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A pig farmer, a hold-out in a community where many farms have been sold to developers who built million dollar houses, and the search for Captain Kidd’s treasure leads to the murder of the pig farmer.

 

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A wealthy woman has a stroke. Her sons put her in a five star nursing home that costs $1000.00 per day. The doctor tells the sons their mother can easily live ten more years. They realize if their mother lives that long their inheritance will be gone. She dies in a tragic accident. Which son or daughter-in-law “arranged” the accident?

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May Spotlight – Read the Darling Books of May

Welcome to the May issue of our Monthly Spotlight

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SO HERE WE GO WITH THIS MONTH’S SPOTLIGHT:

ACTION & ADVENTURE

In the Darkness of Tomorrow by Brian Grant

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‘This is the thrilling story of a young man, Alfie, who has a lust for adventure’

The Collectors Book One by Ron A Sewell

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‘The Collectors discover something that should have remained hidden’

The Collectors Book Two - Full Circle by Ron A Sewell

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‘The Collectors play the game by their rules, but what if they change?’

The Collectors Book Three – Tower Thirty Four by Ron A Sewell

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‘Events and a deadly contest with the Chinese authorities intensify the hunt to its conclusion’

The Collectors Book Four – Diamonds and Sand by Ron A Sewell 

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‘In the heart of the Sahara The Collectors find themselves fighting for survival in the most inhospitable place on earth’

You Can’t Hide Forever by Ron A Sewell

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‘Rob a bank. Escape. Pay off all debts. What can go wrong?’


CHILDREN’S EDUCATIONAL
My Alphabet Garden Tour by Judy Hall-Folde
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‘MY ALPHABET GARDEN TOUR will bring learning the alphabet into your child’s home environment.

Written to meet all learning styles, the book is also designed to make learning easier for children with learning challenges’
CHINESE DRAMA
The Ingenious Judge Dee by Hock G Tjoa
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‘A double homicide, a “reluctant” corpse, a bride poisoned on her wedding night–all taking place in a small county, one of fifteen hundred in Tang dynasty China’

CLASSICS

Agamemnon Must Die by Hock G Tjoa

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‘Killing one’s own mother would break the greatest of ancient taboos and would result in even more voices in his head. Are they just voices? Can they be placated?’

COMING OF AGE

DOG BONE SOUP - A Boomer’s Journey by Bette A Stevens

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DOG BONE SOUP is the poignant tale of a dysfunctional family struggling to survive in America in the 50s and 60s, when others were living The American Dream’

 

CONTEMPORARY FICTION

Beyond Malice by Rebecca Forster

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‘Amanda Cross and her Nora Royce are separated by age and success until a murder charge forces them closer than sisters should be’

Keeping Counsel by Rebecca Forster

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‘New Mexico attorney Tara Linley takes on a new client only to find he is dangerously unstable and growing more psychotic by the day’

Before Her Eyes by Rebecca Forster

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‘In the high mountains of oregon Sheriff Dove Connelly’s world is rocked when a local grocer is executed and he must find not only the killers and a woman running for her life’

The Mentor by Rebecca Forster

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‘Novice federal prosecutor, Lauren Kingsley, is tapped to prosecute a militia bombing only to uncover conspiracy, corruption, and secrets leading right up to the U.S. Supreme Court’

 

CRIME

The Rise of the Fourth Reich by Brian Grant

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 ’The covert British Priminster of Gt Brian attempts to sell to the Russians a supersonic fighter plane in return for political and financial backing to turn Gt Britain into a fascist nation’

Ride On A Snake’s Back by Brian Grant

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‘Two beautifull young women Charlotte and Trinushka become terrifyingly entwined within a Russian Mafia organisation; witnessing casual killings and twisted minds they attempt to escape the clutches of these gangsters’

The Stranger Casts A Long Shadow by Brian Grant

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‘A neglected young boy is adopted into a middle class family which never loses secret contact with his birth father, a career criminal’

The Samaritan by Brian Grant

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‘An eight year old boy, unknown to anybody witnesses the assassination of his beloved father; a scientist studying space travel. The boy carries this mental image for many months until his description to an expolice officer ultimately is the saviour of our England’
  Find The Holy Grail by Brian Grant
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‘It seems to Garth Pilgrim, that his life has reached its end when his wife dies of cancer… her relatives blamed him for her death because of the pressures he threw upon her’

Fatal Decision by Brian Grant

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‘Nothing is what it seems in this tale of love and betrayal, drugs gangs, murder.and police surveillance’

 

DARK FANTASY

Noticing Jamilia by M.K. Theodoratus

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‘Captivating tale of teen drama, magic juju, emotional upheaval and intrigue…well-written with a sharp, lush tone’

The Ghost in the Closet by M.K. Theodoratus

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‘A fresh approach to the classic ghost story, with a touch of urban fantasy’

Taking Vengeance by M.K. Theodoratus

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‘Multi-faceted novel that sucks you in with a fast-paced action and fantasy plot, but keeps you interested with its rich emotion and drama’

Troublesome Neighbors by M.K. Theodoratus

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‘Troublesome Neighbours is one of the best adventures i’ve read in a long time’

 

 

HISTORY/SOCIAL

The Age of the Female 2 – Heroines of the Shift by Richard Andrew King

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‘Inspirational highlights of famous females and their contributions to the world in the 20th Century’ 

HOW TO BOOKS

A Plotting Blueprint: 10 Steps to a Perfect Plot by Charlie Bray

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‘Step by Step it follows how a successful book was written’

BUILD A BOOK: Preparation by Charlie Bray

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‘Preparation, helps you to prepare fully for the journey ahead. Before you even lift your pen or switch on your keyboard, there are essential steps to put in place. Just as you would check everything on your car before embarking on a long journey, adequate preparation is necessary to make sure you’re not setting out on a novel-writing folly’

BUILD A BOOK: Plot by Charlie Bray

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‘Plot will help you turn your story idea into a fully functioning plot-line. It will help you, every step of the way, to fashion a believable narrative, with a balance of action and setting. It will show you how to integrate subplots and create escalating levels of drama. It will help you to introduce your main characters and plan all the problems and solutions along the novel’s journey’

BUILD A BOOK: Synopsis by Charlie Bray

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HUMOUR

A Four Book Laughter Box by Charlie Bray

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Enjoy this hilarious collection of Charlie Bray’s first four comedy books

The Trouble With Celebrity by Charlie Bray

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‘Did you know Charlie Bray had ‘arrested’ one of the Beatles, lost Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, got drunk with Keith Moon and pulled a gun on a Great Train Robber? His new book is out now and tells all!’

 The Village Idiots Ebay Club by Charlie Bray

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‘Quirky people buy quirky things – and Ebay is full of quirky things. DANGER ALERT! What if they can’t stop bidding? What if their lives become quirkier and quirkier as a result? TIME TO JOIN THE EBAY CLUB!’ 

The Village Idiots Cruise Club by Charlie Bray

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‘Laugh out loud at the hilarious fun that can be had on a Mediterranean cruise, Life on the ocean waves ain’t what it used to be’

Open House by Charlie Bray

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‘Aristocrats, Ghosts and Squatters Share a Castle’

 

 JUVENILE FICTION

THE SECRET OF THE SACRED SCARAB by FIONA INGRAM

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‘A thrilling adventure for two young boys, whose fun trip to Egypt turns into a dangerously exciting quest to uncover an ancient and mysterious secret’

Available from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk

THE SEARCH FOR THE STONE OF EXCALIBUR by FIONA INGRAM

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‘Continuing the adventure that began in Egypt a few months prior in The Secret of the Sacred Scarab, cousins Adam and Justin Sinclair are hot on the trail of the second Stone of Power, one of seven ancient stones lost centuries ago’

Available from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk

MARTIAL ARTS

The Black Belt Book of Life – Secrets of a Martial Arts Master by Richard Andrew King

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                               ’Features 40 martial arts principles for a powerful life’

MYSTERY & SUSPENSE

Back to Santa Fe by W.T. Durand

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‘Even in the Land of Enchantment, second chances can get messy’

Dear Crossing by Marjorie Swift Doering

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‘A grisly murder leads Ray Schiller on a case with a rising body count and the potential to derail his personal and professional life’

Shadow Tag by Marjorie Swift Doering

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‘Detective Ray Schiller is out to finish what he started, unless it finishes him first’

 

NUMEROLOGY

Blueprint of a Princess – Diana Frances Spencer, Queen of Hearts by Richard Andrew King

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‘Princess Diana’s fairytale but tragic life revealed through her “numbers!”‘

The Age of the Female – A Thousand Years of YIN by Richard Andrew King

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‘Explains the great Millennia Shift from a Male-dominated age to the Female-dominated world of others, relationships and beyond’

Parenting Wisdom for the 21st Century – Raising Your Children by Their Numbers to Achieve Their Highest Potential by Richard Andrew King

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‘How to raise children to be in touch with their destiny and lead fulfilling lives based on their full name and birth date’

Destinies of the Rich and Famous – The Secret Numbers of Extraordinary Lives by Richard Andrew King

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‘Why Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, Michael Jackson, Oprah Winfrey and eight other world icons are famous’

The King’s Book of Numerology 1 – Foundations & Fundamentals by Richard Andrew King

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Learning the truths of life through numbers beginning with the Basic Matrix – the individual’s personal profile of destiny

The King’s Book of Numerology 2 – Forecasting Part 1 by Richard Andrew King

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Learn the beginning steps of how to forecast your destiny and that of others

The King’s Book of Numerology 3 – Master Numbers by Richard Andrew King

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 Explanation of master numbers and their effect on one’s life and destiny

Your Love Numbers – Discovering the Secrets of Your Life, Loves and Relationships by Richard Andrew King

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Secrets of great relationships and how to create them revealed

PARENTING/FAMILY

Parenting Wisdom – What to Teach the Children by Richard Andrew King

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’33 universal, proven, powerful life principles for raising independent, whole, healthy children’

POETRY

99 Poems of the Spirit by Richard Andrew King

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PETS and ANIMAL RESCUE

CHAMP: MY STORY OF SURVIVAL by FIONA INGRAM

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‘The heart-warming story of an abused dog whose struggle back to life inspired a book and raised an army of supporters’

Available from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk

THE POPPY PROJECT by FIONA INGRAM

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‘The story of how Poppy, Fiji’s most famous dog,  was saved by surgery and went on to become an Ambassadog for Animals Fiji’

Available from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk

 

ROMANTIC SUSPENSE

Dangerous Liaisons by Sarah Stuart

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‘Lizzie, daughter of a wealthy Scottish laird, inherits a Book of Hours passed down the illegitimate female line from a 16th century queen. It carries a Royal Command: find love’

 

Forewarning by Kate Wyland

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‘When criminals looking for her patient invade the serenity of her world, she must use her skills to save all three of their lives’

Wyoming Escape by Kate Wyland

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‘One dead body is frightening enough, but a second one, plus a dirty cop,
sends chef Mikela Richards fleeing for her life’

SCI-FI

Dignity by Eva Caye

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‘A Royal lady scientist is rare enough, but will Lady Felicia give up her career for love?’

Majesty by Eva Caye

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‘How to support your magnificent Empress: set her imagination free, distract her political enemies, and kill the traitors!’

SPIES

The Chinese Spymaster by Hock G Tjoa

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‘Chinese Intelligence uncovers a North Korean trying to sell a nuclear device’

SPIRITUAL

Messages From The Masters – Timeless Truths For Spiritual Seekers by Richard Andrew King

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‘Spiritual Principles include reincarnation, karma, sanctity of the human form, Soul Food and much more’

THRILLER 

Hostile Witness by Rebecca Forster

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‘Sixteen-year-old Hannah Sheraton is charged as an adult for murder but it is attorney Josie Bates who may not survive the system’

Silent Witness by Rebecca Forster

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‘Josie Bate’s lover is charged with the murder of his stepson, a son Josie Bates never knew he had’

Privileged Witness by Rebecca Forster

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‘The past comes back to haunt Josie Bates when a prominent politician says his wife committed suicide but the law says it was murder’

Expert Witness by Rebecca Forster

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‘When Josie Bates disappears, her ex-cop lover finds that more than one person would be happy if she never came back’

Eye Witness by Rebecca Forster

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‘Josie Bates faces the challenge of her career when a foreign, ancient code of justice clashes with modern law

Forgotten Witness by Rebecca Forster

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‘The government’s reach isn’t just long, it’s personal sending Josie Bates from the cold of Washington D.C. to the heat of Hawaii in search of truth’

 

UFOLOGY

The Galactic Transcripts by Richard Andrew King

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’37 communications from members of the Space Brotherhood following one man’s encounter with a UFO in the 1950s’

 

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Today we are delighted to feature Jan Sike’s book, The Convict and the Rose

 

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THE CONVICT AND THE ROSE

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JAN SIKES

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WHAT’S THE BOOK ABOUT?

When Texas veteran musician, Luke Stone, finds himself behind bars with a seventy-five year prison sentence, he is filled with hate, anger and rebelliousness. He’s lost everything that he treasures, including the woman who holds his heart.

How has it come down to this? He’s spent his entire life writing songs and making music, filling dancehalls and bars from Texas to California. But, when he refuses to tell the FBI what he knows about certain bank robberies that he possesses knowledge of, they make sure he pays dearly.

Broken and alone, in a prison of her own, Darlina Flowers struggles to find a way to live without the man she loves so completely.

In an effort to dull the pain of living with only half a heart, Darlina gets involved in drugs, then follows a guru and tries different relationships, but nothing fills the void.

Several years pass before Luke makes up his mind that prison will not break him. He crawls up from the bottom one tiny step at a time, determined to be and do something worthwhile and discovers artistic talents he never realized he had.

The Convict and the Rose inspires hope and shows how anyone can turn a negative dark situation into a positive one. But more importantly, the story portrays a love that goes beyond earthly confines and proves how persistence and faith come with their own sweet reward.

This is a true story.

ALONG WITH EACH BOOK, A MUSIC CD OF ORIGINAL RICK SIKES MUSIC IS RELEASED!

Rick Sikes and the Rhythm Rebels – Early Recordings accompanies Flowers and Stone

Rick Sikes and the Survivors and Jamie Richards – Forty Foot High accompanies The Convict  and the Rose

 

HOW DOES THE BOOK START?

“They locked me in a tiny cell, made my life a miserable hell.”

CHAPTER 1

The stone cold gray walls and unforgiving steps leading to Leavenworth Penitentiary spared no welcome to Luke Stone as he descended from the prison bus.

Iron ankle chains chafed his skin and the heavy handcuffs and belly chain bit into his wrists. He hopped from the bottom step to the ground and cast a wary glance at his destination.

The man ahead of him stumbled and fell to his knees. The guard quickly prodded him with his night stick. “Get up, convict. No lagging behind.”

Luke gritted his teeth and tightened his jaw but remained in line.

The formidable steps grew as he went. Thirty-seven…thirty-eight…The chains gnawed at the skin around his ankles…number forty-two. The massive doors groaned open, ready to swallow his life as he passed through.

Guards escorted the prisoners through a total of six heavy metal doors leading deeper into the belly of the prison. They slammed shut with a deadly ring that echoed off the stone walls.

Jaw set, eyes as hard as the steel that held him captive, Luke shuffled forward.

Armed guards stood with pointed guns, ready to fire at any sign of aggression as they lined the new prisoners up in military fashion.

Luke glared as a lieutenant removed his chains. “Welcome to Leavenworth Penitentiary, boys. You’re in admissions and orientation.” A captain walked down the line looking each convict in the eye. “This is gonna be your home for a while, so I suggest you treat it as such.”

Luke didn’t blink when the man paused in front of him. He’d never think of this prison as home. Thoughts of his family back in Texas crowded his mind, leaving an incurable ache inside his chest.

How could he have let himself get so reckless and uncaring? He’d been a damn fool to get caught in the tangled mess that landed him behind bars.

The words from the aging judge still echoed in his brain. “Luther Martin Stone, I hereby sentence you to twenty-five years in the federal penitentiary for armed bank robbery. This sentence is to run concurrently with the fifty year State of Texas sentence you already have.”

Shit! That was a lifetime. He longed for freedom and the open sky. His identity now consisted of a number, 87047-132. The last three digits indicated where the arrest and conviction took place. He guessed the first part of the number was simply the next available in line.

 

MEET SOME OF THE CAST

     Luke Stone is a successful veteran Texas musician and band leader accustomed to getting what he wants when and where he desires it. As he finds himself heading to Leavenworth prison with a seventy-five year sentence on a trumped up charge and conviction, he is angry, bitter and rebellious. It takes Luke a few years to figure out that he can’t change the system and faces a decision. Does he try to escape and risk losing his life, or does he change his attitude and become a worthwhile human being?

Darlina Flowers is a young naïve girl raised in a strict religious home and out in the world determined to try everything that has been taboo or forbidden. After meeting Luke Stone, she completely gives her heart and their romance blossoms into full-blown undeniable and eternal love. When he is convicted and sent to prison, she’s left alone and broken with no desire to find her way. How can she replace what has been lost? She tries, but every substitute falls short.

 

WHO SAYS WHAT

ONLINE_3D_Cover_TheConvictAndTheRoseDarlina Flowers: Once again, Luke Stone had to be put away so that her life could go on. That’s the way it had to be.

Luke Stone: Luke finally folded the sheets of paper and stuffed them in an envelope. Would she answer him? His heart raced at the thought of opening a letter from her and smelling her sweet fragrance on the pages.

“Don’t count on it, fool,” he admonished himself.

Darlina Flowers: Yes, it had been the one time in life she’d had no need to wish for anything different. But, he’d been taken away. That life was gone and perhaps gone for good. It was up to her to make the best of what she now had.

Luke Stone: In the magic of the music, everything, even the forty foot walls surrounding them, could be forgotten.

Darlina Flowers: She’d tried with drugs, alcohol, religion and relationships but nothing had worked. Luke Stone was as much a part of her as the blood coursing through her veins.

Luke Stone: “I believe that a person can rise from the dirt with nothing but determination and make it to the top.”

Luke Stone:  “It’s a bit of magic I’ve learned. If you’re willing to work hard enough for something, you can bring it into existence. It all starts with a single thought.”

 

WHERE DOES THE STORY TAKE PLACE?

 

This story alternates back and forth between Luke Stone who is locked behind the forty foot walls and iron bars of Leavenworth Penitentiary and Darlina Flowers who lives in Texas.

 

The scene changes with Darlina as the moves around to different cities.

 

The scene changes for Luke only once when he is transferred to the Springfield, Missouri Federal Medical Center.

 

TELL US ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jan_Sikes_Author_PictureAward winning author, Jan Sikes, began writing around the age of eight. Her first writing was a gospel song. She had an uncle whom she loved dearly, but he was an alcoholic and his drinking caused such family discord that at times, resulted in him being banished from their home. So, she wrote a song about Uncle Luke finding Jesus. That is her first memory of feeling the passion deep down to her toes for writing.

 

As she continued to grow up, she became an avid reader of books and that became her main form of entertainment. She recalls, “Many times, I’d be in the middle of a good book when Mom called for lights out, so I would hide under the covers with a flashlight and continue reading.”

 

The stories she writes (so far) are true stories about the journey of two people moving through adversity in order to grow and learn to become better humans. She believes with all her heart, there is something that is worthy of sharing in these stories. Bits and pieces of wisdom, hard-learned lessons and above and beyond all, love…True love that you read about in fiction stories…and yet this is truth. The old saying that truth is stranger than fiction fits the stories that she shares.

 

The Convict and the Rose, her second book, has been awarded the book of the year in the Fiction/Biography category with the Texas Association of Authors.

 

The third book of the series, Home at Last, will be released in late spring, 2015.

 

She is passionate about her writing projects and is driven to tell a story with the hope that it might touch someone’s heart or life in a positive way.

 

She also releases a music CD of original songs along with each book that fits the time period of the story. Why? Because the stories revolve and evolve around a deep-rooted passion for music

 

Jan resides in North Texas, has five grandchildren and in her spare time, loves to volunteer at Texas music festivals.

 

WHAT DO READERS THINK?

 

I never thought a story written about prison life and a descent into the bowels of hell would grip me so strongly. But when I read the first lines I was hooked.”

Jan Sikes has penned a riveting novel of self-discovery sparked by willingness to battle one’s inner demons regardless of outcome.”

Amazing read!!! Couldn’t put it down… Stayed up all night to finish…. Worth every missing wink!!!”

This book is quite intense, its a revelation about life behind bars for convicts and life outside for their love ones”

    

The Convict and the Rose is available from     Jan Sikes    and    Amazon.com

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BETRAYED

by

Wodke Hawkinson

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WHAT’S THE BOOK ABOUT?

This is the story of Lance and Brook.
Brooklyn, a Denver socialite, is abducted during a botched carjacking. She’s transported to a remote location and abused for days. She escapes, only to become hopelessly lost in the snowy Colorado wilderness, barefoot, injured, and afraid.
Lance is a man who has chosen to lead a solitary life, far removed from modern society. Little does he know, his world will forever change when he discovers a dazed, half-naked woman wandering lost on his mountain.

 

HOW DOES THE BOOK START?

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…Brook didn’t make it far before she was tackled from behind and knocked off her feet. Her face hit the pavement and bounced back off, abrading her cheek as she scattered a pile of rubbish from an overturned trash can. The sleeves of her beautiful jacket were stained with rotted garbage, the odor stinging her nostrils. She cried out in pain and fear as the weight of her assailant held her down.

“You stupid bitch,” Benny, lying across her, growled. “Why do you want to be this way? You’re just making this whole thing harder than it has to be.”

Brook heard the screech of tires, and hoped against hope that it was someone coming to rescue her. She tried to raise her head to call for help again, but her call was cut off when Benny crawled off her and yanked her to her feet. An SUV skidded to a stop beside them, its deep green paint sparkling in the sunlight. The windows were so dark Brook couldn’t see the driver. Benny opened the rear door and flung her inside before he crawled in behind her. He shoved her head down into the seat.

“Go,” he growled to the driver.

 

MEET SOME OF THE CAST

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Brook as described by one of her abductors: “She’s a different breed. Just look at her. All suntan and diamonds, fancy clothes and dinner parties, shopping on the boulevard and lunching at the club.”

Lance as Brook saw him: She let her eyes rest on his broad back, dark blue flannel shirt tucked into his waistband, the tight fit of his jeans over muscular legs and buttocks. His thick black hair had an untamable look about it. She couldn’t help but notice that he was in excellent physical condition.

Pete as Brook saw him: Arguing with her attacker was a tall skinny man whose straight medium-brown hair fell over one eye and most of the other. He had a mustache and small beard. Brook noted his bad teeth when he bared them in a snarl at the first man.

Jase as Brook saw him: His black hair hung straight to the center of his back. He wore a small mustache and beard. His shades were pushed back on the top of his head. Muscular arms and chest were showcased by his skin-tight black t-shirt. Tattoos ran down both arms and the up side of his neck.

Gina as Brook saw her: A young twenty-something girl stood in the hallway door; lank brown hair hung to her waist, a small jewel glinted dully from the side of her nose, and her eyes were clouded with drugs or booze. She seemed indifferent to the drama unfolding before her.

 

WHO SAYS WHAT?

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Brook: “…help me get out of here. I’ll get you money. All the money you want. You don’t even have to tell anyone I gave it to you. Please.”

 

Lance: “I know I might look like some crazy hermit down on his luck, but I actually chose this life.”

Jase: “…he’s not keeping her! She’s not some puppy that followed him home. She’s a potential witness against us. We have to get rid of her, and Benny knows it.”

Lance: “Those feet are infected. They’re going to have to come off.”

 

 

WHERE DOES THE STORY TAKE PLACE?

The story is set in Colorado; much of it takes place in the mountain wilderness.

If possible list extracts from the book which describe the setting:

She looked in all directions, trying to pierce the darkness. The surrounding peaks were black jagged shadows against the charcoal gray of the night sky, the moon hidden behind clouds.

The woods grew denser, and the ground became riddled with knobby roots and half-buried stones. Her progress was slow and painful. After a while, she came to a game path, hard packed dirt with few rocks.

A gray haze hung low between Mt. Coley and Mt. Hazel. It nearly obscured their rocky summits and softened the emerald peaks that staggered in uneven lines on either side of the majestic twins.

He took a deep satisfied breath, drawing the tangy ozone smell into his lungs. Mountain thunderstorms always rocked his senses with their deep rolling booms, like massive explosions, so close it felt like he was standing in the heavens between warring clouds.

 

TELL US ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Wodke Hawkinson is the name under which K. Wodke and PJ Hawkinson produce their co-authored works.

They live in different towns and do much of their work through email and by telephone, although they have been known to discuss story ideas while casting their lines at a quiet lake, as they both enjoy fishing.

 

WHAT DO READERS THINK?

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“This is an unusual book; a study in contrasts that makes each shifting scene pack more punch. The beginning is harsh, violent, and disturbing. But, once Brook and Lance meet, it turns into a tender love story. Although both characters struggle with heavy emotional baggage and very human flaws, they help each other find a path to redemption and healing.”

 

Betrayed is an unusual love story. Brooklyn seems to have the perfect life. She is beautiful, rich, and has a handsome husband. However, things are not what they seem as Brooklyn finds out when she is asked to run an unusual errand and is abducted by a desperate group of thieves. The beginning of this book is a harsh, realistic look at abduction and rape. What follows is Brooklyn’s amazing story of healing and the strength that comes from true love and trust. A definite page turner.”

 

“I found myself intrigued and caught up in the story-line from the get go. Yes, it does have its brutal parts, but that is a vital part of the story, and sadly, part of reality sometimes, as ‘real life ain’t always pretty’ – we all know that. But love shines through in the end, showing us once again that in spite of the worst thing you could ever imagine happening to you, something good and wonderful CAN come of it – giving us hope that perhaps everything does happen for a reason…and sometimes even evil can have a silver lining for the strong that have the will to fight for it. I found this read impeccably written and presented in a way that kept my interest by bouncing back and forth between the two very different lives of the main characters – much like a movie would.”

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LANE’S END

by

Jill Paterson

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WHAT’S THE BOOK ABOUT?

Sydney’s Observatory on a balmy summer evening is the perfect venue for a cocktail party and, it would seem, a murder, for Peter Van Goren’s body is discovered bludgeoned to death in the grounds.  The first question Detective Chief Inspector Fitzjohn must answer is why Van Goren was present given his name does not appear on the guest list.  The second is what was the subject of Van Goren’s vehement argument with Richard Carmichael, one of the function’s hosts.

Meanwhile, Richard’s son, Ben Carmichael, a photojournalist, returns to Sydney from an overseas assignment to find his fiancée, Emma Phillips, has gone missing.  Although unavoidably dragged into the police investigation, Ben goes in search of her.  In so doing, he is drawn to Lane’s End, the abandoned family estate where the very atmosphere awakens disturbing memories.

Through a maze of twisted stories, Fitzjohn follows a winding path to solve his case, but he is not prepared for the spiralling perplexity his quest creates.

 

HOW DOES THE BOOK START?

With his wire-framed glasses balanced on the bridge of his nose, Alistair Fitzjohn hummed to himself as he turned the key in the lock and stepped into his sandstone cottage in Birchgrove. Relishing his success at winning North Shore Orchid Society’s, ‘Orchid of the Evening’, he beamed at the prize-winning specimen.

‘Who would have thought you’d be my first win?’ he said.

With both hands now clasped around the precious object’s purple pot, he closed the front door with his foot and made his way through the house to the kitchen before stepping out into the back garden. There, a warm evening breeze ruffled the few wisps of hair that remained on the top of Fitzjohn’s head while his gaze took in the flowerbeds, their fragrances wafting in the air around him. At the bottom of the garden stood the new Victorian greenhouse, its shape bathed in moonlight. Sophie had been right, he thought to himself as he made his way down the stone path; it is the Rolls Royce of greenhouses. Edith would love it. A hint of sadness tinged Fitzjohn’s thoughts as his late wife’s smile came to mind.

Sighing, and balancing the orchid’s pot in one hand, he unlatched the greenhouse glass door and stepped into its warm, humid atmosphere. Once inside, he placed the prize-winner in pride of place at the end of the centre bench and stood back to admire it against the rows of other orchids, their delicate blooms wax-like in the soft light. To add to this peaceful scene, Fitzjohn turned to switch on the CD player that sat on the shelf next to the door but as he did so, a soft tap sounded. Peering through the glass, he could see the tall, slim, figure of his young, ginger-haired sergeant, Martin Betts.

Fitzjohn groaned and opened the door. ‘Betts? Why do I have the distinct feeling that you’re about to spoil my evening?’

Betts, his tall frame towering over Fitzjohn, cleared his throat. ‘I apologise, sir, but we’ve been called out to attend a homicide.’

Fitzjohn’s shoulders sagged and he turned to close the greenhouse door, his gaze falling upon the rows of orchids standing like shadowy sentinels, waiting for his return.

‘Okay, whereabouts is this homicide?’ he asked, making his way back along the garden path.

‘Observatory Hill, sir.’

Mumbling to himself, Fitzjohn opened the back door of the house and marched inside.

‘You know, Betts, I had the most stupendous evening planned. Do you know why?’

‘No, sir,’ replied Betts, following Fitzjohn into the kitchen.

‘Well, I’ll tell you. Tonight I won ‘Orchid of the Evening’ with my Paphiopedilum woluwense.’

‘That’s great, sir. Really great.’

‘It’s not just great, Betts. It’s remarkable!

Fitzjohn removed his glasses and commenced to clean them with his handkerchief. ‘I’ve been trying to win that prize for the past two years, and I was planning to have a glass or two of that whisky over there to celebrate.’ Fitzjohn looked longingly at a bottle of Glenfiddich that sat on the kitchen table.

‘Sorry about that, sir.’

‘So am I, Betts. So am I.’

With a sigh, Fitzjohn grabbed his briefcase from the kitchen table and, followed by his sergeant, headed for the front door and out to the waiting car.

‘Fill me in,’ he continued as he settled himself into the passenger seat before pulling the seat belt across his recently acquired trim shape.

Betts slid into the driver’s seat. ‘All I know at this stage is that the victim was found in the grounds of the Observatory about an hour and a half ago. Apparently a guest at a function being held there this evening.’

‘Male or female?’

‘Middle-aged male, sir.’

 

 MEET SOME OF THE CAST

Detective Chief Inspector Alistair Fitzjohn

Part of the old guard of detectives, Fitzjohn’s methodical, painstaking methods were, no doubt, viewed by some as archaic.  Nevertheless, over the years, they had brought him success as well as the respect of all but one of his colleagues; Superintendent Grieg, the man Fitzjohn regarded as his nemesis.

Detective Sergeant Martin Betts

Peering through the glass, he could see the tall, slim, figure of his young, ginger-haired sergeant, Martin Betts.

Ben Carmichael

It was late on Saturday evening when Ben climbed into a cab at Sydney’s Kingsford Smith on the last leg of his journey home. Weary, and yet tense, he stretched his long lean body out and tried to quell the images of the horrors he had witnessed during the past four weeks.

Theodora Hunt

The two officers walked amongst the soft furnishing and tables filled with bric-a-brac to where Theodora Hunt could be seen at the far end of the shop, talking to a customer. Wearing a tight floral dress over her buxom frame, her blonde locks tied up in a matching scarf, she excused herself and bustled over to where they waited.

 

WHO SAYS WHAT?

‘Good evening Mrs Butler. Doing a little night time gardening are we?’

‘It’s none of your business what I’m doing, Mr Fitzjohn.’

‘It is when it’s my hedge you’re trimming, madam.’

‘Later, of course, I realised that her body had already been washed off the rocks.’

‘Ben! Come away from the edge. You’re making me nervous.’

 

WHERE DOES THE STORY TAKE PLACE?

He hastened his step and pushed his way forward into the undergrowth until he found himself at the eroded edge of the cliff. High above, seagulls soared and in the face of a cool nor-easterly wind, he looked down to where the sheer wall of the cliff, wet with salt spray, gleamed in the afternoon sun above rocks in the churning sea. The image of his mother’s body splayed on the rocks flashed in front of him and he lurched back from the edge.

‘Even you lot have a pecking order,’ he muttered to himself, pouring seed into the dish. The parrots dived for it and Fitzjohn continued on to the greenhouse, the orchids inside hidden behind the misted windows. Opening the door, he turned on the CD player, and the soft sound of Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto in A Major filled the air. Time slipped by unnoticed whilst he made his way along the rows of plants, tending to each one in turn.

Fitzjohn and Betts ducked under the police tape and continued on through the open gates, their shoes crunching in the gravel under foot. The edifice of the old Observatory building loomed ahead, its shape casting a shadow across the grounds. In silence, they made their way along the side of the building to the rear corner where a white marquee came into view and not far behind it, a blue forensic tent. While Betts continued on to the marquee, Fitzjohn approached the entrance to the tent. There he found the tall, thin figure of the pathologist, Charles Conroy, along with the SOCO’s who worked silently around him. The victim lay on his side at Conroy’s feet.

A child-like scream rang through his head and tears rolled down his face as the full force of what he had seen that day, long ago, played out in his mind.

 

TELL US ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Jill Paterson was born in Yorkshire, UK, and grew up in Adelaide, South Australia before spending 11 years in Ontario, Canada.

On returning to Australia, she settled in Canberra.

After doing an arts degree at the Australian National University, she worked at the Australian National University’s School of Law before spending the next 10 years with the Business Council of Australia and the University of NSW, ADFA Campus, in the School of Electrical Engineering.

Jill is the author of four published books, The Celtic Dagger, Murder At The Rocks, Once Upon A Lie and Lane’s End which are all part of the Fitzjohn Mystery Series.

She has also authored two non-fiction books entitled Self Publishing-Pocket Guide and Writing-Painting A Picture With Words.

 

 

WHAT DO READERS THINK?

“Well written. Hard to put down. Kept you interested to the end.”

“I’ve enjoyed all of Jill Paterson’s books. This one is no exception.”

“A murder investigation that may have roots in a thirty year old unsolved case, and possible suspects not telling all the truth, makes for a satisfying murder mystery.”

“I truly enjoyed this book. I liked the detective, the mystery, the plot and the bit of Australian countryside description.”

“I enjoyed it so much, I have downloaded the first 3 volumes.”

LANE’S END is available from Amazon.com

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THE EYE OF SHIVA 
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Alex Lukeman
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What’s The Book About?
Nick Carter and his lover Selena Connor work for the Project, a black ops counter terrorism unit reporting to the president. Ancient gold coins found in a terrorist stronghold in the Philippines set the Project team on a collision course with a ruthless terrorist who dreams of an Islamic state in India.

As tensions rise on the sub-continent Nick and Selena struggle with doubts about one another. A powerful conspiracy of corporate greed wants nuclear war between China, Pakistan and India. The Project team is the only thing standing in their way. Success is far from certain.

How Does The Book Start?
Rain from the South China Sea beat a monotonous rhythm on the rain forest canopy overhead. Nick Carter pulled his MP5 close to his chest and wished it would quit. The water fell in sudden streams through the leaves and down the back of his neck.
The rain forest stank of rot and mud and heat. Ahead of him, soldiers from the Philippines Special Forces Regiment moved in silence through a world lit with endless, green twilight. More followed behind. The trail under Nick’s feet was churned into muddy ooze, slippery, laced with treacherous roots and crawling vines waiting to trip him.
Roots and vines were the least of his problems. Trip on a root and he’d get a sprained ankle. Step on a mine or trigger an IED, that step would be his last.
The objective was an abandoned rubber plantation on Mindanao being used by Abu Sayyaf, a brutal jihadist group that had left a trail of headless corpses and bombed out markets across the breadth of the island. All the other Islamic separatist movements on the island had agreed to recent peace accords with the government. Abu Sayyaf’s response to Manila was to intensify their terror campaign.
The terrorists were flush with money and were using it to buy the latest in modern weapons. There were rumors they had made an alliance with the Taliban. If the stories were true, it would be an international terrorist alliance from hell. Those rumors and the unknown source of money were the reasons Nick was slogging through the Philippine rain forest.
Officially, he wasn’t there. If things went wrong, there would be no posthumous medals or heroic speeches about valor when they buried whatever was left of him.
The leader of the Filipinos was a short, muscular man named Rafael Gabuyo. Captain Gabuyo had gone through Army Ranger training at Fort Benning and knew what he was doing, which gave Nick one less thing to worry about. Earlier, Gabuyo had sent his sergeant ahead to scout the objective. Nick saw the man return. The captain signaled a halt and beckoned Nick forward. The three men stood together on the trail, water dripping off the brims of their camouflage covers. Nick’s green jungle fatigues were dark with sweat and rain.
At six feet and two hundred pounds, Nick dwarfed the smaller Filipinos. The heat and humidity of the jungle wrapped around him like a damp fist. A change in the sound of the water hitting the leaves signaled that the rain was letting up.
Thank God for small favors, he thought
“We are very close,” Gabuyo said.
His voice was soft, muffled by the humid air. He pulled a folded black and white satellite photo from under his shirt and opened it out. It showed what was left of the plantation. A large house that had been living quarters for the overseer and his family still stood on the edge of the jungle. The rain forest was taking back the land, but the house and a broad, cleared space in front of it were still visible. Evenly spaced rows of neglected rubber trees marched away in the thick undergrowth. Vehicles were parked near the building. A winding, narrow track led away from the house and back to the nearest highway, miles away.
Gabuyo traced his finger along the photo and rested it at the corner of the cleared area.
“This trail we are on comes out here,” he said, “a few hundred yards from where we are standing.”
“Sentries?” Nick asked.
“Sergeant Ramirez says only one.” He pointed out the spot on the map where the trail entered the clearing.
“I saw two more men walking around outside the building,” the scout said. “They have AKs. I don’t know how many are inside. There are two Land Rovers parked by the side of the house. Also a Toyota pickup with a heavy machine gun mounted in the bed. That’s parked in front.”
“Every terrorist’s favorite ride,” Nick said. “How do you want to do it, Captain?”
Gabuyo looked at his watch. “It gets dark soon. We can’t approach from the front, it’s too open. The jungle has grown close to the building in back. We’ll take out the sentry on the trail and work around to the back along the perimeter, then toss a few grenades through the windows. After that it should be easy.”
Nick thought about it. Sweet and simple, nothing complicated. Simple was good. It should work. But he knew that when the attack started, simple plans could become complicated.
Gabuyo said, “Pass the word to the others. We move out in five minutes.”
“Yes, sir.” The sergeant moved off.
Gabuyo looked at Nick. “When we go in, I want you in support only. This is a Philippine operation. You are here as an observer. Your presence is secondary.”
Nick had expected nothing different. It was all right with him if others took the brunt of an assault for a change.
“Understood, Captain.”
Gabuyo nodded once. “Good,” he said. “Let’s move out.”
They moved down the trail and Nick felt the adrenaline kick in. His body vibrated with sudden energy. He was just an observer but the terrorists didn’t know that. There was nothing like it, that adrenaline hit before a firefight, addictive as any drug. His mouth was dry and he breathed deep as he walked, calming himself. Too much of a good thing would get him killed.
The signal came back to halt and he crouched down and waited. The sounds of rain had slacked off to a faint patter of drops on the leaves. A bird called in the distance, then another. A silver mist began rising from the jungle floor.
They moved forward again, past the body of the sentry lying by the side of the trail, his eyes wide open and sightless. His throat was cut deep and wide, his chest covered in blood.
A minute later, Nick saw the clearing. The old plantation house was a long rectangle made of logs with a wide, covered porch in front. The roof had fallen in at one end. The foundation was going and the building had started to lean. Smoke rose from a chimney in the middle of the roof. He saw the parked Land Rovers and the armed Toyota. There was no one on the porch.
So far so good, he thought, they’re all inside.
Gabuyo’s men moved like silent wraiths through the trees. The captain moved to the back of the building and armed a grenade.
Then it went wrong.
Meet Some Of The cast
Elizabeth Harker: Director of the Project. A petite woman with surprising strengths. Formerly part of the task force investigating 9/11 until she was pushed off for challenging the findings. Picked by the president to head up the Project for her independent thinking and sharp intelligence.
Nick Carter: Former  major in RECON, USMC. He’s the team leader in the field, with years of combat experience. He’s getting his PTSD under control, partly because of his attraction to Selena Connor.
Selena Connor: Highly intelligent, a world class linguist in ancient languages and a master in martial arts. Independently wealthy, the result of an inheritance. Initially thrown by accident into Nick’s violent world, she has become a full fledged member of the Project team and Nick’s lover.
Lamont Cameron: Former Navy Seal, of Ethiopian descent. Expert in all things water related. His humorous attitude sometimes drives Elizabeth Harker to distraction. A tough cookie.
Ronnie Peete: Nick’s oldest friend. A fellow Marine and an expert with explosives, weapons and all things mechanical. A full blooded Navajo, Ronnie brings a quiet solidity to the team.
Stephanie Willits: Elizabeth Harker’s deputy. Stephanie is a computer guru who maintains the Project’s Cray computers. She can hack into any system and frequently does, as needed. She handles the satellite communication network that keeps Harker up to speed with what the team is doing in the field.
Who Says What?
Nick and Selena, in a jewelry store:
“Let’s get that one,” Nick said. He pointed at an elaborate ring with a central diamond and a pattern of leaves worked in tiny stones all around a platinum band.
“Are you sure you want to do this now?” Selena said. There was an edge to her voice.
“Why not? You want a ring, don’t you?”
“Yes, but…”
“But?”
“But this feels rushed. It’s not just another ring. I have to think about it, look in catalogs, visit stores, things like that.”
Nick felt a headache start. “This is a store. There must be a hundred rings to look at here.”
“That’s not the point.”
“What is the point? I thought you’d be pleased if we got something today.”
The smile on the clerk’s face was starting to look strained.
“The point is that I want to take more time to think about it,” Selena said.
“Think about what? The ring or whether you want to get married?”
“Both,” she said. She turned and walked out of the store.
Lamont, Nick and Ronnie: 
 
“You know what your problem is?” Lamont said.
Nick was beginning to get annoyed, thinking about what had happened with Selena.
“No, I don’t know what my problem is. Why don’t you enlighten me?”
“The problem is you’re thinking like a guy instead of like Selena. A guy says to himself, self, I think I’ll go in this store with my honey and buy a nice diamond ring. It’s a jewelry store, right? Got to be a lot of rings in there. Shouldn’t take long.”
“So? What’s wrong with that?”
“Nothing, so far. Where it went wrong was when you picked the first one you saw and said, ‘let’s get that one.’”
“It was a nice ring.”
“That’s got nothing to do with it,” Lamont said. “That’s how a guy shops. We go to a store, we see something that works and we buy it. We don’t spend a lot of time thinking about it. Women don’t do it that way.”
Ronnie was nodding his head in agreement.
“What was I supposed to do?”
“You were supposed to let her look at rings until she decided she wanted to think about it some more.”
“But what’s there to think about?” Nick asked. “There must’ve been a hundred rings in that damn store. Any one of them would of worked.”
Lamont turned to Ronnie. “See what I mean?”
“Hopeless,” Ronnie said. He turned to Nick. “That’s not what Selena wants.”
“You, too? Okay, Einstein, what does she want?”
“She wants it to be special when she chooses a ring.” It was Lamont’s turn to nod his head. Ronnie continued. “You made it seem like buying a pair of socks.”
Nick looked at his two friends and their serious expressions.
“I think you’re wrong. I’m picking up on second thoughts about getting married.”
“Hers or yours?” Lamont said.
Selena: 
Why was she thinking about getting married anyway? She was self-sufficient, able to do whatever she wanted on her own. She had her own money. She didn’t even need to work unless she wanted to. She could go anywhere she wanted, do almost anything she wanted to do. She could have her pick of intelligent, handsome and educated men from about any walk of life. So what was so damned attractive about a battered, stubborn man whose principal goal in life seemed to be jumping in where angels feared to tread and whose primary skill was shooting at people and blowing things up?
When Nick asked her to marry him, she’d barely hesitated. Maybe it was the context of a Caribbean night, the moonlight, the afterglow of sex, the warm strength she felt radiate from him as he stood next to her. Maybe it had been the knowledge that the next day meant one or both of them had a good chance of getting killed.
Or maybe you’re just a closet romantic, she thought. Moonlight, flowers and guns.

She smiled to herself. Not too many people would put those three things together and think of romance.

Where Does The Story Take Place?
Like all the Project books, The Eye of Shiva moves around the globe. The principle action takes place in the Philippines and India. The author has traveled in both countries and uses his experience to add realism to the settings.
About The Author
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Alex Lukeman writes action/adventure thrillers featuring a covert intelligence unit called the PROJECT and is the author of the award-winning Amazon best seller, The Tesla Secret.
Alex is a former Marine and psychotherapist and uses his experience of the military and human nature to inform his work.
He likes riding old, fast motorcycles and playing guitar, usually not at the same time.
You can email him at alex@alexlukeman.com.
He loves hearing from readers and promises he will get back to you.
What Do Readers Think?
“The Eye of Shiva by Alex Lukeman is the 8th book in The Project series and it will have you on the edge of your seat. One of the things I love about The Project series is that the heroes can, and do, get hurt, have personal conflicts, and you never know what may happen. A lot of books have the heroes win and save the day and there aren’t many, if any, consequences, but not the Project. Anything goes.. I had no clue how this story would play out…”
 
“The Project is such a great series and Book 8 is a great addition. It is well written with a great cast of characters, a plot that moves at a fast pace, as does the action.”
 
“Great series with great characters. I enjoyed every one of them and read through the entire series in a month. Only put them down when I had to and got right back to them when time allowed.”
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