Feelgood Women’s Fiction at Crooked Cat Books

It’s summer; a heatwave is gripping many countries. Trains are cancelled (sorry!). So, what’s better than to relax in your garden with a fabulous, warm stories, all highly recommended by keen readers.

This week on Crooked Cat Books, we feature three wonderful novels from women for women (and for guys who love a warm-hearted read): Chapters of Life by Tina K. Burton, A Summer of Love by Michela O’Brien, and Project Me by Carol Anne Hunter. Discover what the authors reveal about their characters, their writing and read snippets!

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Fancy joining a reading group? Then see what happens in Tina K. Burton‘s “engaging” novel, Chapters of Life.

Following a premonition before reading Clare’s tarot cards, Jo takes a risk and decides tochaptersoflife go into business with her. Eventually, they open the doors to Clare’s dream: Merrilies, a bookshop situated in a small English Cotswold town. Soon, Merrilies becomes the home from home for some of the locals.

Seven-year old Annie visits each day after school, and worms her way into the hearts of everyone she meets, including the five members of the reading group.

Graham takes a shine to Mollie, and wonders if he’ll find romance after years of being alone; single mum Tessa struggles with her teenage daughter; and Michael confronts a bully at work. Will Felicity – who’s dropped out of law school – ever grow up and stop scrounging off her parents?

This diverse group of people, brought together by their love of reading, forge lasting friendships and make some unexpected discoveries about themselves and each other.

Join the reading group!

Chapters of Life is available in ebook and paperback formats. Find it on Amazon UK, Amazon com, Smashwords, and many other outlets.

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Music, growing up, love and life’s challenges are all part of A Summer of Love, a “heart-warming” story by Michela O’Brien

Successful artist Jonah Briggs is a man who has made mistakes. Aged just eighteen, he was sent to prison for two years, leaving his family shattered and his first love, Sally, to wait for his return.

ASummerOfLoveBut at eighteen, two years seem like a lifetime, and some promises are hard to keep.

When Jonah reappears in her life, Sally finds herself torn between him and Ewan, the young Cornish farmer she has married, divided between loyalty and passion, duty and love.

Over the course of almost two decades, through meetings and partings, secrets and revelations, and two momentous summers, Jonah will have to confront his past and heal old wounds, while Sally will face the consequences of her choices – whether to follow her conscience or her heart.

A Summer of Love is available in ebook and paperback formats. Grab your copy of this exciting read at Amazon UK, Amazon com, Smashwords and other outlets.

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Meet Maggie! She’s about to hit the big 5-0 in Project Me, a “delicious romp” by Carol Anne Hunter, and her life is about to change. For the better? Find out in this darkly humorous tale!

When her husband of 30 years trades her in for a more current model, Maggie resolves to projectmelive the quiet life. The safe life. The single life.

Well, she is only weeks away from her 50th, doesn’t do drink or men and has already embraced Trainee Old Duffer status. But waking up one morning with the office geek and a hangover makes her think again – maybe there is life after marriage.

She decides to refurbish, re-brand and re-launch, and all before her golden birthday, but she hasn’t a clue where to start. Cue the conception of Project Me. Before long, her life is like the night bus – full of users, wasters, halfwits and chancers, all with their own agenda. If only there was someone she could ask for help.

Emergency! Code Red, woman down, send back up!

The clock’s ticking…

Project Me is available in ebook and paperback formats. Get your copy from Amazon UK, Amazon com, Smashwords, and many other outlets!

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Discover these three wonderful summer reads, and many more, over at Crooked Cat Books!

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On the Chaise Longue with Vanessa: Meet Author @JuneGundlack

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On the Chaise Longue with Vanessa: Meet Author @JuneGundlack Author June Gundlack ? My guest today is another Crooked Cat Publishing author whom I had the pleasure of meeting at last year’s CC get-together.…

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You Cannot Escape What is in Your Head

A mirror post from my blog.

Had some interesting news this morning when I learned that Voices had sneaked back into the very bottom of its Amazon UK chart. It didn’t last long before it dropped out again.

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It’s rare that I pass opinions on my own work. I have them, naturally, but I don’t shout them out. I prefer readers to form their own views. Having said that, my opinion on Voices is quite firm. From a technical point of view, it’s one of my best efforts, succinctly summarised by reader “Richard” who said:

This is real horror at its best, not because it’s full of blood and gore (there’s plenty) but because you really believe it could be happening.

For any writer, this must be the ultimate accolade. Voices is difficult to categorise. It has elements of sci-fi, horror, the paranormal, and mystery, all shrouded within the context of an ordinary man with an ordinary family going through extraordinary events. For a reader to say that you “really believe it could be happening” means I must have it just about right. Richard is not the only one who thinks so. The book has only 8 reader reviews, but they are all 5*, all unstinting in their praise.

Without giving anything away, I left the ending open for a possible sequel, and many people have asked, “Where is it and when will we get it?”

I’ve tried. I’ve made several attempts to recreate the depth and detail of the original, all without success, and I’m sorry but I won’t follow up such a well-received work with anything I consider substandard.

Over and above that, of course, I have other commitments: the Sanford 3rd Age Club Mysteries, for example. Much easier to write, but with a more demanding audience.

At any one time, I have dozens of ideas floating around, some practical, others fanciful, but as the tagline for Voices says, You cannot escape what is in your head and until that which is in my head is Voices 2, I’m sorry but it won’t happen.

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Voices is available as an e-book from:

Amazon UK (Kindle)

Amazon Worldwide (Kindle)

Smashwords (all e-formats)

You can also find it in paperback. Simply Google the ISBN 978-1908910424

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On the Chaise Longue with Vanessa: Meet Author @Lizzie_Koch

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On the Chaise Longue with Vanessa: Meet Author @Lizzie_Koch

Joining me today is bubbly Lizzie Koch, who has just published her first novel, The Adventures of Katie Button, with Crooked Cat Publishing. It’s shot up the Kindle charts and already has excellent reviews. Every author’s dream, you might say…

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