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Welcome, Sue Searles!



Lucia’s Web




Ali Duncan advertises for two tenants to share her upmarket apartment, but a sheltered upbringing leaves her unprepared for the weird and interesting housemates she’s about to take on.

When one turns out to be a quirky nonconformist, the other a Gothic misfit, she has to rely on her own defective judgment to find her way. A confusing burglary coincides with a series of cryptic notes she receives, leading her to suspect everybody from her best friend, to the house cleaner, to the love of her life.

But, there’s one dodgy suspect who stands out from the rest. Ali must uncover the secret surrounding the strange and sinister Lucia James, but will the truth be more than she can handle?


Praise for Lucia’s Web


Lucia’s Web is a suspenseful, electrifying tale complete with a relentless, edgy plot and irresistible characters; thrilling to the end.” (Stephanie Lasley, The Kindle Book Review)

“This is the second book of Sue Searles that I have read, the first being Finding Freedom, which I loved immensely. I started reading Lucia’s Web feeling not sure what to expect, as the book has such an interesting cover picture and title. I love that Sue Searles has a way of making the reader connect with all the characters that she introduces in the book, as she is gifted with using adjectives to describe each person and their unique personalities. Throughout the book I was wondering how it was going to end and had to restrain myself from going to the back page. I was not disappointed with the ending, as in true Sue Searles fashion she wove the ending of the book masterfully. I never wanted Lucia’s Web to end. I am EAGERLY awaiting her next masterpiece. Thank you Sue for taking the time to entertain your readers in a most delightful way!”

“Lucia’s Web by upcoming Bestselling author Sue Searles is one that I could not put down. With each page turn I was on the edge of my seat in anticipation of what came next. This story will keep you guessing and wondering. Beautifully written and deeply suspenseful plot takes you on many twists and turns. Searles’ characters are well developed with deep and unique personalities that make you feel as if you know them personally. Her use of descriptive settings and scenery draws the reader in and welcomes them into the story. Lucia’s Web is a book you will not want to miss.
Lucia’s Web starts off with heroine Ali Duncan advertising for two tenants to share her flat with. The two she chooses are as different as night and day. One is quiet and gothic in nature and the other is outgoing and enjoys having fun. As the story continues, Ali becomes uncomfortable with gothic roomie Lucia and questions many of the strange occurrences begin to take place. Ali wonders what Lucia’s’ motives are until things begin to unfold and she learns the truth of just who and what Lucia really is.”

“A wonderfully different book with an unpredictable twist that sneaks up and pounces in an endearing manner.” Review by Amanda Blankfield-Koseff

About The Author


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Sue Searles has written several books, ranging from women’s fiction and short stories to poetry and children’s books. Having worked on various forms of storytelling sin
ce childhood, writing has been a lifelong passion.

Now somewhat older and wiser, she is passionate about thinking outside the conventional box, and conveys messages that are thought-provoking and life-changing.

Her inspiration comes mainly from studying people, reading, and daily life.

Sue is happily married and lives in sunny South Africa with her husband and son.


Also, find her on Instagram as “Sue Searles”

Welcome Helen Pollard

Join me in welcoming Helen Pollard to Highlighted Author!

Welcome, Helen. Please tell us about yourself and your book, Holding Back.

Helen Pollard author picI know all authors say this, but it’s true – I’ve loved writing for as long as I can remember. As a child, I had a vivid imagination fuelled by my love of reading, especially Enid Blyton’s Magic Faraway Tree books which I read well past my bedtime by the light of the street lamp outside my window! I loved the way she created a whole new world in each and every chapter and wanted to do that for myself, so I started writing stories in a special notebook. I still have it, although it’s a little battered now.

And I’ve been writing ever since. It went on the backburner while I juggled work and bringing up a family, but as the kids grew older and I started to write again, it was like rediscovering an old love, so I decided I would make a serious attempt at getting published.

Holding Back is my second romance. I have other works in progress that are not full-on love stories, but somehow the romance creeps in a little, or at least the promise of it. We live in a fast-paced and cynical world, but I believe readers still want that feel-good factor.

I try to immerse the reader in the setting of my books and aim for believable characters. Since the characters tend to take over and dictate where the story goes, they seem pretty real to me! I also try to lighten things up with a little humour here and there. Romance should never be too serious.

I live in Yorkshire, UK, with my husband, two teenagers and a psychotic cat. When I’m not working or writing, it goes without saying that I love to read. I also enjoy a good coffee in a quiet bookshop and appreciate the company of family and close friends.

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Holding Back

by Helen Pollard

Holding Back coverThe last thing they’re looking for is love …

Laura Matheson is a natural at avoiding romance, so when she is drawn to mystery guest Daniel Stone while helping out at her friends’ hotel in Portugal, she assumes all she needs is a little extra willpower.

Daniel is at the hotel on business. The demands of work and a manipulative ex-girlfriend mean he doesn’t have the time or energy for romance, but Laura is a distraction he finds hard to ignore.

As they negotiate a minefield of misunderstandings and mutual attraction, will they both continue to hold back? Or will they finally allow love into their lives?


 What They’re Saying:

“The most enchantingly romantic book I’ve read in a very long time … It is exquisite torture and it feels every inch natural and true, as do this couple who are not perfect, but are perfect for each other … If you want to believe again in the magic of love, just settle in and let Ms. Pollard lead you to Laura and Daniel’s hard won happily-ever-after.”–Cynthia, A Woman’s Wisdom 



Laura’s mind raced as her footsteps slowed. What on earth was he doing here? The unlikely hope he might be passing by—perhaps he’d called in for directions to somewhere else?—was immediately scotched as he lifted his luggage from the car. Reminded of their encounters at the airport, she could have squirmed with embarrassment at how out of character she’d acted, making mistakes and being so snappy about them.

Well, he wouldn’t see her like that again. If Daniel Stone was a guest here—and it seemed there was no escaping from it—then she must make him welcome. For goodness’ sake, she was used to dealing with awkward situations every day at school!

He turned at the sound of her footsteps. Forcing a calmness into her voice that didn’t extend to her stomach, she stepped forward and held out her hand.

“Mr. Stone? Welcome to the Quinta Maria.”

Closing the car, he straightened up to his full six-foot-something and reached out to shake hands. For one brief, glorious moment, Laura thought he might not recognise her now that she was spruced up a little, but any hope of that disappeared as his eyes narrowed in sudden recognition and his hand dropped to his side as though it had been burned.

“It seems you have the advantage over me, knowing my name,” he said. “Since you’re determined to turn up like a bad penny wherever I go, perhaps you could enlighten me with yours?”

Incensed, Laura bit back a response. They were no longer on neutral ground, and as his host, she could hardly give him a piece of her mind.

“I’m Laura Matheson,” she replied as evenly as she could. “If you’ll excuse me, I’ll get your key and then I’ll show you around.”

Disappearing into reception before he could find further fault with her, she crossed to the desk and raked her tired eyes over the reservations spreadsheet with a growing sense of disbelief. Not only was Daniel Stone booked in for a full fortnight, but he’d been allocated the room next to hers. Even Paulo and Rachel were unknowingly conspiring against her!

“You’re in room eleven,” she announced, sensing his presence in the doorway. “Your other party checked in earlier. Will you require a second key?”

“My other party?”

Something in his tone made her glance up. She recognised the travel weariness in his stance, but his face showed only bewilderment.

“Yes.” She squinted at the computer screen again. “Miss Hartman.”

His eyes froze to a dangerous dark blue. “Natalie Hartman?”

“That’s right,” she confirmed, double-checking the name. “Is there a problem?”

“What time did she check in?” His mouth was a hard, thin line.

She frowned. “I’m sorry, I don’t know.”

“You don’t know?” There was incredulity in his voice, along with displeasure and a hint at incompetence on her part.

Laura didn’t like it, nor was she going to take it. “I don’t know because I wasn’t here in reception when she checked in. As you’re aware, I only arrived here a short while ago myself. I …” She stopped. There was no need for her to explain herself. Frankly, she couldn’t understand why he didn’t just go and talk to his companion. After all, they were sharing a double room.


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