How does it feel to be different and misunderstood? And who cares? Emily Knight is young and famous, self-aware and intelligent. But what if the one thing that makes Emily different also makes her a target for evil? Can she defend herself...and everything she loves? A.Bello breaks boundaries with this gritty and gripping fantasy novel.
In the far future, the human race is in jeopardy. The leader of the largest religion in the galaxy, consumed by a lust for power, is engineering a parasite that will mutate and kill billions. Caught up in the attempts to stop him are his closest aide, the heads of the galactic government, an off-world miner and his young daughter, who will all be forced to choose what they hold dear to keep the galaxy safe.
Lost soul and less-than-committed journalist Adam Darnow travels to London to embark on a fledgling career in the capital. Immediately sent back to Scotland with two colleagues and instructions to produce an advertising piece, they end up entangled in the machinations of the ominously ambitious Inverannan Estate owner and possible gangster, Galloglas.
Meanwhile, his oddly behaved colleague, Simon Conner is there for his own reasons and with a whole lot less luck. Leaving Adam and Emma, Simon has dreams of making a fortune, which all depends on the quality of advice from his erstwhile friends in London.
Set out fascinatingly with flashback chapters entwined with the main narrative, The Inverannan Assignment is a stunning, fast moving fusion of dark comedy, crime and mystery, keeping readers guessing to the end.
“An extraordinary piece of fiction”
“Violent, intriguing and often funny as hell”
“Brilliant fun, start to finish”
A Lion’s Roar: Fear, Courage and Whispers of Change is the true story of a woman who, despite feeling afraid and alone, voluntarily left a life she knew for one of self-discovery in the wilds of Africa. It would be a lion that would change her life forever.
At thirty-seven years old, Sonia Rosenblatt was worn down by city life. Boyfriends and friends had come and gone. Single, lonely, unfulfilled, unemployed and battling frequent bouts of crippling anxiety, she knew she had to make change. This fiercely honest memoir, set against the breathtaking backdrop of the southern African bushveld, recounts Sonia’s experience of self-discovery.
A Lion’s Roar: Fear, Courage and Whispers of Change chronicles Sonia’s experiences volunteering at wildlife reserves in South Africa and Botswana. The grittiness of conservation, and the vast untamed wilderness challenged her strength and resilience at every turn, while the relationships she formed and the wild animals she cared for allowed her to find herself in the most unexpected of places. Finally, an unexpected encounter with a lion changed Sonia’s life forever.
Divided into six captivating chapters, Sonia begins by describing her upbringing in a close-knit Jewish community in Dublin, of moving to a large secondary school at the age of twelve, an environment that would unhinge the steady foundations upon which her life had been built. She describes why years later, she moved to London and then to Toronto where harassment in the workplace plagued her and only exacerbated her debilitating anxiety. Sonia yearned to be unshackled from a life that had completely derailed off the path she had set herself. Through a series of serendipitous events, Sonia touched down in Johannesburg to become a volunteer on wildlife reserves in South Africa and Botswana for twelve weeks.
Sonia shares her battle with anxiety and vulnerability with unflinching intimacy. She discovers that she can handle situations and overcome her fears far better than she could ever have imagined. Sonia takes us through the daily life of a volunteer, sometimes in remote places, showing what it is like to have one’s life stripped back and unadorned – so far removed from the life she knows. Finally, Sonia describes how she went back to her grey life under grey skies and endured harassment in the workplace, debilitating anxiety and more bouts of depression. That was until she was ready to listen to the message that the lion had willed her to hear years earlier. When Sonia finally starts to listen, her life begins to change, a life that would move her towards a greater alignment with who she really is.
This memoir, A Lion’s Roar: Fear, Courage and Whispers of Change is an essential read for anyone who feels stuck in their lives and for those who are afraid to take that first step. This story will inspire readers to find the strength within themselves.
Detective Superintendent Brandt has found the perfect murderer.
And he will use his unparalleled knowledge of how to escape detection to kill; again and again, because the people of Britain need awakening from their slumber of indifference, having been desensitised by the violence that is gripping the country.
Brandt’s going to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end when you hear footsteps behind you. He’s going to make you look twice at that stranger walking towards you.
He’s going to make you afraid for your own safety and those around you.
Or he’s going to kill you.
But DCI Stella Johnson believes she can catch him. There is no such thing as a perfect murderer; everyone makes mistakes. The crime scenes may be lacking evidence, but each one tells its own story.
Aided by her young protege PC McNeil, and with their personal chemistry growing as fast as their working relationship, can she separate the murders’ facts from Brandt’s fiction to uncover the person behind these killings?
One Step Ahead takes the classic cat and mouse tale and flips it on its head. The intrigue behind Brandt’s dramatic descent into criminality, and Johnson’s determination to change the game, has captivated readers with its fascinating characters and compelling plot.
N.B. Formerly published under the title: Gamekeeper Turned Poacher.
DCI Jack Robson believes he is hunting a kidnapper …
Away from his London posting, Robson is asked to lead an investigation in the south-west of England. But what begins as a baffling local kidnapping mystery, quickly escalates into something far more sinister.
In pursuit of the perpetrators, DCI Robson joins forces with Inspector Emma Wilson and the rest of the regional CID team. Together, they attempt to make sense of the lack of evidence or motive, eventually getting drawn to the tiny island of Steep Holm, in the Bristol Channel.
As the investigation progresses, Robson, Wilson and their colleagues find themselves facing something far beyond normal detective work. Unthinkable connections lead them to a conspiracy, so great it could change the course of humanity. The question is, can they intervene before it’s too late to prevent the appalling future that potentially lies ahead …
As a small boy I loved to ride his bike, play football with friends and to laugh. I loved life and was always smiling.
When I was eight years old, I was targeted by a group of predatory paedophiles who subjected me to 18-months of horrific sexual abuse. I was too ashamed and scared to tell anyone what had happened...not my parents, friends or family.
In my new book, A Small Boy Smiling, I recount a remarkable story of survival and overcoming the trauma, guilt and shame of childhood sexual abuse, teenage alcoholism, sexual anorexia, and post traumatic stress disorder. My lifelong search for peace, love and healing culminates in personal spiritual awakening and a desire to help other survivors of sexual abuse to discover their own healing.
My search for healing inspired him to explore a variety of healing pathways which included conventional trauma therapies for PTSD in the UK; to Spain where I enjoyed an exhilarating month long pilgrimage along the 500-mile Camino to Santiago de Compostela; to Brazil where I experienced profound healing on a meditation retreat; and on numerous visits to India where I have studied spiritual philosophy, meditated in ashrams, and trekked the Himalayas.
However the initial catalyst for my healing was (and still is) Alcoholics Anonymous. I went to my first AA meeting at age 20 and have now been sober for over 25 years. My book includes a chapter by trauma therapist, Sarah Paton Briggs, about our therapy sessions together. Soulful Space: Reflections on my therapy work with Matt, has been very well received by my readers, many of whom are survivors.
A Small Boy Smiling is my story of how I’ve overcome my demons to reclaim my smile and learn to love and laugh again as an adult.
Basically it's what the cover suggests - jokes about wives, husbands and marriage! I suppose you could say it's 'old school' type humour, the kind of jokes that the likes of Bernard Manning, Frank Carson, Chubby Brown used to tell, though quite a few comedians/stand ups do still tell these kind of jokes. The book is split into two parts, the first containing jokes about wives, the second containing jokes about husbands. I've actually spun a lot of the jokes so that the husband is the brunt of the joke so that the book will appeal to women (who appreciate this kind of humour) as well as men. I also came up with a lot of the jokes myself. Below is the blurb from the back of the book
They say marriage is made in heaven, but then again so is thunder and lightning, and no doubt if you were to ask those that came up with the jokes in this book they’d probably tell you that their marriage was made in hell!
Split into two parts - Husband - Wife / Wife - Husband - this book contains the best jokes there are about marriage. Some are old, some are new, some are re-written and some are blue, and if you’re married (or divorced) you’ll resonate with them. And if you’re thinking of getting married you may well think again by the time you’ve finished the book!
*Contains strong language adult humour.