So, I cannot quite believe another month has gone and soon we will be into 2018. I have picked for this month some new authors, and a wide variety of different books. I hope you enjoy.
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Prison 917 – Samantha Nicklaus
Heather was taught to never judge a book by its cover, but when she lands in a prison with no supplies, no guards, and no rules, surrounded by dangerous criminals, she starts to question that saying. Unsure of whom to trust, Heather is taken in by Delany, the cold and distant leader of the Red group, but even with a new friend, her new home is dangerous.
The struggle for food, supplies, power, and answers leads Heather in a thousand different directions. As she learns more and more about her new home, and her new friends, she struggles to remember what she did to get arrested in the first place. One wrong move can kill her, or someone else. The only thing she is certain of is that she does not belong here.
About The Author
Samantha is a New York born and Tallahassee based writer. She graduated from Florida State University in 2017 with a Bachelors Degree in History with a minor in Psychology. She has always been a writer, but got more serious about it after winning her first National Novel Writing Month in 2011. Prison 917 is her first self-published novella.
Find out more about Samantha via her Twitter @SamNicklaus or via her website here.
Beyond The Darkness – Simon M.D Brewer
Venture beyond death with four original gothic stories.
1. A Bards Tale – When Anya’s husband dies, she finds a way to bring him back from the grave. But is her beloved the same man she knew before?
2. The Testament of Prisoner X – Imran Mehmood witnesses his fellow crewmates killed by an evil temptress. He gives himself to the Siren and opens his heart to darkness. Can he escape her does he want to?
3. A Song of Human Nature – Caesare falls into Mother Nature’s care. He is inflicted with the wolfs curse and somehow must escape the monster inside of him whilst proving to Mother Nature that the humans are worthy of life.
4.The Fable (Part one) The Tale of Two Brothers – The queen of Ortusland births twin boy but with their arrival comes a foretelling. ‘One will murder the other.’ But which brother is good and which is evil and is their fate set in stone?
About The Author
Simon was born in Bolton. He is the youngest of 11 siblings and uncle to 30+ nephews and nieces. Academically he has always enjoyed English Language and has attended creative writing classes at Wigan and Leigh College, Bolton University and Salford Univeristy. His inspiration for his stories comes from the very many nightmares that terrified him as a child. Though he still endures bad dreams in adult life, he funnels them into his imagination and now enjoys his macabre thoughts by capturing them in his notebooks for use in his story.
If you would like to find out more about Simon you can catc up with him via Twitter @simonbrewer11 or via Simon’s blog here.
Turning For Home – Barney Norris (this book is due out 11 January 2018)
Once a year, every year, Robert’s family come together at a rambling old house in the country to celebrate his birthday. Aunts, uncles, grandchildren, distant cousins- it is a milestone in their lives and has been for decades. But this year Robert doesn’t want to be reminded of what happened since they last met- and neither, for quite different reasons, does his granddaughter Kate. Robert is determined that this will be the final part. But for both him and Kate, it may also become the most important gathering of all.
About The Author
Barney was born in Sussex in 1987, and grew up in Salisbury. Upon leaving university he founded the theatre company Up In Arms. He won the Critics’ Circle and Off-westend Awards for Most Promising Playwright for his debut full-length play Visitor. He is the Martin Esslin Playwright in Residence at Keble College, Oxford. Barney’s new play Nightfall is one of the three inaugural productions at Nicholas Hytner’s new Bridge Theatre, beginning early 2018.
You can catch up with what Barney is up to via his Twitter @barnontherun.
Pachinko – Min Jin Lee
Yeongdo, Korea 1911
A club-footed, cleft-lipped man marries a fifteen-year-old girl. The couple have one child, their beloved daughter Sunja. When Sunja falls pregnant by a married yakuza, the family face ruin. But then a Christian minister offers a chance of salvation: a new life in Japain as his wife.
Following a man she barely knows to a hostile country where she has no friends and no home, Sunja’s salvation is just the beginning of her story.
About The Author
Min Jin Lee is the national bestselling author of Free Food for Millionaires, and has recieved the New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship for Fiction, the Peden Prize for Best Story, and the Narrative Prize for New and Emerging Writer. She has written for the New York Times, Conde Nast Traveler, The Times, Vogue, the Wall Street Journal, and Food & Wine, among others.
Min’s website is available here.
Dust – Mark Thompson
J.J. Walsh and Tony ‘El Greco’ Papadakis are inseparable. Smoking Kents out on an abandoned cannery dock and watching gulls away on rusting buoys, they dream of adventures.
Set in a small town New Jersey in the 1960s, Dust follows the boys through the dry heat of their formative years. They face religious piety, sex, tragedy, and ultimately the myraid things that combine to make life what it is for the two friends – a great adventure. But it’s a road trip through the heart of southern America with J.J.’s father, that reveals a darker side to life.
Their story unfolds around the honest and frequently irreverent observations of two young people trying to grow up fast in a world that is at times confusing, and at others seen with a clarity only the young may possess.
About The Author
Mark was raised in Stockton-on-Tees and spent many years living in London before moving to Andalucia in southern Spain. He has travelled extensively throughout the United States over many years, harvesting material for writing both literature and songs. He plays guitar in a rock band, and now lives happily in the wilds of North Yorkshire with his partner Liz and three children.
This amazing book is available here and you can keep up to-date with Mark via Twitter @marktwrites.
Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro
In one of the most acclaimed novels of recent years Kazuo imagines the lives of a group of students growing up in a darkly skewed version of contemporary England. Narrated by Kathy, now thirty-one, Never Let Me Go dramatises her attempts to come to terms with her childhood at the seemingly idyllic Hailsham School and with the fate that has always awaited her and her closest friends in the wider world. A story of love, friendship and memory, Never Let Me Go is charged throughout with a sense of the fragility of life.
About The Author
Kazuo’s has won wide renown and many honours around the world. His work has been translated into more than forty languages.
You will find more information about Kazuo here.
The Man Who Died – Antti Tuomainen
A successful entrepreneur in the mushroom industry, Jaakko Kaunismaa is a man in his prime. At just thirty-seven years of age, he is shocked when his doctor tells him that he’s dying. What’s more, the cause is discovered to be prolonged exposure to toxins; in other words, someone has slowly but surely been poisoning him. Determined to find out who wants him dead, Jaakko embarks on a suspenseful rollercoaster journey full of unusual characters, bizarre situations and unexpected twists.
About The Author
Finnish author Antti Tuomainen (born 1971) was an award-winning copywriter when he made his literary debut in 2007 as a suspense autthor. The critically acclaimed My Brother’s Keeper was published two years later. In 2011 Antti’s third novel, The Healer, was awarded the Clue Award for Best Finnish Crime Novel of 2011 and was shortlisted for the Glass Key Award. The Finnish press labelled The Healer – the story of a writer desperately searching for his missing wife in a post-apocalyptic Helsinki – ‘unputdownable’. Two years later, in 2013, they crowned Tuomainen the King of Helsinki Noir when Dark as My Heart was published. The Mine, translated by David Hackston and published in 2016, was an international bestseller. Several of his books have been optioned for TV/film. With his piercing and evocative style, Tuomainen is one of the first to challenge the Scandinavian crime genre formula, and The Man Who Died sees him at his literary best.
Antti’s website is available here.
Interloper – Kim Erin Cowley
If you had to change everything where would you begin?
Lee Habens has only the first idea of how to find tomorrow. Now, from the ashes of personal devastation, she must create a new life – one with a true sense of self, belonging and perhaps even love.
Driven by irresistible instinct she will have to learn new ways to live, work and grow. She must transform herself in plain sight into the woman she needs to be- but she must do so in secret.
Set against the burgeoning London club scene and sexual tumult of the early 1980s, Interloper offers a window to a world where change is the only chance.
About The Author
Kim was born on the Kent coast in 1963, in the midst of a winter that famously froze the sea.
As for so many young people raised in the orbit of London, the pull of the capital proved overwhelming and Kim eventually left for the big city at the age of 19.
Kim begain a media career in the 1980’s dealing with promoters and record companies on behalf of various music magazines. By the beginning of the 90’s Kim found her way into the film business. Kim has since spent almost two decades providing support services to producers, distributors and broadcasters.
In addition, Kim needed to resolve the conflict at the heart of her existence. Changing sex has been an experience more challenging and amazing than she could ever imagine. It has been in turns, harrowing, terrifying, infuriating and soul-crushingly lonely, but following raw instinct and a drive beyond reason brings a special sense of liberation – and ultimately, a kind of peace.
Whilst living through those years,it naturally informed Kim to write Interloper and hopes it will continue to help her to interpret and create in the future.
For more information and for a copy of Kim’s amazing book, please have a look at her website which is available here. In addition, Kim has kindly provided me with an extract from her book:
“It had been a Sunday, just a few months after Dad had gone. The pain had such a strong hold over her then. She’d been trying to walk off some tears and wondered if a drink might help – it always seemed to in films. His name was Ian and he spoke softly with what she came to know as a Rhodesian accent. She hadn’t been especially attracted to him, but had been drawn to his gentle manner and the way he made her feel cherished that afternoon in his room, two floors above the place they met.
“I don’t regret it, but he wasn’t someone I wanted to feel anything lasting for, exactly” she heard herself say out loud.
A last ripple in time lapped at her. A vision of the sun’s fading luminescence, warmed to gold through soft blown nets. She could almost feel again the tender caresses along her thighs. Her mind had still been hostage to grief that afternoon, but her body had been beautifully consoled.
“So, do you see your sexuality as perhaps encompassing relationships with both genders?”
Lee smiled thoughtfully and said something with which she would later be very pleased, “I think I see my sexuality as something to look forward to”.