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Initial post: 26 Jan 2011, 21:15:20 GMT
Indie authors please list your book, price and pitch. Us readers can then make the choice to buy.

Birthright 2.18

What if the next stage of evolution was caused by the oversight of man and what if that oversight was a simple medical mistake?
Raine Donnelly is born three months premature by emergency surgery after his critically injured mother is admitted to the hospital, having been the victim of a drunk driver though her early expectant state is not discovered until after a series of x-rays are performed to assess the nature and extent of her injuries.
Now as an adult, Raine knows about none of this and lives a quiet, functional and strictly routine life in Colorado though his life begins to spiral hopelessly out of control as he begins to have blackouts and believes he's hallucinating. He also starts to have the most dastardly effect on electrical equipment as for whatever reason, machines malfunction or short out completely when he gets anywhere near them while he's upset or confused.
His doctor thinks he may have a brain tumor and insists on further testing though that may prove somewhat difficult when a nameless and faceless someone keeps trying to put bullet holes in him and when he meets the wife and children about whom he has no memory, his life becomes even more complicated, partially because his wife is furious at him because she's thought him dead for three years.
Now, drawing on all his courage and what little understanding he can piece together with the help of his wife, Raine must unravel the mystery of his past and discover and accept who and what he is without getting he and his family killed.

Posted on 26 Jan 2011, 21:51:40 GMT
Thanks for the opportunity to do this! My book is probably not everybody's cup of tea but if you like the sound of it, please give it a whirl and possibly a wee review too! :)

The Secret Life of Jamie Sykes 86p

Jamie Sykes is just your average teenage girl; dealing with the popular kids, trying to fit in at school and lusting after the school hottie. However, what everybody - except her father - doesn't know is that she hides a secret. Her only friend, Chris, doesn't even know what Jamie is hiding from him.
Jamie constantly struggles with keeping her secret from others and it is made even more complicated when the school hottie, Clark Jacobs, takes an interest in her. Jamie must decide whether to keep him in the dark or come clean? However, certain events - both tragic and surprising - make this decision more difficult and it's not long until Jamie begins to doubt whether this relationship with Clark will last.
Their relationship is tested on many levels but even more so when Jamie discovers that Clark may just be hiding something too. As Jamie begins to become suspicious of Clark; she tries her best to discover just what it is that he is hiding ... little does she know that if both of their true identities are revealed, it will change their lives forever ...

Posted on 26 Jan 2011, 23:25:55 GMT
Last edited by the author on 26 Jan 2011, 23:28:33 GMT
Great thread, Albert. I'm the author of a young adult fantasy book called The Legend of Witch Bane. An evil queen terrorizes a kingdom by demanding the lives of their youngest girls. One young boy opposes the queen, refusing to sacrifice the life of his sister to the murderous monarch. His defiance will invite a deadly curse upon his kingdom and stir an ancient prophecy. So begins the Legend of Witch Bane...

The Legend of Witch Bane is the first installment of the Witch Bane saga. Recommended for all ages. I invite readers to visit the following link and download their free sample.

The Legend of Witch Bane (The Witch Bane Saga) £1.71

P.S.: There aren't many reviews here on the UK Amazon site. But there are over 40 reviews on the US site. Feel free to visit the US site if you wish to see other reader reviews. But for your convenience, here is what a few professional reviewers have said about The Legend of Witch Bane:

"In the spirit of a Lloyd Alexander adventure...Brothers Grimm, The Hobbit and other such worthy classics."-Kids Reading Circle

"A perfect five out of five."-Reader Views Kids

"Kept me turning the pages to find out what would happen next."-Stories For Children Magazine

"The Legend of Witch Bane is a great fantasy novel for young readers."-Reading Review

"Recommended to any kids who dig fantasy novels."-Curledupkids.com

"If you loved Lord Of The Rings, The Hobbit, Grimms Tales, even far older tales lost in time then this tale has it all and will have you glued to its pages through every twist and turn."-R.N. Hadley Book Reviews

"If you like fairy tales and legends you will love The Legend of Witch Bane."-Reader's Favorite

Posted on 27 Jan 2011, 00:32:49 GMT
Last edited by the author on 27 Jan 2011, 00:37:42 GMT

Now if you enjoy books on the end-times or last days, you might like SCARS: An Amazing End-Times Prophecy Novel

Revelation comes to life in this adrenaline-fueled thriller weaved with End Times prophecy. A heart-wrenching story of a young girl set during the Tribulation, SCARS chronicles the beginning of the End of the World, as earth-shattering events lead up to the Apocalypse as foretold in the Bible.

SCARS reveals many possible answers to questions such as, "Who is the Antichrist? The False Prophet? The name that equates to 666 in both Greek and Hebrew?" and "What are the Mark of the Beast and the image of the beast?"

Book trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUzg8V3cin4


Kindle SCARS: An Amazing End-Times Prophecy Novel
SCARS: An Amazing End-Times Prophecy Novel

Posted on 27 Jan 2011, 12:37:28 GMT
Last edited by the author on 28 Jan 2011, 10:46:16 GMT
If you insist Albert...

Feed the Enemy is a story about the psychological effects of terrorism. If you'll forgive me I'll put some quotes from the US reviews below rather than ramble on myself:

"...this was much more than a typical terrorist plot storyline. What the author did, and did extremely well, was take the reader into the mind of a woman traveling by train shortly after a terrorist attack. As you read this story, you get drawn into her fears, her anxiety... The story is told with expert description and the reader actually feels pulled in to this woman's very thoughts and feelings...I guarantee you will find yourself begging for more."


Posted on 27 Jan 2011, 16:20:00 GMT
Naomi Clark says:
Thanks for the opportunity, Albert!

Night and Chaos (The Deva Chronicles #1) is an urban fantasy novella, the first in a trilogy. No vampires or werewolves, sparkly or otherwise:

Ryan McCarthy fled Applied Paranormal Theory and Tactics, her father, and her lover six years ago, desperate to build life away from the weird science and supernatural experiments of her childhood. But everything she hoped to escape comes back with a vengeance when she's kidnapped and tortured by a possessed APTT employee out for revenge on the man responsible for his possession: Ryan's father.

Now, reunited with the lover she abandoned, Ryan is forced back into a world of danger and darkness she no longer understands, pursued by enemies with powers she can't fathom. But Ryan's not entirely powerless herself. She'll have to use every trick she knows - as well as the mystic gift she hates - to stay ahead of those enemies. And that will be easier said than done.

Posted on 27 Jan 2011, 17:27:18 GMT
Lloyd Blake says:
Thanks Albert

The Fight For Naturah: The Reclamation - Kindle £ 0.97

Queen Samoiyra is in search for answers. Those closest to her were killed in an orchestrated ambush she can only conclude was hatched by her closest enemy - The Tekhnans - a technologically advanced race intent on overtaking the lush lands of her realm and breaking tenets of a flimsy thousand-year-old treaty set by her forefathers. Her world, as she knows it, is set on a course of unbelievable destruction. Queen Samoiyra withdraws into isolation from her closest rival believing this to be the only way she can bring the Tekhnans to their knees and gain the truth to two murders she so desperately wants solving. Little does she know her closest rival is planning an audacious assault on her kingdom. She needs intervention. A man called Mark Ashton enters her world from a place called Earth, claiming to be a President of a country known as the United States of America. Will this man be able to give her the insight she so desperately needs - only time will tell. And time is running out.


Posted on 2 Feb 2011, 16:27:38 GMT
Biker Babs says:
Thanks Albert!
Entangled kindle edition £2.15

Read a longer sample at: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/21539

One lost summer is time best left forgotten

When Minneapolis divorce attorney, Billie Fredrickson, inherits her uncle's small California winery, she has no intention of actually moving to the west coast and starting a new life. Her only thought is to get it off her hands as quickly as possible. But her return to the winery after an absence of twenty years opens up more than the reading of her uncle's will. Childhood memories, long-buried, begin to surface, prompting more questions than anyone is able or willing to answer.
A late night prowler, a break-in at the winery, and an unearthed box of shocking photographs is someone's way of pulling the Welcome mat out from under Billie's feet, but it only makes her dig her heels in deeper.
More secrets lie buried beneath Fredrickson Winery's innocent facade and Billie intends to get to the root. But disturbing the past lays bare the skeletons of others, including her mother's. Can she live with the consequences of full disclosure or will she run home where everyone is Minnesota Nice?

I hope you'll check out Entangled! The sequel, "Crushed," will be out in March!


Posted on 6 Feb 2011, 11:38:03 GMT

Feed the Enemy is currently 75p - in a time when terrorism is rife, it's a story from the point of view of the wife of a prominent civil servant on a single day. It's about terrorism, marriage, and the way fear can mar our relationships and lives.


Posted on 8 Feb 2011, 10:33:16 GMT
Sibel Hodge says:
Hi, all my novels are £3.91

Fourteen Days Later (Romantic Comedy) was short listed for the Harry Bowling Prize 2008 and received a Highly Commended by the Yeovil Literary Prize 2009. It is a romantic comedy with a unique infusion of British and Turkish Cypriot culture. Written in a similar style to Marian Keyes, it is My Big Fat Greek Wedding meets Bridget Jones.

When accident-prone Helen Grey finds a thong stuffed into the pocket of her boyfriend's best work trousers, it's time for her to move on. His excuse that he needed to dust the photocopier and just thought that it was a rag sounds like a lame excuse. Helen's life is propelled in an unexpected direction after her best friend, Ayshe, sets her a fourteen-day, life-changing challenge. Helen receives a task everyday which she must complete without question. The tasks are designed to build her confidence and boost her self-esteem but all they seem to do is push her closer to Ayshe's brother, Kalem.

How will Kalem and Helen get together when she's too foolish to realize that she loves him? How can he fall for her when he is too busy falling prey to her mishaps and too in love with his own perfect girlfriend? How will Kalem's Turkish Cypriot family react when they find out?

Is it really possible to change your life in fourteen days?

"A hilarious romance! The storyline was entertaining and funny; the characters were unique, colorful,and relatable. I had a hard time putting this one down because I never knew what funny catastrophe or line would come next." --The Cajun Book Lady blog

My Perfect Wedding (Romantic Comedy) is the sequel to Fourteen Days Later, although it can be read as a standalone novel...

Helen Grey is finally getting everything she wants. She's about to have the perfect dream wedding and begin an exciting new life abroad on the sunny Mediterranean island of Cyprus. But living the dream isn't all it's cracked up to be.

After a mix-up at the airport, Helen finds herself drawn into the midst of an elaborate plot to steal an ancient statue and assassinate a local businessman. And as if that wasn't bad enough, her wedding dress is AWOL, the statue seems to be cursed, and Helen is wanted by the police.

With the big day rapidly approaching, a roller-coaster of mishaps, misunderstandings, and disasters threatens to turn the newlyweds into nearlyweds.

Can Helen prevent an assassination, save the statue, and have the perfect wedding? Or will the day to remember turn into one she'd rather forget?

"I loved this book. It is funny, witty and intriguing. If you are a fan of Sophie Kinsella I am positive you will love My Perfect Wedding by Sibel Hodge" --Geeky Girl Books

A runner up in the Chapter One Promotions Novel Competition 2010, The Fashion Police (An Amber Fox Murder Mystery) is a screwball comedy-mystery, combining murder and mayhem with romance and chick-lit. Written in a similar style to Janet Evanovich and Harlan Coben, it is Stephanie Plum meets Myron Bolitar.

Amber Fox has been making too many mistakes lately and something's got to give...

For starters, Amber accidentally shoots Chief Inspector Janice Skipper and gets thrown off the police force. The only one who knows the truth about the incident is Amber, but no one will believe her.

After accepting a job as an insurance investigator from her ex-fiancé, Brad Beckett, it turns out that Brad thinks they've still got unfinished business and the job description includes sexual favours that come with a price.

When fashion designer, Umberto Fandango, goes missing, Amber becomes embroiled in a complicated case. But Amber's arch-enemy, Chief Inspector Skipper, is also investigating his disappearance, and it's a race against time for Amber to solve the mystery before Skipper does and get her old job back. And just when Amber thinks things can't get any worse, she's being stalked by some crazy mobsters.

Who is Umberto Fandango? Is he dead? And can Amber stay one step ahead and stay alive?

"Entertaining and enjoyable. A recommend for anyone." --HOT GOSSIP HOT REVIEWS

Posted on 9 Feb 2011, 16:42:46 GMT
Night Touch -- Urban Vampire Horror

Christopher Price roams the dark streets of Manhattan, terrified of his past, searching for a future. Dr. Willard Pull: dentist and concerned citizen. Blood lust sends them on a collision course. One of them is a serial killer. The other is a vampire.

Christopher Price's dream is to shed his ancient curse. To disguise his true nature, Price has his canines filed down regularly by Dr. Willard Pull. Unfortunately for his patients, Dr. Pull is also a mass murderer. When one of his grisly crimes is uncovered, he decides in desperation to pin the blame on Price.

Meanwhile, Price has fallen in love with Rachel, a beautiful and dangerous coworker at his security firm. But her father is an excommunicated priest who recognizes Price as an undead abomination.

Alone and frightened with the whole world seemingly out to kill him, Price must piece together this twisted puzzle and clear his name. His adventure takes him from the bleak streets of New York to the labyrinthine horrors of Citadel Poienari in Romania, home of Vlad the Impaler, the real Count Dracula. Here Price must confront his dark heritage and embrace its evil ways in order to save his soul and the woman he loves.

What readers are saying:
"Hamilton has crafted a fast-paced action/adventure/horror novel with characters you actually care about. "Night Touch" is a very enjoyable read, and the gripping story kept the pages turning."

"No sparkly vampires here! Hamilton's tale is chock-full of action, with a very cinematic feel."

"With all the sparkly, teenage vampire romance movies these days, it's nice to read a novel that gets back to a vampire's roots: deep, dark, and gothic. It's non-stop action, and layered with themes of redemption and sacrifice. It's a great read."

"This book will make your next trip to the dentist much more traumatic than would normally be the case. Highly recommended."

Night Touch for Amazon Kindle

Posted on 9 Feb 2011, 16:43:34 GMT
Isle Royale -- A Great Lakes Historical Thriller

Shipwrecks, gangsters, and the mother of all storms. Living in a lighthouse can be murder.

The year is 1924. The place: Isle Royale, a remote island on Lake Superior. Clarence MacDougal, keeper of Wolf Point Lighthouse, stands ready to guide sailors through treacherous waters.

One storm-tossed night, French-Canadian smugglers arrive. The gang's leader is Sean LeBeck, a former lover of Collene MacDougal-the lightkeeper's wife. LeBeck is determined to rescue Collene from her dreary life and rekindle their passion, even if it means taking her off the island by force.

The lightkeeper's son, Ian, escapes during the storm, only to stumble upon a hidden cove, home of the last remaining members of the Coast Guard cutter Chippewa. A dark secret forced the crew to banish themselves. Given one last chance at redemption, the ancient mariners set out on stormy Lake Superior in a desperate attempt to save the day.

What readers are saying:
"Filled with suspense, I couldn't turn the pages fast enough to find out what happened next."

"This story just pulled me in from the start, and I felt like I was right there in the wind and rain with Ian and Sally.  I loved the way the story developed, and the ending made me smile."

"A rip-roaring historical adventure set in the delightfully unusual setting of Lake Superior's Isle Royale. Hamilton's love for the locale comes shining through."

Isle Royale -- only Amazon Kindle

Posted on 9 Feb 2011, 23:21:44 GMT
H W says:
Hey all, I'm a travel guide writer, but I write inspirational pocket guides. Cheerful, affordable and full of amazing information that I bet you didn't know about!

101 Amazing things to do in the USA

101 Amazing things to do in Great Britain


Posted on 11 Feb 2011, 09:05:06 GMT
DarrenHF says:
The Sword In The Tree - 72p

Camelot! The very name conjures up visions of chivalry and honour and tables that are round.

The truth was somewhat different.

When a train deposits Barnaby back in the time of King Arthur, he finds that the reality leaves a lot to be desired when compared with the legends. It's up to to him to restore the glory of the tale, but he's not got a lot to work with.

The Sword In The Tree is a comic retelling of the Arthurian legends in a way that they have never been told before.

Let's hope they can take it.

Posted on 11 Feb 2011, 14:08:37 GMT
New! Where Dreams are Born. Kindle -3.59, Print coming soon.

It was supposed to be a win-win situation-a safe environment in which to raise a son for single mom Vicky, housekeeping and childcare for widowed Jack. Believing they've had their shot at happiness, neither is looking to complicate their lives with a romantic entanglement. At first Jack sees Vicky as skinny and plain, guarded with him, but openly warm with his children, an important quality for a man who grew up in the foster care system. However, his growing attraction to the woman who scrubs his toilets and washes his underwear endangers their good working relationship. Vicky, too, is reluctant to get involved, having been down that road before with disastrous results.

When Jack learns that his best friend fathered Vicky's son and now wants partial custody, he feels threatened. He's come to care deeply for both, and doesn't want to lose the family they've become. In desperation he offers a radical solution-marriage. Vicky knows she can do worse than marry Jack, but wonders how successful their marriage would be when its only reason for being was to keep from losing her son. Add to this a troubled child with a secret about her dead mother and a vindictive ex bent on revenge and complications abound.

Thanks for reading and I hope you'll check it out. The first two chapters of all my books are available at my website, joycedebacco.com.

Where Dreams are Born

Posted on 11 Feb 2011, 14:22:43 GMT
Impeding Justice has been put on offer by Amazon, don't ask why, but it's now available for only 49p!!

It's a thriller with lots of twists and turns and the sequel is due out next week.
Hope you enjoy it.

Posted on 11 Feb 2011, 14:33:09 GMT
Cliff Ball says:
Thanks for the thread

The Usurper is a thriller for £2.15
Ever wonder what would happen if our worst fears were realized, and we elected someone who was willing to destroy the USA no matter the cost to him, his fellow countrymen, or the rest of the world? The Usurper is that novel.

Gary Jackson is raised to hate. Hate the United States, its people, and everything they have ever stood for. His mission is to destroy the country from within, allying himself with the worst of America's enemies, and one very powerful and malevolent billionaire, to accomplish the deed. Once elected to the highest position in the land, Gary puts his lifelong goals to work, and puts the USA onto the path of ultimate destruction. He stops at nothing to rid the USA of his political and spiritual enemies, until a small group decide they've had enough, and they want to stop him. Will they succeed or will the United States be relegated to the dustbin of history?

Don't Mess With Earth is science fiction and only £0.70
Humans discover that two groups of aliens have been manipulating human history since the pre-historic days. One group does this by posing as historical figures such as King Arthur, Galileo, Amelia Earhart, among others. The other group causes all sorts of historical anomalies such as the Salem Witch Trials and the disappearance of the Roanoke colonists. Centuries later, when the humans from the country called the United States get a chance to study the technology of a downed alien ship in Roswell, they decide to do something about both groups of aliens. Once the scientists of Earth start reverse engineering the downed spacecraft, President Truman issues an executive order that will forever change Earth history.

Shattered Earth is £2.15 and a science fiction novel, a sequel of sorts to Don't Mess with Earth, but more of an alternate version.
Advanced humans, called Terrans, leave Earth when its threatened by a massive meteor. The remaining humans on Earth fall back into primitiveness. The advanced humans, and a group of aliens, the Ragnor, involve Earth in an interstellar war. Thousands of years later, the humans of Earth decide to do something about this. Interstellar politics will never be the same again once Earth is done with their revenge.

These Terrans involve themselves throughout human history. Some play as King Arthur and Merlin. Another is a scientist, whose name is Galileo, and he gets into all sorts of trouble for challenging official orthodoxy about the sun, the Earth, and which one is revolving around the other. Then, we have Amelia Earhart, who has a very valid reason for disappearing. When an alien spaceship gets shot down over Roswell in 1947, President Truman orders the creation of Area 51, Project Blue Book and Sign, and has the United States embark on a plan that will culminate 60 years in the future. Nothing will ever be the same again when the United States gets involved in interstellar politics. But, the whole plan backfires when Earth ends up the worse for wear over it. Other species find out what Earth did, since no one else was bold enough to even try, so they want to help bring down the Ragnor once and for all. The new President of the United States imagines a galactic federation or a republic, but, none of the other species wants anything to do with it. Once they destroy the Ragnor's technology, they leave the Ragnor to ponder why all the other species hated them enough to attack them. Will the galaxy remain at peace?

Out of Time: a time travel novella is only £0.71

A scientist discovers time is actually fluid; past, present, and future all exist at the same time. What he doesn't know, is if the current timeline can change when something is changed in the past. The US government wants him to find out. The theme being to make right what once went wrong. The time travelers meet all sorts of 20th century icons, from the Titanic to Anne Frank to Roswell to the Apollo 13. However, someone is trying to stop them, and the future may never be the same again.


In reply to an earlier post on 5 Mar 2011, 00:02:31 GMT
For only 0.70P you can purchase Cries in the Dark.
Two prostitutes vanish.
Several chimps disappear from a nearby primate, language lab. Could there be a possible connection to a biomedical research facility?
Premed student, Alex Buchanan, has a serious accident and discovers that she can communicate, telepathically with animals.
Meanwhile the body pile mounts.
Her boyfriend disappears with a dangerous secret. She finds that a serial killer is stalking her.
Will Alex be able to help the chimps and track down the killer before becoming the next victim?

Posted on 10 Mar 2011, 09:18:54 GMT
Dan Holloway says:
Imagine the Hannibal Lecter novels set in Oxfrod University
The Company of Fellows (£0.70)
The Company of Fellows is a dark psychological thriller set in the heart of England's oldest university.
Tommy West. Brilliant academic, until a breakdown 12 years ago. He has reinvented himself as a successful interior designer. His new life is comfortable, in every way, and safe. But life without the intellectual challenge is slowly suffoating him.

Charles Shaw. Outspoken professor of theology. Sensualist. Unpopular with all his colleagues. Loathed by his ex-wife. And, as of five minutes ago, dead.

As a student, Shaw was Tommy's mentor. Now Tommy must draw on the professor for inspiration one more time in order to find his killer. But all he has to go on are a handful of papers for the controversial research the professor was working on when he died. And the Professor's 18 year-old daughter Becky, for whom Tommy is the last hope to get some closure on the troubled relationship with her father.

The police are convinced the Professor's death was a suicide, which should make Tommy's hunt easier. Only in this case, the police means his ex, Emily Harris, and her sultry sergeant Rosie Lu.

It is soon clear that the truth about the Professor's death lies buried in the past: somewhere between the night his daughter was born - and her twin sister stillborn - and the day Tommy broke down. But for Tommy the past is a dangerous place, a long way from the safety he has so carefully built for himself. Can he find the answers before time, and his sanity, run out.

Posted on 10 Mar 2011, 09:32:17 GMT

British police procedurals, psychological drama. Murder is a visible consequence of invisible damage.

HIDING THE ELEPHANT (Simon Grant Mysteries)
and the sequel
LOCK UP YOUR DAUGHTERS (Simon Grant Mysteries)

#14 in Books > Crime, Thrillers & Mystery > Psychological
#19 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Crime, Thrillers & Mystery > Mystery > British Detectives
#23 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Crime, Thrillers & Mystery > Police Procedurals

Posted on 11 Mar 2011, 14:14:46 GMT
Try these. Three Steps To Heaven set in the sixties and 'Til I Kissed You the sequel set in the eighties both 70p for a limited time.

The final part of the trilogy Always on My Mind will be available in a couple of months.

Love stories but not too slushy. Plenty of romance with a bit of grit for good measure and a helping of Rock'n'Roll. Both have earned 5 star reviews (read them on site) and are available in paperback as well as Kindle.

Posted on 11 Mar 2011, 15:45:46 GMT
Travelman says:
Here are my offerings; books set in Africa during the troubled sixties.
The Up-Country Man Memoir about a young engineer (me) caught up in the Biafran war.
Tribal Gathering Eight stories about all the human frailties.
The Last Bature Full length fiction about the last white police officer in a failing ex-British colony.
The following three novellas are taken from Tribal Gathering.
Boom Town A man steals a fortune under cover of war.
Hot Metal Strange goings on in the forest.
Juju-Men Delivering a parcel brings death and destruction to the region.
for news on discounts see http://africantales.wordpress.com

Posted on 11 Mar 2011, 22:54:49 GMT
Dan Holloway says:
Murakami's Norwegian Wood, transported to Eastern Europe after the fall of the Berlin Wall

Songs from the Other Side of the Wall is just £0.70, has 5 5-star reviews and has been as high as #11 in the literary fiction chart

The day the Berlin Wall came down, Jennifer returned to England, leaving her week-old daughter, Szandi, to grow up on a Hungarian vineyard with 300 years of history. Now 18, Szandi is part of Budapest's cosmopolitan art scene, sharing a flat and a bohemian lifestyle with her lover and fellow sculptress, Yang. She has finally found her place in the world. When she discovers her father has only weeks to live, she must choose once and for all: between the past and the present; between East and West; between her family and her lover.

Songs from the Other Side of the Wall is a coming of age story that inhabits anti-capitalist chatrooms and ancient wine cellars, seedy bars and dreaming spires; and takes us on a remarkable journey across Europe and cyberspace in the company of rock stars and dropouts, diaries that appear from nowhere, a telepathic fashion mogul, and the talking statue of a bull.

"captures the rhythms and nuances of how we live now in a way that has rarely been done better" LA Books Examiner

"Holloway's accomplishment is in rendering a world in exquisite detail and still conveying the universal via the personal." Emprise Review

"Songs From the Other Side of the Wall is a *very* good book" Erica Friedman, Yurikon publishing

"genuine promise", Scott Pack, Harper Collins Fifth Estate/The Friday Project

Posted on 12 Mar 2011, 12:19:26 GMT
The Fat Bag, stuck between a rock cake & a hard plaice Kindle £3.56
What kind of weird title is this? a 'Rock cake?'...and a 'hard plaice??' What's it all about? And written by someone called Pearl Barley, isn't that those barley pellets you put in soup?

Yes the title is unusual and pretty apt in terms of my dieting endeavors with triumphs and failures chronicled in all honesty. But it's funny and I know the chapters cover issues that people can relate to.

You don't even have to be overweight to appreciate my struggles but I believe my stories help some people to walk a mile in a dieter's shoes as they read chapters like 'Been There, Done That, Bulged out of the T-shirt', What Don't Kill Will Fatten' and This Little Piggie Went To Town' which are in turn thought-provoking and amusing.

I love pearl barley - the food. I use it in soup, but as most of the book was about my love of food, the name came to me naturally. My problem is I love all food - good or bad, if it tastes nice I'm shoveling it in. And that's half of my problem. Is the other half of my problem psychologically based? Who knows! And as for exercise, well I don't really DO exercise. And when will-power was being handed out, I was obviously at the far end of that particular queue. The issues with my weight have spanned a good number of years and yet I'm never going to give up. The goal is in sight...well it always has been but I've yet to attain it.

Can you relate to the struggle? Will you be miffed if you find no quick-fix solutions in these musings or will you applaud someone having the guts to 'tell it like it is' on the very controversial subject about dieting, weight-loss, obesity, and food-glorious-food.

One of my reviews describes it thus:

"I Highly recommend this book to anyone who was/still is, having a battle with their weight. At Last, its OK to relax a little, and not take ourselves TOO seriously. Its very well written, and you can tell its from the heart, the author pores out the highs and lows with her - bare to all, honesty. It brought back so many memories, some laughter and, a few saddish memories as well. But all in all, DO try it, I'm sure you will be back looking for more to read by this author, with eager anticipation----like myself. ENJOY!!!".

It's not a tale of woe I promise and absolute success is the light at the end of a very long tunnel, but like another reviewer said "...there's something for everyone, it takes you on the author's journey and you laugh at the bits that resonate the most with your own experience.

Posted on 13 Mar 2011, 08:40:38 GMT
Seb Kirby says:

Thanks for this opportunity to let you know that the murder mystery thriller Take No More is out now on Kindle at £1.71.

The back cover reads like this:

My name is James Blake.

A single act turns my life upside down. I come home to find my wife, Julia, shot and bleeding. She dies in my arms.

The police are no help. I'm sure they're trying to fit me up for the murder.

I check Julia's messages and find just one. It says 'help me'. It comes with a strange, old-looking image of a woman being seduced. It's all I have to go on. That and the fact that someone is trying to kill me.

But I will find Julia's killers, no matter what it takes.

5 star reviews:

'It hooked me from the first chapter and keeps the pace going throughout.....'

'One of the best thrillers I have read in the past year.....'

'A thriller that grips you from page one......'

I hope you will give it a try.

You can buy straight away or try a sample of the first seven chapters for free direct from the amazon page.

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