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Western

A Warrant for Sorry Hawk

Elijah’s sins lie buried beneath the rubble of the Civil War and no lawman is coming for him. When he asks the cruel Montana winter of 1867 to salve his conscience, he is delivered instead to a remote farm and the care of the white woman that runs it as safe haven for the very Indians he’s spent a soldier’s life persecuting. Elijah must be ready to die, and perhaps kill again, to protect his new friends. More threatening than the trespasses of prospectors may be those of past sins, and it remains unclear whether the world these exiles have left behind will be content to let them go.

Historical

Unearthed

Outer Hebrides 1849: In the dead of winter in a remote Scottish island community a young girl, Morag, has a terrifying encounter with a beast. Is it the legendary Cu Sith, or is there a darker threat which stalks their village?

London 1849: Maria escapes London by marrying a wealthy land owner and travels to a remote Scottish island on his estate. Will she find freedom and a new future or will she be caught up in the darker forces that are at work?

Llama/self-help

Extremely Normal

In the otherwise normal suburb of Newton, obsessive, creative, rather odd Russel’s life is kept balanced by his friends Derrick and Gloria, a llama. While he adores Gloria, Derrick is so odious that, one day, he kicks him in the stomach, loses his shoe in there and demands that Derrick replace it. With only one shoe and one friend, Russell is unbalanced but liberated. He resolves to be normal, to stop his weekly appointments with the doctor and to pursue The Doctor’s receptionist Ms. Atkins.

However, it is the Doctor who keeps Russell’s life balanced through a pioneering treatment called ‘Imaginative Transference’ whereby he can control Russell’s imaginary friends: Derrick and Gloria. For the good of science (and his own ambition) The Doctor employs his methods to retain Russell – his star patient – by ruining his date with Ms Atkins and forcing him into marriage with Gloria.

Literary

Me/You

A taut literary take on the psychological thriller in which the narrator searches for the truth behind his best friend’s disappearance. Set over the course of a single snow-stormy night, the narrator’s search delves into his relationship with his best friend, and in particular the consequences of growing up as identical duplicates; spending their childhood and teens constantly pretending to be one another. 

Medical Fiction

Vital Signs

The first day Lily Blake, student nurse, arrives in Outpatients, she wonders whether she has made the right decision to enrol on a nursing course. She is burdened by a secret guilt and a lost dream, but her eccentric outlook on life enables her to cope with the frustrations and boredom of the placement.

Christian Hepburn, a colorectal consultant surgeon at the same hospital, has his life nicely balanced until a tragic mistake acts as the catalyst which rocks his world. A patient dies: his marriage disintegrates, a claim for negligence is threatened, and his SHO kills himself. Christian finds consolation in a consuming love affair with Laura, the specialist stoma nurse.

Passions flare and mistakes leave tragic consequences, but the perpetual rhythm of the hospital continues, night and day. Lily realises she is moving away from her fellow student nurses to tread a lonely path into theatre, and realise at least part of her abandoned dream. Christian has found Lily an unexpected friend and ally in his troubles, and now plans to help her achieve her ambition in return.

Despite this, Lily is still alone, seemingly surrounded by loving couples. She convinces herself that her future plans are enough, but Christian and Laura inveigle her into helping an old friend, and it is then that she meets Marcus, an anaesthetist, who shares her quirky outlook on hospital life and medicine. Now, for the first time, Lily has met a man who complements and understands her.

Young Adult

One True Adventure

Mallory is like any other 14 year old girl, she aspires to greater things. Her hopes and her dreams are as high as a mountain but her limitations are tenfold. She is not like most other girls but her story is not unusual either. Mallory has a big mane of blond hair and will make her feelings known in a big way. She has an enormous personality to match and not too much can supress her desire for life. However the day comes when Mallory learns that she may have to undergo major surgery and life begins to change. The dreams she has when she closes her eyes become nightmares and she can't help but feel that her sub-conscious thoughts are trying to tell her something. Based on a real life star human being, One True Adventure will take you to places you may not have known existed; one brave girl’s story that is not unheard of, but is packed with bravery, hormones, arguments, dreams, nightmares, love and hope.

Historical Fiction

The Rain Tree

Singapore, 1949. Miranda Lewis and her husband, Gerry, arrive three years after the Japanese Occupation has ended, to a state of political instability.

As Miranda adjusts to her new life, she struggles to fit in with the over-privileged and claustrophobic expatriate society she finds there. But, she harbours secrets, which catch up with her when she is accused of stealing her neighbour’s baby.

Determined to prove she is not the person everyone believes her to be, she volunteers at a local Mission Hospital. After serious rioting erupts across the island, Miranda’s presence at the Mission not only catapults her into the heart of the political and racial divide, it leads to a journey of self-discovery, which will challenge her to the core. 

Humorous

The Bakers Dozen

Do-Do and Ray Baker have run their fish and chip shop in Stockport for almost 20 years. No kids, plenty of chips though. The couple check their Lottery tickets every Saturday night after closing the chippie and on a wet, windy, night they win the Jackpot! Demands pour in. Like the Irish priest looking for donations (declined) asking, ‘Does the Lord not live in your house then?’and Do-Do responds, ‘No luv, we don’t take lodgers.’ An old lady turns up to kidnap Do-Do, and a fairgound visit sees Do-Do’s mum and sister stuck on top of the big wheel. Firemen finally appear after the ladies couldn’t find a long ladder anywhere. The couple take a Grand Tour that sees Do-Do legless after a Bangkok reflexology session and Ray piggy-backing her to their hotel. A flight from Phuket has them sitting next to a mini-skirted Thai ladyboy dancer whose activities have them gasping. Visiting a Siem Reap, Cambodia, failing orphanage sees the couple decide to help. The tour’s cancelled as they stay to get the place running properly. Various dramas ensue as a Christmas visit by relatives and friends brings drama and surprises.