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Contemporary Fiction

Welcome to the bookshop where you can find out more about our members publications and buy their books. There are a wide variety of genres represented so it is well worth browsing and discovering some great authors and fabulous new books 

Off to the Fair with Billy and Ben by Marian Bythell


Everybody is excited. It is the day of Monkhamstead Village Fair and no one wants to miss a thing. Billy and Ben can hardly wait. They are always full of fun, and what could be better than a fair! This is the third entertaining and beautifully illustrated book featuring the adventures of twins, Billy and Ben.


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Angels of the NHS by Marion Andrews


Joy had wanted to be a Nurse since she was 7. Now, faced with the reality of life as a Student Nurse in London, in the 60’s, she is less sure.

The author asks you to accompany her on her journey; fictitious, yet based on her experience. Smile as she describes the highs and lows of hospital Life. Hear patient stories; meet her new friends; are the tales of strict Ward Sisters and fierce Consultants true? Above all feel the beating pulse of the NHS, in the latter days of the time when Matron reigned supreme.


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Joanna by Anne E. Thompson


Your family helps to shape who you are, whatever that family might look like. JOANNA is the story of a family struggling to cope with what it means to have a psychopath amongst them. 

Written after months researching the disorder, JOANNA is an exciting novel, written partly in the first person. The reader sees the world through Joanna’s eyes, they see what motivates her, how she thinks, what she feels.  (Be careful though, she might lie to you). The story also shows the impact of Joanna on those who love her. The story explores how God can work in even the most extreme of situations, what it means to love, and, more importantly, to forgive.


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What if I go by Polly White


Grace Negrescu is a Romanian teenager dreaming of UK streets paved with gold. Zul Mohammad is the savvy bad-boy from Birmingham who saw her coming. At first, she craves independence. Then money. Then love. What she gets is a rough deal.


While she figures out what she actually needs in an unfamiliar city, she spirals towards abuse. Amidst a cocktail of toxic sweeteners, her instinct is never to give up but a new friend recommends that she run. Only her diary knows everything. What if she goes?

 

Bewildered, she considers the tortuous case presented by Detective Inspector Stretton. By dropping superstitions, she could believe in a worker at the Centre called Joe, telling her about deserving justice. Hopefully, she can reclaim her identity and switch to the right path... Until Grace discovers how to trust again, what are the chances?

 

Despite these complications, all she needs is faith.


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Double Trouble by Marian Bythell


One Sunday the snow is so deep in the lane that even the tractor can't get through. It looks as though Billy and Ben will have to miss church. Instead they help Dad to collect firewood and then they sit round the farmhouse fire while Grandma reads to them from her Bible. She tells them the story of Mary and Joseph's arrival in Bethlehem when there was no room for them at the inn and Jesus had to be born in a humble stable. Suddenly there is a knock at the door of Honeysuckle Farm and when Dad opens the door they see an old man shivering in the yard.


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Hidden Faces by Anne E Thompson


Set in a small English infant school, one of the main characters, Esther, is married to a clergyman. It tells the tale that many minister’s wives would love to be free to tell. We see Esther struggling with a teaching job, young children, and being a central figure in a church. Every Christian will relate to the dilemma of balancing church and family life. Hidden Faces is an easy read novel with appeal across a wide age range, and has been enjoyed by both Christians and those who never attend church.

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Killer's Crew by Wendy H. Jones


A man found hanging by the neck until dead A ship with a historic past A killer with a deadly personal quest DI Shona McKenzie is anticipating a peaceful Scottish summer when a hanging thrusts her into the midst of a fatal chase. As the body count mounts unravelling the difference between reality and fantasy is a deadly challenge. Shona and her team will need to use every trick in their arsenal to solve the puzzle and bring a killer to justice. Will they do it before more innocent victims die?


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The Dagger's Curse by Wendy H. Jones


An ancient Egyptian dagger. 

A hungry curse. 

A city under siege. 

In the dead of night the ancient dagger is stolen from the museum in Dundee. As mysterious accidents, illness and even death stalk the city, the Detective Duo, Fergus Bernstein and Flora MacDonald, follow clues that lead them into ever increasing danger. Can they find the dagger and break the curse before it’s too late? 


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Please Adopt Me by Lynne Pardoe


Sometimes working with other people's problems can bring you face to face with your own. Social Worker Louise Kimber takes a six month sabbatical working on a Scottish island to help get over the end of a relationship. The setting works its magic and Louise does some excellent work in mental health and child protection, but its her work with twelve year old Ellie that really stands out. 

Ellie has already been rejected by her mother and is about to lose her beloved Nan. Louise works with her and helps bring about a surprising change in the young woman's life. But Lou still feels her emotional life is in tatters, yet it's Ellie who despite her age, who has the wisdom to help Lou turn her life around.

This is an emotional novel about two women's search for a new life.


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Corinthian spirit by Mark Lucas


A contemporary romance which unfolds in Chichester. Andy’s journey is affected by two very different women and deepens as he chooses the company that keeps. Emotions run high but does Andy have the Spirit?


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From Light to dark and Back Again by Allison Symes


A collection of very short stories to suit every mood.



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Counting Stars by Anne E Thompson


Set in the ‘world around the corner’, Counting Stars is an exciting, easy read thriller. It is set in a time when many of the world’s problems have been solved, but what is the impact on normal people? If religion has led to wars and terrorist attacks, is it not sensible for society to ban exclusive religions? “You can believe what you want, but you cannot exclude any other belief”. How would this affect those who are determined there is only one God? 
    Based on extensive research into the likely developments to appear in the near future, Counting Stars follows the lives of one family. Can they overcome the dangers and continue to worship? 

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Cloud Paintings

by Veronica Bright


An uplifing celebration of perseverance and courage in the face of adversity

Douglas sees the world from a wheelchair, and he hates it.

Thomas has always resented being an unwanted child.

Fiona walks a tightrope in her new life.

And who is the woman who takes her children to visit their father in prison?

Prize-winning short stories. People battling with life.


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Fearful Symmetry by Claire Dunn


Guy Hilliard is dead, but the legacy of his deceit remains. Emma - newly married to Matthew Lynes - is finding it difficult to shed the guilt she feels for her part in the accident that killed him. She has not only lost her position at Howard's Lake college, but her academic credentials have been called into question, threatening her career. And if that wasn't enough, Ellie, Matthew's great-granddaughter, holds Emma responsible for Guy's death and has news that will leave the family reeling. The dramatic conclusion to The Secret of the Journal series.


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Abandoned by my Mum by Lynne Pardoe


Chelsea isn’t like most people. For as long as she can remember she’s been in care, and for all sorts of reasons this hasn’t gone well. 

Desperately searching for the love she’s always craved, her life takes an even more sinister turn when she’s befriended by two men with a string of convictions for the sexual abuse of minors.

Her only hope of salvation comes in the form of someone she’s never even met. Social worker Natasha Livingston is sent on a raid of the men’s house with the police. Little by little, Tasha uses her professional skills to help Chelsea understand her life and find a way towards a happier future. It means confronting some ghosts from the past but with support that helps her come to terms with what she’s been through.

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Killer's Cut by 

Wendy H. Jones


A severed human leg is found buried deep inside a Scottish wood. An arm is uncovered on Dundee’s Law Hill. Treasure hunters unearth a grizzly trophy at a Dundee beauty spot. An evil killer who has turned murder into a sport. DI Shona McKenzie is catapulted into a deadly game of human jigsaw. Only the jigsaw killer knows how many pieces there are and where they are hidden. The chase is on to catch them before another individual is dragged into this horrific game. Who will win?


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Hunterswick Green by Iris Lloyd


Designed by handsome and predatory Michael King, the Hunterswick Green complex built in fifty acres of rolling countryside offers, if you believe the brochures, ‘a great new way of living’ to the discerning purchasers of its luxury homes.

Peter and Alison buy into the dream but Alison has the feeling she is being watched – and who is showing lights in the wood at night?

The young couple discover to their cost that perfection comes at a price and Hunterswick Green is not at all what it seems…


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The Silencer by Paul Alkazraji


Jude Kilburn and his wife Alex have moved from London to Albania to grow the church, in particular by publishing a keen biography of a local hard-man turned Christian. But a clandestine group has made it their mission to stop this work… The Christians sense danger, but the list of potential enemies is long: unreformed ex-paramilitaries, nationalists, mobsters. How and by whom will the cycle of violence and revenge be foiled?


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Alpha Male by Sheila Donald


A romance based around an Alpha Course. Craig, is a local journalist and has a reputation as a womaniser. Amy, is a rather shy but stunning blonde and member of St James choir and 20's and 30's group. They are attracted to each other straightaway but their differences cause some friction in the relationship. They are eventually drawn together through tragic circumstances.


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Killer's Countdown by Wendy H. Jones


A Ruthless Killer. A Detective with something to prove. Newly promoted DI Shona McKenzie struggles to cope with her new job, the respect of her colleagues, and the need to solve the hardest case of her life. Will she succeed? 


This book is not overtly Christian but has been written for a crossover market.


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Killer's Craft by 

Wendy H. Jones


A blizzard of murders in snowbound Dundee! Dead bodies proliferate. Nuns, prostitutes, and a henpecked husband! Is anyone safe? DI Shona McKenzie investigates multiple murders, unsure how many killers she is seeking. Will she succeed before the death toll mounts?


This book is not overtly Christian but has been written for a crossover market


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Killer's Cross by 

Wendy H. Jones


Bodies with crosses carved on their chests! All left outside Dundee Churches! All members of the religious community! DI Shona McKenzie has to find the common factor linking the deaths, and catch the killer before he strikes again. Is her latest case as simple as it seems?


This book is not overtly Christian but has been written for a crossover market.


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The Milkshake Detectives by Heather Butler


Explores issues blended families face and is a ‘delectable detective’ story for 7-11 year olds




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Home from Home by Roy W. Taylor

This novel tells the story of the interlinked lives of four missionaries in Taiwan in the 1970s.  Peter is wondering whether he should marry the girl he used to know back home; Rose gets heavily involved in the problems of her students; Alleyene, as an older missionary, finds it hard to sympathise with younger ones; and Arnold misses his old life in journalism back home. 

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A Flash in The Pen: Short Stories from Authors Electric



Contributing  Author Wendy H. Jones


Short, sharp shocks can be fun - and here's the proof in the form of a new anthology from the Authors Electric blogging collective. Gathered here are 29 electrifying short stories covering a wide range of genres - whether it's action, murder, romance, comedy, satire, fantasy or the supernatural that turns you on, A Flash in the Pen has something for everyone and is guaranteed to give you a buzz.


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Us Minus Mum by Heather Butler


About a family coping when Mum is terminally ill. It’s both very funny and very sad all at the same time



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Charismata by Uche Aligwekwe


Secularism and unbelief threaten today to sweep away all Christian influence in society and blind people to eternal salvation in Christ. This aggressive agenda is gaining ground everywhere: in education, politics, medicine—even marriage and family.


God would have each of us be a witness of His power in this crucial hour. Charismata: The Power and the Witness will equip you to demonstrate the presence of the Holy Spirit in your daily life. 


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Crooked Holster: An Anthology of Crime and Thriller Writing


Contributing Author Wendy H. Jones


A fascinating exploration of the ingredients of crime fiction, Crooked Holster introduces the reader to victims, perpetrators and law enforcers, reminding us that crime is everywhere.


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The Labyrinth Year by Mari Howard


In this sequel to 'Baby, Baby', Max and Jenny struggle with the pressures of work and family life. Jenny s heart is in genetic research. Max is everyone s idea of the caring family doctor. And then there are the kids... And whacky stepsister Daze ... plus surfer turned priest David, Ruth the childminder...and a scientific conference ... As they build their careers and raise their children, can these two young professionals rely on their values to guide them? Is life a deluding maze, or a purposeful labyrinth?


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Baby, Baby                  by Mari Howard


Shortlisted for the People's Book Prize, Baby, Baby is a story of the domestic-scale conflict of subcultures in our society. Vote for Baby, Baby by clicking here!

How to Make a Victoria Sponge by Margaret Kazmierczak


Victoria Sponge is a fictional character who allows God into her life. Although tragedy and family issues constantly pull at her time and effort she is able to offer each situation up to God. Through her prayer God shows her how His Holy Week is intertwined in her daily life. How he is in everything. Victoria Sponge may be fictional but God's response is not.


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A Shed in a Cucumber Field by Sue Russell


Two sisters. One secret. Broken lives. Bel and Vic haven't spoken for twenty eight years. Thrown together by circumstance, they face painful truths. Can they accept and forgive? Can the past be healed?


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Love and Off The Beaten Track  by F. Linday


Love - Short story about the issues and heartbreak surrounding miscarriage 


Off the Beaten Track - Short story raising awareness of child abuse


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A Newly Crimsoned Reliquary by Donna Fletcher Crow


Felicity, an American woman studying for the priesthood in a monastery in Yorkshire, goes to a convent in Oxford to translate a Medieval Latin document for the sisters in spite of warnings of danger. Father Antony, her church history lecturer and fiancé, warns Felicity not to get into trouble, but it's hardly her fault that severed body parts start showing up in ancient holy reliquaries. Or that Felicity and one of the nuns are assaulted. 

The exultation of All Saints' Day plunges to the anguish of grief on All Souls' when Felicity encounters yet another body. Who will be the next victim of the murderer stalking the shadows of Oxford's hallowed shrines?


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The Little Shop of Hopes and Dreams


Fiona Harper 


Could you help another woman propose to the man you’re falling in love with? 


Available now!

Being Miss by Fran Hill


A hilarious look at a day in the life of a harassed school teacher. 


Now available for the first time in Paperback


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Billy and Ben on the Farm  by Marian Bythell


Marian's new children's book - her first in colour - is three illustrated short stories about the naughty twins Billy and Ben. Available from Amazon now!

Jamie Tales                  by Marian Bythell

Four new Jamie Tales, written in rhyme. As usual, Jamie is spilling over with energy and fun.
More information available here

A Christmas Letter         by Fiona Harper

Fiona’s 15th book is part of a trilogy about three sisters, three letters and one scheming grandmother who’s determined to make her girls remember the magic of Christmas!

Kiss me under the mistletoe by Fiona Harper

Fiona’s first longer novel is about a WAG who suddenly finds herself husbandless. Can the diary of a Fifties movie star help her work out who to be next?

Promo Videos

Forgetful Heart by Lucy Mills

Mortal Fire by Clare Dunn

A Darkly Hidden Truth by Donna Fletcher Crow

A life less lost by KB Walker

Once Removed  by KB Walker

Enemy Lines by Fiona Veitch Smith

He Never Let Go by Lynda Alsford

A Sunny Day by Wendy Sparkes

Journeying with Abraham by Joe Lenton

Samples of our work

Accidental Crime by Sam Lenton - click here to download an excerpt

Journeying with Abraham by Joe Lenton - click here to download a sample chapter

Mortal Fire by Claire Dunn - click here to read the opening chapter

Baby, Baby by Mari Howard - click here to read the opening chapter

The Eye of the Beholder by Mark Lucas - click here to read 'Alpha', the first short story from the collection

Moments of Encouragement by Day Ashton - click here to read a sample

Come on Church! Wake up! by Michele Neal - click here to read a sample