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…one of my favourite author friends, Anne Allen, has a new title launch…

…it’s always pleasing to see a good friend in the scribbling business continue to produce terrific WURK... here’s yet another from my pal, Anne Allen…

 

Thanks, Seumas, for inviting me onto your world-renowned blog to talk about my latest book, ‘The Betrayal’. This is the 6th in my series, The Guernsey Novels, and like the 5th, ‘Echoes of Time’, is dual-time, with chapters set during WWII and the present day. The events I describe during the Occupation are based on fact, but the characters are fictional.

The first inspiration for this story was the deportation of Jews from Guernsey by the Germans. They were sent to concentration camps and none returned. It is now considered a shameful blot on the island’s history, but the then local government were powerless to resist their German ‘masters’.

On a brighter note, the second inspiration was Renoir. He spent the summer of 1883 in Guernsey painting numerous versions of a particular bay, Muelin Huet, amongst others. At least one of these paintings is in a museum.

Leo Bichard is a prominent businessman whose French grandmother was a Jew, although both his parents were Christians. His family have never mentioned their ancestry but, unfortunately for Leo, someone tells the Germans, and he is deported with other Jews to concentration camps and does not return.

A matter of days before the Germans arrive, Leo sends his beloved wife, Teresa, and child to England and he stays to defend his property and stand alongside his fellow islanders. However, the Germans soon impose severe restrictions on the population and Leo is forced to close his business and months later his house is taken over by soldiers and he has no choice but to live with his housekeeper in her small cottage.

When Teresa returns after the war, she finds her home wrecked and the family’s valuables, including an extensive art collection, missing. One of those was a treasured family painting by Renoir. Learning she is a widow, she returns heartbroken to live with her family in England.

In 2010 Nigel and his twin Fiona, locals who have lived in London since university, return to Guernsey and buy a long-established antiques shop. A year later, during a refit, they find a hidden stash of paintings, including what appears to be a Renoir. Days later, Fiona finds Nigel dead, an apparent suicide. Refusing to accept the verdict, a distraught Fiona employs a detective to help her discover the truth.

Searching for the true owner of the painting brings Fiona close to someone who helps to heal her broken heart. But there are important questions to answer before she can lay her brother’s ghost to rest —

Who betrayed Leo? Who knew about the stolen Renoir? And are they prepared to kill – again?

The kindle book is open for pre-order NOW and is published on Friday 20th October. The launch price is £1.99 and will increase to £2.99 from 22nd October. All the previous titles are on a promotion at 99p from 18th -22nd October. Bargains! The paperback will be out the end of October.

 

The Betrayal – http://myBook.to/TheBetrayal

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AnneAllen21

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Anne-Allen-Author-176883759173475/

Anne Allen lives in Devon, by her beloved sea. She has three children and her daughter and two grandchildren live nearby.  Her restless spirit has meant a number of moves which included Spain for a couple of years. The longest stay was in Guernsey for nearly fourteen years after falling in love with the island and the people. She contrived to leave one son behind to ensure a valid reason for frequent returns.

By profession Anne was a psychotherapist but long had the itch to write. Now a full-time writer, she has written The Guernsey Novels, five having been published and the sixth, The Betrayal, is due out 20th October 2017.

…thanks, m’Lady, Anne… see yeez later… LUV YEEZ!

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…today, great delight is mine to host Authoress, Anne Allen, to introduce her new off’ring…

…this ol’ Jurassic’s one of the most fortunate Bloggers in the WURLD, coz so many of my terrific pals are comfortable enuff in sharing their stuff on here… today, great delight is mine to host Authoress, Anne Allen, to introduce her new off’ring…

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Thanks so much, M’Lud, for allowing this humble scribbler to grace your august blog. My words will shortly wing their way to the hot deserts and mighty buildings of Abu Dhabi while I stay tucked away in my seaside garret. The wonders of the internet!

I’m here to talk, ahem, with suitable writerly modesty, about my latest production. The fourth in The Guernsey Novels, The Family Divided, is launching on June 15th– but available for pre-order here http://amzn.to/1FBhzI0

The Family Divided 3D Cover.new

For those of you lovely people who haven’t a clue who I am, may I start by giving you a little background information? I was born in the middle of England, as far from the sea as you can get, but was lucky enough to have a Welsh-born father with parents in Anglesey, North Wales. This wondrous fact enabled us to spend summer holidays merely yards from the beautiful beaches of Rhosneigr. From there, dear readers, a love affair was born. The sea and seashore.Many years later, after some heartache and tragedy, I eventually landed on the shores of Guernsey, three children in tow. The love affair was re-kindled and continues to this day. I reluctantly left Guernsey after nearly fourteen years on the island working as a psychotherapist and landed back in England. Some years later I wrote my first book, Dangerous Waters, as a homage to the island where I had been so happy. This homage has continued, much to my surprise and delight, with the further scribbling of tomes forming The Guernsey Novels. The stories are a mix of romance, mystery and family drama. So absolutely no guns, knives and mass killings, Mr Gallacher! Although people do get killed in suspicious circumstances…

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The Family Divided follows the quest of Andy Batiste to find out what really happened to cause the family division, costing his father, Jim, his rightful inheritance. Andy’s grandfather, Edmund, the eldest son of the family, was killed during the German Occupation, shortly after being labelled an informer by, amongst others, his younger brother Harold. Edmund’s widow was ostracised by the family and neighbours and fled to France as soon as the war ended, not knowing she was pregnant with Jim. Years later Jim and his wife land in Guernsey but are not accepted by the family, now headed by Harold, who has inherited the family farm and various properties. Once Jim retires he and his wife struggle financially and Andy is determined to achieve justice for him.

At this point Charlotte Townsend, divorced, lonely and suffering from writer’s block, turns up at La Folie, the natural healing centre in Guernsey where she had stayed earlier that year. She meets Andy and is intrigued by his story and offers her help. Together they make a good team, in more ways than oneAll the books in the series are standalone, but they are linked, with various characters continuing to pop up, like members of an extended family. The fifth, Echoes of Time, is incubating as we speak.

To find out more about me and my books, please visit my website www.anneallen.co.uk

My amazon page is http://bit.ly/anneallen

FB: http://on.fb.me/1rgIvLg                        Twitter: @AnneAllen21

…there yeez go now, Lads and Lassies of Blog Land… the new title is ready for pre-order and the others are worth popping onto yer Kindles as well… cheers… see yeez later… LUV YEEZ!

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