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BROKEN YOUTH

When rebellious teenager Misty Sullivan falls pregnant to a local wannabe gangster, she soon becomes a prisoner in her own home. Despite the betrayal of her best friend, she eventually recovers her self-belief and plots revenge on her abusive boyfriend with spectacular consequences.

This gripping tale sees the impressive debut of Karen Woods in the first of a series of novels based on characters living on a Manchester council estate. Themes of social deprivation, self-empowerment, lust, greed and envy come to the fore in this authentic tale of modern life.

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BLACK TEARS

With the evil Gordon locked up in Strangeways, the characters from Karen Woods debut novel 'Broken Youth' come to terms with life without him.

Misty, now married to Dominic, gives birth to Gordon's child, Charlotte - the result of a rape. Her former best friend Francesca also gives birth to one of Gordon's children, Rico, while staying with Gordon's heroin addicted brother Tom.

As the clock ticks down on his sentence, Gordon broods on the injustice of his situation and plots sweet revenge on those on the outside

 

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NORTHERN GIRLS LOVE GRAVY

"Victoria Greybank had everything a woman could ever dream of but as she stood tall in the full length mirror she pulled at her expensive clothes and hated her life."

Trapped in a loveless marriage Victoria soon discovers her husband's late nights at the office are excuses to engage in sado-masochistic sex.

Bewildered, she falls in with a lesbian overseas property developer who comes up with a big plan to make them both very rich...

Karen Woods' third novel deals is sexy, saucy and very, very naughty.

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BAGHEADS

SHAUN WAS ALWAYS a child who demanded more than life could give.

His mother’s struggle began when she became a single parent, leaving her abusive husband behind. Unable to cope without the family unit, Shaun turns to a life of crime and drugs and eventually ends up in the care system.

Karen Woods’ fourth novel sees her return to familiar territory to craft an indictment of modern society that will pull on your heartstrings.

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TEABAGS & TEARS

Sandra Partington has led a dog’s life. Abused by her husband and humiliated by her sister, she finds the strength to take revenge on both with spectacular consequences.

In her fifth novel, Karen Woods deals with issues as diverse as domestic violence and celebrity culture in a way which will make you laugh and cry.

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THE VISITORS

When her gangster boyfriend Tim is sent down, Susie Jones’ life is thrown into turmoil.

Left to run his criminal empire, Susie finds solace in new acquaintances made in Strangeways Visitors’ Centre with unforeseen consequences.

 

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SLEEPLESS IN MANCHESTER

When Dalton’s family move to London, his girlfriend Fallon is heartbroken but promises her that, regardless of the physical distance between them, ‘love will conquer all’.

Settling quickly into his new life he is soon seduced by the daughter of one of his father’s company’s directors. After a trip to visit him, Fallon realises this and vows to move on with her life.

In Karen Woods’ seventh novel, former lovers appear to be settled with new partners at different ends of the country but will fate take a hand?

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COVERING UP

The unexplained death of Kendal Wilson's mother hangs over her family like a dark, brooding cloud while the identity of her father remains a mystery her mother Mary took to her grave. Yet the secrets of Mary's death lie in a hidden diary she left behind.

Unable to read or write, Kendal becomes trapped in a relationship with violent local gangster Scott while the discovery of the diary leads on her on a journey of self-discovery with dramatic consequences.

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RIDING SOLO

When her mother takes her own life after her father leaves, therapist Marcy Jordan vows to open a clinic aiding the broken-hearted. Although helping her clients proves therapeutic, Marcy quickly becomes embroiled in their lives: Harry and Grace have been left by cheating spouses and Amanda has lost her husband to a motorcycle accident.

In Karen Woods' ninth novel, she weaves a tale of lost love, deception and betrayal. But will the characters finally be able to move on with their lives?

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THE PUDDING CLUB

After a failed marriage Rebecca Rooks has returned to comfort eating. Now she is overweight and she knows it. To make matters worse her best friend Gemma (who used to be a fellow fatty) has slimmed down, showing admirable self-control in the cake department.

Rebecca decides to make a change in her life and join fi rst a slimming club and, later, a fitness camp but a hidden truth soon emerges to shatter her hard won self-confidence.

Karen Woods tenth novel is a tale of friendship, betrayal and too much chocolate.

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GROW WARS

While crime boss Harry Jarvis has been languishing in jail, the Collins brothers have been steadily taking over his crime operation. Life has certainly moved on since Harry went inside.

Unusual relationships have blossomed. The up and coming Collins family know Harry's time as top dog is all but over; his wife loves another man and his sons are plastic gangsters. But when he gets out Harry has other ideas and begins a campaign to destroy his rivals by taking the Collins' lucrative cannabis trade by force setting the two families on an inevitable collision course.

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THE SQUARE

Alice Goodman has been forbidden from entering Tavistock Square for as long as she can remember but, now aged fifteen, the place looks tempting. Will she listen to her nana's warnings and steer clear or is she destined to make the same mistakes as her drunken, violent mother?

Karen Woods returns to familiar territory for her 12th novel to weave a tale of deceit, child abuse and desperation.

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TEAM HANDED

Dawn Pritchard has a reputation but that hasn't stopped crime boss Jud Watson making her his fiancée. But Dawn has been seeing Jud's brother Larry behind his back and matters come to a head before a packed church on the day of the wedding.

With Larry in a coma and Jud locked up for assault, who will step in to take control of the Watson family business and how will the rival Morgan family react to the news?

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