Guest Post: Girl Within Girl – Book 1: Unraveling by S. P. Aruna

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Katrina is never alone. She is bound to others inside her, tighter than any Siamese twins could ever be: Cherry, the freewheeling photojournalist, Anisa, the covert spy-assassin, and others as yet unknown, all sharing her body and mind as she goes about her work in a psychiatric hospital. But she is starting to unravel, and her sole hope is the handsome Dr. Sean Paisley, the only one who can make her whole again.

Girl Within Girl is a dark erotic thriller that wanders through a sensual maze of sinister manipulation and mind control.

You can find the book on Goodreads here and Amazon US here

About The Author

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“Half French, half Khmer (Cambodian), I’m a woman whose head is filled with fantasies and intriguing stories, and who wants to share them with others”.

“I’m a newbie when it comes to being an author, but being an avid reader with eclectic tastes (I enjoy reading just about any genre as well as non-fiction) has helped me in my plunge to write commercial fiction. Since I love erotic thriller type films, I decided to write an erotic thriller series. I like the challenge of devising a strong plot to embed my sexy scenes”.

 

 

Guest Post: Around The World In 80 Tales by Dave Tomlinson

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AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 TALES

80 Stories, 25 Countries, 5 Continents, One Heck of a Ride!
Travel is an amazing experience and I’ve spent years of my life living out of my backpack. I’ve explored well-beaten tourist trails and to far corners beyond them. Each journey is an adventure and each adventure gives with a story to tell. So one day I decided that yes, I would write 80 of my best Travel Stories.
After leaving me speechless, travel then turned me into a storyteller!

 

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 TALES is:

TRUTHFUL: Firstly and perhaps most importantly, when you read a travel story, you want it to be genuine. You don’t want to read some fictional account of something that never happened written by someone who’s never been there! All my stories are completely true and related exactly as they happened. Nothing in my book has been contrived or exaggerated.

CONCISE: Each of my stories have been intentionally edited to 500 words that all fit neatly onto one page. This has often meant making every word count! The result is that you can enjoy each adventure without having to read any unnecessary diction.

VIBRANT: While many travel books are only text, Around the World in 80 Tales is packed with colour photos. With the exception of only a few, they are all photos are my own photography or taken on my own camera. All the images have an explanatory caption with them.

INFORMATIVE: You want a travel story to be entertaining right? And it would be also nice if you could learn about different places too? Around the World in 80 Tales provides exactly that, page after page! Aside from relating my personal experiences, I’ve also included numerous relevant facts and historical information.

DIVERSE: My stories have been rearranged from the original order they were written in. This was done to create a fascinating journey through a diverse range of travel situations and activities. As the pages turn, you’ll be taken on adventures such as snorkelling in Malaysia to hiking in Nepal and camel riding in Morocco. Enjoy the ride!

 

BOOK SUMMARY

– An informative and friendly introduction
– 80 entertaining stories of real travel experiences
– World map images showing story locations
– Colour photos and captions relating to every story
– Acknowledgements of those who contributed to the book

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A FINAL WORD

I’ve found that travel is a kaleidoscope of people, places, events, history, culture, food and fun. Through the pages of my book, I’ll bring it all to life for you. The stories are fascinating, inspiring, amusing and amazing. Some are even a little crazy but collectively they are an insight into the unique adventures of travelling the world on a budget.

 

REVIEWS

There are currently nine reviews on Amazon Kindle rating Around the World in 80 Tales 4.7 out of 5 stars.

 

PUBLICATION

Around the World in 80 Tales was published on Amazon and Step Ahead Travel on 16 August 2016.

 

LINKS

Around the World in 80 Tales may be purchased for $2.99 through the following links:

Step Ahead Travel –  http://bit.ly/1PwjeIk

Amazon Kindle – http://amzn.to/2czLiM0

 

More information about the author can be found on:

The Amazon Author page at http://amzn.to/1Wkn4ES
The About Me and FAQ pages of www.stepaheadtravel.com

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Guest Post: Spring Delusions by Zahra Ammar

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Words are our only tools to express the physicality of the chaos in our minds.
It is tedious and painstaking process to create something, anything. Emotions are not words, hence, to put them as such, requires quite a bit of searching, meandering and stumbling. I believe my affair with these alphabets will never be satiated. Yet, I have tried to sing some broken tunes, sketched some bleakness and shared fragments of my inner hope.
I have often had a love hate relationship with poetry. Its enigmatic power has often left me confused but also enlightened me. Although rhymes are fun and easy to tap your foot to, it is the rhythm or sometimes, the lack of it that can truly sear through the heart. For me, simplicity is key. It is graceful. It is alluring.
Each poem is handwritten, followed by typewrite for easy bookmarking and commenting and is accompanied by an illustration, meticulously and thoughtfully crafted. I refuse to acknowledge that illustrations are for children’s books only. There is no age limit to vision. Seeing is as much a part of feeling as reading and imagining is. I hope you enjoy them as much as I have in making them.
The poems I write do not follow any rule in particular. Although well-versed in writing verses, I opt to experiment with a variety of things, from alliteration to repetitions, and rhyme to meters, and mirroring to collating. Some poems have written themselves. Some, I have agonized over for days and nights. Writing and rewriting, getting it just right and then starting all over again. It is an organized pandemonium of the human self.

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If you like the sound of Spring Delusions, you can find it on Amazon and Goodreads

About The Author

Zahra Ammar holds an MA in English with a penchant for economics, food and creativity. An author and a poet, she is also a teacher and a learner, a procrastinator and a creative mess. She has been passionately teaching High School English and Economics for the past eight years, and reads voraciously whenever awake. She is also into calligraphy and doodles and spends her time exploring and questioning the rare and the mundane.
A Keats at heart, a Whitman in expression, a Dickenson in style and enamored by Rumi, she follows no one but her own voice.

You can see her current work and musings on her blog https://zahraammar.wordpress.com/

Guest Post: Archie’s Mirror by Geoff Turner

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Staring up at the ceiling, the shadows began to form shapes before his eyes. Archie imagined the shapes were lands; different islands on a faraway map. He imagined knights galloping bravely across great green fields, horses’ hooves cutting through the mist rising up from the grass. On one side was a forest, a terrifying forest of smoke, full of mystery and darkness and things with too many legs and sharp fangs. Across the middle was a sea, but a sea like no other. A solid sea of frozen waves many adventurers and tried, but failed, to cross. Then there was a great desert of moon sand that glowed blue day and night and further still were the rocky crystal peaks of the Mountains of Ice and Tears. Hidden deep amongst them was a palace and inside there – well, inside there was a terrible secret.

Archie lives in an old house with his mother and dog, Max after his father, a renowned stage magician, disappeared without a trace some years before.

One night Archie discovers a gateway to another world through a mirror he finds under his bed. Once in the Land Beyond he embarks on a fantastic adventure, befriending giants, battling monsters and facing a great evil that threatens to destroy the kingdom.

Will Archie stand strong and defeat the army of dreaded shadow knights?
Will he find clues to his father’s disappearance in the land beyond the mirror?
And will he make it home for breakfast?

Join Archie and Max, travel by mirror, and find out for yourselves.

If Archie’s Mirror sounds interesting, you can find it on the following sites:

Amazon UK

Amazon US

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Goodreads

Guest Post: NEST by Terry Goodkind

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Kate Bishop thought she was an ordinary woman living and working in Chicago. But when she unexpectedly finds herself in the middle of a police investigation into a brutal murder, Kate makes a shocking discovery: she has the ability to identify killers just by looking into their eyes.

Trying to grasp the implications of this revelation, Kate is drawn deep into a world of terror. She is tracked down by Jack Raines, a mysterious author with shadowy connections to those who share her ability. He tells Kate that her unique vision also makes her a target, and only he can help her.

Now, hot on Jack and Kate’s heels are a force of super-predators, vicious and bloodthirsty killers who will stop at nothing until Kate is dead. But even as she fights for her life, Kate still isn’t sure if Jack is really her salvation, or another killer coming to slaughter her.

An explosive mix of action and suspense, Nest is a landmark new novel from worldwide bestselling author Terry Goodkind, and a complete reinvention of the contemporary thriller. Travel with Goodkind on a dangerous journey to the back alleys of the darknet, to the darkest corners of our minds, and to the very origins of what it is to be human.

The book is released Tuesday 15th November 2016.

Links To The Book

Amazon Book

Amazon Author Page

Goodreads

 

About The Author

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Terry Goodkind is a contemporary American writer and author of the best-selling epic fantasy series, The Sword of Truth, creator of the television show The Legend of the Seeker, and writer of the self-published epic, The First Confessor: The Legend of Magda Searus (a prequel and origin story of the first Mother Confessor). He has over 20 million copies in print and has been translated into more than 20 different languages, world-wide.

 

Guest Post: Mostly Human by D. I. Jolly

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Alex Harris is a world famous rock star, lead singer of the Internationally acclaimed band The Waterdogs. But Alex is no ordinary rocker, he has a secret that he and his family have painstakingly kept since Alex was ten years old.

While playing on his grandparents farm, Alex discovers what he presumes is a dead wolf. With a slip of the hand he realises it’s not as dead as he thought, and come the first full moon, everyone realises it wasn’t just a wolf.

What would you do if your son could never be normal again?

This is the story of Alex, and his life, growing up with his parents and his elder sister Annabel whilst coming to grips with a strange condition.

Follow them as this journey twists and turns its’ way through tragedies, heartbreak, intrigue and into the clutches of organised crime.

Links To The Book

Amazon Book

Amazon Author Page

Facebook

Goodreads

 

About The Author

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I wanted to be a writer since before I could actually read, when I first started playing a video game called Gabriel Knight Sin of the Father. I thought (and still think) that he was the coolest guy I’d ever seen and I wanted to be him when I grew up. Writer, bookstore in New Orleans, the works.
I live in Berlin now so I didn’t get it totally on the mark but I have written and had published three books. Very much like Gabriel Knight, without anyone having really noticed. Well not yet anyway.

 

 

Guest Post: Yellow Hair by Andrew Joyce

My name is Andrew Joyce and I write books for a living. Kirsty has been kind enough to allow me a little space on her blog to talk about my latest, Yellow Hair.

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Yellow Hair documents the injustices done to the Sioux Nation from their first treaty with the United States in 1805 through Wounded Knee in 1890. Every death, murder, battle, and outrage depicted actually took place—from the first to the last. The historical figures that play a role in my story were real people and I used their real names. I conjured up my protagonist only to weave together the various events conveyed in my fact-based tale of fiction. Yellow Hair is an epic tale of adventure, family, love, and hate that spans most of the 19th century. It is American history.

The inspiration for the book came to me when I was reading a short article and it made reference to the Great Sioux Uprising of 1862. It also mentioned that the outcome involved the largest mass execution in the history of the United States. That piqued my interest.

When I started my research into the incident, one thing led to another and before I knew it, I was documenting the entire history of the Sioux, who are also known as the Dakota, vis-à-vis the relationship between them and the United States.

Because the book exists only because I read the phrase, “the largest mass execution in the history of the United States,” I’ll tell you a little about that. What follows is an extremely abbreviated version of events.

The Dakota signed their first treaty with the United States in 1805 when they sold a small portion of their land to the Americans for the purpose of building forts. It was right after the Louisiana Purchase and President Jefferson wanted a presence in the West. At the time, “the West” was anything on the western side of the Mississippi River.

In the treaty of 1805, the Dakota sold 100,000 acres to the Americans. The agreed-upon price was $2.00 per acre. But when the treaty came up before the Senate for ratification, the amount was changed to two cents per acre. That was to be a precursor for all future treaties with the Americans. There were subsequent treaties in 1815, 1825, 1832, 1837, and 1851, and basically the same thing happened with all those treaties.

In 1837, the Americans wanted an additional five million acres of Dakota land. Knowing it would be a hard sell after the way they failed to live up to the letter or spirit of the previous treaties, the government brought twenty-six Dakota chiefs to Washington to show them the might and majesty that was The United States of America.

The government proposed paying one million dollars for the acreage in installments over a twenty-year period. Part of the payment was to be in the form of farm equipment, medicine, and livestock. Intimidated, the Indians signed the treaty and went home. The United States immediately laid claim to the lands—the first payment did not arrive for a year.

The significance of the 1837 treaty lies in the fact that it was the first time “traders” were allowed to lay claim to the Indians’ payments without any proof that money was owed . . . and without consulting the Indians. Monies were subtracted from the imbursements and paid directly to the traders.

By 1851, the Americans wanted to purchase all of the Dakota’s remaining lands—twenty-five million acres. The Sioux did not want to sell, but were forced to do so with threats that the army could be sent in to take the land from them at the point of a gun if they refused the American’s offer.

“If we sell our land, where will we live?” asked the Dakota chief.

“We will set aside land for the Dakota only. It is called a reservation and it will be along both banks of the Minnesota River, twenty miles wide, ten on each side and seventy miles long,” answered the Commissioner of Indian Affairs.

The Dakota were offered six cents an acre for land that was worth at least a dollar an acre. The payment would be stretched out over a twenty year period and was to be made in the form of gold coins. One year later, in 1852, the Americans took half the reservation, the seventy miles on the north side of the river. The Dakota were now reduced from a nation of fierce, independent people to a people dependent on hand-outs from the ones who stole not only their land, but also their dignity.

The Dakota were forced to buy their food from the traders who ran trading posts at the Indian Agency the U.S. Government had set up on the reservation. All year long the Dakota would charge what they needed. When the yearly payment for their land arrived, the traders would take what they said was owed them. Subsequently, there was very little gold left for the Dakota.

By 1862, the Dakota were starving. That year’s payment was months late in arriving because of the Civil War. The traders were afraid that because of the war there would be no payment that year and cut off the Dakota’s credit. The Indian Agent had the power to force the traders to release some of the food stocks, but refused when asked to do so by the Dakota.

After they had eaten their ponies and dogs, and their babies cried out in the night from hunger, the Dakota went to war against the United States of America.

They attacked the agency first and liberated the food stock from the warehouse, killing many white people who lived there. Then bands of braves set out to loot the farms in the surrounding countryside.

Many whites were killed in the ensuing weeks. However, not all of the Dakota went to war. Many stayed on the reservation and did not pick up arms against their white neighbors. Some saved the lives of white settlers. Still, over 700 hundred whites lost their lives before the rebellion was put down.

When the dust settled, all of the Dakota—including women and children, and those people who had saved settlers’ lives—were made prisoners of war.

Three hundred and ninety-six men were singled out to stand trial before a military commission. They were each tried separately in trials that lasted only minutes. In the end, three hundred and three men were sentenced to death.

Even though he was occupied with the war, President Lincoln got involved. He reviewed all three hundred and three cases and pardoned all but thirty-eight of the prisoners.

On a gray and overcast December morning in 1862, the scaffold stood high. Thirty-eight nooses hung from its crossbeams. The mechanism for springing the thirty-eight trap doors had been tested and retested until it worked perfectly. At exactly noon, a signal was given, a lever pulled, and the largest mass execution to ever take place in the United States of America became part of our history.

Links To The Book

Amazon
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iTunes
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About The Author

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Andrew Joyce left high school at seventeen to hitchhike throughout the US, Canada, and Mexico. He wouldn’t return from his journey until decades later when he decided to become a writer. Joyce has written four books, including a two-volume collection of one hundred and forty short stories comprised of his hitching adventures called BEDTIME STORIES FOR GROWN-UPS (as yet unpublished), and his latest novel, YELLOW HAIR. He now lives aboard a boat in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with his dog, Danny, where he is busy working on his next book, tentatively entitled, MICK REILLY. 

 

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Thank you all for every view, visit, like, comment and email. I still cannot believe how many people visit my blog and I really do appreciate it!

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Guest Post: November Fox by E. E. Bertram

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November Fox has never even heard of other dimensions when a teleporting magical cube appears on her doorstep. With a hole in her heart and a cosmic identity yet to be discovered, the orphan rock star accepts an invitation to find the key within herself that will unlock the mysteries of form.

Little does she know, The Architect, from the race of philosophical beings who create our world of form, has been watching over her all her life.

Grieving Erica, a teacher and writer from London, finds The Architect’s fascinating letter in a glass bottle washed ashore on Brighton Beach. Pages continue to magically appear as she, too, is compelled to follow November’s quest.

Realities eclipse as we embark on a metaphysical adventure through time and space. November learns that harnessing the power of her mind and heart is fundamental, if she wishes to unlock the cube and escape the sometimes sinister, sometimes wonderful dimensions into which she is propelled.

Combining elements inspired by the new thought movement, the law of attraction, magic, mysticism, wisdom and wonder, November learns that she can use the power of dreaming, imagination and positive thinking to remake herself and her world.

November Fox will be enjoyed by readers who liked wisdom-filled, visionary fiction fables like “The Alchemist,” the escapism of “Alice in Wonderland” or the Mind-bending nature of the movie “The Matrix.”

As an idiosyncratic fantasy/science fiction crossover, it is suitable for teens and adults alike.

It comes with 39 illustrations with an Augmented Reality technology feature, enabling readers to further expand their experience.

“Things aren’t always as they seem, do we wake or do we dream?”

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For today and tomorrow only (Friday 11th November and Saturday 12th November), November Fox is free to download on Amazon. If this sounds interesting to you, click here to be taken to the Amazon page

About The Author

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E.E. Bertram (Esther Bertram) is an Author, Musician & Media Artist based in Melbourne/Australia. Her dedication, creative mind, and technical skill set enable her to create innovative and original expressions, combining wisdom and fantasy, to assist her life’s mission – “To inspire wonder and growth.”

After more than a decade of touring Europe and recording as a professional singer/songwriter and producer of electronic music, Esther has spent 5 years creating the media-fusion, metaphysical, fantasy, science fiction novel “November Fox.” The book incorporates Augmented Reality with a connected music project. This pioneering way of story telling is on the leading edge of what is possible when you combine technology with art.

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Book Tour Excerpt: Mâtowak Woman Who Cries by Joylene Nowell Butler

 

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Synopsis:

A murder enveloped in pain and mystery…

When Canada’s retired Minister of National Defense, Leland Warner, is murdered in his home, the case is handed to Corporal Danny Killian, an aboriginal man tortured by his wife’s unsolved murder.

The suspect, 60-year-old Sally Warner, still grieves for the loss of her two sons, dead in a suicide/murder eighteen months earlier. Confused and damaged, she sees in Corporal Killian a friend sympathetic to her grief and suffering and wants more than anything to trust him.

Danny finds himself with a difficult choice—indict his prime suspect, the dead minister’s horribly abused wife or find a way to protect her and risk demotion. Or worse, transfer away from the scene of his wife’s murder and the guilt that haunts him…

Excerpt:

Chapter 18

“Hello, Danny,” Superintendent Malden says when I reach him in the middle of the Warners’ gathering room.

We shake hands. Malden’s fingers are ice cold and he is still wearing his outer coat. It’s buttoned to the neck; his leather gloves peek out from each pocket. Maybe he won’t be staying long? Good. Time for discussions can come later when we actually have something to discuss.

“How are you, sir?” Adding anything else seems premature since this is our first encounter in a social setting since I transferred in. Generally, I avoid social situations where I will run into people from work, but this is different, this is work.

Malden spent the weekend at E-Division in Vancouver. I can only imagine how quickly the conversation switched to the detachment’s obligation to find Warner’s killer fast. That would lead to conversations about the points of the case, the evidence, and finally whether I’m the man for the job. All of which will eventually lead Malden to ask me how close we are to making an arrest. I hate this part of my job, the justifying when I don’t have enough evidence yet.

“How was your trip, sir?”

“I took a copy of your report along. Everyone agrees you’re doing everything necessary to find the shooter.”

But? “Thank you, sir.”

“They’re loaning us more people. They’ll be here tomorrow.”

I stuff my hands in my pockets and bite the skin on the inside of my lip to stop my response. Better that I don’t say anything. Better if I don’t ask whether it has anything to do with Warner being a public figure and not one of the hundreds of ordinary Canadians who deserve the same consideration.

“You don’t look surprised,” Malden says.

“I know how important it is that we close this case, sir.”

He nods. “I know you don’t smoke, but join me while I go outside. There is something more I’d like to discuss.”

Of course there is. “My coat’s in the kitchen closet.”

“Let’s grab it and head outside then.”

I retrieve my coat, follow him back through the great room, gathering room or whatever the hell it’s called. When Malden stops at the huge picture window, gazes out at the snow falling, I wonder if he has bad news, if that’s the reason he’s hesitating. Or maybe I’m paranoid and all he’s waiting for is the cluster of smokers to disband.

“Actually, Danny, the extra people aren’t for the Warner case. The task force for Highway 16 needs them.”

My jaw drops. Good thing I didn’t say the first thing that came to mind.

Where can you find the book?

Mâtowak Woman Who Cries is available in eBook at the following sites:

Amazon.ca

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Dancing Lemur Press, L.L.C

The print copy is available at:

Amazon.ca

Amazon.com.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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When Joylene’s father died in 1983, she wrote her first full–length manuscript to channel her grief. The seven-year process left her hooked and she began Dead Witness within a few weeks of finishing Always Father’s Child. Today Joylene is the author of three suspense novels: Dead Witness, Broken But Not Dead, and the steam-punk collaboration Break Time. While she’ll admit being published didn’t fix all the wrongs in her life, she wishes her parents had lived to see her success. Dead Witness was a finalist in the 2012 Global eBook Awards. Broken But Not Dead won the 2012 IPPY Silver Medal, and its sequel Mâtowak Woman Who Cries is due for release November 1, 2016.

Joylene lives with her husband and their two cats Marbles and Shasta on beautiful Cluculz Lake in central British Columbia. They spend their winters in Bucerias, Nayarit, Mexico.

For more on Joylene and her writing, visit her website and blog then connect with her on Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, and her Amazon Author Page.