Recent Release: Dreaming Big by Aimee E. E. Jewell

A charming book which encourages children to follow their dreams

 About the Book

This is a charming collection of short stories encouraging children to think big and encouraging them to dare to follow their dreams.

Stories in this series include a mouse who wanted to fly, the secret door that wanted to be opened, the cactus which wanted to be hugged, the mushroom that wanted to be big, the wagtail that just wanted to fly, and the book that wanted to be read.

 

About the Author

 

Aimee E. E. Jewell is nine years old and currently lives in London, England. She publishes her books with her Dad, who is a professional literary agent.

Aimee has published four books so far entitled “The Lovely Rose”, “I Like Being Me”, “The Frog and the Dog” and “Dreaming Big”.

Aimee’s favourite authors are Roald Dahl, Julia Donaldson and J K Rowling. She was especially inspired to write books for children by Julia Donaldson, author of “The Gruffalo”, whom she met at a talk at the British Library.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Aimee-E.-E.-Jewell

 

 Excerpt 

 “The cactus was surprised that anyone would want to talk to him because he had needles all over his body, so nobody ever wanted to touch or talk to him.  He said timidly, “My name is Mr. Crumble Fumble, and I am lonely as I feel left out, deserted, in this lovely world.  I’ve longed my whole life to be hugged, embraced and accepted by others, but nobody comes near me because I’m so prickly.”

Rebecca felt heartbroken for the cactus, and said, “What would you like more than anything else in the world?” 

“I just want to be hugged by someone soft and cuddly.”

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“Dreaming Big” by Aimee E. E. Jewell is currently available in paperback at Amazon US and Amazon UK.

The e-book version can be downloaded from Amazon US or Amazon UK.

 

 

Press/Media Contact Details:

 Darin Jewell, Managing Director
The Inspira Group Literary Agency
London, England
Tel. +44 208 292 5163
E-mail: darin@theinspiragroup.com

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Spotlight: Keeping Kinley by Annette K. Larsen

Up for nomination on Kindle Scout.
Keeping Kinley by Annette K. Larsen

He’s noble. She’s common. It’s complicated.
Kinley is content with her common life until a chance meeting with an old friend—a noble—brings the possibility of love. Though Rylan pursues her with a charming carelessness, she doesn’t dare hope that their relationship will be accepted. When Kinley’s livelihood is threatened, she is thrust into his world as a servant, but the Rylan she encounters there isn’t the quirky friend she thought she knew. Can she trust him, or will she be forced to accept that her dreams are only that—dreams?

 

Excerpt

My breath caught as soon as he said the name and my eyes searched his features, looking for the little boy I had known in the man that stood before me. “Rylan?” I breathed and he nodded, still with that familiar grin in place. “Oh…my,” was all my idiot brain could say as I took in his fine horse and his fine clothes and his fine eyes.
I probably still had pear juice on my face.
“How are you, Miss Kinley?” he asked with the same light in his eyes that he used to have whenever he would tell me about his favorite part of a lesson.
“I am…well,” I answered in a breathless sort of stuttering. “Very well, thank you. I hope all is well with you and your family. How are Lord and Lady Baylor?”
“My father runs his business affairs with an iron fist and my mother coddles the staff, so everything is as it should be.” He grinned.
“Good.” I had to ignore the grin so that I could speak. “And Master Welsley and Tayana?”
“Welsley takes life too seriously, but is ready to take over for father at a moment’s notice. Tayana is soon to be married.”
“Good, good. That’s very good.” It was so very awkward to be standing in front of this man who had befriended me as a child. How was I supposed to act?
“And what of your family?” he asked eagerly. “It was your brother, was it not? That married…”
“Princess Ariella, yes.” No one seemed to be able to say it out loud, worried that if they were wrong, I’d somehow be offended. I was used to finishing the thought.
He gave a crooked smile. “That must have been an interesting adjustment.”
I laughed, surprised at how succinct that description was. “It was a surprise and an adventure, and I really do adore her.”
“I’ve never had the pleasure of meeting her, but everyone seems to have an opinion one way or the other.”
“I can only imagine.” While most of the common folk had accepted Ella and Gavin, I knew that the nobility had not been so easily convinced when she’d stooped to marry a commoner.
He smiled, so casual, so comfortable.
I felt the need to fill the silence. His horse bobbed its head, trying to get Rylan’s attention. I pointed to him. “And who is this?”
He reached up, stroking the horse behind its ear. “This is Apollo. Say ‘Good day,’ old man.”
The horse actually nodded its head up and down. I was reminded of Herman, who I had abandoned.
“I should go.” I gestured awkwardly down the lane. “It was a pleasure seeing you.”
“Wait, can I see you tomorrow?”
My confusion made the corner of my mouth quirk up. “Why would you do that?”
“Because I’d like to speak with you again,” he said as if it was the most normal thing in the world.
“Oh, um.” He was nobility, and I was decidedly not. “I have to get Herman. My pony, he’s—” I pointed behind me as if that would explain my inability to speak coherently, then turned to walk back the way I had come.

 

 

About the Author 

I was born in Utah, but migrated to Arizona, Missouri, and Virginia before settling in Idaho.
Though I dabbled in writing throughout school, being an author seemed like an unattainable dream. It took me seven years to write my first book, Just Ella. During that time, I taught myself how to write a novel. Not the most time effective method, but it gave me an education I wouldn’t have received from a class or a how-to book. Something about the struggle of writing without a formula or rules worked for me.
I write clean romance because I love it. Jane Eyre is the hero of my youth and taught me that clinging to your convictions will be hard, but will bring you more genuine happiness than giving in ever can.
I love chocolate, Into the Woods, ocean waves, my husband, and my five littles. And I love books that leave me with a sigh of contentment.

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New Release: Live Fast, Die Pretty by Emily Wesley Stringer

In 1934, actress Candy Carmichael was murdered. Detective Jack Vance immediately suspects her husband, movie star Rex Harper. When Rex returns from a location shoot, he finds the love of his life engaged to his long-time enemy, as well as someone trying to frame him for more murders. This prompts Rex to convince Jack of his innocence and win back the love of his life. As the mystery deepens, Jack, Rex, and those closest to them uncover deep secrets and shocking connections.
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About the Author

 
Emily Wesley Stringer lives in Lexington, Kentucky with her husband and dog, Bloo. She is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and your friendly neighborhood millennial. You can find her drinking coffee and thinking of horrible things to do to fictional characters. 

Along with writing fiction, she runs the true crime blog amurdermostfoul.com.
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Spotlight: Coloring Under the Cover by Tiffany Fox & Deena Rae

 

 

COLORING FOR A CAUSE
PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT LIFEAFTER PROJECT

BUY IT NOW!

 
At Beyond DEF and E-BookBuilders, we love books. We edit, design, ghostwrite, market, layout, and all things in-between. And don’t get us started on the books we read aside from the ones we see for work.
Tiffany Fox is the Redhead behind Beyond DEF; she’s the editor’s editor.
Deena Rae is the Amazon behind E-BookBuilders.
Between them, they have worked on some of the most amazing books on the shelves since 2010. They want to share their love of book covers with you in this coloring book.
Each two-page spread contains a cover for you to “design” as your own, as well as the book description and author information. We have included easy-to-navigate QR Codes to aid in purchasing the book or stalking the author.
Grab your fancy pencils and a glass of wine and prepare yourself to spend a relaxing time putting your artistic spin on some of the most beloved book covers on the market.
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ABOUT THE BENEFICIARY

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Our Mission

Our mission at the LifeAfter Project is to help others, plain and simple. We aim to support research and provide educational content designed to inspire and spread awareness for suicide prevention, substance abuse and domestic abuse throughout our nation and to all nations around the world.

 

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Hours are 24/7. Toll free – 800 -273-TALK (8255).

 
 

Stats

  • Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US. 4th leading cause for adults 15 – 64
  • Each year 42,773 Americans die by suicide (Approximately 117 per day)
  • For each suicide, 25 others attempt it (Total of 1,069,325)
  • Suicide costs the US 44 Billion annually
  • Females attempt suicide 3 times more often than males
  • 90% of all who die of suicide have a diagnosable psychiatric disorder at the time of their death
  • 25 million Americans suffer from depression
  • Over half of the suicides in America stems from depression
  • More Americans suffer from depression than coronary heart disease, cancer, and HIV/AIDS
  • Depression is among the most treatable of psychiatric illnesses. Between 80 – 90% of people with depression respond positively to treatment, and almost all patients gain some relief from their symptoms. However, first, depression has to be recognized.

 

MEET THE CREATORS

Tiffany Fox is a graduate of Missouri Southern State University with a Bachelor of Science in sociology. Currently, she is pursuing her Master of Arts in publishing. Since 2012, she has dedicated her life to her passion for literature. Tiffany has focused her skills on creative marketing strategies to further help authors achieve their literary goals. In the last couple of years, she has pushed her horizons in publishing and event coordinating with several successful author events called Indie Mashup. Along with her passion for marketing, her obvious obsession for books has allowed Tiffany to become a pivotal reference expert in editorial publishing. Authors are guided in an extensive, hands-on approach as she edits their manuscript, molding it into a beautifully polished novel.
Deena Rae is the Digital Director of The Book Connection and owner of E-BookBuilders. With 20 years in the background of professional independent publishing, she took the plunge and decided to do it full-time in an effort to help move The Book Connection into the e-publishing arena. As a formatter who uses HTML, she has made E-Book Builders the company to depend on for difficult-to-format manuscripts and non-fiction. Even with a multitude of best-selling authors on her client list, she is more than prepared to take a new author and show them the process and answer any questions an aspiring author might have.

 

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Spotlight: A Sudden Terror by Cristina Isabel

Book Title: A Sudden Terror (Volume One)
Author: Cristina Isabel
Book Type: Horror Novelette
ISBN-13: 978-151228994
Word Count: 11,679
Page Count: 74 Pages
Publishing Date: October 2016

Book Synopsis (3 stories)

No Eyes: A government project goes wrong when the surgeon hired to do a specific job takes it to the next level, taking the eyes of anyone who doesn’t see things his way.
Highly Alarming: A rave party turns out to have the worst party favors ever – slugs!
Panicked Heartbeats: Doctors try to play God with an old man after injecting him with a serum that makes him believe he is a cold-hearted killer of children.

 

Author Bio

Cristina Isabel was born in Miami, Florida and is very proud of her Hispanic heritage. She enjoys expressing herself through the written word, and from the age of 11, has been passionate about writing. Her favorite genres are horror and dark fantasy, however, she also likes science fiction, young adult and poetry. Cristina is currently working on her first fiction short story collection, while pursuing a degree in Early Childhood Education at Broward College. She is also a beta reader, book reviewer and a member of the Florida Writer’s Association and Horror Writer’s Association. Cristina’s other interests are attending writing conferences, going to the movies and playing Sudoku.

 

Goodreads Book Link: Break the Chains, Be Freed Within
Goodreads Book Link: A Sudden Terror (Volume One)

Spotlight: Pieces of Revenge by Valia Lind

* 2015 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards Winner: Bronze, Young Adult Horror/Mystery *

 

A weapon. A broken life. A humanity lost.

That is all Anastasia knows, that is all that she is. As an eleven-year-old, she witnessed her family’s brutal murder and she’s been on the run ever since. She’s spent her life training and planning for the day when she can take her revenge.

Kallos Enterprises is a well respected corporation, set on improving the genetic structure of an individual. Or so they say. Anastasia knows, first hand, what kind of monsters lurk behind the pretty walls of those skyscrapers. Armed with combat skills and a beyond perfect memory, she heads to Chicago to uncover the answers to questions that plagued her for years.

After arriving in the city, she meets Logan, a boy from her past who changes all the rules. She doesn’t remember him, but he remembers her. His position at Kallos Enterprises is useful, his presence is unnerving, and he makes her question everything she knows about herself to be true. If her perfect memory can’t remember Logan, what else about her past is wrong?

Time is running out. Anastasia has nowhere to turn, but to trust the one person who’s a memory she should have, but doesn’t. With a madman threatening their every step, Anastasia and Logan must uncover the truths behind Kallos experiments and hope that the answers they find won’t destroy the world forever.

Links:

Book 1: Pieces of Revenge: Amazon: #FREE

Book 2: Scarred by Vengeance: Amazon

Book 3: Ruined in Retribution: Amazon

 

 

 

▬▬▬▬ ABOUT THE AUTHOR: VALIA LIND ▬▬▬▬

Author. Photographer. Artist. Born and raised in St. Petersburg, Russia, Valia Lind always had a love for the written word. She wrote her first full book on the bathroom floor of her dormitory, while procrastinating to study for her college classes. Upon graduation, she has moved her writing to more respectable places, and have found her voice in Young Adult fiction.

You can visit her online at www.valialind.wordpress.com or follow her on twitter, where she spends way too much time, @ValiaLind.

 

AMAZON: http://amzn.to/2hbWsZC

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/ValiaLind

 

 

 

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Spotlight: Death Wind by Travis Heermann and Jim Pinto

In 1891, in the aftermath of the Wounded Knee massacre, awful nightmares and bizarre killing sprees shake the uneasy peace between the frontier town of White Pine and the Lakota on the nearby reservation.

Pioneer doctor Charles Zimmerman finds himself at the forefront of the investigation and uncovers a crawling horror the likes of which he could not imagine.

With the help of an orphaned farm girl, a smart-mouth stage robber, a beaten-down Lakota warrior, a widowed medicine woman, and Charles’ estranged father–the aging town marshal–Charles must save not only the town of White Pine but also the starving Lakota from an ancient, hungry evil.

Available on Amazon.

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About the Authors

Travis Heermann is a novelist, freelancer, award-winning screenwriter, editor, poet, and a graduate of the Odyssey Writing Workshop. His latest novel, co-authored with Jim Pinto, is the horror-Western Death Wind. Other novels include The Ronin Trilogy, The Wild Boys, and Rogues of the Black Fury, plus short fiction published or forthcoming in Apex Magazine, Alembical, Fiction River, and others. His freelance work includes contributions to theFirefly Roleplaying Game, Battletech, Legend of Five Rings, and EVE Online.

website: www.travisheermann.com

 

jim pinto is a 20-year veteran of the gaming industry, with numerous credits in about a dozen categories, including writing, design, development, art, and editing. He’s written everything from gaming adventures to board games to comics to screenplays to hot tub catalog copy. His latest fiasco involves a gondola, 87 conspirators, and a 19th century Masonic voting box. A multicultural savant, he knows “hello” in twenty languages, as well as most of the world’s capitals. His first book in the gaming industry was about Japanese culture, favorite novel is French, favorite movie is Chinese, favorite country is Romania, favorite food is Indian, and favorite wife is Korean. He might have also won a few ENnies, an Origins award, a Player’s Choice award from Inquest magazine, and $50 from a college fiction contest. He’s not sure. He has no children, pets, or lice. jim pinto is allergic to capital letters.

 

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Spotlight: The Last Day of Captain Lincoln by EXO

Captain Lincoln’s last day is the hardest day of his life. 

An old, onetime Captain of the interstellar spaceship USNAS Hope Eternal, Lincoln always knew that this day would come. For just as birthdays are carefully planned, so are deaths. And although he must reckon with his fate, this is not a somber story. It is a tale of love and sacrifice, told in the context of the most advanced civilization ever to exist—a society that has taken to the stars in an effort to save all that is best in humanity. 

Follow Lincoln through his internal struggles, his joy in having lived, and his journey to peace. 

The End is just the beginning. 

 

Available on Amazon.

More about the book at Goodreads.

More about EXO Books on Twitter, Facebook.

And here’s a free short story from EXO books!

Spotlight: On the Origins of Speaking by Lord Walsingham

This important book examines human discourse back to the Stone Age, tracing the origins of human communication over the last six hundred thousand years, when we were only hominids in caves. It was here that our original language groups got to grips with meanings and their audible representation when taming fires. It was a cold and hostile world, and the lack of warmth led to amorous inclinations, and the need to express them in words. “Ka,” they thought echoed the strike of flint on flint, and so the tenderising of raw meat for which they had already been making “hand axes” for half a million years. It is from ka-ka for tenderising with a hand axe that our cooking comes.

Flint knapping also left a lot of waste, so ka-ka came to mean waste. The evidence for this is decoded from an exhaustive forty year research into over a hundred languages, many of them dead ones, where like flies in amber, our original Lithic (Stone Age) language roots are still embedded. This is abstracted from a major work of 600 pages, and there is nothing in it which the layman cannot easily follow.  All our languages today (over 6000) bear traces of the original meanings from the “natural” meanings of these sounds, and originated from only a few of these articulated sounds.

 

 Excerpt 

 “Ka, they apparently thought was echoic of the clink when flaking flints.  Flints have been flaked for well over a million years, though we do not know who by, and the first ones were not very neatly done.  The hand axes found everywhere, were first roughly and somewhat casually struck, often at a kill to butcher the meat.  They didn’t have any pockets so a hand axe had to be carried in the hand, and they were needed for weapons when hunting, or for defence when on the move.  From clink by metaphor the meaning of strike, and frm rthe hand axes struck tenderising of raw meat by striking it, ka ka, chop chop, and from tenderising meat cooking which did it for you.  Cooking comes from ka ka.  Flaking flints made lots of chips, debetage which was waste so ka ka meant waste as well.  From that comes human waste as well, caca today.  Metaphor leads to odd bedfellows.

All this evidence comes from over fifty years of research of the etymology of over a hundred languages, most of them dead languages or primitive ones, where like flies in amber our Stone Age, our original Stone Age language roots are still embedded.  There is nothing salacious in the tale.  It is linguistic history, it simply tells it as it was and is, and it is not going to go away.  There is nothing in the book which the ordinary man in the street (and his sister) cannot easily follow.  It ranks quite highly in the order of useless information; but then again it has an important indirect usage.  If you understand for the first time how all our languages today have come about, the product of human whimsy, you will be that much less likely to fall for some of the sillier alternative views of human thinking increasingly on offer by ideological placemen.”

 

 “On the Origins of Speaking:  The Discovery of Stone Age Meanings” by Lord Walsingham 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

Tel. 01234 712 064

E-mail: info@newgeneration-publishing.com

 

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Spotlight: The Grandfather Paradox by Steven Burgauer

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first watch the short video book trailer, then read the book:

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The Grandfather Paradox: a time-travel story

 

Marooned in the present, their only hope for the future lay in the past.

But first there was still the small matter of staying alive.  The planet they were marooned on was crawling with bird-beasts, immense parrotlike carnivores that stood two meters tall, weighed upwards of fifty klogs, and had a giant scooped beak like a pelican.  They normally swallowed their prey whole, though not before crushing them to death in their vise-like jaws.

Then there were the vipers — writhing snake-like creatures armed with dozens of sucker-bearing tentacles.  They sprayed their victims with acid, then ate them while they were still alive.

But it got worse.  Much worse . . .

Now, join Andu Nehrengel and his female clone companions on an intense voyage through time.  First stop: the Civil War and the Battle of Shiloh, April 1862, one of the most horrendous land battles of all time.  Meet Mark Twain when he is still a riverboat pilot.  Journey with him north to Missouri when he joins the Confederacy.

Then it’s back to the future and on to Mars!

Available on Amazon.

 

Excerpt

PROLOGUE

 BIRD-BEAST

It is a hot summer’s day on the pampas of central Ancòn some twenty kloms inland from the briny sea.  A herd of small, horse-like animals are grazing peacefully in the warm sun.  None of the animals are aware of the vigilant creature lurking fifty meters away in the tall grass.  This creature — the female of the species — is an aggressive hunter.  She is presently hidden from view by the lush vegetation that blankets the lower elevations.

The she-hunter is a carnivore, one that resembles a giant, oversized parrot, though much more dangerous.  She is equipped with a trim, feathered body, a pair of reptilian eyes, and a massive beak she uses to gulp down huge swaths of flesh.  The eyes are set far apart on opposite sides of her disproportionately large head.  They remain fixed at all times on the grazing herd.

The creature’s immense head sits atop a long and powerful neck.  The head swings from side to side in rapid jerks.  This is a reflex habit.  It permits the predator to keep a fix on her prey, even without benefit of stereoscopic vision.

Before long the head drops down to the level of the grass.  The creature edges forward.  But, after several meters, she seems to change her mind.  She stops, again raises her oversized head and renews her surveillance.  With cold, reptilian eyes the female bird-beast scans the herd for any sign that she has been spotted.  Seeing none, she puts her head back down again and advances further.  At a distance of perhaps thirty meters, the carnivore is ready to strike.

The creature scratches at the ground now with her claw.  She lowers her head to a large rock close by her feet.  Then she rubs her cavernous snout against the boulder.  This is instinctual behavior.  Such rubbing sharpens the beak’s bladelike edges and completes her preparations for the impending attack.  Back and forth she goes, until the beak’s edges are razor sharp.

Now the terrible bird-like beast bristles her short feathers and springs from the tall grass.  She dashes forward toward the herd at high speed propelled by a pair of long, muscular legs.  Within seconds, she is bearing down on her prey at close to seventy kloms per hour.  Her small wings, useless for flight, are extended out to the sides for balance and maneuverability.

Stricken with fright, the herd bolts in disarray as the predator bears down upon them.  Undeterred, the attacker fixes her attention on an old male.  He is lagging behind the rest of the fleeing animals.  Although the old male is running desperately fast to escape annihilation, the she-beast quickly gains on him.  Only moments later, she is at his side.

Now, with a stunning sideswipe of her powerful left foot, the attacker knocks her prey off balance.  She seizes the fallen male in her massive beak and beats the hapless animal against the ground with repeated swinging motions of her giant head.  All too quickly the victim succumbs and the attacker swallows the limp body whole.  It is an impressive feat, even when one considers the bird-beast’s meter-long head and nearly as wide gape of her beak.

With stomach bulging, the gorged predator lumbers slowly back to her round nest of twigs in the nearby grass, where she resumes incubating her eggs.  There are two eggs in the nest, each roughly the size of a basketball.

She squats down upon the eggs and, like a good mother, grunts with satisfaction.  Something approaching a contented smile erupts on her giant, parrotlike face. Continue reading