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Roundfire Books are delighted to announce that Gilda Trillim – Shepherdess of Rats by Steven L. Peck has been selected as a finalist in the 2017 Whitney Awards in the General Fiction category. The winners will be announced in May 2018 and we wish all the finalist well.

Steven L. Peck’s intriguing, literary narrative follows Gilda Trillim’s many adventures; from her origins on a potato farm in Idaho, to an Orthodox Convent in the Soviet Union, to her life as a badminton champion…
When Gilda is taken prisoner during the Vietnam war, she finds comfort in the company of the rats who cohabit her cell. Follow Gilda as she struggles to comprehend the meaning of life in this uncanny, philosophical novel which explores Mormonism, spirituality and what it means to be human.

Praise for Gilda Trillim – “Gilda Trillim has sprung from Steven Peck’s head as fully-formed and singular a woman as you’ll ever meet. Hers is an engrossing, uncanny world, pulled into existence by an author at the peak of his creative power. Absolutely compulsive reading” ~ Emily H. Butler, author of Freya and Zoos

If you would like to read and judge for yourself you can order your copy here Gilda Trillim – Buy Now

 

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February 20th, 2018 is International Love Your Pet Day and it got us thinking about how often pets feature as a key character in fiction…

From Nana the nurse dog in Peter Pan, Scabbers the Rat in Harry Potter, Tintin’s Snowy to Bill Syke’s Bulls-Eye in Oliver Twist. They are the constant and often closest companions of their fictional owners. They enhance the protagonist’s character and become an integral part of their fictional lives. They colour a story often bringing both comedy and pathos, and always bringing love. Dogs in particular often have a very special place in their fictional human’s life.

Lodestone Author Spotlight – Marie Yates An author with canine connections

At Lodestone, we are delighted to work with author Marie Yates. Marie is a writer, speaker and coach along with being a Director of Canine Perspective CIC, a social enterprise which was established due to the success of her novel Reggie and Me, published by Lodestone Books. Marie’s passion for working with survivors and rescue dogs has created a global legacy utilising the human-canine bond. Marie shares her work with audiences from the 3rd Sector, Youth, Educational and Corporate organisations and as a motivational speaker and regular guest on radio, she emphatically shares the message of surviving with purpose.

Reggie & Me is the first book in the Dani Moore Trilogy. Dani’s story is told through her diary in the wake of her rape and subsequent court case.
Having moved with her mum, Dani starts year eleven at a new school, facing various challenges that bring a renewed energy to face whatever is thrown at her and carry on regardless. She realises that ‘normality’ is something that she can define herself, with the help of her dog Reggie and the people around her.
Reggie & Me is more than a story of survival, as the reader is taken on an inspiring journey of personal development, interweaved with tools that girls and young women can use to create the positive future they deserve

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Sammy and Me is the second book in the Dani Moore Trilogy.

Dani Moore, a teenage rape survivor, embarks upon the next phase in her life as she starts Sixth Form College. She hopes that this will be the new start she has been desperate for, having had a difficult final year at school. With an unwelcome change at home, her friends busy with their own lives and difficult reminders of her past, Dani wonders where she can turn for help. With her rescue dog, Reggie, by her side and a lifeline in the form of a new friend, will Dani make it through another roller-coaster year?

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– International Love Your Pet Day – even when they take up residence in your favourite reading chair…

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“The non-shaving, motorcycle-riding, bourbon-drinking, non-lawyer, lawyer.”

…Who also happens to be a fine writer 

BECAUSE I HAD TO is a “can’t-put-it-down-tale of adoption secrets and the dark side of a therapist’s couch.” It is hard-hitting, thought-provoking, funny and sad. BECAUSE I HAD TO is a book that moves and engages its readers. So just how does a non-shaving, motorcycle-riding, bourbon-drinking, non-lawyer, lawyer end up writing a book like that?

In this Q&A session its author, David Bulitt,  talks frankly on some of the mental health and contemporary themes that are woven throughout the novel, as well as exploring writing from the perspective of a 23-year-old woman.

Q: Lets start at the beginning. Masturbation and cutting/self-harm all in the first chapter immediately drops quite a contradiction of emotions onto the reader. Why did you decide that was the way to launch this story?
A: First of all, I wanted to write a book that grabbed people from the start. In terms of my main character, Jess Porter, it was vitally important to me that the reader immediately grasp a sense of who she is, her own inner conflicts and how they affected her actions and her thinking. Of course, if ‘the bathtub trick’ goes viral, that would be okay too.

Q: So why write the story from dual perspectives? Why a second narrator?
A: I liked the idea of running with a parallel story of an older, established and successful man who, much like Jess, was searching for his own path in life. That character, Joe Becker, narrates my first novel, CARD GAME, and Jess’s deceased father was his best friend. Bringing them together was, I thought, an interesting way to show that we all, no matter where we are and in what stage of life, can still be looking for our place in this world.

Q: We get a lot of insight into therapy, both individually and in a group setting. Where did that come from?

A: The research for that was easy. My wife is a therapist. She works primarily with teens and younger adults, many with ADHD, learning disabilities, anxiety, depression and more. I spent a good amount of time annoying her, looking to find out what would go on in her office in different circumstances, times in this young woman’s story. From there, I constructed the character of Jamie, her therapist and developed the dialog between them. I also wanted to infuse this aspect of the story with some humor and we see that come out primarily in the group therapy scenes with Jess, Macy and the others.

Q: Adoption plays a large part of Jess’ sense of who she is, or thinks she is anyway.
A: It does. I have four daughters, two of whom are adopted. It never mattered to me how we got our kids. We loved them all the same. Now for the two who are adopted, they have their own feelings – loss, confusion and the rest. Its funny, I took quite a shot from a reader on Goodreads who apparently felt as if the book was not in some way representative of most adoptees experiences. She is right, of course, but to be fair, it was not my intention to write a textbook or treatise on adoption. This is one girl’s story. That’s it.

Q: Jess’ cutting/Self-harm was particularly painful to me to read.

A: It was hard for me to write. I had a daughter who was a cutter. It made me pretty sick, to be honest. As a father, I just could not understand it, the blood, scrapes and scars. The behavior made no sense to me. I mean, intellectually I understand that cutting is some sort of coping mechanism, a way to deal with intense pressure, strong emotions, desperation and the like. In my book, Jess is a high-velocity package of emotions and feelings. Cutting is one of the ways all of that comes to the surface.

Q: Many readers might be confused by JB’s disinterest in his job when, to me anyway, the lawyering stories are pretty interesting.
A: You know, that’s the thing with him. What he does is interesting to most of us, just not him. He has a great career, one many would swap for, yet he isn’t happy. He isn’t fulfilled. When I fleshed out his character, though, I wanted him to be likeable and someone to root for, not spoiled or overly jaded.

This story has a lot of sadness, a lot of loss. Were there any pieces in the book that were more difficult to write than others?
A: Portions of Jess’ story come from raising one of my own daughters and the really deep sadness in trying, and up to now not succeeding, to make her well. That said, the dream sequence with JB and Tom on the beach, for some reason, that was really tough for me to write. I love that chapter.

Q: Can we talk about the end of the story without giving it away?
A: Sure. Life is not easily wrapped up in a bow. I didn’t want Jess’ story to end that way either. That the ending should make for some good book club discussions did not escape me either.

You can also hear David talk in this YouTube clip about how his life as a writer and family man combines with his work as a top lawyer…

David Bulitt Attorney/Novelist - YouTube

PRAISE FOR BECAUSE I HAD TO

David Bulitt’s sexy, courageous and honest new offering “Because I Had To” taps into the everyday well-intentioned fabric that veils our work and family lives. Bulitt pulls off the veil revealing family entanglements, private seconds of ecstasy and grief spotlighting the human not so perfect in all of us. “Because I Had To” reminds us of the possibility and opportunity for personal heroics which can rescue, guide and ultimately make all the difference. ~ Zev Halpern, Psychotherapist, Amazon

FIVE STARS “Great insight into the thoughts of an adoptee. I have two adopted children and two biological and I was in tears for the feelings revealed.” ~ Nancy, Amazon reader

“If you like contemporary fiction this is for you. Thoroughly enjoyed this book. A real page turner suitable for a great book club discussion. In fact, everyone in my book club bought it and loved it. Can’t wait for Bulitt’s next novel.” ~ amazon reader, amazon

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The Alkoryn Chronicles take you to a rich alternative world full of its own animals, vegetation and dynamic landscapes, from jungles and deserts to volcanoes. It is a unique world where its axis only allows the sun to shine on one side, leaving the other side in complete darkness.

In this world, there are two diverse cultures. The Alkoryns are a humble self-sufficient community, highly productive without being industrious. The Amunisari are a secretive advanced culture, led by a single council. They seek to evolve themselves by any means necessary and strive for a perfect race.

In Part 1 we meet Daimeh. When he finds a hidden map and a scripture washed up with an unusual body at the Galunda Bay, Daimeh’s idyllic life changes forever. After an autopsy has been conducted, he decides to follow the map and go on a journey with his aunt to the impassable lands to the north, where it is rumoured a great civilisation lives. In their path are giant worms, mysterious technology and a gargantuan.

When they reach their destination the Amunisari appear very welcoming… But after facing deception, mystery and brutality, Daimeh has to face his final fear… Being alone…

Extract from The Alkoryn Chronicles Part 1 Scripture from The Past

The tide was once again coming in as Daimeh finished his daily routine of delivering various commodities to the people of Alkoryn, his people. Although his profession was regarded as an important one, he always referred to himself as ‘the delivery boy’. As the grandson of the sovereign, he did not have to work, but he felt a personal obligation to contribute to the economy of his village, Lybas…

The second instalment of The Alkoryn Chronicles is set on the dark side of this unique world, otherwise known as the Land of Eternal Stars. It explores rich, diverse cultures, military dictatorship and rebel resistance, as well as self-sustained living and the interconnected lives of the six diverse cultures, that populate the dark side of the planet.

After his village is decimated and his tribe enslaved by the dictatorial Zygeth, Ugoki, of the Rhajok’dons is left to find his own way in the desolate realm of Stygia, where the sun never rises. Traveling west, he joins the resistance group. There he meets a young boy, Xanoth, with whom he develops an unbreakable bond. They vow to put an end to the oppression of Kraag’Blitz, forever, in this compelling second instalment of The Alkoryn Chronicles.

C.J. Gleave has had a passion for writing from a very young age. She has been to three North-East universities and has achieved a degree, a master’s degree and a post-graduate certificate. She has also been an Olympian, representing her country in women’s ice hockey. She lives in Durham, UK. This is epic, immersive fantasy written by a female author in a genre dominated by men.

Praise for the Alkoryn Chronicles – Part 1 

Daimeh finds a body washed ashore and a tablet with strange glyphs. He doesn’t know that this discovery will change his life forever. With his aunt Cresadir, he sets off on a journey through lands that the people of Alkoryn thought unreachable, meeting strange creatures on the way.

C.J. Gleave depicts vividly the way of life on the islands, peaceful, in harmony with nature. It’s like watching colours applied on a blank canvas.The way the author describes the personality traits of the characters makes them realistic.

The second part of the novel is completely different and is also reflected in the description of the people and places.The ending is intriguing and I can’t wait to read the sequel to this great debut novel.

If you like fantasy stories with an interesting twist, this novel is for you. – Catherine Ndiaye, Amazon

You can buy both the first two books of the Alkoryn Chronicles via Cosmic Egg Books 

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That They Might Lovely Be is the sweeping evocative and engaging debut novel from David Matthews.  Beginning in a village in Kent, taking the reader from the hell of Flanders to the liberating beauty of the Breton coast, recounting a love affair which embraces the living and the dead.

It is a multi-layered literary novel stretching between the two World Wars but has a far wider scope: emotionally, geographically and historically. It is the story of Bertie Simmonds, whom no-one thought could speak. When he is heard singing an Easter hymn it is not so much the miracle some think as a bolt drawn back on a door, releasing long-repressed emotions with potentially devastating consequences. When, a decade later, Bertie marries Anstace a woman old enough to be his mother, another layer of mystery starts to peel away. Behind everything is her lyrical, multi-faceted love-affair which transcends every convention of the age.

Asked where the inspiration for the title come from David says,
“At the heart of the story is a boy who, for the first ten years or so of his life is an elective
mute. As the secrecy concerning his birth starts to disintegrate, he starts to speak. One
evening, he is heard singing an Easter hymn and the book’s title is a line from that hymn,
My Song is Love Unknown, the words by Samuel Crossman. Running throughout this
story is the question: what is truly lovely in a brutal world?

Extract from the novel

Monday, 12 August 1940

All day there had been dogfights high overhead. It was mid- afternoon when the rector’s wife stepped through the French windows into the garden. Bullets spattered down through the trees, ripping the turf around her feet yet leaving her unscathed. This, the second miracle of her life, turned her wits.

In the same hour, Delia Simmonds was about to wring the neck of a young cockerel ready for the pot while her father, the retired schoolmaster, was sitting on the old oak bench, resolutely ignoring the combat above the clouds. The squawking of the doomed bird was drowned out as a stricken aeroplane came screaming down from the sky toward them. They watched as it roared above the roof of their cottage, skimming the tops of the trees before ploughing straight into the South Lodge on the other side of the wood.

They heard the crash, but neither felt compelled to hurry along the lanes to see where it had hit the ground. News would reach them soon enough. They had inhabited the fringes of village life for some years now. As an accumulation of barnacles and weed gradually renders a vessel unseaworthy, so the steady accretion of gossip and suspicion, which had attached itself to the schoolmaster and his family since the tragic events ten years before, had made his position untenable. He had bought a small parcel of land in the woodlands and had a cottage built there for himself and his daughter.

As it happened, it could not have been ten minutes before a child came running up the path to the gate.

‘You’d best come, miss, sir. Plane’s crashed into the South Lodge. They’re saying your Bertie and Mrs. Cordingley’s inside but it’s all ablaze.’

Praise for That They Might Lovely Be 

“…a literary page-turner with a heart and a brain.” – Clare Chambers, author of In a Good Light, The Editor’s Wife

“brilliantly structured …a thought-provoking meditation on love and failures.” – Catherine Brennan, Poet, Beneath the Deluge

“David Matthews’ excellent first novel is about love unknown, about sin and its consequences, about grief and even about redemption. Although there is war, suicide, loneliness and despair, it is a deeply hopeful novel…a delight to read.” Fr Richard Peers, blogger, Director of Education in the Anglican diocese of Liverpool

That They Might Lovely Be is available as ebook and paperback from your favourite online stores via Top Hat Books

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Stan Pavlov, method actor, once stabbed a distant uncle before an audition for Hamlet – just to get the feel of it; he once ruined a performance of MacBeth yelling “look out, Duncan!”; and for Equus… well… the less said, the better. The only recent acting jobs he has listed on his headshot are “appeared in court” and “hot dog” (handing out fliers for a fast-food restaurant).

Then life takes an unexpected change – for the worse – when his beloved Dog inadvertently gets cast in the commercial Stan was auditioning for. From there,

Pavlov’s Dog ascends to stardom: lead roles in The Royal Shakespeare Company, a prime-time animated series, and serious negotiations for a late-night talk show. Stan finds himself alone when his long-time girlfriend takes over as the Dog’s manager and heads to L.A.

Stan quits; instead of being on the stage, he is simply around it, cleaning up after shows. He has flushed the acting bug out of his system, until…

The Dog, sick and surprisingly broke, needs money for an operation (having blown all his on chew toys and bitches). To raise the cash, Stan has to accept a role as the unremarkable game show host of Animal Instinct – a role he has just vehemently refused.

Suddenly, with his own star on the rise, Stan finds that everything he ever wanted – money, fame, attention – is not actually what he really wanted. The one thing success can’t provide is what he desires most: companionship.

Trashing hotel rooms, robbing banks, punching fans who don’t want to take his picture can’t erase the simple truth: there is no loneliness quite as profound as a man separated from his dog. Has fame destroyed any hope of reuniting?

Pavlov’s Dog is the story of one man’s unwavering search for companionship, loyalty, friendship.

Extract from Pavlov’s Dog

Sarah held the phone out to him. “Someone named Nigel is on the phone for you?”

Stan hurtled over the dog, banged shin-first straight into the corner of a rusty bench, and ripped the phone out of Sarah’s surprised hands. “Hi! Nigel, hey there, hello!”

Stan put his hand over the mouthpiece and in his best, raspy stage whisper said to Sarah, “It’s Nigel! You know . . . my agent!” With her left hand, she gave him an enthusiastic thumbs-up while with her right hand, hidden behind her back, she crossed her fingers so firmly that her hand cramped.

“Nigel, wow. I haven’t heard from you since . . . well . . .I’ve . . . I’ve never heard from you, actually.”
Stan took a moment to let this sink in, his posture crumpling several inches, before Nigel spoke again, making Stan’s ears perk up momentarily. “Yes . . . oh, my God . . . the cola commercial? . . . Really! . . . What do you mean, ‘bring treats’?”

The sun rose so slowly that Stan imagined that, just like him, the sun wanted nothing to do with today and just wanted to go back to bed. He had heard of 5:30 AM call times but, having never really been cast in anything before—at least not anything of consequence—he wasn’t sure if they truly existed. But here it was. And it was just as awful as he had imagined.

He still couldn’t believe it. It had to be a joke. He kept looking around, waiting and praying that any moment now all his friends and relatives would jump out and yell, “Surprise!” and wish him a happy fortieth birthday. Except he was only thirty-three. And his birthday was five and a half months away. As hopes go, it wasn’t looking promising.

Looking around, wondering where they were supposed to be, Stan caught sight of the craft services table and fell madly in love. Every hearty baked good, every sun-kissed fruit— lovingly sliced into convenient, bite-size morsels—every flavor of coffee yet thought of by nature or man, was there for the taking, no questions asked. And Stan was sure that if there was a special condiment he desired on the side, that it could be arranged with a whispered word in an influential ear.

With a frolic and a gambol, and a move mildly reminiscent of a caper, he headed for the craft services table, dragging the dog behind him, who had been about to leave a coil-shaped memento, just to prove that he was here. The dog was understandably frustrated at being denied this small opportunity at immortality.

Praise for the book, or maybe the Dog…

I found Pavlov’s Dog to be entertaining, with a biting wit and nice sense of satire. David Kurman writes vividly and his words punch up the page. Recommended for anyone looking for a book that is somewhat like Tarantino having a drink with Vonnegut.  – JD DeHart, NetGalley

I loved this book!
It’s the story of a Dog that found fame and fortune accidentally, only to blow it all on “chew toys and bitches”!
It’s also about the unbreakable bond between human and dog.
He becomes down and out and so returns to his owner, Stan Pavlov, as he is in dire need of a lifesaving operation which costs money.
It’s a Man has Dog, Man loses Dog to Fame, Dog returns to Man type of story. Wonderful! Highly recommended. – Eileen Hall, Goodreads

You can buy the e-book at these online retailers
AMAZON UK – BARNES & NOBLE – HIVE

Buy this Paperback at these online retailers:
AMAZON UK – BARNES & NOBLE – HIVE – INDIEBOUND

Pavlov’s Dog is David Kurman’s first novel. When he is not trying to get people to buy and read his first published novel, he works in advertising.

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Whether it’s the rugged Highlands and Islands or the gritty cosmopolitan city of Glasgow, Scotland always provides a fantastic backdrop for a story. This month JHP is proud to be publishing two very different but both brilliantly entertaining reads with atmospheric Scottish settings.

With No Safe Anchorage author Liz McCrae Shaw delivers a hard to put down fast-moving tale that stretches from the Scottish Isles to Canada.

Tom Masters, a nineteenth-century naval officer, is a round peg in a square hole. A tantalising glimpse of a stranger leads him to jump ship on a quest to find her. His adventures, interwoven with the life of a young Robert Louis Stevenson, take Tom from the Isle of Skye to Canada. There he encounters others who have been jettisoned by society, including Silent Owl, a Native American who becomes his soulmate. But, danger and exposure threaten Tom’s every move as he is forced to continue on his journey…

“Liz MacRae Shaw weaves her way between reality and fiction with ambition and skill in another fine historical novel. Its characters are rich and fully drawn…and she pulls her narrative threads together with ease.
‘No Safe Anchorage’ is another fine book from an extremely interesting author. North-west Highland and Island history could not be in the hands of a better modern novelist.” Roger Hutchinson – West Highland Free Press

Click here to buy No Safe Anchorage as paperback or e-book from our Top Hat Books imprint

Our second Scottish offering this month is an altogether more modern affair Don’t Doubt the Magic is the second in Roundfire author Cathie Devitt’s five star reviewed novellas about the life of Bernice O’Hanlon a contemporary witch with a troubled but determined soul, raised on a small Scottish island and now living in Glasgow. Follow Bernice as she tackles the issues which face her in her search for contentment. Can she finally use the tools she has always possessed and take the leap into her potential?

Book one Don’t Drink & Fly was a FINALIST AT THE PEOPLE’S BOOK PRIZE 2014/15.

“Cathie Devitt deftly brings two of Scotland’s distinct and traditional cultures together; the claustrophobia of tight knit island life and the alienation of urban life. The characters are so sharply defined they feel like your own friends and relatives and she hasn’t sugar-coated the Gaelic culture either, choosing to present it in all its glorious darkness.
Imagine a Dan Brown novel but with the plot twists and turns being absolutely believable.
What a brilliant TV series this trilogy would make.” – Des Dillon, Author

Click here to buy Don’t Doubt the Magic as paperback or e-book from our Roundfire Books imprint

If you would like to read the first book Don’t Drink & Fly is also just a click away…

No Safe Anchorage and Don’t Doubt the Magic are published 27 October 2017

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A thriller that takes the reader inside a fundamentalist Muslim family, A Glance at My Other by Bruce Randal Wilkerson also depicts a young man’s experience of being a woman in 21st century society and explores his reactions to being a woman in an intolerant society. Roundfire Books is proud to publish this title on 29 September 2017 a novel which addresses topics of great significance in the current political and social climate.

Paris was only supposed to have been be a break from college in America, but when Josh Cohn is evicted from his lodgings events propel him into a life of unimaginable consequences. Whilst brooding and depressed in a bistro he notices a beautiful Arabic girl who, minutes later, he witnesses drowning. In the same moment he pulls Neïla’s unconscious form from the water, Josh is killed and the two strangers’ spirits meet… Josh’s consciousness is thrown into the young girl’s body.

Immersed in the unfamiliar fundamentalist lifestyle of Neïla’s family, Josh struggles for Neïla’s rights when she is forced to wear the hijab. Treated as insane for trying to escape, Josh becomes a prisoner to Neïla’s violent eldest brother, who has just returned from the jihad. When Josh discovers that Neïla had killed her father and he informs the police about her brother’s doings, he must unravel the mysteries, escape, or be killed again.

This is a fascinating and innovative portrayal of what it is to be a woman in a fundamentalist family living in a modern western metropolis through the eyes of a young man. A great read with strong characters and a fast paced storyline that will make you think.

Available now

Buy this Paperback at these online retailers:Paperback £13.99 || $22.95

AMAZON US  AMAZON UK  BARNES & NOBLE  HIVE  INDIEBOUND

Buy this e-book at these online retailers: e-book £4.99 || $7.99

AMAZON US  AMAZON UK  BARNES & NOBLE  HIVE

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Have you discovered the cozy mystery novel yet? They are most often set in small local towns and feature amateur detectives who investigate local murders and disappearances, most often as a sideline to their day job . The murders are pretty much bloodless, and generally happen off-page, the love interest mostly hinted at, quite the antithesis of the dark gritty psychological thriller.

These well written, intelligent, often humorous and engaging stories are a refreshing read and provide a welcome break from the harsh realities of the modern world. Intellectual whodunits, they are utterly perfect to loose yourself in for a few hours.

A wonderful example of the cozy mystery genre is written by author Peter Bartum, whose Crompton Chronicles  feature COLIN CRAMPTON, ace crime reporter on the Evening Chronicle and are set in Brighton in the swinging sixties. Headline Murder and Stop Press Murder both follow the adventures of Crompton as he races to uncover the truth, and they’ll keep you guessing – and smiling – to the last page.

Here’s what some of the readers loved about the books;

Headline Murder is a fun read with humour throughout – a literary version of Heartbeat but with a journalist lead, Brighton setting and more laughs. The strong supporting cast of colleagues, locals and feisty girlfriend help the story drive along nicely. An engaging and entertaining mystery. ~ Crime Thriller Hound

I loved everything about this book. It is a fast paced mystery, superbly plotted and kept me guessing right until the end. Despite the murders, it is light hearted, easy to read, and perfect escapism. Sixties atmosphere oozes from the pages to enrich the whole reading experience. An absolute corker of a book. ~ Wendy Storer Book Blog

An intellectual whodunit, featuring well thought out characters with wit and panache to equal Agatha Christie. I highly recommend this book as it has made me laugh and puzzle over the end result. It has more plot twists than DNA but keeps the reader gripped at every turn. I can’t say anything more than read it, read it, read it! ~ Vicky Cassidy, NetGalley

We are delighted to announce that the next Crompton Chronicle, Front Page Murder,  will be published by Roundfire Books in November 2017. So now is the perfect time to get yourself acquainted with Brighton’s super sleuth, Colin Crompton, and his earlier adventures ahead of the next thrilling escapade in the Crompton Chronicle series.

Buy Now – Headline Murder

Buy Now – Stop Press Murder

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We love to discover something unusual, to give a voice to a different sort of story at Roundfire. One that will surprise, intrigue, and perhaps challenge you; Gilda Trillim: Shepherdess of Rats by Steven L. Peck delivers all that and more.

A woman struggles to discern the meaning of life when she is taken as POW in Vietnam. On the surface, it may seem to be a traditional tale of survival, but Guilda’s life is rich, varied and full of the unexpected.

Steven L. Peck’s intriguing, literary narrative follows Gilda Trillim’s many adventures; from her origins on a potato farm in Idaho, to an Orthodox Convent in the Soviet Union, to her life as a badminton champion…

When Gilda is taken prisoner during the Vietnam war, she finds comfort in the company of the rats who cohabit her cell. Follow Gilda as she struggles to comprehend the meaning of life in this uncanny, philosophical novel which explores Mormonism, spirituality and what it means to be human.

This unique, experimental novel examines what it means to be human through the experiences of a fascinating, original heroine. It also shines a light on Mormonism, a subject which is of interest to both Mormons and readers less familiar with the denomination, exploring philosophy, science and religion.

This fiction novel is different. It explores the relationships between meaning and objects and how they structure our world; giving the reader a very individual perspective in the way it explores themes of philosophy, science, and religion.

Gilda Trillim : Shepherdess of Rats by Steven L. Peck is released by Roundfire on September 29 2017

Pre-release Reviews;

What a mad, marvellous, and compulsively fascinating heroine Steven Peck has created in this novel – a woman who can spend a year painting pictures of an apple seed and write a novel describing the contents of a single drawer. By carefully scrutinizing these microcosmos of everyday life, Gilda Trillim (but really Steven Peck) starts to answer some of the biggest questions of all, like “Where did God come from?”, “How do complex patterns emerge from random chaos?”, and “Why does anything even exist at all? – Michael Austin, author of Useful Fictions: Evolution, Anxiety, and the Origins of Literature

Gilda Trillim has sprung from Steven Peck’s head as fully-formed and singular a woman as you’ll ever meet. Hers is an engrossing, uncanny world, pulled into existence by an author at the peak of his creative power. Absolutely compulsive reading – Emily H. Butler, author of Freya and Zoos

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