LionheART Publishing House
LionheART Publishing House offers fiction titles by Karen Perkins, as well as offering publishing services such as copy-editing, proofreading, cover design and formatting.
'As writers we are wordsmiths, creating a world, characters and story through language, and punctuation is one of the tools of language. To ignore it, except for rare exceptions, to me is like Monet painting with the wrong colours, or Michelangelo attempting to sculpt using a hammer when a chisel is needed.
Words are what we do, language is our medium and punctuation our tool. When I write, I want to take my readers to my world, to join my characters on their journey, to experience their challenges, traumas, desires. I want them to take this journey with me, without noticing the individual words, full stops or commas. I want them to lose themselves in the story, not in the mechanics of it, and this will only happen if all the elements are right.'
-- Karen Perkins
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- Bravo's Veil
on Dec. 06, 2012
A dual timeline book, 'Bravo's Veil' follows the story of two brothers, Paul and David who were separated in 1939 when the older brother, Paul, was evacuated to Penzance in World War 2. He never came home, and nearly 60 years on David decides to act on his feeling that the story he was told about Paul's death is untrue.
What follows is a story full of intrigue, spies, double and triple crossing, with great characters, action and an emotive representation of how the evacuations affected everyone involved. Highly recommended.
- In the Spirit of Love
on Jan. 07, 2013
150 years ago, Lady Olivia Kent and Lord Richard Abbotsford are lovers, but she is betrothed to another, Lord Worthington, who – with an eye on her fortune – will not set her free.
Fast forward to the present and Richard is a ghost haunting the Kent Estate - once Olivia's home, now a hotel. Claire and Holly are visiting England, and are very excited to be staying there. But immediately on their arrival, they join a tour of the old stately home and Claire is terrified by a man's touch and voice – though there is nobody there. We, the reader, know that Richard has recognised her as the reincarnation of Richard's lost love, Olivia Kent, but Claire has no idea.
This is a traditional ghost story with a twist, expertly told. Debbie McClure tells her readers just enough to instill a sense of suspense and the desire to know what happened to Richard and Olivia. Her characters, both past and present, are well-drawn and the build-up to the haunting is plausible and well-paced.
Mysteries soon unfold as it transpires Worthington was murdered after arguing with Richard Abbotsford, who disappeared the same night. Exactly one year later, Olivia also disappeared though took no belongings with her. Richard is blamed for the murder yet cannot remember anything; and if Olivia ran off to join him why is he haunting her old home and why did she leave everything behind?
Abbotsford appears to Claire on her first evening at Kent Estate, and talks to her as Olivia. She is disbelieving, shocked and incredulous. In the morning she believes the encounter a dream, and we feel Abbotsford's frustration as he tries to get through to her.
The interaction between the 150 year old ghost and the modern woman is well done with great attention paid to the differences in language: both UK/US and modern/historical. Debbie McClure also successfully highlights how attitudes and behaviours have changed as the two main characters repeatedly clash as they get to know each other.
This is an intriguing murder-mystery, ghost and love story and a very enjoyable read that was difficult to put down, and I'm looking forward to book two.
- Back Channel: The Kennedy Years
on Nov. 03, 2013
Deep, thought-provoking, shocking in places, the narrative is a little boastful in places yet in many others, very humble; which lends authenticity to what is a fascinating and gripping personal account of intrigue and political manoeuvring and shenanigans of life at the very highest US political level. Back Channel gives a unique perspective on KGB assassins, embassy socials, Lubyanka prison, the Cuban missile crisis, the jungles of Vietnam, Dr. Martin Luther King, nuclear testing and a murderous Vice President with an eye on the Oval Office.
Flashes of humour and wit , together with a well-placed sense of irony, are not overdone and help to provide a thoroughly informative yet entertaining read. Highly recommended.
- Makoti Enters the Kraal
on Nov. 07, 2013
An absorbing, emotional and chilling tale of African mythology and the practice of witchcraft, Makoti Enters the Kraal is also a fascinating account of makoti, exploring the life and culture of African family life and will keep you gripped until the last page.
Ndiwe is newly married to Akha, but soon realises something is terribly wrong with her new family. The family’s cat, Madevana, appears all-knowing and sinister, and the women in the family behave unkindly and bizarrely, especially where the kraal is concerned - a place that Ndiwe is forbidden to enter. The only saving grace is Ndiwe’s love for her Akha, but even he has strange habits. For example, leaving their bed in the middle of the night to go outside to the kraal. Add to this, rumour, strange rituals and a disembodied voice, and Ndiwe realises she is in terrible danger.
Highly recommended, and I very much look forward to Phangisile Mtshali’s next books. I am hooked.