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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 can’t remember a time, even as a child, when I haven’t been passionate about books and reading.
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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Written by Yvonne