Monday, November 30, 2020
Phineas Varga and the Revenants of Windsor
by A.K. Rouse
Genre: Dark Fantasy, Horror, Paranormal Romance, Historical Fiction
"A brilliant and riveting vampire novel . . . showcases a complete mastery of this dark fantasy genre."
--Midwest Book Review
In 1014 AD, Nieve, a young Irish woman, nurses wounded Fintan, a mysterious foreigner fighting for the Irish at the Battle of Clontarf. From this point on, their fates are intertwined as they attempt to navigate secrets, supernatural beings, a rival for Nieve's affection . . . in addition to their own conflicted feelings for one another.
Over five-hundred years later, in 1563, the Black Death descends on the kingdom of Queen Elizabeth I. She welcomes into her court at Windsor Castle, a man, Phineas Varga, who offers protection. However, the young queen soon finds that his strategy includes the use of gargoyles . . . for she and her kingdom are to be defended against something far worse than the plague. England and all mankind are at the mercy of the revenant should those most ancient and evil have their way.
Phineas, too, has his secrets, secrets that shaped who he is and who he will become. In his quest to rid Europe of the foul revenant, he is joined by a young, eager apprentice, a gargoyle warrior, a female assassin of a strange guild, and others who seek to find the source of the revenant outbreak. It is only when mysteries are revealed, and tragedy occurs that the reader discovers why five-hundred years is but a short time for some.
Today, the revenant is known by its most popular name . . . that of . . . vampire.
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Sunday, November 29, 2020
by Cheryl Headford
Genre: YA Fantasy, LGBTQ
Cale always told Tay that fairy tales were dark. But they always have happy endings, right?
Taylor Preston is a normal sixteen-year-old whose biggest worries are his GCSE exams. He’s right in the middle of them, but he has a summer of fun with his parents to look forward to after. Or not.
Despite their promise to spend the summer focusing on their one and only son, Tay’s parents, Local Authority specialist foster carers, take on one more special case.
Willow’s arrival throws more than Tay’s summer into chaos. Suddenly, his best friend is possessed by a demon, his parents aren’t his parents after all, and he’s literally living a nightmare in a fairy tale world that as dark as anything Cale ever warned him about. All he has is Willow and a burning desire to save his friend before he succumbs to the demon and Willow kills him.
was born into a poor mining family in the South Wales Valleys. Until
she was 16, the toilet was at the bottom of the garden and the bath
hung on the wall. Her refrigerator was a stone slab in the pantry and
there was a black lead fireplace in the kitchen. They look lovely in
a museum but aren’t so much fun to clean.
has always been a storyteller. As a child, she’d make up stories
for her nieces, nephews and cousin and they’d explore the imaginary
worlds she created, in play.
in life, Cheryl became the storyteller for a re enactment group who
travelled widely, giving a taste of life in the Iron Age. As well as
having an opportunity to run around hitting people with a sword, she
had an opportunity to tell stories of all kinds, sometimes of her own
making, to all kinds of people. The criticism was sometimes harsh,
especially from the children, but the reward enormous.
was here she began to appreciate the power of stories and the primal
need to hear them. In ancient times, the wandering bard was the only
source of news, and the storyteller the heart of the village, keeping
the lore and the magic alive. Although much of the magic has been
lost, the stories still provide a link to the part of us that still
wants to believe that it’s still there, somewhere.
present times, Cheryl lives in a terraced house in the valleys with
her son, dog, bearded dragon and three cats. Her daughter has
deserted her for the big city, but they’re still close. She’s
never been happier since she was made redundant and is able to devote
herself entirely to her twin loves of writing and art, with a healthy
smattering of magic and mayhem
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Saturday, November 28, 2020
31 Cents to 43 Countries: Hardcore Tips to Increasing Profits by Dina Preston-Ortiz with Don Ortiz Genre: Non-fiction Financial
Cents to 43 Countries:Hardcore
Tips to Increasing Profitsby
Dina Preston-Ortiz with Don OrtizGenre:
to 43 Countries: Hardcore Tips to Increasing Profitsgives
managers, entrepreneurial thinkers, and executives a practical guide
on how to optimize resources, capitalize on the unknown while finding
a work-life balance to increase profits nationally and
reality is that most businesses fail or struggle because of poor
resource management, business planning, and the inability to
adequately lead problem-solving. By overlooking these building
blocks, many potentially successful businesses leave money on the
to 43 Countries: Hardcore Tips to Increasing Profitsprovides
tips and tricks to increasing an organization's bottom-line. Dina
Preston-Ortiz and husband, Don Ortiz shares their unique
anecdotes for increasing profits through sheer guts and grit, by
being purposeful, adapting and finding innovative solutions in
dynamic environments of constant change.
how to manage talent, find excellence, adapt in difficult and
controversial situations, do more with less, while keeping clients
coming back for more.
discover tools for:• Making
good decisions in atmospheres of uncertainty•
Successfully leading in virtual environments •
Creating competitive advantages that can't be copied•
Leveraging talent and relationships to optimize resources•
Finding the right work and life balance
and Don reveal their own personal stories to help you create a unique
niche in your own industry market. With proven strategies,
their simple 3-section the framework lays out information to help
and Don have performed in 43 countries through their company, DEO
Entertainment Group. Their practical experience includes speaking,
teaching and working with corporations, entrepreneurs and small
business owners in multicultural virtual leadership and team
development, sales, marketing, management, and business development
while managing tours and performances for the U.S. Department of
Defense, U.S. State Department, and Fortune 500 companies.
global award-winning Dina Preston Band has performed over 26
international tours representing the United States as “Ambassadors
of Goodwill” as coined by former Hollywood Mayor Johnny Grant.
International performances include entertaining in the Middle East,
Europe, Asia, South Pacific, Caribbean, Central America, Caucasus
Region, Russian Federation and Africa for presidents, foreign
dignitaries, and ambassadors.
Dina Preston Band has decades of experience performing for “A-List”
Fortune 500 companies. They elevate each event by featuring a
distinct music performance with audience engagement and world-class
have received numerous recognitions and awards, including:
Department of Defense Certificate of Esteem for Desert Storm and
United Nations Protection Force & US Task Force Provide
Distinguished Service Certificate in support of the United
Nations Protection Force
Peacekeeping Operations in the Republic
State University W.P. Carey Spirit of Enterprise Nominee, 2009
Dina is the recipient of the AACC Dale P. Parnell Faculty
Distinction, The National Institute for Staff and Organizational
Development (NISOD) Excellence Award, and MCCCD Diversity Advisory
Council Excellence Award. Don is an AZ MPI Member of the Year
recipient, recognized by Ken Bennett, Arizona Secretary of State.
Their global award-winning Dina Preston Band has performed over 26 international tours representing the United States as “Ambassadors of Goodwill” as coined by former Hollywood Mayor Johnny Grant. International performances include entertaining in the Middle East, Europe, Asia, South Pacific, Caribbean, Central America, Caucasus Region, Russian Federation and Africa for presidents, foreign dignitaries, and ambassadors.
The Dina Preston Band has decades of experience performing for “A-List” Fortune 500 companies. They elevate each event by featuring a distinct music performance with audience engagement and world-class fun!
They have received numerous recognitions and awards, including:
Various Department of Defense Certificate of Esteem for Desert Storm and Bosnia
The United Nations Protection Force & US Task Force Provide Promise
Distinguished Service Certificate in support of the United Nations Protection Force
Peacekeeping Operations in the Republic of Croatia
Arizona State University W.P. Carey Spirit of Enterprise Nominee, 2009
Dr. Dina is the recipient of the AACC Dale P. Parnell Faculty Distinction, The National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Award, and MCCCD Diversity Advisory Council Excellence Award. Don is an AZ MPI Member of the Year recipient, recognized by Ken Bennett, Arizona Secretary of State.
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Friday, November 27, 2020
The Life and Times of Sherlock Holmes: Essays on Victorian England Box Set Volumes 1 & 2 by Liese Sherwood-Fabre Genre: Non-Fiction
The Life and Times of Sherlock Holmes: Essays on Victorian England
Box Set Volumes 1 & 2
by Liese Sherwood-Fabre
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's stories are full of everyday Victorian activities and events that send the twenty-first-century reader to consult their reference books. Few, for example, are intimately acquainted with the responsibilities of a country squire, the importance of gentlemen's clubs, or the intricacies of the Victorian monetary system.
These forty-eight short essays, gathered together from the first two volumes of "The Life and Times of Sherlock Holmes" series, explore various aspects of life mentioned in the original stories. Readers gain modern-day insight into the nineteenth-century world. Untangle the complexities of inheritance, the Victorian wedding, and the treatment of brain fever. Discover the pleasures of the circus, the Turkish bath, and beekeeping. Such examinations bring deeper meaning and color to the adventures of the world's most famous consulting detective.
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What do "slop shops," "scissorizing," "agony aunts," and "foolscap" have in common?
These and other Victorian references appear throughout the original Sherlock Holmes tales. What was part of everyday existence to the Victorian has the modern day reader running to references books to discover its significance. These twenty-four short essays explore various aspects of life mentioned in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s original Sherlock Holmes tales, providing modern-day insight into the nineteenth century world. Topics include:
*Electric vs. Gas Lighting
*The Agra Fort
*The Crown Jewels
*Italian Political Organizations
This collection also includes a bonus essay—"Evil Women: The Villainesses of the Canon," originally published in the Baker Street Journal.
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Liese Sherwood-Fabre has won awards for her thrillers, romance, and literary short stories, and NYT bestselling author Steve Berry describes her writing as "gimmick-free, old-fashioned storytelling."
In the second grade, she knew she was destined to write when she got an A+ for her story about Dick, Jane, and Sally's ruined picnic. After obtaining her PhD from Indiana University, she joined the federal government and had the opportunity to work and live internationally for more than fifteen years. She draws upon these experiences to endow her characters with deep conflicts and emotions.
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Thursday, November 26, 2020
Welsh Witch A King's Obsession: The Final Hour of Anne Boleyn by Kat Marlowe Genre: Paranormal Romance
King Henry VIII's astrologer, a young Welsh witch finds the ultimate decision lies in her hands as one Queen falls and another rises as the history of England is forever changed.
A young Anne Boleyn captures the heart of the king. What begins as his distraction becomes his obsession and leads to her destruction. Court intrigue, revenge and all the secrets are revealed as one queen falls and another rises to take her place on destiny's stage.
Love, hate, loyalty and betrayal come together in a single dramatic moment...the execution of a queen.
Kat Marlowe is free spirit and a lover of all things magic. She is a Scorpio, Leo moon with Aquarius rising and is mesmerized by the mystery of Anne Boleyn and Tudor England. She lives with her partner in a small cottage in the woods where she dreams and conjures things, and she currently has no social media. Although her future work remains a secret, her life is an open book.
Look for more from Kat very soon.
2HVØRHVNØT: To Have or Have Not
by Jared K. Chapman
Genre: Dystopian Superhero Fantasy, Horror
Welcome to Fellowship City, where the Haves are super-powered, and the Have-Nots are just like you.
The Mighty have all the wealth, fame, power, and superpowers, but even they are subject to the monastery’s control. To maintain peace, telepathic monks see into the past, present, and future to police the other Mighty and the minority of powerless Citizens, who have nothing but their identity tags tattooed on their wrists.
Twenty-year-old Mario lives with his kid sister in one of the many camphouses on the island south of the city. Unlike the other citizens he stands in line with every morning waiting to be bussed to work, he actually likes his downtown job and the Mighty restaurateur who employs him.
At least, he did.
This morning, the grisly, undetected murder of his boss changes everything. In a flash, Mario becomes the primary suspect and must race against time to prove his innocence in a world that oppresses the powerless.
Part READY PLAYER ONE. Part DIVERGENT. Part MINORITY REPORT. Totally Superpowered! 2HVØRHVNØT has fast-paced action, suspense, horror, and mature themes that are sure to keep readers on the edge of their seats.
Jared K. Chapman is an author, filmmaker, and educator. He is a native Californian who spent his formative years at school in frigid Alberta, Canada with his father and summer vacation in arid central California with his mother. He holds degrees in psychology & religious studies and is currently a doctoral candidate studying the social psychology of extreme groups. He lives in a little oasis just east of Los Angeles with his wife and three sons. 2HVØRHVNØT is his debut novel.
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Wednesday, November 25, 2020
Why does Jessica Hastings come home late several times a week?
Her husband asks Private Investigator Sam Dyke this simple question. Dyke doesn't want the case: he doesn't do divorce work ... but Brian Hastings doesn't want a divorce, he wants an explanation.
When Sam finds out what Jessica is doing, it opens up more questions. And when Brian Hastings goes missing, they're questions he feels compelled to answer.
At the centre of the mystery is a man who most people in Manchester don't know--Larry Stone. But those who do know him, know that far from being the simple florist he seems to be, he's actually the biggest crook in town. He's powerful, he's dangerous, and he's currently working a deal with a Dutchman who's even worse.
And Sam is now caught in Stone's sights as he works to find Brian Hastings, to solve a couple of murders, and to prevent Stone corrupting even more members of his own family than he already has.
Before the biggest deal of Stone's crooked career goes down.
Keith Dixon was born in Yorkshire and grew up in the Midlands. He's been writing since he was thirteen years old in a number of different genres: thriller, espionage, science fiction, literary. Two-time winner of the Chanticleer Reviews CLUE First in Category award for Private Eye/Noir novel, he's the author of eleven full-length books and one short story in the Sam Dyke Investigations series and two other non-crime works, as well as two collections of blog posts on the craft of writing.
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