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Initial post: 9 Mar 2012 14:34:27 GMT
Gecko129 says:
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Shadowland is a fantastic YA story set in Dark Ages Britain.

Witness the birth of a Legend!

On the night of midwinter's eve, a storyteller takes his listeners back to the Dark ages and a tale from his youth.

`I have lived more years than I can remember, probably more than the sum of all your years combined. Kings have called me friend and brigands have sworn to burn the flesh from my bones even if they have to search all seven halls of the shadowland to find me.'

Deserted by its Roman masters, Britain has been invaded by the Saxons at the invitation of Vortigern, traitorous leader of the Britons. Now, as the tribes unite to reclaim their land, one man must rise to lead them and become their true and only king.


Latest review...
5.0 out of 5 stars If you liked the Warlord Trilogy, 28 Feb 2012
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This review is from: Shadowland (Kindle Edition)
An excellent and interesting re-telling of one of historys' great stories. Or rather the pre-story of the Arthur legend. Well thought out...thought provoking with a good mixture of historical reference/mysticism......if you liked Bernard Cornwall's "The Warlord Trilogy" you'll love this book...

Posted on 9 Mar 2012 14:45:08 GMT
toad says:
Snap Judgement

A murder mystery and a fast read. Murder of an expat on a Greek Island throws up a lot of nasty history for investigative journalist . . . .

Posted on 9 Mar 2012 15:19:16 GMT
Last edited by the author on 10 Mar 2012 09:21:10 GMT
Ignite says:
If readers can add to the list I'd like to remind you that I mentioned Cornelius Harker's Words to the Wise: Book One (The Awakening) for last weekend.

We began a journey with The Wanderer, alone, adrift from his memories and searching for his past. This weekend, you will be dying to read Words to the Wise: Book Two (Towards Darker Climes). (If you aren't, go back and read Book One!)
In this volume The Wanderer resolves to find the feared town of Sirrenvaag where he knows he will find answers. He is accompanied by the irrepressible but untrustworthy Rickard, a wonderful foil to the sombre nature of The Wanderer himself. We learn that the world will soon end, that god himself is laden with guilt, that the Wanderer's snatches of nightmare inform him that he was part of the evil sect who left so many villages devastated, their inhabitants fled or murdered. I found myself really warming to this sad man as the story progressed.

This second book, though it reflects our own world, is so full of a new mythology and a huge web of interconnected ideas that I am seriously in need of Book Three. We end on a cliff-hanger. I desperately hope that my finger ends will last the next few months until Cornelius Harker eases my misery with Book Three.

Read it. You know you want to!

Posted on 9 Mar 2012 15:55:31 GMT
Lyn Horner says:
Award winning book FREE today only! Darlin' Druid (Texas Druids)

Jessie Devlin, a descendent of the "Old Ones," is clairvoyant. Prophetic dreams and visions lead her west in search of a man she's certain she is destined to love. Captain David Taylor is a Texan exiled from home after fighting for the Union in the Civil War. Is he the man Jessie seeks, or has her special gift played her false? Will her quest lead her to happiness or into a deadly trap?

"I'll admit I was completely thrown by the title of this book. If for some reason you are as well, "fuhgeddaboudit"! This is an engaging, page turning, can't put it down, don't know where the time went, read." ¯Todd Fonseca, Reviewer

"Fans of historical romance and possibly even those who are into westerns, sans romance, should find much to like in Darlin' Druid." ¯BigAl's Books and Pals

"A touch of the Irish in the Old West is the best description of this story. I really enjoyed the book, the ending wasn't rushed . . . . I would definitely recommend this book to everyone. ¯Laura Wallace, Paranormal Romance Guild

Posted on 9 Mar 2012 16:47:06 GMT
If you fancy a bit of cyborg fun, give my Z14 a try.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Mar 2012 16:58:38 GMT
Ignite says:
Aye - I can recommend that too. Funny and imaginative.

Posted on 9 Mar 2012 16:58:44 GMT
Roger Cave says:
Now if you want someething that will last longer than a weekend, then why not start a series of books:

Anyway here goes:

Do you want a new hero?
Do you want one that doesn't have a drink and drug problem?
Do you want someone who is loyal to those around him?
Do you want someone who will be daring?
Do you want someone who will do anything to get the job done?
Do you want a set of characters who work together to solve problems?
Do you want a story set in exotic locations?
Do you want realistic action?
Do you want a series that will keep you occupied?
Do you want to spend less than £1.50 on a book?
Do you want a series for the summer holidays, to read next to the pool?

If the answer to these questions is yes, then look no further than the Alec Fincham novels at £1.03 each.

The Barcza Gambit (The Alec Fincham Novels)
Sicilian Defence (Alec Fincham #2)
White King (Alec Fincham #3)
Zugzwang (Alec Fincham #4)
Octopus Knight (Alec Fincham #5)
Medusa Defence (Alec Fincham #6)
Deep Blue (Alec Fincham #7)
Grand Prix Variation (Alec Fincham #8)
Queen's Knight (Alec Fincham #9)
Fried Fox & English Rat (Alec Fincham Short Stories)

Posted on 9 Mar 2012 18:06:48 GMT
Ignite says:
Fantasy with a dash of rather clever humour?
The Man From U.N.D.E.A.D. - The Curious Case Of The Kidnapped Chemist Meet Agent Ward. He's brilliant at his job, but he's rather good at chaos and destruction on the way.
The Man From U.N.D.E.A.D. - Zombie Apocalypse Now Ward again - this time someone is re-animating corpses - and not just human.

These are the first two of a series (which I hope will be very long) from the talented Darren Humphries. Light, refreshing but witty and engrossing. What's not to like?

Posted on 12 May 2012 13:51:19 BDT
He stood by the door, big fisted hands planted on his hips, a slab of a man in greyish silhouette against the light outside. As his big head turned from side to side, surveying the room, his spiky gelled hair turned against the backlight like a twisting bed of nails.

The Wreck Of The Margherita (Danny Lancaster Investigates)
"Witty, gory, sexy, educational in parts, it's a fantastic read" - Peter Thornton, The Sun

Posted on 12 May 2012 20:48:56 BDT
Mary Bale says:
From the pen of Pamela St Abbs:
Smoke Shadows (Inspector Campbell Mysteries)
Water Weal (Inspector Campbell Mysteries)
Twisting Tide (Inspector Campbell Mysteries)
and a collection of 8 short mysteries:
A Short Journey to St Abbs

Posted on 12 May 2012 21:03:22 BDT
MLJ says:
Single Minded is free until Sunday 13th May so make sure you download this weekend for a read that takes a male view of life and relationships.

Meadow View is just another house to sell for estate agent Hal Symonds, a young man determined to make his way in life at any cost. But he quickly realises there's more to this seemingly empty house than meets the eye. Why does he keep dreaming about Meadow View in the past, seeing it through the eyes of a man who lived sixty years earlier? And why does the sight of his new girlfriend's grandmother, Sylvia, whom he has never met before, excite such resentment in Hal; why do his hands keep itching to close around her throat?

Hal fears that he is losing his mind. And the manipulative games of Erica, his obsessive ex-girlfriend, merely add to his confusion as his carefully constructed world starts to unravel. Hal looks for scapegoats in everyone around him, until forced to realise that he is set on a course of self destruction from which he can see no way out ...

Posted on 12 May 2012 21:26:31 BDT
Some times you just have to go All In

4-5 star thriller.

Posted on 12 May 2012 23:43:27 BDT
Gaspar The Thief

A light easy read for the weekend, Gaspar The Thief is a new humorous fantasy adventure by British author, David A. Lindsay.

Follow the adventures of Gaspar, a freelance thief who stubbornly refuses to join the Thieves' Guild. Finding himself entangled in a series of mishaps and misfortunes mostly of his own making, and facing looming retribution from every quarter, he finally departs his native city.

Aided by Hubris, a seller of spells who similarly declines to pay his dues to Wizards' Hall, and Marna, a feisty thiefess with a quick tongue and a quicker temper, Gaspar hopes to lie low for a while, but events continue to go awry, leading from one catastrophe to the next in quick succession.

Brigands, sells-swords, goblin warlords, mages and even a tricksy wight all seem to have it in for him as he travels across the world of Lindor, stumbling from one calamity to the next, and yet somehow always surviving to tell the tale.

Told with humour, this is an exciting romp based in a fantasy world where anything can, and does, happen!

Posted on 13 May 2012 05:23:01 BDT
Roger Weston says:
*****Fantastic story; stands comparison with Hammond Innes January 18, 2012

Sustains a high level of excitement throughout. High points are the globe-spanning story and the *exceptional* sea-based descriptions. One might expect good descriptions given the author's background. Less expected is the vivid writing of these scenes; it bears comparison with Hammond Innes. Spare, rapid-fire writing...a really fine piece of work overall and somewhat underpriced. Someone to watch. The Golden Catch

Posted on 13 May 2012 11:41:58 BDT
I. Black says:
TODAY ONLY Noontide Owls IS ON SALE FOR £0.98

On Monday it will go back to its usual price of £1.53.

Noontide Owls:

Maara, the girl with three blessings, stares in disbelief out of the window of her uncle's cottage down by the harbour. The terrible army from the Land Beyond is marching out of their lives after one hundred years of cruel occupation.

Thus begins the story of Ambamar and its inhabitants: iron-mining Anvil People, gigantic, agricultural Timekeepers, mysterious, scholarly Scribes and Mariners - the fisher folk. Their histories were written long ago in secret papers, and in a magical speaking book that Elin and Arolan, the two trumpeters who herald the promise of a new dawn, carry down from the Iron Mountain, where it had lain hidden for a century. It is imperative for the people to learn these fantastical tales that bind them, for along with freedom, are hatching the serpents of hatred and distrust.

Elin and Arolan's attempts to bring peace, bring them instead to the brink of disaster. It is left to Maara and her band of like-minded citizens to try and save them and to stop the ruin of Ambamar. Their task is fraught with danger, as they encounter destructive nature spirits, heroes and villains, raging seas, desert sands, dark forests and magical creatures.

Noontide Owls is a tale for all ages from 9 to 109.

Complete with pen and ink drawings.

See also my `India' novels: The Moon's Complexion and Darshan: a Journey

All my books are also available as paperbacks

Posted on 13 May 2012 12:12:02 BDT
Jim Webster says:
Ah yes, Swords for a Dead Lady

Because you're worth it!
Reassuringly expensive,
guaranteed to awaken latent god like super powers, make you irresistible to pillar dwelling hermits, and uses only superior electrons.

Posted on 13 May 2012 13:49:04 BDT
Hamburg 1947: A Place for the Heart to Kip 77p

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.

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

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

"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"

Posted on 13 May 2012 15:05:05 BDT
B. Rawlinson says:
Killing Share (Michael Fielding Book 1)
Cash Point (Michael Fielding Book 2)
Terrific value for money fast paced and gripping Private Eye series set in London with free humour included in each book.

Posted on 13 May 2012 15:34:48 BDT
BookWeek says:
Here you go....the perfect Mother's Day gift -give your Mom or your wife not only a good read for looking after her health, but a fun one, too.

Younger Next Decade: After Fifty, the Transitional Decade, and what You Need to Know. Here's a new customer review:

Nifty for Fifty Advice May 9, 2012
By Lana L. Higginbotham
Format:Kindle Edition|Amazon Verified Purchase

Dr. Ebel presents a lifestyle check for those approaching or past fifty in Younger Next Decade. Her presentation of medical information is easy to follow. Relatable examples contribute to the easy flow of the educated explanations. She alerts the reader to become aware of the physiological changes to expect and provides an arsenal of functional changes to insure optimal life past fifty. The risks of potential disorders provide incentive to modify harmful habits. The negative impact of smoking, alcohol, stress, diet, weight, and excess sun exposure are well clarified. The positive impact of pets, exercise, sleep, spirit, proper nutrition, and just the right amount of sunshine encourage immediate implementation. Everyone approaching this new decade in life needs this book.

Posted on 13 May 2012 15:36:15 BDT
BookWeek says:
How much trouble can a neurosurgeon get into? Dr. Danny's OR nurse is not what she seems! Operation Neurosurgeon: You never know ... who's in the OR (A perfect 5 STARS for characters from Red Adept Reviews - ~ 74,000 word romantic suspense).

If you want a medical drama and general fiction novel that puts you right in the OR for a major transplant surgery plus takes you through the drama of a major hurricane and a battered dog lost in the gusty wind and blowing sand, then this is for you: Outcome, A Novel: There's more than a hurricane coming ...

Posted on 14 May 2012 21:00:49 BDT
MLJ says:
Just wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who downloaded Single Minded during this weekend's free promotion. Sincerely hope you enjoy reading it, and I'd be really happy if you'd then take a couple of minutes to post a review - whatever your feelings on the book. I'll scratch your back, you scratch mine, kind of thing!

Thanks again, and happy reading,


Posted on 17 May 2012 20:00:39 BDT
Roger Cave says:
Why not try one of the Alec Fincham novels, they`re pure action adventure thrillers.
Each one is available for only £1.03.

All nine books are military, espionage, action thrillers and feature Commander Alec Fincham, of her Majesty's Special Boat Service. Because of his military training, he is seconded to the Special Operations Department of M.I.6. Every difficult job that comes along, he and his team have to face head on.

The Barcza Gambit (The Alec Fincham Novels)
Someone wants to keep the American military in Iraq, and possibly escalate the war. Fincham, in his first outing, finds himself in Miami, trying to figure out what's really going on.

Sicilian Defence (Alec Fincham #2)
Fincham and his team are after a Middle Eastern terrorist, but the Italian Mafia stand in their way. Can he and his team outfox the Mafia, and still catch the man they're after.

White King (Alec Fincham #3)
British anti-drug patrols in the Caribbean are dealt a blow by a Venezuelan drug lord. Fincham and his team are sent in to deliver a message. However, the message turns out to be more dangerous to deliver than they could have possibly imagined.

Zugzwang (Alec Fincham #4)
A man wants revenge for his son's death. If successful, he'll kill hundreds of thousands. Fincham and his team find themselves in the Iraqi Western Desert, alone and outnumbered, and in a worse position than when they started. Can they survive?

Octopus Knight (Alec Fincham #5)
A death in London sets Fincham on to the trail of a Russian drugs smuggler. He will have to face death in the frozen Chernobyl ghost towns, if he is to succeed.

Medusa Defence (Alec Fincham #6)
The murder of a politician sends Fincham on a chase to find Medusa, a world famous model. He has to find out what she knows, and protect her from those who want the information she has.

Deep Blue (Alec Fincham #7)
Somali pirates kidnap a South African diamond miner. Fincham is engaged to get him out, no matter the cost. To fail will deepen the world's financial crisis, and strengthen foreign terrorist cells.

Grand Prix Variation (Alec Fincham #8)
Fincham is tasked with providing protection to a Formula 1 Racing Team. The team's owner is also a supplier of military technology to the Armed Forces. One man wants that relationship terminated, permanently.

Queen's Knight (Alec Fincham #9)
The love of Anastasia Hunt's life goes missing, but nothing is at it first appears. Alec Fincham is brought in to resolve the case, but can he get to the bottom of what's going on without paying the ultimate price?

In addition, there's a couple of Alec Fincham stories available for 77p.
Fried Fox & English Rat (Alec Fincham Short Stories)
Fried Fox
M.I.6. Send Devon Fox on what seems to be a fairly routine investigation. However, things are not quite what they seem, and soon he is fighting to survive.

English Rat
The press have dubbed her HMS Invisible, and she is the most advance stealth warship in the World. Unfortunately, other people want the technology and are willing to steal what they can. Alec Fincham, and his Special Boat Service team, are called in to protect her, but will it be enough?

Total word count 28500 approx

Posted on 18 May 2012 11:04:52 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 Mara 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 2 Jun 2012 09:38:21 BDT
Gecko129 says:

We grow up with the Legend of King Arthur ... But where did he come from? Who was Merlin? What part did the Druids play in bringing Arthur to his round table? This is the story that came before, when Britain was just a Shadowland.

Shadowland  is a story of historical fantasy set in Dark Ages Britain.

`I have lived more years than I can remember, probably more than the sum of all your years combined. Kings have called me friend and brigands have sworn to burn the flesh from my bones even if they have to search all seven halls of the shadowland to find me.'

On the night of midwinter's eve, a storyteller takes his listeners back to the Dark ages and a tale from his youth.

Deserted by its Roman masters, Britain has been invaded by the Saxons at the invitation of Vortigern, traitorous leader of the Britons. Now, as the tribes unite to reclaim their land, one man must rise to lead them and become their true and only king.

Posted on 2 Jun 2012 10:51:20 BDT
The Dancing Boy

When ex-soldier Tom Gillet returns to Afghanistan to find the boy who saved his life, he is already aware the boy has been sold into child sex slavery. What follows shows Afghanistan in a different light. A stunning read.
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