Spotlight: Fracture Point by Jeff Altabef

 

The best-kept secrets in 2041 America are the deadliest ones.

A mysterious scarlet haired jazz singer.
A rebel on a motorcycle.
And a killer with a penchant for torture.

Food is scarce, good jobs the rarity, and big brother is watching everyone. Will Jack and Tom’s family be torn apart in the mayhem, and how far will one brother go to save the other’s life?

In 2041, America is rife with ghettos and armed checkpoints, and poverty runs rampant. A bloody civil war is brewing, and everyone will be forced to take a side. Education is the only way out of a life where you’re never sure where your next meal will come from, or what you’ll have to do to get it. Tom aced his assessment tests and scored an education contract, giving him a way out of poverty. Jack isn’t so lucky.

When Jack, a spy for a rebel fraction, goes missing, only his brother Tom can unravel the mystery of his disappearance. He will risk everything to save his brother from Warren, a killer who enjoys torturing his victims and making them beg for mercy. On a mission, Tom plunges into a world filled with secretive rebel groups and spies, psychotic killers, lies and murder at the highest levels of political influence. When he also discovers that his family has been keeping secrets from him—secrets that threaten to doom them all—he doesn’t know whom to trust.

Tom must break every rule he’s lived by, and go head-to-head with a psychopath, if he’s to have any chance of saving his brother—and just maybe, keep America from reaching the fracture point.

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About the Author

Jeff Altabef is an award-winning author who lives in New York with his wife, two daughters, and Charlie the dog. He spends time volunteering at the writing center in the local community college. After years of being accused of “telling stories,” he thought he would make it official. He writes in both the thriller and young adult genres. Fourteenth Colony, a political thriller, was his debut novel. Evolved Publishing has published Jeff’s second thriller, Shatter Point, which won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award for Fall 2014 in the category of Best Thriller.Jeff’s first young adult novel, Wind Catcher: A Chosen Novel will be published in March by Evolved Publishing. He’s extremely excited that his daughter, Erynn Altabef, is his co-author on the Chosen Series. As an avid Knicks fan, Jeff is prone to long periods of melancholy during hoops season. Jeff has a column on The Examiner focused on writing and a blog designed to encourage writing by those that like telling stories.

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Spotlight & Giveaway: Dancing in the rain by Lucy Appadoo

Can she end the turmoil and escape the firmly built trap to find the freedom she craves?

Book Title: Dancing in the Rain (The Italian Family Series)
Author: Lucy Appadoo
Category: Adult Fiction, 274 pages
Genre: Historical Coming of Age/Romance/Family Drama
Publisher: Lucy Appadoo
Release date: March 24, 2017
Tour dates: June 5 to 23, 2017
Content Rating: PG-13 + M (There is physical abuse and death involved.)
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Book Description

Fifteen-year old Valeria Allegro works diligently on the family farm in Italy, where she is torn between her duty to her family and her desire to find freedom from her strict, domineering father. She finds solace in Dario, a young student who provides a blissful escape—until a neighbour’s son, Gregorio, decides he wants her for himself.
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This raises an alarm for her father, which leads to family conflict and aggression. When Dario is threatened and her family is plagued by a series of suspicious accidents, Valeria is desperate to keep her loved ones safe. Can she end the turmoil and escape the firmly built trap to find the freedom she craves?
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Lucy Appadoo is a registered counsellor and wellness coach with a part-time private practice. She also works as a rehabilitation counsellor for the Australian government. In her spare time, she self-publishes or writes nonfiction and fiction texts. She previously worked as a rehabilitation consultant, caseworker, English as a second language teacher, and proofreader.
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Lucy has postgraduate diplomas in psychology, education, and English as a Second Language teaching, as well as specialised qualifications in grief counselling and hypnosis. She has also completed wellness coaching courses (levels 1-3) at Wellness Coaching Australia.
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Lucy enjoys reading romantic suspense, romance, thrillers, crime novels, family/historical drama, and sagas. She writes in the genres of romantic suspense, historical fiction, and romance. She has enjoyed travelling to exotic places such as Madrid, Mauritius, and Italy, and draws on these experiences in her creative writing.
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Lucy’s favourite authors include Kendra Elliot, Christiane Heggan, Theresa Ragan, Tara Moss, Nicholas Sparks, Adriana Trigiani, Erica Spindler, and James Patterson (to name a few).
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Lucy’s interests include meditation, playing tennis, journal writing, reading fiction and nonfiction texts about writing, coaching, and counselling, ongoing professional development, spending time with her husband and two daughters, and socialising with friends and family.
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Spotlight & Giveaway: Deceiving Bella by Cate Beauman

 

Book Details:

Book Title: Deceiving Bella: Book #11 In The Bodyguards of L.A. County Series
Author: Cate Beauman
Category: Adult Fiction, 588 pages
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Createspace
Release date: October 13, 2016
Tour dates: May 22 to June 16, 2017
Content Rating: R (Sex scenes, language, some intense moments)

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Book Description:

Isabella Colby has always yearned for normalcy. Now that she’s settled in LA, she finally has it. Good friends, a pretty home, and her thriving career as the Palisades’ top skincare specialist are a dream come true. Bella is content until she meets her hunky new neighbor, but her attraction to the blue-eyed cutie is the least of her worries when contacting her long-lost father threatens to destroy her happy life.

Reed McKinley is more than ready to forget the past. His seven-year stint as an NYPD detective nearly got him killed. His wounds have healed and he’s starting over as Ethan Cooke Security’s latest recruit. With sixty-hour workweeks and little time to himself, the last thing on his mind is a relationship. Then he bumps into the gorgeous woman next door.

Reed and Bella become fast friends. Before long, Reed discovers that Bella is keeping dangerous secrets. Bella may have the answers to decades-old questions he’s been searching for. Reed will risk it all to uncover the truth, but he soon realizes that the deeper he digs, the direr the consequences.

“This book captured my attention from the very beginning. The author did an excellent job of developing the characters and helping the reader feel like he was along for the story. I have enjoyed all of the books in this series, but I must say Deceiving Bella is one of my favorites!”
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Deceiving Bella is the eleventh book in the Bodyguards of L.A. County Series. Check out the first ten books here!

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Spotlight & Giveaway: The Seduction Expert by La Baronne

Book Details:

Book Title: The Seduction Expert by La Baronne
Category: Adult Non-Fiction, 178 pages
Genre: Contemporary, Romance , Self-help
Publisher: VSP Publishing
Release date: May 27, 2017
Tour dates: May 29 to June 16, 2017
Content Rating: G

Book Description:

After two best-sellers in France and Brazil, the seduction expert has now arrived in New York with her Vuitton luggage. She was the most famous seduction expert in France. She is now the most famous seduction expert in the world.

Imagine years spent in her company, during which she challenges the biggest heartbreakers… Years of analyzing, tracking and well-deserved revenge. All motivated by a single promise: to change the lives of all those women calling upon her services. A few women would swear that The Seduction Expert changed their lives. She is an iron hand in a velvet glove, a woman of honour, dressed in a designer suit. She is the Wonder Woman of modern times who owns Gucci shoes and Burberry coats. She is the kind of woman of action who brings emotional turmoil. Get her card, it’s much better than spending holidays in St Barth!

 

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About the Author

La Baronne is a consultant, and human relations hold few secrets for her. She knows all the facets, even the smallest, as she has spent time studying the subject. In her opinion, love and human relations are simply a science integrating a complicated mechanism from which stem a number of principles, laws, equations and rules. Like a game of poker where you test different strategies at certain moments. Here you are bluffing, there you are betting, then you are laying the cards on the table and finally, you fold. In short, the factor “luck” does not exist for La Baronne, it has been invented by those that know nothing about it.

 

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New Release: Without a Doubt by L. J. Greatrex

Following the tragic disappearance of his parents and unborn sibling, Jimmy Giddion is torn from his life in the States to a solitary existence in Africa. During these formative years, he discovers a rare talent for computer hacking and decides to use his skills to find his family, but is soon thrown into a world of corruption embroiled in modern-day diamond mine claim jumping. With the reward for his deception intact and his newly-found ally Paul Max, he embarks on an expedition that fires his imagination as a more sinister element to his family’s last encounter is unearthed.

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About the Author

J. Greatrex was born one of three siblings in a small village in the Midlands, having only moved around the same village three times with just a small break when living in West Kirby on the Wirral. L. J.’s career began with General Electric and progressed through to the financial sector of the steel Industry, spending the most recent years with a classic car parts company and today as their Financial Health Consultant.

Over many years travelling the globe with family and friends for pleasure, the ideas developed and used in the Hackers series (which includes Conscious Revenge, Payback and Just Deserts), have been in part attributed to these experiences; that and a vivid imagination has helped create the characters and situations in these three novels.

 

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 ‘Got ya, you bastards’, I thought, as at last the whole plan seemed crystal clear. I was ecstatic, overwhelmed, sad, angry, but mostly relieved that after all of this time I finally had a clearer picture, one which I now knew not only involved my parents, but in a weird twist of fate myself. I had unwittingly become the perpetrator of their scam, helping these mongrels to continue to claim jump long after their involvement in my parents’ disappearance. I now saw how difficult this task would have been for my uncle, as without the technology and expertise of a hacker he would have had no chance of success. I suddenly became grateful to have been given the gift, one that at last had unravelled the whole sorry mess. It only left two things now to do, decide what to do about it and discover their resting place!

 

 

“Without A Doubt” by L. J. Greatrex is available in paperback and e-book from Amazon UK and from Amazon US.

 

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 Contact:  Darin Jewell (L. J. Greatrex’s literary agent)
Managing Director
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London, UK
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Spotlight: The Sator Square by Geoff Cook

A terrorist is on the loose in the UK – his target – a member of the Royal Family.

In France, a killer stalks the ranks of the paparazzi as he prepares to commit a series of ritual murders.

When compromising pictures of the Prince are published in a French tabloid, Broadhurst, the Palace’s head of security is drawn into a murky world of fundamentalist fever, brutal revenge and sinister international conspiracy.

Across the Channel, Marchal, a widowed detective on the verge of retirement, is trying to investigate a series of suspicious deaths, but being thwarted at every turn.

Tying the two conspiracies together is the enigmatic Sator Square – an ancient code with a deadly new resonance.

 

About the Author

A bio of the author is available via the link www.geoff-cook.com or via the Amazon Author’s page.

 

Excerpt  

 “Ram had literally walked out of Number Ten when he was invited by the King to a private meeting at Windsor.”

“I recall the occasion,” Broadhurst intervened. “He was going to look at the last phase of the rebuilding work.”

Speir raised his eyebrows. “The King chose to confide in Ram and three months later, he was back with a plan that would not only ultimately help to create a groundswell of public sympathy for the monarchy, provide a solution for the Prince, but also give the PM the means to achieve the government’s objective and mobilise the armed forces.”

Broadhurst took in a gasp of air. “This whole business is a put up job?”

“Far from it. It is a very daring and risky operation to create a terrorist attack on British soil that would succeed in assassinating the Prince. This afternoon, a second video recorded by a dedicated suicide bomber has been broadcast around the world claiming responsibility for the Jihadist movement, cursing the West and promising many more such hostilities in the future. Tomorrow, Parliament will be recalled to debate a motion to mobilise the armed forces and prepare a strategy for a ground offensive in Iraq and Syria.”

 

 

Amazon Review

 4.0 out of 5 stars… book to be entertaining and fast moving with a good range of characters

By Amazon Customer on 15 April 2017

I found the book to be entertaining and fast moving with a good range of characters. Recommended”

 

 

“The Sator Square” by Geoff Cook is available in hardback, paperback, and e-book from Amazon UK.

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Press/Media Contact Details:

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

 

 

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Spotlight: Falling Away by Jeremy Orlando

“Falling Away” is the story of Terrance Carver; Poet, coward and lost child of the Universe. Terrance is on a quest, a quest to right wrongs? A quest to alter the past? Or is it merely a quest of self-preservation? The night of the bungled armed robbery all those years ago still hangs over him. The night that saw his youngest brother arrested and, the night Terrance Carver was disowned by his eldest brother and most importantly, this was the last night he ever saw Lucinda.

Now finally after years of hiding in a dank city refuge, The Liar’s Den, he summons the courage to return home to the scene of his (almost) crime. Terrence Carver will have to confront his siblings; one imprisoned, the other in marital turmoil, street corner gangsters, a wise cracking priest, runaway children and car thieves waiting to get caught, before he can beg for the forgiveness of Lucinda.

 

“Falling Away” is not only an acknowledgment of the shades of grey that define us all, but it poses the question what does it mean to be good? And why are some people better at it than others?

 

 

About the Author

 Jeremy Orlando (1973- now) is the author of five published works of fiction; the merits of which may be debatable. What is not debatable is that none of these books are critically acclaimed, have won any major awards or will be developed into Hollywood summer blockbusters. Jeremy often likes to refer to himself in the third person as he imagines this to be funny, Dostoyevsky is not funny, yet merely saying this name aloud makes him smile, Jeremy I mean, and not Dostoyevsky. Jeremy does not consider himself a writer in a classical sense, and instead would most likely imagine himself as a conveyor of ideas and ‘what ifs’, and will argue long and hard that there is merit to be found in this, you just have to look really hard.

 

 

“Falling Away” by Jeremy Orlando is available in paperback and e-book from Amazon UK.

It is also available in paperback and e-book from Amazon US.

 

Press/Media Contact Details:

 Darin Jewell
Managing Director
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E-mail: darin@theinspiragroup.com

 

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Spotlight & Giveaway: More Than a Soldier by D.M. Annechino

Feeling a patriotic duty to defend his country after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, seventeen year old, Angelo J. DiMarco, enlists in the U.S. Army. Severely short of frontline fighters, the Army rushes Angelo through Ranger training and sends him to Italy as part of the 1st Ranger Battalion. Their objective: stop the German invasion.

Fighting on the front lines in Italy, the German’s teach Angelo a sobering lesson on life when they capture him during the bloody battle of Cisterna. Against insurmountable odds, Angelo miraculously escapes in a way that stretches the imagination. He survives behind enemy lines for over five months, hiding from the Germans and trying to outmaneuver them. He begs for food, sleeps in barns and suffers from many ailments, including dehydration, malnutrition, malaria and exposure to the elements.

More Than a Soldier is Angelo DiMarco’s powerful story of survival, resilience and courage.

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Author Interview

What inspires and what got you started in writing?

In my younger years, I didn’t read very much and didn’t discover my flair for writing until I was in my early forties. I wrote a couple of novels early on, but at best, they were rough drafts. I didn’t quite understand that writing novels was a combination of intrinsic creative talent and acquired technical skills. Learning these skills and incorporating them into your work is essential. I write because I have no choice. A painter paints; a musician plays; a singer sings. Not always because they want to, but more often than not, because they have to. Unless you’ve been blessed with an aptitude for an art form, it’s hard to relate. The only way I can explain it is to say that even if I never earned a single penny from my writing, I would still keep my fingers poised above the keyboard pounding away.

Do you ever get writer’s block? What helps you overcome it?

Writer’s block is a common and frequent affliction for most writers. After trying to fight it for many years, I finally came to the realization that you just can’t force the creative process. So, for me, when it’s working and the ideas are flowing, I write until my eyes can’t focus any longer. But when it’s not working, I just walk away.

What made you write a military book about WWII?

The desire to write this book didn’t blossom until my uncle died in 2010. During his entire life he never shared his story with anyone. The only facts the family knew were that he was captured by the Germans and he escaped. A week before my uncle died, he shared the whole story of his capture with his son, Steve, my cousin. When Steve told me the story, I immediately felt compelled to write a book about the horrific experience my uncle endured.

Are you a detailed outliner or a “free” writer or both?

I’ve tried in vain to use a detailed outline, but it never works for me. In fact, it makes the whole writing process even more complicated. The flow of the story determines where I go and what happens from page to page. I’m a “Free Writer” to the 10th power!

What advice would you give budding writers?

I think one of the most important lessons I learned is that rarely does a writer become an overnight success. It’s a long hard road. If you’re writing for fame and fortune, you might want to rethink your career path. Remember: Everyone is a critic. So you really need to have thick skin. The best advice I can offer any aspiring author is to accept the reality that rejection is the prerequisite to success. Even some of the most successful writers in history endured years of rejection long before they were recognized for their craft.

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Praise for More Than a Soldier

Annechino colorfully draws the actions scenes, and richly brings the supporting cast of characters to life. A moving tale of survival in war-torn Europe.

– Kirkus Reviews

Nuanced and eloquently written, More Than a Soldier adds to the body of WWII literature an extraordinary story of survival and a deeply affecting portrait of a soldier’s coming-of-age.

– The iRead Review

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About the Author

Daniel M. Annechino, a former book editor, wrote his first book, How to Buy the Most Car for the Least Money, while working as a General Manager in the automobile business. But his passion had always been fiction, particularly thrillers. He spent two years researching serial killers before finally penning his gripping and memorable debut novel They Never Die Quietly. He has written and published five novels—all thrillers. But his latest work, More Than a Soldier, is a Historical Biography set in Italy during WWII.

A native of New York, Annechino now lives in San Diego with his wife, Jennifer. He loves to cook, enjoys a glass of vintage wine, and spends lots of leisure time on the warm beaches of Southern California.

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Spotlight: Restitution Road and Planet of Graves by Marc Everitt

About the Book

Ever wondered if you were meant to have done something special with your life? Daniel is the poster boy for wasted talent and finds himself at rock bottom. One despairing suicide later and he is about to discover that death is not as final as he had thought it might be and that his troubles are only just beginning. From WW1 trenches to ancient Britain and to the far future where science is opening doors it really shouldn’t, Daniel must find a way to save his species and perhaps his own soul in the process.

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On a remote, desolate planet something is amiss…. several somethings, in fact. With something watching them, a murderer amongst them and no way of escaping, the small research team on Graves’ World are going to need all the help they can get, help which may have just arrived in the shape of Taylor West. He’s turned his hand to solving mysteries in the past but has rarely been in so much danger. Because there is far more to this planet than meets the eye and not everyone wants his help.

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About the Author

Marc Everitt lives in Swindon in Wiltshire, England. Marc has a degree in English Literature & Philosophy from the University of Hertfordshire and is a ltd co director in financial services. Marc has written two standalone science-fiction novels along with a space opera trilogy and he is currently working on a collection of mixed genre short stories.

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Spotlight: A Quest Within by Len Marshall

The plot twists and turns, involving several Nation States, following a piece of malware virus designed to disable satellite locating devices in orbit.

Two mercenary hackers sell their time to the highest bidders. This is offset by a developing relationship with one of the hackers and the owner’s son who works for the manufacturer of the location satellites.

Unbeknown to both, they each believe in the spiritual doctrine of The Law of Attraction, and incorporate this principle within the mainframe of their server.

What emerges is a cat and mouse game of spiritual versus conventional computer solutions.

 

About the Author

 Len Marshall was born in Birmingham in 1959 and grew up on a local council estate. He attended a local Secondary modern School where he was diagnosed with Dyslexia and struggled to cope in main stream education.  However, and despite this, he went on to study at the prestigious Warwick University and obtained an honours degree in Politics and Economics. Len has worked in sales and retail most of his working life and recently he became self-employed.

He first discovered a spiritual understanding of life and studied the wonders of the human mind. Specialising in the Power of visualisation and the elements needed for success in the Universal Law of Attraction. He became a specialist in this area over twenty five years ago. This is decades before the recent surge of interest.  He has a great interest in global politics and World Nation state development and has extensive knowledge of the intriguing operations of computer technology.

Len has hands on interest in a local charity in his spare time. The charity specialises in brain injuries and the after effects of this condition and most recently became one of the trustees board. Len’s first book A QUEST WITHIN combines all this knowledge and an interesting plot.

 

 

“A Quest Within” by Len Marshall is currently available in paperback and e-book from Amazon UK and from Amazon US.

 

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