Book Promo Day: 12th September, 2013


I only had two submissions for this week, sadly.  While I said that a minimum three would be required, I have decided to go ahead this week because I am able to list three links which may be of some interest to you.

Smashwords has introduced a new feature, which allows all the books in a Series to be listed in one location.  The links for my own three series are:

  1. Thief
  2. The Captain Henri Duschelle Stories
  3. G1: The Guardians

Hopefully, this will be mutually beneficial!

Family Portrait Changes Vol. 1 by by Gillian Felix

Adriana Banovic’s 15th birthday sucked! She got fired after eight years of playing Shayanne Montgomery on the #1 soap in the country, found out that her family was on the verge of bankruptcy and worst of all, forced to return to Westwood Academy. Her only saving grace was a chance glance at dreamy mystery boy Haze Lyndon. Armed with only his picture and a determination to find him—even if it means turning Los Angeles over on its ass.

In this new adult novel you’ll meet Robin Banovic, Adriana’s father; financially challenged, dealing with the death of a family member and his brother’s disappearance. You’ll meet Savannah DaCosta aka Savi, mother/manager; Savi enjoys the life her rock star daughter Leighann has provided. When Leighann makes a choice to end her career, Savi sees it as a personal attack. You’ll meet college boy Haze Lyndon; New to Los Angeles, Haze soon realizes how quickly money changes hands in the City of Angels. Will he return to questionable ways to survive or go back to the safety of his family in Wisconsin?

More information:


Darby Darby by William Pipes

Darby is an Appalachian novel. A story of danger, suspense, romance, and intrigue interwoven with the history and culture of the Appalachians..

William’s father, Clen Pipes, who was born in Darby, once told William a story about how, as a boy, he came upon a man standing in the middle of Elk Creek bleeding from a knife wound to his stomach. The man said, in the dialect of 1895, “Clen, I’m stobbed and I’m stobbed bad.”

William Pipes took that true story told to him by his father many years earlier, and wrote Darby, a story of danger, suspense, romance, and intrigue interwoven with the history and culture of Appalachia. Lovers of Appalachia will enjoy the two family saga taking place at a time in history when many of the modern conveniences of today were unknown. To those who are unfamiliar with Appalachia and the dialect of that era, and to some extent the dialect still spoken today, will come to also love, respect and understand the people of Appalachia.

Darby begins with the death of George Waldroup, the man who was standing in the middle of Elk Creek, and found by Floyd Caldwell, a neighbor. Floyd Caldwell tried to save George Waldroup, but Waldroup died. Waldroup’s family blamed Floyd Caldwell, and the family came to believe Floyd Caldwell killed him. This blame developed into a quarrel rivalling the one between the West Virginia-Kentucky Hatfield-McCoy of the late 1800s.

The feud involved not only the adults, but the children, especially, the two eight year old sons of each family. In 1904 a duel was held between George Waldroup’s brother, Virgil and Floyd Caldwell. A duel directly involving the two, now eighteen year old sons, Andrew Waldroup and William Caldwell.

As the story develops it progresses miraculously into a story of romance and intrigue involving the widow of George Waldroup, Myrtle, her daughter, Deborah, and the sons of Floyd Caldwell and George Waldroup.

Darby is steeped full of dramatic events, Appalachian dialogue, and inspired scenes. Darby will appeal to the romantic, the reader searching for drama, danger, and suspense, while the history and culture of Appalachia is made evident.

People who love the Appalachian people and the Appalachian regions, and those who enjoy a good, clean, touching, mystery novel will certainly enjoy reading Darby. Darby is a novel full of love and hate, sadness and joy. A novel short enough, at around two hundred pages, to be read in a couple of sittings, but even then difficult to put down.

More information:

Author’s website
Author’s blog

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About Steve

An author since the age of 13 years, writing again dominates my activities. My "Imagineer-ing" blog is my primary site. Also: Beginner knitter since November 2010. Favourite knitting techniques: cable and lace. Beginner cross stitcher. Beginner jewellery maker. With the promotion of self publication and all the other work that has been going on here, Dad decided around 2am this morning (22/11/2013) that it was time to begin his next adventure. He was seen off earlier the previous evening by myself, my brother, my sister in law, and my sister, as well as his wife (our mum), and an enigmatic being known only as A Lorraine. After this time of story telling, laughing, crying, joking and mickey taking, we saw how tired both mum and dad were, and we decided to leave them under the (sometimes) gentle care of The Lorraine. When Dad found the timetable for his travels, he let Mum know gently, which woke her from her drowsing, then, with the same gentleness he showed in this universe, he boarded his favourite mode of transport, the Interdimensional Steam Train, and set off with a smile and a wave. For those of us closest, that smile was a reminder that his pain has ended, and the wave, an indicator that he will pop in to all those that knew him, from time to time. Usually at the most inconvenient and in opportune moments he can. While we are sad that he is no longer here, we are happy he now has no pain, and is experiencing more extraordinary things that his writers mind will be frantically weaving into a new story. Posted by Son Damien

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