Top Reads of 2016 #Books #AmReading #TuesdayBookBlog

Absolutely delighted that ‘Beltane’ is included in Cathy’s list of her top reads for 2016! There’s some great recommendations here and quite a few that I’ll be adding to my TBR pile for 2017. Happy Reading!

Between the Lines ~ Books’n’Stuff

It’s that time again! This year has gone so quickly and it’s been filled with really great reads. Narrowing down favourites is a difficult task but here they are. As always, they’ll be either 4.5* or 5* and clicking on the cover will take you to Amazon UK. 

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Private investigator Jack Bertolino, previously an inspector with the NYPD, is employed as technical advisor, consulting on a movie being made of his last case. His job includes protection for the female star, who is being targeted by a disturbed, out of control stalker. Susan Blake is beautiful, haunted by a past that she can’t lay to rest.

During filming there’s an actual shooting several blocks away, which results in the accidental and tragic death of little Maria Sanchez and also that of known drug dealer, Tomas Vegas. Cruz Feinberg, the technical wizard in Jack’s company, knows…

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Willing Suspension of Disbelief: The Dirigible King’s Daughter by @alyswestyork #Steampunk #RBRT #AugustReviews

My steampunk novel, The Dirigible King’s Daughter will be published tomorrow and today it’s being review by Barb Taub on her fabulous blog.

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“disbelief in magic can force a poor soul into believing in government and business”—Tom Robbins

"That willing suspension of disbelief for the moment, which constitutes poetic faith." —Samuel Taylor Coleridge [image credit: Steampunk by Mike Savad] http://fineartamerica.com/featured/steampunk-blimp-airship-maximus-mike-savad.html“That willing suspension of disbelief for the moment, which constitutes poetic faith.” —Samuel Taylor Coleridge
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The first and most basic thing any artist asks of their audience is the willing suspension of disbelief as they approach the artist’s version of reality. In theaters, audiences watch a boy teach three children how to fly to Neverland. Movies feature animated rodents who sing, do housework, and sew wedding dresses without ever pooping on anything. Readers follow the adventures of a boy wizard, all the while wondering what’s become of their own letter from Hogwarts. Fans of the Chicago Cubs and the Norwich Canaries buy seasons tickets, sure that this will be “their” year. American voters actually cast ballots for Donald Trump. [It’s possible that last one represents not so much a willing suspension…

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Rosie’s #Bookreview Team #RBRT BELTANE by @AlysWestYork #UrbanFantasy #FridayReads

Absolutely lovely review of BELTANE from Cathy on Rosie Amber’s blog

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Today’s team review is from Cathy, she blogs at http://betweenthelinesbookblog.wordpress.com/

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Cathy has been reading Beltane by Alys West

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Opening with a terrific prologue which grabbed my interest immediately, Beltane has a lot of factors I love in a book – including a handsome druid, magic and Glastonbury, a place I know well and enjoy visiting, so being able to clearly picture the setting was a bonus. The story is set almost entirely in Glastonbury, encompassing the Abbey ruins, beautiful Chalice Well Gardens and the Tor, all atmospheric and mystical places. The flavour of the area is evident throughout and it’s obvious Alys West knows the locale extremely well.

Druid Finn McCloud makes a deadly enemy of spellworker, Maeve Blackwell when he rescues his sister from her clutches. He pays dearly for his mistake and is trapped by Maeve’s power until Zoe Rose arrives at Anam Cara, Maeve’s healing retreat. Zoe…

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My Monday guest, Alys West, debut urban fantasy romance novelist.

Having never done an author interview until yesterday, they’re suddenly all coming along together. Today I’m on Siobhan Daiko’s blog and she asked some really interesting questions…

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Today I’m absolutely delighted to welcome the lovely Alys West.

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 Please tell us something about yourself, Alys.

I write urban fantasy and steampunk with romance twist. My debut novel, ‘Beltane’, an urban fantasy romance set in Glastonbury, is now available on Amazon. My second novel, a steampunk romance called ‘The Dirigible King’s Daughter’ is available to read on Wattpad. I’m a member of the Write Romantic blog group and started a MA in Creative Writing at York St John University in October. Apart from reading and writing, my favourite things are tea, cake, folk music and ‘The Musketeers’.

Oh, I love all the same things as you. How would you describe yourself as a colour?

I’m going with turquoise.  That’s possibly a slightly obvious answer because at least half of my wardrobe is shades of turquoise, teal and duck egg blue.  But I think it’s a fairly accurate description…

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Author Spotlight – Alys West

I’m thrilled to be doing my first ever author interview on Julie Stock’s blog today. She asked me some really interesting questions…

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This week, my author in the spotlight is urban fantasy and steampunk writer, Alys West. Her debut novel, Beltane, will be out on December 14th.

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Finn McCloud is a druid, connected by magic to the earth. He’s made a big mistake; one he expects to pay for with his life.

Maeve Blackwell has plans for a new start, free of the façade she so carefully maintains. At Beltane, the Celtic festival of fire on 1st May, all her preparations will come to fruition.

Struggling artist, Zoe Rose is in Glastonbury to work on the illustrations for a book about King Arthur. But when she arrives at Anam Cara, the healing retreat run by Maeve, it’s not the haven she hoped for.

Maeve isn’t the warm-hearted, hippy she expected and Zoe can’t help feeling there’s something very odd about the place. Is it coincidence that…

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Dealing with Rejection by Alys

I’ve had a few rejections recently so I thought I’d write a post about it for the Write Romantics blog. It was surprisingly cathartic!

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I got two rejections last week.  One of the upsides of having an agent is that those emails don’t come directly to me anymore.  But one of the downsides is that my agent seems to store them up and I tend to hear about two at a time which is a real double whammy.  I also get more feedback these days as the editors give at least a line or two about the book, giving a couple of positives before they get to the reason why they turned it down.

Doubt Kills More Dreams

I thought the feedback would be a good thing, give me an idea of what I need to work on in my writing.  But they’re so contradictory that I don’t know what to take from them.  One of this week’s rejections said they didn’t like Maeve, the antagonist, whereas an editor who turned me down before Christmas said Maeve was…

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A Steampunk Winter’s Tale

Last Saturday was launch day for the short story anthology, Winter Tales – Stories to Warm Your Heart.  As one of the Write Romantics I’ve been working on this since February when we first came up with the idea.  You can read more about the anthology and why we decided to publish it here. Absolutely … Continue reading A Steampunk Winter’s Tale

A peek beneath our cover…

It’s always exciting when something you’ve been working on for ages starts to come together and that’s particularly the case with the Write Romantics charity anthology. One of the charities that we’re supporting is the Cystic Fibrosis Trust which means an awful lot to me as my nephew has Cystic Fibrosis.

I don’t mind telling you that I got a bit emotional when I saw the final version of the cover last week. There was some very undignified sniffing over the computer as I realised that after months of planning and hard work the book is nearly ready for launch.

My own short story, A Pistol for Propriety is one of the stories in the anthology and I’ll be talking more about that on here next week. The anthology will be on sale on 8th November. I really hope you’ll want to read some very fine stories and help us support these two amazing charities.
Thanks Alys xx

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Those of you who follow the blog will know that The Write Romantics decided way back at the beginning of this year that we would be publishing Printan anthology of winter and Christmas themed short stories. We were lucky enough to gain support from a veritable army of other writers and the anthology is now filled to the brim with twenty-four fabulous feel good stories for you to cosy-up with. We’ve got some best-selling authors among the contributors and we’re hoping to raise a small fortune for the two wonderful charities we’ve chosen to support – The Cystic Fibrosis Trust and The Teenage Cancer Trust.

Someone else who has been an invaluable support to The Write Romantics and has given his time incredibly generously, in designing the cover and typesetting the entire anthology, is Jessica Redland’s husband, Mark Heslington. So here it is, the moment we’ve been longing to show…

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