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Books By Henshaw Prize Winning Authors



Mary Darling by Lori Butterworth (writing as L M D'Mello)


In L M D’Mello’s debut novel, her eponymous protagonist, Mary Darling, abandoned on hospital steps at birth, has spent most of her early years in care. She is adopted by a genuinely caring couple who do their best to make her happy, unaware that school bullies are making her lonely life even more wretched – until an unexpected ally emerges, an ally who will become her closest friend and join her on a vital and magical journey. Mary’s life is further transformed by her discovery of unusual and powerful supernatural gifts that she finds she can use to communicate with all animals, rescuing them from cruelty and healing those in distress. This unique ability builds throughout the story and, as her powers increase and mature, she learns that her mission is to be a universal Animal Ambassador. In time, she will become equipped, not only to defeat the bullies who have tormented her at the beginning of her journey, but also for the global battle in which she must engage if she is to save the animal world from cruelty and extinction. In the course of this Herculean task, she will recruit international helpers to assist her in defeating increasingly powerful and dangerous enemies worldwide, learning about herself, growing in stature with each triumph, and making vital discoveries about her own abilities along the way, until the young woman at the end of the journey is almost unrecognisable as the lonely young girl who began it.   





interview published through JD DeHart - Reading and Literature Resources. Check out the link: http://dehartreadingandlitresources.blogspot.co.uk/…/an-int


Available at    http://amzn.eu/6wtMU3m




Elizabeth Ducie



Elizabeth Ducie currently has three novels published and a fourth in preparation.


Gorgito’s Ice Rink is a tale of love, loss and broken promises, set in post-Soviet Russia and in Stalin’s era. It tells one man’s story through the eyes of the people whose lives he touched. It was Runner -Up in the 2015 Self-Published Book of the Year Awards.


Counterfeit! is the first in the series of Suzanne Jones thrillers, set in the sometimes murky world of international pharmaceuticals. Regulator Suzanne’s mission to stop counterfeiting in Africa becomes personal when a colleague buys a bottle of fake cough syrup with tragic consequences. But her investigation brings danger ever closer. In Uganda a factory burns and Suzanne’s friend goes missing; and in Zambia and Swaziland, children are dying.


Deception! is the second in the series and this time the action moves to Latin America. Deceit is a dangerous game and it seems like everyone’s playing. Athletes fight for no apparent reason. A sprinter disappears. Is a new health drink to blame? With new friends, an old adversary, and faces from the past, it’s Mardi Gras in Rio – and danger stalks the streets.


Elizabeth is also the writer of the Business of Writing series of books, a toolbox of business skills for writers. The series is currently being updated and a fourth title is due to be added early in 2018.


Full details of all Elizabeth’s writing and books can be found on her website: [elizabethducie.co.uk]elizabethducie.co.uk





The Road Ahead – a collection of short stories by Christine Griffin


It’s never too late to change as the characters in this poignant collection of stories demonstrate. Whether it’s learning to ride a bike in middle-age, facing up to demons from the past, dealing with loss and bereavement or embarking on a life-changing journey in later life, the humanity of the characters shines through.

Relationships feature strongly in the collection and all ages have their stories to tell. What happens when you’re fifteen and your parents tell you they’re expecting a new baby? How does Daniel cope with falling in love with a woman many years his senior? And how does a family deal with a stolen child returned to them after many years absence?  These are real people - the sort of people who might live in the same street as you or sit next to you on the bus.

Sometimes their stories play out against simple domestic settings and other stories transport you to far flung locations across the globe. But whether they’re in Albania, Greece, Dubai  or even Llandudno ,they still face the everyday challenges which we all face.

These award-winning stories will make you laugh and make you cry but above all they stand as testimony to the resilience of the human spirit.

The collection is available online or in print version from www.fast-print.net/bookshop




Susan Rogers


What would you do if you were travelling alone believing that you were joining a tour group for a holiday, only to find on arrival that you are the only person in the group? That happened to me in 2002 when I travelled to Vietnam. Initially I worried, ‘Who will I talk to? Who will I eat with?” but the biggest question was ‘Who do I share the holiday with afterwards?’ There would be nobody to say to, ‘remember when we did this? or, wasn’t it hilarious when…’ I therefore kept a very detailed diary so that I could share and relive the holiday with myself. It turned out to be an amazing, thoroughly enjoyable vacation, and I’ve mainly travelled solo ever since, keeping detailed diaries for each adventure.


10 years later when I started to write, I revisited the old diaries which formed the basis for my Travelling Solo trilogy.


The delightful travelogues in their easy to read style, packed with humour and observations on human behavior, will not only inspire you to travel solo, but absorb you into the culture and experience of the countries visited. Adventure, entertainment and sadness are all here, and you will feel that you personally know the characters I encountered along the way.

Book 1. Vietnam: Journey of Unexpected Delights. http://amzn.eu/gSZ2Qzh

Book 2. Brazil and Argentina: From Jungle to Icebergs. http://amzn.eu/eU3Iua4

Book 3. The Gambia: land of the Mandinka. http://amzn.eu/ioBvlz7




The Perfect Neighbours by Rachel Sargeant


Published: 15th December 2017 (HarperCollins Killer Reads)

The perfect neighbours tell the perfect lies…When Helen moves to Germany with her loving husband Gary, she can’t wait to join the expat community of teachers from the local International School. But her new start is about to become her worst nightmare.

Behind the shutters lies a devastating secret…As soon as the charming family across the way welcome Helen into their home, she begins to suspect that all is not as it seems. Then Gary starts to behave strangely and a child goes missing, vanished without a trace.

When violence and tragedy strike, cracks appear in the neighbourhood, and Helen realises her perfect neighbours are capable of almost anything.

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