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Friday, 12 October 2018

Check out this AWESOME new book from Susan Roebuck! It has #romance and #crime and the author is offering a #giveaway! @sueroebuck @rararesources

Stand by your beliefs – even if it means going to the end of the Earth

By standing up for his principles to save the life of a prize racehorse, farrier Joseph Barnaby loses everything.
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Now, a personal vendetta has become too deep to fight and he escapes to the island of Madeira where he finds work on a small farm at the foot of a cliff, only accessible by boat.

The balmy climate and never-ending supply of exotic fruit, vegetables and honey make it sound like paradise but, for Joseph, it’s the ideal place to hide from the world.

Can the inhabitants of Quinta da Esperan├ža, who have more grit in them than the pebbled beach that fronts the property, help Joseph find his self-worth again? And can he escape the danger that draws ever nearer?

 The theme on WWBB is all about the character from an author's book, and today Susan Roebuck discusses her character Joseph Barnaby, and why she made him. 

Character Traits – Joseph Barnaby

The Protagonist of my new novel, “Joseph Barnaby” is – no prizes for guessing – Joseph Barnaby.

Who is he? He grew up in the horse-racing community in the east of England and his father was a well-known horse-trainer. His love of horses led him to train as a farrier which, nowadays, is different to a blacksmith. Blacksmiths tend to make anything in iron, like gates and tools. A farrier, nowadays, should be properly trained and tends to work only with animals. They not only shoe horses but also work alongside vets in equine care.

Joseph had to go through several courses to become registered and a member of the Worshipful Company of Farriers. He was great at his job and very popular. Here’s a short extract to show how well-known he was becoming before disaster struck:

The noise level in The Rose and Crown pub grew in proportion to the amount the clientele drank, but Joe Barnaby’s father managed to make himself heard as he shouted, “My son is the best farrier in the business.”
Joseph Barnaby laughed and raised his glass. “And what my dad doesn’t know about horse farming isn’t worth knowing.”
There was a cheer, then a brief lull as glasses chinked and someone threw a bag of nacho chips in the air, which was a signal for the noise to start up again.
“He sure is,” one of the farmers cried, joining Joe and his father at their table. “And make sure you’re at my stables tomorrow at nine, young Joe! You need to renew the hoof dressings you put on the bay the other day.”
“It’s in my diary,” Joe confirmed. “And the chestnut’s hooves are due for trimming too.” He picked up his pint of beer and downed it. He had the best job in the world, he decided: great friends and clients, and the opportunity to work all day in the beautiful countryside with his favourite animal.”

Yes, disaster strikes when he risks his life and his career by standing up for his principles: against all expert advice he believes that a horse – the favourite - is not fit to run in a major race. He manages to prevent the horse from competing. No-one believes him and he’s shunned, spat at (by punters who lost their bets), hounded, beaten up until he can no longer stand the revenge attacks. Joseph Barnaby is a broken man. When he’s banned from working as a farrier it’s the last straw. Unable to face society, and fearing for his father’s life if he stays in the UK, he sticks a pin in a map and finds Madeira Island. There he becomes a farm-hand on a small farm at the bottom of an escarpment, miles from anywhere and only accessible by boat. The end of the world.
Yet, his good nature seems to shine through wherever he is and under any circumstance. The population of the nearest village takes to Joe and defends him when danger looms.
His kindness extends to animals – even if they are not horses. Look at this extract when two fishermen come to help him on the farm:

“Why do that donkey and all those goats follow you about?” Carlos asked, eyeing Ed (the donkey). “Everywhere you go, there they are.”
“True enough,” Joe agreed. “They’re my entourage. The chickens join them sometimes.”
         That set them laughing, and Joe, for the first time in over a year, felt the ease and enjoyment of being with his fellow-men.”

Love is not far away for Joe. He falls for Sofia, the farmer’s niece who is deaf. Most people don’t know how to communicate with deaf people, but Joe soon understands how to face her when talking and let her read his lips. He even learns sign language:

“When Sofia returned, several of the children ran to her and pulled on her hands.
Laughing, she signed at them and pointed to Joe. She signed. “I told them you are J.O.E.,” she said to him, showing him how to spell his name in sign language. “This is hello,” She waved.
He waved at the students who responded Hello, J.O.E.
One of the younger ladies signed at him and he looked in question at Sofia.
“She’s asking how are you? Actually I think she’s flirting, but still…”

Joe’s nature doesn’t let him give up on himself for long, but you’ll have to read “Joseph Barnaby” to see if he has the strength to recover and regain his reputation and the life he yearns for.

Thank you for hosting me today – I hope you enjoy “Joseph Barnaby”

Author Bio in Susan Roebuck's own words:
I was born and educated in the UK (I am British!) but now live in Portugal. I've been an English teacher for many years with the British Council and also the Portuguese civil service where I developed e-learning courses.

My debut novel, "Perfect Score" was published by Mundania Press on Sept 21, 2010 and the paperback launched on May 11 2011. It was a finalist in the 2012 EPIC e-book Awards in the Mainstream Category.

My second novel is a dark thriller/fantasy called "Hewhay Hall". It won an EPPIE award in the 2013 EPIC (Electronic Publishing Industry Coalition) e-Book Awards in the Horror Category.

Next comes "Rising Tide", published in 2015. Set in Portugal, published by Mundania Press. It is set in a tiny fishing village that the world, and most of Portugal, has forgotten. Read about the wonders of the ocean and see if Piper from Norfolk UK and Leo from Alaska, USA, can find what they're searching for in the little village of Luminosa.

"Forest Dancer" was published on 20th February 2018 by CrookedCat Books. This is novel number 2 set in Portugal but this time in the forests outside Lisbon, Portugal. Instead of the sea (as in Rising Tide), now find out about the wonders of the forest and whether classical ballerina, Flora, can find what she's searching for in the small village of Aurora.

On 5th October 2018 CrookedCat Books published my newest novel, "Joseph Barnaby", another romance/suspense which is set on the island of Madeira.

And now for the GIVEAWAY!!

1st prize an Amazon book token (£10)
2nd prize - 2 x signed paperbacks of Joseph Barnaby
3rd prize - 2 x ebooks of Joseph Barnaby
*Terms and Conditions –Worldwide entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then I reserve the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time I will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.
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Monday, 8 October 2018

Book Bloggers - yay or nah?

Never before have I been so infuriated by a throwaway comment as I have when it came to my attention last night.  

@caffeinenights on Twitter believes book bloggers are a waste of time and have massive egos. 

Now, he's furiously pedalling backwards by saying it's only the tour operators that are rubbish. Ah, well, at least it has his little company within sights of the blogging community, and now we know whose authors to avoid!

Monday, 1 October 2018

If you enjoyed BBC's Bodyguard, you'll LOVE House Divided by .@rachelmcwrites #political #books #fiction #thriller .@rararesources

A House Divided
Rachel McLean

Jennifer Sinclair is many things: loyal government minister, loving wife and devoted mother.
But when a terror attack threatens her family, her world is turned upside down. When the government she has served targets her Muslim husband and sons, her loyalties are tested. And when her family is about to be torn apart, she must take drastic action to protect them.

Amazon.com | Amazon UK
A House Divided is a tense and timely thriller about political extremism and divided loyalties, and their impact on one woman.

 The theme on WWBB is all about the character from an author's book, and today Rachel McLean discusses her character Yusuf Hussain, and why she made him. 
Over to Rachel...

Yusuf Hussain - why is he the way he is? 
Rachel McLean

 In A House Divided, Yusuf Hussain is the husband of the protagonist, the politician Jennifer Sinclair, and father to their two sons, Samir and Hassan.

Yusuf first landed on the page fifteen years ago in the first draft of the book and to be honest, at that stage he was a bit of a wet blanket.

I painted him as the perfect husband: handsome, supportive, great with the kids and handy in the kitchen. While Jennifer was having all sorts of crises thrown at her by the other characters, I wanted him to be the rock she could retreat to.

But I soon realised that was the wrong approach. A man doesn’t have to be perfect to be a good husband, nor does he have to be so much of a ‘new man’ that he’s unbelievable.

So I changed him.

I started to think about how he’d react to the political situation he and Jennifer found themselves in and the way it victimised him and his sons as Muslims. I analysed Jennifer’s actions, sometimes impulsive, and considered how Yusuf, as a real person and not some idealised version of manhood, might react to those.

And the conclusion I came to was that, while still being a great guy (which really comes out in book three of the trilogy), he’s angry.

He’s angry at a government that’s victimising Muslims like himself. He’s angry at a school system that wants to segregate his sons. He’s angry at a society that doesn’t trust him. And often he’s angry at Jennifer for being a part of that system as a government minister, albeit a rebellious one.

He doesn’t get as angry as his eldest son Samir, whose reaction to Islamophobia is a key driver for the plot. But he understands where Samir is coming from, and often argues with Jennifer about it.

They argue about the fact that she’s part of a government that wants to increase surveillance. They argue about the riots that take place, and how they make him scared for his kids. And they argue about how to respond when Samir gets into trouble for fighting at school.

But when push comes to shove, can Yusuf and Jennifer put aside their differences and channel their different forms of anger at the same target? Can they work together and use that anger to make things better?

The only way to find out is by reading the book!

A House Divided is out now in eBook and paperback. You can also find out more about the characters (including Jennifer) and read excerpts at my website.

'I'm Rachel McLean and I write thrillers and speculative fiction.

I'm told that the world wants upbeat, cheerful stories - well, I'm sorry but I can't help. My stories have an uncanny habit of predicting future events (and not the good ones). They're inspired by my work at the Environment Agency and the Labour Party and explore issues like climate change, Islamophobia, the refugee crisis and sexism in high places. All with a focus on how these impact individual people and families.

You can find out more about my writing, get access to deals and exclusive stories or become part of my advance reader team by joining my book club at rachelmclean.com/bookclub.

Thursday, 27 September 2018

Erotically primal! A raw soul to soul connection between a human and a non-human species – can Macy endure his loving? #ASMSG #IART #supernatural #erotica #alien #romance #inlust #alpha #venom

Meet the Jelvias, masters of 
corruption and killers of humans.

When journalist Macy stumbles onto a story of a lifetime—a Jelvia with humanity—she investigates and comes across a devilishly handsome Jelvia, called Narcifer. And when fate pushes them together, Macy seizes her chance to interview him.

Her best friend, however, dismisses that it’s down to fate and warns Macy that Narcifer has been following her because the newspaper she works for is owned by an enemy of the Jelvian government.

But Macy, overpowered by her own emotions as Narcifer pushes her boundaries and unlocks all her inhibitions in a weekend of sex, spankings and more sex, wants nothing more than to forget her friend’s warnings and the newspaper she works for. But then she overhears Narcifer on the phone: he’s going to kill her.

Narcifer isn’t all he claims to be, and Macy finds herself in a very dangerous situation.

Is Narcifer her lover or her destroyer?

Contains mature themes.

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Shock crossed his face, rapidly followed by revulsion. It was an emotion she never wanted to see on his face while looking at her. But before she could react, he bent down and hauled her up. He tossed her over his shoulder as if she weighed nothing, then carried her up the stairs and almost threw her onto the bed.

She twisted to the side and tried to get away from him, but he grabbed her hip and pulled her round on her back. He held her down with one hand, while his other hand tugged out of his jeans.

Freed from his constraints, he crawled onto the bed and on all fours, moved over her. His body wasn’t touching her; his hands were either side of her head, his knees either side of her thighs. His eyes were on her breasts; his breath was ragged. She felt exposed; vulnerable.

His knee roughly parted her legs, and before she had a chance to take a breath he thrust into her hard. It was without emotion. There was no tenderness.

Pure lust.

He pounded into her, rocking her body below his.

It hurt, and she cried out. But Narcifer didn’t stop. There was an anger in his eyes; a strange blaze that both disturbed and aroused her at the same time. She put her hands out to touch him, wanting tenderness, but he grasped her wrists in one hand and pinned them above her head.

He came for a second time, spilling into her in rapid thrusts, and then he lowered his head and kissed her fervently, forcing her mouth open, and plunging his tongue into her mouth. The kiss was as angry as his lovemaking. She tasted blood in her mouth, and then the kiss changed.

Became caring.

He let go of her wrists, cupped either side of her head and looked into her eyes.

‘Don’t ever ask me to kill you again. Ever.’

Then he broke away and pressed his mouth against her throat where she knew her pulse was rapidly pounding. He kissed her neck and up to her ear. Then slowly, gently, he entered her again and moved in and out of her body so tenderly, so lovingly, she wanted to cry.

They climaxed together, softly at first, but then as it hit its peak, they shuddered and Narcifer roared as he came into her. He looked down at her, watching her at her most vulnerable as she finished her climax. She was still clutching his upper arms, her fingers not able to circle the huge biceps. She stared into his eyes. They were dry. No emotion in them at all.

Jelvia: Not Human book 1