Holly Martin has been shortlisted twice for the New Talent Award at the Festival of Romance. In 2013, she won the Belinda Jones Travel Club short story competition with ONE HUNDRED PROPOSALS, which was published in the popular women’s fiction Sunlounger anthology.
Her fantasy adventure Young Adult book, THE SENTINEL, hit three different bestsellers lists within twenty-four hours of publication. She recently won first place in the Carina Valentine’s competition at the Festival of Romance this year and as a result, her winning story, THE GUESTBOOK, will be published by Harlequin / Carina on February 14th 2014.
THE GUESTBOOK (Harlequin / Carina, February 2014)
Willow Cottage is open for business. But who will come to stay? A young family with a very astute child who notices everything, a lady with her menagerie of animals including a hungry python, the naturists, who shock the local residents, the medium with her spirit guide and a famous actress in hiding are just a few of the many guests that come through the front door.
Annie Butterworth welcomes a colourful array of guests to the seaside holiday cottage and their thoughts and comments written in The Guestbook give a snapshot of their lives.
Then there’s Oliver Black, number one crime writer in the world. He is seen on the covers of the gossip magazines every week, on the arm of various models or actresses. All his books have been made into huge blockbusters and he has an adoring female fan club. But to Annie, he will always be Olly Butterworth, the brother of her dead husband, Nick, and the man who Annie shared her first kiss with.
But Annie has her own story to tell. What was in the will left to her by her dead husband? What happened that night six months after he died that caused Olly to run? And what was in the biscuit tin?
A hilarious peek at the lives of Annie’s guests reveals a story woven with mystery, joy, intrigue, happiness, guilt and love.
- World: Harlequin /Carina
THE SENTINEL (Amazon Media, October 2013)
What if saving the world meant losing everything?
When Eve is rescued from a horrific coach crash by her teachers, she is shocked to discover they possess super strength and speed. But what happens next is even more harrowing.
In the aftermath of the crash she discovers that everyone in her life from neighbours, doctors, dentists, teachers, shop keepers and even her family and friends are actually super strength Guardians sent to protect her. They all have one thing in common, a single minded ferocity that she must be kept alive at all costs.
However, she is surrounded by secrets and lies. Those in the know deny all knowledge of what happened that fateful night. With the help of Seth, her best friend, Eve discovers the prophecies surrounding her true identity and the super strength she too holds. With her Guardians pledged to protect her, her closest friends ready to die for her, her own hopes and dreams are put on hold whilst she battles to control the amazing powers she has been bestowed with.
But those that seek to destroy her move ever closer. Will the Guardians be enough to protect her when so many are prepared to stop at nothing to see her dead? And will she be strong enough to fulfil her destiny when the time comes?
- World: Madeleine Milburn Agency
- World English: Amazon Media