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want to get published? These books are the all-time community favourites – and each month we whip off the top five for a reading and review from our Editorial Board

1
The King's Jew . Book 1. (Sept 1238 to Aug 1265)
Literary Fiction, Thriller, Historical Fiction, History
Born of a Jewish mother yet a lifelong friend to the King. Jealousy and intrigue abound as his enemies seek to destroy, ‘The King’s Jew’.
2
Dax
Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Young Adult

Dax's last memory turns into his greatest nightmare.
3
Shared Skies     Part One
Fiction, Romance, Fantasy, Young Adult
Eighteen-year-old Gaiah's hair grows to her waist every night. She can influence people with her thoughts. She understands none of it.
4
The Maia Calendar
Thriller, Science Fiction
Maia lives in a perfect world; no poverty, no disease, minimal crime, and clean energy… yet it has no past.
5
Cloud
Fiction
The cloud, in Alice’s head, threatens to change her life, forever.
6
INSIDE DEAD
Non-fiction
An existence of hell
7
Devil Went Down
Thriller, Romance, Fantasy, Young Adult
How far gone does a soul have to be for redemption to become impossible? Can a heart filled by darkness be tempted to love again?
8
The Smile That Hid a Thousand Lies - My battle with booze (A Painted Smile - retitled)
Non-fiction, Biography, Harper True Life
A mother confronts her past to battle alcoholism - while her daughter battles to hide their secret.
9
Blood On The Banana Leaf
Fiction, Literary Fiction
Welcome to the dark heart of Singapore.
10
Soft Comes the Wolf
Fiction, Thriller, Crime
Swiss Guard Peter Reich investigates a Vatican underworld of money laundering, extortion, and murder controlled by an entity known only as "The Wolf."
11
INFINITY LOST
Fiction, Science Fiction, Young Adult
On a journey to confront her powerful and mysterious father, a teenage girl and her classmates become hostages in his futuristic shape-shifting labyrinth of death.
12
Zamorna
Fiction, Romance, Fantasy
"Governesses never are heroines in a romance - perhaps that is just as well. If romantic heroines behaved like governesses there would be no story."
13
THE EVOLUTION OF ETERNITY
Non-fiction, Popular Culture, Christian, Religious
A revolutionary portrait of the destiny of our world and planet, blending captivating biblical perspectives with secular motifs and contemporary portents.
14
Crazy Quilt
Literary Fiction, Romance
Two estranged sisters’ lives are again entwined when their grandmother dies, leaving them a Southern Victorian mansion and the chance to change their futures.
15
Slow Poison
Fiction, Literary Fiction, Thriller, Crime
Amsterdam 1987. A quiet assassin waits for the perfect moment. Thirty years on, that moment has arrived.
16
Duplicity
Fiction, Literary Fiction, Science Fiction
True gold may lie right in front of you, but you’ll never see it if you expect it to shine.
17
The Purple Morrow-Book 1
Fiction, Literary Fiction, Fantasy, Christian
The Rovers had been sent to decimate the Southernlands. Instead they awoke its saviour.
18
One Off, Sir!
Fiction, Thriller, Crime
Ed Riley’s done his time. Over four years behind bars.
He’s powerfully built and now knows who shopped him.
Someone won’t sleep very well tonight.

19
The Anger Within
Fiction, Thriller, Crime
A crime thriller where the villain is the hero. The banking crisis is solved by giving bankers a choice - live or die!
20
Scenes from an Examined Life
Young Adult, Biography, Harper True Life, Christian
Wartime. A single woman, pregnant by a married man, leaves home in Ireland. She abandons her baby boy in Westminster Cathedral, Central London.