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The attacks become sinister, the trail of Morse code messages with each act taunting Ryan and his team, daring them to break the code

Sunday, May 6th, 2018
NCIS Special Agent Ryan Gilmour finds himself back at the New London submarine base, the result of a posting swap with a friend. He settles in to wait for a chance to lead an investigation and for a woman who can capture his fickle heart.When a vandal carves a Morse code message onto a building on the base, Ryan crosses paths with librarian Alex Ware. Her ability to avoid answering his questions leaves Ryan convinced she is hiding something. Determined to find out what it is he seeks her out, but his persistence only leads to conflict and frustration.

As a second act of vandalism rapidly follows, and then a third, Ryan is given the lead in the investigation. The attacks become sinister, the trail of Morse code messages with each act taunting Ryan and his team, daring them to break the code before it’s too late. And at every turn is the elusive Alex Ware.

Will Ryan and his team find the key to solving the case? Will Alex let down her guard and tell Ryan her secret?

Can they uncover who is behind The Code?


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Alison is the author of the White Rose series and the New London books, and is a member of the Australian Crime Writers Association. 
 
She has served in both the Australian Army Reserve and the Royal Australian Air Force, and now lives in Tasmania with her family. 
 
Alison is a self-confessed stationery junkie, loves forests, and drinks too much tea.

 

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Interview with Alison Clifford

 

  1. If you had 3 wishes, what would they be? People to be nice to each other, my children to live long and happy lives, to die peacefully in my sleep from old age.
  2. Given unlimited resources, what would be your ideal writing environment? I would love a small cabin on a mountain with a view down over water. It would be self-contained so I didn’t have to go anywhere while I wrote and would have a comfortable chair on the porch where I could sit with a cup of tea and admire the view.
  3. Where do you actually write? I share a spare bedroom with our greyhound (yes, you read that right). She sleeps on her bed and I have a desk next to it. It’s fairly quiet and I enjoy her company.
  4. How long does it normally take you to write a novel? On average it takes me four to five months to write the first draft.
  5. What are your inspirations? I find inspiration everywhere! Movies, TV shows, music, other books, watching people, and daydreams.
  6. How did you come to write this particular book or series? The first book of the series, Seeing Red, was inspired by my favourite movie The Hunt for Red October. I thought about what life might be like for those left behind when the submarine was deployed and that’s where it started. Seeing Red was supposed to be a one-off, stand alone book. When I finished it, I had an image come to mind of the heroine’s brother, sitting in his study and receiving a call for help from her. I gave in and wrote the second book, thinking that would be it. When I finished that one, I knew I had to write one more. One of the characters needed his own book—even my editor said so! So, there are three books, and The Code is the third and final in the series.
  7. What was the hardest part of writing your book, and how did you overcome it? I always get to a point where I don’t know what happens next. It’s usually about half way through the story at it can stump me for days. I know how the story will end, but it takes me a while to work out how it’s going to get there. This book was no different and had me coming up with all sorts of ideas before I hit on the right one to carry the story forward.
  8. When and why did you begin writing? I started writing in small bursts as a teenager, but it wasn’t until the end of 2013 that I did more than that. I had a story in my head and I’d been adding to it for years and it finally became too much to contain. I sat down with the intention of ‘letting some of it out’ and four months later I’d written ‘Roses’.
  9. How did you come up with the title? The story of The Code revolves around someone leaving cryptic Morse code messages for the investigators to try and solve. It’s code, leading to another code, so the title decided itself!
  • Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family member? My manager at my day job has been amazing. She loves to hear how my writing is going and is happy for me to take the odd day of leave here and there, at short notice, to do writing. I’d also like to give a shout-out to NCIS themselves. I had a dilemma regarding protocols and couldn’t find the answer on the internet, so I emailed the NCIS PR people. I received a reply to my question within 24 hours, along with an invitation to email any further questions I had, at any time. Wonderful people!
  • If you could travel anywhere in the world for thirty days and just kick back and relax, where would you go, would you take anyone with you and why would you chose this vacation spot to go? Washington DC. My other book series is based there and I loved it when I visited last year. It would be incredible to be able to spend more time there with my husband—we both enjoyed it.
  • What is your favorite late night snack? Cheese. Cheese and crackers, cheese sandwich, cheese and apple, cheese on its own.

 

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NOT THROUGH LOVING YOU…

Sunday, July 9th, 2017
NOT THROUGH LOVING YOU
by
Patricia Preston
Genre: Contemporary Romance

 

Pub
Date: 6/20/17

 

 

In the Southern town of Lafayette
Falls, a new life brings together a woman with everything to lose and
a doctor with everything to prove.
When a sickly infant is surrendered at
the Lafayette Falls Medical Center, and orphaned soon after,
pediatrician Aaron Kendall arranges to adopt him. After a painful
divorce, the busy baby doc is about to realize his own dream of
becoming a father when the baby’s beautiful estranged aunt turns
up. She doesn’t exactly approve of the Kendall bachelor pad, complete
with Aaron’s cranky dad and wacky brother, forcing Aaron to form a
risky alliance with her.
Country singer-songwriter Lia
Montgomery barely knew her half-sister, but she’s determined her tiny
nephew goes to a good home. If only she fit the bill herself, but her
stressful life on the road is no place for a baby. Yet despite her
misgivings, as she gets to know Aaron, she realizes the smart and
sexy doctor is everything a child could want in a dad—and more
unsettling, everything she’s ever hoped for in a man. After all she’s
put him through, is it too late to form a family—and maybe put a
song in the good doctor’s heart?
Patricia Preston is a Mississippi
author who writes witty mainstream historical and contemporary
romance as well as humorous short stories. She won the William
Faulkner Award for Short Fiction, the Lone Star Writing Competition
for Historical Romance, and Harlequin’s World’s Best Romances
Short Story Competition. Besides working as a medical office manager,
she has also worked as a librarian. She loves the atmosphere of small
towns but would love to live in New Orleans or Nashville, her
favorite cities. Her other interests include history, cooking,
photography, and getting together with friends and family. She is
happiest when she is in her writing cave with a glass of sweet iced
tea and ideas flowing. Readers can visit her website at
patricia-preston.com, fine her on Facebook, and follow her on
Twitter.
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No one at Puddling-on-the-Wold ever expected to see Sarah Marchmain enter through its doors

Friday, July 7th, 2017
SEDUCING MR. SYKES
by
Maggie Robinson
Genre: Historical Romance

 

Pub
Date: 6/20/17

 

 

In Maggie Robinson’s sparkling new
series, the quaint village in Gloucestershire is where the wayward
sons and daughters of Great Britain’s finest families come for some
R&R—and good old-fashioned “rehab.” But sometimes they find
much more…
No one at Puddling-on-the-Wold ever
expected to see Sarah Marchmain enter through its doors. But after
the legendary Lady’s eleventh-hour rejection of the man she was
slated to marry, she was sent here to restore her reputation . . .
and change her mind. It amused Sadie that her father, a duke, would
use the last of his funds to lock her up in this fancy facility—she
couldn’t be happier to be away from her loathsome family and have
some time to herself. The last thing she needs is more romantic
distraction…
As a local baronet’s son, Tristan
Sykes is all too familiar with the spoiled, socialite residents of
the Puddling Rehabilitation Foundation—no matter how real their
problems may be. But all that changes when he encounters Sadie, a
brave and brazen beauty who wants nothing more than to escape the
life that’s been prescribed for her. If only Tristan could find a
way to convince the Puddling powers-that-be that Sadie is unfit for
release, he’d have a chance to explore the intense attraction that
simmers between them—and prove himself fit to make her his bride…
Maggie Robinson didn’t know she
wanted to write until she woke up in the middle of the night once
really annoyed with her husband. Instead of smothering him with a
pillow, she decided to get up and write—to create the perfect
man—at least on a computer screen. Only to discover that fictional
males can be just as resistant to direction as her husband. The
upside is that she’s finally using her English degree and is still
married to her original, imperfect hero. Since she’s imperfect,
too, that makes them a perfect match. Until her midnight keyboarding,
she had been a teacher, librarian, newspaper reporter, administrative
assistant to two non-profits, community volunteer, and mother of four
in seven different states. Now Maggie can call herself a romance
writer in Maine. There’s nothing she likes better than writing
about people who make mistakes, but don’t let the mistakes make
them.
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