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Another Man’s Face, by Andrew Puckett

What’s it like to lose your wife and son… and also your face? And then to discover that the car accident wasn’t an accident, but a deliberate attempt to kill you? Robert Aspinall wakes up in hospital with no idea of who he is, or why he is there.  It’s down to his brother Simon to…
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Scandals, Intrigues, Family Feuds, Murders, Hatred, Love and Envy: Episode 7

In the middle of the 18th century Ireland was still living in the shadow of the Penal Laws which had been enacted nearly 50 years earlier to exclude Catholics from public life. Prevented from owning more than 5% of their land, or owning a horse of higher value than five pounds, they were not allowed…
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How I Wrote My First Novel, ‘Blood Will Be Born’ (Part 2)

By Gary Donnelly Part 2: Hitting the wall… And getting round it The first 10K words of Blood Will Be Born, and I’d wager any first novel, were fuelled by a sweet cocktail of incredulity and joy. Nothing’s perfect mind you. Like many new born babies, first drafts can be ugly looking critters. I’d got as…
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Deadly Comrades

By Daniel Bjork Imagine a family in a small New England village, Concord, Massachusetts destroyed by an insane murderer in the years before the American Civil War.  Awful crimes to three women in the Chase family that doctor Josiah Bartlett, town physician turned detective, tries to solve.  But then, just after the vile villain –…
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The Royle Deception

By Gerry Sammon As a debut novel, I am amazingly proud of The Royle Deception, my action thriller newly published by Endeavour. It’s a work of fiction, based on various historical facts and events, although the conclusions are entirely mine. Reading it, I don’t know anyone who would imagine it had taken around twenty years…
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Horses of the Middle Ages

By LJ Shea When I began the research for my medieval mystery novel, The Ravens’ Augury, it was inevitable that companion animals would feature significantly in the storyline. I have loved animals for as long as I can remember. When I first envisaged Faucher, the imposing yet gentle black horse ridden by the protagonist Wat…
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Scandals, Intrigues, Family Feuds, Murders, Hatred, Love and Envy: Episode 6

In the background of ‘Ulick’s Daughter’ stands the small, misshapen figure of her father’s heir – Hubert George de Burgh-Canning, the 15th Earl of Clanricarde. Born in Russia, Hubert  grew up in the shadow of his elder brother, Lord Dunkellin, Ulick Canning de Burgh.   Doted on by his father, the younger Ulick had a distinguished…
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Five Parks, by Ross McGuinness

‘Keep writing…’ It’s the only instruction given to Suzanne, my novel’s protagonist, by her mystery captor, but it’s also the mantra that swirled around my head until I’d finished Five Parks. As a debut author, it’s tempting to see the attraction of being locked alone in a dark room with only the light of a…
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Scandals, Intrigues, Family Feuds, Murders, Hatred, Love and Envy: Episode 5

By Joy Martin Ulick de Burgh, the 14th Earl of Clanricarde in County Galway, had a second title and, as Baron Somerhill, an automatic seat in the British House of Lords in the early 19th century.   His marriage to the Honourable Harriet Canning, daughter of the British Prime Minister, George Canning, added to his prestige,…
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Susan E. Willis gets caught up in the suspense of her new novel, The Girl In The Dark

Following its launch last week, Susan E. Willis talks about creating suspense in her new novel… The Girl In The Dark, is my first novel in contemporary romantic suspense and I’ve loved writing this story which is set in Durham City. The storyline is not a who done it thriller but, a psychological page-turner. I…
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