Billy Gogan Gone Fer Soldier by Roger Higgins

An excellent story, well researched, wonderfully detailed, and compelling reading.

This book is the sequel to the author’s first book, Billy Gogan: American, in which orphan Billy is sent from Ireland to America on the eve of the 1844 Irish Famine. Living by his wits, and doing what he has to, to survive, Billy quickly learns to grow up, establishes a life in Gotham, and eventually becomes an American citizen. However, after the tragic death of his good friend and companion Mary Skiddy, and the Great Fire of New York, it is a reflective Billy who, aged 16 decides to join Uncle Sam’s army, and this is where the second book really begins.

For anyone with an interest in this period of history this book will, I am sure be compulsive reading. The author uses a blend of real and fictional characters to make this an excellent history book, with clear maps and outstanding information on the movements of American army as they fought against the Mexicans in the American – Mexican war. However this book has one very important element which makes it stand out against other similar history books, and that is Billy Gogan himself.

Through his eyes, as a member of the Fourth Infantry we see a soldier’s life in the raw, no holds barred. We are with him as he watches his friends die, sometimes terrible deaths, feel his pain as he clears away the bodies, picks up their letters to loved ones and wipes their blood of his clothes. We read throughout this book numerous examples of his and other soldiers loyalty to their adopted country as they carry out unspeakable acts in order to win battles, on the commandments of their leaders.

Because of the way this book is written the social history of the time is an integral part of the story. It is fascinating to discover what life was like for those civilians who travelled with the soldiers, and as a result, whose lives became interlaced.

The author has, in this outstanding book, through the character of Billy Gogan, chronicled the battles which took place during this period of American history in a very human way. The very real hope on both sides from the soldiers and common people, that war would not occur, then the horrors which resulted when it did.

In summary, in writing this book, the author Roger Higgins has produced an excellent story, well researched, wonderfully detailed, and totally compelling reading.

About the Author: 

Roger J. Higgins and his wife reside in Chicago, Illinois, and they are immensely proud of their four children, one of whom is a serving U.S. Marine, and one of whom is Marine turned police officer (happily married to a wonderful high school chemistry and biology teacher). Their daughter is a nurse, and she and her husband (a retired Coast Guard officer) are the proud parents of a baby boy. Their youngest son is an aspiring doctor. As Mrs. Higgins has patiently observed to her husband when he ruminates about the trials and tribulations of raising children, it was together that they went four-for-four with their children, hitting safely at every at-bat. Not a bad day in the batter’s box.

Roger was born in England, in the County Cheshire, where he learned early of the orange-striped Cheshire cat, which disappears, leaving only its grin, full of teeth and gums. Roger emigrated with his parents and younger brother to the United States when he was 6 ¾. When his mother registered him at the local elementary school, he saw fit to wear his English grammar school uniform, which looked a lot like Harry Potter’s, except his cap was gray with purple piping and topped by a purple button, and he wore gray short trousers, gray knee socks and a purple clip-on tie with his dark gray blazer. After his mother finished registering him for school, the principal gently asked whether he would like to leave the tie and cap with her for the day and pick them up after school. Roger demurred. He was fortunate enough to retain both tie and cap (which were never worn again) on the walk home from school.

At the advanced age of ten, Roger taught himself the art of swearing, a skill he found useful in his thirty-odd years of playing rugby, where he was noted for his stone hands, his lack of size for certain positions and lack of speed for all the rest. As a young United States naval officer serving on a guided-missile destroyer many years ago with the lucky number “13” as her hull number (where he met some of the best friends a man can be lucky enough to have), he also learned, as did Captain Horatio Hornblower two centuries earlier, that sometimes having fifty-five oaths at your command can be entirely inadequate to the occasion.

Roger learned the art of leadership from his ships’ commanding officer and executive officer, who together led the tired, old ship, which was a bit of a laughing-stock along the waterfront, to win the Arleigh Burke award as the best destroyer in all of the Pacific Fleet. Roger served another fifteen years after that, having had during that time the privilege of being the fire control officer for the U.S.S. Missouri’s 16-inch guns, and thus the only naval officer in the world (at that time) under the age of thirty proficient in the ancient–and wonderfully obsolescent–art of major caliber naval gunnery.

Roger became a lawyer after retiring from the Navy with a small pension fit to pay the property taxes. After clerking for a Tax Court judge, who taught him the value of telling your story so as to win your reader to your side, Roger worked for a number of very large law firms, eventually becoming a partner at a firm with the grandest bankruptcy practice of them all. Roger greatly admires the practice group leader’s philosophy of practicing law, which is to get the best outcome possible for your client, never re-trade on a deal, and if you must stab someone, don’t stab him (her) in the back; look the person in the eye and then stab her. You’ll be treated the same way, when the time comes. Oh, and never sell your reputation. Once sold, you can never buy it back again.

Roger continues to practice law at a much smaller and less grand law firm and to write novels to his own taste. He is having a wonderful time doing so.

 

About the Book:

In Billy Gogan Gone fer Soldier, Billy Gogan enlists in the U.S. Army, only to be forced to battle a new enemy on the eve of the Mexican-American War. The fearsome and sadistic Sergeant Hoggs’s reign of terror is cut short, however, by a young second lieutenant named Ulysses S. Grant.

Billy and his companions are part of the biggest army assembled by the United States in decades, which has been ordered to the banks of the Nueces River to defend Texas. But the army is both tiny, hardly 3,000 combatants, and woefully unprepared for war. The army’s beloved commander Zachary Taylor, known to his bluebellies as Old Zach, slowly whips the army into shape over the winter of 1845-46, as disease ravages officer and soldier alike.

In the spring, the army is ordered south to the northern bank of the Rio Bravo. All is not well. The army’s savage discipline causes scores of desperate doughboys to desert and swim across the Rio Bravo to an imagined paradise. War begins badly for the Americans. But Old Zach eventually wins a pair of victories that send the Mexican army scuttling south to Monterrey. Billy is then sent on a mission with the Texas Rangers, which ends in a tragic war crime.

Billy Gogan Gone fer Soldier ends on a lonely rooftop as the bloody fighting on the savage first day of the Battle of Monterrey concludes in American defeat.

Billy Gogan Gone Fer Soldier is available from:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Billy-Gogan-Gone-fer-Soldier/dp/1609521374/ref=sr_1_2?qid=1552321154&refinements=p_27%3ARoger+Higgins&s=books&sr=1-2&text=Roger+Higgins

and

Barnes & Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/billy-gogan-gone-fer-soldier-roger-higgins/1127948358?ean=9781609521370

Skooter Girl by Darielle Mac

 

Join New Superheroine Amber as she Begins Her Mystical Adventures as Skooter Girl

The author, Darielle Mac is an international playwright and screenwriter who although primarily has written for the theatre and film has also worked for many great names. She lives in Southwest United States, France and Los Angeles, where when not writing she enjoys a variety of hobbies including falconry, gardening, her dogs, running, biking and sailing.

To compliment her first YA story the author has chosen Dell Barras to be the illustrator of this incredible graphic novel. Dell Barras is a well-known and talented storyboard artiste, working with Marvel comic books and others.

The idea for this outstanding new novel was inspired by the author’s personal adventures, and fuelled by a gift by the inventor of a prototype electric skooter – thus Skooter Girl was born!

The story is set on a remote mystical island called Tir Na Nor which is in a chain of islands in the North Sea. It is Amber’s 16h birthday, and excitedly she arrives at the Dagda’s Academy of Healing Arts, Music and Higher Learning where her dad is a teacher.

At 16 she is an adult and her father expects her to follow in his footsteps, however she doesn’t want to have a normal life. Recently secrets have been revealed to her, opening her eyes to new and exciting things. She doesn’t want to conform or settle down, she want to see the world, and have great experiences. So, being a typical teenager she decides to run away.

This is a wonderfully entertaining coming of age story. The characters are fantastic and it was lovely to read that it is being made into a film. I look forward to reading many more of Amber’s adventures in the future.

 

About the Author:

Darielle Mac has written primarily for theatre and film and worked with many great names in the business. She is also a veteran of La Mama and the Performance Garage in New York. In her “other life” she champions causes for humanity and saving the earth’s resources. Marrying those two passions, she wrote Skooter Girl, a graphic novel and her first book for YA readers. The idea originally emerged as a screenplay and is currently being developed into a feature film. Like her other screenplays, Skooter Girl targets a family demographic, focusing on stories about the Earth.

The idea for Skooter Girl came from an inventor gifting the author a prototype, electric scooter to ride when she arrived back in the US after traveling around the globe. Her personal adventures scooting roadways, and the country inspired the story.

When she is not writing, Mac spends her time as a falconer, a gardener, and loves running, biking, sailing and spending time with her dogs. She divides her time between the Southwest United States, France and Los Angeles.

About the Book:

Amber lives on a remote, mystical island known as Tir Na nor’, nestled in a chain of islands in the Northern Sea. She is mischievous, bright, gifted, and always digging herself out of trouble. She is finally turning 16, and in her world this means she is now accepted as a grown member of her village. Her foundation schooling is done and she is expected to choose her calling. Her father is a gifted teacher and musician who has trained her in music and other skills, and has charted a course for her future. Amidst the celebrations on her birthday, Amber learns of buried secrets about her family. These unveiled secrets thrust Amber’s life into a tumultuous new direction and force her on an adventure that will change who she is, if she is to survive …

Skooter Girl is available from:

Amazon.com https://www.amazon.com/Skooter-Girl-DARIELLE-MAC/product-reviews/145755237X/ref=cm_cr_dp_d_srvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&reviewerType=all_reviews&sortBy=recent#R3FLSSUJMPW8JJ

Amazon.co.uk https://www.amazon.co.uk/Skooter-Girl-Darielle-Mac-ebook/dp/B07BRR4CGN/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1528543389&sr=8-2&keywords=skooter+girl

Barnes & Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/skooter-girl-darielle-mac/1128303856?ean=9781457552373#

Foyles http://www.foyles.co.uk/witem/childrens/skooter-girl,darielle-mac-9781457552373

 

 

 

The Trainee Undercover by Brenda Shaw

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In this fast paced action thriller, Alex, Harry, George and Angela are four teenagers who have been friends for a long time. The summer holidays have arrived and as usual they are all at Harry’s house, however, when George arrives he is clearly agitated, and with good cause, they are soon to discover.

Reluctantly George tells his friends what has happened. His dad, Paul Collier who is a high level executive at Pat Pharma has admitted to him that he is scared. Although the innocent party, he appears to have been the catalyst in events which have escalated out of control, and the only way he can keep his family safe is to send them away for the summer. There has been a murder at work, a colleague has been held for questioning by the police, and now he is being watched, and what’s more, someone seems to be one step ahead of him all the time, and is sending him threatening letters.

On hearing George’s story, Alex, Harry and Angela all decide that they must help Paul discover who is threatening him, and so Alex and George talk to Paul, and with his help Alex manages to get a summer job at Pat Pharma. The job gives Alex inside access to the company, and with his new found ability to gather insider knowledge, and the others using their own unique skills, the group make a formidable team. However, as they rapidly become more involved in the case it is apparent that there is a lot more going on secretly than they could ever have imagined.

In their quest to help Paul the friends uncover deep resentments in Pat Pharma, and as the skeletons begin to come out of the cupboard, they realise that their investigations have put them into a very precarious position, as they find themselves pursued by dangerous criminals.

Despite being on a mission which is fraught with danger the friends’ comradeship, loyalty, tenacity, and friendship shine through, not only to each other, but also to those around them.

This is a truly fantastic adventure thriller which keeps the reader on the edge of their seats. Packed with murder, mystery, and intrigue this story is one that you just cannot put down.

About the Author

Brenda Shaw is a UK based author and write of the novel ‘The Trainee Undercover. She writes under a pseudonym. After completing her masters in Biological sciences, she worked for the pharmaceutical industry for more than a decade. She decided to leave her budding career, to pursue her childhood dream of writing fiction novels. ‘The Trainee Undercover’ is a fictitious suspense thriller. More details on the book are available on the website www.thetrainee.info.

About the Book

‘Going undercover was their only option.’ ‘The Trainee Undercover’ is a suspense thriller novel packed with action and deceptions. Paul Collier, a high level executive, in a pharma company gets threatened into silence by an unknown force. In despair, he decides to send his family away to protect them. Alex, a happy-go-lucky teenager, is all set to enjoy his summer vacation with his friends. But fate has other plans in store! They get entangled with a murder case. Alex and his friends are now committed to pursue criminals. They desperately want to help Paul! But, will they fall prey into the hands of the criminals? It’s a race against time adventure. The teenagers’ amateurish skills will have to compete with professional criminals. Will they be a victim or victorious? Read the book to find out………..

Available from Amazon in Paperback https://www.amazon.com/Trainee-Undercover-Brenda-Shaw/dp/0995472327/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1494841849&sr=8-1&keywords=the+trainee+undercover

and Kindle format https://www.amazon.com/Trainee-Undercover-Brenda-Shaw-ebook/dp/B06ZZ66WXY/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1494841849&sr=8-1

and

Barnes & Noble in Paperback http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-trainee-undercover-brenda-shaw/1126251013?ean=9780995472327

and as a NOOK Book http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-trainee-undercover-brenda-shaw/1126251013?ean=9780995472341

 

Right diamond, wrong pocket: A Rich and Stan mystery by Rob Dew

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Rich and his mother can’t believe their luck when they win a free yacht trip. Once on-board Rich makes friends with Stan and his little sister Mitzi.

They boys enjoy exploring, however, when a diamond is stolen right there, in the middle of the sea, the boys decide the culprit must be on board, and are determined to discover who it is.

As the young sleuths investigate, the plot thickens. They make discoveries, survive dangerous events and come up with clever ideas, as they learn more about their fellow guests, but the question is – who stole the diamond?

This is a really great adventure story, written brilliantly to captivate the imagination of any child. It has a fantastic plot, plenty of twists and turns and a good ending. An all-round thumbs up from me.

 

About the Book: Rich and Stan have won a trip on a luxury yacht but they soon get caught up in a mystery when someone has stolen a diamond!

One of the super rich on board the yacht is also a super thief.

Can they find out the clues they need to catch them before it is lost for ever?

Find out in the first of the Rich and Stan mysteries!

Available from Amazon in Paperback http://www.amazon.com/Right-diamond-wrong-pocket-Rob/dp/1508872996/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1445688494&sr=8-3

and Kindle format http://www.amazon.com/Right-diamond-wrong-pocket-mystery-ebook/dp/B00X8N1HE4/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1445688494&sr=8-3

Blood on the Water by David Burton

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This book opens with young blood vampire Justine Kroft finally getting her revenge on Bill Service, the man who killed her mother twenty years before, and she is watched over by her friend, and elder vampire Simone Gireaux.

Avenged, the two vampires and their friend Teresa Diaz begin a road trip to discover what has happened to Teresa’s daughter Antonia, who has been abducted. They have been told by the Stephan Sinakov that she has been sold, but is she really still alive? Or has something worse happened to her?

Arriving in Boston they go to Kazza’s Psychic Store, and Simone asks the witch if she will use her magical powers to help them, but Kazza uncovers much more when she discovers that Teresa has magical powers.

As the three women set out on their quest, fuelled by a mother’s love, their kinship, and determination, their journey is a dangerous one which takes them across land and sea.

Desperate, hunted by vampires and tracked by oracles, they must call in favours from friends and use every magical power, sorcery trick, and gift they possess just to keep alive.

Yet their determination never waivers, but do they find her, and if they do, will she be dead, alive, or something else?

If you love vampires then you will love this book, it is an action packed adventure, full of magic, with a sprinkling of romance and plenty of twists and turns to keep you on the edge of your seat right up until the very last page.

 

About the Author: David Burton has been a boat builder, sailor, and custom cabinetmaker and has traveled by thumb, motorcycle, and sailboat. Upon returning from sailing in the South Pacific, he turned to writing. His first published book was a mystery, Manmade for Murder (Write Way Publishing, 1997. Paperback, Worldwide Mysteries, 2000). It was a selection of the Detective Book Club. Hell Cop (Silver Lake Publishing, 2004), a supernatural adventure story, was his second published novel and won 3rd place at the 1998 Colorado Gold Writers Conference. The ebook version was a finalist for the EPPIE awards. He has also written screenplays, including an adaptation of his Hell Cop and Fear Killer novels. The screenplay adaptation of Hell Cop won 1st place at the Pikes Peak Writers Conference in 2002. Another screenplay, Time For Love, took 1st place at Pikes Peak in 2001. David now lives with his wife in Southern California and is working on more stories and characters that pass thorough his life and brain in both novel and screenplay form. For more information about David Burton’s fiction, see his website at http://dcburtonwriting.wordpress.com

 

About the Book: Picking up immediately after the conclusion of Burton’s exciting novel Blood Justice, Blood on the Water opens as Justine, vampire Simone Gireaux and their mortal friend Teresa Diaz bring long-delayed vengeance to the man who murdered Justine’s own mother more than twenty years earlier. Now they have one more mystery to solve: the whereabouts of Teresa’s abducted daughter, Antonia. Their Nemesis in Blood Justice, Stephan Sinakov, had told them that Antonia was “sold”—but to whom, and for what purpose, they can only speculate. Confident that Antonia isn’t dead, the three women seek help from old contacts of Simone’s in Massachusetts. They are plunged into a world of magic and sorcery, where powerful witches struggle for control of an underground network. This battle involves plenty of fighting with mundane weapons and high-tech gadgetry as well as spells and psychic power. Helping Teresa, Justine and Simone in their quest proves to have a very high cost for their friends. But in the course of their adventures, Teresa learns that she herself is heir to a gift of magic power she had never before suspected. As the three follow clues that take them down the Eastern seaboard, Teresa struggles to learn how to control and use her abilities in a trial by fire. Ultimately, Antonia is traced to a yacht owned by a mysterious and unimaginably wealthy vampire. Meanwhile, both allies and old foes from Blood Justice are pursuing the three women from California. But the truth about Antonia’s abduction may shatter Teresa’s determination to reclaim her daughter.

Available from Amazon in Paperback: http://www.amazon.com/Blood-Water-David-Burton/dp/1935303503/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1439828925&sr=8-2-fkmr0&keywords=b%3Bood+on+the+water+by+david+burton

Smokescreen by Khaled Talib

 

9789881219589_p0_v2_s260x420Fantastic political thriller.

 

This is a compelling political spy thriller is Khaled Talib’s first novel, but a page turner every step of the way. The story is set in Singapore, where the Israeli government are trying to end, once and for all the Israeli – Palestinian conflict.

However, not everyone agrees on how to do this. Radical factions have other ideas and they plan to assassinate the Israeli Prime Minster when he visits Singapore, but first they must find a scapegoat…

Enter Jethro (Jet) West, not a very appealing fellow, he is a journalist for a top life style magazine in Singapore. Happily sleeping around and living the high life, he soon he finds that his womanising ways and reputation have well and truly gone against him, when he is framed for the murder the Singapore Tourist Boards beautiful public relations manager Niki Kishwani.

However, as if this is not bad enough, he soon discovers his destiny has been decided, and it is far worse than he could imagine.

He has been especially chosen.

As the plot thickens, Jet finds himself being hunted, and the body counts rise, things become rapidly much worse for him as he desperately tries to clear his name.

The attention to detail and research which has gone into this absorbing book is amazing. With spies, corrupt government officials and plenty of twists and turns, Smokescreen is a well written and totally absorbing political spy thriller.

 

About the Author: Khaled Talib is a former journalist with local and international exposure. He has worked full time for magazines including Singapore Tatler and Egypt Today. His articles have been published and syndicated to newspapers worldwide, and his short stories have appeared in literary journals and magazines. He is also the author of The Little Book of Muses, a collection of personal muses for writers and aspiring authors. The author is a member (overseas) of the Crime Writers Association UK. He resides in Singapore. To learn more about the author, please visit http://www.khaledtalibthriller.com  

About the Book: At an ancient café in Cairo, two veteran spies plot a covert mission to resolve – once and for all – the Israeli – Palestinian conflict. The pledge: Israel will make a major concession as part of the peace treaty. In Singapore, Jethro Westrope, a magazine journalist, stumbles onto the scene of a murder: the beautiful Niki Kishwani directs him, in her last breath, to a digital recorder, evidence that puts Jethro’s life in serious danger. And, much worse, he is framed for Niki’s murder. Jethro sets out to find Niki’s killer and is drawn into a web of deception and intrigue involving officials from the Singaporean, Israeli, and American governments, each with a complex, competing, and potentially deadly agenda. Against this pulse-pounding backdrop, Jethro races to find answers and save himself -yet nothing is as it seems. He finds himself at the centre of a political plot so diabolical and sweeping in its world implications that he is stunned to discover tomorrow’s news headlines today. He is being set up not only as a murderer but as an assassin, and something much larger than his own fate is in his hands.

Available from:

Amazon in Paperback: http://www.amazon.com/Smokescreen-Khaled-Talib/dp/9881219582/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1429969836&sr=8-5&keywords=smokescreen

and Kindle format:  http://www.amazon.com/Smokescreen-Khaled-Talib-ebook/dp/B00H4CVRL8/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=8-5&qid=1429969836

and Barnes & Noble in paperback and as a Nook Book http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/smokescreen-khaled-talib/1117653395?ean=9789881219589

Lone Jack Kid: The Return: A Western Adventure – Book 2 by Joe Corso

51SMBqqZDKL__AA160_An action packed western adventure.

In The Adventures of The Lone Jack Kid we learnt how Charles Longstreet earns the name of The Lone Jack Kid and follow his adventures in an era where lawlessness was at its peak. This was the time of cowboys and Indians, when Sheriffs tried to keep the law, gunslingers were on every corner and life was cheap.

The year is 1868, and this book opens as Charles Longstreet, or The Lone Jack Kid finishes a year on the stage in New York giving shooting demonstrations following the outstanding success of Ned Buntlines books about his previous adventures.

In her luxury apartment in the Broadway Central Hotel, the actress Sarah Bernhart receives a surprise, a beautiful diamond ring as a gift from Charles in thanks for her friendship and help.

Whilst Charles is on a train heading for Kansas City. On board, he discovers that he has an unexpected presents too, from Boss Tweed in thanks for his shooting performances, a beautiful horse, fancy saddle and a new Winchester rifle.

Arriving at Kansas he is looking forward to spending some time there, however, he soon finds that tongues are wagging and his reputation has followed him closely. So, there, as in every place, despite trying to remain anonymous, his real identity is discovered, and he is challenged by gunslingers, each one intent on proving they can draw faster, and ultimately paying with their lives.

Then, one night he is ambushed and left for dead, but he isn’t! Thus begins his search for the perpetrators and revenge.

As he travels the trails from one place to another, he has many adventures and finds himself helping lawmen, Indians and the white man alike.

His sense of justice earns him the respect of many, and he is even called to the Whitehouse for a meeting with President Ulysses S. Grant. Once there, he discovers that the president is in need of his help with the Indians, and offers him a very important job…

If you are fans of cowboys and Indian’s and the Wild West then you are going to love this book. Although it does mention some of the characters from the previous book The Adventures of the Lone Jack Kid, it is just as enjoyable to read as a stand-alone.

 

About th71SQzfskV0L__UX250_e Author: I grew up in Queens, New York. I started writing late in life hoping to help my grandchildren pay for their college education. I found to my surprise that I could tell a good story which resulted in my writing 21 books (so far), which includes my LONE JACK KID and FLAMES OF FURY trilogies.
Go figure. If I would have known that I could tell a good story. I would have started writing a half century ago.

 

AWARDS
The STARLIGHT CLUB
1 Won the SILVER in the 2012 eLit contest in the ‘TRUE CRIME’ category’.
2 Won HONORABLE MENTION in the 2013 Reader’s Favorite ‘HISTORICAL FICTION’ category’.
3 IPPY award FINALIST in 2014.
4 Awarded the Gold Seal in 2014 as a Eric Hoffer MONTAINGE MEDAL FINALIST.
5 Won FINALIST in the 2014 (NIEA) National Indie Excellence Awards in the CRIME-FICTION CATEGORY
6 Won the BRONZE on August 25, 2014 in the CIPA (Colorado Independant Publishers Association) in the HISTORICAL FICTION category.
THE LONE JACK KID won ‘FINALIST’ in the 2013 Readers Favorite in the ‘WESTERN’ category.
My short story ‘FIRE: BOX 598’ won the BRONZE in the 2013 Readers Favorite contest in the ‘HISTORICAL NON FICTION category’.

About the Book:

Charles Longstreet’s Broadway show ended after a year’s run and he wanted to give the actress something to remember him by. After receiving his gift the famous actress looked at her friend. “You know, Olga, some men have greatness thrust upon them and Charles Longstreet, even though he is not aware of it, is one of them.”
Charlie is bushwhacked on the trail by three hombres who after shooting him leave him for dead. Upon recovering he follows the old abandoned Butterfield Overland Stage Route where Charlie tracks the men to El Paso.

Cora who almost got Charlie killed with her curiosity stood on the wooden sidewalk in front of her store. He passed her as if she wasn’t there. Because of her immaturity she might have lost the man she always dreamed of meeting. Now it was too late to do anything but wave as he passed slowly by and think of what could have been.

Ned blew smoke from the barrel of his gun, then turned to the bartender. “He’s the Lone Jack Kid, and if these jerks would have left us alone, they’d still be alive now.”

Why is a wounded indian riding with Charles Longstreet, and why is Charlie wearing a marshal’s badge? And why does President Grant order him to the White House? These tantalizing questions are answered as the reader follows the Lone Jack Kid in his latest adventure when he rides the trail west to California.

Black Harvest (The Project Book 4) by Alex Lukeman

black harvestThis book has all the components of a brilliant thriller, it is action packed and keeps the reader on the edge of their seats.

We have always accepted that there are lessons to be learnt from the past, secrets buried, waiting to be discovered. Some, have been buried deeply, for a reason. They should never be found.

This is the story of what happens when one such secret is unleashed on this modern world. The plot unfortunately, is all too feasible, which is frightening really, however, everywhere we look now-a-days we see plenty of evidence of mans greed and lust for power.

Nick Carter, the main character is everything we would imagine a top agent to be, intelligent, ruthless, a trained killer, and a man able to deal with any situation. This type of job however, has its own penalties, including having to conquer the recurring demons from his past. Throughout the story, these threaten the future of a blossoming affair with one of his team mates Selena Connor, can people in jobs like theirs ever hope for love?

This is the first Alex Lukeman story I have read, but I shall certainly be looking out for more.

Black Harvest is available from Amazon in Kindle format  http://www.amazon.com/Black-Harvest-Project-Book-4-ebook/dp/B008EWZ95W/ref=sr_1_1_title_0_main?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1407499479&sr=1-1&keywords=black+harvest+by+alex+lukeman 

and in Paperback here http://www.amazon.com/Black-Harvest-Project-Book-Volume/dp/1478133279/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1407499479&sr=1-1 

it is also available as an audiobook from Audible http://www.audible.com/pd/Romance/Black-Harvest-The-Project-Book-Four-Audiobook/B00JU4R424

About the Author: Alex Lukeman writes action/adventure thrillers featuring a covert intelligence unit called the PROJECT and is the author of the award-winning Amazon best seller, The Tesla Secret. Alex is a former Marine and psychotherapist and uses his experience of the military and human nature to inform his work. He likes riding old, fast motorcycles and playing guitar, usually not at the same time. You can email him at alex@alexlukeman.com . He loves hearing from readers and promises he will get back to you.

 

 

The Time Portal 5: The Nazi by Joe Corso

Escapism at its best!

About the Book: What if you discovered a portal that took you to the 12th Century, where you met, fell in love with, and married a princess, had a child together, and then you discovered that you might never see them again?
Lucky finds himself in this peculiarly unique situation when he discovers he no longer can access The Time Portal.
Because of obligations in the present, Lucky uses the time portal and leaves the 12th Century, his princess, and his son.
But unknown to him, his enemies are waiting patiently for his return, and several questions are raised as Lucky tries to regain control of his powers.
Adolph Mueller—Nazi billionaire—has pledged to destroy his enemies, but he needs Lucky’s unique abilities to accomplish it. What powers do the titanium bracelets that were placed on Lucky’s wrists hold over him?
Lucky has decided to bring a soldier back to the present with him from the past, but for what reason?
Why do the priests of the Spanish inquisition still pursue Lucky’s wife and child?
Lucky, in his weakened state, must somehow find a way to return to the past to help save the woman he loves…

 

About Joe Corso: I grew up in Queens,New York and my motivation to write came from my wish to help my grandchildren pay for their college education. So far I’ve completed 14 novels and a number of short stories including my popular ‘ENGINE 24 FIRE STORIES’ trilogy and I’ve just finished the 5th installment in the ‘TIME PORTAL’ series. I’m just completed ‘LAFITTE’S TREASURE’ and then I plan to revisit ‘THE STARLIGHT CLUB 5 which I shelved about a year ago, When that book is finished I will write a sequel to my western ‘THE ADVENTURES OF THE LONE JACK KID’, titled ‘THE RETURN OF THE LONE JACK KID’. AWARDS THE STARLIGHT CLUB won the silver in the 2012 eLit contest in the ‘TRUE CRIME’ category’. In 2013 the book won HONORABLE MENTION in the ‘HISTORICAL FICTION’ category’. THE LONE JACK KID won ‘FINALIST’ in the 2013 Readers Favorite in the ‘WESTERN’ category. My short story ‘FIRE: BOX 598’ won the BRONZE in the 2013…

 

 

In Germany during WWII, a young Adolph Mueller Jr., is befriended by the head of the Gestapo, Heinrich Himmler.  

Falling in love for Lucky Campo knows no boundaries. He has been given the gift of time travel and his heart lies with the Princess Krystina and their son, in Medieval England at the court of King Richard where he is known as the wizard. They marry, and things could not be happier, until Lucky senses that his friends in the present day need him, and so, he has to leave his family in the trusted hands of his good friend Tor and return.

Back in the present day, he is dismayed at the turn of events; two of his friends have been taken hostage, and then he makes a discovery, which has devastating effects. However, whilst Lucky is fighting evil in the present, he is unaware of what’s happening in the past….

The Time Portal series of books are amazing, true escapism. As we travel through the time portals with Lucky and his friends, we are treated to snap shots in time, visiting historical events as they happen, meeting people from the past, and visit places many of us will never see, some destroyed forever, before we were born.

Another exciting science fiction adventure from this talented author, which stands-alone, or can be read as part of the series. The prologue sets the scene and after that, it’s just pure magic!

Available from Amazon: In Paperback http://www.amazon.com/The-Time-Portal-Nazi-Volume/dp/1495306380/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1393851276&sr=8-1

and in Kindle format http://www.amazon.com/Time-Portal-5-Nazi-ebook/dp/B00IEQ8XU6/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=8-1&qid=1393851276

ANTics by Dakota Douglas

A captivating children’s story.

Cover for 'ANTics'

About the book: Three young ants are chased by the world’s craziest, smelliest spider – an evil monster with magic powers who has vowed to turn them into ant soup. One is a fun-loving scamp, one is clever and the third is scared of his own shadow. Can they outwit the beast and save themselves, their families and friends? An exciting fantasy adventure for 7-11-year-olds in ebook and print. ANTics is a fun way for children to learn about ants with some interactive suggestions at the end. It’s a story of courage with lessons about the importance of friendship and teamwork. As well as lots of funny moments, the story is a good way for young readers to learn new words, as all the characters have names that describe their personalities and end in ANT

Review by Susan Keefe

Everyone knows that ants are everywhere; they are industrious, clever, work as a team and live in anthills, however, have you ever really thought what life is like for them?

ANTics  is a brilliant adventure story which will capture your imagination and ensure that you never look at ants in the same way again.

Set in a world literally at your feet, ant cadets Zube [ExuberANT] and  Brill [BrilliANT] decide to try and pass their  foraging flag and they agree to take the timid HesitANT with them.

However, their adventure is fraught with unforeseeable dangers, both from the giant two legs world above them, and from some of the other wildlife around them. Together, the intrepid explorers find themselves escaping dangers, overcoming challenges, vanquishing foes and making new friends in this captivating and educational book.

This delightful story, with brilliantly devised character names, not only gives children an insight into the world of ants but most importantly, they are taught through an engaging story about the importance of qualities such as loyalty, teamwork and respect.

About Dakota Douglas: Dakota Douglas is a former newspaper reporter from the North East of England, following her childhood dream of being a novelist. As a kid she read books under the bedclothes by torchlight. Now she dives under the covers, torch in hand, to scribble down conversations between her book characters in case she forgets them in the morning. She has written stories since she was about eight years old. She wrote them on a toy typewriter and her dad did the illustrations. When she wasn’t pounding on her typewriter, she was found smashing a tennis ball against the brick end of a block of garages beside her home. For hours on end she perfected her lob, backhand and forehand shots – all the time spinning stories in her head.

Website: http://www.dakotadouglas.co.uk/

ANTics is available:

from Amazon here in Paperback http://www.amazon.com/ANTics-Dakota-Douglas/dp/1477696709/ref=sr_1_1_title_1_pap?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1380542048&sr=1-1&keywords=antics+by+dakota+douglas

on Kindle here http://www.amazon.com/ANTics-ebook/dp/B008EKVXB8/ref=sr_1_1_title_0_main?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1380542048&sr=1-1&keywords=antics+by+dakota+douglas

and at Smashwords here http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/165122