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The Celtic Stone, by Nick Hawkes is due for release on 1 November and you can win a copy!

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This romantic adventure is centred on the wild, storm-battered islands of the Scottish Hebrides.

“I felt an instant resonance with this story. It reminds me of the adventure romances I devoured growing up. But it’s better, deeper, richer. It’s a lavish homecoming feast for heart, mind and soul. Tick, good clean romance. Tick, adventure. Tick, flawed heroes and even more flawed villains. Tick, mystery and intrigue. Tick, plot nicely tied up. Plus, surprise twists and unexpected connections. I loved it.” said multi-award winning author, Anne Hamilton.

Here’s a little of the story to whet your appetite:

Chris Norman's dreams of being a commercial pilot are shattered when he crashes his light plane in central Australia and is badly wounded. His life hangs in the balance, a balance that is swayed by the intervention of an aboriginal bushman bent on his own murderous mission. The bushman leaves Chris with a mysterious and incongruous legacy, a Celtic cross made of stone.

Partly blinded and in deep grief at no longer being able to fly, Chris finds his way to the inhospitable islands off the west coast of Scotland where he seeks to unravel the secrets of the Celtic stone.

A blind Hebridean woman, shunned by many in the local community, becomes his reluctant ally, along with a seven year old boy who is as wild as the storm tossed seas. Two other allies in the form of a game-keeper with his own dark secret, and an alcoholic writer with a love of sailing, introduce Chris to the culture of the islands.

It becomes apparent that the violence of the island's history has carried on into the present. Chris needs to recover from his grief, discover his identity... and avoid being murdered.

The author, Nick Hawkes, says, “Absolutely nothing beats a good story. The best of stories enrich us and become a strand in the fabric of who we are. I hope this is one of them.”

Nick’s life prepared him well to be a writer. He has lived in several countries and collected many an adventure. Along the way, he has earned degrees in both science and theology and has written books on both. Since then, he has turned his hand to novels, writing romantic thrillers that feed the soul.

 

The Celtic Stone is available in all good bookstores or buy online now.

 

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Comments 6

 
Jennifer Gress on Wednesday, 23 October 2013 15:28

This resonates with me on many levels. Combines all favourite genres. Celtic (addicted since reading Diana Gabaldon),Koori culture and beliefs, and coincidentally, a pilot no longer able to fly. Sounds like a book with a ripping yarn. Yes, indeed, food for the soul....and I'm hungry.

This resonates with me on many levels. Combines all favourite genres. Celtic (addicted since reading Diana Gabaldon),Koori culture and beliefs, and coincidentally, a pilot no longer able to fly. Sounds like a book with a ripping yarn. Yes, indeed, food for the soul....and I'm hungry.
Guest - Cathy on Wednesday, 23 October 2013 15:47

Known Nick for years!!! Sounds like a great book, love to win a copy as I am of Scottish descent all my kids wear kilts!! Dancers and pipe band drummers!

Known Nick for years!!! Sounds like a great book, love to win a copy as I am of Scottish descent all my kids wear kilts!! Dancers and pipe band drummers!
Jennifer Gress on Wednesday, 23 October 2013 16:20

This ticks the boxes for my favourite books. History, adventure, disaster, growth, life-at-risk... all in one book. It's certainly going onto my list of Books To Read Soon.

This ticks the boxes for my favourite books. History, adventure, disaster, growth, life-at-risk... all in one book. It's certainly going onto my list of Books To Read Soon.
Jennifer Gress on Wednesday, 23 October 2013 17:53

Sounds like a story to draw you in and keep you turning the pages. I am intrigued.

Sounds like a story to draw you in and keep you turning the pages. I am intrigued.
Guest - Jeanette O'Hagan on Thursday, 24 October 2013 00:44

Sounds intriguing - and always good to find someone else who combines science and theology :)

Sounds intriguing - and always good to find someone else who combines science and theology :)
Jennifer Gress on Thursday, 24 October 2013 06:59

A trip to the Scottish Hebrides is on my dream list, so this sounds like a must read!

A trip to the Scottish Hebrides is on my dream list, so this sounds like a must read!