Friday, 30 December 2016

Dark Hearts by Abby Greenwood

A quick and easy read that kept me interested.

The story was well thought out and well written, with a few twists.

The characters could have done with a bit more depth, as I didn't feel as though I got to know them very well.


I received a free ecopy of Dark Hearts through Kindle Scout.











Synopsis:

LAPD Detective Kate Monroe's parents are brutally murdered by werewolves, who are now accepted by most as part of mainstream society. She has no choice but to accept them and accept that her attitudes toward them are best kept under wraps.

Kate is strong willed and outspoken - two qualities that often put her at odds with her bosses within the LAPD. There is one thing that Kate lives for, it's her job. Working as a homicide detective is what she loves. It's who she is. It defines her.

Someone is killing shifters in the city, and as the body count continues to rise, Kate and Brennan, her new Shape shifter partner, must find a way to work together as the city tears itself apart out of fear and bigotry - the very same things Kate and Brennan are struggling to overcome.

Will Kate overcome her hatred of shifters?

Will she find who is behind the brutal murder of her parents?

Find out by purchasing Dark Hearts, the first in the series of paranormal detective crime thrillers by Abby Greenwood.



The Author:

My books combine Paranormal adventure with murder, mystery, and mayhem with a healthy dose of humor. The "Dark Hearts" series of Paranormal crime thriller books have consistently hit the top five Amazon paid bestseller lists in Crime Thriller Fiction, and can be read and enjoyed in any order. (Although to get the best from my series its best to read in order. You can check out the entire series here: http://www.amazon.com/Abby-Greenwood/e/B01AV1QPVK/ (just copy and paste into your browser)

I am originally from Staffordshire in England. I now live in New York after moving here with my husband Ron, almost five years ago. We now live in a wonderful brownstone in Brooklyn with our sixteen year old daughter, Alexandra.

Ron works in a lawyer's office in town and Alexandra is just studying for her final exams. She would like to go to college to train as an English teacher when she finishes school, and I have every faith in her abilities. After all, she has always seen me around books, and therefore it came as no surprise to us when she announced her interests in teaching English for a living.

I have always wanted to be a writer, and actually penned my first story at the age of ten after devouring books from the time I learned to read. Much to my embarrassment now, my first favourite author was in fact Enid Blyton, but as I approached my teens, I progressed onto the likes of Jackie Collins and Harold Robbins.
~Abby Greenwood

Monday, 26 December 2016

Item and Time by T.H. Morris

The second book in the series starts not long after the first book ended, and I was whisked straight into a new challenge with Johan and the other 11th Percenters.

As with The 11th Percent, this book was well written, fast paced and descriptive.

I'm looking forward to joining Jonah again in books 3 & 4 (Lifeblood & Inimicus).










Synopsis:

Jonah Rowe’s life is going great. His accounting days are behind him, he has a job in a bookstore that he looks forward to each day, and he has more allies than he can count among his fellow Eleventh Percenters.

But when a mysterious woman suddenly invades Jonah’s dreams and warns him of danger of a chronological nature, a game of cat-and-mouse ensues that will intertwine their fates.

Who is this mystery woman, and why does she believe that both she and Jonah are in danger? Will Jonah find all the answers? Will he be able to protect this woman and himself?Most importantly, will he be able to do this before time runs out?

The second installment of The 11TH Percent Series brings back familiar faces while also introducing new ones. A race against time ensues, spirits abound, and enemies appear in the unlikeliest of places as this new breed of ghost story continues!




The Author:

I'm T.H. Morris. The "TH" piece of it are the initials of my real name, while "Morris" honors my late grandmother, whose memory is the impetus of my series in many ways.

I was born in 1984 in Colerain, North Carolina, a town so small that I'm STILL surprised when I see it on the map. I've been an avid reader since I was very small, and always had partiality to tall tales, fables, fairy tales, mythologies, and later on, science fiction and paranormal.

I suppose that I've always wanted to be a writer. I've always had millions of stories in my head, but I had no earthly idea how to go about making them into books. Plus I had a lot of "well-meaning" people who attempted to beat it into my head that I needed to let go of "childish" dreams and focus on a "real" job.

But in February 2011, my mind had different plans. I had a seven-hour uninterrupted dream that I recounted to me wife the following morning. She told me, "That needs to be a book." I started writing the next day, and The 11TH Percent Series was born! I haven't looked back!

Sunday, 25 December 2016

Merry Christmas.


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I wish you all a Merry Christmas.

However you may be spending it, I hope you have a wonderful festive season.

May your days be filled with laughter, smiles, and love.

Love to all,
Rainne



Friday, 23 December 2016

Border Lines by L.E. Fitzpatrick



When the perfect job comes up, Charlie doesn't think twice about taking it. This is the break he's been looking for and nobody, not even the rest of his team, can persuade him otherwise.
The job means working for an old enemy and crossing the border into London. Both are risky, but Charlie has no idea how high the stakes really are. The team will have to confront their past, each other and a killer who is closer than they realize. But can they all make it out of the city alive?

"We all remember that kid in Piccadilly. That determined look he had on his face as he willed all those people to him. Just using his mind, he pulled them close then blew them all to pieces. It could be anyone. Your neighbour, your friend, your lover. Remain vigilant. Reachers are everywhere."

Border Lines is the second book in L.E. Fitzpatrick's Reachers series.




Start with Book One, The Running Game

Rachel’s father called it the running game. Count the exits, calculate the routes, and always be ready to run.

On the surface, Rachel is just an ordinary doctor, but she has a secret. Rachel is a Reacher, wanted by the government and the criminal underworld for her telekinetic powers.

Charlie and his brother John have a reputation for doing the impossible. But after losing his family, Charlie is a broken mess and John is barely keeping him afloat. In desperation, they take a job from a ruthless crime lord, only to discover the girl they are hunting is a Reacher... one of their own kind.

With the help of dangerous and dubious allies, can Rachel turn the game around and save herself?




The author:

L E Fitzpatrick was born in Hull, East Yorkshire, but now lives in West Wales, with her family plus lots of dogs and cats. She manages an office, volunteers as a room steward for the National Trust and also supports independent authors as a proofreader and beta reader. She obviously has no spare time because of this, but if she did it would probably be invested in walking in the countryside and enjoying the peace and quiet.
L E Fitzpatrick published her first series Dark Waters in 2011 and is currently working on her Reacher series.













Eidolons by Harrison Fountain


Title: Eidolons
Author: Harrison Fountain
Genre: Literary Fantasy



When TK dies in a car accident, the Grim Reaper gives him a second chance at life, but he says it’s more fun being a ghost. As he haunts his small Iowa town, his sleek shell of sarcasm cracks to a terrified lonely inner self. Find out why he’d rather be dead.

Excerpt #1:

         One afternoon, I woke up dead.
        I blinked away the drowsiness and wiped at my eyes for any crusties. My back was to the sky and I was looking at my body while floating, then the Iowa crowd gathered like it was time to judge the fattest sow, raised and named by little Mary Sue Ellen, soon to be chopped behind the curtain, but this was less gruesome. Smaller crowd. Today, they were here to see the oozing gashes, my arm bone poking through the flesh, and the bump on my head. It was a nasty one. Even as a ghost I felt it.
        A fat man rushed to help. Apparently he had taken an hour course on CPR and was sure it could help, so he wheezed his bacon breath into my lungs and that leaked into my ribcage through a hole the jagged bone had made. He pounded my chest, bouncing up and down, his back jiggling and energy fading, so he grabbed the nearest college girl by the bangles on her wrist and drafted her help but she shrieked. She wasn’t about to touch my corpse. Maybe if I had showered that morning she would’ve.
        The driver stepped out of the car with the broken headlight and pleaded his case before his peers. “It was an accident! I didn’t see him. He ran out and—I’m so sorry.” It was good practice for court but if the crowd’s reaction was any indication, he needed a pro’s help before he’d get off.
        An ambulance came with its lights flashing but siren silent. Just a body retrieval. They didn’t bother weaving through the town square packed with traffic. They honked and people pulled over—some onto the sidewalks which nearly injured other pedestrians.
        I floated higher and couldn’t stop as people disappeared, then cars blended with the pavement and only by the glare off their windshields could I pick them out. Buildings turned to little squares until I was lost in the clouds and hacking as I thought they’d choke me like smoke.
        My head smacked something and it hurt.
        I griped that if that airplane or chopper or spacecraft put a dent in my head I’d put a dent in it. Instead the culprit was the shoe of a girl, floating like me.
        “You dead, too?”


The Author:

These author bios are generally in third person, right? That’s a little weird for me so—

Harrison Fountain said, “In Kindergarten, Mrs. Augustson sent me to Special Ed because of my speech impediment, the result of a 4-year-long ear infection that garbled the input and so a few letters needed the pronunciation corrected. I had to work on my Ss, Cs, Ks, Ws, Rs, Bs, Ps, Ts, Qs, Ds, Xs, Ls, and Ns.

Every year in elementary school, Scholastic gave students a hardback book with empty cream pages for us to scribble in as part of a school-wide contest. I never won. The kid in my grade who did plagiarized If You Give A Mouse a Cookie and those biased, paid-off judges didn’t even mention my amalgamation of the Silver Surfer and the Human Torch.

Still, I kept writing, finishing my first novel in my 7th grade Physical Science spiral notebook where the narrator’s best friend was an orange alien with green hair named Carrot. My next novel about a boxer, I started in high school before I’d ever even watched boxing, and fighters called out their moves (“The Double Rocket Upper—no, wait! It’s a TRIPLE ROCKET UPPERCUT!!!”) like they were Pokemon.

No one taught me to write until my second year at college when Mr. Johnson called me to his office as he did with all his creative writing students and then he bloodied my first draft of a character sketch claiming his marks were “just ink.” I almost cried. A few visits later, I’d written a character sketch about my sister’s divorce and the family dog. He crossed out a lot like usual. Told me why. Then he scrawled an A at the top. It’d be my first published short story (http://www.orangepeals.com/short-stories/loving-a-mutt/).

The pride felt earned for once.

While studying in Wales without satellite TV or an Xbox, I started a blog called Nothing Fazes a Ghost, where I posted weekly chapters. Those 10,000 views with ad revenue earned enough for a pizza. After a few years and a few drafts, it became Eidolons.

I also teach English to adorable Korean kids who, in turn, teach me cutie poses.”



Excerpt #2:

        The Grim Reaper reached down to me, like she wanted to help me up, but I didn’t want her bony, spectral hands on me. They might’ve been covered in the illusion of flesh but they were bony just the same. “You want your life back, don’t you?”
        “I never said I wanted that.”
        I slapped her palm then the back of her hand, then pounded it with my fist from above and below, and finished with a punch that exploded to fingers as I drew it back.
        “It’s practically free. You just have to shake it. Most people would take the deal.”
         “While haunting a bakery is a tease, I think I like being dead. It’s like the weekend but constantly. I promise to keep dodging Miss Milkmaid over there,” I said. “It’s not even the price of the deal. I’d give you my soul and do your evil bidding, no problem, but I refuse to do laundry. I don’t even do my own. That pretty much opts me out of life.”
        “You’d get to eat all the chocolates you wanted.”
        “Till everyone side-eyed me for getting fat.”
        Anita furiously flipped through her book of emptiness for 27 undeniably happy facts guaranteed to make me smile. “Did you know otters hold hands while they’re sleeping? Norway once knighted a penguin. The blind smile despite having never seen another because it’s just instinct to show off a good mood. The genetic mutation that would’ve allowed spiders to fly was killed off because it didn’t fit the environment. Life is this beautiful, mysterious, complex phenomenon that basically came about over an accident, and whatever laundry you’re scared of is insignificant to the wondrous melodies by The Beatles.”
        I nodded along with each point, secretly bopping along to a tune that’d gotten stuck in my head. Probably the one the radio’d been playing when the car smashed it into me.
        “Won’t you take the deal?” she asked.
        “How about I transfer it to you? Something tells me there’s no fine print on the coupon. Has anyone asked you that in the 100,000 years since the birth of consciousness? Or did you get the gig as an amorphous Archaea swimming the ammonia? Regardless, take it. Let me enjoy my vacation and you can have my 60 years of slaving away before you come visit me.”
        “People come back from vacations.”
        “Every year my mom said she wanted to stay in Florida forever. Miserable place.”







Thursday, 22 December 2016

Tarragon: Dragon Mage by Karlie Lucas






Karlie Lucas is a preschool teacher by day and a writer/artist by night.

A graduate of Southern Utah University, Karlie received a B.A. in Creative Writing, with a minor in art. She is a member of Sigma Tau Delta, The International English Honor Society, as well as ANWA, the American Night Writers Association.

Karlie is interested in all things magical and mysterious, especially elves and dragons. She is an avid fan of J.R.R. Tolkien and J.K. Rowling.

When not writing, Karlie can often be found drawing, baking, watching her favorite old school shows, or just spending time with her family.

She currently resides in Dallas, Texas with her husband and a cat named Kally.




Synopsis:

After hundreds of years, the gates to Tarragon are open once more, fulfilling age-old prophecy. However, Anwen’s journey is far from over. The dragons still sleep and she has no clue how to wake them. Forced to retreat from the Mountain, she and her newfound friends must devise a new plan to wake the inhabitants of Tarragon.

Meanwhile, the Mage Circle, a group of dragon mages with a vendetta, is camped outside the Gates. Calling on allies of their own, they will stop at nothing to gain control of the Dragon City and all who dwell inside.

To complicate matters even more, Anwen’s mother has joined the party. But even with the help of all her friends, can Anwen overcome the ordeals set before her or will this spell the end of the dragons and the world as we know it?

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Snippet:

Courtney stopped abruptly as the scatterings of a cave-in came into view. “Oh no,” she whispered, one hand to her mouth. Moving slowly, she noticed a body slumped in the hallway. “Please don't be dead,” she said over and over again as she moved closer. She couldn't help but wonder which of her friends lay there, and what had happened to the other.

The closer she came, the more detail came to light. She recognized Tyler Durand as he lay on his side. His light-colored hair lay limp against his head. His skin was unnaturally pale. At least she didn’t think he was dead. It took a lot to kill a dragon. But just beyond him, a little more out of the way, lay Anwen Porter. And she wasn’t moving.



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Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Eye of the Storm by Frank Cavallo


Eye of the Storm is a new Dark Fantasy / Sword & Sorcery novel by Frank Cavallo. It is recommended for fans of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Karl Edward Wagner and Robert E. Howard.

“It's a story about two people from Earth trapped in a parallel world that is sort of a "Land of the Lost" where, for reasons that become apparent during the course of the story, people and creatures from every era of Earth's history have been snatched up and similarly stranded--some for so long that they no longer recall that their ancestors came from anywhere else,” says Frank. “In the course of trying to find a way back home, they encounter a kingdom of living Neanderthals, who are not cavemen but civilized humans with a culture similar to ancient Mongols or Scythians. They also find a city populated by Etruscans, the ancient pre-Roman rulers of Italy, who have discovered a way to manipulate the currents of dark energy in that parallel world to accomplish things that look like magic.”

Synopsis:

On a research mission in one of the most remote regions of the world, former Navy SEAL Eric Slade and Dr. Anna Fayne are caught in a mysterious storm. Catapulted through a rift in space-time, they are marooned on a lost world.

Struggling to survive and desperate to find a way home, they must confront the dangers of this savage land—a dark wizard and his army of undead—a warrior queen and her horde of fierce Neanderthals that stands against him—and a legendary treasure with the power to open the gateway between worlds, or to destroy them all: the Eye of the Storm.





Excerpt:

      Kerr watched the horror unfold beside Azreth.
      Down from their perch among the jagged stones and hills, the approach to Storm Crag Pass had been transformed into a black inferno. Shrieks echoed through the skies, as the lightning wraiths struck down warriors and raptors of dark flame soared through the ruined heavens. The beasts climbed in killer sorties, their fiery wings scorching everything in their path. Scalding talons skewered men, carrying them through the air as they died, burned alive and then cast aside like carrion.
      True fires stoked by the wreckage of chariots and war machines painted the sky in livid hues of gold and orange. Columns of smoke churned up from the fighting; black plumes on the helms of war gods. Across the burning plain, men encased in shells of hot iron, half-mad from the heat, slashed and tore at each other in a blind frenzy.
      It was a death feast. Bodies ravaged by all manner of calamity lay strewn upon the rocky terrain; charred remains that were unrecognizable for the twisted grotesquerie of flesh melted into metal.
      Everywhere across the battle-plain the Hordes of Tulkoras fell back. Split into pockets, some were surrounded by the black knights of Tvath, who moved without fear of the dark flames that ravaged the steppe-warriors. Penned in like animals, the trapped hordes-men were slaughtered without quarter.
      “The day is lost,” Azreth muttered. “Tarquin has bested my summoning.”
      Kerr scoffed at the mystic. He was about to do more, when he saw a figure scrambling up the hill toward them. In a moment he realized it was Slade.
      The former SEAL was covered in blood and soot. His chest was heaving as he rushed up from the lower reaches, struggling to make it to the heights of the pass.
      Kerr grabbed a jug of water and limped to meet him, leaving his cane behind. When the two met neither said a word. Kerr handed the water to Slade. The warrior took it, nodded and drank every drop.
      By the time he’d finished, Azreth had made his way down the hill to join them.
      “What happened?” he demanded. “Where is the Queen you swore to protect?”
      Slade scowled at the holy man. Instead of an answer, he smashed the clay jug on the rocks at Azreth’s feet.
      “We got separated,” he said. “Black smoke. Black knights. Black fire. You can’t see a goddamn thing down there. One minute she was beside me, the next…”
      Azreth shook his staff in anger, pointing it at Slade like a school teacher.
      “The Queen must not be lost, despite this disaster she has wrought,” he said.
      “This is your doing,” Slade said. “If anyone is to blame for this it’s you.”
      “I did my part,” Azreth answered. “If only you had…”
      Slade didn’t wait for the shaman’s reply. He turned back to Kerr.
      “What do we have left to work with here in camp?” he asked.
      “Very little, I’m afraid. The reserves have all been called into the fight,” the leper said. “There is nothing but a rearguard.”
      “How many men?” Slade asked.
      “A hundred, at most,” he said. “And that’s counting the couriers and their lizard-wing mounts.”
      “Lizard-wings?” Slade asked, recalling the high flying dinosaurs he’d once witnessed by chopper. “You’re talking about pterosaurs?”
      “That may be a word my father did not know,” Kerr answered. “We keep them behind the lines, in a separate camp. How does that help us?”
      “You can ride them, can’t you?” Slade asked.
      “If you need to, but they’re only for relaying messages.”
      “Not anymore they aren’t,” Slade said.
      “You’ve never ridden one before,” Kerr replied. “It is not easy.”
      “Then I’ll have to be a fast learner,” he answered.
      Kerr shook his head. He looked out toward the battle, and then turned his back.
      “There isn’t enough time,” he replied. “Tarquin has already won. We cannot prevail. Honorable surrender is now our only option. I’m sure his terms will be fair.”
      Azreth scoffed. Slade moved in closer to Kerr, grabbing him by the arm.
      “You have a problem with me…fine,” he said. “But this is isn’t about winning. It’s about saving her. Which one do you care about more, hating me or helping Threya?”
      Kerr looked at him for long, quiet moment, then back out toward the chaos. Finally, he nodded. Slade shook him by the arm.
      “Let’s get to those winged lizards,” he said.

#
      Khurghe was back on the high ground overlooking the fading battle, Threya beside him again.
      “So it comes to an end,” he said.
      A messenger came upon them in a rush, dashing up the hill.
      “My Queen, if you are to withdraw it must be done now. The wizard-king presses the attack,” he warned. “We’re almost overwhelmed.”
      Khurghe looked to his queen, who tightened the buckles on her armor.
      “There will be no retreat,” she said. “Already our best thanes have fallen. I will fall with them.”
      “My Queen,” he protested. “If we stay, the whole army will be destroyed. At least call down the rearguard so we might have a chance to escape.”
      “No. It ends here,” Khurghe said. “I will ride out with you. You will not...”
      Khurghe did not notice that the messenger no longer paid him any mind.
      It was only when Threya called out that he looked up. What he saw stunned him, and left him unable to utter even a word. The scream of a pterosaur peeled across the burning plain. A giant aerial lizard skimmed the rocks from the east, its forty-foot wingspan carried upon the wind. Upon its back, an azure-cloaked rider held a long-bow, launching a hail of arrows upon the Etruscans as his mount swooped through the smoke and flames.
      A second winged war-lizard charged against the tide alongside him. Another warrior rode forth upon it, carrying a red-stained scimitar. The shield-less thane was garbed in the armor of a Tulkoras horde. It was Slade. Kerr rode beside him, Azreth seated behind.
      The lizard-riders dove down toward the trapped Queen. Flying in a single-line formation, they split the Etruscan ranks, opening a clearing in front of Threya and Khurghe. Hacking and chopping from the back of his pterosaur, Slade led the charge, carving a bloody swath through the wall of black iron, warrior after warrior brought down by his scimitar.
      The screeching, enormous aerial reptiles cleared the ground a hundred feet in front of Threya, as the surprised Tvath knights fell back. They broke to either side, yielding a space at least half as wide between their divided lines.
      Then, Slade pulled up on his mount, rearing in mid air. He banked hard to the right. Behind him, Kerr and Azreth cut in the other direction. The shrieking lizards circled, leaving the shattered Etruscans behind them as they curled back toward the Queen. One hoplite remained behind, and he charged toward Threya, whose back was against a boulder. Khurghe, seeing an opening, dropped his shield and ran for the safety of Storm Crag, disappearing into the smoke.
      Slade brought his lizard down in a dive-bomber fashion, hurtling toward the single remaining Etruscan. When he was within reach, he pulled up, again rearing the animal as it spread its wings like giant sails, braking its momentum.
      The knight turned, just in time to see Slade's sword cut in an arc, splitting the shield of the Tvath thane, cleaving his chest and his throat in one strike. Pale flesh and bone splinters spat outward.
      Kerr and Azreth brought their reptiles down beside Slade’s. The beasts folded up their wings as they landed on all fours, where they stood as tall as three men. Looking down from his great mount, the former SEAL sheathed his sword, reaching his hand out toward Threya.
      “Need a lift?” he said.


Praise:

“Eye of the Storm is a terrific fantasy from Frank Cavallo… Imagine being caught in the Eye of the Storm; chased by pterosaurs and other creatures that are supposed to be extinct, in a prehistoric setting that has traces of ancient Roman culture and other significant eras. Frank Cavallo’s novel has an intriguing, ongoing sequence of activities I really liked. He is very imaginative and it shows in his writing, which is descriptive and well defined.” 5 Stars, Readers’ Favorite



The Author:

Horror and dark fantasy author Frank Cavallo's work has appeared in magazines such as Another Realm, Ray Gun Revival, Every Day Fiction, Lost Souls and the Warhammer e-zine Hammer and Bolter.

His latest novel, Eye of the Storm, was released in August 2016 by Ravenswood Publishing.

“In Eye of the Storm, I try to bring back some of the elements that I like from old time pulp fiction,” says Frank. “It is a throwback to old school adventure stories, combining the pacing and the feel of those classic tales with some newer elements that are not all that common to typical fantasy fiction.”

Frank’s previously published works include The Lucifer Messiah, The Hand of Osiris, and the Gotrek & Felix novella. He is currently working on a new novel, The Rites of Azathoth, with Necro Publications, due out in February 2017.

Frank was born and raised in New Jersey. He graduated from Boston University with a degree in Communications in 1994 and he earned a JD from the Cleveland Marshall College of Law in 2001. He currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio, where he has been a criminal defense attorney for fifteen years.

Readers can connect with Frank on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

To learn more, go to http://www.frankcavallo.com/


Tuesday, 20 December 2016

A Guest Post by Gonçalo J. Nunes Dias

Gonçalo J. Nunes Dias is the author of The Good Dictator.

He was born in Lisbon in 1977 and graduated in Environmental Engineering and Natural Resources of the Polytechnic Institute of Castelo Branco. He lives today in the Basque Country, Spain.

Besides writing, he is a fan of birdwatching, cork trees, movies and athletics.




Have you ever read anything by a Portuguese author?

What could the opinion about USA of one of the oldest countries in Europe be? There’s an object parked on the moon, but curiously, the unfolding of the story does not take place in New York, but rather, in Lisbon suburbs and in a small village between Portugal and Spain.

The main character, Gustavo, does not get along well with his parents-in-law, and his wife does not like Gustavo’s friends.

A genre-busting book that includes adventure, thriller, dystopia, utopia and an exciting love story.

It became the most downloaded book in Portuguese last April, and it has now a good English translation (I would say, better than the original).

Ready for a totally new point of view?

~Gonçalo


Synopsis:


An unidentified object parked on the moon, no one seems to know it's inception.

Gustavo, a middle-aged computer programmer, with a comfortable and grey life, decided to make a list, along with two friends, in order to survive in case of a hypothetical attack.

He became obsessed with the list, spent a fortune, robbed a drugstore, and his own family think he is going insane. However, after the attack, the insane is well prepared for a new era in society.

First book of a trilogy.





Monday, 19 December 2016

Discovery by J. B. Taylor



After defying the war lord in control of his home planet Veladon, Eckta is sentenced to an eternity of suffering. When his pod crash lands in the Daedalus Crater of Earth’s moon he expects he will remain there forever. Little does he know his pod is emitting a pulse and below him, on Earth, someone is listening.

From her station at the SETI Institute, Abigail Murray is about to hear something that will change her world forever. Alien life exists. But after discovering Eckta’s amazing abilities will Earth permit this stranger a peaceful life, or will their greed and ambition get the better of them?

Eckta will bring humanity new possibilities, new hope, but his people are not to be reckoned with and they are coming. Will Earth be ready?





The Adventures of Fawn by Al E. Boy


Title: ‘Til the Last Snowflake Falls
Series: The Adventures of Fawn
Author: Al E. Boy
Published: 2014
Genre: Children’s Fiction/Fantasy

The Trilogy:

The Adventures of Fawn is an entertaining, imaginative, heartwarming excursion into the magical, mythical world of the North Pole, Santa, his friends and reindeer. Through Fawn’s many exploits you’ll watch her grow and mature as she learns about life and the world she lives in. And…you’ll also learn the answers to many questions and mysteries surrounding the North Pole and Santa himself.

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‘Til the Last Snowflake Falls

Legendary reindeer,Comet and Vixen, have a daughter named Fawn. Fawn yearns to explore the world outside Santa’s Village, but her parents tell her she’s much too young to go off by herself. “I want some fun and excitement! I don’t care how dangerous it is!” When the young reindeer utters these words, and begins sneaking out each day…she has no idea what’s in store for her!

Along the way, Fawn does make friends with a snow bunny and a short snowman…Snowboy. But all is not so rosy, as she comes to realize the dangers her parents warned her about, are actually very, very real!

Hungry, wild animals, a deadly North Pole blizzard, and dangerous strangers capturing animals to sell to a New York City zoo are just some of the situations she’s going to have to face.

It’s going to be an incredible, exciting, and unforgettable week!




The Ona Pendulum

The Adventures of Fawn continue as an evil former elf Princess is trying to destroy The Ona Pendulum…a device that enables Santa, Wajic, his elves and reindeer to live for hundreds of years.

So Fawn and her friends are off to the rescue to save Santa and company…Christmas 1849….and every other future Christmas, as well!

In the process they’ll learn how a young toymaker named Kristoff Kringle became Santa Claus, how he met the elves, and where his famous, “Ho-Ho-Ho” comes from.

They’ll also learn about the Rua Ondos…wonderful, magical shooting stars which fell to Earth on the very first Christmas.

The Ona Pendulum is an adventure the whole family will enjoy!!

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Far and Yet So Near

The Adventures of Fawn continue in “Far and Yet So Near’, as the young reindeer, Bunny, Doctor Weather and friends find themselves trailing Santa’s reindeer after they come under the control of a mysterious stranger, and suddenly, mindlessly march off together. 

Set in the year 1849, “Far And Yet So Near” sees the group led to an underground cavern where they learn the mystery man intends to steal the team of reindeer. Santa and his wizard friend, Wajic turn up in the nick of time…and it looks like everyone is rescued. But the stranger has a few tricks up his sleeve, and explosions unexpectedly rock the cavern as he makes good his escape.

But not before he ‘reindeer-naps’ Fawn and carries her off to a waiting ship. She soon finds herself a pet in an English manor house near London. 

Will Fawn ever return to the North Pole? Will she ever see her parents again? Will anyone ever be able to find her? Did Santa, Wajic, Doctor Weather and the reindeer perish in the explosions? Read “Far And Yet So Near” to find out!

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The Author:

Al E. Boy is an English teacher, originally from Canada, but currently residing in Seoul, South Korea.

Through almost 40 years as a Santa Claus, Al E. Boy developed quite a repertoire of tales to explain and answer the many questions children ask about Santa, the North Pole, his reindeer, and his friends, the elves.

It was this collection of tales which prompted him to begin writing The Adventures of Fawn. Through the young daughter of legendary reindeer Comet and Vixen, he’s been able to weave an exciting, colorful, imaginative world which will delight readers of all ages!

Sunday, 18 December 2016

Dragon Lightning by J.S. Burke

I read The Dragon Dreamer last year, and have since been looking forward to reading this, the second book in the series. Now I have to wait 'patiently' for the next.

The wonderful and enchanting story continues as Arak, Scree and their friends set out on more adventures, this time they're looking for Ice Dragons.

Once again the author blends fact and fantasy in an exciting story which is suitable for both children and adults.

The story is detailed and well written and I found myself immersed within the pages of the book, sharing the experience with the dragons and octopuses.





Synopsis:

Dragon Lightning is book 2 in The Dragon Dreamer series. It's a fast-paced adventure with flying dragons, an undersea world, and unlikely friendships. This science fantasy is layered for readers age 9 to adult.

Drakor seems like a normal young ice dragon with a talent for making lightning swords. But he alone feels the changing heart of his island Volcano. It destroyed his beloved sire. Now he foresees their doom, but none will listen. As he seeks proof, the Volcano shakes him off into the frozen sea . . .

Arak was mocked as a worthless dreamer until he and Scree, a fearless undersea misfit, saved the dragons. Now dragons and octopi sail north in search of mythical ice dragons. They find Drakor and a terrifying reality. When Scree enters the abyss to check his volcano, she discovers everyone is in peril. Can this crew of unlikely friends save three realms?




The Author:

J.S. Burke is an author, artist, chemist, and marine biologist, studying creatures of the dark abyss and diving on coral reefs. She lives in Georgia with her family and rescue pets.

The Dragon Dreamer series by J.S. Burke is science fantasy/adventure with flying dragons, an undersea world, and unexpected friendship. It's immense fun to write novels that blend imagination with real science and author experiences. The deadly sea storm that threatens Arak, a young dragon, is one that the author survived. Living on a ship far from shore, she traveled in a circle of blue and learned to walk with the sea.

Saturday, 17 December 2016

Reborn by Jane Ederlyn


I enjoyed reading Reborn and found it difficult to put down.
The flashbacks to Maries past added depth to the present day story.
The characters were all dimensional, and easy to like (or hate).
The romance, chemistry and sparring between Marie and Odin was nicely done.

I am now eagerly waiting for 'book 2' as I'm keen to know what happens next to with Marie, Abby, Odin and Egon!










Synopsis:

Marie Josette d’Orgemont, cousin to Louis XVI, watched in horror as a rogue creature took her husband’s life before turning on her. A powerful vampire swept in and spared her life, but she never suspected surviving meant immortality or the price she’d have to pay to protect her surviving son.

Centuries later, in Miami, with her family on the verge of extinction, Marie is preoccupied with the continuation of her human bloodline. When she meets sexy and persistent Odin Ulfsson, his icy-blue gaze and burning touch are hard to resist. Will a forbidden romance with the Nordic werewolf be the key to her happiness, or will it set in motion a wrath that endangers not only her last human heir but her entire existence?




The Author:


Jane Ederlyn is the alter ego of a writing duo from South Florida.

Jane, a registered nurse by day, by night lives to create havoc and conflict in their stories, relentlessly strategizing ways to kill off one more character.

Ederlyn, a cruise-line professional by day, by night loves to plot meticulous happily-ever-afters for the hero and heroine, often battling Jane to save her favorites.

They can usually be found at their favorite Barnes & Noble sipping lattes and pondering “what ifs?” or at the mall shoe shopping.

Friday, 16 December 2016

A Faery’s Kiss by Ariel Marie


Title: A Faery’s Kiss
Author: Ariel Marie
Release Date: Nov. 19, 2016
Cover: Ariel Marie
Genre: Paranormal Romance


The twenty-fifth day of December is fast approaching. It is a day that is celebrated throughout all of Faery. It signifies the birthday of the beloved Princess, Noelle Bogosian, who on this year will turn thirty years old. With her impending birthday, her father, the king, has deemed it time for her to marry. The king has reinstated the Royal Tournaments, a series of competitions that would allow warriors near and far to compete for his daughter’s hand in marriage.

Noelle, being the loyal daughter that she is, has agreed to her father’s outlandish idea of finding her a husband. She will do anything for Faery and knows that finding a suitable husband will help secure Faery’s future. But for Noelle, she’s ready to test out the legend of a Faery’s kiss. She’s been ready to find that one special Fae to spend all of eternity with.

Will the legend prove true and reveal her one true love or will the victor of the tournament be the one that she will spend an eternity with?

WARNING: The book contains content for readers 18 years and older.




Excerpt:

Ryo Daerosis was on a mission. He would participate in the Royal Tournaments to win the Fae princess’ hand in marriage. Her beauty and wit were known throughout the land. Warriors from all over Faery were descending upon the royal palace this week for the tournament.

The Royal Tournaments were an age old tradition to marry the princess off to a strong suitor, to ensure there would be two powerful rulers ready to assume the responsibilities of ruling all of Faery. This was the first tournament to be held in the last century since the royal couple only had one child, the princess.

Ryo was from a long line of strong Fae males, the Daerosis Clan, who were known as fierce warriors. Elas Daerosis, Ryo’s own father, had been the leader of the Daerosis Clan for the past two centuries. It was at the urging of his father that Ryo entered the tournaments. As the eldest son of the clan leader, it was time he settled down. Also, as the eldest Daerosis in line, Ryo was in charge of the clan’s army, making him the perfect candidate to be the future king of Faery.


Copyright © 2016 by Ariel Marie

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The Author:

Ariel Marie is an author who loves the paranormal, action and hot steamy romance. She combines all three in each and every one of her stories. For as long as she can remember, she has loved vampires, shifters and every creature you can think of. This even rolls over into her favorite movies! She love a good action packed thriller! Throw a touch of the supernatural world in it and she’s hooked!

She grew up in Cleveland, Ohio where she currently resides with her husband and three beautiful children. Want to know more about her and her books? Visit her website www.thearielmarie.com










Thursday, 15 December 2016

One God: The Will To Power by Kata Mlek



Title: One God: The Will To Power
Author: Kata Mlek
Genre: Dystopian, Technothriller, Science Fiction


Miran Zyelinski has had enough of ethics and laws getting in the way of progress.

Nothing—not the government, not the church, and certainly not lesser men—will hold back Miran’s vision for humankind: immortality.

Miran will need wealth, brilliance, and ruthlessness to achieve his goal. Andreas can provide wealth, but must be paid in his own currency, and his price is high. Satia has brilliance and ruthlessness to match Miran, but their mix is volatile.

Opposed on all sides, Miran will not waver from his goal of immortality. The question is not whether he will succeed, but who will be left alive when he does.

Based on real-world developments in biology and genetics, this technothriller rolls relentlessly through unexpected twists and continuous shifts of power, culminating in a tempting, disturbing, and altogether-too-likely vision of the future, where one corporation gains almost total control over the world.

Book 1 of 3. Includes The Genesis Files, bonus micro-fiction and art from the world of One God.

Note: contains strong language and some disturbing scenes. For mature readers only.






Excerpt #1:

They entered the main hall. Miroslav felt a bit irritable, as he often did at this kind of event—so many people, so many stupid ideas. The world would be so much better a place if there were just fewer idiots. Unfortunately, TransAgra was rife with feeble-minded, second-class scientists. Good thing our days here are numbered, he thought.

He stopped for a moment and looked around.

“Who are you looking for?” asked Sylvia.

“A friend.”

“What friend?”

“Let’s just say he’s our ticket to the big time.”

“Which one?”

“Him—Andreas Maes,” Miroslav said, nodding discreetly to their right.

An attractive man—flanked by two tall, well-dressed women—stood talking to one of the TransAgra professors, a co-worker of Miroslav’s whom Sylvia knew by sight and didn’t like. The guy was steeped in a polite hatred of eastern nations, which was why the two of them—Sylvia and Miroslav—hadn’t been able to move up within the Austrian science company. The scientist was mostly focused on the girls, though Maes was ignoring them. He seemed not to really be listening to the conversation, his attention wandering around the room instead. Finally, he spotted Miroslav and his gaze rested there. He blinked almost unnoticeably, subtly signaling that his friend should come over and interrupt the conversation, which he clearly wasn’t enjoying. Miroslav got the message.

“Let’s go!” he said, moving toward the group, but Sylvia didn’t follow.

“Why are you getting involved with that psycho?” she hissed.

“Come!” Miroslav snapped. He grabbed her elbow and dragged her. She resisted, and he squeezed her arm more firmly. “Sylvia, stop making a fuss and let’s go!” he ordered in an icy tone.

“I hate him!” she said quietly. “I don’t want you hanging out with him!”

Miroslav sighed.

“I’m not hanging out with him,” he said.

“I don’t like the way he’s looking at you—like he’s looking at prey.”

“Don’t be ridiculous, I’m not gay.”

“I don’t like that you guys have made plans behind my back!”

“Don’t you trust me, Sylvia?” Suddenly he was calm and empathetic. He looked her in the eye, smiling slightly. “I would never agree to anything that might hurt you or jeopardize your career, or even make you uncomfortable—really.” He released her elbow and stroked her arm. “Relax,” he said. “You have to give something to get something, that’s how it works.”

“Fuck you!” Sylvia said, and Miroslav laughed.

“You okay?”

“Yeah, I’m fine,” she said. “Let’s just talk to him and get it over with.”



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The Author:


UNCOMFORTABLY REAL FICTION

I began my writing career in 2012 after leaving the IT industry. In Poland, I’ve had several successful novels published by traditional publishers. In 2015, I made the decision to switch to self-publishing and start my international career.

In 2015, I published the English edition of my intense psychological thriller Absolute Sunset.  This was one of the most talked-about books in Poland in 2012, and the English edition has been equally well-received.

In 2016, I published One God—a trilogy of techno-thrillers about corporate control of genetic modifications. Originally published in Polish as a single long novel, the English version was expanded and re-written to create a trilogy with lots of great new scenes.

Now I’m working on another psychological thriller, a brand-new story written directly in English for my English readers.

All of my books cross genres—I like to experiment with different styles to create the effect I want, and to give my readers a unique experience. My Polish background gives me a different perspective and makes my writing fresh, although I feel it’s still accessible—inside we’re all the same, after all.

You can read my free short stories, get writing tips, and catch up with me on my blog at katamlek.com. If you like my work, you can become my patron on Patreon and get future books for free. And of course, you can find me on Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.



Excerpt #2:

“Elliot Goldblum!” The man sitting behind the modern, plastic desk snapped the name into his phone. The top of the desk was empty except for the phone and a laptop. Elliot, typing manically, held the receiver between his shoulder and ear. It was a Bang & Olufsen, a limited series called “For Friends.” He kept forgetting that he could easily turn on the hands-free mode and talk normally, with no neck ache later.

“Stefan Huber,” the person calling introduced himself. Elliot stopped typing for a second—he didn’t recognize the name. If I don’t know him, it’s not important, he decided.

“I’m busy,” he said. The stranger couldn’t have chosen a worse moment. Zachary hadn’t returned from the cheder and Abby, hysterical, had called him five minutes earlier and demanded that he find the boy immediately. What’s more, he had a pressing contract on his plate that he had to handle himself—which was why he’d stayed at the office and sent his security guard instead—he was sure the boy would be found without any trouble. He’d been hurriedly adding his comments to the contract, expecting the client’s call, when Huber had contacted him instead.

“Don’t you even have a few seconds?” This guy didn’t know when to back off.

“No,” Elliot said. “I’m just starting a teleconference.”

“Really?” Huber sounded surprised—Goldblum was getting irritated. He clenched his jaw. He wanted to slam the receiver down and end the call, but it wouldn’t be appropriate for someone in his position, even busy as he was.
“Yes, really!” he said. “I’ll call you tomorrow, now I have a call…”

“Actually, I think you don’t.”

“What do you mean?” Elliot snapped at him.

“I think you’re lying,” Huber answered in a quiet tone. “I wonder, Elliot, why you haven’t gone looking for Zachary yet…”











Wednesday, 14 December 2016

The Girl At The Bar by Nicholas Nash




Title: The Girl At The Bar
Author: Nicholas Nash
Genre: Medical Thriller
Expected Publication Date: February 1, 2017

Rebecca, a brilliant cancer researcher disappears without a trace after a one-night stand with a neurotic man with a questionable past. Her sudden disappearance in the midst of a high-stakes quest to cure cancer between two rival billionaires sets into motion an inexplicable chain of events as the bodies start to pile up. No one knows why she disappeared. The race to find answers ensnares everyone around her, one of whom is a deeply disturbed psychopath lurking in the shadows.

Is Rebecca still alive? What happened to her? Who did it? And why? Questions about her vex everyone looking for answers. No one can be trusted and no one is above suspicion.

Pre-order from Amazon (Paperback and Hardcover version will be added soon.), Kobo and B&N





The Author:

Nicholas Nash is the exciting new author of The Girl At The Bar, a psychological thriller about the mysterious disappearance of a brilliant cancer researcher and the quest to find what happened to her. Nicholas resides in the concrete jungle of Manhattan in New York City with his wife and three children and enjoys every moment of it. An accomplished finance professional, he has a passion for reading fiction and non-fiction books which inspired him to write an intriguing thriller.

Nicholas hopes you enjoy his work.
Nicholas can be reached at thegirlatthebar@gmail.com.



Nicholas Nash's Website is currently under construction and will be ready by Jan 2017: www.authornicholasnash.com




Tuesday, 13 December 2016

It Started with a Kiss



It Started with a Kiss features twelve sweet to sexy Regency romances from award-winning and bestselling historical authors.


Out Dec 13th – It Started with A Kiss Box Set

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Title: It Started with a Kiss Box Set
Genre: Regency Historical Romance
Release Date: December 13, 2016
Format: Digital




IT STARTED WITH A KISS... Twelve First In Series From Stars of Regency Historical Romance!  Enjoy dashing dukes, reformed rakes, and scandalous bluestockings in this sweet to sexy boxed set.













MAD FOR LOVE by Elizabeth Essex

Mignon du Blois needs an accomplished thief to steal back her father's statue so he won't be arrested for forgery--too bad the man willing to help her is actually Rory Cathcart, noted art expert.



A SCANDALOUS WIFE by Ava Stone

After living separate lives since their rushed wedding, an earl and countess stumble upon each other and begin to see the other in a whole new light.



TRIALS OF ARTEMIS by Sue London

An independent bluestocking sneaks into a library to read rare Greek texts and ends up with a husband instead.



HER SUDDEN GROOM by Rose Gordon

The overly scientific, always respectable, and socially awkward Alexander Banks has just been informed his name resides on a betrothal agreement right above the name of the worst chit in all of England. With a loophole that allows him to marry another without consequence before the thirtieth anniversary of his birth, he has only four weeks to find another woman and make her his wife.



THE ROBBER BRIDE by Jerrica Knight-Catania

Victoria Barclay is determined to make a difference in the world, so she finds a way to rob the rich and donate to the poor. But the Earl of Leyburn, her lifelong friend and neighbor, threatens to expose her in his constant pursuit of the truth.



SHUNNED NO MORE by Christina McKnight

Lady Viola Oberbrook longed for a quiet life in the country, far from London and the society who'd shunned her during her first season. She never expected to come face-to-face with Lord Haversham, the only man who had every right to despise her.



A DANGEROUS INVITATION by Erica Monroe

Struggling to survive in London's dangerous rookeries, Kate Morgan is determined not to give into the temptation of past love Daniel O'Reilly when he returns to win back her heart and prove he's innocent of murder.



THE TROUBLE WITH BEING WICKED by Emma Locke

Courtesan Celeste Gray wanted a new life free of the infamy of her notorious past--the last thing she planned on was falling for the stuffy viscount next door, Ashlin Lancester.



HIS IMPASSIONED PROPOSAL by Aileen Fish

Stephen Lumley returns from battle wounded and jaded, only to find his home life had been changed forever. After proposing while drowning his sorrows in liquor, he now has only four months to convince himself and Jane Marwick he is worthy of her, before she's off to London to find a man who is.



SCANDALOUS ENDEAVORS by Amanda Mariel

Lady Amelia's willing to create a scandal to stay in her beloved England. A Scottish duke ignites her passion, but will she abandon her endeavor for love?



THE LOVE LIST by Deb Marlowe

Miss Brynne Wilmott will do anything to get her name off of the Love List—that wickedly witty register of London’s light skirts.  The Duke of Aldmere will do anything to be left alone.  But his brother is mixed up in the business, so he’ll work with the lady to unravel the mess…until they find that the plot is more twisted and treasonous than anyone suspects…and that the danger and intrigue pale next to the effect they have on each other.



TO WALK IN THE SUN by Jane Charles

Hiding from a dangerous man, Tess Crawford thought The Wiggons’ School for Elegant Young Ladies would be the perfect place to disappear…except she didn’t anticipate being drawn to the reclusive Viscount Atwood, who has many secrets of his own.