#BlogTour | #GuestPost: Dare to Remember by Susanna Beard (@SusannaBeard25) @Legend_Press

Dare to Remember cover.jpg“Reeling from a brutal attack that leaves her best friend dead and her badly injured, Lisa Fulbrook flees to the countryside to recuperate. With only vague memories of the event, she isolates herself from her friends and family, content to spend her days wandering the hills with her dog, Riley.

However, Lisa is soon plagued, not only by vivid flashbacks, but questions, too: how did their assailant know them? Why were they attacked? And what really happened that night?

As she desperately tries to piece together the memories, Lisa realises that there’s another truth still hidden to her, a truth she can’t escape from. A truth that may have been right in front of her all along.”

Welcome to my stop on the Dare to Remember blog tour.  Today I am absolutely thrilled to have a fantastic guest post from author Susanna Beard to share with you.  So without further ado, I’ll hand you over to Susanna…

Turning on a sixpence

There’s an old expression: “Turning on a sixpence” which means turning in a very small space. (For those too young to remember, a sixpence is a small silver coin in the old currency, which today would be worth two and a half pence.)

In Dare to Remember, my debut novel, one of the areas I wanted to explore was the concept of our lives turning on a sixpence. Some people, I’ve observed, know their lives are set in a certain direction; by middle age it will all be sorted out. They will have achieved a certain position, career, family ambition, financial level, and it will all go on getting better – or at least, staying the same. Some people’s lives do indeed happen that way. But many of us start with an idea of what life will look like in ten, twenty, thirty years, only to find that actually things turn out very differently.

But so often life sends us a curved ball, to use another cliché, and our lives click into another dimension. In my novel, Lisa and her best friend Ali are living happily in the city, not expecting anything to change – until it does, when a catastrophe occurs.

Lisa loses all memory of the event which changed everything for her and struggles to recover from a serious injury while mourning Ali’s death. The story follows her efforts to get her life back on track, knowing that she won’t make progress until she knows – remembers – what happened. When she does remember, she knows her life will never be the same. But is her life, now taking a different course, better or worse? Or just different.

I’m not talking about myself here, though some things have happened in my life that I didn’t expect. My life certainly didn’t turn on a sixpence. But I like the idea that we should never be complacent; we should enjoy, or at least come to terms with, the moment. Perhaps we can never predict how our lives will turn out, or how we might be affected by events along the way. But we may be able to take what comes and turn it, guide it, create a path for it so that it becomes what we wanted all along.

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A fascinating post, thank you Susanna.  It’s made me want to read Dare to Remember even more than I did before!

Dare to Remember by Susanna Beard was published in the UK by Legend Press on 1st February 2017 and is available in paperback and eBook formats | amazon.co.uk | amazon.com | Waterstones | Goodreads |

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Susanna Beard2.jpgSusanna is a psychological crime writer who lives in Marlow, Buckinghamshire. Her day job in PR both demands and celebrates writing and she’s helped promote everything from websites to wine. She writes every day, all the time: news, articles, speeches, websites, blogs – and now novels.

She likes dark, contemplative stories with a twist; she’s fascinated by the psychology of relationships and the impact of insignificant events on people’s lives.

Susanna started writing fiction after attending a course at the Faber Academy. Other passions include her dogs, who keep her grounded, and tennis, which clears her brain of pretty much everything.

Author Links:Website | Twitter | Goodreads | Facebook |

 

#CoverReveal: The Seven Trials of Cameron-Strange by James Calum Campbell @ImpressBooks1

I am delighted to share the cover of the forthcoming Impress Books release The Seven Trials of Cameron-Strange with you today.  #SevenTrials is the second book in the Cameron-Strange series by author James Calum Campbell and is due for release on 1st November 2016.  Here’s the blurb to whet your appetite…

Fox stepped swiftly through the door.  There was an audible click.  And there came the sound of a bolt sliding into place.

What follows is the stuff of nightmares…

Just when the bereaved and troubled Dr Alastair Cameron-Strange rediscovers his life on the other side of the world, the British authorities track him down. They recruit him on a mission which takes him to the farthest reaches of New Zealand, to Xanadu with all its grotesque gargoyles, chief among them Phineas Fox, the American business tycoon whose baleful eye is on the White House.  There’s something not quite right about Mr Fox, and Cameron-Strange, with the help of the beautiful Nikki, is determined to find out what it is.  He survives six ordeals, but will he survive a seventh?

I can’t wait to read this!  It sounds so good and a little different, which can only be a good thing.  And now for that brilliant cover…

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Fabulous cover! You can pre-order The Seven Trials of Cameron-Strange by clicking here. Make sure you join me on 1st November when I will have a guest post from author James Calum Campbell as part of the blog tour.

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James Calum Campbell is a doctor-turned-author who divides his time between Scotland and New Zealand. He won the Impress Prize for New Writers 2014 with his debut novel Click, Double-Click. He was born in Glasgow, read Medicine at Edinburgh, and practised in Papua New Guinea, Queensland, and Auckland, where he was Clinical Head of the busiest emergency department in Australasia.

*Cover Reveal* Sealskin by Su Bristow

 

Today is a very special day here at damppebbles.  Today I am thrilled (BEYOND thrilled!) to have a stunning cover reveal to share with you.  And I’m honoured to share this cover reveal with the lovely Liz over at Liz Loves Books.

The book in question is the beautiful Sealskin written by debut award-winning author Su Bristow.  Sealskin is an exquisite retelling of the selkie legend, prominent in folklore across the globe and retold with a modern twist.

Karen at Orenda Books is thrilled to have acquired the World English Language Rights for Sealskin and says, ‘I was swept away by this simply beautiful book – a flawless retelling of a legend that features in the folklore of so many nations. Set in a Scottish fishing village, Sealskin is an exquisitely written, subtle story of a small community’s response to difference, studying the nuances of personal relationships and how an outside influence recasts and fortifies social ties. Every character, every relationship, every aspect of the setting and the story is finely drawn, with a compelling timelessness that is at once relevant and able to transport us to a different world. Sujata has an extraordinary talent for exploring social dynamics, tradition and the innate human capacity for forgiveness, acceptance and care, and this is an exceptional book on many, many levels.’

And now for that beautiful cover…

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Absolutely breathtaking and one for the TBR.  We do have a tiny wait as Sealskin will be published by Orenda Books in early Spring 2017 (don’t worry, it’ll be Christmas before we know it…).  Until then keep an eye on the Orenda Books website for updates on this beautiful novel.