Spotlight: The Sugar Merchant by James Hutson-Wiley

When Thomas’s family is annihilated in a raid, his life changes forever. Wandering for days, starving and hopeless, he is rescued by a monk and is taken to live at the abbey of Eynsham. There he receives a curious education, training to be a scholar, a merchant and a spy. His mission:  to develop commerce in Muslim lands and dispatch vital information to the Holy See.

His perilous adventures during the 11th century’s commercial revolution will take him far from his cloistered life to the great trading cities of Almeria, Amalfi, Alexandria and Cairo.

Spanning the tumultuous medieval worlds of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, The Sugar Merchant is a tale of clashing cultures, massive economic change and one man’s determination to fulfil his destiny.

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About the Author:

Jim Hutson-Wiley’s long career in international trade and project finance involved extensive travel and residence in the Near East and Europe. He graduated with a BSFS from the Georgetown School of Foreign Service and received an MBA from the Wharton School. He currently lives in Miami, Florida with his wife and two Chartreux cats.

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Book Review

The Book Review Directory www.bookreviewdirectory.com:

… A full cast of characters, an intrepid hero, and an exciting plot were placed in the hands of a truly skilled author for the enjoyment of fans of historical fiction. Combining action and adventure with bursts of humour and humanity, this novel truly showcases the genre at its best.

Amazon Reviews:

Wordly Traveller

5.0 out of 5 stars

 …This is as good a novel that I’ve read in some time!

 

Catabecassis

5.0 out of 5 stars

… I couldn’t put the book down—

 

Readers’ Favourite:

K.C. Finn

5.0 out of 5 stars

…Here, it is a vivid, lively hubbub of business and danger that was superbly brought to life. Overall, I’d certainly recommend The Sugar Merchant to fans of medieval fiction which is well researched and skilfully told.

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The Sugar Merchant by James Hutson-Wiley is available in paperback or e-book from Amazon UK.

It is also available from Amazon US.

 

 

 

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Spotlight: The Only Voice I Could Hear Was Yours by Uzma Khan

Uzma Khan explores various themes from marriage, love, heartbreak, betrayal, divorce, pain to motherhood, self, revival and healing in poetic verse. Each piece aims to go beyond just words, as it reveals an emotion which everyone can find a part of themselves relate to.

This book is beautifully and eloquently written and contains reflective excerpts of each theme of life.

 

About the Author:

Uzma Khan is a writer and an aspiring author residing in the UK. Her passion for writing with an inspirational story has inspired many around her, as she continues to receive endless amounts of love and support.

 

 

Excerpt from the book:

 

“Play of life

I take off the masks, in the darkness of night

tired and exhausted, from the play of life

I try and find hope, in the small rays of light

looking at myself, from a different sight

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My mask of a mother, dressed in flowers

loves and nurtures, its fluttering kites in all hours

My mask of a daughter, glazed in royal blue

reminds me of my responsibilities

and dues to my broken pool

My mask of a sister, stitched in shades of green

spreads harmony and security

to the seeds growing into trees

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I gently dust the pieces,

of the mask of the woman inside

embellished in the colours

of black, gold and white

I look in the mirror, a reflection of a broken soul

a title, a status I proudly hold”

 

 

The Only Voice I Could Hear Was Yours is available in paperback from Amazon UK and Amazon US.

 

 

 

 

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New Release: Nightmares and Lying Rogues by Howard Jackson

‘Lying rogues are everywhere.  The worst of them corrupt public life, and the best of them make movies about even more rogues.’

 

 Cold days and dark nights are already here, and the Christmas season is only a month away.  Tables will be overladen with food and drink, and TV schedules will be crammed with movie repeats.  Knowing what to eat and drink requires self-discipline, and deciding what movie to watch depends upon curiosity and informed opinion.  No need to worry.  Help is available from Red Rattle Books.  Nightmares And Lying Rogues is the third and final collection of film criticism from critically-acclaimed writer Howard Jackson.  It complements the previous collections Horror Pickers and Mean And Dark.

Nightmares And Lying Rogues has independent thought and analysis on a wide ranging selection of films that includes both the famous and obscure.  Over half of the reviews address horror movies.  Those seeking real winter chills will not be disappointed.  The rest collects movies from the film noir and western genres.  All the films are rooted in the dark, neurotic and sinister.  Few of the films will feature in the Christmas TV schedules, and each of the reviews has a link to a contemporary political issue.  It has been that kind of year.  This time there is an attempt to make sense of what we have been told by both moviemakers and politicians and to understand the nightmares they leave behind.  Enjoy the cold dark nights.

 

 

About the Author:

Howard Jackson was born on Merseyside and has spent most of his life in Liverpool.  He has had seven other books published by Red Rattle Books entitled Treat Me Nice, Innocent Mosquitoes, No Money Honey, Nightmares Ahead, Choke Bay, Horror Pickers and Mean And Dark.

 

Praise for Treat Me Nice          

‘Immensely enjoyable and a stimulating read.’

Paul Simpson, Author, Penguin Rough Guides

 

Praise for Innocent Mosquitoes

‘Well written, evocative, atmospheric and with a very strong sense of place and Brazil, Howard Jackson can write.  The reader is in safe hands.’

Clive Bradley, TV and film scriptwriter

 

Praise for No Money Honey

‘Jackson is the King of left wing Elvis fandom.  He uses his status to create a satisfying demolition of the Tories.’

Tom Watson, Shadow Culture Secretary, British Labour Party

 

Praise for Choke Bay

‘Stunning, a marvellous mixture of supernatural horror and unrequited love.’

Crime Chronicles

 

Praise for Horror Pickers

‘A wondrous collection of horror film criticism, delivers exquisite insight into our favourite fright flicks.’

David Saunderson, The Spooky Isles

 

Praise for Mean And Dark

‘An addictive read, insightful, dark and fascinating.’

SB Horror Hothouse

 

 

 

“Nightmares and Lying Rogues” by Howard Jackson is available in paperback from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.

 

 

 

The compendium of commentary on classic horror movies can also be downloaded in e-book format from Amazon at:

 https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07KV84G4R

 

 

Press/Media Contact Details:

 Howard Jackson
Managing Director
Red Rattle Books
http://www.redrattlebooks.co.uk
E-mail: jacksonhoward09@googlemail.com

Spotlight: The Elementals in Space by Jane Mckeogh

A magical story of the little people (the elementals) as they fly to their spaceship on mythological stallions around the cosmos.

 

About the Book:

The elementals are who I call “The Little People”. They are only visible to a few. Let them take you into their chat room of Astrology classes in outer space. You can learn about amazing mythology & planetary details. Open your minds to fantasy and facts while exploring the planets. Discover your astrology characteristics.

Packed with interesting space and astrology information and entwined in a magical story of the little people as they fly to their spaceship on mythological stallions around the cosmos. “The Elementals in Space” depicts the elementals’ escapades in twelve creative chapters, incorporated in a tale from the author’s knowledge & imagination.

 

 

Excerpt 

“There are four immortal stallions, three are from Greek mythology.

Pegasus, the leader, has a pure white velvety coat.  Arion, an extremely swift horse who has been roaming the skies forever and Balius who fought beside Achilles in all his battles and drew his chariot in the famous Trojan war.

Tulpar, the swift-winged hunter, is from Asian mythology.

These last three have coats of luxurious soft purple velvet with golden speckles.

They have beautiful long wings and can fly with enormous power and strength. They make a strong, courageous team.”

 

 

The Elementals in Space is available in hardback and paperback from Amazon UK. It is also available from Amazon US.

 

  

Press/Media Contact Details:

 New Generation Publishing
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E-mail: info@newgeneration-publishing.com

 

Spotlight: The Turn of Fate by Martin Hicks

The maritime saga of US Confederate raider Palmetto continues

  

About the Book:

 It is the autumn of 1864 and the Confederate raider Palmetto is in Far Eastern waters, where an encounter with Malay pirates and an attack by hostile islanders have left her seriously undermanned.

Thomas Grover, Palmetto’s captain, must continue to elude the US warships hunting for his ship, while somehow finding a way of recruiting replacements for his crew. Failure to accomplish this will compel him to undertake a hazardous, return voyage to the American coast, where the overwhelming strength of the US blockading fleet awaits his beleaguered vessel.

 

About the Author

Martin Hicks lives in Fraserburgh, in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. He began writing after a career in education and “The Turn of Fate,” the concluding novel of the “Palmetto” series, is his twelfth book. He is currently working on a further title.

By the same author:

A Gathering of Soldiers
Hard Passage North
The Rappahannock Line
Mirage of Victory
The Bitterest Enemy
A Season for Killing
A Deepening Twilight
Bond of Blood
Palmetto
An Instrument of War
Nothing Without Honour

 

“The Turn of Fate” by Martin Hicks is available in paperback and e-book from Amazon UK. It is also available from Amazon US.

 

 

 

Press/Media Contact Details:

 Darin Jewell (Martin Hicks’ Literary Agent)
Managing Director
The Inspira Group Literary Agency
E-mail: darin@theinspiragroup.com

Spotlight & Giveaway: Steps to Knowing God by Correna R. Barzey

Book Title: Steps to Knowing God by Correna R. Barzey
Category: Adult Non-Fiction, 118 pages
Genre: Christian Living
Publisher: Westbow Press
Release date: February 28, 2018
Tour dates: Nov 12 to 30, 2018
Content Rating: G

 

Book Description:

For an action-packed revelation on how to live a satisfied life with Christ, every page of this book highlights the truth of God and His desires for us. It is filled with spiritual nutrients and helpful tools that will transform and change lives for the glory of God, thus giving us the ammunition needed to withstand the evil one Gaining a better understanding of God and developing spiritual qualities that will deepen your devotion to Him and will steadily transform you into His likeness.

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Correna R. Barzey is a mother of four, born on the tiny island of Montserrat in the Caribbean. She was brought up in the church from a young age by her grandmother and is a devoted christian who delights in God and His Word. Correna knew she had a passion for writing as she began to write inspirational poems for friends and loved ones, however, looking at this world desperately in need of Christ, she decided to write this book to give others a clearer understanding of Christ.

Connect with the author: Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Instagram

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Spotlight: Manual for a Murder by Goncalo JN Dias

Free from Oct. 25 through Oct. 27 if you download from the author’s page

Marina, a 38-year-old accountant in a crumbling relationship, falls in love with a charming colleague who is married with a son. The two begin a torrid relationship. One commits a murder.

Oscar, a homicide detective, is assigned to the case. He is a man dedicated to his work and to his family, and he likes to joke about and mock the typical American police series.

 http://gjnd-books.blogspot.com.es/ (author’s official blog)

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07F3VXTHL

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40662434

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About the Author

The life of this character is full of contradictory information and rumours. Both his date of birth and home town are uncertain. Some say he hails from a suburban ghetto in Lisbon (Portugal); while others claim that he was born in eastern Russia, in the city of Vladivostok, sometime in the ‘60s.

According to gossips, he worked for the Reagan Administration in the early ‘80s, and helped to weaken the Soviet economy, although others say that he worked for the KGB as a spy in the western world.

At the end of the ‘80s, he was spotted in Seattle, working as a grunge music producer under the pseudonym of Johnny Blanco.

His location was mystery for over a decade until, at the beginning of the century, he emerged as an executive in the burka trade between the mountains of Pakistan and Afghanistan with the name of Mustafa Blanco. Clashes between the Taliban and US troops forced him to vanish again for a while.

Nowadays, there are some rumours that he became a hermit and lives in the woods of a small town, No Name, Colorado, United States, spending his time reading and writing; others, however, claim that he resides in Tennessee as a country music singer, with the name Marcogekson Blanco.

What is certain is that he wrote two books. The first one, The Good Dictator, was a real failure; although it was translated into several languages, it only sold two copies.  The second one, Manual for a Murder, was said to incite violence and killing, and has been banned in several countries, including Tuvalu and Kyrgyzstan.

https://twitter.com/GoncaloJNDias

 

Spotlight & Giveaway: Don’t Write a Crappy Book by James M. Ranson

Book Title: Don’t Write a Crappy Book by James M. Ranson
Category: Adult Non- Fiction, 210 pages
Genre: Business, Authorpreneurship
Publisher: Master Wordsmith Media, in association with Thanet House Books
Release date: Oct 1, 2018
Tour dates: Oct 8 to 31, 2018
Content Rating: PG for occasional mild swearing (hell and damn, mostly, one instance of “shitty”)

 

Book Description:

A great book can launch your business into the stratosphere. Unfortunately, most self-published business books rank somewhere between “meh” and “flaming pile of crap.” But your book doesn’t have to suck!

In “Don’t Write a Crappy Book,” editor and entrepreneur James Ranson unpacks the most common–and toxic–mistakes that first-time nonfiction authors make. Peppered with wisdom from a panel of industry experts, this book debunks the dangerous myths that can torpedo your text and offers clear, practical guidance for writing a book you’re proud of. This is the resource for the aspiring authorpreneur who wants to write and publish a book with minimum hassle and maximum results.

This book will teach you:

– How a self-published book can make or break your business (and the THREE factors that determine which it does)
– The biggest blind spots no one tells authors about (and how to look for them BEFORE it’s too late)
– How to write a first book that will get positive reviews on Amazon (and why that’s a better goal than becoming a bestseller)
– When writing a business book is the right move for you (and when you should NEVER write one)
– How to self-publish on Amazon to actually get good results for your business (a lot of it happens before you even start writing!)
– What NOT to do when you’re looking for an editor (and how to find a great one)
– Why trying to write and publish a book in 90 days or less is a recipe for disaster (and why no one tells you that!)
– How to avoid do-overs, sunk costs, and other self-publishing headaches (and how to get out of them if they sneak up on you)

Stay out of the crap pile! Discover the secrets to creating a highly valuable book that will expand your influence and grow your business for years to come.

To read interviews and guest posts, please visit James M. Ranson’s page on iRead Book Tours.

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James Ranson, The Master Wordsmith(TM), is a Wall-Street-Journal-bestselling editor, ghostwriter and book coach who has helped over 200 consultants, coaches, speakers and other thought leaders create high-quality books. Clients of his have gone on to sell thousands of books, receive book deals from publishing houses, and be featured in regional and national media outlets. In addition to his own clients, James is a writer and book doctor for Thanet House Books, and is on recommended professional lists for Scribe Media(formerly Book in a Box), My Word Publishing, BrightFlame Books and Authors Unite. His second book, Don’t Write A Crappy Book!, will be published on October 1, 2018. A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, James lives in Atlanta, GA, with his fiancée and a very needy cat.

Connect with the Author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook

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Spotlight & Giveaway: Alycat and the Friendship Friday by Alysson Foti Bourque

Book Title: Alycat and the Friendship Friday by Alysson Foti Bourque
Illustrated by: Chiara Civati
Category: Children’s Fiction, 32 pages
Genre: Picture Book, Friendship
Publisher: Mascot Books
Release date: Oct 23, 2018
Tour dates: Oct 1 to 27, 2018
Content Rating: G

 

Description

It’s finally Friday, and Alycat is excited to go on a field trip with her friends. But when she doesn’t have anyone to sit with on the bus, Alycat feels left out. Can she use her creativity and imagination to help everyone feel included?

Alycat and the Friendship Friday will teach readers that making new friends isn’t as scary as you might think.

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Alysson Foti Bourque earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and a Juris Doctor degree from the Southern University Law Center. After practicing law for six years, she traded in writing trial briefs for writing children’s books. She enjoys public speaking opportunities at schools, conferences, and festivals nationwide. She hopes to inspire people of all ages to follow their dreams and believe in themselves. Currently, she resides in Sunset, Louisiana with her husband and two children.

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Spotlight: Where the Wind Heals by Ari Schneider

I sat at the desk in my Boston apartment, staring at the work I had out in front of me.

Frustrated. Restless and heartbroken.

So much was going on.

I couldn’t help but think, “Where’s the furthest place I could drive to from here?”

Turns out, the North Coast of Alaska…

Sleeping on a wooden platform jammed into the trunk of my Subaru, my closest friend and I drove west, then north, and we didn’t stop until we couldn’t drive any more. Along the way we found many beautiful mountains to climb and discovered how the wilderness and our emotions push and pull our experiences.

The result: an amazing adventure and a tug of war between the rawness and the romanticism of the wilderness.

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About the Author

Ari Schneider is an alpine climber, backcountry skier, outdoor educator and author. Ari has been teaching and coaching for outdoor/experiential education programs since 2013. Some of his favorite outdoor adventures have been solo wilderness trips in Iceland and the Alps, mountaineering trips in the Canadian Rockies, backcountry skiing in Japan and developing new climbing routes in the Utah desert.

 

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The summits don’t understand humility. The idea of con­quering mountains is nearsighted. Even if you make it to the top, you can’t stay there forever; you must come down, else the mountain will kill you. Climbing requires an intense focus on the environment and requires you to respect your place within the world.

The mountains are the one place where I can keep that kind of focus and let things be as they are, without feeling the frustration of knowing that I lack control. When I’m up high, I feel grateful for the right to survive.

There’s a kind of romanticism to that, I guess. To the in­terplay of my perception and that of the natural elements that surround me. We remain aware, fighting contrary to one another in our desire for an advantage, while respect­ing each other’s presence.

I know only that I return. No matter how humbling of an experience I leave with, I return to climb, to summit, to descend, and to connect. Sometimes this connection is to nature, sometimes to myself, and sometimes to the others with whom I am navigating the terrain. Though, really, they’re all one in the same.

Something attracts me, magnetic in its approach. Some­thing so familiar as the way the earth feels underneath my feet. Something transient, truthful, and trenchant.

 

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After Canmore we drove to the Bugaboos in Brit­ish Columbia.

In the parking lot leading up to the Bugaboos, everyone wraps chicken wire around their cars to prevent porcu­pines from chewing through the brake lines. Apparently it’s a large problem. We did the best we could by propping up sections of wire with sticks we picked up along the sidelines.

Arriving there was so worth the waiting, the driving, the fighting…all of it. The Bugs is pretty much my favorite place on earth now. It’s truly wild…out there.

Beautiful granite spires pierce the sky from spectacular glaciers. Classic rock climbs are abundant, unusual in such an alpine landscape. Usually an alpine environment like the Bugaboos would require lots of ice and snow climbing (like in Patagonia, for example), but the granite up there is clean and solid. Crack systems link together marvelously, and there are endless world-class ascents.

The hut that we stayed in was technically closed because it was still shoulder season. You know, the season between too snowy to climb (winter) and prime time climb (summer). It was still pretty early for climbers to make their way up into those mountains. The windows were boarded up, but the door was unlocked so it was available for shelter, free of charge.

But the hut wasn’t the ultimate destination. Zephyr and I were there to climb the West Ridge of Pigeon Spire. That particular route is known as the best 5.4 in the world. It’s more of a scramble than a climb, but it requires quick movement over a lot of exposed terrain to make it to the summit and back in good time.

That kind of climb is sought for the adventure and scenery more than the technical difficulty, but the actual climb­ing on this route was expressly fun too. The brisk expo­sure and astounding landscape took our breaths away.

Imagine miles of snow-covered glaciers winding around massive stone peaks. The landscape was so beautiful, shaped by immense cliffs standing tall with rigid ele­gance, providing just enough weaknesses among the crack systems for hair-raising, choreographed ascents of their faces. The scenery was a natural work of art that could not be replicated. Nor could the great panorama of the scene be given justice in words. It embodied the ideal and the real.

When both these paradigms are aligned, harmony is cre­ated.

There is risk in mistakenly creating an imaginary “ideal” in order to please oneself. In this case, emotion may beat out rationality, and awareness of this insecure position is crucial to maintaining well-being. In these moments one must be patient and stand still. Naturally, this causes one to be aware.

Sometimes I take moments to stay as still as I can when I’m out on a climb. Absolutely frozen in form, letting the body become one with elements. The wind does this to me most.

I feel a powerful gust, and I can’t help but freeze, listening to it heal me with the stories that it carries.

 

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