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Forgotten (In The Shadows, Book One) By Catherine Gardiner @CatFromTheAlley

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I’d like to give a big thank you to Catherine Gardiner for taking the time to submit her debut novel to The Novel-List.

 

FORGOTTEN (IN THE SHADOWS, BOOK ONE) BY CATHERINE GARDINER

About Forgotten (In The Shadows, Book One):

Forgotten (In The Shadows, Book One) By Catherine GardinerSycamore Heights, where everyone keeps a deadly secret.

Katrina Harvey has just enrolled into the senior class of Sycamore Heights High along with her foster sister, Jessica Sinclair. Unfortunately Katrina is no ordinary enrollee as ten months previously she was brutally attacked and has been left with amnesia.

Almost a year after those horrific events took place Katrina is being stalked by someone, or something, who doesn’t want her to remember her past and will do anything to keep it that way.

Moving to a new town is never easy, as Suzanne Harvey is well aware, but focused on finding her older sister, Katrina, fate has led her to Sycamore Heights. Now, as Suzanne gets closer to revealing secrets from the past, someone from the present doesn’t like what she could unearth, even if that means they drive her to the brink of insanity to keep the secrets forgotten.

 

About the Author:

Catherine Gardiner was born and raised next to rolling green meadows in Yorkshire, England where she resides with her beloved border collie. When she is not writing she is either researching for her upcoming novels, taking photographs, cooking or going for long leisurely walks along a nearby river. She first conceived the idea for her novels when she was doing a creative writing course in college and had to walk home alone through a wood where she often imagined what might be in the shadows. She also thinks her love of writing and her passion for all things creative is due to her Irish roots.

Where to Buy:

Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon Germany
Amazon France
Amazon Spain
Amazon Italy
Amazon Japan

Please Note: Free in the US, UK, Germany, and France, to Prime Members.

Contact the Author:

Website: http://www.catherinegardiner.com
Blog: http://www.booksandbites.wordpress.com
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Catherine-Gardiner/227051647371329
Twitter: https://twitter.com/CatFromTheAlley
Shelfari: http://www.shelfari.com/catherinegardiner

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Poison Blood, Book 1: Revelation by Neha Yazmin @NehaYazmin

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I’m pleased to introduce Neha back to share her latest novel with us. Her first blog entry is regarding her contemporary romance novel, Chasing Pavements.

POISON BLOOD, BOOK 1: REVELATION BY NEHA YAZMIN

About Poison Blood, Book 1: Revelation:

Poison Blood, Book 1: Revelation By Neha Yazmin

“I don’t know what blood tastes like to a human. I’d never even licked a tiny drop of it from a pricked finger, let alone suck on a bleeding cut. The shedding of blood, my own, or anyone else’s, always made me scream or panic in fear and revulsion. Now it’s my only food source.”

Elisia Dalton, more commonly known as Ellie, is not a typical teenaged vampire. She still has her humanity and conscience. Her human memories and growing pains. And the same distaste for blood.

Still reeling from the secrets she uncovered before she was turned into a vampire by the mysterious immortal Christian, Ellie is also finding it hard to come to terms with what she has become. And the revelations keep coming.

Book one of the Poison Blood series reveals why Ellie is not like others of her kind.

 

Author Bio:

Neha Yazmin graduated from University College London (UCL) with a degree in Psychology and now lives in London and works in the financial services sector. She writes both contemporary and paranormal romance. Her debut novel ‘Chasing Pavements’ was first published as an e-book in summer 2012. She is currently working on a number of projects.

 

Where to Buy:

POISON BLOOD, BOOK 1: REVELATION is available to download for free from Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/220349

 

Contact Info:

Blog: http://nehayazmin.blogspot.co.uk/

Website: http://sites.google.com/site/nehayazminbooks/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/NehaYazmin

Twitter: https://twitter.com/NehaYazmin

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6432950.Neha_Yazmin

Wattpad: http://www.wattpad.com/user/NehaYazmin

Paper Dreams by Phyllis J Burton @PhyllisBurton

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Many thanks to Phyllis for taking the time to get in touch with me to submit her book to my blog.

 

PAPER DREAMS By Phyllis J. Burton

About the Author:

My  Dreams

My name is Phyllis Burton and I live near Farnham amongst the Phyllis J Burtonbeautiful west-Surrey hills in southern England, which have given me the inspiration to write: I love putting my thoughts and those of my characters down on paper.    I started writing for my children and eventually moved on to bigger things.  Now, I read my stories to my grandchildren.  I’ve written quite a few short stories, one of which was recorded and read on radio, and two short-listed in competitions.   I’ve written three one-act plays, (two produced and directed by me).  I love choral singing and enjoy water-colour painting.   I painted the cover of my first novel (A PASSING STORM) which was published by Trafford in 2006.

A few days ago, (20th August, 2012) A PASSING STORM was reissued and republished by MATADOR (Imprint of Troubador Publishing Ltd.) as an ebook/Kindle version on Amazon.

I feel quite excited now that A PASSING STORM  has been reissued and it can join PAPER DREAMS on my bookshelf (and hopefully other people’s too).   Every author wishes their work to do well and I am no exception.   A paper-back version will be issued later on this year.

I am part way through my third book, which should prove to be really exciting.

 

About Paper Dreams:

INHERITANCE?

Do people ever think about the word ‘Inheritance’?   To some, it may remind them that their lovely Uncle Bertie has not long to live and they can look forward to ‘inheriting’ some of his hard-earned money.

Others might fear that a particular disease can be inherited from a family member:  whilst some perhaps might think about inheriting some of their good or bad looks, or being too fat or thin, short or tall.    ‘Oh dear, my darling new-born baby girl has inherited Uncle George’s nose’, you might exclaim!   But fear not, babies nearly always change as they get older.    But, the expectation that the latest arrival to your family might possibly have inherited your grandfather’s brains, could either put you into a panic or set your pulse racing.

So, when you think of the word ‘Inheritance’, what does it actually mean to you?

There are television programmes where celebrities search for their roots.  Their expectations are sometimes dashed when they discover skeletons in very old cupboards.    Doesn’t every family have those?

If someone dies without leaving a will, and no relatives can be traced however distant, then this money will eventually find its way into the Government’s coffers.   In fact, the Government inherits quite a tidy sum every year.   But there are companies who make it their business to find heirs.    They go to vast lengths to find anyone related to a deceased person.   Quite often, people are totally unaware of the existence of a relative and eagerly receive any money due to them.   Sometimes only one person is lucky and so receives thousands of pounds and yet others find their hoped for inheritance, gradually decreasing as more and more relatives come up on the Heir Hunters’ computer screens.

In my latest book, PAPER DREAMS, a romantic thriller, (Harold Hapsworth-Cole) the only known heir to a vast fortune, is sitting in a hovel in Malta, penniless and dreaming of his inheritance now that his aunt (Marjorie Hapsworth-Cole) has died.

Paper Dreams By Phyllis J BurtonMeanwhile, following Marjorie’s death, young librarian Katie Nicholson is in the attic of Epton Hall (an enormous, crumbling and creepy mansion) cataloguing the vast library, when she discovers  love letters written in 1953, and a birth certificate, hidden in an old book!    These letters prove that another heir exists, and any hope that Harold might have had of inheriting the estate, flies straight out of the window.

Imagine his fury when he finds out that he has a cousin!    Well, what would you do?   Would you just sit at home and bemoan the fact that your uncle had an affair with someone living in Canada, and there was a child who could inherit everything?     This knowledge, quite literally drives Harold insane and his quest to find the usurper of his hoped-for fortune, brings him into close contact with Katie, with disastrous consequences.   But despite his evil endeavours, Katie makes it her ambition to see that justice is done and that the right heir inherits everything.

So you see, the word ‘Inheritance’ means an awful lot to many people.   What does it mean to you and are there any skeletons in your cupboard?

PAPER DREAMS was published by MATADOR on 1st December, 2011 in paper-back and Kindle versions. 

 

What Others Said About Paper Dreams:

Part of a review taken from THE SELF-PUBLISHING MAGAZINE (Summer 2012):

“The book itself feels substantial, the cover is attractive and its quality is good.   It is a galloping very enjoyable read and HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, that’s well worth its price.”

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Where to Buy:

Contact the Publisher directly: Matador (Troubador Publishing Ltd), Leicester – email marketing@troubador.co.uk

Lovewriting: http://lovewriting.co.uk/author/1804/Phyllis-J.-Burton.html

UK LINKS TO BUY PAPER DREAMS:

Amazon UK Paperback: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Paper-Dreams-Phyllis-J-Burton/dp/1848767897/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1346317695&sr=1-1
Amazon UK Kindle: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Paper-Dreams-ebook/dp/B0069TI3LY/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1346317695&sr=1-1

UK LINKS TO BUY PHYLLIS J BURTON’S A PASSING STORM:

Amazon UK Paperback: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Passing-Storm-Phyllis-J-Burton/dp/1780884095/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1346319648&sr=8-2
Amazon UK Kindle: http://www.amazon.co.uk/A-PassingStormebook/dp/B008YZ987E/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1346319648&sr=8-

U.S. LINKS TO BUY PAPER DREAMS:

Amazon US Paperback: http://www.amazon.com/Paper-Dreams-Phyllis-J-Burton/dp/1848767897/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1346320221&sr=8-1&keywords=paper+dreams+-+phyllis+j.+burton
Amazon US Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Paper-Dreams-ebook/dp/B0069TI3LY/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1346320409&sr=1-1&keywords=paper+dreams+-+phyllis+j.+burton+Kindle

U.S. LINKS TO BUY PHYLLIS J BURTON’S A PASSING STORM:

Amazon US Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/A-Passing-Storm-ebook/dp/B008YZ987E/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1346320722&sr=1-1&keywords=a+passing+storm-+phyllis+j.+burton+Kindle

 Also available to buy at:

  • Waterstones and all good book retailers
  • Barnes and Noble
  • W.H. Smith

 

Contact the Author:

Website: http://www.phyllisburton.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/PhyllisBurton

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Phylsdreams

AuthorsDen: http://www.authorsden.com/visit/author.asp?id=157173

The Last Note by Zaida Alfaro @zaidamusic

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Many thanks to Zaida for submitting her novel, The Last Note, to The Novel-List.

 

The Last Note By Zaida AlfaroTHE LAST NOTE By Zaida Alfaro

About The Last Note:

The Last Note is a novel which not only engulfs the reader in the life of the young, witty, and lovable main character, Vy, but is also meant to provide its fans with the first of a series of novels based entirely on the murder and music genre. This 70,000+ word novel will appeal not only to those readers who love a good murder mystery coupled with humor, but ones who wish to become familiar with the world of a musical talent trying her best to come up through the ranks of performing in bars to superstardom. In this first novel, Vy introduces the reader to her less-than-glamorous life as a struggling singer at the Steel Horse Bar. The Steel Horse Bar is a representation of the typical local bar where everyone knows each other, including their dirty little secrets. The regular patrons and staff bring to life the scene of a murder shrouded in deceit and mayhem.

Vy is a young, up and coming lead singer for one of Miami’s top cover bands. On what was supposed to be a typical gig night (musical terminology duly explained throughout the novel), the bar’s owner, Ricky Callister, is killed in his office at the Steel Horse Bar. As the evening progresses, she is introduced to the sexy Detective Houston, who along with his sidekick, Detective Gunbar, is in charge of the investigation. That does not explain, however, why it is that Detective Gunbar was at the Steel Horse Bar before the murder even transpired. As the novel progresses, Vy and her string of friends, including her sister Alexia, help to solve the mystery and the ensuing murder(s) and at that same time, Vy is trying to unwind what her feelings are for the enticing Detective Houston. Why would a singer want to solve a murder you ask? The answer lies in the mysterious notes which Vy is receiving, from an unknown person who is anything but a fan, informing her that she better be careful or she will be the next corpse to be investigated.

 

About the Author:

The novel’s main backdrop, the amazing city of Miami, Florida, is beloved and well known to me.  It is rich in Cuban heritage and I tried to bring that out in the novel by way of threading through the quirkiness of characters firmly based in that ethnicity and language.  Miami is also where I received my Bachelor’s in English with an emphasis in Shakespearean literature.  Like the novel’s main character, I am the lead singer to a self-proclaimed leading Miami cover band, PUSH.

 

Where to Buy:

Website: http://www.zaidamusic.com

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/zaidamusic

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pushbandrocks

 

Contact the Author:

In addition to the above links, you can find Zaida’s band website at http://www.pushbandrocks.com

 

ANTics by Dakota Douglas @_DakotaDouglas

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Today’s author is Linda, otherwise known as Dakota Douglas; author of ANTics, a Middle Grade children’s book, for ages 7 years old and over. A big thank you to her for taking the time to do this!

 

ANTics By Dakota DouglasANTics By Dakota Douglas

About ANTics:

InhabitANT is a hidden world where thousands of ants eat, sleep, work, raise children and wage wars. Their fiercest enemy is an evil spider, a massive devious beast with magic powers, called RepugnANT. Three young ants –ExuberANT, BrilliANT and HesitANT – stumble across the fiend while looking for food for their nestmates. Their frantic efforts to escape the murderous monster thrust them into one heart-pounding adventure after another. The eight-legged brute is in hot pursuit and he’s vowed to catch them and wipe out their nest. The pals need to escape his clutches and alert the nest, using Zube’s own special powers and Brill’s clever brain. But is HesitANT up to the challenge? Watching his family wiped out by slaveraider ants has left the little ant nervous and timid. Can he shrug off his fears to save Zube and Brill from the world’s craziest spider and save InhabitANT in time?

About the Author:Dakota Douglas

I’m a retired newspaper reporter from the North East of England, following my childhood dream of being a novelist. As a kid I read books under the bedclothes by torchlight. Now I dive under the bedclothes, torch in hand, to scribble down conversations between my nutty book characters in case I forget them in the morning.
I’ve written stories since I was about eight years old. I had a toy typewriter (there weren’t home computers in those prehistoric days) and there I would sit, just like a real author, writing novels. I was a huge fan of British children’s writer Enid Blyton, but I invented my own characters, settings and storylines. My dad created me a book cover, on which I proudly put my name and the title of the book.

When I wasn’t hunched over my toy typewriter, you could see me smashing a tennis ball again the brick end of a block of garages beside my home. For hours on end I perfected my lob, backhand and forehand shots – all the time spinning stories in my head.

The love of writing led me down a career path as a journalist. So when I retired in 2011, it wasn’t a surprise that I returned to novel writing.

My first novel is a children’s fantasy story called ANTics. I get a lot of inspiration for my stories from dreams. And ANTics came from a dream after watching a group of ants carry a potato crisp back to their nest.

I believe you’re never too old to try something new or challenge yourself. In other words Reach For The Stars.

 

Where to Buy:

Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/ANTics-ebook/dp/B008EKVXB8/

Amazon.co.uk: http://www.amazon.co.uk/ANTics-ebook/dp/B008EKVXB8/

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/165122

 

Contact the Author:

Website: http://www.dakotadouglas.co.uk

Twitter: https://twitter.com/_DakotaDouglas

Quintspinner – A Pirate’s Quest by Dianne Greenlay @DianneGreenlay

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Many thanks to Dianne Greenlay for sharing her book with us here at The Novel-List.

 

Quintspinner - A Pirate's Quest by Dianne GreenlayQUINTSPINNER – A PIRATE’S QUEST by Dianne Greenlay

About  Quintspinner – A Pirate’s Quest:

It is 1717 and sixteen year old Tess chooses to sneak out of the house against her father’s wishes. In the London marketplace, she is assaulted before narrowly escaping to a stranger’s home.

Once inside, she witnesses a murder and becomes the recipient of a dying woman’s ancient Spinner ring, only to be accused of having stolen it.

Upon her return home, she bears her father’s wrath and in defying his accusations, discovers a shocking family secret.

Her world as she knows it, has been turned upside-down, its comfort and familiarity shredded beyond recognition in one miserable day.

Even so, Tess never imagines that she will soon find herself to be an unwilling passenger on board a merchant ship bound for the pirate-infested waters of the West Indies, forcibly betrothed to the murderer, and fighting to stay alive. With increasing dread, she realizes a growing attraction that she has for a handsome sailor puts both their lives at risk. Moreover, she quickly discovers that her ruthless fiance covets her only for her Spinner ring and its legendary prophetic power, and will stop at nothing to obtain it for himself.

The stakes for survival become unbearably high when she is thrust into the hands of a marauding band of hostile pirates bent on gathering tremendous treasures, and she must make an agonizing and life-threatening choice for herself.

A tale of pirates and treasure, love and betrayal, all bound together by a dash of ancient magic, Quintspinner has been described by readers as “a wonderfully entertaining, fast and furious ride; Lord of the Rings meets Pirates of the Caribbean”.

 

Awards for Quintspinner – A Pirate’s Quest:

Quintspinner” has been awarded the following:

First Place Awards

  1. 2011 Best Historical Reader Views
  2. 2011 Tyler Tychelaar Book Award
  3. 2011 Teenage Category Hollywood Book Festival

Finalist/Honorable Mention Awards

  1. 2011 Best YA Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards
  2. 2010 Best New Book Sask Book Awards
  3. 2011 Best YA ForeWord Reviews
  4. 2011 Book Of The Year ForeWord Reviews
  5. 2011 Best YA Reader Views Book Awards
  6. 2011 Best Commercial Novel Creative Arts Council
  7. 2011 Best Historical Fiction National Indie Excellence Book Awards
  8. 2011 Best Commercial Category Eric Hoffer Award
  9. 2011 Montaigne Medal
  10. 2011 Best YA New York Book Festival
  11. 2011 Best Teenage Category Beach Book Festival

West” magazine (Western Canada’s Magazine), has highlighted “Quintspinner in their Issue 21 – Winter 2011 edition, as has The Green and White, alumni magazine for the University of Saskatchewan (Winter 2011 edition).

 

What Others Said About Quintspinner – A Pirate’s Quest:

I absolutely loved it. If you like Pirates of the Caribbean movies, you’ll love Quintspinner.”-books&brands Reviewer chickymara

Powerful, effective writing – the quintessential pirate adventure novel.”-Tyler R. Tichelaar, PhD., Novelist and Historian, Superior Book Promotions

Packed with action and intrigue at every turn.”-Ben Weldon, YA Reviewer, ReaderViews

Wonderfully entertaining – a fast and furious ride.”-Story On A Story Book Reviewer

Amazing talent – incredibly imaginative world building.”-Fade Into Fantasy Book Reviewer

[A] tale that captures instantly.”-Ann’s Book Nook reviews

Lord of the Rings meets Pirates of the Caribbean.”-Book Reviewer, Chapters/Indigo

 

About the Author:

Mostly, Dianne Greenlay saves lives by day (she is a physiotherapist in a sole charge clinic and frequently hears, “You gotta help me with this pain – it’s just killin’ me!” – so she does, and they seem to live through it) and she tells lies (a fiction writer) by night.

Her debut novel, Quintspinner – A Pirate’s Quest is the first book in an intended trilogy, and came about as the result of a Google search gone wrong. She was searching some medical condition, and in the search results, up came “Women Pirates”.  Quintspinner has gone on to win multiple awards in Best YA, Best Commercial, and Best Historical categories.

Although she has no formal writing training, Dianne is fluent in at least her mother tongue and she thanks her fierce English teachers for that. More of her thoughts on life can be found at www.diannegreenlay.com.

 

Where to Buy:

Quintspinner – A Pirate’s Quest is available to buy from http://amzn.to/JwHQQQ as a paperback book and as a Kindle ebook.

 

Contact the Author:

Website: http://www.diannegreenlay.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DianneGreenlay

Chasing Pavements by Neha Yazmin @NehaYazmin

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I am pleased to share with you all the first Author submission to The Novel-List, courtesy of Neha Yazmin.

 

Chasing Pavements Book Cover CHASING PAVEMENTS by Neha Yazmin

About Chasing Pavements:

“It was very stupid but it was also very true. Mukti was in love with him and she didn’t even know his name.”

To introverted and socially withdrawn singer and songwriter Jamie, life has no meaning unless childhood love Sarah returns to him. Roaming through life without living it, shutting the world out, he has long since given up on a potential career in music.

It is only when he meets the unexpectedly inspirational Mukti, who instantly falls in love with him, that Jamie is lured out of the black hole he has banished himself to for years. Suddenly, his creativity knows no bounds and he feels torn – he has to see her, but what will she make of his tortured soul? Little does he know that Mukti has her own secrets and is just as troubled as he is. Her name translates as ‘freedom’ in her native tongue Bengali, but she is anything but free.

Torn between his unconditional love for Sarah, and his undeniable need for Mukti, Jamie’s life is in more chaos than ever before. And when his estranged mother Tanya becomes intent on sabotaging his relationship with Mukti, Jamie stands to lose the two women he cannot live without.

Set in contemporary London, ‘Chasing Pavements’ is a unique love story between two unique characters who will stay with you after you have turned the final page.

 

What Others Said About Chasing Pavements:

Chasing Pavements is like one of a kind.   I loved the book.   It touched me in such a way that I felt lost for a while without having Jamie and Mukti in my life.   I can’t believe that this is the author’s first book; the way it’s written is excellent.  I was captured from the beginning of the story.  A must read.” *****
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“Unputdownable. I loved the London setting. The story is well told. Neha has a way with descriptions that make the scenes really vivid. The songs were a great mechanism to add to the story telling. I look forward to reading Neha’s other work but I hope I don’t have to wait too long!” *****

 

Author Bio:

Neha Yazmin graduated from University College London (UCL) with a degree in Psychology and now lives in London and works in the financial services sector. She writes both contemporary and paranormal romance. Her debut novel ‘Chasing Pavements’ was first published as an e-book in summer 2012. She is currently working on a number of projects.

 

Where to Buy:

CHASING PAVEMENTS is available at the following e-book retailers:

Amazon Kindle (UK): http://www.amazon.co.uk/Chasing-Pavements-ebook/dp/B00924JXGW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1345966643&sr=8-1

Amazon Kindle (US): http://www.amazon.com/Chasing-Pavements-ebook/dp/B00924JXGW/ref=la_B009277U8C_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1345966086&

Apple iBookStore (UK):
http://itunes.apple.com/gb/book/chasing-pavements/id541808113?mt=11

Apple iBookStore (US):
http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/chasing-pavements/id541808113?mt=11

Barnes & Noble Nook Store:
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/chasing-pavements-neha-yazmin/1112040592?ean=2940044682344

Kobo:
http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/Chasing-Pavements/book-pdsa38cBnk-OxdhLB5TFGg/page1.html

Diesel eBook Store:
http://www.diesel-ebooks.com/item/SW00000177590/Yazmin-Neha-Chasing-Pavements/1.html

Sony Reader Store:
http://ebookstore.sony.com/ebook/neha-yazmin/chasing-pavements/_/R-400000000000000741884

Smashwords:
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/177590

 

Contact Info:

Blog: http://nehayazmin.blogspot.co.uk/

Website: http://sites.google.com/site/nehayazminbooks/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/NehaYazmin

Twitter: https://twitter.com/NehaYazmin

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6432950.Neha_Yazmin

Wattpad: http://www.wattpad.com/user/NehaYazmin

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