Spotlight: Stranger Love by Richard Woolley

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Spun around the real events of December 1642, when Dutchman Abel Tasman first sighted New Zealand and Maori people first saw Europeans, STRANGER LOVE is a tale seen through the eyes of Tasman’s young cousin, Jakob, and the daughter of a Maori chieftain, Te Ao-mihia. While the Dutch record of what took place is well-known through three journals of the voyage, this book also attempts, for the first time, to recreate how Maori might have experienced the ultimately tragic clash of cultures.

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STRANGER LOVE (Amazon UK)

STRANGER LOVE (Amazon US)

STRANGER LOVE (Amazon Australia) 

 

Historical Background

In August 1642, Abel Tasman sailed from Batavia (present day Jakarta) with two ships, a team of officers, a crew of sailors and a complement of soldiers at the behest of the United East Indies Company (VOC). They were in search of the Great Southland, which was assumed to stretch from New Holland (Australia) to South America and to be a place with gold, spices and people ready to trade. The Ngati Tumatakokiri, who lived around the Mohua, a bay renamed Murderer’s Bay because of events Tasman’s arrival triggered, and now known as Golden Bay, were a Maori iwi who had migrated across the straits from Whanganui in the North Island of New Zealand/Aotearoa one hundred years before Tasman’s visit. Since that time, they had been driven back to the West of the South Island’s top by later Maori migrations, and in particular by incursions of the Rangitane iwi.

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About the Author

Richard Woolley has been a filmmaker, performer, musician and academic, and is still an active author and screenwriter. In the 1980s he wrote and directed films for cinema and TV, re-issued in 2011 by the British Film Institute in a box set entitled An Unflinching Eye. His award-winning films include: Telling Tales (1980), Brothers and Sisters (1981) and Girl from the South (1988). He has written five works of fiction, ranging from the historical novel Friends and Enemies (2010) to the futuristic and speculative novel Sekabo (2014). Richard lives primarily in Auckland, New Zealand.

Blog Tour: Black Jade by Kylie Chan

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Title: Black Jade

Author: Kylie Chan

Release Date: September 27, 2016

Publisher: Harper Voyager

Genre: Paranormal

Format: Ebook/Paperback

From the international bestselling author of The Dark Heavens and Journey to Wudang series..

The Heavenly defenses struggle to hold against the combined might of the Eastern and Western demon hordes. The God of War Xuan Wu is now at full strength — but is his might enough to safeguard the realm when half the Heavens are already in their hands? John and Emma fight a last-ditch desperate struggle to conserve their kingdom and their protect their families.

But will the kingdom ever be the same again?

Available on Amazon.

 

 

Meet the Author:

2016-09-29_21-00-19Kylie Chan married a Hong Kong national in a traditional Chinese wedding ceremony in Eastern China, lived in Australia for ten years, then moved to Hong Kong for ten years and during that time learnt a great deal about Chinese culture and came to appreciate the customs and way of life.

In 2003 she closed down her successful IT consultancy company in Hong Kong and moved back to Australia.  She decided to use her knowledge of Chinese mythology, culture, and martial arts to weave a story that would appeal to a wide audience.

Since returning to Australia, Kylie has studied Kung Fu (Wing Chun and Southern Chow Clan styles) as well as Tai Chi and is now a senior belt in both forms.  She has also made an intensive study of Buddhist and Taoist philosophy and has brought all of these together into her storytelling.

Kylie is a mother of two who lives in Brisbane.

Visit her at http://www.kyliechan.com

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Tour Schedule

 Monday, September 26 – Book featured at Books, Dreams, Life

Book featured at 3 Partners in Shopping

Tuesday, September 27 – Guest blogging at Centeno Books

Wednesday, September 28 – Interviewed at I’m Shelf-ish

Thursday, September 29 – Book featured at A Title Wave

Friday, September 30 – Book featured at Bound 2 Escape

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Monday, October 3 – Book featured at CBY Book Club

Tuesday, October 4 – Guest blogging at Voodoo Princess

Wednesday, October 5 – Interviewed at The Writer’s Life

Thursday, October 6 – Guest blogging at The Dark Phantom

Friday, October 7 – Book featured at Book Cover Junkie

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Monday, October 10 – Book featured at Mello and June

Tuesday, October 11 – Book featured at The Hype and the Hoopla

Wednesday, October 12 – Guest blogging at Tien’s Blurb

Thursday, October 13 – Book featured at My Bookish Pleasures

Friday, October 14 – Book featured at The Review From Here

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Monday, October 17 – Guest blogging at Write and Take Flight

Tuesday, October 18 – Interviewed at Deal Sharing Aunt

Wednesday, October 19 – Book featured at Harmonious Publicity

Thursday, October 20 – Book featured at Celticlady’s Reviews

Friday, October 21 – Guest blogging at Tez Says

Guest blogging at Curling Up By the Fire

Guest blogging at Centeno Books

New Release: Thief in the Myst by Ben Hale

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Thief in the Myst by Ben Hale
The Master Thief (Book 2)
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Jack Myst infiltrated the Thieves Guild to avenge his mother’s murder, but never expected to find a home. Now a master thief, he grapples with his new identity as he unravels the secrets of the fallen Guildmaster. The trail of questions will lead to a shocking truth, that his foe is a remnant of an ancient race, the very devil of Lumineia.
Skorn.
Seething with hatred and cast out by the thieves, Skorn is not without allies. Forcing an assassin into service, he journeys to the forgotten fortress of Margauth, where a cult worships him as a god. With such an army at his command he seeks a return to power, and two keys that unlock a legendary vault.
The Vault of the Eternals.
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 As an avid snowboarder from Utah, Ben grew up with a
passion for learning. This thirst for knowledge led him to sports, music, and
academic endeavors. After a year of college, he did volunteer work in Brazil
and became fluent in three languages. Graduating from the University of Central
Florida, he started and ran several successful businesses before publishing his
first novel in June of 2012. By the end of the year he’d sold almost ten
thousand copies of The Second Draeken War, and he began writing full-time. Now
spanning 10,000 years, ten titles, and two series, The Chronicles of Lumineia
represents a sprawling YA series that has sold over 100,000 copies, and
continues to expand its readership across all ages. Each of his books has been
inspired by his wonderful wife and five beautiful children.
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about Lumineia, or find out about upcoming novels, feel free to contact Ben via
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New Release: Love’s Prayer by Melissa Storm

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Love’s Prayer by Melissa Storm
The First Street Church Romance, Book One
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From acclaimed author Melissa Storm comes the first in a brand-new series of sweet and wholesome small-town love stories with the community church at its center…
Summer Smith is at a crossroads in life. Fresh out of college with no idea what comes next, she agrees to take over her aunt’s flower shop for the season. She arrives in the small, close-knit community of Sweet Grove, Texas, hoping to find some answers.
Ben Davis has lived in the shadow of his family’s mistakes for years. Forced to give up everything he ever wanted for himself, he begins to consider taking his own life in a final effort to end all the pain. A desperate plea sent to the God he isn’t even sure he believes in is soon answered by a series of miracles that bring Summer and Ben crashing into each other.
Love’s Prayer offers a dramatic story about two people who must find a way to believe in each other and in themselves in order to finally find the place where they belong. This novel of finding faith, hope, and—ultimately—love in the darkest of times is sure to tug at your heartstrings and leave you craving more from the First Street Church Romances!
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Melissa Storm is a mother first, and everything else second.
She used to write under a pseudonym, but finally had the confidence to come out
as herself to the world. Her fiction is highly personal and often based on true
stories. Writing is Melissa’s way of showing her daughter just how beautiful
life can be, when you pay attention to the everyday wonders that surround us.
Melissa loves books so much, she married fellow author
Falcon Storm. Between the two of them, there are always plenty of imaginative,
awe-inspiring stories to share. Melissa and Falcon also run the business Novel
Publicity together, where she works as publisher, marketer, editor, and
all-around business mogul. When she’s not reading, writing, or child-rearing,
Melissa spends time relaxing at home in the company of her two dogs, five
parrots, and rescue cat. She never misses an episode of The Bachelor or
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Cover Reveal: Chasing Love by Melissa West

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Title: Chasing Love
Author: Melissa West
Publisher: Lyrical Shine
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Format: Ecopy 
 

Farming family land on sunny Crestler’s Key, the sweet, sexy Littleton brothers are notorious bachelors. But all that will change when the right woman comes along . . .

There aren’t many things Charlie Littleton values more than his lifelong friendship with his buddy Lucas, currently home from a tour in Iraq. But when he discovers that Lucas’s younger sister, Lila, is back to assist the town’s overburdened veterinarian, Charlie is torn. She’s no longer the skinny, awkward kid he remembers, but a gorgeous woman—one Lucas would never approve of him dating. When Lucas asks him to watch out for Lila when he’s called to duty again, Charlie can’t say no—but he can’t pretend it’s easy to ignore his feelings either.

As a teen, Lila crushed on Charlie—hard—and the man he’s grown up to be is even more wonderful than she dreamed. Relationships are a tricky business, though, and too much history is at stake to risk one now. But every moment they’re together is heated by their simmering attraction—and one day an impulsive kiss leads to much more. What’s tangled in a matter of loyalty soon becomes a question of the kind of love worth chasing.

Available on Amazon.

 

About the Author

Melissa West writes heartfelt Southern romance and teen sci-fi romance, all with lots of kissing. Because who doesn’t like kissing? She lives outside of Atlanta, GA, with her husband and two daughters and spends most of her time writing, reading, or fueling her coffee addiction.

Connect with Melissa at www.melissawestauthor.com or on Twitter @MB_West

 

Book Blitz: The Reflection of Innocence by John Tolliver

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Literary Fiction, Paranormal Fiction, Historical Fiction, Metaphysical Fiction

Date Published: February 2016

 

If you could see the memories of every person you met would it be a blessing or a curse?

 John Calabrace’s life has been in havoc since he was a very small child. He spends his life fighting through a flood of memories, most of which are not his own. The second he is touched by another person, he knows every memory & feeling they have ever experienced, and those memories stay permanently etched in his head.

 What might seem to be a wonderful gift to some, also has its dark sides. John flees college, finding solace in the Navy serving on a Navy ship and then aboard a nuclear submarine. That relative peace and isolation of submarine life is quickly taken away after being extracted and recruited into a world of espionage to unlock other secrets from around the world.

 Is he an angel, is he a monster? Even the military men/ government handlers can’t decide. While John may know everyone else’s secrets, he also has secrets of his own. Those he feels, he can reveal to no one..

 

Purchase Links

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About the Author

the-reflection-of-innocence-author-john-tolliverJohn Tolliver has spent his career in the world of nuclear engineering.. After college John joined the Navy where he served aboard the fast attack submarine USS Jacksonville where he acquired his love of travel and adventure. John followed his Navy years with a 30+ year career in Nuclear chemistry. John also volunteers as an arbitrator and mediator in the New York State courts. His passions include writing, researching and travel. Having given up on submarine travel decades ago, John still enjoys the sea life with the grand modern luxury of the Celebrity Cruises fleet.
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Contact Links

Website: http://www.thereflectionofinnocence.com

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/reflectinnocenc

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/reflectionofinnocence/

Promo Page: http://bookbuzz.net/blog/paranormal-historical-fiction-the-reflection-of-innocence/

Book Blitz: The Storyteller’s Book by Kevin Fleming

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YA Sci-fi/Fantasy

Date Published:  November 2015

“…you must realize and accept, neither me, your mum, nor either of you are human.”

Nick and Mel are 14 year old twins living normal lives with their parents. When they discover an ancient book in the attic and read from it, strange events begin to happen around them. Something has been awakened which prompts their parents to take them away to a town called Midway where they reveal to the twins that they are not human. They had been hidden on Earth, brought up as though they were human, awaiting the right moment for the truth to be told.

When their parents mysteriously disappear on their first night away, they are forced to discover for themselves what their roles are in the new lives they’ve been thrown into. They struggle alone as they try to understand and balance their past human lives with their alien destiny. When the book they discovered at their home is stolen, it falls on the twins to recover it. The book has a lot more power than they realised, and if they fail, it will not be they who suffer, but the whole human race.

Along the way, they meet an array of characters, some will become friends, some will become enemies, who can they trust? For now, they can trust only each other.

Available on Amazon.

 

About the Author

the-storytellers-book-author-kevin-flemingKevin Fleming has lived in Liverpool, England, all his life, born into a family with roots in Ireland, Yorkshire and London. All his family apart from he and his wife have long since left Liverpool to spread across the globe, even as far as New Zealand. He feels as though his ancestors all congregated in Liverpool, dropped him off then quietly left.

Even as a child he wanted to write a book but never had the patience to continue beyond the first page. Despite many more failed attempts through his teens, the thought of completing a novel stayed with him as an adult working in telecommunications and afterwards running his own business. In 2012 he decided he’d been employed enough for one lifetime and concentrated on writing.

After all the years of trying, ‘The Storyteller’s Book’ finally arrived, quickly followed by ‘The Mines of Kothkish’, ‘The Warlords of Shreen’ and finally ‘Carnival of the Otherworld’, to form the series, The Chronicles of Midway.

Married for over thirty years, he has a daughter and son who have now left home and are building lives for themselves elsewhere in England.

 

Contact Links

 Website: http://www.kevinflemingbooks.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kevinflemingbooks/

Promo Link: http://bookbuzz.net/blog/ya-sci-fifantasy-the-storytellers-book/

Book Blast & Giveaway: Pickled Pumpkin Pie by Deb Troehler & Jaime Buckley

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About the Book

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Book Description

Thanksgiving is almost here and Dillon can’t wait to see his lovable Uncle Pete once again. Uncle Pete’s visits with his peculiar penchant for pickled pumpkin pie always bring an extra helping of laughter to the dining table. Join Dad, Mom, Uncle Pete, Dillon, and their dog, Baxter, for togetherness, laughter, and a dill-icious meal. Pickled Pumpkin Pie is a read-aloud book for children ages 3-7.

Pickled Pumpkin Pie will be FREE on Amazon September 27 & 28

Review by BeachBoundBooks

Pickled Pumpkin Pie is a charming picture book, told in delightful rhyme, and filled with colorful and fun illustrations. It’s Thanksgiving and Uncle Pete can’t wait to eat, but it’s not turkey, potatoes, or cranberries he’s after. Uncle Pete is waiting for dessert and not just any dessert. He wants
pickled pumpkin pie. As the scrumptious meal comes to an end Uncle Pete’s excitement builds. Will he finally get his Thanksgiving wish? Pickled Pumpkin Pie is well written, engaging, and highly entertaining. The book also contains several activities and of course gives readers a chance to create their own pickled pumpkin pie. This is certain to become a fast holiday favorite among children and adults. I recommend picking up a copy.

 

About the Author

stblogpicDeb Troehler has worn many hats over the years—teacher, fabric artist, author, illustrator, gardener, mother, and grandmother. Although each hat is unique, they are all stitched with a common thread—Deb’s connections to her loved ones and the world around her. Mrs. Troehler was a special education teacher for 15 years. After leaving the classroom due to a recurrence of cancer, her family moved to West Michigan to spend time with her husband’s family. To help make ends meet, Deb wrote instructional material and stories for several trade magazines such as Doll Crafter, Doll Reader, and Soft Dolls and Animals. Eventually, the magic of West Michigan motivated Deb to put pen to paper and record the stories inspired by her treks up and down the shores of Lake Michigan. Pickled Pumpkin Pie: A Thanksgiving Treat is Deb’s third book for children.

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About the Illustrator

jbpicstblog Jaime Buckley is an author, illustrator, father of 12 and the creator of wantedhero.com, which has been entertaining youth and the young at heart for over a decade.

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Spotlight: The Deadly Secret by Ann Frewer

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Why has an eccentric old scientist been acting even more strangely than usual?

Who owns the yellow van that mysteriously appears everywhere?

Will Baninjano be saved from certain peril?

This is a tale of growing suspense as Princess Emily and the Royal Pets – Albert, Poppy, Jacob and Carrie the cat – are forced into a fearsome battle to keep the Deadly Secret free from falling into enemy hands. Remarkable illustrations by Princess Emily (with a few by Poppy) help explain the various twists and turns in this extraordinary adventure, as battling against overwhelming odds it seems they face disaster…

The vibrant, colourful illustrations in this book make this tale extraordinary.

 

Excerpt 

 “’Emily,’ squeaked Poppy, ‘I need you to put those wings on me.’

‘Of course you don’t.  They’re for humans to wear, not dogs,’ said Emily, paying her very little attention. But this was what Poppy had expected and it didn’t put her off in the slightest. Standing on her hind legs, she began to scrabble at Emily’s arm, yelping ‘please’ with every scrabble.

‘Oh very well,’ agreed Emily impatiently, keen to finish her sum and leave, ‘but only for a moment mind.’  And as quickly as she could Emily tied the wings onto Poppy with a bright red ribbon.

Poppy was ecstatic. At last she had them on. First she stood completely still, to get the feel of those marvellous wings towering above her.  Then she took one or two steps around the room to get used to their wobble.  Next she jogged round the room to make certain they wouldn’t fall off.  That done, she was ready for everybody to see what she was about to do. With an eager bark, she cried, ‘Watch me, I’m going to fly!’ and shot out of the room.”

 

Amazon reviews:

5.0 out of 5 stars  An excellent tale of animal adventure

By Wordly Traveller on 16 Sept. 2016

An imaginative adventure tale, with excellent illustrations. Full of questions and mystery, which children will enjoy.

They’ll also love all the animals in this book and their various adventures and misadventures.

This book would make a great movie!

 

 

 “The Deadly Secret” is available in paperback from Amazon UK and Amazon USA.

 

Spotlight: An Occupational Hazard by James Wrethman

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The Ventura Casino is a glittering arena where the super-rich go to pit their wealth against chance, and admire the beautiful Chicas who deal at the tables.

But behind the scenes lurks a corrupt world of credit-fixing, prostitution and rape – a world that only a few brave employees dare to challenge. As the sleaze escalates and the challenge begins to look like a threat, how far will the powers-that-be go to protect their interests…?

 

About the Author

An Occupational Hazard is James Wrethman’s first novel.  Starting as a casino croupier in Glasgow he had graduated to management by the early 1970’s and held senior positions with three of the leading British gaming companies of that period. A number of years were then spent setting up casinos on cruise ships calling at ports in Australia and the Far East.

James later opened and operated casinos in Spain, Nigeria and Yugoslavia, his period in the latter terminated by the outbreak of war. Next came Poland and Slovakia during their transition to democracy followed by a spell in Peru. He moved to Russia in the early 90’s just in time to be in close attendance during Yelsin’s assault on the White House (The Duma).

All those experiences, he feels, will give him ample material for writing his novels. He has regularly written articles for Press and Gaming publications some of which can be found on this website – www.wrethman.co.uk.

 

Amazon reviews of this book:

5.0 out of 5 stars  Great read

By Mr. Michael S. Bird on 22 Jun. 2009

The author has, for many years, commented on the gambling scene, often with wit and humour. His first book meets the challenge of providing a great thriller story with twisting plots as well as sex, drugs, gambling and everything you would expect from the gambling world.

James Wrethman works in the casino industry so insiders should look to see if their persona is included.

 

4.0 out of 5 stars  Casino Heyday

By RICHARD WHITEHOUSE on 27 Aug. 2010

Arh the 1970’s, so often in the shadow of the 60’s, yet so much better. An Occupational Hazard is set in the London casino world of the 1970s and purports to mix fact and fiction. It’s up to the reader to determine for themselves the likely factual elements but it’s not unreasonable to assume that most of it is fact.

The story centres on the Ventura Casino beginning in 1974. The name seems a bit odd but, that aside, it’s there to draw the reader knowingly into a world that really existed but without giving the name of the casino, or casinos, on which this is based.

This is an intriguing story that hinges on the fate of staff at the Ventura Casino, the corruption and the wide spread avoidance of the law that existed in the casino business in the 1970s. The main character experiences the extremes that naivety leads her into trouble and the story is resolved in the present with more unwinding of the tale. It paints a sordid picture where lasciviousness and money meet institutional deviance. Oh what a lovely place the casino world used to be.

The defining essence of the piece is its straightforwardness in that you feel empathy with the main characters and dislike for the obvious villains.

This work is from a first time author and the prose reads easily and the story line is well constructed. It’s a bit too long and James Wrethman has shied away from comparison with the boring casinos we have today where few things of note happen. However, it is an enjoyable read and if you spend much time in casinos this will give you some indication of a different life in very recent history.

Richard Whitehouse
Editor of The Good Gambling Guide

 

“An Occupational Hazard” by James Wrethman is available in paperback from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon US.