Accent Press, Book Blog, Giveaway, Interview

Is Monogamy Dead? By Rosie Wilby @rosiewilby @Accentpress


Today I have Rosie Wilby stopping by the blog for a wee interview. Rosie has kindly given me two tickets to her comedy show to give away. So grab a cuppa and get comfy. Enjoy, Kelly xoxo


Book Jacket 

Bittersweet, original, honest and so funny. Rosie Wilby nails the challenges of intimacy and romance in this depressing age of Tinder. Would it be wrong to end a life of monogamy and leave my husband for her? Viv Groskop “My favourite way to learn is when a funny, clever, honest person is teaching me- that’s why I love Rosie Wilby!” Sara Pascoe

In early 2013, comedian Rosie Wilby found herself at a crossroads with everything she’d ever believed about romantic relationships. When people asked, ‘who’s the love of your life?’ there was no simple answer. Did they mean her former flatmate who she’d experienced the most ecstatic, heady, yet ultimately doomed, fling with? Or did they mean the deep, lasting companionate partnerships that gave her a sense of belonging and family? Surely, most human beings need both.

Mixing humour, heartache and science, Is Monogamy Dead? details Rosie’s very personal quest to find out why Western society is clinging to a concept that doesn’t work that well for some of us and is laden with ambiguous assumptions.

‘Real You’ Interview with Rosie Wilby


  • Welcome Rosie, please can you tell my readers a little bit about yourself and your publishing journey.

I’m an award-winning comedian and have been touring solo shows internationally for a decade. Before turning to comedy, I’d been a musician and a music journalist (for Time Out and various North London papers). So the idea of writing had always been there.

In 2009, I embarked on a trilogy of shows investigating love and relationships. In 2013, the middle part of that trilogy was Is Monogamy Dead? It spun off into a TEDx talk, a Radio 4 piece and lots of articles. There just was too much to say to get into a comedy show.

So I started writing a book proposal. I had also been writing a memoir about my music career and entered that in a Mslexia competition. It got shortlisted. Around the same time, I managed to get a literary agent, Laura. Then we pitched the proposal around (after many rewrites), had some meetings and found a publisher.

It was a pretty long process.

  • Describe yourself using three words?

Ambitious, resilient, loving

  • What inspired you to write your first novel?

As above, it came from my comedy shows. It’s non-fiction though written v much in a fiction format with a narrative arc/drive. That’s how I like to structure my comedy shows.

  • What time of day do you like to write?

It really varies depending on if I’ve had lots of late evening gigs. Though late afternoon / 4 pm often seems a good, sudden burst of motivation to get something done before the end of the day.

  • What is your favourite book and why?

I laughed out loud at Caitlin Moran’s How to be a Woman and found it so relatable. I also recently loved Juliet Jacques’ memoir Trans. I loved the sense of personal journey interspersed with some factual information. Given my music past, I love music memoirs – Viv Albertine and Carrie Brownstein were two amazing ones.

  • How did you pick the title of your book?

It was the title of my comedy show.

  • Are the characters in your book based on real people?

It’s non-fiction so yes! Though names have been changed.

  • Do you plan your story beforehand or go with the flow?

I did have lots of story arcs mapped out for the four sections.

  • Who is your favourite Author?

Sarah Waters and Stella Duffy are two favourites.

  • Where in the world is your happy place?

The walled garden in Brockwell Park, Brixton close to where I live. It’s a haven of peace and calm. A team of volunteers keep it really beautiful.

  • If you had one superpower what would it be?

Flying. When I was little, I asked my parents when my wings would grow. I was so disappointed to find out that they wouldn’t! I just thought grown ups kept them folded away.

  • Are you working on a new project?

I’ve just received Arts Council England funding for a new project called The Breakup Monologues. I’ll be hosting several events where my fellow comedians tell me their breakup stories. We will be recording for a podcast and the eventual plan is for an anthology.


  • Do you have any upcoming events our members can attend?


I will have several book launch events including one on publication day itself, August 3, at Lighthouse Books in Edinburgh at 1pm. That same day, I open my Edinburgh Fringe show at 6.30pm at The Counting House. It runs daily throughout August.

Order your copy here and have a sneak peek ~


Giveaway ~ Tickets to a Rosie Wilby’s Comedy Show Near YOU*

Check out the Rosie Wilby website for more information on the solo shows.

To enter comment below on the blog telling Rosie why you would love to attend one of Rosie’s shows and I will get Rosie to pick a winner on the 10th Of Aug 2017.

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Accent Press, Book Blog, Book~Reviews, Romance, Sneak Peek

The Cornish Hotel @karen_king @AccentPress #Review #SneakPeek

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Today I am so happy to be on the blog tour for The Cornish Hotel by Karen King.  It is published today! Congratulations Karen on the big day!

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A member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, the Society of Authors and the Society of Women Writers and Journalists, Karen King writes sassy, fun, heart-warming romance. The Cornish Hotel by the Sea is her second chicklit for Accent Press, her first – I do?… or do I? was published last year and there is another one in the process of publication. In addition, Accent Press have republished her earlier romance novels, The Millionaire Plan and Never Say Forever.

Karen has also written several short stories for women’s magazine and had 120 children’s books published.

When she isn’t writing, Karen likes travelling, watching the ‘soaps’ and reading. Give her a good book and a box of chocolates and she thinks she’s in Heaven.


Sneak Peek 

The Cornish Hotel by the Sea

Ellie was determined to get Gwel Teg back into shape before Mum came out of hospital. And first stop was to check all the rooms and see what repairs needed doing. She didn’t want to give any of the other guests cause to complain. Bad reviews on TripAdvisor wouldn’t help gain more bookings.

Mandy wasn’t at the reception desk. Guessing she’d gone for a loo break, Ellie picked up a notebook and the set of master keys. As it was a sunny day she imagined that their guests would probably be out so she should be able to check all the rooms before the cleaners did their rounds.

She made her way around the first floor, most of the rooms were unoccupied. Before she entered the ones that were occupied, she checked that the ‘Do Not Disturb’ label wasn’t on the door then knocked loudly and called out before entering. Careful not to touch anything personal, she noted any repairs that needed doing. There were quite a few but they were mostly minor things that Harry could tackle. She was dismayed to see how dated and shabby the rooms looked though.

It looks like the whole hotel needs refurbishing, she thought as she made her way to the second floor.  

She hesitated outside Room 12. Had Reece Mitchell left yet? She really didn’t want another run-in with him. He might have been pleasant last night but her first impressions of him weren’t good and she definitely didn’t want a repeat performance.

She glanced at her watch. 10.45. Guests had to vacate the rooms by ten so he should be long gone. Even so, she banged on the door and listened intently just to be sure. Nope, there was no sound coming from the room. She unlocked the door and stepped inside. Glancing around, she immediately spotted that a couple of drawer handles were missing on the bedside cabinet, a plug socket was loose and the carpet was threadbare in one corner. Not good. It’s a wonder he hadn’t complained about that.

She made a note of them and starred them as urgent. She’d ask Harry to do them this afternoon, at least they wouldn’t cost anything. And perhaps she could find a small cupboard to put over the threadbare patch of carpet.

She looked over at the closed ensuite door.  She’d better check the shower too, and the one in the connecting room. Best to make sure they’d both been fixed before she booked anyone else into the room.

As she walked over to the ensuite the door handle turned. She stared at it, horrified. Oh heck – he wasn’t?

The door started to open.

She’d better get out of here. Fast.

But before she could move the door was thrust open and Reece Mitchell walked out, completely naked, rubbing his hair with a towel.

My Review 

I really enjoyed my time at The Cornish Hotel, with lady leading Ellie. I worked in a hotel many moons ago so I could relate to some of the tricky situations that arise at Gwel Teg. With an accompanying cast of stand-out characters that compliment the story well. I really felt this could be the basis of a series of books about Ellie and her life, therefore I didn’t need the five years section later.  What I would have loved/love is a follow-up book. There is of course much potential for my wish.

The writing style of Karen King is superb, it’s easy flowing nature captures us from page one. There is always something new occurring to keep our attention.  It was refreshing not to know the end of the book half way through, I really had no idea what would happen and it added more to the book for me.

The core of the story is trust and how fragile and important it is. Who we give it to and what they do with it. With an interwinding thread of family and love. This really is stonking great read that will leave you wanting more.

A well thought out story with unforgettable characters.  I may have checked out for now at The Cornish Hotel but I sure hope I will be able to spend time there again and catch up with Ellie and her friends.

I thoroughly recommend The Cornish Hotel By Karen King.

Kelly xo


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The Cornish Hotel by the Sea: Escape to Cornwall with this perfect summer read

“A feel-good summer escape.” Mandy Baggot

Ellie Truman’s widowed mum is struggling to keep Gwel Teg, the family hotel in Cornwall, afloat.  Ellie is determined to do everything in her power to help her, even if that means moving back to the sleepy Cornish village she fled from broken-hearted a few years ago.
Things go wrong from the start and she’s grateful for the help from hunky guest, Reece Mitchell. But does Reece have ulterior motives? Will Ellie’s efforts be for nothing?

Buy your copy today ~

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Accent Press, Book Blog, Crime Fiction Takeover, Exclusive, Interview

Caroline Dunford ~ Exclusive #Interview #CrimeFiction @verdandiweaves @AccentPress

Happy Sunday everyone, today I have Caroline Dunford popping in with a wee interview. Don’t forget to check out Caroline’s latest book A Death Overseas: A Euphemia Martins Murder Mystery (Euphemia Martins Mysteries Book 10).

Kelly  xoxo

Caroline Dunford ~ Crime Fiction Exclusive Interview 


Which crime novel stayed with you long after you had finished?

  • The Hound of the Baskervilles by Conan Doyle, which I read as a child. I remember vividly falling into the story, walking on the windswept moor and seeing the terrifying beast coming towards me. I was always stunned (as a kid) about how Holmes always used logic to defeat superstition and even when everyone else was scared witless he wasn’t.

If you had, to sum up, Edinburgh in four words, what would they be?

  • Home. Diverse. Busy. Inspiring.

Who is your favourite fictional crime character and why?

  • Aside from Holmes, I’m rather fond of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum. She’s a bond agent, trapped in a love triangle, permanently getting herself into and out of trouble, and surrounded by a mad set of characters she adores.

What is your favourite part of Edinburgh and why?

  • The easy answer is my home. It’s by the sea and we’re now managing, after extensive building work (when I did feel like killing people for real) to get it in the shape we want. Other than that, I have fond memories of the University, where I’ve studied on multiple occasions and now teach in a very part time basis.

If you could have dinner with four fictional crime characters who would they be?

  • I think like a lot of authors I’d very much like to meet some of my own creations in the flesh. Other than that I’m not at all sure most fictional crime characters would be much fun at a dinner party. Poirot, I suspect, would be patronising. Holmes would quickly get bored and start filling his pipe or even leave. Mrs Marple would correct me on my baking shortcomings and lack of pride in my housework. And for the villains, you wouldn’t want to invite anyone who had a penchant for poisoning, would you? Or even someone who might get a bit worked up if they didn’t like the soup you offered. No, I think I’ll keep my characters on the page at dinner time, thank you! 🙂

About your own work, where do you find inspiration for your books?

  • My Euphemia Martins Mysteries are inspired by my Great Grand Mother’s decision to run away from home and go into service. I have two parallel sections in mind when I write. One is the main characters and their continuing lives and the other is the puzzle that will form the heart of the mystery. Both run side by side and need to be intertwined. So as well as thinking about how my characters are being changed by their experiences I am also looking at what is going on in the world around. My favourite themes are when I can use a historical event that also reflects something that is going on in the modern world. Although whether my readers pick up on that I don’t know.  I’m also a psychologist and psychotherapist by training, but I don’t practice anymore. However, my understanding of how personality is shaped, how mental health issues affect people and even how body language works, can all be found in my stories. Especially the more modern ones.

If your current book had a theme song what would it be?

  • Vertigo by U2 (It’s a contemporary novel)

Write the scene of a crime for us, set in Edinburgh, one paragraph long. Include these three items ~ Banana, Greyfriars Bobby and The Wash Bar.

Jimmy McGinty lay dead as the proverbial dodo outside The Wash Bar. People walked by and laughed. Some of them put money in his hat. No one seemed to realise that the man inside the bright yellow banana costume, with the carefully drawn split on the side, had bled his lifeforce away. That is, until, four year old Billy, spotted the red liquid seeping out from under the figure of the banana lying on the pavement. His mother, who had him secure in rains, was trying to decide whether or not she wanted to tow Billy all the way down the mound only to have to convince him to come back up again for the Festival show they had booked in the museum that afternoon. Billy bent down, stuck his hand in the redness and then put one finger straight in his mouth. He then set up a huge wail, when he discovered, it wasn’t as he had hoped raspberry sauce, and in fact tasted quite nasty. His mother turning round, saw her son’s face overhead in blood and began to scream. When help finally arrived and the paramedics carefully undid Jimmy’s banana skin, they found a leaflet protruding from between his lips, inviting people to join a site seeing group at Grey Friar’s Bobby. Although this was a curiosity in itself, more baffling yet, was the serious head wound that had Jimmy’s brains spilling down the back of his previously zipped shut costume.

Do you have any events lined up either online or in person that my readers could attend?

I’ll be at the Portobello Book Festival on Sat 7th Oct in the evening. Exact time tbc. I’ll also be at the Society of Authors in Scotland Conference on September 22-24 at the Westerwood Hotel talking about psychological motivations and finding inspiration for writing. Society Of Authors Website

Could you tell us about your current novel and how you got inspired to write it?

  • I’m currently writing the story of an Ex Military Policeman, who finds himself investigated the reported murder of a man, who is apparently still alive. Daniel ‘Uneasy’ Truce is extremely poor at relationships. He’s a nice guy, but a background in foster homes and orphanages hasn’t exactly equipped him with good people skills. Instead, he has become an expert in reading body language – to the extent that a lot of people feel somewhat ‘Uneasy’ around him.

How can my readers connect with you?


You can purchase A Death Overseas the most recent in the Euphemia Martins Mysteries

The collection ~  click here to order.


Caroline, thank you so much for being on my blog today. I always enjoy talking with you at events. Hope to see you again very soon.

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Accent Press, Book~Reviews, Guest ~ Reviews

Skin Deep @ScorpioScribble @AccentPress #QA #GuestReview Kimberly Livingston

Skin Deep ~ Laura Wilkinson 
Accent Press ~ 15/06/2017


Laura Wilkinson ~ Q&A 


If you can tell us a little bit about yourself and your publishing journey.

Liverpool-born, I’m a taff at heart. I’ve published four novels and many short stories. Some have made the shortlists of major competitions. Competitions have been good to me. My debut won one and a teeny tiny press published it. Sales weren’t great but the reviews were and I was signed to award winning Welsh press, Accent. My novel, Public Battles, Private Wars, was a Welsh Books Council Book of the month; Redemption Song was a Kindle top twenty. My latest, Skin Deep is published on 15 June.  Alongside writing, I work as an editor and run workshops on the art of fiction.   

Describe yourself using three words?

Passionate, kind, quiet.

What inspired you to write your first novel?

A newspaper article about a sixty-three-year-old Sussex woman who was having another baby. This was back in 2007 and since there have been older women still who have given birth in the UK. And as for other countries…  

What time of day do you like to write?  

I’m most productive and creative in the mornings, though I wrote my debut at night once my children were in bed.

How did you pick the title of your book?  

Oh, titles are hard. At least for me! I had four, maybe five, titles for the novel that is now known as Skin Deep. My editor and I came to it via the themes of the book: outward appearance versus inner reality; beauty and ugliness, and what this even means; from the saying ‘beauty is only skin deep’.

Are the characters in your book based on real people?  

No. I never base characters on anyone I know in case I offend. Of course, like all authors, I draw on my experience of life, my observations of human nature, of those close to me and strangers, but alongside this, there is a heavy dollop of imagination

What’s your favourite word?


If you were a colour what would it be?  


Do you plan your story beforehand or go with the flow?  

These days I’m more of a planner. At the start of my writing life, I was a pantser but I have learned that if I plan, I have to redraft less. I always know where the story starts, what the high and low points will be and where I feel it should end. My process isn’t rigid, however. Flexibility is essential to me and every book is different. Process alters depending on the book.

Who is your favourite Author?  

Way too many to mention here. I am constantly awed by the talent out there.

Are you working on a new project?

I am indeed but I rarely talk about my WIP. At least until the first draft is down and I’m not quite there yet.

Do you have any upcoming events our members can attend?

I’m appearing at a few events over the spring and summer, in Brighton, Frome, and North Wales. I’d advise members to check out the ‘Out and About’ section of my website.  

Author Links

Twitter – @ScorpioScribble

Facebook Author Page –  Laura Wilkinson Author

Instagram: laura_wilkinsonwriter

 Author Website –


Jacket Cover

Art student and former model Diana has always been admired for her beauty, but what use are good looks when you want to shine for your talent? Insecure and desperate for inspiration, Diana needs a muse.

Facially disfigured four-year-old Cal lives a life largely hidden from the world. But he was born to be looked at and he needs love too. A chance encounter changes everything and Cal becomes Diana s muse. But as Diana s reputation develops and Cal grows up, their relationship implodes.

Both struggle to be accepted for what lies within.
Is it possible to find acceptance in a society where what’s on the outside counts for so much?

 Review Of Skin Deep By Guest Blogger Kimberly Livingston

I recently received a rejection letter from a publisher that read, “Although I like the concept, the sample wasn’t resonating with me”. As a writer, I, of course, wanted to know what I could do to make it resonate. After beginning the novel Skin Deep I now understand the publisher’s point. Not everyone’s writing will resonate with every reader, and thank goodness for that! There are so many different books out there, and, luckily, so many different readers. For me, Skin Deep was similar to going to see the much acclaimed movie Her directed by Spike Jonz. The critics loved the movie, whilst on the other hand, I had to leave only part way in. Admittedly, I’m more Pollyana than most. If you liked the movie Her and tend to love books that Oprah Winfrey recommends (The Glass Castle comes to mind), then Skin Deep is likely a book you will love. It received a 4.3 on Goodreads for being an intelligent, thought provoking novel, and with that reasoning, I agree.

The description of Skin Deep reads:

It’s what’s inside that counts…

Art student and former model Diana has always been admired for her beauty, but what use are good looks when you want to shine for your talent? Insecure and desperate for inspiration, Diana needs a muse.

Facially disfigured four-year-old Cal lives a life largely hidden from the world. But he was born to be looked at and he needs love too. A chance encounter changes everything and Cal becomes Diana’s muse. But as Diana’s reputation develops and Cal grows up, their relationship implodes.

Both struggle to be accepted for what lies within. Is it possible to find acceptance in a society where what’s on the outside counts for so much?

For me, the challenge with reading Skin Deep was not the concept. I immediately felt a connection to the story. The cover pulled me in. The writing is smooth, honest, and gritty. For me, a bit too gritty. There are mature themes here, deeper than just an ex model looking for respect beyond her beauty. These include drug use, child neglect, promiscuity, urban struggle, suicide, and the like. Not to say there isn’t a redeeming message. But a reader needs to be prepared that Skin Deep is not a surface novel.

You can buy your copy today here ~ Amazon UK

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Thanks to Accent Press and Laura Wilkinson for my ARC copy and being on my blog today. 



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Accent Press, Book Blog, Guest ~ Reviews

The Dangers Of Family Secrets By @debbyholtauthor @AccentPress #GuestReview Kimberly Livingston


I look back at our married life and I wonder if there was anything real about it at all…

Genealogist Freya Cameron has the perfect life. A devoted husband of nearly thirty years and career driven, successful twin daughters.

But what if it s all a lie?

So skilled at excavating her clients family histories, Freya has no idea why her family are so cold towards her. They know something she doesn t and are determined to make her pay for it.

But sometimes secrets are better not left untold.

The Dangers of Family Secrets is a gripping story about trust, love and the destructive effects secrets have on a family.

The Review By Kimberly Livingston 

There are books that you open and love, start to finish. Those are the best kind.  Then there are the books that instantly pull you in, but leave you cursing the ending and the time wasted for the disappointment. Then there are the books that you don’t think you will like, the ones that sneak into your heart and slowly captivate you with plot, leaving you satisfyingly teary eyed at the end, grateful for going along on the characters’ journeys. This is what The Dangers of Family Secrets by Debby Holt was for me. The beautiful cover of blue flowers and golden moths give nothing away, but the title does. The Dangers of Family Secrets is full of them. Ms. Holt is a master at weaving together a whole cast of characters in an entangled web, and then just as skillfully setting it all right in the end. If you have difficulty keeping relationships straight have a notepad handy, but Ms. Holt develops her characters so well that they soon work themselves out while reading. You will find a character you love, ones you will hate, and ones you will love to hate. In the end,there wasn’t a single one that disappointed me.

You can order your copy here ~

The Dangers Of Family Secrets
Accent Press Ltd ~ Published 29/06/2017
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Thank you to Debby Holt and Accent Press for our ARC copy and the opportunity to review.

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Accent Press, Book Blog, Cover Reveal

COVER REVEAL #whitesilence @AccentPress @authorjoditaylo #FavFive

So excited to be one of the chosen Blogs for the reveal. We also have a #FavFive feature with Jodi Taylor.

Jodi Taylor ~ My Favourite Five 

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What’s your favourite book cover by another author and why?

  • I always loved the paperback cover of Lord of the Rings by Pauline Baynes. I love her work. The illustrations in The Adventures of Tom Bombadil are wonderful.

Where is your favourite place to read?

  • In bed. Best place to curl up and get stuck in. Although having typed that I realise it could be open to misinterpretation.

Who is your least favourite book character?

  • Fanny Price from Mansfield Park. I don’t know whether she’s supposed to be a sympathetic character or whether Jane Austen was messing with us, but she drives me insane.

Who is your favourite book character that has stayed with you long after the book ended.

  • Jane Eyre.

What is your favourite book quote?

  • ‘I am no man.’ Eowyn from Lord of the Rings. And then she goes on to slaughter the King of the Nazgul. Arguably the greatest feat in the entire book. Especially since Frodo struggles through eight hundred pages and then finds he can’t throw the ring away after all.

Cover Reveal ~ White Noise ~ Jodi Taylor

*The first instalment in the new, gripping supernatural thriller series from international bestselling author, Jodi Taylor*

“I don’t know who I am. I don’t know what I am.”

Elizabeth Cage is a child when she discovers that there are things in this world that only she can see. But she doesn’t want to see them and she definitely doesn’t want them to see her.

What is a curse to Elizabeth is a gift to others – a very valuable gift they want to control.

When her husband dies, Elizabeth’s world descends into a nightmare. But as she tries to piece her life back together, she discovers that not everything is as it seems.

Alone in a strange and frightening world, she’s a vulnerable target to forces beyond her control.

And she knows that she can’t trust anyone…

White Silence is a twisty supernatural thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat.


The ebook is publishing 21/09/2017 with the paperback to follow in Spring 2018. You can pre-order your own copy today ~

This is so exciting and we cannot wait to review White Silence here on Love Books Group later this year.

Thanks to Jodi Taylor and Accent Press for allowing us to be part of the reveal.

Accent Press, Cover Reveal

*COVER REVEAL* Waking By Helen Richardson @accentpress #Bookblog

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So excited to have an Accent Press cover reveal for you this evening. I would love to know your thoughts on the cover in the comment section below.

Waking By Helen Richardson
Accent Press ~ Sept 14, 2017

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There are dark corners in your mind that even you can’t get to.

Anna Caldwell is terrified of falling asleep. A nightmare, her very own, will be there waiting for her. After sharing her bed with the same vision for fifteen years, she’s desperate to shake it. But it only holds on tighter.

Then Anna meets Jack. She’s drawn to the strange, alluring tension that she feels when she’s around him. It’s as though it’s meant to be. But creeping beneath the roots of their intimacy is darkness.

If you knew your dreams were trying to tell you something terrible, would you listen?


Helen Richardson is a producer for branded content and documentary productions. She lives in London. This is her first novel.


Pre-order link: PB (ebook link will be available a couple of days before the cover reveal)


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Accent Press, Book Blog, Interview

Safe With Me @GraceLowrie1 @AccentPress #QA

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An emotional and evocative story about the deepest bonds of friendship.

Abandoned as children, Kat and Jamie were inseparable growing up in foster care. But their bond couldn’t protect them forever.

From a troubled upbringing to working in a London greasy spoon, Kat’s life has never been easy. On the surface Jamie s living the high-life, but appearances can be deceiving.

When they unexpectedly reunite, their feelings become too intense to ignore. But as secrets come back to haunt them, are they destined to be separated once more?

Perfect for fans of Hilary Boyd and Nicholas Sparks.


My Q&A with Grace Lowrie 

Please tell my readers a little bit about yourself and your publishing journey before the questions that would be super. 

Hello *waves* I’m thrilled to be here despite being rather shy. My debut novel Kindred Hearts was published by Accent Press in 2015 and Safe With Me, the first in a series of three contemporary women’s fiction novels, is due out on the 22nd June 2017. It’s available to pre-order here:  – I still have to pinch myself.

Describe yourself using three words?

Creative, romantic, practical. (Those last two sound contradictory don’t they?)

What inspired you to write your first novel?   

Once I had the idea for the story the characters started talking to each other in my head – it was a case of start writing it down or go slightly mad.

What time of day do you like to write?  

First thing in the morning is preferable but usually not practical with my day job, and writing in the evening is dangerous because it’s sometimes hard to stop and I need my sleep. I tend to cram most of my writing into my weekends.

What is your favourite book and why?

Ahh! It’s almost impossible to pick just one book, but for today I’ll go with If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things by Jon McGregor. The way it’s written is amazingly clever and poetic with many layers, and yet it’s easy to read and quietly accessible – everybody I’ve recommended it to loves it.

How did you pick the title of your book?

Safe With Me is part of a line of dialogue that is significant in the book – but I can’t say why without giving too much away.

Are the characters in your book based on real people?

No they are fictional – although I sometimes incorporate the quirks, traits and foibles of people I’ve observed, into my characters.

What’s your favourite word?  


If you were a colour what would it be?   

Forest green – calm, natural and soothing with a hidden energy.

Do you plan your story beforehand or go with the flow?  

I plan out a structured beginning, middle and end – with a twist (that’s the best bit) – and then I try to go with the flow as much as possible while writing the first draft; allowing my characters to take me where they will.

Who is your favourite Author?   

My favourite changes all the time but I recently devoured all eight of Diana Gabaldon’s epic Outlander books in the space of about three months. I’m in awe of her.

You are attending a dinner party with four fictitious book characters who would they be and why?  

Lisbeth Salander the computer hacker from Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Series; Matt Sky the unstable writer from M. Pierce’s The Night Owl Trilogy; Arya Stark the brave girl from George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones books; and Frank the psychopathic teenager from Iain Banks’ The Wasp Factory. I suspect dinner would be a total disaster with a mix of such strong personalities, but it would certainly be interesting!

What book are you reading at the moment?

The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell. He’s another of my favourite authors – his writing always inspires.

Where in the world is your happy place?

The Holy Island of Lindisfarne. I’m not a religious person but I truly feel at peace there.

If you had one superpower what would it be?

Teleportation. To be able to write in an exotic far-flung location, at a moments notice – without the time, hassle, expense and environmental cost of air travel – would be wonderful.

If you could give any literary villain a happy ending who would you chose?   

I can’t think of a literary villain who deserves a happy ending, but I do wish that Paul Marshall, a character in Ian McEwan’s wonderful novel Atonement, met a sticky end. That he gets away with what he did is entirely probable, but it still rankles.

Are you working on a new project?   

I’m currently editing the next two books in The Wildham Series – each standalone novel is connected by its characters and the fictional town of Wildham – but I’m also writing the first draft of a new book and toying with a few short story ideas…

Do you have any upcoming events our members can attend?   

I’m hoping to attend an author event in March, but the details aren’t yet confirmed.

Huge thanks to Grace Lowrie and Accent Press for having Lovebooksgroup on the Blog Tour. 

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Accent Press, Book Blog, Exclusive, Interview

The Silent Quarry @cherylreesPrice @AccentPress #RealYou #QA

june 29, 2016

The Silent Quarry By Cheryl Rees-Price
Accent Press  ~ Published ~ 03/12/2015

 I  would like to welcome Cheryl Ree-Price author of The Silent Quarry to my blog today.  Thank you for being part of making my blog special. 


The Real You ~ Interview 

Cheryl by Rasa Mombeini (2)


Cheryl Rees-Price was born in Cardiff and moved as a young child to a small ex-mining village on the edge of the Black Mountains, South Wales, where she still lives with her husband, daughters and three cats.  After leaving school she worked as a legal clerk for several years before leaving to raise her two daughters.

Cheryl returned to education, studying philosophy, sociology and accountancy whilst working as a part time book keeper. She now works as a finance director for a company that delivers project management and accounting services.

Cheryl’s debut novel, Echoes was published by Keith Publications in 2014, and the first two books in the DI Winter Meadows crime series, The Silent Quarry and Frozen Minds are published by Accent Press.

Describe yourself using three words? 

Quirky, colourful, imaginative

What inspired you to write your first novel? 

I didn’t start writing until I was in my 30’s. My favourite time of the day used to be reading to my daughters at bedtime. As they got older I would make up stories, using them as central characters, I also wrote some poetry but I didn’t have the confidence to write a book. It was after writing a few plays for a local production that my confidence grew. I received so many compliments and encouragement that I picked up a pen and note book and wrote the first draft for Echoes.  Since then I have written another 4 books.

What time of day do you like to write? 

I like to write in the early evening, it seems to be my most creative time. Unfortunately it can also be a busy time at home, so I write whenever and wherever I get the opportunity.

What is your favourite book and why? 

A difficult question! I don’t think I can pick out a favourite book but one of the most memorable was The Seventh Scroll by Wilbur Smith. It’s been over 20 years since I read the book but I can still remember the characters and plot. It is one of those books that can transport you to another place where you can smell and taste the atmosphere.

How did you pick the title of your book? 

I find picking titles one of the hardest parts of writing. I list various words from the book and play around with combinations until I come up with a working title.

Are the characters in your book based on real people? 

No, well not deliberately I often take certain mannerisms and physical features from friends and family and mix them up.

What’s your favourite word? 

Greetings, it’s the word I use when I answer the phone to family and friends.

If you were a colour what would it be? 

I think I would be multi coloured. My mind is a jumble of thoughts and ideas and I rarely relax.

Do you plan your story beforehand or go with the flow? 

I spend months planning. Each character has a profile with a backstory; I research and outline chapters before I start on the first draft. Usually it goes off track quickly and I go with the flow.

Who is your favourite Author? 

Sharon Bolton, Harlan Coben, and R.D Wingfield are among my favourites.

If you could give any literary villain a happy ending who would you chose? 

I would let Gollum keep the ring.

Are you working on a new project? 

Yes, I am working on the next DI Meadows book.

Do you have any upcoming events our members can attend? 

I will be taking part in a crime writers panel at the Llandeilo literature festival on Saturday 29th April. llandeilolitfest

The Silent Quarry 2


The Silent Quarry is the first in the DI Winter Meadows series by Cheryl Rees-Price. In 1987 a quiet Welsh village was devastated by a brutal attack on two schoolgirls, Bethan Hopkins and Gwen Collier. Only Gwen survived, with horrific injuries and no memory of the attack. The killer was never caught. Now, nearly thirty years later, Gwen has gone missing and DI Winter Meadows is assigned to the case. Charismatic and intuitive, he has an uncanny gift for finding the truth. But in this small and close-knit community, the past is never far away, and those who have secrets will go to any lengths to keep them. Tensions run high as old feelings and accusations are stirred. And DI Meadows has to battle his own demons as he uncovers a truth he wished had stayed in the past …

You can purchase your copy today, here ~ Amazon UK

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Kelly x

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Accent Press, Author, Excerpt, Q&A

Lord Of The Sea Castle @ruadhbutler @AccentPress #Extract #QA


It is 1170  a tumultuous time for the people of Wales, England and Ireland. Raymond de Carew is in love, but the woman he desires is an earl’s daughter and so far above his station that he has no hope of ever winning her.

However, Raymond s lord has a mission for him: one that if it succeeds will put an Irish king back on his throne and prove Raymond worthy for in Norman society, a man can rise as high as his skill with a sword can take him.

With only a hundred men at his side, Raymond must cross the ocean to Ireland ahead of his mercenary lord’s invasion. There he will face the full might of the Viking city of Waterford… and either his deeds will become a legend or he will be trampled into dust.

Ruadh Butler 

A Butler

Ruadh Butler was born in Northern Ireland. He worked in newsrooms, bars and laboratories, and as a security guard, musician and lifeguard before his acclaimed debut novel, Swordland, was published by Accent Press in 2016. Charting the years of the Norman invasion of Ireland Swordland, and its follow-up, Lord of the Sea Castle, published in 2017, are a tribute to his ancestors who carved lands for themselves as part of the conquest in the 12th century.

Q&A with Ruadh Butler

Please tell my readers a little bit about yourself and your publishing journey before the questions that would be super.  Plus anything else you wish to tell the members.

I grew up during the Troubles in Northern Ireland. It seems strange, given that there were daily bombings and shootings, and soldiers on every street, but it really didn’t have a direct effect on me or my family. I put this down to my dad being a bit of a posh ‘blow-in’ from south of the border. No one knew how to deal with our ‘English’ sounding accents and frequent holidays to the Republic! It is probably because of this background that all my work so far has circled the subject of identity and a questioning of nationalism (in all its guises).

It was never an ambition of mine to write a novel. I love reading. I have done for as long as I can remember and as a kid nearly everything I read had the grand backdrop of history; Herge, Goscinny and Uderzo were first, then Morgan Llywelyn, Mary Stewart, Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson, before Bernard Cornwell came along and I became more than a little obsessive, reading and re-reading his books a number of times. It simply never occurred to me to write since all I really wanted was the next book of Sharpe, Starbuck and Derfel’s escapades!

My first attempt at writing was a book called Spearpoint. Told from the perspective of Dermot MacMurrough, an Irish king exiled from his throne by his enemies in 1166, it simply didn’t work, principally, I suppose, because Dermot was a little too unsympathetic as a lead character. So I began again, this time from the angle of one of the real-life Norman mercenaries who Dermot had employed to help him reclaim his kingdom. With a bit of patience – and a number of re-writes – the book once called Spearpoint became The Outpost with the Welsh-Norman knight Robert FitzStephen as the protagonist for the first time. Further work and fine-tuning (mostly during my lunch break at work) saw The Outpost become Vanguard. It was only when I was certain that the book was ready for public view that I sent it to my father’s sailing pal, the late Wallace Clark, a respected (and much missed) travel writer, for his assessment. He loved it but suggested a name change. Thus, Swordland was sent out for the consideration of literary agents. I soon found a good one in London and a little while later it found a home with Accent Press. Swordland was published in paperback in April 2016.


Describe yourself using three words?

Talkative, redheaded, upbeat


What inspired you to write your first novel?

It was only when I began studying journalism in London in 2007 that the kernel of an idea to write a novel took seed. I was staying with a cousin and came across a whole raft of journals about the Butler family, and, having only the vaguest knowledge of what that meant, I started investigating. They had come to Ireland in the wake of the Norman invasion of 1169 and had won a large estate at the point of a sword. The more I read, the more I wished to find out, and not just about the Butlers, but about all the people who had become embroiled in the invasion. I had found an untapped treasure trove of stories, of intrigue and adventure, of men and women, in a land so alien to modern eyes. They were stories of remarkable deeds and fascinating characters. I had to write about it. I didn’t know how, but I wasn’t going to let that stop me.


What time of day do you like to write?

Mornings are for editing and re-reading, evenings are for writing. Although coming up to a deadline that schedule goes out the window! I used to be a journalist and spent a lot of time sitting down at a computer screen. At lunchtime I would work on the novel, my feet up on the desk, sandwich in my hand and laptop on my knees. It wasn’t long before I developed a very sore back. Because of this trouble I began standing up to write when I got home. It’s the best change I have made! It forced me to improve my posture and you would be shocked to learn how many more calories you burn up just by staying upright. Another benefit of standing is that you are forced into taking regular breaks rather than just continuing on working when you really should stop for a bit. It takes a bit of getting used to, but I thoroughly encourage all to stand while writing.



What is your favourite book and why?

Cripes! That’s a tough question. How does one get it down to just a single book? Under duress – and discounting several novels for the most minor reasons – I think that I can get this impossible task down to two: Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson and The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers.

The former is one of the best adventures in literature and has one of its greatest heroes – Alan Breck Stewart. Kidnapped is packed full of intrigue and really serious themes including nationalism, loyalty, murder, slavery, love, and, above all else, hope in spite of all the odds. Stevenson also gives the reader a wonderfully evocative journey around the Highlands and Islands of western Scotland, its flora and fauna, its people and their beliefs.

Childers’ book is simply the best spy novel ever produced (although there are a few others that I really love). Two more unlikely heroes you could not hope to find, and I don’t think anyone else would’ve made their setting amidst the mud and shifting sands of the Frisian Islands. Childers’ love and knowledge of sailing in that region is obvious and infectious. If I can do even half the job portraying the Irish coastline as he does the continental, I think I’ll be really happy with the final outcome in my books.


How did you pick the title of your book?

My first book, Swordland, went through a number of titles until my father’s great friend, Wallace Clark, a writer himself, suggested the final word of the novel as a better name than the one I was using. I trusted to his judgement and thankfully it worked out very well!

When it came to writing my second, I already had the title before I committed a single word to the page. I wanted something that continued the theme of war as well as signifying my lead character, Raymond’s ambition to rise through Norman society. When I visited Baginbun Point in County Wexford as part of my research, the name came to me. Baginbun is remote and not well known, its importance to the history of Ireland marked only by a small plaque. I found it incredible. I fancied that I could feel the presence of my ancestors on that windswept headland. Better than that, I could stand upon the Norman earthworks and could see why they had elected to make Baginbun their landing site. It was a castle designed by nature and augmented by Raymond’s warcraft. It would be the scene of my climactic battle and Raymond’s glory. The book would be called Lord of the Sea Castle.


Are the characters in your book based on real people?

All the characters are lifted from history, but their activities are given a fictionalised twist. The story is based on the writings of a Welsh priest, Gerald de Barri, as well as the 13th century epic chronicle, The Song of Dermot and the Earl. There are a number of inconsistencies between the two accounts and that, to me, gives me licence to embellish and enhance some of the story, but I do admit all my changes at the end of the novel. One instance of this is the back story for my protagonist, Raymond de Carew. Nothing is known about him before he landed in Ireland in the summer of 1170 and so I have attempted to discern what might have been in order to flesh out the character. The same is to be said of Alice of Abergavenny, a woman who comes into Raymond’s life during the book and really drives the entire story. Some writers in my field aim for historical accuracy. My objective is period authenticity.


What’s your favourite word?



If you were a colour what would it be?

Burgundy – lovely colour, smashing region, delicious wines


Do you plan your story beforehand or go with the flow?

A bit of both actually. As a story set in history there are elements that have to remain the same. However, I tend towards the ‘fiction’ side of the argument and have often found gaps in the historic record which I feel need to be filled (without moving the story too far in the direction of alternative history). This may be as simple as placing a point of view character at a historic event which I know they did not attend, or even combining two people whose stories are similar to streamline the account. In Lord of the Sea Castle I saw an opportunity to give Alice of Abergavenny a much bigger role than the one afforded by history and I leapt at the chance to do so.


Who is your favourite author?

Oh no! Another impossible question to answer! My favourite writers include Robert Louis Stevenson, Bernard Cornwell, Joseph Conrad, Simon Scarrow, Ben Kane, Arthur Conan Doyle, David Gilman, H. Rider Haggard, Conn Iggulden, John Buchan, Giles Kristian and Henning Mankell. To choose one over the others is next to impossible.


You are attending a dinner party with four fictitious book characters who would they be and why?

That is a stressful undertaking at the best of times! But inviting our literary heroes? My mind immediately goes to what to serve – Argentinian-style steak and Malbec perhaps. The big question, however, is if you choose guests you think might get on, or people with different personalities and backgrounds, hoping that they will find something to talk about? I’ve decided that two ladies and two gents would make for the best night’s craic.

Portia from The Merchant of Venice would be the first to arrive, almost definitely on time and bearing a well-thought out gift. She comes across as intelligent and level-headed, good company with an ability to talk to anyone. If we are playing after-dinner games I definitely want to be on her team.

Alan Breck Stewart from Kidnapped might still believe the Hanoverian fuzz are after him so I’ll leave the back door off the latch so he can slip in as he pleases rather than use the front door. I am certain he will like the food and drink, but might put the pressure on everyone to make a donation towards the cause of the King-over-the-Water. Note to self: do not mention “The Red Fox” around Alan. It will only set him off.

Say what you like about Cersei Lannister, but she will add a bit of class to proceedings. I think she might be difficult at the start. Liberal glasses of wine will loosen her up. A night away from her cadre of court officials and all that intrigue and back-stabbing in King’s Landing will be good for her too. I’m betting she is a hoot if you can keep her off the subject of politics (and her family).

Why do I think that Cersei and Jay Gatsby would get on like a house on fire (if we can prise him away from the Long Island shoreline that is)? I’m not usually a matchmaker, but I think they would make a healthy couple. He could worship her as she wishes to be worshipped. And he could get access to her world of high grandeur and ancient prestige (albeit in Westeros rather than West Egg) that he so desires. If not, well I presume we can still all get a taxi over to Gatsby’s house and see in the wee hours there!


What book are you reading at the moment?

Trespass by Anthony J. Quinn, a noir literary crime story set in post-Troubles Northern Ireland. I’ve read the first three in the series and this one is the best yet. They are all beautifully written. I’m very much looking forward to the next which is out in November.


Where in the world is your happy place?

I’ve travelled a bit and have been some wonderful places, but few have the impact of Kilkenny. When my family first came to Ireland in 1185 they settled at Nenagh in County Tipperary and it wasn’t until 1391 that they moved into Kilkenny Castle. My branch of the family split off from the senior in the early sixteenth century, and the castle has since been given to the people of the city, but it still evokes strong feelings in me. My last visit was a few years ago. I did a summer research trip all around the south-east with the last stop in Kilkenny before heading back north. Sitting on the parkland in front of the castle in the summer sun, seeing people from the city enjoy the open space was just wonderful. It isn’t home but I do take a great deal of pride in the place. Completely silly!


If you had one superpower what would it be?

Consistent good luck, I think. I’ve had a bit of good fortune, of course, but it is not something you can rely upon. Having it on tap would be most welcome! Invisibility is one that a lot of people might choose, but you can’t stay invisible all the time. You might lose control with super-strength and hurt someone. The world would become a bit of a blur if you were constantly moving at Flash-like speeds. Good luck could only improve the experience of life. And some of it has got to rub off on those around you!

If you could give any literary villain a happy ending who would you chose?

I like the thought that somehow Professor James Moriarty managed to survive his tumble over the Reichenbach Falls, just as did Sherlock Holmes. Perhaps he had always wanted the opportunity to retreat into obscurity, leaving his criminal past behind. I actually have a cousin who is called Professor Moriarty, in his case Chris Moriarty, and this no doubt affects my choice. No more pleasant a chap could you hope to meet than my Professor Moriarty. It makes me grin to think of him, a mild-mannered world-renowned expert in eels as an undercover Napoleon of Crime!


Are you working on a new project?

My next novel is called The Earl Strongbow and will follow on from the events of Lord of the Sea Castle and the tumultuous events of 1170. It is scheduled to be released in April 2018. I also have an idea for a film script which I would like to try and write. I’ll not say too much about it, but I will require a trip to Sligo for research purposes.


Do you have any upcoming events our members can attend?

I will be appearing at the Kildare Town Medieval Festival in August and hope to get a few more events organised too.

Sneak Peak ~ Extract 

Extract from Lord of the Sea Castle by Ruadh Butler

Danger lay upriver. That, Raymond could feel in his bones as Waverider glided up the brown waterway where vegetation circled slowly and sank beneath her plunging wooden oars. On each side of the ship, trees hung limply, the longest branches dipping into the river from the bank and blanketing the land beyond from the Norman’s view. The sails had been robbed of wind by the tangle of trees and the summery conditions, and so the men rowed, their dipping oars the loudest sound on the slowly swirling river. It was stifling, this country and the sensation was not helped by the heavy armour which clad each warrior who journeyed north.

‘See anything?’ Fionntán asked. William de Vale hissed at him to quiet down. Everyone aboard, except the smirking Gael, conversed in hushed tones as they floated towards Cluainmín. Those who had been on ship during Amaury de Lyvet’s foraging trips told tales of darts, arrows and stones arcing suddenly from the shore from assailants unknown and striking down men as they toiled. Oddly Raymond had yet to meet anyone who had been wounded whilst sailing on the River Banneew despite the oft-told tales.

‘I can see nothing out there,’ Raymond squawked back at the Gael. His turn rowing was over and so he had taken up a position in the bows of Waverider, keeping watch on the shoreline for dangers unseen in the shallow riverway. Bright sunshine turned still pools of water on deck into vapour and more steam hung from dripping green leaves on shore. Beads of sweat ran down Raymond’s brow and he could feel more beneath his mail. The strong summer sunshine danced off shimmering surfaces and dazzled his eyes. As they rounded another bend in the Banneew, he espied a small homestead and farm carved from the forest. Two shirtless fishermen with long beards paddled coracles in the river, sweeping sculls in small circles to propel the ungainly craft forward. Both men gawped as Waverider swept past and began paddling with all their might for the riverbank. Raymond laughed at the men’s effort, their unwieldy vessels providing no speed for their getaway. The little coracles rocked as the wake from Waverider struck them and the fishermen clung onto the animal hide sheer-strakes as they span towards the reedy shallows.

‘How are we for depth?’ Amaury de Lyvet called from the starboard quarter. The steersman’s question was echoed up the boat by several men at the oars to the warlord’s earshot.

Raymond looked over the side into the brown, sandy river and began swinging the sounding line around his head. The hollowed out lead weight spun as it flew, dragging the thin knotted rope from his hand and forward over the bows of Waverider. As the lead hit the water, Raymond began doubling the line between his outstretched arms. He felt the weight impact with the riverbed and, as the line ran alongside the boat, he began counting the fathoms. He did not get far.

‘Less than three fathoms,’ he shouted back at Amaury, earning another appeal from William de Vale to keep his voice down.

‘Slow oars,’ the steersman shouted to the crew of Waverider. Happy to stop the work, the men complied immediately and sat back on their benches, swiping sweat from their faces.

‘What is her draught?’ Raymond asked Amaury as he walked down the length of the ship.

‘Two yards and a bit,’ the sailor replied. ‘Enough, I hope.’

‘But you have been further up river than here,’ Raymond said. ‘Haven’t you?’

Amaury raised his eyebrows, but did not answer.

‘No time like the present for a bit of exploring,’ Fionntán interjected. ‘The Ostmen can get up the river, so we can too. What is the bottom like?’ he asked.

Raymond swung the wet sounding line and caught the lead weight so that he could study a thick wad of tallow which he had pushed into the space where the rope was tied. As it had been dragged along the bottom the sticky material had picked up debris.

‘Nothing but sand,’ Raymond said as Amaury and Fionntán swapped concerned glances. Raymond had learned that the Gael was also a sailor and knew the waters of Ireland’s south coast as well as any man. The two launched into a conversation about whether or not they should continue upriver on foot or by ship. After a few minutes of discussion between the two, Fionntán sat down at his bench and Lyvet gave the order to continue rowing.

‘And you,’ Amaury added with a finger pointed at Raymond. ‘Keep your bloody eyes open. I don’t want to ground her on this damned sand.’ The journey continued as slowly as before with the noise from the sounding line falling in the water the only thing interrupting the squeak of wooden oars on the rails of the ship. The men continued to toil as the sun shone above them.

‘Two fathoms,’ Raymond shouted as the river began to narrow and sweep westwards. Amaury pulled the tiller into his stomach sending Waverider into deeper water closer to the eastern bank.

‘Keep bloody casting,’ he shouted at Raymond, but the warlord was no longer listening for, over a vast expanse of rushes and mud flats, were the masts of many ships. And beyond that, the Ostman longfort of Cluainmín came into view.

Raymond inhaled sharply as Waverider slid into enemy territory.


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