All That’s Hidden
(Sugar Shack, #2)
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Humour
Susan M. Golden
August 12th 2019
Pet sitter turned entrepreneur, Jennifer Albright thinks she has it all: an expanding business, a new, blissful marriage to a very sexy husband, a dog named Rupert that people frequently think is a bear, and a parrot named Sugar that Jennifer’s pretty sure is psychic. But her idyllic life begins to unravel when a series of creepy incidents threatens to sabotage the launch of her doggie day care center, and the discovery of a hidden treasure thrusts her into the world of federal agents and international thievery. The chaos soon spills over onto her home life and Jennifer reluctantly begins to suspect that her seemingly perfect, unbelievably supportive husband is hiding something from her. There’s just so much that doesn’t add up. Tech-mogul Ryan has found the love of his life in his adorable new bride, Jennifer. But trouble seems to follow her like a basset hound. When one strange twist of events offers Ryan an opportunity he feels he can’t pass up, he unknowingly launches himself down the road of suspicion and mistrust. But he’s got this covered. She doesn’t suspect a thing.
I loved this story – so much that I went back and read book 1 in the Sugar shack series too.
I especially liked in book 1 ‘Fate’. Fate who spun her top, or got dressed up to suit the occasion. And finding out how Simon was first introduced to Jennifer and Ryan was a gas. [Book 1 is called Catnapped]
There is gentle humour and lots of shaggy dog stories here.
So we have Rufus: and of course the Cockatoo Sugar as prime characters in both books as well as John for security and more. We have a really intelligent in an engineering way guy in Ryan and a somewhat flaky woman in Jennifer. Not that she isn’t bright but… They are fated to be together and these series see them get into scrapes together – see marriage – and then find interesting and novel ways out – see garbage trucks, sewers and 3 D printers. Not to mention Jennifer imitating scoundrels – quite poorly.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Retired federal government employee turned accidental author.
Little Boy Lost
DCI Anna Tate
General Fiction (Adult) , Mystery & Thrillers
Innocence is no protection against evil… One early October afternoon, ten-year-old Jacob Rossi begins the short walk home from school. But he never makes it. Days later, DCI Anna Tate is called to the scene of a burning building, where an awful discovery has been made. A body has been found, and the label in his school blazer reads: J. Rossi. As Anna starts digging, she soon learns that a lot of people had grudges against the boy’s father. But would any of them go so far as to take his son? And is the boy’s abductor closer than she thinks? An absolutely gripping thriller for fans of Cara Hunter’s No Way Out and First Blood by Angela Marsons.
A very disturbing story. very well told and believable after previous London riots.
My husband has always pointed to the regular occurrence of riots in the UK's history, and the fact that social ills were addressed afterwards, as a reason, possibly, that unlike most of Europe, we still have a monarchy. And have not had a real Revolution.
I saw a play created from interviews with our last London rioters, and it is clear that a significant portion of our youth feel very disenfranchised. And the increase in knife crime in 2019 emphasises this.
So the social unrest that is The background to this story is a viable a believable extrapolation.
I am not sure if Chloe's back story added a great deal apart from muddling stories up. I would have left it out. Its riot experience was enough.
And the final twist was one I never saw coming. Excellent.
adult, history, YA,
A must-read gripping adventure based on the true story of Nancy Wake, Gestapo’s most wanted. Soon to be a major feature film.
February 1933: Nancy Wake is a gregarious twenty-year-old looking for adventure. Having fled her unhappy family home in Sydney, she becomes a journalist and is thrilled when she is posted to Paris. The city is glamorous, brimming with journalists, artists, and a growing number of refugees.
Later, in the French Riviera, she uncovers more than news following a chance encounter with wealthy industrialist, Henri Fiocca. Their relationship blossoms as Hitler makes waves across Europe. While on an assignment in Vienna in 1938, she witnesses Nazis whipping Jews on the street and she vows to fight for justice if ever the opportunity arises.
When Henri is called to the Front to fight, Nancy, determined to help the war effort, joins the Red Cross as an ambulance driver. Every day she witnesses atrocities. When Paris falls, Nancy flees the German oppressors and returns to Marseille.
A chance encounter with a British officer draws Nancy into the heart of the Garrow escape network, despite Henri’s reservations. Soon she finds herself caught in a deadly game of espionage.
As the iron fist of the enemy tightens, neighbours denounce neighbours. When the enemy closes in, Nancy and Henri face an impossible choice. Has she done more harm than good?
Based on a true story, Madame Fiocca weaves an extraordinary tale of survival and redemption in wartime.
Q: Can you
tell your readers something about why you chose this particular topic to write
about? What appealed to you about it? Why do you think it is different and your
approach is unique?
Nancy was, like so many of her generation,
amazing, determined, and an exceptionally strong spirit. When I first read
about her, some years ago, I was quite amazed, just as I was when reading about
all of the women who joined the Special Operation’s Executive to carry out
clandestine work in enemy territory during WW2. All of the biographies and news
articles portrayed her as this fierce Guerrilla fighter and I marvelled at how
brave she was, and how dangerous the work was. How cruel war is. But then I
went digging and uncovered more of the real Nancy. What I discovered both
saddened and amazed me and I was entranced. The main points most people know about
her are that she joined SOE, dropped into France, fought and led thousands of
Maquisards into battle against the Germans. Half true. I wanted to show her
other side, her feminine side and her life before the war. No other novel to
date has done that.
long do you think about a topic before deciding to write about it? Do you have
a set of notes or a notebook where you write down topics that appeal before
making a decision as to which topic this time?
Deciding what to write about is a good question! I
read widely, and my main interest lies in the WW2 period. I’m still not sure
why that is, but that’s how it is. So, I retain all relevant newspaper articles
for my own interest, as one never knows whether they’ll provide a glimmer of
inspiration one day. If a story or a person piques my interest, I will note
that down. For me, the process involves making notes, physical or mental, as I
go along. Sometimes an idea pops up and it’s something I can make a story from.
Sometimes, as in the case of my last two books, the inspiration came from real
people and real events.
long does it take to research a topic before you write? And for this book?
Research can be so lengthy, but I feel it’s a much
longer process with the first book. My first novel, The Beauty Shop, took
around a year or so to do the basic research, and then another two years of
writing, edits and further research.
Writing about real people is definitely a complex
process. I have to know enough about the person’s character, their personality,
how they spoke, dressed, the list is endless. That takes time. In another
period of history, I might have been forgiven for using more creative licence
there, but for my time period, the real people in my books have descendants
alive today, along with friends and others who knew them.
resources do you use? In general and for the last book that you wrote?
When writing and researching, I utilise numerous military
history books, personal biographies and newspaper articles. I also use Google a
lot to conduct research. I also make use of the BBC Archives from WW2 which is
a fascinating resource brimming with first-hand witness accounts from the war –
locals and veterans. There are also sites such as Bomber Command, the Imperial
War Museum and the National Archives where I was able to purchase copies of
Nancy Wake’s war records.
helpful do you find authority figures such as the police, medics etc when you
say you want to write about them? Is there a good way to approach them in your
So far in my writing, the only people I have
approached for information or interviews have been either related to veterans,
or veterans themselves. For my debut novel, I contacted a very helpful person
from a museum which is dedicated to the men of the RAF Guinea Pig Club.
Everyone has been most generous with their time and help. In seeking help, I
have found the best way is to contact via email or letter in the first
instance. Occasionally I have made enquiries via a third party who has managed
to pass me a telephone number, having gained the person’s consent first. With
regards to police or medics, I have never had any need to contact them for
research. With medicine, I have quite an extensive knowledge myself as I
previously worked in healthcare.
Q: If you
need specialist knowledge to write a book, how do you obtain it? For instance,
do you interview people? Go to the location? Use Google Earth? Apps?
I’m in the process of completing a contemporary
romance, a brief escape from my beloved hist fic genre, but even that has
required research. It seems there’s no escaping it. The general advice is write
what you know, but if you do that there will still be things you need to research.
One can never know everything. However, in search of the story, I’m a big fan
of writing what you don’t know. So, a number of writers will blog about their
recent adventures in Spain, or Canada, or somewhere exotic, all in the name of
writing research. The reality is that unless it’s your family holiday, many
people will not be able to make those trips and thanks to the internet, it
really isn’t essential. I’ve been fortunate to have travelled to various places
around the world, and also within my own home country. So, I’ve found that I
can make use of my travels, and my memories of places quite well. As for the
locations I use and have never visited, Google Earth is fabulous. I love how
you can zoom right in and even drop the wee yellow man onto a street.
you recommend self-publishing and building an audience before approaching a
publisher? If so, what benefits do you see that it might have for the aspiring
I would definitely advise any new writers to
establish a platform for themselves prior to approaching agents and publishers.
I think that if you’re writing stories, then keeping a blog is a great idea.
It’s a great base to grow from, and you will gradually discover an audience
there. At the same time, set up your social media accounts. For me, I believe
Twitter is vital. It delivers and I reach a wide audience. Facebook is useful
as even if you don’t find much of an audience there, it’s full of useful groups
for writers so it’s a valuable resource of information. Instagram is growing
and reported to be a great platform for writers. So yes, do all that before
pitching to agents. There is no need to self-publish first if having an agent
or a publisher is important for you. Yes, it will bring you more experience,
but it also means you have all the financial outlay. No agent or publisher
worth their salt will expect this of any writer. They will take you on based on
the quality and marketability of your writing. It’s that simple. And even the
greatest writers get rejections. In building your platform, you will have a
leg-up when you finally have your first book published, and that is so
From my own experience, keeping a history blog for a
few years prior to my debut release brought me a fair bit of exposure.
Interestingly, while I am based in the UK, around 75% of my audience was and
still is in the USA. And now the majority of my book sales are in the USA.
writing provide sufficient income to live on? And how long did it take before
Writing and income is such a sticky topic. For me
right now, it’s not a sustainable income, but I’m relieved to say that it has
at least paid for itself with more left over. My editing bill for each book has
been around £900, and then there’s book covers, book tours, set-up costs for
paperbacks (if not using Amazon), proofing, advertising. However, I’m thinking
positively of the future and I hope to increase the number of books over the
coming years and see my income grow.
I know of a handful of successful self-published
authors who are not so prolific on social media, but by the power of
advertising have a very nice income, in excess of $70,000 per year. And then I
know of others with more books than them who make nothing like that. So, it’s
quite a fickle topic to speak of as there are so many factors involved. The
best advice is not to give up the day job, if you have one.
Q: What is
your favourite genre?
Well, that has to
be historical fiction. I can’t help it, and believe me, I’ve tried. I read
widely but try as I might I have yet to discover a crime novel I can truly
enjoy. With historical fiction, I don’t just read WW2 stories either. I read
stories about the Tudors, Vikings, and the odd regency.
of your books are you most proud of?
I’m most proud of
my debut novel, The Beauty Shop, for a number of reasons. Firstly, I was
astonished by the real character, Archibald McIndoe, a pioneering plastic
surgeon that not only fixed up RAF pilots and crew, when they were badly
injured, but he helped them psychologically too. And I was amazed at the
camaraderie and support of the club those men belonged to – the Guinea Pig
Club. Not many people knew about it, and that was one of the reasons I wrote
The fact that I
completed the book, and self-published it, also makes me proud. There were some
moments along the way that really did test me, mentally, and it took a lot of
courage and foresight to persist, make the book the best I could, and publish
it. Had it not have been for my amazing editor at the time, I may not have made
it. She believed in me and the book, and she helped me enormously. I learned
more from her during the editing process than from any writing event I have
ever attended. KT Editing – she is a remarkable person.
lives with her husband and two sons in Cumbria, England, on the edge of the
Lake District. In a previous life she was a Midwife but now works from home as
a freelance writer and novelist.
While researching her family
history, Suzy became fascinated with both World War periods and developed an
obsession with military and aviation history. Following the completion of an
Open University Degree in English Literature and Creative Writing, she began to
write and write until one day she had a novel.
She writes contemporary and
historical fiction and is a member of the Alliance of Independent Authors. Suzy’s debut novel, “The Beauty Shop”, has been awarded the B.R.A.G.
Her next novel, “Madame Fiocca” will be published in December 2019.
(Angelbound Lincoln, #3)
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult
Published by: Monster House Books
Publication date: February 25th 2020
***A hilarious adventure after the events of Angelbound SCALA … and it’s all from Prince Lincoln’s point of view!!!***
With the drama of the Soul Towers and Lucifer’s Orb behind them, Myla and Lincoln look forward to sharing some quality time. Perhaps they’ll even do a ‘regular couple thingie’ like a dinner date. Or they could kill more demons together. Myla isn’t picky.
Then a trickster gets released inside Antrum’s secure borders. And by trickster, we’re talking a giant orange monkey with magical powers and a love of causing drama with uptight thrax.
So a Loki by any other name is a Trickster, but here, not necessarily by nature.
This story continues with Lincoln’s world view and adventures and says more about his soldier mentality and the way the medieval knight thought about the world and their role in it.
We replay his meetings with the Myla after she becomes the Scala and move on into their joint adventures before their marriage – which leads to a certain amount of sexual frustration – which may also lead to a certain amount of demonstration of virility in the fighting arena!
I like nearly all of the books in this series, but find these books about the early years less interesting, although I did like the Lion and his ‘pretend’ fight with Lincoln.
Nonetheless, even if Bauer does write the books out of chronological order, as they cover elements of the story we have not heard about before, they do link in. The writing style remains good and again a fun YA read.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Christina Bauer thinks that fantasy books are like bacon: they just make life better. All of which is why she writes romance novels that feature demons, dragons, wizards, witches, elves, elementals, and a bunch of random stuff that she brainstorms while riding the Boston T. Oh, and she includes lots of humor and kick-ass chicks, too.
Christina graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School with BA’s in English along with Television, Radio, and Film Production. She lives in Newton, MA with her husband, son, and semi-insane golden retriever, Ruby.
Town of Broward Book 1
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
November 26, 2019
For single mom Tristan Maddox, moving to the small town of Broward, Georgia is the opportunity she needs to provide her daughter with a better life. A bigger house where they can each have their own bedroom, a backyard to play in, a place where they can put down roots and be part of a community, are all part of the reason she chose Broward as their new home. Nowhere on that list was her sexy next door neighbor, Owen, his adorably affable dog, Huck, or his crazy family.
Owen Gallahanger is perfectly content with his life the way it is. He has a job he loves, a family that he can count on, even if they drive him crazy most of the time, and his loyal sidekick, Huck. He isn’t looking for anything more, but after meeting Tristan and her daughter, he quickly realizes exactly what he is missing.
But not everyone is happy that Tristan is in Broward. As an unknown threat continues to escalate, Owen has to fight to protect the woman he loves, and their future together, or risk losing everything.
Can you tell your readers something about why you chose this particular topic to write about? What appealed to you about it? Why do you think it is different and your approach is unique? I’m a sucker for a good romance, at least reading one or watching one on the TV or in a movie. In real life, coming home to find my husband has started dinner is romantic! A lot of books I’ve read have dealt with the insta-love angle, and in nearly all of them, the characters all just fall in line. I believe in love at first sight, but I also believe in taking a beat and making sure it’s real and true.
How long do you think about a topic before deciding to write about it? Do you have a set of notes or a note book where you write down topics that appeal before making a decision as to which topic this time? I’m like the worst plotter known to man. I fly by the seat of my pants, change directions halfway through, and then again three-quarters of the way through. It’s all about the way the story unfolds as I’m writing it. Since I was serious about publishing this book, I did take the time to put together a very basic outline. I didn’t follow it, but I did put one together!
How long does it take to research a topic before you write? And for this book? There wasn’t a ton of research involved in this book, but it did take me several years to write it. That was more for personal reasons than anything else. I have several more books in this series that I want to write, and they will definitely involve a lot more research.
How many times have you been rejected before your first novel was accepted or before this book was accepted? I self-published my book. I think the self-publishing and indie author boom in the last few years has given us a lot of amazing authors that we might not have ever been introduced to.
If you could recommend a living author – who would it be? A dead author? I am madly in love with everything Lucy Score has written. I just discovered her, and I burned through all of her published works in no time at all. If you haven’t read anything by her – do it now!
Do you have any pets? I briefly lost my mind and adopted three puppies….basically at the same time. I’m still not sure how it happened. So currently I have two pups that are two-years-old and one that is one-year-old and literally no sanity left.
If so, what are they? We have one beagle, and two lab/hound mixes.
And what are they called? Scout is our beagle, then we have Piper and Hobo.
Do they help you write? They have a habit of trying to chew on my laptop, or the cord, or my feet, or anything they can get in their mouth.
What is the funniest thing they have done while you are writing? Scout has a habit of closing my laptop, with my hands still on the keyboard.
What, in your life, are you most proud of doing? Can I play the sappy mom card and say my kids? They astound me every day with how smart they are, but also how caring and loveable they are.