters signs of people and drug trafficking she homes in on serious millionaire criminals. As a loner she has attracted men but nothing has stuck. When she meets Spencer, the hunky and widowed Earl of Bloxington, there is an immediate rapport between them. Their social differences mean nothing to their passion and need. Already in the mix is an upper class female rival – who has long plotted her way into the Earl's bed. The jealousy is an evil shade of green and the anger is a violent scarlet. Often inhibited by a sense of duty and honour, Spencer is slow to reveal his feelings. When Shannon confronts him with the need to choose between her word and that of her rival, he does not immediately support her. All the same, when they are forced together to carry out a desperate rescue mission, their love is stronger than everything ranged against them.
(Pre-order paperback only at this stage)
I will be revealing snippets from the story, photos of places and people that inspired the venues and characters on Pinterest during my pre-launch book tour. There are already some scrap-book cuttings posted, take a look and follow my board to get updates: http://www.pinterest.com/emmacalin/shannons-law-launch-reveal-on-pinterest/
There is also news about the book on Facebook:
(‘Likes’ are always appreciated.....)
I’m having two launch parties “Afternoon Tea At Bloxington Manor”. The first is online on the 28th February on Facebook and the second is LIVE at the English stately home that inspired the home of my hero on Sunday 2nd March. A local favourite venue for me, Avington Park in Hampshire is steeped in history and tradition. (Think genuine Palladian style rather than Downton Abbey neo-Jacobean). The private owners have kindly agreed to open up for us with a tour of the house and then tea and cake – oh and launch the book of course!
ooooOOOO Shannon's Law Cover Reveal Draw OOOOoooo
$30/£20 Amazon voucher
A pair of tickets to my Avington Park Launch Party 2nd March (UK only)
3 Advanced Review Copies of Shannon’s Law
EVERY entrant will receive a FREE gift of an audiobook of my short story Escape to Love.
Just click here: a Rafflecopter giveaway to register to win - either 'like' the Facebook page or comment on this blog to qualify for an extra 2 chances.
Good Luck!
About Emma Calin
 
Emma Calin was born in London in 1962. She currently lives in France and the UK. She has been writing since childhood and has won numerous local, national and international prizes for poetry and short stories.
"Knockout!" is the first of the “Passion Patrol Series” a stand-alone love story set against a backdrop of international gambling corruption and deception. Interpol cop Anna Leyton finds herself torn between love and duty when her professional and private life intersects. This book is now available in both paperback and Kindle formats.
“The Love in a Hopeless Place Collection” is a bargain anthology of 5 short stories and novelettes, available in paperback and digital formats.
"Sub-Prime" is a prize-winning hard hitting short story about courage, exploitation and love. It is a raw and brutal exposé of life at the bottom in the aftermath of recession.
"The Chosen" is also a short story, set in modern times where working people struggle to keep their dreams alive. A world where the promise of love motivates desperate measures.
“Escape To Love” is a 'novelette' (longer than a short story but shorter than a novella), a gritty urban romance with suspense and mystery but a love story at it's core.
“Angela” a short story about a late-night taxi journey.
“Love in a Hopeless Place” a novelette about a middle-aged woman striving to find her true identity.
 

 Amazon links to books by Emma Calin

 
Shannon’s Law USA Shannon's Law UK (Pre-order paperback only at this stage)
Emma Calin Website: http://www.emmacalin.com

Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Hoping all your dreams & wishes come true. :)


This year didn’t start too well, some disturbing news on my partner’s health front giving us cause for concern. As the year progressed though, we put our faith in the specialists and the prognosis is all that we could hope for. Sadly, we also lost two people who were dear to us, and who will stay in our hearts. That said, within our little family unit, we are safe and content.

Still, though, as I lay in my bed last night, I found myself wondering why ‘this’ can’t happen and ‘that’ can’t be; having a bemoaning my lot moment, as we do sometimes. I then had a mental flash of an image I’d seen on TV, slotted in between the pre-Christmas must-haves and the post-Christmas sales and holiday ads. I’m not going to reproduce it here, I’m sure you can see it as starkly as I can when I say it was of a mother desperate for some way to feed her tiny malnourished child.

I was warm and cosy in my bed. My fridge is bursting with food aplenty. Knowing I donate to charities, praying the organisations I donate through ensure the funds ever get there, I swallowed back a lump in my throat and gave myself a swift kick up the derrière. Whatever the New Year brings, I realised I was fortunate enough to be able to cherish fond memories of dear lost relatives, share new memories with family and friends. I have twinkling tree lights and a fire to toast my toes in front of. Am I really that badly off? I think not.

When I woke this morning it was with renewed determination to make this year count, not to be aggressive in what I hope to achieve, but to be positive, to try to enjoy each moment of each day, even those where life’s little mishaps come to try us. I doubt I’ll get through the first week without having a mental moan about something, but I’m going to give it a go.

I hope everyone I know can find their little bit of positivity, that their New Year brings them all that they might wish for. It’s not easy sometimes to count our blessings, but I, for one, realise I do have a few to count.
A heartfelt thank you to all my friends and supporters. I really could not have got through this year without you!

Stay safe. Be happy.
 Love Snoops (and me!) xxx

Saturday, 21 December 2013

Snoops and Odi wish you A HAPPY CHRISTMAS.


Odi is having a bit of a wardrobe malfunction. As his little spine isn’t functioning too well either, we’ve decided to overlook the fact that he’s wearing the same dress he wore last Christmas. He’s doing well, however, and would like to thank everyone for their concern and wishes you all a Christmas filled with joy, and lots of chewies.

 
When he can get a look in, Snoops would like to thank everyone for their support this year, particularly all those lovely people who have taken time (a precious commodity in today’s hectic world) to read and post some truly beautiful reviews for his books.

From homeless to happy, both of my hunter/killer foster dogs would like to wish everyone a peaceful Christmas and a New Year that sees all your dreams and hopes come true.


KEEP SAFE.
Have a wonderful Christmas & a happy new year!

Friday, 6 December 2013

Next Christmas Will Be Different ~ Pauline Barclay. FREE + REVIEW!


Today I have the pleasure of hosting Pauline Barclay, author of four top selling novels! Pauline has released a short festive story in time for Christmas, Next Christmas Will Be Different, a beautiful read, and it's now FREE!

Host’s note: I’ve read it. I love it!

"Thanks Sheryl for having me on your fabby blog to promote my short story. As you know I wanted Next Christmas Will Be Different to be available as a free download on all e-readers, and I am delighted to announce it is! It's a little gift from me to say thank you to all the fabby readers who have read my books."

Next Christmas Will Be Different.

When the O’Reilly family gather for the festive season it is a time for catching up, eating too much and making promises, but can the promises be kept?

Sheryl’s Review:

Coming from a large family myself, I immediately warmed to the O’Reilly clan. Pauline Barclay’s ‘Next Christmas Will Be Different’ drew me in from the first page. A truly heart-warming story turning around Mary O’Reilly and her grown family coming together to celebrate Christmas, I felt less like a voyeur watching proceedings as the various generations slipped into their traditional roles under ‘Nana’s’ roof, more like a member of the family sitting alongside them. Reading this short, sweet story felt like coming home. It’s a lovely reminder of what it means to have family you can share that special time of year with; of how, no matter the distance or differences between you, you can easily fall into familiar step with your loved ones. A reminder also, perhaps, to appreciate them while you have them, especially Mum. The antics of the men were so typical I just had to smile. I sincerely hope I can visit the O’Reilly family again next year – and that nothing at all is different.

As a bonus, Pauline has also included five FREE chapters from each of her novels: Storm Clouds Gathering, Satchfield Hall, Magnolia House, Sometimes It Happens! (If you would like to read my review for Sometimes It Happens, go here: REVIEW

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I hope you enjoy this short festive story.

Saturday, 30 November 2013

Review: It Happened One Night by Phillipa Ashley ~ Perfect Escapism.

It Happened One NightIt Happened One Night by Phillipa Ashley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It Happened One Night When I picked up It Happened One Night, I really needed something I could get immersed in. This story was the perfect antidote to life, providing the much needed escapism I needed. I did have to put it down, necessarily, but you know that little thrill of anticipation you get when you have a lovely book waiting you can just fall back into? This book was it.

I really admired how Phillipa Ashley brought the sometimes superficial glitz and glamour of the film industry and rural village life together seamlessly and believably. The title gives a clue to the story. We have a young couple falling for each other and love interrupted by a tragedy precipitated by families at war, prejudices and untold secrets. The young lovers are torn apart. Sophie’s loyalties lie with her family. Adam’s loyalties are to Sophie. If he truly loves her, though, he must surely see the damage he’s caused and walk away.

Moving on, ten years later Adam is back in the small village, a successful film producer with a girlfriend (there are some intriguing touches her. He actually does love the woman, it seems). Sophie’s has managed to patch up the wounds to her heart and move on, too, pouring her energies into running a burgeoning bakery/catering business with her best-friend, Lily. It’s a classic ‘will they, won’t they’ story. What makes the book powerful reading is the authenticity of the author’s characters. Adam’s passionate fury is sometimes palpable and tremendously well communicated, as is Sophie’s strength of character, along with her vulnerability. Sophie’s mum I did have a feeling about (no spoilers). I asked myself, but why didn’t she…? Fear not, the author rounded her story off perfectly. Harry, aka Colin Firth in the shirt (and he knows it), is fabulous, you really can’t help but smile at his womanising antics. A wonderful foil and a playboy, perfectly dressed [on set] in period costume to play the role, I loved that we got a glimpse of his honourable, caring side. Then we have Nathan, Sophie’s younger brother, the man of the family and stuffed full of ill-repressed anger aimed squarely at Adam.

This really was a lovely book to read, plenty enough tension to keep you glued to the pages and radiating that perfect sort of warmth that makes you want to curl up in front of the fire. I would have no hesitation in highly recommending it.

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Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Book Launch: BETWEEN BOYFRIENDS ~ Sarka-Jonae Miller!


Between Boyfriends was 11 years in the making, and finally on 11/11 Booktrope is launching the chick lit novel: 
 
Blurb

At first glance, twenty-one-year-old Jan Weston has it all: a gorgeous boyfriend, fun friends, and wealthy parents who take care of all those pesky credit card bills.

Then her boyfriend dumps her, her friendships fall apart, and her parents cut her off. Suddenly without money, without a man, and without a plan, it's time for Jan to grow up.

Determined to get her life back on track, Jan decides it's time to make it on her own. Can she find her way as a single lady in San Diego? Can she fix her friendships, her job prospects, and her hair? And can she keep her vow that she'll never date again, even after she meets a guy who just might be perfect for her?

BETWEEN BOYFRIENDS is a sexy, hilarious story of living life, finding love, and growing up... but not necessarily in that order.


Praise for Between Boyfriends

"This book is the ultimate chick-lit read--a light-hearted romp focused on the travails of Jan, a college student dumped by her boyfriend, an SDSU student. The moment proves an epiphany, as Jan resolves to stop dating and find fulfillment as a single woman." - East County Magazine

 
Between Boyfriends "presents a unique twist on the chick lit genre." - Hollywood & Vine magazine


"Over the course of the book, Jan, who is in her early 20s, begins to grow as a person and even strikes up a true friendship with a man, a first for her." - Rancho Santa Fe Review


"Cut off by parents? Not got a boyfriend? That's the formula for a chick lit hit." - Indie Author Land


"The book teaches both subtle and obvious lessons about friendship, relationships, responsibility and decision making." - The Masquerade Crew


"Between Boyfriends is a delicious slice of chick-lit! Snappy dialogue sets this story apart from the pack as it follows a young woman who, financially cut off by her parents when she fails to attend school, learns that life is more than her Amex card, and reunites with a mother who has endured her own brand of pain." - Jan Moran, bestselling author


"BETWEEN BOYFRIENDS is a great read. It's got everything you'd expect in a chick-lit book: good friends, fun, and a little romance, but the thing Sarka-Jonae adds to this story is a journey." - Caroline Fardig, bestselling author

Book Title: Between Boyfriends

Author: Sarka-Jonae Miller

Genre: Chick Lit, New Adult

Words: 104,000

Publisher: Booktrope

Release Date: November 11, 2013
 

Author Bio

 
Sárka-Jonae is a novelist, publicist, and journalist, among other “ists” there aren’t room for. Her novel writing career began with Between Boyfriends, an edgy chick-lit book for women who’ve been ”between boyfriends”, which is much cooler than being single.

SJ is a graduate of Syracuse University. Before writing full-time, she was a personal trainer and massage therapist, helping people tone up, slim down, and chill out. In her free time, Sárka-Jonae loves to dance in flash mobs, in music videos, on speakers, or at home in her underwear. She practices kung fu and yoga, was briefly a Buddhist nun, and travels extensively for ”research”. She’s a huge animal lover and has been vegan since 1999. She’s committed to respectfully unveiling the truth about the horrific way factory farms abuse animals. SJ lives in San Diego with two cats and two dogs.


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