Friday, 2 June 2017

Guest Post & Giveaway - Triskele Authors on Chances - Chances Fortnight

Thank you to Liza Perrat and the rest of the Triskele ladies for sharing which authors they have taken a chance on and for donating copies of their books for giveaways.  Over to them...

Formed in 2011, Triskele Books is a writers’ collective of stories, places and times –– five authors working together to produce books of the highest possible publishing standard. The spirals of our triskele logo represent the concept of our collective: authorial independence balanced by mutual support. Going it alone, together.

Our connection: setting and atmosphere, culture and legend, history and landscape all combine to create a rich and satisfying reading experience that is Triskele Books.

 We want to take you on a journey.

 We want to transport you to another place.

 We want to tell you a story.

In line with “Chances Fortnight”, the Triskele authors tell us which book they’ve taken a chance on.

Liza Perrat: I took a chance on One Night at the Jacaranda by Carol Cooper. Contemporary Women’s Fiction isn’t a genre I usually read, but I was very pleasantly surprised and absolutely loved the book. The author’s in-depth characterisation and interesting, suspenseful plot-lines made for a real page-turner. And I enjoyed her sequel, Hampstead Fever, just as much.

JD SmithSue TownsendThe Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year. Someone else actually bought me the book, even though it's not something I would normally read or pick up in a book shop. But it was light and funny whilst addressing every day real life problems. 

JJ Marsh: My 'chance' was trying a YA novel - a genre I wouldn't normally think of reading. Nancy Freund's Mailbox changed my mind. Funny, sharp and philosophical, this was quite simply perfect.

Gillian Hamer: A Cupboard Full of Coats by Yvvette Edwards. I read this BAME author on the recommendation of a Triskele colleague and it's a book that moved me deeply and I think of still. It's now gone on to achieve a lot of recognition including being longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and shortlisted for the Commonwealth Book Prize. Characterisation was a particular strength, evoking emotions, and also how the author deftly unwound the tale. It was most certainly worth taking a chance on, and her follow up novel, The Mother, is now high on my reading list. 

To celebrate their latest releases, the Triskele Books authors are giving away 2 Ebooks each of their four new novels.
A chance to win these books:

Giveaways open internationally, all options are voluntary, but please do what they ask, as I will be verifying the winner. Giveaway closes 23:59 16/06/2017. Winner will be announced on twitter and emailed, and they will need to reply within 7 days, or forfeit the prize, and I will re-draw for a new winner.  Good luck everyone.

All eleven-year-old Tanya Randall wants is a happy family. But Mum does nothing besides housework, Dad’s always down the pub and Nanna Purvis moans at everyone except her dog. Then Shelley arrives –– the miracle baby who fuses the Randall family in love for their little gumnut blossom.

Tanya’s life gets even better when she meets an uncle she didn’t know she had. He tells her she’s beautiful and could be a model. Her family refuses to talk about him. But that’s okay, it’s their little secret.

Then one blistering summer day tragedy strikes, and the surrounding mystery and suspicion tear apart this fragile family web.

Embracing the social changes of 1970s Australia, against a backdrop of native fauna and flora, The Silent Kookaburra is a haunting exploration of the blessings, curses and tyranny of memory.

Unsettling psychological suspense blending the intensity of Wally Lamb with the atmosphere of Peter James, this story will get under your skin.


Two bodies discovered in a sacred Anglesey lake. One four weeks old. One four decades.

Random murders or ritual sacrifice?

Coincidence isn’t part of the vocabulary for DI Amanda Gold and her team. So when an up-and-coming star chef goes missing, the hunt for a killer is on.

Pressure mounts as suspect number one becomes victim number three.

DS Gethin Evans has an instinct. He is going to prove these crimes are sexually motivated, even if it means going it alone.

The hunt nears its end. The question is no longer who is right but who will survive?

If the sins of the past shadow everyone’s future, there’s no place to hide.



“Some people are just rotten to the core.”

Acting DCI Beatrice Stubbs is representing Scotland Yard at a police conference in Portugal. Her task is to investigate a rumour – a ghostwritten exposé of European intelligence agencies – and discover who is behind such a book.

Hardly a dangerous assignment, so she invites family and friends for a holiday. Days at the conference and evenings at the villa should be the perfect work-life balance.

Until one of her colleagues is murdered.

An eclectic alliance of international detectives forms to find the assassin. But are they really on the same side?

Meanwhile, tensions rise at the holiday villa. A clash of egos sours the atmosphere and when a five-year-old child disappears, their idyll turns hellish.

From Lisbon streets to the quays of Porto, Parisian cafés to the green mountains of Gerês, Beatrice learns that trust can be a fatal mistake.


My name is Zabdas: a son, father, commander and confidant. I am a man born of invasion, a warrior in a forgotten land. I speak of history, of Rome and Syria, and relay the story of Zenobia: wife to the king, sister to me, mother to her country, daughter of the gods …

Syria is finally at peace. The war against the Persians is won and a triumph held in honour of King Odenathus and his victories. Whilst the east prospers, so the west crumbles as Emperor Gallienus struggles to maintain power.

With success comes opportunity. Peace never holds for long as rumours surrounding Odenathus’ rising popularity abound and enemies approach on every frontier.

Zenobia must play the game of politics, forge alliances and press her advantage no matter what, if she is to secure the east. Zabdas discovers his past, and battles both conscience and heart as he chooses paths that will change everything.

It is the year of death. The gods are watching and no one is safe …

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Triskele Authors Bios:

Gillian E. Hamer: 

Born in the industrial Midlands, Gillian's heart has always yearned for the wilds of North Wales and the pull of the ocean. A Company Director for twenty years, she has written obsessively for over a decade. After completing a Creative Writing course, she decided to take her writing to the next level. She has now published five novels and various short stories. She is a columnist for Words with Jam literary magazine, a reviewer for Bookmuse, a regular theatre goer and avid reader across genres. She splits her time between Birmingham and a remote cottage on Anglesey where she finds her inspiration. Along with JJ Marsh, she is one of the founder members of Triskele Books. The Charter, Closure and Complicit make up her first spooky thriller trilogy all set around the dramatic coastline of Anglesey and North Wales. Crimson Shore, False Lights and Sacred Lake are the first three novels in her crime series, The Gold Detectives, also set in the region.
JJ Marsh

Author of The Beatrice Stubbs Series: Behind Closed Doors, Raw Material, Tread Softly, Cold Pressed, Human Rites and Bad Apples. Plus short story collection, Appearances Greeting a Point of View. Jill grew up in Wales, Africa and the Middle East, where her curiosity for culture took root and triggered an urge to write. After graduating in English Literature and Theatre Studies, she worked as an actor, teacher, writer, director, editor, journalist and cultural trainer all over Europe. Now based in Switzerland, Jill is European correspondent for Words with Jam magazine, forms part of Nuance Words, and co-edits The Woolf (Swiss literary ezine). She lives with her husband and three dogs, and in an attic overlooking a cemetery, she writes.
Twitter: @JJMarsh1
Liza Perrat

Liza grew up in Wollongong, Australia, where she worked as a general nurse and midwife for fifteen years. When she met her French husband on a Bangkok bus, she moved to France, where she has been living with her husband and three children for twenty years. She works part-time as a French-English medical translator, and as a novelist. Since completing a creative writing course, several of her short stories have won awards, notably the Writers Bureau annual competition of 2004 and her stories have been published widely in anthologies and small press magazines. Her articles on French culture and tradition have been published in international magazines such as France Magazine, France Today and The Good Life France. Spirit of Lost Angels is the first in her French historical trilogy, The Bone Angel series. The second – Wolfsangel – was published in October, 2013, and the third, Blood Rose Angel, was published in November, 2015. Her latest novel, The Silent Kookaburra, is a psychological suspense story set in 1970s Australia. She is a founding member of Triskele Books and a reviewer for Bookmuse.
Twitter: @LizaPerrat

JD Smith

JD Smith lives in the English Lake District. She has worked in the graphic design industry for over a dozen years, and now specialises in book cover design and typesetting. Jane spends most of her time attempting to remain professional, efficient, talented and affordable, because so many of her lovely clients have given her testimonials to that effect, whilst trying to keep her three children from switching off the wireless router, unplugging power cables and writing on her Facebook wall. The pseudonym JD Smith was created as the username on a writers' messageboard many years ago, and was adopted as her preferred Editor's title when launching the writing magazine Words with JAM Jane is the author of the novella, Tristan and Iseult, and The Overlord series, comprising The Rise of Zenobia, The Fate of an Emperor, The Better of Two Men and The Rebel Queen.

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