New Release! The Last Hours by Minette Walters

The Last Hours Book Cover The Last Hours
Minette Walters
Fiction, Historical Fiction
Allen & Unwin Australia
27 September 2017
Kindle, Paperback
568

For most, the Black Death is the end. For a brave few, it heralds a new beginning.

When the Black Death enters England through the port of Melcombe in Dorseteshire in June 1348, no one knows what manner of sickness it is or how it spreads and kills so quickly.

The Church proclaims it a punishment from God but Lady Anne of Develish has different ideas. With her brutal husband absent, she decides on more sensible ways to protect her people than the daily confessions of sin recommended by the Bishop. Anne gathers her serfs within the gates of Develish and refuses entry to outsiders, even to her husband.

She makes an enemy of her daughter by doing so, but her resolve is strengthened by the support of her leading serfs … until food stocks run low and the nerves of all are tested by their ignorance of what is happening in the world outside. The people of Develish are alive. But for how long? And what will they discover when the time comes for them to cross the moat?

 

The Last Hours is published by Allen & Unwin Australia, RRP $32.99.

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My Thoughts On The Book

The Last Hours by Minette Walters was an absorbing story full of some charismatic characters and equally amounted vile, blackguard villains. A story that was set in a time of Lords and Serfs. Lady Anne's character was likeable from the start; strong and a contrast to the time depicted. The story leaves some unanswered questions, that will hopefully be answered in the next instalment from the author.
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New Release! Off Reservation by Bram Connolly

Happy new book release to author Bram Connolly! Off Reservation is available now and published by Allen & Unwin, RRP $29.99.

About Off Reservation by Bram Connolly

Australian Special Forces commander Matt Rix in another action packed adventure.

Ultra-tough and ultra-lethal, Australian Commando Captain Matt Rix is one of Special Forces’ most lethal operators. But when a training exercise goes horribly wrong, he is given an ultimatum that brings his world crashing down. There is only one choice left to him and that’s to go ‘off reservation’.

What follows is the frantic pursuit of escaped Taliban commander Faisal Khan. Chasing Khan across Turkey would be easy; stopping a nuclear weapon he has received from falling into the hands of the world’s most feared terrorist organisation, that’s going to be the hard part.

Rix might be disgraced and discarded, but he should never be underestimated. Nothing is ever as it seems…

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Thoughts On The Book

Off Reservation was another intense read from author Bram Connolly, with a few extra characters amongst the already known cast, adding to a story that was action-packed with a hint of smexy for us romantics at heart. I could not wait to read this novel, having already read Mr Connolly’s The Fighting Season, I was waiting with high anticipation to see what would occur for his Matt Rix’s character. No disappointment here, I could not help but be drawn to Rix’s character again. Just when you think you have the story figured out, the author throws in a few left turns, having views of the story and the happenings within turned upside down, while continuing to turn each page with haste for what was to happen next in the story. I could rant and rave about the book, but I do not want to give any of this story away. There were likeable characters, with some antagonists throughout the story, and a few graphic moments revealed in chapters. An unmissable read and well worth the wait. Off Reservation by Bram Connelly is another novel for my fave reads list.
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Q&A With Author Kerry McGinnis!

Today’s feature Q&A post is with author Kerry McGinnis! Secrets Of The Springs by Ms McGinnis releases in paperback format on July 17, and is also available on Ebook. Secrets Of The Springs is published by Penguin Random House, RRP $32.99.

What was the hardest scene to write?

I think the accident where Mark is trapped in the vehicle. I had trouble visualizing the inside of the cab and in the end got a box to represent the vehicle and tipped it on its side, then lay on the floor looking at it figuring out where everything was and what Orla would be able to see and reach. Sounds crazy but I’m not good with spatial stuff.

Can you tell us a scene that didn’t make the finished story for Secrets Of The Springs?

I can’t think of a particular scene that was cut. There were lots of adjustments and rewrites and unnecessary bits deleted but they weren’t scenes. It is hard to remember after so many rereads and rewrites, but basically the story is pretty much as it came to me when I sat down to work it out.

What is the first book you read that made you cry?

A novel called There Is No Armour. Howard Springs wrote it, the title comes from a line of poetry: There is no armour against Fate. It’s about the futility and cost of war, not to nations or economies but to ordinary people, the ones who are never asked before their lives are given over to it. It was poignant and beautiful and unbearably sad (and I was about sixteen!) He wrote a lot of books, old Howard but that was the one I liked most and read least because of its powerful effect on me.

How many hours a day do you write?

It varies. I go by output rather than time. If the writing is difficult I stay at my desk until I’ve produced two pages. Otherwise I just write until the rest of life – household or garden matters, or social stuff, overtakes me. I greatly enjoy the creative process and feel no pressure to finish anything quickly. The enjoyment is in the creation of my fictional world, and I feel quite lost when I finish a work.

What can readers expect next from you writing?

My next book which, like Wildhorse Creek and Tracking North is set in the Gulf Country and revolves around the lives of the family that own the pub in a tiny railhead ghost town, where twenty odd years before the drovers brought their mobs to truck to the coastal meat-works. I have just finished it and am now casting around for another story to keep me writing.

About Secrets Of The Springs by Kerry McGinnis

When Orla Macrae receives a letter asking her to return to the family cattle property where she grew up, she does so grudgingly. Her estranged uncle Palmer may be dying, but he is the last person she wants to see, not when she’s made a new life far away from where she lost so much. But on his deathbed he utters a few enigmatic words about a secret locked away and a clue as to its whereabouts.

Intrigued, Orla decides to stay, reconnecting with old friends and taking a chance on a long-time dream of opening the homestead to tourists. Continuing the search for her uncle’s elusive secret, she discovers far more than she bargained for – a shocking truth about her parents’ marriage, and the confession of a chilling murder.

Set in the stunning countryside north of the Barrier Ranges near Broken Hill, this is an authentic tale of life on the land and a gripping mystery about old family secrets and finding love in the harsh Australian bush.

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Penguin Random House  *  Amazon Australia  *  iBooks Australia  *  Booktopia

 

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New Release! The Late Show by Michael Connelly

The Late Show is the first novel I have read by author Michael Connelly, and I was not disappointed. The story’s lead character Reneé Ballard, often depicted as a strong protagonist, was genuine and intense, in a gripping tale that was a stand out read. A great series starter.
Review copy received from Allen & Unwin Australia

 

About The Late Show by Michael Connelly

Los Angeles can be a dangerous city – never more so than in the dead of night.

Renee Ballard works the night shift at the LAPD in Hollywood, beginning many investigations but finishing none as each morning she turns her cases over to day shift detectives. A once up-and-coming detective, she’s been given this beat as punishment after filing a sexual harassment complaint against a supervisor.

But one night she catches two cases she doesn’t want to part with: the brutal beating of a prostitute left for dead in a parking lot and the killing of a young woman in a nightclub shooting. Ballard is determined not to give up at dawn. Against orders and her own partner’s wishes, she works both cases by day while maintaining her shift by night.

As the cases entwine, they pull her closer to her own demons and the reason she won’t give up her job – no matter what the department throws at her.

The Late Show by Michael Connelly is published by Allen & Unwin, RRP $32.99.

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Allen & Unwin Australia * Booktopia * Amazon Australia  *  Michael Connelly.com

 

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New Release! Hello, Goodbye by Emily Brewin

What a powerful, thought provoking read. The portrayal of May’s character was stunning. Set in an era that was contentious, uncertain and undeniably controversial. Hello, Goodbye by author Emily Brewin was enthralling reading that I could not tear myself away from. So many sad moments in the story that affected May’s character that as the reader, could not help but feel the effects. The conclusion had me elated, in that something finally went some kind of right for the protagonist. My heart was pounding and my gut was churning throughout and by the story’s conclusion, I was left breathless. The author’s depiction of events and the character challenges, collectively, made for some stunning reading. A book for the fave reads list to be sure.
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About Hello, Goodbye by Emily Brewin

It’s 1968 and free-thinking country girl May Callaghan’s world is turned upside down when she finds out she’s pregnant to her boyfriend Sam, who is awaiting draft orders. A profoundly moving story of love during a time of great social change, with an ending that will leave you cheering.

May Callaghan is seventeen years old and on her own. At least that’s how it feels.

Her devoutly religious mother and her gentle but damaged father are fighting, and May’s boyfriend, Sam, has left their rural hometown for Melbourne without so much as a backward glance.

When May lies to her parents and takes the train to visit Sam at his shared house in Carlton, her world opens wide in glorious complexity. She is introduced to his housemates, Clancy, an indigenous university student, and Ruby, a wild bohemian. With their liberal thinking and opposition to the war in Vietnam, they are everything that May’s strict Catholic upbringing should warn her against.

May knows too well the toll that war has taken on her father, and the peace movement in the city has a profound effect on her. For a while, May’s future burns bright. But then it begins to unravel, and something happens to her that will change her life forever.

Hello, Goodbye by Emily Brewin is published by Allen & Unwin, RRP $29.99.

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