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Northern Reads featuring Sandra Danby

Today on my edition of Northern Reads, I’m pleased to welcome Sandra Danby as she discusses her novel Connectednesss and growing up in East Yorkshire.

Thanks for stopping by, Sandra. Tell us about Connectedness.

Connectedness is the second novel in the ‘Identity Detective’ series of adoption reunion mysteries and it is set partly in Spain and partly on the East Yorkshire coast. I lived for ten years in Southern Spain and grew up on a dairy farm on the edge of the Yorkshire Wolds, half a mile from the coastline. This meant I woke early on a summer’s day to the sound of the waves breaking on the shore and the call of ‘Good Morning Campers!’ from the local Butlins camp. A few miles away is Rudston, the Wolds village where Winifred Holtby was born. So I grew up in awe of the author who wrote South Riding. They say you should always write what you know, Holtby did. The Yorkshire Wolds are present in her writing, but particularly in South Riding and Anderby Wold.

Cobles at North Landing, Flamborough

Ignoring Gravity, first in the ‘Identity Detective’ series, is set in Wimbledon because that’s where I was living when I wrote it. For Connectedness I returned home, to the place on the East Yorkshire coast where my heart belongs even though I live hundreds of miles away. The cliffs that feature in Connectedness are the cliffs where I grew up, my sister recognised many references when she read the book. There’s a Christmas scene where mother and daughter arrange biscuits in a tin, it is a moment of togetherness, of belonging, and it’s something I did with my own mother every year in that excitable week before Christmas.

Deep Cleft in Cliffs, Bempton, East Yorkshire
Cliffs at Bempton, Yorkshire

When I started writing fiction, I naively didn’t expect my own upbringing to have a big effect on my writing. I’d been a journalist in the South for over thirty years, surely I had left my childhood behind.

Sandra Danby, aged 10

But the imagination has a uncanny way of unlocking memories and emotions and I soon found that instead of imagining a make-believe place, I was remembering a real one. So for Connectedness I harnessed this energy in a positive way, by having my main character grow up where I did. I suspect Yorkshire will sneak into my future books too.

Book Blurb:

TO THE OUTSIDE WORLD, ARTIST JUSTINE TREE HAS IT ALL… BUT SHE ALSO HAS A SECRET THAT THREATENS TO DESTROY EVERYTHING

Justine’s art sells around the world, but does anyone truly know her? When her mother dies, she returns to her childhood home in Yorkshire where she decides to confront her past. She asks journalist Rose Haldane to find the baby she gave away when she was an art student, but only when Rose starts to ask difficult questions does Justine truly understand what she must face.

Is Justine strong enough to admit the secrets and lies of her past? To speak aloud the deeds she has hidden for 27 years, the real inspiration for her work that sells for millions of pounds. Could the truth trash her artistic reputation? Does Justine care more about her daughter, or her art? And what will she do if her daughter hates her?

This tale of art, adoption, romance and loss moves between now and the Eighties, from London’s art world to the bleak isolated cliffs of East Yorkshire and the hot orange blossom streets of Málaga, Spain.

To buy Connectedness: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07BKM6VG3/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1

Bio:

Sandra Danby is a proud Yorkshire woman, tennis nut and tea drinker. She believes a walk on the beach will cure most ills. Unlike Rose Haldane, the identity detective in her two novels, Ignoring Gravity and Connectedness, Sandra is not adopted. She is now writing Sweet Joy, third in the ‘Identity Detective’ series.

Links:

Author website: http://www.sandradanby.com/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/sandradanby?lang=en

Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/sandradanbyauthor

Pinterest – http://www.pinterest.com/sandradan1/

Thanks so much for stopping by, Sandra! I cannot wait to read it!

Come back next week for another edition of Northern Reads.

Calling ARC readers!

My manuscript for Liberation Street is nearly finished, so I’m a gathering a team that will read my manuscript and write a review! I can provide PDF , mobi, or epub copies of my novella that will be part of The Road to Liberation collection releasing on May 5th! You must post a review on Goodreads or Amazon by publication date. You may post to Goodreads prior to that, and I really encourage it!

If you are interested in joining my team, then please contact me at kellierbutler@gmail.com and I will give you more details. I’m thrilled to bring this story to you that’s inspired by true events.

Thanks for reading, and I hope to hear from you soon!

Pre-order Out of Night now!

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The wait is over! I’m so excited to bring the fourth book of the Laurelhurst series to you at long last! I recently received feedback from my beta readers and they believe it’s my best book yet, and I wholeheartedly agree.

1968. Two mothers living polar opposite lives, yet united by a common thread. Forcibly separated from their children and the ones they love, these two women will forge new paths to reclaim themselves, finding it in the most unexpected of places.

Kate. The quintessential society girl, Kate has been a mainstay on Swinging London’s party circuit for years. As her old vices of alcohol and drug consume her pain from yet another failed marriage, Kate finds herself left to her own devices as Lord Elliott Cutterworth, a master architect of chaos, kicks her out of her home and takes custody of their daughter, Violet.  Kate is plunged into the seedy underbelly of London, and must figure out a way to reclaim her life and get her daughter back. Determined to start anew, she finds assistance in her reluctant brother-in-law (and the one that got away), all while trying to stay away from Elliott’s evil clutches, lest she becomes yet another person to mysteriously disappear..

Lydie.  When Lydie and her husband Henry discover that their youngest son, Cole, can’t speak beyond the mind of an infant, it leads them down a path of a revolving door of doctors visits. Faced with institutionalization of her baby boy, Lydie enters into a deep sea of depression, and her once loving marriage to Henry is in jeopardy.  After a lengthy series of ECT treatments at another hospital leaves her memory in tatters, Lydie is sent to the famed Menninger Clinic in Topeka, Kansas.
When Lydie’s brother Edward and long lost childhood friend, Kit Alderley, come to visit her in Kansas, it opens a new set of problems. Will she make peace with her estranged brother, and will Kit’s presence spell more trouble for Henry and Lydie’s marriage, or will he reconcile them all? 

Poignantly beautiful yet at times gritty, Out of Night mirrors the decade of the 1960s as innocence is lost, confusion abounds, yet hope is always on the horizon.

Available also for pre-order at Barnes and Nobles, Apple, and Kobo books.

https://www.draft2digital.com/book/518968

The paperback edition to follow at a later date.

New Release! Discovering WWII Novels

I’m thrilled to announce that I’ve been included in a fabulous pamphlet called Discovering World War II Novels. Myself and the other authors included in this free e-booklet are members of the Second World War Club on Facebook. We primarily write fiction, however some of our members also write non-fiction.

Just in time for the holiday season, we’re offering this first edition for you to discover books to fill your e-reader or stuff your stockings.

Getting your copy is as simple as downloading it from Bookfunnel! To get it, click here:

Discovering WWII Novels

I won’t have a release this holiday season, as I just released The Broken Tree in August, but I’ll have two releases coming out in 2020 with Raleigh Hills Press.

Much love, much hope,

Kellie

Book Review: The Poseidon Network by Kathryn Guaci

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Today on the blog, I’m pleased to share my review of USA Today Bestselling Author Kathryn Guaci’s latest spy thriller, The Poseidon Network (Ebony Publishing, 2019).

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I first fell in love with Kathryn’s work when I read Code Name Camille, her novella that was part of The Darkest Hour Anthology. Her background in textiles and love of art and all things culinary are woven into her works, and I was hoping that I would get another cracking book. I wasn’t disappointed.

A cocktail of a book as worthy as those of the legendary Shepheard’s Hotel, The Poseidon Network is an intoxicating mixture of intrigue, danger, and passion with a side of bitters. It’s a decadent, gripping page-turner that lingers on your tongue long after you finish it.

Set amidst the cosmopolitan circles of Cairo and Athens and the harsh landscape of the mountains of Greece during the Second World War, The Poseidon Network follows journalist and agent Larry Hadley as he is sent on a mission to find the “White Rose”, the leader of the titled The Poseidon Network, a resistance group committed to sabotaging their German and Italian occupiers.

Larry soon finds himself in a series of mysteries as he unravels what happened to the White Rose and exactly what side his alluring wife/widow Alexis Petrakis is on.

What I loved about Guaci’s writing is that she weaved in such detail that made me felt I was right there amidst the action, and kept me reading all night. A perfect read for a cold winter’s night. Highly recommended.

To purchase on Amazon: The Poseidon Network

WWII and Art in Fiction

I’m thrilled to be part of this esteemed group of authors in WWII and Art in Fiction. My heroine Lydie is a young artist who uses her craft to cope with the horrors of war, grief, and abuse. It becomes a pivotal method in expressing what she cannot say, and helps guide her towards freedom.

In the mood for a fascinating thriller or historical fiction novel about art and World War II?

Several of these thrilling reads involve amateur sleuths, investigative reporters, and art historians hot on the trail of missing Nazi-looted artwork – often with deadly results. Others provide a fascinating insight into the lives of artists affected by the war.

If you love art and are fascinated by WWII, you won’t want to miss these captivating reads by Jennifer S. Alderson, Pamela Allegretto, Anne Allen, SL Beaumont, Daniella Bernett, Kellie Butler, and Lynne Kennedy.

Most of these titles are also available as audiobook, paperback and in Kindle Unlimited. Don’t forget – books make great gifts!

You can read previews of all seven books and purchase on Amazon.  Head to Jennifer’s post here:

 

 

http://jennifersalderson.com/2019/10/03/wwii-art-in-fiction/

Cover Reveal: The Broken Tree

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I’m so thrilled to reveal the cover for The Broken Tree, the third book in The Laurelhurst Chronicles saga, due out August 1, 2019!

An anxious homecoming, a three-hundred-year-old legend, and an obsessed, scorned heir bent on revenge. Welcome back to Laurelhurst.

Fifteen years ago, Lydie Cavert Bainbridge left the dark days of her youth at Laurelhurst Manor behind her. Now thirty-two and mistress of her family’s Lancastrian estate, Lydie is nervous as she and her family of five returns to the storied manor in the summer of 1959.

Not long after they arrive, Lydie and her husband Henry come across an ancient broken oak tree on the edge of the moors that holds a heartbreaking connection to a long-standing enemy who wants nothing better than to destroy Lydie and Henry’s happiness.

As Lydie and Henry’s siblings Edward Cavert and Kate Douglas arrive, they bring a host of new challenges and secret loves that threaten to unravel the bonds between them.

As Laurelhurst’s annual summer bank holiday party approaches, tempers flare, rivalries emerge, and accusations explode that could shatter Henry and Lydie’s world forever. Will the bonds between siblings stay strong, or will they splinter apart like the ancient tree they found near the moors?

Pre-order the Kindle book here:

http://getbook.at/brokentree

Pre-order for all other stores here:

https://books2read.com/u/3JJkxE

 

 

Spring e-Book Sale

All e-books are 99 cents through April 30,2019!

 

If you’ve been waiting for both books of The Laurelhurst Chronicles saga to go on sale, wait no more!  My e-books are 99 cents from now until the end of April 2019!  It won’t be long before The Broken Tree will be available for pre-order, so grab this while you can at this low price if you haven’t already!