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November 22, 2014

For the next 9 hours or so, you can download Perspectives for the bargain price of 99 cents on Kindle from the US Amazon store. It's part of the Kindle Countdown deal.



ABOUT THE BOOK

12 Moments Captured
12 Stories Told

Do you trust what you see?
A rock only becomes a mountain when you broaden your view.
We challenge you to look at the world from different…
PERSPECTIVES



WHAT REVIEWERS ARE SAYING:

"First story left me with tears in my eyes. Second story a chill down my back and so they go on."

"Absolutely stunning, raw pictures with a story to go with them. The photographer and authors and editor have done an Awesome job..."


BUY THE BOOK:

Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/Perspectives-Mi...
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November 13, 2014

This month, the #MysteryNovember book tour is taking place on Rosie Amber's blog, introducing 30 authors, a different one each day. Lots of great mystery books.

If you're a fan of the mystery genre you should check it out. I've already added quite a few books to my to-read list from those featured on the tour.

My novel, The Dream is the featured book today! Follow the link to read my interview and find out more about The Dream.

http://rosieamber.wordpress.com/2014/...



To celebrate the feature on #MysteryNovember I've reduced the price of the Kindle version of The Dream to just 99 cents/77p.

The price will go back up to $2.99 tomorrow, so grab your bargain copy today!

Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/Dream-Maria-Sav...

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Dream-Maria-S...

About The Dream:

Lynne cannot shake her feelings of dread; her dreams tell her she is making a terrible mistake, she must not marry Adam. But, how can she believe the dream? Lynne and Adam have shared their lives for three years now. She is certain she loves him.

It is not that love, which her dream warns against.

It doesn't matter that she loves this man she will soon marry. If she marries him, the voice in her dream says her soul mate will die. Her true love will perish.

Soon, Lynne's world is transformed and becomes almost unrecognisable, except for the déjà vu. Time doesn't seem to mean much anymore, and things are not quite as they seem. As her world spins out of control, Lynne must sort out what's real and what isn't to fulfill her destiny.
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November 12, 2014

I know it's only November, but it's the time of year when we think about buying gifts for friends and family.

I thought it would be nice to make a list of some books I recommend. Hopefully it'll help and save you hours of browsing and getting a headache because there are so many choices out there!!

I've read and enjoyed all the books in this list. They're my favourites.

Books make wonderful gifts. They entertain and last a lifetime.

Gone by Julie Elizabeth Powell

Julie Elizabeth Powell, has written lots of books and they're all excellent, in my opinion. If you know someone who likes fantasy books, you could buy any one of Julie's books for them. Take a look at her author page on Amazon. She has written something for all tastes. http://www.amazon.com/Julie-Elizabeth...

Her books range from Children's books to Horror. Julie is one of the most imaginative writers I know. I'd recommend any one of her books as a great gift, but I've chosen Gone because it's the first one of her books I read and was one of the books that made me start reading fantasy again.

Beyond the Veil - Omnibus Edition by J. Michael Radcliffe

J. Michael Radcliffe, like Julie Elizabeth Powell, is also one of my favourite authors and I've read all his books and would recommend them all as great gifts. He writes fantasy, too, but the difference is that his books usually contain dragons! I love his Beyond the Veil series. You can buy it as an omnibus edition, which I think is nice as a gift, or you can buy each book in the series individually. http://www.amazon.com/J.-Michael-Radc...

Michael Sykora Novels Box Set by Darcia Helle

Darcia Helle is a very talented author, another one of my favourites, and I have read most of her books. Every one of them is fabulous, so it's hard to choose only one as a recommendation. I'm highlighting her Michael Sykora series because it comes in a box set, which is perfect for a Christmas gift, but I could have recommended many others, especially, Into The Light and The Cutting Edge
http://www.amazon.com/Darcia-Helle/e/...

Northern Whispers by Helle Gade

Helle Gade is a talented poet and photographer, and her books combine the two with stunning photo art and passionate poems. I must admit that before reading Helle's poems I never liked reading poetry. Helle Gade has changed the way I view poetry. Her verse expresses feelings in a way that really touches the heart. All her books are excellent. With Northern Whispers she has collected together all three of her poetry/art books. It would make a lovely Christmas gift.

http://www.amazon.com/Helle-Gade/e/B0...

I'm going to recommend a book series that I have contributed stories to, as well. I think The Mind's Eye Series is a wonderful project, and because it contains photography and stories/poems would make a great Christmas gift. It's also available in paperback and the paperbacks look great. I love them. There are two books available at the moment, which contain stories by Darcia Helle. J. Michael Radcliffe, Jason McIntyre, and myself. Book 2 also contains poetry from Helle Gade and Ben Ditmars. The photography for the series is by Martin David Porter and Helle Gade.

Perspectives: http://www.amazon.com/Perspectives-Mi...

Reflections: http://www.amazon.com/Reflections-Min...

Perspectives by Darcia Helle Reflections by Darcia Helle





Rock'n'Roll Suicide (Jack Lockwood mysteries) by Geoffrey David West

Geoffrey David West's Jack Lockwood Mystery series is compulsive reading. I've read the first two books, Rock 'n' Roll Suicide and Doppelganger - I'd recommend them both. I'm currently reading and enjoying the third book in the series, Sheer Fear. An excellent choice for a Christmas gift for the Crime Fiction fan in your life.

http://www.amazon.com/Geoffrey-West/e...

Metallic Dreams by Mark Rice

Mark Rice's Metallic Dreams is the perfect present for the rock/metal fan in your life. It contains humour, fantasy, and romance. I think it's fantastic. (over 18s only).

http://www.amazon.com/Mark-Rice/e/B00...

Horse Latitudes by Quentin R. Bufogle

Quentin R. Bufogle is a talented writer and this is a laugh out loud book that also has a deeper story that many will relate to. It would make be perfect gift for those who appreciate comedy and great fiction.

http://www.amazon.com/Horse-Latitudes...

You Wish... by Terry Tyler

Terry Tyler is a prolific writer of contemporary fiction. I've read You Wish, Round and Round, and The Other Side, as well as her collection of short stories, Nine Lives, and they're all brilliant. They are the kind of books that contain realistic characters and true-to-life situations. You Wish stands out as my favourite of hers so far; I love the humour. She has a list of books that the fiction fan in your life will love. Check out her Amazon page: http://www.amazon.com/Terry-Tyler/e/B...

Crooked Moon by Lisette Brodey

Lisette Brodey produces great books consistently. I have read all of her books and love them all for different reasons. I'm highlighting Crooked Moon as it's my favourite, but any one of her books would make a lovely gift for someone who likes fiction with depth and meaning. Her books are also very entertaining and well written.

http://www.amazon.com/Lisette-Brodey/...

I'm going to stop there, even though there are probably loads more books I could recommend!

I hope I've given you a few ideas for Christmas gifts :)

November 10, 2014




















I've just found out about this new release. "Diamonds, Clubs, and Rock & Roll" is book number five in RJ McDonnell's Rock & Roll Mystery Series!

I enjoyed the first book in the series Rock & Roll Homicide and am looking forward to finding time to read the rest.

About the book:

The rock group Doberman’s Stub thought it made a conservative investment when it placed all of its earnings from its only #1 album into a minority partnership at the world’s hottest new resort for millionaires and billionaires. But the blue chip investment quickly turned blood red when two bodies floated past the windows of the resort’s signature undersea club on the floor of La Jolla Cove.

To ensure a thorough police investigation, the group hired San Diego private investigator Jason Duffy, a former bandmate of their lead guitarist, Michael Marinangeli. After determining that the victims were both local club patrons, Jason and Michael put their old group back together to serve as the club’s house band, giving Jason easy access to his top suspects. But his undercover status was nearly blown in his first week on the job when Elyse, the beautiful daughter of an affluent military contractor, used her wiles to crash his staff of psychologically challenged assistants.

Elyse led Jason to a society of local wannabe millionaires whose membership included both victims. On the surface, the society’s motives, goals, affiliations, and secrets appeared obvious. But Jason quickly discovered the downside to making snap judgments, encountering some of the most feared criminals the world has ever known as he dug deeper into the mystery surrounding their deaths.

Diamonds, Clubs, and Rock & Roll is the fifth novel in the Rock & Roll Mystery Series. The first, Rock & Roll Homicide, maintained Top 10 status on Amazon for over two months. The second, Rock & Roll Rip-Off, won a Mystery/Thriller of the Year Award. Pre-publication reviewers rate Diamonds, Clubs, and Rock & Roll as “the best novel in the series.”



You can purchase paperback or e-book copies of the book at the following links:

Paperback via Paypal: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr...

Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/Diamonds-Clubs-...

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Diamonds-Club...

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/diamo...

Rock & Roll Homicide by RJ McDonnell Rock & Roll Rip-Off by R.J. McDonnell The Concert Killer by R.J. McDonnell The Classic Rockers Reunion with Death (The Rock & Roll Mystery Series #4) by R.J. McDonnell






Find out more on RJ's website: http://www.rjmcdonnell.com/

You can follow him on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RJMcDonnell7
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Published on November 10, 2014 10:38 • 250 views • Tags: crime-fiction, diamond-clubs-and-rock-n-roll, humour, mystery, new-release, rj-mcdonnell, rock-and-roll-mystery-series

November 8, 2014

A week ago, I told you about the Thunderclap campaign for REFLECTIONS.



Thank you to everyone who has added support so far! we're up to 79 supporters and only need 21 more :) If you haven't supported it yet, all you need is either a Facebook, Tumblr, or Twitter account. Don't worry if you haven't got many followers, it's your support we need to get up to 100 supporters, otherwise the Thunderclap won't happen, so you can make a difference even if you've only got a few followers. Please follow this link, which will take you to our Thunderclap page: https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/1...

Once on the page, you'll see options to 'Add' your support for either Twitter, FB, or Tumblr. Just click on one or all of those and you're done! Thank you so much for taking the time to help.

While I'm on the subject of Thunderclap, my good friend and fellow author Julie Elizabeth Powell has a campaign running there at the moment. Please help out if you can: https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/1...

Julie's campaign is to help spread the word about her book Slings & Arrows and Gone Omnibus Edition.



Julie says: "My daughter, Samantha, was born with transposition of the main arteries to the heart (crossed the wrong way), two holes in her heart and a block valve. After corrective surgery all seemed fine until the 26 November, 1984, when her heart stopped and she died for the first time.

Doctors resuscitated too little, too late, which left her severely brain damaged for 17 years. During that time, I had a question: Where had my daughter gone? Because who she had been had been wiped clean, leaving only an empty, suffering shell. So I made up a world and went in search of her. This unique fantasy is called, Gone. Slings & Arrows is the non-fictional account of this terrible time."



Thank you!
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November 7, 2014


















Deadly Company, by Rosa Storm
Publication date: October 14th 2014
Genres: Horror, Paranormal, Psychological




Synopsis:

Based on the Spanish legend of La Santa Compaña (The Holy Company), this story talks about the unknown and unexplainable things that go bump in the night. When a group of teenagers decided to spend some time in their hometown's graveyard, they didn't know they were going to learn about one of the darkest periods in the history of their town. The souls of the dead, hooded figures, and weird deaths combine in this chilling story of ancient legends and actual facts.

Add to Goodreads: Deadly Company

Buy the Book!
Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/Deadly-Company-...

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Deadly-Compan...

AUTHOR BIO:



Rosa Storm is a Spanish writer who has loved the written word since she discovered she was able to read books at age 5. Since then, she has become a bookworm and reads around 100 books every year. She also writes, every day, compulsively, even in the middle of the night. You cannot control when inspiration hits you, can you? She writes in English because she is convinced that in a previous life she was British, so writing in English feels more natural to her than writing in her native language. Yes, she is crazy like that. She now spends her time with her amazing husband, author Mark Stone, between Spain and Phoenix, Arizona, which is great because the long flights let her catch up with her long list of books to read.

Rosa Storm is the author of "Never Again", a chilling short story included in the anthology of scary tales titled "Satan's Holiday", and "Deadly Company", a horrifying short story included in the anthology of urban legends "Don't Look Back". She also writes award-winning collections of short stories for children under her real name, Cinta Garcia de la Rosa.

Website: http://cintagarcia.com
Blog: http://cintascorner.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/CintaNani78
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show...
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/vi...
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November 5, 2014




















I've just found out about this new release. Sheer Fear by Geoffrey David West, is the third book in the Jack Lockwood mystery series.

About the book:

What happens when your brother is framed for murder, then dies himself?

Just before he dies, David Hart tells his half brother Jack about the conspiracy to protect a famous public figure from allegations of historic child abuse by killing the accusers and framing him for the murders.

How can Jack find justice for his brother and avoid being killed himself? Simultaneously Jack has an unknown enemy who is playing vicious tricks on him, each one deadlier than the last.


Having read the first two books in this series, I'm very excited about this one and have started reading it today!

You can get your copy on Amazon worldwide:

Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/Sheer-Fear-Jack...

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sheer-Fear-Ja...

If you're a fan of crime fiction/mysteries, you should definitely check out this series. The author has a talent for suspense and creating realistic characters. His books are compulsive reads. I am very glad to have discovered his writing.

The first book in the series is Rock 'n' Roll Suicide.






Action packed thriller/mystery filled with murders and twists. Whilst researching the suicide of rock queen Maggi O’Kane in 1980, ex-criminal profiler Dr Jack Lockwood discovers evidence suggesting that she and her band were murdered to suppress facts she found out about John Lennon’s assassination. First of a series of Jack Lockwood mysteries.

Buy the book:

Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/RocknRoll-Suici...

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/RocknRoll-Sui...

The second book is Doppelganger.



What happens if you fall in love with a killer? Jack Lockwood, psychologist/criminal profiler and writer falls in love with Lucy Green, whom he later has reason to believe may be the child-killer, Megan Foster. Megan was held in custody aged eight, in 1982, and released ten years later with a new identity. Simultaneously, Jack is being targeted by a gangster who does not want him to write his (unauthorised) biography. What’s more there’s a serial killer on the loose in historic Canterbury, someone christened called ‘the Bible Killer’, who targets women and kills them in a particularly gruesome manner. Is Lucy the Bible Killer? Jack has to find out, but the answers are far from simple...

Buy the book:

Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/Doppelganger-Ja...

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Doppelganger-...

So, if you're wondering what book to read next, why not try one of Geoffrey West books? You won't be disappointed.

Keep up with Geoffrey's news at the following links:

Website: http://www.geoffreydavidwest.com/

Blog: http://geoffreywestdotcom.wordpress.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/GeoffreyDWest
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Published on November 05, 2014 14:58 • 490 views • Tags: doppelganger, geoffrey-david-west, jack-lockwood, rock-n-roll-suicide, series, sheer-fear

November 2, 2014

You can now get book 2 in The Mind's Eye Series either as a Kindle download or a paperback!

Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/Reflections-Min...

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Reflections-M...

Reflections is a collection of short stories and poetry inspired by photography. It contains 3 new stories from me. Each of my stories is inspired by photos taken by Helle Gade.

My first new story, Shadows, follows a couple who return to the mountain resort where they enjoyed their honeymoon twenty years earlier. The husband is looking forward to the trip, whereas the wife is not so happy to be returning. It is quite a dark story and deals with the themes of regret, guilt, and relationships.

My second featured story, Escape, is about a man who has become tired of his 9 to 5 existence and wants to find a way out. He takes a trip to an ancient site and begins to wonder what life would be like in a place like that.

My last story is a paranormal tale about an old woman who lived by the sea.

There are also stories from Darcia Helle, J. Michael Radcliffe, and Jason McIntyre. A great mix of dark fiction and fantasy.

Reflections also contains poetry by Helle Gade and Ben Ditmars.

Photographs featured in the book are from Martin David Porter and Helle Gade.





This week, Reflections is spotlighted on Booktastik: http://booktastik.com/reflections-min...



We also have a Thunderclap campaign to help spread the news about the release. I'd love it if you'd support us. Here's a link to the page: https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/1...

All you have to do is add your support either from your Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr account and on the 30th November Thunderclap will automatically post something on your timeline about Reflections. It's free to add your support and only takes a minute. Thanks in advance on behalf of all the featured artists!

You can also join a Facebook event for the Thunderclap promotion to keep up with the news. One lucky supporter will win a paperback copy of Reflections: https://www.facebook.com/events/36893...

You can add Reflections to your to-read list here on Goodreads by going to the book page: Reflections.

I hope you enjoy the book! :)

October 31, 2014



















Never Again, by Rosa Storm

Publication date: October 13th 2014

Genres: Horror, Psychological, Violence



Synopsis:

Life can get difficult, but we always have the chance to change it. Jen decided she had enough and chose to do something to change her situation.

Relationships can be hard to keep if you don't take care of the other person.

Never Again is a short story that explores the human mind and actions when we feel desperate, and the chilling consequences that some behaviours can provoke.

Add to Goodreads: Never Again

Buy the Book!

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Never-Again-Ros...

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view...

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/never...

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/au/book/neve...

AUTHOR BIO:




Rosa Storm is a Spanish writer who has loved the written word since she discovered she was able to read books at age 5. Since then, she has become a bookworm and reads around 100 books every year. She also writes, every day, compulsively, even in the middle of the night. You cannot control when inspiration hits you, can you? She writes in English because she is convinced that in a previous life she was British, so writing in English feels more natural to her than writing in her native language. Yes, she is crazy like that. She now spends her time with her amazing husband, author Mark Stone, between Spain and Phoenix, Arizona, which is great because the long flights let her catch up with her long list of books to read.

Rosa Storm is the author of "Never Again", a chilling short story included in the anthology of scary tales titled "Satan's Holiday", and "Deadly Company", a horrifying short story included in the anthology of urban legends "Don't Look Back". She also writes award-winning collections of short stories for children under her real name, Cinta Garcia de la Rosa.


Website: http://cintagarcia.com

Blog: http://cintascorner.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CintaNani78

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show...

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/vi...
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October 26, 2014

My novel The Dream will be featured in the Mystery November Book Tour hosted by Rosie Amber.



The Dream is a time-travel romance/mystery with a paranormal slant.

Rosie Amber has interviewed me for the tour and that interview will appear on the blog on the 13th of November.

There are lots of authors taking part in the book tour, including a couple of my favourites Terry Tyler and Geoffrey West.

You can keep up with the tour on Twitter by searching the hashtag #MysteryNovember throughout the month of November.

For a list of all the participating authors, please follow this link: http://rosieamber.wordpress.com/myste...

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Published on October 26, 2014 15:55 • 542 views • Tags: book-tour, mystery-november, rosie-amber, the-dream