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Posted on 29 Apr 2012 21:01:00 BDT
Pauline Fisk says:
Benjamin, my novel [=Midnight Blue=] came out twenty-one years ago and won the Smarties Book Prize in the UK. A few years ago it came out in the US, published by Bloomsbury, and recently a commemorative e-version was brought out by me. Here are a small handful of the many reviews I've had for it:

`Pauline Fisk's Midnight Blue is one of the most exciting fantasies I've read for a long time. Once I started, I couldn't put it down. I especially admired the way the book showed the darkness within Bonnie as well as that without. Her awareness of her own potential for evil, and her conquering it, is beautifully conveyed.' Madeleine L'Engle

`This not-quite-perfect parallel world is full of quandaries that will leave the reader pondering. A splendid fantasy!' THE BOSTON HERALD

`A lovely book. Pauline Fisk is a fine writer and her story is not only exciting and mysterious but makes a strong emotional point and is wonderfully rich in every detail.' THE GUARDIAN

'To my embarrassment, this book made me uncooperative and uncommunicative until I had finished it. It certainly has an appeal far beyond the juvenile fantasy category. It is intriguing, beautifully written and keeps the reader wondering until the very last page. The suspense of disbelief is not merely willing, but eager; the fantasy becomes reality in one's mind, springing from that rich central core of England that gave us Elidor, Puck, Middle Earth and Watership Down. This is fantasy at its best.' FICTION FOCUS

'Midnight Blue is about growing up, about self-knowledge, and about the redeeming power of love. It's imaginative and magical. And just a little bit scary. What more could you want? ...Here's hoping this new edition gives this lovely and unforgettable book a whole new generation of readers.' JILL MURPHY, BOOK BAG

If you want to know more about it, or any of my other books, do visit me up on my website. And thank you for creating a discussion where I and other authors can share in this way.

Posted on 29 Apr 2012 21:14:12 BDT
Lynda Bowles says:
FREE 29 and 30 APRIL

The Author is Dead
by Lynn Bowles

After the death of her father and his partner, Sam Marlow inherits the detective agency along with their male secretary Kelly.

Her first case alone was brought to her, by dignitaries from the British Embassy involving a renowned author who maybe the missing heir to the Duke of Faulkner.

She accepted the case even though it just didn't feel right from the very beginning. Sam, Kelly and Detective John Chambers are drawn into the unseen side of Washington, D.C..

Finding out exactly who this author is thrusts them into espionage and the CIA. Can a female investigator triumph over the international spies and those chasing them?

Posted on 30 Apr 2012 13:13:39 BDT
MadCow says:
The Land Beyond Goodbye by Barbara Scott Emmett

Inheritance, betrayal, love, sex, aboriginal magic and a sleazy lawyer.
And it's FREE!
What more could you want?

On Promo April 30 to May 4 2012
Then 79p from May 5 for a week or so.

Posted on 30 Apr 2012 14:37:37 BDT
Project Baby, Lucy's Journey (Project Baby Lucys Journey Book 1)

Life has many twists and turns, highs and lows. This story is about new beginnings and untimely endings.
Meet Lucy:
Pretty, dependable and loyal. She has made a good career for herself and has worked her way up to Manager, living with Nick her soul mate and their adorable dog Arnold. Life is good for the couple apart from wanting the one thing that would make it complete - a baby! After a devastating miscarriage she discovers her chances of conceiving naturally again are slim. The couple's only option to realise their dream is to go down the emotional and incredibly uncertain route of IVF. A road with many twists and turns that doesn't always lead to the required destination!
Meet Michelle:
Best friend of Lucy, married to Nick's best friend Darren, has a lovely life, a fantastic house and is mother of three beautiful children, but following the birth of her third baby postnatal depression ensnares her with its tight grip, will she be able to escape its hold over her or will she allow it to take her down and destroy everything she has worked so hard to have?
Meet Jim:
Good looking, cheeky chap, whose seemingly normal life, takes on a whole different meaning when tragedy strikes and he is suddenly left alone and a single father to a new-born baby. Through a sad sequence of events he loses his job and risks losing his home and son! For him drinking seems to be the only way he can deal with what has happened to his previously perfect existence. Will he be able to change his life for the better or stay immersed in a bottle of whisky forever?

Posted on 3 May 2012 15:59:49 BDT
Last edited by the author on 3 May 2012 16:00:24 BDT
The Daily Express chronicles continue with The Scorpion, a sequel to DEADLINE . Bringing you more news, murder, action and romance - even more terrorists.

The Scorpion is a terrorist. A nameless, faceless killer leading a team that plans to attack North America bringing death and destruction in a daring plan called Operation Saladin.

Reporter Katie Cannon and Daily Express Publisher Andrew Chase are planning their wedding, but their happy day may bring more than they expect.

This fast-paced, page-turning thriller will keep you on the edge of your seat!

Posted on 3 May 2012 16:11:49 BDT
Travelman says:
Hello everyone. I have books on Kindle (and paperback except the novellas and The Mine) they're all set in West Africa during the turbulent sixties and have good reviews.
The Up-Country Man Memoir 180k words. A personal account of the first one hundred days inside secessionist Biafra.
The Last Bature (Batuuree) Fiction 102k words. The last white police officer in a failing ex-British colony tries to avert a catastrophe.
Tribal Gathering Short stories 104k words. All the human frailties are the subjects in eight stories with a twist.

My latest book The Mine Fiction. 110k words. A political thriller/adventure story set in a background of secession, civil war and breathtaking corruption.

I have extracted three of the stories from Tribal Gathering as tasters available at 77p each.
Boom Town A man steals a fortune under cover of war. 21k words
Hot Metal Strange goings-on in the forest. 16k words
Juju-Men Delivering a parcel to the Freemasons' Lodge brings death and destruction to the region. 14k words.
Click on my profile for the website address and more info.
Ken Ryeland

Posted on 3 May 2012 22:13:41 BDT
The Bub says:
Set in the nineteen-seventies, Did You Whisper Back? begins with Amanda Court's longing to be reunited with her estranged twin sister Jo. Following a false lead, Amanda leaves her Merseyside home and family and goes to Devon to work as a chambermaid where she believes Jo now lives.

Gradually it emerges that Jo is, seemingly, just a figment of Amanda's imagination arising from distorted childhood truths.

"For those who appreciate a good psychological chiller or two, Did You Whisper Back is one book that belongs in their Kindle libraries." newandgoodreading.wordpress.com - 20/2/2012

In reply to an earlier post on 4 May 2012 00:54:42 BDT
Sorry, Bubbity, but I don't think your second paragraph helps.

Posted on 4 May 2012 02:34:50 BDT
Rj Palmer says:
Sins of the Father

Bowen is an orphaned child in feudal England whose first appearance in this novel is having been bound hands and feet and whipped mercilessly by the monks in a monastery in an excess of bloodlust. He's realistically of an indeterminate age but no more than about seven years old and the monks are very sadistic. He's punished repeatedly for any number of minor and inconsequential infractions.

Bowen's father and mother and sister are dead. His sister was the victim of a brutal rape in which she became pregnant and died shortly after giving birth though she had been returned to her parents' home in a beaten and catatonic state. His father drowned and his mother burned to death in the family home.

Aaron is a minister in present day Midwest America who takes a short sabbatical after he has a fainting episode while experiencing the marks of the stigmata immediately preceding a sermon that he's supposed to deliver about Faith Unending, a concept with which he's struggling himself.

Lucian is a severely autistic child in the present day who's found homeless and taken to a mental health center after a fire in an abandoned building in which he's sleeping. He's horribly scarred and disfigured and bears a striking resemblance to Bowen and Aaron. He takes a liking of a sort to Aaron, who has eyes of the same amethyst color as his. He also bears a mark on his chest which looks like a brand and is the mark of the Celtic war god Rudianos.

Lucian has a horrible aversion to religious symbols, only speaks Welsh and then only in riddles and in a cold, hateful voice not like a child, "The guardian lives. The gate has been opened. The sins of the father borne upon the son. Vengeance thirsts for blood. The sacrifice must be made." He also tends to say, "Bless the child, save the child." All this starts to make sense, along with the rash of fires that follows Lucian wherever he goes when Aaron finds out that Bowen and Lucian are the same person.

A minister losing touch with his faith...

A severely autistic child with no past, no present and no real future...

An evil older than time itself...

When the boy Lucian is thrown into Aaron's life with nowhere else to go all hell breaks loose and Aaron confronts things he never actually imagined could really exist in an effort to save one small, tortured child.

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Posted on 5 May 2012 23:52:34 BDT
Minijax says:
Tainted Tree 367 pages in print; under £2 for the Kindle; 14 reviews, eleven of them 5*.

When Addie Russell inherits a house in Surrey, it gives her a once in a lifetime opportunity to find out about her English family. Addie, adopted at birth in Boston, knows very little about her mother, who died just after her birth, and nothing about her father. However, she knows that her grandparents wanted nothing to do with her. She is soon faced with shocking information about her family, and her emotions reach the depths and the heights at her discoveries.

Also A Bottle of Plonk Free on Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday.

Posted on 6 May 2012 15:23:17 BDT
Basetrojan says:
Waking Lloegr

Free Today!

Long-listed and commended in the UKAuthors Opening Pages competition

Waking Lloegr is an Arthurian comedy fantasy set in the 70s. King Arthur has returned after 1,500 years. This time Excalibur is an electric guitar and his knights are a punk rock band. Merlin is the band's manager. Britain is now ruled by Mordred the 28th and has been immortal since being castrated by Excalibur 1,500 years ago.

If you like CELT buy this book. If you like PUNK buy this book. If you like a LAUGH buy this book. JUST BUY IT, it's only $0.99!

What readers said:

At times mercilessly witty, at other times very poetic. Excellent how the author adapts his writing to the period in which the action takes place.

I honour this author with a deep curtsey.

Waking Lloegr had this reader in stitches.

"I don't know what would stop a publisher smiling at this one - very well written"

"This looks like fun - the Arthurian legend woven into modern life!"

"I thought this excellently written. The characters are developed well, the dialogue good and I think the piece really comes alive"

Posted on 7 May 2012 22:37:00 BDT
The Great Detectives (From Vidocq to Sam Spade) - wonderful fun, reading about the great authors who invented the genre, and their imperishable sleuths, on both sides of the pond.

Here's one recent 5 Star Review:

"A fascinating history of detective fiction, ranging from the memoirs of Vidocq, the development of the detective story by Edgar Allan Poe and Charles Dickens, the cozies (proper British mysteries), Agatha Christie and up through the hard-boiled detectives Phillip Marlowe and Sam Spade. Reading mysteries was one of my first loves - how many of us started out with Trixie Belden or Nancy Drew - and I remember vividly reading Agatha Christie's book "And Then There Were None" (known as "Ten Little Indians" across the pond). It was very interesting to read Shepard's essays regarding the development of detective fiction and I can highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good mystery, so they can from where understand these wonderful tales arose."

In reply to an earlier post on 7 May 2012 23:05:34 BDT
Harry B says:
My Tale Of Woe I wrote this short story, and hope you like it. It tells the tale of a man deserted on an island, clueless on how to survive. I hope you enjoy it!

Posted on 8 May 2012 06:47:31 BDT
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Posted on 8 May 2012 06:49:42 BDT
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Posted on 8 May 2012 09:41:06 BDT
All In

It wasn't just a game of poker, to Carla it was a matter of life or death.

Posted on 8 May 2012 10:46:01 BDT
Ratan Kaul says:
Wings Of Freedom, nine 4 and 5 star reviews

Excerpts from a recent review on amazon.co.uk

---Historical fiction/romance, 29 April 2012. By TopCat "TC" (Devon)
"Wings of Freedom is at heart a historical romance. That is slightly outside the genres I usually read but the blurb promised an Indian setting with a backdrop of British Colonialism, a revolution and World War I which made it very appealing."
"I wasn't entirely sure whether the balance between romance and historical fiction would be to my liking but I discovered a book I really enjoyed."
"I really liked this book and appreciated the notes at the end, with a glossary of the Indian terms used as well as some notes on the historical facts as they relate to the events in the book."
***

Posted on 8 May 2012 13:40:08 BDT
Ron S says:
You Can't Hide Forever

Posted on 8 May 2012 13:47:59 BDT
Sandra Giles says:
My book is next free on 19/5/12 so I'd encourage you to try it out, but it is a fantasy and not SF.
Plead Insanity (Collision Of Worlds)

Posted on 10 May 2012 06:01:20 BDT
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Posted on 10 May 2012 22:32:49 BDT
The Bub says:
Savage To Savvy

ABNA Quarter-Finalist

Psychology graduate, Heidi Harper is appointed to work with Professor Mala, pioneer of a new project to rehabilitate dog-reared feral child, Nicki. Heidi is soon asking questions and her mission takes on sinister overtones. As the truth outs, the lives of all concerned begin to unravel. Savage To Savvy is a psychological novel following the structure of an academic paper: Abstract, Introduction, Method & Results, Discussion, Conclusions.

Still only 0.99

In reply to an earlier post on 10 May 2012 22:33:43 BDT
The Bub says:
Thanks A F Calow. I will amend or omit it!

Posted on 11 May 2012 05:36:46 BDT
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