Sunday, 14 October 2018

Joseph Barnaby by Susan Roebuck + #Giveaway + Excerpt

Joseph Barnaby by Susan Roebuck
Published by Crooked Cat Books on the 5th October 2018.

Where to buy this book:

The Book Depository
Waterstones (unavailable)
Amazon US / Amazon UK

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Stand by your beliefs – even if it means going to the end of the Earth
By standing up for his principles to save the life of a prize racehorse, farrier Joseph Barnaby loses everything. Now, a personal vendetta has become too deep to fight and he escapes to the island of Madeira where he finds work on a small farm at the foot of a cliff, only accessible by boat. The balmy climate and never-ending supply of exotic fruit, vegetables and honey make it sound like paradise but, for Joseph, it’s the ideal place to hide from the world. Can the inhabitants of Quinta da Esperança, who have more grit in them than the pebbled beach that fronts the property, help Joseph find his self-worth again? And can he escape the danger that draws ever nearer?


Joseph Barnaby has just arrived on the farm that sits on a fertile beach at the foot of a steep escarpment. The farm, which is only accessible by boat, is home to Senhor Fernando, his wife Maria and their niece, Sofia. He hasn’t met Sofia yet.

He’d wanted to go to the ends of the earth, hadn’t he? Seemed like he’d got what he wished for.
Joseph Barnaby ate the banana prata Fernando, his boss, had given him. Squat and smaller than a banana Joe was used to, he savoured the dense flesh. Almost a meal in itself. Speaking of which, he supposed it would soon be time to go into the farmhouse for dinner.
Since he’d arrived on Madeira just over a year ago, he’d become used to eating meals for one in the bar in Ponta Estreita where he’d been working. The day Senhor Fernando had told him he’d offer him the job as farmhand on the Fajã, he also said all meals were eaten with the family.
The word ‘family’ had almost put Joe off taking the job, but then he’d heard it was only Senhor Fernando and Dona Maria his wife who lived here, along with a niece. He could manage that. And if he couldn’t, he’d just move on again.
Senhor Fernando had picked up him and his large rucksack – his only luggage – at the quay in Ponta Estreita that morning. The voyage to the Fajã had only taken fifteen minutes, “because,” Senhor Fernando told him as he stood in the wheelhouse of his colourful fishing boat, his chest proudly pushed out, “the breeze is with us. Takes a bit longer on the way out, but who cares? Always good to be home.”
They’d disembarked at the wooden jetty, and Joe paused for a moment to take in his surroundings. Senhor Fernando must have seen him looking up the escarpment, because he gestured to lofty Cabo Girão to the west. It jutted out further into the sea at the end of the long bay where the Fajã was situated.
 “And you thought our cliff was tall?” Fernando tied the boat securely on a cleat on the jetty. “If it wasn’t for that giant sheltering us, we’d have been blown away years ago.”
Joe balanced his bag and himself along the weathered wooden jetty, which surely couldn’t weather a high sea, and then picked his way across the long grey beach, trying not to turn his ankle on the pebbles.
The entrance to the farm was a gap in the wall which stood at around one and a half metres in height and had been created from huge dark pitted rocks. The wall, Senhor Fernando said, acted as a barrier to protect the farm from the worst storms the sea threw at them. Joe stepped through the entrance just as a woman clattered out of one of the cottages. She strode up to him, three pairs of glasses swinging on her bosom and her girth belying her obvious energy.
“Olá, olá. José.”

An hour later, after he’d finished a tour of the Quinta dos Françeses, and tried to identify the myriad of plants and fruit trees, he’d spotted someone sauntering down the sheer rock face. How could someone saunter down something so steep? If he’d thought about it before (which he hadn’t), he’d have said a person would need ropes, pitons, screws and the like to either ascend or descend. But the girl looked as if she was on a Sunday afternoon stroll as she descended, albeit slowly but definitely sure-footed. Her long fair hair sparkled in the sunlight when she finally stepped on to the gravel path that ran the length of the farm. Was she the niece? He’d somehow expected a child, but this girl was in her twenties, he reckoned. He didn’t know if she’d seen him, but he said, “Boa tarde,” as she went by and heard no response. He turned back to surveying the sea and rubbed his aching fingers. He was used to people either ignoring him or wanting to tear his head off.

Meet the author

I was born and educated in the UK (I am British!) but now live in Portugal. I've been an English teacher for many years with the British Council and also the Portuguese civil service where I developed e-learning courses.

My first love is, of course, my husband, my second writing, and my third painting. And now I have time to be able to indulge in all three.

My debut novel, "Perfect Score" was published by Mundania Press on Sept 21, 2010 and the paperback launched on May 11 2011. It was a finalist in the 2012 EPIC e-book Awards in the Mainstream Category.

My second novel is a dark thriller/fantasy called "Hewhay Hall". It won an EPPIE award in the 2013 EPIC (Electronic Publishing Industry Coalition) e-Book Awards in the Horror Category.

Next comes "Rising Tide", published in 2015. Set in Portugal, published by Mundania Press. It is set in a tiny fishing village that the world, and most of Portugal, has forgotten. Read about the wonders of the ocean and see if Piper from Norfolk UK and Leo from Alaska, USA, can find what they're searching for in the little village of Luminosa.

"Forest Dancer" was published on 20th February 2018 by CrookedCat Books. This is novel number 2 set in Portugal but this time in the forests outside Lisbon, Portugal. Instead of the sea (as in Rising Tide), now find out about the wonders of the forest and whether classical ballerina, Flora, can find what she's searching for in the small village of Aurora.

On 5th October 2018 Crooked Cat Books published my newest novel, "Joseph Barnaby", another romance/suspense which is set on the island of Madeira.

Author links: 
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And now it's time for the Giveaway

Open internationally until the 16th October 2018.

1st prize an Amazon book token (£10)
2nd prize - 2 x signed paperbacks of Joseph Barnaby
3rd prize - 2 x ebooks of Joseph Barnaby

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  1. I wonder why she ignored him. I enjoyed the excerpt.

    1. We'll have to grab the whole book to find out!

  2. This is not going to be one for me, I can tell from the synopsis and excerpt. But I definitely agree with what the synopsis for what this one says. Stand up for what you believe in!

    1. I like the idea of the Madeiran setting. I've never been there, but my sister said it's a beautiful island