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April 1st 2013 - The following ten novel openings will receive feedback from Random House and Orion

1.
TREASURE THIS (revised)
by K R Leitch Children's Fiction, Crime, Mystery, Thriller 13 Feb 2013
Aunt Ellie is a sweet old lady and Harry's the perfect uncle. So when Addison finds a dead body in their garden shed she thinks someone else must have put it there. Then she learns about the one under the lilac bush...

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2.
The Gremio Inheritance
by A J Winter Gay/Lesbian Fiction, Novel, Fantasy, General Fiction 15 Feb 2013
A young, human runaway, Joe Fields, is saved by the Wizard Lord Gazardiel - but at a price that will change Joe forever. Gazardiel is torn when the wizard leader, Lord Astarte asks him to hunt down the Gremio heir, a youth with the potential to threaten the fragile accord with humanity. Gazardiel realises this threat is Joe...

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3.
Innocents (upgrade, Nov 2012)
by Sarah Fayermann Science Fiction 17 Nov 2012
The pampered second generation of Planit live in high-tech, artificial intelligence-controlled luxury yet close to nature in wild, unpopulated territories. With the two sexes separated and isolated from elders, they don't know how innocent they are or why this is so. Then one asks 'How are babies made?'

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4.
The Darke Inside Me (Revised)
by Kerrin Krainis Science Fiction, Fantasy, Teenage Fiction 08 Feb 2013
Liam has been sent to Elyphrim Academy, a boarding school filled with people who wouldn't hesitate to kill him if he were discovered. He's human, and humans are not welcome in this school for monsters.

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5.
City of Dreams
by Harriet Steel Historical, Romance 01 Feb 2013
When Anna comes to Paris with her new husband she believes her dreams have come true, but dreams have a way of turning sour and her path to happiness will not be so easy. (This novel is set in Paris in the mid-nineteenth century.)

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6.
The Lilith Express (formerly Punishment Summer)
by Peggy Rothschild Teenage Fiction 21 Jan 2013
Sent to her grandfather’s cabin for the summer, sixteen-year-old Nicki Steele faces a strange new world. More disturbing than the taxidermied animal heads is the lack of electricity and cell phone service. As she tries to adapt, Nicki discovers wild animals aren't the most dangerous thing lurking in the woods.

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7.
The Rusted Gun
by P M Wilson Historical, Novel, General Fiction 13 Jan 2013
A true story of courage and survival. 14.9.1943, Crete. Names and minor details changed to protect the identity of individual women of Amiras Village who bravely recounted their experiences for this novel. Thank you, Patricia.

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8.
A Shared Child (Mawdenby revised)
by Kathryn Scherer Literary Fiction, Novel, General Fiction 02 Feb 2013
Cousins Maeve and Damien have always been close, but as they turn to each other in tragedy and loneliness Damien seems to want more than Maeve is willing to give.

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9.
New Clive
by James Holden Short Story, Science Fiction, General Fiction 28 Sep 2012
Clive has an accident on a transportation system, leaving his wife to reevaluate their relationship.

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10.
The Black Caravel
by Harry Nicholson Action, Adventure, Historical 08 Dec 2012
This is to be a sequel to my novel, 'Tom Fleck'. The year 1536. The voyage of a merchant ship from North East England. Trouble with mist and pirates. A blind girl waits on the shore for her brothers to return from sea.

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March 1st 2013 - The following ten novel openings will receive feedback from Random House and Orion
1.
Mot and the Egyptian Transformation
by Julian Green Action, Adventure, Children's Fiction, Comedy, Historical, Fantasy 06 Dec 2012
Mot, the famous rat, recounts how he became the great leader in the war against the cats.

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2.
Meridian
by Ellie Daniels Mystery, Thriller, General Fiction 09 Jan 2013
A geophysicist sent to investigate unusual seismic events in Cornwall finds himself confronting a resurrected Archangel cult and outlandish claims someone is manipulating an earth energy meridian running through Saint Michael’s Mount.

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3.
The Devil of Ilha Grande
by Fred Hebbert Novel, Thriller 16 Aug 2012
A troubled young nun undertakes a mission in the Amazon jungle, unaware that an assassin travels with her

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4.
Hilda's Assets Mark 2
by J. McGuire Novel 11 Oct 2012
Hilda and Ernest have been married for too many years. Both are effectively dead. Suddenly, at the age of sixty-eight-and-a-bit, Hilda decides she wants more. To achieve this she will put Ernest out to rent. But do not fear for him, by the end he will have gained far more than he initially loses.

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5.
The Truth about Sally. Revised.
by Adrian Lynch Children's Fiction, Fantasy 29 Dec 2012
Sally wants to have a party on her thirteenth birthday, just like other kids. But she has difficulty making friends. She does try, but most people faint or run away screaming. Some shout, “witch,” from a safe distance. That probably doesn’t count as conversation though.

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6.
Hunted by Shadow: The Dark Light Series, Book I
by TB Tschauder Adventure, Novel, Fantasy 18 Jan 2013
Twenty year old Leyna finds herself forced into a fantastical world filled with shadow-like evil, hidden cities, and a prophesy that puts her life, and the lives of those she meets along the way, in danger. All for the sake of finding her kidnapped best friend.

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7.
Yesterday's Shoes
by Celia Micklefield Novel, General Fiction 24 Oct 2012
At the bottom of the wardrobe, something is waiting . .

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8.
The Ricochet of Sunbeams (September 2012)
by Derek Byrne Literary Fiction, Novel 23 Sep 2012
Three teenagers run away from their home-town in South Australia. They appear to be escaping demons, but instead create new ones along the way. After one of them commits murder, they take flight and head north into the desert.

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9.
The King of the Castle
by Julian Green Short Story, General Fiction 14 Jan 2011
Bernard returns from a hasty wedding to discover the third member of the marriage.

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10.
Liquid World
by Pat Dobie General Fiction 23 Jan 2013
Introvert Orson Sweet suspects that a size-fifteen foot that recently washed up on a nearby beach might belong to his estranged brother Gregg.

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  March 1st 2013 - The following ten novel openings will receive feedback from Random House and Orion


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The King of the Castle
by Julian Green Short Story, General Fiction 14 Jan 2011
Bernard returns from a hasty wedding to discover the third member of the marriage.

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Gallagher
by Jim Collins Fantasy 07 Oct 2012
A 23rd century marine and mercenary is recruited by an enchantress obstensively to take her to a distant world where her mentor is imprisoned to rescue him.

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February
1st 2013 - The following ten novel openings will receive feedback from Random House and Orion


1.
Trigger Finger (Chapters 1-3)
by Robert Jennings Novel, Thriller, General Fiction 28 Nov 2012
Kevin Swanson struggles with the aftermath of having killed two intruders in his home--and the idea that maybe events didn't unfold exactly as he remembers.

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2.
Mistaken Identity
by Ed Wicke Crime 01 Dec 2012
In a small town in north Florida, an unwilling investigator gets drawn into a tangled series of murders and deceit. And there are two cute sisters involved.

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3.
The Only One
by Siobhan Daiko Adventure, Historical, Novel, Romance, Womens Fiction 08 Jul 2012
It is the winter of 1948, and Kate returns to Hong Kong three years after she was liberated from a Japanese internment camp. Scarred by her wartime experiences, she wants to start a new life. James, a young Englishman working for the Chinese Maritime Customs, is attracted to Kate then an anti-smuggling operation throws him into turmoil.

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4.
Visiting Hours
by Jonathan Skinner Short Story, General Fiction 24 Nov 2012
There's trouble at the wine club when a new member joins...

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5.
Trobairitz
by Celia Micklefield Novel, Womens Fiction 06 Jun 2012
On the long haul in Europe, a trucker finds her place with a group of drivers by telling them a story . . . . the first book in a trilogy set in Languedoc.

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6.
The Devil of Ilha Grande
by Fred Hebbert Novel, Thriller 16 Aug 2012
A troubled young nun undertakes a mission in the Amazon jungle, unaware that an assassin travels with her

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7.
In-between Us
by Juliet Novel, General Fiction 26 Aug 2012
Will Madeleine’s ‘perfect’ marriage withstand the imperfections of facial surgery and a terminal prognosis?

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8.
The Gift
by Robert Thayer Short Story, Historical, Literary Fiction, General Fiction 25 Dec 2012
Sometimes what is right and what is duty conflict, and what is kindness and what is cruelty are the same.

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9.
A Million Pebbles on the Beach (2610 edit)
by Lin Forrester Crime, Mystery, Women's Fiction 26 Oct 2012
A woman who has been in hiding for decades becomes chief suspect for the murder of her brutal ex-husband.

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10.
The Apocalypse in Little Worthington
by Julian Green Fantasy 29 Nov 2011
Heaven orders the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse to lie low for a while, so they take up lodgings in a sleepy English village. But not all is as it seems...

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February 2013 Longevity Entries - recognising books with more than 25 days cumulatively in the Top Ten over 3 months


 
In-between Us
by Juliet Novel, General Fiction 26 Aug 2012
Will Madeleine’s ‘perfect’ marriage withstand the imperfections of facial surgery and a terminal prognosis?

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The Apocalypse in Little Worthington
by Julian Green Fantasy 29 Nov 2011
Heaven orders the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse to lie low for a while, so they take up lodgings in a sleepy English village. But not all is as it seems...

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The dreams of the black butterfly
by Mark Barrett Mystery, Novel, Fantasy 24 Jul 2012
Millionaire Lyman Dollie employs hundreds of orphans to search the Peruvian jungle for the mythical black butterfly. When Moises Quispe, finds it, he realises that the rumours are true, and that the wings of the creature hold secrets about the world we live in. But Dollie is coming after him.

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December 1st 2012 - The following ten novel openings will receive feedback from Random House and Orion
1.
Fatima Saleh
by Alexander Ikawah Short Story, Literary Fiction 26 Sep 2012
A Somali woman in Kenya's Kakuma refugee camp turns down an offer of help in order to fight against her antagonists in her own way. In a society where victims are considered as guilty as their opressors, her choice has unexpected repercussions.

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2.
LosersRus.com
by Robyn Millar Chicklit, Comedy 15 Sep 2012
Amy, determined to lose her sad single status and find the man of her dreams, bravely logs on to an internet dating site, and ventures forth into the jungle that is twenty first century love!

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3.
Pendragon's Sister Pt 1 (formerly Camlann Pt 1: Convent Dawn)
by James A Tucker Historical, Novel, Science Fiction, Fantasy 17 May 2012
In order for King Arthur to be born and save Britain, there was a price to be paid. The price was that a husband would be killed, a wife would be raped, and her children torn from her arms. Could such a price ever be worth paying? You would have to ask the older child of that doomed union. You would have to ask Morgana…

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4.
Invisible Man
by Paul Marlow Literary Fiction, General Fiction 11 Feb 2012
Viktor is a literature student from a post-Soviet town. A sensitive young man in a violent, macho world, he has developed a ruthless streak. One night he gets the chance to escape his dismal home - all he has to do is steal £100,000 from a friend. The consequences of doing this last for many years - and have a huge impact on his happiness.

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5.
Larry Pennydrop; Master of luck. Revised.
by Adrian Lynch Children's Fiction 03 Sep 2012
Demon teachers are plotting to enter children’s dreams and through them rule the world. Only Larry can stop them, but he'd prefer it if someone else would.

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6.
Emerald Green (Revised)
by Karen Milner Children's Fiction, Teenage Fiction 18 Apr 2009
A young girl, with a volatile home life, finds comfort in her love of horses. Aimed at girls aged between ten and fourteen.

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7.
Theresa Smith at the Court of Heaven
by Polly Walshe Literary Fiction, Novel, General Fiction 10 Jul 2012
Theresa Smith, 79, a retired teacher of Classics and resident of sheltered accommodation, is in a clinic, having just received a brand new treatment. As she lies there, she keeps thinking of Roger, one of her neighbours.

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8.
Olive Tree at Sunset
by Kate Fereday Eshete Short Story, Literary Fiction 04 Jun 2012
A man is on the run after escaping from prison in Lalibela in the northern Ethiopian Highlands. They say he committed a gruesome murder. With the militia in pursuit, he seeks refuge in an old woman's hut.

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9.
Time & Place
by Ciaran Lynch Short Story, Historical, Literary Fiction 03 Oct 2012
A young navy officer puts his life at risk.

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10.
A Thread of Darkness
by Trevor Saull-Hunt Horror, Thriller 21 Jun 2012
Third in the Spinebender series. A dark, paranormal thriller that concludes the trilogy. Hazel Stone is being hunted by a vicious killer that will stop at nothing. But is help coming from this world or the next?

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December 2012 Longevity Entries - recognising books with more than 25 days cumulatively in the Top Ten over 3 months


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Emerald Green (Revised)
by Karen Milner Children's Fiction, Teenage Fiction 18 Apr 2009
A young girl, with a volatile home life, finds comfort in her love of horses. Aimed at girls aged between ten and fourteen.

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Olive Tree at Sunset
by Kate Fereday Eshete Short Story, Literary Fiction 04 Jun 2012
A man is on the run after escaping from prison in Lalibela in the northern Ethiopian Highlands. They say he committed a gruesome murder. With the militia in pursuit, he seeks refuge in an old woman's hut.

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Theresa Smith at the Court of Heaven
by Polly Walshe Literary Fiction, Novel, General Fiction 10 Jul 2012
Theresa Smith, 79, a retired teacher of Classics and resident of sheltered accommodation, is in a clinic, having just received a brand new treatment. As she lies there, she keeps thinking of Roger, one of her neighbours.

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A Thread of Darkness
by Trevor Saull-Hunt Horror, Thriller 21 Jun 2012
Third in the Spinebender series. A dark, paranormal thriller that concludes the trilogy. Hazel Stone is being hunted by a vicious killer that will stop at nothing. But is help coming from this world or the next?

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Buttermilk Alley
by Sonia Velton Historical, Novel, Womens Fiction 02 Nov 2010
Silken tale of the Huguenot weavers of eighteenth century Spitalfields.

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SHERLOCK HOLMES AND ME (revised)
by Joy Manne Adventure, Children's Fiction, Crime, Mystery, Novel, Teenage Fiction, General Fiction 18 Jul 2012
Jon was expecting a fun thirteenth birthday week with his famous actor father playing detective during the Sherlock Holmes Society of London’s 2005 pilgrimage along the route in "The Final Problem" to Meiringen in Switzerland, but when his father really is kidnapped by Moriarty at the Reichenbach Falls no one will believe him.

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Two Short Stories
by David Llewellyn Short Story, Comedy, General Fiction 12 Jun 2012
Story one. Mrs Murdoch is not happy so she writes a formal letter of complaint to God. In due course she is visited by the Archangel Ephrahim, from Customer Services. Story 2. Coriander Mason wants to be the best chef in the world. There is only one person in her way, and he loves her very much.

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Two Thirds Man
by Michael Marett-Crosby Literary Fiction, Novel, General Fiction 04 Jul 2012
Two Thirds Man is set in a contemporary British prison, where I worked for some years. It is the story of Voice and an equation scrawled on a cell wall - two thirds man + hate - love = who I am. Most of what I have written is true.

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Movember 1st 2012 - The following ten novel openings will receive feedback from Random House and Orion


1.
Sugar and Snails (rewrite)
by Anne Goodwin Literary Fiction, Novel, General Fiction 24 Sep 2012
Di has always been at pains to keep secret what happened to her in Cairo at the age of fifteen. But when she falls for Simon, her past and present personas begin to collide. Forced to confront her troubled childhood, Di must find a way of coming to terms with the contradictions at the heart of her identity.

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2.
Becoming Jack
by Jonathan Skinner Novel, General Fiction 05 Sep 2012
Bored with his mediocre existence and dismal prospects, Roger Broadbent decides he no longer wants to be Roger Broadbent. But is it possible to wipe out all traces of his current life and metamorphose into somebody else? Inspiring role models are thin on the ground. Until Roger remembers Jack…

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3.
GhostCityGirl
by Simon Paul Wilson Horror, Novel, Science Fiction 24 Aug 2012
In 2055, Tokyo was lost. Now, it is a city of ghosts. My name is Kichi, I live in Osaka Sector. I love ghost stories. This is mine...

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4.
Parallel
by Ciaran Lynch Historical, Novel 14 Aug 2012
Set on the south coast of Western Australia at the turn of the 20th Century, Pioneer settler Campbell Taylor suffers a crippling injury. On the long journey to hospital successive stories travel with him revealing an early account of Native/European relations.

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5.
Summer in Heron Key (Revised)
by Vanessa Lafaye Novel, General Fiction 09 Sep 2012
It is 1935 on Heron Key, Florida, a small town struggling with the effects of the Depression during the hottest summer on record. A shocking crime brings racial tensions to boiling point, just as a major hurricane devastates the town. Those who survive will be changed forever.

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6.
LosersRus.com
by Robyn Millar Chicklit, Comedy 15 Sep 2012
Amy, determined to lose her sad single status and find the man of her dreams, bravely logs on to an internet dating site, and ventures forth into the jungle that is twenty first century love!

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7.
Fatima Saleh
by Alexander Ikawah Short Story, Literary Fiction 26 Sep 2012
A Somali woman in Kenya's Kakuma refugee camp turns down an offer of help in order to fight against her antagonists in her own way. In a society where victims are considered as guilty as their opressors, her choice has unexpected repercussions.

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8.
Theresa Smith at the Court of Heaven
by Polly Walshe Novel, General Fiction 10 Jul 2012
Theresa Smith, 79, a retired Classics teacher, resident of sheltered accommodation, is in a clinic, having just received a treatment, something new called Life Enhancement. Now she's looking back at her life, thinking about how and why she came here, about her two feisty daughters and her neighbour, Roger.

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9.
The Tenants
by Celia Micklefield Short Story, General Fiction 12 Sep 2012
In the Languedoc vineyards a scourge is creeping . . .

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10.
Buttermilk Alley
by Sonia Velton Historical, Novel, Womens Fiction 02 Nov 2010
Silken tale of the Huguenot weavers of eighteenth century Spitalfields.

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November 2012 Longevity Entries - recognising books with more than 25 days cumulatively in the Top Ten over 3 months


 
The Ricochet of Sunbeams (new version)
by Derek Byrne Literary Fiction, Novel, General Fiction 15 May 2012
Three teenagers, Ging, his elder sister Cassie and Nathan, steal a car and run away from their home-town in South Australia. The kids appear to be escaping demons but instead create new ones along the way. After one of them commits murder, they take flight and head north into the desert.

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October 1st 2012 - The following ten novel openings will receive feedback from Random House and Orion


1.
The Boy Called Rom
by Paul Panic Science Fiction, Teenage Fiction 17 May 2012
Greenwich – 2009. Street smart gang member Canute and nerdy bookworm Randolph (AKA Science) are unlikely friends. But when American brothers Rom and Devlan arrive on the scene, things start goin’ well RARE!

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2.
Slipping Through the Cracks
by C S Abrahams Novel, Teenage Fiction 24 Jul 2012
Ollie's going through the worst possible tragedy and he doesn't know how to handle his grief. Ellen's life is tough as well. Two teenagers find eachother, but sometimes it's the stuff you have in common that tears you apart.

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3.
Jakob's Colours
by Lindsay Hawdon Literary Fiction, Novel, General Fiction 18 Apr 2012
It is 1942. A gypsy boy is running, but running from where and from what? In a world of lovelessness, is it possible to find love? In a world of insanity, is it possible to stay sane? Sometimes the fight for these two things leads us to the most extraordinary places.

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4.
Blood of the Sun God (revised)
by Deborah J Kershaw Historical, Novel, General Fiction 30 Apr 2012
A tale of power, persecution, murder, revenge and the supernatural set in ancient Egypt. The High Priest of Amun must fight to save his family and his god from the fury of a revolutionary new Pharaoh.

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5.
The Versailles Legacy
by Lyn Alexander Historical, Literary Fiction, Novel, General Fiction 08 Jul 2012
In 1933, cavalry officer Erich von Schellendorf is appointed to coach the Olympic equestrian team. Over the next three years he witnesses Hitler’s rise to absolute power. By 1936, Nazism has closed a steel wall down upon the country, forcing Erich into directions he would never have thought possible. Not a war story, this is about relationships.

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6.
The Licenser (Revised)
by Kate Braithwaite Historical, Literary Fiction, Novel, General Fiction 08 May 2012
In Restoration London an ambitious writer pursues the truth behind a Catholic terror plot, but in doing so leaves his young wife vulnerable to blackmail and forced to become a spy in her own home.

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7.
A Thread of Darkness
by Trevor Saull-Hunt Horror, Thriller 21 Jun 2012
Third in the Spinebender series. A dark, paranormal thriller that concludes the trilogy. Hazel Stone is being hunted by a vicious killer that will stop at nothing. But is help coming from this world or the next?

More Details | Read Sample Chapters | Review Book

 
8.
Theresa Smith at the Court of Heaven
by Polly Walshe Literary Fiction, Novel, General Fiction 10 Jul 2012
Theresa Smith, 79, a retired Classics teacher, resident of sheltered accommodation, is in a clinic, having just been given a treatment, something new called Life Enhancement. Now she's looking back at her life, thinking about how and why she came here, and about her two daughters, and her friend, Roger.

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9.
The Ricochet of Sunbeams (new version)
by Derek Byrne Literary Fiction, Novel, General Fiction 15 May 2012
Three teenagers, Ging, his elder sister Cassie and Nathan, steal a car and run away from their home-town in South Australia. The kids appear to be escaping demons but instead create new ones along the way. After one of them commits murder, they take flight and head north into the desert.

More Details | Read Sample Chapters | Review Book

 
10.
SHERLOCK HOLMES AND ME (revised)
by Joy Manne Adventure, Children's Fiction, Crime, Mystery, Novel, Teenage Fiction, General Fiction 18 Jul 2012
Jon was expecting a fun thirteenth birthday week with his famous actor father playing detective during the Sherlock Holmes Society of London’s 2005 pilgrimage along the route in "The Final Problem" to Meiringen in Switzerland, but when his father really is kidnapped by Moriarty at the Reichenbach Falls no one will believe him.

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October 2012 Longevity Entries - recognising books with more than 25 days cumulatively in the Top Ten over 3 months


 
The Licenser (Revised)
by Kate Braithwaite Historical, Literary Fiction, Novel, General Fiction 08 May 2012
In Restoration London an ambitious writer pursues the truth behind a Catholic terror plot, but in doing so leaves his young wife vulnerable to blackmail and forced to become a spy in her own home.

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September 1st 2012 - The following ten novel openings will receive feedback from Random House and Orion - including as part of the current The Next Big Author competition.

1.
MARGARET ETHEL (revised)
by Bill Scott Teenage Fiction 25 Jul 2012
Electrocuted in sixth period physics lab, sixteen-year-old Margaret Ethel is given two options — go to Heaven or return to Earth to save the girl who killed her.

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2.
The Subject
by Jonathan Skinner Novel, Thriller, General Fiction 17 Jul 2012
Desperate for extra money to fund IVF for partner Caroline, Nick secretly applies to participate in research conducted by an attractive psychologist who turns out to be playing dangerous games.

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3.
Jolted
by Fleur Ferris Novel, Teenage Fiction 28 Mar 2012
One secret. One decision. Three lives destroyed. Sixteen-year-old Madi finds that things are never quite what they seem. A gripping story of betrayal, consequence, regret and redemption.

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4.
The Cheats
by Ian Harvey-Brown Adventure, Mystery, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Thriller, General Fiction 27 Mar 2012
Deathdays are like birthdays. They come around once a year; same day, same month. The final day is chosen randomly by the death computer locked away in the Protectorate’s vaults. That's when your implant bursts, releasing its deadly cargo. Then you can only hope Jake has stumbled upon an antidote.

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5.
The Hanged God
by Nicole J Fawcett Fantasy 12 Apr 2012
A world on the edge of crisis. A circle of friendship shattered by death. Will Valrahn succumb to the threatening darkness or will the seeds of courage and sacrifice bloom in time to save it?

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6.
Jakob's Colours
by Lindsay Hawdon Literary Fiction, Novel, General Fiction 18 Apr 2012
It is 1942. A gypsy boy is running, but running from where and from what? In a world of lovelessness, is it possible to find love? In a world of insanity, is it possible to stay sane? Sometimes the fight for these two things leads us to the most extraordinary places.

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7.
The Licenser (Revised)
by Kate Braithwaite Historical, Literary Fiction, Novel, General Fiction 08 May 2012
In Restoration London an ambitious writer pursues the truth behind a Catholic terror plot, but in doing so leaves his young wife vulnerable to blackmail and forced to become a spy in her own home.

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8.
Two Thirds Man
by Michael Marett-Crosby Literary Fiction, Novel, General Fiction 04 Jul 2012
Two Thirds Man is set in a contemporary British prison, where I worked for some years. It is the story of Voice and an equation scrawled on a cell wall - two thirds man + hate - love = who I am. Most of what I have written is true.

More Details | Read Sample Chapters | Review Book

 
9.
The Ricochet of Sunbeams (new version)
by Derek Byrne Literary Fiction, Novel, General Fiction 15 May 2012
Three teenagers, Ging, his elder sister Cassie and Nathan, steal a car and run away from their home-town in South Australia. The kids appear to be escaping demons but instead create new ones along the way. After one of them commits murder, they take flight and head north into the desert.

More Details | Read Sample Chapters | Review Book

 
10.
SHERLOCK HOLMES AND ME
by Joy Manne Adventure, Children's Fiction, Mystery, Novel, Teenage Fiction, General Fiction 18 Jul 2012
Instead of being a fun competition between Jon and his famous actor father set against and the Sherlock Holmes Society of London’s pilgrimage to Meiringen in 2005, Jon’s thirteenth birthday puzzle goes wrong and no one will believe that he witnessed his father being kidnapped by Moriarty and Moran at the Reichenbach Falls.

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September 2012 Longevity Entries - recognising books with more than 25 days cumulatively in the Top Ten over 3 months

 
Love Thy Neighbour
by Carly Tinkler Short Story, Literary Fiction, Women's Fiction, General Fiction 04 Apr 2012
When a new piece of play equipment is installed on the playing field behind Peggy’s house, life changes in unexpected ways.

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My Oyster
by Rosalind Minett Crime, Horror, General Fiction 16 Apr 2012
A man found dead at the pulpit, a choirboy beside him. This is the story of a boy with potential.

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August 1st 2012

1.
Digging (revised)
by JP Bradley Comedy, Literary Fiction, Novel, General Fiction 31 May 2012
Pascal is hired to dig into the past of a mysterious millionaire.

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2.
French Train
by Pat Dobie Historical, Literary Fiction, Novel 16 May 2012
Alec Ferguson desperately needs a fresh start, and he's got one: an assignment to cover the 1889 Paris International Exhibition. Things go wrong, however, when Ferguson meets an old friend and becomes embroiled with the ruthless and amoral Thomas Edison in a race to patent the world’s first motion-picture camera.

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3.
A Village Called Faraway
by Terri Munt Novel, General Fiction 18 Mar 2012
Far from the city, the village has everything any reasonable person could wish for. The houses are well built, excepting the one or two that have recently fallen down, and almost every family has its goats, chickens and vegetable plot quite separate from its fields of olives.

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4.
Jack Par(r)
by David Llewellyn Children's Fiction, Comedy, General Fiction 29 May 2012
Jack is adrift in the middle of everywhere. When you are bright enough to ask the questions but not so clever to understand the answers, the world can be a difficult place. And as everyone knows, the world is just a metaphor for school.

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5.
A Million Pebbles on the Beach
by Lin Forrester Crime 22 Jun 2012
A woman who has been in hiding for decades becomes the chief suspect for the murder of her brutal ex-husband.

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6.
Jakob's Colours
by Lindsay Hawdon Literary Fiction, Novel, General Fiction 18 Apr 2012
It is 1942. A gypsy boy is running, but running from where and from what? In a world of lovelessness, is it possible to find love? In a world of insanity, is it possible to stay sane? Sometimes the fight for these two things leads us to the most extraordinary places.

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7.
The Cheats (formerly Erin's Inferno)
by Ian Harvey-Brown Adventure, Mystery, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Thriller, General Fiction 27 Mar 2012
In the year 0034 there are birthdays. And deathdays. Deathdays are like birthdays. They come around once a year, same day, same month. Only, on your chosen day, instead of being born, you die.

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8.
The Splendour of Anna Stern
by Jeffrey Manton Historical 16 Mar 2012
Shy, graceful Anne is a German refugee who hides a terrible secret. Jobless and friendless, she climbs the social ladder through three men - only to fall in love with one of them. But to earn his trust she must commit murder. After what she’s been through, can she let the little things get in her way?

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9.
Jolted
by Fleur Ferris Novel, Teenage Fiction 28 Mar 2012
One secret. One decision. Three lives destroyed. Sixteen-year-old Madi finds that things are never quite what they seem. A gripping story of betrayal, consequence, regret and redemption.

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10.
Comedienne
by Fred Hebbert Crime, Mystery, Novel, Romance, Thriller 14 Jun 2012
A young policewoman's disturbed past is key to bringing down a pornographic empire.

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August 2012 Longevity Entries - recognising books with more than 25 days cumulatively in the Top Ten over 3 months

 
The Splendour of Anna Stern
by Jeffrey Manton Historical 16 Mar 2012
Shy, graceful Anne is a German refugee who hides a terrible secret. Jobless and friendless, she climbs the social ladder through three men - only to fall in love with one of them. But to earn his trust she must commit murder. After what she’s been through, can she let the little things get in her way?

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Pitchforks and Pina Coladas
by G K Kingsley Comedy, General Fiction 28 Mar 2012
Derek, ambitious headmaster of a tiny rural school, is desperate to make it ‘big’. When his wife leaves, his quest becomes ever more urgent until only a visit from Ofsted can answer his prayers. Unfortunately, however, a flasher, a farmer and a faltering dominatrix are fated to jeopardise his plans.

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July 1st 2012

1.
African Violet (June '12)
by Mostar Novel 03 Jun 2012
African Violet spans two continents and four generations of the same family. The story is set in North East England and South Africa before, during and after Apartheid.

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2.
Jacob Groat & the Ghosts of Warehouse 33
by Mike Hanson Children's Fiction 03 May 2012
Twelve year old Jacob Groat has waited a long time to begin his education at Warehouse 33. Unfortunately, his first year of guardian angel training is not quite going to plan

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3.
Earth Child
by Tony Groom Adventure, Children's Fiction, Teenage Fiction 14 Apr 2012
Imagine a world with no adults. Imagine a world where no one is above the age of twelve. Four children find each other and become companions. They strike out on the biggest and only adventure of their short and turbulent lives.

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4.
Mya
by Juliet Short Story, Horror, General Fiction 29 Apr 2012
A young mother is haunted by the past.

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5.
Harebell's Baby
by Asya Severn Historical, Women's Fiction 28 Mar 2012
1778. Outwardly respectable, Julia Earnshaw harbours a dark secret. Three years previously, she gave birth to an illegitimate baby, whom her family agreed to maintain. Only she knows that while in hiding, she befriended another pregnant woman, whom she nicknames Harebell - and with whom her life is still inextricably linked.

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6.
Jakob's Colours
by Lindsay Hawdon Literary Fiction, Novel, General Fiction 18 Apr 2012
It is 1942. A gypsy boy is running, but running from where and from what? In a world of lovelessness, is it possible to find love? In a world of insanity, is it possible to stay sane? Sometimes the fight for these two things leads us to the most extraordinary places.

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7.
Jolted
by Fleur Ferris Novel, Teenage Fiction 28 Mar 2012
One secret. One decision. Three lives destroyed. Sixteen-year-old Madi finds that things are never quite what they seem. A gripping story of betrayal, consequence, regret and redemption.

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8.
A Village Called Faraway
by Tessa Munt Mystery, Novel, General Fiction 18 Mar 2012
Far from the city, the village has everything any reasonable person could wish for. The houses are well built, excepting the one or two that have recently fallen down, and almost every family has its goats, chickens and vegetable plot quite separate from its fields of olives.

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9.
The Licenser (Revised)
by Kate Braithwaite Historical, Literary Fiction, Novel, General Fiction 08 May 2012
In Restoration London an ambitious writer pursues the truth behind a Catholic terror plot, but in doing so leaves his young wife vulnerable to blackmail and forced to become a spy in her own home.

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10.
Billy and Barnaby
by Carola Hughes-Hartmann Short Story, General Fiction 24 Nov 2011
What happens to Billy and Barnaby? Do they both find their way home?

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July 2012 Longevity Entries - recognising books with more than 25 days cumulatively in the Top Ten over 3 months

 
Harebell's Baby
by Asya Severn Historical, Women's Fiction 28 Mar 2012
1778. Outwardly respectable, Julia Earnshaw harbours a dark secret. Three years previously, she gave birth to an illegitimate baby, whom her family agreed to maintain. Only she knows that while in hiding, she befriended another pregnant woman, whom she nicknames Harebell - and with whom her life is still inextricably linked.

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Starting With Amber
by F M McLaren Teenage Fiction 25 Jan 2012
When nine year old Annalise Goldman is abducted from her grandiose family home, suspicion is quickly cast between friends, family and neighbours. But what of teenage brother Seth? Who has sworn, in his own way, to make sure that nothing ever harms Annalise – his sister, his heart?

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Sea-Bright
by Alison Walker Novel 16 Feb 2012
My daughter, Carys, was born with a very rare syndrome. There are only 300 cases estimated world wide. This is a mother's memoir, a collection of thoughts and experiences, rather than a diary. And its all true.

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June 1st 2012

1.
Bert...So Far (revised April 12)
by Jan Carr Children's Fiction, Novel 08 Apr 2012
Eleven-year-old tomboy, Bert Smith, lives a life most kids can only dream about: secret dens, hardly any school and best of all skidding across the waves with her dad, taking tourists out on boat trips round beauty spot, Stonewave Cove. Bert's life is complete until the day Mum has news that rips it all away.

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2.
Boomerang (March 2012)
by willow55 Novel, Thriller, General Fiction 20 Mar 2012
A truckie, a hitchhiker and mile upon mile of Australian outback. Will Alec reach the red centre or will his past catch up with him first?

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3.
The Holy Drinker
by NA Randall Historical, Literary Fiction, Novel 10 Apr 2012
After a five-day drinking binge, a notorious drunkard is transformed into a vat of wine with mystical healing properties.

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4.
Creating 2054 (revised)
by Melissa Kay Adventure, Novel, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Teenage Fiction 27 Apr 2012
The 2016 War and its consequences have devastated Earth and humanity. It's 2054 and the world is recovering, but creativity is banned. Maddy is used in an experiment to re-introduce creative thought and makes a series of life-changing discoveries. Her first instinct is to hide, but her fierce flight becomes a fierce fight to make a difference.

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5.
Pushing up the Daisies
by Carola Hughes-Hartmann Short Story, General Fiction 12 Mar 2012
Will Marguerite's goodbye be as colourful as her life? A short story about love, loss, and most important of all - laughter.

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6.
Heaven Sent
by willow55 Mystery, Novel, Romance, Teenage Fiction, General Fiction 31 Mar 2012
A car crash. A saviour. But will Gabriel prove to be all that Evie expects?

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7.
Mya
by Juliet Short Story, Horror, General Fiction 29 Apr 2012
A young mother is haunted by the past.

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8.
Love Thy Neighbour
by Carly Tinkler Short Story, Literary Fiction, Women's Fiction, General Fiction 04 Apr 2012
When a new piece of play equipment is installed on the playing field behind Peggy’s house, life changes in unexpected ways.

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9.
The Cheats (formerly Erin's Inferno)
by Ian Harvey-Brown Adventure, Mystery, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Teenage Fiction, Thriller, General Fiction 27 Mar 2012
In the year 0034 there are birthdays. And deathdays. Deathdays are like birthdays. They come around once a year, same day, same month. Only, on the final day, instead of being born, you die.

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10.
A Village Called Faraway
by Tessa Munt Mystery, Novel, General Fiction 18 Mar 2012
Far from the city, the village has everything any reasonable person could wish for. The houses are well built, excepting the one or two that have recently fallen down, and almost every family has its goats, chickens and vegetable plot quite separate from its fields of olives.

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June 2012 Longevity Entries - recognising books with more than 25 days cumulatively in the Top Ten over 3 months

 
The Courageous Dream.
by Adrian Lynch Short Story, Fantasy, Teenage Fiction, General Fiction 29 Jan 2012
What makes a dream courageous? Michael finds out the hard way.

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May 1st 2012 - The following stories will receive feedback from Random House and Orion - including the first ten novel openings listed below as part of the current The Next Big Author competition.

1.
Goodbye my lover
by Juliet Novel, General Fiction 05 Apr 2012
Almost thirty-five and practically-dead, Ashley, must find her husband a wife because left to his own devices, Flynn, will make the wrong choice, again.

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2.
The Fire Dragon
by Celia Micklefield Short Story, Women's Fiction, General Fiction 01 Jan 2012
A broken ornament discloses deeper cracks in the household.

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3.
The Price of Freedom (Latest Version)
by PaulE Adventure, Crime, Historical, Novel 18 Sep 2011
The lives of six people cross at the Bristol Riots. Their futures remain entwined for years to come, as each pursues their ambitions. Some will get what they want, others what they need, but all will pay a price - and freedom has the highest price. This book is based on actual events in Bristol in 1831, where hundreds died for the right to vote.

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4.
Scartongarth
by Isabella Bee Historical, Mystery, Novel, Romance, Saga, Women's Fiction 19 Feb 2012
Chrissie believes she has killed her abusive husband 14 years ago. How then could she recieve a letter from him this morning? This is a mystery/love story set partly on a small Orkney island and partly in Manhattan's Hell's Kitchen.

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5.
Camlann- Morgana Before the Battle
by James A Tucker Adventure, Historical, Novel, Science Fiction, Fantasy 24 Dec 2011
A possible start piece of Arthurian Novel for a course assignment. Taking a new approach, focusing on the viewpoint of Morgana. Here King Arthur, establishing his reign, marches North to face his rivals in battle…

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6.
A Village Called Faraway
by Tessa Munt Mystery, Novel, General Fiction 18 Mar 2012
Far from the city, the village has everything any reasonable person could wish for. The houses are well built, excepting the one or two that have recently fallen down, and almost every family has its goats, chickens and vegetable plot quite separate from its fields of olives.

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7.
Pitchforks and Pina Coladas
by G K Kingsley Comedy, General Fiction 28 Mar 2012
Derek, ambitious headmaster of a tiny rural school, is desperate to make it ‘big’. When his wife leaves, his quest becomes ever more urgent until only a visit from Ofsted can answer his prayers. Unfortunately, however, a flasher, a farmer and a faltering dominatrix are fated to jeopardise his plans.

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8.
Starting With Amber
by F M McLaren Teenage Fiction 25 Jan 2012
When nine year old Annalise Goldman is abducted from her grandiose family home, suspicion is quickly cast between friends, family and neighbours. But what of teenage brother Seth? Who has sworn, in his own way, to make sure that nothing ever harms Annalise – his sister, his heart?

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9.
HEOROT (revised)
by R M E Winter Adventure, Historical, Novel, Teenage Fiction 27 Jan 2012
A retelling of the Beowulf legend, relocated to fifth century England, in the chaotic period after the departure of the Roman legions.

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10.
The Gypsy and The Goddess
by Miro Adventure, General Fiction 19 Sep 2010
Véronique swept into my life like a tornado. I should have found shelter but I opened my arms instead, driven by forces beyond my control. The trail of destruction led from the rough suburbs of Paris and into my muddled mind, breaking everything in its path, especially the law. NOT RECOMMENDED FOR YOUNG CHILDREN OR OLD PRUDES!

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Heaven Sent
by willow55 Mystery, Novel, Romance, Teenage Fiction, General Fiction 31 Mar 2012
A car crash. A saviour. But will Gabriel prove to be all that Evie expects?

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May 2012 Longevity Entries - recognising books with more than 25 days cumulatively in the Top Ten over 3 months


 
Happy Hour
by Anne Mitchell Chicklit, Romance 28 Nov 2011
Jane Anderson has always been happy for her husband Paul, a handsome garden designer, to take the spotlight while she looks after their son Jeremy. But when Paul wins gold at Chelsea, he catches the eye of glamour-puss Elizabeth – and it’s not just his horticultural skills she’s interested in.

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The Gypsy and The Goddess
by Miro Adventure, General Fiction 19 Sep 2010
Véronique swept into my life like a tornado. I should have found shelter but I opened my arms instead, driven by forces beyond my control. The trail of destruction led from the rough suburbs of Paris and into my muddled mind, breaking everything in its path, especially the law. NOT RECOMMENDED FOR YOUNG CHILDREN OR OLD PRUDES!

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The Sandman and Mrs Carter (revised)
by Celia Micklefield Literary Fiction, Mystery, Novel 18 Oct 2011
Will Mrs Carter learn the real identity of the Sandman? Can Doctor Marcus Harding discover the truth about Mrs Carter?

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Not Rodgers and Hammerstein
by Celia Micklefield Short Story, Romance 21 Nov 2011
Not your usual romance . . .

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The Master Plan (Amended)
by William Womack Mystery 25 Dec 2011
A murder mystery set amongst what is considered for many to be a taboo world.

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April 1st 2012

1.
Heating the House
by Carola Hughes-Hartmann Short Story, General Fiction 13 Jan 2012
Who wins in the end - wife, husband, or stove?

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2.
Deceived (Revised)
by Karen Milner Fantasy, Thriller 26 Jan 2012
There are a group of people in the world with the gift of foresight; their aim is to protect the vulnerable, but there are others of their kind with darker intentions.

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3.
Lost For Words
by Henrietta McKervey Historical, Literary Fiction, Mystery, Novel, General Fiction 23 Dec 2011
In a single day Sarah Harper discovers... her terminally ill mother is not her real mother, her husband has an exit strategy, and her new friend is a soon-to-be-murdered fictional detective. To discover who she really is she must unlock generations of secrets hidden in an old Dublin house.

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4.
Waking the Dragon
by Siobhan Daiko Adventure, Historical, Novel, General Fiction 14 Nov 2011
It is the winter of 1948 and for Roland, a young Englishman working for the Chinese Maritime Customs in Hong Kong, the deprivations of post-war London are a world away as he tries to make a new life for himself. The Communist-Nationalist struggle in China is about to spill over into the colony and he will become caught up in the turmoil.

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5.
Boomerang
by willow55 Novel, General Fiction 19 Dec 2011
When Alec hitches a lift in Australia's outback, he gets more than he bargained for.

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6.
The Price of Freedom (Latest Version)
by PaulE Adventure, Crime, Historical, Novel 18 Sep 2011
The lives of six people cross at the Bristol Riots. Their futures remain entwined for years to come, as each pursues their ambitions. Some will get what they want, others what they need, but all will pay a price - and freedom has the highest price. This book is based on actual events in Bristol in 1831, where hundreds died for the right to vote.

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7.
The Sandman and Mrs Carter (revised)
by Celia Micklefield Literary Fiction, Mystery, Novel 18 Oct 2011
Will Mrs Carter learn the real identity of the Sandman? Can Doctor Marcus Harding discover the truth about Mrs Carter?

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8.
Love on Location
by Rosie Telford Chicklit, Comedy, Novel 01 Feb 2012
As a junior crew member on a low budget film, Jen dreams of a glittering career... Until the day Hollywood actor Brent Richards arrives.

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9.
Sea-Bright
by Alison Walker Novel 16 Feb 2012
My daughter, Carys, was born with a very rare syndrome. There are only 300 cases estimated world wide. This is a mother's memoir, a collection of thoughts and experiences, rather than a diary. And its all true.

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10.
The Very Long Walk of Gerald Ferguson. Part Two: Designer T-shirt
by Jean and Stanley Lewis Comedy, Novel, Saga 02 Feb 2012
Gerald Ferguson has been selected to write a third testament and is walking the coast of Britain in search of inspiration. In Broadstairs, he meets former teacher Beryl. She attaches herself to Gerald and leads him on a trail of reincarnation and disputable pearls of wisdom.

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Longevity Entries - Recognising Stories with over 25 days in the charts in the above month

 
The Passenger
by Dante O'Donnell Horror, Mystery 20 Oct 2011
A stand up comic goes home to rural Wales to face up to his past sins.

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Finger in the Dial
by Ray Forder-Stent Short Story, General Fiction 13 Nov 2011
An old lady views the street from her living room and is glad to be in touch with the world as she reminisces and relates her thoughts.

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March 1st 2012

1.
A Kill in the Morning (revised)
by Graeme Shimmin Novel, Thriller 31 Jan 2012
An alternate history espionage thriller set in the fifties, during a cold war between Britain and Nazi Germany. Driven by revenge, a rogue British agent attempts to assassinate notorious Nazi leader Reinhard Heydrich, but, on reaching Heydrich’s lair, everything he thinks he knows about the world is brought into question.

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2.
Clingfilm
by Franck Sligo General Fiction 01 Nov 2011
Bernie finds her feet in small-town Ireland of yesteryear.

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3.
Postcards (Dec 2011 revamp)
by George Adams Chicklit, Mystery, Romance, Science Fiction 03 Dec 2011
Constrained Adam Peters thinks he knows his wife, her family, their friends, his world, himself. Then Postcard Julie visits. His world collapses. He comes alive.

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4.
A RELATIVE LOSS
by J.R.MINETT Historical, Literary Fiction, General Fiction 10 Jan 2012
Freddy's evacuation is disturbed by a tragedy which brings cousin Norman to the billet. This fateful day has lasting consequences for them both.

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5.
The Wall
by Marco Lobo Adventure, Historical, Novel 18 Jan 2012
19th Century: China is besieged by foreign powers. Circling like a pack of hyenas around a weakened larger animal, they tear chunks off it, waiting for a chance to get the biggest piece. Even the Portuguese with their little enclave Macau, can smell the blood. Macau’s Governor raises the stakes by threatening to remove Chinese ancestral graves.

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6.
The Courageous Dream.
by Adrian Lynch Short Story, Fantasy, General Fiction 29 Jan 2012
What makes a dream courageous? Michael finds out the hard way.

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7.
For Our Liberty
by Rob Griffith Action, Adventure, Historical, Thriller 03 Aug 2011
Ben Blackwood wakes up with a hangover, next to a woman he doesn't know. Within minutes he is chased through the streets of Paris with Bonaparte's invasion plans in his pocket. He didn't want to be running for his life. He was quite happy just running from his past.

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8.
Lost For Words
by Henrietta McKervey Historical, Literary Fiction, Mystery, Novel, General Fiction 23 Dec 2011
In a single day Sarah Harper discovers... her terminally ill mother is not her real mother, her husband has an exit strategy, and her new friend is a soon-to-be-murdered fictional detective. To discover who she really is she must unlock generations of secrets hidden in an old Dublin house.

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9.
Not Rodgers and Hammerstein
by Celia Micklefield Short Story, Romance 21 Nov 2011
Not your usual romance . . .

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10.
The Price of Freedom (Latest Version)
by PaulE Adventure, Crime, Historical, Novel 18 Sep 2011
At the Bristol Riots the lives of six people become entwined. They will remain so for years to come, as each pursues their ambitions. Some will get what they want, others what they need, but all will pay a price - and freedom has the highest price. This book is based on actual events in Bristol in 1831, where hundreds died for the right to vote.

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 March 2012 Longevity Bestseller Chart Entries

Recognising the stories with 25 days or more cumulatively in the YouWriteOn Top Ten on March 1st 2012:

 
For Our Liberty
by Rob Griffith Action, Adventure, Historical, Thriller 03 Aug 2011
Ben Blackwood wakes up with a hangover, next to a woman he doesn't know. Within minutes he is chased through the streets of Paris with Bonaparte's invasion plans in his pocket. He didn't want to be running for his life. He was quite happy just running from his past.

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'The Invisible' revised
by Jenny Knowles Literary Fiction, Novel 13 Sep 2011
An Indian slave boy begins his tale of life in the United Arab Emirates as one of 'the invisible'.

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February 2012

1.
Breathing (new version)
by Claire Whatley Short Story, General Fiction 20 Dec 2011
A ghost story. But is it a ghost that haunts Sue? Or just her guilty conscience?

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2.
the tracks... (revised)
by Daniel Lewis Crime, Literary Fiction, Novel, Thriller, General Fiction 25 Oct 2011
'the tracks...' is about regret, responsibility and redemption; the tale of three characters unravelling the reasons for one woman's death…and its repercussions. This extract has been revised, and differs substantially from the original version, previously posted on YouWriteOn.

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3.
HOME AND AWAY
by willow55 Short Story, Women's Fiction, General Fiction 01 Dec 2011
Bron goes on a journey of discovery when her mother takes her to Sydney. But does she like what she finds?

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4.
To Butcher: To Bleed [New Version]
by R. J. Brown Crime, Historical, Mystery, Novel 25 Oct 2011
It's 1888 and a British government agent is slaughtering women in London's East End. His aim? To implicate Irish leader, Parnell, in horrific Fenian crimes. Prostitute, Rosa Moran, is at the centre of the intrigue, fighting to preserve Ireland’s hopes of Home Rule as well as her own life.

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5.
Loku Master
by Chhimi Crime, Novel, Thriller 28 Nov 2011
Indika’s best friend and team-mate is raped by the man who promises to make them international cricketers. When they are reunited as adults, they seek to exact revenge which puts them on a collision course with Loku Master, the unidentified leader of a Sri Lankan paedophile ring.

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6.
Postcards (Dec 2011 revamp)
by George Adams Chicklit, Mystery, Romance, Science Fiction 03 Dec 2011
Constrained Adam Peters thinks he knows his wife, her family, their friends, his world, himself. Then Postcard Julie visits. His world collapses. He comes alive.

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7.
The Fire Dragon
by Celia Micklefield Short Story, Women's Fiction, General Fiction 01 Jan 2012
A broken ornament discloses deeper cracks in the household.

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8.
BEST BEFORE
by willow55 Novel, General Fiction 29 Jul 2011
Rachael apparently has the perfect life: a loving family, happiness, good health. But there's something in her past she refuses to abandon and when she rediscovers her former lover, Jed, on the Internet, her past begins to encroach on her present. But Jed's life has moved on too and there are secrets about Jed that Rachael hasn't yet discovered.

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9.
Happy Hour
by Anne Mitchell Chicklit, Romance 28 Nov 2011
Jane Anderson has always been happy for her husband Paul, a handsome garden designer, to take the spotlight while she looks after their son Jeremy. But when Paul wins gold at Chelsea, he catches the eye of glamour-puss Elizabeth – and it’s not just his horticultural skills she’s interested in.

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10.
The Master Plan (Amended)
by William Womack Mystery 25 Dec 2011
A murder mystery set amongst what is considered for many to be a taboo world.

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The 7 novel openings in the top ten above, and the additional next 3 highest rated novel openings below receive feedback from Random House & Orion as part of the December 2011 TheNextBigAuthor.com competition:
 
Finding Elizabeth
by Safia Adam General Fiction  
Kate Wright becomes obsessed with researching the life story of a former resident of her cottage. Her attempt to find Elizabeth leads her to uncover secrets stretching back two centuries, and she then faces the dilemma of deciding how much she should reveal to Elizabeth's descendants.

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Wannabe
by Michael Logan Novel, General Fiction  
Celebrities are running to laser clinics as a deranged wannabe murders A-listers and peels off their tattoos in the belief they'll make him famous. Washed-up rock star Jackie Thunder isn't joining the queue. If he can get himself on the killer's list, maybe he can hit the big time again.

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The Wall
by Marco Lobo Adventure, Historical, Literary Fiction, Novel, General Fiction  
19th Century: China is besieged by foreign powers. Circling like a pack of hyenas around a weakened, larger animal, they tear chunks off it, waiting for a chance for the largest piece. Even the Portuguese with their little enclave Macau, can smell the blood. Macau’s Governor raises the stakes by threatening to remove Chinese ancestral graves.

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BEST BEFORE
by willow55 Novel, General Fiction 29 Jul 2011
Rachael apparently has the perfect life: a loving family, happiness, good health. But there's something in her past she refuses to abandon and when she rediscovers her former lover, Jed, on the Internet, her past begins to encroach on her present. But Jed's life has moved on too and there are secrets about Jed that Rachael hasn't yet discovered.

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The Prisoner
by Clar Ni Chonghaile Novel, General Fiction 15 Sep 2011
Journalist Peter Blake is kidnapped in Somalia. During his captivity, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery, seeking answers to questions he never had the courage to ask. Abdi, a 17-year-old Somali, is looking for his own answers, while Peter's mother Nina wonders how responsible she is for her son's mistakes

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Have a Good Day
by Claire Whatley Short Story, Womens Fiction, General Fiction 25 Sep 2011
A story about how things can change.

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January 2012

 

 

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1.
Driven to Destruction
by Michelle Rose Adventure, Novel, General Fiction 25 Nov 2011
Like everything else in her life, Millie’s attempt at suicide doesn’t work out. But then she has an idea that will get her away from all the bad memories – she finds work as a nanny in France. There’s just one little problem …

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2.
Never Too Late
by Susan Howe Short Story, General Fiction 01 Dec 2011
Trapped in a loveless marriage, Dilly finds comfort in systems.

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3.
Rent a Chair
by Safia Adam Short Story, General Fiction 22 Nov 2011
Greta's weekly appointment with Federico means some much-needed escapism. But is he all he seems to be?

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4.
Trust No One (revised)
by NA Randall Novel, General Fiction 07 Nov 2011
When his girlfriend goes missing, the writer, RB Arthurs, fears the worst. Not even his worst fears could prepare him for what was about to unfold.

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5.
For Sophie's Sake (new version)
by Katie Hope Womens Fiction, General Fiction 19 Nov 2011
Ruth knows the secret of her neighbour, Lynne. She doesn't realise that Lynne knows secrets about her, too. As the two begin to talk, life starts to change for Ruth. But why is Lynne being so helpful? Is her motive as altruistic as it seems?

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6.
the tracks... (revised)
by Daniel Lewis Crime, Literary Fiction, Novel, Thriller, General Fiction 25 Oct 2011
'the tracks...' is about regret, responsibility and redemption; the tale of three characters unravelling the reasons for one woman's death…and its repercussions. This extract has been revised, and differs substantially from the original version, previously posted on YouWriteOn.

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7.
The Passenger
by Dante O'Donnell Horror, Mystery 20 Oct 2011
A stand up comic goes home to rural Wales to face up to his past sins.

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8.
The Prisoner
by Clar Ni Chonghaile Novel, General Fiction 15 Sep 2011
Journalist Peter Blake is kidnapped in Somalia. During his captivity, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery, seeking answers to questions he never had the courage to ask. Abdi, a 17-year-old Somali, is looking for his own answers, while Peter's mother Nina wonders how responsible she is for her son's mistakes

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9.
Finger in the Dial
by Ray Forder-Stent Short Story, General Fiction 13 Nov 2011
An old lady views the street from her living room and is glad to be in touch with the world as she reminisces and relates her thoughts.

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10.
The Samaritan
by NA Randall General Fiction 16 Nov 2011
When Richard calls Samaritans, he's sure he recognizes the voice at the end of the line. This story is taken from the novel 'Trust No One'

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The Last Scion
by Joseph Zieja Action, Adventure, Novel, Fantasy, General Fiction 29 Jul 2011
Marten, a young and powerful Scion of Mecinter, is forced out of the organization. As he discovers that much of what the Scions taught him is false, Marten must decide to march mankind toward the Transcendence or toward truth, all the while wondering if they are one in the same.

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Chrissie's story
by Isabella Bee Historical, Mystery, Romance, Saga 21 Jul 2011
Chrissie finally finds the courage to stand up to her bullying husband. Feeling she has no other option, she poisons his whisky. Her friend, Charlie tells her he has buried the body. How is it possible, then that 14 years later, she gets a letter from the man she believes she killed.

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December 2011

1.
A Spurious Brood
by Phil Revell Historical 04 Oct 2011
This is a historical novel set in the early seventeenth century. It is based on the true story of Katherine More, youngest daughter of an ancient Shropshire family, whose four children were taken from her to be transported to America on board the Pilgrim Fathers’ ship The Mayflower.

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2.
Young, Gifted & Skinned
by Dante O'Donnell Short Story, Horror 28 Sep 2011
This is short speculative fiction. It is a sports based Faustian tale that was written for a specialist compendium.

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3.
Crazy Nola June's Daughter
by Yael Politis Historical, Literary Fiction, Novel, General Fiction 18 Jul 2011
Olivia wants her independence, but the options of a seventeen-year-old girl in 1840s Pennsylvania are limited. She could inherit a farm in Michigan, but not on her own. Can she convince her friend, a young black man, to become her partner and risk traveling and working with a white girl?

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4.
Battle of the Barbies (revised)
by Claire Whatley Short Story, Womens Fiction, General Fiction 12 Oct 2011
Cathy finds herself organising a children's Christmas party...

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5.
In the Forests of the Night
by David Chattan Mystery, Fantasy, Thriller 19 Sep 2011
A shapeshifter who blames himself for the death of a young hitchhiker searches for her killer.

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6.
'The Invisible' revised
by Jenny Knowles Literary Fiction, Novel 13 Sep 2011
An Indian slave boy begins his tale of life in the United Arab Emirates as one of 'the invisible'.

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7.
Chrissie's story
by Isabella Bee Historical, Mystery, Romance, Saga 21 Jul 2011
Chrissie finally finds the courage to stand up to her bullying husband. Feeling she has no other option, she poisons his whisky. Her friend, Charlie tells her he has buried the body. How is it possible, then that 14 years later, she gets a letter from the man she believes she killed.

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8.
Have a Good Day
by Claire Whatley Short Story, Womens Fiction, General Fiction 25 Sep 2011
A story about how things can change.

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9.
Seal of Confession
by Jon Brownridge Literary Fiction, Novel 25 Sep 2011
After receiving conflicting advice, an inexperienced priest must decide whether the Seal of Confession can supersede his moral and legal obligation to report a serious crime.

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10.
Hidden Roots
by C.J. Waters Novel, Fantasy, Teenage Fiction 29 Jul 2011
Growing up in foster care, Roisín has no idea where she comes from. But she knows she's different. When she finds herself slap bang in the middle of a supernatural war, she must pick a side. Witches? Warlocks? Sorcerers? If only she knew who the good guys were?

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Frank
by Gemma Marren Short Story, General Fiction 01 Aug 2011
A husband and wife sit and wait for the cremation of a man called Frank. As memories overwhelm her she reflects on her past and her future.

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African Violet Ch1-3
by Mo Lovatt Historical, Literary Fiction, Novel, General Fiction 30 Jul 2011
African Violet is a story which spans two continents and four generations of the same family. It explores the way in which our ancestors' lives affect our own, often in ways in which we are never aware.

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Soul's Child (revised)
by Dianne Gray Mystery, General Fiction 03 Aug 2011
After an accident, Aurora is left in a wheelchair and draws predictions of death and destruction. Her father steals her pictures and becomes a famous television psychic and ghost hunter. But Aurora knows he’s a fake and is treading a deadly path that can only end in the ultimate disaster.

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The Butterfly and the Wheel (revised)
by NA Randall Historical, Literary Fiction 23 Jun 2011
A second-rate Russian writer passes off a stolen manuscript as his own, and rises to the summit of Soviet Society

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November 1st 2011

1.
Purple Rain
by Clar Ni Chonghaile Short Story, General Fiction 06 Sep 2011
Omondi is a security guard at a house in Nairobi. He is proud and diligent despite the disdain of the other guards in the compound. But one day, disdain turns to betrayal.

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2.
Society of Seers
by Karen Milner Novel, Fantasy, Thriller 24 Jul 2011
Willow has the gift of second sight and knows she is in danger. She needs to escape her adoptive parents and find her real mother, Anya. However, the more Willow discovers, the more she worries that the only thing she'll find is her mother's grave.

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3.
Tick Tock
by Anke Lovell Short Story, General Fiction 26 Sep 2011
Scenes from the life of a troubled child in the 1960s.

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4.
The Eleventh Question
by Dianne Gray Mystery, Fantasy, Teenage Fiction, General Fiction 17 Aug 2011
From the beginning of time ten questions have been asked. Each of these questions has brought about a new age of consciousness. Now it's time for the eleventh. Will Arista McGregor live to ask it?

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5.
The Harlequin Girl
by Laurinda Luffman Romance, Teenage Fiction 24 Jul 2011
Born with a facial disfigurement, Orla hides herself away working in her family's café. But when a strange troubled lad called Danny arrives in her small seaside town, Orla learns scars can also be on the inside.

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6.
Crazy Nola June's Daughter
by Yael Politis Historical, Literary Fiction, Novel, General Fiction 18 Jul 2011
Olivia wants her independence, but the options of a seventeen-year-old girl in 1840s Pennsylvania are limited. She could inherit a farm in Michigan, but not on her own. Can she convince her friend, a young black man, to become her partner and risk traveling and working with a white girl?

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7.
The Strathbungo Cellists
by Calum Stewart General Fiction 20 Aug 2011
Aulay's changed since he left Glasgow. So has Shaz, who stayed.

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8.
The Door of Angels - Revised
by A C Acton Adventure, Crime, Mystery, Thriller 28 Aug 2011
Working for the Papal Commission for Sacred Archaeology, brilliant but troubled archaeologist, Sophia Lawrence excavates a Christian catacomb beneath Rome. When the badly mutilated body of a man from her past is found in the works, her life is thrown into turmoil. A mystery unfolds and terrible danger stalks Sophia.

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9.
Have a Good Day
by Claire Whatley Short Story, Womens Fiction, General Fiction 25 Sep 2011
A story about how things can change.

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10.
Soul's Child (revised)
by Dianne Gray Mystery, General Fiction 03 Aug 2011
After an accident, Aurora is left in a wheelchair and draws predictions of death and destruction. Her father steals her pictures and becomes a famous television psychic and ghost hunter. But Aurora knows he’s a fake and is treading a deadly path that can only end in the ultimate disaster.

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Pigs Might Fly
by Jonathan Skinner Comedy, Novel, General Fiction 14 Jun 2011
TV weatherman Geoffrey Calder’s life is falling apart. Spurned by delicious studio assistant Amanda, pursued by pizza millionaire Ralph de Rigueur, and desperate to prove his worth to teenaged daughter Dee, Geoffrey’s adventure begins when vegan eco-warrior Cara subtly recruits him to help save the world from genetically engineered pork wings.

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The Kiss
by Tash Bell Novel 03 Jul 2011
THE KISS follows Kit Henry as she makes three attempts to kiss Dan Gregory, the man she holds to be the love of her life. The results are presented in reverse chronological order - over a period of thirty years - to create a life viewed poignantly backwards.

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Fait Accompli- revised
by Elizabeth Warner Mystery, Novel, General Fiction 29 Jun 2011
James Kington thought that nothing could inspire him. Then he finds Livia, locked away in her crumbling white house, so strange and primitive and so tantalisingly mysterious. It’s a game for Kington; but dangerously real for Livia. She can play the game, any game…But can she win…

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October 1st 2011

1.
The Twelve-Fifty
by NA Randall Short Story, General Fiction 30 Aug 2011
A hip cat of a jacket tells his life story * contains sex scenes and swearing* This story (and 9 others) are part of the novel 'Trust No One' - see one-page synopsis

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2.
The System: John Armytage Cooper
by Elizabeth Coles Novel, Teenage Fiction, General Fiction 09 Jul 2011
Pearl thinks Jack is cool and sexy. What she doesn't know is how he gets his kicks.

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3.
HEOROT (working title)
by R M E Winter Historical, Novel, Teenage Fiction, General Fiction 18 Aug 2011
The story is loosely based on the Beowulf legend, told from the point of view of a Romano-British former slave, and set in the chaotic period between the withdrawal of the Roman legions and the Saxon invasions.

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4.
Badgerbear and the burnt map of Lumos
by P.D.Cartwright Action, Adventure, Children's Fiction, Novel, Fantasy, Teenage Fiction 26 Jul 2011
All his life Amoss has been disguising it. But now the other Badgerbears have found out. Found out about his stupid, shiny, soft, gold fur. But can it really mean he's a threat? Like a stranger, or a thief amongst his family and friends. No. No way. But a bad omen... yes. The worst. 10+

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5.
Play On
by Fleur Smithwick Novel, Romance, Womens Fiction, General Fiction 16 Aug 2011
What happens when the invisible friend you had as a child comes back into your life? What happens when you fall passionately in love? What happens when you stray? Sam's existence depends entirely on Alex and when she begins to fall for another man, that existence is threatened. But Sam doesn't want to go and he will do anything to survive.

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6.
The Butterfly and the Wheel (revised)
by NA Randall Historical, Literary Fiction 23 Jun 2011
A second-rate Russian writer passes off a stolen manuscript as his own, and rises to the summit of Soviet Society

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7.
African Violet Ch1-3
by Mo Lovatt Historical, Literary Fiction, Novel, General Fiction 30 Jul 2011
African Violet is a story which spans two continents and four generations of the same family. It explores the way in which our ancestors' lives affect our own, often in ways in which we are never aware.

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8.
Crazy Nola June's Daughter
by Yael Politis Historical, Literary Fiction, Novel, General Fiction 18 Jul 2011
Olivia wants her independence, but the options of a seventeen-year-old girl in 1840s Pennsylvania are limited. She could inherit a farm in Michigan, but not on her own. Can she convince her friend, a young black man, to become her partner and risk traveling and working with a white girl?

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9.
Soul's Child (revised)
by Dianne Gray Mystery, General Fiction 03 Aug 2011
After an accident, Aurora is left in a wheelchair and draws predictions of death and destruction. Her father steals her pictures and becomes a famous television psychic and ghost hunter. But Aurora knows he’s a fake and is treading a deadly path that can only end in the ultimate disaster.

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10.
Reviews of the great works of Literature
by Phil Adams Comedy, Literary Fiction 08 Sep 2011
Ex- Harpers Bizarre model (now divorced and Toy Boy in tow) reviews the classics of Literature, with the help of her son Toby, brother David and boyfriend Carl

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Losing the Honour. (August 2011 Revision)
by Graeme Crawford Short Story, General Fiction 17 May 2011
Gambling addiction leads Jimmy Kerr, a professional golfer, into staggering debt. He becomes a gangsters' pawn, and it looks like he's prepared to sell his sporting soul during a big golf final. But will the broken fragments of a once happy family life be enough to save Kerr?

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Time Out
by Jonathan Skinner Comedy, Novel, General Fiction 22 May 2011
Catering entrepreneur Adam Marshall has led a chequered life: Ditching business partner Jerry when he becomes disabled; dumping girlfriend Laura when she falls pregnant; and worst of all, serving up out of date king prawns. It's time for a chat with the big guy upstairs...

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September 1st 2011

1.
Divine Affairs
by John Dylan Comedy, Science Fiction 31 Jul 2011
In the beginning, there was business ... and there has been nothing else ever since.

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2.
Dragonflu
by Rachel J Turner Adventure, Children's Fiction, Novel, Fantasy, Teenage Fiction, General Fiction 26 Jul 2011
Twelve year old Finnerty knows that he must never cross the forbidden borders of Wyvern Bay. But with the outbreak of a deadly virus spreading northwards from the city, there is nowhere else left to run.

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3.
Peabody Flint
by Caz Abrahams Children's Fiction, Novel 03 Jul 2011
A thirteen-year-old boy discovers his name is the least odd thing about him. Meet Peabody Flint.

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4.
The Buzz Building
by Scott O'Neill Crime, Novel, Saga 25 Jul 2011
Haig Dumfries is 40 today. He recalls the disasters that struck on his 10th, 20th and how on his 30th birthday he was wrongfully arrested for murder. He has to escape his prison cell before Fate strikes again… Killer Flees! DCI Craven must find Haig before Dodds keeps his promise to provide the man who killed his wife with a slow, merciless death.

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5.
An Ordinary Occurrence
by Moira Michelle Hues Short Story, Historical, General Fiction 22 Jul 2011
Collinsville, IL., a quaint midwestern town at the turn of the century. Nothing much happens around here. Summer days come by sluggishly, as people pass through on their way to the World's Fair. Collinsville is an innocent little town. Just ask Mr. Nielson, the storekeeper. He can tell you everything. You can trust him.

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6.
The Kiss
by Tash Bell Novel 03 Jul 2011
THE KISS follows Kit Henry as she makes three attempts to kiss Dan Gregory, the man she holds to be the love of her life. The results are presented in reverse chronological order - over a period of thirty years - to create a life viewed poignantly backwards.

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7.
Crazy Nola June's Daughter
by Yael Politis Historical, Literary Fiction, Novel, General Fiction 18 Jul 2011
Olivia wants her independence, but the options of a seventeen-year-old girl in 1840s Pennsylvania are limited. She could inherit a farm in Michigan, but not on her own. Can she convince her friend, a young black man, to become her partner and risk traveling and working with a white girl?

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8.
Frank
by Gemma Marren Short Story, General Fiction 01 Aug 2011
A husband and wife sit and wait for the cremation of a man called Frank. As memories overwhelm her she reflects on her past and her future.

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9.
African Violet Ch1-3
by Mo Lovatt Historical, Literary Fiction, Novel, General Fiction 30 Jul 2011
African Violet is a story which spans two continents and four generations of the same family. It explores the way in which our ancestors' lives affect our own, often in ways in which we are never aware.

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10.
Fait Accompli- revised
by Elizabeth Warner Mystery, Novel, General Fiction 29 Jun 2011
James Kington thought that nothing could inspire him. Then he finds Livia, locked away in her crumbling white house, so strange and primitive and so tantalisingly mysterious. It’s a game for Kington; but dangerously real for Livia. She can play the game, any game…But can she win…

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This Is Violence
by James Holland Horror, Novel 14 May 2011
John's brother has a nasty accident. Eric is bruised and broken, trapped in a coma. Eric doesn't move, doesn't murmur. The doctors have given up. So John should be thrilled when his brother wakes up. When his brother's swift recovery has him home within weeks. But he just can't shake the feeling that something is wrong with Eric.

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Driving Sideways (rev 2)
by willow55 Novel, General Fiction 02 May 2011
Following the death of her father when she's 16, Ellie barely copes with adult life. She relies on family for support but they too have problems. As does ex-boyfriend Lawrence who reappears in Ellie's life. But when cousin Jason reveals the true circumstances of Ellie's father's death her fragile world crumbles.

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Best Before (revamped, revised)
by willow55 Novel, General Fiction 17 May 2011
Rachael apparently has the perfect life: a loving family, happiness, good health. But there's something in her past she refuses to abandon and when she rediscovers her former lover, Jed, on the Internet, her past begins to encroach on her present. But Jed's life has moved on too and there are secrets about Jed that Rachael hasn't yet discovered.

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He Who is Drowned is Not Troubled By the Rain
by NA Randall Short Story, General Fiction 20 Apr 2011
A story about Chinese Revenge

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The Diviner
by Caroline Davison Novel, General Fiction 09 Apr 2011
Violet is terminally ill. She knows there is a secret buried in her past that she must uncover before she dies. But can Sara, the beloved grand-daughter, help in this quest for the truth without destroying her own happiness?

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1.

Life Class

by Claire Whatley

Short Story, General Fiction

01 Jul 2011

Judy loves her art class. But is it just for Art's sake?

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2.

Honesty

by L Lauren

Novel, Womens Fiction, General Fiction

28 Jun 2011

A novel of adolescent dreams and the loss of innocence. At eleven she was a vamp. At Fourteen, world weary, an expert tease... Some day, one day, her prince will come...

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3.

The Family Itch(Revised)

by Jeremy Poole

Children's Fiction, Comedy

01 Jul 2011

Dylan wants to be a millionaire. He wants to be a farm. But he has a terrible itch.

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4.

The Last American Martyr

by Thomas J. Winton

Novel, Thriller, General Fiction

20 May 2011

After an unemployed doorman is awarded The Nobel Prize for Literature, his book resuscitates the all-but-dead international labor movement. But not everyone is happy. A profit-hungry elitist clique is absolutely livid. And when Thomas Soles and his wife, Elaina, return from Stockholm, they are forced to flee for their lives.

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5.

Travelling North (formerly Dreams and Desires)

by Morgana Jones

Historical, Novel, Romance, Saga

21 Jun 2011

It's 1935. Two girls are growing up at opposites ends of Europe. Anna's parents run a hotel on the borders of Austria; Tamar is the daughter of the beautiful, but completely unreliable Sadie. Their lives are about to collide.

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6.

Fait Accompli- revised

by Elizabeth Warner

Mystery, General Fiction

29 Jun 2011

James Kington thought that nothing could inspire him. Then he finds Livia, locked away in her crumbling white house, so strange and primitive and so tantalisingly mysterious. It’s a game for Kington; but dangerously real for Livia. She can play the game, any game…But can she win…

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7.

The Kiss

by Tash Bell

Novel

03 Jul 2011

THE KISS follows Kit Henry as she makes three attempts to kiss Dan Gregory, the man she holds to be the love of her life. The results are presented in reverse chronological order - over a period of thirty years - to create a life viewed poignantly backwards.

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8.

Peabody Flint

by Caz Abrahams

Children's Fiction, Novel

03 Jul 2011

A thirteen-year-old boy discovers his name is the least odd thing about him. Meet Peabody Flint.

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9.

The Best Things in Life . . .

by Orson

Comedy, Novel, General Fiction

01 Jul 2011

Mark has it all. A loving family, a detached house and a great job. But as mid-life approaches he wants to be rich. After putting everything on the line he stands to lose everything important to him.

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10.

Pigs Might Fly

by Jonathan Skinner

Comedy, Novel, General Fiction

14 Jun 2011

TV weatherman Geoffrey Calder’s life is falling apart. Spurned by delicious studio assistant Amanda, pursued by pizza millionaire Ralph de Rigueur, and desperate to prove his worth to teenaged daughter Dee, Geoffrey’s adventure begins when vegan eco-warrior Cara subtly recruits him to help save the world from genetically engineered pork wings.

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Funnybone

by Frankie Funnybone (edited by John Gradwell)

Comedy, Historical

15 Jan 2011

At the age of 95, former music hall great Frankie Funnybone has decided to write his memoirs. This first volume sees Frankie mistaking Wallis Simpson for Jimmy Jewell, saving Neville Chamberlain from murderous Nazis and ensuring his posh pals Burgess and Maclean get off safely on their foreign holiday.

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In Pale Places

by David Charles

Mystery, Novel, Fantasy, General Fiction

11 Mar 2011

Robert Leland is a successful London lawyer. Following a late-night meeting with the mysterious Monsieur Soleil, his life begins to unravel alarmingly.

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No Time for Losers (revised)

by Claire Whatley

Short Story, Women's Fiction, General Fiction

09 Mar 2011

Adam was such a bright boy. Where did his parents go wrong?

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Burying Strangers

by Sam Brooks

Horror, Thriller

15 Jan 2011

After hitting his head in a fall which should have killed him, Gabriel Fagan – failed teacher and successful drunk - starts seeing dead people. Attempting to help a young girl who’s been murdered, Gabriel finds himself in a twisted battle of wits with her killer, and forced to confront some ugly ghosts of his own.

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Movin' On

by Thomas J. Winton

Short Story, General Fiction

06 Jun 2010

Their marriage on the rocks, a husband and wife make a last-ditch effort to save it. They load their kids in the car, everything they own in a U-Haul trailer, and head for Florida, where they hope everything will be sunny, once again.

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July 1st 2011
1.
The Beautiful Bruise
by Scott O'Neill Mystery 23 May 2011
There’s a body in the canal. STEVEN WRAITH knows the victim… and the killer. Steven is dying. But death must wait until his story is finished. The writer has been blocked ever since the murder in the vacant apartment below. A new tenant arrives. And the haunting begins...

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2.
The Pomelo Tree (Revised)
by Ann Bennett Historical, General Fiction 03 Apr 2011
Laura's grandfather, Tom, is dying. When she visits him an old man is watching the house. This turns out to be a fellow Japanese prisoner of war of Tom's, whom Tom is reluctant to see. But it brings back his wartime memories and kindles Laura's interest in his ordeal.

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3.
SOLOMON SAYS: The Blackmailer (rev)
by Timothy Saint Short Story, General Fiction 30 Jan 2011
‘Solomon Says’ is a collection of Modern Morality Tales comprising twenty short stories, each inspired by an Old Testament quotation from the Book of Proverbs – traditionally supposed to have been penned by King Solomon. The appropriate quotation is appended to each story, all of which are currently posted on YWO.

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4.
The Forbidden Experiment
by Rob Alan Marsh Historical, Literary Fiction, Novel 31 May 2011
Are we nature or are we nurture? There is only one way to know, but to most it is an unthinkable and forbidden experiment. But not to Virtus Montrose, a brilliantly flawed philosopher. He will have his answer, and it will shock and disturb us all.

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5.
The Likes of Us
by Siobhan Bland Daiko Historical, Novel, Romance, Womens Fiction, General Fiction 17 Mar 2011
When the Japanese attack Hong Kong in December 1941, Kate and Charles' lives are turned upside down. A different time. A different place. Everything is about to change.

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6.
No Time for Losers (revised)
by Claire Whatley Short Story, Women's Fiction, General Fiction 09 Mar 2011
Adam was such a bright boy. Where did his parents go wrong?

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7.
Tales From Sitka-By-The-Sea
by Marion G. Harmon Adventure, Teenage Fiction 03 Mar 2011
Meredith Nagasi is a young shrine maiden in Sitka-By-The-Sea, the capital of the Kingdom of Alaska. An ordinary girl, she is catapulted into her adventures when she discovers an espionage ring and reports it to the proper authorities.

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8.
This Is Violence
by James Holland Horror, Novel 14 May 2011
John's brother has a nasty accident. Eric is bruised and broken, trapped in a coma. Eric doesn't move, doesn't murmur. The doctors have given up. So John should be thrilled when his brother wakes up. When his brother's swift recovery has him home within weeks. But he just can't shake the feeling that something is wrong with Eric.

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9.
Driving Sideways (rev 2)
by willow55 Novel, General Fiction 02 May 2011
Following the death of her father when she's 16, Ellie barely copes with adult life. She relies on family for support but they too have problems. As does ex-boyfriend Lawrence who reappears in Ellie's life. But when cousin Jason reveals the true circumstances of Ellie's father's death her fragile world crumbles.

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10.
He Who is Drowned is Not Troubled By the Rain
by NA Randall Short Story, General Fiction 20 Apr 2011
A story about Chinese Revenge

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Tales From Sitka-By-The-Sea
by Marion G. Harmon Adventure, Teenage Fiction 03 Mar 2011
Meredith Nagasi is a young shrine maiden in Sitka-By-The-Sea, the capital of the Kingdom of Alaska. An ordinary girl, she is catapulted into her adventures when she discovers an espionage ring and reports it to the proper authorities.

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June 1st 2011

1.
SOLOMON SAYS: The Post Office Job (rev) (formerly The Suicide Note)
by Timothy Saint Short Story, General Fiction 30 Jan 2011
‘Solomon Says’ is a collection of Modern Morality Tales comprising twenty short stories, each inspired by an Old Testament quotation from the Book of Proverbs – traditionally supposed to have been penned by King Solomon. The appropriate quotation is appended to each story, all of which are currently posted on YWO.

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2.
SOLOMON SAYS: I Should Have Told Her (rev)
by Timothy Saint Short Story, Romance, General Fiction 30 Jan 2011
‘Solomon Says’ is a collection of Modern Morality Tales comprising twenty short stories, each inspired by an Old Testament quotation from the Book of Proverbs – traditionally supposed to have been penned by King Solomon. The appropriate quotation is appended to each story, all of which are currently posted on YWO.

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3.
Eternal Trauma
by Barry Anderton Action, Adventure, Novel 09 Apr 2011
Set during the Algerian Civil War, the story goes from a protected young doctor in the bosom of his family to a bus trip into the unknown, somber depths of terrorism.

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4.
The Transition of Ellie Foster
by Carolann Kaiser Short Story, General Fiction 10 May 2011
I can’t say how many times I’ve retraced my tracks from Zaldano’s garage to the little church across the road. A trillion sun-baked footprints obliterated by the turn of season when winter rain rushes red mud from the farmlands. Momma says, ‘It’s God’s circle of life, Ellie, and there ain’t nothing can change it.’ A story of innocence lost.

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5.
The Assistant
by Jonathan Skinner Comedy, Novel, General Fiction 30 Apr 2011
Agorophobic Stuart Watson hasn't left home for two years, relying on the internet for his contact with the outside world. But Stuart is startled when Anna - the attractive, interactive, assistant on his new PC - begins responding to him in an alarmingly lifelike manner...

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6.
SOLOMON SAYS: The Blackmailer (rev)
by Timothy Saint Short Story, General Fiction 30 Jan 2011
‘Solomon Says’ is a collection of Modern Morality Tales comprising twenty short stories, each inspired by an Old Testament quotation from the Book of Proverbs – traditionally supposed to have been penned by King Solomon. The appropriate quotation is appended to each story, all of which are currently posted on YWO.

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7.
No Time for Losers (revised)
by Claire Whatley Short Story, Women's Fiction, General Fiction 09 Mar 2011
Adam was such a bright boy. Where did his parents go wrong?

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8.
Tales From Sitka-By-The-Sea
by Marion G. Harmon Adventure, Teenage Fiction 03 Mar 2011
Meredith Nagasi is a young shrine maiden in Sitka-By-The-Sea, the capital of the Kingdom of Alaska. An ordinary girl, she is catapulted into her adventures when she discovers an espionage ring and reports it to the proper authorities.

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9.
The Pomelo Tree (Revised)
by Ann Bennett Historical, General Fiction 03 Apr 2011
Laura's grandfather, Tom, is dying. When she visits him an old man is watching the house. This turns out to be a fellow Japanese prisoner of war of Tom's, whom Tom is reluctant to see. But it brings back his wartime memories and kindles Laura's interest in his ordeal.

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10.
Driving Sideways (rev 2)
by willow55 Novel, General Fiction 02 May 2011
Following the death of her father when she's 16, Ellie barely copes with adult life. She relies on family for support but they too have problems. As does ex-boyfriend Lawrence who reappears in Ellie's life. But when cousin Jason reveals the true circumstances of Ellie's father's death her fragile world crumbles.

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The Turnarounders (REVISED)
by L.J. Heneghan Action, Adventure, Children's Fiction, Historical, Mystery, Fantasy, Thriller 12 Jan 2011
RALF OSBORNE has frightening premonitions and nightmares about clocks. So do LEON, SETH, VALEN and ALFIE and they are all being stalked by a strange hooded man. When the man tells them he's Old Father Time they're understandably skeptical. Then they wake up in 1939...

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Clansman
by Linton Wood Adventure, Historical 11 Jan 2011
1689 and the English monarchy is turmoil. Catholic King James is dethroned by the English parliament and usurped by his protestant son-in-law, William. Armed rebellion simmers in Scotland as two young Highlanders unwittingly join the fray. CLANSMAN is a sweeping historical adventure with a cast of colourful characters.

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I'm in Heaven
by Terry Ravenscroft Comedy, Novel, Fantasy 21 Jan 2011
Norman Smith doesn't believe in God. He dies and goes to heaven.

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What Alice Sees
by Lisa C Hinsley General Fiction 05 Jan 2009
After the death of her baby brother, Alice dedicates her life to finding the man who stole his breath.

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May 1st 2011


    
                    
1. The Watercolourist
by Louise Galvin Historical, Literary Fiction 10 Mar 2011
Can a memory of the Western Front be covered over in the colours of Matisse? In 1920 Samuel McKenna sets out on a journey from Lancashire to the Languedoc, carrying only a watercolour paint box.

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2. Matchbox Memories (Revised)
by RM Simpson Comedy, Novel, General Fiction 21 Feb 2011
Ian Greef has always had issues with his parents. The main one being that they aren't. But when he has to return to his home town to look after his mother for a week, he learns things that make him reassess his whole life.

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3. GrandBambi (abridged novella)
by Jack Palache Novel, General Fiction 28 Feb 2011
A hunter bags his trophy and lives to regret it, twice. Caution: vivid depiction of a deer hunt.

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4. I Know What It Is
by Claire Whatley Short Story, General Fiction 26 Jan 2011
A story about a dying man. And his sister.

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5. A Small Earthquake in Sheffield
by Daisy Sinclair Comedy, Novel 13 Feb 2011
Would-be journalist Daisy Sinclair pursues her dream of becoming a foreign correspondent across the derelict steel mills and smouldering slag heaps of 1980s Sheffield. How long before she realises the story of the decade has come to her?

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6. Tales From Sitka-By-The-Sea
by Marion G. Harmon Adventure, Teenage Fiction 03 Mar 2011
Meredith Nagasi is a young shrine maiden in Sitka-By-The-Sea, the capital of the Kingdom of Alaska. An ordinary girl, she is catapulted into her adventures when she discovers an espionage ring and reports it to the proper authorities.

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7. Becoming Lola
by Harriet Steel Historical 28 Jul 2010
A compelling exploration of the tempestuous life of Eliza Gilbert who, after an unloved childhood and a failed marriage, reinvented herself as Lola Montez, impoverished Spanish aristocrat turned dancer. Lover of a king, bigamist, passionate to the point of madness, she became the most notorious adventuress of the Victorian era.

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8. Good for Him (Revised)
by J.R.Minett Historical, Literary Fiction, Novel, General Fiction 09 Dec 2010
In 1937 young Billy meets his frail, manipulative cousin, Kenneth. Through the war years their rivalry escalates into an incident which changes the lives of both boys.

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 9.
Wearing the Cape (Revised)
by Marion G. Harmon Novel, Fantasy, Teenage Fiction 12 Dec 2010
Hope gained her powers the traditional way—by surviving an event that should have killed her. Now a sidekick and superhero-in-training, she must learn to fight crime and navigate the superhero world. But she isn't certain she wants to be a superhero, and the world isn't sure it wants superheroes anyway.

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10. In Pale Places
by David Charles Mystery, Novel, Fantasy, General Fiction 11 Mar 2011
Robert Leland is a successful London lawyer. Following a late-night meeting with the mysterious Monsieur Soleil, his life begins to unravel alarmingly.

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Becoming Lola
by Harriet Steel Historical 28 Jul 2010
A compelling exploration of the tempestuous life of Eliza Gilbert who, after an unloved childhood and a failed marriage, reinvented herself as Lola Montez, impoverished Spanish aristocrat turned dancer. Lover of a king, bigamist, passionate to the point of madness, she became the most notorious adventuress of the Victorian era.

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Black Dog Sunday
by Carly Tinkler Literary Fiction, Novel, Teenage Fiction, Womens Fiction, General Fiction 22 Nov 2010
Samira Khan is seventeen, and is planning her future as a writer. But her strict parents want her to marry and settle down. When Sam learns about the prospective groom's bad reputation, she is faced with a terrible dilemma, and is forced to make choices that will have life-changing consequences.

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Wearing the Cape (Revised)
by Marion G. Harmon Novel, Fantasy, Teenage Fiction 12 Dec 2010
Hope gained her powers the traditional way—by surviving an event that should have killed her. Now a sidekick and superhero-in-training, she must learn to fight crime and navigate the superhero world. But she isn't certain she wants to be a superhero, and the world isn't sure it wants superheroes anyway.

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Sliding on the Snow Stone (Chapter One)
by Andy Szpuk Historical, Novel, General Fiction 17 Dec 2010
A true story, opening with an account of the Holodomor (Great Hunger) in Ukraine, 1932-1933. An epic tragedy, laced with a large dose of defiance. *Any comments on the one page synopsis would also be welcome*

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April 1st 2011 Top Ten

1.
SOLOMON SAYS: Time For Reflection (rev)
by Timothy Saint Short Story, General Fiction 30 Jan 2011
‘Solomon Says’ is a collection of Modern Morality Tales comprising twenty short stories, each inspired by an Old Testament quotation from the Book of Proverbs – traditionally supposed to have been penned by King Solomon. The appropriate quotation is appended to each story, all of which are currently posted on YWO.

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2.
An Almost Perfect Plan (revised)
by willow55 Children's Fiction, Comedy 16 Feb 2011
A chapter book for 8-12 year olds. Matt and Isobel are sworn enemies. So when Matt's dad and Isobel's mum become rather too friendly, Matt and Isobel decide they'll have to put a stop to the whole affair.

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3.
The Special Years
by Susan Howe Short Story, General Fiction 26 Feb 2011
A story of childhood friendship

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4.
Dream 3319 (revised)
by Ian Harvey-Brown Novel, Science Fiction, Thriller 01 Mar 2011
In the land of dreams only one thing is certain; nothing is what it seems.

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5.
The Leopard-Tortoise
by Anthony Irvin Action, Adventure, Children's Fiction 03 Feb 2011
When poachers, led by the shadowy Kobe, invade a Tanzanian wildlife ranch and start killing animals, plans to establish a school for Maasai children will fail unless Lucy, Kal, and Ellie, their Maasai friends Matata and Kiki, and Fupi the terrier, can help the local game warden defeat the poachers.

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6.
Peabody Flint
by C S Abrahams Children's Fiction, Novel 28 Feb 2011
A thirteen-year-old boy discovers that his name is the least odd thing about him. Meet Peabody Flint.

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7.
I Know What It Is
by Claire Whatley Short Story, General Fiction 26 Jan 2011
A story about a dying man. And his sister.

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8.
A Small Earthquake in Sheffield
by Daisy Sinclair Comedy, Novel 13 Feb 2011
Would-be journalist Daisy Sinclair pursues her dream of becoming a foreign correspondent across the derelict steel mills and smouldering slag heaps of 1980s Sheffield. How long before she realises the story of the decade has come to her?

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9.
Tales From Sitka-By-The-Sea
by Marion G. Harmon Adventure, Teenage Fiction 03 Mar 2011
Meredith Nagasi is a young shrine maiden in Sitka-By-The-Sea, the capital of the Kingdom of Alaska. An ordinary girl, she is catapulted into her adventures when she discovers an espionage ring and reports it to the proper authorities.

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10.
SOLOMON SAYS: The Devil Comes Down (rev)
by Timothy Saint Short Story, General Fiction 30 Jan 2011
‘Solomon Says’ is a collection of Modern Morality Tales comprising twenty short stories, each inspired by an Old Testament quotation from the Book of Proverbs – traditionally supposed to have been penned by King Solomon. The appropriate quotation is appended to each story, all of which are currently posted on YWO.

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Lucky Nick
by Derek Haycock Novel, General Fiction 26 Oct 2010
Two friends, the Londoners Nick and Mart, have a heart-to-heart. A frightening proposition becomes irresistable.

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The Fragrant Concubine
by Melissa Addey Historical, Novel, Romance, Women's Fiction 06 Nov 2010
Legends of 18th century China tell of a Muslim concubine taken into the palace of Emperor Qianlong. Some say she was a rebel and had daggers hidden in her sleeves. Some say she was homesick and the Emperor doted on her. Court records show there really was such a concubine but the truth remains elusive.

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March 1st 2011 Top Ten

1.
The Eve Nation
by Laurinda Luffman Womens Fiction 10 Jan 2011
When a virus decimates the planet's male population, you might be expecting a bleak world. You'd be wrong. Forty years later, women have mobilised into a hard-working hierarchy, inspired by their World War forbears. And some will do anything to protect this new maiden order. (Complete novel 85k words)

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2.
SKIN BOOK
by Dan Holloway Short Story, Literary Fiction 16 Dec 2009
She has never been touched by a living human being, and she writes her lonely memories in a diary harvested from her dead brother's skin. But now she is in love with a man who rides the subways stalking women he never touches. A love story designed to be read aloud.

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3.
SOLOMON SAYS: SMFA (rev)
by Timothy Saint Short Story, General Fiction 30 Jan 2011
‘Solomon Says’ is a collection of Modern Morality Tales comprising twenty short stories, each inspired by an Old Testament quotation from the Book of Proverbs – traditionally supposed to have been penned by King Solomon. The appropriate quotation is appended to each story, all of which are currently posted on YWO.

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4.
So Red (new edit)
by Claire Whatley Short Story, Women's Fiction, General Fiction 21 Jan 2011
Just when Alison thought everything in her life was hunky dory, she was presented with an unexpected surprise.

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5.
Cain Bone Whittled (revised)
by Ardin Lalui Literary Fiction, Novel 13 Nov 2010
This is a story about a drifter and a kid.

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6.
The Turnarounders (REVISED)
by L.J. Heneghan Action, Adventure, Children's Fiction, Historical, Mystery, Fantasy, Thriller 12 Jan 2011
RALF OSBORNE has frightening premonitions and nightmares about clocks. So do LEON, SETH, VALEN and ALFIE and they are all being stalked by a strange hooded man. When the man tells them he's Old Father Time they're understandably skeptical. Then they wake up in 1939...

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7.
SOLOMON SAYS: Time For Reflection (rev)
by Timothy Saint Short Story, General Fiction 30 Jan 2011
‘Solomon Says’ is a collection of Modern Morality Tales comprising twenty short stories, each inspired by an Old Testament quotation from the Book of Proverbs – traditionally supposed to have been penned by King Solomon. The appropriate quotation is appended to each story, all of which are currently posted on YWO.

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8.
Villains Inc. (Revised)
by Marion G. Harmon Novel, Fantasy, Teenage Fiction 18 Jan 2011
In the sequel to Wearing the Cape, Astra continues to grow into her role as one of Chicago's superhero protectors and faces a new threat: the rising power of Villains Inc, an organized supervillain crime-syndicate. To protect her friends she must solve a murder and change an already-written future.

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9.
Wearing the Cape (Revised)
by Marion G. Harmon Novel, Fantasy, Teenage Fiction 12 Dec 2010
Hope gained her powers the traditional way—by surviving an event that should have killed her. Now a sidekick and superhero-in-training, she must learn to fight crime and navigate the superhero world. But she isn't certain she wants to be a superhero, and the world isn't sure it wants superheroes anyway.

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10.
I Know What It Is
by Claire Whatley Short Story, General Fiction 26 Jan 2011
A story about a dying man. And his sister.

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Sally & Jack
by Christopher Roy Denton Action, Historical, Novel, Teenage Fiction 26 Oct 2010
It’s 1787. Sally is a sixteen-year-old slave from Virginia. Jack is a seventeen-year-old homeless orphan from Lincolnshire. Together they change the course of history.

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Fly On The Wall
by Lisa May Short Story, Chicklit, Literary Fiction, Saga, Womens Fiction, General Fiction 07 Oct 2010
Hazel, addicted to reality television, takes on more real life drama than she bargained for when a fascination with her new lodger’s Casanova –like tendencies lead her to stray into murky moral waters. (A short story)

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February 1st 2011 Top Ten

1.
The Genie in the Bottle
by Bob Erw Wen Short Story, Teenage Fiction, General Fiction 27 Nov 2010
This is one in a series of short stories about young people. GCSEs are the least of Stuart's worries.

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2.
Out of Body (revised)
by C S Abrahams Novel, Teenage Fiction 04 Nov 2010
After a troubled past, sixteen year old Iris is finally getting her life back together. But then she meets Tobey, a stranger who seems to know a lot of her secrets. Tobey has a secret too and once revealed, there is no going back for Iris.

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3.
All the Blue-Eyed Angels
by Jennifer Blood Mystery, Thriller 30 Oct 2010
Twenty-five years after the alleged cult suicide that robbed her of her father, her home, and her childhood, investigative journalist Anna Solomon returns to the scene to uncover the truth behind the tragedy of Payson Isle.

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4.
Flaxton Hall
by Marlene Brown Mystery, Novel, General Fiction 29 Nov 2010
Remembering Flaxton: beautiful, ancient, mysterious. Lydia Wraxley revisits the fateful day she came under its spell, a day which changed the course of her life.

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5.
365 Rooms
by Mike Hanson Children's Fiction 19 Nov 2010
365 Rooms is a story about a wizard and a witch who want to adopt an 11 year old boy. To make him happy they've built him 365 fun-packed rooms to explore...only the rooms contain more than anyone bargained for.

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6.
The Devil-Faced Girl
by Laurinda Luffman Teenage Fiction, Womens Fiction 17 Sep 2010
Born with a facial disfigurement, Orla hides herself away working in her family's café. But when a strange troubled lad called Danny arrives in her small seaside town - the beauty to her beast – Orla learns scars on the inside are no easier to live with.

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7.
In The Days When
by Valerie J Falla Comedy, Novel, General Fiction 24 Nov 2010
This novella deals with an ageing eccentric who is drinking too much and whose life is being reduced to a tattered wreck. Resentful at this mess he decides to email God. "God" (?) replies. He receives enigmatic (but non-religious) messages; he gradually goes from Zero to local Hero via a series of well-meaning but doomed episodes.

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8.
Lucky Nick
by Derek Haycock Novel, General Fiction 26 Oct 2010
Two friends, the Londoners Nick and Mart, have a heart-to-heart. A frightening proposition becomes irresistable.

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9.
Wearing the Cape (Revised)
by Marion G. Harmon Novel, Fantasy, Teenage Fiction 12 Dec 2010
Hope gained her powers the traditional way—by surviving an event that should have killed her. Now a sidekick and superhero-in-training, she must learn to fight crime and navigate the superhero world. But she isn't certain she wants to be a superhero, and the world isn't sure it wants superheroes anyway.

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10.
Sliding on the Snow Stone (Chapter One) - The Story of Stefan Szpuk
by Andy Szpuk Historical, Novel, General Fiction 17 Dec 2010
An autobiographical novel. An account of the Holodomor (Great Hunger) in Ukraine, 1932-1933. *Any comments on the one page synopsis would also be welcome*

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The Devil-Faced Girl
by Laurinda Luffman Teenage Fiction, Womens Fiction 17 Sep 2010
Born with a facial disfigurement, Orla hides herself away working in her family's café. But when a strange troubled lad called Danny arrives in her small seaside town - the beauty to her beast – Orla learns scars on the inside are no easier to live with.

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World War Me
by Kevin M. McGreer Horror, Literary Fiction, Mystery, Novel, Teenage Fiction 10 Sep 2010
Jack is dead, but not over. Imprisoned with the other lost souls in an asylum-like afterlife, he must fight the powers that be, and his own inner demons, to keep what remains of his sanity. But to what end? His freedom? Or his damnation?

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Strands of Copper (short story)
by Harry Nicholson Short Story, Mystery 01 Sep 2010
Something worrying is found hidden inside the wall of an old cow byre. What to do with it?

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January 1st 2011 Top Ten

1.
Wild
by Chris Campbell Short Story, Adventure, Thriller 20 Nov 2010
Matti guides Dan on a wilderness bowhunting trip, two hundred miles from the nearest settlement. But is Dan after a moose, or something else altogether?

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2.
The Good Samaritan
by Susan Howe Short Story, General Fiction 10 Nov 2010
Mary was a good Samaritan, respected by colleagues and callers alike, until she discovered that charity begins at home.

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3.
Raspberries for Breakfast
by Martin Brunet Literary Fiction, Novel, General Fiction 24 Nov 2010