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


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.

The Secret Alchemist by Caroline A Connell


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?”

Switch! The Lost Kingdoms of Karibu by Karen Prince


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.

Out of Sync by Belinda Nicoll


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.

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Theme-Thology: Invasion by Lisa A. Kramer


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 Join the invasion! Or look behind you because it’s coming right now.

Only Human by Maria Bradley


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!

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 …


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!


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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.

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?

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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.

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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.

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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.


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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.


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:


Find the form HERE

And PLEASE make life a little simpler for this silly old ape temporary blog editor and give ALL the information requested in the form, especially FULL http://www.**** addresses of book covers and where the books can be obtained (or downloaded), etc.

This weeks 6 great entrants are as follows:

The Muse Unlocked by Chris Kuhn


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 and GoodReads

Stories by Kevin Raney


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.”

Of Blade and Valor by Cheryl Alleway


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!

Banker’s Draft by Clive Mullis


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.

A Lifetime At War by Gordon L Ewell


“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.

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


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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Book Promo Day: 31st October, 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:


Find the form HERE

And PLEASE make life a little simpler for this silly old ape temporary blog editor and give ALL the information requested in the form, especially FULL http://www.**** addresses of book covers and where the books can be obtained (or downloaded), etc.

This weeks 6 great entrants are as follows:

REDEMPTION: The Further Adventures of Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer by Andrew Joyce


Three men come together in the town of Redemption Colorado, each for his own purpose. Huck Finn is a famous lawman not afraid to use his gun to protect the weak. He has come to right a terrible wrong. After his wife’s death, Tom Sawyer does not want to live anymore; he has come to die. The third man, the Laramie Kid, a killer Huck and Tom befriended years earlier has come to kill a man. For these three men Death is a constant companion. For these three men it is their last chance for redemption.

The Reversing World’s Trilogy by J.T. Brown


Harper Grogen has no idea that she is the most powerful creature in Pasmaqon. She recognizes that she is different from other eleven year olds; maybe a little quirky, but magical was not in her self-description. Her inquisitive notion drove her to an old tattered book which held a mysterious stone. Struggling to open the clasp, releasing the stone as, it radiates a glow across her room. She kept the rock in her pocket for secrecy. Her possession of the stone sent her to a world, which had been hidden under the ocean’s fire tornado of “’Reversing Falls.” She found herself fighting for her life in a land that is its own worst compelling character, not knowing who to trust, only the estranged friends that she meets along the way. Oliver, which holds his cover as a trustworthy gnome, and Minsty, a large gentle giant that protects her from the dark creatures, who roam and strip the lands with their ghostly evil presence. She discovers that her adventure holds the key of eternity. She learns her existence is a true mystery that sings along the pages of her ancestor’s mysterious book.

The Adventures of The Hole In The Floor Gang by George E. Roosevelt


The Adventures of the Hole In The Gang is a children’s book (more to come). It can be ordered through me although the first print run is almost sold out. I plan a second book out by Christmas. The Hole In the Gang is a collection of 2 domestic horses, two mustangs, two miniature mules, two dogs and various other creatures that live at and frequent my ranch in southern Colorado.


Dream Weaver by Su Williams


Dream Weaver is a young adult paranormal fiction novel set in snowy Eastern WA state. Move over vampires, werewolves and zombies! There’s a new paranormal in town! DREAM WEAVERS. An ancient, arcane and almost immortal race with the power to cull and control memories and dreams. Dream Weaver Nickolas Benedetti rescues tragedy-torn Emari Sweet from debilitating night terrors after a fiery crash leaves her orphaned at 17, and a brutal assault. But can Nick save Emari from the REAL, living, breathing nightmares that have followed him to her doorstep? I wasn’t asking for PAST. Not even a FUTURE. Just a few less-painful memories to make surviving the PRESENT a bit more bearable.

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The Reluctant Savage by Billy Ray Chitwood


All the elements of a fun read: murder, mystery, suspense, romance. (Cuts across genre lines.) Two high school sweethearts reunite after years of separation, find that love still glows… There are obstacles to their love: the murder of a friend, a love triangle, evil doings… All make for a climactic ending.

High school sweethearts, Billy Jay Campbell and Marcie Dangino reunite after many years apart. They discover the fire of their young love still glows brightly. With the Air Force behind him, Billy now works as an investigator for a law firm,

Two problems threaten to spoil his homecoming. Marcie is now married to a junior partner at Clarkson and Dangino, a firm that has occasionally employed him for their investigative work. The second problem occurs when Billy’s close friend and boss is murdered.

The Reluctant Savage follows a mystery that connects murder, romance, and a love triangle.

Don’t miss this fast-paced, gritty novel!

Troll by Richard Sutton


At what point did humanity learn to fear each other? To hate? Paleo-Anthropologist Ariel Connor thinks she knows. She just can’t prove it yet, but her newest find, high in a Norwegian Valley, may give her the proof she needs. Those scary stories we’ve told our children to keep them from roaming too far outside the gleam of the porch light may have come from real incidents, many, many years ago. While Dr. Connor’s excavation continues, the story of what happened is slowly revealed. Two clans are converging on the remaining game lands. One will have to leave their homes, one will tell stories and sing songs of their own bravery. One people will disappear while another will bring their history into the modern world. One way of life will be lost, but does the better way endure? What have we learned from the ancients that would have been better forgotten?


Book Promo Day: 24th October, 2013

Today’s Book Promo on behalf of Steve Smy (STILL from the Tsunami of entrants) this weeks 6 books are as follows:

THE FAIRY FLY by Lori R. Lopez


A Black Widow queen, a big bad Wolf Spider, and a Hit-Mantis are but a few of the obstacles for a spunky little spider who must find his way home through a strange land of giants in this witty fairytale fantasy for kids and adults.

Transported out of his element into a realm of dangers and foes, Spider is aided by the insects and arachnids he befriends, but only he can see the Fairy Fly. Is she real or imagined? This whimsical novel about finding oneself while feeling small in a big world takes a step back and several steps downward to peep at humanity from below. At the same time, the story is an allegory of the human condition: life and death matters, war and peace, our everyday struggles on a tiny scale. Part humorous, part philosophical, at times poetic . . . it celebrates a love for animals, books and words. View the planet from a different angle as you take a spiderwalk through the door to adventure.

Slingshot by Dawn Martinez


Wild southern cowgirl Celeste has reached a crossroads in her life. She still loves her life as a rancher, but after many years as a devoted wife, she’s hit a wall with her marriage. An unexpected opportunity comes her way when her best friend, Geraldy, asks her to travel with him to his native Haiti to help with disaster relief efforts after the devastating earthquake. Strong-willed and resourceful, armed with her trusty slingshot and hunting knife, Celeste invades Haiti as a loving force for good…and in the process, she collides with Captain Valis, the strong, sexy official of the United Nations support force. The electricity between them is immediate…and confusing! Valis is a lone wolf who is used to loving women and leaving them; Celeste is a wild spitfire whose womanhood has been unappreciated for too long. Against the exotic and heartrending backdrop of their humanitarian work in Haiti, a compelling love story unfolds…of two wild spirits who met their match in circumstances neither of them could have imagined!

Vorn by Antonio Henry


Four tales from a ruthless realm. Four tales from a fantasy that should not be. Enter a world that favours none. Where life curses many, and the hearts of men are revealed to be petty and cruel. From the tribulations of gods to the strife of the meek, the heinous fates of Vorn marks all. These are such fates…. Details: ‘Vorn’ contains four short stories revolving around the dark fantasy world named Vorn. This includes a story about a god of eternal hatred, a psychopathic obsessive ghost, a father of a forbidden child, and a demon’s perverse sense of justice.

The book is currently available at the marketplace where it was self-published.

Chase Tinker and the House of Magic (The Chase Tinker Series, Book 1) by Malia Ann Haberman


In this fun, thrilling, delightful middle-grade/tween fantasy, which was inspired by a dream I had one night, 13-year-old Chase Tinker and his younger brother Andy learn the truth about their family’s magical heritage from a grandfather they thought to be long dead. This grandfather soon invites them to come visit him in his gigantic, magical house on a remote island in Puget Sound – a house where practically every room has its own unique superpower. When there, the boys also learn that their family has been battling a Dark Enemy for generations, always fighting to preserve the mysterious “Relic” that holds the key to all the Tinker magic. This terrifying enemy is bound and determined to get their hands on this powerful Relic, and the incredibly magical house. Chase can’t believe his dad has been keeping so much from him and his brother. Now Chase must find a way to stop these evil beings, while at the same time seeking the truth about what has happened to his missing dad, unraveling even more secrets and lies, and not letting on that he has his own secret crush on the housekeeper’s beautiful daughter.

Pie An Old Brown Horse (That Knows What He Is Doing) by Kandy Kay Scaramuzzo


This five star Readers’ Favorite review book is the story of a twenty five year old ranch horse that was injured and pretty much left to die. He was brought to a stable and sold, even though no one really expected him to survive. He was reborn into a merchant of hope. His amazing spirit and calmness have helped many people over the next 13 years as he became the most amazing mentor and therapy horse. This is Pie’s story as he tells it about the most amazing second chance at life and his travels through it. You will meet his person, a shy young girl who he helps grow into adulthood. He will introduce you to the other horses and people that helped shape his journey. His influence has known no bounds throughout this last 13 years and he continues to shine his light even at the ripe old age of 38. This is a feel good story about life, love, second chances and giving back.

Finding Amy by Carol Braswell


When Texas Ranger, Carson Garrett is assigned to locate and place in protective custody the wife of a man suspected of illegal activities with a Columbian drug lord, it turns into more than routine. The estranged husband has put out a hit on his wife and the only person who knows where she is hiding is her twin sister, Amy Summers. It is a race against time for Carson to find Amy, convenience her of the imminent danger and get her to lead him to Jamie so he can escort both women and Jamie’s four-year-old child back to Texas. Besides the obvious problems of running from a man who is trying to kill them, Carson and Amy have an instant attraction to each other and it is clouding his usual sharp judgment and causing them both to make costly mistakes.

Background to”G1: The Guardians” #6

Sub-Continental Nations Defence Union (SCNDU)

The negotiations which ultimately led to the establishment of SCNDU were extremely protracted, with the plenipotentiaries* involved being changed several times, especially by India and Pakistan, whose long history of enmity almost proved too great a stumbling block.  However, the invasion of Tajikistan two years into the process focussed minds on reaching a Treaty with minimal further delay.  In fact, the announcement that the Treaty of Lalitpur had been signed and ratified by all concerned nations shocked the world, who had been convinced that no agreement could ever be reached.

SCNDU comprises India and Pakistan (the ‘superpowers’), together with Bangladesh, Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan, Afghanistan, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and several other small countries.  Each contributes a single Delegate to the Great Council, a  top ranking military officer to the Defence Committee, and a top ranking police officer to the Internal Security Committee.  In the event of an external threat, the Great Council consults with the Defence Committee until such time as military operations become unavoidable.  If such military action becomes necessary, the Internal Security Committee becomes an active adjunct to the Defence Committee.  Since creation, no such emergencies have occurred, which is seen as validation of SCNDU.

* Plenipotentiaries were used due to lack of genuinely secure communications.  The Delegates to the Great Council also hold plenipotentiary status.

Global Council of Nations (GCN)

The successor to the United Nations, which proved ever more ineffective in a rapidly changing world, particularly with the bias towards countries no longer of great significance politically or militarily.  The power of veto enjoyed by such powers led to a mass resignation of members, who established the GCN instead.  With no other option open to them, the veto holders terminated the United Nations and eventually applied for membership of the GCN.

The structure of the GCN is less convoluted and relies far less on administration than on action.  While the GCN will act as arbitrators in international disputes, they refuse to maintain military or paramilitary policing rights or duties.  They do, however, have extensive powers in dealing with criminal activities, including the power to either work with or supersede national police forces when dealing with international crimes and criminals.  The concept of extradition treaties between nations has been largely eliminated as the GCN has immediate global jurisdiction when a crime or criminal crosses national borders.  This role was a fortunate inclusion when Interpol was wrecked in the collapse of Europe some six years later.  The GCN Criminal Division consists of the Investigations Bureau and the Global Courts.  The Investigations Bureau maintains a network of offices worldwide, overt agents and covert operatives.  The Guardians maintain a close relationship with the Criminal Division, in a policy designed to minimise the risk of international difficulties, thanks to aides attached to the Ministry and the reputation of the Director.  Terrorism, drugs, and other major criminal endeavours have been severely damaged thanks to the Criminal Division.

Several international disputes which could have led to war have been successfully arbitrated by the GCN.  This success is thanks to the fact that the Arbitration Bureau is trusted by all nations.  The fact that no nation has more than a single voice in the General Council, and the GCN enjoys full financial and political autonomy has made it far more honest, with the historic excessive influence exercised by the superpowers eliminated.  Its headquartering in Switzerland has also eliminated distrust of American influence.  Committees are formed by a strictly secret ballot for membership, held within just two hours of the ballot announcement, which diminishes the risk of secret deals being made prior to voting.  Members found to be in contravention of any anti-corruption regulations are subject to exclusion from all but the obligations to the Criminal Division and to emergency relief operations.  They may reapply for membership after five years.

Global Sports Protection Federation (GSPF)

Replacing the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and numerous other international sports governing bodies, in the face of ever increasing allegations of corruption, and an increase in politically (and even partisan) motivated terror attacks on sports teams and individuals, the GSPF has proven a far more effective body.  Coordinating with the GCN’s Criminal Division has seen most terror attacks eliminated and corruption, especially involving global gambling consortia, has been almost completely crushed.  Athletes in all sports are now free to participate in their sports without fear.  That said, athletes found to be in violation of regulations governing drug use and other forms of cheating can expect to be treated extremely harshly.  The growth of enhancement technology (mostly implants created to help persons suffering disabilities) saw a brief flurry of ‘tech cheats’ but these were quickly identified and banned for life from all sports.  In addition to governing sports (including rules oversight), promotion of sports individually and collectively (such as the continuation of the Olympic Games),  and protecting athletes and sports, the GSPF also guarantees a fair income for all athletes, by subsidy where necessary.

Book Promo Day: 17th October, 2013

The Tsunami of entrants is still going strong, this weeks 6 entrants are as follows:

Recommended by Laurie Buchanan

Time at the Top by Edward Ormondroyd


For Age 8 and up

It’s strange enough when Susan Shaw disappears without a trace on a wintry March afternoon. It’s stranger still when her uninformative note is found in the hallway of her apartment building, along with a black cat that no one has seen before. And it’s strangest of all when she suddenly appears again, wearing clothes that are eighty years out of date, and tells a wild story about an old woman with a fly-away hat, an elevator that travels into the past, and a distressed family that only she can save. Who is going to believe such a tale? Certainly not her father. But Susan is determined to prove to him that it’s all true. And she has other plans for him as well…

Who, in fact, could believe such a tale? Even the author, who takes part in the story, has his doubts. But just as those doubts are all laid to rest, the mystery thickens once more. This time it’s a double disappearance…

Curse – Book 1 of the Wexkia trilogy by Dale Furse


Nell lives on a beach with only her mysterious father and close neighbours for company. As her seventeenth birthday approaches, she experiences something strange – suddenly, she can communicate with animals and sense other people’s feelings. Her life is turned upside-down when she learns the frightening truth about who she really is and discovers that her life is in danger.

With friend Sam by her side, she travels to an alien world where she must defend herself against her enemies and, using her newly acquired abilities, find a secret book that contains the truth about her ancestry – whatever that may be!

Author, Dale Furse takes us on a fantastic adventure to a world inhabited by bizarre beings. Confused by her life-changing experiences and facing an uncertain future, who can Nell trust to help her?

A God for All Seasons by Patti Tingen


As nature’s seasons change, so too do the seasons of our soul. But God’s love never changes. He is with us through every season of our lives. Join author Patti Tingen in a year of exploration as she reflects on her own spiritual journey, and provides hope and encouragement for yours – month by month, season by season. Find reassurance and pause for reflection in the inspirational readings for each month of the year.

PURE TRASH, The Story by Bette A. Stevens


The year is 1955. If you grew up in the 1950s and the 1960s, you may be among those who like to recall those good old “Happy Days” of television fame. Even younger generations enjoy watching the old TV reruns to get a peek into what life was like back then.

Nine-year-old Shawn Daniels is ready to embark on a Saturday adventure with his younger brother Willie. They’re off to search for trash to turn into treasure. It’s going to be a great day. Shawn is sure of it. No school and no bullies to remind him that he’s not one of the crowd.

PURE TRASH is a story about bullies and what it’s like to be bullied. It may redefine your concept of bullying. If you were a child who was thought of as “different” in some way, you know what bullying is about: torment, persecution, intimidation, to name a few of its descriptors. For Shawn and Willie, their difference was based upon the social status of the dysfunctional family and the alcoholism and abject poverty in which they grew up.

The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap by Paulette Mahurin


A women’s Brokeback Mountain. The year 1895 was filled with memorable historical events: the Dreyfus Affair divided France; Booker T. Washington gave his Atlanta address; the United States expanded the effects of the Monroe Doctrine to cover South America; and Oscar Wilde was tried and convicted for gross indecency under Britain’s recently passed law that made sex between males a criminal offense. When news of Wilde’s conviction went out over telegraphs worldwide, it threw a small Nevada town into chaos. This is the story of what happened when the lives of its citizens were impacted by the news of Oscar Wilde’s imprisonment. It is a chronicle of hatred and prejudice with all its unintended and devastating consequences, and how love and friendship bring strength and healing.

All profits are going to Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center, Ventura County, CA. (the first and only no-kill animal shelter in Ventura County). For more info contact the author through facebook. Buy a book; save a life.

Linger and Other Short Stories by Glynis Rankin


This compilation of short stories has the human condition on display. In this book you will find triumphs over insurmountable odds and surrender in the wake of misery and despair and everything in between.

These five stories will bring you to tears, will enrage you, will make you cheer and have you wanting to hug those you hold dear more closely. If you enjoy reading stories with real life issues and unpredictable endings then these will whet your appetite and leave you wanting more.

Book Promo Day: 10th October, 2013

Welcome to BOOK PROMO DAY, here are another 6 great entrants for you to enjoy as follows:

Clyde and I by Russ Towne

Clyde and I

Clyde and I is a delightful story of friendship starring the newest children’s favorite, Clyde the Green Giraffe. Storyteller, Russ Towne, will leave your children charmed and inspired to give and get love, while learning the lesson of forming friendships of those who are very different from us. Brilliantly illustrated by Josh McGill, he has captured the story with vibrant lovable characters that leave you with a smile.

The Scent of a Soul by Jennifer Thompson

The Scent of a Soul

Fleeing her recent past, Lilliah Woods finds refuge in the anonymity of the present day inner-city slums. As she settles into the seedy apartment she must now call home, she meets mysterious Marek Jamison when he materializes in her doorway demanding to know who she is. From that moment, he becomes a guardian and guide as she gradually discovers his hidden world. As their relationship develops, Lilliah learns of Marek’s dark past and of a brothers’ quarrel he has been embroiled in for years. The quarrel turns into a larger battle of good and evil, liberty versus tyranny, and the separation of love and lust. With Lilliah as the ultimate prize, the deadly conflict reaches out to threaten her family, and the outcome of the final battle will determine her fate. Lilliah must embark on an unexpected path that teaches her to trust in the man she has come to love, and give of herself as she never thought she could….

I Was In Love With a Short Man Once by Kimberly “Kimba” Dalferes


Have you ever wondered if the life of the woman standing next to you in the check-out line is as weird as yours? Could it be possible that you are trapped in a bizarre reality show, where the object of the game is to get the crazy lady to flip-out; just one more time? If so, then this book confirms that you are in good company. I Was In Love With a Short Man Once is a story collection written from the perspective of a crazy, southern, Irish, gal. Follow her as she reflects on: growing up as a child of limited means in South Florida; managing a self-financed college education; balancing work as a federal official with the joys of single motherhood; and navigating the amusing challenges of being a second-time-around wife. • Coming Up Stories reflect the distinctive surroundings of South Florida through stories such as “Flagpole”. • Jimmy Stories illustrate the bond between mother and son. Stories here include “Koolaid Mom” and “Zamboni” and reveal the life lessons that our children teach us. • The Rest of the Stories round out the author’s quirky observations, including “Naked in a Hot Tub in Vegas” and “Crazy Virgo Tendencies”.

Chasing Bees by Renate M. Bell


Renate M. Bell self-published her debut novel, Chasing Bees, a story inspired by her own challenges and triumphs as an amateur beekeeper. A 2012 BRAG Medallion Honoree, Chasing Bees is a heartfelt journey, one of strength, courage, love, and commitment. The unexpected death of Faye Lawson’s husband forces her to face the future alone. While tending the beehives, Faye unknowingly embarks on a sacred journey which tests her to the core. Will she realize death is an illusion, a great mystery of time and relocation, but not an end? Can Faye find the strength to forge a new path, one true to herself, but one that will end her husband’s dream? Will the unexpected telepathic link to a young boy with Down syndrome reveal the truth to who she really is and what her future holds? Will the guidance of the boy’s father open her heart and offer the hope she desperately needs? The author’s personal experience inside a Central Florida apiary brings exquisite depth and creates a refreshingly unique backdrop to this captivating tale. She invites you to immerse yourself in the emotional and spiritual adventure as Faye overcomes her fear of letting go in order to rebuild her own life and authenticity.

The Reluctant Prophet by Gillian O’Rourke


There’s none so blind as she who can see . . . Esther is blessed, and cursed, with a rare gift: the ability to see the fates of those around her. But when she escapes her peasant upbringing to become a priestess of the Order, she begins to realise how valuable her ability is among the power-hungry nobility, and what they are willing to do to possess it. Haunted by the dark man of her father’s warnings, and unable to see her own destiny, Esther is betrayed by those sworn to protect her. With eyes newly open to the harsh realities of her world, she embarks on a path that diverges from the plan the Gods have laid out. Now she must choose between sacrificing her own heart’s blood, and risking a future that will turn the lands against each other in bloody war. The Reluctant Prophet is the story of one woman who holds the fate of the world in her hands, when all she wishes for is a glimpse of her own happiness. From Kristell Ink The Reluctant Prophet captured our attention from the first paragraph. Beautifully written, thought-provoking and eloquent, we fell in love with the world and characters Gillian has created.

Adventures in Cargo City by AR Neal


Victoria and Veronica live with their aunt and uncle in a fourth-floor walk-up located on the West Side of Cargo City. After a terrible storm blows in, the sisters find themselves trying to survive after a harrowing encounter that begins with their separation from their uncle. Their ordeal takes them into the urban center after they find a friend; once there they find so much more. Set in a fictional town located in the rust belt of the United States, “Adventures in Cargo City” is a story that puts together a number of familiar elements about big city life in America: poverty, friendship, discord, family, struggle, and hope.