New Releases

Fantastic Happy Tales

This is a charming new collection of children’s stories that are educational and entertaining, with fun illustrations. The animals in this series of short stories – from Freddie Fox to Tommy Toad – play a key role in teaching children about their environment and other important life lessons.

Excerpt from the book:

“The hive was busy.  Spring flowers in full bloom and it was time to find the best of the bunch.  “‘Bee’ back before nightfall,” Beatrice called out to her entourage of eager pollen collectors.

“Will do,” they buzzed, hoping to find the best pollen for themselves.

It was midday in the garden of Terry Tortoise and Massie the field mouse, when the sound of buzzing caught their ears.  “Careful,” Massie whispered, not wishing to interrupt their buzz-ness. “They are making honey,” she explained to Terry her latest friend and pupil.

“I see no honey,” he answered, having previously peaked into a hive, “It’s sticky and runny.”

“It’s a long story. I will have to explain later, I have much to do,” she added taking his hand.

About the Author

L. J. Greatrex was born one of three siblings in a small village, having only moved around the same village three times with just a small break when living in West Kirby on the Wirral. Her career began with General Electric and progressed through to the financial sector of the steel industry, spending the most recent years with a classic car parts company.

Over many years travelling the globe with family and friends, the ideas developed and are used in the Hackers Trilogy of novels which includes Conscious Revenge, Payback and Just Deserts. This series has grown, with a further six hacker books, adding Without a Doubt, Doubt Revisited, Informed Decision, Dark Forces, Misconception and Last Resort, which completes the series.  L. J. Greatrex has also written A Penny’s Eye View which is a collection of inter-related short stories.

“Fantastic Happy Tales” by L. J. Greatrex is available from Amazon at:

and in e-book format from Amazon at:

The audiobook version of “Fantastic Happy Tales” will be released soon.

Press/Media Contact Details:

Darin Jewell (L. J. Greatrex’s literary agent)
Managing Director
The Inspira Group Literary Agency
tel. UK +208 292 5163


Enemies United

William of Normandy set sail to arrive in England in October 1066 to take the throne and force his right above the Saxon King Harold. Successful in the battle and taking the crown his army of well-trained knights were rewarded with lands.

Mostly of lands that no longer had a Thegn, this is a story of how an elderly ailing Thegn where his lands were gifted to one of William’s most loyal knights Gilbert Bayeux, the struggle and lengths afterwards to protect his grandchild and how the two enemies united to bring peace to Alder-Sea and its villagers along with all of England. The child was disguised as a serf, the knight was intrigued and drawn to the boy’s beautiful lavender blue eyes.


  “This way, we will have carried out your grandfather’s wishes. You heard your Lord Gilbert. He intends to place you in some kind of work after they bury George,’ he said sternly, hoping that Guy would understand why he was insisting on the time being now. Godfrey knew if he left it until after the burial that Gilbert would place Guy in some sort of meaningful employment and that he would soon find out their secret, and had he not knelt along with George and Guy and sworn allegiance at Gilbert’s feet? No, he would sooner spirit Guy away than be looked on as a traitor. Godfrey was sure that his new master was a good man. He was torn by his pledge to George and although he liked and respected Gilbert, his loyalty was stronger to George.

The soldiers arrived and carried George to the chapel. Guy and Godfrey followed them to watch that George was laid in state in a caring manner, Guy being careful to whisper, ‘Sleep well, master.’ Godfrey stood and saluted him with his sword. One of the soldiers reported to Gilbert that there had been a suspicion of tears in Godfrey’s eyes as he left the chapel and that the boy Guy was struggling with the Lord George’s death. Strange for a boy so young.”

About the Author

Barbara Anne Machin was born in 1940 and is the youngest of eight children. She is married and has one son, and recently celebrated her diamond wedding anniversary. She has always been interested in writing but has never attempted to publish before. A friend and her husband encouraged Barbara to send her trilogy of stories to a publisher. She writes more for a hobby and has worked all her life and still works part-time.  She has held many managerial positions in large companies and does not like to be idle.

This is Barbara’s sixth book.  She has written “A Beloved Cousin” (2019), “Shadow of Guilt” (2020), “Don’t Look Back” (2020), “The Crime that Never Was” (2020) and “Nowhere to Hide” (2020).

“Enemies United” is available to purchase in hardback from Amazon UK at:

This novel is also available to purchase in paperback at:

The book can also be downloaded as an e-book from:

Press/Media Contact Details:

Darin Jewell (Barbara Machin’s literary agent)
Tel. 020 8292 5163

New Release: Return to Eden: The Wonderfilled Years by Elegy

About the Book:

‘Return to Eden’ speaks of a pilgrimage.

A journey from the horrors and pain, inhumanity and fear of the now to what once was, that place from whence we were exiled to wander through a million wildernesses seeking redemption, seeking forgiveness, seeking love, and unable to endure any longer, where we wish to return.

To go home.

This is the pilgrimage of Suzanne and Jackie.

Excerpt from the book:

“Instantly she recalled that nightmare Christmas eve of just a few short months ago when alone in the abyss, that dark and desperate place that so many lost souls find themselves she had called out again and again for God to return Jackie to her until her pleading turned to anger and to her great shame, she mocked Him in his greatness, abused His name and finally she denied Him. In her anguish and her blindness, she had ripped the crucifix from her neck and thrown it out of her bedroom window into the garden. And there it had lain undiscovered. But her God had too strong a hold of her, the further away she believed Him to be the closer at hand He was. And even in those empty godless years when she hardly ever lived and never loved, she still believed. She still believed because she knew, as all who have lost their way know, without belief there is nothing.

Tenderly, she reached out and as she had done a thousand times before, clasped the crucifix between the palms of her hands and began to pray, “Thank you, thank you, please forgive me.’

And there at that moment on that little patch of sacred earth she and her God were reunited.

She had been delivered of her God, now if she was ever to be free of her past and the pain of that past, she must be reunited with Jackie.

She knew what she had to do.

Returning to her cottage she sat at the kitchen table opened the drawer and withdrew writing paper, envelope, and fountain pen.

She began: My Dear Mr Simpson.”

“Return to Eden:  The Wonderfilled Years” by Elegy is available in hardback from Amazon at:

This book is also available to download in e-book format from Amazon at:

Press/Media Contact Details:

Grosvenor House Publishing
Tel. 020 8339 6060

New Release: Expect the Unexpected by Ann-Marie Gilbert


Two in every five mothers suffer with postnatal depression

Postnatal depression has almost tripled in the coronavirus pandemic, with two in every five new and expectant mothers reporting symptoms.

Author Ann-Marie Gilbert is all too familiar with these issues. Her new book, ‘Expect the Unexpected’, accounts the life-threatening, traumatic birth of her now-two-year-old daughter, and how she conquered struggles with postnatal depression, low self-esteem, and bonding with her newborn.

“Motherhood is a beautiful but challenging journey, and coronavirus has made it all the more difficult,” says Ann-Marie. “I want to help people open up, reconnect, and find inner strength by not only embracing the many joys, but also the hardships of learning to become a parent, at a time when they are perhaps missing the usual support networks.

“These are incredibly tough and potentially lonely times, and it’s okay to admit you’re struggling. I’ve been there. I’ve overcome the problems affecting so many mothers and fathers, and hope that by documenting and reflecting on my experiences, I can help others do the same.”

High anxiety symptoms in new and expectant mums have risen from 29 to 72 percent during the pandemic, while six in ten parents have had significant concerns about their mental health. However, less than one third felt confident they could find the support they needed.

Ann-Marie completed writing “Expect the Unexpected” in the first coronavirus lockdown, and describes the book as an “honest, heartfelt story about the impact of traumatic births on new parents”.

Gwyneth Eanor, Chair of the Birth Trauma Association highly recommends the book and describes it as “essential reading for any parent who has experienced a traumatic birth”

She says: “At its heart “Expect the Unexpected” is about a survivor, about going through the unexpected and coming out the other side, about hope, growth and re-finding happiness. “She expresses that the book “offers a refreshing reminder that not all journeys into parenthood are smooth sailing”

Gwyneth also expressed the value for healthcare professionals working with women in this space “Healthcare professionals who work with women who have been through a traumatic birth will gain so much from her experiences and insights.”

Due for release on 14th of March 2021, ‘Expect the Unexpected’ is available to order in hardback and paperback from £9.99 on Amazon. Get your copy here:


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She says: “This book is my way of telling them: you are never alone, and that things can, and will, get better.”

Windsor Towers Publishing

Ann-Marie Gilbert

0844 500 1059