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Hi all:

I’m now back in the UK and trying to get back into the swing of things after being away from the internet for a while (it’s like riding a bicycle, you don’t forget it but you get aches and pains), and while I prepare a few more posts about my experiences these holidays, I thought I’d share some of the reviews I wrote about the books I read while away. I have plenty to choose from, but I chose to talk about Conditions today, not only because I’ve enjoyed Christoph Fischer’s writing in the past, and he is always hard at work promoting other writers, but because I saw that his new book, Conditioned, the continuation of the adventures of those characters will be published next month and is already available in pre-order. So, what better?

Conditions by Christoph Fischer

Conditions by Christoph Fischer

Conditions by Christoph Fischer

When Charles and Tony’s mother dies the estranged brothers must struggle to pick up the pieces, particularly so given that one of them is mentally challenged and the other bitter about his place within the family.

The conflict is drawn out over materialistic issues, but there are other underlying problems which go to the heart of what it means to be part of a family which, in one way or another. has cast one aside.

Prejudice, misconceptions and the human condition in all forms feature in this contemporary drama revolving around a group of people who attend the subsequent funeral at the British South Coast.

Meet flamboyant gardener Charles, loner Simon, selfless psychic Elaine, narcissistic body-builder Edgar, Martha and her version of unconditional love and many others as they try to deal with the event and its aftermath.

Link:

http://www.amazon.com/Conditions-Series-Book-1-ebook/dp/B00NZ1VTBU/

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Conditions-Series-Book-1-ebook/dp/B00NZ1VTBU/

 

Here is my review:

I’m a psychiatrist, and what is normal and how we define normality are questions that the more one works in the field, the more one wonders about. Absence of a diagnosable mental illness is not the same as what society might think as “normal behaviour”. And each individual’s opinion on the matter is even more varied. Culture shock, for instance, results from differences in what is accepted behaviour in countries far apart (although not necessarily as far as we might think). Being transplanted into a culture or a situation brand new for us might make us question if our version of normal is the correct one. Even what might be normal for our neighbours we might consider utterly bizarre.

The author of this novel explores the reactions to a character, Charles, who has a psychiatric condition (a mental disorder unspecified in the book), by a number of people, including relatives (his brother and sister-in-law), close friends and acquaintances, complete strangers and previous employers. Charles’s diagnosis is left intentionally vague (we can speculate, based on the description of his behaviours, but that is not the point of the story. Charles’s behaviour is peculiar and bizarre at times, but he does not appear to be a danger to others and most of the time remains capable of making his own decisions and explaining himself, although not always) probably to avoid the temptation of turning the book into an apologia or a treatise to defend the sufferers of a particular illness or disorder. It is not about one set of symptoms or even one character, but it reflects back to us some of the standard reactions to people who might be affected by such a disorder. Are they really unable to do a day’s work, or is it all an excuse? Are they telling the truth or are they making up stories to get attention? Why should they be treated differently and given special privileges when they aren’t pulling their weight? Are they just exploiting the system? Should they just be locked up?

The novel is written in the third person, at times by an omniscient narrator that shares the internal thoughts of some of the many characters, at times the third person narrator simply shares what is happening, without taking any specific point of view, but rather that of an objective observer. That contrast allows us to get a better understanding of the psychological make-up and reasons behind some of the characters’ reactions, and we can compare those reactions to the facts.

Although we never get to see things from Charles’s perspective, we hear the stories of his friends (some closer than other) who are gathered, at the beginning of the book, to help him and accompany him on the occasion of his mother’s funeral. There are a number of works of fiction where a funeral brings people together to discuss the deceased, and in the process discover the true selves of those in attendance, although here, there is less discussion of Rose, the mother, and more of Charles. And also of the rest of the guests. We get to learn about them, their relationships (or lack of them), their sexuality, their weaknesses, their beliefs and interests, mostly through their conversations. All the characters have interesting backgrounds, lives and stories, and we become as curious about them as they are about each other. And we want to learn more. There is plenty of dialogue and not much description or narration. It struck me that this book would make a great play with many juicy parts for talented actors and actresses.

When we get to know both his friends and those who aren’t that close to Charles, we come to understand that all of them (and by extension, also us) have their own conditions, and we shouldn’t be so quick to judge. Even the most enlightened of us can have prejudices and misjudge others if we are not open and  refuse to take them on their own terms.

Conditions has a fascinating array of characters and is a book that will make all readers think. I believe there is or will be a second part that will follow some of the characters’ stories. I’m looking forward to it. This is the second book I’ve read by this writer and I’m happy that he has so many books available and of varied styles and genres. I’ll keep reading him, enjoying his stories and watching his career.

And now, here is a link to the cover reveal of Conditioned where you can get more information from the horse’s mouth:

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https://writerchristophfischer.wordpress.com/2015/09/16/cover-reveal-conditioned/

CONDITIONED dives back into the world of gardener Charles, his friends and the state of his mental health – one year on. We meet loner Simon and his battle with the outside world, co-dependent Martha and her abusive husband Clive, neurotic poet Catherine on the verge of getting married, Tony, who finds his strange brother Charles a challenge, psychic Elaine looking for a new direction in life and quirky widow Sarah Roseberg who has a go at sorting out all of their problems.

CONDITIONS aimed to sensitise readers and make them think about tolerance and acceptance. CONDITIONED wants readers to look beyond their attitude towards Conditions and examine what we all do and what we can do to overcome our challenges. The sequel is another snapshot of this circle of friends. Some will have improved their lives, others will not.

I can’t wait!

Thanks to Christoph for your book, thanks to you all for reading, and if you’ve enjoyed it, you know what to do, like, share, comment and CLICK! And I’ll keep you updated!

Hi all:

Friday is the day for new books and guest authors. I always love to have authors who have already featured in my blog come back with new offerings. It warms my heart to see that, however hard the task, we’re all committed to writing and creating new worlds.

Today is one of these occasions, as Nicholas Rossis, a fantastic author and a generous blogger, is back with his new book. Just in case you missed my previous post about his books, here it is.

Author Nicholas Rossis

Author Nicholas Rossis

And he brings us a treat for those of you who enjoy short and speculative fiction.

Infinite Waters by Nicholas Rossis

Infinite Waters by Nicholas Rossis

Infinite Waters: 9+1 Speculative Fiction Short Stories by Nicholas C. Rossis

Ten speculative fiction short stories and flash fiction, written by the award-winning author of Pearseus and Runaway Smile.

Although they seem to be concerned with various themes, there are certain passions that run through them.  What is the nature of reality; digital and corporeal?  Is there more to the world than we can see?  How far can we trust our senses?

The anthology includes the following stories:

  • Infinite Waters“: A woman seeks her future at a carnival. She discovers more than she expected.
  • The Things We Do for Lust“: Beware of time travelers bearing gifts.
  • James’ Life“: A man with nothing to look forward to but oblivion, discovers it’s not that easy to escape his life.
  • Two’s a Crowd“: Blood runs thicker than water. Especially when you spill it.
  • What’s in a Name?“: A trip to the tropics has an unexpected ending.
  • The Lucky Bastard“: How far will the luckiest man alive go to escape his luck?
  • A Twist of the Tail“: A confused woman meanders through a sleepy town. But not all is as it seems.
  • Is There a Doctor in the House?“: A high school student just loves to experiment.
  • Sex and Dinner“: A timeless combination. Or is it?
  • Would You Like Flies With That?“: Nothing’s scarier than a supermarket.
  • The Hand of God“: Nothing has prepared a grizzly veteran for this meeting *.
    (* first published in The Power of Six)

Humorous and poignant, these short stories are exciting, intriguing and imaginative.

Editorial Reviews

Review

“I found myself looking forward to coming home so I could dig into the next story. Each story pulls you in to its unique little universe and takes you on a ride where the tracks are hidden, and you can’t see the corners up ahead.”

“…the author really pulled out a ‘Twilight Zone’ type of vibe.”

“Well-written, fast-paced, clever and thought-provoking.”

About the Author

Nicholas Rossis lives to write and does so from his cottage on the edge of a magical forest in Athens, Greece. When not composing epic fantasies or short sci-fi stories, he chats with fans and colleagues, writes blog posts, walks his dog, and enjoys the antics of two silly cats, one of whom claims his lap as home. His children’s book, Runaway Smile, earned a finalist slot in the 2015 International Book Awards.

What readers are saying about Nick’s fantasies:

“Most avid readers still have books from their childhood which they read over and over again. ‘Runaway Smile’ has joined the list.”

“From the very first sentence I realized I was not reading a book, I was going on an adventure.”

For more on Nick or just to chat, visit him on:

Just in case you need more convincing, I’ve chosen one of the many fabulous reviews the book already has. It is a five star review.

By Nat Russo on July 9, 2015

Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. Nicholas Rossis is a master of the craft. Each of these short stories is handcrafted with the utmost attention to every facet of good story telling. But more, Nicholas finds a way to wrap the collection in a “meta” story. It was a brilliant way of grouping together a set of seemingly unrelated short stories. I read each of these over the course of a couple of days, and I found myself looking forward to coming home so I could dig into the next story.

In short fiction, you don’t have a lot of room for error. Every sentence, every word should have to fight for its existence, and Nicholas handles this expertly. Each story pulls you in to its unique little universe and takes you on a ride where the tracks are hidden, and you can’t see the corners up ahead.

If you want to experience what good short fiction is like, grab a copy of Infinite Waters.

And before I forget, links to the book:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B010MRBJ3W/

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B010MRBJ3W/

Ah, and best of all, Infinite Waters is FREE from the 17th to the 21st of September and on the same dates The Power of Six is only $0.99. Now, what excuse do you have to not CLICK?

Thanks so much to Nicholas for his new book, thanks to all of you for reading, and you know, like, share, comment and CLICK!

Hi all:

Today is Friday and after some time away (more on that next week, hopefully!) I’m going back to sharing new books. An author I’ve met through social networking sites, Janice Spina, has published book two in her middle-grade children’s series Davey & Derek Junior Detectives and I thought this was a great opportunity to get to know a bit more about her and about this series.

First, a bit about Janice:

Author Janice Spine

Author Janice Spina

Janice Spina is an award-winning author with nine children’s books, Louey the Lazy Elephant, Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon, Jerry the Crabby Crayfish, Lamby the Lonely Lamb, Jesse the Precocious Polar Bear, Broose the Moose on the Loose, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, Book 1 and 2, Sebastian Meets Marvin the Monkey, copy editor and writer of novels and poetry. Hunting Mariah is her first novel to be published under J.E. Spina.

She is working on two more children’s books, a middle grade series, book 2, and editing two more novels for publication. Janice will eventually publish these books over the next year or two.

Her logo is Jemsbooks – books for all ages! Her motto is – Reading Gives You Wings to Fly!

Janice can be followed on her blog: http://jemsbooks.com

Website: http://jemsbooks.wordpress.com
and on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Google+ and Goodreads.

If you want to be kept up-to-date, here is her Amazon Author Page:

http://www.amazon.com/Janice-Spina/e/B00HNET4HG/

And remember that if you click on FOLLOW, Amazon will keep you updated on any new books Janice publishes.

And now, her new book:

Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series Book 2: The Case of the Mysterious Black Cat by Janice Spina

Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series Book 2: The Case of the Mysterious Black Cat by Janice Spina

Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series Book 2: The Case of the Mysterious Black Cat

Davey and Derek Donato are twins but not identical. They gleaned the idea to be detectives from a book their parents bought them on their tenth birthday. The twins discover a black cat and some magic when they visit with their Great Aunt Gigi. The cat tries to communicate with the boys. But what does the cat want to tell them?

Here are the links:

Create Space,

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.ca

Amazon.au

Amazon.de

Amazon.fr

If you want to check a post by the author with more information about her new book, check here.

And, as this is book 2 in the series, I had to share some information about the first book too.

Davey & Derek Junior Detectives: The Case of the Missing Cell Phone by Janice Spina

Davey & Derek Junior Detectives: The Case of the Missing Cell Phone by Janice Spina

Davey & Derek Junior Detectives: The Case of the Missing Cell Phone

Davey & Derek Junior Detectives is Book One of a series of mysteries and adventures. Davey and Derek Donato are twins who love to play detective. Find out what they do to solve the case of the missing cell phone.

Review

“Davey & Derek Junior Detectives: The Case of the Missing Cell Phone” is a wonderfully written mystery book with interesting twists that will leave you wanting to know what happens next. Love the main protagonists, Davey and Derek, the twin brothers who are as different as day and night. I’m sure kids their age can relate with them and have fun solving the mystery together along them and their friend Mickey aka “CAT”. Great for young readers who love a good mystery!

The versatile award-winning children’s books author and novelist, Janice Spina, had delivered once again: This time, a lovely detective story for middle-grade kids. The protagonists in “Davey & Derek Junior Detectives: The Case of the Missing Cell Phone” are twin boys that are easy to relate to, each with a unique personality that is sure to resonate with kids their age. The twisting plot in “Davey & Derek Junior Detectives” is captivating and enjoyable. Perfect for young readers!

From the Author

Davey & Derek Junior Detectives is book 1 of a series of adventures and mysteries for middle-grade children ages 9-12, Grades 4-7.

Children’s books by Jemsbooks carry underlying themes with life lessons to help children learn to be kind, caring and accepting of others. In this middle-grade book the theme is about bullying and family relationships and how to behave in different circumstances. I hope children will learn the importance of being kind to others and that friendship matters.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00X4RDMWO/

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00X4RDMWO/

Thanks so much to Janice for bringing us her new book, thanks to all of you for reading, and you know what to do (if you haven’t forgotten!), like, share, comment, and CLICK!

Hi all:

No, I wasn’t joking. I’m definitely not going to be around much for the next few weeks. But hopefully I should be able to be around to reply to comments to my blog today (although I’ll be in Barcelona).

I normally don’t share two posts on the same day, at least not in English, but recently I met Nicolette Andrews and when she told me she was publishing her book on the 14th of August, I thought I should share it with you, even if it is a week early. And as it’s available for pre-order, there’s no risk you might forget.

Nicolette sent me some information about the book, the cover, that is beautiful, and a few snippets…

Here they come.

Kitsune. A Little Mermaid Retelling

Kitsune. A Little Mermaid. A Retelling by Nicolette Andrews

Kitsune. A Little Mermaid Retelling by Nicolette Andrews

Short description:  A Kitsune turned human must make a human fall in love with her in less than a month or be turned into a fox.

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Summary:

Rin is a Kitsune, or at least she was until a witch’s spell turned her human. To regain her powers, Rin must make the lord’s son fall in love with her before the next full moon.  She thought it would be easy, her kind have been seducing humans for centuries. But Hikaru is different. He’s handsome, intelligent and kind –the opposite of everything she’s assumed about humans. The plan is to seduce him and get back her powers, there’s no room for love.

Hikaru never believed in the Yokai. In fact, he thought it foolish to believe in monsters. A lifetime of skepticism has guarded him from truths too painful to accept. And Rin’s mysterious arrival in his life challenges all his long held beliefs. She has bewitched him. Though he is drawn to her, he has to keep his distance. His father’s treaty depends on his marriage to another and even an innocence dalliance could ruin everything.

While they try to deny their attraction, they are drawn together as if by fate’s design. Falling in love is dangerous. Not only are they from different worlds, but their time together can only end in heartache. To break the spell Rin must betray Hikaru or be turned into a fox.  But if they’re willing to risk it all, they may find a love to last lifetimes.

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About the Author:

Nicolette Andrews is a romantic fantasy author who lives in San Diego CA. She’s been trapped inside magical world, heavily influenced by Southern California, for most of her life. She doesn’t likes to take life too seriously (or herself for that matter). Her favorite creative medium is writing, whether it is on paper, or on a computer but on occasion, she likes to pretend she can draw or even may attempt homemade gifts, with varied results. She enjoys cooking, baking and generally working with her hands. She spends most of her free time with her family: two daughters and a wonderful husband plus a few cats and a dog. You can connect with her via her website, Facebook or even Twitter.

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Social Media links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nicolette-Andrews/466873950016197

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Nicandfantasy

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/Nicandfantasy/

Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/Nicolette-Andrews/e/B00BS3MBXC/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

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Preorder Links: 

Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B010W97G00?%2AVersion%2A=1&%2Aentries%2A=0

Kobo:

https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/kitsune-6

Itunes:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1016230876

Barnes and Noble:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/kitsune-nicolette-andrews/1122253346?ean=2940152137385

Google Play:

https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Nicolette_Andrews_Kitsune?id=DdAYCgAAQBAJ&hl=en

Thanks so much to Nicolette for bringing us her new novel, thanks to you all for reading, and you know what to do, like, share, comment and of course, CLICK! See you soon! I leave you a few reviews so you don’t get bored. 🙂

Hi all:

As you know, on Friday I usually bring you new books and/or guest authors. It’s always with great pleasure that I can bring you new books by authors who have already visited my blog (as that proves that writing is alive and well). Today, Marie Lavender, who is not only a great writer but also an staunch supporter of other writers, has a cover reveal for her new book ‘A Little Magick’ and I’m very happy to be able to bring it to you.

A Little Magick teaser

First, a little bit about Marie:

Author Marie Lavender

Author Marie Lavender

Bestselling author of UPON YOUR RETURN and 20 other books. Poetry winner of the 2015 PnPAuthors Contest. Honorable Mention in the 2014 BTS Red Carpet Book Awards. Finalist and Runner-up in the 2014 MARSocial’s Author of the Year Competition. Honorable mention in the January 2014 Reader’s Choice Award. Liebster Blogger Award for 2013 and 2014. Top 50 Authors on AuthorsDB.com. Winner of the Great One Liners Contest on the Directory of Published Authors.

Marie Lavender lives in the Midwest with her family and three cats. She has been writing for over twenty years. She has more works in progress than she can count on two hands. She is a multi-genre author. Since 2010, Marie has published twenty-one books in the genres of historical romance, contemporary romance, romantic suspense, paranormal romance, fantasy, mystery/thriller, literary fiction and poetry. Her current series are The Heiresses in Love Series, The Magick Series and The Blood at First Sight Series. Feel free to visit her website at http://marielavender.com/ for further information about her books and her life. Marie is also on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn.

A list of her books and pen names are as follows:

Marie Lavender: Upon Your ReturnMagick & MoonlightUpon Your HonorSecond Nature; “Lovers Like Us” (from the book anthology, Poets & Writers in Action); A Little Magick

Erica Sutherhome: Hard to GetMemoriesA Hint of ScandalWithout YouStrange HeatTerror in the NightHaunted;PursuitPerfect GameA Touch of DawnRansomLeather and Lace

Kathryn Layne: A Misplaced Life

Heather Crouse: Express Café and Other RamblingsRamblings, Musings and Other ThingsSoulful Ramblings and Other Worldly Things

Author Links
http://marielavender.com/
http://iloveromanceblog.wordpress.com/
http://marielavenderbooks.blogspot.com/
http://marielavender.blogspot.com/
https://www.facebook.com/marie.lavender.58
https://www.facebook.com/MarieAnnLavender
https://twitter.com/marielavender1
https://plus.google.com/u/0/+MarieLavender/posts
http://www.linkedin.com/pub/marie-lavender/27/187/10a
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6938764.Marie_Lavender
http://authorsdb.com/authors-directory/1578-marie-lavender
http://www.pw.org/content/marie_lavender
http://manicreaders.com/marielavender/
http://amazon.com/author/marielavender
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJu8HjRVYCFOqcIoX6ZxdqQ/videos

Here, the cover:

A Little Magick by Marie Lavender

A Little Magick by Marie Lavender

Little Rosie goes to stay with her uncle. There she meets some new friends…and some enemies. She doesn’t know that her emotions will trigger something unusual. So far from home, suddenly Rosie has become a full witch like her mother. For a time, it is great fun to use her powers the way she wants, but can Rosie figure out how to use these newfound powers for good or will she be lost to the dark side forever?
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Here, the pre-order links:

Amazon:  http://bookgoodies.com/a/B00YJSGE40

Smashwords:  https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/547154

Barnes & Noble:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-little-magick-marie-lavender/1122044476

Kobo:  https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/a-little-magick-magick-series-book-2

Little girl excerpt

Ah, and the Goodreads link:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25652268-a-little-magick

And don’t forget to check the video: 

Thanks so much to Marie for bringing us the cover reveal for her new book, thanks to all of you for reading and you know what to do, like, share, comment and CLICK!

 

Hi all:

Today I bring you an author who has visited us many times because he’s not only prolific but he never fails to bring us something new and interesting.

Author Christoph Fischer

Author Christoph Fischer

Christoph Fischer (here his Amazon page ) this time brings us a story of innocence, glamour, gambling, love and friendship. The question is, when money changes our life completely, how do we know what’s true?

The Gamblers by Christoph Fischer

The Gamblers by Christoph Fischer

The Gamblers

Ben is an insecure accountant obsessed with statistics, gambling and beating the odds. When he wins sixty-four million in the lottery he finds himself challenged by the possibilities that his new wealth brings.

He soon falls under the influence of charismatic Russian gambler Mirco, whom he meets on a holiday in New York. He also falls in love with a stewardess, Wendy, but now that Ben’s rich he finds it hard to trust anyone. As both relationships become more dubious, Ben needs to make some difficult decisions and figure out who’s really his friend and who’s just in it for the money.

http://www.amazon.com/Gamblers-Christoph-Fischer-ebook/dp/B00XOQRGAO/

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Gamblers-Christoph-Fischer-ebook/dp/B00XOQRGAO/

All the reviews are fabulous so I didn’t want to single out, just go and check them yourselves.

And, Christoph is taking part in an anthology in aid of MacMillan Cancer Care, that is in pre-order and will be published tomorrow, so I couldn’t help but share it with you. It’s an incredible opportunity to sample the work of some fabulous writers and to contribute to a worthy cause.

You Are Not Alone anthology

You Are Not Alone anthology

An international group of indie authors, inspired by the personal grief of one, decided to collaborate in the spring of 2015 in a project to create this multi-genre smorgasbord of original short stories, all with the same potent theme – relationships. Some are heartfelt, some funny, some poignant, and some are just a little bit scary – much like relationships themselves. All are by authors fired by the shared enthusiasm to give something back in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. Cancer touches us all. It has in some way affected those who have contributed their time and talent here. This is our way of showing that we care.

Indie authors carry forward a revolutionary shift in publishing, which allows the author to be creative director in their own work. There are many exceptional, experienced and acclaimed writers who have decided to take this bold step in publishing. In producing this anthology we have also had the inestimable assistance on board of artists, graphic designers, and bloggers – all of whom have a place in our acknowledgments. You, the discerning reader, are the other vital part of this equation. By buying this book you are supporting the work of indie authors, as well as discovering their worth. You are also supporting the charity to which we have chosen to dedicate our work.

100% of the royalties earned or accrued in the purchase of this book, in all formats, will go to the Pamela Winton tribute fund, which is in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

Contributors:

Lesley Hayes – A Year Afterwards
BL Pride – Closure (Somewhere Over France)
Anthony Randall – Colin And Sandy
Ian D. Moore – One Of Those Days
Mike Billington – Dolphins Dance
D. Avraham – A Special Evening
Sallyann Phillips – At The Hands Of The Healer
Kayla Howarth – Dad
Christoph Fischer – Forever Yours
Phyllis Edgerly Ring – Fruits
Felipe Adan Lerma – The Yoga Bowl
Sylva Fae – Lilies For The Mantel
Andy Updegrove – Gabriel And The Minister Bird
Penny Luker – Inside Out
Katerina Sestakova Novotna – Witch’s Mark
Lisa Shambrook – Love’s Silent Ache
Tom Benson – Goals
Katharine E. Hamilton – If The Shoe Fits
Lucinda E. Clarke – The Birth
Barbara Doran – Lotta Blum
Angela Lockwood – Never Too Old
Rebecca Bryn – Ooh Air Margrit
Max Power – Babes
Paul Ruddock – Last Goodbyes…
S.K. Holmesley – A Stitch In Time
Eric Lahti – Day Late, Dollar Short
S.E. Meyer – Love In An Elevator
Nico Laser – No Longer Broken

Links:

Amazon for per-order via these links:

http://smarturl.it/YoureNotAloneAnth

http://bookshow.me/B00Y5RCOOE

You’ll find the Facebook page here:

https://www.facebook.com/yourenotalone2015

And here is the fund, in loving memory of Pamela Mary Winton

https://macmillan.tributefunds.com/pamela-mary-winto

Christoph has been publishing a number of interviews with authors in the anthology, so go and visit!

https://writerchristophfischer.wordpress.com/

Thanks to Christoph, for his book, and for the anthology, thanks to you all for reading, and if you’ve enjoyed it, like, share, comment and CLICK!

 

Hi all:

As you know on Friday I bring you new books and authors. J.P. McLean has already been my guest before and her series (initially a trilogy, but these things have a way of growing…) The Gift has featured with pride of place before. I knew that the next novel was nearly ready, and the author has been so kind as to send us her reflections about her writing and where she is now. And here, the floor is yours, J. P.:

Author J.P.Mclean

Author J.P.McLean

Thank you, Olga for once again hosting me on your Friday guest author feature. It’s great to be back.

I’m at an interesting crossroads. Having recently released Penance, the fourth book in the contemporary fantasy series, The Gift Legacy, I’m now ready to start a new project. The decision is whether to take the road that leads to the next book in the series, or take the road not yet travelled, and write a brand new story instead.

On the familiar road, a small but devoted group of readers, who love The Gift Legacy, cheer me on (a writer’s dream!). I know the terrain and the characters and just how to tamper with their brakes to heighten the excitement.

There are no street lamps on the second road and no map. The characters taunt me with their thumbs out, but do I dare pick them up? Will we get along in the tight confines of the car?

What if there’s a curve so sharp we crash?

Hmm. Decisions, decisions. If you have thoughts on the matter, I’d love to hear them.

You can reach me through my blog, on Twitter (@jpmclean1) or on Facebook. And if you’d curious about The Gift Legacy, you can read excerpts and learn more about it on my website.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Thanks so much J.P.!

And here, I had to tell  you a bit more about Penance

The Gift Legacy Book 4. Penance by J.P. McLean

The Gift Legacy Book 4. Penance by J.P. McLean

When Emelynn Taylor chooses a man’s life over a secret, she draws the attention of the wrong people. International Covert Operations wields the secret like a weapon to coerce the Tribunal Novem’s cooperation. And all ICO wants in exchange for protecting the secret is Emelynn’s services.

With a new job, a new handler and no choice, Emelynn goes undercover to unravel a dangerous drug ring. She soon finds herself in a deadly game of cat and mouse in which she breaks all the rules: the same rules that got her into trouble in the first place.

Here the links in Amazon, although you can check J.P.’s website for more links and information:

http://www.amazon.com/Gift-Penance-Legacy-Book-ebook/dp/B00VYWHM40/

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Gift-Penance-Legacy-Book-ebook/dp/B00VYWHM40/

Thanks so much to J.P. McLean for her book and her reflections (I hope you’ll give her some suggestions), thanks to you all for reading, and you know, like, share, comment and CLICK!

Ah, and as you know, I do reviews for BTS e-Magazine and just in case you want to have a look at the new number, here it is (there are a couple of mine):
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Normally on Tuesdays I bring you one of my posts, but due to scheduling issues (there are a few of us publishing novels this month), I’ve decided to swap things around for a couple of weeks to make sure everything works out smoothly. Today, I bring you a new author, Hayden D. Linder and his first novel The Hand of Death. And here he is.

Hi everyone,

I would like to begin by thanking Olga for allowing me to post on her site as a part of my blog tour for my debut novel “The Hand of Death.” She has been a true pleasure to work with.

Hayden Linder and his gorgeous children

Hayden D. Linder and children: From left to right: Vivian, Hayden, Felix, Lee and my eldest, Chuy.

 

I love my children but do not let their angelic faces fool you. They just do that for the camera. They are four of the meanest little monsters to walk the great state of Texas. But they – are – adorable! My lovely wife, Ruby, took the picture and it is one of my favorites. Anyway, who am I? I am a 40 something father who works a weekend night shift so that my free time means I get to watch my children instead of some stranger doing it while my wife is at work. I read, mostly the classics but I have had my fair share of Fantasy and Sci-Fi. OK, I used to read romance novels as well, but I’m not proud of it! And I haven’t touched em in years.

I have not been writing for long; I spent most of my childhood dreaming, which as it turns out has provided me with a ton of fuel to use in my stories. So take that Sister Elizabeth! My daydreaming DID pay off after all!

Ten years ago I sat down and decided to write this book. It started out fine but I lost hope due to a lack of confidence. After eight years of sitting on the story my wife managed to convince me to start it up again. And the last year and half have been glorious! I have enjoyed ALL of it. Even the editing that seems to be the worst part for most writers was fun for me. I do have to give credit to my editor, Tasha Vice, for most of that as she is a wonderful person to work with.

Once we had the cover art and internal art nuances added to the book I posted it on Amazon and have been enjoying? Is that the right word? I think it is actually. I have been enjoying the process of advertising myself and my book ever since.

In my book you follow the life of Shotoku Hiro as he grows from a child playing with his friends to a young man being groomed for a very despicable job. Hiro lives in the land of Giapan where samurai and wizards fight for and against the great Houses who serve the Emperor of Giapan. Hiro’s place in this struggle is to become a ninja and hide in the shadows while ensuring victory for his House, the Koga House, through deceit, deception and outright murder. You follow along as Hiro struggles to keep his humanity, protect his friends and honor his family. All of this with a large helping of sarcasm.

The Hand of Death by Hayden Linder

The Hand of Death by Hayden Linder

You can find the book for sale as well as a sneak peek on its Amazon page here:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00VC1408Y/

From the book:

The Emperor was so interested in what was found after the battle that he was actually

coming to visit. My lord ordered me, as much as he could, to go home.

“You cannot stay, Hiro.”

“But I have never seen the man.”

“And that will change soon enough.”

“I am not sure I like the sound of that but back to the point, why can I not stay?”

“…The Iga are his personal shinobi. They have heard of you. It would make them… uncomfortable if they knew you were here.”

I nodded. “So your concern is just that I could be a distraction.”

“Yes. This is a very important visit for our friends. I do not want to ruin it for them because some snot nosed Iga  could not focus.”

“…But you get to stay?’

“Well yeah!” He laughed.

To contact me:

http://bit.ly/1HOTn6m

Thank you much

Thanks so much to Hayden for bringing us his debut novel. I know he’s very eager to get feedback and looking to share snippets of his next book and possibly of his current book, so don’t forget to check all the ways you can contact him. Thank you very much for reading, and although next Tuesday we have another blog tour, we’ll soon be back to normal (hopefully!), and  you know… share, comment, like and CLICK!

Hi all:

I’ve known Hunter S Jones for quite  a while. She’s one of the authors who belongs to ASMSG and I met her very early on my journey into indie publishing. I read one of her novels at the time and was thoroughly impressed, by her imagination, her mastery of language and her beautifully rendered historical details. I have a few of her novels in my TBR list, that I keep looking longingly at but so far haven’t managed to get through.

But very recently I saw she’s published a novel that has been receiving a lot of attention, and I had to bring it here.

Author Hunter S. Jones

Author Hunter S. Jones

Hunter S. Jones is the author of many award winning books including “September Ends” which won awards for Best Independently Published Novel, based on it’s unique blending of poetry and prose. Her short story “Fortune Calling” received best selling status on Amazon in the Cultural Heritage category and Historical Fiction category. She has been published by H3O Eco mag, LuxeCrush, Chattanooga Times-Free Press, and is now a freelance contributor for the Atlanta Journal Constitution. She has two undergraduate degrees, one in English Literature, the other in History with an emphasis on the English Renaissance and Reformation. Hunter has written “Phoenix Rising”, a historical novel about the final hours of Anne Boleyn’s life. Come on a historical journey through some dark hours…

http://www.amazon.com/Hunter-S.-Jones/e/B009SLNLKS/

And her novel:

Phoenix Rising by Hunter S. Jones

Phoenix Rising by Hunter S. Jones

Phoenix Rising

The last hour of Anne Boleyn’s life…

Court intrigue, revenge and all the secrets of the last hour are revealed as one queen falls and another rises to take her place on destiny’s stage.

A young Anne Boleyn arrives at the court of King Henry VIII. She is to be presented at the Shrovetide pageant, le Château Vert. The young and ambitious Anne has no idea that a chance encounter before the pageant will lead to her capturing the heart of the king. What begins as a distraction becomes his obsession and leads to her destruction.

Love, hate, loyalty and betrayal come together in a single dramatic moment… the execution of a queen. The history of England will be changed for ever.

Reviews

“Compelling, captivating and moving.” 

-Claire Ridgway, The Anne Boleyn Files

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“Historically accurate yet suspenseful – although we know the ending, this page-turner has many surprises.” 

-Dr. Beth Lynne, Editor

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“An interesting look at the events of May 19, 1536 from an unexpected angle!”

-Cyndi Williamson, blogger, QueenAnneBoleyn.com

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Anne Boleyn is unarguably one of history’s most fascinating and controversial women. Temptress, opportunist, witch, adulteress, or martyr? Generations after her death, we’re still intrigued by her rise and fall. In Phoenix Rising, Hunter Jones transforms the legend into flesh and blood. You don’t want to miss this clever and marvelously entertaining account of Anne Boleyn’s last hour.”

-OCMD, Amazon Vine Reviewer

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“Thought provoking, esoteric and heart wrenching.” – 

-R.J.Askew, blogger, reviewer, author and journalist.

And I copy one of the reviews in full:

5.0 out of 5 stars Phoenix Rising! May 19, 2015

By Brenda

Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase

“Surely our love is beyond misunderstandings and whispered innuendo.”

Phoenix Rising by Hunter S. Jones is historical fiction but in the most enjoyable, unique way. I love how the author has fun with her stories and gives her characters such unexpected quirks. She has a way of making what could be a rather dry story into something fresh, contemporary and spellbinding.

This tale contemplates the last hour of Anne Boleyn and the rise of Lady Jane Seymour as predicted by an astrologer to the King of England, Henry VIII.

Phoenix Rising shares more than one viewpoint which makes it even more compelling. I relished in discovering the different opinions, outlooks and of course the gossip. Drama-filled and fast-paced this is an easy escape to an earlier time and an extraordinary place.

Quote ~

A tear tumbles down his left cheek. I look into his eyes and see pain. He must be shocked from the resent events. How can he have his wife executed? The mother of his daughter, Elizabeth? But, mine is to do as I am told. I am not to judge a man with ancient and noble blood. A king deemed as divine by his birth and chosen by the hand of God to lead our nation.”

http://www.amazon.com/Phoenix-Rising-novel-Anne-Boleyn-ebook/dp/B00X806742/

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Phoenix-Rising-novel-Anne-Boleyn-ebook/dp/B00X806742/

Thanks so much Hunter for your new novel, thanks to all of you for reading, and if you know, like, share, comment, and CLICK!

Hi all:

As you know, Fridays is a day I dedicate to guest authors or new books. It’s always a great pleasure for me to bring you new books by authors who’ve graced by blog before, and even more so when I’ve read and shared my opinion of their work before. This is the case with today’s offering.

I read and adored ‘Sewing Can Be Dangerous and Other Small Threads‘ by S. R. Mallery (here you can check my post) and when I saw the author had published another collection of short stories, I could not resist.

Tales to Count On by S.R. Mallery

Tales to Count On by S.R. Mallery

Tales to Count On

Curl up and enter the eclectic world of S. R. Mallery, where sad meets bizarre and deception meets humor; where history meets revenge and magic meets gothic. Whether it’s 500 words or 5,000, these TALES TO COUNT ON, which include a battered women’s shelter, childhood memories, Venetian love, magic photographs, PTDS fallout, sisters’ tricks, WWII spies, the French Revolution, evil vaudevillians, and celebrity woes, will remind you that in the end, nothing is ever what it seems.

http://www.amazon.com/TALES-COUNT-S-R-Mallery-ebook/dp/B00UCBENY6/

http://www.amazon.co.uk/TALES-COUNT-S-R-Mallery-ebook/dp/B00UCBENY6/

The book has great reviews but I could not resist sharing this one:

5.0 out of 5 stars `Word counts’ and other non-sequiturs April 10, 2015

By Grady Harp

Format:Kindle Edition

Los Angeles author S. R. (Sarah) Mallery since her graduation from UCLA has enjoyed a varied career as a professional production artist, editor, ESL teacher, and tutor – but she also has been significantly involved as a classical/pop singer/composer working in clubs and churches while composing for educational filmstrips, having her own calligraphy company, a twenty-year quilting and craft artist and business, and now she devotes her time as an historical fiction writer, writing short stories in particular, as challenging a writing skill as any. She is a member of ASMWG (Authors’ Social Media Support Group) and has been published in both collections of her own works as well as anthologies with other writers published by Scars Publications, Chitra Publications, and House of White Birches. Her current publisher is Mockingbird Lane Press. Having read three of her books, now, likely classifies this reader as a Mallery addict.

Quite cleverly Sarah presents the reader with the Word Count conundrum – whether the length of a story is commensurate with the impact – and then proceeds to offer her wonderfully diverse tales in ascending order – shortest to longest. And to prove her point he first story GOOD ADVICE in a couple of pages relates an in control therapist in a women’s shelter, admired by all for the calm with which she handles her telephone please for help only face a abrupt situation of the terminal category at story’s end. In an equally brief tale – A PHOTOGRAPHIC MEMORY – a visit to a zoo finds a tiger (Rudolfo) inadvertently picking up a discarded cigarette and out of rage having retribution by the discarding smoker. And another -THE KITCHEN – a nightmare of filth faces a maid whose employer has simply stepped out for a trip to the bank – or to her bed, a sanctum from her disengagement with the real world.

The stories grow linger but still corrupt reason in Sarah’s inimitable manner of imaginative tales: GIFTS – `In 1935, Peter was too young to know better. Dim lights, he figured–yes, it was the dim lights, the root of All Evil, that had done him in. Everyone else understood that maneuvering past the row of Stage Right columns, even well lit, wasn’t an easy task for anyone, much less a six-year-old claiming he couldn’t see. Just shy of Stage Left, he would often trip, catching himself on either his mother’s or his father’s arm. It was then that he finally wised up. He learned the inevitability of one of his parents sticking out their right toe to snag him as he went by–one night it might be his father’s, the next, his mother’s. They seemed to take turns. “If only I didn’t have to wear this eye patch,” he muttered from time to time, but his father’s, “Keep it on, Peter! Remember, that’s a big part of the act, kid!” haunted his every move. At first, he would turn to his mother–her theatrical makeup softening like a candle outside on a hot August day–the same mother who always stood helpless as her sweaty, rum-soaked husband returned home night after night, stumbling up their back steps and heading straight for their only child cowering in the farthest corner possible.’

That is the flavor of her alchemy with words. Or as the synopsis phrases it, `Whether it’s 500 words or 5,000, these TALES TO COUNT ON, which include a battered women’s shelter, childhood memories, Venetian love, magic photographs, PTSD fallout, sisters’ tricks, WWII spies, the French Revolution, evil vaudevillians, and celebrity woes, will remind you that in the end, nothing is ever what it seems.’ And not a one of these stories fails to satisfy.

But what the reader takes away from these compelling stories is that Mallery is a brilliant wordsmith – a unique artist who has mastered her medium! Highly Recommended. Grady Harp, April 15

Author S.R. Mallery

Author S.R. Mallery

Here is Sarah’s Amazon page:

http://www.amazon.com/S.-R.-Mallery/e/B00CIUW3W8/

And if you want to check her links in other places:

Website/Blog:  www.srmallery.com

Twitter:  @SarahMallery1

Facebook:  

http://facebook.com/pages/SR-Mallery-Sarah-Mallery/356495387768574

Goodreads:  

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7067421.S_R_Mallery

Pinterest:  http://www.pinterest.com/sarahmallery1/

Thanks so much to Sarah for her new book, thanks to all of you for reading, and you know, like, share, comment and CLICK!

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