Wednesday, 12 June 2019

The Specter (Waxwood Series: Book 1) - A #Historical #Fiction Novel by Tam May

Tam May grew up in the United States and earned her B.A. and M.A in English. She worked as an English college instructor and EFL (English as a Foreign Language) teacher before she became a full-time writer. She started writing when she was 14 and writing became her voice. She writes historical and contemporary fiction about characters who must examine their past and the time in which they live to move on to the future.

Her first book, a collection of contemporary short stories titled Gnarled Bones And Other Stories, was nominated for a 2017 Summer Indie Book Award. She is currently working on a Gilded Age family saga, of which the first book, The Specter, is now available for preorder. She is also working on a historical mystery featuring a turn-of-the-century New Woman female sleuth. Both series take place in Northern California.

She lives in Texas but calls San Francisco and the Bay Area home. When she’s not writing, she’s reading classic literature and watching classic films.

About the Book

To what lengths will one go to exorcise a specter?

One rainy morning in 1892, people gather to mourn the death of San Francisco socialite Penelope Alderdice. Among them is a strange little woman named Bertha Ross, who claims to have known “Grace” in the 1850’s in the small town of Waxwood. But Penelope’s granddaughter, Vivian, has never heard of Grace or Waxwood.

Bertha reveals surprising details about Grace’s life in Waxwood, including a love affair with Evan, an artist and member of Brandywine, Waxwood’s art colony. Vivian’s mother, Larissa, insists Bertha is an imposter who has come not to mourn a woman she knew in her youth but to stir up trouble.

Vivian, however, suspects the key to her grandmother’s life and her own lies in Waxwood. She journeys to Brandywine where she meets Verina Jones, Evan’s niece, and discovers a packet of letters her grandmother wrote forty years ago about her time in Waxwood.

As Vivian confronts the specter that holds the truth to secrets buried in the family consciousness, she examines her grandmother’s life as a mid-19th-century debutante and her own as a Gilded Age belle. Will she find her way out into the world as an autonomous being, or will she be haunted by the specter of her grandmother’s unhappiness all her life?

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Friday, 31 May 2019

Tales From Midhgardhur, Volume III: by Colin A Brodd

Colin Brodd grew up in the great state of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations but currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona. His business cards read "Gentleman Classicist Extraordinaire." He has held many different positions in his life, but his main professional calling has always been a teacher of Latin and Classical Humanities. In addition to Latin and Ancient Greek, he enjoys working with Old English and Old Norse and other old Germanic languages. His favorite genres of fiction are fantasy and science fiction, and he has a great love of RPGs (role-playing games). His favorite nonfiction books tend to be classical and military history or linguistics and languages (especially the aforementioned Greek and Latin). He sincerely appreciates your interest in his work.

About the Book

More award-winning Norse fantasy short stories set in the world of Midhgardhur, with Swords & Sorcery adventures featuring Vikings and shieldmaidens, runecasters and monsters, wonders and horrors!

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Wednesday, 29 May 2019

Desires of the Flesh by Konrad Cowell & Jaylenne Austin

Konrad Cowell was born and raised in the city of Detroit. He is a former drug trafficker and ex-offender who spent nearly three decades in the department of corrections. It was there he would discover his gift and talent for writing. His first novel, "Through The Eyes of A Hustler" was based off an award-winning play he wrote and produced in prison. His writing gifts include poetry, music, editorial, plays, and screenplays.

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About the Book

Charity, the daughter of a world-famous preacher, was appointed to be the next Pastor over her father's mega-million dollar ministry, True Unity International Church. However, there those on the Church Board who oppose this decision and have their own aspirations of taking over the ministry. They devise an elaborate plot to remove Charity and her father from the equation. It is during this time Charity meets and falls in love with the thuggishly handsome, Kedar. He propels her into a world of sex and erotic pleasures beyond her wildest imaginations. Will she survive her torrid relationship with Kedar and the plot formed against her and her father, or will she fall prey to THE DESIRES OF THE FLESH?

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Monday, 27 May 2019

The Hand You're Dealt: A Urban College #Romance by Quan Williams

Quan Williams was born and raised in Flint, MI, and has always had a love for stories. His earliest inspirations come from having his 2nd-grade teacher read classic stories like The Hobbit, Charlotte’s Web, and Winnie The Pooh to him in class. Around that time, his parents supported his appetite for fiction by subscribing him to the Star Wars comic book series. A chance encounter with a ripped up Batman comic book on the way home from school (of which he collected all of the loose pages, took them home, and put them together in order) prompted Quan to shift from consuming stories to creating them.

Quan honed his writing craft at the University of Michigan, where he studied creative writing under the tutelage of novelists Jonis Agee (Strange Angels, South of Resurrection) and Tish O’Dowd Ezekiel (Floaters). He also found time to write and illustrate three comic books and work as an entertainment journalist for the Michigan Daily Newspaper for three years. It is while in college that Quan gained a passion for gaming, and sought to ply his talents co-creating the rules and design for Transformers Battlecards, a trading card game based on the popular toy franchise. This game was eventually opted by Hasbro and turned into Beast Wars: The Mutating Card Game.

Since graduating, Quan has jumped at every opportunity to bring his wild ideas to life. He wrote the short story “That Weird Kid” which was published by The web magazine, before writing the young adult novel The Leopard Man. He created, designed and self-published the Organized Crime-based card game Syndicate: The Underworld and took third place in a worldwide online fantasy short story contest. He wrote, illustrated and programmed two webcomics, one of which (The Seizure) was collected and published as a trade paperback. He wrote the business/family melodrama Double Entry which was published by Red Rose Publishing. His sci-fi horror novel, Godmode, was recently picked up by Necro Publications. and King Jewel Publications has published The Hand You're Dealt, a literary love story set between his Alma Mater in Ann Arbor and the city of Detroit.

Quan is currently seeking representation for two fantasy novels he has just completed; one being an Urban "Indiana Jones"-styled Fantasy Thriller, and the other the first entry of a High Fantasy Epic trilogy.

When he is not creating, he enjoys the company of his loved ones, whether it be playing card games with his wife, or playing Magic: the Gathering with his brother, or talking about the craft of writing with his Godsister, or discussing Comic Books, Sports and Pro Wrestling with friends. He loves working with children and strives to teach them and encourage them to express themselves creatively and pursue their dreams, no matter how far-fetched others might think they are.

About the Book

Jay is an ambitious, charismatic college student actively looking for love in Ann Arbor, MI. He is undeterred by past failures, and eventually finds Tika, a tough but beautiful coed with a big heart and an explosive temper. They meet, bond and grow their relationship over monthly games of spades with their eclectic circle of friends. Their love is put to the test early and often during their college years, and the tests get even tougher after they graduate. Jay lives in Detroit, and deals with the disillusionment and disappointment of dreams deferred while selling vacuum cleaners – and his blood – to pay escalating bills. Tika supports his now fragile ego as he desperately searches for a better job, but she has problems of her own: namely, coming to terms with the sudden appearance of a father who had been absent for her entire life, along with the dark family secrets his return dredges up. Tika's father makes Jay an offer he can't refuse, but Jay turns it down and infuriates Tika by not telling her why. This could be the one obstacle their time-tested love can't overcome and may send Tika moving back to her beloved Chicago without her soon-to-be EX-boyfriend.

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