Novedades literarias

Novedades literarias. ‘El cura que costó un papado’ de Adelfa Martín

Hola a todos:

Como sabéis los viernes de este mes os traigo novedades literarias, algunas de autores que ya han sido invitados míos, y otros de autores a los que he descubierto hace poco. Hoy os traigo a Adelfa Martín, que visitó mi blog hace unos meses, y vuelve con su último libro, calentito de la prensa, y de tema polémico y actual.

El cura que costó un papado

El cura que costó un papado
El cura que costó un papado

Este libro tal vez pueda considerarse, más que una novela corta, un texto de periodismo de investigación, aunque el tema es completamente ficticio.
Sea calificado como sea, son 100 páginas y 13.800 palabras que leerás con la misma intensidad con que fueron escritas.
Antonio Laicram Leicam de La Rosa, un sacerdote que llega a tener un enorme poder dentro de la Iglesia, es acusado reiteradamente de pederastia, sin embargo, sabiéndose protegido debido a su habilidad para comprar conciencias, actúa con total desparpajo por varias décadas, al mismo tiempo que construye una gigantesca obra apostólica que lo trascenderá, dejando además tras de si una enorme fortuna, no solo para la Iglesia, sino para sus descendientes.
Una mente corrupta que nos deja impactados por su cinismo, pero sobre todo, por la impunidad con la que actuó.
Una historia que podrás concebir solo como producto de una imaginación calenturienta.


Gracias por leer, y si os ha gustado, no os olvidéis de darle al me gusta, comentar, compartir, y hacer CLIC!

New books

New books. S. R. Mallery’s ‘Unexpected Gifts’ and ‘Sewing Can Be Dangerous and Other Small Threads’

Hi all:

As I’ve been doing recently I share today two recent works by a guest author that you should follow. S. R. Mallery is a writer I met through one of the groups of writers I belong to and must admit I was fascinated by the title of one of her works. Now that I’ve read it (and I include the review in this post), the title reflects well the inventiveness, breadth and quality of the work. And, as a special surprise, the author is running a giveaway of Sewing Can Be Dangerous… in Goodread, so I leave you the link (you only have time until the 12th April, so don’t waste any time!)

But let’s the books talk for themselves.

Unexpected gifst by S. R. Mallery

Unexpected gifts 3

Can we learn from our ancestral past? Do our relatives behaviors help mold our own? In Unexpected Gifts, that is precisely what happens to Sonia, a confused college student, forever choosing the wrong man. Searching for answers, she begins to read her family’s diaries and journals from America’s past: the Vietnam War, Woodstock, and Timothy Leary era; Tupperware parties, McCarthyism, and Black Power; the Great Depression, dance marathons, and Eleanor Roosevelt; the immigrant experience and the Suffragists. Back and forth the book journeys weaving yesteryear with modern life until finally, she gains enough clarity to make the right choices.

E-book edition:

In paper:

Sewing Can Be Dangerous by SR Mallery
Sewing Can Be Dangerous by SR Mallery

Sewing Can Be Dangerous and Other Small Threads

The eleven long short stories in “Sewing Can Be Dangerous and Other Small Threads combine history, mystery, action and/or romance, and range from drug trafficking using Guatemalan hand-woven wallets, to an Antebellum U. S. slave using codes in her quilts as a message system to freedom; from an ex-journalist and her Hopi Indian maid solving a cold case together involving Katchina spirits, to a couple hiding Christian passports in a comforter in Nazi Germany; from a wedding quilt curse dating back to the Salem Witchcraft trials, to a mystery involving a young seamstress in the infamous Triangle Shirt Factory fire; from a 1980’s Romeo and Juliet romance between a rising Wall Street financial ‘star’ and an eclectic fiber artist, to a Haight-Asbury love affair between a professor and a beautiful macramé artist gone horribly askew, just to name a few.



In paper:

And the GIVEAWAY:—s-r-mallery-s-sewing-can-be-danger

And my review of Sewing Can Be Dangerous and Other Small Threads

Women, sewing, history and storytelling.

Sewing Can Be Dangerous and Other Small Threads by S. R. Mallery is an extraordinary collection of 11 short stories with a common ‘thread’, sewing and allied crafts. The stories have an incredible breadth, not only because of the variety of the plots (and they are all very different) but also because of their well-researched and vivid historical settings, and their diverse genres. We go from immigrants in early XX century America, to the slavery period, from mid-Western pioneers, to the Salem witch trials, from the Zodiac serial killer in San Francisco, to a quilting teacher turned sleuth in a cruise, from the Germany of the Nazi era to modern time Native American reservations and everywhere in between. I’m not an expert in quilting (although I’ve always wanted to learn, now even more after reading the book) but this book is a quilt of stories, where each piece and patch brings its own memories to create a complex design, not a crazy quilt but something more than the sum of its parts.

At the heart of the stories are the women, who might use their skills to make a living, to survive and create a better future for those they look after, to express their artistry, to pass on cultural and spiritual traditions, to get revenge, to escape, to fight… Because it’s not only the big gestures that make the society we live in, but each small stich is a piece of the puzzle that is life.

S. R. Mallery brings to life a fantastic array of characters and recreates vividly the historical periods where the stories are set. The reader gets dragged into the moment and shares with the protagonists their unique experiences. If I had to choose one I’d go with ‘Precious Gifts’ that I loved and took me completely by surprise.

I recommend this collection to everybody, whichever your genre of preference, no matter if you like sewing or not. Go and read it. You’ll be amazed and feel better for it.

Thank you for reading, and if you’ve enjoyed it, like, share, comment and CLICK!


And it’s goodbye from me

I’m not saying goodbye to my blog. You might remember that I published a post about changes a few weeks ago. This is my last week at my job. I finish this Friday (28th of March), after nearly 8 years here (it would have been 8 years in May).

Caricature doctor dogImage courtesy of Grant Cochrane /
Caricature doctor dog Image courtesy of Grant Cochrane /

As some of you know, I work as a psychiatrist in a forensic unit. I work for the NHS (National Health System) in the UK. I came to this job after working for nearly two years in the private sector (also in forensic psychiatry, in a medium secure unit). I had no issues with the care offered there, and the pay was better than in the NHS (even after nearly 8 years here I only now I’m close to the same pay I had there). I left partly because I wanted to do further training (and it was difficult in a smaller organisation not set up to offer training opportunities) but also because the idea of medicine being run as a business didn’t quite fit in my head. The company could be bought and sold overnight to anybody (a petrol company, an investment firm, another health organisation) and you had no saying on the matter. It was difficult to know in which direction things were going when you didn’t know who was in charge from one day to the next.

MRI Scanner Image courtesy of cooldesign /
MRI Scanner Image courtesy of cooldesign /

I came back to the NHS, taking a pay cut (although my pay was quite reasonable for NHS standards in my particular role, as I was fairly experienced), because I felt at least I’d have some sense of where we were going. Years later I can honestly say I don’t like where things are going. I understand the NHS is a mammoth that swallows any money thrown at it. I also understand that things have changed dramatically from the time of its inception, when population was younger, smaller, and less demanding. Medicine has also changed, becoming much more reliant on technology and expensive procedures and medication (although some of the interventions that would increase massively the health of the population are not expensive, but convincing people to stop doing things that are harmful is very difficult). And yet, telling  people that you can do the same job for less money (or they’ll find others who will), cutting beds, getting rid of hospitals, and relying on systems of reporting and accounting that cannot reflect what is really important is not much of an answer. I’ve had enough and I’m off. I hope things get better, but I can’t see it. May I be wrong.

Thanks for reading and feel free to like, share and comment.

As a postscript, I intend to carry on blogging, if at all I can, although I might be itinerant for a while and doing some exploring. I will try and leave some posts prepared in advance and I hope my adventures will give me even more material for future posts. But if I’m missing or not replying to comments for a while, assume I’m somewhere having fun!

If you love your heart, don't smoke  Image courtesy of digitalart /
If you love your heart, don’t smoke Image courtesy of digitalart /

Adiós con el corazón

No me despido del blog, no es eso. No sé si recordaréis que hace unas semanas publiqué un post sobre cambios y el futuro. Esta es mi última semana en el trabajo que llevo haciendo casi 8 años (serían 8 en Mayo) y el día 28, este viernes, es mi último día.

Caricature doctor dogImage courtesy of Grant Cochrane /
Caricature doctor dogImage courtesy of Grant Cochrane /

Como algunos sabréis, trabajo de psiquiatra en un hospital de baja seguridad (forense). Trabajo para el NHS (National Health Service, parecido a la Seguridad Social en España, un sistema de salud público, y en principio, gratuito para residentes en el Reino Unido). Llegué a este empleo después de trabajar casi dos años en el sector privado (también de psiquiatra forense, en una unidad de seguridad media). La atención a los pacientes era buena, y me pagaban más que en el NHS (me ha costado casi 8 años alcanzar un salario parecido al que cobraba allí). Dejé mi trabajo anterior en parte porque quería seguir con mi formación (y era difícil en una organización más pequeña sin demasiadas oportunidades de cambio o expansión) pero también porque la idea de que la medicina se lleve como un negocio más no me acababa de encajar en la cabeza. La compañía podía ser comprada o vendida de la noche a la mañana por cualquiera (una compañía petrolera, un grupo de inversores, otra organización que se dedique a la sanidad) y tú no tenías ni voz ni voto. Era difícil saber en qué dirección iban las cosas cuando no sabías quién estaba a cargo de un momento a otro.

MRI Scanner Image courtesy of cooldesign /
MRI Scanner Image courtesy of cooldesign /

Volví al NHS, con reducción de sueldo (aunque mi salario era más que razonable para mi posición y estándares del NHS en aquella época, ya que yo tenía bastante experiencia), porque me pareció que aquí al menos tendría alguna idea de hacia adónde iba la organización. Años después puedo decir sinceramente que no me gusta la dirección que han tomado las cosas. Entiendo que el NHS es un dinosaurio enorme que se traga todo el dinero que le echen. También entiendo que las cosas han cambiado mucho desde que se creó la organización (1946), cuando la población era más joven, mucho más reducida, y menos exigente. La Medicina también ha cambiado mucho, depende mucho más de la tecnología, y de intervenciones y medicaciones caras (aunque algunas de las iniciativas que conseguirían mejorar dramáticamente las salud de la población no sean caras, pero convencer a las personas de que dejen de hacer las cosas que les hacen daño no es nada fácil). A pesar de eso, decirle a los trabajadores de sanidad que pueden hacer el mismo trabajo por menos dinero (o encontrarán a otros que lo hagan), reduciendo el número de camas, cerrando hospitales, y confiando en sistemas de contabilidad y recoger información que no reflejan lo que de verdad es importante no me parece una respuesta adecuada. Y no puedo más y me voy. Espero que las cosas mejoren, pero no veo cómo. Confío en equivocarme.

Gracias por leer y si os apetece darle al me gusta, compartir y comentar, yo encantada.

Como postdata deciros que tengo la intención de seguir con el blog, si puedo, aunque puede que ande itinerante y de exploración por algún tiempo. Intentaré dejar algunos posts preparados por adelantado y confío en que mis aventuras me proporcionarán material para artículos futuros. Pero si veis que no ando por aquí o no contesto a los comentarios, ¡asumid que estoy divirtiéndome en algun lugar del universo!

If you love your heart, don't smoke  Image courtesy of digitalart /
If you love your heart, don’t smoke Image courtesy of digitalart /
Novedades literarias

Novedades literarias. Hoy ‘Soy un asesino… sin serie’ de Frank Spoiler.

Hola a todos:

Como sabéis este mes estoy dedicando el post de los viernes a traeros algunas novedades literarias de los últimos meses. Si seguís mis posts, recordaréis que hablé de Frank Spoiler (que también ha sido invitado mío en otra ocasión, trayéndonos sus micros de terror y sus poesías) cuando comentaba cómo usan Wattpad los autores. Ya que hablé de su novela ‘Soy un asesino… sin serie’ me pareció de obligación traerla al blog para daros un poco más de información.

Soy una asesino... sin serie. Autor: Franks Spoiler, portada: Olga Artigas
Soy una asesino… sin serie. Autor: Franks Spoiler, portada: Olga Artigas

Como veréis la portada de Olga Artigas es espectacular, y el libro está teniendo mucho éxito.

¿Por qué? Os dejo la descripción para que daros alguna pista.

Si tuviera una respuesta a mis actos, seguramente no sería coherente ni satisfactoria, no existe justificación alguna en un asesinato.

«Quizás os pueda parecer un asesino muy peculiar y simpático, pero no es cierto, “no hay asesino simpático, solo asesinos sin sentimientos”. Si una vez te cruzas conmigo, no esperes a que te sonría, corre… corre y no pares hasta que llegues ante cualquier comisaría de policía, y no dudes jamás en denunciarme. Tu vida y no la mía, estará en peligro.

Nunca penséis que no existen asesinos como Gabriel, los tenéis incluso de vecinos, amigos o incluso, pueden ser familiares cercanos vuestros. En cada sonrisa devuelta, puede haber un asesino esperando que le des la espalda.

“Esta historia la cuento yo, Gabriel. Nunca quise ser lo que fui o soy, pero no vengo a disculparme; ni me hace falta ni quiero hacerlo. Cometí muchos crímenes, algunos de ellos, me horrorizan hasta a mí. Nunca seré un santo, sin embargo, tengo algo a mi favor; conozco el final de esta historia”.

Si os ha intrigado… está disponible en descarga electrónica, y en papel:

En papel:

En La Casa del Libro:

Gracias por leer el post, y si os ha gustado, ya sabéis, dadle al me gusta, comentad, compartid, y haced CLIC!

New books

New books. Casey Clipper´s ´The Boss´s Love´and three prequels. Contemporary Romance with an Edge.

Hi all:

As you know I’m dedicating some posts to new books, and today I bring you three books by Casey Clipper, a new author in one of the groups I frequent. She writes contemporary romance, but not your standard feel-good novel, but one with darker themes. And rather than writing a standard series, what Casey has decided to do is to complete the story she tells in her novel ‘The Boss’s Love‘ by writing three prequels explaining the backstories of the three main characters in the story. I leave you the novels and their descriptions, as they talk for themselves:

The Boss's Love by Casey Clipper
The Boss’s Love by Casey Clipper

The Boss’s Love

Love isn’t always clean, all hearts and flowers and perfect. Love is a daily fight, especially when your world is anything but…legal.

Daren Murphy, along with his brother Derrick, are men not to be crossed. Darren is head of a world where rules don’t apply, the law can be bought and bent at will, and love isn’t an option. Until Courtney Millen. Upon meeting the beautiful blonde, Courtney immediately captures his interest. She quickly becomes his obsession and after coming to her rescue during an attack, Darren vows to make certain Courtney belongs to him. Permanently.

Courtney Millen is a successful real estate agent, who catches the eye of eligible bachelor Darren Murphy. His heroics on the fateful day of their meeting throws Darren into her life, and he doesn’t seem anxious to leave anytime soon.

After Darren finally muscles his way into Courtney’s life, their relationship is everything they could have ever wanted, until the FBI decides it’s time to bring down the head of the organized Murphy crime ring. The FBI’s agent is determined to use Darren’s greatest weakness, Courtney, against him. The fallout of the FBI’s pursuit is great, something Darren and his brother had not foreseen. No one, even the government agency, anticipated agent John Marshall’s singular obsession with Courtney. His means to get the woman for himself knows no boundaries.

The Murphy organization gets turned inside out by the newly turned rogue agent. Courtney’s life is riddled with decisions she must make but never planned to be a part of, and leaves one brother to pick up the pieces of their shattered world.

Darren’s Story. A Prequel

Darren's story. Novella by Casey Clipper
Darren’s story. Novella by Casey Clipper

Darren Murphy, notorious mobster and ruthless mastermind of the Murphy organization has power, money, and is not to be crossed. He’s built himself a thriving empire, but the one thing he desires most in the world eludes him. Until he meets Courtney Millen, who becomes his obsession. He’ll go to any means and use all his resources to get to her.

This is Darren’s backstory. Read about how those in his inner circle find their way into his world. From the day he’s brought home from the hospital after his birth, his high school and college years, to getting his hands dirty in the seedy world he created, to the day he meets Courtney Millen is covered in this story.

**This prequel is in no particular order.

Courtnery's story by Casey Clipper
Courtnery’s story by Casey Clipper

Courtney’s Story. A Prequel

Courtney Millen, an only child to a military dad and stay-at-home mom, is kept sheltered by her parents and two close cousins until she turns seventeen. When her cousins leave for the Navy, she spends years trying to find herself, including losing her virginity, choosing a career, and falling in love with a man who hides his dark side until he has her under thumb. Courtney’s life becomes a daily effort in survival. Until Darren Murphy. An hour alone with the handsome, eligible bachelor sends Courtney into a dizzy whirlwind of possibilities she has no idea are being chosen for her. Life takes a dramatic turn she never saw coming, in the form of Mr. Murphy and his entourage.

**This prequel is in no particular order.

Derrick's story by Casey Clipper
Derrick’s story by Casey Clipper

Derrick’s Story. A Prequel

Derrick Murphy, brother of notorious mobster Darren Murphy, is a cold and cunning man who is in line to take over the Murphy organization. Closed off from everyone around him, he internally battles with himself over his obsession with the woman in his brother’s life. Surprisingly, his relationship with Courtney blooms into an unexpected commodity for his brother and an unexpected, potential weakness for himself.

**This prequel is in no particular order.

Thanks so much for reading and you know the drill, if you’ve enjoyed it, like, share, comment and don’t forget to CLICK!

Historias de familia

Conrado Miret ya tiene placa conmemorativa!/ Conrado Miret has a commemorative plaque!

Hola a todos. Recordaréis que os he hablado varias veces sobre los tíos de mi madre, Josep y Conrado Miret, que dejaron España a finales de la Guerra Civil y lucharon con la resistencia Francesa. Mi primo Joan Molet lleva mucho tiempo documentándose sobre el tema y se ha interesado especialmente por las historias de muchos luchadores republicanos españoles .

El año pasado, tras mucho tiempo de intentar verificar lo que le había pasado a Conrado, por fin se encontró un documento que confirmaba que había muerto (torturado) en la prisión de la Santé (en París) el 27 de Febrero de 1942.

Y tras esfuerzo conjunto, ahora hay una placa conmemorativa donde estaba ubicada la prisión, para recordar el hecho.

Conrado MIRET MUSTE – reconocimiento en Paris

Os dejo una foto de Josep en el frente de Aragón (en primer plano con las botas, sin gorro). Companys, con el sombrero, a su lado.

Josep Miret en el Frente de Aragón
Josep Miret en el Frente de Aragón

Y enlaces a previous posts:

Gracias por leer y por seguir los acontecimientos, y espero poder dedicar más tiempo a compartir información sobre el tema dentro de poco. Y si os interesa, dadle al me gusta, comentad, compartid.


If  you’ve read some of my other posts about my mother’s uncles, Josep and Conrado Miret, you’ll remember they left Spain towards the end of the Civil War and passed to France where they fought with the French Resistance. My cousin Joan Molet has been working hard researching the history of the family and has managed to trace back a number of documents. Through his insistence (and with the help of others interested also in the history and fate of many Republican fighters) it was finally confirmed that Conrado had died (tortured) in the prison of la Santé (Paris). Now, there is a plaque on the site of the old prison to commemorate Conrado and with him the fate of many of the fighters of the French Resistance.

I leave you a link with a copy of the picture of the plaque above. I also include a picture of Josep Miret in the Aragon Front during the Spanish Civil war (with President of Catalonia, Companys).

Some links to recent posts on the series:

Thanks for reading and if you’ve enjoyed it, remember to like, comment and share.

Guest author post

Happy Launch Day to my author friend Angel Sefer for “Spellbound in His Arms”!

Hi all:

Usually I bring you one of my posts (and I’m still doing that but doing a brief bilingual post instead) on Tuesdays, but  when author Angel Sefer asked me to feature her new book, I thought you wouldn’t be happy if I said no. So here  it is.

Her award-winning, Romantic Mystery & Suspense #1 Barnes & Noble Bestseller and #2 Amazon Bestseller, “Spellbound in His Arms”, was just republished by Booktrope.

Cover of 'Spellbound in His Arms'
Cover of ‘Spellbound in His Arms’


A mansion full of secrets…

From the moment investigative reporter Jackie Alexander steps foot inside the mansion dominating the Demiris estate on the beautiful Greek island of Corfu, her suspicions are on high alert. This is no ordinary assignment… the life of her beloved cousin, Aphrodite, is in grave danger, as the heirs to the incredible fortune of Greek tycoon Andreas Demiris are dying one after the other, under mysterious circumstances.

A man with secrets of his own…

The only person who can help Jackie is Michael Apostolou, former Special Forces Officer and one of the finest detectives on the Athens police force. Jackie realizes soon enough that despite her simmering desire for him, she can’t really trust him, as the seductive detective seems to be investigating those mysterious deaths for reasons of his own.

Trusting the wrong person can be deadly…

Jackie and Michael are forced to work together, but the suspicions and unanswered questions are devouring them, just like their rising passion for each other. In games like this, the stakes are high and the players are ruthless. When Jackie is kidnapped by the most dangerous player of all, time is running out as Michael is forced to choose between jeopardizing his mission and personal quest for justice, or the life of the gorgeous intruder of his heart…



About the Author

Author Angel Sefer
Author Angel Sefer

Angel Sefer was born in Athens, Greece. She has studied and worked on both sides of the Atlantic. She holds a degree in Economics and divides her time between the corporate world and her true passion: reading and writing romantic mystery and suspense novels.

She lives in Athens, Greece, with the two loves of her life — her son and her husband.

Angel is a member of several writers groups.

Links to buy:


Barnes & Noble:

Thanks so my to Angel for bringing us the news about her book (I adore the cover!), and thanks to all of you for reading, and as you know, if you’ve enjoyed it, please like, share, comment and of course, CLICK!

Novedades literarias

Novedades literarias. Javier Haro Herráiz

Como os contaba la semana pasada decidí traeros los viernes de este mes algunas novedades literarias por si acaso se os han pasado y os apetece empezar la primavera leyendo libros recién salidos del horno.

Os traigo de vuelta a Javier Haro Herráiz, porque se apuntó enseguida a la idea, y como siempre tenía algunas sorpresas en la manga.

Aquí os traigo tres de sus libro nuevecitos, 2 de ciencia-ficción y uno de terror, a ver cuál os apetece. O todos…

Aventuras Espaciales de Javier Haro Herráiz
Aventuras Espaciales de Javier Haro Herráiz


SINOPSIS…: Descubre mundos más allá de tu imaginación y de nuestra galaxia y vive las más emocionantes aventuras en compañía de estos valientes viajeros espaciales en cuatro relatos llenos de acción y fantasía trepidante…


Código Omega de Javier Haro Herráiz
Código Omega de Javier Haro Herráiz


SINOPSIS…: Tras doce meses dando la vuelta al Mundo, Víctor Gabriel e Ylenia regresan a Valencia con una idea en mente: Crear un supergrupo con el que combatir a las Fuerzas del Mal…


De taxis y monstruos de Javier Haro Herráiz
De taxis y monstruos de Javier Haro Herráiz


SINOPSIS…: Todo el mundo conoce los pueblecitos blancos de acantilados azules que salen en las postales… Pero en uno de ellos hay un rincón oculto, misterioso y peligroso, lleno de monstruos y criaturas horripilantes, salidas de las más horribles pesadillas… Este es el lugar que van a conocer en este libro… Prepárense para pasar mucho miedo.


Gracias por leer, y ya sabéis, si os ha gustado, dadle al me gusta, comentad, compartid y haced CLIC! (Y no os olvidéis de seguir al autor que no para!)

New books

Literary novelties. Phantom Bigfoot Strikes Again By Simon Okill And Big Surprise!

I’ve decided to dedicate a few posts to recent books that you might have missed. It’s good to start the New Year and spring with something brand new to read.

Today I bring you Simon Okill who is an old friend and has visited with some of his other books. Now his well-known and loved bigfoot has returned in a new incarnation for younger adults. Here it is!

Phantom Bigfoot Strikes Again

                        By Simon Okill

Phantom Bigfoot Strikes Again by Simon Okill
Phantom Bigfoot Strikes Again by Simon Okill

Awkward teen prankster, Duane Dexter, would never have guessed how much his humdrum life would change in the space of 1 year. Since his 18th birthday he inherited more money than he could spend, won the hearts of Big Beaver’s women, is hero-worshiped by every kid in town, and all due to The Elders choosing him to be Guardian of the Forest. The alien Elders love their pets – hybrid creatures known as Bigfoot – and genetically alter Duane to take on this massive task as a WereBigfoot.

Life is now perfect. Duane runs free in the forest with his hairy friends, listening to the creatures, understanding nature’s secrets with his altered 6th sense. To his astonishment, he can heal all wounds with a touch. But he can’t resist his prankster side, so he lets off steam by inflicting ludicrous pranks on the local Beaverites as Phantom Bigfoot, leaving curious evidence of Bigfoot in local bathrooms.

Then in the blink of an eye, it all changes for our hero. To his dismay, a teenager with the same prankish ways disappears, rumoured to have been taken by Bigfoot. Can Duane keep the tribe of Bigfoot a secret and protect the forest as the authorities search for the missing teenager? Or will the alien Elders come to regret their choice of Protector and banish Duane from the forest forever without his superpowers?

#Teen Humour #Urban Fantasy #Teen Romance #Action/Adventure

Author Simon Okill
Author Simon Okill

Paranormal author Simon Okill lives in a South Wales coastal town with his wife where he is currently writing about the crazy adventures of Phantom Bigfoot and his tribe of Bigfoot Babes. Phantom Bigfoot Strikes Again is book one of a YA adventure series, Phantom Bigfoot Series, soon to be followed by Phantom Bigfoot & The Vampettes From Venus. Book 3 is a secret, so secret it hasn’t been written yet. Simon has also written several other books, all available on Amazon – Luna Sanguis and Luna Aeturnus, adult paranormal.


Phantom Bigfoot Episode 2 – Phantom Bigfoot & The Vampettes from Venus is due out in Spring and follows more hilarious adventures of the Phantom Bigfoot.

Phantom Bigfoot Episode 3Phantom Bigfoot & The Haunted House is due out in Summer.

Welcome to Big Beaver, home of the Phantom Bigfoot Bather and his many crazy teenage friends. Phantom Bigfoot Strikes Again is a ludicrously different take on Bigfoot and his habits. It quickly dispels the Hollywood b-movie version of a cannibalistic female-ravaging monster. Big Beaver’s tribe of Bigfoot is so peace-loving they sadly make easy targets for hunters.

This is where Duane-o the no-brain-o comes in. At the age of 18, Sam, his father reveals the truth of their hermit-like existence in the woods of the Shasta Cascade surrounding Big Beaver. Sam hands over the task of The Guardian to his son, also genetically altered by The Elders, tall Swedish-looking aliens from the planet Abba.

And now for one whole year, Duane has lived the life he was always meant to live – free of normal drag-me-downs that every other teenager has to endure. He has the ability to see and hear what his close friends are doing, no matter how far away they may be. He can heal with the touch of his hands, and uses this ability many times to save injured animals and the reason for his existence – Bigfoot.

But most of all, Duane loves being a WereBigfoot, to run free in the dark forest at night, play with the animals and have such fun – until that dumbass Beau Bruger, a teenage friend of his, goes missing.

Things get real tricky for our superhero, Duane-o, when Beau, the plumber’s 17 year old son goes missing, apparently abducted by Bigfoot. As if! Beau is always saying he’s been taken by Bigfoot, so no one believes he’s missing, not even his parents. 2 days pass and Duane smells a rat and she is Zola, a naughty 16 year old Bigfoot desperate for a mate. This means his closest friend, MB, local crypto-zoologist and general busybody will be sniffing around with his big nose looking for that elusive evidence – Bigfoot!

To make matters worse, Duane must also reunite two star-crossed lovers – the gorgeous Sheriff Louise Harper and the anal FBI Agent Virgil Tuckerwood. This he has to do on orders of The Elders. But on his arrival in Big Beaver, Agent Tuckerwood is all regulation and spurns Lou’s advances. Lou thinks Virgil is having a fling with his partner, the sexy Agent Merlot as she overhears them getting it on. Poor Duane is at a loss how to get them hitched, but he must succeed or The Elders might take this as a weakness on his part.

Now Duane-o has to keep the FBI and Sheriff Lou from discovering his epic secret. So he must find Beau first and keep him from revealing the truth of Bigfoot. But what Duane does discover deep in the forest is so mind-bogglingly stupid, even he can’t fix the problem.

So Duane must rely on dumb luck and the wisdom of The Elders to keep his secret a secret or he will be stripped of his superpowers and remain in Big Beaver a normal human being like every other Beaverite. Not that there are any normal Beaverites.


Not long after that it was Duane’s eighteenth birthday, and he had the shock of his life, just after his mother had left. He woke up from a night of weird visions chasing ape-like creatures in the forest. As usual he had to use the toilet. He burst into the bathroom and came to a stop. Before him, stood a Bigfoot as naked as a jaybird, but not naked. The creature was covered head to toe in long blond hair and was at least seven feet tall.

As he stared at the Bigfoot he recognized his father’s facial features.

“Dad … is that you?”

“Hello Duane … I guess it’s time I explained some things.” He laid a hand on Duane’s trembling shoulder. “I’ve been The Guardian of the forest for too long now and it’s time to join my new family.” He smiled big yellow teeth.

“What’s happened to you, Dad?” Duane thought of the film Teenwolf.  “Are you a werewolf?”

Sam laughed. “No Duane … I’m a WereBigfoot … not a true Bigfoot and not exactly human. I was chosen by The Elders, as many before have, to help our tribe stay a secret and to stop their gene pool from drying up.”


“Yes, son, chosen by the lights up at The Big X. They took me to the place I can never remember, but that’s not important … what is … is you, my son … you must continue to protect the forest and its secret.”

“What secret, Dad?”

“The Bigfoot! They must never be discovered … don’t ask me why … The Elders have never thought fit to tell me … but it’s real important … but I gotta go now, Duane.” Sam shuddered and trembled. “The forest is calling me.”

Duane heard strange animal sounds echoing through the woods. “Woooo … wooooo … woooooo.”

“Am I going to change too, Dad?”

“Yes son, you are The Guardian now. The lights will tell you what to do … and your sixth sense will come in handy.”

“Sixth sense … like in the movie?”

“Not exactly, Duane …do you remember the lights?”

“You mean that time I was spying on Virgil and Lou at Little Beaver and I saw the lights? Not long after that Virgil left,” he added as an afterthought.

“You got it in one, Duane. They chose you way back then. In the pantry is some weird-tasting stuff … fermented Jooobaaa … drink it all … but not at once … it helps prepare the way. If you like you can water it down with some OJ and limejuice, makes a great cocktail. It won’t diminish its unique qualities.”

“Eh, okay Dad. Will I see you again?”

“Yeah … I’ll be dropping by now and again to see how you’re doing.” Sam kissed Duane’s cheek and dashed from the log cabin howling like a howler monkey.

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Phantom Bigfoot and the Vampettes from Venus by Simon Okill
Phantom Bigfoot and the Vampettes from Venus by Simon Okill



Phantom Bigfoot & The Vampettes From Venus

Welcome to Big Beaver, home of Duane Dexter aka Phantom Bigfoot. Teen superhero, Duane, must get Sheriff Lou and Agent Virgil hitched on orders of the alien Elders. Simple enough! But not for Phantom Bigfoot and Guardian of the forest, who manages to screw things up just when he least expects it.

And when he least expects it, Duane is rendered helpless as a new menace invades Big Beaver in the shape of a punk band – The Vampettes from Venus. It soon transpires these Vampettes are not your ordinary gals from outa town. Duane and his close friend, MB, know space vampires when they see them.

So Phantom Bigfoot with his trusty sidekick, MB, fight these insidious vampires head on in a free-for-all, no-holds-barred struggle. Will Duane save the day yet again or will these sexy Vampettes drink Big Beaver dry?

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