Guest Writers

Guest Writers

We have created a special place for all those writer friends that deserve a bit of exposure. Books with a different style, self-published and highly recommended by Blue Shelf Bookstore due to their great quality and thrilling stories. We invite you all to give them a read that you’ll not regret!

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A Lot of Nerve by Ian McCulloch

Jones is a chancer, a schemer, always on the lookout for the next big deal.

In a pub one day he notices some papers changing hands for large amounts of money. He manages to insert himself into the middle of what looks like an extremely lucrative deal, but the can of worms he opens catapults him into a situation more volatile and dangerous than he could ever have imagined.

Caught between a violent gangster and the machinations of the state, Jones finds himself playing each side off against the other in order to stay alive. In a world of deception and intrigue, the only thing he can be sure of is that people are prepared to kill for the mysterious papers.

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Blood Brothers by Nick Pope

Two deadly but very different terror attacks bring carnage to London on the same day: a suicide bombing in the heart of Soho, and the shooting down of a military aircraft taking part in a ceremonial fly-past. Simultaneously, a previously-unknown Islamic radical calling himself Saladin declares a caliphate in the UK and decrees that all British Muslims should rise up against the infidel state.

The initial terror attacks are followed by sickening atrocities at Jewish schools, and in response to Saladin’s message, disaffected Muslim youths heed the call to arms, establishing Sharia patrols that bring terror to the streets. Others undertake lone-wolf marauding terror attacks. The resultant backlash plays into the hands of a charismatic right-wing politician and threatens to ignite a race war.

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Death in Paris by Emilia Bernhard

When French financier Edgar Bowen drowns in a bowl of soup, his former girlfriend, American Rachel Levis, is alarmed by the unnatural death. Who dies eating a nice vichyssoise? But when she overhears a mourner at his funeral describing the circumstances of his death, something sounds even stranger: a bottle of rosé was on the dining table when he died. The only problem: Edgar loathed rosé. If he wasn’t drinking it, who was?

After the police rule the death accidental, Rachel knows it’s up to her and her best friend Magda to investigate. As the two Americans immerse themselves in Edgar’s upper-class world, the list of suspects grows: Could it have been his son, who inherited his money and lavish apartment? His icy ex-wife? His greedy new girlfriend? His impoverished personal assistant?

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The Tyre by C.J. Dubois & E.C. Huntley

Barely managing to scrape a living gathering wood from the side of a busy road in Tamil Nadu, Ranji accepts his lot uncomplainingly. His one and only concern is to feed his beloved family and keep them safe in their hut beneath the banyan tree. But when a huge new tyre falls from a passing truck, Ranji realises that this could change his life forever, and embarks on a quest to turn his good fortune into cold hard cash.

But his growing obsession causes Ranji to neglect his beautiful wife Meena, who is struggling to resist the advances of the wealthy local brick-maker. And as Ranji’s formerly simple life fills with worries and conflict, he starts to question whether the tyre is in fact a curse rather than a blessing.

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Dope Fiction – Alpha Female by Antwan Floyd Sr.

From friends to foes, the East Side of Indy turns into a war zone when Cheyenne comes home from prison bent on revenge. Targeting her former crew for death one by one will she get all involved and settle the score or will she herself end up dead?

Danesha is a dedicated cop…..dedicated to herself that is. With Cheyenne on her heels to kill her, an overzealous detective tracking her every move, and a drug kingpin looking to take her out too, can she take them all on and come out on top? Or will someone catch her slipping and put an end to her?

Niome is a good girl gone bad when her mother is killed and she is left all alone she builds a relationship with an unlikely ally to help avenge her mother’s death. Indianapolis is the setting for this tale of crooked friendships and straight killers when the lives of these three different women cross paths lies and truth get blurred it will take everything they have within to distinguish fact from Dope Fiction.

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Three men on their bikes by Richard Mapes

Staying friends should be easy. But then, so should growing up, and George, Harry and Ian have never really got the hang of that either. They spent their twenties in a state of permanent childish abandon. Now, adulthood is catching up with them and the icy blast of work, commitments and relationships is beginning to take its toll.

In one last ditch attempt to keep responsibility from eroding their friendship entirely, the trio decide to take a cycling holiday across the breadth of the country. Which would be fine if they’d ever cycled before. Or if George’s idea of modern cycling wear wasn’t tweed, long socks and cycling clips.

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Imbrium City: Rise of the New Defenders by Anthony Brum

Cadet Kiera Austin, young and extraordinarily gifted, is a student of the Stellaris Academy, in the lunar city of Imbrium. Resentful at the choice of her new partner, android Leo Silver, the pair are called to an emergency on a remote outpost of the Moon: a fire, that Kiera suspects was deliberate and is somehow linked with Leo’s past. Driven by a desire to find the truth, Kiera’s investigations arouse the attention of some powerful and very dangerous forces, who will stop at nothing in their pursuit to hunt the cadets down…

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Gigolo: Inside the world of the super rich by Ben Foster & Clifford Thurlow

Ben Foster’s true life story explores the extravagance of old and new wealth in today’s Britain and reveals how the super rich can find no way to relieve their boredom other than with multiple partners and through sex lives that grow ever more kinky and erotic.

As Ben’s bank account swells, he acquires a taste for the good life. But what will happen when his wife discovers he has been giving more than just massages…?

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