Saturday, 28 November 2015
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Touching Lives: Remarkable People and Places in the Western AlgarveThe book launch of ‘Touching Lives: Remarkable People and Places in the Western Algarve” went really well at Lagos Cultural Centre on Tuesday 10th November.  There were lots of people including Portuguese, English, Scandinavians, French, Dutch and Romanians - a veritable cross cultural event.

Many of the people I had written about were there, with market people offering regional delicacies and organic wine from a local vineyard Monte da Casteleja.

Troubled Waters, a new book by Trevor BurtonMarian Clowes is an administrator at Salford into Work, a recruitment and training company assisting unemployed people to gain employment. Prompted by their boss, Barry Milton some staff are making fraudulent claims to the government funding body.
Marian is suspected of being a whistle blower. She is also a member of a group called Harmony Earth which is protesting against FrackUK a company prospecting for shale gas.

An Algarve AffairAuthor Janice Russell was a great fan of intelligent fiction with a humorous turn. Yet she noticed that the lighter women's literature (or chick-lit) had a decided flaw: it seemed to stop at forty. As if women in their twenties and thirties had an exciting time working out life, had passionate or disastrous affairs, and then – nothing. What happened to these hapless heroines? Did they just grow up, settle down, and know everything? Janice didn't think so, and so she tasked herself with creating an intelligent, strong, yet still somewhat bemused character – of 50. The result was An Algarve Affair, hilarious and poignant, intelligent and post-feminist.

Dead but Not GoneMarilyn has captivated the world since she first appeared on the screens back in the late 1940s. Even after her mysterious death in 1962, the iconic blond has continued to inspire and mesmerize us with her benchmark looks, smile and sex appeal. There are countless books about her life - both the good and the tragic. But there has yet to be a book like DEAD BUT NOT GONE.

See Me Not by Real LaplaineOn her eighth birthday, instead of getting a cake or a present like other children her age, Hann’Sha was sold into sexual slavery by her own father for the equivalent of ten US dollars.

For four years the young girl lives a life of sexual abuse and slavery, until one day, a university student discovers her plight and he makes it his mission to free her. The road they must walk however is a dark and dangerous one, not only fighting the criminal underworld of human trafficking, but the corruption of local officials who turn a blind eye. It is a story about one man’s courage and a young girl’s undying hope. A story that has already inspired many people.

The Deception PeopleIn September 2014, we featured Author, Réal Laplaine, at the time of the international release of his new book, Twilight Visitor – an international political thriller. Twilight Visitor was remarked by several review editorials as being comparable to books by author greats such as Dan Brown, Tom Clancy and Jack Higgins.

Réal Laplaine has just released his newest book, The Deception People – another political thriller, with a different twist.

Bridge to Beyond: True Stories of an After-Life MidwifeIn Bridge to Beyond, True Stories of an After-Life Midwife, Carolyn Ewing Cobelo reveals her real experiences of guiding and communicating with souls, as they cross over to the Other Side after physical death.

Each of her fascinating stories is unique and individualized, mirroring the personality and cultural perspective of the person whose soul is making this journey.

Review by Jane RobertsonThis book is a remarkable achievement and the author made me laugh on almost every page with his humorous and entertaining turns of phrase. Sharp wit and irony weren't what I expected from a book about an elderly couple becoming foster carers, but they are here in abundance.