Right Before Your Eyes
By Ellen Shanman
Super-artsy New York playwright Liza is stuck in a rut. Her plays aren't paying the bills, and when her outspoken nature leads to the loss of her temp job, she's quickly running out of options. Then, in a dramatic twist worthy of one of her plays, not only is her work suddenly in demand by a young up-and-coming director, but a sprained ankle leads her into the arms of not one, but two eligible men: George, her gorgeous rescuer and uber-rich Wall Street analyst, and sweet-natured Tim, a steady ER doc. With her high artistic principles quickly casting George aside as arrogant and pretentious, Liza returns with relief to her artsy ways, only to discover she's being kicked out of her apartment and her play has been sabotaged. Maybe it's time she opened up her mind to the idea that not everything - or everyone - is quite what they first seem?
A Romantic Getaway
By Sarah Monk
Liesel (yes, her mother loved The Sound of Music) and her big sister Marilyn have always relied on each other. And when Marilyn's husband runs off, leaving her broke, with a distraught five year old, she needs all the help she can get. But then the sisters discover that little Alex has inherited a hotel in Cornwall from his father's dotty great-aunt. With its stunning sea views and Victorian Gothic castle appeal, it's a property the developers are ready to pay big money for. However, the will has one condition. They can sell the hotel if they wish, but only after running it for a season first. With only their tiny flat and not so salubrious view of Hackney central to lose, the girls decide to pack up and head down south. After all, how hard can it be to run a small hotel? And who knows who else they might meet down there...
By Victoria Hislop
The mesmerising new novel from the author of the smash hit The IslandBeneath the majestic towers of the Alhambra, Granada's cobbled streets resonate with music and secrets.Â Sonia Cameron knows nothing of the city's shocking past; she is here to dance. But in a quiet cafÃ©, a chance conversation and an intriguing collection of old photographs draw her into the extraordinary tale of Spain's devastating civil war. Â Seventy years earlier, the cafÃ© is home to the close-knit RamÃrez family. In 1936, an army coup led by Franco shatters the country's fragile peace, and in the heart of Granada the family witnesses the worst atrocities of conflict. Divided by politics and tragedy, everyone must take a side, fighting a personal battle as Spain rips itself apart. Â Captivating and deeply moving, Victoria Hislop's second novel is as inspiring as her international bestselling debut, The Island.
Reckless: An It Girl Novel
Jenny was totally enjoying the attention of the three hottest guys on campus. But she's ecstatic now that she's bagged arty Easy Walsh as her boyfriend. Unfortunately he used to belong to someone else...Jenny's roommate: gorgeous, popular Callie Vernon. It doesn't take long for Tinsley to use this to her advantage and soon the girls are split across enemy lines. But all's fair in love and war, and Tinsley better hope that the one secret she's managed to keep hidden for years doesn't get revealed... Who knew boarding school could be this good?
Romancing The Dead
By Tate Hallaway
Having dealt with the skeletons in her closet - the Vatican witch hunters who wanted her dead and the FBI agents who wanted her to spend life in prison - Garnet Lacey is feeling pretty darn good about her life. But things are about to go wrong. Very wrong.Just as Garnet is finally starting to feel settled in Madison and daydreaming about what 'forever' might mean to Sebastian Von Traum, her daylight-tolerant vampire lover, he suddenly goes missing. As if that isn't enough, Mátyás, Sebastian's half-vampire son who is cursed to be a perpetual teenager, shows up looking for his dad. At the same time, Garnet begins to sponsor the incredibly gorgeous Micah as a new member of her coven. Garnet is determined to keep things professional while she searches for her missing boyfriend but Lilith, her inner goddess, has other ideas...
Reading in Bed
By Sue Gee
Opening at the Hay Festival, and ending with the prospect of a spring wedding, Sue Gee's novel is a lively story of tangled relationships and the sustaining powers of good books, loyal friends and conversation. Friends since university, with busy working lives behind them, Dido and Georgia have long been looking forward to carefree days of books and conversation, when each finds herself caught up in unexpected domestic drama. Dido, for the first time, has cause to question her marriage; widowed Georgia feels certain her husband will return to her. Meanwhile, an eccentric country cousin goes wildly off the rails, children are unhappy in love, and perfect health is all at once in question.
By A.M. Goldsher
Bad-gal singer Jenn Bradford is living the dream. But when her latest album gets distinctly un-dreamy reviews she comes down to earth with a crash. Jenn desperately needs a muse to get her music back on track. But who's going to inspire her? Elliot, the music journo who's tailing her around town? Kevin, her no-good but so good-looking ex? Surely not her boringly clean-cut and conservative neighbour Porter! He doesn't dig music - at least not Jenn's kind. But is it possible that he might just dig Jenn...?
The Richard Laymon Collection Volume 18: The Glory Bus & Friday Night in Beast House
By Richard Laymon
THE GLORY BUS One moment Pamela is a contented newly-wed with a loving husband. The next, she's the prisoner of a repulsive killer who has lusted after her since high school. Somehow college kid Norman finds himself in a car with hell-raiser Duke and a strange hyper-sexed hitchhiker who tags along for the ride. Together the lawless pair take him on a wild journey that soon becomes a living nightmare...FRIDAY NIGHT IN BEAST HOUSE The last novel in the Laymon's BEAST HOUSE series. Michael would do anything to get a date with Alison. She has just one condition he has to spend a night with her in the legendary Beast House. To Michael a night alone with Alison is a chance of a lifetime but if the stories about the Beast House are true it may also be a chance to die...
The Roaring of the Labyrinth
By Clio Gray
Astonishment Hall, a country estate in the Pennines full of extraordinary exhibitions, is truly a place of wonder. But when a valuable exhibit is stolen, it is only the first in a series of unpleasant and seemingly unconnected events. A bell tower is burnt to the ground, trapping a young boy inside, an outbreak of thefts plagues the valley, and a man is violently murdered and left to the crows and the snow.When his own investigations come to a dead end, the owner of Astonishment Hall sends to London for help. And so Whilbert Stroop journeys north to find the answers to both his own search for a missing glass-worker, and the perplexing events at Astonishment Hall. Before long, Stroop finds himself embroiled in one man's terrifying and warped desire for vengeance against ancient wrongs, and another man's fight for survival.
Rattling the Bones (Fran Varady 7)
By Ann Granger
Who could be after a harmless old lady?Amateur sleuth Fran Varady takes it upon herself to investigate an old love affair and a family quarrel in Rattling the Bones, the seventh and final mystery in the popular Fran Varady series by Ann Granger. The perfect read for fans of Kate Ellis and Ann Cleeves. Edna, the dotty bag lady who Fran Varady used to see living in a churchyard with only feral cats for company, has crossed her path again. Now Edna is staying in a hostel, spending her days roaming as before. But Fran begins to see a method to her madness and, even though no one will believe her, she is certain Edna is being followed. Who could be interested in a harmless old lady? Determined to protect her from this hidden danger, Fran finds herself digging into Edna's previous life and an old love affair and family quarrel come to light. But by rattling the bones of the past, Fran has uncovered more than she bargained for...What readers are saying about Rattling the Bones:'Another great adventure for Fran, solving puzzles with her usual tenacity and guts''A well-written and engaging read''Excellent plots, great characterisation, excellent and intelligent dialogue'
Run The Risk
By Scott Frost
A fast-paced, furious read, in RUN THE RISK Scott Frost delivers an exciting and explosive debut novel featuring Lieutenant Alex DelilloLieutentant Alex Delillo is at her wits' end, her teenage daugher is playing up and her workload is backing up. A local shopkeeper is shot to death and an explosion almost kills her partner. When the prime suspect in the homicide dies in an elaborate suicide car bomb, Delillo is led to one man, an elaborate and skilled bomber, eager to play a game with potentially devastating consequences. As Alex tracks her prey, he strikes at Alex's heart and takes the one person that she holds dear, Lacy, her daughter. Alex must use all her skills, training and knowledge to track the killer and find Lacy, but as the clock ticks downs, the terror escalates and Alex is led to a fiery showdown where she will be forced to make a choice that will change her life forever.
The Richard Laymon Collection Volume 17: Amara & The Lake
By Richard Laymon
AMARA The Princess of Egypt, the once beautiful wife of Mentuhotep the first, lies in a museum. She has been dead for 4000 years. Or has she? Barney the night-watchman is the first to discover that the mummy's coffin has been broken open. But Barney won't be able to tell the authorities. The dead can't testify to anything. Now Amara is free again and nothing can stop her...THE LAKE Leigh yearns for a summer of excitement by the lake. But instead she stumbles into a legacy of terror which will shatter her life... Eighteen years on, Deana has no knowledge of her mother's troubled past. But when the horrors of the past meet the perils of the present, both mother and daughter are plunged into a nightmare of blood and terror from which there is no escape.
By Lalita Tademy
A heartbreaking and compelling story of a family's experiences of slavery and the American Civil War. From Sam Tademy, the son of a runaway slave, and his fiercely strong wife Polly, to the father and son who witness unspeakable crimes, this is a story in which courage and hope do battle with almost unendurable suffering; where real lives collide with history.
By Rio Ferdinand
Rio Ferdinand is widely acknowledged as one of the most talented and skilful defenders in the world. His transfer from West Ham to Leeds was a British record at the time, a feat he achieved again with his subsequent move to Manchester United. Ferdinand's success on the pitch has been meteoric; including high drama in the Champions League, three World Cups and a dramatic Premiership victory. Here, for the very first time, Ferdinand reveals all about his infamous missed drugs test, the controversies surrounding both his transfers, his supposed reluctance to re-sign for United in 2005, the alleged tapping-up meeting with Chelsea's Peter Kenyon and various tabloid headlines involving partying and women.
The Richard Laymon Collection Volume 16: Night in the Lonesome October & No Sanctuary
By Richard Laymon
NIGHT IN THE LONESOME OCTOBER It's been a long summer for Ed, without Holly. But in September Holly doesn't return to campus. Ed receives a letter from her - she has fallen in love with someone else and won't be coming back. Heartbroken, he leaves his apartment and takes a walk. But he's not the only one out on this October night. There are others - roaming the streets, lurking under bridges, seeking prey...NO SANCTUARY Rick would do anything for his girlfriend. He'd even spent his vacation walking the trails around Fern Lake - though after what happened last time, it's the one place in the world he'd prefer not to go. But Rick and Bert are not the only ones heading to there. Gillian likes breaking into people's homes while they are away and living there. But this time she chances on the home of a serial killer...
Royal Marines Commandos
By John Parker
The Royal Marines were originally formed under the auspices of the Royal Navy to guard its sailing ships from harm. They are proud of their history and origins but the Navy heritage is fading. John Parker charts how the units have moved away from their nautical beginnings to develop, over time, into the most versatile force in the British military, containing one of their most elite brigades.The Royal Marines Commandos have, over the past few years, developed into the premier fighting organisation on land, sea and air. This history deals with events associated with the Royal Marines and subsequently in their commando role, starring in all major conflicts including Italy, Malaysia, the Borneo confrontation with Indonesia, and more recently Afghanistan.
The Richard Laymon Collection Volume 15: The Travelling Vampire Show & Dreadful Tales
By Richard Laymon
THE TRAVELLING VAMPIRE SHOW is coming to town and Dwight, Rusty and Slim are determined to go. But it's for over 18s only. They decide to go and watch the crew set up anyway, hoping to catch a glimpse of Valeria, billed as 'the only known vampire in captivity'. But when the three teenagers break the rules, they run into big trouble.DREADFUL TALES Shane Malone sits sweltering in front of his computer, trying to write an anthology in which every chilling tale must end in the death of a twenty-two-year-old woman in her apartment. But the deafening music from next door is not helping. He furiously bangs on his neighbour's door and discovers she's a twenty-two-year-old woman who will not be argued with. Shane is about to find out that life really can imitate art.
The Richard Laymon Collection Volume 14: Among the Missing & Come Out Tonight
By Richard Laymon
AMONG THE MISSING It's 2:32am. Behind the wheel of a jaguar sits the beautiful wife of Professor Grant Parkington. She has left Grant behind. The man she wants is waiting for her on the roadside. 'Where to?' she says. He suggests the Bend, where there's a soft, sandy beach - an ideal place for love. But in the morning a naked body will be found - a body missing more than its clothes...COME OUT TONIGHT It's the hottest night of the year so far, and it's also young couple Sherry and Duane's first time. Discovering they have no condoms, Duane throws on his clothes and makes his way down to the twenty-four hour Speed-D-Mart. Not a place anyone would want to visit at night. Suddenly Sherry hears a noise from down the street. It sounds like a gunshot...
The Richard Laymon Collection Volume 13: Fiends & After Midnight
By Richard Laymon
FIENDS It's only a trip to the movies but it turns into Marty's worst nightmare when she sees the guy sitting behind her. Willy. The man who raped her ten years ago. Now he's out of jail - and looking for Marty...AFTER MIDNIGHT Alice likes house-sitting for her friend. Best of all is the outdoor swimming pool. But it all goes wrong just after midnight when a man walks out of the woods and jumps naked into the pool. Alice knows about men. So she fetches the Civil War relic that hangs on the wall. The cavalry sabre...
The Richard Laymon Collection Volume 12: Body Rides & Bite
By Richard Laymon
BITE Tick-tock, tick-tock... Sam's in the wardrobe. With a hammer in one hand, a wooden stake in the other - and a heart full of fear. It's almost midnight... Cat's on the bed. Face down and nude. Sam's former girlfriend - the only woman he's ever loved. Together they wait because... The vampire's coming!BODY RIDES Ever since the LA riots Neal has carried a pistol in his car - and tonight he needs it. He shoots a man assaulting a woman tied naked to a tree by the freeway. As a reward, Elise gives Neal a magic bracelet that enables him to step inside other people, to see through their eyes and experience their feelings. To take 'body rides'. Neal returns to check on the man he shot. But the man is not dead - he's alive and breathing vengeance. First he's going to finish the job on Elise, then he's going to butcher Neal. But this time, with the help of the bracelet, Neal can look inside his would-be killer's skull...