Full Price Books 26/06/2013 Fiction & Literature

Not many men buy tampons. Even fewer buy them and write slogans about them in the hope of winning a car. But for Tim Wembury, it’s just a normal part of his life. As is buying 99 tins of cat food just to get the entry-forms on the labels (he doesn’t have a cat) and winning a year’s supply of nappies (he doesn’t have a baby). Like many compers, his hobby of entering consumer competitions can pay off, sometimes handsomely, as he’s won a car, cash, and a house full of smaller prizes. But Tim is anything but happy. What’s the point in being able to win almost anything if you can’t win the one thing you want most in the world: the heart of a woman? Tim’s torture is intensified when he meets Dilly, the sexy young thing from the pet food company’s head office. Is she really interested in him, or is she just being nice to him because that’s her job? And why does she come to his rescue at that excruciating winner’s press conference, only to let him down the moment the cameras stop rolling? But Dilly’s shilly-shallying is the least of Tim’s problems. He’s just landed the top prize in a competition he wasn’t supposed to win, and sinister forces are out to ensure he doesn’t live to enjoy it…Fiction & Literature

 

 

It’s not the length that matters, it’s what you do with it that counts. And Iain Pattison certainly knows what to do with a short story. The internationally-acclaimed humourist has been entertaining readers on both sides of the Atlantic for more than 15 years with a succession of short stories that have won prize after prize, appeared in magazines and anthologies, and been broadcast on the UK’s most prestigious speech radio station, BBC Radio 4. If you haven’t read them, or heard them, you’ve been missing out. So here’s your chance to catch up! In this debut collection, Iain gives his imagination free rein in 21 of his best short stories – offbeat and satirical tales that range from the droll and wickedly witty to the slapstick and surreal. Peek between the covers, and you’ll find a woman who believes she’s a pavement, a crazed murderess trying to kill her victim on stage during a Christmas pantomime, and a dystopian pastiche of Willy Wonka in which the showman chocolatier comes up with a deadly solution to drag his factory out of recession. Then there’s the Preston bus driver who emerges from a coma to find he can speak every language on the planet – quite a journey, from omnibus to omniglot – plus a hideous man who thinks facing a firing squad will make him a babe-magnet, and a nightmare for Geppetto when Pinocchio reaches puberty. And you’ll discover why the author is known (usually affectionately) as The Man With The Golden Pun. Disclaimer I’ve been instructed by my lawyers to point out that Willy Wonka is NOT a mass murderer as suggested in Credit Crunchie. Nor does the fact that he wears a blouse in any way cast doubt upon his sexuality or dress sense. I’ve also been asked by a Mr W Shakespeare of Stratford Upon Avon to acknowledge that the words “I come to bury Caesar not to praise him” are his own invention and not an historically accurate quote. All other characters are entirely fictional, so if you do happen to share the name of any of my creations and (a) believe you’re a pavement; (b) have a wooden son with a tumescence problem; or (c) were killed by a firing squad and found it didn’t improve your attractiveness to women after all, it really is entirely coincidental and you’ll just have to live with it. Except in the firing-squad case. — Iain PattisonFiction & Literature

 

 

Million Copy New York Times bestseller now in Kobo ebook edition! MODERN WOMEN by “brilliant” novelist Ruth Harris is about the passionate lives and turbulent times of three dynamic women—and the men in their lives. The right men. The wrong men. The maybe men. Jane Gresh: The Maverick. Bawdy, talented and determined not to be ignored, her delicious revenge on the man who cheated on her shocks an entire country and makes her very, very famous and very, very rich. Lincky Desmond: The Communicator. She marries Mr. Right—only to risk it all for Mr. Wrong. Smart, beautiful and hard working, she takes a gamble others won’t and, in the process, inspires women everywhere. Elly McGrath: The Idealist. She is loyal and dedicated, a loving wife and devoted mother, but when confronted with the ultimate betrayal, what will she do to stand up for herself and her children? Owen Casals: The trailblazer. Hemingway invented macho. Owen Casals perfects it. He is handsome, successful, magnetic—and he knows it. He is hungry, horny and ambitious—and just waiting to conquer the world. They are spirited, resilient adventurers in a new universe of untried freedoms and untested ideals. Together they escape the limits of the past and open doors to the future. “Bestsellers like Decades, Husbands And Lovers and Love And Money have established Ruth Harris as one of the frankest, most stylish, and most compelling voices in contemporary fiction.” MODERN WOMEN was a million-copy NYT bestseller! Originally published by St. Martin’s Press in hard cover to rave reviews, in its paperback edition, MODERN WOMEN became a national sensation, and then equaled that achievement for the third time when the ebook edition rose to #1 on the Movers and Shakers List. “Sharply and stylishly written. Without sermonizing, Harris manages to write with intellect, insight and humor about the good, bad and ugly aspects of being a woman during the ’60s and ’70s. And while her focus is on women, she gives some well-thought time to the men who came of age during the period, tracking their development and proving herself an effective social commentator in the process. “Harris treads a fine line between popular fiction and more substantive women’s literature. She explores the effects of personal, political, social and sexual upheaval on a group of women who found themselves on the cusp of a society that promised women more risks and challenges that had ever before been available to them. “Jane, Lincky and Elly are by turns bold, insecure, determined, passionate, daring and unconventional. Their paths, and those of their husbands and lovers, cross over a period of 25 years. Through each of these women Harris examines the meaning of sexuality, love, success and personal happiness.” —Chicago Sun-Times “Fiction at its best. Savvily mixes rosy fantasy with truth about women’s lives. MODERN WOMEN follows the ripening of three women from the rule-busting sixties to the money-mad eighties. “Jane’s ‘thunder thighs’ in no way impede her libido. She’s a perpetually aspiring writer who concocts the sweetest revenge: clobbering a faithless lover in the best-selling novel she eventually produces. Lincky scrambles up the publishing ladder, out-bullying patronizing males and forfeiting a husband jealous of her success. Elly, the most conventional, marries the success she despairs of becoming. “Harris is an ace at the cliff-hanger chapter ending, characters evolve and grow…Everyone bounces back! Open this novel and prepare to be happy.” —New Woman magazine “Glory be! Excellent! MODERN WOMEN avoids the ‘eat ‘em alive, I’ll claw my way over any man’s back to get what I want’ stridency so prevalent today. Here we have three thoroughly likable women from wildly divergent backgrounds making their way through the struggle for equality that began with John F. Kennedy’s assassination in ’63. “Through the eyes of Elly, Jane and Lincky (short for Lincoln—her parents wanted a boy that badly), this is the story of today’s women. A thoroughly delightful tale of what it was like to be young, ambitious and in love during an exciting period of history.” –Los Angeles Times “Author Ruth Harris’ rapier wit spices up a coming-of-age-in-the-sexist-’60s story. Funny, sad, vivid, and more than raunchy enough to satisfy the most ribald appetites. Harris seeks to enliven and entertain, and she does it in spades. “Trading war stories is a popular pastime for battle-scarred soldiers, and survivors of the feminist revolution are no exception. Those women who heeded Betty Friedan’s call to arms in the stormy ’60s emerged with a fresh set of social prerogatives and a plethora of colorful tales from the front. MODERN WOMEN is what every war story should be. “This offering from author Ruth Harris (DECADES, HUSBANDS AND LOVERS, LOVE AND MONEY) recounts the trials of the feminist trenches as each recovers from the earth-shattering assassination of President Kennedy and regroups to wage her individual battle against gender injustice. “There’s brash, bawdy Jane Gresch, who happens to be on the press bus in the presidential motorcade when the fatal shots are fired in Dallas’ Dealy Plaza. When her date, journalist Owen Casals, steals Jane’s ideas and manhandles her affections, she becomes a ticking time bomb of self-destructive impulses. “Elly McGrath, the other woman in Owen’s life, is a flat chested activist who has stumbled from one disastrous relationship to another. Her decade-long devotion to Owen Casals finally leads to marriage, but her problems are far from over. “Lincky Desmond comes to her feminist awakening the hard way. Her parents die in a plane crash, the family business is sold out from under her, and her “perfect” first marriage to the doting, adorable Peter ends in predictable disaster. “The three women eventually find fulfillment and each other in the publishing world. Jane writes about what she knows, sex, and becomes a wildly successful author. Elly parlays her talents into a key slot in the publicity department at North Star, a top publishing house, where she is assigned to trumpet Jane’s roman a clef about her own husband, Owen. Lincky, who has become North Star’s president, has the courage to handle Jane’s book, which others consider too hot to hawk.” –The Cleveland Plain-Dealer “Ruth Harris has written a superb ‘rags to riches’ story. Harris knows how to create characters that are alive and familiar. These three women, Lincky, Jane and Elly, are like old friends, women we’ve all known. Their experiences, hopes and fears are universal. “The heroines find themselves confronting and finally being in the forefront of the feminist revolution. And yet like most modern women they, too, wonder if they will find the right man and or how to get rid of the wrong one. Each in their own way finds success at the top and a successful relationship. You’ll love MODERN WOMEN.” —West Coast Review of Books “With considerable skill and a commendable lack of feminist diatribe, Harris traces her protagonists’ journey toward some sense of self. Ruth Harris focuses on MODERN WOMEN who chose to challenge the traditional female role. Harris hangs her story on the assassination of President Kennedy, then goes on to explain that national tragedy and the growth of feminism are not as unrelated as they might seem. “Everybody alive at the time remembers where they were and what they were doing when JFK was shot in Dallas. The protagonists of Harris’ novel remember it for a particular reason: they were all somewhere doing something they didn’t particularly want to do in an effort to please the men in their lives. “We follow her women from 1963 to 1988: Jane, the outrageous but blocked writer; Lincky, the rich but needy editor; and Elly, the one who tries to combine marriage and career. What brings the women together is novel called “The F Factor.” Written by Jane, based more than a little venomously on her ex-lover, novelist/journalist Owen Casals, the controversial book lands on the desks of Lincky and Elly, Owen’s wife. The ensuing furor will tickle readers who know anything about how books are sold.” —The Chicago Tribune “Sexually very frank. MODERN WOMEN follows three iconoclastic young women through the maze of the 60′s, the ennui of the 70′s and into the boredom of the 80′s. Jane, Elly and Lincky search for identities, men and the perfect job. It’s all here: Camelot, Vietnam, drugs, women’s lib and civil rights. “We follow Jane, Elly and LIncky as they navigate the treacherous yet enticing waters of the climactic 60′s to the inevitable leveling-off of the 80′s. Highlight(s) the era of sexual freedom and permissiveness in which the novel is set.” —Houston Chronicle “A sure thing. i greatly enjoyed reading Modern Women. Actually, i couldn’t put it down. The pleasure I derived was the same pleasure I have often taken in eavesdropping on a long, revealing conversation or in coming upon a stranger’s diary and reading it on the sneak. That is to say, it appealed to my deep, abiding interest in others.” —The Washington Times “Perfect. Three women of different backgrounds come of age at the dawn of the women’s movement. In New York City and on their own for the first time, they’re caught somewhere in that nether world between traditional values and bra burning. MODERN WOMEN is the story of their lives and their loves.” —Los Angeles Herald-Examiner “Sprightly and replete with interesting personalities. Explores the impact that the sexual revolution and women’s liberation had on the professional and romantic lives of female characters. Invokes the music, bestsellers, news headlines and cultural changes of the period.” —Dallas Times-Herald “The story of the emancipation of today’s women. Harris has captured the mood, the flavor and the excitement of the 60′s and 70′s beautifully.” —Phoenix Republic “Upbeat, sassy. Harris’ latest effort will engage fans and newcomers alike with its likable characters and enjoyable forays into the popular culture of the 1960s. The story centers on three women in the their twenties at the time of John F. Kennedy’s assassination (a recurring motif) who dabble in the sexual, cultural and political freedoms that raucous era thrust upon the new generation. Filled with romantic sparks, fast action and interesting tidbits of social history.” —Booklist “Entertaining. Ruth Harris’ breezy prose style, peppery dialogue and irreverent observations on the natures of men and women make MODERN WOMEN fun to read.” —Dallas News “Fast-moving. It provides a bit of glamour, a bit of history and lots of romance. Enjoyable reading.” —Richmond Times-Dispatch “All the heat and dynamism of their times. On the streets, in the office and in the bedroom, this is the story of three women. Lincky Desmond, Elly McGrath and Jane Gresch are all in their early 20s when John F. Kennedy is assassinated. They are beneficiaries—and sometimes victims—of the sexual revolution and women’s liberation.” —Columbus Ledger-Enquirer “Slick, sexy, sharp and racy.” —Kirkus Reviews “Fresh and readable. Chapters contain nuggets of nostalgia that are guaranteed to trigger memories you’d swear were buried forever. The characters are complex yet familiar, as are the changes that they and the world are going through. You can draw parallels to the lives of friends and sisters who also made their way through three difficult decades for women and emerged all the stronger. —Orlando Sentinel “Addictive. Sad and funny, raunchy and realistic. I couldn’t put it down.” —Rona JaffeFiction & Literature

 

 

Book 2. Justin and Juliet, lovers and soul mates over the centuries, have everything they want—each other. When Justin’s male soul mate David enters their lives, they become an inseparable trio—in bed and out—until their paradise is threatened by powerful enemies who want to destroy their sensuous trinity and steal Justin’s powers. (Books 1 & 3 available separately.) The Complete Cycle, Books 1-3: THEY HATED HIM AND CALLED HIM TERRIBLE NAMES WHEN HE WAS YOUNG His magical powers, commanding persona and sexual skills bring warlock Justin Kairo to the peak of his craft. He becomes High Priest of his own powerful coven, but his path to these heights is filled with anguish and despair. Heir to a large fortune, shunted aside by his parents and bullied at school, Justin knows he is different but doesn’t understand how or why. He is lonely and isolated until the legendary Merlin, advisor to King Arthur, sends Justin a messenger who helps him accept his true identity as a male witch with unusual skills. To others, Justin is a handsome, successful young man and yet he remains unsure of his own destiny. Driven by forces he can’t entirely comprehend, he is initiated into a coven and devotes himself to studying the secrets of the occult. As Justin’s knowledge deepens, he learns to glimpse the future in the crystal ball given to him by Merlin himself and to interpret the meaning of life through the Tarot. Continuing his studies, his confidence grows. He saves lives with the intense application of his thoughts and rescues the imperiled with the force of his will. Justin and Juliet, lovers and soul mates over hundreds of years, meet again in the 21st Century and have everything they want—each other. But will their paradise be lost when sinister, evil forces threaten their love? Justin fights back with potent spells only he knows. Can his mystical powers save him? Will he live? Or will he die?Fiction & Literature

 

 

Book 3. Justin, using all the wit and ingenuity at his command, must battle a hideous stranger with unspeakable motives in order to survive. Menaced by dark forces, he must call on powerful spells known only to him in a titanic life and death struggle. Can Justin kill or will he be killed? (Books 1 & 2 available separately.) The Complete Cycle, Books 1-3: THEY HATED HIM AND CALLED HIM TERRIBLE NAMES WHEN HE WAS YOUNG His magical powers, commanding persona and sexual skills bring warlock Justin Kairo to the peak of his craft. He becomes High Priest of his own powerful coven, but his path to these heights is filled with anguish and despair. Heir to a large fortune, shunted aside by his parents and bullied at school, Justin knows he is different but doesn’t understand how or why. He is lonely and isolated until the legendary Merlin, advisor to King Arthur, sends Justin a messenger who helps him accept his true identity as a male witch with unusual skills. To others, Justin is a handsome, successful young man and yet he remains unsure of his own destiny. Driven by forces he can’t entirely comprehend, he is initiated into a coven and devotes himself to studying the secrets of the occult. As Justin’s knowledge deepens, he learns to glimpse the future in the crystal ball given to him by Merlin himself and to interpret the meaning of life through the Tarot. Continuing his studies, his confidence grows. He saves lives with the intense application of his thoughts and rescues the imperiled with the force of his will. Justin and Juliet, lovers and soul mates over hundreds of years, meet again in the 21st Century and have everything they want—each other. But will their paradise be lost when sinister, evil forces threaten their love? Justin fights back with potent spells only he knows. Can his mystical powers save him? Will he live? Or will he die?Fiction & Literature

 

 

THEY HATED HIM AND CALLED HIM TERRIBLE NAMES WHEN HE WAS YOUNG His magical powers, commanding persona and sexual skills bring warlock Justin Kairo to the peak of his craft. He becomes High Priest of his own powerful coven, but his path to these heights is filled with anguish and despair. Heir to a large fortune, shunted aside by his parents and bullied at school, Justin knows he is different but doesn’t understand how or why. He is lonely and isolated until the legendary Merlin, advisor to King Arthur, sends Justin a messenger who helps him accept his true identity as a male witch with unusual skills. To others, Justin is a handsome, successful young man and yet he remains unsure of his own destiny. Driven by forces he can’t entirely comprehend, he is initiated into a coven and devotes himself to studying the secrets of the occult. As Justin’s knowledge deepens, he learns to glimpse the future in the crystal ball given to him by Merlin himself and to interpret the meaning of life through the Tarot. Continuing his studies, his confidence grows. He saves lives with the intense application of his thoughts and rescues the imperiled with the force of his will. Justin and Juliet, lovers and soul mates over hundreds of years, meet again in the 21st Century and have everything they want—each other. But will their paradise be lost when sinister, evil forces threaten their love? Justin fights back with potent spells only he knows. Can his mystical powers save him? Will he live? Or will he die?Fiction & Literature