News: 17/03/2024

IHS “Starting Over” Romance reading challenge

Running from the 18th March until the 22 March 2023.

[Link coming as soon as it is live.]

“Eye of the Storm” by Sam Skyborne

When does a tragic ending become a new, bright beginning?

Pat Richardson-Rose lived the dream life—a highly respected paediatrician in Rhode Island, USA, happily married to the soon-to-be mother of their daughter. Then, in a flash, everything changed…. Unable to live in the graveyard of her past, Pat decides to start over on a Greek island a million miles from her old home.

Robin Pérez came to Skala Eressos for a holiday, expecting sun, sea and cocktails. What she found changed her life forever. Inspired, but rubbing pennies together, she starts up an animal rescue clinic in an old, derelict barn, on a deserted piece of land. But…

What happens when the missing, presumed dead, landowner returns? And she is drop dead gorgeous, arrogant, more stubborn than a mule and heart-stoppingly dangerous—everything that both irks and ignites Robin’s deepest desires.

Can the eye of the storm really be heart-shaped?

About this lesbian romance collection:
This collection consists of self-contained, standalone novels, all set around the same time, with overlapping characters on the Island of Lesvos. They can be read in any order.
Books in the Collection:

  • Eye of the Storm
  • Sugar and Spice
  • A Change of Heart
  • Sealed with a Kiss
  • The Sappho Romance (Alternative History spinoff)
  • Amenah Awakens (Free taster – Signup to receive)

IHS “80 Days Around the World” reading challenge

Starting on the 20th March 2023. Running for 80 days!

[Link coming as soon as it is live.]

“Finding ALICE” by S.M. Skyborne

Have you ever been on holiday and just wanted to stay? How far would you go for this newfound freedom?

For P.I. Toni Mendez, the honeymoon seems over with her long-time best friend — recently turned girlfriend. Needing time to think, she takes on what looks like a straightforward missing person case in a coveted holiday destination. However, she soon realises this case might not be the stroll on a beach she had hoped for.

Alice has lived a sheltered, privileged life, controlled and influenced by those around her, until one day, in one of the most beautiful locations in the world, she walks out.

Cape Town, South Africa — renowned as one of the most beautiful cities in the world, with its white sand beaches, majestic Table Mountain, nearby wine lands, and scenic drives. Behind the shiny tourist veneer, it is a place with a dark underbelly of crime and conflict; a city on the edge, where life is cheap and theft, murder and trafficking are business as usual

*** Winner of 2018 – NYC Big Book Award Distinguished Favorite – World Literature ***
*** Winner of 2018 – NYC Big Book Award Distinguished Favorite – LGBTQ+ ***

“Compelling, intriguing, fascinating and a terrific read!”
“Multi-layered and intelligently plotted…Bravo!”
“An utterly absorbing read.”
“A gripping novel!”

Note: This book was previously titled “Project ALICE”.

Looking for a gripping, fast-paced, thriller, set in a picturesque tourist haven by day and a dark and gritty underbelly by night — then “Finding ALICE” is for you!


“Risk” by S.M. Skyborne

As if it’s not hard enough ‘coming out’…. Imagine being wrenched from the closet in the midst of a dangerous serial killer case by your new nemesis and your best friend.

Toni Mendez, an ex-cop turned private investigator in London, takes on a case to find the truth behind the violent murder of the young wife of a successful entrepreneur, Lucille Ransom-Evans. Little did she know that this case would bring to her door Maxine Bennett, a feisty, opinionated, American detective, on the hunt for a serial killer. Maxine not only infiltrates Toni’s working life presenting a sore reminder of a profession she once loved, as a British detective, she also invades her private life by seducing her best friend, Lizbeth Du Cannon.

As the action-packed investigation continues, Toni is engulfed, both professionally and privately, into a racy subculture she knew only from a distance – the LGBTQ+ world. She is forced to reassess everything she thought she knew about herself, her sexuality and the foundations (repressed romantic feelings) of her long-term friendship with Lizbeth.

Awards & Accolades:
*** Winner of 2019 – IAN Book of the Year Awards! ***
*** Winner of 2019 – International Book Awards Finalist ***
*** Winner of 2018 – National Indie Excellence Award Finalist ***
*** Winner of 2018 – NYC Big Book Award Distinguished Favourite ***

“Risk is another gripping, racy page-turner, by Sam Skyborne, starring three strong, sexy female protagonists on the hunt for a psychotic killer.”
“In the dark domains of crime, lust and love – innocence and guilt mix like blood and water. Will Toni risk it all to catch the psychotic killer?”

If you like a gripping, fast-paced, action thriller with a lesbian twist, then “Risk” is for you.


“Sealed with a Kiss” by Sam Skyborne

To what lengths would you go for love? If you had a second chance with your first love, would you take it?

Crushed with a broken heart, a young Jacquie Lyon fled the island of her childhood as soon as she could, vowing never to look back. Now, two decades later, she has a new, full life with a successful career as an academic at Cambridge University. However, when presented with the opportunity to return to Skala Eressos, and a chance to make amends with the love of her life, will she take it and risk opening old wounds?

Dorothy Rowland has been a conscientious mother and teacher for most of her life, always doing ‘the right thing’. Now, in her later years, when faced with a final chance at love, will she take it?

And… will the small, conservative island community give their love a chance?

Will Jac and Dot finally find love in this, bittersweet love story?

You’ll be drawn in. You’ll be regaled. You’ll laugh and you’ll cry.

Praise for this novel:
“If you’re looking for something so much more than a romance, then this love story is for you.”
“A story that will reach inside of you and warm your heart and twist it as well.”
“This is one of the most engrossing and enjoyable novels I’ve read this year.”

About this lesbian romance collection:
This collection consists of self-contained, standalone novels, all set around the same time, with overlapping characters on the Island of Lesvos. They can be read in any order.
Books in the Collection:

  • Eye of the Storm
  • Sugar and Spice
  • A Change of Heart
  • Sealed with a Kiss
  • The Sappho Romance (Alternative History spinoff)
  • Amenah Awakens (Free taster – Signup to receive)

Recommended Reading:

Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

WITH OVER A MILLION COPIES SOLD, read the Sunday Times and No.1 New York Times bestselling, record-breaking thriller that everyone is talking about – soon to be a major film..

‘The perfect thriller’ AJ FINN

‘Terrific’ – THE TIMES Crime Book of the Month

‘Smart, sophisticated suspense’ – LEE CHILD

‘Compelling’ – OBSERVER

‘Absolutely brilliant’ – STEPHEN FRY

‘A totally original psychological mystery’ – DAVID BALDACCI

‘One of the best thrillers I’ve read this year’ – CARA HUNTER

‘The pace and finesse of a master’ – BBC CULTURE

Alicia Berenson lived a seemingly perfect life until one day six years ago.

When she shot her husband in the head five times.

Since then she hasn’t spoken a single word.

It’s time to find out why.

THE SILENT PATIENT is the gripping must-read debut thriller of 2020 – perfect for fans of THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW by A.J. Finn and THE GIRL BEFORE by JP Delaney.


Connect with Sam:

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Sam’s online home: SamSkyborne.com