Year-end Teasers: The 2016 spotlight

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Your favorite bestselling authors have been very busy over the past 12 months. Altogether, BestSelling Reads member authors have published 46 titles. Here’s a quick look back at all the great reading available for your enjoyment this year.

Claude Bouchard

Scott Bury

Barb Drozdowich

Julie C. Gilbert

DelSheree Gladden

Emily Kimelman

Emily’s Sydney Rye Kindle World also launched in May 2016.

Seb Kirby

 

Toby Neal

Renée Pawlish

Kathleen Valentine

Even though Kathleen passed away at the end of October, she published two books in 2016:

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Thursday teaser: Sugar for Sugar

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The new psychological thriller by Seb Kirby launches tomorrow.

Today is your last chance to pre-order before the price goes up.

sugarforsugarPROLOGUE

Mark Dankworth shifts the luxury SUV through the gears. He’s late for the early morning meeting in London that he’s tried his best to postpone. But no one will cut him any slack. So, here he is, peering through the pre-dawn November darkness at the twists and turns on the country road ahead and wishing he was already there.

In truth, he knows that the conditions outside are less than ideal. He should reduce his speed, given the poor visibility ahead, as pockets of fog lurk here and there in the hollows along the way. But why spend all that money on a top of the range performance vehicle if it isn’t fit to cope with conditions like this? He’d be the one to pay if he failed to make the meeting on time.

He presses down harder on the accelerator and feels the reassuring surge of speed as the vehicle responds.

The song being played on the sound system is one he doesn’t like. In fact, it annoys him. Why would his favourite band include something like that on what is otherwise a near perfect album? Better to skip that track, move on to the next.

He takes his eyes off the road for the briefest moment.

The sound system responds to a prod of his finger as the despised track is skipped.

His eyes return to the road.

He doesn’t see it before it hits.

He feels it first. A dull thud as something collides with the front of the SUV, sending a shudder through the vehicle.

Then the blurred image of something heavy hurtling across the windscreen and disappearing behind him.

He grips the steering wheel, maintains onward direction. He is safe.

What was it? A dog? A badger?

Something tells him it was no dog, no badger.

Instinct tells him to apply the brakes. The vehicle slows and then stops.

The road around him is dark and still. There is no other traffic. No one about.

He unlocks the door, climbs out and begins to walk back along the road, towards whatever it is he’s collided with.

There’s something there, lying broken at the side of the road.

As he moves closer, he can tell that his instinct was right. It’s no dog, no badger. He peers through the fog and sees that it’s a young girl. A schoolgirl. Aged about ten. Somehow, her school bag is still with her, tangled now around her neck.

He panics. If he comes any closer, if he stays, they’ll know it was him. When they analyse the scene, they’ll discover that he was driving too fast. His life will be a mess.

He walks away. Back to the SUV. He knows he should phone to report the accident. They may still be able to save the girl. But then they will know it’s him when they trace the call.

Someone else will find her. Make sure she gets the attention she needs. It will come out all right.

He feels secure again as the SUV envelops him in its comfort and responds to his need to escape.

Further down the road, there’s the school bus the girl must have been heading towards.

As he passes, he hopes that no one will notice him.

About Sugar for Sugar

How far would you go to uncover the secrets of your past?

Issy Cunningham has made a new life for herself but that’s all about to come crashing down.

If only she could recall what happened that Valentine’s Eve, she would be able to tell the police what really took place.

But those memories won’t come because there’s too much in the past that troubles her.

How can she set the record straight when her past won’t let her be?

You can pre-order Sugar for Sugar at a special price only before launch day on November 9.

About the author

sebkirby2Seb Kirby was literally raised with books: his grandfather ran a mobile library in Birmingham, UK and his parents inherited a random selection of the books. Once he discovered a trove of well-used titles from Zane Gray’s Riders of the Purple Sage, HG Wells’ The Invisible Man and Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities to more obscure stuff, he was hooked.

He is author of the James Blake thriller series, Take No More, Regret No More and Forgive No More, and the science-fiction thriller, Double Bind.

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Teaser Thursday: Each Day I Wake

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By Seb Kirby

EachDay-KirbyCHAPTER 1

I opened my eyes.

It felt like someone else had opened them.

My lungs were on fire. Each breath a screech of pain.

This broken body, pushed almost beyond repair, wouldn’t let me move except to raise my head from the pillow and snatch a glance around before the agony of this simple action overtook me and I collapsed once more.

The room was cool and white. The light above was clinical.

Where was I?

I touched the pristine sheets.

I was in a hospital bed.

Why was I here?

How long had I been here?

I realised then that I knew the answer to none of these questions. And that there was another question I was afraid to ask.

Who am I?

CHAPTER 2

He told me his name was Josh Healey and that he was a clinician attached to the Trauma Ward.

“It’s good to see you’re looking stronger today.”

“You mean you’re surprised I’ve made it.”

“Don’t think that way. But if you mean you were badly injured, close to death, then I’d have to say yes.”

I struggled to understand. “What happened?”

“You don’t recall?”

“There’s nothing. Nothing. Until I wake up here.”

“They pulled you out of the water, from North Dock at Canary Wharf. A near drowning.”

“Some kind of accident?”

“No, you’d been beaten, before you entered the water. That’s the cause of the bruising and swelling to your arms, chest and abdomen.” He looked away. “Best not to dwell on that now. You’ve been in deep shock. But you’re now in recovery. The coldness of the water helped, I’m sure. Slowed the possibility of neurological damage. And we’ve restored your electrolyte balance. Your prognosis is good.”

“How long have I been here?”

He looked at the chart. “Three days.”

“And where is here?”

He smiled to reassure me. “We’re a few miles away from Canary Wharf, in Hammersmith Hospital.”

“What was I doing there, at Canary Wharf?”

“That’s what we’re hoping you’ll tell us. Once you’re better.” He took a step back. “No need to worry about this now, build your strength, give it time.”

CHAPTER 3

Then it came.

The first memory.

Clear, straight from nowhere, like a bright light piercing the darkness.

I’m seeing it, living it. It’s me, looking on, seeing myself doing all this.

I’m with a woman.

She’s young, just turned nineteen, pretty.

Cathy.

Smart, sexy.

We’re talking about our meeting in a pub and how I brought her to this place.

This dark room with wood panelled walls covered with books.

Making love to her.

My adultery.

No, I’m not that kind of person. Not the kind to lie to my wife.

I have a wife.

I have a wife.

Yet here I am with Cathy.

Something intense. Something I don’t want to see. Something I don’t want to have to recall.

My hands round her throat, squeezing the life out of her. Watching her body go limp.

About Each Day I Wake 

A gripping psychological thriller by Seb Kirby

Young women are going missing and only Tom Markland knows the terrifying truth. When he’s pulled out of the North Dock, he comes round not knowing who he is or how he got there. All he knows is that someone is killing young women. He sees them die each time he closes his eyes. The only way he’s going to recover his identity is to discover who is doing the killings. 

Each Day I Wake will keep you turning page after page. 

Get it on Amazon.

About the author

Seb KirbySeb Kirby was literally raised with books – his grandfather ran a mobile library in Birmingham, UK and his parents inherited a random selection of the books. Once he discovered a trove of well-used titles from Zane Gray’s Riders of the Purple Sage, HG Wells’ The Invisible Man and Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities to more obscure stuff, he was hooked.

He’s been an avid reader ever since.

Other inspirations include Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis and The Trial, George Orwell 1984 and Animal Farm, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s One Day In The Life of Ivan Denisovich, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, Boris Pasternak’s Dr Zhivago, Arthur Koestler’s Darkness At Noon, Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov, Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over the Cukoo’s Nest, Brave New World by Aldous Huxley …

He is author of the James Blake thriller series, Take No More, Regret No More and, coming soon, Forgive No More, and the science-fiction thriller, Double Bind.

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Wordless Wednesday: Each Day I Wake

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A gripping psychological thriller
By Seb Kirby

EachDay-KirbyYoung women are going missing and only Tom Markland knows the terrifying truth.

When he’s pulled out of the North Dock, he comes round not knowing who he is or how he got there.

All he knows is that someone is killing young women.

He sees them die each time he closes his eyes.

The only way he’s going to recover his identity is to discover who is doing the killings.

Each Day I Wake will keep you turning page after page.

Get it on Amazon.

About the author

Seb KirbySeb Kirby was literally raised with books – his grandfather ran a mobile library in Birmingham, UK and his parents inherited a random selection of the books. Once he discovered a trove of well-used titles from Zane Gray’s Riders of the Purple Sage, HG Wells’ The Invisible Man and Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities to more obscure stuff, he was hooked.

He’s been an avid reader ever since.

He is author of the James Blake thriller series, Take No More, Regret No More and Forgive No More, and the science-fiction thriller, Double Bind.

Read more about him on his BestSelling Reads Author page.

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And follow him on Twitter @Seb_Kirby.

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Focus Friday: Forgive No More

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The third James Blake thriller

By Seb Kirby

Prologue

Sera Monastery, Lhasa

Everyone knew him here as one of the most devout, one of the few who had risen to the rank of Ajahn. Devout because of the time he spent in meditation and prayer. He was honored they would think of him in this way within the monastery, given he was not Tibetan.

It was the center of his universe, the place he went back to in order to replenish his life, to regenerate his energy and regain what was lost when he went out there, into the wider world.

The last time he’d been out into that world he’d killed fifty men and not a few women without a thought. Because he served a higher goal. And because, when looked at from here, from the center of the universe, the deaths were not important. In the great flow of energy passing through this place and through him as he meditated and chanted, the lives of these people were as nothing. Could be nothing.

Still a slew of naked thoughts ran through his mind and threatened to disrupt the state of truth to which he was all the time aiming in these two hours alone in the monastery cell — why had he been concerned that the little girl would have to die? Why did he have to meet her? Why did she have to speak to him before the killings at Town Lake? He’d checked the lists of those who’d died. The little girl had been spared. But that was not the point. It was the simple fact that her innocence had touched him and he’d been made to care what would happen to her. It would not leave his thoughts. Try as he might to let these ideas go, they hung on, confronting him.

With time and mental effort, his mind focused once more on the flow of energy through him, the flow that gave him the glimpse of the divine.

He turned to face the door as a novice samanera came for instruction.

Strange, he thought, that he was so far away now from the world where they knew him by a different name.

Wolfgang Heller.

About Forgive No More

Dark secrets revealed in a thrilling climax

James Blake and his family can only be safe if the truth about the conspiracy threatening their lives is brought into the full light of day. Follow James in this intriguing thriller as the conspiracy widens and he must return to Italy to confront those seeking to destroy his family. Forces from around the world, from Washington and Tijuana to Munich and London, are ranged against him. As the mystery comes to a resounding climax, he discovers that dark secrets have survived down the centuries and are in the hands of those who threaten all those dear to him.

From international bestselling author Seb Kirby, Forgive No More continues the intriguing story of crime, corruption and conspiracy begun in Take No More and Regret No More. It is a must-read for fans of Harlan Coben, Daniel Silva and all who enjoy a thought provoking and exciting thriller.

Exclusively on Amazon.

About the author

Seb KirbySeb Kirby was literally raised with books – his grandfather ran a mobile library in Birmingham, UK and his parents inherited a random selection of the books. Once he discovered a trove of well-used titles from Zane Gray’s Riders of the Purple Sage, HG Wells’ The Invisible Man and Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities to more obscure stuff, he was hooked.

He’s been an avid reader ever since.

He is author of the James Blake thriller series, Take No More, Regret No More and Forgive No More, the science-fiction thriller, Double Bind, and the upcoming second installment of that series.

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And follow him on Twitter @Seb_Kirby

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Focus Friday: Take No More

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By Seb Kirby

TNM-Cover-LARGE-EBOOK-682x1024 (1)I could not have known that this day, of all days, was the one that would change my life so much for the worse.

I was walking down the steps at the side of Southwark Cathedral. I’d left work in time to get to Borough Market while it was still open. Julia was away in Florence working on a project for her conservation studio, absorbed in her work restoring paintings and we hadn’t seen each other for over a month.

The old Market had been transformed in recent years with the arrival from all over the world of so many young workers in London. Now almost every taste and every cuisine was catered for at the bustling stalls wedged beneath the Victorian overhead railway, its cast iron supports forming an ornate roof.

It was still a wonder to me how much I loved Julia. And how much she loved me. We were soul mates. It was as simple as that. Nor could I believe how lucky we’d been to buy the apartment overlooking the Thames.

As I left the Market, the view across the river, taking in the Embankment and with St Paul’s dominating the opposite skyline, was magnificent. The Thames was always in flow, turbulent and full of interest, a working river with craft of all shapes and sizes.

Turning onto the riverside walk, popular with tourists but still retaining enough of the character that for centuries had made it a mysterious place, I walked on through a low brick walled tunnel where a busker, no doubt a young musician from one of the London orchestras, was playing Brahms. I walked past the terrace restaurant at the base of our apartment building, typed in the security number on the touchpad, pushed open the door and walked up the flight of stairs that led to the apartment.

Something was wrong. The door to the apartment was open; not ajar, but open just four or five inches.

We never left the door open no matter how good the security system of the apartment building was supposed to be.

I approached the door, trembling. I pushed against it. It would hardly give; there was something behind the door, stopping it from opening. I pushed harder until it gave. I forced my way inside.

It was Julia. She’d collapsed against the inside of the door trying to escape the apartment. There was blood everywhere. I felt for a pulse — at her wrist, at her neck — but there was none. I felt the deepest sadness welling from the base of my soul. It began with a scream that progressed to a howl of bitter regret followed by tears that shook my whole body.

Someone had killed her. Her body was still warm. It must have happened not many minutes before.

About Take No More

An artistic voyage in crime – thrilling and original

When James Blake discovers his wife murdered in their London home, he is determined to find her killer. As the prime suspect, he flees England and sets out on a journey that takes him to Florence and Venice and into a dark underworld of corruption, a trail that will lead him to the killer – and the shocking truth behind the mystery.

About Seb Kirby

SKLisbonSeb Kirby was literally raised with books – his grandfather ran a mobile library in Birmingham, UK and his parents inherited a random selection of the books. Once he discovered a trove of well-used titles from Zane Gray’s Riders of the Purple Sage, HG Wells’ The Invisible Man and Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities to more obscure stuff, he was hooked.

He’s been an avid reader ever since.

His books include the James Blake Thriller series (Take No More, Regret No More and Forgive No More) and the Raymond Bridges science fiction thriller series (Double Bind). He is hard at work now on the next installment.

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Wordless Wednesday: Double Bind

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By Seb Kirby

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‘One of the most thought-provoking thrillers I’ve read in a long time.’

In the sci fi thriller Double Bind, successful writer Raymond Bridges must unravel a mystery that goes to the heart of his being and face apparently irresolvable doubts about his identity, set off by encountering a perfect double of himself.

It’s a thrilling journey that leads him to question so much of what he finds in the world around him — even the loyalty of those he knows, including his love, Victoria.

What he uncovers is a conspiracy that shakes the world he knows to its foundations and asks key questions about how we live now and our responsibility to the planet.

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About the author

Seb Kirby was literally raised with books – his grandfather ran a mobile library in Birmingham, UK and his parents inherited a random selection of the books. Once he discovered a trove of well-used titles from Zane Gray’s Riders of the Purple Sage, HG Wells’ The Invisible Man and Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities to more obscure stuff, he was hooked.

He’s been an avid reader ever since.

Other inspirations include Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis and The Trial, George Orwell’s 1984 and Animal Farm, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s One Day In The Life of Ivan Denisovich, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, Boris Pasternak’s Dr Zhivago, Arthur Koestler’s Darkness At Noon, Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov, Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over the Cukoo’s Nest, Brave New World by
Aldous Huxley

He is author of the James Blake thriller series, Take No More, Regret No More and Forgive No More, and the science-fiction thriller, Double Bind.

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Win-a-Book Wednesday: Take No More, by Seb Kirby

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You could win a copy of the bestselling Take No More. Just answer this question in the Comments section, below:

Which composer was the busker playing in the tunnel near the riverside walk?

 

About  Take No More

Amazon Top 20 bestseller crime novel

From international bestselling author Seb Kirby, Take No More is a captivating story of crime, corruption and duplicity. It is a must-read for fans of Harlan Coben, Daniel Silva and all who enjoy a thought provoking and exciting thriller.

An artistic voyage in crime – thrilling and original

When James Blake discovers his wife murdered in their London home, he is determined to find her killer. As the prime suspect, he flees England and sets out on a journey that takes him to Florence and Venice and into a dark underworld of corruption, a trail that will lead him to the killer—and the shocking truth behind the mystery.

Praise for Take No More:

★★★★★ ‘Wow! This is action-packed from page one, and the reader is instantly thrust into murder, suspense, and intrigue…… I’d recommend this to anyone who enjoys a great crime thriller! And fans of Harlan Coben and Simon Kernick will love it!’ – (Author Sibel Hodge, amazon.com)

About the author

SKLisbonSeb Kirby was literally raised with books – his grandfather ran a mobile library in Birmingham, UK and his parents inherited a random selection of the books. Once he discovered a trove of well-used titles from Zane Gray’s Riders of the Purple Sage, HG Wells’ The Invisible Man and Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities to more obscure stuff, he was hooked.

He’s been an avid reader ever since.

Other inspirations include Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosisand The Trial, George Orwell 1984 and Animal Farm, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s One Day In The Life of Ivan Denisovich, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, Boris Pasternak’s Dr Zhivago, Arthur Koestler’s Darkness At Noon, Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov, Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over the Cukoo’s Nest, Brave New World by Aldous Huxley …

He is author of the James Blake thriller series, Take No More, Regret No More and, coming soon, Forgive No More, and the science-fiction thriller, Double Bind.

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Audio Focus Friday: Seb Kirby’s Take No More

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This week, Focus Friday shifts into audible mode with an excerpt from Seb Kirby’s new audiobook version of the bestselling thriller Take No More, narrated by Shiromi Arserio.

Take No More is a captivating story of crime, corruption and duplicity. It is a must for fans of Harlan Coben, Daniel Silva and all who enjoy a thought provoking and exciting thriller.

An artistic voyage in crime—thrilling and original

When James Blake discovers his wife murdered in their London home, he is determined to find her killer. As the prime suspect, he flees England and sets out on a journey that takes him to Florence and Venice and into a dark underworld of corruption, a trail that will lead him to the killer – and the shocking truth behind the mystery.

Listen to the opening on Soundcloud:

Check out the great in-page offer at Audible or at Amazon!

About the author

SKLisbonSeb Kirby was literally raised with books: his grandfather ran a mobile library in Birmingham, UK and his parents inherited a random selection of the books. Once he discovered a trove of well-used titles from Zane Gray’s Riders of the Purple Sage, HG Wells’ The Invisible Man and Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities to more obscure stuff, he was hooked.

He is author of the James Blake thriller series, Take No More, Regret No More and Forgive No More, and the science-fiction thriller, Double Bind.

 

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And follow him on Twitter @Seb_Kirby

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Wordy Wednesday II

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What to look forward to from your favorite BestSelling authors

samreen-ahsanSamreen Ahsan, author of A Silent Prayer and A Prayer Heeded, is  writing a story about an angel who is sent to Earth on his vacation with a gift of “free will.”

Seb Kirby is a busy writer. Just months after releasing his third James Blake thriller, Forgive No More, he has also released the first two in the series, Take No More and Regret No More in paperback, and has an audiobook version of Take No More in  production.

Take No More ACX coverCurrently, he’s 20,000 words into a sequel to Double Bind, his science fiction thriller. “The new one is an alternative history of the first in which things work out differently because of some significant changes made in the past that our hero, Raymond Bridges, has to come to terms with,” Seb explains.

He is also planning a fourth story in the James Blake series in which James must come to terms with the kidnapping of his brother, Miles, and the attempts of Alessa Lando to take revenge for the loss of her son, Matteo.
New mom Shannon Mayer, is managing to get some writing in while the baby sleeps.
Look for new work in the coming months from the author of
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“My name is Rylee and I am a Tracker. When children go missing, and the Humans have no leads, I’m the one they call. I am their last hope in bringing home the lost ones. I salvage what they cannot.”

Priceless, the Nevermore trilogy and 

High Risk Love.  

Sydney Landon released a book early. Pierced hit the shelves on July 2.
Circumstances bring two people that should have never crossed paths together and in the days and weeks ahead, they grow close quickly, each seeing a kindred soul in the other. As ghosts from their past rise to haunt them, they cling to each other as their lives start to spiral out of control. Soon, they realize that they’re both damaged possibly beyond repair. Will their love be what saves or destroys them?
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Frederick Lee Brooke has released the first two novels in his Drone Wars science-fiction series since the beginning of the year, and is taking a bit of a breather. Don’t worry—he has drafted a third book in the series. You know he won’t be able to stay away from it for long.
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They were promised weight loss, the cure for Cancer, Parkinson’s Disease and infertility; they were promised hope. The side effects were anything but hopeful.

And speaking of being away for long, Patricia Sands is wrapping up her European tours and expects to be hard at work on her next book, following up The Bridge Club and The Promise of Provence. Readers can’t wait!TBC Kindle cover

 

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It’s better to be safe, than to take a risk and have your life shattered into pieces alongside your heart.

 

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