Spotlight: Control by L.S. Henry

All Aimee ever wanted was to be loved and part of a loving family. When she found true love it was everything she hoped it would be and more. Her love was unconditional and she was prepared to do whatever was necessary to keep it that way. But unfortunately she discovered that love came with conditions which she had to abide without question. As her relationship developed, so too did the influences which determined the smooth running of her lifestyle. She soon discovered that love meandered through a rocky route which eventually led to the ultimate destination. But was it the route she wanted to take?

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“She felt ashamed at his reason for hitting her and didn’t want the nurse to think badly of her, so she smiled a watery smile, a painful one at that and then looked away.
‘He’ll keep doing it Aimee. I’ve seen it all before. I bet he even says it’s your fault and that you make him do it?’
Aimee couldn’t believe how accurate she was. She struggled to say, ‘But he does love me, I know he does.’
‘That’s not love Sweetheart, that’s control. He wants you under his thumb and under his conditions. It’s the only way that makes him feel like a man, when in actual fact, he’s just a bullying coward!’
Tears filled Aimee’s eyes.
Nurse Young repeated, ‘He’ll keep doing it Aimee and who knows, next time he could kill you. He very nearly did this time. Please let me help you Sweetheart.’
Aimee nodded. Her body shook with fear and uncertainty. Through a sore, clenched mouth she asked, ‘Please contact my friend Geneen and ask her to come.’ She then told the nurse where Geneen worked and she could contact her there. Nurse Young agreed and told her to think about her future and who she wanted to spend it with. Slowly but surely, Aimee was gradually coming to the conclusion she had to get away from him.”

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Amazon review:

from Wordly Traveller on 19 August 2018

 

Aimee just wants to be loved, but is controlled by the man in her life

A riveting tale about a young girl who yearns for love, but is controlled by the men she meets.

Hard-hitting and there’s a lot of painful sexual exploitation and manipulation in this novel.

Well worth the read!

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“Control” is available in paperback and e-book from Amazon.co.uk and from Amazon US.

 

Spotlight: Slow Lump Jump by Jack Swift

Can survivors of a mysterious apocalypse survive violent bandits and the cannibalistic zombie-like slow lumps?

 

Mavis, Mike, George and Dave are scavengers. They search English towns that were abandoned after the mysterious apocalypse that created the cannibalistic slow lumps. Food and petrol are scarce.

On a desperate raid, Mike and Dave discover Jen in a toilet in the ruined seaside town of Southport.  Jen joins the group.  She suggests the scavengers travel to an Army Camp in Northumberland that is run by her husband.

Scavengers are barred from Army Camps but their desperate existence and the prospect of rewards from the grateful husband persuade Mavis and the group to head across country. The English uplands, though, are controlled by violent bandits, and there is always the risk of an attack from the infected slow lumps. There will also be sinister surprises.

 

About the Author:

 Jack Swift lives in Liverpool.  He teaches English Literature and English Language.  This is his third zombie novel.  His previous novels Undead Underneath and Cool Blood Walk are both published by Red Rattle Books.

 

 

SLOW LUMP JUMP by Jack Swift is available from bookshops & online in the UK, Europe, USA and Australia and in paperback and e-book from Amazon UK or Amazon US.

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http://www.redrattlebooks.co.uk

  

Other novels by Red Rattle Books include:

“Led To The Wrong” by Jim Lawler

“Cool Blood Walk” by Jack Swift

“Done Something Bad” by Jim Lawler

“Horror Pickers” by Howard Jackson

“Choke Bay” by Howard Jackson

“Hate Until Warm” by Jim Lawler

“Undead Underneath” by Jack Swift

“Nightmares Ahead” by Howard Jackson

“Mortal Shuffle” by Jim Lawler

“Zombie Bites” by David Saunderson

“No Money Honey” by Howard Jackson

“Dracula’s Midnight Bites” edited by David Saunderson

“Telegraph for Garlic” edited by Prof. Samia Ounoughi

“Innocent Mosquitoes” by Howard Jackson

“How to Defend Yourself Against Scorpions” by Fernando Sorrentino

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Howard Jackson
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Red Rattle Books
E-mail: jacksonhoward09@googlemail.com

Spotlight & Giveaway: The Love Fool by Lorenzo Petruzziello

Book Title: The Love Fool: A Rome-antic Comedy by Lorenzo Petruzziello
Category: Adult Fiction, 314 pages
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Publisher: Quill (Inkshares)
Release date: March 13, 2018
Tour dates: Aug 6 to 24, 2018
Content Rating: PG

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Set in Rome. Follow the whirlwind antics of a publicist as he struggles to manage his first TV chef client, his new life, and an unexpected visit from his ex-girlfriend.

Alex recently moved to Italy for an opportunity at a PR firm in Rome. His first client is the beautiful Danish chef Pernille Bjørn, a popular model, TV personality, and cookbook author just entering the booming televised cooking show market in Italy.

Alex’s single-minded career focus is soon thwarted by Emily, an ex-girlfriend he hasn’t heard from in almost a decade.

Italy’s modern culture and enchanting sights set the backdrop to this Rome-antic comedy.

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Lorenzo Petruzziello holds an MBA in global marketing from Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts. His background includes publicity and marketing for many of public television’s popular cooking and travel shows. He lives in Massachusetts focusing on his writing. THE LOVE FOOL is his first novel.

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Spotlight & Giveaway: Eternity’s Account: Rulers by Julie Bryson

Book Title: Eternity’s Account: Rulers (Book #4)
Authors: Julie Bryson & Catherine Sharpe
Category: YA Fiction, 364 pages
Genre: Sci-fi and Fantasy
Publisher: Createspace
Release date: April 1,2018
Tour dates: Aug 13 to 24, 2018
Content Rating: G

 

Book Description:

Patterns. They are the material weaved to make the intricate fabric of the universe. The one guiding the threads is the one teaching the 12 chosen children to recognize the complex design within the fabric of time. Each stitch aligns the essential elements of the story, revealing the intended pattern to be followed. Owr, the master creator, has tucked the invisible into the hem of the visible, allowing the children to peek between the tightly drawn threads to study how the spiritual affects the physical.

The Eternity’s Account series continues – beyond the creation, the inception of evil, the fall of man, the division of kingdoms, and the fusion of dimensions. As the children tug on the seam of the cosmos, a new set of patterns is exposed. They prepare to witness the next stage in the saga; the rise of the rulers and the effects they will have upon the fate of the universe.

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Catherine (Cam) Sharpe:
Catherine Sharpe graduated from New Mexico Military Institute, achieved a Master’s degree from California State University Northridge, and earned her doctorate in Language and Culture from the University of Texas Austin and Strassford University. She has three boys and has been married to her husband Larry for over 20 years. They reside in Louisiana.

Julie Bryson:
Julie Bryson authored the book “Out of the Ashes: How Autism Changed My Life” after her youngest of three daughters was diagnosed as autistic. She is a cosmetologist and fitness instructor. She has been married to her husband Chris since 1994, and they live next door to Catherine.

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Spotlight: The Things We Learn When We’re Dead by Charlie Laidlaw

The Things We Learn When We’re Dead is a modern fairytale of love and loss.  It’s about the subtle ways in which we change, and how the small decisions that we make can have profound and unintended consequences.

On one level, the book is a simple story of a young woman’s life.  But, for those readers who want to make the connection, The Things We Learn is also a retelling of The Wizard of Oz: how a young woman in a serious car accident comes to reassess her life and find a new beginning.

Lorna Love, born and brought up in small-town Scotland, is apparently killed in a car accident on the day of the London bus and tube bombings.  But the afterlife isn’t quite what she expected.  For a start, Heaven is a broken-down spaceship and God is the double of Sean Connery.

However, the book is neither fantasy nor sci-fi; Heaven simply a dreamscape through which Lorna comes to see her life through new eyes.  It allows the narrative to move between Heaven and Earth, retelling Lorna’s life in flashback – from the people she loved, to the death of her brother, and the ill-fated pregnancy and termination that precipitated her accident.  The emotional finale of the book is when her best friend becomes a victim of the King’s Cross underground train bombing.

The reader will understand the overall familiarity and tradition of the utopia/dystopia narrative and that Lorna is far from dead.  As Heaven begins to offer mirror-images of her life on Earth, the reader will also understand that the book is about why Lorna went to Heaven and why she’ll be given a second chance of life.

In fulfilling familiar expectations, the book offers a counterpoint between the absurdities of Lorna’s imagined Heaven and banality of her rather ordinary life.  The book, grounded in the 9/11 and 7/7 bombings, also offers the metaphor that we are all connected, even by distant events.

It is, essentially, a humorous book, using an oblique construct to provide a new perspective on a familiar theme.  But, while making the familiar unfamiliar – and therefore making the readers’ journey worthwhile – it also reassures them that Lorna will have her second chance.

Of course, like Dorothy before her, Lorna chooses to go home.

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I was born in Paisley, central Scotland, which wasn’t my fault.  That week, Eddie Calvert with Norrie Paramor and his Orchestra were Top of the Pops, with Oh, Mein Papa, as sung by a young German woman remembering her once-famous clown father.  That gives a clue to my age, not my musical taste.

I then worked briefly as a street actor, baby photographer, puppeteer and restaurant dogsbody before becoming a journalist.  I started in Glasgow and ended up in London, covering news, features and politics.  I interviewed motorbike ace Barry Sheene, Noel Edmonds threatened me with legal action and, because of a bureaucratic muddle, I was ordered out of Greece.

I then took a year to travel round the world, visiting 19 countries.  Highlights included being threatened by a man with a gun in Dubai, being given an armed bodyguard by the PLO in Beirut (not the same person with a gun), and visiting Robert Louis Stevenson’s grave in Samoa.  What I did for the rest of the year I can’t quite remember.

Surprisingly, I was approached by a government agency to work in intelligence, which just shows how shoddy government recruitment was back then.  However, it turned out to be very boring and I don’t like vodka martini.

Craving excitement and adventure, I ended up as a PR consultant, which is the fate of all journalists who haven’t won a Pulitzer Prize, and I’ve still to listen to Oh, Mein Papa.​

I am married with two grown-up children and live in East Lothian.   And that’s about it.

Website: https://www.charlielaidlawauthor.com/

Spotlight: 50 Ways to Sell a Sleigh-Load of Books by Penny C. Sansevieri

Are you all set to get your piece of the holiday pie?

If your heart tells you your answer is no, and you could use some help…then reading 50 Ways to Sell a Sleigh-Load of Books is a must! Marketing your book during the holidays isn’t complicated. But it does require sound planning and savvy execution. Bottom line, marketing strategies to sell more books during the holidays are not something you can put off until the last minute and then pull out of…Santa’s bag.

To be a holiday hit, you have to start now.

50 Ways to Sell a Sleigh-Load of Books will help you make it happen.

Set up as an easy-to-follow guide, 50 Ways to Sell a Sleigh-Load of Books shows you how to:

  • Plan ahead to relieve stress during peak sales times

  • Prep your website to drive more holiday traffic

  • Optimize your social media and other platforms to capture shoppers

  • Create straightforward, holiday-themed online events and promotions

  • Model and personalize what’s proven to work around the holidays

  • Use buyer psychology and holiday shopping behaviors to your benefit

  • Fine-tune approaches for BIG sales days like Black Friday and Cyber Monday

  • Ensure your Amazon page is ready to help you close those sales!

The Christmas book market is the biggest sales opportunity of the year. So 50 Ways to Sell a Sleigh-Load of Books doesn’t waste your time with broad-based concepts. Instead, it delivers detailed step-by-step instructions and examples that have been used successfully by bestselling authors.

There’s no need to reinvent the sleigh!

 

There’s even a bonus checklist, my personal recommendations for useful website, and a special offer and invitation from me to collaborate on your marketing plan.

 

So don’t delay! The sooner you put these proven expert strategies on your nice list,

the bigger and better your holiday books sales will be!

To learn more, see the book on Amazon.

Spotlight: Scruffy and Maisie by Zee ‘C’

Sam returns to school and at first Scruffy feels abandoned until he realises that he can spend quality time with Sam’s mum and Steve. He has great fun playing with the kittens and playing football with Maisie.

 

 

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“Woof,” answered Scruffy before bounding through the open doorway and straight over to the box that held the kittens. He stuck his nose into the box and Tabby purred loudly.

“See Di, Tabby now accepts Scruffy’s nose among her kittens. In fact I think she missed him yesterday when he and Sam didn’t come.”

Scruffy’s head emerged from the box and he looked so surprised because hanging on to the end of his nose was Bows! Mind you Bows also looked equally surprised to be hanging in mid-air.

“Oh look Steve, Scruffy has been fishing and caught his very own kitten,” laughed Sam’s mum.

Slowly Scruffy lowered his head back into the box to allow Bows to join her mum and siblings and then dropped to his haunches and laid his head onto the side of the box.

“Mum said Scruffy spent most of the day of Monday and Tuesday gazing in awe at Tabby and her kittens,” explained Steve.

“Oh I am so glad he has taken to them as he needs to learn to be gentle with them. He and Sam play so rough together I worried a bit about her safety after I agreed to have her,” Sam’s mum replied.

“I don’t think you need worry. I am sure Bows will be quite safe with both Scruffy and Sam,” answered Steve. “Now Di, do you want tea or coffee? I will have to see if I can find Mum’s secret stash of dog biscuits that she keeps especially for Scruffy too.”

“Do you mean to tell me your Mum has biscuits in the cupboard for Scruffy?” laughed Sam’s mum.

“Yes and also Sam’s favourite biscuits too,” replied Steve.

“Now I know why they are both so keen to spend time up here then. Neither of them said a word! For that matter neither did your mum on Sunday Steve! That is just plain sneaky of your Mum, trying to steal my son and his dog by giving them biscuit treats during the day. Only joking Steve, I am very happy that they both enjoy being up here at the farm. It is good for Sam if he continues to be serious about becoming a farmer, although once he goes to senior school that desire might wane. If not, at least he will have a good idea what is involved. As for Scruffy the exercise is good for him and as spring approaches he will learn more about the animals and their young,” explained Sam’s mum.”

 

Amazon Review:

5.0 out of 5 stars  Lovely story about our four-legged friends

12 July 2018

What a lovely story about dogs and cats playing together. I think this book will have a wide readership, as it is very well-written.

In the book, when Sam returns to school, his dog Scruffy feels saddened by the fact that he is no longer playing with him during the daytime. Eventually, Scruffy explores more and builds up a relationship with Sam’s mother as well as other animals including Maisie and her kittens.

As a dog-lover myself, I really enjoyed this story.

 

“Scruffy and Maisie” is currently available in paperback from Amazon UK and Amazon US.  

This story will also be available to download in e-book format soon.

 

 

Press/Media Contact Details:

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

Spotlight & Giveaway: On the Fault by Ronald J. Wichers

Book Title: On the Fault by Ronald J. Wichers
Category: Adult Fiction, 474 pages
Genre: Fictionalized biography
Publisher: Outskirts Press
Release date: March 13, 2018
Tour dates: July 2 to 27, 2018
Content Rating: PG-13

 

Book Description:

“The heart of the planet is broken and the world is bleeding. We come out of the broken-hearted earth and try to mend it.”

True grit mixes with true wit in this tragic, yet strangely triumphant tale of how much one man can lose. Following the Vietnam War, life proves bittersweet as Joe Hearns learns that sometimes finding happiness means changing the definition.

For Joe Hearns the horrors of combat give way to those of daily life upon return to the States; a life burdened by an odd curse that seems to hover over the heads of anyone who fought in that otherwise magical land. He discovers that courage takes on a whole new meaning when coping with a world moving at a different pace – the pace of friendship and love. But, in the end, this proves the way out from under the curse of the war no one wanted.

When it comes to this soldier’s story the word fearless comes to mind.

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Ronald J. Wichers was born in Lake Ronkonkoma New York in 1947. He attended Catholic School until 1965, studied History and literature at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas until being drafted into the United States Army in 1970. He was assigned to a rifle company in the 25th Infantry Division in Vietnam and, after sustaining severe wounds in a gun battle, including the loss of his left am, was awarded the Purple Heart Medal, the Army Commendation Medal for Heroism and the Bronze Star Medal.

He later studied theology full time at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley California. He has published several short stories about the Vietnam war. The Fear of Being Eaten/A Biography of the Heart is his fifth novel.

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Spotlight: The Parking Space by Angela Christina Archer


The Parking Space
Angela Christina Archer
Contemporary/Chick Lit Romance

Publication Date: September 14, 2016<
Publisher: Long Valley Press
Pages: 228
ISBN: 978-069276442

Real Estate Agent Helen Wright is done with love. Left at the altar then stood up by a blind date, her only ‘significant other’ is her fat, orange tabby, Charlie. When her wealthiest client fires her then bad mouths her all over the city, Helen’s professional life turns just as pathetic as her love life. In need of a vacation, she packs her bags and heads to Bora Bora to attend her best friend’s wedding.

Single again, veterinarian Rick Stark needs only three things: a new practice, a new city, and a new place to live. He’s desperate to move on from his cheating ex-fiancée. Tired of sleeping on a friend’s couch, he jumps at the opportunity to apply for the perfect job on the beautiful islands of Bora Bora.

Both alone, Rick and Helen find themselves oddly determined to help each other have fun and crazy vacations.

Could both of them have been wrong about finding love again? And if so, what will happen when her old flame pops back into the picture wanting to reignite the engagement he once ended?

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“What happened?” Hal shouted as he scurried to meet us on the back the stern.

“She got stung by a jellyfish.”

Without saying another word, Hal grabbed my arm underneath my armpit and hoisted me on the boat while Rick climbed onboard after me.

I glanced down at my leg. The blistered skin burned a bright shade of red. A scream hissed through my teeth, and I closed my eyes as I lay back against the stern.

“Holy cow, this hurts.”

“Do you have any vinegar?” Rick asked Hal.

“I did, but I ran out and forgot to restock it.”

Rick’s fingers clutched my ankle while his other hand grabbed my knee. “Helen, how bad does it hurt?”

“Bad. It stings and burns.”

“Okay, Helen, we don’t have any vinegar to pour on it, but I can still help you. There is one thing I can do, but I don’t think you’re going to like it.”

I opened my eyes, locking them on his.

Not too long ago, on a restless late night, I’d caught the middle of a show on an animal discovery channel. I knew the words that sat on the tip of his tongue.

Oh, Lord. Please. Please, no. Are you kidding me? Of all the things that could go wrong today it has to be this?

A lump caught in my throat. “I know what you’re going to say.”

My body began trembling as I sat on the stern.

“Helen, you’re going into a bit of a state of shock.” He glanced up at Hal. “See if you can find Logan and Flora. We need to get her back to the hotel as soon as possible.” He glanced back at me. “While we wait, I need to help with this pain.”

“I’m not going to lay here while you pee on me.”

He frowned. “You could have a serious reaction any moment from this.”

“I’m not going to lay here while you pee on me.”

“Fine.” He scooped my shoulders in one arm and my legs in the other to carry me to the seat.

Pain shot up my leg into my hip and down through the tips of my toes. “Ouch,” I howled. “I can’t. I can’t move. Don’t move me. Set me down. I can’t. It’s too painful.”

“I’ve got to get you in the back of the boat so we can leave.”

“Okay. Okay. Move me.”

He wrapped both arms around me again, but before he could even lift me more than a few inches, I screamed in pain again.

Oh for the love of all that is holy. Why? Why? Why?

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About the Author

 Growing up in Nevada, reading was always a pastime that took second place to trail riding and showing horses. When she did find the time in her youth to curl up with a book, she found enjoyment in the Saddle Club Series, the Sweet Valley High series, and the classics of Anne of Green Gables, The Box Car Children, and Little House on the Prairie. Although, writing always piqued her curiosity, it wasn’t until September 2009 that she worked up the courage to put her passion to paper and started her debut novel.

When she’s not writing, Angela spends her days from dawn to dusk as a stay at home, homeschooling mom. She also works in her garden and takes care of her many farm animals, as well as loves to bake and cook from scratch. She doesn’t show horses anymore, but she still loves to trail ride her paint horse, Honky, as well as enjoys teaching her daughters how to ride their horses, Sunny and Cowboy.

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Spotlight & Giveaway: What Does God Sound Like? by Bernie DiPasquale

Book Title: What Does God Sound Like? by Bernie DiPasquale
Category: Children’s Fiction, 34 pages
Genre: Children’s Books, Values & Virtues, Christian Books
Publisher: Mindstir Media
Release date: September 14, 2016
Tour dates: June 25 to July 20, 2018
Content Rating: G

 

Book Description:

We tell our kids that God is everywhere. Pray and maybe He will answer. But if God is everywhere and has created all things, then He must be talking to us all the time. This is my short story to help my Grandchildren understand they can talk with God all day, every day, everywhere.

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Bernie was born and raised in Baltimore, MD and now resides in Joppa, a small community just a bit north up the I-95 corridor. He has spent his entire professional career in Education and Financial Services. More importantly he is a Husband, Father, and Grandfather to a beautiful family.

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