Through the Barricades by Denise Deegan, published December 2016 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform.
Read: February 2017 Genre: Historical/Romance/Action/YA-Adult Source: Publisher/Purchased #Pages: 356 Get It Now: Wordery – Amazon US / UK
Goodreads Synopsis: She was willing to sacrifice everything for her country. He was willing to sacrifice everything for her
“Make a difference in the world” are the last words Maggie Gilligan’s father ever says to her. They form a legacy that she carries in her heart, years later when, at the age of fifteen, she tries to better the lives of Dublin’s largely forgotten poor.
“Don’t go getting distracted, now” is what Daniel Healy’s father says to him after seeing him talking to the same Maggie Gilligan. Daniel is more than distracted. He is intrigued. Never has he met anyone as dismissive, argumentative… as downright infuriating.
A dare from Maggie is all it takes. Daniel volunteers at a food kitchen. There, his eyes are opened to the plight of the poor. It is 1913 and Dublin’s striking workers have been locked out of their jobs. Their families are going hungry. Daniel and Maggie do what they can. Soon, however, Maggie realises that the only way to make a difference is to take up arms.
The story of Maggie and Daniel is one of friendship, love, war and revolution, of two people prepared to sacrifice their lives: Maggie for her country, Daniel for Maggie. Their mutual sacrifices put them on opposite sides of a revolution. Can their love survive?
Read: March 2016 Genre: Young Adult/Historical/Paranormal Source: Publisher #Pages: 496 Get It Now: Wordery
Goodreads Synopsis: London, April 1812. 18 year old Lady Helen is on the eve of her debut presentation to the Queen. Her life should be about gowns and dancing, and securing a suitable marriage. Instead, when one of her family’s housemaids goes missing, Lady Helen is drawn to the shadows of Regency London. There, she finds William, the Earl of Carlston. He has noticed the disappearance, too, and is one of the few who can stop the perpetrators: a cabal of powerful demons that has infiltrated every level of society. But Lady Helen’s curiosity is the last thing Carlston wants—especially when he sees the searching intelligence behind her fluttering fan. Should Helen trust a man whose reputation is almost as black as his lingering eyes? And will her headstrong sense of justice lead them both into a death trap?
Read: August 2016 Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy/Play Source: Purchased #Pages: 330 Get It Now: Wordery
Goodreads Synopsis: It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.
While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.
On The Other Side by Carrie Hope Fletcher, published July 2016 by Little Brown and Company.
Read: July 2016 Genre: Contemporary/Historical/Magical Realism/Romance Source: Purchased #Pages: 345 Get It Now: Wordery
Goodreads Synopsis: Evie Snow is 82 when she quietly passes away in her sleep, surrounded by her children and grandchildren. It’s the way most people wish to leave the world but when Evie reaches the door of her own private heaven, she finds that she’s become her 27 year old self and the door won’t open.
Evie’s soul must be light enough to pass through so she needs to get rid of whatever is making her soul heavy. For Evie, this means unburdening herself of the three secrets that have weighed her down for over 50 years, so she must find a way to reveal them before it’s too late. As Evie begins the journey of a lifetime, she learns more about life and love than she ever thought possible, and somehow , some way, she may also find her way back to her long lost love…
Read: October 2015 Genre: Young Adult/Contemporary/Feminism Source: Purchased #Pages: 400 Get It Now: Wordery
Goodreads Synopsis: eves are designed, not made. The School trains them to be pretty. The School trains them to be good. The School trains them to Always be Willing. All their lives, the eves have been waiting. Now, they are ready for the outside world. companion… concubine… or chastity? Only the best will be chosen. And only the Men decide.
Read: October 2015 Genre: Young Adult/Contemporary/Issues Source: #BooksForTradeUK #Pages: 240 Get It Now: Wordery
Goodreads Synopsis: Life on the Refrigerator Door is told exclusively through notes exchanged by Claire and her mother, Elizabeth, during the course of a life-altering year. Their story builds to an emotional crescendo when Elizabeth is diagnosed with breast cancer. Stunningly sad but ultimately uplifting, this is a clever, moving, and original portrait of the relationship between a daughter and mother. It is about how we live our lives constantly rushing, and never making time for those we love. It is also an elegy to how much can be said in so few words, if only we made the time to say them.
Night Owls by Jenn Bennett, published August 2015 by Simon & Schuster UK (AKA The Anatomical Shape of a Heart).
Read: September 2015 Genre: Young Adult/Contemporary/Romance Source: Purchased #Pages: 272 Get It Now: Wordery
Goodreads Synopsis: Feeling alive is always worth the risk. Meeting Jack on the Owl – San Francisco’s night bus – turns Beatrix’s world upside down. Jack is charming, wildly attractive… and possibly one of San Francisco’s most notorious graffiti artists. But Jack is hiding a piece of himself. On midnight rides and city rooftops, Beatrix begins to see who this enigmatic boy really is.
Today, I’d like to welcome author Coreena McBurnie to Confessions of a Book Geek! Coreena is offering an eBook of her new release, Prophecy, in the giveaway at the end of this post! But for now, over to Coreena…
I’ve written several novels, but the first one that I thought was worth publishing is Prophecy, which is based on the ancient Greek myth of King Oedipus, the one who killed his father and married his mother then stuck brooches in his eyes when he found out what he had done. It’s been an interesting challenge, using an existing myth as the basis for my novel rather than solely using my own story.