For this, the first official weekend of summer, we have another five exemplary titles for readers with discerning tastes. Enjoy!
Title: House of Silence
Author: Linda Gillard
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Blurb: “My friends describe me as frighteningly sensible, not at all the sort of woman who would fall for an actor. And his home. And his family.”
Orphaned by drink, drugs and rock n’ roll, Gwen Rowland is invited to spend Christmas at her boyfriend Alfie’s family home, Creake Hall – a ramshackle Tudor manor in Norfolk. Soon after she arrives, Gwen senses something isn’t quite right. Alfie acts strangely toward his family and is reluctant to talk about the past. His mother, a celebrated children’s author, keeps to her room, living in a twilight world, unable to distinguish between past and present, fact and fiction. And then there’s the enigma of an old family photograph…
Author: Tui Allen
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Blurb: Ripple is the twenty million year old story of how one dolphin was inspired by love to an intellectual achievement that changed the universe.
Ripple is Visionary and Metaphysical Fiction and also belongs firmly in the mind/body/spirit genre.
The print version of this unique New Zealand book was selected by the NZ Society of Authors to represent it at the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2012, NZ’s year as “Country of Honour” at the fair. Ripple is already attracting critical acclaim from reviewers around the world and is often favourably compared to Jonathan Livingston Seagull.
Title: The Monmouth Summer
Author: Tim Vicary
Genre: Historical Fiction
Price: FREE Friday, June 21
Blurb: 1685. King Charles II dies unexpectedly, and is succeeded by his brother James II, England’s first Catholic monarch since Bloody Mary. English Protestants feel threatened, and King Charles’s illegitimate son, the handsome young duke of Monmouth, rises against his uncle in armed rebellion.
The rebellion turns young Ann Carter’s world upside down. Eighteen years old, she is betrothed to Tom Goodchild, a Protestant shoemaker; but secretly loves Robert Pole, an officer in King James’s army, who offers to take her to London as his mistress. Ann knows it is her duty to marry Tom, but does not love him; so when he marches away with the rebels, she imagines him being killed – which would set her free. But she knows such thoughts are wicked; her father is a rebel soldier too, like all the men of her village. So who should she pray for, when musket balls start to fly? What matters most – love or loyalty?
Title: The Forever Girl
Author: Rebecca HAmilton
Genre: Urban/Paranormal Fantasy
Barnes & Noble Nook
Blurb:”Whatever you do, fight.”
Sophia’s family has skeletons, but they aren’t in their graves.
At twenty-two, practicing Wiccan Sophia Parsons is scratching out a living waiting tables in her Rocky Mountain hometown, a pariah after a string of unsolved murders with only one thing in common: her.
Sophia can imagine lots of ways to improve her life, but she’d settle for just getting rid of the buzzing noise in her head. When the spell she casts goes wrong, the static turns into voices. Her personal demons get company, and the newcomers are dangerous.
Title: Southern Cross
Author: Jen Blood
Price: FREE June 21 – 23
Blurb: The Four Horsemen are at the gate in Justice, Kentucky.
Reporters Daniel “Diggs” Diggins and Erin Solomon travel to Kentucky to look into the bizarre ritual murder of one of Diggs’ oldest friends. But that single death is hardly the only bizarre occurrence in Justice: soon, power outages, explosions, standoffs, and conspiracy rock the small town, and fundamentalist preacher Jesup T. Barnel claims he knows the reason for the madness: The end times are upon them, and judgment will be fast and furious as the clock winds down.
Title: Not Me, It Can’t Be
Author: Tahlia Newland
Genre: Metaphysical fantasy short story
Price: FREE until the 24th.
A lovely, surprising tale, told with warmth and depth, this surreal short story switches between an ancient world and our modern one. Is the main character an unwilling sacrifice to foreign gods, or a modern woman battling deadly cancer? Who is dreaming who? Through juxtaposing seemingly different life experiences, we find a poignant commonality between the characters as they face death.