Tuesday 12 April 2016

April New Releases

Close to You by Kara Isaac (Howard Books, April 26, 2016) 

A disgraced scholar running from her past and an entrepreneur chasing his future find themselves thrown together—and fall in love—on a Tolkien tour of New Zealand.

Allison Shire (yes, like where the Hobbits live) is a disgraced academic who is done with love. Her belief in “happily ever after” ended the day she discovered her husband was still married to a wife she knew nothing about. She finally finds a use for her English degree by guiding tours through the famous sites featured in the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies. By living life on the road and traveling New Zealand as a luxury tour guide, Allison manages to outrun the pain of her past she can’t face.

Jackson Gregory was on the cusp of making it big. Then suddenly his girlfriend left him—for his biggest business competitor—and took his most guarded commercial secrets with her. To make matters worse, the Iowa farm that has been in his family for generations is facing foreclosure. Determined to save his parents from financial ruin, he’ll do whatever it takes to convince his wealthy great-uncle to invest in his next scheme, which means accompanying him to the bottom of the world to spend three weeks pretending to be a die-hard Lord of the Rings fan, even though he knows nothing about the stories. The one thing that stands between him and his goal is a know-it-all tour guide who can’t stand him and pegged him as a fake the moment he walked off the plane.

When Allison leads the group through the famous sites of the Tolkien movies, she and Jackson start to see each other differently, and as they keep getting thrown together on the tour, they find themselves drawn to each other. Neither expected to fall in love again, but can they find a way beyond their regrets to take a chance on the one thing they’re not looking for?

The Kingdom of the Air by C.T. Wells (Rhiza Press, 1 April 2016)

A young Messerschmitt pilot is shot down over Dartmoor. He tries to evade a manhunt, knowing that if he falls into British hands, his war will be over. But when Josef Schafer encounters a sinister agent of the emerging Special Operations Executive, his troubles have only begun. He is returned to occupied France having made an impossible deal with the British.

As the air war escalates, Josef is in danger in the sky and on the land. His allegiances are tested as he is torn between loyalty to his Luftwaffe comrades and a French woman whom he is compelled to serve.

"From the fiery first chapter, through the high-stakes excitement of electrifying air combat, twisting spy plots and the dark domain of the WW2 French Resistance, C.T. Wells takes you on a sky-high thrill-ride that never lets you down," Peter Greene, Director of The Adventure Writer’s Competition.


Beyond the Flight by Carol Preston (Rhiza Press, 1 April 2016)

Beyond the Fight is about the battles raged and the victories won within Australian families and communities during World War I.

Set in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales and in the surrounds of Adelaide, this is a story based on real families confronted with some shocking changes and challenges which faced Australians in 1914 when the world was at war.

“It raises questions about the conflicts among people who had previously lived side by side in harmony, the divisions between those who believed in going to war and those who didn’t, the roles women played in supporting their country and their men, and the changes that would affect Australian politics, attitudes and community life forever," said author Carol Preston. 


  1. Congratulations to the 3 of you. A wonderful achievement and wish you all the very best with your launches.

  2. Congrats to all three authors. Some interesting books there.

  3. Thank you. It feels very surreal seeing it there as "this month!"


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