Sue Moorcroft’s gorgeous summer novel, JUST FOR THE HOLIDAYS, published today.

In JUST FOR THE HOLIDAYS, what should be a glorious, peaceful stint under the French sun turns into the holiday from hell. From teenagers and divorce to unexpected pregnancies and misplaced attachments, everything about Leah Beaumont’s holiday spells disaster. Leah is struggling to keep her sister’s family together, which is difficult under normal circumstances, but it’s even more difficult when there’s Ronan, the engaging helicopter pilot next door. He’s handsome. And he’s got all this baggage, and Leah’s scared of commitment. And yet, Leah can’t help but get involved...

From the No.1 best-selling author of THE CHRISTMAS PROMISE, Sue gives us a book full of humour, romance and good old-fashioned French sunshine. What better way to mark the summer?

Sue will be discussing JUST FOR THE HOLIDAYS on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire with Jeremy Sallis on Monday 22nd May at 2pm. Make sure you tune in!

There is also a two-week blog tour kicking off today; details here:

You can also follow Sue on Twitter @SueMoorcroft and track the hashtag #JustForTheHolidays for a free audio excerpt, postcards from Leah and more info!

Or find Sue on her website.


Praise for JUST FOR THE HOLIDAYS

 ‘Sue’s gift for description and characters and a well-paced, funny yet tender plot makes this the ideal holiday read.’ — My Weekly

‘Must read’ — Saturday Magazine

 ‘Sue’s writing is as effortless to read as ever, and this is a book you’ll race through as I did – lighter reading at its very best, but with an occasional sharp edge to throw you off-balance when her people behave badly, as real people sometimes do.’ — Anne Williams, Being Anne

 ‘JUST FOR THE HOLIDAYS is aptly titled in time for the summer season. It’s a fabulous summery read that I thoroughly enjoyed.’ — Rachel Gilbey, Goodreads

 ‘I just loved it, every single word and now… and now I can’t wait until Christmas for her next one.’ — Jenny O'Brien, Goodreads

 

 

What makes a killer? NEED YOU DEAD, 13th in Roy Grace series, published today!

After a brilliant Brighton launch party, NEED YOU DEAD, the 13th book in Peter James’ no. 1 bestselling Roy Grace series, is published in hardback by Pan Macmillan in the UK and Canada today. It is also published in audio, and will be out in the US on 6 June and in Australia on 20 May.

Lorna Belling, desperate to escape the marriage from hell, falls for the charms of another man who promises her the earth. But, as Lorna finds, life seldom follows the plans you’ve made. A chance photograph on a client’s mobile phone changes everything for her.

When the body of a woman is found in a bath in Brighton, Detective Superintendent Roy Grace is called to the scene. At first it looks an open-and-shut case with a clear prime suspect. Then other scenarios begin to present themselves, each of them tantalizingly plausible, until, in a sudden turn of events, and to his utter disbelief, the case turns more sinister than Grace could ever have imagined.

Last week the blog tour kicked off with a phenomenal start with Kim the Bookworm writing ‘Thoroughly entertaining and brilliantly written, I can definitely see why this series is so flipping successful.’ and Material Witness stating: ‘It’s classic Grace and classic Peter James, another lively chapter in a series that has maintained a high pace, high readability and high quality since the start.’

NEED YOU DEAD is already receiving stunning reviews, with Shotsmag saying ‘In Roy Grace, we have a character with enough clout to carry along almost any plot… Peter James parades an assortment of suspects in front of you, each with a compelling case as to why it could be them, making for a real page-turner.’

Further confirming Peter’s crime fiction credentials, Detective Investigator Pat Lanigan, Office of the District Attorney, NYPD said: “In my thirty four years of policing, never have I come across a writer who so accurately depicts ‘The Job’.”

It has been a brilliant year for Peter, with the 12th Roy Grace novel LOVE YOU DEAD spending 5 weeks at the top of the bestseller chart upon publication last October. He was also awarded the Crime Writers’ Association Diamond Dagger award, one of the most prestigious awards in crime writing.

NEED YOU DEAD has sold in Germany, Russia and Finland and the Roy Grace series has been translated into 37 languages, with 18 million copies of Peter James’ books sold worldwide.

See much, much more on Peter’s website.

Do also check out the array of excellent crime writer interviews and information on Peter James TV.

Follow Peter on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Praise for Roy Grace:

‘James’s superior 13th novel … This skilful twister shows why James was awarded the 2016 CWA Diamond Dagger.’ — Publishers Weekly Starred Review

‘Sinister and riveting… Peter James is one of the best British crime writers, and therefore one of the best in the world.’ – Lee Child

‘Peter James is one of the best crime writers in the business’ – Karin Slaughter

‘Probably the closest we’ll get to a British Stephen King’ – The Financial Times

‘Peter James is one of the most fiendishly clever crime fiction plotters’ – The Daily Mail

SIR THOMAS KYDD STRIKES AGAIN! JULIAN STOCKWINS’ PERSEPHONE AND INFERNO OUT TOMORROW

‘The preeminent living historical naval fiction writer on either side of the Atlantic.’ – George Jepson, Quartedeck

Sir Thomas Kydd once again takes to the seas in PERSEPHONE, the eighteenth novel in Julian Stockwin's KYDD series, to be published by Hodder & Stoughton in hardback on 18 May 2017 and will be released alongside the paperback version of INFERNO, the seventeenth novel in the series.

Julian will be signing copies of these two books at several events around the UK.

With heart-pounding action, and astonishing historical accuracy, the critically acclaimed series has been published in seven countries including France, Japan and Russia.

PERSEPHONE. November 1807. Captain Sir Thomas Kydd must sail to Lisbon to aid the Portuguese Royal Family’s evacuation in the face of Napoleon’s ruthless advance through Iberia. In the chaos of the threatened city an old passion is reawakened when he meets Persephone Lockwood, a beautiful and determined admiral’s daughter from his past. However, Kydd soon becomes aware that Persephone has another suitor and he decides to throw himself into the only thing that still matters: The Royal Navy.

INFERNO. 1807. Captain Sir Thomas Kydd has salvaged the remains of his reputation and is the hero of the hour aboard the Tyger once more. The British Navy is still imperious at sea however Napoleon Bonaparte is steadily dominating mainland Europe. In an attempt to prevent the French from taking control of Denmark's navy, Kydd's great friend Nicholas Renzi - now Lord Farndon - is sent on a desperate diplomatic mission to persuade the Danes to give up their fleet to Britain. But the Danes are caught between two implacable forces and will not yield, opting instead for the inferno of battle.

About the Author

At 14 Stockwin joined a tough sea-training school, followed by the Royal Navy, transferring to the Royal Australian Navy when his family emigrated. He saw active service in the Far East, the Antarctic, the South Seas and Vietnam, and was on board the Melbourne at the time of its disastrous peace time collision with the Voyager. Later he worked for NATO on the strategic development of merchant shipping.

He is also the author of the MOMENTS IN HISTORY series (UK, Allison & Busby) - gripping historical fiction which examines and re-imagines turning points of the past. THE POWDER OF DEATH, the second book in the series, tells the story of the re-discovery of gunpowder, after an envoy to China and an English scholar vow to take the deadly secret to their graves. When Edward III uses it to his advantage at the Battle of Crecy, the first full-scale battle at which guns are deployed in the field, the nature of warfare is changed forever.

Find out more about Julian on the Blake Friedmann website and on Julian’s website.

Follow Julian on Twitter here.

Praise for Julian Stockwin and the KYDD series

‘I was soon turning over the pages almost indecently fast’ – The Independent

‘His vantage point of a common sailor gives the nautical novel a fresh twist. In [Stockwin’s] hands … the sea story will continue to entrance readers across the world.’ — The Guardian

 ‘As a historical fiction writer you have to keep your history in proper shape while combining it with a narrative that someone actually wants to read. Score two out of two for Julian Stockwin...It is engrossing.’ – The Daily Mail

'Stockwin’s eye for authentic detail is faultless.’ — Pennant

‘From the very first novel KYDD Stockwin climbed the dizzy heights of the bestseller lists and has stayed there ever since.’ – Craig Cabell, Book Collector and Magazine

'Stockwin writes brilliantly, bringing wonderful characters to life in a wholly realistic setting exploring history and times in thoroughly researched detail.’ — Alan Eggleston, Booksville

THE LAST HORSEMAN shortlisted for Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize

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David Gilman’s riveting Boer War novel THE LAST HORSEMAN has been shortlisted for the Wilbur and Niso Smith Adventure Writing Prize. Established in 2016, the prize is an annual event celebrating the best adventure novels published in the last calendar year. The prize is open to writers of any nationality, writing in English.  

David Gilman is the author of the highly-praised MASTER OF WAR series (Head of Zeus), set during The Hundred Years War and sold in several countries around the world. Gilman’s standalone novel THE LAST HORSEMAN was described by The Historical Novel Society Magazine as ‘packed full of intrigue, adventure and excitement, while The Times said it was ‘gripping and full of action, but also smart and subtle about questions of loyalty and guilt in a war with few good guys.’ David has also written the DANGER ZONE adventure trilogy for younger readers, published by Puffin. 

The six-strong shortlist for this year’s Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize is:
•        David Gilman THE LAST HORSEMAN (Head of Zeus)
•        Frank Gardner CRISIS (Bantam Press)
•        Stef Penney UNDER A POLE STAR (Quercus) 
•        Sara Sheridan ON STARLIT SEAS (Black and White Publishing) 
•        James Swallow NOMAD (Zaffre Publishing) 
•        Graham Hurley FINISTERRE (Head of Zeus) 

The 2017 judging panel comprises: Steve Winter, award-winning National Geographic Photographer; Alex Crawford, Special Correspondent at Sky News; Kevin Conroy Scott, Literary Agent at Tibor Jones & Associates; and Corban Addison, bestselling author and winner of the 2016 Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize. The £10,000 prize will be awarded at a ceremony at London’s Royal Geographical Society in September 2017. 

Niso Smith, Founder of The Wilbur and Niso Smith Foundation, says: “The Prize is the Foundation’s flagship programme. We are delighted to have received such a high standard of submissions, from both established novelists and writers submitting their debut work of fiction. There are many talented adventure authors writing today and they need to be recognised for their outstanding work. The shortlist really encapsulates the spirit of adventure writing. Each novel allows us a glimpse into different worlds and times, from modern-day to historical settings, and each with clear threats to overcome – whether that’s a fearsome human enemy, societal conventions, or the formidable power of nature.”

Established in September 2015, The Wilbur and Niso Smith Foundation is a charitable organisation dedicated to empowering writers, promoting literacy and advancing adventure writing as a genre. 

For more information on the Foundation and the Prize, click here

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See more on David Gilman’s website here.

Praise for David Gilman:

‘What Gilman does superlatively is heart-pounding action.’ — Amanda Craig, The Times

‘Move over Bernard Cornwell!…Historical fiction at its best.’ — Historical Novel Society

‘David Gilman writes so well, managing to stir the blood while moving the reader, at least this one, to tears.' — For Winter Nights

‘Some may notice that there are certain words that are repeated in each of my David Gilman reviews because they're so true they stick to him like a magnet to magnetic stuff. So adjectives like action-packed, exciting and wonderfully researched are a given. Yet only the qualities of the work stay the same; the story is as fresh and shock-filled as each of its predecessors.’ — Ani Johnson, The Bookbag

London, green? Rediscover the capital through Rural London, published today by Michael O’Mara

Kate Hodges’ RURAL LONDON will be published today by Michael O’Mara. Lusciously-illustrated, RURAL LONDON invites you to discover London’s windmills and farms, its wild waters, gothic castles and grand country houses. Hodges presents a new face of the City, one that is green and peaceful, in sharp contrast with popular perceptions of the metropolis. Featuring farmers’ markets, Morris dancing and the best ‘country’ pubs, RURAL LONDON persuades you to fall in love with the city once more.

Tune into BBC London today at 1pm, where Kate will be speaking about her book with Jo Good. She also did a takeover of the Emerald Street mailout, where you can find see a sample of RURAL LONDON.

Kate tweets at @TheeKateHodges. 

Look out for features in Time Out and Londonist too.

And you can visit Kate’s website for more of her thoughts and information about her books.