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Category: New books
As you know Fridays is time to share new books and/or authors. Today, both of the authors who are visiting with new books have graced my blog before, and I’m pleased to say I’ve read some of their books (next Tuesday I’ll be sharing a review for one of Sarah Mallery’s novels) and they more than deserve to be featured here. They are fairly different, but I wanted to give you a chance to catch up with both before the holiday season.
First:’The Dolan Girls by S. R. Mallery
Set in Nebraska during the 1800s, whorehouse madams, ladies of the night, a schoolmarm, a Pinkerton detective, a Shakespeare-quoting old coot, brutal outlaws, and a horse-wrangler fill out the cast of characters. Add to the mix are colorful descriptions of an 1856 land rush, Buffalo Bill and his Wild West Show, Annie Oakley, bank/train robberies, small town local politics, and of course, romance. Two, in fact!
And a couple of reviews (both 5 stars):
S.R. Mallery has done it again and in her usual style, she has done it well. I love historical fiction (and the books of S.R. Mallery) because I learn from them and they echo truth. The Dolan Girls is a story about three strong, resilient and very different women and their difficult and ardulous journey through life in the old West. Set in Nebraska after the California Gold Rush, the Dolan Girls is brimming with realism, history, vivid description and amazing characters designed and developed so well I wanted to know more about them.. If you’re a fan of the old west, strong women and enjoy a great read, this book is for you. Recommend highly!
Though I am not normally a reader of historical fiction, I do enjoy movies about the Old West. Films like ‘The Outlaw Josey Wales,’ ‘Unforgiven’ and ‘True Grit’ (the Coen Brothers’ version, not the original). There’s something very appealing about these desperate, iconic characters struggling to survive in a desolate setting, with the promise of Progress—usually in the form of a new railroad—looming somewhere on the horizon. When I read THE DOLAN GIRLS, I found many of the things I love—strong women, villains cut from the cloth of a harsh adherence to tradition, and some other pretty colorful characters, both real and fictional.
THE DOLAN GIRLS is western fiction as you’ve never read it. S.R. Mallery’s words thunder off the page like a cattle stampede. And her sharply written characters demonstrate that truly it was WOMEN who tamed the American West.
Don’t forget to check the author page in Amazon and follow her for news about her books.
And now, Christoph Fischer, who has visited my blog a few times, has a new book out (just out on the 14th of December). The book goes back to history, one of his favourite subjects, and the story behind the writing of the book is fascinating too.
Ludwika: A Polish Woman’s Struggle To Survive In Nazi Germany by Christoph Fischer
It’s World War II and Ludwika Gierz, a young Polish woman, is forced to leave her family and go to Nazi Germany to work for an SS officer. There, she must walk a tightrope, learning to live as a second-class citizen in a world where one wrong word could spell disaster and every day could be her last. Based on real events, this is a story of hope amid despair, of love amid loss . . . ultimately, it’s one woman’s story of survival.
“This is the best kind of fiction—it’s based on the real life. Ludwika’s story highlights the magnitude of human suffering caused by WWII, transcending multiple generations and many nations.
WWII left no one unscarred, and Ludwika’s life illustrates this tragic fact. But she also reminds us how bright the human spirit can shine when darkness falls in that unrelenting way it does during wartime.
This book was a rollercoaster ride of action and emotion, skilfully told by Mr. Fischer, who brought something fresh and new to a topic about which thousands of stories have already been told.”
Don’t forget to check his author page in Amazon, and follow for news of his books:
I share a couple of the posts Christoph has written about the book in his own blog, that include excerpts. There are others, so don’t be shy and wander around a bit.
And a couple of five star reviews:
Ludwika: A Polish Woman’s Struggle To Survive In Nazi Germany by Christoph Fischer starts with an introduction to the story’s protagonist, Ludwika Gierz, a 4 foot-ten inches, 22 year-old, beautiful Polish woman with piercing blue eyes. Children like her because of her friendly disposition. She has a 5 year-old daughter Irena from a non-marital relationship she had years ago, after which the father of the child left town. The well-written prose starts with undertones interjected on the horizon and we know there will be danger: the German invasion and fleeing of the townspeople, including Ludwika’s father, who disappeared with the retreat of troops; and the fact that Ludwika’s looks, her beauty, was once an asset but now is a liability as it attracts brutish German soldiers. It is a time of war with Hitler’s regime moving in and taking over, which establishes the story’s tension and conflict. In her town in Poland, Ludwika works her farm with her younger sister and mother. Siblings are mentioned, including her brother Franz who drowned in a river 2 years earlier, the memory still raw and painful. The story is off to a good start as we care about the protagonist and sense the danger that’s been alluded to. The story progresses and Ludwika encounters a Nazi soldier on the road who becomes attracted to her and protective of her, granting her rights others do not have. As Jews are being hauled off and the elderly assassinated, Ludwika is learning German from the translator that her “Nazi friend” has enlisted to help him. There’s now enough conflict in the story to propel it forward in this horrific time in history where madness prevailed. Without retelling this page turner suffice it to say that it goes deep and does not hold back as the plot moves through Ludwika’s drive to survive, and all the emotional turmoil, good and bad, that goes along with it. I’ve read several other books by this author and have to say that next to The Luck of the Weissensteiner’s this is my favorite.
And a brief one but it says it all:
Great to see Christoph Fischer, author of The Three Nations trilogy, back with another classic world war 2 story. This is probably his tightest, best work yet. It’s intense and cinematic. Fans of world war two dramas will eat this one up. Well done!
Thanks so much to S. R. Mallery and Christoph Fischer for their books, thanks to you for reading, and you know what to do, like, share, comment and CLICK!
As you know on Fridays I bring you new books and new authors. Today I do both. I met Ana Spoke through her blog, where she shares her adventures in writing, promoting, creating covers… She tells it all exactly as it is, and will give you names, numbers and everything in between. Here is her blog, if you don’t believe me.
After reading about her adventures in publishing, promoting and about her book, I knew I had to bring her here, as I was convinced if you hadn’t met her you’d enjoy it as much as I do.
So, here she is:
Ana Spoke is the author of Shizzle, Inc, which has been prominently featured in Top 100 Amazon bestseller lists since its release in September 2015. She is currently working on the second instalment of the Isa Maxwell series. Ana lives in Australia with her fiancé.
You can connect with Ana on her:
Amazon page: http://www.amazon.com/Ana-Spoke/e/B0152TTNYC/
And her book, Shizzle, Inc.
Isa Maxwell is an average busty blonde, a recent graduate of a community college, and rap-loving, gun-toting, self-proclaimed badass. More than anything else, Isa wants to be discovered, so that she can solve her financial woes and win back Brad, the love of her life.
Thanks to her clumsiness, street smarts, and an unbelievable bit of luck, Isa lands a dream job at Shizzle, Inc. Things start to look up when Mr. Hue, the playboy billionaire owner of Shizzle, Inc takes Isa under his wing. Isa even gets a number of new love interests, but all is not what it seems. In fact, absolutely nothing is what it seems.
Can Isa survive the tough world of corporate intrigue and constant looming bodily harm? Or will her efforts be the end of Shizzle, Inc and possibly her life?
Thanks so much to Ana for her book, thanks to all of you for reading, and if you’ve enjoyed it, like, share, comment, and CLICK!
It’s Friday, and as you know, on Fridays I bring you guest authors and new books. Today I have the pleasure to bring you an author, blogger and friend (so far we’ve only met in the blogosphere, but we keep talking about meeting in person at some point soon), Sally Cronin. Her blog is unmissable. You can find there advice on nutrition and health issues, interviews and features about authors, artists, musicians… advice on publishing and writing, special features and series (like her Christmas Grotto suggestions for Christmas presents), and her own stories. Recently she shared with her readers her magical Tales from the Garden and after much insistence from her readers she decided to publish them in book format. And here they are. When I offered Sally to feature her new book here she send me this ‘Behind the Scenes’ feature especially for you. I hope you enjoy it!
Tales From The Garden – Behind the scenes – by Sally Cronin
My thanks to Olga for sharing her blog with me today so that I can cover some more behind the scenes background on the guardians from my latest book Tales from the Garden.
The gardener, who stayed on when the previous owners left the house, had obviously been following their instructions to hide Snow White and the seven dwarves on a back ledge out of sight. To be fair we did try to get rid of them to various friends over the years that had children, but without much success.
Eventually we felt sorry for them as they looked so forlorn on the windswept ledge where they were being used as target practice by the swallows. Snow white had been released from exile and was on one of the front balconies and judging by the mischievous looks on the dwarves faces it may have been out of choice.
There is a corner at the top of the garden with a stone table and bench seats. It gets shade in the hot summers and is a perfect place for children to play safely. We relocated the boys up there including one which seemed to have formed an attachment to a rather large rabbit. When I was coming up with names for the various gardens I felt that I would not get away with calling it Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, so Pearly Girl and the Stoned Band came into being.
They became an integral part of several of the stories and I have become very attached to them. Here they are in their new spot in the garden.
About Tales from the Garden.
Tales from the Garden is a collection of fairy stories and 80 illustrations, for children of all ages, from five to ninety-five that will change the way you look at your garden forever.
The tales reveal the secrets that are hidden beneath hedges and trees and you will discover what really happens at night as you sleep unaware in your bed. Stone statues and those hidden worlds within the earth are about to share their stories.
The guardians who have kept this sanctuary safe for over fifty years will allow you to peek behind the scenes of this magical place. They will take you on a journey through time and expand your horizons as they transport you to the land of fairies, butterflies and lost souls who have found a home here.
The book is available at a substantial discount via my own website: http://moyhill.com/tales
Also at Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0180Q6CKM
About Sally Cronin.
Sally Cronin spent a number of years in each of the following industries – Retail, Advertising and Telecommunications, Radio & Television; and has taken a great deal of inspiration from each.
She has written short stories and poetry since a very young age and contributed to media in the UK and Spain. In 1996 Sally began studying nutrition to inspire her to lose 150 lbs. and her first book, Size Matters published in 2001, told the story of that journey back to health. This was followed by another seven books across a number of genres including health, humour and romance. These include Just Food For Health, Size Matters, Just an Odd Job Girl, Sam, A Shaggy Dog Story, Flights of Fancy anthology, Turning Back the Clock and Media Training.
All these can be found on Amazon or Smashwords.
For the last two years Sally has written a daily blog covering the subjects close to her heart including writing, health and music: Smorgasbord Invitation – Variety is the Spice of Life. You can link to it from here: smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com.
Connect to Sally on social media.
Thank you again Olga for allowing me to share my guardians here today.
Thanks to Sally for bringing us her enchanting book, thanks to all of you for reading, and if you’ve enjoyed it, you know what to do, like, share, comment and CLICK!
Today is Friday and I usually bring you new books and guest authors. Today, the wonderful Sally Ember, Ed. D, whom most of you will know from her series of interviews with authors called Changes (I’ve been one of her guests and I can only recommend the experience) has published the third book in the Science-Fiction series The Spanners. So, what better reason than that to bring you a bit of information about her, and also about her series. Here she is.
Sally Ember, Ed.D., has been passionate about writing since she was nine years old. She’s won prizes for her poetry, stories, songs and plays. She began meditation in her teens. Now, Sally delights fans of paranormal and romance by blurring the lines between fact and fiction in a multiverse of multiple timelines, often including exciting elements of utopian science fiction and Buddhism. Her sci-fi /romance/ speculative fiction/ paranormal/ multiverse/ utopian ebooks for New Adult/adult/YA audiences, “The Spanners Series,” are getting great reviews. Vol I, “This Changes Everything,” is now FREE everywhere since Vol II, “This Changes My Family and My Life Forever,” released April, 2014. Look for Vol III, “This Is/Is Not the Way I Want Things to Change,” in November, 2015, and Vol IV – X soon after that.
Born Jewish on the cusp of Leo and Virgo, Sally’s life has been infused with change. Currently, she meditates, writes, swims, reads and hosts her Google+ Hangout On Air (HOA) *CHANGES*, LIVE conversations with authors, almost every Wednesday, 10 – 11 AM Eastern USA.
In her “other” professional life, Sally has worked as an educator and upper-level, nonprofit manager in colleges, universities and private nonprofitsin many parts of the USA before returning to live in St. Louis, MO, in August, 2014. Sally has a BA in Elementary Education, a Master’s (M.Ed.) and a doctorate in education (Ed.D.).
Archived *CHANGES* shows: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLPbfKicwk4dFdeVSAY1tfhtjaEY_clmfq
Learn more about and get yourself scheduled on as a guest:
Sally blogs regularly on wide-ranging topics and includes reviews, interviews, guest blog posts, and excerpts from her ebooks. Visit and comment, follow, “like,” and share! http://www.sallyember.com/blog
WordPress Blog and main Website: http://www.sallyember.com/
FB Spanners Seriespage: https://www.facebook.com/TheSpannersSeriesbySallyEmber/
Personal Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sally.ember/
(Sally Sue Fleischmann Ember)
Google+ Spanners Series page: http://goo.gl/tZKQpv/
Personal G+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+SallySueEmber/about/p/pub/
Youtube Channel: Spanners Series books’ trailers, author readings, *CHANGES* shows and more:
Patreon Crowdfunding Campaign: http://www.patreon.com/sallyember/
Amazon Author Central: http://www.amazon.com/Sally-Ember/e/B00HEV2UEW/
Library Thing: http://www.librarything.com/profile/sallyember/
Authors’ Database: http://authorsdb.com/authors-directory/5338-sally-ember-ed-d/
Covers and Logo Art by Aidana Willowraven: http://www.willowraven-illustration.blogspot.com/
And now, for the books:
Cover art and logo by Aidana Willowraven: http://www.willowraven-illustration.blogspot.com/by Sally Ember, Ed.D.
This Changes Everything, Volume I, The Spanners Series, Permafree
Dr. Clara Ackerman Branon, 58, begins having secret visits from holographic representations of beings from the Many Worlds Collective, a consortium of planet and star systems in the multiverse. When Earth is invited to join the consortium, the secret visits are made public. Now Earthers must adjust their beliefs and ideas about life, religion, culture, identity and everything they think and are.
Clara is selected to be the liaison between Earth and the Many Worlds Collective and she chooses Esperanza Enlaces to be the Media Contact. They team up to provide information to stave off riots and uncertainty. The Many Worlds Collective holos train Clara and the Psi-Warriors for the Psi Wars with the rebelling Psi-Defiers, communicate effectively with many species on Earth and off-planet, eliminate ordinary, elected governments and political boundaries, convene a new group of Global Leaders, and deal with family’s and friends’ reactions.
In what multiple timelines of the ever-expanding multiverse do Clara and her long-time love, Epifanio Dang, get to be together and which leave Clara alone and lonely as the leader of Earth?
This Changes Everything spans the 30-year story of Clara’s term as Earth’s first Chief Communicator, continuing in nine more Volumes of The Spanners Series.
Are YOU ready for the changes?
This Changes My Family and My Life Forever, Volume II, The Spanners Series, @$3.99
Intrigued by multiple timelines, aliens, psi skills, romance and planetary change? Clara and the alien “Band” are back.
Now as Chief Communicator, Clara leads the way for interspecies communication on- and off-planet. Fighting these changes are the Psi-Defiers, led by one of the oldest friends of the Chief of the Psi-Warriors, its reluctant leader, Rabbi Moran Ackerman. Stories from younger Spanners about the first five years of The Transition fill Volume II.
How would YOU do with the changes?
This Is/Is Not the Way I Want Things to Change, Volume III, The Spanners Series, pre-orders @$1.99, 11/1/15 – 12/7/15; release 12/8/15 @$3.99.
Clara, Moran, Espe, Epifanio and the alien Band of holos are back in Volume III of science-fiction/ romance/ multiverse/ psi/ utopian ebooks (soon also to be in print) of The Spanners Series. Psi-Defiers launch increasingly violent protests during this five-year Transition, attempting to block Earth’s membership into the Many Worlds Collective. Earth’s nations and borders must dissolve and Psi-Warriors must strengthen in their battle against the rebels.
Clara, as Earth’s first Chief Communicator, also juggles family conflicts and danger while creating psi skills training Campuses to help Earth through the Psi Wars. Clara timults alternate versions of their futures as the leaders’ duties and consciences force them to make difficult choices across multiple timelines, continuing to train and fight.
Will the Psi-Warriors’ and other leaders’ increasing psi skills, interspecies collaborations and budding alien alliances be enough for Earth to make it through The Transition intact? If there is no clear path for Clara’s and Epifanio’s love, does she partner with Steve or go it alone?
What do YOU do with wanted/unwanted changes?
And, a very short book trailer:
Thanks to Sally Ember for sharing her news and her series, thanks to all of you for reading, and if you’ve enjoyed, please remember to like, share, comment and CLICK!
Today is Friday and it’s my day to share new books and authors. In this case, new books but two authors I’ve been following in different groups and reading their blogs, but recently realised I’d never had them as guests in my blog. So I decided to share their most recent work as a way of introduction.
Steven Ramirez is a member of one of the groups of authors I frequent (ASMSG), always supportive of others and hard working on his books. Recently I came across one of his posts, where he shared his new book Even the Dead Will Bleed (Book Three in his Tell Me When I’m Dead Series). I love horror stories and I love the title. But I thought I couldn’t share only the third book in the series, so, here are the three books:
Tell Me When I’m Dead. Book 1 in the Tell Me When I’m Dead Series
Thanks to his wife, Holly, recovering alcoholic Dave Pulaski is getting his life back. Then a contagion decimates the town, turning its victims into shrieking flesh-eaters. Now Dave and Holly must find a way to survive. But Dave is this close to drinking again. A woman he cheated with—and no longer human—is after him. The hordes of undead are growing and security forces are outnumbered. Hell has arrived in Tres Marias.
Tell Me When I’m Dead (Book One of THE DEAD SERIES) is about an antihero haunted by all the mistakes of his life. Facing a terrifying future, Dave must decide whether to die drunk or fight for those he cares about most. And strength alone won’t be enough—he’ll need Faith. If you like your thrillers dark and fast-paced, then follow Dave and Holly as they fight against looters, paramilitary crazies and the undead. “A hard-hitting splattergore zombie thriller, told by the ultimate antihero” (Travis Luedke).
Dead Is All You Get. Book 2 in the Tell Me When I’m Dead Series
After months of fighting the undead ravaging the town of Tres Marias, Dave Pulaski and his wife, Holly, catch a break when Black Dragon Security suddenly shows up to rescue them. But things are about to get worse. The virus is mutating. Now, driven to discover the truth behind the contagion while struggling to protect Holly and those closest to him, Dave is pushed beyond the limits of faith and reason.
Dead Is All You Get (Book Two of TELL ME WHEN I’M DEAD) combines the best elements of horror, dark fantasy and sci-fi, taking the reader on a relentless, tortured journey of survival that tests the strength of one man’s character and delves into the role Faith plays when he is confronted by the worst kind of evil—the evil in humans. If you like your thrillers dark and fast-paced, then read this mind-blowing sequel. And leave the lights on. “A shoot first then shoot again horror thriller of the highest order” (Simon Oneill).
And finally, the new book, Even the Dead Will Bleed. Book 3 in the Tell Me When I’m Dead Series.
Dave Pulaski is headed to Los Angeles to kill Walt Freeman, the person responsible for devastating Tres Marias. But everything changes when he rescues Sasha, a Russian girl who escaped the facility where Walt was holding her. Pursued by a relentless ex-military sociopath working for Walt and by scientifically engineered humans who flay their victims alive, chances are that Dave will die before he can save Sasha.
Even The Dead Will Bleed (Book Three of TELL ME WHEN I’M DEAD) is a dark fantasy, sci-fi thriller—a nonstop horror train—that will deliver Dave to the brink of Hell. Revenge is a powerful drug that can drive a man to do unspeakable things. But as he will learn, Faith can give him the courage to face death without fear. If you like your thrillers dark and fast-paced, then don’t miss the heart-pounding conclusion to this trilogy. “Faith and bravery band together to fight a horrific world turned upside down and inside out” (S.R. Mallery)
And a bit on Steven:
Steven Ramirez is the author of the horror thriller series TELL ME WHEN I’M DEAD. He has also published a number of short stories, as well as a children’s book, and he wrote the screenplay for the horror thriller film ‘Killers.’ To hear about new releases, visit http://stevenramirez.com/newsletter/
Steven lives in Los Angeles with his wife and daughters.
You can connect with Steven on Twitter at https://twitter.com/byStevenRamirez
Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/StevenRamirezWriter
and Goodreads at https://www.goodreads.com/StevenRamirez
More information at http://stevenramirez.com/
And don’t forget to follow him in Amazon:
FIVE FUN FACTS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT ME
1. While in high school, my band recorded a song I wrote. Sadly, it never sold.
2. As a college student, I was stranded in London one night. A religious cult took me in and tried to convert me. It didn’t take.
3. At one point in our marriage, my wife and I owned a Thoroughbred. They sure eat a lot.
4. I wrote and directed a short film starring Rose Hobart, a truly amazing woman who began her film career at Fox in 1930.
5. Many years ago in Pasadena CA, I ran into the renowned physicist Stephen Hawking, who was presumably on his way back to Cal Tech. I wish I had been better prepared.
And now, another author who is very generous with his time, shares wonderful stories in his blog, and whose writing covers a big variety of genres, so you’re sure to find something you like, James Osborne.
First a bit about him:
James Osborne is a novelist and award-winning writer of more than 100 short stories. His novel, ‘The Ultimate Threat’, was a #1 bestseller on Amazon.com for weeks following its release in June 2015 by Endeavour Press Ltd. of London, UK.
His second novel, ‘The Maidstone Conspiracy’, a murder mystery, is due for release on Nov. 6 by Solstice Publishing Inc of Farmington, MO. A short story collection, ‘Encounters With Life–Tales of Living, Loving and Laughter’ was released in September, 2015 by Solstice Publishing. Short stories by Osborne have also appeared in numerous anthologies. Samples can be found at www.JamesOsborneNovels.com. His books are available on Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, Chapters/Indigo (Canada) and Books-A-Million.
Osborne is a former investigative journalist, teacher, corporate executive, business owner and army officer. He has guest lectured on journalism, writing and strategic planning at conferences and post-secondary institutions, and has served on a university senate and on corporate boards of directors.
Here is Amazon page. Don’t forget to follow!
I must share more of his work with you, but for today, I bring you his latest novel, out just on the 6th of November, that caught my attention and I’m sure you’ll be keen on it too,
The Maidstone Conspiracy
The Maidstone Conspiracy
Paul and Anne Winston are caught up in a storybook romance… until they face death at the hands of an unknown assassin … and a battle to preserve the massive business empire they’ve created.
The Maidstone Conspiracy is a gripping murder mystery artfully blended with a tantalizing love story. Woven into the twists and turns of this action-packed adventure are unexpected betrayals and enticing international intrigue… leading to a surprise ending.
“For anyone who enjoys a page-turning plot filled with shocking betrayal and criminal intrigue… The Maidstone Conspiracy was created just for you.”
— Tim Young
Best Selling Author
If you check his blog post here (http://jamesosbornenovels.com/2015/10/23/the-maidstone-conspiracy-is-here/) you can read the beginning of the novel and know why I thought I should share it with you. And I’d recommend you follow his blog too. His is a much more relaxed pace of life and he shares wonderful moments and memories.
Thanks to both, Steven and James for bringing us their newest novels, thanks to you all for reading, and remember to like, share, comment, and CLICK!
As you know, on Fridays I bring you new books. Today, one of the authors I have met in many places through social media, but who hadn’t yet visited my blog, John W. Howell has published a new book, and it was an unmissable chance to introduce him to you. Here he is, with his new novel and a reminder of the first one in the series.
Announcing His Revenge by John W. Howell is now available in paper and ebook on Amazon.
The sequel to My GRL titled His Revenge is available and a new story continues where My GRL left off.
His Revenge is available in the US in Paper and Kindle editions
In Canada in Paper and Kindle editions
In the UK in Paper and Kindle editions
Here is the blurb:
America loves John Cannon, its newest hero, and the President wants to present him with the highest civilian medal for bravery for saving the Annapolis midshipman from a terrorist plot to destroy them. While in Washington for the award ceremony, John unwillingly becomes an accomplice in another plan by the same group to attack the credibility of the US President and the stability of the worldwide oil market. There is no way out as John either becomes a traitor to America or causes thousands of innocent people to die if he refuses.
The second John J Cannon Thriller moves from a barrier Island off the coast of Texas to Washington DC, then to Northern California, and finally to Ecuador. John is on the receiving end of an offer he cannot, refuse. His avowed enemy Matt Jacobs now wants John to help him shake the reputation of the US in the world political arena and disrupt confidence in the government at home. If John refuses, Matt plans to murder innocent Americans including John’s latest relationship. John’s only way out is to pretend to go along with the plan and hope for a miracle.
Excerpt from Chapter one
The water rushes over my head. I’m sinking and don’t know why. With my breath held, I have trouble stopping the air from escaping since the pressure drives the air up and out. I try to keep my mouth closed, but the water pressure pushes the air out more and more. Will I pass out? In the distance, the light is dim. To rise to the surface in time might not be possible─I need to breathe right now. Toward ending the pain in my chest, my rambling mind rationalizes taking a deep breath—even knowing it will end my life. In conflict with the irrational thought of ending it, my body won’t let me suck in the water, as it fights to retain the little bit of oxygen left to fuel my brain.
The despair is nearly overwhelming, and my mind considers other ways to battle the feeling. What more could I have done with my life? The pressure becomes more intense, and I’m about to lose it all, and I decide I’ve lived the way I wanted and have no regrets. I close my eyes and hear only the roar of the sea. I’m so tired. Exhausted. Sleep will fix everything, and I want to give in.
About the Author
John’s main interests are reading and writing. He turned to writing as a full-time occupation after an extensive career in business. John writes fictional short stories and novels as well as a blog at http://www.johnwhowell.com. John lives on a barrier island in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of south Texas with his wife and spoiled rescue pets. He can be reached at his e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, Facebook https://www.facebook.com/john.howell.98229241or Twitter at @HowellWave
His first novel, My GRL is available on Amazon and wherever e-books are sold
And here is the blurb to My GRL:
John J. Cannon successful San Francisco lawyer takes a leave of absence from the firm and buys a boat he names My GRL. He is unaware that his newly-purchased boat had already been targeted by a terrorist group. John’s first inkling of a problem is when he wakes up in the hospital where he learns he was found unconscious next to the dead body of the attractive young woman who sold him the boat in the first place. John now stands between the terrorists and the success of their mission.
Thanks so much to John W. Howell for bringing us his new book, thanks to you all for reading, and if you’ve enjoyed it, please like, share, comment, and of course, CLICK!
As you know, on Fridays I bring you new books, and today I have the pleasure of bringing you two new books by two writers who have visited me before and proved very popular. So, I thought I’d bring you their new books all in one go, so you can choose, or pick both. They are quite different, but there’s the beauty…
As you know, I love owls and Viv Drewa loves them too. That’s why they call her The Owl Lady
Midnight Owl (A Joe Leverette Mystery Book 1) by Viv Drewa
When the dismembered body of a young woman is found Detectives Joe Leverette and Philip Marsden are assigned the case. After investigating the Port Huron, Michigan area where the six body parts were found there’s a twist in the case: The murderer goes after each individual who found the parts, one by one.
Leverette becomes interested in one of the women, Carole Sage, a sensitive, but because of the case he’s not able to take it any further. Everyone on the police force sees his infatuation, but Carole does not.
Each of the six witnesses has a dream about the murderer removing the particular body part they found the night. They are startled awake and hear an owl hoot three times. None of them want to reveal their dream to the detectives.
Carole sees the actual murder and each murder as it happens to the witnesses. The police chief, Billingsley, understands her ‘gift’ and sets up a sting to catch him. It fails and they have to regroup to think of something else. Two witnesses are dead and they don’t want a third to die.
This book is for 18+ due to the violence.
Viv Drewa’s page:
Second Chance Heart by Marie Lavender
After a wild storm forces her to take shelter in a small town inn, Dana Nelson thinks that all she has to worry about is a brief stay before she heads back to the city. She gets far more than she bargained for…
The last thing she expects is to run into an old flame, and even worse, the man who broke her heart twelve years ago. She’s sure that the only thing remaining between them is a strong attraction for one another.
She can’t be more wrong…
The more time she spends with Vince Reynolds, the more she begins to believe she can trust him again. But, can she put her faith in the one man who captivates her, body and soul, or are some wounds too deep to heal?
Amazon Universal link: http://bookgoodies.com/a/B01593TDO6
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/second-chance-heart-marie-lavender/1122651302
And if you want to connect with Marie, here go some links:
Thanks so much to Viv Drewa and Marie Lavender, not only for their books but for their kindness to other writers and readers, thanks to you all for reading, and if you’ve enjoyed it, like, share, comment and CLICK!
Today it’s Friday and time to share a new book. As you know I am always eager to bring you back the work of authors who’ve already visited us, as it’s always a great encouragement to see people dedicated to honing their skills and I can’t wait to see what new stories they bring us.
Billy Ray Chitwood is coming back today (and I know there are quite a few of his books I haven’t brought you yet) with his new book. As a visitor of his blog, I know that many of his stories have more than a grain of truth in them, but I’ve been fascinated by the story of this book, Stranger Abduction, that in itself deserves a book.
The author had written the story (based on a case he was familiar with), years back, and it was, he thought, stored with some of his papers. When he went to retrieve it, he could not find it. But still, as we writers know, there are stories that insist and nag at us to be told, and there’s no peace until they are on paper (or on a computer file), so, here it is. You can read more about the story of the creation of the book, here.
It is a sunny Sunday in May, 1993. After church, a mother and her lovely fourteen-year old daughter walk three miles to a country store for cigarettes and ice cream. It is a walk members of the family often take in this rural Sulphur Springs Valley area of southeastern Arizona near the Mexican border.
The mother and daughter arrive at the store in a jovial mood, trading pleasantries with customers and the owners… The daughter timidly flirts with a boy from her school. The daughter and mother leave the store in a silly mood, finger painting ice cream on their faces.
They never make it home…
The deputy sheriff of the county believe there has been a ‘stranger abduction’.
There are lots of action, interesting characters, and romance to go with this fictional account of an incident inspired by true events…events that brought tragedy to a shaken family.
You can find the book here in Kindle version: goo.gl/Xu7mLC
And here in paperback: goo.gl/ITw3o3
And if you want to connect with Billy Ray Chitwood (I recommend it), here are a few links:
Thanks so much to Billy Ray Chitwood for his new book and its story, thanks to all of you for reading, and if you’ve enjoyed it, please remember to like, share, comment and CLICK!
It’s Friday and day for new books. And today it’s time to get scared, really scared.
I met Patrick Jones and family (they are great supporters of his writing) on Twitter and I’ve been following his career ever since. He blogs about writing, shares fascinating videos of his garden, and is generous sharing other writers’ work.
Pat Jones was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. His special interests include the science of paleoanthropology and archaeology. Woodworking is one of his favorite hobbies, with special emphasis on the unique grains and textures of various species of trees. He and his wife, Sandy, thrive on designing and creating a flower garden of perennials, second to none! Constantly evolving, the garden began as a way that he could surprise his wife on her birthday. The rest is history! The garden now spans one forth of an acre!
When their children graduated from school, the couple relocated to rural Missouri where they now reside with their four dogs. The love of the area, in combination with the uniqueness of the people, provided the impedance for “The Wolf’s Moon”.
A new story that takes place in the same universe as Wolf’s Moon (Patrick was kind enough to clarify it isn’t a sequel but an independent story) is already with us, and I couldn’t resist bringing it to you, as it has received a great deal of attention.
Here, The River
“The River by Patrick Jones will keep you reading, on the edge of your seat AND out of the water…”
Chris Graham The Story Reading Ape
Amazon UK /Goodreads UK Reviewer)
In rural Missouri, Crawford County has had more than its share of wildlife problems. Not even a year earlier the woods were home to a vicious killer brought back from extinction.
In the novel, The Wolf’s Moon, Mark Lansdowne and his pal, Warren Skruggs, sent them back…but at a cost. Now something is haunting the rivers in Crawford County.
The Missouri State Water Patrol must solve the deaths of several residents who died in The River but can they stop this menace before more people are killed?
And I have to share the video. Do you dare to watch it? You’ve been warned!
I leave you links to some posts about the book, so you can learn even more about it:
And the link to an interview with the author that is unmissable:
Thanks to Patrick Jones, for scaring us all, thanks to you for reading and you know what to do, like, share, comment, and CLICK (if you dare!) !