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The first author enjoying a recent review is Hugh W. Roberts for his second collection of short stories, More Glimpses.
About More Glimpses
Do you believe in fairies at the bottom of the garden? Or know the real truth about what lurks inside every mobile phone? Would you steal items from a blind person, or send your neighbours on a time travelling adventure fraught with danger and menace to save the human race from a bug? How about staying in a sleepy village where many murders have taken place or coming to the aid of royalty while out shopping?
‘More Glimpses’ gives the reader an opportunity to take a peek into the lives of normal, everyday people whose lives are all on a path full of twists, turns and unexpected endings. However, it’s not only about the humans; nothing escapes the extraordinary journeys Hugh has planned for you. If you are a lover of shows such as ‘Black Mirror’ or ‘The Twilight Zone’ then you’re in for another exciting trip in this second collection from Hugh. Come and meet the characters who had no idea their lives were about to be turned upside-down. Enjoy the ride!
One of the recent reviews for the collection
Hugh Roberts never disappoints with his uncanny ability to take a simple life event and twist it into a life-altering situation, keeping us glued till the very end. It’s always a struggle to figure out where this author will lead us with his often dark trysts into another dimension. Like in true Roberts fashion, More Glimpses takes us into the lives of some interesting characters – many of whom don’t always have good intentions.
A few stories which stick in my mind: The Whistle – when love succumbs to war, what happens when time travelers’ plans get bungled up in The Bag Lady, Murder in Evershot brings us the life-like game of Clue mixed with a bit of Miss Marple and a good warning about letting strangers know where you live, you may never look at carrot cake the same way again after reading Easter Bunny Cake. And one of my favorites – The Jump – burning love at both ends of the candle can be a biatch and Karma comes in for just desserts.
This book of short stories offers a wide array of genres to entertain, sometimes frighten, and make you think. You may need to leave the lights on when reading!
Read the reviews and buy the collection: https://www.amazon.co.uk/More-Glimpses-Hugh-W-Roberts-ebook/dp/B07PG4RH89
And on Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/More-Glimpses-Hugh-W-Roberts-ebook/dp/B07PG4RH89
Also by Hugh W. Roberts
Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hugh-W.-Roberts/e/B01N40ZABP
And on Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Hugh-W.-Roberts/e/B01N40ZABP
Read more reviews and follow Hugh on Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16123684.Hugh_W_Roberts
Connect to Hugh via his blog: https://hughsviewsandnews.com/
The next author with a recent review for the prequel to her successful Howarth Family Trilogy A Hundred Tiny Threads is Judith Barrow.
About A Hundred Tiny Threads
It’s 1911 and Winifred Duffy is a determined young woman eager for new experiences, for a life beyond the grocer’s shop counter ruled over by her domineering mother.
The scars of Bill Howarth’s troubled childhood linger. The only light in his life comes from a chance encounter with Winifred, the girl he determines to make his wife.
Meeting her friend Honora’s silver-tongued brother turns Winifred’s heart upside down. But Honora and Conal disappear, after a suffrage rally turns into a riot, and abandoned Winifred has nowhere to turn but home.
The Great War intervenes, sending Bill abroad to be hardened in a furnace of carnage and loss. When he returns his dream is still of Winifred and the life they might have had… Back in Lancashire, worn down by work and the barbed comments of narrow-minded townsfolk, Winifred faces difficult choices in love and life.
One of the recent reviews for the book
I must confess, I’m not generally a family saga reader but Judith Barrow’s work came very highly recommended so I thought I’d start with this prequel.
I’m so glad I did! Genre fiction is apt to be disparaged but, when it’s done well, it can hold its head up in any literary company and, if A Hundred Tiny Threads is anything to go by, Judith Barrow does family sagas extremely well. All the expected tropes are here: misaligned lovers, intergenerational conflict, troubled times, characters leaving in search of their fortune… but this is so much more than just a well-turned saga.
For a start, Judith Barrow writes flawless prose that’s perfectly tuned to her subject matter. I’m one of those picky readers who’s constantly tutting over the wrong word or a clumsy phrase but I didn’t tut once while I was reading A Hundred Tiny Threads.
For another thing, this isn’t just family saga, it’s history. The suffragette movement has always been a bit Pankhurst-heavy in my experience, too middle class, so seeing a working woman coming into the movement, and the way those from the upper classes welcome (and possibly use?) her was fascinating.
And then there’s the Irish question. As well as alluding to the atrocities committed – seemingly without let or hindrance – by the British occupying force in the shape of the Black and Tans (and I’m glad there wasn’t too much description of brutality – I’m apt to skip those pages and I wouldn’t want to have skipped any of this book) there’s the fleeing to Britain of young Irish people in search of a better life. I’d been aware that labourers came here but I had no concept that professionals also crossed the Irish sea to work. I suppose, in my ignorance, I’d always assume they went the extra mile and found themselves in America.
I found the historical background to A Hundred Tiny Threads really fascinating, all the more so as Judith Barrow manages not to become didactic or to beat you about the head with all the research she has undoubtedly done. No more details are given than those necessary to the storyline and I admire that. So, have I been converted to family sagas? Maybe I have…
Head over read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/100-Tiny-Threads-Judith-Barrow-ebook/dp/B073W1LTSR
Also by Judith Barrow
Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Judith-Barrow/e/B0043RZJV6
and Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Judith-Barrow/e/B0043RZJV6
Read more reviews and follow Judith on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3295663.Judith_Barrow
Connect to Judith via her blog: judithbarrowblog.com/
The next recent review is for award- winning author Linda G. Hill, and her modern-day Gothic romance series, The Magician’s Blood: A Paranormal Romance- The Great Dagmaru Book Two.
About the Magician’s Blood
Herman Anderson is in love. Thrilled to travel across Canada with her boyfriend as his assistant onstage, she returns to her hometown—the first stop on the Great Dagmaru magic tour. Anticipating a reunion with her brother, instead she finds her family has moved without a trace.
Stephen Dagmar’s career as a stage magician is taking off. With Herman by his side, his only concern is her father’s dislike for him. But as Herman’s father makes a prediction and resolves to come between them, Stephen’s family curse returns to haunt him.
Darkness descends as the reality of the Dagmar’s incubus bloodline surfaces for the first time in over a generation. Can Herman and Stephen’s relationship survive this new trial? Will Herman survive at all?
A sinful tale of beauty and romance, love and determination, The Magician’s Blood will chill you and leave you breathless for more. *18+ Contains explicit scenes.
One of the recent reviews for the book
I have waited patiently to finally read this sequel to Linda Hill’s The Magician’s Curse and I was really not disappointed!
It took a couple of chapters to get back up to speed with the original story; the magic, the curse, Stephen and Herman’s love, Nina and her demented adoration for the ‘Master’ who impregnated her by compulsion rather than desire…
Then the magic of this sequel started with so many dark and twisted turns, as we were led deeper into the curse of the Dagmar family, and all connected.
I don’t want to give anything away, and to be honest, the way it ended, I don’t think I could because what a way to finish it!
Linda, we need another book, asap as I have to know what is going to happen next!!!
Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07FKZMVLS/
Also by Linda G. Hill
Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Linda-G.-Hill/e/B01K2LICL0/
And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Linda-G.-Hill/e/B01K2LICL0/
Read more reviews and follow Linda on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15577348.Linda_G_Hill
Connect to Linda via her blog: https://lindaghill.com
Thank you for dropping by today and I hope you are leaving with some books…thanks Sally.