• Review

    A Puppy and a Christmas Proposal by Louisa George

    Cover of A Puppy and a Christmas ProposalSummary

    From the back of A Puppy and a Christmas Proposal:

    Her ex-fiancé…
    …is giving her paws for thought!

    Alex Norton devastated Beth Masters when he told her he could no longer marry her. The last thing she wants this Christmas is to come face-to-face with him, clutching an adorable puppy! Warm-hearted vet Beth can’t say no to a four-legged patient in need but she’ll need to guard her damaged heart from delicious doc Alex. Which becomes impossible when he finally reveals the reason why he left…

  • Review

    Bear Best Friend by Liam Livings

    Bear Best Friend coverSummary

    From the back of Bear Best Friend: Dan proves too camp for his boyfriend Tom and is single once more. Burly bear Brian is relieved Dan’s finally rid of Tom-the-bully. Snowed into a cottage over Christmas, emotions reach boiling point. With the help of no-nonsense best friends, time apart, lots of gin and sadness, and two huge leaps of faith, they begin a bumpy journey from friends to lovers. Bear Best Friend is a sweet opposites-attract, friends to lovers stand-alone gay romance novella about learning to love yourself and finding the special someone who appreciates you for being you. A Sweet Christmas Gay Romance.

  • Review

    A Mistletoe Miracle by Emma Jackson

    A Mistletoe Miracle coverSummary

    From the back of A Mistletoe Miracle:

    At the Everdene Hotel, snowflakes, romance and mayhem are in the air…

    A cosy hotel in a sleepy, snow-covered village should be the perfect setting for a Christmas to remember… But for Bethreturning to her childhood home after a disastrous break-up looks more like a festive fiasco.

    With her mum stranded in a blizzard and most of the hotel staff off sick, Beth is forced to take the reins, impress a mystery hotel reviewer, and somehow find a way to work with Nickthe very grumpy – and very gorgeous – pilot who is staying for the holidays.

    Between mince pie emergencies, deadly decorations, and two dozen disgruntled guests, Beth might just find a miracle under the mistletoe this Christmas…

  • Personal

    In the trenches – a poem

    WWI trenches

    In the trenches

    Reloading our rifles
    In the sludge-filled trenches
    Our hearts racing.
    When will our war end?

    Shells drop from the sky
    Nerves shatter and feet turn black
    Disoriented and weak,
    When will our war end?

    Crimson dye leaks from our wounds
    And trickles down onto the corpses below us
    My vision, fading to darkness.
    When will our war end?

    Fumbling to pull our helmets on
    As a green sea floods the trench
    Eyes shut, I wait for the impact.
    When will our war end?

    Chocking and drowning
    I plummet to the ground
    And watch as my friends stare hopelessly.
    My war has ended…

    By my son, aged 10

  • Review

    A Convenient Marriage by Jeevani Charika

    A Convenient Marriage coverSummary

    From the back of A Convenient Marriage:

    It was the perfect marriage… until they fell in love.

    Chaya is a young woman torn between her duty to family and her life in the UK. While her traditional Sri Lankan parents want her to settle down into marriage, what they don’t know is that Chaya has turned away the one true love of her life, Noah, terrified of their disapproval.

    Gimhana is hiding his sexuality from his family. It’s easy enough to pretend he’s straight when he lives half a world away in the UK. But it’s getting harder and harder to turn down the potential brides his parents keep finding for him.

    When Chaya and Gimhana meet, a marriage of convenience seems like the perfect solution to their problems. Together they have everything – friendship, stability and their parents’ approval. But when both Chaya and Gimhana find themselves falling in love outside of their marriage, they’re left with an impossible decision – risk everything they’ve built together, or finally follow their heart?

  • Review

    Road Trip with the Best Man by Sophie Pembroke

    Road trip with the best man coverSummary

    From the back of Road Trip with the Best Man:

    A jilted bride, a best man…
    And a journey that will change their lives!

    With her dream wedding in tatters, Dawn Featherington resolves to track down her errant groom and demand answers. But not trusting her intentions, billionaire best man Cooper Edwards refuses to let her go alone. But with each passing mile, Cooper begins to realise they could be on the road to happy-ever-after!

  • Review

    The Second Life of Nathan Jones by David Atkinson

    Second Life of Nathan Jones book coverSummary

    From the back of The Second Life of Nathan Jones:

    Getting hit by a bus was the best thing that ever happened to him…

    When one wrong step – and the poor timing of the number 19 bus – send Nathan Jones to the Edinburgh morgue his story should have ended…but then he went and woke up.

    Returned to real life Nathan finds a wife disappointed that he’s miraculously returned from the dead and an unshakeable attraction for mortuary technician Kat – the woman who brought him back to life, in more ways than one.

    Now, as his world implodes and Kat leads him down an unexpected path, Nathan somehow finds himself having the time of his second life…

  • Personal

    My first rejection

    Rejection illustrated by the word noA few days ago I received my first rejection. Well, I say “my first”, which is not technically true. I have sent the first chapters and synopsis of another novel to several agents who have declined to ask for a full manuscript. This was the first rejection I received after a publisher had asked for the full.

    I thought I would be gutted. I had not expected an email from the publisher yet (as they said it would take four weeks for feedback and it had only been three) so when I saw the email in my inbox, my heart did a little jump. I was travelling for work and alone in the office, so no one around who could see my disappointment.

  • Review

    The Determined Lord Hadleigh by Virginia Heath

    Summary

    From the back of The Determined Lord Hadleigh:

    Part of The King’s Elite. Haunted by Penny Penhurst’s courage on the witness stand, meticulous barrister Lord Hadleigh offers her a housekeeper position at his estate. Despite trying to stay detached, Hadleigh is charmed by her small child and surprised by how much he yearns for this proud woman! Can this he break through his own – and Penny’s – barriers to prove he’s a man she can trust…and love?