Get thrilled this week!

We have three cracking thrillers for you this week: Catriona King‘s The Carbon Trail; The Prague Papers by Nik Morton and Vengeance Wears Black by Seumas Gallacher!

Lock the doors, sit back and discover the dark side…

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Join The Carbon Trail in Catriona King’s “must read” thriller, her first foray outside the bestselling DCI Marc Craig thriller series.

Espionage. Murder. Love.
Jeff Mitchell has a headache and he doesn’t know why. But then, he doesn’t know much about his life at all. Only one word means something: carbon. 100% of diamonds and 20% of the human body. What does it have to do with the agents tailing him in New York? Or the threats against his life?
Who is the exotic brunette who would kill to protect him? And the beautiful blonde in his bed?
The Carbon Trail – the mind has no limits.

Grab your copy now: Amazon UK  Amazon US  Smashwords  Kobo  Apple


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Return to the Cold War with Tana Standish, the spy in Nik Morton’s “slick intelligent” thriller, The Prague Papers! Take a peek behind the Iron Curtain:

Czechoslovakia, 1975.

Tana is a spy – and she’s psychic. Orphaned in the Warsaw ghetto during the Second World War, she was adopted by a naval officer and his wife. Now she works for the British Secret Intelligence Service. Czechoslovakia’s people are still kicking against the Soviet invasion. Tana is called in to restore morale and repair the underground network. But there’s a traitor at work.

And she learns about a secret Soviet complex in the Sumava Mountains. Unknown to her there’s a top secret establishment in Kazakhstan, where Yakunin, one of their gifted psychics, has detected her presence in Czechoslovakia.

When Tana infiltrates the Sumava complex, she’s captured! A desperate mission is mounted to either get her out or to silence her – before she breaks under interrogation.

The Tana Standish Spy series:
1 – The Prague Papers
2 – The Tehran Text

Find it here: Amazon UK   Amazon US  Smashwords  Kobo  Apple


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Discover the extremes of international crime in Seumas Gallacher’s “clever and intriguing” novel, Vengeance Wears Black – the 2nd in the popular Jack Calder series. If you love a cracking thriller, this one’s for you:

Jack Calder and his former SAS colleagues at ISP, a specialist security firm, are saved from certain death when an ex-Gurkha is killed smothering a deadly grenade thrown into a lunchtime Chinese restaurant in the West End of London. They learn that murderous turf wars are raging between Asian Triads and Eastern European mobsters vying for control of international fiefdoms of drug smuggling, people trafficking, prostitution and money laundering.

An unexpected visit from the highest levels of international law enforcement offers Jack and the ISP team a means to use their black operations skills to wreak a ruthless retaliation against the drug lords.

Unlikely partners emerge in their onslaught against the gangs as the warring criminal factions threaten an unholy alliance to repel them. The pursuit spins across Europe, Turkey and North Africa before a final reckoning.

A Jack Calder Novel.

The Jack Calder Novel Series:
The Violin Man’s Legacy
Vengeance Wears Black
Savage Payback
Killer City (August 2015)

Try this gripping read now:  Amazon UK  Amazon US  Smashwords  Kobo  Apple


Escape the rain – grab a book! :-)


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On the Chaise Longue with Vanessa: Meet Author Sue Barnard

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On the Chaise Longue with Vanessa: Meet Author Sue Barnard Author Sue Barnard I’m very pleased to welcome back my friend and fellow Crooked Cat author Sue Barnard – who is also my editor! She…

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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!

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.


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.


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!


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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