Spotlight: 180 Days by David C. Garland

James Oswald Neville has a winning lottery ticket for the jackpot of £9.7m) and sets off for home to tell his wife and family the unbelievable news. On the way he is mugged, seriously injured and his wallet is stolen. They discard his “emptied” wallet by throwing it from London’s Tower Bridge where it lands on a trawler passing under the bridge bound for Holland. Neville comes out of his coma three months later, but not before his two sons have realised the unclaimed lottery ticket contains their father’s favourite numbers; numbers. Thomas Neville, in his capacity as a Wimbledon tennis reporter, hunts down the lost ticket.

Will he find it in time before the 180 days in which the Lotto ticket can be claimed? The race is on.

 

About the Author

David C. Garland has worked for and with Jim Henson, Ted Turner and Don King, so diverse has been his career.  After 28 years with United Press International where he started as a newsroom runner, merged into journalism and ended as Director of Sales for Europe, Africa and the Middle East, he joined CNN International and stayed ten years where he eventually became Vice-President Business Development. He then joined Don King Productions in Florida where he was Director of International Sales for six memorable years. In between UPI and CNN, David spent two years with Jim Henson Enterprises.
On retirement, David decided to concentrate on his writing and has since published 15 DAYS, TERRA NOVA, CALAMITY NATALIE, OFF TO FLORIDA, A DOG’S LIFE and DON KING CAME CALLING, all of which are currently available in paperback and for downloading to Kindle via Amazon.

David’s life, which began in poverty, has been enriched by his family, his friends and by those with whom he has worked over the years.

 

“180 DAYS” by David C. Garland is currently available from Amazon UK in paperback and e-book.

It’s also available from Amazon US.

 

 

Press/Media Contact Details:

 Darin Jewell (David C. Garland’s literary agent)
The Inspira Group Literary Agency
Tel. 0208 292 5163
E-mail: darin@theinspiragroup.com

Spotlight: Nancy by William Kenneth Jones

This story should appeal to all those who tried to do what they thought was right. It tells of one such effort made by a person named Nancy – the main character of this story. We first meet her in 1909, when she leaves the protective time of childhood and enters the perilous years leading up to adulthood. We follow her life through a time when it appears to have “neither joy, nor love, nor light, nor certitude, nor peace, nor help from pain” (to borrow a phrase from the poet, Matthew Arnold). However, as we follow her life, we hope that she will find her way to things better. Life can only be a journey of hope.

The setting of the story is in and around the inner-Manchester district of Angel Meadow. The history of this area symbolizes Nancy’s life: an idyllic beginning, then an unfortunate decline followed by a slow and painful struggle to emerge from deep adversity.

 

 

About the Author

For William Kenneth Jones, a long and varied history has conferred a wide variety of experiences: these arising from a period in the Royal Marines, the Australian Army, worldwide travels, employment as a vehicle design engineer, then an Admin Manager in finance and computing – along with many etceteras.

In addition, obtaining a University degree covering an extensive range of subjects provided many ingredients for an active imagination, which, among other things, William exercises by writing about fact and fiction – as indicated in the books he offers.

 

 

“Nancy” by William Kenneth Jones is available from Amazon UK in paperback and e-book.

It is also available from Amazon US.

 

 

 

Press/Media Contact Details:

 New Generation Publishing
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E-mail: info@newgeneration-publishing.com

 

 

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Spotlight: A Dark Matter by Joe Theo

It’s sex, drugs & rock n roll

It’s very raunchy

It’s very funny

It’s very dark

It does exactly what it says on the tin

Every chapter a different drama

A real page turner

A book you always wanted to read

 

Excerpt 

“Do you like my sausage vunder va ya!” she laughs & motions him to come in but Taz waves goodbye & carries on walking. He looks at the next window but there’s only a chair there, looking forlorn. He keeps walking & comes across a third shop front, also showing an empty chair. Then, saying to himself,” are they all out to lunch or porking away, that’s the question!” he chuckles to himself with that. He carries on walking to the next window: this time he’s hit the jackpot. Sitting on a back to front black chair, Christine Keeler style, smoking a black cheroot, legs wide open & wearing her trademark black lingerie & Stockings & high heels stilettos is the woman he knows as Blondie. He puts his head up against the window & smiles: she motioned him towards the front door. Taz opens the door & walks in, closing it behind him & then proceeds to stand in front of her slightly blocking her view of the street beyond. She blows smoke into his face & says abruptly,

“What do you want?”

“Do you have any more of those pink & white tablets, I forget what they are called?” says Taz, staring into her eyes & as he’s coughing from the smoke.

“I’ll have some in three days. Now go away, I’m busy. Unless you some business, in which case that will cost you one hundred Euros for half an hour,” she purrs. “And I take sterling too.”

 

 

“A Dark Matter” by Joe Theo is currently available from Amazon UK in hardback, paperback, or e-book.

It is also available from Amazon US.

 

  

Press/Media Contact Details:

 New Generation Publishing
Tel. 01234 712 064
E-mail: info@newgeneration-publishing.com

 

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Spotlight: A Host of Divine Inspiration by Susie Matthews

“A Host of Divine Inspiration” contains inspired philosophy, inspired poetry, and a mini-dictionary of the author’s understanding of the meaning of spiritual, religious and medical words that are not common outside of their realm. This book includes something for everyone, especially those that are interested in increasing their knowledge.

This is the third in a series of books following Inspirations of The Divine and A Question of Divine Inspiration. You can follow the author and her life as it unfolds as well as giving you a little insight into my life as a spiritual medium and spiritual Officiant (which is a Junior Minister), and now, of course, an author.

The fourth book in the series will be called More Inspirations of The Divine but you will have to wait and see what it contains. It will reflect my life, my spiritual development and probably my experiences as a member of the SNU Ministry and medium.

 

Excerpt from the Book (from “Life’s Lessons”):

“We are here for you now and always. Be at peace and know that all is working out as it is meant to. Know that in every dark cloud there are lessons for you to learn and experience for you to gain. The pain and obstacles you encounter will bear you up unto the light where all find the peace that their souls are looking for. We hear you cry out in spirit and we are there by your sides. We hold and nurse you, we give you the strength to carry on and walk hand in hand with you. What happens to you has already happened to us. We are here because we care and understand and because we wish to help you through this time. The love that we have for you knows no bounds and is completely unconditional. Be still within the eye of the storm and wait for it to blow over. Know that nothing lasts forever. And when this phase of life is complete and your situation is behind you, move forward with that special peace and love in your hearts that comes from facing the situations of the Earth. In your ever changing and transient world only one thing remains pure and true and that is the Divine love and light that is sent to all. Remember you are always one in the light and in the spirit. Blessings of peace and love to you all.”

 

 

“A Host of Divine Inspiration” by Susie Matthews is currently available from Amazon in hardcover, paperback, or e-book. It is also available on Amazon US.

 

Press/Media Contact Details:

 New Generation Publishing
Tel. 01234 712 064
E-mail: info@newgeneration-publishing.com

 

 

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Spotlight: Soul to Soul: Creating a Successful Relationship by Joseph McKeaney

The issue of relationships and partners will undoubtedly form one of the more complex issues we are likely to face in our lives. As contemporary people, we are singularly unprepared for the full range of issues and hidden elements within relationships that we will ultimately encounter.

The modern idea of confidence, happiness and self-empowerment is to strive to acquire wealth, status, material possessions, and this is equated with the fulfilment we are all seeking. In tandem with this, to develop a co-relationship with a partner, a bond which is both enriching and satisfying, but nowhere in the structure or content of secular life are any indications given as to how we achieve the latter i.e. how to prepare oneself and how to choose a partner who matches our own nature. In fact, this is singularly missing from our modern cultures. In ancient times, this facet of life consisted of a whole branch of arcane science = the Science of Types or Essence Types.

When we reach adulthood, we only possess the vaguest idea what type of partner will fulfil our nature; the person who will be the ‘ying’ to our ‘yang’. It is a mystery to be solved, and we blunder along in many cases, with a line of failure behind us, because we lack experience and we can only be described as immature or naive. We have no idea, in general how to measure others or even what will make us happy in this life – everything is a gamble in many respects.

Our task is to educate ourselves in relation to our own intrinsic nature and also, that of others. It is only through understanding human nature and all of our contemporary weaknesses, faults, and peccadillos, that we can hope to have the necessary insights to avoid incompatible partners in life. We can save ourselves a vast amount of hardship and pain by doing a little preparatory work – in advance. This is partly the raison d’etre of this current nexus of materials. We will take a forensic look at the make-up and psychology of our contemporary relationships and just as important – the art of relating. Much is determined by communication, and communication is based predominantly on the qualities of the people in any given relationship – this is a universal rule.

 

“Soul to Soul:  Creating a Successful Relationship” by Joseph McKeaney is currently available from Amazon UK in hardback, paperback, and e-book.

It is also available from  Amazon US.

 

Press/Media Contact Details:

 New Generation Publishing
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E-mail: info@newgeneration-publishing.com

 

 

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Spotlight: Cross Cutting The Trilogy by Wendy Hammer

Release date: August 15, 2017

The Thin: Strange vans roam the streets of Indianapolis as people go missing or turn up dead. Trinidad O’Laughin is a guardian looking for a territory to bond with and protect. Indiana’s distress call may give her that chance—if she can survive to take it.

The Hollow: Ache Vetrov is a clairvoyant caretaker of secrets and lost things. When a mysterious wave of violence threatens the city of Lafayette, Ache and Trinidad find themselves up against creatures with concave faces devoid of feeling or mercy who threaten to erase everything if Ache, Trinidad and their friends fail to thwart this monstrous invasion.

The Marrow: Trinidad has people to love and a city to watch over. Lafayette has become a true home. But her newfound peace is shattered when another cut opens in her territory and unleashes the malevolent force behind the previous invasions. This time, the whole world may fall before its hunger if Trinidad and her friends can’t find some way to defeat it.

Pre-order on Amazon.

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About the Author

Wendy Hammer grew up in Wisconsin and lives in Indiana. She has degrees in English from The University of Wisconsin-Madison and Ball State University. Her research focus was in gender/identity studies and bodies. Her dissertation was about the intersections of twentieth century infectious disease narratives and imperialist discourse, with a particular focus on Africa. The diss was abandoned, but her interest remains.  She currently teaches introductory literature and composition at a community college.

She writes speculative fiction (fantasy, horror and science fiction) and is an affiliate member of HWA. She has done some freelance writing for an RPG.

Her short stories can be found in Urban Fantasy Magazine, EGM Shorts, Suspended in Dusk, The Shapeshifter Chronicles, and elsewhere. The first two novellas in the Cross Cutting trilogy (The Thin and The Hollow) have been published by Apocalypse Ink Productions.

She reads everything. She indulges in K-drama, horror, and cooking competition show marathons (especially the Great British Baking Show). She likes geeky cross stitch projects, classic punk music, and salted licorice. And finally, she considers both Cobra Commander and The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl to be kindred spirits.

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Spotlight & Giveaway: Seven Threads by Jason Atkinson

Book Details:

Book Title: Seven Threads: A Book of Short Stories
Author: Jason Atkinson
Category: Adult Fiction, 151 pages
Genre: Thriller and Suspense
Publisher: Mascot Books
Release date: July 4 , 2017
Tour dates: July 10 to 28, 2017
Content Rating: PG

 

Book Description:

In this collection of seven short stories from Jason Atkinson, follow a man accused of murder, a runaway girl on a train, a scientist at the heart of a government conspiracy, and more! Full of twists and turns, Seven Threads offers a selection of fast-paced stories full of heart and excitement.

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     Meet the Author: 

Jason Atkinson lives in the Midwest with his wife and son. With a love of writing, this is his 3rd book, but first book in the fiction category. Short stories are easy to digest, and yet, this book still provides all the joys for the long haul reader. Jason write for everyone in mind when creating this piece and hopes you will enjoy it as much as he did when writing it.

Connect with the author: Website ~ Facebook

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Spotlight: Cool Blood Walk by Jack Swift

‘This has knocked the wind out of me.’

‘Don’t come up to Leeds as a vampire. I won’t let you in the house.’

Dot has three jobs, a fragile daughter Sarah and a judgemental mother Binnie. Her ex-husband Tom is murdered, and Adam a colleague disappears mysteriously. This means more much needed money for Dot. But the police are interested in Dot and what happened to the two men. Dot meets Chris a handsome young man. Chris wants to know what has happened to Adam. Binnie notices that Chris is a little strange. She buys garlic and a crucifix. Dot, though, will need more than old superstitions to avoid destruction and dangerous seduction.

‘A marvellous slow burn and very different vampire tale.’

Crime Chronicles

 

 

COOL BLOOD WALK by Jack Swift is available from bookshops & online in the UK, Europe, the USA and Australia from Amazon.

Amazon UK paperback

Amazon UK e-book

Amazon US

 

 

For more info. about Red Rattle Books, see http://www.redrattlebooks.co.uk

 

 

Other novels by Red Rattle Books include:

“Hate Until Warm” by Jim Lawler

“Undead Underneath” by Jack Swift

“Nightmares Ahead” by Howard Jackson

“Mortal Shuffle” by Jim Lawler

“Zombie Bites” by David Saunderson

“No Money Honey” by Howard Jackson

“Dracula’s Midnight Bites” edited by David Saunderson

“Telegraph for Garlic” edited by Prof. Samia Ounoughi

“Innocent Mosquitoes” by Howard Jackson

“How to Defend Yourself Against Scorpions” by Fernando Sorrentino

“Choke Bay” by Howard Jackson

  

Press/Media Contact Details:

 Howard Jackson
Managing Director
Red Rattle Books
E-mail: jacksonhoward09@googlemail.com

Spotlight & Review: In My Mind by Shaida Mehrban

“In My Mind” is the story of a young man who is infatuated by a student named Gabriella who reminds him of delicate butterflies. It follows Steve from childhood to adulthood and the mental demons that play havoc in his mind. He is unable to talk to anyone about it as he doesn’t realise the mental depth he is in, till that dreadful night when Gabriella dies whilst held by him against her will, and he is then sent away.

This story covers mental health, depression and hitting rock bottom in Steve’s mind and looks at how this sensitive subject is still a taboo as we do not know enough about mental health and its consequences on our and others’ lives.

 

About the Author

 Shaida Mehrban is the author of numerous novels with very important social messages including “Tears Behind the Veil”, “Tears of Silence”, “Blossom and I”, “Remembering the Night Train”, “Mother’s Veil” and “Eyes of Osama”.

 

Excerpt 

“He sits on his buttocks with his nose dribbling slowly like the tap that has worn out its washer, but all the while, he keeps his eyes firmly on hers. Fixated. For a moment, he stands still and yet his head is chasing butterflies. Nothing new there! His humming tune sounds like, “Sweet Gabriella the most delicate butterfly of all, now here with me forever, just the way it should be, the way it should have been a long lifetime ago, my sweet, my sweet.” He interrupts his own broken strings to slide his arm straight across his moist face. He carries on, telling her that it has taken him five years to get her to come to stay in his kingdom even though she has visited his public house upstairs many times.”

 

 

“In My Mind” by Shaida Mehrban is available in paperback with coloured illustrations and as an e-book from Amazon UK. It is also available from Amazon US.

 

 

 

Review 

In the cellar

The time that Steve and Gabriella spend in the cellar is my favorite part of this book. I think it’s because the reader doesn’t really know if she’s still alive or not. She speaks at first but later, is she just unconscious or is she dead? I removed “lifeless” on page 1 because she’s still moving and aware at that time.

I was impressed with the number of adjectives used. I would be careful about using the same ones over and over. In fact, for legibility’s sake, using adjectives and adverbs in the same sentence is something to avoid. Ex: Quickly he jumps up, his eyes showing a bit of rage, he quickly moves up the creaky steps… There were times, however, that Steve repeated himself which is expected since he has a mental illness. I left some of those repetitions alone.

Something that really confused me was the use of the first person once or twice in the cellar, once in the police car, and once at the police station (pg. 70). At first, I waited for another character to show up or maybe Steve was seeing all of this in the past in therapy. Since that didn’t happen, I changed those instances to third person.

When Steve was talking, I put quotation marks. Even though most of the time in the cellar he was talking, there were still times that there was narration so the quotation marks made it flow better.

 

In the POLICE STATION

When Steve is talking, he rambles. Often the rambling doesn’t make sense which I know can happen in real life. There is a fine line here because you want the book to be realistic but it also needs to be legible. I changed the rambling so that it made sense and removed a little of it.

There was also a lot of repetition by Steve but some of it was just too much. Ex: page 68, “I’m pathetic and yes I am pathetic, that is what she yells all the time, you are a pathetic excuse of a man just like your father…” I changed that to “I’m pathetic and that is what she yells all the time: ‘you are a pathetic excuse of a man just like your father.’

The narration also had some repetition. Ex: page 80, “Maybe today Steve will move a little closer to his destiny. Destiny is not in Steve’s hands today as his mind is in turmoil today.” Changed to “Maybe today Steve will move a little closer to his destiny but it is not in his hands as his mind is in turmoil.”

When Steve is in jail, he starts to think about a lot of things. On page 73, the narration jumped from third person to first person. I attempted to change it all to third person but that didn’t work, it needed to be in first person. So, I put a heading, “Steve’s Thoughts,” at the beginning of the first person narration by Steve.

 

OTHER

I like the concept of In My Mind as well as how it was presented, starting out in the cellar and learning Steve’s story as you read. The kind of happy ending is good too although I would have left out the last paragraph.

 

Press/Media Contact Details:

 Darin Jewell (literary agent for Shaida Mehrban)
Managing Director
The Inspira Group Literary Agency
Tel. 0208 292 5163
E-mail: darin@theinspirgroup.com

 

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Spotlight: Snaffles the Cat by Noah Gerrard

Snaffles was a cute little kitten and lived with a kind old lady. He loved to play with her slippers or gloves and he would have a go at anything that moved! He was always getting into mischief but this did not stop him.

In these adventures of Snaffles, we meet many of his friends in the neighbourhood. These include the beautiful Miss Moonlight, the pretty little cat who lived across the road, Baxter the HUGE pig, Tick and Tock, the mice that live in the grandfather clock, and many others.

Snaffles often gets into all kinds of scrapes but always manages to escape. It seems that cats really do have nine lives!

 

About the Author

 These stories were initially told by Noah Gerrard to his son, Rob, who decided to turn this collection of charming cat tales into a book for other avid young readers to enjoy.  Rob is a retired executive living in St. Helens and is now busy enjoying himself and writing memorable children’s stories.

 

 

“Snaffles the Cat” by Noah Gerrard is currently available in paperback format with coloured illustrations and as an e-book from Amazon UK and from Amazon US.

 

Press/Media Contact Details:

Darin Jewell (literary agent for Rob Gerrard)
Managing Director
The Inspira Group Literary Agency
Tel. 0208 292 5163
E-mail: darin@theinspirgroup.com

 

 

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