About The Story Reading Ape

I am what my name states, an ape of the primate species called Homo Sapiens Sapiens. My blog is intended to present New (to me) Authors, whose stories or books I have read and enjoyed, so that anyone who happens to stumble onto this blog, while searching for a book to read, or, a new (to them) author to try, may find what they seek, or, at least, inspiration. I have also made the blog an Author Promotions Enterprise to be a platform for authors to introduce themselves to potential readers and to provide advice and tips resources information they can use to improve and enhance their story telling efforts. Please be advised that I reserve the right to remove, or decline to publish, any comments that I deem inappropriate.

Final Book Promo Day: 5th December, 2013

Welcome to the LAST BOOK PROMO DAY from the blog of Steve Smy.

Please do NOT submit any more Book Promo requests.

There are another 6 great entrants for you to enjoy as follows:

Jumping Ship by Janice Ross

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The year was nineteen seventy-five. Pregnant seamstress, Petrina Dugal, became a runaway at the age of twenty-six. She ran away from a brutish husband, Roger, and a well-loved South American home in Georgetown, Guyana; at the heart of her rebellion – an enigmatic lover named Michael Chen. Pet and Mikey, as they became affectionately known, allowed love to blossom in front of her police officer husband and an intrusive community. Were they not aware of the dangers? Or did the pursuit of love trump obligations? Pet and Mikey’s journey to their new life took them through a multitude of the Caribbean’s treasure trove of islands – Antigua, Martinique, Barbados, Grenada, Trinidad & Tobago, and Saint Lucia. More than a month later their voyage landed them at JFK airport, in New York USA. And they disappeared, as though their existence was a myth. During this time, barren couple, Pearl and Edward Riley stumbled upon a newborn baby girl. Her cries could only be heard by a true mother, which Pearl immediately became. Bundled up with their new child, they discovered a parcel of artifacts and a scribbled note that read: Sakkara. Sakkara Riley grew up with two loving parents – adoptive parents to be exact. She never knew the circumstances surrounding her discovery, until the age of sixteen. The personal artifacts that were handed over had haunted her from that point on. After eight more years, including much research and probing, she was given the opportunity to begin her journey of self-discovery.

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com

The Secret Alchemist by Caroline A Connell

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Thanks Steve for the opportunity. Here’s my book’s blurb…

“It’s a sunny Saturday in Geneva in late June. Tourists pound the city’s heat-soaked pavements, lured by the prospect of sophisticated sight-seeing in such a beautiful setting. Skimming across the water, affluent denizens sit on the rails of their yachts, loosening the sheets and feeling the cooling breeze on their faces. The siren call of summer, though, doesn’t lure Teddi Woods out of her apartment. Puzzled by the email in her inbox, she realises that she has discovered something that was meant to stay secret. Her destiny seems inevitable, but can she escape the vortex of destruction before it is too late?”

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com

Switch! The Lost Kingdoms of Karibu by Karen Prince

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Trouble is brewing in the secret African rift valley of Karibu and Gogo Maya the witch and her leopard are about to make matters worse. Of all the dubious magic tricks they know, they choose a risky ‘switch’ they’ve been working on, to escape from somebody lurking in the forest. Unfortunately they overshoot, switching right out of Karibu and drawing an ordinary Zimbabwean boy into the mess they leave behind them. The whole disaster that followed might have been averted if another boy had not gone and sucked up what was left of the witch’s power, leaving her too weak to switch back again. CPR, the daft boy called it. He should know better than to risk kissing a witch If you had to choose between Joe’s two best friends or his cousin, Ethan, to lead an adventure into the bush to rescue him, Ethan would be the last one you’d pick because, well … he’s useless that way. Yet the witch’s leopard inexplicably starts issuing plans right into his head. Apparently he’s Joe’s best hope because he has absorbed some of the witch’s questionable magic powers. Powers which might come in handy if he ever learns how to wield them, and if he can endure the painful backlash he suffers every time he tries. In a world that quite literally defies belief, where magic seeps into the drinking water for anyone to use or abuse, and the terrain is impossible to navigate without help from extremely risky sources, this is the tale of Ethan’s struggle to reach his cousin, Joe, before he falls into the wrong hands and gets himself killed.

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com

Out of Sync by Belinda Nicoll

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Blurb (a memoir): In 2001, when a couple leaves South Africa for a stay abroad, they land at JFK International Airport on September 11th, unprepared for the sight of smoke billowing from the Manhattan skyline or the horror of a second plane exploding into the North Tower. Over the next ten years, as their host country confronts fundamental change of its own, their marriage buckles under the strain of their disparate experiences. With the international economic crisis making it all but impossible for them to return to their country, they relocate from California to the North, the South, and the Midwest searching for a place they can call home. Against the backdrop of uncertainties in post-apartheid South Africa, Belinda Nicoll unfolds a contemporary and thought-provoking account of post-9/11 America’s tantalizing hopes and unexpected disappointments.

Out of Sync is an insightful tale about marital endurance that promises to enthrall anyone, expatriate or not, who has ever felt at odds with themselves or the world.

Barnes & Noble

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com

Theme-Thology: Invasion by Lisa A. Kramer

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What does the word invasion mean to you? Do you picture armies pouring out of spaceships or across borders? Or could it be bugs making their way into your home? Could it be an invasion of microscopic organisms taking over your body? Perhaps its simply a visit from relatives during the holidays. Is an invasion massive or personal? Is it something seen from afar or felt only by one? In Theme-Thology: Invasion, 15 talented independent authors and 2 incredible artists come together to explore the idea of invasion using any style or genre that interested them. The result is a fabulous and eclectic mix of stories told in a variety of voices, genres, and perspectives. From personal invasions of the mind, to aliens in our midst. From fantastic worlds, to microscopic organisms, there is something for everyone in this diverse collection. The book is available NOW for $2.99 on Kindle, and will soon be found on Nook, and Kobo! For more information about this series, visit HDWP Books at http://www.theme-thology.com/. Join the invasion! Or look behind you because it’s coming right now.

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com

Only Human by Maria Bradley

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14 year old Aecia has a secret. She lives in a world where evolution has ensured that VAMPIRES rule, and she is HUMAN! Disguised by her parents and uncle, her life is a macabre theatre production with her as the leading lady. With no friends, she carries this burden alone, until her desperate loneliness creates ‘Amica’ a blonde, blue-eyed and carefree human friend whom she writes to in her diary. When she becomes involved with a real friend ‘Garok’ her life takes a disastrous turn for the worst, but as her terrifying fears are realised she discovers that maybe she is not alone, and as each calamitous morsel of her life explodes into chaos, she finds that her own birth has been the catalyst to events that will shake the foundations of the tyrannous vampire world forever!

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com

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

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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.

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com

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

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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.

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com

Yesterday Road by Kevin Brennan

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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.

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com

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

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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.

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com

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

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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 …

SMASHWORDS

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com

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

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

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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!

Smashwords

Barnes & Noble

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com

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

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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?

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com

Division by Karen A. Wyle

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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.

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com

The Showing by Will Macmillian Jones

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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.

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com

Catskinner’s Book by Misha Burnett

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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.

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com

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):

Smashwords

iBooks/iTunes

Barnes & Noble

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com

CreateSpace

There are 15 books published.

The Guardians G1 Series:

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The Captain Henri Duschelle Stories

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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 Amazon.com)

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

heylookawriterfellow

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

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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

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com

Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon by Janice Spina

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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

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com

The Hunter, Grayleer by Alex Billedeaux

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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

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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.

Smashwords

Barnes & Noble

iBooks

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com

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

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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.

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com

 

Blog Browser Day: 9th November, 2013

Thanks to last weeks hint that Flea Infested Chimps may be unleashed among you, there were SEVEN great blogs recommended THANK YOU to the contributors.

Today I will post four (4) for this weeks Blog Browser Day, (the other three will be aired next week in case everyone else gets a sudden attack of Lazybonesitis THIS week and I have to uncage the Chimps) – so give yourselves a treat this weekend and click on the blog names (and the recommenders names) to visit them.

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

What The Hell: Kevin Brennan Is Self-Publishing His New Novel

What The Hell is a daily (more or less) account of my foray into self-publishing. I’ve just released my second novel, Yesterday Road, and the blog has been my journal of the highs and lows, the obstacles, and the surprising rewards of the process.

Blog Class: Authors Blog

Recommended by: Kevin Brennan

Rating: Own Blog

Confirmed Family Safe? Yes

Pelham McMahon

Pelham Mahon is a former teacher and drama coach, who became an author and playwright in her fifties. Pelham is best known for her plays Our Bessie (2011), Grandmothers Are Great (1999) and Luck Of The Draw (1995), and for The Detective Chief Inspector Teasdale novels. … ‘Chief Inspector Maurice Teasdale is a fifty two year old career police officer. The woman he loves, Bernadette Leigh, is daily confronting a level of hatred so emotionally violent, that she believes it could lead to murder. Teasdale wants to help her but a posting has come up that puts him temporarily beyond her reach. Meanwhile, he trusts her common sense to see her through the problems amongst the tenants of Cranford Hall. When bones are found in the garden, a new mystery has to be solved. …’ [The Silent Woman by Pelham McMahon, Part 1 of The Detective Chief Inspector Teasdale Trilogy]

Blog Class: Authors Blog

Recommended by: The Diesel-Electric Elephant Company

Rating: 5 Star

Confirmed Family Safe? Yes

The Coffee Break Series

My blog offers unique, easy to read, and mostly fun perspectives on different aspects of life. Sometimes I’ll do book reviews, but more often, I put a spin on the mundane. My goal is to uplift and promote personal growth.

Blog Class: General Blog

Recommended by: CF Winn

Rating: Own Blog

Confirmed Family Safe? Yes

A Writer’s Gallery

This blog is run by a male and female who help bring authors and publishers together. They run contests, but that’s not all they do. They offer critiques, submissions to showcase your talents, and more!

Blog Class: Writing & Publishing General Blog

Recommended by: Jennifer Higney

Rating: 5 Stars

Confirmed Family Safe?: Yes

Book Promo Day: 7th November, 2013

The Tsunami of requests for books to be promo’d is drying up folks!

Please don’t let this be a short lived thing – AUTHORS you’ve never had it so good regarding opportunities to get free promotion on this popular blog, so:

DON’T DELAY – GET YOUR PROMO IN TODAY

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This weeks 6 great entrants are as follows:

The Muse Unlocked by Chris Kuhn

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To others, 38-year-old screenwriter and author Cate Mullen appears the consummate professional and at the top of her game. But a sharp, biting wit and tough, confident persona mask something else. Each night, when she returns home, the frequent storyteller of passion and romance is reminded that, while the house is occupied by another – a husband of 12 years – she is in fact living alone. As Cate confronts feelings of rejection and inadequacy that plague her self-esteem and threaten to block her creativity, she begins production on her latest scripted film. There she meets 28-year-old, promising actor, Oliver Sand. As one relationship ends, a new intimacy begins that offers hope of crushing past fears and insecurities though it brings its own set of unique challenges. Would getting involved with a cast member jeopardize Cate’s career or be used against her? Could they be using each other or was true love really possible, as the writer had always touted but never quite believed? A mixture of quick wit, sexy banter and slow-churning romance, The Muse Unlocked is a tale of one woman’s journey to release herself from the constraints of her past and open her heart to the future. Currently garnering multiple 5-star reviews from readers at both Amazon.com and GoodReads

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com

Stories by Kevin Raney

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Stories” is a collection of fictional stories based on actual events in the life of a woman reaching for challenge and adventure.  Jane learned to be a park ranger, a wildland firefighter and a forester, and then took the risk of starting a small business.  Jane begins to hear voices and suffers a psychotic break.  Her sister brings her home to live with her mother and receive treatment.  What happens next illustrates the struggle disabled people have finding work and health care.  I promise there is a happy ending.”

Here is an excerpt from “Stories”:  “Word comes to the Fredonia office that there is a fire on the Mogollon Rim.  A North Kaibab fire crew is put together and travels in trucks to Flagstaff, Arizona.  We have a short break then head for Sedona, Arizona.  By the time we reach our destination it is dark.  Following the directions he has received by radio the crew leader takes us toward the Rim.  I have no idea what to expect.  There is a red glow in the night sky from the wildfire.”

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com

Of Blade and Valor by Cheryl Alleway

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In the midst of war torn Scotland, a baby girl is born to Jacob Douglas and his young wife. The conflict between the English and the Scots breeds trials of loyalty that tarnish the landscape, while Jacob teaches his strong-willed child the skills she will need to face her uncertain future. Behind the veil of war, villains pillage their land, pilfer what is not theirs and do not fear retribution for their deeds. There is none strong enough to make a stand; no one, until Deb Douglas. Keeping her father close to her always, he radiates a courage that motivates her fight for freedom, for love, and for her land. Deb rallies those she meets to join her cause, which frees the secrets from her past that have been buried for many years. While destiny is all-knowing, Deb never backs down and faces it all with the courage of a man and the heart of a Scot!

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com

Banker’s Draft by Clive Mullis

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In the City of Gornstock, on the planet Twearth, Private Investigator Jocelyn Cornwallis and his employee, Frankie, were enjoying a quiet pint down their local when life suddenly became interesting; they met Rose…..and then they got a case. There’s been a murder at an accountant’s office, and Cornwallis has to find the perpetrator but at the same time the secret police have got an eye on proceedings so maybe things aren’t quite as they seem. Then there’s the Universal Collider, a device for seeing things that happen in other universes, and a cat with attitude named Fluffy; put into that mix Sergeant MacGillicudy, a policeman who tags along and whose nemesis is Sergeant Grinde, a government that evolved through Morris Dancers, and Gerald who ‘ain’t really there’, then what you get when you stir it all up is the Banker’s Draft.

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com

A Lifetime At War by Gordon L Ewell

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“A LIFETIME AT WAR,” is a chapter book, about the war the severely wounded will fight every day for the rest of their lives. I tell you exactly what happens from the moment someone becomes a casualty and take you every step of the way from the navy corpsman or combat medic that first puts his hands on you, through every single stop you make getting back stateside and how long you are at each place; through the hell of each stage of a severely wounded soldiers recovery, as well as what happens after the military tells you, that you are so “screwed” up you cant even lick stamps for them… through the hell of more recovery and even walk you through using a catheter! It is a guide for those who are severely wounded to navigate their own road to recover and find a blueprint for Happiness; as well as a resource for everyone to help raise public awareness for the high price so many have paid for our freedom, and will continue to pay every single day, as casualties of the longest war in America’s History. For the “Severely Wounded,” their “War after the War” will last the rest of their Lives. The end date of their war will be printed on their death certificate.

Master Sergeant Gordon L. Ewell is a combat engineer and expert in the tactics and techniques the enemy used in Iraq to assemble, disguise, and detonate deadly improvised explosive devices (IEDs). He became part of the first special two-solider team whose mission was to find and render safe the IEDs, before they could unleash their deadly force upon other soldiers, convoys, civilians, and local civilian commuters during the War in Iraq. He performed fifty-nine dangerous missions, coauthored a first-of-its-kind manual used for the training of special teams that would have the mission of finding IEDs, was “blown-up” six different times, and saved countless lives. He received the Bronze Star Medal for “demonstrating personal courage and conviction on multiple occasions by continually performing his duties while under enemy attack,” and the Purple Heart Medal for “wounds received while engaged in combat” during the war. Though permanently disabled, he continues to fight. A Lifetime at War is more than just an incredible and inspiring personal account of his road to recovery. Once again Ewell is using his expertise and experience-this time to help wounded warriors navigate the hell of recovery. He helps us all to understand that while the War in Iraq may have ended on December 15, 2011, for the thousands of soldiers severely wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan, their war will never end.

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com

The Termite Queen, v.1: The Speaking of the Dead by Lorinda J. Taylor

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In the 30th century, an off-world expedition returns to Earth with a specimen of giant termite whose behavior suggests intelligence. Kaitrin Oliva, a strong-willed and ambitious young linguistic anthropologist, is charged with finding a way to access its unique form of bioelectric communication. However, the insect dies and the team members realize too late that they have unintentionally murdered an intelligent lifeform. A second expedition is mounted with the purpose of making first contact and reparations. Griffen Gwidian, the entomologist heading the expedition, is a complex man with a dark personal secret. He falls in love with Kaitrin and against her better instincts Kaitrin responds. The result is a love story by turns turbulent and funny, passionate, tender, and troubled. Meanwhile, civil discord is brewing on the termite planet. Mo’gri’ta’tu, the Queen’s Chamberlain, resents the power of the Holy Seer Kwi’ga’ga’tei and plots to assassinate her. She has engaged the services of an outland Champion, Ki’shto’ba Huge-Head, to fight this terrifying entity which has descended on them from the skies, murdered one of the fortress’s citizens, and abducted another. This alienates the aging Commander Hi’ta’fu the Unconquered, who is lured by the word-crafty Chamberlain into joining the conspiracy. At the very moment that the murder is about to be committed, the second expedition arrives at the planet … Discover the outcome of the adventure in Volume Two, “The Wound That Has No Healing.”

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Barnes & Noble

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com