Archive for July 5th, 2018
Origins of An African Elemental (1,2,&3): A Dark Fantasy Boxed Set(African Elementals)
by Alicia McCalla
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, & Suspense/Speculative Fiction/Mythology/African-American
99¢ at time of posting!
This prequel boxed set is the first, second and third installment of the African Elemental series. Mawu, Iniko, and Shania grow into their strength as mothers and warriors. These women wield the elements and war swords to save this universe from an ancient evil.
An insidious demonic force infects the West African pantheon and a modest Earth goddess goes on a quest to save her people from destruction. She finds strength in the arms of a Norse god who believes in justice. But when Mawu returns to the African pantheon, she must take an oath that threatens the life of her unborn child.
Iniko, daughter of a West African goddess and a Norse god, struggles with her estranged husband, who abducted their child and is intent on murdering the girl in a blood-soaked ritual to gain power for his ancient demonic master. Iniko travels to a West African castle during the slave trade to battle possessed vampire-like beasts with her sword and dagger to rescue her child. Can she find the strength to kill the man who once held her heart and the key to her magic?
Flee: A Short Story
After the death of her grandmother, Shania Moore, a 27-year old African-American woman, is tormented by her ex-boyfriend and a paranormal serial killer. When Shania falls into a dream realm and connects with an ancient African goddess, her earth magic awakens. Shania realizes that in order to save her daughter’s magical soul, she must run into the arms of the white man whom she lied to about having an abortion and stood up at the altar ten years before.
London Irish Dublin English: A Wannabe Irish Man Seeks His Destiny
by Daniel M Doyle
Genre: British/Irish/Humor & Satire
99¢ at time of posting! Kindle Countdown thru 7/9/18/!
Dublin is a wonderful place to live and work. Experience this through the eyes of Donal, a wannabe Irish man. He loved the place so much that he moved here, from London, in the middle of the recession hit 1980’s.You are transposed to a bar stool, a cafe seat or the office water cooler, observing a host of idiosyncratic characters at close quarters.
Working for an IT multinational company, he’s trying to sell computers to Dubliners. That’s not easy. If he doesn’t close a big deal with his customer, the bank, by the end of the year he’ll be on the boat back home. You’ll meet Harry, the sales director, who should have been born two hundred years ago. Then there’s Nicky, the sultry marketing manager. Proceed with caution here. Try not to bump into Mannix, the sales manager. He’s rather clumsy and shy. Mairead is the smouldering Sales Prevention Officer. Be sure to stay on the right side of her. She could make things difficult for you. Try to avoid negotiating with Len, the bank’s procurement chief. It’s not a pleasant experience. If you fancy a night out in Dublin then take Terry with you. He’s the IT Director. He likes to be entertained. Be careful not to be mesmerized by Samantha, the bank’s beautiful Finance Director. She’s really cool.
Will Donal achieve his longed for Irishness? Will he close that sale? How will Nicky harness her sultriness for the greater good of society? Will Mannix overcome his inter-personal ineptitude? Will Mairead finally reveal the inner passionate woman? Will Terry get rid of Len? Will Harry get it together with Samantha? If humour be the food of life – read on!
by Jacqueline Druga
Genre: Romantic Comedy/Time Travel
FREE at time of posting! Kindle Unlimited!
The world belongs to Paige. The child of famous paleontologists, she dreams of working side by side with her father, who is days away from acquiring his proof of a new dinosaur species. But those dreams come to a crashing halt when an expedition accident kills her father and leaves her mother unable to walk or talk again.
Her paleontology talents are put aside and she works a menial job, giving every penny she earns to make sure her mother receives the best care. The payments are too much to keep making. Paige is failing.
Then she is presented with a life-changing opportunity. Billionaire Doctor Dash Winters is leading a secret and groundbreaking expedition and wants Paige to join them. She is given a chance to earn enough money to get her mother all the care she needs, and also, the chance to finish her father’s work by finally uncovering the proof of the new dinosaur species her father long sought.
What makes the expedition unique? It isn’t just a trip to an excavation site, it is the opportunity to see the world as it was, sixty-five million years earlier.
However, Paige is in for more than she bargained for. Not only does Dash fulfill those long-lost dreams by knocking down the walls of the past, he also challenges Paige by knocking down the walls of a heart she had shut off decades earlier.
Grab a cuppa and pull up a chair as author Angela Barton stops in for a chat on Nesie’s Place. We’ll hear about her special anniversary gift, meet her two writing companions and learn about the bittersweet inspiration and research that drove her latest release, Arlette’s Story.
FD: Welcome, Angela! Before we get to Angela, the author, many visitors to Nesie’s Place are avid readers, So, tell us your favorite genre to read?
AB: Romantic fiction with a strong story and historical fiction. (19th or 20th century)
FD: Do you venture into other genres other than your preferred?
AB: Definitely. The book I’m reading at the moment doesn’t fall into either of those genres.
FD: And what are you reading now?
FD: These Dividing Walls by Fran Cooper. It’s a story about the separate lives of people living in an apartment building in a forgotten corner of Paris.
FD: I’m a coffeeholic, shock of shocks, but what’s your favorite beverage to read with?
AB: Always a cup of tea, preferably with chocolate biscuits to hand.
FD: How long have you been writing, Angela?
AB: I’ve been novel writing for eleven years but dabbling for decades!
FD: Are you self-published, traditional, or hybrid?
AB: Hybrid. I’m published by Choc-Lit’s new imprint called Ruby Fiction.
FD: Choose a team – Pantser or Plotter?
AB: I’m a plotster! I have an idea for a story and generally, know how I’ll want it to end. I plan what I think will be a strong starting point and what characters I’ll need to tell that story for me. Then I generally sit at my MacBook and the characters begin to boss me around and tell me what to write.
FD: LOL! Gotta love those bossy characters! How long did it take you to write your first book?
AB: It took six months to write but another year to edit, re-write sections and polish.
FD: Editing! The bane of an author’s existence! LOL! Angela, what’s your favorite genre to write or do you only write in one genre?
AB: Although my debut novel is historical romantic fiction, I’ve also written two books in the genre of contemporary romantic women’s fiction. I do like to include hard-hitting issues though, such as obsessive compulsions, a life-threatening illness, miscarriage, fraud and crime (shoplifting) caused by grief. I’m halfway through my fourth novel which is another WW2 historical romance.
FD: Do you have any advice for new authors?
AB: Always have your completed manuscript assessed by a professional body before submitting to an agent or publisher. I used the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s, New Writers’ Scheme. I can’t praise them highly enough and I have no doubt that their suggestions turned my fish soup of a novel into a seafood bouillabaisse that was worthy of publication.
FD: Where do you get the most writing done?
AB: My husband built me an insulated garden writing room for a special wedding anniversary and that’s where I wrote my three novels
– in the company of my two spaniels, Harlyn and Brook.
FD: Wow, what a beautiful place to write! *Waves to Harlyn and Brook*
FD: Angela, are you totally addicted to social media or could you live without it??
AB: Now that my book is to be published, an addiction is growing!
FD: Tell us what inspired you to write Arlette’s Story.
AB: My inspiration for writing Arlette’s Story came while visiting Oradour-sur-Glane’s museum and martyred village in France. On 10th June 1944, this once thriving and beautiful small town was visited by two hundred Germans who set about murdering, looting and destroying. The village stands as a memorial to those who died that day, exactly as it was left seventy-four years ago – as if frozen in time. I was so moved while walking around the crumbling village. I could see inside houses where the metal remains of everyday life lay littered amongst the debris. Bed frames, log burners, ovens, Singer sewing machines, children’s toys, picture frames, and bicycles. Objects that fill our own homes today. I felt compelled to help keep the memory of what happened alive in some small way, so I vowed to myself that I would tell the story from a survivor’s viewpoint.
I thoroughly enjoyed researching Arlette’s Story. I’d regularly become deeply absorbed in a huge factual tome and lose a whole day! I was fascinated reading about Vichy, The Resistance, the demarcation line, sabotage against the Germans etc.
FD: Would you share a short excerpt with us?
AB: Of course!
Kommandant Steiner reached inside his desk drawer and brought out another packet of cigarettes. He tapped the packet onto the palm of his hand before sliding a cigarette out of it.
‘Maybe we could come to an arrangement.’
Arlette frowned. ‘I don’t understand.’
He placed the slim cigarette between his lips and lit it, squinting as the grey smoke swirled into his eyes. He blew a long trail towards the ceiling. ‘We’re adults. We’re both alone in difficult times. Perhaps one favour could be repaid by another.’ He stared at her, once again drawing deeply on his cigarette but this time opening his mouth to let the cloud of silver smoke linger around his lips. Before it had time to escape into the room, he sucked it back over his tongue, inhaling it deep into his lungs.
A muscle twitched beneath his right eye.
FD: Ok, I don’t like him already, and now I’m definitely looking forward to this read! Thanks for the excerpt, Angela, and many thanks for stopping by Nesie’s Place today.
AB: Thank you so much for this interview/blog post. Without bloggers like you, we would be at a great disadvantage. Huge thanks!
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One woman’s struggle to fight back against the enemy in order to protect the ones she loves.
When Arlette Blaise sees a German plane fly over the family farm in 1940, she’s comforted by the fact that the occupying forces are far away in the north of the country. Surely the war will not reach her family in the idyllic French countryside near to the small town of Oradour-sur-Glane?
But then Saul Epstein, a young Jewish man driven from his home by the Nazis, arrives at the farm and Arlette begins to realize that her peaceful existence might be gone for good …
Angela Barton was born in London and grew up in Nottingham. She is married with three grown-up children. Passionate about writing both contemporary and historical fiction, Angela loves researching for her books and is an avid reader. Having signed publishing contracts for three of her completed novels with Ruby Fiction, Angela is excited to be working alongside such a friendly and supportive publishing team. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and Nottingham Writers’ Studio.
Having recently moved to France, Angela (alongside her husband, Paul) is now a lavender farmer, creating products from the oil that’s distilled. Angela says she’s looking forward to spending more time writing in the company of her two spaniels while sitting on her veranda overlooking the breath-taking countryside of Charente.
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Diary of a Hoarder’s Daughter
by Izabelle Winter
Genre: Family Relationships/Mental Health/Compulsive Behavior
FREE at time of posting!
What is it really like to be the relative of a hoarder – especially if you’re a tidy freak? How much can one person take until they snap? Imagine living in a house where you can only walk sideways, where Christmas lights stay up all year and tins in the kitchen eventually explode with age. Of eight televisions in the lounge, only one actually worked. A new 20ft carpet which arrived, rolled up and ready to be laid in 1974, was still there forty years later. Why would a man with two feet need 173 shoes? Where were his teeth, his hearing aid and the vacuum cleaner? In fact, where was the floor?
Meet my dad – 82, eccentric, stubborn, knows everything and collects ‘stuff’. – His house, his stuff – what’s the problem? For him there wasn’t a problem, until one day he had a nasty accident while up a ladder in his garden and was taken to hospital. Temporarily unable to live in the house, it was down to me, his daughter to make the house safe for him to return. I had to do something with over fifty years of accumulated ‘stuff’. I had to sort the whole house knowing he would freak out if I threw anything away. I also had to tolerate his narcissistic personality which made the whole situation almost unbearable.
“Dream Big (Bedtime Story and Children’s Picture ebook for Beginner Readers: ages 0-8) (Mindful Kids Series)” by Kenya Wright
Dream Big (Bedtime Story and Children’s Picture ebook for Beginner Readers: ages 0-8) (Mindful Kids Series)
Genre: Children’s Nonfiction
1.99 at time of posting! Kindle Unlimited!
It’s all about DREAMING BIG in this cute, little picture book.
ABOUT THE MINDFUL KIDS SERIES.
Adult romance author Kenya Wright is the proud mother of three amazing kids.
Those little ones inspired the Mindful Kids Series.
A collection of picture books that inspire children to maintain a moment-by-moment awareness of their thoughts, feelings, and surrounding environment. The hope is that these stories are seeds for the mind that harvest and allow children to accept their thoughts and feelings without judging them.