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About Hazel

Nuts by name, nuts by nature! Workaholic publisher and mother of triplets. Founder and MD of Accent Press.

Free extract of Rugby Dads – a Father’s Day gift idea!

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Get your dad a little something extra this Father’s Day with our Quick Reads book Rugby Dads by Jos Andrews. Jos takes a look at the dynamics between being a player on the pitch and a dad off the pitch. The book contains personal messages from both the players and their children.

Take a quick peek at a free extract below!

Gareth Davies, UWIST, Oxford University, Cardiff RFC, Barbarians, Wales, British and Irish Lions and Chairman of the Welsh Rugby Union, Foreword:

My father was David Elfed Davies, a miner who went down the pit at the age of fifteen. He was very bright, exceptionally good at Mathematics, and insisted I did A-Level Maths too – I wasn’t so keen! But education was very important to him. Like a lot of his generation, he hadn’t really had a chance to study. He didn’t want his son to follow him in the same job. So he was determined that I would have an education and escape the pit.

My father never actually saw me play rugby, not one game. In the early years, he didn’t want me spending time away from my studies throwing a ball around. I once played cricket for Welsh Schools the day before an important Maths examination and he was furious. He couldn’t believe that I might waste an education by playing sport. He wasn’t anti-rugby, just against me playing when I should have been studying. He took a huge interest, though, in how I did at every level of rugby. Later, I found he’d kept scrapbooks about my career and he knew about every game I played in and every point I’d scored.

I realised that he was a tough, proud, hard worker underground, but also a sensitive man who didn’t want to be seen jumping on the bandwagon of his son’s later success as a Welsh rugby player. I remember that when I was about seven or eight years old I was taking part in the school sports day at Pen-y-groes, and he came to see me run a race. I saw him arrive, and froze to the spot on the start line. I think he always thought that it was his fault and so didn’t come to watch me in case it happened again!

When I finished playing rugby, I started playing golf. Sport was never far away in my life! I was invited to play at an event, the Coral Classic at the Royal Porthcawl Golf Club, described as one of the greatest golf courses in the world. I was playing with Brian Barnes, a professional golfer and Ryder Cup player, the great Gareth Edwards and Tommy Craig, then manager at Swansea City. I had only recently taken up the game and wasn’t particularly good at it. The night before the game, my mum rang me from the local telephone kiosk to tell me that Dr Sheehan, the village doctor, was coming up to watch me play and bringing my dad with him. I couldn’t believe it! I had played rugby for my country against all the great teams, New Zealand, South Africa, England and the like, and now my father would see me playing like this! As I was about to tee off, I saw him in his green sweater, out of the corner of my eye. I teed off and hit a good shot down the middle of the fairway. Then I saw Dad making his way across the fairway carrying two big bags of vegetables that he had brought from the garden for me. His garden was his pride and joy and everyone who came to our house left with a bag of his ‘prized’ vegetables as a gift. I couldn’t say no to him, so I had to stuff the two bags into my golf bag and carry on with the game!

My motivation growing up was to play rugby for Wales. My rugby heroes were all number tens – Carwyn James, D.K. Jones, Barry John. When I was young my uncle took me to Stradey Park to watch Llanelli and I was thrilled to watch Barry John and Phil Bennett and then got excited when I saw Dai Watkins. These men were all hugely inspirational to me. I watched them play and wanted to be just like them.

My first two games for Wales were on tour in 1978 in Australia. The first Test was in Brisbane and the second in Sydney. It was amazing for me to be selected to play for Wales and, as a massive cricket fan, to play on the Sydney cricket ground. Phil Bennett, my schoolboy hero from Llanelli, had just retired and to step into his boots at number ten was unbelievable and quite unreal to me. It was disappointing that my first appearance for my country was so far away from home, but I looked forward to the time when I might be able to play for Wales at Cardiff Arms Park. When I was selected to play for Wales at home, it was like having a first cap all over again! I was looking forward to three things – running out onto the pitch, hearing fifty thousand Welsh voices singing the anthem, and waiting for the next day to hear Bill McLaren, the great commentator known as ‘the voice of rugby’, say my name on television. I told him years later that it had meant the world to me.

Rugby Dad’s is available to buy from Amazon.

 

Accent author Mark Lock on Father’s Day

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I don’t think I really believe in Father’s Day – or at least that’s what I tell my Dad every year when I don’t even bother to buy him a card. Or socks. Or one of those little three packs of hankies. Or a new wallet. Or a bottle of whiskey. Or a greatest hits album by a band from the 60s, 70s or 80s. Or a Father Ted /Top Gear DVD. (That’s pretty much a definitive list of every present a father gets given by their children.).

Of course, when you become a father you get to see it from the other side of the fence. Primary schools spend weeks making cards and flowery crafty type goodies for Mother’s Day – so much so that home time on the Friday directly before Mothering Sunday is a bit like that strange cabbage game on Crackerjack (crack-er-jack!) where you have to try not to drop any of the hundreds of things you are desperately trying to contain in your arms. For Father’s Day, however, you are lucky to get a hurriedly glittered splodge on a badly bent sheet of A4.

The commercially available cards aren’t that much better. Mothers get lovely flowers and hanging baskets and butterflies fluttering around the doorways of Dorsetshire cottages. They get pictures of rugged cliffs tumbling towards the unnatural blue of the sea. They get children playing in cornfields and wildflower meadows on wonderful sunny days. They get pretty things. Attractive things.

Dads get racing cars or racing yachts or motorbikes or football. Basically sport-based pictures because – as everybody knows – the very definition of a dad is someone who loves sport to the detriment of their own offspring. (I don’t. I hate all sport with a malice and vengeance usually reserved for Mafia dons). Either those or –ahem – humorous cards usually involving chimpanzees or Del Boy Trotter (Cushty!).

So what is the best way to celebrate your beloved dad this Father’s Day? Well, obviously, give him some sort of loving pat on his embarrassingly thinning hairline. All dads really love that (they pretend not to, but they do) although try not to follow it up with a cry of ‘slaphead!’. And if your dad is pretty old (ie. anything over twenty-five) then keep the pat gentle – try not to concuss the poor fellow, or you could be had up on a charge of ABH.

Another way of showing yer ole pa some love – really cringeworthy bit of flagrant self-promotion coming up, I’m afraid, so hold on tight – is to buy him a copy of the marvellous detective novel Dead Man’s Hand by that remarkably handsome devil Mark Lock. My word, what a read it is! (I told you it was cringeworthy) A real rollercoaster of a book. It’ll keep you gripped until the very end!! (Sorry about that)

Anyway, remember to buy a card (one of those ones that scream at you when you open them are fun) and perhaps that Herman’s Hermits CD you spotted for two quid in Home Bargains, and remind your dad that without him you wouldn’t exist.

After all, as everyone knows, a dad is for life, not just for Christmas (or Father’s Day or Mongoose Appreciation Day or International Peanut Allergy Day or whatever else you can think of).

Happy Father’s Day!

Dead Man’s Hand is available on Amazon.

My Writing Journey by Karen King

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I’ve always loved reading and writing. When, aged eleven, I had my first poem published in the children’s corner of a local newspaper. I had no idea that twenty years later I would be writing for a living. It didn’t happen overnight, I got married, had four children, scribbled stories whenever I could and eventually started sending them out. After several rejections I had an article accepted by Jackie magazine and soon I was writing photo stories, articles and short stories for Jackie, Blue Jeans, Patches and Loving.

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Then I started working for Marvel comics, doing comic strips, text stories, activities and puzzles. I was asked to work for other comic companies too, and before long I was writing for four or five different titles a month.  Most of them were for licensed characters such as Rainbow, Thomas the Tank Engine, Barbie, Sindy, Rosie&Jim. It was hard work and I often worked late into the night but it provided me with a regular income. I was now writing for a living.

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Writing activities for the magazines, and making things with my own children, gave me ideas for activity books and I wrote several for Scholastic. I was also approached by publishers to write books about various licensed characters, including Teddy Ruxpin and Henry’s Cat. So at that stage most of my work was commissioned.  When you are writing for a living you’re constantly writing or planning the next book, and then the next, because writing is the way you earn your bread and butter, so I was delighted when I was offered more and more commissioned work. I’ve written joke books, plays, activity books, story books – anything that paid the bills! To date I’ve had over 120 children’s books published

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I kept writing and eventually got some picture books and story books published too. Children’s books, especially for young children, are very short so it wasn’t difficult to write several a year and bring in a steady income. I love writing for children and as I had young children myself, this fitted in perfectly with my life at the time. But I dreamed of writing a long book, one I could lose myself in, like the chicklits or romances I read whenever I could find the time.  However, as I was the family breadwinner it wasn’t financially viable to take a chance on spending months writing a book like this and hoping I’d find a publisher, so I told myself that one day I would do it.

Then my chance came. My children grew up and I had a bit more time so I decided to follow my dream. I didn’t even know if I would succeed  – the longest book I’d ever written was 20,000 words! I wrote furiously, in between tutoring, writing and commissioned work and eventually completed and found publishers for two romance novels and two YA’s.

Spurred on by this success, I decided to join the RNA and write a chicklit novel. I already had an idea forming in my mind, about a woman whose wedding plans were being hijacked by her future ‘monster in law’ and then she bumped into her first love again and wondered if she was doing the right thing. So ‘I do?…or do I?’ was born – and at 75,000 words it’s the longest book I’ve ever written.

To my delight it was snatched up by Accent Press, who contracted me to write two more and are also republishing my earlier romance novels, The Millionaire Plan and Never Say Forever. So finally, I’m writing my dream and I love it! And to think it all started with that little poem when I was eleven!

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Local journalist Cassie is getting married to hot-shot lawyer, reliable Timothy, and his mother Sylvia, who Cassie has nicknamed ‘Monster-in-Law’, wants to plan the entire wedding. When Sylvia books the exclusive ID Images to take photographs of the extravagant do, Cassie has no idea what she’s walking into.

The elusive JM, ID Images’ newest photographer, just so happens to be Jared, Cassie’s first love and ex-fiancé, who broke off their engagement to travel and take photos of far-reaching wonders. He’s back to pay for his next wild adventure.

Cassie decides it’s best to pretend not to know him, but when she’s asked to write an article for her newspaper, she’s tasked with a column surrounding all things wedding related. When Cassie jokingly writes a column meant for herself depicting her situation, a co-worker submits it in place of the real article and it’s soon making headlines, with readers asking the age-old question – Who Will She Choose?

I Do? is now available to buy from amazon and Never Say Forever and The Millionaire Plan  are available for pre-order.

 

Website: http://www.karenking.net/

Twitter: @karen_king

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Pinterest: https://uk.pinterest.com/karenkingauthor/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/karenkingauthor/?hl=en

 

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Many thanks,
Hazel and the Accent Team

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Cover Reveal: There’s A Cow in the Flat

I have waited 12 years to see this- that’s how long it has taken me to get down on paper and edit one of the stories I wrote for my children when they were tiny- and then of course, I had to find a publisher for it!

I am over the moon to be able to share the cover with you right now!!

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With gorgeous illustrations by the brilliant Ryan Doherty- There’s A Cow in the Flat will be published in eFormat very soon- and will be available in paperback in the near future!

Thanks Hush Puppy Books!!

 

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More details to follow asap.

Happy reading,

Jenny xx

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Exciting Times…

Hello lovely readers- my apologies for leaving it so long since I’ve written a blog, but my goodness I’ve been busy busy busy…

Here’s a potted summery of everything that’s going on!

To my great delight, from September my very first contemporary romance, Another Cup of Coffee, will be available, not just via the Internet, but in bookshops!!! So if you fancy a read, and you can’t see it on your local bookshop shelf, don’t be afraid to ask your nearest bookseller- they’ll be able to get a copy in for you!!

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I can’t even begin to describe how excite I am about this! It’s a dream come true, and I can’t wait to spot my first copy of Another Cup of Coffee on a bookshop shelf!!

As well as getting ready for this re-launch, I have been busily writing a brand new follow up novella to last years seasonal story, Another Cup of Christmas!! I am thrilled at how popular this series is proving to be!! The new novella (so far untitled) will be out in November in good time for Christmas.

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If that wasn’t enough to keep me out of mischief, my next new full length novel, Romancing Robin Hood, is out in e-format on 5th September!! I’ve been busy making sure it’s all ready to hit the e-shelves. It is already available to pre-order, so if you want to make sure you get your copy the second it hits the Kindle/iTunes world, then you can order your copy from Amazon now!!

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Oh- and I’ve been working hard sorting out my very first children’s picture book as well (more on that soon!!)

Happy reading everyone.

Jenny xx

 

 

 

 

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BOOK LAUNCH PRESS RELEASE for Another Cup of Coffee

PRESS RELEASE AND BOOK LAUNCH!!!!

Another Cup of Coffee

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Jenny Kane

Published by Accent Press Ltd, (September 18 2014, price £7.99 (paperback ISBN 9781783751129. eBook ISBN 9781909840874

FROM BONDAGE TO BARISTAS

After a decade of writing successful erotica, mum-of-two Jenny Kane has turned her from kink to coffee to launch her first women’s fiction novel.

Another Cup of Coffee tells the story of a successful businesswoman Amy Crane, who is forced to face her broken-hearted past when a mysterious mixtape lands on her doormat.

Set around coffee shops, where Amy and her friends used to meet, Another Cup of Coffee is partly-inspired by Jenny’s own relationship with her local coffee shops, where she has spent many hours with her laptop writing her raunchy reads. Her first erotic stories were published in 2004 under the name Kay Jaybee earning her a reputation as the ‘Queen of Kink’ with such novels as The Perfect Submissive trilogy.

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But last year Jenny felt it was time for a change of style and secured a book deal with award-winning publishers Accent Press, who were impressed with her style of writing. Another Cup of Coffee was released in eBook earlier this year and will be launched in paperback on September 18. Her second novel Romancing Robin Hood is also due out in eBook in September.

 

Jenny explains: ‘Another Cup of Coffee was inspired by a decision that I didn’t make when I was an archaeology student many years ago. For 13 years the plot for this story bubbled away at the back of my mind, but somehow there was never time to actually write it down.

 

‘I was very nervous as I wasn’t sure if I could write mainstream fiction as well as stories of spanking and domination, and knowing I’d have to build up a new readership all over again was daunting, but I’m very glad I took the gamble. I have had lots of positive feedback from readers, although it has been noted by many that one of the characters, Kit, spends all her time in a café writing erotica!’

 

Jenny will be returning to her favourite coffee shop Costa Coffee, Bampton Street, Tiverton, Devon to launch Another Cup of Coffee on 29th September 2014, from 10.30am to 4pm.

 

For review copies and interviews, please contact Alison Stokes, Media and Publicity Manager, Accent Press Ltd. Tel: 01443 800353 or email: [email protected]

 

About the author: Despite a background in history and archaeology, Jenny juggles her writing with her work for a Distance Learning Company. She lives with her husband and two children, but spends a large part of her time in local coffee shops. Jenny’s sequel to Another Cup of Coffee, Another Cup of Christmas, is available as an ebook, and her second full length novel, Romancing Robin Hood, will be released later this year. As Kay Jaybee, she has written over 90 stories including The Perfect Submissive Trilogy (The Perfect Submissive, The Retreat, Knowing Her Place, Xcite 2011-14. www.jennykane.co.uk

 

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Guest Post: Caroline Burch: The Diary of a Mother, Her Son, and His Monster

Today I am delighted to be able to introduce Caroline Burch, on the second day of her blog tour.

Caroline has written her first book; an incredibly moving account of her battle- and more to the point- her son’s battle- against cancer.

Over to you Caroline…

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‘The Diary of a Mother, her Son and his Monster’

Welcome to day 2 of my blog tour!

Here is the blurb….

Caroline Burch experienced every parent’s worst nightmare when her son

Elliot was diagnosed with cancer aged just six months old. To document her

experiences she kept a diary detailing the ups and downs of her son’s

treatment and the emotional anguish of their situation from diagnosis to

Ten years later, and with Elliot happily recovered from the condition that

threatened his life, Caroline looks back at the traumatic months when there

appeared to be no end in sight to the misery.

Caroline’s story is proof that there is life after cancer and this book is a

tribute to the tireless work of the individuals who help parents and their

children emerge from their nightmare.

 

How does this book differ from other books?

During my son’s chemotherapy and treatment, I began to imagine the cancer as a dangerous living creature. I could visualise this sly, snarling monster, evil and pulsating within my baby. It was an awful way to think and imagine things, but it was very much how I visualised it. I gradually grew to hate this monster, this vile, breathing thing which I imagined was munching away inside Elliot, killing him slowly.

During the treatment and hospital admissions, I talked to Elliot about this monster and told him that he needed to fight against it, be strong and kill it. I saw it as a battle between good and evil, despite knowing that this was completely absurd. Of course, at 6 months, he could not understand a word I was saying, but it seemed to help me. I could visualise it and it gave my hatred a focus.

As soon as I began to see my writings as a possible book, I knew that I needed to include this ‘monster’ as a living entity. It was important to me that I convey what this thing meant to me and how I imagined it during the time it was living in my son. I then developed this into a set of Acts, thirteen in total, which describes the cancer’s living and thinking journey from being one living cell to developing into a mass the size of a small rugby ball.

These Acts are intertwined within the diary and represent the cancers development, exactly as I imagine it and based upon medical information and my own research about the development of Wilm’s tumour cancers.

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Please visit me at carolineburch.com

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You can by a copy of my book from all good retailers, including-

Empire Publications at empire-uk.com

Amazon.co.uk

Macmillan Cancer support will be receiving £1.00 per book sold. This is more than I, as the author, will receive. My aim is to make £1,000,000 for Macmillan. Please support this campaign; spread the word, treat yourself and buy as presents for other people…it is an amazing cause…

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Below is the very first act as taken from my book. I hope you enjoy.

Tuesday 1st October 2002

Act 1 – Inside

I began life when she was only two weeks pregnant. She didn’t even know she was pregnant and I was already living inside her; establishing myself and my home inside her son. It is called ‘double hosting’ in my world. Her son was feeding from her and I was feeding from her son.

I was just one single cell when I was created; caused by a tiny mutation in the DNA structure of one minute cell. I should have died by a process called Apoptosis, where the fault or mutation is recognised and the cell automatically dies or is destroyed quickly, but I did not die. My mutation lived inside her, contained in a sac that was only one centimetre in diameter.

I quickly divided into two cells, called daughter cells. The process of destruction had begun. I was programmed to multiply, develop and grow strong in this tiny protective bubble.

I am here, all cosy and warm, embedded in his left kidney. I am now six cells. I have an ability to rapidly reproduce. My clever, cunning ability will ensure my survival. I am quick and I am silent. I know where to hide in my home. I have buried myself deep into his left kidney. I will grow bigger and stronger as each day passes. I will be able to stay undiscovered for a long time, but I will be here, causing destruction and mayhem where there should be joy and laughter.

This poor boy has no chance. I am programmed for death. I am ready to do battle and I will win…

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Many thanks Caroline.

I wish you great success with your amazing work.

Happy reading everyone,

Jenny xx

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Christmas in August

Every year since I began to write I’ve dreamt up an annual festive story- which means that for the past ten years I’ve been making it Christmas on paper during the summer months!

This year, as sunshine blasts the country, I’ve been conjuring up frost covered scenes based in the Cotswolds- where Megan Johnson (last seen waitressing in Pickwicks Coffee House in Another Cup of Christmas) is helping her old college friend Izzie Spencer-Harris (well, Isadora actually- but she hates that!) get her brand new business, The Cotswold Art Centre ready in time to host the renown Cotswold Choir’s annual carol concert.

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All was going according to plan, until a storm sends a branch crashing through the roof…will everything be ready in time? And how does the carpenter, Josh Parker, fit into the scheme of things…?

Well, I’ll just go and slap on some sun cream, and go and decide which carols my made up choir is going to sing…

I’ll be back with more news about this, the third book in my Another Cup of…series, very soon!

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Happy Reading,

Jenny xx

 

 

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