New Release: Anya Paris by Brenda Parker

In fifties Northumberland – a time and place where tradition and progress are about to collide head-on – a young restorer of art is engaged to rescue some neglected paintings. Arriving on a tide of anticipation, the enchanting young painter brings a breath of very fresh air into the dusty midst of the Chevening family, quickening pulses, challenging the old order and, as she uncovers an infamous art fraud, muddying still waters. Anya Paris is an intriguing tale of mystery, love and the bringing to light of long-forgotten secrets.

 

 

About the Author:

Brenda Parker’s early career as a Production Assistant with a London ITV company was significant in providing close involvement with script-writing and creative thought.  Then marriage and a second career in catering took over. Now retired, this is her second work of historical fiction, and reflects an enduring affection for Northumberland, where she spent the early years of her marriage.  She presently lives near Yeovil in Somerset, England.

 

Brenda is also author of “The Cilento Dove”, which can be found on Amazon UK and Amazon US.

 

 

 

Excerpt from “Anya Paris”:

“This alternating current was both new and electrifying.  Of course, it did not answer any of the questions that plagued him.  It explained nothing of what he longed to know – beyond the fact that apparently she was not entirely immune to human susceptibilities.  There had to be something more complex than that causing Anya Paris to shy away from the merest gesture of affection – seeing any sign of friendship as some kind of a threat.  And suddenly he needed to find out for himself just what it was.

He reached the lodge as the first huge drops of rain began to fall, accompanied by a vivid flash of lightning.  A clap of thunder followed closely.  Anya’s voice invited him to enter – and as he stepped inside he saw her sitting in near darkness on the window seat beside a wide-open casement.  A gentle breeze stirred the curtain, and as though in response to another rumble of thunder, she turned to greet him.  Nothing in her manner suggested surprise at seeing him, even at so late an hour.  She did not ask why he had not been visiting her of late – or why he had chosen this moment to return, but patted the seat beside her and returned to gazing in fascination from the window.

‘I adore storms,’ she told him.  ‘I’ve been here for hours watching the darkness roll in and waiting for this one to break.’”

 

 

Anya Paris by Brenda Parker is available in paperback and e-book from Amazon UK as well as from Amazon US.

 

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New Release: Through Frosted Glass by Robin Blick

To change the world, it’s a tall order, leaving little time for love. Passion must stand in line and wait its turn. This engrossing autobiography traces the path of a true love that never ran smooth, yet triumphed with the passing of time. The author’s Dark Lady is a constantly felt presence and a promise, parenthesising his hectic life of political engagement. Along this bumpy road, the author has close encounters with the great, the good and the ugly of the political establishment and the world of entertainment, while somehow still finding the time to write three studies of 20th century totalitarianism and feature as a multi-instrumental Jazzer on BBC radio and at Ronnie Scotts, the Millennium Dome and Tony Blair’s Downing Street Christmas party. History teaches that rarely if ever does revolution measure up to the dream. But true love changed and fulfilled the author’s life where revolution failed.

 

 

About the Author:

Robin Blick is the author of Stalinism in Britain (New Park Publications, 1970), a study of the politics of the British Communist Party, and Fascism in Germany (Steyne Publications, 1975), both under the pen name Robert Black. The latter two-volume work, of 1100 pages, examines the roots of fascism and Marxism in Germany as well as Italy and Russia within the context of its effects on Germany. Robin also wrote The Seeds of Evil, a critique of Lenin’s political philosophy and tactics, and many other important books and articles about the socialist movement and anti-semitism. Now retired from his career as a college lecturer in history and politics, Robin is a part-time jazz musician.

 

 

Excerpt from the Book:

“Interviewed by the News of the World, Mark understandably focused on the disgraced leader’s penchant for wife-snatching, while I kept the party clean, and gave an account of how I was beaten up by Healy at one of his summer camps. I also helped draft a Daily Mirror editorial on Healy’s dependence on Arab dictators and penned a feature for the New Statesman that compared the WRP to religious cults. I argued that ‘the WRP shouldn’t be treated as a secular political movement but as one in the tradition of the millennial movements of the early modern age, along with religious cults like the Moonies and the “People’s Temple” of Jim Jones’. Tim agreed. He cited this passage in his On the Edge, and generously conceded that ‘Robin Blick, Mark Jenkins and the late Adam Westoby were among the first to point out the cultic nature of the Healy group and to encourage a look at the political cult phenomenon as a whole’.

His expulsion, public disgrace and ridicule were pretty much my swan song so far as the vendetta with Healy was concerned, except for a frustrated attempt to attend his funeral in December 1989. I was excluded by guards who had been posted at the door of the crematorium to ensure that only those of the approved political persuasion and loyalties would be allowed to witness the proceedings. It must have been on this basis that two of those made welcome were Ken Livingstone and one the chief mourners, Vanessa Redgrave.

Despite the continued adulation that he received from Ken Livingstone and the West End faction, headed by the doting Vanessa Redgrave, after the 1985 debacle and the public ridicule that followed, Healy was finished. And so, when the Berlin Wall came tumbling down four years later, was the empire founded by his two mentors, Lenin and Trotsky, together with its labour camps, KGB hospitals and hounding of dissenters. Mark, Adam and I were out of a job.”

 

 

Through Frosted Glass by Robin Blick is available in hardback, paperback, and e-book from Amazon UK as well as from Amazon US.

  

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Spotlight & Giveaway: Appointment with Yesterday by Christopher Stratakis

Book Title: Appointment with Yesterday: A Novel in Four Parts with a Prologue and an Epilogue
Author: Christopher Stratakis
Category: Adult Fiction, 334 pages
Genre: coming-of-age / WWII / immigrant experience
Publisher: IndieReader
Release date: January 2017
Tour dates: Oct 2 to 20, 2017
Content Rating: PG-13 + M (There is no bad language or violence, but there are references to sex and sexual situations (including between a pre-teen and teen)

 

Book Description:

A poignant and compelling first novel, Appointment with Yesterday tells the story of Yanni, a cheeky and delightful Greek boy growing up in a small town on an island in the eastern Aegean.

Left in the care of his loving grandparents, Yanni endures the deprivation and terror of the German occupation during World War II and finally leaves his beloved homeland and family to rejoin the parents who had left him behind to make a better life for themselves in America.

Filled with heartbreaking and heartwarming stories of love, devotion, disenchantment, and dashed dreams, Appointment with Yesterday is, ultimately, the story of hardships overcome and a determined boy’s journey toward finding his destiny.

 

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Christopher Stratakis was born and raised in Greece. After moving to America, he graduated from Drexel University in 1951 and New York University School of Law in 1955. Shortly after joining the law firm of Poles, Tublin & Patestides in 1960, he became a partner, specializing in admiralty and corporate law.

He has written and published several articles, lectured on professional and historical subjects, served as Legal Advisor to several non-profits (pro bono), and was an arbitrator in maritime disputes. He is the author of Mnimes “Memories” (2010), a book of essays, short stories, and poems that he wrote as a teenager. In 2015, he co-edited Chains on Parallel Roads, a book published by Panchiaki “Korais” Society of New York. In recognition of his extensive community involvement, he has been the recipient of several awards from religious, governmental, and educational institutions.

Mr. Stratakis lives with his wife in New York City. He is the proud father of three and grandfather of three. This is his first novel.

 

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New Release: The Star Wars Rings by Tomas Pueyo Brochard

Why is Star Wars one of the most famous franchises in history? Why did George Lucas create a ground-breaking original trilogy and underwhelming prequels? Why do the Star Wars movies feel familiar and surprising at the same time? Can we predict what will happen in the next Star Wars movies?

The answer to all these questions is an ancient pattern used by some of the most famous and successful stories in history, from the Bible, to Harry Potter, to Star Wars: the Ring Structure.

In this book, you will understand what’s special about Ring Structure and how to spot it. You will see the Ring Structure reflected in other famous stories. You will learn how Star Wars applied the Ring Structure as a blueprint for its plots, characters, events, politics, or even colors. In the process, you will discover the historic ambition of the Star Wars saga, why its story is not as simple as it seems, why it’s so ground-breaking, and why it’s been so successful.
With that newfound power, you will be able to predict what will happen in the next installments. Like a Jedi, you will predict the future movies. May that Force be with you.

Available on Amazon.

 

About the Author

Tomas Pueyo Brochard was born in Nantes, France in 1982 to French and Spanish parents. He grew up between France, Spain, and Italy in a family of filmmakers. He moved to America in 2008 for his MBA at Stanford University, where he specialized in behavioral psychology, design, storytelling, and scriptwriting. Since then, he’s worked in Silicon Valley, designing and marketing products to hundreds of millions of customers in the entertainment, finance, and media industries.

His first book, The Star Wars Rings, dives into the storytelling structure of Star Wars, and why this has made it the most successful movie saga of all times.

 

 

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New Release: Punk Story by Neil Rowland

1977, Silver Jubilee year and the punk movement is breaking out among British youth, spreading moral panic. Paul Bottle and friends are just leaving college, when he is seduced by the vibrant punk scene and suddenly his life begins. Next door neighbour Stan forms his own band, Mortal Wound and gigs and new music explode around them.  When EMI offer a record contract to the best local punk group, furious competition breaks out among all the rivals. A ruthless ‘Battle of the Bands’ contest ensues that summer.

If you were an original punk – or a younger person interested – this book puts you right back there among it. In a gripping, often hilarious, sometimes touching story, the music, the whole period and – most importantly – the brilliant people – are brought back to us. We feel the social pain and desire that fuelled the whole phenomenon, generally amid times of economic hardship and political conflict. Most of all we feel the energy and excitement and hilarity.

 

 Excerpt 

“This is a story about friendship, a punk band and the thrill ride of music.
Music and style, arts and rebellion, identity and growing up, that’s where it began.  Shock waves proved something seismic was about to happen in the UK. Until punk came along school friends would drag me into town to bad clubs with terrible soundtracks.  I’d put on my check sports jacket and flared trousers.  Local girls in home-sewn hot pants would either ignore me or give a jump of alarm. They left me under a plastic palm tree at the edge of the floor, incinerated with embarrassment.”

 

About the Author 

Neil’s trademark style is a mix of humour, suspense and intelligence. The novels entertain, fire the brain cells, bring frequent smiles and certainly keep the pages turning and turning. This writing avoids formulas and cliches like dull Sunday afternoons. Pleasure guaranteed. Discover something new and exciting, often exhilarating and cutting edge.
Neil Rowland began his writing career as a teenage music critic for Melody Maker, Blitz and other publications. This put him into eye-contact with a trained to kill Doberman Pinscher at a rock’s star’s pine shaded Jacksonville home: among other ‘adventures’.

 

Punk Story by Neil Rowland is available from Amazon UK in paperback and e-book. It is also available from Amazon US.

 

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New Release: I May Not Be Famous, But! by Ernie Gifford

Having seen and read all about these celebrities writing their biographies, or getting someone to write it for them, I thought that as I’ve lived a lot longer than most of them, I decided to write this account of my life, as I remember it, as a bit of fun.

I was in my seventy-ninth year when I started writing this book and I am now in my eighty-ninth year. I have been unable to verify any of the facts with my family as I am the last surviving member, so I cannot guarantee that everything is in chronological order.

I have done my best to make the story as accurate as possible, bearing in mind that I am writing this all from memory, so dates and times from way back then are very hazy, to say the least.

  

About the Author

Having spent the last eight years writing this book, it’s made me realise that my life has been virtually made up of two halves. The first half saw me through childhood and on through puberty to a successful marriage with the pleasure of bringing up five children. Unfortunately, it was destined not to last and we finally separated in 1971. It was then that I met Margaret who was to have a wonderful effect on my life from then on. We both left our respective families and made our way north with no idea where we would end up. Eventually, we settled in Stockport where we later got married. Later on, we returned to live in Milton Keynes where we got involved in sport, which proved to be extremely enjoyable as we worked together. Unfortunately in the later years, Margaret was dogged by ill-health until finally I lost the love of my life. I hope you enjoy reading this book as much as I have enjoyed writing it.

 

Excerpt 

“I was born on the 23rd January 1928 in the beautiful coastal town of Folkestone. I cannot recall much of my formative years, so I will not be able to bore you with those early episodes, although I must admit to some vague recollections of myself and my younger brother romping on the beach wearing a variety of strange clothes.

Incidentally, I was one of seven children, four boys and three girls. There was my eldest brother William, born in 1916, he was followed by my eldest sister Rose, born in1918. Then along came John, born in 1920, followed by another sister Joan, born in 1922. The next to arrive was my sister Ruby, born in 1925, it was then that I arrived on the scene in 1928, followed a year and six days later by my younger brother Ronald in 1929. There you have the family’s beginnings in a nutshell. As far as I recall we were a very happy family, and my mother managed very well on a limited budget, as I cannot recall ever going hungry.

I do remember being sometimes allowed in the kitchen to watch my mum cooking, which was a privilege as my dad was barred from the kitchen. I found out later that she was in service when she was younger, so her cooking was second to none.”

 

 I May Not Be Famous, But! by Ernie Gifford is available from Amazon US and from Amazon UK

 

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New Release: Nothing Without Honour by Martin Hicks

It is Spring 1864 and the Confederate raider Palmetto is off the Philippines, pursuing her campaign against US shipping. For her captain, Thomas Grover there is much to consider, for with the ship’s previously sustained engine damage not fully repaired, he learns that these seas are now patrolled by a new Union warship that vastly overmatches his own ship. As the war turns increasingly against the South, Grover must redouble his efforts against the enemy, but the hidden threats facing him are as dangerous as the known ones.

 

About the Author 

Martin Hicks was in education as a primary school teacher in Greenock and subsequently a Primary School Headteacher in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.  He opted to spend the final six years of his teaching career in Special education and did so as Deputy Head of a Special Needs School with responsibility for Primary education.

Martin started writing after leaving teaching and opted for the American Civil War setting as a result of a long-term interest in the period and he has made several visits to a range of the historical sites in the United States.

Other US Civil War novels that Martin has published include:

A Season for Killing (2007)

A Deepening Twilight (2007)

A Gathering of Soldiers (2008)

Hard Passage North (2009)

The Rappahannock Line (2011)

Mirage of Victory (2012)

The Bitterest Enemy (2013)

Bond of Blood (2014)

Palmetto (2015)

An Instrument of War (2016)

 

Excerpt 

“Grover whirled, seeing the plume of off-white smoke drifting away from the Yankee ship’s focs’le to landward, its colour contrasting starkly with the funnel smoke, as he listened for the projectile. Was it shell or shot? The question crowded into his overworking mind as the whooshing sound came to his ears, confirming the missile as shot. The bolt passed diagonally across the stern and splashed into the sea, maybe thirty yards off the port quarter, sending a tall plume of water and spray into the air. Perhaps Palmetto’s turn inshore had helped in avoiding it, Grover thought and he returned his eyes to the headland, now off the starboard quarter, as it gradually moved across the stern, obstructing the Yankee’s view of her quarry. It seemed to crawl by, but at last the rocks and then the point itself moved across, hiding the Santee from view, though the smoke plume from her funnel still rose into the sky above the promontary. Another thudding crash came as her bow chaser spoke again, but that shot had been blind, aimed at the Palmetto’s smoke plume and it would rely heavily on good fortune to score a hit. Grover listened, hearing the approaching shot, the sound gathering in volume as the missile closed in, seeing it land, with another column of water, again off the port side, though this time on the beam. So they had gotten the range, he thought, but not quite the bearing.”

 

“Nothing Without Honour” is available from Amazon UK in paperback and e-book. It is also available from Amazon US.

 

Press/Media Contact Details:

 Literary Agent:  Darin Jewell
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Spotlight & Giveaway: Journey’s End by Victoria Brewster & Julie Saeger Nierenberg

Book Title: Journey’s End: Death, Dying and the End of Life
Authors: Victoria Brewster & Julie Saeger Nierenberg
Category: Adult Non-Fiction; 558 pages
Genre: Resource/Educational
Publisher: Xlibris
Release date: July 20, 2017
Tour dates: Sept 4 to 22, 2017
Content Rating: PG-13 + M

 

Book Description

In Journey’s End, we write about death, dying, and end of life issues. We attempt to define and describe these real-life circumstances, and we discuss ways to proactively deal with them. Multiple personal and professional perspectives provide valuable insights.

What is dying like for dying persons, for loved ones, and for those who lend support in the process? Each experience will have unique qualities. Everyone dies in his own way, on his own schedule. While we explore the dying process, we make no assumptions about how any particular death will unfold.

Grief and bereavement support, training tools, and educational resources are included.

 

 
Meet the Authors

Victoria has a master of social work degree. She has worked as a case manager with older adults for the past seventeen years and as a group facilitator. Her past work experience was as a therapist with children and families, and as a case manager for adults with mental health issues. She just launched a consulting business, NorthernMSW to focus on end of life issues, planning, training, and advocacy, along with memoir writing and life legacy writing.

Julie was inspired equally by her professional backgrounds as a biomedical researcher and long time educator. Julie values open and lively discussions based on interview and research findings, trends in health and wellness, and exciting new modalities of treatment and professional education. She believes it will be through such discussions that we will create new and more satisfying cultural paradigms within which we may live all the days of our lives with dignity and quality of care.

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Spotlight & Giveaway: Blackout by Lawrence Johnson Sr.

Book Title: Blackout by Lawrence Johnson Sr.
Category: Adult Fiction; 126 pages
Genre: Mystery, Crime, Detective
Publisher: Self-published
Release date: March 2011
Tour dates: Sept 11 to 22, 2017
Content Rating: PG
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Audiobook Details:

Release Date:07-13-17
Publisher: Lawrence Johnson Sr.
Written by: Lawrence Johnson Sr.
Narrated by: Alistair Dryburgh
Length: 4 hrs and 9 mins
Series: Alexander Steele Mysteries, Book 1
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Book Description

Alexander Steele is a private detective turned night club owner in the city of Philadelphia. Steele and his longtime girlfriend Shakia’s plans for him to retire are derailed when his cousin brings him an encrypted travel drive. The drive is opened by Steele’s hacker friend Stan. A few days earlier every transformer in Canada had been shut down by the terrorist. The drive in Steele’s possession gave details as to how the event would happen. What made it even more frightening was that the documents on the drive were created 3 months before the actual event; Steele finds himself drawn into the well-crafted mind games of a madman known as Chameleon an American terrorist.

His goal is to shut down the country by collapsing the economy of the United States. From the snow cover streets of Montreal to the tropical beaches of Nassau Steele follows a trail of clues and dead bodies. As he gathers more puzzle pieces Steele inches closer hoping to reveal and thwart the plot to bring down the U S government. He finds himself narrowly surviving constant attempts on his life. The dramatic face-off between Steele and Chameleon takes place in downtown Philadelphia. How will it end? Find out in Blackout, now on Audible.

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Born and raised in the city of Brotherly Love I have been writing for nearly 10 years. I am the author of the 2012 scifi novel Escape 2 Earth. In early 2009 I completed the second installment in the the Escape 2 Earth trilogy called Return 2 Earth also several short stories including a fantasy story titled Dimensions in Time and a sci fi story titled Planet of Doom.
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In 2011 I completed my first detective novel called Blackout. Before writing Escape 2 Earth I began putting together a collection of inspirational and motivational quotes titled Observations from the Edge of Society. I am currently working on the final book in the Escape 2 Earth series called Earth 2, Redemption which will be completed in 2017.
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Spotlight: Into the Maze by Euan McAllen

The Maze divides up the land, isolating communities and loved ones, and hated ones. On the Outside, the League of Monasteries rules supreme. On the Inside, the Kingdom rules in ignorance of its own isolation, free of all Gods. At its centre, the Village struggles to survive. This is a story of confusion, conflict, deception and double-crossing between members of a dysfunctional Royal Family. It is also the story of a despotic Chief Monk, and the story of an orphaned village girl wishing for a better life. By the end the emotional complexity, hurt and betrayals overwhelms all.

 

Excerpt 

“No matter, Iedazimus told himself.  He did not need an advantage, just clear thinking.  Unfortunately with his hangover that was not to be had, instead all he had was a bad mix of fog and excitement.  No matter, Iedazimus told himself again.  He raised his knife then hesitated.  Could he kill this sad, broken shell of a man, a man who had lost it all?  He would never find out.  The enemy raised his sword.  The sword was bigger.  Suddenly, the knife felt tiny, useless, but still Iedazimus, the proud warrior, lunged forward and made his challenge.  Weak in the head (and a little at the knees) he heard himself apologizing.

‘Sorry but I have to do this.’

‘Do what?’ replied the Hermit, sounding strangely calm, but then he had been raised to fight with a sword since the age of ten.

And the sword swung out, knocking the knife out of Iedazimus’ hand.  Iedazimus, stunned, watched it fly through the air.  He looked back at the old man, wishing to start the confrontation again and get it right this time; else be elsewhere.  He was speechless for now the old man was holding the tip of the sword at his throat.  This was not how it was supposed to be.

 

“Into the Maze” is available in paperback and e-book from Amazon UK.

It’s also available from Amazon US.

 

Press/Media Contact Details:

 Literary Agent:  Darin Jewell
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