Feature Book By Susanna O'Neill

Saving Grace

Saving Grace

A novel of trust, friendship, love and betrayal. Grace returns home after years living abroad and the first face she sees throws her emotions into turmoil. How could she have forgotten Charlie, her very first love? The presence of the estranged Eddie, Charlie’s twin brother, painfully reminds her of the tragic past they share but he seems as reluctant to talk about it as Grace does. Her mind is somewhat preoccupied with her new life, however...and her new boss, who leads her on a thrilling journey through the world of art. That is until the violent ex-lover she was trying to escape re-enters her life, bringing with him a dark underworld of treachery and heartache. This envelops everyone she cares for, drawing them into a complex web of mystery, menace and romance.

About the Author Susanna O'Neill

After a somewhat nomadic existence Susanna O’Neill now lives on the north east coast of England, with her laptop, three surf boards and green fingers. During the day she works for a conservation charity, but by night she juggles her hectic social life with writing, both fact and fiction. She has three books published with The History Press but Saving Grace is the first of many novels which preoccupy her mind. Casually approaching forty, Susanna has lived a full and varied life, yet is happy in the knowledge that there is still time to try the things she hasn’t done. And she enjoys every minute of it!

English author, Susanna O'Neill's debut novel SAVING GRACE, released December 6th, 2016, through Melange Books, LLC. The book is available in print format from www.lulu.com and in eBook format through www.amazon.com and www.melange-books.com.

The City of Hull in the UK

Susanna O'Neill says that she is "a Hull girl." This year Hull is the UK's City of Culture and Susanna thought that our readers would be interested in learning more about this fascinating city. The paragraphs below are Susanna's notes about her beloved city.

Kingston-upon-Hull, a city nestling upon the banks of the River Humber in East Yorkshire, is this year celebrating being voted the UK's City Of Culture. With a population of 258,362 people, Hull has a fascinating history, which I delved into deeply whilst researching for my Hull Book of Days. I am a British author who was born and lived in Hull for much of my life. Once the most important fishing dock in the country and first named Kingston-upon-Hull in 1299 by King Edward, the city's history is rich with philanthropists, musicians, artists, entrepreneurs, leaders and villains...just to mention a few. It is home to heroes such as Amy Johnson, the first woman who ever flew solo across the world, from England to Australia, in her Gipsy Moth biplane; brave men such as Sir John Hotham, who refused to allow King Charles I entry to Hull, initiating the English Civil War; pioneers such as Hull born 'Gassy' Jack Deighton, founder of modern Vancouver and influential figures such as MP William Wilberforce, who devotedly campaigned for the abolition of slavery and got the Anti-Slave Trade Bill passed in Parliament in 1789. Hull was twinned to Freetown in Sierra Leone in 1980 because of his work. The legendary Robinson Crusoe set sail from Hull in Daniel Defoe's novel and in the pretty walled gardens that were once Hull's Queen's Dock, a plaque depicts him on his deserted island.

Hull is worth a visit for a myriad of reasons. Home to the world's longest single-span suspension bridge when it was built, it is a sight to behold. Spanning the turbulent river whose treacherous currents and shifting sandbanks have claimed many a life, it links Hull and Lincolnshire, the flat landscape offering a view of more sky that you could ever imagine. The Round the World Clipper Race began in Hull, in 2009; a ten-month voyage, each yacht covering 35,000 miles before returning to Hull. The city's annual Freedom Festival supported the event, making the town buzz with excitement for weeks, just one of various festivals and events the city offers through-out the year. Hull Fair deserves a mention, Europe's biggest and oldest travelling carnival fun-fair, over 700 years old, as does our fantastic City Hall, with its hundreds of productions a year. Built in 1973 Princess Diana laid the foundation stone.

The Deep, Hull's underwater aquarium houses one of Europe's largest fish tanks and over 3,500 fish, not to mention the ghostly figures reported to be seen there! The list goes on, but if ever you are thinking of visiting, make this the year you do. The City of Culture celebrations offer something different for the visitor, every day of this year. Starting with a bang on New Year's Day we were treated to a stunning firework display over the Humber. Our Feren's Art Gallery has been refurbished and is due to host the Turner Prize later this year, the first time it will have been displayed outside of London. We are being treated to other such cultural delights as Pietro Lorenzetti's and Francis Bacon's paintings, astounding productions such as Opera North's performance of Turandot, portraits from the National Gallery, festivals, street music, sculpture trails, poppies from the Tower of London and I was there the week a brilliant light show was projected onto the building fronts in the centre of town, showing the varied and diverse history of the city.

I am proud to be a Hull citizen and feel the creative blood running through my veins has been fostered by this environment. I have written four publications, two concerning my city's history, one on the strange and fascinating folklore of neighbouring Lincolnshire and one novel, Saving Grace. From as young an age as I can remember I half lived in a fantasy world, dreaming up stories and pondering on characters. My primary passion lies in the world of fiction, being able to spirit my own and your imagination away. However, whilst exploring my ideas I found that I was an avid researcher and a passion for non-fiction was ignited by my thirst to learn. This transpired to create my three non-fiction books published by the History Press, all so different, and I have thoroughly enjoyed writing each of them. Still, my favourite was Saving Grace; a novel of trust, friendship, love and betrayal.

Grace returns home after years living abroad and the first face she sees throws her emotions into turmoil. How could she have forgotten Charlie, her very first love? The presence of the estranged Eddie, Charlie’s twin brother, painfully reminds her of the tragic past they share but he seems as reluctant to talk about it as Grace does. Her mind is somewhat preoccupied with her new life, however...and her new boss, who leads her on a thrilling journey through the world of art. That is until the violent ex-lover she was trying to escape re-enters her life, bringing with him a dark underworld of treachery and heartache. This envelops everyone she cares for, drawing them into a complex web of mystery, menace and romance. I would really love you to give my novel a try and any feedback is extremely welcome. I have since written another novel and am half way through a third so to know people's responses to my writing would mean a great deal to me. Thank you for your interest and enjoy your visit to Hull, even if it's just virtual! https://www.amazon.co.uk/Susanna-ONeill/e/B00B8Y4PXK/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_6?qid=1494686114&sr=1-6

 

  

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