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Genre(s): Literature & Fiction, Drama, British & Irish, Chick-Lit, Contemporary Women, Contemporary Fiction
“ I once read that the end of a relationship is like being involved in a road traffic accident. Which is quite fitting really, given what happened.”
Lizzie has begun to achieve all the things she thought she had ever wanted, but realises instead that she is far from happy. Then she steps out into the path of an oncoming car, and her life begins to unravel, setting off a life-changing chain of events.
Lizzie leaves her boyfriend and her home and moves to London to pursue her career. There, she attempts to overcome the legacy of her past and find out how to be happy alone. In doing so, she reconnects with two old friends, Zara and Catherine. Each friend, however, harbours a secret that is slowly revealed to Lizzie until Lizzie’s life takes another shocking twist and the friendship of all three women is threatened.
Swimming Upstream is a thoughtful but often humorous book about life and surviving its knocks. Set in the early 1990s in Cambridge and London, it is also a story of friendship, love and divided loyalties – and the moral choices that Lizzie ultimately faces, when the chips are down.
Described as “Eat, Pray, Love” meets “The Last Weekend”, Swimming Upstream is similar in style to books by Jojo Moyes (“Me Before You”), Elizabeth Gilbert (“Eat, Pray, Love”), Nick Hornby (“How to be Good”) and Blake Morrison (“The Last Weekend”).
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*TO SEE WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT SWIMMING UPSTREAM, THEN READ ON…
“I really enjoyed Swimming Upstream. There is a nice rhythm and pace…credible dialogue, compelling protagonist, recognisable settings and good supporting cast.” – Eloise Millar, journalist and award-winning novelist
“The story is both entertaining and enlightening in equal measure. There is a poignancy which tugs at the heart strings. As a debut novel, the book has much to commend it, and I hope to be able to read more from this talented author in future novels” – Jo Barton, Amazon Top 500 Reviewer.
“A brilliant “chic lit” novel that is gripping and hard to put down. I found myself totally absorbed in the story and feeling Lizzie’s dilemmas… A book about life choices, coming to terms and moving on.” – Karen Marquick, blogger and reviewer.
“A warmly busy story…you won’t be bored as Mancini dissects some of the passions and failures that beset this lively group of young people. I read this in a day and found it to be fun and genuinely entertaining. – Eileen Shaw, Amazon Top 500 reviewer
“The story has the right balance of drama and tension…people can identify with the break down of a relationship and in moving away from something that feels like all you have ever known. I really enjoyed this story. The writing flowed beautifully with some very vivid descriptions and a strong sense of place and all in all it felt very ‘real.’ I would certainly like to read more from the author in future. – Nicola F, Amazon Top 500 Reviewer
“For all those women out there who want a little more than a romantic tale. Swimming Upstream is well written with a flowing storyline along with a well defined protagonist.” – Cleo Bannister, Amazon Top 500 Reviewer.
“Gripping, pacey…I truly enjoyed Swimming Upstream. This is thinking women’s chick lit!” – Catherine Amey, Author
“This is a well written and descriptive book with realistic and believable characters…. A really good first novel by this author.” – Linda Sims, Amazon Top 50 Reviewer.
“Within just a few pages I was heavily invested in the lead character, Lizzie, and couldn’t wait to find out what would happen to her…My page turns were getting faster and faster as I neared the end of the book! All in all, a great read which I will be recommending to friends and family.” – Ribs Susiaho – Writer, Editor and Community Manager
Ruth Mancini is a lawyer, author and freelance writer. She blogs at www.ruthmancini.com. For more information visit her website or her author page below.
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Genre(s): Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Science Fiction, Adventure
A s much a clever crime thriller as it is sci-fi, this novel highly impressed me. –The TBR Pile
I love the idea of this futuristic Detroit –Offbeat Vagabond Reviews
When hitchhiking becomes the profession that saves the city, who will save the hitchhikers?
Detroit is thriving, once again on the move. The key to this motion may be the fourths–professional hitchhikers who round out incomplete carpools, allowing the car entrance to the superfast, computer-controlled highways.
The city needs fourths. Fourths need the work. It’s an easy way to earn some extra cash.
Or to end up dead.
Someone is killing fourths and the only one who can stop the killer is jaded homicide detective Andre LaCroix, who moonlights as a fourth himself.
Praise for Taking the Highway…
Wonderfully original story of mean streets, struggling cops, and old, old, passions. Nice ride. –Richard A. Thompson, author of Frag Box
Good ideas, mystery, human interest, a romance that didn’t make me nauseous and action, action, action! –Papyrus Reviews
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Genre(s): Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Fantasy & Magic, Science Fiction Fantasy & Horror, Science Fiction Fantasy & Magic
T en-year-old Wikkley McStag and his family are born farmers, happy to work the land. But then they–and other royal subjects–are forced to buy strange, useless machines. Money starts running out. Now the McStags have two days before they lose their farm. As the eldest child, Wikkley must journey to the palace and ask for the king’s help. His loved ones only hope his reckless nature won’t get him in trouble once he’s there!
When Wikkley arrives at the palace, he finds an unnecessary castle being built right into the sky. The same thing is happening in a neighboring kingdom. When royal foolishness leads to disaster, it’s up to Wikkley to save several lives. Will his recklessness finally come in handy? Or will it mean the end of his family, his farm, and possibly . . . his life?
From the fantasy world of THE ADVENTURES OF STANLEY DELACOURT, Ilana Waters brings you another alternate-medieval adventure. If you like Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, don’t miss meeting Wikkley McStag!
(This novella is approximately 21,000 words, or 70 pages).
“CASTLES IN THE AIR is innovative, magical, and fun! There’s a lot of adventure in every chapter. Wikkley is adorable, and makes a perfect hero for a middle grade fantasy. Though meant for children, the novella could be enjoyed by anyone.” –PeskyPiksiPesterNomi.blogspot.com
“Wikkley was a quick favorite character to me. He was funny, brave, and real to the reader. This book is a great read for children.” –AngiesAngelsRKids-Furkids.blogspot.com
“I really liked CASTLES IN THE AIR. It reminded me of THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH!” –Ellie K.
“I enjoyed this story so much, I read it twice . . . and I don’t normally read middle-grade material! This was wonderful. Happy, adorable, and kind of magical, with a voice that is absolutely spectacular.” –Jen S.
“This is a great story! It flows well and has a wonderful amount of humor, which kept me smiling, smirking, and giggling. Also, all the characters are lively, believable and fun.” –Tonja D.
“This book was great, with a whimsical and adventurous nature. It’s new, exciting, and I love what the author did with the characters.” –Naia T.
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Genre(s): Literature & Fiction, Contemporary, Contemporary Fiction
B urke Dennison is a contemporary Quixote, tilting against personal demons and searching for truth in his own way. He is a man who does not always see things the way that others do, and that is both his curse and his story.
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Genre(s): Literature & Fiction, Humor, Chick-Lit, Contemporary Women, Contemporary Fiction
T he Irish Eat, Pray, Love meets Sex & the City
Love & the Goddess
One woman, one myth, three goddesses
A woman’s journey of self discovery begins on the interent leading her from the west of Ireland all the way to Peru.
When Cookery teacher Kate Canavan’s perfect life falls apart she moves to Galway City.
Her friend James urges her to love and nurture herself, but mischievous Ella persuades her to dust off her unused dating skills. So Kate explores the world of on- line dating using the name of a Greek Goddess. In the midst of a mad dating frenzy, Kate has a traumatic health scare which convinces her to drop everything and go in search of a guru.
Travelling with Ella, she visits a spiritual healer in Brazil, only to find Ella is more interested in having fun than seeking enlightenment. Next stop Peru, where a shaman tells her how to harness the energy of the Goddess and the Divine Feminine. Kate’s journey of self discovery continues apace after she returns home and events unfold in a surprising manner, as she learns to think for herself.
Funny, informative, heart-warming and wildly entertaining. This book rocks! – Ferdia Mac Anna best selling author of cult movie ‘The Last of the High Kings’.
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