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message 1: by Lisarenee (new)

Lisarenee | 7659 comments Authors,

This is a place an author can promote their books.
Just start a new topic with your name and list your book(s) inside that post. Only one topic per author. We suggest you give us a teaser chapter as well as a description of what the book is about. All conversations regarding you or your book should be contained in your topic. Please no solicitations for your books outside this folder. We do not want our members to feel they are being pursued by new authors. If you are one of our guest authors for a Q&A session you will be permitted to tell us what you can about your book(s) and yourself while we discuss your work in the Q&A topic with you.

We look forward to finding out about you and your book(s).

Sincerely,

Lauren, Sashana, & Lisarenee


message 2: by Geraldine (new)

Geraldine Wierzbicki-roach | 10 comments Hello, My name is Geraldine Wierzbicki-Roach and I've published my first novel. My primary reason for publishing the novel is that I love to write---anything. My second, well, maybe first, is that I am Polish and live in Buffalo, NY, a city where many immigrant Poles settled and I desired to preserve Polish customs and traditions for my children and others. Thus Bound covers four generations of a Polish family and spans the years from the Great Depression to the Vietnam war. It is a love story at heart. Tadziu and Marysza are two children of Polish immigrants who meet in grade school and fall in love, although they do not yet know the meaning of the word. The tale follows them through many years, years of passion, separation, betrayal and attempts at reconciliation It will appeal to those who enjoy a good read. Although authentic, the novel is not scholarly, so the reader can turn the pages without pausing.Thus Bound: the story of Tadziu and Marysza while learning about and learn about one of the under-represented groups in our country.


message 3: by Geraldine (new)

Geraldine Wierzbicki-roach | 10 comments Geraldine wrote: "Hello, My name is Geraldine Wierzbicki-Roach and I've published my first novel. My primary reason for publishing the novel is that I love to write---anything. My second, well, maybe first, is that ..."

Hi, Geraldine here again. I think I understand the rules now. I propose a discussion on "Immigrant groups in America". I am submitting a section of the Prologue to my book.

1938
An Ending
Darkness surrounds us all, especially me. I am hunted, will be found. Red lights on the roofs of police cars, revolving eyes trying to see. Men huddle, speak in hushed tones. I’m not to know. I shrink into myself, no longer solid, never again solid, forever a mass of holes with everything falling through. I watch it beginning to fall—our bed, the new sheets, the pillowcases, the baby’s crib—and I’m afraid. The red lights turn. A siren wails, then fades, like a child told to stop crying. My baby cries, but Ma comes from someplace behind and takes her. The red lights turn.
I see this morning. My breasts are sore. The boy who is the man sucks hard but he is gentle, claims my breasts with his mouth, his tongue, his hands. He calls them flowers, sometimes plucks them from behind. Then I am lost. Hold my breasts out for him. We laugh in secret and slide down further into the bed.
He can’t reach me now. We’re not in the bed, in the room with faded paper on the walls, lace curtains with holes and puffs of pierzyna, with quills poking out to scratch us. Now it will all be gone, I know.
The darkness was our darkness. I opened for him until the night was gone. When he left, I carried him inside myself and waited, heard only the baby, the girl-child. He returned at night to find the place between my legs. He knew that I waited, that I gave my breasts to the child who nibbled and made me ready.


message 4: by Geraldine (new)

Geraldine Wierzbicki-roach | 10 comments Hi y'all, don't get so excited about my discussion proposal. I thought about it this weekend and perhaps a better title for the discussion would be "Immigrant Life in Literature." That could include authors, characters, stories etc. It could be limited to American literature or expanded to World literature. What do you think? Help me, someone!


message 5: by Lauren (new)

Lauren | 931 comments I'd like to read it too :)


message 6: by Geraldine (new)

Geraldine Wierzbicki-roach | 10 comments Dear Brenda and Lauren, Thank you so much. I guess the discussion is postponed for a while. After anyone reads the book, we can start talking. Lauren, I know alittle about you but Brenda is a new friend. Enlighten me, Brenda, with what you care to share. Regards, GerryThus Bound: the story of Tadziu and Marysza


message 7: by M.A. (new)

M.A. Comley (melcom) | 3 comments Hi I'm Mel Comley, I uploaded my thriller in October and since then have been writing my sequel. I finally finished it on New Year's Eve. Now onto the editing!

Mel
Impeding Justice


message 8: by Liz (new)

Liz Fichera (lizfichera) My debut historical romance novel, CAPTIVE SPIRIT, was published in June by Carina Press. It's the story of a restless girl, a vanishing Native American tribe, and some not very nice Spanish invaders. If you like unusual historicals, I invite you to check it out. :-)

Here's the link: http://bit.ly/hspyU2

Thanks!


message 9: by Cliff (new)

Cliff Ball (cliffball) | 5 comments Hi, I'm Cliff Ball and I have three novels

The Usurper a thriller
Out of Time: 2nd Edition a time travel novella
Shattered Earth science fiction novel

Thanks!


message 10: by [deleted user] (new)

"Maranatha" (216pp., paperback: http://www.amazon.com/Maranatha-The-T... ) is the first novel in the "The Trinity Chronicles" series by Chaz Wood. “Maranatha” sets the scene with a shrewd attention to detail and offers radical new twists on popular themes - the secret underbelly of the Western Church, occult conspiracies, medieval heresy and the dark side of the human psyche – all seen through the eyes of a group of very human characters.

Two sequels and a prequel are in the pipeline.


message 11: by Maranda (new)

Maranda Russell Hi guys! I am a children's/YA author. My most recent release is an inspirational and comforting ebook about death and grief entitled "In Memory of Dad" In Memory of Dad by Maranda Russell . It is a short story/novella geared for ages 7-14. So far it has gotten great reviews and has even been recommended by a few children's counselors and therapists. I also have a picture book coming out in the next few months called "Ode to Icky" and another ebook entitled "Weezie, the Elephant with Allergies" coming out sometime soon.


message 12: by Phil (new)

Phil Truman | 1 comments Legends of Tsalagee by Phil Truman Hello, Folks. I'm Phil Truman and I'd like to let you know about my latest novel, Legends of Tsalagee. It's a mystery, adventure, romantic comedy with a pinch of historical fiction. Hope you'll take a sec to check out my author's page and some of Legends of Tsalagee's reviews. I'll look forward to any questions or comments posted here. Thanks much.

Here's a brief synopsis:
Legends from a small town come in many forms. Near Tsalagee, Oklahoma a monster lurks and an infamous 19th Century outlaw's booty lays hidden. When two renegade bikers ride into town looking to find the Lost Treasure of Belle Starr, local legends Hayward Yost and Socrates Ninekiller suspect the ruffians' involvement in the murder of a local farmer; a man rumored to have knowledge of the lost treasure's location...and its curse. As events unfold, others in the community are drawn into the hunt - a Wiccan who moves to town to pursue her New Age lifestyle; her bumbling, socially inept boyfriend women can't seem to resist; a young Iraqi War veteran home to heal his physical and emotional wounds; and a mysterious creature known in Native American lore as a forest demon whom they call "Hill Man who screams at night." Mystery, romance, comedy, and adventure await in Legends of Tsalagee.


message 13: by The UHQ Nasanta (new)

The UHQ Nasanta (uhqs) | 829 comments Lisarenee, perhaps you could suggest that authors might want to add a link to the book's Goodreads page (the easier it is for someone to "add" the book to her/his shelves), as well as information on where one can buy the book.


message 14: by Sharla (new)

Sharla Lovelace (sharlalovelace) Hello! I've just joined the group, and I wanted to give a little shout out to my debut novel, THE REASON IS YOU, which released on April 3rd with Berkley. It's a romantic womens fiction about mothers and daughters, ghosts, love, and second chances. :-) My Goodreads page is here if you'd like to go see: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11... and the first chapter can be read here at my website: http://sharlalovelace.com/chapter-one...

Thanks for letting me share!!


message 15: by Cliff (new)

Cliff Ball (cliffball) | 5 comments I have three more novels since I posted:

New Frontier - alternate history
n this alternate history novel, Reagan became President in 1976 instead, continues with the moon landings, declaring that a moon base would be established, followed by a Mars Base by 1989. Terrorism rears its ugly head, which will forever change American politics, but not the Space Race. We follow America's progress from Moon to Mars to an eventual starship mission out of the solar system.
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006ONBPVU
http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/new-f...
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/new-f...

Times of Trouble: an End Times novel
Told in first person point of view from Brian Atwood, our main character, works for the FBI. His work involves potential cases of terrorism. Recruited to become personal bodyguard for the President. His faith as a Christian is tested daily working for the President. We follow Brian as the U.S. slowly disintegrates around hm
http://www.amazon.com/Times-Trouble-C...
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/times...
http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/times...

Times of Trial: an End Times novel
Book two in my End Times series
In this parallel novel to Times of Trouble, the government sends people to re-education camps, Iran tries to start a war, and the President of the United States declares a dictatorship as the End Times approach.
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view...
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00824G5UA
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/times...


message 16: by M.A. (new)

M.A. Comley (melcom) | 3 comments I have two more thrillers in the Justice series.

Cruel Justice #1

The headless body of a wealthy widow is discovered
decomposing in Chelling Forest. Then a second victim is found. Detective
Inspector Lorne Simpkins and her partner, DS Pete Childs are assigned the case.
Before they can discover the identity of the killer they must make a connection
between the two victims.

After a third murder, Lorne receives a grisly surprise. Clearly, a vicious
serial killer is on a rampage...and Lorne has become the killer's fixation.

Lorne can't allow her failing marriage or her new boss--a man with whom she
shares a sensuous secret--keep her from focusing on her job. She must catch the
macabre murderer, or risk becoming the next victim.

Approx 88,000 words

and Final Justice


A ruthless killer returns--and former DI Lorne Simpkins is forced to revisit her ugly past.


After suffering a breakdown and quitting the force, Lorne Simpkins
finds herself embroiled in an MI6 covert operation to hunt down her old
enemy, a sadistic and merciless criminal whose ambition is to become the
world's richest man.

Lorne tracks the madman through France, attempting to thwart his plans and bring her long-time nemesis to Final Justice.

Book four is due out this month.


message 17: by The UHQ Nasanta (new)

The UHQ Nasanta (uhqs) | 829 comments M, I was looking into your thriller series and got confused about the order of the books. I checked out your website which didn't give me a books-in-order-of-series listing either. I'd recommend putting this information somewhere on your website for the readers who like to read in order of series. Thanks!


message 18: by Frankie (last edited Dec 13, 2012 11:32AM) (new)

Frankie I'm cheating a little here it's my friends book but she just won a comptition to get one of her books published on Kindle/amazon. As she is self published she need all the advertisement she can get.

the book is called fairies and is written by charlie yarwood (and is free at the moment)

alittle about the book
Fairies: Well what's in a name? The novel focuses on the life of average teenager Louisa "Louie" Morelli. As much as she is only human and could always be asking for more, she's not someone who has to be constantly looking for answers. She's perfectly content with just going to college, getting her grades and hanging out with her friends at the weekend. A thirty mile cycle and a head injury later something is clearly wrong and Louie is suddenly questioning everything; most importantly, her own sanity.


message 19: by Arun (new)

Arun Ellis | 37 comments Hi - I'd like to introduce you to my book Corpalism by Arun D. Ellis - it's a contemporary piece based on our modern dystopian world - I hope you have time to check it out - Arun


message 20: by Pete (new)

Pete (gettingpersonal) | 2 comments Greetings, my name is Pete Sprankle and I just self published my first novel GETTING PERSONAL which is now available on Amazon.com. It is a sexy comedy about being single in LA in the age of Social media. I'd love to hear what you think. Thanks for your time.

http://www.amazon.com/Getting-Persona...


message 21: by Jim (last edited Sep 12, 2013 05:09AM) (new)

Jim | 5 comments Amazing Grace

I'll be doing two free ebook promo's in October. The first will be the 11th & 12th and the next will be on the 31st, & the 1st & 2nd of November. Check it out! :o) What's Amazing Grace about? Here's a brief synopsis...

It’s about being pushed to the brink...to the breaking point, then discovering that if you want to, there are other paths. Life is change…and change is pain.
Special forces Major, Tammy Fuller knows this firsthand. A former delta force commander she’s given all she has.
Despondent and medically retired Tammy drifts without purpose until a chance encounter with a child presents her with a painful choice.
“Life is change….and change is pain.”
With each new challenge her heart is slowly healed and her spirit restored. Redemption seems possible…but turning the other cheek has never been her strong point.
A series of events inexorably draw Tammy back into a world she thought she’d left behind and she will need all of her former skills and experiences to survive

Many thanks my friends! For those that wish to read a preview this Amazon link will take you there: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B006ZPQYNQ
Take care.
Jim


message 22: by Deborah (new)

Deborah Nelson (authoryourreality) | 1 comments Happy New Year, Everyone!

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Here's a NEW GOAL SETTING BOOK that really works! You can read the digital copy for free; and I am asking for reviews on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Newest-Secret-I...

Here's where you can get the complimentary Review Copy. (it takes about an hour to come to you)


http://thenewestsecret.com/?landingpa...

Deborah.


message 23: by Casey (last edited Dec 29, 2013 04:49PM) (new)

Casey Bond (goodreadscomcaseylbond) | 6 comments Devil Creek
New NA Romance release! Devil Creek by Casey L. Bond is now live on Amazon for only $2.99! Less than a happy meal! LOL


message 24: by Jim (new)

Jim | 5 comments Amazing Grace Hello all! Get a free copy of my debut thriller this weekend and the next (28th, 1st, & 2nd) here: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B006ZPQYNQ
Reviews and comments are always welcome!


message 25: by George (new)

George Kos | 2 comments Hi everyone, I'm George A. Kos and I'd like to introduce my novel Wizards' Secret Service: The Key of Radmar (Book 1) Children's Action\Adventure Fantasy.

Here is some description of the book: Twelve-year-old Nora lives in a world parallel to our own. A world where magic is a part of everyday life. Nora’s life is turned upside down the day she discovers that her father is an agent of the Wizards’ Secret Service and has disappeared during his last mission in New York City. Nora will stop at nothing to rescue him—even if it means traveling to the human world.
Nora, along with her best friend Tim, soon find themselves in New York where they unveil secrets beyond their wildest dreams. Clues unfold, revealing information on the mystery of the Key of Radmar, a relic sought after for centuries by the Union of Witches. Can Nora avoid the darkness that lives hidden among human-kind and rescue her father in time?

My book is available for Kindle: for $4.99 in US AmazonUS
Canada $3.32 AmazonCa
£1.86 UK AmazonUK
And for Nook $2.99 US Barnes & Noble
£1.86 UK Barnes & Noble UK


message 26: by Bill (new)

Bill Blodgett (billblodgett) | 2 comments Hi all, I'd like to introduce my new book, Unrequited. Unrequited is a mainstream with romantic elements including just a touch of paranormal. Unrequited delves into the idea of what path a man might take if he were to lose his wife written from a man's POV because contrary to popular belief guys have feeling too! ;-) Be prepared to smile, laugh, cry and route for the survival of the main character Joe. Oh and don't forget to break out a box of Kleenex! Unrequited is published by Rebel Ink Press. Here's the back cover blurb:

Unrequited is a story of everlasting love, heartbreak, addiction, and courage of the human spirit to fight back against all odds.

Travel back in time to this peaceful New England community during the simpler days of the post WWII era of 1955, and join Joe on a reminiscent walk down Main Street America to the Five and Dime where he’ll ask Kathy out for the first time. Visit the Connelly’s home as Kathy and her family gather around their potbellied stove and trade stories of family values and of Chester, the fabled family protector.

It’s the picture-perfect family Joe’s always wanted and when he calls on Kathy, he’s welcomed with open arms. When he proposes and she says yes, their future promises them an idyllic lifetime together, but fate breaks that promise and Joe’s plans are turned upside down. Suddenly the peaceful 1950’s become his prison and the keys to his prison are hidden away in the true meaning of life as told to him by Riggs, a elderly black man with roots in slavery. Riggs shares his three truths with Joe as they’ve been handed down for generations, but there’s more to Riggs and his three truths than meets the eye.

There's not enough room to post Chapter one here so I'll upload it to my webpage. www.billblodgett.com.


message 27: by David (new)

David Bell (davidefcbell) | 2 comments The Dog Hunters IllustratedI'm giving away three packages of 1x copy of my hefty new, lavishly illustrated edition of 'The Dog Hunters', including 3 signed prints plus a signed piece of original artwork.

It's a Goodreads giveaway, for one day only on August 5th, so you might want to watch out for it.

In a nutshell, 'the Dog Hunters' is a retelling of the classic legend of Gelert the wolfhound. It's as an epic medieval mystery adventure featuring Prince Llewelyn, Gelert, Feiyan, an enigmatic Chinese girl, and many bizarrely bred dogs. It was already getting great reviews in text only, but now it comes with with over 290 illustrations it's really taking off. More info on the book at http://www.davidnbell.com/The_Dog_Hun...


message 28: by Ellie (new)

Ellie Stevenson | 21 comments Shadows of the Lost Child by Ellie Stevenson

**NEW RELEASE!**

Hi everyone

My new partly historical novel Shadows of the Lost Child is now out as an ebook on Amazon.

Would YOU rent a haunted house?

Shadows of the Lost Child is a ghost story, and a tragedy, that happened over a century ago. And a mystery - can you solve it?

When Aleph rents a run-down house, his whole life changes, along with the lives of the people he meets. This is their story.

The Present

Aleph Jones is running away but the house he ends up in turns out to be haunted. Or is it just him? For Aleph has a dark secret that’s changed his life.

Cressida Sewell needs Aleph’s help. Her daughter, Alice refuses to speak and a team of specialists don’t know why. But Cressida has a hidden agenda and Alice knows more than she’s letting on. About Aleph.

Guinevere James is not what she seems. Disguised as Aleph’s business client, she really wants to solve a murder that happened over a century ago. And what about the children who vanished? Aleph and Alice can hear them scream.

The Past

Miranda and Thomas live in poverty. Miranda wants to protect her mother but when she seeks help from friends Ben and Thomas, they set on a path to even more trouble.

Then Tom meets Alice and the past and the present begin to collide, with dangerous consequences.

Author’s Note: Shadows of the Lost Child is set in a fictional city, but draws for its essence on historic York (UK). Those of you who know York might want to see if it resonates with you...

You can find the ebook on Amazon at:

http://tinyurl.com/ks3ksng (US)
http://tinyurl.com/nbofbnv (UK)

Thanks for reading!


message 29: by John (last edited Oct 02, 2014 12:29AM) (new)

John Yantiss (jsyantissauthor) | 2 comments Hello fellow Goodreads readers, scriveners, and tome raiders. I am new here, and thought that I would introduce myself by introducing my Sherrod Colsne Mysteries series. When your coworkers ask what you did this weekend you can say you helped to discover the fiend who committed a series of bizarre murders, and witnessed a deep passionate romance flower, and be snuffed out, all for the price of $2.99 so 1-Click your copy NOW!!!!": Murder by Bequest , by me, John Spencer Yantiss, at http://www.amazon.com/Murder-Bequest-..., and http://www.amazon.co.uk/Murder-Beques..., http://www.amazon.in/Murder-Bequest-S..., http://www.amazon.fr/Murder-Bequest-S..., http://www.amazon.de/Murder-Bequest-S..., and more international Amazon sites. Just check out your country's Amazon!


message 30: by John (new)

John Yantiss (jsyantissauthor) | 2 comments Planning for a good read this coming weekend? Curl up with an account of efforts to sabotage intelligence agencies around the world, in Code Name, Erelim (Sherrod Colsne Mysteries Book 2) by John Spencer Yantiss

http://www.amazon.com/Code-Erelim-She...


message 31: by David (new)

David Bell (davidefcbell) | 2 comments In case you haven't seen it, Goodreads have a giveaway on 'The Dog Hunters'. The freebie is for the text only edition, but there's heaps of other goodies like signed original artwork from the the Illustrated version, plus postcards and bookmarks. The Dog Hunters Illustrated editionYou can check it out at http://www.davidnbell.com/The_Dog_Hun...


message 32: by George (new)

George Kos | 2 comments **FREE ON KINDLE UNLIMITED** **TOP 100 BESTSELLER IN UK**
Most innovative fantasy since HarryPotter! Immerse yourself into a fantastic world of magic, and discover the secret side of New York! WIZARDS' SECRET SERVICE Available now on Kindle and Paperback!
GRAB A COPY FOR YOUR KIDS! Wizards are among us!
KindleUS ONLY $2.99
Book1 http://amzn.to/1tb2k6Z Book2 http://amzn.to/1rEUVs8
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Book1 http://amzn.to/ZSdd1O Book2 http://amzn.to/1oKCMgY
Paperback UK
Book1 http://amzn.to/1oL1OwB Book2 http://amzn.to/1tsvNut


message 33: by L.V. (new)

L.V. (lvgaudet) | 1 comments Where the Bodies AreThe search for the killer will lead to his dark secret buried in the past, something much larger than a man on a killing spree. Driven by his obsession and haunted by a past he cannot remember, even the killer cannot stop himself from committing the very crimes that torment him.

Do you know #WhereTheBodiesAre ?

Available in ebook format on Smashwords for: epub (Nook, Kobo, Sony Reader, & tablets), mobi (kindle), and pdf (desktop)
Also available in paperback and ebook on Amazon.com and online at Barnes&Noble.com

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


message 34: by Tyler (new)

Tyler Tyler (tylerbooksinc) Castle Bleu, The Beginnings

Patrick Bleu is the heir to The Bleu Family Castle, but is reluctant to accept this esteemed prize because of the disturbing secrets the castle has housed. He flees his European home, venturing to America in search of solace where he meets and falls in love with Michela. Patrick refuses to tell her much about his past and Michela begins to suspect him of being involved in the disappearances of people who have caused her grief, but the real terror..is just beginning.

Castle Bleu, The Beginnings...now available at

tylerbooks2014.wix.com/monica

Amazon, Barnes and Noble online, and createspace estore.


message 35: by Brian (new)

Brian Aull | 2 comments For those of you interested in the topic, this 2-minute YouTube preview gives you a sense of the new book, The Triad: Three Civic Virtues That Could Save American Democracy:

http://youtu.be/iTqUZkbbZrw

The Triad: Three Civic Virtues That Could Save American Democracy


message 36: by Nicky (new)

Nicky Gardiner https://www.facebook.com/Nicky.P.Gard...

Please read a Newspapers full page article (above link) about my Ghost book The Showman And The Shade by Nicky P. Gardiner


message 37: by Kenwuan (new)

Kenwuan Meeks | 4 comments Hello, I am Kenwuan Meeks, my novel is TRUSTWORTHY, Eyes Can't See Everything, my must read book, starts with the cover, you will be swept iffy of your feet, look closely. Inside my book is a story about differnt relationships, it will even make you want to look into your own life, this is a great read , Thanks in advance. Trustworthy, Eyes Can't See Everything


message 38: by Marjorie (last edited Feb 10, 2015 08:45AM) (new)

Marjorie Belson (marjoriebelson) | 6 comments Nothing Is Promised
Hello,
I am pleased to announce that I have listed 15, free, signed copies of my memoir "Nothing Is Promised" as a Goodreads giveaway. It is my first work, and a personal best.

Although many Americans were touched by the tragedy of 9/11 or the deployment of loved ones to a far-away desert region or the crisis of breast cancer surgery and recovery – few dealt with all three at the same time. Without being mawkish, I have tried to capture the American spirit of recovery and redemption in my first novel by melding such a story.

Please enter to win, as I look forward to your comments.
Best,
Marjorie

https://www. Goodreads.com/giveaway/show/123726-no... (less)
http://nothingispromised.com/


message 39: by Desmond (new)

Desmond Farry (desf) | 2 comments Hi Everyone, I'm Des listing my first book called Did Socrates Get Pissed? It was published early March and already has 3 5* Reviews on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk You can get it FREE on Kindle Unlimited on this link http://www.amazon.co.uk/Did-Socrates-...

I'm also giving away 20 FREE copies of the printed book on Goodreads Giveaways. Enter for a copy before May 1st .. it's already attracted about 130 entries.

Did Socrates Get Pissed? is a black comedy with a lot of laughs which starts in Camp Bastion in Helmand Province with the impending discharge, following Defence Cuts Review, of Fred .... his concerns about the job opportunities available to him in civilian life, his troubled marital life with Chardonnay, his friendship with Wily Sid, the Regiment comedian and can do man, and ends back in the Lower Pennines in the United Kingdom.

Here's Chapter 1 to read

Chapter 1
Helmand
It was during the daily inspection of both the surface and culverts on foot and in Mastiff and Jackal armoured vehicles for improvised explosive devices along Route 601 to Lashkar Gah when Fred’s Army career came to an end.
Not immediately but in a few months when he’d finished his tour of duty.
He was guarding the engineers putting in the roadside irrigation systems from the outward patrol base. In a strange way it reminded him of allotments back home …. with wide swathes each side of the highway now producing vegetables for the local farmers to try and reduce their dependence on producing poppies for the opium trade.
It was then that the text came through.
‘Following the Defence Forces’ Review of manpower requirements your unit is being reduced in size and merged. As a result of this you will be made redundant in three months following your return to the United Kingdom.’
Not totally unexpected … but it still came as a shock.
A career which had brought him to Northern Ireland, Belize, Germany and Cyprus was being brought to an end in the dust and chaos of Helmand.
Back at Camp Bastion he confided his worries about the future to Wily Sid who was a mixture of Private Walker from Dad’s Army and Fletcher from Porridge.
“They’ll probably reduce the Camp Bastion numbers through natural wastage by the Taliban”, he cheerfully told a startled Fred , “ ..or use our Allies” … pointing to the joke warning sign in the Mess .. “ Danger !!! Americans Working Overhead!!!”
His good natured spiv character and ladies’ man rolled into a cheerful wide boy who always seemed to be able to source supplies, official and unofficial with much appreciated tubes of Robert Mugabes to counter the Bastion dust (RM backwards is Yorkshire slang “E Ba Gum, Trebor!”) as well as solving colleagues’ marital problems in their correspondence with wives and partners back in the UK.
He was the cheerful guy who always kept morale going with his black humour.
It was the Christmas visit of the Prime Minister to Bastion and his rousing speech over the turkey and chipolatas to the troops that helped to unleash and sustain it.
“What we do for ourselves dies with us”, said the PM, “ What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal. It is the Soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech.” … to a rousing Hear !Hear and table banging from the squaddies.
“The PM has fired us all up tonight …I think we'd all kill for the Nobel Peace Prize for him after that speech”, Sid radioed his unit under heavy fire in Kandahar.
After the formalities the PM worked the floor … his easy social manner made conversation and contact with the squaddies relaxed.
He was highly approachable and even took a turn on the turntables as DJ.
“Any music requests … any favoured tracks? “ he shouted into the mike.
“ Can we have the Bee Gees Staying Alive ?”, retorted Sid.
They all laughed at the black humour.
He followed it up by dragging a large box in Christmas wrapping to the top table,
“Finally got the landmine that I’d ordered on eBay .. bloody expensive phew! Cost me an arm and a leg,”
It brought the house down.
Sid’s blagging skills and innate ability to get a copy of the Sun and pass it around the base and produce quality cigars for celebrations … at a price of course … made him popular… all over Bastion.
His knowledge about women had largely been cultivated from Deidre’s Photo Casebook in the Sun.
From this Sid deduced the following about women:
Women spent a lot of time in their under wear.
Women spent a lot of time on the phone.
Women cheated on their partners.
Women cheated with their friends’ partners as well.
It was this philosophy which underpinned his attitudes towards women and cemented his reputation as a womaniser.
He was the oracle on relationship problems within Bastion with the right word or phrase for a letter, text or phone call home.
Fred’s relationship with his partner Chardonnay was a bit like ships passing in the night.
On his last leave they had a short unsuccessful break in Benidorm.
Army married life was always difficult to maintain with frequent absences and separations preventing a settled routine.
By its’ nature, orders gave very little time with women expected to fall in line with Army requirements … their needs and careers etc. were rarely considered.
Fred had met Chardonnay at a local function . He had just joined the Army, she was a door to door sales and party organiser for Avon Calling.
Courtship was rapid.
The wedding soon followed … inevitably Wily Sid was his best man with a speech based on the Essence of Man Avon products.
The wedding dinner was at Fing’s All You Can Eat Chinese Buffet House .. with a short honeymoon in York, then it was straight into cramped married quarters at Catterick.
Chardonnay never really settled into Catterick, she was an urban dweller by instinct and by calling. Door to door selling and organising a sales team to do it needs a high density population to make it work.
Living in isolated rural North Yorkshire with its thinly peopled areas was not suitable for it .. she was used to being her own boss with her own part time team but the only areas where such opportunities , and they were few in number, existed at all were related to farming and farm equipment about which she knew nothing and had no desire to explore either.
Going back to being an employee did not appeal either with the area’s total lack of suitable jobs or things to do.
This deeply bored her and sent her down into a cycle of depression.
The Army does not cater for Army wives … only soldiers.
Army wives are simply the camp followers of their partners, expected to pack up their lives at short notice when new postings come through.
For the bulk of her day, television rather than Fred was her constant companion.
They stated to drift apart before they even got together properly …like ships passing in the night.
He wondered what would happen when he returned to the UK at the end of his tour of duty.
That was in the future.
Helping guard the engineers restoring the water and drainage facilities along Route 601 was the immediate task in the reconstruction of Afghanistan.. an area of about 500 metres wide running along each side of the route which was now well served with irrigation and producing healthy crops helped to produce a less hostile local farming population… who could also see the foundations of schools and health centres starting to be built in the area as well.
Aside from his normal duties Fred had also started to think about his future outside of the Army.
Security and personal bodyguard work were both obvious possibilities … so was being a mercenary.
There was always a demand for troops hardened by recent combat experience for similar conflict situations worldwide.
Watching the engineers working on the drainage systems in Helmand had also brought back memories of his old trade in plastering working with his father who was a small general builder before he’d decided to join the Army.
He smiled to himself at the memories … Fred the Spread.
The final remaining days flew past … suddenly, it was time to say goodbye to Helmand.. and his fellow squaddies at Bastion who were a closer family than he’d known in real life.
Back in the UK at Catterick there was no Chardonnay to meet him on the tarmac … she’d texted him to say she was at Bingo Bingo and couldn’t make it.


message 40: by Ajay (new)

Ajay Yadav | 1 comments Hi, I am Dr. Ajay yadav- consultants Anesthetist, Intensivist and pain specialist. I have recently written a novel “FROM WHERE I SEE” in genre of Religion/fiction.
It’s an exploration of intrapersonal, interpersonal, inter-social and inter-religious conflicts and hundreds of pertinent questions like “why in one religion it becomes so easy to get volunteers to blow themselves and others for the sake of religion? Does the religion divides or unites? What precipitates extramarital affairs? Does the immature and wrong interpretation of female emancipation the reason for 13 times rise in divorce rates in last 5 years? The issues are on the backdrop of very interesting murder mystery.
It’s not only a book; it’s the path to revolution, it’s a journey towards utopian world. If you feel that you are open minded, have courage to accept truth and have a desire to change the world then be the part of change.
Good read link: From Where I See
For more details visit- www.fromwhereisee.com
Book is available at amazon.in and flipkart.com


message 41: by Evadeen (new)

Evadeen (evadeenbrickwood) | 1 comments Hi, I'm Evadeen Brickwood. I write novels mostly about my experiences in foreign lands and interesting topics I research.
My latest novel Singing Lizards by Evadeen Brickwood
Singing Lizards
is set in Southern Africa and has a traditional African aspect.
In 1988, Bridget Reinhold's sister Claire disappears in Botswana under mysterious circumstances. Bridget rushes to Africa and is faced with age-old traditions and political change. Struggling to find her place in rural Africa and an urban society with its many distractions, she is getting no closer to the answers she desperately seeks. Should Bridget enlist the help of witchdoctors to find Claire or just accept and live her new exciting life?
I believe there is an excerpt of the book in my profile, otherwise Singing Lizardsis available as a free read on Wattpad until the end of April.
Happy reading


message 42: by Marjorie (new)

Marjorie Belson (marjoriebelson) | 6 comments Nothing Is Promised
Great News!
I'm now able to offer a limited number of free copies of my audiobook, "Nothing Is Promised" in exchange for an honest review.

In order to qualify, please visit my website:http://nothingispromised.com/
and message me with your email address.

Here's a short summary of the book:
"Although many Americans were touched by the tragedy of 9/11 or the deployment of loved ones to a far-away desert region or the crisis of breast cancer surgery and recovery - few dealt with all three at the same time. Even fewer were able to write about the experience in a voice that will help others with similar struggles. New York City native Marjorie Belson has captured the American spirit of recovery and redemption in her first novel by melding such a story in a brilliantly evocative tone while letting realism and her enduring spirit shine on center stage.

Set against the backdrop of September 11, 2001, Nothing Is Promised is a story of loss and personal chaos, which mirrors the dramatic changes a woman, and her city are forced to make during one of the most turbulent times in our nation's history. To survive in a world forever changed, each must reconstruct physically and emotionally."

It is the first person-account of a woman ultimately graced to transform her life and move forward with strength, humor, and wisdom. It is the story of a mother who would gladly endure any pain, if it spared her child and brought him home safely.

Written with brutal honesty, this memoir not only graphically illustrates the medical procedures she underwent, but also the pain and suffering her city endured because of the September 11, 2001, attacks. It vividly describes the gut wrenching awfulness one feels when a loved one is sent to do battle, and demonstrates the choices we can make to renew ourselves and move forward in our lives, though faced with horrific personal challenges. Nothing Is Promised has captured the American spirit of recovery and redemption, in an evocative tone."

To listen to a sample of the book, click this link:http://www.audible.com/search/ref=a_h...+


message 43: by Michael (new)

Michael Wood (goodreadscommichaeljwood) | 2 comments Hey everyone,

I'm holding an audience poll to decide my next novel between three choices, and I'd love to know your opinion!

Which of these three books would you most want to read?:

Dream On: A teenager on the verge of committing suicide is visited by his future self, who shows him what awaits him in life to convince him to keep living.

Pretty Lies: A lawyer wakes up after an alcohol blackout as the prime suspect in a murder, and has to retrace a night he can’t remember to catch the true killer before the cops arrest him.

Rap Game: A murdered rap music superstar leaves behind his diary to help a detective catch his killer – but can the detective trust the clues? Or did the musician have a plan of his own?

You can read more and vote at http://michaeljwoodwriting.com.

Thanks so much!

Michael


message 44: by Jim (last edited Apr 27, 2015 05:39PM) (new)

Jim Vuksic Levels , a novel by Jim Vuksic.
The end result of a 300 year social experiment in an effort to create the perfect world.
http://jimvuksic.tateauthor.com/

Available in: paperback (376 pages), e-Book download (Kindle/Nook/Tablet), audio book on CD (9 compact discs), and audio book download - 8 hours listening time, narrated by Stephen Rozzell.
Distributed internationally by Ingram/Spring Arbor

Available through the following commercial vendors:
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message 45: by Black (new)

Black Dragon | 1 comments A Sci-Fi Romantic Drama about a female human Alien from another planet, Omnibus, which parallels the Planet Earth, arrives on Earth. The Planet Omnibus got destroyed by a great meteor. April Sancral’s spirit traveled to Earth and possessed someone’s body and lived the rest of her life on Earth. She discovered she has special powers including Telepathy. But at heart, she is just a girl from another planet looking for love.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00W...


message 46: by Marshall (new)

Marshall Chamberlain | 3 comments Hello, Thriller Readers. I author the Ancestor Series of adventure thrillers and other action oriented suspense novels. My newly released latest is The Apothecary. Marshall Chamberlain

The Apothecary by Marshall Chamberlain

If you like action and adventure thrillers like the Indiana Jones books, or books by Nelson DeMille, or James Rollin and the Sigma Force—or the scary realism of author Michael Crichton—you're going to love The Apothecary, an extraordinary techno-thriller.

From a "Foreword Reviews," Award Winning Author, Marshall Chamberlain gives us another adventure into plausible reality. Set in Atlanta, Georgia, The Apothecary is a nano-technology thriller, exploring the heights of human degeneracy and the vile consequences of insane arrogance.

A TOP SECRET, DOD NANOTECHNOLOGY PROJECT IS COMPROMISED.
A ROGUE SCIENTIST EXPERIMENTS ON HUMAN BEINGS.
DESIGN OF INEXPENSIVE NANO-DRUGS TAKES OVER THE DRUG INDUSTRY.
THE NANO REPLICATION PROCESS CAN DESTROY THE PLANET.


message 47: by Jackie (new)

Jackie Mae (jackiemae) | 3 comments Hello I'm Jackie Mae. I currently have seven books published in different genres. Just recently I published 3 novellas. My novellas of the 'If' series delve into the possibilities of 'what if,' and when a psychic enters the picture all bets are off. All have romantic elements, all have a surprise ending.

Readers' Favorite gave it a 5-star review. Midwest Book Review gave it a stellar review as well. Here is a snippet from If... Second Chance:

“If,” could mean different things to different people. If—I were a better person. If—I were rich, thinner, or prettier. If—I were black, white, Asian, male or female, shorter or taller. If—I had been born to a different set of parents. If—I had more friends. If—I had a better job. If. That one little word can take you places or make you crazy…

"It was hard to believe Shona had once considered suicide. Not knowing how she would crawl out from under her financial woes, she had given it some thought. Her happiness hadn’t taken her plan very far. She always thought having a positive attitude would win the day. But one day, one moment in time, she couldn’t find her way out of the shadows. The shadows had slowly, insidiously crept its way into those empty spaces of her soul. Threatening to take her over, she had cast the shadows to the four winds. She had been safe until one day the greyness filled too many spaces. She lost her way. In fact, she had contemplated suicide late one evening after a particularly hard day at work.

Shona Forrester was an energetic go-getter. She preached faithfully that “you should not sit around and wait for things to come to you; you have to make your own success.” At 29 years of age, she had scraped by, saving every damn nickel and dime until she was able to buy a small hair salon over on Lakeview just this past year.

Even though she had a solid business plan, one the bank had whole heartedly approved of and was impressed with, she soon found out, unfortunately, that things didn’t always work out the way one dreamt they would."

If you are interested in this tale or any of my books, please contact me at jackiemae dot author at gmail dot com
and please put "Want to Review" in the subject line.

Thank you.


message 48: by Robert (last edited Oct 30, 2015 07:48PM) (new)

Robert Eggleton | 3 comments Rarity from the Hollow by Robert Eggleton

Rarity from the Hollow is adult literary science fiction with content that addresses social issues. Written in the colloquial voice of an eleven year old going of two million, this novel is not for the prudish, fainthearted or easily offended. It is a Children’s Story for Adults. Lacy Dawn is not a typical little girl, and if you think of her as such, you may be shocked.

She lives in a hollow with her worn-out mom, her Iraq War disabled dad, and her mutt Brownie, a dog who’s very skilled at laying fiber optic cable. Lacy Dawn’s android boyfriend has come to the hollow with a mission. His equipment includes infomercial videos of Earth’s earliest proto-humans from millennia ago. He was sent by the Manager of the Mall on planet Shptiludrp (Shop ’till You Drop): he must recruit Lacy Dawn to save the Universe in exchange for the designation of Earth as a planet which is eligible for continued existence within a universal economic structure that exploits underdeveloped planets for their mineral content. Lacy Dawn’s magic enables her to save the universe, Earth, and, most importantly, her own family.


message 49: by Mercedes (new)

Mercedes (mudmule99) Vengeance of the Werewolf by Mercedes Fox Poaching the Immortal (Vengeance of the Werewolf, #2) by Mercedes Fox Life After (Werewolf Domination, #1) by Mercedes Fox

Howdy all! I love werewolves and all 3 of my books are about them. I'll keep this short, I'm sure the descriptions will help. Also, my books are for mature readers. They are very graphic in both violence, gore, and sex.

Vengeance of the Werewolf
Werewolves are living in town. Some are good, some are bad, some are really bad. Vengeance of the Werewolf is filled with suspense of the hunt for the werewolf, explicit sexual situations, gore as only werewolves can inspire. This book isn't intended for younger readers as it is rated R. Wolfcreek's werewolves are raw, dangerous, compassionate, vengeful, vicious, and human. There are no mad beasts here, these monsters know exactly what they are doing as they retain their human control when in beast form.

Poaching the Immortal
Welcome to Wolfcreek where werewolves are your neighbors and law enforcement. After the horrific events in Vengeance of the Werewolf, life for Ted Applegate is starting to get back to normal. He’s due for a vacation and he loves nothing more than hunting. His dream of hunting big game in Alaska comes true with luck of the draw. Soon after arriving in Alaska and meeting other winning hunters, things go astray. When the screaming begins blood will flow through the dark timber like rivers. People will die and they all deserve it. Extreme violence and gore. Not intended for younger readers.

Life After
People are changing into werewolves all over the country. Men, women, and children are being killed. The human population of the United States is plummeting.
Randi and surviving members of her family escape the city and take refuge in the deserted grasslands. They think they’ll be safe from the horrors destroying civilization until it comes knocking on their front door.
Many will die in the now apocalyptic United States. Many will be changed forever into something which shouldn’t exist. Love, death, and new life will be found in the wasteland.
This is the story of Randi and her family’s everyday struggles. Beware surviving in this new world can be very dangerous and bloody.


message 50: by Robert (new)

Robert Eggleton | 3 comments Rarity from the Hollow is Free!

Gold Medal Adult Literary Science Fiction

Visit http://susan-thebookbag.blogspot.com/... and check out the giveaway -- limited time offer.

Please share to be fair.

Rarity from the Hollow by Robert Eggleton


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