Sunday, September 20, 2020
The Halfling's Court
A Bad-Ass Faerie Tale Book 1
by Danielle Ackley-McPhail
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Get Your Bad-Ass On!
The rumble of a Harley...
The gleam of black leather...
The shine of polished chrome...
The freedom of the open road....
Motorcycles meet magic and mayhem as Lance Cosain, the halfling leader of The Wild Hunt MC, protects his turf and his people from attacks ordered by Dair na Scath, the high king of the fae.
Holding his own against rogue fae, redcaps, and pissed-off road gremlins, all Lance wants to do is settle down with his lady. Instead he goes toe-to-toe with the high king's champion over an ancient dagger and his claim to the throne.
Who will triumph? The king of the road or the king of the realm? Either way, the Hunt is on!
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The Redcaps' Queen
A Bad-Ass Faerie Tale Book 2
The Hunt is On!
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Award-winning author and editor Danielle Ackley-McPhail has worked both sides of the publishing industry for longer than she cares to admit. In 2014 she joined forces with husband Mike McPhail and friend Greg Schauer to form her own publishing house, eSpec Books (www.especbooks.com).
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Saturday, September 19, 2020
Fly Twice Backward
by David S. McCracken
Genre: Alternate History, SciFi
You wake back in early adolescence, adult memories intact, including ones that could make you very wealthy now. Your birth family is here, alive again, but your later families are gone, perhaps forever. What has happened, what should you do about coming problems like violence, ignorance, pollution, and global warming? You realize one key connects most, the fundamentalist strains of the major religions disdaining science, equality, and social welfare. You see that there are some things you can change, some you can’t, and one you don’t dare to.
Fellow idealists help you spend your growing fortune well--such as an artistic Zoroastrian prince in the Iranian oil industry, a rising officer in the Soviet army working to find a way to destroy his corrupt government, a Bahai woman struggling against Islamic brutality, a Peruvian leader working for a liberal future, and a snake-handling Christian minister, grappling with doubts, sexuality, and destiny. They are supported by an ally who develops essential psychic powers. The group faces familiar-looking corrupt politicians, religious leaders, and corporate czars, but there is an ancient force in the background, promoting greed, violence, hate, and fear.
This exciting, emotional, thoughtful, humorous, and even romantic sci-fi novel weaves progressivism, music, movies, and literature into a struggle spanning the globe. Vivid characters propel the action back up through an alternative history toward an uncertain destination.
McCracken was born in Louisville, KY, in 1940. Raised mostly in
Winchester, KY, he now lives in Northern Virginia, with his third and
final wife. He has three children, two stepchildren, and six
three years in the U.S. Navy following a lackluster academic start,
he graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1963, in Diplomacy
and International Commerce. He then worked as a Latin American
country desk officer in the U.S. Department of Commerce until he
returned to school to earn an M.A. in Elementary Education in 1970
from Murray State University, having always been intending to teach.
Eventually realizing his children qualified for reduced-price lunches
based on his own teaching salary, he studied computer programming at
Northern Virginia Community College and worked as a programmer until
shifting back into elementary teaching.
He began working on what became Fly Twice Backward in 1983 and finally finished it in 2019! At 79, David strongly doubts he'll be doing another novel of such scope and complexity, but is preparing to work on a children's science fiction novel with a progressive bent, being a devout progressive in politics and religion, as well as a lover of learning.
The Black Eyed Witch
The Black Eyed Witch Series Book 1
by Rowan Staeffler
Genre: YA High Fantasy
Lithia is in hiding. She has to be. As a witch, she possesses the inhuman strength, superior healing ability, and long life characteristic of all witches. She is being hunted by Noran, an evil king, who has been kidnapping and vivisecting witches in an attempt to gain their abilities.
Ronan, a human royal guard and former witch hunter, is also on the run. King Noran framed him for killing the previous king, and he escaped the palace before the king could silence him. Lithia convinces Ronan to team up with her, and together they devise a plan to assassinate the malevolent king.
As they travel across the kingdom recruiting others to their cause, they must defeat terrifying creatures the king has sent after them and battle the horrifying monsters that plague the land. Their attraction to grows, but the secrets they are keeping from each other could unravel the whole plan and even threaten their very survival.
The Black Eyed Witch Series Book 2
Lithia is a witch and possesses the natural inhuman strength, healing ability, and long lifespan that all witches have. Ronan, her lover, is a human royal guard and a former witch hunter. Together they travel the kingdom, hired by cities and villages to eliminate the creatures that prey on their citizens.
While defending a town against an attack, the humans inexplicably turn on them. When the battle is over, no human is left alive. Word of the bloodbath spreads, and enraged humans blame the witches for the deaths.
On the run and desperate for answers, every place they stop has new tales of similar massacres across the land. They discover a group of Naguals, hideous shape-shifting brutes, are behind the humans’ attacks on witches. A race against time begins as Lithia and Ronan hunt the Naguals while being chased by the very humans they are trying to save. If they don’t stop the Naguals, both humans and witches will be at their mercy and the world as they know it will be over.
Originally born in Australia but moved to Switzerland when I was 5. After 14 years of completing school and an apprenticeship as a fitter and turner, I moved back to Australia. Eventually, I moved to Hong Kong for 3 years and got married. My wife and I moved to Australia. We currently live in Darwin.
While I enjoy a good story and fantasy as such as reading the Throne of Glass series, I was tired of reading about magic for pretty much every fantasy trope there is. I want to take a different take with mine that does not involve magic and typical creatures such as dwarfs and elves.
Friday, September 18, 2020
Betrayal of Destiny
The Rising Saga Book 2
by M.K. Adams
Genre: YA Fantasy
A young woman on the verge of greatness. A soldier who has lost all that he holds dear. And, the lingering shadow that watches over them both.
Five years have passed since Lyvanne joined the Spring. Her people have swelled in number, but so have the threats they face. Growing into her role as a fighter, Lyvanne must risk a daring trip to the capital to save the man she looks to as a brother from the fatal grasp of the king.
Gromwell, a soldier in the king's army, has been called back to the Rive. At the behest of his king, he must put aside the trauma of losing his loved one, set out on a mission to discover the location of the insurgent group, and find a way to put a stop to them for good. Or, risk bringing ridicule and ruin down upon his family.
Journey's will collide as opposing forces in the war for the Rive make their most critical moves yet.
Child of Destiny
The Rising Saga Book 1
A young orphan on the run from the King. A warlock with the power to protect her. And, the fighter holding them together.
The Rive, a realm ruled by the iron grip of a war-hungry King, is on the brink of rebellion and Lyvanne, a young girl who has witnessed a vision of his downfall, is the key to victory, whether she wants to be involved or not.
Forced to leave her loved ones behind, her life becomes a deadly game of cat and mouse. With the King willing to stop at nothing if it means finding the one who threatens his reign. But when a defiant insurgent group known as The Spring takes her into their protection, Lyvanne is offered something she never could have dreamed of before. The chance to fight back, the chance to make a difference.
Embark on a journey of self-discovery and political upheaval as a common street rat takes the first steps of her great journey along the paths of love, magic, and war.
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is a new author within the fantasy genre. He works in politics by
trade but writing is where the heart lies, and he's been concocting
worlds and stories since he was a child. He carried out his degree at
the University of Kent, Canterbury, before moving into the private
sector in London.
M.K. also has an unhealthy obsession with
collecting Funko Pops and can often be found listening to the Lord of
the Rings soundtrack when locked away working on his next novel. An avid reader of fantasy and all its sub-genres, M.K. is always on the
lookout for the next great story.
Able to find inspiration in
the smallest of details he is a firm believer that creating new
worlds from scratch is one of the most fulfilling past-times. That
belief also led him to the world of Dungeons and Dragons, a hobby
that he believes perfectly compliments the creative outpouring of
working on a new fantasy novel.
His favourite author is
J.R.R.Tolkien and he found great inspiration when he visited
Tolkien's hometown (and local pub!) in Oxford.
Hudson River Book 3
by Jacqueline Simon Gunn
Genre: Contemporary Romance
It’s been twelve years since Kat laid eyes on Baxter Adams, her first love, her best friend, the boy who broke her heart. Though Bax shied away from commitments, Kat was the one girl he wanted to know forever, someone he would do anything for. Except for date. Then in a moment that ripped both of their hearts out, they ended a friendship they thought would last a lifetime.
Now, Kat believes her past with Bax is finally behind her… until he’s hired at the magazine where she works. At first, they slip easily into their close camaraderie, ignoring events of the past. But is rekindling their old friendship enough? Or is something deeper still between them?
While Bax wants nothing more than to earn back Kat’s trust, blaming himself for the way things ended between them, he has no idea that Kat still harbors guilt for breaking a promise that changed the course of his life. And she never had the courage to tell him.
In an emotional story about long-lost friendships, passionate love, and the bonds that endure, will the past that ties them together also tear them apart?
This is book three in the Hudson River series but can be read as a stand-alone.
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Before the Footprints Fade
Hudson River Book 2
Amanda knows what she wants and what she doesn’t want. Raised by a mother who tore her down and made her feel unworthy, she’s now determined to finish her journalism degree and stand on her own two feet.
But when an irresistible connection tempts her, will she find the love she never had with Harry, the talented and gorgeous musician with secrets behind his eyes? Or will she once again learn that she can’t depend on anyone but herself?
In a story that delves deeply into how the past choices and unlived lives of those close to us affect our own journey and how difficult it is to change when everyone expects you to be the same as you’ve always been, there’s even more at play than Amanda and Harry’s passionate and tumultuous relationship. Lurking in the past are secrets that hold the key to and threaten to change the lives of almost everyone close to them.
Will they be able to hold on to their love, even when they are their own worst enemies? Or will the answers to long-asked questions blow their world apart?
Before the Footprints Fade is a love story that explores philosophical themes about love, memories, nostalgia, and how the path not taken creates a ripple effect on the lives of those close to us.
This book is a spin-off of Forever and One Day but can be read as a stand-alone.
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Forever and One Day
Hudson River Book 1
Everyone has wondered “what if?” But how many get a chance to live it?
Seventeen years ago, Olivia Watson’s world was turned upside down when she discovered Justin, her high-school sweetheart turned fiancé, having sex with her best friend, Petal. Unable to muster up any forgiveness, she turns her back on him and every friend connected to that part of her life, leaving many questions about the details of the betrayal unanswered.
When Olivia receives an invitation for her twenty-year high school reunion, she decides that she’s been avoiding the past for too long. It’s time to go back and revisit that part of her life, her old friends, and the betrayal that created the wedge between them.
As soon as she and Justin lay eyes on each other at the reunion, they immediately sense the vibrant remains of their unbreakable connection. The spark between them never faded. However, Justin is now married to Petal and Olivia is involved with Adam, her handsome, best-selling-author boyfriend. But is healing old wounds enough for Olivia and Justin to move forward together, or will it help them make peace with the new lives they have chosen?
Each of the four main characters remain bound to their past by unresolved issues, demonstrating that sometimes we can’t find our future until we settle our past. But, most importantly, Olivia learns that forever isn’t time eternal; rather, forever is a place we share with the people we love the most — even when they’re gone.
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Jacqueline Simon Gunn is a Manhattan-based clinical psychologist and writer. She has authored two non-fiction books and co-authored two others. She has published many articles, both scholarly and mainstream, and currently works as a freelance writer. Gunn is now writing psychological fiction, love stories and thrillers. Always in search of truth and fascinated by human behavior, her fiction writing, like psychology, is a way for her to explore human nature -- motivation, emotions, relationships.
In addition to her clinical practice and writing, Gunn is an avid runner and reader, a serious cat lover and a coffee connoisseur. She is currently working on multiple writing projects.
Thursday, September 17, 2020
The Shale Controversy assesses the pros and cons of the shale revolution. Written for lay readers as well as experts, the book lists the personal benefits of cheap gas and oil as well as the trade balance achieved for the United States. On a global scale, cheap energy has lifted millions of people into the middle class. But there are downsides to the revolution. One is the threat, present and future, of earthquakes in connection with the drilling of shale wells. The biggest downside may be the threat of global warming –attributed to greenhouse gases from the burning of fossil fuels, including shale-oil and shale-gas. Australia is a poster-child for global warming and Dr Palmer in 2019 drove past kangaroos killed by a severe drought that turned into the worst wildfires in a century in late 2019. He also visited the corals being bleached by global warming in an otherwise pristine part of the Great Barrier Reef near Cairns. This leads Dr. Palmer’s thoughts to the immense challenges faced by oil and gas companies. Should they cut back on drilling and fracking, and by how much? Dr. Palmer rounds out the book with solutions to avoid potential disasters that the experts insist are coming at us fast.
Praise for The Shale Controversy“Despite having been in oil and gas for over ten years, I’ve always struggled with how to simplify the complexities of the industry. Dr. Palmer has done it in his book. It is thorough, fact rich, fair, and easy to follow. If you want to explore the big questions, better understand the issues and decisions associated with powering our world, this book is a must-read.”
-- Mark Madison, Managing member, Absolute Oil+Gas.
“Dr. Palmer presents a balanced, informed, and captivating overview of the shale oil and gas revolution in the 21st century. The reader is given a clear understanding of shale fracking and the impact on the environment, earthquakes, and global warming as well as the economic benefits.”
-- John Cameron, Well Completions Consultant.
“The author of this book will take you on a fascinating journey from the risks and benefits of fracking, to an examination of an undeniable threat and dilemma faced by mankind – all a part of the twenty-first-century shale gas and oil revolution. The book offers valuable ideas for solutions to the problems.”
-- Ion Ispas, Associate Professor, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX.
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Ian Palmer has a Ph.D. in cosmic rays and spent thirty years as a petroleum engineer, consulting around the world. He gives entertaining talks on fracking, shale-gas, earthquakes, and global warming. He now lives and hikes in the Mountains of New Mexico.