Authors look to cash in on Christmas rush

Kate Evans has lunched her second novel, The Art of Survival, following the success of her debut offering.
Kate Evans has lunched her second novel, The Art of Survival, following the success of her debut offering.

A number of Scarborough-based authors have released new books – just in time for Christmas.

Kate Evans, Malcolm Bruce, Madeleine Ann Masterson and Alistair Lavers have all produced new offerings.

Malcolm Bruce has penned the sixth and final novel in his erotic Sheader family novels

Malcolm Bruce has penned the sixth and final novel in his erotic Sheader family novels

Meanwhile Lynda Stacey, who featured Scarborough’s idyllic Wrea Head Hall Hotel in her debut novel, has won a competition to have her book published.

Kate Evans, has launched her second novel, The Art of Survival. This follows the success of her first novel The Art of the Imperfect, which was long-listed for the 2015 Crime Writers Association Debut Dagger award.

Since the publication of her first novel, Kate has had a busy year. As well as completing her second novel, she has toured with an illustrated talk on crime writing.

Meanwhile, Scarborough author Malcolm Bruce has penned the sixth and final novel in his erotic Sheader family series.

Called Sheader’s Dynasty, the novel was written at the request of readers who wanted to know what happened after the war when the last novel, Sheader’s Daughter, ended.

All Malcolm’s novels are available in the local libraries and on Kindle. Email bruce@malcs70.plus.com for more information.

Madeleine Ann Masterson will release her book, Wonka’s Christmas Story, on Monday 30 November. She has found her literary voice through her cat, Wonka.

Madeleine has a passion for the novels of Charles Dickens, and Wonka’s Christmas Story draws on these elements to create a stylised, quirky take on A Christmas Carol.

She said: “The book is unique, in that it is in keeping with the Christmas spirit yet told from a new perspective, that of the feline world, but touching on all the range of emotions we love about this season of good will.

“I adore Christmas and in particular, Christmas Eve, which is the setting of this tale and it allows us to look back, as I have to my own childhood and the excitement of the Christmas to come.”

Pickering-based Alistair Lavers is writing a series of five books called the Whitborough novels, based in the fictional town of Whitborough on Sea, which is modelled on Scarborough and Whitby. His first book is called Treasure Trove.

Doncaster-based author Lynda Stacey’s novel, Keeper of the House, beat a number of extremely high quality entries to win independent publisher Choc Lit’s Search for a Star competition.