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New On My Shelf This Week

The latest addition to my shelf, comes courtesy of a Giveaway win from ‘Linda’s Book Bag’, where Linda ran an excellent promotional post and author interview with Amanda James.

Matthew Smith, Managing Director of Urbane Publications, provided the download link in double quick time and I am looking forward to reading this story, set in one of my most favourite parts of the UK.


We all have secrets……

Ambitious journalist Rosa Fernley has been asked to fulfil her grandmother Jocelyn’s dying wish. Jocelyn has also passed on a secret – in the summer of 1968, fleeing from the terror of a bullying husband, she visited the mysterious Tintagel Castle. Jocelyn wasn’t seeking love, but she found it on the rugged clifftops in the shape of Jory, a local man as enigmatic and alluring as the region itself. But she was already married, and knew her husband would never let her find happiness and peace in Jory’s arms. Now as her days are nearing their end, she begs Rosa to go back to Tintagel, but is unwilling, or unable, to tell her why.

Rosa is reluctant – she has a job in London, a deadline that won’t wait and flights of fancy are just not in her nature. Nevertheless, she realises it might be the last thing she will do for her beloved grandmother and agrees to go.

Once in Tintagel, Rosa is challenged to confront secrets of her own, as shocking events threaten to change everything she has ever believed about herself and her family. She also meets a guide to the castle, Talan, a man who bears a striking resemblance to Jory…

Will the past remain cloaked in tragedy, sadness and the pain of unrequited love? Or can Rosa find the courage and strength to embrace the secrets of the past, and give hope to the future?


Image Of Author Amanda James

Amanda (Mandy) James grew up in Sheffield but her dream was to eventually live in Cornwall. With some time in between spent in Bristol, she has now realised that dream, and with the dramatic coastline around her home inspiring her writing, she has sketched out many stories in her head while walking the cliff paths, or playing beside the ocean with her family.

She left school with no real qualifications of note apart from an A* in how to be a nuisance in class. Nevertheless, she returned to education when her daughter was five and eventually became a history teacher, though she never travelled through time, apart from in her head.

Amanda also spends far more time than is good for her on social media and has turned procrastination into a fine art. She has written many short stories for anthologies and has four published novels to date.

Catch up with all the latest news on Amanda’s website

Follow Amanda on Twitter

Connect with Amanda on Facebook

I love social network sites, and am very active, in fact I am on there a bit too much! But writing is a solitary affair and it’s good to reward yourself with a chat now and again – that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. I love being in touch with readers and it really gives me a boost when I get a good review or a nice comment. It means so much to hear that people are enjoying my work, that’s what it’s all about in the end, isn’t it?

Picture of an English red post boxMailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house during the last week. Be warned that Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

Mailbox Monday now has a permanent home, where links may be added each week. So why not stop by, leave a link to your own Mailbox Monday post, oh! and don’t forget to leave a comment for our three new joint administrators, after all, we all like to receive them … ‘Mailbox Monday’

Leslie of ‘Under My Apple Tree’

Serena of ‘Savvy Verse & Wit’

Vicki of ‘I’d Rather Be At The Beach’

This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… You never know where that next “must read” book will come from!

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I began blogging, when I realised just how many other people out there shared my passion for the written word and I have been continually amazed at the wealth of books that are available and the amount of great new friends I have made, from literally 'The Four Corners Of The World'.

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    • Hi Serena,

      This was one Giveaway competition entry I couldn’t refuse, as the book sounded so good. I couldn’t have been more pleased to have won a copy 🙂

      Thanks for continuing to help host ‘Mailbox Monday’, I appreciate your hard work and dedication 🙂

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      This one kind of ‘found’ me and if it hadn’t been for spotting Linda’s brilliant promotional and guest post on Twitter, it might well have escaped my attention.

      Boy, am I pleased that it didn’t slip through the net 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope that things are okay with you.

    • Hi Vicki,

      I don’t know whether you are a NetGalley member or not, but if you are, ‘Summer In Tintagel’ is available for request.

      Happy Hunting 🙂

    • Hi Tracy,

      Now you are just boasting, as you know full well that I have exacly 10 years on you. As if fast approaching the big 60 wasn’t bad enough without you reminding me!! 🙂

      This one is definitely going to be a page-turner and with enough secrets and twists in the storyline to more than keep me happily guessing the outcome.

      Thanks for taking the time to visit and comment, it is always good to chat with you 🙂

    • Hi Mary,

      I never enter a giveaway competition for the competitive aspect, but it always gives me a great buzz and lifts the spirits when I actually win a book that I really like the sound of and want to read. I am always grateful to the bloggers who take the time and trouble to organise giveaways.

      Thanks for taking the time to check out this week’s post, I’m sure that ‘Summer In Tintagel’ is going to end up on my favourites list 🙂

    • Hi Kelly,

      Cornwall is one of my favourite parts of the country, but then I am speaking as a ‘southerner’ who doesn’t venture too far north very often.

      It is ‘doable’ for us to visit Cornwall just for the day, as it is only a 3 hour drive or so, depending on traffic conditions, however as we like to take our time exploring, it is much better when we can stop over for a short break.

      There are plenty of National Trust gardens and properties to visit and as we are members, a day out doesn’t have to be too costly either. I haven’t visited Tintagel Castle since I was very young, as this is an English Heritage property and therefore not covered by our NT membership, but perhaps reading this book will make me want to visit. next time we are down that way.

      I can never hide that small thrill which comes with knowing a good book has been won and ‘Summer In Tintagel’ sounds excellent 🙂

      • Okay….just to save me from researching it on my own – what’s the difference between “National Trust” and “English Heritage”? Do both offer memberships and discounts?

        • I know the difference between the two organisations, however setting it down in any coherent fashion proved to be quite difficult, as there are areas where the lines between the two are very blurred.

          This is the best page I could find, which defines the exact role of each organisation in a sensible way ….


          We evaluated both memberships and decided that the NT was much better value for money, for us.

          Just to confuse the situation even further, there is also an organisation called Historic Houses Association …


          If we joined all three it would probably cost us about £500 ($700?) a year, although there would then be somewhere to visit in just about every corner of the country.

          • Thanks for providing those links, Yvonne! I guess it’s a good thing I don’t live there since I might have trouble deciding which to join. Off hand, I might pick English Heritage. Give it another two years and I’d qualify for their senior discount! (I always have to ask since over here it can range anywhere from 50-65).

            • We do have an organisation called SAGA, which provides reasonably priced insurance and holidays for the over 50s, so it is all a bit disjointed over here as well!

    • Hi Mary Ann,

      A book acquisition is so much sweeter when it is a competition win, don’t you think?

      I somehow feel that I have worked to earn the right to read and enjoy ‘Summer In Tintagel’

      Thanks for visiting, it is great to hear from you 🙂

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