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:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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Spotlight & Giveaway: Joy to You and Me (at Work) by Amy Thornton

Book Title: Joy to You and Me (at Work!) by Amy Thornton
Category: Adult Non-Fiction, 179 pages
Genre: Self-help, Business
Publisher: Tell-Tale Publishing Group, LLC
Release date: June 5, 2018
Tour dates: Oct 1 to 19, 2018
Content Rating: PG (This book is for ages 16+, so there is the occasional “damn”, “hell”, and “ass” thrown in as far as language, but nothing worse than that.)

 

Book Description:

Are you one of the 48% of employees worldwide who doesn’t like their jobs? Do you feel constantly stressed at the office? Or maybe you’re just feeling “blah” about your job and want to bring some life back into your workplace. If you talk to anyone about their careers or jobs these days, most of the time you won’t hear positive stories or excitement. You’ll probably hear words like “busy”, “stressed”, “exhausting”, and “mind-numbing.” And with the good old 40-hour workweek becoming a distant memory for many of us, this reality is just plain sad.

Joy to You and Me (At Work!) helps turn these situations around by giving the reader easy tips they can implement quickly to start making a positive difference in the workplace. Being joyful isn’t just a “fluffy-cutesy-nice” thing to do each day – it actually increases productivity and is good for any company or organization. The book helps anyone learn how to:

– Be a more joyful person
– Bring joy to co-workers
– Bring joy to customers
– Bring joy to networking

This fun, easy-to-read guide shows people of all ages and personalities how to make a difference immediately to make not only themselves happier, but to spread that happiness throughout the workplace – and beyond!

By sharing stories from the author’s 25+ years of making a joyful difference in the workplace and examples from truly kick-ass companies, Joy to You and Me (At Work!) is a life-changing, fun read for anyone who wants to improve their work life.

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Amy Thornton Shankland, GPC, has been bringing joy to her workplaces for over 25 years thanks to her innate enthusiasm. She is a former Dale Carnegie instructor, has been a grant professional for 17 years, is a former columnist for the Noblesville Daily Times, and is a current board member of Noblesville Main Street.Connect with the Author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook
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Spotlight: Silverhorn by Marri Champié

Silverhorn explores themes of magic/mysticism, history and Celtic and Native American traditions and heritage, family dynamics, love, friendship and music. It follows Willa – a young, beautiful rising rock n’ roll star who is also a cowgirl whose family ranch is the Silverhorn, a wild area that has long been off-limits to outsiders. Willa becomes obsessed with finding the truth behind a mysterious legend about what is on the other side of Silverhorn Canyon – is it a Native American legend or something far more ancient?  She risks it all to find out. Readers who enjoy cross-genre novels in which science and magic coexist, and those drawn to the Wild West will find it doubly appealing. 

Silverhorn weaves myth into truth and truth into myth. For centuries, archeologists contended Mongolians who crossed the land bridge were the first Native Americans. But were they? In 1996 the controversial discovery of nine-thousand-year-old non-mongoloid remains in Kennewick, Washington changed that theory. When the tribes reclaimed the bones and buried the original site of the find, testing of Kennewick man’s identity ended. But the puzzle and speculation over America’s first people continues. Blending Native American myth and Celtic legend, Champié suggests an extraordinary possibility regarding America’s first inhabitants.

“(Marie Champié’s) depiction of the relationship between the mundane and magical worlds is full of good humor and is low-key mythic in its own right….Readers who enjoy a modern fairy tale may find this appealing.” 

– Publishers Weekly

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Q&A with Marri Champié 

In light of the idea that you should write what you know, why do you write about shape changers?

We live with shape changers, people and things that aren’t who or what they seem, so shape changers are all around us. Speculative fiction uses settings and futuristic or paranormal scenes to explore things about human nature that are universal—death, love, loyalty, hate, war, family—the things that never change no matter where we are or what the circumstances.

You like to write about things that are connected, either stories, or events or characters. Why?

Because everything is connected. Time is circular. We don’t know if we are later than the terraforming of the Cosmos, or prior to it. We don’t know anything because we only see from our single point in time. If we could step outside of the small point of time we are in, we could see the connections of everything. All stories, all history, all events are connected. We can only imagine it because we can’t see it. I try to help people see it.

What ideas or recurring thoughts do you want your readers to take away from your stories?

Awe of mystery. Doubt about traditional beliefs. Questions about the subjugation of women. Questions about everything, from the world around them, to the very foundations of the Cosmos.

What is one response to your writing that you would hope every reader would have? To Cry. To Laugh. To Cry. If the audience doesn’t cry, I haven’t done my job well enough. It’s the Greek Muse thing… Melpomene & Thalia—the Sock & Buskin. If you don’t achieve that response in your audience, you have failed as a writer.

What famous person/persons do you admire or would you like to meet?

Thomas Jefferson, Atilla the Hun, & Hypatia of Alexandria.

 

What issue are you passionate about?

Gender bias. The millennial-old suppression, disrespect, and intimidation of women. They are 50% of the human race. It’s the most egregious, and foul human travesty, far more terrible than racism.

Are there any “messages” that you are trying to convey? These are important to our efforts with the media and extremely helpful in the preparation of effective press materials.

I want people to entertain the idea that, really, nothing we have been taught to believe is reality. Emerson said, “Reality is a sliding door.” I want them to question everything. Nothing is what we think it is. There are many messages in what I write, small ones, but they all point to the big one. Nothing is what it seems. And I want people to be kind. It’s never wrong to be kind. Lean in. Be kind. Resistance is futile.

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Marri Champié has been nominated for the Pushcart for poetry. She has won the Boise State University President’s Writing Award for fiction & poetry & the Oregon State Poetry Award. Champié works as a wildfire support driver, and lives on a small ranch overlooking the Idaho Prairie. However, she was raised in Hollywood and says her childhood was “filled with fantasy and the creation of unreality.”Silverhorn is her debut novel.

Spotlight & Giveaway: A Life by Design by Lucy Appadoo

Book Title: A Life By Design (The Italian Family Series) by Lucy Appadoo
Category: Adult Fiction, 211 pages
Genre: 20th Century Historical Romance, coming of age story set in Milan, Italy
Publisher: Self-published
Release date: Aug 24, 2018
Format available for review: ebook (mobi, PDF, ePub)
Tour dates: Sept 24 to Oct 12, 2018
Content Rating: PG-13 + M

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When 20-year-old Elena Allegro leaves the Italian village of Laurino to study Fashion Design in Milan, she’s certain her dreams are about to come true. Despite her father’s warnings that risk comes with her newfound freedom, she loves her studies and develops a love interest with Francesco, the handsome young entrepreneur who offers her a part-time job in a Milan clothing store.

It seems like an idyllic situation—until a stalker targets Elena, tormenting her with mind games and threatening her safety. In the face of escalating danger to herself and to Francesco, Elena must fight for her freedom, her love, and her survival.

 

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Lucy is an author of romantic suspense, historical fiction/coming of age, short story thrillers, and non-fiction books. She is also a Registered Counsellor/Wellness Coach, and works as a Rehabilitation Counsellor for the Australian Government.

Lucy enjoys reading romantic suspense, romance, thrillers, crime novels, family/historical drama, and sagas. She has enjoyed travelling to exotic places such as Madrid, Mauritius, and Italy, and draws on these experiences in her creative writing.

Lucy’s favourite authors include Kendra Elliot, Christiane Heggan, Theresa Ragan, Tara Moss, Nicholas Sparks, Adriana Trigiani, Erica Spindler, and James Patterson (to name a few).

Lucy’s interests include meditation, exercising, journal writing, reading fiction and nonfiction texts about writing, coaching, and counselling, ongoing professional development, spending time with her husband and two daughters, and socialising with friends and family.

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