Andy and Amanda review a selection of books; from crime to non-fiction. They also discuss some of their own news and projects, including a novella which will be published on Medium instead of as an eBook, and a Haiku collection with one Haiku for each year of life.
Such Exquisite Calamity by Sydnie Beaupre
Spencer and Cayden have always known that they were different from each of their parents, but when Spencer saves Cayden from a stab wound using only her tears and sheer willpower, they find out exactly what they are: the only two of their kind, born under a prophecy. Not Caster, not Familiar, but an impossible combination of both known as The Two, or The Lovers.
Stumbling through the new world of Casters, Familiars and Demigods together proves dangerous for the pair, and unwanted enemies arise as emotions between them become more and more complicated.
Will Cayden and Spencer be able to find themselves amidst the chaos? Or will they succumb to the power of those trying to stop them?
The book can be purchased from Amazon
Hope and Magic by Amanda Steel is out on 10th May.
it can be pre-ordered/purchased on Kindle or in paperback on Amazon. It will also be available as part of your Kindle Unlimited subscription, if you have one.
Previously published as three novellas, Hope and Magic includes all three parts of the story.
Hope doesn't know anything about magic when she decides to leave Dublin and head to London to pursue her dreams. Her boyfriend, Steven is unable to let her go. He seeks the help of a witch, resulting in Hope becoming his unwilling captive. Can she break free and discover her own power? And what does the witch really want from Hope?
Dead Men Naked by Dario Cannizzaro
Would you go on a road trip with Death?
Lou's couldn't say no to that question. If you witnessed the inexplicable death of your best friend Neil and were haunted by visions of the Grim Reaper and a giant black crow - your answer would be yes as well.
Embark with Lou and the anthropomorphic embodiment of his own Death on a tequila-induced journey and descend from cities to desert to chase Angelene, a charming exotic dancer who holds the secret to save your soul, all the while poetically ruminating on the meaning of life, the universe, and the saving grace of love.
Dark, hilarious, profound and charming - this must-read novel is a steaming hot cup of magic realism, dark fantasy, literary fiction and poetry that will make you laugh and cry and want to read it again and again.
Buy on Amazon or read on Kindle Unlimited.
The Double – Ann Gosslin
Following a violent outburst at an awards ceremony, Vidor Kiraly, a prize-winning neuroscientist and Cambridge don, is sent to an isolated psychiatric clinic in the Swiss Alps. When the clinic’s director, Anton Gessen, tries in vain to unearth the missing pieces of Vidor’s life, he suspects his reluctant patient is not who he appears to be. After one of the patients at the clinic goes missing, Gessen has reason to doubt Vidor’s self-proclaimed innocence. But what is he hiding, and who might be next?
The book can be purchased on Amazon and from other booksellers.
Your can find out more at her website: https://anngosslin.com
Wesley Yorstead Goes Outside explores the life of Wesley Yorstead, a thirty-three year old graphic novelist who suffers from a severe case of agoraphobia that has kept him shut inside for over five years. When he meets Happy Lafferty for the first time, delivering groceries on behalf of her father’s neighborhood market, Wesley can’t shake the inherent magnetism between them and seeks to get to know this young woman who invades his space—both physical and mental. As their relationship grows more intimate, the restrictions of his situation become an even greater obstacle. When Happy’s past life catches up to her, Wesley must decide if he can finally leave his apartment to help. A meditation on anxiety, fear, and human connection, Wesley Yorstead Goes Outside asks the reader to consider what our fears take away from our lives, and how we might overcome them.
The book has already received some praise. Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of The Deep End of the Ocean said: "A dark jewel of a story, as funny as it is heartbreaking, as heartbreaking as it is true."
Alena Dillon, author of Mercy House and The Happiest Girl in the World, had this to say: “Succinct, artful, and full of heart; there’s never been a character like Wesley Yorstead.”
You can buy the book on Amazon
Or find out more about the author at her website: https://stephanieharperauthor.com
The new “Ghost of Me” podcast (as mentioned at the start of this episode) is available on Anchor.
In a slightly different format to our usual Reading in Bed Extracts episodes, the author of this week’s book reads two of his own poems.
(Audio used with permission from Spoken Label)
Gormless – Rich Davenport
Rich Davenport is a comedy poet, stand-up comedian and musician from exotic Bolton, in the UK. He has gigged all over the UK, spreading mirth and making loud noises.
He was first encouraged to compile a book of his poems of extreme gormlessness by Hovis Presley in 2003. After accidentally winning a couple of poetry slams, other encouraging individuals said the same thing.
And now, finally, here it is, with fabulous illustrations from the marvellous Minty B
Gormless can be purchased from Chinbeard Books.
Hong Kong Rocks – Peter Humphreys
Nick Powell, arriving in Hong Kong with his soon-to-be-ex-wife Lennox, finds himself drawn into the political machinations affecting the city as the Occupy movement takes root. A fatal accident exposes the factions vying for control of the SAR and gives Nick the second chance desired by many Hong Kong expats, but will he make the most of the opportunity, or find himself on the wrong side of history? Shifting between a variety of unique voices, HONG KONG ROCKS (a Proverse Prize 2018 finalist) is part thriller, part meditation on the challenges facing a special autonomous region punching above its weight.
"'Hong Kong Rocks' is a story set in an alternative present; it is in part a whodunit, with the who and the it constantly in doubt. At the centre is a group of dissolute, middle-aged, expatriates, who are held more or less upright, or let fall by surer, stronger women. Dissolution, however, has its consequences, in conflict with either the newly introduced Deportation Act, or two cross-border goons, or both. And, as the tale reaches its finale, we cannot but agree with the narrator that Hong Kong is 'hotting up'."—Philip Chatting, author of "The Snow Bridge and Other Stories", Winner of the Proverse Prize 2014.
"Funny and twisted, in Humphreys’ spirited novel Nick and a garrulous band of expats are caught in the shifting societal landscape of Hong Kong. Nights drinking at the Brolly, missing friends, the Occupy movement, fear of deportation and the threat of discovery by Chinese agents, all loom large. As his freedom hangs on the edge of a precipice, Nick seizes on the absurdities, secrets and joys of a life lived with regret."—Maria Roberts, author of "Single Mother on the Verge", Penguin.
The book can be bought from
UK Amazon: https://amzn.to/38qkbSj
US Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Hong-Rocks-Proverse-Prize-Publications-ebook/dp/B07YP3V824/ref=sr_1_1
The book is also available on Kindle Unlimited. To take up the 30-day Kindle Unlimited offer, if you’re in the UK, please follow the Affiliate link below.
Leila Ziari’s first collection of poetry invites readers into a world of transformative love. Dedicated to and inspired by Bob Dylan, these one hundred and eleven poems reveal the bliss, pain, expansion, longing and ecstasy of eternal love. Earthly and ethereal, timely and timeless. Just as Ziari chronicles her own metamorphosis, she invites the reader to be inspired, uplifted, healed, and renewed. Through her bold confession of passionate devotion, Ziari dissects the very essence of love and the whirlwind of emotions therein. It is her vulnerability that allow for such immersion, reminding readers that those we love are part of our spirits and have been embedded in our souls since the beginning of time. While she hints at deep scars, this poet never wallows. Her transcendent poetry reaches beyond. Ziari shows us what we know but so often forget - the evolutionary and revolutionary power of love.
The book can be bought at:
Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B084Q9WJLG
Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3aJECLm
Secret Santa – Andrew Shaffer
Out of work for months, Lussi Meyer is desperate to work anywhere in publishing. Prestigious Blackwood-Patterson isn’t the perfect fit, but a bizarre set of circumstances leads to her hire and a firm mandate: Lussi must find the next horror superstar to compete with Stephen King, Anne Rice, and Peter Straub. It’s the ’80s, after all, and horror is the hottest genre.
But as soon as she arrives, Lussi finds herself the target of her co-workers' mean-spirited pranks. The hazing reaches its peak during the company’s annual Secret Santa gift exchange, when Lussi receives a demonic-looking object that she recognizes but doesn't understand. Suddenly, her coworkers begin falling victim to a series of horrific accidents akin to a George Romero movie, and Lussi suspects that her gift is involved. With the help of her former author, the flamboyant Fabien Nightingale, Lussi must track down her anonymous Secret Santa and figure out the true meaning of the cursed object in her possession before it destroys the company—and her soul.
You can buy the book from
Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Secret-Santa-Andrew-Shaffer/dp/1683692055/ref=sr_1_1
Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/37hLe06
Find out more about the author at: http://www.andrewshaffer.com/link-tree
First Charge (My YA book I mentioned on the podcast) is free until the end of December on most eBook platforms.
Diamonds and Deception - Summer Campbell
A Bite-Size Mystery Novella
Nurse Juno is looking forward to some festive downtime in the seaside town of Fareport Cove when shocking theft gets in the way. The Christmas season turns out to be anything but relaxing when thieves swipe a priceless necklace from under her patient's nose. It's no surprise when big-hearted Nurse Juno tries to help by stepping in to help her distraught patient out.
Juno is racing to beat the clock and find the necklace before Christmas day with the help of best friend and local bookshop owner, Kate.
Who is behind the dastardly deception? Can Juno solve the mystery and get the diamond necklace back in time to save her patient's Christmas?
Diamonds and Deception is a short prequel novella to the Nurse Juno Investigates clean cozy mystery series.
You can buy the book from
Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3kXv4hx
Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08H6P2S23/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_awdb_t1_BDAAFbG4EQMYZ
It is also available on Kindle Unlimited. If you’re in the UK and wish to support the podcast, please consider using our affiliate link to get a free trial of Kindle Unlimited: https://www.amazon.co.uk/kindle-dbs/hz/signup?tag=amandasteelwr-21
To find out more about the author, visit her website:
GeeGee and the Germans (The Conyers Street Gang) – Michael Thame
Based on real people. Based on real events.
Eight-year-old GeeGee is scared. And it’s not for the first time. Since her arrival in Scotland, the Germans have dropped their murderous bombs and nearly killed her, as well as her mum Ida, sister Betty, and brother Alec. Uncle Angus has lost his home.
When Ida takes her children to the beautiful Campsie Glen, a place where she felt they would be safe, they got a shock. The Laird of the Clan has refused them shelter and his butler, Knox, has thrown them out.
GeeGee never wanted to go anywhere near the Laird’s house again, but when the local kids decide to build a snowman in the grounds, she joins in. That’s when Knox the butler pulled the trigger on the shotgun and shattered the night’s calm in Campsie Glen.
Only later does GeeGee remember; her scarf. She left it on the snowman they had built before Knox chased them away. It was a beautiful red scarf her mum and dad bought for her as a birthday present. She had to get it back.
Betty isn’t keen, but the sisters go out in the middle of a wintry night to retrieve the scarf. However, it’s what GeeGee sees on the way back that stops her in her tracks. An aircraft flies overhead, but they cannot see it. Moments later something catches GeeGee’s eye; a parachute silently falls on the wooded hillside below the imposing Lennox Castle.
GeeGee knows she must tell someone. There is a war on and her first thought is that the parachutist must be a German spy. Before long Campsie Glen is awash with police and soldiers. Strange things start happening and suddenly GeeGee’s life hangs in the balance.
Can she survive the strange goings on at Lennox Castle? Can she get through the night in the haunted house? Will she ever be able to trust the self-styled Laird of Clan Galt?
More than that, will GeeGee be able to survive the Germans that are surely in their midst?
The book can be bought on
Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3ffGMTg
Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/GeeGee-Germans-Conyers-Street-Gang/dp/1912494418/ref=sr_1_1
You can also see the author’s YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCin3-sTL4r1TY7gARI9XeZQ
You can support the podcast by purchasing from the online store:
Witch - Finbar Hawkins
In 17th-century England, civil war rages and witches have become pawns in a plot to oust the King. Young, red-haired Evey does not want to be a witch, but she cannot deny the magick coursing through her veins.
A storm is coming. After witnessing the murder of her mother by witch-hunters, Evey vows to avenge her. Fury burns in her bright and strong. But she has promised her mother that she will keep her gifted, little sister Dill, her mother’s favourite, safe. But battling terrible jealousy, Evey abandons Dill with their Aunt Grey at the coven in the woods, and sets off to town where crowds are gathering for the witch trials. As the lust for blood and retribution rises to fever pitch, will Evey keep true to the bonds of sisterhood and to her witching ways?
If you’re in the UK, the book can be bought from:
Or from Amazon, if you’re in the US.
You can also follow the author on Twitter:
This Rotten World – Jacy Morris
A sickness runs rampant through the world. In Portland, Oregon it is no different. As the night takes hold, eight men and women bear witness to the horror of a zombie outbreak. This Rotten World is the zombie novel that horror fans have been waiting for. Where other zombie works skip over the best part of a zombie outbreak, This Rotten World revels in it the downfall of humanity, dragging you through the beginnings of society's death, kicking and screaming.
The book can be bought on:
Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/This-Rotten-World-Jacy-Morris-ebook/dp/B01ILBEU7I/
Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3kdTRgJ
Beyond Spring – Wanderings Through Nature by Matthew Oates
A love letter to Nature – This was written as armchair winter reading – when we have forgotten what spring is like – that it will even come again. The chapters are all short and rich in language, knowledge and love. Each chapter is headed ad footed with a poetic extract
Brett Westwood – known to you on Radio 4 and Springwatch says of the book: Matthew Oates is an equally enthusiastic naturalist, poet and writer of prose, with an abounding affection for his subject which shines out in every sentence of this book. It’s an exuberant celebration of the British countryside at its joyous, rampant best, interweaving natural and literary landscapes as it explores spring in some of the finest spots for wildlife... A book to savour on winter evenings when the anticipation of spring tempts us all: whether he’s describing the song of a blackbird or the scent of a garlic snail, you know you’re in safe hands.
Patrick Barkham - nature writer , and journalist on the Guardian says : Matthew Oates is a witty and imaginative companion: poetic, subtly subversive and as elusive and fast-moving as spring itself. Beautiful and Brilliant.
It was one of only 5 Nature books shortlisted for the Countryfile magazine’s Country book of the Year, despite having been turned down by his normal publisher Bloomsbury; and his TV, Radio and National Trust credentials.
£10.99 paperback; or £17.50 for limited edition hardback.
We reviewed books on a variety of subjects this month; from learning how to draw - to the persecution of native Americans.
To find out about the online events we mentioned in the introduction, please see the following links.
Writing workshop: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/creative-writing-workshop-tickets-125160900623
Twelve Deaths of Father Christmas reading: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-twelve-deaths-of-father-christmas-author-reading-and-qa-tickets-126661813895
Before and After – Andrew Shanahan
THE BEST-SELLING SCI-FI THRILLER THAT BLENDS HEALTHY LIVING AND LOTS OF DYING
"A big fat five stars. This is a horror story. It's a visceral portrait of addiction and the hope of redemption in a world turned mad by hate and fear. The worst thing is that it is true. A must-read." Jane Almond-Deville, The British Obesity Society.
Ben Stone is terrified. He's terrified because he weighs 601 pounds and needs his right leg amputating. He's terrified because a crane will shortly lift him from his fourth-floor flat and lower him 44 feet to an ambulance waiting below. He's terrified because he hasn't been outside in nine years and he doesn't know who will look after his beautiful dog.
He needn't worry though, because the world is about to end.
You can buy the book from Amazon
UK link: https://amzn.to/2SZev9h
US link: https://www.amazon.com/Before-After-Andrew-Shanahan-ebook/dp/B082XFC63T/
You can also follow the Andrew Shanahan on Twitter: https://twitter.com/nervouscrying
To take up the 30 day Kindle Unlimited offer, if you’re in the UK, please follow the Affiliate link below. (As mentioned on the podcast)
The Reviled: The Power Of Hope (Dark Fey Book 1) – Cynthia A. Morgan
From a young age, Ayla has known her gift. Dedicated to become a Guardian of Childfey, she has spent her young years in the Temple, studying magic and ancient rites. There, she also learns about the mortal enemy of all Fey of the Light: the Reviled.
Gairynzvl is a Fey of the Light, abducted by the Reviled when he was young. Now, he is a Dark One; lurking in the shadows, lingering near Ayla.
After Gairynzvl commits treason against his own kind, Ayla listens to him when no others will – and the conflict that unfolds will change their world.
The book can be bought from Amazon.
UK link: https://amzn.to/33XOQ7m
US link: https://www.amazon.com/Reviled-Dark-Fey-Book-ebook/dp/B00RZMVNQQ/
You can find out more about the author at her website: https://www.cynthiaamorganauthor.com
For details of the Creative Writing Workshop (as mentioned on the podcast) go to:
Dead Boys Don’t Cry – H. G. Lynch
This story doesn't begin with my death. It begins with someone's else's.
Antonio is sick of his mother's drunken, abusive boyfriend, and when Dave starts acting strange following the disappearance of a young woman, Antonio suspects he's responsible.
But when he confronts Dave about the missing woman, Antonio finds himself facing down the barrel of a gun.
Waking up dead was not part of his plan.
With a Reaper at the gates and a gravestone at his back, he'll risk his afterlife to catch his killer.
Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/2HP9NIK
Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Dead-Boys-Dont-H-G-Lynch-ebook/dp/B08HX3VSGF/
Author Page: https://www.authorhglynch.com
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If you’re in the UK and want to buy any of the books mentioned on the podcast, please consider supporting us by using the affiliate links below.
The Minders: https://amzn.to/2SqHBOH
The Curse of Knowing: https://amzn.to/3niSUqo
The Haunting of HG Wells: https://amzn.to/2HYzTJx
Love on the Isle of Dogs: https://amzn.to/3ixRxjK
If you would like to attend the online Creative Writing workshop we mentioned on the podcast, the details are here:
The De-Coding of Jo: Hall of Ignorance: 1 (Ascending Angel Academy) by Lali A. Love
What would you do if you accidentally discovered a holographic portal into the cosmos, in the basement of your high school's library? Would you take the leap of faith?
Ever since the fatal night her mother was taken hostage by a homicidal maniac, sixteen-year-old Jo has been plagued by debilitating nightmares. As she tries to unravel her bleak reality while attending Forest Hill Academy, a preppy co-ed private school, Jo and her friends discover a mysterious gateway into a Black Hole. Accidentally, evil is released from the portal as demonic parasites spread throughout the school. One by one they turn her classmates into an army of sleepwalkers, serving the Lord of Darkness in a sinister plot for universal domination.
When Jo is activated by the Council of Light, she discovers her mission and confronts her celestial identity, revealing the mystery of existence. With the help of her best friends and a Galactic Compass, Jo unleashes the cosmic powers of creation to prevent the Darkness from enslaving all of humanity into obscurity. Will she be able to decode the artificial system in time to save her friends and the sacred Light?
As the first book in the Ascending Angel Academy series, The De-Coding of Jo is a beautiful melding of fantasy, paranormal and science fiction with a diverse, gender inclusive cast that young adult readers can fully immerse themselves in.
Buy on Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/2GfGX3P
or Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Coding-Jo-Hall-Ignorance-ebook/dp/B08DL4286J/
Find out more about the author at: https://authorlalialove.com
To vote for my Ghost of Me by Amanda steel (as mentioned in the podcast) please go to:
and vote in the thriller category. Voting ends of 22nd October 2020.
If you would like your book to be considered for Reading in Bed Extracts, or to request a free Audible code for Ghost of Me, send an email to:
Subversive (Clandestine Magic Book 1) by Colleen Cowley
A wizard. An unwilling assistant. An explosive secret.
In an America controlled by wizards and 100 years behind on women's rights, Beatrix Harper counts herself among the resistance – the Women's League for the Prohibition of Magic. Then Peter Blackwell, the only wizard her town has ever produced, unexpectedly returns home and presses her into service as his assistant.
Beatrix fears he wants to undermine the League. His real purpose is far more dangerous for them both.
Subversive is the first novel in the Clandestine Magic trilogy, set in a warped 21st century that will appeal to fans of gaslamp fantasy. All three books will be released in the fall of 2020.
You can buy the book from
Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3l09TeT
Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Subversive-Clandestine-Magic-Book-1-ebook/dp/B08GYLTKNZ/
You can learn more about Colleen Cowley, and follow her writing/publications at: https://colleencowley.com
To have your book considered for Reading in Bed Extracts, or to be referred to Reedsy Discovery (as mentioned on the podcast) please email:
or go direct to: https://reedsy.com/discovery/reviewers/apply?referral=amanda-steel
A Chance of Rain: Short Horror & Sci-Fi Stories
by Joshua G.J. Insole
Over forty tales of monsters, magic, mystery, and madness, ranging from the horrifyingly real to the fantastically weird, from the soul-wrenchingly heartbreaking to the gut-bustingly hilarious — including three shortlisted works.
So, make yourself a cup of coffee or a pot of tea. Turn off the lights. Make sure your front door is locked. (Did you remember to lock it? Maybe you did, maybe you didn’t. Best check.) Wrap your hands around your steaming cup and wrap your blanket around your shoulders… and spend a while in the twisted corners of the human mind.
And always keep an eye on the shifting shadows — sometimes, terrible things lurk in the darkness.
Buy from Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/36ltsKv
This month, Andy and Amanda review a wide selection of books; from crime and horror to poetry and non-fiction.
To find out more about the different projects they both mentioned in this months extensive news section, you can find links and more information on their Facebook pages.
In this episode, Amanda reads two poems and a short story extract from the charity anthology, Words to Remember. All profits from this anthology will be donated to several cancer charities in the UK, so please buy a copy if you can.
The book is available on most eBook platforms, and as a paperback from Amazon, Abebooks and Blackwell's.
You can buy the book at Amazon
Smoke the Peace Pipe is a collection of poems inspired by the author's experience of trauma and how this settled in her body, sometimes as her own worst enemy. She encourages the possibility that we all can find hope and healing by showing up in the present moment, in the environment and with people around us, and through a shared appreciation of nature, spiritual exploration, and sacred connection with the Earth. By sitting and sharing a peace pipe with ourselves, we have an opportunity to bear what we thought was unbearable and make space for the possibility of a bigger picture.
You can buy The Resident by David Jackson at Amazon (and all the usual places you would expect).
He also has a website, where you can find out more about him and his other books.
The Resident – Blurb
THERE'S A SERIAL KILLER ON THE RUN
AND HE'S HIDING IN YOUR HOUSE
Thomas Brogan is a serial killer. With a trail of bodies in his wake and the police hot on his heels, it seems like Thomas has nowhere left to hide. That is until he breaks into an abandoned house at the end of a terrace on a quiet street. And when he climbs up into the loft, he realises that he can drop down into all the other houses through the shared attic space.
That's when the real fun begins. Because the one thing that Thomas enjoys even more than killing is playing games with his victims - the lonely old woman, the bickering couple, the tempting young newlyweds. And his new neighbours have more than enough dark secrets to make this game his best one yet...
Do you fear The Resident? Soon you'll be dying to meet him.
You can buy the book in paperback or eBook from Amazon, or from several other eBook platforms.
Vittoria Armieri—a humble worker at a ministry in Rome—has the ability to access people’s lives: their pasts, their thoughts and feelings, and especially their tragic memories. Others would call it a superpower, but to her it’s a curse: it’s the source of such misery for her, that she’s now desperate to die, possibly at the hands of a murderer. But while she recalls her youth and the events that brought her to this point, something unexpected occurs. Something that not even Vittoria, with all her eerie savviness, could possibly have foreseen.
This month, Andy reviews some non-fiction books he’s read recently, while Amanda goes a bit supernatural and tries not to get outraged, or spend too much time worrying about those strange noises in the attic.
You can buy the book at several retailers https://books2read.com/futurelife
or visit Roz’s website at https://rozmorris.wordpress.com/
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You can also follow her on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/roz_morris
My Memories of a Future Life (Blurb)
If your life might be another person's past... What do they know of you?
Could they have the answers you need now?
Carol is a gifted pianist who has never needed anything but her talent – until an untreatable injury stops her playing. Terrified that it might end her career, she moves to a village on the coast to convalesce and teach singing. She becomes beguiled by glimpses of her next life – a healer called Andreq. Is he really what he seems to be? Does his life have any clues that can help her now?
A duet between land and sea, past and future, trance and waking, My Memories of a Future Life shimmers with mystery and questions. It’s a novel about clairvoyants and charlatans, the all-consuming dedication of the professional musician, the shadows that shape us, the yearning for a soul-mate, the tyranny of small towns, and what we do when we lose the thing that gives us our identity.
In Gone are the Light-Wielders by Nicholas P Adams, a shepherd boy holds the fate of the colony in his hands when he must choose between keeping a promise to his mother and his responsibility to the community.
This extract from Gone are the Light-Wielders, is published in the anthology, Cresting the Sun. This is a collection of 12 award-winning short stories by three talented authors, including Nicholas P Adams.
The book can be bought from Amazon
US link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1951374037/
UK link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cresting-Sun-Brian-C-Hailes-ebook/dp/B082QMFJ2C
You can find out more about Nicholas at his website.
The Almost Mothers by Laura Besley is collection of flash fiction.
A first-time mum struggles with her new-born baby. An alien examines the lives of Earth Mothers. A baby sleeps through the night at long last.
Written with raw honesty, Laura's debut flash collection, The Almost Mothers, exposes what it really means to be a mother.
The book can be bought from:
You can also follow Laura on Twitter at:
WHY RUN WHEN YOU CAN DRIVE AND SMOKE AT THE SAME TIME by Patrick Leber is a collection of amusing, engaging, and embarrassing running stories from nearly 40 years of hitting the pavement. These stories will resonate with both runners and non-runners alike as they embark on different journeys with Leber across the United States. Why Run is an endearing running memoir, combining humor, sport-related insights, and observations about life while on the move.
Patrick Leber’s website is
Below are just some of the links where his book can be purchased.
Amanda reading from her book "How to Write Wrong: A Choose Your Own Adventure Story" with Andy making the choices as he stumbles through the murky world of writing and trying to get published.
The book is available on Amazon.
In this lockdown special, we talked about the book “Footprints and Echoes” and whether now is a good time to market a book on grief. We had a special reading from one of the authors “Ruth Loten”.
We also read out “Hope” a story written by the talented writer Jan McCarthy.