Juxtabook reviews The Dance of Love by Angela Young

The Dance of Love Angela YoungJuxtabook describes The Dance of Love by Angela Young as ‘a delight from cover to cover, a bringer of pure pleasure’, adding that ‘this is a truly charming story, beautifully told’.

The review goes on to say that this ‘great treat’ will soon be working its way into ‘becoming a timeless classic’.

The full review can be found at Juxtabook.

To find out just what a Titanic struggle it was for Angela to write the book, check out her guest post here. Alternatively, you can find out more about Angela at her website.

The Dance of Love is available to pre-order now with our paperback imprint Buried River Press.

Angela Young Discusses the Titanic Struggle Behind The Dance of Love

The Dance of Love Angela YoungAngela Young is a graduate of Middlesex University’s MA in Creative Writing and is the author of two novels. In 1995, BBC Books published Angela’s 30,000-word ending to Edith Wharton’s last, unfinished novel, The Buccaneers, a story of love and marriage set among the British aristocracy and the American moneyed classes in late nineteenth-century England.

Speaking of Love is Angela’s first novel. It follows the relationship of a mother and daughter and what happens when people find it difficult to say the things that matter the most. It’s also a novel about hope and the restoration of trust and has been described as ‘beautifully written’ by Joanna Lumley, and ‘suffused with a love of storytelling and a warmth that makes it a pleasure to read’ by the Daily Mail.

Angela’s second novel, The Dance of Love, is a coming-of-age tale set in the same era as Downton Abbey. It spans two decades (1899-1919) of vast historical change and, through the joys and disappointments of its heroine, the beautiful, wealthy but independently minded Natalie Edwardes, it reveals the many faces of love.

Combining fact and fiction in THE DANCE of LOVE

When my agent, Heather Holden-Brown, suggested I write a novel about an ancestor of mine who survived the sinking of the Titanic, I enthusiastically agreed. I researched the era and, of course, the Titanic,but the writing proved difficult.

You’d think, wouldn’t you, that a character who was a wife and a mother, a daughter and a friend and a survivor of the Titanic, would provide the beating heart of a tragic, page-turning story. But, in my hands, she didn’t.

I tried different narrators. I tried beginning in the middle and at the end. I tried a modern frame story. I tried parallel stories. I began work in 2008 but by 2012 – the 100th anniversary of the tragic sinking – I still hadn’t written a story with a proper beating heart. By that time I’d worked with two editors, and with Heather, and they’d done their best to help me find the heart of the story. I’m sure other writers would’ve succeeded: the editors asked searching questions and made excellent suggestions. But I hadn’t succeeded so I sent the manuscript to The Literacy Consultancy and, in August 2012, Melissa Marshall wrote this:

At [the novel’s] heart is a complicated love story. But then it steers hugely off course with the Titanic episode. This is a massive story in itself and rather dilutes the impact, importance and credence of the main storyline, which is the story of unrequited love … . I would urge you to consider removing [the Titanic episode] from this story.

You’d think I’d cry when I read that, but I didn’t. I laughed with relief and recognition. I’d been trying to combine fact and fiction without realising – this is my first historical novel – that the two must be seamlessly interwoven and there must be synergy between them. I’d been trying to find a reason for my protagonist to board Titanic (my ancestor’s reason was quite mundane) rather than asking how the tragedy might affect the course of her life.

So … I made the Titanic story serve the complicated loved story (instead of dominating it) and when I realised my protagonist would make a brave and heart-rending decision as a direct result of the sinking (not as a result of being on board herself) I knew I’d found the heart of the story.

I’m delighted Buried River Press are publishing THE DANCE of LOVE on 31st July.

- Angela Young

[This piece first appeared, in a longer version, on Shiny New Books BookBuzz]

For more info, check out www.angela-young.co.uk

Lothian Life calls David Atkinson’s Love Byte ‘delightful’ and ‘quirky’

9781910208014Lothian Life have reviewed Edinburgh-based romantic comedy Love Byte by David Atkinson and are impressed by the balance the author strikes in this ‘quirky’ tale.

‘It’s not an easy course to follow, but David Atkinson gets the balance just right and has produced a delightful romantic comedy that will make great holiday reading.’

For the full review, check out Lothian Life.

Love Byte is available to buy now.

OUT NOW: Love Byte by David Atkinson

Love Byte by David AtkinsonDavid Atkinson was born in Glasgow, but now enjoys a hectic life in Edinburgh with his wife and two young daughters. He has previously been involved with repertory theatre, performing in various shows, and contributing to script and production work. Edinburgh, with its vibrant and energetic literary heritage and independent and quirky bookshops, provides his inspiration.

Love Byte by David Atkinson

If your dead wife emailed offering to find you a new girlfriend, what would you do?

Andy Hunter is a single father trying to balance the demands of a 2-year-old daughter, an interfering but well-meaning mother-in-law and a job he is always in danger of losing. So, when he receives a series of delayed emails from his late wife Lindsay telling him to date, it seems like a good idea.

With Lindsay’s emails spurring him on, Andy weaves a path of disharmony and chaos amongst his close friends and family, but soon discovers he is not cut out for modern dating.

Filled with laugh-out-loud situations and moments of soul-searching, this heart-warming, moving romantic comedy set in Edinburgh, is a bitter-sweet tale of second chances and self-discovery.

Love Byte by David Atkinson is available to buy now

OUT NOW: Teardrops in the Moon by Tania Crosse

Teardrops in the Moon by Tania CrosseTania Crosse was born in London, but, at a very young age, moved to Surrey where her love of the countryside took root. She did not have time to indulge her lifetime passion for writing stories until her family had grown up. Using her meticulous historical research and love of Dartmoor, she began penning her novels set in the area from Victorian times to the 1950s, all based closely on local history. Teardrops in the Moon is her tenth published novel.

Teardrops in the Moon by Tania Crosse

It is Sunday 28 June 1914 and Rose Warrington is celebrating her sixtieth birthday at the remote family home of Fencott Place on Dartmoor. Rose could not be happier, surrounded by her family and friends. But on that very same day, Archduke Ferdinand and his wife are assassinated in far-away Sarajevo, leading to the outbreak of The Great War. Rose’s spirited younger daughter, Marianne – having taken a vow of celibacy some years earlier – sees the war as an opportunity to prove herself as capable as any man.

The peace of Dartmoor behind her, she joins the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry as an ambulance driver in war torn France and it takes all her strength to face its horrors: there are tragedies lying in wait for those she loves, and her girlhood vow will be challenged and tested.

A powerful, dramatic and evocative story of love, courage, loss and the demon of revenge.

Teardrops in the Moon by Tania Crosse is available to buy now

Teardrops in the Moon by Tania Crosse

OUT NOW: Inspector Abberline and the Gods of Rome by Simon Clark

Inspector Abberline and the Gods of Rome by Simon ClarkSince selling his first ghost story to a radio station as a teenager, Simon Clark has had a prolific career as a horror writer. His previous novels include This Rage of Echoes and Midnight Bazaar – A Secret Arcade of Strange and Eerie Tales, also published by Robert Hale. Having previously worked as both a strawberry-picker and a shelf-stacker, Simon Clark now writes full-time and has won a British Fantasy Society Award for his work.

Inspector Abberline and the Gods of Rome by Simon Clark

Inspector Abberline is on the trail of ancient treasure and a murderer who will bring death to his door.

408 AD. The Visigoths have torn Italy apart and now besiege Rome. The emperor knows that his once mighty city will be ransacked by the barbarians. He orders his bodyguard to remove seven golden statues, known as the Gods of Rome, from the palace temple, and take them to a place of safety. Within a few short years the Roman Empire has ceased to exist and the location of the golden statues has been lost.

1890 AD. Abberline is investigating the death of Sir Alfred Denby. What at first appears to be an accident turns out to be murder and Abberline realizes that the Denby family is in danger and races to save the life of Professor William Denby, a pioneer in balloon aviation.

The famous detective finds himself entangled in the world of international theft, an enduring vendetta, and the mystery of seven golden statues. The Gods of Rome are prized by kings, fought over by men who do evil, and curse the lives of whomsoever touches them.

Praise for Simon Clark

‘Merchant of menace.’ – Daily Mirror

‘Edgar Allan Poe for the twenty-first century.’ SFX Magazine

Inspector Abberline and the Gods of Rome by Simon Clark is available to buy now

Inspector Abberline and the Gods of Rome by Simon Clark

OUT NOW: The Natural Beauty of Dorset by Colin and Susy Varndell

The Natural Beauty of Dorset by Colin and Susy VarndellColin and Susy Varndell have lived in Netherbury for over a quarter of a century, and in Dorset for most of their lives. They run a natural history photography business and manage their own picture library as well as looking after their nature reserve and garden, which has been developed specifically for local wildlife.

Colin’s photographs have been used in many books, magazines, natural history journals, newspapers and advertisements. He has also written and illustrated two books about the West Country and regularly writes features on natural history and wildlife for both regional and national magazines.

Susy joined Colin in the business after a teaching career spanning twenty-five years. She manages the administration of the business as well as writing articles on a wider range of subjects for national magazines.

The Natural Beauty of Dorset by Colin and Susy Varndell

The Natural Beauty of Dorset is an eclectic mix of everything Dorset, based around the county’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is packed with information about this stunning county: its geology, its natural history, its heritage and its lures for residents and visitors alike.

Through a diverse mixture of subjects you can explore one of Dorset’s greatest charms: its variety. Its coast can be both cosy and treacherous; its countryside is gentle and rugged in equal measure. It has more footpaths and bridleways than tarmac roads and it has the oldest letterbox in use in England to this day.

It is a county that will enthrall the inquisitive and the adventurous, whether you seek unspoilt beauty or quirky charm within one of the most beguiling Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Britain.

The Natural Beauty of Dorset by Colin and Susy Varndell is available to buy now

The Natural Beauty of Dorset by Colin and Susy Varndell

OUT NOW: Travel Writing by James Fair

Travel Writing by James FairJames Fair has been a journalist, travel writer and commissioning editor for nearly fifteen years. After working on conservation projects in South America in the mid-1990s, he began working as the travel editor of BBC Wildlife Magazine in 1999. Since then he has travelled extensively in the UK, Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and the Caribbean for the magazine, as well as commissioning and editing hundreds of travel features. James has researched and written three travel supplements (on Sri Lanka, Tasmania and the Cayman Islands) for the magazine and, in 2012, he was shortlisted in the Periodical Publishing Association (PPA)’s ‘Writer of the Year’ category.

Travel Writing by James Fair

This handy guide offers a complete introduction to the craft of travel writing and shows unpublished writers how to identify suitable markets for their work and persuade editors to take a chance on them. It asks the all-important question, ‘What is travel writing?’ It analyzes your different genre options and explores ways to come up with great ideas and pitch them successfully.

There is a strong emphasis on dissecting the technical aspects of creating fresh and vivid prose, including the art of writing unputdownable openings, compelling descriptions and authentic quotes. The book assesses whether and how even novices can make travel writing pay, and delves into the brave new world of blogging.

Contains fascinating interviews with key travel writing figures, including the guidebook publisher Hilary Bradt and acclaimed travel writer Will Gray. By appraising extracts from the works of such renowned writers as Gerald Durrell, Peter Matthiessen and Redmond O’Hanlon, as well features from key publications such as Lonely Planet and National Geographic Traveller magazines, the book illustrates exactly what makes memorable writing – and what doesn’t.

Travel Writing by James Fair is available to buy now

Travel Writing by James Fair

LOVE BYTE Dating Competition

Love Byte by David AtkinsonAndy Hunter is a single father trying to balance the demands of a 2-year-old daughter, an interfering but well-meaning mother-in-law and a job he is always in danger of losing. So, when he receives a series of delayed emails from his late wife Lindsay telling him to date, it seems like a good idea. With Lindsay’s emails spurring him on, Andy weaves a path of disharmony and chaos amongst his close friends and family, but soon discovers he is not cut out for modern dating. Filled with laugh-out-loud situations and moments of soul-searching, this heart-warming, moving romantic comedy set in Edinburgh, is a bittersweet tale of second chances and self-discovery.

In Love Byte, Andy Hunter goes on some pretty horrendous dates that will make you laugh and cringe in equal measure.

For your chance to win a copy of this new romantic comedy, just tweet your worst date using the hashtag #lovebytedating. (UK only)

OUT NOW: Cicely’s King Richard by Sandra Heath Wilson

cicely's king richardSandra was born in South Wales, but spent a great deal of her childhood in Ulster and Germany. She has lived in Gloucestershire since marrying forty years ago, and has one daughter and two grandchildren. Published worldwide, her early books were set around the Wars of the Roses. Her other books, also published by Robert Hale, include her Regency novels The Makeshift Marriage, Lady Jane’s Ribbons and Hide and Seek.

Cicely’s King Richard by Sandra Heath Wilson

It is 1483, and the children of the late Yorkist King Edward IV have been declared illegitimate by their own uncle, the new King Richard III. His second niece, Lady Cicely Plantagenet, hardly knows her uncle, but from the outset is fiercely drawn to this charismatic man, with whom she shares tremendous affinity and rarest of all, his trust.

But there will be complete, unconditional passion and the loss of all innocence for Cicely before Richard has to defend his realm, his cause and his life against the invading force of the Lancastrian pretender, Henry Tudor, at the Battle of Bosworth Field.

A new and compassionate look at the much-maligned, misunderstood Richard, Duke of Gloucester, Sandra Heath Wilson explores the intensity and sensitivity of history’s ‘wicked’ King and his illicit relationship with his young niece: the perceptive and enticing Cicely. The first in an impressive historical trilogy.

Praise for Cicely’s King Richard

 ‘Cicely was really brought to life, with her heart and soul bursting from the pages’ – Novelicious

Cicely’s King Richard by Sandra Heath Wilson is available to buy now

cicely's king richard