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Odell’s Fall by Norman Bacal

 

 

An action-packed legal thriller dripping with intrigue and deceit.

As soon as I opened the first page of this exciting legal thriller I knew I wouldn’t be able to put it down. Straight away the lead character Odell Moore’s incredible presence and power as one of New York’s most successful lawyers captured my attention. Little did I realise that underneath the formidable, confident, presence which is Odell’s face to the world, lies a much more complex character, one which continues to unravel and offer new surprises right until the very last page.

The story begins with a celebration, it’s champagne all around as the lawyers at the prestigious international firm TGO congratulate themselves on having won the “Bounty” deal, and as their leader Odell Moore, affectionately known as The General, must celebrate this a major victory with them.

However today Odell’s mind is elsewhere, it is with his new wife, beautiful southern belle Dee. The couple have just returned from their secret wedding in Vegas and Dee is on her way to break the news of their marriage to her parents. How will her mother react, and what impact will their marriage have on her father, a deeply racist Alabama senator, when he learns her new husband is an African American?

Odell’s rise to the top of his profession has been achieved by sheer determination and he has fought for recognition and respect every step of the way. This is the way it is if you want to succeed in this business, in a profession which is ruthless, cut throat even. However, Odell is not the only one fired with a deep hunger and ambition. Jackson Sherman, Odell’s young underling, is hungry for success, sure of his own potential and unwilling to let anything get in his way. His rise through the ranks at TGO seems destined to succeed, but will it? When the seeds of doubt are planted in Jackson’s mind he discovers his darker side, a side which will stop at nothing in order to succeed.

The author’s best-selling first book “Breakdown” told the story of the rise and fall of the iconic Canadian law firm Heenan Blaikie, and in this his first work of fiction he uses his vast experience in the world of law to treat his readers into a glimpse of what life is really like for these high achievers, the glitzy and glamor, the toll on relationships, and what really happens in their lives both inside and outside the boardroom.

This story is a modern day take on Shakespeare’s famous tragedy Othello, and Odell like Othello  is soon to learn that you can trust no-one, and when you are sitting high up on your pedestal, there are plenty of people who are watching, and waiting for you to fall.

I just loved this exciting fast-paced thriller. Right from the first page there’s a wonderful mix of excitement, revelation and expectation as the plot evolves and new discoveries about the characters are made. Highly recommended!

About the Author: 

Norman Bacal (1956-) has been one of Canada’s most prominent entertainment lawyers. He has concluded a successful career leading and building an international law firm and sat on the board of a Hollywood studio for almost ten years.

He knows lawyers, the inside of boardrooms, the tension, drama and machinations that drive big business and their leaders. That’s why he’s been writing about them since 2015. His first book Breakdown, was a Globe and Mail and Amazon bestseller, telling the story of the rise and fall of iconic Heenan Blaikie, home to two Canadian prime ministers, a firm he helped to build.

His upcoming release, Odell’s Fall (October 2019) is his first fiction, a modern day Othello set in Manhattan. More detail on that to come in the summer of 2019. Odell’s Fall will be a first in a series of Shakespeare modernizations. Love, jealousy, and treachery, add up to only one thing: murder.

Author’s website https://normanbacal.com/

About the Book: 

Where do you go once you’ve clawed your way from obscurity to the pinnacle of success? When you’ve finally found the woman of your dreams. When the ethical rules guiding your life need to be broken in order to have her. When you’ve eloped to avoid the stigma of an inter-racial marriage among Alabama’s elite. If you’re Odell Moore, one of New York’s most successful lawyers, the entire world is watching your inevitable descent. And two New York detectives will be waiting to greet you in hell.

Love, jealousy, and deceit lead to murder in a penthouse apartment. But did Odell do it? Even he can’t be sure.

Othello has re-emerged in modern Manhattan. Will it end better for him and Desdemona this time?

Follow the clues and beware the plot twists and turns to the very last page in Norman Bacal’s debut novel.

Odell’s Fall is available from:

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Pinnacle Lust by Michelle Dim-St.Pierre

 

Secrets unfold when a mother reveals all to her daughter.

What would a girl expect to be given from her mother on her 18th birthday? A locket, or similar as a keepsake perhaps? Leigh Stone does receive something memorable on her 18th, but not quite what one would expect. Her mother Sharon decides that this is the right age for her daughter to discover secrets she has kept about her past, through necessity, until now. So bravely (or foolishly, I wonder) Sharon decides to give Leigh her own journal, which reveals the truth about her younger life.

The story begins with Leigh’s stunned acceptance of her mother’s unusual gift, and as she reads it the story unfolds through Sharon’s own words.

The journal begins in November 1990, when the young Sharon, a kosher Jew, living a secular life, is the nurse house supervisor at the Kol Israel Achim Jewish Hospital. It is there that one day she is introduced to a new physician at the hospital Dr. Sloan, and it is love at first sight.

Despite being in a relationship, with a very eligible man, the sight of the six foot, well built and ‘gorgeous’ Dr. Sloan literally takes her breath away. As their eyes meet she dares to imagine that he feels the same.

Sounds like a fairy-tale, a match made in heaven. Well it would be, if it wasn’t for the fact that Sloan is in fact a married man with a son. However, their joint attraction is so strong that neither can resist the temptation, and they embark on a passionate, and very intense love affair.

Leigh soon discovers in the pages that her mother’s young life at this time was very traumatic. She reads of Sharon’s decision to finish the relationship with boyfriend Joel, her establishment of lifelong female friendships, brief sexual encounters, and tragic loss of life. Also, she get a glimpse of what it was like to live through the terrors of the bombing of Israel by the Iraqis during Operation Desert Storm.

As adults with a few years of life behind them, many people, myself included, can relate to the core emotions of this story, from one side or the other, wife, mistress, husband, lover, either through their experiences, or those of friends. However the reader has to remember that Leigh is only 18 and her reactions to her mother’s life as they unfold are typical of someone that young.

Along with the excitement of the affair, Sharon and Sloan also have to deal with the real life issues of being together, both at work and at home. The celebratory days when the married lover is with his ‘family’, the snatched moments, these and so much more are situations which the lovers have to come to terms with. Very clearly the loneliness of Sharon, (the mistress’) life is exposed, laid bare, emotions raw.

With her body clock ticking away, like thousands of women before her, Sharon decides she wants a baby. However, how will this affect their future? Will Sloan really leave his wife for the woman he professes to love? If he does, what will the spurned wife do, and how will she react when she discovers about the affair? So many questions run through Leigh, and the readers mind in this exciting story.

As the story concludes, Leigh’s life is turned upside down by the revelations the journal contains, and she realises she doesn’t know her mother at all!

About the Author: 

.Michelle Dim-St. Pierre was born in Tel-Aviv, Israel, where she spent more than half of her life before relocating to the United States.

She lived through four wars and served in the Israel Defense Forces for two years. Unlike her first year of service in an armored division in the Golan Heights, she spent her second year serving in the medical corps where she interacted directly with the injured soldiers of the Peace of Galilee war and their families. This interaction, along with the exposure to the hospital atmosphere, fascinated Michelle and further touched her heart.

After graduating from nursing school with a BS in Nursing in Tel-Aviv, she practiced internationally for 32 years in various positions in the surgical field and quickly advanced into health care administration. During her career she worked in the Operating Room, Recovery Room, and CCU—along with many other duties.

Writing was Michelle’s outlet at first, but it soon became her passion. Recently she left nursing and became a full-time writer. Her international background, along with her military and nursing experience, is always at the tip of her pen. Her first novel, Pinnacle Lust, starts the Pinnacle trilogy. She is also currently creating a cookbook inspired by the Pinnacle trilogy featuring dishes mentioned in the books.

Michelle is a world traveler who enjoys cooking epicurean food and creating original recipes.

Author’s Website: http://www.michelledimstpierre.com/

About the Book:

In a Tel-Aviv hospital during Operation Desert Storm, Sharon Lapidot, a beautiful young nurse, is having an affair with a married doctor. Sharon’s colorful and exciting life is ultimately destroyed by powerful and eroding mistakes. But her courage and wisdom lead her to an unregretful commitment. Vividly told, this compelling journey of love and lust, honor and betrayal, loss and redemption, will move you — and perhaps even change you.

Pinnacle Lust is available from Amazon in Paperback, Hardcover and Kindle format https://www.amazon.com/Pinnacle-Lust-Michelle-Dim-St-Pierre-ebook/dp/B00SIH3TC8/ref=sr_1_1_twi_kin_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1547650164&sr=8-1&keywords=pinnacle+lust

Miles for Bonnie: Finding our Family by Irene Helenowski

 

A heart-warming and inspirational adventure story.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a truly inspirational story which takes you on the rollercoaster which is Dave’s life.

Who is Dave? Well Dave was just your average man who runs a diner and gets on with life. That is he did, until his beloved wife Bonnie dies. Now he is a broken man, going through the motions, with a big house and business, but no sparkle in his eye. He has known his waitress Tammy for a long time and she has had her own fair share of misery, but she is a mother and must get on with life, with kids to feed and work she just gets on with things, there’s no place for self-pity.

Then, one evening just before Christmas, at the end of a busy day a client called Nicholas stays to natter, and his parting words have an incredible impact on Dave, taking him down a pathway he could never have imagined.

From that day he changes his life completely, and remembering his dear Bonnie’s words he decides to travel and help people…

As the reader joins Dave on his journey we meet people from all walks of life, each with their own story to tell, and Dave intuitively seems to know what they want, be it a shoulder to cry on, tough love or support. In return he receives love and respect from those who get to know him.

However, home is home and when the yearning for the diner becomes too much he returns. During his absence many alterations have been made to the place, and even bigger plans are afoot. Yet just after his homecoming Dave discovers he is not immune to disaster, and when it strikes he learns he needs help too. Encouraged to write his story, he finds peace in its telling, and then discovers that there are yet more adventure to be had…

With twists and turns, this amazing story simultaneously both pulls at your heart strings and fills you with inspiration. A great read and one which people from all walks of life will enjoy.

 

About the Author:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Irene Helenowski would like to be a writer when she grows up but also loves her current day job, being a biostatistician at Northwestern University in Chicago. She has received a Master’s in Statistics from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and a Ph.D. in Biostatistics from the University of Illinois – Chicago. She hopes to follow her trilogy with a series of fairy tales and additionally writes poetry and is attempting a screenplay based on her trilogy. Irene also enjoys travel, going to concerts and museums, and other activities with friends and family. Spreading the love of math and science to minority groups has also become a passion of hers.

 

About the Book:

For the longest time, he was just going through the motions. And then a stranger came into Dave Simpson’s diner, setting him on a journey to find what he and his late wife always wanted. It was not long before he would find their family.

Available from Amazon in Kindle format https://www.amazon.com/Miles-Bonnie-Finding-our-Family-ebook/dp/B07FC2885J/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1531728777&sr=8-1&keywords=irene+helenowski

 

The Book of Angels: Twin Flames Rising by Maya El

 

An insider’s view of racial profiling in Chicago.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This exciting, yet tantalizing mystery is set in Chicago, the author’s home town. What makes this story very special is that it is a story which the author feels has to be told. The backbone scene setting of this book comes from the past memories, and personal experiences to this day of Maya El and her family, and gives an amazing insight into what it was, and is like to live as people of color in Chicago. From there the story takes flight into an exciting mystery, one which will keep its reader engrossed until the very last page.

At the time this story begins, Chicago is a city in lockdown. Backed by a president intent on making America safe, its police force make their own rules, and have unofficial carte blanche to terrorize and control its people of color.

At the largest black Baptist church in Chicago, the camera loving, outspoken, successful pastor Carson Parker, is a shining light for his flock, helping the community, providing hope and strength, a force to be reckoned with.

Living in a beautiful house, his wife Natalie is safe and secure, she’s in a perfect marriage as far as the outside world is concerned. However Natalie’s husband is a very different man than the caring, charismatic pastor, he is controlling, violent, and terrifying! Natalie knows she must do something, but how, and who is the sexy mysterious man who haunts her dreams?
As this clever police thriller morphs into a mystery, romance, murder, and then a horror story, this talented author takes the reader on the rollercoaster ride which is Natalie’s life.

This book has an absolutely riveting storyline, and yet it is so much more. The character of Natalie shows such strength in the face of adversity that she is empowering, and her journey of self-discovery shows us that there are forces out there which we do not understand, and yet they are there, and their powers can shape our destiny…

About the Author: Maya El was born and raised in Chicago, IL, and has witnessed the racial profiling of her brother and sons firsthand by law enforcement. Her father was a local political activist and raised awareness of racial profiling of young men of color in the 1990s. Maya is a Registered Nurse, the mother of four, and grandmother of one.

About the Book: A city on lockdown. A nation in turmoil. A president promising to “Make America a safe place to live again.” A secret so ugly, it could destroy everything… Natalie Parker is the pastor’s wife at the largest black church in Chicago. From the outside, she seems to have it all: a gorgeous house, a beautiful pool, a powerful husband. But things aren’t always as they appear from the outside. Natalie knows something isn’t right with her husband, and the truth is worse than she ever dreamed. In a city full of lies, coverups, and injustice, can Natalie uncover the truth in her own marriage before it’s too late? And what about the hauntingly seductive mystery man who keeps appearing in Natalie’s dreams?

Available from Amazon in Paperback https://www.amazon.com/Book-Angels-Twin-Flames-Rising/dp/197629357X/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1514307632&sr=1-1

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Lure of Soma: Harappa 1 by Shankar Kashyap

 

A fascinating glimpse into the Harappan Civilization.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The author’s vast knowledge of Hindu history and literature makes this enthralling novel set in the third millennium BCE fascinating reading. Indeed although a work of fiction, the story is based around real life characters and events which took place in the Near East, and Middle East at that time.

The Harappan (or Indus Valley) Civilization was the biggest empire of the time. Its lands stretched from the river Indus and Hindu Kush Mountains in the west, to the Ganges Yamuna doab in the east, the Himalayas in the north and the Arabian Sea in the south.

The story is told by the main character Upashantha (Upaas), who is a trainee physician and the son of Angirasa, the chief architect who designed the beautiful city of Harappa, known as the City of Gold.

Through Upaas’s eyes, and the author’s wonderfully descriptive writing, we find ourselves transported back through time to this golden era in Harappan history.

The Harappans live well, are prosperous, safe, protected, and welcome visitors and merchants keen to trade with them. However, for others life is not so fortunate, in Ariana the nine rivers have dried up, the people are suffering, and the crops are failing. Matriya, has had to watch his family and those around him struggle and is angry, and so after failing to persuade the Elders of Sistan to use their magical powers to change the course of the river Sindu (Indus), a resentful and unhappy Matriya decides to take fate into his own hands.

Eventually, after much studying under a  yogi who knows how to control nature, Matriya learns the necessary powers himself, however, although he wants to move the course of the mighty Sindu river so his people’s lands are fertile again, he also has an ulterior motive, he is doing it for selfish reasons, he seeks glory for himself.

As this story unfolds Upaas finds himself called upon to help the Elders of the Council and Sages of Harappa, and is sent down perilous paths to save the City of Gold from war, and the spell of the rogue Magus.

I was fascinated by the magical Soma plant which was revered as a God by the Harappan civilization, and grown in a secret location known only to a few. Its magical powers are as vital to the Magus, and the Harappa people in this story, as they were at the time.

This is a great action packed adventure which is laced with magic and sorcery, and am looking forward to reading the second in this trilogy, Harappa 2:  Fall of Shuruppak.

 

About the Author: 

Shankar N Kashyap is a consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon working in Gateshead, UK. Some of his colleagues jealous of his popularity, success and talent, decided to cook up spurious charges against him and reported to the regulatory body, the GMC. He faced an three year ordeal of trial by incompetent individuals who were not only corrupt but completely devoid of any knowledge of the work he did in the hospital. He has written his experiences in his book “A Kangaroo Court” on Createspace. The book is an invaluable guide to all doctors not only in the UK, but across the world.

He is extensively read with wide knowledge of history of near east and middle east. He is presently writing a series of books based in Indus Valley and Mesopotamia around third millennium BCE. First book Harappa: The Lure of Soma has been released through Palimpsest India and available on amazon as well as on Alibris websites. It was released in Delhi in October 2013 and has excellent reviews by renowned authors such as Graham Hancock and David Frawley. The second book of the series – Harappa: The fall of Shuruppak is due for release in the spring of 2014.

He lives in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK with his wife and three children.

Author’s Website: http://shankarkashyap.com/
About the Book:
Myth is the smoke of history and as the years pass the smoke, which has hung for millennia over the Indus Valley civilisation is clearing. Trowel and brush investigation in the 1920s by Mortimer Wheeler and now scientific research, which relies on aerial photography and computer modelling, has confirmed that an early urban civilisation appeared in that area slightly before the Sumerian and Egyptian ones appeared. Teams of scholars from every continent have confirmed that the Indus, and its daughter and cousin rivers, for about 1,400 years supported extensive urban settlements, which then disappeared, lost under inundations of mud and dust. In these river valleys, in terrains of clay and water under a relentless sun and cloud-free starry skies. Mathematics, town planning, pharmaceuticals and philosophy flourished and then disappeared almost without trace. Papers on archaeological investigation are appearing but in Harappa, Shankar Kashyap provides a different service. Instead of asking us to piece together a complicated scientific narrative about what lies on, or just under, the earth he does what a Vedic bard would have done he tells a story, which has the features of a rip roaring Bollywood film. His hero, predictably because Shankar Kashyap is a surgeon, is Upaas, a trainee doctor. Upaas describes municipal government, pupilship with a yogi, exploding arrows, kingship, an attempt to re-route rivers with thought, a battle in a hidden ravine as a watching eagle hovers overhead, international trade and horsemanship. There is a doe eyed maiden who flirts in shallow water using her toes and a villain who seems to lack the virtue of rising early without complaint. This novel is well grounded in 5000 years of Hindu literature but it has a modern slant. Today floods threaten, traders quarrel, religious niceties cause children to starve and wail, drone planes bomb weddings and an interrogatory Eagle hovers watching.
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Cries of Grace by Angela Beach Silverthorne

 

Simply beautiful!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This inspiring story begins as Bren graduates as a nurse from university, and returns to The Haven, the wonderful home where she found sanctuary with her now deceased grandmother ‘GG’. This is the sequel to ‘Cries of Innocence’ in which we learnt about Bren’s traumatic childhood, and how, through the teachings of her grandmother, and others, she discovered her faith in God, and that she was a Lighten (warrior of God). I have to say right now that it doesn’t matter of you haven’t read ‘Cries of Innocence,’ this story happily stands alone.

Bren’s graduation is five years after there was horrific demonic activity at The Haven, which caused so much heartbreak. During those years training for her Master’s degree in nursing Bren’s faith in God has remained as strong as ever and she is returning home hoping to be able to help her local community by becoming a midwife, following in the footsteps of her grandmother.

It is always difficult returning after a long absence, and Bren discovers that inevitably there have been many changes at The Haven. However, the air is buzzing with activity, the business is busy, and best of all, the man she loves, Joseph is still waiting for her, and planning their future together.

Everything is perfect, and the community is growing in the love of God, however Bren is constantly reminded of her grandmother’s advice to guard her heart and forgive. As her hopes and dreams come true, not only for herself, but for those around her, at the back of her mind she cannot help but stay vigilant, forever watching and on guard, terrified that Satan’s servants may return.

She is also uncomfortably aware that those who live at The Haven were not the only ones in Silverton who were affected by that terrible night five years ago, and she finds herself wondering if it could be true that ‘the sins of the father shall be visited upon the son.’

This is an incredibly inspiring story, Silverton and its inhabitants are just like you and me, they have hopes, fears, problems, worries, and hates, as we do. However, this is a strong Christian community and their belief in the love of God and his son Jesus helps them throughout all their daily life. In this modern, consumer orientated world, so busy and impersonal, often we think only of ourselves, however through Bren, Joseph and the other characters, the author reminds us that others need our help and we can make a difference. As I finished the last page of this wonderful book I was not only in awe of the achievements of its characters, but I felt uplifted by the realisation that He is always with us, and that it only takes a moment to stop and ask God for help or guidance, he is always there, listening…

I highly recommend this wonderful story and can’t wait until early next year when ‘Cries of Mercy’ will be released.

 

About the Author:

Angela Beach-Silverthorne is an award-winning, multi-genre writer. Her first book, Promises Seeded Inside, was an expository look at life through poetry. She is the co-author of the Women’s fiction novel Heart Chatter – the first book in the award-winning Depression Cookies series that was featured on Lifetime TV. Cries of Innocence released in 2015, is a Contemporary Christian fiction novel that received five-star reviews from Readers Favorite. Debuting in 2017 Cries of Grace is a Contemporary Christian romance and suspense novel which has also garnered five-star reviews from Readers Favorite.

Angela and her husband of 47 years, Dallas, live in Virginia with their Boston terrier, Miss Lillie. They are the parents of 3 daughters and 9 grandchildren who often beg her to tell them “one more story.” Her passions are faith, family, reading, writing, teaching, encouraging, cooking, blogging, and Pinterest.

Website: http://angelabeachsilverthorne.blogspot.fr/

About the Book:

Bren’s grandmother said to guard your heart and forgive.
How far does God’s grace truly reach?

The Haven has enjoyed five years of peace after a brutal demonic assault. The land has flourished. People have moved on, reaping a treasure house of blessings and getting comfortable and complacent.

Bren has been away for five years. Now she heads home with a Master’s degree in nursing, hoping to follow her grandmother’s passion as a midwife. Going home holds deep-rooted issues. She must face the death of her grandmother, her father’s involvement in demonic activity, and bitter disappointments.

Going home also means seeing Joseph. Through brief visits, phone calls, and letters, Bren has fallen in love with Joseph. She is indebted to him for helping restore The Haven to its former glory, but she wants more. She wants her love reciprocated to the fullest.

Going home might mean more hurt, more brokenness, but it also might mean love and passion, sharing a future with the man of her dreams.

Cries of Grace weaves a beautiful tale of romance, redemption, faith, and trust, but in the background things are shifting—mistrust, deceit, and corruption begin to slip in and insidiously corrode hope.

 

Cries of Grace is available from Amazon in Paperback https://www.amazon.com/Cries-Grace-Angela-Beach-Silverthorne/dp/1544851006/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1507127054&sr=8-1 

and Kindle format https://www.amazon.com/Cries-Grace-Book-2-ebook/dp/B06ZXRH676/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1507127054&sr=8-1

and Barnes and Noble in Paperback https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/cries-of-grace-angela-beach-silverthorne/1126235679?ean=9781544851006 

and as a NOOK Book https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/cries-of-grace-angela-beach-silverthorne/1126235679?ean=2940154121955

 

 

Light of the Desert by Lucette Walters

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Born into a wealthy family, loving parents, and a beautiful home, Zafferra and Noora have the best of everything, including the chance to be educated in London. What more could they want?

Noora is engaged to Michel, handsome and with good prospects he is everything a girl could want, and he is deeply in love with her.

However, this story is about sibling rivalry, a common problem, however Zaffeera’s jealousy of her sister Noora transcends all reason. Carefully hidden beneath her meek demeanour, Zafferra is harbouring a deep jealousy, it is consuming her! Nobody realises, but as a young girl she had fallen in love with Michel after a chance meeting years before, she should be his wife, and is determined it will be so.

Time is running out, soon the sisters will be leaving London, returning to Egypt for Noora and Michel’s wedding. So, during their last few days in London, Zafferra puts her plan into action…

When they excitedly return home, the reception Noora receives leaves her confused. Then, when she is called to a meeting with her father, her life changes forever. For their father, Farid Fendil is a loyal MOFHAJ member, and having been presented with undeniable evidence of an immoral crime being perpetrated, by a member of his family, he knows what he must do.

Thus Noora finds herself fleeing for her life, travelling across continents, in her pursuit of sanctuary she must take on a new identity.

With her new name, Kelley, her life changes in ways she could never have imagined, however, the past has a way of catching up on you, and as the sisters both discover, the future can never be assumed.

We read every day in the papers, and see on the news the damage and chaos caused by fundamentalist groups, and hear horrific tales of female circumcision, and other ordeals which are inflicted on women and children in the Middle East. This story graphically brings these things to life.

This gripping novel captures your attention from the very first page. It takes you on a wonderful adventure, yet it is also a beautiful love story, interlaced with jealousy, betrayal and a myriad of other emotions. To me it was not only entertaining, but also fascinating, and thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

About the Author: Lucette Walters was born in Alexandria, Egypt, grew up in Paris, relocated with her family to Chicago, and eventually moved to Los Angeles where she pursued a career in film. She recently completed the screenplay adaptation of Light of the Desert and is working on her second novel.

About the Book: It is 1972 when Noora Fendil is born into a wealthy Middle Eastern family. As she grows up blessed with beautiful eyes and a lean body, Noora’s intelligent yet plain younger sister, Zaffeera, becomes increasingly jealous. But now that Noora is engaged to the only man she has ever wanted, Zaffeera’s envy is about to spiral out of control. Just before her wedding, Noora is framed by Zaffeera, who has developed a diabolical plan to destroy her sister’s happiness. Believing she has shamed him and dishonored the family name, Noora’s father follows a secret ancient practice and attempts to drown her. As her lifeless body floats away from him, Noora’s father has no idea she has survived. Now on a journey to escape her nightmare, Noora’s dangerous path takes her from Jordan to Egypt and France, and eventually California. Along the way, she hides her true identity in the hope that one day she can return to prove her innocence, even as she is stalked by a fundamentalist determined to seek justice. Light of the Desert shares the moving tale of a Middle Eastern woman’s remarkable journey of survival, courage, and the ultimate act of humanity. “. . . A truly inspiring and engrossing novel. . .”

Available from Amazon in Hardcover https://www.amazon.com/Light-Desert-Lucette-Walters/dp/1425977499/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1480525758&sr=8-1

Paperback https://www.amazon.com/Light-Desert-Lucette-Walters/dp/1425977480/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1480525758&sr=8-1

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The Flautist by John Needham

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When Leah Weisman , graduates from the Juilliard School of Music, the gifted daughter of rich parents, and marries, she believes that it’s for life. Still starry eyed, she goes with her husband to England for his work. However, finding work herself proves difficult, a chance friendship blossoms and she is happy, until she discovers she has been betrayed, and this changes her life forever.
Suddenly she finds herself alone, with no support from family, and she must make her own way in the world, and what a world it is. No longer the cosseted daughter, or loved wife, but a woman alone, she must make her own decisions and suffer the consequences, as they say.
There are a rich variety of characters in this book, all with their own interesting and very varied lives. As their stories unfold, and become entwined, the reader has first-hand experience of John Needham’s real gift of picking the reader up and settling them firmly in the story. We watch as they struggle with the highs and lows of everyday life. Feel the sensations as they enjoy moments of pleasure, and their grief when they deal with its tragedies.
At the end of the story we fast forward to 2021, and see what the future holds, which is lovely, and brings back for the characters, and the reader memories…
And generously, the author has given the lucky reader a chance to sample another of his wonderful stories before you go.
This is a book of love, passion, devotion, betrayal and a myriad of emotions in between which I for one will want to read more than once, as, like any good story, there will be, I am sure, hidden snippets which I have missed the first time around. Highly recommended.

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About the Author: I have had a love affair with the written and printed word all my life. An avid reader as a child, my passion for print really took off when I was apprenticed as a compositor in the bygone age of hot-metal letterpress, long before the advent of computers, high-tech printing and ebooks.
Much of my career continued around print, in copywriting and as a graphic designer. Now retired from all that, I write books, issues-based and exploring the human condition. I have produced two house renovation books although not yet published them, and published part one of an autobiography, Wishing for the Better.

In fiction, my debut novel was Convergence, a story of elderly, interracial love. This was followed by Forebears, a family saga set in the east of England spanning 106 years from the early 20th century almost to the present day.

A third novel, The One of Us, is about the trials and tribulations and nature/nurture theory of separated-when-babies, adopted identical twins. My fourth book, Secret Shame, is a companion to The One of Us, telling the later poignant story of the birth mother of the twins.

My fifth novel, The Flautist, about a minor character from Secret Shame, is a gentle, sometimes sad story of music, love, belonging and rescue from despair.

Awakening is a small anthology of short stories: six of them stand-alone and five modified sample chapters from my novels.

I live and write my words in west Wales.

About the book:

Leah Weisman is a twenty-something flautist (flute player) trained at the renowned Juilliard music school in New York. Unfortunately, she makes disastrous choices in men. Benjamin Wolfewitz, now Walters, is a Londoner and one-time refugee and has two things in common with Leah: he’s also Jewish, at least by birth, and also a flautist, with a top London orchestra.

Patrick Brennan is forty-something, Irish, from County Sligo, too soft-hearted for his own good, and a newspaper journalist working in London. He has two connections with Benjamin: friendship and a passion for classical music.

Patrick is concerned about his expanding waistline and resolves to start eating sensibly and exercising by walking to work. That good resolution leads to a chance encounter which triggers a chain of events resulting in a trinity of friendship and love with far-reaching consequences both dramatic and profound.

This tender, touching, sometimes exquisitely sad love story is a compelling tale about music, deliverance from despair, belonging and the power of a simple act of kindness.

Available from Amazon in Paperback: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Flautist-Mr-John-Edward-Needham/dp/153286857X/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1466002586&sr=8-1

and Kindle format: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Flautist-John-Needham-ebook/dp/B01EP7ZNIM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1466002586&sr=8-1&keywords=john+needham

Can You Hear The Music? by Sandra Farris

untitledSet in the early 1900’s, this is a truly heart-warming story about Corey James, a young girl whose parents die in a car crash and she is taken to live with her Uncle George and Aunt Lizzie who she does not know.

The dominating Aunt Lizzie dislikes Corey and abuses her, both mentally and physically, even her husband is afraid of her!

After a failed escape, where she is caught by her wicked aunt, Corey cuts off her hair and pretends to be a boy, very convincingly. She is befriended by a stranger called Andy who takes her under his wing and teaches her how to survive honestly.

This is an amazing story following the adventure which is Corey’s life. It is a wonderful book which takes us on a rollercoaster of emotions as we watch this young girl grow-up and fall in love.  

Here is the Youtube book trailer for Can You Hear the Music https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xWHx8rxu5OY

About the Author: Sandra Farris began writing in junior high school. After raising her three sons, she attended a local community college where she continued her education and honed her writing skills. Can You Hear the Music? is Sandra Farris?s second book. She is currently working on her third.

About the book: The year 1919 ended in tragedy for young Corey James. Her life is shattered when a car crash kills her beloved parents and she is forced to live with relatives she has never seen before. Her aunt is verbally and physically abusive until Corey has no recourse but to run away. Disguised as a boy and, with the help of an old hobo, she begins a journey that takes her on a series of adventures, both perilous and heartwarming. As they ride the rails together, Andy Curruthers helps restore Corey’s self-esteem, teaches her about life, and helps form the woman she becomes.

Available:

From Amazon in Kindle http://www.amazon.com/Can-Hear-Music-Sandra-Farris-ebook/dp/B0079OG342/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=8-2&qid=1426857465

Paperback http://www.amazon.com/Can-You-Hear-The-Music/dp/0595302688/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1426857465&sr=8-2

and Hardcover http://www.amazon.com/Can-Hear-Music-Sandra-Farris/dp/0595661440/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=8-2&qid=1426857465

and in Audiobook format from Audible http://www.audible.com/pd/Fiction/Can-You-Hear-the-Music-Audiobook/B00DQB6VBM/ref=a_search_c4_1_1_srImg?qid=1426858750&sr=1-1

Service Before Self by Tegon Maus

51PNa60YMiL__AA278_PIkin4,BottomRight,-46,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_When Toby Grant starts his first day as a service technician at Handy Dandy Services, in San Bernardino he has no idea what his first week will be like, but full of expectation that first day he is partnered with very experienced Ryan Burnell. 

Ryan makes no bones about his reluctance in having to wet nurse Toby and refuses to use his name, calling him ‘Newbie’ instead, and continually reminds him of the company slogan ‘Service Before Self.

However, his partner’s reluctance is nothing compared to the colorful characters Toby meets on the job, so to speak.

From eccentric waste billionaires and very flirtatious women, to unbelievable roach problems and ghosts in the attic, Toby’s numerous adventures in this book will make you laugh repeatedly, however, be aware some will also make your skin crawl. And, all the while poor Toby has to follow the deadpan instructions both gestures and verbal of the reluctant Ryan and do his bidding at a flick of a coin.

However, Toby soon discovers that the Ryan he knows today is a very different character from the man he was a few years before. Back then he was involved in the dangerous worlds of drugs and murder, and, his previous partner was stabbed 27 times.

Ryan certainly has some dark secrets and soon his past is about resurface….

This story is not only a very funny, if cringe worthy insight into the working day of company representatives, and what sometimes they see when entering other people’s homes; but also an extremely gripping thriller in parts as Ryan is pulled back, yet again, into the world of drugs he left behind five years previously.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading every page of this story and would happily recommend it as a brilliantly entertaining book.

 

About the Author61BlSSkFAwL__UX250_: I was raised pretty much the same as everyone else… devoted mother, strict father and all the imaginary friends I could conjure. Not that I wasn’t friendly, I just wasn’t “people orientated”. Maybe I lived in my head way more than I should have, maybe not. I liked machines more than people, at least I did until I met my wife.
The first thing I can remember writing was for her. For the life of me I can’t remember what it was about… something about dust bunnies under the bed and monsters in my closet. It must have been pretty good because she married me shortly after that. I spent a good number of years after inventing games and prototypes for a variety of ideas before I got back to writing.
It wasn’t a deliberate conscious thought, it was more of a stepping stone. My wife and I had joined a dream interpret group and we were encouraged to write down our dreams as they occurred. “Be as detailed as you can,” we were told.
I was thrilled. If there is one thing I enjoy it’s making people believe me and I like to exaggerate. Not a big exaggeration or an out right lie mine you, just a little step out of sync, just enough so you couldn’t be sure if it were true or not. If I can make people think “it could happen,” even for a moment, then I have them and nothing makes me happier. When I write, I always write with the effort of “it could happen” very much in mind and nothing, I guarantee you, nothing, makes me happier.

 About the book: A recent transplant to Southern California, Toby Grant has landed his dream job. He’s a service tech for Handy Dandy Services—the premier handyman service in the southland.

Things don’t go well for Toby on the first day when he is teamed up with Ryan Burnell, a twenty year veteran of Handy Dandy. Toby quickly learns the hardships of being Ryan’s partner, and finds himself in one uncomfortable situation after another.

In an effort to understand his new partner, Toby accidentally uncovers Ryan’s past involvement with drugs, burglary, and murder. He also learns about Ryan’s last partner of five years—Delsin Honaw—who had been murdered…stabbed twenty-seven times.

Haunted by one misunderstanding after another, Toby learns the true meaning of the company’s motto—“Service before Self.”

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