Book Promo Day: 28th November, 2013

Welcome to BOOK PROMO DAY, (my apologies for posting it 2 days late) here are another 5 great entrants for you to enjoy as follows (another 5 have also been received and will appear next week):

Please Note:

Next week will be the last Book Promo posted from the blog, so please do NOT submit any more Book Promo requests.

Silent Lies by Mel Parish


During a police investigation into the whereabouts of his young assistant Katy Shore, the decision to withhold information that could get him into trouble is an easy one for accountant Cal Miller. That is, until he discovers Katy’s deceptions far outweigh his own. Now, not only is Cal’s reputation as a newcomer to small-town Leyton’s business community at stake, but also his already fragile marriage and his freedom. With detectives deaf to his claims that no crime has been committed, Cal’s impulsive and secretive nature threatens to alienate even those who could help him, as the ensuing scandal brings to light issues that suggest that his secrets are darker and his past more blemished than he is willing to admit.

Barnford Abbey: Part One:Revenge and Retribution by Jake Cardigan


1645-1660) At the peak of the English Civil War, Oliver Cromwell falls from his horse at the decisive battle of Naseby. This inciting moment marked the beginning of the end for King Charles 1: the start of Colonel Matthew Farrell’s ruthless quest for power; his vendetta against the Earl of Barnford and the terrible crimes he committed against one innocent young Irishman and his family. Revenge and retribution follow as the tables are turned and the victims become the hunters The plots twist and turn as many old scores are finally settled—or were they?

(Continued in Part Two (2008 -2010) BARNFORD ABBEY PART ONE.

Yesterday Road by Kevin Brennan


In this “coming-of-old-age” tale, Jack Peckham finds himself on a journey into his distant past, helped along the way by Joe Easterday, a young man with Down syndrome, and Ida Pevely, a middle-aged waitress with her own mountain of regrets. Jack has a hundred grand in cash that he can’t explain, since he can’t remember yesterday much less forty years ago. Setting out from Northern California for “points east,” he gets lost, carjacked, abandoned, and arrested, but he’s always homing in on the one object of his inner drive — home. With humor and plenty of unexpected turns, Kevin Brennan’s second novel is a lyrical and poignant story of memory and identity, of how it is the whole of experience — pain and regret along with love and pleasure — that gives life its fullness. We all tow our histories behind us as we make our way down Yesterday Road.

Mary Baker and The Eye of the Tiger by D.M. Cherubim

Mary Baker and The Eye of the Tiger Book Cover

Mary Baker isn’t happy. She’s bullied by a mother who hates her and her mother’s boyfriend, a redneck plumber with a big gut. It’s only the mysterious surprises that keep happening to her that make her life fun. Or interesting. Like the anonymous gifts that come in the mail or the flocks of black birds that follow her. Then one day, a death and a mysterious, magical stone with symbols on it, called The Eye of the Tiger, bring her great wealth and a new life attending a school of white magic.

This sometimes amusing adventure includes a spell that hits the wrong person with funny results, and more serious spells with powerful consequences.

All is going well until a hooded figure steals the stone. Now, her riches in jeopardy, Mary and her friends soon find themselves in real danger as they come up against a young woman who can’t decide if she’s evil or good and a truly evil wizard, who just wants the stone for the wealth it will bring.

The Valley of Thorns (v.3 of The Labors of Ki’shto’ba Huge-Head) by Lorinda J. Taylor


This volume continues the adventures that began in v.2 The Storm-Wing. Ki’shto’ba and its Companions are summoned back to Marcher lands where the High Commander Zhu’zi’a’ro’a and its Warriors have been engaged in a war with the Southern Nasutes over possession of the land to the south of Pol’ki’shtot (the Valley of Thorns). Having little luck keeping the treacherous Sta’ein’zei at bay, Zhu’zi’a’ro’a has decided to take A’zhu’lo’s advice and attempt to negotiate peace, with Ki’shto’ba’s help. Now, however, the Sta’ein’zei are advancing on the new fortress of Wei’loi’bao’cha, which lies immediately south of the Valley of Thorns. Ki’shto’ba decides it will cast its lot with the Marchers and fight alongside A’zhu’lo to protect Wei’loi’bao’cha. However, the defense of the fortress does not go well. The Marchers decide they must abandon Wei’loi’bao’cha, taking its Mother with them inside one of the trickster Za’dut’s wheeled conveyances. The Marchers withdraw through the Valley of Thorns, granted sworn assurances of safe passage by Pai’it’zei and Lin’tuk’ko (the Commander and the High Priest of the Sta’ein’zei). Ki’shto’ba is assigned to lead the vanguard that escorts the Mother while Zhu’zi’a’ro’a, A’zhu’lo, and Lug’tei’a command the rear, intending to use the lightning horn to summon aid from Ki’shto’ba’s forces should there be any treachery. And indeed treachery is fated to be the order of the day …


A Message For Dad’s Fans and Friends

Since Dad left to pursue his new investigations for the next story, we as a family have been inundated with messages of condolence and support. So much so, that Thank You seems so inadequate.

For those of you who have your own blogs, and have shared this news with your followers, friends and fans, then, again, those very inadequate words appear, Thank You.

While there are times that I speak for the entire family, I cannot always claim that. I would like to let the Imagineer Blog, not carry exactly, but still be available for the information it contains, as well as links to books that readers may not have yet.

I also am working to create a memorial Blog for dad. I would also like impressions from his friends, fans and followers. If you would like to take part in this project, please feel free to write something. If you do, and would like it published, please send it to damienDOTsmyATicloudDOTcom, in any format that is convenient for you, I will let you know if I can open it or not afterwards :-). If you would be able to help with a bit of graphic design, as I personally can just about write a post on it, please, again, contact me.

Well, I’m going to sign off for now.

With many many thanks


The Next Station and Beyond

The next station in Dad’s journey has been pinned down now.

Monday the 9th of December will see Dad leave the last station on this plane, and travel to whichever one he decided looked best in the brochures.

Therefore, I ask you, at a time convenient for you, you take a minute or two to think about your relationship with him.

I know for a fact that he was frequently surprised by the receptions he would get, and the fact he could generally give good advice when pressed.

While the blog may not continue after the planned events, please help me dust off one of dad’s first forays into the internet, his site CraftBoard. You can find it at

Blog Browser Day: 23rd November, 2013

Last week three great blogs were recommended – THANK YOU to the contributors of these and all the blogs recommended until now 🙂

Please note that this will be the LAST Blog Browser post!

Alphabet Salad

Laurel Regan is a Canadian who blogs on many subjects, including writing, her personal life, occasional recipes, her really interesting cats – and she’s also a fine photographer! A very enjoyable blog!

Blog Class: General Blog

Recommended by: Lorinda J. Taylor

Rating: 5 Stars

Confirmed Family Safe?: Yes

Trailer Trash With A Girl’s Name

After surviving his mother’s cooking as a child, this blogger/author was able to recount his life as a preemie baby, born in a smoke-filled room. He roamed this great land in a Winnebago, and managed to land a date or two despite his girlish moniker. One of the perks of being tragically named is that he always gets mail for Ms. Stacey Roberts. We hear she’s great.

Blog Class: Authors Blog

Recommended by: CF Winn

Rating: 5 Stars

Confirmed Family Safe?: Yes

A love letter to Rome and Italy

This is a lovingly assembled collection of photographs and text by someone who loves Italy, the city of Rome in particular, and expresses it in this beautiful blog.

Blog Class: General Blog

Recommended by: Jane Dougherty

Rating: 5 Stars

Confirmed Family Safe?: Yes

The Next Great Adventure

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.

Important Message regarding Steve Smy’s health.

It is with great sadness that I must report that Steve’s health is deteriorating rapidly and the prognosis is not good.

In accordance with the request from Steve’s family, this blog will not be active after the 5th December 2013.

Scheduled posts that will still be run until then are as follows:

Blog Browser Day on Saturday 23rd November

Book Promo Day on Thursday 28th November

Book Promo Day on Thursday 5th December

I know that Steve would want to thank all his blog visitors and followers for all the support, encouragement, fun and friendship they have given him since he started it.

With IMMEDIATE effect, please DO NOT submit any more blogs or books for promotion.

Anyone who wishes to leave messages of support for Steve and his family in these difficult times, please use the comments boxes under this post, or the above mentioned three posts only.

Please DO NOT email Steve, neither his family nor I are able to access Steve’s email accounts.

Book Promo Day: 21st November, 2013

Welcome to BOOK PROMO DAY, here are another 5 great entrants for you to enjoy as follows:

The Traveler in Black and White by Jemima Pett


The fourth book in the series takes us back to Castle Hattan. Lord Mariusz, peeved by being cast as the villain in the first book, attempts to set the record straight. He narrates, in his own Humphrey Bogart fashion, how he found the time tunnel, and his adventures when he started to exploit the business opportunities he found on the other end. Fom his first morning at the Inn of the Seventh Happiness, where he has introduced himself as Hugo del Novo, he feels a strange disorientation. What is going on in this world? The papers are twelve years out of date, they speak with a strange accent, and write dates the wrong way round. The barkeeper’s cute hyperactive son tips him off as to the best stagecoach to take to start exploring, and then his troubles really start. Trouble could have been Hugo’s middle name. Murder, vampires, dodgy business people, secret agents… Mind you, he attracts beautiful females, too. And all the while he’s just trying to work out how to sell his drinks. An exciting adventure with a charming protoganist, this book is suitable for readers aged 12 and upwards. Now out in paperback!


Barnes & Noble

Essenced (The Division Chronicles: Book One) by Connie L. Smith


Years ago, demons were forced out of the earth’s realm by a band of supernatural fighters, banished from the place and its people in the aftermath of a horrific war. It should’ve ended there – would’ve – if not for the final demon’s claw snagging on the open portal. What felt like victory became only a reprieve, the winning warriors understanding that the tear would spread, and the demons eventually would escape exile. It was only a matter of time, and a need for future defense – a question of genetics and essences, magic and power.

Now, centuries later, a new army must bind together – one of teenagers with inhuman potentials and abilities…

AJ went to bed Sunday night an average teenage girl, clumsy and athletically lacking. So when she wakes up Monday morning with super-strength, she does what any rational person would do: She goes into denial. When a smoking hot guy in a suit shows up, rambling about the end of the war and demons spilling through some kind of rift, she refuses to listen, telling herself he’s insane. Except weird things just won’t quit happening, and the guy keeps popping up in her life, trying to explain the changes suddenly happening within her. Is she crazy, or is this guy… not so crazy after all?

Division by Karen A. Wyle


New technology, new choices . . . but who gets to choose? Conjoined twins Gordon and Johnny have never let their condition keep them from living full and fulfilling lives. Gordon looks forward to many years of closeness and cooperation. Johnny, however, faces their future with increasing restlessness, even dread. When the boys are in their teens, the new technologies of accelerated human cloning and brain transplants are combined into a single medical procedure — Transplant to Clone, or TTC. Someone whose body has suffered such extensive damage as to make normal life impossible may — with court approval — be cloned and then given a brain transplant into the clone body. With Gordon’s unwitting assistance, Johnny realizes that the TTC procedure provides the chance he had never dared to hope for — the chance to live in a “normal,” separate body. But Gordon considers their conjoined life a blessing, rather than a curse. He has no intention of accepting separation — not without a fight . . . . Division, like Wyle’s earlier novels, uses original settings and situations to explore universal themes: the complexity and intensity of family relationships, the nature of individual identity, and the far-reaching effects of the choices we make.

The Showing by Will Macmillian Jones

The Showing

The Showing: the first of my paranormal works. A classic story of a haunted house, but with a little twist: lots of the story is based upon real events, in my own life. Based on more of a true story than you might wish to believe. It was a house Mister Jones knew from his childhood, his grandparents’ house, a house that everyone in his family feared, a house with a tangible sense of evil seeping through its walls. However, when he saw that it was up for sale yet again, Mister Jones couldn’t resist visiting it one more time, so he contacted the agent and arranged a showing. Throughout the visit he sensed the evil re-emerging and, sure enough, after he left, the agent was nowhere to be found. When the police interrogated Mister Jones, it was obvious that he knew more than he was telling. What kind of evil was inhabiting the house and what part was Mister Jones playing in its plan? Available from Amazon in both paperback and Kindle, it is a highly regarded horror story.

Catskinner’s Book by Misha Burnett


Catskinner’s Book is the story of James, a shy young man who wants to live a quiet life, and Catskinner, the diabolic alien intelligence who lives in James’ head. It is a science fiction/fantasy adventure set in a strange and unique world that looks like our world, but conceals an underworld of alien minds that twist human beings to suit their own purposes.

Steve Smy Books (and where to get them)

While Steve is resting and recuperating, (and I am managing his blog hee hee) I thought I’d take the opportunity to do a little promo on his books (I’ve got ALL of them hee hee again)

You can get Steve Smy’s books at the following outlets, in almost any format you care to have (and some of them are actually free at the moment):



Barnes & Noble


There are 15 books published.

The Guardians G1 Series:

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The Captain Henri Duschelle Stories

TStDS 10102012FtSoM 30032013TOA 02042013

The Thief Series

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Other stories

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So why not give yourselves a real treat and read them during these long dark cold nights (during these short bright warm nights for those in southern climes)

Please don’t forget to leave a review though (I leave reviews in Goodreads, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, Amazon UK and

Blog Browser Day: 16th November, 2013

Two weeks ago there were SEVEN great blogs recommended, plus one last week recommended by TWO PEOPLE – THANK YOU AGAIN to the contributors, Last week 4 (four) were posted.

Today I will post the remaining 4 (four) for this weeks Blog Browser Day, because everyone suffered from a sudden attack of Lazybonesitis as predicted and I may have to uncage the Chimps to cure this innocuous plague) – so give yourselves a treat this weekend and click on the blog names (and the recommenders names) to visit them – THEN:

PLEASE, don’t forget to let me know all about YOUR favourite blogs in time for NEXT weeks post 🙂

PLEASE use the form HERE to make your recommendations

Woman Wielding Words

Lisa A. Kramer is a college teacher of theatrical studies. She is an erudite writer, director, and mother, and always has something intelligent and interesting to say.

Blog Class: Authors Blog

Recommended by: Lorinda J. Taylor

Rating: 5 Stars

Confirmed Family Safe?: Yes

Valerie Ormond – Believing In Horses – Writing, life lessons, horses, and more

My blog is a journey through my life as a writer starting from just before my first book was published to date. Since my first book was about horses (Believing In Horses), and I’m quite passionate about them, I naturally venture into horse subjects now and then. But the blog has pretty much evolved into me wanting to share the things I’ve learned about being a writer with others.

Blog Class: Authors Blog

Recommended by: Valerie Ormond

Rating: Own Blog

Confirmed Family Safe?: Yes


Mike is a published author of children’s books and a career writer, meaning he makes his living as a writer. He is very entertaining and his posts show that he is an accomplished writer. You can actually feel the kid in him through his posts. He frequently encourages other authors and would be authors to write. He also gives them tips on promoting books, doing school visits and author interviews.

Blog Class: Authors Blog

Recommended by: Mrs. P

Rating: 4 Stars

Confirmed Family Safe?: Yes

My Rite of Passage

Series of topics addressed with leading articles about writing, books, themes and subjects. Currently a series on Magical Realism vs magical Reality. Belinda welcomes drop in comments from other authors and interested readers and hosts some fascinating discussions and articles.

Blog Class:  Authors Blog

Recommended by: Ian Mathie

Rating:5 Stars

Confirmed Family Safe?: Yes

Book Promo Day: 14th November, 2013

Welcome to BOOK PROMO DAY, here are another 5 great entrants for you to enjoy as follows:

The Dark Citadel by Jane Dougherty


Evil is slouching into Providence. Will the awakening memories of a rebellious runaway be enough to send the demon back into the shadows? Blurb: Fifteen-year-old Deborah is angry and bitter. Rebelling against an arranged marriage to an idiot, she flees the oppression of Providence’s religious Elders to search for her exiled mother, the legendary Green Woman. Zachariah, dark, brooding and unhappy crosses Deborah’s path as they both plot escape from the House of Correction. Dislike is instant and mutual, and Zachariah blunders off alone to seek the Green Woman’s magical Garden. In the desert wasteland, Jonah, the dog boy takes Deborah’s hand, first as a friend and guide, then as something more. Abaddon, Lord of Hell is waiting to crush the green magic that will destroy his realm on earth. Deborah is discovering love and the mysterious power of her memories, but will this be enough to defeat the demon and the Elder’s regime, and dispel the shadows cast by the Dark Citadel?

Musa Publishing

Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon by Janice Spina


Ricky is a rambunctious raccoon who gets into all kinds of trouble one night when he is out looking for something to eat. Children PS – Grade 3 will love adorable Ricky. This is another Jemsbooks book which are stories for young children that encourage good behavior and teach life lessons. Another delightful book is Louey the Lazy Elephant. Both books are illustrated beautifully by my husband, John Spina. Thank you, Steve, for this wonderful opportunity to share my book with your readers.

Jems Books

The Hunter, Grayleer by Alex Billedeaux


There are twisted creatures, hiding in the darkness. In the deep woods, the abandoned barn, the back alley, the empty apartment next door. Some control minds or weather, others dabble with lost souls and possession. They have preyed on the unwary for centuries and are only satiated by the next victim they take. But they have not gone unnoticed. There are Hunters, scouring just at the edge of the light. Michael Grayleer is one such man. Shotgun in hand, Grayleer tracks down whispers of attacks, finding the perpetrator and removing them before they can hurt anyone else. It is not so cut and dry these days, especially since Grayleer’s prey has found a new orchestrator. Grayleer is not the Hunter anymore. They are being sicked on him, one by one, until he either dies or turns to find protection at the hands of men that he would have never put trust in before. As he watches his new friends slowly lose themselves into the ruthless kills that his job requires, he is forced to wonder whether his Hunt is just – or even forgivable.

Barnes & Noble

The Princelings of the East by Jemima Pett


The first book in the trilogy introduces us to our guinea pig heroes, Princelings Fred and George. Imagine them, if you will, scurrying around the castle using secret passages, carrying out scientific experiments that occasionally blow up in their faces and quaffing ale at their favourite tavern. But there is trouble in their world. They may not use much energy, but when they do, it is usually for important occasions. Energy draining to a halt to ruin the King’s Birthday celebrations is enough to send the King at Castle in the Marsh into a rage, and demand that everyone stop using it. George’s latest machine is destroyed; their world looks to be falling apart. So who better to go and solve this problem than the Princelings themselves? Leaving the security of their Castle is a big step into the unknown. They meet up with strangers – who to trust? Prince Lupin, so suave and sophisticated? The businessman, Hugo, smooth and wordly, with an air of deceit about him? The young barkeeper, Victor, always bustling around? And that’s just Fred’s problem, since George has been transported to another world, it seems, full of hustle, bustle and shining towers. Where, or when, is he? The Princelings of the East is a mystery “jam-packed with action and adventure” where time is of the essence. It’s suitable for good readers 11 and upwards, and is a complete story in its own right.


Barnes & Noble


How to Write a Book? How to Publish? By Celine Healy


Fantastic book! It was really informative and well set out. Highly recommended for those who need to know EVERY step in writing and self-publishing a book. Brimming with useful information and so easy to understand!. I would have loved this book while studying for my Graduate Certificate in Editing and Publishing. I now understand aspects of publishing that before were just too confusing! This book will make writing your own a pure joy. Anita Saunders BA, GCert Editing and Publishing How to Write a Book? How to Publish? A Practical Guide From Idea Creation to Publication Within 12 Weeks is a book/work book for non-fiction writers who want the quick, easy, step-by-step approach to writing their book and self publishing. You will learn: * how to select a title and a sub title * how to define your target market * how and where to find an editor * where to find a person to design your cover * buying your ISBN and bar code *and… ALL the costs of production You can simply sit at your computer and follow along and take notes as you go. I would love to be able to help as many budding writers become published authors as possible. I hope this will help.