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Today we are delighted to feature Ron A Sewell’s book, You Can’t Hide Forever.

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YOU CAN’T HIDE FOREVER

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Ron A Sewell

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WHAT’S THE BOOK ABOUT?

When Davy Jenkins deserts from the Royal Navy his life is a chaos. He meets Emma, a resourceful woman and they embark on a new venture. Rival factions murder her and her girls.

Davy embarks on an act of vengeance. On the run he escapes and sails for Spain but an Atlantic storm changes his future. 

He can’t hide forever and never knows when his past will catch up in the form of Janice Porter, an investigative journalist. Aware people without hope make the best pawns a clandestine agency seizes him. He agrees to co-operate. His task: to gather enough data to convict the drug barons of Europe. Disaster strikes and stretches his survival skills to the limit. 

 

HOW DOES THE BOOK START?

Thick fog covered the river but for a moment it lifted and exposed their goal. Chris guided the boat at speed across the mirror-calm water. 

Davy shouted, “There’s the beach.”

Chris nodded, turned the craft, slowed, and stopped the twin outboards as the bow nudged the shingle.

Chris grabbed Jack’s arm. “Five minutes. Be ready.”

Jack nodded. “Don’t be late.”

Chris grinned as he adjusted his stopwatch. “It’s a doddle.”       

 “And when did you last…”

 “Shut it. Just be ready.”

Jack shrugged. “Five minutes and I’m gone.”

Davy and Chris leapt onto the beach, Enfield assault rifles held tight against their chests. Pebbles crunched underfoot as they ran towards worn stone steps which climbed through the fog. At the top, they darted left onto the high street and in seconds stopped at the entrance to the Clydesdale Bank.

A car crawled past; its driver peering into the haze. 

Bile filled Davy’s throat as he leant against the red sandstone wall. The occupant of the car neither looked left at them nor right. 

Hands shaking, Davy pulled up the hood of his waterproof. “So far so good.” His heart hammered as he pushed open the door.

Chris pulled the pins from two smoke grenades and hurled them inside. The white mist spread amongst shouts and screams. He stormed in, pointing his rifle at three women choking on fume-filled lungs. An old man at the counter clutched his throat and collapsed.

 MEET SOME OF THE CAST

The main character; David Jenkins/ Jones, Warrant Officer, Royal Navy, Age thirty- three. 

David never knew his parents, his mother died during his birth in St Mary’s Hospital, Portsmouth, and his father remains unknown.  He was raised in an orphanage but being bright, intelligent and diligent, won a bursary at age eleven, to a private boarding school. 

His house parents cared for him as one of their own and were disappointed when he decided to join the Royal Navy instead of going on to University. Having completed his apprenticeship as an engineering artificer, he was promoted in record time to Warrant Officer Artificer in nuclear submarines. There was the likelihood of further advancement to a Commissioned Officer.

He invariably follows the rules, sometimes bending the odd one. In the relatively sheltered life of the service, he naively believed that providing you did the right thing, life would treat you fairly. He is, however, honest, conscientious a person who only wants a normal marriage and children. He loathes the abuse of women and children, the use of drugs and those who deal in them.

A believer in keeping fit, he visits the gym at least three times a week.

This six foot, oval faced, blue eyed, dark haired, good looking, intelligent, kind and loving man hits the defining moment of his life when he turns into a discontented and bitter person but even so, his well balanced background guides him forward.

A main character and tracker of fugitive David Jones.  Janice Porter, Assistant Editor, Southampton Gazette. Aged forty-five.

An attractive natural blonde with blue eyes, this five-foot-six well-educated lady wears the latest fashions and maintains her weight and trim figure.

Married twice, her first husband died in a crash, whilst driving when drunk.  She inherited his wealth and from a second relationship, gave birth to a son.  She is now happily married to Adrian Viper, who owns and runs a yacht charter business from his large Georgian house set in the Yorkshire Moors.

Janice is an investigative journalist who invariably finds those stories that everyone else misses.  Her editor gives her a free hand providing her main job is not neglected.  In the past, she has had scoops that have clearly established her as a force to be reckoned with in the industry. 

To her the truth matters.

Emma Evans. David’s landlady and lover. Owner of a Bed and Breakfast house, Camden, London. Age forty-two.

Emma, a lonely woman, enjoys a glass of whiskey or two she’s one of life’s survivors and in spite of not having the best education, gets on with it.  Born in the east end of London, married and widowed, she enjoys the company of her lodgers, if she so chooses.  A bit of a flirt, she dresses like a tart in micro-mini skirts and tight blouses.  This small, five-foot-two, well-rounded brunette wants to be loved and to give love in return. Good businesswomen who believes in a fair day’s work for a fair day’s pay.

Tracey Barnet, Prostitute and David’s girl friend. Age twenty-six.

Tracey, definitely not an academic although not stupid, decided on her career whilst at school. Cute and attractive she discovers that sex is a powerful weapon.  A tall, nice looking, slim woman with green eyes and red hair, but without the temperament. She has long shapely legs and a wonderful backside. Life does her no favours but she has no false airs and makes the best of it. Born in the old docklands area of London and brought up by the school of hard knocks.  Will fight for what she believes in to the end. Always the optimist even when everything is against her. 

“Pinkie”, Jay Adams, David’s eventual friend and business partner. Age Forty-nine.

This attractive, black haired, angelic face with beautiful hypnotic hazel eyes is a tough woman. She has been on the game since she was thirteen years of age and providing the punter pays, she will play. As a working girl, she always dresses for effect and the needs of the business. She maintains a good figure and shapely legs. Cheeky, intelligent, straightforward, thinks on her feet and adapt quickly to situations. Overly loyal to her friends but despises those who look down on her. When it is to her advantage will quickly seize the initiative.

Angie Symes Chief Inspector Attached to a Special Unit of the Police, David’s Partner, Confidant and girl friend. Age twenty-nine

An only child, who on graduating joined the police force. Here she faced impossible chauvinism with regard to her status and promotion. Encouraged to join the special unit by Commander Ronald Smith, where her intellect and talents are more suited. She is seductive, attractive but a typical red head with dark brown eyes set in an oval face. She does not suffer fools and works hard to achieve the objective. Likes male company but does not trust men and therefore keeps them at arms length. Will if the job requires, sleep with a man to glean important information. When not using her London flat shares a property with her mother and father East Grinstead

 

WHO SAYS WHAT?

“A million sperm and you were the fastest?” shouted Davy. “

Emma – “For Christ sake, Davy, it’s called sex. It’s fun. I don’t want a bloody marriage contract.”

Janice- “Hamish, finding a body wasn’t the best part of my day.”

Emma – “Tell you what, I’ll put an advert in The TimesWanted, one brothel manager, hours negotiable.” 

Janice – Our man’s alive and I’m going to find him.”

 

 WHERE DOES THE STORY TAKE PLACE?

London England is the main location for this tale with brief forays to Spain. The sea and its moods dictate the more violent action scenes.

 

TELL US ABOUT THE AUTHOR

At the age of fourteen I ran away from home and heading for the south of France where I found work as a deckhand on luxury yachts. On my return to the United Kingdom, I enlisted in the Royal Navy and found myself back at school. During my career, I travelled the world, qualified as an engineer, deck officer, boarding officer, a diver, parachutist and became part of an Air Sea Rescue team. This has given me so much experience and scores of ideas. Why do I write – because I must.

 

WHAT DO READERS THINK?

Thrills.

One bank robbery opens the door to gangland. I don’t want to give too much away. It was a great read! 

Liking the ‘bad’ guy

In truth one shouldn’t feel any sympathy for Davy Jones. He robbed a bank, got involved with prostitutes and happily arranged for a property full of gangsters to be blown up. And that was before he was roped into covert work for the government.

Yet I loved the man. Everything he did was for a valid reason and I felt for his losses.
The story moved at a rapid pace from the initial bank robbery to the climax at the end. It kept me reading when I should have been doing other things!

Thrills with Spills 

Davy Jones needed a new life, and found one. But all lives have their difficulties, and it was not smooth sailing. This book has two great strengths, the carefully thought out complexity of the plot, and the absolute excitement of the action scenes.

By ¾ of the way through, it reminded me of a game of Chess, with powerful pieces scattered around the board, waiting to bring down the poor king – or Davy in this case. And then the thrills really started. 

Relentlessly fast-pace; a damned good read. 

From the very first sentence Author Ron A Sewell sets a cracking pace. Meet David Jenkins a man desperate enough to rob a bank, and unfortunate enough to have the whole thing turn bad when the boat being used for the escape of he and his two companions is wrecked shortly after they attempt their getaway.

David Jenkins has the money, and the brains to use it well. He becomes Davey Jones and to all intents and purposes his past vanishes and a future on the run begins.

From the streets to running a high class brothel, Davey lives his life full throttle. The women he meets see to it that he is never lonesome for company.

The author weaves a well thought out story, utilizing the theme of greed apposing loyalty; lust being used as a weapon, and love finding its way into Davey Jones’s life when he least wants or expects it.

I will not spoil this, to say more would do just that. Be prepared for one hell of a rescue at sea, and more twists in a cleverly thought out plot.

An exciting and absorbing read.

‘You Can’t Hide Forever’ starts by plunging the reader straight into the action. Davy Jones finds himself on the run after a robbery, unsure whether his mates, Chris and Jack, have even survived. Davy has cash, but he needs a new life, and he finds one. All lives have their difficulties, and it is not smooth sailing.

This book has a carefully thought-out plot, and with characters that draw in the reader. It is a quick and exciting read, with enough twists and turns to keep it interesting. Highly recommended.

You Can’t Hide Forever is available from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk

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Today we are delighted to feature Robin Levin’s new book, which will be of particular interest to Indie Authors struggling to get their books noticed. It’s very much a message of Buyer Beware!

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THE AUTHORHOUSE SCAM 

by

Robin Levin

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About The AuthorHouse Scam

This book is about a predatory publishing company, AuthorHouse, and its affiliates, xLibris, iUniverse, Trafford, Hay House et al. These companies take advantage of naïve indie authors and provide extremely costly publishing and promotion services that do not contribute to the success of the book. Royalties, if paid at all are miniscule. Victims of this scam often shell out ten to twenty thousand dollars with little or nothing to show for it. It was very easy to find tales of woe to include in this book, and what I have included in The AuthorHouse Scam is just the tip of an iceburg.

An extract from the start of the book:

“Four years after having published my book with Trafford, a subsidiary of AuthorHouse, I was still getting phone calls from their high-powered phone salespeople, known as marketing consultants, to persuade me to buy their expensive marketing gimmicks. I must admit that I had given in far too often in the past, and they were quite sure they could continue to milk my bank account.

“This is Jon Jon, your marketing consultant from Trafford. May I please speak to Miss Robin Levin?” His voice held a modest Pilipino accent, the company having moved most of its customer service operations to Cebu in the Philippines.

“This is she.”

“Hello ma’am” He said. “Trafford marketing department has assigned your book to me and I would like to show you how to get the best results for marketing your book!”

“Uh, Jon Jon, I have already spent between $15,000 and $20,000 on your marketing programs and my most recent royalty check was for $15. So why would I be interested in any more of your schemes?”

“Well, I see that you have done a lot to promote your book. There was the L.A. Times Book fair, the Pitch Fest in Las Vegas, the trailer you had us do which went on television and You-tube, and several media campaigns. But these things take time to bear fruit. You have just been building a base and you are almost to the point where things will really start to take off. It’s not the time to stop now!”

“Jon Jon, the L.A. Times book fair was $4000, the Pitch Fest was $2,000, the trailer was over $1,000, the Good Reads giveaway, which I signed up for just two months ago and, to my knowledge hasn’t happened was $700, and all of the media campaigns were additional money. None of this has had the slightest effect on sales. My mother always told me not to throw good money after bad.”

“As I say, these things take time,” said Jon Jon. “There is an arc. A book doesn’t become a best-seller overnight and we really feel that your book has the potential to become a best seller. It’s a really fine book. It has our Gold Seal of Literary Excellence. Only two percent of our books are eligible for that. It also has good reviews from The U.S. Review of Books. You have everything going for you. Why would you want to stop now?”

“It also had good reviews from Kirkus and Forewords.” I said “That and $3.50 will get me a latte from Starbucks.” I replied. “Anyway, what are you proposing now?”

“We want you book to be picked up by a traditional publisher!” He said “We propose to shop your book to large traditional publishing houses. It will only cost you $8,000!”

“Do you think I’m insane?” I asked. “Trad publishers these days will only take books from authors who have sold thousands of books and have thousands of people in their fan clubs. It’s a catch 22. Anyway, you folks are owned by Penguin. If you really thought my book had potential as a best-seller, all you would have to do is recommend it to Penguin.”

“Well, it doesn’t work that way,” said Jon Jon. “We are a subsidiary of Penguin, but we are for self-publishing and we don’t have that sort of relationship with Penguin.

“Have you heard of the book Still Alice by Lisa Genova?” he continued. “She first published with the AuthorHouse company iUniverse in 2007 and she never gave up on promoting her book, and now it’s on the New York Times Bestseller List and they’re making it into a movie!”

“Well, that may be, but what about the thousands and thousands of authors who spend over ten thousand dollars and get royalties of $15 for three months?” I said. “It’s a gamble that is not in the author’s favor, and it’s time for me to get out of the casino!”

“But it’s not a gamble,” said Jon Jon. “It’s an investment! When you go to a casino you lose your money the money is gone. But the money you’ve spent on promoting your book is not gone, it will pay off in the long run. These things take time. You do want to see your book succeed, don’t you? Now is not the time to give up!

“Look, Jon Jon,” I said. “I don’t have the money to spend on this. And every time I give in and purchase one of you your programs I feel like Charley Brown trying to kick Lucy’s football! I always regret it and feel that I have wasted my money. Enough is enough. Nice talking to you. Have a nice day.”

The next day Jon Jon called again.

“Miss Levin,” he said “This is Jon Jon, your Trafford marketing consultant again. I have been discussing your book with my colleges and looking to see what you’re missing and there is one thing that you are missing that will make all the difference in the sales of your book!”

“And what’s that?” I asked.

“You still haven’t gotten your book on the Baker and Taylor catalogue list, He said. “That will get your book into brick and mortar bookstores all over the country. Don’t you want your book sold in bookstores?”

“Well, you know I can’t sell my book in book stores.” I said. “I’ve looked into that. It’s a print-on-demand book and it’s so expensive that book stores can’t sell it at a reasonable price because they can’t make a profit on it.”

“But our program would distribute the books on a buy-back basis, so book stores would risk nothing by stocking your book!” said Jon Jon.

“So what good would that do me if the books are so expensive that they don’t sell?” I asked.

“You don’t lose anything either, this way, and you book will be sold in bookstores all over the country. This is the one thing you haven’t done and is the one thing that will make your book a success!”

“And how much would this cost me?” I asked.

“Well, normally it costs $4,600,” he said, “but I have arranged a special deal with our marketing department and Trafford is willing to subsidize half the cost, so you would only have to pay $2,300! And you could divide that up into three payment of only $800 each!”

“I can’t afford that,” I said. “Property tax is due next month and so are federal and state income taxes.”

“But this is an investment opportunity you can’t afford to miss, Miss Levin,” he said, “This is the perfect time to do this. Summer is coming and you will want your books to be available in book stores by then!”

We went round and round and finally, I caved. Kicked Lucy’s football again. Jon Jon switched me over to their payment department and I put the purchase on my debit card.

Almost immediately buyer’s remorse set in with a vengeance. How could I do this! I know this is a scam, why am I so stupid? I’m supposed to be a reasonably intelligent woman! Nothing they’ve ever done on my behalf has had the slightest impact on book sales. Super expensive services with nothing to show for them. How could I have let them talk me into kicking Lucy’s football again? Again!

Am I the only fool? Have others had the same experiences with these people? I decided to look a bit more extensively into what I came to realize was the AuthorHouse Scam, and have written this book to share my experiences and findings with other authors and potential authors.”

 Quotes:

“A writer named Jim posted: ‘I wrote Shacking Up-40 reasons Why Not To and it can be found on Dr. Laura Schlessingers “reading corner.” She has 10 million listeners a day and I haven’t seen a dime in the last three years…oh I’m sorry they just sent a check for $1.28. These people need to be prosecuted for stealing royalties from writers…I’ve asked a few lawyers and they don’t want to take it on a contingency basis…this needs to be a class action suit…we need to fight this until all of the writers receive what they’ve earned and AuthorHouse needs to be shut down…’”

An author named Buch:     “AuthorHouse’s numbers were way below the daily tallies I kept from the Amazon numbers, they only reported between 10% and maybe up to 20% of the sales on any given quarter. Today for example, I received the worst report yet: they reported only 1 copy of Volume One sold in the second quarter (April 1 to June 14th, the time I withdrew my publications from them), and only 3 copies for Volume 2. According to my numbers from the Amazon rankings and marketplace sellers in the US, Canada and UK: 28 copies of Volume 1 sold, and 27 of Volume 2. Therefore they have reported only 4% of the sales, and they obviously are pocketing the rest. And this does not include other sales that may have been made through other sellers like Barnes and Noble, etc.”

From a blog by Wil Forbis:

“Author Solutions – and their various subsidiaries, including Palibrio, Trafford, iUniverse, Xlibris, and AuthorHouse – has emailed customers pimping a unique opportunity to get your book in front of thousands of readers at the Miami Book Fair this coming November.

“For $3,999 you can have a one hour slot at the Author Solutions booth to sign some books. You’ll have to cover your own airfare, hotel, and food, but you will get some free copies to sign, and some bookmarks to give away… if anyone shows up.

“The experience of twiddling your thumbs for an hour, looking forlornly at a pile of poorly produced books, is likely to be so memorable that you will deeply regret not swinging for the premium package. For just $7,999 you get to do the book signing and get a 60 second video to treasure forever.

“This is likely to be profitable for Author Solutions. In 2011, it had over 50 authors signing books, netting at least $199,950. The following year was even better with more than 60 authors participating, bringing in at least $239,940.”

In sum:

My personal investigation of AuthorHouse has revealed strong evidence of the following shady and scamming practices

1)    Denying authors their just royalties. Refusing authors correct data on the sales volume of their own books.

2)    Shoddy workmanship.

3)    Publishes unedited books.

4)    Prices books so high that they are not sellable.

5)    Failure to do the work contracted for.

6)    Failure to refund money when a client decides to withdraw.

7)    Aggressive and persistent salespeople who go all out to persuade authors to part with large sums of money.

8)    Extremely expensive promotion programs that do nothing for the sales of the books promoted.

9)    Enticing authors into expensive book fair signings and pitch fests which contribute nothing to the success of their books.

10) Vastly overcharging customers for every service offered.

11) Outsourcing American jobs.

I am a self-published author with five books available on Amazon. These are The Death of Carthage, Maximus, Warts and All, Sempronia, the Sister of the Gracchi, Dialogue between a Christian Believer and a Non-believer, and The AuthorHouse Scam. I have a work in progress called The Last Carthaginian which I intend to publish sometime this year. My main interest as an historical fiction writer is Rome at the period of the Middle Republic. I have a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley in anthropology and zoology and, before I retired I made my living as a medical technologist. I live in San Francisco, CA.

The AuthorHouse Scam has just been published and does not have any reviews.

It is available from Amazon.com,  Kindle and Nook

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We now need our members to come to the aid of fellow member, Vincent Robert Annunziato, whose book is being featured by Amazon Scout and needs nominations to win a book contract

33 Degrees

by VINCENT ROBERT ANNUNZIATO

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Too warm to die, too cold to live.

Dropped down a hole by his parents, Javin is Feral, an Underground. Now, he’s 18 years of age and has no idea he alone can unlock the power of the Pulse. The weapon ended the war once before and if activated it could save his people. Abandoned as a young child, and surrounded by death at every turn, Javin must find a way to lead his herd out from under Southern rule where life is of little value. Survival is a train ride away in a place where it is too warm to die and too cold to live.

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Mayday, Mayday, we need members to come out in support of a fellow member Tanya Arunguren.

She is being featured right now on Kindle Scout. If she gets enough nominations, she can get a publishing contract through Kindle Press. So, Tanya has been on the “hot” list for 18 days, which is a great run, but it fell off today (eek!). She’d love your nomination, if you would be so kind.
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Rising Tide (SIRENS, Book 1)

by T.L. ZALECKI Hot

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Our future lies in the sea
In 2098 human survival depends on genetic research to develop aquatic capabilities. It has never been more dangerous for the elusive Sirens to be discovered. Until now they’ve remained eclipsed from human eyes, inhabiting a secret island. But when their youth rebel, the Sirens decide to test the waters of open society by striking a deal with megacorp DiviniGen Inc. And they risk everything to do it. Will the risk be worth it or will the Sirens be forced to face the darkness of eternal isolation?
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OPEN HOUSE AT COVE CASTLE

by

Charlie Bray

A Laugh Out Loud Novel

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OPEN HOUSE AT COVE CASTLE is available at Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk

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WHAT’S THE BOOK ABOUT?

The Marquess of Cove has been deserted by his wife and daughter. His wife, the Marchioness, was fed up of his constant philandering, and his daughter, Lady Caroline, couldn’t bear to spend another minute at Cove Castle, under the same roof as her despicable husband, the ‘hanging judge.’

Left to his own devices, the eccentric old lord loses his grip on the castle. His grandchildren spiral out of control and the castle finances plummet. He starts paying his bills using family heirlooms.

Barnes, the trusty butler sends out an s.o.s. and the two ladies return to rescue the castle and its inhabitants from certain doom.

Regrettably, their rescue plans are hampered by activists, smugglers, an armed assassin who is after the judge, Alfie, ‘a new money’ rough diamond, who primarily looks after Alfie, and the odd ghost or two.

In desperation, the castle lowers its drawbridge to the great unwashed and then its problems really begin.

An hilarious romp that takes the lid off the aristocracy in the 21st century.

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HOW DOES THE BOOK START?

cove-heading1“Upon our arrival I will piss over the drawbridge and drip slowly. Then I will park my chopper.”

Lady Caroline Trentham studied the pilot carefully. Either he was deliberately winding her up, or, somewhere in France, a village was missing its idiot.

“Please take the mop, and have a leak,” he continued, handing her the flight plan.

She took the map and scanned the landscape below, wondering why he was planning his descent when their destination was nowhere in sight. Surely Marcel’s navigation skills were better than his command of English?

“My Anglish cod be butter, but trust me, we lond soon,” he said on cue, with the smile of an imbecile.

She continued to stare out of the window, clinging to the faint hope that he actually knew what he was doing.

“On the cluff, overlicking the ocean!” shouted Marcel, suddenly pointing to the east. He gave the impression of someone who had just won the

lottery, rather than a pilot nearing the end of a routine flight.

Yes, definitely a village idiot who, amazingly, could fly.

She followed his finger. There in the far distance she saw Cove Castle, perched defiantly on top of a Northumberland cliff, daring anyone to breach it.

Lady Caroline had risen to the challenge. She had flown across from France in response to a mayday call. The medieval fortress may well be impregnable, but she knew it was in turmoil. Her daughters and grandson were in there, and no way could she allow the cry for help to go unheeded. Ironically the call had not come from her offspring, but from a far more unlikely, and frightening source.

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MEET SOME OF THE CAST

cove-heading1The Marquess:  The eighth Marquess of Cove could easily have been mistaken for a handful of old clothes that had been thrown across the room and landed randomly on the chair. A threadbare cardigan, a pair of bottle green corduroy trousers with a tear in one knee, a checked shirt bearing the stains of his last half a dozen meals and a pair of zip up slippers, the left one missing its pom pom, had all somehow contrived to form a human shape. The only clue that the clothes were inhabited was the presence of two bony, liver spotted hands and a gaunt, contented face.

The Marchioness: Lady Cove stared icily at the table and the temperature in the Inferior Dining Room seemed to plummet. Each diner wriggled uncomfortably in their seats, rather hoping a large hole would appear and swallow them up. Lady Caroline’s mother was already casting her spell. The Marchioness nodded curtly at her daughter, shot a venomous glance at the Marquess and sat down in the corner of the room

Disgusted Freddie, one of the activists: He bore a striking resemblance to a leprechaun, dressed in a long green coat and oversized black fedora. His eyes twinkled in the sunshine and a broad smile lit up his wizened face. Caroline half expected him to grant her three wishes as he stood there, positively beaming.

Lord Hedgehog, the castle artist: Lord Hedgehog sported his usual loincloth, spattered with rather more paint than normal. His only concession to formality was an enormous peacock feather, sprouting proudly from his dreadlocks.

Alfie Mann: Being a man who enjoyed the ability to multi task, Alfie also managed to keep a keen eye open for what he liked to call ‘lateral career opportunities’. He would always seize any chance to add cash to his already bulging pockets. He spotted a ‘lateral career opportunity’ as he and his son entered the Great Library. Suspended from the ceiling he observed a dark, loincloth clad figure sporting a huge peacock feather from his substantial dreadlocks.

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WHO SAYS WHAT?

cove-heading1The Marchioness to judge’s mother  “Madam, you appear to be working under the misapprehension that you have a hold over my husband, because you have undergone a clandestine relationship with him in the Watch Tower, a room he is supposed to go to in order to perform yoga. You stupid woman, he’s been using that room to shag women for more years than I care to remember That is the main reason I shall probably divorce him.”

The butler to activists in Cove Woods “Her Ladyship, the Marchioness of Cove,” he announced, in the manner of a Town Crier in full voice, “has instructed me to instruct you to quit these woods with immediate effect, mainly on health and safety grounds, due to the fact that the woods are to be used for the annual shoot tomorrow. But also,” he continued, “due to the fact that they’re not your woods, anyway.”

The Marchioness “… the three state rooms, which I ordered the judge and his wife from, are now held siege by the troupe of monkeys which your daughter and I had removed from the trees!”

Alfie Mann to the bungling policeman searching for the would be assassin “Sergeant, your man’s armed and dangerous and holding up black limousines now in case there’s a judge in one. But you take no notice and keep searching Tesco bags. Did anyone get triple club points? Not found a head in one yet?”

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WHERE DOES THE STORY TAKE PLACE?

cove-heading1‘She saw that Cove Woods had become home to a bunch of activists. Each one had adopted a tree to live in and adorned it with huge protest banners and placards. A clue to the severity of their cause, and the day job of one of the revolutionaries, was revealed by his placard, which proclaimed, ‘Golf Sale’. Serious protesters, these were not.

Lady Caroline almost left her seat when she spotted her eldest daughter, Athena, sitting cross-legged in a small clearing inhaling some substance that emitted clouds of blue smoke into the air.

“Fly over the drawbridge!” snapped Lady Caroline, desperate for a change of scenery.

Whilst passing over the drawbridge, Lady Caroline experienced her third shock of the flight. A small crowd of young males, all friends of her youngest daughter, Imogen, were diving off the family’s twenty foot mahogany punt, commissioned by her twenty years ago for lazy days pottering about on the moat with the children. Clearly, they had found a better use for it than pottering.  The diving did not concern Lady Caroline quite as much as the fact that they were all naked. But even this did not concern Lady Caroline as much as seeing Imogen, also naked, copulating on the drawbridge with a young man who looked from this distance like the dreadful little Oscar Wick, spoilt son of a dreadful neighbour. Her daughter! Her beautiful eligible daughter, the one she had always thought appropriate for Prince William, now regrettably taken. The one who still stood a chance with Prince Harry, who occasionally telephoned her. She was even prepared to tolerate ginger haired grandchildren for that coupling. Having it off with Oscar Wick in broad daylight, on the main gateway into her home, did not engender hope of a future royal liaison.

Shock number four came as they were beaten to the landing area by a Rolls Royce Phantom V, which had just arrived at the main doors of the castle, forcing their craft to hover whilst waiting for space to land. Lady Caroline saw Barnes open the rear door of the classic limousine, and her ex-husband, Supreme Court judge, Lord Scrivinger, alight.  She also saw the head of Sir Henry Trentham, third Marquess of Cove, fly through the air, miss the judge’s head by literally a hair’s breadth, and embed itself into the black shiny roof of the Phantom V. Simultaneously, a black shiny toupee left the judge’s head, having been caught in the downdraft of the helicopter blades.

For the first time since entering Cove Castle airspace, Lady Caroline allowed herself a broad grin at the sight of her ex-husband’s wig settling down on the helipad like an oily stoat, whilst the hapless judge legged it into the castle leaving Julian, his camp chauffer, mincing in his wake. The grin disappeared swiftly as she caught sight of her twelve year old grandson, Che, son of her pot smoking, activist daughter, running across the castle rooftops carrying what looked like a canvas bag.

Barnes’s allegation that her offspring were out of control did not appear to be too far off beam.

Lady Caroline also thought she saw a sinister, dark suited character lurking behind one of the huge chimney stacks. She knew full well the castle was haunted, but Cove Castle ghosts did not usually visit in broad daylight and weren’t normally seen in dark suits.’

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TELL US ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Charlie is a retired teacher who now writes books. He has an affinity for humour and the quirky ways the aristocracy and their homes survive in the 21st Century. His books reveal the pleasure he gets from these weird affinities and hopefully will bring a smile to your face.

Charlie is also the founder of the Indietribe, a support network created to assist self-publishing artists of all genres

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WHAT DO READERS THINK?

‘Top novel, Tom Sharpe style, great characters, hard to put down’ - Chris Tidy

‘Very reminiscent of early Tom Sharpe in style and tone’ - Ninette Kelly

‘Has the feel of a modern Tom Sharpe. Laugh out loud funny.’ - Gary Smailes, BubbleCow.

‘Lots of talent, a lovely easy to read writing style, a very good story.’ - Lorraine Mace, The Writers Bureau

 

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OPEN HOUSE AT COVE CASTLE is available from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk

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Kim Defforge Launches a New Childrens Photo Book

Welcome to a brand new offering from Indietribe member, Kim Defforge

BOULETTE GETS A SURPRISE by Kim Defforge

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 A delightful childrens book about a Jack Russell who discovers that his fear of change holds many suprises for him – a fun story for kids to learn about how life changes can become a happy experience. 

Since Boulette is an American dog who ‘became’ French, the photos’ captions are in English and French.

A story that makes bi-lingual language learning fun for kids and a true bedtime back story for adults to enjoy as well.

Available from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk

Fabulous Offers from Indietribe members

Mark Lingane’s brand new book is downloadable FREE from Amazon TODAY AND TOMORROW

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Van H. Avram, PI, stumbles from case to case, getting by on his good looks and appeal to desperate dames. But when a missing-person case dumps the body of a skinny blond thing on his doorstep, he finds himself plummeting into the clutches of an underworld intent on human sacrifice. An underworld of biblical origin.

An ancient evil rises up to destroy the world and, without asking for it, Van is thrust into the role of savior. As reality—and the occasional building—collapses around him, he’s chased, battered, and seduced by demons, vampires and unhinged women, all against a background of a war-ravished world wrapped up in vintage fashions and flying diesel-powered vehicles.

Time ticks down to a do-or-die moment as the fate of the universe is decided in one final battle. But to save the universe, Van must face his own demons and an unremembered past.

For fans of Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman, and Douglas Adams

Available FREE today and tomorrow from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk

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Marc Estes new book, Rekindle the Flame, is coming out in about a month and in celebration of that he would like to have a raffle. 

Rekindle the Flame is Book Two of the Vendicatori series.

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Anyone that reads and leaves an Amazon review for his award winning book, Four Pieces for Power, Book One of the same series, between today and March 20th will be entered into a raffle to win a free autographed paperback copy of Rekindle the Flame. Marc will even ship it to the UK or Canada to a lucky winner.

Four Pieces for Power is available from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk

Email Marc at estesmarcw@gmail.com if you would like to take part.

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Dangerous Liaisons by Sarah Stuart will be available from Amazon Kindle at a reduced price from March 10th to March 17th

The reduced price will be $0.99 from $4.99 for the whole period.

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Available from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk

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Charlie Bray’s New Facebook Page – Please Like!

Hi Gang, Hope all is well with you out there and that your books are selling well.

I know how hard it is for all of us to achieve that, and, with that in mind, have just launched a brand new Facebook page to wave another flag for my books.

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I would appreciate it if you could click on the image and visit the page. I would appreciate it even more if you could give it a quick ‘Like’ while you’re there.This will really help me get the show on the road.

There are some exciting new things in the Indietribe pipeline which I am looking forward to launching for you soon.

Thanks in anticipation of your valued help on my new Facebook page,

Keep writing!

Very best regards

Charlie

 

Welcome to the March issue of our Monthly Spotlight

spotlightTo browse or buy a book, click on its front cover to view it on Amazon.com or its title to view it on Amazon.co.uk.

If your book is not yet booked in for the APRIL SPOTLIGHT, book it in now

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’

 

CREATIVE NON-FICTION

The Convict and The Rose by Jan Sikes

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‘The cold iron bars and forty foot walls of prison could not separate the rebel from his rose’

Flowers and Stone by Jan Sikes

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‘A passionate love story set in the rowdy raucous honky-tonks of Texas in 1970′

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’

 

GENERAL FICTION

The Vase With the Many Coloured Marbles by Jacob Singer

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The VASE with the MANY COLOURED MARBLES is about a young girl I met and dated when I was 15 years old – a story that her mother told me years later and asked me not to publish it until after her death, and only with her daughter’s permission. It is a story about how she, Emily Kleintjies born into the Coloured community of apartheid South Africa could not accept living as a second class citizen in a country she loved. 
Brakenstroom by JACOB SINGER

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Brakenstroom is a book about people I knew and stories I heard in the town, Potchefstroom, South Africa; stories that in some instances may be hard to believe and accept, yet they are all true stories – they actually happened. 

 

HISTORICAL FICTION

Silk Legacy by Richard Brawer

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‘Tumultuous love story’

 

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

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’

Doubletake by Maryann Miller & Margaret Sutton

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‘Never Saw the Ending Coming’

Boxes For Beds by Maryann Miller

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‘Suspense, Mystery, and Yes, Romance’

One Small Victory by Maryann Miller

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‘The Story of One Woman’s Courage’

Open Season by Maryann Miller

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‘Think “Lethal Weapon” with Female Leads Set in Dallas’

Stalking Season by Maryann Miller

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‘Gripping Second Book in the Seasons Mystery Series’

 Blood on White Wicker by Peggy Holloway

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‘Fleeing an abusive foster father, Vicky ends up in New Orleans and begins to uncover clues about her past’

Portrait on Wicker by Peggy Holloway

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‘In this sequel to Blood on White Wicker, Judith McCain is now a psychologist and returns to New Orleans in search of her missing sister, the artist, Julia’

She’s Gone by Peggy Holloway

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‘Trying to find a much needed job, Amy can’t believe her luck. A prominant psychiatrist hires her to take his little girl, Jenny, on a train to spend the summer with her grandparents’

Southern Greed by Peggy Holloway

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‘Having led a sheltered life—except for a major trauma—twenty-three-year-old Belinda easily falls in love with the handsome, suave Adam. He talks her into running a scam’

Double Shock by Peggy Holloway

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‘Ramona, a battered wife, plans to kill her husband and make it look like an accident’

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’

 

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

PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER

Terror on the Beach by Peggy Holloway

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‘Someone is terrorizing people on the beach and  Sarah James lives in a beach condo’

Jupiter Returns by Peggy Holloway

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‘Jupiter, the psychopath from Portrait on Wicker, has escaped the institution for the criminally insane and is out for revenge against Judith McCain and Tracy Carr’

Monroe Beach by Peggie Holloway

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‘Judith McCain returns to Monroe Beach to help Sarah James, who sees women standing behind her in her mirror, that turn up dead on the beach’

 

ROMANCE

 

The Whispering Wind by Lexa Dudley

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‘This is a romantic and beautiful love story that will strike a cord deep in ones heart’

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’

 

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’

 

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Just one big jumble of great books for your reading pleasure

If it was on your iPad, you’d call it a SHUFFLE

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THE GRAY SHIP: Book One in the The Time Magnet Series by RUSSELL MORAN

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‘Captain Ashley Patterson is a 36 year old Commanding Officer of a nuclear guided missile cruiser. While steaming toward Charleston, South Carolina in April 2013, the ship encounters a time warp or wormhole. Suddenly, Captain Patterson and her 930 crewmembers find themselves in the year 1861, two days before the start of the Civil War’

Available from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk

THE THANKSGIVING GANG: Book Two in The Time Magnet Series by RUSSELL MORAN

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‘Jack Thurber has traveled through time—again. This was the fourth time he time traveled, earning him a nickname The Time Magnet. But this time he’s traveled into the future.
He discovers that he and his Navy Captain wife Ashley were killed in a terrorist nuclear attack on Ashley’s ship Thanksgiving Day 2015′

Available from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk

A TIME FOR FEAR: Book Three in The Time Magnet Series by RUSSELL MORAN

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In a month, five American cities will be devastated by suitcase nuclear bombs.
The time travelers take on their old name, The Thanksgiving Gang.
They know what will happen, because they travelled to the future.
They know what the result will be. They’ve seen the devastation

Available from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk

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OPEN SEASON by MARYANN MILLER

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‘Book one of the Season’s Mystery Series featuring two women homicide detectives in Dallas. Think “Lethal Weapon” with female leads. Sarah Kingsly and Angel Johnson track a serial killer while trying to form a partnership that neither want.  ”Miller spins a tight tale that’s a cut above the average police procedural’

Available from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk

STALKING SEASON by MARYANN MILLER

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‘In this second book of The Seasons Series,  Homicide Detective Sarah Kinsgly and her partner, Angel Johnson are pitted against another uncanny killer while still struggling to feel like real partners. Neither wanted the pairing in the first place, and it isn’t getting any better’

Available from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk

DOUBLETAKE by MARYANN MILLER

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‘Police procedural mystery by the award-winning author Maryann Miller, with Margaret Sutton introduces Twin Lakes detective, Barbara Hopkins, who has to find out who killed the school teachers’ wife’

Available from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk

BOXES FOR BEDS by MARYANN MILLER

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‘Moving to a new town can be difficult, but moving and being accused of committing a crime adds a whole new level of difficult’

Available from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk

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THE SECRET OF THE SACRED SCARAB by FIONA INGRAM

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‘A 5000-year-old mystery comes to life when a scruffy peddler gives
Adam and Justin Sinclair an old Egyptian scarab on their very first day in
Egypt’

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

CHAMP: MY STORY OF SURVIVAL by FIONA INGRAM

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‘When award-winning children’s author Fiona Ingram (South Africa) read about an abused and abandoned dog called Champ that was left for dead, she was appalled and moved. Appalled that such neglect and abuse could even happen in the first place, and moved by a little dog’s immense courage, fortitude, and most importantly his will to live, and his ability to forgive and love humans again’

Available from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk

THE POPPY PROJECT by FIONA INGRAM

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‘Poppy is Fiji’s most famous dog and her amazing journey has helped to highlight the desperate plight of animals in Fiji. Poppy arrived at the Animals Fiji Clinic with a brutal facial injury in March 2012′

Available from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk

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MARIA’S DUCK TALES by MARIA DADDINO
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‘Happy, sad, and at times a little whimsical, Maria’s Duck Tales is a collection of short stories of the sometimes complicated, sometimes heart-breaking but always enriching relationship between a woman and the wildlife who call her garden home’

Available from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk

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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. Lizzie, and Michael, a backstreet boy determined to escape the poverty trap with a successful career in the theatre, develop a passionate relationship. Sparks, ignited by decoded secrets recorded by the queen’s unscrupulous, vengeful, granddaughter, break the bounds of marriage, the law, and the church’

Available from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk

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TOUCHING THE WIRE by REBECCA BRYN

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‘Part One – In the Shadow of the Wolf
In a death camp in 1940’s Poland, a young doctor and one of his nurses struggle to save lives’

‘Part Two – Though the Heavens should Fall
In present-day England, his granddaughter seeks to answer the questions posed by an enigmatic carving’

Available from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk

THE SILENCE OF THE STONES by REBECCA BRYN

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‘Mystery, murder, suspense, with psychological depths, heartbreaking undertones and romantic overtones. Twists and turns will keep you guessing to the end’

Available from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk

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URBINO UNEXPECTEDLY by MARIA CHIARA MARSCIANI

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Can love really help us to find out who we truly are, or is it just an out-of-fashion statement?

Urbino, Unexpectedly, is a journey of self-discovery through the power of love, the complexity of a mother-daughter relationship, friendship, and the need to follow one’s own dreams. It is set in Italy between the frivolous Adriatic coast, the backcountry’s romantic hamlets, the Alps, foggy Milan, and colorful Rome.

Available from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk

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QUEST FOR HONOR by DAVID TINDELL

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Jim Hayes lives a quiet life in Wisconsin, training in martial arts and studying the warrior ethos. Unable to prevent the murder of his wife six years earlier, Jim is determined that the next time he is called upon to act, things will be different, and he can restore the sense of honor he believes he has lost.

Available from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk

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RED CLOVER by FLORENCE OSMUND

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 ,Imagine feeling like an outsider. Now imagine feeling like an outsider in your own family.

The troubled son of a callous father and socialite mother determines his own meaning of success after learning shocking family secrets that cause him to rethink who he is and where heʼs going. Lee Winekoopʾs reinvention of himself is surprising; the roadblocks he confronts are unnerving; and the cast of characters he befriends along the way is both heartwarming and amusing. Join him on his journey into manhood as he discovers that lifeʾs bitter circumstances can actually give rise to meaningful consequences’

Available from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk

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MISSION LISBON – THE V1 DOUBLE CROSS by TOBY OLIVER

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MI5 receives a microfilm on the Hitler’s rocket programme.  A French scientist, Jean Giscard, working on the project is horrified at the destructive nature of the weapons and warns the Allies they could affect the outcome of the War. He contacts the SOE and is spirited to Portugal. DCI Garvan, seconded to MI5 accompanies Major Spencer Hall to Lisbon. Their mission to escort Giscard to England, it’s a race against time; Himmler has ordered Giscard to be killed. A double-agent unfortunately divulges his whereabouts. In their deadly game of smoke and mirrors no-one is ever quite what they seem.

Available from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk

 

 CODENAME NICOLETTE by TOBY OLIVER

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During the Blitz the body of Sarah Davis is found after a tip-off to Scotland Yard by DCI Luke Garvan. A single bullet wound had extinguished the girl’s life with calculated precision. At Scotland Yard he is introduced to Major Spencer Hall from British Intelligence. Garvan discovers this was no ordinary killing Sarah was a member of MI5’s shadowy Twenty Committee. The Investigation draws Garvan into a dangerous underworld of espionage, it’s an intellectual, deadly game of counter bluff against the Abwehr. One rogue agent could bring the entire system crashing down like a pack of cards. 

Available from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk

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THE COOKIE THIEF by FRANCES GILBERT

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‘The Cookie Thief is a charming, simple story. Cookies are disappearing, Thomas is upset, he likes cookies and people are hiding them, “No cookie thief is getting my cookies!” they say. Thomas’ wise grown up friend Kristina helps him make a plan to track down the cookie thief. Colorful, detailed pictures lead young readers through the story. This is a wonderful read aloud book. Parents, grandparents and teachers will appreciate the simple lesson’

Available from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk

TODAY THE TEACHER CHANGED OUR SEATS by FRANCES GILBERT

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‘The teacher has decided that the children will change seats but that makes someone in the class unhappy. Aided by Ben Quesnel’s poignant illustrations we watch as the problem unfolds. It takes a smart child and an understanding teacher to put things right’

Available from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk

WHERE IS SHE NOW? by FRANCES GILBERT

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‘Rosemary wants only to feel the calm promised in the hymns of her childhood, she wants to ‘lay down her burden and enter in.’ Cradling her green pocket book wrapped in an old green shawl, she wanders through her daily life with her husband Brian, her traumatized self, and her alter ego, the bossy and competent Anna. Something has happened in the past, centering on her baby, but Rosemary can’t quite remember what it was. And where is the baby now?’

Available from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk

SHE SHOULD HAVE COME FOR ME by FRANCES GILBERT

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She Should Have Come for Me is a dark thriller told from an unusual point of view. This novella is by the author of “Where Is She Now?”

Available from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk

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ANGEL WAR BY PHILIP DODD

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‘From an early age, Azel, the Prince of the White Castle of the Angels of Light, plans what he calls his great rebellion against the Father. After his self transformation into a scaled, four legged beast, he names himself the Dragon. At the head of his rebel angel army and his dragon flocks, he brings war to the angel lands. His intention is to dethrone the Father, and rule in his place. Khem, the Child of the White Mountain, vows upon his Silver Sword to be his slayer. The lonely, perilous path of the dragonslayer, he takes. At its end, he stands alone, to challenge the Father’s foe to combat’

Available from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk

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SPOOKY SNACKS 1 – REVENGE OF THE DUST BUNNIES by MIKE KALMBACH

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‘Don’t clean your room! Dust always seems to collect in strange places: on your dresser, behind the TV, and under your bed. It’s not random. There’s something sinister going on. A hidden group is behind this. And they have a plan’

Available from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk

WRITING ADVICE FOR TEENS – CREATING STORIES by MIKE KALMBACH

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‘Don’t let the title fool you–all beginning to intermediate writers will enjoy these tips and strategies for helping their stories come to life!’

Available from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk

THE CALDERIAN CONFLICT by MIKE KALMBACH

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‘Fun, fast-paced pirate novel packed with mystery, suspense, and intrigue. Will appeal to fans of Brandon Sanderson, George RR Martin, and R A Salvatore’

Available from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk

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LOVES SWEET SORROW by RICHARD BRAWER
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‘Jason Sorren’s and Ariel Hammond’s love and her Quaker faith are tested when Jason accidentally uncovers evidence that will expose arms smugglers selling weapons to terrorists. As the chases to retrieve the evidence intensify and Ariel is forced to kill to save Jason’s life, she withdraws into a battle raging inside her, unable to reconcile whom she has been to whom she has become’

Available from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk
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WHISPER IN THE PINES – SECRETS OF THE HEART BY HOWARD GLEICHENHAUS
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‘This book takes readers on an up and down rollercoaster ride from the very first page as Mary Elizabeth arrives in Moultrie, Georgia, turning the lives of everyone she once loved into chaos as her ex lover, a vicious sociopathic con man, Jeb Collins leaves a trial of mayhem and murder in his wake searching for his treacherous backstabbing shill’
Available from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk
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WHITE JADE BY ALEX LUKEMAN
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‘Book One in an ongoing series, White Jade thrusts Nick Carter and Selena Connor of the Project into a race to stop a power hungry Chinese general from overthrowing the government of China and attacking America’
Available from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk
THE TESLA SECRET BY ALEX LUKEMAN
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(Winner of the Best Indie Book Award 2013)
‘When lost plans for a devastating weapon invented by Nicola Tesla fall into the hands of a centuries old conspiracy bent on world domination, it’s up to Nick Carter and his lover Selena Connor of the Project to save the world from nuclear war’
Available from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk
 
THE AJAX PROTOCOL BY ALEX LUKEMAN
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‘Traitors high in the U.S. government are ready to unleash a terrible weapon on America and turn the country into a police state, with only the men and women of the Project team fighting against the clock to stop them’
Available from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk

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 DEAR CROSSING by MARJORIE DOERING

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 ’The devil is in the details, and the details aren’t what anyone expected’

Available from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk

SHADOW TAG by MARJORIE DOERING

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‘Finishing what you start is admirable. It can also be deadly’

Available from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk

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A CRUEL RECKONING: A Mark Praed Novel, Book 3 by P E SIBLEY

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‘Vacation! Alex is looking forward to spending three blissful weeks in France. But when she is snatched from the Left Bank in Paris she isn’t sure if it’s a random act or a plot against the task force. When she discovers that Praed has also been abducted, the possibility of a leak at task force headquarters becomes a very real possibility’

Available from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk

A SORT OF JUSTICE by P E SIBLEY

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‘Half-human Mark Praed inherited a skill from his alien mother that makes him a valued agent: he reads minds’

Available from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk

 TALLON’S TOUCH by PE SIBLEY

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‘Posing as a convicted felon, Praed infiltrates a drug dealer’s gang while his partner, Alex, is sidelined in a farming settlement’

Available from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk

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PURE TRASH by BETTE A STEVENS

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‘Experience the joy of a carefree Saturday and the blistering pain of feeling not quite good enough as you hop on a bike and ride into town with two delightful young boys who find adventure at every turn. Shawn and Willie Daniels live in the woods with no indoor water or plumbing. Dad spends most of his hard earned money on beer. Prejudice, class division, alcoholism, poverty, injustice, and bullying are cleverly woven into this 1950s adventure short. PURE TRASH is a prequel to upcoming debut novel planned for release Summer 2014′

Available from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk

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Forewarning by Kate Wyland

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‘An injured man forces Kasey Martin to make a frightening choice.  Can she use her skills to protect those she loves or will she fail again?’

Available from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk

Wyoming Escape by Kate Wyland

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Two dead bodies. One dirty cop. Add one scared chef and a sexy Marine for a suspenseful page turner

Available from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk

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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’

Available from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk

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’

Available from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk

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’

Available from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk

BUILD A BOOK: Synopsis by Charlie Bray

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Available from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk

 

A Four Book Laughter Box by Charlie Bray

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

Available from amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk

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!’

Available from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk

 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!’ 

Available from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk

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’

Available from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk

Open House by Charlie Bray

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‘Aristocrats, Ghosts and Squatters Share a Castle’

Available from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk

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FOUR PIECES FOR POWER by MARC ESTES

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‘When mysterious strangers arrive at the home of Andrew Correo, they provide him with life changing news. He learns of the Vedicatori, a secret organization established by his ancestors, an organization he now has the chance to inherit control over. In order to gain this control, he needs to compete with Robert Stavero in a global scavenger hunt. They must search for four illusive crystals that, when brought together, will tell them their final destination’

Available from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk

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SOLITARY DESIRE by KIM DEFFORGE

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‘The author takes us along on her journey as she narrates the life events that weave an emotional tapestry, from adolescent imagination to adult life situations. Conveying amusing candor, Defforge details how she came full circle, from Paris to “la vie en rose” on the French Riviera. A true story of twists and turns and the author’s courage to follow it’

Available from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk

KIDS’ RIVIERA by KIM DEFFORGE

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‘This book is a compilation of information about kid-focused sites on the French Riviera, so that the whole family can enjoy the sun and the sea, and experience the savoir-faire that the area has to offer’

Available from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk

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THE VISIONARY MAYAN QUEEN:Yohl lk’nal of Palenque by LEONIDE MARTIN

 Book 1 Mists of Palenque Series

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‘The first Mayan woman ruler, Yohl Ik’nal uses her visionary powers to foresee enemy attack and fulfill her father’s dynastic ambitions.  Facing betrayal and revenge, love for her father steels her will as she confronts powerful opposition.  Though her life is dedicated to duty, she finds sustaining romantic love.  She sees turmoil coming and must assure royal succession.  Can she prepare her headstrong daughter for rulership or help her weak son become a leader?  Her actions could lead to ruin or bring her city to greatness.
Centuries later Francesca, part-Mayan archeologist, and her team at Palenque excavate the royal burial of a crimson skeleton, possibly the first Mayan queen’s tomb ever discovered. She could not anticipate its impact on her life and unraveling of ancient bonds’
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THE CONTROVERSIAL MAYAN QUEEN:  Sak’uk of Palenque by LEONIDE MARTIN

  Book 2 Mists of Palenque Series
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‘The Mayan Queens series continues with Sak K’uk, daughter of Yohl Ik’nal, first Mayan queen.  Sak K’uk guides her city through devastation following traitorous attack.  She faces dissident nobles and spiritual crisis caused by collapse of the portal to the Gods.  All her willpower and skill are needed as she embodies the Primordial Mother Goddess to attain rulership, navigate through chaos and hold the throne for her son, Pakal.  Through intense trials they forge a special bond that proves a blessing and a curse.
Modern archeologist Francesca continues her quest to uncover the identity of the crimson skeleton found in a royal burial at Palenque.  She is perplexed by her grandmother’s cryptic message to discover her true self by listening to the lightning in her blood’
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THE COLLECTORS BOOK ONE by RON A SEWELL

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‘Bernie hires the Collectors to retrieve something that should have remained hidden’

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THE COLLECTORS BOOK TWO by RON A SEWELL

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

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 THE COLLECTORS BOOK THREE by RON A SEWELL

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‘The Great Wall of China contains a secret’

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THE COLLECTORS BOOK FOUR by RON A SEWELL

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‘Hitler’s Diamonds are in the Sahara. Can they be found?’

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 YOU CAN’T HIDE FOREVER by RON A SEWELL 
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‘He can’t hide forever and never knows when his past will catch up with him’
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IN TOO DEEP (Due South Book 1) by TRACEY ALVAREZ

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‘To save her brother from financial ruin, police diver Piper Harland does the one thing she swore she’d never do—return to the tiny island hometown on Stewart Island where Ryan “West” Westlake crushed her heart. West lost Piper once, but now she’s back for an unexpected six week visit. Maybe he wants her a little bit, but can he fall in love with such a flight risk? Saying goodbye the second time might just destroy them both’

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MELTING INTO YOU (Due South Book 2) by TRACEY ALVAREZ 

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‘Ben Harland is, by his own admission, a bit of a grouch. He doesn’t do soppy chick-flicks and he’s hen-picked enough as it is with his mother and two younger sisters on his case. He sure doesn’t need any more drama in his world. But life has a way of rearing up and biting him in the butt when he least expects it. Cue insta-daddyhood to an eight-year-old girl and an out-of-control attraction to Stewart Island’s hot school teacher, Kezia Murphy’

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IN THE SHADOW OF THE HOLLYWOOD SIGN by RANDALL CALDWELL

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‘Forced into early retirement from the Hollywood Police Department, Patrick ‘Mac’ McFarland is now a private detective who prowls the mean streets of Hollywood and the dark alleys of the criminal mind.  McFarland uses court-ordered therapy to assess how the movie business came to be and what affect it has had on some of its participants, to ultimately sort through clues that solve a murder fifteen years in the making, and then to confront his most formidable foe yet – his own troubled past’

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THE ADVENTURES OF RUBY AND ROBERTO RAINDROP by VALERIE SPALIVIERO
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‘A children’s story for 4-8 year olds.  Two raindrops journey from the rainforest to the arctic, down streams, rivers and oceans connecting with humans, animals, flowers and fauna.  An educational story of water, its movement and importance to all living things on this beautiful planet we call earth. Poetic in its writing and full of imagery, children will be enchanted and conversations shared between child/parents/grandparents as they travel together on this adventure’

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