The Lost Angel

Screen Shot 2018-11-11 at 10.04.05Genre: Crime Thriller Mystery


Eddy Kovakx robs the Lost Angel, Central City’s newest night club, owned by mob boss Victor Renetti. Pulling off the job was the easy part. Now, on the run with his partner’s broad, the sultry Kimmie Saint Clair, he also has an unstoppable PI on his trail. Jack Malone is in hot pursuit thanks to the sadistic mobster Victor, putting a price on his head. Can Eddy and Kimmie get away with the money and their lives? Or will Jack Malone get his mark? Danger, mystery, and adventure in the noir thriller.

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Joanna’s Destiny

Book2EbookGenre: Romantic Suspense


Struggling with the past, Joanna can’t forget the love she lost and the man who broke her heart. During the summer at a rock festival, Joanna meets him again. Niko is now an international rock star. Can they put the past behind them and rekindle the love they once had?

Mike stood by her when no one else did, but Niko still wants her. Joanna becomes entangled in a web of lies and deceit. Niko is the love of her life, but she cannot leave Mike in confusion and betrayal.

In Joanna’s Destiny, she has some fun times in France and mingles with the stars in Montreux. With a backdrop of music and fashion, emotions and friendships are tested. But her love for Niko never falters, showing that love can conquer all, but at what cost?


Niko’s Song

He began to sing a ballad that started slowly with just a whisper of her name in the high tones of his voice. When the words came in baritone, they were powerful and strong. His voice blended with the music, haunting and enchanting. Joanna was mesmerised.

The lyrics told of a young girl he had met a long time ago, a mere shadow of the woman she would become. The chorus sent a tingle down her back as he sang of his lady, such a special lady, who had forgiven him when he had mistreated her. The undertones told of how his heart had broken as he went through the door, leaving her weeping and alone, and how her eyes had haunted him. The guitar riff was mournful, and she felt tearful at the strength of his emotion.

She had never known Nike had felt like that.



The After show Party

The doorway wasn’t crowded with photographers, and Joanna was relieved. They were shown into a vast ballroom highly decorated with coloured lighting, lanterns, streamers and balloons. Waiters wandered around with trays of champagne and canapés and tables filled with a variety of food and drink.

“Oh, wow,” enthused Kim, looking around. “This is quite something. Come on, let’s mingle.” Kim helped herself to some champagne from a passing waiter.

“You two go ahead,” said Joanna. “I’m going to find Niko.”

Lee Chapman, from Colour Me Purple, came over as Niko had introduced them at the concert. He was charming, but his broad Scottish accent made him difficult to understand. He, in turn, introduced her to Gary Faith, lead singer of the Faith Brothers. His Scouse accent reminded her of Brookside, the television programme set in Liverpool.

Joanna was utterly unaware of how beautiful she looked.

Gary Jones, who had been covering the event for the BBC was a native of Manchester, too.

“You chatting up my girl, Gary?” said Niko, his arm encircling Joanna’s waist.

“Yes, a fellow Mancunian!” he waved at someone and excused himself.

Niko kissed her forehead. “Honey, you look gorgeous, and everyone’s asking who you are.”

“Really?” Joanna smiled, her arms going around his waist. “Did you tell them I was with you?”

“Sure did.” Niko was looking particularly handsome wearing a smart jacket, a white collarless shirt, and dark turn-up trousers.

As the evening progressed, Joanna knew it would be one she would remember forever. It had the glitz, the sparkle and the atmosphere that made everything just perfect.

She giggled a lot and drank plenty of champagne. Niko introduced her to his friends, his arm fixed around her waist. She loved the attention, unaware how striking she and Niko appeared standing together. Occasionally he went off to talk to somebody, while she danced, chatted, or drank.

Niko kept appearing back by her side asking if was all right and whether she was having a good time. They danced and smooched together looking adoringly into each other’s eyes. People turned to watch and raised their eyebrows. Who was this girl who had seemingly caught the heart of Niko D’Angelo?

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Love can conquer all, but at what cost?


“You can only have trust in a normal relationship. Ours has been anything but normal.”

“You’re married to your career, you always were. Most people don’t want half of somebody, half a commitment.”

“It won’t always be like this,” he said.

“Maybe, maybe not. How would you feel having only half of me?”

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A new place, a new start on a life, that’s all Becky wants. A place she can feel safe and free herself from her past. No one knows her secrets, not even her best friend. 
She wasn’t ready for love, not just yet. At least that’s what she kept telling herself. Deep down she yearned for it, even burned for it. But every time she lets herself fall, it fails miserably. She isn’t going to let that happen, not this time. She will find herself first. 
All of her plans are thrown out the window the day she runs into Stephen. His smile captures her and no matter how much she fights it, she can’t deny the pull in her heart. Can Stephen help her chase away the past? Can she keep her secrets and her monsters at bay long enough to give love a chance again?
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Drawing in a breath, I turned the corner at the intersection I had mapped in my head earlier. Really, this was a new beginning for me. I wasn’t lying about that. 


But find my prince charming? Now that was a tall order. I didn’t want the perfect man. I wanted a stable, caring man who knew he was no longer a teenager. I wanted a man who could see the value in me and chase my nightmares away.
I just wanted to feel safe in a man’s arms, to trust him so completely that I lost myself and my past in him. I wanted to be happy. Didn’t I deserve it? Hadn’t I suffered enough?
A sound behind me shook me out of my thoughts and I turned around quickly, my hands on the mace key chain in my pocket. I never went anywhere without it, even when I went running.
There was nothing there, an empty stretch of street behind me.
“You’re being ridiculous,” I said to myself, scolding myself for even reaching for the mace. There was no one that was going to get me. I was safe here, safe.
I forced my feet to move and soldiered on down the sidewalk, shaking off the goosebumps that had scattered across my skin. My heart pounded against my chest wall, my steps a bit quicker. One more turn and I would be home free.
As I rounded the next corner, a solid wall of muscle smacked against me.
“Well,” Stephen said as we walked out of the alley, our hands linked together. “They will never forget us.”
I giggled, my face still flushed from the exertion. “Maybe they will hire us out. I think we made a good impression.”
He drew me closer, until our arms brushed each other as we walked back to my building. “I think we make a good team Becky.”
“Me too,” I murmured. Never would I have done the things tonight we had done in public, but Stephen had this way about him that made me want to join in. It wasn’t just mindless silliness we had gotten into, but a genuine good time. 
“Well,” Stephen said turning me toward him. “Here we are.”
I looked up at the building, surprised and a bit disappointed that we are already here. “I-I really enjoyed myself tonight.”
“Even if the original was a bust?” he inquired. 
I nodded. “Even so.”
He reached up and brushed a strand of hair away from my face, stealing my breath as he did so. 
“I will look at the schedule. I still want to take you dancing.”
“Okay,” I said breathlessly, looking into his eyes. A night in his arms surely had to be something special. “Sounds like a plan.”
“Good,” he said, his hand drifting down my cheek. 
I closed my eyes against the softness of his touch, my entire body shivering from the inside out. Oh, how easy it would be to invite him up to my apartment, to bask in his soft touch all night long. But I knew regret would be between us in the morning, regret that we rushed something special and I didn’t want that to happen. 
I was determined to take this slow, even if it killed me. 
“May I kiss you Becky?” he asked softly, his eyes searching mine. 
My breath halted at his tender expression, his simple question. 
Oh my god, was he really asking me? I had never had a guy ask me if they could kiss me. “I.”
“Too soon,” he said, stepping back. “I understand.”
“N-no,” I answered, closing the gap between us. “It’s not too soon.”
His expression changed, and his hands slid up my arms, leaving goosebumps in their wake. I shivered under his touch and closed my eyes in anticipation, my lips parted softly. I wanted him to kiss me. His lips were soft on mine, so light that I could barely feel them. Even so, my body reacted anyway, the flush spreading from the roots of my hair to my toes. 
I felt wonderful— I felt alive.
When Stephen deepened the kiss, I fell headlong into that hole of emotions, allowing myself to be carried away by his kiss.





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Screen Shot 2018-08-10 at 17.43.56Sarah Marie Graye was born in Manchester, United Kingdom, in 1975, to English Catholic parents. The second eldest of five daughters, to the outside world Graye’s childhood followed a relatively typical Manchester upbringing… until aged nine, when she was diagnosed with depression.

It’s a diagnosis that has stayed with Graye over three decades, and something she believes has coloured every life decision, including the one to write a novel.

Graye wrote The Second Cup as part of an MA Creative Writing practice as research degree at London South Bank University – where she was the vice-chancellor’s scholarship holder.

First published in July 2017, The Second Cup was: longlisted for the Book Viral 2017 Millennium Book Award; a finalist in Read Freely’s Best Indie Book 2017; a finalist in the 12th Annual National Indie Excellence Awards; a semi-finalist in the Online Book Club 2017 Book of the Year Award; and a “distinguished favorite” in the 2017 NYC Big Book Awards.

Graye was diagnosed with ADHD in November 2017… and published an extended edition of The Second Cup in February 2018 so she could diagnose one of her characters with the same condition.


Sarah has two books out

Screen Shot 2018-08-10 at 17.45.55CAN SOMEONE ELSE STEAL YOUR SUICIDE?

…Beth thinks they can.

FAYE knows her heart still belongs to her first love, JACK. She also knows he might have moved on, but when she decides to track him down, nothing prepares her for the news that he’s taken his own life.

FAYE is left wondering how to move forward – and whether or not JACK‘s best friend ETHAN will let her down again. And the news of JACK‘s death ripples through the lives of her friends too.

ABBIE finds herself questioning her marriage, and wondering if she was right to leave her first love behind. Poor OLIVIA is juggling her job and her boyfriend and trying to deal with a death of her own. And JACK‘s death has hit BETH the hardest, even though she never knew him.

Is BETH about to take her own life too?

The Second Cup is dark chick-lit and intelligent women’s fiction at its best. Perfect for fans of Maggie O’Farrell, Elizabeth Strout, Dorothy Koomson and Amanda Prowse.

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Screen Shot 2018-08-10 at 17.46.01.pngWHEN IS A LIE A LIFELINE?

…To Tori lies are everything.

ZOE wants to end her life. But she can’t just leave a note. She needs to say goodbye to boyfriend JAMES and best friend ALISON.

TORI is waiting in the wings to fill the space ZOE will leave behind, wanting to claim both James and Alison for herself.

But with ZOE still alive and Alison’s childhood friend RUBY now on the scene vying to fill the gap, TORI realises she has her work cut out.

Just what lengths is TORI willing to go to in order to claim Alison and James for herself?

And what does any of this have to do with BETH and FAYE?

The Victoria Lie is perfect for fans of Gail Honeyman, Maggie O’Farrell, Patrick Gale and Elizabeth Strout.

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First Impressions

Screen Shot 2018-07-15 at 09.53.46Genre: Romance


A witty modern-day take on an Austen classic.

Can you ever get a second chance at making a first impression?

Lottie, Ellie and Jenny are three young women looking for love. Their dating prospects at church are a motley bunch at best. Then into the picture comes the charming Nathaniel, his perfectionist brother Jake and their hapless cousin Chris. Throw in intrigue caused by family and friends past and present, and the course of true love will have a very hard time running smooth. Or anywhere at all.

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Nathaniel jovially dug his brother in the ribs. ‘Wow, come on, Jake. You’ve got a face like a bag of spanners. Why don’t you get out there and strut your stuff, man?’
Jake sighed noisily (just enough to catch Ellie’s attention).
‘Yeah, right. With whom?”
Nathaniel sniggered at Jake’s response. Yep, even now, when they were meant to be kicking back and partying, his brother still insisted on proper grammar.
Whom, eh? Hm. I thought I was the short-sighted one…’ He waggled his spectacles for full effect. Jake did not seem impressed at Nathaniel’s levity.
‘Yes, haha. Very funny.’
‘That’s why I’m the wit of the family.
Jake allowed himself a small smirk as he finally rose to the bait. ‘Spelled with a silent ‘t’ at the start.’
Nathaniel gave him a retaliatory thump on the arm. Jake gave a wince and laughed. But Nathaniel was not going to give him an easy ride this evening. He was enjoying himself and was determined to see that his truculent older brother and intensely over-enthusiastic cousin also had some fun.
‘Jake, I refuse to leave you holding the wall up like some stupid, well, wallflower!’ Nathaniel eagerly searched the room and quickly found Chris displaying his devastating charm on any woman who couldn’t run away fast enough.
‘Look, Chris is getting on fine.’ Then he caught sight of their hapless cousin. Chris was trying to edge his way into a dancing circle of girls, only to have them close ranks like offended quicksand. Nathaniel continued with only the briefest pause. ‘Hang on, hold that thought. Perhaps he isn’t. But that’s not the point, Jake! He’s getting out there and he’s living the dream.’
‘More like a nightmare, Nathaniel. I know I never pranced around like that when I was an R.M.’
‘Lovely story. Tell it to your grandchildren. If you ever have any. Oh, for goodness’ sake, man! Just get out there. Make some friends. You don’t have too many of those, do you? We’re only here this evening. Go talk to some girls – just do something!
Jake blanched in genuine horror at the suggestion. ‘Oh, you can forget that one for a start, matey boy.’
‘Now what?’
‘No way, Nathaniel.’
‘If Chris can do it, you can do it. And trust me, if Chris can do it, you can definitely do it.’
Jake simply groaned. ‘Look, you were dancing with the only really nice girl in the room. Go on, you go and be Prince Charming, and leave me be.’
But Nathaniel refused to give up. He pointed Ellie out to Jake. She was sitting alone, smiling to herself as she watched everyone. She was also discreetly eavesdropping on their conversation.
Nathaniel nudged his brother again and nodded towards Ellie. ‘How about her? She’s really nice, friendly. Plus, she’s gorgeous!’
‘Her? She’s alright, I guess. I’m hardly likely to dance with one of Chris’s rejects though, am I?’
On hearing this, Ellie’s expression of amused serenity changed into one of restrained outrage. She got up and brushed herself down in a very precise manner. She then marched off with all the self-control she could muster. Wait till Lottie and Jenny hear this!
Unfortunately, as she walked away, she didn’t catch Nathaniel’s next comment.
‘Seriously? She’s easily as lovely as Jenny. Bright, witty…’
‘Jenny, eh? You’re not exactly backwards in coming forwards, are you? First name terms already.’
‘Jake, I love you like a brother. I have to. You are my brother. But sometimes though, you know what? Just sometimes, I wonder if you were swapped at birth… Now go!’

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Released 18th July 2018 o- Amazon

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Author Bio

Theadshot croppedhérésa Hedges is a Welsh writer, living with her husband and furbaby in a seaside town on the South Wales coast. She is one of the writers with Pict Publishing, a company specialising in female authors.

She originally trained as a psychologist then (when the Ghostbusters thing didn’t work out) she went into teaching. All the while, she was writing, initially working on screenplays before moving on to be an award-winning playwright. She continues to work as a playwright/screenwriter, and recently completed work on the short “Like Glass”.

In 2015, Thérésa published her debut novel, the science-fiction thriller “Our Little Miracle”. 2016 saw the release of “Diary Of An Everyday Vampire”, and the story of a very different vampire – “Dominic”.

Her style is very visual, poetic, and has been described as “like Classic Gothic fiction of the best kind”.

She has a penchant for writing strong, independent female characters as can be seen in all her books, including the latest book “Trash”. Her latest book, “First Impressions” (inspired by her all-time favourite Austen novel) continues very much in this vein.

Thérésa describes herself as being ‘multi-lingual, hyperactive and outdoorsy’. She is also an actress, singer, and is learning to play the guitar. She is currently working on “Fortior Concordia”, the long awaited second book in the ‘Dominic’ saga. She jokes that if/when anyone makes a film of Dominic, she’d like to play his friend James’s formidable Aunt Melissa, please!

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The Venom Protocols

Screen Shot 2018-07-01 at 18.51.26.pngGenre: Thriller


From the award winning author of The N Days

“You should have left me alone.”

Charlotte Corday was once called the most dangerous woman on the planet by the FBI until she retired. But it’s not so easy to remain retired when the past is determined to drag her back into the hell she wanted to leave behind her.

To uncover the origins of the mysterious Valkyrie program, Charlotte fights through her own dark past, dredged up by those determined to keep her out of retirement… or out of the business permanently… and to find solace in her own razor blade filled mind.

Her own words—her own warning—will come to haunt them.

They should have listened.



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Joanna’s Journey

Book1Ebook.jpgGenre: Romanctic Suspense


Most girls just want to find their one true love. Sisters, Joanna and Sandie are no exception.

While Joanna falls for rock singer Niko, Sandie’s choice leaves Joanna reeling and causes a rift in their relationship.

Niko’s music always comes first, and Joanna accepts being second best. She promises never to ask anything from him. But when she becomes entangled in a violent shooting she finds herself lost, frightened and alone.

Will Niko stand by her side or will he choose the path to stardom?

Set in the 80s with a soundtrack of music and fashion, Joanna’s Journey travels a road where sometimes love is not enough.

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One day back in 1984 I was watching what was once called The Montreaux Rock Festival and a young man I’d never heard of came on to sing Guardian Angel and I was mesmerised. From then on an idea began to form in my head and eventually, Joanna’s Journey was born.

Several rewrites, two new covers and a name change, this book is one I’m very proud of. When I originally finished the book, I knew that the ending was not quite right and Joanna’s heart belonged somewhere else. The second book Joanna’s Destiny is now available to order. So take advantage of the free download and then if you want more, Joanna’s Destiny is there for you.


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