Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Alchemy by Ailsa Abraham

Genre: Magical Realism / Religion
Book 1 of the Alchemy series
Release Date:  27th January 2014
Publisher: Crooked Cat Publishers
A world without war? 

Professor Sawhele Fielding stumbles across an invention that would change the world; something so monumental, it could spell the end of environmental disaster and conflict. With the help of her father, a shadowy figure in the world of international banking, she begins to set into motion the biggest upheaval the planet has seen.  

But in a changed world, dark forces are threatening the fragile peace. Where modern technology is proving useless, old magic from a bygone era might just save the day. Adrian Oliver, expert in ancient religions is skeptical until faced with incontrovertible proof that ancient evil is abroad once again. 

How could a Utopian dream of free fuel and peaceful co-existence turn into a nightmare? 

Iamo, a priest of the Mother Goddess and Riga, a Black Shaman assassin captain, are thrown together – reluctantly at first – to face a threat that nobody could have imagined before “The Changes”. 

ALCHEMY is the prequel to Shaman's Drum which features the adventures of Iamo and Riga through their world in the near future, where the established religions of our own days had been banned.  

Daniel stood beside me, pointing out the “Who’s Who” of this august gathering. 
“The guys in leather are the Odinists, old Norse religion. Obviously, the chap with the sickle is 
the Chief Druid, yes, that is a fox-head he’s wearing as a headdress. Now, that one there, the 
shaven-headed one in a kilt-type thing. He’s the High Priest of the Egyptians. I think they have a few sub-divisions but… oh yes, here comes the High Priestess of Isis, she’s his female counterpart.” 
By this time my jaw was dropping. The lady in the wig, smothered in jewellery was like 
something straight out of a Cleopatra movie and eye-wateringly gorgeous. Daniel nudged me again and I thought for a moment that a Christian monk in traditional brown robes had sneaked in. 
“That tall woman in white. That is Lady Solus, she will probably try to take over. She’s a bit of a tartar and that young man with her is her assistant. Bright chap by all accounts. Oops! Looks like 
one of the Dianics is going to make a fuss.” I had no idea what one of those was but just made sure the camera was running, kept my mouth shut and watched. A woman with a shaven-head and a bow slung across her back stood up and pointed at the painfully thin monk-like youngster. 
“Abomination!” she hissed. “He leaves!” 
The priestess indicated to me as Lady Solus turned very slowly and gave her a glare that would 
have frozen water in two seconds. 
“He stays. I do not argue with stray cats.” 
The young man in question had said nothing, remaining two paces behind his boss. I caught his eye and thought there was something vaguely familiar about him. Although his face remained impassive, a pair of bright blue eyes fixed me and very slowly one eyelid dropped in an almost imperceptible wink. I was too busy to think about it then but I would have to remember where I had seen him before. 

Buy Links:
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Barnes and Noble:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/alchemy-ailsa-abraham/1118067058?ean=9781909841505

Ailsa Abraham writes under two names and is the author of six novels. Alchemy is the prequel to Shaman's Drum, published by Crooked Cat in January 2014. Both are best-sellers in their genres on Amazon. 
She has lived in France since 1990, enjoys knitting and crochet and until recently was the oldest Hell's Angel in town. Her interests include campaigning for animal rights, experimenting with different genres of writing and trips back to the UK to visit friends and family. She runs an orphanage for homeless teddy bears and contributes a lot of work to Knit for Africa. She is also addicted to dressing up, saying that she is old enough to know better but too wise to care. 

Monday, 22 August 2016

Plotting & Planning - Book 5

Loving this hot August weather! I'm making the most of it by sitting in the sunshine and plotting the fifth and final book in my Jersey Scene series! 

I even know what happens... It's a new story, like all the others, but I'll also be tying up any lose ends regarding the eight protagonists in the first four books. 

Looking forward to writing this book...

Sunday, 10 July 2016

Books 1 - 4

It's a bit of a thrill to see the first four books in my Jersey Scene series standing side by side. 

To think that when book 1, A Jersey Kiss was initially published in 2013, I was hoping that one or two people - other than my family - might buy it. Now there are the four published books with another two outlines completed. I'm happy. 

I love sharing bits of this pretty island in the series and if you've visited anywhere in Jersey that you think should be included in the next two books please don't hesitate to let me know.

Now, I'd better go and work on book 5.

Sunday, 3 July 2016

Happy 4th of July to all my American friends and to my husband who always celebrates in honour of his American grandfather.

Friday, 1 July 2016

I Need A Doctor - Cover Reveal

I'm delighted to be taking part in the Brook Cottage Books cover reveal for Janey Travis's book, I Need a Doctor and can't wait to read it when it's published on 15 July by Thornhill Print. 

I Need a Doctor is a romantic comedy and looks like a fun read.

Here's more:

Beauty and fame… a blessing or a curse?

Story synopsis: Loveless fashion model Nola Nichols thinks being beautiful is a curse; that is until she is cursed and her looks begin to fade just a week before the most important photo shoot of her career. In her attempts to get un-cursed, she finds herself taking part in a rather unconventional funeral, reveals one or two unrests in her own past, and falls madly in love with a doctor. Erm… that would be a witch doctor, right...?


The Book will be available at the Pre-Order Price
Amazon - Kobo - iBooks etc).
The special price is 99p or $1.40.

For just a few hours on Saturday 2nd July (morning for US and afternoon for UK) I'm hosting a fun to attend FB Party Event to celebrate my latest rom-com book Pre-Release 'I Need A Doctor'. It is SIMPLE and FUN to take part - just POST up a picture of your favourite doctor onto the Event Page. Is is Dr Who? Dr George? Dr Dre? or Dr John (Utila folk might choose him!) I'll be posting too and every guest poster will be entered into a book GIVEAWAY raffle. You can also enter by tweeting your Doctor pic on Twitter using the hashtag ‪#‎INeedADoctor‬. Join the party now by clicking 'Going' or 'Interested' now or just turn up on the day. All are invited! #INeedADoctor This is the Event Page link:

Baby's Got Blue Eyes Blitz

Someone is dumping bodies on DI Ted Darling's patch and he's not happy. Ted's a good solid copper, in an old-fashioned way, with an excellent clear-up rate. He's not at all like your average cop and has his own unique way of dealing with any prejudice his differences bring him. No heavy drinking, no failed marriage, just a steady, long-term relationship. He and his partner have cats, not kids. 

But this serial killer seems to be running effortless rings round Ted and his team. Every promising lead just takes them up another frustrating blind alley. 

Then it starts to get personal … 



Retired journalist, freelance copywriter and copy editor Lesley Tither writes under various pen names for different genres. Already well known for travel memoirs as Tottie Limejuice, Lesley also writes crime fiction under the name L M Krier.
Lesley's first crime thriller, 'Baby's Got Blue Eyes', was published in February 2015, followed by 'Two Little Boys' in June 2015. Books 3 and 4 in the DI Ted Darling series, 'When I'm Old and Grey' and 'Shut Up and Drive' are now available and Book 5 in the series will appear later in 2016.

"Sell the Pig" is the first in a series of travel memoirs describing how Lesley, writing as Tottie Limejuice, decided to make the move from the UK to France to start a new life, taking with her an 89-year-old mother suffering from vascular dementia. The story continues in three further books, 'Is That Billinge Lump?', 'Mother, Was It Worth It?' and 'Biff the Useless Mention'. A fifth book in the 'Sell the Pig' series is scheduled for release later in 2016.

Her first children's fiction book, writing as L M Kay, will be published later in 2016. 'The Dog with the Golden Eyes' is an exciting children's crime thriller.

Lesley also writes under the collective pen name of Jilli Lime-Holt, together with authors Jill Pennington and Janet Holt. Their first joint book, Take Three Birds, was published in December 2014.

Lesley is a former journalist, working as both a criminal court and coroner's court reporter. She also worked as a case tracker for the Crown Prosecution Service, and for a firm investigating irregularities in offshore finance. Her other jobs have included owning and running a holiday riding centre and acting as a 'charity mugger', lying in wait to sign up shoppers for a wildlife charity.

Lesley's interests centre around nature and wildlife and encompass dogs, wild camping and organic gardening. She lives in the Auvergne region of Central France and holds dual French/British nationality. Her current dogs are two rescued border collies.

Twitter: @tottielimejuice
Goodreads Author Page 

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Thursday, 30 June 2016

Review - The Secret of Hillcrest House by Melanie Robertson-King

Genre: Paranormal Romantic Suspense
Release Date: April 16, 2016
Publisher: King Park Press

Blurb: Sometimes there’s more to a house than bricks and mortar.

Hillcrest House is one such place. Perched on a cliff in the picturesque town of Angel Falls, there is more to this Victorian mansion than meets the eye. When referring to the house, the locals use the word haunted on a regular basis. Strange visions appear in the windows, especially the second-floor ones over the side porch. Even stranger events take place within its four walls.

Rumour has it, the original owners, Asher and Maggie Hargrave, never left their beloved home. They claim the couple and their family are responsible for driving people away. Over the years, Hillcrest House has changed hands numerous times. No one stays long. Renovations begin then stop and the house is once more abandoned. The latest in this long line of owners is Jessica Maitland.

Will Jessica be the next one to succumb or will she unravel The Secret of Hillcrest House?
Melanie Robertson-King's latest novel serves up a delightful blend of the supernatural and spicy romance, Lynn L. Clark, author of The Home Child, and Fire Whisperer & Circle of Souls: Two Novellas of the Supernatural, & The Accusers

Intrigue, dark buried secrets, hot romance and a neat twist in the tale make this riveting reading, Sheryl Browne, MA Creative Writing, Choc Lit Author
A fun read that keeps you guessing right up to the surprise ending, Dayna Leigh Cheser, Author of Janelle's Time, Moria's Time, Adelle's Time, & Logan's Time.

When Jessica Maitland, newly single and learning to live with a tragedy, buys a beautiful but rundown Victorian house, she expects to have a bit of work to do to the place. What she doesn't expect is to discover that there's far more to Hillcrest House than she'd expected.

She arrives in the picturesque town of Angel Falls to find that although her belongings have been brought to her new home, there is no way she can move in with it in its present state. 

She's helped by a local cop, Andre, who takes her to check in to Mr and Mrs Bell's guest house in the town. They kindly store her furniture for her in one of their out-houses leaving her to begin the enormous task of renovating her new home and make her very welcome.

The locals seem wary of the place Jessica was hoping to make her forever home and when strange things begin happening to her whenever she's at Hillcrest House, she soon begins to wonder if she's made the right decision to invest her money in this run-down property.

Jessica discovers that she's not the only one trying to overcome a loss and her past pales into the background when she begins the renovations on her house. She soon realises she's not alone but is there anything she can do to make Hillcrest House her own? Who were the previous tenants of the old Victorian house and what was their story? Has Jessica got the guts and determination to see this project through to the end, or will she decide that dealing with the secrets encased in this once beautiful home is too much of a challenge for her?

The most ominous thing for me was the insidious crow and its determination that Jessica shouldn't be moving into the house. I love a good ghost story and a romance and this book gave me both. I thoroughly enjoyed The Secret of Hillcrest House. Melanie Robertson-King keeps a good balance between the romance - loved Andre, the eeriness and downright creepiness with a wonderfully constructed ending.

5* from me and I look forward to reading her next book!


Melanie Robertson-King has always been a fan of the written word. Growing up as an only child, her face was almost always buried in a book from the time she could read. Her father was one of the thousands of Home Children sent to Canada through the auspices of The Orphan Homes of Scotland, and she has been fortunate to be able to visit her father’s homeland many times and even met the Princess Royal (Princess Anne) at the orphanage where he was raised.

Twitter: @RobertsoKing https://twitter.com/RobertsoKing


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