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Tusker

Dougie Arnold

The sudden and violent increase of elephant poaching in the remote Kenya game reserve of Uwingoni threatens its very existence. Those who have devoted themselves to the protection of its precious wildlife seem ill equipped to deal with this new menace.
However, the arrival of two young people with no experience of Africa might just prove a turning point. For the first time in his life Harry feels he has found somewhere he really belongs and something he can fight for and believe in. Ana, a journalist escaping the horrors of a different war, brings a fresh insight into the battle against poaching as she struggles with her own internal demons.
They soon realise they are up against forces far more powerful and brutal than they could ever have imagined. Foreign investors driven by greed, corrupt government officials and religious fanatics with no boundaries, draw them deeper into a web of evil.
Half of all the net profits due to the author will be used to help organisations committed to elephant conservation.


Author Interview

What is your favourite thing about writing books?
I become so engrossed in the characters I am writing about that they become totally real in my head. Their strengths and vulnerabilities in many ways mirror those of a mixture of people I have known in life and of course there is some of me in there too. I like them to be able to behave in ways that allow them dig deep and believe in themselves. So often in our own lives those we know who have real talents or ability don’t have enough self belief to become the person they really are. Combining that with writing about a subject I am really passionate about, in the case of Tusker, elephant poaching, is a strong combination and makes writing itself such a powerful experience.

Who is your favourite character in your book and why?
My favourite character is Ana. She really feels for the world around her. As a young journalist in a war zone she wants to tell the stories of ordinary people that so often get forgotten. Yet despite her inner strength, her experiences get close to breaking her. How living in a remote Kenyan game reserve helps her to overcome her fears and find herself again is a particularly powerful thread running through the book.

What is your favourite drink to consume while writing?
Ginger herbal tea.

Do you have any bad habits while you’re writing?
I write in the north facing side of the house as the garden and sunshine on the other side distract me. However, people are often walking by, frequently the same ones at around the same time each day and I start to wonder about their lives. My mind is transported to imaginary homes and places of work and if they seem interesting individuals I find it quite hard to refocus on my writing.

How did you research your book?
The fifteen years I spent living in Kenya gave me a great insight into many sides of the country. However, I read up all sorts of additional information on elephants themselves as well as many in depth reports on elephant poaching and its devastating effects.

Are you a plotter or a pantser?
Definitely a pantser. I find that plays a vital part in my enjoyment of writing. I love not really knowing where my imagination is going to take me until I sit in front of the computer. Of course my head is endlessly full of ideas but the outline of the story is on a single sheet of A4 paper.

If you could live in any fictional world, which would you choose and why?
I would live in Tolkien’s Middle-Earth. You can almost feel and breath it once you get drawn in. Although it is fantasy it has a remarkable knack of making us believe we are actually a part of it as we read. Who wouldn’t want to pass some time chatting contentedly in the Shire, marvel at the magic of Rivendell, overcome the darkness of Mirkwood and ultimately join the band of those fighting to overthrow the powers of evil. I believe Tolkien fell in love with his own mythology and showed the most amazing self belief to create new worlds, creatures and even languages which through books or films have been enjoyed by millions the world over.

If you could befriend any fictional character, who would you choose and why?
When I first read Winnie the Pooh as a young boy I thought he was the most wonderful, happy, fun creation and all these years later he remains the fictional character I would most enjoy as a friend. There is a simplicity and innocence about him that is sorely missed in the stresses of today’s world. There is so much joy in his adventures and to be one of his friends and to share in them would be utterly magical. We all know Tiggers, Rabbits or Kangas in our daily lives but Pooh was the glue that held them all together. He said simple, profound things but this is probably my favourite, “Some people care too much. I think it’s called love.” Who wouldn’t want Winnie the Pooh as a special friend?

Publisher: Clink Street Publishing
Publication Date: March 2020
Format: Paperback
Pages: 298
Genre: Fiction
Age: Adult
Reviewer: Faye
Source: Review Copy
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Zein: The Homecoming

Graham J. Wood

The nightmare continues. Returning to Earth, Kabel and Tyson are fighting different battles. Kabel angry and struggling to restrain his feelings for Gemma, and Tyson fighting an internal battle with the methir still coursing through his body; the magics are growing stronger. On Earth, the Cabal are tightening their grip on the control of the zinithium and the fearful population. Their ruthlessness is supported by Zylar aggressively pushing his domination plan forward, and his desire for revenge on the Blackstone brothers is all consuming. The odds seem high, almost unimaginable. Into this despair stride the conflicted brothers with the support of their companions. Despair, defeat and death will face them. Now is the time to fight back, to face the ultimate battle of good versus evil, for the sake of the Earth, the universe and their own internal peace.


Author Interview

What is your favourite thing about writing books?
Escape. I write at 4am in the morning in my hut at the bottom of the garden and it feels like I am in a different world. Just to simply create and expand a work of fiction that never existed before I placed pen to paper is simply n exceptional feeling.

Who is your favourite character in your book and why?
Difficult one now that I have finished over 900 pages but strangely I would have to go for one of the characters who is part of the main group but not a lead character like Kabel or Tyson and that is Bailey. You draw the characters from a combination of people you meet in life and of course sometimes your own traits and his one liners, faithful friendship to Tyson and underlying courage are attributes I like in my own friends and family.

What is your favourite drink to consume while writing?
Haha, good question and since I do like my pale ale beer that would be the answer if I wasn’t writing at 4am in the morning so the answer is a strong mug of coffee with one sugar or a red bull.

Do you have any bad habits while you’re writing?
Oh yes. The biggest one is I drift off listening to the birds who become really noisy around 4 to 5 AM and if it is a nice sunny morning (you would think unlikely in Manchester but it does happen), I sit back and relax. Before I know it the house is moving with my family coming down for breakfast and I haven’t completed my allotted number of words.

How did you research your book?
When the story was on Earth, I used the usual search engines to make sure that the supportive descriptions of places etc were accurate. For example, the first book includes the destruction of Old Trafford Stadium (Manchester United’s home) and I just had to make sure ther layout was correct.

Are you a plotter or a pantser?
Wow, another great question. Well I start as a plotter, probably engrained by working in a Bank for 24 years from age of 16 but though I start like that I quickly turn into a Pantser as my main job is negotiation and I have to change my approach within minutes and sometimes seconds to win the argument / position. I do the same when writing and in every day life. I have a good strawman but when I come to a road block I just let my constraints go. My wife says it drives her crazy as I switch between both and confuse the heck out of her!

If you could live in any fictional world, which would you choose and why?
The Shire in the Lord of the Rings – plenty of food, beer and fireworks…though at 6ft 2 I may bang my head somewhat on the ceilings of the houses.

If you could befriend any fictional character, who would you choose and why?
Tyrion Lannister from Game of Thrones. You could say this is an unusual choice but his wit, one liners and willingness to enjoy himself would make for a great evening.

Publisher: Clink Street Publishing
Publication Date: February 2020
Format: Paperback
Pages: 294
Genre: Sci-Fi
Age: Adult
Reviewer: Faye
Source: Review Copy
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Parallel

L. J. Bacon

Have you ever had an incredibly vivid dream?
A dream so real that you can feel, taste and smell the world around you?
Déjà vu is a feeling which all too clearly tells you that you’re going somewhere you’ve been before, or experiencing something you know has happened to you already. Jacob knew that his weird dreams were much more significant than that.
When Jacob suddenly realises that the life he’s living isn’t his only life, he will have to uncover ancient truths and the schism that changed mankind’s history forever. He must determine the point at which the parallel world was created; the world the other version of Jacob inhabits.
He must discover who is controlling these split universes and why, before it’s too late.


Author Interview

What is your favourite thing about writing books?
Writing enables me to let my imagination to run wild, I can be totally uninhibited and hopefully take those that read my books along for the ride.

Who is your favourite character in your book and why?
My favourite character has to be king Stephen, he is a man of power who uses his power for the good of his people, totally unselfish loves his people willing to give his life for them, he is what a true leader is meant to be, if only those that rule this world were like him.

What is your favourite drink to consume while writing?
My god I drink too much coffee.

Do you have any bad habits while you’re writing?
I play my music too loud, music helps my writing flow.

How did you research your book?
I didn’t, its like a story being told to me and I’m the vessel used to write it.

Are you a plotter or a pantser?
I just go with the flow.

If you could live in any fictional world, which would you choose and why?
I would love to live on soul from my book, as it is a none materialistic world where the people live as one, always looking out for one and other, and they have mental abilities beyond our imagination.
They live as one with every living creature and able to communicate with them.

If you could befriend any fictional character, who would you choose and why?
That would have to be Egum from my book, who wouldn’t want to be friends with a mighty Dragon.

Publisher: Clink Street Publishing
Publication Date: November 2019
Format: Paperback
Pages: 334
Genre: Sci-Fi/Thriller
Age: Adult
Reviewer: Faye
Source: Review Copy
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The Shell Collector

Robert Lyons

1973: the year of the oil crisis, the secondary banking collapse, the three day working week and the collapse of the stock market. In a riotous ride through the City of London we meet the characters and events that filled the social and City pages of the press in that roller-coaster year.
Guy Magnus, an ambitious young share dealer, makes a daring takeover bid in the face of opposition from the City Establishment. Will he follow their rules, or his own: never to fall in love with a deal? Will he come to repent his challenge to the powers-that-be? Is Guy’s story fiction or fact? Was a Norfolk Broads canal boat really moored in the marina of Monte Carlo? Did a Henry Moore sculpture really become the most expensive work of art in the world? And did a bet for a lunch at Maxim’s for the first to make a million, Guy or his friend and rival Harry Griffin, bring a merchant bank to the verge of collapse?
THE SHELL COLLECTOR tells a cautionary tale of the City when its buccaneering spirit was at a peak. Whether true or false, it is never less than entertaining.


Interview with Robert Lyons

What is your favourite thing about writing books?
The private satisfaction of getting something spot-on; whether a description, an observation or a joke makes no difference.

Who is your favourite character in your book and why?
It has to be “Yankee” Tate, Guy’s driver. First, the name itself: almost all of my characters are named after Romans/Britons surrounding Caligula, and I was lucky enough to hit on Incitatus, the horse the emperor is said to have made a consul. Then I loved creating his down-to-earth perspective on dealing on the stock exchange. Where others in the story may have had questionable motives, he was straightforward, honest and loyal. Only a cameo role, but great fun to write.

What is your favourite drink to consume while writing?
I’m teetotal – don’t touch a drop before teatime. I know I should keep taking fluid while writing, but I am my late father’s child: “Water’s for washing”.

Do you have any bad habits while you’re writing?
Yes; I tell my wife I’m busy when she needs me. But she is very understanding, and quite forgiving.

How do you research your books?
In the case of The Shell Collector, the most important source of all was the official report of the affair, some 500 pages long, setting out more or less verbatim the evidence given to the Inspectors by various participants. This provided me with most of the detail for the financial side of the story.

I spent many days in the basement of the London Library trawling through back copies of The Times and The Daily Telegraph, both for information specific to my story, including share prices, and to put together a background diary so it could be set properly in its time (miners’ strikes, Watergate, Royal wedding). I also ploughed through back numbers of Private Eye, particularly the City “Slicker” pages.

Finally, I was able to persuade one of the participants to give me a couple of hours of his time to answer questions. Without his input I wouldn’t have been able to retell two of the more amusing incidents in the book.

Are you a plotter or a pantser?
Is it possible to be only one or the other? To the extent that I set out a calendar of events and dealings before I began to write, I suppose I’m a more of a plotter; but once I’m into a new chapter I tend to fly along until the time comes to put the mess into order. Certainly one of the best things I did was to take my editor’s advice to change the order of some of the early chapters. Did this make me a hindsight plotter or a bungling pantser?

If you could live in any fictional world, which would you choose and why?
What a question! It never occurred to me that such an option existed. I’m not sure I could have survived in the 19th century world described by my favourite novelists. I think I’d hate the inadequate lighting and the lack of the creature comforts of contemporary living, though listening to delightful young ladies playing the piano and singing prettily would have been some compensation. May I not just live in the here and now, please (despite the terrifying political mess that surrounds us)?

If you could befriend any fictional character, who would you choose and why?
If I chose Becky Sharp, I’d risk having my face slapped. Safer to go for Milo Minderbinder, who would make me a lot better off (financially) than my publisher ever can, and give me a fun ride on the way.

Publisher: Clink Street Publishing
Publication Date: September 2019
Format: Paperback
Pages: 340
Genre: Literary
Age: Adult
Reviewer: Faye
Source: Review Copy
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Beginning to End

Paul Hughes

The real story of ‘swinging’ London in the wild and crazy 1960’s as seen through the eyes of two New Scotland Yard detectives – D I Andy Spearing and D S Kevin Devlin. (Book 1 in the series) – Drugs and booze flow like rivers resulting in depravity and corruption from the highest levels in the UK establishment down to the common working man. For some the 1960’s were their halcyon days, but for so many others it was the start of a fall into depravity and those were the lucky ones who survived!


An Interview with Paul Hughes

What is your favourite thing about writing books?
It is mostly being able to create characters and mould their lives.

Who is your favourite character in your book and why?
It started out with Detective Devlin as I had an affinity with him coming from the Glasgow area in Scotland. As I developed the Detective Spearing character I began to like him more as does Detective Devlin in the storyline. Then I began to develop the character of ‘The Fox’ – the assassin and now waver between all three.

What is your favourite drink to consume while writing?
To be honest it started with a glass of wine with lunch as I continued writing into the afternoon, but the glass turned to a few glasses, so nowadays it is usually tea!

Do you have any bad habits while you’re writing?
Lots, but the main one is lack of concentration on the immediate story line – usually my mind wanders into how I develop the story and I continually have to pull myself back to the immediate story line.

How do you research your books?
The first three books in the series I used personal experiences in the music business with groups in the 60’s and 70’s, plus friends who worked with New Scotland Yard. I also used my work experience in the defence industry. I also used Google a lot to help with dates and happenings.

Are you a plotter or a pantser?
To be honest a bit of both – I usually have a basic plot, but as the plot develops I do play a lot by the seat of my pants!

If you could live in any fictional world, which would you choose and why?
A world without religion or hate. I don’t think I have to say why?

If you could befriend any fictional character, who would you choose and why?
Detective Bosh from Michael Connelly books – A real character with all the human failings – not a super hero.

Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: May 2019
Format: Paperback
Pages: 391
Genre: Thriller
Age: Adult
Reviewer: Faye
Source: Review Copy
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Power, Beauty and Legitimacy of Adolescence

Susan Jane Broda Tamburi

Power, Beauty and Legitimacy of Adolescence. Understanding the teenage years, from their complexity in reality to some fictional representations in Anglo-Saxon, French and Italian literature.
Based on thorough experience in teaching, pedagogy and parenting, this book is a helpful guide for parents and teachers who want to help teenagers, the best way they can, in becoming adults.
Susan Jane Broda Tamburi provides an instructive, yet very simple approach to a full understanding of the complex mechanisms of adolescence. The author also analyses some enlightening representations of teenagers in literature.


An Interview with Susan Jane Broda Tamburi

Why did you write this book?
I didn’t wake up one morning thinking, oh it would be nice to write a book, I woke up in the middle of the night thinking I absolutely have to write a book about adolescence and how badly it is understood and dealt with. I felt a strong urge to do it.

What was your favourite part in writing this book?
My favourite part was finding passages in fiction that coincided so well with what I describe in the first part of the book. This constantly encouraged me as I was finding material that kept on backing up my theory on education and teenage/parent relationships.

What is your favourite drink to consume while writing?
Green tea because my only worry when sitting and writing for hours is that I am not working out therefore drinking green tea takes the guilt out of immobility.

Bad habits when writing?
I have no bad habits, no smoking, no drinking, just a little chocolate binging when writing in autumn and winter in Switzerland and mango sorbet binging in spring and summer when writing in California.

How would you entice people to read your book?
By telling them that it will change their life and their relationship with their teenagers as well as their outlook on youngsters as a whole.

Do you think you will write another book?
I already have. I made the adaptation of the book in Italian and have already started another one but I don’t want to reveal what it is about just yet.

If you could live in any fictional world, which would you choose and why?
I don’t need to live in any other fictional world because I dive into one whenever I open a book but I do have a preference for the atmosphere of 19th century American and English novels. There is a world I would like to get away from though and which seems fictional but is in fact reality and that is what I see on the news every day. It’s unbelievably terrifying but true.

If you could befriend any fictional character who would you choose and why?
Most certainly Jane Eyre. She would be the perfect friend for me. I love both her fragility and her strength, I love the fact that she spoke out for all the children that were mistreated in Victorian times, I love the fact that she managed to succeed in spite of the odds that were against her and to make her own living . I admire the way she made Rochester head over heels in love with her giving Blanche no chance whatsoever, thanks to her intelligence, wit and sensitivity. I love the fact that by pure coincidence I have the same name as her.

Publisher: Clink Street Publishing
Publication Date: June 2019
Format: Paperback
Pages: 168
Genre: Non-Fiction
Age: Adult
Reviewer: Faye
Source: Review Copy
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Masks

Nataly Restokian

Masks is a dark fictional tale, based on true-life events. It narrates the adventures of a young Armenian girl born in Lebanon in the seventies. She dreams of fame and power in Lebanon and the Arab world and shows resilience and motivation beyond her years. The novel delves into the world of the protagonist, Anna, who is surrounded by social, religious, and sexual taboos. She fiercely breaks the chains to enter the world she has strived to reach, in a seemingly conservative society barely emerging from a civil war. She builds her success on her remaining values, challenging her fate and sparing no way means to attain her goals.
As a disappointment to her parents, she walks the challenging paths alone, making her way toward fame and fortune despite lacking the support system to do so. Doors begin to open for her, and she enters the world of Arab celebrities. She is now a public figure in the Middle East, living an immoral married life in a materialistic world surrounded by influential business people and royal family members. She tries, in vain, to fill the void in her soul with sexual adventures and controversy by taking a wide variety of lovers. Her adventures invariably end in misery, doing nothing to awaken her from her numbness. Still, her vivid, out-of-control personality helps her move forward while simultaneously getting her in trouble. In the early stages of her life, she has suffered the unthinkable, being bullied and raped, with the civil war a constant backdrop throughout most of her childhood. The novel delves deep into Anna’s mind as she has flashbacks of the trauma she has suffered, offering the reader a hint of an explanation for her behavior.
In a society in which men dominate women, she is one of the few who realize that fashion, social status, plastic surgeries, and bright smiles are not the answer to happiness. She lives in a world where a girl is only worth as much as her virginity, where women do not dare to ask for a divorce, where the fear of retribution keeps them locked in a cage that is very rarely gilded.
As fame, money, and power slowly eat at her soul, the arrogant Anna falls in love with a total stranger—a young, single bachelor from Canada—after a night of secret passion. That is where the story begins to unravel as she returns home with a scandal in her back pocket, her eyes and ears and heart tuned to this man instead of her husband. Anna realizes that neither her marriage nor her achievements have ever made her happy, so she decides to throw it all away. The lies and deceit that fill the so-called glamorous life she has been leading are floating up to the surface, including her husband’s infidelity and the critical steps she has taken to reach the top.
Marriage, family, career—all destroyed to be united with the stranger. She starts a new battle, this time struggling to change her destiny for someone she barely knows, who lives oceans apart and offers her nothing except his heart.
She risks everything, turning her whole life upside down. Anna realizes that her happiness, inner peace, and love are found worlds away from her own, with someone she would never have expected to be her soul mate. Still, Anna’s sacrifices are not behind her, and the struggle has not yet ended, although she has found what she has needed all her life: redemption and unconditional love.
The stranger enigmatically hints at emotions in Anna that have been hidden for a long time behind the masks of her dark and shallow lifestyle.
The characters in the story are the voices of so many who do not dare to speak up in a world where social and religious standards openly chastise the very actions that behind closed doors have become the ultimate paradigmatic way of life.


An Interview with Nataly Restokian

Why did you write this book?
Giving voice to many who do not dare to speak up, write about ideas that could inspire others, at the same time I feel writing books for me is a relief of pain ,of anger, of sadness and at the same time a colourful world where my joy, my imagination and my hopes are limitless and can have any ending I can choose.
As if I am giving life to new concepts and it is fun, it is my world where I am the one in control of all characters and events, and all could be decided by my own will, something none of us can do in real life.

What was your favourite part in writing this book?
Honestly I love all characters, but Anna the protagonist is my favorite character, because she is so controversial, she is charming, jealous, rebellious sexy somehow, sometimes evil, other times very soft and caring, she judges herself, she knows her faults, confesses her mistakes, and she is courageous, she never gives up.
She is so everyday character we see in ambitious women who do not give up in life ,she is the typical character of so many brave women who do not yield to any obstacles in life ,and though to reach their goals they give up a lot such as values in a male dominant world however they are beautiful souls who realize in the end that happiness is not based on money power or fame but on true love, a thought that unfortunately people rarely believe in its existence nowadays.

What is your favourite drink to consume while writing?
Coffee, I drink coffee with milk, then with cream, with different flavours such as with Mocha, Irish cream, vanilla, etc., I also drink hot chocolate, I think my stomach becomes a living walking coffee shop.

Bad habits when writing?
Where can I start? Besides drinking coffee, I eat a lot; my laptop needs to be cleaned every couple for hours. I talk out loud to myself, then suddenly I stop writing.
I call my husband to say I love him, weird, I know.
I scatter papers everywhere on my table, on the sofas in the basement, on the floor, because I write everything on papers then I copy them on the laptop.
I use colourful pens from dollar stores and write in different colours, and all my fingers will be painted.
I do not accept guests and do not chit chat with anyone except my husband.
I do not advise anyone to be around while I am writing, trust me; I am not fun.

How do you research your book?
I do not do any research my book; my life is my research.

Are you a plotter or pantser?
I think I am a little bit of both, I plan ,I think, then I write ,sometimes I plan then I change my mind, my imagination takes me to a different idea, I do not really know I think I am a plantser..(honestly I didn’t even know what I should answer, I got confused, all I know is that my heart leads my plans and my persistence makes me plan the story )I hope my answer is okay.

If you could live in any fictional world, which would you choose and why?
No thank you very much, I do not wish to live in any fictional world, I mean let us think for a second in our daily lives we meet so many wicked people, and they hurt us enough with no magic at all, why will I want to to go to a world where heroes fight but also villains have super or magic powers? Seriously prefer the world.

If you could befriend any fictional character who would you choose and why?
I would choose the fairy godmother of Cinderella’s is so nice, caring and loving.
All I must do is to keep the promise be back home at midnight and she can make all my dreams come true with her magic wand.
She is the best I love her.

Publisher: Tellwent Talents
Publication Date: March 2018
Format: Paperback
Pages: 256
Genre: Fiction
Age: Adult
Reviewer: Faye
Source: Review Copy
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Gemenicia

Nicholas Lovelock

The second part of Arthur and Jo’s strange adventures throughout the land of Discoucia, and a time when Archie the Water Goddess has made the ultimate sacrifice to rid the world of her nemesis, Cordelia Paradise, the Fire Goddess.
However, things rarely go to plan and Arthur finds himself at war with Archie’s hidden agenda rather than the insane task that he has to help Archie complete.
Hidden around Discoucia in its sixteen major cities are sixteen gems that Archie must collect before a year is up. If she wins then Cordelia will disappear to another dimension and not return until she agrees to stop causing forest fires, volcanic eruptions and droughts.
Team Archie has Arthur and Jo, who both have the understanding that by collecting these gems a natural order can be brought back and maybe Jo’s father will get well again. Team Cordelia has Alicia May, who has a talent for becoming anyone and a deep malicious streak; and Iren, who has a fanatical hatred for Archie, which Archie herself doesn’t like to talk about.
Along the way they meet old friends and old enemies, as well as Archie having to perform miracles without the use of divine power. From the murky ruins of Tanalos to the haunted corridors of Ashin Dance Academy, the frozen caverns of Icester and the verdant streets of Proceur, the adventure will take them around Discoucia and beyond, unless Cordelia and Alicia May can stop them first…


Q&A with Nicholas Lovelock

What is your favourite thing about being an Author?
My favourite thing is that I have an outlet for my imagination that before manifested itself as doodles in my school books. Now I have the opportunity to create an infinite multicoloured world that makes sense to me, not like a fair amount of the real world.

Who is your favourite character in your book and why?
My favourite character is Alicia May, who I like mainly because she is so much more complex than other characters give her credit for. She is torn between following her mother in the line of evil or doing what she truly wants to, however basic freedom is all that she really wants come the end of the novel.

What is your favourite drink to consume while writing?
Coffee or Pepsi Max mostly keep me going full blast when I’m writing notes, however when it comes to writing the final draft I stick to Sparkling Water. It has had the side effect of clicking my joints in my fingers more often, maybe there’s something magical in it.

Do you have any bad habits while writing?
I am unable to work unless something else is going on, so I usually have to watch some interesting film or a television series. If it’s new then I tend to get very distracted, my own method turning on me. My mind doesn’t tend to wander, it sprints.

How do you research your books?
It’s a very elongated process that can sometimes take weeks and months to finish, as all the notes become paragraphs, paragraphs become sequences, sequences become chapters and chapters in turn become the finished novel. However sometimes when I get a germ of an idea I write it down and look through books or the internet if there is any historical fact in it, or in case of the Steampunk inventions if there is a scientific was of truly making it work.

Are you a plotter or a pantser?
I am a plantser, I begin by flying to collect ideas and put them later into plots in the ‘hanger’. I’ll go off the beaten track if the idea doesn’t work and try to find a way for it to work later on, putting it in my Household Objects file with the rest of the ideas without a home. They will fit into plots somewhere down the line but until then they can stay in the ‘Idea Orphanage’.

If you could live in a fictional world, which would it be and why?
If I could live somewhere fictional I would choose to be Watson to Sherlock Holmes, but in a Steampunk imagining of the world as seen in creations like Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes of Miyazaki’s Sherlock Hound. To see the Victorian World in a time of great innovation is one thing, but to live in it and not be poor at the time would be amazing, as let’s be honest, it helps to be rich when being back in time. That would also answer the question of which character I would befriend, as I always thought that being the wingman to Sherlock Holmes would be awesome. It means less pressure as nobody really looks to Watson all the time to sole a case yet he was essential to the process and had amazing experiences working with the man.

Publisher: Clink Street Publishing
Publication Date: May 2019
Format: Paperback
Pages: 410
Genre: Steampunk
Age: YA
Reviewer: Faye
Source: Review Copy
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The Amazing Adventures of Wobblin’ Wobin

Tony Rocca

Meet Robin, or rather, Wobin: a metal garden ornament transported from England to the beautiful French Riviera. He’s lonely and can’t speak French. Neither can he fly, which is a bit unfortunate for a bird. This is his story about learning to fly and being brave.


Interview

with Tony Rocca

What is your favourite thing about writing books?
It’s being able to shut out the real world around me and escape to another place where I can let my imagination fly (literally so in the case of Wobblin’ Wobin).

Who is your favourite character in your book and why?
This has to be Wobin. He’s been bashed and beaten, unwanted and put up for sale on eBay, and then discovers he’s only of value to someone as a scarecrow. It’s all very demeaning for a once-proud little bird. He’s already conscious of a disadvantage, being unable to pronounce his “r’s”; but suddenly he is whisked off to a strange land where he can’t even speak the language, has no friends, and most embarrassingly has a fear of flying. When two turtle-doves and a lady blackbird take him under their wing, so to speak, a transformation occurs. He transcends his disadvantages and takes flights of fancy to discover the great destinations of the French Riviera. He is fearlessly cocky when faced with danger, and emerges in his true colours as a beautiful robin. I hope this theme of triumph over adversity will capture the imagination of children wherever they happen to live and they will want to visit for themselves some of the most beautiful places in France featured in the story.

What is your favourite drink to consume while writing?
Black coffee in the daytime. Our local aperitif, pastis, in the evening.

Do you have any bad habits while you’re writing?
Drinking two glasses of pastis in the evening. Or, I admit, three when writer’s block strikes.

How do you research your books?
I have lived on the Riviera, where the book is set, for more than 30 years so I am very familiar with the destinations concerned and have actually written travel pieces about them for The Sunday Times.

Are you a plotter or a pantser?
Very definitely a pantser. I like the spontaneity it affords and the freedom to go where the story takes me rather than stick to a specific plot. I know this is a dangerous road to take but I have a broad idea of the direction of travel and if I get stuck I can always U-turn and feel my way around the book another way.

If you could live in any fictional world, which would you choose and why?
The happy childhood evoked by Swallows and Amazons, the adventures of children sailing, fishing, camping and exploring the Lake District from their little island. For me, growing up in the north of England, it was familiar territory, but Arthur Ransome managed to imbue it with something magical with references to Robinson Crusoe and turning plain old lemonade into ‘grog’ and tinned corned beef into ‘pemmican’. The story has survived remarkably through the generations from first publication in 1930 to the latest iteration, a film version three years ago. I also like the fact that the author used to be a journalist with what was then the Manchester Guardian. With the book’s initial success he gave up the newspaper business and concentrated on writing more in the series.

If you could befriend any fictional character, who would you choose and why?
Eeyore. He’s so depressed, gloomy and pessimistic I’d like to take the old donkey out of the House at Pooh Corner and cheer him up with a good dose of grog and pemmican on a Lakeland holiday. Wouldn’t that be fun!

Publisher: Clink Street Publishing
Publication Date: April 2019
Format: Paperback
Pages: 182
Genre: Middle Grade
Age: Chrildren
Reviewer: Faye
Source: Review Copy
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Super Nutrition

Terry McIlroy

We have all uttered these phrases at one time or another:
“Your health is your wealth.”
“You are what you eat.”
Deep down, we all know, that what we choose to eat and drink has a massive impact on our health.
Confused about your nutritional needs? Not anymore! With a clear focus on sourcing the right ingredients, including condiments, herbs, spices & organic produce, we can all take advantage of, and unlock thepowerful nutrients within them, to try and ensure that we are not insufficient or deficient in any given vitamin, mineral, macro or micro-nutrient, whilst tryingto reduce our toxic load, thus easing the burden on our body’s natural ability to detoxify itself and restore homeostasis/balance. This book gives you the tools and knowledge to structure your diet and help you strive towards optimal health, with totally unique, delicious, health giving recipes, so you can enjoy the ride.
Start your new journey to health and happiness here NOW! Grab a copy of Super Nutrition today and take control of your health once and for all, shed those unwanted pounds, balance your blood sugars and heal your gut with nutritional therapy
Terry McIlroy has taken well-known, popular dishes and transformed them into nutrient dense powerhouse meals, just by making a few ingredient swaps with modern twists, such as his New Dehli Fritatta, Carrot Cake Smoothie, Mixed Mushroom, Almond & Tarragon Soup, Curried Quinoa Taboulleh Salad, Proper Spelt Bread, Southern Fried Chicken, Millionaires Shortbread and of course Fish ‘n’ Chips.


Interview

with Terry McIlroy

What inspired you to write Super Nutrition?
I was on a mission to discover what life is really all about,, why are we here,,what does it all mean? My own health issues lead me to realise that there had to be a cause, and my symptoms were the effect,,,, I looked closely at my diet and lifestyle and wondered if this was causing my ailments,,,,(persistent mouth ulcers and severe adult acne),, after visiting a nutritionist and following some of her instructions, I was convinced that my diet was playing a massive part in my health,,, I was hooked on this concept,,, and I decided to study nutrition,,, A short time into the 3 year course I knew that my calling was to create this book,,, as it was exactly the tool that nutritional therapists needed but didn’t have.

What is your favourite recipe in Super Nutrition?
I have to say that my New Delhi Fritatta is my favourite recipe.

What do you think is the most important part of Super Nutrition?
The most important part of Super Nutrition is the message of sourcing the correct ingredients which pack the broad spectrum nutritional punch.

What did you enjoy the most while writing this book?
I enjoyed the creativity of producing each and every recipe, which I believe are all totally unique, interesting, health giving and packed full of flavour.

Do you have another book in the works?
Not at the moment, however, I do have another concept in mind for my second book,,, or I may create a second edition with my new ideas incorporated

What are your favourite recipe books at the moment? (aside from yours)
Jamie Oliver Super Foods and series, ,,, and Rawsome

If you had to eat one dish for the rest of your life, what would you choose and why?
As a chef I have one favourite dish, “ Surf N Turf,,,, Grilled Fillet of Beef, Garlic Butter Poached Langoustines, Duck Fat Maris Piper Chips with Petit Pois a La Francais”

Publisher: Clink Street Publishing
Publication Date: May 2019
Format: Paperback
Pages: 216
Genre: Non-Fiction
Age: Adults
Reviewer: Faye
Source: Review Copy
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