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#BlogTour ~ The Monk of Lantau by Mann Matharu #Extract @MannMatharu @Authoright @AuthorightUKPR @gilbster1000

 

The search for a meaningful existence is as universal as it is elusive. When obstacles to happiness and personal goals seem to riddle our horizons, where do we turn for answers?
Meet Matthew, an average Londoner, a family man and a husband, intent on the all-too-normal pursuit of making a better life for himself and his family. When an accident threatens to become the proverbial straw that breaks his back in his pursuit of happiness and personal attainment, Matthew finds himself at a crossroad in his life.

In the way the Universe has of placing the right people in our lives at just the right time, Matthew happens upon a tale from an unlikely source, a tale of a man with mystical healing powers, someone Matthew can seek who can restore balance and harmony to his life and heal his daughter who is fighting for her own. As he traipses through Europe, the Middle East, India and Asia in search of the healer, nothing about the beautiful, trying, and challenging outward journey compares to the progress he makes as he travels into the depths of his own being.

Through Matthew’s journey, we are given the keys to finding the healer for ourselves. Most importantly, readers are invited to harness the beauty and prosperity that comes when we seek ways to recognize that we are all connected to each other and we are all marvellous and powerful creators of our own unique, stunning life story.

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About the Author

 Living in London, Mann Matharu is a qualified practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and a Reiki Master Teacher. Through his work, Mann has helped many people overcome mental, physical and emotional barriers and has been widely recognised by various national and international organisations including an invitation to 10 Downing Street to meet the former Prime Minister, David Cameron in 2016. Currently his philanthropic projects include: Sikhs Online which was launched in 2008 with a view of bringing Sikh news and historical content into the mainstream media and Homeless 100, a self-funded initiative to provide food for the homeless in London.

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The Monk of Lantau

In chapter five, Matthew, one of the main characters in the story learns to forgive and realises the importance of forgiveness. However, it’s how he interprets the real-life experience of others that is fascinating.

During my own meditation, I used a forgiveness technique, which was very powerful. I didn’t realize how much ‘baggage’ one carries and I immediately felt the benefits. I wanted to honour this natural, easy to practice forgiveness technique and hope readers will try it for themselves.

Extract: Chapter Five, A Discovery of Strength

The flames leaped and consumed paper and cans and packages and other rubbish. From each of the ten men’s satchels, worn tied to their backs but now hanging low in front of them, handfuls of rubbish were methodically placed on the burn. Over and over and over again, they reached into their packs, placed rubbish on the fire, and then reached in again. Once emptied, their satchels were very evidently lighter. The men, having extinguished the burn, turned to walk away, laughing and jostling each other light-heartedly.

As I sat waiting for the other passengers to board and realised we were once again delayed in our departure, I thought about the rubbish-burning men. How light and free they had looked upon ridding themselves of the encumbrances of yesterday’s garbage.

The breeze from the open window next to my seat and the memory of the radiant, tired smile of the attendant rested upon me, and I had a momentary spark of inspiration.

If they can burn their trash and leave it behind to be consumed forever by the elements, departing emptied and freed, might I also be able to rid myself of some weight and garbage? And if I did, would I also feel lightened and freed?

 

#WeekendBlitz ~ The Little Kiosk by the Sea by Jennie Bohnet @jenniewriter @NeverlandBT #Giveaway

One summer they’ll never forget…

Meet Sabine, desperately fighting to save her little kiosk from closure whilst turning down her friend Owen’s proposals, time and time again.

Cue Harriet, returning to Dartmouth after thirty years, haunted by the scandal that drove her away and shocked by a legacy that threatens her relationship with her journalist daughter.

Enter Rachel, the mysterious newcomer who has an unexpected chemistry with a local widower, and who sets in motion a chain of events she could never have predicted…

One thing’s for sure, as the autumn tide turns, there’ll be more than one secret laid bare!

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About the Author

I’m English but I’ve lived in France for the past 17 years. After 11 years down on the Cote d’Azur where Richard my husband was a guardian for a villa, we moved from the Mediterranean coast to a small quirky cottage in Finistere, Brittany. A bit of a culture shock to say the least! When I’m not writing I love reading, cooking and having friends around for lunch – lunches that follow the French tradition of lasting for several hours. The Little Kiosk By The Sea is set in my absolute favourite place in England, Dartmouth South Devon, where we lived for several years before moving to France.

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Excerpt – Harriet 

Late afternoon and the bustle of the town was winding down for the day as Harriet began exploring. Stepping out from The Captain’s Berth, with the river on her right, Harriet walked down towards the town. She hesitated by the steep flight of steps that led down to the fort situated at the end of the town’s ancient quay before walking on. She’d go that route another day. Right now she wanted to wander around the town itself. Acclimatise herself to being here. Take in the changes that were sure to have happened. Re-acquaint herself where things were within the town. 

Wandering along the narrow old streets, many with medieval buildings still in use, Harriet realised while the town had retained its ancient layout, which was still second nature to her, there were subtle differences. Narrow streets were now either one way or pedestrianised, shops with modernised windows, selling touristy souvenirs. She certainly had no difficulty in finding her way to several places she remembered with nostalgia. Her old primary school was still there but converted into flats. The old cinema had gone though, replaced with a modern complex complete with a new library alongside. 

She spent time window shopping in the boutiques in the converted Old Palladium Mews before skirting around the church, climbing a well-worn flight of steps and finding herself at the junction of the steep hill that led eventually out of town to join the coast road and, to the left, the narrow road that wound its way behind the houses on the main town road. No way was she going to walk in that direction today, it was too soon, best left for another day. Harriet turned and made her way down to the quay where, judging by the smell wafting around and accompanying loudly squawking seagulls, the local fishing boats were unloading their day’s catch of crabs and mackerel.  

Watching the plastic crates being swung onto the quayside before being loaded into the pick-up truck ready for delivery to various local restaurants, Harriet looked curiously at the fishermen on board one of the boats. One was about her own age, the other younger. Was the older man a part of her past? An old school friend, maybe? A long-forgotten memory of a secret crush trickled into her mind.  Gus was the son of a fisherman. But Gus, as a teenager, had vowed no way was he following in the fishy footsteps of his father and grandfather. There had to be more to life, he maintained, and he intended to explore its full potential.  

The younger of the fishermen smiled at Harriet as he caught her watching them. Harriet smiled back before moving away and wandering in the direction of the inner harbour. Passing the brightly painted closed ticket kiosk, Harriet smiled, remembering the summer she and her best friend Beeny had hung around there for hours longing to be noticed by the Rod Stewart lookalike employed to sell trips up the river to the tourists.  

Another teenage memory from a long-ago summer flitted into her mind as she saw a tourist boat slowly making its way back down river. An illicit June evening trip up river, creeping on board with Beeny without buying a ticket, hoping bad-tempered Mitch Hutchinson wouldn’t notice them and have them thrown off. Beeny French-kissed Owen, his son, for his silence when he found them and realised they hadn’t paid. Funny how it was only Beeny he’d wanted to kiss. She hadn’t cared, though. The only person she was interested in kissing in those days was Gus. Not that she had, of course. She’d been invisible to him.  

Harriet glanced at a blackboard nailed to the side of the kiosk with neat chalk-writing advertising the times of the next trips up the river, gold lettering at the top proclaimed: ‘Hutchinson River Trips. Established 1931.’ Was Owen running the family business now? Did Beeny still live in town? Funny how the old kiosk was kickstarting so many memories. Turning, she crossed the road and walked towards the Royal Avenue Gardens. 

 

 The giveaway is UK and EUROPE only and the prize is a paperback copy of The Little Kiosk by the Sea and Rosie’s Little Cafe on the Riviera. One winner. 
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Enjoy our selection of New Releases / Free & Bargain Books this week! @beckvalleybooks

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Authors please feel free to add your own books
Readers please free to add your own finds
(any genre except erotica welcome)

This weekly link up is hosted by Beck Valley Books & these awesome book loving blogs…
Monday
Life as Leels | IrishdaisylovesRomance | Book Babble | All Romance Reader
Tuesday
It’s My Side of Life | Celticlady’s Reviews | First Time Mommy Adventures | Bound 2 Escape
Wednesday
Beck Valley BooksA Library of Reviews | Cinnamon Hollow Reviews
Thursday
Miki’s Hope | Taking Time for Mommy | Nicki’s Nook
Friday
Ebook Addicts | I Love Romance | A Bit Bookish | Mother Distracted | Colorimetry
Saturday
Totally Addicted to Reading | 3 Partners in Shopping | Angie’s Angle I Creat Purty Thangs | Wishful Endings
Sunday
Lynchburg Mama | LibriAmoriMieiAli – The Dragon Slayer | Wondermom WannabeMy Bizzy World |
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#Spotlight ~ The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver @TinaLobondi @FaberBooks #Poisonwood18

I was contacted by Faber Books yesterday with the exciting news that a new edition of The Poisonwood Bible is being published by them to celebrate it’s 18th Birthday. When I saw the superb cover I just knew I would like to share it with all of you. I have been promised a copy so I’m looking forward to that 🙂 

To celebrate the 18th birthday of Barbara Kingsolver’s modern classic and international bestseller, The Poisonwood Bible, Faber is publishing a beautiful new edition. A bespoke print created by one of the most hotly tipped African fashion designers, Tina Lobondi, who has drawn from her experience of growing up in the Congo, illustrates the cover of the new edition.

The Poisonwood Bible is a story told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce, evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959. This suspenseful epic of one family’s tragic undoing and their remarkable reconstruction has been read, adored and shared by millions around the world.

Publication date: 6 July; Price £8.99 

About the Author

Barbara Kingsolver’s fourteen works of fiction and non-fiction have been translated into dozens of languages and earned a devoted readership. She won the Orange Prize for The Lacuna and her novel Flight Behaviour was shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction. In 2000 she was awarded the National Humanities Medal, her country’s highest honour for service through the arts. Before she made her living as a writer, Kingsolver earned degrees in biology and worked as a scientist. She now lives with her family on a farm in southern Appalachia.

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About the Designer

Congolese-born fashion designer Tina Lobondi was raised in France but now lives in London. Her collections combine African heritage with delicate French couture. Tina Lobondi forges a dynamic synthesis of elegance and edginess to shape a striking silhouette with  infinite attention to detail and finish, producing classic and chic ready-to-wear. Fabrics are often printed with African-inspired patterns and mixed with precious materials such as silk and organza.

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Barbara Kingsolver:

‘As a writer I feel extraordinarily lucky to get to see my novel take on a life of its own, and the world. That it’s now inspiring a new generation of readers, including the powerfully talented Tina Lobondi, is a creator’s dream come true.’ 

Tina Lobondi, on designing the new edition, said:

‘It was truly an honour being part of the anniversary of The Poisonwood Bible. Congolese culture needs to be told and I discovered some details of it myself through the book as there aren’t many literature pieces to demonstrate our history.’

Louisa Joyner, Editorial Director, Faber: 

‘It’s hard to believe this canonical novel is about to have its 18th birthday, so having a celebrated fashion designer as talented as Tina Lobondi recognise and celebrate The Poisonwood Bible’s poetic beauty feels like the perfect way to mark that milestone. For us it physically embodies the cultural conversation between this novel’s first publication and the world today, and that’s really exciting.’

‘A book club classic . . . There is humour, history, love and loss.’ The Times

‘A brilliantly realised epic of one family’s journey to the heart of darkness.’ Independent

‘An updated, dysfunctional version of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women . . . it pours forth ideas about good and evil, civilization and savagery, and the unlikely nature of redemption.’ Sunday Times

‘Provocative and affecting . . . illustrates how profoundly both women and the world have changed.’ Claire Messud, The Times

‘Soaringly panoramic … the jungle throbs with life and death – every aspect unnervingly convincing.’ Julie Myerson

#Poisonwood18

As part of the publication Faber is delighted to be giving away 200 copies of this beautifully repackaged new edition. Introducing new readers to The Poisonwood Bible as well as encouraging existing fans to rediscover the book, we’ll be giving copies away in pairs and asking people to tweet as they read using #Poisonwood18.

Visit www.poisonwood18.com to apply to receive two free copies and for more information.

#Spotlight ~ The Redeemed Cursed: Innocent Blood by Rebecca Graf @rebeccagraf @booksandthebear

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Fantasy

One woman is hunted by creatures from legends, vampires. They will sacrifice their own hunger to obtain her. Why? It’s up to those who were cursed but are looking for redemption to save her. One Cursed saves her from the clutches of the Fallen, but she is more than just a mere innocent. She is something much more special, more than any of them can imagine.

What if vampires were real? What if they are not quite what legend has told you? There is always more to history than what the books tell you. Join the journey of a group of men who dared to defy the Heavens and found themselves cursed to crave the blood they have spilled. One group pleads for forgiveness and will only obtain if they can do the impossible – control themselves. Now the Fallen continue to hunt at night and feast on the blood of innocents while the Cursed try to stop them. You’ll go between the past and present day as you learn the history of the Cursed and the truth of why one woman is hunted by the Fallen.

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A book reviewer for seven years online and an avid reader for many decades, Rebecca Graf continues to read, write, and share her knowledge with others.

#Spotlight ~ The Girl in the Shadows by Katherine Debona @KatherineDebona @booksandthebear

Genre: Crime Fiction, Mystery, Thriller

A teenage girl is missing in Paris
A young woman is searching for her mother
A female PI on a mission

When police drop the case on missing Mathilde Benazet, renegade PI Veronique Cotillard steps in to prove that she can succeed where police inspector Guillaume Leveque and his team have failed…

Alice Weston’s father had always told her that her mother died in childbirth – but now Alice has proof she may be alive and living in Paris. Now her father is dead she has nothing to stay for, it’s time to uncover her family’s long-buried secrets…

As their lives intertwine and the city prepares to celebrate Bastille Day in the shadow of a gathering storm, both Veronique and Alice will face the ghosts of the past – and the monsters in the present.

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About the Author

My favourite book of all time is “Matilda” by Road Dahl. I identified with this tiny girl who loved nothing more than to read. It was what first inspired my desire to be a writer, to put down on paper all of the characters and ideas that I carry around in my head.
But life has a funny way of turning out, so instead of pursuing my dream I went to university, ended up working in finance and put aside my musings. Then one day I was walking across Clapham Common in London on my way to the tube and I looked up to see an oak tree filled with crows, black heads bobbing as their caws echoed through the mist. The idea came to me in an instant, a fully-fledged story that followed me around for the coming weeks and refused to be quiet. So I wrote it down.

That book now resides in a drawer in my study. It was raw, unpolished and not meant to be read by anyone other than myself, but it reignited the fire in my belly and made me realise what it is that makes me happy.

I signed up for an online Faber course, learnt how to sculpt and improve my writing under the watchful guidance of my wonderful tutor and fellow students. Their encouragement and critiques helped make my debut novel what it is today. I then plucked up the courage to send my work out into the world of publishing. After several rounds of rejection I was ready to give up. Then came a phonecall from my wonderful editor, Victoria. She saw potential. She was willing to work with me, to publish my book.
And that’s all it takes. One person to take a risk, for after all this is a business, albeit one built on dreams. My dream is now a reality and I thank you for helping me to continue living it.

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#Spotlight ~ The Scent of the Past by Erin Marie Bernardo @ErinMBernardo @booksandthebear

 

Genre: Time-Travel, Romance, Suspense

Close cousins Addison and Elissa live in present day New York City and lead somewhat ordinary lives. When uncertain circumstances surrounding a set of antique perfume bottles sends them back to eighteenth-century France, they must uncover the truth behind their travel.

Disaster strikes when Addison finds herself in a nearly identical situation to a mishap she experienced in the present—the witnessing of a murder and release of a secret. Only this time the truth could destroy the entire French monarchy. With Addison’s head on the line, the young women search for answers before Addison suffers her unlucky fate twice. It is only when they discover the haunting connections to life in the present, that they understand why they both were sent, and why a repeating past…may not always be such a bad thing.

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Erin Marie Bernardo is an American writer of historical fiction. She has a degree in Communication Studies from the University of Minnesota, and is the author of the time-travel novel, Scent of the Past. A lover of historic places, Erin’s novels connect the past with the present.

Erin is currently at work on her second novel, Blackbird’s Bounty, set in the bayou of Louisiana – and is actively seeking a home for her children’s collection, Beautiful and Extraordinary Barnyard Stories, based on true events from on her farm.

Erin lives in Tennessee, but has roots in both Minnesota and Washington State. She is married with two young children.

 

#Spotlight ~ Outbreak Mutiny by Jay Sandlin @JSandlinWriter @booksandthebear

Genre: Alternative History, Fantasy, Adventure

ALTERNATE HISTORY. WITH SUPERHEROES.

December 31, 1929, was a Day That Lived in Infamy. A war between extraordinary beings with superpowers ended in DEFEAT for the United States and her Allies. Darkness fell on a Golden Age of heroes at the hands of the REICH.

Ten years later, all still mourn the anniversary of the day the Reich seized control during Operation TripleReich. Life is a struggle for the Remnant States occupying the middle of the Old US.

A virus in the Chicago Zone reignites the conflict between good and evil as the Outbreak Mutineers gather to stop the plague’s deadly origins.

Join the Outbreak Babies: – Buccaneer, Clockwork, Atlas, and more- as they battle the Warlords of Reich. Their adventures stretch across the years and through the sewers, high-seas, and even a city park.

No Matter the Time or Place, their Choice is Clear:

Die Free or Live in Chains.

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Jay Sandlin is the Founder and Creator of The Novel Comics. He is a living archive of historical trivia, popular culture, and useless knowledge. He is a Masters Student at the University of North Alabama with a concentration in Oral History and mythology of ancient cultures. He is the proud husband of Paige Sandlin and father of Joel Sandlin.

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#Spotlight ~ Before You Were Mine by Em Muslin @booksandthebear @Quaintrellem @HQDigitalUK

Genre: Literary, Contemporary, Romance, Suspense.

Sometimes hope has a way of changing everything…

Just hours after giving birth, Eli Bell is forced to give up her newborn baby daughter for adoption. Devastated, she tries desperately to rebuild her shattered life.

Then, over thirty years later, Eli catches sight of her daughter. And she knows that she must do everything to find a way back into her life. Even if it means lying…

While her husband Tommy must grow to accept his own part in the events of her early life, he can only try to save her before her obsession with the young woman ruins them both.

Don’t miss the breathtaking debut Before You Were Mine by Em Muslin! Perfect for fans of Jodi Picoult, Alice Peterson and Lucy Dillon.

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Em muslin has worked in the film and television industry for over 20 years. She first fell in love with reading and writing after experiencing Judith Kerr’s ‘When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit’. She hasn’t stopped devouring books ever since.

She loves words that capture an experience or emotion in a singular form: her current favourite, describing herself, is ‘nemophilist’.

Em’s writing focuses on the texture of domestic life, relationships, family and the pressures of social convention. Her characters are often fighting to become the hero of their own story, searching for hope, despite the adversities that life inevitably brings.

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Enjoy our selection of New Releases / Free & Bargain Books this week! @beckvalleybooks

Sharing the Love of Books
Enjoy our selection of New Releases / Free & Bargain Books this week

Authors please feel free to add your own books
Readers please free to add your own finds
(any genre except erotica welcome)

This weekly link up is hosted by Beck Valley Books & these awesome book loving blogs…
Monday
Life as Leels | IrishdaisylovesRomance | Book Babble | All Romance Reader
Tuesday
It’s My Side of Life | Celticlady’s Reviews | First Time Mommy Adventures | Bound 2 Escape
Wednesday
Beck Valley BooksA Library of Reviews | Cinnamon Hollow Reviews
Thursday
Miki’s Hope | Taking Time for Mommy | Nicki’s Nook
Friday
Ebook Addicts | I Love Romance | A Bit Bookish | Mother Distracted | Colorimetry
Saturday
Totally Addicted to Reading | 3 Partners in Shopping | Angie’s Angle I Creat Purty Thangs | Wishful Endings
Sunday
Lynchburg Mama | LibriAmoriMieiAli – The Dragon Slayer | Wondermom WannabeMy Bizzy World |
Deal Sharing Aunt 

For Pre-orders post – PRE-ORDER / genre / title /author

For New Releases post – NEW / genre / title / author
For Free Books post – FREE / genre / title / author / end date
For Bargain Books post – SALE / price / genre / title / author / end date
(Strictly no Erotica please.  Steamy romance is fine but watch those covers people, incase any underage child is viewing it!)

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