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Posted on 22 May 2012 20:32:10 BDT
They shall rise beneath blackened skies
With vengeance to deplete,
And all shall die when one despised
Falls silent at their feet.

Words to the Wise: Book One (The Awakening)
With his forgotten past smeared with shadow, The Wanderer travels across an alternate eighteenth century Europe in which thrives the uncanny, the monstrous, the terrible truth surrounding the human soul, the plight of God and the fate of a shattering world.

Words to the Wise: Book Two (Towards Darker Climes)
Continuing his journey into the unplumbed depths of his horrific past, The Wanderer has set his eye upon the sinister town of Sirrenvaag, in which resides not only the truth of his identity, but also the answers pertaining to the enigmas of the afterlife, God, Silenoz, Litithius and the secrets housed within the human soul.
'Towards Darker Climes' is the second book in the 'Words to the Wise' saga and charts The Wanderer's journey into a new century, a new wasteland of mystery, intrigue, the supernatural and the darkness of a portentous future.

http://corneliusharker.blogspot.com/

Posted on 23 May 2012 02:44:08 BDT
Thanks for the thread. My novel, Tree Soldier is set in the Great Depression when the economy was not only ruined, but the environment also suffered from tearing up the prairies 50 years before and overlogging. It won teh 2012 EPIC ebook award for historical Fiction.

One mistake can ruin a life. One mistake can transform it.

A government forestry camp set deep in the mountainous forests of the Pacific Northwest might not seem the likely place to find redemption, but in 1935, Park Hardesty hopes for just that.

Blaming himself for the fiery accident that caused his brother's disfigurement and the death of the bootlegging woman he loved, planting trees, building bridges and mentoring tough, homesick New Jersey boys brings him both penitence and the renewal of his own self-worth. When he wins the love of Kate Alford, a local naturalist who envisions joining the Forest Service, which allows only men, he also captures the ire of a camp officer who refuses to let her go. Just when he is ready to seek his brother's forgiveness, he is falsely accused of rape. Every aspect of his life he has tried to rebuild is put in jeopardy. In the end, the only way he can defend himself is to tell the truth about his brother, but he risks being kicked out of the camp. Worse, he could lose Kate's love forever.

Posted on 23 May 2012 13:02:03 BDT
The Unicorn Crisis (The Hidden Academy)

Someone has summoned a Unicorn to a field south of Stratford-upon-Avon causing David Ash's day to go straight to hell. Now he has to confront shotgun wielding drug dealers, murderous strangers and psychotic fairies and all to find out who stole one of Oberon's personal pets. He better do it soon, or it will mean an all out conflict between The Fairy Court and The Hidden Academy. Worse, as back up all Ash can muster is a soap opera loving Welsh elf and an American Summoner who doesn't trust him one inch. This would be bad enough, but, as the mystery unravels, Ash forms a nagging suspicion that the heart of this problem lies in his own worst nightmare, the one he's been trying to forget for over a decade.

96000 words 0.99

The Digital Wolf (The Hidden Academy)

An early morning fitness run should be uneventful but not for David Ash. Before he knows it he has a megalomaniacal CEO, vengeful Fairies and a murderous piece of sentient software all on his case. Not to mention one big and seriously hungry Wolf.

Caught between old foes and new ones Ash needs to find what has caused this toxic mixture to spill over into murder and mayhem and he needs to do so soon. His boss is out for the count, his friends are being misled and he has some extremely dubious allies, one of whom may cost him more than would his enemies. Temptation, legend, myth and fate all come together in The Digital Wolf, the explosive second novel of The Hidden Academy series.

96000 words 2.49

Pantheon of the Dead (The Hidden Academy)

When a visit to an old friend ends with a dead body and the appearance of a monstrous creature, Ash finds himself in more trouble than he could ever have imagined. An ever escalating crisis unfolds, as one after another his friends, colleagues and allies are maimed, murdered and kidnapped. While dodging Harpies and combating a Hydra, Ash comes to realise that a dangerous plot has formed; one which threatens the lives and minds of everyone he knows. Time is running out for him to uncover which god, goddess or primordial power is behind this sinister attempt to remake the world and the only place he can go to look for answers is hardly inviting.

Life is pure hell when you take a trip to the Underworld.

111000 words 2.49

Posted on 23 May 2012 13:43:05 BDT
I. Black says:
Hallo fellow-authors and readers.
Remember - all my novels are on Kindle as well as in paperback - so you can download a sample and then decide!

If you like novels about families and 'roots' this one may be just right for you.

Darshan: a Journey - a `who do you think you are' novel, that is currently being used as an English Literature Baccalaureate book in France .

Set mainly in Oxford and India: Sara, a young Indian student in Oxford sets out to find her estranged Welsh father - and to escape the prospect of an arranged marriage back in India. The result of her quest, which takes her through Europe, America and India, is not quite what she expected as she gets involved with a dangerous religious cult, a series of romantic catastrophes and discovers disturbing facts about her family history.

'An involving story, beautifully told.' Oxford Times Literary section

A gripping adventure and a poignant romance set in exotic lands.
The Moon's Complexion: A romantic thriller set in Surrey, India and Sri Lanka. Hannah, an English journalist, is fleeing from a stalker. She meets Ashok, an Indian doctor. Together they set out to trap the stalker. They fall in love but their romance is hampered by issues involving their overlapping past, as well as some cultural misunderstandings. It's also available in paperback.

`I challenge anyone to put this book down' Editor, London Student Newspaper

Even if fantasy is not your thing, this novel will surprise you. - try a sample and see!
Noontide Owls A Fantasy for young and old: The Conquering Army of Shoog the Awesome has marched out of Ambamar after 100 years. But freedom does not bring peace. It is left to 14-year-old Maara and the two noble Trumpeters to try and stop the city from destroying itself and all the marvellous beings that inhabit its world.
Pen and ink drawings throughout.

I could not put it down... I really cannot wait for my son to read it. It was fantastic.
Anjali Mittal, children's book author

Posted on 23 May 2012 14:39:24 BDT
Mel Comley says:
Into Thin Air (Freedom Fighters Series) by Valerie Maarten is a cracking read.

When no one comes to save you...you have to save yourself

Maia Duncan learned "Stranger Danger" and the perils of the internet when she was just 12 years old. Unfortunately after her captivity and forced participation into the sex trade, it was a lesson she learned too late.

But after six long years when her next assignment was to groom other young girls in the sex trade, Maia knew she had to escape...or die trying.

Posted on 23 May 2012 14:52:46 BDT
Erin Golding says:
Fancy a love story?
Run to Me follows the story of Abby Fox and Paul Beckett. They live in a lakeside town but their lives are far from idyllic. Running is the only thing that brings them peace. Until life takes them somewhere unexpected.

Posted on 23 May 2012 20:25:43 BDT
The Bub says:
Down The Tubes is a contemporary novel based on my experience of working in the field of addictions.

It's the late 1980s and mother of four, Cheryl West, lands herself a job at a drugs project in London. But memories of her old life are never far away, especially when her surly daughter, Elaine, makes her unwelcome visits.

Meanwhile, Cheryl's estranged son, Michael aka Dodo - is ironically having his life destroyed by drug addiction in his attempt to avoid painful memories of abuse. He goes from one chaotic situation to another, ending up on the streets and reaching rock bottom, until he is referred to a drug rehabilitation centre, Chrysalis, in rural Hampshire.

The lives of mother and son nearly coincide, as Cheryl uncovers some dark family secrets. They're each on a journey, but can there be reconciliation as well as rehabilitation?

Posted on 23 May 2012 20:30:47 BDT
Hamburg 1947: A Place for the Heart to Kip 75p

Harry Leslie Smith's second memoir, Hamburg 1947: A Place for the Heart to Kip is a love story in my mind and it's just brilliant. -Judging covers

One of the most worthwhile features of Hamburg 1947: a place for the heart to kip is its portrayal of life as a member of an occupying force in a conquered city... his descriptions of the devastated city have an unforgettable lyric beauty.-Indie E-Book Review

"I did not expect to have compassion for the German population after WWII, but I was shocked at the conditions the non-war-criminal average citizens of Germany lived with during the Occupation of the Allies in Germany"

The memoir is well written, with a compelling story that carried me along steadily. I like to find at least one reviewing pinprick, although it's difficult this time. The book ends with a cliff-hanger, making me wonder what came next. In all, I cannot recommend this memoir highly enough.-The Kindle Book Review

Twenty-two years old and ready for peace, Harry Leslie Smith has survived the Great Depression and endured the Second World War. Now, in 1945 in Hamburg, Germany, he must come to terms with a nation physically and emotionally devastated. In this memoir, he narrates a story of people searching to belong and survive in a world that was almost destroyed. Hamburg 1947 recounts Smith's youthful RAF days as part of the occupational forces in post-war Germany. A wireless operator during the war, he doesn't want to return to Britain and join a queue of unemployed former servicemen; he reenlists for long term duty in occupied Germany. From his billet in Hamburg, a city razed to the ground by remorseless aerial bombardment, he witnesses a people and era on the brink of annihilation. This narrative presents a street-level view of a city reduced to rubble populated with refugees, black marketers, and cynical soldiers. At times grim and other times amusing, Smith writes a memoir relaying the social history about this time and place, providing a unique look at post-WWII Germany. Hamburg 1947 is both a love story for a city and a passionate retailing of a love affair with a young German woman.

Posted on 24 May 2012 09:38:26 BDT
Lee Emerick says:
Super Nova - Books 1 & 2 Both Super Nova books available as one volume!
Super Nova
Set over 100 years in the future, Commander Jack Emerick finds him self in a difficult situation. His team have been tasked with securing a disabled military facility in a far flung uninhabited area of space. However when they get there they find something far more sinister than a mutinous crew or terrorist activity that threatens the future survival of all mankind.
Mechanical Jihad (Super Nova) Sequel to Super Nova
Jack and Cantrell return to find themselves in troubling times. Yet again the Mechanicals are plotting against humanity only this time their plans come to fruition. This latest tale in the Super Nova series finds humanity on the brink of extinction as they fight for their very right to survive. Live and let live is something that the Mechanicals do not understand.

Mind of a Killer
What would you do, if as a child you witnessed brutal murders in your dreams?
The media describe you as psychic; the medical profession believe you are insane!
Your parents take their own lives as they struggle to live with your strange gifts.
Do you break down; mentally crack under the strain of the horrific visions and media attention? Or do you put your bizarre gift to good use and catch those responsible for their crimes?
Ian Rivers was that child. Now he is out to catch whoever is responsible.

The Zombie Apocalypse Contains both Book 1 & 2
20 Years After The Zombie Apocalypse Book 1
Harriette Madyson is the last woman alive. Twenty years ago her world came to an end when a zombie plague engulfed the population of Earth. At the tender age of seven she found herself in a nightmarish situation where the dead literally returned to life. Left with little to use and nowhere to hide Harri now finds herself stalked across the frozen desolate landscape of North America pursued by the former love of her life. All that she has to keep her going is the hope that she can make it home to die in peace.
Survival After The Zombie Apocalypse Book 2
Konnor Roland picks up from where Harriett Madyson left off in the next installment of the Zombie Apocalypse series.
In the last bastion of the old world, Konnor finds humanity's future threatened again, as the machinery of the past they have grown reliant on breaks down.
With little choice, Konnor must enter an old military underground bunker full of danger and death to repair a water purifier before mass panic ensues above ground, bringing an end to the last survivors of the Zombie Apocalypse.

Extinction Theory
Sydney Trent, a mass extinction theorist unfortunately finds one of his darkest theories becoming reality as humanity faces it own possible extinction. In a race against time Sydney must face and fight his own demons as the dead literally take to their feet. A spin on the popular zombie genre this book goes against the grain by exploring what else could create and drive a zombie as well as a nightmare zombie outbreak!

Posted on 24 May 2012 10:28:14 BDT
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Posted on 25 May 2012 07:45:18 BDT
Roger Weston says:
The Recruiter
#4 in UK Books > Crime, Thrillers & Mystery > Political
Ex-assassin betrayed by employer.

The Assassin's Wife
#7 in UK Books > Crime, Thrillers & Mystery > Political
Wife of assassin becomes target.

The Golden Catch
#85 in UK Kindle Store > Books > Fiction > Men's Adventure
Hit men are hired to claim treasure found on ex-assassin's island.

"...the assassin with a conscience and a heart."

Posted on 25 May 2012 16:27:27 BDT
mountainmama says:
Hope everyone has a great weekend planned. It's "Memorial Day" weekend here in the states, so we all have an extra day! If you need something to read, check out the following:

M.O.D.
Novel Ideas
Chronicles of Time: Book 1
Chronicles of Time: Book 2

Posted on 26 May 2012 14:55:00 BDT
The next time you yearn for the good, old days, think about Lily's story.

Lily's life isn't going well. Her husband is clueless; her children are rudderless. It's little wonder she seeks comfort in her dreams, unaware that her grandmother's rubies have transported her back through time to a safer, saner existence.

When she learns that her dream lover is not a dream after all, but a real man who lived and died years before she was born, family problems mount. Because she can't repair the damage from the past, she vows to stay in the here and now. She almost succeeds when she accidentally sends herself back in time without her return ticket, the rubies.

Rubies and Other Gems

"all the threads-past and present- eventually link together to form a very clever, satisfying end to what I have to say is quite an original story."

Posted on 29 May 2012 17:12:25 BDT
Ignite says:
I've just read Fake Kate by David Wailing. Took it on my hols and it was a really interesting concept. It has a 'marmite' ending. Some have hated it but I thought it was very clever.

Posted on 29 May 2012 22:44:34 BDT
Sheila says:
The characters in The Tea Series are people you'd like to know and part of a family that welcomes you with open arms. More than 100,000 copies of the books in this series have been sold. You will find that each book in the series is a fast and fun read. Each installment of the series is a hybrid of the traditional novel and the serial novel (each is a full-length novel and leads directly into the next installment - it is best to begin with the first book.)

Hot Tea (First book in The Tea Series)
Sweet Tea (Second book in The Tea Series)
Iced Tea (Third Book in the Tea Series)
Green Tea (Fourth Book in the Tea Series)
Peppermint Tea (Fifth Book in the Tea Series)
Tea to Go (Sixth Book in the Tea Series)
Summer Tea (Seventh Book in the Tea Series)

I hope you will give them a try.

Sheila

Posted on 30 May 2012 13:57:57 BDT
Southwest Florida in the early part of the 20th century is too boring for young Dinah who dreams of living in nearby Fort Myers as the wife of a gentleman. The likelihood of that is all but doomed when she finds herself pregnant by an unscrupulous, older man.

Zach also has a dream. He wants to be his own man, go his own way. But when tragedy strikes Dinah's family, his soft heart won't allow him to walk away. Although he's there for every joy, every sorrow in her life, he's not the man of her dreams. She wants it all; all he wants is her. His fears mount when Tyler, a local real estate developer, offers to buy her riverfront property. Zach loves the land and abhors the practice of selling off paradise for a quick buck. He also fears Dinah's growing attraction to the handsome businessman. His worst fears come to pass when Tyler proposes.

Forced to choose between a man who can make her dream come true, or a man whose only offense is loving her, Dinah chooses the dream, unwittingly losing her children in the process. Years later, although the country is enjoying a time of plenty, she's had it up to her jewelled earlobes with the grand life. Making matters worse, Tyler and Zach decide to run for the same council seat. One candidate wants to develop the area further; the other wants to preserve it for future generations. Dinah chooses to support Zach, and the race is on.

So Wonderful as Want

I hope you'll check it out. Thanks.

Posted on 30 May 2012 15:11:01 BDT
Thanks for the platform to promote. Looking for that amusing read to take with you on holiday? Look no further as THE FAT BAG stuck between a rock cake & a hard plaice by author Pearl Barley is just the thing!

This is an extremely funny little book. The title alone should start you off. The tales within trace the writer's lifelong struggle, citing the pitfalls and stumbling blocks she has encountered in trying to lose weight and, more importantly, keep it off.

There are times of triumph trying out another 'new' diet, but she always puts the weight back on. She never gives up though and the diary-like entries tell it like it REALLY is for those of us who can relate to her frustrations.

There's a light-hearted way to the telling of each tale. Chuckle at chapters entitled ... "This Little Piggie Went to Town" ... "All Menus Are Not Created Equal" ... "Who Said Less Is More?" and ... "My Cup Runneth Over".

But by no means is it a tale of woe. There are no quick-fixes, granted, nor any reasonable advice, but the truth is laid bare in a quirky, amusing way and has been described as "sheer enjoyment" "with an entertainment factor brought to life in the pages".

Easily relateable, many have... "Been There, Done That, & Bulged Out of the Tee Shirt", everything is just so... "Finger-Lickin' Good" but as the old saying goes..."What Don't Kill Will Fatten"!

Reviewers describe it as "...down-to-earth, honest and hilarious!"

In this book are tales/chronicles/diary entries, all true although maybe in some cases slightly exaggerated according to how much humour I could squeeze from any given situation...but true none-the-less.

I've never seen a book about dieting that didn't give advice. In fact, I've never seen a dieting book that is written from the prospective of the struggling dieter, so I wrote one myself.

All the experts say "eat less and move more. Obviously it's not rocket science but it might as well be for those of us in "the real world" who struggle with our weight every day and for whom poor will-power (and other factors) take over and smash our personal resolve to shreds when battling the bulge.

I do hope you enjoy the down-to-earth, telling-it-like-it-is-with-no-frills entries and I especially hope you will laugh along to a issue that I know many can relate to.

2.00 on Kindle, also available in paperback (Like it, Yes it and Tag it, thanx)

Posted on 30 May 2012 15:49:58 BDT
Thanks, Ignite, for starting this thread.

I know you've read Only the Innocent and given me a great review - thank you! But maybe there are some people on this thread who haven't.

Only the Innocent reached the #1 spot on Amazon a couple of months ago, and stayed there for quite a while - until along game The Hunger Games and then Fifty Shades of Grey!

It's a psychological thriller, and I'm supposed to be in the process of writing the next one, rather than chatting on forums! Oops!

Posted on 31 May 2012 11:06:36 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
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